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Community raises funds for teens orphaned by alleged drunken driver By Sandy Brundage

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s an alleged drunken driver awaits arraignment, the Menlo Park community is raising funds to help the three teenage children who lost their mother and father in a fatal accident in Menlo Park on Oct. 24. Relatives are reported to be looking after the couples’ children — an 18-year-old daughter, a 17-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son. Menlo Park Police Chief Robert Jonsen told the Almanac that there are two funds people may donate to: One, established by the family, will directly support the children. Contributions can be made to: Rema Singh FBO Singh Family Relief Fund at any Wells Fargo branch. The police plan to use the existing Menlo Park Police Foundation 501(c)3 nonprofit to raise money for ongoing scholarships for children who lose a parent to an accident or crime, according to the chief. “The first wave of scholarships will be committed to the Singh children,” he said. “The oldest daughter starts college in January so we hope to have funds available by then to assist her with tuition and supplies.” Checks may be made out to the Menlo Park Police Foundation and either dropped off at the police station or mailed to

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Balbir Singh, 50, and Kamal Kaur Singh, 45, both residents of Menlo Park, were walking their dog in the bike lane eastbound on Chilco Street in Menlo Park during the early evening of Oct. 24 when they were hit from behind by a 1998 Honda Accord driven by Marjorie Reitzell, according to police. Investigators said the Honda

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kept going, over the center median and into the westbound lane. It hit another car, causing minor damage but not injuring four passengers. The Honda then collided with a tree before finally stopping. Police arrived minutes after a 6:54 p.m. call reported seeing two bodies in the road. Menlo Park Fire Protection District personnel arrived and pronounced the couple dead at the scene. Ms. Reitzell, 54, of Redwood City, was arrested on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two

counts of felony driving under the influence. Convicted of a misdemeanor DUI in November 2012, she was on probation and had a valid driver’s license at the time of the Oct. 24 tragedy, according to law enforcement officials. A preliminary screen showed that her blood alcohol at the time of the accident was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. While scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 28, just before court started Ms. Reitzell complained of chest pains and was removed for medical treatment, according to the district attorney’s office, and was not cleared to return to court for several days. She remains in custody on $2 million bail; the arraignment is expected to take place this week. Mr. Wagstaffe said that while the investigation continues, right now the evidence does not support filing a murder charge against Ms. Reitzell. The Singh family held memorial services last week at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. The couple’s dog, Teddy, was turned over to the Peninsula Humane Society immediately following the accident, which took him to the North Peninsula Emergency Veterinary Clinic for treatment. PHS representative Scott Delucchi told the Almanac that the Chihuahua was improving daily and was expected to return home.

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On the cover: A rendering of Greenheart’s proposed mixed-use development as seen from Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park. The drawing shows some of the 215 apartments that would be built on the site.




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hile attention has been focused on what Stanford University plans to build in Menlo Park, another developer has quietly acquired the long-empty site that used to be a Cadillac dealership at 1300 El Camino Real, along with the former Derry project site. Greenheart Land Company sat down with the Almanac to unveil “the other project” — the mixeduse development of office space, retail and apartments it plans to build there on its 7 acres. Greenheart principal Steve Pierce and real estate attorney Tim Tosta came by on Oct. 30 to go over the preliminary site design. Composed of 210,000 square feet of office space and 210,000 square feet of apartments, the project would include 16,000 square feet of retail in the commercial buildings and 7,000 square feet in the residential. The office space is divided between two three-story buildings. Mr. Pierce thought likely tenants would be “walk-up services” such as insurance brokers. Retail would focus on destination restaurants and perhaps specialty food stores, he said. Designed by BAR Architects, the complex “looks more Stanford than the Stanford project,” with red tiled roofs and a Spanish flavor to the building design. For comparison, Stanford and developer John Arrillaga want to build a mixed-use complex on 8 acres of land — now mostly vacant car lots — at 300 El Camino Real with 199,500 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail, and up to 170 apartments. Unlike Stanford’s project, Greenheart’s proposal aims for the bonus level of allowed floor area ratio at 150 percent, rather than the 110 percent, which





Greenheart Land Company prepared this layout of its proposed 420,000-square-foot office, apartment and retail development on El Camino Real.

