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Recognizing Fred Berghout are, from left, Police Chief Bryan Roberts, Councilman Richard Cline, Fred Berghout and family, Mayor Kirsten Keith, Councilman Andy Cohen, Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson, and Mayor Pro Tem Peter Ohtaki. Fred Berghout helped police arrest two juveniles accused of breaking into a car.

Resident helps cops nab thieves By Barbara Wood


oes anyone pay attention to car alarms anymore? Apparently Menlo Park resident Fred Berghout does, and his attention last month helped the Menlo Park police not only arrest two juveniles accused of breaking into a car, but also to recover all the property they had taken. Menlo Park Police Chief Bryan Roberts recognized Mr. Berghout’s “extraordinary efforts” at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting, giving him and a his family a photo with council members and police officials, and a Menlo PD coffee mug, as souvenirs.

Police say that Mr. Berghout was at home late on the afternoon of Dec. 1 when he went out to investigate a car alarm blaring nearby, at Woodland Avenue and Oak Court. Once outside, Mr. Berghout first overheard a neighbor on the phone telling police her vehicle was being broken into. Then he saw two young men, one of them with a bag in his hands, near the car. W hen Mr. Berghout approached, one of the young men fled and Mr. Berghout followed. Dropping the bag of loot, the young man climbed a fence and escaped.

Menlo School teacher is honored Jessica Thomas Brugos, a teacher at Menlo School in Atherton, received the Dorothy Boyajian Honored Teacher Award on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during ceremonies at the San Mateo CalTrain Station.

Following the program, the annual Freedom Train departed for San Francisco, where riders marched to the celebration at Yerba Buena Gardens. An almna of Menlo School, Ms. Brugos returned to her alma mater in 2002 as an English

Mr. Berghout returned to his neighbor’s car, loot in hand to find the Menlo Park police had arrived. Mr. Berghout told the officers what had happened and identified the other 14-year-old suspect in the burglary; who was still nearby. The next day, using information from that suspect and Mr. Berghout, police were able to identify and arrest the other suspect at school. “Thanks to Mr. Fred Berghout’s quick thinking and courageous actions, two auto burglars were brought to justice and property stolen from his neighbor’s vehicle was returned to its owner,” Chief Roberts said. A

teacher. Since then, she has spearheaded the growth of the school’s service learning program. She teaches a Jessica Thomas seminar in ser- Brugos vice, as well as two upper level English classes.



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BBC’s liquor license Facebook has lots of friends indefinitely suspended at Menlo Park public hearing By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


ntil another owner takes over operations at the landmark British Bankers Club, at the corner of El Camino Real and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, the restaurant and bar will not be licensed to serve beer, wine or liquor, according to a spokesman for the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agency. The owners of the club settled with the ABC in October, agreeing to a suspension of the liquor license, effective Jan. 2, 2012. The suspension will remain in effect until the license is transferred to a new owner, ABC spokesman John Carr said in a telephone interview. The complaint from the ABC calls the club “a disorderly

house” that created problems for the Menlo Park Police Department in that officers “were required to respond and/or make numerous calls, investigations, arrests or patrols concerning the conduct and acts occurring in or around said premises, and which thereby created conditions then and there contrary to public welfare and morals.” The list of 39 incidents from 2009 and 2010 includes sexual battery and sexual penetration of an “unaware victim” on the premises; a terrorist threat; assaults with a deadly weapon; battery with serious injury, including battery on a medic; and numerous public intoxication and disturbance calls. “The current owners will not See BBC, page 8

By Barbara Wood

could eventually bring as many as 9,400 employees to Menlo Park. It was clear Facebook already has lots of friends in the city, less

profit that provides job training. “The way they’ve opened up ity employees and officials to the broader community is in Menlo Park spent a lot impressive.” of time on Facebook last Bronwyn Alexander, a Belle week, but not updating Haven teacher and their statuses or postresident, said not only ing links to funny cat have Facebook and videos. its employees been ‘The way they’ve opened up to the It was the topic of “bringing money and broader community is impressive.’ Facebook the city volunteers into our focused on — speclassrooms on a daily SHARON WILLIAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JOBTRAIN cifically, the social basis,” but Facebook networking giant’s founder Mark Zuckrequest to allow more employ- than a year since it began the erberg spoke at the Belle Haven ees and to eventually expand to move from its Palo Alto offices. Community School’s eighthnew buildings across the street. Speaker after speaker said the grade graduation last year. Three public meetings had Face- social networking giant has The other topic mentioned book on the agenda. already helped local schools and by speaker after speaker was On Monday, Jan. 9, the Plan- organizations. improving local bikeways for ning Commission heard from “I’m here tonight attending easier access to the Facebook the public about the draft envi- the Facebook lovefest,” said Sha- campus and other businesses on ronmental impact report (EIR) ron Williams, executive director See FACEBOOK, page 8 on Facebook’s project, which of JobTrain, a Menlo Park non-

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Task force recommends firm to design Town Center By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


n advisory task force that shepherded the design competition for a new Atherton Town Center is recommending that the town hire the Nichols Melburg & Rossetto architectural firm to proceed with the proposed, privately funded project. NM&R proposed two, two-story buildings connected by an arched loggia and including a community center with a rooftop terrace. The buildings, reflecting a more traditional style than the competing design, would total about 20,000 square feet, according to architect Les Melburg. NM&R competed with two partnering firms — Siegel & Strain Architects and Goring & Straja Architects — in a contest that provided no fee to the firms. The latter firms designed the Portola Valley Town Center, and proposed two one-story buildings totaling about 12,000 square feet, with an uncovered walkway in between. The task force, headed by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis, will ask the council to approve the recommendation at its Jan. 18 meeting. But even if the council accepts


the choice, NM&R’s conceptual design is likely to evolve in the next phases of the process, which include an assessment of space needed today, as compared with what was required in 2010, when the competition was launched. Those needs may differ because of the layoff last year of 13 town employees as the town outsourced two major departments. The process is also expected to include a public outreach effort in which residents can offer suggestions and comment about what they want to see in the new center. Task force members used a matrix method to evaluate the two firms, according to a report from Councilwoman Lewis. During the course of the task force’s work, it came up with a projected cost of $10 million to $12 million for a new center, according to Ms. Lewis. The task force also agreed that funding would be raised through private donations, noting that Portola Valley paid for its recently built $20 million center with $17 million

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Longtime Woodside Town Manager Susan George at her last Town Council meeting on Jan. 10.

Keeping Woodside on an ‘even keel’ By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


oney doesn’t grow on trees, it’s said, not even in Woodside, where the number of high net

worth residents might lead one to suspect such trees exist. For a town to afford amenities such as a new park and wellpaved roads — both of which Woodside has — money management is important.

If only all governments understood that. The Woodside public in 1993 “wanted to hang the Town Council, they were doing such a bad See GEORGE, page 8

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till scrambling to deal with the unexpected dissolution of its redevelopment agency, the Menlo Park City Council took the first actions necessary to dissolve the agency at it’s meeting on Jan. 10. On Dec. 29, the California Supreme Court ruled that a law disbanding redevelopment agencies was valid, while another law that would have allowed them to remain by giving part of their money to the state was not. The effect of the ruling was to force nearly 400 redevelopment agencies around the state to dissolve by Feb. 1. Redevelopment agencies, formed in the hope of transforming blighted neighborhoods, were able to keep most of the property taxes generated within their boundaries instead of passing them on to other local agencies, such as schools.

