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Championship volleyball is family affair In this Woodside family, dad is legendary coach, kids compete worldwide By Alison Myoraku


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ost young children dedicate their early years to master the art of walking, but for Jordan and James Shaw, even walking fell second to their true passion: volleyball. From a young age, the siblings were content with bumping around a volleyball and participating in Shaw family games. This comes as no surprise, as they are the children of volleyball coaching legend Don Shaw, and his wife Carolyn, of Woodside. From 1980 to 2007, Don James, Jordan and their father Don Shaw, all volleyball champions. focused his energy on coaching the women’s volleyball team at Stanford University, Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, tion, but coaches really appreand later the men’s team as California, where she will be ciate her because she’s a solid well, leading the former to 10 a sophomore come fall. After player.� final fours, eight champion- attending try-outs, she landed a Jordan is not the only member ship matches, and four NCAA spot as an outside hitter on the of the family traveling interchampionships. His overall National USA Women’s Junior nationally to play volleyball. collegiate record of 523-154 A2 Volleyball Team. Younger brother James, who speaks for itself. This team is generally made is 6-foot 7-inches tall, has seen “They would come to Stan- up of women who recently his fair share of tournaments, ford practices with me, grab a finished their senior year in the most recent in Mexicali, ball, and go down the Mexico. hall where they’d start James began his volpracticing and playing leyball career at the age ‘I’m very proud of how they are together,� Don recalls. of 6 when he attended This early exposure as both people and players.’ the Stanford boys volto the sport, coupled leyball camp. He joined COACH DON SHAW with guidance from the Bay to Bay club at their seasoned father, age 12, and later earned allowed both children to excel high school or their freshman a place as a setter on the varon the numerous teams they year in college, Don says. The sity team at Saint Francis High played on. national team, for women out School, where he will be a senior Jordan, the eldest, started of college, competes in the this fall. Since his freshman year, playing volleyball on a club Olympics, while the junior the team has consistently placed team when she was 14, and went national team prepares to third in the CCS championon to play at Saint Francis High advance to the national level. ships. School in Mountain View. On July 17, the Junior A2 team This summer, the Youth According to Mr. Shaw, girls competed in the 7th Annual National Team selected James usually start playing on teams Global Challenge in Croatia, to be one of 12 players to particiaround age 12, but he disagrees where, after playing teams from pate in the Pan American Cup with this practice. Starting too Slovenia, the Czech Republic, in Mexicali. The team competed young can lead to premature Italy, Montenegro, and Roma- on July 16, and won bronze after injuries later in life, he points nia, the team triumphantly battling it out with the Mexican out. Also, he wanted volleyball seized first place. team. to be something his children “She’s a leader, and one of the James and his teammates head chose to participate in, not most experienced players on the down to San Diego for trainsomething their parents forced team,� Don says of his daughter. ing before embarking on a trip them into. “She doesn’t always stand out to See SHAW, page 9 Currently, Jordan attends a point where she gets recogni-

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PRESERVING YOUNG ATHLETES’ VISION Children should wear outdoor eyewear that not only shields their eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, but also protects their eyes from sports-related injuries. The fact is that more than one-third of the sports-related eye injuries that occur in the United States each year happen to children. As a result, eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children. To prevent permanent vision loss and blindness in active children, parents should encourage

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Paying for ‘overtime’ parking downtown ■ City approves multi-space meters for plazas 1 and 5. By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writers


tart saving your quarters: In three months, plazas 1 and 5 in downtown Menlo Park will sprout multi-space parking meters. You enter your money and parking space number in the machines, and you can park beyond the two hours of free parking. The City Council voted unanimously on July 26 to buy six pay-byspace meters from vendor Parkeon for $53,364 — four for Plaza 1 (off Oak Grove Avenue between El Camino Real and Chestnut Street), and two for Plaza 5 (off Menlo Avenue between Evelyn and Crane streets). An additional $2,000 will let the city install modules to allow the meters to take coins as well as

“The biggest feedback we had was that people were losing customers because they couldn’t get three hours (of parking),” Mayor Cline noted during the meeting. “Losing customers at that clip wasn’t sustainable; we’ve had some restau-

aggressive parking enforcement as a factor. “We had many customers some type of credit or transit cards, who refused to come downtown to if that option seems necessary. shop,” she told The Almanac. The first two hours of parking Mayor Cline thought meters will still be free. The third hour would give the city the flexibility to would cost $1; the fourth, $1.50; adjust the plan if it doesn’t work out. and additional time, $2 A veteran of the battle per hour. Engineering over downtown park‘The biggest feedback we had was that ing, he said at one point, Services Manager Chip Taylor said enforcement people were losing customers because “You can do a great thing hours will be the same: with parking, and people Monday through Friday, they couldn’t get three hours (of parking).’ won’t think it’s a great 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. thing.” MAYOR RICH CLINE The meters give the city Councilman Peter a way to test whether the capabil- rants actually leave and say that was Ohtaki explored whether leasing ity to pay to park longer than two the reason.” the meters instead of purchashours will resolve the unhappiness After five years in business in ing would be a wiser option, but expressed by downtown merchants downtown Menlo Park, Boutique discarded the idea after the city and their customers, who complain 4 closed its Santa Cruz Avenue attorney explained that a leasing that the current two-hour limit location in February. At the time, contract with Parkeon could not doesn’t leave enough time to run Tamara Michel, co-owner of the be canceled. errands and enjoy a meal. boutique, cited the city’s extremely The city also considered simply

extending the parking limit to three hours, but staff concluded that would only lead to more downtown employees taking up parking spaces, leaving fewer available for shoppers. Mr. Taylor estimated that the meters would go live by October at the latest; the city will need to paint numbers on each parking space and install signs. One month before that happens, the city plans to hand out fliers to downtown businesses, customers, and drivers explaining the change. A one-month grace period and a telephone hotline open during the first six months will ease the adjustment, according to staff. A

Go to to see a map of the parking plazas.

