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Vol. XXXV, Number 12 N December 27, 2013


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Palo Alto’s year of disruptions How residents created a turbulent year for City Hall by Gennady Sheyner hen Mayor Greg Scharff ways to pay for fixes of its flagchaired his first City ging infrastructure, give the Council meeting in Jan- city’s masses ultra-high-speed uary, he referred to 2013 as the access to the Internet, figure “year of the future,” a year when out what to do about the lease of the city would take giant strides in Cubberley Community Center in tackling long-term problems and south Palo Alto, and provide remake big decisions that would lief to downtown residents whose shape it for decades to come. streets have become de facto The city was to come up with parking lots for commuters.


It would be the year when the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, the crown jewel of the $76 million bond voters approved in 2008 and the city’s largest infrastructure projects in decades, would finally open. But things didn’t go as planned, and by the time December came around, the council’s focus was no longer on chasing dreams. Instead, it was on fixing a political system that many in the city have come

to see as broken, highlighted by a citizen revolt that in many ways defined 2013 in Palo Alto. To be sure, the year that Scharff dubbed “Lucky ‘13” in January brought its fair share of proud achievements, national plaudits and successful initiatives, from the hugely successful National Day of Civic Hacking, which turned downtown Palo Alto into a festival of gizmos, gadgets and TED-style talks, to the council’s adoption of a

carbon-neutral electricity portfolio, a Holy Grail of energy sustainability that very few cities have been able to reach. (See sidebar.) Despite these accomplishments, 2013 was largely a year of disruptions. Time and again, Palo Alto citizens rose up to demand change and challenge their leaders’ decisions, with varying degrees of success. (continued on page 8)


The world at Palo Alto’s doorstep New initiatives and a few surprising events gave Palo Alto international recognition in 2013


alo Alto made several forays into the international limelight in 2013, building new overseas business relationships and becoming a hub for foreign real-estate investors. The city also played a role in a few unexpected events that thrust it onto the world stage. The year’s events, in addition to signaling that Palo Altans are “not in Kansas anymore,” are sure to have a major influence on the city’s economic and cultural growth in the coming decades.

Palo Alto boosted its international clout While the hyperlocal problems of parking and traffic dominated City Council agendas, this has been a year filled with jetlag and passport stamps for council members. In October, Vice Mayor Shepherd took her second trip to Shanghai in a year to attend the “Smart City Symposium,” an event focused on sustainabil-

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ity and featuring elected officials and members of various regional boards. Local students also got to spend some time in Shanghai as part of a new “smart partnership” between Palo Alto and the Yangpu district of Shanghai. For Palo Alto, the concept of a “smart partnership” is novel. Unlike its “sister city” program, the new deals focus on sustainability and technology rather than cultural exchanges. In August, the council held a wide-ranging discussion about its various international partners and agreed to sign such an agreement with the German city of Heidelberg. The non-binding agreement states that the goal is to “exchange ideas and value, especially in the areas of environmental sustainability and innovation-driven economic development.” The two cities, the agreement states, will ultimately seek to “create mutual programs with measurable results.” In October, Mayor Greg Scharff and City Manager James Keene No amount of PR is going to clean up that mess. pÊ/ÀˆÃ…Ê >ۈÃ]Ê«>Ài˜Ì]ʜ˜Ê̅iÊ*>œÊÌœÊ ÃV…œœÊ`ˆÃÌÀˆVÌʅˆÀˆ˜}Ê >ʘiÜÊf£xäÊVœ““Õ˜ˆV>̈œ˜ÊœvwViÀ°

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Merrill Newman, with his wife, Lee, at his side, speaks to reporters after arriving at the San Francisco Airport on Dec. 7. The Palo Alto resident had been detained in North Korea for six weeks and charged with “war crimes.” took a trip to Heidelberg and to one of Palo Alto’s six sister cities, Enschede, Netherlands. At a council meeting later that month, Scharff recapped the trip and said the main message he took back was how much other cities, from China to Europe, want to be like Palo Alto, particularly when it comes to the city’s startup culture and sustainability efforts.

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“It’s really interesting to see how much they look up to Palo Alto as a world leader in all of these items,” Scharff said. — Gennady Sheyner

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We thought we were getting a Tesla, but we ended up with an Edsel. — Neilson Buchanan, a Downtown North resident, on the Palo Alto City Council’s proposed parking-permit program for neighborhoods. See story on page 5.

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What’s the most bizarre thing that happened in or around Palo Alto in 2013? The news items below have been selected by Palo Alto Weekly staff for their weirdness and zaniness. Don’t try this stuff at home. THE CHECHEN CONNECTION ... Stefan Dombovic, 21, was arrested April 21 after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed down an embankment, following a car chase. He pleaded not guilty to quite a list of offenses: robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, car burglary, possession of stolen property and reckless driving. “He was ordered out of the car, and he yelled to the officers in a Russian accent, ‘This has nothing to do with Boston,’� said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Dombovic, a Chechen who lives in Palo Alto, was arrested less than two weeks after Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev detonated home-made bombs at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Mass., killing three and injuring more than 250. The officers found 129 pieces of mail in Dombovic’s car from 18 local addresses. The Sheriff’s Office report adds that Dombovic “forcibly entered� three mailboxes, using a baseball bat. The bizarre string of incidents began when a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy reading in his bedroom heard a car come down the driveway of his home and park near his room. He went outside, saw a man rummaging through his father’s vehicle and asked the man what he was doing. Dombovic allegedly yelled and charged at the boy with an aluminum baseball bat, hitting him in the shoulder, Guidotti said. Dombovic then allegedly fled in a sport utility vehicle and was driving on the wrong side of the road with the car lights off when deputies spotted him. A car chase followed, with Dombovic’s car accelerating to 60 miles per hour, Guidotti said. Deputies “determined that he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage,� the Sheriff’s Office reported. SEAL FEVER ... A baby harbor seal that was stranded in the water of the Palo Alto harbor was rescued by Palo Alto Animal Services April 9, prompting a rash

of adorable photos and articles in local papers (yes, the Weekly was guilty, too). The 14-pound pup was caught up against the harbor’s flood gate at high tide. A hiker heard the pup’s cries as the seal bobbed up and down near the concrete wall, its head periodically disappearing under the water, Animal Services Officer William Warrior said. Climbing down the flood gate, Warrior and another officer lifted the blackand-silver pup out of the water using a net and brought the seal to the Wildlife Rescue Center in Palo Alto. Jim Oswald, a spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, said the female pup, which they named Floodgate Dolly, was about 5 weeks old but not in good health. Harbor seal pups are weaned from their mothers when they’re between 4 and 6 weeks. Weeks after the local media’s baby seal fever broke, however, Floodgate Dolly died. A MODEST PROPOSAL ... An April report from Palo Alto’s independent police auditor had no smoking guns or damning allegations, but it did contain an incident involving a dating faux pas committed by an unnamed officer. The officer responded to a call in 2012 involving a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. On scene, the officer was told the woman had drunk alcohol that evening, and the man was concerned about her ability to drive. She ended up taking a cab, and no criminal charges were filed. The following day, the man and the woman met up and patched things up. They were both embarrassed by the incident and by the fact that they had inconvenienced the police. According to the report, the woman contacted one of the officers involved “to express her remorse about the incident.� He was out, and she left a voicemail message with her cell number. Several days later, she received a text message from the officer. “Drinks?� it read. That’s when things got a little awkward. According to the report, the woman was offended (“It had not been her intention to cultivate a personal relationship with the officer�) and filed a complaint against the cop, who was then counseled by department man-



Palo Alto’s accomplishments, civic trends in 2013 Healthy economy, ongoing infrastructure problems characterize busy year by Gennady Sheyner At the end of 2013, I want its laurels in 2013. In a year full of us all to be able to look back political speed-bumps and setbacks, and say, ‘Wow, we accom- the City Council came away with a plished a lot,’� Palo Alto Mayor long list of accomplishments. Greg Scharff said at the beginIt succeeded in greatly expandning of the year. ing the city’s public-art program, And surely, by many measures requiring for the first time that priit’s been a productive and prosper- vate developers contribute to Palo ous year. Alto’s art scene. It extended a ban Outsiders have taken notice. In on smoking to every local park and November, the website Livability. began exploring new smoking recom ranked Palo Alto as the na- strictions downtown; mandated that tion’s top city to live in. At around every new home be pre-wired for the same time, the think-tank Center electric-vehicle chargers; created for Digital Government designated new penalties for residents whose Palo Alto the nation’s top digital languishing “mystery projects� city in its population category. The (that is, stalled home renovations) year was as kind to the Palo Alto bring blight to city blocks; banned brand as it was to the local economy vehicle habitation in response to and to property values. complaints from neighborhoods, The council didn’t exactly rest on especially adjacent to Cubberley



New buildings, better budgets dominate school news in 2013 Calendar issue resolved, but board contends with facilities, counseling by Chris he Palo Alto school district opened dozens of new classrooms across town in 2013 and toyed with opening at least one entirely new school. And a local family stepped forward to fund a $20 million state-ofthe art athletic center for Palo Alto High School, where they have sent three generations of students. Those were some of the highlights in local education in 2013. Even as the school district contended with multiple complaints filed through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (see story on page 8), Palo Alto students continued to rank highly on standardized tests, and the share of local students graduating with a four-year college-prep curriculum inched


Kenrick up to 85 percent. But the district battled an ongoing achievement gap as it prepared to stiffen graduation requirements for all students — except for those who negotiate “alternative requirements� — beginning with the graduating class of 2016. Three issues — facilities planning, high school counseling and the academic calendar — remained enduring concerns of the Board of Education throughout 2013. One of those, the calendar, was resolved in December, when the Board of Education approved district-wide calendars through 201617. A key feature of the new calendars is that the first semester will continue to end before the December-holiday break, as was tested for the first time this last year.


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Community Center (though it also agreed Dec. 16 to freeze enforcement of the ban for a year); shut down community centers at night; and approved new master plans to create citywide wireless and fiberoptic systems. The local economy continued to blossom, with tax revenues in just about every category climbing steadily and the budget picture looking sunnier than it did even before the 2008 recession. Hotel-tax revenues jumped by an astonishing 57 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 (July through September), when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales taxes showed a 48 percent jump, prompting city staff to revise their budget projections. All of this was great news. Yet when it comes to preserving the quality of life of city residents and making progress on the most urgent priorities, 2013 brought its fair share of disappointments. Library patrons are still waiting for the city’s new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center to open its doors. The project has seen so many construction mishaps, missed deadlines and failed

inspections that Public Works officials have given up on predicting the opening date. In November, when it became clear that the city’s hapless and embattled contractor, Flintco, will miss another deadline, officials sent the company a “notice of default.� In mid-December, the city began discussions with Flintco’s surety company about supplementing Flintco’s undermanned crews or terminating the contractor entirely, which could further delay the long-deferred grand opening of the city’s largest library. When it comes to the city’s faltering infrastructure, the council remains uncertain about funding repairs with a 2014 bond measure. Polls of voters showed that a new police headquarters, the city’s top infrastructure priority, is unlikely to garner the two-thirds voter support needed for a bond to pass, and Jay Paul Company’s withdrawal of its development proposal eliminated one avenue for getting the police headquarters built. The council’s Infrastructure Committee held extensive debates about different funding sources and possible bond pack-

The board continued to monitor high school counseling services after a number of parents complained that different counseling models at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools resulted in services that were not comparable. The parent group We Can Do Better Palo Alto persistently called on the board to order Gunn to adopt Paly’s counseling model, in which 40 “teacher advisers� augment a small professional counseling staff. A Gunn committee of parents, school staff and students representing all sides of the touchy issue issued a 104-page report in March with 40 recommendations. The recommendations did not include adoption of a teacher advisory system. Gunn Principal Katya Villalobos said the counseling reforms would take several years to implement. At year’s end, counselors from the district’s five middle and high schools reported they had been conferring to agree on a common “framework� for counseling and activities and outcomes. The counselors said they would return to the board in March 2014 with reports. With school enrollment growing — but a tad slower than ex-

pected in the past two years — the school board hesitated this year on its plan to open a 13th elementary school. An original plan to make a decision on location and programming for a new school by May 2013 was pushed off for a year after headcount growth in 2012-13 came in on the low end of projections. The postponement came after a 12-member citizens advisory committee recommended a new elementary school be opened at 525 San Antonio Ave., combined with the adjacent Greendell campus. The board recently voted on a timetable to make an elementaryschool decision by the end of the current school year. After years of tight budgets, the Palo Alto school district loosened the purse strings in 2013 as property-tax revenues, boosted by a booming real-estate market, rose more than 6 percent yearly for two years running. Teachers and all staff except for Superintendent Kevin Skelly got two raises. The first, a 3 percent raise plus 1.5 percent bonus, was awarded in May, retroactive to fall 2012. The second, approved this month, provided an

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ages. As the curtain closes on 2013, a hotel-tax increase stands out as the most promising source for funding infrastructure, but the city remains without a concrete plan for a 2014 election. The biggest infrastructure accomplishment came this year in the form of street repairs, an area where the city had more than doubled its budget two years ago. This year, the city resurfaced more than 36 lane miles, an accomplishment Scharff said will allow the city to reach its 10-year goal of excellent street-condition scores “much sooner than we anticipated.� In his final written message of the year, Scharff called 2013 a year “of action and progress� and said that the city has “accomplished or laid the ground work to complete almost everything I called for in my State of the City address.� Whether other city leaders share this view depends on many factors, including their definition of “almost.� The council may claim that it “accomplished a lot� in a politically charged atmosphere. But with so much business left undone and a council election looming, it has set itself up for an even busier 2014. N additional 4 percent raise for 2013-14 plus a 2 percent bonus. The district also restored some programming that earlier had been cut, including discretionary funds for principals. A major push by Skelly and the board to beef up professional development led to a $5 million, three-year commitment to improve programming for teachers and to help them implement the new Common Core State Standards, which begin their rollout in California schools this year. Two new principals took the reins this year following Paly’s Phil Winston’s decision to return to teaching and the reassignment of Terman Middle School’s Katherine Baker to become the district’s director of secondary education. Kim Diorio was named in July to become principal of Paly, and Pier Angeli La Place, a longtime administrator at JLS Middle School, became principal at Terman. In East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood School District, Superintendent Maria De La Vega retired in June and Gloria Hernandez, a longtime school administrator in the Sacramento area, was named to the head job. N

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This was the year of citizen engagement and enragement, of sweeping proposals, widespread frustrations and clipped ambitions. The uproar over parking shortages downtown spread to other sections of the city. The public tide swelled and turned against massive office developments that exceed the city’s zoning code and affect quality of life. Residents, with support from a minority of council members, took a stand against the latest architecture trends. Economic tranquility was overshadowed by political turbulence. And time and again, things didn’t go as city officials expected — or at least hoped.

