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by Monica Corman

The Season For Leaks Q: Dear Monica: What home maintenance tasks should I be doing this time of year? Peter S.

Nurse practitioner Maia Dehlinger, left, with her patient, Maria Roci, at the Belle Haven Clinic.

Health center cares for the underserved Submitted by Kathleen Alexander, director of communications, Ravenswood Family Health Center.

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aria Roci is a single parent of three children, ages 7, 9 and 15. They’ve been without a home of their own for the past year, but thanks to a supportive sister who has four children of her own, Maria and her kids have a safe haven in an apartment in Menlo Park. When Maria first came to the clinic, she was dealing with depression and hypertension and complained of headaches and dizziness. “I was stressed out and the headaches were getting more intense,” she said. Prior to her becoming a patient at Belle Haven Clinic, it

New phone numbers for Almanac news staff Starting Dec. 28, the Almanac news staff will have new direct-dial phone numbers, and new extensions when you use an Almanac general number (854-2690 or 854-2626). The threedigit extensions will no longer work. Below are the new direct-dial numbers. The new four-digit extensions are the last four digits of the number. Newsroom............... 223-6525 Renee Batti ............. 223-6528 Dave Boyce ............. 223-6527 Sandy Brundage ...... 223-6529 Tom Gibboney ......... 223-6507 Richard Hine ............ 223-6525 Jane Knoerle ........... 223-6531

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had been determined that Maria had a tumor on the pituitary gland that was playing havoc with her endocrine system. “No one had followed up to be sure she received the treatment she needed, and her symptoms were getting increasingly more severe,” said her primary care provider, nurse practitioner Maia Dehlinger. “So I set up a referral for her to a neurosurgeon and endocrinologist.” Subsequently, Maria underwent surgery and her condition improved significantly. She is doing much better and is quick to give credit to her primary care provider. “She knows my history and always makes time to see me to be sure I receive follow up care.” Maia Dehlinger is a nurse practitioner who like other clinicians at Ravenswood Family Health Center (RFHC) decided to invest her skills in caring for the underserved. On the wall above her desk at Belle Haven Clinic is a small sign: “To leave the world a better place, whether by a healthy child, a

garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” Watching the Belle Haven staff in full swing, one realizes how much coordination goes on behind the scenes to ensure patients have access to the full array of services available at RFHC, including prenatal, chronic disease case management, dental care in RFHC’s new state-of-the-art dental clinic, and behavioral health and social services. Ravenswood Family Health Center operates two medical sites, a mobile clinic and a dental clinic, providing comprehensive care to 10,000 patients a year of all ages, ensuring that low-income families and uninsured residents in southeast San Mateo County have access to a medical home. With its capacity for efficient, cost-effective primary and preventive care, RFHC like other community health centers is well positioned to meet the rising need for affordable care with health care reform. Go to ravenswoodfhc.org for more information about Ravenswood Family Health Center and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Donations to the Holiday Fund benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center and nine other community-service organizations.

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A: Dear Peter: This is the season to watch for leaks, and I am not referring to the intelligence kind of leaks that are in the news these days. I am talking about roof leaks, chimney leaks, gutter and wall leaks. The rainy season is here and so far it is a moderately strong one. Water is invasive and in no time at all can cause damage expensive to repair. Most of the time it is not easy to detect because it is inside the walls and hasn’t become apparent yet. There are a few things you can do to protect your home from the rains.

First, have an annual roof inspection, even if your roof is not old. There may be flashings that need caulking and this repair can save you expensive remediation later. Walk around the inside of your house and check for signs of water intrusion on the walls in every room. Look in your attic area, if you have one, for signs of leaks. Check the outside of your home for stucco or other cracks in the exterior layer. Look under the house, if possible, for signs of moisture or standing water. Install a sump pump if needed. Don’t put off these tasks or you may end up spending a great deal repairing water damage that could have been avoided.

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Recognition for heroism may be near for Carl Clark ■ Rep. Anna Eshoo seeks Medal of Honor for Menlo Park man. By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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arl Clark is a survivor, many times over. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was awakened by the sounds of war, and barely escaped serious injury or death as the Japanese strafed his quarters at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on their way to Pearl Harbor, just minutes away. Three and a half years later, he survived horrific kamikaze attacks on his naval ship during the Battle of Okinawa — and was instrumental in the survival not only of numerous crewmen but of the ship itself. Last year, the 56-year resident of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood suffered a broken

hip, which led to surgery and life-threatening complications. While Mr. Clark has survived close calls and other challenges to reach a robust 94 years of age, a once-bright flame of hope that he would receive the promised recognition he earned for his monumental heroism during the Battle of Okinawa had all but fizzled out over the years. Now, 65 years after the captain of Mr. Clark’s ship, the USS Aaron Ward, labored in vain to win military recognition for Mr. Clark’s actions, that f lame has been rekindled. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has succeeded in securing testimony of Mr. Clark’s heroism from one of the few surviving officers of the Aaron Ward, and in late November sent a letter urging Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to expedite review of

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Carl Clark, 94, of Menlo Park would be honored for his heroism 65 years ago, during World War II.

a recommendation to bestow on Mr. Clark the highest award possible — the Medal of Honor. “The Aaron Ward became one

of only two ships in naval history to endure so many kamikaze hits and survive — and Carl Clark is the reason why,” she wrote. “Carl Clark’s efforts that night are why so many survived and one of the main reasons the ship did not capsize.” Congresswoman Eshoo is also asking Secretary Mabus to expedite the review to complete it by year’s end. In her letter, she cites the comments of retired Navy Captain Lefteris Lavrakas, who was an officer onboard the Aaron Ward and who recommended the award: “Please hurry up, Carl and I are both in our 90s and we need to correct this injustice for Carl.” Behind the injustice, Mr. Clark and others familiar with the military culture of the times say, was the prevailing racial bigotry that existed in the military.

