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“I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.” — Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

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t’s impossible to believe this girl was ever shy. With a smile that can light up the darkest corners of a memory, 18-year-old Antonisha Fuller talked about the hard road that brought her to the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, and now, nine years later, led to her selection as its Menlo Park Youth of the Year. “What child wants to come into this world asking to have a mother as a high school dropout and a father as a drug abuser? Imagine the experience of instability, living in 18 different homes before the age of 17,” she

said, speaking before the City Council on April 5. “Unfortunately this is my reality.” She shared images from childhood: Standing in the rain, barefooted, a 9-year-old girl in thin clothes waiting for a father who’d forgotten to come get her. A mother who said she wished Antonisha and her five siblings had never been born. Finding escape in books, especially “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, works which inspired her to start writing her own story and dream of a better life. “I tell you tonight, the cycle stops with me, Antonisha Fuller,” she finished. She is one of six children, the only one to earn a diploma when she graduates from MenloAtherton High School this year. Along the way, the young girl found family at the Boys & Girls Club.

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s lawyers know, words and information about the nursery had arrangements of words can come to the council’s attention say more and less than they since publication of the regular seem to say. When they appear in a agenda, Mayor Ted Driscoll said. statute, their precise meaning may There was a need for immediate be a matter of legal dispute. action, he said. This state of affairs appears to be The council’s official summary central to the question of whether of that closed session’s action: the state’s open-meeting law, the “None to report,” as was reported Ralph M. Brown Act, allows the for each of the previous seven Portola Valley Town Council to closed sessions, the minutes say. discuss in closed session matters “In every meeting, we disbeyond prices and terms with cussed prices and terms,” Ms. respect to a potential real estate Sloan said. transaction. Town Attorney Sandy Sloan, in Prices and terms Before going into closed session, interviews, defends the council’s right to privately talk about mat- the Brown Act states, a town council “shall hold an ters such as the open and public upsides and session” to identidownsides of a deal. Jim Ewert, After each of eight closed fy the negotiators and the property’s legal counsel sessions, the Portola address. The Porfor the California Newspa- Valley council said it had tola Valley council does this as a matper Publishers nothing to report. ter of routine. Association, The Brown Act also says that a told the Almanac that the Brown Act requires such topics to be discussed “legislative body of a local agency may hold a closed session with its in open session. The most recent closed session negotiator ... to grant authority to concerned the fate of the former its negotiator regarding the price Al’s Nursery at 900 Portola Road. and terms of payment for the purWindmill School, a preschool, chase, sale, exchange, or lease” of had been negotiating to buy the the property. Mr. Ewert says the above nursery site for some 18 months, but the deal had fallen apart at the language limits a closed session last minute, nursery owner John discussion to price and terms. Background questions such as Wu told the Almanac in March. The town had shown periodic why the property is of interest, interest in the property, report- why of interest now, how the edly as a potential site for below- town learned of its availability, market-rate housing. Portola Val- and the upsides and downsides of ley has very high property values the purchase should be discussed and faces a state mandate to offer in open session, he said. “Where does it say in the statute a certain amount of housing for people with “moderate” incomes or case law that the city can go into of around $119,000. (The town’s a closed session under this section property values put housing out of to discuss any of those questions,” he asked. “(The Brown Act) limits reach for low-income residents.) Between July 2009 and October the scope of the closed session to 2010, the council met seven times a discussion with the city’s own in closed session to discuss 900 negotiator on purchase, sale, lease Portola Road, according to the or exchange of real property.” What if the council had talked minutes archive. During that period, Al’s Nursery never appeared openly about its interest in 900 as a discussion item in an open- Portola Road, perhaps as open space or below-market-rate houssession agenda. On March 23, the council voted ing? “I don’t think you’d want to to go into an “urgent” closed ses- talk about that in open session,” sion, a designation allowing it to Ms. Sloan said. “It does relate to meet in private without advance Continued on next page public notice. It did so because new

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and thefts — in Menlo Park. In a seven-day period from April 22 to 28, property crimes resulted in losses of about $21,000, according to Menlo Park police. “We have definitely noticed it,” Sgt. Matthew Ortega told the Almanac when asked about the string of crimes. Redwood City and Palo Alto have been “hit just as hard,” he said. The department has deployed burglary suppression teams of detectives and officers, including undercover officers and bicycle patrols, to make contact with suspicious people and people with property-crime histories, Sgt. Ortega said. A major loss in Menlo Park occurred at a home in the 220 block of Tioga Drive in the Sharon Heights neighborhood,

according to an April 25 report. In two burglaries in the 1200 and 1300 block of Carlton Avenue, also through unlocked entries, thieves hauled out goods valued at $5,800, including jewelry and laptops plus electronic entertainment equipment, two watches, a cell phone, and four baseball caps, police reported April 24. Thieves forced open the front door of a residence in the 300 block of Ivy Drive and stole stuff valued at $3,000, including jewelry, a TV, credit cards and $200 in cash, an incident also reported on April 24. On the following day, thieves stole a stove and a refrigerator valued at $1,420 from an unoccupied apartment in the 1100 block of Willow Road, police said.

shears valued at $250. A resident of a Willow Road apartment told police on April 25 of a forced entry into a storage room but was not forthcoming as to whether anything had been stolen, police said. Thieves entered the property of a paving contractor in the 3600 block of Haven Avenue on April 20 and stole a metal tank used for sealing asphalt and valued at $1,926, police said. Finally, an auto burglary in the 100 block of Durham Street resulted in the break-in and taking of a $400 GPS unit from a vehicle, Thieves stole two vehicles over the week, a white 2011 Nissan Versa from the 2700 block of Sand Hill Road, and a white 1992 Lexus ES300 from the 1100 block of Bieber Avenue. A

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bus carrying 32 students at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, authorities reported. The only injury was to the bus driver, who complained of pain in her neck and wrist, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The driver was shaken up and taken to a clinic, Sequoia

district Superintendent Jim Lianides said in a phone interview. The collision dealt the bus a blow to the front left side, and then the car sideswiped it, Mr. Lianides said. It had to be towed, as did the car, a 2006 silver Ford Fusion. Police arrested Alberto Continued on next page

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Reactions to death of Osama bin Laden “That he’s dead is part of the healing process,” said Harold Schapelhouman, chief at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District upon hearing the news Sunday that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. military-led firefight in Pakistan. Chief Schapelhouman participated in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “But it really won’t change what was done,” he added. “This doesn’t turn back the clock.” Each year, the district has observed the anniversary of the attack by placing 343 American f lags in front of fire stations, one for each firefighter killed in the rescue effort. Andy Garcia

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ley lost his life in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash on Sept. 11, 2001, in Pennsylvania. Each year, his family commemorate his birthday (Aug. 28) with a memorial 5K runwalk-bike event on Labor Day in Portola Valley. “The news of the death of Osama Bin Laden is a somber victory,” said Dorothy Garcia Bachler, who was the wife of Andy Garcia. “While the author of the September 11th attacks is gone, we still have terrorism in the world. It is nice to see that the United States showed its supremacy once again and I am proud to be an American. “My heartfelt thanks go out to the brave men who risked their lives to complete the mission given to them. This is another chapter closed in my life of a day that will continue to have historical significance.

