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Fresh snags to delay opening of Mitchell Park Library City threatens to terminate contractor after fire alarms fail three tests by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto’s frustrating slog and broken pavers, represent the to rebuild the Mitchell Park latest obstacle for the city’s largest Library and Community capital project, the cornerstone of Center is facing a fresh wave of the $76 million bond voters apconstruction setbacks, pushing proved for library renovations in the estimated completion date of November 2008. Since constructhe beleaguered project to early tion began in 2010, the project has spring of 2014. fallen behind schedule thanks to The new problems, including deficient work, failed inspections faulty alarm systems, water leaks and bitter disputes between the


city and its contractors. According to a letter that Public Works Director Michael Sartor had sent to Tom Maxwell, president of the construction company Flintco Pacific, the project continues to face unexpected complications, resulting mostly from Flintco’s defective work. The letter, which the City Council discussed and approved in a closed session Tuesday and which the city publicly released Wednesday morning, spells out more than a dozen

problems at the city’s most notorious construction site near the intersection of Middlefield Road and East Meadow Drive. These include roof leaks that have not been repaired, fans that haven’t been properly installed and, most alarmingly, a fire-alarm system that has failed three tests. In an interview Wednesday, Sartor described the lattermost problem as “very disturbing and a big deal.” His letter to Maxwell also noted that Flintco has failed to install

several required fire-extinguisher cabinets and restroom accessories. “There is no excuse for Flintco’s lack of effort to correct these problems,” Sartor wrote. “Flintco’s current level of effort is unacceptable.” As a result of these problems, the city no longer expects the project to open to the public by the end of the year. In his let­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£ä®


After Maybell defeat, city to rethink zoning policies Palo Alto to delay hearings on other proposed developments by Gennady Sheyner

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Landscaper Francisco Leon works beside the newly installed light sculpture “Aurora” in King Plaza, in front of Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday. Crews are finishing the public-art installation, which will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 16. See story on page 9.


Sister city suffers in typhoon aftermath Mass graves, hunger in Palo in Philippines, City of Palo Alto to donate $10,000 by Sue Dremann


n the aftermath of Super Typhoon Hayian, Palo Alto’s Philippine sister city, Palo, Leyte Island, is struggling to cope with severe devastation and a rising body count, according to Philippine news reports. With news getting increasingly grimmer, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Tuesday to immediately contribute $10,000 to the relief effort, as suggested by Councilwoman Karen Holman. Mayor Greg Scharff also adjourned the Tuesday meeting in honor of the devastated city. “I think as a community we really need to come together on this and help out our sister city,”

Scharff said. The council and several speakers also urged local residents to send donations for relief to: Neighbors Abroad, P.O. Box 52004, Palo Alto, CA 94303. The typhoon made landfall on Friday, Nov. 8, in the eastern Philippines just east of Leyte Island. The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts of up to 235 mph, according to the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Haiyan is considered one of the most powerful storms of its kind to make landfall. News agencies report that thousands of people have died as a result of the storm.

Some estimates put the number in the island’s nearby capitol city of Tacloban as high as 10,000. Official government estimates have downgraded the death toll at 2,000 to 2,500, according to Philippine news sources. But since many areas remain unreachable due to blocked roads and power outages, the true loss remains unknown. In Palo, a coastal city of 62,727 people, church and government officials have buried at least 150 people in a mass grave. For days, the deceased were left on the heavily damaged church’s floor, Philippine GMA News reported this week. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

ays after Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly shot down a proposed housing complex on Maybell Avenue, city leaders announced that they’re hitting the brakes on two colossal rezoning proposals and launching a broad community discussion about future development. The Tuesday announcement by Mayor Greg Scharff about the forthcoming “community dialogue about our city and where we should be going” came exactly a week after voters defeated Measure D, effectively killing a housing development that the City Council unanimously approved in June. The proposal included a 60unit complex for low-income seniors and 12 market-rate homes. Throughout the campaign, opponents of Measure D repeatedly framed the debate as a battle to preserve neighborhoods in the face of dense new development proposals that exceed zoning regulations. Opponents talked about the need to send a message to the council that residents don’t want to see any more “planned community” developments (which ease zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated public benefits) in residential areas. On Tuesday, Scharff acknowledged that the message was clearly received. In a surprise announcement, Scharff said that the City Council will postpone its scheduled review of two of the largest and most controversial proposals in the development pipeline: Jay Paul Company’s “planned community” application for two large office buildings at 395 Page Mill Road and a new police station for

the city; and John Arrillaga’s concept for four office towers and a theater at 27 University Ave., the current site of the MacArthur Park Restaurant. Both projects were previously scheduled to go in front of the council in December. Instead, the council will now hold a special session on Dec. 2 to discuss the myriad development issues that have been cropping up at council meetings in recent months and that were at the heart of Measure D’s opposition campaign: the controversial “planned community” zoning process; the city’s parking shortages and the traffic impacts of new developments in residential neighborhoods. The council also plans to discuss on Dec. 9 the city’s future steps with the Maybell site, which was purchased by the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation with the help of a $5.8 million loan from the city. In his announcement, Scharff stressed that the issues involving local development had been on the council’s agenda long before the Maybell vote. Even so, the result of the Nov. 5 election, where more than 56 percent of the voters opposed Measure D, underscored the need to get the conversation rolling. “This is not just in response to the Maybell project, though it obviously played a role,” Scharff said, citing prior colleagues memos from council members and planning commissioners calling for reforms to PC zoning and upgraded design guidelines for new buildings. “It is anticipated we will discuss topics from PC zoning, to the Com­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{®

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Around Town

UP TO SNUFF ... Having snuffed out smoking at local parks earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are now proposing to extend the cigarette ban to the city’s two most prominent business districts. In a memo that the City Council is scheduled to discuss Monday night, Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and Councilmembers Karen Holman and Gail Price are proposing a smoking ban in downtown and the California Avenue business district. The proposal comes less than three months after the council adopted an ordinance banning smoking at parks and extending the no-smoking buffer zone near public entrances to buildings from 20 to 25 feet. Even without the proposed ban, smokers are already severely restricted around University Avenue. The buffer-zone rule effectively makes the city’s most prominent downtown thoroughfare a smoke-free zone, though there are small pockets of space at several spots that fall outside the buffer, including plazas, walkways and street corners. It is these pockets that the new ban seeks to zip up. In the memo, the four council members tout the impact of smoking on both health and the downtown experience. “Smokers tend to congregate in front of entrances, cause ingress and egress issues. Smoke filters into buildings; and cigarette butts litter the sidewalks, planters and other visible public areas, ”the memo states. The four council members recommend that staff study the smoking ordinances that other jurisdictions have adopted in their downtown corridors and that the city conducts outreach to residents, businesses and property owners downtown and around California Avenue. City staff is expected to bring a rpeport on the proposed ban expansion to the council’s Policy and Services Committee early next year. SMILE, YOU’RE ON COP CAM! ... Drivers who get pulled over by motorcycle cops in Palo Alto rarely feel like smiling. The Police Department’s proposal to put cameras on police officers is unlikely to change that, though it may offer alleged violators a little reassurance about officer accountability. Under the proposal that the City Council is expected

to approve on Monday night, nine officers will be equipped with “body-worn audio/visual systems” as part of the Police Department’s proposal to upgrade its video technology. The bulk of the $305,000 contract would go toward upgrading the video systems in police cruisers, a local fixture since 2006. The report from the Police Department states that such technology “has become instrumental in law enforcement training, evidence collection, and for officer safety and accountability.” The current seven-year-old system, the report states, is at the end of its technical life-cycle. If the proposal is approved, cameras would be upgraded in the entire fleet of 28 vehicles. The body-worn cameras, meanwhile, are a new experiment. They would be worn by patrol officers and members of the motorcycle-riding “trafficsafety team,” allowing officers to capture video evidence when they are away from their vehicles. In addition to the police equipment, staff is considering using audiovisual systems on Fire Department vehicles. The contract that the council will be voting on includes funds to equip the battalion-chief van with a camera to “capture activities during major incidents.” YOU SAY TERRONE, I SAY TERÚN ...(From Palo Alto Online’s Peninsula Foodist) Some detail-oriented diners might have noticed that Terrone, the “pizzeria-ristorante-bar” that opened in February this year at 448 S. California Ave. has disappeared — in name at least. What was formerly Terrone (a derogatory term that refers to south Italian farmers) is now Terún, which has the same meaning but is a northern Italian dialect, said owner Franco Campilongo. Campilongo said the restaurant made the switch after finding out that a Canadabased company, which owns numerous Italian restaurants in Toronto and two in Los Angeles, had trademarked the name “Terroni.” Apparently, Terrone’s ending vowel “wasn’t different enough,” Campilongo said. “I didn’t want to waste my money and time fighting it,” he added. And voilà, Terrone became Terún, with a new sign and new website. N


Project WeHOPE offers shelter, restores dignity


roject WeHOPE has grown in strides since it was founded in the winter of 2009. Originally incorporated as the Lord’s Gym, a converted warehouse in East Palo Alto where transients could come and play basketball, it has grown into a transitional housing complex that provides not only food and shelter for homeless people, but also dental care, showers, laundry service and case management. “The showers and washing (their) clothes ... that helps restore their dignity,� said Paul Bains, an East Palo Alto native and pastor at St. Samuel Church of God in Christ who co-founded East Palo Alto’s only homeless shelter with his wife, Cheryl Bains. “It raises their level of dignity back to where it was, and hopefully even better. ... When we mentioned this ... we thought that was going to be a hard sell, but it went over like we had given them a million dollars.� The Palo Alto Weekly donated $10,000 to Project WeHOPE last year as part of the Holiday Fund, which is supported by revenue from the annual Moonlight Run, individ-

by Miranda Chatfield ual donations, and matching grants from the Packard and Hewlett foundations and the Silicon Valley C o m m u n it y Foundation. This grant provided for the purchase and installation of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the attic of the warehouse that houses the East Palo Alto homeless shelter. It also helped Project WeHOPE make a move toward becoming a year-round, permanent shelter, growth the organization is marking with a Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 26. However, Project WeHOPE is still in desperate need of funding and support, said Bains, who relies on a paid staff of 12 people plus 40 to 50 volunteers at any given time. The 40-bed shelter serves an average of 300 people on a daily basis, Bains said. ProjectWeHOPE is dedicated to a lofty goal, stated on the nonprofit’s website: end homelessness

in East Palo Alto by 2022. Bains hopes to accomplish this by doing what the shelter’s acronym-name stands for: “We Help Other People Excel.â€? At Project WeHOPE, this goes beyond providing a place for people to stay for the night. Last month, Project WeHOPE, in partnership with the San Mateo County Human Services Agency’s Center on Homelessness, hosted an event called Homeless Connect. For one day, the shelter was filled with 50 volunteers and staff from 18 community and government agencies, providing services and information to homeless individuals. There were financial coaches, mobile medical and flu clinics, agencies giving out information about housing, shelter referrals, healthcare and counseling services. Fred PeĂąa has been coming to spend the night at Project WeHOPE on a regular basis since 2011. He said he uses the military-style cots to sleep on, as well as the showers and laundry, and especially likes the small computer work space (a recent addition). He said that he has seen the


Goal of nonprofit is to end homelessness in East Palo Alto by 2022

Mother Champion, left, director of outreach, Alicia Garcia, operations manager, and Paul Bains, pastor and president of Project WeHOPE, stand in the nonprofit’s new kitchen space at the warming shelter. The shelter now offers separate showers for men and women, a laundry room, community room and a laptop computer working space. shelter evolve over the past few years and that “the light’s getting closer,â€? in terms of the execution of Bains’ vision for the shelter to become a full-service haven for the homeless. But it’s challenging, when “a lot of (the homeless) have diabetes, mental issues. ... There are people who have been here for a while ... and 30 to 40 percent at any given time are ex-offenders,â€? he said. PeĂąa also said that Bains has put much of his own money into the cause. “There have been times in the past where my wife and I and even some of the staff ... have come out of their pocket to pay for food and supplies because we did not have the funding to do so at the time,â€? Bains said.

Project WeHOPE got its start with an initial grant of $1.3 million dollars from San Mateo County, but funding the nonprofit since has been difficult, Bains said. However, the shelter has progressed from being open only a few months per year with limited services to a revamped, permanent homeless shelter. Bains said that many homeless say that “the shelter has saved their life,� and has allowed them to “feel secure, and reestablish hope in their own lives.� N Information about contributing to the Holiday Fund can be found on page 17. !SSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER -IRANDA #HATFIELD CAN BE EMAILED AT MCHATFIELD EMBAR CADEROPUBLISHINGCOM


Gunn, Paly graduates reflect on their high school experiences In survey of alumni from 2012, majority say they were well prepared by Chris Kenrick


raduates of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools feel well prepared academically and socially for college, though more than a quarter say better writing instruction in high school would have been helpful. The feedback comes from a survey of alumni of the class of 2012 given online in August and September, 14 months after their graduation. Respondents included students from a wide range of colleges, including Foothill, Stanford, four-year public institutions, small liberal-arts colleges and the Ivy League. A few respondents said they’d worked or taken a gap year after high school. While crediting Paly and Gunn for strong preparation, many alumni lamented in written comments the unrelenting academic pressure they had felt in high school. “I don’t understand why Gunn High School has to be so academically harsh,� one graduate wrote. “I understand there is a lot of pressure from parents to get certain scores but, in the end, the work I did only was an attempt to make myself look better for the college application process.� A Paly graduate said, “High schools need to stop teaching

students to make them excel at college and should start teaching them so they can excel at just being people.� Asked what advice they’d offer to current Palo Alto students, many suggested mastering timemanagement and study skills in high school, but also making time for fun. “Don’t let the pressure cooker effect overwhelm your high school career,� a Paly graduate wrote. “People forget to enjoy high school because they are so pushed to get a 4.0 (GPA) or 2400 (SAT score). I am terribly over-prepared for college and I wish that I’d known that would be the case so that I could have taken a step back in high school and relaxed more.� The overwhelming majority of respondents — more than 94 percent from Paly and nearly 88 percent from Gunn — said they felt “prepared or very prepared� academically for college. Strong majorities — 87 percent at Paly and 80 percent at Gunn — said they also felt prepared with the “self-management skills needed for college life.� Asked in which personal respects high school had “underprepared� them for college life,

the most popular choice, at 33 percent of graduates, was “None. High school prepared me well in all these areas.� The categories in question were “having a sense of personal goals; having positive, respectful relationships with other people; overcoming adversity, setbacks or challenges; understand-

@(IGHSCHOOLSNEED TOSTOPTEACHING STUDENTSTOMAKE THEMEXCELATCOLLEGE ANDSHOULDSTART TEACHINGTHEMSO THEYCANEXCELATJUST BEINGPEOPLE ˆA0ALYGRADUATE ing the perspectives and experiences of other people; making ethical, constructive choices and resisting peer pressure.� More than 50 percent of students said they were well prepared in most of those categories. The exceptions — getting less than 50 percent — were the categories “making ethical, constructive choices� and “resisting peer pressure.�

Asked in which academic areas they felt underprepared for college, 29.9 percent of graduates as a whole answered “None. I was prepared in all areas.� But 30 percent of Paly graduates said they were underprepared in computer science and 22.3 percent of Gunn graduates said they felt underprepared in English or writing. In written comments, several students expressed regret that they had not better mastered writing skills in high school. “I went through Gunn without ever learning how to write,� one said. “Students should have an essay a week.� A Paly graduate wrote: “I never really learned how to write a good essay. The five-paragraph essay is brutally overemphasized. I only wrote one paper that wasn’t a fiveparagraph essay in high school, but I haven’t written a single five-paragraph essay in college. Kids need to be taught to be more generally confident and creative in their writing and instructed how to have essays flow naturally without using a strict format.� Asked what aspects of college life they found challenging, 45.6 percent chose the answer “bal-

ancing my schoolwork and social life,â€? followed by “managing moneyâ€? (38.4 percent); “making new friendsâ€? (28.3 percent); “living away from homeâ€? (27.7 percent); “lack of privacyâ€? (27 percent); and “receiving lower grades than in high schoolâ€? (24.5 percent). In open-ended written comments at the end of the survey, many graduates expressed a wish that high school had been less dominated by the looming college-admissions process. “Stop trying to only work for ‘what colleges will want to see,’â€? a Paly graduate advised younger students. “It makes it hard to become interested in learning for the sake of learning.â€? Said a Gunn graduate: “I think the administration really worries about the stress put on students but the stress really comes from the competition between the students, not the difficulty of the coursework. Everyone is just doing amazing and ambitious things and it’s intimidating. When the school has fun activities or snacks in the quad or cool events, it relieves a lot of stress and makes school more fun for students.â€? (continued on page £ä)



A local view of ‘mental health parity’

Fines proposed for construction laggards Palo Alto looks to create penalties for expired building permits by Gennady Sheyner

Laws mean nothing without standing up for the mentally ill, advocates say


eeking to clamp down on mysterious, blight-inducing and seemingly never-ending construction projects, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt a new law that would fine residents with expired building permits. The proposed ordinance, which the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee is scheduled to consider on Nov. 19, aims to address recent concerns from numerous residents about long-term construction projects in their neighborhoods. The council began to tackle this problem in September, after Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and council members Marc Berman, Karen Holman and Gail Price issued a colleagues memo calling for stricter penalties for construction laggards. The memo argued that construction projects in local neighborhoods can cause “periodic traffic, parking, noise and visual impacts� for the community, which can be a problem when they are delayed by several years. An incomplete construction project, the memo stated, “can become an eye-sore, attractive nuisance and a problem for the residents and neighborhood.� “These incomplete projects detract from neighborhood quality of life and residents deserve an ordinance that they can rely on to ensure that housing projects start and finish in a reasonable time,� the council members wrote in the memo. At its Sept. 23 discussion,

by Chris Kenrick


tate Sen. Jim Beall, a Democrat from San Jose, has a stepson and a sister with mental illness. Former Palo Alto Mayor Vic Ojakian and his wife, Mary, have been “trying to save lives� by improving access to mental health services after losing one of their sons, Adam, to suicide in 2004. Both men were among the speakers at a recent forum on “mental health parity� convened by Palo Alto University, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology. While celebrating the Obama administration’s Nov. 8 regulations that require insurers to cover treatment for mental illness and addiction just like other illnesses, Beall said such “mental health parity� rules are useless without enforcement. Complaint-based enforcement is not sufficient, he said, advocating proposed state legislation that would require insurers to submit data to the state about what they’re doing to provide mental health parity. Beall said California could improve lives and save money by directing public resources to treat mental illness in its early stages, before victims get caught up in the criminal justice system. “Right now we have a system where most of the (state) resources spent on mental health is spent by a system of corrections and incarceration,� he said. “Do you want to spend $60,000 a year on the average cost of a prison inmate, or would you rather have a mental health system that provides treatment for people (before they get to prison)?� Seventy to 80 percent of California prison inmates have mental health or substance-abuse issues, Beall said.