Mr. Clark, an African American, joined the Navy in the 1930s, when blacks could serve only as mess attendants — essentially, officers’ servants, Mr. Clark said. During his service before and during World War II, he and other black men were “segregated aboard ship, used and abused,” he wrote some 10 years ago as part of a local “War Stories” writing project. He was one of six black men aboard the Aaron Ward on May 3, 1945, when it was attacked around sunset by six kamikaze planes, which turned the ship “into a junkyard,” Mr. Clark said. He was also the only black man in an eight-person damage-control unit, which was to spring into action during any attack to put out fires and take See CLARK, page 8

Voters lukewarm on raising Las Lomitas parcel taxes By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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he Las Lomitas School District is debating whether to ask voters to increase the district’s $311 annual parcel tax next year to help accommodate an unexpected student enrollment surge and restore school programs that were cut to save money. The district’s two schools, Las Lomitas (K-3) in Atherton and La Entrada (4-8) in Menlo Park, need to figure out how to squeeze too many students into not enough space, if growth projections for the next three years hold true. The latest forecast predicts 77 more students than anticipated by 2012. The net gain is expected to be 121 students by 2013, for a total school population of 1,460. Raising a parcel tax is a traditional route to securing more operating funds, but a telephone survey of 309 registered voters living in the district suggests the support isn’t there yet. The survey, conducted by the Center for Community Opinion, found support wavering between 43 percent and 56.6 percent for increases ranging from $420 to $300 a year, nowhere near the two-thirds voter approval needed to pass

a parcel tax. Researchers concluded that two-thirds of voters would approve a hike of only $186 a year — not enough to meet the schools’ needs, according to the district. Fifty percent of survey respondents gave the district an ‘A’ for quality, while about 53.6 percent agreed that lack of funding and budget cuts are the biggest challenge facing the schools. “So we need to figure out how to combine these two pieces of good news into increased support for an additional parcel tax,” said District Superintendent Eric Hartwig. “Clearly our voters, along with everybody else in the country, are still reeling from the recession and the gloomy predictions for our state budget. I don’t blame them one bit for being cautious.” At least for next year, the district will likely add two temporary classrooms to each campus, Mr. Hartwig said. “Another point that we’re reflecting on is that our message that was presented in the poll may not have been compelling enough for respondents — restoring programs and class sizes, mainly — where in other districts the story has been See LAS LOMITAS, page 8

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Woodside High School’s dance team performs during the Bay Area High School Dance Off, held Friday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

Woodside High School wins ‘Dance-Off’ By Samantha Bergeson Special to The Almanac

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oodside High School carried home the firstplace trophy Friday from the first Bay Area High School Dance-Off competition, held at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Other high schools dance teams competing in the dance-off were from Menlo-Atherton, San Mateo, Carlmont, and Sir Francis Drake

(in Marin County). M-A finished second, and San Mateo, third. Eccentric host Tyler MacNiven, a Woodside High School alumnus and 2006 winner of TV’s “The Amazing Race,” was master of ceremonies for the event, which drew a large crowd that included parents as well as students. Organizers said proceeds from the event will benefit Canine Companions for the Soul, a nonprofit organization that trains

therapy dogs to interact with disabled children, hospital patients, and elderly people. Many of the “working” dogs made guest appearances between dance routines throughout the show. Woodside High’s team received a standing ovation as it secured the dance-off win with an elaborate carnival and twisted “Nutcracker”themed performance. Dance styles ranged from hiphop to tap and ballet. A

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Jim Dobbie takes reins on Atherton City Council

Rich Cline re-elected mayor of Menlo Park

By Renee Batti

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im Dobbie was the Atherton City Council’s unanimous choice for mayor when members voted on Dec. 15 during a special meeting preceding the regular council meeting. Mr. Dobbie, who replaces Kathy McKeithen, served as the town’s vice mayor since last December. He is beginning a new four-year term on the council, having won his bid for re-election in November. New council member Bill Widmer, who was the top votegetter in the November election, was chosen vice mayor on a 3-2 vote. Mr. Widmer is filling the seat held by Charles Marsala for the last eight years. Jerry Carlson and Elizabeth Lewis, who have often voted with Mr. Marsala to form a majority on the council, voted for Ms. Lewis to be vice mayor. Mr. Marsala, who did not seek re-election, was honored with numerous proclamations and accolades from local legislators and Atherton residents during his last meeting. A councilman since 2002, he served as mayor in 2006, and was the first Atherton council member to serve in a leadership role with the California League of Cities.

Du r i ng the special meet i ng, out-going m ayor K a t h y McKeithen presented Mr. Marsala with procl a m a tions from Jim Dobbie Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park; state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, and state Sen. Joe Simitian; and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Marsala was lauded by town volunteers and other residents for his work on environmental projects and for his leadership role in the town center planning project. Mr. Marsala’s tenure on the council was marred earlier this year by news that he had sought a $500,000 personal loan from fellow resident Jon Buckheit, who at the time had begun the process of filing a lawsuit against the town. A subsequent review of the matter by City Attorney Wynne Furth concluded that Mr. Marsala had broken no law in asking for the loan. A

Atherton names interim manager By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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ohn Danielson, former city manager of Elk Grove and Wildomar, both in California, will be Atherton’s interim city manager if terms of a contract can be agreed upon. The Atherton City Council announced on Dec. 15 that Mr. Danielson, who operates the Danielson Associates consulting firm in Sacramento, was its choice to lead the town until a recruitment process to find a permanent manager is completed. One of the interim manager’s roles will be to help the council conduct that search. Mayor Jim Dobbie said Mr. Danielson got “very, very good references� from everyone the town contacted. The consensus was that “he is a first-class manager,� the mayor said. A key to his appointment, Mr. Dobbie said, is that Mr. Danielson didn’t want the permanent manager’s position. “That’s what we insisted on,� he said, explain-

ing that the council didn’t want others interested in the permanent position to be reluctant to apply because a fellow applicant had his foot in the door. The choice was unanimous among the four council members who in November interviewed the five candidates on the finalists list. Bill Widmer, who was sworn in as a council member on Dec. 15 and therefore had not been part of the council review of candidates, abstained from voting. Mayor Jim Dobbie and Councilwoman Kathy McKeithen were appointed as a subcommittee to negotiate a contract with Mr. Danielson. Mayor Dobbie said the council wants the search for a permanent manager to be thorough, but that he hopes it can be concluded within six months. Mr. Danielson had his share of detractors as Elk Grove city manager, and his salary and

