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Living with coyotes on Midpeninsula By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac


issing cat posters are a common sight in some parts of Woodside where cats disappear on a regular basis. “We’ve lost cats to coyotes and cars over the years,� John Demma said matter-of-factly, acknowledging that he lives along “a natural corridor� where Beach Gulch Creek meanders through acres of watershed area next to Woodside Road. “We get mountain lions, foxes and bobcats, too,� he said, but what’s unnerving is seeing “two or three coyotes on the creek within 100 feet of the house.� Just down the road, his neighbor, Gina Baldwin, had a cat show up one morning “with his leg dangling.� She never heard a noise, but suspects coyotes might have mauled him. She said she has seen them “at my fence taunting the dogs� when her dog was in heat. Coyotes have been known to breed with dogs and wolves, but as they reach the end of mating season this month, coyotes are mostly seeking out other coyotes in the area. They are on the prowl, calling to each other more than usual. Coyotes usually hunt between dusk and dawn, but can be spotted moving around during the day. Biking through Portola Valley, Dave Boyce has seen individual

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Once kept as an illegal pet, this coyote now lives at CuriOdyssey, formerly called Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo.

coyotes on Portola Road dart by him in daylight. It’s when he hears a pack of them howling at night that spooks him and gets him thinking, “I wonder if they go after people?� In rare instances, there have been attacks on humans, but “coyotes by nature are very fearful,� according to Nikii Finch-Morales, director of wildlife at CuriOdyssey, formerly called Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo. The museum has a coyote on exhibit, a female named Sierra who was confiscated by the California Department of Fish and Game

Coyotes race through Atherton By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


hat was something,� said Joni Woodside as she described watching a pack of at least three coyotes chase a deer through her Atherton neighborhood last week. “I’ve been on this street for 40-something years and I have never seen coyotes. It was quite frightening.� After the incident, she said she walked along Walsh Road to warn neighbors that their pets might start disappearing in an area that’s home to chickens, rabbits, cats, and other small animals. The coyotes haven’t reappeared, but Ms. Woodside said she heard

them howling Tuesday night. Lt. Joe Wade of the Atherton police department said there have been no other reports of coyotes running amok to date. Keep pets safe by bringing them inside at sunset, and don’t let cats and dogs roam freely, said Mary Paglieri, a wildlife consultant and president of the Little Blue Society. She also suggested keeping chickens and other outdoor animals in sturdy cages or coops. “Coyotes prefer their natural prey and do not actively seek out domestic animals. It is our responsibility to keep our pets out of harm’s way,� Ms. Paglieri said. A

when she was just a pup. Ms. FinchMorales said the coyote was tied up in someone’s backyard being kept as an illegal pet. Sierra is “very unsocialized,� afraid of dogs, and unfit to be released into the wild. Coyotes “are wild animals, and the more wild spaces we take up, the more we have to share the environment with them, “ she said. She believes the best way to coexist safely with coyotes is to avoid attracting them into the neighborhood. She suggested “not leaving out food or water� and securely closing garbage cans because “coyotes will dumpster dive as much as raccoon or skunks.� Coyotes “prefer meat (rodents and rabbits), but they’re omnivores and will eat fruit and nuts to fill them up. They’re opportunists and they’re not that picky,� she said. They will eat other mammals and don’t care if it’s a fresh kill or road kill. “If you have small animals such as a cat or a small dog, a Chihuahua or Yorkie, don’t leave them outside unsupervised,� she advised. Ms. Finch-Morales said keeping property “uncluttered, closed and clear� is also important because coyotes are known to make dens in open storage and gardening sheds, and/or in heavily planted and protected areas. Visit for tips from the California Department of Fish and Game on how to make yards less welcoming: put away bird feeders at night, cover compost piles, pick up ripe fruit off the ground, and install motionsensitive lighting. “If followed by a coyote, make loud noises,� the website advises. “If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.� Coyotes are territorial but can cover a couple of miles while hunting, and run at up to 40 mph. Adult coyotes have brownish gray fur, large ears, and bushy tails. They can weigh between 20 to 45 pounds and have a keen sense of hearing, smell and sight. They also dig and jump well. The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley recommends fencing should be 6 feet tall and 6 inches below the ground to keep coyotes out. To safeguard poultry and rabbits, the best option is a fully enclosed structure. A

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Budget crisis top issue in supervisor’s race By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


here were light moments at a March 30 forum in Redwood City for the six candidates running for a seat on the Board of Supervisors for San Mateo County. “Have a bagel and vote for Nagel,” said candidate Terry Nagel, who brought raisin bagels, in response, she said, to a request to all the candidates to bring food. Ms. Nagel borrowed her slogan from her son’s third-grade campaign for student government, she told the Almanac.


ELECT O N ( 11 (2 0 Some minutes later, candidate Dave Pine floated the possibility of Doughnuts with Dave. “I grew up in New England. There’s doughnuts everywhere,” he said. Much later, responding to a question on preserving trees, he noted: “My name is Pine. I’m for trees.” The mail-in-ballot election, now ongoing, extends through April and ends May 3. Sharing the dais at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center with Mr. Pine and Ms. Nagel were candi-

Candidates in the District 1 county supervisor race are, from left, Richard Holober, Terry Nagel, Demetrios Nikas, Gina Papan, Dave Pine and Michael Stogner.

dates Richard Holober, Demetrios Nikas, Gina Papan and Michael Stogner. All six took questions on local issues, first from a moderator and then from some of the 40 to 50 voters who attended. Among the big issues in the

election are the county’s budget crisis with an anticipated deficit exceeding $80 million in the next fiscal year; under-funded public employee pensions; the plight of the county’s less fortunate; and the need to create jobs.

The open seat represents District 1, which includes South San Francisco, San Bruno and Hillsborough. While Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park and Portola Valley See ELECTION, page 8

Stanford hospital expansion: Menlo Park not happy with traffic mitigation measures By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


any people think that an expanded Stanford hospital will be a boon to the community. Nevertheless, the project’s final environmental impact report continues to come under fire by Menlo Park officials. One Stanford physician in chief told the council at its April 5 meeting that the expansion was critical. “Ninety-five percent of children seen in emergency rooms are from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. So it’s really critical for us to move ahead with this. We’ve run out of room,” Dr. Hugh O’Brodovich said. The $3.5 billion project would bring about 1.3 million square feet of new development and more than 2,200 new employees to Palo Alto by 2025. But it could also add an estimated 10,000 new daily car trips to the area, with 51 percent of the

traffic passing through Menlo Park. According to the EIR, that traffic won’t have a significant impact, an assertion that troubled the City Council. “How do we reconcile what we see in our town, as patterns when we drive, with the report we get that says there is no impact at 280 and Sand Hill? Or there is a low impact at Alpine, and Santa Cruz and Sand Hill?” asked Mayor Rich Cline at the April 5 meeting. He added that he lives near the latter intersection. “There’s no way there’s not going to be a significant impact.” Prior to the council meeting, Stanford representatives provided additional information to address some of the EIR’s perceived shortcomings — namely, the methodology used for traffic analysis. Menlo Park staff estimates traffic could actually be 45 percent higher than calculated by the project’s

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Made by hand, from the heart Menlo School junior Shuhei Nakata, left, teaches Galen Dahl, 8, how to make a paper crane at the Atherton Library on April 5. Seven Menlo School students were on hand that afternoon to help children create the cranes, using a craft form known as origami. The Atherton Library has joined other San Mateo County branches in the origami project, which is raising disaster-relief funds for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims.

