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Vol. XXXV, Number 40 N July 11, 2014


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Stoking a passion for science High school interns seek hands-on experience beyond the classroom Page 22

Pulse 16

Transitions 17

Spectrum 18

Eating Out 28

Movies 29

Home 33

Puzzles 59

NNew Comprehensive Plan: How tall is too tall?

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NArts Pushing the limits of computer-based music

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NSports Menlo grad runs to a new level

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In talks on growth, limit on building heights disputed Palo Alto’s update of Comprehensive Plan prompts discussion of how tall is too tall by Gennady Sheyner


ith anxiety over development running high in Palo Alto, the city’s planning commissioners on Wednesday pondered three different visions for long-term growth, all of which carried one common theme: the preservation of residential neighborhoods.

Members of the Planning and Transportation Commission also showed some interest in a fourth alternative — an experimental “net zero� strategy encouraging development that would, for example, generate no additional greenhouse gases, result in no additional miles traveled by ve-

hicles or consume no additional potable water. This concept, like the more conventional others, is set to be fully analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report for the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a broad land-use document that city officials have been updating since 2006, when the City Council first proposed a revision. After eight years in planning purgatory, the update is finally flickering to life, with dozens of residents at-

tending recent public hearings to voice their opinions on the city’s long-term future. Wednesday’s hearing brought more than 20 residents to a discussion of a topic that in recent years has typically drawn one or two attendees to City Hall. The hearing followed three separate community workshops on the Comprehensive Plan this spring, the most recent of which took place on June 24 and attracted more than 70 participants, accord-

ing to the city’s planning staff. Of the three main concepts on the table, the first (known officially as the “do nothingâ€? option but dubbed by commission Vice Chair Arthur Keller the “business as usualâ€? option) would leave all existing land-use policies and designations in place. No new garages and little residential development would be built, according to a staff report from Senior Planner ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂŽÂŽ


New superintendent arriving with ‘fresh eyes and ears’ McGee spends three days meeting with community leaders, house hunting by Chris alo Alto’s new school-district superintendent says he’s coming to town “with fresh eyes and ears� and the goal of creating a “culture of trust.� Max McGee, who officially begins work Aug. 1, spent three days in Palo Alto this week meeting with senior district staff, the city’s mayor, police chief and city manager, representatives of Stanford University and some local nonprofits. He also took time to participate in a video shoot with students. “Coming in new is a chance to look at some of the evidence and information and talk to people with fresh eyes and ears and be ready to learn,� McGee said in a meeting with the Palo Alto Weekly. “One thing I’ve mentioned to the board and (senior staff) is this idea of balance between autonomy and the collection of individual communities in 17 schools — how do you balance that with the idea of a collective community, a district mission and vision? “What innovative programs and practices are working in one school that could be transferable to another? What do you do about choice programs that are oversubscribed, as apparently some of them are?� McGee said he plans to solicit parents’ and community members’ views through a series of midmorning meetings on every campus — which he dubs “Second Cup of Coffee� — as well as through evening and Saturday sessions. “It’s just a great way to listen to people and get to know them,� he said. Eventually, he said, he hopes to


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Look out, water wasters The California State Resources Control Board has initiated a water-conservation plan that involves fining residents up to $500 a day for wasting water outdoors. Here, a sprinkler spurts out extra water on a resident’s lawn on Ross Road in Palo Alto.


Developer drops plan to buy Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Property owner’s attorney says closure will proceed


rometheus Real Estate Group has backed away from its plan to build highend apartments on the site of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, adding new uncertainty to the Palo Alto park’s already hotly contested future. The San Mateo-based real estate company last month submitted a quitclaim deed with the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder, effectively nullifying its 2012 purchase agreement with the Jisser family, which owns the mobile-home park at 3980 El Camino Real. The proposal has been

by Gennady Sheyner heavily criticized by residents of Buena Vista, a low-income community of about 400 people in the Barron Park neighborhood. Despite the decision by Prometheus to back out of the deal, the Jisser family is proceeding with the closure process, their attorney, Margaret Nanda, said Monday. “The application is not withdrawn,� Nanda told the Weekly, referring to the plan to close Buena Vista. “We have not withdrawn it.� The Jisser family has been negotiating Buena Vista’s closure with the city for more than a

year and a half — an effort that received a big boost in February, when Palo Alto officials approved the family’s “relocation impact reportâ€? for the mobilehome park. The report, required by local law, lays out the terms for compensating the park’s displaced residents. It was the subject of a three-day public hearing in May. The hearing officer, Craig Labadie, is expected to rule in August on whether the report offers adequate compensation to the low-income community. ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁ{ÂŽ

Kenrick home in on “three or four really significant goalsâ€? for the district. McGee, a former Illinois state superintendent of education who for the past seven years has led science- and technology-focused high schools in Illinois and New Jersey, said Palo Alto’s reputation attracted him. “It will probably be my last job,â€? the 63-year-old said, “and I wanted to go somewhere where I could have an impact, a district that could become truly exemplary and a model for education beyond regional and state boundaries, and I think Palo Alto has all that.â€? While he was not actively in the job market, McGee said he heard about the Palo Alto opening from Dennis Smith, a retired school superintendent who co-managed Palo Alto’s superintendent search. “I really wasn’t applying for jobs but I thought, ‘This looks really interesting,’â€? he said. Watching board meetings before and after he applied for the job, McGee said he was “impressed with the board, level of discourse, thoughtful questions, interactions with staff and some of the issues they were tackling.â€? Palo Alto has a “culture that prizes and respects collaboration and also a district that could benefit from some strong and innovative leadership, and that’s always appealed to me,â€? he added. Though his last two jobs were at high schools — both public and private — with selective admission policies, McGee has also ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iʙŽ



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It’s not growth; it’s change. — Mark Michael, chair of the Planning and Transportation Commission, on the inevitability of new development in Palo Alto. See story on page 5.

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A MUSICAL REINCARNATION ... Palo Alto’s beloved summertime Brown Bag concert series, which the city pulled the plug on in 2006, returned this week. The new series, dubbed Cogswell Concerts, are being held in downtown’s Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue each Thursday at noon and last about an hour. The free concerts started yesterday, July 10, and will continue through Sept. 11. The reincarnated series was made possible by a partnership between the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, West Coast Songwriters and the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which “has generously underwritten the event,� the concert’s website reads. Performances will include Spangalang (July 17), an R&B-pop-jazz fusion band led by Santana lead singer Tony Lindsay; the four-man Johnny Neri Band (July 24) and San Francisco singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGraw (Aug. 7), among others. For the full schedule, go to BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME ... The people have spoken: One of three designs for a new playground to be built at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto emerged as the winner last weekend: Option B, which has multiple climbing features, including a rock wall, as well as swing sets and slides. The creation of the playground is completely community-driven; the city hosting a design day in June to have community members look at and draw up plans their dream play space. Soon after, the city released three design options and asked residents to vote for their favorite. Option B received a total of 224 votes, said Cynthia Bojorquez, East Palo Alto’s youth and family services manager and Bell Street Park project lead. “Residents said they loved the ‘active’ nature of the design with its multiple climbing features and swings. And community members offered a number of great suggestions, including adding more color to the design, exploring options to improve visibility within the playground and addressing the overall safety of the area. Those suggestions have

been given to staff as they work to complete the final design,� she said. Next up in the process: preparing for a “Build Day� on Aug. 20 (preceded by “Prep Day� on Aug. 19) during which community volunteers will actually build the 4,000-square-foot park in a single day. “The whole approach is an old-fashioned barn raise,� Bojorquez told the Weekly in June. The city is still looking for people to volunteer; any individual, group or business wishing to get involved is encouraged to call 650-853-3153 or email WHEELS FOR SENIORS ... Palo Alto resident and one-time City Council candidate Chris Gaither plans to launch Cardinal Transportation Club, a door-to-door driving service for local senior citizens. Members of the club will pay an annual membership fee, rather than per-trip charges, at three levels — Cardinal, Crimson and Cerise — which will ensure a certain number of trips each month (Cardinal, for example, guarantees four trips, while Cerise offers 16). The annual membership fees, starting at $200, were determined based on the cost for a senior to hold a VTA bus pass for a year, said Gaither, who has worked with seniors for 20 years in affordable housing and also worked for a limo company. “It’s a very emotional decision when people have to give up their vehicles,� either by choice or due to medical reasons, he said. Cardinal Transportation aims to help older adults maintain their independence, Gaither said in a statement. He is currently calling for investors to assist with the company’s startup funding. The funds will help secure a State of California charter-party carrier (TCP) license, insurance and advertisements. He also has begun working with Avenidas Village, a Palo Alto-based senior membership program providing assistance and services, to become a preferred vendor for the program. “It’s a very open field in terms of being able to supply this type of service. Executives have a lot of (transportation) options, but seniors not as much,� Gaither said. The fleet will start with six vehicles, which seniors can reserve by phone, online or through a smartphone app. N




Members of Page Mill Y protest its closure Nonprofit’s execs say costs of remodeling are prohibitive by Elena Kadvany



ollowing the YMCA’s sudden announcement in late June that the organization would be closing its Page Mill Road facility this fall, members have expressed outrage over the decision, angry that they were not consulted beforehand and suspicious of the reasoning behind the closure of the 35-year-old community institution. “This is a community. This is not the closing of a Walmart or 7-Eleven,� said Paul Doiron, one of more than 20 members who gathered outside the gym Tuesday morning to air their concerns about the closure. “This is a very unique and special place. Everybody is vehemently opposed to this decision that we were broadsided (on). ... There was no discussion.� YMCA leadership maintains that the expiration of its lease of the basement space at 755 Page Mill Road meant re-evaluating whether renewing the lease for another 10 years, which would mean a host of renovations they view as necessary, was worth it. “The board of directors assessed the situation thoroughly before making the decision, and it was really hard for them,� said Elizabeth Jordan, chief operations officer of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. “They did not want to impact people, but unfortunately, we have the biggest responsibility as a not-for-profit to be able to put our resources where they have the greatest impact. Signing onto a 10-year lease in a property that was really at the end of its useful lifespan is just something we couldn’t do.� Jordan said plumbing that leads into the facility’s whirlpools is 30 years old, breaks down often and needs to be updated, but some parts are no longer available. The gym’s downstairs cycling room has “extremely poor ventilation,� she said, but rebuilding the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system would cost close to $150,000. Signing onto another 10 years would also mean replacing a lift installed on a stairwell, to carry members who cannot walk up or down stairs, with an elevator, Jordan said. “It would have cost an inordinate amount of money to make it work,� she said. The underground facility also lacks natural light, and there’s no way to build up or even out, she added. But members on Tuesday weren’t buying those reasons for shuttering the Y. “We’d be happy to have it stay the way it is,� one man said, with others nodding their heads. “We

2014 Semi-Annual Market Activity and Trends The strength of our local housing market for the ďŹ rst half of this year continued to be unprecedented, with new record sale prices. The median sales price for a single family home in Palo Alto increased to a new record high of $2,320,000 (compared to $2,100,000 for the ďŹ rst half of 2013), an increase of 10.5%. The sale to list price ratio was 114.7%. For Menlo Park the median sales price increased 22% (from $1,510,000 to $1,845,000). The sale to list price ratio was 107.7%. For Atherton the median sales price increased 15% (from $3,575,000 to $4,100,000). The sale to list price ratio was 102.7%. As of July 1, 2014 the listing inventory was low with only 32 active listings of single family homes in Palo Alto, 29 in Menlo Park and 25 in Atherton. The number of houses sold in Palo Alto and Menlo Park continue to

decline due to the low inventory. That in part explains the number of multiple offers on almost every property and the signiďŹ cant increases in home prices. The townhouse and condo market prices had an incredible surge of 33.5% in Palo Alto compared to last year and a 51% increase in Menlo Park. The question on everybody’s mind is: are we going to hit another bubble soon? We are not having a bubble anytime soon. The US is experiencing the biggest boom in the economy since the late 90’s. However, it is likely the Federal Reserve Bank will have to start raising interest rates sometimes in the near future. If you plan to stay in your house more than 5 years, the best time to buy is now, using at least a 7 year loan or longer. If you are planning to sell your home in 5 to 7 years you may want to think about selling it soon so you are not selling in a down cycle.

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Members of the Page Mill Road YMCA, located in the basement of the Palo Alto Square business complex, exercise using various equipment. like it. There’s no reason to close it. From the customer’s point of view, there’s no reason to close it.� “The facility itself is no great thing, but it is adequate,� member Sandra Weiss agreed. Member Janice Sutphin voiced a shared opinion when she said, “We don’t fit the model anymore� — referring to a suspicion that the closure is an indication that the YMCAs are becoming more family- and youth-oriented and less senior-friendly. Compared to other local Y’s, a higher percentage of Page Mill members are older than 65 years, according to the nonprofit. Those gathered Tuesday also questioned the way the decision was handed down, wondering why management didn’t poll members. But Jordan has said that a number of the YMCA board members use the Page Mill gym and that their perspective and experience with the facility was sufficient for decision-making. What members said they are most upset about is the loss of this deeply connected, supportive and comfortable community, which they said does not exist at the other local YMCAs to which Page Mill members could transfer when Page Mill closes on Oct. 1. “It’s the instructors (and) the classes they give,� Weiss said of Page Mill. “People like the equipment, ... but the big thing really is the people and the community. It’s astounding.� The closest branches to Page Mill are the Palo Alto Family YMCA on Ross Road in Palo Alto and the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA on Bell Street; a bit farther flung are the Sequoia YMCA in Redwood City and the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View. Page Mill members can patronize any of these gyms — or any Bay Area

YMCA — now and through Dec. 31 for free, Jordan said in June. In January, members can join a new “home branchâ€? without paying the standard joining fee. But can other gyms accommodate an influx of transferring members, especially the Ross Road facility, members on Tuesday asked. “I just came from Ross,â€? said Magen Jensen, who’s been a YMCA member since 1980. “You’re always fighting for parking, for showers, and children are running around; there’s lots of noise. ... It’s a totally different environment. This (Page Mill) has been home for all of us.â€? The Palo Alto Family YMCA serves 4,201 membership units — which could be a single person or a family — compared to Page Mill’s 1,401 units, according to David Low, YMCA of Silicon Valley’s director of marketing communications. The East Palo Alto gym serves 991 units and Redwood City, 1,740. Jordan said they are not worried about crowding at the other YMCAs, citing the fact that 45 percent of Page Mill members live outside of Palo Alto and so, come October, might chose a gym near where they live — whether or not that is a YMCA facility. Page Mill’s membership demographics also differ from other local facilities, Low said. Approximately 23 percent of Page Mill members are older than 65 years old compared to 14 percent at the Palo Alto Family YMCA and 21 percent at the Redwood City gym, he said. Older members say they feel more comfortable and welcomed at Page Mill than other locations they have visited. Many who spoke Tuesday have been members for more than 20 ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁx)



In transition programs, local teens prepare for rigors of high school


ith both her parents incarcerated, Adrian Sledge, who was in the care of her grandmother, faced tough odds when she entered MenloAtherton High School. Heroic support from a math teacher, Jennafer Carson, saved her, she said. “Jenna Carson pushed me; she told me, ‘You can do this, this is possible, this is possible,’� Sledge recalled. “She got me to do things I didn’t think were possible. “She would check in and say, ‘Did you do that homework? You should play basketball.’ She made me a doctor’s appointment, took me over to Stanford to get a physical and drove me home. I’d never played basketball before, and it was so hard to pick up the game, but playing basketball really helped me.� That was 15 years ago. This summer Sledge — who graduated from M-A and went on to play basketball in college and became a cosmetologist — is back at M-A to share her story with at-risk freshmen who face similarly daunting challenges as they head into the competitive high school environment. This month the campus is host to at least three initiatives aimed at easing the transition for at-risk students, most of them from East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. A fourth, and related program — Freshmen Rise Up — is underway at the East

by Chris Kenrick Palo Alto clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Sledge, who works during the school year in M-A’s special education department, helps in the summer Compass program, where students score at a sixth-grade reading level or below. Fifteen years ago she was a student in the inaugural year of that program, then led by math teacher Carson. “It’s amazing to come back and say to the students, ‘Hey, I walked these hallways. I grew up in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. I know what it’s like to grow up in the environment but also what it’s like to succeed and step out of it,’� Sledge said. Other Compass mentors include current M-A students like Rayner Zarco, who participated in Compass a year ago as he prepared to enter high school. “High school is a challenge you have to take, and you put in all you have,� said Zarco, who played football and maintained a 3.0 grade point average during freshman year. “I was pretty excited when they asked me to mentor this summer, and I said I’d totally like to help the new freshmen because I was one of them before.� Besides math and English, Compass students are coached in life skills, physical education and leadership. They’re counseled about the benefits of adopting a “growth mindset� as recommended by

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Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck — focusing on improving their performance through hard work rather than assuming they aren’t naturally gifted and then getting overwhelmed and shutting down. They learn the agreed-upon “core values� of M-A — “P.R.I.D.E.� for patience, respect, integrity, determination and empathy. They learn their way around the large campus and how to run the “Bear Mile� around the perimeter of the school. The classes are “about what we’d like for our students to embody as citizens coming into M-A,� said teacher Tara Charles, who has led Compass for the past three summers. “We want to pre-identify students for any services they might need during the school year — counseling or a health checkup — and familiarize them with ways to get small groups together or clubs.� Once the school year begins, M-A offers an array of extra supports, including the friendly “MyLife� program run by former teacher Desiree Caliguiran, who represents the Boys & Girls Club on the M-A campus. “The thing that scared me about high school was keeping my grades up and having a lot of different classes and teachers,� said Zarco, who participated in MyLife during his freshman year. “I’d go in there and the people ask if you needed help. They’d give you your own tutor, like parents who


From ‘mindsets’ to science labs, at-risk freshmen preview life on the big campus

Noel Arzate and Carmen Thomas prepare to compete in an “A-G relay race� in the Freshmen Rise Up program at the Boys & Girls Club. The game is designed to teach entering high school freshmen about the entrance requirements for California’s four-year colleges. volunteered or seniors. It was pretty fun, and it actually did help me keep a 3.0 and above for the whole year, which was great for me.� Caliguiran, whose title is “school site case worker,� is actually on the payroll of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula but functions much like an M-A staff member in her role of anticipating the needs of at-risk students. She takes her cues from M-A Principal Matthew Zito, constantly adapting her program to address needs identified by school administrators. “The program could look very different by next year because (Principal Zito) is always looking to reshape it,� said Sean Mendy of the Boys & Girls Club. To further prepare students for the high school transition, Caliguiran this summer is running a Freshmen Rise Up at the Boys & Girls Club’s East Palo Alto clubhouse. She counsels the importance of attendance, stressing that once academic requirements are taken care of they can take classes like art, ceramics and theater. She

suggests that high school graduation can be a possible stepping stone to college — not necessarily a given for teens who often are the first in their families to graduate from high school. Students play games like the “A-G relay raceâ€? to familiarize themselves with the so-called “A-G requirementsâ€? for admission to California’s public fouryear colleges. For a final project, students reflect on the factors that most motivate them and make a “personal pathwayâ€? poster. Caliguiran said the motivations that emerge vary from student to student. “Some are very future oriented, and they want to go to college and become a doctor or a teacher,â€? she said. “Others say they don’t know what they want to be, but they say, ‘I want to retire my mom because she works three jobs and I never see her,’ or ‘I want to be successful because my siblings look up to me.’ “Forward thinking is not intuitive for many of these kids, but, whatever it is for them, we want them to own it and embrace it.â€? Students leave the program with their own “individualized reference sheets,â€? listing extra support systems in high school and how to access them. “We offer our own services but also the homework center at M-A or the AVID program at M-A, and we do a workshop on what to do when you need these,â€? she said. In addition to Compass and Freshmen Rise Up, teachers are running two math and science transition programs for students, both on the M-A campus. Financial support comes from a variety of sources including the Sequoia Union High School District, the Menlo-Atherton Foundation for the Future, the Sobrato Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club and the Ravenswood Education Foundation. “It’s the old ‘it takes a village’ clichĂŠ, but it really does,â€? said retired Intel executive Tracy Koon, who is now a Boys & Girls Club board member and reading tutor. “We’re all after the same thing, and we can’t do it alone.â€? N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@


