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Celebrating 50 years of friendship By Jane Knoerle Almanac Lifestyles Editor

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hey met at age 4. Fifty years later, Peter Katz and Bob Holland are celebrating five decades of friendship with 150 of their nearest and dearest on Saturday, April 21, at Portola Valley Town Center. The party will include live music, a buffet supper, a slide show, and the return of five childhood friends, who will once again “roast the hosts.” “For many with local roots, it’s a wonderful reunion and journey home,” says Peter. Bob and Peter both moved with their families to Portola Valley in 1961 (Bob to Zapata Way, Peter to Mapache Drive). The 4-year-olds met when Peter and his mom went for Almanac photo by Michelle Le a walk in their Westridge Best friends Peter Katz, left, and Bob Holland—here and below. neighborhood and happened on Bob and his older brother, Tom, sitting on the corner fire treating on Halloween, carol- Canada College and Hayward hydrant. They became instant ing at Christmas and annual State. Peter started a career friends. “Turkey Bowls” played at in high tech and settled on The boys went the Peninsula. all through He works with ‘We rode our bikes everywhere. We’d go off tech startups as a school together: Ormondale, Porall day long. Our parents would say “So long. marketing contola Valley Junior sultant and lives Be home by dark.”’ High, and Ravenin Menlo Park’s swood High Sharon Heights BOB HOLLAND School. Their area with his parents, Bob and Sue Katz Thanksgiving. wife, Meg Marks, and sons and Harry and Sally Holland, “We were pretty much insep- Zack, 14, and Ben, 13. became good friends. Mr. Katz, arable. We had a spare bed at Bob pursued music, includa member of a commission that our house that was referred to ing attending Berklee Colhelped Portola Valley incorpo- as Bob’s bed,” says Peter. “Even lege of Music in Boston and rate in the 1960s, still lives in our dogs visited each other.” later performing and teaching the Portola Valley house Peter Peter went on to UC Berke- music in Taiwan. He has his grew up in. ley; Bob played soccer at own blues band, “Souls of They’ve always shared a love Blue,” which will play at the of the outdoors, especially party, and gives private lesskiing and backpacking, as sons, mostly in guitar. He lives well as music and the arts, with his wife, Kelly O’Connor, says Peter. They performed on in Redwood City. stage together in school proBob was best man at Peter’s ductions of “Guys and Dolls” wedding (1994); and Peter at and “You’re a Good Man, Bob’s (1999). Charlie Brown.” During three summers in They remember an idyllic high school, Peter’s grandchildhood in the close-knit parents took both boys to Portola Valley community. Drakesbad Guest Ranch in “We rode our bikes everyLassen National Park. While where. We’d go off all day there, the boys met “two old long. Our parents would say See FRIENDS, page 14 ‘So long. Be home by dark,’” Bob says. There was trick-or

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Mayor, Facebook smiling over development terms Council to vote on agreement this week. ■

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oth Facebook and Menlo Park officials say they are happy with the terms of an agreement the two have come up with that will allow Facebook to have as many as 6,600 employees on its current campus. The agreement is scheduled for a vote by the Menlo Park City Council when it meets next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. After 10 weeks of negotiations between

Facebook and city officials, a draft of the have them here,” she said. terms for the development agreement Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds between the social networking giant and said Facebook plans “to be a very good the city was released on April 12. neighbor and these generous proposMayor Kirsten Keith als strongly underscore said she is “very hapthat commitment.” The py” with the proposed N MEN L O PARK terms, he said, include terms. “I’m very please “a comprehensive range and I think everybody of commitments to worked very well on creating this and I Menlo Park that build upon the inherent hope to see it approved on Tuesday,” she benefits we believe flow from Facebook’s said. entry into the community.” Mayor Keith said most of items that In addition to the changes Facebook were important to the city ended up in wants to make at its current site near the agreement including items that ben- the intersection of Willow Road and efit East Palo Alto. Bayfront Expressway, it is also seeking Facebook is “a fabulous addition to permission to eventually expand even Menlo Park and we are very fortunate to further by building new offices and a

parking garage on the nearby Constitution Drive site that could house another 2,800 employees. That development will be the subject of future negotiations and is not part of this development agreement. After Tuesday’s meeting, the Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Facebook project, including the environmental report and the development agreement on May 7; the council will hold another hearing on May 29, with June 5 expected to be the date for final action by the council. Among the development agreement terms See FACEBOOK, page 7

City reveals details of proposed downtown plan in memos EIR scheduled for release Thursday.

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efinements in the longrange plan that will govern development in downtown Menlo Park and along El Camino Real for the next 30 years will be released by the city on Thursday afternoon, April 19, when it publishes the environmental impact report and final version of the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan in preparation for Planning Commission discussion on Monday, April 30. Go to tinyurl.com/plan-42911 if you can’t wait to read the details of the final EIR and want to read city memos that were posted Friday on more than a dozen items the council had asked to explore further. Among the highlights:

■ Parking garage in Plaza 2. The memo says a parking structure on Parking Plaza 2 could provide between 250 and 310 parking spaces, depending on whether part of the parcel is left as a small park. The five-level structure would replace 95 existing spaces, with one level underground. ■ El Camino roadway and sidewalks. The memo suggests that four lanes with bike lanes and on-street parking is the preferred configuration for El Camino Real, and also suggests including curb extensions to improve pedestrian safety. ■ Senior housing. The memo recommends allowing senior housing in mixed-use zones, but without creating a separate zoning designation. Suggested developer incentives include reduced parking requirements and increased See SPECIFIC, page 8

Noisy nights for Caltrain neighbors Caltrain has announced that nighttime training of new train engineers may disrupt the sleep of nearby residents for several weeks. The training started on April 11 and runs through May 24, and may occur from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and also during some daytime and weekend hours. Jayme Ackemann, Caltrain’s government affairs officer, warns “communities located near the corridor will notice an increase in horn noise and

gate down time during the overnight hours as the training runs operate through their area.” The training will also take place on weekends when trains may be running at off-schedule times but will not pick up passengers. The training is planned to make the new engineers more familiar with local crossings and other local characteristics. Those who want to leave comments or concerns can call 508-7726.

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Lilly Mallinckrodt, left, and her sister Amanda enjoyed traditional Neopolitan pizza fresh from a woodfired oven run by the mobile restaurant Rolling In Dough Pizza on April 5 in Portola Valley.

Community has new venue to mingle while sampling range of ‘street food’ By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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he evening of March 22 in Portola Valley saw an upward bump in the number of popular places to eat, and the town may never be quite the same. The status quo returned later that night, but a Thursday evening routine had begun, one that is expected to continues until some time in August. People now gather in the parking lot of Christ Episcopal Church at 815 Portola Road between 5 and 7 p.m. to line up in front of food trucks for street food, or what passes for it on the Pen-

insula. The church is hosting the event to build community awareness, members told the Almanac. “I think the food truck is Northern California’s equivalent of street food,” said Jill Horn, the chief operating officer of Mobile Gourmet, an umbrella company that arranges for the varied offerings from some 28 food trucks. Ms. Horn, who happens to live in Portola Valley, co-founded the company with Lorring Jones of Pleasanton. While these trucks may sell tacos, they do not announce their arrival with La Cucaracha See STREET FOOD, page 9

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t’s crowded on Woodside’s roads, paths and trails. Cyclists, equestrians, pedestrians and motorists, residents and nonresidents, contend sometimes for their right to proceed, whether to a beach, a park, a winding rural road, a garage, a parking space. Weekends are notoriously difficult, and any day can be risky going by foot or bike to the town center or the school. It’s an old story for residents, and there are inflexible realities that bear on it, including narrow roads and fixed rights of way. A knotty problem, to be sure. Sounds like a job for a citizens advisory committee, the Town Council said at its April 10 meeting. Citizens advisory committees happen to be on the minds of council members. With the town’s general plan recently revised, it is an opportune time, they said, to consider the missions of the nine advisory committees and whether they line up with the goals in the revised plan. One goal addresses the issue of getting around town, referred to as circulation: “Improve the circulation system to balance the needs of motorists, bicyclists, equestrians, and pedestrians.� The council considered the idea of a Circulation Committee that could perhaps absorb purviews of the Trails Committee, which tends to focus on equestrian issues, and the Bicycle Committee. If there is a third rail in Woodside politics, it is equestrian issues. The council touched it, albeit gently, in appearing to question the existence of the generically named Trails Committee. An equestrian focus, council members said, may be better suited for a new committee dedicated solely to equestrian interests and heritage. Then there are the cyclists. If there is a thorn in the side of Woodside culture, it is out-oftown cyclists. The town is inundated with them on weekends and visited by a knot of 50 to 100 every weekday around noon. The Bicycle Committee rarely meets; reaching a quorum is reportedly difficult. Significantly, observers have described the bicycle and trails committees as not on speaking terms. A Circulation Committee could start a dialog.

