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Local school leaders participate in ‘Superman’ discussion ■ Controversial documentary sparks lively discussion about charter schools, traditional campuses. By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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he documentary film “Waiting for Superman,” a controversial and pointed critique of U.S. K-12 public education, has set the stage for discussions, one of which took place in Santa Clara on Dec. 14 and included two local educators who were relevant to the film: Diane Tavenner, the founder in 2004 of Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City; and James Lianides, the new superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. The film tells the stories of five students, four of them impoverished, who are seeking alternatives to traditional education in preparing for college. The students apply to five charter schools, including Summit Prep, that in the film are presented as bastions of excellence. These students and their families are hoping to sidestep an educational establishment which, in the film, is shown as failing too often to prepare kids for college. At one point, that

establishment is represented by Woodside High. The filmmakers brush over the school with a few outside shots and reportedly did not follow up on offers to interview officials from Woodside High and/or the Sequoia district. “A better movie would have been a very balanced picture” of Summit Prep and Woodside, Mr. Lianides said at the panel discussion. The Sequoia district is sensitive to comparisons with Summit, which is relatively small, notable in qualifying its graduates for four-year colleges, and innovative — thanks in part to charter schools’ freedom from state education code regulations. Summit has significant enrollment from The Almanac’s circulation area. “Superman” should be viewed as a mirror, Ms. Tavenner said in assessing the film’s value. “It’s hard not to want to defend what we do. There’s some stuff in there that’s really truthful and it’s not pretty.” Directing the discussion was moderator Muhammed

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Diane Tavenner, left, the founder of two notable charter high schools in Redwood City, defended the critique of U.S. public education represented by the documentary “Waiting for Superman” at a Dec. 14 discussion sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Right, James Lianides, the superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, also spoke at the event.

Chaudhry, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The foundation’s mission, according to its website, is to improve math and science education in Santa Clara County via a “clear focus on achieving results, partnering, and emphasizing creativity and innovation.” The other members of the panel were Dean Vogel, vice president of the California Teachers

Association; Ash Pirayou, an attorney specializing in law related to politics and governmental relations; Charles Weis, the superintendent of schools in Santa Clara County; and John Danner, founder of Rocketship Education, a nationwide network of K-5 charter schools. Mr. Chaudhry kicked off the discussion by proposing that “Superman” characterizes the U.S. public education system

as “terribly broken” and proposes fixing it by increasing the number of charter schools, increasing instructional time, and reducing the influence of teachers’ unions. The film’s conclusion shows a Summit Prep applicant winning her lottery, and the other four students in tears over not winning theirs. “That’s exactly See SUPERMAN, page 6

Four of five Menlo council members skipped ethics training By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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f the five Menlo Park City Council members who served from 2006 to 2010, only one obeyed state law by attending an ethics training session every two years, according to the city’s records. California passed the relevant law, AB 1234, in 2005. It orders all elected officials who are paid by the public agency they represent to take at least two hours of certified ethics training every two years, and provide proof of participation. Other local newspapers have correctly reported that Kelly Fergusson has taken only one certified ethics course, in 2006, since first taking office. However, city records show that former council members John Boyle and Heyward Robinson, who took their courses in 2007, also failed to take it again when

required, in 2009. And Councilman Andy Cohen was more than a year late in taking his. “It’s my fault for not making sure I was up to date on the training,” Mr. Robinson said. He attributed the lapse to a last-minute schedule conflict with a training session held by the League of California Cities. “I asked (the city clerk) if I could take it online. She said that I could, and would send me the links, but I don’t think I ever received it. After that, I forgot about it until now.” Neither Ms. Fergusson nor Mr. Boyle could be reached for comment before The Almanac’s press time. Councilman Andy Cohen, who was serving as mayor in 2008 when his second ethics session came due, finally attended another class in September 2009 — nearly three-and-a-half years after taking his first course. “Upon being reminded by the

clerk that I was past deadline I took the next opportunity to fulfill the requirement,” Mr. Cohen told The Almanac. That leaves Rich Cline as the only council member who followed the law. He attended sessions in November 2007 and September 2009, according to the city’s records. “I really don’t think this is a reflection of the importance of AB1234 more than it is a reflection of how fast certain training can get away from you,” Mr. Cline said. The newest council members, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, have one year to complete a session. Mr. Ohtaki told the city he’d already finished a course in June as part of his service on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board. City Attorney Bill McClure said the city clerk reminds each council member of the requirements, and also provides a list

of upcoming training sessions. Now that the courses are available online, he said, the city will be more diligent in following up and encouraging compliance, but it’s ultimately up to the individual council member. Council members apparently don’t need to worry about legal punishment for skipping the sessions. Mr. McClure said there are no stated sanctions for failing to follow the law in a timely manner. “I don’t see the need for a punitive approach to this — more, we just need to do a better job reminding council members,” Mayor Cline said, adding that part of the solution may be to better integrate the training into the council process. “Perhaps putting it down on the biography on the web, ethics training requirement: up to date.” The initial source of turmoil, Ms. Fergusson, admitted that

she violated the Brown Act by holding one-on-one discussions with at least two other council members about her desire to be elected mayor in early December. The admission came after the public and press raised questions, and the city attorney conducted his own investigation of the matter. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the Brown Act violation to determine whether criminal charges are needed. “But there’s nothing in the penal code for ethics training requirements,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. That raises the question: Why have a state law without teeth? “It’s a fundamental principle of the criminal justice system,” Mr. Wagstaffe agreed. “For every act, there must be a consequence. If there’s no consequence, why would anyone fear committing the act?” A

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ers, Mr. Vogel replied: “We’re asked to do more and more and more with less and less and less.� The film compares U.S. teachers unfavorably with Finnish teachers. Such comparisons are unfair, Mr. Vogel said, because Finnish teachers are so much better trained. “I think the system we use for evaluating teachers is broken,� he added. In concluding the discussion, Mr. Chaudhry asked the panelists for the one thing that the state could do to raise revenue for public education. Stop adding education regulations while cutting education funding, Mr. Lianides said. Have an honest discussion about taxes and the unfair distribution of resources to schools, Mr. Pirayou, the attorney, said. Start educating all students to exceed the entrance requirements for the University of California, Ms. Tavenner said. As it is, she said, 76 percent of Californians receiving public education will never earn enough to replenish the state coffers for what it cost to educate them.

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lizabeth “Betty� Fry, a longtime resident of Portola Valley and a cofounder of The Almanac, died of cardiac failure on Dec. 30 at her home in Nevada City, California, relatives said. She was 85. Ms. Fry was the publisher of The Almanac from its founding in 1965 — put together in a couple of local homes and garages, including hers — until 1984, when the family moved to Nevada City. Founding the paper, then known as the Country Almanac, with her were Hedy

Boissevain, the first managing editor, and Jean Heflin, who consulted on the business structure of the paper. The Almanac’s founding was more or less coincident with the incorporation of Portola Valley in 1964, said Ms. Fry’s husband, Dr. Bill Fry. Ms. Fry had a degree in business from a private college in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Fry said. The family lived in Portola Valley from 1958 until the move to Northern California. For recreation, Ms. Fry played tennis and was an active member of Music in the Mountains, a program for

bringing music to the Nevada City community, Dr. Fry said. She was a past president of the Nevada County Land Trust, he said. In addition to her husband, Ms. Fry is survived by her sons, Stephen of Nevada City and Peter of Portland, Oregon; daughter Susan Van Rheenen of Orinda; and six grandchildren. Gifts in Ms. Fry’s memory can be made to the Nevada County Land Trust at 175 Joerschke Drive, #R Grass Valley, CA 95945. Go to nevadacountylandtrust. org for more information, or call 530-272-5994. A