would let the two office buildings go to three stories — 48 feet — with the top stories setback. With residences on nearby Merrill Street going up to 46 feet, Mr. Pierce said, Greenheart’s scale is in line with the surrounding neighborhood. “There will be public benefit,” he said. Greenheart plans to submit the proposal to the city this week to start the evaluation process for figuring out what the benefit could be. The residential portion of the development consists of 215 apartments with an average 825 square feet each. Sixty-seven percent will be studios or one-bedroom units; 30 percent two-bedroom apartments; and the remainder will have three bedrooms. Acknowledging that selling luxury condos in the overheated Menlo Park real estate market would be easy, Mr. Pierce said Greenheart consciously decided to go in the opposite direction with rental housing targeted at young professionals with-

out families, a demographic underserved by the city’s current housing inventory and that tends to live in Palo Alto and San Francisco instead. Also a factor in the dispersion of young workers is the city’s lack of vibrant nightlife. Greenheart hopes the retail and

restaurant aspect of its development helps correct this. The company will retain control of the complex after construction, according to Mr. Pierce. “We build it, we own, we live it.” Both he and partner Bob Burke have spent many years in the area, he said, so they looked

for projects that would add value while maintaining “a nice living environment.” The preliminary design shows three public gathering spots: an office plaza off El Camino Real that could incorporate outdoor Continued on page 10

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he community of PorPlans for a memorial service tola Valley Ranch lost Joe had not firmed up by the time Whelan over the week- of publication of this obituend, the property developer ary. Betty Jean Whelan, Mr. who took the concept of living Whalen’s wife of 62 years, died in harmony with nature and in January 2010. The Almanac made it real at the Ranch. For was unable to reach a Whelan his pioneering work in develop- family member on questions ing clustered communities, Mr. such as Mr. Whelan’s age and Whelan was recognized with his survivors. numerous design awards and a story in Sunset Magazine. He One-acre lots What Mr. Whelan proposed died Saturday, Nov. 2. The 200 or so inconspicu- in the early 1970s ran smack ous but comfortable homes of into the town’s zoning requirePortola Valley Ranch, which ment of one acre per home, opened in 1975, are liter- which would have made a clusally nestled within a 453-acre ter development impossible, planned community at the longtime town planner George southern end of town. Imper- Mader told the Almanac. “It vious surfaces such as roofs, was controversial,” Mr. Mader roads and decks occupy just 25 said, not least because, in this percent of the land with the rest equestrian community, a home dedicated in perpetuity as open had to have at least an acre to space, said long-time residents allow a horse. “He took a gamble,” Mr. Nancy Thompson and Sheldon Mader said. “Would the public Breiner. “Having the houses not stand buy these houses on smaller lots in Portola Valley. out architecturally It was a big edumeant that they process. would blend into ‘The town owes cational ... Fortunately, the wild land, leavso much to his there’s a good aesing a small footprint for humans farsightedness.’ thetic in town for the natural enviand letting the LONGTIME TOWN PLANNER ronment and that wild land and the GEORGE MADER won over a lot of wildlife prevail,” people.” Ms. Thompson Homeowners can choose said. That wildlife includes turkeys, deer, coyotes, snakes and from about 10 to 12 home tarantulas. “Most of the time, designs with uniform exterior they’re a pleasure to watch,” she colors and siding, but there is said. “We are the inhabitants in room to modify locations of the zoo and the animals come to windows, decks and other such features. visit us.” Mr. Mader helped develop “We’re very appreciative and happy,” Mr. Breiner said, “that a degree program in envihe had the foresight to take ronmental earth science at this gorgeous piece of land and Stanford University, where he allow us to live on it, not just to taught for 30 years. He would stare at it and go hiking on it.” take his students out to Portola “His design was so brilliant Valley Ranch. “It’s an outstand... and we got a great addition ing example of how you can do to our town,” town historian a cluster design attuned to the Nancy Lund said. “He’s been topology and the geology and here all this time and we’re the natural vegetation.” Working with Mr. Whelan going to miss him enormously. His idea of the cluster style and “was one of the nicest experisaving all those areas for open ences I’ve had in town,” Mr. space at Coal Mine Ridge is just Mader said. “The town owes so an enormous gift to the town.” much to his farsightedness.” A

College grad Paul Eichler of Woodside graduated from Northeastern University in Boston on Aug. 29 with a master of science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration.

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the end of its useful life, it is time for a new one 3. Check the condition of your windows, stucco or other siding, and eaves and be sure the paint and other materials are in good condition. 4. Check the vent screens and other potential areas where animals can get into your home and be sure there are no places they can enter 5. Trim trees that may be hazardous during high winds and rain If you maintain your home well, you will avoid larger, more costly repairs later.