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Go for it, said Bicycle Committee Chair Millo Fenzi and some 12 other residents in a letter to the council. A postscript names 30 more residents who wrote letters for the record, including “concerned parents� and members of the local school board and PTA. Not so fast, said Trails Committee member Mary Fentress Hall, who said she was speaking for herself. The Trails Committee embodies important and esoteric knowledge on how to oversee a complex system of horse trails. Pedestrians are “in the mindset� of the committee, but because pedestrians never attend meetings, “something is getting lost,� Ms. Hall said. “If the pedestrians don’t feel represented, they need to come to the meetings and tell us what we’re not doing properly.� “Bicycles, I admit, we’ve done nothing for,� she said. “The Bicycle Committee needs a lot more help in trying to solve their thing with cars.� “The situation around Town Center ... is a disaster for everybody,� Ms. Hall added. “I know what the solutions are, it’s just that the California Department of Transportation doesn’t want them.� (Caltrans regulates state Highway 84, Woodside’s artery.) Fighting it out?

On the council, Mayor Dave Tanner and members Ron Romines and Deborah Gordon expressed support for the idea of re-examining committee missions. Councilwoman Anne Kasten said she wanted to hear more from the committees. (Councilmen Dave Burow and Peter Mason were absent.) Councilman Tom Shanahan spoke up for preserving the committees as constituted, with a trial run for a Circulation Committee focused on congestion in the center of town. If interests on the circulation and trails committees were to overlap, “let them fight it out,� Mr. Shanahan said. “I think you guys are in a cloud of nevernever land.� Don’t disband what’s working, said Alexis Bartlo, of the Livestock and Animal Control Committee, whose members are mostly equestrians. Equestrian concerns are the ones “most endangered when it comes to pragmatic solutions,� she said. Mayor Tanner asked her how she would deal with an overlap See CHARTER, page 7


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are: Facebook will make annual payments to Menlo Park, to make up for the sales taxes that a different type of business might pay, once the agreement to allow more than the current limit of 3,600 employees on campus is in place. The payments would be $800,000 per year for years one to five; $900,000 per year for years six to 10; $1,000,000 per year for years 11 to15; and then adjusted annually above $1 million. based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the remaining years. The first 10 years of payments are guaranteed, but after that Facebook can revert to the previous cap of 3,600 employees or lower the number of vehicle trips allowed in and out of the campus and reduce the payment. ■ Facebook will make a onetime-payment to the city of $1.1 million that the city can use for any capital improvement projects. ■ Facebook will make an additional payment to the city if the city secures other funding for measures that are required by the Environmental Impact Report, such as roadway improvements. ■ Facebook will create a local community fund with an initial $500,000 contribution. The fund will be created in partnership with an existing nonprofit organization and will have at least three board members appointed by Facebook, one appointed by Menlo Park and one appointed by East Palo Alto. ■ Facebook will create a high school internship program for students who live in the Ravenswood School District boundaries with at least 10 internships each summer. ■ Facebook will sponsor jobtraining programs and events. It will work with a local training program such as Jobtrain to expand training for local residents, create an ongoing quarterly series of career development workshops, and host a session on how to become a Facebook employee as well as requiring future vendors to notify local residents when they are hiring. ■ Facebook will provide housing assistance through potential investments in low-income housing tax credits and will support a housing project in Menlo Park, by either investing in the project, committing to leasing units or allowing the developer to market the project to Facebook employees. ■ Facebook will cooperate to underground electrical transmission lines. ■ Facebook will work to help close the Bay Trail Gap and may ■

help pay some of the costs of the project. ■ Facebook will participate in the Caltrans Adopt-a-Highway program for five years. ■ Facebook will continue the Facebucks program with local businesses for at least three years. It will try to use local vendors for on-campus goods and services and will use the Menlo Gateway hotel if that project is developed. ■ Facebook will promote local volunteer opportunities for Facebook employees. ■ Facebook will improve the Bayfront Expressway undercrossing. ■ Facebook will explore the creation of a Willow Road business improvement district and contribute seed funding of up to $50,000. ■ Facebook will make ecologically sensitive improvements to the existing public trails around the perimeter of the east campus, working to make the area more pedestrian friendly. ■ When performing work that might affect the baylands, Facebook will hire an environmental consultant. ■ Facebook will cooperate with the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and adopt various policies to protect the local wildlife and ecosystem. ■ Facebook will maintain and improve nearby levees. ■ Facebook will adhere to a vehicle trip cap of 15,000 per day, with no more than 2,600 each in the morning and evening commute hours, from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. ■ Facebook will try to get a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold award for the energy efficiency of every building on the campus. ■ Facebook will pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. ■ Facebook will pay up to $1 million for pedestrian crossing improvements at Willow Road and US-101. ■ The agreement is contingent on Facebook’s coming to an agreement with East Palo Alto. Although not part of the term sheet for the development agreement, the staff report for Tuesday’s meeting says that Facebook has agreed to stiff financial penalties for violating the trip cap. The penalty would be $50 per trip per day, with the penalty doubling if the cap is exceeded in two consecutive months or for four months within any six-month period. The penalty would double again if the cap was exceeded for six consecutive months. The staff report also says that because the Facebook offices are so close to East Palo Alto part of any penalties paid will probably

N MEETING SCHEDULE A number of public meetings to consider the Facebook development are scheduled between now and June. Here are some important dates: ■ Monday, April 23, the final environmental Impact Report (EIR) and final financial impact assessment (FIA) are scheduled for public release. The documents will be available on Menlo Park’s Facebook Campus Project page, at menlopark.org; and in hard copy in the Community Development department at City Hall, 701 Laurel St.; and the Menlo Park library, 800 Alma St. ■ Monday, May 7 — Planning Commission public hearing to review and make a recommendation on the requested East Campus Conditional Development Permit amendment, heritage tree removals, final EIR, final FIA and development agreement. ■ Tuesday, May 29 — City Council public hearing to review the requested East Campus Conditional Development Permit amendment, heritage tree removals, final EIR, final FIA, and introduction of an ordinance for the development agreement. ■ Tuesday, June 5 — City Council second reading of the ordinance for the development agreement. Contact Rachel Grossman at rmgrossman@menlopark.org or 330-6737 for more information.

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they represent “an immense passion that needs its place to be,” Mr. Fenzi added. Bicycle issues are a four-watt bulb compared with the 5,000 watts around equestrian concerns, he said. There’s more to come. Town Hall staff will be developing a draft charter for a Circulation Committee, based on Portola Valley’s recently formed Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee.

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in committee interests. The Circulation Committee should focus on Town Center congestion, Ms. Bartlo replied. Mr. Romines asked about the idea of creating an Equestrian Committee. “My concern is that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Ms. Bartlo replied, and suggested that the Trails Committee simply contribute two members to the Circulation Committee.

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Supervisor candidates raise $80,000 By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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ver the first three months of 2012, donors gave a total of $79,896 to the eight candidates running for the District 4 seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, according to campaign finance reports provided by the county Elections Office. Although the candidates represent districts, they run-county wide, and that can be expensive. Among the expenses: buying a refined list of likely voters, and hiring a campaign consultant who can develop an effective strategy. With turnout expected to be low in the June election, candidates focus on the 100,000 or so people expected to vote in a county of 333,000 registered voters. Impressing those likely voters with key endorsements from elected officials is seen as crucial.