“We eliminated state (mental) hospitals in the 1970s in favor of community treatment, but never really funded that adequately,� he said. “We let all those people down, including the veterans coming back from Vietnam. “Eventually, with the explosion in drug use, we reverted back to institutionalization — not in state hospitals, but in state prisons. “These are funding decisions that will have to be made and looked at differently in Sacramento,� he said. Ojakian described himself as a “parent advocate, just trying to advocate for better mental health services and, frankly, for suicide prevention.� In nine years of activism, Ojakian has, among other things, testified before the U.S. Congress on mental health parity, helped bring suicide-prevention training to local schools and persuaded all three of California’s public college and university systems to implement student mental health advisory committees. “We know a lot of the significant manifestations of mental health conditions are in the late teens and early 20s — some show themselves at around age 14 — and that’s why we work not only in high schools and middle schools but also at the college level,� Ojakian said. “A lot of (mental illness) shows itself in that particular age group, so we want to make sure students know that resources are available, and I hope what we’ve done in California will ripple across the country.� Palo Alto University President Allen Calvin made an impassioned plea for workplace managers to accommodate employees with mental illness.

With 62 million Americans having a diagnosable mental health problem, Calvin said, “every organization, including ours, has people who have mental health problems.� Calvin said he has employees with mental illness see a psychiatrist, get “workplace suitability

the council heard from former Mayor Gail Wooley, a Mariposa Avenue resident who described the “mystery project� that has been creating a blight on her Southgate block for the past seven years. The chain-link fence around the site went up in late 2007, she said, and the house behind the fence was demolished in 2008. Since then, not much has happened at the site, aside from a little construction and some drug and alcohol use. On Wednesday, the city released its proposal for such an ordinance that would unravel these mystery projects: one that would fine an applicant for each day of unauthorized delay. Under the staff proposal, the penalty would be tied to building permits, with the fine tied to the magnitude of delinquency. If a building permit expired between 31 and 60 days ago, the penalty would be $200 per each day without an active permit. The fine would go up to $400 for days 61 through 120 and then to $800 per day “beginning on 121st day and for each day thereafter, with no upper limit.� The chief building official would have the authority to modify or waive the penalty based on circumstances. In tying penalties to building permits, Palo Alto planners are taking a different approach from cities like Atherton and San Bruno, which base their time limits for construction projects on square footage (in the case of the former) and value of the studies� and works with lawyers to adjust the environment. “We have to stand up and be counted, and make it clear that a person who has a mental health problem most of the time is not a risk to the other people in the community,� he said. “If a person had a broken ankle or asthma,

project (in the case of the latter). City planners argue in a new report that “project complexity and the time required to complete construction vary and are not always proportional to square footage or estimated value.� The recommended approach, the report states, “is consistent with the overarching goal that construction not be permitted to languish, and avoids imposing harsh penalties on minor delays while ensuring that complaintbased enforcement is available to dissuade truly stalled construction.� The staff proposal shouldn’t be a tough sell. At its Sept. 23 meeting, City Council members all agreed that the city’s building code should be updated to protect neighborhoods from construction blight. Councilwoman Liz Kniss, who chairs the Policy and Services Committee, called the update “long overdue� and Mayor Greg Scharff called stalled construction projects a “quality of life issue� that has become common throughout Palo Alto, including in his own neighborhood. Councilwoman Gail Price agreed and said it’s “extremely important� that the city moves forward with exploring new penalties for stalled construction projects. “The sense of concern and urgency has become very clear by the very articulate community members who have simply had enough of this kind of condition,� Price said. N you’d make an adjustment, and we need to make an adjustment for these folks. “This is not solved by having the laws. We’ve got the laws. You’ve got to stand up.� N 3TAFF 7RITER #HRIS +ENRICK CAN BE EMAILED AT CKENRICK PAWEEKLYCOM

NEW Improvements to the Household Hazardous Waste Station We’ve added Reuse Cabinets! We’ve expanded our hours! (NEW hours too!) Residents can pick up usable The HHW Station is now open: Every Saturday 9am – 11am First Friday of the month 3pm – 5pm

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Palo Alto to unveil ‘light sculpture’ Funding outlook is murky for 35-foot-tall, LED-laden tree sculpture


two-year grassroots effort led by a Palo Alto father and his two young children to bring a 35-foot-tall interactive light sculpture to the city will come to fruition this weekend when it is unveiled in City Hall’s King Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 16. The sculpture, called Aurora, is an enormous metal tree adorned with 4,200 handmade copper leaves that hang from 200 branches, all lit by 40,000 LED lights. Anyone with a webenabled device, tablet or smartphone can log into a website that allows them to interact with the tree, controlling it via sliders that regulate elements such as color, brightness, sparkle and pulse. The tree was originally designed for Burning Man, the annual art and music festival held in Nevada, by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken. It will reside in King Plaza for a year. Though in a sense the project, which started as two elementary children gathering petition signatures from their classmates, is approaching the finish line with this weekend’s unveiling, it’s still tens of thousands of dollars short of the total funds needed. “This is entirely grassroots funded,” said Harry Hirschman, whose children Sam, 11, and Julia, 9, decided they wanted to bring Aurora to Palo Alto two years ago after seeing pictures of the sculpture their father took at Burning Man in 2011. “Nickels and dimes in a jar; (the kids have) collected money on the street; they’ve gone into board meetings for art foundations.” The project has raised only approximately $35,000 of a total $100,000 needed to cover installation costs and extensive redesign of the sculpture. “A lot of people keep saying, ‘Why do you need money if it’s already made?’” Gadeken said. “One, there’s a big difference between putting something on sidewalk for a year and staging it for a two-day festival. So trying to make things that are weatherproof and publicly safe has just been very expensive.” Other costs have arisen, including buying all new light bulbs, replacing all the electronic connectors with waterproof ones, redesigning the software that allows onlookers to interact with the tree, and renting a crane and other items necessary for installation of the piece, which is taking place this week. “It adds up really fast,” Gadeken said. He has personally shouldered much of Aurora’s financial burden, putting in $15,000 to install the piece, he said. “Essentially, the artist is going into debt to finish the installation on schedule and to deliver everything that was envisioned,” Hirschman said.

by Elena Kadvany Though the City of Palo Alto expects that public art placed temporarily on city property be independently funded, the Public Art Commission occasionally decides to back a project, which it did with Aurora. Commissioner Trish Collins, whose two children also eventually became involved with Aurora, said the commission got on board despite initial reservations because it was a community-driven project. The commission approved the project last December, allocating $1,200 to pay for permit and insurance costs. It was expected that any remaining funds would be raised by Hirschman and Gadeken. “The Commission approved the installation so that they could move forward with fundraising, and offered to offset the permit and insurance costs,” Elise DeMarzo, public art manager for the city, wrote in an email. “Mr. Hirshman and Mr. Gadeken have decided to move forward with the installation before the completion of their fundraising — which is highly unusual.” The project recently launched a last-stretch Kickstarter campaign, aiming to raise another $35,000 by Tuesday, Nov. 26.

As of Thursday, with 11 days to go, the campaign has raised $13,178 from 145 backers. But because of the way the crowdsourced fundraising website works, if the project doesn’t raise the full amount, it does not get any of the funds. Beyond the Kickstarter campaign, the project will have to rely on private contributions. If Aurora doesn’t manage to raise the remaining funds, Gadeken is on the hook. He acknowledged that moving forward with the installation is a gamble, but said that “I do feel we’ll be able to get that money back.” Collins said the city has enough funds in reserve for dismantling Aurora. Sam, Julia and the other Palo Alto children who got on board with Aurora have become old hands at pitching their project to local companies and art foundations to bring in private funding. They also hosted a Maker Faire in May to raise money, during which participants created more than 200 copper leaves that will hang from the tree. The Aurora children will also (continued on page £Ó)

Last year Congress passed the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (“Biggert-Waters”) that made major changes to the flood insurance premiums many homeowners pay. Under the new law, owners must pay the full-risk rate, the rate that accurately reflects the full risk of being flooded without government subsidies. Previously, the government subsidized the insurance of many homes and insurance rates were based on older flood maps showing lower risk. Provisions of BiggertWaters require the National Flood Insurance Program to raise insurance rates for some older properties in high-risk areas to reflect true flood risk. The bill went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. Homeowners in some of the hardest hit areas saw their flood insurance premiums increase drastically. Therefore homes in the FEMA Flood Hazard Zones sold after October 1, 2013 will have full-risks rates. Buyers who are taking a loan to buy a property will be required by lenders to buy flood insurance and will be paying substantially more for

flood insurance than the current sellers. In addition if the property is located in a flood zone, unless provided by the seller, buyer will have to provide the insurance company an elevation certificate to ensure that the premium accurately reflects the flood risk by either a) asking the local floodplain manager if the property’s elevation information is on file and in which case the floodplain manager can issue an elevation certificate or b) hiring a surveyor at a cost of around $750 to conduct a survey and issue the elevation certificate. A bipartisan bill, the ‘Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act’ was introduced recently to delay further implementation of some rate increases in Biggert-Waters Act. This will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study that was mandated by Biggert-Waters and propose targeted regulations to address any affordability issues found in the study. Contact your flood insurance agent for further details.

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on the site dipped again despite the long list of things to do. Sartor notes that the personnel gains â&#x20AC;&#x153;now appear to have been lostâ&#x20AC;? and argues that there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;no apparent reason for Flintco reducing the number of personnel working on the Project.â&#x20AC;? Sartorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter notes that the average subcontractor labor has dropped to about 15 to 16 workers per day, while Flintcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average manpower is four to five workers, many of whom do not work for an entire shift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has been little effort to address the large number of defective work issues that have been identified,â&#x20AC;? Sartor wrote. In his letter, Sartor requests a â&#x20AC;&#x153;firm commitmentâ&#x20AC;? from Flintco to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;temporary certificate occupancyâ&#x20AC;? for the library building by Nov. 27 and for the community center by the end of the year. He said Flintco officials have assured him that they will meet these deadlines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Flintco performs, then we would have temporary occupancy by the end of the year for the whole project and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be able to open the buildings to the public a few months after that, in the February, March timeframe,â&#x20AC;? Sartor told the Weekly on Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assuming Flintco performs. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the question.â&#x20AC;? In his letter to Flintco, Sartor wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;continued lack of diligence of Flintcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part is likely to

result in termination of the Contract.â&#x20AC;? This, however, would carry its own consequences for the city. If Palo Alto has to switch to a different contractor, the timeline for the project would be extended even further and the library likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open until summer 2014 at the earliest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perform, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably talking about a couple of months additionally,â&#x20AC;? Sartor said. So far, the city had spent about $28 million on the construction project, Sartor told the Weekly. It has about $1 million remaining for construction in its contingency budget. In addition, the city had begun to retain 10 percent of its payments to Flintco and now has about $2.2 million available in retention payments. In his letter, Sartor noted that Flintco had promised to have the library ready for occupancy within a few weeks, a milestone that now seems unlikely to be reached. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Representatives of the City have come and inspected the progress of work,â&#x20AC;? Sartor wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many areas that Flintco and its subcontractors are working on, but Flintco appears either unable or unwilling to commit an adequate amount of personnel to complete the Project any time soon.â&#x20AC;? N 3TAFF7RITER'ENNADY3HEYNER CAN BE EMAILED AT GSHEYNER PAWEEKLYCOM


â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you come from Palo Alto youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in a bubble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a very, very thick one,â&#x20AC;? a Gunn graduate wrote. Said a Paly alum: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Appreciate your years here in Palo Alto because after leaving this city youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll realize how privileged we all were. Every single classmate Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to has realized how lucky they were to have grown up in such an educated and accepting community after they have left for college.â&#x20AC;? Many commented that the enduring lessons of high school had more to do with relationships than academics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I no longer remember most of the knowledge I learned in class but I will not forget the social and living skills I developed from various activities, or the friends I made due to seating changes and group projects,â&#x20AC;? a Gunn graduate wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thankful for the instructors I have met and their hard work that helped me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As an alumnus, I hope my feedback would help Gunn to become a better place for its students.â&#x20AC;? More complete survey results can be found under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;communityâ&#x20AC;? tab of the Palo Alto Unified School District website (www. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;research & evaluationâ&#x20AC;? and see â&#x20AC;&#x153;student achievement.â&#x20AC;? School officials said they sent the survey to 872 graduates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all for whom they had email addresses. Thirty-six percent responded to the survey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 188 from Gunn and 130 from Paly. N


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Urban Forest Master Plan looks to the future Palo Alto seeks innovative ways to enhance the city’s trees while addressing conflicts The forest master plan would also rectify a disparity between north and south Palo Alto, where there is a 10 to 20 percent deficit in the tree canopy in southern neighborhoods. The difference emerged as a hot topic among 600 respondents to a community survey, the plan noted. City staff are developing a citywide “sustainability plan,” which Passmore said provides an unprecedented opportunity to develop compatibility between the trees and other programs. He will incorporate the suggestions he has received from the Parks and Recreation and Planning and Transportation commissions. He expects to return to the Planning and Transportation Commission in February for an endorsement of the master plan. N

Bid # 13-P-12-SN: Vented Lunch for Terman Middle School There will be a mandatory walk-through on December 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM Sharp Proposals must be received at the Purchasing Department, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, by 10AM on December 18, 2013. All questions concerning the proposals should be directed to Denise Buschke by mail or emailed to BY ORDER of the Business Department of the Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto, California. Dated: November 15 & November 22, 2013

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amed for a tree, the city of Palo Alto is challenged to sustain its urban forest in the midst of development and a changing arboreal canopy. That was the message of Urban Forester Walter Passmore when he delivered a draft Urban Forest Master Plan to the Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday night. The plan envisions a future forest that can meet the challenges of a changing environment and a rapidly developing city. Trees, so much the character of Palo Alto’s past small-town look and feel, will play an important future role in maintaining the city’s quality of life while making economic contributions in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Passmore said. But disparities between the north and south residential areas, increasing use of reclaimed, more salinated water, increased conflict between trees and solar installations and development will need consideration for the tree canopy to maintain its present and future continuity, according to Passmore. “We need to be very innovative,” he said. Only seven of 96 species planted in the city are good street trees. The rest are fast-growing forest giants that are raising sidewalks and interfering with utilities. As the city replaces the trees over time, the master plan will use more adaptable species and techniques that avoid costly damage to infrastructure such as sidewalks and building foundations. When considering new plantings, the city would choose species that have a lower “thirst rating” for street trees to reduce water usage and cost, according to the plan. The master plan analyzed tree benefits to the city in real dollars. The urban forest has a net benefit of more than $4.5 million — $156.93 per tree — for right-of-way trees alone when considering energy, CO2, air quality, stormwater and aesthetics, according to analysis. The findings will shape the types of trees to be planted in the urban forest in the years to come, since some are better at reducing energy needs and sequestering carbon dioxide. Palo Alto’s trees reduce CO2 by a net 3,437.5 tons per year, at a saving of $1.77 per tree annually, according to the document. Street trees alone also intercept 42,600,000 gallons of stormwater per year. As the trees mature, that number will increase, according to the plan. Planning commissioners praised the document, while suggesting ways to strengthen its clout in terms of policy integration with the Comprehensive Plan and other city planning documents, enforcement and expansion of the city’s tree-protection ordinance and developer requirements to maintain or replace trees.

by Sue Dremann “What is the greatest threat to our urban forest? As a public policy, it’s urban development. I didn’t see anywhere where we addressed a reaction or policy or program that addressed downtown development or development in neighborhoods,” Commissioner Eduardo Martinez said. A policy for urban development should include some responsibility of developers for the urban forest, he said. Other commissioners noted concerns about conflicts between trees and the expansion of solar energy, since the panels require direct sunlight, as well as needing a more refined analysis in neighborhoods, since the plan did not count neighborhoods that are part of commercial/residential areas.