The orchard revolution


he year’s biggest surprise, and the clearest case of citizen-led disruption, was the battle over a planned development of low-income apartments and market-rate homes on Maybell Avenue. What began in the spring as a disagreement over road safety along the crowded school route morphed over the summer into a citywide revolt against oversized developments intruding on residential neighborhoods. It culminated in a fall referendum election, known as Measure D, that shook up the city’s development process and prompted a winter soulsearching for city officials about the future of local development. Opponents of the proposed hous-

ing project, which was to include 60 apartments for low-income seniors and 15 single-family homes (the council later reduced the number to 12), in the spring asked the City Council to retain the land’s existing lower-density zoning. Many criticized the council for loaning $5.8 million to the nonprofit developer, Palo Alto Housing Corporation, in 2012 for the purchase of the 2.4-acre site. Others pointed to the city’s inclusion of the 60 proposed apartments in its state-mandated inventory of affordable-housing, which created an impression that the project’s approval was predetermined. The council’s unanimous vote in June to approve the higherdensity zone change did little to dent that impression. That’s when the Green Acres

neighborhood skirmish became a citywide issue. Sympathetic residents from Downtown North and land-use watchdogs from College Terrace joined the opposition, as did critics of the city’s controversial “planned community” zoning, which allows developers to exceed the city code in exchange for negotiated “public benefits.” Residents who worried about new buildings throughout town and the traffic and parking problems they could trigger also opposed the Maybell development. By July, opponents had secured nearly 4,000 votes for a referendum on the council’s approval, far more than was needed to send the issue to a vote. On Nov. 5, an Election Day few had seen coming just four months prior, voters

struck down the council’s vote by about 2,000 votes, with nearly 8,500 residents opposing the measure and 6,500 supporting it. The Maybell development was halted. For people like Cheryl Lilienstein and Joe Hirsch, leaders of the “Vote Against D” campaign, the Election Day message was evident: Residents want city leaders to listen to them and respect the zoning code. “Voters sent a very clear message that Palo Altans don’t like what is routinely being approved by City Hall and all of its various bodies,” Hirsch told the council on Dec. 2, at a meeting on the “Future of Palo Alto” that Scharff and City Manager James Keene arranged, largely in response to the Measure D vote. For the City Council, the resi-


School district, higher education turned upside-down Federal investigation rattles Palo Alto school district


hile Palo Alto residents took issue with the city over development and traffic problems, other disruptive forces turned local educational institutions on their heads this year.

Office for Civil Rights investigates district


federal civil-rights agency disrupted life for leaders of the Palo Alto school district in 2013. Spurred by the family of a disabled Palo Alto middle school student, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the district’s handling of the ongoing bullying of the student. In December 2012, the agency — which is charged with enforcing civil rights laws in schools and universities — found that Terman Middle School administrators had violated the student’s civil rights in their mishandling of the bullying. For nearly a year since then, the district has been struggling to reform its policies that deal with complaints of bullying. As of this month, however, it has yet to finalize new procedures, which was among the conditions it agreed to in order to resolve the federal case. Had it not been for the student’s family, who shared the resolution agreement with the Palo Alto Weekly, the public may not have known about the investigation and resulting conditions placed on the district. The Board of Education itself was largely unaware of the scope of the investigation and resolution agreement, having been told by Superintendent Kevin Skelly in December 2012 in such a perfunctory manner that the board didn’t even discuss the report. In February, Skelly apologized to board members for failing to inform them fully.

“When this thing came out I informed you about it, but I didn’t give you the report or share the findings of the Office for Civil Rights group, and I should have done that, bottom line,” he said. “From a transparency issue, I blew it.” Despite calls this year for a board discussion of “what went wrong” in the Terman case, such a discussion was never put on the agenda. Critics have accused the school board and Skelly of footdragging on revising its bullying policies and resisting the federal enforcement. The district has said it needs time to strike the right balance between protecting victims and not criminalizing matters that are properly resolved in the principal’s office. “The realm of incidents that used to be handled purely verbally and privately is shifting into a realm that’s being recorded and tracked, so it’s important to get it right,” board President Barb Mitchell said. The issue is set to be taken up again in January, either by the full board or by its two-member Policy Review Committee. Meanwhile, other Palo Alto families have filed Office for Civil Rights complaints against the district, several of which remain pending. In June, the Office for Civil Rights opened its own investigation at Palo Alto High School, saying it had “received information that (Paly) has not provided prompt and equitable response to notice of peer sexual harassment, including peer harassment related to sexual assault.” Though the agency did not specify what prompted its investigation, the notice followed the April publication of a six-part story in the student magazine Verde about a “rape culture” at Paly. The

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by Chris Kenrick articles included anonymous accounts of two alcohol-fueled, offcampus sexual assaults of Paly students; interviews with victims of rape and other Paly students; discussion of Paly students; attitudes on victim-blaming and an editorial criticizing the mainstream media’s “sympathetic” portrayal of high-school rapists in Steubenville, Ohio. With concerns about bullying running high among some parents, Skelly and board members also have been charged with excessive secrecy in their work to satisfy the Office for Civil Rights. Until the Weekly complained earlier this month, meetings of the board’s Policy Review Committee, where proposed bullying policies are being hammered out, were not properly noticed to the public as required under the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law.

Internet disrupts higher education


s surely as it has disrupted music, retail and journalism, the Internet in 2013 shook up education, with many of the disrupters emanating from the Palo Alto-Stanford area. The year saw the term “MOOC” (for massive, open online course) grow increasingly common in general usage as online classes offered by local companies Coursera and Udacity, among others, attracted hundreds of thousands of students around the world. Angling to stay on top of the fast-moving and hard-to-predict online education wave, Stanford poured resources and attention into university-wide efforts to test and measure new ways of teaching and learning online. Education technology “is the beginning of a wholesale reorganization of teaching and learning

in higher education,” associate professor of sociology Mitchell Stevens said. “It will very soon be an un-ignorable phenomenon. “This is not the sort of fringe activity of Cambridge and Silicon Valley. This is something that’s going to be reorganizing the entire sector.” In July, more than a dozen presidents of colleges and universities — including the Foothill-De Anza Community College District but not including Stanford — gathered in Palo Alto to brainstorm the future. Schools represented ran the gamut from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania to the large University of Wisconsin system to tiny Bates College in Maine to the upstart, all-online Western Governors University. Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Linda Thor reported that the discussion at the gathering centered on how higher education needs to reorganize to serve students in traditional and new ways, given all the “drivers of change.” “We’re moving away from having faculty that were the conveyers of content to — now that there’s so much more information available — becoming more curators of the content, of helping guide all the sources,” Thor said. She also posed the question: “Are we moving away from students being associated with an individual institution to students aggregating their own educations from a whole variety of sources and players?” Nobody knows for sure. In an October discussion group on “education’s digital future” at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford’s Stevens introduced Foothill-De Anza’s Thor as a pioneer in the field. As president of Arizona’s online-oriented Rio Salado Community College for 20 years, Thor “created the 25-year history

of online learning that Stanford, Harvard and MIT just woke up to and decided they should enter,” Stevens said. Foothill College already offers 20 degrees that can be earned fully online, including associate’s degrees in accounting, business administration, history, music technology, psychology and sociology. In November, Foothill-De Anza was co-recipient of a $16.9 million state grant to pave the way for an online “education ecosystem” that would integrate all 112 of California’s community colleges. The initiative is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to expand online education as a way to boost access, degree completion and transfer to four-year universities for hundreds of thousands of students. Under the envisioned system, California’s 2.4 million community college students will be able to accrue credit through online courses at any number of different community colleges. Regardless of the source of a class, a student’s record will be kept in a single file, avoiding the need to petition for transfer credit. A statewide portal for the classes will be operational by June 2015, with participation by individual community colleges on a voluntary basis. “This will make the records student-centric rather than institution-centric and will automate and simplify the process of transfer, qualification for financial aid and things of that sort,” said Joe Moreau, Foothill-De Anza’s vice-chancellor for technology. The new initiative, said Thor, “is a cutting-edge vision for California. I believe it will transform online learning for millions of community college students.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

dents’ message was at best mixed. Councilwoman Karen Holman saw the election as a sign that residents are dissatisfied with the quality of new developments. Councilman Larry Klein, who has spent 18 years on the council, wasn’t so sure. He listed the various referendums he has lived through, including the ones by which the voters upheld the creation of Oregon Expressway, approved the extension of Sand Hill Road to El Camino Real and shot down a downtown “superblock” proposed by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In some cases, Klein said, the vote supported growth and in others it opposed it. The goal of the council, he said on Dec. 2, isn’t to halt development or try to preserve a small college-town feel that the city hasn’t had for decades but to adjust to growth and strike a balance between development and neighborhood preservation. Though council members talked about reforming the planned-community (PC) zoning process, no one proposed abolishing it. Scharff said that what the city needs is for the community to “buy into the PC process,” acknowledging its potential benefits, rather than fear it. In considering the significance of Measure D, former Mayor Dick Rosenbaum pointed to two enormous development projects whose presence, and the city’s handling of them, primed this year’s citizen unrest: an office-and-theater complex that billionaire philanthropist

John Arrillaga proposed last year for 27 University Ave. and two office buildings that developer Jay Paul proposed for 395 Page Mill Road, a project that also included a new police station for the city. “It was the presence of these projects in the pipeline that made the Maybell referendum a subject of citywide interest,” Rosenbaum said. “The results sent a message to the City Council. You are not going to demonstrate that you have received the message until you direct staff to notify the two applicants that the development climate has changed from what it was when they were encouraged to submit their applications, and they are no longer likely to be approved.” While the council’s Dec. 2 discussion was broad-ranging, it ended with little consensus other than that the conversation should continue in 2014. Developers, for their part, appear to have gotten the message. Arrillaga’s 27 University Ave. has been conspicuously absent from the City Hall agenda in 2013. After a public outcry a year ago about city officials’ secrecy and apparent promotion of this proposal, the council agreed in June to seek community involvement in the creation of a vision for the site near the downtown Caltrain station. At the Dec. 2 meeting, Scharff described Arrillaga’s proposal as “dead.” City officials still talk about creating an “arts and innovation district” at 27 University, but no one seems to

know exactly what that means. Jay Paul’s proposal for Page Mill Road met a more sudden end. After nearly two years of plan revisions and public meetings, the developer decided on Dec. 16 to pull the plug. Residents had been criticizing the proposal for its density, a new traffic study pointed to “significant and unavoidable” delays at key intersections, and embattled council members are heading into an election year in 2014. Then there was that Maybell vote. In its letter withdrawing the application, Jay Paul cited the “current political climate” and pledged to evaluate its options for the site “at some future date.”

Space wars


ntil recently, Paul Machado didn’t know what a Comprehensive Plan was or what “concept plans” are supposed to do. This year, the resident of the leafy Evergreen Park neighborhood near California Avenue was one of many Palo Altans to get a crash course in land use and planning issues. For Machado, much like for Downtown North’s Neilson Buchanan, Professorville’s Ken Alsman and Ventura’s Chris Donlay, the civic engagement was spurred by frustration and anxiety over new developments and their implications for parking and traffic. Frustration over these issues is nothing new in Palo Alto, but 2013 was the year in which citi-



Russ Cohen, executive director of the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, listens to the city’s presentation of a potential parking-permit program for residential neighborhoods in September. Downtown store owners are warning the program could harm their businesses. zens supplemented their complaints with concrete actions. On Dec. 2, Machado told the council that coming to City Hall and learning about housing mandates and zoning laws made him feel frustrated, “like an air-hockey puck.” Yet like many other Palo Altans who became familiar this year with the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s land-use bible, he is doing his part to lessen the potential problems that the new developments could bring. In early fall, he joined the growing citizen movement aimed at measuring the city’s parking problem. Buchanan, a retired El Camino Hospital CEO, led the

charge when he developed and put to use a method for measuring parking problems near his Bryant Street home. Using the you-can’tmanage-what-you-can’t-measure logic, he began cruising around the neighborhood at 6 a.m. and counting the parked cars on each side of the block. He would then repeat the process at lunch time, after downtown workers had arrived. In the end, he had a map showing both the intensity of the parking problem on each block and the boundaries of the areas that were affected. Not surprisingly, most of the blocks were dark red (continued on next page)

