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City: Feed the ducks, pay a fine Proposed ordinance against feeding wildlife advances in Palo Alto by Gennady Sheyner eeding the ducks in the Palo a new report from Daren Anderson, Alto Baylands was once a the city’s open-space manager. At the popular local pastime, as same time, the consensus in the parkcommon as hiking in the foothills management community has shifted, or hacking a server. with rangers and naturalists now eduBut times have changed and so has cating nature lovers not to feed the the wildlife. Birds have grown more animals because of fears that this violent; squirrels more confident; and well-intentioned activity will disrupt coyotes more aggressive, according to the natural ecosystem and lead to the

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death of endangered species. All national and California state parks have laws in place prohibiting the feeding of animals. This philosophy could soon become Palo Alto law. On Tuesday night, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted 6-1, with Stacey Ashlund dissenting, to recommend a new ordinance that would ban the feeding of wildlife and feral cats in the city’s parks and open-space preserves. The vote came despite criti-

cism from some residents, including several cat trappers, that the new law is too blunt an instrument and that the city is rushing to adopt it without doing sufficient outreach. Anderson, who recommended the ban, called it a much-needed measure aimed at protecting wildlife. The feeding of ducks at the Baylands pond, he said, results in intense feeding frenzies that leave many a duck injured and most areas around the pond covered in duck poop.

“When birds feed on scattered corn or bread, they eat in the same place where they defecate,” Anderson wrote in a report. “Diseases, generally not transmissible in a wild setting, spread readily in these overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Feeding also causes large groups of birds to fight over the hand-outs, which leads to competition, stress and injuries.” (continued on page 11)

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Suicide-prevention coalition hones its mission Formed in wake of tragedies, Project Safety Net reorganizes itself by Chris community coalition that sprang up in the wake of a Palo Alto student “suicide cluster” in 2009, 2010 and 2011 has gone through an internal re-evaluation in an effort to sharpen its focus. The steering committee of Project Safety Net — with some 20 member organizations — last week approved a carefully worded “theory of change” document drafted over the past six months. The group has sliced the number of its anti-suicide “strategies” from 22 to nine and the number of its committees from seven to three. Addressing tensions over whether Project Safety Net’s primary purpose is suicide prevention or general “youth well-being,” the document reflects a dual mission for the future. “The Palo Alto community struggles with the pain and loss of youth to suicide,” the group said in its core statement. “There is urgency for ongoing, coordinated community action to promote youth well-being and prevent suicide.” Becky Beacom, health education manager at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a member of Project Safety Net’s steering committee, said the reorganization has helped member groups to prioritize “more concrete goals instead of abstract ones. “When we first started this group we were in a reactive mode, with a lot of anxiety, stress and tension,” Beacom said at an Aug. 22 meeting, three days after the steering committee approved the new format. “This process has given us the ability to respond as opposed to reacting. “We’re gaining tools and skills and learning how to be in a situation that’s unimaginable — beyond what anyone wants to believe has happened — but our reality is it has happened and it’s likely to happen again.

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‘I may not know art, but I know what I like’ A visitor to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University walks down the stairs of the main lobby as sunlight shines through the skylight on Wednesday. Currently, four exhibits focus on French subjects, from “Matisse Jazz” to figure drawings and lithographs. Documentary films by Stanford students are on display through Sept. 8.

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Its future uncertain, JJ&F Market to close Long-planned redevelopment of College Terrace block leaves grocer scrambling by Sue Dremann

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alo Alto’s 65-year-old JJ&F Market has been given a 30day notice to make way for the long-stalled College Terrace Centre development, owners of the grocery store have confirmed. The Khoury family, which has owned and operated JJ&F since 2011, received a notice from developer Adventera Inc. that their month-tomonth lease of the 520 College Ave. site is up. They must leave by Sept. 19, according to a letter from Patrick Smailey. The developer plans to use the premises as a meeting space after the store closes, the letter states. While the Khourys were aware they would need to leave at some

point, the notice has left them scrambling, Ronnie Khoury said. The store is fully stocked, and more inventory is coming in that cannot be returned. Store employees, including some family members, are likely to lose their jobs, he said. Given a longer notice, the family possibly could have found a nearby location for the store, he added. The market became a community rallying point several years ago, when Adventera (formerly TwentyOne Hundred Ventures LLC) sought planned-community (PC) zoning in order to create a mixed-use, dense development at the corner of College and El Camino Real.

Because planned-community zoning requires the developer provide a “public benefit” in exchange for permission to build more densely, the Palo Alto City Council required the redevelopment to house an 8,000-square-foot grocery store. The new space is to be leased at a subsidized rate. The Khourys, however, have had no communication with Adventera regarding a possible move into the new building, Ronnie Khoury said. The city must approve a signed lease between the developer and the grocery store before it can issue any (continued on page 8)

Kenrick “We now have some tools and guidelines.” In the future, members said, the group will be more explicit in its discussion of suicide and its goal of reducing the stigma surrounding use of mental health services. At the same time, it will focus on the “upstream” goal of promoting youth well-being and resilience, with the hope that such education will protect many teens from developing problems later. When Project Safety Net began meeting in the fall of 2009, Palo Alto had been rocked by three high school student suicides in a period of four months — and additional deaths were to come. Dozens of organizations and individuals stepped forward to try to help. Staff members from the city and the Palo Alto Unified School District informally organized the group, which produced a June 2011 document outlining a complicated organizational structure. Run by a 15-member steering committee, Project Safety Net settled into monthly public meetings during the school year — typically drawing about 30 people — at which representatives of member groups shared ideas and information on projects relating to teen mental health and suicide prevention. Those projects varied, depending on the organization, but have included the training of more than 1,000 school staff members and students in the suicide-prevention method known as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) under the auspices of Stanford School of Medicine adolescent psychiatrist Shashank Joshi, and teen art shows, with narratives, organized by the Palo Alto Youth Collaborative. (continued on page 5)

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Around Town INTERACTIVE DREAM ... Anyone who was inspired by Monday’s Let Freedom Ring! salute in Palo Alto to the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream� speech can now learn more about the speech through the website of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu. The link to Freedom’s Ring lets viewers compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images and listen to activists through an animation. The new interactive feature was unveiled at a dinner at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto to commemorate King’s legacy and raise funds for the Institute. The King Institute houses the largest source of information on Martin Luther King Jr. in the world. HE KNEW HIM WHEN ... Palo Alto developer Jim Baer said he was inspired to help organize Monday night’s “I Have a Dream� commemoration in front of City Hall because of his lifelong friendship with the brother of Andrew Goodman, one of three young civil-rights workers murdered in Mississippi on June 21, 1964. Baer said he had roomed with Goodman’s brother at Stanford and — though personally not an activist in the civil-rights movement — felt it was important to hold the Palo Alto commemoration, which highlighted the work of Stanford University Professor Clayborne Carson, editor of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr. WHICH WAS MORE EXCITING? ... Palo Alto High School’s new assistant principal, Victoria Kim, told the Board of Education that her new job is a dream come true. Kim, a former English and journalism teacher who was an assistant principal in San Jose before joining the Palo Alto district this week, is also a newlywed of four months. She told board members her husband sometimes wonders whether she was happier on her wedding day or the day she was hired for her new job. BUBBLY, ANYONE? ... As the hellish maw of the massive Rim Fire in the Sierras continues to burn closer and closer to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir — the source of 100 percent of Palo Alto’s drinking water — it’s fair to question whether tomorrow’s tap water will be ash-flavored. The

blaze, which started Aug. 17 and has charred more than 187,000 acres, reached the area around the reservoir last week. Luckily, Palo Altans will be able to keep deep, smokey flavors in their whiskey, and out of their water. Although the reservoir, which supplies 2.6 million customers across the Bay Area, has water that is so crystal clear that it (usually) doesn’t require filtering, the agency in charge of managing Bay Area water supplies has back-up plans in the event that the reservoir gets tainted by some of the less lucky, or maybe just less flame-retardant, trees in the Yosemite area. Closer, less romantic, reservoirs can be used to provide four or five months of water, using two local treatment plants, Sunol and Harry Tracy, along with added supplies from agreements with other water districts. But it might not even come to that. The water in Hetch Hetchy has maintained the same turbidity, a fancy word for cloudiness, as it had before the fire. The fact that the water is drawn from 260 feet underground further decreases the likelihood of Palo Altans finding ash in their Nalgenes. If the water’s turbidity does increase, the water quality from the back-up supplies may be similar to what Palo Altans experience during the annual Hetch Hetchy winter maintenance shutdowns — namely, some bubbles in their drinking water. That doesn’t mean water purists are out of the woods yet. The fire might cause erosion problems into the reservoir that could be exacerbated by annual winter or spring runoff. SCHOOL-LIST SHAKEUP ... The “best colleges� list is in, and Stanford did not make the top five. That’s right, Stanford University — a perennial favorite in the U.S. News & World Report rankings — trailed UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, Texas A&M and Case Western Reserve in the 2013 national universities rankings issued by the Washington Monthly. The Monthly ranks schools in their “contribution to the public good� in three categories: social mobility, research and service. Though not at the tippy-top where it’s typically found, Stanford’s performance still wasn’t too shabby. It came in sixth out of 284 universities rated. N

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Ruling sparks fresh hope for high-speed-rail critics Kings County lawsuit raises new hurdle for rail authority by Gennady Sheyner

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n their quest to build the nation’s first high-speed rail system, California officials have been banking on a wide range of potentially dubious funding sources, from federal programs that don’t exist to private investments that have yet to materialize. Now, a fresh verdict from a Sacramento County judge threatens the one source of money that rail officials felt was a sure thing — the $9 billion in state funds that state voters approved for the $68 billion project in November 2008, when the price tag of the San Francisco-toLos Angeles system was pegged at $45 billion. In his ruling, Judge Michael Kenny found that the rail authority “abused its discretion” and violated the law when it failed to identify funding for the rail line’s first usable segment, a roughly 300-mile stretch that would extend from Merced to San Fernando Valley and cost about $21 billion. Instead, the rail authority identified only the funding needed for the “initial construction segment,” 130 miles between Bakersfield and Fresno, which does not include electrification and which will cost about $6 billion.

The consequences of the ruling won’t be clear until Nov. 8, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the plaintiffs from Kings County are scheduled to return to Kenny’s courtroom to hear his ruling on the remedies the rail authority would have to pursue. Lisa Marie Alley, the rail authority’s deputy director of communications, said that until the litigation concludes, it’s impossible to predict the impact of Kenny’s decision. In the meantime, however, the rail authority is hiring workers in the Central Valley in preparation for construction. The agency is refining its design for the initial section and proceeding with relocating utilities, purchasing right-of-way and paving the way for the actual “heavy construction” of bridges, overpasses and trenches. “Our stance has always been that we will continue to move the project forward,” Alley told the Weekly. At least one vocal proponent of the increasingly unpopular project — Gov. Jerry Brown — thinks the ruling will ultimately do little to halt construction of the train system. Last week, Brown told reporters at a summit in Lake Tahoe that while

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ommuters and trafficweary residents can cruise Palo Alto on readily available rented bicycles, now that the city has 75 “bike-share” bicycles at five kiosks spread around the north part of the city. Palo Alto started the program Thursday, Aug. 29, allowing those who have purchased 24-hour, three day or year-long memberships with the bike-sharing service to take as many 30-minute rides as they want between the stations. The idea is to make it more convenient to take public transit by providing riders with a relatively simple transportation option for “last-mile trips” — to connect them with their destinations or other transportation, according to the system’s website. Palo Alto’s bike-share system is part of a 1,000-bike program with 100 stations that runs along the Caltrain corridor from San Jose to San Francisco. The program is funded through local and regional grants in combination with a $4.3 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Climate Initiatives

Grant program. “Palo Alto has the highest bike use for commuters and students than any other city in Santa Clara County, and our bike-share kiosks will support those last-mile trips between transit stations and employment centers,” Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff said. “Having a bike available at the end of a transit commute could make the difference to individuals who normally drive solo in their cars.” Memberships cost from $9 for 24 hours to $88 for annual memberships. Rides that exceed the 30-minute time limit cost an extra $4 if they last for an hour. They cost an additional $7 for every 30 minutes after that. The kiosk can be found at the following locations: s%MERSONAND5NIVERSITY (Palo Alto Bicycles) s#ALTRAINSTATIONAT University) s5NIVERSITYAND#OWPER s#ALIFORNIAAND0ARK (Caltrain stop) s0ARK!VENUEINFRONTOF!/, headquarters — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Kenny’s ruling raises some questions, “it did not stop anything,” according to the Associated Press. The decision, he said, leaves “a lot of room for interpretation, and I think the outcome will be positive.” Michael Brady and Stuart Flashman, the attorneys representing plaintiffs John Tos, Aaron Fukuda and the County of Kings, voiced similar sentiments, though to them the term “positive” has the opposite meaning. Brady, a longtime and outspoken opponent of the rail system, said he would like the court to either require the rail authority to correct its myriad errors or to put the brakes on the controversial project. “We hope the court will say: ‘We already found you’re in violation of Proposition 1A. What are you going to do about it?’” Brady told the Weekly. “‘Are you going to comply? Should the project go ahead if you can’t comply?’” Rail-authority officials had argued in a court brief that it was perfectly legal for the agency to proceed with the shorter segment before laying out all the plans for the larger one. The bond act “clearly authorizes construction of the high-speed train system in portions, like the ICS (Ini-

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The need to re-evaluate the mission of Project Safety Net came after Palo Alto officials committed to the organization $2 million of the nearly $40 million the city is receiving in mitigation funds for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion. Compass Point, a consulting firm hired to help allocate the funds, recommended that Project Safety Net first refine its focus, hence the reevaluation process. The new structure, said steering committee member Terry Godfrey, gives prospective funders, including the city, greater confidence that Project Safety Net has a clear strategy. The new committees will focus on educating the community about the so-called Developmental Assets — a framework describing 41 attributes that youth need to thrive. Committee work also will focus on reducing the stigma of seeking help, reducing access to means of lethal harm and ensuring “robust” access to mental health services. Members also are considering changing the Thursday lunch meeting times in hopes of attracting more student members. Paly senior Jessica Feinberg, the only student who attended the Aug. 22 meeting, said many teens have never heard of Project Safety Net. “It’s hard for students to feel like

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A rendering shows what the California high-speed rail project’s Transbay Terminal A in San Francisco could look like. A recent ruling from a Sacramento County judge is threatening a source of funding for the project. tial Construction Segment), that are smaller than an entire corridor or usable segment,” Deputy Attorney General S. Michele Inan wrote in a brief. It is significant, the rail authority argued, “that the Legislature omitted the term ‘corridor’ or ‘usable segment’ from the authorization to use bond proceeds: It is not limited to corridors or usable segment. “Since the train system envisioned by the bond act will be built over a long period of time, such phased construction allows the Authority to manage the development process, costs, and funding over time,” Inan wrote. She also argued that because the Legislature had already appropriated the funds despite complaints that the funding plan did not meet the requirements of Prop. 1A, “an order setting aside the funding plan

will have no legal effect and would be an empty act.” The Kenny ruling is the latest setback for high-speed rail, a project that has generated a tide of opposition along the Peninsula since the 2008 vote. Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton had previously sued the rail authority, forcing the agency to decertify and revise its environmental analysis, and the Palo Alto City Council had unanimously passed a resolution officially opposing the project. Despite a list of critical audits and concerns from lawmakers about the rail authority’s ridership projections and revenue forecasts, the legislature voted in July 2012 to approve $2.6 billion in bond funds and $3.4 billion in federal funds for the first construction segment. The appropriation came by a single vote,

they could get involved because they don’t really know how it’s shaped or how it works,” said Feinberg, who hopes to start a peer support group at Paly. “Suicide isn’t a problem that’s going to go away just because we haven’t had deaths. The lack of deaths — it’s great and really important and obviously that’s a success — but it’s kind of like having a yearly flooding problem and putting up a dam, but not to address that there’s too much water in the first place.” Staffing for Project Safety Net has been provided by the school district and the City of Palo Alto and is undergoing a shift. Social worker Christina Llerena, who worked for the city for the past 16 months, recently resigned to take a position with West Valley Community College. The city plans to hire a replacement for Llerena as well as to add administrative help for the position, said Rob DeGeus, assistant director of Palo Alto’s Community Services Department. Llerena said she’ll stay on for 10 hours a week until she can train her replacement. “To be honest, I’m still processing everything for myself in terms of what kind of impact I’ve made, but it’s a challenge to move change, especially around issues of mental health and suicide prevention,” Llerena said. Project Safety Net, she said, is a “classic grass-roots coalition where

you organize around a crisis and then you have to make it sustainable. “It’s really common, depending on what stage a collaborative is in, to have some sort of growing pains or learning curve around structure and revisiting mission, vision and accountability,” she said. “When you’re dealing with these stigmatized issues like mental health services and suicide it’s even more important to have a clear charge of how you organized the work and structure it.” The 22 groups currently listed on Project Safety Net’s website are Adolescent Counseling Services, Caltrain, Children’s Health Council, City of Palo Alto City Manager’s Office, City of Palo Alto Community Services Department, Palo Alto Council of PTAs, Community Center for Health and Wellness, local psychologists, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, parent representatives, the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission, the Palo Alto Fire Department, the Palo Alto Police Department, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto Family YMCA, Project Cornerstone, Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, suicide parent survivors, youth and teen representatives and Youth Community Service. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com

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REGISTRATIONS & ENTRY FEE Adult Registration (13 +) registration fee is $30 per entrant by 9/13/13. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth Registration (6 - 12) registration is $20 per entrant by 9/13/13. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth (5 and under) run free with an adult, but must be registered through Evenbrite with signed parental guardian waiver, or may bring/fill out a signed waiver to race-night registration. Late Registration fee is $35 for adults, $25 for youth from 9/14 - 9/18. Race night registration fee is $40 for adult; $30 for youth from 6 to 8pm. T-shirts available only while supplies last. Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrations and t-shirts will not be held. MINORS: If not pre-registered, minors under 18 must bring signed parental/waiver form on race night.

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COMPUTERIZED RESULTS BY A CHANGE OF PACE Chip timing results will be posted on PaloAltoOnline.com by 11pm race night. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete/incorrect registration forms.

