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Students, faculty and parents participate in the inaugural “Walk-to-Washington Walkathon” on Nov. 2 to raise funds for the traditional eighth-grade trip.

Eighth-grade trip is a ‘go’ Corte Madera School community rallies to raise money in face of district’s financial crisis By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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t’s Washington, D.C., or bust — and ìbustî isn’t an option for the students and school community of Corte Madera School, who managed to raise more than $21,000 in two weeks when funding for the traditional eighth-grade trip to the nationís capital was threatened by the districtís budget crisis. With only two fundraising events, students, parents, teachers and other school staff pulled together and surpassed the goal of raising $21,500 for the week-long springtime trip, with any additional funds reserved for future eighthgrade trips. The bulk of the funds were raised on Nov. 2, with a “Walkto-Washington Walkathon,” a festive afternoon event that generated $18,000 and whose participants included Corte Madera students at all grade levels — fourth through eighth grade.

The walkathon “was an inaugural CMS community-building event that brought all students, staff, administration and parents together in the true spirit of fundraising for a united educational cause,” wrote parent and organizer Lisa Bair in a letter after the event. In prior years, the district paid for all or most of the traditional trip. Last year, it kicked in more than $40,000, according to Sandra Lepley, the district’s interim business official. But this year, the ground crumbled beneath the tradition as a result of the fiscal crisis created by the misappropriation and embezzlement of funds by then-superintendent Tim Hanretty. For fiscal year 201213, the board cut the district’s funding for the trip, saying that the eighth-graders were still authorized to travel to D.C. if the trip was “cost-neutral” to the district. That’s when the community rallied. The warm-up to the walkathon was a car wash and bake sale, held on Oct. 20 at the school. Ron Ramies, owner and operator of Portola Valley Fuel, donated supplies and some of his crew for the car wash, the

kids rolled up their sleeves, and the effort raised $3,500. In addition to Ms. Bair, who has led the fundraising effort, parents Tricia Law and Sally Ann Reiss are co-chairs of the D.C. trip effort, working with Corte Madera principal Michael Corritone on all aspects of the trip, Ms. Bair said. The eight-grade trip to the nation’s capital “is definitely something that all Corte Madera students look forward to ... forever!” eighth-grader Regan Castillo said in an email to the Almanac. Calling it “an opportunity trip,” Regan said she and her classmates will have the chance “to absorb the historical aspects of our United States history and the Holocaust that we have been learning about from our teachers at school.” (They will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as a number of national monuments.) “It is also an opportunity to be with our friends in a great city where we can reflect upon our nine years together in a very fun and memorable way before we go off to numerous high schools,” she said. A

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Menlo Park asks, ‘When is a hotel not a hotel?’ By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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he 23 senior residents remaining at Casa on the Peninsula are OK with finding new homes, according to corporate executive director Ann Villapando, but they do need to know whether they’ll have to. The Menlo Park City Council wants answers to its own questions first before the seniors get theirs. Speaking before the council on Oct. 30, Ms. Villapando said 57 other tenants have already moved on, after rumors about the property’s possible sale began swirling in August. The rest are waiting to see if the city will support the sale. Sand Hill Property Co. proposes buying the 125-unit senior residential property at 555 Glenwood Ave. and converting it to a 138-room hotel, according to representative Reed Moulds. Branded as a Marriott Residence Inn, the hotel would provide extended-stay accommodations, with about one-quarter of guests projected to stay more than a month. That puts a dent in the amount of transient occupancy tax (TOT) the city would collect, as the tax excludes stays of 30 days or longer.

Thus the existential question of the erty based its calculations on the perforevening: What is a hotel? The council dis- mance of the Marriott Residence Inn in cussed whether an extended-stay facility Los Altos. like a Marriott Inn meets the definition “TOT is important, but it’s also the of “hotel,” given the projected percentage definition of what is a hotel,” Mayor of 30-day stays, and if so, whether to limit Kirsten Keith said, and noted that she the number of extended stays allowed. found the projected percentage of taxComplicating the question is whether free stays problematic. the city would consider available rooms “What could you limit it to?” she asked permanently contracted by a com- later. “Five percent?” pany such as Facebook to be extended “We’d like to discuss that with you,” stays regardless of how Mr. Lin answered, addlong individual guests ing that the discussion remain. should be based on Council studies Mark Lin, a hotel spe“what the market really cialist speaking on behalf impact of converting needs.” of the applicant, said that The council suggested senior home to Marriott doesn’t dictate further directions for extended-stay hotel research to city staff and the 23 percent ratio, but it does roughly require the applicant. that at least 40 percent of stays last longer “Parking is the huge issue here, I think,” than four nights. noted Mayor Keith. Sand Hill Property’s economic review The specific plan requires 173 off-street concluded the hotel would add about parking spaces for a hotel of this size. $660,000 annually to city revenue at the However, the applicant proposes 117 spaccurrent 10 percent TOT, or $770,000 if es — 78 on site and 39 spaces on Garwood voters approve a tax increase — from 10 Way currently used by the senior home, percent to 12 percent — on Nov. 6. but within the public right-of-way. The revenue from longer-term stays “I know you’re requesting the 39 spots would add $163,000 to $196,000 if not go to Marriott,” the mayor said. “Which excluded from the tax. Sand Hill Prop- I’m not comfortable with.”