It’s back: Stanford’s offer to improve Alpine trail By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


t’s an issue that refuses to die, despite the fact that the San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors has voted twice to reject a Stanford University offer to pay to widen and improve a trail along Alpine Road between Menlo Park and Portola Valley. On July 26 the supervisors voted unanimously to go back to residents of neighborhoods near the trail, including Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres, to see if time has changed their opposition to the proposed trail improvements. Citing changes in the financial and political climate, and the deterioration of the existing trail, the supervisors agreed to take one more look at the proposal before it expires at the

end of December. They rejected a staff recommendation to ask Stanford for a one-year extension of the deadline for making the improvements, saying that if an extension is needed they can ask for it after hearing from the public. If San Mateo County rejects the offer and lets the deadline pass, the money will go to Santa Clara County. When the San Mateo County supervisors initially rejected the money they asked that Santa Clara County use it to form a regional grants program for recreational uses. The offer, which was valued at $8.4 million in 2006 but with inflation, is now up to $10.5 million, originated in conditions put on Stanford by Santa See TRAIL, page 8

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Recapturing the past The renovated carriage room museum at the Folger Stable in Wunderlich Park at 4040 Woodside Road is open again. The museum attempts to capture in one 2,400-square-foot room the essence of local equestrian life from days gone by with new displays by industrial designer Stephanie Schaefer, left, seen here talking with Susan Lang, co-chair of the stable’s renovation project. Visit for more information. See another picture on Page 9.

Amid volatile comments, city may take ‘phased approach’ to downtown plan By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writers


he third session of the Menlo Park Planning Commission’s review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan inspired more than two hours of volatile public comment on July 28. Suggested features of the reenvisioned downtown zone include

wider sidewalks along Santa Cruz Avenue, a permanent farmers’ market with covered stalls, two parking garages in plazas 1 and 3, and blocking off Chestnut Street to create a pedestrian-friendly paseo. The crowd ignored Chair Vincent Bressler’s repeated requests to stop applauding after each speaker, as one person after another told the commission that the plan threatened their livelihoods.

Wider sidewalks meant less street parking, some said. “Having to walk to a parking garage won’t encourage customers to shop,” said furniture store owner Mark Flegel. “It will drive them away.” Some speakers, however, such as former councilman John Boyle and commissioner Henry Riggs, speaking as an individual, emphasized the positive possibilities of a

more vibrant downtown, one with fewer vacancies than the current 10 to 14 empty storefronts on Santa Cruz Avenue. Mr. Boyle said that in going door-to-door to talk to merchants about the plan, he’d heard that some felt bullied into signing a petition from the Downtown Alliance, a group of local property and business owners that opposes the specific plan’s vision.

“They felt like they couldn’t say no to their landlord,” he said, and in the background, boos drowned out the applause. Mr. Riggs said he shared some concerns about the parking garages, but believed the plan could respond. He suggested an incremental approach toward implementation, one that would need support from See PLAN, page 8

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ith a little more than two weeks left to register as a candidate for the November election, there are no contested elections so far in the Almanac circulation area. A contested election occurs when there are more candidates than seats to fill on a council, school board or special district board. Below is a roundup of local election activity. Three of five seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District are up for election. Two incumbents — Olivia Martinez and Lorraine Rumley — have confirmed to the Almanac their plans to seek re-election. Ms. Rumley has “qualified,” according to a report from the office of the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters, meaning that she has completed the formal nomination process. Sequoia board incumbent Don Gibson has not announced his plans and has not begun the nomination process, the report shows. These incumbents have three challengers so far, including two who have qualified: San Carlos School District board member Carrie B. Du Bois, and Stanford University law school lecturer and Menlo Park resident Allen Weiner. Larry James Moody, a minister in East Palo Alto, is listed as not yet qualified. The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, unless the election includes an incumbent not running for re-election. In that event, the deadline is extended five days to Aug. 17. Portola Valley

With Town Councilman Steve Toben not running, and Councilwoman Ann Wengert saying she plans to run, Jeff Aalfs, a member of the Architecture & Site Control Commission, is the only candidate so far who has pulled papers for a council seat, according to Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon. Mr. Aalfs’ candidacy would be uncontested if no one else comes forward before the filing deadline, which in Portola Valley is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Papers are available in Town Hall at 765 Portola Road on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. There are no changes so far in the election for governing board of the Portola Valley school district. Of the two incumbents whose terms expire this year,


ELECT O N ( 11 (2 0 Jocelyn Swisher has qualified and Steven Humphreys has not yet begun the process, the report shows. Woodside

Woodside resident Eldona Hamel has begun the nomination process for the Town Council seat being vacated in November by Sue Boynton, according to Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant. Ms. Boynton represents District 3, the neighborhood bordered by Mountain Home, Manzanita, Woodside and Portola roads. Candidates must reside in the district they are running to represent, but the election is town-wide. Council incumbents who plan to run for re-election are Mayor Ron Romines and councilmen Peter Mason and Dave Burow. Papers are available in Town Hall at 2955 Woodside Road on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. In Woodside Elementary School District, Kevin P. B. Johnson has taken out papers to run for the school board, but there is no activity from incumbents Ellen Ablow and Ginger Bamford, both of whose terms expire this year. Other races

