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Vol. XXXV, Number 29 N April 25, 2014

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Transitions 18

Spectrum 20

Eating Out 33

Movies 36

Puzzles 70

NArts Landscape photographer pioneered portraits

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NHome House tour reimagines Stanford’s past

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NSports Paly boys ďŹ nish off perfect golf season

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Years after divisive vote, City proposes sharp shift on composting Palo Alto prepares to abandon private-sector offers for waste-to-energy plant, pursue own methods by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto’s contentious plan has been a hot one within Palo to build a Baylands facility Alto’s environmental community for turning food, yard and since 2011, when the city was preother waste into energy is about paring to close its landfill in Byxto take a radical turn as the city bee Park and residents offered difprepares to toss aside the propos- fering visions about the future of als it has received from the private local composting and food waste. sector and assume a more central Proponents of keeping waste manrole in building and managing its agement local scored a big victory composting operation. that November, when voters apThe topic of waste management proved Measure E and “undedi-


cated” a 10-acre portion of the closed landfill that was to be added to Byxbee Park for the anaerobic digester. Opponents, who included several leading conservationists, argued that Byxbee was the wrong place for a waste operation. Now, three years after that polarizing debate, the trash talking has abated and both sides are offering their tentative blessings to the city’s new idea. The latest proposal, which the City Council will consider on April 29, includes rejecting all three of the offers Palo

Alto received from the private sector for treating the three waste streams — food scraps, yard trimmings and sewage sludge. Instead, it would pursue a path that would start with treating sewage at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant on Embarcadero Road, add food scraps about a year later and then finally proceed to yard trimmings. The approach differs drastically from what officials had in mind just a year ago, when the city was looking to the private sector

to build a plant that would treat all three types of organic waste together. Now, Public Works officials are recommending, as the first phase, modifications to the water-control plant that would allow the city to finally retire its antiquated sludge-burning incinerators — a goal shared by both camps of environmentalists. Concurrently, staff would proceed with a plan to build a wet anaerobic-digestion plant that ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{®


City aims to boost programs for teens Council committee unanimously backs $84,000 for events, programs by Sue Dremann


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It’s a bird, and it’s a plane ... Airplanes landing at the Palo Alto Municipal Airport fly by a weather vane at the Palo Alto Baylands.


Palo Alto lawyer takes aim at California’s ‘broken’ education-funding system Stunned by art, library cuts at son’s school, mother is galvanized into action


ancy Krop had built a notable career as a civil rights lawyer when her child reached school age and she stumbled upon a disaster — and a new mission. Attending her son’s first-grade orientation meeting in 2009, Krop was stunned to learn that the public school — in a nearby district she declines to name — had cut its music and art program. Its library was closing, and the school was laying off teachers. Krop, the product of California public education all the way through law school at the Univer-

by Chris Kenrick sity of California at Davis, wondered how she’d managed to miss the financial crisis. “I thought, ‘I’m an educated, well-read person — how did I not know that our schools have dropped from the top five to the bottom five (in per-pupil funding and performance), and how can we fix it if it’s not known?” She felt galvanized to act, signing up to help raise funds for the school, researching education finance and, within a year, moving to Palo Alto so her son could attend Barron Park Elementary School.

“Eventually it got to the point where I realized I needed to move — because I could — but what about all the families who couldn’t?” When Krop graduated from Gunn High School in 1980, California schools were well-funded and high-performing. “The idea was that if you invested in Californians through college, California would get a huge return on the investment. My law degree cost $3,600 — $1,200 a year. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣή

alo Alto teenagers could soon have more options when it comes to fun programs and activities. The City Council’s Policy and Services Committee unanimously voted to recommend up to $84,000 for teen programs, events and services on Tuesday night. The funding would come from fees collected from a city-owned commercial space attached to downtown’s Bryant Street parking garage and would cover the 2015 fiscal year. Commission chair Gail Price and members Greg Scharff, Larry Klein and Greg Schmid praised the proposal raised by city staff as an opportunity to show a commitment to the city’s youth through largely teendirected programs. The bulk of the revenue, $60,000, would be used to hire three hourly teen-activity specialists to coordinate events, programs and services. One each would be assigned to the Library Department and the Arts and Sciences and Recreation divisions of the Community Services Department. Community Services Department staffing has shrunk by 25 percent since 2000, when the Downtown Teen Center closed, according to a staff report. The new specialists would be temporary, non-benefited employees, and they would ideally be in their 20s, so they would connect well with the teens, Community Services Department Assistant Director Rob De Geus said. “I want them (the youth) to come away with the experience that the city really cares about

young people,” he told committee members Tuesday. Another $24,000 would be used for supplies, events and programs. The new funding would support teen programs that already exist but that have relied on outside grants, De Geus said. To gauge what kinds of activities teens want, city staff conducted two focus groups and a survey of youth, which received 541 responses. Teens said they wanted opportunities for self-directed socializing in unstructured spaces, more visual and performing arts, evening activities, special events, volunteer and work opportunities, special-interest classes and more events located downtown, according to staff. Teens recommended various ideas, including a teen drop-in studio at the Palo Alto Art Center; “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” workshops at the art center to allow teens to see what it would be like to be a museum professional; continuation of makeX: Teen Mobile Makerspace, a teen-created platform that provides the tools and space to design and prototype physical projects; “Business Community Speaks,” which invites speakers from Stanford University, Google, IDEO and others for talks about science, technology, engineering and math; and college tours. The expenditure plan does not draw down on a $217,334 reserve fund, which consists of accrued ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£x®

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TIME TO SHOW OFF THOSE APPS ...The City of Palo Alto’s 2014 Apps Challenge, launched earlier this year to engage local techies with a propensity for civic engagement, is continuing full throttle, with a showcase of the nine finalists’ apps scheduled for this Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The city named the finalists in March, and their ideas range from a social network for local dog owners and a game to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints to an app directing drivers to the nearest available parking space and a crowd-sourced database of places accessible for disabled citizens. The finalists have had the last six weeks to develop, design, code and create their ideas and prepare to show them off Sunday. Eight developers from Palo Alto-based data company Cloudera also hopped on board to provide advice to the finalists along the way, the city said. On Sunday, there will be networking opportunities as well as refreshments, live entertainment and a chance to give the finalists feedback on their apps. The final winner will be announced May 31. NEW FARMERS MARKET ... Palo Altans will soon have another weekly farmers market to frequent, with the Oshman Family JCC launching its own on Friday, May 2. About 20 fresh-food and produce stands will be selling their goods (fruits and vegetables, baked goods and the like) from 1 to 6 p.m. every Friday from then on. A variety of food trucks will also make an appearance for the Friday lunch rush, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Now people will have an easy way to stock up on healthy, local food for the weekend. Anyone in the neighborhood can just pop in at lunch, ... grab what they need and go,� OFJCC Event Coordinator Katie Chapin said in a press release. GUNN GETS HIGH MARKS ... Gunn High School was the only Palo Alto high school to make it onto the U.S. News 2014 Best High Schools list, named the fifth best STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school in California, No. 17 in the state overall and No. 104 in the nation. U.S. News released the list Tuesday, explaining that a total of 19,411 public high schools

were evaluated based on three elements: performance on state proficiency tests, college readiness and whether the school’s typically disadvantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. Gunn ranked well across the board, with an Academic Performance Index of 918 (with the best possible being 1000), a College Readiness Index (calculated from the percentage of seniors who took AP classes in the 2011-12 academic year and how well students did on the tests) of 75.2 (with the best possible being 100, which would mean every senior took and passed at least one AP class) and disadvantaged students’ proficiency at 727.6 (out of 1000). THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ ... The Palo Alto City Council should change its official meeting time from 7 to 6 p.m., the council’s Policy and Services Committee agreed unanimously on Tuesday. That recommendation is based on both the council’s recent track record and its current workload. The Municipal Code states that regular council meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first three Mondays of each month, but in fiscal years 2013 and 2014, only 27 percent of the council meetings began at that time (34 percent began at 6 p.m. and 39 percent at 5 p.m. or earlier), according to a staff report. Committee member Larry Klein wondered why so many meetings have moved to earlier times. “We have become either far more inefficient than our predecessors or far more busy,� he said Tuesday. At least one very recent experience supports his point. The night before the committee’s discussion, a council meeting that began at 6 p.m. stretched until about 12:35 a.m. State and local law allow the council to hold special meetings at times other than the regular meeting time. The city has given notice when those meetings start at 6 p.m. The council also often uses the time before 7 p.m. for study sessions and closed sessions. Committee member Greg Scharff said he regards the study sessions as public business. “Sixty-three percent (of public meetings) started before 7 p.m. It does the public a disservice to tell them public meetings start at 7 and the meetings are at 6 p.m.,� he said. N


Holiday Fund awards $400K in grants Weekly charity drive surpasses $5 million mark in its 20th year


or its 20th annual Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Weekly awarded $400,000 in grants — the greatest amount given in the fund’s history — to local nonprofit organizations. The amount was collected from about 500 donors, Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson announced Monday at a reception. Fifty-two organizations devoted to a variety of causes received the grants, which amounted to $390,000. The remaining $10,000 will go to scholarships for local high school seniors who have performed outstanding community service. This year’s contributions pushed the total amount raised and distributed by the Holiday Fund in its history to more than $5 million, Johnson said. Individual donors, matching gifts from foundations and the Weekly’s annual Moonlight Run, which netted proceeds of just under $40,000, all contributed to the total. The Packard, Hewlett, Peery and Arrillaga foundations continued their support of the Holiday Fund this year, with Packard and Hewlett each giving $25,000 and Peery and Arrillaga each donating $20,000, doubling what they gave last year. In addition, an anonymous Palo Alto

family donated $100,000 for the third year in a row. “This assembly is really a lot of people who care deeply about this community, and that’s what this effort is all about,” Johnson told a crowd of donors and recipients at Monday’s reception. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation also continued its partnership with the Weekly, processing the donations and distributing them to the nonprofits. The foundation’s assistance enables 100 percent of donations to go directly to grant recipients. A representative from the foundation, Milton Speid, spoke briefly at the reception and reminded the audience about Silicon Valley Gives, an online giving event on May 6 that aims to raise money for local nonprofits. Representatives from three organizations receiving grants this year spoke at Monday’s reception: Music in the Schools Foundation, Youth Speaks Out and Deborah’s Palm. Entering the first year of a three-year Holiday Fund grant, Music in the Schools received $15,000 this year to add music programs to middle schools in East Palo Alto; the group already has music programs in place at elementary schools in the com-

munity. At the reception, founder Virginia Fruchterman spoke about the importance of this expansion, explaining it will help children from East Palo Alto to not only continue studying music through high school but also to find a place to belong. “So many children who should be successful from the Ravenswood District — who even end up in mainstream classes when they enter the Sequoia High School District — fall through the cracks,” she said. “They fail because they cannot find traction with a group, with a community that they feel at home with.” Carolyn Digovich, founder of Youth Speaks Out, also spoke, with Deanna Messinger, a Gunn High School visual arts teacher who wrote the curriculum for the art program, by her side. The organization was founded following the rash of teen suicides in Palo Alto in 2009 and 2010 and seeks to provide a space for teenagers to express themselves and to collaborate with each other and with supportive adults. “I gave my word in 2010 to those freshman at the first youth forum who had lost six of their classmates,” Digovich said. “When they asked for an art program with a recurring venue


by Sam Sciolla

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Manager Milton Speid talks about the foundation’s administrative assistance to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, as the Weekly’s Publisher Bill Johnson listens, on April 21. where they could safely express what was happening with them, I volunteered to do that.” Katie Ritchie, founder of women’s community center Deborah’s Palm, said the organization serves about 125 women a week, whether it is helping them find food or housing or providing mentorship or other counseling. Deborah’s Palm also holds about six free seminars a year on various subjects and screens films at the Aquarius Theatre. “It’s a privilege, your partnering with us, and I want to thank you for entrusting us to care for the women in our community,” Ritchie said. At the reception, Johnson also mentioned two organizations in their third year of three-year Holiday Fund grants: Kara grief coun-

seling services and DreamCatchers, which supports low-income youth. The grants allowed Kara to recruit and hire a bilingual outreach staff person and DreamCatchers to expand its existing programs for low-income Palo Alto middle school students with a new Healthy Eating Program. The Holiday Fund also continued its support of Ada’s Cafe, an organization that trains and employs disabled adults, by providing a $20,000 grant to sustain the program while it awaits its move into a permanent location at the Mitchell Park Community Center and Library. N View the full list of recipients at tinyurl/holidayfund2014. Editorial Assistant Sam Sciolla can be emailed at ssciolla@


New push for music program in East Palo Alto schools


desire to give kids a “sense of belonging” in high school is fueling a new push to restore music education in public schools in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gloria Hernandez, who arrived to take the helm last summer, was dismayed to learn that the district’s eighth-grade graduates, once they reached Menlo-Atherton High School, were not qualified to join the band program because they lacked a music background. “Everybody coming into M-A from the other school districts had a minimum of two years of formal music instruction when they came into high school,” Hernandez said she was told by high school teachers. “Our students didn’t have that. “I want to ensure that they get that option by offering music as part of our core program and when the students get to sixth grade, that we actually have a band program.” Being part of a band or choir

by Chris Kenrick can engage students and “help them want to be in school,” Hernandez said. “When students don’t have those opportunities it makes it harder for them to see the value or promise of continuing their education, and that’s a big one for us.” Hernandez looked to Music in the Schools, a small 19-year-old Palo Alto nonprofit, to lend a hand. For years the group has offered, at no cost to the district, weekly general music classes in some Ravenswood elementary schools, as well as after-school ukulele clubs and violin instruction, with volunteer help from some students in the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. “That’s really been the only music our students have seen prior to going to high school for all these years,” Hernandez said. “Music in the Schools has demonstrated such a commitment to our students.” Hernandez has set aside $150,000 to purchase instruments

and consulted with a MenloAtherton band instructor and Music in the Schools to help launch a program. Her long-term goal is to get music into Ravenswood’s core elementary curriculum — including recorders, rhythm instruments and music-reading instruction — and to offer instrumental music in grades six through eight so that students are prepared for highschool band. The shorter-term goal is to launch a program at one school, Ronald McNair Middle School, by this fall. “I’m really looking to our longterm partners — people who have shown commitment through thick and thin to our kids — in expanding these programs and going deeper into collaboration for fundraising,” Hernandez said. Music in the Schools board chair Virginia Fruchterman said the group has received new support from the Peery Foundation and the Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation for the Ra-


Superintendent: ‘Ravenswood graduates need to be ready to join high school band’

Michel Hardbarger, a music teacher from the Music in Our Schools Foundation, leads a ukelele class with students at Willow Oaks School in 2013. venswood effort. They also have received an anonymous, $25,000 matching grant for the May 6 “Silicon Valley Gives” campaign through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The $150,000 for purchase of instruments “buys enough to get us started,” but Music in the Schools also is seeking donated instruments, Fruchterman said. Fruchterman and Kay Kleinerman, managing director of Music in the Schools, said early music education has countless side benefits for children. “Music is a way of knowing in the world unlike any other way

of knowing,” said Kleinerman, whose research has involved the effects of music on the brain. “The brain is hard-wired to learn through music, which is why people with Alzheimer’s have memory recollection and can engage in speech through music, when they cannot in the absence of music. “Even musicians are guilty of saying that music helps kids develop skills in math, English and science — which it does — but that puts music education in a secondary position, whereas English and math are never put in a secondary position and never have to be justified,” she said. N

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STUDY SESSION 1. Business Activities within the City of Palo Alto SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 2. Short presentation from Jim Lawson from the VTA Regarding Transit and Road Projects 3. Partnership Presentation Childcare Advisory 4. Approval of Resolution for Animal Services founders day on April 28, 2014 CONSENT CALENDAR 5. Consideration of an Appeal of the Director's Individual Review Approval of a New Two-Story, Single Family Home Located at 1737 University Avenue 6. Approval of Concept Plan Line and Implementation Schedule for the Matadero Avenue-Margarita Avenue Bicycle Boulevard project 7. Approval of Model Network Hut License Agreement for Fiber Vendor 8. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance in the Amount of $250,000 in expenses and $140,000 in Revenue to Operate the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Through May and June of Fiscal Year 2014 9. Approval of Second Contract Amendment With the Riezbos Holzbaur Group LLC to Increase the Total Compensation by $30,000 from $121,212 to $151,212 for Design Work for the Administrative Services Department 10. Approval of the Updated Guidelines, Procedures and Selection Processes for the City of Palo Alto Cubberley Artists Studio Program (CASP, Formerly the Cubberley Visual Artists Studio Program) in Preparation for the Spring Release of a new Application and Selection Process ACTION ITEMS 11. Staff Requests Direction From Council on Pursuing the Four-Component Organics Facilities Plan for Food Scraps, Yard Trimmings, and Biosolids, Which Includes: Recommending No Near-Term Uses for the Measure E Site, Canceling the Energy/Compost Facility or Export Option RFP, Developing a New Biosolids Facilities That May Also Process Food Scraps at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant, and Continuing With Off-Site Composting of Yard Trimmings 12. Approval of Staff Recommended Framework for Development of a Business Registry CertiďŹ cate Ordinance & Fee Program as a Replacement/Enhancement of the City’s Current Use CertiďŹ cate Program to be Implemented by December 31, 2014 13. PUBLIC HEARING: Consider Council Adoption of an Ordinance Modifying: (1) Chapter 18.16 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) to: (a)Address Sidewalk Width and Building Setbacks (Setback and “build-toâ€? Line Standards, and Context Based Design Criteria) Along El Camino Real, and (b) Reduce the Allowable Floor Area Ratio on CN Zoned Sites Where Dwelling Units are Permitted at 20 Units Per Acre; and (2) PAMC Chapter 18.04 to Adjust the DeďŹ nition of Lot Area and Add a DeďŹ nition for “Effective Sidewalkâ€?. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of CEQA per section 15305 (Minor Alterations in Land Use Limitations)


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octors and parents came out in force Tuesday to urge the Palo Alto Board of Education to require schools to stock medication that can save a child from dying from a sudden allergic reaction. About a dozen people — including several physicians whose children attend Palo Alto elementary schools — said schools should keep the drug Epinephrine, designed for use even by untrained personnel in the form of simple, pre-dosed “EpiPens,� on hand in case of allergic reactions to incidents like bee stings or ingesting allergy-triggering food, such as peanuts. “I implore you to adopt this proposal,� said Stanford University physician Heather Henri, the mother of a first-grader at Walter Hays Elementary School. Henri said there’s been a “rapid escalation in the incidence of severe food allergies.� She and Palo Alto Medical Foundation physician Angela Wong, a Duveneck Elementary School parent, presented signatures of more than 200 local doctors in support of schools keeping a “universal stock� of EpiPens. Currently schools keep only prescribed EpiPens for specific children with asthma or other known allergies, to be used in cases of a serious allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. But Wong said that 25 percent of life-threatening allergic reactions that occur in schools are the result of undiagnosed allergies, in which cases school personnel must wait for emergency medical assistance or break the law by using an EpiPen prescribed for another child.



Schools currently only keep anti-allergy drug for students with prescriptions, known allergies

Palo Alto parent Amy Kacher displays two different EpiPen kits, which enable untrained people to administer the drug Epinephrine in cases of severe allergic reaction. Kacher was among a dozen people Tuesday who urged the Board of Education to stock EpiPens in schools. “Waiting for emergency services to arrive at a school is not a safe plan because Epinephrine needs to be injected as early as possible from onset of reaction,� stated the doctors’ petition submitted by Wong. “Delay can, and does, result in death.� In November, President Barack Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Law, which offers financial incentives for schools to maintain supplies of the medication. California legislation that would require schools to stock EpiPens, sponsored by State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar, was met with resistance from unions representing teachers and other school employees in hearings earlier this month. Currently five states — Mary-

land, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia — require schools to stock EpiPens. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Duveneck parent Amy Kacher brought two different versions of EpiPens and held them up for board members to see. She described in detail the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction, from itchy throat on the playground to medical emergency. “Let’s get these pens into our schools,â€? Kacher said. “Please don’t let a myriad of meetings and conversations drag this on and on.â€? Parent Clara Dye, president of the Duveneck PTA, simulated how an untrained person would use an EpiPen by following au­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁx)

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DEVELOPMENT What should the vision be for the section of town around Fry’s Electronics? Discuss your ideas on Town Square, the community online forum at www.

ply for a grant to pursue a master plan for the area around Fry’s Electronics, a subset of the business district. Defined by Lambert, El Camino, Park Boulevard and Olive Avenue, the subarea is one of the major wildcards in the concept plan. The specific property where Fry’s is located changed hands in 2011, and the council has since expressed concern about Fry’s leaving and the city having minimal control over what the landowners could develop. Currently, the property is zoned for multifamily housing. In addition to the Fry’s store, the subarea includes professional offices, commercial and retail establishments and single-family homes. The master plan, which is expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000, would consider a variety of possible land uses for the area. The goal, as stated in the larger concept plan, is to foster over the long-term the “transformation of the Fry’s site subarea into a walkable, human-scale mixed-use neighborhood that includes ample amenities.� But even the decision to apply

for a grant came after an extensive debate, with several council members repeatedly seeking assurance from staff that applying for the funds from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority would not lock the city into any kind of a land-use decision. Their concern stemmed from recent grants that the city received that carried with them specific — and to some council members, unexpected — requirements. The debate over California Avenue’s future comes at a time of major changes in the area, with dense new developments at 195 Page Mill Road, 260 California Ave. and 2640 Birch St. currently under construction and a nearby project at 3159 El Camino Real recently winning approval. Though the proposed concept plan stresses the need to preserve existing neighborhoods, it also advocates for denser development, particularly mixed-use buildings that include small housing units. The overall plan splits the area into three subsections: the eclectic business district around California Avenue, the tech-heavy commercial area on Park Boulevard and the site around Fry’s. While the concept plan proposes to rezone only the Fry’s property (to “mixed-use,� enabling more flexibility), it also encourages development on California Avenue “at the higher end of the allowed density range.� Similarly, it seeks to encour-



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But City Council disagrees on new vision for entire California Avenue district




City officials seek master plan for Fry’s site t took more than seven years for Palo Alto to draw up a new vision for the centrally located California Avenue business district and about an hour for an ambivalent City Council to send it back to the drawing board Monday night. The proposed California Avenue Area Concept Plan seeks to create a “unified vision� for the future development of the area bounded by El Camino Real, Alma Street, Lambert Avenue and Cambridge Avenue. Planning has been in the works since 2006, when the council first identified the area as ripe for change. But during a wideranging discussion Monday, the current council struggled to find a consensus about what exactly this change should look like. Some members called for more housing; others advocated to protect retail space. One characterized the concept plan as a proposal that would dramatically densify the area and would need far more consideration before official adoption. The council did agree on two aspects, however. One was that the plan, despite years of public hearings and the Planning and Transportation Commission’s recent approval, isn’t quite ready for prime time. Council members expect to debate it further on May 5 as part of a broader discussion of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and most likely at another meeting after that. The council also agreed to ap-




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The City of Palo Alto intends to develop a master plan for the area around Fry’s Electronics, bounded by El Camino Real, Park Boulevard, Lambert Avenue and Olive Avenue. age more technology-focused firms to set up shop on Park and includes a policy to encourage mixed-use developments with research space, offices and small residences. Much like on California Avenue, developments in this new “technology corridor� would be encouraged “at the higher end of the allowed density range,� provided they’re consistent with the city’s design standards. All the talk of greater density proved to be a hard sell with council members Pat Burt and

Karen Holman, both of whom argued that far more deliberation is needed before the council goes along with the plan. “We have not had an opportunity to look at the significance of this very large upzoning for this area and it needs much more consideration,â€? Burt said of the proposed technology corridor on Park. Holman concurred and argued that the council needs more time ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁÂŁ)


City asks transit agency to limit tree trimming, reconsider location of proposed parallel station by Gennady Sheyner


fter years of talking about the potential benefits of a modernized Caltrain system, Palo Alto officials on Monday shifted their attention to the expected problems, which include the need to cut down trees, more traffic at Alma Street intersections and a new power station that officials say would be an eyesore for the Greenmeadow neighborhood. The council’s discussion centered on the environmental study that Caltrain recently released for its long-planned electrification of the rail line, a $1.5-billion project that will enable the agency to add trains and accommodate a steady growth in ridership. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) estimates that with the project, Caltrain’s weekday ridership would go from today’s

estimated 47,000 to 69,000 in 2020 and 111,000 in 2040. The agency’s report also touts the environmental benefits of replacing the current fleet of dieselburning trains with electric ones. Ultimately, the electrified Caltrain corridor is expected to be used by California’s proposed high-speed rail system as well. Even with these laudable goals, a letter that the council approved by a 7-0 vote late Monday night, with Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilman Marc Berman absent, contains a catalog of red flags the city hopes Caltrain will address as it proceeds with the project. Topping the list is the paralleling station, which boosts power along the rail corridor, that Caltrain plans to build in Palo Alto, either at Greenmeadow Way or just south of Page Mill Road.