In the June election, if none of the eight candidates in the District 4 race gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two voter-getters run again in November, when the presidential race will attract a far larger voter turnout. The District 4 seat is now occupied by Rose Jacobs Gibson, who is termed out. The district includes Menlo Park, Redwood City, East Palo Alto and unincorporated North Fair Oaks and Oak Knoll. Running unopposed for re-election in their districts are incumbent supervisors Dave Pine and Adrienne Tissier. Money raised

Shelly Masur, a member of the Redwood City School Board, continues to lead in fundraising. She has raised $60,940, including $32,738 during the most recent reporting period, Jan. 1 to March

Local donors give $803,000 to Obama Mitt Romney’s local take: $399,000. ■

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ndividuals listing ZIP codes in the Almanac’s area — Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside — have given approximately $1.26 million to the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns as of Feb. 29, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics. President Barack Obama’s campaign received a total of $802,993 as of Feb. 29 from individuals who listed ZIP codes in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside, according to the OpenSecrets.org, the website of the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign take from those same four communities was about half that: $399,390, according to the website. Under the law, individuals are limited to donations of $2,500 per campaign for each election. Since there are two elections this year — the primary in June and the general in the November — an individual’s total gift can reach $5,000. If such donations count for anything in an era of no limits at all for “super” political action committees, local donors to Mr. Obama’s campaign appear to be blowing the doors off the fundraising of his likely opponent in the fall, Mr. Romney. However, because Mr. Obama is the unopposed choice of his party, his donors have been allowed to give for both the pri-

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he Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Kirsten Keith in the crowded race for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Menlo Park Mayor Keith announced in press release on April 8. What Ms. Keith didn’t say, however, is that the Sierra Club has also endorsed another candidate, Redwood City School Board member Shelly Masur. At least one local newspaper ran the news of Ms. Keith’s endorsement without mentioning Ms. Masur, and was asked to run a

correction by the Sierra Club. “Both are really good candidates — the county would be lucky to have either of them,” said Melissa Hippard, endorsement team leader for Loma Prieta Sierra Club Chapter. She said the chapter has not issued its own press release about the endorsement because they cover three counties and are making endorsements in dozens of races, so want to issue only one press release per county after all the endorsements are decided. Six of the eight supervisor candidates went through the Sierra Club’s rigorous endorsement process, Ms. Hippard said, including

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Donors

The eight candidates for District 4 collected contributions from 203 donors during the first three months of the year. Some of the better-known donors are listed below. (A more complete list will be posted on AlmanacNews.com.) ■ For Shelly Masur: Woodside investment manager Ken Fisher gave $1,000, while San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley gave $500 from his 2010 campaign

fund. Former Menlo Park mayor Heyward Robinson gave $250. ■ For Kirsten Keith: Property developer David Bohannon gave $1,000. Former county supervisor Mike Nevin of Daly City gave $500, as did Menlo Park architect Sam Sinnott. Former council members Lee Duboc and Dee Tolles each gave $250; Menlo Park Fire Protection District board member Robert Silano gave $200; former councilman Chuck Kinney, community activist Henry Riggs and Stanford University spokesman Larry Horton each gave $100; and Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson gave $50. ■ For Warren Slocum: Former deputy assessor Terry Flinn of San Mateo gave $1,000. Former county controller Tom Huening gave $500. ■ For Carlos Romero: Portola Valley Mayor Maryann Moise Derwin gave $1,000. Giving $100 each were former Menlo Park mayors Mary Jo Borak and Steve Schmidt. A

Local presidential campaign donors Atherton

Menlo Park

Portola Valley

Woodside

Candidate totals

Barack Obama

$211,662 from 71 donors

$270,393 143 donors

$114,863 from 76 donors

$206,075 from 98 donors

$802,993* from 388 donors

Mitt Romney

$155,950 from 86 donors

$85,900 from 59 donors

$63,940 from 40 donors

$93,600 from 64 donors

$399,390 from 249 donors

Ron Paul

$5,500

$2,407

$2,750

$16,204

$26,861

Newt Gingrich

$18,750

$1,250

$1,500

$2,500

$24,000

Rick Santorum

$3,250

$2,000

$1,250

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$6,500

Community totals

$204,612

$361,950

$184,303

$318,379

$1.26 million

* Barack Obama’s numbers are skewed because he is the unopposed choice of his party and, therefore, his donors can give up to $5,000 — $2,500 for the primary election and $2,500 for the general election. Mitt Romney donors are limited to $2,500 donations until he is nominated. Source: Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org)

mary and general elections, and some 107 individuals listing ZIP codes in the Almanac’s circulation area have done that. Mr. Romney’s donors are limited to individual donations of $2,500. If he is nominated, they can give up to $2,500 more.

Sierra Club endorses Keith, Masur By Barbara Wood

has raised a total of $12,299. Andy Cohen, a member of the Menlo Park City Council, joined the race in early February and has raised $1,610, and lent his campaign an additional $8,000. David E. Woods, a member of the East Palo Alto City Council, has raised a total of $1,000. Three candidates spent money on political consultants: $23,300 spent by Mr. Morantes, $6,250 by Mr. Schmidt, and $4,000 by Ms. Masur.

face-to-face interviews and written responses to questions. The club looks for environmental leaders it thinks it can work with, she said, and both Ms. Keith, whom the chapter had endorsed when she ran for a City Council seat, and Ms. Masur met their criteria. “It’s unusual if not unheard of” to endorse two candidates, Ms. Hippard said, but they have made other dual endorsements. Lest one think Ms. Keith an opportunist for not mentioning the endorsement was a dual one, Ms. Masur on her website also claims the Sierra Club endorsement, without mentioning Ms. Keith. A

With the general election donations factored out, Mr. Obama’s total drops to about $619,500. Just one resident is on record as having given significantly to both parties: Timothy Draper, a principal at the Menlo Park venSPECIFIC continued from page 5

density allowances. ■ Retail grouping along El Camino Real. The memo supports making El Camino Real a mixed-use neighborhood with pedestrian-friendly retail, including restaurants and small stores, along with offices and residences. It suggests grouping retail uses along El Camino near downtown Menlo Park and at Middle Avenue and El Camino. ■ Economic analysis of regulations for potential projects. The memo says mixed-use residential development with the proposed densities should generate a profit for the developers at current land

ture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Mr. Draper gave the $2,500 maximum to Mr. Romney for his primary campaign, and gave that same amount twice to Mr. Obama, once for the primary and once for the general election. A

values, but residential development with the proposed densities might have more financial problems. Worse off are mixed-use office projects at current market rents, which do not appear economically feasible even with increased density. “Under current market conditions, it is unlikely that new office development will occur in the study area for most small and large parcels,” the memo says. Other items discussed in the memos include building heights and setbacks, bike lanes, sustainability, live/work zoning and restaurants. A


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Community mingles and feasts STREET FOOD continued from page 5

playing from a loudspeaker. A 2012 Michelin star shines over Sanguchon, a truck associated with the Peruvian restaurant La Costanera in Montara. The Sanguchon truck visited Portola Valley on April 5 and eventually ran out of $8 pulled pork sandwiches, one of which went to this reporter who, while eating it, paused to look around for angels and other indications of a heavenly venue. Sanguchon will return, but probably not right away, Ms. Horn said. “We kind of juggle what we think the people would like,� she said. “We always have something that will appeal to the kids in addition to something that the adults can’t normally get.� The kids meal that night: pizza

from a wood-fired portable oven, at $12. Participation has grown from Mobile Gourmet’s first days at the Hiller Aviation museum in San Carlos, where a noon routine continues. The ball really got rolling with the arrival of Vietnamese sandwiches by NomNom, a regular on the reality TV show Great American Food Truck Race, Ms. Horn said. “It boosted our attendance there and encouraged other trucks to work with us,� she said. “Lots of trucks are now calling us.� She and her partner vet wouldbe participants in the obvious way: They try their food. If they like it, the truck is invited to the Hiller Aviation event, and if that works out, they graduate to places like Portola Valley and the 3rd Door restaurant in Palo Alto,

Menlo library to close for month some time in May for renovation By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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enlo Park’s library will close for up to a month starting some time in May to install new carpeting, remodel the circulation area and ready the library for a new radio frequency identification (RFID) check-out system. The City Council approved the project at its March 13 meeting, yet the exact dates of the closure had not been made public by the

Almanac’s press time. Library Director Susan Holmer told the Almanac that she is working on a press release and “FAQs� — frequently asked questions — which should be available by early this week. According to a report made to the council by Ruben Nino, assistant director of public works, the library carpeting has not been replaced since 1991. The new carpeting will be installed in the form of tiles so worn areas can more easily be

Ms. Horn said. Is cleanliness a factor? “It actually is really important,� Ms. Horn said. “We’re close with the different health departments. The health inspectors are really thorough.� And imagination in the menu, where does that rank? “It’s really important� to have food that can’t be easily found in a restaurant, she said. Part of the charm is the novelty. “People like to be outside and they like the tables and chairs and they like umbrellas and they like it to be a good atmosphere,� she said. The run on pulled pork sandwiches is a growing pain, an indication that they’re still working on how many people to expect, Ms. Horn said. “In general, they don’t run out,� she added.

