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Vol. XXXV, Number 19 N February 14, 2014

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Healing the mind County services aim to help people with mental illness live independently Page 22

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Menlo Park Historical Property Values - 2013 yr end ALPINE ROAD AREA Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 3 5 5 2 4 3 10

Median $ 2,150,000 1,585,000 980,000 808,000 1,367,000 1,249,000 1,322,500

Min $ 1,425,000 980,000 670,000 675,000 1,259,000 1,175,000 875,000

Max $ 2,695,000 2,405,000 1,380,000 941,000 3,350,000 1,330,000 3,575,000

Avg $ / SF 865 646 732 576 540 638 820

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 22 22 24 16 13 14 19

Median $ 2,446,500 1,881,500 1,740,000 1,702,500 1,787,000 1,803,500 2,045,000

Min $ 1,310,000 1,105,000 880,000 1,185,000 1,130,000 1,425,000 1,030,000

Max $ 4,050,000 4,300,000 4,100,000 3,710,000 2,821,000 4,900,000 4,675,000

Avg $ / SF 863 767 661 727 662 709 774

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 55 62 48 40 49 38 61

Median $ 1,825,000 1,633,000 1,408,000 1,362,500 1,400,000 2,139,813 1,590,000

Min $ 1,061,000 735,000 715,000 719,000 760,000 1,050,000 955,000

Max $ 4,075,000 4,800,000 2,925,000 2,349,000 2,480,000 3,242,000 3,500,000

Avg $ / SF 945 810 745 786 754 807 842

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 43 52 53 63 45 41 52

Median $ 2,695,000 1,987,500 1,850,000 2,040,000 1,945,000 2,326,000 1,976,000

Min $ 1,550,000 1,080,000 800,000 975,000 868,000 1,145,000 900,000

Max $ 4,500,000 7,625,000 4,482,000 5,300,000 4,250,000 4,310,000 5,375,000

Avg $ / SF 1,010 930 817 794 791 905 892

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 29 37 30 36 23 25 35

Median $ 1,695,000 1,335,000 1,477,000 1,315,000 1,355,000 1,400,000 1,455,000

Min $ 1,300,000 631,000 725,000 790,000 825,000 940,000 860,000

Max $ 3,547,500 3,995,000 4,000,000 3,070,000 3,200,000 2,995,000 2,874,000

Avg $ / SF 1,002 950 806 766 779 948 974

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 18 18 28 20 20 21 19

Median $ 1,527,500 1,356,500 1,140,000 1,277,500 1,182,000 1,375,000 1,410,000

Min $ 827,000 810,000 547,000 895,000 313,000 272,000 800,000

Max $ 2,160,000 2,330,000 2,200,000 1,700,000 1,900,000 2,050,000 1,850,000

Avg $ / SF 831 706 622 704 687 790 801

FELTON GABLES Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 8 3 4 3 3 4 2

Median $ 2,137,500 1,800,000 2,300,000 1,685,000 1,850,000 2,037,500 2,197,500

Min $ 1,385,000 1,400,000 1,825,000 1,525,000 1,625,000 1,720,000 1,920,000

Max $ 3,200,000 1,900,000 3,125,000 1,738,000 2,650,000 2,865,000 2,475,000

Avg $ / SF 857 977 882 790 926 1,051 1,025

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 14 28 22 22 13 27 17

Median $ 1,702,500 1,952,500 2,168,000 1,842,500 2,200,000 2,620,625 2,225,000

Min $ 1,012,000 939,000 800,000 711,000 855,000 685,000 1,260,000

Max $ 2,650,000 3,900,000 4,700,000 3,725,000 3,054,000 4,995,000 4,990,000

Avg $ / SF 978 870 757 766 733 868 810

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 32 50 41 38 37 38 57

Median $ 1,361,000 1,017,500 1,065,000 1,012,500 930,000 1,212,250 1,119,000

Min $ 820,000 562,600 420,000 525,000 445,000 541,000 541,000

Max $ 2,350,000 2,300,000 1,775,000 2,100,000 1,733,000 1,850,000 2,066,000

Avg $ / SF 948 786 682 704 664 770 779

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold Median $ 31 1,177,000 32 1,016,500 27 835,000 29 790,000 21 825,000 27 945,000 29 975,000

Min $ 850,000 325,000 600,000 290,000 500,000 277,000 600,000

Max $ 1,740,000 1,630,000 1,525,000 1,322,500 1,165,000 1,900,000 1,300,000

Avg $ / SF 773 646 612 607 538 606 688

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 51 43 37 26 32 32 35

Median $ 890,000 677,000 650,000 605,000 589,000 752,500 856,000

Min $ 305,000 330,000 286,000 380,000 220,000 390,000 519,900

Max $ 2,498,000 2,225,000 2,289,000 1,735,000 940,000 2,800,000 2,135,000

Avg $ / SF 721 567 454 488 477 599 663

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

# Sold 34 40 53 63 50 31 63

Median $ 503,500 386,000 330,000 320,000 300,000 380,000 629,900

Min $ 295,000 200,000 213,000 174,000 210,000 255,000 331,000

Max $ 850,000 600,000 500,000 530,000 439,000 494,900 925,000

Avg $ / SF 465 276 291 289 291 341 391











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New vision for California Avenue advances Planning commission supports new ‘concept plan’ for quickly changing area by Gennady Sheyner s Palo Alto prepares for a ings near transit hubs. physical transformation of After a brief discussion California Avenue, starting Wednesday — which followed in March, city planners are ad- more than three years of far vancing a new vision document lengthier ones — the Planning for the business district — a plan and Transportation Commission that they hope will spur more voted 5-0 to recommend adoption high-tech startups, smaller apart- of a “concept plan” for a 115-acre ments and higher density build- area that includes California Av-


enue, a section of Park Boulevard and the commercial site around Fry’s Electronics. If approved by the City Council, the plan will be incorporated into Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan, the city’s land-use bible. One function of the new plan is to identify where denser development can be built in the centrally located area. Another is to recommend how land in each of the area’s three “subsections” can be

used. According to a report from Senior Planner Elena Lee, the plan evaluates where additional housing could be built, opportunities to retain and increase retail and services businesses and how bicycle access could be improved. Seen as a critical location because of its shopping district and proximity to Stanford University, Stanford Research Park and a Caltrain station, the area has seen a surge of development in recent

years, with one large project after another winning approval. Recent newcomers include Park Plaza, a 102,000-squarefeet project at Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard that includes 82 apartments and research-anddevelopment space; a 40-foot-tall office building to replace Club Illusions at 260 California Ave.; a four-story office-and-townhouse ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{®


City treads carefully on new garages City Council cautious about new downtown structures, supportive of ‘satellite lot’

had more than enough of reality,” states one caption, under a photo of a man sitting on a sleeping bag on the sidewalk, reading a book — and others, humorous. “I hate fractions,” a young boy with a skateboard declared. The founders of Humans of Palo Alto are going for the same coverage and sensibility. “The objective of our site is to express the uniqueness of individuals in the Palo Alto community, much like how they’re doing in New York,” said Gunn junior Calvin Wang, who started the website with friend and fellow Gunn junior Brendan Wong. “One person out of a whole city

by Gennady Sheyner aced with a citizenry upset about downtown’s deepening parking shortages and businesses anxious about looming parking restrictions, Palo Alto officials struggled Monday night with the complex topic of new downtown garages. After a discussion that involved more than 10 separate votes and stretched just past midnight, the City Council directed planners to look for additional locations for new downtown garages; solicit ideas for partnerships with the private sector on new garages; and explore new technologies that would enable city officials to track garage usage in real time. The council also agreed to expand the number of downtown drivers who can buy permits for the City Hall garage. Monday’s discussion came two weeks after the council asked staff to create a “residential parking-permit program” that would set time restrictions on parking spots for downtown commuters in congested residential areas. Once the program is in place, workers long accustomed to having free all-day parking in neighborhoods like Downtown North and Professorville will have to find new spots to park. Where these spots will be was the lingering question at Monday’s meeting. City staff recommended two new downtown garages: one at the city-owned Gilman Street lot, near the downtown post office,





Putting Palo Alto in perspective Mayor Nancy Shepherd laid out the city’s efforts to address rapid growth in a time of economic prosperity in her State of the City address on Tuesday. See story on page 7.


Gunn students launch ‘Humans of Palo Alto’ Photo blog captures people via photos, candid quotes by Elena Kadvany


hat is your definition of happiness? The answer to such a probing question is not something a person would normally share with a stranger, much less agree to have it posted online next to one’s photo. But that’s the whole point of

Humans of Palo Alto, a photo blog launched by a group of Gunn High School students hoping to capture the unique, unseen details about the individuals who make up Palo Alto. The idea is a spinoff of Humans of New York, a “photographic census” of New York City started

in 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton. His goal was to shoot 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map, but the project instead morphed into an online platform for intimate snapshots of peoples’ lives. Stanton also eventually turned his blog, with more than one million followers, into a New York Times bestselling book. Stanton posts photos of people around the city — a Catholic priest, a Mexican immigrant, a man walking his dogs, a couple reminiscing about the night they first met — with candid, snippet responses to a question he asked them or a short caption. Some are sad — “I pretty much only read fantasy because I’ve

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It’s like this council doesn’t learn from our errors. —Pat Burt, Palo Alto City Council member, warning that proceeding with the Urban Lane parking garage would send the community the wrong message. See story on page 5.

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PROPS FOR PARTNERSHIPS ... A group of local organizations — the Downtown Streets Team, Palo Alto Business and Professional Association, Palo Alto Parking Committee and the Palo Alto Police Department — received a $15,000 pat on the back this week for their collaborative efforts to improve safety and strengthen relationships between the community and police. They were selected from more than 540 applicants nationwide to receive one of 10 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards. The Downtown Streets Team is made up of homeless volunteers who, in exchange for food and housing vouchers, job search services and other resources, maintain the community by sweeping streets, putting lines on soccer fields, performing janitorial work, cleaning parks and other activities. The police department also organizes a monthly meeting of north county agencies — the Office of Human Services, District Attorney’s office, Veteran’s Administration and County Mental Health service providers — to work on connecting homeless people with housing and services. MetLife deemed these partnerships as “Excellence in Civic Engagement” and will award the groups $15,000 to support their joint public-safety efforts. “Collaboration between community-based groups and police departments can reduce crime, stimulate housing and business activity, and improve the quality of life in lowerincome neighborhoods,” Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation, stated in a press release. “The Palo Alto partnership is an exemplary model for groups nationwide facing similar challenges and opportunities.” HIGH SCHOOL ‘LOVE WEEK’ ... It’s “Love Week” at Gunn High School, student Jarrod Mock reported to the Board of Education Tuesday. As Mock, who’s this year’s Gunn student representative on the board, described it, Love Week activities include speed-dating on the quad, karaoke machines so students can “serenade

their lovers” and — the grand finale — “unofficial marriages on the quad,” complete with fake certificates. The school’s upcoming Sadie Hawkins Dance, Mock added, will have the theme of “Throwback ‘90s Kids since this is the very last year Gunn will have any students who were born way back in the last century.

WE CAN BE HEROES! ... Residents who wish to become heroes without the hassles of joining a police academy, running through fires or doing that whole mutation-andspandex thing now have a handy new tool at their disposal. The city’s Fire Department partnered this week with the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs Association to adopt Pulsepoint, an app that allows residents to track the fire department’s activities and provide information that could be helpful during emergencies. This includes notifying residents with CPR training of incidents where their skills may be put to use and directing them toward the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED), a device that sends electric shocks to restore regular heart beat in people with arrhythmia. The city has recently purchased 52 AEDs for placement at all major public facilities. The local school district also plans to install 38 devices by June. At the same time, the Fire Department has partnered with Racing Hearts, a nonprofit that lobbied for the AEDs, on a new exercise to educate the community on where these devices can be found. The “Spot the Box” campaign, which runs until the end of February, requires users to download a free app that can be used to create a community map of AED locations. The app can be found at www.racinghearts. net/spotthebox. So far, the campaign has already mobilized students from local middle and high schools, who have formed teams to look for the devices. In his announcement of the campaign, Fire Chief Eric Nickel called it “a great way for the community to get involved and help our paramedics, firefighters and police officers to be more effective life savers.” N


Shepherd zooms in on city growth in ‘State of the City’ Palo Alto mayor uses speech to place ongoing changes in historic context by Gennady Sheyner


iting a climate of rapid growth that has left many residents feeling like the change is “too much, too fast,” Mayor Nancy Shepherd used her “State of the City” address on Tuesday to lay out the city’s efforts for addressing the frustrations that have come with Palo Alto’s economic prosperity. Speaking in the ballroom at Lucie Stern Community Center, the city’s first community center, Shepherd delivered a speech that zeroed in on the topic that dominated City Council agendas in 2013 and that promises to do so again this year — the consequences of new development on the city’s quality of life. At about 20 minutes, Shepherd’s was one of the most concise and focused addresses in recent years. Unlike the speech delivered by then-Mayor Greg Scharff last year at the Tesla Motors headquarters, Shepherd’s address didn’t include any new initiatives or proposed laws. There were no announcements of new public WiFi hotspots or anti-smoking laws. Rather, Shepherd largely limited herself to the theme of the city’s growing pains. In discussing the council’s work plan for the year, Shepherd rattled off a list of long-discussed land-use and transportation projects, including the reconstruction

of California Avenue, another revision of the city’s just-updated Housing Element and an increase in the city’s parking supply. Shepherd, who was introduced by her daughters, Rachel Kaci and Becca Shepherd, pointed to Palo Alto’s long legacy of wrestling with change, from the late 19th century when Stanford University opened its doors and the city’s grain fields gave way to orchards to the 1930s when Stanford Professor Fredrick Terman began setting the stage for Silicon Valley’s technological revolution. To underscore her point that anxieties over growth are far from new, Shepherd played a short clip from an interview Terman gave in 1969. When asked whether the charm of the city was getting lost due to growth and industrialization, Terman responded that Palo Altans have a tendency to always like the city the way it was when they arrived here, no matter when their arrival took place. “If they came 20 years ago, they complain about the changes and increased traffic and more land being built on and so on,” Terman said. “If they came five, eight or 10 years ago, they like it that way.” The fact that people seem to like Palo Alto no matter when they came suggests that it “can’t be all bad,” Terman said.

about the future, much as has been the case throughout Palo Alto’s history. “Like those before us, we must strike the right balance between evolving as a city while maintaining those things that make our Palo Alto livable,” she said. Shepherd also urged Palo Altans, about 100 of whom attended the event, to get involved in the city’s new “Our Palo Alto” initiative, which aims to get feedback from a broad range of residents about the city’s future. The initiative will include numerous ideagathering meetings in the community, whether in local parks or during bike rides; an effort to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan; and numerous “actions,” actual near-term changes that address the problems neighborhoods have long complained about. Over the past month, the council has embarked on the “action” component with renewed gusto, approving a framework for a residential parking-permit program that would set time limits on commuters’ cars in residential neighborhoods; directing staff to explore sites for new garages; and considering a new transportationdemand management program that would offer incentives for drivers to switch to other modes of transit.


The text of Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd’s State of the City speech has been posted on Palo Alto Online.