I hope that the bravery of all aboard United Flight 93 will never be forgotten.” Other comment

“This is an emotional and historic day for our country and the world,” State Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside, said in a statement. “I am proud of our men and women in uniform and the action of our President. “I am hopeful that this achievement helps brings relief and closure to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of al Qaeda. As President Barack Obama so eloquently said, the demise of Osama bin Laden should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

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Condo Ownership 12 months of minutes), the CCR's, articles of Incorporation, Rules and all seller disclosures. Its common practice that your real estate agent obtain all the referenced documentation and understand what they contain. You also should have been advised to read these documents. If the seller failed to disclose information about the existence of a dispute, that is a problem. If the dispute is so new and it was not included in the minutes then it was a timing issue. In any event, it is critical that you treat all documentation from the home owner association as you would an inspection report or seller disclosures as they contain valuable and relevant information that may affect the value and desirability of the property.

Dear Gloria, I recently purchased a condo in the area and while I love the complex and unit I am surprised to learn of a dispute between one of the homeowners and the condo association. After I moved in my new neighbor told me about the dispute. I was surprised I wasn't told because it has a monetary impact on the association and I was not informed. Where would I have found this information prior to purchasing the condo? Jean R. Dear Jean, When purchasing a condominium a buyer must thoroughly read all the home owner association documents. These include minutes from recent meetings, (I suggest you read the past

For answers to any questions you may have on real estate, you may e-mail me at gdarke@apr. com or call 462-1111, Alain Pinel Realtors. I also offer a free market analysis of your property.

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Environmental report: Road to spiffed-up downtown would be far more clogged By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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here’s no getting around it — no mitigating measures to call upon: A developed downtown area as envisioned in Menlo Park’s downtown specific plan would adversely affect local roadways and already congested intersections significantly, resulting in substantially more clogged streets and dirtier air. These and other effects of development outlined in the specific plan are listed as “significant and unavoidable environmental impacts” in the draft environmental impact report released Friday, April 29. The plan — developed with the help of city residents, staff and consultants over a many months-long process and unveiled last year 0x2014> calls for a revamped downtown area that would encourage mixeduse commercial and residential development along El Camino Real, increasing the allowable height of buildings by 8 feet. It also includes redesigned parking plazas and two new parking structures off the Santa Cruz Avenue area west of El Camino, and amenities including widened sidewalks and more trees. In addition to unavoidably worsened air quality and traffic congestion, the draft EIR identifies as “significant and unavoidable” impacts the increased generation of greenhouse gas

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traffic projections,” he said. Associate Planner Thomas Rogers, who is overseeing the specific plan process, said the traffic studies did take into account planned projects within the city — including the 1300 and 389 El Camino Real projects — as well as projects, such as the hospital expansion, outside Menlo Park. Growth outside the city, he said, is accounted for with a 1 percent annual growth factor — a figure based on “what we’ve observed in growth” over the last few decades. That period includes the massive residential and commercial development by Stanford along a widened Sand Hill Road, he noted. N INFORMAT ION Visit tinyurl.com/plan-42911 to see the draft EIR online. The public review period for the draft EIR runs from May 5 to June 20. Submit comments to Thomas Rogers at throgers@menlopark.org or to the Community Development Department, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025, or fax to 327-1653. The report goes before the Planning Commission on June 6.

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terms of payment. That might affect the price and undermine our ability to obtain the property. “Somebody in the audience can walk out and say ‘Aha! I’m going to get on the phone right now and make an offer.’ You do have to use some judgment about what’s appropriate,” she said. Asked about Ms. Sloan’s take on the Brown Act, Woodside Town Attorney Jean Savaree said that she tends to agree with her. A public

tion between a stadium’s community impacts and its terms of payment, Mr. Ewert said. Such assertions are speculative and were “emphatically rejected” by the court in the Shapiro case, Mr. Ewert said. The San Diego council, Ms. Sloan said, strayed from closedsession restrictions. “I’m very aware of that and I don’t let the council go far afield,” she said. “There just is no comparison between what San Diego was doing and what Portola Valley

‘Where does it say in the statute or case law that the city can go into a closed session under this section to discuss any of those questions.’ JIM EWERT, LEGAL COUNSEL, CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

This school bus was struck and sideswiped by a car in Menlo Park, but the students aboard were not injured.

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Cuellar, 20, of Fremont on the scene and booked him into San Mateo County jail on charges of misdemeanor drunken driving, the CHP said. The students are participants in the Tinsley Transfer program, a desegregation program begun in the late 1980s in which students from the Ravenswood City School District attend school in

one of seven nearby elementary school districts, including Las Lomitas, Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park districts. The district sent a spare bus to deliver the students to their destinations, Mr. Lianides said. Normally a drunken driving incident that results in injuries leads to a felony charge, but a complaint of pain does not meet the injury

Woodside burglary: Sister, brother arrested

was trying to do with this one piece of property.” By Dave Boyce The Portola Valley council, Almanac Staff Writer she said, negotiates real estate in private and determines its uses uthorities have arrested a in public, citing purchase of the sister and brother in consix-acre Spring Down property. It nection with a burglary was negotiated in closed session, with losses in excess of $100,000. but its eventual use was debated The burglary is believed to have openly and deliberatively by a taken place sometime between San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office 21-person ad hoc committee of November 2010 and April 2011 Cassandra Jane Chislett-Leitter, citizen volunteers. from a locked residential garage 19, and her brother Colin Chislett As to what the Brown Act means in the 1800 block of Portola Barnes, 23, were arrested in by limiting closed-session discus- Road in Woodside. connection with the burglary. sions to “prices and terms of payDetectives from the San Mateo ment,” opinions differ, Ms. Sloan County Sheriff’s Office arrested said. She acknowledged that her Cassandra Jane Chislett-Leitter, outfit at the Horse Park along interpretation is “broad.” 19, and her brother Colin Chis- Sand Hill Road, Lt. Lunny said. Mr. Ewert sees no wiggle lett Barnes, 23, at their Newark A third suspect, Nathan room. “The legal standard that home on charges of grand theft, Keith, was booked on the same she, as the city attorney, is possession of stolen property charges but he is already in bound by law to apply is found and burglary, said Lt. Ray Lunny custody in the Alameda Counin the state constitution and of the Sheriff’s Office. ty Jail on unrelated charges, Lt. Shapiro, and both limit how the Both suspects work for a family- Lunny said. language can be interpreted,” run business, the Chislett EquesThe scene of the crime was a Mr. Ewert said in an email. trian Centre, a rider training locked detached residential garage “(San Diego) tried to lump all of (the) peripheral issues into the definition of price and terms of payment. The court said NO! The constitution says the city SHALL ■ Woodside residents advised to remain indoors. narrowly construe the term ‘price By Kristen Peters and terms of payment’ when it Bay City News Service Deputies arrived and saw the limits the people’s right of access mountain lion lounging on (as a closed session does).” the hillside near the home, mountain lion was spot- they said. The San Mateo County Office ted lying on the front Grant Walter is lawn of a home in Wood- of Emergency Services alerted side on Tuesday night, April 26, nearby residents and advised Eagle Scout according to the San Mateo them to stay indoors. Marilyn Walter of Portola Valley Deputies then contacted the County Sheriff ’s Office. wanted folks to know that her At approximately 9:45 p.m., state Department of Fish and grandson, Grant Harding Walter the Sheriff ’s Office received Game for assistance. of Carmel Valley, has received the A warden from the departa call from a resident in the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest ment arrived, observed that the 100 block of Otis Avenue who honor is scouting. Grant is the son mountain lion was not being reported that a 150to 200of former Portola Valley residents pound cougar was lying on his threatening, and recommended Jeffrey and Suzan Walter. that it not be tranquilized, front lawn, police said.