AWARDS/PRIZES/ENTERTAINMENT Top three finishers in each division. Prize giveaways and refreshments. Pre-race warmups by Noxcuses Fitness, Palo Alto

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Foes of Maybell development shift focus away from project Two sides clash over city attorney’s analysis for controversial housing plan by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto’s most controversial housing development of the moment would occupy a nondescript orchard site in the Green Acres neighborhood, but the escalating battle over the proposal has already spilled over to just about every section of the city. And that’s exactly how the opponents like it. In public comments, emails and official ballot arguments, critics of the proposed development at 567 Maybell Ave. have repeatedly characterized the project as the latest example of the city ignoring the desire of its residents and the vision expressed in its own Comprehensive Plan. Supporters of the development, which includes 60 housing units for low-income seniors and 12 singlefamily homes, have been focusing on the project itself and stressing the need for affordable housing in a city with a graying population and skyhigh property values. The latest battle in this debate centers on Measure D, a November referendum that could overturn the City Council’s rezoning of the land at Maybell and Clemo avenues. Both sides have submitted ballot arguments as the citywide vote nears. Opponents of the rezoning decision have criticized the city at-

torney’s “Impartial Analysis of Measure D,” saying it does not impartially lay out their concerns. Bob Moss, a Barron Park resident who has been a vehement Maybell opponent, noted that the analysis makes no mention of the residents’ concerns over traffic or the project’s compatibility with the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s land-use vision. The city attorney’s document states that the city has conducted an environmental analysis, including a traffic study, and concluded that by taking mitigation measures, the development “would not cause any significant environmental impacts.” The attorney’s analysis describes the site and the development proposal from the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. It also describes the “planned community” zone process as one that “accommodates projects that cannot be built under other zoning, contain substantial public benefits and enhance the policies of Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan.” Moss argued that this analysis is by no means “impartial.” He noted that the city had relied on a traffic model that is now in the process of being replaced with one that more fully considers the cumulative effects of other projects on traffic con-

gestion. The fact that the old model was used for the Maybell project, he said, “does not compute.” Joe Hirsch, a former planning commissioner and an opponent of the rezoning, listed his own concerns with the analysis. He took issue with the fact that it makes no mention of the fact that the city had loaned the Palo Alto Housing Corporation $5.8 million to buy the site; the fact that without the “planned community” zone the site would still be able to accommodate 41 units of senior housing; or most crucially that, while the project would support some of the policies in the Comprehensive Plan, it would violate many others. The analysis, he said, has been written in a way that protects the interests of the city and the Housing Corporation. “The city has not been an impartial bystander,” Hirsch said. “They have been intimately linked with the Palo Alto Housing Corporation in a way that really withdrew their impartiality.” On Tuesday afternoon, Hirsch and Tim Gray, treasurer of the new group Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning, met with City Attorney Molly Stump and her staff and proposed a range of chang-

es to the language. They succeeded in convincing Stump to make one relatively minor change. The current analysis states that “approximately 80 percent of the site is zoned RM15, which allows multi-family units up to 15 per acre.” Hirsch and Tim Gray, opponents of the zone change who met with Stump on Tuesday, said the ratio is closer to 75 percent (the rest is zoned R-2, which allows single-family homes). Stump said the city has reassessed the properties and concluded that the 75 percent figure is actually more accurate. She said the city will ask the Santa Clara County Superior Court to make that change. “We do want to be as accurate as possible,” Stump told the Weekly. Otherwise, she said, the ballot language will remain as is. She said that while she appreciates the thought that opponents have put into the ballot language, she believes the “impartial statement as drafted does the best job in informing the public” about what the vote means. In a Wednesday letter that she sent to Gray and Hirsch, she noted that “impartial statements need not contain a complete catalogue of all the measure’s provisions and should not be argumentative or likely to create a prejudice for or

against a measure.” “I believe the Impartial Analysis that I submitted best meets my duty to inform the voters of the meaning and effect of the measure before them in a neutral and informative way,” Stump wrote. Gray disagreed and told the Weekly he believes Stump should recuse herself from writing the impartial analysis. Though state law assigns the duty to the city attorney, Gray argued that this creates an “ethical” problem in this case because of Stump’s commitment to supporting the council and its decisions. Gray told the Weekly that when he asked Stump to recuse herself, she said she was committed to performing the job assigned to her. Opponents of the zone change also maintain that the referendum is about much more than senior housing or the Maybell site. In their rebuttal to project proponents, they wrote that Measure D “is about Palo Alto’s out-of-control development eroding Palo Alto as a great place to live and raise families.” The rezoning, they argue, is “about the almost 60 percent of the land targeted for market-rate homes,” referring to the 12 single-family homes. (continued on page 8)

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Opportunity Center security lax after assault, man says Female victim in July 19 attack is paralyzed, in hospital

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Palo Alto woman who was beaten July 19 at the Opportunity Center for formerly homeless people is largely paralyzed, according to her companion. Vivian “Venus” Sarmago, 60, was allegedly punched and kicked at least 20 times by a drunken man while she was talking on her cell phone around 11:30 a.m. in the hallway outside her 33 Encina Ave. apartment, according to police. Her longtime companion, Lonnie Gullette, said she is making slow progress and is at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She might not walk again, he added. Gullette said he is frustrated about what he believes is inadequate security at the housing facility, which is located between Town & Country Village and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. People who do not live there are not prevented from entering the building at all hours, he said. “Nobody even stops anybody. They sneak in and out all night long. There are drug deliveries right out front,” he said. Charities Housing Development Corporation, which manages the

residential center, did not return requests for comment. Vanessa Cooper, a spokeswoman for the Housing Authority, which owns the housing development, said staff and a security guard are on duty “24/7.” “Visitors are required to check in, and we are making sure people are clear about the rules about having guests,” she said. When Sarmago was attacked, there was no security guard in the building, Gullette said. A guard is present at the building from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. after the office closes, but he often does not check identification. There are security cameras, but they aren’t monitored during the day, he said. Since the assault, a new security person is on the site during the day. Gullette said the danger hasn’t changed, however. “He still checks no one. It’s still just as lax as it can be,” Gullette said. Palo Alto police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said the attack on Sarmago was well outside the norm of what police typically see at the center. From July 1, 2012, to Aug. 15,

2013, police responded to 254 calls for service at the Opportunity Center. Of those, 37 resulted in police reports with 19 arrests. There were five cases of simple battery, four of domestic violence, five outstanding warrants and a range of other cases, including one sex crime, according to Perron. “We do go to a lot of calls at the Opportunity Center. That’s not surprising to us, due to the number of people there who are in a highly transitional point of their lives. It would be difficult for us to compare the number of calls there to any other location in town due to the Opportunity Center’s unique nature. “Disturbance calls and mental health-related calls are probably the most common. ‘Disturbance calls’ is a general category, but includes active fights, verbal altercations, noise complaints, etc. There are also warrant arrests, theft calls, parking complaints, and a smattering of pretty much everything else one would expect from a facility that houses and/or provides services to that many people,” Perron said. But he added the department has a

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An assault that occurred at the Opportunity Center July 20 left a 60-year-old woman seriously injured. good working relationship with Opportunity Center staff and residents. “They routinely contact us if there’s a need for officers at their facility, and staff assists in our investigations whenever possible. The staff does a good job of involving police early, so that we can try to handle things at the lowest possible level and keep the peace,” he said. Michael Rowe Guilford, 46, of San Jose was arrested in the Sarmago case and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Guilford, who is not a resident, was staying with a friend at the center. He had allegedly gotten into an argument with another woman and blamed Sarmago for alerting the manager, according to Gullette. Sarmago, meanwhile, remains par-

alyzed on her left side, Gullette said. His voice shook during a recent interview, recalling her outgoing personality. Now, he said, “the fear in her eyes — I sit there and I hold her hand and she squeezes my hand. I’m just so upset.” Philip Dah, program director for the Opportunity Center, referred an inquiry to the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County. A spokesperson for the nonprofit InnVision Shelter Network, which provides walk-in services at the Opportunity Center, said the nonprofit is not connected to the housing portion of the facility. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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Father charged in crash that killed daughters A San Bruno father has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after a November rollover crash killed two of his daughters and severely injured a CHP officer, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Aug. 22. Arvind Tandel, 48, was driving home from a Black Friday all-night shopping trip with his 34-year-old wife and four daughters, ages 12 to 24, when the accident occurred on Nov. 23, 2012, at 6:49 a.m. on U.S. Highway 101 at Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Tandel was driving his Lexus SUV north from Gilroy after having only three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, said Cindy Hendrickson, supervising deputy district attorney. The four daughters were crowded into a back seat fitted for only three. The two who died were not wearing seat belts. A seat in the third row was folded down to make room for the family’s purchases, Hendrickson said. The official charges are misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. “These dangerous conditions led to an enormous tragedy that could have been even worse. This was a preventable tragedy,” Hendrickson said. A California Highway Patrol officer was in his cruiser on the shoulder assisting two motorists attempting to change a tire on their truck. Tandel’s SUV drifted and struck the patrol car’s left rear, sending it into one of the two stranded motorists and severely injuring the officer. The Lexus rolled as many as seven times. Two of Tandel’s adult daughters were ejected onto the freeway. Nisha Tandel, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister, Sheetal Tandel, 20, died that night at Stanford Hospital, according to the CHP. Tandel’s wife, Yogita Tandel, was also brought to Stanford Hospital with major injuries but survived. The 12-year-old daughter sustained moderate injuries, and she and Payal Tandel, 22, were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Arvind Tandel suffered major injuries and was also taken to Valley Medical, the CHP said at the time. The CHP officer only returned to work last month. Had the officer exited his vehicle, which he had planned to do, he would have been killed, Hendrickson said. “It is absolutely miraculous that there weren’t more deaths,” she said. Filing the charges is not meant to make an example out of Tandel, Hendrickson said. “It is a recognition that a great harm occurred because of a violation of the law and of the consequences of that,” she said. “The harm to the public could have been much worse. That’s the issue we can’t ignore.” Considering Tandel’s personal losses, the DA’s office will not seek jail time or probably even community service, which are typical punishments for this type of offense, Hendrickson said. But Tandel could face restrictions on his driver’s license based on Department of Motor Vehicles rules, which could mean a suspension for up to 1.5 years. Tandel’s private attorney, Dan Barton, said his client is devastated by the death of his daughters and injury to his wife and other children. “It’s really a tragedy that they are deciding to file criminal charges,” Barton said. N — Sue Dremann

City refines plan to replace Baylands trees As Palo Alto officials prepare to chop down more than 500 trees at the city’s golf course and to plant hundreds of other trees at various locations, they are taking a cue from the medical community and adopting as their central tenet “First, do no harm.” So said Walter Passmore, the city’s urban forester and the man leading the city’s effort to ease the loss of trees in the Baylands. The tree removal is part of the city’s effort to completely reconfigure the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, a project that was spurred by the pending flood-control project around the San Francisquito Creek (which includes a new levee on the golf course) but that has ballooned its scope. Now, the City Council’s goal is to make the recreational facility profitable by emphasizing its Baylands setting and giving it what city officials call the “Wow!” factor. This, however, will spell bad news for more than 500 trees, which will have to come down to accommodate the course’s complete reconfiguration. Passmore, who on Tuesday night gave the Parks and Recreation Commission the latest plans for compensating for the loss of trees, said he has been working with the city’s nonprofit partners — including Acterra, Canopy and Magic — to come up with a plan for planting new trees, both in the Baylands and in other locations, including the Arastradero Preserve. City officials have maintained that even with the removal of trees, the golf-course project will be a major victory for the environment. The city plans to reduce the managed turf area by 54 acres from 135 to 81 and to plant various native plants throughout the course. Some trees currently on the golf course are not native, Passmore said. N — Gennady Sheyner Page 8ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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“It has nothing to do with seniors or affordability,” the rebuttal argument states. “It is about money. This is one more in a huge wave of oversized high-density projects engulfing Palo Alto.” The list of residents who signed the rebuttal includes former City Councilwomen Emily Renzel and Enid Pearson; Joe Hirsch; Art Liberman, president of the Barron Park Association; Warren Kirsch, resident of Green Acres II; Tim Gray; and Downtown North residents Neilson Buchanan and Eric Filseth. Hirsch, who earlier this summer was part of the signature drive that qualified the referendum, said his experience taught him that there is much unhappiness all throughout

the approved affordable senior-housing project at Maybell and Clemo.” The rebuttal from the project’s supporters includes as its signatories Councilwoman Karen Holman, herself a longtime critic of the “planned community” zoning process; Councilwoman Liz Kniss; former Mayor Sid Espinosa; Mary Alice Thornton; Bill Reller; Judith Steiner, former executive director of Hidden Villa; and Barbara Gross, past president of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. “No one has questioned the need for affordable senior housing in Palo Alto — not even its opponents,” the rebuttal from Measure D supporters states. “It’s critical that we support Measure D to ensure local seniors are able to stay close to their children and grandchildren.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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building permits for the site, and the grocery store must be occupied before tenants can move into the office portion of the building, Chief Communications Officer Claudia Keith said this week. Adventera has informed the city that it now has financing to move ahead with the project, which received the council’s OK in 2009. But the developer has not submitted a lease with a grocer for city approval, Keith said. The block-long development will include 40,000 square feet of office space, the grocery store, 5,580 square feet of other retail space and eight units of affordable housing. Despite a relatively brief ownership of JJ&F, the Khourys, who also operate grocery stores in Half Moon Bay and Windsor in Sonoma County, say they have built strong relationships with their customers. They’ve watched kids grow and traded stories about schools and births and Little League games, they said. “Papa Joe” Khoury would sit at an outside table and shoot the breeze with former San Francisco 49er Steve Young, whose children attend school in the area, Ronnie Khoury said. “We’re going to miss a lot of people. There’s a lot of really nice people here and we’ll miss a lot of that,” Chris Khoury said. The youngest of seven children, he said most of the family members are involved in the grocery business. The stores support most of the family members, and the Palo Alto business “is a big help,” he said. Shopper Louise Stephens said she will miss the store. “I like it because I live 10 minutes away and I don’t have a car. I really like to cook, and they have more ethnic foods that you wouldn’t normally find in a small corner grocery store,” she said. The immediate termination of the market’s lease will be a premature loss to the community of its market of 60-plus years, said Fred Balin, a College Terrace Residents Association board member, who emphasized that he was speaking for

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the city about the city’s recent developments. His group only needed about 2,300 signatures to get the project on the ballot. It received close to 4,000. “To us, in Barron Park and Green Acres, this issue is two-fold,” Hirsch said. “One, it’s about what is happening in the Maybell property. But we’re also asking people to think about this in the greater context of what’s happening in all of Palo Alto and whether we are going in the right direction.” Proponents of the project, including the entire City Council and housing advocates, are taking the opposite stance and trying to shift the focus back to the Maybell site. Despite critics’ claims, the ballot measure “has nothing to do with other approved of proposed ‘planned community zonings’ across Palo Alto.” The measure, they maintain in their ballot rebuttal, “only affects

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JJ&F Market will soon close, making way for construction of the College Terrace Centre. himself and not the association. The Khoury family took a calculated risk when purchasing the market. The family “has provided a welcome environment to clientele ... and they have persevered despite the continued deterioration of the building,” Balin said, referring to a leaking roof and lack of property upkeep. The Khourys give every indication of being just as committed to the neighborhood as were the original and longtime owners, the Garcias, he said. “At a minimum, they should be provided sufficient time to transition out of the space without incurring hardship. Beyond that, the market should be allowed to continue in operation as long as possible and as long as the Khourys are willing. No other non-retail use should be permitted within the market space prior to demolition,” Balin said. He has asked Adventera to give appropriate consideration to the Khoury family regarding future tenancy of the new market. Smailey did not return the Weekly’s repeated requests for comment. Around the corner, at 2121 Staunton Court, another business is also leaving due to the planned demolition. World Centric is moving to Petaluma, owner Aseem Das said. “Since the block was up for redevelopment, we didn’t know when the ax was going to fall. We were proactive. We started looking two to three months ago,” he said. World Centric employs 14 to 15 people in Palo Alto, and some will not be relocating. Others can work remotely. Although he had “very

good rent here,” Palo Alto’s generally high rents were a factor in leaving the area, he said. The business will move to the Foundry Wharf, which houses alternative businesses such as Cowgirl Creamery and Traditional Medicines. He learned of Adventera’s plans to move him out after notifying the developer that World Centric would leave at the end of September. “They said, ‘That’s good timing,’” Das said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Corrections The Aug. 16 article “Refugees honor man who helped them start over” incorrectly stated that Douglas Smith helped a group of Vietnamese refugees while he was a volunteer at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). Though he briefly volunteered at AACI, he helped the majority of refugees, including Lynn Giang, after leaving the nonprofit. Also, Giang is also now a psychiatrist, not a psychologist. The Aug. 23 cover story, “The enduring ‘Dream,’” stated that Clarence Jones drafted Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. To clarify, Jones provided a summary of ideas and language King had discussed with Jones and Stanley D. Levison, another adviser. King used the text in the first seven paragraphs of his speech. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-2236514, jdong@paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Aug. 12. Palo Alto detectives used surveillance videos from a gas station where the two allegedly used the stolen credit card shortly after the theft. Two men had approached the victim, pointed a black handgun at him and demanded he lie on the ground and give up items from his pocket, including his wallet, and a bag containing his laptop, police said. The victim was not injured. Separately, officers arrested Victor Hugo Marin and Francisco Anthony Pinedo-Escalante, both 18, on suspicion of an Aug. 12 home burglary. The two men allegedly had stolen property on them — a laptop, jewelry, passports and birth certificates. Detectives believe that PinedoEscalante is also responsible for another robbery on Channing Avenue, during which a handgun and jewelry were taken. The latter incident prompted police to warn residents about a tactic would-be burglars use to assess whether a home is empty. Burglars ring front doorbells, posing as a solicitor or visitor, to see if anyone is home. Once they determine the house is empty, they go to the relative privacy of the house’s yard, usually by way of an unlocked side gate, to find a way to break in, police stated. Police are encouraging residents to lock side gates and all doors and windows whenever their house is empty. If an unknown visitor rings the doorbell, police say, residents should speak through the door or find another way to acknowledge that someone is home. Anyone with information about any crime can contact the police department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@ tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

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It’s not just birds, either. Anderson told the commission that squirrels have become increasingly assertive as they have adapted to human altruism. One squirrel he recently encountered would not back away no matter how aggressively he tried to shoo it away, Anderson said. “I’m thinking: ‘I’m 6-foot-4 and I’m stomping the ground and kicking my foot, and it won’t budge,’� Anderson said. What, he asked, is a little kid with a banana supposed to do in such a situation? Commissioner Deirdre Crommie concurred that things have gotten particularly messy at the duck pond, where food donations have become increasingly generous. “I know what I view in the duck pond is an extreme overuse of feeding,� Crommie said. “Some of us have this very lovely image of just a few crumbs thrown. I’ve never seen that. I’ve seen a huge number of loaves of bread being dumped, not a delicate distributing of the food. I’ve even seen bacon down there. I don’t know why.� The ordinance, which will now go to the City Council for approval, includes a $250 fine for those who violate the ban. The city had consulted with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before drafting the ordinance. Some people argued on Tuesday that the city should have done more outreach. This included several cat trappers, who objected to the city’s decision late in the process to include feral cats in the ordinance. Christina Peck, co-founder of the Stanford Cat Network, which cares for feral felines, said she was “disappointed and shocked� that the city would “blindly and in private discussions� decide to ban the feeding of feral cats. “If the commission has concerns about feral cats, I urge (it) to consult a local animal welfare organization to resolve any problems and focus on the issue at hand — prohibiting the feeding of wildlife,� Peck said. Reina Flexer, also a cat trapper, argued that banning the feeding of feral cats may merely push the cats further into the Baylands, making them harder to trap. “Managing is key — not a general

Siblings Cantorbey, left, and Charlene Olmos gaze at the ducks at the Palo Alto Duck Pond on Aug. 27. Feeding wildlife will be forbidden if the ordinance proposed by the Parks and Recreation Commission is passed by the City Council. ban on feeding,� Flexer said. But others argued that the ordinance is timely and needed. Emily Renzel, a former councilwoman and one of the city’s leading conservationists, admitted that she was once one of those people who would take a niece or a nephew to the pond to feed the ducks. But people know much more now about the effects of this activity, she said. Renzel also noted that the city’s Comprehensive Plan specifically calls on the city to protect its wildlife. “It’s counterproductive for humans to interrupt the natural balance,� Renzel said. The commission agreed with Renzel and concurred with Anderson’s observation that it’s time to act. Ashlund dissented because she felt the city should have reached out to other organizations, such as the Palo Alto Humane Society. “By not consulting an animal-

welfare population in Palo Alto that offered its help, we’re turning a blind eye on useful information,� Ashlund said. Her colleagues had no such quibbles, however. “From my perspective, the evidence is clear: Feeding the wildlife is bad for wildlife and bad for people,� Vice Chair Jennifer Hetterley said. She and Crommie both said they were not convinced that outreach to other animal groups would have revealed any new arguments. Crommie argued that the groups taking care of dogs and cats are “different groups altogether� and have a different mission from the groups seeking to protect the wildlife. Hetterley agreed. “As custodians of parks and open spaces in Palo Alto, I believe the preservation of the natural ecosystems is our first priority,� she said. N