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Dan Ghiorso named new chief of the Woodside fire district By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


attalion Chief Dan Ghiorso will take over as fire chief of the Woodside Fire Protection District on May 1, according to current chief Armando Muela, who retires this month. An induction ceremony for Mr. Ghiorso is set for April 25. Mr. Ghiorso, 51, is one of five battalion chiefs in the district, four of whom were eligible for the job, said Peter Berger, a

Dan Ghiorso, a battalion chief in the Woodside Fire Protection District, will be the new fire chief as of May 1. A ceremony is set for April 25.

member of the district’s three-person board of directors. Only Mr. Ghiorso applied for the chief’s job and he was hired on a unanimous vote on March 28,

Mr. Berger said. “I assume (the other battalion chiefs) wanted him to be chief,” Mr. Berger said. “That’s a fairly good assumption,” Battalion Chief Don Romero said in a phone interview. Mr. Romero has tentative plans to retire within a year and would have had to move from Sacramento to take the job. “I think Dan will make a fine chief,” he added. “He’s very interested in the job.” The board limited the candidate pool to battalion chiefs inside the district, a

practice that’s been going on for at least 50 years, said Mr. Berger, who’s been on the board for 25 years. “We have within the organization great resources who know the organization and know the people,” he said. “There’s no need to bring a stranger in.” The board also does not want the Woodside district to serve as a stepping stone for chiefs interested in big-city positions in See GHIORSO, page 8

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Compassion Weekend

Patrick Duffek, right, hands out balloon animals to children attending the Showers of Support birthday party in Menlo Park for the families and women of First Resort’s Godparent Program, a counseling center for women. The birthday party and baby shower was hosted by Menlo Park Presbyterian Church as part of it annual Compassion Weekend, held April 2-3.

Flood Park closure hasn’t led to crime spike By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


hen the county first said that Flood Park might have to close permanently, residents worried about their safety as well as the loss of a popular community resource. Twenty-one acres of empty space in the middle of a neighborhood seems like a prime target for crime. However, data provided by the Menlo Park Police Department suggests that the park, which sits between Bay Road and the Bayshore Freeway, has not turned into a magnet for crime since it was closed in September to let the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission install a water pipeline. The Almanac looked at the number and type of crimes reported from September through March for the past four years. Crime peaked during the months immediately before the closure, with double the number of incidents compared to

the average 12 reported during the same time period in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Out of the 26 reported crimes from September 2009 through March 2010, there were nine vandalisms and seven unlicensed drivers. School holidays might be a better predictor of crime than park closures. “For the vandalisms, they were victims reporting slashed tires,” said police spokesperson Nicole Acker. “There was no suspect information provided, so it would be a guess as to what happened. Most of them happened the week of Christmas, so it could have been juveniles on break.” San Mateo County may shut down Flood Park if Menlo Park doesn’t agree to take over management. Running the park costs the county $205,000 per year, money that the county can no longer afford in light of the need to cut 10 percent from its general fund operating budget.


In a story on the Portola Valley Town Council’s decision to adjourn to an urgent closed session, the Almanac incorrectly reported that former councilman Richard Merk ascribed the

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were awarded by local Zonta Clubs belonging to District 9, Area One, of Zonta International. By awarding the fellowships, Zonta encourages women to enter aerospace-related fields. Both Ms. council’s skittishness regarding below-market-rate housing to learning, 18 months ago, that Windmill School was interested in purchasing the property at 900 Portola Road, formerly Al’s Nursery. In a subsequent interview, Mr.

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are in District 3, the election still matters to local voters because supervisors run county-wide. Leadership by example

The candidates introduced themselves and moderator Chris Balme of the Redwood City Woodside Democratic Club opened the Q-and-A by requesting evidence of leadership qualities the candidates would bring with them. Mr. Pine, an attorney, former corporate executive and current president of the San Mateo Union School District board of directors, pointed to his financial credentials. He and one other new member arrived on the school board in 2007 when reserves were barely at the 3 percent mandate, he said. They are now over 10 percent, he told The Almanac. To trim county health care costs, Mr. Pine suggested consulting with the federal government and perhaps focusing on the sickest patients. Ms. Papan, a deputy attorney general, said voters would see more partnerships. As Millbrae’s mayor in 2008, she witnessed the opening of a power plant that runs on restaurant-provided kitchen grease. She would consider consolidating fire departments and moving county departments now leasing office space into unoccupied county-owned buildings. She also began an initiative to ban plastic bags from stores and is working on getting having the county recycle them, her website says. GHIORSO continued from page 5

San Francisco or San Jose, Mr. Berger said. The Woodside district is a career-oriented organization with a deep bench, Mr. Berger said, adding that he knows of at least one regular firefighter in the district who is chief material. “Frankly,” he said, “if something were to happen to Dan, I have no doubt (the district) would have several very, very qualified candidates.” Former mechanic

Mr. Ghiorso is a native of San Francisco and began his working career as an auto mechanic in Colma, he said in a phone interview. The idea of firefighting came to him after watching a calamity unfold at work in the shop one day. “We had a man die on us and we didn’t have any training,” he

Ms. Nagel, mayor of Burlingame, noted that the county avoided a deficit this year by drawing $70 million from reserves and that the board narrowly defeated a sales tax increase, an idea she said she opposed. She would “dig deeply,” she said, into budget issues to create a balanced budget. With one manager for every 5.5 employees, county government is “really top-heavy” compared to Santa Clara County the ratio is 1:9, she said. A new jail

With the county facing a major deficit and possibly a 15 percent cut in services, why build a new jail, a woman asked. A “realignment” proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown would gradually transfer oversight from the state to the counties of offenders convicted of “non-violent, non-serious and non-sex-related” crimes. The effect in San Mateo County: about 400 more inmates per year, but without enough supplemental funding to pay the higher costs, and alternatives for normally jailed low-level offenders. “The women’s jail is deplorable and the men’s jail can become a safety hazard,” Mr. Pine said. The county needs a new jail, he said, but not a “gigantic” one. “We are in dire need of a new jail, (but) we need to ensure that funding comes with the new inmates from the governor’s proposal,” Ms. Papan said. “We definitely need a new jail (and) new ideas, too, like electronic monitoring,” Ms. Nagel said. She supports slowing recidivism rates by bolstering said, adding that the man was in his late 60s and was probably having a heart attack. “We basically watched while we waited for an ambulance. I never wanted to watch that again.” He took a first-aid class and someone recommended firefighting, so he enrolled at the College of San Mateo. Though in his early 30s, he was told his age was not a drawback to starting a new and demanding career, he said. He came to the Woodside district as a cadet in 1991, began working fulltime as a firefighter in 1993, and advanced to paramedic, then captain for seven years, and battalion chief for four years, he said. Mr. Ghiorso is married and has five children and lives in Foster City. He’s been coaching youth baseball since 1974, he said. His compensation will be identical to that of outgoing Chief Armando Muela: $189,500 plus health care, Mr. Ghiorso said.