agency negotiating over real estate should keep its upsides and downsides to itself to “help set terms and price. You’re really trying to get the very best for the taxpayer,” she said. If the assertion about undermining the town’s ability to buy the land held water, Mr. Ewert said, the courts would have erred in a 2002 ruling in Southern California. In “Shapiro v. San Diego City Council,” the council met in closed session to discuss price and terms of a new sports stadium, but the council did not specify an address in open session. In closed session, it discussed matters such as a stadium’s design, parking, environmental impacts and effects on the city’s homeless population, according to a California Appeals Court summary of the case. In defense, the city argued that discussion of “matters of importance for the agreement being negotiated must be allowed, even if that topic is not specifically set forth in the agenda for the closed session.” The Portola Valley council’s assertion that a public discussion of the purpose of purchasing 900 Portola Road would affect terms of payment is “just like” the San Diego council asserting a connec-

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used to store antique rugs, carousel horses, a rocking horse and a saddle, Lt. Lunny said. Someone appears to have cut the lock on the roll-up garage door, he said. When asked for a list of stolen goods, Lt. Lunny redirected the inquiry to the contents of the garage and declined to give specifics so as not to inform suspects not yet apprehended about what detectives know. Some of the items have been recovered. “Sorry, I can’t give you any more. This thing is popping,” he said. “We’re keeping it low for right now while the investigation is going on.” Authorities are asking witnesses or anyone with information on the case to call Detective Ken Clayton at 7807116, or the anonymous witness line at 800-547-2700. A

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standard, the CHP said. If injuries do turn up, the misdemeanor charge could be elevated to a felony. Mr. Montiel said he had no information as to how fast the vehicles were going. Asked if the bus had seat belts, Mr. Lianides said it did not and added that concerns about bus evacuation mediate against having them.

county officials said. The cat had left the area by 1 a.m., according to the Sheriff ’s Office. This was one of four mountain lion sightings in Woodside from April 22 to 27. People are advised not to approach mountain lions, and avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and night, when the animals are most active. In the event of a mountain lion encounter, try to appear large and make noise. Visit keepmewild.org for more information about mountain lions. A


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Facebook’s big plans in Menlo Park By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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acebook is bursting at the seams even before it moves to Menlo Park, or at least, it thinks it will be. The social networking giant has asked the city to permit more employees than were previously allowed on the former Sun/Oracle campus at 10 Network Circle — 3,000 more, and another 2,800 on the 22-acres the company bought across the street, for a total of 9,400 employees by 2017, according to documents filed with the city. The request initiated an environmental impact review of the project. The public may submit comments to city staff until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Also of potential interest, architects will formally present the results of the design charrette to the City Council during its meeting on Tuesday, May 3. In March, 174 architects, students, designers,

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and dreamers spent 12 hours proposing ideas for development of the Belle Haven and Willow business area after Facebook moves in. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Appealing to the council After viewing the Facebook design charrette results, the City Council then plans to tend more business, namely, tax bonds, “envisioning scenarios,” and hearing a local physician’s appeal of a transportation impact fee. In a letter to the council, Dr. Darren Phelan called the $9,663 fee “egregious,” and said he was still in shock at how discriminated against he feels on behalf of his medical practice, located at 401 Burgess Dr. The squabble arose after the

city decided that the doctor’s new concierge medical practice counted as a “change of use” from the office’s previous use for speech therapy, which triggered the fee. Told by the Planning Commission that he’d have to pay the fee before getting a use permit revision, Dr. Phelan did so back in February. He also added a bike rack and displayed information about public transportation. In his letter, Dr. Phelan argued that the change of use was inappropriate, since speech therapy is also a form of medical treatment. He would now like his money back. The council may either uphold or modify the fee, according to the staff report, which warns, “Should Council decide to overturn this determination, a new precedent would be set possibly inviting more such appeals.” The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. A

Selby Lane teacher takes medical leave after tirade By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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Selby Lane School math teacher whose angry tirade and aggressive actions prompted a student to leave the classroom and call Atherton police for help has been granted medical leave to get counseling, and has apologized to parents. In an April 26 letter to parents, teacher John Haynes said his frustration over the lack of student progress led him to shout, berate students, use profanity, knock over a desk, and threaten to throw things in his eighthgrade classroom on March 1. He apologized to parents,

saying that with his actions that day, he had failed to “provide proper guidance and to promote respect and fairness.” He also apologized to his students, writing: “I truly care about your future success, and do not want my actions to hinder your growth. I apologize that these actions worried some of you and caused you to feel unsafe.” Mr. Haynes wrote that he had requested, and been granted, a medical leave for the rest of the school year “so that I can work with a trained professional to learn more appropriate ways of channeling my frustration when students are not meeting the

high standards I set for them.” District officials have agreed to reassign Mr. Haynes to a different school in the next school year, “where I can have a fresh start,” he wrote. Police responded to the school at about 2:30 p.m. on the day of the incident after a 13-year-old girl called 911 from a bathroom, reporting that her teacher “was going crazy and throwing tables,” according to police Lt. Joe Wade. When officers arrived in the classroom, they found class in session and a calm environment, Lt. Wade said. Mr. Haynes was put on administrative leave while district staff investigated the incident. A

Keri Nicholas among top Coldwell Banker agents With $88 million in real estate sales in 2010, Menlo Park agent Keri Nicholas ranked sixth in U.S. last year among Keri Nicholas Coldwell Banker sales associates, the company said. Her sales surpassed those of more than 100,000 agents, the company said. For the second year, she was Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 agent in San Mateo County. Ms. Nicholas has sold nearly $1 billion in real estate in the past 20 years, Coldwell Banker said. Born and raised in Atherton, she was recently named by the

Wall Street Journal as one of the top 50 agents in the nation for the third straight year.

paraiso; Scott Dancer and Erika Demma, Woodside; and Ginny Kavanaugh, Portola Valley.

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Penelope Huang opens RE/MAX office

Ms. Nicholas and Tom LeMieux of the Menlo ParkSanta Cruz office are among 19 Coldwell Banker’s agents ranking in the top 1 percent of the company’s Northern California agents, based on 2010 sales, said company spokesman Stephen Maita. Other local agents among the 19 are: Hugh Cornish, Elaine White, Lynn Jason Cobb and Hanna Shacham of the Menlo Park-El Camino office; Kristin Cashin, Menlo Park Val-

Penelope Huang has opened a RE/MAX Distinctive Properties office at 648 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. She previously was brokerowner of Taylor & Huang Properties for 18 years. Visit Distinc- Penelope Huang tiveAgents.com or call 328-8881 for more information.