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replaced, Mr. Nino reported. The upgrades to the circulation area, which were approved in 2006, will make it easier for patrons to check out their own items and improve the staff work areas, he said. The RFID system will offer the library more security and ease of checkout, and better inventory control, Mr. Nino reported. The system will be purchased and installed by the county library system. The carpet replacement is expected to cost about $115,000, while the remodeling of the circulation area will cost another $90,000, Mr. Nino’s report says. A

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A community health education series from Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Reversing Anatomy Remakes Shoulders

First, she tried arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to smooth the roughened edges of bone within her left shoulder joint. Finding little relief from that procedure, she took the next step, a full joint replacement, in 2000. A year after that surgery, not only was there again little change in pain, but she also lost much of her shoulder’s range of motion. Driesen gave up. “I just figured I had to make do with it.” Driesen did her best to make do. She is right-handed; after several years, however, she noticed that her increasing dependence on that right arm had a downside: The pain in that shoulder increased, too. Not wanting to push that shoulder beyond its limits, Driesen finally decided to risk another surgery. This time, she would make certain that she would choose the most experienced orthopaedic surgeon she could find and someone who specialized in shoulder replacement. “I really wanted to make sure that this time it would be done right,” she said. Even at 76, she was still active, a busy woman who often baby-sat

her toddler granddaughter. She was not willing to settle for pain reduction only; she wanted function, too. After some considered looking, she found John Costouros, MD, at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Costouros told her what she already suspected: Her only option was a surgery very different from her original. To restore her ability to move her shoulder, she needed a reverse shoulder replacement.

“I really wanted to make sure that this time it would be done right.” – Carol Driesen, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics The anatomy of the shoulder presents a special challenge for repairs. The ballshaped top of the humerus bone fits neatly into the glenoid, the curved space at the end of the scapula. A standard shoulder replacement puts a new cap on the humerus and a new lining on the curved wall on the glenoid. But the joint gains most of its mobility from a ring of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. If that cuff is torn beyond repair, the standard shoulder replacement will do little to restore the shoulder’s function or to eliminate pain.

Different Thinking

Norbert von der Groeben

With the reverse shoulder replacement, the humerus is transformed into the new base for the socket, capped with a socket-shaped top; the curve of the glenoid becomes the new ball, implanted with a rounded platform. The deltoid muscle then takes over for the rotator cuff and acts as the lever for the arm, becoming the prime mover of the shoulder joint.

Driesen’s surgeon, John Costouros, did a fellowship in Switzerland with one of the world’s foremost experts in reverse shoulder procedure. “I really had the opportunity to learn from everything they’d learned over the years,” Costouros said. By the time Driesen came to see Costouros at Stanford, he had completed more than 300 reverse shoulder surgeries. 12 N The Almanac NApril 18, 2012

Norbert von der Groeben

The pain in Carol Driesen’s left shoulder started out as the kind of garden variety arthritis ache that many people usually begin to notice sometime in their 50s. Driesen tried a variety of arthritis medications with little effect. Then came the day when she decided to do something more. “I was taking a class, sitting at a desk, not doing anything physical and still practically whimpering from the pain,” Driesen said.

Driesen’s bone loss was so substantial and her rotator cuff so damaged that the reverse shoulder procedure was the only option. Costouros also would need to take

The pain in Carol Driesen’s left shoulder started out as the kind of garden variety arthritis ache that many people usually begin to notice sometime in their 50s. Driesen tried a variety of arthritis medications with little effect. part of her pelvic bone as a graft to reconstruct her glenoid so it would be stable enough to support the new implant. It would be a complicated surgery, but Driesen had confidence in Costouros. The reverse shoulder procedure was performed in Europe for decades before it was approved for use in the United States, in 2004. Costouros did an additional fellowship in Switzerland with one of the field’s most prominent surgeons to gain additional experience with the reverse shoulder replacement and other innovative procedures. “I really had the opportunity to learn from everything they’d learned over the years in Europe,” Costouros said. By the time Driesen came to see him at Stan-

ford, he had completed more than 300 reverse shoulder surgeries. He had also become a well-known trainer of other surgeons throughout the country.

“In the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve really seen an explosion in our understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder and of things that happen at the molecular level.” – John Costouros, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics “I liked him very much,” Driesen said. “He didn’t push and he told me what I might expect. He was very confident and his confidence built mine.”

Carol Driesen wanted to make sure her second shoulder replacement would be done right. Even at 76, she was still active, a busy woman who often baby-sat her toddler granddaughter. She was not willing to settle for pain reduction only; she wanted function, too. Three months after her surgery at Stanford, she’s well on her way.


Shoulder replacements are a relatively new procedure. The first widely used shoulder implant became available in the early 1950s and was based on designs for hip replacements. It was very much a one-size-fits-all, Costouros said, with little adaptability for differences in body size. “They didn’t perform very well,” he said. By the 1990s, the parts for shoulder replacements had become more modular, so surgeons could choose the proper size for each patient.

special feature

Looking over the Shoulder How It Works t Its boney structure is simple−the ball at the top of the arm bone, or humerus, and the socket, the curved portion of the scapula, called the glenoid. t It has the widest range of motion of any joint in the body, and so is prone to a variety of unique injuries. t The motion of shoulder is enabled by soft tissue structures: the circular set of muscles that form the rotator cuff provide elevation and rotation of the shoulder; the deltoid muscle; a part of the biceps muscle; ligaments; tendons; joint capsule; and several bursa, fluid-filled sacs that act as buffers between the bones and tendons.

Discovering New Options

In the future, Costouros said, such replacements may be outdated by cellbased therapies to modulate conditions like arthritis. Driesen was hospitalized for just two days after her surgery. “I was progress-

Norbert von der Groeben

The combined improvements, and the introduction of the reverse shoulder procedure, have made shoulder replacements the fastest growing segment of joint replacement types, Costouros said. “In the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve really seen an explosion in our understanding of the anatomy Working with a physical therapist is very important, Costouros and biomechanics of the shoulder, said, “because of the complexity of the shoulder, it can be predisposed to stiffness. It’s important to work with a therapist better surgical techniques, and throughout the different phases of recovery, which usually things that happen at the motake three to four months.” lecular level,” he said. “Because of that, we’ve been able to design ing so quickly and I was off all pain better implants and better implantation medications after 10 days,” she said. methods. Outcomes and longevity of “I’ve had no pain since then.” She began shoulder implants today are far supephysical therapy, which she said hasn’t rior, enabling patients to obtain predictbeen painful either and continues now able pain relief and function that in past at two months following surgery. “It years was not possible” has increased my range of motion to the point where lying down I can lift my In Driesen’s shoulder, Costouros saw the arm from down at my side to up over kind of deterioration that has become my head and hold my arm straight up well known to occur in older implants. pretty much indefinitely,” she said. “The prosthesis had loosened in the socket, and its plastic showed wear. It had all shifted and migrated due to “Outcomes and longevity of the development of a rotator cuff tear.” shoulder implants today are far Without the surgery, Driesen would superior, enabling patients to have lost more and more function, he obtain predictable pain relief and said, and her pain would have increased. “This procedure really is a life-changing function that in past years was not and dramatic intervention for patients,” possible.” he said.

How It Goes Wrong t Ironically, the more active we are the more likely we are to injure the shoulder. Age is another aggressor against the shoulder as are genetics: Osteoarthritis often affects the shoulder joint. t The most commonly injured part of the shoulder is the rotator cuff, the combination of muscles, tendons and ligaments that provides the shoulder its widest range of motion. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is sensitive to repetitive motions like pitching a baseball, swinging a tennis racquet, or swimming. Contact sports like wrestling or football, however, often cause sprains, strains, dislocations and occasionally tears of important structures of the shoulder. t Many shoulder injuries can be treated with injections of antiinflammatory medications, physical therapy and activity modification. Surgery might be required if conservative treatment fails or will not cure the problem. Many procedures to repair the shoulder are now possible with the minimally invasive approach called arthroscopic surgery, performed through small incisions and as an outpatient procedure.

– John Costouros, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Working with a physical therapist is very important, Costouros said, “because of the complexity of the shoulder, it can be predisposed to stiffness. It’s important to work with a therapist throughout the different phases of recovery, which usually take three to four months.” Even though Driesen’s recovery will continue as she builds back strength in her left arm, she is happy with the improvement. “It certainly has made me more comfortable and more able to do the things I want to do,” she said.

On the left, Driesen’s original shoulder replacement implant; on the right, her reversed shoulder implant, with the ball shape implanted into the glenoid and a new socket at the top of her humerus.

