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or 50 years now, every Labor Day weekend, a transformation occurs in the redwood forest in the hills above Woodside. “Artists’ booths pop up around the Kings Mountain Fire Station like mushrooms overnight,” says Kings Mountain Art Fair spokesman Aeron Noe. “The forest becomes an outdoor gallery displaying some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast.” More than 400 community members create the transformation, which takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, adjacent to the Kings Mountain Fire Station at 13889 Skyline Blvd. Local volunteers look forward to the weekend all year long, Ms. Noe says. Local residents started the Art Fair in 1963, when a group called the Pine Needles decided to have a craft fair in a red barn as a fundraiser to help create a volunteer fire company for the remote Kings Mountain community. “We put straw all over the barn floor because we thought that was folksy,” local resident Ardyth Woodruff recalls. “Someone had the idea of asking the artists who lived here to put their paintings upstairs, and that’s how it started. We didn’t make much money that first year.” Initially what made up the volunteer spirit was forming the fire brigade. “Forestry could only put out tree fires, not structure fires,” she says. “People were passionate about getting equipment and getting people trained. And we did it. Nobody else owns our fire department. We own it.” Ms. Woodruff, who worked for the Almanac in its early days in Woodside, went on to create many of the first posters for the fair. She served as a co-director of the fair for 15 years, and as the outside exhibitor director for another 10 years. “She still shows up every year,” says Ms. Noe. Today the fair is ranked in the
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top five art fairs in California by the Art Fair Source Book. Dawn Neisser, executive director of the fair, says the single biggest change the fair has undergone was its transition from a local arts and crafts fair to a juried fine arts fair. “The professionalism and the quality of the art both increased dramatically,” she says. “The creation
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of Mountain Folk Art (crafts created by locals) was also an important step, so we didn’t lose the local flavor.” Ms. Neisser says more than 1,300 Kings Mountain volunteers have taken part in the art fair over the past 50 years. “When you stop and think about it, we’re all sort of in awe of what this collective community has done,” she says. “You don’t find many things that have lasted that long with that much community effort and in a joyful way.” Agenda
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No memorial yet for gymnastics instructor ■ Cate Fisher, 19, was shot and killed two years ago
By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
here’s no sign of 19-yearold Cate Fisher on the premises of Menlo Park’s gymnastics center, where she taught for nearly three years until her death in 2011, and residents are asking why. A crepe myrtle tree was planted outside the gymnastics center. And inside, an area that was
to be known as “Cate’s Corner” holds some toys and books. But neither bears any sign to indicate they are in memory of the popular young instructor, contrary to what residents and some staff expected. Teacher Cate
She landed at the gymnastics center after spending years bouncing from volleyball to flute to violin to every other activity. Nothing stuck, not until her mother, Michelle Sutton, suggested teaching gymnastics. “For the first time she found
something that really mattered to her,” Ms. Sutton said. “I’d watch her and marvel” at the joy and energy she brought to Cate Fisher class. “Everything about Cate was bigger than life. (Sometimes during class) I would whisper to her to bring it down a little bit and now of course I wish I could hear her shout.” The 19-year-old spent hours coaching her young students.