The equipment would be housed inside a compound roughly 40 feet wide by 80 feet wide and located next to the tracks, according to the draft Environmental Impact Report. Though Caltrain plans to add vegetation to screen the power station from public view, city officials believe this is far from adequate, particularly if the agency chooses to place the infrastructure across from the residential Greenmeadow neighborhood. The city’s letter to Caltrain notes that Greenmeadow is a historic neighborhood and calls the introduction of the new equipment “a great concern� from an aesthetic standpoint. It also points out that Greenmeadow Way is a “major access point from the neighborhood to Alma Street� and that the equipment would


Palo Alto raises concerns about Caltrain electrification

One proposed location of a paralleling (power-boosting) station for Caltrain is at the intersection of Alma Street and Greenmeadow Way in Palo Alto. be “visible to many, if not most, “It really is bizarre that they residents and visitors, at some would choose to put it there,â€? point during the day.â€? Alexis said. Mayor Nancy Shepherd was The city’s letter advocates for particularly blunt in her assess- the Page Mill Road option, noting ment of the Greenmeadow op- that the site is largely surrounded tion. by commercial or industrial build“It is so obnoxious for that ings and that the station “would neighborhood,â€? she said. be located adjacent to a structure Elizabeth Alexis, speaking of similar size and character.â€? on behalf of the Greenmeadow Staff is also asking Caltrain to Community Association, noted consider a location closer to San that the paralleling station will be Antonio Road, which they said is directly visible from the neigh- also more industrial in character. borhood’s park and community Another concern voiced by center, which lie two blocks east the council Monday pertained to of the Alma/Greenmeadow Way ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}i棊) intersection. ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠÂŤĂ€ÂˆÂ?ĂŠĂ“x]ÊÓä£{ĂŠU Page 9

Upfront CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF A DIRECTOR’S HEARING To be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, May 8, 2014, in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168. 808 Richardson Court [13PLN-00383]: Request by Roger Kohler for Single Family Individual Review of a new two story single family residence. Zone District R-1. Hillary E. Gitelman Director of Planning and Community Environment


DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2014 On June 5, 2001, the voters approved Measure D, a special parcel tax assessment of $293 per parcel for five years. On June 7, 2005, voters approved an increase to $493 per parcel and extended the tax through the 2010-11 tax year. On May 4, 2010, voters approved an increase to $589 for six years beginning as of July 1, 2010, with annual two percent escalation adjustments. The funds are used to attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers and school employees, maintain educational programs that enhance student achievement, and reduce the size targeted classes. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the District that receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Tax Assessor’s Office. An exemption is available for any senior citizen who owns and occupies as a principal residence a parcel, and applies to the District for an exemption. For the 2014-15 tax year, a senior citizen is defined as a person 65 years of age and older by June 30, 2015. Please apply for the exemption by May 31, 2014. If you were exempt from paying the PAUSD parcel tax for the 2013-14 tax year, you should have received an exemption renewal letter in early April. To renew your exemption for the 2014-15 tax year, please sign and return the letter. If you have any questions about the parcel tax, the Senior Citizen Exemption, or you did not receive your renewal letter, please call the Business Office at 650-329-3980. HOW TO APPLY FOR A SENIOR EXEMPTION s#OMPLETEANAPPLICATIONAT#HURCHILL!VENUE 0ALO Alto, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call the PAUSD Business Office at 650-329-3980 to have an application mailed you.

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trees, including the city’s famous namesake redwood, El Palo Alto. The environmental analysis estimates that about 2,220 trees would have to be removed along the Peninsula, including 177 in Palo Alto. In addition, more than 3,000 trees along the corridor would need to be pruned. Though the 1,000-year-old El Palo Alto would avoid the chopping block, the agency said that minor trimming would be required. Councilman Larry Klein stressed the importance of protecting the tree from damage. Caltrain needs to make sure, Klein said, that “trimming is just trimming and not butchering.” The redwood, which is located near the Menlo Park border, is a registered historical site, he noted. The city’s letter also urges Caltrain to consider more ways to stem traffic problems at four Alma intersections that would be caused by the upgrades. A staff report from city planners notes that “local traffic would increase near Caltrain stations as more riders access the system.” “The increase in the number of trains would result in longer gate times, further affecting local traffic near the corridor,” the staff report states. The city suggests Caltrain looks at adding new amenities, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities, either near the intersections or near the stations that serve as destinations for the drivers. Councilman Greg Scharff also raised concerns about Caltrain’s ridership projections, which he suggested may be on the low side. He noted that many major employers now encourage transit use by buying Caltrain Go Passes for their workers. In Palo Alto, companies are being required to purchase Go Passes as part of the approval of new developments, including the major expansion of Stanford University Medical Center and the Lytton Gateway office building at Alma and Lytton Avenue. Other cities along the corridor, including Mountain View, San Jose and San Mateo, also have strong programs that encourage public transit as an alternative to commuting by car. “I think, if anything, we’re going to have Caltrain capacity issues,” Scharff said. “Caltrain needs to plan for it now.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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News Digest Rock climber seriously injured in Yosemite A 26-year-old Palo Alto man who was seriously injured on Sunday, April 20, after falling 30 feet during a climb in Yosemite National Park was transferred to a hospital in the Bay Area from Modesto Wednesday, April 23, his family said. Blake Parkinson, a Stanford University admissions officer, was climbing on Higher Cathedral Spire with a partner when he fell. He was wearing a rope at the time and had already scaled 130 feet up the spire face, he told the Weekly Wednesday. “It’s hard to remember the fall and the moment before it. We were climbing through a difficult section of the route when I fell. Given the position where I fell — on a ledge — I hit my back on a large, protruding boulder,” he said. Parkinson fractured five small bones in his lower lumbar region and in his sacrum, at the base of his spine, and has some bruising but did not injure his spinal cord. He is expected to heal in six weeks. Parkinson said he was conscious the entire time after the accident. Two climbers below him contacted emergency services. He was rescued by Yosemite Search and Rescue and CHP Air Operations, which put him into a full-body splint to protect him during transit. N — Sue Dremann and Bay City News Service

Business registry proposed in Palo Alto With offices filling up in downtown Palo Alto and parking shortages spurring tension between employees and residents, city officials are proposing to start a business-registry program that they hope will help them solve the growing problem. The proposal, which the City Council will consider Tuesday, April 29, would require local businesses to participate in the Business Registry Certificate program, which would require annual updates on data like employee count, square footage occupied and the number of employees who live in Palo Alto. Businesses would be able to register and make their updates through an online database that the city plans to set up. A February memo by four council members recommends an online business registry, with fees limited to cost recovery. The staff proposal aims to have such a registry in place by the end of this year. A report from the office of City Manager James Keene notes that Palo Alto is one of a small number of cities in the state that do not have a business registry or a business tax. The city’s attempt to institute a business tax fizzled in 2009, when voters rejected a proposal that would tax businesses based on gross receipts. Keene’s report notes that as the demand for office space in Palo Alto has increased, so has the density of use in commercial space, particularly in high-tech offices. Currently, a business that is occupying a commercial space in Palo Alto is required to take out a one-time “Certificate of Use” for a fee of $413. Unlike in the 2009 proposal, the business registry would not come with a tax on receipts but would include an annual fee of $35 to $75, provided the business is in compliance with the certificateof-use requirement. N — Gennady Sheyner

‘Our Palo Alto’ launches with local demographics lessons An attempt by Palo Alto officials to get out of City Hall and engage residents in a two-year conversation about the future launched on a hopeful note Wednesday night, with a standing-room only crowd packing into the Downtown Library to hear a panel of experts take up the question: Who are we? The city developed the effort, known as “Our Palo Alto,” in response to growing anxieties in the community about growth and development, issues that were at the forefront of last year’s polarizing election battle over a proposed housing complex on Maybell Avenue. It was also launched in conjunction with the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan, the land-use bible that will outline the city’s vision until 2030. So who are Palo Altans? According to the panel — which included Steve Levy, an economist with the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy; David Evan Harris from The Institute for the Future; and Ann Dunkin, chief technology officer at the Palo Alto Unified School District — local residents are by and large a smart, innovative and affluent bunch. The city boasts a larger percentage of residents 65 or older than most other area cities and, thanks to Baby Boomers, the ranks of seniors will continue to grow in the next decade. The city has also become more diverse, with immigrants responsible for much of recent population growth and the school district now enjoying a student population where the majority of students are from minority populations. N — Gennady Sheyner


Boy Scout advocates for street safety Dangerous crossing at Middlefield Road and Everett Avenue had at least seven accidents in 16 months tively quiet street. But the traffic calming stops at Middlefield. On any given day, cyclists and pedestrians must run a gauntlet of speeding vehicles, he said. “Lots of neighbors cross here and there is a lot of traffic here. It can take three to five minutes to be safe (to cross),” Collignon said of the intersection where there is no painted crosswalk or traffic signal. Standing at the east corner on a Thursday afternoon, he pointed to a spot just south of the intersection. “There was an accident there this morning. A car hadn’t stopped in time and it hit the back of another car, which hit the car in front of it. It was a sandwich,” he said. The intersection had seven vehicle accidents between Jan. 31, 2013,

and April 6, 2014, according to Palo Alto Police Department records. Five of those accidents occurred during afternoon rush hours. All but one took place on Middlefield, and one was on Everett, according to police data. Two persons were injured in two incidents. Collignon said he would like to see a crosswalk with a pedestrian button that would activate flashing signs, similar to one near the Menlo Park Library on Ravenswood Avenue. He is trying to earn a Scout badge through his efforts, which appear to be paying off. The Weekly contacted the city’s transportation division after being contacted by Collignon. Jaime Rodriguez, city chief transportation official, said a

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Sandra Slater both praised it for encouraging density near a prominent transit corridor, a strategy that could encourage commuters to take alternative transportation. “I think it’s a win-win and an opportunity for the council to look at something that can be really exciting and, in a way, a beacon for how Palo Alto might look at future developments,” Slater told the council. Councilwoman Gail Price agreed and said the concept plan offers the city a valuable chance to manage change. “I think it provides us with a terrific opportunity — in conjunction with the ‘Our Palo Alto’

discussion — to become more refined and more thoughtful about the kinds of decisions we’re in the process of making,” Price said, referring to the city’s new effort to engage the community in a two-year discussion about Palo Alto’s future. One aspect that the council generally agreed on is that housing should feature prominently in the future of the Fry’s site. Councilman Greg Scharff advocated for rental housing in particular, arguing that commuters are more likely to rent apartments near their jobs than buy homes. Greg Schmid, meanwhile, said the Fry’s site is one of the few


to review and revise the concept plan. “This really reads to me like a redevelopment document,” Holman said. Burt likened the concept plan to a recently withdrawn proposal for 395 Page Mill, which at 311,000 square feet far exceeded the city’s zoning regulations and drew heavy criticism from the surrounding neighborhoods for its ambitious scale. “We thought we were stepping over a cliff at the Jay Paul (Company) site,” Burt said. “We’re running over the Grand Canyon potentially on approving these major upzonings without real consideration.” Burt and Holman were also skeptical about the Fry’s grant, at least until Planning Director Hillary Gitelman offered them repeated assurances that the grant funds would not obligate the city to pursue any policies that the council doesn’t support. Once adopted, the vision for California Avenue would become part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, its guiding land-use document. A report from the Department of Planning and Community Environment notes that the concept plan aims “to identify appropriate development intensities, the potential for additional housing, and plan for retention and enhancement of retail/service opportunities and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections in the California Avenue area.” Several residents attended the meeting to laud the plan, which also advocates for various pedestrian- and bike-safety improvements on Park Boulevard and better paths between the Fry’s site and El Camino. Eric Rosenblum and

For his Eagle Scout project, Thibault Collignon, 15, has drawn the city’s attention to an accident-prone stretch of Middlefield Road near Everett Avenue near downtown Palo Alto. transportation engineer has examined the site. “We will be moving forward with the installation of ‘Pedestrian Xing’ warning signs on each approach of Middlefield Road before Everett. The signs should be installed in the next four to six weeks,” he said in an email. But he said that adding a signal or another form of traffic control near Lytton Avenue would require study, as it might

have unintended consequences on Middlefield traffic. Also, the city is sparing about marking crosswalks along residential arterial streets such as Middlefield Road without adding controls, such as flashing lights or stop signs, he said. “The signalized intersection one block south at Middlefield Road and Lytton Avenue is the best location for pedestrians to cross Middlefield Road,” he added. N

places where the council can realize “smart development,” a mix of retail, commercial and residential uses clustered near a transit site. Schmid said such a vision is “what modern urban design is all about.” The city, Schmid said, needs to quickly answer the question of what percentage of the city’s housing mandate should be targeted for his area. “I think people tonight have made a convincing case that this is one of the best places in town,” Schmid said. The new Fry’s document adds yet another layer to the Russian nesting doll of plans Palo Alto is currently pursuing. The city is

still updating the Comprehensive Plan, a nearly decade-long process that staff expects to complete in late 2015. On a parallel track, planners are pushing ahead with a new Housing Element, a state-mandated chapter of the Comprehensive Plan that lays out the city’s housing policies and identifies sites that could accommodate new residential units. The California Avenue concept plan (as well as a similar concept plan for the East Meadow Circle area) would also be added to the Comprehensive Plan. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@



Palo Alto Boy Scout is trying to get city officials to change a Middlefield Road crossing he says is dangerous. Thibault Collignon, a 15-yearold Palo Alto High School freshman, says he has heard numerous crashes from his home near the intersection of Everett Avenue and Middlefield in the past six years. He was nearly struck one day as he crossed with his bike and now uses a safer crossing at a light at Lytton Avenue, he said. Everett is a traffic-calmed street between Alma Street and Middlefield. Once a cut-through for drivers, traffic roundabouts now serve as deterrents, and Alma Street traffic is forbidden during rush hour. Many bicyclists and pedestrians travel up the rela-


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Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously backs new law for local parks and nature preserves


he episodes read like a police blotter on Animal Planet: Female ducks attacked by gangs of drakes in the Baylands. A violent squirrel bites a visitor at Mitchell Park. Fearless foxes steal food from golf carts. Confrontational coyotes intimidate visitors at the PearsonArastradero Preserve. The cases differ in nature, but Palo Alto officials believe they arise from the same source: people who feed animals in city parks and open-space preserves. On Tuesday night, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission moved to clamp down on this well-meant but occasionally counterproductive practice when it unanimously backed a ban on the feeding of feral cats and wildlife in all parks and nature areas. Daren Anderson, manager of the Open Space, Parks and Golf Division in the Community Services Department, listed in a report myriad reasons for the ban, including potential dangers to both animals and humans, an increased proba-

by Gennady Sheyner bility of diseases spreading among animals and damage to park amenities. Park benches and pathways around the Duck Pond in the Palo Alto Baylands, for instance, are often covered with bird droppings. And golfers at the city’s nearby course get discouraged by the large amount of guano, or excrement, from the large and well-fed population of Canada geese. The city spends about $20,000 annually for a dog service to chase geese off the golf course, the report notes. Safety, however, is the top concern. Edible gifts, paradoxically, bring out the worst in many critters. Park rangers, Anderson wrote, regularly remove sick, injured and dead birds from the Duck Pond that are a “direct result of the intense aggression and competition that occurs when waterfowl populations become concentrated.” “Every year staff finds dozens of severely injured female ducks each spring that have been attacked by gangs of aggressive drakes (male ducks),” the report states. The city has also been receiv-

ing complaints about aggressive squirrels (including a 2010 biting incident in Mitchell Park, which prompted an installation of a sign requesting that visitors not feed the animals), and problematic foxes and coyotes. “There’s nothing in (the city code now) to legally stop you from feeding a coyote at Arastradero Preserve,” Anderson said. “That’s a terrible thing, for everyone’s sake.” The citation for violating the new ordinance would be up to $250, according to Anderson. For the commission, the Tuesday vote was in some ways deja vu. Last September the group voted 6-1 to adopt the ban on feeding wildlife. But Commissioner Stacey Ashlund, who dissented, asked staff to reach out to local animal-welfare groups to get their feedback on the proposal. Since then, Anderson has discussed the ordinance with Carole Hyde, executive director of the Palo Alto Humane Society, and with Scottie Zimmerman, co-


City looks to stem problems caused when people feed wildlife

Under a proposed city ordinance, the feeding of wildlife — including ducks and geese — would be banned at city parks and open spaces. founder of the group Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Both said that while they have no objections to banning the feeding of wildlife in open-space areas, they were concerned that the restriction would later spread to other parts of the city and imperil animal-welfare groups’ efforts to trap feral cats for spaying and neutering. The work of those groups, which also remove litters of kittens for adoption, curbs the growth of the city’s homeless cat population, Anderson acknowledged in his report. As a result of the outreach, the ban discussed this week is limited to parks and open space. Hyde and Zimmerman said they had no qualms about the new ordinance. In addition, staff assured the animal-welfare groups that they would be able to submit requests for permits to feed feral cats in parks and open-space areas. Each

request, Anderson’s report states, will be “considered on a case-bycase basis by justification provided by the applicant.” After a brief presentation and no members of the public speaking in opposition, the commission quickly and unanimously voted for the ordinance, which states: “No person shall feed, cause to be fed, scatter or leave food, seed or other matter edible to any wildlife animal, including any bird or feral animal, including any feral cat, in any park or open space lands or building located within a park or open space lands, without the written consent of the director.” Ashlund, last fall’s dissenting vote, this time joined her colleagues in supporting the ban and said she appreciated the effort to reach out to the animal-welfare groups. The ordinance will now go to the City Council for approval. N





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“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be that neighbor?” Mr. Rogers was right, having caring neighbors is vital to nurturing children and youth and that’s why a “Caring Neighborhood” is so important in the development of a healthy community.



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The fair is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.

A “neighborhood” is where you live, your school, faith group, sports team or club, or any other group of individuals. What’s important is that it’s a place where people care and connect with each other to create a supportive community.

Features include: 3An array of fun children’s activities 3 A performance stage featuring local groups 3 Lots of great food 3 Picnic space and more

The 92nd Annual May Fête Parade theme encourages participants to showcase good neighborly behavior. What can we do, how does it look and who can we help? Show us that fun neighborly activity, let us see how to help and let us all know how we can be a good neighbor in our community. Let’s make all our communities fun, happy and supportive groups of individuals caring for each other.

In addition, The Museum of American Heritage, just across the street from the park, will be hosting their Annual Vintage Vehicle & Family Festival with lots of activities from 9:30am-2:00pm.