Two candidates have qualified for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board, incumbent Bart Spencer and Robert Silano, a security consultant who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2009. Incumbent Peter Carpenter is not running for re-election. In the Woodside Fire Protection District, incumbent John Gardner has qualified while incumbent Patrick Cain plans to run for re-election, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso told the Almanac. In the San Mateo County Community College District, the three incumbents — Dave Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen Schwarz — have qualified for re-election. Jaime Diaz has taken out nomination papers but not yet returned them, the report shows. Incumbent David Alexander Walker has begun the re-election process for his seat on the board of the West Bay Sanitary District, the report shows. No activity yet for two seats each on the boards of the Ladera Recreation District and Los Trancos County Water District. A


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18th Congressional District - Anna Eshoo Portola Valley Map courtesy of Google. Source: California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Congressional representation of Menlo Park has been something of a football in the statewide redrawing of political districts by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. In an earlier map, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco, represented Belle Haven and central Menlo Park (in blue), but the latest map restores the blue portion to Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park.

A Seller’s Decision Dear Monica: We have a lovely townhouse that has been on the market for more than a year. We are not getting any showings at all and are so frustrated that we are thinking of taking it off the market. Any advice? Caroline E.

need to see good value and economic improvement before investing. Also they may not have been able to sell their larger home yet and can’t buy until they do. Another very important factor is price. Are you priced to sell in the current market or are you priced high?

Dear Caroline: There are a few things to look at in your case. I assume that the potential buyer is likely to be someone over 50 who is downsizing from a larger house. This group is more cautious than younger buyers are because they especially

If the market for your home is not active and you are priced high, I would advise you to either price it realistically and see if buyers respond or take it off the market. Nothing is likely to happen using your current strategy.

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Redistricting still splits city, but along 101 ■ All of Menlo Park west of 101 would be in the district of Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park. By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


he California Citizens Redistricting Commission has divided Menlo Park into two congressional districts, but the border will be U.S. 101 under the latest proposal released Friday, July 29, not the broad swath that had run through the center of the city under an earlier proposal, running from 101 and stopping roughly just east of Sharon Heights. If the commission approves the latest proposed map on Aug. 15, the new 18th Congressional District, represented by Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will include Menlo Park west of U.S. 101, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. The Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and unincorporated North Fair Oaks will be represented by Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco, as will East Palo Alto and Redwood City. “I think that’s just a horrible shame,” said Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith in an interview. “Belle Haven is Menlo Park. (The representation) needs to be all of Menlo Park.”

Ms. Keith had already written a letter to the redistricting commission protesting the original plan assigning central Menlo Park and Belle Haven to one congressional district and Sharon Heights to another. “It doesn’t make any sense. I am hoping they will revisit this,” Ms. Keith added. Would grouping Belle Haven with East Palo Alto and Redwood City, cities with similar demographics, give the residents more clout with their congressional representative? “I don’t know,” Ms. Keith replied. “I think it’s disgusting, myself,” said Belle Haven resident Matt Henry. “Belle Haven is part of the city of Menlo Park. ... Belle Haven always gets cut out.” The redistricting commission had as one of its objectives to comply with the 1964 Voting Rights Act to “ensure that minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.” Wouldn’t Belle Haven have more of a voice with this realignment? “To me, it makes more sense for our community to be part of

this city. It’s better for us,” Mr. Henry said. “We have the same politics as Menlo Park,” he added. “We might argue and squabble, but we’re the same family. We have the same objectives and financial base. I think this is just another layer of complexity for us. I think it’s awful.” Other representation

As for the redrawn state Assembly and Senate districts, the significant change for this area is that Portola Valley and Woodside, now represented by Sen. Leland Yee, would move to the Senate district that includes Menlo Park and Atherton, and is represented until November 2012 by Sen. Joe Simitian. Rich Gordon, who represents these four communities in the state Assembly, would continue to under the latest proposal. He would see his long and thin district no longer stretch south to Los Gatos, but stop around Santa Clara and expand westward to include Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio and Pescadero. Use to comment on the map via email. For more information, enter in your search engine: California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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Stanford is back with offer to improve Alpine trail TRAIL