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Green business offers ‘plug and play’ panels The solar panels can be installed by contractors without special training, owner says By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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eadySolar, a green business with Portola Valley roots, has been selling its boxed, pre-assembled solar panels in cities, towns and villages across the country for about 18 months. The panels are sold through contractors and in stores such as Sam’s Club and Home Depot, but the working capital needed to keep the enterprise going has been hard to come by. The company’s pre-assembled, plug-and-play solar panels can be installed by contractors who haven’t the specialized training needed to assemble, attach and wire traditional solar panels. For example, they can be installed by roofing, electrical, and heatingventilating-and-air-conditioning (HVAC) contractors. But it’s been rough going because the company has to front the high cost of the panels to the contractors, said ReadySolar chief executive and Portola Valley resident Bob Giles in an interview. That front money has been coming from the pockets of Mr. Giles and his partners, and their Shanghaibased solar panel manufacturer. This routine may change soon. “One of the nation’s largest solar electric providers” has just acquired ReadySolar, which will add that company’s deeper pockets to the situation and allow much deeper penetration into the residential solar electricity market, Mr. Giles said. The United States is home to

50,000 electrical contractors, 10,000 HVAC contractors, and 10,000 roofing contractors with the skills to install these panels, Mr. Giles said. “We (will be) putting the contractors in the United States in the solar business,” he said. “I think net-net, it’s a positive for the economy. I really feel that we’ve created a lot of employment out there.” What his enterprise will not be doing is creating green manufacturing and assembly jobs in the United States. All of that is being done in Shanghai. There are “very few” U.S. manufacturing and assembly facilities that could have answered his needs, Mr. Giles said. “We’re a service economy,” Mr. Giles added. “The rest of the world is way ahead of us (in manufacturing and assembling solar panels). We’re catching up, but they’re way ahead.” The rest of the world also appears to be more bullish with respect to green enterprise financing. In his search for working capital prior to acquisition, he again turned to China, specifically to the Shanghai-based manufacturer of his solar panels. “Without them, I would not be in business,” said Mr. Giles, who previously worked at Bank of America for 14 years as a financier for air and water pollution amelioration technology. “No bank in the United States would give us money,” he added. “It’s a sad state of affairs.” The founder of ReadySolar was Meredith McClintock, also of Por-

Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac

Above, solar panels from ReadySolar Corp., based in San Carlos, cover the roof of the Portola Valley home of ReadySolar chief executive Bob Giles, below. The company was just acquired by a larger company.

tola Valley, and the owner of the garage out of which the company operated from 2004 until about 18 months ago, when Mr. Giles, who had been ReadySolar’s president, bought Ms. McClintock out. Mind the gap?

Among the claims Mr. Giles makes for his ready-made solar panels is that their skylight-like low profile makes them more aesthetically pleasing: Just one inch separates the leading edge from the roof. There is usually a gap of 3 to 6 inches between the roof and the bottom of the solar panel to allow for adequate heat dissipation, said Damien Scott of Foster Citybased Solar City, an installer of traditional panels and a company that has a significant number of installations in Portola Valley,

Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park. Solar panels “generate a lot of heat,” Mr. Scott said. Asked to comment, Mr. Giles said that when solar panels get too hot, their efficiency drops. While there are no hard facts as to what gap is optimum, he said that the gap under ReadySolar panels increases to about 3 inches behind the leading edge. Installation for a typical 2-kilowatt system takes one day, whether done by contractors using ReadySolar panels out of the box, or by a traditional outfit like Solar City, whose technicians assemble, attach and wire the panels on site.

Mail fraud — coming to a mailbox near you By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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f you’re like most people who get letters out of the blue promising wealth in exchange for just a little help, you wonder, “Who falls for this stuff?” Would you believe: An expert on gullibility. A successful businessman. And everyone else who’s gotten duped into contributing to a $41 billion dollar international fraud. Maybe even you. A mail scam targeted a Menlo Park woman this holiday season, but she didn’t bite. She discovered an odd letter stuffed into her mailbox amidst the usual stream of ads, bills, and holiday cards. Sent via airmail, the letter claimed to be from a British attorney trying to track down the heirs to the $15.1 million dollar estate of a man who, coincidentally, shared the same surname as the Menlo Park woman.

Signed “Barrister Derrick Dobi,” the letter asked only for personal information, not money. “I was waiting for that,” said the resident, who opted for calling the sheriff’s department instead of taking the bait. She asked to remain anonymous in this story. That letter was the first step of an old-fashioned scam called advance fee fraud. Dangling the hope of gaining a fortune, the scammer coaxes his target into delivering money or valuable data like bank account numbers. Following the trail

Contacted by the Menlo Park woman, The Almanac decided to investigate Mr. Dobi. An online search turned up three law firm websites that appeared legitimate at first, but used the exact same biographies, accompanied by different photos and names for the lawyers, on all three sites: www.derrickdobi.

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co.cc, www.andrewsandgrahamsolicitors.co.cc, and www.simonsudilawfirm.co.cc. Even the typos were identical. Each British “lawyer” had a “wongorable discharge” from the Chinese military, and claimed to be listed in the non-existent directory, “U.K. Super Lawyers.” All three websites are registered to a “Kim Jong Sung” of South Korea. That name was linked to other alleged frauds reported online, including a fake bank website. Curious as to Mr. Dobi’s next step, the Almanac created a Gmail address under a fake name, and wrote to him, claiming to have received a letter about an equally fake relative. Within two days Mr. Dobi replied, spinning a tale about an international oil merchant who died in 2002 alongside his wife and children. “This is a deal I’m offering you and I want you to know that it

requires only a matured mind to understand all I am saying and I believe you are matured enough which is the reason I am going further,” Mr. Dobi wrote our faux persona. He suggested splitting the estate — and transaction expenses — fifty-fifty. “I have these documents to show to you as proof but I cannot release them for your perusal now due to security reasons until I have attained your confidence.” The letter closed with a plea to call as soon as possible. Time was of the essence, since “some members of the company are currently planning to divert his fund for their selfish interest.” However, once asked to provide that proof and to explain the possible expenses, Mr. Dobi stopped being a pen pal. On Dec. 22, The Almanac called the London phone number given

Electricity costs have been rising by about 5 percent a year for the last 38 years, Mr. Giles said. A 2-kilowatt system could cut a typical home’s use of grid electricity by about half, he said. Go to readysolar.com for more information on pre-assembled solar panels. Go to solarcity.com for more information on traditional solar panels. A

as the law firm’s contact. No professional greeting or directory guide answered the call, just a man’s voice saying, “Hello?” and then hanging up when we identified ourselves as the press and asked for Derrick Dobi. E-mails went unanswered. Tracing the phone number led to a call forwarding service. “Give your clients the impression that you are based in Central London,” urges an online ad for a business selling these virtual numbers. All three fake law firm websites were deleted without explanation on Dec. 29. Crime pays

Two county fraud experts, Inspector Tom Paulin and Deputy District Attorney John Wilson, said they haven’t received reports from other local residents, and encouraged anyone who gets a similar letter to report it to the District Attorney’s office. But this type of inheritance scam See FRAUD, page 14


