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Six arrested after exchange of gunfire with Menlo Park police Six people were arrested Sunday after an exchange of gunfire with Menlo Park police in front of a house in the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue, east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park. No officers were injured. One suspect received minor injuries and was treated at Stanford Hospital and released, said police spokesperson Nicole Acker. Four people were booked into San Mateo County jail for parole violations. They are Fredrick Tippons, 31; Luis Mariscal, 26; Raymond Bradford, 25, all of East Palo Alto, and Breen Hawkins, 19, of San Mateo. Edward Lewis, 30, of East Palo

Alto was booked for possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. In addition to a gun that was recovered immediately, four more weapons — two handguns and two rifles — were found in a subsequent search of the crime scene, police said. The incident began when police received a call at 1:16 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, that several people were in front of the house in the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue, including a man with a gun. When police arrived, they found five to six people who matched the descriptions pro-

vided by the caller. Shots were fired at the officers, one officer returned fire, and the people fled, Ms. Acker said. Two people were immediately arrested, and a gun was recovered. Officers set up a perimeter and called for backup. SWAT teams from Menlo Park, Redwood City and San Mateo County responded, as did the California Highway Patrol. They helped conduct yard searches, and four more suspects were arrested. Police ask that any witnesses call the police department at (650) 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at (650) 330-6395.


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Former coach suspected in campus thefts By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


former Menlo School assistant coach, who had chased down and captured a suspect in other campus thefts, is now himself the subject of an investigation connecting him to the theft of computers from students at the school, according to the Atherton Police Department. A report to the Atherton City Council says that on Nov. 16, Michael Taylor, a coach at Menlo, voluntarily came in to the Atherton Police Department and during an interview “confessed to Detective (Jason) Yoakum that he stole two Apple iPads from Menlo School students, while on campus.” The two iPads were later found in a search of Mr. Taylor’s San Leandro apartment, the report says. “Mr. Taylor was not arrested,” said Atherton Sgt. Sherman Hall. “He co-operated with the investigation after being confronted with the allegations. The case was submitted to the San

Mateo County District Attorney for prosecution.” When contacted, Mr. Taylor said he was surprised the Atherton police have released his name. “I haven’t been arrested,” he said. “I’m not a bad guy.” However, he said, the Atherton police had told him not to talk about the case. “I’m not allowed to tell the full story yet,” he said. “Whatever I say can be used either for or against me,” if the matter ends up in court, he said. Mr. Taylor was hired as an assistant coach by Menlo School six years ago, but is no longer working for the school, according to Jeanne Honig, Menlo School’s human resources director. School officials declined to provide additional comment. An article dated Nov. 10 on Menlo School’s website describes how Mr. Taylor and a student helped catch two Menlo College students who were later arrested on suspicion of stealing backpacks on the Menlo School campus. That article details how Mr. Taylor and the student saw the two suspected thieves take the backpacks, and followed and confronted them.

Mr. Taylor said he chased one of the suspects down. “I followed him up the stairs and caught him on the second flight of stairs. Then I dragged him back out to the security guard, and Atherton [Police] was there waiting for him,” the article quotes Mr. Taylor as saying. “Taylor’s involvement in apprehending the Menlo College suspects was certainly an interesting aspect of our investigation,” Sgt. Hall said. “We have no indication he acted in conjunction with the other arrested parties.” In the Nov. 1 incident, Raphael Daniel Bettan and Ryan Goodman, both 18, were arrested on suspicion of grand theft. Two iPads and other electronic items believed to have been stolen were later found in the college students’ dormitory, according to Sgt. Hall. Sgt. Hall said “there is still some unrecovered stolen property,” from the recent reports of theft at Menlo School, however, “we are not pursuing any active leads at this time.” A

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Blessed to give Jenn Holden of Woodside knows about hunger, and what to do about it

By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


t’s a little after 10 on Friday morning when the little white truck with the words on its side, “Angel Food — Good Deeds Delivered,” pulls up to Hoover School in Redwood City. Before Jenn Holden of Woodside — who everyone describes as Angel Food’s angel — has finished parking, a group of women appear to unload the food crammed into every nook and cranny of the former Moffett Field utility vehicle. They pull out fresh fruit and vegetables, cereal, butter, yogurt, milk and cheese, bread, beans, crackers, soup, canned goods, rice, tortillas, eggs, cooking oil, lunch meat and more. Inside the Hoover Family Center, the contents of the tiny truck seem to expand to fill an entire room. Accompanied by Spanish Christmas music, the women quickly divide large packages of food into smaller ones, and start filling bags with food for 15 families. The food is designed to help the families get through the weekend, when the free school meals their children usually rely on are not available.

In the meantime, John Holden arrives in the Hoover parking lot to pick up 20 bagged lunches his wife put together that morning in the Redwood City commercial kitchen of Encore Catering, where she rents space. The bags go to the East Palo Alto Academy, a charter public high school in Menlo Park, to supplement the students’ weekend food. The bags are discreetly handed out by coaches and teachers. Tanuja Bali, from Los Altos, is also in the Hoover parking lot, her car loaded with homebaked goodies and whole-wheat sandwiches she has prepared. They will go into the bag lunches and into food bags Ms. Holden hands out to homeless people, plus serve as dessert for the communal Saturday lunch Angel Food provides for a group at the Riekes Center in Menlo Park. Angel Food is only three months old, but it is something Jenn Holden has spent decades preparing for. Born in San Francisco, and living on the Midpeninsula since 1982, she knows about food from working in local restaurants including Nina’s Cafe, the Skywood Chateau and Iberia. She spent three years as manager at

Supes reject Stanford’s $10.4 million trail offer By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


he vote was not unanimous as in 2006 and 2010, but the outcome was the same: the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors rejected, on a vote of 3-2, an inflationadjusted offer of $10.4 million from Stanford University to upgrade a deteriorating asphalt path along Alpine Road into a two-way multi-use trail from Portola Valley into Menlo Park and the university. The decision by supervisors Adrienne Tissier and Rose Jacobs Gibson and board President Carole Groom was welcome to a large majority of residents in Stanford Weekend Acres, which sits along a maddeningly com-

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Jenn Holden is embraced by Maria, while Maria’s son Kevin, right, helps decorate lunch boxes.

Bucks restaurant in Woodside, where owner Jamis MacNiven introduced her to her husband, John. She also knows those who need food, from working as assistant manager of a Redwood City homeless shelter (a job she says she got after writing about “my days as a homeless runaway at 15”), as a food program manager for Samaritan House serving more than 300 meals a day, and as a case manager at Urban Ministry in Palo Alto.

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see a real need here at home, and right down the road.” The food she provides “is given discreetly and with dignity,” she says. At Hoover, the 15 families in the program call it “Bolsitas de Amor” or bags of love. Ms. Holden worked out the program with the families and Jana Kiser, Hoover’s community school coordinator. Each family takes part for only four months, See ANGEL, page 8

Manager back in town, but how long? By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

plicated and heavily traveled mile and a half of public rightof-way. Supervisors Dave Pine and Don Horsley, who voted to accept the offer to study various trail designs with the option to build one at Stanford’s expense, had support from many residents in Ladera. The right-ofway past Ladera is smooth, flat and wide by comparison. The board faced a Dec. 31 deadline, after which Stanford’s offer expires. University spokesman Larry Horton, when questioned on the school’s motives for funding a trail in a neighboring county, has always cited an agreement with Santa Clara

“I knew hunger and neglect when I was young,” she says, “and people’s shame in admitting to being hungry resonates with me.” In India, she helped women set up a small business embroidering jeans and, most recently, she and John spent parts of the past four years in Guatemala working in hospitals and cooking for locals. “I have seen people hungry and tried to help in India and Guatemala,” she says. “Now I


ohn Danielson, Atherton’s interim city manager since Jan. 3, is back in town and partially back on the job after suffering a medical emergency while out of the state in midNovember. But Interim Police Chief Ed Flint is still the town’s acting city manager, and Mr. Danielson’s future in Town Hall is uncertain. Mr. Danielson’s contract is set to expire Jan. 2, and no permanent manager is in sight. But because he receives retirement benefits from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Mr. Danielson is legally prohibited from working for a single employer for more than


one year — and even during that year, the permitted number of work hours is limited. The City Council is set to appeal to CalPERS for an extension to allow Mr. Danielson to work up to 960 more hours over the course of the next 12 months, if necessary. A draft letter to CalPERS that the council will be asked to approve at its Dec. 21 meeting says that the extension is needed to allow Mr. Danielson to finish “a reformation of the Town’s operations in a way that will hopefully lead us from the brink of financial catastrophe.” It adds: “It would be a substantial blow to this work in progress if he were forced

to leave at the present time.” In addition to helping the town find a permanent manager, Mr. Danielson is needed to fill staff positions now held by interim employees, including those of police chief, public works director, and finance director, the letter argues. The letter also cites Mr. Danielson’s “serious medical problem that required surgical intervention in November, cutting short his availability to perform his important duties as outlined above for much of the final two months of this year.” Mayor Jim Dobbie told the Almanac that Mr. Danielson, who is paid $15,000 per month without benefits from the Continued on next page