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GOOD GRIEF MENLO PARK FUNERALS Mankind’s natural ability to deal with profound loss is through grief. It’s a lonely journey that is not meant to be taken alone. There are psychologists, grief therapist, and clergy who are there when help is needed. Most mourners turn to friends and family for solace. In my 50 years helping families through this process the question most asked of me by friends is “What should I say?” Just for a moment think of the advantage you have over the professionals. You already have the trust and understanding of those suffering the loss. That’s something that counselors spend hours trying to gain. You have always been there for your friend. Just being there now is enough. Say little, listen, hold a hand. You are not going to lead them through, you’re going to accompany them on their journey. You’re not taking away the pain, you’re sharing it. This is not the time for answers and logic. Let disorder, confusion and anger play it’s self out. It will. They will be surrounded by friends in the first weeks. But it’s later when they are alone that they will need you. Call, take a walk, do lunch, go to an art museum, find a poem. Just be there. Some day someone will be there for you. ––John O’Connor



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Ravenswood district faces critical parcel tax decision By Chris Kenrick

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ELECT O N ( 11 (2 0 learning. The budget-cut assumptions are based on the $330-perstudent reduction in state funds envisioned by Gov. Jerry Brown in January, Ms. Curtis said. She will have more information when Gov. Brown unveils the next iteration of a state budget, known as the May revise. She has heard rumors that per-student cuts could be as high as $500 to $1,000, requiring far more drastic local adjustments, she said. About 80 percent of Ravenswood students are considered low-income. Sixty-one percent are English language learners, and about 30 percent of students each year are new enrollees, according to the Ravenswood Education Foundation. Community members have been working through phone banks and local churches to boost support for Measure B, said Aaron Williamson, who is a math teacher, a district-wide math teaching coach, and president of the Ravenswood Teachers Association. “In the interests of students, we don’t want to cut any of the school year away,� Mr. Williamson said. “Also, increasing class size is especially difficult in a district like ours because we have full inclusion for special education students. There is no special day (separate) class.� A

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Menlo Park to search nationwide to replace Rojas as city manager By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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icking their way around legal questions surrounding when a pension reform measure must take effect, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to conduct a nationwide search for the next city manager. “I would feel most comfortable with a comprehensive nationwide search to really assure ourselves that we are reaching out to the very best, because Menlo Park deserves the best,� Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson said during the April 26 meeting. Council members Kirsten Keith and Andy Cohen voted against a nationwide search, arguing for keeping the search in-house to save money and reward current city employees. Mr. Cohen announced his support of Starla Jerome-Robinson, now assistant city manager, as a candidate for promotion. Mayor Rich Cline said that he thought putting all candidates through the extensive interview process would give current Menlo Park employees a chance to shine and demonstrate why their experience and insider knowledge made them the best choice. Mr. Cohen commented: “I don’t want to wait until we’ve spent $50,000 wining and dining a bunch of people from Michigan and New York to

decide that this city should not provide a residence to someone when the best candidate is someone who already Glen Rojas lives here.� Councilman is asked to Peter Ohtaki serve up to six and Mr. Cohen months after will serve on retirement. the hiring subcommittee. Voters passed Measure L, a pension reform initiative, in November, but the changes won’t take effect for at least another six months, until the contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) expires in October. If the city hires a new manager from outside Menlo Park before the measure takes effect, that hire would fall under the current pension policy with higher benefits. “There’s legal uncertainty as to whether (Measure) L takes effect when the AFSCME contract expires, or after concluding negotiations,� Mr. McClure told the council. Glen Rojas

The current manager, Glen Rojas, plans to retire in July. The council also voted 4-0-1, with Mr. Cohen abstaining, to have him serve up to six months post-

retirement until his replacement is selected. As for the $1.2 million loan he received from the city to buy a home in Menlo Park upon being hired in 2007, Mr. Rojas said he has two years to pay off the balance — approximately $41,500 — and may either refinance or sell the house. While serving as a contractor, Mr. Rojas would earn the same $18,369 monthly salary he makes now, but save the city an estimated $4,700 per month in benefit costs, according to the staff report. He would also earn no vacation or sick leave hours. Personnel director Glen Kramer confirmed that Mr. Rojas would receive both his pension and a monthly salary — as does Mr. Kramer, who retired Dec. 29 before returning as a contractor on Jan. 3 and who makes $68.40 per hour on top of his $10,877 monthly pension. Retired employees are limited to working 960 hours per year by CalPERS regulations. A

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Education Programs Mountain View, 650-934-7373 Palo Alto, 650-853-2960

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For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit: pamf.org/register.

Lectures and Workshops Food, Inc PAMF Healthy Screenings Film Series Panel discussion after film led by Ed Yu, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Friday, May 27, 7 to 9 p.m., 650-934-7373 Devising a sustainable food system – one that is healthy, accessible, and affordable.

Is Your Blood Pressure Controlling You? A Conversation with...Lecture Series Presented by Nancy Jacobson, R.D., PAMF Nutrition Services Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-934-7373 This presentation is back by popular demand. Presented at the Sunnyvale Public Library in 2010, we have had so many requests that we decided to repeat this summer.

Robots, Lasers, & Plasma Energy: The Latest in Prostate Health Presented by Keith Lee, M.D., PAMF Urology, Surgical Oncology San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos Monday, May 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-591-0341 x237

Skin Cancer Update For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Tin Tin Tun, M.D., PAMF Dermatology 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Wednesday, May 18, 7 to 8 p.m., 650-934-7373

Cancer Care – Eating Tips During Cancer Care Treatment – Exercise for Energy – men and women’s group – Expressions – Healing Imagery

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Mandarin language class comes to La Entrada in fall By Renee Batti

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iddle-school students at La Entrada School have a new option for language studies next school year: Mandarin, whose popularity in American schools is on the rise because of the increasing importance of China in the realm of world powers. La Entrada Principal Larry Thomas said he is moving at a brisk pace to develop the pilot program and hire a teacher for the new course, approved by the Las Lomitas School District board in March to begin in the fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are plenty of kids signed up,â&#x20AC;? he told the Almanac, noting

that about 22 incoming sixthgraders are ready to learn the language, with fewer seventh- and eighth-graders signed up. Mr. Thomas presented a proposal to the board in January, stating that parent interest in offering Mandarin at the school has grown in recent years. A staff report cited â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapid emergence in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic, cultural, and diplomatic arenasâ&#x20AC;? as factors making Mandarin a desirable language for children to learn. The new program is being structured to prepare students to enroll in a second-level class in

high school. Mandarin is now on offer at Woodside and Carlmont high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. Superintendent Eric Hartwig told the Almanac that adding Mandarin to the language offerings wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entail â&#x20AC;&#x153;a big financial investment,â&#x20AC;? given that student enrollment is growing significantly and more teachers are being hired for the next school year anyway to accommodate that growth. La Entrada, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-8 school, located in Menlo Park, already offers Spanish, French and Latin in its world language program. The Mandarin class will be a oneyear pilot program for the 2011-12 school year. If it is successful, the principal plans to ask the board to approve a fully developed threeyear course and curriculum, according to a staff report.