Governor Jerry Brown argued that the redevelopment agencies were not effective and should be dissolved, giving the tax monies back to the other local agencies. Menlo Park Finance Director Carol Augustine told the council that the topic is due to come before the council for further discussion in two weeks, when the city has had a little more time to study the ramifications of the dissolution of the agency. In the meantime the council voted unanimously to become the “successor agency” to its redevelopment agency, an action that will allow the city to retain some control over the dissolution process. The city will receive funding of at least $250,000 a year as the successor agency. The city will pay off the redevelopment agency’s debts, dispose any properties it owns, and redistribute any remaining money to local agencies.

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Menlo Park approves changes to city employee pension benefit By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


aking the final action needed to put the pension reform initiative approved by voters in November 2011 into action, the Menlo Park City Council on Jan. 10 voted to amend its contract with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to change the retirement age and maximum pension for new city employees. The contract changes will not affect current city employees. With almost no discussion, council members unanimously approved the amended contract with CalPERS, which will go into effect in 30 days. The council had previously approved new contracts reflecting the changes

with all the unions representing city workers. The 2010 initiative, known as Measure L, increased the minimum retirement age for new city employees, except for police officers, from 55 to 60. The measure also called for changing the way the amount of annual pension is figured. Currently, employees are awarded 2.7 percent of their highest year’s salary for each year worked. The new terms will give newly hired city workers 2 percent of the average of their highest three year’s salary for each year worked. Police officers’ minimum retirement age will be raised from 50 to 55 with 3 percent of the average of their highest three year’s salary per year worked.

Under this measure, a new non-police hire who retired at age 60 after working for the city for 30 years would receive 60 percent of that average salary. Current 30-year employees can retire at age 55 and get 81 percent of their highest year’s salary. The city will not see the first savings from the change for several years, according to a report prepared for the council by Glen Kramer, the city’s interim personnel director. Eventually, as employees covered by the more generous pension plan retire and new employees are hired, the changes should save $590,000 per year at current payment rates, Mr. Kramer reported, but only after 25 to 30 years.

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Setting Condominium Fees Dear Monica: I own a townhouse in a small complex that was built in the 1980s. The monthly homeowner association dues cover most of our expenses and if they fall short each owner pays a special assessment. Are we adequately managing our finances? David C. Dear David: A well managed Homeowners’ Association (HOA) should be collecting enough in dues to cover all current expenses and should include an amount to be held in a reserve account for future repairs and expenses. If the roof will need replacement in 5 years, the HOA should be saving funds now to

do this rather than assessing each owner a substantial amount at the time of replacement. With this system, each homeowner pays a pro-rata share of future expenses in manageable increments. This is a fair way to allocate responsibility for repairs. If managed this way, the HOA does not risk the consequences of having an owner unable to pay a large assessment when it is due. And when a unit changes ownership, the new owner will not face a large assessment when the roof is replaced. The previous owner will have paid his or her pro-rata share during the time they owned the property.

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Peninsula magazine founder dies at 73 Theodore “Ted� Bache, whose letters and stories were frequently published in the Almanac, died Jan. 9. Mr. Bache, a 35-year resident of the Bay Area and, specifically, Menlo Park, was 73. Family and friends invite those who knew Mr. Bache to a no-host gathering at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Parkside Grille, 884 Portola Road in Portola Valley, to “lift a glass to Ted’s memory.� Born in New York City, Mr. Bache started his writing career at the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Telegram. He went on to work for Pan American Airlines.

Moving to the Bay Area in the 1970s, he founded and operated Peninsula magazine. He eventually formed a resume writing service. An avid golfer, Mr. Bache was a Northern California Golf Association rules official and worked as a marshal at the Stanford University golf course. One of his favorite golf stories was of crossing paths with a young and soon-to-be-famous Tiger Wood on the Stanford course, said his daughter, Lisa Coates. A self professed “crazy� reader all his life, he filled his life with stories, she said.

Woodside preschool enrollment opens Woodside Elementary School will accept applications for its fee-based preschool classes for the fall from Feb. 1 through Feb. 17. Children must be at least 2 years, 9 months old as of Sept. 2 to be eligible to enroll in preschool classes, which run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Preschool students are placed in two-day, three-day, or fiveday classes based on age and availability, according to the Woodside Elementary School District. Priority is given to children living within the district’s boundaries. Interested parents are encouraged to attend an orientation on Monday, Jan. 30, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Applications will be available for pickup at the school office, or may be downloaded from the district’s website beginning

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EYE COLOR Did you know that all humans had brown eyes up until between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, when a genetic mutation occurred that reduced the production of brown pigment in the iris and blue eyes appeared? It is also interesting to note that some characteristics and preferences have been associated with eye color. For instance, studies have shown that blue-eyed boys of pre-school age display greater shyness than their counterparts with brown eyes. Another study revealed that men with brown eyes are perceived to be more dominant than blue-eyed

Mr. Bache frequently dropped by the Almanac offices to give reporters and editors tips and encouragement, according to managing editor Richard Hine. “He had high praise for the Almanac, saying more than once if he had to decide between canceling his subscription to the New York Times or the Almanac, it would be a tough choice,� said Mr. Hine. Mr. Bache is survived by his children, Lisa Bache Coates, Darrell Bache, Allison Bache Boudreau, and Christopher Bache; sister Gwen Gunther; brother Bob Bache; Geraldine Bache; three grandchildren; and longtime consort Margo Sensenbrenner. Go to and enter “Ted Bache� in the search box on top to see examples of his letters and stories.

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Susan George kept town on ‘even keel’ for 19 years GEORGE continued from page 5

job,” Mayor Dave Tanner said in recalling Susan George’s arrival as town manager in March of that year. “She brought it back to an even keel,” he said. “It had to be one of the hardest jobs that anyone ever had.” After nearly 19 years on the job, Ms. George retired Friday, Jan. 13. The Almanac interviewed current and former officials for this story. Woodside’s $1.7 million general fund budget faced a shortfall of $154,000 in 1993, coupled with a $900,000 debt on a shortterm note and long-term debt of nearly $3.6 million, Ms. George said via email. Her first budget, in June 1993, eliminated the shortfall, put $20,000 in reserve, lowered the short-term debt by $150,000 and made timely payments on the long-term debt, she said. The budget has been in the black ever since. “I do think that the first council hired me because of the strength of my financial background,” she said. “I was what they needed at the time and it worked out well.” FACEBOOK continued from page 5

the Peninsula. By the Thursday, Jan. 12, Planning Commission study session considering public benefits Facebook could be asked to provide, the company had already agreed to some of the bicycle improvements mentioned Tuesday. John Tenanes, Facebook’s director of global real estate, said the company will immediately start designing a pedestrian/bicycle tunnel to cross under Bayfront Expressway near Willow Road, to be completed within a year. Facebook will also start working with other regional companies to fill gaps in the Bay Trail bicycle commute route that passes near the campus, Mr. Tenanes said. Planning commissioners mentioned asking Facebook to help Menlo Park acquire or maintain Flood Park, to pay an in lieu tax to make up for not generating sales tax revenue for the city, and to finance a shuttle

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‘Susan has a remarkable ability to multitask, keeping the parts well oiled and the gears turning smoothly.’ WOODSIDE COUNCILMAN RON ROMINES.