Shepherd likewise provided reasons for why Palo Alto — despite the widespread concerns over traffic congestion, parking shortages and new developments — is having “the best of times.” Recent surveys show 91 percent of respondents rating the city’s quality of life as “good” or “excellent” and 99 percent consider the city a “good place to work.” The local economy has been booming, with commercial vacancies at alltime lows and home values increasing by 46 percent in the last five years. The city has also won national awards over the past year for work ranging from its Open Data initiative to its environmental stewardship. Yet she also highlighted some of the ways in which this success has hurt Palo Alto, prompting some residents to view the current period as “the worst of times.” This list included more traffic, parking shortages and “disappearing opportunities to live in Palo Alto.” Shepherd said the pace of the city’s “vibrant economy” has caused many residents to worry

All these efforts are expected to stretch through 2014. Palo Alto, Shepherd said, “is in a continuing conversation about growth, development and change.” Shepherd discussed her own arrival in Palo Alto in 1984 and her realization several years after the move that the city was a place for her. She said she was at first “overwhelmed by how groomed many yards were and how welleducated other parents were.” “At parent gatherings, I would ask others what they did and often got a response like ‘study smashed atoms’ or ‘the liquidity of matter’ or ‘the property of bacteria when light first hits it,’” Shepherd recalled, adding that she ultimately stopped asking the question and “just enjoyed how family-oriented the community was.” She said the city’s new outreach effort will help the council ask the community questions that will “lay the foundation of how we move ahead as a community.” “While the University or techsector jobs may have brought many of us here for a great adventure, it is our neighborhoods, open space, and the quality of our schools that have been at the heart of what defines Palo Alto,” Shepherd said. “And we want to protect and maintain all of these things.” N


School board adopts harassment policy


n 11-year-old Palo Alto student, whose Jan. 28 testimony to the Board of Education was interrupted by the board president because she was off topic, returned to the board Tuesday to tell members that bullying is still a problem in local schools. The testimony of Angela B. Tuesday came prior to the board’s unanimous adoption of new policies governing the harassment of disabled and other minority students. Superintendent Kevin Skelly said the policies should satisfy a December 2012 agreement signed with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights in which the district agreed to revamp its procedures for handling complaints of discrimination based on “protected classes” of students, including disability, gender, race and sexual preference. That agreement followed a December 2012 federal finding that the district’s mishandling of a bullying case had violated the civil rights of a disabled student.

by Chris Kenrick But Angela B., a middle school student who was flanked at the podium by six adult supporters, including her mother, said bullying is a problem for students in general, not just kids with disabilities. She recounted her experience of having been bullied on the bus and at school because she is short. “I’m here to tell you that not only special-ed kids get bullied, and you should protect all kids to stop their suffering right now,” Angela said. Skelly said he’d return to the board by March 25 with a proposal for a district-wide policy on bullying. The district will post and seek public comment on a draft bullying policy within the next two weeks, he said Thursday. The district’s student service coordinator, Brenda Carrillo, is drawing on policy work going back to 2012 in formulating a new proposal, he said. Carrillo could not immediately be reached for comment. Skelly and board members said

they shared concerns expressed by teachers and principals that extending a “uniform complaint procedure” beyond protected classes of students could have the effect of escalating and creating records on minor playground scuffles. “If every bump, every cutting in line meant they had to write a report, (school staff) couldn’t use those as ways of teaching in the classroom and it possibly could get in the way of teaching other things,” board Vice-President Melissa Baten Caswell said. “There was a request to us to figure out what the balance is.” The narrower focus on “protected classes” of the policies adopted Tuesday satisfies the district’s 2012 agreement with federal enforcers, Skelly said. Palo Alto resident Andrea Wolf said there had been a lack of transparency about why school district leaders had changed their minds, both on a district-wide bullying policy and on a staff proposal to “de-lane” freshman English at Palo Alto High


Eleven-year-old student returns to testify after testy Jan. 28 exchange

Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, at podium, addresses the Palo Alto Board of Education as she points to friends and anti-bullying supporters Ignacio and Griselda Morales, from left, Michelle Mendoza and Angela B. as the board prepares to vote on a harassment policy for legally protected categories of students. School, which Skelly withdrew this week (see story on page 9). “It is impossible for a community member to participate in any meaningful way with this school district and this board of trustees,” said Wolf, adding that she had attempted to closely follow both issues but felt they had not been adequately explained. Though some adult supporters of Angela B. requested that Board President Barb Mitchell apologize for cutting short the girl’s Jan. 28 testimony, Angela said Tuesday: “I don’t care about

an apology or not. ... All I’m suggesting is for you to listen to what children have to say. “What happened last time wasn’t planned for, but I also don’t think it started us out on the right foot. Bullying has been going on for a long time, and I feel like you guys haven’t done anything about it.” Mitchell, who interrupted Angela’s Jan. 28 testimony, saying it was not related to the agenda item at hand, told the girl Tuesday: ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Î)

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or many, the 2014 Lifetimes of Achievement honorees are household names. They are a former college counselor, a corporate attorney, longtime community volunteers, the former editor of the Palo Alto Weekly and a former school-board member. On Tuesday, the nonprofit Avenidas announced the honorees at a private reception for family and friends: Jean Dawes, Greg Gallo, Isaac and Maddy Stein, Jay Thorwaldson and Carolyn Tucher. On May 18, they will be publicly celebrated at a garden party co-sponsored by Avenidas, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online. “We are proud to be able to honor such an esteemed group of high achievers and show the community what age and wisdom can accomplish,” Avenidas CEO/ President Lisa Hendrickson said. Jean Dawes, a former college counselor at Palo Alto High School, is a longtime advocate for education and fair housing. In addition to working for the Palo Alto Unified School District for more than 20 years, she was an educational consultant for College Admissions Advisors Associates. She also spent decades devoted to nonprofit organizations and served on the boards of the Pursuit of Excellence, a scholarship program for under-represented students; Palo Alto Housing Corporation; and Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing. She has served on the Palo Alto Woman’s Club Philanthropy Committee since 2005. Greg Gallo has spent more than 40 years as a lawyer, first with Ware & Freidenrich and later as

a partner at DLA Piper. He has served on the boards of several for-profit organizations such as Maxtor Corporation and Network General, as well as numerous nonprofit boards including the American Red Cross, Family & Children Services, the Entrepreneurs Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He also chaired the board of the Senior Coordinating Council (which later became Avenidas) in the early 1990s. Both Isaac and Madeleine (“Maddy”) Stein are champions for community causes, nonprofit fundraising and Stanford University. Maddy’s lengthy volunteer resumé at Stanford includes: founding chairwoman, School of Education Advisory Council; vice chairwoman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; and member of both Haas Center’s National Advisory Board and Stanford Challenge Leadership Council. Apart from Stanford, Maddy has been president of the boards of the Children’s Health Council, Community Breast Health Project, Palo Alto Community Fund and the Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center. She has been honored with a Tall Tree Award and with a Stanford Associates’ Board of Governors’ Award. Isaac has been a partner at the law firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe; chief financial officer and general counsel at Raychem Corp.; chairman at Esprit de Corp; and president and founder of Waverley Associates Inc., a private investment firm. Most recently, he was CEO, CFO, and chairman of

the board at Maxygen. He also has been active with numerous nonprofits, including chairing the boards of UCSF Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Services and Stanford’s Board of Trustees. He has also been a director of several investment funds: Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the James Irvine Foundation. The Steins were 2004 recipients of the John W. Gardiner Visionary Award from Pathways Hospice. Jay Thorwaldson retired as editor of the Palo Alto Weekly in January 2011, capping an influential career in journalism and writing that spanned 50 years. Before joining the Weekly, he worked for the Palo Alto Times/Peninsula Times Tribune, taught at Stanford, and was director of public affairs at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. His written pieces have led to expansion of the Council for the Arts in Palo Alto, Palo Alto Information & Referral Service, Interagency Communication Network, and Palo Alto Community Network, as well as the creation of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Palo Alto Fire Department’s paramedics program. He spearheaded the creation of Family LifeSkills and has served on many boards, including Senior Coordinating Council (now Avenidas), Peninsula Conservation Center (now Acterra) and Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the advisory boards of Adolescent Counseling Services and DeAnza College’s communications program. He received an award for uncovering information that led to the arrest in 1969 of a Neo-Nazi ter-


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alo Alto school district officials have withdrawn their recommendation to offer a single freshman English lane at Palo Alto High School — rather than two lanes — after the proposal was met with resistance from school board members and many parents. Paly English Department chair Shirley Tokheim said Monday that the proposal — a pilot program that teachers had been preparing for 18 months — has been stricken from the Board of Education’s tentative agenda for Feb. 25. “As you can imagine, we are extremely disappointed and upset at the news,” Tokheim said. Paly Principal Kim Diorio wrote a message to parents Tuesday saying that two lanes of freshman English will be offered this fall, as they have been in the past. Diorio previously had supported the proposed change, telling the board Jan. 28 the plan would address “structural inequalities that exist in our system.” Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he withdrew the proposal after community members raised concerns, persuading him that “there’s additional work that needs to be done by the English Department over at Paly. “Much of that additional work is recognized by the staff at Paly ... and the decision was made that this was not the right

by Chris Kenrick time to implement a change,” Skelly said. Currently, second-semester eighth-graders are given the choice whether to take the yearlong “English 9” or “English 9 Accelerated” — called English 9A. But teachers said there’s little rhyme or reason as to which students choose which lane — a high percentage of students choosing the “regular lane” have scored “proficient” or “advanced” on standardized English tests, suggesting an aptitude for the more challenging class. And yet, Diorio told the board Jan. 28, freshmen who chose regular-lane English begin to “self-identify as being in the dummy class — they see themselves right off the bat as not being as smart as their peers.” The freshman choice for the regular lane also makes students less likely to take honors or Advanced Placement English or U.S. History later in high school, English teachers said. Teachers, with backing from the district office, proposed that English 9A be offered as the single choice for Paly freshmen starting this fall. “We believe all high-achieving students who enter Paly ... should receive rigorous instruction and benefit from the high expectations of an accelerated English course,” Associate Superintendent for Educational Services

Charles Young said in his Jan. 28 proposal to the board. “We believe any struggling students, with appropriate supports, will also benefit from this rigorous coursework.” The “small number of students” who need additional help would get it through tutorials, extra programs and classes, which, in some cases, would be “co-taught” by a special education teacher, the recommendation stated. The teachers said other highperforming high schools in the area — including Los Altos, Mountain View, Saratoga, Monte Vista and Lynbrook — have unlaned freshman English, and in most cases, unlaned sophomore English as well. At Gunn High School, freshman English is laned. Four of the five school board members and several parents expressed skepticism about the proposal when it was presented Jan. 28, while other parents and one of the board spoke in support. Board members said they’d been flooded with emails about the proposed change, and all but Heidi Emberling indicated they were not prepared to vote for it. They questioned whether the teachers’ plan offered enough “specific scaffolding” and intensive extra help for regular-lane stu­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó)

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News Digest Hotel-tax hike recommended in Palo Alto Seeking to tap into the riches generated by the city’s flourishing hotel scene, a Palo Alto City Council committee on Wednesday recommended asking voters to raise the hotel-tax rate by 3 percent, which would make the city’s rate one of the highest in the state. If the full council approves the recommendation from the Infrastructure Committee, the city’s rate would rise from 12 to 15 percent. Most neighboring cities currently have tax rates ranging from 10 percent (Mountain View, San Jose) to 12 percent (Menlo Park, East Palo Alto). San Francisco and Oakland each have a rate of 14 percent, while Anaheim is the only city listed in staff’s analysis with a rate of 15 percent. The committee was charged by the council with charting the city’s path toward a November ballot measure, with a goal to raise money for funding a backlog of infrastructure projects. According to staff estimates, increasing the hotel-tax rate by 3 percent would bring in proceeds that would be leveraged to obtain $46.2 million in funding. The list of projects that the hotel-tax increase would fund includes additional garages; restoration at Byxbee Park; road improvements on Charleston and Arastradero; and replacement of obsolete fire stations near Rinconada and Mitchell parks. The full council is scheduled to discuss the committee’s recommendation on Feb. 24. N — Gennady Sheyner

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Palo Alto’s ambitious quest to become the nation’s top biking city received a boost Wednesday night when the city’s planning commission green-lighted the creation of a new bike boulevard on Matadero Avenue. The new bike route, extending east-to-west along Matadero and Margarita avenues, would be part of a greater network of existing and planned bike paths, including ones on Park Boulevard and Maybell Avenue. The new boulevard is listed as a priority project in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan the city adopted in 2012. If the City Council goes along with the recommendation, construction of the bike boulevard would begin this summer and would include five new speed humps along Matadero, between Laguna Avenue and Whitsell Avenue; a new speed table at the intersection of Matadero and Tippawingo Street that will also function as a raised crosswalk table for pedestrians; and berms on Josina Avenue that will create walking space for pedestrians. “The consistent message of every bicycle project we’ve worked on is that bicycle projects are not just about bicycles, they’re equally important toward pedestrians,� Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez told the commission. “We made a strong effort with Matadero-Margarita to provide equal weight to pedestrian opportunities.� N — Gennady Sheyner

Plan to treat city’s waste takes aim at sewage Palo Alto may still be years away from building a state-of-the-art facility to process local food waste and yard trimmings, but officials are preparing to pick up the pace when it comes to dealing with sewage sludge, the third stream in the city’s complex waste flow. On Monday, Palo Alto City Council members heard a presentation on three plans the city received in response to its request for proposals. The idea to develop a waste-to-energy plant was prompted by the 2011 closure of the landfill in the Baylands, which also eliminated the city’s composting facility. In November 2011, proponents of building a local facility won a battle when voters approved Measure E, which made 10 acres of Byxbee Park in the Baylands available for a possible composting facility. A citizens task force that studied the subject recommended as its preferred technology “wet anaerobic digestion,� which uses bacteria in an oxygen-deprived atmosphere to process organic waste and release methane, which is then converted to biogas. The facility would accept food scraps, yard trimmings and the sewage sludge, also called “biosolids.� City staff is urging the council to press ahead as soon as possible with a solution for the lattermost waste stream. The tentative proposal from staff is to first pursue a Biosolids Facility Plan and build a dewatering and truck off-load facility at the sewage-plant site. The next priority on the list would be to pursue a wet anaerobic digester of the sort recommended by proponents of Measure E. The city is also considering operating its own plant. The council didn’t take any votes on Monday, and the issue will return in March. Council members did ask staff to consider various models of plant ownership by the city before moving too far with any decisions. N — Gennady Sheyner


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and the other, much larger parking structure on Urban Lane, west of the Caltrain tracks. But instead of moving forward with more analysis on these particular proposals, the council agreed that it needs more information about alternative sites. The Urban Lane structure, which would accommodate up to 478 cars, proved particularly unpopular, with several council members describing its massing as out of scale with the neighborhood and Councilman Greg Scharff likening the rendering of the structure to a “blimp.� Even the more modest proposal for the Gilman Street structure faced some opposition. Councilwoman Karen Holman and Councilman Pat Burt proved particularly skeptical about the data used by staff to choose Lot G, as the site is called, over five other potential sites. Holman said she doesn’t believe the community “really wants a five-story parking garage above ground.� She went through a laundry list of other parking initiatives the council is pursuing — including Caltrain Go Passes for city workers and increased parking-permit sales for existing garages — and suggested that moving ahead on a garage now would be “premature.� “We’re not going to fill our downtown, I hope, with five-story parking garages,� Holman said. “It would change the character of our town remarkably.� Burt characterized staff’s choice of Lot G as arbitrary and requested more information, including a calculation of how many spaces the city should pursue, before making any decisions on this issue. The council ultimately requested by an 8-1 vote, with Mayor Nancy Shepherd dissenting, that staff return with three different alterna-

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tives for a new downtown garage. Burt also warned against doing too much at once. “I’m open to doing one (garage) but the one should be done in a thoughtful, deliberative process, even if it’s an expedited thoughtful, deliberative process,� he said. Burt also proved apprehensive about staff’s other garage proposal, on Urban Lane. In this case, he had plenty of company on the council. The concept proposed by staff is to pursue a partnership with Stanford University, which owns the land, and Caltrain, which leases it from Stanford and uses it for commuter parking, to create a slew of improvements to the area around the transit center. City planners asked for the authority to pursue planning grants to explore this concept further. That request ultimately fizzled after one member after another suggested that the proposed structure is too massive. Burt was particularly adamant about not pursuing the grants, likening this idea to the city’s recent stumble with 27 University Ave., an ambitious proposal by John Arrillaga to build four office towers and a theater. After expressing initial enthusiasm about the development and considering a special election on the Arrillaga “concept,� the council withstood a flurry of criticism from the community before backtracking and effectively killing the proposal. Burt warned Monday that proceeding with the giant Urban Lane garage would similarly send the wrong message and prompt members of the community to ask about the council: “What were they thinking?� “It’s like this council doesn’t learn from our errors,� Burt said. Initially, council members considered allowing staff to apply for grants that would allow planning work. Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said both the



Two locations under consideration for new Palo Alto parking garages are the Gilman/Waverley (Lot G) lot between Hamilton and Forest avenues and a lot on Urban Lane, east of the railroad tracks, between the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Sheraton Hotel. Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority have funds available for projects of this nature. But after hearing from Burt and other members, City Manager James Keene reversed course and argued that this approval could actually cause more harm than good. Councilman Marc Berman stressed that if the council ultimately decides to pursue planning

work in this area, it could do so later with local funds. One idea that did move forward Monday, though not without disagreement, was staff’s proposal for a satellite parking lot on Embarcadero Road, where commuters would leave their cars before getting shuttled to their offices downtown. The move would require the reduction of lanes on Embarcadero from four to two and would create about 200 parking spaces along Embarcadero, east of Geng Road. Holman panned the idea of adding parking so close to the Baylands and argued that this would be tantamount to “urbanization� in an area where parking traditionally hasn’t been allowed. She warned against parking “creep� and called the satellite lot “a bad idea.� “I don’t think transferring impacts from one location to another is where we want to be going,� Holman said. Schmid agreed and joined her in voting against the proposal. “The people who will benefit are commuters from outside who want to work downtown,� he said. “The people who will bear the cost will be the residents going to the Baylands — a changed and different experience.� Their colleagues, however, had fewer reservations, particularly after staff explained that the approval only pays for an environmental study and additional design work. Scharff said that

it’s important to give downtown workers a place to park once the residential parking-permit program is launched. And Klein, who worked at a law firm on Embarcadero for more than 25 years, vigorously disputed Holman’s characterization of the site. He argued that Embarcadero is currently “underutilized.� “If there are better stop gaps, bring them forth,� Klein said. “I can’t think of one; staff hasn’t been able to think of one. If we aren’t going to let (commuters) park in neighborhoods, we’ve got to let them do it in some other place. “This is the place to do it,� Klein added, before the council voted 7-2 to support the exploration of this idea, with Holman and Schmid dissenting. By the same vote, the council approved having staff reach out to private developers for proposals on possible partnerships for downtown structures. While Schmid and Holman didn’t like the idea and voted against it, their colleagues agreed with Klein, who called it an “innocuous idea.� Shepherd concurred. “I believe we need to go ahead and solicit and find out if there is interest,� Shepherd said. Monday’s meeting served as a prequel to the council’s Feb. 24 discussion of a broad, transportationdemand management program, which would provide incentives for commuters to ditch their cars and switch to other modes of transit. N


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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the long-range financial forecast for fiscal years 2015-24 and staff’s response to the Inventory Management Audit. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider updated guidelines for the City of Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artists Studio Program. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 51826 Bryant St., a request for sign exceptions to allow installation of five projecting-wall signs for five commercial tenants; 537 Hamilton Ave., a request for a design-enhancement exception that would allow a roof-top canopy to exceed the city’s height limit; and 601 California Ave., a request by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati for sign exception to allow an additional freestanding sign along California Avenue. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation about San Jose’s Art Boxes and Downtown Doors Projects; consider allocating funds for artist stipends for City Hall New Media artwork; consider finding a project in the teen room of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center; and discuss the Capital Improvement Program budget. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).