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rehabilitation programs. Give ex-cons “opportunity after opportunity to get back on track,” Mr. Holober said. Mr. Stogner said he was in favor of a new jail, but the county’s fiscal crisis has changed his mind. Wetlands or community?

The Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt Corp. is proposing to convert 1,400 acres of Redwood City salt flats into 800 acres of wetlands and outdoor recreation, up to 12,000 homes and 1 million square feet of commercial space. The project has sparked spirited opposition from nearby communities, including Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton and Menlo Park. Where do the candidates stand? Not infrequently, on the fence. “I would be really upset if another city council person or county supervisor told me what to do with our town before I had a chance,” Ms. Nagel said. “I think you should trust in the local officials to do their jobs.” “A project will emerge and Redwood City voters will vote on it,” Mr. Pine said. Everyone interested should allow the city’s environmental review to proceed and the project receive a “proper evaluation,” Ms. Papan said. “I do have a lot of concerns about it,” Mr. Holober said. He said he would like to see the salt flats restored to wetlands and that he expected the project’s final dimensions to be “much smaller.” “I don’t think we can go another inch” into the Bay, Mr. Nikas said. TRAFFIC continued from page 5

consultants, Fehr & Peers. In a memo to the council, Fehr & Peers defended their analysis, saying that by industry standards, using one-day traffic data was appropriate, given the nature of traffic to the current hospital. The current negotiations between Stanford and Menlo Park remain focused on the amount of money available for traffic mitigations. The university initially offered $312,000 as a one-time payment to Menlo Park as a “fair share contribution” toward traffic mitigation while holding out $8.3 million to Palo Alto. Menlo Park would like to see its payment fall closer to $2.1 million, with an additional $70,970 per year to expand Menlo Park’s shuttle bus program and one-third of any penalties Stanford pays for fail-

Election information On Dec. 14, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors called a special all-mail election to fill the District 1 board seat vacated when Supervisor Mark Church was elected to the county position of chief elections officer, assessor and clerk-recorder. He took that position Jan. 3. Candidates must live in District 1, which includes South San Francisco, San Bruno and Hillsborough, but the election is held county-wide. While it’s a mail-only election, voters can vote in person at a county elections office: 40 Tower Road in San Mateo, or

555 County Government Center in Redwood City. Mail-in ballots may be dropped off at any city hall in the county during regular business hours. Ballots must be received by the county by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected to fill the remainder of Mr. Church’s term, which ends in January 2013. For more information, go to: ■ (the League of Women Voters site). ■ (the county elections office site).

“We’re a middle class audience,” one man said during the last half hour of the forum. “We’re not plutocrats. We live in a world now that favors plutocrats. How do you intend to fight this?” “I am in favor of taxing the people who make the most money,” Mr. Stogner said. Mr. Pine noted that General Electric Corp. paid nothing in corporate taxes this time around. “As a supervisor, I can’t fix that directly,” he said, but said he would weigh in “very, very, very strongly” if the state proceeds with a proposed $4.5 billon cut from public school funding.

“We can’t keep turning to the taxpayer for every little thing,” Ms. Papen said. The questioner’s complaint was a matter for state and federal lawmakers, she said. “If you don’t have any voice, you’re not going to be heard,” Mr. Nikas said. “Fifteen percent of the U.S. (population) is starving. They have no voice.” “I’d start with perks for managers in county government,” Ms. Nagel said. “We really have to get involved with long-term living within our means. I also believe in the power of people working together to create change.” “The middle class is on the endangered species list,” Mr. Holober said, then recommended an oil extraction fee on big oil companies and a temporary 1 percent hike in state income tax on people earning more than $500,000.

ing to meet its traffic-reduction targets. Stanford director of community relations Jean McCown told the Almanac that Menlo Park would benefit either directly or indirectly from Palo Alto’s funding. “The additional amounts which may be provided to Palo Alto in the future if the hospitals don’t achieve the mode share targets are to be used for alternative transportation, including regional transportation systems and solutions,” she said. Ms. McCown also pointed out that one goal of the expansion is to “right size” the hospital; in other words, provide enough space for existing services, which therefore wouldn’t generate additional traffic. Hospital representatives told the council they are prepared to pay the full cost of adding two traffic adaptive signals at 10 intersections, and also willing to discuss the timing and inflation

adjustments for other mitigations, including a shuttle. Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith said there’s much goodwill between Menlo Park and Stanford, and that the community stands to benefit from the expansion. “I support the incredible work they do at the hospital every day and want them to be able to proceed. However, Menlo Park simply must have the traffic mitigation measures necessary for our community. I am hopeful that we will be able to work out the mitigation issues in an acceptable way to all parties. We are close,” she wrote in an email to the Almanac. The council voted 4-0, with Kelly Fergusson recused due to personal ties to Stanford, to send at least one letter to the Palo Alto council outlining their concerns. Visit to read the staff report related to the letter.

“No, no, no, no, no,” said Mr. Stogner, adding that he could easily go on like that for the entire 45 seconds allotted to him. Saving the middle class




Camera captures bank-robbery suspect Authorities are looking for a suspect in the robbery of Chase Bank in Ladera on Monday morning, April 4. About $5,000 was taken in the robbery, which occurred at about 9:15 a.m. in the County Shopper mall at 3130 Alpine Road, authorities said. The bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveillance camera shows a man with brown hair and a mustache and wearing a yellow bicycle jacket and a white baseball cap. The man told the bank teller â&#x20AC;&#x153;give me all your cash,â&#x20AC;? gave her 60 seconds to do that, and added that he was armed, Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office said. The teller emptied the cash

drawer, handed it over, and the suspect put the money into a blue bag he was carrying, and fled, deputies said. The suspect is described as a white man, 40 to 45 years old, and of middle height and weight. Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies are coordinating with the FBI in the search. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call 415553-7400 to make confidential contact with the FBI, or the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at 363-4051. The anonymous tip line is 800547-2700. The bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveillance camera shows a man with brown hair and a mustache and wearing a yellow bicycle jacket and a baseball cap.