trying to find a trail plan that was acceptable both to the neighbors and to the university, but finally gave up in 2008 when the Board of Clara County in 2000 when the Supervisors unanimously rejected university was given permission the offer. to add 5 million square feet of The rejection was reaffirmed in buildings on campus. To offset 2010 when the supervisors again the loss of recreational opportuni- voted unanimously against it. ties, Stanford agreed to build two New supervisor and former San trails. The location of the trails, Mateo County Sheriff Don Horswhich many had assumed would ley said he was influenced by the be on Stanford’s own property, fatal bike accident on that stretch were debated for years and were of Alpine Road in November 2010 the subject of to take another lawsuits. look at the offer One trail, locatin the hopes of Has time changed ed south of Page finding a way to Mill Road and make the area the opposition to Foothill Expresssafer. “That trail the proposed trail way and running is simply not safe through the footas it stands,” he improvements? hills, opened this said. spring. Portola “I would like to Valley is now working on a sec- hear what the residents say,” Mr. tion of trail running from Ladera Horsley said. “I think there are to Ford Field along Alpine Road, a lot of areas we could negotiate which is scheduled to reopen by on.” October. Fifteen people showed up at the Stanford’s trail proposal for July 25 meeting to comment on the San Mateo County area was the proposal, and, as in the past, strongly opposed by neighbors, their opinions were mixed. who derisively called it a “super Janet Davis, who lives on Alpine sidewalk,” and by environmen- Road, accused Stanford of “trying talists who objected to details to pressure local residents into including a massive cut into a something they don’t want.” She hillside to move Alpine Road cited concerns of privacy and trafand major work on the banks of fic hazards. nearby San Francisquito Creek. Barbara Ann Barnett, who Santa Clara County Supervisor said she has lived in Stanford Liz Kniss sent a representative to Weekend Acres for more than 40 the July 25 supervisors’ meeting years, said that getting in and out to ask that Santa Clara County be of the neighborhood is already allowed to weigh in on the issue. a nightmare and the trail would Scott Strickland, who is a senior make that worse. “I personally am policy analyst for Supervisor really, really nervous about the Kniss, said she plans to ask the safety issues,” she said. “I hope we Santa Clara County supervisors do not go down this road again. to discuss putting the $10 million Noel Hirst, who has lived in from Stanford into a regional Ladera for 14 years and works at grant fund if San Mateo County Stanford, said the existing trail rejects the Stanford offer a third has its own safety problems. “I time. used to bike to work two times Mr. Strickland said the matter a week during the non-rainy will probably come before the months,” she said. She has given it Santa Clara supervisors some up because of the trail conditions. time in August. Now, she said, “I can’t get there If a regional fund is formed, and I won’t put my kids at risk to San Mateo County could apply possibly not have a mom.” If the for money to make improve- county doesn’t use the Stanford ments in the existing trail without money to repair the trail, it will having to get plans approved by have to spend its own money to Stanford. County officials spent repair it, she said. years negotiating with Stanford Ellyn Rubin, who has lived for more than 30 years in Ladera, agreed. The current trail is unsafe for cycling, she said. “More and more people are biking. It’s just going to get more and more dangerous if nothing is done.” continued from page 5


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Ali Parikh of Los Altos on Freelander at the 2010 horse show.

Charity horse show set for Aug. 9-14 The 41st annual Menlo Charity Horse Show will take place Aug. 9 to 14 at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Proceeds will benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Events include three ongoing arenas where jumping competitions take place each day. Among highlights of the show are: Tuesday morning’s pony class, Wednesday’s Ride and Drive Jumper Class (6 p.m.), Friday’s $10,000 Ryman Speed Jumping class (6 p.m.), Saturday afternoon’s Lead Line Class for children under 6, and Saturday evening’s $40,000 Menlo Grand Prix. The clubhouse is open to the public, and food and beverages are available on site. Attendees can browse some 40 vendors who offer jewelry and items for the home, garden, and stable. PLAN continued from page 5

at least half the owners of property bordering the garages. The phased approach was one the Planning Commission was willing to run with. It voted 5-0, with Mr. Riggs and Jack O’Malley excused, to temporarily close the section of Chestnut Street closest to Santa Cruz Avenue. Mr. Bressler asked to include seating, landscaping, and food vendors to make the space more attractive. As for the parking garages, Commissioner John Kadvany suggested Plaza 2 — tucked between Crane and Chestnut streets — as

Tickets are $10 per day or $35 for a six-day pass. Children under 12 and adults over 65 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the on-street gates to the event. The “Celebrating the Horse” gala dinner with silent and live auctions will follow the Speed Jumping Class on Friday, Aug. 12. Stephen Silver, founder of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, is underwriting a dinner, in addition to donating a pair of rose, gold drop earrings set with 3.5 carats of pave diamonds (valued at $10,000) to the live auction. Other items to be auctioned at the show include a Baume and Mercier watch donated by Shreve & Company (value of $19,000), and an impressionist oil painting by Dutch artist Peter Brouwer (value of $7,000). “Jump Off,” the official painting for this year’s horse show created by Marnie Donaldson, a possible location, an idea backed by colleague Peipei Yu. With staff estimating a price tag of $42 million to $48 million, who would pay for the garages remains open for debate. Commissioner Katie Ferrick noted that businesses may hesitate to move into downtown if the future would require them to help pay for the structures; the commission then noted that may not be the only model to use. “I want the John Arrillaga of parking garages,” Mr. Kadvany said, referring to the local philanthropist who has donated millions for the renovation of Menlo Park’s gym and recreation center. The commissioners then voted 5-0 again to recommend looking

will also be up for bid. Dinner tickets, which are $225 per person, include valet parking. For information about reservations, call Pam Perez at 650-857-0422. In 2010, the Menlo Charity Horse Show raised $450,000 for Vista Center, which serves clients from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Visit or call 858-0202 for more information on Vista Center. Visit or call 701-0543 for more information about the horse show. Betsy Glikbarg, founder and long-time co-chair of the event, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association, Zone 10 (California and Arizona) for her dedication to equestrian activities. — Alison Myoraku at Plaza 2; preserving street parking while encouraging parking garage use by downtown employees via discounted permits; and to make the height and aesthetics of the garages a priority design consideration. The Planning Commission continues its review on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. Staff will present an overview of the plan at 6 p.m. The commission will make recommendations to the City Council, which will decide the ultimate shape of the plan. A

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Thieves takes 31 computers from schools By Dave Boyce

broke into Corte Madera Middle School, a public school for grades 4-8 at 4575 Alpine Road, and got away with 21 laptops with an estimated value of $16,000, according to the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. In this case, thieves entered via the lab door,