She suggested partnering with Zip Car, Caltrain and the new owners of nearby 1300 El Camino Real instead to mitigate the amount of parking needed — an approach that found support with other council members, including Rich Cline, as well as the applicant. Another conversational gambit delved into whether the conversion would impact Menlo Park’s frantic search for increased housing capacity, particularly affordable and senior housing. In a word — no. Since the units sit on private property, Associate Planner Thomas Rogers explained, owners have a right to sell or shut down their businesses without the city’s permission. Since the rooms were leased at market rate, the conversion should not lead to the state’s asking the city to provide zoning for an equivalent number of affordable housing units elsewhere as part of the next housing plan update cycle. Mr. Lin pointed out that some longterm Marriott Residence Inn clients are seniors who don’t need medical assistance, drawn by getting a free breakfast and other benefits of hotel living. The proposal is expected to return to the city for formal submission and review in upcoming months. A

Charges fly over mailers as election season wraps up By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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therton residents should probably be forgiven if they were confused by a flurry of last-minute campaign materials they received last week, including a letter from the mayor sent to refute an earlier mailing by the Atherton Police Officers Association, which has now prepared a letter refuting the mayor’s letter, adding the claim that he wrongly spent taxpayer money to send his letter. Opponents of Measure F, which would approve locating a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park, also sent out a last-minute email suggesting the public employees’ union representing county librarians had secretly funded the campaigns of the Yes on F library measure and of City Council candidate Denise Kupperman. Both Ms. Kupperman and Yes on F officials strongly deny the allegations in the email. At its Oct. 17 meeting, the Atherton council authorized

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Mayor Widmer to respond to campaign materials from the Atherton Police Officers Association Political Action Committee. The APOA had endorsed council candidates Elizabeth Lewis, the incumbent, and Cary Wiest, and sent out mailings and an automated phone call to residents. The recorded call, from APOA president Dave Metzger, said, in part: “your police department could eventually be outsourced to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department depending on the current and future actions of your city council.” The council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Bill Widmer to prepare a press release with the council’s response to the APOA mailings. Mayor Widmer did prepare a press release, but a copy of it was also mailed to every town resident. This riled up the APOA, which

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What’s in a name? Alexandra Plotnikoff, 9, reads her winning story to a crowd gathered at the Woodside Library on Nov. 1. Alexandra won a writing contest designed to name the library’s new mascot — a statue of a deer. Four other children won certificates and cash prizes for their stories. And what’s the deer’s name? See story, Page 10.

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prepared a letter in response, dated Oct. 29, that said, in part: “Astonishingly, Mayor Widmer took liberties with his authorization. He chose to send a letter to every resident with a “tit for tat� response to our campaign information. He was only authorized to publish a press release. Somehow he unilaterally chose to spend thousands of scarce tax payer dollars in response to political campaign messaging.� Mayor Widmer said he did not send out the press release. “I’m not allowed to send anything out,� he said. “It all goes out through the city manager, and he conferred with the city attorney. Obviously they felt it was OK to send the letter out.� In an email to the Almanac, City Manager George Rodericks explained: “The priority of the Council was to get the information out to the residents of Atherton. While the format of the communication was a press release from the Mayor, the clear intent was to ensure that all residents received the information. “The Town spent approximately $1,000 to mail the press release. This is approximately the same amount the Town would spend on any formal correspondence mailed to all residents on any other issue — such as ordinance revisions, general plan issues, special events, etc. The City Attorney was consulted only with respect to the format of the mailed press release and its conformance to any FPPC rules.� The allegations about the funding for the library and Ms. Kupperman’s campaigns came in an

email to those on the Athertonians Yahoo email group, which is not related to the town publication, “The Athertonian.� “Could the SEIU, the public employees’ union, be secretly funding both the Kupperman and the Yes on F campaigns to win itself fully-protected library jobs in an over-sized library in our park?� the email begins. It also asks: “Could Yes on F or Kupperman be using reserved JPA Library Tax Funds?� The new library will be paid for with tax funding set aside for the Atherton library as part of a joint powers agreement with other county libraries. The email used figures from the last campaign financing statements submitted to the state by both the Kupperman and the Yes of F campaigns, which show more money spent than raised, with most of their bills not yet paid. Ms. Kupperman said the allegations are “just egregious — not based on any fact.� While her campaign had spent more money than it had taken in, she made a personal loan of $12,000 to the campaign last week, she said. “I am fundraising for my campaign,� Ms. Kupperman said. “I just loaned my campaign money. I was hoping to get more contributions.� She said she has received “no donation from the SEIU,� and in fact has not received any donations from anyone but individuals. Ginny Nile, treasurer for the Yes on F campaign, said: “There is absolutely no money from any of the unions,� nor from the library fund. A