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Distracted driving crackdown nets 55 Fifty-five drivers passing through Menlo Park on April 4 and 5 have been officially encouraged to think twice about using a handheld cell phone while driving, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. Officers from the Menlo Park Police Department issued 48 citations for talking on a handheld phone while driving and seven for texting while driving,

the CHP said. Statistics for Atherton were not available. The San Mateo County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office issued 22 citations for cell phone use but the number is not broken down by community. Traffic patrols throughout California are calling April a â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero toleranceâ&#x20AC;? month for distracted driving. The two remaining official crackdown days are April 14 and 28, the CHP said.

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former Menlo Park City School District employee pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of child molestation and other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on April 7. Yung Chi Chu, 46, was arrested by the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies on March 30 at his San Carlos home for allegedly molesting the 10-year-old daughter of a friend. The district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office said the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father found hundreds of late-night text messages allegedly sent to her by Mr.

Chu, who was her tutor. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also charged with sending the child photos of naked men and asking for nude photos of her, Yung Chi Chu which the victim didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide, according to the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. The school district sent an advisory to parents on April 1 stating Mr. Chu resigned his position last month during a disciplinary investigation into unrelated misconduct after


Citations will cost drivers a minimum of $159 for the first time and $279 for subsequent violations, police said. Driving while using a handheld device quadruples the risk of an accident serious enough to injure someone, police said, adding that studies have shown that this behavior has as severe an effect on reaction time as drunken driving.

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working as a computer technician for three-and-a-half years. The 10-year-old victim was not a student within the school district, according to the advisory. Mr. Chu was released on $250,000 bail and has retained attorney Frank Bell, who was not immediately available for comment. The court scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 27. The Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office asks that anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Det. Sgt. Bryan Raffaelli at 3634058 or the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office anonymous tip line at (800) 5472700.

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Bressler reappointed to Menlo Park Planning Commission Praising her former colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication, Vice Mayor Kirsten Keith voted unanimously with the rest of the council to reappoint Vince Bressler to Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning Commission on April 5. The commission is next scheduled to meet on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St, when it will consider how the state density bonus law should apply to housing projects in Menlo Park. The law lets devel-

opers build more housing units than would otherwise be allowed on a given parcel depending on how much below-market-rate housing they include.

Dogs in clothes to help pets in need Dogs will walk the runway on Saturday, April 30, as part of PETCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first annual Spring Fashion Social and Pet Clothing Drive.

The store will collect â&#x20AC;&#x153;gently usedâ&#x20AC;? pet supplies such as toys, leashes, and beds to donate to local animal shelters, while visitors get a chance to see the latest pet fashions modeled on four legs. Adoptable pets will also be on hand. The Menlo Park Unleashed by PETCO store is at 515 El Camino Real, in the same plaza as Safeway. The show runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Kids get more expensive as city raises service fees

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Athletics Athletic Fitness – “Train with the Best”

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps — A world of opportunity and fun-filled learning. Ages 9-18. Strength & conditioning, speed & agility, sport specific training, skills development, professional coaches, pre & post evals, leading edge methods, latest equipment. Sessions run from June through August. 650-364-2509

Bay Area Equestrian Center


At Wunderlich County Park Stables. Kids 8-15 have outdoor fun joining BAEC for horse camps. Camps focus on caring for and riding horses so come ready to ride and have fun learning good horse care. 650-446-1414

Camp Jones Gulch

La Honda

Join the fun this summer! Camp Jones Gulch offers friendship and growth to kids ages 6-16. Enjoy our Traditional Camp or Mini, Horse, Surfing, Leadership and Travel Camps. One- and two-week sessions. Limited financial assistance available. 415-848-1200

Champion Tennis Camps


CTC provides an enjoyable way for your Junior to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. The 4-6 year olds have fun learning eye-hand coordination and building self-esteem! 650-400-0464

Don Shaw’s Volleyball Training Academy


Join former Stanford University Men’s and Women’s head coach, Hall of Famer and 4-time NCAA Champion Don Shaw this summer at our camp for HS GIRL’s July 13th, 14th & 15th and for HS BOY’s July 18th, 19th & 20th. This camp gives players, who have the desire, the chance to improve their skills and learn proven techniques that will help them become more consistent and enhance their chances to play at a higher level. 408-329-0488

Earl Hansen Football Camp

Palo Alto

Learn the fundamentals of football with Earl Hansen, Palo Alto High School and State Champion coach. This is a non-contact camp where kids develop fundamental skills with proven drills and techniques. Full practices in the mornings with 7 on 7 games in the afternoon. July 11 to 15 @ Palo Alto High School. Ages 10 to14. Lunch provided daily. 650-269-7793

Jefunira Camp

Palo Alto

Celebrating our 20th year of Jefunira Camp summer fun in 2011! Come join us for some good old fashion summer fun! Our combination of an exceptional college aged staff and innovative, inclusive programming will create a memorable summer experience for your child. Programming for children ages 4-13. Pre and post camp care offered. 650-291-2888

Kim Grant Tennis Academy Summer Camps

Palo Alto/Menlo Park/ Redwood City

Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of FUN!! 650-752-8061

Matt Lottich Life Skills Basketball Camp

Woodside/ Redwood City

MLLS offers high-level, high-energy basketball instruction for ages 6-16. This summer we celebrate the 8th year!! With two to three “leagues” in each session, young beginners to advanced elite players get to learn fundamental skills, advanced footwork and valuable life lessons from an unparalleled staff of Pro and Collegiate level players. Camps at Woodside Elementary and Sequoia High School. Early bird, multi-session, and group discounts available. 1-888-537-3223

Nike Tennis Camps at Stanford University


Come join the fun this summer and get better! Dick Gould’s 42nd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers day camps for both junior and adults, June 11-16. Weekly junior overnight and extended day camps offered June 19-Aug 12 for boys & girls ages 9-18 and run by Head Men’s Coach John Whitlinger and Head Women’s Coach Lele Forood. There is a camp option for everyone! 1-800-NIKE CAMP (645-3226)

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center


Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games. 650-725-9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. 650-968-1213 ext. 446

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skill and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. 650-968-1213 ext. 446

Team Esface Elite Basketball Skills Clinics

Woodside/ Redwood City

Spring Training (April-May). High-energy, high-level basketball training for ages 6-16. Use your offseason as a time to develop your basketball skills and IQ with the unparalleled coaching staff of Team Esface. Learn the fundamentals of the game, offensive attack moves and advanced footwork through dynamic drills and competitions led by young, positive coaches including former Division 1 athletes. April and May. Two days per week. Sibling and group discounts available. More information and sign up at: 1-888-537-3223

YMCA of Silicon Valley


Say hello to summer fun at the YMCA! Choose from enriching day or overnight camps in 35 locations: arts, sports, science, travel, and more. For youth K-10th grade. Includes weekly fieldtrips, swimming and outdoor adventures. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Financial assistance available. 408-351-6400 (continued on next page)

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Roni Strauss opens Menlo Park office Massage therapist Roni Strauss recently opened her office, Hip Knee Bodywork Center, in the Purity Spa at 1166 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. She said she is part of a national network of body workers doing PUSH Therapy. Her goal, she said, is to teach clients