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Krop “California invested in me and my generation and in return receives our property taxes, our income taxes.” Her son’s first-grade orientation, with news of canceled programs and teacher layoffs, had been an eye-opener. Krop, who in her law practice had just won a record $78.5 million settlement in a False Claims Act case, decided to turn her advocacy skills to fixing public education funding in California. She settled on working through the PTA, reasoning that its 800,000 members, if mobilized, could be a powerful force for change. Now, as the PTA’s legislative advocate for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, she’s making the rounds with her message about the state of education funding. While passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2012 temporary tax initiative, “stopped the bleeding” in California education funding — which had been cut 20 percent since 2008 — it did nothing to help the state’s ranking in per-pupil spending, Krop said. Average per-pupil spending in California was $8,341 in 2010-11 — 30 percent below the national average of $11,864, according to Education Week’s “Quality Counts” index. Even Palo Alto’s $13,000 per student — luxurious by California standards — pales in comparison to top-funded states such as Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, which spend as much as $16,000 to $22,000 per student, according to Krop’s presentation, titled “The Dire State of School Funding.” “In some sense there’s a complacency even in Palo Alto that we’re a wealthy school district without realizing that, no, we’re seriously underfunded compared to where we were a generation ago and compared to top-performing states,” she said. Krop interviewed education veterans ranging from former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin to Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond to a superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We don’t have to guess what works because we have good models that have been used (to improve schools) in other states, like New Jersey,” she said. Her presentation is full of charts on California’s soaring high school dropout rates and the long-term cost of not investing in early education. “High school dropouts earn less, pay fewer taxes, are more likely to collect welfare and turn to crime,” she said. Krop insists a child’s educational opportunity should not depend on his or her ZIP code. “Californians need to understand that if you don’t spend that money (on universal preschool),



Civil-rights lawyer and PTA legislative advocate Nancy Krop stands in the hallway at Barron Park Elementary School on April 23. you’re spending seven times more later on to catch those children up. And if you don’t have to spend it later on, that frees up a lot of money for our school system.” On the “schools-to-prison pipeline,” she notes, “For the first time in California history, corrections funding now exceeds higher education funding, with 19 prisons and one university built in the state since 1980.” Krop advocates investing in teachers to stabilize the workforce, which now suffers from a dropout rate of 25 to 30 percent within the first five years. Better mentoring and professional development could reduce that to 10 percent, saving on hiring and retraining costs. On the revenue side, she advo-

cates reducing California’s heavy reliance (more than 60 percent) on the volatile personal income tax and greater reliance on property tax, which should include reform of the commercial property tax, she said. In Santa Clara County, the property tax burden has shifted from 50-50 between residential and commercial taxpayers to two-thirds on homeowners and one-third on commercial property since 1978, she noted. “No great economy ever grew by dis-investing in education,” Krop is fond of saying, borrowing a quote from Eastin. “We need to turn this ship around.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (April 21) California Avenue: The council discussed the California Avenue Concept plan and directed staff to apply for a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority grant that would fund a master plan for the area around Fry’s Electronics. Yes: Unanimous Caltrain: The council approved a comment letter for the Caltrain electrification Environmental Impact Report that includes concerns about the project’s traffic impacts, ridership projections and a planned power station. Yes: Burt, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Berman, Kniss

Board of Education (April 22) New classes: The board voted to approve new high school courses for 2014-15 in early childhood development and a course on sports careers called “Getting Into the Game” as an introduction to a “sports career pathway” at Palo Alto High School. Yes: Unanimous

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Of the City of Palo Alto Transportation Division Community Meeting Notice for Maybell-Donald-Georgia Bicycle Boulevard DATE:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


6:30-8:30 PM

PLACE: Terman Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306 The City is soliciting public input on proposed design elements of the Maybell-Donald-Georgia-El Camino Way Bicycle Boulevard between W. Meadow Drive and Arastradero Road. This meeting is the third community meeting in a series to discuss potential improvements along Georgia Avenue, Donald Drive, Maybell Avenue, and El Camino Way. The project is proposed in the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan 2012 and supports Safe Routes to School operations for Juana Briones Elementary School, Terman Middle School, and Gunn High School. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Palo Alto Rafael Rius at (650) 329-2442 or

Council Policy and Services Committee (April 22) Teen programs: The committee recommended spending $84,000 for teen programs, events and services. Yes: Unanimous Campaign statements: The committee recommended allowing electronic filing of campaign documents. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (April 22) Urban forest: The commission recommended approval of the city’s new Urban Forest Master Plan. Yes: Unanimous Wildlife: The commission recommended approving a ban on feeding wildlife and feral cats inside the city’s parks and open space preserves. Yes: Unanimous

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would ultimately treat the sewage waste and produce energy. Processing food waste would follow about a year later. Under the new plan, Palo Alto would build a preprocessing facility to remove contaminants from food scraps. Once that is done, food scraps would join sewage sludge in the new anaerobic digester. The final phase of the city’s plan would address yard trimmings, though it’s far from clear what that solution will look like. Whereas before officials planned to process the trimmings at the Baylands waste-to-energy plant, now they are preparing to consider other options, including new technologies. The report cites as an example the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, which recently approved a one-year project to gasify wood waste and biosolids. Palo Alto officials plan to follow these emerging technologies to evaluate “whether a local facility on the 3.8-acre relatively flat portion of the Measure E site is a sustainable option,� the report states. For the near term, city staff recommends no change to how it currently handles yard trimmings for composting, which is to send them to Gilroy. The pivot from the private sector to a city-run operation represents a dramatic strategic shift. In February, council members heard a presentation about proposals the city received from three different companies: Harvest Power, We Generation and Synagro. Synagro offered to export all three types of waste, and the other two companies both offered to build anaerobic-digestion plants. We Generation proposed using thermal hydrolysis, in which cell walls are broken down in organic waste to release more energy. The new report from Public Works offers several reasons for rejecting the proposals. The strongest one is costs. Staff projects that the proposals by Synagro, Harvest Power and We Generation would cost about $98.9 million, $97.1 million, and $107 million over 20 years, respectively. The cityowned process recommended in the new plan would cost about $76.8 million (continuing with current processes, in which yard waste is exported and food waste goes to San Jose, is estimated to cost about $98 million). The city’s views about the risks of the venture have also evolved. When the city issued its request for proposals in 2013, officials assumed the offers would include various novel technologies, whose risks they did not want the city to shoulder. Now, based on the private-sector responses, Public Works staff is confident that wet anaerobic digestion is the way to go when it comes to organic waste (in the past, the city had considered a different process called “dry anaerobic digestion�) and that the risk of adopting this well-



Construction crews work on covering the closed Palo Alto landfill with layers of dirt in 2011, to prepare the land for future use. used technology is relatively low. “The expectation was that there would be synergy associated with processing the three waste streams together and that would warrant the associated risk,� the report states. “However, the technologies proposed (by the companies) were generally considered conventional with a limited amount of risk.� Though the plan has yet to officially launch, it has already achieved one thing: bringing the competing environmentalist camps closer together. In Febru-

land, called that one of the chief benefits of the latest proposal. “One of the exciting things about this is that after all the controversy of Measure E, it looks like we can have most of what we want without having to use the 10 acres, which would be fine for everybody. So a lot of the antagonism that took place during that (campaign) would be eliminated,� Hays said. Conservationist Emily Renzel, who opposed the new Baylands plant, said staff has done “an amazing job synthesizing some

‘One of the exciting things about this is that after all the controversy of Measure E, it looks like we can have most of what we want without having to use the 10 acres.’ —Walt Hays, campaign leader, Measure E ary, members from both sides offered their compliments to staff on the new approach. For one thing, everyone shares the goal of retiring incinerators by building the new “biosolids dewatering and truck haul-out facility,� the first phase in the plan. Furthermore, the new approach means that the city won’t have to build an industrial operation at the Measure E site — at least not any time soon. Walt Hays, who helped lead the campaign to undedicate the park-

very, very complex issues� and that “for once in 14 years, I agree with Walt Hays.� At the February meeting, the council requested more information, including a more detailed timeline and a range of options for the city’s ownership of the new facilities. According to the new report, the city projects that the incinerators could be retired and demolished by 2020 and that the new anaerobic digester would be built by 2022. N

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto

School board backs new high school classes Palo Alto Board of Education members Tuesday expressed enthusiasm for new class offerings for the city’s two high schools, as well as a plan to build a long-hoped-for path around the Jordan Middle School field. (Posted April 24, 9:41 a.m.)

Man sentenced for 2013 home-invasion robbery Two young East Palo Alto men who lured an ex-girlfriend away from her family home and then returned to rob her mother with a machete and a gun face three years in prison for their admitted crimes. (Posted April 23, 4:44 p.m.)

East Palo Alto workers could get raises A new agreement between the City of East Palo Alto and an employees union could give city workers a pay bump of 3 percent with fewer required furlough days. (Posted April 22, 2:16 p.m.)



dible instructions embedded in the device. Parent Kathy Howe, whose children do not have known allergies, urged the board to take initiative on the EpiPen issue. “We should have non-studentspecific EpiPens in our classrooms and with yard duties (playground supervisors) and have people empowered to use them,� Howe said. “It’s important that we are a leader in this area.� Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who said the Palo Alto school district is “looking at (the EpiPen issue) strongly,� appeared to be impressed by the testimonies. Prior to hearing the parents and

doctors speak, Skelly noted that no other school district in Santa Clara County currently stocks non-student-specific EpiPens and that the Los Angeles Unified School District recently rejected a proposal to do so. “We want to hear why did Los Angeles, for example, decide not to do that. What are the upsides and downsides of that? We are aware of this issue and we are looking at this as a concern.� Following the speakers, Skelly suggested he would prepare an update on the issue for a future board meeting. “The points made tonight were compelling and helpful, particularly those of you involved in the medical field who deal with allergies all the time,� he said. In an emergency, he noted, it

could be quicker for school personnel to take an EpiPen off the shelf rather than sort through plastic bags full of student prescriptions to find the right one. “In the next week or so we’ll send out an email asking for your help in drawing up protocols, with the board’s direction. We could certainly use the tremendous wisdom that’s in this room on this topic.� Skelly suggested that the doctors take their case to the county to have a broader impact. “You in the medical community could push on the Santa Clara County Health Department and others that help us set guidelines,� he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@


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revenue from 2009 through 2013. Staff members recommended retaining a reserve rather than spending it on one-time expenditures that might not have a lasting impact, they said. However, if the council or local teen community expresses an interest in spending the reserve, it could be considered, staff said. Klein on Tuesday did make a motion that some uses for the reserve funds be identified within six months of the opening of Mitchell Park Library, which will host a variety of youth programs. He was opposed to any surplus being reserved for an indefinite time, he said. Committee members approved Klein’s motion 4-0. High school students from three existing programs — ClickPA, an interactive website that posts teen events and activities; the Teen Arts Council, which hosts events such as open-mic nights; and makeX — gave presentations Tuesday on how the money could engage and benefit youth. Though those programs are largely managed by the teens, along with a mentor, the students said they would welcome the aid of specialists.

“It would be really helpful to have someone to pull resources together for us,� Riley Burt of the Teen Arts Council said. When the council planned construction of the Bryant Street garage in 2001, it also approved using the revenue from taxable “certificates of participation� to construct a commercial space alongside it. That space is currently leased by Form Fitness.

Seventy-five percent of the revenue goes to Palo Alto teen programs; the remainder subsidizes the Palo Alto Housing Corporation’s low-income Barker Hotel on Emerson Street. The committee’s recommendation about the $84,000 will now go to the council for approval. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Ingeborg Ratner Ingeborg Ratner, born in Germany on April 21, 1920, passed away in Palo Alto, California on August 27, 2012, at the age of 92. After a successful teaching career at Walter Hays School, she was known for her artistic designs and contributions. She was married to the late Professor Leonard Ratner. They are survived by their two daughters, Dr. Karen Ratner and Dr. Miriam Goldberg and their families. PA I D




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Palo Alto April 15-21 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . 11 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Recovered stolen vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . 8 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 3 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 2 Outside assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psych hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Unattended death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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Norman Keith Swope February 3, 1938 – April 20, 2014 Norman Keith Swope, 76, of Palo Alto, CA, passed away at his home after a long battle with cancer on April 20, 2014. Norman, is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith (Welenc) Swope, sons David (Jennifer) and Gary (Christal), daughter Karen (Phillip Ruppanner), four grandchildren and brother Malin. He was the son of Lawrence and Lilah Swope. An avid Stanford sports fan, coach and traveller, Norman spent his life filling his calendar with family events, social gatherings, and cruises. He also filled 75 photo albums. A family historian, Norman traced the Swope family history all the way back to Charlemagne. Norman was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Garden City, KS. He graduated in 1956 from Burlingame High School, where he was editor of his school newspaper. Norman received his BS degree in EE from Stanford in 1961. He received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Norman was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force at Hanscom, MA, where he met and married Judi. Since 1965, the family has resided in Palo Alto, CA. Norman worked as a Certified Financial Planner. He was also a Chartered Life Underwriter since 1978. In his spare time, Norman coached youth soccer and Little League baseball, in addition to being an Assistant Scoutmaster. Norman was also active on the Finance Committee of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. Services are scheduled for 10 am, Saturday April 26, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. PA I D O B I T UA RY Page 18ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓx]ÊÓä£{ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Herb Wong, jazz icon and educator, dies at 88 Easter Sunday this year saw the death of Herb Wong, 88, a longtime Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator. Wong had strong ties to Palo Alto — teaching jazz at the Palo Alto Adult School for 26 years and co-founding the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, a nonprofit jazz education organization for which he served as artistic director. A mysterious box sparked Wong’s lifelong fascination with jazz. As young boys, he and his brother Elwood had just moved with their parents to Stockton when a package arrived on the doorstep, addressed to the former occupant. “As any boys would, they opened it up,” said Paul Fingerote, a colleague and friend for more than 30 years. “They found jazz (records) and Herb said, ‘This is my music.’” The two men were collaborating on a compilation of Wong’s liner notes and recollections, a project Fingerote intends to complete. “Herb was a living history of jazz. ... His writing was so exquisite, so sharp. It wasn’t just the music he captured, it was a sense of the times.” Dubbed a “Renaissance man” because of talents that spanned multiple career fields, Wong wrote about and produced jazz shows for decades, and spent more than 25 years sharing his musical passions with others.

Lee Harwood Lee Lewis Harwood died with her family by her side at The Sequoias in Portola Valley on March 2. She was 96. She was born Winifred Lee Lewis in Evanston, Ill., on May 21, 1917, to W. Lee Lewis and Myrtilla May Cook Lewis. She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1934 and then went to study at Stanford University, her father’s alma mater. She graduated with the class of 1938 as a member of the women’s honorary society, Cap and Gown. While at Stanford she met her future husband, Wilson Franklin Harwood, and they married in 1938 in Winnetka, Ill. They were married for 69 years. Her husband’s consulting career allowed them to travel and live abroad. They set up households


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Transitions “Before they called it jazz education, this is what Herb was doing,” Fingerote said. He served as president of the International Association for Jazz Education and was elected to the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. Seven original jazz compositions have been written in his honor. Wong’s efforts to share his love of jazz also made a mark on the local community. In addition to his part in the formation of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, he taught 78 classes through the Palo Alto Adult School over 26 years. All different, they focused on jazz instruments and greats, such as vocalist Carmen McRae who was the subject of his last course. Kara Rosenberg, principal of the Palo Alto Adult School, said his classes developed a “tremendous following” and usually had in many places, including Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Iran, Peru, England, Kuwait, Egypt and both coasts of the United States. In her work life, she held roles as a social worker, secretary to the Turkish ambassador to Kuwait and a poll worker in Portola Valley. While overseas, she started a band at the American School of Manila, helped establish an orphanage in Tehran and assisted in launching a railroad car health clinic in Peru for the wives of railroad workers. After settling in Portola Valley in 1965, she became involved with the League of Women Voters and played in the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra. She also served as president of the Community Committee for International Students at Stanford and “adopted” foreign students each year, many of whom remained lifelong friends. She is survived by her sister-inlaw, Sara Harwood de Bivort of Portola Valley; her three children, Margaret Harwood Milledge of

somewhere between 25 and 75 students. “He knew everybody,” Rosenberg said, “and he knew whatever there was to know about jazz. It was actually mind-blowing.” But Wong’s accomplishments in the world of jazz are only part of his achievements. After serving in the Army during World War II, he earned a doctorate from UC Berkeley in zoology and a master’s degree in science education at San Jose State University. He went on to teach at several schools during his academic career and published numerous books on learning. Fingerote described him as a “wonderful friend” who always wanted to know what was happening in other people’s lives and “seemed to be excited about everything.” He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 46 years, of Menlo Park; brother Elwood; and daughters Kira of San Francisco and Kamberly of Bella Vista, Ark., in addition to four grandchildren. Wong will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. Services will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, P.O. Box 60397, Palo Alto, CA 94306. — Sandy Brundage and Sam Sciolla

Palo Alto, Sara Harwood Arnold of Lexington, Mass., and Lewis Harwood of Bethesda, Md.; five grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. There will be a memorial service on May 10 at 2 p.m. at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Memorial donations may be made to KQED, League of Women Voters or The Sequoias’ Tomorrow Fund.


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Editorial Toward a long overdue business registry Business license should be simple, inexpensive and accomplished quickly


n most California cities, a business license is one of those necessities of getting any business up and running. But in Palo Alto, where we sometimes seem to get pleasure from trying to reinvent the wheel, proposals to implement a business license have come and gone every few years without resolution. The problem, of course, has been in the details, and to some extent, the purpose. Other cities implemented business-license programs long ago, primarily as a way to raise revenue. This taxing purpose quickly gets complicated and controversial, as Palo Alto found in 2009, when a poorly constructed business-license tax was put on the ballot by the City Council and was rejected by 59 percent of voters. Earlier, in 2005, another proposal couldn’t get any traction and never made it to the ballot. When devising a business-license tax, the mechanics get very complicated and virtually every business sector and type has an argument as to why it is disproportionately and unfairly impacted. For example, should the tax be based on revenues, employees or square footage? How would a venture-capital firm or a startup be treated, compared to a café or an art gallery? Should home-based businesses be included? What about businesses not located in Palo Alto but transacting business or providing services here? The list of legitimate and debatable questions grows as one attempts to formulate an equitable scheme, and it quickly becomes a controversial mess. In the 2009 election, we urged defeat of the tax because it was so poorly drafted and created a ridiculously complicated structure. And after its defeat, we suggested the city staff bring back a much simpler proposal that could garner community support. But as political bodies are prone to do after embarrassing defeats, the issue was put away for another day. It now appears likely that the Council will move forward as early as next Tuesday with direction to city staff to take a very different, and we think better, approach: a straight-forward business registry instead of a business-license tax. One key advantage is that a registry, with no taxing element, does not require voter approval. Council members Karen Holman, Pat Burt, Larry Klein and Marc Berman pressed for the new approach in a memo to their colleagues in February and with only one more vote needed to move forward, the simplified approach seems well on its way to adoption. While some business owners will continue to resist any attempt to impose a licensing or registry system out of fear it could easily morph into a tax in the future, we think most will be easily persuaded of the value from the city finally knowing who is doing business here. As things exist today, there is no dependable way to know such important information as the number and types of businesses, number of employees, from where and how employees commute, and the square footage of the offices, stores or facilities of each business. And equally important, there is no simple way of communicating with business owners. Some have argued that a combination of utility-billing records and business property-tax statements could be used to generate a list of businesses, but that data would not only be a nightmare to sort through but also prone to significant error. Utility account holders are often the owners of buildings, not the businesses that occupy them. A simple business registry, requiring all businesses with a physical location in the city to file an annual data report along with a small administrative fee, would provide essential information and inform many important planning issues. Recent discussions about the number of employees working downtown, the density of workers in commercial offices and their commute and parking habits all suffered from the lack of hard data, leaving it to consultants, city staff and the City Council to merely speculate. With the stakes of planning, zoning and transportation decisions so high, the Council should move forward in creating a simple online process for business registration and licensing. Page 20ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓx]ÊÓä£{ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at Posted April 22 at 4:23 p.m. by Thomas Paine IV, a resident of Greenmeadow: Traffic impact? So what happens to crosstown traffic if Cal Train triples the number of trains as planned? The EIR does not mention the impact of 2-3,000 cars idling while they wait for the crossing gates at peak commute hours. And what about the safety of school children with 2-3 times the number of trains speeding through at grade crossings? Just another example of Cal Train dumping their problems on our community. Posted April 23 at 11:16 a.m. by Carol Gilbert, a resident of University South: Stick with what we’ve got Cutting down all those trees, adding the overhead infrastructure — boo hiss. Work on what

Overpopulation is real Editor, In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. Born out of that first Earth Day was a wide array of environmental laws including: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. But the most discussed subject of the time was human population growth. The first Earth Day saw a population that was half of the more than 7 billion people of today, and yet people then understood more clearly than now that runaway population growth and over-consumption were destroying the planet. Today we live on the samesize planet with fewer untapped resources, yet we are blindly driven to extract every last gram of any marketable product with little regard to the consequences. Our consumptive appetites have grown with our population. We have more educated people, more access to birth control. We know more about global warming and are well aware of the fact that we are destroying our clean water supplies, denuding our lands and oceans, polluting the air we breathe and driving a humansponsored extinction crisis around the globe, yet there is no societal commitment to halting the major cause of this tragedy. The impact of human population growth is intricately tied to the health of the planet. For Earth Day this year try discussing the real issue — overpopulation. Tina Peak Palo Alto Avenue, Palo Alto

we’ve got and how to improve it until the next best answer is developed. Posted April 23 at 11:43 a.m. by Allen Edwards, a resident of Old Palo Alto: Don’t feed the squirrels It is not a good idea to feed wild animals for reasons stated above. Without a law against it, nobody can say anything. I came across someone feeding the squirrels at Sierra Point. I asked them not to do it and they got very rude. There is a huge squirrel problem there and traps are set occasionally. How much better to not feed them than to trap them and destroy them. And how much better if I had been able to say, “don’t feed the squirrels, it is illegal.” Same for any government worker. Telling someone that it is illegal and that they could face a $250 fine if they keep doing it is

much more effective than trying to tell them it isn’t nice. Good for Palo Alto. Doing the right thing once again. Posted April 22 at 5:08 p.m. by Ray Bacchetti, a resident of University South: Let’s talk and listen I applaud the City’s approach to community engagement on vital questions about what kind of a community we are and want to become. What longer term residents want is indeed a factor, and all of them (us) don’t want the same things. So let’s talk and listen and see if we can come to some agreements on what kind a community will meet the needs of all of us, of all ages and durations of residency, all economic levels, and be genuinely inclusive. “Stop the world, I want to get off” isn’t a terribly powerful social policy.