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There was more grim news: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost all 983 Eastern Visayas policemen based in Palo, Leyte are still missing after a 15-meterhigh storm surge hit their headquarters at the height of typhoon Yolanda,â&#x20AC;? tweeted ABS-CBN journalist Leo Lastimosa. Palo still remains largely isolated and without communication, according to reports. But people used social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to describe first-hand what is happening in the city. Some wrote that bodies lay in muddy water in the streets; others now tweeting that relatives have been found alive. Cleve Arguelles tweeted a picture from a friend of damage to the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences in Palo, now a ghostly building with its windows and roof blown out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water, food badly needed,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Elise Aguilar shared a series of emails from a friend who traveled on Saturday from the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devastated capitol, Tacloban, to Palo in search of missing relatives: â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are starving.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not enough food, water or gas.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Relief goods are not being well distributed. No rescue team.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been walking for two days now, with water and food. I have to voluntarily share my food and they would thank me. Some would offer us a ride.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only have 1/4 of a 12 oz. of water left.â&#x20AC;? And: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family is okay, but we need to evacuate or else we might die of starvation.â&#x20AC;? The friend was critical of government authorities and the media, which she said exaggerated the situation by claiming people are turning to violence. There is rampant looting, but it is caused by the need for food and water, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are starving but not killing each other here ... Government officials, stop bragging (that there is) more than enough relief goods and rescue team! That is b******t!â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Others pleaded for information about loved ones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for my uncle Jesus Barrera and family from Palo Leyte. He is partially blind. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for my 93 y/o grandpa Alejandro Reposar, He needs medical assistance,â&#x20AC;? wrote Angeline Salumbides. On Twitter, journalists reported largely through photographs and videos. They showed a makeshift cross marking the mass grave in a stark, muddy landscape pocked with piles of debris and barren trees; in one video a half-naked boy with his body smeared in sandy soil cries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can I do but give him a bottle of water and my sandwich?â&#x20AC;? wrote ABS-CBN news executive Charie Villa, who posted the Instagram video. Few structures in Palo remain

standing, people wrote. On Red Beach, the bronze monument of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his men, who landed there during the 1944 World War II liberation of the Philippines, are among the few things left standing, the Philippine Star noted. Ruth Carleton, vice president in charge of Palo for Neighbors Abroad, which has cultivated the sister-city cultural relationship with Palo since 1963, said the group is worried about friends and colleagues there. Since the typhoon roared onshore, Neighbors Abroad members have sought word of their sister cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plight, but as of yet thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been no reply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are waiting on pins and needles. Knowing the area well, I can say the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right there and the bay is right there. It would be a hard place to be,â&#x20AC;? she said. Watching Philippine news reports, the group learned that Paloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor has survived. But they have heard nothing from other friends. Neighbors Abroad has been sponsoring a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library in Palo for many years. Its fate is unknown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are particularly concerned about our librarians,â&#x20AC;? she said. One bit of good news trickled out of Palo on Wednesday. A Houston, Texas, man, Harry Davis, contacted the Weekly for help while searching for his son last Saturday after reading a Palo Alto Online story about Palo. When the typhoon hit, Phillip Burgay was visiting his fiance and her daughter in Palo. The couple were preparing to move to the U.S. and to marry. Days of fruitless searching had left Davis and his wife, Deloris, exhausted. But Phillip finally telephoned the couple on Wednesday from the only call center. He and his family-to-be are safe, Davis said. Burgay said conditions in Palo are horrific, and they are trying to go to another island. From there, they plan to get out of the country and return to Texas as soon as they can, Davis said. That night, he and Deloris planned to open a bottle of champagne. N 3TAFF 7RITER 3UE $REMANN CAN BE EMAILED AT SDREMANN PAWEEKLYCOM

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City Council (Nov. 12) Art: The council authorized an expansion of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ĂŹpercent for art program,ĂŽ which includes a requirement for private developments to contribute to public art. Yes: Berman, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Burt

Planning and Transportation Commission (Nov. 13) Urban forest: The commission heard an update on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Urban Forest Master Plan. Action: None Bike trail: The commission discussed the proposed bicycle route on Matadero Avenue. After three commissioners voted against the project, the commissioners directed staff to return with more information about bicycle traffic in the area. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King; No: Martinez, Michael, Panelli; Absent: Tanaka

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with Palo Alto as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cradleâ&#x20AC;? of technology, but also the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to youth well-being, Hirschman said. The Nov. 16 event will begin at 3 p.m. at 250 Hamilton Ave., and the tree will be lit for the general public at approximately 5:30 p.m. N %DITORIAL!SSISTANT%LENA+AD VANYCANBEEMAILEDATEKADVA NY PAWEEKLYCOM

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss a possible purchase of the U.S. Post Office building at 380 Hamilton Ave. The council will then discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library programs and activities; hold a public hearing on a proposed four-story, mixed-use development at 3159 El Camino Real; discuss ways to spend the $94,200 penalty payment from the Edgewood Plaza development; and consider a proposal to expand the smoking ban in downtown and California Avenue business districts. The closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The rest of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will meet to hear progress reports from elementary school principals in the Palo Alto school district. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an expenditure of $30,000 for teen programs; review a proposed ordinance that would set fines for construction projects with expired building permits; and consider a requirement that new homes be wired for electric-vehicle chargers. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss proposed collectivebargaining agreements with teachers, staff and managers. Members also will discuss proposed district-wide calendars for 2014-15 and beyond, a proposal for additional spending, an update on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances and a proposed timetable for deciding on a location for a new elementary school. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss a recent audit of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial statements; adopt an ordinance closing the fiscal year 2013 budget; and discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital-improvement program. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know your Neighborsâ&#x20AC;? grant program; hear an update on the Rinconada Park Long Range Plan and review the 2015-19 capitalimprovement plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Room H-1 at Cubberley Community Center (4000 Middlefield Road). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the implementation schedule on the California Avenue streetscape project and consider the California Avenue Concept Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). SCHOOL/CITY LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear an update on city and school budgets and discuss traffic safety near schools. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Conference Room A at the Palo Alto Unified School District headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 2209 El Camino Real, a proposal to build a three-story mixed-use building to replace an existing restaurant; 4109 El Camino Real, a review of a proposed service building for McLaren/Volvo; 777 Welch Road, a proposal by Stanford University to construct a three-story building; and 500 University Ave., a request by Thoits Brothers Inc. for a three-story development with office and retail use. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The board plans to hear updates on a temporary public-art project on University Avenue; the new percent-forart program and the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online database. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


News Digest Palo Alto expands public-art program Palo Alto’s vocal art critics will soon have plenty to cheer, jeer, laugh and complain about thanks to the City Council’s decision Nov. 12 to greatly expand the city’s public-art program. By an 8-0 vote, with Councilman Pat Burt absent, an enthusiastic council voted to create a public-art requirement for new commercial and residential developments. Under the new rule, new commercial developments that are greater than 10,000 square feet and that have a construction cost of $200,000 or more will have to contribute 1 percent of the construction cost for public art before they get approved. The 1 percent rule will also apply to residential projects of five units or more. The new program greatly expands the current “percent for art” program, which applies only to public construction projects. In developing it, city staff reviewed similar programs from about 50 California cities that require private developers to chip in for public art. San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are among cities that have comparable public-art programs, while Santa Monica now requires a 2 percent contribution for art. Under the city’s most conservative estimate, the program would bring in about $275,000 in art projects over the next three years. But with development activity on the rise, the figure could be in the millions. According to the staff report, the new ordinance “may generate as much as $2 million for public art in the first three years of implementation.” ˆ'ENNADY3HEYNER

Trio arrested for 7-Eleven robbery Three men who allegedly held up a Palo Alto 7-Eleven store last month have been arrested, the Palo Alto Police Department announced Nov. 12. Joachim Piliote Maka, 23, Apolosio Piutou Tupa, 27, and Joshua N. Faoa, 24, all of East Palo Alto, were arrested after alert Redwood City police officers recognized them from a wanted bulletin. Redwood City police had just arrested the trio for a burglary, according to Palo Alto police. Detectives released the bulletin to multiple area police agencies while searching for three men who entered the 7-Eleven convenience store at 708 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto on Oct. 14. On Oct. 25, Redwood City police responded to a burglary in progress at Peninsula Liquors at 717 El Camino Real. They detained and arrested Maka, Tupa and Faoa near the closed liquor store. The men looked similar to the Palo Alto robbers, Redwood City officers noticed. Police booked the men into the San Mateo County Main Jail for burglary and conspiracy, and promptly notified Palo Alto detectives. Detectives also served search warrants on two residences in East Palo Alto, in the 700 block of Donohoe St. near the IKEA store and the 2200 block of Capitol Ave. near Bell Street. Evidence found during the searches might connect the trio to an Oct. 17, 7-Eleven armed robbery at 975 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Palo Alto detectives are working with Burlingame investigators, police said. Anyone with information about the three men is asked to call Palo Alto policed at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@ or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. ˆ3UE$REMANN

Finally, a purple heart for a slain soldier It took 43 years and the insistence of family and friends, but finally a Vietnam War soldier was given a Purple Heart posthumously. Family, war buddies and other veterans gathered to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Merle “Denny” Dentino at VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto on Veteran’s Day, where the medal was presented to his younger sister, Teresa Dentino, of Woodside. Merle Dentino, a radio operator from Peoria, Ill., was killed by friendly fire on June 30, 1970. U.S. troops fired on what they thought was the enemy position, and a mortar meant for nearby North Vietnamese soldiers exploded near Dentino and his best buddy, Al Well. The two men were sleeping in a thatched hut in their sleeping bags that night when the shrapnel flew over Well’s sleeping bag and struck the back of Dentino’s head at about 1 a.m. He was killed instantly, Teresa Dentino said. But his family and wartime buddies did not let his passing rest without honor. He received a promotion to sergeant and a Bronze Star with Valor posthumously, and Nov. 11 he received a warrior’s medal for his sacrifice. The flag flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in his remembrance, an act that was arranged by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, and a color guard paraded in his honor at the VA’s auditorium in front of veterans and dignitaries. Boy Scout Troop 72 from San Bruno stood at attention for an extended period for Dentino, and California National Guard Sgt. Major Daniel DeGeorge presented the Purple Heart to Dentino’s sister. ˆ3UE$REMANN

PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013 - 5:30 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. Post Office STUDY SESSION 2. Presentation to Council about Library Programs and Activities CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Approval Of The Fourth Amendment To Extend The Lease With Thoits Bros., Inc. At 285 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100 For A Period Of 32 Months And Approval Of The First Amendment To Extend The Sublease With Survey Monkey At 285 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 280 For A Period Of 22 Months For Use By The City Development Center 4. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to Contract C09127499 with AssetWorks, lnc. in the Amount of $32,100 for a Total Contract Not to Exceed of $268,210 for Cloud Hosting Solution and Maintenance for a One Year Term with the Option to Renew Four Additional Years for the City’s FleetFocus and FuelFocus Fleet Transaction Management Systems 5. Approval of a Contract in the Amount of $665,000 with Naturescapes for Improvements to Eleanor Pardee Park Project PE-12012 6. Extension of Contract with Envisionware, Inc. for an Additional Amount Not to Exceed $463,000 for an Automatic Materials Handling System at the Main Library 7. 2nd Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Approve an Amendment to Planned Community (PC-5150) Mixed Use Project to Allow Reconstruction of One of Two Historic Eichler Retail Buildings (Building 1), for a 3.58 Acre Site Located at 2080 Channing Avenue (Edgewood Plaza Mixed Use Project) (First Reading: October 7, 2013 Passed 7-1 Holman no, Scharff absent) 8. 2nd Reading: Public Hearing: Adoption of Eight Ordinances: (1) Repealing Chapter 16.04 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.04, California Building Code, California Historical Building Code, and California Existing Building Code, 2013 Editions, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (2) Repealing Chapter 16.05 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.05, California Mechanical Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (3) Repealing Chapter 16.06 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.06, California Residential Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (4) Repealing Chapter 16.08 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.08, California Plumbing Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (5) Repealing Chapter 16.14 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.14, California Green Building Standard Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (6) Repealing Chapter 16.16 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.16, California Electrical Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (7) Repealing Chapter 16.17 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.17, California Energy Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; and (8) Repealing Chapter 15.04 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 15 to Adopt a new Chapter 15.04, California Fire Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings (First Reading: October 21, 2013 PASSED: 8-0 Klein absent) 9. Approval of an Amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement with Ameresco San Joaquin, LLC to Extend the commercial Operational Date Deadline 10. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance in the Amount of $125,000 for funding for intensive case management in collaboration with the housing subsidies from the County of Santa Clara 11. Assessment, Design and Construction Management Services for Coating and Seismic Upgrades of Six Existing Reservoirs and Rehabilitation of Three Receiving Stations Contract Amendment #1 for Additional Professional Services URS Corporation 12. Approval of a Contract With WatchGuard Video in the Amount of $296,470 and Additional Services of $8,530 for a Total Not to Exceed $305,000 for the Upgrade of Police Mobile In-Car Video System, Capital Improvement Program Project TE-11002 13. Approval of a Contract in the Amount of $400,000 with MIG, Inc. for the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan Project PE-13003 14. Approval of a Contract with Ghirardelli Associates in the Amount of $638,599.82 for Construction Management Services for the California Avenue Transit Hub Corridor Streetscape Project 15. Adoption of a Resolution Declaring Weeds to be a Public Nuisance and Setting January XX, 2014 for a Public Hearing for Objections to Proposed Weed Abatement 16. Recommendation from the Council Appointed Officers Committee to Approve Amendment #2 to a Consulting Contract with Sherry L. Lund and Associates to Increase the Scope of Services and Cost by $10,000 for a Total Year-Two Cost Not To Exceed $61,850, to be Funded from the Council Contingency Fund ACTION ITEMS 17. PUBLIC HEARING: Approval of a Record of Land Use Action which includes Approval of an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration and Approval of a Site and Design application for the construction of a five-story, 55-foot tall, 75,042 square-foot building, replacing an existing 900 square-foot commercial building to establish 48 residential apartment units, and commercial and retail uses on a 1.6 acre site located at 3159 El Camino Real 18. PUBLIC HEARING: Request For Council’s Direction On Whether to Apply The Edgewood Plaza PC $94,200 Public Benefit Penalty to the Construction of a Sidewalk along West Bayshore Road or a Historic Restoration Fund or other items 19. Colleague’s Memo Regarding Smoking Ban University Avenue/ California Avenue STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy and Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Auditor’s Office Quarterly Report as of September 30, 2013, 2) Recommend to Council the Expenditure of up to $30,000 From the Net Revenue Collected From 455 Bryant Street Rent, of Which 75 Percent is Committed to Teen Programs, to Hire an Hourly Staff Person to Develop and Maintain a Calendar of Events, Programs and Services for Palo Alto Teens; and, to Develop and Implement an Evening Drop in Program for Palo Alto High School Students at the New Mitchell Library and Community Center, 3) Recommendation to City Council for Adoption of Ordinance for Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment Requirement for all New Single Family Residential construction, and 4) Recommendation to City Council for Adoption of Ordinance for Expired Permit Enforcement for Residential Projects The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Macias Gini & O’Connell’s Audit of City of Palo Alto’s Financial Statements, 2) Fiscal Year 2013 Close and Approval of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and 3) Fiscal Year 2013 Year-End Capital Improvement Program Status Report The City/School Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:30 A.M. at the PAUSD Offices.

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mercial areas that â&#x20AC;&#x153;degrade the quality of life in Palo Alto.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents need to be fully engaged before any new high-density projects are approved,â&#x20AC;? Hirsch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want a voice in our future.â&#x20AC;? Resident Ruth Lowy read a statement from the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesperson, Cheryl Lilienstein, who urged the council to put a halt on rezoning proposals that allow density exemptions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voters have said that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want more high-density rezoning and that we want to retain quality of life that has brought us here in the first place,â&#x20AC;? Lilienstein said in the statement. Before the Nov. 5 election, the council was scheduled to review the Arrillaga and Jay Paul proposals in early December. The city was scheduled to unveil on Dec. 2 its outreach plan for creation of a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;arts and innovation districtâ&#x20AC;? at 27 University Ave., a plan that would include several community meetings and an official grassroots â&#x20AC;&#x153;visionâ&#x20AC;? for the prominent site near the border of Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto. The initial concept, which caused a major community backlash, included four office towers, each more than 100 feet in height. The Jay Paul proposal, meanwhile, continues to slog through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development process despite an effort by the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infrastructure Committee to accelerate the review. The plan, which includes 311,000 square feet of office space, is scheduled to be reviewed by the council next year. N

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A Stanford Graduate School of Business student today pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges related to a fatal wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Francisco last month, according to the San Mateo County District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. (Posted on Nov. 12, 5:22 p.m.)

Stanford geneticist Leonard Herzenberg dies Leonard Herzenberg, a retired geneticist whose discoveries are said to have kept thousands of people alive, died Oct. 27 at Stanford University Hospital, where he had been since Oct. 8 after suffering a severe stroke. He was 81. (Posted on Nov. 12, 4:28 p.m.)

Funding clouds high-speed railâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future With Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-speed rail system preparing for a groundbreaking in Central Valley, the fate of the $68-billion project remains clouded by allegations that the agency charged with building it has violated state law â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an argument that was at the heart of a Friday court hearing in Sacramento. (Posted on Nov. 12, 9:50 a.m.)

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Nov. 6-13 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 4 Hit and run: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . 11 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Menlo Park Nov. 5-12 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . 10 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 6 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Atherton Nov. 5-11 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Burglary residential/commercial . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 4 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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Elisabeth Price Wilson April 18, 1924-Nov. 11, 2013 Elisabeth Wilson, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 11 at the age of 89. Betty (as she is known to her friends) was born in Palo Alto, graduated from PALY High in the class of ’42, attended Mills College in Oakland and was a member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She raised her family in Los Altos and had a rewarding career in health care working with the elderly, notably as the assistant administrator at Channing House, a retirement and continuing care center in Palo Alto where she was beloved by the residents. Betty is survived by her son, John Michael Wilson, daughter in-law Noemi Wilson, and three grandchildren Kimberly, Angelica, and Matthew, all of Los Altos and her dear friend Kilo Fonua of San Mateo. A family service will be held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Donations to UNICEFUSA are requested in lieu of flowers PA I D



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Sarah “Sally” Herriot Sarah “Sally” Herriot, a former Cubberley, Gunn and Palo Alto high schools mathematics teacher, died on Sept. 24. Born on June 20, 1918, she was raised in South Carolina. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop College in South Carolina and graduated as valedictorian. She earned her Master’s in mathematics from Brown University, and later her doctorate in math education from Stanford University. While at Brown, she met her husband, John Herriot from Winnipeg, Canada, who was there completing his PhD in math. After marrying in 1941, they came to Stanford, where he joined the math department and later cofounded the computer science department while she taught math to returning GIs. In the 1950s, she sought a position teaching math at Palo Alto High School, but Paly didn’t hire women math teachers at the time so she instead

taught math at Wilbur Junior High School, followed by co-founding the math departments at Cubberley High School and then Gunn High School. She was a national leader in high school math education, author of several School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG) publications of the “new math” curriculum and national president of Mu Alpha Theta (an honorary math club). She taught math at Paly the last six years of her career. About a decade ago at a Gunn High School founding classes reunion, the class president named her as one of the two most inspiring teachers he had had at Gunn. She was devoted to her family and took them on numerous trips across the United States and to Europe. As an avid skier, she delighted in organizing annual Christmas ski trips to Mammoth for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She is survived by her four

children Robert (Patricia), Jean Emans (John), James (Maren), and John (Bobby); six grandchildren Jennie, Nick, Liv, Neil, Kate Emans Sims, Matt Emans; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to provide an annual scholarship for promising math students at Palo Alto High School. Please make checks to “PAUSD Dr. Sally Herriot Memorial Scholarship” and send to PAUSD, Business Service, 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306.