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with several Democrats joining every Republican in opposition. Now, opponents of the project hope that Kenny’s ruling will tarnish this victory by invalidating the appropriation, which they argue is shown to be based on an incomplete financial analysis. “We think that it’s appropriate for the judge — and we understand his reticence — to consider rescinding the legislative approval of appropriation,” Flashman, who has rep-

resented Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park in prior lawsuits against the rail authority, told the Weekly. He acknowledged that such a move would be unlikely, given the separation of power between the legislative and judicial branches. But even if Kenny doesn’t rescind the appropriation vote, he could effectively invalidate it, Flashman said. “We do think it would be perfectly within his right to declare that — because the funding plan was invalid and because the Legislature relied on that funding plan in making the appropriation — to say the appropriation was not properly

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supported and therefore declare it invalid.” In discussing potential remedies, Kenny was vague in his ruling. He noted that he could direct the rail authority to rescind its funding plan, though he acknowledged that he is not convinced this would have “any real, practical effect” given that the money has already been appropriated. He also said the court cannot determine whether it should “invalidate subsequent approvals” of bond proceeds and directed both parties to issue supplemental briefs addressing this issue. In his ruling, Kenny also pointed to another provision of Proposition 1A that could complicate the rail authority’s ability to spend the bond money. The provision prohibits the agency from committing the bond funds until it submits a second funding plan, which would have to be accompanied by a report from independent parties and which would have to be approved by the state’s director of finance and the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Though this supplemental plan has yet to be prepared, once released, it will present opponents of the rail money with another target for legal challenges. Flashman noted that the supplemental plan is required to get into greater detail than the initial one about sources of funding for the first usable segment of the rail line. “Only after language has been prepared, submitted and approved can the authority spend any bond fund money,” Flashman said. “It’s a padlock on the strongbox containing that bond money.” Flashman and Brady are also looking forward to Kenny’s response to the second part of their legal challenge — one that focuses on a Proposition 1A provision that requires high-speed trains to be able to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Kenny will consider this challenge at a later date. Though the ramification’s of Kenny’s decision won’t become apparent until at least November, the recent opinion has given fresh hope to the Peninsula’s legion of rail critics, many of whom have toned it down over the past two years as the rail authority’s focus shifted to the Central Valley. John Garamendi Jr., Palo Alto’s high-speed-rail lobbyist in Sacramento, called Kenny’s ruling “an enormous deal” and a huge victory against high-speed rail. The judge’s determination that the rail authority must identify funding sources and get environmental clearance for the entire “initial operating segment” rather than the first constructed section “may be a hurdle too high for them to cross,” Garamendi told the City Council’s Rail Committee on Aug. 22. “However, it would appear the governor and high-speed rail staff are not concerned in the least about it,” Garamendi said. “I still believe we’re a country of the rule of law. We’ll see what the judge thinks about that.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Aug. 22-27 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sexual assault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . 3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . .4 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Miscellaneous Animal call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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F. Scott Tobey March 2, 1944 – May 8, 2013 F. Scott Tobey (3/2/1944-5/8/2013), beloved brother, son, uncle and friend, died suddenly 5/8/2013 of heart disease in his home in Palo Alto, CA. Scott grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Walpole High in 1962 and from Antioch College in 1968, worked for VISTA in Chicago for two years, then went on to complete two years’ graduate study at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, leaving in 1972. He worked as a project analyst in Boston for the Department of Human Services for several years, then briefly for Jimmy Carter’s campaign and transition team in Washington, DC (1976-77). In 1979, following a personal crisis, he came to live with his sister Pat in California, soon moving to his beloved Palo Alto, CA, where he lived an active and fulfilling life. The range of his interests was broad. He had an insightful and incisive mind in the areas of political science, social justice and public policy. He developed materials in Christian apologetics and evangelism, and advanced work on a personal project in evangelism in film.

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IN OUR GENES Living with Inherited Heart Disease The Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, would like to invite you to join us for a day of community and learning focusing on issues surrounding living with an inherited heart condition. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 8:00AM–5:00PM

Transitions Jiann Gwo Yu Jiann Gwo Yu, 68, of Palo Alto, died on Sunday, Aug. 11. He was born in 1944. He was a scientist and engineer who had a passion for research and development work in opteoelectronics and LED lighting technology. He had a PhD in materials science and a Master’s in physics. He was a mentor and teacher to his family, friends and colleagues. A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 23 in Palo Alto.

Alvin Henry Soderquist Alvin Henry Soderquist of Palo Alto died on Aug. 25. He was born on Feb. 23, 1921 in Chicago. He was married to Helen for 67 years. He was a member of Unity Church of Palo Alto for 30 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a mining engineer who retired from Fluor International. He was an avid golfer. He was also a member of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Club and served as president for two years. He received the City of Palo Alto STAR award in 1997. His sons are Steve, Scott (Debbie) and Jayne. He was grandfather to Loch (Petina), Hugh (Mele), and Eric Soderquist and Mathew and Nathan (Brittany) Kempe; greatgrandfather to Ella, Ava, Kai Koura, Fallon, Memphis and newborn

McKenzie. At his request, no service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Church of Palo Alto or Pathway Hospice Foundation of Sunnyvale.

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“Havana Requiem” by Paul Goldstein; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 308 pages; $26

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tanford University law professor Paul Goldstein thinks that “if you scratch any of the lawyer heroes in contemporary fiction in America, you don’t have to scratch too deep to find Atticus Finch looking back at you.” This is all too true in Goldstein’s latest novel, “Havana Requiem,” which won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction in July. The prize, sponsored by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law, is awarded each year to a novel that continues the tradition of the author it is named for, exemplifying the complex role lawyers play in society and celebrating the ideals embodied by “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” Atticus Finch. “Havana Requiem” is Goldstein’s third novel featuring Michael Seeley, an intellectual-property attorney and modern-day incarnation of Finch for whom the rule of law “is in the marrow of his bones,” Goldstein said. Goldstein’s third installment of legal thrillers takes Seeley, who works for a large law firm in New York City, to Cuba in a quixotic quest to help a group of Cuban musicians reclaim the rights to music that had been granted to music publishers for far less than their current worth. We meet Seeley — a recovering alcoholic whose past professional demise and failed marriage are referenced throughout the novel, serving as hints for what went down in Goldstein’s first two novels — as he is trying to rebuild his career, taking on an art gallery for “gouging on its commission” to a painter, winning a case for a screenwriter whose film studio failed to fairly share profits. “But these were wealthy clients,” Goldstein writes. Seeley — forever Finch-inspired — prefers his pro bono cases, impoverished artists whom no one else will represent or fight for. So when Héctor Reynoso, a black Cuban who is fighting to reclaim the rights to music he and a group of 13 musicians made in the 1940s and 1950s in Havana, walks into Seeley’s New York City office, Seeley is immediately drawn in. Reynoso’s character is inspired by Compay Segundo, a Cuban guitarist, singer and composer who was part of the famed Buena Vista Social Club. From the first lines of the novel — “The man could have climbed from the frame of an ancient newsreel: a sharecropper escaping the Depression-era South with the last scraps of his possessions; a

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Title Pages Paul Goldstein

REDEMPTION Copyright law, race, politics and music intersect in Stanford law professor’s third novel

skin-and-bones survivor fleeing yet another sub-Saharan catastrophe.” — the reader gets a feel for Goldstein’s writing style, which is dedicated to in-depth description and detailed imagery. “Black but light-skinned, erect as a recruit, he waited inside the office doorway, intelligent eyes darting about, undecided between entering and escaping. Was it apprehension that Michael Seeley detected, or just curiosity? Fear that Seeley wouldn’t take him as a client, or that he would?” Seeley does, unknowingly entering into a saga that involves not only copyright issues, but also race, government corruption, a Cuban love interest, murder and much intrigue. Goldstein himself said he fell in love with copyright law his second year at Columbia Law School, from which he graduated in 1967. “I didn’t like law school the first year,” Goldstein said. “I decided that if I was going to stay, I was going to somehow connect it to what was really my passion, which was literature.” At the time, the closest thing to literature within the law world was copyright law, so he took a course and “absolutely fell in love with the field.” He started his teaching career at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he stayed for eight years until coming to Stanford in

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1975. He began as a professor of law and in 1985, was appointed as the Lillick Professor of Law. Throughout his career, he has written both fiction and nonfiction relating to intellectual-property law, becoming an internationally recognized expert on the topic. He also served as chairman of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information for a year and since 1988 has been of counsel to the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP in its intellectual-property group. He said that the ideas for his intellectual-property-themed fictional works, including the first two Seeley novels, “Errors and Omissions” (2006) and “A Patent Lie” (2012), were all born from case work, a law class or research he was working on. “Havana Requiem” came out of a research project he embarked on to examine authors’ rights in communist countries. He chose Cuba as a country with a socialist legal system as well as “robust popular culture.” He hired a research assistant who had spent time in Cuba and is fluent in Spanish (Goldstein is not). “In the midst of that I said ‘You know, it’s a great research project and it’s ongoing, but I think there’s a story here. I think there’s a novel here as well.’”

Goldstein’s research took him (legally) to Cuba for a week in March 2010, where he interviewed numerous people within the “music establishment” — collecting societies (bodies given the authority to license copyrighted works and collect royalties on behalf of its members), record labels, music publishing companies — and observed the places that he recreates in “Havana Requiem.” “It was sort of you like you were writing a 19th-century historical novel and then you get to go there,” Goldstein said of his trip. The hotel Goldstein stayed at, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, appears in the novel (Seeley stays there, too). There is flowing description of Soviet-era buildings, crumbling tenements, palm trees, the stagnant heat and everywhere Seeley looks, remnants of the revolution that replaced Cuban President Fulgencio Batista with communist revolutionary Fidel Castro in 1959. After Reynoso mysteriously disappears, Seeley’s plan is to visit as many of the 13 Cuban musicians, or more appropriately, composers, as possible and get them to sign a termination form, which under copyright law allows singers and songwriters who transferred copyright to an outside entity, such as a music publisher, to terminate this transfer after a certain period of time. Getting the composers to sign proves difficult, as many fear retribution from “La Seguridad,” the Cuban police, and MININT, the Ministry of the Interior. MININT, the Castro regime’s main governing arm, was known to be an oppressive, corrupt force. Cuban and American politics become central in the novel, with each governments’ financial and political interests deeply intertwined. Another central theme is race, but it is also about the music, or music as a vessel for “la cultura,” authentic Cuban culture. “It’s been a long-term interest of mine going way back before I started writing novels to promote author’s right in this country. And that’s Michael Seeley’s hang-up. He doesn’t really care that much about copyright, he cares about authors and authors’ rights.” In this, there are again echoes of Atticus Finch. And just as Finch fought for legal, racial and social justice in Alabama, Seeley fights until the end to restore not only the composers’ ownership, but also their right to choice, freedom and hope. N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@paweekly.com.

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Several young musicians will perform Sept. 7: Palo Alto duo Remi and Chloe, above; the Menlo Park The Neighbors playing last year’s festival, above right; another look at The Neighbors, center right; the San Jose band Headcreep, below right.

Teen musicians may be too young to play some venues, but they get an event all their own at the Hurricane Music Festival by Sam Borsos

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Palo Alto teen-band music both play rock; Build the Empire festival — organized by a from Hollister, which plays alterMenlo Park teen — is back native rock; and Headcreep from in town for the second year. The San Jose, which plays grunge and free Hurricane Music Festival will punk music. be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at MitchThe musicians will bring a vaell Park. riety of sounds to the event. For Steffan Salas, a instance, Remi and Menlo Park resident Chloe (two Palo Alto and a senior at MenHigh School students lo-Atherton High who were profiled School, has lined up in the Weekly in four teen bands — March) have a bluesy, two of them local soulful style, mixing — to play the outtheir original songs door festival, which with such classics is also presented as “(Sittin’ On) The by Palo Alto’s Teen Dock of the Bay,” Arts Council. In adwhile Headcreep has dition to the music, a more hard-edged there will be food approach — and a and a “Skateboard Steffan Salas. digital album out Jam” hosted by Skate called “Enjoy Your Works in Los Altos. Cancer,” with songs such as “Don’t Steffan, who has organized the Do Hugs,” “Rotting” and “Playing event for the past two years, says With Guns.” the idea to put on a teen-oriented The festival, Steffan says, is cenfestival came to him when his own tered on the idea that teen bands band, Reckless Flesh, had trouble can perform for people of all ages, finding local venues to play. which is not the case at age-re“I thought that it would be awe- stricted venues like bars. some to somehow find the best “None of us are 21 so we can’t teenage bands in the Bay Area really play those venues,” he says. and be able to showcase them at “You can go to San Jose, San Franan event where they would get a cisco or Berkeley to play, but the lot of exposure,” he says. “As long venues are really big.” as they’re talented at what they do, He also sees the festival as an I wanted to showcase the newest opportunity for teens and others to rising musicians in the area.” hear live performances, rather than The four bands are The Neigh- be limited to online downloads and bors from Menlo Park and Remi streaming. and Chloe from Palo Alto, which “There aren’t many chances to Page 16ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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Desert Cities� centers on a well-heeled family that occupies opposite sides of the American political divide. Mom and dad Polly and Lyman Wyeth counted Ronnie and Nancy among their circle of GOP friends, and like that famous Washington couple, Polly and Lyman both have roots in Hollywood: he as a character actor famous for his death scenes and she for writing (in partnership with her sister) a series of ‘60s comedies that sound an awful lot like the “Gidget� movies. Making the transition from movies to politics has paid off handsomely for the Wyeths who, in their golden years, are living in the kind of Palm Springs home that looks like it was designed less for living and more for making an impression in glossy magazines about the good life (the TheatreWorks set by Alexander Dodge is a thing of architectural beauty). It’s Christmas 2004, and Polly (Kandis Chappell) and Lyman (James Sutorius) are celebrating Christmas with their adult children, Trip (Rod Brogan), the producer of a goofy TV show involving court cases and celebrity juries; and Brooke (Kate Turnbull), a successful novel-

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on Robin Baitz’s THEATER “Other Desert Cities� is the kind of play they don’t make much anymore. The last time the world of American drama paid attention to a family drama was Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County,� and that story of an explosive family shredded by secrets and hostilities has more than a few things in common with “Other Desert Cities� — things like deep-held secrets and not-so-secret hostilities. Baitz, who took a detour from the stage into television with the series “Brothers and Sisters� until network interference pushed him back to the theater, returns in fine form with “Desert Cities� and makes good on all that promise he showed with an early string of hits that included “The Substance of Fire� and “Three Hotels.� A respectable hit on Broadway in 2010, “Other Desert Cities� is now where it belongs: delighting audiences at regional theaters around the country. The Bay Area debut comes courtesy of TheatreWorks in a coproduction with San Diego’s The Old Globe, where it ran earlier this year with many of the same actors. Like Baitz’s TV show, “Other

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz. ist who has battled depression. Polly’s sister, Silda (Julia Brothers), is also in attendance, having just been released from rehab after five years of sobriety. The Wyeths are a family that banters. The liberal kids are in constant opposition to their old-guard Republican parents, but it’s a practiced, loving battle of many years. Or so it seems at the start. From the first mention of a dead son, Henry, who died many years before, the cracks begin to appear in the Wyeth facade. The ground all but opens up when Brooke announces that she has written and sold a new book. The surprise is that this is not a novel but a memoir that deals candidly with the death of her brother and how his hippie-activist, anti-Vietnam ways

clashed so tragically with his parents’ political ambitions. From the play’s first moments, thanks largely to the incredible set, the audience is completely drawn into the Wyeth household drama, and once Baitz’s crackling dialogue begins, resistance is futile. This is a classically well-made play about the theater of family: how each member chooses and plays a role, some more forcefully than others. There are no gimmicks as the drama unfolds over a couple of fraught December days. Whether this is a family breaking apart or ultimately pulling together isn’t revealed until the last moments of the two-hour play. Expertly directed by Richard Seer, this cast performs with such precision it’s hard to imagine anyone better in the roles. Chappell dominates the stage as the powerhouse Polly, a bright woman so devoid of compassion (yet not of love) for her children it’s almost shocking to hear some of the things that come out of her mouth. She’s brutal but she’s also funny, which makes her irresistible. For his part, Sutorius’ Lyman could come off as a doddering Reagan wannabe, but the actor’s performance has depth and sadness that make for an endearing, if deeply flawed, portrait of the rich, white American male of the Republican variety. Brothers’ tart-tongued, truth-talking Silda is a scene-stealer, and so is Brogan’s Trip, a role that could be seen as providing comic-relief zingers every once in a while. But until

he is silenced in the last stretch of the play, Brogan is a major player in the emotional puzzle that is the Wyeth family. As Brooke, the tortured writer who thinks she knows all she needs to know about her parents’ hardness and her brother’s death, Turnbull brings a bleeding heart — of the political and emotional variety — to the stage and anchors the gripping plot in the raw, fragile, remarkably astute psyche of a writer who has to write to try and understand herself and her family. As a family drama, “Other Desert Cities� satisfies in glorious ways, but what’s even more astonishing about it is the way Baitz uses one family’s story to explore the state of American politics, dissecting the things that divide us and astutely examining why that fissure may — or may not — ever be healed. N What: “Other Desert Cities� by Jon Robin Baitz, presented by TheatreWorks Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. When: Through Sept. 15 with 7:30 p.m. shows TuesdayWednesday, 8 p.m. ThursdayFriday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Tickets are $19-$73. Info: Go to theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.

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torical development, an allegory of approaches to artistry of all kinds, a romance of unfulfillment (a Wong motif), a wartime drama with long-game strategies for emotional survival (including a nod to chess), and a philosophical parable about waning time, roads not taken and passing on unfulfilled hopes. More than anything, perhaps, “The Grandmaster� is a feminist tragedy that at least in this cut seems to lose interest in Ip Man and pass the torch to the considerably more fascinating Gong Er, who — if not for her sex — might have been a grandmaster. (She’s told: “You’re just a woman. You don’t count.�) But, yeah, there are also some pretty cool fights, most especially a thrillingly conceived sequence before a speeding train on a snowy night. Along with his usual filigrees of slo-mo and lush attention to color and environment, Wong makes the best use I’ve ever seen of fight-scene P.O.V. to vitalize the action with a blow to your face. Ain’t that a kick in the head? Rated PG-13 for violence, smoking, drug use and language. One hour, 48 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Blue Jasmine (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 2:15, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 2, 4:25, 7, 9:25 p.m. Closed Circuit (R) (( Century 16: 11:35 a.m. & 2:10, 4:35, 7:30, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: noon & 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 p.m. Despicable Me 2 (PG) (( Century 16: 11:45 a.m., 2:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 10:05 p.m. In 3D 4:45 p.m. Elysium (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m. & 2:25, 5:10, 8, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 8, 10:40 p.m. Employees’ Entrance (1933) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 6:05, 9:15 p.m. The French Connection (1971) (R)Century 16: 2 p.m. Century 20: Wed 2 & 7 p.m. Getaway (PG-13) Century 16: 11:55 a.m. & 2:20, 4:50, 7:45, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m. & 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 p.m. The Grandmaster (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m. & 1:45, 4:25, 7:35, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:40, 5:!5, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. Sat 12:05, 2:40, 5:!5, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. Instructions Not Included (PG-13) Century 16: 11:05 a.m. & 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 p.m. Jobs (PG-13) ((1/2 7:15, 10:15 p.m.