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Caltrans will not go for new parking rules for Woodside Road By Dave Boyce

ment of pedestrians and bicycle traffic,” Caltrans deputy traffic director S. Sean Nozzari wrote. The town acted immediately when it received the letter, Town Manager Susan George told The Almanac. Parking in the bike lanes had been a tradition, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times at the elementary school. Severe twice-daily traffic jams had become a way of life, but one that left no room for school kids, pedestrians, equestrians and recreational cyclists passing through. The state, responding to cyclists’

there.” Also in the room were Jamis MacNiven of Buck’s of Woodesponding to area bicyside restaurant, Roberts Market clists’ complaints about owner George Roberts, and one Woodside’s temporary or two other retailers. Among reinstitution of midday parking the ideas the council proposed: in bike lanes on Woodside Road, have merchants audit the use of the California Department of their parking lots, have employees Transportation has put the kibosh park two vehicles per space, and on the town’s attempt to alleviate consider employee carpooling. downtown parking shortages. A regular scene in downtown In response to merchants’ comparking lots are bicyclists loading plaints about seeing potential or unloading their bikes on or off customers leave town after fruittheir vehicles and changing into less circuits around full parking or out of their cycling clothes. lots, the Town Council used its Council members wondered if discretion in mid-November and these cyclists could be encourauthorized temporary aged to park in lowsigns to allow parking demand areas. between 11 a.m. and A representa‘I would like to think that all of us have 2:30 p.m. in six or tive from the bicycle the shared good will to work this out.’ coalition went to the seven spaces on the north side of Woodmicrophone at one COUNCILWOMAN ANNE K ASTEN side Road, just west of point to offer the the business district. coalition’s coopera(The merchants had asked for 10 complaints, requested that the tion. “We don’t want to let that spaces and a year-round lunch- town ban parking on both sides go to waste,” Councilman Dave time exemption.) of the road, but allowed qualified Burow said. The council authorized the exceptions for special events at “I would like to think that all midday parking as an interim the school, library or church. The of us have the shared good will to measure, until Caltrans could merchants’ request apparently work this out,” Councilwoman study the issue and make a final did not qualify. Anne Kasten said. determination. The merchants’ request for a Finding answers should be a But recent correspondence from year-round lunchtime exception public-private partnership with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coali- also had opposition in town. Two the onus on commercial property tion to Caltrans informed the residents spoke to the council owners and their businesses, said agency of “significant concern(s)” on Nov. 16 of their “passionate Councilwoman Sue Boynton, among bicyclists about the tem- opposition” to it and requested and councilmen Burow and Peter porary exemption. And in a Dec. a community-wide discussion of Mason agreed. 7 letter to the town, Caltrans parking in general. “The issue of parking in the conveyed those concerns, as well “You really do need to do a town center has a long and comas questions about accessibility larger assessment,” downtown plicated history,” Ms. George said for people with disabilities. property owner Lee Ann Gilbert at the end of a lengthy staff report. “It is hereby requested that told the council at its Dec. 14 “Nothing that has ever been done the temporary (signs) now in meeting. “I’m really wonder- to address parking needs in the place be removed immediately to ing how long this will take if we town center has been easy or facilitate safe and efficient move- do it piecemeal here, piecemeal uncontroversial.”

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Special election set for May for new county supervisor By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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he San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has decided to hold an all-mail special election in May to replace outgoing District 1 Supervisor Mark Church. The supervisors made the decision in a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 14, said board spokesman Marshall Wilson. Although District 1 is in the northern part of the county, and includes South San Francisco, San Bruno and Hillsborough, ballots will be mailed to all registered

voters in the county because supervisors run county-wide. Mr. Church is resigning his seat a little less than two years into his third term because voters elected him to replace Warren Slocum, the outgoing county clerk, recorder, and registrar of voters. In November, 66 percent of county voters approved a measure that requires an election to replace the supervisor if the resigning supervisor leaves on or before Oct. 15 of the third year of the supervisor’s four-year term. Mr. Church’s remains a supervisor until his Jan. 3 swearing-in for his new position, which is why

he participated in the Dec. 14 vote by the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Wilson said. The normally five-member board will be up to its full quota after Jan 3, when newly elected Supervisor Don Horsley is also sworn in. Mr. Horsley takes over from former supervisor and now Assemblyman Rich Gordon and will represent District 3, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. The all-mail special election, estimated to cost $1.1 million, is the less costly of the two options the supervisors had before them. An election with polling places would have cost the county another $500,000, Mr. Wilson said. —Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Woodside Preschool Registration 2011 Please join us for a Woodside Preschool Orientation and Visitation, Friday, January 28th from 8:45-10:00 a.m. (parents only). Woodside Elementary School District will be accepting applications for the Fall 2011 Preschool Classes February 1st through February 11th, 2011. Woodside Preschool is a half-day, fee-based program running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children must be at least 2 years, 9 months old as of September 2nd, 2011 in order to apply. Preschool students are placed in either the 2-Day, 3-Day, or 5-Day based on age and availability. Priority is given to children living within the Woodside School District boundaries. Interested families are encouraged to attend our Orientation and fill out an application. Applications will be available for pick up at the elementary school office or download online beginning February 1st. For more information regarding Woodside Preschool please contact Lisa at ldayeh@woodside.k12.ca.us, (650) 851-1571 ext 251 or visit our website at www.woodside.k12.ca.us . January 5, 2011 N The Almanac N9


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TOWN OF WOODSIDE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND SITE REVIEW BOARD The Architectural and Site Review Board reviews and makes recommendations to the Director of Planning and Building on residential, site design and commercial applications. Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month, 4:30 p.m. Appointments are for a fouryear term. 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.

WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District Board of West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the District’s Administration Office located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to consider a proposed increase in the existing residential and commercial customer rates, effective March 1, 2011 for the collection of waste/recyclable materials in the West Bay Sanitary District for calendar years 2011 and 2012. The need for this increase was discussed by the District Board at the December 8, 2010 Board meeting. WHAT ARE THE PROPOSED MAXIMUM RATES: Approximately seventy-eight point six percent (78.6%) of residential service containers are a 32 gallon size. The new rates for 2011 for a 32 gallon container would increase from $20.26 per month to $27.47 per month, equating to a $7.21 per month increase. The District’s proposed rates would remain amongst the mid-range of all the South Bayside Waste Management Authority agencies. The following table shows the current rates and proposed rates to be effective beginning March 1, 2011.

Zeke Brown, Sam Falkenhagen earn highest scouting rank Submitted by Craig Falkenhagen and Angela Sherry.

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oy Scout Troop 222 honored Zeke Brown, 16, and Sam Falkenhagen, 17, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Nov. 6 at the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park. Zeke is the son of Angela Sherry and Peter Brown of Atherton, and Sam is the son of Sally and Craig Falkenhagen of Atherton. Only 4 percent of scouts attain Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout must receive at least 21 merit badges and organize a service project that benefits his church, community or school. Zeke led a crew who transformed a garden into an enclosed courtyard setting for his church, St. Bede’s Episcopal in Menlo Park. Sam’s project

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troop quartermaster. Both scouts are honor students at Menlo-Atherton High School. Zeke plays varsity and tournament tennis. Sam is the kicker on the varsity football team, plays varsity baseball, and is a member of M-A’s celebrated jazz band. Troop 222 has been sponsored by Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. Current troop membership is around 80 scouts. A

Atherton resident is finalist for arts award By Samantha Bergeson Special to the Almanac

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enlo School senior Kyle Tessier-Lavigne has strummed his way into competing as a finalist in the YoungArts Week program, run by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Kyle, a classical guitarist and an Atherton resident, is one of about 150 students chosen from more than 5,000 applicants. Students were selected from a range of disciplines in the visual, literary and per-

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Rates for Other Services In addition to the monthly collection charge, various miscellaneous costs for special services such as back yard service or overage events will be charged to the customers who subscribe to these services. These rates are also proposed to be adopted effective March 1, 2011 and were provided in the Proposition 218 Notice. If you would like additional information on the proposed rates, please call the District at 650-321-0384. Any person interested, including all solid waste/recycling collection customers of the West Bay Sanitary District, may appear at the public hearing and be heard on matters related to the proposed increase in rates.