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Bridging the cultural divide in an interracial marriage by Elizabeth Lee


arrying into a firstgeneration Chinese family allowed me to step over a line into an insular world that few can cross, but I learned that with flexibility, creativity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and humor, it could be done successfully. My Chinese in-laws Lily and Joe didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to like me. They told my husband that I must have been drugging his food for him to want to be with a European-American like me. Everything about me was wrong; I was a therapist, tall, older, redheaded and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oh horrors! I had a son from a previous relationship. The fact that I had studied Mandarin didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they spoke Cantonese. The following is my experience as a European-American woman marrying into a local Chinese family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can tell a good Chinese restaurant,â&#x20AC;? my husband Scott explained when we were dating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;by how many Chinese people are eating there. If you look in the window and see mostly non-Chinese, you know the food canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that good. But if you see mostly Chinese, you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good.â&#x20AC;? It is a Chinese custom to eat out with friends and family, so much of our time together with my in-laws before their deaths was spent in restaurants. This is how a typical dinner went. After entering the restaurant and waiting our turn to speak to the hosts, Lily, Joe and Scott did the talking while my little boy, Dale, and I

waited by Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can I help you?â&#x20AC;? another hostess asked me, assuming that Dale and I were a separate party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with them,â&#x20AC;? I answered, putting my hand on Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoulder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh!â&#x20AC;? she said, looking down in embarrassment. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I always imagined that they, too, wondered what my husband saw in a Caucasian like me. The food there must have been really good because Dale and I were the only non-Chinese people in sight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They give Chinese people a menu written in Chinese, and that menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dishes are more authentic,â&#x20AC;? Scott had also explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dishes on the menus given to nonChinese are more Americanized.â&#x20AC;? When they seated us at a round banquet table, two servers rushed to our table and gave Dale and me forks. Not the others, just us. I could use chopsticks as well as anyone, I thought, and so I was determined not to touch it. Scott, Lily and Joe were handed Chinese menus. The two servers stood off to the side and stared at us with awkward frowns. They had different ways of serving Chinese and non-Chinese; what were they supposed to do with us? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can I please have a menu?â&#x20AC;? I asked. They handed me one in English. As I consulted it Lily, Joe and Scott ordered our food in Cantonese. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d learned to understand some Cantonese from listening to it even though I could barely speak a word. Catching the word yu, I knew they were ordering fish. Although I was mostly a vegetarian, I occasionally ate fish. Next I heard the words dou miao, for pea shoots. Loved those. But when I heard the word gai, or chicken, I tensed. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want chicken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excuse me,â&#x20AC;? I said in English. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could I

please order some braised tofu?â&#x20AC;? I asked our server. He looked at me as if he were thinking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It spoke.â&#x20AC;? Asking my questions in Mandarin usually elicited the same response. Our food was served, and the fragrant smells of ginger and soy sauce triggered my appetite. I ate mostly the dou miao, tofu and rice, as well as a piece of crab in its shell. Watching as Scott, Lily and Joe picked up the large pieces with their chopsticks and carefully broke off the shells with their

Everything about me was wrong; I was a therapist, tall, older, redheaded and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oh horrors! I had a son from a previous relationship. teeth, I attempted to do the same. At first the heavy piece fell back on my plate. Picking it up again, I tried biting off the hard shell with my teeth. It cracked sharply against my mouth, and then dropped again with a clatter. Embarrassed, I looked around the restaurant. To hell with what anyone thought, I decided. Putting down my chopsticks, I picked it up in my fingers and bit off the shells. Messy, but effective. Noticing my bad manners, our servers brought me a bowl of lemon water to rinse my hands in. At least I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touched the fork. When our food was finished small bowls of either tapioca or warm, sweet bean soup

were served on the house. Once when Scott and I ate out, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d looked with longing at a table of Chinese people eating tapioca; they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brought us any. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring us free tapioca because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with you,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t with you, they would have. They only bring it to groups who are Chinese.â&#x20AC;? Along with the dessert they brought fresh orange slices, another thing only served to Chinese. Another restaurant had only given us fortune cookies, however, something normally just given to non-Chinese. When our daughter Rowan was born she looked like Scott, so the sight of her never raised any eyebrows; only Dale and I did. As the years went by the restaurant staff got to know us. One night the servers gathered around oohing and aahing over the baby and laughing and joking with Dale. It felt wonderful to no longer have them staring at us from the sidelines, wondering how to serve our mixed-race family. Even Lily and Joe seemed to like me better, although they would never have admitted it. They were thrilled to have a granddaughter, and Dale and Rowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s universal laughter and play helped bridge the culture gap for everyone. As the servers brought our dessert we looked up in surprise. One smiling man carried a tray with bowls of sweet bean soup while another, beaming in triumph, carried a platter loaded with orange slices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and fortune cookies! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found the perfect solution to our racial conundrum, and as they served us like royalty we burst out laughing. What an easy solution for bridging our cultural divide, and a good time was had by all. N Elizabeth Lee is a member of the board of contributors who lives in Palo Alto.


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Immigrant valley Seeking risks and rewards, entrepreneurs from abroad try to gain toehold in U.S. by Elena Kadvany | photos by Veronica Weber


n HBO’s new series “Silicon Valley,” filmed in and around Palo Alto, a group of techies live, work and breathe their next-big-thing venture in an incubator/house, navigating the unpredictable ups and downs of trying to succeed in the 21st century’s land of opportunity.

Phil Buckendorf works on his mobile-app company at the Blackbox startup accelerator in downtown Palo Alto, which doubles as his home.

‘The moment I sit at the computer and I do one line of design in Photoshop, it’s considered work, and it wouldn’t be 100 percent legal.’ —Phil Buckendorf, entrepreneur from Germany

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In real life, a small, sun-filled house in downtown Palo Alto mirrors this fictional house, except its sole purpose is to incubate companies launched by foreign entrepreneurs. These aspiring innovators are not only taking on the risks and rewards of starting their own companies, they are simultaneously navigating the federal government’s nervewracking and labyrinthine immigration processes in order to permanently — and legally — live and work in the U.S. Phil Buckendorf, a blonde, slight 23-year-old from Germany, is one of the house’s entrepreneurial hopefuls. He’s currently here on a business-visitor visa that allows him a sixmonth stay, he explained on a recent afternoon while sitting in the living room of the one-story Waverley Street home. The bungalow is owned by Blackbox, a local company that hosts non-U.S. startup founders for an intensive two-week crash course in all-things-Silicon Valley and then selects a few to accelerate. Because the startup members, like Buckendorf, come to Palo Alto on short-term business-visitor visas, they must find their own way to stay for the long haul. Buckendorf and many other foreign entrepreneurs say living with the limited status and sometimes nonsensical requirements imposed by immigration law doesn’t necessarily hold them back, but rather takes up precious time, energy and money they’d rather be spending on innovating and creating their companies. Under his current immigration status, Buckendorf can legally raise funds, acquire customers and talk to merchants. “But the moment I sit at the computer and I do one line of design in Photoshop, it’s considered work, and it wouldn’t be 100 percent legal,” he said. He does not pay himself a salary. Buckendorf is in the process of applying for an E-2 visa, which is granted to immigrants from countries the U.S. has treaties with and would give him two more years in the valley. Julia Krysztofiak, a Polish business developer with a trace of an accent, came to Palo Alto three years ago when her husband got a job offer he couldn’t refuse from Google. She originally joined the Blackbox team to help develop some of its programs. “After meeting so many foreign entrepreneurs, I got inspired,” she said. “I said, ‘Well, actually, I would rather be on the other side and have my own company.’” So she launched her own niche startup, selling custom- and rare-sized bras from Poland, which she said is disrupting the industry in its own way, much like other more conventional valley startups. The only problem for Krysztofiak, a coder who spent her entire career in Poland working at startups, is that she’s here on an H-4 visa. That allows her to stay in the United States but not to work here. H-4s are issued to the spouse and young children of holders of H-1B visas. “It was kind of hard for me when I moved here,” she said. “It’s hard for the H-1B wives. They have to quit their career back home.” Though they can’t work, H-4 visa holders can own companies, so Krysztofiak’s startup is legal — she just can’t be named CEO (her sister holds the title). Buckendorf’s and Krysztofiak’s situations are not unusual; in fact, dealing with the limitations imposed by U.S. immi-

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Michael Serotte, founder of Serotte Law Firm, talks with international students at Stanford University on March 11 about the immigration process, as StartX event moderator Tony Lai listens.

Xavier de Ryckel, from Belgium, sits in his bedroom above his workspace in downtown Palo Alto. Four other entrepreneurs live and work in the Waverley Street bungalow.

‘The fact is, the moment you’re out of a job, you’re out of status. So you need to leave the country right away.’ —Alex, entrepreneur from Israel gration law has become an inherent part of the valley experience for a vast majority of the tech industry, from immigrants hoping to start their own companies to the tech companies, large and small, who want to hire them. The challenges have become so pressing that many of the industry’s most visible, powerful leaders — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Google’s Sergey Brin — are clamoring for Washington, D.C., to implement comprehensive immigration reform. They’re spending millions of dollars lobbying Congress to issue more visas to meet the demand for specialty jobs such as engineering and computer programming and to adopt a proposed visa category that’s geared specifically to immigrant entrepreneurs who have raised capital from American investors. In-house immigration legal teams have also become the norm at larger tech companies in Silicon Valley, with an increasing amount of money and time spent on processing visa applications each year. With those in the industry charging that the federal government’s immigration system has

failed to keep up with the realities of Silicon Valley’s enormous economic potential and international allure, they paint a picture of a clash of worlds that increasingly demands, but is not yet receiving, reform.

The golden ticket: the H-1B visa


he most common path for immigrant tech workers — and the most nationally debated visa — is the H-1B, a temporary visa that allow employment of foreigners in specialty occupations like engineering or computer programming. Its purpose, in theory, is to bring highly skilled foreigners to America to work in fields where hires are in short supply, such as information technology (IT). Every April, the government grants 85,000 H-1B visas, allowing recipients six years in the United States — a much longer stay than most temporary worker visas. The 85,000 cap, which is a controversial limit for those in the valley, includes 65,000 for international workers in professional or specialty occupations and an

Would-be entrepreneurs turn to lawyers for help Facing complex, and some say outdated, immigration law, some attorneys are getting creative by Elena Kadvany


arlygash Burkitbayeva, who came from Kazakhstan to study at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, hired an immigration attorney before she even graduated. She asked around campus, found a guy with the most difficult immigration situation she had ever heard of — and promptly hired his lawyer. Tony Lai, co-founder of LawGives and himself an Oxford University-trained lawyer, said when facing the looming question of “How do I stay in this country?” one of the most important things is finding a good lawyer. And in Silicon Valley these days, “good” takes on a new meaning: creativity that pushes up against the bounds of an outdated legal system. Michael Serotte, founder and senior partner of Serotte Law Firm, LLC, an immigration law firm with an office in Mountain View, describes himself as a lawyer who likes to play on the edge. He compares his immigration approach to tax lawyers adept at finding beneficial loopholes. “Good tax lawyers are creative,” he said. “They look at the law, and they interpret it in a way that will stretch the boundaries of what’s acceptable.” For startup founders applying for an H-1B visa, this could mean legally naming oneself a member of the company’s board of directors instead of CEO to overcome an immigration services requirement that the visa applicant and sponsoring company establish a valid employeremployee relationship. For someone desperate to increase their chances in the H-1B lottery, it could mean working part-time at two companies in order to file two visa petitions, thus upping their odds. For student-entrepreneurs who don’t want to wait to graduate to pursue their big idea, it

could mean enlisting a good American friend to do any of the work that isn’t permissible under their current visa status, such as hiring or managing employees; managing operations; ordering inventory; signing company checks and other daily, routine business activities. “You have an idea and you want to change something — in medicine, in technology, in construction, in fashion,” Serotte said of student entrepreneurs. “You spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get educated and you can’t stay here — easily. You can stay here if you’re creative enough.” Serotte said political stagnancy in Washington, D.C., on immigration reform necessitates lawyers’ boundary-pushing creativity. “When you look at the law, you look at when it was written, you look at the dynamics of how our culture has changed, particularly in terms of entrepreneurship and how foreign students come here, to the best education system. If Washington isn’t going to adapt, the lawyers have to adapt,” he said. “Otherwise you have these brilliant young kids, all of which want to change the world, who are going to go some place else.” However, at the end of the day, it’s the client’s, not the lawyer’s decision, he told a group of student-entrepreneur hopefuls at an immigration panel in March. “It’s this risk/reward analysis, which everybody goes through when you’re looking at starting a business,” he said. “Sometimes you just got to play on the edge. And sometimes you go over the edge. It’s up to you. A lawyer can only tell you what you should be doing, what you can be doing and what the consequences are. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide if you want to take that risk.” N


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Cover Story ment is that all H-1B recipients are qualified for not the current, but the next fiscal year, meaning they have to wait until Oct. 1 to legally start working. This makes things difficult not only for the recipients but also the companies who want to hire them. Some small startups who cannot afford the price or length of time the H-1B takes resort to hiring solely from countries with easier visa processes. (Canada is a popular choice; under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian citizens can easily obtain a visa that allows them to work for up to three years full- or parttime for a U.S. company.) The cap on the number of H1B’s issued each year is also hotly debated in the tech arena, with tech powerhouses lampooning the use of a random lottery to hire highly skilled people and continually lobbying the government to raise the cap. Though the number of applications does ebb and flow with the

economy, the cap has been met every year since 2004. In 2008 (for fiscal year 2009), it was reached within one week, with 246,647 applications filed, according to USCIS data. “It’s all around kind of frustrating,” said immigration lawyer Helga Carson of Palo Alto-based Rose Carson Kaplan Choi & White. “There’s talk about helping entrepreneurs come in, but (the government) really hasn’t changed the visa processes, and they really haven’t made it that much easier. They’re sort of speaking out of their tongue and really not paving the way for these people to come in — and these are the people that are generating all kinds of activity in our economy.” Carson added that the application process has become more laborious for immigration attorneys, with more documentation required today than in the past. “The problem is two-fold: (1) The laws have not kept up with

Tony Lai, founder of LawGives, which connects attorneys with potential clients, discusses the topic of visas and citizenship processes at Stanford University on March 11.

‘Having the weight of the worry and stress around getting deported or not having an easy way to stay here — that stress surreptitiously weighs on you in a sense.’ —Tony Lai, entrepreneur from the U.K.

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additional 20,000 for those with master’s degrees from U.S. institutions. The visas are issued through a random, computer-generated lottery until the cap is met. This year, it took less than a week, with about 172,500 applications received, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For many Silicon Valley hopefuls, the H-1B is the golden ticket to securing a permanent life in the United States. But this visa’s process and requirements are complex, making it an unattractive option for those who want to create their own companies. An Israeli woman, Alex, who requested anonymity in this article due to her in-flux immigration status, came to the United States in 2012 with an H-1B sponsored by her employer, a large international corporation. She, like many other foreign entrepreneurs, hoped that once in Silicon Valley, she could find the means to leave the company to pursue her own tech ventures. With her significant other, Alex found and rented an apartment in Palo Alto. She soon decided that she was ready to take the plunge and start her own company, but

without an employer to back her H1-B (a requirement specific to this visa), she would lose her immigration status. As a placeholder, she got a job at a local startup, but she said things fell apart after conflict arose, unrelated to her, between the founders. “I was without a job. That’s a very stressful situation,” she said. “The fact is, the moment you’re out of a job, you’re out of status. So you need to leave the country right away.” Instead of looking for a new job, she had to go to Mexico and return as a tourist. She hired an immigration attorney to help explain what her options to stay in the country might be. “All of those things have costs,” she said. “It’s not just ‘leave and come back’; it’s all these considerations. I got an apartment; my lease is for a year. What should I do? Should I give notice? I don’t know if I’m going to be able to come back; I don’t know if I’ll get a new employer. It really leaves me in the air.” Karlygash Burkitbayeva, a Stanford Business School graduate from Kazakhstan, co-founded a sunglasses company with another alumnus in 2011. Though she had a year of breathing room granted by an Optional Training Visa, a year-long extension for foreign students who want to work in the same field that they

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studied, she was well-aware of the consequences looming when that year ended. She applied for an H-1B very early — at the same time her company was founded and got its initial investment. “There was a point at which it was either going to be yes or no from USCIS, and if it were no, I would have had to leave the country within 15 days,” she said. With her own company sponsoring her application, the process became more complex. The government requires H-1B sponsors to prove they can pay the prevailing wage, or the wage that’s paid to similar positions in the geographic area, when hiring a foreign worker, so as to not “adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers comparably employed,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor. “We had to declare myself as a supply team manager, which I still am apparently, because I had to qualify for the prevailing wage,” Burkitbayeva said at an immigration-entrepreneurs event in March. For a fledgling startup, raising enough money to pay its own founder or new hires the prevailing wage can be challenging and also forces still-maturing companies to raise money earlier than usual, some founders said. Another problematic require-

Kazakhstan native Karlygash Burkitbayeva, co-founder of Westward Leaning, talks at the StartX conference at Stanford University March 11 about her experience launching her own company and navigating the visa process.

‘We had to declare myself as a supply team manager … because I had to qualify for the prevailing wage.’ —Karlygash Burkitbayeva, entrepreneur from Kazakhstan

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today’s business realities, thus forcing attorneys to try to apply old visa categories to new business realities, and (2) The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is taking an ever more restrictive reading of the laws (that I don’t think follows true Congressional intent), and not providing clear direction with regard to its interpretations,” Carson wrote in an email. “The latter results in attorneys having to guess what DHS wants, and to over-document cases.” Carson said her firm used to file H-1B cases that weighed about half a pound in paper; now, the average weight for an H-1B filing is about 4 to 6 pounds, she said. She attributes the government’s increasingly restrictive enforcement of immigration law mainly to 9/11. “That’s been compounded by the recession we had in 2008,” she added. “It really became all about jobs and the drum beat of, ‘Let’s keep jobs for U.S. workers’ and ‘Every foreign national is taking a job from a U.S. worker,’ which is absolutely not the case — which we know in Silicon Valley, but there a lot of places in the country that don’t have the same industry and infrastructure that we do here.”

An alphabet soup of visas


he struggle of doing business here as a non-U.S. citizen is defined by various visa codes that have become common jargon for immigrants in the valley. Many start as international students on the easy-to-obtain F (for attending a private elementary school, high school, college or university) or J-1 (research) visas. F visas last as long as the recipient is connected to a U.S. academic institution in some

way; J-1’s have an expiration date of three years. Tony Lai, an Oxford University graduate from England, came to Palo Alto on an F visa in 2010 to get a master’s in law, science and technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After graduating, he took advantage of the OPT visa, which offers an in-between resting point between the ease of student visas and the thorny reality of opting for longer-term immigration status.

“We’ve built a team here; we’ve built a home here with friends and communities; and what we’re building here, we plan to roll out here. We want to have a big impact on the legal system here in the states before we go out and spread this around the world. “Having the weight of the worry and stress around getting deported or not having an easy way to stay here — that stress surreptitiously weighs on you in a sense.” As Lai’s J-1 visa expiration date

‘I understand why there are some caps and why there are some visa safety issues, but I think it blocks a lot of high-potential people from coming to the states and growing the economy.’ —Anonymous entrepreneur from Germany During Lai’s OPT year, he worked at StartX, a nonprofit tech accelerator that supports Stanford entrepreneurs starting their own companies. This time gave him the necessary breathing room to develop his own company, LawGives, an online platform that aims to streamline the legal process for foreign entrepreneurs, connecting them with local immigration lawyers for free and providing support along the way. (See sidebar on page 25.) Luckily for Lai, Stanford considered LawGives research, allowing him to transition to a J-1 visa and three more years in the country. “To tell you the truth, having Stanford’s go ahead — it’s a huge weight off our shoulders,” Lai said of himself and his co-founder, a technology lawyer from Belgium who also studied law at Stanford.

approaches next year, he’s planning to go for an O-1 visa, one of the more difficult and expensive visa options. “Colloquially known as the ‘rockstar’ visa,” Lai said, the O-1 is for foreigners who are able to demonstrate outstanding ability and accomplishment in science, arts, education, business or athletics. It’s a notoriously complex visa that requires mountains of paperwork but is ideal for the entrepreneurial freedom it provides, Lai said. Unlike the H1-B, the O-1 visa does not tie the applicant to any employer or sponsor, and it does not include requirements like paying the recipient the prevailing wage. “Frankly, we would rather not pay ourselves anything close to

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Housing Affordability Join us for a lively, interactive and informative panel discussion on the difficulties faced by renters, homebuyers, and employers within the Palo Alto housing market. There is an acknowledgement that the availability of housing that is affordable in Palo Alto is a real challenge. What can be done to provide more housing that is affordable for residents at all economic levels? For future generations? How can the City’s Housing Element be part of the solution? Participate in the discussion as we identify potential opportunities and solutions to these challenges.

Speakers include: x Bena Chang, Silicon Valley Leadership Group x Genevieve Sharrow, MIG Consultants

What is Our Palo Alto? Fueled by input and participation from citizens, Our Palo Alto is a community conversation about our City’s future. These conversations will create opportunities for dialogue around Ideas, Action, and Design. Together we will discuss important ideas and programs, tackle the issues the community cares about, and design a long-term plan for the future.

When: April 28, 2014, 3-5 p.m. Where: Lucie Stern Community Center 1305 Middlefield Road When: April 30, 2014, 6-8 p.m. Where: Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real

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The City of Palo Alto is hosting four bike-along rides to help introduce and solicit information on proposed Bicycle Boulevard projects. Each of the Saturday rides will include a bicycle tour of proposed project sites with stops at key locations to allow residents an opportunity to provide input on improvements to be presented at future community meetings. Ê

UÊSaturday, April 26 @ 10AM, PALY Lot at Churchill Av & Castilleja Av Tour of the proposed Park Boulevard, Stanford Avenue, and Wilkie Way Bicycle Boulevard Projects. This tour also includes a tour of the Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard Update project between Palo Alto Avenue and East Meadow Drive.


UÊÊSaturday, May 3 @ 10AM, Addison School – Addison Street Entry Tour of the proposed Homer Avenue/Channing Avenue Enhanced Bikeway Project; and the Greer Road, Ross Road, Moreno Avenue-Amarillo Avenue Bicycle Boulevard projects.