Local vets laud, decry Palo Alto VA system VA leadership, congresswomen answer questions, hear stories at town hall meeting


t a meeting hosted at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on Monday, an auditorium full of veterans, their children and spouses spoke candidly to Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier and Palo Alto VA Director Lisa Freeman about their experiences with the VA, some lauding the Palo Alto medical center and others decrying long wait times and a lack of communication. One of the first speakers, whose wife is a veteran, called the Palo Alto VA “a shining example of what the VA system should be.� Another man said that in 15 years he’s never experienced any wait times. Sandra O’Neill, a former Navy nurse, said she has had three hip replacements within the local VA health care system since 2006 and has received “beyond-call-ofduty kind of care.� “I’ve gotten just excellent, quality care and timely care,� she said. “I’m especially happy that they have a special women’s veterans center, and I believe that this medical center pioneered

that concept and made it available to women veterans.� Such positive experiences contrasted sharply with those of a man who said he waited 13 months to get an appointment so instead sought outside treatment; a Marine Corps veteran who said he waited six years for a hip replacement and called the process “inhumane�; a Vietnam War veteran who has been coming to the Palo Alto VA for 20 years and criticized the Patient Advocacy Program as “a listening post and not an action post.� Director Freeman acknowledged the institution’s difficulty with wait times, processes and “a culture of compliance.� She said the Palo Alto VA Health Care System in May had two groups of more than 20 veterans on electronic wait lists, which are designated for those who have waited for more than 90 days for care. The two groups were neurosurgery and dental, with more than 200 veterans waiting for dental appointments. Freeman said the

entire neurosurgery backlog has been worked down to zero, but she would only say that the VA had reached out to almost all of the patients in need of dental appointments and knew that fewer than 70 had not been seen yet but were on track to receive care. Freeman also admitted that Palo Alto VA’s scheduling software, now 30 years old, is antiquated and must be updated. She also acknowledged the need for an updated, state-of-the-art phone system but said a limited budget and government-imposed red tape make it difficult for individual VA’s to make necessary purchases, however large or small. Another common concern raised was communication. One man, speaking for his father, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, said his father was not aware of the full spectrum of services he could access at the VA. He said he lost his hearing during the Battle of the Bulge in the mid-1940s and spent “thousands of dollars� on hearing aids and treatment at lo-


by Elena Kadvany

Veterans and family members spoke out at a community meeting at the Palo Alto VA Hospital on Monday, addressing the issue of long wait times for appointments. cal clinics because he didn’t think the VA would cover his care. “(Veterans) don’t like talking about what happened in the service,� he said. “They’re very proud. They think they can take care of themselves. ... I have never seen an effort by the VA to let the veterans, whether it’s the older veterans or the new veterans, know of all the things that are available for them.� Freeman said she completely agrees that the VA needs to improve its outreach efforts, though she did not offer specific remedies. “We could do a much better job of advertising what the VA offers and who it offers it to,� she said. “I

have had the same experience with my uncles who are both World War II veterans (and) who just thought the VA is for anybody but them.� Speier and Eshoo, sitting at a table at the front of the room next to Freeman, continually probed the VA director on the hospital’s efforts to reach homeless veterans, its funding challenges and the division between internal and external care, among other issues raised. Eshoo said all the processes need to be more “seamless� and reflect how patients live their daily lives and need health care. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@



port. Part of it is parents and families. How do you support a situation where somebody’s working two jobs? How can headed K-8 school districts. At you help a family support a the Illinois Math and Science student? I’ve done that.â€? Academy (IMSA), a state-supMcGee stressed the imporported boarding school that he tance of early intervention for led from 2007 to 2013, McGee at-risk students, noting that in said he sought out “students one of his previous jobs, he from around the state who did opened a preschool program to not have the access and oppor- head off anticipated problems. tunityâ€? of teens from wealthier “That did not meet with communities, even when they unanimous community support had significantly lowat the time because we er test scores. were taking over three Dismayed by risclassrooms and we had ing attrition rates at to make classes bigger IMSA, particularly at that school, but it’s among students “from been enormously sucunder-resourced comcessful,â€? he said. munities, minority “If students read, students from rural and read well, by communities who just third grade, a lot of didn’t have the backthe problems later are Max McGee ground they needed,â€? solved. The early inMcGee instituted a mandatory tervention pays for itself many, program of Wednesday and many times over.â€? Saturday tutorials to support During his trip this week, students. McGee also planned to size up “Part of it was educating the Palo Alto real estate. teachers,â€? he said. “Many of the “If I can afford it, I will find a faculty members had expecta- place here,â€? he said, noting that tions that basically all the stu- the $1 million interest-free loan dents should be able to do it and in his contract with the school those that couldn’t had a deficit. district could be helpful. “I think My point was that these kids it’s important to live in the dishave enormous assets to get trict to see the consequences of from these communities into your decisions for taxpayers.â€? IMSA, and you have to build He said he’s already experion these strengths. enced “sticker shockâ€? doing on“Some of the things I found line searches for local housing. over time is it does take more McGee said he will return to time. It takes after-school pro- Palo Alto ahead of his Aug. 1 grams, for example. It takes start date to meet with princisupplemental services and sup- pals on July 27. N ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠxÂŽ

High-tech hub proposed for Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre Historic building to house new cafe, ‘co-working space’ under latest proposal by Gennady Sheyner



owntown’s historic Varsity Theatre could become a cafe and co-working space for various high-tech companies if a proposal by building owner Chop Keenan pans out. New plans for the landmark University Avenue building list the project applicant as the hightech giant SAP, which operates out of the Stanford Research Park. The plans state that HANAhaus, as the new space will be called, “will combine aspects of a public cafe, a co-working space and a public forum.� It will include an assembly space for more than 100 seats that — while “open to all� — will “cater specifically to the needs of the entrepreneurial community with a focus on innovation in technology and software applications.� The development application brands the new space as a “living laboratory that will explore innovations in the future of work, where dramatic changes in workplace technology, social demographics, cultural trends and globalization are fundamentally changing the meaning, manner and the places in which

Plans for Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre include a cafe with outdoor seating, a co-working space and a 100-seat assembly space.

people work, play, create, connect and relax.� The 1927 building at 456 University, at the intersection with Kipling Street, most recently housed Borders Books, which arrived in 1994 and left in 2011 after Borders declared bankruptcy. Last year, Keenan proposed to turn the building into an accelerator center for Samsung. The project still includes a

major renovation of the historic building and a modification of the first-floor space for creation of a new cafe, a public gathering space and meeting rooms, new exterior doors and windows, according to the plans. The proposal includes no additions to the existing floor area. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@



News Digest

Mitchell Park Library contractor fires back at the city

Woman gives birth on Palo Alto street

Mountain View’s Milk Pail deal goes sour It didn’t last long. Following the last-minute deal announced July 1 between developer Merlone Geier and Milk Pail Market owner Steve Rasmussen to save the Milk Pail Market in Mountain View, Merlone Geier rescinded the offer two days later, putting the future of the popular European-style market in jeopardy. The deal would have allocated 11 additional parking spaces at the San Antonio shopping center to the Milk Pail, enough to meet city requirements for the market to stay in business past 2016, when its current parking agreement expires. The deal was revoked following the City Council’s 6-0 decision at the July 1 meeting in favor of delaying the second phase of Merlone Geier’s The Village at San Antonio Center development, with councilman John Inks recused. In a revocation notice to Rasmussen by Michael Grehl of Merlone Geier, it said one of the conditions of the agreement was that the second phase be approved on July 1. In an email to the council, Rasmussen said there was a “false illusion� in the community that the Milk Pail has an amended parking license that would allow it to stay in business beyond 2016. Rasmussen said the confusion may be because everything was decided so quickly leading up to the July 1 meeting. While the July 1 deal is now history, Rasmussen said he and Merlone Geier made pretty good progress, and there’s a possibility of a long-term solution. He said he expects there will be a follow-up meeting with the developer for a deal in the near future. N — Kevin Forestieri

Twelve Mitchell Park trees to get the axe Twelve trees in Mitchell Park in Palo Alto will be removed next week to ensure safety on the new Magical Bridge Playground, the city has announced. The tree removal is part of the first phase of the playground project, which officially broke ground late last month. Eighteen existing trees will be kept and joined by five new Quercus lobata, commonly known as valley oak, and seven Cercis “Forest Pansyâ€? trees. The five Quercus lobata trees are locally native trees and were selected for their mature size, long life span and ability to adapt to local climate conditions, according to the city. “The playground plan calls for protecting and integrating many of the park’s cork oak trees and other mature trees into the design of the playground area for natural shade,â€? Community Services Department Director Gregory Betts said in a statement. “The decision to remove the majority of the 12 trees was based on health and structural condition of those particular trees with large limbs having the potential to break and drop onto the playground. With the proposed tree removal and replanting, the safety of the playground is improved.â€? N — Elena Kadvany Page 10ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊ££]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Flintco Pacific accuses Palo Alto of fraud, breach of contract by Gennady Sheyner


lintco Pacific, the contractor blamed by Palo Alto officials for the long-delayed and error-plagued construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, is firing back at the city and accusing officials of fraud and breach of contract. In a scathing letter, Flintco’s attorney, Arthur Woodward of the firm Downey Brand LLP, accused the city of “a pattern of wrongful conduct� in its dealing with Flintco, a firm that was hired in 2010 to build the new library and fired in January after the project fell about two years behind schedule. The letter alleges that the city “misrepresented the accuracy and completeness� of the plans and specifications for the new facility when it went out to bid for the project. The letter is the latest skirmish in what promises to be a protracted legal tug-of-war between Palo Alto and Flintco, which began work on the new library in September 2010. In firing Flintco, City Manager James Keene cited the company’s “historically poor performance and failure to make adequate progress toward completion.� Despite repeated requests from Palo Alto for a greater workforce and a more detailed plan for completing the work, the project continued to languish over the past two years. After firing Flintco, the city hired Big D Pacific Builders to finish the south Palo Alto facility, which is now expected to be completed at the end of this year. Flintco and the city have since each filed legal claims against each other. According to the city, much of Flintco’s work on the new library was botched or incomplete. In a letter to company president Tom Maxwell, Keene wrote that the work was “deficient in numerous respects.� These included the “failure to consider the coordination of trades� and the “failure to take into account significant contract requirements for completion.� At the time of the firing, there were about 2,000 items on the worklist for the library project, which was funded by a $76 million bond that voters approved in 2008. The July 9 letter from Woodward argues that the delays and cost overruns stemmed from deficient designs and the city’s “repeated material breaches of the terms of the contract.� “Flintco expects the evidence will show that the city’s actions were intended to shift the blame for project cost overruns and delays to Flintco while covering up


A 21-year-old woman who gave birth on a secluded Palo Alto street on Monday was aided by residents who heard her scream and saw her running down the street while clutching her newborn child. The birth took place around noon on the 500 block of Everett Court between Cowper and Webster streets. Elizabeth Duncan, 80, was talking to a resident in a nearby parking lot when she heard two loud screams, she said. “I looked up and down the road. There was a woman with her pants down, and there was something dark on her pants. There was blood on Everett Court. I went about halfway down the street, and I asked if she needed help. She said, ‘Yes. I’m having a baby. Call 911,’� Duncan said. Duncan ran to her apartment and asked her friend, Bridget Koehler, who was visiting from Alabama, to assist the woman while Duncan called emergency dispatchers. When Koehler reached the street, the woman was running past her clutching something. The woman ran down an alleyway to Everett Street. Koehler and a neighboring man ran after the panicking woman, and Koehler finally stopped her by holding onto her shoulder, she said. A psychologist by training, Koehler was able to calm the mother, she said. “She held onto the baby,� Koehler said, showing how the woman had clutched the newborn to her chest with the umbilical cord still attached. “She showed me the baby; she wanted me to hold the baby. It was a baby boy. He was crying as she held onto him. She was very loving to him the whole time.� Paramedics and police arrived, and they took over treating the new mother and her baby. Palo Alto fire official Anthony Blakeley said the woman was transported to Stanford Hospital. She and her son appeared to be healthy, he said. N — Sue Dremann

The facade of the Mitchell Park Library in June 2013. The library project was originally to be completed by mid-2012, but is now expected to open at the end of this year. the fact that the plans and specifications were incomplete and inaccurate,� the letter states. “The city’s termination of Flintco was patently wrongful and improper. The city continued to breach the contract after it terminated Flintco.� In its “breach of contract� claim, Flintco argues that the city knew the plans for the library were “plagued with errors, omissions, conflicts, ambiguities, lack of coordination and noncompli-

The changes were ‘so frequent and the magnitude of their scope so broad that eventually almost every portion of the project was impacted in some way.’ —Arthur Woodward, attorney for Flintco ance with applicable code requirements.� This led the city to make many changes to the contract. The changes were “so frequent and the magnitude of their scope so broad that eventually almost every portion of the project was impacted in some way.� The company claims that in many cases the city failed to respond to its change-order requests or denied these requests, denials that the company called “wrongful, arbitrary and capricious.� The company is also alleging that the city “perpetuated an internal and public narrative that placed the blame for all of the added costs and delays on Flintco and Flintco’s subcontractors,� even though the true basis for these setbacks were deficient plans and specifications. “The city’s conduct interfered

with and hindered Flintco’s progress and its good faith efforts to complete the project in a timely and workmanlike manner,� Woodward wrote. “Its wrongful conduct resulted in lost productivity, which, in turn, had a significant cumulative impact on the project schedule and project costs.� The company also argues that “the city fraudulently induced bidders to submit bids by deliberately setting out for bid plans and specifications which it knew, or should have known, were incomplete and inaccurate.� Flintco claims the city hid the “true state of the bid set of plans and specifications� and continued its “cover up� after Flintco began to coordinate its subcontractors and proceeded with construction. “The city’s cover ups continued through and after the termination of Flintco in press releases designed to perpetuate the cover up and conceal the true reasons for the Project and cost increases,� the letter states. “Flintco became a scapegoat.� The letter claims that Flintco is entitled to be compensated for the “increased cost and time it incurred, and lost profits it suffered, as a result of the city’s premature and improper release of incomplete plans and specifications.� Because the company does not have all the pertinent information at this time, it has not included in its claim the amount it feels it’s owed, only saying that it is “in the millions of dollars.� According to John Stump, vice president of Flintco, the company will file a writ next week asking the courts to force the city to share its public records. The City Attorney’s office could not be reached for comment Thursday. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


Palo Alto and sister city Oaxaca celebrate 50th anniversary Decades of sharing has far-reaching impact on two cultures seemed to end there. Disparities in health care and education abounded. Thirty-six percent of children died in the first year of life, and children were often imprisoned with their incarcerated parents because there was no foster care, Mandell said. Neighbors Abroad built a children’s library, a planetarium and an orphanage, the Albergue Infantil Josefino, which cares for 55 orphaned, abandoned and abused children. The group also funded a health care initiative that has helped rural villages to grow nutritious food and learn basic medical care. The City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Fire Department, Neighbors Abroad and Palo Alto chapters of


A plaque, marking the re-dedication of a redwood tree planted 49 years ago as a symbol of Palo Alto’s sister-city relationship with Oaxaca, is located in Benito Ju¡rez Llano Park.

the Rotary Club and Kiwanis have provided Oaxaca with badly needed emergency equipment that has saved lives and extinguished fires. California law restricts the number of years a city can use emergency equipment, after which it becomes obsolete. But the good-condition equipment still has many years of usefulness — hence the donations to Oaxaca, Mandell said. In 2001, a newly trained Oaxacan team used Palo Alto equipment to put out an arson fire at the Benito Juarez Universidad law school library. Today Oaxaca has a fleet of 26 fire vehicles, eight of which were donated by Palo Alto. Some of those vehicles are named for Palo Alto fire personnel, including Fire Captain Joe Carlton, Jorge Salazar, volunteer driver Bob Wenzlau and former Fire Chief Nick Marinaro. An ambulance is named for Mandel, Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd said. Shepherd, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, City Manager James Keene and Councilman Greg Scharff attended the celebrations, delivering clothing and supplies to the orphanage, she said. City officials traveled at their own expense. “This trip meant a lot to me,� Shepherd said in an email. “I was very impressed by the work of both committees in Neighbors Abroad and in Oaxaca.� Shepherd and Mandell prepared a certificate renewing the sister-


by Sue Dremann Palo Alto and its sister city Oaxaca have reached their 50year milestone this summer, and officials with the two cities renewed their commitment in June. A 30-person Palo Alto delegation that included city officials and volunteers from the Neighbors Abroad cultural-exchange program traveled to Mexico from June 8 to 19 to celebrate the fivedecade collaboration. Oaxaca, Mexico, became the second of Palo Alto’s six “sisters� around the world in 1964. At the time, Oaxaca had a few similarities with Palo Alto. Both were university towns with a similar climate, Marion Mandell, Neighbors Abroad’s vice president for Oaxaca, said. But the similarities

Palo Altans Pat Morris and Eric Bier help plant a vegetable garden in the rural village of Yaxe, Mexico. Students plant the gardens through the Nino-a-Nino program, which Neighbors Abroad helps fund. city relationship, which Shepherd and Oaxaca’s mayor signed during a formal event with Oaxaca’s 17 council members, she said. A new plaque was also dedicated in a park where a coast redwood — Oaxaca’s equivalent to El Palo Alto — was planted 49 years ago. In remote rural villages, the Palo Alto delegation saw the benefits of the Nino-a-Nino (child-tochild) program Neighbors Abroad funds. The program teaches children to teach each other about basic health care, nutrition and environmental awareness, Mandell said. The knowledge trickles down through families whose traditions don’t always cure disease and may make illnesses worse. Diarrhea, one of the great killers of infants, was traditionally treated by many families by giving the child less water to dry the child out, but those children died from dehydration, Mandell said. With new knowledge of appropriate treatments brought into the homes, Nino-a-Nino has reduced child deaths from double digits to 1 to 2 percent, Mandell said. Children now create family gardens in the remote villages, and they put on puppet shows to spread health messages, she added. Shepherd called it a pleasure to witness the benefits of Palo Alto’s contributions.



Older girls from the Albergue Infantil Josefino orphanage built by Neighbors Abroad pose in traditional dresses after dancing during the 50th anniversary celebration of Palo Alto’s sister-city relationship with Oaxaca, Mexico.