For more information about the reverse shoulder procedure at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, visit stanfordhospital.org/reverseshoulder or call 1.866.742.4811. Join us at http://stanfordhospital.org/socialmedia. 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 www.youtube.com/stanfordhospital.

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 http://stanfordhospital.org/.

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Join us this summer for fantastic and fun filled week with our beautiful horses and ponies! Each day Campers have riding instruction, develop horsemanship skills, create fun crafts and enjoy with our kids’ jump course. In addition, campers learn beginning vaulting, visit our Full Surgical Vet Clinic, and much more! Voted the best horse camp by discerning young campers. Choose English, Western or Cowboy/Cowgirl. Ages 5-15 welcome. Convenient close-in Menlo Park location and online Registration and Payment with either PayPal or Google Checkout.

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By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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espite recently announced changes in the plans for high-speed rail in California that lower the price and address other Peninsula cities’ concerns, Menlo Park’s City Council agreed in an April 9 closed session meeting to continue a lawsuit it has filed with Atherton and Palo Alto against the California High Speed Rail Authority. In November a judge delivered a mixed ruling on the suit, which was filed under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The ruling agreed with the Peninsula cities that the environmental impact report’s traffic analysis needs work. But the local cities also want the EIR to re-examine the projected ridership numbers, the effect of a two-track system that would combine Caltrain with new high speed trains, and the effect of elevated tracks on the areas, such as Menlo Park, that they would pass through, according to Menlo Park Public Works Director Chip Taylor. A press release issued after

the meeting said the council members believe “the newly proposed ‘blended system’ serves as a promising long term solution as it would improve the use of the existing right of way, provide electrification and potentially provide a quieter, more efficient system.” However, council members still fear that the more intensive four-track system that was originally proposed could still be built because that option is focused on in all the environmental documents for the rail project. “None of the EIR versions have adequately considered or analyzed the ‘blended’ system set forth in the new business plan. In addition, the EIRs do not address the impact of having an elevated structure along the Peninsula,” the press release states. Mayor Kirsten Keith said in a statement that the city cannot fully support the project until the rail authority “provide(s) certainty that the four-track system is no longer under consideration, that the ridership study will be redone, and that the project will not be exempt from the current CEQA process.”

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guys” who said they’d been friends for 50 years. “We could do that, and a lot younger!” they thought. That was the genesis of their 10-year celebrations. The first: “Blast from the Past” took place in 1982 when each was 24. Two hundred people attended their first “Celebration of Friendship” at Peter’s parents’ house, including six close friends leading a “celebrity roast.” “I catered it myself at $1.50 a head,” says Bob, with a laugh. The party was such a huge success they decided to repeat the event every 10 years. “It’s the ultimate schmooze fest.

Everybody catches up with each other,” says Bob. Last year the two families returned to Drakesbad, where Bob and Peter posed as the “two old guys” on the bench, who now could celebrate 50 years of friendship. The April 21 party will be multi-generational. Friends will fly in from Washington, D.C., Seattle and Southern California. Steven Ullman of Los Angeles, a producer of stage plays, will return again to serve as master of ceremonies. June Fuji, their second-grade teacher, will be a special guest. After the party’s over, Peter and Bob will stop by that corner fire hydrant in Westridge and drink a toast to a friendship that has lasted 50 years.

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Council, commission gearing up for month of big-issue reviews by Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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enlo Park’s City Council has approved a brutal schedule of meetings for itself in the four-week period from May 22 to June 12 to discuss and take final action on a number of issues that could affect the city for decades to come, including Facebook, the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, and the city budget for the next fiscal year. The schedule was unanimously approved at a special council meeting on April 9. The meeting schedule was proposed by new City Manager Alex McIntyre, who warned the council that hearings on Facebook and the specific plan could each last five hours. In an acknowledgement of how difficult the pace might be, the council also reserved on additional meeting, on June 19, in case the items can’t be completed on time. The meeting dates are: ■ Tuesday, May 22, for a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012-13 budget and capital improvement program. ■ Tuesday, May 29, for a public hearing on the Facebook land-use entitlements, development agreement, and final environmental impact report. ■ Tuesday, June 5, for a public hearing on the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan and its final environmental impact report. ■ Tuesday, June 12, to adopt the ordinances finalizing the council’s actions concerning the Facebook

project, finalizing the council’s actions concerning the specific plan, and adopting the budget and capital improvement program. ■ Tuesday, June 19, any items that can’t be completed under the proposed schedule. Council members also responded to public comments at the meeting by asking that all staff reports for Planning Commission meetings on Facebook and the specific plan for downtown/El Camino Real be released at least a week before any meetings on those items to give the public time to review them. Nancy Couperus of the Downtown Alliance had protested the proposed schedule before the meeting, calling it in an email “alarming” because “it provides little time for the public, the Planning Commission and other commissions to review and provide input on the documents.” It is not only the City Council that will be kept busy considering all these items. In a move he calls in his report “unprecedented,” Mr. McIntyre also has advised the council to tell the Planning Commission “that it has a limited timeframe” to consider and make recommendations on each of these items before the council hears them. “No matter what the council decides to do with its own calendar for hearings, the Planning Commission still will need to expeditiously, yet still thoughtfully, work through its own hearings on these,” he said in his report. A

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Learn German by way of Fairytale! GASPA is taking Summer Camp into the world of fairy tales and everything that comes with it…in German of course! Offering a 4 week program for children ages 3-12.

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Harker Summer Programs

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

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

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Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

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

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Take hobbies further! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford and 60+ universities in 27 states.. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).

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Learn different aspects of video game creation, app development, filmmaking, photography, and more. 2-week programs where ages 13-18 interact with industry professionals to gain competitive edge. iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy are held at Stanford, and other universities.

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ISTP’s Language Immersion Summer Camp ISTP Summer Camp is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to spend their summer break having fun learning or improving in a second language. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language of proficiency. Our camp offers many immersion opportunities and consists of a combination of language classes and activities taught in the target language. Sessions are available in French, Mandarin, Chinese and English ESL and run Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm, with additional extnding care from 3:30-5:30pm.

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Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program

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Menlo Park

Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Class Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips.

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Increases Grades, Confidence and Motivation. Academic pressure to stand out. Social pressure to fit in. It’s not easy being a high school or middle school student. Straight A or struggling, kids are overwhelmed by homework, activities, and technology distractions. SuperCamp provides strategies to help kids succeed. Bobbi DePorter created SuperCamp to empower kids. Now in its 30th year with 64,000 graduates, SuperCamp builds study skills, self-esteem, and test scores. SuperCamp works. Parent Patty M. says, “We saw a jump in grades … the things she learned about her worth are of lasting value.”

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Children entering Grades 1 to 8 are invited to explore the arts July 16 - 20, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops available in guitar, dance, voice, and songwriting. Put together a musical from start to finish. Performance on Friday night. Register online.

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India Community Center Palo Alto/ Sunnyvale/ Summer Camps Milpitas/Olema Join ICC’s Cultural Camps which give campers a quick tour of India and its vibrant culture. These camps include arts, crafts, folk dance, bollywood dance, music, yoga, Indian history and geography. Over 10 different camps all through the summer for Grades K-12. To register or for more details visit:

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Art camps are fun, and stimulate visual perception and cognitive thinking. Week-long camps are available for kids and teens 5 – 18, from June 18 to August 19, including Glass Fusing, Cartooning, Printmaking and Claymation.

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PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades kindergarten to 6th, a wide array of fun opportunities! K-1 Fun for the youngest campers, Nothing But Fun for themed-based weekly sessions, Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Registration is online. Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto!

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TechKnowHow Computer Palo Alto/ & LEGO Camps Menlo Park/Sunnyvale Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14 Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, Electronics, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multisession discounts available.