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Lewis biggest spender by far in Atherton council race By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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therton City Council candidate Elizabeth Lewis had spent at least twice as much as each of her three opponents had by Oct. 20, the end of the latest state-mandated campaign-spending reporting period, with expenditures to that date totaling $16,526. Ms. Lewis, the only incumbent in the race for two open seats, and Cary Wiest also each had $3,884 spent on their behalf by the Atherton Police Officers Association Political Action Committee. Spending totals for the other candidates’ campaigns through Oct. 20 are: Cary Wiest, $7,423.45; Greg Conlon, $6,089.23; and Denise Kupperman, $2,958.47. The police officers’ PAC spent its contributions for Ms. Lewis and Mr. Wiest on mailers, advertising and automated calls, according to the campaign-spending report it submitted. Ms. Lewis’ campaign spending was just slightly less than her to-date contributions of $16,571. Her major contributors during the reporting period of Oct. 1 to 20 include the following $500 donors: Florence Goldby, an investment banker at Venrock; Tod Spieker of Spieker Co. real estate; Charles T. Munger Jr., a selfemployed physicist from Palo

Alto; Jeffrey Wise, a developer with Wise Building Co.; and the Lincoln Club of Northern California in Sacramento. All but the Lincoln Club and Mr. Munger are from Atherton. Payments made by the Lewis campaign included: $6,408 to Craftsmen Printing of San Jose, for campaign materials; $1,080

Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest also each had $3,884 spent on their behalf by the Atherton Police Officers Association Political Action Committee to the Daily Post for print advertising; $1,415 to the Almanac for print advertising; $1,540 to the US Post office for postage; and $716 to Wilmes Company, Inc of San Francisco for lawn signs. Mr. Wiest’s major contributors during the same reporting period included $1,000 contributors Peter Grassi, an investment manager with Grassi Investment Management LLC, and John Worthing, a partner in Worthing Capital. He also had $500 contributions from E. James Hannay, president of Rector Porsche Audi, and from Steven & Flor-

ence Goldby, a venture capitalist with Venrock. All are from Atherton. Donations during the first three weeks of October to Mr. Wiest totaled $3,646; with earlier contributions and loans of $3,877, the Wiest campaign had raised $11,117 by Oct. 20. A total of $1,645.35 was spent during the reporting period for signs, printing cards/handouts, and newspaper advertisements by Mr. Wiest. Greg Conlon’s campaign had raised $7,912.93 through Oct. 20, including $3,712.93 in loans. Major contributions during the reporting period included $1,000 from David G. Arscott of Compass Technology Partners, from Atherton. Also, Mr. Conlon received $500 contributions from Boyd C. Smith, an investor with WSJ properties from Palo Alto; the Lincoln Club of Northern California PAC, Sacramento; Charles T. Munger Jr. of Palo Alto, a physicist; and Dennis O’Brien, Foster City, a homebuilder with the O’Brien Group. Mr. Conlon also has loaned his campaign a total of $3,712.93. His campaign has spent $959.10 at Degnan Printers of Redwood City on campaign paraphernalia; $3,720.57 at Spaulding Printers, Inc., Santa Rosa for literature and mailings; and $290 at Homeytel of San Diego, a phone bank. Denise Kupperman’s cam-

Library supporters outspend foes By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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n the battle over whether or not Atherton should put a new library in HolbrookPalmer Park, the committee working in support of ballot Measure F, which approves the park location, had not only spent far more money than its opponents had spent, but had also spent at least three times as much as it had raised as of Oct. 20, when the latest campaign-spending reporting period ended. The state-mandated campaign report shows that by Oct. 20, total contributions to the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park Supporting Measure F totaled $6,875, with a little less than half of it — $3,075 — being raised in the first three weeks of October. The campaign had, however, spent $22,529, with $14,592 going out in the first three weeks

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of October. The committee also reported not yet paying any of its bills by Oct. 20. By comparison, the Committee against Measure F had by Oct. 20 spent $5,775, with $4,649 spent in the first three weeks of October. Donations totaled $8,248, with $3,087 raised during the October reporting period. Biggest donors to the proponents of Measure F during the reporting period were Marylue Timpson, president of Timpson Enterprises, Inc., and Marion Oster, who listed her occupation as housewife; they each donated $500. Christina Isenberg, retired, donated $300, while Clay Del Secco and Barbara Glynn, both retired, each donated $250. The biggest expenses reported for the period were $8,016 to Sacramento-based Duffy &