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23-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer by using a cellphone application that flashes red and blue light, and then pretending to be a witness, police said. The victim called police around 11 p.m. while sitting in her boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car on Campbell Lane when David Endliss reportedly flashed the lights on April 25. Police discovered that Mr. Endliss, instead of witnessing the incident, allegedly instigated it. Mr. Endliss was booked into San Mateo County jail. District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said his office is reviewing the case before deciding whether to charge the suspect with a felony or misdemeanor.

Woman pleads no contest to ripping off relative After a judge declined to let her fire a court-appointed defense attorney, a Menlo Park woman pleaded no contest to using an 81-year-old relativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit card to rack up $13,000 in bills, which she then allegedly intercepted to cover up the theft, on April 25.

Mary Patricia Stuart, 52, remains out of custody on $15,000 bond, according to the San Mateo County District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. She was ordered to surrender on June 11 to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 13 days already served. In addition, she was sentenced to two years of probation. While out on bail, Ms. Stuart was arrested along with brother Eric in Palo Alto on Aug. 29 for allegedly assaulting and robbing an employee at Hotel California. The siblings reportedly forced their way past a door secured with a safety chain, then swiped a cellphone and keys from a man they knew. A

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About 100 people crowd into living room to brainstorm how to save local park. ages the Save Flood Park website, said that since the park is closed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hard to reach out to everyone who uses it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was saddened that it sounds like the county parks commission isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to change its recommendation (to close the park), that was certainly disappointing, but I was glad they were willing to come talk to us and do some outreach,â&#x20AC;? she said. Other proposals include charging walk-in park visitors; staging a concert series or other fundraisers at the park; enlist-

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connections with key people, such as the Menlo Park Library director, and other library support groups such as Friends of the Menlo Park Library, according to Kristi Breisch, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairperson. Over the last six years, volun-

Over the last six years, volunteer supporters of Project Read-Menlo Park have poured considerable energy into bolstering the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to advance literacy. teer supporters of Project ReadMenlo Park, which offers free one-on-one literacy instruction for adults with the help of volunteer tutors, have poured considerable energy into bolstering the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to advance literacy, and, in the face of increasingly shaky funding sources, its fundraising capabilities. A major step was the formation in 2005 of an advisory board, which gradually realized that a nonprofit group was needed to support Project Read.

ing citizen rangers; and using volunteer general contractors to make improvements to develop more sports fields at the park, according to Ms. McGaraghan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used the park every day. We have young kids; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their backyard,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to continue doing everything we can to tell the county and city we want the park open.â&#x20AC;? Can a city have too many parks? Mayor Rich Cline suggested that Menlo Park may be approaching the time to focus on strategic resource management instead of acquisition, now that the city has a new gym, recreational center, performing arts center, and expanded pool service at Burgess and Belle Haven. With Flood Park, the city would also have Hillview, Kelly, Burgess parks with full soccer or lacrosse fields, and two adult baseball fields, according to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we miss this opportunity we will look back in disappointment. But, at the same time, we have to be aware that we have to determine the balance of recreational space and resource and passive use parks,â&#x20AC;? he said. Go to savefloodpark.org to track the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. A

Before Literacy Partners received its legal nonprofit status, Project Read sponsored several fundraisers, most notably the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste Dessertsâ&#x20AC;? event in September, under the umbrella sponsorship of the nonprofit Friends of the Menlo Park Library. But the Advisory Board determined that by creating a nonprofit focused exclusively on Project Readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literacy programs, volunteer supporters of the program would have more control over funds raised for Project Read. Ms. Breisch noted that Literacy Partners will work to raise funds not only from within the community, but through grants from foundations and other sources. In addition to boosting funding to maintain Project Read services, which includes a popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Families for Literacyâ&#x20AC;? program, Literacy Partners organizers hope to raise enough money to augment Project Read support staff. Currently, Project Readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid staff hours total fewer than 80 hours a week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to run a program that trains and supports about 100 volunteer tutors for about 110 students, among a number of other duties. In the near future, Literacy Partners will have information online about its goals, its work, and how to get involved, Ms. Breisch said. A


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GUIDE TO 2011 SUMMER C AMPS FOR KIDS

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Summer at Saint Francis

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. www.riekes.org 650-364-2509

Bay Area Equestrian Center

Woodside

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. www.bayareaequestrian.net 650-446-1414

California Riding Academy’s Camp Jumps For Joy!

Menlo Park

Join us this summer for fantastic and fun filled week with our beautiful horses and ponies! Each day Campers have riding instruction, learn horse care, create fun crafts and play with our kids’ jump course. During the week we learn beginning vaulting, visit our Full Surgical Vet Clinic, and meet our miniature horses. Voted the best horse camp by discerning young campers. Choose English, Western or Cowboy/Cowgirl. Register and pay online at: www.californiaridingacademy.com 650-740-2261

Camp Jones Gulch

Atherton

CTC programs provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nurturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Program, ages 4 - 6. Juniors Program, ages 7 - 14. www.alanmargot-tennis.net 650-400-0464

Creighton School of Wrestling Summer Camp

Palo Alto

Learn to wrestle and train with champions including our national champion guest clinicians. We offer sessions appropriate for athletes of all skill levels from beginner to Elite (Ages 6 to 18). Camp runs for 3 sessions from June 20 to July 9. *** NEW Option for youths — “All-Day Camp” — Includes morning wrestling and afternoon activities ** www.CreightonSchoolofWrestling.com 650-219-6383

Don Shaw’s Volleyball Training Academy

Sunnyvale

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. www.mvvclub.com 408-329-0488

Earl Hansen Football Camp

Palo Alto

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. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

Team Esface Elite Basketball Skills Clinics

YMCA of Silicon Valley

Peninsula

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. www.ymcasv.org/summercamp 408-351-6400

Academics Delphi Academy

Harker Summer Programs

iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun!

iD Teen Academies

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!! www.KimGrantTennis.com 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. www.mllscamp.com 1-888-537-3223

Nike Tennis Camps at Stanford University

Stanford

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! www.USSportsCamps.com/tennis 1-800-NIKE CAMP (645-3226)

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center

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. www.springdown.com 650-851-1114

Stanford Water Polo Camps

Stanford

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. https://stanfordwaterpolocamps.com 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. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

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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. www.iDTeenAcademies.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program

Palo Alto/Menlo Park/ Redwood City

Stanford

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. www.internalDrive.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Jefunira Camp

Kim Grant Tennis Academy Summer Camps

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. www.summer.harker.org 408-553-0537

ISTP Language Immersion

Palo Alto

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! www.bestsummerever.org 408-260-2300

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. www.earlhansenfootballcamp.com 650-269-7793 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. www.jefuniracamp.com 650-291-2888