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espite pleas from neighbors to put a binding limit on the number of students that could be allowed at the site, the board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District voted Dec. 14 to begin the process of leasing the school site in Ladera without such a limit. “We do need to maintain some flexibility in case we have financial problems down the road,” said Maria Doktorczyk, who was elected board president by her fellow board members at the beginning of the meeting. “We may need to increase the number of students at the school.” The district has promised to put a limit of 325 students, which is the number allowed by the conditional use permit now governing the site, into the lease and into the marketing documents seeking bidders for the site. The lease, the terms of which will be negotiated with the top bidder, would be for 25 years with an extension for up to 25 more years, but could be renegotiated at any time. If the 325 number had been put in the resolution, the district could have a hard time changing it, they were told by their attorney, Eugene Whitlock, at the meeting. The limit on students is important to the neighborhood and to the district for two very different reasons. The neighbors say limiting students is they only way they can control traffic on the steep, winding streets in their neighborhood, which has only two streets that go in and out. However, the district could lease the site out for more money to a school that was

able to charge tuition to more students. The vote to adopt a resolution beginning the lease process was unanimous, with board members expressing a similar desire to retain flexibility for the district. “There’s a huge amount of uncertainty in the future. The way you deal with that is flexibility,” said board member Jay Siegal. “We need a resolution that has flexibility in it to deal with 50 years in the future.” But speakers from Ladera, and from Woodland School, which has leased the site from the district for the past 30 years, said they wanted stability and certainty, not flexibility. “I would like to be protected against uncertainty,” said Lysanna Anderson, a Ladera resident and a parent at Woodland School. Others said that traffic from the current school is already too much. Mary Driscoll, who said she lives “directly next door to the school,” said “the traffic is deplorable.” Unless students get to school using something other than private cars, “I can’t imagine more students than what is already there,” she said. The school has been leased to Woodland School, a private school for students in prekindergarten to eighth grade, for more than 30 years. The school site was purchased by the district in 1952 and used by the district until Ladera School closed in 1979. Woodland, which has 275 students, now pays $650,000 a year for the site. The lease originally expired in July, but the district has extended it

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town, did not receive his salary during his medical leave. At the end of December, Mr. Danielson is expected to submit an invoice for a reduced work schedule for the month, according to Theresa DellaSanta, the town’s deputy city clerk. Meanwhile, Mr. Danielson has been in contact with acting manager Flint every day since returning to town, although he has not returned to Town Hall, Ms. DellaSanta said. During his nearly one-year tenure, Mr. Danielson has struggled to carry out a key

imperative he was charged with when hired: Resolve the town’s structural budgetary deficit, estimated to be some $856,000. With the council’s support, he orchestrated the outsourcing of the public works and building departments, which entailed the layoffs of 13 of the town’s 16 general employees. He also has sought to negotiate new compensation agreements with police department employees that would contain skyrocketing costs — an effort that is currently under way and is cited in the letter to CalPERS as another argument to allow Mr. Danielson to continue his work with the town.


Didi Fisher leads effort to vote on new library By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


ormer council member Didi Fisher is leading an effort to put a measure on the ballot asking Atherton voters whether to build a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Ms. Fisher said the backers of this effort hope to get enough signatures to put the question to voters as soon as possible in a special election. She said she has talked to an attorney who will help craft the wording of a petition that Atherton residents will be asked to sign to get the measure on the ballot. On Dec. 12, Ms. Fisher sent an email to Atherton residents asking them to help pay the attorney. “It’s an opportunity to help end the controversy in town and give people the option to weigh in on whether they want the library in the park or not,” she said. But others in town are not so sure about that. Kathy McKeithan, a City Council member who was part of the committee that came up with the recommendation to put the new library in the park, said the move to put the issue on the ballot has come at a very bad time. “My initial feeling is it’s an incredibly sad day for Atherton,” she said. The town has just begun the process of an environmental impact report on the library project and was planning to get all residents involved, she said, including door-to-door visits with every resident in town to get their views on the project. “All of that is a very detailed, very intensive public input process,” she said. “To have a referendum which short-circuits that process is a terrible, terrible thing for the town.” According to the state elections code, to get the measure on a special election ballot, petitions with signatures of 15 percent of the town’s 4,850 registered voters — or at least 728 voters — is required. If only 10 percent of registered voters signatures are gathered, or 485, LADERA continued from page 6

twice, through July 2013. The ultimate control on the number of students on the site actually lies with San Mateo County, which requires a use


the matter can be put off until the next state-wide election. The issue of where to site the library has split the town. On Oct. 19, the City Council decided by a 3-2 vote to choose town-owned Holbrook-Palmer Park as the “preferred site” for a new library. Since then residents, and council members Elizabeth Lewis and Jerry Carlson, who were on the losing end of the library location vote, have tried to get the council to agree to survey the town’s residents about the library location or to

‘If the majority says they want it in the park, then great, we’ll go ahead.’ DIDI FISHER

prepare a master plan for all the town’s public buildings before deciding where the library should go. The council turned down both those requests, again on split votes. Ms. Fisher said once the attorney is on board, he will help craft the wording of the ballot measure. It will go to the town, which will return it with an approved title and then signatures can be gathered. “That’s why we’re hiring an attorney, to make sure it works,” she said

Once the signatures are gathered, the City Council must decide to approve the measure or put it on the ballot. The town will have to pay the costs of an election. San Mateo County Elections Manager David Tom said putting the matter on the June primary ballot would cost the town about $12,000. But a special election would cost much more because the town would not be sharing the costs with anyone else. It could cost up to $41,000, he said. Mr. Tom also said that state rules would probably not allow a mail-in-only ballot. “I’m not happy about” the cost, Ms. Fisher said. “But there’s no other choice right now. If the council really wanted to avoid that (cost), they could have done a cheaper survey to get the same results.” While a special election will cost the town more, she favors it because “waiting for a June election stretches this out too far,” she said. “The longer we carry this thing out, the further down the road we get ... the longer the controversy continues. “If the majority says they want it in the park, then great, we’ll go ahead,” she said. Ms. McKeithan said she worries an election would only cause a further rift in the town. “A referendum that will undoubtedly cost the town is a terrible mistake not only from a monetary standpoint,” she said. “It is also a very divisive mechanism for the town. “I think it has far less to do with the building of a library than it has to do with politics.” A

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The United States Department of Energy/SLAC Site Office COMMENT PERIOD ANNOUNCEMENT A draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Phase II facilities at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is now available for public review and comment from the U.S. Department of Energy SLAC Site Office. The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment. Written comments should be postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on January 17, 2011, and include a return name and mailing address. Comments should be mailed to Dave Osugi, National Environmental Policy Act Document Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, SLAC Site Office, 2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 8A, Menlo Park, CA 94720 or sent via e-mail to Copies of the draft Environmental Assessment are available for public review on the web at ep/epg/nepa.htm, and at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. A copy of the draft Environmental Assessment may be obtained by contacting Dave Osugi by email at Dave.Osugi@ or by phone at (650) 926-3305.

Atherton council has lots on its plate Whether the town should resume booking events in Holbrook-Palmer Park is among the items on the agenda when Atherton’s City Council meets Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton. The council will also discuss some of the details of the plan for a new library in the park, including the footprint of the proposed building, the reuse of the existing library building, and changes in the master

permit for the site because it is zoned residential. Public schools do not require use permits, but private schools do. Woodland’s use permit has expired and the school district has asked permission to apply for a new permit in its name, not Woodland’s. District

plan for the park. Also on the agenda: Whether the town’s Environmental Programs Committee should be disbanded; extending the contract of Interim City Manager John Danielson; a contract with interim finance director Debra Auker, who was hired Dec. 9 and will be paid $112 per hour; the selection of a new mayor and vice mayor; and final approval of new garbage and recycling rates. — Barbara Wood

Superintendent Eric Hartwig says the district will ask for a permit “identical to the current one so that Woodland or a new tenant would operate under the existing conditions.” The district will receive bids on the property in late March 2012.


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Supes reject trail offer TRAIL continued from page 5

County obligating Stanford to build an east-west recreational trail. Stanford has refused to do this on its own open space. The board chamber, which seats 115, was half empty when the supervisors voted but had been standing room only when the discussion started. Ms. Groom noted requests to speak from 60 people, a turnout similar to a November meeting. “Incredible relief is what I feel. It was anybody’s guess as to the outcome,” said environmental activist, Stanford opponent and Ladera resident Lennie Roberts in the hallway outside the chambers. “It’s over,” Mr. Horton said. “The board has acted. We accept that with good faith.” “I’m amazed it was that close,” Weekend Acres resident Walter Nelson said. He credited research that showed extreme danger in building a multiuse trail next to a busy road, research he expected to be ignored. P.J. Utz, a Ladera resident and ardent advocate of upgrading the path, commented via email: “The Supervisors have spoken,” he said. Why the rejection?

Ms. Tissier and Ms. Jacobs Gibson said they disliked how six trail options became just three with any hope of being built: ■ Move Alpine Road north, making room on the road’s south side as it passed Weekend Acres. ■ Leave Alpine Road alone and fix the south side despite the complications along Weekend Acres. ■ Cross Alpine Road ahead of Weekend Acres, continue on the north side to avoid the complications, then re-cross past Weekend Acres. All three trails would have run next to an arterial road choked with commute traffic twice a day. The supervisors had added a more inviting idea: crossing and re-crossing Alpine as just described, but running the trail in open space on the north side.