Capitolo, a political campaign management and media firm; and $5,594 to lowercase productions of San Francisco, a branding and information design firm. John L. Worthing, was the major donor to the Committee Against Measure F during the reporting period, with the retiree donating $1,000. Jeanne Page Fischer, Ross Koeningstein and Pearl Ann Seipp each donated $200 while Elizabeth Glickbarg donated an additional $100 to bring her total contributions to $200. All listed themselves as retired or homemakers. Spending by the committee fighting to keep the library out of the park went to Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, a San Francisco law firm, $265; to Craftsmen Printing of San Jose, $4,089 for printing, postage, delivery and messenger service; and to custom sign makers Wilmes Company, of San Francisco, $267 for lawn signs. A

paign had raised $3,750 during the first three weeks of October, for a total of $6,500, including $250 in loans. Major donors during the reporting period included $1,000 donor Paul Wythes, founder of Sutter Hill Ventures; and $500 contributors Marion Oster, homemaker, Daryl Lillie, retired, and Marylue Timpson, president of Timpson Enterprises. All are from Atherton. Much of the money owed by

the Kupperman campaign appears to be owed to her husband, Roger Schwab of Atherton. Those expenses, which had not been paid by Oct. 20, include $1,130.38 for postage, delivery and messenger services; $394.52 for a fundraising event and beverages; $140.05 for campaign paraphernalia and miscellaneous; and $198.24 for office expenses. The campaign also reported it had spent $857 for advertising in the Almanac. A

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Budding writers name library’s mascot By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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oodside, it turns out, is home to a lot of budding young

writers. Five of them read from their award-winning works at the Woodside Library on Nov. 1. Each was awarded a certificate and a check for $100, thanks to a generous member of the Woodside Friends of the Library. A total of 18 children entered the library’s “Name That Deer” contest, writing tales that suggested a name for the new library mascot: the statue of a resting young deer donated by Hertha Harrington. Ms. Harrington not only donated the mascot, she also came up with the idea of a writing contest to name it, and gave the prize money. Each of the 15 children who weren’t winners will receive two books for entering. Alexandra Plotnikoff, age 9, came up with the winning name in her story — “Booker.” Other prize winners were Luke Zamboldi, 5, proposing the name Jumpy; Kate Erickson, 8, with Thump!; Jenna Lange, 13, with A Deer’s Tale; and Alexa Nielson, 9, with Toby. “I’m so proud of you,” librarian Alison Anson told the authors before they read their stories. “Several parents

have contacted me and said they think this is something we should do all the time.” Alexandra’s story, “The Deer in the Library, and How he Got His Name,” involved a young buck with no name who is let into the library at night by cats, who happen to have a key, so he can look for a name. Alexandra’s library sounds an awful lot like the Woodside Library. “The buck was in love with the library at first sight,” she wrote. “His eyes went straight to all the books, then to the nice places to read, then to the dragons on the ceiling.” Alexandra’s buck loves books. “First he read very slowly, enjoying every word. He loved the description and adventure, because the only things he was used to reading were road signs and sometimes an old newspaper he’d find on the trail,” she wrote After reading library books for a week, the buck lets the other animals vote on a name for him. “Some kids chose Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, the heroes from their favorite adventures and a couple little boys were set on Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’” she wrote. In the end, though, a goldfinch comes up the perfect name, Booker, and the animals adopt it. “The buck jumped up on

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a tree stump and looked out at his new friends. ‘Hello!’ he said. ‘My name is Booker! Let’s go read.’” “And when he went back to the library that night he was not alone,” Alexandra wrote. Kate Erickson’s stor y involved an alien spaceship that beams up a deer and takes it to another planet, where it turns into a statue, then is dropped back down to Earth, landing in the library. Jenna Lange’s story was a fable about a race among the forest animals, and Alexa Nielson’s fable included a witch that turns Toby the deer into stone. Luke Zamboldi, the youngest winner, wrote a very short story in which a deer was delivered to the library, where he lived “the rest of his life and read lots of books. A binder with all 18 contest entries will be at the library through November for those who want to read them. Ms. Harrington said she was very happy that the contest inspired so many children to write. “I was very pleased,” she said. “They took it very seriously. One father came up to me and said his daughter worked on it for a whole week at the end of the summer.” A

Children’s Shoppe to close in Menlo Park By Jane Knoerle Almanac Lifestyles Editor

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fter 28 years, the Children’s Shoppe in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center in Menlo Park, noted for its classic European/ American clothing, is closing. Owner Sheilla Sutherland is retiring. It’s the end of an era for Ms. Sutherland who says she “always wanted a shop for little kids’ clothes, ever since I was 8 years old.” Last week the store was filled with shoppers, there for its going-out-of-business sale. Many said how much they would miss the genial owner. “Don’t worry. You’ll see me downtown one day,” Ms. Sutherland assured Lucy Rutherford, 7, who gave her a goodbye hug. “Lucy has been coming here with me since she was a baby,” said her mother.