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Construction is underway on this housing project, known as Artisan, at 603 College Ave. in Menlo Park. Seventeen townhouses and nine single-family houses (three below-market-rate) are being built on the 1.23acre site, with driveways mainly off El Camino Real. The houses vary from 1,342 to 2,059 square feet, and from two bedroom/2.5 bathrooms to 4 bedroom/2.5 bathrooms. Completion is expected by January or February. The developer is D.R. Horton.

Campaign finance reports released for Menlo district fire board race By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


ig money was not quite flying around in the final week before the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board election on Nov. 5, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports filed with the San Mateo County elections office. The reports cover campaign financial status through Oct. 19. The candidates have divided themselves into two slates: Chuck Bernstein, former fire board director Peter Carpenter and incumbent Rex Ianson vs. Carolyn Clarke and incumbent Jack Nelson, the two candidates who have accepted labor union support in their campaigns. Slate 1

Mr. Bernstein reported $10,170 in cash contributions (including a $9,000 loan to himself) and $651.90 in non-monetary donations from Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Ianson for items such as mailers and a campaign party. Donors included Ed Moritz and Henry Riggs, at $100 each, and

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Mickie Winkler, who gave $150. The largest expense for Mr. Bernstein has been $8,791.84 paid to Sacramento-based campaign consultant Nikki Wilson. Mr. Carpenter’s cash campaign contributions this year consist of a $10,000 loan to himself. He also received $1,113.32 in non-monetary donations

Union reports reserves of $17,000. from Mr. Bernstein for postage and related expenses, and it appears his own expenditures — $10,961.79 — have mainly gone to support Mr. Carpenter’s fellow slate candidates. Mr. Ianson, with $2,150 in cash donations — $150 from Mickie Winkler and the rest as a loan to himself has spent $454.20 at “Signs on the Cheap.” His nonmonetary expenditures went to support the other two candidates on the slate, providing voter lists and business cards.

Ms. Clarke’s filings show $3,432 in cash contributions this year, including a $166.02 loan from herself. She’s spent $2,384.08 during this reporting period, primarily on campaign literature. Donors included Aron Hall with $1,000; Greg Bock and Kiara Cannon with $500 and Tod Spieker with $500; and Menlo Park Councilman Rich Cline with $250. Mr. Nelson’s filings indicate $199 in cash contributions this year and a $6,650 loan to himself. He’s spent $6,513.37 total, most of it during this reporting period, on campaign literature. His report listed no donors. Union

MPF FLAG, the firefighters’ union political committee, has spent the most to date, with $8,646 this year going toward campaign literature and phone calls on behalf of Ms. Clarke ($5,123) and Mr. Nelson ($3,239). At the close of the reporting period on Oct. 19, the committee still had a sizable war chest of $17,173. A

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Pieces of Park Theatre sold off By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


hey may not ever see their names on a movie house marquee, but many of the shoppers at the Park Theatre pre-demolition sale last weekend reached for the next best thing: marquee letters big and small. “The biggest item seller was the marquee letters,” said Rebecca Miller of Whole House Building Supply, which organized the Nov. 2-3 sale. “We saw people coming in to grab their families’ initials or their house numbers,” she said in an email. A long list of items were sold off in preparation for the razing of the long-vacant Park Theatre at 1275 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Other big items

grabbed up by shoppers wanting a piece of the Park included double doors with port holes, a neon light, stage curtains, theater seats, and the ticket booth, Ms. Miller said. “There were conversations between customers and myself about ideas (for) repurposing the ticket booth to a shower, phone booth or a bar, although leaving it as a funky and functional ticket booth would also be a great conversation piece,” she said. The ticket booth was priced at $450 or “offer.” Large marquee letters sold for $5 each or $20 for five; stage curtains were listed at $150; red theater seats were $1 each, while dark seats were listed at $3. Buyers were responsible for removing their items before the

demolition, using hand tools only. Owner Howard “Sandy” Crittenden told the Almanac last week that the demolition date hasn’t been set. Ms. Miller said many people who showed up at the sale “were disheartened to know the building would be torn down. These are folks in the area who used to attend movies. One customer said he came here when movies were 10 cents each.” The Park was built in 1947 and closed in 2002, although Landmark Theatres, which operated it as well as the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park, indicated it wanted to continue leasing the building. Mr. Crittenden said late last year that he plans to develop the property as office and retail space.