â–  Council leaves policy behind in wake of Brown Act violations. By Sandy Brundage

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he man who put down the gavel on Dec. 7 has now picked it back up. In a unanimous 5-0 vote on Dec. 14, and counter to tradition, the Menlo Park City Council elected Rich Cline to a second term as mayor to fill the vacuum left by Kelly Fergusson’s resignation from the position. Kirsten Keith retained her position as vice mayor, thanks to an equally unanimous vote. Elected mayor Dec. 7 by a split 3-2 vote, with Peter Ohtaki and Mr. Cohen dissenting, Ms. Fergusson resigned on Dec. 10 following the revelation of Brown Act violations committed as she lobbied at least two council colleagues for the position. City residents had plenty to say during the public comment period preceding the Dec. 14 vote. Some suggested Councilman Andy Cohen pick up the gavel, others Rich Cline, but all expressed dismay over the violation of public trust. “I’d say the theme for this evening is disappointment,� Ed Moritz told the council. “For those who recommended following the

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Re-elected mayor, Rich Cline, with newly elected vice mayor, Kirsten Keith.

policy, for the council members who voted based on the policy. All this disappointment is the result of at least one council member.� By the city’s non-binding policy, Ms. Fergusson and Mr. Cohen were the members of the council most eligible to pick up the gavel, as members must serve at least one year on the council before becoming mayor. If the candidates have all served as mayor before, then the one with the longest time elapsed since holding the position gets priority, which left Mr. Cohen as the front-runner had policy been followed.

Former council member Heyward Robinson spoke at the meeting on Tuesday night, saying that despite holding great respect for Mr. Cohen, the councilman’s erratic behavior led him to reluctantly conclude Mr. Cohen should not serve as mayor. The mayoral policy was ignored at least twice by previous councils since its enactment in 1993. At the Dec. 14 meeting, Ms. Keith nominated and Mr. Ohtaki seconded Mr. Cline as mayor, and the vote proceeded without debate. Ms. Fergusson said little during the re-vote besides nominating Kirsten Keith as vice mayor. A

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TOWN OF WOODSIDE 2955 WOODSIDE ROAD WOODSIDE, CA 94062 INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR COMMITTEES BICYCLE COMMITTEE Meets third Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and recommends to the Town Council on the policies for planning, developing, maintaining, and usage of Town’s bikeways system.

CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE Meets fourth Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission, and staff on conservation, open space, noise, public services and facilities as pertaining to the elements of the Town’s General Plan.

LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL CONTROL COMMITTEE

Rich Gordon to chair subcommittee overseeing high-speed rail authority Newly elected state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, has been named chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee that oversees the California HighSpeed Rail Authority. He will head the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, his office announced Dec. 15. Mr. Gordon, who served 13 years as a San Mateo County supervisor, has closely followed the high-speed-rail debate and has called for creation of a new oversight structure for the authority’s governing board, with greater transparency and local representation. Other departments and agencies over which the subcommittee has authority include the

state Air Resources Board, t h e Depar tment of Water Conservation Resources, the Depar t- Assemblyman Rich Gordon ment of Fish & Game, and the Department of Transportation. Mr. Gordon will also serve on the full Budget Committee, the Budget Subcommittee on Oversight, and the standing committees of Local Governments, Health, and Revenue & Tax Committees. He was elected in November

to represent the 21st Assembly District, which includes Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside, as well as San Carlos, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and the Almaden Valley. In addition to serving on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Mr. Gordon was president of the California State Association of Counties in 2008-09. “I am pleased that I will serve on a variety of committees in diverse issue areas, and I will strive to fulfill my pledge to bring better governance to Sacramento and help tackle the state budget problems dominating the state today,” Mr. Gordon said of his appointments.

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ablaze. Mr. Clark went into the locker and put out the fire, he said. A similar hit to the ammunition locker on the USS Little, part of the group of five destroyers in the water that night with the Aaron Ward, also caused a fire. But that fire wasn’t extinguished, and the resulting explosion tore the ship in half, causing it to sink. “I saw it go down,” Mr. Clark said. Of the five destroyers, the Aaron Ward was the only survivor. During the 51 minutes of the attack, 42 men were lost, he said. After the attack, Mr. Clark worked through the night, single-handedly carrying a number of survivors to the medic ward, in spite of his broken collarbone. The day after the attack, the ship’s captain, W.H. Sanders, approached Mr. Clark, who was seated. “He squatted down in front of me, and he said, ‘I want to thank you for saving my ship.’” Captain Sanders, other officers, and the ship’s doctor, who

was assisted in his urgent-care work immediately after the attack by Mr. Clark and other mess attendants, conferred in the aftermath of the kamikaze attack, Mr. Clark wrote in his “War Stories” memoir. The captain told him that “when we got back to the States he was going to make every effort to get us some sort of commendation. He went all the way to Washington, D.C., to the War Department, but was unable to get even a letter of good mention.”

Meets fourth Wednesday of each month; 5:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Planning Director on applications for commercial stable permits, dog kennel permits, and exception requests to the private stable regulations.

OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE Meets fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission and staff in implementing the policies and goals of the Open Space and Conservation elements of the General Plan, specifically with respect to acquisition and maintenance of conservation easements and open space preservation.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE Meets on call of Chair; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff on issues of community public safety, including police and fire services provided within the Town.

RECREATION COMMITTEE Meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for three-year term. The Committee guides the activities of the community recreation programs.