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: www.teamesface.com 1-888-537-3223

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. www.campjonesgulch.org 415-848-1200

Champion Tennis Camps

For more info see our online camp directory at PaloAltoOnline.com/biz/summercamps Please call us at 650.326.8210 for other camp advertising opportunities

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. www.istp.org 650-251-8519

Menlo Park

Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. www.mid-pen.com 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! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

SuperCamp

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. www.supercamp.com 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! www.summerinnovation.com 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. www.techknowhowkids.com 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 www.woodland-school.org 650-854-9065

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto/Pleasanton

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


C O M M U N I T Y

Evan North, 28, formerly of Woodside Evan Armstrong North, a graduate student at Georgetown University who lived his early years in Woodside, died April 4 while working out on a treadmill on campus. He was 28. There was no prior known health condition, and the cause of death has not yet been determined, the family said. Mr. North was in his fourth year at Georgetown, based in Washington, D.C., having in 2009 obtained a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in global, international, and comparative studies, and in 2010 passed his doctoral qualifying examination. His special interest was modern economic history. Hew was born at Stanford Hospital in 1982, and graduated with honors in history from Harvard University in 2005.

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Belmont, California; his grandmother, Margaret Peters North of San Francisco; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service was held at the Dahlgren Chapel in Georgetown University on April 16 and at the Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley on April 30. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evan Armstrong North Memorial Fund, Georgetown University Advancement Office, P.O. Box 571253, Washington, DC 20057-1253.

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tional technology. Ms. Johnson was a gracious hostess, who put people at ease, say family members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom always looked put together and elegant, even in her last years,â&#x20AC;? her daughter Kris recalled. In 1998, the Johnsons moved to The Sequoias, where she led an art therapy program for the memory impaired. Survivors include her husband, John Johnson; son Steven Johnson of Petaluma; daughter Kristina Johnson of Truckee; and two granddaughters. Contributions may be made to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304; or the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

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Palo Alto

A nurturing environment for kids with challenges to experience the fun of summer camp. Led by therapists at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Council. Ages 5-12, full days, Mon-Fri, three sessions. Small groups. Financial aid available. www.chconline.org 650-688-3625

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. www.arts4all.org 650-917-6800 ext. 0

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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. www.riekes.org 650-364-2509

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Paul Fearer named to Health Benefit Exchange Online. Anyplace. Anytime. www.Almanacnews.com

Menlo Park resident Paul Fearer has been appointed to the board of California’s Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace for private health insurance, established as part of the 2010 federal health care reform legislation. Mr. Fearer, senior executive vice president and director of human resources at Union Bank, was appointed by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, who authored legisla-

tion creating the exchange. Mr. Fearer joins a five-member board that will oversee the exchange, designed to be a “consumer friendly” marketplace where individuals and small businesses can learn their insurance choices and costs, and where they can claim federal premium subsidies and tax credits to buy affordable insurance, said a spokesperson for Rep. Perez. Mr. Fearer is a former chair

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT AN URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN AND HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED PLAN

—Miranda Simon

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF MENLO PARK PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING OF MAY 16, 2011

CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE COMPANY’S BEAR GULCH DISTRICT California Water Code, Part 2.6 Chapters 1 through 4 (Sections 10610 through 10656), are known and may be cited as the “Urban Water Management Planning Act.” These California Water Code sections require all urban water suppliers that provide water for municipal purposes either directly or indirectly to more than 3,000 customers or supply more than 3,000 acre-feet of water annually to prepare an Urban Water Management Plan as outlined and identified in those sections. This requirement applies to public and privately owned water utilities.

of PacAdvantage, a voluntary, small group exchange that previously operated in California. He is board chair of the Pacific Business Group on Health, a coalition of 50 large health-care purchasers. “Paul Fearer knows the nuts and bolts of health benefits and what it takes to get an exchange up and running,” Rep. Perez said in a statement.

The plan must describe and evaluate sources of supply, reasonable and practical efficient uses, reclamation, and demand management activities. The components of the plan may vary according to an individual community or area’s characteristics and its capabilities to efficiently use and conserve water. The plan must address measures for residential, commercial, governmental, and industrial water demand management.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Menlo Park, California, is scheduled to review the following items:

The act requires urban water suppliers to update their Urban Water Management Plans at least once every five years, and to file updated plans with the Department of Water Resources, the California State Library, and any city or county served by the supplier no later than 30 days after adoption.

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California Water Service Company (Cal Water) is an investor-owned public utility providing water service throughout California. In addition, Cal Water is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). One of Cal Water’s service areas is the Bear Gulch District, which is located in San Mateo County. The Bear Gulch District serves the Cities of Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, portions of Menlo Park, and adjacent unincorporated portions of San Mateo County including; West Menlo Park, Ladera, North Fair Oaks, and Menlo Oaks. As a defined urban water supplier, Cal Water is preparing an update to its Urban Water Management Plan that will address the water service conditions in the Bear Gulch District. It is Cal Water’s intent to adopt that plan and file that plan as required with the Department of Water Resources, the California State Library, and any city or county within which Cal Water provides service. A key focus of this UWMP update is the conservation requirement set forth in Senate Bill 7 (SBx7-7) as passed in November 2009. SBx7-7 mandates a statewide 20% reduction in per capita urban water use by 2020. In order to quantify the objectives and identify the means of achieving this mandated demand reduction, Cal Water has prepared a Conservation Master Plan. Cal Water is in the process of expanding current conservation programs and developing new programs for its 24 districts. Over the next five years, Cal Water conservation program expenditures are likely to increase due in large measure to recently adopted state policies requiring future reductions in per capita urban water use. These state policies include SBx7-7, as well as recent decisions by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) directing Class A and B water utilities to adopt conservation programs and rate structures designed to achieve reductions in per capita water use, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation in California (MOU), of which Cal Water has been a signatory since 1991. The Conservation Master Plan for the Bear Gulch District will be presented to the Cities, Counties and public served by Cal Water’s Bear Gulch District in conjunction with the UWMP. Schedule of upcoming actions: On April 1, 2011, a copy of the Proposed Urban Water Management Plan was made available for review during normal business hours at the Bear Gulch District’s Customer Service Center, 3351 El Camino Real Ste.190 Atherton, CA 94027. It is preferred that prior arrangements be made with the district’s management for viewing the Proposed Urban Water Management Plan and/or the Conservation Master Plan. These arrangements can be made by calling (650) 367-6800. As an alternative to reviewing the Proposed Urban Water Management Plan in Cal Water’s Bear Gulch District Customer Service Center, Cal Water has placed an electronic copy of the Proposed Urban Water Management Plan available on FTP site, where the plan may be reviewed and or downloaded. The site can be accessed at http://calwater.ftptoday.com ; The user name is cwsftp12 and the password is tra@nf3r. The UWMP will be available at this FTP site from April 1, 2011 through June 15, 2011. If there are issues with accessing the electronic copy you may contact Michael Bolzowski at the company’s headquarters at 1720 North First Street, San Jose, California 95112-4598, by calling (408) 367-8200, or by email at mbolzowski@calwater.com. A Public Meeting to receive comments on the Proposed Urban Water Management Plan and the Conservation Master Plan will be held on May 19, 2011, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Bear Gulch Operations Center, which is located at 120 Reservoir Road, Atherton CA 94027. If you are unable to attend the scheduled public meeting but want to provide comments regarding the proposed UWMP, you may send your comments in writing via mail or email to: Thomas A. Salzano, Water Resource Planning Supervisor California Water Service Company 1720 North First Street San Jose, CA 95112-4598 tsalzano@calwater.com Cal Water will receive comments on the proposed UWMP and the Conservation Master Plan from April 1, 2011 through June 15, 2011. Comments regarding the Conservation Master Plan for Bear Gulch should be sent to: Kenneth G. Jenkins, Conservation Manager California Water Service Company 2632 West 237th Street Torrance, CA 90505 kjenkins@calwater.com