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defense barrister Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Erdogan’s Special Advocate, Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall). Rose has landed the case only under suspicious circumstances (the apparent suicide of his predecessor), and the mutual presence of Simmons-Howe and him represents a major issue, in that they’re bound to disclose their prior relationship. That would mean one of them dropping the case, which neither has any intention of doing. And so the otherwise justiceminded duo fudges the law at the outset of their work, which also requires a total blackout of communication while a determination is made as to how much secret evidence may be withheld from the view of Rose and the public “in the interest of national security.� It’s awfully difficult to swallow Martin and Claudia jeopardizing the hugely important case on a technicality that’s a) obviously bound to come around and bite them and b) predictably the very reason Martin was put on the case. Just when you suspend disbelief for those shenanigans, the paranoid-thriller mechanics set in, and “Closed Circuit� starts to feel an awful lot like business as usual. Snarky commentary about the “fair and transparent� legal system does mean a couple of delicious scenes between Bana and the great Jim

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How to make the perfect burger Local chefs, meat-market owner dole out burger-making tips for Labor Day Story by Elena Kadvany Photos by Veronica Weber

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he definition of what makes the perfect burger varies from person to person. For most, it’s the meat. Others, the bun. For some, it’s adding the most outrageous toppings possible. At a Labor Day barbecue, it might be difficult to satisfy all guests’ preferences, but with a few burgercrafting tips from local chefs and one meat-market owner, it’s worth a try. For most burger aficionados, it all starts with the meat, and most importantly, using the freshest meat possible. Mark Dittmer, the son of the owner of Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus in Los Altos, said he often recommends the German

meat store’s regular ground chuck, which has a touch of brisket ground in and sells for $3.99 per pound. Dittmer’s keeps the chuck at about 15 percent fat. “My dad is very adamant about having pretty much the best ground meat out there for first-time customers,” Dittmer said. He also called his father, who is from Hamburg, Germany, “an original Hamburger.” For those looking to step off the beaten burger path, Dittmer said he uses the store’s meatloaf — 80 percent beef, 10 percent veal, 10 percent pork and Dittmer’s father’s own blend of seasonings — to make his own burgers at home. He likes to mix in black pepper, a little red wine

Above: The peppercorn-crusted burger at Palo Alto Grill, served with house-made ketchup and fries. Left: Joel Whitaker, a junior sous-chef at Palo Alto Grill, swirls ketchup on a bun. and fried bacon and onions with the ground meat. Ryan Shelton, chef at the recently opened Palo Alto Grill, also recommends using ground chuck. Palo Alto Grill gets beef ground to staff’s specifications from Bassian Farms in San Jose. The meat strikes a happy medium of 70 percent meat, 30 percent fat. “This is kind of the sweet spot that we found between moisture and presence,” Shelton said. Adam Fleischman, owner of the Umami Burger chain (which has an outpost in downtown Palo Alto), comes from another camp: Don’t buy ground beef. Page 20ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

He recommends buying three or four kinds of steak to blend together: a little chuck, a little skirt, a little sirloin or any fattier cut of meat. Chop them up, mix them together and let the mixture sit in the freezer for 20 minutes until it’s cold but not frozen. Then put the meat mixture in a food processor until it’s coarsely ground, not fine. (One of Fleischman’s “early secrets,” he said, is to use a food processor instead of a meat grinder.) Doing this part yourself, he said, is the number-one way to make a great burger at home. When the meat comes out of the food processor, Fleischman said, pour it onto a pan or tray, very light-

ly pressing down so it barely holds together. Then put it into the fridge to “firm it up.” When you take it out, season it at the last minute with salt and pepper. Fleischman said to always cook burgers on a cast-iron pan or “anything that can get really hot.” Put the heat on for 10 minutes until the pan is extremely hot — without oil — and then sear the patty without flipping it for two-and-a-half minutes. Flip it only once to the other side for another two minutes. At that point, it should be medium rare, and Fleischman said to take it off the heat for a two-minute resting period. But the patty is the only one do-

PaloEating Alto Weekly Out Palo Alto Grill Ketchup (from Chef Ryan Shelton) Ingredients: 2 cups malt vinegar 1 1/3cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tube good-quality tomato paste 2 cups canned tomato paste Salt, to taste Instructions: Put malt vinegar, sugar, onion powder and garlic powder in a pot and simmer over medium heat until reduced to 2 cups total. Add tomato paste and season with salt, whisking smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month. Umami Hatch Burger Here’s a basic home-recipe version of the Hatch Burger. Note that this is edited for home use and may not reflect the exact version in restaurants.

Dittmer Bubert prepares the ground beef for sale at Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus. ing any resting. For Umami’s Hatch burger, which Fleischman said is the most at-home-friendly recipe, use the two minutes to put together the toppings. Throw on a slice of white American cheese and a mix of roasted peppers (roast serranos, jalapeños and poblanos in the oven, put them in a Ziploc bag and then chop them up together) and cover the burger so the cheese melts. Though Umami is known for adding uber-indulgent toppings (bacon lard, anyone?), Fleischman is a purist when it comes to condiments. “Don’t put any condiments on the bun except maybe garlic aioli or mayo,” he said. “Ketchup or mustard would change the flavor and take away from it.” Dittmer agrees. The store sells curry ketchup, but that’s for fries, and he doesn’t put mustard on his burgers. (But if he did, he would use Düsseldorf, a German mustard that comes in a glass container shaped liked a miniature beer mug and is named for the German city.) But ketchup lovers shouldn’t despair. Palo Alto Grill makes its own ketchup in-house to pair with Shelton’s peppercorn burger. The eight-ounce, slightly salted patty is dredged in a coarse grind of black pepper, almost like breading a fish, Shelton said. “You know, it’s not a cheeseburger,” he said. “It’s just a burger. So I really want it to be the meat with the peppercorn on it and then the ketchup and the bun. I want that to be all you’re tasting.” The burger is also served with lettuce and tomato “for a little bit of that kind of juiciness, that cooling contrast and texture,” and a spicy pickle on top that customers can eat between bites or put in the burger. “But we really want it to just be the patty and the ketchup that handles the show.” The ketchup is made with malt vinegar, sugar, garlic and onion powders and tomato paste. When it comes to grilling, Shelton recommends making a patty thick to produce a medium rare burger “with a good bit of red still left in the center.” “Don’t worry about pressing it or

turning it too often,” he added. “Just let it crisp really well on both sides. It can go very fast because of the fat content. And don’t be afraid of fat content, because it’s really sort of a balancing act. If you have a lot of fat in the burger, it’s going to help it to cook more evenly and retain more moisture.” A low amount of fat will take longer to cook and will dry the meat out, he said. He cooks the burger on a gaspowered charbroiler for about 8 to

10 minutes, depending on “doneness.” Last but not least in the burgermaking process is putting everything together on a bun. Joel Gott, owner of Gott’s Roadside — which started as a burger shack in St. Helena in 1949 and has grown into three upscale fast-food establishments, with a fourth on its way to Palo Alto this fall — said the (continued on next page)

Ingredients: Brioche bun or Hawaiian Roll

6-ounce ground all natural steak blend patty (you can ask your butcher to grind it for you) White American cheese Blend of roasted seasonal green chiles (Anaheim chiles are a great addition. Also poblanos, serranos or jalapenos for heat. To reduce heat, remove the seeds.) Garlic aioli (mayo with chopped or crushed garlic added) Umami Master Sauce (available at umami.com) Umami Dust (available at umami. com) Butter Instructions: Form patty and cook to medium rare. Season with a dash of Umami Master Sauce and sprinkle of Umami Dust while cooking for maximum flavor. Lightly butter and toast brioche bun or Hawaiian roll. Build burger from bottom up with beef patty, American cheese and chile blend.

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second most important thing when it comes to cooking burgers, after using the best meat, is the bun. “The number-one mistake that people do is they get soft bread, and everything slides out the back,” Gott said. Gott’s serves its burgers on a toasted egg bun, which is soft on the inside with a glazed top that provides structure. Dittmer recommends using Watsonville-based Golden Sheaf Bakery’s ciabatta bread, which the meat market sells. One of most sought-after menu items at Gott’s is actually not a classic beef burger, but an ahi tuna burger. When making ahi at home, Gott said, “you want to get the freshest, cleanest ahi you can.” And it’s best to buy an ahi steak, versus ground ahi, he added. Make sure the steak is cut evenly, so one side doesn’t cook faster than the other. Dip the steak in a sauce like Soy Vay Teriyaki, get the grill as hot as possible (“You don’t want to cook it, you’re just trying to sear the outside”) and

Info: Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus 4540 El Camino Real, Los Altos 650-941-3800, dittmers.com Gott’s Roadside (coming soon) Town & Country Village, Building 2, Palo Alto gotts.com Palo Alto Grill 140 University Ave., Palo Alto 650-321-3514, paloaltogrill.com Umami Burger 452 University Ave, Palo Alto 650-321-8626, umami.com

flip it often so the outside is charred and the inside a little pink. The best topping for ahi is some sort of Asian slaw or salad, Gott said. His restaurants serve the ahi burger seared rare with ginger-wasabi mayo and a slaw made with green and red cabbage, cilantro, ginger, shallots, green onion and an Asian dressing that Gott said is similar to

Soy Vay. A chopped vegetable salad tossed in any Asian dressing could work well too, he said. For a meat burger, Gott’s words of wisdom are “don’t overcook,” and have fun with seasonal toppings. Instead of using cheese or ketchup, go on a search for artisan pickles (maybe pick up some Bubbies pickled green tomatoes at Dittmer’s), make your own “secret sauce” (Gott’s is basically ketchup and mayonnaise with some chopped herbs), throw a barbecued pineapple slice on top, find the perfect tomato or avocado. Gott, who previously worked at a Sonoma County winery and now owns numerous wine brands of his own, had endless recommendations for burger-wine parings, but his go-to’s are sauvignon blanc or rosé for the ahi and zinfandels for a meat burger. For beer, he recommends the classic Anchor Steam, any Pilsner or, for a Labor Day barbecue, purchasing a mix of local or craft beers that guests might have not tried. Shelton said that if a burger does have ketchup on it, the sweetness makes wine difficult. “Sweet foods

Four types of green chiles crowd the hatch burger at Umami Burger, along with Monterey Jack cheese. tend to make the wine bitter. But beer, you don’t really have that problem.” He recommends the Palo Alto Brewing Company’s Hoppy Ending Pale Ale, “a good meat beer.” Fleischman echoes that, recommending a pale ale or IPA to go with Umami’s Hatch burger. On the wine side of things, he’d do a fruity zin-

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Acupuncture: Annie Wang Acupuncture, 895 Sherwood Ave., Suite 101, Los Altos

Best Hardware Store: Palo Alto Hardware

Best Book Store: Kepler’s Books & Magazines

Auto Repair: Larry’s AutoWorks, 2526 Leghorn St., Mountain View Chiropractor: Health Logic, 633 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park Day Spa: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto Dentist: Palo Alto Dental Group, 511 Byron St., Palo Alto Dry Cleaner: AJ’s Quick Clean, 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Fitness Classes: Uforia Studios, 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto Frame Shop: Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Frame Shop – First Year Hall of Fame: University Art, 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Gym: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto Hair Salon: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto Hotel: Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park Hotel – First Year Hall of Fame: Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto Manicure/Pedicure: LaBelle Day Spa and Salon, 95 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto Massage: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto Massage Therapy Center, 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Men’s Haircut: The President Barbershop, 490 University Ave., Palo Alto Men’s Haircut – Second Year Hall of Fame: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto New Service Business: Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road Orthodontist: Midpeninsula Orthodontics, 965 High St., Palo Alto Personal Trainers: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto Plumber: Guy Plumbing, 1265 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Shoe Repair: Midtown Shoe Repair, 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Skin Care: LaBelle Day Spa and Salon, 95 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Best Hotel: Garden Court Hotel

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Pharmacy/Drug Store: CVS, 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 3935 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto; 352 University Ave., Palo Alto

Skin Care – Second Year Hall of Fame: Skin Spirit, 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto Travel Agency: AAA, 430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto Value Hotel/Motel: Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Veterinarian: Adobe Animal Hospital, 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital, 1125 Merrill St., Menlo Park Yoga: YogaSource, 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Pharmacy/Drug Store – Second Year Hall of Fame: Walgreens, 4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 300 University Ave., Palo Alto; 2605 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Shoe Store: Footwear, Etc., 463 University Ave., Palo Alto

Retail

Stationery Store: Village Stationers, 310 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 719 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

Beauty Supply: Peninsula Beauty Supply, 250 University Ave., Palo Alto Bike Shop: Mike’s Bikes, 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Bookstore: Books, Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Bookstore – First Year Hall of Fame: Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Boutique: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto Eyewear: Uber Eyes, 2750 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Florist: Stanford Floral Design, 433 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Michaela’s Flower Shop, 453 Waverley St Palo Alto Gift Shop: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto Green Business: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto Green Business – Second Year Hall of Fame: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto Hardware store: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto Home Decor & Furnishings: IKEA, 1700 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto Jewelry Store: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto Men’s Apparel: Macy’s, 300 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto Men’s Apparel – Second Year Hall of Fame: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto New Retail Business: West Elm, 180 University Ave., Palo Alto Nursery/Garden Supply: SummerWinds Nursery, 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto; 805 Yuba Drive, Mountain View Pet Store: Pet Food Express, 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sporting Goods & Apparel: Lululemon Athletica, 432 University Ave., Palo Alto

Toy Store: Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World, 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto Women’s Apparel: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

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Bagels: Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, 477 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 2220-B University Ave., East Palo Alto

House of Bagels, 526 University Ave., Palo Alto Bakery/Desserts: Prolific Oven, 550 Waverley St., Palo Alto BBQ: Armadillo Willy’s, 994 Acacia Ave., Los Altos Breakfast: Joanie’s Cafe, 405 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Burgers: Kirk’s Steakburger, 75 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Burgers – Second Year Hall of Fame: The Counter, 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Burrito: Sancho’s Taqueria, 491 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto; 2723 Middlefield Road Deli/Sandwich: The Village Cheese House, 157 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Dim Sum: Ming’s Chinese Cuisine and Bar, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto Grocery Store: Whole Foods, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto, Grocery Store – First Year Hall of Fame: Trader Joe’s, 140 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Happy Hour: Nola, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto Ice Cream: Rick’s Ice Cream, 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Milkshake: Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store, 900 High St., Palo Alto

Milkshake: Third Year Hall of Fame: Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto New Food/Drink Establishment: La Boulange, 151 University Ave., Palo Alto Pizza: Patxi’s Chicago Pizza, 441 Emerson St., Palo Alto Produce: California Avenue Farmers’ Market, California Avenue between Ash and El Camino Real, Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round Salad: Sprout Cafe, 168 University Ave., Palo Alto Seafood: Cook’s Seafood, 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Seafood – First Year Hall of Fame: The Fish Market, 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Steak: Sundance the Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Takeout: Su Hong, 4256 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Yogurt: Fraichê, 200 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

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Ambiance: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Ambiance – Third Year Hall of Fame: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto Bar/Lounge: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Italian Restaurant: Il Fornaio, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto Latin American Cuisine: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Sushi/Japanese Restaurant: Fuki Sushi, 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Thai Restaurant: Bangkok Cuisine, 407 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto

Meal Under $20: LYFE Kitchen, 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Mediterranean Restaurant: Mediterranean Wraps, 425 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 209 University Ave.

Thai Restaurant – Third Year Hall of Fame: Thaiphoon, 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto Vegetarian Restaurant: LYFE Kitchen, 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Wine Bar: The Wine Room, 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Mediterranean Restaurant – Third Year Hall of Fame: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto Mexican Restaurant: Reposado, 236 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Fun Stuff

New Restaurant: Terrone, 448 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Art Gallery: Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford

Outdoor Dining: Caffe Riace, 200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto

Nightlife: Nola, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Restaurant to Splurge: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto

Place for a Kid’s Playdate: Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Romantic Restaurant: Flea Street Café, 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

Palo Alto Park: Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills

Solo Dining: Calafia Café & Market a Go Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Place to Enjoy the Outdoors: Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills

Sports Bar: Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

Place for Live Entertainment: City of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sports Bar – Second Year Hall of Fame: The Old Pro, 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto Sunday Brunch: St. Michael’s Alley, 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Best Milkshake: Palo Alto Creamery

Place to go for a Run: The Stanford Dish, Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard Wi-Fi Hotspot: Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto Best Sports Bar: The Old Pro

California Cuisine: Calafia Café & Market a Go Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Chinese Restaurant: Chef Chu’s, 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos Coffee house: Philz Coffee, 101 Forest Ave., Palo Alto; 3191 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Dining With Kids: California Pizza Kitchen, 531 Cowper St., Palo Alto; 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto French Restaurant: Pastis, 447 S. California Ave., Palo Alto Fusion: Calafia Café & Market a Go Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Fusion – First Year Hall of Fame: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto Indian Restaurant: Amber India, 150 University Ave., Palo Alto

Best Frame Store: University Art Category Name of Company

Best Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s

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Auto Repair The reason Larry’s AutoWorks was voted best auto repair shop is quite simple: “We’re the best,” owner Larry Moore says. He says that his customers always tell him that they keep coming back because Moore and his team are straight-shooters. If it isn’t broken or if it doesn’t make sense to fix, Moore will tell his customers just that. “We take care of cars,” he acknowledges, “but what we really take care of is car owners.” 2526 Leghorn St., Mountain View, 650-968-5202

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Customers agree for the second year running that Health Logic is the best chiropractor to remove the groans and aches in the body and improve your quality of life. Their chiropractors use unconventional preventative medical techniques to strengthen the body and prevent ailments. Health Logic crafts wellness programs with patients and also offers physiotherapy, bone-density screenings and lifestyle advice. 633 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park, 650-853-1800; healthlogicllc.com

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Best Orthodontist: Midpeninsula Orthodontics

Day Spa Life is already stressful, so chill out. Sometimes you need a break and time to relax. With hot-tub rooms, fullhour Swedish massage (either deep tissue or prenatal), skincare and spa treatments, Watercourse Way may be the perfect place to do just that. It’s got the Best Of chops to prove it — previous to winning this year, it had three consecutive Hall of Fame appearances. 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000; www.watercourseway.com

Dentist For all your teeth-related needs, head to Palo Alto Dental Group, a local establishment that’s still operating out of the same building it opened in, in 1934. State-of-the-art technology, high-quality care, friendly and experienced staff and a committed attention to de-

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tail make Palo Alto Dental Group the best dentist in town. 511 Byron St., Palo Alto, 650-323-1381; www. paloaltodentalgroup.com

Dry Cleaner AJ’s Quick Clean, which won for best dry cleaner in 2010 and tied with Charleston Cleaners last year, is known for quick turnaround, friendly service and environmentally conscious dry cleaning. AJ’s also serves as a laundromat and is conveniently located next to Philz Coffee’s midtown location. Grab a cup of joe and hang out while your clothes get clean! 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-1550; AJsCleaners.com

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Readers were euphoric over exercise at Uforia Studios in Palo Alto. Taking on the legendary runner’s high, the studio claims its workouts are “so much fun you’ll forget it’s good for you.” Instructors with performance backgrounds, such as dancing and acting, take students through the moves of such energetic workouts as Zumba, GRIT cardio and strengthening, “fever” aerobics and Revolution, a full-body cycling workout developed by a dancer. When time is of the essence, Uforia exercise makes the most with intense, satisfying workouts. 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-329-8794; www.uforiastudios.com

Need help finding a specialized frame? Want an art supply but just can’t find it anywhere? Accent Arts has what you need, delivering a wide range of framing options and art supplies to artists throughout the area. Its unique selection means that you will never be bored, and its friendly and helpful staff will make sure you get the attention and help that you need. Accent Arts also offers an online store that allows for easy access to its vast inventory. 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650424-1044; accentarts.com

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Frame Shop Hall of Fame: First Year Want to hang a photo in something that is more than a flat frame? Looking to make a custom gift for someone special? You can find what you need at University Art, a mainstay of downtown Palo Alto located at the intersection of Hamilton and Ramona since 1964. University Art provides a full range of art supplies for the professional and amateur artists alike, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable staff to navigate the store and assist you with your framing questions. 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-3500; universityart.com

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Best Yoga: YogaSource

The spotless, expansive gym at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center continues to dazzle and challenge visitors with its wide array of muscle-toning, pound-shedding, endurance-building offerings. Aside from the usual treadmills and bench presses, the JCC gym features two swimming pools (one for children and one for adults), cycling studios and a large roster of friendly and knowledgeable personal trainers offering individual advice and group classes on pilates, Zumba, Vinyasa yoga and other activities guaranteed

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Hair Salon For the fourth straight year, voters have chosen Hair International as the best place to get a fresh new cut. The salon, which also is in its second year of Hall of Fame for Men’s Haircut, takes both appointments and walk-ins. For the extra mile in beauty, Hair International offers Brazilian blow-dries, facial hair waxing and threading, and spa-style manicures and pedicures. 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007; www.hairintl.com

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Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill, winner of “Best Hotel” for the fifth year, has become a center of the Peninsula social scene since its opening in 2009. Locals, as well as hotel guests, enjoy the hotel’s relaxed California ranch atmosphere, Madera restaurant, the terrace for sunset cocktails, and the lounge for a lively scene in any season. New this year are Saturday jazz nights in the hotel lobby lounge and the in-house chocolate line (used for desserts, wedding favors and turn-down services), launched by executive pastry chef Mellisa Root. There is also a new treatment “menu” at Sense spa. 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 650-561-1500; www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/sandhill

Hotel Hall of Fame: First Year Visitors to Palo Alto find the perfect home away from home at the luxury, boutique Garden Court Hotel, voted “best hotel” so many times it’s now in the Hall of Fame. Even sans automobile, newcomers easily can get the local lay of the land, with quiet neighborhood streets as well as all the attractions of downtown at their doorstep, and Stanford not much farther. The Garden Court remains popular with locals as well as an elegant venue for weddings, private dinners and election-night parties. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-322-9000; gardencourt.com

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Get your nails looking their finest at LaBelle Day Spa and Salon where business has been thriving since 1976. With two other Bay Area locations, the salon with the winning manicure and pedicure of 2013 can expertly complete your spa treatment with their signature treatments like Nights in Bordeaux and Pumpkin Pie Pedicure. Founder Bella Schneider is considered a skincare industry leader with a growing product line — a trusty professional for your polished nail care. 95 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964; www. labelledayspas.com

THANKS, PALO ALTO, FOR FORKING OVER THIS AWARD. WE LOVE YOU! Thank you for naming LYFE Kitchen “Best of Palo Alto” for the third year in a row!