“Because of Neighbors Abroad, Oaxaca is a more secure city, and Palo Alto enriched,� she said. But the gift-giving has not been one-sided, Mandell and Shepherd said. Oaxaca has assisted Palo Alto multiple times through the years. In 1986, Oaxaca consulted on a Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo exhibit to re-create a local village. In 1994, it collaborated on the Oaxacan Myth and Magic exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center. In 2009, 18 Oaxacan officials visited Palo Alto for nine days and met with students in the Escondido Elementary School’s Spanish Immersion Program. Both cities regularly host a student-exchange program, Mandell said. The goodwill built by Neighbors Abroad was born during the Cold War in 1956. President Dwight D. Eisenhower started the Town Affiliation Program to urge U.S. cities to develop ties with cities throughout the world. He believed that human-to-human exchanges between nations could help prevent global wars. Mandell agreed. “It’s the people. The whole idea of ‘people to people’ is one of the main, strong things that has come from this relationship. If you get to know people, you find out they are just like you are.� N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Former planning commission chair Eduardo Martinez dies Architect lauded for service to Palo Alto, as well as for his ethics and kind manner


duardo Martinez, a soft-spoken architect who chaired Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Commission before stepping down earlier this year, died last week after a battle with cancer. Martinez, known for his sense of humor and passion for social justice and land-use transparency, served on the commission from 2009 to 2014. He spent much of his tenure assisting the city with its update of the Comprehensive Plan and with reviewing some of the most contentious recent developments, including Lytton Gateway and the housing development proposed for Maybell Avenue. He co-authored a memo urging the city to reform its planned-community zoning process and was one of several commissioners who opposed changing a policy that discouraged commissioners from talking to developers (the policy was nevertheless changed). He died on July 2, according

to his niece Linda Martinez. He was 67. Though invariably calm, Martinez was occasionally outspoken, as when he called Stanford University arrogant for not taking seriously enough the College Terrace neighborhood’s concerns about added traffic from Stanford’s proposed housing complex on California Avenue. He frequently cited Comprehensive Plan policies in challenging development proposals. On April 21, in his final speech in the Council Chambers, Martinez told the City Council that it’s time to “reinvent� the way the city reviews new developments and the city should solicit feedback on new proposals earlier in the process. Martinez urged the council to listen to the public rather than “have the attitude that we know what we’re doing and if only the public understood this, they’d go along with us.� “I believe we do know what we’re doing. But I think our in-

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Elena Lee. The second and third alternatives call for “slow non-residential growth.� The second concept would create new policies to control non-residential developments and allow just enough housing to meet the state requirements set by the Association of Bay Area Governments. The third concept would be more aggressive when it comes to residential growth, allowing residential buildings near transit hubs to be taller than currently allowed. This concept would also develop the site at 27 University Ave. at the edge of downtown Palo Alto into an expanded transit center with housing. While most commissioners agreed that the city’s low-density residential neighborhoods should be protected, they offered a range of opinions on broader questions relating to growth. The city’s 50-foot height limit was one topic of dispute, with three commissioners making the case that it should be relaxed. Commissioner Michael Alcheck said he often encounters residents who want to keep the 50-foot height limit and don’t want to see greater building density. He said he likes to remind them that growth is coming, and he asks them where they would prefer to see it. Some areas, like the foothills, are clearly unsuitable for growth, he said. With sprawl also undesirable, that leaves infill development as the best alternative for adding density, he said. Chair Mark Michael also made a case for embracing “change.� The city should “allow for the creation of resources that the future will view as historic,� he said. “It’s not growth; it’s change. If you think of it as change versus no change, to me no change is a recipe for entropy, disaster and decline — not something any of us would appreciate. If we have a yard, we plant flowers, grow trees — we promote change. I think change is good if properly managed.� Relaxing the 50-foot limit, he said, would allow for an additional story where appropriate, in areas like downtown and perhaps California Avenue and El Camino Real. “I think the sacrosanct nature of the height limit is a mistake, personally, but if it’s the law I will follow the law,� Michael said. Commissioner Eric Rosenblum proposed going a step further than the third concept, which would raise the height limit from 50 to 55 feet for residential projects near transit areas. The limit should be 60 feet, he said. “If we’re going to violate historic precedent, it should be a meaningful violation,� Rosenblum said. Rosenblum also recommended that all of the concepts, not just the third one, plan for the 27 University Ave. site, which is located next to the downtown transit cen-

ter and which was recently the focus of a controversial proposal by developer and philanthropist John Arrillaga. He criticized the main alternatives as being largely no-growth or anti-growth. “There needs to be a scenario where jobs are also created or at least explicitly addressed,� Rosenblum said. Others were more cautious on the issue of height limits. Commissioner Przemek Gardias said the city should first look at rede-

‘Keep the buildings of human scale, both residential and nonresidential.’ —Beth Bunnenberg, member, Historic Resources Board veloping open spaces like parking lots before it allows taller buildings. “That could be an opportunity for downtown as well as California Avenue without raising any limits,� Gardias said, referring to the parking lots. Beth Bunnenberg, a member of the city’s Historic Resources Board, addressed the commission and recommended sticking to the 50-foot height limit. “Keep the buildings of human scale, both residential and nonresidential,� Bunnenberg said. Keller was more cautious than his colleagues on growth. The demand for housing in Palo Alto is high, he said, but satisfying this demand would come at a price. “It’s certainly true that if you

build it, they will come,� Keller said. “If we allow them to build it, they will. We cannot quench the demand from people to live in Palo Alto. If we did allow everyone to live in Palo Alto, our schools would be so overcrowded that their quality would be destroyed.� It is not the city’s objective, Keller said, “to make things nice for ‘redevelopers’ so that they can maximize their profits.� “What we instead want to do is to zone for what we want,� Keller said. Commissioners Greg Tanaka and Carl King made a case for protecting single-family residential neighborhoods, in keeping with all of the concepts in the proposed Environmental Impact Report. But Michael suggested that there should be some flexibility in making changes to single-family-residential (R-1) zones. There are many “empty nesters� (he used himself as an example) who may want to move out of their large homes and into smaller apartments, which could be added to neighborhoods of single-family homes. “Not touching the R-1 in our zoning living space is a mistake,� Michael said. The commission also heard from numerous residents in an unusually packed Council Conference Room. College Terrace resident Kevin Murray said the goal of the revised Comprehensive Plan should be to “preserve the quality of life� the city currently enjoys and to protect residents from what he referred to as the “second Gold Rush.� “Your only role should be how to manage existing development rather than looking at future de-

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

Council Council The council did not meet this week.

Planning and Transportation Commission (July 9) Comprehensive Plan: The commission discussed its priorities for the coming year and considered the four concepts for future growth that will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan update. Action: None

velopment,� Murray told the commission. Seelam Reddy, a candidate this fall for City Council, advocated for beautifying El Camino Real and working more closely with East Palo Alto in planning for the future to help “lift up that community.� “We are not living in an isolated world,� Reddy said. “Any of our planning, we need to work with them. Same with Mountain View and same with Menlo Park. What they do impacts us and what we do impacts them.� Shani Kleinhaus, an environmental advocate with the Santa

Clara Valley Audubon Society, said she was concerned about the “net zero� alternative and suggested that the city carry out its net-zero experiments at the neighborhood level, rather than throughout the city. “This is the kind of an experiment on a citywide scale that would be really scary because it could be an outcome that we don’t expect at all,� Kleinhaus said. The city hopes to complete its update of the Comprehensive Plan by the end of 2015. The council is scheduled to discuss the Environmental Impact Report on Aug. 4. N

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss the master sign program for the renovation of City Hall’s ground floor. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Municipal Arts Plan and artwork for the City Hall lobby and Michael Szabo’s sculpture, “Confluence,� which will be installed on California Avenue. The commission will also consider proposed art at 429 University Ave. and 441 Page Mill Road and discuss the Public Art Master Plan process. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.


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Buena Vista Joe Jisser declined Monday to discuss the Prometheus decision and referred inquiries to the company. Prometheus officials did not return phone and email requests for comment. Grant Kolling, senior attorney for the City of Palo Alto, said the Prometheus decision is not expected to impact the closure application “directly.� “The closure is proceeding as scheduled,� Kolling said. The quitclaim deed, which Prometheus filed on June 21, was submitted “for the purpose of eliminating any interest the grantor (Prometheus) may have in and to the subject property,� the document states. According to an August 2012 “memorandum of purchase agreement� the Jisser family filed with the county, the family had agreed to sell to Prometheus the Buena Vista property “upon the occur-


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The fate of Palo Alto’s only mobile-home park is again up in the air with Prometheus Real Estate Group dropping its plan to redevelop the site. rence of certain events and subject conditions more specifically described in the Purchase Agreement.� Because the purchase agreement remains private, it’s not clear which events triggered Prometheus’ decision to withdraw its interest in the property. Though the move might not avert the displacement of Buena Vista residents, it could bring new redevelopment options for the site, which opened as a tourist camp in 1926 and became a mobile-home park in the early 1950s. The park now includes 98 occupied mobile-home spaces, 12 studio apartments and one single-family unit, according to the relocation-impact report. Last year, the residents offered to buy the site from the Jisser family through a combination of low-interest state and federal loans and the purchase of membership shares by a specially formed resident-owned cooperative. The family rejected this offer. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a nonprofit that develops affordablehousing complexes, had also considered last year teaming up with Prometheus to build about 65 lowincome apartments on the site. During the closure hearings in mid-May, dozens of residents testified about the hardships they would endure if evicted from the mobile park. These include finding new jobs, placing their children in new schools and finding new homes at comparable rates — a prospect that everyone agreed is





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sion and the staff.� A Los Angeles native, Martinez moved to Berkeley in 1967 to earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban design from U.C. Berkeley. He then obtained a master’s degree in urban design from Harvard University. Martinez later returned to Berkeley, where his architectural firm was based. He lived in Campbell for eight years before moving to Palo Alto in 2008. Linda Martinez said he became passionate about architecture as a child, when his father bought him books on the subject and took him on trips. He was also passionate about being involved in the community and,

nearly impossible in the Palo Alto area. Blanca Fonseca, one of the residents who testified, said she had recently toured other Peninsula communities and saw most of the mobile homes selling for $70,000 or higher, far above the appraised value of $23,000 that she would receive from the Jisser family for her Buena Vista home. Melissa Morris, attorney for the Buena Vista residents, said during the final day of the May hearings that she and her clients have been “trying to figure out a way to work with the owner to preserve the park.� “There’s a lot of political will in Palo Alto,� Morris said in her concluding remarks. “Quite frankly, there’s a lot of dollars out there from people willing to make it happen. Perhaps, as we go forward, we can talk about that as a possible resolution as well.� Marie Kear, vice president of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Residents Association, told the Weekly Tuesday that while the residents are generally happy about Prometheus’ withdrawal from the partnership, they don’t have enough information yet to know what this portends for the park. The goal for many, she said, remains buying the park or finding another way to stay there. “This is something we own, even if it’s a shack,� Kear told the Weekly. “We have more freedom being here. It’s like you buy a house, you live in it and you have your family — and now you have nothing.� N

according to Palo Alto’s resolution, specialized in public architecture, including public housing and buildings that housed community nonprofits. “It was his life’s work,� Linda Martinez said. In his parting comments, just before he received a standing ovation in the Council Chambers, Martinez thanked the council for the trust placed in the planning commission. “Frankly, I love this job,� Martinez said. “I loved the trust that you all gave us, the attention you gave to our comments and deliberations on matters of important land-use decisions.� A reception in his honor will be held on July 27 at the Kinsey James Couture Bridal, a building he helped renovate, at 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. N




Carleton Watkins (U.S.A., 1829–1916), The Lower Yosemite Fall, Yosemite, 1865–1866, from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley. Albumen print. Lent by Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

years; one 59-year-old woman joined at 24 when she was unmarried and with no children and has brought her entire family through the facility. Members said that they’re prepared to fight the YMCA’s decision and are considering taking legal action against the organization. Member Chuck Kinney said Tuesday that he has consulted with two members who are attorneys about this possibility. The attorneys refused to comment for this story, and Kinney said they are not sure what specific legal action they could take. “We’d prefer not to (take legal action), but it may come to that point,� he said. A petition circulating to keep Page Mill open had more than 300 signatures on Tuesday. But if leadership won’t change their mind — and Jordan has said the recent outcry has not impacted the decision, which will not be reversed — they said they’re ready to go elsewhere. “If they do close, and I hope they don’t, I’ll go anywhere else besides the Y,� one man said. Property owner Robert Wheatley told the Weekly Wednesday that he, too, was shocked by the

YMCA’s decision. “We kind of thought they would stay,� he said. “We’ve had this great relationship. We both realize there would have to be a major renovation done to the facility just to keep up with what’s needed. So it’s up to them to decide how to move forward.� He said he’s already been contacted by people interested in the space, both “people related to gym uses� and others. He said he has heard rumblings about members interested in renting or somehow keeping the space as a gym under a different umbrella, but he doesn’t “know of any offer or indication that anyone is seriously considering asking us to sign a lease to stay there.� He said an option like that would have to be “weighed against everything else� and that regardless of who takes over the space, a remodel is necessary. “The space is old. They’ve been there for 35 years,� he said. Jordan said that the YMCA would “be happy to help in any capacity if members wanted to try to create a community center. “We also know, like I said, that the facility is going to need some major rework if its going to remain. ... I wish we could stay, but unfortunately, it’s not what we’re going to be able to do,� she said. N


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Media Center to offer broadcast camp East Palo Alto students will have the opportunity to get handson experience with broadcasting in a camp to be offered by the Midpeninsula Community Media Center later this month. (Posted July 10, 9:48 a.m.)

Police nab suspected ‘smelly’ bank robber Police arrested a man suspected of shoplifting at a CVS Pharmacy in Mountain View Tuesday who they believe is the same malodorous man who robbed a bank last week. (Posted July 10, 9:45 a.m.)

Police find missing woman in Menlo Park A Japanese woman in her 70s who went missing after she walked away from her family’s home in the 2200 block of Harvard Street in the College Terrace neighborhood was safely located Wednesday afternoon in Menlo Park, police said. (Posted July 9, 2:16 p.m.)

Citizens panel appointed for plan update Palo Alto has selected a new citizens panel that is charged with helping the city update its land-use bible, the Comprehensive plan. (Posted July 9, 9:57 a.m.)

East Palo Alto robber gets 13-year sentence A 53-year-old man who in January robbed the San Mateo Credit Union in East Palo Alto received a 13-year prison sentence on Tuesday, July 8. (Posted July 9, 9:47 a.m.)

East Palo Alto church vandal to pay damages A San Jose man who smashed the windows of three East Palo Alto churches in search of a bathroom must pay $9,725 in restitution, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge has ordered. (Posted July 7, 11:25 a.m.)

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December 13, 1925 – June 30, 2014 Catherine “Cathyâ€? Jean Hovland passed away June 30, 2014, in Meridian, Idaho, at the age of 88. With her passing, the Stanford Cardinal and San Francisco Forty Niner football teams lost one of their biggest fans. Cathy was born December 13, 1925 in Larimore, North Dakota, where she graduated from Larimore High School. She was the only child of Harold and Emma Steedsman (nee Brown). Cathy was an excellent cook resulting from helping her parents run the family restaurant and bakery in Fargo, North Dakota, during her teen years. Cathy attended business school in Fargo. She moved out west and settled in San Francisco after WWII where she met and married Robert George Hovland, Jr., December 10, 1948. The marriage ceremony was presided over by the groom’s father, the Reverend Robert George Hovland, Sr. Cathy’s career spanned over 50 years in the telecommunications business. Her ďŹ rst telecommunications job was at PaciďŹ c Telephone in Palo Alto, California, where she handled the Stanford University account. Immediately after retirement on December 30, 1983, she started her second career working at Stanford University performing the Stanford side of the account. She retired from Stanford University in 2000 at the age of 75 having been involved in the incredible growth of Stanford University from a very special vantage point. She oversaw and processed countless orders fulďŹ lling the telecommunication needs on numerous new facilities as well as supporting major sporting events. Her colleagues spoke highly of Cathy’s work ethic and excellent communication skills and nominated her for and was a ďŹ nalist in the prestigious Amy Blue Award. The Amy Blue Award honors staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues, and passionate about their work. Cathy was a huge fan of Stanford Cardinal and San Francisco Forty Niner football. At Stanford she had season tickets on the 50yard line for Cardinal football games. She enjoyed tail gating and attending games with her many friends. Cathy suffered from severe osteoporosis and decided to become an Idahoan in 2007 when she sold her home in Palo Alto, California, and moved to Meridian to be closer to her son. Sadly she had to leave behind her Stanford football season tickets and many friends and colleagues including her best friend and neighbor, Wilma. Cathy is survived by her daughter-inlaw, Cynthia Lames Hovland, and her only child, R. David Hovland, who will always remember her incredible energy, kindness, strength; as well as her being the solid foundation of the family. Cathy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert George Hovland, Jr., who passed away October 26, 1996. The family is grateful for the excellent care Cathy received at the Meadow Lake Village retirement facility in Meridian, and from Heart ‘n Home Hospice, Meridian. Cathy will be laid to rest at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, California. Cathy requested that any donations be made to your local Humane Society or the charity of your choice. Please visit for more information and to leave online condolences for Cathy’s family. PA I D

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Nancy Eleanor Frank Bregstein, born October 11, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA, to Juliette G. and Lawrence P. Frank, died amongst family on July 2, 2014 in Palo Alto, CA, where she has lived since 2008. She was briey married to Producer Earnest H. Martin, followed by her lifelong partner, Herbert L. Bregstein, distributor of foreign ďŹ lms. Just marvelous–Nancy was as classy as they come. A fun-loving, food-loving, LA girl immersed in show biz (and everyone’s business), she was a vibrant storyteller with boundless charm. Nancy was a terrible cook but an expert at deviled eggs, with impeccable taste, a penchant for cocktail parties, and a purse for classic air. World traveler, interior decorator, and ďŹ erce scrabble player, she lived with glamour and gusto, sporting her dark glasses to the very end. Survived by her niece, Melissa Frank of Santa Cruz, CA, and two nephews: Ross Frank of Carlsbad, CA and Chad Frank of Wyckoff, NJ. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to: Friends of the Beverly Hills Public library Tribute Fund, 444 No. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4877, or www. PA I D


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Violence related Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Driving with suspended license . . . . . 17 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 5 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . 2 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found animal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Muni. code/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Menlo Park July 2-8 Violence related . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Theft related Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Conspiracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle related Attempted auto theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bicycle found . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle and bicycle accident. . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Drug registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . 2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Illegal fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Webster Street, 3/25, 8:14 a.m.; sexual assault/rape. 250 University Ave., 7/1, 5:42 p.m.; battery/simple. 300 Pasteur Drive, 7/2, 2 p.m.; battery/ simple. Alma Street, 7/3, 12:54 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. 535 Ramona St., 7/4, 1:11 a.m.; battery/ simple. 3390 Kenneth Drive, 7/5, 11:17 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon. Tanland Drive, 7/6, 4:57 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.


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Ira Ruskin, former assemblyman, dies at 70

Lynn Morin Lynn Bartha Morin, a Palo Alto resident for almost 30 years, died on June 19 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years. She was 91. She was born Nov. 14, 1922, in New Jersey and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1941, she married George Morin, with whom she had eight children. When she was 35, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Soon after her husband died in 1978, she moved to Palo Alto to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. While here, she worked part-time at two local shoe stores.


