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Vol. XXXV, Number 17 N January 31, 2014

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For autism, dementia or end of life, music resonates and soothes PAGE 32

Pulse 16

Transitions 17

Spectrum 18

Eating Out 38

Movies 40

Puzzles 58

NArts What end-of-life care should mean

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NHome Walkable, but congested neighborhood

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NSports Stanford’s upset bid falls short against Arizona Page 60

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Palo Alto Historical Property Values - 2013 yr end BARRON PARK


Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 40 40 33 25 15 30 33

Median $ 2,195,000 1,823,500 1,482,000 1,400,000 1,500,000 1,607,000 1,695,000

Min $ 1,070,000 1,050,000 830,000 682,500 1,055,000 675,000 950,000

Max $ 3,650,000 4,300,000 2,275,000 2,969,250 2,700,000 2,500,000 3,495,000

Avg $ / SF 1,101 842 805 781 737 917 889

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 33 63 55 61 50 39 44

Median $ 2,160,000 1,750,000 1,500,000 1,470,000 1,413,000 1,550,000 1,567,000

Min $ 975,000 1,100,000 813,000 850,000 845,000 950,000 980,000

Max $ 7,650,000 6,000,000 2,470,000 3,150,000 4,050,000 4,150,000 3,595,000

Avg $ / SF 1,146 1,024 812 866 796 914 915

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 21 25 22 24 18 16 25

Median $ 1,950,000 1,450,000 1,275,000 1,735,000 1,105,000 1,441,000 1,365,000

Min $ 1,050,000 850,000 630,000 675,000 746,000 892,000 723,000

Max $ 3,000,000 2,850,000 3,695,000 2,700,000 2,310,000 2,778,000 2,150,000

Avg $ / SF 1,225 960 853 801 860 1,063 959

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 51 68 63 59 54 55 57

Median $ 1,950,000 1,669,500 1,380,000 1,365,000 1,337,000 1,515,000 1,475,000

Min $ 1,207,000 931,000 770,000 835,000 745,000 720,000 860,000

Max $ 4,500,000 3,300,000 2,950,000 2,615,000 2,499,000 2,722,000 3,100,000

Avg $ / SF 1,182 985 844 800 754 865 957

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 18 34 22 21 18 19 29

Median $ 2,875,000 2,409,000 2,151,000 1,790,000 1,827,000 2,000,000 1,850,000

Min $ 859,000 800,000 800,000 985,000 1,170,000 750,000 729,000

Max $ 4,900,000 5,550,000 4,908,000 3,650,000 4,830,000 3,900,000 15,000,000

Avg $ / SF 1,137 1,135 948 881 1,000 975 1,068

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 53 40 47 30 21 35 41

Median $ 2,866,000 2,576,500 2,575,000 2,044,000 2,000,000 2,085,000 2,500,000

Min $ 595,000 710,000 740,000 755,000 815,000 960,000 810,000

Max $ 10,000,000 9,000,000 5,800,000 7,300,000 3,500,000 7,800,000 8,250,000

Avg $ / SF 1,339 1,204 1,016 994 925 1,031 1,030

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 25 29 33 25 28 20 34

Median $ 3,010,000 2,400,000 2,535,000 2,425,000 1,910,000 2,075,000 2,375,257

Min $ 1,725,000 840,000 701,000 710,000 800,000 1,269,000 710,000

Max $ 6,500,000 4,800,000 6,025,000 4,450,000 4,995,000 6,900,000 9,750,000

Avg $ / SF 1,200 1,043 940 879 842 1,022 995

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 9 14 13 15 14 6 8

Median $ 3,800,000 2,225,000 2,350,000 1,990,000 1,400,000 1,767,500 2,300,000

Min $ 1,250,000 1,350,000 1,100,000 775,000 810,000 1,300,000 1,625,000

Max $ 5,500,000 3,800,000 4,900,000 7,995,000 3,270,000 9,850,000 4,600,000

Avg $ / SF 1,143 1,054 834 933 742 1,080 873

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 17 18 22 19 14 20 31

Median $ 2,165,000 1,801,000 1,610,000 1,367,000 1,544,000 1,658,500 1,700,000

Min $ 1,550,000 880,000 610,000 645,000 1,000,000 899,000 975,000

Max $ 4,350,000 3,225,000 3,775,000 2,200,000 2,995,000 3,800,000 4,850,000

Avg $ / SF 1,164 1,032 967 815 812 954 934

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 98 99 100 120 121 94 117

Median $ 1,795,000 1,455,000 1,229,000 1,246,500 1,188,000 1,350,000 1,350,000

Min $ 1,141,000 850,000 760,000 802,500 775,000 845,000 935,000

Max $ 3,500,000 2,750,000 2,388,000 2,350,000 2,300,000 2,690,000 2,400,000

Avg $ / SF 1,089 880 794 719 704 839 840

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 9 12 15 18 6 4 12

Median $ 1,916,000 1,777,500 1,610,000 1,360,500 1,412,000 1,565,000 1,814,000

Min $ 1,650,000 1,550,000 1,250,000 840,000 1,151,000 915,000 950,000

Max $ 3,033,000 2,200,000 3,350,000 2,450,000 1,900,000 1,860,000 2,750,000

Avg $ / SF 995 845 833 809 751 829 891

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold Median $ 15 1,199,000 15 1,205,000 9 900,000 13 815,000 9 903,000 6 900,000 8 1,244,000

Min $ 975,000 760,000 672,000 690,000 703,000 825,000 815,000

Max $ 2,430,000 2,300,000 1,590,000 918,000 1,195,000 1,285,000 1,617,000

Avg $ / SF 1,028 836 651 735 776 906 848











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City proposes ‘time out’ for disputed zoning City Council to consider freezing, overhauling ‘planned community’ zone process by Gennady Sheyner owing to intense commu- tions for public benefits. nity pressure and years of Planned community (PC) zoncriticism from land-use ing — originally devised to allow watchdogs, Palo Alto officials for unconventional developments have announced a plan to sus- that would contribute to the pubpend and reform the city’s con- lic good — was at the forefront troversial “planned community� of last November’s election battle zoning process, which allows de- between the City Council, which velopers to barter zoning exemp- approved a PC-zoned hous-


ing project on Maybell Avenue in June, and the residents who mounted a referendum against it. The referendum, which led to an overwhelming Election Day victory, alleged the proposed housing development was incompatible with the rest of the neighborhood’s zoning and character. Even before the Maybell project was shot down, residents, watchdogs and even Planning and Transportation Commission

members warned that the zoning process was fraught with problems. Many cited “public benefits� that were promised but that never materialized, with the most glaring examples being the public plazas at Caffe Riace in the California Avenue area and next to St. Michael’s Alley restaurant downtown. Each plaza was offered as a benefit for a PC project and was subsequently swallowed up by the adjacent restaurant.

The problem has become more pervasive in the years following the 2009 economic downturn, with more applicants proposing beefy PC projects whose massiveness would be offset by the public benefits. The renovated Edgewood Plaza along Embarcadero Road and downtown’s Lytton Gateway, a four-story commercial project at ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁ{ÂŽ


Residents raise issues with bridge Two design alternatives unpopular with Palo Alto, Menlo Park residents by Elena Kadvany





standardized test scores qualify them for accelerated English nonetheless opt for the regular lane, the teachers said. “I’ve had conversations with freshman students who self-identify as being in the dummy class —

espite organizational difficulties and a gym with poor acoustics, Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents clearly voiced their opinion at a community meeting Wednesday night about the potential fate of floodprone Pope-Chaucer Street Bridge: They’re not happy with the options that have been presented, and they want more information. Staff from the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and Santa Clara Valley Water District fielded questions from an impassioned crowd that filled the East Palo Alto Academy gym, just blocks from the bridge. The meeting was pegged as an opportunity to gather early community input on four possible options for rebuilding the Pope-Chaucer Street Bridge but took place before an Environmental Impact Report has been completed, leaving many questions still unanswered. “How can we make a decision if we don’t understand what the facts are?� one woman asked staff, to loud applause from others in the packed gym. The four options presented for the Pope-Chaucer Street Bridge — which of all the bridges crossing the San Francisquito Creek between Palo Alto and Menlo Park allows the least amount of water to flow underneath — are to leave the existing bridge as is, to take it out but not replace

Playing for rain ... and it worked Banjo player Jimi Five plays for rain and tips on California Avenue on Jan. 23.


Teachers propose new classes for Palo Alto schools Board of Education members cool to idea of dismantling ‘laning’ of freshman English by Chris Kenrick


eachers — some dressed in football jerseys — thronged a Palo Alto Board of Education meeting Tuesday to present their ideas for new or reformed class offerings for next year. Board members were cool to a Palo Alto High English Department proposal that would dismantle the

current two-lane structure in freshman English to offer an accelerated class to all ninth graders. But they embraced, with some reservations, other Paly proposals that would try to capture students’ passion for sports and social justice by creating new three-year academic “pathways� through the

school — one focused on sports careers and the other on social justice and community service. Paly English teachers said they had been working for 18 months on a proposal to de-lane freshman English, which they believe would boost graduation rates. Currently, many students whose


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(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 - 6:00 PM SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 1. Introduction of Nuria Fernandez, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) 2. IT Departments Digital City Proclamation CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Finance Committee Recommendation that Council Adopt a Resolution Approving Increasing the Palo Alto Clean Local Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program Cap of 3 Megawatts of Generating Capacity 4. Finance Committee Recommendation that the City Council Adopt a Resolution to 1) Terminate the City’s Natural Gas Direct Access Program by Repealing Gas Rate Schedule G-4; 2) Eliminate Fixed and Custom Gas Commodity Rates for Large Commercial Customers by Repealing Gas Rate Schedules G-11 and G-12; and 3) Effect the Changes by Amending Gas Rate Schedules G-3 and G-8 and Utility Rules and Regulations 2, 3, 5 and 13 5. Finance Committee Recommends Approval to Issue the Request for Proposals and Undertake a Procurement Process for Street Sweeping Contractor Services 6. Appeal of Director's Approval of a Sign Exception for a Wall sign at the Tesla Motors Dealership at 4180 El Camino Real 7. Approval of Information Security Risk Assessment Contingency Fund and Project Scope Change with CoalFire Systems Inc., Contract Number S14150215 ACTION ITEMS 8. Our Palo Alto: A Community Conversation About Our City’s Future. Staff Requests Council Input and Endorsement of a Three-Part Strategy To Engage Residents in a Community Conversation About the Future Of Our City. 9. Planned Community Zoning Time-Out & Reform. Staff Recommends Adoption of a Motion; (a)Expressing the Council’s Intent to Deny or Defer Requests for Rezoning to the Planned Community (PC) Zoning District Until the Process and Requirements Regulating the PC Zone in Chapter 18.38 of the Municipal Code are Revised, and (b) Directing Staff to Return to the Council with an Analysis of Potential Revisions and Alternatives for Public Input and Discussion 10. PUBLIC HEARING: Approval of the Record of Land Use Action for a Site and Design Review Application and Adoption of a Park Improvement Ordinance for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course ReconďŹ guration Project, Adoption of a Resolution Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report and Adopting a Statement of Overriding Considerations for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course ReconďŹ guration and Baylands Athletic Center Expansion Project, and Review of the Status of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course ReconďŹ guration Project, Capital Improvement Program Project PG-13003


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IN RETREAT ... Every winter, Palo Alto’s elected leaders, top staff and a handful of gadflies and neighborhood leaders gather on a Saturday morning at a designated location outside City Hall to eat bagels, look at complex charts and discuss which issues should take up the most time in the next 12 months. This time-honored tradition will continue Saturday, when the council meets in Ventura Community Center for its annual retreat. The 8:30 a.m. meeting should have a ring of familiarity. At its retreat last year, the council agreed to keep all three of its 2013 priorities — the future of downtown and California Avenue; infrastructure strategy and funding; and technology and the connected city — in place in 2014. That is not to say, however, that this year’s retreat will be devoid of big-picture thinking. The council will also consider on Saturday the city’s “core values� — qualities that represent the community and that hold steady even as the action plan changes. So far, the subject has netted 109 statements from residents and others via Open City Hall, the city-sponsored online forum. One anonymous responder from University South is asking the council to “stop adding housing� and to “ignore obsolete ABAG philosophy� (a reference to housing mandates set by the Association of Bay Area

Governments). Dan Bloomberg from Barron Park struck the same note with a little more flair. “Tell ABAG to stuff it,� he wrote. “Tell developers that no highdensity variances to zoning will be permitted. Require all development to provide sufficient parking.�

ANOTHER SIGN OF THE TIMES ... When the City Council reluctantly agreed on Dec. 17 to allow the Grocery Outlet supermarket to put up a sign at Alma Village that far exceeds local regulations, resident Tom DuBois predicted that the decision will kick off an “arms race.� “If I owned a store and saw a large sign, I’d definitely want one too,� DuBois told the council shortly before the vote. Since the council voted to reject an appeal of the Grocery Outlet sign, two more requests for sign exemptions have come forward, one from the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and another from a local car company that needs very little help in the name-recognition department — Tesla Motors. Now, the latter proposal is going through its own appeal and DuBois is again part of the effort, as are other members of the nascent citizens group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, which formed last year to oppose the Maybell Avenue housing development. The council is slated to consider on Feb. 3 an argument for rejecting Tesla’s request (which the Architectural Review Board approved last month) for two signs for the Tesla dealership at 4180 El Camino Real. The city has already approved two wall signs for the dealership. The new plan includes two more signs, one freestanding and another on a wall. When the new wall sign’s square footage is combined with the square area of the previously approved signs, they total 141 square feet, exceeding the 100-square-foot limit on signs that the code allows. The architecture board argued that the red background of the new wall sign should not be counted in the calculation and that the only area that should be counted is the actual logo, which is 32 square feet. Under that logic, the exemption isn’t needed. The group appealing the sign exemption — which also includes “No on Measure D� leaders Cheryl Lilienstein and Joe Hirsch — strongly disagrees with this logic. N


Residents to get parking-permit program Downtown employers fume as Palo Alto moves forward with framework for citywide program


fter years of dire warnings, angry complaints and impassioned pleas from downtown residents about their once-quiet streets transforming into parking lots for area employees, Palo Alto officials on Monday introduced a powerful, controversial and long-awaited tool aimed at providing relief. By a unanimous vote, the City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that establishes a framework for a citywide “residential parking permit program,� which would allow participating neighborhoods to create parking restrictions on their residential blocks. The program will allow residents to purchase permits and establish time limits for all parked cars that don’t display permits.

by Gennady Sheyner become available to any residential neighborhood that meets the threshold of congestion. The plan evoked plenty of feedback, with dozens of representatives from business and residential communities offering a wide array of strong opinions. The most passionate criticism came from the downtown businesses, with some property owners and employers blasting the proposal as grossly unfair to workers and others saying they are open to the permit program, but only after the city puts forward other initiatives that boost parking supply or offer other transportation alternatives. David Sass, a general manager at Lyfe Kitchen, said he was “almost offended� by his employees being characterized

Now with the first step out of the way, the city faces the uphill task of hashing out all the details and convincing the clamoring parties that this tool will serve as a palliative to the pesky problem of parking congestion and not a Trojan horse that will make a bad situation even worse. The council’s decision on Monday means that the days of free, unrestricted parking for employees on residential blocks may soon be coming to an end. Though the details of the parking program — including the number of issued permits and their costs — will be hashed out, the staff proposal that the council endorsed on Monday sets most of the major parameters. The program does not limit itself to downtown but would

by residents as “intruders� into neighborhoods. They are using public spaces, he noted, and they constitute a valuable part of the community. But residents countered that they’ve waited long enough and that the dire state of their streets begs for urgent action. Eric Filseth, representing a group of residents, said that the conversation about parking should not be about how to divide a neighborhood between workers and residents. Rather, it should be about reducing the number of cars on the streets and restoring the quality of life that has been degraded by parking problems. “It’s time to disentangle the residents from this process and protect the neighborhoods from

commercial zones,� Filseth said. The cost of parking for employers, he said, should be treated as the “cost of business� and should not be paid for by residents. Both residents and employers will have a chance to provide further input on the ordinance as part of a new stakeholders group that the council formed on Monday as part of its discussion. City staff and the stakeholders will work out the specifics of the program in the coming months. N A longer version of this article was posted on Jan. 27 on Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at

tial 100-year-flood-protection project, which when built would ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠxÂŽ mean the bridge would be able to withstand a massive flood that it, to build a raised bridge that has a 1 percent chance of hapallows for greater water flow pening in any given year. The or construct an at-grade bridge designs includes three possible with minimal changes to road- placements for underground byway elevations. pass culverts, which allow water Wednesday’s meeting focused to flow under roads. One alignon the designs and impacts of the ment would run from Middlefield latter two options, which also in- Road out to the San Francisco clude differing plans for longer Bay, another from the creek unterm flood-protection projects. der Hamilton Avenue and a third The raised-bridge alternative, along the creek under Woodland referred to as the Avenue. baseline project, For the 100would raise the ‘I guess I’m just year project, the roadway at the raised bridge debridge and along asking for a lot sign would also portions of Palo more information add 3- to 6-footAlto Avenue and tall floodwalls, Woodland Av- than you’re giving extending up enue. The design to us. If the EIR to 600 feet upcalls for 4-foot- isn’t until summer, stream and 100 tall reta ining feet downstream. walls at the four then maybe we (The height varcorner proper- should postpone ies due to road ties surrounding alignment.) the bridge. The these discussions Menlo Pa rk br idge railing until then.’ resident Brielle would be a stan—local resident Johnck took the dard height of 3 microphone at feet. There would the meeting to be no floodwalls immediately ask water district staff about built — an element of contention the first community meeting, with residents — and this design held Jan. 15, at which she said would protect the area from a Menlo Park City Councilwoman large, once-in-50-years flood. Kirsten Keith said, “Floodwalls The raised bridge would al- are a nonstarter.â€? low more water to flow freely “We all just sat there and said, and is more convenient for ‘Well, this is the best piece of maintenance, said Kevin Sibley, news we’ve gotten,’â€? Johnck associate civil engineer for the said, expressing opposition to the Santa Clara Valley Water Dis- construction of unsightly floodtrict. This construction would walls. “So my question tonight be mainly funded by the water is, is Kirsten on solid ground district, with most of the money there? Can we honestly say there coming from Measure B, a bond will be no floodwalls on either voters passed in 2012. of these alternatives? Because The raised bridge design also I keep hearing the word ‘floodlays the groundwork for a poten- walls’ over and over again.â€?