involved erosion control and beautification of the hillside adjacent to the baseball field at La Entrada School. Zeke joined Troop 222 in 2005 after earning his Arrow of Light award in Pack 222. He attended four years of summer camp, including Marin-Sierra, Wente, Oljato and Emerald Bay, and has backpacked in the Desolation Wilderness. He has served in a number of leadership positions, including assistant senior patrol leader. Sam joined Troop 222 in 2004. He attended three years of summer camp, backpacked 50 miles in the Emigrant Wilderness and 70 miles at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Last summer he attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Virginia, celebrating Scouting’s 100 years. He has served in leadership positions, including

Cynthia Thickpenny of Menlo Park has won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, according to the British Consulate of San Francisco. A June graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Ms. Thickpenny, 22, will receive a two-year award, which covers living expenses, tuition and research, and travel expenses, amounting to about

forming arts. Kyle will travel this month with the other 150 winners to Miami for a five-day workshop series, conducted by professional artists. He will compete for a $10,000 prize and a spring trip to New York for more educational experiences. Some of the students will be nominated for the 2011 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, an award issued by the White House to 20 high school seniors. This award is accompanied by the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center and exhibit at the Smithsonian

in Washington, D.C. The YoungArts program assists in preparing students for educational and profession- Kyle al experience Tessier-Lavigne in the arts. The orga n i z at ion has more than 15,000 alumni, including actresses Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams. Go to youngarts.org for more information.

$36,000 per year. She will enter the University of Glasgow in the fall of 2011, specializing in early medieval Scottish history. The Marshall Scholarship, founded in 1953, is awarded yearly to U.S. graduate students to study at the United Kingdom university of their choice for up to three years. This year there are 31 recipients. Notable winners in the past include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Nobel prizewinning chemist Robert Tsien.

Ms. Thickpenny, a native of Menlo Park, is a graduate of St. Francis High School in Mountain View. She is the daughter Cynthia of Helayna Thickpenny Thickpenny of Menlo Park and Mark Thickpenny of Mountain View.

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Community Health Education Programs Palo Alto Center 795 El Camino Real Lecture and Workshops Anatomy of Healthy Living Presented by Salwan AbiEzzi, M.D., PAMF Internal Medicine Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-853-4873

Living Well with Arthritis Health Lecture Series Presented by Christine Thorburn, M.D., PAMF Rheumatology Monday, Jan. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m. San Carlos Library, 650-591-0341 x237

Your Baby’s Doctor Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.

Taking Charge of Your Body Six-week class starting on Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

Bariatric Nutrition Orientation Every second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m.

Living Well with Diabetes Tuesdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Bariatric Nutrition Pre-Op Every second Tuesday of the month, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Living Well with Prediabetes First Monday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m., and third Wednesday of every other month, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Heart Smart Class Third and fourth Tuesday of every other month starting February, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

New Weigh of Life Begins on Wednesday, Jan. 12 – Mar. 30, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sweet Success Program (Gestational Diabetes) Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m

Post-Stroke Caregiver’s Workshop 650-565-8485 Thursday, Jan. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Child Care Classes Breastfeeding – Secrets for Success Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to noon New Parent ABC’s – All About Baby Care Mondays, Jan. 17 & 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

Positive Discipline Dr. Marvin Small Memorial Parent Workshop Series Presented by Jane Weed Pomerantz, ParentsPlace Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Free orientation session. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Lifesteps® Weight Management 650-934-7373 Thursday, Jan. 6, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Ash Kickers Smoking Cessation Six-week course on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. MindBody Stress Management Mondays, three-session class starting on Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation, Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nine-session program, Mondays starting on Feb. 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-934-7177 Diabetes Management Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Monday & Wednesday, or 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Tuesday) Healthy eating. Active living. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Heart Smart Class Mondays or Tuesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Living Well with Prediabetes Tuesdays or Thursdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 1:30 to 5 p.m. New Weigh of Life Mondays, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sweet Success Gestational Diabetes Class Wednesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Preparing for Childbirth Without Medication Sunday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Child Care Classes

Preparing for Birth – A Refresher Sunday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 10 & 11 and Feb. 7 & 8

Baby Safety Basics Thursday, Jan. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

PAMF Partners in Pregnancy Mondays, Jan. 10 & Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Preparing for Birth/Fast Track Three-session class starting Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Preparing for Birth Saturdays starting Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prenatal Yoga Thursdays, Jan. 6, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Jan. 6, 7, 8, Feb. 3, 4 & 5, 6 to 9 p.m. (Thursday & Friday), 9 a.m. to noon (Saturday)

For all, register online or call 650-853-2960.

Feeding Your Young Child Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 to 9 p.m.

Support Groups Bariatric 650-281-8908 Cancer 650-342-3749 CPAP 650-853-4729

Type 2 Diabetes: Basics and Beyond For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Todd Kaye, M.D., PAMF Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 to 8 p.m.

Living Well Classes 650-934-7373

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-853-2961

Healthy Eating Type 2 Diabetes Third Wednesday of every other month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Lecture and Workshops 650-934-7373

HMR Weight Management Program 650-404-8260

Living Well Classes 650-853-2960 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Eight-week session starts on Mondays & Tuesdays, Jan. 17 & 18, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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Diabetes 650-224-7872 Drug and Alcohol 650-853-2904

Healing Imagery for Cancer Patients 650-799-5512 Kidney 650-323-2225 Multiple Sclerosis 650-328-0179

Infant Care Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Jan. 4, 26, 29 & Feb. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to noon (Saturdays)

Infant Emergencies and CPR Wednesday, Jan. 5, 19 & Feb. 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Infant and Child CPR Monday, Jan. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. OB Orientation Wednesday or Thursday, Jan. 12, 20 or 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sibling Preparation Sunday, Jan. 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tools to Active Birth Sunday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. What to Expect with Your Newborn Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 to 8 p.m. For all, register online or call 650-934-7373.

Free Appointments 650-934-7373 HICAP Counseling; Advance Health Care Directive Counseling; General Social Services (visits with our social worker)

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taff photographer Michelle Le captured the spirit and color of The Almanac community throughout 2010, presenting us with images of local characters and events, as well as distinguished visitors. One such visitor was former President Jimmy Carter, top left, who signed books at Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park in October. Also pictured, clockwise from the Mr. Carter’s photo: Friends, family and colleagues leave Portola Valley icon Bill Lane’s memorial service, held at Stanford Memorial Church on Oct. 1; Nancy Kiesling, owner of the Book Rack, stands in her water-damaged bookstore, which permanently closed after a June fire on Santa Cruz Avenue; the Dalai Lama mingles with Belle Haven and Costano school students in October; Atherton resident Peter Carpenter cranked up the pressure on local governments last year to be more transparent; Woodside School third-graders untangle the May pole during the town’s annual May Day celebration; “Spring,” a 1,200-pound sculpture of a mare, is hoisted and placed on Village Hill in Woodside; Jeffrey Adair adjusts his fishnets, preparing for his part in the theater production “La Cage aux Folles”; Gentaro King flies his kite at Bedwell-Bayfront Park; a protester greets motorists stopped along Alameda de las Pulgas by Atherton police, who were securing the area for President Obama’s departure from an Atherton resident’s home in October.