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(signifying more than 90 percent occupancy), what Buchanan called “the real color of Palo Alto.” He didn’t stop there. In July, he and his neighbor Eric Filseth unveiled a computer model that shows the parking problem spreading to other neighborhoods, including Crescent Park and Old Palo Alto, as recently approved developments come online and further exacerbate downtown’s parking deficit. Filseth and Buchanan used the city’s recent estimate that downtown had a shortage of about 901 spaces and added up all the new spaces that would become necessary once large and parking-deficient developments such as Epiphany Hotel and Lytton Gateway are built. By 2015, they estimated that the daily parking shortage would rise to 2,500 spaces. Their model, they noted, allows users to adjust methodological assumptions (including the percentage of office workers who would drive and the impacts of local initiatives like the new valet-parking program at the High Street garage) and is applicable to other neighborhoods. Buchanan’s low-tech method for surveying the neighborhood was also eminently exportable. By fall, he had taught the technique to Machado and to Donlay, whose neighborhood just south of California Avenue was inundated by plans for large new developments this year. By the end of the year, Palo Alto’s parking watchdogs had maps detailing the daytime parking troubles in all three neighborhoods. Donlay, who gathered parking data for the Ventura neighborhood, became a regular critic of the plans targeting his neighborhood. In November and December, he attended numerous public hearings on the Jay Paul Company plans for 395 Page Mill Road, and he challenged the developer’s parking estimates. Even though Jay Paul Company withdrew its proposal in mid-December, Donlay’s neighborhoood will soon welcome a nearly blocklong mixed-use building around Equinox Gym, thanks to the council’s approval of the project in November. Two other proposed developments include a four-story “planned community” office building on the corner of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road and a mixed-use building that would replace four dilapidated homes on the 400 block of Page Mill. The citizen outcry over parking shortages, both in years past and this year, has spurred action by the City Council, though by the time 2013 ended solutions remained far beyond the horizon. But the grassroots effort to gather data on parking have lent force to the residents’ arguments. At the Dec. 2 meeting about the city’s future, Scharff lauded Buchanan’s work and acknowledged that parking “is a real problem and it is definitely degrading the quality of life.” The city, he said,

is moving in the right direction, though “slower than I’d like.” This year, Palo Alto hired a parking manager, closed numerous parking loopholes for new developments, discussed ways to fund new garages and began holding outreach meetings on a newly designed “residential parking permit program,” which would extend color zones to downtown neighborhoods and allocate some permits on the residential streets to downtown workers. Yet the year saw no real breakthrough. Though the council was scheduled to get its first look at the long-awaited residential parking-permit program on Dec. 16, its final meeting of the year, the discussion never happened because most of the meeting was taken up by citizens appealing the designs of recently approved downtown buildings. It was a fittingly underwhelming conclusion to a year when many felt not enough was done to solve the parking crisis. Buchanan, for one, wasn’t too enthused about the proposed parking-permit program, which he and several residents from Professorville and Crescent Park criticized in a white paper as too complex and “destined to fail.” “We thought we were getting a Tesla, but we ended up with an Edsel,” Buchanan said as he was heading for the exits during the council’s final meeting of the year.

Clash of the beholders


f parking was one area of civic dissent, local architecture was another. After years of grumbling about the look and feel of new developments — the tightly packed Arbor Real townhouses on El Camino Real; the fortress-like housing development at 801 Alma St.; the supermarket at Alma Village that greets drivers on Alma with its rear end; and the glass, modern four-story office buildings springing up downtown — critics took their disapproval to the next level this year. Douglas Smith, a self-avowed traditionalist when it comes to architecture, led the charge. Over the summer, the downtown resident launched a campaign in defense of arches, columns, stucco façades and other flourishes associated with downtown’s prominent Spanish Revival style. First, he put together an online survey asking respondents to choose their preference among dozens of pairings, each featuring a modern and a traditional building. The admittedly non-scientific survey, which drew more than 900 responses, showed a clear majority favoring tradition over modernity and agreeing with his assessment that the boxy, glassy new developments are incompatible with the traditional buildings designed by Birge Clarke and others. Then he began filing appeals over new downtown projects that he argued are incompatible with the scale and look of surrounding buildings. At the Dec. 9 council meeting, ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®


The disrupters — or the upholders?


n the year when federal contractor Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency secrets and ran off to Russia, Palo Alto saw its own crop of newly minted civic activists, who took on City Hall, the school district and the old ways of doing education. Some may have viewed them as disrupting the status quo, while others may see them as upholding the values that have made Palo Alto great. Here are a few of this year’s activists.

Cheryl Lilienstein and Joe Hirsch It took dozens of volunteers, about 4,000 signatures and about 8,500 “no” votes to shoot down the City Councilapproved housCheryl ing development Lilienstein on Maybell Avenue, but no two residents played a larger role in the citizen revolt than Barron Park residents Joe Hirsch, a former planning commissioner, and Cheryl Lilienstein, a physical therapist. As the spokespeople for the “Vote Against D” campaign, they helped lead their side to deJoe Hirsch cisive victory and prompted the City Council to reconsider the city’s development process.

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Smith emphasized that his appeal of 240 Hamilton Ave. goes beyond the project and pertains to bigger questions over future development. “Will the city develop its unique Palo Alto identity or will it soon be transformed into an anonymous face, like so many others?” Smith asked. The council in both cases upheld the Architectural Review Board’s earlier approval of the developments. During the long discussion of 240 Hamilton Ave., the council majority agreed with Councilwoman Liz Kniss, who celebrated the variety of architectural styles downtown. The council, Kniss said, has made “concerted decisions” over the years to encourage architectural diversity. “We have diversity in our population, we have diversity in what we offer in our stores and our restaurants, and I think we offer diversity in our buildings,” Kniss

expert and the most persuasive speaker on the subject of his neighborhood’s parking shortage. By diligently counting parked cars in Neilson his neighborBuchanan hood at various times of the day and determining how parked up each block is, the former hospital CEO has given city officials and residents a new tool for dealing with the city’s most pressing problem. Other neighborhoods, including Evergreen Park and Ventura, have since adopted his method to document their own woes.

Douglas Smith Call him old-fashioned if you’d like, but Douglas Smith has no love for glassy office buildings that look like they were pulled out of a Cubist painting and that are i n c r e a s i n g ly popping up Douglas Smith in downtown Palo Alto. A proud traditionalist, Smith circulated a survey this year to gauge local views on modern architecture and was happy to see a majority of residents agreeing with him. He concluded the year by appealing two modernist developments. While the City Council ultimately rejected the appeals, his action enabled other residents to join the chorus of criticism and added a spark to the city’s heated debate over design standards, which promises to spill over into 2014. said on Dec. 9. Councilman Larry Klein and Councilwoman Gail Price also spoke in favor of encouraging a wide variety of styles, both traditional and modern. “We are known for our innovation, our creativity, our pride in the history of Palo Alto,” Price said. “But we are also a city of diverse architectural styles, reflecting different periods.” But the effort of Smith and others to disrupt the recent architectural trend toward massive facades and buildings located seemingly at the street’s edge have already had an effect. Dozens of residents attended Smith’s December appeal hearings to voice their frustrations to the council. Others who had long railed about the in-your-face designs of new buildings united earlier in the year with the Vote Against D campaign to oppose the Maybell development. In April, responding to years of residents’ criticism of development,

Family of a bullied middle school student If it weren’t for the family of a disabled Terman Middle School student, a federal investigation into the ongoing bullying of the student may not have come to the public’s attention. In advocating for their student’s needs, the family came forward with a 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that showed the school district failed to protect the student. The documents included an agreement signed by the school disAnonymous trict to improve how it handles bullying complaints, which Superintendent Kevin Skelly hadn’t provided to the Board of Education.

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Online-education innovators Even as Palo Alto onlineeducation companies, such as Udacity and Coursera, continue their push to bring advanced edu- Linda Thor cation to those around the world who otherwise can’t afford traditional university tuition, old-school brick-andmortar universities and colleges are considering how they can keep from being left behind. Linda Thor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District chancellor, welcomed a state grant to create an “educational ecosystem” that will integrate the online offerings of all 112 of California’s community colleges. the council embarked on an effort to change the design guidelines for new buildings on El Camino and Alma streets. In discussing this effort, Councilwoman Karen Holman borrowed Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous description of architecture as “frozen music” and declared that Palo Alto’s recent developments are “out of tune.” Holman was one of four council members — with Scharff, Price and Greg Schmid — who signed a colleague’s memo calling for a “course correction.” The council members acknowledged that several new developments are inconsistent with design guidelines and that this has “generated consternation in the community” and a “strong negative reaction by members of the public.” Progress in this area has been painfully slow and, just like with parking, plenty of consternation remained as the year came to a close. But thanks to local disrupters, residents have plenty of reasons to hope for a better 2014. N ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊÓÇ]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 11


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investment opportunities: A 3,000-square-foot house in Palo Alto for under $4 million would have gone for $20 million in Hong Kong, one buyer reported. Others in China’s rising middle class were seeking educational options for their children. Realtor Ken DeLeon went out and bought a 14-seater Mercedes limo bus to show his potential clients around. DeLeon’s buses tour both Palo Alto and nearby cities, running twice a week. He said he expected Chinese homebuyers to represent 15 percent of local sales in 2013, compared to 5 percent just two years earlier. Many buyers are attracted to new construction — thus increasing the competition for what is already a rarity in Palo Alto. And, Deleon said, the impact of these buyers will be felt for years to come, as they tend to hold onto their properties, thus lowering future inventory even further. — Carol Blitzer

North Korea arrested Palo Altan Merrill Newman The arrest in North Korea of Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Palo Alto grandfather, on Oct. 26 for alleged “war crimes� thrust Palo Alto onto the world stage. Newman and a friend, Bob Hamrdla, took a 10-day tour of the secretive country through a Beijing, China, tourist agency. Newman was curious about the country and sought closure of his Korean War experiences, his family said. The North Koreans saw his visit differently. Newman had



trained the Kuwol, a guerilla group that fought against the North during the war. He was in touch with and had visited exmembers of the troop, who now reside in South Korea, and he had hoped to connect with some of their family members who still live in the North. Although North Korean officials had given him permission to visit the region where they had fought, his guides reported his innocent request to visit Kuwol family members. Newman had a tense meeting with North Korean officials, who grilled him about his war activities. The next day, Oct. 26, just five minutes before his return flight to Beijing was to take off, military officials demanded to see his passport and removed him from the plane. Newman was not heard from for weeks; North Korean officials were silent, and without diplomatic ties, U.S. officials could do little. The U.S. State Department put out a warning against traveling to North Korea, and the international media put the Newman’s Channing House residence on the map. The State Department response was muted; officials tried not to link Newman’s arrest to ongoing disputes over North Korea’s nuclear-weapons and a United Nations resolution condemning the country’s human rights policies. Behind the scenes, the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang worked for Newman’s release and to bring him needed heart medicine. On Nov. 29, North Korean officials formally announced they had Newman, and in a bizarre video and four-page “confession,� Newman admitted his “crimes� and begged for forgiveness. North Korea deported him to Beijing on Dec. 6, and he returned to the Bay Area on Dec. 7. Two

days later, he released a statement that he was coerced into making the apology. — Sue Dremann

A super typhoon brought Palo Alto, Philippines closer Fifty years after forming Palo Alto’s first sister-city relationship, with Palo, Leyte, Philippines, local residents jumped to their sister city’s aid after a devastating natural disaster struck the country. Typhoon Haiyan devastated Palo on Nov. 8, and Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff urged local residents to contribute to relief funds. He also pledged to have the city work together with nonprofit organizations to get money and assistance directly to Palo. The City Council pledged $10,000 for relief efforts, which the nonprofit Neighbors Abroad distributed to two aid agencies in Palo. “As a community we’ve often come together to lend a hand,� Scharff said at the council meeting, which was ceremonially closed in honor of Palo. “I think as a community we really need to come together on this and help out our sister city.� By early December, Neighbors Abroad raised an additional $18,000 for Palo, with a large contribution by the Teen Advisory Board from local high schools through their “Glow for the Philippines� event on Nov. 26. Dozens of doctors, nurses and medical staff from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Hospital and Clinics took time off to render professional assistance in the ravaged country. They flew to Palo and other areas in an ongoing campaign to provide medical aid amid the devastation. — Gennady Sheyner and Sue Dremann

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agement about the inappropriate nature of his text. The audit determined that the department handled the issue “quickly and appropriately.”

CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week.

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff takes on Houston Rockets point guard and former Palo Altan Jeremy Lin at the Mitchell Park Community Center in September.

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Jose on charges of driving under the influence, felony kidnapping, hit and run and delaying and obstructing an officer in an investigation.

report said. Police then took Shippen into custody. The developer is president of Roxy Rapp & Company, located in downtown Palo Alto.

THIEF RAPPREHENDED ... The real estate business lends itself to financial rather than criminal excitement, or at least it’s supposed to. But local developer Roxy Rapp and his son found themselves chasing a thief through Menlo Park streets on Aug. 15. Rapp had reported the theft of a security camera to Menlo Park police on Aug. 14. The camera, taken from Rapp’s new building at 1706 El Camino Real, had managed to download a photo of the culprit before vanishing, according to the report. The next day Rapp and his son spotted the alleged thief on the street. A chase ensued, ending with the capture of 51-yearold David Shippen, of Palo Alto, the

NICE DEFENSE ... NBA standout Jeremy Lin was on the clock Sept. 16 as he faced off against a nervouslooking Palo Alto mayor in front of a crowd of very eager, and very young, onlookers. On a small, new basketball court outside the unfinished Mitchell Park Library, Lin had two minutes to score against the basket’s lone defender. Doing so, city officials had decided, would “initiate” the court, to be played on for many years to come. His first shot, a fade away over the head of steadfast defender Greg Scharff — who wore dress pants

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HOW NOT TO HITCH A RIDE ... A motorist pumping gas at the Shell gas station on Embarcadero Road was kidnapped and forced to drive an allegedly drunk man away from an accident early in the morning of Aug. 1. The incident began at about 1:16 a.m. after an off-duty police officer witnessed a car crashing into a city light pole on West Bayshore Road, just south of Channing Avenue, police Agent Marianna Villaescusa said. The officer stopped to aid the driver and called police units to the scene. Upon seeing the squad cars, the driver, Antonio Jorge Ruiz, 25, of Redwood City, left the location on foot. He approached a driver who had been pumping gas at the Embarcadero Shell Station and asked for a ride. The victim said no and started to roll up his windows. Ruiz allegedly reached into the partially opened rear window, opened the locked door and, once in the back seat, ordered the male motorist to drive. The victim was afraid he would be harmed and complied, Villaescusa said. He drove Ruiz only about 1/4 mile, after which Ruiz jumped out and fled on foot. Police located him in the area and he was arrested. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San

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Call for Entries

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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Reception and exhibit at Palo Alto Art Center in March. $25 entry fee per submission. Youth entry fee is $15. Limit of one entry per category. (For complete rules and entry procedures, visit or call 650.223.6559

Judges: Angela Buenning Filo, David Hibbard, Brigitte Carnochan, Veronica Weber. See judges' bios on website. Entry deadline: January 3, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.