TRAILS COMMITTEE Meets second Thursday of each month, 3:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee reviews land divisions, subdivisions and conditional use permits for locations for equestrian, pedestrian and bicycle trails and makes recommendations to the staff and to the Planning Commission.

WOODSIDE HISTORY COMMITTEE Meets second Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff regarding actions, policies and plans relating to historic preservation. Committees are volunteer positions and serve in an advisory capacity to the Town Council. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5:00 p.m., from the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, or telephone (650) 851-6790, or through the Town’s web site at www.woodsidetown.org. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 14, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

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on other urgent roles. When the first signs of the attack were apparent, Mr. Clark recalled, the seven other men in the unit huddled in one area of the deck, yards away from him. When the first plane hit, all seven men were killed. Mr. Clark was flung up against an overhead structure, breaking his collarbone; his helmet and shoes were blown off his body. The second plane’s hit “blew me right across the ship.” In spite of his injuries, Mr. Clark grabbed a fire hose, usually manned by a team of at least two, and began a long fight against the fires that were spreading on board the ship. He carried the hose, often by himself, sometimes watching as sailors jumped overboard in an attempt to save themselves. “I stayed with it until the last plane hit,” he said. A critical moment occurred when a plane flew into the ammunition locker, setting it LAS LOMITAS continued from page 5

about saving teachers’ jobs,” Mr. Hartwig said. Other options include adding buildings and re-occupying one of two sites leased to private schools, one in Ladera and one near the district office in Menlo Park. The district now takes in $1.6 million in lease revenue from those sites. The school board will discuss the parcel tax again at its Jan. 12 meeting. A

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Hickingbothan joins Coldwell Banker office Joseph “J” Hickingbotham has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate in its Menlo Park El Camino office. Before joining the Menlo Park office, Mr. Hickingbotham worked in Coldwell Banker’s Tahoe City location for 15 years. In recent years, he ranked in the top 10 percent of local agents and company

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After a time, any serious effort to pursue recognition for Mr. Clark’s heroism faded. But when Mr. Clark signed up for the War Stories project led by writing instructor Sheila Dunec about a decade ago, his story triggered talk that perhaps it wasn’t too late. It was Ms. Dunec who approached Congresswoman Eshoo’s office and, encouraged to make an official appeal, initiated the effort by writing a letter detailing Mr. Clark’s heroism. A

sales associates for the Lake Tahoe region. Mr. Hickingbotham has a bachelor’s degree in business Joseph “J” administraHickingbotham tion and marketing from the University of the Pacific. Coldwell Banker’s Menlo Park office is located at 800 El Camino Real, Suite 300.


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The Nativity Scene at St. Patrick Seminary’s annual tree lighting ceremony captures this young child’s wonder. Below, Seminarians sing Christmas carols at the annual tree lighting ceremony at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.

Woodside firefighter paramedics Vincent Nannini, left, and Michael Lambrechts, pause for dinner during Santa’s visit to the Woodside fire station Dec. 15. At left: Mark Ghandari, a Kiwanis Club member, helps Patricia Harrell choose the perfect tree at the club’s lot on El Camino Real. All proceeds support Kiwanis Club programs.

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t is a well-worn gag, drilled into the ground by television commercials and cheesy sitcoms with canned laugh tracks that play after each tired punch line and pun: the space-case guy who forgets to buy his sweetheart a gift until the day of; in a panic, he sets off to find a suitable present before time runs out. Well, guess what? Trite though it may be, there is more than a kernel of truth to that stereotype. Just ask Erika Posadas. “It’s usually guys doing last-minute shopping,� Posadas says, standing behind the register at The Body Shop. Posadas has worked at this Stanford Shopping Center location for more than a year, and has been in retail for about a decade. She says that as Christmas Eve draws nigh she sees many frantic young men dash into The Body

Shop looking for a last-minute gift for a mother, sister or girlfriend on their list. When that happens she knows what to do. She says gift sets are very popular among the 11th-hour crowd. These sets combine a smattering of items — hand cream, body butter, lip balm and lotion — in one ready-to-go package. In the case of Posadas’ store, the prefab boxes of beauty products are even adorned with a bow, which saves the step of wrapping. Cosmetics are not the only type of gift that comes in bundles. Consider the local Starbucks or Peet’s. All those impulse items stacked on shelves and display tables throughout the store — that ceramic mug, halfpound of Sumatra beans and French press package, for example — make great gifts. The crafty giver might even pull apart the bundle, Posadas points out. Because the sets are often a better deal than purchasing each item individually, the thrifty gifter can save a few bucks by dividing up such a package. Mark Wheldon, while waiting in line to pay for a shirt at Macy’s, says that when it comes down to the wire and he needs a gift for mom, he might go for jewelry or something craftsy. If his brother or a friend suddenly announces they are coming by for a holiday visit, it is really easy. “Liquor,� Wheldon says. There is


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Holiday toy drive There is still time to donate toys to the Woodside Fire Protection District’s annual drive. Toys may be dropped off at any of the district’s fire stations. Each year firefighters volunteer their time collecting, wrapping, and delivering toys to low-income families. The toys are delivered in a fire engine with Santa on board. The Woodside Fire Protection District serves Woodside, Portola Valley, and the areas of Emerald Hills, Ladera, Los Trancos Woods, Skyline, and Vista Verde in San Mateo County.


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This year, the Almanac's Holiday Fund will support these nonprofit organizations in the community ■ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Provides after-school academic support and enrichment activities for 1,000 youths each day, ages 6 to 18. Operates clubhouses in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, East Palo Alto and Redwood City, and after-school programs at schools in these communities designed to extend the learning day and supplement the school's curriculum.

■ Ecumenical Hunger Program Provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, special children's programs and sometimes financial assistance to families in need, regardless of religious preference, including Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for more than 1,500 households.