“She is a financial wizard,” former three-term councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges said of Ms. George. Andrea Gemmet, who covered Woodside for the Almanac for years, had high praise for Ms. George. “As a reporter, I have to say she is the best damn city manager and finance director I’ve ever worked with. Her budgets are miracles of clarity, context and good planning.” Former three-term councilwoman Sue Boynton described Ms. George as exceptionally honest, intuitively bright, hard working and very talented. Her financial leadership and characto downtown Menlo Park that could be used by Menlo Park residents as well as Facebook employees. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the City Council considered requests to extend the time allowed for public comment on the project’s draft EIR by as much as six weeks. Citing fears that any longer than a week could put Facebook’s final hearings during summer vacations, and citing requests for no delay from Belle Haven neighborhood residents, the council members voted unanimously for only a one-week extension. East Palo Alto, the Sierra Club, the Committee for Green Foothills and others had asked for more time for public comment, citing the size of the project and the fact that several holidays fell during the comment period. “I think in Menlo Park we take being a good neighbor very, very seriously,” said council member Kelly Fergusson. She promised the city would take the concerns of East Palo Alto into consideration. “We are committed to working very closely with out neighbors,” she said. City Attorney Bill McClure told council members that while they have no legal obligation to respond to comments received after the official comment period ends, they are free to consider and act on them. A

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ter enabled the town to protect its historic assets and create new ones that reflect the community’s identity, Ms. Boynton said. “It’s been a team effort,” Ms. George said. “The councils I’ve worked with here have been fiscally conservative, as am I, and have lived by the town’s financial management policies. They’ve generally accepted my recommendations over the years.” And if they didn’t? Alternatives were included, some of which she may not have agreed with, former councilman Paul Goeld said. “She has her core beliefs (but) I’ve never seen her

let them stand in the way,” he said. The council came to rely on Ms. George to keep its focus on the big picture and to steer them through difficult bureaucratic jargon, Mr. Goeld said. “I thought she was very, very good at that.” OK, but what about difficult people? How did she fare with them? Woodside has its “own particular flavor, style and challenges,” Mr. Goeld said. There are pickup-driving residents, he said, with eight- and nine-figure net worths, people for whom “litigation is a blood sport,” people unfamiliar with hearing the word “no” as a response. At times, a local regulation will say “no,” and a resident with pockets deeper than the town’s will resent it and threaten a lawsuit, so attention must be paid. “It’s a tough balancing act and I think (Ms. George) did a very good job of that,” Mr. Goeld said. “She’s the consummate professional.” “Believe it or not,” said Denise Enea, fire marshal of the Woodside Fire Protection District, “the community of Woodside is a very complex place. Susan George has masterfully kept the

town in check and has tackled some extremely complicated issues over the years.” “It’s a truly bittersweet moment for the town,” said former assistant town manager and now Town Manager Kevin Bryant. “She will be missed by everyone she has worked with over the years, and Town Hall and the town won’t be the same. But, she has positioned the town very well to continue to thrive.” “It was a pleasure working for Susan,” said Planning Director Jackie Young. “She is a rare blend of gifted intellect and grounded warmth.” “Susan has a remarkable ability to multitask, keeping the parts well oiled and the gears turning smoothly,” said Councilman Ron Romines. “Her heart and soul have been put into her job. She lived and breathed Woodside,” Mayor Tanner said. “It’s hard to see her go. I’ve watched almost everything she’s done since the beginning.” “There’s so many things about Susan,” he said, in preparing a speech for Ms. George’s goingaway party. “I don’t think you can cover it all in a single speech.” A

Local moms campaign for clean air By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac


group of local moms is mobilizing to get other mothers to join a bipartisan movement to protect their children’s right to breathe clean air. At a recent luncheon in Menlo Park hosted by three Environmental Defense Fund trustees from Woodside — Ann Doerr, Susan Ford Dorsey and Signe Ostby — dozens of women learned about a new online community that is campaigning under the name of Moms Clean Air Force. Writer/editor Dominique BBC continued from page 5

be selling alcohol (in California) anymore,” Mr. Carr said. In a previous story, the Almanac listed the owners as Lance White and Richard Eldridge. The club has not responded to requests for an interview. DESIGN continued from page 5

in residents’ contributions. Also on the Jan. 18 council agenda is a recommendation to extend the contract of Interim

Browning co-founded the effort, launching a website. EDF is supporting it. “Air pollution is a children’s health issue ... an emerging social justice issue,” Ms. Browning said in remarks to the group. A presentation focused on facts: every year over 400,000 newborns are affected by mercury pollution, it can get into breast milk; asthma afflicts 10 percent of children in the U.S.; over the past 20 years, asthma rates have doubled among children under age 4. “Politicians have power and money, mothers have love,” Ms. Browning said, urging her

audience to “help us sign up a million moms” on the website to increase awareness and put pressure on politicians to protect the Clean Air Act. More than 37,000 have signed up so far. The website has form letters that can be electronically submitted to members of Congress. It also features blogs on related topics, and suggests using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word, or more traditional routes such as inviting organizations like garden clubs to get involved.

The club’s new owner will have to reapply for a liquor license and undergo the normal local process in acquiring one, which typically includes a background check, Mr. Carr said. The owners received due process and could have hired an attorney and presented their case to an administrative law

judge, but chose to settle, Mr. Carr said. The ABC handles “dozens” of similar cases each year, Mr. Carr said. The historic brick building that houses the BBC at 1080 El Camino Real used to house Menlo Park’s administrative and police departments.

City Manager John Danielson for a maximum of 12 months, and authorization to hire an executive search firm to recruit a permanent city manager. Both items are on the consent calendar, which allows the council to

automatically approve the proposals along with other items with no discussion. The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.


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Hillview Middle School principal Mike Melton to retire in June Mike Melton, who has been principal of Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park since July 2009, plans to retire on June 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After nearly four decades in education and with great contemplation, I have decided it is time for me to retire,â&#x20AC;? he said in a Jan. 11 email to the Hillview community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife, Nancy, has been waiting 38 years to have me home, and we are both extremely excited about the new adventures that

lie before us.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Melton was an administrator for more t ha n 20 years, and was a leader in the Califor- Mike Melton nia Alliance for Middle Schools, an organization that investigates best educational practices for middle school education. The Association of California

School Administrators once named Mr. Melton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Placer County Administrator of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? and Northern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Administrator of the Year. Prior to his years as a school administrator, he spent several years as a drama, band and choral music teacher. Before becoming Hillviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal, he was principal of Granite Oaks Middle School in the Sunset-Whitney area of the Rocklin Unified School District.