But the kibosh is that it would have passed over land controlled by the SLAC National Linear Accelerator and the Department of Energy, who were seen as unlikely to agree to that. Ms. Groom suggested more traditional ways of addressing the problems. ■ Repair the cracks and bumps to make the path useful to pedestrians. ■ Seek grants and help from San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Board to address the eroding creek bank. ■ Revisit a regional trails program, funded in part with Stanford’s millions that now go to Santa Clara County. ■ Direct cyclists to Alpine Road’s bike lanes. Supervisor Horsley, supporting Stanford’s offer, cited the widely held view that the path is unsafe and that the creek bank needs attention. Even if Stanford had ulterior motives, Mr. Horsley said he was confident that San Mateo County would not be outsmarted. “I feel like we have to do something,” he said. Supervisor Pine said he was acting in the public interest, broadly defined. “Stanford is offering us $10 million. We don’t have $10 million to work on this corridor. We just don’t.” A trail on Stanford land is not going to happen, he added. A four-foot trail?

Much of the right-of-way near Weekend Acres could accommodate a common 4-foot-wide sidewalk. Stanford’s agreement proposed an 8-foot-wide Class 1 trail, but width was an open question. Mr. Pine broached the 4-foot idea on Dec. 13, a late date. In an interview, he said it could have been Option 7. A sidewalk between Portola Valley and Menlo Park could accommodate pedestrians, follow the existing path and acquire a sidewalk culture — prohibitive to bikes. And it was probably the only idea with any chance of support in Weekend Acres, Mr. Pine said. “If that had been listed (as an option), would there have been three votes for it? I don’t know,” he said. A

New ceramics studio at Little House The new ceramics studio at Little House is offering a range of arts and crafts classes, which are open to the public. Ceramics for Fun is held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. There is also an evening session

from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $75 a month. Little House is located at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park. For more information or to register for classes, call Julie Scales, Little House program manager, at 326-2025, ext. 229.

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before letting other families on a waiting list participate. “The idea is that it’s a leg up for four months,” Ms. Kiser says. The families also “give” of themselves. “We look at it as mutual service,” Ms. Kiser says. Once a month, Ms. Holden and the team of families cook together in the rented industrial kitchen space and share the end result with others who could use food. The group recently made more than 17 gallons of chicken soup that was shared with the Maple Street homeless shelter, neighbors and friends. They have also committed to attend classes on family budgeting, take on leadership activities, and get others involved in Hoover by bringing four new people to a class or an event there. Hoover School has more than 900 students with 90 percent classified as English language learners and 90 percent whose family income qualifies them for free or reduced prices lunches, Ms. Kiser says. “It’s always an incredibly united, resilient community,” she says. Ms. Holden has been using the NextDoorWoodside website to let her neighbors know about Angel Food’s needs, but the Holdens have been spending close to $500 a week to pay the expenses. She is still exploring the final shape of the program. “I’m really in the discovery process of finding out who needs food,” she says. “I realize there are other agencies that provide free food, so I am not trying to reinvent the meal.” Instead, she is trying to develop relationships so she can

Lending a hand Want to help? Here are some ways: ■ Sponsor an Angel Food expense, once or every month. ■ Fill the crockpot for Saturday lunch at Riekes Center or buy a Friday Heart-T food bag for a local high school student ($40 a month). ■ Pay the rent for the commercial kitchen ($100 a month). ■ Pay for a weekly bag of groceries for a family of four ($100 a month). ■ Donate food items in quantities to feed 15 families. ■ Give gas cards. ■ Volunteer to make sandwiches, pack lunch bags, buy groceries or make pickups or deliveries. is the email address to get a list of current needs or to find out how to donate through PayPal. The Angel Food truck is usually parked at Roberts Market, 3015 Woodside Road in Woodside, on Thursday afternoons, from 4 to 5 p.m., for donation dropoffs. The mailing address is: 232 Highland Terrace, Woodside, CA 94062.

find people who for whatever reason — immigration status, illness, lack of transportation, pride — are not using existing resources. Those Ms. Holden is working with cannot say enough about her. “She is just a model of kindness and compassion and empathy and also respect,” says

Ms. Kiser at the Hoover Family Center. At Riekes Center, Gary Riekes is equally wowed. “She’s truly an angel,” he says. The food she brings, which the volunteers prepare as a group, brings together a diverse group in a common activity. “Everybody eats,” he says. A

Kids can ride, fly planes for free Kids between the ages of 8 and 17 can get free rides in small private planes the third Saturday of the month at the San Carlos Airport. The flights are provided by the Young Eagles program, organized by pilots who want to give kids the opportunity to fly in two- or four-seat planes, such as Cessnas and Pipers. Kids in the front right seat get to take the controls under the pilots supervision, says local Young Eagles spokesperson Michael Mainiero. To take a flight, kids should come to the San Carlos Airport

terminal building at 620 Airport Drive in San Carlos, adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month, when flights will be offered, weather permitting. Arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The kids need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian’s signature. Flights are between 20 and 30 minutes around the Bay Area. Kids see the Bay, Crystal Springs Reservoir, and maybe even their homes, Mr. Mainiero said. Visit for more information.


Postal Service to move out of main Menlo office ■ Bohannon Drive building will be sold. By Sandy Brundage and Gennady Sheyner Almanac Staff Writer


he U.S. Postal Service plans to move out of its main Menlo Park post office at 3875 Bohannon Drive as part of a nationwide effort to cut costs. The Postal Service will shift about 50 Menlo Park carriers to Palo Alto in a restructuring

on the Peninsula that includes selling a historic four-story building at 100 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto, according to Postal Service spokesman James Wigdel, who said the Bohannon Drive building in Menlo Park will also be sold. The plan is to move operations, not close them, he said, noting that the relocation can take up to six months. “All the

employees, all the P.O. boxes and services will remain the same,” Mr. Wigdel added. He said the carriers will pick up the mail in Palo Alto and then deliver to Menlo Park as usual. According to the spokesman, the Postal Service plans to open a replacement office in Menlo Park that “will be substantially smaller. Right now, the Menlo Park Main Post Office is about 25,000 square feet and we will be looking for a space that is about 3,000 square feet,” he said. Menlo Park has two other post offices, at 655 Oak Grove Ave. and at 2120 Avy Ave. A

French-fry fire damages Menlo Park home By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


ooking French fries in an open pan led to a onealarm fire Dec. 13 at a Menlo Park home near MenloAtherton High School. At about 5:30 a.m., crews responded to a report of fire at 390 Ringwood Ave., where arriving firefighters found flames burning through several spots on the roof, Menlo Park Division Chief Frank Fraone said. “The attic was on fire, from one end of the home to the other,” he said.” Neighbor Don Wallace said the sirens woke him from a deep sleep. “You’re lying in bed expecting them to go on by, but they came to a stop very near our house and I thought I should get up and see what it is.” He spotted a fleet of emergency vehicles, including a

police car that blocked off traffic from Middlefield Road. By the time the homeowner realized the building was on fire, the blaze had already disabled the phone lines and electricity, Chief Fraone said. The resident, who had been the only person inside, escaped safely and used a passerby’s cell phone to report the fire. Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to control the fire. No one was injured. “Because of the amount of fire, it was difficult to extinguish,” Chief Fraone said. Mr. Wallace rode a bike down the street on Tuesday afternoon to see what shape the house was in. He said the structure looked OK, but that portions near the garage were boarded up as maintenance workers cleaned up after the fire.

Fire Marshal Geoffrey Aus said investigators determined the cooking fire was accidental. Investigators believe the blaze was sparked by an earlier grease fire that may have gotten into the vent above the stove. Chief Fraone reminded homeowners to clean house before the holidays are in full swing. “It’s that time of year to have your chimneys cleaned and your vent pipes cleaned,” he said. “The buildup of creosote in the fireplace, the buildup of grease in the stove vent and the buildup of lint in the dryer vent all need to be cleaned out.” A

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Service for church leader Hattie Bostic By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


memorial and service for Elder Hattie L. Bostic, founder and pastor of Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the church at 605 Hamilton Ave. For more information, call 853-0355. Elder Bostic died Friday, Dec. 9, at the age of 76 at her home in Menlo Park, where she lived for over 50 years, church member Laurita Wheeler said in an interview. Elder Bostic, a student of the Bible who had written 10 books interpreting sections of it, delivered sermons on Sundays at services that were “very jubilant, very upbeat,” Ms. Wheeler said. “The sermons were never the same and were power-packed

and dynamic,” she said. Elder Bostic headed a nationwide orga n i z at ion of 24 Apostolic Original Almanac file photo by Carol Ivie Holy churches and traveled Hattie Bostic frequently for speaking engagements, Ms. Wheeler said. Asked if Elder Bostic had interests outside the church, perhaps a hobby, Ms. Wheeler warmly replied: “Her hobby was pretty much studying the word of God.” Church members did manage to get her to Hawaii or on a cruise about once a year, Ms. Wheeler said. Membership in the Menlo Park church is around 180, and includes residents of Fremont and Hayward

as well as East Palo Alto and Redwood City, as well as Menlo Park, Ms. Wheeler said. Taking over for Elder Bostic in Menlo Park will be her son, Teman Bostic, also of Menlo Park and a bishop, Ms. Wheeler said. Elder Bostic was named to the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Founding the church