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— that’s one out of thousands and thousands. It’s really hard to be realized, to be seen.” In January, Wang and Wong enlisted Gunn senior Michael Chen as head photographer and set out on campus and around town to find people to interview. They originally posted their photos and quotes on a Facebook page but have also launched a Tumblr page for those without Facebook accounts. One of the Palo Alto project’s first “humans” candidly answered their probe about the definition of happiness. “When you’re at peace with yourself for who you are,” said Justin Yoo, photographed sitting on Gunn’s concrete entry sign. “But I guess in the end, it’s really whatever you want it to be.” Other posts feature an employee at Amber Dhara, the downtown Palo Alto Indian restaurant, who’s originally from Nepal; a 64-year-old Vietnam veteran who likes Taylor Swift; a shy 16-yearold who has had trouble making new friends since moving to Palo Alto; a dog who replies to “What is the meaning of life?” with a simple “Woof.” “It’s that idea of sharing that little bit of unique information about you that will allow a complete random stranger to feel comfortable,” Wang explained. “It’s just that little bit of unique information that helps people understand you and make a connection.” Though Chen said he sees Humans of Palo Alto as “humorous and lighthearted,” he also cited a less rosy quote from Karin Delgadillo, a campus supervisor at Gunn also known as “Mr. D.” Chen asked him: “What is something difficult that has made you stronger?” “I grew up with a single mom, no dad!” Delgadillo responded. “Without a father figure, I learned to be self-reliant and self-dependent.” “A lot of people are stressed here at Gunn,” Chen said. “We want people to understand that they’re going to go through

some hardships, but eventually there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” Since launching, Chen, Wang and Wong have also reached out to Palo Alto High School students to bring them on board. “We don’t want to over-represent Gunn High School,” Wang said. “There’s definitely more corners of Palo Alto that we’re

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was a special-education student at Paly and graduated from there, said her daughter was bored in regularlane freshman English but thrived in advanced sophomore English and is now in graduate school. N

“Thank you, Angela, and I certainly will apologize if anything I said made you uncomfortable or caught you by surprise. Thank you for coming back and having the courage of speaking.” Earlier in the meeting, Mitchell did apologize more broadly for the duration of the Jan. 28 school board meeting, which adjourned around 2 a.m. “I completely misestimated the amount of time it would take to cover the questions, interest levels and public comments on subjects

that are very important to all of us,” she said. “What happens in that instance is it really does impact the ability of community members and staff members to impact our conversations.” In the future, Mitchell said, she plans mid-meeting time checks to determine whether agenda items need to be rearranged or postponed. Tuesday’s meeting was unusually short, adjourning around 9:30 p.m., well short of the officially targeted time of 10 p.m. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@ Do you think all Palo Alto High School freshman would benefit from being enrolled in the same level English course? Share your opinion on this topic on Town Square, the community discussion forum on Palo Alto Online.

Undergraduate costs at Stanford University — including tuition, room and board and a mandatory health fee — will rise 3.5 percent next year, from $56,441 to $58,388, the university’s board of trustees decided this week. (Posted Feb. 12, 12:18 p.m.)

Suspect sought in Ventura groping Palo Alto police on Tuesday searched a section of the Ventura neighborhood for a man who allegedly made a lewd comment to a passing pedestrian and then grabbed her from behind. (Posted Feb. 12, 9:53 a.m.)

Stanford investigates ‘suspicious backpack’ Part of the Stanford University campus was evacuated, and a police bomb squad unit came in to investigate a suspicious backpack found at Tresidder Union at about 8:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Stanford University officials announced. (Posted Feb. 11, 11:43 a.m.)

Funding questions loom over rail’s plan Seeking to comply with a legislative requirement, the agency charged with building California’s high-speed-rail system on Monday released an updated business plan that offers upgraded ridership projections, revised construction plans and very few answers on the critical question of how the system will be funded. (Posted Feb. 11, 2:21 a.m.)

Google wins Hangar One lease Preservationists can rejoice — Hangar One will be restored. Google has won a lease deal for the massive hangar and operation of Moffett Field’s runways. (Posted Feb. 10, 2:54 p.m.)

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Stanford trustees approve tuition hike

Humans of Palo Alto, a photo blog started by three Gunn High School students, offers candid snapshots and sometimes-intimate insight into people around town.

Palo Alto may be one of staunchest opponents of California’s proposed high-speed rail system, but one council member took a small step in favor of the $68-billion project when she voted last week in favor of a brief in support of the agency building the controversial train line. (Posted Feb. 10, 9:59 a.m.)

Bay Area flu death toll reaches 30 At least 30 people in the Bay Area have died from the flu this season and 202 are confirmed to have died statewide, according to figures released today by the state Department of Public Health. (Posted Feb. 8, 2 p.m.)

Downtown affordable-housing complex opens A decade-long effort to build a downtown Palo Alto affordable housing project officially came to fruition Friday afternoon at the grand opening ceremony for 801 Alma Family Apartments, a fourstory, 50-unit building for families earning 30 to 50 percent of the median income in the area. (Posted Feb. 7, 7:04 p.m.)

Man arrested after violent struggle A 34-year-old man yesterday led Palo Alto police on a wild chase through downtown Palo Alto, at one point seizing an officer’s holstered gun, pointing it at the officer and biting the officer before being restrained and arrested. (Posted Feb. 7, 8:50 a.m.)

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New development in the California Avenue area includes (1) a 40-foot-tall office building replacing Club Illusions at 260 California Ave.; (2) a four-story office-and-townhouse development at 2640 Birch St.; (3) a three-story, mixed-use development at 441 Page Mill Road (proposed); (4) an office building at 2755 El Camino Real (proposed); (5) Park Plaza, a mixed-use project with 82 apartments plus research and development space at 195 Page Mill Road; and (6) a mixed-use project with apartments, a restaurant and retail space at 3159 El Camino Real (site of the Equinox Gym).


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development at 2640 Birch St.; and a 74,000-square-foot mixeduse project with 48 apartments, a restaurant and retail space at 3159 El Camino Real, site of Equinox Gym. The area’s list of high-tech tenants includes recent arrivals Groupon and AOL. Other developments for the area that have been proposed include 441 Page Mill, which would replace four existing single-family homes with a three-story mixeduse development; and 2755 El Camino, at the corner of Page Mill, a 33,000-square-foot office building proposed by the Pollock Financial Group. City officials have generally welcomed and, at times, actively encouraged this trend. At the commission’s prior discussion of the concept plan, Commissioner Michael Alcheck noted that young people “want immediate vicinity to their residential spaces, their work spaces and their retail spaces.� “They don’t want to have to get into a car to get to an amenity,� Alcheck said. The council has long talked about encouraging more density near transit hubs and has recently designated the California Avenue area as the city’s only “priority

development area,� a label that recognizes the neighborhood as ripe for development and that makes it eligible for regional planning grants. The city has already received grant funds for the soon-tocommence reconstruction of California Avenue, an ambitious streetscape project that includes expanded sidewalks, new plazas, new street lighting and, most controversially, a reduction of lanes from four to two. Not everyone is thrilled about the drive toward more density. At the Dec. 13 commission meeting, former Vice Mayor Jack Morton pointed to the November 2013 vote on Measure D, when residents overturned a plan for 12 market-rate, singlefamily homes and 60 apartments for low-income seniors. The message of the election, he said, was that “density, high density, increased density is not the direction the majority of people in this community want to go.� He cited the area’s traffic congestion and parking shortages and urged the commission to encourage “preservation of the community� as an important feature of the new plan. For the retail-rich area along California Avenue, between El Camino and the Caltrain station, the new concept plan proposes more mixed-use projects with

small residential units. These should be built “at the higher end of the allowed density range,� one policy states. The plan also advocates for more shuttle connections between the Caltrain station and employment centers; a hotel on El Camino Real; and preservation of the area’s “neighborhood-oriented commercial character.� In the vicinity of Park Boulevard, the goal here is to promote the area as “an important hub of innovation and entrepreneurship for small new companies.� This means favoring ground-floor offices, with residential units on higher floors. Once again, the city’s proposed policy is to “encourage development at the higher end of the allowed density range,� provided it’s consistent with standards for “context-sensitive design.� The plan also encourages various improvements to bike and pedestrian amenities on Park Boulevard, including more bike parking. The only subarea that would see an actual zone change under the plan would be the one around Fry’s Electronics. Here, the concept plan proposes to rezone the area from retail and commercial uses to “mixed-use,� which would allow both residential and commercial. If Fry’s were to leave, the city would try to turn the sprawling area into a “walkable, humanscale, mixed-use neighborhood


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Upfront that includes ample amenities.” One policy that is not in the plan but that some commissioners said should be explored is a restriction on chain stores. Alcheck, who advocated for this policy during a recent discussion of the Comprehensive Plan’s chapter devoted to business, once again spoke on its behalf. Vice Chair Arthur Keller and Commissioner Carl King joined him in voting to have staff explore the option further. Chair Mark Michael and Commissioner Greg Tanaka both voted against exploring a potential ban, with Tanaka arguing that it’s a bad idea. “I think it’s important that the best business thrives, (whether it’s) a chain or not a chain,” Tanaka said. He noted the Apple Store is a chain that had a Palo Alto presence before spreading to hundreds of other communities. Banning chains, he said, would “hurt the consumers.” “With the thought of trying to do the greatest good, it’s important that the best businesses are allowed to thrive and consumers are given a choice, even if it is a chain.” After splitting 3-2 on the subject of chain stores, the commission voted 5-0, with Eduardo Martinez absent, to support the new concept plan, which will now undergo an environmental review along with the rest of the Comprehensive Plan. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 10) Waste: The council heard an update about the city’s progress in pursuing a waste-to-energy facility that would process biosolids, food scraps and yard waste. Action: None Garage: The council directed staff to come up with more alternative sites for a future downtown parking garage. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Schmid No: Shepherd Parking: The council directed staff to explore creating satellite parking along Embarcadero Road, east of U.S. Highway 101. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Schmid



Board of Education (Feb. 11) Nondiscrimination/harassment policy: The board adopted new policies on Uniform Complaint Procedure, Nondiscrimination/harassment and Sexual Harassment, which apply only to discrimination based on “protected categories” such as disability, gender, race and sexual preference. Yes: Unanimous New classes: The board approved new middle school classes on human geography, money matters and exploratory language, and high school classes in marine biology and nanotechnology. Yes: Unanimous. New high school “pathway”: The board approved a new, three-year program that explores the theme of social justice within the context of the core, collegeprep curriculum. Yes: Unanimous New elementary school: The board approved directions to a recently formed staff committee charged with recommending by May the programming and location of a new elementary school in Palo Alto. Yes: Unanimous

Council Infrastructure Committee (Feb. 12) Tax: The council recommended placing on the November ballot a measure that would increase the city’s hotel-tax rate from 12 percent to 15 percent. Yes: Klein, Scharff No: Berman Absent: Burt

Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 12) California Avenue: The commission recommended including the California Avenue/Fry’s Electronics area concept plan in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King, Michael, Tanaka Absent: Martinez Bicycles: The commission recommended approval of a proposed bike boulevard along Matadero and Margarita avenues. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King, Michael, Tanaka Absent: Martinez

Utilities Advisory Commission (Feb. 12)

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Solar: The commission recommended approval of the new Local Solar Plan. Yes: Cook, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Chang, Waldfogel PaloAltoGreen: The commission approved a recommendation regarding refunds to participants in the PaloAltoGreen program. Yes: Cook, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Chang, Waldfogel

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Shirley Temple Black dies at her home in Woodside by Menlo Park Almanac staff


Catherine R. Anderson Catherine Ruby Anderson passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born on March 26, 1917 in Washington D.C. and shortly thereafter moved with her family to Southern California. After completing school there, she attended the Philadelphia School of Music with her beloved sister Mary McCune. Upon her return to Southern California she entered the Miss Valentine Contest, judged by Cary Grant. She won, and was awarded a screen test with MGM. However, due to her mother’s reluctance to have her daughter involved in the movie industry, she turned down the opportunity. Catherine went on to become an extremely successful high fashion model with a career spanning more than 35 years. She participated in every facet of modeling from runway, to print and television, and had a cameo appearance in the award-winning movie “Bullet”. She represented top designers such as Dior and all the major fashion houses of that time, and served as president of the National Models Association. She was appointed to and served on the San Mateo County Grand Jury for several years. She was also a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Later in life Catherine decided to pursue a career in real estate on the Peninsula. She specialized in high end properties focusing on Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. She became one of the top agents in the area. She started her own real estate firm with her son, Grant Roger Anderson, and was active in real estate until her retirement in the late 1990 ’s. She was a deeply religious woman and had been a devout member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church since 1951. A longtime resident of Atherton, she spent many years working with various charity organizations, her favorite being the Peninsula Volunteers. Catherine and her husband Roger were long time members of Menlo Country Club and Olympic Club. She was a life master bridge player and an active member of the Palo Alto Bridge Center, where she was highly respected for her bridge playing expertise. She always greeted everyone, no matter their status, with a genuine engaging smile and cared deeply about her family, friends and the common man. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Preston Roger Anderson and her twin sister, Caroline. She is survived by her sons; Grant Roger Anderson of Atherton, Preston Scott Anderson of Palo Alto and Edwin James Hannay of Atherton, daughters-in-law Colleen Morton Anderson and Marsha Haynes Hannay, grandchildren Catherine Elizabeth Hannay and Edwin James Hannay, Jr., her sister Mary Jane McCune and nephew Nedrick Roland McCune. A celebration of her life will be held at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on February 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM followed by a reception. Donations may be made to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Pathways Hospice or the charity of your choice. Crippen & Flynn Woodside and Carlmont Chapels PA I D

hirley Temple Black died Monday, Feb. 10, at her home in Woodside. She was 85. Considered the most popular child movie star of all time, she had lived in Woodside for 46 years. Surrounded by family members on Monday night, she died peacefully of natural causes, the family said. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five year of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” the family said in a statement. She started her acting career at age 3 and starred in such hits as “Stand Up and Cheer” and “The Little Colonel.” She ruled the box office in the 1930s. After marrying in 1950 and leaving her Hollywood career behind, she lived in Woodside for much of her life. She met Charles Alden Black in


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1950 when she was vacationing in Honolulu. A party was given in her honor and Black, a handsome young bachelor, was invited. He surfed every night after work and told the hostess he wouldn’t come to the party if the surf was up. “We would never have met if the surfing was good that day,” she said. The couple was married later that year at his parents’ Monterey ranch. Her husband, an internationally recognized marine expert, died Aug. 4, 2005. They were married for 55 years and had three children, a son Charles Jr. and daughters Lori and Susan. After retiring from her film career at age 21, Shirley Temple Black became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts. She was U.S. ambassador to Ghana, and later to Czechoslovakia during the collapse of the communist regime there in 1989. In 1967, Pete McCloskey beat her and nine other candidates to win a seat in Congress. Woodsiders would see her in

town, and ordinary moments became memorable. Thalia Lubin recalls saying hello to her a couple of times in Roberts Market in the checkout line. “There she was bagging her own groceries.” George Roberts, the owner of Roberts Market in Woodside said: “She just was a very down-toearth person, not like a celebrity. It was just a joy to know her. She was just like the gal next door. ... It’s been years since we’ve seen her.” In the late 1970s, she was grand marshal of the Woodside May Day parade. She served as a president of the Commonwealth Club of California and received many honors, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2006. She was given a special juvenile Academy Award in 1935. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be private, the family said. For those wishing to make a donation in her memory, the family suggests either the Education Center at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles or the Commonwealth Club of California’s 2nd Century Campaign.



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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 5-11 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 9 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Menlo Park Feb. 4-11 Violence related Child abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Attempted theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Disturbance 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of firearm . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Violating restraining order . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Sutter Avenue, 2/6, 10:56 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Emerson Street, 2/6, 2:56 p.m.; assault.