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Best Auto Care: Larry’s AutoWorks

Best Eyeware: Uber Eyes

Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital Providing Animals with the Highest Quality Progressive Medicine 2013

Massage (TIE) See complete listing for Watercourse Way under Day Spa. For all your bodily aches and pains, head to the Massage Therapy Center on California Avenue, which won best massage for the third year in a row. Services range beyond your typical massage and include acupuncture, acupressure, deep work massage, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy and more. “We’re thrilled to receive this award three years in a row and take this opportunity to extend our deep appreciation to our loyal clients, skilled therapists and superb management!” Lucia Miracchi, owner (and therapist) wrote in an email. 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9400; massagetherapypaloalto.com

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Thank you Palo Alto for voting Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital BEST VETERINARIAN once again. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to continuing to care for your beloved pets.

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From the striped barber pole out front to the television in the corner tuned in to news or ESPN, The President Barbershop is a hair place for men. It’s guys cutting guys’ hair. Straightforward and timeless. “This is how God intended men to get their haircuts,” a patron on Yelp said. The barbershop has been a Palo Alto fixture for more than 60 years — and that’s a lot of haircuts — from crew cuts to mohawks, and everything in between. It is also a 2012 “Best of” winner. 490 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-5229.

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Practical yoga teachings meet modern, stylized ambiance at Samayama Yoga on Middlefield Road. Enjoy Ascension, its spacious, naturally lit studio with white oak flooring, where the sun’s rays seep in to warm the room during the daytime and vibrantly light its walls as

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it sets. Maybe relax in its sleek lounge or its de-stressing massage room — wherever you go, you’ll be enveloped in a deeply relaxing and constructive ambiance. 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-320-9262; sama yamayogacenter.com

Orthodontists In a steady march to the Hall of Fame, Midpeninsula Orthodontics has again gathered the most likes as well as the smiles from satisfied Palo Altans. Dr. Stacey Quo has led the business to its win in this category by making patients feel comfortable and providing excellent care. 965 High St., Palo Alto, 650-328-1600; www. orthoquo.com

Personal Trainer Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s motto, “Live Fully,” is apt for 2013’s best personal trainer. For ages 10 and up, their certified trainers commit to your health and fitness goals, helping you lose body fat, gain muscles and even increase confidence. The stateof-the-art fitness center offers a “BeWell Orientation” to assess clients’ fitness status quo and three one-hour introductory sessions to build on that assessment, giving you an easy adjustment into their comprehensive programs.3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8700; www.paloaltojcc.org

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Shoe Repair Whether you’re doing some sole-searching, need to get your shoe in the door at the next job interview or just repair your relationship with your footwear, Midtown Shoe Repair has the tools and expertise to make your old shoes sparkle. The store, which also repairs luggage, is located in its titular neighborhood and has made frequent appearances in previous editions of Best Of Palo Alto. 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-8171

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Skin Care LaBelle Day Spa and Salon is where Palo Altans go to pamper themselves. The salon is known for excellent quality manicure/pedicures and a staff with extreme attention to detail. LaBelle is also the best when it comes to skin care, with 14 different kinds of facials that pamper, deep clean, hydrate, brighten and leave your skin feeling better than ever. 95 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964; www.labelledayspas.com

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Customers at Guy Plumbing appreciate the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trust and reliability, and readers have once again named the family-owned business best plumber. Owner Dave Guy said that customers enjoy the fourth-generation company because not many businesses today focus on face-to-face interactions and customer service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to see that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still interest in the hands-on, mechanical aspect of business,â&#x20AC;? he said. The business has responded to city and county water-saving regulations by providing products that both work well and minimize water usage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re becoming familiar with how to save water,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers are pleased with it.â&#x20AC;? 1265 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-323-8421; www. guyplumbing.com

Skin Care Hall of Fame: Second year Skin Spirit is the best of the best when it comes to skin care in Palo Alto, comfortably staying in the Best Of Hall of Fame for a second year. Exceptional quality of service and treatments consistently set Skin Spirit apart. 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-324-9600; skinspirit.com

Travel Agency Whether picking up a map or needing travel plans, readers give AAA in Palo Alto a triple-A rating. The quiet building on Forest Avenue has been a longtime destination spot for travelers looking for direction and advice. Expert agents will help plan that vacation of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreams, from a trip to Disneyland with the kids to a honeymoon or anniversary excursion to an exotic isle. There are many trip packages for seniors, too. 430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, 650-262-3870; www.csaa.com

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Only minutes from downtown, the Creekside Inn has won Best Of for the third year in a row. Creekside Inn allows guests to choose from 136 well-appointed guest rooms in this charming boutique hotel. The hotel is ecofriendly and provides guests with beautiful landscaping, a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and access to free shuttles to Stanford University and local restaurants. 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-4932411; www.creekside-inn.com

Veterinarian (TIE) With almost 50 years in the pet-health game, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder readers chose Adobe Animal Hospital as winner of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best veterinarian. With more than 20 vets, 24/7 urgent and emergency care, a pharmacy, and a policy of constantly having a vet staffed for around-the-clock intensive care, Adobeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readers are purring, yelping, chirping for its im-peck-able care. 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos, 650-948-9661; www.adobe-animal.com Whether it be a dog, cat, parrot or monkey, Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital has proven to voters yet again that it is Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best veterinary service. The business boasts up-to-date technology and professional care that one would expect for themselves, let alone their furry loved one. Additional services include dentistry, boarding, and concierge. 1125 Merrill St., Menlo Park, 650-325-5671; www.midpen.com

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Beauty Supply Selling every kind of product from hair care to skin care, Peninsula Beauty Supply has what readers need for their everyday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and special day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beauty and personal care. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, every year a portion of Peninsula Beauty Supplyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales go to Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, Community Breast Health Project, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recovery Association and the Shelter Network. 250 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-327-1454; www.peninsulabeauty.com

Bike Shop Looking for a new mountain bike, beach cruiser or car racks? Need to get your old road bike repaired?

Head over to Mike’s Bikes, where friendly, knowledgeable, bike-obsessive staff are always on hand to help you get back on those two wheels. 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-858-7700; mikesbikes.com

Bookstore Having trouble finding your next book club’s selection? The friendly folks at Books, Inc. will be happy to help. They might even encourage you to join the 4th Tuesday Book Club (for discussions of contemporary fiction) or start ‘em early with the Book Busters Book Club, for ages 9 to 12. If the gifts you’re seeking are for kids, be sure to check out the toy section in the back; for yourself, you might want to discover an extensive travel section or the shelves that focus on books by local authors. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-321-0600; www.booksinc.net

Bookstore Hall of Fame: First Year After 58 years, Kepler’s Books and Magazines, which was part of the paperback revolution, has survived online booksellers and the digital revolution. Started by pacifist Roy Kepler, the bookstore remains the intellectual and cultural destination spot of the Peninsula, showcasing world-class authors at its events. Kepler’s has been praised for its quality selection of books and magazines and its knowledgeable staff. It’s a bit smaller, but readers are glad it still thrives. Few retail businesses can boast the groundswell of community support bestowed on the much-loved Kepler’s. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-4321; www.keplers.com

Boutique Shady Lane has been on the Best Of list since 2010. Its window lures any passerby in to peruse local artisans’ best work and most don’t leave without a new Native American bracelet, a beaded cell phone pouch, or any other item from this downtown treasure’s collection of jewelry, art glass, woodworking, gemstones and more. The valuables at the charming shop make fine gifts and neat keepsakes for loved ones. 441 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650321-1099; shadylanegallery.com

Eyewear It’s clear to see why Uber Eyes made it into this year’s Best Of. Uber Eyes focuses on the fundamentals of eye care with glaucoma and Lasik consultations and eye exams for kids and adults alike. But Uber Eyes hasn’t just set its sights on exams — the staff believe that glasses can be the ultimate accessory for personal style, and it proves it by offering more than 30 brands of designer eyewear to choose from. 2750 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-321-3382; www. ubereyes.com

Florist The source of countless Instagram photos, Stanford Floral Design has been helping people find the right mix of flowers for whatever occasion since 1994. Although the business will close down its location on Hamilton on Sept. 30, owner Werner Rogmans said he will continue to operate in Palo Alto and can be reached by phone or email. This is the second time Stanford Floral Design has won the category, com-

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Located on Waverley Street just off University Avenue, Michaela’s Flower Shop has its roots in downtown Palo Alto and is planted in the minds of Palo Altans as the go-to place for flowers for any situation. The popularity of Michaela’s Flower Shop stems first from its attentive customer service and broad bounty of beautiful bouquets. So put the petal to the metal, and check it out! 453 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-321-5390; michaelasflowershop.com

Gift Shop See complete listing for Shady Lane under Boutique.

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Bienvenue chez Pastis! From All Of Us To You Business Hours: Lunch Tue–Fri 11 am – 3 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 – 9:30 pm Brunch & Breakfast Sat – Sun 9:30 am – 3:00 pm Closed Sunday night and Monday all day

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Over its 41 years of existence this business has pioneered recycling and biking in Palo Alto. At the same time it has encouraged and taught citizens how to be sustainable in their gardens and homes through classes and tours. Common Ground provides a store full of sustainable materials, including non-GMO seeds, natural fertilizer and a knowledgeable and friendly volunteer staff. Common Ground also puts on multiple events every year, most recently showcasing 10 edible gardens in the surrounding cities. 559 College Ave, Palo Alto, 650-493-6072; www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

Green Business Hall of Fame: Second Year Whether you call it Palo Alto Hardware, Ace Hardware, or (its most recent incarnation) Hassett Hardware, this Alma Street fixture remains the city’s most prominent and popular destination for local tinkerers, fixers, innovators and energy conservationists. The perennial winner also walks the walk when it comes to green energy, having achieved recognition in recent years for its ambitious eco-friendly features, including a photovoltaic roof that supplies 95 percent of the store’s electricity. 875 Alma St., Palo Alto, 650-327-7222; www. paloaltohardware.com

Best New Retail Business: West Elm

Hardware store See complete listing for Palo Alto Hardware under Green Business.

Home Decor & Furnishings Designs are colorful, attractive and reasonably priced — and now IKEA even offers shopping tips online so the experience needn’t be overwhelming: First, check out the website, make a list (and check product availability), drop the kids at the play area, take a break and sample some Swedish meatballs, then checkout and take your gems home. And if you can’t figure out the directions to get your dresser from flat pack to stand-up bureau, there’s help available (for a fee). 1700 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, 650-323-4532; www.ikea.com

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Best Grocery Store: Whole Foods Market

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Whether you are dressing up for a wedding or just looking for a nice pair of shoes, Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has everything a man could want. Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carries top brand names such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and more. Men will be able to find whatever they need for the occasion in Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-laid-out store, whether they crave suit jackets, running shorts or just a good pair of jeans. 300 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-326-3333; www. macys.com

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apparel Hall of Fame: Second Year A man with any type of fashion sense will find the perfect, complete look at Nordstrom with its wide array of choices in jeans, shirts, suits and more. If you are looking for active wear, casual clothing or formal attire for a special occasion, Nordstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classy and trendy styles will catch your eye. And on top of it all, its helpful customer service will land you the perfect outfit. 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650323-5111; www.shop.nordstrom.com

New Retail Business How can one surf the web for hours without a comfy couch to lounge in? For its excellent selection of home decor, voters have selected West Elm as the best new business in town. Get the coolest styles in furniture to deck out your home at their downtown store, or check online for a wider selection. 180 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-329-8086; www.westelm.com

Nursery/Garden Supply Your garden problems will vanish after help from SummerWinds Nursery. Whether it be their Garden Coach service that sends professionals to your home to assess your gardening challenges or their home-delivery service for all the large trees, plants and garden accessories you need, their team is there to help. Even beyond their customer service and quality plants, their email specials will keep you in the loop for sales and special events. With seven South Bay Area locations, Page 38Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;}Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x17D;ä]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£Ă&#x17D;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;°*>Â?Â&#x153;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;"Â&#x2DC;Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;i°VÂ&#x153;Â&#x201C;

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Pet Store Pet owners across the Bay Area go to Pet Food Express for its crunchy, meaty, fishy morsels for pets. But the stores, including its Middlefield Road location in Palo Alto, offer a whole suite of other services â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a self-service pet wash (complete with air dryers, towels and aprons to keep you dry during particularly vigorous dog shake-offs). It also hosts events such as pet adoption days and community veterinary clinics, during which you can poke your pooch with a vaccine or microchip your meowing pal. 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-856-6666; www.petfoodexpress.com

Pharmacy/Drug Store Ripped your shorts? Ran out of batteries? Got a blister? Tired of your nail-polish color? Need a quick gift? CVS is our readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite destination. Aisles are filled with everything you could possible need, from greeting cards and wrapping paper to TP or a quart of milk. Oh yes, and prescriptions can be filled and overthe-counter meds for colds, allergies or a hacking cough can be found in abundance. 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-330-0132; 3935 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-322-2554; 352 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-324-3248; www.cvs.com

Pharmacy/Drug Store Hall of Fame: Second Year Even the social media/technologically impaired can appreciate why Walgreens made it to the Hall of Fame. Its app allows photos to be uploaded from a smartphone (and prints picked up hours later at one of the three Palo Alto locations) or prescriptions to be scanned (and refills picked up soon after). Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a map of the store to guide you. Who could ask for anything more? 4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-858-2007; 300 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-3876; 2605 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-566-9723; walgreens.com

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Step into Footwear, Etc. and walk out with a pair or two of shoes that will have your feet dancing. From leather to animal-friendly products, this longtime downtown business offers dozens of shoes, boots and sandals for all lifestyles. Need a good walking shoe for that tour of Rome? Footwear will find the perfect style â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in hard-to-find sizes and widths. The knowledgeable staff knows how to give customers the perfect comfort fit. 463 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-1122; www. footwearetc.com

Sporting Goods & Apparel Need that extra motivation to work out? Head to Lululemon Athletica for the brightest, hippest workout apparel for both men and women. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a yogi, runner or aspiring athlete, Lululemon is bound to have some gear thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you. 432 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-566-1617; lululemon.com

Whether you are looking for a professional business outfit for work or casual attire for a weekend outing, Nordstrom has the latest styles and fashions for women. Their large selection of jeans, dresses, tops and more will fit the flair of women who like more cutting-edge and outgoing trends as well as the ladies who want a comforting and conventional look. No matter the age or the size, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to find your match at this store. 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-323-5111; nordstroms.com

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Stationery Store 2013

It always amazes me that I never receive two identical birthday cards. My friends must be shopping at Village Stationers, which boasts an amazing selection of designers, from zany to religious. They even stock some vintage cards at vintage prices. But cards arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only draw: scrapbooking materials, stuffed animals, hostess gifts, office supplies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what an entertaining way to spend a lunch hour. 310 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-7970; 719 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 650-321-6920

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Going on a picnic and need a frisbee? Got a niece or nephew turning 10? Want to surprise a loved one with a cuddly teddy bear? Take a look inside one of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most revered retail stores, Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World. This is the fourth year in a row the business has nabbed first place in this category. 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-328-8555; toyandsport.com Best Ambiance, Best Bar/Lounge, Best Latin-American Restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio

lack of trying at Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, readers’ choice for best bagels. Festooned with 1930s photos of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the major Brooklyn thoroughfare Nostrand Avenue, Izzy’s offers a huge selection of bagels and schmear, not to mention hamantaschen and varieties of rugelah and knish. A crammed community bulletin board advertises everything from Hebrew school to a blood drive to Stanford medical studies in search of subjects. 477 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-329-0700; 2220-B University Ave., East Palo Alto, 650-322-5700; izzysbrooklynbagels.com Downtown’s undisputed bagel champion has never been afraid to transcend the traditional. In addition to the usual bagel comforts — the hot crust, the fresh lox, the gooey cream cheese — House of Bagels features plenty of zestier, sexier ingredients, including pesto and jalapeño. It’s not just bagels, either. The University Avenue establishment also offers a broad and doughy selection of delectables, from tuna sandwiches and turkey hot dogs to piroshki and spanikopita. 526 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3225189; houseofbagels.org

Bakery/Desserts Sweets are certainly trending at the Prolific Oven, where Palo Altans have been heading since 1980. Prolific Oven offers multiple style cake options for order (French or American?), desserts from cannoli to cupcakes to cheese-swirled brownies, holiday pies, homemade bread and more. “We are ECSTATIC that Palo Alto still loves us!” Regina Chan, daughter of Prolific Oven owner Henry Chan, wrote in an email. “We are all seeing downtown Palo Alto change a bit — businesses coming and going, and we’re thrilled to receive this award because it means we are still doing something right.” Head to the Oven for a coffee, sandwich and your dessert of choice — but make sure you check in on FourSquare first! 550 Waverley St., Palo Alto, 650-326-8485; prolificoven.com

BBQ Have a hankering for mouth-watering ribs? Chicken in a special barbecue sauce, coupled with corn muffins and sweet butter? Or maybe just a fresh salad with crispy greens and toasted croutons with a balsamic vinaigrette? If any of these appeal, you’re in total agreement that Armadillo Willy’s has met its goal since 1983 — to “serve the best barbecue this side of Texas.” 994 Acacia Ave., Los Altos, 650-948-4659; armadillowillys.com

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There is almost always a short wait for a table at Joanie’s Cafe, one of California Avenue’s most bustling eateries. Joanie’s has been a destination spot for 26 years, serving up omelets, crepes and waffles for breakfast and burgers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, including French staples such as Croque Monsieur and onion soup. Dinner at the perennial Weekly Best Of favorite includes more refined fare, including grilled salmon Provencal, ravioli scampi and green peppercorn flank steak. 405 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3266505; joaniescafepaloalto.com

Burgers For the last 65 years, this establishment has served steakburgers to generation after generation of Palo Altans, Stanford students and techies. Kirk’s Steakburger is renowned for its third-pound burgers, milkshakes and fries. Customize your burger with Kirk’s row of toppings. Opened in 1948, Kirk’s still uses the same butcher to supply its ground steak. Come get your charcoal-grilled burger while it’s hot! 75 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-326-6159; kirks-steakburgers.com

Burgers Hall of Fame: Second Year

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The Counter calls itself “the 21st century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint” and it most certainly is. At The Counter, you can custom-create your own burger from an extensive number of options. Step one: Choose a burger (beef, chicken breast, turkey or vegan veggie). Step two: Choose a cheese (from yellow American to herb goat cheese spread). Step three: Choose up to four toppings (too many to list). Step four: Choose a sauce. Step five: Choose a bun. Step six: Enjoy. 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; thecounterburger.com/paloalto

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New Deli and Kitchen! New Juice Bar and Coffee Bar! New Daily Fresh-Squeezed Juice! New Cookies by the pound!