From her Belle Haven home, Elder Bostic and several associates founded Mt. Olive in 1963, according to church sources. The church’s first home was a storefront on Newbridge Avenue, but members later built a church on Hamilton Avenue in 1971 that, in 1992, was rebuilt as a larger church and community center. Matt Henry, former president Continued on next page

Counting Our Blessings BY ANNA G. ESHOO

There is a wonderful song from the classic holiday musical “White Christmas” that runs on a continuous loop in the back of my head these days. The Irving Berlin lyrics might be familiar to you: “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings.” That describes my state of mind these days: reason for worry, but also much to be grateful for as we close out 2011. We’re not out of the woods on the economy; we’re not yet at the end of the foreclosure crisis, and too many Americans still can’t find work. Despite our best efforts to hurry recovery along, large-scale change takes time. We’re making progress, though: unemployment figures are headed in the right direction; reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make it less likely that we’ll see a repeat of the sub-prime lending catastrophe or anything like it, and early reports on holiday sales suggest that consumers are buying again. That bodes well for starting 2012 on a positive note. By any measure, Silicon Valley communities are doing well. You need only pick up a newspaper to read that we are ranked the nation’s most contented spot. According to the Gallup organization’s annual research into “well being,” which evaluates many factors like job satisfaction, work quality and emotional health, many of us are indeed lucky people. More recently, the California Department of Finance's Demographic Research Unit confirmed that we’re also a highly-educated region. In fact, of the top 10 California cities with the most educated residents, half of them are ours: Palo Alto, Los Altos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Menlo Park. As welcome as these signs of economic life are, and as impressive as our quality of life here may be, the blessings I count, the ones that give me faith in the future, aren’t about the improving economy or our academic or entrepreneurial achievements. These are all wonderful distinctions for our Valley, but what eases my worry and bolsters my confidence in the future are our less heralded attributes, traditions and individuals that make Silicon Valley a dynamic community of people who care. I am grateful: To our brave veterans, to their families and those who care for them at the Palo Alto VA. That David Packard set a defining standard for us. By serving on a school board AND founding a world-class company, he demonstrated that personal success and commitment to community go hand in hand. To librarians, teachers, coaches, classroom aides, environmental volunteers, to those who feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, and all volunteers who believe that value is found in what we put into the effort, not the money assigned to it. To the employees who get involved in local schools, and the companies who encourage them to do so, sharing their talent so that the next generation of inventors, scientists and engineers will be more creative and productive than the ones before. For our Valley culture that promotes experimentation and embraces failure as a necessary component of success and excellence. For seniors and retirees who live creatively in their “third chapters” giving back to the community with energy and wisdom and humor. That our community colleges provide a gateway to opportunity for many, including first and second generation American students whose drive has always fueled innovation. To individuals who choose to serve on boards and commissions and city councils, taking on the often thankless tasks of solving local problems and making hard choices for the rest of us – sometimes after hours of contentious testimony from neighbors and friends. For the small business owners whose shops define our downtowns, provide local color and give us a sense of place, and who have persevered through lean times to serve us. For the professionalism of our first responders who keep us safe at home and who lend their expertise to people around the world in times of crisis. I am grateful that there is an inherent decency in our interactions and an unspoken understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. People here know that to those whom much is given, much is expected and they do their utmost to meet that expectation. What a blessing! Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) represents California's 14th Congressional District and serves as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee

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Charles F. Moran

Norm Colb to retire as head of Menlo School

November 16, 1917 – December 7, 2011 Charles “Chick” Moran died at home in Menlo Park, CA on December 7, 2011. He was born in Holyoke, MA to Charles H.E. and Laura (Horigan) Moran. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie (Ahern) Moran and by his nephew, Glenn Moran of PA and nieces, JoAnne Granger of MA, Karen Rothmyer of NY, Judy Meehan of FL, and Lois Moran of GA and by many grandnephews and grandnieces. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Rothmyer and brother, Thomas of MA. He was dedicated to the labor movement from his early years, joined the Boilermakers Union in 1940 and rose through the ranks to be International Vice President of the New England area in 1959; then in 1973 was elected International Secretary-Treasurer at the Kansas City Headquarters. Upon his retirement to Menlo Park in 1986, his expressed regret was that he would not be involved in new developments that labor would face in U.S. industry. The family is grateful for the assistance provided during Charles’ illness by Dr. Gary Zweig, by Pathways Hospice, and also by his long-term caregiver, Charlie Milag, all of whom gave unstintingly of their care and concern. Services were held at the Church of the Nativity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101, to Special Olympics, 3480 Buskirk, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 or to a charity of your choice. PA I D


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Norm Colb, who for two decades has served as head of school at Menlo School in Atherton, will retire in June 2013, he announced Dec. 13. “Both personally and professionally, my years here have been more rewarding than I can possibly say,” he said in an email to the parents of students who attend the private, coeducational college prep school. About 800 students attend middle and high school grades. Mr. Colb, who is 68, said his plans are still taking shape, but retirement will enable him and his wife Susan to spend more time with family — “on four continents!” Completing a book on the challenges facing American education and “pursuing a host of interests that have been calling out to me for quite some time” are also on his retirement agenda, he said. The school has already appointed a search firm and formed a committee to search for a successor, he noted. Meanwhile, for the next 18 BOSTIC continued from previous page

Paula Ann Zappettini January 15, 1936 – December 7, 2011 Paula Zappettini, a deeply admired lady of strength, love and grace passed away in her Atherton home following a long illness, which she faced each day with dignity and courage. Her love for her family, adoration for her friends and support for her community were among her many gifts. Paula’s compassion, brave spirit and wisdom touched many lives. Paula was from a third generation San Francisco Bay Area family. She was born in Piedmont, California, grew up in San Mateo and attended Notre Dame High School, San Jose State University and the San Francisco Academy of Art. She met her loving husband Bill in San Francisco in 1961 and afterwards they lived in Burlingame before moving to Atherton in 1970 where they became vibrant members of their community. She was an accomplished businesswoman, devoted homemaker and tireless volunteer. Paula shared her time and many talents with a warm heart as a Peninsula Volunteer and member of the Atherton Garden Guild. She enjoyed organizing several charity events throughout the years. Paula was an avid follower of the arts and enjoyed her Italian heritage through many visits to Italy. She loved flower arranging, gardening and playing bridge. Paula was a devoted Catholic and respected parishioner. Along with her husband, in 1997 they were invested with high honors into The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Then in 2006, in the midst of

her illness, she traveled on a pilgrimage as a malade with the Order of Malta to Lourdes, France. Her spiritual devotion to our Lady of Lourdes moved her to commit herself to serving the sick and the poor, and in 2008 along with her daughter Anna, was invested as a Dame of Malta. The next year, her husband Bill joined them and was invested as a Knight of Malta. In 2009, Paula and Bill received the Assumpta Award from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Paula co-founded in 2010 a local chapter of the international Frontline Faith Project to bring prayers and spiritual support to American military men and women. Paula was preceded in her death by her father Pompey Scribante and her mother Amelia Bandoni Scribante. She will be greatly missed by many friends and family. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, William; her children John Zappettini and Anna Zappettini; her brother Robert Scribante; and her grandchildren Isabella and Gianna. A private Rosary was said on Monday, December 12th and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 13, 2011 both at The Church of Nativity located at 210 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025. PA I D

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of the Belle Haven Homeowners Association and a former Menlo Park planning commissioner, said in a 2006 Almanac profile of Elder Bostic that he “(could) not say too much about” her in praise of her work and presence in the community. Among the church’s neighborhood initiatives: lowering the crime rate, improving schools, making housing more affordable, finding shelter for the homeless, and helping substance abusers. Ms. Bostic, one of eight children from a broken home, grew up poor and sometimes homeless in Mobile, Alabama, the profile said. At age 9, she

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months, he said, “I mean to be as active as ever.” Mr. Colb, who has served as Menlo’s head of school since 1993, began his Photo by Pete Zivkov career as an Norm Colb English teacher in the Brookline, Massachusetts, public schools, later becoming the district’s director of English and language arts. He then served in the Newton, Massachusetts, public schools as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. In the 10 years before coming to Menlo, he was the superintendent of schools in the Mamaroneck, New York, public schools. He received a B.A. degree from Brandeis University in 1964 and an M.A.T. degree from Harvard University in 1965. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the California Association of Independent Schools, and the Reader’s Digest Educational Foundation. chopped wood to help support the family. “I’d go to school when I could, and chop wood when I could,” she says in the profile. “I made $2 a week. At that time, $2 would almost buy groceries.” Elder Bostic is survived by sisters Ruthie Young and Oliestine Smith, both of Mobile, Alabama, and Patricia Lawson of San Jose; sons Teman, Charles and Michael Bostic of Menlo Park, and Tabbert and George Bostic of Hayward; and 14 grandchildren, family friends said. Donations in Elder Bostic’s name may be made to CPNDEC (Crime Prevention Narcotics & Drugs Education Center), 605 Hamilton Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025. aids that can help you cope with lost vision. There are a variety of high and low-tech tools, as well as easy lifestyle modifications, that can make life more enjoyable for the vision impaired. Today’s eyewear is as much a fashion statement as a means to correct a vision problem. Have you been wearing the same style frames for several years? Visit MENLO OPTICAL at 1166 University Drive, on the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive, to browse through our well-crafted, beautiful frames. Select from wire-thin titanium, stainless steel, bold metals, and sleek-colored laminated plastics. We can help you select frames that match your skin tone and flatter your facial construction. Call us at 322-3900 if you have questions about eyewear, or bring us your prescription. P.S. Warning signs of low vision include difficulty matching clothing and discerning color as well as experiencing difficulty at home because lights do not seem to be as bright as they used to be. Mark Schmidt is an American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners Certified Optician licensed by the Medical Board of California. He can be easily reached at Menlo Optical, 1166 University Drive, Menlo Park. 650-322-3900.