BIRTHS Stephen and Julie Lane, Woodside, Oct. 30, a girl. James McKee and Monique Robinson, Portola Valley, Nov. 3, a boy. Kohan Lin and Tiem Song, Palo Alto, Nov. 4, a girl.

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22nd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest The Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school full-time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and East Palo Alto*. Three categories:

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Editorial Elusive bullying policies School district’s quest for unique system has turned routine policy development into a process quagmire


t is bad enough that the Palo Alto school district has still not complied with state anti-bullying laws that took effect more than a year and a half ago. But it is inexcusable that a year after having been found by a federal investigation to have violated the civil rights of a bullied Terman Middle School disabled student the district is holding up adopting required new policies because it wants them to be embraced by the state as a “model” for other districts. And while district officials wrangle over whether they have received adequate “blessing” of their draft policies from federal and state agencies, Palo Alto school principals, teachers and parents are relying on old policies that are not legally compliant and that the Office for Civil Rights concluded were not being properly followed anyway. Why is this such a herculean task for us, while other districts long ago adopted the legally required provisions in their bullying policies? In part because Palo Alto wants to create a unique policy that even its own state school boards association strongly advises against. The district has devised a complex policy where school principals will be forced to determine whether or not a bullying complaint relates to discrimination against a “protected” class. If it seems to the principal like the bullying is due to a child’s disability, race, gender, sexual preference, national origin, religion, etc., then the complaint will be investigated and handled by the district office in accordance with clearly established and legally mandated procedures. But if the bullying is against a kid who is small, overweight, unathletic, has blonde hair or is just being targeted by mean friends, the complaint will be handled differently, and at the school site level, since the law imposes no requirements relating to how that type of bullying is handled except in extreme cases requiring suspension from school. The California State School Boards Association (CSBA), whose guidance the district pays for and regularly follows when developing policies, recommends strongly against setting up this type of “bifurcated” system to “ensure certainty and consistency for students, parents and staff when addressing all bullying complaints, regardless of whether or not a bullying incident might involve discrimination,” CSBA General Counsel told the Weekly. It also is safer from a legal liability standpoint, because it will be virtually impossible for principals to get it right every time. But district consultant and attorney Dora Dome recommended against this approach because she said it was “untenable” and could lead to “hundreds of complaints a month” being handled at the district level. So Palo Alto’s draft policies, developed over the course of many months by Dome, Superintendent Kevin Skelly and the school board’s policy review committee (consisting of trustees Melissa Baten Caswell and Camille Townsend) include the unique two-track system. In a bizarre twist, however, both Skelly and Caswell told the Weekly they didn’t know, or couldn’t recall learning, that CSBA had recommended against the very policy the committee was in the process of developing. Now they say that might cause them to rethink the policies they have spent months developing and pushing for approval from the federal and state education departments, which they have now finally received. Perhaps the continuing confusion and persistence in seeking its own unique approach to bullying policies could have been avoided through an open and transparent process, instead of one that took place entirely behind closed doors. As a regular standing committee established by the school board, the policy and review committee is required under the state Brown Act to be properly noticed, to have public meetings and to allow public comment. For years, none of this has happened; the committee has met regularly without posting any public notice and agenda, in violation of the Brown Act. And since the full school board has chosen not to discuss the evolving bullying policy at any of its regular meetings, the public has had no opportunity to participate, except for a few selected individuals who were asked to provide input. It is but another discouraging indication of how on the one hand the district repeatedly includes in its strategic plans lofty goals of transparency and openness, and then fails to provide that transparency in practice. Having already suffered the embarrassment of multiple civil rights investigations, is it too much to ask that the district, in public, discuss and adopt the policies that were required by law 18 months ago?

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Beef with Town Square Editor, I generally love the Palo Alto Weekly, but I HATE the online Town Square. It’s hard to believe there are so many mean-spirited people in our community. My latest beef is with the attacks on seniors after the tragic accident where a 90-year-old driver drove onto a sidewalk pinning two young boys against Walgreens. I agree with the premise that older people should have real driving tests more often. I know it is a falsehood that if a person has mobility issues, he shouldn’t be driving. I also know that many older drivers are doing better driving than many young people and many other people who drive distracted or drunk. The tone of so many of the comments was extremely hurtful and ignorant. None of us want to see drivers on the road who are incompetent, but I question what good it does to publish these ignorant comments unless it’s to see that at least some people countered with more reasonable observations. I know I don’t have to read the comments, and generally, I try to avoid them, but sometimes curiosity wins out. Helen Pier Webster Street, Palo Alto

Awkward format Editor, Your new format is reminiscent of papers on poles in libraries. Awkward. Carolyn Frake Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto

‘Shelter in place’ Editor, That’s what the Palo Alto hotline told us to do today because of the toxic plume from Redwood City that is a Bay Area government’s issue. My house is over 100 years old and leaks like a sieve. How does shelter in place help us? The city (Palo Alto) was good enough to send me a phone notice to “shelter in place” on my phone after I had smelled the toxic smoke for over an hour before their call. I correctly identified the source as Sims Metals because I remember their earlier fire in 2007 for which they were levied a substantial fine by the Air Management Board. Not much of a deterrent as now here we are again with a smoke cloud of unknown toxic levels from Sims and we citizens in Santa Clara county have no recourse. This is a regional issue and I point to the ABAG people to address this situation permanently. ABAG is pushing our city to provide more dense housing under threat of withheld revenue and

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yet as the regional body, they can’t even provide us with clean air to share with all of their proposed additional residents. I’m challenging them to address these toxic plumes that originate in one bay area city and pollute many others. Isn’t that what a regional body is chartered to provide? I’d go to my local Congress person but she has no purview in San Mateo County, which is the source of this toxic cloud. We need to fix this ugly situation and it may just be a Jerry Brown issue. Richard Brand Addison Avenue, Palo Alto

Just a pretense? Editor, Fantastic outcome! PAHC threatened that if they lost, they’d sell the Maybell land to a private developer for profit maximization. But they can’t really say they lost, not when it was almost a tie. So now we can save the orchard, get twice as many low-income senior units and get back some of our lost tax dollars. California gets back far fewer tax dollars than we send to Washington; poor, backward states get twice as much. Palo Alto Housing Corporation is one of the agents we have to get back a bit more, which the federal government is willing to give if we ask nicely. We own two acres of land and HUD is willing to give us $21 million for half of it, if we will agree to put 40 low-income senior housing units on it. PAHC wanted to sell the other half to a profit maximizer for $9 million, and that’s without even bothering to get the $4 million from the four houses the developer intends to tear down, while four young engineers, pediatricians or teachers look on, houseless and helpless. Why shouldn’t we sell that acre to HUD for $21 million instead? All they ask is that we put lowincome housing on it, and I got the impression during the last few months that Palo Alto residents really, really want senior housing — or was that all just a pretense? Stephanie Munoz Alma Street, Palo Alto

Lessons learned Editor, Pay attention to the input from residents and businesses in the area where changes are contemplated. Require adequate parking for every resident or employee of every development, business, and project in Palo Alto. Ensure safe bike paths for children and adults, but not through “traffic calming,” which forces more traffic through residential neighborhoods. Do not make California Avenue

narrower. Residents need easy access to those businesses with parking close by. Palo Alto needs more thoroughfares like Alma and Oregon Expressway to efficiently get across town. Traffic Calming works against the free flow of traffic. Will our City Council members get the above messages provided by the defeat of Measure D, or will we have to work on defeating the current council members in the next election? Rich Stiebel Talisman Drive, Palo Alto

We the people Editor, What a joy to see the mighty so humbled in the Maybell Measure D debacle by we the people. The City, brandishing its sovereign power, abetted by the purblind Palo Alto Housing Corp., and supported by the arrogant City Council, attempted to squelch and sweep away all honest opposition to the poorly conceived and ineptly presented zoning caper. They all flopped like a melting snowman looking collectively and individually dazed and gibbering as their defeat came thundering down. Outspent $183,000 to $23,000, the rebels truly exemplified the David-and-Goliath myth. At the July 4 Chili Cook-off there was intrepid, perspiring Bob Moss collecting some of the 4,000 signatures he needed for the referendum. Two local newspapers joined in his support. His triumph over the haughty who rule but not govern and their overbearing hubris is glorious. Whee, the people! Vic Befera High Street, Palo Alto

Show me a solution Editor, I am very angry at the defeat of Measure D because its primary purpose, senior housing, was shunted aside by the issue of fixing the PC Zoning process. So, fix the PC process, but don’t take it out on this issue. In Gennady Sheyner’s article last week it was noted that to find another site for senior housing will be almost an impossible task. This project was as close to a correct use of the PC zone process as we may get. I see absolutely no help or guidance from the “Preserve Neighborhood Zoning” people to solve the senior housing problem for the good of the community...just gloating. Get out of your fairy tale world and fix that problem. I don’t care how you solve it, but any future city council candidate will have to show me a solution to THAT problem in order to get my vote. David Moss Ferne Avenue, Palo Alto

e s h e t a s s o i n , T ‘ ready al The Midpeninsula gets into the holiday mood nice and early this year by Rebecca Wallace

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Susan Roemer performs “Santa Baby” in Smuin Ballet’s “The Christmas Ballet.”


s it really time to run our annual holiday story? The candle-lighting and hall-decking and jingling seem to be starting up awfully quickly this year. Maybe it’s the unusual timing of Hanukkah, which is so early that it begins the day before Thanksgiving. Perhaps people just can’t wait to pump up their inflatable lawn Santas. Either way, here we are. (If you can believe it, this holiday story is actually being published too late for some local events. Los Altos, for example, held its downtown “Holiday Stroll,” with roasted chestnuts and carolers, on Nov. 8.) Holiday time on the Midpeninsula is high season for choral concerts and ballets, of course, but it also means gift bazaars, puppet shows, tree-lighting, seasonal exhibitions, holiday parties and one-man plays. Read on to learn about many of the local highlights.

❄ Art and exhibits ❄ Palo Alto’s Cubberley Studios artists open their doors for their annual holiday open studios on Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 20 artists work in textiles, collage, sculpture and other media. The studios are in the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road; more info is at

Gallery House’s holiday show and sale runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 24, with ceramics, jewelry, photography, textiles and paintings. Items are chosen with an eye to giftworthiness in various price ranges; pieces on the $55 Art Wall all have the same price in honor of the gallery’s 55th anniversary. The gallery is at 320 S. California Ave., open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 to 3. Go to Kids ages 5 and up can try their hands at festive activities during the Palo Alto Art Center’s Holiday Family Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The free event is at 1313 Newell Road. Go to Abstract and modern artists are holding a holiday art exhibit and party at the Pacific Art League at 227 Forest Ave. in Palo Alto on Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Music and poetry by Jym Marks and Gary Horseman will be part of the event. More details are at At the 26th annual Christmas Creche Exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Palo Alto, artists from around the globe offer up their own visions of one thing: the nativity scene. Media typically include ceramics, wood, textiles and even

straw. Marionette shows and musical performances are scheduled throughout the exhibit, which runs Dec. 7-11, noon to 9 p.m. The church is at 3865 Middlefield Road, and admission is free. A full schedule is at Peninsula School hosts its Craft Fair each year on the first Sunday in December (Dec. 8 this year) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Typical offerings include handmade ornaments and fine art. The school is at 920 Peninsula Way near Menlo Park. Go to

❄ Dance ❄ The “Nutcracker” season starts in November at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, thanks to the Pacific Ballet Academy. Performances of the classic are Nov. 29 at 1 and 6 p.m., Nov. 30 at 1 and 6 p.m., and Dec. 1 at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $30/$26. The center is at 500 Castro St. Go to Up next in “Nutcracker” land: the Western Ballet production, also at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is $30 general and $25 for seniors, students and children. Go to

Yes, Virginia, there is another “Nutcracker.” This one, presented by Dance Connection of Palo Alto, comes to Gunn High School’s Spangenberg Theatre at 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Admission is $14-$25. Go to A combination dance showcase and toy drive happens at Foothill College on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., when longtime teacher Bubba Gong’s Foothill Repertory Dance Company presents “Jingle & Mingle.” Experimental works, student choreography and a visit from Santa are planned. Admission is free, and the event is in the Dance Studio in Room 2504, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Go to “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” is performed as a dance piece by Dancers Repertory Theatre and the Menlo Park Academy of Dance at Woodside High School’s performing-arts center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Dates are Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8, 14 and 15 at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 general and $15 for seniors and children; more info is at Michael Smuin’s “The Christmas Ballet” is oft-performed by the company that bears his

name, and this year is no exception. Also on the bill for Smuin Ballet’s “XXMAS” program are works set to music by unusual bedfellows Ray Charles, Mozart and The Chieftains. Local performances are Dec. 11-15: Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 2, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Go to Los Altos’ Arete Dance Center offers up ballroom dance, holiday-style, with “Dance: An International Holiday.” A local performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St.; admission is $27 and more info is at Bayer Ballet Academy presents “A Winter Fairy Tale,” a Russian tale set in a magical forest, on Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2:30. Performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $30 general and $25 for seniors and children. Go to

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The Community School of Music and Arts’ Merit Scholarship ensembles play a student holiday concert of seasonal songs at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. Admission is free. Go to

It’s all about tradition at “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” presented by Stanford’s Memorial Church Choir under the direction of Robert Huw Morgan. The annual holiday program takes its inspiration from the service at King’s College. Admission is free, and the Memorial Church concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Go to

Music and costumes from 16thcentury Tudor England, courtesy of today’s young singers. That’s the annual Madrigal Feaste put on by the Palo Alto High School choirs at 50 Embarcadero Road. A meal fit for a king is part of the festivities, which start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8. More info is at paly. net; for ticketing details, email “A Jazzy Little Christmas” is Soli Deo Gloria’s holiday concert, planned for 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave. Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass” headlines the program. Tickets are $26 general and $21 for students and seniors. Go to sdgloria. org. Mozart, Purcell and Handel will all be represented at “A Cheerful Noise,” performed by the Ragazzi Boys Chorus at 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Also: a choral mashup of Latin and African chant in Paul Halley’s arrangement of “Ubi Caritas.” Tickets are $10-$27, and the concert is at the First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Go to


The music continues in Memorial Church at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7, when the Friends of Music at Stanford put on the yearly “Holiday Musicale” spotlighting university music department ensembles. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and students. Go to

Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito sings holiday tunes and standards in many languages at his “White Christmas” concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 14, at Menlo-Atherton High School’s performing-arts center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.. Tickets are $55-$65, with some of the proceeds benefiting diabetes research; details are at

The San Francisco men’s chorus will sing “A Chanticleer Christmas” this year at Stanford Memorial Church. The Peninsula Women’s Chorus has a three-fer with a trio of “Illuminate This Night” concerts, featuring Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies,” carols from Spain, Mexico and other places. Dates: Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto; and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Tickets are $30-$35 ($10 for students 18 and under), with more info at Music by Lassus, Gabrieli and others is on the program for the Bay Choral Guild’s “A Renaissance Christmas” Dec. 8 concert at 4:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for seniors and $5 for students. Go to Schola Cantorum joins forces with Oxford Street Brass for

“Holidays Are For Singing,” a concert featuring a new composition by John Cavallaro, Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to the Virgin” and other seasonal selections. The concert starts at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St.; tickets are $30 general, $25 for seniors and $20 for students and children. Go to scholacantorum. org or call 650-903-6000. Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and other singers will perform at West Bay Opera’s holiday concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the performing-arts center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Tickets are $45$50 and benefit the company and the Opera in the Schools program. Go to “A Chanticleer Christmas” spotlights the San Francisco men’s chorus at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11

at Stanford’s Memorial Church. Tickets are $28-$56 ($10 for Stanford students). Go to live. The Stanford Baroque Soloists perform “There were shepherds abiding in the fields...” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Stanford’s Memorial Church. The concert is free. Go to The Menlo Park Chorus joins forces with the Rainbow Women’s Chorus for a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the performing-arts center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Admission is $12$15. Go to Stanford’s annual “Messiah Sing Along / Play Along,” led by the ever-upbeat Stephen Sano, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Stanford’s Memorial Church. Tickets are $15 general and $10

The California Bach Society presents “Christmas with Peter Warlock and Henry VIII,” a program of Christmas music in England from the Middle Ages to the present, including Warlock’s contemporary settings of early texts. The concert is at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 in All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Admission is $10-$25. Go to Stanford’s pipe organist extraordinaire, Robert Huw Morgan, plays his annual holiday recital at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the university’s Memorial Church. The performance is free. Go to music. The Kitka women’s chorus, which specializes in music from Eastern Europe, performs its “Wintersongs” concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Tickets are $5-$27; details are at Classical and seasonal music is on the bill for the California Youth Symphony’s free holiday concert, planned for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Go to cys. org.

San Francisco Choral Artists presents “Sweet Voices & Noyses: Christmas In Italy,” with carols, motets, folksongs and the Renaissance wind band The Whole Noyse. The concert is at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Admission is $25 general, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. Go to

Harper Hall Harp Ensembles plays a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Suggested donation is $10. Go to


“Harps for the Holidays” means 20-plus harps and organist T. Paul Rosas performing seasonal and classical music at the Los Altos United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Dec. 7. The concert is at 655 Magdalena Ave. in Los Altos, and tickets are $12 to $15. Go to concert.html.

For three decades, the Gryphon Carolers have been putting on an unusual show of holiday music with sounds from many lands. This year’s concert is 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Eagle Theater at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos. Go to

The Kitka women’s chorus, which specializes in music from Eastern Europe, will perform its “Wintersongs” concert this year at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.

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At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir presents its Gospel Holiday Concert at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Admission is $36 general, $31 for seniors and students, and $28 for children. Go to

Actor Michael Champlin stars in “This Wonderful Life,” a one-man telling of “A Christmas Carol,” at the Pear Avenue Theatre from Dec. 6-Dec. 22. The theater is at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, in Mountain View, and tickets are $10-$35. Go to or call 650-254-1148.