Rose Borrone and her daughter, Marina, stopped by for shopping and brought a box of scones as a farewell treat. Always known for quality clothing, the Children’s Shoppe has been the place for a new grandmother to splurge on an exquisite christening dress, hand-embroidered with tiny seed pearls with matching bonnet, bib and booties. It is where a young gentleman could be fitted with a blue blazer, camel top coat, or a tuxedo, complete with red cummerbund. Mothers and daughters have shopped for party dresses, like a pale blue taffeta with hand smocking for a 4-year-old, or a royal blue silk discreetly embroidered with sparkles that a 12-year-old would cherish. For special occasions, such as a bat mitzvah or first Holy Communion, Ms. Suther-

land has always made sure a dress is never duplicated. She has kept a calendar of local religious and social events so “you’ll never see the same dress twice.” The Children’s Shoppe is liquidating every item. All merchandise, fixtures, furniture and equipment will be sold, with the store closing Dec. 22 or sooner. The train table in the front of the store, beloved by generations of little kids, will be sold in a silent auction. Cynthia Keefover of G.A. Wright Co., a retail consultant assisting in the store closing, says customers are welcome to drop by and pen a few words in a tribute to Ms. Sutherland. When asked if the children’s clothing business has changed in the last 28 years, Ms. Sutherland says with a smile, “The industry’s changed, but I haven’t.”

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or the past two weeks, equestrians at The Horse Park in Woodside have had the pleasure of watching some of the best-known advertising icons in the world, the Budweiser Clydesdales, frolicking and basking in the sun in the paddocks at the facility, which is located at the corner of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads. The horses were brought here in anticipation of appearing at the San Francisco Giants World Series games, but an unfortunate glitch in the city’s permitting process kept them from performing there or at the ensuing celebratory parade. Nevertheless, the 10 horses, their six handlers, and Gus, the ever-present and mandatory Dalmation — attired in a coat that matched those of his equine buddies — had a wonderful temporary respite from their constant travels around their company’s Western zone, which covers several states. According to Roman Raber, assistant supervisor of the team, these gentle giants’ weight averages 2,000 to 2,200 pounds, about double that of the average saddle horse, and four of them stand over 19 hands high (over 6 feet from their feet to the top of their shoulders). Each one eats a healthy serving of grain and 30 to 40 pounds of timothy hay every day. He says the horses are extremely docile and compliant. The animals are so large that it takes a well-coordinated team 25 minutes to harness eight of them, and then hitch them up to the red and gold Budweiser wagons. Potential drivers are constantly in training to learn how to handle the almost lost art of driving with four reins (lines, in horse parlance) in each driver’s hand, which run to the bit in each horse’s mouth. Needless to say, it was a memorable experience for all those who

had the opportunity to mingle with these extremely gentle, yet majestic animals, as well as with their keepers. And the feeling was mutual. Mr. Raber said that he, as well as the rest of the handlers and the horses, is anxious for a return trip to the Horse Park in the future. As the three huge vans pulled out of the Horse Park on the foggy morning before Halloween, a bevy of new fans gathered to wave goodbye and to wish both handlers and horses a safe journey on the way to their next stop and performance in Las Vegas. Some Clydesdale history

In the middle ages, horses were valuable commodities that were used for hauling goods, and in agriculture and war. The horses of that period differed from modern breeds, in that they were types rather than distinct breeds. They were smaller in comparison to the large breeds of today. Anything over 14 hands was considered large. In an attempt to develop a horse that was large enough to carry his enormous weight and necessary war armor, as well as the armor for the animal itself, King Henry VIII decreed that stallions under 15 hands and mares under 13 hands should not be bred. Many smaller animals were destroyed, so as not to displease the king. Selective breeding became more common after Henry VIII started to increase the size of the war horse, and obviously the Clydesdale breed, which was founded in Scotland, was one of the results of this long, pains-taking process. The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public in 1933 to celebrate the repeal of prohibition, and thus was created one of the most well-known advertising symbols throughout the world. Nan Chapman is a Woodside equestrienne and a former Atherton mayor. A


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Portola Valley native takes up house-hunting in wake of storm By Dave Boyce Almanac staff writer

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ortola Valley native Laura MacMillan, 23, was for a time a displaced person. She still lives in Brooklyn, just not in the same apartment she occupied on Monday, Oct. 28, while Superstorm Sandy sent about 4 to 5 feet of canal water into the basement of the twostory living space she shared with two roommates. Her neighborhood, Gowanus, is just east of the waterfront community of Red Hook, one of the neighborhoods worst hit by the flooding. Made homeless by the storm along with thousands of others, one roommate made her way to Los Angeles while Ms. MacMillan and her other roommate spent three days looking for another home, she said in a telephone interview. It was a scramble, she said. They walked and they biked, and at one point a broker drove them around. They signed a lease on a new apartment, also in Brooklyn, on Thursday. Friends filled in during the interim with offers of hot showers and hot food, Ms. MacMillan said. A new apartment

may be a welcome change. The Gowanus Canal is a super-fund site and in the top five of the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most polluted waterways, she said. She expected to return to work on Saturday, baking for a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, bakery after several involuntary days