Former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, who represented Palo Alto for six years, died on July 3 following complications from a brain tumor, according to his family. He was 70 years old. The Democrat from Redwood City told his supporters in a May 2011 email that he had undergone emergency surgery for a malignant brain tumor earlier that month and that he was preparing to undergo “aggressive treatment,� including radiation and chemotherapy, the Weekly reported at the time. He said that his doctors told him the tumor, while not curable, was containable. The illness halted his bid for a state Senate seat. Ruskin was a member of the Committee for Green Foothills. He served nine years as a city councilman in Redwood City starting in 1995 and was mayor from 1999 through 2001. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2004, when he defeated Republican Steve Poizner to succeed Joe Simitian, a former Palo Alto mayor representing the 21st District. Ruskin was re-elected twice before being termed out in 2010. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat Rich Gordon. As a Redwood City councilman, he worked with Palo Alto officials to advocate for the creation of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, an organization of cities that use Hetch Hetchy water, which was

controlled by San Francisco. It took three bills to get it passed in the Legislature, and Ruskin became its founding chairman, according to the Weekly’s past coverage. Ruskin championed an environmental bill to safeguard the state through toxic-substances reporting. He introduced a bill that funded the successful Parolee Reentry Program in East Palo Alto, which helped more than 100 persons change their lives, according to his Assembly record. In 2009, he attempted to get a bill passed that would have given new authority to the California Coastal Commission to impose penalties for violations of the Coastal Act. He served on the Budget, Business and Professions, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and Higher Education committees of the California General Assembly, among others. His work on the EnviIn addition to spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles and baking — including making Hungarian poppy seed rolls, which her family loved. Later in life she ran the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco twice. She was predeceased by her husband, George; sons, Terrence and Dennis Morin; and her sisters Emma Rawnsley and Helen Rosol. She is survived by six children: daughter Tricia (Timothy) Wright of Menlo Park; daughter Michele (Michael) Magana of Surprise, Arizona; daughter Maureen (Duke) Nelson of Saratoga; daughter Mary Kay (Doug) Burns of San Jose; son Joseph (Wendy) Morin of Phoenix, Arizona; and son John Morin of Palo Alto. She is also survived by her sisters, Violet Recktosh and Gail Abersold, both of Pittsburgh; 15 grandchildren and four great-

ronmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee included legislation to improve water and air quality, including greenhouse-gas-emission reduction and alternative-fuels vehicles, according to his Assembly biography. Ruskin had planned to run for Simitian’s seat in the state Senate in 2012. “Given the treatment ahead, I am withdrawing from all political activity at this time in order to focus on my recovery and to be with my wife, Cheryl, friends, and family,� he said in a statement after announcing his illness. Gordon praised Ruskin’s service in the Assembly after the 2011 announcement of his illness. He said he has been “impressed by the deep respect that so many in Sacramento have for Ira.� Ruskin “obviously did an outstanding job in the State Assembly,� he said. Ruskin received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968 and a master’s in communications from Stanford University in 1983, according to his Assembly biography. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Perman. Funeral services were held on July 9 at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. Graveside services followed at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. — Palo Alto Weekly Staff grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on July 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Santa Clara County.


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Gene Bulf’s 95th birthday would be this month. He died four years ago but his family and friends remember him as The Man With A Smile. Just thinking about him brings a smile to our faces and the memories come pouring in. He was a kind caring man who made friends easily. Many of his customers at Werry Electric Shop became lifelong friends. Gene graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He married Nancy Deering and they enjoyed folk dancing. They had three children, Jeffrey, Ellen and Carolyn. After his divorce he married Mary Suransky Kimball. They also enjoyed folk dancing. They traveled to Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. They also traveled around the country in their camper van and had many favorite camp sites locally. He loved entertaining guests playing his little accordion. Gene enriched the lives of so many people. He was active in the community as President of the Friends of the Library and arranged for book sales for many years; was active in the young men’s YMCA group; joined Environmental Volunteers during its formative years and greatly enjoyed teaching children about Nature in the classroom and on ďŹ eld trips. When he joined Jasper Ridge he led adults on tours of Stanford’s Biological Preserve sharing his love and knowledge of nature. Gene is survived by his wife, Mary, Jeff who is traveling in Europe, Ellen in Walnut Creek, and Cary in Carlsbad, CA. To those who loved him Gene lives on in our hearts and our memories which bring on those smiles. PA I D


Garnet G. Johnson Longtime Palo Alto resident Garnet G. Johnson died at home June 12, 2014 following a long struggle with vascular dementia. She was 76. Born January 18, 1938 in Butler, SD to Rollie Orlando and Gladys Faye (Mossman) Emch, Garnet was the third of ďŹ ve daughters. During her freshman year of high school, the family moved to Power, MT, where she met Gale L. Johnson, who was drawn to Garnet by her outgoing and fun-loving nature, beautiful smile, and striking blue eyes. The high school sweethearts dated through their ďŹ rst years of college and married in 1957. Garnet graduated from Montana State College with a degree in elementary education and taught ďŹ rst grade in Auburn, WA before moving to Palo Alto in 1961, where she and Gale raised their family of three children. She worked as a substitute teacher in local school districts and as a secretary for the Stanford University Athletic Department. She volunteered countless hours with the Stanford Hospital Auxiliary, South Palo Alto Food Closet, Girl Scouts, and in numerous capacities during 53 years at Wesley United Methodist Church. She was an active member of American Association of University Women. Garnet loved music and played many instruments, including accordion, clarinet, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. Singing was her passion; for many years she performed barbershop harmony music in Bay Area Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets. She was blessed with eight precious grandchildren for whom she lovingly created handmade quilts, which will be treasured forever. She and Gale traveled regularly, both near and far, to visit their children and grandchildren throughout the U.S. and overseas. Garnet is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gale Johnson; daughter Susan (Albert) Yeh of Colorado Springs, CO and her children Aubrey, Kyle, and Moriah; son Jeff (Natalie Bermudez) Johnson of San Jose and his children Elizabeth, Patrick, and Ryan; son Joel Johnson of Carmel and his children Ashley and Sydney; and sisters Marilyn (Joe) Knight of Billings, MT; Beryl (David) Garloff of Lindstrom, MN; and Bev (Steve) Wilson of Aiken, SC. Garnet is also fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rollie and Faye Emch, and oldest sister, Bertie Lou Chamberlain. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 470 Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto. The family would like to extend their thanks to Garnet’s caregivers and her hospice team for their dedicated support. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association. PA I D




Project creep at City Hall $4.5 million lobby ‘refurbishment’ tough to swallow


project that was intended to be a renovation of the cramped conference room next to the City Council Chambers has somehow mushroomed into a glitzy redesign of the entire Hamilton Avenue-facing lobby of City Hall.

Like the minor home-remodeling project that keeps expanding beyond the intended scope and sends costs soaring, the city staff quietly turned this relatively minor renovation into a major and complex project designed to change the entire experience for visitors to City Hall. It also created a cascade of other impacts, including the relocation of staff members in four different city departments. And it happened largely in stealth mode, slipping through on the consent calendar at the City Council’s June 16 meeting without discussion as the council focused its time and energy that night on ballot proposals for reducing the council size and extending term limits. Unfortunately the media, including the Weekly, was guilty of missing this item in advance of the meeting, although Weekly reporter Gennady Sheyner picked up on it and last week dug into the story and the city staff’s explanation. With contracts signed and work starting immediately, there is apparently no turning back on this project. It is a great example of how a lot of money can get spent with little, if any, public scrutiny and how years of prioritizing and lamenting about needed infrastructure projects can be bypassed by a simple budget amendment placed on a consent agenda. The entire council, which approved the items on the consent calendar by a 9-0 vote, is complicit in not raising questions about how this expansion came about and why it was not given the chance to approve it prior to the bidding process (which, by the way, only attracted a single bidder.) For years, the city’s leadership has undertaken a painfully detailed process, including establishing a blue ribbon citizens commission, to identify the city’s most urgent needs for infrastructure improvements. At the top of the list is the need for a new public-safety headquarters, followed by renovation of two fire stations; street, sidewalk, park and bike transit improvements; upgrades at Cubberley and many more. At a price tag that has grown to $4.5 million, the renovation of the City Hall ground floor should have had to compete with these other city infrastructure needs. It is inconceivable that most Palo Altans would have put this project ahead of the ones already identified, and its approval undermines the city’s credibility as it wrestles to find funding for projects that are more important than this one. So what is in store for the public when these improvements are complete? By the staff’s description, it will rival the lobby of a high-tech company. Visitors will enter a lobby equipped with an “interactive digital media public art element on the wallâ€? and a new glass-walled community meeting room with multiple LCD screens, high-definition cameras and sliding doors so the room can be opened to the lobby for overflow crowds. “Open government and technology are the key principlesâ€? of the project, according to the staff report, and City Manager Jim Keene says the focus is to make the lobby “welcoming to the public and also work for the public’s business.â€? The utility department’s customer service staff will move downstairs, which conveniently allows some of the costs of the project to be charged off to the utilities. Elevator interiors and bathrooms will be spruced up and new signage will help direct the public. City Hall is 44 years old, poorly designed and compares horribly with that of neighboring cities. The city has already invested millions of dollars in other upgrades to the building, and these improvements solve identified problems. We don’t dispute that. But that is no excuse for how this project and expenditure received council approval. Presenting an expansion to the original project in the form of a budget amendment after the project had been bid and a contract negotiated is not good government, particularly with all the rhetoric about our infrastructure needs. For a project whose goal is stated as achieving a “more open atmosphere to encourage public participation and community access to City Hall,â€? it is ironic that public participation was so neglected in deciding if this was a good way to spend $4.5 million. Perhaps when the project is complete, the new environment will somehow enable the kind of discussion this project deserved. Page 18ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊ££]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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Thousands of gallons Editor, I recently noticed several construction projects in Palo Alto where the house has been completely demolished, and apparently, the new home on the site will have a basement as a deep hole has been dug. The projects are pumping water from the sites to lower the water table to make the basement possible. The water is pumped to the storm sewer 24 hours a day, seven days a week for months. A rough estimate is that 150,000 gallons per month per site are lost. This is equivalent to the normal water usage from about eight to nine homes. California is currently in a historically severe drought, and we have been asked to conserve water. The City of Palo Alto put extra information in the recent utility bills encouraging residents to conserve water. Yet these sites are pumping water down the drain. I am appalled at the practice of pumping down the water table in Palo Alto so that new homes can be constructed with basements. I have seen this practice at several other construction sites in recent years. The new hotel to replace Ming’s restaurant proposes to do the same thing. I recently brought this issue to the attention of the City Council. The response was essentially, “Don’t worry about it, the water is not potable.� Even if the water is not potable, other uses can be found in severe drought conditions. William Brew Greer Road, Palo Alto

Not broken, but ‘fixed’ Editor, So “to better serve the community,� the Page Mill YMCA is closing after 35 years in the same location. Three thousand members are sent to far-flung and/or badly overcrowded branches because of “no natural light or room for expansion� at Page Mill. This makes no sense.

Correction In the June 27 issue of the Weekly, the final letter named “A cult of hubris� was inadvertently cut off three lines short, omitting the end of the letter and the writer’s name and street. The end of the letter should have read “What’s needed is accountability, a quality that has long been missing at every level at City Hall. Pat Marriott, Oakhurst Avenue, Los Altos.� The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650223-6514, jdong@paweekly. com or P.O. Box 1610, CA 94302

In just a few days there were over 70 posts about this on Town Square, many distressed and angry. I’ll focus on the location question. Palo Alto sprawls out over several miles, with half an hour’s driving time from one corner to the opposite one. The Page Mill Y is right in the center of town, serving the population most conveniently. Without it, the members who rely on this gym for community, exercise and health education will have to expend more time and (fossil-fuel) energy going elsewhere. Many will give their business to private gyms or other organizations that are geographically closer to their homes. I sadly predict a large net loss of members to the Y (and not much gain, if any, to other branches). This is a situation where something that wasn’t broken was “fixed.� M.B. Phillips Old Adobe Road, Palo Alto

Why not have it all? Editor, Despite tremendous growth in population and industry since the second world war, Paris — the one in France — remains one of the most beautiful and habitable

cities on the planet. Dwellings, workplaces, gardens, shops and eateries blend seamlessly throughout walkable arrondissements that manage to retain a truly human scale. Of course, this kind of quality living doesn’t happen by accident. City planners had the foresight to designate a district on the outskirts of town known as “La DĂŠfense.â€? The area, readily accessible by public transport, is essentially an urban forest of skyscrapers. Most of the structures in this vicinity are purposed for office use. In addition, residential towers, hotels, restaurants, retail, parks and other amenities crisscross the quarter. Interestingly, high-profile design competitions attract local and long-distance property developers to vie for the glory of erecting steel and glass landmarks within this soaring sector. The Parisian solution suggests a best-of-both-worlds alternative that might make sense for Palo Alto. By creating a separate space for high-density buildings, and controlling expansion in the existing neighborhoods, ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iÊÓä)

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Henry’s vision — changing the world, one community at a time by Jay Thorwaldson quiet young man from halfway around the world approached us recently as we visited a small primary school in a rural village named Yimbo, in Kenya. “I’m Henry,� he said softly. It was an emotional moment on top of an already feeling-packed return visit to this small, mostly impoverished community about 10 miles from Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile. It had been five years since my partner, Patricia, and I had been to Yimbo, where we helped dedicate a school library funded by our group, following an overwhelming African welcome of singing and dancing by mothers, teachers and students. The group we were with, “Friends of Yimbo,� is a nonprofit organization cofounded by brothers Charles Odipo, a psychologist, and Ben Odipo, a computer specialist, in memory of their late father, Joseph Odipo, who founded both the local primary school and a nearby secondary school. Their mother and an uncle still reside in the family compound. Both brothers live with their families in California. In our earlier visit, about 300 members of the community gathered to honor our group with songs and skits on our final visit to the school. Skits depicted the importance of education as opposed to becoming a fisherman or water-hauler. In one skit, a 13-year-


old eighth-grader named Henry Jagongo announced that “Miss Pat and Mr. Jay� would sponsor him through the University of California. It was intended as a joke, and taken as such, being far beyond our capacity, or the entire group’s, for that matter. But a secondary school was a different scale. High schools in Kenya charge tuition and room and board except for “day students,� who often have to walk or bicycle miles to attend classes. It was a shock to see qualified students denied a badly needed education for the lack of a fairly modest amount. Henry was eminently qualified, ranking at the top of his eighth-grade class. Yet his family was unable to pay for both him and an older sister. Working through a Friends of Yimbo scholarship fund, Patricia provided nearly all the support, adding up to several thousand dollars over the four years. I contributed much less. The scholarships are based on academic performance and personal need and are administered through the committee, not as individual support. But word spread that Pat was the major contributor. Now, meeting Henry again as a young man — who had not only completed his secondary schooling but also had done so with outstanding success — members of the group were deeply impressed and personally touched to the point of choking up a bit when meeting his aging parents at their modest, three-room brick home. His father, Elisha Jagongo, had been a local policeman for 20 years before he retired in the mid-1990s. He suffered a mild stroke in 2012 that left him walking haltingly with a cane. Their pride in Henry glistened in their eyes.

But the point of this column isn’t just about a young man in a small village in a remote corner of the world or about personal feelings and connections. It is about vision and how one person can make a difference in the lives of hundreds or thousands of people, of all ages. It is about individuals who take initiative anywhere in the world, to do what we call in America “building community� or laying foundations for future generations — as so many have done over decades in Palo Alto and the Bay Area. Etch this in stone: One person with vision can make a vast difference. So this column is about Joseph Odipo, an employee of the Kenyan national railway who believed in education so strongly that he founded two schools and inspired his children to become professionals with advanced degrees, as well as doing small acts of compassion and generosity. It is about Charles and Ben returning to their home village and creating a small yet committed organization to improve the community. Projects this year include creating washable menstrual pads for older girls so they don’t have to miss school each month; helping local “peasant farmers� (as they classify themselves) set up a “chicken project� to expand their meager monthly incomes from crops; and repairing school desks and repainting a classroom. Last year, after a community meeting five years earlier chose running water as a priority, the village’s first well began flowing. And now Henry has developed his own vision, flowing from his lifetime in Yimbo, marked by both tragedies and successes. His birth mother died when he was 2, and he and a new sister were cared for by an older brother, Michael — who in turn died

when Henry was 7. His father remarried and his new mother finished raising him, sharing his father’s pride. His early schooling was rudimentary, and competition with an older sister pushed him to study. In secondary school, he was named “prefect� of his first-year class, something like class president but with numerous duties and working with fellow students. The class surged to the top in performance. He became engrossed with biology and chemistry, and a vision began to form within him: to go to college followed by medical school to become a physician, and return to Yimbo to establish a clinic, possibly a mobile clinic and ambulance transport so people don’t have to travel more than an hour to another town. He has applied to three universities in Kenya, recognizing that funding is still in question. In the meantime, he went to a nearby secondary school and asked if he could teach biology. After meeting with the deputy headmaster and headmaster, they invited him to teach three classes of biology, which he is doing this summer. He has applied to three Kenyan universities for undergraduate work, then hopes to get a medical degree and return to Yimbo to develop a staffed local health clinic, with well-equipped ambulances so fewer people die en route to a hospital more than an hour away. He knows it will be hard, but that is his vision. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@ and/or He also writes periodic blogs at www.