Hartwig to retire from Las Lomitas district By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


ric Hartwig, the superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District since 2007, has announced his plans to retire next June, wrapping up a 36-year career in education that included a stint as Menlo-Atherton High School principal. The school board approved Mr. Hartwig’s request to retire at the end of the school year when it met Dec. 14, and has appointed board members Ann Jaquith and Jay Siegel to organize the search process for a new superintendent, according to a district announcement. The district’s two elementary schools are Las Lomitas in Atherton and La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park. In a letter to district parents and staff, Mr. Hartwig said his decision to retire was made “with very mixed feelings, as I take great satisfaction in my work and have enormous affection for our families and staff.� But circumstances were right for the move, he explained. “The timing is perfect for me — my wife is now teaching part-time, we are new grandparents, and I have a variety of personal and professional projects on the burner — and the timing is good for our district, as we are on the verge of launching a new strategic plan.� Mr. Hartwig said in an

interview that by the time he leaves, the district will have completed phase one on the strategic plan: In February, the Eric Hartwig board is likely to approve the plan itself, developed over the course of about nine months to establish the district’s vision for programs that will enable students to thrive in a quickly changing, globally competitive world. “Phase one is the ‘what’; phase two is the ‘how’,� he said. Because the second step of deciding how to imple-

His 36-year career includes nine years as principal at Menlo-Atherton High School. ment the plan, then launching changes, will take from four to seven years, it’s best for a single superintendent to oversee that phase — and at 63, he wasn’t planning to continue working long enough to serve that role. Regarding his future “personal and professional projects,� Mr. Hartwig notes that his new grandson, Ryder, “is a bundle of love ... and it will be nice to play a role in his life.�

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Mounted Patrol, neighbors reach new deal By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


last-minute proposal at the Dec. 13 Woodside Town Council meeting almost unraveled a compromise between the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County and neighbors residing near the Patrol grounds, located on a 23-acre site along Kings Mountain Road. A decade ago, the neighbors

objected to a 2001 Planning Commission decision to allow the Patrol to continue events such as rodeos, dances, dinner parties and poetry readings. After appealing that decision to the Town Council, in 2002 the neighbors and the Patrol had worked out a set of criteria that, ever since, have regulated what Patrol members and visitors could and could not do on the grounds.

It’s been a decade of peace, but the criteria were informal and a loose end remained: the council never ruled on the appeal. Now it has. Town Manager Susan George, who is retiring in January, brought this matter back to the council for resolution. The council voted 5-0 on Dec. 13 to deny the appeal following a compromise based on more community discussion. The

governing criteria now number 35, up from the original 25. Councilwoman Deborah Gordon and Councilman Tom Shanahan did not participate in the decision. Mr. Shanahan recused himself because he is a member of the Patrol, and Ms. Gordon did so because she is a Patrol neighbor. She also participated in the community discussions that led to the list of criteria, and she spoke at the Dec. 13 meeting as a private citizen. A few of the sticking points raised and resolved recently:

trimming brush that is both a wildfire danger and an important privacy screen for neighbors; procedures for updating the Patrol’s calendar of events; and the number of major events allowed. A late request did endanger the compromise. Patrol spokesman Rick DeBenedetti asked to relax criteria 29, which forbids overnight trailer camping on Patrol grounds except in connection with the July Fourth rodeo. Overnight camping would be

Peninsula Christmas Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler children’s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 pm 10:00 pm

Children’s Communion Service with Pageant Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir Carol Sing Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir

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Trinity Church In Menlo Park, An Episcopal Community 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park (Between El Camino and Middlefield) 650-326-2083

Christmas Eve at Bethany 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family. Join us between services to enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer!

7:00 p.m. Musical Christmas Joy-filled music to honor and remember the birth of God’s son.

10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet, contemplative time to refocus your evening with familiar hymns in the glow of candlelight.

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helpful, Mr. DeBenedetti said, when towing horses to remote locations. Out of town friends could camp on the grounds, well away from neighbors, and avoid having to wake up at 3 a.m. to get themselves and their horses to Woodside for a 5 a.m. start. No thank you, Ms. Gordon said, speaking as a private citizen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really concerned that, with this change, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an agreement,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past, (camping) turned into tailgating. ... I am sorry, but we are back to not agreeing.â&#x20AC;?

In a break with protocol, Patrol Captain Dee Tolles borrowed a microphone from the Town Clerk and engaged in a dialog with Ms. Gordon. Visitors will go out to dinner, he said, then return to their trailers and go to bed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to believe that reasonable people can come to reasonable agreement about this.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Gordon replied that she and at least one other neighbor would see this change as a deal breaker, so Mr. Tolles dropped the idea, but added that he saw it as a possible amendment pend-


ing further discussion. Mr. DeBenedetti, in a telephone interview, wondered if all residents should be living under restrictions on guests in campers. Councilman Dave Burow noted his concern that one or two neighbors appeared to be confining the scope of council action. Go to and turn to Page 12 to see the list of criteria. (The 35th criteria, new on Dec. 13, concerns parking horse trailers in a meadow.)

Menlo council returns next year The Menlo Park City Council has concluded its official schedule for 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no more meetings are planned for December, but it plans to reconvene in January 2012. City Hall will be closed for the second Friday in a row this week, and on Monday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 30, as well. The Menlo Park library will also shut down for the holidays, closing Friday, Dec. 23 through Mon-

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Money wasn’t the issue on Alpine trail


ast week county supervisors turned down more than $10 million from Stanford to build a trail for pedestrians and cyclists along Alpine Road from Portola Valley to Menlo Park, a corridor that often is choked with Stanford commuters and others bound for Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The offer, already twice-rejected by the supervisors, was brought up one last time in an effort by the university to meet its obligations under the terms of a use permit it received from Santa Clara County to build up to 5 million square feet of buildings on the campus over 25 years. At the outset of the agreement, the trails were ED ITORI AL supposed to be built on Stanford The opinion of The Almanac lands, inside Santa Clara County boundaries. But through a long process, it became apparent that Stanford would never agree to such a trail alignment, and instead decided to bring its trail needs to San Mateo County. So for the last five years, Stanford has attempted to dangle its offer of what began as $8.4 million and is now more than $10 million, as the carrot for San Mateo County to build a trail that divided nearby communities and was twice rejected. Last week the supervisors held fast, again refusing to go along with what we hope will be the last offer to build a contentious project that clashes in many ways with the terrain and traffic patterns along Alpine Road as it passes Stanford Weekend Acres, an enclave of about 130 homes. Central to the discussion was the belief that it would be foolhardy for the county to reject an offer of $10 million when the economy is rotten and the likelihood of finding any funds to make even minor

L ETT E RS Our readers write

Unused tracks could help Facebook commuters Editor: I’ve been surprised to note that the discussion of the impact of Facebook’s move to the Sun campus has all but ignored the great untapped resource that is the SP (Southern Pacific) Dumbarton line, which today runs, virtually unused, from Caltrain in downtown Redwood City directly to Facebook’s front door. A light rail line along the existing right-of-way would ease traffic, integrate Belle Haven and other economically challenged neighborhoods into the mainstream of Silicon Valley, promote downtown Redwood City as a transit hub, and have a host of collateral economic and environmental benefits. It would also be dramatically cheaper than most transit projects. It would supersede the once dreamed of Dumbarton Rail Connection, but that is no great loss, as this was an absurdly expensive heavy-rail-across-theBay project that realistically will never get built. Whether or not light rail is the answer, it remains the case that the

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Dumbarton line is begging to be developed. Even a bike path along that corridor could substantially mitigate the impact of Facebook’s otherwise welcome move. Bill Kelly Peak Lane, Portola Valley

Why no bids for added planning work? Editor: In a time of economic hardship, when cities should be tightening their belts in order not to cut services, why has Menlo Park’s City Council voted to spend over $225,000 on consultant fees for the El Camino/Downtown Specific Plan without even considering the possibility of reducing this cost? Indeed, there are legitimate reasons to do some additional studies and answer the questions raised by both the public and the City Council itself on the plan. However, to not even consider competitive bids is outrageous. Council member Andy Cohen informed his colleagues before the vote that the consultant who carried out Phase 1 of the plan was prepared to offer a competitive bid, which would very likely have come in well under the $225,000 requested by Perkins + Will. Yet, the council and staff dismissed this idea, asserting that the project

improvements could be years away. But why should the county accept a project it considers inferior and in many respects, unsafe? In these circumstances, Stanford is simply a private company attempting to build a project that meets its needs, but at the expense of the residents who would have to live next to it. County supervisors went more than the extra mile to find a reasonable compromise that could be accepted by Weekend Acres residents and other parties, but in the end, rejected Stanford’s offer on a 3-2 vote. Now Stanford’s $10 million will revert to Santa Clara County, to be used on other trail systems. Some local residents hold out hope that some of the funds could still be used regionally, including on trails in San Mateo County, although there is no certainty about that. During the last gathering of supervisors and the public on the fate of this trail, Supervisor Dave Pine, who with Supervisor Don Horsley voted to accept Stanford’s trail money, proposed simply building a four-foot sidewalk between Portola Valley and Menlo Park for pedestrians, and pushing all cyclists into the current bike lane. But the idea was not one of the six options on the table, and was not given enough time to be seriously considered. Later, Mr. Pine told the Almanac: “If that had been listed (as an option), would there have been three votes for it? I don’t know,” he said. Perhaps the best thing to come out of the entire debate is the clearly poor condition and dangerous intersections of the present trail, which we hope supervisors will not forget in the months and years ahead when opportunities arise to make improvements. And, we hope money can be found soon to design a new bicycle corridor through the Interstate 280 intersection, where a cyclist was killed by a large truck last year. could be delayed by a month or two. Spending nearly a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money without even a competitive bid is business as usual by the majority of the City Council. Nancy Couperus Los Altos Hills

four hours at the Dec. 13 meeting demanded they vote to study this plan, using money available from Stanford University. Karen Butterfield Coquito Court, Portola Valley