Menlo Park 700 block Laurel St., 2/8, 10:51 a.m.; child abuse

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Glenn Warren Price

Marcus A. Krupp, MD

Oct. 16, 1918-Feb. 6, 2014

(1913 – 2014)

Glenn Price, 94, died at his senior residence, Sunrise of Palo Alto, on Feb. 6 after a short illness. He was a longtime resident of Sonoma County and a history professor emeritus and past dean of social sciences at Sonoma State University. He also worked a small apple farm in Sebastopol until the age of 87. Glenn was the youngest son of a minister of the Church of the Brethren and grew up in Laton, a small farming town near Fresno. He graduated from La Verne College in 1940. He was one of the organizers of a cooperative farming community, a conscientious objector, and a California State Park ranger/ historian before getting his doctorate in history. He was devoted from youth to the life of the mind and tried to stimulate his students to ask questions and think for themselves. He was married for 72 years to Marcia Price, who died in August 2011. He is survived by a daughter, Laura Price of Amherst, Mass.; a son, Chris Conell-Price of Palo Alto; and four grandchildren: Andrew, Jessamyn, Michael and Lynn. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. PA I D


June Rogers Peters On January 25th 2014 June Rogers Peters won her long battle with Parkinson’s disease and shed her body for her life in heaven. During her passing she was surrounded by her immediate family: Her husband of 52+ years Lloyd Peters; Her children Melissa, Amy, & Neil and her Grandchildren Kyra & Nikolas. She was born June 20, 1935 in Kissimmee, Florida. She nurtured those roots by returning to Florida often to visit family and dear friends. She fiercely held onto a little of her “southern twang” throughout her life. A long time resident of Palo Alto, her kindness and generosity overflowed to anyone that was lucky enough to know her. While raising her children, her house, with typical southern hospitality, was the gathering place for all of the kid’s friends. The friends dubbed her home the “food house”. When the children were older, she took on the role as an Administrative Assistant to Professors for PhD students at Stanford. In that role she was affectionately known as the “Hug Doctor”. Her description of that voluntary role as expressed was that; “The professors are responsible for guiding the students intellectual pursuits” and “She would deal with mending their Hearts”. In that capacity she performed as substitute for a Mother, Confidant, or Counselor to the students. Students would travel home, often returning with gifts for her. Instead, she would request a rock from their hometown amassing a rock collection from around the world. June loved traveling, often ending up at a sandy beach someplace, making new friends along the route. After her retirement she devoted time to spoiling her grandchildren, both in person and with her incredible shopping skills. She kept busy taking classes in life stories, scrap booking and assemblage. She continued to do art and crafts late in her life. Plans are for a Celebration of Life event that will be held in her home during early April. For those that would like to honor her life, donations to The Parkinson’s Institute or the Vitas Hospice organization would be appreciated. PA I D


Marcus A. Krupp, MD, 100, died on January 18, 2014 at his home in Portola Valley, CA. A graduate of Stanford University in 1934 and its School of Medicine in 1939, Dr. Krupp was a founder of the Palo Alto Medical Research Institute where he served as director for 36 years. He taught at Stanford’s School of Medicine and remained active there until his death. At the medical school he received the Albion Walter Hewlett Award for his career as a physician and the J. E. Wallace/“Muleshoe” Award as a distinguished alumnus. Stanford University also awarded Dr. Krupp the Gold Spike for his many years of volunteer leadership service. Dr. Krupp was born in El Paso, Texas in 1913 and lived in Miami, Arizona from age two until he entered Stanford in 1930 with the goal of becoming a physician. He earned his MD at Stanford School of Medicine when it was still located in San Francisco. Dr. Krupp’s introduction to laboratory medicine came during World War II, when he was assigned to the laboratory at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco. He then served at several military hospitals, including a brief stint in the Philippines, and after the war was named chief of clinical pathology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco. Four years later, Russel V. Lee, MD, founder of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, approached him to become director of research and supervisor of laboratories. In 1950, Dr. Krupp became a founder of the Research Institute at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and served as director there until 1986. A plaque in the lobby of PAMF’s Research Institute captures the essential nature of its longtime director. “Marc Krupp, an unassuming man of slight physical stature and self-deprecating humor, a man loved and respected by his colleagues, made an impact that extends far beyond the Institute. As a teacher, mentor, editor and administrator, his influence has been felt nationally and internationally.” In 1961, Dr. Krupp founded the Association of Independent Research Institutes. From the original 11 organizations, the association has grown to 80 independent institutes, which receive significant funding from the National Institutes of Health and offer an important complement to universitybased research. In 1966 he also served as president of the California Academy of Medicine. In his own community, Dr. Krupp used the nonprofit umbrella of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to help other worthwhile local organizations get off the ground, including the Children’s Health Council and the Mental Research Institute. “We never simplify things,” said Dr. Krupp. “The more we learn, the more complex it gets. The perimeter of research is growing. The center is known now, so we’re working out on the perimeter, expanding the whole field of knowledge. That’s what research is all about. It’s pretty exciting stuff.” Dr. Krupp was preceded in death by his first wife Muriel McClure, his son David and his brother Robert. Along with his wife Donna, he is survived by sons Michael and Peter, daughter Sara Krupp Kinney, granddaughters Katy, Elizabeth and Whitney, and nieces and nephews. Dr. Krupp and his wife Donna Goodheart Krupp were philanthropic champions of Stanford University and Stanford School of Medicine, as well as many other local non-profit institutions. Persons wishing to make a gift in Dr. Krupp’s honor may send a donation, made out to Stanford University and designating “The Krupp Memorial Fund,” to Stanford University Development Services, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466. A festive celebration of Dr. Krupp’s life will be held on Sunday, March 2 at Stanford University Faculty Club from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 2:45. Valet parking will be provided. Guests should RSVP to PA I D


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Editorial The Paly English kerfuffle Mysteriously, a plan more than a year in the making goes from being recommended to being shelved, all in two weeks


t was hardly a surprise that a proposal to combine the two “lanes” of freshman English into one would meet some resistance in a school district like Palo Alto. Parents love choices, and especially those that allow their high-achieving kids to be challenged to the max. What was stunning, however, was how dismissively a carefully developed, well-researched teacher proposal was handled by the school board and how quickly the administration turned its back on a plan it had endorsed and brought to the community for adoption. We don’t pretend to know whether the idea of “de-laning” Paly ninth-grade English is a good idea or not. But if we entrust our kids to the teachers of this self-proclaimed lighthouse district for their education, then we owe them the benefit of serious and respectful consideration of a carefully developed proposal. If our pediatrician or accountant, having come to know our kids or our finances, recommends we do certain things based on their professional judgment, our first reaction isn’t to stop talking about it and reject the recommendations because we think we know better or because it’s causing angst in the family. It should be to learn more, ask questions and understand why the talented people we have chosen to trust and educate our children hold such strongly held opinions. That attitude was nowhere to be found among school board members, or the administrators who capitulated and turned their backs on the teachers at the first signs of resistance. The Palo Alto High School English department has over several years developed major concerns about the negative effects of having two lanes in freshman English. They say that kids and parents are selecting between English 9 and English 9A (“Accelerated”) for the wrong reasons, ranging from a fear of failure to anxiety about high school pressures to what their friends are doing. Although they didn’t say so explicitly, they also are concerned about English 9 being heavily skewed with minority students, and the fact that there has developed a strong stigma attached to being in English 9 that can have strongly negative impacts on student attitudes and motivation. But more importantly, they point to research showing that students at all levels, even the very top students, do better when in a classroom environment that is diverse in abilities, particularly in English, where much of the curriculum is aimed at students exploring and discussing ideas and learning how to express themselves. It is the ideal subject and year of school for embracing mixed ability classes, they say, and it then allows all students more options for the rest of their high school years. These teachers, led by Instructional Supervisor Shirley Tokheim, who has a Ph.D. in education policy from U.C. Berkeley, have been working on this plan for more than two years and have been allowed, if not encouraged, by district administrators to move forward with it. All the needed district staff committees green-lighted the pilot program. With the strong support of principal Kim Diorio (who was vice principal of guidance before being promoted to principal) and the tepid endorsement of Superintendent Kevin Skelly, the proposal was scheduled for 10 minutes on the agenda and finally came before a tired and cranky school board on Jan. 28 at 11:30 p.m. Six parents spoke; three supported it and three expressed concerns. Four of the five school board members made clear they had received an earful from parents prior to the meeting and felt the proposal hadn’t received sufficient public airing and needed more parent buy-in. The board also conveyed they weren’t persuaded it was a good educational move. Then, after agreeing at 1 a.m., at Superintendent Kevin Skelly’s urging, to have the matter return to the board later this month for more discussion, it was announced by the district this Tuesday that the proposal was dead and there would be no changes in freshman English. In what has become an all too common occurrence, decisionmaking came out of nowhere, the result of unseen, unheard and undocumented deliberation taking place out of view of the public. How is it that at one meeting of the school board a decision is made to give the teachers time to work further on the proposal and bring it back for further discussion and then the entire issue is unilaterally pronounced dead by the superintendent a few days later? When decisions suddenly get made or reversed outside of public view, with no explanation, it is fundamentally undemocratic and disrespectful of all stakeholders. The result, as seen in this case, is everyone feeling bad and a lot of thoughtful work getting jettisoned. That is not the governance model we think this community wants.

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Find a Dish solution Editor, How can we find a solution to the traffic issues on Stanford Avenue without limiting access to the Dish, a resource that benefits thousands of residents every week? The current proposal asking people to park 20 minutes away will effectively limit access. The Dish loop walk (which can’t be shortened) fits neatly into the busy lives of residents, especially working women and mothers. It’s not that people don’t want to walk more, it’s that they don’t have more time. Traffic impacts much of Palo Alto. Every resident who lives near a school deals with traffic-safety issues. So does every resident who lives near freeway access, downtown Palo Alto, California Avenue, playing fields or churches. There are trade-offs in every one of these neighborhoods. If safety is the most important outcome, the current proposal — cutting half the parking spaces on Stanford Avenue — may well exacerbate the double parking and frenzied search for parking by people with limited time. Let’s step back as a whole community and look for a better solution. Palo Alto has felt the results of stressed-out families and the impact of spiraling health care costs. Access to the healthful walk of the Dish is something that should be strongly encouraged and facilitated in our community. Yes, absolutely make parking on Stanford Avenue safer for everyone. But access to the Dish makes Palo Alto a healthier community and a nicer place to live. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water. Susan Fox Ramona Street, Palo Alto

Thanks for coverage Editor, Heartiest congratulations and deep gratitude go to Sue Dremann and the Palo Alto Weekly for your wonderful cover story on the difficulties of obtaining treatment for people with severe mental illnesses who refuse treatment. This is an issue that profoundly affects million of individuals and families. It also affects the economy, public health and safety in all segments of our society and yet is generally neglected and misunderstood. As a hospital psychiatric social worker for many years, I know that the situations profiled in the article are all very typical, and the heartbreak experienced by loving families who are powerless to keep their mentally ill loved ones safe and healthy is all too common.

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I believe that, as happens in many aspects of American society, laws that were once created to protect individuals and prevent very real abuses have been stretched beyond the limits of common sense, and yet , as the article so well describes, the issues regarding involuntary treatment and lack of compliance with treatment by people with brain illnesses are very complex. Furthermore, any changes in the legal and health care system enabling more available and appropriate treatment must be accompanied by adequate funding by both the public and private sectors; otherwise any “helpful” changes are meaningless. Clearly a much more vigorous public discussion of this issue must take place, and the first step toward this happening is providing sensitive, balanced and non-stigmatizing coverage in our press. Many thanks. Judy Lurie Portola Valley

What do we want? Editor, Palo Altans never tire of complaining about traffic and parking, but still cling stubbornly to the suburban, SFR-is-god fantasy. Good traffic planning and more parking garages can only go so far. At some point, to solve that problem, you have to build more dense, well-planned, liveable housing. The surburban idea of each man having their own little postage stamp over which they have complete control has created a socially, emotionally and spiritually dead culture. We have to chose. Do we want increased stress from traffic and parking and lack of access to arts and culture with the strict adherence to the primacy of SFR, or do we want a culturally vibrant community with much less stress for all by creating well designed, dense development? I, for one, want the latter and am sickened by a community that seems inclined to chose the

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The best for our best friends by Joanna Tang


n 2012, the Palo Alto animal shelter faced potential closure by the city but was saved from the chopping block after a public outpouring of concern. Today, as the shelter remains open, the next step for the city and community is to improve and innovate. The survival of the shelter is partly due to the rallying efforts of its nonprofit support group, the Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Some residents did not know about the Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS) shelter on East Bayshore, near the Baylands. The Friends helped organize the “Save Our Shelter” campaign and defended the shelter’s importance during City Council meetings. However, much more can be done to preserve and refine this valuable resource for future generations. The Friends are now working with the shelter around a common goal: to develop a state-of-the-art shelter for our furry friends. Operated by the animal-control division of the Palo Alto Police Department, the shelter is already ahead of the game in many respects, with its most appealing resources being its low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services. In developing a state-of-the-art shelter even further, we can have “the best” here in Palo Alto for man’s best friends. To direct us to the quickest way to success, we must look to today’s pioneers in best practices in animal services. One of the leaders in this area is Best Friends Animal Society, a Utah-based nonprofit. Its slogan sums up their mission and practices: “No More Homeless Pets, Save Them All.” The Best Friends shelter is a completely

misguided perception of comfort of a few over the needs of many. Deb Goldeen Birch Street, Palo Alto

Obstacle to Alma Plaza? Editor, Architect Ken Hayes has been quoted as claiming: “We couldn’t put trees in the front (of Alma Plaza) because of utility conflict.” So putting the former Miki’s market building right up to the property line fit there instead? Margaret Fruth El Camino Way, Palo Alto

Why a density bonus? Editor, Density bonus for BMR? Heavens, no!! It’s working at cross

cage-free environment, and the animal rescue organization is supported by numerous volunteers who socialize with cats, walk dogs, feed rabbits and train parrots. Best Friends is also a no-kill shelter, one that refuses to euthanize adoptable animals. Their mission is to rescue stray and abandoned animals, return them to health with comprehensive medical care and old-fashioned TLC, and place each one in a loving home. On top of the numerous volunteers that keep Best Friends operating, the group employs behavioral specialists and professional trainers who work with dogs and other animals with unfavorable temperaments. Another part of Best Friends success is due to its nationwide events like Strut Your Mutt parades and Pet Super Adoption festivals. These events, in turn, raise awareness in the community, prompting legal action against anti-animal laws.

which the Palo Alto shelter already supplies. The society also considers a comprehensive volunteer program, an effective foster program, a network of rescue partners, innovative adoption programs and the engagement of the community to be vital programs in solving pet homelessness. Here in Palo Alto, we should support the shelter in developing and maintaining these programs, and it should be our community goal and civic duty to help them flourish. It is the Friends’ goal to help the shelter become “the best.” One of Friends’ current initiatives is developing a foster-care program to increase the shelter’s intake capacity. Friends is also working on enhancing volunteer participation in the shelter. On the shelter’s website ( are photos and descriptions of animals up for adoption. And Friends is increasing awareness of the shelter’s services by setting up

It takes a village to raise a child, even a furry one. ... Supporting an animal shelter is a community goal with a unique intergenerational interest: The young and the old, the novice and the expert, all have the desire to and are able to help. Closer to home, cage-free shelters are found at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley in Milpitas. Its roomy facility allows for luxurious cat, dog and rodent rooms instead of the conventional metal cages. It is also an “open-door” shelter, meaning it takes in any and all animals of any age, any health status and any temperament. The Humane Society of the United States identifies several “life-saving programs all shelters and communities should have.” Among them are affordable and accessible spay-and-neuter services and pet identification and reunification programs,

purposes. Since any piece of land is worth what you can put on it, no more, no less, added density is the same as added value, which is the reason for the dearth of affordable housing. The acre under a million-dollar house in the hills is nowhere near as valuable as the acre with 40 houses on it, or the right to put 40 houses on it. And it pays lots more in taxes, which is why city governments are so willing to give the right to more development, and redevelopment agencies bribed or coerced people into giving up their property. You’ve heard the expression “Virtue is its own reward?” Well, the right to add below-markethousing should be the reward — the only reward — for putting in below-market-housing. Any land-

a weekly booth at the downtown farmers market and holding events like pack walks for dog owners. In October, Friends held its first annual “Dog-O-Ween” fundraiser event. Other potential projects include funding the renovation of the cat room to make it a more cage-less environment, replacement of the coarse gravel in the dog run with soft artificial grass, building a roof over the outdoor dog kennels to prevent rainwater leakage, and a veterinary program that would benefit senior animals. But the Friends are merely individuals coming together in the community, a

owner can make money by adding rental units, however modest, to his property; he just can’t make as much as if he added office space or luxury apartments. So property owners can still make more money by adding mass or capacity to their holdings, but it would have to be the density added by the below-market-rate units themselves — and let’s please not have any of this nonsense about dumping the parking need created on the city or the residential neighborhoods. Stephanie Munoz Alma Street, Palo Alto

Residents park free Editor, It is an unwritten rule that homeowners have the right to park on the public street in front of their

channel for innovative ideas and human abilities. It takes a village to raise a child, even a furry one. The involvement of the community is essential for progress, and supporting an animal shelter is a community goal with a unique intergenerational interest: The young and the old, the novice and the expert, all have the desire to and are able to help. Whether it be volunteering as a cat socializer, getting the word out on Facebook about a fundraiser, or even adopting a rabbit, helping out our local animal shelter is a family affair. Especially valuable is the vitality of the youth in the community. Being raised in Palo Alto means being brought up in an environment that fosters innovation, action and the can-do spirit. For us, Friends is like a start-up adding new energy to the ecosystem. Students use social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread news about volunteer opportunities, lost pets and adoptable animals. School clubs enable students to come together around their love of animals, and volunteer their talents as photographers, dog trainers and cat socializers, as well as event leaders and community organizers. Highlighting the importance and skills of the younger generation is the Friends’ own Palo Alto High School youth liaison, Kristen deStefano, who spearheaded the Friends’ successful Dog-O-Ween fundraiser. Our local animal shelter would not be here today but for the community that surrounds and supports it. And in turn, without the dedication and service of the professionals at the shelter, Palo Alto would not be able to function as the loving animalfriendly community that it is. The community showed its appreciation for PAAS by speaking out, spurring action and saving the shelter from closure. Now, it should be our goal to polish the jewel that we have saved. N Joanna Tang is a senior at Gunn High School and youth board liaison from Gunn to the Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter.

own homes. If I were living in the area of downtown Palo Alto, I’d be very upset about paying for a permit to park in front of my own home. It seems very unfair to tax these Palo Alto residents for the mistakes of our City Councils that have exempted businesses from providing adequate employee parking. A simple solution would be to institute a permit system different from the one proposed. All Palo Alto residents in the affected areas would be given permits free. The City Council would pass laws and post signs in these residential areas saying: PARKING PERMITTED for RESIDENTS with PERMITS ONLY. Where would the commuting workers park? The Daily Post’s

Dave Price has pointed out that the existing city garages have many empty parking spaces. To encourage the commuters to use these empty spaces, allow them to park there FREE for three months. To be fair to people who have already paid for their parking spaces, extend their permits for those same three months. Council should use this time to determine how many additional parking spaces are really needed and plan accordingly. It should also determine what garage parking fee structure would ensure that the existing garages are at least 95 percent full during the day and plan for new parking based on that fee structure. Rich Stiebel Talisman Drive, Palo Alto