The Magnificat Baroque ensemble shows off its polychoral style with “A Venetian Christmas Mass,” performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 in the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. The wind band The Whole Noyse will join in. Tickets are $12$35. Go to magnificatbaroque. com. Ragazzi Continuo, a men’s ensemble composed of graduates of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, presents a concert called “Mary Had A Baby” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. All the music is dedicated to the biblical Mary, including the titular

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Over in Menlo Park, actor Duffy Hudson also gets in on the act, presenting his own one-man “A Christmas Carol” at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. The family-friendly performance is in the City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. The Tomie dePaola children’s book “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” gets its moment in the spotlight with a theatrical adaptation presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre. Performances are Dec. 6 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.Tickets


The Ragazzi Boys Chorus will perform at 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, singing Mozart, Purcell, Handel and a choral mashup of Latin and African chant.

A little girl gazes at a row of trains, including a Lego model of Caltrain, in a past year’s “Living Legocy” exhibit at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. are $8 on Friday morning, $12 on Friday evening and $10 on Saturday. Go to or call 650-903-6000.

❄ Kids and families ❄ Children ages 4 to 9 (and their adults) are invited to a holiday party at the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Activities will include a visit from Santa, Max the Accordion Man playing holiday music, and a puppet show by Magical Moonshine Theater. Admission is $25. Go to Pony rides, a petting zoo, 4-H demonstrations and students singing carols are among the festivities planned for the Westwind Barn’s free holiday barn-lighting from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Seasonal games, craft tables and refreshments will also be on offer. The event is at 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-947-2518.

The Puppet Company presents the holiday mystery puppet show “One Wacky Winter” from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane. Admission is free. Go to Kids line up for “Living LEGO-cy,” the huge holidaythemed display of LEGO cityscapes and model railroads at the Museum of American Heritage at 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. Putting it all together are the Bay Area LEGO User Group and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club. Exhibit dates are Dec. 13-Jan. 16, and the museum is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Admission is $2 general and free for members. Go to Also popular are the holiday puppet shows at Gamble Garden. This year’s offering, aimed at kids ages 3 to 10, is “The Nutcracker,” presented by The Puppet Company. Performances are Dec. 14 in the Carriage House at 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for members. Go to

❄ Potpourri ❄ Young professionals celebrate Hanukkah with the annual “Light It Up!” party at Hillel at Stanford, 565 Mayfield Ave., on Nov. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s theme is “Venetian Ball,” with live music, dancing, blackjack and, of course, dreidel. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Go to paloaltojcc. org.


Robert Huw Morgan, lead organist at the Memorial Church at Stanford University, performs a piece by Bach in 2009.

Gift shoppers can buy purses, jewelry, fragrances, hand-woven scarves, Nicaraguan art and other items at the holiday boutique at All Saints’ Church at 555 Waverley St. in Palo Alto from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach programs. Go to

Woodside’s Filoli mansion and gardens starts up the nine-day “Ice Fantasy: New Traditions” holiday fundraiser on Nov. 29, with the historic rooms turned into a holiday showcase. Choral ensembles and other musicians will perform. Ticket prices for events range from $25 to $85. Filoli is at 86 Canada Road; go to Palo Alto lights its Lytton Plaza Christmas tree on Nov. 30 with a tree-lighting and snowman competition planned from 4 to 7 p.m. The plaza is at 202 University Ave. Go to The Festival of Lights Parade marches through downtown Los Altos on Dec. 1, starting at 6 p.m. at First and State streets. Thousands of folks are expected to turn out to watch the illuminated floats go by, along with high school marching bands and Santa in his sleigh. Go to A special screening of the 1995 animal movie “Babe” is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 as a holiday fundraiser and gala for the Palo Alto Humane Society. Bagpiper Jeff Campbell will perform on the red carpet before the screening, followed by the music group The JewelTones at intermission. Admission is $5 and includes popcorn and a drink. The event is at the Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Go to Local, festively decorated homes are stops along tours in “Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes & Boutique,” put on by the Junior League of Palo Alto/ Mid Peninsula. The tours and other activities are Dec. 6 and 7; tickets start at $40. Details are at

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10 at 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. Go to Mountain View lights it up on Dec. 9 with a 5:30 p.m. community tree-lighting party. Holiday music, refreshments and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photo sessions with Santa are planned. The event is at the Civic Center Plaza at 500 Castro St. Go to A holiday open house at Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest house, Rengstorff House, promises Victorian flair, along with seasonal decor, carols and Mr. Claus himself. The free event goes from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. Go to The Mountain View Senior Center hosts a holiday gala with live music by Jerry Jayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at 266 Escuela Ave. Admission is free. Go to Mulled wine, gingerbread, live music and artisan booths

will be among the offerings at the German Holiday Market hosted by the German American International School of Silicon Valley from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. The free event is at Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Go to www.gissv. org/GermanHolidayMarket. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chopshticksâ&#x20AC;? is a comedy night for folks who think of Dec. 24 as just another night. Hosted by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features stand-up comedian Mark Schiff. Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door, and $50 in advance for JCC members. Go to

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hate kale, which probably means I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live to be 200. Recently, I encountered chopped kale at the Palo Alto Grill and, gasp, I liked it. I might make it to 100 now. The kale wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t presented by itself. It was secreted away on the plate, mixed with chopped chard and mustard greens and tucked under the tender, crispy breaded chicken breast ($22). The chicken came with mini-waffles and sauteed apples, all drizzled with stock and Dijon mustard sauce. It was good eating. The kale was serendipitous, though, nestled beneath the sheltering chicken as if I would have rejected the plate on sight. I might have. Not that I walked away a kale fan, but I did achieve some level of detente with those too-chewy leaves. And I departed fully satisfied with Palo Alto Grill, the brainchild of partners Luka Dvornik and Ryan Shelton. Dvornik, managing general partner, was co-owner of the late Lavanda restaurant. Managerial stints at Cafe Torre and Cafe Adriatic contributed to his experience. Fine-tuning makes a difference, and PAG runs like a clock. Plenty of talent in the kitchen as well. Shelton is partner and executive chef. He began his cooking career at a Ritz-Carlton

property, then became the pastry chef at Chez TJ, chef de cuisine at Michelin-starred BaumĂŠ, and most recently executive chef at Le Cigare Volant. Yoomi Shelton is the pastry chef (yes, they are married). In addition to graduating from culinary school in San Francisco, she has a degree in hotel and restaurant management and worked at the late Citizen Cake, the RitzCarlton and others. The inviting interior is stylish and minimal: wood-plank floor, bare wood tables and chairs, butternut squash-colored walls with modernist wall art. The dining room is sectioned off from the bar area and two rooms are available for private functions. Chef Shelton adjusts the menu seasonally, and what I am writing today might not be the truth and nothing but the truth by the time you get there. First-rate kitchens continually adjust menus to incorporate the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. One of the dishes I had, the delicious and colorful purĂŠe of corn soup ($10) with bell pepper, chili, corn-muffin crouton and popcorn, for instance, will no doubt segue to pumpkin soup. Equally tasty, I am sure. The starters/small plates were both tempting and fun. The salm-

Tim Augello, Palo Alto Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beverage director and manager, shines a wine glass. on poke ($14) was assembled with seaweed, cucumber, avocado and gochujang (a fermented Korean condiment of red chili, glutinous rice, soybeans and salt.) The dish was a visual surprise and the strata of flavor were intriguing and refreshing. I loved the grilled Japanese octopus ($14) that was served with fingerling potatoes, lemon and basil oil. The octopus was perfectly cooked: that is, cooked through

but not to the point of being rubbery. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tricky business but when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done right, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious. The avocado corn dogs ($7) were whimsical and enticing. Chunks of avocado had been thickly breaded and deep-fried. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;dogsâ&#x20AC;? were more spheres on sticks than the long dogs found at the county fair. Served with coarse mustard and cilantro, they were an appetite-igniter. For main plates, steaks were

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was made from cream-soaked, toasted illy coffee beans, eggs and cookie crumbs, baked at a low temperature and topped with a red-beet meringue and a dollop of passion fruit. Delightful. There is a full bar, and an adequate and fairly priced wine list. The waitstaff was friendly and very knowledgeable. They had to be because the menu was void of descriptions, showing just a partial list of ingredients. It’s my one fault with the restaurant. It’s difficult to get excited about a dish with so little information. Overall, a lot of in-house talent who tend to details and make the dining experience a pleasure. Notwithstanding the chef’s penchant for kale. N

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ShopTalk by Daryl Savage BIG PLANS FOR SMALL RESTAURANT ... The tiny Oren’s Hummus at 261 University Ave. in Palo Alto is planning to open a second location in February at 126 Castro St. in Mountain View. It replaces Workshop Burger, a hamburger joint that had less than a two-year run on Castro. And that’s just the beginning. There are at least three other Bay Area locations that the hummus restaurant is currently looking at for its expansion plans. Oren’s opened two years ago in Palo Alto and caught on like wildfire, according to its chef. “We’re always busy,” said David Cohen, a Bay Area veteran chef who came to Oren’s last year. Cohen said he believes one of the reasons for the restaurant’s popularity is its attention to detail. “We’re very particular about our choice of ingredients,” Cohen said. He imports an estimated 40,000 kilos of chickpeas a year. That’s about 240 pounds of beans a day. “They come here in tankers from Israel. And that amount could double once we get the restaurant in Mountain View up and going,” he said. That certainly gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “bean counter.”


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restaurant,” said Lauren Copenhagen, the general manager. Since the restaurant seats about 200 customers, that translates into almost one employee per diner. “Yes, it’s a lot of hires, but that’s because we take really good care of our customers,” she said. Paul Martin’s will be open for lunch and dinner and eventually add a prix-fixe Sunday brunch. It’s the restaurant chain’s sixth restaurant in California. WHEEL OF PLEASURE AT GRAND OPENING ... The adult-oriented store Good Vibrations, which quietly opened last month at 534 Ramona St. in Palo Alto, is readying itself for a grand opening. Scheduled for Nov. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., the event will feature special offers and, most importantly, a chance to spin the store’s Wheel of Pleasure. Prizes on the wheel include adult sex toys and erotica books, and all who sign up for store emails get a chance to spin. “We’ve been quite moved by the positive response we’ve had here already. Our neighboring vendors have been especially kind and supportive,” Good Vibrations spokesperson Camilla Lombard said.

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(Aquarius) IFC Films describes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Is the Warmest Colorâ&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of a young lesbian coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginning, middle and possible end.â&#x20AC;? While thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reductive, it does nominally describe the three-stage rocket that is Abdellatif Kechicheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-hour film. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not bury the lead: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an NC-17 film with a seven-minute sex scene that has made it cinema non grata in Idaho. Natively titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;La vie dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Adèle, Chapitres 1 et 2,â&#x20AC;? this French film won the Palme dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or at Cannes this year, an honor that also officially went to leads Adèle Exarchopoulos and LĂŠa Seydoux. Both romance and sexual odyssey, Kechicheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film takes the point of view of Adèle (doe-eyed Exarchopoulos), whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17 going on 18 and bi-curious, if not simply gay-repressed. After a literary lesson in the power of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;love at first sightâ&#x20AC;? glance (via Marivauxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Vie de Marianneâ&#x20AC;?), lo and behold, Adèle experiences one for herself in passing the provocatively blue-haired Emma (Seydoux) on the street. Before long, the two meet again and strike up a conversation thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charged with possibility. Outand-proud Emma has a few years on the tentative Adèle, which sets the scene for a gentle sexual education. Despite intimations that Emma is a wild child on the lesbian scene, she instantly intuits, and welcomes, the need to try a little tenderness with Adèle. Kechiche (whose last domestic import was 2007â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret of the Grainâ&#x20AC;?) captures that moment when the rest of the world goes away; he and his cast are totally successful at evoking the first blushes of emotional intimacy (chased by the physical intimacy of that sex scene). The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own emotional intimacy is its strongest asset: Kechiche gets in close with tight close-ups that afford us the almost â&#x20AC;&#x153;possessiveâ&#x20AC;? privilege to be right there, as close as Adèle and Emma are to each other, as each spills into the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes and soul. After that beginning, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle explores the complications to Adèle of embarking on a lesbian relationship: meeting Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheerily accepting parents, dodging the truth as Emma meets Adèleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seemingly unready parents, and enduring the third degree sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given at school by her â&#x20AC;&#x153;friends.â&#x20AC;? (One of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting cultural assertions is a double standard of accepted gay male versus repellent lesbian female.) Adèleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inability to care less about these social stigmas contributes to a bisexual confusion. Wisely, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complicated â&#x20AC;&#x153;possible endâ&#x20AC;? concerns itself less with sexual orientation and much more with the universal strains of a naturally aging relationship: jealousies, differing needs, divergent directions by which to drift apart. Earlier in the film, a teacher of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antigoneâ&#x20AC;? ominously notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tragedy is the unavoidable,â&#x20AC;? a preparation for a rift â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that may or may not take â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between these two people who love each other but may not be able to share their whole lives with each other. The literature Kechiche self-consciously references demonstrates his own priorities to tease out the provocative and liberating properties of art. Add extraordinary, emotionally generous performances, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Is the Warmest Colorâ&#x20AC;? grasps enough moments of truth to justify its extensive reach.

(Palo Alto Square) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dopingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;dupingâ&#x20AC;? go hand in hand these days when it comes to discussing Lance Armstrong, the world-famous cyclist whose success approached miracle status. After beating long-odds cancer, Armstrong took an unprecedented seven Tour de France titles, but the hero now stands disgraced, caught in what a new documentary calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Armstrong Lie.â&#x20AC;? The title of Alex Gibneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film derives from a now-infamous 2005 headline (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Mensonge Armstrongâ&#x20AC;?) in the French sports newspaper â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Equipe.â&#x20AC;? The paper directly alleged what many had already assumed must be true: that banned substances had fueled Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extraordinary endurance and speed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Equipeâ&#x20AC;? was ahead of the curve, of course: Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insistent denials maintained the lie his fans and the media so urgently wanted to believe, until that became impossible in 2012. In the film, Gibney explains via narration that he had intended a film about Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 comeback to the Tour de France after four years of retirement and at the age of 38. What a story that could be: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Road Back,â&#x20AC;? he called it. Like Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blinkered fans, Gibney had heard all the accusations, and though he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discount them entirely, he wanted to believe (or so he says). Then new allegations set off a chain reaction that culminated in Armstrong being stripped of his titles and publicly confessing to Oprah. Due to the changing nature of the story, Gibney frames his film as being somewhat catch as catch can, and it is. He explains to us his revised methodology in the film itself: He was forced to reexamine his all-access footage from 2009 in the new light of the exposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Armstrong lie.â&#x20AC;? He also weaves through the film expert commentary from cycling journalists and former teammates, as well as interviews with Armstrong from before and after being barred for life from cycling. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit odd hearing Gibney make himself part of the story, even as marginally as he does, but he positions himself as both fan surrogate (â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had lied to me too,â&#x20AC;? Gibney says in his directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement) and privileged journalistic observer (â&#x20AC;&#x153;To my face, evenâ&#x20AC;?). And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be fair to ask why this subject is worthy of two full hours of investigation, especially as Gibney winds up belaboring some of his points at that length. But the film does make an impression as a faceto-face character study of Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-consuming ambition (what one wag dubs â&#x20AC;&#x153;that urge to dominateâ&#x20AC;?) and the confident charisma, if not sociopathy, that enabled his prevarications. Gibney also educates about the details of doping, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;moral relativismâ&#x20AC;? so pervasive in the age of juiced athletics, and the willful ignorance that attends it. As Armstrongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former teammate Floyd Landis puts it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look, at some point, people have to tell their kids that Santa Claus isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t real.â&#x20AC;?

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ing a true story. But it’s also lively, funny and scary, bristling with the most compelling drama of all: the grasping will to live and make it count. Jean-Marc Vallée’s film, scripted by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, opens in 1985, as the world awoke to Rock Hudson as the sudden and gaunt celebrity face of AIDS. McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, a hard-charging electrician and rodeo cowboy first seen plowing women in the shadows before bull-riding with money riding on how long he can hold on. It’s a canny entree into the story: When Woodruff sprints away after losing his bets, he’s been swiftly established as an all-around reckless character, his sexual recklessness a possible cause of his looming AIDS diagnosis (drug use, as we learn, is another). Faced with a doctor (Denis O’Hare) who tells him, “Frankly, we’re surprised you’re even alive,” a T-cell count of nine, and “30 days left to put (his) affairs in order,” Woodruff allows himself to muse, “Gotta die somehow,” before fiercely rooting out his limited options. Woodruff gets wind of a human trial for AIDS-combating drug AZT, but he’s denied access. “Screw the FDA,” he blusters. “I’m going to be D.O.A.” Though AZT is “the most expensive drug ever marketed,” Woodruff puts his scamming, self-preserving instincts to use and gets his hands on a supply, washing his first dose down with a swig of beer chased with a line of coke. Thus begins an education with a steep learning curve and sky-high stakes, and in the process of literally saving himself (long outliving his diagnosis), Woodruff necessarily creates a drug pipeline that he winds up sharing with his new community of fellow patients. Like the long, offensive history of black stories told through a white protagonist, this one can be seen as a presumptively gaycentric story — an AIDS crisis drama — told through a straight protagonist whose homophobic assumptions are challenged by, oh boy, a drug-addicted transgender woman named Rayon (Jared Leto, in an admittedly mesmerizing performance). Though based on a true story, “Dallas Buyers Club” plays it fast and loose in ways that arguably diminish a more fascinating truth. Still, on its own terms, the film

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doesn’t lack for potent drama. Along with the showy (reportedly 50-pound) weight loss that leaves him a shell of his former self, McConaughey gets a meaty character arc: a good-ol-boy, just this side of despicable, redeemed at first only by his will to live, who learns to love his unlikely gay bedfellows as he fights off antagonistic government agencies (the FDA and DEA) and obstructionist doctors (Jennifer Garner playing one of the good ones). It’s a hero’s journey that compels us in spite of ourselves, empowered by an actor at the top of his game. Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use. One hour, 57 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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12 Years A Slave (R) (((1/2 Century 20: 12:40, 3:45, 7, 10:05 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1, 4, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10 p.m.

Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:10 a.m. In 3D 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m. & 1:15, 3:40 p.m. Fri also at 6, 8:25, 10:45 p.m. In 3D noon & 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 p.m.

About Time (R) (( Century 16: 10:05 a.m. & 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 1:55, 4:50, 7:40, 10:35 p.m.

The Great McGinty (1940) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 4:10 p.m.

All Is Lost (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 p.m. Guild Theatre: noon & 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 p.m.

Hunger Games double feature (PG-13) Century 16: Thu 5:20 p.m.

The Armstrong Lie (R) Palo Alto Square: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10:10 p.m. The Best Man Holiday (R) Century 16: 10:15 a.m. & 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m. & 12:15, 1:40, 3:05, 4:30, 5:55, 7:25, 8:50, 10:20 p.m.

JFK (1991) (R)

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Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Wed 2, 7 p.m.

Last Vegas (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 p.m.

Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) Aquarius Theatre: 12:30, 4:15, 8:15 p.m. Captain Phillips (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10 a.m. & 7:30, 10:35 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 1:10, 4:20 p.m. Century 20: 1:10, 4:10, 7:30, 10:30 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 1:35, 4:05 p.m.

Ram Leela (Not Rated) Century 16: 10:10 a.m. & 2:10, 6:10, 10:10 p.m. Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (PG) Century 16: Tue 7 p.m. Century 20: Tue 7 p.m. Rush (R) ((

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Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour (PG-13) Century 20: Mon 7 p.m.

The Cocoanuts (1929) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:45, 9:05 p.m.

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) Century 16: 11 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m. & 1, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35 p.m.

Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Century 16: 10:45 a.m. & 12:15, 1:45, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 10:45 p.m. In 3D 10 & 11:30 a.m. & 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 9:15, 10 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m. & 1:20, 2:45, 4:15, 7:10, 8:35, 10 p.m. In 3D 11:50 a.m., 5:40 p.m. In XD 11:10 a.m. & 2, 4:55, 7:50, 10:40 p.m.

The Dallas Buyers Club (R) Century 16: 10:25 & 11:55 a.m. & 1:25, 2:55, 4:25, 6:20, 7:35, 9:15, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m. & 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 p.m. Ender’s Game (PG-13) Century 16: 10 & 11:25 a.m. & 12:55, 2:25, 3:55, 5:25, 7, 8:25, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 12:55, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 6:40, 8:05, 9:30, 10:45 p.m.

UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks (PG-13) Century 16: Sat 7 p.m. Century 20: Sat 7 p.m.

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nside his Mountain View warehouse late last month, Booker Morey was rustling through stacks and stacks of dried leaves. “The maples — they’ve got a lovely shape. And the cutleaf birch” — he held a serrated leaf by its stem — “isn’t that neat? It looks like a tree.” Morey, a Palo Alto resident, is in the business of giving dead leaves new life — as art. His work preserves the leaves’ lacy “skeletons” and shows them off in black velvet shadow boxes, delicately restored to the vibrant hues of autumn: mossy greens, golden yellows and burnt oranges. Nature has long inspired Morey, but his work with leaves over the past 20 years has only increased his appreciation, he said. And he’s not the only one. From landscape paintings to mineral sculptures to leaf art, local artists frequently find their muse in the nearby foothills and baylands. During the holidays, artwork that brings a piece of nature indoors has made for a perennially popular gift, merchants say. The practice of “skeletonizing” and arranging leaves is an ancient tradition, with examples going back to Persia and China’s Ming Dynasty. But Morey, a former engineer, has updated the process with a decidedly high-tech method of removing the leaf’s brittle flesh and leaving only the flexible, tubular veins. “It’s an etching process that’s sometimes used in the semiconductor industry,” the bespectacled Morey said, a tad secretively. The leaves are then bleached and color added with an airbrush. He and his staff use only natural colors, to celebrate rather than alter nature. “No purples or pinks,” he said. Then the leaves are arranged with birch branches in framed shadow boxes as large as 2 x 3 feet. Only 1 to 2 percent of leaves on a tree are undamaged and shapely enough to make it as art, according to Morey. In working with some 30 va-

Alabaster vases, created by Guy Michaels, are sold at the Nature Gallery. rieties of leaves, collected from here to Yosemite, Morey said he’s learned a great deal about the fragile foliage that surrounds us. “The ginkgo is the most primitive leaf that still grows,” he said. “The way the veins are arranged, it’s like a fan.” If a bug bites the ginkgo leaf near its stem, damaging a vein, it destroys the leaf’s ability to feed the tree. But more modern leaves have developed networks of interlocking veins, like mesh, so nutrients can find alternate routes to the stem. “It’s like having a freeway and streets around it,” Morey said. “If you look at some Google maps that just show streets, they look so much like the veins in the leaves, it’s just uncanny.” It takes about a month to take a leaf from freshly picked to product, he said. In addition to shadow boxes, Morey’s Leaf Lines offers

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leaves in other displays, from coasters to bowls to paperweights. His work is sold in 150 galleries nationwide, including Shady Lane in downtown Palo Alto. At the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild, Kristen Olson and other artists take a more traditional approach to capturing nature’s essence: painting and photography. Olson draws upon local landscapes and landmarks, from Carmel to Yosemite, for her paintings, using a darker palette and dense strokes that hover between realism and Impressionism. “I call myself an American Impressionist,” said the Maryland native, whose brush strokes mimic the subjects she draws. For water, her hand moves in flowing curves; bricks are depicted using firm, short strokes. As a child — and an active one at that, she said — Olson relished the great outdoors and easily took to riding horses and hiking.



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Iridescent labradorite from Madagascar shines in the light at the Nature Gallery in Los Altos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always loved nature, and I still do,â&#x20AC;? Olson said. One of her favorite locales is Portola Pastures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the light that comes early in the morning,â&#x20AC;? she said recently, pointing to one of her works in which a horse grazes quietly by a eucalyptus tree. Other artists featured at the cooperative gallery include Steve Curl, whose vivid watercolors depict finely detailed birch trees at Lundy Lake and the pinkish glow of the setting sun on the sand bars of San Gregorio beach. For those whose tastes run more toward fauna rather than flora, artist Teresa Silvestri uses watercolor to bring to life rabbits, sheep and pigs. Larry Calof has turned his cameraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lens to animals as well, capturing in one metal print several wild, galloping chestnut-brown horses, the snow flying from under their hooves. In another, a trio of squinting polar bears, their eyes like slits, pad hulkily side by side. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los Tres Hombres,â&#x20AC;? it was shot in Canada. Calof has also photographed wolves, mountain lions, elephants and technicolor birds. Often, though, natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty speaks for itself, said Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery in Los Altos, which offers fossils and minerals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bought these because they are works of art by themselves,â&#x20AC;? Garsten said on a recent walk through her store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About everything here, I ask: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Is it sculptural?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? She pointed to some druzy quartz, a knobby gray rock with white veins, that sparkles due to a coating of fine crystals formed on the rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface. Next to it, a hefty round stone is actually a fossilized sand dollar from the Jurassic period. In a display case, a piece of green Chinese fluorite, which grows in cubes, is so smooth and clear, it looks like jelly. Some minerals and fossils stand alone, but others have been carved into sculptures, boxes and vases or formed into artful jewelry. Guy Michaels, an El Granada artist, turns Utah alabaster into delicate, translucent orange vases with neat walnut-and-ebony inlaid trim. He uses a lathe and his years

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of experience as a wood turner to achieve a thickness of 3/16 of an inch. Garstenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gallery features a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section, where tiny hands can pull open drawers to find golden pyrite cubes, fossilized shark teeth and spiraly ammonites. Bits of tiger eye, onyx, amethyst and more nest in small baskets, some going for as little as a dollar. There are even pointy, oval orthoceras fossils, the 400-million-yearold relative of the squid, from Morocco. And for the one-of-a-kind gift seeker? An amethyst ge-


ode from Brazil, several feet in diameter, has been cut open, its splayed halves forming the shape of a butterfly. Intended for use as a coffee table, it sells for $12,875. V Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at For more information: Leaf Lines, Shady Lane, Portola Art Gallery, Nature Gallery, www.

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HOLIDAY WREATHS ... Jody Main, organic food and garden writer and educator, will teach a class on “Harvest and Holiday Wreath Making” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Her focus will be on using garden herbs, flowers and seedpods from her own Woodside garden. Cost is $31 plus a $25 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or HOLIDAY YUMMIES ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will demonstrate (with participation and sampling) how to make “Holiday Gifts and Candy” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. Goodies include homemade English toffee, apricot and walnut snowballs, white chocolate peppermint bark and a dry “Best Ever Hot Chocolate” mix. Cost is $50. And from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, she’ll offer an “Elegant Holiday Event Planning Clinic with 5-Star Dishes.” Here she’ll deal with planning and organizing, foods that pair well and what can be made in advance. Sample menu includes warm goat cheese and hazelnut salad, salmon with mushrooms and leeks in a puff pastry and chocolate pots de creme. Cost is $55. Both classes take place at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. CAMELLIA JOURNEY ... Brad King, a writer and photographer with wide experience and interest in all things camellia, will present a free, illustrated talk, “My Camellia Journey,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Societysponsored talk takes place at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Information: camelliasfpcs@ or www.camelliasfpcs. org

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This home on Laurel Glen Drive in the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood was built in 2007.

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sk a resident of Palo Alto Hills what drew him or her to the tucked-away enclave and the answers are not surprisingly similar: “I just liked the vistas, the serenity. It’s quiet and restful,” said Vernon Altman, who with his wife Mary Lee built their home in the early 1990s. For Marcia Chang, who moved with her husband Chi-chao Chang and their three children in 2010, it was the contrast with her daily life.

Vernon Altman, a longtime resident of Palo Alto Hills, sits on his deck overlooking the Arastradero Preserve.

Like many of the homes in Palo Alto Hills, this home on Alexis Drive sits on more than an acre. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be in this fast-paced work environment of Silicon Valley and at the end of day and on weekends we can enjoy Palo Alto at its best,” she said. Both the Altmans and the Changs had come from less bucolic environments. While the Changs came to California after grad school in New York, settling first in Santa Clara, Vern Altman had moved from Germany in 1978 to set up the West Coast office for Bain. They purchased the land in 1980, but didn’t build their dream home until more than 10 years later after returning from a stay on the East Coast. By the time they moved in their youngest child was a senior at Gunn High School. The Altmans’ home sits on 2.5 acres overlooking the Arastradero Preserve; from one part of the lot Vern can see his office in San Francisco; from the end of his driveway he can spot his office in Palo Alto. But most of the 78 homes in Palo Alto Hills were built in the 1960s on about 1-acre lots; many have been remodeled, updated or rebuilt. “We’re not far (from neighbors) at all,” Chang said. “We can cross (continued on page ÎÎ)

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the street, chat with neighbors all the time. “The lots are much larger than typical Palo Alto neighborhoods, but it’s not a problem. We don’t have to drive or walk miles. Cross the street and your neighbor is there,” she said. Neighbors tend to share backyard bounty as well. “It’s the kind of neighborhood where you knock on a door and drop off something you’ve cooked,” or borrow a cup of sugar, or deliver home-made wine, she added. Much of the attraction to the hills is a very intimate connection to nature. The Changs appreciate sharing their land

with animals, she said, mentioning a deer family, quail and jack rabbits seen often in their back yard. “You’ve got to be a bit careful here because there are deadly animals,” Altman added, noting that he’s seen mountain lions, rattlesnakes, coyotes and bobcats. He’s even seen migrating ducks stop by his swimming pool en route south. And of course, they’re all walking distance to the Arastradero Preserve. Living here has “made us much more active. We are biking now much more. On weekends my husband and I go on bike rides or walk the Dish,” Chang said. “We enjoy it much more now than we used to.” Neighborhood social activities for the Chang family tend to be focused around their children’s schools, Nixon Elementary


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Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,600,000 Highest sales price: $2,600,000

Total sales reported: 16 Lowest sales price: $410,000 Highest sales price: $1,725,000

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Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $340,000 Highest sales price: $340,000

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $500,500 Highest sales price: $2,700,000

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Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $825,000 Highest sales price: $5,000,000

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51 Jennings Lane Gomez Trust to Y. Liu for $2,600,000 on 9/27/13

12682 Roble Veneno Lane Sacks Trust to D. Afar for $2,050,000 on 10/22/13 12896 Viscaino Road Bathina Trust to Lai Trust for $2,680,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 3/04, $1,800,000

East Palo Alto 2068 Pulgas Ave. A. Briones to O. Linares for $340,000 on 9/30/13; previous sale 2/04, $415,000

Los Altos 1820 Austin Ave. Whitman Trust to A. & A. James for $2,000,000 on 10/17/13 1348 Fairway Drive Barba Trust to Wnj Family Trust for $1,850,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 9/89, $669,000 129 N. Gordon Way Enriques Ventures to X. Luo for $5,000,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 7/12, $2,289,000 576 Lassen St. J. & P. Sprout to F. & E. Yen for $825,000 on 10/18/13 1252 Thurston Ave. Far Creek Properties to J. Pearl for $2,650,000 on 10/23/13; previous sale 4/12, $1,147,500

Mountain View 529 Anza St. K. Thomas to T. Jackson for $424,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 2/03, $580,000 440 Bedford Loop #68 C. Lo to B. Ness for $760,000 on 10/18/13 956 Bonita Ave. #8 S. Sramek to L. Yuen for $660,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 7/04, $435,000 75 Devonshire Ave. #9 M. & C. Young to J. Demartini for $700,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 3/11, $470,000 953 Eichler Drive Fields Trust to M. Barreno for $1,650,000 on 10/22/13 135 Eldora Drive R. Brunner to G. Brauner for $1,025,000 on 10/23/13; previous sale 8/04,

$770,000 1200 Lubich Drive J. & L. Garrett to K. Moraes for $1,725,000 on 10/23/13; previous sale 8/00, $675,000 500 W. Middlefield Road #94 A. Ahumada to J. Wong for $410,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 12/09, $340,000 500 W. Middlefield Road #98 J. Bloom to T. Wingfield for $420,000 on 10/21/13; previous sale 5/05, $322,000 278 Monroe Drive #30 J. & A. Kyllonen to D. Hammels for $560,000 on 10/18/13 453 N. Rengstorff Ave. #5 C. Torres to C. Choi for $415,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 4/03, $250,000 888 Sierra Vista Ave. P. & C. Ryan to S. Kabel-Eckes for $1,476,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 7/06, $817,000 1976 Silverwood Ave. Filin Trust to E. Gerson for $565,000 on 10/17/13; previous sale 11/06, $496,000 1588 Spring St. Montoya Trust to M. Subramanian for $835,000 on 10/22/13

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Broker Associate Alain Pinel President’s Club DRE #00994196 650/269–8556

Managing Broker DeLeon Realty JD - Rutgers School of Law L.L.M (Taxation) NYU School of Law

(650) 488.7325 DRE# 01854880 | CA BAR# 255996

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Home & Real Estate 2702 St. Giles Lane M. Leclair to U. Kirazci for $1,375,000 on 10/17/13 467 View St. Schwartz & CloarSchwartz Trust to N. Nedeljkovic for $1,100,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 12/03, $121,000

Palo Alto 785 Allen Court C. Chafe to F. Lo for $1,743,500 on 10/17/13; previous sale 5/90, $315,000 277 Bryant St. W. Hudak to D. & S. Miller for $1,165,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 11/96, $315,000 4250 El Camino Real #326 Raggio Trust to J. Chion for $500,500 on 10/17/13 4159 El Camino Way #N P. Lee to D. Tang for $740,000 on 10/17/13; previous sale 7/04, $445,000 561 Hilbar Lane Wong Trust to J. Ruan for $2,700,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 1/09, $1,395,000 385 Leland Ave. G. & J. Zilliac to S. Xiong for $1,625,000 on 10/17/13; previous sale 12/93, $320,000 985 Paradise Way D. & S. Chu to S. Ouissal for $2,250,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 5/01, $1,310,000

Redwood City 914 10th Ave. Salandra Trust to S. Sandoval for $650,000 on 10/1/13 1090 8th Ave. L. & R. Swett to T. Su for $581,000 on 10/2/13 76 Alameda De Las Pulgas Niro Trust to M. Boichenko for $740,000 on 9/27/13 475 Ave. Del Ora S. Viviani to Look Investments for $950,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 3/03, $660,000 857 Boardwalk Place L. Yi to Y. Jiang for $858,000 on 10/2/13; previous sale 7/10, $600,000 409 Cork Harbour Circle #E

R. Berglind to A. Levin for $456,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 3/05, $447,000 1518 Glenn Way S. & K. Narayan to N. Mansourian for $950,000 on 10/2/13; previous sale 5/09, $830,000 3527 Highland Ave. J. Hansen to D. Dechkevich for $928,000 on 9/30/13 628 Island Place Djerki Trust to B. & C. Nabbe for $1,275,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 8/04, $1,015,000 650 Island Place J. Chen to J. Li for $1,600,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 8/07, $1,390,000 1031 Palomar Drive Andress Trust to B. Scott for $1,400,000 on 9/27/13 333 Quay Lane T. Krutman to T. Ng for $1,083,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 9/95, $350,000 540 Shorebird Circle #21201 J. Karsaliya to Q. Sun for $705,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 8/04, $588,000 609 Teredo Drive C. & J. Dopp to S. & C. Safe for $1,000,000 on 9/30/13 641 Turnbuckle Drive #1718 One Marina Homes to A. Bepler for $689,000 on 10/1/13 1616 Union Ave. Thomas Trust to D. Kwinter for $950,000 on 9/30/13

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 525 University Ave. tenant improvements for Suite 103, $45,000 159 Melville Ave. re-roof, $n/a 560 Center Drive remove window, door to create larger door opening, $n/a 820 Bruce Drive re-roof, $n/a 4317 Silva Ave. remove portion of library and utility room to create parking space on side of house, reconfigure library,