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citizens could choose between a small-town setting or a more metropolitan atmosphere. And municipal officials could pursue an advancement agenda with less controversy as long as they keep inside the confines of the concrete community. Everybody wins! Jaclyn Schrier Alma Street, Palo Alto

I will eat my hat on the steps of City Hall. Reduce the price of parking in city garages to zero. Make all the three-hour spaces free and unlimited in time. Immediately, all the city garages will be full and the neighborhood parking issue will disappear. The city will save oodles of money: no concierge parking fees, no meter maids, no permit sellers. Just do it. David Lieberman Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto

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Editor, On Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. I went to the Bryant Street garage, took the elevator to the top and walked down, counting the number of unused parking spaces. In the reserved all-day section I counted 119 unused spots. In the unreserved three-hour area there were more than 200 empty spots. In other words, a 500-car garage was close to empty while nearby residential areas were clogged with cars. Palo Alto does not have a parking problem; it has a major stupidity problem. Is anyone at City Hall aware of the relationship between supply, demand and prices? Are they aware that a day-use parking permit at $17.50 is more expensive than downtown San Francisco and comparable to Manhattan? How many do they sell in a day? If it is more than 10

Editor, What’s wrong with this picture: California is in a drought. Saturday, June 28, I’m driving on Oregon Expressway to go to 101 North. At the on-ramp, workers (Caltrans? ... I’m not really sure as I was so infuriated by what I was seeing) were planting ice plant, sprinklers going full force, 12:29 in the afternoon (worst time to water on a very hot day) ... so much for conserving. Government at its best. What’s wrong with gravel? Karen Froniewski Jackpine Court, Sunnyvale

A young city Editor, East Palo Alto, a small but prominent part of the San Francisco Bay Area, became a city in June 1983 and on June 28 it


celebrated its 30th-year anniversary as a city. Its turbulent past, including being known as the nation’s murder capital in 1992, is no longer holding this young city back from progress. Currently Facebook headquarters sits on its border with Menlo Park, amongst many other developments, and East Palo Alto is quickly becoming an unknown boom town in Silicon Valley. Residents who have experienced the city bloom, cheered from their neighborhood lawns and greeted each other as the thunder from the fireworks brought the small community together. Having endured 30 years as a city, the fireworks are as exciting as the future to come for East Palo Alto. David Cruz Gloria Street, East Palo Alto

More integrity needed Editor, I am a rising junior at Gunn High, and I would like to respond to the article “Paly algebra finals invalidated after cheating found.� The cheating incident at Paly is a manifestation of a larger culture of dishonesty in Palo Alto, caused by incredible pressure to perform well academically in our district. While blatant cheating like what occurred in the algebra final is usually appropriately investigated and resolved, more subversive forms of cheating are not only

widespread, but also quietly tolerated. For example, a common practice among my classmates is providing and receiving exam information by word of mouth. Although some teachers caution students against it, this behavior is nevertheless pervasive. While invalidating the exam is a start to undisclosed disciplinary actions, there has been no mention of creating a greater, lasting impact on our academic environment by tackling the root causes of cheating. I would like to see a renewed commitment to ensuring a culture of integrity in our schools. Vivian Zhou Los Palos Avenue, Palo Alto

Shopping bag solutions Editor, Since local government has banned plastic bags and now forces merchants to charge $0.10 per paper bag or take no bag at all, I find myself loaded with bags at home. Most of us are pretty good at remembering to take our bags in at the grocery store, but when I go to the mall — not so much. As a result, we all end up with mountains of large, single-use paper bags. Now Stanford Shopping Center has created a totally unserviceable policy where you can take your bag and park it at a store and get it somehow when you purchase something, or some

such policy. I would like to suggest something far easier. Set up some attractive collection receptacles throughout the mall whereby we could bring back our perfectly clean bags and deposit them. If we find we need a bag, we can take one from the receptacle. Obviously when they get soiled or worn-looking they can be recycled, but why not get a few more uses out of them before recycling? Carol Gilbert Byron Street, Palo Alto

Hard work paying off Editor, I would like to point out the efforts of the League of Women Voters (LWV) over the years in supporting the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The LWV Palo Alto was very active in the formation, and our League in South San Mateo County supported the annexation to our area later. I remember the decisions that were made. This is why the seven LWVs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties were major supporters in this current campaign. We believe in the vision to preserve open space in our area and worked hard on this campaign. A few of those squeak votes were due to our efforts this time, although probably not boots or leather. Linda Craig Rondo Way, Menlo Park

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Castilleja graduate Stephanie Flamen researches how hair follicle stem cells might be stimulated by a signaling pathway to regenerate hair growth while interning in Jill Helms’ laboratory at Stanford University.

-RXIVRWWIIOLERHWSRVIEP[SVPHI\TIVMIRGIFI]SRHXLIGPEWWVSSQ 7XSV]ERHTLSXSWF]:IVSRMGE;IFIV n Jill Helms’ laboratory at Stanford University — past a glass case filled with skulls of mice, ducks and a two-headed pig and shelves stocked with glass beakers and rows of chemicals — a group of high school interns are gathered around a lab work space feverishly working on a set of experiments. As one intern gently applies a piece of transparent film onto a slide of a mouse tibia sliced as thin as tissue paper, recent Castilleja graduate Stephanie Flamen consults with research assistant Andrew Smith regarding the section of human DNA sequence displayed on her laptop. The sequence has not mutated the way she had hoped. In her third summer working at the lab, Flamen is helping a group of researchers who are studying the stem cells of hair follicles and how certain proteins in the cells can be stimulated to trigger hair growth and potentially treat baldness, aid cancer patients who have lost hair or help individuals with alopecia. “When you’re bald you are still harboring stem cells, but the hair is in its resting phase. They’ve lost some signaling that would control

the hair to keep growing,� Flamen says as she excitedly explained her team’s work. “We found a certain protein that could (give signals to cells) and could make hair grow longer, which was so cool because we’re like, ‘Oh, my God, we found the solution to Rogaine’ — or a better version of it.� Flamen is just one of the many young students passionate about science who choose to spend their summers doing internships working directly with graduate and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty who lead publicly and privately funded science research at institutions like Stanford University, University of California, Santa Cruz, Stanford School of Medicine, NASA Ames and Lockheed Martin. Far from washing glassware and fetching coffee, interns are given the responsibility to directly help with the research, involved in tasks like pipetting bimolecular samples, using high-tech lab equipment, analyzing vast amounts of data and programming. Oftentimes the work is later included in the research’s findings in scientific papers. In their 30 to 40 hours per week for eight to 10 weeks, interns may


want to explore a future career; others are curious about the realworld applications of the science they study in school. Some seek job experience and a boost for college applications or the chance to enter their work in national competitions like the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology or the Intel Science Talent Search. And many of their mentors say the internships not only directly provide more manpower towards their research but give them a chance to inspire the next generation to pursue science and show them that research is far from the stereotype of the “old guy sitting behind a microscope all day.� ne of the most vocal proponents of expanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education has been President Barack Obama. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success.� He outlined a vision to train 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021, increase students’ science

and math proficiency and prepare graduates for the rising demand for STEM-based occupations. A 2011 brief from the Economics and Statistics Administration reported that from 2000 to 2010, growth in U.S. STEM jobs, at 7.9 percent, was three times as fast as the 2.6 percent employment growth in non-STEM jobs. A 2010 report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University projected that STEM-based occupations would account for 8.6 million jobs in 2018 — the second fastest sector growth behind health care. One way local researchers and teachers believe they can inspire an influx of young scientists and innovators is to get them beyond the classroom and show them how tasks like memorizing the periodic table and the molecular structure of amino acids are directly applied to research in the real world. Erik Ortega, 18, a recent graduate of Eastside Preparatory School in East Palo Alto and intern at Stanford’s Raising Interest in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, has learned how seemingly unrelated sciences can converge in his work over the past two summers at the Camarillo Lab.

“You start to see the connections between biology and mechanical engineering — at a young age what everyone thinks is so separate. In reality they’re very much connected,� he says. The engineering student has assembled about 200 to 300 mouth guards that house tiny electronic sensors to study the physical forces and impact on Stanford football players’ brains as they get hit during practice and endure concussions. “The real-world relevance of why a particular equation fits a particular curve in mathematics ... is often lost in the high school classroom,� says Puragra (Raja) GuhaThakurta, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Science Internship Program hosted at the university. “This is what turns kids off science very often: They feel they’re doing something that’s difficult, but they don’t see any connections between what they’re doing in that classroom beyond performance on a test or getting into a college. They don’t see a realworld relevance for that.� “You don’t get this hands-on research (in school),� says Lau-

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Raja GuhaThakurta is director of the Science Internship Program at UC Santa Cruz. ren Nolen, 14, a rising sophomore at Palo Alto High School who is working on cataloging thousands of prehistoric crustacean fossils as part of the History of Life program at the Stanford School of Earth Sciences. “You get: Here’s a book, here’s the information you need to know for the test and what not. But for this (internship) not only are you learning the information, but you’re actually contributing. ... It’s a different feeling; it feels more important.� Private schools such as Castilleja have started to take notice and begun adjusting their traditional curriculum to encourage students to explore science more independently in class. In fall 2012, the school dropped its AP science program to focus on a more hands-on and analytical approach. A key component was the forming of annual after-school and weekend “Science Research Methods Modules,� in which parents and volunteer scientists lead three-week-long courses as an introduction to their fields of study and research methods. Teachers at the school say the modules and internships can provide a supplementary experience for students who might be curious about science but not inclined to pursue the more advanced and rigorous classes. “Traditional faculty like myself used to think that the only way you’re going to learn science is in the classroom,� Castilleja chemistry teacher Doris Mourad says. Mourad expressed concern that they were testing only for students who could excel in a fast-paced, very science- and math-oriented curriculum but were missing those that did not think of themselves as scientists. One parent who leads the astrophysics module is GuhaThakurta who took his experiences in mentoring and formed the Science Internship Program at UC Santa Cruz, which pairs high school students with researchers to assist them in their projects in a variety of fields from astronomy to evolutionary biology and biomolecular engineering. GuhaThakurta has watched the program grow from three students in 2009 to 68 this year, explaining that his biggest sense of pride

comes from teaching students the nature of research and how the process is a constant “journey into the unknown,� including methodical practice in creativity, critical thinking and perseverance. “As a kid you believe, ‘I’m going to do science and I’m going to solve some big problem,’ but all you do at the end is you put a few pieces into some giant jigsaw puzzle,� GuhaThakurta says. “Research involves a healthy mix of these things that don’t have easy or well-defined solutions. ... It’s a way to find meaning in the information we have access to.� Stephanie Flamen knows this well. She describes her team’s work in the lab as less about profound scientific discoveries and more about the “mini victories� that slowly lead them closer to better answers about how information is carried across stem cells. “I think some people might hate being in a place where you might work there for 10 years and not really discover anything supermomentous,� she says. “You have to be ready to know that you’re not going to cure cancer and maybe you won’t cure it in 10 years, or maybe someone else will cure it before you, but it’s all part of a process.� In quite a contrast to expectations in the classrooms, many interns say that one of the most striking things they learn from their experience is how failures are embraced and encouraged in the field. “If you fail at something at least you know out of all the possibilities out there, that won’t work so you have all the other ones to explore. It’s not a negative thing,� says Pawanjot Kaur, 17, a recent graduate of Kennedy High School in Fremont working in the RISE program at Stanford. Kaur, who is helping researchers study how certain types of fungus and fir trees fertilize one another, says, “I love that they promote that kind of nature. There’s no such thing as failing in science.�

Research technician Travis Apgar, left, and intern Danielle Jacobsen use a net to catch three-spined stickleback fish in an estuary adjacent to the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory at University of California, Santa Cruz, while fellow intern Rosie Crisman and doctoral student David Fryxell look on. eri Gyves, who runs Gunn High School’s exploratory program that places students in internships and work experience during the school year, likens the real-world education to a kind of career test trial. “A lot of kids start out and say, ‘I want to be a vet, I want to be a vet, I want to be a vet.’ So you work in a veterinarian’s office and you love everything about it except for the blood. Well, that’s a problem,� she says. “You saved yourself a lot of time in veterinarian school.� For Sherry Zhou, 16, a rising junior at Gunn, the decision to intern at the Canary Center at Stanford for Early Cancer Detection was personal. Zhou lost her grandfather to pancreatic cancer and was interested in getting first-hand experience in the center’s work on blood-based and imaging tests for earlier cancer detection. “I think that if we can find something that can detect cancer early enough, then we can have a high chance of people living longer and curing cancer,� she says.

“I thought that there’s probably some better way to find a cure or detect cancer earlier.� Zhou is working with postdoctoral scholar Fatih Inci on nanotechnology capturing cancerous cells as they bind to different antibodies. Nitya Katsuri saw an internship as a way to escape the boredom of sitting around the house but also was attracted to the thrill of working in a social tech-focused environment similar to her experiences on Gunn’s robotics’ team. “Over the summers I need to keep my mind busy. Honestly if I were home right now I’d be freaking out about colleges,� the 16-year-old, rising senior says. “I wanted to do something that’s educational and informative and also fun. I really enjoy work environments.� Katsuri is also interning at the Canary Center and is working on designing a computer model that will map how pancreatic cancer proteins change over time. Rebekah Sousae, a molecular biology graduate student at UC

Pawanjot Kaur, left, and graduate student Laura Bogar plate cuttings of Suillus brevipes fungus onto feeder plates to be used in a future experiment on how the fungus fertilizes jack pines and affects decomposition of organic matter at Stanford University.

Santa Cruz and Science Internship Program mentor, says an important takeaway from these internships is that students discover that science research isn’t always for them. “It’s good to just get in there and get experience, to shadow people and figure out if it’s for you or not,â€? she says. “Because academia science is only for a small number of people, you know you really have to really like it and want to be there for lots of hours. It’s a lot. ... In this field you can work really hard for 10 weeks and not generate a single data point.â€? Still, the interest in gaining experience working in research institutions seems to be growing, especially since they tend to boost college applications and provide students the space to develop their own side research to enter into the prestigious Siemens and Intel competitions. Coordinators often have to sift through hundreds of applications from students applying from all over the country and internationally. One of the most sought after is the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program, which alone received about 1,400 applications this year to fill about 70 to 75 openings. Decisions are based on academic grounds to help narrow down the number of prospective candidates — a tough task in a pool of extremely welleducated candidates. But coordinators also recognize the need to provide opportunities for students who don’t have the chance to join accelerated science programs and express that oftentimes the most important quality of an applicant is a passion for science. Kaye Storm, director of the RISE internship program, talks about its mission to recruit students who are generally the first in their family to go to college or are from a low-income background and how they might not have the same opportunities from the onset. ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


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As an example, Storm refers to the “ad hoc� internships in which students find labs on their own or with the help of a family member or friend. “Typically those are kids with very educated parents who speak fluent English and who are comfortable poking around Stanford a little bit ... or have a network and know somebody who works in a lab here. The RISE students typically just don’t have family members that can help them in that way,� she says. “I think it’s important to serve all students, not just the privileged gifted students who are going to thrive and do well no matter what because they’ve got the backing of their school and parents and siblings.� Jennifer Saltzman, director of outreach education at the Stanford School of Earth Sciences, echoes that sentiment. The Earth Sciences program offers a “diversity honorarium� to a select group: students who are the first in their families to go to college, a minority underrepresented in the STEM fields or low-income. “We want to have a diverse community of scientists; people from many different backgrounds bring many new ideas,� she says. “Just because we think in different ways based on where we grew up and how we grew up, we may not think that those differences impact how we think and how we would do science, but it does. And so with more ideas, the better chance and the better opportunity for us to be successful in understanding how the earth works.� The RISE program also tries to place students in labs run by researchers and faculty who come from similar backgrounds. Storm explains that it conveys a subconscious and subtle message in which students can envision themselves in similar roles. “What it does is it shows that all

kinds of people belong in science labs, and they too could belong in a science lab if they wanted to. The power of role models is really strong,� she says. These types of opportunities are important to start curbing the racial disparities that exist in STEM occupations. Roughly 70 percent of the people in STEM occupations were Caucasian, 14 percent Asian, 6.5 percent Hispanic and 6.4 percent African American, according to an American Community Survey Report from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011. Since 2008, Storm says about 80 percent of RISE graduates have gone on to major in math, engineering or science in college. Researchers are also passionate about increasing the number of girls in labs since women are also largely underrepresented in STEM fields. The same 2011 U.S. Census Bureau report stated that roughly 25.8 percent of those in STEM oc-

cupations are women, compared to 45.7 percent of all jobs. GuhaThakurta beams when he points out that of the 68 interns in the Science Internship Program, about two-thirds are girls, a statistic that made Castilleja student Rosie Chrisman, 15, “do a silent cheer� during the program’s orientation. “I think it’s really great that more girls are just loving science and they’ll probably pursue science later on. ... It’s great that we’re kind of fostering that for the future,� she says. “Oftentimes girls will be underestimated when they’re pursuing a career in science,� says fellow Castilleja classmate Danielle Jacobsen, 17, a rising senior. She is working in the Science Internship Program helping to collect data on the body sizes of threespined stickleback fish in estuaries around Santa Cruz and the Central Coast.

aking research accessible is a main reason why many scientists are drawn to becoming mentors. “To see that people make entire livelihoods out of this and they derive tremendous job satisfaction by being immersed in these fields is probably the most important human element of the whole thing,� GuhaThakurta says. Mentors see it as a way to pay it forward, citing how a lot of their own success early on in their careers was due to help from their mentors. “A lot of people think science is so hard, and they don’t feel like (they) can do it. (We are) just making them realize that pretty much anyone can do it who really wants to put their mind to it,� says Shellie Bench, a Stanford postdoctoral scholar whose interns research the phytoplankton community of the West Antarctic Peninsula. “There’s nothing special about scientists, except that they’re more determined than other people. It did take me over six years to get my Ph.D.� Rebekah Sousae, who has a background in leadership training for high school students and young adults, says that having a role model and someone readily available to consult with is a key reason why students become suc-

Interns Gregor Yock, left, and Erik Ortega work on sanding mouth guards that house electronic sensors to study the force and impact on football players’ heads as they sustain hits, at the Camarillo Lab at Stanford University.


cessful. “When you look at success rates of students or really anybody and take into consideration their economic background, their experiences, their natural talents — all of these different things — the one thing that they actually find that is the most important for people’s future success is how much mentorship they received.� GuhaThakurta explains that the internships also provide a way to show students how labs are universal social settings and everyone, from high school students to seasoned faculty, plays a role in advancing the research forward. “Seeing scientists and engineers as human and not on an ivory tower somewhere is a very important part of a kid’s aspirations towards becoming a scientist,� he says. Flamen has seen this firsthand since her beginnings at the Helms lab. When she first started working with a mentor three summers ago, she was handed complex scientific papers to read and says she couldn’t even understand the title. “I just remember thinking, ‘I’m going to die here,’� she laughs. After Flamen passed the initial learning curve, she says the lab’s researchers have always sought out her help and creativity when stumped with a problem. “What’s so great about this lab is everyone really values interns, and they want other people to learn. It’s not just like, ‘Oh, they’re just here for the summer, (so) give them a little bit of stuff’; it’s really like, ‘Treat them as if they’re going to be your lab partner for life,’� she says. Researchers say that providing these kinds of hands-on experiences, mentorships and scientific nurturing is integral in getting more and more young people to think about the growing demand for STEM careers and lead the way of future scientific research. Students like Flamen say they have developed a newfound excitement about science from their experience. “If you look at a science textbook from 100 years ago versus one today there’s been huge leaps. ... I think that science is just something that’s never going to be finished. ... It’s something we’re continuing on, and I think that’s what’s really cool about it — not knowing what the future of it is. And I think it’s really cool to be a part of something that, who knows, could one day cure a disease or something like that,� she says. N Staff Photographer Veronica Weber can be emailed at

On the cover: Gunn High School student Sherry Zhou prepares a cell culture plate to be used in an experiment to test how cancer cells can be captured using different antibodies that bind to the cells, at the Canary Center at Stanford. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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A student at last summer’s “3D Printing for Acoustics� workshop at CCRMA, tests out a flute. The programming computer for an early piece of computer music equipment, Yamaha’s first FM synthesizer, the GS1, at CCRMA.