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

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Fighting imaginary wildfires: part of the drill By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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n Portola Valley last week, 50 horses escaped their enclosures amid five wildfires — or so 12 firefighting crews from departments across San Mateo County were told to imagine as they assembled for drills on fighting fires in forested communities. With the Woodside Fire Protection District hosting the weeklong event from April 9 through 13, fire trucks cruised Portola Road between set ups at the fire station near Alpine Road, at the Spring Down Open Space just south of Town Center, and at the parking lot of Christ Episcopal Church just north of Town Center. “It’s a big, (annual) multidisciplined exercise” in wildfire fighting skills, Training Captain Jake Pelk of the Central County Fire Department said in an interview. “It’s more or less to get us prepared for what we know is a viable threat.” The focus this year: transport of water, a scarce resource in fighting a wildfire, Mr. Pelk said. A fire truck with a 500-

gallon water tank was refilled at the exercise’s one “working” hydrant and shuttled to the scene, where it was pumped into another truck that supplied a firefighter with a hose pointed at a supposedly burning tree. The gear is designed for wildfires. The hoses are bright yellow for visibility in low-light conditions, lighter in weight so as to be easier to drag over longer distances and rougher terrain than in urban settings, and smaller in diameter in recognition of the likelihood of scarce water, Mr. Pelk said. Also lighter in weight and bright yellow are the firefighters’ outfits, a color that could protect them by being seen from aircraft dropping water on a fire. “Water’s like 8-1/4 pounds per gallon, so when you have 500 gallons dropped on you, it can hurt,” Firefighter/paramedic Ernesto Marin of the Redwood City Fire Department told the Almanac. Evacuating horses

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Ernesto Marin, a firefighter/paramedic with the Redwood City Fire Department, went through the motions of fighting a wildfire behind Christ Episcopal Church in Portola Valley on April 12. A weeklong drill had firefighters from across the county converging to hone their wildfire fighting skills.

and just west of the town’s open space. Firefighters said they contacted Spring Down personnel to ask about their plan for evacuation of the animals and were

told they could transport about 10 at a time. Spring Down owner Carol Goodstein said in an interview that she has six acres into which the horses could be released

in an emergency, but that she would like to have the town’s six-acre open space fenced so the horses could be released there as well, but only in an emergency. See FIGHTING WILDFIRES, page 20


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Fredericks Follies is back in town By Lisa Bair

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rederick’s Follies celebrates 10 years of entertaining the Corte Madera school community with an anniversary production on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Corte Madera School. This momentous event will be free to students and their families, alumni and the community at large, and promises to be a special evening as William Frederick’s fifth-grade class and alumni classes from 10 years past all come together to celebrate this milestone anniversary. The production, staged in the school’s multi-use room, will feature impersonated rock band performances from Mr. Frederick’s current fifth-grade class and special appearances from his alumni classes. Frederick’s Follies is about bringing the community together to celebrate the power of visual and performing arts. Ten years ago, William Frederick decided that he wanted to enhance his students’ curriculum with more than just the usual day-to-day math, English, science and social studies lessons. He wanted them to learn how to be comfortable and confident while standing in front of their peers, whether it was reciting a poem or singing an old U2 melody.

He also wanted to deepen their char- students as I had to perform a number as acter skills, and hoped to teach them the show’s grand finale. The terror that life-skills such as cooperative learning, slithered through my veins was almost sharing of ideas, leadership, presenta- debilitating. After the first Frederick’s tion, research, and project organiza- Follies and its strong praise, I knew tion. that the project could soar even higher, His goal, he said, was to encourage each but wasn’t sure how to get it off the student he taught “to take forth this gift ground.” of feeling empowerment in front of an So he went back to the drawing board audience,” a life lesson that would help to revamp the project. He, along with them every step of the way through mid- language arts consultant Kathy Glass dle school, strengthened high school, the project college and by threadTeacher William Frederick hoped to inspire ing together beyond. He started his students ‘to take forth this gift of feeling pieces more at the grass aligned with empowerment in front of an audience.’ state educaroots of such a concept tional stanwith his class dards, and in 2001. After two months of ongo- adding more components. ing practices inside and outside the Momentum grew over the next several classroom, the first Fredericks Follies years, and Fredericks Follies became production was born on a small beaten- more and more “fine-tuned,” drawing a down stage in his classroom in front of larger audience, and more “lights, camthe children’s parents and some fourth- eras and action.” grade classes. Conner Sweetnam, from the class Mr. Frederick recalls the experience as of ‘04, reflects: “To this day I can still “challenging yet extremely rewarding. vividly remember performing “BeautiI learned through student and parent ful Day” by U2 in Mr. Frederick’s classevaluation that the project was fun, but room. I know that experience will stick needed something more substantial. with me forever.” “I also came to empathize with my Fast forward to the hallway or cof-

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Richard Tryce Community leader

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, for Richard Stanley Tryce, a fifth-generation Californian and 57-year-resident of the Peninsula, who died March 15 at his home in Portola Valley following Richard Tryce a long illness. He was 80. The service will start at 1 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Born in Los Angeles to Stanley and Dorothy Tryce in 1931, Mr. Tryce attended the California Military Academy and then graduated high school at Chadwick School in Rolling Hills, California. He later earned two degrees from Stanford University — a bachelor of science in industrial engineering (1955) and a master of business administration (1959). Mr. Tryce married Stanford classmate Yvonne Bergen in 1955. The couple moved to Menlo Park in 1957 and subsequently to Portola Valley in 1964. Mr. Tryce served in the U.S. Air Force as a procurement and guided missile officer, stationed in Dallas and at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, an experience that led to an interest in pursuing a business degree. He retired as a captain, followed by many years as a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve. His lifelong interest in amateur

radio, as a “ham� licensed at the age of 14, led to engineering positions at Eitel-McCullough in San Carlos, Melabs in Stanford Industrial Park, and Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in Sunnyvale. He held a license as a registered professional engineer. After serving as a consultant to Coopers and Lybrand, he became a controller and project manager for Bechtel Corporation. He then earned a real estate broker’s license and served as a vice president for Coldwell Banker Commercial/ Industrial Real Estate, which also utilized his industrial engineering background and eventually brought him to Arthur Andersen in San Francisco as consulting director of real estate/construction. He was a past president of the Vista Verde Community Association in Portola Valley and was an active supporter and leader of the Boy Scouts of America. He played the saxophone, trumpet, and banjo, and enjoyed dancing — especially doing the Charleston. Mr. Tryce was a longtime member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, serving as an elder and on numerous task committees. He was well known as being an excellent “greeter� to first-time visitors at the church on Sunday mornings. Mr. Tryce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Yvonne; his daughter, Kathy Tryce of Redwood City; his son, Robert Tryce of Etna; and his brother, Donald Tryce of Austin. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Valley Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. — Chris Preimesberger

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Elizabeth “Betty� Martha Biber, mother of five and a longtime resident of Woodside, used to take pleasure in walking in the woods with her kids and their friends, naming plants and animals as she went along. “We would all go hiking and she would k now t he names of many Elizabeth Biber of the flora and fauna,� Ms. Biber’s daughter Linda Triplett of La Honda said. “She loved to hike (and) she was a real avid birdwatcher.� At home on Jane Drive in Woodside Knolls, and surrounded by her family, Ms. Biber died on March 16. She was 94. Ms. Biber grew up in San Francisco, graduated from Presentation High School, and worked for a time as a dental hygienist, her daughter said. She married Paul E. Biber in 1939; the couple built a house in Woodside in 1956 and settled into a semi-rural life. “She was a very beautiful woman, but she never wanted to be a socialite,� Ms. Triplett said. “She never went to a beauty salon, she never had her nails done.� The Biber home was like a country club for kids, Ms. Triplett recalled. Sleepovers were common and longer stays not uncommon. A Redwood City friend once needed shelter when her mother abandoned her in her senior year in high school;

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Mary Jane Martin Active volunteer

Mary Jane Martin, a former resident of Portola Valley and a former teacher at Ormondale Elementary School, died April 3 in Vancouver, Wa sh i ng ton, where she and her husband Richard Martin had retired in 1995. Ms. Martin was 64. Mary Jane Mary Jane Spellman grew Martin up in Portland, Oregon, taught school as a Jesuit volunteer in Fairbanks, Alaska, and worked as a flight attendant for Western Airlines, where she met Mr. Martin, a pilot, relatives said. The couple settled in the Bay Area, had two children and lived in Portola Valley for 18 years, retiring to Vancouver in 1995, relatives said. During her Portola Valley years, Ms. Martin coordinated volunteer work at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and was an active participant in “some of the most important (political) campaigns of the time,� relatives said. In Vancouver, Ms. Martin volunteered her time with a local symphony orchestra, and helped build a volunteer services program for a hospital and chaired the board of the foundation, relatives said. Ms. Martin is survived by her husband Richard; son Daniel; daughter Allison; brothers Edward Jr., Pete and Alison; and five grandchildren. Memorial services were held on April 7. The family asks that donations in Ms. Martin’s name be made to the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation. Go to www.legacyhealth.org/ salmoncreekgiving.

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS PROJECT: 12-01: Bear Gulch Creek - Creek Bank Stabilization for the Woodside Elementary School (“Project”). Engineer’s estimate: $150,000 1.