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off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bakery is running, but on a much diminished scale,â&#x20AC;? she said. On a normal day, its baked goods include muffins and scones, quick breads and short bread, cakes and brownies, she said. The stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aftermath left many of the bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial customers closed due to the blackout in lower Manhattan, but she said that even had that not been the case, the flooded subway system and the crippling shortage of gasoline would have prevented deliveries. As a kid, Ms. MacMillan went

to Ormondale and Corte Madera schools. She graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2007 and has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in cognitive science from the University of California, Berkeley, she said. She moved to New York City in April 2012 and started at the bakery in June. Ahead of the storm, the three women had relocated to a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in nearby Prospect Heights. When they returned home the next day, some of the electrical outlets were dead and â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of the furniture (in the basement) was totally toppled over,â&#x20AC;? Ms. MacMillan said. A bed had floated to the other side of the room. They spent the day cleaning and removing the damaged furniture. The potential for mold made finding a new home a necessity, she said. She and her roommates were among about 10 displaced residents on her block, which includes a couple of auto body shops and a couple of empty lots, she said. She has applied for help from the Federal Emergency Management

The Valparaiso Bowl: football for a good cause The 10th annual gridiron contest for a good cause â&#x20AC;&#x201D; raising money to assist motivated middle school students from low-income households â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takes place Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, at Woodside High School. The players: the freshman/sophomore and the varsity teams from Valparaiso Avenue neighbors Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School. All proceeds from the Valparaiso Bowl go to the nonprofit Peninsula Bridge Program, based in Menlo Park but with offices in Palo Alto. The Bridge program, with partner schools, works to develop academic and personal success for low-income students based on principles of social justice and a commitment to the human potential of all children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe communities are stronger and richer when we work together to solve problems and improve lives,â&#x20AC;? the mission statement says. The football games begin at 4 and 7 p.m., first the freshman/ sophomore team and then the varsity. If the two schools have

a football rivalry, it is supposed to be set aside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is purely a fun event with a common cause,â&#x20AC;? Bridge Development Director Maureen Garrett wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very important to get people to the game,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is one of our biggest fundraisers!â&#x20AC;? Woodside High School is located at 199 Churchill Ave. at the intersection of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas. Food and refreshments, courtesy of The Old Pro restaurant in Palo Alto, will include pulled-pork and beef brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken Caesar salad, hot chocolate and soft drinks. The Sacred Heart Prep community will be providing homemade baked goods. All proceeds go to the Bridge program. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 5. A donors group called the Circle of Champions will be matching the gate proceeds up to $10,000, Ms. Garrett said.

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lypse,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking around in that part of the city without being able to see where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re walking is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to pull through,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worst is certainly over.â&#x20AC;? A

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hen Business Development Manager Dave Johnson resigned at the end of 2011, many wondered whether Menlo Park would leave the position vacant to save on staff costs. The first to hold that title in the city, Mr. Johnson served eight years, and saw the arrival of numerous companies, such as the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel and Spa, Amici’s and, of course, Facebook. Now City Manager Alex McIntyre has confirmed that the city’s seeking a replacement to help strengthen the local economy. “With the adoption of the Downtown Plan, there is certainly opportunity to operationalize the plan and enhance the vibrancy in the downtown. Perhaps equally important is the chance to work with existing property owners in the City’s commercial/industrial area (more or less along the 101) to strengthen the financial condition there,” he told the Almanac in an email on Nov. 1. He said Facebook probably presents the greatest opportunity. “It can be argued that the eco-system that will develop as a result of Facebook’s presence is something that the City should

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■ Losses estimated at $275 in theft of two bikes and bike lock from bike rack, Burgess Drive, Oct. 30.

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■ Unknown losses in theft of bales of cardboard, Sharon Park Drive, Nov. 1. Sexual battery report: Victim alleges she was groped three weeks before reporting incident, Van Buren Road, Oct. 27. Stolen vehicle report: Red 1993 Ford Mustang, Menalto Ave., Oct. 31. Spousal abuse report: Hollyburne Ave, Nov. 1.

WOODSIDE Residential burglary report: Losses estimated at $3,800 in theft of pellet guns, archery bow and practice arrows from vacation home, Medway Drive, Nov. 1. Fraud report: Losses estimated at $1,300 in unauthorized use of debit card at several different stores, Highland Terrace, Oct. 23 - 26.