One alternative for rebuilding flood-prone Pope-Chaucer Street Bridge is a raised bridge. “Floodwalls are one alternative,� said Kevin Murray, project manager at the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority. “At this point in time, your input and Kirsten Keith’s input obviously carries a lot of weight, so a future decision will be made.� The second design, for an at-grade bridge, requires no retaining walls at the four corner properties, no floodwalls and minimal changes to road elevations. It would also build a standard 3-foot-tall bridge railing. The at-grade bridge “maintains the aesthetic of the current bridge without impacting the four corner properties,� Sibley said. It, in the future, would also accommodate a potential 100-yearflood-protection project but with higher floodwalls — up to 7 feet

— that extend much further upstream — 1,800 feet — and 100 feet downstream. “There’s some serious negative with that floodwall issue, and I can appreciate that,� Sibley conceded but said that the floodwall would not actually be 7 feet tall the whole way but rather taper off as it moves farther away from the bridge. Sibley said maintenance is much more difficult with the at-grade bridge than the raised one. Residents have also taken issue with the potential removal of trees along the bridge, starting a website called “Save the Oaks.� The raised-bridge alternative would remove 25 to 35 riparian trees, or trees that grow between land and a creek or river, and up

to 31 landscape trees (due to removal of landscape strips at the four corner properties). The atgrade option would remove the same amount of creek-side trees, but no landscape trees. Many audience members also continually asked staff why no Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been completed yet. Staff said they’re currently working on it, and one is due out this summer. “I guess I’m just asking for a lot more information than you’re giving to us. If the EIR isn’t until summer, then maybe we should postpone these discussions until then,� one audience member said, to a round of applause. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@



Stanford geneticist to lead major stem-cell grant State agency approves $40 million to bridge stem-cell, genomics research


tanford University geneticist Michael Snyder will lead a state-funded stemcell research project that Wednesday won $40 million to create a “Center of Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics.� The award, given to Stanford, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego and five other California research institutions, will focus on bridging stem-cell research with the field of genomics — studying the complete genetic make-up of a cell or organism. Salk Institute geneticist Joseph Ecker will co-direct the five-year project. The funds come from state tax-

payers who, in 2004, created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine with passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. Though only about 10 labs across the state are actively involved in the project, Snyder said the work will benefit “hundreds of labs� across California. “We want to get genomics research out to other researchers, particularly stem-cell researchers, in California,� Snyder said. “Genomics requires sophisticated equipment and expertise, and most people don’t have access to that. An important part of this

by Chris Kenrick is collaborating on projects where we’ll help groups bring genomics to more people. “We’ll take on cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological diseases that are all approachable with stem-cell therapies and do projects related to those issues,� he said. The stem-cell agency’s president, Alan Trounson, said: “Bringing together this team, to do this kind of work, means we will be better able to understand how stem cells change as they grow and become different kinds of cells. “That deeper knowledge, that you can only get through a ge-

nomic analysis of the cells, will help us develop better ways of using these cells to come up with new treatments for deadly diseases,� Trounson said. The five other institutions participating in the $40 million project are the University of California at San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute, the J. Craig Venter Institute and Illumina, Inc., all of San Diego, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Other competitors to lead the research grant, including the University of California at San Francisco and Scripps Research Institute, protested the awards procedure, saying the state agency

had failed to disclose key criteria to all applicants, the Sacramento Bee reported. In addition to the $40 million award, the stem-cell agency’s governing board Wednesday approved more than $27 million in funding to 27 different biology research labs in California, including $1.1 million to Stanford neurologist Gary Steinberg for study of how human neural or brain-nerve stem cells can help people recovering from stroke. The 2004 ballot measure creating the stem-cell agency provided $3 billion in funding for stem-cell research at California universities and research institutions. N


Board favors proposed rules protecting disabled, minorities But parents unhappy that a bullying policy for all students is not up for a vote t a Palo Alto Board of Education meeting that stretched well past midnight Tuesday, board members expressed support — in advance of a final vote Feb. 11 — for new district policies governing the bullying of disabled and other “protected� students. Superintendent Kevin Skelly said the policies should satisfy


a federal agency that in 2012 found the district in violation of civil rights laws. But five parents who waited until the bullying item came up after 1 a.m. expressed frustration that, after a year of work to revise bullying policies, the new policies apply only to legally “protected� classes of students, based on such charac-

teristics as race, disability and sexual preference. “I believed we were going to protect all students — not just protected classes — and now I stand before you and ask, ‘What happened?’� parent Christina Schmidt said. “You had a well-crafted policy. It took a long time to get to it and a lot of people worked

on it and — after sending these documents around and having them approved by everyone — they’re now off the table.� Skelly said he would return to the board by March with a general bullying policy. “I understand the frustration of the speakers but, frankly, we’re just not there yet,� he said. “I can’t bring something

to the board that runs the risk of turning every issue that can be a learning experience between two kids in a classroom into something that has to be reported to the district level and run the risk of not having these things resolved where they could be real learning experiences for folks.� N — Chris Kenrick


teachers’ plan offered enough “specific scaffolding� and intensive extra help for regular-lane students to make them “feel successful� in an advanced class. “If we’re going to ask our struggling kids, who are already struggling, to go up to 9A (accelerated English) that does have a faster curriculum with more vocabulary and more time on task, then we’ve got to provide something different,� Vice President Melissa Baten Caswell said. Board member Dana Tom said his “fundamental discomfort (with the proposed change) is trying to understand how you can effectively challenge and support the students in the class when you have a larger range than what you have today.� Board President Barb Mitchell worried that the proposal is “catching parents and students by surprise,� with ninth-grade signups due next week. “What I’ve learned about our community is that parents and students love choices, and the difficulties about this discussion is it’s perceived as a subtraction as opposed to more choices,� Mitchell said, suggesting that parents be given more time to digest the proposal. Board member Camille

Townsend said the many lane choices offered to students has been cited as a strength of the Palo Alto school district, adding she has heard from many parents concerned about the proposal. Only Emberling supported the English proposal as presented. “I think it’s nice to start with a level playing field and differentiating within the classroom,� she said. “We trust the professionals in our district, and this is a pilot program.� The board, however, expressed enthusiasm for the two “pathway� ideas. The Social Justice Pathway would be designed as a schoolwithin-a school for about 60 students in grades 10 through 12, similar to Paly’s existing TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) program for freshmen. Students would move together through English, history and — for most of them — Spanish classes, with an emphasis on project-based learning and primary documents. The Sports Career Pathway would not be a school-within-aschool but would offer sportsthemed classes such as kinesiology, sports literature and photojournalism — classes that

already exist at Paly — and include internships and a new introductory class called “Getting Into the Game.� Teachers said they came up with the proposals after being asked two years ago to brainstorm for “out- of-the-box ideas� that would ignite students’ passions. “At the heart of this is recognizing a true interest base among our students,� English teacher Lucy Filppu said, stressing that the Sports Career Pathway is not meant particularly for athletes but to capitalize on many students’ natural interest in sports. Board members objected to an element in the sports pathway creating an optional “strand� for students not wishing to complete a four-year-college-prep curriculum. The objections echoed similar concerns expressed by parents Woodham and Dauber. “The premise of this pathway is flexible, whereas we want our kids to be college-ready,� Woodham said. Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, the four-year-college-prep curriculum will become a condition of high school graduation unless a student and his or her family specifically have negotiated with the district for “alternative

graduation requirements.� Teachers said they’d be willing to withdraw the non-college-track strand and offer the sports pathway as a college-track-only option. In addition to the pathways proposals, board members were particularly enthusiastic about a proposed new Paly class in Early Childhood Development, a new nanotechnology class that will be offered in cooperation with Foothill College to both Paly and Gunn students, and a new marine biology class at Gunn. They also embraced JLS Middle School proposals for classes in “Money Matters� and a project-oriented class focusing on environmental issues. Before a final vote on the new classes likely for Feb. 11, board members asked for tweaks in a JLS Middle School proposal for a new Exploratory Language class aimed at building readiness in middle school students to pursue a foreign language in high school. The class, said JLS French teacher Jacqueline Kandell, would “get them used to sounds and pronunciations through a fun way of learning that focuses on the culture, arts, crafts and geography. It would allow them to get comfortable and build readiness to learn a language.� N


they see themselves right off the bat as not being as smart as their peers,� Paly Principal Kim Diorio said. “I think that sets them up in that mindset that they’re in a fixed place in our school, and that’s really troubling. “In our school we talk about equity and structural inequalities that exist in our system and how we can raise achievement for all students.� Diorio and the teachers said they believe their proposed change would also be easier for teachers because special-education students would be dispersed among more than 20 freshman English classes rather than concentrated in a few low-lane sections. Parents Sara Woodham and Ken Dauber backed the English teachers’ proposal at the meeting but parents Louise Valente, Lauren Janov and Jonathan Foster questioned it. Board members said they’ve been flooded with emails from parents about the proposed change, however, and all but member Heidi Emberling indicated they were not prepared to support it. They questioned whether the




After a four-year delay, groundbreaking for the new College Terrace Centre, which will include a new grocery store, as well as offices, retail and below-market-rate apartments, is slated for spring.


College Terrace Centre to begin construction Block-long development rises out of recession doldrums after 4 years by Sue Dremann


he long-awaited redevelopment of the College Terrace Centre, which had trouble securing financing until recently, is slated to begin this spring, funder Canyon Capital Realty Advisors has announced. The Palo Alto project, which encompasses the block fronting El Camino Real between College and Oxford avenues, will include 9,000 square feet of space for a new grocery store to replace the 60-year-old JJ&F Market, 45,000 square feet of office space, 7,000 square feet of other retail including an open-air market space and eight below-market-rate apartments. The plan won City Council approval in December 2009 after months of public scrutiny, with residents rallying to keep the beloved JJ&F Market market while opposing dense development. But the center languished during the recession, and funding became difficult to secure, city officials said last year. To keep the project alive, the city granted developer Twenty-One Hundred Ventures an extension on its building permits. But during that time, the grocery store, which gained new ownership in 2011, struggled to survive. The store, operated by the Khoury family, closed in September 2013, after its lease was

up. Twenty-One Hundred Ventures did not offer them a lease in the new development, family members said. Canyon Capital Realty Advisors has made the loan to construct the center, which will be a two- and three-story development with underground parking on 1.4 acres, one block from the Stanford University campus. The separate residential building will have ample on-site parking, Canyon Capital executives said. “College Terrace presents a unique opportunity for Canyon Realty to invest in one of the most coveted addresses in the Bay Area,� Marti Page, director at Canyon Realty, said. “The development’s proximity to Stanford University and the Stanford Research Park provides a dynamic environment for prospective retailers and office users.� Construction is slated to begin this spring and end in August 2015. Carrasco & Associates of Palo Alto are the architects. “We ... are very excited about the retail and commercial opportunities that the completion of College Terrace (Centre) will bring to the area,� developer Shawn-Patrick Smailey said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@


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Superintendent serves dinner, links funders and programs Philanthropists, principals mingle to discuss needs of Ravenswood students by Chris Kenrick


ealthy philanthropists, school principals and nonprofit leaders mingled Wednesday in an unusual session to “map resources� for East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. Superintendent Gloria Hernandez served dinner and invited the district’s outside funders and service providers to brainstorm on strengths, weaknesses and gaps in programs on the district’s seven campuses, which serve 3,600 K-8 children, most of whom are low-income. Hernandez, who came from a Sacramento-area school district to become Ravenswood’s superintendent last summer, said she was “impressed by how many community partners we have, not just this year, but who have invested for years. “I want to deepen our collaboration and change how we deal with our partners,� Hernandez said, adding that she aims to reassess the district’s “delivery system and models.� Only 61 percent of Ravenswood’s eighth-grade graduates

ultimately earn a high-school diploma from the Sequoia Union High School District, compared to Sequoia’s district-wide graduation rate of 80 percent and a 93 percent graduation rate for the Menlo Park City School District students who come to Sequoia. Only 11 percent of Ravenswood’s graduates ultimately complete a four-year collegeprep curriculum in high school, compared to a Sequoia districtwide average of 40 percent and a rate of 76 percent for students coming from the Menlo Park City School District. “We really need to be doing much, much better for our students,� Hernandez said. “We hand them off to Sequoia (for high school), but it’s like being a co-parent. We raise those students until the time they go there.� Though principals have developed individual relationships with outside supporters, Hernandez said she hoped the resourcemapping session would offer a broader perspective and help the district ensure parity and develop a baseline of core services.

She divided the 90 guests into seven groups and asked them to confer with each principal about concerns on her or his campus. Principals were stationed at charts, which identified specific outside funders for supplemental academic programs on their campuses. At the K-8 Willow Oaks School, for example, Principal Cynthia Chin said the school serves 120 of its 703 students in an after-school program, run by the nonprofit Citizen Schools, with 100 children on the waiting list. At the station for the Brentwood Elementary School, one funder remarked that the school did not seem to have much technology. Principal Tami Espinosa said while Ravenswood has a district-wide technology plan, Brentwood “is not very technology-rich. “We’re K-5, and the laptop give-away programs have mainly been to middle school students,� Espinosa said. “But we do now have a laptop cart,� she

said, adding that with new state testing moving online, “just the basics of using a computer, and a mouse, dragging and clicking is something we’re trying to prepare kids for.� Longtime Ravenswood supporters said they were impressed by the volume of information offered at the gathering. “The transparency and the willingness to reach out and leverage resources is really impressive,� said Dave Higaki, executive director of East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring (EPATT), which is in its 26th year of offering tennis lessons and academic tutoring to Ravenswood students. EPATT board member Marcia Pade said she appreciated the opportunity to meet the principals. “The initiative that the superintendent has taken, to be this inclusive, I think, is extraordinary,� Pade said. Stacey Kertsman, director of Castilleja School’s Center for Awareness, Compassion and Engagement, said: “It’s so incredible to be in this room with so

many people thinking about this school district.� Terrence Riley, business manager of the San Francisco nonprofit Aim High, called the resource-mapping dinner, which was funded by the Grove Foundation, a one-of-a-kind event. “I’ve never seen a district go upward and beyond to bring together so many partners to hopefully seek their input and hopefully use their input,� Riley said. Hernandez said Wednesday’s session was limited to outside partners who provide academic programs and did not cover other outside-funded district projects in areas such as mental health, counseling and parent engagement. “This is just a start,� Hernandez said. “We wanted you to see each other and have the programs linked up so you could have dialogues with the principals and get an idea of who else is working in the district.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@



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News Digest Palo Alto police seek purse snatcher Palo Alto police are looking for a bike-riding purse snatcher who they said committed two crimes in the span of 15 minutes downtown Jan. 29. The incidents happened just before 7 p.m. In the first case, the man allegedly stole a purse from a woman who was dining at an outdoor table on the 400 block of University Avenue. Police said the victim, a woman in her 60s, was having a meal and had placed her purse under the table. Police said the man walked up to her, said, “Excuse me,� reached down, grabbed her purse and ran eastbound on University. He then jumped on a dark bicycle and rode away. One passerby heard the victim calling out for help and tried to give chase on foot, police said. The person saw the bike-riding purse snatcher ride eastbound on Lytton Avenue from Cowper Street. Shortly after this incident, police received a call reporting an attempted strong-arm robbery that had occurred at around 6:45 p.m. at a bus stop on Quarry Road near Palo Road, where a bike-riding thief had approached a woman at the bus stop and tried to take the purse off her shoulder as he rode by. She held on, and after a brief struggle, the man rode away westbound on Quarry. Victims described the thief as possibly white, Hispanic or Asian and in his late teens or early 20s, between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches in height, with a thin build. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent to 650-383-8984. N — Gennady Sheyner

Alleged serial car burglar re-arrested The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man they believe is responsible for numerous windowsmash auto burglaries of rental cars at Palo Alto restaurants. Vernon Rayshaun Evans-Carmichael, 22, of San Francisco has been charged with 27 felony counts of burglary and grand theft after a string of window-smash auto burglaries, Palo Alto police said. Evan-Carmichael’s alleged crime spree dates back to June 24, 2013, when police received a call about an auto burglary in progress at Stanford Shopping Center, where a thief had taken electronics such as laptops and tablet computers from five rental vehicles after smashing car windows. Officers later identified Evans-Carmichael as a suspect and obtained a felony warrant for his arrest on Oct. 3. He was arrested, charged with auto burglary and grand theft, but he posted bail and failed to appear at his arraignment. Nine window-smash auto burglaries then occurred on Jan. 14 at the Fish Market at 3150 El Camino Real. Seven of the vehicles were rental cars, and the burglar also targeted small electronics. EvansCarmichael was suspected in those cases, police said. On Jan. 16, the Oakley Police Department in Contra Costa County located and arrested Evans-Carmichael. He now remains in custody on $350,000 bail. Despite his arrest, auto burglaries have continued in Palo Alto. Eight burglaries occurred on the evening of Jan. 23 in downtown parking garages. N — Sue Dremann