Church: No expansion plans in Menlo Park The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church says it has â&#x20AC;&#x153;no plans at this timeâ&#x20AC;? to develop or expand on or around its Santa Cruz Avenue campus in Menlo Park. The church made this statement in an open letter to the community Jan. 12 in response to a news release from the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance, made up of downtown business and property owners. The alliance said the draft environmental impact report for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown specific plan is flawed because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include expansion plans by the church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a resident of the street for almost 140 years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;never say never,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but to be clear, we do not have and we are not talking about major development plans for this campus,â&#x20AC;? the church said in its open letter. The church acknowledged that over the years, it has had exploratory conversations about â&#x20AC;&#x153;supporting a parking structure or developing our

campus, but we have no plans or commitments.â&#x20AC;? Nancy Couperus, a spokesperson for the Downtown Alliance, said its members are relieved to learn of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision because it reduces concerns about parking for shoppers. She noted that the idea of a joint venture between the city and the church to build a parking structure in Plaza 3 (located north of Santa Cruz Avenue between University Drive and Crane Street) had been raised at an Oct. 4 council meeting and was recorded in a city staff report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the Church backing off expansion plans that would have impacted Parking Plaza 3, the Downtown Alliance members are grateful to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for revealing its intentions,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Couperus said in an email. In its open letter to the community, the church noted that it has opened campuses in San Mateo and Mountain View to address space issues in Menlo

Park. A few years ago, the church invited community members to â&#x20AC;&#x153;brainstorm ideas on how the church might serve the city with its facilities,â&#x20AC;? the statement said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ideas generated did not get past the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dreamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stage. These suggestions from members of the community, such as a local gymnasium, were simply ideas and are not being pursued.â&#x20AC;? The church said it is seeking permits from the city to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;green play and gathering spaceâ&#x20AC;? behind the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. The plans do not involve changes to buildings, the church said. N LINKS

â&#x2013;  Go to to see an online story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alliance: City ignores church expansion.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Go to to see the text of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open letter to the community.

SLACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burton Richter wins Enrico Fermi Award Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter, director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park from 1984 to 1999, and Mildred S. Dresselhaus are winners of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. The presidential award carries an honorarium of $50,000, shared equally, and a gold medal. It is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will present the Fermi award at a ceremony in Washington at a later date. Mr. Richterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work includes development and exploitation

of accelerator technologies that have resulted in several Nobel Prize winning discoveries and his own Nobel Prize winning Photo courtesy SLAC Accelerator discovery in National Laboratory experimental Burton Richter particle physics in 1976. Since stepping down as SLAC director in 1999, Mr. Richter has chaired the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee in the Department of Energy, where he was a principal adviser to the Deputy Secretary of Energy on the development of

the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. He served for six years on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and now serves on the newly established Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Board. A Palo Alto resident, Mr. Richter is an emeritus professor of physical sciences at Stanford University. Ms. Dresselhaus is a professor emeritus at MIT. Her portfolio of research accomplishments includes many discoveries leading to understanding in various condensed matter systems. She is considered a premier mentor and spokesperson for women in science.

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Understanding A Woman’s Heart Means Knowing What to Look For

She wasn’t one to complain, either, except the spring day when she suddenly felt a pain in her chest as she exercised. It was a cramp-like pain, not anything like the normal muscle aches Robles expected from her body after vigorous activity. “I didn’t think I should be feeling chest pains,” she said. She wasn’t even 40. She saw her doctor, who ordered an EKG. Everything was fine, Robles was told. Nothing was wrong with her heart. But the pain kept coming back, and that worried her. “Exercise should feel good,” she said. “It shouldn’t hurt.” She went back to her doctor, who ordered more tests. Still nothing, she was told. Soon, she started feeling the pain even when she wasn’t exercising. “I intuitively knew something wasn’t right,” she said. Still, none of the doctors she saw could discern

a problem. And she began to doubt herself, “although I knew I wasn’t imagining it. It was real.” With no answers and no end to the pain, Robles’ whole view of life was gradually permeated by the uncertainty of her health. “I’m normally very positive, very bubbly and cheerful,” she said, “but I felt like a shadow of my former self. All I could think about was my chest pain.” By winter, she’d become desperate for help and went online to find it. She connected with a group of women who had experienced similar symptoms. One of them was a patient of Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director of the Stanford Hospital Women’s Heart Health program, just celebrating its fifth year in service.

Deceptively normal In Tremmel, Robles found someone whose focused interest and knowledge of heart disease in women became the key to solving her medical mystery. “For years, the standard medical treatment for women with heart disease was based on what we know about heart disease in men,” Tremmel said. “That’s really confounded things. In the past 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about how women differ from men, but there’s a lot we still don’t know. Just getting physicians to have a broader concept of symptoms, and what constitutes coronary artery disease in women, is a challenge.”

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“I intuitively knew something wasn’t right. I knew I wasn’t imagining it.” – Reyna Robles, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Similarly, Tremmel said, angiograms catch only blockages in large vessels, but patients, particularly women, may have a problem like endothelial dysfunction, which affects small vessels whose failure to work properly can’t be seen on angiography.

Reyna Robles lived her life to its fullest: job, husband and four kids, two dogs and a daily workout. She did not expect, at age 41, to suddenly experience chest pains.

Robles came to Stanford as many do, having been told no abnormalities had been found. Yet her symptoms were still there. “We decided we’d look harder,” Tremmel said. “We did all this extra testing to see if we might find something that had been missed on her original angiogram.” Tremmel discovered that Robles had a physical anomaly called a myocardial bridge, where an artery that normally sits on top of the heart actually dives down into the heart muscle. Such bridges are not uncommon, and most people can live their entire lives with-

out symptoms, but if a large portion of the artery is deeply buried, then there’s trouble. Again, however, this physical abnormality often doesn’t show up on an angiogram. Not only did Robles have a myocardial bridge, but she also had endothelial dysfunction within the bridge. This dysfunction causes an artery to constrict when it should dilate. “There were a lot of physiologic dynamics going on in that bridge,” Tremmel said. The first approach for Robles’ treatment was standard: use medications to slow the heart rate enough to allow blood to flow through the artery, even though it was squeezed inside the heart muscle. That didn’t work. Nor did Robles’ efforts to minimize stress, another tool to reducing symptoms. Norbert von der Groeben

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After many frustrating visits to doctors who told her they could find nothing wrong, Robles found Jennifer Tremmel, MD, who leads the Women’s Heart Health at Stanford program.

Robles is a classic example of the challenge, in several ways. Her first EKG, stress test and angiogram were deemed normal. “What we have found is that stress tests, and even angiograms, may not always identify the problem in a woman’s heart”, Tremmel said. “If a lack of blood flow through the entire thickness of the heart muscle is needed to have a positive stress test, those patients with symptoms from a lack of blood flow to only the inner most lining

of the heart may not be caught.”

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Reyna Robles was always the first one up and the last one to bed, the kind of person whose warmth and energy seemed effortless, possessed of more than enough steam to come home from her full-time job, to select recipes from her large collection of cookbooks to prepare a meal for her husband and children, and then to take her dogs for walk and help her kids with homework. Before bedtime, she’d fit in a good work out.

As she recovers from surgery to reroute an artery covered by heart muscle, Robles has returned with gusto to cooking, much to the appreciation of her husband, Martin.