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TOWN OF WOODSIDE 2955 Woodside Road Wodside, CA 94062 INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION Districts 2 and 6 The Planning Commission participates in the administration of the planning laws and policies of the Town. It is responsible for recommending ordinances and resolutions necessary to implement the General Plan to the Town Council. The Commission also conducts necessary public hearings to administer the planning laws and policies of the Town and acts upon applications for zoning amendments, conditional use permits, variances, subdivisions and other related functions as may be assigned by the Council. The Commission makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding land use, reviews proposed development projects, and advises as to the overall development and maintenance of the General Plan of the Town. The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Commissioners are appointed for a four-year term. District 2 includes Cedar Acres, the area west of Albion Avenue to south of Olive Hill Lane, the Bear Gulch/Tripp Road area, the Woodside Oaks/ Greer Road area, and the Kings Mountain Road area. District 6 includes Greenways/Ward, Woodside Heights, the Moore Road area, Quail Meadows, and the area east of Cañada Road to beyond Dean Road, and east of Mountain Home/Manzanita Roads. Interested applicants may check residency requirements and request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5:00 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, by telephone at(650) 851-6790, or through the Town’s web site at www.woodsidetown.org., Town Government. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 14, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

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has been around probably since the dawn of man. Oscar Hartzell made a fortune during the 1800s by pretending to represent the estate of Sir Francis Drake, ripping off at least 100,000 people, according to author Richard Rayner in “Drake’s Fortune: The Fabulous True Story of the World’s Greatest Confidence Man.” Why does it persist? Profit. Ultrascan AGI, an investigative agency in the Netherlands specializing in online fraud, estimated $41 billion taken from similar schemes to date. Everyone’s vulnerable

Even experts fall for a good hustle. Dr. Stephen Greenspan, a developmental psychologist who studies gullibility, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bernie Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. Regarding schemes such as mail fraud, he warns: “The minute you contact them, you’re at risk.” Dr. Greenspan published a book called “The Annals of Gullibility” to explore who falls for deception and why. Ironically, two days after the book came out, the psychologist learned Mr. Madoff had stolen his money via a feeder fund that managed his investment. “I’d like to think I learned something,” he said. “Truly naive, gullible people never learn.” He recently consulted on a case similar to the one in Menlo Park, except this time the victim bit. A successful businessman struggling financially received a letter about a deceased relative in England who left an estate worth $12 million. “For some reason it’s always England, probably because we’re impressed by all things British,” said Dr. Greenspan. “Once the victim developed a relationship with them, it was $1,000 here, $5,000 there, and eventually he was in for $40,000.” The businessman refused to advance any more funds for an estate now said to be worth $120 million, but relented after being told an investor was willing to lend $2 million for taxes owed on the inheritance. In the end, the businessman transferred money to a bank account in Asia after the scammers managed to deposit a fake check with his own bank, which didn’t verify the check. “There’s gullibility on the part of the victim, and also stupidity on the part of the bank,” Dr. Greenspan said. “Obviously greed enters into it, financial need, perhaps people getting excited about the opportunity.” Other factors include naivete and blind trust, but there’s no such thing as a person who can’t be scammed, according to Dr. Greenspan. “Everybody’s vulnerable in certain situations. Everybody.” A


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Plea bargain gives elderly Menlo Park man a chance to receive drug treatment By David Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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Steve Wagstaffe. Mr. Smith is also subject to chemical testing and random search and seizure, must register as a drug offender, and must submit a DNA sample. Mr. Smith had been pushing a bicycle down Willow Road at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 when Menlo Park police stopped, searched him, and found the drugs and one hypodermic needle, Mr. Hroziencik said. Police then discovered another needle in his shoe during his admission into jail. Suspects are customarily warned about the felony of bringing a controlled substance into jail, and Mr. Smith had been warned, Mr. Hroziencik said. Had he disclosed the needle in his shoe, Mr. Smith would have been eligible for a mandatory sentence of drug treatment, Mr. Hroziencik said. Judge Novak gave him an equivalent sentence â&#x20AC;&#x153;because he was scraping by on out-patient treatment,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Hroziencik said. Not everyone is qualified for this variety of drug treatment, but Mr. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as a veteran of the Korean War helped him, as

Authorities arrest one, have leads in PV property crime spree By David Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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Deputy Finato obtained the identity cards of the two women and happened to notice a piece of property similar to one reported stolen in the Canyon Avenue incident. At that point, the driver put the Jeep into gear and fled the area, Sgt. Gibbons said. Deputy Finato gave chase but lost sight of the Jeep, which had no license plates, Sgt. Gibbons said. Three Brookside Park thefts and another burglary were later reported for Dec. 23. San Mateo police happened to stop Ms. Prince at 3:40 a.m. on Dec. 24 for a traffic matter, and she gave the police an ID card later found to have been stolen in Grass Valley, the report said. Investigators from the San Mateo Police Department consulted with Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office investigators and determined that Ms. Prince had been driving the Jeep in the Dec. 23 case. Charges are pending, the report said. Investigators are also looking for clues linking the two women to other property crimes in Half Moon Bay, Burlingame and the East Bay, the report said. The Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office is asking anyone with information about these incidents to call Detective Ben Hand at 363-4192, or the anonymous witness Line at 800547-2700. A

did accepting the plea bargain and avoiding a trial by jury, Mr. Hroziencik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a fair resolution. Mr. Smith had no problem with it,â&#x20AC;? he said. As for Mr. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addiction to methamphetamines, â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fighting it,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Hroziencik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very addictive drug. I have a lot of clients that have trouble shedding that addiction.â&#x20AC;?

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Gilbert Richards Author, historian and Woodside â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;old-timerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Historian, writer, and longtime Woodside resident Gilbert Richards died peacefully at home on Dec. 22 at the age of 96. Mr. Richards authored two books, including one that depicted the colorful history of the Woodside area, and wrote a column for the Almanac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then, the Country Almanac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days. A fourth-generation Californian, Mr. Richards majored in history at the University of California at Berkeley. He went on to attend and graduate from Hastings Law School. But he never got the chance to take the bar exam because, immediately after the United States entered World War II, he joined the Army Air Corp, his family says. He already had a pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, and requested to be a fighter pilot, but at age 29, he was told he was too old for that position, his family says. Instead, he flew transports out of England and France, where he volunteered as a glider pilot. He told the Alma-

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Barbara Davis Former Portola Valley resident

Barbara Lynn Davis of Clayton, Barbara Davis North Carolina, who grew up in Portola Valley, died Dec. 26 of breast cancer. Ms. Davis died in Olympia, Washington, where she was visiting her daughters. She was 53. Born in Palo Alto, the daughter of the late John and Betty Grass, Ms. Davis graduated from Woodside High School in 1975. She

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Robert Anthony Marth Former SRI engineer

A gathering to honor the memory of Robert Anthony Marth, 73, of Sunnyvale, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 8. Mr. Marth died on Dec. 21 after a strong fight against cancer and dementia, his family said. Mr. Marth served as a member of the Menlo Park Rotary Club while working for SRI International. Born in Tacoma, Washington, he pursued an education in electrical engineering and received a doctorate in that field in 1972. His career also carried him to Boeing, Bell Labs, and ESL/TRW in Sunnyvale, where he retired in 1995. Mr. Marth is survived by his wife, Annemarie Marth, of Sunnyvale, six children, and 10 grandchildren. The memorial gathering will be held at 977 Amador Ave. in Sunnyvale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information contact Nichola Mente at oandnic@hotmail.com or 224.4902.