Council aims to build new police HQ Even if the voters defy their leaders and shoot down a proposed increase to the city’s hotel-tax rate, the Palo Alto City Council will push forward with its most urgent and most complex infrastructure priority — a new public-safety building. That was the consensus of the council’s Infrastructure Committee, which voted unanimously on Jan. 29 to make the public-safety building the city’s top priority. The vote came after a broader discussion about the city’s long list of needed infrastructure repairs, some of which would potentially be paid for with revenues from the hotel-tax hike. The committee has yet to figure out what projects to include in the possible bond package. Despite the council’s sense of urgency about a new police building, the project has consistently failed to attract the public’s overwhelming support. Recent polls confirmed the findings of past polls: While a bare majority might support the $57 million police headquarters, it would be difficult for the council to get the supermajority of voters needed to pass a bond. With its vote Wednesday, the committee signaled that the project should be pursued regardless of the November results, with existing funds if necessary. While a bond measure would help the council tackle some of the other major projects on the list — including new downtown garages, a host of bike improvements and replacement of two obsolete fire stations — members of the four-member committee agreed that the police building is important enough to be pursued with existing funding. N — Gennady Sheyner Page 12ĂŠUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊΣ]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

City Council (Jan. 27)

Board of Education (Jan. 28) New classes: The board discussed proposals from middle and high school teachers for new course offerings for 2014-15, with final votes expected Feb. 11. Action: None Paly English: The board discussed a proposal from the Paly English Department to dismantle the current two-lane structure in freshman English to offer an accelerated class to all ninth graders. Action: None High schools: The board heard annual updates from high school principals under the state-mandated Single Plan for Student Achievement program. Action: None Bullying: The board discussed revisions to policies on how to respond to the bullying of disabled and minority students, with a final vote expected Feb. 11. Action: None

Council Infrastructure Committee (Jan. 29) Infrastructure: The committee voted to adopt a new public-safety building as the city’s top infrastructure priority. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 31)


Parking: The council approved a proposed framework for a citywide Residential Parking Permit Program and directed staff to form a stakeholders group and draft an ordinance creating the program. Yes: Unanimous

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101 Lytton Ave., were the most recent PC projects to win the council’s green light (not counting the overturned proposal on Maybell, which included 60 units of housing for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes). The planning commission, which reviews all such proposals, recognized the challenges with PC projects more than a year ago A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week when a troika of commissioners issued a memo calling the existCITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold its annual retreat to discuss ing process “the greatest chalcouncil priorities, the city’s core values and staff’s work plan for the year. lenge to land-use planning in Palo The retreat will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Ventura Center, Alto today.â€? 3990 Ventura Court. To address this challenge, city staff is now recommending a CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the “Our Palo Altoâ€? initia“time outâ€? period for PC projects tive; potential reforms to the “planned communityâ€? zone process; and — a moratorium that would stay the Environmental Impact Report for the reconfiguration of the Palo Alto in effect until the city revises the Municipal Golf Course. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, zoning rules. In a report issued Feb. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). Wednesday afternoon, planning staff acknowledge that the process has been “viewed by many as too opaque and transactional.â€? “While many acknowledge the success of some past PC developments and advantages of PC zoning as a tool, the process and some of its outcomes have been critiqued as inadequate,â€? the report from the Department of Planning and Community Environment states. “Furthermore, the ad-hoc NEXT WORKSHOP nature of each separate negotiaMichael Priddy, PhD, & tion has contributed to the comThursday, Feb. 27 munity concerns about the lack of Cara Hoepner, RN 7pm-8:30pm a coherent set of values or vision for the future.â€? RSVP to (650) 289-5498 or “Connecting to People The proposed time out would allow staff to consider possible with Alzheimer’s through reforms, including ones recently Compassionate Communicationâ€? suggested by the planning comat 270 Escuela Ave. Mountain View Thursday, March 27, 7pm-8:30pm mission. These include specificalAlexandra Morris, Gerontologist ly defining the types of projects “Seniors & Medications: The that may apply for a PC district; defining the minimum size of a Good, the Bad and the Uglyâ€? property that would be eligible Thursday, April 24, 7pm-8:30pm for PC zones; establish a buffer Elizabeth Landsverk, MD zone between such projects and low-density residential zones; creating a menu of “public benefitsâ€? that a developer could offer under a PC proposal; and estabQuality Daytime Care for Older Adults lishing a “better mechanismâ€? for monitoring stipulations and conditions placed on a project. Though the reforms would not Page 14ĂŠUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊΣ]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“ Business Element: The commission discussed the revised Business Element and recommended its inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan. It also made several amendments, including a recommendation to create a business registry and to study the retail mix on California Avenue and consider a policy on chain stores and diversity of retail. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King, Michael, Tanaka Absent: Martinez

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resolve all the issues around the zoning (the council would still have to weigh the drawbacks of high density against the benefits offered), they would add some predictability to a process that has at times resembled a late-night, high-stakes poker game between developers and elected officials. Because the zoning code doesn’t specifically define “public benefits,� the offerings have ranged widely, from small plazas and large angel statues to affordablehousing units and cash. Perhaps the boldest public benefit ever offered was Jay Paul Co.’s recent proposal to build the city a new police headquarters in exchange for permission to build 311,000 square feet of office space at a site that is already built out to the zoning limit. In December, with the Maybell election in the rear-view mirror and public tensions rising high over dense developments, Jay Paul withdrew the offer, citing the city’s “political climate.� The new recommendation signifies a determination by staff that the only way to save the PC zone is to kill it, at least temporarily. With the Jay Paul application withdrawn and the Maybell project defeated, the only PC project now in the city’s pipeline is 2755 El Camino Real, site of a former Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) lot on the busy corner of El Camino and Page Mill Road. If approved, the 33,000-squarefoot office project would consist of four stories of office space to be occupied by a bank. Palo Alto officials have recently commissioned an independent study to consider the value of the offered public benefits, which include $275,000 toward intersection improvements at El Camino and Page Mill, $175,000 for electric-vehicle charging stations near California Avenue and a $1.4 million contribution toward the city’s soon-to-commence upgrade of California Avenue. According to the planning report, consultants had concluded that a “potential development could be profitable under both a PC zoning designation and a C-S (service commercial) zoning designation.� If the

City Council agrees on Monday to accept staff recommendation, the project at 2755 El Camino would be put on hold until the process is reformed. This would not be the first time that the city is making changes to the PC zone, which has been in existence since 1951. Intentionally vague, the ordinance establishing PCs stated that the districts are intended to accommodate projects such as “neighborhood and district shopping centers, professional and administrative areas, multiple housing developments, single-family residential developments, commercial service centers and industrial parks or any other use or combination of uses which can be made appropriately as part of a planned development.â€? In 1978, the city reformed the process and introduced a more extensive public-review process for PC projects, along with the concept of “public benefitsâ€? that a developer has to offer. The revised PC ordinance, which remains in place today, specifies that the “planned community district is particularly intended for unified, comprehensively planned developments which are of substantial public benefit, and which conform with and enhance the policies and programs of the Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan.â€? Though it was initially intended as an exception to enable particularly beneficial projects, it has become commonplace in recent decades, particularly during times of economic boom. The city currently has between 100 and 150 such developments. Recognizing the frequency of such applications and public anxieties surrounding them, planning Commissioners Mark Michael, Eduardo Martinez and Michael Alcheck wrote in their March 2013 memo: “The forces for development in Palo Alto, the scarcity of available land, the impact of higher density land uses, and the infrastructure required to support existing and new development demand that we revisit this aspect of the ‘Palo Alto Process.’â€? The process of reforming the ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


PC zone coincides with the city’s revision of the Comprehensive Plan, its land-use bible. In the Wednesday report, staff offers two options for proceeding with the time out. One would freeze the zoning mechanism until late summer, when staff presents the council with an analysis and recommendations. Another approach would link the PC conversation with the broader update of the Comprehensive Plan, an option that would extend the timeline for reforming the zoning process. Whichever approach the council chooses, members are unlikely to kill the PC zone entirely. At their Dec. 2 discussion of the topic, several council members said that while they would be open to reform, they would be reluctant to scrap it entirely, as many in the community have urged. Then-Mayor Greg Scharff said he would support, for instance, inclusion in staff reports of the “pros and cons� of such proposals. “What we need is community buy-in into the PC process and not this fear,� Scharff said. Councilman Pat Burt, meanwhile, downplayed the impact of PC projects and observed that for all the hype, they make up only a small portion of the proposals in front of the council (only two were in the pipeline during the time of the Dec. 2 meeting, which was two weeks before Jay Paul pulled out). The more pertinent issue, Burt said, is large developments in general. Those people who are focusing on the PC zone as the “primary culprit of our problems of having too much development occurring too rapidly — which I agree with — are misguided and doing a disservice to those in the community who are concerned about the rate of change and growth,� Burt said on Dec. 2. Councilman Larry Klein was the most outspoken opponent of a moratorium at that meeting, observing that moratoriums often have “unintended consequences.� Councilwoman Karen Holman, meanwhile, took the opposite stance and said the city should “have a moratorium on PCs, including those in the pipeline.� “I’d like to be a community where commercial entities that want to enter Palo Alto are welcomed, not referended, not appealed,� Holman said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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Palo Alto to host crime-prevention meeting Responding to a recent string of robberies, Palo Alto police are inviting residents to a community meeting on Feb. 4 to discuss these incidents, go over the city’s response and offer crime-prevention tips. (Posted Jan. 30, 1:17 p.m.)

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Residential streets in downtown Palo Alto may be filled to capacity with parked cars, but the picture inside several garages couldn’t be any more different. (Posted Jan. 29, 9:49 a.m.)

EPA reaches $3 million cleanup settlement Nearly 30 years after circuit board manufacturer CTS Printex left Mountain View for Fremont, the company has agreed to pay $3 million for a toxic cleanup on Sierra Vista Avenue.

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Man pleads not guilty to smashing windows A San Jose man who allegedly smashed windows at three East Palo Alto churches because he wanted to use the bathroom has pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court. (Posted

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Gunn takes on ‘Vagina Monologues’ Students at Gunn High School are mounting a production of “The Vagina Monologues� — a Valentine’s Day staple on college and university campuses, but rare at the high-school level. (Posted Jan. 28. 2:38 p.m.)

SamTrans cuts peak bus service A series of sweeping, system-wide changes for SamTrans means that Palo Alto residents now must hop-scotch through bus transfers and BART to get to and from San Francisco as of Sunday, Jan. 26.

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Mountain View man dies surfing A boogie boarder who died after being pulled from the ocean in Santa Cruz on Jan. 24 was identified as James Zenk, 47, of Mountain View, according to the county coroner’s office. (Posted Jan. 27, 9:06 a.m.)

No charge in crash that hurt 6-year-olds Edward Nelson, the 90-year-old driver whose SUV jumped a curb and pinned 6-year-old twin boys against a wall in downtown Menlo Park, will not be charged with an infraction for driving on the sidewalk. (Posted Jan. 27, 9:05 a.m.)


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More local flu deaths A total of eight people have died as a result of the H1N1 flu virus in Santa Clara County this flu season, according to a new report from the county’s health department. (Posted Jan. 24, 2:24 p.m.)

Palo Alto man scares off home burglar A burglar rummaging through a Palo Alto house at about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20 fled after he walked into a bedroom and discovered he had awakened a sleeping resident, police are reporting. (Posted Jan. 23, 8:09 p.m.)

Palo Alto couple robbed in home invasion Three men forced their way into the home of a Palo Alto couple in their 80s and robbed them at gunpoint on Thursday morning, Jan. 23, police said. (Posted Jan. 23, 12:52 p.m.)

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Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Assault w/ deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle related Attempt stealing vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . 12 Driving w/o license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 7 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . 8 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Unattended death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Menlo Park Jan. 21-27 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 8 Vehicle accident/no injuries . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gang violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Arastradero Road, 1/18, 7:22 p.m.; domestic violence La Selva Drive, 1/20, 0:02 a.m.; domestic violence/battery Vista Avenue, 1/20, 1:51 p.m.; assault w/ a deadly weapon Palo Alto Avenue, 1/23, 10:43 a.m.; armed robbery El Camino Real, 1/25, 5:04 p.m.; domestic violence/battery El Camino Real, 1/25, 7:57 p.m.; battery University Avenue, 1/27, 3:20 a.m.; battery

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John S. Traynor John S. Traynor, 88, a former Palo Alto resident, died on Jan. 11 while on a business trip to Visalia, Calif. He was born on Aug. 26, 1925, in Santa Cruz, Calif., the son of Lee J. and Edith D. Traynor. He was raised in Palo Alto and attended Sherman and Mayfield grammar schools, Jordan Jr. High School and Palo Alto High School. He graduated from Paly in 1943, starting his college education that spring at Stanford University. His education was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. After the war, he returned to continue his education at Stanford and received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1950 and the next year, a master’s of science in mechanical engineering with an aeronautical engineering option. Subsequently, he was employed at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif., but after several years he decided to attend Los Angeles Art Center School to study industrial design. He was issued several patents and had a life-long interest in diverse scientific fields. He formed ADCO (Advanced Design Company) and established and was president of Cellnor Corporation. He returned to Palo Alto to take care of real estate interests owned by his family until the properties were sold in the late 1980s. He and his sister jointly owned or participated in several real estate investments subsequently and at the time of his death. He is survived by his sister, Joyce Traynor. A memorial service will be held at Alta Mesa Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto on Monday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. The burial will follow the funeral service.

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Sarah Sasaki and Gregory Tsien Sarah Sasaki and Gregory Tsien, who met at Gunn High School, were married on July 6 in Maui, Hawaii at the Sugarman’s Estate in Makena. Family friend Lea Feinstein of Palo Alto performed the ceremony. The two have been close friends ever since high school, even while she attended the University of California, Berkeley and he was at Stanford University. The bride is a senior manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she oversees PG&E’s community investment and philanthropy program as well as its corporate foundation. She is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, a former Americorps member and previously the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen. She is the daughter of Go Sasaki, Sr. and Kay K. Sasaki

of Los Altos Hills, Calif. The bride’s father is a retired Bay Area real estate investor and the bride’s mother is a former Spanish and Japanese teacher. The groom is a math teacher and grade team lead at the Uncommon Charter High School, a public school in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a graduate of Stanford University. He worked as an engineer at Johnson & Johnson until joining the Obama 2008 presidential campaign in Indiana, which inspired his entrance into the field of education. He is the son of Richard W. Tsien and Julia Shiang of New York City. The groom’s father is the director of the Neuroscience Institute at the Langone Medical Center at New York University. His mother is an associate professor of applied psychology, also at New York University. The couple currently resides in New York City.

A memorial service for Elizabeth “Jingâ€? Lyman, widow of the late Stanford President Richard W. Lyman and a key player in the creation of the university’s institute for gender research, will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Stanford Memorial Church. A reception will follow at the Stanford Faculty Club. There will limited ďŹ rst-come, ďŹ rstserved reserved parking available for the service, with signage reading ‘Jing Lyman Memorial Service’ at the Tresidder Visitor Lot. Do not purchase a parking permit at these designated spaces. Jing Lyman died Nov. 21 at Channing House in Palo Alto. She was 88. Jing Lyman played an instrumental role in creating what is now the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. The institute, established in 1974, is now considered one of the nation’s most distinguished research centers devoted to gender research. In lieu of owers, Jing Lyman requested that donations be made in her name to the enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing advocacy organization, or to the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford For Stanford’s full obituary on Jing Lyman, visit http://news. html PA I D



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Pearl Dorothy Ross April 24, 1918 – January 14, 2014 Pearl Dorothy Ross was born in Detroit Michigan on March 24, 1918 to Otto and Ida Burkowski. Pearl passed away peacefully on January 14, 2014 in Auburn. CA. She was the youngest of 4 children, Walter, Mildred and Lillian.(all passed) In 1938 she met Sidney Harold Ross of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and they were married in Detroit June 17, 1941. In 1944 Pearl and Sid moved from Michigan to Los Angeles, Ca. Diane, their only daughter was born on May 28, l944. IN October 1949 Pearl and Sid moved to Menlo Park, were she resided for 63 years before moving to Auburn Ca assisted living. Sidney passed away in November 1990. Pearl loved her home, her garden, sewing, was a wonderful cook and talented artist. She loved to paint owers on birdhouses and cards. Pearl was employed by Menlo Atherton food service and retired 30 years ago from Foothill college food service. For more than 50 years she was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park. Pearl is survived by daughter Diane McLoughlin, grandsons Tyler and Dugan of Tahoe City, CA and great grandson Aiden of Germany. A memorial service will be held at Alta Mesa Cementary at a later date. We love you Mom and Grandma. PA I D