Still time to accept Stanford’s $10 million The following letter was addressed to the San Mateo County supervisors: Editor: A female bicyclist was killed on Alpine Road this summer at the intersection of Interstate 280 in San Mateo County. Do we need to wait until another death or injury occurs to take action to accept Stanford’s $10 million offer to plan and to repair this intersection and the three-mile stretch of trail along Alpine Road that is called the Lower Alpine Trail? I demand that our three female county supervisors who voted “no” on even starting planning for this process change their vote immediately to “yes.” There is still time. Supervisors Rose Jacobs Gibson, Adrienne Tissier and Carole Groom all need to walk or ride their bikes daily along this section of the road over the next week, to understand why roughly half of the people who waited

Woodside History Committee

Our Regional Heritage Fred Winkler wore a protective leather apron when working at Winkler and Shine Blacksmiths in Woodside. Photo is from circa 1869.

As of Dec. 8, 2011, 70 donors have given $64,580 to The Almanac Holiday Fund 10 Anonymous ....................... 3225 Jamis MacNiven ....................... 100 Catherine A. Habiger .................. ** Adele A. Carney ..................... 1000 Jaggers, Kurt ............................. ** Barbara Berry ............................ 50 Lucy Reid-Krensky .................... 200 Richard and Leslie Tincher .... 10000 Carmen Quackenbush ................. ** Comstock, George ................. 1000 Betty M. Jordan ........................ 100 Hal and Carol Louchheim .......... 400 Victoria Rundorff ........................ ** Robin Quist Gates..................... 250 Nancy J. Fiene ........................... ** Stephanie P. Nisbet .................... ** Thomas and Maggie Mah Johnson................................... 250 Jane M. Land ............................. ** Hamid Farzi ............................. 100 Laura M. Reed ......................... 250 Mary & Doug Heller .................... ** Tim and Perryn Rowland ........... 100 Janice E. Jedkins ...................... 400 Steve Markoulis........................ 500 Edmon R. Jennings ................... 200 Thomas Werbe ....................... 1000 Erika L. Crowley ......................... ** Douglas E. Adams .................... 300 Nancy Davidson ....................... 250 James E. Esposto ...................... ** Kathleen P. Mueller ................... 100 Nancy L. Luft ........................... 100 Barbara C. Simpson ................... ** Joel Wells Schreck ................... 100 L. Robert Dodge ........................ ** Lorraine Macchello ................... 100

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Creating smiles and changing people’s lives By Teri Chin, human services manager, Fair Oaks Community Center.

months at Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center. Karen’s family is one of the 500 to receive a Christmas aren bubbled with delight tree at our Annual Trees of as she pointed to the 500 Joy event — made possible Christmas trees neatly through the generous support wrapped and displayed in the of a local Atherton family and Fair Oaks Community Center their friends. parking lot: “Do you think that This December we also celone is big and fat, Mom?” ebrated over 10 years of partNina shyly approached the nering with Second Harvest book table at our December food Food Bank to offer our monthly distribution event and Family Harvest asked our volunteer, Gifts to the Holiday Food Program for “Do you have Dora Fund help the Fair Oaks our community’s Community Center the Explorer?” low-income faminine other local Anne was almost in and lies with children. community-service tears as she sat down. organizations. Each month this “I was evicted from program provides our garage apartment groceries for 130 and I don’t want to have to sleep families in our community. in my car with my 7-month-old And each December for the child again tonight.” last five years, the Insight Medi“I won’t have a place to stay tation Center Family Program after tomorrow, so I’m looking has collected and donated new for shelter” were Sam’s words as and gently used books to share he rolled up to our front desk in with the children of families in his wheelchair. our Family Harvest program. These are some of the images Continued on next page that come to mind from recent


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ontributions to the Holiday Fund go directly to programs that benefit Peninsula residents. Last year, Almanac readers contributed more than $95,000, and with available matching grants, $138,678 was raised for 10 agencies that feed the hungry, house the homeless and provide numerous other services to those in need. Contributions to the Holiday Fund will be matched, to the extent possible, by generous com-


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

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Project Read Menlo Park

Provides after-school and academic support and activities for 1,100 youths each day, ages 6 to 18. Operates clubhouses in Menlo Parkís Belle Haven neighborhood, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City and after-school programs at schools in these communities designed to extend the learning day and supplement the schools’s curriculum.

Provides free literacy services to adults in the Menlo Park area. Trained volunteers work one to one or in small groups to help adults improve their basic reading, writing and English language skills so they can achieve their goals and function more effectively at home, at work, and in the community.

Ecumenical Hunger Program

Provides short term-shelter and transitional housing services to more than 4,500 homeless men, women and children each year. Offers a range of housing and support programs for families and individuals to become self-sufficient and return to permanent housing.

Provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, and sometimes financial assistance to families in need, regardless of religious preference, including Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for more than 1,500 households.

Ravenswood Family Health Center Provides comprehensive primary medical, dental, behavioral and preventive health care for all ages at clinics in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. Of the more than 30,000 registered patients, over 97 percent are low-income and uninsured from the ethnically diverse East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks areas.

St. Anthonyís Padua Dining Room

Shelter Network

Teen Talk Provides educational programs for youth and adults to help teens make healthy choices that will result in lower rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Its ìTeen Talkî program serves more than 3,500 youth at public school sites in San Mateo County.


Serves hundreds of hot meals six days a week in a social and friendly atmosphere to anyone in need. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions from the community, St. Anthonyís is the largest dining room for the needy between San Francisco and San Jose. It also offers groceries to take home and distributes clothing to families.

Formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services, StarVista provides many programs to help people who struggle with substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, relationship and communications issues. Helps strengthen youth, families, and individuals to overcome challenges through counseling, education, and residential services.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Fair Oaks Community Center

The largest collector and distributor of food on the Peninsula, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes 45 million pounds of food each year. It gathers donations from individuals and businesses and distributes food to some 250,000 people each month through more than 650 agencies and distribution sites in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Provides housing assistance, childcare programs, older adult nutrition, emergency shelter referrals, legal services for low income tenants and loc-cost exercise programs for youth and adults.

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own clerks in Portola Valley and Woodside swore in new and returning officials last week. In Portola Valley, Jeff Aalfs joined and Ann Wengert rejoined the Town Council on Wednesday, Dec. 14, as Councilman Steve Toben departed after two four-year terms. The council saved about $10,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the cost of an election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by appointing Mr. Aalfs and Ms. Wengert since they were the only two candidates in an election for two open seats. The mayor until December 2012 is Maryann Moise Derwin, who was appointed by unanimous vote of the council after the swearing-in ceremony. Councilman John Richards was appointed vice mayor. In Woodside, which did hold an election, the new member of the council is Tom Shanahan, who represents District 3 and

who was sworn in Tuesday, Dec. 13, along with returning councilmen Dave Burow, Peter Mason and Ron Romines. The council then unanimously appointed Councilman Dave Tanner as mayor and Councilwoman Anne Kasten as mayor pro tempore. Mr. Aalfs is not inexperienced in town government, having been appointed by the council to the Architectural & Site Control Commission (ASCC) in December 2008. He is self-employed as a residential energy consultant, helping homeowners and home designers comply with government energy codes and improve efficiency in new and existing homes. Mr. Shanahan is the head and a general partner of the West Coast investment banking firm Needham Asset Management LLC on Sand Hill Road. He was a chief financial officer at several Silicon Valley firms and a co-founder of Agile Software Corp. A