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Cover Story and outpatient board-and-care facilities, where people receive supervision to keep their illness in check. Funding for these services comes both from the county’s General Fund and from 2004 voter-approved California Mental Health Services Act, which has provided counties with nearly $7.4 billion from 2006 to 2012. About 26 percent of Santa Clara County’s $331,092,319 budget for mental health services comes from Mental Health Services Act funding, Peña said. When it comes to the most severely mentally ill, the county’s “Full Service Partnership” program each year serves 500 to 700 people of all ages. They are the ones who are experiencing sigescribing its outpatient ser- nificant psychiatric and social vices as “wrap around,” challenges, Peña said. Santa Clara County strives The results have been encourto provide comprehensive mental aging. health programs that range from “We are seeing significant reoutreach to post-hospitalization ductions in hospital use, involvehousing and treatment programs. ment in criminal justice and The goal is to enable the person homelessness,” she said. to live in the community with Clients have been able “to enough support so he or she can achieve their recovery goals, to work and adapt to the social en- obtain stable housing, and to revironment, county officials said. duce their need for emergency Ideally, the mental health servic- and institutional psychiatric care,” es help people earlier in their ill- Peña said. nesses and oversee their ongoing Public mental health systems care and treatment. across the state are challenged Santa Clara County’s medi- to meet the demand for service, cal system serves about 25,000 Peña said. people per year for mental health“Our greatest needs at the morelated issues, though not all need ment are for adult crisis-stabilisuch comprehensive care, said zation outpatient and residential Dr. Nancy Peña, director of Santa services; for intensive case manClara County’s Mental Health agement and outpatient services, Department. and for access to stable, supported She estimated that at any time low-cost housing for those who 10,000 to 12,000 adults are re- are ready to live in the communiceiving outpatient mental health ty with adequate support. This is services. Add in children, and likely to become more of a chalthe number rises lenge as those to 18,000. About with new Medi1,400 to 2,000 Cal health benemust be hospitalfits begin to seek ized. mental health “That’s not a and substancehuge percentage, use services,” she but it is extremely said. costly,” she said. Santa Clara The expenses County has aprun into the tens plied for a $7 of thousands of million capital dollars for even grant through brief hospital state Senate Bill stays. 82, the InvestIn fiscal year ment in Mental 2011-12, Stanford Health Wellness Hospital admitted Act of 2013. The 641 patients with bill makes MenSanta Clara County psychoses. In tal Health SerSupervisor Joe Simitian 2012, the average vices Act funds found that the number of length of stay was available for mentally ill people in the 12 days, at a cost mobile crisiscounty jail has doubled in of nearly $94,000 support teams, 12 years. or about $7,750 crisis intervenper day, according to a study by tion and stabilization, and crisis the Office of Statewide Health residential-treatment services and Planning and Development. rehabilitative services. Santa Clara Valley Medical umerous nonprofits in Palo Center received almost 1,450 psyAlto and throughout the chotic patients. A stay of 11 days county work in tandem with cost about $28,700 per person, acthe county to ease the effects of cording to the study. But full-service outpatient care, mental illness. Palo Alto’s Community Workexclusive of hospitalization, costs about $15,000 to $22,000 per per- ing Group, a nonprofit formed in son per year, Peña said. That care 1998 to address homelessness, can include medication, therapy created the Opportunity Center,

psychiatric patients were admitted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, the county’s public hospital, with another 2,250 patients being transferred to a mental hospital, according to a report by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The majority of patients under psychiatric hold, however, are released within 72 hours, and in many cases much earlier, county mental health officials said. What happens to them after being released depends in large part upon whether they participate in the continuum of services that the county government, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations, provide.



The Opportunity Center on Encina Avenue in Palo Alto provides mental health and substance-abuse counseling as well as medical and psychiatric services.

Healing the mind County services aim to help people with mental illness live independently by Sue Dremann


mental health providers and families of the mentally ill face. Absent forced hospitalization, people with severe mental illness are left to manage their complex and overwhelming illnesses through outpatient services. Sometimes, they choose not to participate, and they end up becoming mentally unstable or homeless or, for a few, even committing crimes. Other times, the services either do not help or are difficult for people to access. What results, mental health professionals say, can be akin to a revolving door, in which a person seeks treatment for a time, lapses, falls into instability, experiences a catastrophic incident — which oftentimes affects more people than just the person with the psychiatric condition — and then must climb back to stability all over again. In the late 1990s, when Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian was first on the Board of Supervisors, he was struck by the significant number of persons in

jail who had mental illnesses, he said. Now returning after 12 years in the state legislature, Simitian said he has seen a change for the worse. “The number has gone up dramatically. It was 10 percent a dozen years ago. Now it is closer to 20 percent. And those estimates are probably low,” he said. Palo Alto police reported taking in 168 people last year for psychiatric holds under section 5150 of the California Welfare & Institutions Code, which applies to people who are a danger to themselves or others or are “gravely disabled — they cannot feed, clothe or find shelter for themselves.” Most of those people have not committed any crime but fit the state’s criteria for a psychiatric hold, Palo Alto police Lt. Zach Perron said. Upwards of 800 patients were admitted to Stanford Hospital for psychiatric care in 2012, and nearly 250 were transferred to psychiatric hospitals. More than 1,500

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hen Donald Ray Williams, in the grip of a psychotic episode, torched the University Avenue Walgreens in Palo Alto on July 1, 2007, the act crowned a long criminal history involving mental illness and psychosis, according to federal court records. Williams, 51, had been arrested and tried in prior arson cases but had been found incompetent and committed to mental hospitals, federal documents state. Williams suffers from bipolar disorder with psychotic episodes. Prior to the Palo Alto fire, which destroyed the downtown building, he had not been taking medication to treat his mental illness, he told authorities. He said he did not like how the medicines made him feel and that he didn’t believe that anything was wrong with him that required medication. Williams was sentenced last May to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $28.6 million in restitution. His situation, while extreme, illustrates a challenge that


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which offers a drop-in center on vere mental illnesses. Encina Avenue that provides men“In a lot of mental health cases, tal health and substance-abuse it’s going to require a repeated efcounseling, medical and psychi- fort over time to get services in atric screening and referral, case place and get people to accept management and legal assistance. the services. It’s going to require Separately, the center’s low- a long-term commitment, and a income housing long-term comprovides apartmitment of fundments and suping,” Simitian port services. said. The Donald He has gone A. Barr Mediout several times cal Center offers to a homeless psychiatric care encampment in along with interSan Jose, where nal medicine and doctors from assistance with Valley Medical accessing disabiloffer health serity aid such as SSI vices in a van. and MediCal. Medical staff Momentum for carry pocketfuls Mental Health, of energy bars the largest nonas a way to break profit mental Santa Clara County the ice with the health services Superior Court Judge camp residents. provider in Santa Stephen Manley supports The snacks serve Clara County, combining sentencing with as the first line works with some services, mandating mental toward building of the most recal- health treatment for those relationships that citrant mentally in the judicial system. will hopefully ill persons. The lead to treatment, organization, which has an office he said. in Palo Alto, slowly builds rela“As I watched these folks, I tionships of trust and offers what saw how they learned to develop the person wants, with the goal of a rapport. It takes repeated visits getting the help they need without before someone says, ‘I’m going adding further trauma, CEO Paul to come inside.’ As painful as it Taylor said. is, failure is going to be part of the Momentum serves 3,800 people process,” he said. a year through numerous proSanta Clara County Superior grams. Through board-and-care Court Judge Stephen Manley, a homes, it provides 24-hour crisis former Palo Alto resident, is on programs and long-term support the front lines of trying to reduce in the form of therapy, medication recidivism among mentally ill and other services. It also offers convicts by bringing together senoutpatient services that include tencing with services. His Mental case management, rehabilitation Health Treatment Court mandates and crisis intervention. treatment for persons in the judiLike the county, its programs cial system. are designed to help reintegrate In Manley’s court, an interdisthe recovering person into the ciplinary team of doctors, case community and to keep them managers and substance-abuse stabilized with ongoing support, counselors evaluate offenders and Taylor said. come up with a treatment plan. This approach has helped 85 Outpatient treatment becomes percent of people served in the part of their probation or parole crisis-intervention program to after prison. Most persons are remove to less restrictive care, ac- ferred by other judges, he said. cording to Momentum. A separate court handles treatment for juvenile offenders. ounty and mental health ofManley became interested in ficials have no illusions that creating the mental health court comprehensive outpatient after many years of seeing people services will completely, or eas­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i® ily, stabilize all people with se-



Above and on the cover: Momentum for Mental Health, with an office on Cambridge Avenue in Palo Alto, is the largest private nonprofit mental health services provider in the county. The organization builds trust and relationships with the most recalcitrant mentally ill persons.

A law that forces mental health treatment ‘Laura’s Law’ sparks debates over patient liberties and court-mandated care


by Sue Dremann

o commit, or not commit? That is the question for many families and advocates in the mental health system. It’s an argument that has raged for more than 50 years, since California dismantled its involuntary hospitalization policy. The landmark 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short Act strengthened patients’ rights by requiring a judicial hearing for involuntary hospitalization. But while Lanterman restored civil liberties and curtailed abuses, it had some consequences that communities across the state still contend with today. Between 1969 and 1970, 45,000 people formerly under state care for inpatient services and 120,000 people receiving state outpatient services were shifted to counties’ care, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an advocacy group, notes on its website. Santa Clara County’s Agnews State Hospital alone released more than 3,800 people on June 30, 1972, creating a “mental health ghetto” overnight, NAMI noted. New medications developed in the decades since that era have made it possible for severely mentally ill people to live in the community, but the idea of compelling treatment, outpatient or otherwise, for people who do not want to accept it continues. A move toward public conservatorship of mentally ill persons has slowly been growing. A 2002 state statute, Assembly Bill 1421, “Laura’s Law,” allows families and some lawenforcement and medical professionals to ask a county’s mental health director to petition the court to have a person involuntarily treated. Any petition to the court must satisfy a strict set of criteria, including evidence that the person has been repeatedly hospitalized and is a danger to self or others or be mentally deteriorating. Persons who do not comply with the court order can be put on a 72-hour hold and potentially sent to an institution. Laura’s Law is named for Laura Wilcox, 19, a mental health clinic employee who was one of three people killed by a mentally ill man, Scott Harlan Thorpe, on Jan. 10, 2001, in Nevada County. Thorpe was said to have refused medication. A court later found him incompetent to stand trial. Counties that adopt Laura’s Law must create and fund comprehensive mental health services, which include housing,

evaluations, medical treatment and therapy. There hasn’t been a serious discussion in Santa Clara County about implementing it, officials said. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian voted in favor of Laura’s Law during his tenure in the state legislature. But he said that funding for a strong, countywide outpatient system would go a long way to reducing involuntary treatment and commitments. “To some extent, if you put more resources into outpatient care, more mental health infrastructure mitigates the need to some degree for Laura’s Law,” he said. Ostensibly, Laura’s Law would catch people earlier in their mental illness and prevent hospitalization or crises. But some mental health professionals and patients’ rights advocates say the law is a wrong step. “I do not favor Laura’s Law,” said former Palo Alto mayor Vic Ojakian, a member of the county’s Mental Health Board. “It singles out a class of individuals because of the actions of a few and may cause undue harm to them. Also, it may not solve the issue it is trying to address. For me, ultimately I do not believe forced treatment is a successful approach.” Dan Brzovic, associate managing attorney with the advocacy group Disability Rights California, said the standards for compelling involuntary treatment outside of Laura’s Law are adequate. “Laura’s Law is barking up the wrong tree. It will lead to frustration. If treatment is voluntary, people are likely to continue. If they are forced, as soon as the force is removed they may not continue receiving treatment. Involuntary treatment can destroy trust. We have a significant number of patients who prefer not to have anything to do with the system because of bad experiences,” he said. Disability Rights takes the position that Laura’s Law could extend involuntary treatment to people who are not a danger to themselves or others, or who are not gravely disabled. “We want to see legal treatment standards that avoid speculation if someone will become dangerous. We can’t predict future dangerousness or future grave disability,” Brzovic said. So far, only Nevada County is fully implementing Laura’s Law. Los Angeles County has adopted a modified version.

Two years ago, the San Francisco Department of Public Health started the San Francisco Community Independence Placement Program, which Mayor Ed Lee called “San Francisco’s version of Laura’s Law.” Since Nevada County’s implementation in 2008, the courts have ordered 27 people to undergo outpatient treatments and mandated institutionalization for three or four people, according to Michael Heggarty, Nevada County director of health. Most of the other 72 people who were evaluated since 2008 voluntarily accepted treatment. The county has tracked the program for five years. “We’ve had very good outcomes,” Heggarty said. “We’ve had a large reduction in psychiatric hospital stays and a large reduction in the number of days spent in homelessness. We have reduced the number of days in jail and emergency department visits.” The county has used funds from Proposition 63, the state’s Mental Health Services Act, to develop its programs. Although comprehensive services are expensive, the costs are significantly lower than emergency care, ambulances, prosecution for crimes and incarceration, he said. Outpatient services cost the county about $16,000 per patient per year, compared to inpatient care or incarceration in jail, which costs $20,000 to $25,000, he said. In the first 31 months, the county saved a net $503,000 after expenses of the program — about $1.81 for every $1 spent. But the savings are significantly greater, he said. The evaluation did not include emergency room visits, the costs for law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders and judges, excessive 911 calls, child abuse and neglect, he said. Heggarty thinks the law has benefits for people with severe mental illness. “It’s much less restrictive than sending people to institutions. They can come and go and live at home; they don’t lose all of their rights,” he said. “The law can give you a way to reach people. Part of the illness for some people is they don’t believe they are sick. (Without Laura’s Law), for those people we don’t have a way to treat them. Conservatorship is very complicated,” he said. Nevada County has not had any legal challenges since implementing Laura’s Law, he said. N

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fall through the cracks, he said. Those eligible for drug treatment were not allowed in the program if they were mentally ill, and residential treatment programs did not accept substance abusers who took mental illness medicines, he said. “A large number kept cycling through. The homeless were repeatedly arrested. We needed to be more proactive,” he said. “To say we have urgent care, to say we have psychiatric services, it’s a good title, but is it real? Not really. “People can be held for 72 hours. But if you ask me the number of people we’ve seen who are held anywhere near that long, it’s far, far not seen. There’s a backup of over 300 people who should be in state hospitals who are in jail or prison,” he said. Since most offenders have been through the justice system repeatedly, the district attorney, police, mental health and substanceabuse counselors in the judicial system can flag people with mental health problems as they come through the system, he said. Treatment plans can range from outpatient to residential treatment for serious cases. Manley’s program also helps move people beyond treatment. “A lot of what we do is motivational. A lot of what we do is talk to people to encourage them to get schooling or into vocational programs. We help them to get benefits and teach them how to fill out paperwork,” he said. At any given time, 1,800 to 2,300 people are taking part in the program, and it has had significant success, he said. “I’ve seen people who were on probation and were not able to talk to anyone who are able to get stabilized and out of custody and into community treatment,” he said. Manley is trying to eliminate hindrances that contribute to noncompliance with treatment, and he recognizes that the sooner people get support, the faster they will stabilize. For some people, making their way to a hospital or clinic

to get treatment is difficult. Many people don’t qualify for other programs, making it difficult to obtain the help they need, he said. The court program is working to get everyone qualified for the Affordable Care Act. And this week, it started a drop-in clinic in the courthouse in San Jose, where a doctor can see people in the program. “The one great challenge is, are they able to get access and treatment right away? Put the treatment where the people are, and they will get there,” he said. On Feb. 7, Manley referred four people to seek treatment and medication. They were able to walk out the courtroom door, visit the doctor and get a prescription filled before leaving the courthouse, he said. Many people have multiple medical conditions that can contribute to their illness. Any policy discussion can’t be isolated to mental illness, Manley said. He estimated that more than 90 percent of people he sees who abuse alcohol or drugs have a mental illness. Manley gave the example of military veterans. That population is growing, as young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return with PTSD, or post-traumatic-stress disorder, he said. They come in with domestic violence and drunk-driving convictions, he said. “Unless you take into account co-occurring disorders you will never have success,” he said. Medication is only part of the treatment through Manley’s court. Program participants are referred to talk and cognitive-behavioral therapies, which help patients to understand and regulate emotions and feelings. “We need to have people learn how to be out in the community,” he said. The county doesn’t have a study of cost savings related to the program, Manley said, but the results are tangible. “In our county, the Department of Corrections can rent acute-care beds in their jail to other counties. I know of no other county that has done that,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Palo Alto City Councilmember Gail Price, who serves on the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, says that recognizing and dealing with mental illness in young adults is challenging.

Catching mental illness early Programs in schools, outpatient services can help prevent crisis, officials say by Sue Dremann


anta Clara County’s mental health services are not just for adults. Increasingly, mental health advocates are citing the paramount importance of early-intervention programs, which reach people at the beginning stages of their illnesses when they have the best chance of accepting treatment. Palo Alto City Councilwoman Gail Price is a member of the county’s Mental Health Board, and she supports programs directed at youth. For those young adults aged 17 to 25, recognizing and accepting mental illness can be challenging, Price said. “Because of the normal swings of behavior that are typical for that age group, parents may not be able to see that it is an illness,” she said. “At 17 to 25, that’s precisely when they want and need to be more independent. There is a lot of social pressure in college,

a lot of drinking. There are a lot of contradictory pressures. It really is hard.” Initial psychotic breaks due to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often occur during these transition years. Suddenly parents not only have a child who is severely ill, but that child is now an adult by law, and the family has no control over that person, she said. That is why early recognition of the signs of potential mental illness and intervention is so important. “Having more compassionate, client-based care with the family involved will make a huge difference for psychiatric emergencies and crises,” she said. Emergency psychiatric services are not always available when there is a crisis. Price said she has seen this scenario played out numerous times for families. “The thing about mental health crises is that no one is prepared. No

one thinks it will happen to them, but most families are touched by mental illness. Many are not aware of the resources. You are not prepared to be in an emergency room and have a member of your family be hauled off in an ambulance to another community, and that’s just the beginning. Then you begin the trek of trying to find psychiatric services,” she said. Former Palo Alto Mayor Vic Ojakian, another member of the county’s Mental Health Board, said that the discussion about mental health treatment is complex, which makes treatment difficult. Ojakian’s son, Adam, died by suicide while in college. “I think my son was a special human being dealing with a condition he was not trained to understand and had no way to determine what help he needed and was available. “He was living in an environment that was/is not very conducive to getting mental health treatment. There was/is too much stigma about mental health conditions for him and others to want to seek help. “Until we have a better understanding of mental health conditions, a more favorable environment to accommodate individuals with a mental health condition and better treatments, we will limp along in how individuals with mental health conditions are viewed and treated,” he said. To serve children with burgeoning mental illness, the county runs many targeted programs. Its School Linked Services initiative brings social, medical and mental health services to the schools for early intervention where there is the highest risk of mental illness, according to Dr. Nancy Peña, director of Santa Clara County Mental Health Department. The county is about to open a children’s crisis stabilization program, through a well-established children’s mental health provider in the county, EMQ FamiliesFirst. The service will offer 24-hour crisis intervention, to complement their existing Mobile Crisis and Intensive Transitions follow-up program. The new service will be available to children and families countywide and will be located in Campbell. N

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tity, love and levity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bat Bites Backâ&#x20AC;?) by Johann Strauss is another nod to Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend. Lamplighters Music Theatre presents a lively tale of a couple, her besotted lover, a pert parlor maid and a wily doctor, in scenes ranging from an over-the-top ball to a night in jail on charges of disorderly conduct. The Lamplighters troupe, based in San Francisco, is perhaps best known for its Gilbert and Sullivan productions, as well as its lavish costumes and sets and comic acting. This production features a new translation to English by David Scott Marley. The opera will be presented Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Tickets are $53, $48 adults, $43 seniors, $25, $20 students/educations/children (12 and under). Go to or call 650-903-6000.