*Palo Alto Weekly employees, sponsors and their employees, and freelancers are not eligible to participate.

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Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund. Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Abilities United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Art in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Breast Cancer Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 California Family Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Cleo Eulau Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Collective Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Community School of Music & Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Community Working Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Creative Montessori Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Downtown Streets Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Family Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Family Engagement Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foothill College Book Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foundation for a College Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Hidden Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Kara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 Magical Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Mayview Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Voices for Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 One East Palo Alto (OEPA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Humane Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500 Peninsula Bridge Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Peninsula College Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Peninsula Youth Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Project WeH.O.P.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Racing Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Raising A Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Silicon Valley FACES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 South Palo Alto Food Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 St. Elizabeth Seton School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,000 TheatreWorks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000


ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since

the Weekly and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, every dollar raised goes directly to support community programs through grants to non-profit organizations ranging up to $25,000. And with the generous support of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga & Peery foundations, your tax-deductible gift will

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home.

be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundation matching gifts. Whether as an individual, a business or in honor of someone else, help us reach our goal of $350,000 by making a generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping kids and families.


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Please make checks payable to: Silicon Valley Community Foundation Send coupon and check, if applicable, to: Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300 Mountain View, CA 94040 The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. A contribution to this fund allows your donation to be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Through Dec. 20, 346 donors have contributed $303,172 to the Holiday Fund 28 Anonymous ................. 105,600 NEWLY Received Donations Charles & Barbara Stevens .......... * John and Margaret Monroe ...... 250 Mark and Virginia Kreutzer ........... * Marc and Ragni Pasturel .......... 200 Ken Schroeder & Fran Codispoti..500 Leo & Marlys Keoshian ................ * Kingsley Jack .......................... 200 Hans & Judith Steiner .............. 100 Sue & Dick Levy ...................... 500 Shela Fisk .............................. 100 Annette Isaacson .................... 100 Ann Mary Pine......................... 300 Dennis Clark ........................... 100 Stephanie Smith ..................... 100 Sandy Jain .............................. 101 Daniel Chapiro ........................ 500 Julie Norman........................... 500 Carol Gilbert ........................... 100 Karen Ewart .............................. 50 Dena McFarland ........................ 50 Jenchyn Luh ............................ 100 Margaret Tracy .......................... 75 John and Ruth Devries ................. * Harry and Diane Greenberg...... 500 Elisabeth Seaman .................. 100 John Wilkes ............................ 300 Ron Wolf................................... 50 David Labaree ......................... 200 In Memory Of Edda Cabrera .............................. * Bill Roth ..................................... * Robert J. Mullen...................... 100 Becky Schaefer ........................... * Emmett Lorey ............................. * Mrs. Katina D. Higbee ................. * Natasha Fong ......................... 200 Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Bleibler Properties .................. 500 Previously Published Donors Irene Beardsley & Dan Bloomberg ................ 200 Michael & Marcia Katz ............. 100 Bjorn & Michele Liencres ...... 1,000 Robert & Connie Loarie ............... * Rosalie Shepherd .................... 100 Markus Asckwanden & Carol Kersten...................... 150 John & Ruth Devries .................... * Chris & Beth Martin..................... * Bonnie Packer & Bob Raymakers..100 David & Karen Backer.............. 250 Gerald & Joyce Barker ............ 100 Bruce F. Campbell ................ 1,000 Keith Clarke ............................ 100 Constance Crawford ................ 800 Boyce & Peggy Nute .................... * David & Diane Feldman ........... 500 Matt Glickman & Susie Hwang ....500 Jane Holland .............................. * Bob & Joan Jack ..................... 250 Eric Keller & Janice Bohman .... 250 Ms. Jan Krawitz ........................... * Lori & Hal Luft............................. * Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith ............. 100 Sandra & Scott Pearson .......... 500 John and Lee Pierce ................ 250 David & Virginia Pollard ........... 300 Don & Dee Price.......................... * Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier ........ * Andrea Smith .......................... 100 Anne and Don Vermeil ................. * Mrs. Marie Viezee ....................... * Lee & Judy Shulman .................... * Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang .............. 200 Laurie T. Jarrett ........................... * Lorraine Macchello .................. 100 Bryan & Bonnie Street ................. * Gary & Dee Ellmann .................. 50 Les and Margaret Fisher .......... 100 Judy Ousterhout .......................... * Mandy Lowell .............................. *

Nina and Norman Kulgein ........ 100 Kathleen & Joseph Hefner ....... 250 Debra Satz and Don Barr ............. * Tobye & Ron Kaye ....................... * Virginia E. Fehrenbacher .......... 100 Zelda Jury................................... * Edward Kanazawa ....................... * Donald and Bonnie Miller ............. * Michael and Lennie Roberts..... 150 Roger Smith ............................ 200 Nanette Stringer ...................... 250 Ralph and Jackie Wheeler ........ 225 Bonnie Berg ................................ * Lucy Berman ........................ 2,000 Micki and Bob Cardelli ................. * Ted and Ginny Chu ...................... * Robyn Crumly ............................ 50 Hoda Epstein .............................. * John & Florine Galen ................... * Margot Goodman ....................... * Stuart & Carol Hansen ................ * Myron and Linda Hollister ........ 100 Jon & Julie Jerome ...................... * Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer .... * Joan B. Norton ............................ * Helene Pier ................................. * Dick and Ruth Rosenbaum ........... * Mike & Ellen Turbow ................ 250 Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein ....... * Fred Kohler ................................ * Amy Renalds ............................... * Suzanne Bell........................... 100 Sally Dudley ............................ 200 David and Nancy Kalkbrenner ....... * Gretchen Hoover ....................... 25 Karen Sundback...................... 500 Marilyn, Dale, Rick & Mei Simbeck ... * Shirley Ely ............................... 500 Patrick Radtke ..................... 2,000 Ralph Britton........................... 250 Charlotte Epstein .................... 100 John Wang .................................. * Cynthia Costell .......................... 50 Hal and Carol Louchheim ............. * Lee Sendelbeck ...................... 100 Faith Braff .............................. 500 Anthony and Judith Brown .......... 50 Luca and Mary CaďŹ ero ................. * Mike and Cathie Foster ............ 500 Jean M. Colby ......................... 200 David & Lynn Mitchell .............. 300 Tom & Patricia Sanders ........... 100 Dorothy Saxe .............................. * John Tang ................................... * Jerry & Bobbie Wagger................. * Annette Glanckopf & Tom Ashton..100 Theodore and Cathy Dolton ...... 350 Eugene & Mabel Dong ............ 200 Herbert Fischgrund ................. 125 Dena Goldberg ........................ 100 Dr. & Mrs. Richard Greene ....... 250 Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak ..500 Harry & Susan Hartzell ............ 200 Walt and Kay Hays .................. 100 Christina Kenrick .................. 1,000 Cathy and Howard Kroymann.... 250 Eve & John Melton .................. 500 Jim and Becky Morgan .......... 5,000 Don & Ann Rothblatt .................... * Dan and Lynne Russell ............ 250 Martha Shirk........................... 500 Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan ............... 1,000 Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow ..100 Denise Savoie & Darrell DufďŹ e .... * Dr. Jody Maxmin .......................... * Van Whitis .............................. 250 Don & Jacquie Rush ................ 300 Michele and John McNellis.. 10,000 J.D. & Renee Masterson .......... 250 Martha Cohn........................... 300 Laura & Bob Cory ........................ * Glenn & Lorna Afeck .............. 100 Jone Manoogian ........................ 50 Felicia Levy ............................. 250 Gwen Luce .................................. * Janis Ulevich ........................... 100 Solon Finkelstein..................... 250 Eric and Elaine Hahn ................... * Teresa Roberts .................... 2,000 Craig & Sally Nordlund ............. 500 Meri Gruber and James Taylor ...... *

Art & Helen Kraemer ................... * Barbara Riper.............................. * Betty Gerard ........................... 100 Bob and Diane Simoni ............. 200 Carolyn and Richard Brennan ....... * Gerald and Donna Silverberg .... 100 Hersh & Arna Shefrin ................... * Jim & Alma Phillips .................. 250 Lawrence Naiman.................... 100 Leif & Sharon Erickson ............ 250 Mr. George Cator ..................... 100 Ray & Carol Bacchetti .................. * Rita Vrhel................................ 250 Steve & Karen Ross .................... * Susan & Doug Woodman ............. * Tad Nishimura ............................. * Tom and Neva Cotter ............ 2,000 Al & Joanne Russell................. 250 Alice Smith ............................. 100 Caroline Hicks & Bert Fingerhut ..100 Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green...100 Jan & Freddy Gabus .................... * Joe and Nancy Huber ............... 100 John & Olive Borgsteadt .............. * Lynn & Joe Drake ........................ * Patricia M. Levin ..................... 100 Robert and Josephine Spitzer... 100 George & Betsy Young ................. * Harriet & Gerald Berner ............... * Hugh O. McDevitt .................... 200 Mary Lorey ................................. * Nancy Steege.......................... 100 Sheryl & Tony Klein ..................... * Sue Kemp .............................. 250 Andy and Liz Coe ......................... * Ben & Ruth Hammett .................. * Hal & Iris Korol ........................... * Jessie Ngai ............................. 100 John and Mary Schaefer .......... 100 Mahlon and Carol Hubenthal ........ * Peter and Beth Rosenthal ............ * Maria Basch ............................. 55 Owen Vannatta ..................... 5,000 Gennette Lawrence ................. 500 The Havern Family ................ 4,500 Brigid Barton .......................... 250 Donald & Adele Langendorf ..... 200 Gil and Gail Woolley ................. 300 Greg & Penny Gallo ................. 500 Hugh MacMillan ...................... 500 Mike and Jean Couch .............. 250 Nancy Hall ........................... 1,000 Page & Ferrell Sanders ............ 100 Peter & Lynn Kidder................. 100 Peter S Stern .............................. * Robert & Barbara Simpson .......... * Scout Voll ................................... * Stephen Berke ............................ * Tom & Ellen Ehrlich..................... * Art and Peggy Stauffer............. 500 Bill Johnson and Terri Lobdell ... 500 Carroll Harrington .................... 100 Richard Zuanich ...................... 200 Daniel Cox .............................. 200 Michael & Frannie Kieschnick....... * Richard Hallsted & Pam Mayerfeld.................... 100 Steve and Nancy Levy .................. * Xiaofan Lin ............................... 50 Diane E. Moore ........................... * Ellen & Tom Wyman ................. 200 Roger Warnke ......................... 300 Stu & Louise Beattie ................... * The Ely Family ......................... 250 Bob & Ruth Anne Fraley ............. 50 Ellen Lillington ........................ 100 Jerry and Linda Elkind ............. 250 Linda & Steve Boxer .................... * Tony & Judy Kramer ..................... * Keith & Rita Lee ...................... 100 Roy & Carol Blitzer ...................... * John & Barbara Pavkovich ........ 200 Tish Hoehl .............................. 100 Don & Ann Rothblatt .................... * In Memory Of Dominic Greening ........................ * Our beloved son Samuel Benjamin Kurland .... 300 Our son Nick ........................... 500 Bob Markevitch ........................... * Ludwig Tannenwald ...................... * Bill Roth ..................................... *

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his year, members of the Palo Alto community lost numerous loved ones, from those who inspired through small acts of kindness to leaders who shaped the way the city looks and works. No list of community leaders who died could be exhaustive, but here are some of those who made their mark, from a founding trustee of Foothill College, to a former mayor, to the “first lady” of Stanford University.

Sandra Brown Eakins Sandra Brown Eakins, a former Palo Alto mayor who left her mark on a wide range of local organizations and programs, died on Jan. 2 after a long illness. She had graduated from Wellesley College in 1959 with a degree in art history and remained an active and devoted alumna. She earned master’s degrees from Boston University and Santa Clara University. She married Gilbert Eakins in 1959 and co-founded EOS (Eakins Open Systems), a computer integration business in 1972. She was active in Palo Alto’s civic affairs for decades, beginning with founding the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association and volunteering with the PTA for her children’s schools. She served on the Palo Alto City Council from 1997-2002, including a term as mayor in 2001. She also served on the Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, Planning and Transportation Commission and the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority. She shared her love of the arts through her service on the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and the board of the Palo Alto Art Center. She was a longtime member and past president of the Palo Alto League of Women Voters and helped organize Smart Voter, an initiative that provides unbiased election information for California voters. A big believer in the arts, she also co-founded New Voices for Youth, a program designed to encourage civic engagement in local high school students by teaching documentary film-making.

Beatrice Hubbard Beatrice Hubbard — untiring volunteer, Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honoree, globetrotter and resident of Palo Alto for more than 65 years — died on Feb. 4. She was 96. She was born and raised in Los

Gatos, and was a direct d e s c e n d e nt of Sa nt a Clara Valley pioneers. She met her future husband, Wesley L. “Bud” Hubbard, in San Jose and eventually relocated to Palo Alto in 1951 to raise their five children. The family was one of the first residents of Fulton Street, the city’s famed “Christmas Tree Lane.” For 50 years, she volunteered with dozens of public and private organizations throughout Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley. She was honored for her service by senior organization Avenidas, a distinction that also earned the active Republican a congressional tribute from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo. She was also an avid gardener and passionate supporter of local arts and culture. Throughout her life, she remained an active member of the Christian Science Church.