Editorial The school board’s nadir Adjourning at 2:15 a.m., our school board and superintendent abandon any semblance of transparent and effective governance


here are so many ways the public, students and teachers were disrespected by the school board and Superintendent Kevin Skelly in Tuesday night’s ridiculous eight-hour meeting that we hardly know where to start. It was a stunning display of manipulative agenda planning by board president Barbara Mitchell and Skelly, made worse by the failure of the other four board members to take action when it became obvious that the meeting was completely unraveling. It also provided yet another window into how dysfunctional this group has become in carrying out its basic responsibilities for communicating honestly and clearly with parents and its own teaching staff. The tone for the meeting was set by the appalling treatment of a nervous middle school student who wanted to tell the board about her bullying experience, a topic on the agenda for late in the meeting. Board president Mitchell refused to let her speak early in the evening, a consideration that has routinely been made for other students so they don’t have to wait around on a school night for an item to be discussed later. The girl’s short speech was cut off and an adult accompanying her was threatened by Mitchell with removal from the meeting. From there, the meeting all but disintegrated as one agenda item after another went far beyond its 10-15 minute allotted time until the meeting was more than three hours behind schedule at midnight. Among the items were several that, if properly communicated and understood by the public, would have generated significant and diverse public input. Instead, the controversial items were obscured from the public and bundled together on a crowded agenda with unrealistic time allocations that made constructive discussion and decision-making impossible. For example, 10 minutes was scheduled for a presentation and discussion on two proposed major new curriculum initiatives at Palo Alto High School, including one to create a new “Sports Career Pathway� that would allow a student the option of graduating without meeting the so-called A-G course requirements for admission to the UC system, a policy adopted in 2012. That fact was buried in the meeting materials and caught both board members and the public by surprise. Then another bold teacher initiative, to implement a pilot program at Paly of eliminating lanes for freshman English, was slotted for a 10-minute presentation and discussion, in spite of the fact that this proposal was the result of 18 months of staff work and was a major and controversial program shift. That discussion ended in a train wreck at 1:15 a.m. with Skelly halfheartedly suggesting the board give the English teachers “a shot� at making it work and the board steadfast in opposing the idea, citing parent objections and their own theories of laning that were at odds with the professional teachers. And, in a phenomenon that should concern anyone who cares about open government and transparency, almost all “public� input on the topic came not from people who attended the meeting and spoke publicly to the board but through emails or phone calls directly to board members. Since the district does not release communications to board members on agenda items, as is the normal practice at other government bodies, the public has no idea who or what influenced the thinking of board members. How in the world did Mitchell and Skelly think that such a topic needed just 10 minutes of time on a school board agenda? The only plausible explanation is that they didn’t want public awareness or discussion. For a district that holds up site-based decision-making as its governance model and repeatedly follows the recommendations of its principals, what explains Skelly and the board’s shoddy treatment of new Paly principal Kim Diorio and her team of English teachers who had worked so hard on a new concept for delivering freshman English? Regardless of the merits of the proposal, Skelly and the board’s disrespect of its staff was made even worse by their having kept these teachers at the board meeting until after 1 a.m. when they were due back in their classrooms just a few hours later. Finally, at 1:15 a.m., after their dismissive comments to the Paly English teachers, an incoherent one-hour “discussion� began on the most complicated item on the entire agenda: proposed bullying policies that had been under development for more than a year and which have been so mangled that not even the board members or their attorney could accurately describe them or the history of their development. The school board and Skelly not only owe the community their apologies, but a “re-do� on these important agenda items. All of us, including the teachers, parents and one middle school student who all left the meeting near tears for the way they were treated, deserve better from those who claim to be working on their behalf.


Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

St. Michael’s Alley? Editor, Interesting article about P.A. restaurants (“Palo Alto’s dining renaissance�). I’m surprised you didn’t mention St. Michael’s Alley. It has been here since 1959 — and is a single proprietor business. It has been a favorite of your staff members for decades. Let’s patronize our home-grown people! P.S. Carol Blitzer did a nice piece when Vernon Gates died in 2011. He started St. Michael’s Alley. Lynn Robinson Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Overnight parking Editor, A case can be made for the requirement of permits to park overnight on city streets in residential areas. While a fee charged to non-residents is justifiable, it is definitely not justifiable to charge tax-paying homeowners a fee for parking on the street directly in front of their own home. Homeowners parking their own cars in front of their own homes is not a problem and never has been. Don’t penalize homeowners for a problem caused by others who do not live in the neighborhood where they park. John Paul Hanna Crescent Drive, Palo Alto

Palo Alto food scene Editor, Given the Weekly’s office is adjacent to California Avenue, one would have expected mention of nearby dining opportunities in its article, “A Dining Renaissance.� Perhaps a follow-up article is planned to include venues south of Embarcadero? By focusing on the changing and expanding food scene in Palo Alto, the article misses what I think is part of the genesis of this restaurant boom — the influx of younger workers looking for a nearby, tasty, relatively fast and affordable lunch. This results in more cuisines offered (good) but less variety in the types of dining experiences (bad). The proliferation of venues stressing takeout, while offering small plates, fancy-pants burgers, hot dogs and chi-chi ice-cream now makes it harder to find a restaurant where one wants to bother making a reservation, to meet up with friends and linger over good food while sitting in a comfortable chair. I love having new food options, but also appreciate dining that includes factors other than fast, cheap, and convenient. Here are three places worth experiencing in town, south of Embarcadero. Baume, the only place in town with two Michelin stars and hence

expensive, offers molecular gastronomy in a complimentary contemporary setting with fine service and fabulous food. This is a place for celebration. Palo Alto Sol, also on California Avenue, has the best homemade moles and sauces — good Mexican food. Fuki-Sushi on El Camino near El Camino Way is an attractive, family-owned restaurant with the best, freshest sushi around. Bon appetit. Winter Dellenbach La Para, Palo Alto

Affordable for whom? Editor, I would love to see genuinely affordable housing in our communities for people with modest incomes. However, while it may sound good at first, the “affordable housing� we’re being coerced into adopting misses the mark. As many have pointed out, teachers, police and firemen earn far too much to qualify for it, and very low-income workers earn far too little to afford it. It’s essentially a bizarre quota system created to provide a certain number of illdefined subsidized housing units for who-knows-whom to live in brand new, ultra-expensive units at a bargain rent-controlled price. Hmmmmm... Here are some BMR “affordable� unit rents in

Dublin: studios — $1,595; one bedrooms — $1,735; two bedrooms — $2,300. That should help the sales clerks at Walgreens. Consider: The maximum income cutoffs for BMR (Below Market Rate) housing purchases in San Mateo County are 110 percent of the median income. That’s 10 percent higher than the median! For one person, the cut-off is $79,310; for two people it’s $82,400; for three it’s $101,970 ($111,240 if first-time homebuyers) — hardly the incomes of the working poor. And why are housing costs skyrocketing? Because recent changes in land-use policy restrict new development to narrow downtown areas near public transit, thus skewing the real-estate market and driving prices up mercilessly. Another downside: “affordable housing units� bring less revenue to the city than market-rate counterparts, due to the artificially lowered price of the property and its taxes. “Affordable housing� projects also often have an unintended effect on other people’s property, i.e., lowering surrounding property values. Thus, like most utopian socialist schemes, they are a lose-lose proposition in the end. Cherie Zaslawsky Oak Lane, Menlo Park

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Guest Opinion

Everything not roses at Stanford, Paly Daily has difficulty getting comment on negative news by Billy Gallagher Editor’s Note: The following column ( / 2013/ 02/ 01/ editors-farewell-this-is-your-school/) is reprinted with permission from Stanford. Gallagher was co-editor of the Daily when he wrote it last year. n the fall of 2012, President Hennessy quoted Steve Jobs’ famous 2005 commencement address in his convocation to the Class of 2016. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.� Hennessy went on to tell the new class that their undergraduate education would serve as a foundation for their lives and that Stanford expected them each to become “an enthusiastic member of this academic community.� But how often are we encouraged to decide what we want the Stanford community to become? And if our inner voice is critical of the current community, will Stanford still listen? Students are encouraged by their professors to critically examine the world and work to maximize their potential and positively impact their community. But outside of the classroom, the situation changes drastically. Now, little Stanford student, you aren’t supposed to say a single negative word about your Stanford experience.


I can’t even count how many meetings I’ve had with Stanford administrators to discuss why they’re too busy to meet with our reporters.

This is Stanford. We are all geniuses who bathe in the sun, rip shots while coding, smoke while analyzing Chaucer, roll out of bed late and crush the McKinsey interview and get a nice night’s sleep before doing it again. And we’re all happy. There aren’t problems with mental health stigmas on campus, brought sharply into focus by student suicides last spring. Students shouldn’t be concerned about the autonomy and direction of student housing, particularly in row houses and suites. Students shouldn’t be concerned about the current state of sexual assault on campus, nor the few protections the Alternative Review Process affords the accused. Critically analyze your reading, not the quality of your Stanford experience. Indeed, there are, have been and always will be problems. Students are attempting suicide. Students are sexually assaulting other students. Do you know how many? Do you know if the numbers are going up or down? Do you know what’s being done to address either issue? No. We’ve failed you as journalists. Your university has failed you. We’ve failed each

other as community members. The culture of silence at Stanford has gotten out of hand, and no one has noticed. Stanford has become so obsessed with a perfectly manicured image that it sweeps very real issues under the rug. I guess “have open, honest discussions about depression across campusâ€? doesn’t look as good as a palm tree on an admissions brochure. Of course we need to respect privacy. But that’s why the University can provide statistics that protect people’s identity and that’s why journalists hold anonymity so sacred. At the Daily, we worked to overcome this silence by banning email interviews this fall, which the University has abused to replace quotes with press release sound bites. The pushback from many, all purportedly tasked with serving the students and the community, was frankly unbelievable. Some administrators have been great. The student body is very lucky to have a Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Greg Boardman, who strongly supports the autonomy of the student press. Others have been offensively useless. Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) exists to serve students and the Stanford community — unless that involves talking to the most-read student publication, of course. We’ve had interview request after request declined, only to be told that we’ll receive an emailed statement that is often barely relevant and praises R&DE no matter what the situation. I can’t even count how many meetings I’ve had with Stanford administrators to discuss why they’re too busy to meet with our reporters. I’m sick of administrators lying to my face. I’m sick of being told we can’t have any numbers or information on suicide attempts, but being given a press release, complete with quotes from President Hennessy, telling us how “transformativeâ€? it is that the School of Education has added the word “Graduateâ€? to its title. I’m sick of being told that the administration has students’ best interest in mind when no apparent attempts are made to engage with students in meaningful dialogue before decisions are made. I love this school, and yes, we do live in a physical paradise. But by admitting that it isn’t perfect, by openly admitting that we have serious, serious issues to deal with, we can start to work towards solutions. Luckily, I have another year and a half here to help — help with the next generation of Daily staff so they will fight for what’s right and fight to get information out there. But we need to help ourselves. The responsibility lies with all of us in the community to be actively engaged, care about the issues and challenge both media coverage and the university. We at the Daily have long served as a watchdog for the university, with our read­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

At Paly, workload turns learning experience into drudgery by Hillel Zand s students in the Palo Alto Unified School District, not a day goes by that we are not reminded of our great fortune to be in such a prestigious district. Our students rank among the top in the nation, perform above average on nationwide testing and often obtain coveted internships in many academic fields. While all this may be true — and then some — nobody ever seems to ask: “At what cost?â€? Although Palo Alto High School students are bright and ambitious, we have been thrown into a system that force-feeds information, thus restricting our capacity for application of knowledge and lessening enthusiasm for learning. In the end, the purpose of a holistic education has been defeated. While we as students certainly experience the trials and tribulations of a stressful academic and extracurricular workload, the rigor is not put into perspective until graduates have the opportunity to reflect on their high school years. The school district recently conducted a survey of its high school graduates from Paly and Henry M. Gunn High School from the Class of 2012 and found that most prepared for college in respect to the ability to complete multiple-choice tests and homework. “High school needs to stop teaching students to make them excel at college and should start teaching them so they can excel at just being people,â€? one Paly graduate wrote. “The college focus (which is literally palpable at Paly) leads many, many people ... to look at a class as a means to a grade, and not as a means to knowledge.â€? This constant, “palpableâ€? and unspoken expectation of achieving academic perfection has destroyed the infatuation of learning that many students possessed yesteryear in the naĂŻve days of elementary school and middle school. For many Paly students, success in learning has lost its true meaning and is now associated with the moment of receiving an A on an assignment, which means an A in a course, which means a higher gradepoint average, which signifies reaching the Mecca of Palo Alto: college admission. I challenge you to find more than a dozen students on campus who wake up each morning excited for the material they will learn that day in all their classes. Rather, they are more likely dreading the impending note-taking and piling-up of work that will greet them. This regression from learning for the sake of learning to learning for the sake of a grade has also led to a rise in the great elephant in the room: cheating. Few teachers are aware of the reality where many students hastily copy a peer’s assignment five minutes before it is due. Why? Because they spent the whole night completing a project and only got five hours of sleep. So as a sacrifice they chose not to do their homework for another class, robotically copied the information they were supposed to learn and as a result failed to understand the actual material. And this cycle will continue for days, weeks and years. “There’s some questions as to how well we’re preparing (students) socially, emotionally or for some of the life skills you need to have when you go off to college,â€?


Principal Kim Diorio said. “I’ve always thought that there’s just way too much work and pressure on students.� Less than 50 percent of the class of 2012 felt adequately prepared in “making ethical, constructive choices� and “resisting peer pressure.� Has the ability to act as a moral member of society become secondary to the ability to bubble in A, B, C, D or E? While students may be prepared to recite Shakespearean monologues and construct parabolic graphs, the emphasis on more applicable real-life skills is lacking. “Money management was never mentioned (at Paly) and I felt unprepared to suddenly work three on-campus jobs without any previous money-making experience,� a Paly graduate wrote. “I was also unprepared for actually wanting to learn, as Paly was more of a machine to get good grades than a place to teach me a love of academics.�

This regression from learning for the sake of learning to learning for the sake of a grade has also led to a rise in the great elephant in the room: cheating. Putting academic instruction aside, the real shame lies in the mental toll that students incur from this “educationpocalypse.â€? “I hate when I hear people say they spent eight hours doing homework last night or spent all day on a Saturday or Sunday doing homework,â€? Diorio said. “I think teachers need to do a better job empathizing with what it’s like to be a high school student and I think they need to hear (student) voices. I’m very confident our kids are going to go off and be good students, but we need to make sure it’s not coming at the expense of something else.â€? Even worse is the fact that students are not recognized for the pressure they place on themselves. Rare is the case when a teacher pulls a student aside after class and congratulates him or her for improving his or her grade on a recent test — which may be a result of studying for five hours, unbeknownst to the teacher. Students feel underappreciated and may not even realize it because methodically doing work has become so innate. Learning to be a successful student — and hopefully a model citizen — should not come at the expense of mental, physical and emotional well-being, which can be found most tangible in sleep deprivation. Only 8 percent of high school students get enough sleep on a school night, a 2007 finding by the Journal of ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ




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of depression among students has also increased sixfold during the same time frame. Those who say the school district should continue to strive to be the best in academics are right. However, how we define “best� and how we educate our students must be amended. Palo Alto should not apologize for its suc-

cess, but our district must revisit its measure of success and how it achieves implementation of its first-rate education so it can be proud of answering the question of “at what cost?� N Hillel Zand is a student at Palo Alto High School and wrote this piece for the Campanile, the school’s student newspaper.

ition. Keep fighting. And most of all, don’t let the administration drown out your voice. This is your school. N Billy Gallagher is one of two ASSU (student body) presidents at Stanford. He wrote this piece while he was president and editor in chief of the Stanford Daily last year.

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Hitting the right note Janine Breitbart sings along to Dinah Shore’s “Sweet Violets� from 1948 during the Vintage Music Therapy Program at BridgePoint at Los Altos.


ne day while leading one of his vintage-music reminiscing sessions at the Day Break adult day care in Sunnyvale, musicologist John Lehman finally got through to a man in his 80s who was agitated and restless because of his dementia. During the session, the senior would leap up from his chair to tell Lehman the same joke over and over, then sit back down. He repeated the behavior more than 30 times throughout the hour — distracted and otherwise disengaged from the music at large. Then Lehman played the next song, “As Time Goes By� from the movie “Casa-


Music therapist Beth Hardy, far right, plays a song on guitar as Christopher Manak, center, and his granddaughter Zoey, 4, follow along with egg shakers during Manak’s temporary stay at the hospice unit of the VA Palo Alto Hospital.

From autism to dementia to the end of life, music has the power to resonate and soothe photos and story by Veronica Weber

blanca,� and witnessed the man’s transformation. “He just sat straight up like he got hit with a bolt of lightning. Then he calmly stood up, walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘You know, I was in the war,’� Lehman recalled. The man began telling Lehman he remembered the song from his youth in 1944. He had been serving in the Japanese Army during WWII when America’s Office of War Information aired popular songs of the time across airwaves in the Pacific Theater as part of its Voice of America radio broadcast. Moments such as these illustrate the power of music and the efforts of music

therapists, musicologists and researchers who are using music as therapy to help a broad range of people. Music can provide a voice for a nonverbal child with autism, help people with dementia or Alzheimer’s remember longlost memories. It can also provide calm and peace to those in their last moments of life. “Music touches on a lot of different places in people’s brains and their lives,� said Beth Hardy, a music therapist who holds a credential from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. “We grew up with music. We are rhythmic people — our heartbeats, our cadence, our walk — we are a rhythm. ...

Cover Story Music therapist Spencer Hardy sings a song that gets kids to stretch their arms to the beat, as teacher Suzanne Doi, center, and occupational therapists and classroom assistants help the students raise their limbs at Juana Briones Elementary School.

Hardy asks Jeffrey Zuegel, 14, to gently quiet down his drumming while helping Jeffrey to focus on the rhythm and beat during his music-therapy session at Hardy’s private practice.