“She wasn’t afraid to wear a tutu or screaming pink shoes, but (was) sensitive enough to know how to connect with the quieter kids. I didn’t know she had that knack. I don’t think she did, either,” her mother said. All that bounding energy ended on July 13, 2011, when Cate Fisher was shot and killed while sitting in a friend’s car in East Palo Alto. One suspect was arrested in Colorado, following a crime spree that left yet another bystander dead. Christian Fuentes pleaded guilty earlier
this year to the Colorado crimes and was sentenced to more than 75 years in prison; San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said his office is considering whether to extradite the man to stand trial here. The families of those she taught, as well as her own, would like to see a tangible sign of “Teacher Cate” at the place where she loved to go to work. They’ve offered to pay for a plaque outside under the crepe myrtle tree, which was planted See NO MEMORIAL, page 8
Union influence key issue in Menlo fire board race By Sandy Brundage
From his perspective, a board composed of current member Rob Silano, incumbent Jack eter Carpenter, no stranger Nelson and newcomer Carolyn to the Menlo Park fire Clarke would yield control to district board of direc- the union. tors, decided to enter this year’s Mr. Carpenter has already election with barely 24 hours to declined to interview for an spare before the filing deadline. endorsement from the San Mateo The district serves Menlo Park, County Central Labor Council. Atherton, East Palo Alto and “Since there will (hopefully) portions of unincorporated San be a new firefighter’s contract Mateo County. negotiated with the Fire District He told the Almanac he’d during the forthcoming term, I returned from Colorado the day can understand that it is in the before the filing deadline, and dis- labor union’s interest to have Fire covered that incumbent Stephen District Directors who you think N a c h will serve tsheim had y o u r decided Peter Carpenter says i n t e r not to Mr. he is ‘very concerned’ ests,” run. Mr. Carpenthat the firefighters’ ter wrote Car penter, 73, an union will try to ‘take in cited his email to over the board with the labor nine years of prior counci l this election.’ service on on Thursthe fire d a y . district board and long history of “Similarly, an endorsement by a public service that included time labor union for an election that as a volunteer firefighter and Air will be immediately followed by Force officer. Mr. Carpenter also labor negotiations carries with it referred to his corporate manage- the appearance of a conflict of ment and nonprofit experience. interest.” He joins incumbents Jack Mr. Carpenter described this Nelson and Rex Ianson on the year’s election as pivotal for roster, along with former coun- protecting taxpayer interests. cil candidates Chuck Bernstein “While I have deep respect for and Carolyn Clarke. our individual firefighters, I Mr. Carpenter said he is “very cannot say the same for their concerned that the firefighters’ union which, disregarding the union is going to attempt to take district’s fiscal health, demands over the board with this election.” an excessive pay, benefit, and The incumbent’s withdrawal “left pension package,” he wrote in a an easy opening for the union to control three seats.” See UNION INFLUENCE, page 8 Almanac Staff Writer
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Nestled in a grove of redwood trees on Skyline Boulevard, Bella Vista was noted for its “continental cuisine,” as well as its spectacular view.
Bella Vista restaurant closes By Jane Knoerle Almanac Lifestyles Editor
he neon martini glass sign is dark. The jukebox in the bar is silent. The Bella Vista restaurant, known by generations for its dazzling view of the city lights below, closed on Aug. 10. “After 35 years, we’ve decided to call it a day,” says owner John Ward on the restaurant’s answering machine. “It’s been a great experience, but it’s time to go. Thank you for all the great years.” The restaurant’s website says the Ward family bought the
restaurant in 1979; however, the building dates back to 1927. Nestled in a grove of redwood trees on Skyline Boulevard, Bella Vista was noted for its “continental cuisine,” as well as its spectacular view. Bella Vista was a restaurant where tuxedo-clad waiters flambeed steak Diane or cherries jubilee in the dining room. Oysters Rockeller? Escargot? Grand Marnier souffle? These retro dishes were Bella Vista favorites. Generations marked birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and other special occasions
with dining at Bella Vista. It was considered the perfect place to pop the question and, of course, was always packed on Valentine’s Day. For many years, including this year, Bella Vista has won the Almanac’s Readers’ Choice award for best romantic restaurant. Longtime patrons are on Facebook lamenting Bella Vista’s closing, remembering the 35th wedding anniversary or milestone birthday they celebrated there. “A lot of people are very sad about it,” says Almanac reporter and Woodside resident Barbara Wood.