Sam Webster Sam Webster was the man behind many significant Palo Alto buildings, from the Garden Court Hotel on Cowper Street to The Hamilton senior-housing condominium. His business, Webster Financial Corp., focused on a wide array of real estate and agriculture investments including senior housing, federally subsidized low-income apartments and pistachio orchards. The 51-year resident of Palo Alto died Feb. 18. He was 95 years old. He was born in Kingston, R.I., in 1918, where he grew up hearing stories about Palo Alto from his father, who had attended Stanford University in 1903. He went on to attend U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he met Kim Sibley, his future wife. The two married in Palo Alto in 1941. He was a 39-year member of the Palo Alto Rotary Club and winner of the Tall Tree Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Lifetimes of Achievement Award from the senior center Avenidas, where he had served on the board. He also was a former board member of the Children’s Health Council and Lytton Gardens III and on the advisory board of the Palo Alto Community Fund.

Suzan Stewart Suzan Stewart, a beloved history and social studies teacher to generations of Palo Alto students, died March 3 after battling cancer. She was 72. She was energetic and passionate, known for her ability to make history and government come alive for students, who recalled spirited discussions in her classrooms. For 42 years she taught in the Palo Alto school system, starting at the old Terman Junior High School before moving to Gunn High School and finally to Palo Alto High. Stewart wrote of her concerns about the competitive culture of Palo Alto schools in letters to the editor published in the Palo Alto Weekly in 2010 and 2011. “For every parent who decries the emphasis on AP classes, there are others who demand more AP and honors classes. “The insecurity of parents regarding the college-admission process makes it highly unlikely that district priorities will change unless prestigious colleges and universities stop emphasizing weighted GPAs, or PAUSD parents stop caring,” she wrote. “The AP ‘rat race’ ... is not the only way to ensure a successful professional future. If parents and students gain this perspective the culture might be more balanced,” she said. She was also active in Democratic politics and in Palo Alto community affairs, serving on the boards of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and Adolescent Counseling Services. Despite her illness, she was deeply involved in a getout-the-vote drive in the 2012 election, her children said.

Robert Smithwick Robert Smithwick was a young dentist in Los Altos in 1956 when he attended early planning meetings for a “junior col lege,” convened by then-Palo Alto Superintendent Henry M. Gunn.

That junior college became Foothill College and the young dentist became a founding trustee who had a strong presence at the Los Altos Hills community college until his death on March 22. He died at his home in Los Altos Hills at the age of 92. Dick Henning, who founded Foothill’s Celebrity Forum Speakers Series in the 1960s, said Smithwick rarely missed a speaker and typically sent a handwritten note afterward, with comments on the talk. “He had this brown paper and small brown envelopes, just for thank-you notes,” Henning told the Weekly in March. “It’s so rare to get hand-written notes these days. He always had a comment and he was always so positive.” Smithwick was married for 60 years to Aileen Lois Russell, who died in 2002. This year, Foothill and its sister institution, De Anza College, enrolled more than 40,000 students.

Mona Ruth Miller

a community member in every sense of the word. Among many other achievements and efforts, the 60-year resident of Palo Alto was involved in her children’s schools’ PTA boards, volunteered at the South Palo Alto Food Closet at its inception, worked for a local crisis hotline in the 1960s and later helped establish Avenidas Village, a program that helps local seniors “age in place” in their homes. She died at 88 on June 25 at her son’s home in Davis, Calif. Her community contributions also included helping at La Comida, a nonprofit that serves lunch to seniors older than 60; working at Friends of the Palo Alto Library book sales; and being an active member of both the Palo Alto Unitarian Church and the Palo Alto Historical Association. She met her husband, Jack, at the Massachusetts Institute of

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Darlene Hightower February 4, 1930 – December 17, 2013 Darlene Hightower, age 83, passed peacefully at home on December 17 with her family at her side. She was born in Minnesota and eventually moved to Palo Alto where she lived the majority of her life and raised her children with her husband William. Darlene will always be remembered for her love and steadfast support of her family as well as her adventurous spirit, having traveled many miles by camper, private plane, and motorcycle with her husband and family. She is survived by her husband William, sister Laverne of Sisters, Oregon, sister Ava of Vacaville, brother Duane of Rocklin; her son William of Palo Alto; her son Mark of San Jose; and three grandchildren, Megan, Ben, and Beth. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, or consider the Scleroderma Foundation, the Scleroderma Research Foundation, or the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. PA I D


Lucius Warren Johnson, Jr. Lucius (Skip) Warren Johnson, Jr. passed away peacefully from cancer at the PA Veteran’s Hospital on May 28, 2013. He was 90. A pleasant gentleman with a sense of humor, he loved photography, horticulture, carpentry, classical music, travel, the outdoors and genealogy. Born on April 7, 1923 in Long Beach, California, Skip’s navy family lived in San Diego, Cape Cod, Washington D.C. and Port Au Prince, Haiti. Skip was stationed in Germany during WWII and then graduated from Cornell University and became an architect. He moved back to San Diego and joined the Sierra Club where he met his wife, Frances Pierson Johnson. They were married on August 10th, 1951. They moved to Palo Alto in 1956.

As a draftsman Skip designed the courtyard of the original YMCA on Ross Road, where the sign on the front of the new building that was a part of his design still stands. Then he worked as a specifications supervisor at the Western Division of Naval Engineering and Command in San Bruno until he retired in 1986. Skip is survived by his daughters Elizabeth Lee, Lucy Cooke and Dorothy Johnson and his grandchildren Dale Johnson and Rowan Lee. PA I D


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Jing Lyman is often referred to as the “first lady� of Stanford University, but she was much more than that. She was instrumental in launching

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the Council meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider an Ordinance to Amend Sections 18.04.030 (DeďŹ nitions), 18.16.060 (CN Zone), 18.18.060 (CD Zone), 18.20.030 (ROLM(E) zone) and Adding Section 18.46 (Reasonable Accommodation) of Title 18 (Zoning) of Palo Alto Municipal Code to Implement 2007-2014 Housing Element programs. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk



the university’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research; was a national figure in community development and women’s economic empowerment; and helped to organize and sustain many groups, from the Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing and the Stanford Midpeninsula Urban Coalition to Women and Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., and the National Coalition for Women’s Enterprise in New York. She was known for being energetic, efficient, generous, laughing frequently and insisting that all visitors wear name tags at Hoover House, the Stanford president’s residence.

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the Council meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, for Council Review and Adoption of an Ordinance for a New Chapter 18.15 (Residential Density Bonus) to include in Title 18 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Implement Government Code Section 65915. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

“Jing knew so many people and so many people knew her that she was fearful lest she momentarily forget someone’s name,� Myra Strober, founding director of the Clayman Institute, said. “It was a metaphor for who she was. She wanted to respect and acknowledge every person as an individual.� Lyman died on Nov. 21 at the age of 88. She had arrived at Stanford in 1958 with her husband, Richard W. “Dick� Lyman, who had accepted a position teaching British history. They had four young children, ages 1 to 8 years, at the time. The family life was bound up with Stanford’s for more than 20 years, as her husband rose through the professorial and administrative ranks. Jing Lyman told the Weekly in a 1998 interview that everyone needs to belong to something larger than themselves. “It’s participation in something bigger than self that we find self,� she said.

 ",ĂŠ- ,6 A memorial service for Luis Farjado, MD, will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

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ooking back through photos taken during 2013, our staff has sifted through thousands to choose those that best captured the events and the mood of the year. Some were political in nature, some reflected leaps in technology, others simply captured people doing what they love. In January, photographer André Zandona flipped perspectives with his black and white photo of Stanford’s synchronized swimming team as they practiced their routine underwater while competing at the U.S. Junior and Senior National Team trials in Santa Clara. A major story that developed over the course of the year began in February when the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ruled that the Palo Alto Unified School District failed to effectively investigate an ongoing case of bullying that targeted a middle school student with special needs. The photo of local parent Elizabeth Lee captures the quiet and reflective mood of the candlelight vigil the group held ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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in February to show their support for the student and to call on the district to do more to stop bullying in schools. Also in February, a group of protestors gathered outside of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s house as he hosted a private fundraising dinner for governor of New Jersey Chris Christie. A photo of Natalie Fowler and other protestors shows the

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group’s efforts to call on Zuckerberg to stop supporting Christie, who cut $7.5 million of spending from family planning in New Jersey. Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff addressed the community in the annual State of the City address, held for the first time at Tesla Motors’ headquarters. Photographer Zandona’s composition places the dim glow and sleek lines of a new Tesla Model S in the foreground as council members and the

silhouettes of those in attendance sat listening to Scharff as he outlined his ambitions for the year. 2013 was a momentous year that advanced the marriage rights for same-sex couples across different states. In April, preceding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn California’s Prop. 8, the Palo Alto City Council passed a resolution opposing Prop. 8 and voiced its support of same-sex marriage. Community Services Department Di-


rector Greg Betts, together with his partner and fellow city employees, showed the city’s solidarity by raising a rainbow flag on the flagpole outside of City Hall. Google released a beta version of its product Glass to a select group of programmers, engineers, writers and technology lovers to gain their input and test out the wearable technology. Christophe Haubursin’s photo of 24-year-old Stephen Balaban captured the software engineer’s enthusiasm and

excitement about the new technology as he demonstrated how he was able to “hack” into the tiny computer and install his own version of facial recognition and cameracontrolling software. In July Palo Alto’s namesake, El Palo Alto, underwent a health check-up by a team of arborists and horticultural consultants. As arborist Dave Dockter scaled the tree while preparing to take a radar measurement of its roots, he took a moment to take in the height

and scale of the famous redwood. And on one weekend in July, hundreds of young chess players, including those from Palo Alto, filled the ballroom at the Santa Clara Hilton hotel and participated in the People’s Tournament. Palo Altan Andrew Peng, 7, got up close and personal with the pieces on his board, trying to get a new perspective on the game. N Staff Photographer Veronica Weber can be emailed at

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Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace

Cherryl Pape’s pastel painting “Trail Horses, Bodie, CA, 2013.”


wild ones Palo Alto artist captures the horses of the American West in pastel paintings by Rebecca Wallace

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rtist Cherryl Pape finds pastels perfect for depicting the open landscapes and billowing clouds of the American West. All that dust. In her practiced hand, pastels also have precision. The wild mustangs in her current exhibition at Palo Alto’s Hotel California are meticulously detailed, from their flaring nostrils and wide eyes to torsos and legs with finely defined ribs and joints. The Palo Alto artist’s passion over the treatment of America’s wild horses is evident in every pastel painting. So is her background as a scientific illustrator. She’s been drawing wild things for decades. After graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute with a degree in painting, Pape worked at the

“Wild Foal Dreaming, 2013.”

California Academy of Sciences, zeroing in on fins and scales to draw fish for scientific publications. She also illustrated 1970s children’s books in the Harper Collins “Science I Can Read” series. Barn owls, all wide dark eyes, peer from the pages, and elephant seals lounge mightily. When a friend’s husband commissioned her to paint two of his thoroughbred horses a few years ago, Pape wasn’t fazed. “I thought if you could do fish, you could do anything,” she said. Horses proved trickier. Special training from the Redwood City horse and portrait painter Elizabeth Mihalyi helped, and Pape also lived in New Zealand for a time painting the horses there.

Info: Cherryl Pape’s “Wild Mustangs” show is up through Jan. 15 at the Hotel California, 2431 Ash St., Palo Alto. Visitors can take the steps upstairs past the hotel office to see the art on the walls. For more about Pape’s work, go to

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Artist Cherryl Pape with her paintings at Palo Alto’s Hotel California.

“I went to the races, and I sketched and drew them in their paddocks,” she said. “It’s just a fantastic beauty.” But Pape didn’t realize there could also be a poignancy to horses’ beauty until recently, when a friend sent her a photo of trail horses in Bodie, Calif. She began to learn about and support the work being done by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a North Carolina nonprofit that seeks to call attention to the shrinking population of wild horses and burros. Over the centuries, the animals have been used as war

horses and in farming, or simply allowed to run free. Today they often have to make room for more domesticated animals to graze. A campaign brochure states there were once millions of wild horses in the West, while today the number is less than 33,000. The nonprofit opposes many of the ways the federal government manages the herd numbers. Pape is particularly vocal in her criticism of helicopters to round up wild horses. In one of her paintings, a helicopter looms overhead as a frightened herd stampedes. In another, a wild-eyed stal-

lion throws himself at a fence in a holding corral in Wyoming. The horse later escaped, Pape said. Pape wasn’t there to witness these scenes; she paints from photographs of wild horses, with permission from the photographers. Most of the photos she used in the current show are from the 2009 Dayton O. Hyde book “All The Wild Horses: Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of the World’s Wild Horses,” with photography by Rita and Charles G. Summers. Some paintings are also based on photos by Mark Terrell. The pastel paintings themselves are vivid and energetic, often featuring bold touches of color. Even in the peaceful 2013 painting “Wild Foal Dreaming,” the pale young horse is silhouetted against a lush green field. Other works are drawn on the colorful backgrounds of green or blue pastel paper. Clouds grow in bright shapes, and a sky sometimes has a red line running through it. “I call that my angst about what’s happening to them,” Pape said of the horses. The exhibition is part of the community-sites program of the Pacific Art League, where Pape has been active for years. On another floor of the Hotel California is a different art-league show: Amy Rattner’s animalthemed watercolors that feature cheerful dogs, elephants and other creatures.