■ Project Read-Menlo Park Provides free literacy services to adults in the Menlo Park area. Trained volunteers work one-to-one or in small groups to help adults improve their basic reading, writing and English language skills so they can achieve their goals and function more effectively at home, at work, and in the community. In 2007-08, a total of 120 tutors assisted more than 300 students. ■ Ravenswood Family Health Center Provides primary medical care, behavioral health services and preventive health care for all ages at its clinics in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. It also operates a mobile clinic at school sites. Of the 22,700 registered patients, most are low-income and uninsured. ■ St. Francis Center Provides services for families in need with the goal of helping them to live in dignity and become self-supporting community members. The center assists some 2,000 people each month with such services as low-income housing, food and clothing, shower and laundry, counseling, community garden, and education.

TOTALS: As of December 16, 2010, a total of 87 donors have given $46,650 to the the Almanac Holiday Fund.

extent possible, by generous community corporations, foundations and individuals, including the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. No administration costs will be deducted from the gift, which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. All donations to the Holiday Fund will be shared equally among the 10 recipient agencies listed below.

■ Second Harvest Food Bank The largest collector and distributor of food on the Peninsula, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 30 million pounds of food last year. It gathers donations from individuals and businesses and distributes food to some 162,000 people each month through more than 700 agencies and distribution sites in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. ■ St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room Serves hundreds of hot meals six days a week in a social and friendly atmosphere to anyone in need. Funded entirely by contributions from the community, St. Anthony's is the largest soup kitchen between San Francisco and San Jose. It offers groceries to take home and distributes clothing to families. ■ Shelter Network Provides short-term shelter and transitional housing services to more than 3,700 people and children each year. Offers programs for families and individuals to become self-sufficient and return to permanent housing. ■ The Art of Yoga Project Offers incarcerated teen girls a rehabilitation program of yoga and creative arts to instill greater self-awareness, self-respect and self-control. The project serves over 500 girls annually at four local sites, including San Mateo County’s juvenile detention centers. ■ Youth and Family Enrichment Services Provides many programs to help people who struggle with substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health, relationship and communications issues. Helps strengthen youth, families and individuals to overcome challenges through counseling, education, and residential services.

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iven the tension and poor behavior of some City Council members in Menlo Park and Atherton, it was refreshing to see straightforward meetings last week that elected new mayors in both cities. Congratulations to Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline, who will serve a second term, and Jim Dobbie, the successor to Kathy McKeithen in Atherton. The Menlo Park transition was by far the most complicated, starting with the Dec. 7 election of Kelly Fergusson, and then her admission of violating the Brown Act while seeking votes from fellow council members, and finally, her resignation on Dec. 10. Ms. Fergusson and ED ITORI AL Andy Cohen were both eligible for The opinion of The Almanac the mayoral post according to the council’s informal succession policy, but when Ms. Fergusson bowed out, members bypassed Mr. Cohen on the first ballot to unanimously elect Mr. Cline for a second term. It was the correct choice given the city’s current challenges on high-speed rail, the downtown visioning plan, and union negotiations. Mr. Cline will be an effective leader on all fronts. In Atherton, Mr. Dobbie was elected on a 5-0 vote, and the vice mayor slot went to newly elected member Bill Widmer, who won out over Elizabeth Lewis; Ms. Lewis mustered one other vote, from Jerry Carlson. Mr. Dobbie and Ms. McKeithen backed Mr. Widmer, who voted for himself. The vote was a sign that perhaps Mr. Widmer will join his supporters to form a new bloc on the council. We are pleased that Mr. Cline pledged to bring more transparency to the hot topic of labor negotiations, although the effort began with an executive session that some residents, including former council member John Boyle, had hoped would be open to the public. City Attorney Bill McClure announced that Mr. Cline and Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith would serve as a new subcommittee with the goal of increasing transparency in labor negotiations. The new process might include an open study session on contracts and a week or two of time

for public comment on the proposals before the council begins actual negotiations. This is a good first start that we hope will accommodate much more public understanding of what has become a highly charged process since the economic downturn. Menlo Park voters made a strong statement in November when 72 percent of them approved Measure L, which will reduce pension benefits for incoming non-police employees. In May, the City Council had taken a similar action, imposing pension rollbacks on the city’s 152 SEIU employees, raising the retirement age for non-police employees from 55 to 60, and decreasing pension benefits from a maximum of four-fifths of annual salary to three-fifths. But the changes will go into effect only if the city negotiates the same deal with the city’s middle management employees when their contract expires in 2011. Two of the city’s unions, the SEIU and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), have threatened to sue the city to overturn Measure L, which sets similar pension limitations but also requires a public vote to increase benefits. The city attorney said last week that the council voted 5-0 during the closed session to defend Measure L if sued. In Atherton, the council’s first major task will be to hire a permanent city manager. The search for an interim manager may have ended last week when the council agreed to make an offer to John Danielson, which, if successful, will bring the former city manager of Elk Grove and Wildomar to Atherton. Wisely, the council required Mr. Danielson to agree not to seek the job of permanent manager. For that position, the council will conduct a full-fledged search for a person who can begin to lead the city out of a period of years that have been pockmarked by costly personnel settlements, the refund of a road impact fee that could cost the town several million dollars, and a budget that is woefully out of balance. There is no question that both councils will have plenty to do in 2011, which already is shaping up to be a challenging year in Menlo Park and Atherton.

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Council erred in not electing Cohen mayor Editor: Hypocrisy. Inequity. Both words describe the Menlo Park City Council majority, which a week ago feigned allegiance to “the process” to select Kelly Fergusson as mayor and then a week later turned that process on its head to give Rich Cline a second term as mayor, which hasn’t happened since Ira Bonde served as mayor from 1969 to 1976. For those, like myself, who thought that the council would have the decency to vote in member Andy Cohen, who would have been appointed had the process been followed, this was a case of gross inequity. Could it be that Mr. Cohen’s position on the downtown portion of the Vision Plan — slowing it down to listen to and involve the stakeholders — was the reason he was bypassed? Is that the

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“erratic behavior” that Mr. Robinson (whose own behavior could only charitably be called erratic) referred to? Erratic is a word often used to dismiss integrity by those who are more comfortable with

“group think.” I do hope that council member Cohen will continue as the independent thinker he has shown himself to be. Those of us who feel left out of the process appre-

ciate the fact that we have Andy Cohen on the council because he is one council member who actually listens. See LETTERS, next page


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Nancy Couperus is a downtown Menlo Park property owner and co-founder of the Downtown Alliance. She lives in Los Altos.