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hat was she thinking? Menlo Park City Council member Kelly Fergusson’s lame decision-making in the last few weeks has made her the laughingstock of her opponents and someone even some of her friends are finding hard to live with in the wake of the Brown Act scandal that began in early December. Ms. Fergusson has admitted that she lobbied two council colleagues while running for mayor in direct violation of the Brown Act, which forbids such “serial” meetings. And while she won the mayoral post on a 3-2 vote, she resigned three days ED ITORI AL later after word of her conduct The opinion of The Almanac leaked out. But that was not all. Thanks to the effort of Atherton resident Peter Carpenter, a Brown Act watchdog, Ms. Fergusson’s wrongdoing is now being investigated by the district attorney, who could decide to bring criminal charges against her. And, just last week, it became known that Ms. Fergusson, who vowed to take a refresher course in the Brown Act when she resigned as mayor, had not attended an ethics course for elected officials — which would likely have covered Brown Act matters — since 2006, even though council members are required to attend one every two years. However, city records show that only Mayor Rich Cline met this obligation. Council members John Boyle and Heyward Robinson, who both left office last month, attended their last class on Nov. 29, 2007, so were out of compliance during all of 2010. And after

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Cyclist takes issue with story, editorial Editor: The article by Dave Boyce in the Dec. 29 edition of The Almanac regarding the accident in which cyclist Lauren Ward was killed, and the editorial in the same edition have left me both amazed and shaking my head. First, regarding Boyce’s article, I have to question on what grounds the law firm hired by Ward’s family can call this a “wrongful death” when the California Highway Patrol investigation concluded that Ward was at fault for having made “an unsafe turning movement” into the left side of the truck. Having ridden by the accident scene on my bicycle that afternoon, I can only concur with the CHP conclusion. As I stated in my previous letter to The Almanac, the truck was exactly where you’d expect it to be in approaching the southbound ramp to Interstate 280. There are, at the point of the accident, two right turn lanes for vehicles intending to head south on 280. Gabriel Vera’s

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truck was positioned straight and centered in the rightmost lane. As a cyclist, the only place I have any business being at the apparent point of impact is on or very close to the white line separating the leftmost right turn lane and the lane going straight on Alpine Road toward Ladera. Sadly, for whatever the reason, Lauren Ward was apparently too far to the right of where she should have been. Secondly, I cannot agree with The Almanac’s editorial conclusion that a design similar to what is in place now at Sand Hill Road and Interstate 280 is any safer. Westbound cyclists at that interchange are still faced with an equally dangerous crossover situation. Then they must negotiate the overpass of 280 between fastmoving vehicles which cross between lanes around them. I am saddened by the death of Lauren Ward, but I feel we are seeing a lot of print, and hearing a lot of words of many well-meaning individuals intent on putting band-aids on dangers they are not likely to improve. I am reminded of the words of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. “... grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change

taking a class in April 2006, member Andy Cohen did not take another until more than three years later, in September, 2009. Taken together, Ms. Fergusson’s actions exhibit a disturbing lack of judgment and unfamiliarity with the Brown Act, legislation that is designed to protect the public from secret, insider deals by and among members of every public board, commission or city council in the state. It is difficult to assess whether Ms. Fergusson can recover from this debacle and go on to be an effective member of the City Council. Certainly she has lost her luster, and although she has won plaudits for her work on the Green Ribbon Task Force and on issues touching her Willows neighborhood, we expect she will find it difficult to perform effectively in the months ahead. Despite the serious nature of her violation, we doubt if the district attorney will charge Ms. Fergusson with a criminal act. When confronted with the wrongdoing, and on advice of the city attorney, she publicly admitted violating the Brown Act, and the council went on to elect Rich Cline mayor a few days later. There was little, if any, real “damage” done by the affair, other than the poor publicity received by the city and the council. A more appropriate punishment might be for the district attorney to recommend a civil penalty that the council could impose, perhaps a vote to censure Ms. Fergusson, similar to the way members of Congress are treated when found guilty of violating House rules. In our view, such an action would more properly fit her crime of violating the Brown Act.

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Our Regional Heritage The Woodside Inn in the 1930s offered tourists the chance to experience life in Woodside. The inn was near the corner of Mountain Home and Woodside roads, where Roberts Market is today.

the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It is incumbent on me as a cyclist to choose my route wisely and to realize that regardless of how many times I ride the same route, each ride will be different and present new sights, new smells, and new potential hazards. It is my challenge, my joy, and my

responsibility. Don Fabiano Watkins Avenue, Atherton

Bicyclists are dangerous when they don’t signal Editor: It is unfortunate that it took the death of a cyclist to promote discussion on safety. While it is certainly necessary that


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some changes in bike lanes be made, cyclists themselves need to change a lot of their behavior to help protect themselves. Twice in one week, two women riding to my right about nine feet ahead of me suddenly swerved in front of me to make a left-hand turn with absolutely no warning, no signaling. One was on Alma just after it begins from El Camino across from Sand Hill Road. She was turning onto Palo Alto Avenue. I had to slam on the brakes and when I told her to signal, she said, “I was turning left.” The other was on Alameda de las Pulgas turning left in front of me onto Walsh Road. When she realized I was behind her, she finally signaled. Frankly, I am worried whenever a bike is near me, never knowing what the rider will do next; run a stop sign? Swerve in front of me? Whack my car because I was unaware of his/ her obscure position? Perhaps they, too, should be more aware of their extreme vulnerability. Mimi Kugushev San Mateo Drive, Menlo Park

is already the eighth most successful walk-able suburb in the U.S. And there’s a lovely little park near Draeger’s for people to congregate. I find it unbelievable that this plan is still under con-

sideration when so many business owners, who will lose customers like me, are against it. Pat Moran Los Altos

■ CO RREC TI O N In a letter by Maureen Teter published last week regarding heritage trees, a Menlo Park resident was named as the source of information on heritage tree permits. The source was actually city staff member Rebecca Fotu. The Almanac regrets the error.

NONPROFIT PROFILE: An Occasional Series Highlighting Local Nonprofit Organizations

Los Altos shopper is no fan of downtown plan Editor: I’ve always found Menlo Park a great place to shop. There are many fine stores and restaurants on Santa Cruz Avenue. My house has been furnished almost entirely by Flegel’s and all our rugs come from The Oriental Carpet. It’s always possible to find a parking spot in the city’s open lots, making it convenient to drive downtown and easily get to any business. This is one of the big advantages over Palo Alto. The current downtown plan is unrealistic and a waste of taxpayer money at a time of recession and tight budgets. Shrinking the number of parking spaces is counter to attracting people. I refuse to park in a parking garage. They feel threatening, particularly at night, and even more so as the crime rate rises. A central plaza in the middle of Santa Cruz Avenue — the main access street — would be a huge obstacle for getting into the downtown area. Walkability is important, but most people get to town in a car, then walk. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Menlo Park ■ TOW N S Q UARE Post your views and comments on TownSquare: www.TheAlmanacOnline.com

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Bulletin Board 115 Announcements PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (Void in Illinois) (AAN CAN) Breakthroughs for the New Year! C-oDependents Anonymous (CoDA)

Jazz & Pop Piano Lessons Learn how to build chords and improvise. Bill Susman, M.A., Stanford. (650)906-7529

IBM Selectric II Typewriter - $350

Violin Teacher

LASER PRINTER/COPIER: Xerox

Manzana Music School Lessons on Guitar,Violin, Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo, or Mandolin. Call us at: 650 799-7807 www.ManzanaMusicSchool.com

TWO AM/FM CD TAPE BOOMBOX’S:

340 Child Care Wanted

McCool Piano Studio 566-9391MP Near Burgess Gym Menlo Park

235 Wanted to Buy

Piano Class for Ages 2-6, FUN! Piano Lessons Taught in your home. Member MTAC & NGPT. Specializing in beginners. All levels welcome. Karen, (650)367-0307 or

Canary Foundation Luncheon

135 Group Activities

Create your ISC: Individual Sust - free

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

Dance Classes for Kids - Adults

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER

Do you need a personal CFO?

NATURE/OUTDOORS Events Calendar

Free Kids Reiki

OMG Meetup

Free Shiatsu to the community!

Softball Tryouts

Free talk: Introduction to Reiki

Winter Singles Dance

Free talk: Theta Healing

www.art4growth.com

House Cleaning

140 Lost & Found

Prepare for Year End

Runaway Cat!