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Movies Her ---(Palo Alto Square) All people in romantic relationships want to know their love is real. But when half of the intelligence involved is artificial, can love be real? That’s the question at the center of “Her,” a futuristic science-fiction dramedy with clear implications about how we live today. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, whose job writing other people’s letters for “” represents the mixed-up nature of modern truth amongst and between people. Peddling sincere lies that are a form of artificial intelligence themselves, the “handwritten” letters scroll onto screens in CG fonts, the next evolutionary step from the second-hand emotion of greeting cards. More importantly, “Her” deals with the next-generation wrinkle

after HAL 9000: an operating system with consciousness. Amidst a divorce from wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore tries phone sex, then an in-person blind date with a once-bitten, twice-shy woman (Olivia Wilde). Both attempts end badly, but when a curious Theodore ponies up for a new OS for his phone, he finds in it a personal assistant, life coach and best buddy who, with curious inevitability, becomes his girlfriend. Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, offscreen but vital) has incredible processing power, of course, but also convincing “personality” that quickly takes the forms of affection and desire for her prone owner. What follows is a naturalistic take on the unnatural, reaching logical conclusions in its sly futurism. It’s a story constructed mostly of intimate conversations between a human and a digital ge-




















"*  nie that can’t comfortably be put back in the bottle. As elegantly written and directed by Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation”), “Her” has a sense of humor and a sensitive soul to match its characters, but it’s not a particularly easy film. It’s about the life of the mind and emotional dysfunction as much as it is a quirky romance, and every scene opens up new questions. Can a computer — or rather its artificially intelligent operating system — have an orgasm? What of, gulp, viruses? Or crashes? Against the odds, “Her”’s provocations also turn touching. On the one hand, “Her” dissects our continental drift away from each other. Yes, (modern) man is an island: a plugged-in depressive noncommittally straddling life and virtual reality. Theodore confesses: “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.” Theodore’s new love reflects technology’s opportunity for humans to drift yet farther from each other. But, without getting too cyberpunky, Jonze takes Samantha seriously as an entity, occasion for plausible new kinds of relationships, plausible new kinds of sex. And plausible new kinds of hurt. Pondering the very meaning of consciousness, Samantha muses: “I had this terrible thought: Like, are these feelings even real? Or are they just programming? And that idea really hurts.” She confesses “personal and embarrassing thoughts,” fantasies of, say, having a body and being physically present with him. So, too, does she assert her individuality and her will for self-improvement, which run parallel to the troubling entropy of her relationship. Powered by the potent acting of a note-perfect Phoenix, “Her” captures the zeitgeist of a techcentric world that may be too “smart” for its own good. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity. Two hours, six minutes. — Peter Canavese

The Wolf of Wall Street ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Anyone who knows Martin Scorsese knows that Catholic boy from Little Italy grew up to worship at the church of cinema. Well, after a largely sleepy year at the movies, the bells are ringing. Granted, there’s nothing ostensibly holy

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about the Christmas Day release “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but it is wholly cinematic, thanks to Scorsese’s inimitable energy and sincere commitment to his brand of quintessential American parable. “The Wolf of Wall Street” charges out of the gate with immediate evidence of Scorsese’s skill, abetted by Terence Winter’s whip-crack screenplay and Thelma Schoonmaker’s brilliant editing. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) introduces himself as “a former member of the middle class” who, the year he turned 26, made $49 million (“which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week”). The brattiest imaginable “master of the universe,” Belfort proudly presides over a three-ring circus of conspicuous consumption: hookers, blow and the American dream once broadcast as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” In due course, we learn how Belfort — a real-life figure on whose memoir the film is based — learned to stop worrying and love unregulated commerce. Belfort quickly loses his Wall Street innocence to a kooky mentor played by Matthew McConaughey (in what amounts to a cameo, but an Oscar-caliber one), crashes to Earth on Black Monday, then discovers a Wild West off Wall Street, where a guy with sales skills can parlay pink-sheet stocks into a small fortune. (In one of many roles filled by film directors, Spike Jonze plays the man who comically enables this discovery.) Soon, Belfort has his own “overthe-counter” brokerage house, a top-to-bottom sham called Stratton Oakmont (motto: “Stability. Integrity. Pride.”). The firm’s monstrous growth enables Belfort to trade up to shiny new trophies, including wife Naomi (Margot Robbie), but also garners unwanted attention from FBI Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler). In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Denham visits the yacht of Belfort’s self-described “Bond villain” for a thinly veiled trade of threats. (Chandler also anchors the film’s finest, subtlest moment, in a wordless subway scene.) Though this get-angry epic clocks in at three hours of brazen bad behavior, it’s also a finely calibrated pitch-black comedy. And though that’s perfectly clear, laughter seems entirely the wrong response to the supremely perverted humanity on display (DiCaprio has aptly been calling the picture “a modern-day ‘Caligula’”). With a delight that somehow never seems sadistic, Scorsese is clearly well aware of such contradictions, embracing them to make the point

of our conflicted relationship with opportunistic immorality and our need to reassure ourselves that “pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Except, as recent history has taught us, that truism has repeatedly proven false when it comes to Wall Street. And so, with its moral compass pointed to institutional corruption, “The Wolf of Wall Street” rests comfortably alongside Scorsese’s masterpieces “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” but carries a sting that even they don’t by examining the most acceptable, yet most rapacious, of criminal swindles. There’s a Dorian Gray effect at work here: DiCaprio has finally grown up, and the 71-year-old Scorsese’s simultaneously aging in reverse. DiCaprio’s Belfort works the mic at sales meetings like a born-again evangelical, his self-mythologized miracle turning coke into money, but it’s a bornagain filmmaker who achieves the higher truth. Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence. Three hours. — Peter Canavese

The Past ---1/2 (Aquarius) Few emotional needs surface with more regularity than the need to be understood. Even where unconditional love would mitigate such a need, self-doubt and guilt can always keep that need present, as it is throughout Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past.” In 2012, Farhadi’s “A Separation” became the first Iranian picture to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. His international follow-up “The Past” stars his fellow Oscar nominee Bérénice Bejo as Marie, a woman uncomfortably inhabiting the space between three not-quite marriages. There’s her own failed marriage to Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who arrives — at the end of four years of separation — to at last sign divorce papers; her pending marriage to Samir (Tahar Rahim of “A Prophet”); and Samir’s marriage to Céline (Aleksandra Klebanska), who has lain in a coma for eight months. An element of mystery surrounds why Céline wound up in that coma and who may be at fault. But one thing is certain: The home to which Ahmad makes his conspicuously uneasy visit is a place of creeping misery. Marie’s patience with Ahmad is at its testy limits (a sprained wrist she attempts to hide isn’t helping

Movies her mood), and the children of the household — teen Lucie (Pauline Burlet), her younger sister Léa and Samir’s son Fouad (Elyes Aguis) — are nursing their own metaphorical wounds. That none of the children are biologically Ahmad’s, and that he’s nonetheless demonstrably a good father — or could be, if given the chance — is one of the film’s many quiet ironies (plus he makes a great ghormeh sabzi). Lucie and Léa are children of Marie’s first marriage, but Lucie, in particular, remains strongly bonded to Ahmad, which only adds to the awkwardness of Marie’s hopeful life transition. Tensions rise when Samir, who’s meant to remain clear of Ahmad’s visit, gets underfoot and, not long after, when an angry Lucie distressingly takes off. “The Past” is a story of near-constant negotiations, each with a present and practical near-term end in mind but even more powerfully driven by that need to be understood. Life has a sad way of making that enormously difficult, but Farhadi isn’t defeatist. The film’s immediately striking opening imagery and its haunting closing tableau offer metaphorical language for the challenges and possibilities of communication across barriers. Superb acting all around helps to make “The Past” one of the most satisfying dramas of the year, from Burlet’s sophisticated juvenile performance to Aguis’ uninhibited one; from Rahim’s unexpected depths, beneath a surly surface, to the suffusedwith-sadness modern dance so delicately performed by Mosaffa and Bejo. With patient sensitivity, Farhadi expertly elicits sympathy, followed by empathy, for each character, almost in turns, to resist misguiding the audience to easy

answers. Eventually we come to understand each of these people who need to be understood, and thereby feel deeply for them. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language. In French and Persian with English subtitles. Two hours, 10 minutes. — Peter Canavese

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” reborn as a flashy but soppy new adventure directed by and starring Ben Stiller, works out to be sentimental claptrap about (to paraphrase one of its characters) “courage and going into the unknown.” James Thurber’s 1939 short story is near-unrecognizable here, in a Hollywood vehicle that retains no more than the title and the conceit of a daydreaming fantasist (Danny Kaye starred in an only slightly more faithful 1947 extrapolation). Stiller’s Mitty works as a “negative asset manager” for Life Magazine, just before its cease of print publication. The use of “Life” and its credo “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That this is the purpose of ‘Life’” is an admittedly clever bit of punnery, which allows sight gags like “The End of ‘Life’” and “’Life’ Online,” the magazine’s digital future. This Mitty isn’t married, but a single sad sack pining for coworker Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig, forced, unfortunately, to play a blank-slate single mom). Mitty has a wacky actress sister

(Kathryn Hahn) and a pleasantly doting mother (Shirley MacLaine, here for prestige and basic plot function only). As Life readies for its last issue, Mitty’s responsible for its Holy Grail final cover snap, sent in by star photojournalist Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn). Only trouble is: Mitty can’t seem to find the negative in question. Having just turned the corner of 42, and being almost accidentally egged on by Cheryl and the absent but inspirational adventurer O’Connell, Mitty begins a globetrotting quest to find his hero and the photo in question. Once and only once, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” achieves some romantic uplift when Mitty dreams of Cheryl and literally takes flight, but most of the time, the picture strains to make any kind of sense, much less entertain. There’s a broad message to seize the day, but the story’s raison d’etre, the fantasies, are unfunny and almost entirely silly, lacking even Thurber’s cracked internal logic, and none of the characters cut believable figures, not even Mitty, who’s in every scene. Instead of being a man who’s never lived and never will, except in his dreams, he’s now a guy who was once a mohawked skateboarder and reconnects with his inner daredevil. Stiller layers on artpop and wacky supertitles, but the insistent product placement reveals this one for what it is: an expensive commercial for time, life and some of the many corporations that have passed through that landmark building Time & Life. Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence. One hour, 54 minutes.

MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted. Theaters may change their movie times without notice. For other times, reviews and trailers, go to

47 Ronin (PG-13) Century 16: 12:55 p.m. In 3D 10 a.m. & 4:05, 7:35, 10:40 p.m. A Day at the Races (1937) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:25, 9:25 p.m. American Hustle (R) ((( Century 16: 9:05 & 10:40 a.m. & 12:25, 2:10, 3:45, 5:35, 7:05, 9, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:50, 4:05, 7:15, 10:30 p.m. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 9, 10:30, 11:55 a.m. & 1:30, 2:55, 4:30, 6:20, 7:30, 9:15, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 2, 4:55, 7:50, 10:45 p.m. Dhoom 3 (Not Rated)

Century 16: 10:20 a.m. & 2:35, 6:45, 10:30 p.m.

Frozen (PG) Century 16: 9 a.m. & 2:20, 7:45 p.m. In 3D 11:40 a.m. & 5:05, 9:45 p.m. Grudge Match (PG-13) Century 16: 10:25 a.m. & 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m. & 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 p.m. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 3:30 p.m. Her (R) ((((

Palo Alto Square: 1, 4, 7, 10 p.m.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) (((( Century 16: 9:30 a.m. & 1:15, 4:55, 8:45 p.m. In 3D 11:15 a.m. & 3, 7, 10:35 p.m. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9:20 a.m. & 12:40, 4, 7:20, 10:35 p.m. Inside Llewyn Davis (R) (((( Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. Justin Bieber’s Believe (PG) Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:40 p.m. Nebraska (R) ((( The Past (PG-13) (((1/2 Philomena (PG-13) (((

Aquarius Theatre: 2, 5, 8 p.m. Aquarius Theatre: 1, 4, 7, 9:55 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30 p.m.

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) (( Century 16: 9:50 a.m. & 12:50, 3:55, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:30, 4:25, 7:25, 10:20 p.m. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) (1/2 Century 16: 10:45 a.m. & 1:45, 4:45, 7:50, 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 p.m. Walking With Dinosaurs (PG) Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 4:40, 10:35 p.m. In 3D 9:25 a.m. & 2:15, 7:!5 p.m. The Wolf of Wall Street (R) (((1/2 Century 16: 9 & 11 a.m. & 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10:50 p.m. Century 20: noon & 4, 8 p.m.

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Palo Alto market remains heading into winter by David Barca s winter approaches, we typically expect Bay Area and Peninsula home prices to start cooling along with the weather, as buyers replace their house-hunting expeditions with holiday-shopping trips. But in Palo Alto, homebuyers aren’t going anywhere, and real estate prices are nearly as hot as they were this past spring. Consider these statistics, compiled from MLSListings on Dec. 5: Across the seven Silicon Valley markets in which Pacific Union sells homes, the median November sales price was nearly $2.1 million, a year-over-year spike of 17 percent. In Palo Alto the median sales price for a home was $2.2 million in November, up 23 percent from a year ago. So while yearly price appreciation has been robust across the entire region, Palo Alto has been a particularly strong area of growth. Palo Alto didn’t just become one of Silicon Valley’s hottest markets overnight. Prospective buyers in the city who stalled or could not find a home during the summer, when the 2013 median sales price bottomed out around $1.84 million, may be kicking themselves now that prices are more than $2 million. However, if hesitant homebuyers wait another year, they may have even larger regrets. About 65 percent of Palo Alto neighborhoods now boast median home prices higher than Pacific Union’s Silicon Valley average, and in some choice pockets, they’re climbing even higher. Downtown Palo Alto, Professorville, Old Palo Alto, Green Gables and Crescent Park were the five most expensive neighborhoods in the city as of November, with median prices ranging from $2.66 million to $4.35 million. Perhaps not coincidentally, four of those five neighborhoods posted year-over-year price gains of more than 30 percent. While no one can guarantee that Palo Alto’s robust homeprice appreciation will continue unabated, it’s tough to dismiss the possibility — particularly given that October unemployment rates in the Bay Area were among the lowest in California.