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Woman robs Bank of the West in Menlo A woman in her mid-20s robbed Bank of the West in downtown Menlo Park on Tuesday, Oct. 29, police report. At around 12:29 p.m., the woman gave a teller a note demanding money, saying she had a gun, but no weapon was seen, Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said. The suspect is described as a Pacific Island female, about 6 feet tall, wearing a red Cincinnati baseball hat, sunglasses, a dark gray or black puffy jacket, gray sweatpants and white/black tennis shoes. She was last seen on foot leaving through the side door, Ms. Acker said. The bank is at 701 Santa Cruz


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Thief sentenced A San Mateo County Superior Court judge sentenced Garry Ronald Darnell, 27, on Nov. 1 to four years in state prison with 445 days credit for time served, according to the district attorney’s office. Mr. Darnell was also ordered to pay $1,170 in fines and restitution related to his conviction for robbery, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and four other felonies in May.

Menlo Park police arrested him on Oct. 11, 2012, after a car’s owner surprised him rummaging through her vehicle that night. The victim confronted the suspect, who was holding her backpack, and got shoved to the ground as he fled. Investigators said they found methamphetamine in his possession as well as items allegedly stolen during five other automobile burglaries and thefts. During the trial, Eric Hove, the defendant’s lawyer, had suggested that police were lying about some aspects of the case, but the argument did not sway the jury. The attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

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dining; a plaza near Oak Grove and Merrill Street; and a park bordering surface parking off Garwood Way. Speaking of Garwood Way, Greenheart plans to renovate the street and add a bicycle/ pedestrian path to connect with the Caltrain station on Merrill Street. That could require some negotiating with the nearby Marriott Residence Inn, which holds a five-year lease on 39 public parking spaces along that street. “When we improve Garwood that parking will go away,” Mr. Pierce said. Menlo Park came under fire earlier this year for allowing the new hotel to reserve the spaces for its guests in exchange for meeting transient occupancy tax targets; after five years, the city is supposed to charge fair market rent for the parking spaces — but only if Menlo Park’s tax revenue from the hotel in a given year drops below $700,000. At the time the agreement was approved, city officials stated the deal made sense because of low demand by the public for those spaces, and that the hotel’s representatives said the spaces were necessary to make

the project financially viable. With Greenheart’s plans, however, it may be time to look for another solution. Mr. Pierce said they’re hoping that in five years those spaces won’t be considered essential to the hotel. “Studies are being done” to estimate the traffic volume created by Greenheart’s development, Mr. Pierce said. The project’s proximity to the Caltrain station should help decrease the number of car trips, and 95 percent of the on-site parking will be provided by an underground garage, with entries off El Camino Real and Garwood Way. As for existing tenants on the Derry site — which includes Foster’s Freeze — Greenheart said those leases were structured with the understanding that the property would eventually be sold and developed, and that it will honor those arrangements. Greenheart paid $47.6 million for the 7 acres of land for its El Camino Real project. The company also recently acquired seven parcels for $8 million from the city’s now defunct redevelopment agency as well as other lots between the Mount Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church and the shopping center at Willow Road along Hamilton Avenue.

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The long-empty lot of a former Cadillac dealership at 1300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park where Greenheart wants to build a 420,000-square-foot development.

Greenheart plans to build apartments there as well, with approximately 30 housing units per acre. The real estate company is watching the city conduct a review of the year-old downtown/El Camino Real specific plan with some trepidation. The new regulations are meant to give certainty to developers about what could be built and where, as opposed to Menlo Park’s previous practice of leav-

ing nearly everything up to the discretion of city officials, according to Mr. Tosta. “We don’t think the council will change the specific plan,” Mr. Tosta said, but noted that if it does, that could delay Greenheart’s project anywhere from six months to a year and a half. “One little tweak triggers levels and levels of review.” That makes developers a bit nervous. The last two projects

approved on these parcels ran out of time as the economy nosedived; Greenheart doesn’t want to wind up in a similar position. “That’s our greatest fear,” Mr. Pierce acknowledged. “We have a great market right now.” Still, “if everything moves along smoothly,” the company hopes to debut a new mix of housing, restaurants and office space in Menlo Park a little more than three years from now, in 2017. A

Woodside council promises no parking garage in town center By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


nyone doubting the power of ideas and wanting to be proven wrong would have been well served by attending the Woodside Town Council meeting on the evening of Oct. 29. The council faced complaints from a boisterous standingroom-only crowd of more than 75 residents worried about preserving Woodside’s “rural character.” With Councilman Peter Mason absent, a unanimous council agreed to dispose of three ideas broached during a spring 2013 brainstorming session from a community task force considering options for the town center’s next 20 years. The three ideas the council committed to completely dismiss were: ■ A multi-tier parking garage. It will not be included as an option to address a chronic shortage of town center parking spaces in a built-out area with no land available for more parking spaces. ■ A rearrangement of traffic lanes to alleviate congestion.