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Bring the entire family out for fun bicycle ride and to help shape the design of the city’s future bicycle boulevard program projects. Design consultants Alta Planning + Design and Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants and Sandis Engineering will be on hand to guide the tours and answer questions regarding project development. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Palo Alto at (650) 329-2442 or TransportationDivision@

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the prevailing wage as we build this,” Lai said. “Every dollar counts. If you can use that dollar towards building the company rather than paying yourself, that’s always going to be better.” O-1 applicants must prove themselves as “extraordinary” to the government through publications, research, letters of recommendation, press coverage, conference attendances or presentations and the like. (Another option is if applicants have won a major, internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize.) The visa lasts for three years, but provisions allow for extensions, as long as the holder can continue

which is fine, but ... this is a problem because we’re raising money right now, so people ask, ‘What’s your status?’ And if you say, ‘Oh, I have no idea,’ they will back up because they don’t want to have that. It really limits you from starting a business, even (from) finding work here.” After spending five months and close to $8,000, getting rejected once, reapplying and putting his plans to start his company on hold, he finally received the coveted O-1. “Now I’m on the other side because I got my visa approved, but it was a five-month process where my co-founders were like, ‘What happens if you don’t get the visa? What are we going to do then?’” “It’s highly limiting,” he said of immigration processes. “I understand why there are some caps

‘This is a mecca for me and the things that I want to do.’ —Tony Lau, founder, LawGives to prove that he or she is still outstanding in his or her field. “(The O-1) is pretty difficult to use for a lot of the young people who are out there starting companies because they don’t have long track records, and I’m sure a lot of them are extraordinary, but the government is looking for documents like awards and presentations and those kind of things,” immigration lawyer Carson said. “It doesn’t necessarily work that well for people coming out of school and starting companies.” A Stanford University postdoctorate graduate from Germany who, facing the end of his J-1 research visa, recently applied for an O-1, came to an interview on a recent afternoon with his O-1 documentation in tow — a stack of papers about a foot high. He requested to remain anonymous in this article as he’s still in the midst of the immigration process. “I mean you can start a company (on a J-1), but you’re not able to work for the company, right? So you can do all the side work,

and why there are some visa safety issues, but I think it blocks a lot of high-potential people from coming to the states and growing the economy. In German, they’d say they’re ‘shooting their own leg.’” Many top Silicon Valley companies owe their origins to highpotential foreign-born entrepreneurs: Google co-founder Sergey Brin is from Russia; Intel’s Andrew Grove is from Hungary; Jerry Yang, who co-founded Yahoo with a fellow Stanford graduate student, hails from Taiwan. An oft-cited report published by The Partnership for a New American Economy in May 2012 pegs the amount of American Fortune 500 companies founded by an immigrant or child of an immigrant at more than 40 percent. The report also found that 75 percent of companies funded by American venture capital had “one core foreign born team member such as CEO, CTO or VP of Engineering.” These numbers speak to the spirit of Silicon Valley — that re-

gardless of what’s handed down from Capitol Hill, immigrants are determined to come here to dream big. “The people you see coming to Silicon Valley, they’re usually people that have some intelligence. ... They’ll figure out a way to hack the system,” Buckendorf of Blackbox said. “To come from another country, to come here to start a business, you have to be a little bit crazy, right? So immigration is not going to hold you back. If you have the motivation to do that, then you will find a way around immigration.” Tony Lai echoed Buckendorf’s sentiments, saying if he for some reason lost his immigration status and had to leave, he would make his career work — but it wouldn’t be the same. “This is a mecca for me and the things that I want to do,” he said. “It’s almost so aligned and fundamental to that aspirational part of immigration, which is to pursue your dreams,” he added. “Every single immigrant is always moving because they dream of something better. They dream of going to a better place where they can have the opportunities to be able to make something of themselves in a way they couldn’t possibly imagine where they were. “I think that dream is at the core of the American Dream, and I think at the core of this Silicon Valley dream.” N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ About the cover: The firm Blackbox offers a two-week intensive training session at a house in downtown Palo Alto to aspiring foreign entrepreneurs. Photo by Veronica Weber.

TALK ABOUT IT What experiences have you or your co-workers had with the immigration system? What do you think about the movement by tech leaders to change visa regulations and immigration law? Share your opinion on Town Square, the community discussion forum at

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Landscape photographer Carleton Watkins showed the American West to the world by Nick Veronin nally commissioned by Mollie Latham, wife to Californiaís sixth governor, Milton Slocum Latham. Altogether, the Lathams’ albums comprise a collection of images taken during Watkins’ multiple expeditions into the Yosemite Valley, as well as shots he took of industrial operations in the early days of the American West. The photographs include scenes of hydraulic mining, steamboats and logging outposts, up and down the West Coast, from California to Oregon, as well as many landscape portraits Watkins captured during his travels. “This is a really important show for Stanford and the Cantor Arts Center,” says Anna Koster, head of communications for the center. Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center, agreed, saying in a press release that the exhibit provides “an unparalleled opportunity to examine Watkinsí place in the history of photography, and to more fully understand

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Watkins was often commissioned to document industrial outposts, such as this operation in Nevada County, Calif., taken circa 1871. the critical role photography played in the preservation, promotion and development of the West.” Wolf adds that Stanford is an “apt home” for the collection, as Watkins and Leland Stanford were contemporaries, and that Watkins photographed the Stanford family. In fact, one of the last

images in the exhibit is a portrait of Leland Stanford Jr., after whom the university is named. Perusing the exhibit, which opened this week, it is plain to see how Watkins’ work could have moved Congress and President Abraham Lincoln to push for passage of the Yosemite Grant

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the West Coast with the initial goal of finding gold. But after arriving in 1851 he ended up working at a store in Sacramento, selling supplies to prospectors. He left the job after the store burned down, finding work in the studio of Robert H. Vance, where he learned the daguerreotype process. From there, he moved to another studio, owned by James May Ford, where he learned a different kind of photographic technology, the ambrotype, as well as wet plate collodion photography. He was soon paying his way through life as a portrait photographer. In his free time he took up landscape photography, which eventually led to commissioned work for industrialists seeking to document their endeavors, as well as collectors who wanted images from the American frontier. In his landscape photography Watkins used techniques he picked up from the great landscape painters of antiquity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seeking out geometric forms, recording the sweeping curves of rivers and mountain sides, capturing the reflection of rock formations in the lakes below, and playing with the full range of bright silver-white to the deep, dark blacks his camera trapped with its large, glass-plate negatives. Though he was not the first landscape photographer, he may have been the first great one, according to Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, curator of the exhibit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He really took the time to create an aesthetically balanced composition, but also one that really captures the character of the place,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell says â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;really setting an aesthetic standard.â&#x20AC;? Watkins was an influence on every great landscape photographer that followed him, including Ansel Adams, Mitchell says. His work was circulated throughout the United States and in Europe, and his photographs were often translated into engravings, which were printed in widely published books on Yosemite and other destinations. Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photographs of the Yosemite Valley are quite large, and were especially big for the time. Watkins commissioned someone, likely a cabinet maker, to construct a special camera, which he used to capture the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mammothâ&#x20AC;? 18- by 22-inch glass-plate negatives. The use of the large glass plates contributes to the detail of the images, which are much clearer and contain much more detail than a standard

point-and-shoot digital camera would be able to capture today, and may even surpass the fidelity of some mid-range professional cameras currently on the market. Some of the images are so crisp and detailed they take on a surreal quality, as deep blacks give way to bright silver and white tones with no gradation whatsoever. In a shot looking out from the shore of the Columbia River, the viewer can just about make out the individual whiskers of a man sitting in a boat, quite some distance from where Watkins and his photography equipment stood. Next to the man, a box of apples are clearly distinguishable, each individual piece of shiny fruit discernible from the next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extraordinary amount of detail,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell says. Considering the care it must have taken to transport the the custom camera, at least 100 glass plates and a collection of volatile and flammable photography chemicals down into the valley, adds to the wonder of the images. On a tour of the exhibit, Mitchell details how Watkins â&#x20AC;&#x153;was hauling a literal ton of equipmentâ&#x20AC;? on the backs of 12 pack mules on his 1865 trip to Yosemite. Further adding to the power of the collection is the condition of the prints. They are pristine. Mitchell says that is because they have mostly remained protected from the environment in the Latham family albums since they were first printed in the 1860s. A few of the photographs have been exhibited, but those showings have been few and far between, Mitchell says. And in the more than 75 years theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been kept by the Stanford University Libraries, only a few scholars and faculty have known of their existence. Since publicizing the exhibition, the photos have drawn wide attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had curators from all over the country come and look at them and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been amazed,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell says. N Arts and Entertainment Editor Nick Veronin can be emailed at Info:â&#x20AC;?Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albumsâ&#x20AC;? runs Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.) through Aug. 17. Admission is free. The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Go to museum. or call 650-723-4177.

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Dave Eggers will appear at Kepler’s Books this weekend to sign copies of his recent novel, “The Circle,” which was released in paperback earlier this week. “We’re looking forward to it,” said Pam Grange, events manager for Peninsula Arts and Letters, a non-profit organization, which frequently partners with Kepler’s by holding lectures, panel discussions, Dave Eggers will sign book signings and other copies of his novel, ‘The such events at the es- Circle,’ at Kepler’s. teemed local book store. “We’re just very excited that he’s going to be here. We love his books ... as well as all he’s given back to the community.” It seems the community is also looking forward to Eggers’ appearance. Since announcing the signing on April 17, more than 100 have RSVP’d for the event, Grange said. It is unusual for Kepler’s to take reservations for a book signing, according to Grange. But considering Eggers stature in the literary world, she said Kepler’s wanted to get a sense of how many people would show up. An RSVP is not necessary to show up to the free event, which begins at 3 p.m., Grange added. However, she recommended that people show up promptly if they want to get a copy of their book signed by the author. Copies of “The Circle” will be available for purchase at the store. The signing comes on the heels of the surprise announcement of Egger’s forthcoming book, “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?” — which his publisher, Knopf, revealed is scheduled for a June 17 release in an announcement earlier this month. The book signing is scheduled to run from 3-4 p.m., April 25, at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Admission is free. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Kepler’s website at and scroll down to the listing for the event.

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Music has a profound effect on how an audience perceives a film. A scene tracked with a lilting melody will feel far different than if it were backed by ominous ambient noise, or a somber, echoing piano. Pianist Nick i Kerns, a faculty member at the Mountain Viewbased Community School of Music Nicki Kerns will perform and Arts, knows this solo in ‘Celebrating Piano well. A professional in the Movies’ at the CSMA.

musician and longtime fan of the movies, Kerns will honor the role music plays in film with her solo performance concert, Celebrating Piano in the Movies, May 1 at the CSMA. “I wanted to do something that was different,” Kerns said, recalling how she came up with the idea for her concert. She started to consider the movies, noticing that her personal album collection was filled with film soundtracks and scores. “Music is a means of expression, just as speech is a means of expression,” Kerns said, highlighting her point by referring to the 1993 film, “The Piano,” in which the main character, who is mute, uses the piano to speak. “That idea intrigued me a great deal,” Kerns continued, explaining that she wanted to explore how music is used in movies “to really bring home what a character is thinking, what they’re feeling and what they’re trying to express.” Between the songs she performs, Kerns said she will explain how the melody, chord changes and rhythm of a given piece create different moods and feelings. She hopes the audience leaves the performance with a better understanding of how music and films work together. Kerns will perform pieces from “The Sting,” “The Firm,” “The Piano” and “The Legend of 1900” on May 1 at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, located at 230 San Antonio Circle, in Mountain View. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information go to or call 650-917-6800.

Parents Nursery School is celebrating the 90th birthday of long time teacher and friend, Virginia Debs with an Ice Cream Social! Sunday May 4 from 1-4 pm Parents Nursery School, 2328 Louis Rd, Palo Alto All current and former families are welcome! Please rsvp to We hope to see you there! In lieu of gifts, Virginia requests donations to PNS in her honor Tax ID: EIN 94-6000953

Art Artist collective welcoming summer A collective of Peninsula and South Bay artists, is celebrating the coming of summer with a seasonal group showing of art. The Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos kicks off its “Fun at Lake Tahoe,” a water“Hello Summer” color painting by Jan Grady. group exhibit with a wine and snacks reception on May 2. According to Nancy Calhoun, watercolor painter and publicist for the gallery, all of the pieces in the show are loosely organized around “things that make you think of summer.” The Viewpoints Gallery collective is composed of professional artists from Redwood City, down through Palo Alto and Mountain View and even on to Sunnyvale. Teresa Ruzzo, a pastelist with the gallery, said the group has been around since 1972, and prides itself on the diverse variety of artists in its community. The “Hello Summer” exhibit will feature oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings, mixed-media compositions, as well as pottery and jewelry. Calhoun said she hopes people will enjoy the variety and bright summery theme of the work in the exhibit. “For a lot of people, it’s been a long winter, and now there’s this gorgeous spring and all of a sudden, summer is right around the corner.” The exhibit runs from April 29 through May 31 at the Viewpoints Gallery, located at 315 State St., Los Altos. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The wine and snacks reception will be held May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 650-941-5789. ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓx]ÊÓä£{ÊU Page 31

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Nicolette Hahn Niman stands with her son, Nicholas, in the pasture of the Bolinas ranch where she and her husband Bill Niman raise cattle.

The unlikely cowgirl Author, lawyer, rancher and vegetarian Nicolette Hahn Niman squares off with meat industry in two books by Elena Kadvany


t first glance, Nicolette Hahn Niman is a walking contradiction. A vegetarian from Minnesota and former high-powered environmental lawyer who launched crusades against the U.S. meat industry, she’s now married to the founder of Niman Ranch, the Bay Area’s pioneering natural-beef purveyor, and has become a cattle rancher who passionately defends the production and consumption of beef. But a closer look reveals an unwavering commitment to her original career crusade: working at the intersection of public health, food and the environment to fight for a more just and sustainable meat industry. Hahn Niman will be speaking in Mountain View as part of a Peninsula Open Space Trust lecture series on Monday, April 28, about her experiences and the host of issues surrounding industrial meat production, all of which is encapsulated in a book she wrote in 2010 titled “Righteous Porkchop: Finding A Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms,” and a second one in the works called “Defending Beef.” “Righteous Porkchop” (originally written under the working title “The Unlikely Cowgirl”) is one part personal memoir and one part detailed expose on the dark evolution of America’s pork, poultry,

dairy and beef industries. The book follows Hahn Niman’s own discovery of these industries’ darkest practices after she took a job with Waterkeeper Alliance, a water-preservation organization led by Robert Kennedy, Jr., (who also penned the foreword to her book). Hahn Niman joined Waterkeeper’s legal team as senior attorney in 2000 and for the next two years became totally enveloped in the organization’s fight against factory meat farms — particularly hog farms whose waste-management practices create huge amounts of pollution, posing significant harm to water, animals, people and communities in the surrounding areas. In “Righteous Porkchop,” Hahn Niman brings readers on tours of North Carolina communities that are home to factory farms, which keep pigs crowded together and confined for their entire lives. She describes “barracks” in which pigs stand indoors at all times over slatted floors where their manure and urine collects until it’s combined with water and pushed out into large, open-air storage ponds known as manure lagoons. The waste is pumped into surrounding farmland, and evaporated pollutants get ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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into local rivers and water sources. The practice creates a permanent smell that not only permeates houses and laundry hanging outdoors, but has dangerous health impacts. She cites Environmental Protection Agency documents that show nationwide, 1.5 billion pounds of nitrogen from manure lagoons and another 880 million pounds of nitrogen from liquefied manure spread on land and ends up in surface water after first evaporating into the air. Hog operations also emit 70,000 tons of hydrogen sulfide gas, 296,000 tons of methane and 127,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year. “I’d now had my first up-close glimpse of our modern, industrial food system, and I didn’t like what I was seeing,” Hahn Niman writes. “I was witnessing how corporations have been quietly but radically altering how our food is produced.” Since then, she has committed herself to reversing this massive industry shift. “... my raison d’etre became remaking the modern food system,” she writes. During her time with Waterkeeper, she filed numerous major lawsuits against big agribusiness companies that were violating anti-pollution laws and organized national “hog summits” to raise awareness about best practices and reform in the meat and farming industries. She said she wrote “Righteous Porkchop” in part because she, Page 34ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓx]ÊÓä£{ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

like many Americans, was previously blissfully unaware of the way the food she ate was being produced. (Though she did make the decision to cut out meat from her diet well before her first-hand exposure to factory farming, while a biology major in college.) “When I started working on it, I was always so shocked by the situation, and then I was also shocked that I didn’t know about it,” she said. “And then I was continually reminded of that by my conversations I was having with ordinary people that weren’t involved in that field — whether it was my family or friends or whatever, I would describe what I was working on and they just kept saying, ‘What? That doesn’t seem possible. All of my bacon is raised that way?’ So that’s when I decided I had to write that book because I just really realized that a big part of the problem was that people didn’t understand how their food was being produced.” The book is a heavy condemnation of the meat industry, but Hahn Niman, even as a vegetarian, does not argue for a total rejection of meat. Rather, she advocates for the sustainable, return-to-roots best practices exemplified by a select few meat farms across the nation. One of these farms is Niman Ranch, started by natural-meat pioneer Bill Niman in Northern California in the 1970s. Niman Ranch disrupted industry norms, then and now, by raising livestock humanely, outdoors as much as possible, strictly on grass until

they’re fully matured. Right before slaughter, they’re fed all-natural grain. This model produces meat that quickly became highly regarded for its superior flavor and quality. Today, restaurants as high-end as Chez Panisse and as low-brow as Chipotle use Niman Ranch beef, pork and lamb, being sure to point out its origin on their menus. She encountered Bill Niman infrequently during her time at Waterkeeper, but was well-aware of his existence as the “rare golden child in a meat industry riddled with bad boys,” she writes. Their courtship begins with him eventually asking her to have dinner one night in New York City (with Hahn Niman admitting her meatless ways, something she avoided in other interactions with meat purveyors). Coinciding with leadership changes at Waterkeeper, Hahn Niman soon decided to end her high-powered legal career and move with Bill to the original Niman Ranch in Bolinas, a small town just up the coast from San Francisco. The couple currently lives in a very modest house on the picturesque 1,000-acre property with rolling green hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean with their two young sons, two Great Danes and a herd of breeding cattle and turkeys. (The ranch has been known as “BN Ranch” since 2007, when Bill severed all ties with the original company after changes in leadership impacted the cattleraising process.) Hahn Niman’s new husband

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Nicolette Hahn Niman sits in her coastal Northern California home. She moved from the East Coast to Bolinas after marrying Bill Niman, founder of Bay Area natural-beef purveyor Niman Ranch and home introduced her to the intricacies, both good and bad, of the beef industry. All-things-beef became the topic of her forthcoming book, “Defending Beef,” to be published this October. The book aims to debunk widely held beliefs about cows from both environmental and consumer perspectives, she said. “A lot of what my book is arguing is that there’s this idea now that’s been so embedded in the modern environmental ethic that animals in the landscape are damaging,” Hahn Niman said. Cattle are criticized for contributing to global warming because they cause methane, for depleting

water supplies and overgrazing, which is associated with erosion and land degradation. “The idea is that if you actually manage them appropriately, and especially if you try to mimic the way the wild animal herds functioned, then you can actually keep a landscape more as it would have been in its natural state before humans came, better than any other way. There’s no better way to do that,” she said. “So rather than thinking of cattle as environmental destroyers, you can think of them as the best way to maintain the ecosystem that’s intended to be here.” She also writes in “Righteous

Porkchop” that “even the worst aspects of modern cattle raising are less troubling than the daily norm at industrial poultry, hog, and dairy operations,” though many think of beef as the most problematic. Cattle have tradi-

tionally spent much of their time outdoors on spacious grassland, much more in touch with nature than most pigs or chickens. Hahn Niman also advocates for a re-thinking of red meat, widely stigmatized for its high-fat content and disease-causing impacts. “It’s become so entrenched in the medical and public health community to think of these things as bad, that the only time you’ll ever see the words red meat, ever, in a public health or medical pamphlet is ‘limit your consumption of,’” she said. But she argues — as an increasing number of people from public health communities have, too — that saturated fats shouldn’t be condemned, and eating them in moderation can be good for you. The anti-fat, anti-meat arguments also might ring true with mass-produced meat from livestock raised in inhumane conditions, but Hahn Niman said it shouldn’t apply if the animals are raised properly. “The whole way that we raise (animals) increasingly has nothing to do with how they’re meant to live, what they’re meant to eat, what they’re meant to do every day,” she said. “So when you take the food from those animals, whether it’s the eggs or milk or their meat, those foods are not going to be the same foods they would have been.” Though the meat industry is

slow to reform, Hahn Niman said the best thing consumers can do is question where their meat is coming from — and with the local abundance of farmer’s markets, the rise of farm-to-table restaurants and a broader awareness about the food we eat, there’s no place easier to do that than the Bay Area. “To my fellow humans, I make the following plea: Do not thoughtlessly eat foods from animals,” she writes in “Righteous Porkchop.” “Know the source. Question the methods. There is great power is posing the following simple question to grocery stores, restaurants and farmers: ‘How was this raised?’”N

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. (No 2 p.m. on Fri.) Century 20: 11:45 a.m., 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Haunted House 2 (R) Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8:10 & 10:40 p.m. Heaven Is For Real (PG) Century 16: 9:15, 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 1:55, 4:30, 7:05 & 9:40 p.m. The Lunchbox (PG) ((( Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:20, 7 & 9:35 p.m. (No 1:45 p.m. Sat.; No 9:35 p.m. Sun.) Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:30 & 6:55 p.m.

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Noah (PG-13) Century 16: 12:55 & 7 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 3:45, 7 & 10:15 p.m. Only Lovers Left Alive (R) 7:20 & 10:15 p.m.

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The Other Woman (PG-13) Century 16: 9, 10:20, 11:40 a.m., 1, 2:20, 3:40, 5, 6:20, 7:40, 9 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:30, 9 & 10:20 p.m. Particle Fever (Not Rated) Aquarius Theatre: 1:30, 3:45, 6 & 8:30 p.m. (No 1:30 p.m. on Fri.) The Quiet Ones (PG-13) Century 16: 9:45 a.m., 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. The Railway Man (R) p.m. Sun.)

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Rio 2 (G) (( Century 16: 9, 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:25 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:15 p.m. In 3D at 12:35, 3:15 & 6 p.m. (No 12:35 or 3:15 3D Sat.) Transcendence (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 2:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 12:35, 1:55, 3:30, 4:55, 6:25, 7:50, 9:25 & 10:45 p.m. Under the Skin (R) Century 20: 8:45 p.m.

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Walking With the Enemy (Not Rated) Century 16: 9:55 a.m., 12:50, 3:50, 7 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:40, 4:35, 7:35 & 10:35 p.m. Witness to Murder (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 3:45 & 7:30 p.m. (No 3:45 p.m. Fri.)

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Transcendence --1/2 The science-fiction chiller “Transcendence” is as silly as it is sinister. But since it’s also the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister — an Oscar winner for “Inception” — “Transcendence” has a sobriety of tone that effectively works against its inner mad scientist. Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a superstar scientist in the field of artificial intelligence who falls victim to a terrorist group called R.I.F.T. (Revolutionary Independence From Technology). Encouraged by the recent “upload” of a rhesus monkey, Will’s wife and fellow researcher Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) determines to preserve her dying husband’s consciousness within his PINN (Physically Integrated Neural Network) supercomputer and, more worryingly, cyberspace. The Casters’ best friend — ethically oriented colleague Max Waters (Paul Bettany) — agrees to help Evelyn, despite his qualms. It’s one thing if Will’s entire consciousness survives the upload, Max muses, but what if they miss even one key memory or moral compass point? When Will 2.0 comes online, Max almost instantly decides his worst fears are about to be realized, and soon he finds himself aligned with R.I.F.T. (represented by Kate Mara’s Bree) against Evelyn. What keeps “Transcendence” from being just another goofball riff on HAL 9000 or Skynet is the human element, the hybridization of man and computer that has come to define the direction of our modern world. Jack Paglen’s script (reportedly polished by Pfister) raises stakes of a potential extinction-level event, but it also deals with the groundlevel melodrama of Evelyn’s confused, enabling state of grief and the ambiguity of Will’s afterlife as a ghost in the machine. Those ideas, though not developed to an audience’s satisfaction, help to define “Transcendence” as a mildly frustrating but never dull two hours. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality. One hour, 59 minutes. — P.C.