Portola Valley

Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. All ages welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts. 650-851-1114

Stanford Water Polo Camps


aising kids in Menlo Park just got more expensive. With little discussion, the Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved service fee increases on April 5 that will deliver an estimated $214,330 to the city’s general fund. Are you a zoning violator? Not cooperating with staff to fix the problem could now cost you $1,000. Childcare at the Menlo Children’s Center and Belle Haven School Age program increased 4 percent. A family that paid $1,651 for their child to attend five days a week, for example, will now pay $1,717 per month. The city gains $170,925 annually, thanks to the increase. Renting recreational facilities also got more expensive, with fee hikes ranging from 8.9 percent to 100 percent with the addition of new fees for areas such as the Maple, Oak, Juniper, and Willow rooms. Estimated gain for Menlo Park: $21,600. Community sports leagues

will also feel the financial squeeze, as their rates for field rentals and membership rise about 25 percent for all fields and youth teams. Adult fees increased about 2 percent, while gymnastics practice went up an average 5 percent per hour. Court time at the new Arrillaga Family Gymnasium now costs $70 per hour, an increase of 11.1 percent. The city expects the recreation fee changes to add approximately $97,275 to its coffers. And to make a sore point even worse, Menlo Park will ring in the New Year by charging $592 for a downtown parking permit, up $23, starting Jan. 1, 2012. If you drive off in anger and manage to strike a traffic signal pole, that also gets 10 percent more expensive, at $1,165 per hit. The changes come as Menlo Park also figures out how to cut $1.3 million from its general fund budget, which will largely come from reducing personnel costs, according to a staff report presented at the March 15 council meeting.

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Portola Valley weighs cut in benefit for town staff Employees of the town of Portola Valley would start paying out of pocket for part of their dependents’ health insurance if the Town Council acts on a recommendation from the town’s Finance Committee. The council meets to discuss this and other matters at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. The Finance Committee is staffed by volunteers from the community. Town Manager Angie Howard, in a staff report, said she opposes the committee’s recommendation for now, citing competitive pressure from other N POLICE CALLS This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted. WOODSIDE Residential burglary report: Loss estimated at minimum of $67,000 in break-in and theft of several pieces of antique furniture and horse saddle from garage, 1000 block of Portola Road, April 2. Theft report: Air compressor stolen from gas station, 17000 block of Skyline Blvd., April 6. MENLO PARK Residential burglary reports: ■ Loss estimated at $50,625 in break-in and theft of jewelry box, engagement ring, pearl necklace, video recorder and camera, 1300 block of Elder Ave., April 1. ■ Loss estimated at $1,840 in break-in and theft of laptop computer, video game player, games and backpack, 1100 block of Berkeley Ave., April 5. Fraud report: Loss of $9,143 in unauthorized use of debit card, 1000 block of Marcussen Drive, April 1.

towns that offer better benefits to their employees. “If the town were to further reduce its overall compensation and benefit package, this would continue to erode the town’s competitiveness in attracting and retaining employees,” she said in a staff report. Also on the agenda: a recommendation from the Ad-Hoc Spring Down Master Plan Committee to retain the six-acre meadow as open space, and bids for renewing the mile-long section of trail that begins at the town’s border with Ladera on Alpine Road. Grand theft report: Loss estimated at $3,980 in theft of $600 in cash and jewelry box containing bracelets, clock on chain, rings and necklace, 300 block of Sharon Park Drive, April 6. Auto burglary report: Window smashed and loss estimated at $200 in theft of cell phone, first block of Iris Lane, April 2. Spousal abuse report: Main police station at 701 Laurel St., April 1. ATHERTON Auto burglary reports: ■ Window smashed and briefcase and phone stolen, first block of Fairfax Ave., April 5. ■ Window smashed and property taken, first block of Belleau Ave., April 5. Fraud reports: ■ Unauthorized use of Social Security numbers, first blocks of Lane Place and Melanie Lane, April 1 and 5. ■ Granny scam in which caller seeks electronic transfer of funds by purporting to be grandchild or representative of grandchild, 100 block of James Ave. and Fairview Ave., April 5 and 7. ■ Fraudulent request for funds transfer to Canada, Walsh Road, April 6. ■ Identity theft, Bassett Lane, April 5.

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Academics Delphi Academy

Santa Clara

Have your best summer ever at Delphi Academy’s summer camp! Ages 5-13. Full Day Camp. Morning academics with experienced teachers, afternoon activities, day trips, camping trips, swimming, sports, crafts, activities, and a lot of fun! 408-260-2300

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Swim, Tennis and Soccer also offered. 408-553-0537

iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun!


Ages 7-17 create video games, iPhone apps, C++/Java programs, websites and more. Weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, UCLA and others. Also special Teen programs held at Stanford in gaming, programming and visual arts. Free year-round learning! Save with code CAU22L. 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

iD Teen Academies


Teens spend two weeks immersed in the dynamic world of video game creation at iD Gaming Academy, computer science/ application development at iD Programming Academy or photography/filmmaking at iD Visual Arts Academy. Overnight programs held at Stanford, Harvard, MIT and others. Week-long programs for ages 7-17 also available. Free year-round learning! Save w/code CAU22T. 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

ISTP Language Immersion

Palo Alto

International School of the Peninsula camps offered in French, Chinese, Spanish or ESL for students in Nursery through Middle School. Three 2-week sessions, each with different theme. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language proficiency. 650-251-8519 Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program Menlo Park Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes MondayThursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. 650-321-1991 ext. 110

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! 650-968-1213 ext. 446


Stanford/San Jose/Berkeley

SuperCamp is the summer enrichment program that parents and kids love! Now in our 30th year and with over 56,000 graduates worldwide, we’ll give your son or daughter the skills, added confidence, motivation and character direction to flourish. Junior Forum, incoming 6th-8th graders; Senior Forum, incoming 9th-12th graders. Located at Stanford, San Jose State, UC Berkeley and 6 other prestigious schools nationwide. 800-285-3276

Synapse School & Wizbots

Menlo Park

Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and hands-on academic summer enrichment courses with independent in-depth and project-based morning and afternoon weeklong programs for children ages 4-12: Young Explorers, Thinking Math, Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions, Nature Connections, Girls’ & Soccer Robotics, and more! 650-866-5824

TechKnowHow Computer & LEGO Camps

Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14! Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multi-session discounts available. 650-474-0400

Woodland School Summer Adventures


Portola Valley

For kindergarten through 8th grade. Offers academics, sports, field trips and onsite activities. June 27 - July 29 650-854-9065

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■ Sarah and Christopher Orton, a daughter, March 11, Sequoia Hospital.