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Victim identified in fatal party van crash The victim in the fatal crash of a party van on northbound Interstate 280 near Portola Valley on Aug. 11 was Adam Blomquist, 38, of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol reported. The van’s driver, Jason Quinones, 42, of Daly City, was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of hit and run, DUI and manslaughter, all felonies. Driving a 2001 Chevrolet Express 3500 that had been converted into a party van, Mr. Quinones lost control of the vehicle south of the Alpine Road interchange, drove off the road and struck a tree around 10:50 p.m., according to the CHP. The van overturned about 20 feet from the freeway,
killing Mr. Blomquist. The weather was clear and dry, and both men were wearing seat belts, the CHP said. Mr. Quinones was found near the scene with minor injuries and was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment. After determining that Mr. Quinones was the driver, the CHP arrested and booked him, CHP Officer Amanda Jack said. The CHP has yet to confirm the company that owns the vehicle, she said. Traffic was blocked on northbound I-280 for hours after the accident. The CHP is investigating and asking anyone with information to call Officer Amanda Meier at (650) 369-6261. — Bay City News Service
Ex-school board president Frank Cameron dies at 79 Frank Kenneth Cameron II died June 22 at his home in Tahoe City after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 79. For many years, when his children were growing up, Mr. Cameron and his wife, Susan, were residents of Portola Valley. He was a longtime soccer coach and referee and served as president of the Portola Valley school board. Mr. Cameron was born in Seattle, Washington, and spent his youth in Summit, New Jersey, where he was a star athlete at Pingry School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University, where he met and married his wife, Susan. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the armed forces in
Germany. After Stanford, the couple settled in Portola Valley and he embarked on a 40-year career in real estate and finance. Mr. Cameron was a surfer, rock climber, lifelong backpacker, a scuba drive, an early adopter of mountain biking and windsurfing, but most of all he was a magnificent skier, say family members. While living in Sun Valley, Idaho, he began logging his days of skiing in a journal and had several years where he skied more than 100 days a year. He is survived by his wife, Susan “Suz” Cameron, sons Matt and Xander, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Peter Hawks Cameron.
a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the Art Fair go back to the community, supporting the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, which responds to more than 150 emergencies a year, and Kings Mountain Elementary School, a three-room school for grades K-5. Visitors may park along Skyline Boulevard and catch the complimentary trolley to the fair. Because much of the art is fragile, dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the grounds. Bicycle racks are available outside the grounds.
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and sausage, which is served by volunteers from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The artists’ booths open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The grill opens again at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, with the cook shack serving up burgers, corn on the cob, chili, nachos and more. Kings Mountain Elementary School will be sell “Grandma Jenny’s famous giant cookies” for dessert. Family activities will include face painting, crafts and games in Kiddie Hollow, open from 10
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Gateway Project moves ahead By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
he Bohannon Development Co. says it is moving ahead with preparing the site for its long-planned Menlo Gateway Project, an office-hotel complex that may involve nearly 1 million square feet of floor space. The plan is to build the complex on 16 acres spanning Independence and Constitution drives on the east side of U.S. 101. In addition to a seven-floor hotel, there would be office buildings, a restaurant, parking garages and a fitness club. In 2010, some 65 percent of voters favored Measure T, which allowed developer David Bohannon to build the complex. One of the fallouts of the project is that TechShop, the do-it-yourself haven at 120 Independence Drive in Menlo Park’s industrial zone, has to move. This TechShop, which opened in 2006, is the first of many that have opened across the country. “It wasn’t for lack of love for TechShop,” said Scott Bohannon, an executive vice president with the company. “We’re now at that juncture” where the planning advances to the prepa-
Correction A story in the print edition of the Almanac’s Aug. 21 issue erred in reporting that Bohannon Development Co. had arranged financing to build a hotel, a key part of the Menlo Gateway office-hotel complex. The company says it has not secured financing for the hotel. The Almanac regrets this error. ration of the site. TechShop, which has been on a month-to-month lease for six years and is the last remaining tenant along Independence Drive, knew about the impending end of their occupancy since the first quarter of 2013, Mr. Bohannon said. The membership-based TechShop is looking for a new home on the Midpeninsula before its Oct. 31 involuntary departure date, according to a letter addressed to TechShop members from the chief executive. In his letter, CEO Jim Newton speaks of futile efforts to extend its stay. “In spite of our best efforts, negotiations have failed to produce even a short term