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BVSQ`SObWdWbg]TĂ YO`[OĂ‚ Stanford’s CCRMA has been pushing the limits of computer-based music for 50 years by Nick Veronin pproaching the jagged coastline of the computerrendered island, with the choppy, digital sea below and the alien rock formations off in the distance, a soft hum becomes audible. As the mainland comes into focus, the hum grows louder. Notes of varying timbre become more distinct and harmonies emerge. It sounds a bit like a symphony warming up, or the early strains of some Brian Eno-esque drone recording. High above, a cluster of massive boulders are suspended in midair — reminiscent of the science-fiction dream world of James Cameron’s “Avatar.â€? The otherworldly landscape, and the sounds accompanying it, is a part of a video game called “ECHO :: Canyon.â€? Pulling back, we see that our aerial tour is coming to us from the vantage of a four-winged creature, which swoops and ascends as it works its way around the strange terrain, as one of the game’s co-creators, Robert Hamilton, directs it with a controller. Watching closely we notice that a constant wavering sound corresponds directly to the fluttering of the creature’s wings. As it dives near the water and whooshes through a canyon, the sounds shift and change accordingly. And here is where ECHO :: Canyon becomes more than a game. While traditional video games feature a prerecorded soundtrack, only occasionally punctuated by other sounds and riffs to indicate impending danger or the comple-


tion of a challenge, the sounds and music of ECHO are essentially created by the player’s choices and movements. It’s a game that can be played in the traditional sense, but which can also be “played� in the same way a musician would play a synthesizer. “Think of it as a musical instrument,� says Chris Platz, who cocreated the game with Hamilton. “It’s like a different type of band, a different sort of performance. It’s a brand-new form of expression.� The search for new and novel avenues of artistic expression is what brought Hamilton and Platz together, and it is exactly what they hope to inspire in those who attend their workshop, titled “Designing Musical Games :: Gaming Musical Design,� where the pair will help attendees learn how to create musical games of their own, at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics later this month. Their seminar is one of many featured this year at the annual CCRMA Summer Workshops. Hosted by the CCRMA — or “karma� — the workshop series has been held since 1967, just a few years after CCRMA founder John Chowning first began experimenting with computer music on the Stanford campus 50 years ago in 1964. The workshops began even before CCRMA was established under its official name, in 1974. “It’s venerable,� Chris Chafe, CCRMA’s director, says of the workshop series, which is open to the public and attracts a wide

variety of interested parties from around the world. Over the years the workshop has served as a hotbed of innovation and experimentation in computer music and the science of sound. The CCRMA Summer Workshops 2014 kicked off on June 23 with a week-long course titled “Music Information Retrieval,� a class about how to write programs that will allow a computer to “listen� to music, so that the machine might then do any number of things, such as organize a library of MP3s by genre without any help from the discerning ear of a human. On July 14, Elaine Buckholtz and Sasha Leitman will begin a course titled “Aspects of Sound in Art,� which will explore the various ways artists incorporate sound into art installations, and how sound can influence mood and perception. Leitman will join with Michael Gurevich, an assistant professor of performing-arts technology at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, for a course called “New Music Controllers,� that will go over a variety of programming languages and protocols for use in creating electronic musical instruments. It’s an area of study that is growing rapidly as the music-production capabilities of computers becomes more advanced, and musicians look for new ways to create and manipulate sound on their machines. In 1964, when Chowning first began toying with programming computers to play music, he used

punch cards and a mainframe computer, which had to take time to process the commands he had coded before spitting out a tune. As the technology developed and so called “real-time� synthesis became a reality, piano-style keyboards were attached to musical synthesizers, and drum machines were created that allowed users to create looping patterns that mimicked the percussive sound produced by traditional drum kits. We’ve come a long way since those early days. Today, smartphones have the computing power to store an entire orchestra worth of synthetic tones on top of plenty of other sounds that no analog instrument could ever produce. And yet, the piano keyboard and relatively rudimentary pattern sequencers remain the primary methods for playing synthesizers. “It’s not ideal,� Leitman says. “We have all these new sounds available to us in the computer, but we still haven’t really found an intuitive way to interact with those new sounds,� Leitman says, explaining that the 88 black and white keys of a traditional piano keyboard “doesn’t approach the kind of flexibility we need. ... There’s tons of room to invent.� One of the courses this summer seems specifically geared for pure, uninhibited innovation. During the week beginning Aug. 11, John Grazgow, a doctoral candidate at CCRMA, will lead a workshop titled “3D Printing for Acoustics,� which will use the new technology of 3D printing to create

physical instruments. Marlo Kohn, an associate director of Stanford’s Product Realization Lab, who will be assisting in the workshop, says the class will “allow people to experiment with new forms and create instruments from scratch without the skills of a trained craftsperson.� Though one might argue that only a master luthier ought to try their hand at crafting a guitar or lute, Kohn notes that there is a distinct advantage that the uninitiated possess — namely that they haven’t been told what they aren’t allowed to do and therefore are free to be “open minded, tinker and experiment.� Ultimately, experimentation, innovation and creativity is what the Summer Workshops — and CCRMA for that matter — are all about, according to Chafe. “It attracts artists who are experimentally inclined,� Chafe says, noting that both artists with a knack for computers and technology, as well as technologists with a passion for music converge at CCRMA — never sure of what will happen, but knowing that they will exchange ideas and create. “CCRMA is a place where surprises can happen.� N Arts & Entertainment Editor Nick Veronin can be emailed at Register: Registration for all future CCRMA Summer Workshops is open to the public. To sign up go to ccrma. or call 650723-4971.


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you’re 17 years old and you need $10,000,� Gospe said. “Kickstarter seemed very streamlined and seemed like the best way to go.� They raised more than enough funds to record the EP. During the Kickstarter campaign, which ran from early November to early December, Gospe began working with Mazzetti to write lyrics and craft melodies. Over Skype, Mazzetti advised Gospe to try to maintain his personal style and appeal to mainstream listeners at the same time. “It’s a very tough balance to see when you’re just one person, so I’m very grateful that Mark was there to help me with that,� Gospe said. As the Kickstarter reached its conclusion, Mazzetti began helping Gospe arrange the instrumentation of his songs. Gospe’s previous work involved only a guitar and vocals; Mazzetti felt Gospe’s songs could use additional instruments. “We thought he should have a band sound except when he didn’t need it,� Mazzetti said. “Once he wrote those songs, they all seemed to me and Zach and Riley like they needed support.� They occasionally substituted a piano for Gospe’s preferred guitar; Mazzetti felt that change, combined with Gospe’s soft, relatively highpitched voice, cemented a strong

similarity between Gospe’s work and that of what he called “a young Elton John.� The process culminated in February with a week-long recording session in Hollywood, where Gospe, Mazzetti and others finished up the arrangements and recorded Gospe’s vocals along with other instruments. Four months later, Gospe, Soward and Mazzetti have begun to market the EP. Gospe’s work is already gaining notice. Two songs from the EP, lead single “Whatever Happens� and “Alleyways,� earned airplay on University of California at Berkeley’s official radio station, KALX; the former song, the EP’s lead single, already received a nomination for Best Pop Song from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Soward has been pushing to establish a greater online presence for Gospe. “We’re trying to get on as many social platforms as possible and have his music available on as many streams as possible,� Soward said. He said he hopes Gospe’s EP garners interest from music industry professionals who can provide further opportunities. Gospe recently held an acoustic concert at his house for his Kickstarter donors, briefly touching on his past songs before delving into new tracks from the EP. Attendees noted the strides Gospe made over the course of his EP’s development and compared him with

established stars. “Zach’s new music is livelier, and the meaning of the songs is more apparent,� neighbor Estella Bonifacio said. “He reminds me of a young James Taylor before he lost all his hair.� Others, like Laura Mori, likened his music to that of Jason Mraz. “I think Zach has such an original voice,� Mori said. “I like his songs.� Both Gospe and Soward graduated from Los Altos High School in early June. This fall, Gospe will head to Nashville to attend Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University, more than 1,000 miles away from Soward’s college of choice, Boston College. Gospe and Soward plan to maintain their musician-manager partnership, but they aren’t certain how deeply they’ll pursue careers in the music industry. “A lot of it depends on how well this EP does,� Gospe said. “At this point we’re just going to do as much as we possibly can now and see where it goes.� Gospe’s next performances will be at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Angelica’s Bistro at 863 Main St. in Redwood City and at 6 p.m Friday, July 25, at the Crowne Plaza hotel at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. More information is at N Mountain View Voice intern Cooper Aspegren can be emailed at

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Just because you aren’t a student at Stanford, or a professional musician, doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t talented enough to perform on one of the university’s world-class stages. At least that’s the opinion of Jindong Cai, the music director and conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Anna Wittstruck, his assistant conductor. This Friday, July 11, Cai will lead the Stanford Youth Orchestra in a performance of works by Edward Elgar, Anton Bruckner, Giovanni Gabrieli, Friedrich Kuhlau and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The following day, July 12, Wittstruck will lead the Stanford Summer Symphony Orchestra in performing a program titled, “Mostly Made in America,� featuring compositions by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Mozart. The two performances are noteworthy due to the makeup of each group of musicians. The Stanford Youth Orchestra is, as the name notes, composed of young boys and girls in middle school and high school. However, Wittstruck notes, the players in the orchestra are extremely talented, and the series of perfor-

Anna Witstruck

mances that the Youth Orchestra give this summer will be about as high caliber as can be expected from such a group. As for the Stanford Summer Symphony Orchestra, while it is made up entirely of amateur players, Wittstruck says she sets the bar for admittance into the orchestra incredibly high and that many in the group could potentially have been professional musicians, but they chose different paths in life. “These are people who have been playing at a high level for their entire life and they want

to keep playing, so they come here,� she explains, noting with some levity that this year’s Summer Symphony has many players from one of Silicon Valley’s largest employers. “This year I’m joking that we should call it the Stanford Google orchestra.� In this way, the two programs are win-win — both for the community and the players themselves. Concertgoers get a top-notch experience, and the performers get to play in front of a crowd at Dinkelspiel Auditorium and the new, state-of-theart Bing Concert Hall. “I like to think of it as a place where people come together through music in a very special way,� she says. “This is a way of building a community.� The Stanford Youth Orchestra’s chamber music performance is Friday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to the financial aid fund for the Youth Orchestra. The Stanford Summer Symphony Orchestra’s performance, “Mostly Made in America,� will be held Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Bing Concert Hall. Tickets are free for Stanford students, $10 for other students and $20 for the general public. For more information on these two events, go to events. N —Nick Veronin

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Eating Out Old treat with a new twist by Elena Kadvany t was late. Lori Phillips was up working on her thesis, in the midst of getting her doctorate degree in immunology from Stanford University. But a half-joke, half-business idea she had been throwing around with friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to create a gourmet version of Klondikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic Choco Taco frozen dessert and sell it out of a food truck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; interrupted her thoughts. So she did what any rational person would do. She went on Amazon and purchased a waffle iron, and spent the next few months tinkering with waffle cone recipes to create the best possible version to roll up into a taco shell and stuff with ice cream. In April, Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; idea became a reality when she launched Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream Tacos, peddling her carefully created, allorganic treats out of a cart, and eventually, a full-fledged food truck, around the Bay Area. For those who have missed out on the dessert Phillips is riffing on, Choco Tacos have three main components: a sweet waffle cone shell, vanilla ice cream and a chocolate-nut coating to top the whole thing off. Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream Tacos take that to the next level, transforming the mass-produced, artificially


flavored treat with Bay Area sensibilities. Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taco shells are made with wheat and barley that Phillips gets from a local farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. The ice cream is organic, made locally by a Redwood City woman, and comes in a range of flavors beyond vanilla â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including chocolate, espresso, salted caramel, mint chip, strawberry, peanut butter and vegan chocolate chip. Flavors like strawberry are only offered when the ingredients are in season. The coating is made with chocolate from San Francisco luxury chocolate-maker TCHO. All coffee, chocolate and sugar is fair trade and everything is purchased as locally as possible, Phillips said. Customers can order any combination of flavors like salted caramel dipped in dark chocolate; espresso dipped in white chocolate or strawberry dipped in peanut butter, and add toppings like cocoa nibs, almonds, pistachios or even bacon. The tacos are made on the spot, something made possible through the increasinglypopular use of liquid nitrogen, which allows for rapid freezing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ceiling is high,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of things that you can do with this idea.â&#x20AC;? Phillips seems like such a natural within the Bay Area sweets


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Lori Phillips prepares an espresso taco dipped in dark chocolate and peanut butter. world that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine her doing anything else. But the East Palo Alto resident is a neuroscientist by training. Phillips grew up in Union City and got her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. She came to Stanford to get her doctorate in immunology, spend-

ing six years working on stem cell transplantation for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. But she was drawn to entrepreneurship, and a Stanford business school crash course on all-things-startup roped her in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I just decided that I was just going to start a business myself,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And science businesses are exponentially more difficult to start than food businesses. ... A food business was really easy for me to do on the budget that I had and the spare time that I had, which wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much, while finishing up my PhD and writing my thesis. I was able to get together the idea and start working on the recipes.â&#x20AC;? Her goal was to make something delicious that people could also feel good about putting in their bodies, with ingredients they could trust. After buying the waffle iron that fateful night, she spent time tinkering with recipes for the waffle-taco shell, never abandoning her scientific tendencies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking is very similar to science,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look at different protocols that are out there to do it; you decide on one, give it a try, tweak it. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I did with waffle cone recipes.â&#x20AC;? Once she perfected the recipe, she started making the tacos for friends and garnered enough support to purchase a cart. She started at the Palo Alto farmers market on Saturdays and eventually got into various foodie gatherings like Off the Grid at Fort Mason in San Francisco (Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is there every Friday evening) as well as Sunnyvale and Oaklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack of All Trades Market. The Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Facebook page ( RockosIceCreamTacos) has updates on where to find the truck. This spring, she graduated to a white food truck with an outline of the face of Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dog, the maltese-chihuahua mix that is the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake, emblazoned on the side. The extra space means the menu addition of frozen bananas ($2), ice cream cake pops ($3, in flavors like red velvet, banana cake, devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food, tiramisu and vanilla), and coffee and hot chocolate ($3). Tacos are $3.50 each, with chocolate dip included; toppings are an extra 50 to 75 cents. Though Phillips wants to keep the Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings simple as to not overwhelm customers, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also eager to expand. She said she dreams of developing a chocolate flavored taco shell or a stroopwafel cone based on the Dutch dessert, a thin wafflecookie sandwich with a caramellike filling in the middle. She said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to open a brickand-mortar shop, which would allow her wild, Choco Taco-fueled dreams to become reality. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream Tacos is scheduled to be at the Los Altos Art & Wine festival all day on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. The festival is located in downtown Los Altos at Main and State streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival information is at Updates on other places to find the Rockoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck are on Facebook at facebook. com/RockosIceCreamTacos.

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least partially amuse viewers. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn,â&#x20AC;? we also see apes talk while carrying guns on horseback, but their glowering faces are menacing. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seriousness is a pitfall, however â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate. The film envisions the breakout of a virus that ravages most of humanity and leaves survivors scattered and largely disconnected from each other. While a human community led by Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) lives within the

Caesar, leader of the apes, in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.â&#x20AC;?

ruins of San Francisco in near hopelessness, the apes enjoy near utopian prosperity under the unquestioned leadership of the first genetically modified simian, Caesar (Andy Serkis). When the two communities collide, the natural order comes under threat of even greater disruption. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief cinematic assets are its apes, portrayed by actors in motion capture suits. Serkis, perhaps most famous for his portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, earned Oscar hype for his performance in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riseâ&#x20AC;? and some believed his exclusion from the Best Supporting Actor category was a snub. Whether performance capture acting merits Academy Award consideration, the performers behind the apes all give compelling performances that contribute greatly to the story. Watching them hunt deer, fight grizzly bears and speak to each other in sign recalls the appeal of silent films. The actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; motions and gestures are supremely artful and New Zealand-based Weta Digitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer animation is as realistic as it gets. It is perhaps inevitable that the human characters lack much of the dimensionality and nuance given to their simian counterparts. One exception is Malcolm (Jason Clarke). In his first leading role since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirty,â&#x20AC;? Clarke exhibits big-

screen charisma as a survivor of the virus who must negotiate with the apes to bring electric power to the human community. When it comes down to the fighting, Reeves knows how to capture mayhem. In contrast to his use of shaky, hand-held camera work in the alien disaster cult favorite, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloverfield,â&#x20AC;? Reeves uses long, steady takes. This allows him to effectively choreograph the acrobatics of the apes. As a result, the film represents a refreshing break from the chaos cinema of many mainstream action features, which seek more to disorient than to entertain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn of the Planet of the Apesâ&#x20AC;? wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste your time or money, and it succeeds in disturbing viewers because it makes an effort to be plausible. The steps the apes take to acquire power from humans are logical and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave behind plot holes. The film plays off the threat terrorists groups pose in the Middle East and reveals how frightening social instability can be. The original film frightened audiences by showing how humans could regress to occupy an order lower than that of apes; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn of the Planet of the Apesâ&#x20AC;? updates that fear to the modern age. Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence and brief strong language. Two hours and 10 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cooper Aspegren

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n high school, Forrest Lesch-Middelton signed up for pottery, the one course that would prevent his artistically gifted brother from becoming his rival classmate. He ended up finding his niche and passion, his ceramics and tiles now world-famous â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and coming to Palo Alto this weekend at the 22nd annual Clay & Glass Festival at the Palo Alto Art Center. The two-day exposition, hosted by the Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA), will display the work of more than 150 juried California artists, featuring both fine and functional art. Thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to browse the collections, purchase favorite pieces and also attend demonstrations and hands-on activities. Lesch-Middelton will present his pottery and tiles at the festival, his art both practical and decorative. Trained as a potter for â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyday use,â&#x20AC;? he said, he developed a technique that allows him to apply ornate Silk Road-inspired patterns. He teaches his technique, volumetric image transfer, to artists worldwide and currently serves as president of the ACGA board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an aesthetic goal; (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) not just about the function,â&#x20AC;? Lesch-Middelton said of his work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pattern allows them to be a little more formal.â&#x20AC;? His designs are not only inspired by the crossroads of Asia and the Middle East, but also by â&#x20AC;&#x153;areas that have been drastically cha nge d

by war or commerce,â&#x20AC;? he said. The patterns convey â&#x20AC;&#x153;commentary on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on now in the world ... the weathering of the place ... the segregation of culture,â&#x20AC;? LeschMiddelton said. His tiles, new to his collection last year, were originally created so that people could still take home a piece of his artwork even if a pot was not in the budget. Alternatively, many also purchase them to tile an entire wall or floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pots are more developed, (but) the tiles definitely sprung from the techniques I use in the pots,â&#x20AC;? Lesch-Middelton said. The tiles, an â&#x20AC;&#x153;afterthoughtâ&#x20AC;? at first, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;a part of my business thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really taken off a lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. In its first year of production, the Origins tile collection has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and multiple other major international design publications. Palo Alto-based ceramicist Corinna Mori, once a law student, decided to change course and instead pursue a longtime passion for creating art. Growing up in Johannesburg and Cape Town, she attended ceramics camps as a child and now channels the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vibrant art sceneâ&#x20AC;? in South Africa through her signature dishes and totems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reinvented constantly,â&#x20AC;? she said of the art scene, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and never stale, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceramics or beadwork.â&#x20AC;? Moriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, described by many as â&#x20AC;&#x153;delicate,â&#x20AC;? combines inspiration from her South African roots and contemporary European design. She focuses on making creative pieces designed for everyday use, her totems enhancing outdoor settings through color and simple use of space. Her totems are currently on a three-month exhibition at Filoli Gardens. Mori plans to emphasize green and orange color schemes at the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, presenting an array of dishes including platters, vases, espresso cups, and candlesticks. She will also display meditation bowls shaped from a mold she created with an ostrich egg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surface texture ... is what excites me about my work,â&#x20AC;? Mori said. ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x17D;{)

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She seeks a balance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;harmonyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between color and surface decoration to create simple, elegant pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really love to work with my hands and create ... what I perceive to be beauty,â&#x20AC;? Mori said. For Bob Kliss of Kliszewski Glass, beauty takes a whimsical turn. He is best known for his Amazons and Bobtanicals, both wildly colorful creations inspired at once by nature and animation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been done before. I wanted something a little different,â&#x20AC;? Kliss said. Bobtanicals, created by Kliss eight years ago, combine the characteristics of succulent and underwater plants while capturing a gentle wave-like motion, much like the movement of ocean botanicals. The delicate flowers on the top of Bobtanicals are challenging to perfect, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the hardest parts is making everything thin, but not breakable,â&#x20AC;? Kliss said. Kliss runs his business with his wife, Lau-

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rie, who played a key role in his inspiration to try creating glass. The fused glasswork he saw on their honeymoon, combined with a childhood fascination with stained glass and Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slipper, encouraged him to try a glassblowing class at Cal Polyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer sessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I blew glass, it was pretty magical,â&#x20AC;? Kliss said.