Trouble uncovered Finally, with no other options left, Tremmel began to consider a surgery to release the artery from the muscle. “The surgery itself isn’t complicated,” she said, “but it is open

special feature

Heart attack symptoms women should know Chest pain is the classic signal of heart failure, but that can also feel like pressure, tightness, squeezing or burning. Other symptoms might also be part of an attack in a woman. · shortness of breath · nausea or vomiting · arm or shoulder pain, usually left-sided but may be right-sided · pain in neck, jaw, back or abdomen · fatigue

Preventing a heart attack A healthy diet, appropriate weight and daily exercise routine reduce your chances of heart disease. Other steps to take include: · Know your family’s heart health history · Check your blood pressure regularly

· Check your cholesterol at age 20 and every five years afterwards · Childhood obesity and diabetes raise the risk for heart disease at a young age · Don’t smoke · Be physically active. Aim for 30 minutes every day of moderate intensity exercise.

Diagnostic tests to consider Sometimes, more than one test is necessary to determine if you have heart disease. The options include: · blood test · an EKG to measure the heart’s electrical activity · chest x-ray, echocardiography, MRI, CT · a stress test measure your heart at work

For more information about Women’s Heart Health at Stanford, visit or phone 650.736.0516 Watch the new Stanford Hospital Health Notes television show on Comcast: channel 28 on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; channel 30 Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. It can also be viewed at

heart surgery where you open the chest and expose the heart. It’s a big deal. But for patients who have a poor quality of life, and you can’t find any other way, it’s a viable option.”

Robles’ heart function was impaired by a physical anomaly called a myocardial bridge, where an artery is enveloped by heart muscle. When the heart muscle contracts, blood flow through that artery is constricted, too. On the (left), a contracted heart; on the (right), a relaxed heart.

“What we have found is that stress tests, and even angiograms, may not always identify the problem.” – Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director, Women’s Heart Health at Stanford Before the final decision was made, Tremmel wanted to do one more test. She inserted a wire into Robles’ artery, while stressing her heart with medication, to measure the pressure and flow, on that one particular part of her heart’s anatomy. “The test proved that the bridge was definitely the problem,” Tremmel said. Tremmel’s colleague, car-

diovascular surgeon Michael Fishbein, MD, made the repair to Robles’ heart. Less than a month after her surgery, Robles was taking small but steady steps toward a more active life. After so many months of living with fear and uncertainty, Robles’ belief in the strength of her repaired heart has been helped along by Tremmel’s gentle encouragements. Robles worried aloud at a recent exam about some enthusiastic laughing she’d done with one of her daughters, so exuberant that her chest began to hurt. Tremmel pressed her stethoscope against Robles’ chest for a close listen. Norbert von der Groeben

Until she was treated at Stanford, Robles had found it more and more difficult to do even the simplest of tasks. This Christmas, with her heart issue resolved, she’s back in action.

“It sounds like a happy heart,” said Tremmel. “You can laugh as much as you want.”

Re-entry “I’m so very grateful to her,” Robles said, “and to my whole care team at Stanford.

I will never stop being grateful. I am blessed every day. It can be difficult to find a doctor willing to listen. Dr. Tremmel never ever gave up.” “We pride ourselves in taking the time to really figure out what’s going on,” Tremmel said, “and not just saying there are no blockages, that everything must be fine. The technique we use in the cath lab, for instance, is available to any physician out there, but it’s really a mat-

ter of learning how to do these things and taking the time. It is more time consuming than a simple angiogram.”

“We pride ourselves in taking the time to really figure out what’s going on, and not just saying there are no blockages.” – Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director, Women’s Heart Health at Stanford Beyond accurate diagnosis, she said, “you also have to stick with your patients. There’s no magic bullet to make them feel better. It’s a multi-factorial approach of using medications that improve symptoms, as well as encouraging lifestyle changes and stress reduction.”

“The Stanford Women’s Heart Health program staff includes a psychologist,” Tremmel said. “There’s a great deal of emotional stress that comes along with having these symptoms that nobody could explain for a long time. That in itself is a huge burden. A lot of women come to us with years of having people tell them, ‘There’s nothing there.’ They doubt themselves and have really been affected by that. I think addressing all these factors is imSince her surgery, and with an understanding of what caused her chest pains, the stress and anxiety Robles once felt diminishes with each day. portant.”

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. It is currently ranked No. 17 on the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list and No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Stanford University Medical Center is comprised of three world renowned institutions: Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, an adjacent pediatric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. For more information, visit

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Tissier heads Board of Supervisors At its first meeting of 2012, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 10 appointed Adrienne Tissier to serve as board president for the next 12 months. This is the second time she has served as president since she took office in 2005. She is in her second term as District 5 Andrienne Tissier supervisor. Supervisor Don Horsley, who is serving his second year representing District 3, was appointed the board’s vice president. Mr. Horsley joined Ms. Tissier in praising outgoing board president Carole Groom for her leadership in the past year, during which the board enacted budget cuts and approved plans for a new county jail. Ms. Tissier said the main issues the board will grapple with in 2012 include the county’s ongoing structural budget deficit, realignment, and furthering opportunities for economic development. “It’s going to be a bit daunting because we still have a lot on our


plate,” she said. She announced a change in how the board will do business. It will take on budget and policy issues in the morning and landuse issues in the afternoon. That should reduce time members of the public wait to hear a particular issue, a board spokesperson said. Also, the board plans more workshops around substantive issues. Ms. Tissier served two terms on the City Council in Daly City before her election to the Board of Supervisors. In addition to board president, she will serve as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and chair of the Joint Powers Board that oversees Caltrain.

Tim Brady chairs Woodland School board Woodland School parent Tim Brady of Portola Valley was named chair of Woodland School’s board of trustees in the fall, replacing David Spreng, who had served on the board since 2006. Mr. Brady is a founding partner of Imagine K12, a company

that is working to change kindergarten through 12th-grade education using new technologies. He has served on the Woodland Board of Trustees since 2009. Woodland is a private preschool through eig ht h-g rade school in Ladera with 260 students. “We are at a pivotal point Tim Brady in the school’s 30-year history, with many of the decisions that the board makes this year determining the future of the school,” said John Ora, the head of school. Prior to his work with Imagine K12, Mr. Brady was the chief executive officer of Questbridge, an Internet-based nonprofit organization that connects highachieving, low-income students with top colleges and universities. Mr. Brady also worked at Yahoo!, where he held several positions, the last of which was chief product officer, and at Motorola in Tokyo. He has an MBA from Harvard University See PEOPLE, page 16


Project Read tutor training Registration is under way for Project Read-Menlo Park’s tutor training sessions set to begin on Tuesday, Jan.24. The nonprofit program trains volunteers to help local adults learn how to read, or improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, and attain their educational and vocational goals. Project Read always has a long waiting list of would-be students eager to learn, and the program welcomes new volunteer tutors. No experience is necessary, and tutors and their students set their own hours. Materials are supplied by Project Read. Training sessions are held at the Menlo Park Library. The Jan. 24 session is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is followed by a Saturday, Jan. 28, session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A final session is a follow-up

meeting for tutors who have started meeting with their students, giving them a chance to compare notes and seek advice on specific issues they may have encountered. The follow-up will be an evening session, but the date has yet to be determined. Those interested in being a tutor but who can’t attend the next scheduled sessions can receive DVD training and resource material through the Project Read office at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. The nonprofit program has provided free tutoring to more than 2,000 local residents since its founding in 1985. For more information or to register for the tutor training sessions, call 330-2525, email or go to projectreadmenlopark. org.