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Interactive opera at Stanford â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death and the Powers,â&#x20AC;? a scifi family drama, will be streamed live from Dallasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Winspear Opera House to Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bing Concert Hall on Sunday, Feb. 16, at noon. In addition to viewing the opera by MIT Media LABâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tod Machover, with libretto by poet Robert Pinsky, audience members will experience live, enhanced streaming (via HD cameras placed throughout the set) and interactive moments flashed to their mobile devices. Named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for its score and innovative technology, the opera tells the story of a powerful businessman who nearing death downloads his consciousness into his environment, creating a living version of his mind and spirit. Admission is free. Downloading the Powers Live app prior to arrival is recommended. Go to or call 650-724-2464 (BING). N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palo Alto Weekly staff

World premiere: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oxford Companionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Continuing in the romantic spirit is the world premiere of Giancarlo Aquilantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-act opera, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxford Companions,â&#x20AC;? a story about young people in the wake of World War II torn between family, justice and love. Featured performers include Christine Abraham, soprano; Buffy Baggott, mezzo soprano; Michael Desnoyers, tenor; Eugene Brancoveanu and Daniel Cilli, baritones; William Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, bass; and voice students from Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Music.


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With a libretto by Neil Van Leeuwen and directed by Rush Rehm, the opera features the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Jindong Cai. The production is co-sponsored by Stanford Live, the Department of Music and ASSU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxford Companionsâ&#x20AC;? will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, free to Stanford students. Go to or call 725-2787.

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Eating Out Comfort food haven Popular breakfast spot Joanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe offers equally soothing dinner menu by Dale F. Bentson | Photo by Veronica Weber


fter more than a quartercentury, there is little point discussing Joanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever popular breakfasts. Likely, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve eaten there. Usually, there is a line, a sign-in sheet and a wait. Ditto lunch, but once seated the food comes quickly, as does the check and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on your way. Dinner is slower paced, quieter, but with the same comfort food for which the cafe is known. The menu is large for a small space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than 50 items offered from appetizers to desserts. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tall order for the kitchen, and while the food is respectable, some of the dishes can be unbalanced. The fish tacos ($12), for instance, featured two unevenly made tacos, one so fat with tilapia, pineapple salsa and chipotle aioli it was impossible to roll up,

and the other of a more modest construction. The accompanying cole slaw was overpowered with cilantro and inedible. The food came pretty fast, perhaps too fast. My sense was that the kitchen sometimes traded details for speed. No need at dinner: There were no lines, no wait to be seated during my visits. Better executed was the brie and crostini ($6). Three thick slices of toasted French bread, covered with smashed kalamata olives, chunkier than a tapenade, and topped with warm gooey brie. French o n io n soup ($4.95/$7.25) was thick with onions and broth. The crostini and Swiss cheese topping was appealingly mushy. The deep swell of flavors was designed to soothe jagged urban nerves. The crab cakes ($10) were crisp and sea-breeze fresh. The

The fish tacos at Joanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ feature grilled tilapia with pineapple salsa, chipotle aioli and a side of coleslaw. two cakes tasted like crab with not much filler to distract. Cilantro aioli was drizzled across the cakes. This time, the cilantro was a hint and not a statement. The uber comfort food, baked macaroni and cheese ($11.95), didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. The portion was large and filled with tender diced ham and shallots. The blend of cheeses was baked until the top was golden brown and aromatic.

Tortellini carbonara ($15.95) was more than I bargained for. Besides the cheese-filled tortellini, pancetta, peas, sun-dried tomatoes and cheesy cream sauce, the pasta was blanketed with tender slices of chicken breast. I did a double-take and checked the menu. No, the chicken, apparently, was a bonus from the kitchen. Thanks. Delicate sole ($16.95) had

been dredged in panko crumbs, rolled in sliced almonds, and pan fried in butter. Accompanied by a pile of French fries and vegetables that had also been sauteed in butter, it was lick-the-plate good. Slightly healthier was the grilled salmon Provencale ($18.95) topped with capers, olives, chopped tomato, green pepper and white wine. Served with

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Salad Summer in Sorrento â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Watermelon topped with Feta cheese squares, arugula, figs, Sicilian olives with Vidalia onion dressing. Orange and Fennel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Organic mix greens, Crunchy crisp fennel, onions. Topped with fresh orange wedges, pistachios and an orange vinaigrette dressing.

Entrees Filet Mignon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; served with polenta and seasonal fresh cut vegetables. Grilled Lamb Chops in a lemon vinaigrette sauce â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Served with Swiss chard, and roasted potatoes. Linguine Pescatore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fresh salmon, snapper, clams, mussels and prawns in a spicy tomato sauce. Mushroom Ravioli â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with Roma tomatoes and fresh spinach, in a light Marsala cream sauce. Grilled Salmon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; served with sautĂŠed spinach, wild rice and vegetables.

Dessert Tiramisu â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Italian dessert, consisting of alternating layers of coffee-soaked lady fingers and sweet mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. Heart Shaped Gelato â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You choice of chocolate gelato coated in dark chocolate or strawberry gelato coated in red chocolate. Executive Chef -Antonio Zomora Limited Seating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Make reservations through or Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday AMTOPM&RIDAY 3ATURDAYsAMTOPM3UNDAY

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Eating Out rice and sauteed vegetables, the dish rang Mediterranean. Joanie’s offers a myriad of dinner salads, sandwiches and burgers that echoes the lunch menu. My only criticism of the lunch menu is that if you don’t want a salad or soup, the two dozen other offerings are all sandwiches, nothing without a bun or bread. That being said, the panini del mar ($13.50) with grilled scallops, crab, shrimp, avocado, provolone cheese and basil pesto on soft focaccia, was a kiss from the sea. It’s served with fries. The well-priced wine list was small but appropriate. Prices ran $6-$8 per glass and no wine exceeded $32 per bottle. Drinkable was Forest Glen’s Kern County pinot noir at $26 for the bottle — and it came with a real cork. Desserts were all $7.25 but only two of the eight were housemade. The tiramisu was more a study in layered whipped cream than rum- and espresso-soaked ladyfingers. The puddle of fruit purees at the bottom of the plate didn’t help. Somewhat better was the chocolate mousse. Airy and chocolaty, it too was awash in colorful, but conflicting fruit purees. Joanie’s is a neighborhood cafe that specializes in comfort food with comforting prices. Nothing fancy, it’s not intended as a fine dining establishment — at least not yet. Bernard Cartal, owner of Joanie’s Cafe as well as Pastis Bistro several doors down, said he looks forward to the California Avenue renovation. “We’ll devote much more effort to our dinner business when the work is complete,” he said. The long-delayed city project, finally slated to begin this spring, will narrow California to two lanes, expand sidewalks and add plazas and new streetlights. Restaurants will be able to expand patio seating. The multimillion-dollar streetscape project aims to inject vitality into the street. “We plan to add umbrellas and planters in front of Joanie’s and Pastis. The street will be much more pedestrian-friendly when completed,” Cartal said. When that happens, there might be long lines and sign-in sheets for dinner. N

ShopTalk by Daryl Savage

PARKING CONCERNS AS NEW HOTEL OPENS DOWNTOWN ... As workers put the finishing touches on the highly anticipated Epiphany Hotel, scheduled to open next month in the transformed site of the iconic Casa Olga, 180 Hamilton Ave., at least one Palo Alto developer is concerned about the apparent lack of parking spaces. The eight-story, 86-room luxury hotel does not have a parking lot or garage for its guests. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it. How do you run a hotel without parking spaces? Parking is gold,” said local developer Chop Keenan, who owns hotels in Half Moon Bay and Hermosa Beach. The Epiphany will offer valet parking to its guests, according to the hotel website, but it has one nearby business owner wondering

if an already over-parked downtown could get worse. “We’re excited about the Epiphany opening around the corner. It looks like a beautiful hotel and it will be great to have more people staying downtown overnight, but our customers already complain about parking here,” said one merchant who runs a small business on Ramona Street. Asking that her name not be used in this story, she worries about hotel guests who opt out of valet parking and prefer to find street parking on their own. “I hope it doesn’t impact Ramona (Street),” she said. ORGANIC FURNITURE STORE TO OPEN AT T&C ... An upscale, sustainable furniture store is about to take root in Palo Alto. Moving into the former Day One space in

Town & Country Village, Cisco Home will feature a wide array of handcrafted home furnishings. All of Cisco’s furniture is made by local craftspeople at its Los Angeles headquarters. The Palo Alto store is the company’s sixth location and the second Cisco in the Bay Area — the first is in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Cisco spokesperson Natalie Pinedo is anticipating the Town & Country store will be open in the next few weeks. “Our Palo Alto store is the first one in a shopping center. We’re very excited about this one. All of our other stores are stand-alones,” she said. Pinedo, who is the daughter of Cisco Pinedo, the founder of Cisco Home, said the company wants to have a greater presence in northern California. “We’re looking forward to becoming part of the Palo Alto community,” she said. With a sharp eye toward the environment, an unusual part of Cisco Home is the “Inside Green” collection, says Pinedo, which uses building materials that are made from organic and sustainable sources. Another “made-in-America” store recently opened in Town & Country

Village. Malia Mills is a New Yorkbased boutique that specializes in bra-sized swimwear. “Instead of looking for a small, medium or large, you buy by your bra-size. It’s a much better fit,” said Malia Mills manager Olivia Moray. The swimsuits are on the pricey side; they start at about $375. Acknowledging the price tag, Moray said, “Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s an investment, and the swimsuits will pay off year after year.” GROCERY OUTLET EYES AN APRIL OPENING ... After Grocery Outlet obtained final approval in December from the City of Palo Alto regarding its 26-foot-tall sign at Alma Village, it is now fullspeed-ahead for the discount grocer to move into the space that formerly housed the short-lived Miki’s Farm Fresh Market. Grocery Outlet is scheduled to open in April. N

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American Hustle (R) ((( Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12:30, 3:40, 7:05 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 4, 7:15 & 10:25 p.m.

(Century 16, 20) If your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse asks you to take them to “Winter’s Tale” for Valentine’s Day, my relationship advice is to immediately say yes. But leave a copy of this review lying around, and you may get a chance at making better plans. “Winter’s Tale” seems to have a target audience of those who collect cherub posters, God bless ‘em. As adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman from Mark Helprin’s novel, “Winter’s Tale” is a spiritual film that runs on Judeo-Christian good-versus-evil mythology and the firm belief that love conquers all, especially if you have a magic flying horse. I know that sounds pretty awesome, but with mythology like this, the details matter, and the details here are silly, dishwater dull or, more commonly, both, which might explain the uncommon number of walk-outs at the free word-of-mouth screening (despite the free chocolates handed out at the door). Colin Farrell plays Peter Lake, an orphan thief who, in 1916 New York, burgles an Upper West Side manse only to find Pre-Raphaelite-esque heiress Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay) playing Brahms on the piano. The meet-scary gets weirder when Lake asks, “What’s wrong with you?” and Penn replies, “Consumption. I’m 21, and I’ve never been kissed on the mouth.” Before

Stanford Theatre: 5:40 & 9:45

American Madness (1932) (Not Rated) p.m. August: Osage County (R) (((

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Century 16: 7:15 p.m. Fri & Sat 1:10 p.m.

About Last Night (R) Century 16: 9:30 a.m., 12:10, 2:50, 5:25, 8 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 & 10:15 p.m.

Century 20: 6:55 & 9:50 p.m.

Endless Love (PG-13) Century 16: 9:10 & 11:50 a.m., 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8 & 10:35 p.m.

you laugh, remember, this is an Oscar-winning screenwriter. Anyway, out of presumable chivalry, Lake doesn’t immediately oblige Penn’s comehither-no-seriously-come-hither advances, waiting until he can be sized up skeptically by her dad (William Hurt). Eventually, there is a love scene, with an unintentionally funny finish, but not before nutty Irish gangster and agent-of-Lucifer Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) glowers a whole lot while tracking Lake. Crowe’s side of the film plays like some kind of “Bored-walk Empire,” where men in early-20th-century suits and hats fret and impotently throw their weight around, but at least Crowe gets to hang out with a movie star who puts in a unbilled (and uninspired) two-scene turn as Lucifer. I give Goldman, in his inauspicious feature-directing debut, at least a few points for the lunacy of this romance, which has the advantage of not being written by Nicholas Sparks. “Winter’s Tale” doesn’t even do the courtesy of being floridly, entertainingly bad rather than merely a snooze. Then again, there’s plenty of inducement to make out in the dark rather than pay attention to the screen. So maybe it’s a great Valentine’s Day movie after all. Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality. One hour, 58 minutes. minutes. — Peter Canavese

Frozen (PG) Century 16: 1:15, 7 & 9:50 p.m. In 3-D at 10:35 a.m. & 3:55 p.m. Sing along at 9:15 & 11:55 a.m., 2:35, 5:15 & 7:55 p.m. Century 20: 1:50 p.m. 7 p.m. on Fri & Sun. In 3-D at 11:15 a.m. Fri & Sun. In 3-D at 4:25 & 9:35 p.m. Sat. Sing along at 11:25 a.m. on Fri & Sun. Sing along at 11:15 a.m. & 7:05 p.m. on Sat. Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m.

Gloria (R) Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 4:55 & 9:55 p.m. Her (R) ((((

Century 20: In 3-D at 11:50 a.m. Sat in 3-D also at

Century 20: 10:45 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1, 4, 7 & 10 p.m.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) Century 16: 10:15 a.m., 4:35 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 1 & 5 p.m.

The Jungle Book (1967) (G) Labor Day (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:05 p.m.

The LEGO Movie (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:05 & 11:05 a.m., 2, 3:05, 5:05, 6:10, 8:05 & 10:40 p.m. In 3-D at 10:05 a.m., 12:05, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 8:50 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m., 12:40, 1:05, 1:40, 4:20, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 8:05, 8:50 & 9:40 p.m. In 3-D at 10:30 a.m., 3:40, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. In X-D at 11:40 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Sat & Sun. Century 20: 3 & 7 p.m.

The Little Mermaid (1989) (G)

Lone Survivor (R) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5:05, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun also 3:40 p.m. Nebraska (R) (((

Aquarius Theatre: noon, 2:30, 5:15 & 8 p.m.

The Nut Job (PG) (1/2

Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2 & 4:15 p.m.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated (G) Aquarius Theatre: 11:45 a.m., 2:15 & 7 p.m. Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action (Not Rated) Aquarius Theatre: 4:30 & 9:15 p.m. Philomena (PG-13) ((( Ride Along (PG-13)


Century 20: 6:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka (Not Rated)

The Monuments Men (PG-13) (( Century 16: 9 & 10:20 a.m., noon, 1:20, 2:55, 4:20, 6:10, 7:25, 9:10 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 12:10, 1:55, 3, 4:45, 6, 7:35, 9 & 10:30 p.m.

Guild Theatre: 1, 3, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 8 & 10:30 p.m.

RoboCop (PG-13) (( Century 16: 9 & 10:25 a.m., noon, 1:25, 3, 4:25, 6:15, 7:25, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:35, 6:30 & 9:20 p.m. In X-D at 5, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. Romeo & Juliet on Broadway (Not Rated) Century 16: Fri 7:30 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Fri 7:30 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) ((

Century 20: 10:40 p.m.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (PG)

Century 20: 2 & 7 p.m.

That Awkward Moment (R) Century 16: 9:20 a.m. Sat & Sun also 2:30 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: 3:10 & 10:35 p.m. Vampire Academy (PG-13) Century 16: 11:45 a.m. & 10:35 p.m. Sat & Sun also 5:10 p.m. Century 20: 2:15 p.m. Sat & Sun also 7:20 p.m.

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Home Front TOO BUSY TO GARDEN? ... Common Ground will offer advice on maintaining a thriving garden in its “I’ve Got a Life” garden class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class will deal with tricks for maximizing time and energy when preparing a garden, tending plants and harvesting. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW ... The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will hold its 53rd annual flower show and plant sale from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Special workshops at 2 p.m. each day. The show includes displays of camellias in ikebana and a table setting, as well as nearly 1,000 blooms and hard-to-find plants for sale. Admission is free. Information: or

RENTS ARE UP ... AGAIN ... No great surprise to those looking for a new place to rent, but the cost of apartments is soaring this year. According to RealFacts, which gathers information on buildings with at least 50 units, average asking rent for a onebedroom, one-bath unit in Palo Alto is $2,652, up 11.7 percent since last year (in Menlo Park, it’s $2,509, up 6.5 percent; in Mountain View, it’s $2,167, up

(continued on page 32) Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.