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he holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. Hopefully youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to hear Uncle Cliffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious reminiscences about the old days (again) or share some quality bonding time with the cousins. But what if the family gettogether feels less â&#x20AC;&#x153;togetherâ&#x20AC;? and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday. Gather everyone in the living room, pop in a DVD, and in two short hours, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all be holding hands â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;round the Christmas tree and singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fah who forazeâ&#x20AC;? like Whos down in Whoville. To help you find just the right movie to help your unique family recall the spirit of the holiday season, Palo Alto Weekly/Almanac/ Mountain View Voice film critics Peter Canavese and Tyler Hanley have selected some of their favorites, from the classics to the notso-classic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life (1946) No movie says Christmas to me ... or David Packard ...or ... Well, most adult Americans like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life.â&#x20AC;? Director Frank Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endlessly influential, constantly reinterpreted film became a Christmas classic largely with the advent of television, which made it an annual holiday tradition (so too has the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, which screens it Christmas Eve on actual celluloid and in glorious black and white). A funny-sweet-sad emotional roller coaster, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Lifeâ&#x20AC;? follows the development of George Bailey (James Stewart) from adolescent to family man, his love story with a girl named Mary (Donna Reed), and the misfor tune that befalls the Bailey Building and Loan Association and pushes George to the brink of suicide (only to be



rescued by an angel named Clarence). Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a movie for the 99 percent, but there are other reasons to occupy Bedford Falls: vibrant characters, great performances (Stewartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of the great movie-star turns of all time), and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;what if you were never born?â&#x20AC;? story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adapted from Philip Van Doren Sternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Giftâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which makes a virtue of unabashed sentiment. Some call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capra-corn,â&#x20AC;? but most want to return to it again and again. Certainly for me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those movies indelibly stamped on my psyche from endless childhood viewings, so familiar that it practically qualifies as family. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PC A Christmas Story (1983) Another more recent Christmas classic thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a TV tradition is Bob Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Story,â&#x20AC;? the subject of an annual 24-hour broadcast marathon. Though 12 consecutive viewings would be overkill, at least one is mandatory. Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious, irreverent reclamation of Rockwellian America derives from the comic tales of Jean Shepherd. Set around the turn of the 1940s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Storyâ&#x20AC;? could be the ultimate nostalgia movie, charmingly making viewers long for an innocent time most of them didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even live through, if it even existed to begin with. Nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) suffers the indignities of youth while being embarrassed by parents (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon) and longing for the ultimate gift. Though perhaps most memorable for Dad â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg lamp, a tongue stuck to an icy pole, and a dangerous BB gun (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll shoot your eye out!â&#x20AC;?), the secret weapon is She pherd â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

deliciously wry narration, a precursor to TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similarly ruefulwistful â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonder Years.â&#x20AC;? (And, having first seen this movie when I was Ralphieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age, I get nostalgic just thinking about it.) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PC Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) This animated gem narrated by the incomparable Boris Karloff and directed by legendary cartoon auteur Chuck Jones is a Christmastime â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique and imaginative imagery sparkles throughout the 26-minute short that has become a holiday staple for families around the globe. Based on Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1957 childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grinchâ&#x20AC;? weaves the tale of a grumpy loner who dwells on a mountain peak above the jubilant town of Whoville. The Grinch bemoans the Whosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; festive Christmas celebrations, making scowling complaints to his pet pooch, Max. One Christmas, the Grinch sneakily snatches all of the Whosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decorations and gifts, thus putting the kibosh on their seasonal bliss (or so he thinks). But the olive-hued curmudgeon has a change of heart (literally) when the Whos prove unfazed by the dearth of presents, instead reveling in the simple joys of song and fellowship. My wonderful mother does Christmas better than anyone Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever met, for which I am ever grateful. And one of her regular rituals is watching this colorful short with my brother and me. I still get choked up when the Grinch, desperately clinging to a sleigh full of the Whosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pilfered goodies, hears the Whos singing down below and finally grasps the true meaning of Christmas. Messages about fellowship, generosity, sharing and empathy toward others are wrapped nicely in the pictureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrative. Just what the doctor ordered. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; TH Home Alone (1990) Then-adorable Macaulay Culkin delivers one of Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most memorable child performances in the heartwarming and often hilarious â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Alone.â&#x20AC;? Actress Emmy Rossum (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom of the Operaâ&#x20AC;?) recently Tweeted: â&#x20AC;&#x153;At 7, I was in love w/ Macaulay. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d watch Home Alone over & over. I used to pause the video and go and kiss his virtual face.â&#x20AC;? Plenty share Rossumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affinity for the film â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for many viewers in their 20s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Aloneâ&#x20AC;? is considered the ultimate Christmas flick. Rambunctious youngster Kevin McCallister (Culkin) is inadvertently left unaccompanied in a large house when his massive, frenzied family rushes out the door while running late for a Christmas vacation to Paris. Although Kevin initially celContinued on next page

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mother (Catherine O’Hara) desperately tries to get back to her son, turning to help from a gregarious polka musician (John Candy). Somewhat ironically, family is the binding theme in “Home Alone.” The familial undertone is not a surprise considering the

subject is a common one for both screenwriter John Hughes (“The Breakfast Club”) and director Chris Columbus (“Mrs. Doubtfire”). The slapstick that ensues in the picture’s final act — when Kevin cleverly fends off the bumbling crooks — is downright riotous (Stern’s high-pitched screams

are inspired). A cornucopia of Christmas tunes (such as Kevin lip-syncing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”) also helps bring home the holiday spirit. — TH The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) I love the Muppets, so the

An extraordinary story of survival, resilience, and hope On a crisp blue early January morning, Sheri G. sat on the railing just outside her boyfriend’s fifth-story apartment, her feet dangling over the street beneath her. Alienated, angry, and depressed, she’d done drugs most of the night, and a day after escaping yet another recovery program. She pleaded to no one around, “Why can’t I stop doing this?” Whether a cry for help or an act of spite, she scooted forward ... just inches ... out into the cool mid-morning air. And 50 feet down. Few people survive a three-story fall, let alone a five-story plunge. Sheri shattered her ankle, fractured her back, ruptured her spleen, and lacerated her liver. Miraculously, she lived. Even more miraculous is what she’s done since, overcoming her addiction and the mental illness that fed it. Sheri suffered what was diagnosed as bipolar affective disorder. Sheri’s father was a truck driver, her mother a homemaker. Her older brother excelled at sports. Her elder sister wore a homecoming queen’s crown. But at the young age of 11, Sheri started cutting herself, using self-torture to sedate her already emerging inner demons. At 14, her parents divorced. Not long after, her grandfather died. Her father became despondent. Sheri “self destructed.” In junior high, she started drinking. In high school, she began using hard drugs. She dropped out, seeking drugs even at the cost of selling herself. For a time, she lived in her Ford

LTD. At one point, she weighed only 98 pounds. She eventually landed in prison for two years. Despite her seemingly bleak situation, Sheri earned her GED while in prison. She won a “Spark Plug Award” from her fellow inmates for being optimistic and the one among them who always seemed so willing to help. She emerged from prison with hopes of turning her life around in the outside world. But those hopes dimmed, and quickly. She worked, but had trouble keeping a job. With her mental state on a perpetual roller coaster, she filed 10 W-2s with the IRS in one year alone. Over time, she was in and out of 22 different recovery programs. She was, as she described herself, “a time-bomb ticking.” Finally, during one holiday season, her employer sent her to a 30-day inpatient recovery program. In early January, she wound up in mental lockdown. She escaped, relapsed into drugs within hours, and sought refuge with her boyfriend. While he was in the shower, she went to -- and then over -- the railing. She woke up in intensive care to discover her father crying at her bedside, a faint awareness she was loved, and a feeling that things were going to be fine. Her survival may have been astounding, but her recovery wasn’t. She spent a month in intensive care and the next six on her back. She underwent four surgeries. She managed a series of part-time jobs but chronic pain kept her from working much. Now, years later, thanks in part to Caminar,

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shocking 1990 death of Muppet creator Jim Henson, at age 53, struck a terrible blow. 1992’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” then, had more riding on it than the average Christmas movie. Dickens’ heartwarming journey from bitterness to love is emotional enough as it is, but as reinterpreted by the Muppets, it became an unavoidable tearjerker for fans still mourning the loss of Henson and fellow Muppeteer Richard Hunt. Directed by Henson’s son Brian, the film casts Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire) and Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) as the Cratchits, Gonzo (Dave Goelz) as narrator Charles Dickens, and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Paul Williams, who with Kenny Ascher penned the tunes for “The Muppet Movie,” contributes seven lovely new songs, and beloved Muppet screenwriter Jerry Juhl crafts a surprisingly faithful adaptation, even while striking comedy gold with the double-act of Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat (also Whitmire). Add Caine’s powerful performance — good enough to carry a straight, human retelling of “A Christmas Carol” — and you get a heartwarming family film with serious replay value. With “The Muppets” still in theaters, there’s no better time to dig into the Muppet catalog, and no film more seasonally appropriate than “The Muppet Chistmas Carol.” — PC

the 49-year-old owns a hopeful future instead of a troubled past. In 2005, she attended Caminar’s Transition to College program. There, she met Jobs Plus program director Michael Schocket, who saw in Sheri someone who was eager, intelligent and, most of all, who had lived the experiences of so many Caminar clients. Sheri is now an employee of Caminar’s Jobs Plus employment program, helping individuals get established in new jobs even though, once upon time, she couldn’t keep one of her own. She meets with each of her clients at least four hours a week, to make sure they understand their duties, their schedules, and the life skills it takes to make it in the workplace. One client with a severe stutter and learning disabilities had trouble looking people in the eye. Sheri spent time coaching her how to make personal contact. Today the 21-year-old is a courtesy clerk training to become a cashier. Despite her desperate leap into oblivion, Sheri has become a testament to the human capacity to overcome adversity. She’s enormously grateful to all those who helped her along —like Caminar — and she’s focused her energies on helping others turn the corner as she did. You, too, can contribute to rebuilding lives, by giving generously to support Caminar. People like Sheri will be forever thankful. Approximately 90¢ of every dollar donated goes directly to support our program services. {By Patrick Houston} Please send your gift to: Caminar, 3 Waters Park Drive, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94403 or go to Caminar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our federal tax ID number is 94-1639389. Your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law.