Anne R. Veal Anne R. Veal Passed away at her home of 42 years, on December 28th, 2011. Born Anne Louise Rosello of Newton, Massachusetts. A resident of northern California for 56 years. An avid volunteer at Filoli in Woodside for 35 years, she remained an organizational whiz even when the advent of computers made her step up her game. Anne retained her sharp wits, solving the New York Times crossword puzzle daily, in ink, right to the end. Anne had many friends near and far who appreciated her caring nature. In the words of one, “Anne will be remembered as funny, witty, intelligent, and always elegant”. Anne is survived by her children Kevin O’Meara of Portland, Oregon, Megan O’Meara of San Jose, and Ellen O’Meara of Seattle, Washington; and stepchildren Chris Veal

of Lakehead, California, Rory Veal of McCall, Idaho, Victoria George of Durham, North Carolina, and Candyce Veal of London, England; niece Nancy Cottura, nephews Mark Rosello and Steven Rosello, extended family, and “grand dogs”. Anne was a delight to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed. Anne will be buried alongside her loving husband of 37 years, Hon. Harlan K. Veal, whom she had missed for the past 9 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Filoli, the San Mateo County Historical Association, or the organization of your choice. PA I D


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Kathleen Rae Hall Sept. 25, 1948-Jan. 3, 2012 Kathleen Rae Hall died on January 3, 2012. She was born on September 25, 1948 to Andrew Craig and Thelma Aileen Stevens and grew up in Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Gunn High School and earned her Bachelors and Teaching Credential from the University of California, Davis. Kathy was a dedicated teacher for 19 years (primarily in the Mountain View Whisman School District), a loving mother and grandmother for 34 years, and a devoted spouse for 38 years. She touched the lives of so many with love and grace. Kathy is cherished and survived by her husband, Rodney Wayne Hall; her two children, Audrey Kathleen Conway and Trevor Wayne Hall, and their spouses, Everett Clark Conway and Laurie Cameron Hall; and her two grandsons, Carson Andrew Conway and Cameron Andrew Hall. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew Craig and Thelma Aileen Stevens, and her brother, John Craig Stevens. PA I D

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Sanitary district settles lawsuit for $1.4 million By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


he two-year dispute is over between water quality watchdog San Francisco Baykeeper and the West Bay Sanitary District, with the district agreeing to pay $1.4 million in attorney’s fees to Baykeeper, the district’s attorney said in a telephone interview. The parties reached a settlement in a conference in Oakland on Jan. 10, attorney Anthony Condotti of the Santa Cruz law firm Atchison, Barisone, Condotti & Kovacevich said. A U.S. magistrate judge facilitated the talks. The sanitary district’s board gave its approval the next night, Mr. Condotti said. Under the settlement, the district pays no civil penalties and makes no admission of guilt, he said. Baykeeper’s December 2009 lawsuit cited 162 sewage overflows in a five-year period that ended in 2010, of which 94 were less than 100 gallons. The district was facing $975,000 in penalties for 21 spills of more than 100 gallons that entered Peninsula streams, including

in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park and Portola Valley. The district settled to avoid a consent decree with Baykeeper, Mr. Condotti said. “That’s the whole reason that the district decided to fight this lawsuit rather than capitulate like the other agencies.” Baykeeper has settled cases with a Burlingame sanitary district and four nearby jurisdictions. Baykeeper has not yet responded to a request for an interview. West Bay’s system did not experience a sewage overflow in 2011, Mr. Condotti said. The district had made progress in reducing the frequency of its overflows even before the lawsuit was filed, he said. “I think that was pretty telling” as to what might happen at trial if the issue in question is no longer an issue, he said. “It was pretty clear that they weren’t going to get an injunction.” Had there been a trial, it would have been a “methodical, tedious spill-by-spill recitation of the evidence” in connection with the older spills, Mr. Condotti said. A

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Portola Valley scarecrows out standing in their field again By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


ne good thing about being a scarecrow: if someone stabs and dismembers you and leaves you to molder on the cold, cold ground, it’s not the end of the world. You may still not have a brain, but with willing hands, a few new clothes and a bit more straw, you can rise again. Such is the case at the sixacre Spring Down open space just south of the Portola Valley Town Center, where at least seven and possibly eight people of the straw are again standing guard over $1,200 in wildflower seeds that local Girl Scouts distributed on the field in October in anticipation of winter rains that have yet to arrive. This week looks promising. The scouts returned Saturday morning, Jan. 14, and spent a couple of hours on reassembling the six scarecrows that had been attacked sometime around Jan. 4, scout leader Tricia Law said. The 8-foot-tall crosses that serve as skeletons are thicker this time in the hope that they will be less vulnerable to being knocked flat, Ms. Law said. Whoever attacked them the last time engaged in an act of misdemeanor vandalism, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies have not made any efforts yet to identify the culprits, but they have methods that are more or

The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees …is seeking applicants to serve on the District’s Construction Bond Oversight Committee 4HISCOMMITTEEWILLMEETFOURTIMESPERYEARTOMONITOREXPENDITURESFORTHE building projects of the recently approved Measure J school construction bond. Periodically, the committee will report bond expenditures to the community.

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This scarecrow is one of six resurrected by Portola Valley Girl Scouts over the weekend after someone vandalized them earlier in January. Their presence is meant to discourage birds from eating the wildflower seeds scattered in the Spring Down open space at 725 Portola Road.

less surefire if it comes to that, Deputy Eric Sakuma said in a telephone interview. In an act of benevolence that is so far unexplained, an eighth scarecrow has appeared. It could be “quiet penance for someone who felt guilty or someone expressing camaraderie,” Ms. Law said. The native wildflowers, if they germinate, will include California poppies, California bluebells, white yarrow and sky

lupine. The plan had been to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in March with a pancake breakfast at the Town Center, adjacent to what they hoped would be a flowering field. In their previous incarnations, the scarecrows did not scare the birds, as indicated by the vile presence of a bird’s calling card when it sits somewhere. But hey, judge not lest ye be judged. A


Woodside Preschool Registration 2012 Please join us for a Woodside Preschool Orientation and Visitation, Monday, January 30th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. (parents only). Woodside Elementary School District will be accepting applications for the Fall 2012 Preschool Classes February 1st through February 17th, 2011.

Applications may be downloaded from the Sequoia District web site at or may be requested from the district office by calling Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services Enrique Navas at 650-369-1411, ext. 2218.

Woodside Preschool is a half-day, fee-based program running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children must be at least 2 years, 9 months old as of September 2nd, 2012 in order to apply. Preschool students are placed in either the 2-Day, 3-Day, or 5-Day based on age and availability. Priority is given to children living within the Woodside School District boundaries.