extension of our lease to early 2014,” he says. TechShop is holding two weekend informational meetings at the site: at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. With no options available for a lease extension, TechShop is asking members for help in finding a new or temporary home. “All leads will be appreciated,” Mr. Newton says in the Aug. 16 letter. Bohannon Development has no space available that would accommodate TechShop, Mr. Bohannon said. A temporary shop would include “a reasonable subset of tools, equipment and programs,” but would require four months to five months to design and outfit, Mr. Newton says. One alternative would be to close temporarily. Given its status as the original TechShop from which the others evolved, it’s an opportunity to rebuild -- “to build the very best TechShop location yet,” Mr. Newton says. But he needs $2.5 million. Along with plans to expand membership and launch a crowd-funding campaign, the company will be seeking to raise the money by asking for $25,000 loans “from members and the local maker community,” he says. A
Memorial planned for Amelie Le Moullac By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
memorial service for those who knew Amelie Le Moullac, the 24-year-old Menlo School graduate killed while riding her bike last week, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22. The family will hold the service at 11 a.m. at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto, with a reception afterward at her family’s home. They held a viewing on Monday. Ms. Le Moullac was struck and killed when her bike collided with a semi truck in San Francisco on Aug. 14. She graduated from Menlo School in Atherton in 2007 and from the University of Southern California in 2011, then went on to work at Voce Communications, a public relations and marketing firm co-founded by Menlo Park councilman Rich Cline. The firm posted a remembrance of her, writing: “We miss you dearly. We will miss your smile, your humor, your
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Menlo School graduate Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was killed when her bike collided with a truck in San Francisco.
wit and your friendship. You are irreplaceable and unforgettable.” Family and friends also posted condolences on the Voce Communications blog during the past week, and shared memories of her vibrancy, compassion and sense of humor. The San Francisco resident was struck at 7:07 a.m. at Sixth and Folsom streets by a truck making a turn at the intersection. The truck driver stopped and cooperated with investi-
gators. The driver was not cited and the collision remains under investigation, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition issued a statement following the crash, calling it “yet another tragic reminder of what can happen when bikes and large trucks mix on our city’s high-speed corridors.” The fatal collision is San Francisco’s third involving a bicyclist in 2013 and all three have also involved a large truck, according to the coalition, which called on the city to move forward with a redesign of Folsom Street. “Folsom Street is one of the city’s few designated bike routes to downtown — yet it is still an intimidating street, with no separation between bike riders and fast-moving traffic,” the coalition’s statement said. The coalition also called for all large trucks to be fitted with convex mirrors so drivers can more easily see bicyclists and pedestrians. — Bay City News contributed to this story.
REAL ESTATE TRENDS by Samia Cullen
Arbitration vs. Trial Most real estate transactions proceed fairly smoothly, with minor disputes usually resolved through negotiation. However, buyers and sellers sometimes ﬁnd themselves confronted with disputes that they are unable to resolve by themselves. The real estate purchase contract usually includes a mandatory mediation clause. Mediation is a non-binding, affordable and conﬁdential process that often allows the parties, working with a mediator of their choosing, to reach a mutually agreeable settlement and thereby avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of arbitration or litigation. If mediation fails to resolve the issues in question the parties must arbitrate or go to trial. Most real estate contracts give the parties the option of agreeing up front to arbitrate disputes that might arise between themselves. Although the parties can always agree to arbitrate disputes after they arise, at that point one or both parties
may not be willing to do so. Arbitration occurs outside of the court system. The parties submit arguments and evidence to an arbitrator, usually a retired judge, who then renders a decision. By agreeing to arbitration the parties give up their right to appeal except as provided by California law. Because arbitration is not governed by the formal rules of evidence and procedure used in court trials, arbitration hearings often take less time than court trials. Court cases may take years, and if appealed can take even longer. In contrast, the entire arbitration process often can be completed in a few months, making arbitrations signiﬁcantly less expensive than litigation. Like any important decision affecting your legal rights, you need to think carefully before deciding on arbitration. Consult your attorney for guidance in evaluating the pros and cons of arbitration.
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