Palo Alto/Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

Camp Jano India

Mountain View/Santa Clara

Celebrate Indian culture, languages, arts, festivals, literature, cuisine, and leaders. Weekly themes are brought to life through related arts, dance, games, projects, stories and theatre in a very unique, exciting, creative, interactive, and structured style. June 13-August 5. Age 5 to 14. 650-493-1566

Camp F.U.N. (Friends with Unique Needs)

Palo Alto

A nurturing environment for kids with challenges to experience the fun of summer camp. Led by therapists at Children’s Health Council. Ages 5-12, full days, Mon-Fri, three sessions. Small groups. Financial aid available. 650-688-3625

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Twoweek sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. 650-917-6800 ext. 0

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Creative Arts – “Express Yourself”

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps — A world of opportunity and fun-filled learning. Ages 9-18. Rock camps, Hip Hop, recording, filmmaking, animation, B&W and digital Photography, graphic arts, comic book creation, Photoshop, magazine publishing. Sessions run from June through August. 650-364-2509

Nature Awareness –“Explore Our Natural World”

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps — A world of opportunity and fun-filled learning. Ages 6-18 and families. Learn awareness & survival skills, explore Monterey Bay, deep redwoods & coastal marsh. Surf camp. Family Festival. AFCANA Combo Camps combining fitness, arts & nature. Sessions run from June through August. 650-364-2509

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Bruce D. Campbell, a resident of Portola Valley for more than 35 years, died peacefully in his sleep Feb. 21 after a struggle for several years with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He was 72. Born in Hacken- Bruce Campbell sack, New Jersey, he attended Lehigh University, earning a degree in engineering. He was considered a technological innovator, founding Raynet Corp., a subsidiary of Raychem inMenlo Park, CA., along with other companies, having a far-reaching impact in the telecommunications industry and fiber optic infrastructure, the family said. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Campbell of Portola Valley; son Scott Kerr of Fullerton; brother Geoff Campbell of Inyokern, California; and sister Lynn Coates of Agoura Hills, California. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? gathering is planned this spring. Contact Cynthia Campbell for details. Laurel Crittenden Portola Valley gardener

Laurel E. Crittenden grew up in Portola Valley, taught in Portola Valley schools as a substitute teacher, and helped design gardens there from her outpost at the Ladera Garden Center, where she worked for about 10 years. Ms. Crittenden died March 18 at her home in Washington state, relatives said. She was 58. A memorial service is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Washington, D.C., was Ms. Crittendenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthplace and the University of California at Santa Barbara her alma mater. She graduated from college in 1973 and lived in Portola Valley from 1985 to 2005, her daughter Roxanne told the Almanac. Ms. Crittenden was a popular substitute teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She filled up her calendar completely because she was so much in demand,â&#x20AC;?

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her daughter said. Ms. Crittenden spent a lot of time outside, whether hiking, long-distance swimming or working in gardens. She swam at the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club for about 15 years, her daughter said. She also did open-water swimming in San Francisco Bay and occasionally competed in the swimming leg of triathlons. She was â&#x20AC;&#x153;an especially devoted motherâ&#x20AC;? who knitted sweaters for her young relatives and made stuffed animals for sale, her daughter said. She loved the companionship of dogs, particularly Labrador retrievers. Ms. Crittenden is survived by her daughter Roxanne of Berkeley; and sisters Beth Schwarzman of Cape Cod, Joan Crittenden of Jackson Hole, and Susan Zoller of Portland, Oregon. The family is asking that donations in Ms. Crittendenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory be made to the Sempervirens Fund at 419 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos CA 94022, or to the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association at Artemis Curusis Resident of Atherton

Atherton resident Artemis (Artie) Curusis died April 4 with her family at her side. Born in 1924 in New Jersey, she moved to California after her marriage in 1945, and has lived in Ather- Artemis Curusis ton since 1972. She spent many years as an employee of the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City, and was active in the Peninsula Volunteers, the Peninsula Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, her bridge groups, and her china painting class, family members said. She is survived by Harry, her husband of 65 years; her brother, George Eurotas; her daughters, Patricia Herriott and Donna Bailey; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Sneider Mortuary in San Mateo and a funeral service at the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont.

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Jack Ruetz died at his home in Woodside April 1, 2011 from prostate cancer. He was born on a farm in Remus, Michigan in 1926 where he learned how to fix the unfixable which later never ceased to amaze his own children After graduating from Remus High School in1943 he entered the Navy where he worked as a radar specialist in Post-War Japan. He attended the University of Michigan after his discharge where he earned both bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering. For several years he worked at R.C.A. in Princeton, New Jersey before he attended Stanford University where he met his future wife, Dolores, and received a Doctorate in E.E. in 1957. He worked at Varian Associates in Palo Alto for the remainder of his career where he developed microwave amplifiers for radar systems, electronic countermeasure and communication applications. He authored many papers and held multiple technical patents. After his retirement in 1995 he spent leisure time at his house on the lake at Tahoe with family and friends skiing and kayaking and enjoying his love of music. He will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, three sons Eric, Peter and Matthew Ruetz and a daughter, Renee Stockwell and four grandchildren. PA I D


Artemis (Artie) Curusis 1924-April 4, 2011

On April 4th Artemis (Artie) Curusis died peacefully with her family at her bedside. Artie was born in 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, but moved to CA after her marriage in 1945. She was the daughter of Mary and Nick Eurotas. She spent many years as an employee of the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City. She was active in the Peninsula Volunteers, The Peninsula Childrens Center, her bridge groups and her china painting class. She has lived in Atherton since 1972. She is survived by Harry, her husband of 65 years, and by her children Patricia and Don Herriott, Donna and Mike Bailey, her grandchildren, Lisa Humphreys, Dana and Mike Moffitt, and her great grandchildren, Evan and Jenna Moffitt, and her brother, George Eurotas. She will be sincerely missed by all who remember her as one who loved life to the fullest, stayed active to the end, and had a courageous spirit. The family has asked that donations be made to the Peninsula Volunteers in Menlo Park, CA PA I D

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Herb Rauch, 75, died on March 29 of metastatic melanoma, shortly before his 50th wedding anniversary. He passed away peacefully at his home in Los Altos, surrounded by loving family. He left his wife Margie; his children Marta, Erik, and Loren, and their families, including five grandchildren; his sister Joanne Nelson; and his cousin John Forster and family. He was predeceased by his son Evan, in whose honor he had endowed the U. C. Berkeley “Evan Rauch Chair of Neuroscience.” Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Herb moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 13 with his parents, Herbert and Vera, and sister, Joanne. His electrical engineering interest was piqued by an early morning noncredit radio course taken his senior year in high school. He received his BS from the California Institute of Technology, and his MS and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering. At CalTech, he was active in journalism, student government, drama, and the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He also lettered in Varsity basketball, and was elected president of the student electrical engineering organization. While at Stanford, he met Margie, the love of his life. As he always said, “the best thing ever” happened when they were married in 1961. They made their home in Los Altos, where they raised their children, Marta, Erik, Evan, and Loren. A devoted father, Herb loved to spend time with his family. He encouraged his kids in school and in sports, and was assistant coach for his daughter’s A.Y.S.O soccer team, The Valkyries, and his sons’ CYSA soccer teams. To help enable good education, he served two terms on the Los Altos School District School Board. He always remembered his family on holidays and birthdays, and they looked forward to his thoughtful cards and letters. For many years, Herb was employed at the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (now called Lockheed-Martin Advanced Technology Center), where his area of expertise was control systems. With John V. Breakwell, he wrote several papers on interplanetary trajectories, including creating a Venus swing-by trajectory that was part of an optimal low thrust EarthMars-Earth round trip. This work led to the development of the Rauch-Tung-Striebel (R-T-S) algorithm, which is now used for tracking interplanetary spacecraft and earth satellites. He was recognized at Lockheed with numerous service awards, including the Robert E. Gross award for Technical Excellence. Among his many notable contributions to the engineering field were his terms as President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society, and Editor-in-Chief of three publications: the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, of which he was Founding Editor. He was also Associate Editor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal,