After With the lawn gone there was plenty of room for flowering plants with a variety of colors and textures, as well as fruit trees, such as Bearss lime.

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eco-friendly Getting rid of lawns can open whole new vistas

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CREATE A GARDEN ... Don Wallace of Singing Tree Gardens nursery in McKinleyville, Calif., will talk about “How to create a garden” at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information:

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SMART GARDENING ... Hidden Villa will offer a “Home Farm Workshop: The WINTER Garden” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 16, at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Agriculture Manager Jason McKenney will talk about sheet mulching, a way to use free microbial helpers to replenish the soil. Cost is $40. Information: 650949-8650 or


by Carol Blitzer The before photo of this Addison Avenue home shows an unexciting corner of lawn, highlighted with a few boulders.


hile lawns (and their attendant groundskeepers) were a sign of wealth in jolly ol’ England, today they’ve become at best a nuisance and at worst an ecoscofflaw. With their requirements for gallons of water (and irrigation), regular mowing, pesticides and fertilizer to keep them wellgroomed, lawns are ripe for replacement in this Mediterranean climate zone. That’s where Kim Raftery, a Palo Alto-based landscape designer for the past 17 years, comes in, teaching a class called “Replace Your Front Lawn with an Eye-Catching Garden” at Gamble Garden next weekend. She’ll be talking about the ba-

sics of garden design, plant selection (including good substitutes for lawns), how to take out a lawn, as well as incentives offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to replace lawns with less water-guzzling alternatives. At the end of her class, students may visit a couple of nearby gardens that demonstrate the design principles she’ll be talking about. Raftery, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Stanford University, was first exposed to landscape design through her husband Kevin, a local arborist. When their children were small, she took classes through Foothill’s horticulture department and through U.C. Extension, ul-

timately becoming a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). She likes to quote her husband, saying, “Lawns are often put in by default because no one can think of anything else.” When thinking of replacing a lawn, she said, she begins with the basics: How will the space be used? What kind of plants does the client like? What about maintenance? “All front yards should have at least one tree. It puts the house in the landscape, makes the house feel less immense,” Raftery said. Likewise, a fence give a garden more structure, she said.

“It’s a design element, not just to keep out the dogs. It’s a good backdrop for plants.” She points out how iris can be planted between the sidewalk and the front fence — outside the garden — while roses on the inside could be growing through the fence lattice. That fence “creates a sense of enclosure, separateness from the sidewalk ... (a sense of) ‘Now I’ve arrived in my space,’” she added. Sometimes the space is large enough to divide into garden rooms. In one Mountain View front yard, she broke up the (continued on page 31)

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Before The former Palo Alto garden featured a straight brick path between swaths of lawn.

‘All front yards should have at least one tree. It puts the house in the landscape, makes the house feel less immense.’ —Kim Raftery ˆ“Ê,>vÌiÀÞ

After The new design did away with the lawn, replacing it with curving decomposed granite paths and colorful plantings, including shrubs with edible fruits such as Chilean guava.

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large space by running a fence from the driveway midway across the front, with a sidepath to the patio. Add a couple of 2-foot-tall boulders and there’s a contained play area for the 2-year-old.

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In building the “bones” of the garden, Raftery will discuss how certain elements — fences, pathways, places to sit, water features, raised beds, garden art and lowvoltage lighting — can be incorporated in the overall design. So, if lawn is coming out, just what can come in, meeting the need for something green but not

Although the emphasis of this class is on making a garden more interesting, Raftery will also talk some about making them more drought-tolerant. The water district (through Palo Alto Utilities) is now offering rebates of $2 per square foot for the first 1,000 square feet, and $1 per square foot for the remaining (with a maximum rebate for Palo Alto residents of $3,000). The rebate program requires that the lawn be replaced with at least 50 percent approved plants (visit, search “landscape rebate” for details). Irrigation systems must also be replaced with approved systems,

What: Replace Your Front Lawn with an Eye-Catching Garden When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Where: Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto Cost: $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members Info:


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Reduce water use and still have stunning gardens

by Jack McKinnon write this column three or four weeks before it is published. As I write it is still quite dry and we are in a record drought. The governor has recommended cutting back on water use by 20 percent. Even if it is raining when this column goes to press we will still need to pay attention to our changing climate when it comes to our gardens. Here is what I think can be done to reduce water use, move forward and still have stunning gardens. The first and most important thing is to look at the opportunities rather than the tragedy of it all. Be pro-active, not a victim. It is much more attractive anyway. Here are the tips: 1. Create a water feature without water. Now is the time to have a dry stream bed run right through your yard. Go for it. I have seen them go from the garden into the house or from the house out to the garden. When the rains come, it will fill up and run for a while and then when it dries up again, you have this really cool stone and gravel design. Put a copper heron in it for effect. 2. If you let your lawn die, go ahead and dig it out. I see way too many lawns that people stop watering. They die and look terrible. So why keep it? Dig it out and cover the area with mulch. What is mulch? Mulch is anything that covers an area to make it look better. Not dead lawn. Try wood chips, gravel, tree-company grindings, leaves and branches or old tennis balls. I don’t care. Then you can plant drought-tolerant plants like succulents and cactus


overly thirsty? Raftery will show examples of meadows, which are really a mixture of ornamental grasses plus flowering plants, as well as plants one can walk on, such as yarrow, Carex pansa, Dymondia and thyme. She’s had mixed results with yarrow, which needs to be mowed in winter, and thyme, which tends to die out in spots. Carex pansa looks more like lawn but requires considerably less upkeep, she said. “People often want green, flat space. It’s restful to the eye, especially if a lot is going on elsewhere,” Raftery said.

including low-volume drip, micro spray or bubbler. “A traditional system sprays high and fast, and you get a lot of evaporation,” Raftery explained. Besides that evaporation, many irrigation systems are set to over-water or spray in the wrong places. Raftery noted that more efficient nozzles are readily available, as are inline emitters (most commonly, made by Netafim) — 1/2inch tubes with holes cut every 12 inches that are placed beneath the surface. “With no evaporation, the water goes directly to the plants,” she said. Although this class is all about making a more interesting garden, the end result will likely use far less water, Raftery said. And, she added, it could very well end up with far less maintenance than mowing once a week. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at cblitzer@

amidst the mulch. It will immediately look like you know what you are doing, sort of. At least you’re trying. 3. Plant an olive tree. They grow out of the rocks in Greece and do fine on very little water. When the olives get ripe you can make olive oil. 4. When you water, do a little digging to test your soil and see how deep it is going. Know that the surface area of a plant above the soil has an equal surface below. Water to meet this area’s needs but not more. I see quite a bit of over-watering going on all over the Bay Area. It would not be hard to meet the 20 percent reduction with just this tip. Note that most tree roots are within the first 18 inches of the surface, and that lawn roots seldom go deeper than 6 inches. 5. Take control of your automatic irrigation system. This may require doing some testing to see what areas are getting watered and when. What is important is having control. If this is too daunting, take heart. You can learn it. Learn one thing at a time starting with the clock. If the manual is gone missing or cannot be understood ask for help. I do, all the time. It can be quite confusing. 6. Put cups out to measure different areas of your property when the sprinklers come on. Your controller clock may be set for 5 minutes but that doesn’t tell you how much water is actually going in that 5 minutes. I like to get a package of plastic party cups, place them around a specific watering area (about 4 feet apart is good) and turn that station on for one minute. Measure the water in each cup and now you know. This combined with soil-moisture testing (by digging or probing with a soilmoisture meter) and you will have a good idea how to set your clock stations. 7. Here is a novel idea. Water by hand. It will give you

the ultimate awareness of your garden and how much water each plant needs. 8. Containers require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. Hand watering is the best way to water containers. A pair of pots by each door with flowers in them makes up for a lot of landscaping that is getting less water. Another good way to conserve water with containers is to have a saucer under each pot. 9. Take more care of the landscaping closest to the home. This goes for cultivation, replacing unhealthy plants, watering and fertilization. The further you get away from the house, the less is usually done. The exception is where vegetables and table flowers are grown. Usually these are also high care areas. In drought times it is important to have flowers on the table. It keeps the spirits up and gives us all hope. 10. The less plants in the garden, the more room there is for sculpture. Go ahead and get that art piece you always wanted. Become a collector. A couple of guidelines are appropriate here. Make sure it is mounted securely. There is nothing worse than a wobbly Statue of Liberty or Michelangelo’s David. Try a cardboard model for a few days to make sure the location works before pouring a concrete base. Make sure it is plumb (that is, straight up and down) according to the artist’s guidelines. And try to keep in the spirit of the surrounding garden and neighborhood. Although Andy Goldsworthy’s work looks pretty good anywhere from my perspective. Good gardening.N Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650879-3261, by email at Visit his website at

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Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

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Mountain View

Redwood City 2102 Hastings Shore Lane #138 Aston Trust to M. Murali for $632,500 on 1/3/14; previous sale 12/05, $582,000 1425 Jefferson Ave. P. Hong

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to G. Hong for $545,000 on 12/30/13; previous sale 6/88, $174,000 371 Rutherford Ave. E. Carpenter to N. Froker for $724,000 on 12/31/13; previous sale 1/00, $327,000 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1906 One Marina Homes to C. Witzel for $714,000 on 12/31/13 644 Turnbuckle Drive #2001 One Marina Homes to A. Bansal for $780,000 on 12/31/13

Woodside 12465 La Honda Road Miller Trust to D. Schultz for $1,030,000 on 12/31/13; previous sale 9/90, $560,000


Portola Valley 270 W. Floresta Way L. Mancini to S. Vasudevan for $1,809,000 on 1/6/14; previous sale 6/94, $450,000

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $545,000 Highest sales price: $780,000

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $380,000 Highest sales price: $2,300,000

Menlo Park

Mountain View

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $475,000 Highest sales price: $2,031,000

32 Lyell St. Lyell Street Limited to J. & S. Smith for $1,349,000 on 1/22/14 197 Sunkist Lane Maris Trust to S. Wang for $1,930,000 on 1/22/14

924 Camille Lane M. Yang to D. Tzeng for $1,270,000 on 1/22/14; previous sale 10/10, $785,000 442 Martens Ave. P. & A. Kumar to T. & A. Carmack for $2,300,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 7/08, $1,790,000 50 E. Middlefield Road #23 M. Gertz to E. Chung for $380,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 6/02, $240,000 905 W. Middlefield Road #968 P. Meyer to T. Yang for $587,500 on 1/24/14; previous sale 5/13, $635,000 1777 Morgan St. Lowman Trust to Kalkat Trust for $829,000 on 1/24/14

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,809,000 Highest sales price: $1,809,000

Menlo Park

Los Altos

650 Berkeley Ave. Anderson Trust to Penny Investment Partners for $2,031,000 on 12/30/13 209 Market Place V. Brown to V. Suwanmethaond for $475,000 on 12/31/13

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,349,000 Highest sales price: $1,930,000

Palo Alto 3500 Deer Creek Road revised electrical and add new thermal chamber, $n/a 1073 Cardinal Way repair sections of trenched sewer line, $4,485 2409 Park Blvd., Unit C102 add automatic door for accessibility, including push openers and signage, $n/a

3618 Louis Road repair roof, bathroom due to fire damage, $24,000 907 Embarcadero Road, re-roof, $13,900 431 Wilton Ave. new pool and spa, $65,000 878 Clara Drive add master bathroom, $8,000 2225 Alma St. remodel bedroom, bathroom, convert dining room to new bedroom, $22,000 250 Cambridge Ave. install two illuminated signs, $n/a 325 Middlefield Road replace subfloor due to water damage, replace tub, $n/a 835 Kipling St. remodel kitchen, bathroom, $24,000 706 Webster St. repair plumbing, install service inside building, extend to exterior, $n/a 365 Forest Ave., Unit 5A extend electric from meter to garage (not to be used for vehicle charger), $n/a 16 Crescent Drive replace garage entry door, $n/a 568 Rhodes Drive install three retrofit windows, $n/a 4090 Ben Lomond Drive re-roof, $15,450 769 Allen Court replace sewer lateral, $n/a

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2702 Waverley St. re-roof front of house, $7,844 730 Middlefield Road replace sewer line, install additional water meter to split service, $n/a 2140 Byron St. remove window in den, bedroom and master bath, $n/a 3345 Kenneth Drive residential addition, remodel, $70,000 2904 Ash St. revise plans to include exterior door and window changes, $n/a 745 Oregon Ave. change rear patio from concrete to wood deck, $n/a 391 College Ave. re-roof, $13,800 151 Lytton Ave. revised floor plan and two new phone rooms, $n/a 2778 Middlefield Road Edward Jones: tenant improvement for 840 sf on ground floor, $20,000 144 Heather Lane re-roof, $23,875 615 College Ave. voluntary foundation retrofit and cripple wall repair, $20,000 3457 Cowper St. outdoor barbecue, cabinet, electrical, plumbing, $8,000 1533 Dana Ave. remodel kitchen, laundry, pantry, new garage

door, faux columns, $61,000 452 University Ave. reinforce joints at mezzanine for storage, $9,000 486 Dymond Court re-roof, $5,250 526 Colderidge Ave. red tagged gas-line repair, $n/a 961 Forest Ave. remodel three bathrooms, $24,000 1055 McGregor Way re-roof, $17,600 101 Alma St., Unit 208 remodel kitchen, bathroom, new washer/ dryer in closet, $20,000 444 Charleston Road re-roof, $17,750 1003 Amarillo Ave. re-roof, $12,230 4162 Willmar Drive repair redtagged gas line, $n/a 2850 W. Bayshore Road replace HVAC rooftop unit, $175,000 3500 Deer Creek Road install bridge crane system, $10,000; install equipment for CNC machine, $8,000 1111 Alma St. enforce entire mudsill, access opening, add cripple wall and continuous foundatoin pads, $n/a 853 Homer Ave. repair gas leak, $n/a 3333 Coyote Hill Road interior nonstructural demo, $n/a 3709 Carlson Circle remodel bathroom, $4,000 153 Walter Hays Drive install two-way cast-iron sewer cleanout valve at building foundation wall, $n/a 4121 Old Trace Road install roof-mounted photovoltaic system, $n/a 561 Center Drive re-roof, $10,730 696 Towle Way replaster pool, $5,000 2151 Hanover St., Apt. 4 repair pipe leak in historic category 4 structure, replace kitchen cabinets, countertop and sink, $3,000 2533 Middlefield Road repair dry rot on deck, $1,500 675 El Camino Real re-roof, $85,305

1121 Lincoln Ave. install roofmounted photovoltaic system, $n/a 679 Towle Way remodel kitchens in units 679,683,687,691,693 ,695,697,699, $54,000 1295 Dana Ave. extend gasline from pool heater through existing masonry firieplace for installation of gas log set, $n/a 970 Matadero Ave. new pool and spa with solar heater on pool house, $78,000 671 Georgia Ave. relocate pool equipment, new pool cover, remodel pool, $24,000 181 Tasso St. change mineral wool insulatin to fiberglass insulation, $n/a 177 Tasso St. change mineral wool insulatin to fiberglass insulation, $n/a 55 Hamilton Court move garage forward 3 feet, attach to kitchen wall, $n/a 1337 Lincoln Ave. re-roof garage structure, $3,000 838 Cowper St. change closet layout in guest bedroom, change layout in master bathroom, add new windows, $n/a 412 Olive Ave. revised pier foundation for carports, $n/a 2230 Saint Francis Drive install two retrofit windows, $n/a 101 Alma St., Unit 1107 remodel kitchen, $20,000

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HOME 1,622± sq ft | LOT 6,375± sq ft | OFFERED AT $1,795,000 | Stunningly updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary style home in desirable Midtown close to shopping, parks, schools, Mitchell Park Community Center and library. ■ Family room/kitchen with maple cabinets, generous sized breakfast bar and gas fireplace. ■ Spacious Living/Dining room has recessed lighting, walls of windows with a sliding glass door that leads to the lovely landscaped backyard. ■ Large master suite with his & her closets and updated master bath with maple cabinetry, double sinks and tile flooring.



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Menlo girls, SHP boys put finishing touches on league crowns by Keith Peters


Menlo’s Sienna Stritter races out to celebrate her game-winning goal against Priory with teammates Alexandra Walker (2) and Amanda McFarland. The 2-1 win gave the Knights the WBAL title.

he Menlo School girls have a week off while the Sacred Heart Prep boys still have three matches remaining. The two soccer teams, however, do have something in common other than being neighbors. Both are league champions. Sacred Heart Prep earned its sixth straight West Bay Athletic League crown two days early as the Gators’ 6-0 victory over visiting Pinewood was coupled with second-place Menlo School’s 2-1 loss to King’s Academy. SHP has 33 points and can’t be caught. The Menlo girls, meanwhile, captured their third straight WBAL Foothill Division title on Tuesday following a 2-1 win over host Priory. The Knights needed a win or tie to secure the crown. Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald made one thing perfectly clear to his girls before they took on Priory. “You’re either the champs tomorrow or the co-champs,” he said. “You can’t wait until halftime or when they get a goal up to decide whether you want this.” While Menlo did go scoreless in ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊx£®



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Rick Eymer elicia Lee may have thought Stanford women’s swimming coach Greg Meehan was a taskmaster the way he insisted she get into the water despite recovering from shoulder surgery last year. “I thought maybe I wouldn’t have to practice as much,” Lee said as the fourth-ranked Cardinal prepared for its final home meet of the season, a showdown with top-ranked California on Saturday. “He said ‘get in the water and kick.’ He wanted me to work on my weak points.” Lee rode a spin bike and continued kicking in the pool for three months while her shoulder healed. “Without swimming a lap she got better as a swimmer,” Meehan said. “You can see some of those results this season.”