Woodside is a route to the coast, and weekend events such as pumpkin festivals or large bicycle tours headed into the foothills can generate mile-long traffic jams on Woodside Road. ■ Planning Department maps that use colors or polygons to make visible an expanded planning area for addressing town center traffic circulation issues. There is broad consensus on developing safer pedestrian and bicycling routes through neighborhoods near town center. However, a map from the brainstorming session included those neighborhoods within a large orange polygon that appeared to expand the official borders of town center. Residents expressed alarm about the implications of that visual demarcation on their property values. The residents also demanded a prohibition on affordable housing downtown and on asking voters to amend two longstanding measures (J and 1) intended to secure the downtown’s character. The council avoided committing to either, citing the complex nature of state housing mandates and the likelihood of slight amendments to Measure J to accommodate

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safer routes to school. Go to through WS-task-126 for complete documentation on the Town Center Area Plan Task Force’s activities between February and May 2013. Community meetings are set for early 2014 to further sound out the public on priorities.

Council acquiesces to complaints about ideas raised in brainstorming session. Council members said they would be hiring a professional facilitator to run the meetings, and declined offers from residents opposed to outsiders getting involved and suggesting that the council choose one or more community volunteers to facilitate. Public comment

In more than an hour of public comment, residents demanded, as they have since May, the council’s reassurance that the offending ideas are completely

off the table. Resident Greg Raleigh complained repeatedly about a lack of transparency on the council’s part. He spoke first and read from his letter, in which he articulated the five offending ideas. But his first words were to inform the council that he would be ignoring the threeminute time limit for each individual, which he then did. At one point after his time had elapsed, he remained standing and held aloft a mockup of the map depicting the offending orange polygon. After the next speaker yielded his time, Mr. Raleigh rose again and soon got into an argument with Mayor Anne Kasten, who was instructing him on parliamentary procedure. “This is the attitude that has people so upset,” he said. “You keep telling us this isn’t important. It’s important to us. It’s my time to talk. Sometimes I’m a little angry. ... Please remove those things so we don’t have to keep worrying about it.” Many residents included in their remarks their “100 percent” support for Mr. Raleigh’s points.

“If these things go forward, you’re going to fundamentally change the nature of Woodside and I think that’s a tragedy,” said Leon Campbell. “We want to know where our council stands on those five items,” said Malcolm MacNaughton. “Brainstorming is great,” said Rob Solomon, “but these five are really bad ideas.” “I think you have some trust to earn back,” said a resident of Tripp Court. When asked in an interview if the turnout had been orchestrated, Mr. Raleigh described it as a grassroots movement fueled by six or seven letters that circulated online. “Everybody tried to say the same thing, but they didn’t know how to say it,” he said. “If you don’t have a unified voice in politics ... you get nothing. I think it’s great that it worked that way.” Occasionally, another point of view was heard. “I don’t understand what all this upsetness is about,” said Marne Page. “The crazy ideas will be jettisoned. ... We’re See PARKING GARAGE, page 12

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fter a recent uptick in the number of home and vehicle burglaries and other theft-related crimes — and subsequent alerts from the police department — Atherton residents may be sleeping a little easier with the arrest last week of two burglary suspects in separate incidents. Police arrested two women over a two-day period on suspicion of burglary or attempted burglary and other crimes, the town reports. Jeanette Ellis, a 45-year-old Redwood City resident, was arrested on Oct. 27 and booked into the San Mateo County jail, police said. Officers had been called to a Jennings Lane home at about 7:14 p.m. that Sunday on a report that a resident saw a suspicious person inside the resident’s home. They arrested Ms. Ellis near the Middlefield Road

and Jennings Lane intersection. Police were called out to Isabella Avenue early Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, after a resident reported seeing a suspicious person outside the house. Responding officers apprehended Andrea Chestnut, 29, of Redding, who was booked into the county jail on suspicion of attempted residential burglary and probation violation, police said. Lt. Joe Wade said recent incidents have prompted the police department to issue alerts to residents “to lock their doors and set their alarms for both homes and vehicles.” The two areas where the burglary suspects were arrested last week weren’t being hit hard with recent thefts, Lt. Wade said, adding that “most of our recent theft-related crimes have occurred west of El Camino Real in the Selby/Stockbridge neighborhoods.”