Characterization of Cohen was ‘mean, petty ‘ Editor: The Almanac’s editorial accusing Menlo Park City Council member Andy Cohen of “quirky comments and behavior� was not only mean and petty, but was belied by Mr. Cohen’s thoughtful and articulate op-ed column in the same edition about the city’s current seriously flawed downtown planning study. James R. Madison Holly Avenue, Menlo Park

Another top job for Menlo Park: balancing the budget Editor: Your editorial last week listed two important city priorities but, oddly, left out the most critical. Let’s face it, Menlo Park is not going to sustain any effort big or small until its budgets get under control — and this has not been done. Once again, the city is looking at a big shortfall. For those who thought merely passing Measure L solved the employee costs issue, please note: the initiative only put limits on what the council may offer to

future workers. As we said during the campaign, that’s a start but council needs to direct real change. The rubber hits the road when the council next meets with the unions in January or February. CalPERS, the agency that provides pension programs for Menlo Park and other cities, announced Wednesday (to no one’s surprise) that the recently raised quarterly premiums that cities make to them are again falling short; again, we are on the hook for all of these increases, not those who will benefit from our impressive retirement programs. Further, as Kelly Fergusson said when dissing Measure L last summer, “the real cost is in the police contracts� which L did not address. Only the City Council can address these critical, snowballing costs with our city employees. Do we have a council committed to making that happen? Will the council stick to the terms it imposed — such as making outsourcing easier and increasing contributions employees make? Menlo Park residents became involved in 2010 as I’ve never seen before; let’s hope the fires are still burning, and those residents keep the heat on the council to get our house in order. Henry Riggs Callie Lane, Menlo Park

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Review and consideration of adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration in association with a Project to install nine sets of solar panels, each approximately 10 feet wide, by 72 feet long, by 6 feet tall, and associated electrical equipment. The Project includes review and approval/denial of a Conditional Use Permit to construct within a Town-designated stream corridor. The Project includes connecting the main residence to the solar panels via an underground electrical conduit that would be installed via directional boring underneath a tributary to Alambique Creek, at a depth of approximately 12 feet; and below wetlands at a depth of approximately 4 feet. 4.

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Review and consideration of a Resolution of Intention to initiate an amendment to Municipal Code Section 153.138 (Lot Yield; Slope Density Standards) in accordance with the Planning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 18, 2005 interpretation, which clariďŹ ed the use of the slope density regulations for proposed subdivisions.

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TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of Portola Valley will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments needed to implement portions of the Town’s Housing Element. The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers (Historic Schoolhouse), 765 Portola Rod, Portola Valley, California. It is recommended that the project be found categorically exempt from CEQA. The Town Council will consider all evidence, written and oral pertaining to the proposed zoning ordinance addition. Copies of the proposed zoning ordinance and documents are available at Portola Valley Town Hall. Public Hearings provide the general public and interested parties an opportunity to provide testimony on these items. If you challenge a proposed action(s) in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at a Public Hearing(s) described above, or in written correspondence delivered to the Town Council at, or prior to, the Public Hearing(s). Information pertaining to the proposal may be viewed at Town Hall Building and Planning Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. All interested persons are invited to appear before the Town Council to be heard at the time and place mentioned above. Dated:

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Bob saw the positive in everyone he met, and he loved to get their “story” and he REMEMBERED them. He treasured his friends and really made the effort to regularly keep in touch with everyone from boyhood buddies to recent friends. Bob took special joy in making people laugh. He was a warm, loving husband and father who truly lived his Catholic faith, especially through hardships, and his trademark optimism encouraged others. A memorial Mass was at The Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park Those who wish may remember him through a donation to the Nativity School Endowment Fund. Arrangements by O'Connor Menlo Park Funerals PA I D

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N POLI C E C A L L S This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted. ATHERTON Fraud reports: ■ Identity theft, 400 block of Walsh Road, Dec. 10. ■ Identity theft, first block of Greenoaks Drive, Dec. 11.

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MENLO PARK Auto burglary reports: ■ Window smashed and loss estimated at $14,280 in theft of Louis Vuitton bag and shoes, diamond earrings, laptop computer, wireless keyboard, books and backpack, 200 block of Cambridge Ave., Dec. 16. ■ Loss estimated at $299 in break-in and theft of Apple iPod, 1100 block of Bay Laurel Drive, Dec. 15. Commercial burglary reports: ■ Loss estimated at $3,500 in break-in and theft of two computers, Allocade Corp. at 3705 Haven Ave., Dec. 15. ■ Loss estimated at $1,800 in break-in and theft of backpack, laptop computer and projector, Willow Oaks School at 620 Willow Road, Dec. 10. ■ Window smashed and loss estimated at $150 in theft of nail tool and $100 in cash, Sky Nails at 1059 Crane St., Dec. 13. Residential burglary report: Loss estimated at $416 in break-in and theft of two pendants, $16 in cash and $300 in coins, 1300 block of Carlton Ave., Dec. 14. Grand theft reports: ■ After a move to a new residence, loss of