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to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) world championships for youth under 19. The competition will be held Aug. 19-28. James says the most important part of volleyball isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t winning tournaments, but getting to know his teammates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part of volleyball has to be the community of the sport,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball is definitely not a particularly popular sport in America, so the

community of volleyball players is much more tight-knit.â&#x20AC;? Despite the small population of male volleyball players, the Mountain View Volleyball Club (MVVC), headed by Don Shaw, attracted enough players for eight teams in just two years. James plays at MVVC, on a team coached by his father, which won two silver metals earlier this year at tournaments in Southern California. With college in his near future, James is currently contemplating a decision that plagues all seniors. While he has been in contact with UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles,

Pepperdine, University of Southern California and Pennsylvania State, Stanford University possesses the greatest pull. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I intend to end up at Stanford and hope to bring Stanford another national championship,â&#x20AC;? James says. As Jordan continues her career at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and James prepares for college, their father can enjoy the accomplishments of his children that are yet to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud of how they are as both people and players,â&#x20AC;? he concludes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve good team players, and are always solid and consistent.â&#x20AC;?

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Leonard Woollard Leonard Austin Woollard, a resident of Atherton, has died at the age of 90. Born in London England, he immigrated to California in 1957. As a Master Mason, Leonard worked on many building projects in San Francisco including the Palace of Fine Arts, Bank of America Center and Fairmont Hotel Towers. Leonard was always very active dancing, playing tennis and “working out”. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years Ena Rose Woollard. He is survived by his children Brenda, Julie and Michael, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to A Charity for Charities, 412 Arenoso Lane, #304, San Clemente, Ca 92672. PA I D


New plan for housing at VA campus By Alison Myoraku Special to the Almanac


he Department of Veterans Affairs plans to work with a contractor to build new, affordable housing for veterans and other at-risk people at the VA medical center campus off Willow Road in Menlo Park. Over the next couple of weeks, the VA will seek bids from contractors to lease 1.9 acres on the 96-acre campus to build the


housing. The options include affordable and permanent housing for veterans, and assisted living or independent housing for seniors. There may be retail and office space, too. The contractor, which could be a public, private or nonprofit entity, would most likely construct a new facility on the allotted land, said Kerri Childress,

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Grant would help homeless vets Shelter Network, a nonprofit that provides services for homeless people on the Peninsula, has won a federal grant of $753,399 for a new program to help homeless veterans and their families. Much of the support will be provided at Haven Family House in Menlo Park, said Chris Canter of Shelter Network. The grant is part of a $60 million national program by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help 22,000 low-income veterans and their families over the next year. Shelter Network works with the VA to serve homeless veterans at its adult shelter in Redwood City and four family facilities. In addition to food and board, Shelter Network helps with job and housing searches, conducts life-skills workshops, and provides medical and mental health services. Shelter Network also finances support services such as childcare, transportation and rental assistance. Visit asp for more information about the program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

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Lectures and Workshops What You Need To Know About Cholesterol For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Patricia Sitnitsky, M.D., PAMF Internal Medicine Wednesday, August 17, 7 to 8 p.m. 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650-934-7373

What’s On Your Plate? PAMF Healthy Screenings Film Series Panel discussion after film led by Ed Yu, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine Friday, August 26, 7 to 9 p.m. 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650-934-7373 A witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics.

Your Best Face Forward A Conversation with...Lecture Series Presented by Sandy Odenheimer, CFNP, PAMF Dermatology Wednesday, September 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sunnyvale Public Library 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale, 650-934-7373 Come be part of the discussion as we talk about basic skin care for aging skin, over the counter and prescription beauty products, sun protection and tips for keeping your skin looking healthy.

Feeding Your Child Dr. Marvin Small Memorial Parent Workshop Series Presented by Karen Astrachan, R.D., PAMF Nutrition Services Tuesday, September 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-934-7373 Learn how to raise a happy, healthy eater. This is not a nutrition talk. Using Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility and Positive Discipline tools and techniques, you’ll learn how to make mealtime pleasant and establish good eating habits in young children.

Rotator Cuff Injuries Presented by Frank Chen, M.D., PAMF Sports Medicine Tuesday, September 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-853-4873 Join us to learn about the rotator cuff and some of the problems associated with it, ranging from tendonitis to tears. Dr. Chen will discuss the surgical and nonsurgical treatment options available for these various conditions.

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Hetch Hetchy pipeline work in Menlo Park By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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s part of its $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy seismic upgrade project, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission starts work on a section of pipeline passing under Bay Road in Menlo Park this week. The construction, on a strip of land stretching from Marsh Road to Flood Park, may disrupt traffic on week days between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


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Hazardous waste disposal Drop off paint, batteries, pesticides, and other hazardous waste for free on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Menlo Park. Menlo Park residents may bring household hazardous waste. Go to or call 363-4718 to make an appointment and get the address of the drop-off site. City residents can also call 1-800-449-7589 to request pick-up at their home.