Though it’s unlikely that Palo Alto homes will see the 20-plus percent price gains they saw this year in 2014, it’s safe to assume that prices could rise by another 10 percent by the end of next year. A compounding issue for hopeful Palo Alto and Bay Area buyers putting off a purchase is the prospect of rising interest rates throughout 2014. I recently saw figures, provided by the California Association of Realtors (CAR), estimating that interest rates for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage could reach 5.3 percent in 2014. While we know that most Palo Alto buyers will provide a substantial down payment, or even offer all cash for the purchase, let’s assume for the sake of illustration we have a standard 20 percent down-payment scenario and conventional 30-year, fixed-rate financing. Using the current median sales price of $2.2 million, today’s Palo Alto homebuyer will require a 30-year mortgage of $1.76 million. Given the mortgage rate at the end of November (4.4 percent), we can roughly calculate that the current average Palo Alto buyer might end up on the hook for about $8,800 in monthly payments. If you think that sounds like a hefty check to cut each month, consider the cost of waiting another 12 months. If home prices in Palo Alto do actually increase by 10 percent over the next 12 months, the median sales price in Palo Alto would be $2,420,000 by November 2014. Using the 20-percent-down scenario, we can calculate that the necessary mortgage amount would be almost $1.94 million by next November. If mortgage rates end up reaching CAR’s predicted 5.3 percent, the monthly payments would then add up to $10,750. Put another way: Palo Alto buyers who sit on the bench for another year could end up paying an extra $23,400 per year in mortgage payments — no paltry sum for most of us. Slim inventory levels in Palo Alto are exasperating buyers’ situations even further. In November, the months’ supply of inventory (MSI) across the city was down to a microscopic 0.2, the lowest level in the past two years. In layman’s terms, that means that there were only enough Palo Alto homes in November to satisfy market demand for about six days. In a real-estate market balanced between buyers and sellers, the MSI should be more like five months. Lending credence to the fact that buyers in the city have seen the writing on the wall all year is the fact that homes in Palo Alto simply don’t last on the market very long. In November, buyers snapped up houses in an average of 16 days, very similar to numbers recorded since February. For context, homes in Pacific Union’s entire Silicon Valley region were on the market for an average of 34 days in November — more than twice as long as in Palo Alto. While buying a home in the current Bay Area and Silicon Valley markets might seem like a daunting investment, I’d encourage hopeful buyers to continue shopping for the perfect place sooner rather than later. The money you save over the next 12 months by acting soon could help fund a good portion of your child’s education, a well-deserved vacation, or any number of other worthwhile expenses. Happy holidays and happy house hunting. N David Barca is vice president of Pacific Union’s Silicon Valley Region.

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Is Now the Time to Move? What’s Holding You Back? 7KHUHDUHVRPDQ\FKDOOHQJHV¯SK\VLFDOHPRWLRQDOŸQDQFLDO¯WKDWDUH involved in selling a longtime home and downsizing to a smaller, more manageable place to live. Chris Iverson understands these issues and has the experience, knowledge, and sensitivity to help make this transition free of stress and worry. His clients consistently praise him for making the sale of their longtime homes not only easy, but also fun.

When thinking of moving from your longtime home, you may wonder: ˆHow will I sort through and move so many years of belongings? ˆHow will I get my house repaired and ready for sale? ˆ,S[[MPP-½RHVIWTSRWMFPIEJJSVHEFPIGSRXVEGXSVWTPYQFIVW electricians, painters, etc. to do the necessary work?

“If I had to give advice to others in our situation, I would tell them to call Chris and move now. Even though moving from our home of  ]ears was dif½cult, I´m so haTT] we did it now. It would have been so much worse if there was just one of us or if one of us was disabled. 8he TeoTle who are most grateful are our sons.â€? — Margaret Smith

ˆHow do I price my house to get the most money? ˆHow can I get through this stressful process as easily as possible, while making sure to maximize my sales price? Chris has built relationships with contractors and other vendors to help you get your house ready to sell with the least amount of stress possible. He has managed the move, preparation and sale process to maximize the sale price while minimizing his clients’ effort.

“Chris was easy to work with and he listened to my concerns. I´m ama^ed at how well he works with TeoTle. %ll the workers he brought in were not only real Trofessionals, they were also so nice. %nd they got all the reTairs done on time and under budget. It was an ama^ing e\Terience all the way around� — Karen Olson

To learn more about how Chris can help you with your situation, please visit, or call 650.450.0450 7ERH,MPP6SEH 7ERH,MPP6SEH1IRPS4EVO 650.847.1141 Each 3f½ce is IndeTendently 3wned and 3Terated.

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115 Announcements Pregnant? Considering Adoption? Call us first. Living expenses, housing, medical, and continued support afterwards. Choose adoptive family of your choice. Call 24/7. 877-362-2401 (AAN CAN) Pregnant? Thinking of adopting? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby's One True Gift Adoptions. 866413-6293. Void in Illinois/ New Mexico/ Indiana (AAN CAN) Dance Expressions Menlo Park Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford new Holiday music

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts toyota 2001 highlander - $11,000

202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 www. (AAN CAN) DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie and 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-291-0350 (Cal-SCAN) Donate Your Car Fast Free Towing 24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction. UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. Providing Free Mammograms & Breast Cancer Info. 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN)

original ringtones Spring Down Holiday Horse Camp Stanford music tutoring substitute pianist available

130 Classes & Instruction

203 Bicycles

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215 Collectibles & Antiques

Adult Trike - $300-350

German language class

Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $425 From France, BEATLES Trade Cards $195.00 Summit Adult Trike - $350 Wow! Russia BEATLES Trade Cards $95.00

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 Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950

Dining Table -Iron Work & Glass - $450

Jobs 500 Help Wanted eCommerce Solutions Architect Menlo Park, CA. MS in CS, CE, EE., Applied Math, or related + 3 yrs exp in job offered or as software eng. in distributed systems field. Develop eCommerce platform. Apply: Grid Dynamics,


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Community Programs Coordinator

Stanford Memorial Church choir

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Eastern European Nanny/Au Pair Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Polish Nanny/Au Pair. Fluent in English, Polish and conversant in German. With a smattering of Russian. 30 years old, Masters in Fine Arts with an interest in early childhood development. Love kids. Can cook/clean. But do not drive. Despite what the photo shows.

New Sunnyvale Small Child Care

Square Dance Lessons

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330 Child Care Offered

Cash for Diabetic Test Strips Don't throw boxes away-Help others. Unopened /Unexpired boxes only. All Brands Considered! Call Anytime! 24hrs/7days (888) 491-1168 (Cal-SCAN)

135 Group Activities

150 Volunteers

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Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Designer Clothes & Jewelry Racks and racks of clothes, new and almost new, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designer clothing. 25% off store-wide, now, with this ad. Escada, Citron, Gucci, Harari, Dolce, ST JOHN, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Hermes, Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Dior, Coach, Versace and much more, all sizes. Jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, belts and faux furs. All sizes Low prices. Round Robin, Contemporary Clothing on Consignment 146 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022 Phone: 650 948-0955

235 Wanted to Buy

240 Furnishings/ Household items

Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 www.

145 Non-Profits Needs

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245 Miscellaneous AT&T U-verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-319-3280 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Reduce Your Cable Bill Get an All-Digital Satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN)

560 Employment Information Drivers: 12 Pro Drivers needed. Full benefits + Top 1% Pay. Recent Grads Welcome. CDL A Req. Call 877-258-8782 (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: CDL-A Train and Work for Us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease Trainer. (877) 369-7126 www. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Owner Operators Dedicated home weekly! Solos up to $175,000/year, $2500 Sign-on Bonus! Teams up to $350,000/year, $5000 Sign-on Bonus! Forward Air 888-652-5611. (Cal-SCAN) Homemailer Program Help Wanted! make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 1-888-292-1120 (AAN CAN)

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Home Services 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 LARAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEN CLEANING Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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730 Electrical

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Residential Specialist Troubleshooting Experts Sr/Mil Disc/CC accept Live Response!


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737 Fences & Gates Lopez Fences *Redwood fences *Chainlink fences *Repairs *Decks, retaining walls 12 years exp. Free est. 650/771-0908 or 771-2989

748 Gardening/ Landscaping Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570 J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)366-4301 or (650)346-6781 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 Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477. R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est. 650/4688859 Shubha Landscape Design Inc. Tired of Mow, Blow and Go? Owner operated, 40 years exp. All phases of gardening/landscaping. Ref. Call Eric, 408/356-1350

751 General Contracting A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

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

Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1795 Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1565 Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - $2,600

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

805 Homes for Rent Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $5,000.00 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4350

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms Menlo Park, 1 BR/1 BA - $1800/mont

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Central Woodside: 4BR/4BA 2 car. Updated 6 Stall Barn. Offered at $4,950,000. Email Phone: 650-208-0664

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contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RICHARD T. BURRESS, RICHARD BURRESS. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: LEE BURRESS DUBOC in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: LEE BURRESS DUBOC be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the person-

al representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ John C. Donegan 111 Main Street- Suite H Los Altos, California 94022 (650)948-9990 (PAW Dec. 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. 12-32026-JP-CA Title No. 120141739-CA-LMI ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 09/11/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier’s check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state; will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an “as is” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: RAMON BERNAL, AN UNMARRIED MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 09/20/2006 as Instrument No. 19110229 (or Book, Page) of the Official Records of SANTA CLARA County, California. Date of Sale: 01/10/2014 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: At the North Market Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 191 North Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $758,036.60 Street Address or other common



designation of real property: 803 WAKE FOREST ROAD, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043 A.P.N.: 160-05-043 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site sales, using the file number assigned to this case 12-32026-JP-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 12/18/2013 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85020 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714-7302727; Sales Website: www.ndscorp. com/sales Nichole Alford, Trustee Sales Representative A-4433415 12/20/2013, 12/27/2013, 01/03/2014 PAW NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 12-518900 INC Title Order No. 120224974-CA-BFI APN 147-18081 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07/12/07. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01/16/14 at 11:00 a.m.. Aztec Foreclosure Corporation as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Igor Yefimov, a Married Man as his sole and separate property, as Trustor(s), in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as Nominee for Preferred Financial Group, Inc. d/b/a www.wholesalelendingonline. com, a California Corporation, as Beneficiary, Recorded on 07/24/07 in Instrument No. 19522686 of official records in the Office of the county recorder of SANTA CLARA County, California; Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee of the IndyMac INDA Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-AR9,

Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-AR9 under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated December 1, 2007, as the current Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state), At the North Market Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 191 North Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California described as: 445 BELLA CORTE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043 The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, towit: $704,769.89 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE: 12-18-13 Robbie Weaver Assistant Secretary and Assistant Vice President Aztec Foreclosure Corporation 6 Venture, Suite 305 Irvine, CA 92618 Phone: (877) 257-0717 or (602) 638-5700 Fax: (602) 638-5748 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call or visit the Internet Web site, using the file number assigned to this case 12-518900. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Call 714-730-2727 http://www.lpsasap. com Or Aztec Foreclosure Corporation (877) 257-0717 www.aztectrustee. com A-4434444 12/27/2013, 01/03/2014, 01/10/2014 PAW NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ANNE C. FLETCHER Case No.: 113PR173725 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ANNE C. FLETCHER.

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HOOP HONORS . . . Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and 13th time in her career earlier this week. Late Sunday night, Ogwumike was also named the espnW National Player of the Week, making her the first two-time recipient of that honor. She earned the very first honor from espnW back on Nov. 19, 2012. The senior from Cypress, Texas burnished her national player of the year case by scoring 32 points with 20 rebounds, the first 30/20 game of her career and seventh double-double of the year, in No. 6/5 Stanford’s 76-70 victory over No. 3/3 Tennessee Saturday. The performance capped off a week in which she also scored 32 points in Stanford’s 73-45 win over New Mexico the previous Monday. Ogwumike shot 63.0 percent and averaged 13.5 rebounds over the two victories. She also set a personal milestone by scoring her 2,000thcareer point against the Lobos to make her Stanford’s eighth player to reach that figure, and just the fifth to join the 2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Club. She joined older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting in that exclusive company. On the year Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with 26.3 points per game, is second with 11.5 rebounds a game and third with a 62.2 field-goal percentage. After this past week’s 32-point efforts, she has now scored at least 30 points on four occasions this season. Stanford (10-1) concludes its regular-season nonconference slate this Saturday with a contest at Fresno State at 6 p.m. . . . Cardinal junior guard Chasson Randle was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Dec. 17-22. The honor is the first of Randle’s career and first for a Stanford player since Josh Huestis earned the conference’s weekly recognition last February. More impressively, Randle’s honor is the first for a Cardinal player during non-conference competition since Matt Lottich accomplished the feat on Dec. 22, 2003. Randle was instrumental in helping Stanford earn a split of its challenging East Coast road swing, which began with a 53-51 upset of No. 10/10 Connecticut and ended with a hard-fought 68-65 loss to Michigan at the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Invitational at Barclays Center. A native of Rock Island, Ill., Randle averaged 20.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent overall (12-26) and 85.7 percent from the foul line (12-14).

Stanford head coach David Shaw will lead the No. 5 Cardinal into the 100th Rose Bowl game on Wednesday against No. 4 Michigan State.

Throw out the stats Stanford vs. Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl should be a battle of similar teams and styles by Rick Eymer


tatistically speaking, Stanford and Michigan State seem about as similar as two opponents can be on the football field. There are some overall differences, with the Spartans owning the best overall defense in the nation and Stanford ranking 15th the most notable. Cardinal coach David Shaw, who will be coaching in his second straight Rose Bowl, holds statistics in the same esteem as unfounded rumors. “I hate statistics when they’re used to justify things,” Shaw said. “I’m into film, and when you put

the film on, you’re going to see two of the better defensive teams in the nation that play fast, that play physical, that you see 11 guys run to the ball, you see them play as a unit, and that’s what you’re going to see.” Michigan State (12-1) and Stanford (11-2) arrived in the Pasadena area the day after Christmas as both sides began to prepare for the 100th Rose Bowl on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. scheduled start on ESPN. The traditional visit to Disneyland complete, it’s all business for the best teams in the Pac12 and Big 10. Watching film may be the best

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Turnovers cost Sacred Heart Prep in state football finale

Saturday Women’s basketball: Stanford at Fresno St., 6 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

by Keith Peters y now, the Christmas presents have been opened and the holiday cheer served up. It is time for family and friends and time off from work and school. It’s also time to sit back and relax, and recall the best moments of the year. The Sacred Heart Prep football team has plenty of those, even though last Saturday’s 27-15 loss to Corona


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indicator of talent, but the wealth of information available through statistics is easier to dissect. Of course, there’s no way to statistically analyze the offensive line, an area of significant strength for Stanford. Senior left guard David Yankey (6-5, 313) earned his second straight unanimous All-America honor, while senior center Khalil Wilkes (6-3, 286), senior right tackle Cameron Fleming (6-6, 318) and sophomore left tackle Andrus Peat (6-7, 312) were named second team All-Pac-12. Senior right guard Kevin Danser (6-6, 296) is also a key figure.