Notice is hereby given that the governing board (“Board”) of the Woodside Elementary School District will receive sealed bids for the following project (“Project”), Bear Gulch Creek Creek Bank Stabilization at Woodside Elementary School.

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Sealed bids will be received until 2:30 P.M. on Monday, April 30 2012, at the Woodside Elementary School District office, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062, at which time the bids will be opened and publicly read aloud. Any claim by a bidder of error in its bid must be made in compliance with section 5100 et seq. of the Public Contract Code. Any bid that is submitted after this time shall be non-responsive and returned to the bidder. Faxed or emailed Bid Documents will not be accepted.

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The project consists of construction services for stitch piers and associated work to stabilize Bear Gulch Creek as described in the contract documents.

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All bids shall be on the form provided by the District. Each bid must conform and be responsive to all pertinent Contract Documents, including but not limited to, the Instructions to Bidders.

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It is the responsibility of the bidder to be licensed by the State of California to perform the work as described in the scope of work noted above. Bidding Contractors shall possess a Class A or B California Contractor’s license(s) in order to perform the work. The Bidder’s license(s) must remain active and in good standing throughout the term of the Contract, including any extension periods granted in accordance with the project contract.

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A bid bond by an admitted surety insurer on the form provided by the District, cash, or a cashiers check or a certified check, drawn to the order of the Woodside Elementary School District, in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total bid price, shall accompany the Bid Form and Proposal, as a guaranteed that the Bidder will, within seven (7) calendar days after the date of the Notice of Award, enter into a contract with the District for the performance of the services stipulated in the bid.

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The successful Bidder shall be required to furnish a 100% Performance Bond and a 100% Payment Bond, if it is awarded the contract for the Work.

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Pursuant to section 22300 of the Public Contract Code, the successful Bidder may substitute securities for any monies withheld by the District.

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The Contractor and all Subcontractors under the Contractor shall pay workers on all work performed pursuant to this Contract not less than the general prevailing wage rate of per diem wages and the general prevailing rate for holiday and overtime work as determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial relations, State of California, for the type of work performed and the locality in which the work is to be performed within the boundaries of the District, pursuant to sections 1770 et Seq. of the California Labor Code. Prevailing wage rates are available on the Internet at: http://www.dir.ca.gov.

10. A mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM and will run for 45 minutes. All participants are required to sign in the Administration Building at 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062. Bidders that fail to attend, or are more than fifteen (15) minutes late to, the mandatory pre bid conference shall be ineligible to respond to this Notice. 11. Each bid shall be in accordance with the Contract Documents. Contract Documents will be available for review after Tuesday April 17, 2012 at the District office (3195 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062), or may be requested electronically, free of charge, from Bruce Thompson, WESD Facilities Consultant (bthompson@woodside.k12.ca.us). Hard copies of the documents may be requested in writing to the District at the time of the Pre-Bid Conference, and shall include a non-refundable deposit in the form of a cashiers check in the amount of fifty ($50.00) dollars. 12. All project inquiries shall be directed to:

s " RUCE4HOMPSON 7%3$&ACILITIES#ONSULTANT s 7OODSIDE%LEMENTARY3CHOOL$ISTRICT 7OODSIDE2OAD 7OODSIDE #!4ELEphone: (650) 851-1571 Ext. 284; Fax: (650) 851-5577 s %MAILbthompson@woodside.k12.ca.us).

13. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids and/or waive any irregularity in any bid received. If the District awards the Contract, the security of unsuccessful bidder(s) shall be returned within sixty (60) days from the time the award is made. Unless otherwise required by law, no bidder may withdraw its bid for ninety (90) days after the date of the bid opening. 14. The District shall award the Contract, if it awards it at all, to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, qualified to complete the scope of work for the project. The Basis of Award shall be on the Base Bid amount. 20 N The Almanac NApril 18, 2012

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Chow down for children’s hospital For the fourth year, restaurants in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos will devote a day when they will donate a percentage of total net sales to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. This year the Dine Out for Packard day is Thursday, April 19. Visit DineOutforPackard.org for names of participating restaurants, hours and other information. Those without time to dine out that day can become a virtual diner by making an online donation on the website.

Sidewalk art event in Menlo Park Downtown Menlo Park’s Santa Cruz Avenue is the site for the 30th annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22. The festival starts at 10 a.m. each day, closing at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The free event is sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. Original works by 90 artists will include jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. All artists will be on site and some will practice their

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crafts during the show. For more information, call the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce at 325-2818 or Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 276-4394. PacificFineArts.com is the website.

Learn about education opportunities in Ireland Local high school students, parents and educators are invited to an Irish Universities open house at Menlo School to learn about education opportunities in Ireland. The event, sponsored by the Irish government, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Among the universities to be represented at the open house are Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the University of Limerick. Email eduireland@enterpriseireland.com to register for the event or sign up through the Education in Ireland Facebook page.

Meeting on country club rescheduled The town has rescheduled the April 18 meeting of the Woodside Planning Commission on a proposal from the Menlo Country Club to renovate its facilities. The commission will meet on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Hall at the corner of Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads. The club’s proposal would renovate the golf course, relocate two tennis courts, construct a tennis court building

and, in the process, cut down 53 native significant trees, 166 non-native significant trees and 126 trees too small in diameter to be considered significant, according to a staff report. The country club property is home to 5,000 trees, the report said. To proceed with work that takes place within a stream corridor, the club is asking the commission to amend the club’s conditional use permit.

Kite Day in park this Saturday Kite-f lying enthusiasts, from novices to experts, can take part in Kite Day on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at Bedwell-Bayfront Park, located on the edge of the San Francisco Bay at Bayfront Expressway and Marsh

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further,” Mr. Young wrote. Getting horses into the claustrophobic environment of a trailer would be difficult at best in an emergency situation, Ms. Goodstein said. In any case, the roads

Road in Menlo Park. A kite, hotdog and drink can be purchased for $6. Assistance with kite assembly and flying will be available. For more information call 330-2200.

may be impassable. Owners of the farm next door have offered their fields, but they are open to the road and Spring Down would be liable for any damage to the orchards there, she said. “We don’t have any other contingency plan,” Ms. Goodstein said. “We would like to.” A


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OF THE PENINSULA The Boys & Girls Clubs The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula offers of the Peninsula places whereoffers younga safe-haven where people from sixyoung to 18 arepeople welcome every aged 6 today 18 after school and all are welcome every day day in summer. after school in the At each of and the Club’s summer. At each of and the three clubhouses five school-campus sites, Club’s three clubhouses trained and caring staff and seven schooland a cadre of volunteers site programs, work through atrained broad and caring staff and range of programs kids develop ahelping cadre of volunteers attitudes and life skills help members develop they need for good academiceducations and life skills. and Now in its 54th year, productive lives. Now in its the 50thClub year, the Club focuses on focuses on academics, academics, science science and technology, and education technology,and social social life education life skills, skills,and athletics and fitness, arts. athleticsand andthe ďŹ tness, The club and alsocollege offers the arts, programs designed and career planning. specifically to engage Oversupport the pastteens six years, and from 13 to 18. These include in neighborhoods OLLEGE BOUND, which Cwhere less than half provides mentoring and the youth graduate guidance to help teens from high school, graduate from 85% high school with a plan for of the Club’s schooltheir futures. site members have Many of the Club’s graduated from high programs are offered in school with awith plan. In partnership local schools andwith community partnership schools, organizatioins. community partners The Club’s annual and families, Boys & Girls budget, this year nearly Clubs of thedepends Peninsulaon is $5 million, helping to Silicon support ofmake individuals, foundations, corporations Valley a great place for all and public partners.

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HOW YOUHELP? HELP? HOWCAN CAN YOU Volunteer Thetime, Club hasand both ongoing anda young done-in-day Volunteer: Contribute--your talent energy and help person toopportunities. realize his or her potential. Mentor -- Inspire a young person ro realizefoundation, his or hercorporation potential. and public Donate:Become The Club’saannual budget of $6 million depends on individual, Donate -- Support in maintaining youth that development so families depend on. partner support.us Please support thesethe programs are transforming our community.