We use music in every ritual of our lives. If you think of weddings, funerals, birthday parties, special events, music is the connecting factor through all those things.�


n Suzanne Doi’s K-5 classroom for students with special needs at Juana Briones Elementary School, boardcertified music therapist Spencer Hardy strums his guitar and leads a small group of children in a catchy song. “I have two shoes and one of them is a boogity woogity shoe,� Hardy sings, motioning to the kids to try and touch their toes as they shake plastic eggs filled with sand to the beat of the music. He points to a smiling girl in the center. “OK, Ava, tell us what should we do next,� as he hands her his iPad displaying colorful pictures of a head, legs, eyes and arms. Ava touches the screen and selects arms.

“I have two arms, and one of them is a boogity woogity arm,� he sings while occupational therapists and classroom aides sing along as they raise some of the children’s arms. “Music is very calming for them; in some ways it’s almost magical. They start to hear a song, and then they forget about everything else, or their bodies start moving in ways that maybe they weren’t before,� Doi said. On the surface it might seem like Hardy is simply performing and entertaining the group, but in reality he is adjusting to each student’s limited abilities, working to help develop their motor skills, establish communication, learn to make decisions, interact socially and make eye contact. “There are a lot of social skills that are happening in the group that people may not think would happen in a music group,� Doi said. “All those things that we take for granted ... are things that sometimes we have to be taught, and I think (with music therapy) that’s a really nice way to do it

in a very low-key, non-pressured situation.â€? Hardy specializes in working with kids and young adults in the special-needs community, particularly those on the autism spectrum. He leads group-therapy sessions once a week for students at Juana Briones and Greendell schools in Palo Alto, meets one-on-one with clients at his private practice in Los Altos, and is collaborating with fellow music therapist Beth Robinson as they prepare to launch ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


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Cover Story heart.â€? Though Lehman leads the weekly sessions to a variety of their joint practice, Rainbow seniors with varying degrees of Music Therapy (www.rainbowmental agility and sharpness, he, at the end of is most excited about the prosthis month. pect of studying how music can In his work, Hardy sees a wide help those with dementia and range of students with all types Alzheimer’s disease. He lost his of abilities. mother, an aunt and two cousins Some of his students are nonto the disease and notes that deverbal, so he uses devices like an mentia rates are expected to rise iPad or speech recorder to help a significantly as Baby Boomers student learn how to communiage. cate what they would like to do. He says his work is informed For students who have impulby the neurological research of sive behaviors he will introduce music on the brain and memory drumming and percussive instrufrom neuroscientists Oliver Sacks ments to keep them focused on a and Daniel Levitin. beat. Oftentimes Hardy says his “I read in Levitin’s book ‘This students have perfect pitch or Is Your Brain On Music’ that rhythm but struggle with making what you hear as a teenager, bemistakes as they try to play the cause of hormones and emotional music that is playing perfectly in development and brain acceleratheir head. tion, you never forget,â€? he said. “Music within itself creates “Even though you may think a nonthreatening environment you forgot it and you don’t hear where people are able to sort of the music for 50, 60, 70 years ... relax and feel safe and comfort- John Lehman, executive director of Senior New Ways and leader of the group’s Vintage Music Therapy who you were necking with in the able in this idea of creating music Program, dances and sings with BridgePoint at Los Altos resident Sylvia Brown in January. backseat, when you went to prom, together and be themselves in that all that stuff, the emotion of it, the space. And then from there, as a smells, the sound, everything is therapist, I can meet a child on captured and it’s really cemented the same level through music and in there.â€? from there we can grow together,â€? In the spring Lehman says he he said. will begin working with researchDoi has seen it firsthand in her ers from the Alzheimer Disease classroom. One of her students Research Center at USC to conhas learned how to clap on her duct research on how the program own by participating in Hardy’s may affect the cognition levels of weekly sessions. Doi says that the Alzheimer’s patients by adminismusic frees and empowers her tering a series of regular memory kids to express themselves. tests within a control group. “There’s something about the “It is tremendously important rhythm of the music that’s very to identify modifiable factors soothing for our students, it’s very that might contribute to healthy freeing. They all really respond to cognition in old age. Music is music in lots of different ways,â€? particularly promising because it she said. “It gives them a very inengages cognition, emotion, phystimate experience with music and ical movement and social engagegives them a lot of opportunities ment,â€? stated Dr. Margaret Gatz, to show their joy.â€? professor of psychology, gerontolParent Lisa Zuegel agrees. She ogy and preventative medicine at is able to better communicate USC who will be overseeing the with her son Jeffrey, 14, through research with doctoral student Jeffrey’s love of songs and music. Alison Balbag. Jeffrey was diagnosed with lowMarguerite Manteau-Rao, a limuscle-tone cerebral palsy and censed clinical social worker with displays some behaviors akin to a private psychotherapy practice autism. in Palo Alto and clinical director “Jeffrey makes up songs all of the Lakeside Park specialized the time. ... It’s a good way for us Lehman dances with Betty Swinyard, center, as Elizabeth Center (from left of center), Anita Steinacher elder-care facility in Oakland, to connect with him,â€? she said. and Pauline La Brie and fellow residents at BridgePoint at Los Altos listen to an hour program of music agrees about the profound effects “He’s telling us a story through from the 1920s through the ‘50s. that music and music-centered the song.â€? activities can have on the mind of someone with dementia or Aln a recent Friday at BridgePoint at Los Altos, a se- seconds. ... After an hour I was just blown away,â€? he said. zheimer’s. Music tied to one’s memory can help an unnior community, musicologist Lehman breaks out After being awarded a grant by the Los Altos Commu- responsive person “come to lifeâ€? or immediately calm a in a big grin as he takes 94-year-old Edy Lynch’s nity Foundation funded by the David and Lucile Packard person experiencing a hallucination onset by the disease, arms. The two begin to swing to the lively beat of Glenn Foundation, Lehman launched the program through Senior she said. Miller’s “Imaginationâ€? from 1944. When Fred Astaire’s New Ways last April. He leads seniors ages 70-98 on an “It can be pretty dramatic, and it’s really like medicine “Isn’t This a Lovely Dayâ€? from 1935 plays, resident Janine hour-long “reminiscing sessionâ€? using a portable speaker for people with dementia — and it’s not just the music itself Breitbart sings every word. And during 1947’s “Managua, and iPod filled with more than 40,000 songs from the but all the music-related activities that are spurred by a Nicaraguaâ€? by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, 1920’s through early 50s. shared music experience such as reminiscing, and singing, Fran Nuelle dances in her chair and sways her head. dancing, all of that,â€? she said. The music and dancing form Lehman’s year-long exLehman also considers music as medicine in a way. ploratory “Vintage Music Therapy Program,â€? which he “This is like going to RiteAid and getting a prescrip‘Music touches on a lot of different leads twice a week at the center, as well as at SarahCare tion: It might not take effect overnight, but it’s going to of Campbell adult day care center and the Alzheimer’s places in people’s brains and their lives.’ take effect.â€? Activity Center in San Jose. Lehman, executive director of After her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Man—Beth Hardy, a music therapist teau-Rao realized she was still able to share experiences the nonprofit Senior New Ways based in Palo Alto and an avid private music collector, began to test out the program and memories with her mom over the phone when all other after witnessing how seniors immediately responded to forms of communication had been lost, by singing French hearing music of their youth at a Christmas program at the BridgePoint resident Janine Breitbart has a special fond- drinking songs together — some of her mother’s favorite Los Altos United Methodist Church. ness for hearing the music of the Big Band Era. songs during her youth. “I chose Christmas songs that haven’t been played on the “My brother just loved the Big Band Era. It was always Last year she created a personalized music program for radio in over 60 years, and this group of 80-year-olds could just a continuum in my soul and in my being,â€? she said. residents at the Lakeside Park community and has recently identify the song and the performer’s names in less than 8 “Listening to it is just a continuation of what’s been in my developed Carenga; an app for the iPad that primarily gives ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂŤĂ€iĂ›ÂˆÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ



Cover Story caregivers and family members a Rao said. “It’s a great way to brings with her. Sometimes she way to set-up personalized play- engage a person and sometimes also records the sessions on her lists and share songs and lyrics. enable them to speak again and laptop so the memory is saved for One of her main passions at the talk about their memories.� the family afterward. She sees the moment is bringing personalized music as a way to allow families n a sun-filled room on the to make a few last memories tomusic into other care facilities to fourth floor of the VA Palo gether and manage grief. help patients with dementia estabAlto Health Care System, lish a better quality of life. “Having them be able to play “It’s one way to easily bring music therapist Beth Hardy pulls music with their loved one can repersonalization particularly in up a chair and her guitar be- ally decrease a lot of the tension institutions where it’s so hard be- side Army Lt. Col. Christopher in the room, a lot of the fear and cause of logistics to have every Manak’s bed and asks him to pick anxiety ... and also help them to person being recognized for who a song from a printed list of popu- have this amazing memory and they are,� she said. “Personalized lar and patriotic songs. The Viet- experience before the person music is just like food ... and from nam veteran, who is staying in passes away.� she said. the research it’s also a quick path- the hospital for a temporary palThe work can be emotionally way into the brain and accessing liative care respite, selects a song trying, especially when a patient all these parts of the brain that and together they sing, “You are is not awake or responsive and sometimes become dormant or my sunshine, my only sunshine, there are no family members to nonaccessible retrieve personal because of the information about dementia.� the patient’s mu‘Music is particularly promising because Manteau-Rao sic preferences. points to the reWhen that is the it engages cognition, emotion, physical search currently case, Hardy plays being conducted open guitar to try movement and social engagement.’ by Dr. Petr Janata and increase their —Dr. Margaret Gatz, professor of psychology, relaxation and at UC Davis, who gerontology and preventative medicine at USC has been studyslow their breathing how the brain ing down. responds to muThrough her sic that conjures memories. The you make me happy, when skies work, Hardy says that using music study, “The neural architecture of are grey.� A moment later his as therapy can often be the easiest music-evoked autobiographical 4-year-old granddaughter joins in way to connect people when other memories,� found that a section of with a few shakes from a percus- forms of communication are lost the pre-frontal cortex, oftentimes sive shaker. or too difficult. Everyday on the hospital’s the last intact region of the brain “I like to think of music therapy of someone with Alzheimer’s, re- hospice unit, Hardy meets with as coming in through the backdoor trieves memories when a familiar patients and caters her music ses- — the music is the way in with sions to try and help ease their someone — and then after consong is played. Dr. Walter Greenleaf, direc- physical and emotional pain, re- necting through music there’s an tor of the Mind Division at the duce anxiety and also to bring opportunity to really connect verLongevity Center at Stanford family members together who are bally and find out what it is they University, a center dedicated to seeking to reminisce and connect need, what it is they’re struggling studying how our culture can re- with their dying relative. with right now,� Hardy said. “I think a lot of times families spond to aging and living longer, John Lehman echoes that sentiagrees that personalized music might not know how to interact ment: “If I want to explain somefor people with cognitive impair- with their loved one who is dying thing to you, I’ll use words. If I ments can act as a way to connect and can’t respond to them,� she want you to know how I feel, I’ll said. “And often how music plays use music.� N family members. Staff Photographer Veronica “One of the cool things about into that is that it gives people an the use of music here is that it can opportunity to engage with that Weber can be emailed at vweform a bridge to allow someone person in a different way by sing- who’s not a clinician to have a ing to them or holding their hand way of interacting,� he said. “And while I play a song that they might that’s really key both for the per- have danced to at their wedding or On the cover: Music son who has Alzheimer’s but also a song that they loved together. It therapist Beth Hardy sings for their family members who are gives them a chance to be of serand plays guitar to Daniel really thirsty for having a way to vice and to show that person that Harrell in the hospice unit have a dialogue, even if its not a they are there.� at the VA Palo Alto Hospital When families are in the room, verbal dialogue, to share someon Jan. 21. 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Fran Smith, left, and Sheila Himmel, wrote “Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement,� hoping to demystify hospice and how death is viewed in America.

Changing the way we die Journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel expose, clarify and humanize what end-of-life care should mean by Elena Kadvany


hat do you want to do with the rest of your life? It’s a question normally reserved for high school students or recent college graduates. But in “Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate Endof-Life Care and the Hospice Movement,� co-authors Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel maintain this is an invaluable question to ask those facing death. The question is at the core of hospice, an alternative form of care for dying patients who likely otherwise would spend the rest of their lives in and out of a hospital, undergoing endless intensive treatments and draining their families’ energy and resources. Hospice care is a generally misunderstood concept, Smith and Himmel explain. It’s not a place people go to die; most hospice care is actually provided in a patient’s own home. It’s also not — or at least, it shouldn’t be — a last resort. If hospice care spans months instead of a few weeks or even days, patients themselves can decide how they want to spend the rest of their lives. This book — which is one part history, one part personal testimony, one part journalism — is meant as a resource for families or anyone who will inevitably

""ĂŠ, 6 7 face end-of-life care decisions, Smith and Himmel said. “We say the book is what you need to know before you need to know it,â€? Smith said. “The time to think about the choices that you want to make for yourself (and) the time to communicate with your family about those choices is really before the crisis. There’s such a difference for people who have thought about these things and discussed them and made their wishes known.â€? Smith and Himmel, both journalists who used to work together at the San Jose Mercury News (Smith now lives on the East Coast; Himmel lives in Palo Alto and is one of the Weekly’s freelance restaurant reviewers), personally experienced this difference. Both lost their fathers around the same time. After a years-long, painful decline, Smith’s father died in a hospital, without hospice care. He had “vanished long before he died,â€? suffering from dementia and “almost complete physical incapacity,â€? Smith writes. Himmel’s father also went through years of ambulance trips back and forth to the hospital toward the end of his life, but her


family eventually opted for hospice care at the prompting of his nursing home. He was brought home, where, ever the socializer, Himmel said, he would receive friends and family who came to visit. His medications were simplified, and there was no more pressing to take him to occupational therapy. “Immediately, the level of anxiety for the whole family really lifted because of all the services that hospice offers,� Himmel said. “But the main thing was they can tell you what’s normal and what to expect. And you can call them at any time. As opposed to Fran’s experience, which was (that) nobody mentioned hospice to them.� “Even though for both of us it was a big loss and a very sad experience, in Sheila’s case there was just a lot of support and a lot of understanding about what to expect,� Smith said. “That, we really didn’t have.� The book is divided into four sections: “The Choice,� “The Patients,� “The Survivors� and “The Providers.� The beginning of the book is mostly history driven and the rest more personal with individual patients’, families’ and doctors’ stories. “We kept trying to put ourselves back into the mindset of a reader, of a family member who might need this book,� Himmel said of the book’s structure. “How would it make sense to read it? We tried to organize it so if you’re not interested in history, skip it. Or if

you’re not interested in business, skip it. If you’re not interested in personal stories, skip that. “We also really tried to make it flow, but we also were aware that you don’t have to sit down and read the whole thing in order or read every chapter either.â€? Part one dives into hospice’s more recent history, which goes back to England in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cicely Saunders — a social worker, physician and founding mother of the hospice movement — “believed that all decisions about care should be driven by the wishes of patients, not by the opinions of specialists or the convenience of nurses or the rules of hospitals, government health programs, or insurance companies,â€? Smith and Himmel write. Saunders also coined the term “total pain,â€? or the concept that one’s end-of-life pain is not exclusively physical, and care must be developed accordingly. These ideas became the foundation for modern hospice care, which Smith and Himmel best define as “patient-directed endof-life care.â€? The practice was introduced in America in the 1960s, after which it eventually morphed from a grassroots, not-for-profit movement into a multi-billiondollar industry. A growing clash between the root philosophies of the hospice movement — compassion, holistic care, humanism, respect for patients — and dollarsign-driven pragmatism have definitively shaped today’s hospice offerings. That clash manifests in the roles that Medicare and insurance play in hospice. “Changing the Way We Dieâ€? explains that in detail, providing what is surely much-needed clarification for many families and patients. The book’s two middle sections focus on individuals Smith and Himmel interviewed, from a 39year-old man with kidney cancer that spreads to much of his body to a 94-year-old man with an endless list of health issues who decides to forgo food and drink and essentially fast to death. There are also numerous stories about widowed spouses, bringing to light the impact different end-of-life care can have on family members as well as invaluable bereavement services offered through hospice. In the vein of hospice’s foundational values, these chapters start with the hospice-related part of each individual’s story but then rewind and tell the story of who they are beyond their end-of-life experiences. Both authors said when they set out to do the book, they decided they would only use people who would agree to full disclosure. “A lot of books like this use ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

Book Talk PALO ALTO READS ... The City of Palo Alto is participating in Silicon Valley Reads, in which the entire community is encouraged to read, think about and discuss the same books. This year’s choices are “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains� by Nicholas Carr and “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore� by Robin Sloan. A book discussion of “Mr. Penumbra� — a tale of global conspiracy, complex codebreaking, love and adventure mostly set in a San Francisco bookstore — will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. author Robin Sloan will appear at the Cubberley Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, for a “Meet the Author� event, with books available for purchase. And, a panel discussion, “Sea Change: The ePublishing Transformation,� will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library. Events are free but registration is advised. Information: Use the library’s online calendar at or call 650-329-2436. AROUND THE TABLE ... Palo Alto psychotherapist Lorrie Castellano and her sister Michele Castellano Senac have created “Around the Table: A Culinary Memoir by Two Sisters,� a combination life story (dedicated to their grandparents) and Italian recipes. Part One tells the tale of the Cibella and Castellano families of Caposele, Italy, and Newark, New Jersey; Part Two offers recipes — from small bites to pasta, pizza and dolci (sweets) — and stories told around the table. The book is available on A BOOKSTORE MYSTERY ... John M. Daniel will do a book signing of his “Hooperman — A Bookstore Mystery� on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., #74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. The book is set in 1972 in a fictional bookstore on University Avenue in Palo Alto. Other upcoming authors at Books Inc. include H.S. Kim, “Waxing Moon� (Feb. 4, 7 p.m.); Michelle Richmond, “Golden State� (Feb. 5, 7 p.m.) and Christina Baker Kline, “Orphan Train� (Feb. 13, 7 p.m.). Infor-


pseudonyms or composites and we really didn’t want to do that,� Himmel said. “Being journalists, we wanted to make this book different in that people reading it would know that these are real people. We’re not making them up. And these are real people like you who have struggles and they’re not Mother Teresa or anybody holy; these are just regular people and this is how it worked