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Working at Costco at the time, Kliss continued taking glassblowing classes, and later spearheaded the revival of the glass program at Fresno State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make so that when I got on my own I could hit the ground running,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to be able to make something, but another thing to be able to sell it and make it all work,â&#x20AC;? he said of the years and research it took to begin his own business. Amazons, big flower vases with â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy glass flowers,â&#x20AC;? were Klissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first collection, inspired by the bright, juxtaposed colors of the Memphis Movement along with a bit of Disney fantasy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re whimsical flowers ... theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just different and kind of crazy,â&#x20AC;? Kliss said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Alice in the Wonderland ... and Dr. Seuss ... with a bit of Tim Burton thrown in.â&#x20AC;? Amazons were succeeded by Bobtanicals, but Kliss plans to bring back the Amazons at the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, this time smaller and with a greener stem. He will also exhibit Bobtanicals of every color and his newest collection, teapots,

which, according to Kliss, are challenging to create due to the process of attaching a handle. The three collections, though different in silhouette, share the defining characteristic of Klissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work: vivid color and a polished finish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The true color you get from glass ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just amazing,â&#x20AC;? Kliss said. N Editorial Intern Christina Dong can be emailed at What: Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Cost: Free admission Info:

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Menlo Park Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,230,000 Highest sales price: $1,350,000

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Atherton 352 El Camino Real E. & O. Torbett to Ghotbi Trust for $1,780,000 on 6/4/14; previous sale 1/90, $665,000 59 Watkins Ave. Wetzel Trust to A. Castro for $2,100,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 10/94, $500,000

East Palo Alto 2356 Oakwood Drive M. & S. Pulido to E. Hamren for $270,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 8/97, $130,000 164 Wisteria Drive Bailey Trust

to D. & C. Cooney for $540,000 on 6/4/14

Los Altos 1550 Canterbury Way Morgan Trust to J. & R. Levin for $1,898,000 on 6/17/14 4746 El Camino Real Lennar Homes to C. Chow for $1,311,000 on 6/20/14 141 Giffin Road S. Chen to Z. An for $1,088,500 on 6/20/14; previous sale 10/08, $864,000 324 San Luis Ave. Paskert Trust to B. Kim for $2,100,000 on 6/17/14 929 Sherwood Ave. Lennar Homes to C. Chow for $1,311,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 4/90, $325,000 1438 Todd St. Ayres Trust to X. Li for $1,350,000 on 6/18/14 475 Tyndall St. Horwitz Trust to Oconnor Trust for $1,225,000 on 6/17/14; previous sale 11/03, $680,000

Menlo Park 1329 Hoover St. Butcher Trust to Carter Trust for $1,350,000 on 6/3/14; previous sale 5/05, $910,000 3551 Middlefield Road Ross Trust to W. Wong for $1,230,000 on 6/2/14; previous sale 3/88, $454,000

Mountain View 108 Avellino Way Tri Pointe Homes to A. Pan for $1,228,500 on 6/18/14 110 Avellino Way Tri Pointe Homes to C. & M. Barker for $1,400,500 on 6/18/14 1205 Awalt Drive Vanderstarre Trust to N. Malhotra for $1,925,000 on 6/17/14; previous sale 7/02, $1,170,000 1108 Blue Lake Square MSB Homes to T. & L. Robertson for $1,650,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 4/93, $393,000 1506 Canna Court K. Wendt to

S. Chen for $875,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 5/90, $260,000 328 Central Ave. H. & K. Nelson to J. Bingham for $835,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 11/11, $525,000 1440 Miramonte Ave. Paul Trust to D. & J. Wong for $1,575,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 9/94, $360,000 2047 Montecito Ave. #17 J. Powers to J. Khil for $600,000 on 6/18/14 462 Pettis Ave. Urban West Hcc to E. Tafe for $2,350,000 on 6/19/14; previous sale 8/12, $675,000 458 Poppy Place A. Buck to S. & S. Muthye for $882,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 7/93, $230,000 461 Poppy Place A. Sponring to M. & L. Nguyen for $880,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 10/10, $590,000 264 N. Whisman Road #21 C. Fleischer to J. Gao for $505,000 on 6/20/14 880 Windmill Park Lane A. Rozinov to T. Terrall for $1,300,000 on 6/17/14; previous sale 7/96, $430,000

Palo Alto 754 Homer Ave. T. Nguyen to Harmin Investments for $1,340,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 3/97, $305,000 3773 Redwood Circle S. & O. Gokturk to H. Wu for $1,945,000 on 6/17/14 3221 Ross Road J. Kim to B. & T. Abrams for $1,925,000 on 6/19/14; previous sale 11/10, $1,045,000

Redwood City 832 10th Ave. M. Lopez to Homage Homes for $569,000 on 6/4/14 440 Carlos Ave. R. & M. Doss to J. Henson for $865,000 on 6/4/14

402 Edgewood Road J. & L. Darmanin to Dale Trust for $1,615,000 on 6/2/14; previous sale 9/96, $603,000 104 G St. C. & D. Butts to B. Dijulio for $925,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 10/11, $674,000 702 Mendocino Way P. & J. Wynne to Nilson Trust for $929,000 on 6/3/14; previous sale 12/03, $639,000 820 Portwalk Place M. & B. Cupps to A. Lohokare for $885,000 on 6/4/14; previous sale 8/94, $270,000 517 Spruce St. G. Aguilera to R. Jacobo for $530,000 on 6/3/14; previous sale 3/11, $275,000 641 Turnbuckle Drive #1713 Reicher Trust to W. Nakayuenyongsuk for $799,000 on 6/3/14 600 Warrington Ave. D. Fricano to Z. Hubbard for $420,000 on 6/4/14; previous sale 4/09, $228,000

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FOR SALE 953 Roble Ridge, Palo Alto Offered at $6,998,000 Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Half Bathrooms 2 Home ±5,538 sf | Lot ±1.5 Acres 2 Bed Guesthouse Michelle Taser, Sales Associate 650.575.7782 License No. 01775122

SOLD WITH MULTIPLE OFFERS 765 University Drive, Menlo Park Offered at $1,795,000 Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 Home ±1,200 sf | Lot ±10,362 sf

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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1:30–4:30P 539 Madison Way, Palo Alto Offered at $3,998,000 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 Home ±3,450 sf | Lot ±12,000 sf | Garage ±491 sf Michael Dreyfus, Broker | License No. 01121795 650.485.3475 | Summer Brill, Sales Associate | License No. 01891857 650.468.2989 | Noelle Queen, Sales Associate | License No. 01917593 650.427.9211 |

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SOLD AND CLOSED IN 8 DAYS 1319 Hopkins Ave, Palo Alto Offered at $1,500,000 Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 Home ±1,304 sf | Lot ±3,750 sf Julie Tsai Law 蔡湘琴 Broker Associate, CRS, MBA, SRES 650.799.8888 | | License No. 01339682

JUST SOLD 18 Reservoir Road, Atherton Represented Buyer Offered at $9,980,000 Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 Home ±7,290 sf | Lot ±50,747 sf Colleen Foraker, Sales Associate 650.380.0085 License No. 01349099

FOR SALE 589 Coleridge Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $8,950,000 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3.5 Home ±4,464 sf | Lot ±12,000 sf Michael Dreyfus, Broker | License No. 01121795 650.485.3475 | Summer Brill, Sales Associate | License No. 01891857 650.468.2989 | Noelle Queen, Sales Associate | License No. 01917593 650.427.9211 |

FOR SALE 297 Polhemus Avenue, Atherton Offered at $9,950,000 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 9.5 Home ±11,843 sf | Lot ±48,787 sf | Guest House Michael Dreyfus, Broker | License No. 01121795 650.485.3475 | Summer Brill, Sales Associate | License No. 01891857 650.468.2989 | Noelle Queen, Sales Associate | License No. 01917593 650.427.9211 |

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Short distance to downtown Palo Alto & Johnson Park from this turn-key home with four upstairs bedrooms including spacious master bedroom. Part of the Classic Homes development, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was built in 1997, bright and open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, plantation shutters throughout, and central air conditioning. s

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49 Showers Drive, #W213 Mountain View Tastefully Updated Condo in Sought After Old Mill Complex 2 Bedrooms / 2 Baths Condo size approx. 1,206 sq ft (per Realist)


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303 Atherton Av $7,300,000 Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker 324-4456

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4 Bedrooms 2120 Myrtle Pl Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 2313 Vines Ct Sun 1-4 Wilbur Properties

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2020 Liberty Park Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

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SAN CARLOS 3 Bedrooms 507 Exeter Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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319 Everett Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

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752 Chimalus $2,195,000 Sun Pacific Union International 314-7200

211 Portola Ct $1,799,000 Sun Sereno Group 323-1900 40 Oak St $2,298,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

2038 Hull Av $1,498,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111


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607 Nandell Ln $5,988,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

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BURLINGAME 1148 Bernal Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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875 San Mateo Ct Sat 1-4 Wilbur Properties

$750,000 847-3800

840 Hamilton Av $2,995,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 380-5989

565 Cherrywood Dr $1,388,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 207-2111

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136 Kingsley Av $3,980,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 207-9909

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280 Family Farm Rd $10,700,000 Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate-Woodside 206-6200

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655 Manzanita Wy $10,800,000 Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate-Woodside 206-6200

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87 Alameda De Las Pulgas $1,299,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

128 Audiffred Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

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515 Oak Park Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

205 Eleanor Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,349,000 324-4456

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OAKS SWEEP AGAIN . . . The Palo Alto Oaks returned to their winning ways by sweeping two games on Sunday from the San Mateo Rounders in Western Baseball Association action at Baylands Athletic Center, 9-7 and 10-0. Palo Alto (11-1) held on to the lead in a very competitive first game before San Mateo melted in the second game, shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. Gunn High grad Graham Fisher started Game 1 and cruised through the first four innings, allowing only one unearned run. The Roundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bats came alive in the fifth inning, chasing Fisher from the mound. Oaks manager Greg Matson replaced Fisher with Jacob Naval, who finally ended the damage but not before the Rounders had tied the score at 7. The Oaks scored two runs in the sixth inning, making Naval a winner. Sacred Heart Prep grad Will Nahmens took over for Naval and held the Rounders scoreless over the final three innings to earn the save. The Oaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Casey Thompson led all hitters with three hits, including a double and triple, while driving in three runs. Designated hitter Danny Ordonez contributed two hits, also driving in three runs. In Game 2, Oaks veteran Ricky Navarro (also from Gunn High) pitched a complete-game shutout in a contest that ended after the fifth inning. Navarro allowed only four hits over his five innings of work, striking out four and walking one. The Oaks return to action this Sunday with another doubleheader against longtime rival Fontanettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Sarge Casey Field at Baylands.

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Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price earned a trip to the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships this month in Eugene, Ore., by winning the 400 meters at the Canadian Junior Championships.

t was only a year ago that Maddy Price suffered the disappointment of not being able to represent Canada at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships. Needing a toptwo finish in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 400 meters to earn a trip to Colombia, Price finished third at the Canadian trials. Rather than concern herself with what might have been, Price used her senior year at Menlo School to reach the goal she had just missed and to achieve others. Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals included winning the 200 and 400 meters at the Central Coast Section Championships for a second straight year, win the state title at 400 meters and win her specialty at the 2014 Canadian Junior Championships. Other than finishing second at the CIF State Meet, Price achieved all of her goals. The last one came Saturday as she won the Canadian junior title with a lifetime best of 53.20 and earned a trip to the IAAF World Junior Championships, July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always believed that competing for your country is one of the greatest honors for any athlete,â&#x20AC;? said Price, whose parents are native Canadians and who now has dual citizenship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the Canadian Junior National team is the fulfillment of a dream of mine that I have work towards over many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missing making the team and ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;iĂ?Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ


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alo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Liang and Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe are not only headed to Stanford in the fall, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve left quite a swimming legacy for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aspiring prep stars. Liang and Howe proved themselves to be among the best in the nation this past season, performances that surfaced this week in the annual National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) high school All-American lists. Liang finished among the top

25 in the nation in five events this past season. His best effort was a 47.09 in the 100-yard butterfly, which ranked him No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in the state. Liang also tied for No. 7 in the 50 free with a 20.14 that is believed to be No. 1 in the state. He also ranked No. 15 in the 100 free (44.25), was a member of the 200 medley relay team that was No. 10 in the country and No. 4 in the state with a 1:31.28, and anchored the school record-setting 400 free relay that clocked 3:04.14 to rank No. 24 nationally. Joining Liang in the medley


USOC HONORS . . . Top performances throughout June earned Stanford grad Eddie Penev the Male Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior National Water Polo Team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced this week.

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BANK OF THE WEST . . . World No. 10 and two-time Grand Slam champion, Victoria Azarenka, has entered the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, set for July 28-Aug. 3 at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taube Family Tennis Center. The former world No. 1, who will turn 25 on the fourth day of this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament, owns an impressive 17 WTA titles so far in her young career. She joins 10 others from the Top 20 in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player field, which include defending champion Dominika Cibulkova and world No. 1 Serena Williams. Azarenka, who enjoyed her third straight Top 3 season in 2013 as she finished second in the world rankings, will be returning to Stanford for the fourth time in her career as she looks to claim her second Bank of the West Classic trophy. She defeated Maria Sharapova back in 2010 for her first BOW title.

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SHP grad Ally Howe had the nationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest time in the 100 back while Paly grad Andrew Liang was No. 3 in the 100 fly. relay was William Lee, Scott Powell and Winston Wang, while Alex Liang, Lee and Andrew Cho swam the first three legs on the 400 free relay.

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Junior Olympics next for local team Menlo iGreyhounds sends 10 athletes to Texas for nationals by Keith Peters



going to the Pan American Games last year by a couple hundredths propelled my training this year. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in the position I am this week without the dedication of (coaches) Mark Mueller and Jorge Chen.â&#x20AC;? Chen, who coached Price during the school year and at the club level for a number of years, missed seeing Price win the Canadian junior title in Ste-Therese, Quebec, as he was coaching the Menlo iGreyhounds at a Junior Olympic qualifying meet in Southern California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me not to be there for her,â&#x20AC;? said Chen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in constant contact with her through text messaging mostly. Every (club) meet this summer is at the same time with Maddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I miss being there for her but, at the same time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m right there in spirit and she knows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m there. I was in tears when she did it, as I was in the middle of coaching at the (JO) regionals at Hanford High School. Maddy even texted me back and told me that WE DID IT . . . and she was so kind, as always, and asked me how the Menlo iGreyhounds kids were doing, as thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how things began for her.â&#x20AC;? Chen recalled how, in the summer following eighth grade, Price finished 10th in the 400 finals at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals at Sacramento City College. Price ran a big personal record. The only thing that has changed for Price are her times and places. She saved her best race of the year for the 400 finals in Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The race itself was incredibly satisfying because I felt as if I executed on the day that counted the most and ran my PR of 53.20,â&#x20AC;? said Price, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll compete for Duke in the fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the time and the win, I am most proud of the fact that this was my most intelligent race; I was able to stay relaxed and trust myself, even when a few girls got out on me on the back straight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to meet athletes from all over the world (in Eugene) and just take in the experience of competing on the world stage. I am just so excited to be wearing that Canada jersey.â&#x20AC;? In addition to running the open 400, Price most likely will run a leg on Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,600-meter relay team, as well. She missed out qualifying in the 200 after finishing sixth on Sunday in 25.18 after running 24.65 in the prelims earlier in the day. Had she matched her prelim time in the finals, Price would have won. Price isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only athlete with Menlo ties whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be wearing Canadian colors thus summer. Her younger sister Nikky, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a junior at Menlo this fall, recently made the Canadian Junior National Team in lacrosse and will be practicing with the team in October, in preparation for the Junior World Championships in 2015.

Stanford sophomore Valarie Allman won the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discus at the USATF Junior National Track and Field Championships. A busy time for the Price household, indeed. While Price was earning her trip for the Junior Worlds, four athletes with Stanford ties were doing likewise at the USATF Junior National Track and Field Championships in Eugene this past weekend. Stanford sophomore Valarie Allman captured the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discus title and former teammate Megan Glasmann won the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin crown on Sunday, while incoming freshmen Elise Cranny (1,500) and Olivia Baker (400) finished second. Joining them in Eugene will be incoming freshman Harrison Williams, who won the USATF junior menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decathlon title the previous week. Allman, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, won with a personalbest throw of 188-6. She improved upon her Stanford freshman record on her first throw to win by 14 feet. She remains at No. 3 on Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time list, improving on her previous frosh record of 187-7. The throw ranks her No. 1 among world juniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my third time at juniors,â&#x20AC;? said Allman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started doing track & field my sophomore year of high school. My coach took me to juniors and it completely opened my eyes to what throwing could be like. I had no idea that it was something I could pursue after high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year was a tough year and it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go as I was hoping but, after talking to my coach and my family, I realized there was a lot that I could learn from the experience. It was a long wait to be able to go from that time to here now, but it was it was worth every moment of the training and the lifting.â&#x20AC;? Glasmann repeated the junior national title she first won as a high school senior in Park City,

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Utah. Glasmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top throw of 175-0 was a season best by more than 10 feet and places her No. 2 on both the Stanford all-time and freshman lists, behind current three-time All-America Brianna Bain. Glasmann, however, recently left school after dealing with injuries this season. Baker, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top recruit in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 meters, finished second in 52.46 to earn a return trip to Oregon. Her time set a New Jersey state prep record, breaking the mark of 52.56 set in 1998 by Olympian Mikele Barber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel awesome. This was the goal,â&#x20AC;? Baker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wanted to come and make the team and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially a bonus getting to run an individual event and not just getting to run a relay. So now I get the opportunity to compete and run an individual race and a relay.â&#x20AC;? Also finishing second was Cranny, who clocked 4:17.40 in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500. She, too, is a No. 1 national recruit. Cranny ranks among the alltime prep girls in the 1,500. Also placing second was incoming freshman Rachel Reichenbach out of Foothill High in Pleasanton. Reichenbach cleared a liftime best of 5-8 3/4 in the high jump. Though the top two in each event earn the right to advance to Junior Worlds, Reichenbach has not achieved the qualifying standard of 5-11 1/2. Elsewhere on Sunday, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thomas Coyle was fourth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 in 3:52.94 and Gunn High grad Kieran Gallagher of Harvard finished eighth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 in 4:38.94. At the Canadian Junior Championships, in Ste-Therese, Quebec, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Victoria Smith was fourth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin at 143-8. N

handful of local athletes competing for the Menlo iGreyhounds Track Club will be headed for Texas in less than two weeks to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympics in Houston. Following a series of qualifying meets, the iGreyhounds had six individuals and four relay runners earn JO berths at last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional meet in stifling heat in Hanford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Menlo iGreyhounds TC did extremely well, the best in the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six years of existence,â&#x20AC;? said coach Jorge Chen, who coaches the sport at Menlo School during the school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had 24 athletes competing in the Association Top 8 JOs, and 22 qualified for regionals. And, from regionals, 10 qualified for Nationals! It was 107 degrees, but that was great training for Houston. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited to see what these kids can do at Nationals.â&#x20AC;? Heading to Houston in individual events will be Priory senior Ross Corey, Menlo senior Lizzie Lacey, Sophia Chase (St. Charles Middle School), Sacred

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nation in the 200 IM (1:44.90) and No. 5 in the 100 breast (53.81) to cap a sensational career at St. Francis. His 200 IM established a national private schools record. Another incoming Stanford freshman, Patrick Conaton of Fordham Prep in Bronxville, N.Y., ranked No. 11 in the 100 back at 48.53. Howe, meanwhile, led the nation in the 100 back with her national private school record of 51.54 that ranks No. 2 all-time for private or public schools. Howe also ranked No. 4 nationally in the 200 IM with a 1:57.75, No. 4 in the 500 free (4:44.53) and No. 23 in the 100 free (50.12). Howe also swam on the Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 200 medley relay that ranked 12th in the nation with a 1:43.25 and on the 400 free relay squad that was No. 13 with a 3:25.03. Joining Howe on the relay teams were Selby Sturzenegger, Kayla Holman and Kathryn Bower. Both relay times were school records, giving Howe a part of every school mark at Sacred Heart Prep, including all eight individual events (excluding diving). Palo Alto freshman Grace Zhao also placed her name among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best this season. She ranked No. 23 in both the 50 free (23.04) and 100 breast (1:02.58), but was the No. 2 freshman in the nation in both events.