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Sun – Tues, and Thurs Railway Man – 1:40, 4:30, 7:15 4/27 – 4/29, 5/1 Lunchbox – 1:45, 4:20, 7:00 WEDS ONLY 4/30

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For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in this weekly directory, call: 650-326-8210 Summer at Saint Francis

Athletics Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps


Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nuturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Camps, ages 4-6; Juniors Camps, ages 6-14. 650.400.0464

City of Mountain View Swim Lessons

Mountain View

Rengstorff and Eagle Park Pools We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months to 14 years. Following the American Red Cross swim lesson program, students are divided into one of the 11 different levels taught by a certified instructor. Rengstorff Park Pool, 201 S Rengstorff Ave and Eagle Park Pool, 650 Franklin St. 650.903.6331

Club Rec Juniors & Seniors

Mountain View

Club Rec Juniors and Seniors is open for youth 6-11 years old.These traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Weekly overnight and day camps offered throughout June, July and August for boys & girls ages 6-18. Options for all ability levels, great Nike prizes and camp t-shirt. Adult weekend clinics offered in June and August. Come join the fun and GET BETTER THIS SUMMER! 1.800.NIKE.CAMP (645.3226)

Palo Alto Elite Volleyball Club

Menlo Park/Palo Alto

In our 7th year, a community club with close ties to the schools we offer volleyball camps for girls, grades 3 - 12. From basics for beginners to advanced techniques for High School. Located at Arrillaga Family Gym (MP). Brush up on skills, get ready for school tryouts.

The Sacred Heart Sports Camp


Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camp designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skills and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. 650.968.1213 x650

Arts, Culture, Other Camps Camp Boogaloo & Camp Zoom

Mountain View

These new Summer Day Camps are sure to keep your kids busy! Camp Boogaloo, open to youth 6-11 years old, will be held at Castro Park, 505 Escuela Ave. Camp Zoom, open to youth 9-12 years old, will be held at Crittenden Athletic Field, 1500 Middlefield Road. Both of these traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! 650.903.6331

Castilleja Summer Camp

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Day Camp offers a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama, and music classes each day and weekly field trips. 650.328.3160

City of Mountain View

Mountain View

Recreation Division Discover fun with us this summer through the many programs available with the City of Mountain View Recreation Division. From sports to traditional day camps, to cooking camps, dance camps and art camps... we have it all! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Grades K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, School of Rock, Digital Arts, more! Oneand two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. 650.917.6800 ext. 0

powered by Hi-Five Sports Club Hi-Five Sports is thrilled to present our third multi-sport competitive summer camp to the San Francisco Bay Area! Through experienced, passionate, and patient coaching, we believe the timeless lessons that only sports can teach with stay with the kids for the rest of their lives. camp/bayarea_camp_summer_camp_atherton/ 650.362.4975

Deer Hollow Farm Wilderness Camps

Spartans Sports Camp

Exciting activities for kindergarteners through teens include swimming, field trips, sports and more. Enroll your child in traditional or special focus camps like Computer Animation, Baking, Urban Art & Murals, Outdoor Exploration and many others! 650.223.8622

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 as well as sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. New this year are cheerleading camps for grades Pre-K - 8. Camps begin June 9th and run weekly through August 1st at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. Register today! www. 650.479.5906

Stanford Baseball Camps


Stanford Baseball Camps have gained national recognition as the some of the finest in the country. These camps are designed to be valuable and beneficial for a wide range of age groups and skill sets. From the novice 7 year-old, to the Division 1, professionally skilled high school player, you will find a camp that fulfills your needs. 650.723.4528

Stanford Water Polo


Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or fully day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, scrimmages and games. 650.725.9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all-sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessions available. 650.968.1213 x650

Summer Sports Camp@SportsHouse

Redwood City

All sports camp for kids ages 6-13 at SportsHouse from June 16 - August 15. Full day of fun, all summer long. Lunch included. After camp care optional. 650.362.4100

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

Children ages 6-14 can meet the livestock, help with farm chores, explore a wilderness preserve and have fun with crafts, songs and games. Older campers conclude the week with a sleepover at the Farm. Near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 280 650.903.6331

J-Camp Oshman Family JCC

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades 1st to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! New this year: Sports Adventure Camp, JV for the younger athletes and Varsity for the older sports enthusiasts! We introduce FAME - Fine arts, Music and Entertainment -- a 4-week opportunity for the artists. Returning is Operation Chef for out of this world cooking fun! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! Register online. 650.493.2361

TechKnowHow® Computer and LEGO® Summer Camp

Palo Alto Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-16. Courses include LEGO® projects with motors, K’NEX®, NXT® Robotics, Arduino™, iPad® Movie Making and Game Design. Classes feature high-interest, ageappropriate projects which teach technology and science skills. Half and Full day options. Early bird and multiple week discounts are also available.

YMCA of Silicon Valley What makes Y camps different?



We believe every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Y campers experience the outdoors, make new friends and have healthy fun in a safe, nurturing environment. They become more confident and grow as individuals, and they learn value in helping others. We offer day, overnight, teen leadership and family camps. Financial assistance is available. Get your summer camp guide at camp 408.351.6400

Academics Early Learning Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto/ Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new) test-taking skills. Call or visit our site for details. 650.424.1267; 925.485.5750

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills

Two Six-Week Summer Sessions beginning June 10. These sessions are perfect for university students returning from summer break who need to pick up a class and high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who want to get an early start. 650.949.7362

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics – focusing on math, language arts and science – and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. 408.553.0537

iD Tech Camps and iD Tech Academies


Take interests further and gain a competitive edge! Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer programs. Held at Stanford and others. Also 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Film Academy for Teens


Discover how filmmaking or photography can lead to a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs for ages 13-18. Held at UC Berkeley, Yale, and NYU. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Game Academy for Teens Design & Development

Stanford/ Bay Area

Instead of just playing games, design and develop your own. 2-week, precollege summer programs in game design, development, programming, and 3D modeling. Also week long camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Programming Academy for Teens

Stanford/ Bay Area

Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs in programming, app development, and robotics engineering. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

ISTP’s Language Immersion Summer Camp

Palo Alto

ISTP Summer Camp is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to spend their summer break learning or improving in a second language. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language of proficiency. Our camp offers many immersion opportunities and consists of a combination of language classes and activities taught in the target language. Sessions are available in French, Mandarin and Chinese and English ESL and run Monday through Friday, 8am to 3:30pm with additional extending care from 3:30pm to 5:30pm 650-251-8519

Mid-Peninsula High School

Menlo Park

Summer at Mid-Pen includes 5 weeks of diverse classes designed to keep students engaged in learning. Our summer classes have two purposes: to offer interesting electives and allow students to complete missing high school credit. Summer session runs from June 23 to July 24, 2014 650.321.1991

Stanford Explore: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


EXPLORE biomedical science at Stanford! Stanford EXPLORE offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn from Stanford professors and graduate students about diverse topics in biomedical science, including bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology and many others.

Stratford School - Camp Socrates

Palo Alto/Bay Area

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun--that’s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin June 23 and end August 8, with option to attend all seven weeks, or the first four (June 23July 18). Full or half-day, morning or afternoon programs available. Perfect for grades preschool through 8th. 17 campuses throughout Bay Area. 650.493.1151

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! 650.968.1213 x446

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Home Front E-WASTE FUNDRAISER ... The Ohlone Green team will hold an e-waste fundraiser as part of Ohlone Elementary School’s Earth Week events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at 950 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto (between Louis and Greer roads). This year, the team will accept metals and appliances for the first time. For a list of accepted materials, visit COMPOST BASICS ... The City of Palo Alto is offering a free “Compost Basics Workshop” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. It will focus on building healthy soil and minimizing fertilizer and water use. Information: workshops or call 408-918-4640 GROW A FLOWER GARDEN ... Lanette Anderson, Hidden Villa’s flower farmer, will offer a class on “Growing a Cut Flower Garden” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Anderson will cover which flowers keep in arrangements, how to harvest for continual blooms, bouquet-making skills and more. Cost is $50. Flower starts will be available for purchase after class. Information: or call 650-9498650 WATER + VEGGIES ... Rosalind Creasy, landscape designer and edible plant expert, will teach a class called “Save Water and Have Your Vegetables Too” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Creasy will review which vegetable crops are best to grow in a drought and which techniques use the least amount of water. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or GLUTEN FREE, SERIOUS SALADS AND MORE ... Upcoming cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School include “Gluten Free Vegan Soups” (Tuesday, April 29, Ron Kent); “Italian Cooking: Pasta Fresca!” (Wednesday, April 30, Stefania Filigheddu); and “Serious Salads” (Thursday, May 1, Cindy Roberts). All classes are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarca-

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On the historical home tour on May 4, visitors can see the architectural details of this Charles Sumnerdesigned home, as well as how the homeowner has brought in new elements, such as the lighting fixtures in the dining room (far left) to complement the originals. The exterior, above, offers a charming, curved roofline. A niche in the living room, left, was painted a darker gray.

A rare glimpse of history Stanford historic house and garden tour lets people reimagine the past by Carol Blitzer | photos by Veronica Weber


hat drew Garth Saloner, dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, to the 1927 Charles K. Sumnerdesigned home on campus a year ago was the beautiful light and green setting — not to mention how well the rooms flowed for entertaining. Located on a cul-de-sac once called “Biz Hill,” the area could now easily be dubbed “Dean’s Dell,” given that his closest neighbors are the deans of humanities and the law school. Saloner’s home is among five pre-1930s historic homes that will be open to the public on May 4. The tour is a fundraiser for the Stanford Historical Society’s Historic House Project, which documents early campus houses. Without changing the exterior or breaking down any walls, he’s been working with Los Gatos interior designer Brian Mccann to “keep the original, but move it forward,” Saloner said. “One of the things I love in the entrance hall is the graciousness

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of scale,” he said, pointing to the large entry space that lies between the living room and dining room. “Every room should have a window that an old lady can read by,” Saloner said, paraphrasing a famous Charles Sumner comment, and his home is no exception. Each room is surrounded by light, as well as a view of the outdoors. Guests can easily congregate in the step-down living room, move through the entry hall and gather again at the dining room. The custom-made dining table seats 12, but can easily be extended to 16. Guests have even been seated at a round table for 10 in the entrance hall, separated only by an archway. Tile was removed from the area between dining room and patio, and the original hardwood flooring was discovered underneath. That’s been refinished, providing continuity between the dining room and the outdoor spaces. Most of the changes to his historic home have been cosmetic, but all have been made with that eye to “keep the original, but move it for-

ward,” he said. New light fixtures, including amber-glass wall sconces, look like they’ve been there since 1927, as do the push-button light switches. The original beams in the living-room ceiling have been “distressed,” and a fire guard was custom made to fit the old fireplace. Throughout the public spaces, many tones of gray were employed, with darker shades in a niche in the living room. The result is a very calm, very elegant feel — without being the least bit boring. The kitchen had already been updated, with granite counters and white, painted cabinetry. Under Saloner’s watch, a Sub-Zero refrigerator was built in, with glass-fronted cabinets surrounding the top, and other new appliances brought in. Down the hall are what would have been used as a ladies’ parlor and a men’s parlor, separated by a bathroom. Today these rooms are a guest bedroom and a cozy den, wood-paneled but paint-stained a light gray with the grain showing through.

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What: Historic Houses Reimagined: Ninth annual Stanford Historical Society House & Garden Tour When: Sunday, May 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Where: Five houses on Stanford campus Cost: $35; pick up tickets at tour registration desk near Parking Structure 6, 560 Wilbur Way Parking: Free parking in A and C spaces; a free shuttle stops near the registration desk Info:





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Palo Alto homes spending less time on the market by Hadar Guibara


he housing market in Palo Alto for the first two months of 2014 is holding fairly steady in most categories compared to the same period in 2013. One exception that stands out is a significantly reduced number of days on the market this year for single-family homes. In the first two months of both 2013 and 2014, 52 homes were sold in Palo Alto. But in 2014, those homes stayed on the market for an average of 60 days, 43 percent less time than the average 105 days it took for a home to sell in January-February 2013. For the whole of 2013, however, average days on the market was 52, down from 70 in 2012. Many variables come into play in determining how long homes sit on the market, but taking the last two years into account, we’re seeing a definite increase in how fast homes are selling. Here are some contributors to the increased rate of home sales in Palo Alto: Increased wealth of buyers. As the economy as a whole and the tech market in particular pulls further out of the recent recession, individuals have more cash to spend. This equates to more choices on where to live. When the Palo Alto real-estate market bottomed out in 2009, it wasn’t because no one wanted to move here. It was because fewer people could afford it. Now, it seems that trend is reversing. More qualified buyers equals more (and better) of-

fers than are usually seen during a slow economy. An influx of offers from a larger pool of buyers means that people selling their homes have to wait less time before the right deal passes before them. Fewer homes on the market. While January and February in 2013 and 2014 saw an equal number of Palo Alto homes sold (52), full-year stats from 2012 and 2013 tell a different story. Total units sold in 2013 was 609, a 23 percent decrease from 792 in 2012, a year that had homes spending an average of 70 days on the market.

Eager buyers with sound offers get the homes of motivated sellers off the market fast. Fewer homes available and more buyers who are flush with cash means that sealing the deal with the best offer is in most cases easier and quicker for homeowners. Rebounding home prices attract investors. While the number of homes sold in Palo Alto in 2013 dropped from the previous year, the average 2013 sold price of homes was $1,775,881, up nearly 25 percent from 2012. For the first two months of this year, average sold prices are ahead of the same period in 2013 by close to 4 percent, with the biggest sales seasons still ahead of us. All indicators point to a gradual rise

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in home prices, and those who have the money are buying up homes as prime investments in what they consider a stable and growth-oriented market. Eager buyers with sound offers get the homes of motivated sellers off the market fast. The majority of people purchasing homes in Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley are American citizens, although in the last few years, we’ve seen a large influx of highly motivated Asian investors purchasing homes here. In fact, home investment money from China is now second only to that from Canada on the list of international cash moving into our real-estate market. Many Chinese investors are looking to remove their capital from their country and put it in what they feel is a much safer market. Shrewd business and tech leaders in China are buying up hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bay Area properties solely as investments, because of a firm belief that those investments will pay off handsomely over time. Others are buying in order to relocate here, attracted by our outstanding schools where they’ll send their children as well as opportunities in the vast range of high-tech companies located within Silicon Valley. In conclusion, in March there were 42 homes for sale in Palo Alto. Prices range from $11,988,000 for a 9,508square-foot estate with seven bedrooms to an $800,000 two-bedroom condo. It will be interesting to watch how the inventory level shifts in the coming months, and see if the trend of fewer days on market continues or if an increased number of homes are sold. N Hadar Guibara is a Realtor and corporate relocation specialist for Sereno Group Real Estate, Los Altos.

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East Palo Alto are black and white photographs from the house’s era, including one in the kitchen by Alfred Eisenstaedt of children watching a puppet show. Outside, the landscape is dominated by a huge heritage oak as well as several sycamores, which die back in winter but completely fill out by summer. A few remnants of times past remain: A large urn was left by Jing Lyman, wife of former Stanford President Richard Lyman, from when they owned the home before moving into Hoover House; a curved piece of marble sits under a sycamore tree, a relic of the 1906 earthquake. Saloner likes to climb up to address a backyard crowd from there. The other San Juan neighborhood homes featured on this year’s tour include: ■ a 1909 design by John Bakewell Jr. with a double-gabled, half-timbered façade; ■ a 1914 English country cottage with neoclassical details. This home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, designed by Stanford art professor Arthur B. Clark in collaboration with the first owner; ■ a 1926 “storybook” house by Charles K. Sumner updated to include extensive entertaining space; and ■ a 1928 Birge Clark design with colorful tilework. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at cblitzer@

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $380,000 Highest sales price: $713,000

Menlo Park

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,305,000 Highest sales price: $4,873,500

Los Altos

Total sales reported: 15 Lowest sales price: $1,250,000 Highest sales price: $5,700,000

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $1,920,000 Highest sales price: $2,625,000

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $391,000 Highest sales price: $2,330,000

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HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

East Palo Alto 927 Mouton Circle R. Sharma to Cherrybomb Exchange for $713,000 on 3/17/14; previous sale 8/04, $655,000 453 E. O’keefe St. #208 S. & Y. Lee to C. Fichou for $380,000 on 3/14/14; previous sale 11/13, $325,000

Los Altos 1432 Brookmill Road Ashkenazi Trust to J. Moutsanas for $2,200,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 6/05, $1,462,500 51 Cody Lane Big Trust to E. Sanders for $2,625,000 on 4/4/14; previous sale 12/01, $1,315,000 1984 Knollwood Lane B. & I. Sarmiento to R. Yeh for $1,920,000 on 4/2/14; previous sale 2/02, $970,000 980 University Ave. J. Kim to W. & T. Herby for $2,015,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 6/05, $1,420,000

Menlo Park 951 Berkeley Ave. Joy Trust to Chang Trust for $4,873,500 on 3/18/14 2332 Eastridge Ave. C. Liu to K. Powers for $1,305,000 on 3/19/14; previous sale 4/11, $880,000

Mountain View 909 Arietta Drive Sierra Vista Park to J. Ajlouni for $938,500 on 3/25/14 414 Burgoyne St. R. Russ to G. Storey

for $901,000 on 4/3/14; previous sale 7/90, $260,000 331 Carmelita Drive Jacob Trust to A. Roper for $2,330,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 12/11, $1,495,000 938 Clark Ave. #62 K. McLaughlin to Thompson Trust for $725,000 on 4/3/14; previous sale 7/01, $360,000 505 Cypress Point Drive #53 C. Stevenson to Y. Chiam for $445,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 2/06, $335,000 183 Del Medio Ave. #312 Malane Trust to Realands Development for $391,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 6/91, $131,000 181 Georgetown Court Yee Trust to A. & R. Gupta for $900,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 12/05, $654,500 841 Jackson St. P. Meijer to M. & S. Hawawini for $1,000,000 on 4/4/14; previous sale 6/04, $550,000 13170 Lorene Court J. Quickstad to W. & K. Hewlett for $1,995,000 on 4/2/14 905 W. Middlefield Road #991 S. Caspersen to S. Zhang for $585,000 on 4/3/14 1943 Mt. Vernon Court #207 M. North to S. Orlov for $625,000 on 4/2/14; previous sale 12/04, $400,000 831 Runningwood Circle Egan Trust to N. & R. Loiwal for $1,700,000 on 3/28/14 861 Runningwood Circle R. Poling to M. Mital for $1,165,000 on 4/2/14; previous sale 12/11, $789,000

Palo Alto 863 Altaire Walk B. Jung to E. Liang for $1,250,000 on 4/4/14; previous sale 12/09, $728,000 649 Ashton Ave. M. Tussman to Rostami Trust for $1,690,000 on 4/2/14 1252 Byron St. Fletcher Trust to Opal Point Holdings for $2,000,000 on

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3/26/14; previous sale 11/94, $428,500 1140 S. California Ave. J. Penn to S. & Y. Wang for $2,200,000 on 3/26/14 325 Channing Ave. #118 R. Balwani to K. Skidmore for $2,050,000 on 3/28/14 800 E. Charleston Road #14 L. Fan to L. Teng for $1,350,000 on 4/3/14; previous sale 3/93, $311,000 316 El Verano Ave. Silberling Trust to Patwardhan Trust for $1,790,500 on 4/3/14; previous sale 8/95, $390,000 544 Everett Ave. Prince Trust to R. & A. Murkins for $1,300,000 on 4/2/14; previous sale 6/89, $270,000 312 Fulton St. C. & L. Leibman to S. Smith for $2,675,000 on 4/3/14; previous sale 11/09, $1,750,000 4178 King Arthur Court Bayside Health & Wealth to K. Guericke for $2,825,500 on 3/27/14; previous sale 4/11, $1,955,000 795 La Para Ave. Written Trust to Y. Yuan for $2,100,000 on 4/4/14 812 Lincoln Ave. Rosewood Development to Steckler Trust for $5,600,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 2/12, $2,086,000 773 Newell Road Miller Trust to F. Yeung for $1,600,000 on 4/3/14; previous sale 3/98, $500,000 4155 Old Trace Road J. & W. Vanderbeek to Ar Trust for $5,700,000 on 4/1/14; previous sale 8/06, $5,500,000 684 Wellsbury Way Donahoo Trust to J. Buzi for $1,500,000 on 4/4/14

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2111 Hastings Shore Lane Millard Trust to Ma Trust for $660,000 on 3/19/14; previous sale 5/02, $418,000 137 Madison Ave. V. Barrientos to K. Lee for $739,000 on 3/17/14; previous sale 7/03, $440,000 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1918 One Marina Homes to C. Ikokwu for $743,500 on 3/14/14 1544 Union Ave. Hirotsu Trust to M. Chen for $745,000 on 3/17/14

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BY APPOINTMENT PORTOLA VALLEY 3bd/3+ba, 3-level home on 18+/-ac with unobstructed views. Elevator, wine cellar, 2bd guest unit. $19,800,000



OPEN SUNDAY PALO ALTO 136 Kingsley Ave Stylish 5bd/4ba custom home in desirable Old Palo Alto. Gated private 10,000+/-sf lot. Great location. $3,980,000



OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY PORTOLA VALLEY 1234 Los Trancos Rd LEED certified home. 2600+/-sf, 4bd/3.5ba, guest quarters, media room, solar electric, 3-car garage. $2,500,000



BY APPOINTMENT PALO ALTO Stately 5bd/3.5ba home that blends European and Asian influences. Pool, spa and tennis court. $5,888,000



OPEN SUNDAY WOODSIDE 245 Brookwood Rd 5+bd/4ba home on 1.6+/-ac. Beautiful grounds, pool, patio with expansive views of the bay. $3,950,000



OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY PALO ALTO 1621 Portola Ave Charming 4 bedroom, 3 bath 1925 Tudor Revival home in desirable Southgate neighborhood. $2,395,000



BY APPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS HILLS One-of-a-kind 5bd/5.5ba estate with European craftsmanship. Pool, spa and spectacular views. $4,850,000



BY APPOINTMENT MENLO PARK Beautifully remodeled 4bd/3ba property with high-end finishes. Close to downtown Menlo Park. $3,488,000



OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY LOS ALTOS 1503 Topar Ave Beautiful 4bd/3ba Mediterranean-style home, 3034+/-sf, near the Los Altos Country Club. $2,198,000

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Two Distinguished Realtors Two Renowned Companies One Outstanding Team

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10 Franciscan Ridge, Por tola Valley 4 bedroom | 3 bath Offered for $2,650,000

10 F r a n c i s c a n . c o m Experience extraordinary views from this 4 bedroom, 3 bath contemporary home in the Portola Valley Ranch community. The spacious home features clean architectural lines, vaulted ceilings and expansive windows that frame views of the pristine natural setting and hills beyond. The 2-level floor plan opens to multiple decks from most rooms for ease of entertaining and enjoyment of the outdoors.