Thursday: Downtown specific plan Three down, at least one more to go. The Menlo Park Planning Commission meets Thursday,

Aug. 4, to continue and perhaps finish its review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan. The goal? To send a list of recommended revisions to the proposal to the City Council, which will determine the final shape and vision for the plan. The fiscal impact analysis (FIA) that was supposed to accompany review of the specific plan may finally be available by Aug. 4, adding an extra dimension for the commission to contemplate. The FIA’s release was delayed to give the consultant time to analyze the plan’s impact on school and fire protection districts. Staff will present an overview of the plan at 6 p.m. The commissioners will then begin their review at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. Go to for more information on the plan. A

East Palo Alto police: Outrage over homicides leads to tips By Sue Dremann

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Last June the Board of Supervisors voted to try to reduce the use of pesticides (herbicides are considered a pesticide as the plants they kill are unwanted) by using integrated pest management techniques in all county operations. They cited concerns about water quality and the

Honda who has been fighting herbicide spraying for years, said supervisors Pine and Horsley an Mateo County will stop have been very supportive. “I the broadcast roadside was so grateful for their comspraying of herbicides while ments at the meeting,” she said. it waits to hear from consultants “They are listening to the comabout other ways to control munity and responding to our the weeds that grow along the concerns about our own health county’s roadsides and and the health of our in its parks. water sources.” On July 26, county Ms. Mayall said the Supervisors cite concerns about water supervisors Don Horsnews may be even betquality and the effects on wildlife. ley and Dave Pine, the ter than it appears. two members of the The California DepartBoard of Supervisors’ Envi- effects on wildlife, including ment of Transportation, which ronmental Quality Commit- some endangered species. manages the vegetation along tee, authorized spending up A plan to phase out the use state roads, including Highway to $25,000 to hire consultants, of herbicides and move toward 84 (Woodside/La Honda Road) including a biologist and an mowing only over a period of and Highway 35 (Skyline Bouleexpert in integrated pest man- 10 years was suggested. But resi- vard), has promised that if the agement. The consultants will dents of unincorporated county county stops spraying herbilook at how the county can con- areas where broadcast spraying cides, CalTrans will also stop its trol weeds using as few chemi- takes place protested that 10 spraying program as it has in cals as possible. years was too long too wait. The other places such as Marin Until that report comes back, July 26 action came in response County where herbicide spraythe two supervisors asked that all to those complaints. ing has been phased out, she broadcast spraying be stopped. Patty Mayall, a resident of La said.

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fter decades of adhering to a “no-snitch” culture, East Palo Alto residents are coming forward with tips about recent murders as they never have before, East Palo Alto police are saying. That sea change, prompted in part by the June shooting death of 3-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia, has been crucial to solving murders that have rocked the city since July

13, police Chief Ronald Davis said recently. Within 48 hours, police received several credible tips that led to the identification of three suspects in two killings and a possible connection to a third that occurred July 24, he said. Perhaps most surprisingly, the willingness to come forward is coming from young people, community leaders said. “People are drawing a line in the sand and saying they are not going to tolerate this violence.

Three homicides in a week is crazy. We should be outraged,” Chief Davis said, just days before 19-year-old Kevin Guzman was gunned down outside an East Bayshore Road pizzeria — the fourth homicide in 12 days. Chief Davis all but predicted the renewed violence after a July 6 summit of federal, state, county and local law-enforcement agencies, where he publicly vowed to shut down the Continued on next page


Katieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trifecta: teaching, triathlon, theater By Alison Myoraku Special to the Almanac


or an average person, any one of these activities would be a challenge: teaching a third-grade class through Teach for America, training for the Ironman Triathlon, landing a major role in a musical. But for Menlo Park resident Kate Blodgett, 24, any one of those isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite enough. She juggles all three. Growing up in the area, Ms. Blodgett attended San Mateo High School, where she witnessed the effects of the tracking system, with AP/honors courses and more â&#x20AC;&#x153;mainstreamâ&#x20AC;? classes creating an education gap between students. During her time at the University of Arizona, where she received bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees in musical theater and business, she heard about the organization Teach for America, a nonprofit that encourages promising graduates to teach in low-income communities. For the past two years, she has taught thirdContinued from previous page

entrenched Norteno and Sureno gangs. The first of the four homicides occurred a week later. Nineteenyear-old Menlo Park resident Catherine Fisher was fatally shot as she and two others sat in a car. Police said she was not the intended target. Two East Palo Alto residents, Jabari Banford, 23, and Hugo Chavez, 26, were gunned down July 18 and 19. Then Mr. Guzman was killed and an 18-yearold was wounded on July 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How I feel about these recent deaths is certainly disgust,â&#x20AC;? East Palo Alto resident Whitney Genevro, 23, said in an email to the Palo Alto Weekly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot understand these killersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds, and how they must not have any love inside of them. I know anger is a strong emotion, but it should never be an emotion that drives the uncontrollable desire to kill a human being. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope others are willing to break their code of silence because they might have infor-

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Katie Blodgett in character as Niki Harris, the murder suspect in the musical comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curtainsâ&#x20AC;? at Foothill College. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with an enamored Ryan Drummond as Lt. Frank Cioffi.

graders in East Palo Alto. Calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most lifechanging experiences for me,â&#x20AC;? she says she is sure â&#x20AC;&#x153;it will affect the way I view education from now on.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Blodgettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training for the mation to bring justice to these murders, and we need more people to stand up and do what is right. At my age, we have a great influence on the younger children and teens. If we are good role models, who knows the types of crimes and mishaps that can be avoided?â&#x20AC;? she said. Near the spot on East Bayshore Road where Mr. Guzman