Send completed applications to Enrique Navas Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services Sequoia Union High School District 480 James Avenue Redwood City, CA 94062

Interested families are encouraged to attend our Orientation and fill out an application. Applications will be available for pick up at the elementary school office or download online beginning February 1st. For more information regarding Woodside Preschool please contact Lisa at, (650) 851-1571 ext 251 or visit our website at


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Olympian, WWII vet speaks at church With an extraordinary life story as told in the bestselling book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, 94-year old Louis Zamperini will speak at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at its weekend services on Jan. 21 and 22. Raised in Southern California, he channeled his youthful energy into athletics and became a world-class runner, ultimately participating in the 1936 Olympics for the United States, where he met Adolf Hitler. During World War II, he served as a bombardier and following a plane crash, he survived on a raft in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days. He was rescued, only to be picked up by an enemy ship and spent the next two years in a brutal prisoner of war camp in Japan. Later, upon his return to the United States, Mr. Zamperini struggled with inner turmoil until he found faith at a Billy Graham tent meeting. The event is free and open to the community. Mr. Zamperini will join Pastor John Ortberg live at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan.


22, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The program will be shared via video Sunday, Jan. 22, at 9:32 and 11:05 a.m. at 700B Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park (behind Ace Hardware). Visit for more information.

Spangenberg memorial A memorial service for Ruth Spangenberg, co-founder of the Committee for Green Foothills, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. Ms. Spangenberg, who died Oct. 30, taught in the San Mateo Community College District for 25 years, including at Canada College in Woodside. Go to for more information and to leave remembrances on the Almanac’s Lasting Memories website.

Facebook reaches out to Little House Facebook representatives will be on hand to explain its ser-

vices at a free “Introduction to Facebook” event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park. Facebook recently moved to its new Menlo Park headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway and has been reaching out to the Menlo Park community. The presentation will be geared to those who have little experience with Facebook and want to advance their social media skills. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops to the presentation. Registration is required by Monday, Jan. 23. Email or call 3262025, ext. 222, to register.

At Woodside library China’s first feminist is the subject of “Autumn Gem,” a one-hour documentary to be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Woodside Public Library, 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside. The film was produced and directed by Bay Area Chinese American filmmakers Rae

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Louis Zamperini, 94, in Hollywood in 2010, holding the Olympic torch he carried at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Chang and Adam Tow. They will attend the free event and take part in a question-andanswer session. The film features Qui Jin (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become a leader of a revolutionary army. Known as the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” she spoke out against oppressive practices, such as foot binding, and demanded equal opportunities for women.

New director at Boys & Girls Clubs Reba Rose is the new director of program strategy for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peninsula, according to Peter Fortenbaugh, club executive director. Ms. Rose has 25 years of experience in youth development. She has served as Beacon director at Visitacion Valley Beacon, which provides services to youth and families in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley.

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F O R TOWN OF WOODSIDE 2955 WOODSIDE ROAD WOODSIDE, CA 94062 INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR COMMITTEES BICYCLE COMMITTEE Meets third Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and recommends to the Town Council on the policies for planning, developing, maintaining, and usage of Town’s bikeways system. CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE Meets fourth Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission, and staff on conservation, open space, noise, public services and facilities as pertaining to the elements of the Town’s General Plan. LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL CONTROL COMMITTEE Meets fourth Wednesday of each month; 5:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Planning Director on applications for commercial stable permits, dog kennel permits, and exception requests to the private stable regulations. OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE Meets fourth Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission and staff in implementing the policies and goals of the Open Space and Conservation elements of the General Plan, specifically with respect to acquisition and maintenance of conservation easements and open space preservation.



Menlo Park hit by seven burglaries Seven burglaries were reported on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Menlo Park: four on or near East Creek Drive, two on Coleman Avenue and one on Gilbert Avenue, according to the Menlo Park Police Department. An unlocked sliding glass door figured in a break-in and theft of jewelry and a small amount of cash from a home in the 600 block of Gilbert Avenue, police said. There is as yet no

estimate on the value of the stolen rings. A burglar got away with $4,000 in necklace, rings and cash in another break-in in the 800 block of Coleman Avenue, police said. In this incident, the burglar cut a hole in a window. In another Coleman Avenue incident, a burglar unlocked a window but took nothing, police said. There were no losses reported

Barn-in-the-field question returns for deliberation By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


he Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 18, will reconsider the question of whether a barn should be allowed in a privately owned field of grass located in a scenic corridor. A public hearing is the second item on the agenda in a meeting set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. The town’s general plan calls the field a community open space preserve. The couple who own it, Dr. Kirk Neely and Holly Myers, have applied to the Plan-


ning Commission to build a barn there. The field presents the roadside observer and Westridge neighborhood residents with a much loved landmark: the 1,900-foot peak of Windy Hill. From the road, the view traverses 100 yards or so of deep grass, often grazed by deer, and rises uninterrupted to the sky, climbing ridge upon ridge of cascading seasonal greens and browns. The barn is part of a larger plan that includes a cabana and pool, greenhouse, guest house and artist’s studio, but

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE Meets on call of Chair; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff on issues of community public safety, including police and fire services provided within the Town. RECREATION COMMITTEE Meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for three-year term. The Committee guides the activities of the community recreation programs. TRAILS COMMITTEE Meets second Thursday of each month, 3:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee reviews land divisions, subdivisions and conditional use permits for locations for equestrian, pedestrian and bicycle trails and makes recommendations to the staff and to the Planning Commission. WOODSIDE HISTORY COMMITTEE Meets second Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff regarding actions, policies and plans relating to historic preservation. Committees are volunteer positions and serve in an advisory capacity to the Town Council. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5:00 p.m., from the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, or telephone (650) 851-6790, or through the Town’s web site at Deadline for applications is Friday, January 20, 2012, 5:00 p.m. 16 N The Almanac NJanuary 18, 2012

in connection with three burglaries in the 100 block of East Creek Drive. Of these, the burglar forced open windows in two of them and used an unlocked sliding glass door for the third. A burglary on East Creek Place involved kicking in a doggie door and stealing food. Police could not provide details on exactly what kind of food was stolen.

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all of these structures would be located in less visible places on the couple’s 229-acre property at 555 Portola Road. The field is off limits for human habitation because an earthquake fault runs under a corner of it. A

Former intern named executive director Sustainable San Mateo County has named Adrienne Etherton of San Mateo as its executive director, replacing Kari Binley. Ms. Etherton has been with SSMC for a year, moving from an intern with the energy program into the administrator role. A native of Columbia, Illinois, she graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in industrial engineering. After moving to San Mateo in 2008, she became interested in sustainability, studying environmental science and taking many courses in energy efficiency and green building from PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center. Her recent role as administrator and program manager involved her in nearly all aspects of the organization, including development, event coordination, program management, and office administration. PEOPLE continued from page 12

and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Brady takes the helm from David Spreng, whom school officials credit with helping bringing the school in line with best practice standards for fiscal planning and financial management, increasing student enrollment by 20 percent, receiving accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, joining the National Association of Independent Schools, and expanding the use of technology throughout the school.