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Fabulous Atrium Style Eichler Sophisticated light-filled and contemporary atrium model Eichler in Midtown neighborhood. The bright and open floor plan features slate and bamboo floors throughout, walls of windows. Enter through the open air atrium with abundance of light. Cathedral ceilings continue through the living room. The spectacular contemporary kitchen showcases GE Monogram refrigerator, double oven, abundant storage, 3 dishwashers, ice maker & stainless counters. Dramatic baths, freshly landscaped family friendly yard, attached 2-car garage. Close to the YMCA, Mid-town shops and restaurants, 4 parks, JCC, Eichler Swim and Tennis Club and transportation routes. Award winning Palo Alto Schools make this a perfect home. 4 4 BR, 2 ½ BA 4 2008 SF 4 6996 SF lot

Offered for $1,988,000 | | (650) 450-1912 | CalBRE # 01396779                                           

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Ken DeLeon DŝĐŚĂĞůRepka CALBRE# 01342140 CALBRE# 01854880


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Barron Park Charmer

Quiet location with lovely landscaping in desirable Barron Park HIGHLIGHTS


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Well maintained 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home Living space is 2,300 sq.ft (buyers to verify) Lot size of 6,800 sq. ft (per city) Beautiful hardwood floors Separate master suite includes two rooms, walk-in closet, balcony with tree line views, full bathroom • Updated kitchen with breakfast bar • Family room with sliding doors that open to a large aggregate patio, and a heated lap pool with automatic cover and pool lights

• Many skylights • Active neighborhood association with events and block parties • Walking distance to Gunn High School • Palo Alto schools

Virtual tour site:

LISTED BY Jane Volpe

License# 01330133

Cell: 650.380.4507

Midtown Realty, Inc. • 2775 Middlefield Road • Phone: 650.321.1596 • WWW.MIDTOWNPALOALTO.COM

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5 BR 4 BA | ±3,800 SF | ±12,480 SF Lot Beautiful, Traditional, Colonial Stunning Chef’s Kitchen | Pool & Spa | Resort-Like Grounds | Palo Alto Schools Offered at $2,895,000

PRIME OLD PALO ALTO | OVERSIZED LOT | OFF MARKET ±2,096 SF | ±10,395 SF Lot BEST LAND PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT IN OLD PALO ALTO Offered at $3,998,000 Call Zach for details

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Spacious Townhouse with Los Altos Schools

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Miles McCormick 650.400.1001

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JUDY CITRON  650.543.1206 License# 01825569

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Five bedroom home with a gorgeous backyard



Ken DeLeon DŝĐŚĂĞůRepka CALBRE# 01342140 CALBRE# 01854880


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South Palo Alto Gem!



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Ranch-style Home Designed For Easy Living!



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Los Altos Hills Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $3,150,000 27791 Edgerton Rd Privately located, stunning views, High vaulted ceilings, Palo Alto Schools! 5 BR/3.5 BA Alexandra von der Groeben CalBRE #00857515 650.325.6161

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,029,000 932 Peggy Ln Charming Menlo Park Home. Located on Quiet Circular Lane with H/W Flrs, Dbl Paned Windows, Fresh Landscaping. 2 BR/1 BA Doug Gonzalez CalBRE #00895924 650.324.4456

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $945,000 1160 Pine St #E New listing! Wonderful penthouse condo located close to Stanford, facebook, downtown MP & PA. 2 BR/2 BA Pam Hammer & Katie Riggs CalBRE #01216437/01783432 650.324.4456

Mountain View Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $669,000 612 Sierra Vista Avenue, #D New listing! End unit townhouse near Google and Hwy 101. Attached garage. Low HOA fees. 2 BR/2.5 BA Veronica Kogler CalBRE #01788047 650.324.4456

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,895,000 4285 Miranda Av Beautiful, traditional, colonial home on a generous ±12480SF lot Private South PA location 5 BR/4 BA Zach Trailer CalBRE #01371338 650.325.6161

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,888,000 3448 Ashton Ct Sparkling-new Spanish-style home in desirable Midtown. Approx. 2760sq.ft home 4 BR/3.5 BA Judy Shen CalBRE #01272874 650.325.6161

Palo Alto $2,295,000 Just listed! Elegance, comfort, convenience! Updated custom hm, garden setting. Big FK, lg sunny rms. 3 BR/2 BA Sarah Elder & Jerry Stout CalBRE #00647474/00644572 650.324.4456

Portola Valley Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $1,850,000 56 El Rey Rd Stunning contemporary home reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa. Sweeping views! 3 BR/2 BA Steve Westrate CalBRE #01887924 650.851.2666

Redwood City Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,725,000 851 Bayview Wy Newer, traditional home in Emerald Hills. Views & Roy Cloud school! 4 BR/2.5 BA Valerie Soltau CalBRE #1223247 650.323.7751

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $1,750,000 2063 Washington Ave Charming updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in Prime location in Woodside Plaza. Kimm Terpening CalBRE #01522106 650.323.7751

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $925,000 1069 Alameda De Las Pulgas Remodeled kit. w/ granite counters, stainless appliances. Spacious living rm w/fireplace 3 BR/2 BA Drew Doran CalBRE #01887354 650.325.6161

San Jose Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $1,098,000 7230 Mockingbird Pl Much sought after bright & gorgeous TH. End Unit. Great CU Schools. 1,871 sq ft. 3 BR/3.5 BA Michelle Chang CalBRE #01412547 650.325.6161

Woodside Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $4,295,000 1075 Godetia Dr Gorgeous turnkey 4BD/4BA + office. Exceptional views. 2 sunny acres. Pool, Barn, Vineyard. Liz Daschbach CalBRE #00969220 650.323.7751

Los Altos Sat/Sun 1:30 – 4:30 $2,195,000 1801 Dalehurst Av Entertainers dream house. Spacious approx 3600sqft of living space, functional floor plan. 4 BR/3 BA Tim Trailer CalBRE# 0042609 650.325.6161

Portola Valley Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $7,250,000 188 Georgia Ln. 8645 sq.ft. of sophisticated living and timeless appeal. Almost 2 acres +/-. PV schools. 5 BR/6.5 BA Dean Asborno CalBRE #01274816 650.851.1961

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ATHERTON 3 Bedrooms 352 El Camino Real $2,150,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

2 Bedrooms - Condominium


59 Watkins Call for price Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456

788 Kendall Ave Sat/Sun Midtown Realty

$5,298,000 543-8500

18 Reservoir Rd $10,995,000 Sat 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

6+ Bedrooms 65 Selby Ln $12,300,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 1 Callado Wy $9,480,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 2 Serrano Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$7,200,000 324-4456

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BELMONT 2 Bedrooms 2019 Lyon Av $838,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 814-1434

FREMONT 3925 Riverbend Te Sat/Sun 12-5 Coldwell Banker

$945,000 324-4456

2 Bedrooms

LOS ALTOS 3 Bedrooms 510 Alicia Way Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

1160 Pine St #E Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,998,000 543-8500

932 Peggy Ln Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,029,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms

1542 Julie Ln $1,599,000 Sat/Sun 12:30-4Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

3653 Jefferson Ave Sun 1-4 Pacific Union

$1,125,000 394-7271

4 Bedrooms

116 Blackburn Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,398,000 324-4456

1801 Dalehurst Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,195,000 325-6161

1413 Brookmill Rd $1,695,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 1240 Carmel Te $1,550,000 Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker 941-7040

323 Bay Rd $1,295,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 1351 Delfino Way $2,195,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Re/Max Star Properties 867-4222

851 Bayview Wy Sun Coldwell Banker 572 California Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,888,000 325-6161

200 Baltic Ci #238 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

3217 Greer Rd Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$1,988,000 543-8500


$1,900,000 941-7040

3448 Ashton Ct Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,888,000 325-6161

3217 Greer Rd Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$1,988,000 543-8500

1621 Portola Av $2,395,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

953 Roble Ridge Rd $6,998,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474 4285 Miranda Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,895,000 325-6161

860 Arroyo Ct Sat/Sun Deleon Realty

$2,688,000 543-8500

1302 Channing Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$2,698,000 543-8500

1 Bedroom - Condominium

2271 Rosewood Dr $1,098,000 Sat/Sun Zane Macgregor & Co. 324-9900

SAN CARLOS 3 Bedrooms 212 Fairmont Av Sun Coldwell Banker 27 Madera Av Sun Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse 7230 Mockingbird Pl Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms 13800 Pierce Rd $2,199,800 Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740

841 Tolman Dr $1,900,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

SUNNYVALE 2 Bedrooms - Townhouse 590 De Guigne Dr Sat/Sun Sereno Group

$2,200,000 941-7040

1080 Klamath Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,950,000 323-7751


1503 Topar Av $2,198,000 Sat/Sun 10:30-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

850 Monte Rosa Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,399,000 323-7751

75 Valencia Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,895,000 851-1961

620 Santa Cruz Te Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

928 Terrace Dr $2,195,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

1875 Camino A Los Cerros Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,650,000 851-2666

56 El Rey Rd Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,850,000 851-2666


552 Sequoia Dr $1,995,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty 644-3474

256 Marmona Dr $1,649,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

1120 Russell Av $2,595,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 465-1651

206 Santa Margarita Av $3,295,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

5 Bedrooms


601 Guadalupe Dr Sat/Sun 12-6 Coldwell Banker

1092 Laureles Dr $3,199,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

2 Bedrooms -

27791 Edgerton Rd Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,150,000 325-6161

11640 Jessica Ln $4,850,000 Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 12638 La Cresta Court $9,500,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Today Sotheby’s Realty 595-5900

LOS GATOS 3 Bedrooms 400 Nino Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero-Woodside

$1,700,000 206-6200

729 W California Wy Sun 1-4 Intero-Woodside

$2,425,000 206-6200

1234 Los Trancos Rd $2,500,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

13830 Skyline Bl $1,575,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111

10 Franciscan Rg Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

$2,650,000 851-1961

2 Bedrooms

99 Stonegate Rd $4,250,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

35 Woodview Ln Sun Deleon Realty

$4,998,000 543-8500

662 Sleeper Av $1,529,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

188 Georgia Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

38 Hacienda Dr $5,750,000 Sat Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

2 Bedrooms - Condominium

6+ Bedrooms

255 So Rengstorff Ave #98 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$669,000 324-4456

$500,000 941-1111

3 Bedrooms

5 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms $5,100,000 851-1961

$4,850,000 851-2666

607 Nandell Ln $6,495,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

10465 Berkshire Dr $2,695,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

$949,000 941-1111

2 Bridle Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

612 Sierra Vista Av #D Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms 385 Golden Oak Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$645,000 947-2900

5 Bedrooms

881 Parma Way $4,000,000 Sat 10:30-4:30/Sun 1:30-4:30 Keller Williams 454-8500


3 Bedrooms

$1,098,000 325-6161


4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

$2,298,000 323-7751


1302 Channing Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

251 Lincoln Av $3,750,000 Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474

$1,395,000 851-2666

4 Bedrooms


1246 Pitman Av $4,998,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

$585,900 323-7751

4 Bedrooms

890 Lincoln Av $4,198,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111 $2,698,000 543-8500

$2,295,000 851-2666


3448 Ashton Ct Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

841 Tolman Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,725,000 323-7751

5 Bedrooms

$1,988,000 323-1900

3802 Magnolia Dr $2,798,000 Sat 2-5/Sun 1-4Century 21 M&M & Associates (831) 458-2121

$1,125,000 867-0609

4 Bedrooms

742 Loma Verde Ave Sat/Sun Sereno Group

5 Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms - Condominium $899,000 325-6161

$2,199,000 321-1596

731 De Soto Dr Call for price Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474


4 Bedrooms

$1,099,000 468-4834

1680 Bryant St $5,684,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

5 Bedrooms

91 Fleur Pl $9,400,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

101 Alma St #801 Sat/Sun Pacific Union

4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms 379 Stockbridge Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

3653 Jefferson Av Sun 1-4 Pacific Union



1655 Bonita Av Sat/Sun Sereno Group

$1,195,000 323-1900

316 Golden Hills Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$7,250,000 851-1961 $5,400,000 941-7040


277 Grandview Dr $3,749,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111 8 Skyline Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,388,000 323-7751

1075 Godetia Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$4,295,000 323-7751

167 Sherland Ave Call for price Fri 9:30-1, Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Alain Pinel 941-1111

1535 Hudson St Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

1614 Montalto Dr $1,500,000 Fri 9:30-5, Sat/Sun 12-5 Intero Real Estate 947-4700

1043 Wilmington Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,725,000 324-4456

205 Eleanor Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,495,000 324-4456

1931 Cappelletti Ct $1,198,000 Fri 9:30-5, Sat/Sun 12-5 Intero Real Estate 947-4700

2063 Washington Ave Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,175,000 323-7751

188 Alta Mesa Rd Sat/Sun Sereno Group

$2,798,000 947-2900

3420 Ridgemont Dr Sat/Sun Sereno Group

1069 Alameda De Las Pulgas Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$925,000 325-6161

295 Grandview Dr Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$1,898,000 543-8500

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$899,000 323-7751

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END OF AN ERA . . . Dr. Rick Schavone, one of the nation’s premier diving instructors, announced his retirement last week after 36 seasons as Stanford’s head coach. Dr. Schavone is the architect of a Cardinal diving program that he took to unprecedented heights during his time on The Farm. “I knew the time was coming. I’ll be 65-years old in a month, so I decided the time is now,” Schavone said. “I’ve been very lucky to spend 36 years at a great university coaching some amazing student-athletes. I want to thank all the Stanford divers for a wonderful rewarding journey. I hope that I’ve added something to their lives, for I can assure you they have to mine.” Taking over a program that was once an afterthought when he first started in the 1970s, Schavone has molded Stanford into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation. A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007, 2013), Schavone is also nine-time recipient of the Pac-12 Diving Coach of the Year award (1995 -- men, 1995 -- women, 1997 -- women, 1999 -- women, 2000 -- women, 2007 -- women, 2008 -- women, 2013 -- men, 2014 -- men). Dr. Schavone served on Team USA’s Olympic coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics after two of his divers earned their first Olympic nods. Kristian Ipsen won the 3-meter synchro and Cassidy Krug won the individual 3-meter event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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Stanford senior and Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger hopes to have his Cardinal teammates off and running toward an NCAA berth should they sweep Cal this weekend.




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Palo Alto golfers wrap up another perfect season

By Rick Eymer

by Keith Peters

averick McNealy has been playing his best golf the past three tournaments and he’s only getting better. The Stanford freshman, who grew up playing at Stanford Golf Course and Sharon Heights Country Club, is overshadowed by his better known teammates and that’s just fine with. Senior Cameron Wilson, who has shot even par or better in his past six rounds, and junior Patrick Rodgers, who has won more individual titles at Stanford than anyone not named Tiger Woods, will be playing on the professional circuit this time next year. “I’ve learned so much from those guys,” said McNealy, a Portola Valley resident who attended Harker School. “I had the privilege of playing 36 holes with them and it was fun for me to see how they prepared and practiced, how they thought about their shots and they understood course management.” The Cardinal has won four team titles, most recently at last week’s Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz. Wilson, ranked

oyle Knight has a pretty good idea why his Palo Alto boys golf team finished 12-0 in dual meets for the second straight season. “I have been very fortunate this year having such a deep team,” he said. “This allowed me to give more guys days off from matches so they could concentrate on homework. In turn, I believe this took off some of the stress I have seen in the past, especially on my junior players. The guys are more relaxed, seem to be having more fun, allowing them to focus on playing better.” Palo Alto certainly has played well this season. The Vikings put the finishing touches on another perfect campaign in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 183-193 victory over rival Gunn on Tuesday during a windy afternoon at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose. John Knowles fired a 1-under 35 to pace the Vikings, who got even-par rounds from Matt Lewis and Henry Hughes. Sam Niethammer finished with a 37 and Alex Hwang



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By Rick Eymer anny Diekroeger has prepared for stressful situations all his life. That’s what athletes do. Thus, stepping up to the plate with a baseball game on the line is one of the easier moments of his sporting life. Stanford (17-17, 6-9 in the Pac-12) will need a few more heroics from Diekroeger, one of four seniors on the team, and his teammates if it wants to participate in the NCAA tournament after missing out last year. The last time the Cardinal went longer than one season without advancing into the postseason was a 13-year gap between 1967, when Stanford finished third at the College World Series, and 1981, when the Cardinal lost in the championship game of the Central Regional. “We have a lot of work to do this season,” Diekroeger said. “We definitely look at this week as an opportunity to get back into it. We’re fighting for our lives every game.” Stanford, which hosts California (16-19, 5-10 Pac12) in a three-game series this weekend, is in the midst of playing six games in eight days. The Cardinal has won six of its past seven games, giving the team some much needed momentum heading into its important series with the Golden Bears, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m. California enters the weekend on a slightly different curve. The Bears started the season winning 10 of 15 games and have been sinking ever since. A series win over the Cardinal would give Cal some life. Diekroeger has been a main reason Stanford has been able to climb out of its hole. The Cardinal lost


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A TITLE SHOT . . . The top-ranked Stanford women’s water polo team won its 11th straight match and recorded its fifth straight perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference season by beating visiting California, 9-6, in Saturday’s Big Splash at Avery Aquatic Center. The win is also the 37th in a row for the Cardinal (20-1, 6-0 MPSF) over the Golden Bears (17-7, 2-4 MPSF), extending a streak that dates to 2000. Stanford, which clinched the regularseason title, earned the top seed at this weekend’s MPSF Championship at USC. Stanford will open Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Stanford senior Cameron Wilson is coming off a victory at the Western Intercollegiate.


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wrapped up the scoring with a 39 as Paly finished undefeated in league for the second straight season while improving to 34-2 over three years. “I have six guys who could be medalist during any of our rounds,” Knight said. “That has been the difference for us. We have more depth and, yes, balance than the other teams — as least by the scores I have been following for each player from the other teams.” Gunn has been the only threat to Paly this season while compiling a 10-2 record. Adam Fleischman led the Titans on Tuesday and earned co-medalist honors with a season-best 35. Jack Jaffe followed with a 37 and Anson Cheng a 38. Shai Mohan finished with a 40 and Yilei Yu wrapped up the Titans’ scoring with a 43. “I wasn’t concerned about the weather versus Gunn,” Knight said of Tuesday’s showdown. “The guys are adapting so well to the conditions, I think it might have helped us. Now, if we have the same weather at our league tournament . . . I don’t know. We will be ready.” While the match decided the regular-season title, it also was a preview of next week’s league championship tournament, also set for Santa Teresa on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The top two teams will receive automatic berths into a Central Coast Section regional, likely May 6 at Rancho Canada (West) GC in Carmel Valley. “We won it last year,” Knight said of the league tourney. “Hope to do it again this year.” A day after Palo Alto claimed its league title, Sacred Heart Prep captured a share of the West Bay Athletic League title and an automatic berth into a CCS regional with a 199-207 victory over rival Menlo School at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The Gators (9-1, 10-1) finished tied with Harker, which defeated Menlo on Tuesday and handed SHP its only loss this season. SHP junior Derek Ackerman led all scorers with a one-birdie, two- bogey round of 1-over 36. Senior Bradley Knox shot 37 with Bradley Keller firing a 39. William Hsieh and Rohin Chandra each shot 39 for Menlo (6-4). Next up for SHP and Menlo will be the WBAL Championship next Wednesday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy. Because Sacred Heart Prep and Harker already have the league’s two automatic CCS berths, Menlo must apply for an at-large bid.

eight of its first 11 conference games before stabilizing in a series win over Arizona State last weekend. The Menlo School grad singled in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run in Stanford’s 4-3 victory over the Sun Devils in the series opener and followed that a day later by hitting his first home run of the season in a 1-0 win. Those two games were preceded by Diekroeger’s walk-off single in Stanford’s nonconference win over St. Mary’s last week. For those efforts, he was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week. “It’s my thing. It’s what I do,” Diekroeger said. “I always hope to get into those situations. It’s a lot of fun. Coming up to hit in a tie game, you can’t lose.” Diekroeger currently ranks third on the team with a .286 batting average, behind Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino (.310, with a team-best six home runs and 21 RBI) and Austin Slater (.308, also with 21 RBI). Blandino slammed two homers Wednesday in a 6-2 nonconference win at St. Mary’s. Diekroeger, meanwhile, does more than hitting in helping Stanford’s offense. He’s always one of the team’s top bunters and has produced seven sacrifice hits to go with three sacrifice flies. He’s also four of six in stolen-base attempts and has an on-base percentage of .389. Freshmen pitchers and the return from injury of senior closer A.J. Vanegas have also given the

Baseball Sacred Heart Prep junior Cole March gunned down the tying run at home plate in the seventh inning to secure the Gators’ 9-8 PAL Bay Division baseball win over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday afternoon. The Gators improved to 4-3 (11-7 overall) while the Knights fell to 4-3 (13-7). The loss snapped Menlo’s three game win streak and dropped the Knights into a tie for third place with Sacred Heart Prep. “For us it’s a good win to start of the second half of league,” said Sacred Heart head coach Gregg Franceschi, whose team played at co-leader Terra Nova on Thursday. With runners on first and second base and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Menlo sophomore Antonio Lopez grounded a single to left field. March played it perfectly and threw out junior Macklan Badger at home plate. March, a junior, also went 4-for-4 with three RBI, including a triple that he smashed to left-center field. On Monday, Erik Amundson hurled a completegame four-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Menlo-Atherton edged host Burlingame, 4-3. The victory allowed the Bears (5-2, 13-7) to take a temporary half-game lead in the division race. Amundson, who now leads the PAL Bay Division in wins (six) and strikeouts (61), walked just two batters while improving his season record to 6-2. For the season, Amundson’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is a superb 6.78-to-1, and his ERA is a miserly 1.88. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto saw its possible title hopes disappear in a 6-5 loss in 10 innings at first-place Los Gatos. The Vikings fell to 7-4 in league (11-11 overall) while the Wildcats improved to 10-1.