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he desire to make the El expenses in the form of lawsuits Camino Real/downtown and ballot referendums, but cast specific plan process as his vote in favor of approving comprehensive as possible boxed the additional money. the Menlo Park City Council Pointing to the empty lots into a corner on Dec. 13. along El Camino Real, Vice MayCommunity feedback led the or Peter Ohtaki said that while he council to propose changes to didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the dollar amount, he the plan in October, such as wanted to get the plan finished adding parkto see those ing plaza 2 to lots turn into Some community the sites under projects. He members, including consideration also suggestfor conversion downtown business owners, ed creating a to garages and development responded with outrage. deploying trial fee to defray installations of sidewalk expan- some of the cost down the road. sions, but that then led consulMayor Kirsten Keith acknowltants Perkins and Will to ask for edged that the changes were more money to study the changes driven by the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;to make this â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the tune of $225,980. a plan we can be proud of,â&#x20AC;? but Some community members, briefly explored dropping some including downtown business of the new case studies, as she owners, responded with out- thought developers would likely rage over the additional price conduct that research on their tag to a plan thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already cost own when exploring new res$960,960. taurant or senior housing sites. During the Tuesday night However, the ensuing discusmeeting, Councilman Andy sion convinced the council to Cohen warned that he thought leave the studies in, and the full â&#x20AC;&#x153;bulling aheadâ&#x20AC;? with the plan expenditure was approved with would lead to several other a unanimous 5-0 vote. A


reluctant council unanimously passed an 8 percent increase for garbage service in Menlo Park during its Dec. 13 meeting. Rising labor costs negotiated by the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) were passed through to local Recology customers. According to staff, the new monthly rates for a single-family home will be $13.99 for a 20-gallon can, an increase of $1.04, and $23.40 for a 32-gallon. City staff told the council that those two categories represent more than 75 percent of Menlo Park customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for people to fathom that when we recycle more, our rates go up,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Kirsten Keith commented.

Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson, whose seat comes up for re-election in 2012, took pains to point out that the current rate increases were due to a contract negotiated with Allied Waste more than 20 years ago by different people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the torture of being a council member,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Council approves 8 percent increase in a unanimous vote. During public comments, some people wondered whether hauling garbage to the landfill themselves would be a cheaper option. In 2009, Menlo Park garbage rates jumped 18 percent. In 2010,

28 percent, and then another 7 percent this year. The hikes were meant to cover the $737,000 the city still owes Allied Waste by Sept. 30, 2012. Allied Waste signed a labor contract in December 2008 with pay raises of 17 to 19 percent over five years once the company learned that it lost its contract for Menlo Park and 11 other jurisdictions. When Recology took over from Allied on Jan. 1, it was forced to honor those salary rates for the remaining five years left on the 2008 contract. City staff told the council that the increase for 2012 should provide enough surplus to pay off the remaining debt and cushion any further service expenses on Recologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part, meaning there should be no rate hike in 2013. A

Parking plaza may reopen temporarily before Christmas Closed for several months, the parking plaza at Oak Grove and Chestnut Street in Menlo Park may reopen temporarily before Christmas. City staff said the lot was closed for renovation, but the repairs are almost complete.

They planned to reopen the lot at the beginning of this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the landscaping and finishing touches wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite be done yet,â&#x20AC;? said Chip Taylor, interim public works director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That portion of the work will continue after the holiday season, which

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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement BOCCI DESIGNS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 247608 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Bocci Designs, located at 125 Somerset Street, Redwood City, CA 94062, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): EILEEN R. BOCCI 125 Somerset Street Redwood City, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/31/2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 14, 2011. (Almanac Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) BUILDING PERFORMANCE NETWORK BPN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 247595 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Building Performance Network, 2.) BPN, located at 358 Lakeview Way, Emerald Hills, CA 94062, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): SAINT SAPHORIN CORPORATION 358 Lakeview Way Emerald Hills, CA 94062 California Corporation. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 14, 2011. (Almanac Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 2011)


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COOK SMARTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 247940 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cook Smarts, located at 1983 Euclid Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): JESSICA DANG 1983 Euclid Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: Sole Proprietor. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 7, 2011. (Almanac Dec. 21, 28, 2011, Jan. 4, 11, 2012)

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continued from Page 21 with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 27, 2011, AT 12:30 P.M. *AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE AND RECORDS 400 COUNTY CENTER REDWOOD CITY, CA At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $538,042.60. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mortgage loan servicerâ&#x20AC;? as defined in Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney. Date: November 28, 2011 EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC. as said Trustee, as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary MARLENE CLEGHORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 1820 E. FIRST ST., SUITE 210, P.O. BOX 11988 SANTA ANA, CA 92711-1988 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available , the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at TAC# 950448 PUB: 12/07/11, 12/14/11, 12/21/11 Almanac NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE T.S. No: A531253 CA Unit Code: A Loan No: 87813092/GEE JR. AP #1: 070-343100-7 EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC., as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: PHILIP C. GEE JR., MARIA E. GEE Recorded February 28, 2008 as Instr. No. 2008-021285 in Book â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- Page â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to

Sell thereunder recorded August 26, 2011 as Instr. No. 11-97858 in Book â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- Page â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED FEBRUARY 13, 2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 97 SANTIAGO AVENUE, ATHERTON, CA 94027 â&#x20AC;&#x153;(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness).â&#x20AC;? Said Sale of property will be made in â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;? condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 29, 2011, AT 12:30 P.M. *AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE AND RECORDS 400 COUNTY CENTER REDWOOD CITY, CA At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $1,140,744.17. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mortgage loan servicerâ&#x20AC;? as defined in Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney. Date: November 28, 2011 EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC. as said Trustee, as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary MARLENE CLEGHORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 1820 E. FIRST ST., SUITE 210, P.O. BOX 11988 SANTA ANA, CA 92711-1988 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available , the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at TAC# 950449 PUB: 12/07/11, 12/14/11, 12/21/11 Almanac ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: CIV509889 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: NAZIA GIVENS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: YOUSEUF MOHAMMAD MESKIENYAR to YOSEF GIVENS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Friday, January 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: PJ, Room: 2E of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: THE ALMANAC Date: November 22, 2011 /s/ Beth Labson Freeman JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (The Almanac Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011)


Trustee Sale No. 171-061294 Loan No. 4794 Title Order No. 5881242 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01-25-2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12-27-2011 at 12:30 PM, WACHTER INVESTMENTS INC. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 01-31-2007, Instrument 2007-015547 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: TOWRU IKEDA AND NANCY H IKEDA, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, WACHTER INVESTMENTS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ITS SUCCESSORS AND/ OR ASSIGNEES, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction the trustor's interest in the property described below, to the highest bidder for cash, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The sale will be held by the duly appointed agent for the trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the agent for the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE MARSHALL ST. ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE AND RECORDS, 400 COUNTY CENTER, REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $387,249.75(estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 46 LA LOMA DRIVE , MENLO PARK, CA 94025 APN Number: 074-150-600-0 The undersigned agent for the Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;?. DATE: 11-30-2011 FOR TRUSTEE'S SALES INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (714) 573-1965, OR VISIT WEBSITE: PLM LENDER SERVICES, INC., AS AGENT FOR THE TRUSTEE (408)-370-4030 ELIZABETH GODBEY, VICE PRESIDENT 46 N. Second Street Campbell, CA 95008 PLM LENDER SERVICES, INC. IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P902569 12/7, 12/14, 12/21/2011 Almanac ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: CIV509936 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LYDIA CARDOZA BELLO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LYDIA CARDOZA BELLO to LYDIA B. CARDOZA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: PJ, Room: 2E of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: THE ALMANAC. Date: December 2, 2011 /s/ Beth Labson Freeman JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (The Almanac Dec. 14, 21, 28, 2011, Jan. 4, 2012)

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Arbor Court Offered at $2,995,000




Stunning Contemporary on 3.5 Acres

Beautifully Remodeled with Pool & Waterfall

Spectacular 3-Acre Estate with Guest House

Robles Drive Price upon request

Cañada Road Offered at $2,450,000

Woodside Road Price upon request



M Y W I S H F O R YO U Peace of mind Prosperity thhroough the yeaar Happiness that multiplies Healtth for you and yours Fun around every corner Energy too chaase youur dreeam ms Joy to fill your holidays!

Additional Recent Sales Manzanita Way, Woodside (buyer) Ridgeway Road, Woodside (seller) Woodside Road, Woodside (buyer) Olive Hill, Woodside (buyer) 4-Acre Mountain Home Estate (buyer) Valley Road, Atherton (buyer) Lakeview Way, Emerald Hills (buyer) Altaire Walk, Palo Alto (buyer)

Moments to Town at the End of a Private Lane

Serene Park-Like Setting on 2.9 Acres

Neuman Lane Offered at $2,895,000

Kings Mountain Road Offered at $3,295,000

Altaire Walk, Palo Alto (buyer) Stockton Place, Palo Alto (buyer) Lane St., Belmont (seller) Sherman Ave., Menlo Park (buyer) Edgewood Road, Redwood City (buyer)


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