Book Talk ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂŤĂ€iĂ›ÂˆÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ mation: RELIVING THE PSYCHEDLEIC ERA ... Former journalist and now Stanford University associate professor Fred Turner will appear at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, to talk about his new book, “The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixtiesâ€? at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. His book draws parallels between the artistic and social radicalism of the ‘60s and hopes for digital media today. Information:

career as a mental health nurse in Santa Cruz County, has written her first novel, “The Worship of Walker Judson.� The book poses the questions: What happens when a gifted healer has allegedly gone bad and abused his power, and the hunchback young woman, whom he heals, staunchly defends him? Wittenberg, who currently describes herself as a beekeeper and chicken-whisperer, is also the author of the nonfiction work, “The Rebellious Body: Reclaim Your Life from Environmental Illness or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome� and the forthcoming, “My Husband is Under Here Somewhere: Clutter, Pack Rats and Pathological Hoarders.�

of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile� (Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.); Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenthood� (Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.); Barry Eisler, “Graveyard of Memories: A John Rain Novel� (Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto); Gary A. Haugen, “The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence� (Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.); and Megan McArdle, “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success� (Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.). Information: N

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for them.� Himmel and Smith said they didn’t have trouble doing this; many people wanted to talk about their different experiences. “As reporters, we’re used to talking about experiences that were not good experiences but in this case, people really wanted to share what they knew and in large part wanted to do it because family members came out of hospice situations saying, ‘I wish I had known about this sooner.’ And they were really eager to pass along that knowledge.� N


Arts & Entertainment

What: Peninsula Arts & Letters book event with Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith


When: Monday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Where: Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Info: fran-smith-sheila-himmel or 650-324-4321

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or emailed to cblitzer@paweekly. com by the last Friday of the month.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. Public Hearing 1. California Avenue Concept Plan: Review and recommendation to the City Council for incorporation of the revised Draft California Avenue/Fry's Area Concept Plan into the Draft Comprehensive Plan. (Continued from the meetings of December 11, 2013 and February 12, 2014) 2.

Matadero-Margarita Bicycle Boulevard Project: Staff will present trafďŹ c data focused around bicycle and pedestrian demand of the proposed Matadero-Margarita Bicycle Boulevard Project. The project includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Matadero Avenue and Margarita Avenue between Laguna Avenue and Park Blvd. The project includes trafďŹ c calming measures and roadway marking and signage improvements.

Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The ďŹ les relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing

*** Aaron Aknin, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Environment


Eating Out Drink your greens Pressed Juicery brings fresh fruit and vegetable juice to Palo Alto by Elena Kadvany | Photo by Michelle Le


ressed Juicery is refreshing. And it’s not just the store’s cold-pressed, fresh vegetable and fruit juice mixtures. It’s also the ethos behind the juice. “Sometimes health and wellness in general can be a little elitist at times,� said Hayden Slater, who opened Pressed with two close friends in Los Angeles in 2010. “I think Pressed’s whole mentality is just be better, whatever that means to individuals ... drink a juice a day, a juice a week, a juice a month; whatever you can afford, whatever you can incorporate.� The Pressed team, which began as three friends who had all turned to juice for various health and personal reasons, opened its 17th location at the Stanford Shopping Center in late November of last year. It’s a bare-bones store, with not much more than a counter

the employees stand behind and a refrigerator full of cold-pressed juices, but that’s the point (and is the same way at other Pressed locations). Customers can walk in, sample any of the 40-plus pre-bottled juices on the menu, make their purchase and be on their way. Slater said that he feels “passionate� about convenience; hence the pre-bottled concept and in-and-out feel. “How do we make it as easy to incorporate (juice) into your routine as possible?� Slater said he and his two partners asked themselves early on. The 16-ounce juices run $6.50 a pop and range anywhere from “greens 3� (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon) to “citrus 2� (pineapple, apple, lemon, mint) and apple/strawberry/coconut.

There are also two flavors of almond-based drinks — vanilla and chocolate — with such ingredients as almonds, dates, cacao, vanilla bean and sea salt ($8 each). Since this is a farm-to-bottledriven business, there are always seasonal flavors on the menu (for winter, think yam, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg or apple, cinnamon and persimmon). All the juices are made with a hydraulic press, which crushes and then presses the produce to get the most juice possible. This, compared with a regular juicer that squeezes out the juice, reputedly yields fresher, more nutrient-dense juice. Pressed also offers a range of juice cleanses, both in length (one, three and five days) and level (from “first time� to “experienced� cleansers). Beyond juice, there’s also tea:

Pressed Juicery offers cold-pressed, fresh vegetable and juice combos, including kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger. red rooibos, green rooibos and lemon myrtle. Chlorophyll water, coconut water and aloe vera water sell for $5 each. The Stanford Shopping Center brings Pressed to six total Northern California locations. N

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Valentine’s Weekend Menu – February 14th thru February 16th Appetizers Bruschetta – toasted slices of oven baked bread topped with Roma tomato cubes marinated with olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. Crispy Zucchini Cakes – served with marinated cucumber & mint yogurt.

Salad Summer in Sorrento – Watermelon topped with Feta cheese squares, arugula, figs, Sicilian olives with Vidalia onion dressing. Orange and Fennel – Organic mix greens, Crunchy crisp fennel, onions. Topped with fresh orange wedges, pistachios and an orange vinaigrette dressing.

Entrees Filet Mignon – Filet mignon in a red wine reduction Served with broccolini and a risotto cake filled with blue cheese. Braised Short Ribs in a light red wine sauce – served with polenta and seasonal fresh cut vegetables. Grilled Lamb Chops in a lemon vinaigrette sauce – Served with Swiss chard, and roasted potatoes. Linguine Pescatore – fresh salmon, snapper, clams, mussels and prawns in a spicy tomato sauce. Mushroom Ravioli – with Roma tomatoes and fresh spinach, in a light Marsala cream sauce. Grilled Salmon – served with sautÊed spinach, wild rice and vegetables.

Dessert Tiramisu – Italian dessert, consisting of alternating layers of coffee-soaked lady fingers and sweet mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. Heart Shaped Gelato – You choice of chocolate gelato coated in dark chocolate or strawberry gelato coated in red chocolate. Executive Chef -Antonio Zomora Limited Seating — Make reservations through or Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday AMTOPM&RIDAY 3ATURDAYsAMTOPM3UNDAY

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Longtime dim sum spot, Cho’s on California Avenue, to close Property manager decides it’s time to update the restaurant


ho’s Mandarin Dim Sum, a 35-year-old hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant on California Avenue, will be serving pot stickers, dumplings and other morsels for the last time on March 15. The restaurant owners, a couple who live in Mountain View, received a 60-day notice from their property manager, Sue Ross, on Jan. 16. The restaurant’s namesake, Cho Yu, said he was not given the chance to renew or negotiate a new lease in order to stay. “They don’t give the option,� Yu said of Ross. “Usually, the landlord will give (an) option, right? And otherwise increase the rent, maybe. ... But they don’t give me any choice. It’s not fair.�

Yu and his wife, Daisy, said they were shocked by the 60-day notice. Daisy said they have already purchased soy sauce, takeout bags and other supplies for the year, which will now go to waste. “They should give us at least six months or something like that ... 60 days is not enough,� she said. Ross, who also owns the two spaces on either side of Cho’s — the Michelin-rated restaurant Baume at California and Park Boulevard and a Farmer’s Insurance outpost at 217 California Ave. — said that she and Yu have talked about his retirement several times. She decided to seize the moment and bring in her brother, who previously worked in construction, to supervise a remodel of 213 and

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217 California Ave. Their family has owned that block of California Avenue for decades. “We talked about it, and (my brother) goes, ‘Well, I have the time this year.’ I said, ‘Well, you’re still young enough; I’m still young enough; I think it’s time,’� Ross said. “I know Cho has talked about the fact that he was going to retire so that’s why we made the decision to give the notices so that we can start.� Prior to Baume, the tenants of the California and Park corner space — Barbara Mora and Arthur Beale of Bistro Basia — completely renovated their part of the block when they took over in 2008. “Bob (Ross’ brother) has the time to supervise gutting the inside and redoing it basically how it was done on the Baume side eight years ago,� Ross said. At Cho’s, customers can order from a small counter in front of a tiny, open, makeshift kitchen. Three small pork pot stickers go for $2.25; chicken and beef, $2.50. Egg rolls are a dollar a piece, and a small pork bun, 85 cents. Daisy said that at this point, it


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Cho Yu has owned and operated Cho’s Mandarin Dim Sum at 213 California Ave. for 35 years. would difficult for her and her husband to relocate or open a new restaurant elsewhere. Yogen Dalal, a Palo Alto resident who said he’s been eating at Cho’s for 30 years — since his now 28-year-old daughter was in a stroller — was finishing lunch there last week when he overheard that the restaurant was closing. “It’s like an institution here,� he said. “It’s really sad when institutions like this vanish. This is what makes (not only) Palo Alto, but also California Avenue, so much fun.�

Ross said Baume gets “first dibs� on the soon-to-be-vacant spaces per their contract, but owner Bruno Chemel said he does not have any plans to expand. “It’s a time for us to have that opportunity to upgrade the building,� Ross said. “And of course that’s a bonus for Palo Alto, too. Certainly California Avenue is really looking much different than it did 10 years ago.�N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


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(Century 16) One name for Hollywood that’s stuck is “The Dream Factory,â€? implying a big-screen projection of our fantasies. The trend of late favors the fantasies of tween-age boys (of all ages), as played out in “genreâ€? pictures, but the new drama “Labor Dayâ€? steps out in other directions. Set in 1987 small-town New Hampshire — and based on Joyce Maynard’s bestselling novel — “Labor Dayâ€? concerns brokenwoman divorcĂŠe Adele (Kate Winslet, stuck in blandly stricken mode) and her 13-year-old boy Henry (Gattlin Griffith). Adele suffers from severe depression and mild agoraphobia, which have rubbed off on Henry. The boy stays close to his fragile mother’s side, hopelessly trying to provide her with the comforts only a husband can provide her. Socially underdeveloped, Henry enjoys movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,â€? “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrialâ€? and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,â€? all of which reflect a yearning for a rite of passage guided by an external “force.â€? Just such a force arrives in Frank (Josh Brolin), an escaped convict who demands to hide out in Adele and Henry’s home, doing so over the five-day Labor Day weekend. And here’s where “Labor Dayâ€? becomes ridiculous. Despite carrying the whiff of brutality he needs to impose

Josh Brolin in “Labor Day.� himself on Adele and Henry, Frank is laughably upheld as a near-perfect man. Instantly taken with his new charges, he shows a soulful sensitivity to their every emotional need. Within hours of playing house, he has adopted the roles of husband and father, and his “wife� and “son� wish the rest of the world would just leave them alone in domestic bliss. Frank embodies a laughably precise, even parodic, archetype of a fantasy male: He says all the right things, does much-needed car and home repairs (including cleaning out the gutters), and has “a catch� with the boy. He also takes rumba lessons from Adele, one of many opportunities Frank takes to nuzzle up to his willing captive. Late-August sweat-sheen on all three points of this family love triangle supplements the increasingly sultry vibe. And then there’s the pie-making sequence. Screenwriter-director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air�) shoots the sequence with a blunt eroticism that has drawn comparisons to the pottery sequence in “Ghost,� but forgive me for being reminded more of its parody in “The Naked Gun 21/2: The Smell of Fear.� There’s also a snicker-inducing sexuality to the intimate close-ups of Frank binding Adele’s hands and bare feet

(just, he explains, so she can say he did — without having to lie). “Labor Day�’s most genuine, tender passage comes in a flashback explaining the source of Adele’s grief, and there’s something to be said for the knowing depiction of the moment a boy edges into puberty and begins to see the world in starkly different terms (Gattlin’s near-blank restraint of expression makes him easy to read into emotionally, as does the hindsight narration provided by future man-self Tobey Maguire). Unfortunately, the overall impressions left by the film are the suggestion that one long weekend is enough time for a boy not only to become a man but to experience a lifetime’s worth of “father-son� bonding (with an escaped-convict stranger, no less), and the offensive stereotype of a female basket case who, more than anything, needs a strong man, preferably a bad-boy hunk with an easy touch for her and a slow hand for a Swiffer. I suppose this fable of domestic desire is no more or less indulgent than the genre fantasies Henry enjoys, but “Labor Day�’s real-world milieu makes all the risible difference. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality. One hour, 51 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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SEED STARTING, ROSE PRUNING ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free talk on “Seed Starting for Your Spring AND Summer Vegetable Garden� from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus is on which vegetables to seed directly and which to seed indoors for later transplant. The talk is followed by a one-hour workshop from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on “Pruning Roses.� Both are followed by an open garden tour. Information: Master Gardeners at 408282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or PAD THAI LIKE A PRO ... Natty Netsuwan will teach how to “Make Pad Thai Like a Pro� from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class starts with tasting authentic Pad Thai then will focus on what goes into it and where the ingredients can be found. Bring containers for leftovers. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents plus a $25 materials fee due to instructor in class. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark. org or PERMACULTURE PARADISE ... Toby Hemenway, author of “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture,� will talk about how to “Turn Your Yard into a Permaculture Paradise� from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Foothill College, Appreciation Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. A pre-event book signing will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 at the door (discounts for students), plus $3 for parking. The event is co-sponsored by Foothill College/ CLCA Horticulture Students Club and Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. GROW HOME VEGGIES ... UCCE Master Gardner Candace Simpson will offer a course on “Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening� from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 11, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will go from soil preparation to management of pests, weeds and diseases. Cost is $84. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. LEARN TO SEW ... Christine Hop-

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This home on Waverley Street is in the University South neighborhood.

hich Palo Alto neighborhood has access to a library, grocery store, coffee shop, City Hall, the police department and University Avenue, all within walking distance? The answer is University South. A quiet neighborhood with well-kept sidewalks and treelined streets, University South is home to many long-time Palo Alto residents. Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin have lived in their home on Cowper Street since 1996. They are now “delightfully retired� and have watched the neighborhood change over the past few decades. The couple moved from a larger home in a suburban neighborhood in South Palo Alto near Loma Verde. After the last of their children left for college, the couple said they decided to


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NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT “live like grown-ups and move downtown.� They share the house with Stanford University graduate students, an arrangement they love because “it’s like having kids without responsibility.� They said they enjoy their

neighborhood for a host of reasons: It is “almost urban,� they can “walk to so many things, walk to errands, amusement and entertainment,� and there is a diverse mix of people of all ages, some who own property and some who rent.

FACTS CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Addison Kids’ Club, 650 Addison Ave.; Children’s Creative Learning Center Downtown Child Care Center, 848 Ramona St.; First School, 625 Hamilton Ave.; The Learning Center, 459 Kingsley Ave. FIRE STATION: No. 1, 301 Alma St. LIBRARY: Downtown branch, 270 Forest Ave. LOCATION: bounded by Homer Avenue, Alma Street, Embarcadero and Middlefield roads NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Elaine Meyer, 650-325-8057 PARKS: Scott Park, Scott Street and Channing Avenue; Palo Alto Heritage Park, Homer Avenue and Waverley Street POST OFFICE: Hamilton, 380 Hamilton Ave. PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Addison Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto High School SHOPPING: University Avenue, Town & Country Village

When Kiparsky and Irwin first moved to University South, they said “there weren’t many babies,â€? but now there are lots of children. “Addison School is overflowing with children, alert, alive and awake, and laughing,â€? Kiparsky said, referring to the elementary school at Addison Avenue and Middlefield Road. She also said the neighborhood is “very good for eating, not to mention the million restaurants.â€? Although the neighborhood is close to public transit, such as buses and Caltrain, parking remains problematic because of the overflow from downtown businesses and offices. While developers have provided more parking over the years, Kiparsky said that is “only a fraction of what is needed.â€? ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠ{x)


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Jud Campbell, who moved to University South in August 2013, avoids the neighborhood’s parking problem by walking to work at Stanford, where he’s a post-doctoral student at the Constitutional Law Center. “It’s a nice walking distance to campus,� he said. “About 35 minutes. ... I can take an article with me and just read it on the way in and get some exercise.� Campbell said he found his Ramona Street home through a previous tenant, Will Baude, who held the same career position. Baude connected him with his property manager and when Campbell was looking for a place to live in the Bay Area he fol-

Home Front ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠ{ĂŽÂŽ kins will teach “Intermediate Sewingâ€? from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 6 to Feb. 27, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The handson class deals with improving skills and will include making at least one project in class. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor (rental machines are available during class for $20).

lowed up with her to rent the room. “I was looking for a place near campus, and I was looking for a place that wouldn’t be too expensive, and I had all the resources at Stanford, like the gym ... so I didn’t need anything too fancy,� he said. Campbell also said, “It turned out to be a really smooth transition for me to come out here, which is really nice, because a lot of my friends who have come to the Bay Area and started working have had a really hard time finding housing.� N


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Bulletin Board 115 Announcements Pregnant? Thinking of adoption? 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) CTG SALON IS OPEN Celeste,formally of Los Salonez,has opened her own salon.CTG Salon is located @ 1183 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.Call us today 650-561-3567 or swing by.10% off 1st visit. Free Electronics Recycling Event FREE PAPER BAGS

150 Volunteers Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats Help us test our app! $ Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford Stanford Study Healthy 1 Yr Old

152 Research Study Volunteers Having Sleep Problems? If you are 60 years or older, you may be eligible to participate in a study of Non-Drug Treatments for Insomnia sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and conducted at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Medical Center. Participants will receive extensive sleep evaluation, individual treatment, and reimbursement for participation. For more information, please call Stephanie at (650) 8490584. (For general information about participant rights, contact 866-680-2906.)