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Another rebirth for Kepler’s? One of the most difficult jobs a publisher must do is stand by when a longtime friend and business leader loses his grip on profitability and eventually calls it quits. That is not quite the scenario swirling around Kepler’s Books and Magazines, but it’s close. Last week Clark Kepler, who has steered this long-time independent bookstore through many bouts of tough times, finally decided to retire and turn over the reins to a young couple who have had ED ITORI AL some success at rejuvenating The opinion of The Almanac booksellers in other communities. For Clark, Kepler’s has always been a labor of love, as he followed in the footsteps of his father, Roy Kepler, who opened the store in 1955. Clark began working at the store in 1979 and was in charge when the new Kepler’s opened in Menlo Center in 1989. But even before Amazon came along and ripped the guts out of all independent booksellers, there was pricecutting competition from Borders and other mega stores that could sell books for less than Kepler’s could buy them. When Amazon was launched, at first it seemed like brick and mortar stores had a chance, but as more and more people clicked onto the Internet, and found out how easy and inexpensive it was to buy books online, it was the beginning of the end. As Clark said in last week’s story, “We realized six years ago that having good books sitting on shelves waiting for customers to come in wasn’t viable.” Another milestone in the life of Kepler’s goes back to 2005, when the store abruptly closed but was born again after a huge outpouring of support from the Menlo Park community, enough to raise $1 million from investors who became members of what was called the Patron’s Circle and who served as

the board of directors. The store reopened two months later and enjoyed some success, but was forced to make drastic changes in its business model. Although two million books were sold since then, generating millions of dollars in revenue, it still wasn’t enough to push forward into 2012. So with the help of his local “directors” and former Menlo Park resident and entrepreneur Praveen Madan and his wife, Christin Evans, Clark Kepler made the decision to step down and take some time off from the almost impossible challenge of selling real books in a day when the same material is being read on iPads, Nooks and other electronic devices for a fraction of the cost. The next step for Kepler’s will hinge on Mr. Madan and his wife, who have created The Booksmith, an independent bookstore in San Francisco, as well as Berkeley Arts and Letters, an artist and author lecture series. We hope they can continue the long-established tradition of making Kepler’s a gathering place for the community. Clark has promised he will continue to pursue his passion for the Shop Local program advanced by Hometown Peninsula, a group he co-founded several years ago that helps local merchants get their message out and learn new marketing techniques. As someone who has watched how chain stores and mega websites like Amazon destroy local merchants, Clark is an evangelist for Shop Local programs, which help small businesses connect with local residents. We look forward to hearing about the new plans for Kepler’s, as we are reminded by this transition that we must do everything we can to preserve our local merchants or we risk losing a vitally important part of our community. — Tom Gibboney

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Frequent shuttle could help Menlo merchants Editor: As part of the review of the Facebook project at the Planning Commission, I am raising the potential benefit of frequent shuttle service to downtown Menlo Park. I made similar comments on the review of Menlo Gateway. One key to our city benefiting from the presence of Facebook is connectivity to our established retail center. While the presence of Burgess facilities for mid-day and after-work recreation are a draw, generally Facebook employees are closer to Palo Alto’s University Avenue and have a history of going into Palo Alto from their previous location near Midtown. The ready availability of easy transport to our city center can make us more attractive. In general, shuttles can serve peak demand only (this is most common) or be “ready for the custom-

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Our Regional Heritage Searsville Lake was created when the town of Searsville was flooded in the 1890s to store water for San Francisco. The lake was a popular recreation area for boaters and sunbathers from the 1950s to the 1970s. The road to the lake was near the intersection of Sand Hill and Mountain Home roads.


L E T T ER S er.” The latter would mean that you don’t have to check a schedule to see if you can get to Stacks or Borrone, you just go, and more importantly, can get back quickly as needed. This frequency is the tipping point at which the shuttle would become dependable, and popular. A side benefit is boosted transit for neighborhoods en route. And, of course, shuttles replace single occupancy autos, i.e. “traffic.” I suggest that the City Council ask members of the transportation staff to determine the tipping point for attractive shuttle service that will bring a significant portion of the projected 9,400 Facebook workers into our retail center. The writer is a member of the Menlo Park Planning Commission. The letter was first submitted to the City Council.

Outraged at vandalism to scarecrows Editor: I was appalled at the destruction of the Girl Scouts Project in the Portola Valley meadow. What sick person did this? We must find them and have them replace what they destroyed. Speachless! Phyllis Quilter Sioux Way, Portola Valley

Blight no longer makes right By Jennifer Bestor

property taxes. Schools had blithely assumed back in 1981 that the state would generously hree weeks ago the California Supreme top up any shortfall to their coffers. NeedCourt abruptly stopped the redevelop- less to say, that backfill quickly emptied the ment merry-go-round. While Menlo state’s purse. Park city officials bid unhappy adieu to a So, while local city governments loudly rue subterranean revenue stream that allowed the dissolution of their redevelopment agenthem to address challenges in east Menlo Park, cies, the county’s school districts see a glimI personally am relieved that one of the tight mer of hope. For 20 more years, education random twists in the Gordian knot will not get anything near what it’s of California public finance has given up, but, from dissolving the been cut. Menlo Park agency alone, Sequoia For 30 years Menlo Park’s redevelUnion High School District may opment agency has consumed the see another $240,000 a year and lion’s share of property tax revenue Menlo Park City School District from Belle Haven and Willow Road another $70,000. — now over $10 million a year. Dissolving South San Francisco’s Borrowing against that tax stream redevelopment agency — with its GUEST further leveraged the agency’s ability $40 million a year in property tax OPINION to fund yesterday’s blight-reduction revenue — should release more initiatives out of tomorrow’s tax than $10 million a year directly dollars. Currently, over $63 million of Menlo into that economically disadvantaged district. redevelopment debt is outstanding, with debt- And everything that strengthens education service commitments that will consume over elsewhere now directly benefits Menlo Park $5 million annually for another 20 years. — a child who doesn’t have to move into our Among the expenditures was $2 million crowded school system for a good education is for the city’s gang and drug-related programs, one fewer to fund out of our fixed pot — and along with other blight-fighting activities. comes with a parent who does not have to add And $3 million of the tax stream made it a long commute to the region’s congestion and through to local agencies — overwhelmingly pollution. to the county and the Menlo Park Fire ProtecWhile some local districts like Ravention District, which wisely gave up only half swood and Redwood City won’t benefit as their allotted revenues to redevelopment. directly (their increased property tax revenue Fewer dollars flowed to our schools — will simply decrease the state’s obligation), nominally the largest beneficiaries of local anything that stabilizes the state’s financial


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situation helps them avoid further cuts and disruptions. Additionally, more local funding coming straight to them, rather than through the weak reed of Sacramento, means less borrowing to deal with the now-annual state payment deferrals. A significant one-time cash transfer to all underlying local services should also result from distribution of the remaining assets of the agency. In Menlo Park, $17.7 million in cash remains from the last round of borrowing. The new law divides it up based on the underlying tax allocations for district properties. Unless redevelopment lobbyists claw this back via threatened legislative action, the city of Menlo Park will receive around $1.5 million; Sequoia High School District, $2.2 million; Menlo Park City School District, $750,000; the county, $2 million to $3 million; the fire district, $1.5 million; and so forth. Are there clouds on the horizon? Of course. One-time windfalls are an invitation to every special interest. I would hope that local school districts fund one or two meaningful initiatives with lasting impact. Also, the former rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul nature of redevelopment funding for east Menlo Park’s special needs shouldn’t obscure the importance of addressing them. Our city, acting as our redevelopment agency, has tried hard to do good things for the “blighted” area. This change offers the opportunity to engage all Menlo residents openly in understanding and paying for these local highimpact programs. Jennifer Bestor writes occasionally about city and school district finances.

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