R E C O R D resident’s passport and $3,000 in cash, 1000 block of Arbor Road, Dec. 13. ■ Loss estimated at $930 in theft of digital camera left behind on train, 1100 block of Merrill St., Dec. 16. ■ Digital camera and other possessions stolen from unlocked vehicle, 200 block of O’Connor St., Dec. 16. Fraud reports: ■ Loss of $6,100 in check fraud incident, 2100 block of Santa Cruz Ave., Dec. 10. ■ Loss of $100 in unauthorized use of credit card, 1400 block of El Camino Real, Dec. 10. Spousal abuse reports: ■ Arrest made, 100 block of East Creek Drive, Dec. 13. ■ 1000 block of Del Norte Ave., Dec. 13. PORTOLA VALLEY Theft reports: ■ Loss estimated at $3,675 in theft of laptop computer and gym bag containing clothes and make-up from unlocked vehicle, 900 block of Portola Road, Dec. 9. ■ Loss estimated at $350 in theft of shoulder bag containing hand tools, paperwork and camera from unlocked vehicle, 700 block of Portola Road, Dec. 9. LADERA Auto burglary reports: ■ Loss estimated at $3,300 in break-in and theft of backpack, laptop computer and other possessions, 100 block of Berenda Way, Dec. 9. ■ Loss estimated at $2750 in break-in and theft of laptop computer, molded mouth guard and hygiene items, Lawler Ranch and Sand Hill roads, Dec. 10. Theft report: Loss estimated at $325 in theft of two paintings from back seat, 100 block of Berenda Way, Dec. 9.

Steve Westrate joins Coldwell Banker Steve Westrate has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate in its Woodside office. Mr. Westrate will join forces with his wife, Molly, who also works out of the Woodside office. The cou- Steve Westrate ple has lived in the Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park areas since 1973. Mr. Westrate has worked as a senior executive at several high-tech companies. He was a co-founder of Novellus Systems Inc. and an early contributor to two companies that later became part of KLA-Tencor. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Westrate earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a commission in the U.S. Navy. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodside is located at 2969 Woodside Road.

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Meals on Wheels essay wins grant In the first phase of a holiday competition, an essay from Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels has won $100 from the Meals on Wheels Association/ Subaru grant program. The essay describes how Meals of Wheels drivers provide more than just meals to recipients. The next phase of the competition, which relies on getting the most Facebook users to “like” the story, could earn the program up to an additional $500. Visit mowaablog.org and search for “Peninsula Volunteer Meals on Wheels” to “like” the essay. The grant money will be used to help fund meals and purchase birthday gifts for recipients. Each year Peninsula Volunteers delivers more than 240 hot meals a day, five days a week, to seniors and the homebound, according to Marilyn BakerVenturini, director of Meals on Wheels.

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140 Lost & Found

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145 Non-Profits Needs

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250 Musical Instruments Electronic Keyboard - $50.00 Piano-Baldwin Excel Tone - 2,250.00

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County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 13, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) ATHERTON INVESTIGATIONS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242257 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Atherton Investigations at 3524 Farm Hill Blvd. Unit #6, Redwood City, CA 94061. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): CLARK MADSEN 3524 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA 94061 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 7, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) ZPRZ COMPANY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242333 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: ZPRZ Company at 301 Allerton Ave., So. S.F CA 94080. Registered owner(s): JN ZIPPER & SUPPLIE CORP. 301 Allerton Ave. So. S. F CA 94080 This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12-13-2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 13, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) DAVIMARTIN GOOD FIG TEES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242031 The following person (s) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Davimartin, 2.) Good Fig Tees at 1848 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, California 94061, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): MARTIN ZUNTE 1848 Woodside Rd. Redwood City, CA 94061 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 08/09/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 22, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) MAD DAWG SCHOOL OF FITNESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242214 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Mad Dawg School of Fitness at 335 Convention Way, Suite D 1/2, Redwood City, CA 94063, San Mateo County; Mailing address, PO Box 835, Redwood City, CA 94064 Registered owner(s): SAUL JIMENEZ 820 Fulton St Redwood City, CA 94061 SUSAN JIMENEZ 820 Fulton St Redwood City, CA 94061 This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 6, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) ARTISAN FINISHES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242135 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: ARTISAN FINISHES 830 Charter St.,Redwood City, CA 94063, San Mateo County: Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): Ryan Stewart 346 E. Taylor Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085 Elizabeth Stewart 346 E. Taylor Ave. Sunnyvale, Ca 94085 Stephanie Black 164 Evandale Ave. Apt C Mountain View, CA 94043 Christian Black 164 Evandale Ave. Apt C Mountain View, CA 94043 This business is conducted by: General Partnership. The registrant Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed


with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 29, 2010. (Almanac Dec.22, 29, 2010; Jan.5, 12, 2011)

997 All Other Legals T.S. No. T10-66794-CA / APN: 084050-040-9 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/14/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, Cashier's Check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer, or authorized agent, declares as follows: [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed and [X] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Trustor: Joseph P. Biondo, a single man Duly Appointed Trustee: CR Title Services, Inc. c/o Pite Duncan, 4375 Jutland Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92117 877576-0472 Recorded 06/22/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-093009 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, California, Date of Sale: 12/29/2010 at 12:30 PM Place of Sale: At the Marshall St. entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $470,948.77 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 487 Wurr Road Loma Mar, CA 94021 A.P.N.: 084-050-040-9 Legal Description: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. The Trustee shall incur no liability for any good faith error in stating the proper amount of unpaid balances and charges. For sales information please contact Priority Posting and Publishing at www.priorityposting.com or (714) 573-1965 Reinstatement Line: 877576-0472 Date: 12/08/2010 CR Title Services, Inc. 1000 Technology Drive MS 314 O'Fallon MO 63368 Kimberly Lee, Trustee Specialist Federal Law requires us to notify you that we are acting as a debt collector. If you are currently in a bankruptcy or have received a discharge in bankruptcy as to this obligation, this communication is intended for informational purposes only and is not an attempt to collect a debt in violation of the automatic stay or the discharge injunction. P773163 12/8, 12/15, 12/22/2010 Almanac NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS #: CA-10-386575-CL Order #: 100552862-CA-LPI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/5/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will