Ironman Triathlon stems from N PEO P L E another personal experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was in col- describes the process as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;menlege,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so I wanted to tal challenge, where the mind has be supportive and at least raise to push the limits of the body.â&#x20AC;? awareness of the situation.â&#x20AC;? Still, Ms. Blodgett pushes herShe joined the Team in Train- self farther with her lifetime ing for the involvement in Leukemia and theater, and her Ly mphoma When she was growing current show, the Society, and up, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;everybody musical comedy participated whodunit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curin an event in my family was involved tains,â&#x20AC;? playing at in Arizona. in the arts in some way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Foothill College Now, in 2011, through Aug. 14 she maintains When she was her connection to the group growing up, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everybody and is training for the Ironman in my family was involved in the Triathlon, to be held Aug. 28 in arts in some way. I just thought Louisville, Kentucky. For this that singing, and dancing, and event, she has raised $7,922, and performing was the norm.â&#x20AC;? counting. She started in theater at age â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been intense, and really 7, and went on to perform at crazy,â&#x20AC;? she says of the training Broadway by the Bay, with her experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We train six days debut in the romantic musical, a week, anywhere from two to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet Me in St. Louis.â&#x20AC;? Her twin nine hours a day.â&#x20AC;? sister, with whom she shared Although the training can take many artistic experiences, is now a physical toll, what with run- a professional ballet dancer. ning, biking, and swimming, she Ms. Blodgett welcomes the was killed, two young men discussed the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homicides, including the June 5 death of the infant, Izack. It was a turning point, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The killing of a 3-month-old baby â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too much,â&#x20AC;? one of the young men, who asked to remain anonymous, said. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faith leaders said

challenge of stepping into character as Niki Harris, the murder suspect in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curtains.â&#x20AC;? She normally takes the roles of â&#x20AC;&#x153;outlandish, crazy characters,â&#x20AC;? she says, and she finds Niki Harris to be the most like herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theater has been the most formative experience,â&#x20AC;? says Ms. Blodgett, when asked which activity has been most rewarding. When she was in high school, theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;taught me inner personal skills and time management abilities. When I got out of school at 3 p.m., then went to dance practice until 6 p.m., and then had rehearsals from 7 to 10 p.m., if I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage it right, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it all.â&#x20AC;? Although participating in all of these events can be draining, Ms. Blodgett describes herself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;someone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy away from challenging things.â&#x20AC;? A

Visit for more information on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curtainsâ&#x20AC;? and tickets ($13-$26). The play runs through Aug. 14 at Foothill College.

the turn-around goes against decades of ingrained fear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now there are a whole lot more people saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Enough is enough,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said the Rev. Paul Bains, pastor of St. Samuel Church of God in Christ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my years of being in the community since 1961, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like it was in the past, where people said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be involved.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The

stop-snitching culture has taken a turn. Tips from the community led to the identification of three suspects in the Fisher and Chavez homicides: Christian Fuentes, 20, Jaime Cardenas, 19, and Fidel Silva, 24, all of East Palo Alto. Mr. Fuentes was arrested recently for violating parole, police said. A

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Brandishing report: Someone brandished a rifle, Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway, July 28. Stolen vehicle reports: ■ Black 2006 GMC Yukon, Paulson Circle, July 24. ■ Tan 2007 Lexus SUV, Seminary Drive, July 22. Indecent exposure report: University Drive and Roble Ave., about 10 p.m. on July 22. Child Protective Service report: 700 block of Hamilton Ave., July 22. Spousal abuse report: Sharon Road, July 23. WOODSIDE Fraud report: Loss of $850 in online fraud case, Manzanita Way, July 22. PORTOLA VALLEY Fraud report: Unauthorized use of victim’s name to open new bank account, Meadowood Drive, July 22.



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Is third time a charm for Stanford trail?


t is rare when a town or county refuses a $10 million offer to build a bike/pedestrian trail, but that has happened on a project proposed for a busy stretch of Alpine Road between Sand Hill Road and Portola Valley. The trail offer began as part of a Stanford agreement with Santa Clara County to build two trails near the northern and southern boundaries of Stanford property in return for a general use permit to develop 5 million square feet of space ED ITORI AL on the Stanford campus. To The opinion of The Almanac settle a dispute about where the trails would be built, Stanford offered $8 million to San Mateo County to build a trail on Alpine Road. Stanford recently completed a trail south of Page Mill Road. Now, after accruing interest for several years, the $8 million has grown to more than $10 million, but the offer to build the trail expires at the end of this year. San Mateo County supervisors, who oversee the road, have turned the money down twice at the request of residents of Stanford Weekend Acres, a group of homeowners on Alpine Road who say they already have trouble getting into and out of their neighborhood and would have more problems if they had to cross a much wider trail as Stanford proposed a few years ago. The trail idea came back to the supervisors last week, and despite the prior controversy, might have a chance of approval depending on a survey of residents who live nearby. With two new supervisors, the prospect of the trail gaining enough votes has improved, in part because conditions have changed. While some residents who testified before the board last week remain adamantly opposed, others believe the current

bike path is dangerous and should be repaired. In their opinion, the county needs to at least take a final look at improving the trail near their homes before turning down $10 million. “If the county doesn’t use the Stanford money to repair the trail, it will have to spend its own money to repair it,” said Noel Hirst, who said she used to ride her bike in the area but stopped due to the trail’s safety problems. Early versions of the trail upgrade were elaborate and included cutting into a hillside on southbound Alpine to make enough room for an up to 12-foot-wide trail for bikes and pedestrians. And despite lengthy negotiations to make it acceptable to residents of Stanford Weekend Acres, talks broke down. This time around, however, another scenario has surfaced that might allow San Mateo County to design a trail that would be more amenable to neighbors and still greatly improve safety along Alpine Road. This could happen due to the stipulation that requires the county to use the money by year’s end or give it to Santa Clara County for recreational use. Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss, whose representative attended the July 26 meeting, said she will attempt to get her colleagues to endorse a plan that would place the $10 million in a regional recreation fund that would cover both counties. Such a fund would give San Mateo County the opportunity to apply for funding to improve the bike/pedestrian trail according to its own specifications, hopefully with a design much more acceptable to the neighbors at Stanford Weekend Acres. If such a deal can be arranged, it could improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along this busy corridor without creating any more roadblocks for residents. In this case, a less elaborate trail is the best solution. It would cost less money and still be able to link up with Portola Valley’s trail, which will make the entire section much safer for everyone.