Teacher Open House Are you new to teaching? A career changer interested in teaching? Curious about working in an independent school? Menlo School is always interested in meeting exceptional teachers. Get to know our school community and find out what it’s like to teach at an independent school at our Open House for Teachers on Thursday, Jan. 13, 3:30-5:30 pm. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027. RSVP to: teacheropenhouse@menloschool.org

145 Non-Profits Needs Donations Needed! Knitters Wanted

Maruti Enterprises - A Computer

230 Freebies Learn to Live Pain Free - FREE

245 Miscellaneous

One-to-One Tutoring Service Stanford-Educated Expert Tutors Tutoring/Homework Help Writing/SAT Tutor Grades 6-12

350 Preschools/ Schools/Camps Holiday Horseback Riding Camps Webb Ranch (650)854-7755 2008 Kubota L-39 Tractor with Loader and Backhoe, winter sale $4800, mail for details at burn49eg@ msn.com / 949-606-8553 ABORIGINAL BOOMERANG: Signed BASS ALE BEER TAP HANDLE: ** CANON CHARGER & 4L BATTERY $15.00 Cockatiel with Cage for Sale - $ 150 CRUTCHES: Adj. Aluminum Lg. CRYSTAL DECANTER: Signed**** FREE FIREWOOOD & MULCH HAWAIIAN PETROGLYPH TRIVET:

Library Volunteers Needed

LAPLAND SHAMAN WITCHES DRUM:

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PARACORD: Blackhawk Black POSTERS: French, DM, Batman+ Pre-Teen Girls Clothing - $2.00 or L QUARTZ JAGUAR CARVING: Mayan

Attend College Online from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 888-210-5162 www.Centura. us.com (Cal-SCAN) High School Diploma! Graduate in 4 weeks! FREE Brochure. Call Now! 1-866-562-3650 ext. 60 www. SouthEasternHS.com (Cal-SCAN) HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in just 4 weeks!! FREE Brochure. Call NOW! 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 97 http://www. continentalacademy.com (AAN CAN) GERMAN Language Class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

133 Music Lessons A Piano Teacher Children & Adults Ema Currier (650)493-4797 Barton-Holding Music Studio Next 6 week “singing for the non-singer” class starts Jan. 13. Call Laura Barton 650/965-0139 FUN Piano Voice Violin Guitar Guitar Lessons 650-224-3550 beg/int all styles your home $60 Hope Street Studios In downtown Mtn. View Most instruments, voice All ages & levels (650) 961-2192

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202 Vehicles Wanted Donate Vehicle Receive $1000 Grocery Coupons, Your Choice. Noah's Arc, No Kill Animal Shelters. Advanced Veterinary Treatments. Free Towing, IRS Tax Deduction. Non-Runners. 1-866-912GIVE. (Cal-SCAN) Donate Your Car Children's Cancer Fund! Help Save A Child's Life Through Research and Support! Free Vacation Package. Fast, Easy and Tax Deductible. Call 1-800252-0615. (Cal-SCAN) acura or lexus 1998-2005 tl cl or ls es - 5000

215 Collectibles & Antiques 1930’s Style Mickey Mouse Framed - $5.00 Mickey Mouse Holiday Animation $30.00 Org. 1955 Mickey Mouse Club, $20.00 SHOT GLASS CHECKERS: 25 Pcs. SPORTS MEMORABILIA: 80s-’10

VINTAGE ROCK T-SHIRTS: 80s

220 Computers/ Electronics 16MM FILM PROJECTOR: B&H 325-3234 Mac G3 Zip CD Floppy $120

Wanted: Diabetic Test Strips Cash Paid. Unopened, Unexpired Boxes Only. All Brands Considered. Help others, don't throw boxes away. For more information, Call 888-491-1168. (Cal-SCAN)

Jobs 500 Help Wanted

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VINTAGE VINYL: Elec./Rock/DJ

250 Musical Instruments World Guitar Show Buy, Sell, Trade. Marin Civic/San Rafael, January 8-9. OC Fair/Event/Costa Mesa, January 15-16. Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 10-4. www.TXShows.com Clip this ad! (Cal-SCAN) Piano-Baldwin Excel Tone - 2,250.00

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment GRAPHITE TENNIS RACQUET GUN CASE,TALL STEEL - $100.00

550 Business Opportunities All Cash Vending Route Be Your Own Boss! 25 Machines + Candy All for $9995. Vend3. 1- 877-915-8222. All major credit cards accepted! (Cal-SCAN) Be Your Own Boss Start Today! Own a Red Hot - Dollar, Dollar Plus, Mailbox or Discount Party Store from $51,900 worldwide! 100% Turnkey. 1-800-518-3064. www.DRSS4. com (Cal-SCAN)

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Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered After School Care/Driver Avail AM Nanny - MV to Santa Clara Are you looking for mature Nanny Child Care & More! (Now Jan. 10)

Qualifications: -Excellent computer skills -Thorough knowledge of Simple Accounting and Quickbooks -Internet-capable -Quick learner -Ability to work under pressure -Proven ability to handle sensitive and confidential information -Ability to work independently as well as part of a team -Strong verbal and written communication skills -Strong organizational skills -Ability to perform several tasks simultaneously -Would work only 3 days;Mondays,Wednesdays & Fridays -Maximum of 2hrs during work days -$1200 per month( i.e $300/wk)

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425 Health Services

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MVPNS-preschool Open house 1/15

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Chess Lessons for kids and adult French&German Tutor 608-381-0210

150 Volunteers

For Sale

345 Tutoring/ Lessons

Antique dolls

Wanted. Audio cassette player,

130 Classes & Instruction

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560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-4057619 EXT 2450 http://www.easyworkgreatpay.com (AAN CAN) Drivers Company Drivers: Solos and Hazmat Teams * Great Pay * Great Miles * CDL-A Required. We also have dedicated and regional positions available. Call 866-789-8947. Swift. (Cal-SCAN) EARN $75 - $200 HOUR Media Makeup Artist Training. Ads, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at http:// www.AwardMakeUpSchool.com 310364-0665 (AAN CAN) Paid In Advance! Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! www.homemailerprogram.net (AAN CAN) Consumer health CSO Healthtap Inc.seeks Chief Strategic Officer,PaloAlto,CA.Reqs MBA&5yrs exp in business leadership-related occupations in cnsmr healthcare/online cnsmr health information website ops.Up to 25% domestic travel.Mail to apply: Healthtap HR, 575 High St, Ste310, Palo Alto, CA 94301(JobCode00266-6001)

Business Services 624 Financial crosetti funding CASH NOW we offer fast cash for your mortgage note, annuity, and business note call 1 800 391 4032 Note Investment 6 percent ret., paid monthly, 50%LTV, secured on Woodside income property. Owner/agent Jim 650-851-7300

645 Office/Home Business Services Advertise Your Home, property or business for sale in 240 California newspapers. Reach over 6 million readers for ONLY $550! Call this newspaper or visit: www.CAL-SCAN.com (Cal-SCAN) Advertise Your Job Opening in 240 California newspapers. Reach over 6 million readers for ONLY $550! Call 650/326-8216 or visit: www.CalSCAN.com (Cal-SCAN) Display Advertising in 140 Cal-SDAN newspapers statewide for $1,550! Reach over 3 million Californians! FREE email brochure. Call (916) 288-6019. www.Cal-SDAN.com (Cal-SCAN)

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710 Carpentry Cabinetry-Individual Designs Precise, 3-D Computer Modeling: Mantels * Bookcases * Workplaces * Wall Units * Window Seats. Ned Hollis, 650/856-9475

715 Cleaning Services AC Housecleaning Residential/Commercial. Move in/ out, offices, more. Good rates. 11 years exp. Please call 650/678-4792. www. achousecleaning.com