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BUSY WEEKEND . . . There’s no shortage of sporting events on the Stanford campus this weekend, beginning with the sixth-ranked Cardinal women’s basketball team taking center stage with a Pac-12 Conference contest against No. 14 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday. In case there’s a need to keep busy, one could start the day with the undefeated 14thranked Stanford softball team making its home debut Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Cal Poly as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational, which continues through Sunday. Perhaps you might be interested in watching the top-ranked Cardinal women’s tennis team take on visiting Santa Clara at 3 p.m. or taking in Stanford’s baseball opener against visiting Rice at 4:30 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. The variety continues Saturday with the Peg Barnard Invitational, a two-day women’s golf tournament played on the Stanford Golf Course. In addition to the women’s swimming and diving meet between top-ranked California and No. 4 Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center at 10 a.m., there’s a women’s lacrosse game scheduled at 1 p.m., with Stanford hosting Ohio State. Still not satisfied? How about the eighth-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team hosting No. 4 BYU on Saturday night at 7 p.m.? Sunday features the Rice-Stanford baseball series finale at noon, Cardinal-Arizona women’s basketball, also at noon, and the softball finale of the Stanford Nike Invitational with Stanford meeting Pacific at 12:15 p.m. The Cardinal women’s basketball team will be looking to rebound from its first conference loss of the season when it takes on the Sun Devils, the Pac-12’s second-place team who are also coming off a shocking loss. Stanford (11-1 in the Pac-12, 22-2 overall) dropped an 87-82 decision to host Washington on Sunday. The Cardinal shot 34.6 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range.


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played much but he’s been swinging the bat well.” Other possibilities in the outfield include sophomores Zach Hoffpauir and Jonny Locher and freshmen Alex Dunlap and Jeff Klein. John Hochstatter (3-3, 3.88), Bobby Zarubin (3-3, 2.16), Logan James (3-3, 4.56) and Sam Lindquist (2-2, 3.46, 5 saves) return as the most experienced members of the pitching staff. Four others pitched at least 20 innings a year ago: Garrett Hughes (2-2, 2.08, 4 saves), Marcus Brakeman (0-0, 3.60), David Schmidt (3-0, 3.68) and Daniel Starwalt (2-1, 4.44). A.J. Vanegas (1-1, 3.12, 4 saves in 8 games) emerged as the team’s closer in 2012 but missed most of last year due to back surgery. He’s expected to return to action by the Pac-12 season, although there’s a chance he could make the trip to Texas next weekend. Sahil Bloom (0-0, 0.00), Spenser Linney (0-0, 10.12) and Menlo School grad Freddy Avis (0-0, 0.00) also appeared in at least one game last year. Avis, however, missed most of last season with a small tear in his right (throwing) shoulder and could redshirt his sophomore season. Overall, Stanford returns 305 of last year’s 482 innings, roughly 63 percent, and all 13 saves and 32 of the 54 starts. Gone, of course, is ace Mark Appel to the big leagues. He was responsible for nearly 105 innings and 10 wins. Hochstatter started 13 games and Zarubin started 10 last year but no other returning pitcher started more than three. Marquess said he’ll rely on the freshman class for depth, emphasizing four of them as likely to contribute right away, including 6-foot-9 Chris Viall out of Soquel High. Cal Quantrill, who played for

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the Canadian National Team, is the son of former major leaguer Paul Quantrill, who spent most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Tyler Thorne and Brett Hanewich are the other two highly regarded pitching prospects for the Cardinal. Other pitchers include Griffin Weir, Jordan Kutzer, Gabe Creamer, Andrew McCormack, Chris Castellanos, Joey Starling, Conor Cuse and Tyler Maxwell. Other position players include Palo Alto resident Jacob Hoffman, out of Harker School, Geo Saba, Matt Decker, Brian Higgins, Luke Pappas and Chase Brandon. Stanford missed the NCAA tournament last season for the first time in four years and was picked to finish sixth in the conference by Pac-12 coaches. “That just adds more fuel to the fire,” Diekroeger said. “It would have been nice to make it last year but we didn’t deserve to get in. We had plenty of chances at the beginning of last year.” He wants to make the most of those chances this time around. N


Lee was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for January, winning all 14 events in which she competed. That spilled over into February when she won four events in Stanford’s win over USC two weekends ago. She was also named Swimmer of the Month for November. “She’s incredibly competitive in everything she does on dry land and in the pool,” Meehan said. “She challenges herself to be the best she can be.” Saturday’s meet against the Golden Bears will feature a spectacular collection of athlete, including Cal freshman Missy Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist from the London Games. She’s already set the school record in the 200 free and ranks among the top 10 alltime at Cal in seven events. The Bears also have Elizabeth Pelton, the 2013 NCAA Swimmer of the Year. The meet begins with diving at 8:45 a.m. at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center, with swimming events to start at 9:45 a.m., after the Cardinal (6-0 against Pac-12 teams, 9-0 overall) honors its seniors. The Pac-12 Networks go live at 10 a.m., with Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken on the call. “The seniors have all done an amazing job for our program,” Meehan said. “They are really great people who made an impact. We want to honor them with a great battle and then it’s on to the championship season.” Lee, Maya DiRado, Andie Taylor, Allison Arnold, Kirstie Chen, Stephanie Phipps, Kerrin Seymour and Alex Whitford will be honored in a brief ceremony. Lineups have not been announced but there are several events that may produce extraordinary swims. Franklin’s 200-yard free time of 1:41.40 is the fastest in the nation this year. Stanford’s Lia Neal, an Olympic bronze medalist, owns the third-best mark. Franklin’s top time of 47.42 in the 100 free beats Neal’s time of 47.48 by the length of a fingernail. Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer, who owns the nation’s top time in the

50 free (21.78), is right behind in 47.75. The 100 back could feature the day’s most competitive race, with Cal’s Pelton and Cindy Tran ranked third and fourth in the nation, just ahead of Lee. Franklin and fellow Cal Olympian Rachel Bootsma rank sixth and seventh. DiRado has the nation’s top time in the 200 IM (1:53.50) and is second in the 400 IM. At the NCAA meet, she was the national runnerup in the 200 IM as a freshman, the 200 back as a sophomore and the 400 IM last year. She also has three third-place finishes and is a 15-time All-American overall. “These dual meets are a good way to see how tough you are,” Lee said. “The rivalry between Stanford and Cal gets hyped up when we swim against each other. With Senior Day, it’s going to be exciting.” Lee and Franklin, meanwhile, have competed against each other for many years. “I’ve watched her grow up,” Lee said. “She’s the same person she’s always been, even with the honors and awards.” Stanford finished eighth at last year’s NCAA championship meet. The Cardinal has won eight national titles, but none since 1998. Stanford, hopes to compete for a top-three finish next month. “We don’t have the depth to win an NCAA championship,” Meehan said. “We are to the point that we’re in the conversation. This senior class, down the round, 2105, 2016, will be able to look back at our success and know they’re a big reason for that. They’ve set the standard for the way we compete, train and practice by how they have handled themselves.” There may not be another dual meet like Stanford vs. California anywhere else in the nation this season. In addition to being ranked among the four teams in the country, the schools have combined for 12 national titles. Cal, meanwhile, boasts defending NCAA 200 free champ Rachael Acker from Gunn High. One of her teammates at Gunn, Julia Ama, swims for Stanford. “If you look at the U.S. national team roster, it’s littered with student-athletes from both Cal and Stanford,” Meehan said. “It’s going to be a great battle.” N

“I am still learning a lot,” Diekroeger said. “I want to become as good as I can possibly be and coach Garko has taught me a lot.” Stanford (32-22 last year) opens its season Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game against visiting Rice, a game to be televised on the Pac12 Networks. The Cardinal and Owls also play Saturday at 2 p.m. and noon Sunday. Garko, in his first year as an assistant coach, takes over for Dean Stotz, who had been with coach Mark Marquess through the previous 36 seasons. It took a while, but the Stanford coaching staff has finally turned over. “He’s a great addition,” Marquess said of Garko “It’s tough to replace coach Stotz but Ryan played at Stanford, he knows the system and he played in the major leagues.” Diekroeger was too young to remember Garko as a player at Stanford, though he’s sure he’s seen Garko play at Sunken Stadium. “It was just about the time I started coming to games here,” he said. Diekroeger is one of seven position players returning who started at least 23 games last year. He hit .299 with a pair of home runs and 28 RBI and led the team with 23 multi-hit games. Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino, a preseason All-American, returns after hitting .268 with seven homers and 32 RBI. He was third on the team with nine multi-RBI games last year. “I looking forward to working with Danny, Austin and Wayne to help carry this team,” said Blandino, a junior. “We’ll take more of a leadership role.” Diekroeger, Blandino, outfielder Austin Slater (.269-3-32), catcher Wayne Taylor (.270-3-21) and catcher Brant Whiting (.344-1-9) make up the bulk of the returning players. All of them will be in the starting lineup on Friday. Slater enters the year on a threegame hitting streak. He reached base in each of his final seven games. Blandino has become a fixture at third base, while whomever does not catch between Taylor and Whiting will either serve as a designated hitter or play in the outfield. Slater will handle center field while Diekroeger will probably start at first base, though he could still wind up at second. Shortstop Drew Jackson (.2070-4) and outfielder Dominic Jose (.237-0-6) also return and will probably find themselves in the starting lineup. Jose’s father, Felix, played in the big leagues. Senior Brett Michael Doran and freshman Tommy Edman are the leading candidates at second base. If Diekroeger ends up at second, sophomore Austin Barr can take over at first. “Watch out for Austin,” Diekroeger said. “The guy hasn’t


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Gunn senior Cadence Lee (top) pinned all four of her opponents while winning a fourth straight title at the girls’ CCS Championships.


Gunn’s Lee wins a record fourth straight CCS title by Keith Peters


unn High senior Cadence Lee will have the opportunity to defend her state wrestling title after making some history at the girls’ Central Coast Championships on Saturday at Oak Grove High in San Jose. Lee qualified for the state meet by winning her fourth straight CCS title, this one at 106 pounds. Lee is the first female in the section’s brief wrestling history to win four consecutive crowns. Lee pinned Telma Tavares of Overfelt in 1:26 to claim the title. It was the fourth pin of the twoday event. Lee opened on Friday with a pin of Ashley Ornelas of Balboa in 2:29. She followed that with a pin in just 28 seconds of Sheyla Zavala of Sequoia. In the semifinals, Lee pinned Brooke Lacuata of Evergreen Valley in 1:54. In all four CCS meets she has participated in, Lee has pinned every opponent. She has lost only three times in her career to female wrestlers. He last loss came in the State Meet her sophomore year when she fell in overtime in the finals. “Cadence is as close as it comes to the female version of coaching Dave Schultz, when he was a senior at Paly,” said Gunn coach Chris Horpel, referring to the legendary wrestler who, along with his brother Mark, won gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. “Very nice for me!” Lee was one of three local wrestlers to finish among the top three and advance to the state meet, set for Feb. 28-March 1 at the Visalia Convention Center. Menlo-Atherton’s Chelsea Wilson finished third at 101 pounds, become the first freshman in school history to advance to the state meet. She went 5-1 with five pins. In the match for third place, Wilson pinned Alyssa Almogela of Milpitas in 2:01. On Friday, Wilson pinned Jasmine Rodriguez of Santa Teresa

in just 19 seconds before being pinned by Arin Valdez of Mt. Pleasant in 1:11. Wilson bounced back with four straight pins, all in under 2:30. “This kid is amazing,” said M-A coach Nathan Pantoja. “At 101 pounds (actually 104 this weekend) she is one of the smaller girls in the group as she typically weighs in at 98 pounds. Just two weeks ago at the Lady Baler tournament in Holister, she was eliminated and didn’t even medal. She lost close matches there and it was a real eye-opener. “We came into this weekend with the goal of placing in the top three and qualifying for state, as I am sure all the girls coming into the tournament did.” Also advancing to the state meet was Palo Alto junior Alexa Austin at 116 pounds. After losing to eventual champion Domino Parrish of Silver Creek in the opening round by pin, Austin won four straight matches to finish third. She won her semifinal with a pin before advancing to the state meet via a forfeit. Gunn sophomore Katie Barrett went 1-2 at 116 pounds, losing to Paly’s Austin by a pin in 3:12 to end her run. Gunn junior Grace Robinson also went 1-2, at 121 pounds. suffering back-to-back pins to end her tourney. Palo Alto’s Sara Aguilar wrestled at 189 pounds and lost her opener. She battled back with a pair of pins before being pinned by Evonne Evian of Fremont in 1:35 in the third-place match, just missing a trip to the state meet. At 126 pounds, Gunn sophomore Miya Miller went 2-2. She recorded a pin at 1:17 in her first match and had ann 8-1 decision over Lily Marquest-Trevino of Gilroy before being pinning in the fourth round of the consolation bracket. At 131 pounds, Gunn’s Gillian King went 0-2 after being pinned in both her matches. N

the first half, the Knights stepped up their game after that and pulled out the victory. The Knights finished their regular season 11-0-1, their first unbeaten league season since at least 1991. The Knights’ 15-3-2 overall mark, meanwhile, equals the win total of the 2012 squad that won the Central Coast Section Division III title. With the section playoffs still to come, Menlo stands on improving that record to the best in program history. “A very nice accomplishment,” FitzGerald said of the 11-0-1 mark that saw Menlo outscore opponents 42-3. The win over Priory arguably was Menlo’s most difficult, given the title ramifications and the fact that Priory had beaten the Knights in Portola Valley the past two seasons — thus ruining unbeaten league seasons. “I just knew it was going to be tough,” said FitzGerald, in his 25th season at Menlo. “This is a tough play to play.” After a scoreless first half that saw Menlo struggle to get good shots while Priory held its own — each team just missed goals with under 7:10 to play — the teams alternated goals after intermission. Menlo took the lead with under 30 minutes to play when a corner kick by senior Chandler Wickers was controlled by freshman Claire McFarland, who found junior Jamie Corley for the goal. Priory (5-5-1, 6-9-1) got the equalizer when freshman Alicia Talancon spun around a defender and launched a shot that escaped Menlo sophomore keeper Schulyer Tilney-Volk for a 1-1 match. Wickers and senior Sienna Stritter teamed up for the winning goal with around 17 minutes left in the match. Tilney-Volk helped preserve the lead when she rushed out of the goal during a one-on-one with Priory’s Brenda Uribe and stopped the attempt with a sliding save. The Menlo players were well aware of their past two visits to Priory and made sure the Panthers didn’t get a three-peat. “Last year, to end on a loss was really tough,” Stritter said. “We lost momentum going into CCS.” Menlo also suffered some crippling injuries in that loss, and exited the section playoffs in the semifinals with three starters on crutches. While senior Emma LaPorte missed Tuesday’s match with a concussion suffered last week, the Knights are in much better shape than a year ago. The Sacred Heart Prep boys are in pretty good shape, as well, after wrapping up the title with three matches still to play. “This league title is very meaningful to us/me,” said SHP head coach Armando del Rio. “We have been unbeaten (in league) the past three years, but we have never won all of them.” In his fourth season, del Rio is

Cadence Lee

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The senior wrestler went 4-0 and won the 106-pound division at the girls’ CCS Championships as she pinned all her opponents while becoming the first female in section history to win four consecutive titles at finals.

The junior guard helped her team to three basketball wins by scoring 38 points, grabbing 19 rebounds, getting 13 steals and dishing out 11 assists as the Gators held on to first place in the WBAL Skyline Division.

Honorable mention Yasmeen Afifi Castilleja basketball

Olivia Athens Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Alexa Austin Palo Alto wrestling

Marissa Hing* Pinewood basketball

Ming-Ming Liu Gunn soccer

Chelsea Wilson Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Oliver Bucka Menlo-Atherton basketball

Ricky Grau Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Aidan Lucero Pinewood basketball

James McLean Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Will Mishra Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Greg Naumann Pinewood basketball * previous winner

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47-1-5 in league play. Seniors Will Mishra and Andrew Segre combined on the first two goals against Pinewood with Mishra getting the goals. Isaac Polkinhorne made it a 4-0 match with assists from fellow senior Frankie Hattler. Senior Brian White made it 5-0 with Hattler assisting while Segre scored off an assist from Polkinhorne to wrap things up. Girls Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, wrapped up second place in the WBAL Foothill Division with a 5-0 win over visiting Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday afternoon. The Gators (9-1-1, 15-2-2) wrapped up league play Thursday. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (5-4-2, 9-4-4) saw its hopes for an automatic berth into the CCS playoffs fade away following a 2-0 loss to first-place Burlingame. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto finds itself tied for first place and has a legitimate shot at winning the division title following a 1-0 victory over host Homestead on Wednesday.

The Vikings improved to 6-2-3 (21 points) in league (9-4-4 overall) and earned a tie for the top spot with Los Altos (6-1-3, 21 points), which battled Mountain View (5-0-5, 20 points) to a scoreless draw. Palo Alto has one match remaining, at home on Friday (3:30 p.m.) against fourth-place Los Gatos (6-3-1, 19 points). Should the Vikings win, they’ll finish with 24 points. Los Altos, however, has two matches left and could win the title with a win and a tie against Homestead and Los Gatos. Palo Alto at least gave itself a shot by topping Homestead, which handed Los Gatos a 4-2 loss last week. After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, the Vikings finally broke through when Aoi Sugihara found Sunny Lyu, who lobbed a shot over the head of the Mustangs’ keeper. Boys In the PAL Bay Division, visiting Menlo-Atherton got a secondhalf goal from sophomore Jorge Lopez, with an assist from Mario Rodrigeuz, as the Bears posted a 1-0 victory over Aragon. N

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