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manhunt last week ended with an arrest by Menlo Park police, who found their suspect hiding in a Madera Avenue garage. After an officer attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, Valentin Arias Jimenez, 29, allegedly crashed a stolen green Honda Accord into a police car, and then fled on foot near the Facebook campus. Menlo Park police kicked off a search for the suspect, setting up a perimeter around Carlton and Hamilton avenues, Ivy Drive and Willow Road. Helping out: East Bay Regional Park’s helicopter, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and Palo Alto police. Residents were asked to stay indoors. Officers found the East Palo Alto resident in a garage in the 1300 block of Madera Ave-

nue, police announced. He was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run, and resisting/obstructing a police officer. Mr. Jimenez pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Nov. 2. Charges stemming from the Menlo Park chase are not the only legal problems he faces at the moment; the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service also plans to deport the man back to his native country of Mexico, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt. The Menlo Park Police Department asks that anyone with information about the incident call them at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

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s the Menlo Park City Council and city staff worked on the would serve the entire project, according to the initial plan. recently approved downtown specific plan, many assumed Given the size of Stanford’s holdings on El Camino Real, it would that developers would jump at the chance to build hous- be a shame if the city could not persuade Mr. Arrillaga to include ing on the eight-acre swath of Stanford land on the east side of El more housing. To do so would be a huge help in the city’s struggle Camino Real that extends from the Stanford Park Hotel to Middle to rezone for higher-density housing in neighborhoods that don’t Avenue. want it. Already, advocates for Sharon Park and Stanford WeekBut when the city revealed a first draft of developer John Arril- end Acres have convinced the city to withdraw those sites from laga’s plan to build a massive mixed-use complex of medical consideration. offices, offices and retail, with only a modest 148 housing units, Now Linfield Oaks residents also want off the rezoning list. They it was a surprise, especially to Councilman Rich stormed the Oct. 30 council meeting to protest Cline, who announced his disappointment durthree potential sites, one of which would create EDI TORI AL ing a recent meeting. zoning for a homeless shelter, in their neighborThe opinion of The Almanac Mr. Cline said that “a sliver of housing” is not hood. Nothing was decided, but council memwhat the city expected after negotiating with bers indicated that at least one of the three sites Stanford during the specific plan process, when the city expressed would likely be approved. At an earlier meeting the council also its preference for housing on the properties. But somehow that suggested increasing the density at the former post office site — vision changed, Mr. Cline said, and if the preliminary design 3875 Bohannon Drive — from 30 to 40 units per acre. doesn’t change, the project will contribute very little to helping The housing issue is critical for the city as it must meet the terms the city meet its goal of identifying space for nearly 2,000 units of of a lawsuit settlement requiring that it add zones for 1,000 to 1,975 high-density housing in the next few months. units of high-density housing to comply with state law. A draft Mr. Arrillaga’s initial plan includes only 148 units of rental update of the new housing plan was sent to the state for review on housing, dwarfed by 229,500 square feet of office space, including Oct. 31. 153,000 square feet of medical offices. A spokesman for the uniUnfortunately the new specific plan leaves little leverage to conversity said the final ratio of medical to office space hasn’t been vince Mr. Arrillaga to build housing rather than medical offices, determined, but the rough design shows two four-story office which generate many more car trips than housing or even standard buildings facing El Camino Real between Cambridge and College office space does. And if there is one thing that Menlo Park does avenues. Approximately 1,190 parking spaces, most underground, not need, it is more traffic on El Camino Real.

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Rare opportunity to see St. Patrick’s Seminary Editor All of us at St Patrick’s Seminary were delighted to see our magnificent chapel featured on the front page of the Almanac’s Oct. 24 Section 2 that accompanied Barbara Wood’s article on The Irish Connection. St. Patrick’s Seminary has been in Menlo Park since 1898 and it bears an Irish name in honor of the first seminarians here — many of whom arrived from Ireland — as well as our founding archbishop, Archbishop Riordan, who served as archbishop of San Francisco from 1884 until his death in 1914. Today we educate future priests representing many countries — including Vietnam, Mexico, El Salvador and the Philippines — as well as the western United States. We offer community members of all faiths a unique opportunity to see the campus and chapel at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, Nov. 26.

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Our Regional Heritage Corrective hydrotherapy was used for the treatment of soldiers suffering from manic depression and other psychotic ailments at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park as late as the 1940s. The procedure gave way to the use of drug and electric shock therapy to treat mental illness.

The ceremony, which will be led by our rector, Fr. James McKearney, accompanied by our choir, Schola Cantorum, begins at 5 p.m. Those who arrive earlier can sample a

variety of homemade international foods served by our seminarians, and anyone who wishes to take part in a library tour, which I will lead, should contact me at the seminary,