be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): BARBARA ELLIOTT , AN UNMARRIED WOMAN AND PETER LANIER , AN UNMARRIED MAN Recorded: 7/12/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-105027 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California; Date of Sale: 1/10/2011 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the Marshall Street entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94061 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $757,952.11 The purported property address is: 489 TUNITAS CREEK RD WOODSIDE, CA 94062 Assessor’s Parcel No. 067-201-060-0 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Aurora Loan Services LLC 10350 Park Meadows Dr. Littleton CO 80124 Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 . If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www. fidelityasap.com Reinstatement Line: 619-645-7711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 3825765 12/15/2010, 12/22/2010, 12/29/2010 Almanac Trustee Sale No. 244575CA Loan No. 0075500108 Title Order No. 569542 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04-29-2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01-05-2011 at 12:30 PM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 05-10-2004, Book , Page , Instrument 2004-092943, and Re-recorded on 09-18-2009, Book, Page, Instrument 2009-125372, and as modified by the Modification of Deed of Trust recorded on 09-18-2009, Book, Page, Instrument 2009-125372 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: TOWRU IKEDA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, LONG BEACH MORTGAGE COMPANY, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash,

cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE AND RECORDS, 400 COUNTY CENTER, REDWOOD CITY, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,039,676.94 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 46 LA LOMA DRIVE MENLO PARK, CA 94025 APN Number: 074-150-600 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 12-10-2010 SEE ATTACHED EXHIBIT Exhibit DECLARATION PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the undersigned loan servicer declares as follows: 1. It has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.54 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; and 2. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or Section 2923.55. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Name: Ann Thorn Title: First Vice President CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee (714) 259-7850 or www. fidelityasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com Deborah Brignac CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. DEBORAH BRIGNAC, VICE PRESIDENT 9200 OAKDALE AVE MAILSTOP N110612 CHATSWORTH, CA 91311 P777998 12/15, 12/22, 12/29/2010 Almanac ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: CIV501229 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARANYA CHAICHANA and ANTHONY CHAICHANA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: A.)SARANYA CHAICHANA to SARA TAHNG B.) ANTHONY CHAICHANA to ANTHONY TAHNG C.) TANATCHA CHA-CHA CHAICHANA to NATASHA TAHNG D.) KANTACHAT KING CHAICHANA to KENNETH TAHNG. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: February 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: 3, Room: 2E. Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of gen-

eral circulation, printed in this county: THE ALMANAC. Date: December 8, 2010 /s/ Stephen M. Hall JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (The Almanac Dec. 22, 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 2011) HUD Ln# 0427943693 TS# 10-11507-21 NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on 03/07/2006, a certain (Deed of Trust) was executed by Evelyn Hawkins, as Trustor, in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as beneficiary, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co, as Trustee and was recorded on Recorded on 04/11/2006 as Instrument No. 2006-053102, in the office of the San Mateo County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing single family housing; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded on 02/05/2009, as Instrument # 2009-011383 in the office of the San Mateo County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, a default has been made by reason of failure to pay all sums due under the Deed of Trust, pursuant to Paragraph 9 Subsection (i) of said deed of Trust and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable, NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to power vesting in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary’s designation of us as Foreclosure Commissioner” notice is hereby given that on 01/12/2011 @ 12:30 pm local time, all real and personal property at or used in connection with following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: Commonly known as: 359 Wisteria Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94303 More thoroughly described as: Lot 2 in Block 17, as designated on the Map entitled “Tract No. 634 Palo Alto Gardens Map No 2, San Mateo, County, California”, which Map was filed in the Office of the Recorder of the County of San Mateo, State of California, on February 9. 1951 in Liber 32 of Maps, at Page 50. The sale will be held at the following location: At the Marshall Street entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA. Per The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the estimated opening bid will be $384,415.33. There will be no pro-ration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before the closing, his prorate share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making a bid, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling ten percent (10%) of the Secretary’s estimated bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s check made payable to the Foreclosure Commissioner Cimarron Trustee Services. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is an oral, a deposit of $38,441.53 must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a cashier’s or certified check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyancing fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time with which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be fore 9-day increments for a fee of $600.00 paid in advance. The extension fee shall be in the form of certified or cashier’s check made payable to the commissioner. If the high bidder closed the sale prior to the expiration period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the Foreclosure Commissioner after consultation with the HUD Field Office representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner may, at the direction of HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder to an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no

right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as proved herein HUD does not guarantee that the property will be vacant. The amount that must be paid by the Mortgagor, to stop the sale prior to the scheduled sale date is $384,265.33 as of 01/11/2011, PLUS all other amounts that are due under the mortgage agreement. Plus advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents. Plus a commission for the Foreclosure commissioner and all other costs incurred in the connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. Date: November 04, 2010 FORECLOSURE COMMISSIONER: CIMARRON SERVICE CORP, of NEVADA 719 14TH STREET MODESTO, CA 95354 Telephone No. (209) 544-9658 Facsimile No. (209) 544-6119 Cathey E. Latner, Vice President P766635 12/22, 12/29, 01/05/2011 Almanac TS # CA-10-387576-RM Order # 100561504-CA-GTI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/14/2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): Susan M Conti, an unmarried woman Recorded: 05/02/2008 as Instrument No. 2008-050193 in book xxx, page xxx of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, California; Date of Sale: 1/18/2011 at 12:30 PM Place of Sale: At the Marshall St. entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $327,115.64 The purported property address is: 165 E Okeefe St #14 Menlo Park, CA 94025 Assessors Parcel No. 111-800-140-1 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the

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property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Chase Home Finance LLC 800 Brooksedge Boulevard Westerville OH 43081. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [1] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [2] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee's Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: (714) 573-1965 or Login to: www. priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-645-7711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder's rights against the real property only. This notice is sent for the purpose of collecting a debt. This firm is attempting to collect a debt on behalf of the holder and owner of the note. Any information obtained by or provided to this firm or the creditor will be used for that purpose. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. P775730 12/22, 12/29, 01/05/2011 Almanac

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