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Architectural Control/Monte Rosa Land Company, LLC/2770 Sand Hill Road: Request for architectural control for modifications to the front entrance, including excavation for a new first floor entrance with a courtyard and accessibility improvements, to an existing building located in the C-1-C (Administrative, Professional and Research District, Restrictive). Interior remodeling would also be part of the scope of work and include a new elevator, balcony bridge on the second floor, and an additional internal staircase. The internal second floor bridge would add 291 square feet of gross floor area, but all the proposed modifications would be within the existing footprint of the building. As part of the proposal, three heritage redwood trees would be removed. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that said Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on public hearing items in the Council Chambers of the City of Menlo Park, located at 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, on Monday, May 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m. or as near as possible thereafter, at which time and place interested persons may appear and be heard thereon. If you challenge this item in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Menlo Park at, or prior to, the public hearing. The project file may be viewed by the public on weekdays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, with alternate Fridays closed, at the Department of Community Development, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park. Please call the Planning Division if there are any questions and/or for complete agenda information (650) 330-6702. Si usted necesita más información sobre este proyecto, por favor llame al 650-330-6702, y pregunte por un asistente que hable español. DATED:

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PUBLISHED: May 4, 2011

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Menlo Pilates & Yoga moves to El Camino By Sheryl Nonnenberg Special to the Almanac

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walk down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park confirms that the economic recovery appears to be happening slowly, and that small businesses were among the hardest hit by the downturn. Empty storefronts are visible proof that some businesses could not attract the dollars needed to succeed. There is an exception, however, at 1011 El Camino Real. Once the home of the Menlo Park Academy of Dance, then a hot yoga studio, then Devi Yoga, the space has been reinvented as Menlo Pilates & Yoga. The new owner, Fran Phillip, used to run a small Pilates studio on Oak Grove Avenue, where she had a thriving business but needed a larger space. While attending a yoga class at Devi Yoga in December, she heard the news that the studio would be closing. She sprang into action, signing the new lease in early January. She says she was attracted to the openness of the space and the possibilities of offering classes that would “touch more people’s lives.” Ms. Phillip, originally from Australia, has always been an avid sportswoman. She has been

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involved in health fitness for almost 15 years and is a certified personal trainer. She began using the Pilates Mat seven years ago and is fully qualified in both Pilates Mat and equipment. She teaches several classes a day, as well as offering private instruction. On the yoga side, she is slowly building a schedule of classes in a variety of styles, including

N PO LI C E C A L L S This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted. ATHERTON Auto burglary report: Window smashed on parked green van, Tuscaloosa Ave., April 23. Child protection services report: 100 block of El Camino Real, April 27. MENLO PARK Fraud reports: ■ Loss of $153 in unauthorized use of credit card, 1200 block of Mills Court, April 26.

■ Unauthorized use of Social Security card to obtain employment, 600 block of Fremont St., April 27. WOODSIDE Auto burglary report: Losses estimated at $5,373 in break-in and theft of briefcase, purse and duffle bag with contents that included computers, credit cards and clothing, Park N Ride at Woodside Road and Interstate 280, April 21.

Vinyasa and Yin. She also has included the popular dance exercise method, Zumba, in the weekly schedule. She says moving to the former Devi site has been a dream come true, although it is challenging to get old participants back to the space. There is a misconception that Menlo Pilates and Yoga is tied to the former ownership. Once students enter the studio it becomes apparent that there is a new look, new energy and new possibilities for improving health and fitness — all in a location that is familiar and accessible.

Heat wins basketball title The Heat has been crowned champion of the 94 teams in the third/fourth-grade division of the Silicon Valley National Junior Basketball league. After beating a team from Los Gatos in the championship game of the playoffs, the Heat recorded a perfect season at 16-0, including wins at a preseason tourney, league games, and playoff games. The Silicon Valley NJB has

14 chapters and the Heat is from the Redwood Chapter, which has players from Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and Woodside. The players are Sam Forese, Joe Posthauer, Matthew Huo, Nick Tripaldi, Colin Choi, Griffin Voss, Heath Hooper, Shane Suxho, Ryan Fatemi and James Bowman. The coaches are Jeff Tripaldi andFred Voss.

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Go to menlopilates.com for more information. Sheryl Nonnenberg, a Menlo Park resident, teaches Yin/Vinyasa Yoga at Menlo Pilates and Yoga.

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he city of Menlo Park has long taken the position that 911 tapes are not public records and never will be, based on a narrow reading of the law that was established to make more such records available to the public. In the latest case, Vickie Smothers simply asked to review the 911 call she made on April 9 after a racially tinged road-rage encounter on Ravenswood Avenue. Her request was denied, as was a public records request filed by the Almanac, which published a story about the incident last week. In denying both requests, City Attorney Bill McClure said Menlo Park treats 911calls as investigatory records, saying their release is exempt under a portion of Government Code section 6254(f), ED ITORI AL and adding that the tapes do not The opinion of The Almanac have to be released even after an investigation is closed. The only times 911 tapes are released, Mr. McClure said, are in certain traffic cases, or when the recording is requested by subpoena or a discovery request as part of a lawsuit. However, the Almanac found an exception. In 2002, the city released a 911 call as a courtesy to the couple who made it, after a dispatcher mislabeled the incident as domestic violence. The couple said they later gave the tape to a lawyer representing a client suing the city for police brutality. Menlo Park’s policy stands out for all the wrong reasons, compared with Palo Alto’s and Mountain View’s, as well as San Mateo County’s. Those agencies do release 911 tapes on a case-by-case basis. Also, San Bruno released related 911 calls after a PG&E gas pipeline exploded last year when ABC News filed a public records request. When the state Legislature approved the California Public Records Act, the intent was clear: “In enacting this chapter, the Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.” The act lists a few exceptions, but the overriding thrust is to release all records to the public, including law enforcement records, which are summarized in Section 6254(f) of the act. The exemption cited by Menlo Park says “... unless the disclosure would endanger the safety of a witness or other person involved in the investigation,