748 Gardening/ Landscaping

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754 Gutter Cleaning Carlson Gutter Cleaning Pressure Washing Available Servicing Menlo Park and surrounding areas CALL MARK (650)322-5030

757 Handyman/ Repairs AAA HANDYMAN AND MORE Repair        

R.G. Landscape Yard clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est. 650/468-8859

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795 Tree Care THE TREE EXPERTS Tree trimming/removal. Quality tree care. 10% off. lic./Ins. (650)222-4733

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830 Commercial/ Income Property

Midtown Palo Alto New Duplex, 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500

810 Cottages for Rent

Discount Pressure Washing Decks * Patios * Driveways Becky, 650/493-7060

Phone: 650.543.1202 Cell: 650.796.5507

Menlo Park, 2 BR/2 BA - $2600.00/m

Woodside, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,300.00

Roe General Engineering Concrete, asphalt, sealing, pavers, new construct, repairs. 34 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703 * 650/814-5572

Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA One level condo with balcony views in the heart of downtown Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; low maintenanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;$475â&#x20AC;&#x201D;covers HDTV. Priced at $1.1 million. Walk to University Ave stores, restaurants and Caltrain. Seventeen unit, well managed elevator building with two underground parking spots and storage unit. We are represented by Gary Kurtz at Alain Pinel real estate

Menlo Park, 2 BR/1 BA - $3000.00

San Carlos, 3 BR/1 BA - $2850.00

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

825 Homes/Condos for Sale

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 November 24, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 15, 22, 29, 2010, Jan. 5, 2011) AJASAT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242316 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Ajasat at 1871 Camino A Los Cerros, Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): S2 Enterprises LLC 1871 Camino A Los Cerros Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/05/2005. 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)

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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.

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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)

Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): SEAN RAYMOND KAI SMITH 12 Avila Rd. San Mateo, CA 94402 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 21, 2010. (Almanac Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 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)

THE BAYPAY FORUM BAYPAY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242481 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1.) The Baypay Forum, 2.) Baypay at 441 Hillway Drive, Emerald Hills, CA 94062 , San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): BOZCA, INC. 441 Hillway Drive Emerald Hills, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: A Corporation. 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 23, 2010. (Almanac Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 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)

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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) MENLO ATHERTON YOUTH LACROSSE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242200 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse at 38 Maple Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): MJ DAVEY 38 Maple Avenue Atherton, CA 94027 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/01/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 3, 2010. (Almanac Dec. 29, 2010; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2011) SRK INSURANCE BROKERAGE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 242434 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SRK Insurance Brokerage at 86 17th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402, San Mateo County.

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 general 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# 10-1150721 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

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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. 2008050193 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 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) 5731965 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 Trustee Sale No. 441035CA Loan No. 3062973148 Title Order No. 352872 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06-15-2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01-19-2011 at 12:30 PM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06-22-2006, Book , Page , Instrument 2006-093621, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: PAUL F. KING, JR. AND, MARGARET L. KING TRUSTEES OF THE P. & M. REVOCABLE TRUST DATED 5/24/82 AS AMENDED 7/16/83, 4/2/85 AND 7/6/91, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, 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: $2,334,503.04 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 417 ELEANOR DRIVE WOODSIDE, CA 94062 APN Number: 069-225-250 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 œas isâ ù. 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: 12-16-2010 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 P782523 12/29, 1/5, 01/12/2011 Almanac Trustee Sale No. 09-00246-4 Loan No. 22-400060-0 Stein Title Order No. 09-40701680-MH APN 072-230-130 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED September 20, 2005. 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 January 25, 2011, at 12:30 PM, at the Marshall St. entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on September 28, 2005, as Instrument No. 2005-169615 Book Page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, CA , executed by: Robert B. Stein and Faye E. Stein, husband and wife, as Trustor, in favor of First Republic Bank as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 44 Bear Glen Drive, Woodside, CA The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s

Sale is estimated to be $1,616,523.56 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: December 20, 2010 Fidelity National Title Company, TRUSTEE 09-00246-4 135 Main St. Ste. 1900 San Francisco, CA 94105 415-247-2450 James Gips Authorized Signature Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Fidelity National Title Company, as Agent for the mortgage loan servicer as defined under California Civil Code section 2923.53 (k)(3) James Gips Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-573-1965 P783921 1/5, 1/12, 01/19/2011 Almanac Trustee Sale No. CA05001281-10-1 . Title Order No. 7746-302003 APN 083-043-420 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/6/2005. 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 1/31/2011 at 12:30 PM, At the Marshall St. entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA MTC Financial Inc.dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/06/2006 as Instrument No. 2006017490 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, CA, executed by: Michael R Mish, an unmarried man, as Trustor, in favor of SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 231 CUESTA REAL, La Honda, CA 94020 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is estimated to be $441,702.83 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account


by the property receiver, if applicable. 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. DATE: 1/5/2011 MTC Financial Inc dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA05001281-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-2528300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-5731965 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mortgage loan servicerâ&#x20AC;? as defined in Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P783942 1/5, 1/12, 01/19/2011 Almanac NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20100015009671 Title Order No.: 100574943 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/23/2007. 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. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/30/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-082281 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of SAN MATEO County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: HOMA L SMITH, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 01/25/2011 TIME OF SALE: 1:00 PM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF

JUSTICE AND RECORDS, 400 COUNTY CENTER, REDWOOD CITY, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1133 MELLO ST, EAST PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA 94303 APN#: 062-125-020 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said 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 said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $408,211.50. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES & POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 12/30/2010 NDEx West, L.L.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 6617800 ASAP# 3853902 01/05/2011, 01/12/2011, 01/19/2011 Almanac

records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: CHARLES P. LEE AND ELIZABETH H. LEE, AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, 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: $2,415,993.64 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 125 ELEANOR DRIVE WOODSIDE, CA 94062 APN Number: 069-225-440 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address

Trustee Sale No. 244320CA Loan No. 0080992829 Title Order No. 557666 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08-21-2003. 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 01-26-2011 at 12:30 PM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 09-03-2003, Book , Page , Instrument 2003-249704, of official

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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: 12-29-2010 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 P785888 1/5, 1/12, 01/19/2011 Almanac NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT BY REFERENCE, THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE WITH THE 2010 CALIFORNIA AND LOCAL AMENDMENTS INCLUDING ALL ADOPTED STANDARDS AS SPECIFIED PRESCRIBING REGULATIONS GOVERNING CONDITIONS HAZARDOUS TO LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM FIRE OR EXPLOSION WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF THE WOODSIDE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, ESTABLISHING A BUREAU OF FIRE PREVENTION AND PROVIDING OFFICERS THEREFORE AND DEFINING THEIR POWERS AND DUTIES. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of the Woodside Fire Protection District County of San Mateo, State of California, pursuant to California Health and Safety Code section 13869 will adopt by reference, the 2009 International Fire Code with the

2010 California Amendments including all adopted standards as specified prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion within the territory of the Woodside Fire Protection District, establishing a Bureau of Fire Prevention and providing officers therefore and defining their powers and duties for all the geographical territory within the District; and that a public hearing will be held January 51, 2011 at 7:00pm, at Fire Station # 7, 3111 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, California. FURTHER NOTICE HEREBY GIVEN that the following such public hearing, the Board of Directors of the District intends to enact all, or part of said ordinance; and FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that copies of the 2009 International Fire Code along with the 2010 California amendments and the proposed adopting ordinance, are on file with the Secretary of the Board of the District and are open to public inspection at 4091 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, California 94062. John Gardner, Secretary of the Board Woodside Fire Protection District (Almanac Jan. 5, 2011)

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