$10,500 661 Seale Ave. revise garage foundation plan, footings instead of piers, $n/a 3085 Louis Road replace water-damaged plywood under bathtub, replace tub, $1,500 2154 Staunton Court replace three windows, $n/a 945 Laurel Glen Drive remodel kitchen, $60,000 101 University Ave., Suite 400 Equifax Personal: tenant improvement, $15,750 2671 South Court roof-mounted PV system, $n/a 2170 W. Bayshore Road four illuminated signs, $n/a 160 Webster St. re-roof, $23,000 117 University Ave. tenant improvement, $45,000 3500 Deer Creek Road install full-height walls to create new work space, $25,000 155 California Ave., Unite G202 and G204 repair water damage, $7,607 3160 W. Bayshore Road illuminated wall sign, $n/a 586 N. California Ave. replace eight windows, $13,907 3506 Emerson St. rooftop PV system, $n/a 302 Grant Ave. replace stucco and 12 windows, $22,000 552 Forest Ave. replace gas fireplace, $n/a 2320 Tasso St. remodel kitchen, bath, $28,478 1030 Parkinson Ave. replace shower pan in master bathroom, re-tile shower, $5,000 901 Newell Road replace 13 windows, $26,699 2154 Staunton Court replace three windows, $n/a 4135 Maybell Way re-roof, $3,950 655 High St. H&R Block: tenant improvement: create two office spaces, $7,000 1585 Madrono Ave. re-roof ga-

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rage, $3,500 610 Wildwood Lane remodel bathroom, replace four windows and door, $60,000 3000 Hanover St. Hewlett Packard: commercial re-roof, $1,094,267 701 E. Meadow Drive re-roof, $19,011 928 Scott St. replace six windows, $2,468 3500 Deer Creek Road Tesla: electrical work, $30,000 564 University Ave. exterior hand rail, $n/a 3738 Ortega Court re-roof, $17,000 2475 South Court repair water damage to bathroom, remove dry rot, $11,000 2109 Hanover St. re-roof, $16,000 3550 Emerson St. re-roof, $5,260 2791 Emerson St. addition to enclosed porch in rear yard, $60,120 370 California Ave. remodel water closet, install lighting, $n/a 1013 N. California Ave. re-roof, $25,125 162 Walter Hays Drive replace 13 windows, $24,000 2550 Louis Road replace four patio doors, 11 window panes, five windows, $21,000; re-roof, $22,000 400 Hamilton Ave. Lucile Packard Foundation: tenant improvement, interior remodel, add ramp, ADA accessibility, modify parking stalls, $31,650 532 Emerson St. landlord improvements, change doors, remove low partition walls, relocate light switches, $8,000 1040 Newell Road re-roof, $14,000 2635 Louis Road re-roof, $8,000 345 Santa Rita Ave. re-roof de-

tached garage, $23,000 4225 Manuela Ave. install roofmounted photovoltaic system, $n/a 3412 Cork Oak Way remodel kitchen, add skylights, $23,000 2250 Ramona St. demo pool, $n/a 1510 Page Mill Road install circuits, modify switches, $n/a 4174 Oak Hill Ave. new pool and spa, $24,000 755 Loma Verde Ave., Unit C remodel bathrooms, $15,000 1026 Metro Circle voluntary seismic upgrades, $13,000 941 Webster St. re-roof, $8,000 170 Waverley St. re-roof, $11,000 115 Fulton St. add bathroom, utility closet in basement, $n/a 2591 Ramona St. new barbecue, heater, fountain, firepit in back yard, $n/a; re-roof garage, $2,400; change two windows on garage, $1,500 575 Newell Road install electric-vehicle charging station in garage, $n/a 3411 Waverley St. re-roof, $6,000 438 Spruce Lane add shower and relocate toilet, $5,000 339 Seale Ave. re-roof, $23,000 228 Hamilton Ave. remodel Suite 300 to create one office, $24,999 2321 Harvard St. re-roof garage, $2,000 2073 Princeton St. install window and skylights to detached garage, $n/a 211 Kipling St. add central heating, $n/a 895 Melville Ave. re-roof, $6,000 3200 Hillview Ave. tenant improvement: replace and renovate restrooms, new site walkway, $750,000

2275 Amherst St. install above-ground spa at rear of historical property, $n/a 301 Bryant St. reinforce roof for future PV panels, $n/a 991 Blair Court remodel kitchen, $16,400 3738 Ortega Court remodel kitchen, powder room, new direct vent gas fireplace in family room, $n/a 2381 Middlefield Road install rooftop PV system, $n/a 4080 El Cerrito Road revised skylight layout, crawlspace access and enclosed garage, $n/a 101 Alma St., Unit 107 install divider walls to separate two apartments (107 and 108), install lanai wall at balcony for each unit, $5,000; add bathroom fixture, replace tile, $n/a 1035 Alma St. new A/C and furnace in basement, $n/a 1606 Edgewood Drive re-roof, $49,520 3502 Arbutus Ave. remodel, replace lighting, windows, $74,000 2260 Hanover St. repair gas shut-off valve at stove, $n/a 3198 Emerson St. remodel kitchen and bath, $23,000 3000 Alexis Drive re-roof, $229,350 3276 Waverley St. install attached aluminum patio cover, $13,057 2791 Emerson St. revise foundation design, $n/a 3408 Hillview Ave. replace non-load-bearing walls, $26,859 172 Park Ave. demo garage, $n/a 433 Hamilton Ave. add accessible bathroom, replace stairway to mezzanine, $11,500; re-roof, $30,000 1013 N. California Ave. re-roof, $25,125 245 Ramona St. re-roof, $12,000

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Los Altos 496 First Street, Ste. 200 Los Altos, CA 94022 650.947.4700

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Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello Lic.# 01343305

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707 Westridge Drive, Portola Valley

24680 Prospect Avenue, Los Altos Hills




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25 Oakhill Drive, Woodside

10800 Magdalena, Los Altos Hills

96 Heather Drive, Atherton




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451 Portola Road, Portola Valley

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3 Bedrooms 95 Heather Dr $2,998,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

$2,998,000 323-7751

187 Atherton Av Sun Intero-Woodside

$6,895,000 206-6200

76 Lilac Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$6,795,000 323-7751

73 Nora Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,688,000 323-7751

6+ Bedrooms 19 Prado Secoya St $15,500,000 Sun Intero -Woodside 206-6200


460 EL CAPITAN PLACE PALO ALTO "* Ê-1 9Ê£\Îä‡{\Îä { ,ÉÎ  ,i“œ`ii`ÊEÊiÝ«>˜`i`Ê ˆV…iÀÊÓÎn™Êõ°v̳ɇ]Ê œÌʙ™{äÊõÉvÌʏœÌʳɇ Offered at $2,169,000

Suzanne Jonath 400-4036 4 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

2059 Palo Alto Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms 42 San Juan Ct Sat/Sun Intero-Woodside

$1,648,000 206-6200

LOS ALTOS HILLS 4 Bedrooms 10695 Eloise Ci $5,475,000 Sat 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 27464 Altamont Rd $4,196,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

3 Bedrooms - Condominium 582 Sand Hill Ci Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,280,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse 622 Sand Hill Ci Sun 8z Real Estate

$1,350,000 759-7885

3 Bedrooms 1985 Oak Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,899,000 324-4456

135 Emma Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,250,000 323-7751

4301 El Camino Real $1,558,888 Sat/Sun 10-6 Classic Communities 367-0779 460 El Capitan Pl Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,169,000 325-6161

335 Seale Av $5,750,000 Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

$2,498,000 323-7751

1975 Valparaiso Av $1,628,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 742 Live Oak Av Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,995,000 324-4456

2050 Gordon Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,749,000 323-7751

SAN CARLOS 4 Bedrooms 2819 Eaton Av Sun Intero-Woodside

$2,999,000 206-6200

SAN FRANCISCO 3 Bedrooms 687 27th St Sat/Sun 2-4 Intero Real Estate

$1,798,000 947-4700

5 Bedrooms 677 Driscoll Ct $2,698,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111



1657 Nora Wy Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate

4 Bedrooms $799,000 (408) 357-5700

2 Bedrooms 50 Santa Maria Ave Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,798,000 851-1961

3 Bedrooms 451 Portola Rd Sun Intero-Woodside

$4,995,000 206-6200

1808 Mcniff Pl Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 3467 Ambum Av Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate

$1,275,000 323-7751 $850,000 (408) 357-5700

5 Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms 707 Westridge Dr $13,000,000 Sun 1-4 Intero-Woodside 206-6200 271 Gabarda Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,788,000 323-7751

6+ Bedrooms

$1,100,000 (408) 357-5700

6 Bedrooms 15707 Highland Dr Sun Intero Real Estate

$1,125,000 (408) 557-3809

316 Golden Hills Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

5 Bedrooms


2 Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms - Condominium

303 Hillside Dr $1,400,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

1816 Santa Cruz Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,095,000 324-4456

2331 Crest Ln Sun Intero -Woodside

$3,988,000 206-6200 $3,495,000 (408) 313-1988

$5,400,000 941-7040

2644 Park Wilshire Dr Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate

2025 Santa Cruz Av $2,238,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

2179 Clayton Dr Sun Landmark Properties


$1,699,000 321-1596

4 Bedrooms



1 Milton St $1,495,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

187 Byron Ave $1,998,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

$549,000 324-4456

22 Pinehurst Ln $959,000 Sat/Sun Century 21 Sunset Properties 726-6346

PALO ALTO 3753 Star King Ci Sat/Sun Midtown Realty

2 Bedrooms - Condominium 1982 W Bayshore Rd #138 Sat Coldwell Banker

1 Fogl Ct $1,795,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

3 Bedrooms

1 James Ave $3,595,000 Sun Frontier West Properties 305-7817

5 Bedrooms

5 Bedrooms

2545 W Middlefield Rd $895,888 Sat/Sun 10-6 Classic Communities 367-0779


4 Bedrooms 79 Normandy Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse

1240 Woodside Rd #12 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$398,500 323-7751

2 Bedrooms 580 Lakeview Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

$995,000 323-7751


245 King St $995,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

3 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

97 Beach St Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate

$2,295,000 245-2366

$1,995,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms


706 Lakeview Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

1 Bedroom - Condominium 725 Mariposa Av #305 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

620 W California Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$488,000 324-4456

Knowledge and Experience. Applied.

$1,795,000 323-7751

675 Sylvan Wy $1,425,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141


3 Bedrooms 20 Patrol Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,198,000 851-2666

4 Bedrooms 2 Bridle Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

$4,850,000 851-2666

3100 Woodside Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,850,000 851-2666

2145 Ward Wy $2,589,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 166 Grandview Dr Sat/Sun Deleon Realty

$1,898,000 543-8500

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BY APPOINTMENT PALO ALTO An endearing tribute to Old Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. 7bd/6.5ba, 12,850+/-sf home on 37,000+/-sf lot. $23,000,000



BY APPOINTMENT PORTOLA VALLEY 1-level 4bd/3.5ba private contemporary home, 2.5+/-ac. Artistically designed with pool,flowering gardens. $5,850,000



OPEN SATURDAY MENLO PARK 2025 Santa Cruz Ave 4bd/3.5ba new construction home with a fantastic floor plan. Las Lomitas Schools. $2,238,000



BY APPOINTMENT ATHERTON Custom 3-level estate in prestigious location near Menlo Circus Club. 6bdsuites, pool, cabana. $14,900,000



BY APPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS HILLS 2.67+/-ac property close to town. Subdvidable into two parcels or keep as one estate sized parcel. $5,388,000



OPEN SUNDAY PALO ALTO 187 Byron St 3bd/2ba Craftsman-style home near downtown Palo Alto. Separate family room and living room. $1,998,000



BY APPOINTMENT ATHERTON Completed in 2004, 7bd/8ba, and 2 half-baths plus a guest house. Las Lomitas schools. $10,499,000



OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ATHERTON 95 Heather Dr Classic 3bd/2.5ba ranch-style home in the Lindenwood neighborhood. Pool and cabana. $2,998,000



BY APPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS Lovely 2bd/2ba home, 1840+/- sf., with large backyard in park-like Creekside Oaks neighborhood. $1,710,000

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Coldwell Banker


Woodside $7,995,000 New price! Private 3+ acre Central Woodside estate with spectacular view of the western hills. 4 BR/4.5 BA Hugh Cornish CalBRE #00912143 650.324.4456

Portola Valley $7,495,000 23+ Acres of beautiful land surrounded by dedicated open space. Total privacy! Bay views! Scott Dancer CalBRE #00868362 650.851.2666

Atherton Sun 1:30-4:30 $6,795,000 76 Lilac Dr Exceptional custom home in Lindenwood. One level living plus a 3 bedroom guest house. 5 BR/4.5 BA Tom LeMieux CalBRE #01066910 650.323.7751

Palo Alto $4,850,000 By Appointment Only! Striking architectural features & designer materials! Incomparable 10 yr new English Tudor 7 BR/7.5 BA Judy Shen CalBRE #01272874 650.328.5211

Woodside $2,498,000 By Appointment Extensively and beautifully remodeled home. Breathtaking view of forest and ocean. 4 BR/3.5 BA Lea Nilsson CalBRE #00699379 650.328.5211

Palo Alto $2,399,000 5 bdrm 3 ba home near downtown. Hdwd floors,skylight, fam kit opens to private back yard! Ken Morgan & Arlene Gault 650.328.5211 CalBRE #00877457 & 01242236

Menlo Park $2,299,000 Las Lomitas Schools! Spacious tastefully renovated home in University Heights, Menlo Park. 3 BR/2 BA DiPali Shah CalBRE #01249165 650.325.6161

Palo Alto Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,169,000 460 El Capitan Place Fabulous expanded 2389sqft Eichler on a 9940sqft lot Quiet Greenmeadow cul-de-sac location 4 BR/3 BA Suzanne Jonath CalBRE #00629272 650.325.6161

Menlo Park Sun 2 - 4 $1,995,000 742 Live Oak Ave Allied Arts. Brand new construction in the heart of downtown MP. Custom high-end finishes & appliances. 4 BR/2.5 BA Billy McNair CalBRE #01343603 650.324.4456

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1-4 $1,995,000 620 W. California Wy First time ever on market! This home offers panoramic bay views and privacy galore! 3 BR/ 2.5 BA Sam Anagnostou CalBRE #00798217 650.323.7751

Portola Valley $1,798,000 Beautifully remodeled,chic modern ambiance,fab.setting amid towering redwoods. 280 2 BR/2.5 BA Dean Asborno CalBRE #01274816 650.851.1961

Menlo Park Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,280,000 582 Sand Hill Cir Just listed! Sand Hill Circle townhome w/golf course views. Inside laundry, 2-car attached garage. 3 BR/2.5 BA Deanna Tarr CalBRE #00585398 650.324.4456

Menlo Park Sun 1:30-4:30 $1,250,000 135 Emma Ln End of cul-de-sac in the Willows neighborhood. Single-level design w/spacious interior. 3 BR/2 BA Tom LeMieux CalBRE #01066910 650.323.7751

Menlo Park $699,000 Welcome Home To This Beautiful Top-Floor Penthouse Unit. Just Spectacular! 2 BR/2 BA Brendan Callahan CalBRE #01397059 650.325.6161

Mountain View Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $488,000 725 Mariposa Av #305 Move-in ready! Top-floor end unit with a peek-a-boo view of the East Bay Hills. Spacious & private. 1 BR/1 BA Lyn Jason Cobb CalBRE #01332535 650.324.4456

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97 Beach Street Moss Beach, CA 94038


369,000- 545,000



Close to Beach! Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last long!

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3 Bedrooms 6 Beautifully remodeled with the 2 Bathrooms finest amenities 1,230 Sq. Ft. 6 Conveniently located within 25 miles of San Francisco 11,507 Sq. Ft. Lot

Offered at $2,295,000

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215 Collectibles & Antiques


Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $550

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Nice! Acer Laptop Will Trade - $125.00


115 Announcements

150 Volunteers

Org. Michael Jackson Will Trade $25.00 Or

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toyota 2001 highlander - $11,000

140 Lost & Found

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237 Barter Acer Laptop Will Trade For

240 Furnishings/ Household items Dining Table -Iron Work & Glass - $575

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345 Tutoring/ Lessons English Writing/SAT Tutor

Drapery Rod Sets (RH) Estate ORB $125

355 Items for Sale

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Oak pedestal dining table Oak pedestal dining table and chairs. 48” round, 62” extended. Solid oak, Hoot Judkins. Originally $1,400.


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TV hutch - $35.00

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

133 Music Lessons

235 Wanted to Buy

540 Domestic Help Wanted

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210 Garage/Estate Sales MP: 154 Stone Pine Lane, 11/16, 9-2 Moving. Drill press, table saw, other tools. Linens, tableware, wine glasses. x-El Camino RWC: 1228 Douglas Ave., 11/15, 11-2; 11/6, 9-1 ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE and RUMMAGE SALE benefits Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. (Just south of Woodside Rd., bet. Broadway and Bayshore Fwy.) CASH ONLY. (650)497-8332 or during sale (650)568-9840

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624 Financial

500 Help Wanted Newspaper Delivery Route Immediate Opening Route available on Fridays to deliver the Palo Alto Weekly, an awardwinning community newspaper, to homes and businesses in Palo Alto. Newspapers must be picked up between 6AM and 8AM in Palo Alto and delivered by 5PM. Pays approx. $100 per day (plus $20 bonus for extra large editions). Additional bonus of approx. $200 following successful 13 week introductory period. Must be at least 18 y/o. Valid CDL, reliable vehicle and current auto insurance req’d. Please email your experience and qualifications to Or call Jon Silver, 650-868-4310

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment

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250 Musical Instruments Piano Full size Baldwin grand. Like new. Full classical music library incl. Estate sale. 650/854-2387

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1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Train/Bus Accessibility Retail Sales, Patrick James

710 Carpentry Cabinetry-Individual Designs Precise, 3-D Computer Modeling: Mantels * Bookcases * Workplaces *Wall Units * Window Seats. Ned Hollis, 650/856-9475

715 Cleaning Services House Cleaning in the BAY!!! Maria’s Housecleaning Service 19 years exp., excellent refs. Good rates, own car. Maria, 650/207-4709 Navarro Housecleaning Services Apartments and homes. Carpets and windows. 20 years exp., good refs. Call for free est. 650/853-3058; 650/796-0935 Olga's Housecleaning Res./Com. Wkly/mo. Low Rates. Local Refs. 25 years Exp. & Friendly. I Love My Job! Ins. (650) 380-1406

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803 Duplex Redwood City, 2 BR/1 BA - $2,500.00

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STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570

LANDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maintenance *New Lawns *Clean Ups *Tree Trimming *Rototilling *Power Wash *Irrigation timer programming. 17 years exp. Ramon 650-576-6242

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REDWOOD PAINTING CDL Construction 408-310-0355 Lic 781723B

Beckys Landscape Weekly/periodic maint. Annual rose/fruit tree pruning, clean-ups, irrigation, sod, planting, raised beds. Power washing. 650/444-3030

J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)3664301 or (650)346-6781


775 Asphalt/ Concrete Owens Construction Thank you SF Bay area for a great 25 years of building! CA Lic 730995

757 Handyman/ Repairs !CompleteHome ABLE Repair HANDYMAN! modelin !Professional inting FRED

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759 Hauling J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, garage, furniture, mattresses, green waste yard debri and more... Lic. &Ins. FREE estimates. 650-743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews)


Mtn. View Asphalt Sealing Driveway, parking lot seal coating. Asphalt repair, striping. 30+ yrs. family owned. Free est. Lic. 507814. 650/967-1129 Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 35 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/814-5572

779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073

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Redding, 2 BR/2 BA Treat Mom to the Vineyards adult co mmunity!Gated,Pool,Spa,lakes,gym& patio.530-377-5042 $234,500.! Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares Orlando, FL Vacation Six days. Regularly $1,175.00. Yours today for only $389.00! You SAVE 67 percent. PLUS One-week car rental included. Call for details. 1-800-9856809 (Cal-SCAN)

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage Shasta County 1 acre. Trees, view, dirt road. $1,900 down. $398.34 mo. ($35,900 cash price.) Also 2 acres on paved road. OWC. Owner, 530/605-8857.