For the first time, Sancho’s Taqueria has won over the hearts of Palo Alto’s burrito lovers, taking over for twotime champion Chipotle as the best burrito in town. Perhaps what won voters over is the new Midtown location on Middlefield Road that opened in 2012, complete with a bigger menu for vegetarians and an outside patio dining area. Sancho’s offers catering or a Taco Truck to help feed your next birthday party, reunion or wedding. 491 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-322-TACO (8226); 2723 Middlefield Road, 650-324-TACO (8226); sanchostaqueria.com

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they have added vegetarian and gluten-free diet options. But Palo Alto’s treasured full-service deli is known for its quality meat: roast beef, ham, turkey and more. The Cheese House’s famous double-decker sandwich — the “Old Fashioned”— is sure to please. 157 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-3269251; thevch.com/

Dim Sum The carpeted, dignified dining rooms of Palo Alto’s classic and ever-popular Ming’s Chinese Cuisine and Bar can be counted on to deliver a high-quality and authentic experience, with a full Chinese menu in addition to endless trays of made-from-scratch dim sum choices. It’s also one of the very few local establishments open 365 days a year. 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-856-7700; mings.com

Grocery Store At a time when words like “organic,” “free range” and “gluten free” are being co-opted by seemingly every new restaurant and supermarket, Whole Foods remains Palo Alto’s undisputed king of health eating in downtown Palo Alto. When the Emerson Street fixture opened its doors in 1989, it became the first Whole Foods outside of Texas. While the store’s inventory has changed to accommodate the latest foodie whims and healthy habits, its commitment to freshness and sustainability has never wavered. 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-326-8676; wholefoodsmarket.com

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Where would we be without cookie butter, Joe-Joe’s, Joe’s O’s, Trader Giotto or Trader Jose? Lost. But good thing we don’t have to be, with Trader Joe’s in Palo Alto serving all of our grocery needs. Trader Joes does it all — fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, meat and poultry, beer and wine — and does it at the right price. 140 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-3277018; traderjoes.com

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Back to claim another title, NOLA is the New Orleansthemed bar that Palo Altans, Stanford students and young professionals love to frequent. Voters deemed the bar as Palo Alto’s best Happy Hour back in 2011, featuring raspberry mojitos, ginger juleps and Hurricane bowls. NOLA has claimed this category in back-to-back years, making it the easy choice for locals looking for a fun night. 535 Ramona St, Palo Alto, 650-328-2722; nolas.com

As its website blurb says, five generations of Palo Altans have raved about the milkshakes at Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill. A change of ownership never seems to make a dent in the quality of those thick, creamy shakes — something Stanford grads can count on when they come back for reunion weekend. Even the extras — whipped cream, hot fudge, peanut butter, dates or banana — are mouthwatering. Two straws, please. 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-323-3131; www.paloaltocreamery.com

New Food/Drink Establishment Success in San Francisco does not necessarily translate to success in Palo Alto, but La Boulange has impressed voters with its French baking talents and ambient dining areas. Situated on the corner of University Avenue and High Street, the bakery features brunch, salads, sandwiches and organic coffee on the menu. 151 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-323-3332; laboulangebakery.com

Pizza Patxi’s Chicago Pizza deep-dish pizza isn’t your average pizza. This Chicago-style pizzeria chain started in Palo Alto in 2004 and has continued to hook Bay Area and Denver residents ever since. Its Palo Alto location

Ice Cream Back from its third year in the readers’ Hall of Fame, Rick’s Ice Cream hits it out of the ball park again for 2013. Each day 48 flavors are churned fresh, including exotics such as Kulfi, a rose-flavored concoction with pistachios; white chocolate ginger; and Sideways, made with Cabernet. Swirl your tongue around the frosty treats in a cone or a cup. Add ice cream cakes, fudge and other sweets, and there are plenty of options for any sweet tooth. 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-493-6553; ricksicecream.com

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has an old-style feel, with tile floors and plate-glass windows, mixed with modern lighting and a charming bar. And when it comes to the food, its varied options will leave your mouth watering. 441 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-473-9999; patxispizza.com

Produce With an abundance of strollers, backpacks, bicycles, kids and dogs, the California Avenue Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market feels like Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new, multilingual town square. The year-round, Sunday morning market, chockablock with fruits and vegetables of the season, is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pick for Best Produce. Rain or shine, the dazzling colors of all the farm-fresh products are sure to cheer you up: peaches, plums, berries, peppers, squash, potatoes, fennel, oranges, eggplant, dahlias, sunflowers and much, much more. California Avenue between Ash and El Camino Real, Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round; urbanvillageonline.com

Salad The winner for best salad this year easily leaves its competitors behind. Sprout Cafe shoots past expectations by providing a build-your-own salad bar that includes dozens of tasty ingredients including fruits, nuts, cheeses and meats. Indecisive? Sproutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature salads have mouthwatering combinations of ingredients balanced just right. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder readers have put a fork in Sprout as best salad in Palo Alto. 168 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-323-7688; cafesprout.com

Seafood Whether you want to eat at the restaurant or buy fresh food to prepare at home, Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood is the place for seafood lovers. Besides offering a variety of freshly caught seafood, Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will clean and crack Dungeness crab, pack seafood for travel or prepare a platter for guests. (Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also respond to special cutting requests, including scraping off the skin, but keeping the bones for making gefilte fish.) And, customers rave about the fish â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chips. 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-322-2231; cooksseafood.com

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retail market for patrons who want to cook at home. The cioppino fish soup is a specialty here. 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-493-9188; thefishmarket.com

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For the second year running, Sundance the Steakhouse has won as the place to go for top-quality steak. Located next to El Camino Real, Sundance feels a world away, a restaurant reminiscent of the days of smokey, low-lit lounges where premium cuts of meat were consumed with a cigar. Family-owned and -operated for 39 years, Sundance is the place to go treat yourself to after those long days in the office. 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-321-6798; sundancethesteakhouse.com

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Fast service and commitment to doing the basics well makes Su Hong a go-to for local takeout (swooping the Best Of title for the second year in a row). The original Su Hong was established in 1977 in Menlo Park, and the Palo Alto outpost (opened in 1987) continues the tradition of juicy potstickers, perfectly fried General’s chicken, tender garlic eggplant and the like. 4256 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-493-3836; suhongeatery.com

Yogurt Loyal Fraiche followers might have been nervous when the frozen yogurt shop closed its doors on Emerson Street last year and moved (albeit down the block) to Hamilton Avenue, but a bigger space only meant a bigger and better menu. Craft your own frozen yogurt creation from a selection of fresh, organic ingredients, grab a Blue Bottle coffee to go or enjoy a thick slice of Mayfield Bakery bread slathered in almond butter. With wins in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Fraiche is only one year away from the Best Of Hall of Hame. 200 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-838-9819; fraicheyogurt.com

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A bustling downtown Palo Alto venue in which to see and be seen, Evvia Estiatorio has been voted tops in “ambiance” so many times it’s a Weekly Hall of Famer. With crisp white tablecloths, rustic wooden chairs, hanging copper pots and a Greek menu to die for, Evvia feels both comfortable and elegant. And never underestimate the olfactory factor: The aromas from the wood-fired ovens provide another “sense” that you’re in a special place. 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-3260982; evvia.net

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California Cuisine Calafia Café & Market a Go Go won big this year, taking three Best Of titles: California Cuisine, Solo Dining and Fusion. The restaurant is headed up by Charlie Ayers, previously Google’s chef. Calafia is “the manifestation of my long-term vision to ‘go public’ with the concept I created at Google,” Ayers writes on the restaurant’s website. Remnants of his techie past are visible at the restaurant, where patrons can order and pay from a digital menu called “Presto.” With the touch of your finger, you can order crispy pork belly buns, a crimson quinoa salad or a half-pound Calafia burger. 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-322-9200; calafiapaloalto.com

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From its signature, and truly famous, “Famous Chicken Salad” with its shredded chicken, hot mustard and cilantro, to its Rainbow Calamari in a light wine sauce, Chef Chu’s has well earned the accolades posted on its website, from such luminaries as former Secretary of State George Schultz and former 49ers quarterback Steve Young. Good food, good ambiance, good fun. 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 650-948-2696; www.chefchu.com

Since 1977, Palo Alto has been blessed with the Cuban-style atmosphere of La Bodeguita del Medio. With the tropical feel, sweet rum cocktails and rich cigars of this friendly bar and restaurant, you’ll feel like you are dining out in Havana. Their steak and seafood completes the package of a wonderful evening. 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-7762; labodeguita.com

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Dining With Kids If you’re looking for a place to take the family out, look no further than Palo Alto’s California Pizza Kitchen, where you’ll be greeted by the smell of baking pizza and crayons for the kids. Also known as CPK for short, the pizza place offers a lot more than just hand-tossed dough. Salads, pasta and fish complement the menu, and a well-apportioned kids menu makes it easy to find what your youngsters want. The fun atmosphere and mix of booth and table seating makes it the perfect place for a family night out. 531 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-323-7332; 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-325-2753; cpk.com

strives for. Their innovative and cutting-edge cuisine creates the full dining experience equipped with an enticing aroma, beautiful décor and sophisticated taste. Tamarine’s chefs are continuously in creative mode but also tied to the nostalgia of the Vietnamese tradition. 546 University Ave, Palo Alto, 650325-8500; tamarinerestaurant.com

Indian Restaurant When it opened a location in Palo Alto in 2011, Amber India was already well known by critics and foodies alike. Amber India offers up an exquisite variety of new-age Indian and classic dishes, such as naan with goat cheese and cashews, tandoori chicken, duck vindaloo and chicken biryani. With options and Amber India’s use of premium ingredients, there is no place better for a taste of India. 150 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-3299644; amber-india.com

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This charming bistro aims to bring the flavor of South France to California Avenue and according to our readers, it succeeds with gusto. Pastis’ extensive brunch and dinner menus include a generous heap of mouth-watering French-style offerings: the Quiche Lorraine, the Croque Monsieur and the quarter-pound Pastis Burger, topped with bleu d’Auvergne cheese. Needless to say, the restaurant also features an extensive wine collection, with selections ranging from Napa Valley to Sauvignon. Merci, Merci, me! 447 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-324-1355; pastispaloalto.com

Ciao Down! Whether you’re looking for a romantic dining spot or a place for long lunch meeting or brisk brunch — you’ll always have some tasty Italian treats to enjoy with your company at Il Fornaio. Freshly made pasta — including a gluten-free variant — butternut squash ravioli and freshly baked pizzas are just a few of the fan favorites at this returning Best Of winner. Il Fornaio also has seasonal regional menus — each with fare from a different area of Italy. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-853-3888; ilfornaio.com

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Fusion Hall of Fame: First Year At Tamarine, food and family are one. Their shared plates of lemongrass bass, Tamarine prawns and more exemplify the “familystyle” Vietnamese tradition that this restaurant

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Meal Under $20 Affordable, good-for-you fare is the mantra at LYFE Kitchen, where entrees like pea and carrot risotto and Tal’s ancient grain bowl sell for under $12. The garden-heavy menu and vegan options propelled this two-year-old downtown establishment to be the top pick

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for best vegetarian restaurant, even though LYFE’s menu also offers options for carnivores. President and CEO Mike Roberts, who formerly led more than 31,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries, knows a thing or two about inexpensive food. 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-5933; lyfekitchen. com

Mediterranean Restaurant For an authentic Middle-Eastern meal, Mediterranean Wraps is the place to go. Since 1997, this family-owned business has offered simple and healthy falafel wraps, shawermas and hummus plates. You can find them on California Avenue, University Avenue or at your own event through their catering business. 425 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-321-8189; kanzeman.com

Mediterranean Restaurant Hall of Fame: Third Year See complete listing for Evvia under Ambiance.

Mexican Restaurant The upscale dining experience at Reposado is a long way from run-down taquerias where most of the food arrives in tin foil. Instead, the smells of spicy chicken mole and grilled lobster waft through the brilliantly colored, spacious interior. Add to that a huge variety of delicious wines and tequilas, and you get a great location for dates or nights out with friends and family. 236 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-833-3151; reposadorestaurant.com

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Only two restaurants in California can boast that they serve Neapolitan pizza with a VPN (Associazone Verace Pizza Napolitana) from the Italian government, and Palo Alto’s Terrone is one of them. Needless to say, they know a thing or two about pizza. Terrone serves up traditional Italian pizza, using a brick-domed oven emblazoned with “Terrone” in white tile that can get as hot as 900 degrees, cooking the pies in 60 seconds or less. Terrone also serves up many salads, small plates created from seasonal and local produce, homemade pastas and a range of entrees. 448 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-847-7577; terronepizza.com

Outdoor Dining After splitting the title with Cafe Borrone last year, voters have deemed Caffe Riace the best place to eat a meal outside. The Italian restaurant flaunts a classy European flavor that can be felt in the ambiance of the outdoor patio dining area. Along with the authentic Sicilian menu and the beautiful Palo Alto weather, Caffe Riace is a winner. 200 Sheridan Ave, Palo Alto, 650-328-0407; cafferiace.com

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Romantic Restaurant Count on local, organic cooking diva Jesse Cool to deliver the perfect cozy-yet-sophisticated setting at Flea Street Café, this year’s pick for Most Romantic Restaurant. The decadesold establishment on Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park was serving fresh, in-season, organic ingredients way before it became trendy. Cool’s vision and persistence have paid off in her local empire of three restaurants, a catering company and seven cookbooks. 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, 650-8541226; cooleatz.com/flea-st-cafe

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Sports Bar The plasma televisions, the peanut shells, the pool table and the patio called “The Duck Blind” make this burger-and-beer joint one of Menlo Park’s iconic hot spots. For more than 45 years, the Dutch Goose’s deviled eggs, 12 cold beers and jukebox have won over the hearts of their loyal customers. On top of all that, its welcoming atmosphere serves as a perfect choice for your Little League parties, family reunions, college hangouts and more. 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, 650-854-3245; dutchgoose.net

Sports Bar Hall of Fame: Second Year Want to stop for a cold one and catch the game? The Old Pro, the returning champion for sports bars in the Palo Alto area is the clear choice. Its tasty selection of beers and wines are complemented by a handful of sippable specialty cocktails, but there’s a ton

of tasty foods to try that go beyond the normal sports bar fare — from Thai chili hot wings to pork belly pizza. Plus, there’s a mechanical bull; who couldn’t like that? 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-326-1446; oldpropa.com

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The intimate setting and delicious fare at Saint Michael’s Alley makes it a prime place to enjoy time with loved ones. It’s equally good as a place to enjoy roasted salmon and wine with that special person or try creamy eggs Benedict, pancakes and carafes of mimosas at a sunny brunch with friends. St. Michael’s Alley has repeatedly earned top marks with readers for years as a romantic restaurant and as a spot for Sunday brunch.140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, 650-326-2530; stmikes.com

Sushi/Japanese Restaurant It’s no wonder that Fuki Sushi has almost 70,000 likes on Facebook and took this year’s Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the Palo Alto restaurant cater his private wedding ceremony in May of last year (and even had a Fuki Sushi branch installed on Facebook’s new Menlo Park campus). Fuki Sushi, which opened in 1978, has an extensive menu from appetizers (beef asparagus roll anyone?) to nigiri sushi, sashimi, rolls and entrees. Thirsty sushi-goers can also indulge in Fuki Sushi’s cocktail menu, whiskey list, sho chu or liquid dessert menu. 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-494-9383; fukisushi.com

Thai Restaurant Get your Pad See-ew fix at Palo Alto’s new favorite Thai restaurant, Bangkok Cuisine. Located one block away from University Avenue, the restaurant boasts a cozy atmosphere, ambient outdoor seating and an extensive vegetarian menu. 407 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-322-6533; bangkokpaloalto.com

Thai Restaurant Hall of Fame: Third Year The relaxing dining experience and Pan-Asian cuisine of Thaiphoon has launched it to the Hall of Fame status. With options of Indian and Chinese dishes along with its Thai specialties, you can get a wonderful taste of different worlds in one sitting. Yet the champion restaurant resists the “fusion” label, highlighting the purity of each ethnic selection like Indian rotis, Chinese Mongolian beef and Thai fish curry. To top it all off, its full bar offers exotic cocktails and imported beers. 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-323-7700; thaiphoonrestaurant.com

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Wine Bar Open 4 p.m. to midnight every day, you can come to The Wine Room hours after most other Palo Alto locales have shuttered for the night. The Wine Room has a quaint exterior and a cozy, lively indoor atmosphere punctuated by a bar, fireplaces and comfy couches. Its wines are the things to come for, though. The Wine Room has wines that are comfortable choices and some that are a bit more exotic — with varieties coming from places as close as Sonoma County and as far as Italy. 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-462-1968; thepawineroom.com

Fun Stuff Art Gallery Shallow Alto? Anyone who’s slammed the city with that nickname hasn’t been to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford with its changing exhibits, permanent Rodin sculpture garden and a very Cool Cafe. The next couple of months feature four centuries of French drawings, plus French lithographic albums (including erotic visions and demonic apparitions), as well as a dozen works from primo artists — think Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein — on advertising and commercial art. Don’t miss Deborah Butterfield’s “Untitled of 1999,” the horse sculpture in the foyer. 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, 650-723-4177; museum.stanford.edu

Best Place for a Kid’s Playdate Captivate your child’s curiosity and share a love for science and nature with a trip to the City of Palo Alto’s own Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. With hands-on experiences and a diverse population of 50 different species of bobcats, jungle bats and more, your child will be mesmerized. There are plenty of ways to get involved, including school science programs, summer camps and birthday parties. 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2111; friendsjmz.org

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The Stanford Dish is not your average jogging route. A quick hike or run in the open environment of the Stanford hills will not only give you a crystal-clear view of Stanford University (and, on a good day, of San Francisco’s skyline), it will give you a glimpse into the Bay Area’s natural wildlife: Great Blue Herons, California ground squirrels, wildflowers and even bobcats or coyotes. Hundreds and hundreds of Bay Area joggers and Stanford students can be found exploring the paved trails of 3.5-mile main loop that takes about an hour and 15 minutes to walk. Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard

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Place to Enjoy the Outdoors Did someone say hike and a picnic? Escaping Palo Alto’s growing density is as easy as trekking up Page Mill Road for about 20 minutes, flashing your local address, then continuing into 1,400 acres of the pristine Foothills Park. Expect to find a lake (with fishing and boating allowed), miles of trails, picnic tables and barbecues (which one can reserve for groups) and the chance to spot wildlife, from deer to coyotes. Want to extend your stay overnight? You can reserve a campsite at Towle Camp up to a year in advance. 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills, 650-329-2423; cityofpaloalto.org

Place for Live Entertainment After being open for more than 80 years, Palo Alto’s best place for live entertainment is old, but its players aren’t. The City of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre has been allowing chaperoned children to participate in nearly every part of the play-production process — from set and costume fabrication to acting, lighting and direction work — all to put on plays by kids, for kids. The 2013-14 season will have kids going wild in the “The Jungle Book,” getting out of their shells in “The Nutcracker” and really rocking the rhymes in “Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” and “Seussical the Musical.” 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-463-4930; cityofpaloalto.org/ childrenstheatre

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DESIGN TO HARVEST ... Drew Harwell, an edible-garden and Permaculture consultant and manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change garden, will offer an “Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, followed by four Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The series will cover garden design and planning, composting, soil preparation, seed propagation, transplanting, watering and nurturing crops. The course will cover tools, supplies and books. Bring “How to Grow More Vegetables” to class, as well as a lunch. Cost is $325. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

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he 1960s and ‘70s were known for hippies, political upheaval and a hot Cold War. While these have come and gone, one relic of the era has remained: concrete-slab patios.