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SHP junior Will Johnston had two hits and picked up his fifth pitching win. Los Gatos got the deciding run when winning pitcher Corey Olivet led off the bottom of the 10th with a triple. After the next two hitters were intentionally walked, Olivet scored on a high infield chopper. Bowen Gerould led Paly with three hits with Austin Kron and Laurence Han adding two hits each. In another De Anza Division game, Gunn (0-11, 2-20) dropped a 5-1 decision to visiting Los Altos (4-7, 9-12). David Schwardt’s RBI single in the sixth inning provided the Titans’ only run. Boys lacrosse With seniors Brian White and Sean Mayle each scoring five goals, Sacred Heart Prep held on to first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race with a 17-8 romp over visiting Los Gatos on Tuesday. The Gators (8-0, 10-3) grabbed a 13-3 halftime lead and cruised from there. Senior Frankie Hattler added four goals plus six assists to finish with a game-high 10 points. Noah Kawasaki, Frank Bell and Will Kremer all added one goal each while goalie Jack Wise came up with 16 saves. Sacred Heart Prep has four matches remaining, but holds a two-game lead over second-place Menlo (5-2). The Gators can win the division title outright by beating Mountain View and Menlo next week. In Burlingame, Menlo-Atherton got six goals from Duncan McGinnis during an 11-2 win over the host Panthers (0-7, 3-10). Holden Kardos added two goals for the Bears (4-3, 7-8). In Mountain View, Palo Alto (5-3, 8-5) fell back in the race following a 16-7 loss to the host Spartans. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn dropped an 18-7 decision to visiting Woodside. Jared Bibo, Elyas Daadi and Aaron Miner all scored twice for Gunn. Girls lacrosse Sacred Heart Prep remained atop the WBAL standings with a 20-12 romp over host Mitty on Tuesday. The Gators moved to 5-0 in league and 11-4 overall as sophomores Ally Mayle and Libby Muir scored seven and five goals, respectively. SHP senior Caroline Cummings added four goals while junior Brigid White added two. The Gators, who dropped a 23-6 nonleague decision to host and state No. 1-ranked Amador Valley on Wednesday night. The Knights remained just a game back of the Gators following a 19-6 romp over visiting Castilleja. Menlo improved to 4-1 in league (11-4 overall) as Sophia Donovan, Nikky Price and Indie Varmar all had four goals. Donovan also contributed six assists, grabbed three draws and caused four turnovers. Menlo’s defense limited Castilleja to just 11 shots. Also in Atherton, host Menlo-Atherton snapped ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÇx®

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second in the nation behind Rodgers, won the individual title by two strokes over Rodgers, who had won his previous three tournaments. All three golfers are looking forward to the Pac-12 Championships, which begin Friday at Gallery Golf Club’s North Course in Marana, Ariz., just northwest of Tucson. “We expect to play well every time,” Wilson said. “Guys are having fun and understand every tournament is important. Patrick is a team player and sets a good example of working hard on every aspect of the game. He’s good for me and he’s good for the younger guys.” Rodgers has played internationally, twice as a member of the United States team at the Palmer Cup, and is the top-ranked amateur in the world. Rodgers has played in four PGA Tour events, including taking the lead at the John Deere Classic last year before finishing 15th. He announced his intentions to turn pro early so that speculation would not become a distraction. “We have an opportunity to do something special,’’ Rodgers said in a statement. ‘’I want to put all of the focus on trying to win a national championship for the

Cardinal a boast. Vanegas has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings and has accumulated five saves. Freshman Tyler Thorne has saved two others and freshman Chris Castellanos has allowed one run in 11 1/3 innings. Freshmen pitchers have started 31 of Stanford’s first 33 games, with Cal Quantrill (10), Brett Hanewich (9), Chris Viall (7) and Thorne (5) taking care of things. Griffin Weir has appeared in seven games out of the bullpen. “I’m not surprised,” Diekroeger said. “I saw how talented they were in the fall. They are very competitive.” Perhaps the biggest boost has come from Vanegas. He has been limited for two years due to injury and is making the most of his current situation. “He jumped right back in,” Diekroeger said. “It’s amazing to have him come into a game as a closer. Being a senior he wants to put the team on his back.” Vanegas was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award list on Wednesday, Diekroeger, who played two years with older brother Kenny (currently playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Kansas City Royals organization), won’t get the chance to play with his younger brother, Mikey Diekroeger, who committed to Stanford in November. It’s possible that a Diekroeger could grace the baseball roster at Stanford for 10 consecutive years, beginning with Kenny in 2009. For now, Danny Diekroeger is focused on helping the Cardinal finish strong, earn a bid into the NCAA tournament and then see what happens. N team.’’ It’s the same focus held by everyone on the roster, which also includes Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes, who shot a round of 4-under 68 in Hawaii in February, sophomore David Boote, who has a best round of 4-under 67 in Dallas last October and freshman Jim Liu, who has shot six rounds under 70, including a 5-under 65 at the Stanford Intercollegiate. Senior Shane Lebow, sophomores Keegan English and Dominick Franks and freshman Viraat Badhwar fill the roster with solid players. “Most of the year just qualifying for the team in a certain week was as competitive as the tournament,” McNealy said. “We have a lot of guys who are competitive. If you play well, you make the team.” McNealy finished sixth at the Western Intercollegiate following a fourth-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate. He’s shot under 70 in five of his last nine rounds, including a season-best 6-under 65 at The Prestige. “He has excellent ball skills,” Wilson said. “He’s impressive and can compete on any given day. It just shows we have a good team and good depth.” Nationally No. 4-ranked California, No 14 UCLA, No. 11 Washington, No. 20 USC will ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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test No. 3 Stanford at the Pac-12’s, along with No. 25 Arizona State, No. 40 Oregon, No. 53 Colorado and host school Arizona, ranked 86th. Washington State and Utah complete the field. The Cardinal hopes to compete for its first national title since 2007, a year in which Stanford finished fourth at Pac-12s and seventh at the NCAA regional before winning it all. “It’s a great test on a solid course against a great field,” McNealy said. “We feel like we’re good enough to win it.” Conrad Ray was Stanford’s coach in 2007 and played on the Cardinal’s 1994 NCAA championship team, which also featured current Oregon coach Casey Martin and pro Notah Begay III. McNealy was destined for Stanford. His father, Scott, earned his MBA at Stanford. His mother, Susan, is a Stanford grad. He has aunts and uncles (Bob Randolph played soccer at Stanford) who attended Stanford. He was born at Stanford Hospital. McNealy is also a three-time Stanford men’s club champion, first winning at age 13. “I know the place like the back of my hand,” he said. “Now it’s about getting it done and sending Cameron and Patrick off right.” The Stanford women also will be playing in their Pac-12 Championships this weekend in Corvallis, Ore. The 54-hole tourney runs Friday through Sunday. The No. 10-ranked Cardinal is coming off a seventh-place finish at the PING/Arizona State Invitational. Four Cardinal finished in the top 50, led by 12th-place Casey Danielson (71-71-74). N

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The senior won the 1,600 in a dual-meet win to keep the Titans unbeaten before clocking a school record of 10:16.98 (ranking her No. 5 all-time in the CCS) to win the 3,200 at the CCS Top 8 Classic to help her team finish third.

The senior co-captain had eight hits and drove in six runs and was solid on defense while helping the Knights win three of four baseball games, losing by one run in eight innings, at the San Diego Lions Club Tournament.

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a four-match losing streak with a 15-7 victory over visiting Burlingame. The Bears (2-3, 5-8-1) jumped out to a 3-1 lead with a goal from Grace Tully, who had two on the day. After a time out, Burlingame scored three straight. The second half was a different story as M-A shook off its post-Spring Break rust and began to dominate. Junior Amanda Wiseman scored four of her six goals and freshman Izzy Regonini scored three goals and added two assists. In the SCVAL, 10 different players scored goals for Palo Alto in a 17-6 victory over visiting Pioneer. The Vikings (6-1 (8-5) easily outplayed Pioneer on both offense and defense, scoring less than a minute into the game and leading 10-4 at the half. Leading Paly in goals was junior Paige Bara with four. Allie Peery contributed three goals, Ami Drez and Benetar each added two goals.


Marissa Hing ALL-WBAL FOOTHILL DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Marissa Hing (Pinewood) Jr. First Team Destiny Graham (Eastside Prep) Jr.; Chloe Eackles (Pinewood) So.; Charmaine Bradford (Eastside Prep) Sr.; Leeana Bade (Pinewood) Sr.; Meghan Holland (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Alexus Simon (Eastside Prep) Sr. Second Team Hannah Paye (Menlo School) So.; Monique McDevitt (Pinewood) Jr.; Brije Byers (Eastside Prep) Jr.; Akayla Hackson (Pinewood) Fr.; Chacitty Cunningham (Eastside Prep) Jr. Honorable Mention Riley Hemm (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Misa Fujii (Notre Dame-SJ) Fr.;

ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Jacey Pederson (Palo Alto) So. Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Morgan Matthews (Mt. View) Jr.; Emma Tyranauer (Homestead) Sr. Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Julia Goupil (Los Altos) Sr.; Kristi-Braken-Guelke (Los Gatos) Sr. Co-Goalies of the Year: Sophie Brotzel (Mt. View) Sr.; Isabelle Berardo (Saratoga) So. Senior of the Year: Erica Higa (Mt. View) Junior of the Year: Annie Gaffney (Los Altos) Co-Sophomores of the Year: Ysabel Baluyot (Mt. View); Lauren Plesse (Saratoga) Freshman of the Year: Quinn Wooley (Los Altos) First Team Angela Karamanos (Los Gatos) Sr.; Maddie Medved (Los Gatos) Sr.; Kayla McQuade (Los Gatos) Sr.; Sunny Lyu (Palo Alto) Sr.; Aoi Sugihara (Palo Alto) Jr.; Julia Kwasnick (Palo Alto) Sr.; Allie Coyne (Mt. View) Fr.; Neha Cheemalavagu (Mt. View) Sr.; Rachel Ng (Mt. View) So.; Morgan DeAngelis (Mt. View) Jr.; Danna Weintraub (Mt. View) Sr.; Stephanie Ho (Saratoga) Sr.; Lauren Plesse (Saratoga) So.; Janaye Sakkas (Monta Vista) Jr.; Emma Tyranauer (Homestead) Sr.; Caey Dryden (Homestead) Jr. (Note: Los Altos did not submit players)

Second Team Ais Rooney (Los Gatos) Sr.; Mackenzie Flood (Los Gatos) Sr.; Alison Lu (Palo Alto) So.; Katie Foug (Palo Alto) Jr.; Kasey Cruz (Mt. View) So.; Grace Descourouez (Mt. View) Fr.; Anisha Nagarajan (Saratoga) Sr.; Lindsey Webster (Saratoga) Sr.; Alice Johnson (Monta Vista) Sr.; Sophia Stavoli (Homestead) Jr. ALL-SCVAL EL CAMINO DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Shaelan Murison (Santa Clara) So. Offensive MVP: Jessica Yu (Fremont) So. Defensive MVP: Isabelle Harbert (Gunn) Sr. MVP Goalie: Sena Herlley (Milpitas) Sr. Senior of the Year: Kelsee Katsanes (Santa Clara) Junior of the Year: Stephanie Magellan (Cupertino) Sophomore of the Year: Kristen Wong (Lynbrook) Co-Freshman of the Year: Haley Levine (Santa Clara); Courtney Chang (Cupertino) First Team Kellee Cuellar (Santa Clara) Sr.; Shannon Peterson (Santa Clara) Jr.; Tiffany Silva (Santa Clara) Sr.; Keirn Frederito (Santa Clara) Sr.; Ellie Mujushi (Santa Clara) Fr.; Caroline Anderson (Gunn) Sr.; Robin Waymouth (Gunn) So.; Natalie Perreault (Gunn) Jr.; Adriana Noronha (Gunn) Sr.; Farica Carroll (Cupertino) Sr.; Annie Boyle (Cupertino) Sr.; Natalie Vigent (Cupertino) Sr.; Sarina Bolden (Milpitas) Jr.; Caitlin Caglia-Hilty (Milpitas) Sr.; Kristen Buchanan (Milpitas) Jr.; Marnie Chang (Lynbrook) Sr.; Anjali Pemmaraju (Lynbrook) Jr.; Sarah Lynch (Wilcox) Sr.; Harley Thompson (Wilcox) Jr.; Elizabeth Luotto (Fremont) So.; Savannah Melendez (Fremont) So. Second Team Melissa Hernandez (Santa Clara) Jr.; Gabriella Medina (Santa Clara) Fr.; Ming-Ming Liu (Gunn) Sr.; Michelle Carson (Gunn) Sr.; Serena Kutney (Cupertino) So.; Kate Bacher (Cupertino) Jr.; Araceli Crisanto (Milpitas) Jr.; Angelina McFarlane (Milpitas) So.; Rebecca Hatton (Lynbrook) Sr.; Kat Tatley (Lynbrook) Sr.; Katelyn Osolar (Wilcox) Sr.; Victoria Moorwood (Wilcox) Sr.; Kendal Moulton (Fremont) Fr.; Leilani Loo (Fremont) So. ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION Forward of the Year: Jillienne Aguilera (Woodside) So. Co-Midfielder of the Year: Kelsey Andrews (Burlingame) So.; Sophie Dertossian (Hillsdale) So. Defender of the Year: Gianna Rosati (Woodside) Sr. Co-Freshmen of the Year: Katie Guenin (Menlo-Atherton); Isabella Bascara (Woodside) Goalkeeper of the Year: Lauren Racioppe (Carlmont) Jr. Co-Coaches of the Year: Philip DeRosa (Burlingame); Tina Smith (Carlmont) First Team Heather Seybert (Woodside) Sr.; Madison Holland (Woodside) Jr.; Greer Chrisman (Burlingame) Sr.; Nina Chikanov (Burlingame) Jr.; Veronica Pontis (Carlmont) Jr.; Cayla Stillman (MenloAtherton) Sr.; Sarah McLeod (MenloAtherton) So.; Kitty Qu (San Mateo) So.; Allison Simms (Aragon) Sr.; Araceli Efigenio (Sequoia) Sr. Second Team Lauren Holland (Woodside) Jr.; Mackenzie Person (Woodside) Jr.; Alexis Prieto (Burlingame) So.; Malia Smith (Burlingame) So.; Alysse LaMond (Burlingame) Fr.; Soha Said (Carlmont) Jr.; Kayla Fong (Carlmont) So.; Kelly Eason (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Lexie Gordon (Hillsdale) Jr.; Amanda Jew (Hillsdale) Jr. Brenda Flores (San Mateo) Sr.; Vanessa Rangel (San Mateo) Fr.; Jordan Lewis (Aragon) Sr.; Jackie Hutchinson (Sequoia) Sr.

Honorable Mention Alex Augulis (Woodside) Fr.; Jessika Cowart (Woodside) Fr.; Rachel Byrd (Burlingame) Sr.; Anika Rianzares (Burlingame) Sr.; Simone McCarthy (Carlmont) Sr.; Brooke Buckley (Carlmont) Jr.; Olivia Manganares (Carlmont) Fr.; Olivia DelRosso (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Annie Harrier (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Amanda Diaz (Hillsdale) Sr.; Angelina DiMatteo (Hillsdale) Jr.; Jenna Ohira (San Mateo) So.; Roz Jeffries (San Mateo) So.; Zoe Barrie (Aragon) So.; Carly Aozasa (Sequoia) Jr.; Megan Lloyd (Homestead) So. (Note: Los Altos did not submit players)


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Boys tennis Menlo School wrapped up its 20th straight league dual-match title with a 7-0 romp over host Priory on Tuesday to close the WBAL regular season. The Knights (12-0, 17-3) improved their ongoing state record win streak to 216-0 in league dual matches while Menlo coach Bill Shine improved to 424-45 in his 18th season with Menlo. Despite not playing his starters in singles, Shine’s lineup lost only two games in singles and just six overall. With the regular-season title in the PAL Bay Division already clinched, the Menlo-Atherton boys continued their unbeaten march through the division with a 7-0 tennis romp over visiting Carlmont on Wednesday. The Bears moved to 13-0 in league (16-4 overall) with only a home match against Woodside remaining on Thursday. A day earlier, Menlo-Atherton won every match in straight sets as the Bears wrapped up their sixth straight division title with a 7-0 romp over San Mateo. N

Nelly Escobar (Mercy-SF) Jr.; Nicole Seguara (Mercy-SF) Sr.; Mackenzie Duffner (Menlo School) So.; Erin Poindexter-McHan (Pinewood) Fr.; Rachel Schneider (Notre Dame-SJ) Jr.; D’Jane Stine (Menlo School) Fr.; Donya Dehnad (Menlo School) Sr. SKYLINE DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Paige Vermeer (Castilleja) Jr. First Team Katie Young (King’s Academy) Jr.; Yasmeen Afifi (Castilleja) Jr.; Nithya Vemireddy (Harker) Sr.; Falecia Sanchez (King’s Academy) Sr.; Sara Langi (Mercy-Burlingame) Fr.; Ellie Chen (Castilleja) So. Second Team Lynelle Magat (ICA) Jr.; Jordan Holmbeck (King’s Acadey) Sr.; Penina Tuiasosopo (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Cate Alder (Castilleja) Fr.; Regina Chen (Harker) Sr.; Jordan Thompson (Harker) Fr. Honorable Mention Maddie Tarr (Castilleja) Jr.; Lexus Thomas-Trail (Crystal Springs) Sr.; Jamie Kotcher (Castilleja) Sr.; Gloria Anyanwu (ICA) Sr.; Marina Aguilar (MercyBurlingame) Jr.; Milan Loiacono (King’s Academy) Jr.; Andrea Zelaya-Mandoza (ICA) Jr.; Shelly Noreen (King’s Academy) Sr.; Alexis Teter (Crystal Springs) Sr.

Al Chang

Swimming The Palo Alto boys improved to 5-0 in SCVAL De Anza Division dual meets with a 106-79 win over visiting Los Gatos on Tuesday. The Paly girls, meanwhile, fell to 3-2 following a tough 94-92 loss. The Paly boys trailed by two points through three events before senior Andrew Liang led a 1-2-4 finish in the 50 free with a winning time of 21.29. That gave the Vikings a 12-4 edge in the event and a 34-28 overall lead. When Liang came back to win the 100 fly in 51.25, the Vikings held a 56-37 advantage. In the girls’ meet, Paly and Los Gatos were tied at 86 heading into the final 400 free relay and needed a victory (eight points) to win the meet. The Vikings, however, finished second and third for six points.

BASKETBALL ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Josetta Fatuesi (Wilcox) Sr. Senior of the Year: Sarah Dysin (Lynbrook) Junior of the Year: D’arrien Jackson (Wilcox) Sophomore of the Year: Maddy Atwater (Palo Alto) Freshman of the Year: Lauren Koyama (Palo Alto) First Team Paige Song (Lynbrook) Sr.; Jayme Hughes (Mountain View) Jr.; Zoe Zwerling (Gunn) Sr.; Katie Lamson (Los Gatos) Sr.; Camille Steger (Gunn) Sr.; Annie Cheng (Lynbrook) Sr.; Caitlin Brown (Wilcox) Sr.; Shania Ratliff (Wilcox) Sr. Second Team Coco Lovely (Palo Alto) So.; Dolly Yuan (Lynbrook) Jr.; Karen Kaufman (Mountain View) Jr.; Lauren Lacey (Los Gatos) So.; Janelle Bumagot (Milpitas) Jr.; Sarah Nelson (Los Gatos) So.; Briana Gay (Milpitas) Sr. ALL-PAL SOUTH DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Anisah Smith (Carlmont) Sr. First Team Julia Gibbs (Mills) So.; Emma Heath (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Brianna Deckman (Capuchino) Jr.; Emily Nepomuceno (Hillsdale) So.; Taylor Brazil (Capuchino) Sr. Second Team Kendall Walker (Burlingame) Sr.; Sarah Howell (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Madison Sui (Mills) Sr.; Raichel Tjan (Hillsdale) Fr.; Taylor Cormier (Mills) Sr.; Brittany Deckman (Capuchino) Jr. Honorable Mention Sabrina Miller (Carlmont) Jr.; Jamie Martz (Mills) So.; Jennifer Bojues (Burlingame) So.; Aleah Lauti (Burlingame) Jr.; Ani Uikillifi (Capuchino) Fr.; Kara Ronberg (Hillsdale) Jr.; Emily Lyons (Hillsdale) Sr.; Natalia Tatola (Sequoia) Sr.; Sesi Lauese (Sequoia) Sr.; Caitlin Trainer (Woodside) Fr.; Ofa Sili (MenloAtherton) Fr.; Rachel Lum (Carlmont) Jr.; Jennifer Horita (Aragon) Fr.

Chandler Wickers ALL-WBAL FOOTHILL DIVISION Forward of the Year: Chandler Wickers (Menlo School) Sr. Midfielder of the Year: Tierna Davidson (Sacred Heart Prep) So. Defender of the Year: Amanda McFarland (Menlo School) Sr. Goalkeeper of the Year: Schuyler Tilney-Volk (Menlo School) So. First Team Victoria Pu (Castilleja) Jr.; Zoe Enright (Menlo School) So.; Emma LaPorte (Menlo School) Sr.; Sienna Stritter (Menlo School) Sr.; Alexandra Walker (Menlo School) Jr.; Marissa Mount (Notre Dame-SJ) Jr.; Courtney Coprivisa (Pinewood) Sr.; Erin Simpson (Priory) Sr.; Caitlyn Teoman (Priory) Sr.; Olivia Athens (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Alex Bourdillon (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Maddie Morgan (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Maria Grinis (King’s Academy) Sr. Second Team Julia Lodoen (Castilleja) So.; Tess Batchelder (Menlo School) Jr.; Jamie Corley (Menlo School) Jr.; Claire McFarland (Menlo School) Fr.; Shelby Scanlan (Notre Dame-SJ) Jr.; Maddie Augustine (Pinewood) Sr.; Alicia Talancon (Priory) Fr.; Brenda Uribe (Priory) Fr.; McKenna Angotti (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Carey Bradley (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Blair Hamilton (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Kara Need (King’s Academy) Sr. Honorable Mention Sam Jensen (Castilleja) So.; Lizzie Lacy (Menlo School) Jr.; Leah Swig (Menlo School) Jr.; Juliana Mount (Notre Dame-SJ) Jr.; Vivyanne Nele (Notre Dame-SJ) So.; Sarah Cilker (Pinewood) Sr.; Margaret Shields (Priory) Sr.; Laura Wu (Priory) Sr.; Katie Harrison (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Nicola Wheeler (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Hannah Arledge (King’s Academy) So.; Allie Silkwood (King’s Academy) Jr. SKYLINE DIVISION (Eastside Prep players only) Second Team Vanessa Tostado, Diana Limon Honorable Mention Janette Ochoa, Denisse Peralta (All-league teams are selected by the coaches)

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