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Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shayne Skov (11) and A.J. Tarpley (17) helped limit Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 2-ranked rushing attack to just 62 yards during the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26-20 upset win last Thursday.

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by Keith Peters enlo School girls tennis coach Bill Shine had a number of reasons to be happy with receiving the No. 1 seed for the 2013 Central Coast Section Team Tournament. First, the top spot placed the Knights in the bracket opposite of two-time defending champ Monta Vista, which has eliminated Menlo six times in the past 10 years. Second, history favors the No. 1 seed. Since 2003, the top team has won the section title seven times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just happy weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the other side of the draw from Monta Vista,â&#x20AC;? Shine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting two players back and they probably have to be favored.â&#x20AC;? That could be true, despite the fact the Matadors are seeded only No. 3 this season due to having

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NCAA SOCCER . . . Stanford will play host to Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer playoffs on Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m. The 64team NCAA tournament field was announced Monday and Stanford (13-5-1), which has reached the past five NCAA College Cup semifinals, was an at-large selection and most likely will travel if it gets past the Titans (8-6-7), the Big West tournament champions. If the seeds hold, the second and third rounds in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quadrant will be at Pac-12 champion and Cardinal rival UCLA on Nov. 22 and 24. Stanford would play the winner of Furman-South Carolina in the second round and possibly UCLA in the third. Again, based on seeding, Stanford would play at North Carolina in the quarterfinals for the right to advance to the College Cup, Dec. 6 and 8, in Cary, N.C. . . . If the Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team receives a berth into the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years, it has Aaron Kovar to thank for it. Kovar scored a golden goal in the 92nd minute to lift the host Cardinal to a dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 5 California in the Pac-12 finale for both teams on Wednesday night. Kovarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal gave Stanford (3-5-2 in the Pac-12, 9-6-3 overall) some hope of gaining entrance into the NCAA tournament. The team will find out if it did enough when the NCAA selection committee reveals its choices on Monday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we had to win,â&#x20AC;? Kovar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that losing wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an option and I think the guys really had that attitude. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just proud of the guys and the way they rallied in overtime. We just pulled it out one way or another and still did it.â&#x20AC;? In the latest RPI rankings released Monday, Stanford ranked No. 41, though the win over the Bears should improve that rating. The Cardinal has played nine games against teams ranked among the top seven in the RPI ratings, with a 2-6-1 record in those games. For the second straight match the Cardinal needed overtime to seal the victory. This time it was Kovar picking up a loose ball and weaving his way into the box from 30 yards out, through four defenders before scoring.

M-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (L-R) Taylor Fortnam, Katie Beebe and Madeleine Baier hope to lead the Bears to a state meet berth at Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CCS finals.

he Gunn girls have not lost a cross-country meet this season, running to victories in league-wide meets and invitationals. Senior Sarah Robinson, meanwhile, also is unbeaten in all her races. While Robinson is favored to keep her unbeaten streak intact at the Central Coast Section Championships on Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont, the Titans as a team are on shaky ground. With only the top two girls teams in Division I advancing to the CIF State Meet, Gunn is looking at a possible third-place finish behind Monta Vista and Menlo-Atherton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no time standards for the state meet,â&#x20AC;? said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ugh. One of the best teams in CCS will be left ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;xÂŁÂŽ

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or the first time in school history, the Gunn boys and girls will head into the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs together as league champions. Both teams earned that distinction on Saturday as they captured their respective SCVAL De Anza Division playoff titles to wrap up the division’s overall crown. The Gunn girls avenged their only loss of the league season with a resounding 13-2 dunking of Los Gatos while the boys held off rival Palo Alto for a third time this season with their 9-5 triumph. The Gunn boys won the regular-season title with a 12-0 record, the first team in program history to go undefeated with that many wins. The Titans last won a league title in 2005, when Johnson played goalie for Gunn. Palo Alto will get a chance to avenge that loss and beat Gunn for the first time this season when the rivals meet Saturday in the second round of the CCS Division I playoffs at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose at 2:30 p.m. Palo Alto advanced to the quarterfinals with a solid 16-7 win over No. 12-seeded Pioneer on Tuesday night.

The No. 5-seeded Vikings (23-5) got three goals each from Winston Rosati and Lucas Novak as eight players scored and every member of the team played. Matt Abbott, Andrew Josefov, Kian McHugh and frosh-soph callup Justyn Cheung all added two goals each for Paly. Fourth-seeded Gunn (20-6) is in the midst of its first 20-win season since 2005. The Titans last won a CCS title in 1995. Palo Alto last captured a section crown in 1997. The Gunn girls (20-6) were seeded No. 2 in Division I and will open CCS action Saturday at home against No. 7 Pioneer (21-6) at 10 a.m. The Titans should be riding plenty of momentum after dominating Los Gatos as Gunn senior Caroline Anderson tallied eight goals. Also playing at Gunn on Saturday is No. 4 Menlo-Atherton (16-8), which opens against No. 5 Mitty (15-7) at 11:30 a.m. The Division II brackets are

highlighted by the defending champion Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls. The SHP boys (23-3) are the No. 1 seed and rightfully so. The Gators captured the West Catholic Athletic League regular-season and playoff title, the latter coming Saturday night in a 12-8 win over Bellarmine as junior Michael Swart tallied four goals and fellow juniors Will Conner and Nelson Perla-Ward added three each. Goalie Philippe Marco had 10 saves. SHP opens its title defense Saturday at Valley Christian against No. 9 Santa Cruz (17-8) at 1 p.m. Second-seeded Menlo School (21-3) will take on No. 7 Saratoga (23-2) at 11:30 a.m. In the girls’ Division II bracket, six-time defending champ Sacred Heart Prep (19-7) opens Saturday at Christopher School in Gilroy against No. 8 Santa Catalina (15-5) at 9:30 a.m. At the same site, No. 3 Castilleja (12-7) takes on No. 11 Sobrato (20-6) at 12:30 p.m. N

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The junior golfer shot an even-par 73, which included the first ace of her career, while winning individual honors and leading the Vikings to second place at the NorCal Championships and into the state finals.

The senior running back carried 28 times for 239 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 7, 56, 8 and 55 yards to pace Priory to a 5622 win over Pinewood that clinched the MTAL title and an unbeaten season at 9-0.

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Caroline Anderson Gunn water polo

Madeleine Baier Menlo-Atherton cross country

Aashli Budhiraja Palo Alto tennis

Sarah Robinson*

Gunn cross country

Liz Yao Menlo tennis

Brian Keare* Menlo-Atherton football

Philippe Marco Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Lucas Matison Palo Alto cross country

Michael Swart* Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Coby Wayne* Gunn water polo

Anthony Zunino Gunn water polo * previous winner

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lost five times during an injuryplagued campaign. Thus, the Matadors could still prove to be that big thorn in Menlo’s side. In fact, the last time the Knights were seeded No. 1 — in 2003 — they were upset by Monta Vista in the title match. That’s how unpredictable this year’s CCS tournament could be. “I guarantee the seeds won’t go as planned,” said Shine. “You’re going to see a lot of upsets and 4-3 matches. It should be exciting.” Menlo did its part in keeping the playoffs interesting with a 5-2 win over visiting Hillsdale on Wednesday in second-round action. Hillsdale was a co-champ in the PAL Bay Division this season with Carlmont. Menlo, however, defeated the Knights, 5-2, on Sept. 27. Still, Shine acknowledged, “We have a tough draw.” The other seeded teams in Menlo’s bracket are No. 4 Los Altos, No. 5 St. Ignatius and No. 8 Mitty. Menlo has yet to play any of them this season. “It’s really loaded,” Shine said of the playoff bracket. “The top teams have come down and there’s more parity. A lot of schools have a shot. It should be exciting. I hope we can fulfill our seed.” Shine wasn’t too surprised at receiving the No. 1 seed, as the Knights compiled the best record in the CCS at 21-1 and didn’t lose to anyone in the section. The only loss, 4-3 to Buchanan, came in finals of the California Classic in September. The Knights have won 19 straight since then, heading into Friday’s quarterfinals against visiting Mitty (18-3) at 2 p.m. The semifinals will be Monday with the championship match next Wednesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos starting at 1:30 p.m. Menlo is looking for its first berth in the finals since 2006 and its first title since 2005. “We definitely have a shot at it,” Shine said. “We’ve gotten people back from nagging injuries . . . I feel good about how we’re play-

Monta Vista is projected to win the title easily with 52 points. Based on best times run at Crystal Springs this season, Gunn ranks second to Monta Vista while Menlo-Atherton is fourth behind Mountain View. So, anything could happen Saturday. Palo Alto sophomore Bryn Carlson has the No. 9 time (18:53.7) going into the meet and could earn a state meet berth with a similar finish. The Vikings sent Katie Foug to the state finals last year. She currently ranks No. 25. While the boys’ Division I race will be competitive, it won’t have that local showdown as in the girls’ race. Bellarmine, Carlmont and Homestead rank 1-2-3 in the CCS and are expected to finish in that order. Palo Alto ranks sixth, Gunn eighth and Menlo-Atherton ninth. Palo Alto junior Lucas Matison, however, comes in with the fastest time (15:29.7) and will battle for individual honors and a state meet berth. M-A senior Zach Plante ranks No. 13 and likely would have to move up in order to advance to the state meet in Fresno on Nov. 30. Other local teams in the running for state berths include the Menlo girls in Division IV, Sacred Heart Prep boys in Division IV, plus the Priory girls and boys in Division V. Menlo, which has no seniors, is led by junior Lizzie Lacy (No. 5 in 18:39.7) and sophomore Zoe Enright (No. 6 in 19:01.8). The SHP boys are led by junior Daniel Hill (No. 3 in 16:17.4). The Gators, however, are listed as the No. 5 team with only three advancing. Pinewood junior Nicole Colonna has the top girls’ time in Division V at 19:00.7, but Priory is favored for the title with sophomores Hana Marsheck (No. 3 in 19:31) and Maria Naclerio (No. 4 in 20:26.8) leading the way. The Priory boys are big favorites in Division V with junior Ross Corey bringing the No. 1 time (16:38.6), senior Chris Gregory with the No. 3 time (16:48.8) and senior Johnny Trudelle the sixth best in 16:58.8. N came the fourth player since 2009 to eclipse 1,000 career rushing yards. Gaffney has more rushing touchdowns (13) this season than yards lost (10). He has lost yardage on just six carries. His school-record 45 rushing attempts against Oregon were the most by an FBS running back since 2010 and his 24 first-half attempts are the most in a first half by an FBS player this season . . . senior free safety Ed Reynolds was named among nine semifinal candidates for the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and senior defensive tackle David Parry is among 53 candidates for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. N


or less, including the past three. The Cardinal, coming off its 26-20 victory over Oregon on Nov. 7, is aware a letdown against the Trojans would be disastrous to its Pac-12 title hopes. The contest is just as important to USC (4-2, 7-3), which is a game behind Arizona State for the Pac12 South Division lead. Following their schizophrenic start to the season, the Trojans have cured themselves into a genuine threat. “They’re healthy. Their receivers are healthy and they are two explosive athletes,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “They’ve settled on a quarterback and he’s playing with some confidence now. He makes good decisions. They have a bevy of running

were by 4-3 scores. The Vikings also earned a 4-3 win over Monta Vista, which was missing a key player or two at the time. “This year represents the culmination of four years of team building,” said Paly coach Andy Harader, in his 11th season with the Paly girls. “We have seven seniors on the team — six are starters and represent, with the exception of (freshman) Avanika (Narayan), the top seven spots. Next year we go back to the beginning.” Palo Alto started the season 12-0 before dropping a 4-3 decision to Monta Vista. The Vikings also have won their share of close ones while compiling their best record since going 21-4 and losing to Saratoga in the 2008 CCS semifinals. “I will say the Paly girls have won some close matches and that says a lot about their maturity and perseverance,” Harader said. Palo Alto has not played in a CCS title match since 1981, when the Vikings won it all. Next up for Palo Alto will be a quarterfinal match Friday at No. 2 Saratoga. N

backs who are all very efficient. They run the ball well. They’re playing well up front on the offensive line.” USC also ranks third in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 19.6 points per game, just behind Stanford’s 19.4. “Team effort,” Skov said. “It takes all 11 guys who take the field and the other 8 or 9 guys who come in.” The Trojans are second in total defense (339.0), following by Stanford (349.3). Only Stanford has a better rushing defense than USC. “They’ve been good defensively all season,” Shaw said. “They have a good scheme that suits their talents.” The Trojans are the conference’s best in denying opponents on third downs (.327), a few percentage points ahead of second-

place Stanford (.341). “We have to get ready for all the blitzes they have shown this season,” Shaw said. The Trojans rank second in the Pac-12 with 31 sacks (in 10 games), one more than Stanford (in nine games). The Cardinal is better, in fact the best, at preventing sacks, allowing nine total. USC has given up 23. USC represents Stanford’s final road contest of the regular season. By winning out, the Cardinal assures itself of hosting the Pac-12 title game, with a berth in the Rose Bowl at stake. Stanford’s defense got a boost against the Ducks when Henry Anderson returned to the team. He could not have scripted it any better. “It felt really good,” he said. “During my whole rehab process I was kind of looking at the Oregon

game to come back for.” NOTES: Skov has been named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America. Stanford’s fifth-year senior is sharing the weekly honor with Duke defensive back DeVon Edwards. Skov also was named the Pac12 Defensive Player of the Week . . . senior running back Tyler Gaffney is among 10 semifinal candidates for the Doak Walker Award, named for three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Gaffney (1,834) is the third Stanford player since 2009 to record at least 1,000 career rushing yards, joining Toby Gerhart (3,522) and Stepfan Taylor (4,300). Gaffney had 157 yards against Oregon. Senior Anthony Wilkerson (1,146) be-



ing . . . (but) there’s just that unpredictability with high school girls.” This season saw a three-way tie in the West Catholic Athletic League, a two-way tie in the PAL Bay Division and a two-way tie in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Menlo was the only team to win an outright championship, in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division). The Knights won their 208th straight league dual match, an ongoing state record, to cap a 10-0 WBAL season. Menlo hasn’t lost in league play since 1993. Shine, meanwhile, won his 400th with the Menlo girls and now stands at 412-74 in his 18th season. The number on Shine’s mind presently, though, it eight. Should the Knights win three more times, it will be Menlo’s eighth CCS title in girls’ tennis. Menlo could get some help from Palo Alto in the upper bracket, as the No. 7-seeded Vikings are (18-5) after winning their secondround match on Wednesday, 7-0, over R.L. Stevenson. Of the five losses that Paly has suffered, four

home.” Gunn certainly isn’t lacking in motivation or momentum. The Titans finished seventh at CCS last year when Robinson did not run due to physical problems. This season has been a complete turnaround for Robinson and Gunn, who ran off with the SCVAL El Camino Division individual and team titles last week. Monta Vista, however, won the SCVAL De Anza Division crown and Menlo-Atherton took the Peninsula Athletic League Championship meet. Thus, the CCS finale looms as quite a showdown in the girls’ Division I race. “The girl’s race is going to be good,” said M-A co-head coach Eric Wilmurt. “I’m sure all teams will be ready on Saturday; no one is going to lay down.” Gunn, however, might not be 100 percent healthy. “We are dealing with some big health issues, which might be too big to overcome — given M-A’s strong finish,” Plumer said. Based on projections of runners’ best times from the league finals by Lynbrook coach Hank Lawson, Robinson is the overwhelming favorite with her 17:04 clocking on the 2.95-mile layout at the league meet. Gunn freshman Claire Hu ranks 12th, sophomore teammate Gillian Meeks ranks 20th, sophomore Maya Miklos is No. 27 and sophomore Sherry Zhou is No. 28. That adds to 88 points. Menlo-Atherton, however, is projected to have 85 points. Sophomore Madeleine Baier leads the way in sixth (18:41.6), sophomore Katie Beebe is 10th, senior Taylor Fortnam is 122nd, senior Annika Roise is 23rd, and sophomore Annalisa Crowe is 24th. Clearly, Gunn’s final two scorers need to finish ahead of M-A’s final two or three for the Titans to have a chance of advancing as a team. Ironically, a third state meet berth was added for Division I boys this year but not for the girls.

Palo Alto senior Aashli Budhiraja helped the No. 7 Vikings open the CCS Team Tournament in tennis with a 7-0 win over RLS.

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