Heart Prep senior Lindsay Schott, Leighton Shiveley (Menlo Middle School) and Menlo senior Paul Touma. Touma was a double winner while taking the triple jump (45-3 1/2) and long jump (a personal record of 21-2 3/4) in the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17-18 division. Corey finished second in the same division while clocking 1:58.65 in the 800 despite training through the race. Lacy was second in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17-18 division in the 1,500 (5:06.78) in only her second time running the event, but missed qualifying in the 3,000. Schott, meanwhile, was third in the 400 (1:03.71) in the same division. In the Girls 13-14, Pace was fourth in the long jump with a personal best of 15-10 1/2 and Shiveley was second in the high jump with a personal best of 4-7. Competing at JOs in the relays will be the Girls 13-14 team of Lauren Collingsworth, Lauren Hamilton, Pace and Shiveley in the 400 and the 1,600 relay team of Collingsworth, Sarah Demmon, Maggie Hall and Shiveley in the same division. N Gunn junior Jenna Campbell, meanwhile, ranked No. 8 nationally in the 200 free (1:47.10). Joining Howe this season at Stanford will be a handful of standouts who also ranked among the best. Janet Hu of Oakton High in Vienna, Va., was No. 2 in the 50 free (22.11), No. 2 in the 100 back (52.35) No. 4 in the 100 fly (52.46), and No. 7 in the 200 IM (1:58.94). Heidi Poppe of San Ramon Valley was No. 2 in the 100 breast in 59.85 while Lindsey Engel of Crean Lutheran in Irvine was No. 4 in the 100 free (49.00) and No. 9 in the 50 free (22.71). And Stanford coach Greg Meehan likely canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until the fall of 2015 when the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finish distance swimmer, Katie Ledecky, is expected to join the Cardinal. All the junior from Stone Ridge High in Bethesda, Md., did this season was set a national Independent (private) Schools record in the 200 free (1:42.38) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fastest ever for private or public â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plus a national prep mark and American record of 4:28.71 in the 500 free. Many of the top incoming freshmen will be competing at the Speedo Junior National Championships, July 30-Aug. 3 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine. That meet will be followed by the Phillips 66 National Championships, Aug. 6-10 at the same venue. N

Sports LOCAL ROUNDUP LACROSSE ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Foothill Division Attacker of the Year: Ally Mayle (Sacred Heart Prep) So. Midfielder of the Year: Sophia Donovan (Menlo School) Fr. Defender of the Year: Alyssa Sherman (Menlo School) Sr. Goalkeeper of the Year: Alena Stern (Menlo School) Sr. First Team Caroline Cummings (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Katie Lim (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Brigid White (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Juliana Clark (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Libby Muir (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Kira Sze (Menlo School) So.; Parvathi Narayan (Menlo School) So.; Chelsea Sahami (Menlo School) So.; Sally Carlson (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Luey MacLean (Mitty) Sr.; Rebecca Merenbach (Castilleja) Sr.; Kendall Walker (Burlingame) Sr. Second Team Jane Meehan (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Natalie Palmer (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Cameron Gordon (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Lizzie Lacy (Menlo School) Jr.; Nikky Price (Menlo School) So.; Allison Liddle (Menlo School) Fr.; Amanda Wiseman (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Sydney Frame (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Katie Toy (Mitty) Jr. Sarah Hance (Mitty) Fr.; Lou Biffar (Castilleja) Jr.; Alexa Vasquez (Burlingame) Jr. Honorable Mention Brianna Carcione (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Allison Harman (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Michelle Ho (Menlo School) Jr.; Indie Varma (Menlo School) Fr.; Allison Bayne (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Kelly Woods (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Izze Cecilio (Mitty) So.; Morgan Peterson (Mitty) Fr.; Naila Moreno (Burlingame) Jr.; Stephanie Chiou (Burlingame) Jr.; Paige Vermeer (Castilleja) Jr. ALL-SANTA CLARA VALLEY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Goalie of the Year: Meredith Kinnaman (Palo Alto) So. First Team (Gunn, Palo Alto only) Victoria Ngyuen (Gunn) Sr. MF; Elle So (Gunn) Sr. defender; Rachael Tsai (Gunn) Jr. MF; Caroline Chou (Gunn) Jr. MF; Annie Vesey (Gunn) So. attack; Meredith Kinnaman (Palo Alto) So. goalie; Allie Peery (Palo Alto) Jr.; Paige Bara (Palo Alto) Jr.; Kristen DeStefano (Palo Alto) Sr.; Annemarie Drez (Palo Alto) Sr. Second Team Anna Dang (Gunn) Jr. attack; Lena Bacon (Gunn) Sr. defender; Maya Benetar (Palo Alto) So.; Sama Rao (Palo Alto) Sr. (No other team members were submitted)

SOFTBALL ALL-PAL OCEAN DIVISION Co-Pitchers of the Year: Maria Borovina (Terra Nova) Fr.; Emily Cotla (South SF) Jr. Co-Players of the Year: Gina Titus (San Mateo) Sr.; Sara Cisneros (Mills) So. First Team Kela Kapuniai (Terra Nova) Fr.; Taylor Doi (San Mateo) So.; Paige Stovland (San Mateo) So.; Gabby Zucchiatti (Mills) So.; Lucy Stanley (Mills) Jr. Second Team Aubrie Businger (Mills) Fr.; Janelle Lee (Mills) Sr.; Shelby Baxter (South SF) Fr.; Leanna Cruz (South SF) Fr.; Nicole Chiu (San Mateo) Jr.; Andrea Holcombe (San Mateo) Sr.; Taylor Gomez (Terra Nova) So.; Janelle DeJong (Terra Nova) Sr.; Gabby Spencer (Terra Nova) So.; Rebecca Kerrisk (El Camino) Jr.; Sarah Tiemann (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Emily Katz (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Gina Pozzi (South SF) Jr. Honorable Mention Erin Goode (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Makena Borovina (Terra Nova) So.; Brieana Picchi (San Mateo) So.; Aman-

da Lawson (Mills) Jr.; Alex Shiffer (South SF) So.; Natalie Cecchini Gomez (South SF) So.; Maya Montnayor (Jefferson) Jr. ALL-SCVAL EL CAMINO DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Rachel Norman (Milpitas) Sr. SS Offensive MVP: Emma Wager (Gunn) So. SS Defensive MVP: A0lison Fanton (Mountain View) Sr. 1B Pitcher of the Year: Iris Chin (Gunn) Jr. First Team Katie Garvey (Gunn) So. C; Natalie Oda (Gunn) Jr. 2B; Shaye Felix (Milpitas) So. P; Gwyneth Savella-Dye (Milpitas) So. 2B; Brenda Cruz (Milpitas) Jr. C; Alison Lundberg (Mountain View) Jr. C; Reanna Lancaster (Mountain View) Jr. P; Emma Bice (Mountain View) Fr. SS; Leah Ramirez (Cupertino) Jr. P/2B; Natalie Vigent (Cupertino) Sr. P; Julia Saul (Palo Alto) Sr. P; Katie Wingrove (Fremont) So. P; Theresa Prada (Lynbrook) So. C Second Team Anna Tevanian (Gunn) So. 3B; Mariana Torres (Gunn) Jr. LF; Tiana Teixeira (Milpitas) Sr. CF; Peyton Aguilar (Milpitas) Fr. 3B; Jackie Olivares (Mountain View) Jr. CF; Katie Moran (Mountain View) So. LF; Jordan Amick (Cupertino) Jr. SS; Ariana Garcia (Cupertino) Sr. 3B; Casey Glassford (Palo Alto) Jr. SS; Heaven Rodriguez (Fremont) Fr. 3B; Rebecca Hatton (Lynbrook) Sr. SS Honorable Mention Catherine Schwarzwalder (Gunn) So. CF; Megan Ostrom (Gunn) So. 1B; Kanchan Potter (Gunn) Jr. RF; Marie Mosqueda (Milpitas) Sr. P; Jalaena Bumagot (Milpitas) Sr. LF; Sophie Karolczak (Mountain View) So. RF; Tiana Bolin (Mountain View) Fr. P/2B; Agnes Jang (Cupertino) So. C; Elke Muntz (Cupertino) Jr. RF; Maddie Martinson (Palo Alto) So. C; Hannah Bundy (Palo Alto) Sr. 3B; Jennifer Clinton (Fremont) So. C; Natalie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor (Fremont) So. 1B; Shirley Huang (Lynbrook) Jr. CF; Laura Hatton (Lynbrook) Jr. 3B ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Foothill Division Most Valuable Player: Kris McIntyre (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy) So. First Team (local players only) Jolie Kemp (Castilleja) Fr.; Frances Hughes (Castilleja) Sr.; Megan Johnson (Castilleja) So. Second Team Tara Thakurta (Castilleja) So.; Allison Zanolli (Castilleja) So. Honorable Mention Abby Lowell (Castilleja) So. Skyline Division Most Valuable Player: Bailey Heit (Pinewood) Fr. Most Valuable Pitcher: Jessica Flohr (Crystal Springs) Jr. First Team (Local only) Alia Rubaie (Pinewood) Fr.; Eri Yoshimoto (Pinewood) Jr.; Alyssa Cortinas (Pinewood) Fr.; Lilly Weidaas (Priory) Fr. Second Team Mikaela Topper (Pinewood) Fr.; Casey Astiz (Pinewood); Hazel Torres (Pinewood); Quinn Mitchell (Pinewood); Laura Wu (Priory) Sr.; Grace Hamren (Priory) Fr. Honorable Mention Katie Nachtsheim (Priory) Jr.; Sarah MacPherson (Priory) Sr.; Bianca Rapp (Priory) Sr.

SWIMMING ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Most Outstanding: Ally Howe (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr. First Team Lindsey Miller (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy) Jr.; Heidi Katter (Castilleja) Jr.; Kathryn Bower (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Selby Sturzenegger (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Kayla Holman (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Cora Chan (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy) Fr.; Natalie Tuck (Castilleja) Fr.; Kimberly Ma

(Harker) Sr.; Manon Audebert (Harker) Sr.; Janna Safran (Menlo School) Jr.; Carolyn Akers (Priory) So.; Joceyln Chan (Menlo School) So. Second Team Maddie Pendolino (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Leila Schneider (Crystal Springs) So.; Caitlin Stuewe (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Samantha Yramategui (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy) Jr.; Angela Huang (Harker) So.; Grace Guan (Harker) So.; Malaika Koshy (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Jaquelyn Yee (Mercy-San Francisco) So.; Chloe Ebrahimian (Menlo School) Fr.; Sandhana Kannan (Harker) So.; Grace Casolo (Mercy-Burlingame) Jr.; Katrina Wong (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy) Sr. Honorable Mention Emily Howard (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Janice Zhang (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Clara Igou (Notre Dame-SJ) Fr.; Campbell Field (Castilleja) Sr.; Serafina Chavez (Notre Dame-SJ) So.; Mackenzie Bressie (Menlo School) Jr.; Teresa Tiso (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr. ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION Swimmer of the Meet: Leah Goldman (Burlingame) First Team Claire Girard (Burlingame); Leah Goldman (Burlingame); Kierstin Ikeda (Sequoia); Marie Maxwell (Burlingame); Maddie Pont (Menlo-Atherton); Niki Reynolds (Burlingame); Sierra Sheeper (Menlo-Atherton); Teresa Tang (Burlingame); Julie Williams (Burlingame); Maddie Worden (Menlo-Atherton); Kindle Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton); Nicole Zanolli (Menlo-Atherton) Second Team Ashley Bianchi (Burlingame); Kristin Denney (Carlmont); Faith Dunn (MenloAtherton); Alexa Finn (Menlo-Atherton); Abby Hartzell (Sequoia); Jessica Heilman (Menlo-Atherton); Mary Lane (Menlo-Atherton); Sophie Murff (MenloAtherton); Stephanie Saisi (Burlingame); Alisa Takahashi (Carlmont); Weilin Tan (Burlingame); Karilin Yiu (Mills)

TRACK & FIELD ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Most Outstanding Track: Maddy Price (Menlo School) First Team Gabriela Triant (Notre Dame-SJ); Juliana Mount (Notre Dame-SJ); Maggie Cusick (Notre Dame-SJ); Chloe Eackles (Pinewood); Niki Iyer (Harker); Mackenzie Duffner (Menlo School); Makiya Francis (Eastside Prep); Nicole Colonna (Pinewood); Joslynn SmithMcCoy (Mercy-San Francisco); Marissa Mount (Notre Dame-SJ); Marina Aguilar (Mercy-Burlingame); Cassidy Carter (Mercy-Burlingame); Gaby Cochez (Mercy-San Francisco); Lauren Henske (Menlo School); Megan Duncanson (Crystal Springs) Second Team Ali Myers (Menlo School); Gilliane Delrosario (Mercy-San Francisco); Lianne Blodgett (Crystal Springs); Lindsay Schott (Sacred Heart Prep); Nicole Mitchell (Castilleja); Diamond Pearson (Eastside Prep); Alex Dellar (Harker); Elisa Merten (Menlo School); Emily Cox (Notre Dame-SJ); Michelle Bromley (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy); Olivia Feller (MercyBurlingame); Teme Fanguna (MercyBurlingame); Alina Brown (Castilleja); Hana Marsheck (Priory); Susanna Chang (Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy); Bobbie Burgess (Crystal Springs) Honorable Mention Jamie Corley (Menlo School); Lauren Rocheleau (Mercy-Burlingame); Alexandra Walker (Menlo School); Maria Naclerio (Priory); Melissa Chircop (MercyBurlingame); Mackenzie Walter (Sacred Heart Prep); Roshan Bal (Pinewood); Monica Hrncir (St. Lawrence Academy); Winnie Li (Harker); Dea Dressel (Menlo School); Ingrid Spielbauer (Notre DameSJ); Asia Coleman (Notre Dame-SJ); Jamie Cleron (Crystal Springs); Stephanie Rhodes (Crystal Springs); Julia Wang (Harker) (All-league teams are selected by the coaches)

Palo Alto Babe Ruth teams head to NorCals SHP senior golfer Ackerman ties for second in NCGA event by Keith Peters t was a good news, bad news kind of night for the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars at the District 6 Tournament on Wednesday at Baylands Athletic Center. First the bad news. The championship game against unbeaten Belmont Blue started 20 minutes late. And, when all was said and done, Palo Alto came out on the short end of 4-3 decision. Now the good news. None of that mattered. Thanks to Eureka pulling out of the next tournament, Palo Alto took the field in the finals knowing full well it already had a trip to the NorCal State Tournament locked up. District 6 wound up getting three berths in the NorCal State event because Bel-Mateo (represented by Belmont Blue and Belmont Red in the district tourney) is the NorCal host. Palo Alto will open against District 5 champ Tri-Valley on July 19 at the Belmont Sports Complex at 10 a.m. A win will put Palo Alto against the winner of Mountain View and District 3. The Palo Alto 15s wound up being eliminated by Tri-Valley last year in the consolation bracket. Bel-Mateo, meanwhile, is in bracket opposite Palo Alto. The tourney runs through July 24. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching staff will be well-rested by then. Ben Simon saw to that by pitching all seven innings. He allowed nine hits overall, but just two over the first four innings. Had Palo Alto won Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game, a challenge game would have followed and Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching staff would have been tested. Palo Alto, however, managed just five hits against Belmont Blue while falling to them for the second time since an 11-2 loss on Saturday. Palo Alto grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Ryan Chang and Charlie Racz produced back-to-back doubles in the first inning. Belmont Blue scored twice in the fifth for a 2-1 lead, but Palo Alto scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead at 3-2. Pete Snodgrass singled and scored on a single by Brian Tracy. Angus Stayte, who had followed Snodgrass with a walk, then scored on a single by Andrew Tam. Palo Alto, however, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold the lead and gave up two more runs to Belmont in the top of the seventh. The Palo Alto 13- and 14-yearold all-stars will get their respective NorCal State tournaments


underway on Saturday. The 14s will open against District 2 at Clark Field in Woodland at 10 a.m., while the 13s will be at Wilson Park in Vallejo, taking on District 2 at 4 p.m. In District 52 Little League action, Alpine/West Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-11 all-stars made it all the way to the championship challenge game before falling to San Mateo National, 6-5, on Tuesday night in Belmont. Coaching corner Menlo-Atherton is looking for coaches for its JV girls volleyball and JV girls water polo programs. The fall season for both begins Aug. 15. The coaching stipend is $3,300. For volleyball, contact M-A varsity coach Ron Whitmill @ For water polo, contact Tatiana Dehnad Golf Derek Ackerman needed just one more round of even-par golf to claim a title at the 85th annual NCGA Junior Championships on Tuesday at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach. However, the Sacred Heart Prep senior didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. Holding a one-stroke lead after 36 holes, Ackerman shot a final round of 4-over 76 and finished in a two-way tie at second. His 54-hole effort of 70-71-76 gave him a 217 total. Ackerman was still in good shape after 15 holes with a 4-under total. At the 454-yard, par-4 16th hole, however, Ackerman send his tee shot into the trees and struggled to a triple-bogey 7 and dropped to 1-under for the tournament. He followed that with a bogey on the 312-yard, par-4 17th and a bogey on the 387-yard, par-4 18th to finish 1-over for the tournament. Recent Sacred Heart Prep grad Bradley Knox, who will play for Stanford this fall, finished in a two-way tie for 12th at 224 following rounds of 78-74-72. Fellow Menlo Park resident and SHP teammate Bradley Keller shot 7874-77 to finish in a tie for 21st at 229. In the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; division, Stephanie Yu of Palo Alto was tied for sixth after an opening round of 7-over 79. She finished in a four-way tie for 10th after shooting a 10-over 82 on Tuesday. At the AJGA Junior at Mayacama in Santa Rosa, Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ahmed Ali finished seventh in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; division after shooting 75-76-73-224 while Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Zhou from Gunn High tied for seventh in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; division after shooting 69-84-82-235. Her 69 gave her the first-day lead. N

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Palo Alto Weekly July 11, 2014