A dejected group of SHP players trudged off the field following a 27-15 loss in the CIF Division III state finals.

del Mar in the Division III finals of the CIF State Football Bowl Championships at the StubHub Center in Carson was not the lasting memory the Gators wanted. The dream was winning the program’s 14th game and first-ever state championship. The reality was fruitcake and a lump of coal. “Sometimes in life,” said SHP ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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Andrew Daschbach (20) blocks for senior Andrew Segre (34), who finished with 54 rushing yards despite playing with a dislocated shoulder.


produced the closest game of the five state finals played during the weekend. However, the Gators — were averaging 405 offensive yards per game — were held to 288 total. Defensively, SHP allowed 339. The difference, however, was Corona del Mar’s fast start. After that, the Gators allowed just six points over the final 36 minutes. Take away the four turnovers and this was a game that Sacred Heart Prep could have won. It was also a game that just about no one expected the Gators to be playing at the start of the season. “No one would have given us much chance, I think, at the beginning of the year — considering we lost 21 seniors,” said Lavorato, who is 96-32-1 in 11 years at SHP. “Hey, at our school, there are just under 300 boys, so when you lose 21 that’s a lot.” Nine seniors dotted the roster this season — Noah Kawasaki, Nic Collazo, Chris Lee, Ricky Grau, Alex Castro, Paul Westcott, Patrick Finnigan, Will Reilly and Segre. They led by example and helped produce a 25-3 record over two years that took the Gators to heights never achieved before in

Sacred Heart Prep fans made the long drive south to support the Gators in their state title quest. program history. SHP was ranked No. 11 in the final Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 25, trailing only De La Salle, Serra, Mitty, Cal High, Pittsburg, Deer Valley, James Logan, San Ramon Vally, Valley Christian and Bellarmine. That, of course, is pretty good company. This past weekend in Carson, however, only De La Salle and Sacred Heart Prep played for state

It was a tearful postgame for SHP’s Mason Randall (12) and Andrew Daschbach (20), consoled by coach Pete Lavorato.

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championships. “Your effort was unbelievable,” Lavorato told his players after the game. “They (Corona del Mar) deserved to win, but we’re tremendously proud of what you have done this year and what you did today. Of course it hurts; it hurts big time. Once the pain goes away, you’ll reflect back on what a tremendous season you just had. This is a great life experience.” N



head coach Pete Lavorato after the game, “things don’t go your way.” Sacred Heart Prep reached its first-ever appearance in a state championship game by being successful running the ball, keeping turnovers to a minimum and holding opponents to an average of just 8.7 points a contest over a 14-game season. When it came to Game 15, however, the Gators were unable to continue that successful trend as Corona del Mar did more to control its destiny than did SHP. Averaging 280 yards a game on the ground this season, the Gators managed just 181 — with no individual surpassing 100 yards. SHP also lost three fumbles and suffered one interception that led to one TD and two field goals. And, SHP’s vaunted defense was touched for three touchdowns in the first quarter. “It was frustrating,” said Lavorato, who guided the Gators to a 13-2 record during a season that included CCS Division IV and NorCal titles. “We’d get down there (near the end zone) and something would happen. It just seemed like we weren’t able to finish things . . . We haven’t turned the ball over much this year.” Turnovers, however, proved to be the difference in this one as the Gators battled back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit and made a game of it with a 37-yard interception return by junior Andrew Robinson and a 47-yard run by junior two-way standout Ben BurrKirven to close to within 21-15 at the half. “That’s always difficult,” Lavorato said of the huge early deficit. “But we didn’t give up, and we kept coming back.” A fumble by SHP sophomore Mason Randall to open the second half, however, led to a 31-yard field goal by the Sea Kings and a 24-15 game.

SHP appeared to gain back some momentum on its next series and was driving for a possible touchdown when Andrew Segre, the team’s leading rusher, re-injured a previously dislocated shoulder. After coming out of the game for one play, he re-entered but his shoulder popped out as he received a handoff and fumbled the ball away at Corona del Mar’s 17. “That was really frustrating,” said Segre, who finished with 54 yards in 16 carries after rushing for 351 and six TDs in the CCS title game two weeks ago. SHP had two more chances in the fourth quarter to close the gap when a pitch from Randall to Burr-Kirven was fumbled and recovered by Corona del Mar. That led to a 35-yard field goal and a 27-15 lead. SHP took the ensuing kickoff and marched down to the Sea Kings’ 10, but a big penalty for an illegal shift moved the Gators back five yards. A fumble lost two yards and Randall’s 9-yard pass to Andrew Daschbach left the Gators on the 8-yard line, short of the first down. While Sacred Heart Prep played an error-free game in last week’s 42-7 rout of favored El Cerrito in the NorCal finals, the Gators needed a similar contest Saturday. But, it was the Sea Kings accomplishing perfection as they became the first team in state history to complete a 16-0 season while running their two-year win streak to 26 — second-best in the state. Corona del Mar also had not allowed more than 21 points in any game this season, giving up an average of just 9.3 points a game prior to facing SHP. “They are a good football team, there is no doubt about it,” Lavorato said of Corona del Mar. “They deserved to win this game.” Lavorato, however, was equally effusive of his own team, which was led by Burr-Kirven’s 16 tackles (14 solo) and 77 yards rushing on seven carries. The Gators also



SHP junior Ben Burr-Kirven (25) scored on a 47-yard jaunt in the second quarter to make it a 21-15 game.

SHP coach Pete Lavorato got the runner-up trophy and a hug from Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez.


Stanford has opportunity at a second straight victory


The Stanford band and some fireworks in last year’s game helped highlight a 20-14 victory over Wisconsin as the Cardinal captured its 11th triumph in its bowl history.


great competition, a team that comes every single week, a team that finds ways to win, whether it’s run or throw, they’ll do whatever it takes to try to win a football game.” Offensively, both teams will do whatever it takes to win. AllAmerica return specialist Ty Montgomery, also Stanford’s top receiver, may be the X-factor. Quarterback Kevin Hogan seems to rise to the level of the competition and his running ability will also make a difference. “We have to prepare this year completely different,” Shaw said. “We’re playing a different team. Michigan State has been on a phenomenal run, nine straight games, tough competition, and has come to play every week, and we know it’s going to be a great game. People that appreciate real football are going to love this game.” Another statistic to keep in mind is tackles-for-loss allowed. The Cardinal ranks fourth in the nation, giving up 3.69 per game, while the Spartans allow 4.62.

Stanford recorded drives of at least 89 yards seven times for touchdowns over the course of the year, twice marching 96 yards in the 26-20 victory over the Ducks. Only one of those drives came against a team with a losing record (93 yards against Cal). What the Cardinal did against Oregon was to execute its offensive plans to near perfection, holding onto the ball for more than 42 minutes. Stanford wins the time-of-possession battle nearly every game, but then so does Michigan State. The Cardinal needs to establish itself in the trenches in order to have a chance. It won’t be pretty but Shaw doesn’t care how it looks Gaffney gets his rest as much as he likes results. Tyler Gaffney was one of just “It’s going to be blocking and four Football Bowl Subdivision tackling and running running backs who the ball and makcarried the ball at least ing big passes down 300 times during the the field and playregular season. Geting great defense and ting nearly a month playing special teams break was good for his and playing field pophysical condition and sition,” Shaw said. “I mental health. think you’re going to “He’s just now see strategy. I think starting to look like you’re going to see himself,” Shaw said. some young men that Tyler Gaffney “He’s gotten beat up are excited to play the and we’ve been getgame of football and play it with ting him off his feet, shortening passion.” his practice and taking reps away The Spartans’ defense allows a from him. He’s starting to get his national-best 248.2 yards a game, legs back. By the time we get to including 80.8 rushing yards. Southern California, he’ll be Stanford ranks 15th in total de- ready to roll.” fense, allowing 339 yards a game, Gaffney never asked to come including 91.2 against the run, out. He kept insisting he was fine. third in the country. Shaw said the only game Gaffney “We’ve been good on defense needed time off was against the for the last couple years,” Shaw Ducks, after he carried the ball said. “This team is going to be 45 times. challenged by a team that’s played “It’s not just his size and

strength but also desire,” Shaw said. “He fights off the pain and soreness. He almost craves it.” Gaffney did not play in last year’s Rose Bowl game as he was playing professional baseball. Last time against Spartans In the most lopsided bowl game victory in Stanford history, the Cardinal romped to a 38-0 win over Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl. It was Stanford’s first shutout since 1974. The Sun Bowl victory completed what was then one of the most surprising turnarounds in the history of Stanford football. The cardinal was 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10 and was not in anybody’s bowl picture. But, head coach Tyrone Willingham led Stanford to four straight wins to conclude the regular season and finish in third place in the Pac-10. The quarterback was Chad Hutchinson, who was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 226 yards on 22-of-28 passing. The Defensive MVP was Stanford’s Kailee Wong. Streaking Stanford is 10-0 in its past 10 games against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25, including 6-0 this season. A win over No. 4 Michigan State would make it 7-0. However, the Cardinal is 15-42-3 all-time against top-five foes — including a 7-5 mark since 2000. Events leading up to the game Monday: Stanford Day at Santa Monica Pier, 3 p.m. Includes Beer Garden, Stanford Bookstore tent, free ride wristbands for Pacific Park, trapeze lessons, bike rental, book signing with authors of “Rags to Riches: The Rise of Stanford Football,” (4 p.m.); giveaways (5:30 p.m.), Assistant coach chalk talk (6 p.m.), Rose Bowl pep rally with Stanford team captains (6:30 p.m.), buffet and no-host bar at Mariasol Restaurant (8 p.m.). Tuesday: Kickoff Luncheon Wednesday: Tailgate N

For only the second time in school history, Stanford football will be playing for a second straight victory in the Rose Bowl. The first time, of course, came in the 1971 and ‘72 games as quarterbacks Jim Plunkett and Don Bunce helped lead Stanford to victories. Now, Kevin Hogan has an opportunity to become the first quarterback in program history to win back-to-back games. Here’s a look at the games where Stanford played in consecutive Rose Bowls: 1934: Columbia 7, Stanford 0 This game continues to be regarded as one of the greatest upsets in Rose Bowl history as heavily-favored Stanford was beaten on a trick play. Torrential rains soaked the field for three days leading into the game, limiting attendance to 35,000. In all, 12 inches of rain fell on Pasadena in the 48 hours before the Rose Parade, themed appropriately as “Tales of the Seven Seas.” 1935: Alabama 29, Stanford 13 A rematch of the 1927 showdown, Stanford and Alabama again arrived undefeated. Stanford’s Vow Boys were good, but Alabama featured one of the great ends of all-time, Don Hutson, the future Green Bay Packers star. The Crimson Tide’s other end was “Bear” Bryant, who had been inspired to play in a Rose Bowl after listening to the 1927 game on the radio. 1936: Stanford 7, SMU 0 The Vow Boys finally got their Rose Bowl victory, using a oneyard run by Bill Paulman and a strong defensive effort to beat the undefeated Mustangs from Dallas.

1971: Stanford 27, Ohio St. 17 A massive underdog to undefeated Ohio State, a three-loss Stanford team surprised the Buckeyes behind the play of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jim Plunkett and a defensive front seven called the Thunder Chickens. Ohio State led 17-14 in the fourth quarter and tried to put the game away on a fourth-down run, but fullback John Brockington was stopped by Rod Kadziel. Stanford drove downfield, with the help of a 35-yard pass to tight end Bob Moore on third-and-15, to take the lead. After an interception by Jack Schultz, Plunkett hit Randy Vataha for the clinching score. 1972: Stanford 13, Michigan 12 For the second consecutive season, Stanford beat an undefeated Big Ten power. This time, it was Rod Garcia’s 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds left that won the game. Michigan came in as a 10-point favorite against another three-loss Stanford team. Don Bunce, a fifth-year senior in his only season as a starter, completed all five passes during the winning touchdown drive. 2013: Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 Stanford earned its first Rose Bowl victory in 41 years by taking an early lead and letting its defense take over. Ben Gardner made a big stop on a Wisconsin fourth-and-goal attempt at the 1-yard line and Usua Amanam clinched the victory with a late interception. 2014: Stanford vs. Michigan State (?) It will be a matchup of similar styles in what is expected to be a low-scoring game. As Sports Illustrated noted in its annual bowl game preview: “First team to 10 wins.” N

STANFORD FOOTBALL BOWL HISTORY (11-12-1) YEAR 2012 2011 2010 2009 2011 2000 1996 1995 1993 1991 1986 1978 1977 1972 1971 1952 1941 1936 1935 1934 1928 1927 1924 1902

BOWL Rose Bowl Fiesta Bowl Orange Bowl Sun Bowl Seattle Bowl Rose Bowl Sun Bowl Liberty Bowl Blockbuster Bowl Aloha Bowl Gator Bowl Bluebonnet Bowl Sun Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Rose Bowl

RESULT Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 Oklahoma St. 41, Stanford 38 (OT) Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12 Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27 Georgia Tech 24, Stanford 14 Wisconsin 17, Stanford 9 Stanford 38, Michigan State 0 East Carolina 19, Stanford 13 Stanford 24, Penn State 3 Georgia Tech 18, Stanford 17 Clemson 27, Stanford 21 Stanford 25, Georgia 22 Stanford 24, Louisiana State 14 Stanford 13, Michigan 12 Stanford 27, Ohio State 17 Illinois 40, Stanford 7 Stanford 21, Nebraska 13 Stanford 7, SMU 0 Alabama 29, Stanford 13 Columbia 7, Stanford 0 Stanford 7, Pittsburgh 6 Stanford 7, Alabama 7 Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10 Michigan 49, Stanford 0

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