Help us test our app! $ Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

155 Pets

new Holiday music

Nice Cat Needs Forever Home

original ringtones


Spring Down Horse Show 3/2 Stanford music tutoring substitute pianist available The 2014 Honors Dinner

120 Auctions Did You Know Newspaper-generated content is so valuable it's taken and repeated, condensed, broadcast, tweeted, discussed, posted, copied, edited, and emailed countless times throughout the day by others? Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

130 Classes & Instruction Airline Careers begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Job placement and Financial assistance for qualified students. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-242-3382 (Cal-SCAN) Airline Careers begin here - Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-492-3059 (AAN CAN) German language class 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 Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192

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Struggling with Your Mortgage? and worried about foreclosure? Reduce Your Mortgage & Save Money. Legal Loan Modification Services. Free Consultation. Call Preferred Law 1-800-587-1350 (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)

550 Business Opportunities

640 Legal Services

Reduce Your Cable Bill! Get a whole-home Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, SO CALL NOW 1-866-982-9562 (Cal-Scan) Sawmills from only $4897.00- MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill- Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: www. 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N (Cal-SCAN)

250 Musical Instruments Baby Grand Piano - $900.00

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered Childcare Provider $200 EXPERIENCED NANNY

INFINITY 1999 Q X 4 1999 Infinity Q x 4 SUV. Very clean body, Automatic transmission, sunroof, 113,000 miles. Asking $4,500. Call Catalina at (650) 694-9246

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 (AAN CAN) 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)

425 Health Services Medical Guardian Top-rated medical alarm and 24/7 medical alert monitoring. For a limited time, get free equipment, no activation fees, no commitment, a 2nd waterproof alert button for free and more - only $29.95 per month. 800-761-2855 (Cal-SCAN) Safe Step Walk-in Tub Alert for Seniors. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch Step-In. Wide Door. Anti-Slip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 800-799-4811 for $750 Off. (Cal-SCAN)

210 Garage/Estate Sales Menlo Park, 111 Elm Street, Feb. 1, 9 AM-Noon Great selection of toys, sm furniture items, household items, men’s and women’s clothing, children’s clothing, and books.

235 Wanted to Buy

Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

140 Lost & Found

245 Miscellaneous

Did You Know that not only does newspaper media reach a HUGE Audience, they also reach an ENGAGED AUDIENCE. Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

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Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Stylist Chairs for Rent Stylist chairs for rent in beautiful new salon in Menlo Park. Call Ben or Celeste @ 650-561-3567 or come check out our space @ 1183 El Camino Real Menlo Park.

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

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)

145 Non-Profits Needs

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)

DirecTV 2 Year Savings Event! Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Only DirecTV gives you 2 YEARS of savings and a FREE Genie upgrade! Call 1-800-291-0350 (Cal-SCAN)

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Reporter The Mountain View Voice is seeking a full-time reporter with a passion for local journalism. We are an award-winning community newspaper and online news service covering the vibrant city of Mountain View, the home of Google and NASA Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley. We’re looking for someone with excellent writing and reporting skills, who is self-motivated and eager to learn, and is familiar with the Mountain View area. Basic video-editing and social media skills are a plus. The reporter will cover education, health and general assignment stories, including the police beat. The Voice is part of Embarcadero Media, which includes the Palo Alto Weekly and the Almanac. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three clips to Managing Editor Andrea Gemmet at

Hairstylist Part time with a potential to grow business. Upscale senior residence. CA license and English required.

560 Employment Information Driver: OTR Drivers needed for Solo & Team positions. Midwest and West Coast traffic lanes. Competitive pay. Assigned 2013 & 2014 Kenworths. Safety/Productivity incentives. 800-244-2145 (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: Get Loaded $$$. Exp Pays - up to 50 cpm. New CSA Friendly Equip (KWs). CDL-A Req 877-258-8782. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Need Class A CDL Training? Start a CAREER in trucking today! Swift Academies offer PTDI certified courses and offer "Best˜‡ Â?>ĂƒĂƒÂ¸ĂŠĂŒĂ€>ˆ˜ˆ˜}°ÊUĂŠ iĂœĂŠV>`i“ÞÊ



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Injured in an Auto Accident? Auto Accident Attorney. Call InjuryFone for a free case evaluation. Never a cost to you. Don`t wait, call now, 1-800-9585341 (Cal-SCAN)

655 Photography Did You Know 7 in 10 Americans or 158 million U.S. Adults read content from newspaper media each week? Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

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 A Good Housecleaning Service Call Orkopina! Since 1985. Bonded, Ins. Lic. #20624. 650/962-1536 Brisk Cleaning Services House and office cleaning you can afford. 9 years exp. Call Andrea, 650/941-4498 LARA’S GREEN CLEANING Lucy’s Housecleaning Service Residential. Window washing, plant care. 20 years exp., refs. Free est. 650/771-8499; 408/745-7276 Maria’s Housecleaning Service 19 years exp., excellent refs. Good rates, own car. Maria, 650/207-4709 Olga's Housecleaning Res./Com. Wkly/mo. Low Rates. Local Refs. 25 years Exp. & Friendly. I Love My Job! Ins. (650) 380-1406

730 Electrical

Clarence Electric Co.

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

610 Tutoring Did You Know 144 million U.S. Adults read a Newspaper print copy each week? Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

624 Financial Guaranteed Income For Your Retirement. Avoid market risk & get guaranteed income in retirement! CALL for FREE copy of our SAFE MONEY GUIDE Plus Annuity Quotes from A-Rated companies! 800-748-3013 (Cal-SCAN)

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. 21 years exp. 650/366-4301 or 650/346-6781

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

801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios

Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477.

Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - $2,600 Palo Alto, 2 BR/2 BA - $2900

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R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, debris removal, maintenance, installations. Free est. 650/468-8859

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

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

757 Handyman/ Repairs Reliable Handyman Services One call, does it all! Fast and Reliable Handyman Services. Call ServiceLive and get referred to a pro today: Call 800-958-8267 (Cal-SCAN) !CompleteHome Repair ! modelin !Professional inting !Carpentr  FRED 30 Years Experience !Plumbing !Electrical 650.529.1662 !CustomCabinets 650.483.4227 !Decknces


759 Hauling J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, gar., furn., mattresses, green waste, more. Lic./ins. Free est. 650/743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews) Johnston Hauling 100% Recycle Junk Removal Best Rates * Local Since 1985 650/327-HAUL; 415/999-0594 Insured - PL/PD

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

775 Asphalt/ Concrete Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 36 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/814-5572

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825 Homes/Condos for Sale Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

855 Real Estate Services All areas. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: (AAN CAN)

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Sunnyvale, 1 BR/2 BA - $1500.00

Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000

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 contractor’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.

Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325


809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000

771 Painting/ Wallpaper

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



995 Fictitious Name Statement M2M ANGEL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586139 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: M2M Angel, located at 3351 Alma St. Apt. 324, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): HAIHONG GAO 3351 Alma St. Apt. 324 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 19, 2013. (PAW Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014) IRINASPROSKINCARE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586542 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: IrinasProskinCare, located at 444 Kipling St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): IRINA AGUIRRE 36000 #67 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA 94536 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/03/14. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 3, 2014. (PAW Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2014) OMNIREAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586523 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: OMNIREAL, located at 4292-H, Wilkie Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JUNFA FAN



4292-H, Wilkie Way Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 3, 2014. (PAW Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 2014) KAL FINANCIAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586304 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kal Financial, located at 555 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): OPES ADVISORS, INC. 555 College Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 26, 2013. (PAW Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2014) LITTLE EXPLORERS ADVENTURES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586677 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Little Explorers Adventures, located at 302 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MARTINA ENTRIKEN 302 College Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/02/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 8, 2014. (PAW Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2014) THE HIGHER WAGES ALLIANCE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586834 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: The Higher Wages Alliance, located at 555 Bryant Street, Suite 371, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ONE NATION/ONE CALIFORNIA 504 Hillcrest Drive Yreka, CA 96097 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 10, 2014. (PAW Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2014) COUCH PROPERTIES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586277 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Couch Properties, located at 560 Oxford Avenue #3, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): COUCH PROPERTIES 560 Oxford Avenue #3 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 12/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 24, 2013. (PAW Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2014) PALO ALTO GROCERY OUTLET FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586926 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Palo Alto Grocery Outlet, located at 3445 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DIRECTUS PLUMBEUS 1228 Balboa Court #18 Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the

County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 13, 2014. (PAW Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 2014) LaunchBrite FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587037 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: LaunchBrite, located at 2695 Moorpark Ave., #104, San Jose, CA 95128, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): TalentTraders, Inc. 2695 Moorkpark Ave., #104 San Jose, CA 95128 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 15, 2014. (PAW Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 2014) HITOMI & TAYLOR, APPRAISAL SERVICES AND CONSULTING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586999 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Hitomi & Taylor, Appraisal Services and Consulting, located at 2625 Middlefield Road #170, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CHRISTOPHER R. TAYLOR 4073 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303 RUSSELL HITOMI 117 Cove St. Roseville, CA 95747 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 08/08/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 14, 2014. (PAW Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 2014) CYCLETRANS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586602 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Cycletrans, located at 3446 Janice Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ALAN WACHTEL 3446 Janice Way Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 6, 2014. (PAW Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 2014) CALMAR LASER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587051 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Calmar Laser, located at 951 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CALMAR OPTCOM., INC. 951 Commercial Street Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/13/2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 16, 2014. (PAW Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2014) ANTIKYTHERA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587354 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Antikythera, located at 4145 Byron Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ALBERT BERGEMONT 4145 Byron Street Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/15/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara

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NEW COACHES . . . Palo Alto High grad Peter Hansen has returned to the Stanford football program as the team’s new inside linebackers coach. Hansen takes over for David Kotulski, who followed Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as the team’s defensive coordinator last week. Hansen spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Stanford as a defensive assistant on the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff, working closely with current San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation. He had previously served as a strength and conditioning intern for the Cardinal in 2008. Hansen went to the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 4, 2011 and worked there as a defensive assistant, working most recently with the team’s outside linebackers. Prior to his Stanford tenure, Hansen was an assistant coach at Palo Alto High for four seasons (2004-07) . . . Stanford also named Lance Anderson as its new defensive coordinator. Anderson takes over the role vacated by Mason. Anderson recently completed his seventh season on the Stanford staff and fourth campaign working with the outside linebackers, a position group that he will continue to coach.

ON THE AIR Friday Women’s swimming: Stanford at UCLA, noon; Pac-12 Networks

Saturday Men’s basketball: Arizona St. at Stanford, 1 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KNBR (1050 AM); KZSU (90.1 FM)

Monday College wrestling: Stanford at Arizona St., 5 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks Women’s gymnastics: Stanford at Oregon St., 7 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks

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Menlo-Atheton junior Mario Rodriguez found himself in the middle of the action while battling Woodside opponents for the ball during the Bears’ 2-2 deadlock with the first-place Wildcats on Wednesday.


M-A boys miss shot at first place by Andrew Preimesberger


nly two years removed from playing in a Central Coast Section championship match, Menlo-Atherton boys’ soccer coach Jacob Pickard knows how important it is to take advantage of opportunities. One of those arrived on Wednesday as the Bears hosted first-place Woodside with an opportunity to force a two-way deadlock for the top spot with a victory. Despite taking an early lead, the Bears had to battle back just to gain a 2-2 tie with the Wildcats in the first of two PAL Bay Division matches between the rivals. The Bears went to 4-1-2 in league while the Wildcats moved to 5-0-2 (8-1-4). Woodside now has 17 points and remains in first place in the division while M-A remained in second with 14 points as the first half of league play ended. “I definitely think a few more minutes and we would’ve been



Sunday Women’s basketball: Stanford at Cal, 1 p.m.; ESPN2; KZSU (90.1 FM)

by Rick Eymer osh Huestis made a pair of free throws to give the Stanford men’s basketball team a seven-point advantage over topranked and undefeated Arizona on Wednesday night. The visiting Wildcats, however, rallied to beat the Cardinal, 6057, in a Pac-12 Conference contest and it’s hard to fathom how Stanford let that lead slip away. Stanford is one of the more experienced teams in the nation, starting two seniors and three juniors. The Cardinal also brings a pair of seniors off the bench. Senior Dwight Powell played a remarkable game, as did Huestis, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. “There is still a big upside for our team,� Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I think we have time to continue to improve. I think we showed that guys can still make another jump. I thought for instance that Stefan Nastic made a jump in this game. He was more active and made plays around the basket.� Powell was in foul trouble much of the game and he’s one of Stanford’s playmakers. Two seniors who were unavailable — Aaron Bright and Andy Brown — would have made a difference. They are both out for the season. Huestis made those foul shots with 12:34 remaining to play, giving the Cardinal a 51-44 edge. Stanford (4-4, 13-7) held the Wildcats (8-0, 21-0) to 16 points the rest of the way but only managed six points. “Our defense won the game,� Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. “If you look at the game within the game, our ability to defend at a very high level, to get defensive stop after defensive stop when the other team really needed a score, that was it.� Stanford had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but junior Chasson Randle missed a 3-pointer. The Cardinal made only one of its final 13 shots. Defensively, Stanford held the Wildcats to their lowest point total of the season. The Cardinal scored its second-lowest total of the season. “Stanford did a great job of keeping us off the glass,� Miller said. “They’re big and physical. We don’t run into that many teams that are as big as we are, and they might actually be bigger.� For everything that went right for Stanford, there was something


ON THE MAT . . . Menlo College freshman Cady Chessin came out of nowhere as she concluded a dramatic rise through the national rankings with a national runner-up finish at 123 pounds at the WCWA national championships last weekend in St. Louis, Mo. Menlo finished 13th overall, with 34 points. King University claimed its first ever WCWA national title, edging Oklahoma City University by two points. Chessin pinned her first two opponents in less than two minutes and won her semifinal match, 12-0. Top-ranked Sarah Hildebrandt ended Chessin’s run with a pin in 2:22 of the national title match. Fellow freshman Rachael Chinn dropped her first match and eventually wrestled back to twice at 155 pounds before losing again, producing points for the Lady Oaks. Solove Naufahu (170) and Jeanette Naranjo (130) also scored for Menlo.

Cardinal men scare No. 1 Arizona before falling, 60-57

M-A sophomore Jorge Lopez (7) scored two goals, this one watched by Mario Rodriguez (19) and Elvis Abarca (10). able to punch a game-winner in,� said Pickard. “I think a draw is certainly a fair result for both teams having good spells and bad spells.� The Bears (7-2-2 overall) started off on a strong note when


The goal is playing for a title Stanford women open their season with high expectations once again by Rick Eymer he Stanford women’s water polo team, which opens its season Saturday morning in the Stanford Invitational, lost last year’s Peter Cutino Player of the Year Award winner to graduation. But, that leaves two other Cutino Award winners still on the roster in senior Annika Dries and junior Kiley Neushul. Stanford also lost an Olympic gold medalist to graduation (well, so OK, it’s the same person) and still has two others on the roster in Dries and sophomore Maggie Steffens. Dries is one of five seniors on a team that has reached the NCAA championship match in each of the past four seasons, winning it all twice and losing in four overtimes last year. In Dries’ previous three seasons (she took her redshirt year in 2012 for the Olympics), Stanford has accumulated an 83-7 record. The four other seniors — Kaitlyn Lo, Lexie Ross, Kelsey Suggs and Kaley Dodson — aren’t far behind with their 80-6 record the past three years combined. Dries, Dodson, Steffens and Neushul were named to the AllAmerican team last year, along with the graduated Melissa Seidermann, last year’s Cutino Player of the Year and member of the gold-medal Olympic team. The Cardinal, which opens the season ranked second in the nation to defending NCAA champion USC, expects to play in the championship game again this year. In fact, it’s been Stanford’s expectation from the moment John Tanner (380-59 overall record) was hired 17 years ago. “Every Stanford athlete expends a lot of energy wanting to be great,� said Tanner, a 1982 graduate of Stanford and former All-American men’s water polo player. “These athletes are energized. They think about water polo a lot and they are very focused on winning a championship.� Dries and Steffens benefited from having practiced full-time in the year leading up to the Olympics and that remains a tangible asset. Neushul, then just a freshman, stepped into the spotlight in 2012, when the Cardinal players surprised everybody but themselves by winning the national title. The Trojans won in sudden death last year with one of the top coaches in the nation, an Olympic


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that went wrong. Arizona, after all, is the top-ranked team in the nation for a reason. The Wildcats have been in this situation before and found a way to win. The Cardinal has also been in these situations, on the road at Connecticut, on the road at Oregon and on the road at USC, and found a way to win. Stanford will also find a way to refocus on Arizona State, which visits Maples Pavilion for a 1 p.m. conference game Saturday. The Sun Devils (5-3, 16-5) are coming off an overtime victory over California on Wednesday night. “It is frustrating but we have Arizona State coming in and we will be ready,� Huestis said. “Coming off any loss it is tough to sleep at night. Of course this will weigh heavy on guy’s minds. You can go one or two ways with it. You can pick your head up and get ready for the next one or you can let it mess you up. I am sure our guys will be ready to go for the next game.� Arizona fought back from an early seven-point deficit in the first half too. The Cardinal started swiftly, opening a 9-2 lead before the Wildcats made a run of their own. Stanford, with a great game plan and furious defense, outrebounded Arizona, 38-32. The Wildcats entered the game with a plus-10 rebounding margin. Nick Johnson gave Arizona a 55-53 lead with 2:36 remain-

ing and Stanford turned the ball over on its next possession and the Wildcats missed a pair of shots before Huestis grabbed the rebound, which led to Powell’s layup with 1:21 left that tied the game at 55. An offensive rebound for Arizona led to Johnson’s 3-pointer with 51 seconds left and a 58-55 edge. Following a 30-second timeout, Randle missed a layup and was forced to foul. The Wildcats missed their free throw, giving Stanford another chance. Huestis missed a 3-pointer and a foul sent Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon, a product of Mitty High in San Jose, to the line. Huestis grabbed the missed foul shot, leading to a pair of free throws from Randle that closed the gap to 58-57 with seven seconds left. Johnson answered with two foul shots of his own, setting up Randle’s last-second shot attempt. “John (Gage) set a really good ball screen and I came up the court,� Randle said. “I thought I got a good look at it but it was one of those nights.� Stanford hasn’t had much success against the Wildcats over the years, with the Cardinal winning just 34 percent of their meetings. Arizona has won eight straight in the series. Stanford has not beaten a No. 1 team since December 2003, when it defeated Kansas, 64-58, at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim. The Cardinal lost a chance to move into a third-place tie, instead falling into a sixth-place tie with Colorado. N



Stanford’s Josh Huestis (24) had 13 points and 11 rebounds plus this block against No. 1 Arizona in a 60-57 loss.