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ast week the Almanac pub- check, which indicates only lished “When background charges or convictions. Although checks miss the mark,” the California Commission on about the hiring of an alleged Teacher Credentialing mainchild molester by a local school, tains a confidential database of which was unaware of past crim- complaints against teachers in inal investigations of the teacher public schools, it can disclose in California and two other only “final adverse actions” states that would have surfaced taken after charges or convicduring an Internet search. tions. There is no credentialing While researching the story, database for private schools, the Almanac discovered that which are considered indepenmany public and private schools dent businesses by the state. in the epicenter of Silicon Valley The teacher in question was don’t use even brought to a simple Google our attention EDI TORI AL search when vetby former The opinion of The Almanac ting candidates students who for teaching were aghast positions. Of 18 schools contact- that he was continuing to teach ed, only three used the Internet despite the decades-long history and social media searches, and of allegations. His tenure at the had only begun doing so after local school ended soon after applicants started including the Almanac asked the principal links on their resumes. about the prior allegations and The Almanac found that the school conducted its own schools usually limit back- investigation. But the school was ground searches to the state- tight-lipped about details of the mandated criminal history hiring process, and decided not

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conduct minimal background checks by using the phone or a Google search. Of course the results of any search must be used carefully, and the search must be conducted within the guidelines of employment law. If administrators of the local school in this case had searched online, they would have found numerous postings and news stories about the teacher’s alleged inappropriate conduct with students. The school would then have been able to ask the teacher to explain the incidents. And what about the school’s failure to inform parents about the situation? Sen. Simitian said he “would encourage every school or school district to ask themselves, can we in good conscience simply brush this under the carpet? Or do we have an obligation to confront the problem in a way that helps ensure that this is not a problem simply passed along to the next school?”

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to tell parents about the man’s background after his departure. Some Almanac readers were frustrated about our decision not to name the school or teacher. But in this case, the decision was made because the most recent alleged incident happened 10 years ago, the teacher has never been arrested or charged, and he now denies all allegations through his attorney, despite confessing to police during an earlier investigation. With the assertion via his attorney that he had left California and retired from teaching, the Almanac decided to publish a story without naming either him or the school. In addition, not naming the school forces each school and parent to evaluate their own policies. Unless California schools dig deeper when vetting potential teachers, this will happen again. State Sen. Joe Simitian told the Almanac that he’s surprised by how many employers do not

Rules for sewer lines are ‘crazy and unfair’

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Editor: In another local source, Planning Commissioner Henry Riggs mentions how Menlo Park residents are responsible for their sewer lines, all the way to the main artery. Thank you to Mr. Riggs, who pointed out a major situation that many of us were not aware of. Take note Menlo Park residents — your sewer line is your responsibility from your house to the connection in the street. And here is the kicker: you can insure the line, but only up to the street line. If there is root damage, clogging, or pipe problems from the street line to the central artery, it is your problem, and you can’t insure it. This apparently means a resident would have to pay to dig up the street to fix any issues, and that would be extremely costly. As Mr. Riggs mentions, you are looking at about $20,000, give or take. Pressure should be put on the West Bay Sanitary District to work with insurance providers and give residents the option to insure all the way to the artery.

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Woodside History Committee

Our Regional Heritage Woodside resident George Whittell Jr. hosted a party for San Francisco fire chiefs at his estate on Kings Mountain Road in 1932. He added the dramatic effect of having his guests brave a curtain of spray from hoses manned by the Woodside Fire Department.

It seems crazy and completely unfair that residents are responsible for the segment of the line that is beyond the owner’s property line, and underneath public streets, but can’t insure it. Carla Posthauer Claremont Way, Menlo Park

Over-population contributes to global warming trend Editor: We hear a lot about global warming and how we need to turn to alternate sources of energy, as in the March 28 story titled “Scientist sees dire cli-

mate-change impacts.” But why don’t we hear anything about the dire effects of over-population? What is it that consumes our natural resources? People, in my opinion. As world population becomes Continued on next page


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balanced so will our natural resources, along with affordable housing and, in general, “the cost of living.” The problems over-population produce will not go away. It is time to address this issue. As population decreases so will greed coming from fear of not having enough. People, as a whole, might even be happier and healthier. Jackie Leonard-Dimmick Walnut Avenue, Atherton

Using wireless a third option for town’s library Editor: There is a third Atherton library option as yet unconsidered that may be the best. Book reading is changing to wireless digital. This trend is strong but not yet mature. The Amazon Kindle system seems best now but with time better systems will be developed. Present library wireless books lean on Amazon’s system but that will surely change. All Atherton concerns about the library could be avoided by saving some of the $8 million for a future system to provide vehicles that traverse Atherton displaying and dispensing wireless books and, if warranted, loading them on resident’s hardware. There would be no traffic concern, no park impact, better library service, immunity to high-speed rail and so on. The rest of the $8 million can be used for seismic fixes and perhaps a slight expansion of our existing library. Thomas A. Croft Moulton Drive, Atherton

Logic says library should go in the park By Jim Dobbie

highly unlikely that everyone will decide to use our new library. The park will provide he controversy over the Atherton a beautiful serene setting highly desirable library is between those residents for this building who use logic in their decision-makEven at the present, train noise at the ing processes and those who are governed library and Council Chambers is overby personal emotions or bias. whelming to say the least. If high-speed The logic is simple. Atherton has money, rail goes ahead there will be years of conset aside for the library, based on distribu- struction, pollution, shoefly tracks, visual tions from Proposition 13. By blight, catenaries and 20- to the time the library is built that 30-foot berms, increased vibraamount will be about $8 million, tion and then a huge increase in enough for the building. train traffic. Not the site for a This money can be spent only library. on library projects. ApproxiIt is illogical that the mately $720,000 in library funds same City Council members, accumulate each year and if the who are against the library in the library is in Holbrook-Palmer park, want to continue weddings GUEST Park, some of this money can there, which caused serious parkOPINION help pay for much needed maining problems, especially on weektenance ends when many residents would Whether the library is in the park or in want to be there. Those weddings were the site of the present library, the draft almost always for non-Atherton residents environmental report concludes the traffic and despite statements to the contrary, lost problem, if any, will be the same. money. Considering that Menlo Park and RedWhere is the logic? wood City have excellent libraries, it is Those who are concerned about the loss

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of green should know that the library at 10,000 square feet replaces the main house and no green space is lost. It is noteworthy that the tennis courts serve only 29 Atherton residents yet take up more than four times the space of the library. Council members are elected to represent the best interests of the residents and they will not always agree, but the democratic system works when members support council decisions even if not unanimous. Calls for referendums are misplaced in this instance, where more than 50 public meetings have been held and over a dozen community meetings. The issues have been intensely studied by volunteer committees for over two years. In addition, in a referendum large amounts of money can be spent to influence the outcome by only a very few. If a small number of residents focused on decisions made by other than logic stop the library construction it will be golden opportunity lost for the town. Jim Dobbie is a member of the Atherton City Council.

Time to install fire alarms in local schools Editor: Virginia Chang Kiraly, the newly elected board member of the fire protection district, promoted the idea of installing fire alarms connected to the fire department in schools around Menlo Park that don’t already have them. I am a big supporter of this idea, for I am a student at Hillview Middle School. The fact that many schools do not have fire alarms directly connected to the fire department baffles me, for this is dangerous for students and teachers. A fire could happen in a school, and the fire department would not even know. I hope your newspaper supports and promotes this topic and makes this issue heard in the Menlo

Atherton Heritage Association

Our Regional Heritage Even before it was paved, Valparaiso Avenue was a beautiful road leading from El Camino Real to the Alameda de las Pulgas. This view, looking west from El Camino, is from around 1914.

Park community. Robert Lane Hillview School, Menlo Park

Costly death penalty needs to be voted out Editor: According to a recent California report, it costs $185 million each year to administer the death penalty. Since its reinstatement in 1978, there have

been 13 people executed. We have thus spent roughly $471 million per execution or a total of roughly $6 billion in the past 34 years. There are currently 720 inmates on death row in California. Donald J. Heller, who drafted the death penalty initiative in 1978, now regrets it. “The cost of our system of capital punishment ... is so dollar-wasteful that it serves no effective purpose,” he told the New York Times.

Ron Briggs, who helped get the death penalty on the ballot back then has also changed his mind and has put another initiative on the ballot in 2012 to convert all death sentences to life imprisonment without parole. Administering life sentences is far cheaper than capital punishment, according to a recent state report. “We’re laying off teachers, we’re laying off firefighters. This is just crazy,” says former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil

Garcetti, who favors abolishing the death penalty. There seems to be a consensus among law enforcement experts that the death penalty represents a very poor allocation of precious and dwindling resources regardless of moral or political considerations. Vote to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole this November. Kaia Eakin Redwood City

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