and Chairman of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Working Group on Control Applications of Nonlinear Programming. In the course of his career, he published numerous technical papers and gave many lectures on his work. In recognition of his pioneering contributions and leadership in the field of optimal estimation and control, he was elected an IEEE Life Fellow, as well as Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow of the American Astronautical Society; and Fellow of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He received the IEEE Control Systems Distinguished Member award for his significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society. An IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, he enjoyed traveling with his wife for his many presentations and keynote addresses at technical conferences around the world. After retiring, Herb advised PhD candidates at Stanford University, consulted in the aerospace industry, and enjoyed traveling to visit his many dear friends, participating in college reunions, and attending plays locally and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the last several years, he developed an interest in creative writing, and took writing seminars that spurred him to write a series of short stories that delighted his family and friends. He also enjoyed time with his beloved wife and his children, their families, and his five grandchildren. Herb’s delightful wit, intellectual passion, creativity, kindness, and caring will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, and friends. A private family service will be held in Herb’s memory, and an online Memorial Website is available at http://memorialwebsites.legacy. com/HerbertRauch/Homepage.aspx. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to your local food bank or to the American Cancer Society. PA I D


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here is no question that Stanford’s $3.5 billion project to upgrade and enlarge its two hospitals on Sand Hill Road will cause a tremendous amount of traffic impact in the surrounding neighborhoods in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The recently released final environmental impact report on the project says that Menlo Park will bear 51 percent of the new traffic generated by the project and lays out various plans to reduce the number of Stanford-related trips. The primary mitigation plan proposed by the university is to provide Caltrain passes for all hospital employees in hopes that up to 35 ED ITORI AL percent of the workforce will arrive The opinion of The Almanac and depart by train, rather than a single-occupancy vehicle. Other proposals suggested by the EIR include upgrading the traffic signals in Menlo Park and helping pay for a shuttle bus system in the city. The problem, as Menlo Park sees it, is that the Caltrain idea is a goal, but hardly a sure thing. Whether workers use the trains depends on many variables, like how far they live from the station and whether they have errands to run on the way home. Individuals will make that decision, not Stanford. Comments from the Menlo Park Transportation Commission suggest that Stanford conduct periodic tests to see how many employees actually use the train passes, and set consequences if they fall short. And Commissioner Charlie Bourne said any employee who wants one should be issued a new Clipper pass that can be used on any Bay Area transit system. The commission’s assessment, endorsed by the Menlo Park City Council and sent to the Palo Alto City Council, found other mitigations woefully lacking. For example, the report’s estimated increase of only 68 cars per day heading toward Interstate 280 during the peak evening commute “appears optimistic” given that more than 2,000 parking spaces and four parking garages will be added by the project. And making adaptive signal technology its top primary mitiga-

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Students get first hand look at DUI tragedy Editor: Last week Menlo School produced “Every 15 Minutes,” a two-day program that challenges high school students to think about drinking and driving, and the impact their decisions can have on themselves and others. The entire student body experienced the emotional consequences of a simulated fatality and the injury of classmates as the result of a drunken driving crash. On the first day, volunteers from the CHP, Atherton Police Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, American Medical Response, the County Coroner and Stanford Hospital worked with Menlo students and parents to portray a crash scene and the resulting response of emergency personnel. A Palo Alto Police Department cell and a San Mateo County courtroom helped illustrate the legal and judicial ramifications of a DUI. The community came together on the second day as parents of the

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tion measure was criticized by the commission, because such a system is already in place on Sand Hill Road, so it could not contribute to reducing traffic on that important artery. Another disappointing strategy found in the EIR concerns altering roadways and intersections. Five intersections are cited as needing physical repairs to meet the required traffic counts, but Menlo Park found the cost for one such project to be $450,000, while Stanford would only contribute $14,100. Instead, the city calls on Stanford to pay the full cost of intersection upgrades. The commissioners said that the biggest shortcoming of all was the comparatively small amount of compensation promised to Menlo Park for mitigating the problems, compared to the much more generous payments proposed for Palo Alto. For example, in exchange for approval of the project, Palo Alto would receive: ■ $6 million for parks, community centers and libraries. ■ $2 million in transportation impact fees. ■ $616,000 in public school fees. ■ $12 million for unspecified climate change programs. ■ $1.1 million to reimburse consultant fees. ■ $23.2 million for unspecified affordable housing projects in Palo Alto. Clearly, as the authorizing agency, Palo Alto will receive the lion’s share of impact money from Stanford. But there is precedent for Palo Alto helping Menlo Park to recover its costs for the impact of a Stanford project. When Stanford sought to widen the Menlo Park portion of Sand Hill Road in 2004-05, Palo Alto required the university to pay for the entire project, which did not cost Menlo Park a dime. In this similar situation, we hope that Palo Alto will require Stanford to be much more generous in paying for the mitigations necessary to accommodate at least a portion of the huge traffic the expanded hospital will bring to Menlo Park. A fair amount would be miniscule compared to the millions of dollars the university already intends to pay Palo Alto to approve the project.

Our Regional Heritage In 1917, these recruits training to serve in World War I appear to have it pretty cushy during basic training at Menlo Park’s Camp Fremont. The main portion of the base spread from El Camino Real to the Alameda de las Pulgas and from Valparaiso Avenue to San Francisquito Creek. At one point the garrison included 43,000 soldiers, whose tents alone covered 1,000 acres of the 25,000-acre camp.