Stanford senior and former national player of the year Annika Dries is looking for an NCAA title in her final year. silver medalist and a U.S. National Team member. UCLA and California are also among the elite, with several other programs knocking on the door, most of them in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. “The bar is raised every year,� Tanner said. “There are more foreign players and the depth throughout the Top 25 has improved.� UC Irvine and Arizona State are examples of teams with aspirations of reaching the Final Four. The Sun Devils play in the MPSF. Stanford has a pair of Canadian athletes in sophomores Gurpreet Sohi and Anna Yelizarova, who proved to be a valuable contributor for the Cardinal, which finished 29-3 last year and went undefeated in conference play a fourth straight year. The senior class has scored a combined 330 goals so far. Dries has 135 of them and Dodson needs eight more to reach 100. That doesn’t include Neushul’s 108 goals over her first two seasons. Junior Ashley Grossman adds 70 to the total, while Steffens scored 60 as a freshman and Yelizarova scored 46. Offense will not be a problem for Stanford. But then, the Cardinal led the MPSF in defense, too. “At times we were not that determined on defense and gave up soft goals,� Tanner said. “We also struggled against great teams to make things happen. My focus for the team is to show up and play tough. I think the group is focused on what do we need to do now, and establishing a mindset from the first practice. We’ve trained

very well.� Menlo-Atherton grad Emily Dorst, a junior, is one of three goalies who will see playing time this weekend as Tanner continues to evaluate that position. Dorst was one of Kate Baldoni’s backup last season. “She’s playing very well,� Tanner said. “She’s an amazing athlete who is comfortable 5-on-6 and 6-on-6. She passes from the goal well and moves from the goal well. She’s one of the most reliable players we have on the team.� Dorst, who recorded 22 saves last year, will share time with sophomore Gabby Stone (80 saves last season) and freshman Julia Hermann. Junior Cory Dodson (12 goals last year, including three in NCAA competition), Sohi (14), and sophomores Rachel Johnson and Melena Masson add experience for the Cardinal. In addition to Hermann, freshman Dani Jackovich is expected to see significant playing time this weekend. The Illinois state Player of the Year, Jackovich has played in the U.S. National Team program. Jamie Neushul, Jessica Webster, Sophia Monaghan and Cassidy Papa all come to Stanford with U.S. national team credentials, as well. “They have lived up to expectations,� Tanner said. “It’s a diverse group who arrived ready and excited.� Stanford meets UC Davis at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday in its opener and is also scheduled to play Hawaii at 3:30 p.m. The championship game is Sunday in Avery Aquatic Center at 3:30 p.m., with third place decided at 2:15 p.m. N



Four local volleyball players named to all-state teams Raffel, Huber, Merten and Hall-Poirier receive postseason recognition by Keith Peters alo Alto senior Becca Raffel got a chance to experience the big state in high school volleyball when she played on the Vikings’ CIF Division I state championship teams in 2010 and ‘11. While Raffel wasn’t able to lead Paly back to that level this past season, she nonetheless earned some lofty honors by being named to the MaxPreps 2013 California All-State Division I volleyball team. Raffel recently was named to the 20-player team, which featured Player of the Year Taylor Nelson of Division I state cham-


pion Granite Bay -- the team that ended Paly’s season in the NorCal semifinals. Raffel, who had 14 kills in that final match against unbeaten Granite Bay, helped the Vikings finish 25-11 in 2013. She ended the season with 391 digs, 39 aces, 508 kills and 31 blocks. She was the only playter selected from the Central Coast Section. Raffel was one of four local players named to an all-state team. The others were Menlo School’s Maddie Huber and Elisa Merten plus Priory’s Marine HallPoirier. Huber was the MVP of the West Bay Athetic League (Foothill Di-

vision) and helped the Knights to a 32-6 record that included an appearance in the Division IV state finals. She and Merten were on the 20-player Division IV all-state team and the only players selected from the CCS. Merten, a setter, averged 9.1 assists and added 203 digs and 39 aces while helping the Knights reach the state finals. Hall-Poirier was only one of two CCS players named to the Division V all-state team. The other was Lizzy Tardieu of Santa Catalina in Monterey. Hall-Poirier led the Panthers to the CCS title in Division V and was an All-WBAL first-team selection. Wrestling Gunn had a pair of fourth-place finishes to highlight a 19th-place team finish at the prestigious Mid Cal Invitational that wrapped up Saturday at Gilroy High. Leading the Titans were junior Ian Cramer (134) and senior Stephen Martin (184). Cramer scored 28 of Gunn’s 105 points by going 5-2. Martin’s two losses were his first of the season. He’s now 19-2. Other Gunn wrestlers competing included Cadence Lee (2-2 at 106); David Abramovitch (0-2 at 120); Tanner Kerrins (2-2 at 126); Tavor Baharav (3-2 at 138); Cedric Linares (1-2 at 145); Eric Calderon (1-2 at 220) and Kirill Demyanenko (2-2 at 285). N


WBAL boys’ race is taking shape Sacred Heart Prep, Pinewood are one-two and headed for a showdown on Tuesday by Keith Peters he West Bay Athletic League boys’ basketball race is finally taking shape with the top three teams clearly in order. Sacred Heart Prep remains the No. 1 team following a 69-45 thumping of host Crystal Springs on Tuesday night. The Gators, who started the season 0-3, are 7-0 in league and 12-5 overall after winning for the 10th time in the past 11 games. James McLean led the way against the winless Gryphons as he tossed in 15 points. Corbin Koch added 14 and Mason Randall finished with 11 as 12 Gators scored. SHP outscored Crystal Springs 51-18 over the second and third quarters while holding on to first place. The Gators will visit Priory on Friday before hosting Pinewood on Tuesday in a showdown for first place at 7:30 p.m. Just a game back of Sacred Heart Prep is Pinewood, which grabbed sole possession of sec-


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ond place with a 57-46 victory over host Menlo School. The Panthers (5-1, 14-3) also won for the 10th time in their past 11 games by making 11 of 21 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Nathan Beak contributed four treys and finished with a game-high 15 points while Ryan Brice and Kyle Murphy each added three as they combined for 20 points. In Portola Valley, host Priory continued to improve and move up in the standings following a 58-54 win over Harker. The Panthers (3-4, 11-5) have won four of five games since last week. Senior Connor Bonfiglio led the way with 27 points while sophomore Scott Harris added 17 and now has scored 111 points in his past five games. Andy Isokpehi contribued 12 points as Priory continued to get solid production from that trio. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Alex Gil-Fernandez scored a season-high 24 points and Chris Russell added 19, but host Gunn still came up short in a 59-57 loss to Monta Vista on Wednesday night. The Titans fell to 2-4 in league (10-7 overall) after failing to hold on to a 13-point lead. Gunn will visit rival Palo Alto in a nonleague game Saturday (4:30 p.m.) after visiting Cupertino on Friday night. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto got 21 points from junior Kevin Mullin and 17 from senior Noah Phillips in a 63-49 victory over visiting Homestead. The Vikings (4-2, 9-8) pulled away from a 11-11 first quarter by outscoring the Mustangs, 18-7, in the second period. Keesean Johnson added nine points, 10 rebounds and four steals for Paly with Phillips contributing seven rebounds and five assists. In the PAL South Division, visiting Menlo-Atherton dropped a 51-37 decision to Aragon as the Bears fell to 4-3 in league (11-7 overall). Oliver Bucka was the only M-A player scoring in double figures with 16 points. Girls basketball Marissa Hing scored 20 points and Monique McDevitt added 16 as Pinewood remained atop the WBAL Foothill Division race with a 79-45 romp on Tuesday night in Atherton. The Panthers moved to 5-0 in league (17-1 overall) while the Knights dropped to 3-2 and 12-7. Menlo had no answer for Pinewood’s hot shooting, which included 15 3-pointers. Menlo was ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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MENLO SCHOOL The sophomore guard helped the Knights to a 3-0 week by producing 49 points with 17 rebounds and seven steals as Menlo remained tied for second place in the WBAL Foothill Division. She had 18 points against SHP.

PRIORY SCHOOL The sophomore guard helped the Panthers win three of four basketball games by scoring 94 points, including a career-high 30, averaging 23.5 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals as Priory improved to 10-5 overall.

Honorable mention Alex Bourdillon Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Sam Erisman Menlo basketball

Emma Heath*

Connor Bonfiglio Priory basketball

Ryan Brice Pinewood basketball

Will Chisholm

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Erin Poindexter-McHan

Corbin Koch*

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Paige Vermeer Castilleja basketball

Chandler Wickers Menlo soccer

Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Jorge Lopez Menlo-Atherton soccer

Isaac Polkinhorne Sacred Heart Prep soccer * previous winner

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led in scoring by Donya Dehnad, who had 12 points. In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep got 15 points from Meghan Holland as the Gators rolled to a 52-38 victory over host Notre Dame-San Jose. Caroline Cummings added 13 points and Jane Meehan had 10 as SHP moved to 2-3 in league and 11-8 overall. In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja returned home after playing 15 games on the road and came away with a 63-40 win over King’s Academy in a battle of unbeaten division teams. Sparked by freshman Cate Alder’s trio of 3-pointers, the Gators (5-0, 10-8) jumped out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Castilleja junior center Yasmeen Afifi entered the game averaging a double-double (14 ppg, 10 rpg), but the Knights (4-1, 14-4) surrounded her throughout. Alder, Paige Vermeer and Ellie Chen responded with a total of six 3-pointers and a combined 29 first-half points. Castilleja led by 38-23 at halftime and extended the lead in the

second half. Vermeer finished with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Chen scored 18 and had four assists, and Alder tallied career highs of 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn overcame the loss of three injured played to post a 4839 victory over visiting Mountain View. The Titans (4-1, 5-3) got 15 points from senior Camille Steger, who drained four 3-pointers. Senior Zoe Zwerling added 11 points and junior Olivia Tapia finished with 10. Elsewhere in the SCVAL De Anza Division, Wilcox remained atop the league with a 58-36 win over host Palo Alto. The Vikings (1-4, 7-9) hung close until the third quarter when the Chargers outscored Paly by 21-10 to grab control. Lauren Koyama led the Vikings with 13 points. In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton raced to an early lead on the way to a 61-42 victory over visiting Aragon. The Bears (5-2, 13-6) started fast and led the entire game. The Bears were led by senior Emma Heath, who had 18 points N


Menlo-Atherton’s goals. “It’s not a game about one person,� said Lopez. “I just tried to do my best — I got a lot of help from my team.� Menlo-Atherton later lost Abarca for the game, and likely the season, when he was helped off the field in the first half due to a torn ACL. In the second half, Woodside junior Eduardo Guerrero made a head shot goal with an assist from senior Salvador Herrera, tying the game at 1-1. Seven minutes after the Wildcats’ first goal, Herrera came through again for Woodside and scored on a penalty kick giving Woodside the 2-1 lead. With 2:00 to go in the game, Woodside senior Kevin Amaya was charged with a tripping penalty on Lopez. The M-A sophomore was given a direct kick from about 25 yards out and nailed it into the upper right corner to tie the game at 2. “He comes up when we need him,� Pickard said of Lopez, who has scored eight goals in the past four matches. “It was really nice to have a person step up in place of Elvis (Abarca), who unfortunately tore his ACL. I’m glad the boys were able to get some sort of result for him.� In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto saw its offensive struggles continue as the Vikings opened the second half of league play with a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Los Altos. Palo Alto (1-3-3, 5-6-4) was in control for the first 20 minutes until Los Altos took a ball down the end line and made a nice cross that was nailed into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead. Los Altos then picked up its game and had several more chances until Paly’s Ed Chen beat Los Altos’ left back and curved a cross the Sid Srinivasan, who then headed it up into the upper corner to deadlock the match. The rest of the half was well- played by Paly. In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep got three goals in the first half and remained atop the league standings with a 4-2 victory over visiting King’s Academy. Isaac Polkinhorne, Cam Chapman and Will Mishra provided the goals before intermission with assists coming from Ricky Grau, Polkinhorne and Frankie Hattler as the Gators (7-0, 8-4-1) grabbed a 3-1 lead. The Knights closed to within 3-2 with a goal to open the second half before senior Andrew Segre scored off an assist from Polkinhorne to wrap things up. In Portola Valley, Menlo School got a late goal from sophomore midfielder Matt Joss and made it stand up for a 1-0 WBAL victory over host Priory. The Knights improved to 5-1-1 in league and 7-3-3 overall, remaining in second place behind Sacred Heart Prep. After both teams missed scoring opportunities in the first half,


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Menlo-Atherton junior Mario Rodriguez (19) was held on this play, but nothing was called during a 2-2 tie with Woodside. the Knights’ perseverance ultimately paid off in the dying minutes. With Menlo pushing hard for a winner the ball fell outside the box to sophomore midfielder Keaton Shiveley, playing in his first game back after a three-week layoff due to injury. Shiveley served a dangerous ball into the box and Joss was first to react, rising high to head the ball into the side netting. Girls soccer Senior midfielder Sienna Stritter had three goals to lead host Menlo School to a 5-0 victory over King’s Academy in WBAL Foothill Division action on Tuesday. The Knights improved to 6-0-1 in league (10-3-2 overall) and remained mathematically tied for first place with Sacred Heart Prep (5-0-1, 11-1-2), which picked up a forfeit win over Pinewood on Tuesday. Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep met for a second time on Thursday, with sole possession of first place hanging in the balance. The teams tied in their first meeting. On Tuesday, Menlo’s only firsthalf goal came with just four minutes remaining in the first half on Stritter’s 18-yard shot into the corner of the goal off an assist from junior Alexander Walker. Stritter’s second goal came three minutes into the second half on a 15-yard unassisted shot. Next, senior Chandler Wickers tallied from 10 yards out on an assist from senior Emma LaPorte in the seventh minute. Then Stritter completed her hat trick on a 12-yard blast off an assist from sophomore Zoe Enright in the 17th minute. Freshman Claire McFarland scored in the 35th minute from close range off an assist from her sister, senior Claire. Sophomore keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk and the Knights earned their sixth consecutive shutout. Elsewhere in the WBAL Foothill Division, visiting Priory

posted a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose at Watson Park. Alicia Talancon scored an unassisted goal in the 28th minute for the winning tally. In the 55th minute, Erin Simpson scored ona penalty kick. Talancon finished the scoring in the 64th minute off an assist from Brenda Uribe. Pinewood (2-6, 3-13) had to forfeit to SHP because the Panthers had only eight healthy players. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton took a shot at first place and missed as the visiting Bears (4-2-1, 8-2-3) dropped a 3-0 decision to first-place Woodside (5-1-1, 10-1-2) as the Wildcats (16 points) opened a three-point lead over the Bears (13 points), who fell to fourth place. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn raced to a big first-half lead and rolled to a 4-1 triumph over visiting Fremont on Wednesday night. The Titans (4-2-1, 7-3-2) grabbed an early lead when Natalie Perreault scored off an assist from Ming-Ming Liu. Lauren Johnston then provided the eventual winning goal with Megan Kuhnle assisting. Caroline Anderson assisted on Robin Waymouth’s goal for a 3-0 lead before Perreault got her second goal with Anderson getting her second assist. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto failed to gain ground in the race following a scoreless deadlock with host Los Altos. The teams also tied in their first meeting. Los Altos came out strong and had the advantage for most of the half, playing very aggressive, but four offside calls kept them at bay. The Eagles best chance came off a corner kick, but Palo Alto keeper Dhara Yu made the save. In the second half, it was Paly (3-1-3, 6-3-4) that came out strong and had advantage most of the half. At 11 minutes in, off a free kick, Jacey Pederson headed it on-frame but the Los Altos goalie reeled it in. N


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