Detail of the concrete pavers that now cover Larry Baron’s “acres of concrete.”

Laid thick and wide throughout the back of many ranch-style homes built during the 1960s, these easy-to-maintain concrete-slab patios leave much to be desired. Their drab, gray coloring and lack of individuality have created a challenge for homeowners who want to give their back patios more character while maintaining the functionality and easy upkeep that slabs offer. Contractors now have many options for homeowners, from custom cutting the concrete to laying down flagstones or pavers. Stephen Kovacs, the head contractor and CEO of Santa Clara-based Eni-ko Landscaping, has been working with homeowners since 1988 to transform their homes

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The concrete pavers begin in the driveway and front entrance of the house and are repeated thematically in the back.

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For Andrea Ho and Michael Stein’s concrete-patio remodel, Stephen Kovacs sliced into existing concrete work and inserted pavers to bring new and old together.

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ART & WINE ... The 42nd annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, along Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue. Handcrafted wares by 600 artisans will be featured, along with musical entertainment, food and drink, home and garden exhibits and kids’ activities. Admission is free, and parking is available for $5 (benefiting Community Health Awareness Council) at 444 Castro St., 501 Castro St., 555 Castro St. (Sunday only), 749 El Camino Real, 1200 Villa St. and City of Mountain View Parking Lot 13 (on Bryant between California and Mercy streets). Valet bike parking near the corner of Castro and Church streets is free. Information: 650968-8378 or www.miramarevents. com/mountainview N

New materials give old, boring patios a second chance

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DROP OFF HAZARDOUS STUFF ... The next monthly household hazardous waste events will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. Residents may bring latex and oilbased paints, gasoline, road flares, propane tanks (used for barbecues and camp stoves), household or auto batteries, cooking oil and more. Unacceptable items include fireworks and ammunition, infectious waste and controlled substances. Proof of Palo Alto residency (either a driver’s license or current utility bill) is required. Information: 650-496-6980 or www. cityofpaloalto.org for the complete list, search for “hazardous waste.”

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Larry Baron’s dog Vegas snoozes outside on the upgraded patio, where bedded slate tiles were added to the existing concrete.

and patios into aesthetically pleasing living spaces. Concrete slabs are a great base for new material as long as it has not cracked, Kovacs said. “It’s already there, it’s proved itself, it hasn’t cracked,” Kovacs said. “The condition of the existing concrete tells you exactly how well the front layer of the concrete is behaving. If it’s not (seriously) cracked, if it’s a solid piece (then) you are OK to put anything over it because it shouldn’t deteriorate in the next 10 to 15 years.” (continued on page 53)

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If the concrete is in good condition, flagstone or sandstone can be installed over the slab. These materials cost between $22 and $37 per square foot, making them some of the more expensive options available to homeowners. While the price can be high, both flagstone and sandstone can give a patio a custom feel while disguising that old concrete slab. Lower-cost options do exist, such as overlaying concrete slabs with concrete pavers. While covering concrete with concrete may seem counter-intuitive, pavers are cast-con-

crete bricks that come in a multitude of styles and colors. For homeowner Larry Baron of Los Altos, pavers were his choice to cover what he described as his “acres of concrete.” Baron, who has owned his home since 1978 and remodeled it in 2011, used pavers from the front of his house to the back to give his house a better look. “In the back I wanted to carry the same paver theme on the patio,” Baron said. “So now there’s not one square inch of concrete.” Mass-produced pavers are more affordable than flagstone, costing between $11 and $18 per square foot, while custom-made pieces can increase prices by more than 50 percent.

As individual pieces pavers are easy to replace should they break, giving them an advantage over the costly and time-intensive process for fixing a cracked piece of flagstone. Another option is staining the concrete, which involves washing the concrete with acid and applying a “stain,” which will color it according to the homeowner’s preferences. However, Kovacs said that one must be very good at staining concrete and that it does not last very long. The lack of permanence means that Kovacs refuses to do such work because of the likelihood that the customer would call him back in as little as five years to redo the staining. The least expensive option is pouring a new concrete slab in place and modifying it to give the slab a custom look. Mountain View resident Andrea Ho and her husband, Michael Stein, did just this when they remodeled the patios at their house. The existing slab, which was concrete inlaid with pebbles, was covered with a layer of concrete and then bordered with pavers. This not only improved the design, but also added space to the patio and walkway. While Ho considered having a wooden deck built over the existing concrete, she said that termites, the added cost and maintenance deterred her. “We just went more with a clean look because of how our garden looks, but there’s a lot of different options and we’re really happy with it,” Ho said. “It’s easy to clean and there’s less maintenance.” Kovacs said that laying down concrete ranges from $10 to $12 per square foot, making it the cheapest option for homeowners. Modern techniques also allow for new concrete slabs to be cut in different ways to give the patio a unique look.

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Flowers bloom along the edge of the new concrete pavers. The most expensive option for a homeowner is removing the concrete slabs. Demolition is a huge undertaking because of the size of these slabs (they range from 3 inches to 6 inches thick) and transportation of the material. If the concrete is in good condition, then it is much more affordable and more practical for a homeowner to overlay or cover the concrete with another structure, said Kovacs. The biggest issue for him is homeowners who are wedded to a piece of landscaping in their backyards. This can impede his job and add to the costs and headaches for the customer. Kovacs suggests that clients consider removing such installations in order to create a wholly new space that is natural and unbroken. “Sometimes we tend to not see the forest because of the trees,” Kovacs said. “And you have to step back and think differently. I think that part of my job ... is to relay these options to the client and see what their reaction is.” N READ MORE ONLINE www.PaloAltoOnline.com READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www. paloaltoonline.com/real_estate.

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Home & Real Estate SALES AT A GLANCE Atherton

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $775,000 Highest sales price: $775,000

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $699,000 Highest sales price: $12,980,000

East Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $308,000 Highest sales price: $505,000

Total sales reported: 15 Lowest sales price: $945,000 Highest sales price: $3,150,000

Los Altos

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $1,802,000 Highest sales price: $2,100,000

Total sales reported: 16 Lowest sales price: $620,000 Highest sales price: $1,650,000

Los Altos Hills

Woodside

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $3,118,000 Highest sales price: $3,247,000

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,523,000 Highest sales price: $2,225,000 Source: California REsource

Menlo Park Total sales reported: 9 Lowest sales price: $168,000 Highest sales price: $1,432,000

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Atherton 3421 El Camino Real #14c Cunningham Trust to S. Lin for $775,000 on 7/23/13; previous sale 4/06, $720,000

East Palo Alto 155 Gardenia Way Bailey-Ravel Trust to E. Carian for $415,000 on 7/19/13

2341 Ralmar Ave. F. Mbugua to R. Leung for $308,000 on 7/19/13 115 Wisteria Drive Polymathic Properties to N. Grace for $505,000 on 7/24/13; previous sale 4/04, $432,000

Los Altos 103 Arbuelo Way Curran Trust to R. Ebert for $1,802,000 on 7/30/13; previous sale 11/76, $93,000 1042 Eastwood Drive C. Jones to Cheng Trust for $1,848,000 on 8/2/13; previous sale 9/74, $81,000 23215 Mora Glen Drive S. & D. Shokralla to C. & C. Trost for $2,100,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 5/08, $1,905,500

Los Altos Hills 26405 Ascension Drive Dyal Trust to F. & R. Petterson for $3,247,000 on 8/2/13 13621 Roble Alto Court Alchimisti Trust to K. & L. Gulati for $3,118,000 on 7/30/13

Menlo Park 487 9th Ave. Ryker Trust to N. & A. Hsing for $890,000 on 7/23/13 641 12th Ave. Farrell Trust to J. & R. Kennedy for $835,000 on 7/18/13 1125 Henderson Ave. R. Reitzell to Z. Ferdowsian for $519,000 on 7/19/13 1421 Plumas Ave. S. & J. Woods to R. Cordes for $595,000 on 7/25/13; previous sale 12/85,

$77,000 410 Sand Hill Circle Scripps Trust to Kendall Trust for $1,326,000 on 7/19/13; previous sale 5/06, $1,121,250 2140 Santa Cruz Ave. #B203 D. Pantel to D. Berger for $380,000 on 7/17/13; previous sale 8/12, $300,000 1266 Sharon Park Drive A. Plain to Plain Trust for $1,432,000 on 7/24/13; previous sale 5/12, $1,250,000 1204 Sharon Park Drive #86 Cole Trust to Stern Trust for $1,005,000 on 7/18/13; previous sale 2/00, $769,000 709 Valparaiso Ave. D. & D. Chan to Kramer Trust for $168,000 on 7/24/13; previous sale 11/03, $689,000

Mountain View 1112 Boranda Ave. Sandhill Corporation to Mark Jensen Limited for $12,980,000 on 8/1/13; previous sale 5/04, $2,030,000 836 Bourbon Court Westen Trust to S. Turan for $1,150,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 4/07, $869,000 509 Levin Ave. Rich Trust to M. Qian for $1,341,000 on 8/2/13 605 Moorpark Way D. & J. Oh to J. & D. Lin for $1,245,000 on 8/1/13; previous sale 3/04, $750,000 49 Showers Drive #W311 L. Johnson to Tolchin-Howard Enterprises for $699,000 on 8/5/13; previous sale 12/90, $555,000 13080 Sun Mor Ave. Urban West Hcc Limited to Kaushal Trust for $2,425,000 on 8/1/13; previous sale 4/05, $950,000 793 View St. J. Knight to D. & W. Kandasamy for $1,930,000 on 7/30/13

Palo Alto 221 Bryant St. J. Edison Corporation to P. Chung for $2,445,000 on 8/2/13 1527 Castilleja Ave. Selvidge

Trust to X. Zhu for $1,950,000 on 7/31/13 740 Christine Drive J. Zhu to V. & A. Lui for $3,150,000 on 7/30/13 3127 David Ave. Faber Trust to D. Li for $1,630,000 on 8/2/13 178 Ely Place Fisher Trust to P. Ko for $1,800,000 on 7/31/13 789 Encina Grande Drive Pine Hall Properties to J. Chen for $2,700,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 12/10, $1,830,000 365 Forest Ave. #3b J. Mitchell to Wilmans Trust for $1,700,000 on 8/5/13 1212 Fulton St. C. & P. Collins to I. & S. Ernest for $2,800,000 on 7/31/13 1323 Hopkins Ave. Seybold Trust to H. Kiu for $2,168,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 5/98, $707,000 2898 Louis Road J. Ko to G. Malhotra for $1,302,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 6/07, $995,000 3197 Louis Road S. Gabow to H. & D. Kamath for $1,767,000 on 7/30/13 3116 Morris Drive V. Bacolini to Zhang Trust for $1,605,000 on 8/1/13 3149 Stockton Place K. & I. Hwang to S. Ranganathan for $1,788,000 on 7/31/13; previous sale 8/93, $325,000 4118 Sutherland Drive Green Trust to L. Chen for $1,400,000 on 7/30/13 778 University Ave. Angeles Trust to Paulraj Trust for $945,000 on 8/2/13

Redwood City 1862 Barton St. R. Riga to H. Plain for $1,500,000 on 7/24/13; previous sale 4/01, $999,100 689 Cambridge Road Kiseleff Trust to R. Copeland for $1,210,000 on 7/25/13 106 Central Ave. R. & C. Umphrey to H. Brown for $750,000 on 7/24/13 1214 Ebener St. E. & L. Cabiles

to SPN Real Estate Fund for $625,000 on 7/19/13 186 Elwood St. I. Jude to Damle Trust for $1,200,000 on 7/18/13; previous sale 9/04, $743,000 2012 Gossamer Ave. C. & L. Parker to J. & L. Chung for $1,355,000 on 7/23/13; previous sale 6/11, $1,010,000 2004 Hastings Shore Lane M. Venkataraman to N. Utigard for $620,000 on 7/19/13; previous sale 4/00, $460,000 630 Island Place Owen Trust to Z. & C. Lu for $1,250,500 on 7/18/13; previous sale 5/99, $675,000 437 King St. R. & D. Holm to M. & A. Merchant for $1,140,000 on 7/25/13; previous sale 4/00, $500,000 503 Lanyard Drive Koo-Long Trust to D. Hellard for $800,000 on 7/23/13; previous sale 4/04, $727,000 32 Lido Circle Chiu Trust to L. Chew for $842,500 on 7/19/13; previous sale 9/99, $420,000 1 Mandalay Court T. Mao to E. Chen for $1,650,000 on 7/19/13 777 Mediterranean Lane Leung Trust to A. Smith for $970,000 on 7/22/13; previous sale 5/02, $710,000 388 Newcastle Drive Yegnashankaran Trust to Brill Trust for $1,200,000 on 7/17/13; previous sale 12/93, $415,000 1903 Redwood Ave. Oconnell Trust to Rochester Trust for $752,000 on 7/17/13; previous sale 12/98, $385,000 318 Sea Cliff Lane Bernardi Trust to S. Joseph for $870,000 on 7/17/13; previous sale 11/86, $230,500

Woodside 280 Grandview Drive W. Davison to W. Fender for $1,523,000 on 7/19/13 746 Woodside Drive R. & B. Gemmell to S. & V. Papademetriou for $2,225,000 on 7/17/13; previous sale 3/11, $1,600,000

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For a virtual tour, please visit: http://956bonitaave.cbrb.com

Offered at: $599,000

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Offered at: $4,850,000 www.1057Ramona.com

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Custom Retreat Built in 2004 with renovations in 2013, this stunning and spacious Craftsman-style home, in the heart of Old Palo Alto, features a custom kitchen, an extensive lower level, and 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 2 half-baths.

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145 Non-Profits Needs Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

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150 Volunteers Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement ARCHITARIAN DESIGN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581211 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Architarian Design, located at 321 Kipling Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ELAINE UANG ARCHITECT, INC. 321 Kipling Street Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 06/27/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 31, 2013. (PAW Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013) STANFORD TERRACE INN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581230 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Stanford Terrace Inn, located at 531 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): WILD RANGE INC. 531 Stanford Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 10/19/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 31, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) CATERING CENTRAL LLC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581112 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Catering Central LLC, located at 1951 Colony Unit U, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CATERING CENTRAL LLC 1951 Colony Unit U Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 04/29/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 29, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) DRAGON STONE GLOBAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581506 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Dragon Stone Global, located at 391 Curtner Ave., Suite #I, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): SUPER YOU GLOBAL 391 Curtner Ave., Suite #I Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 8, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) SUSTANA HOMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 580932 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Sustana Homes, located at 60 Roberts Road, #12, Los Gatos, CA 95032, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of

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the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): WYKA CORP. 60 Roberts Rd. #12 Los Gatos, CA 94032 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 6-1-2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 24, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) RIHUCKER Consulting FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581530 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: RIHUCKER Consulting, located at 3160 Louis Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): RITA METZ 3160 Louis Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 9, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) YALICIA FASHION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581675 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Yalicia Fashion, located at 2655 Sycamore Grove Pl., San Jose, CA 95121, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): YA WANG 2655 Sycamore Grove Pl. San Jose, CA 95121 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 07/18/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 14, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) WAY TO WELLNESS ACUPUNCTURE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 580813 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Way to Wellness Acupuncture, located at 445 Sherman Avenue, Suite J, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): AMY KISSLINGER 1218 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 07/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 22, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) SHE STARTED IT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581523 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: She Started It, located at 555 Bryant Street, #812, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PROJECT 17 FILMS, LLC 555 Bryant St., #812 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 9, 2013. (PAW Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 2013) SU HONG EATERY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581369 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Su Hong Eatery, located at 4256 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DAVID D. KING, INC. 4256 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306

THE PENINSULAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 7/11/96. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 5, 2013. (PAW Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013) Bookshare Bookshare.org Martus FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581476 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Bookshare, 2.) Bookshare.org, 3.) Martus, located at 480 California Ave. #201, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): Beneficent Technology, Inc. 480 California Ave. #201 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/31/2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 8, 2013. (PAW Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013) SCOOP MICROCREAMERY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581620 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Scoop Microcreamery, located at 203 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JUICED, INC. 1734 W. El Camino Real #8 Mtn. View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 13, 2013. (PAW Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013) PALO ALTO PSYCHOLOGY GROUP THE PALO ALTO PSYCHOLOGY GROUP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581567 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Palo Alto Psychology Group, 2.) The Palo Alto Psychology Group, located at 417 Tasso Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: Joint Venture. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JASON ANGEL 2515 Octavia Street #1 San Francisco, CA 94123 JENNIFER NAM 2515 Octavia Street #1 San Francisco, CA 94123 JULIA AUSTIN 2515 Octavia St. #1 San Francisco, CA 94123 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 12, 2013. (PAW Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013) TRAN SOOD LAW FIRM, A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 582050 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Tran Sood Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, located at 2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): TRAN SOOD LAW FIRM, A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION 1551 McCarthy Blvd., Suite 204 Milpitas, CA 95035 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: 01/01/2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 22, 2013. (PAW Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 2013) PALO ALTO ORTHODONTICS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581777 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as:

Palo Alto Orthodontics, located at 905 Middlefield Rd., St. #A, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JENNY YOO, DMD, MS, INC. 905 Middlefield Rd. #A Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 8/2/13. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 16, 2013. (PAW Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013) EDIBLE URBAN FARM COMPANY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581952 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Edible Urban Farm Company, located at 436 Lerida Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): EDIBLE URBAN FARM, LLC 436 Lerida Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 21, 2013. (PAW Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 2013) ANANDA VALLEY FARM FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 581869 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Ananda Valley Farm, located at 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ANANDA FARM 2171 El Camino Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on: 7/23/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 20, 2013. (PAW Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 2013) BAO LONG INTERNATIONAL TRADING SYSTENS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 582160 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: BAO Long International Trading Systens, located at 4294 Wilkie Way Apt.-D, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): SHENG RONG MA 4294 Wilkie Way Apt.-D Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on: Not Applicable. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on August 26, 2013. (PAW Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 2013)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE File No. 7233.23955 Title Order No. 7875632 MIN No. APN 132-24-080 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/19/06. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other

common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): ROBERT B. COLEY AND DENISE E. COLEY, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 05/25/06, as Instrument No. 18950490,of Official Records of Santa Clara County, California. Date of Sale: 09/05/13 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Market Street entrance to the Superior Courthouse, 190 North Market Street., San Jose, CA The purported property address is: 3597 SOUTH COURT, PALO ALTO, CA 94306 Assessors Parcel No. 132-24-080 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $382,341.06. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 877-484-9942 or 800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.USAForeclosure.com or www.Auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 7233.23955. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: August 12, 2013 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Jeffrey Mosher, Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 866-387-6987 Sale Info website: www.USA-Foreclosure. com or www.Auction.com Automated Sales Line: 877-484-9942 or 800280-2832 Reinstatement and PayOff Requests: 866-387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINEDWILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE 7233.23955 08/16/2013, 08/23/2013, 08/30/2013 PAW NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE T.S. No. 13-30710-JP-CA Title No. 130071104CA-MAI ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08/04/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code

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THE PENINSULAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM and authorized to do business in this state; will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;? condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: WILLIAM R. BECHTOLD AND VIRGINIA J. BECHTOLD, TRUSTEES OF THE BECHTOLD FAMILY REVOCABLE TRUST, DATED FEBRUARY 16, 2001 Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 08/18/2003 as Instrument No. 17276008 (or Book, Page) of the Official Records of SANTA CLARA County, California. Date of Sale: 09/13/2013 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Ballroom, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Ca 95054 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $625,229.01 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 337 TENNYSON AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94301 A.P.N.: 124-08-048 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee

or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or beneficiaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.ndscorp.com/sales, using the file number assigned to this case 13-30710-JP-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 08/14/2013

NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85020 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 800-2802832; Sales Website: www.ndscorp. com/sales Linda DeGrandis, Trustee Sales Representative A-4408340 08/23/2013, 08/30/2013, 09/06/2013 PAW NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ERIC RAU Case No.: 1-13-PR-173106 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ERIC RAU. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: GERALD S. RAU in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: GERALD S. RAU be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on September 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 3 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.