“dead” child and the DUI driver, along with District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe and others, led the speakers in a memorial for the victim of the car crash. This influential program happened with the support and participation of extraordinary people from our community. While there is not space to mention them all, a few justify special recognition: the CHP, with Art Montiel as liaison,

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sponsored Every 15 Minutes at Menlo. Lt. Joe Wade (APD) and Jon Johnston (MPFPD) provided invaluable guidance and a dedicated response team. Tully Vogt of the coroner’s office sensitively assisted in portraying the most painful aspect of a crash — the unnecessary loss of a young life. Finally, the staff at Stanford Hospital’s emergency room, let by Dr. Peter D’Souza and Ellen Corman, helped provide a

realistic and caring hospital trauma experience. We are grateful to live and send our children to school in a community where dedicated, hardworking emergency responders give so generously of their time to make preventative education a priority. We thank them all. Laura Foster and Jan Harris Co-chairs, Menlo School See LETTERS, next page


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Terry Nagel for county supervisor Editor: In the last two years working with pension reform I have learned more about budget deficits than anyone should want to. But it’s our money, and San Mateo County has not been careful with it. Who would have thought that we are now deciding which county parks have to be closed. Closing parks? Our county is in financial crisis — it has obligations that it cannot pay. And the largest single portion is employee costs, which have risen through the roof. We are out of cash because the supervisors have approved county employee pay and benefits that could not in fact be paid. There is an election being held right now for one of the five county supervisor seats — mail in only, it closes May 3, and none too soon. We need a change in the decadesold power structure of county politics and the big money that funds campaigns. Of the four major candidates, only Terry Nagel is free of union ties and union funding. That is a critical difference in a time when our leaders must disengage from the old power structure, to be free to make real change. Only one candidate has committed to real change on pensions — and to not increase taxes or burn county reserve funds, either of which is only a stop gap to the mounting debt. Forget the glossy mailers from the big money candidates. Only Terry Nagel will “speak truth to power.” I support Terry for supervisor. Henry Riggs Callie Lane, Menlo Park

See what you’ll find in a search of Cargill Editor: When someone knocks on your door, you have to have an idea of who they are before you let them in. Redwood City has swept the door open to Cargill and their partners DMB. They’ve escorted them enthusiastically past the community threshold amid dazzling promises of affordable housing, flood control, levees, and reducing carbon emissions for the benefit of the world. Wow! It’s Robin Hood! With glistening teeth. But wait ... is that you Robin? Or a wolf wrapped in your cape? Cargill is routinely listed as one of the “worst-of-the-worst” unethical corporations by respected environmental and human rights groups. Judge for yourself: Search Google for “criticisms of Cargill” and read about trafficking children in Africa, forced labor in Uzbekistan, mer-

Opinions differ on legitimacy of executive session Valley attorney disputes Brown Act violation charge

in the Almanac. The manager requested a vote of the Council members regarding the need for immediEditor: ate action to add this closed session item to Despite claims in the recent article “Por- the agenda, and the Council members voted tola Valley: Town Council ran afoul of unanimously. The process the Town Council open-meeting law, CNPA attorney says,” the undertook was legal and in accordance with Town Council did not violate the the letter of the law. Brown Act by adding an urgent GUEST Because the Town Council chose closed session item to the council OPINION not to take any action and there was agenda. nothing to report out of closed sesCalifornia Government Code Section sion does not mean that the Town Council’s 54954.2(b)(2) allows the Town Council to action violated the Brown Act. It simply means place an item on the agenda even if the item of that after learning all the available information business did not appear on the posted agenda if and considering the matter, the Town Council two-thirds of the Council members determine decided it best not to take any action. There was that there is a need to take immediate action no violation of open meeting law. and that need for action came to the attention Sandy Sloan of the town subsequent to the agenda being Portola Valley Town Attorney posted. That is exactly what happened at the meeting of March 23. After the posting of the agenda, information The Almanac responds: Town came to the attention of the town related to a explanation inadequate real property transaction (an item appropriate In reporting that the Portola Valley Town for closed session pursuant to Government Council’s urgent executive session March 23 Code Section 54956.8). may have violated the Brown Act, the AlmaAt the beginning of the meeting, the town nac cited the conclusion drawn by Jim Ewert, manager indicated that since the posting of the legal counsel of the California Newspaper agenda the town had learned information that Publishers Association. could require immediate action related to a real He told the Almanac that the Brown property negotiation. The manager stated the Act allows such a closed session if a majoraddress of the property involved, as reported ity approves the idea, there is a need to take cury poisoning, beef recall, deforestation, and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone from toxic chemicals. Are these are the guys we trust to build levees? What leaves me with a particularly sick feeling in the pit of my stomach is how Cargill’s public relations machine savages local nonprofit Save the Bay, issuing false press releases, and taunting them publicly for being “outsiders.” Huh? This from Minnesota-based Cargill with a history of hit and runs around the world? Save the Bay members live here and will not leave after the checks exchange hands. Julie Abraham, Redwood City

ple interchanges, already at capacity. And no one can predict how many Saltworks residents would commute to SF, San Jose or elsewhere. DMB claims Saltworks is a transit-oriented community. The closest Caltrain stations are more than a mile away — across the freeway. DMB is bringing direly needed housing to a jobs-rich region. Saltworks would include 1 million square feet of offices and 140,000

“immediate action,” and the need arose after the posting of the regular agenda. Another requirement is that the council report any action taken in the closed session. But in defending the closed session afterward, Mayor Ted Driscoll said: “I believe I can’t comment except to say we took no formal action. It was intended to get the whole council up to date on an issue.” Upon hearing the mayor’s response, Mr. Ewert said: Getting the whole council up to date on an issue “presumes or implies that no action was required but that it was an informational session. If you’re going to inform somebody, that’s not a need for a closed session.” If the entire basis for the urgent executive session was, as Mr. Driscoll said, to “get the council up to date on an issue,” we agree that the council did not have adequate grounds to call the session. The town attorney’s explanation for the meeting, given the circumstances, was inadequate. She writes that, after the agenda was posted, “information came to the attention of the town related to a real property transaction (an item appropriate for closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8). But according to the nursery owner, the town had not been in contact with him for more than a year, so it seems highly unlikely that the council was prepared to move on “a real property transaction.” So what was the urgency? A

square feet of commercial/retail space. Even more people would commute to these new jobs. Don’t be fooled by DMB spin doctors. Saltworks would create a traffic nightmare. Pat Marriott, Los Altos

Correction Mayor Jim Dobbie disagrees with the characterization in

last week’s editorial that he is not happy with the Atherton Police Officers Association’s taping of Atherton town meetings. Mr. Dobbie said he felt it was inappropriate that the first taping occurred when the Finance Committee was deciding how the parcel tax was to be distributed between police and public works budgets. The Almanac regrets the error.

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Suspicious of Saltworks’ traffic estimates Editor: The Saltworks public relations machine is in overdrive, particularly on traffic. DMB, the developer, says 40,000 out-of-town commuters drive to work in Redwood City daily. Saltworks will provide local housing to get them out of their cars. Of 40,000 commuters, 84 percent travel 30 miles or less from nearby communities. These people are unlikely to move. In any case, Saltworks will only house 30,000. DMB doesn’t anticipate Saltworks will create a lot of extra traffic. A preliminary report says 7,000 cars could be added to rush-hour traffic. Even if Saltworks residents commute to Redwood City proper, west of U.S. 101, their cars would jam Marsh, Woodside and Whip-


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