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Jerry Hill challenged on rail-funding statement Editor: Here is an open letter to Assemblyman Jerry Hill: In a recent candidate forum I was astounded to hear you defend your vote on the highspeed rail appropriation in July, saying that you did not vote to approve a $68 billion high-speed rail project. You stated your vote was to bring $1 billion to electrify Caltrain along a two-track corridor and also to send funds down south for other regional rail. Really. The appropriation contained $6 billion to start the rail project in the Central Valley. The appropriation also approved spending $1.2 billion of the $9 billion authorized by the voterapproved Prop 1A bond funding in 2008, to improve or modernize regional rail. The big problem is, Assemblyman Hill, that this $1.2 billion appropriation is clearly illegal. Prop 1A says these funds are to be used for a statewide highspeed rail project and not for regional commuter rail. That is what the voters approved in 2008, and the state Legislature has no right to change what the voters approved. This defense of your vote is clearly not valid. Right now, Gov. Jerry Brown is running up and down the state promoting Prop. 30, a $50 billion tax increase, stating these funds will be used to fund schools, state colleges and state universities, and that failure of the voters to approve Prop. 30 will mean further cuts to these institutions. Why should any voter believe what the governor promises? When you read Prop. 30, you see the funds go into the general fund and can be spent as approved. Yes, the funds could be spent on education, but there is no legal mandate to do so, only the governor’s promise that this will be the result. The high-speed rail appropriation in July was pushed through by Gov. Brown, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, and Sen. Mark Leno. Here you had the governor spending Prop 1A funds for projects clearly prohibited by the conditions in Prop 1A. Again, why should any voter believe the governor or the Legislature will end up spending the funds from the increased taxes, if Prop. 30 passes, for the educational system of the state? They just have no credibility. Morris Brown Stonepine Lane, Menlo Park

Mayor’s letter upsetting for police supporter By Don Way

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n Oct. 31 we received a letter dated tee discussions on local policing? I just Oct. 18 from “The Mayor” (no do not believe there have been no communications with APOA. name) of Atherton. ■ Incomplete budget information was We believe the mailing to be a misuse of taxpayer dollars for political purposes. given regarding our police force — how If the mayor does not like the people about comparing staffing and response (Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest) the rates to last year, not to half a decade APOA endorsed for council, he should ago? We moved here several years ago after have to use his own campaign funds to 30-plus years in Palo Alto. In promulgate his beliefs just as the Palo Alto I served on the school Atherton Police Officers Assoboard for eight years. I believed ciation did. The mayor needs then, and I believe today, that to be a statesman. Referring to honesty and transparency are our police as people who issue absolute requisites of commuunspecified “misleading statenity leaders, and I am troubled ments” is not statesmanship. that the Atherton council may What is his agenda? Is it to go not be living up to these essential into negotiations with the police GUEST attributes of effective represenunion next year in hostility so OPINION tatives. I have a strong position that he can walk from the talks on the Atherton Police Departand justify outsourcing? Is it to ment — keep it. get his candidates elected? However, it is true that funding for Among other questions my wife and I defined benefit retirement plans is an would like to see answered publicly: ■ The letter was unsigned. Is the mayor issue for all employers, especially public representing the entire council? Did the ones, and it is an issue that must be faced whole council approve his message? and addressed in a reasoned, public, ■ How about informal or sub-commit- and cooperative fashion. It seems to me,

Challenge for council to take citizen survey Editor: Whoever is elected to the Atherton City Council, now is the time for our five elected representatives to set a new direction and standard of governance. We no longer want or can afford 3-2 votes and a divided and an uncivil council. Our five elected representatives should seek unanimity on every issue that comes before them and demand unanimity on the important issues. A superb place to start would be for the council to unanimously vote to participate in the National Citizen Survey, which has been widely tested in communities around the nation. The survey is a low-cost service for local governments. Tested, flexible, affordable, and efficient, the NCS would allow Atherton to survey citizen opinion for program planning, budgeting, goal-setting and performance measurement.

The council would select from a set of standard questions to assess citizen opinion about basic services and community life. Additional customized questions allow the council to tailor the survey to our unique needs. Our elected officials can use the results to set spending priorities. The town manager can use the results to measure progress and chart future steps. Staff can use the results to improve service delivery. The survey program includes three mailings to 1,200 randomly selected households, which include the pre-survey postcard and two mailings of the survey instrument. The margin of error (95 percent confidence interval) is low, no more than plus or minus five percent. I am so convinced of the need for a new approach to our town governance that I will personally pay for the cost of participation in the National Citizens’ Survey provided such participation is

without being privy to all the communications, formal and informal, that the APOA has been willing to do this but has been stonewalled by the current council majority, which is one reason why we have contributed to the APOA-PAC. A two-tier police retirement plan would be a good first step although the devil always is in the details. Of course we should have a school resource officer. Of course we should support renewal of the parcel tax; it’s not like our friends and neighbors cannot afford it. As for placing items on the council agenda, I had no idea it apparently takes a majority; that’s nonsense. Any one elected council member should have that right. Here in Atherton we all have our own little private enclaves, and we like it that way. Unfortunately, that leads to a disregard for — and disinterest in — local governance. Our council does not represent the talent that resides in this town because most of us do not care enough to be involved. We need more who do. Don Way lives on Patricia Drive in Atherton.

approved unanimously by our new City Council. Peter Carpenter Larch Drive, Atherton

Big storm is a wake-up call on global warming Editor: “Frankenstorm Sandy” is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use, and our meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may

be closer to 50 percent. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively. We have the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch “meats,” hotdogs, veggie burgers, soy and nut-based dairy products (including cheese and ice cream), and an ample selection of traditional vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Miles Barney Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park

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