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If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Deborah G. Kramer Radin Kramer Radin, LLP 280 Second Street, Suite 100 Los Altos, CA 94022 (650)941-8600 (PAW Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13, 2013)

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Sunday Men’s soccer: Georgetown at Stanford, 4 p.m.; Pac-12 Network

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by Rick Eymer t’s not that the Stanford women’s volleyball team hasn’t been knocked out of the NCAA tournament prematurely (in the Cardinal’s viewpoint) in the past. It’s just that last year’s loss to Michigan, in four sets in the Elite Eight, was particularly nauseating in that, to a person, Stanford felt it could have played better. “There was a point from where we were on our toes to being on our heels,” senior outside hitter Rachel Williams said. “Points were being scored and the match was going by faster than it seemed like we were playing it.” The Wolverines finished in a sixth-place tie in the Big 10 last year and reached the national semifinals as the last Big 10 team standing, with Penn State. Michigan’s season ended with a five-set loss to eventual national champion Texas, which beat Oregon in straight sets in the title match. Stanford coach John Dunning eloquently described the difference between the top teams as a matter of degrees of separation, microscopic degrees that need to be addressed every day, every moment, leading up to the national championship. Stanford beat Oregon twice last year and will be playing at Texas next week. The Cardinal knew it had one of the best teams in the nation last year — winning the Pac-12 Conference title is no easy feat — but fell short in one brief moment. “The loss to Michigan sort of lit a fire in our team,” senior middle blocker Carly Wopat said. “It gave us this determination to keep getting better to reach the championship game.” Stanford, which opens it season at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, is once again an elite teams among the best in the nation, with hopes of a national title.

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper of the UCLA women’s soccer team led a defensive effort that produced shutout wins over Northeastern and Cal State Northridge last weekend, as the Bruins didn’t concede a goal and faced four shots in two games. Dahlkemper, a junior defender, was at the heart of it all as she played 159 minutes in the two victories. Prior to the seasonopening wins, Dahlkemper was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second consecutive season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Jan. 10, 2014. Dahlkemper earned NSCAA secondteam All-America and first-team AllPacific Region honors in 2012. . . . Palo Alto’s Chesnie Cheung won a pair of gold medals to help Team USA Team finish off a highly successful week at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships last week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. U.S. swimmers swept the team finals in three divisions -- junior, 1315 plus 12-and-under -- and won two golds in duet and one more in solo at the championships. It is the first time the U.S. has finished higher than Canada in the team competition since 2007. In the 12-and-under duet final, Cheung and Caitlyn Hoang won gold at 126.1335. Cheung and Hoang are both on the U.S. 12-andUnder National Team and the Santa Clara Aquamaids. Cheung also won a gold medal in the team competition for the Aquamaids . . . Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer took a break from coaching to win the Manhattan Beach Open Sunday with Casey Jennings. Fuerbringer had left beach volleyball competition five months ago to serve as assistant coach of the U.S. men’s indoor national team. He joined Jennings to knock off the top-seeded team of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, 21-18, 21-23, 15-12, in the championship match of the final event of the AVP Tour. It was a family victory for Jennings. His wife, threetime Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings from Stanford, teamed with Whitney Pavlik to defeat Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat, 22-20, 21-17, in the women’s final. Walsh Jennings has won the Manhattan Beach Open six times and Pavlik three times, but this was their first title together.

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Stanford men’s soccer is ready for a big step forward Cardinal will open season at home against No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 Georgetown this weekend by Rick Eymer ne year later and the Stanford men’s soccer team may just be getting started. Jeremy Gunn, known for his ability to build a program, is in his second season as coach with the Cardinal and thinks that after a full season of learning about each other, this could be a productive year. “We made a lot of positive steps forward,” Gunn said as his team prepares for the ultimate opening weekend, which begins Friday night with No. 2 Maryland visiting

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Stanford at 7 p.m., followed by No. 3 Georgetown on Sunday at 4 p.m. “We moved our RPI from 100th to 50th in the nation by season’s end. Obviously there is more to come, more work to do.” That could be exposed with a weekend that features two teams that met in the College Cup Final Four last year. Georgetown advanced to the title game, losing to Indiana, 1-0. Meanwhile, Stanford was slowly getting better. After opening the season 3-5-0 and getting outscored

by 11-9, the Cardinal went 6-3-1, with a 22-9 goal deferential, the rest of the way. “As the season moved along we became more effective as a group,” Gunn said. “We took that into the offseason, where we were able to be more specific and define roles.” The seniors, goalkeeper Drew Hutchins, midfielder JJ Koval and defender Tyler Conklin, have a chance to leave the program in better shape than when they entered. In 2009, the Cardinal advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourna-

ment (the last time Stanford reach the postseason), losing to top-ranked Akron. Last year’s seniors were involved in that run and they left an impression on this year’s team. “The coaching staff has been here 1 1/2 years and have really changed the program,” Koval said. “Last year’s senior class had unbelievable leadership and amazing players. It was a pleasure to play with them.” Several of those grads — Adam Jahn and Hunter Gorskie among (continued on page 77)

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Cardinal water polo standout provides game-winning goal to lift U.S. junior women to title at World Championships by Rick Eymer tanford junior Kiley Neushul completed a long and successful career with the U.S. Junior National Team in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo by scoring three goals, including the game-clincher with less than three minutes to play, as Team USA topped Spain, 9-7, in the championship of the FINA Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece on Sunday. Neushul, who served as team captain, played in her third FINA Junior World Championship and helped the Americans win gold for the first time since 2005. The U.S. also became the first three-time winner of the event, which has been held every other year beginning in 1995. Neushul also played with the U.S. Senior National Team this summer. Stanford junior Ashley Grossman scored the first goal of the contest at the 5:43 mark and the Americans never trailed, eventually taking a 5-1 lead late in the second period after Neushul scored twice within a 43-second span. Spain, the defending champion, drew within 7-6 early in the fourth period before Neushul struck again for the U.S.

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Field hockey Stanford will open its season on Saturday against visiting Connecticut in a match that will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. The Cardinal will play its first four games at the Varsity Turf. Stanford is coming off another impressive campaign (6-0 NorPac, 16-7 overall), reaching the NCAA Tournament and capturing the NorPac Championship for the fifth time in six years. Stanford opens with a No. 12 ranking in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason poll. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer Stanford junior goalkeeper Emily Oliver was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following her performances in the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



season-opening victories at Boston College and Connecticut last weekend. Oliver made nine saves while facing 17 shots in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over B.C. on Friday. Many of her saves were simply spectacular, and preserved the tie score, allowing the Cardinal to remain in position to win. Alex Dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal in the 108th minute was the winner. Against UConn, Oliver also faced 17 shots, while earning her 27th career shutout. Oliver has a 0.45 goals-against average after two matches and is a returning All-America and a threetime NCAA College Cup all-tournament selection. Oliver and the Cardinal play their home opener Saturday against Portland at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m. In the win over UConn, junior transfer Taylor Uhl scored her first Stanford goal while Siobhan Cox recorded the assist, sending a wellplaced corner kick into the box from where Uhl was able to head it past the Huskiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goalkeeper. In the win over Boston College, junior Alex Doll scored with less than three minutes remaining in the second overtime to the Cardinal. Sophomore Chioma Ubogaguâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot seconds before was blocked by Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson, but not controlled. Doll was right there to slam it home for the sudden death game-winner. Track and field Incoming Stanford freshman Megan Glasmann from Park City, Utah, won the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin at the 17th annual Pan American Championships, setting a meet record in the competition that features the best 19-and-under athletes in the Western Hemisphere. The championships wrapped up Sunday in Medellin, Colombia. For her effort, Glasmann was named USA Track and Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athlete of the week. On her last attempt, Glasmann

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Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kiley Neushul scored three goals in title match. threw 176-11, a personal record by 10 feet, the top throw by a U.S. junior or high school athlete this year and the No. 2 mark in U.S. junior history that also made her No. 2 all-time on the prep list. Glasmann, whose mother is former Texas AllAmerica Niki Nye, entered the meet with a best of 166-7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I had won on the fifth attempt, I was ahead by that time, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have to take my last throw of the meet because I had already won,â&#x20AC;? Glasmann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the other coaches asked my parents why I was still throwing, but I really wanted to see if I had anything left in me, and It turned out that I did have quite a bit.â&#x20AC;? Glasmann qualified by winning the U.S. junior championship in July and was among five current or incoming Stanford athletes to compete in the biennial meet. Other highlights among Stanford competitors were Claudia Saunders, a rising sophomore, who was sixth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 in 2:12.17, and Justin Brinkley, who was ninth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 in 4:00.42. Incoming freshman Dylan Duvio finished second in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pole vault with a clearance of 17-0 3/4 and incoming freshman Scott Buttinger of Canada was sixth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 final in 1:52.23. N

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Palo Alto High grad Kevin Anderson (48) earned a Rose Bowl ring last season and hopes to contribute to the Cardinal success again this year. (in high school), but he’s getting better and better at it all the time.” At Paly, Anderson was an absolute beast playing defensive end. Despite not having played organized football until his freshman year, Anderson progressed nicely. He got called up to the varsity squad late in his sophomore season, setting up monster years to follow. In his junior season, Anderson recorded 68 tackles — 18 of which went for losses — along with 6.5 sacks, earning him Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. As a senior, Anderson finished with 113 tackles and 11.5 sacks, garnering first-team all-state accolades. More importantly, Anderson helped lead the Vikings to a 14-0 record, culminating in a 15-13 win over heavily favored CentennialCorona in the CIF state championship Division I bowl game. Even though Anderson was known more for his baseball exploits growing up, football became his calling card and ticket to a world-renowned university. “Stanford was the first school to offer me (to play football),” he said. “(Then-Cardinal) coach (Jim) Harbaugh gave me a call right before my senior year started, and I couldn’t contain my excitement.” As a college sophomore last season, Anderson played in 14 games, recording two sacks. He also played on special teams, and is looking to make an even bigger impact on that unit this season. When Anderson first got to Stanford, his linebackers coach felt his body type might

be better suited to play linebacker rather than defensive end. “We just looked at his body type and knew it might be a better fit size-wise,” Lance Anderson said. At Paly, Anderson rarely dropped back into pass coverage. At Stanford as an outside linebacker, Anderson drops back into coverage much more often. But from the moment he stepped on campus, Anderson has learned from the best, counting Murphy and former teammates Alex Debniak and Chase Thomas as influential role models. “I learned a lot from them, just gaining valuable experience in how to get things done the right way,” he said. “I’ve put in the work, and now all that’s left is to go out and perform.” That’s why Anderson said he’s not going to judge success on the amount of playing time he receives this season. Anderson has put in the work and fully immersed himself in the film room and playbook. Rest assured, he has done everything asked of him and then some. NOTES: Holding its only open practice of the fall season, Stanford’s defense entertained a capacity crowd during live scrimmage situations Saturday morning at the Elliott Football Practice Field. On a morning when ESPN College Gameday analysts Lee Corso and Desmond Howard picked Stanford to play in the national championship game, fans were buzzing about the Cardinal defense. . . . Stanford’s season opens Sept. 7 with a home game against San Jose State, a team that won 11 games a year ago. N

them — already have achieved a measure of success in the MLS. “We’re realizing a new potential,” Koval said. “The coaches came in and there was a complete change. There was even a change to way we looked at practice. We became a tough, combative team and one of the hardest working.” Gunn has the team thinking of the NCAA tournament. “We have a simplified goal,” he said. “We want to play as many games as we possibly can together and that means making the tournament, or at least putting ourselves in position.” Last season’s strong finish indicates just such a potential for the Cardinal entering the year. A strong start also would help, though the first weekend appears daunting. “We hope to become one of the best teams in the country,” Gunn said. “It’s a very tough test for the guys but a wonderful challenge and an incredible opportunity.” Koval was named team captain, an obvious choice to his teammates. “He’s a big, tough defender,” Conklin said. “You want to follow him into battle. I think you can lead by example and vocally. His commitment to the program is awesome. Every day it’s the best day of his life. He’s super-excited, has a lot of energy and he wants to make others better.” Most of last year’s scoring went with Jahn to the San Jose Earthquakes, tough the good news is that five returning players scored a combined 15 goals last year, led by junior forward Zach Batteer with six. “One of our strengths is the togetherness of the group,” Gunn said. “Zach is exciting to watch, has an incredible attitude and is fearless.” Hutchins returns to defend the net for the Cardinal. “He’s a phenomenal goalkeeper,” Gunn said. “I think he’s underrated. He loves playing the game.” And as Koval pointed, he does more than stop goals. “Drew naturally works hard,” Koval said. “When he talks, people listen. He can see the entire field and he organizes the team the way no one else can. He does an excellent job at that.” In addition to Batteer and fellow junior Jimmy Callinan, Stanford has a trio of redshirt juniors who are in their fourth year of the program, including defender Matt Taylor, whose older sister Lindsay was an All-American for the Stanford womens’ soccer team. “He’s made vast improvements,” Gunn said of Taylor. “He’s competing for playing time back there.” Redshirt juniors Bobby Edwards and Austin Meyer also saw action last year. Edwards appeared in 17 matches, including nine starts. Meyer, who scored a goal, played in 14 matches with one start. Sophomore midfielder Aaron Kovar has been named to preseason All-American teams. He scored three goals while starting 12 of the 15 games in which he appeared. Kovar heads a solid sophomore class that could blossom this sea-

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son. He’s joined by midfielders Ty Thompson, who started all but four games, and Eric Verso, who appeared in 15 contests, scoring three times, forward Adrian Alabi, and defenders Brandon Vincent, who started 17 matches, and Slater Meehan. Forward Jordan Morris leads a solid freshmen class. Morris has worked his way into the starting lineup. Other freshmen include defenders Marshall Glover, Brian Nana-Sinkam and Cameron Chesnutt, midfielder Trevor Hyman, forward Mark Verso and goalkeepers Andrew Epstein and Nico Corti. Stanford still is looking for its first conference title since 2001. “We want to win the Pac-12, which is a tough conference,” Gunn said. N

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Paly grad is looking for action onsidering he grew up in Palo Alto and was born at Stanford Hospital, one would figure Stanford junior outside linebacker Kevin Anderson dreamed of playing for the Cardinal. Uh, not really. “I wasn’t necessarily a Stanford fan even though I’m from Palo Alto,” said Anderson, a 2010 Palo Alto High graduate. “I knew how amazing the university was, though.” Anderson’s parents, Peter and Anne, both received degrees from Cal. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Anderson has an older brother, Michael, who played football at Yale. So, Anderson’s story isn’t a classic case of the hometown kid who dreamed of playing for his hometown university, but he’s just as ecstatic he’s on The Farm. “I was lucky to develop into a player good enough to be here at Stanford,” said Anderson, who is currently the backup to standout linebacker Trent Murphy. “Right now I’m just trying to earn as much playing time as I can. I’ll judge (whether I’m having a successful season) by my effort. As long as I work as hard as I can, I don’t care about the outcome (in terms of playing time).” Ever since Anderson arrived at Stanford, he has displayed an indefatigable work ethic. Anderson redshirted his freshman season, using the time to get functionally stronger for football while learning new skills. He trained up to 6 1/2 hours a day, often attending optional weightlifting workouts “because I wanted to tell myself that I did everything possible to be the best player I could be.” Just as important, Anderson received a lesson every day in practice that year, as he went up against then-teammate Jonathan Martin, who is the starting left tackle for the Miami Dolphins. “He won most of those battles,” said Anderson, before quickly correcting himself. “Actually, he won them all. I probably got 50 reps a day in practice against him, and it was great for my development. I got better as a football player, and just to go against him was awesome.” Anderson said he’s happy with the progress he’s made, but hardly satisfied. Cardinal outside linebackers coach Lance Anderson (no relation) sees a determined player who continues to improve. “Kevin has put himself in a position to get some good playing time,” Lance Anderson said. “He’s a really good pass rusher; the natural ability is there. And he’s getting better in pass coverage and playing in space. Those are things he didn’t do before

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“We have a chance to be as good as we want to be,” Dunning said. “We have the chance to win an NCAA title every year.” What makes this a fascinating year is that all seven starters (including the libero) from that Elite Eight team are back, along with four others who saw significant time during Stanford’s 30-4 season that included a 19-1 mark in the Pac-12. Williams and Wopat are joined by fellow returning starters Kyle Gilbert, the junior libero, and sophomores Inky Ajanaku (middle blocker), Madi Bugg (setter), Brittany Howard and Jordan Burgess (both outside hitters). Four of last year’s starters were freshmen. Senior defensive specialist Mary Ellen Luck, junior outside hitters Lydia Bai and Morgan Boukather and sophomore middle blocker Megan McGehee also return. They will be joined by another highly regarded recruiting class of setter Kelsey Humphreys, outside hitter Grace Kennedy, 6-foot-8 middle blocker Merete Lutz from Germany and 6-4 outside hitter Ivana Vanjak from Croatia. Humphreys had Cardinal running in her blood her entire life. Her mother, Wendy Rush, was a four-time All-American setter at Stanford and her father, Brad, was a starter for the Cardinal football team.

Jordan Burgess played on the U.S. Junior National Team. Kennedy also has strong Stanford connections, including older sister Victoria, who was on the Cardinal women’s water polo team. Humphreys, Lutz and Burgess

played together on the U.S. Junior National Team over the summer, with Burgess serving as team captain. The freshman class, meanwhile, is every bit as talented as last year’s freshmen class. That means starting jobs are not necessarily secure, another motivation. It’s the loss to Michigan that overrides everything, at least for the seniors. “It drove us during the offseason,” Luck said. “In the weight room, where you don’t necessarily want to be, we worked hard. We’ve thought about that match every day.” Dunning said he could see the difference from the moment they gathered back together for the first time. “It made them determined, not just in an amount, but it stayed a reality,” he said. “They came in healthy, in shape, and we’re able to push each other as hard as we can. They stay focused and they want to find out how good we are.” The offseason also included the first year of sand volleyball, a sport that sounded more fun when you were out there playing. Practice? “The first practice was a shock,” Williams said. “We got out there and were huffing and puffing. It’s a lot different than indoor volleyball.” And it might be an additional source of energy for the Cardinal, which found out how grueling sand workouts can get. “We did one drill in which they would barely break a sweat in-

doors,” Dunning said. “In the sand they were leaning over trying to catch their breath.” With the 11 returning players coming in at an advanced level, it would seem like the freshmen would have some difficulty fitting in. That hasn’t been the case. “We’ve incorporated the freshmen in every way possible,” Wopat said. “From the first day it’s been like a whole new team.” Added Williams: “We know we are not going to be as good as we can without them. It’s our job to help.” It’s that sense of cohesiveness, or team chemistry, that has Dunning, in his 13th year at Stanford and 29th as a Division I coach, excited for the

season. “The people coming back have a good sense of playing together and we are way ahead of where we were,” he said. “They have done a great job of doing what they can to get better. The freshmen are talented. Kelsey is good. She’s ready just like Madi was when she got here. Madi was the center of the team at the end of the season. She knows there is someone else in the gym who can play her position.” The season, says Williams, will revolve around a few simple things. “Selflessness, fearless, holding oneself accountable to being the best possible teammate,” she said. This year, there seems to be some substance behind the words. N

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