or unless disclosure would endanger the successful completion of the investigation or a related investigation.” It is unfortunate that Menlo Park has declared the exception to be the rule, establishing a policy that no 911 recordings will be released. This blanket refusal, even to the person who made the 911 call, is wrong, and should be changed. For example, in the case of Ms. Smothers, a respected addiction counselor in East Palo Alto who was named to the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003, the city denied her request to hear the 911 tape, saying it was inappropriate in light of the city’s non-disclosure policy. But Peter Scheer, staff attorney for the First Amendment Coalition, a watchdog group that advocates for open meetings and records, said the city needed to cite a specific reason for denying Ms. Smothers’ request. “They must point to an exemption or other legal authority for withholding records. It can be conclusory. They don’t have to explain or elaborate. But saying ‘it’s not our policy’ doesn’t cut it,” Mr. Scheer said. If an open investigation could be harmed by releasing a 911 tape, it makes sense for the police to withhold it. But how can that be the case here? Ms. Smothers’ request came after a frightening road-rage incident in the city on April 9, when she said she was tailgated by a man driving a black SUV beginning on Ringwood Avenue and continuing to Ravenswood Avenue. At the Laurel Street intersection, the man yelled racial epithets at Ms. Smothers, who is black, and ultimately used his car to block her from moving forward. At this point, she says, the white man got out of his car holding a stick or club in his hand, threatening to kill her, and kept shouting obscenities before eventually leaving the scene. After finding her cell-phone battery dead, she took refuge at a restaurant and called 911. Back in 2002, the city did release a recording of a 911 call. We see no reason why Menlo Park should not release 911 records on a caseby-case basis, similar to Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Mateo County. We doubt that there is a legitimate reason in most cases to withhold the calls. Instead of hurting the investigation, in the current case, it’s possible that releasing the recording could jog the memory of someone who witnessed the road-rage incident and could give police more information to find the offender.

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What about BART link to SF from San Jose? Editor: I suggest you give Portola Valley planning consultant George Mader a chance to discuss his idea of terminating the high-speed rail trains in San Jose and using BART as the access to San Francisco. His proposal makes a lot of sense as the BART right-of-way is already established between Fremont and San Jose. Also the BART link to San Francisco from Fremont already exists as rapid transit. Here is my two cents. Upgrading Caltrain by electrification can be done with battery powered trains. The Peninsula train tracks could be left alone. This would not require any right-of-way costs but would require purchase of new railroad cars and a battery

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Our Regional Heritage In 1998, the 130-year-old Commodore James T. Watkins house was moved from 25 Isabella Ave. to 96 Alejandra Ave. in Atherton by new owners David and Rhoda Herron. The house was cut into two pieces and placed on long steel beams for the trip to its new address. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is shown at its current location on Alejandra Avenue. Atherton Heritage Association


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charging system in San Jose and San Francisco. Jerry Secrest Willowbrook Drive, Portola Valley

Right move to forget Willows traffic-calming Editor: Menlo Park’s transportation commission made the right decision to reject the deeply flawed traffic calming that some wanted to foist onto the Willows. Given that 80 percent of the respondents to a city survey had “no concerns” about Willows traffic, the commission followed the wishes of the residents of the neighborhood, myself included. The April 20 Almanac story that reported this decision noted that “the survey had only a 27 percent response rate.” However, a 27 percent expression of opinion by Willows residents is a much greater percentage of people than the hard core of traffic calming activists who dominate the endless charettes, roundtables, and other exercises. I would suggest that the results of the survey are more reflective of the opinions of the people of the Willows than any number of trafficplanning get-togethers. Now, Menlo Park, after 20 years, can stop wasting money on a Willows “traffic plan” and just leave the neighborhood streets alone — just like we want it. Brian Schar Laurel Avenue, Menlo Park

Time for Cargill to get specific on Saltworks Editor: In their best-selling book, “Freakonomics,” authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner discuss residential real estate agents’ selling techniques. It turns out that when real estate ads use vague adjectives and descriptions, the homes sell for less. When real estate ads are specific, the homes sell for more because they have more intrinsic value. Where have I recently been hearing vague adjectives and lack of specificity regarding real estate? On the Cargill/DMB proposed Saltworks project in the Bay. They have no pictures of actual housing units, no specifics on square footage or price. And DMB representatives even concede that no one really knows yet how the project will look so it is premature to comment. Is Cargill/DMB’s vagueness cause for concern? Should Peninsula residents trust these tactics? Kaia Eakin Redwood City

Wide opposition to Cargill’s ‘Saltworks’ project By Nancy Arbuckle and Alice Kaufman

which they call “Saltworks,” is deep and wide, argill’s effort to persuade Redwood City, and it has been for years. If they had persuasive the Peninsula and the region of the sup- facts on their side, wouldn’t we be hearing them, posed benefits of their city in a salt pond instead of these attacks? The developer is only making oppois not working. How can you tell? One sign is the fact GUEST nents stronger. There is a coalition of that Cargill’s developer, Arizona-based OPINION over 200 organizations and prominent individuals formally opposed to the DMB Associates, and their supporters are suddenly launching attacks on Save the project, and 10,000 Bay Area residents, includBay. As Redwood City residents and members ing hundreds of Redwood City residents, who of community and environmental groups, we have signed Save the Bay’s petition at DontPavestand along with Save the Bay in strong opposi- MyBay.org. Our organizations stand with Friends of tion to Cargill’s plans. In the recent debate between Save the Bay Redwood City, Acterra, Clean Water Action, and Cargill’s architect, Peter Calthorpe, we saw and other key environmental and community the kind of civil discussion and debate that this organizations. Labor and industry groups repimportant issue deserves. Cargill’s proposal to resenting workers and business at the threatbuild a new city in a sea level salt pond behind ened Port of Redwood City are opposed to this a massive new levee must float, or sink, on its development. Sport and commercial fishermen merits. Cargill/DMB’s intimidation has no are opposed. California water rights organizations are opposed. Virtually all of Redwood place in our democratic process. Despite DMB’s large full-time staff and many City’s neighboring cities are opposed. The Planhigh-paid PR and legal consultants in San Fran- ning and Conservation League is opposed. Other groups that have raised concerns cisco, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., the opposition to Cargill’s salt pond development, about the project range from the U.S. Fish

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and Wildlife Service, which identified these salt ponds as having “important conservation value,” to the California Highway Patrol, which projects that a dozen additional officers would be needed to handle the tens of thousands of new car trips on U.S. 101. In addition, 160 elected officials representing millions of people from all nine Bay Area counties have made their opposition clear, stating: “Salt ponds are not land to be paved — they are part of San Francisco Bay to be restored to tidal marsh for wildlife habitat, natural flood protection for our communities, cleaner water, and recreation areas for everyone to enjoy.” And the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News are opposed. “Salt ponds are the wrong place for 12,000 homes,” the Merc stated last year. “This is an unacceptable site for housing,” the Chronicle wrote in 2007. “Housing doesn’t belong on a tidal plain.” Why isn’t the developer attacking all of us? Presumably, trying to attack the entire Bay Area is beyond even their deep pockets. It is not going to work. Nancy Arbuckle and Alice Kaufman are Redwood City residents and are members of the Sequoia Audubon Society and the Committee for Green Foothills, respectively.

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