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Keeping Atherton’s trash bins in their place Editor: I am delighted that the Atherton Town Council has passed an ordinance regarding trash bins. I cannot tell you how many times I have lodged a complaint against neighbors who roll their bins out four days before collection and leave them out a day or two afterward. Yes, it’s a shame that it came to this, but when repeated polite requests are ignored, the town needs to do more than just send out a “pretty please” letter. We are not talking about households that will be away from home on the collection day and need to put the bins out a few days early and/or retrieve them a few days late; we are talking about the habitual offenders who seem to think that the curbside is a

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Our Regional Heritage This service station was a fixture on El Camino Real in 1940, soon after the state widened the two-lane gravel road to four lanes. The project pushed back many buildings on the west side of the street but the Menlo Theater, later called the Guild, was too substantial to be moved, so its spacious lobby was sliced away by workers to accommodate the highway.


Republican takes on debt-ceiling issue By Nancy H. Lemer

come first before any other spending. In late 1996, there was he July 20 Guest Opinion a three-week period when some piece by Rep. Anna Eshoo, of the government shut down a Democrat, requires a following a similar battle over fair and balanced response. the debt ceiling. There The title of her essay clearly was no default. shows the sanctimonious President Clinpedestal on which Demton used the revenues ocrats place themselves. that were coming in to Always â&#x20AC;&#x153;above the probpay the interest on the lemâ&#x20AC;? while never realizing debt. Now, President they are the problem. Obama claims that he GUEST First, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get some facts doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if there straight. Rep. Eshoo and OPINION is money to send out the Democrat leadership Social Security checks declare that if the debt on Aug. 3. In truth, he ceiling is not raised there will be knows very well that enough economic catastrophe including money will be available, not only government default and failure to pay the interest on debt, but of government payouts to senior also to cover all Social Security, citizens, among others. These are Medicare, Medicaid, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all lies. health insurance, defense, federal In the past 40 years, Congress law enforcement and immigraand the president have failed to tion, all veterans benefits and agree on a debt ceiling increase response to natural disasters. nine times, yet there was no Terrifying older people may default. The truth is the 14th make good politics but it is Amendment to the Constitu- unconscionable. tion requires that debt payments It is interesting to note that


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good place to store their bins. It is an eyesore and the problem is exacerbated because most households have at least three, if not more, bins lined up along the road. Linda Ericson Patricia Drive, Atherton

Planning panel ignores dissent; referendum next? Editor: I attended last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning Commission discussion about the proposed downtown plan, which will build on some of the downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open parking plazas and add an additional 400,000 square feet of commercial space. Although I had not planned to speak, I decided to do so at the last minute and first shared the fact that I live in unincorporated Menlo Park, about equidistant from Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto. As I told the commission that Menlo Park is my shopping destination of choice because of its convenient parking, small-town charm and vibrant farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market, I noticed that the commission members seemed distracted: looking at their watches, coffee, drinks, but not at me. I said that inconvenient parking and higher-density zoning will change our small-townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique character and questioned why such a monumental change is to be decided by a small commission and city council and not the voting citizens of Menlo Park whose lives

will be affected. Dissenting speakers after me appeared similarly ignored. Time limits seemed all that mattered to this commission that held this meeting as a matter of protocol. I regretted not mentioning to the commission their very obvious dismissal of dissenting opinions. Most of the speakers did not agree with the plan. The Menlo Park Planning Commission and City Council will change our town forever unless we put the plan to a vote this November. I will do whatever I can to help make this matter a ballot referendum. Richard Singer 15th Avenue, Menlo Park

Correction on Regional Heritage photo Editor: I would like to make a small correction to the eighth-grade graduation photograph printed in the Almanac several weeks ago. The date was 1957, not 1959. The school was Portola Valley School; Corte Madera had not yet been built. The student I recognize and remember well, the young man in the last row, wearing a dark suit, white carnation and handkerchief in pocket is my son Mike Rose. Mike came to stay with me for eighth grade, and I proudly handed him his diploma. School board member Bob Paul handed out the other diplomas and saved Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for me. It was pleasant surprise for us. Those were wonderful years! Tony Rose Old La Honda Road, Woodside

in March 2006, a similar debt limit debate raged in Washington. As the then junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama expressed his view on raising the debt $781 billion to a new record of $8.965 trillion. He is quoted as saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that we are debating raising Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Increasingly, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the buck stops here. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Instead, Washington is shifting

the burden of bad choices today to the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. America deserves better!â&#x20AC;? Today, President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program includes a 28 percent spending hike since 2008 and more than $3 trillion in deficits plus a proposed budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade. Never once has he publicly proposed a single structural change to any entitlement. It is time for President Obama, his administration and the Dem-

ocratic politicians to stop scaring people and start cutting government spending as he promised during the 2008 campaign. Heeding fiscally sound Republican proposals, like HR 2560 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cut, Cap & Balance,â&#x20AC;? which passed the House but failed in the Democrat-led Senate, would have been an excellent start. Nancy H. Lemer is past-president of the Peninsula Republican Women. She lives in Atherton. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: This article was written July 25 and edited July 29, before a possible resolution of the debt ceiling problem.


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