he said. “We’re going to need to go forward with a process, but it won’t include the things that you are strongly opposed to.” There will be tradeoffs, he said. “We’re going to have to give serious consideration to how those problems are solved. That’s why we need a facilitator.” But, he added, “solutions come from the town, not the facilitator.” “The Town Council,” said Councilman Dave Burow, “did not start this with a top-down process or agenda. (But) the truth is not really important at this point. The truth is sitting in this room.” “I understand the stigma of living in a polygon,” Mr. Burow added. “I certainly would be fully supportive of not drawing any polygons, but they have to finesse (circulation issues) somehow.” “I am really concerned about the statements that you did not know what was going on and that this was a closed process,” Councilwoman Deborah Gordon said to the residents. “How do we communicate with you and know that you’re actually hearing it?”

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supposed to able to talk about controversial ideas.” “I think when you do a planning process, you think of all ideas,” said Thalia Lubin, a member of the task force involved in the brainstorming. “All we’re talking about here is ideas. I’m not going to throw out any ideas until we’ve heard all of them.” “I’m sorry you felt compelled to leave your separate lives and come out to protect yourselves,” said Councilman Tom Shanahan of the gathering. “I think we should try to stop meeting like this.” “It’s very frustrating,” said Councilman Ron Romines, “to see that you’re all here because of a misunderstanding of this process.” Mr. Romines noted “widespread discontent” with walking and biking in Woodside. “It’s not a very friendly place sometimes, even just walking from place to place.” Parking is scarce and there is at least some demand for a community gathering place,




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lthough the town has had few problems with homeless people camping on its streets, Atherton is in the process of adopting a new ordinance that will prohibit camping and sleeping in motor vehicles or trailers overnight. The City Council last month approved the first reading of the ordinance, which town officials say has more to do with giving police officers “another tool in the toolbox” when they spot suspicious people near homes, particularly when the resident is away. In a staff report, City Manager George Rodericks cited an example in which a homeless woman tried to camp on private property. “That person, on three separate occasions, was parked in front of a resident’s house, and found on the resident’s front porch.” The ordinance would ban sleeping or camping in vehicles on public property and on private property when the owner isn’t present. The ban would cover the hours between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. Police Chief Ed Flint told the Almanac that the incident involving the homeless woman wasn’t the sole reason that the town crafted the ordinance. “We’ve had a series of prowling incidents and burglaries and attempted burglaries,” he said, adding that officers who see a suspicious person on private property must be able to ascertain the person is there legitimately. The ordinance, he said, will allow officers to make contact with people who show up on private property and claim to have permission to be there. He said that Atherton doesn’t have an ongoing problem with homelessness, but when officers encounters someone who is homeless, they are well-versed in providing information about resources that can be called upon by those in need. Social activist Aram James, a retired Santa Clara County public defender, was the only

man Bill Widmer said. Mr. Widmer suggested that the town study ways to support homeless programs, an idea echoed by Mayor Elizabeth Lewis. “We do have a heart for people in economic distress,” she said. After the meeting, Councilman Widmer emailed Mr. James urging him to contact an organization he is active in, the Order of Malta, which supports programs serving the sick and poor. He ended by thanking Mr. James “for advocating for those who often are not provided a voice.” Mr. Rodericks said later that staff will come up with funding options for such support during the next budget cycle.



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public speaker during the council’s discussion of the ordinance, and he urged council members to reject the ban. The town already “has plenty of tools” to address potential problems that might arise with homeless people camping on its streets, but “penalizing someone for their economic status violates the Constitution,” he said. Council members were quick to defend the ban as a means to address theft-related crimes in town, not as a way to oppress the homeless. “Police need to have some way of taking care of problems (with people) pretending to sleep” but in reality waiting for an opportunity to burglarize a home, Council-

The Shell gas station at 1400 El Camino Real and Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park may be undergoing some changes. According to city staff, the owner inquired about a month ago about discontinuing the gas sales, but expanding the repair shop. Senior Planner Thomas Rogers said the change would require a use permit approved by the Planning Commission, and that the city would need to evaluate whether a standalone repair shop would fit within the specific plan regulations. Current uses allowed for the site require that vehicles aren’t typically stored overnight, he said.


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Symphony performs in Menlo Park “Liszt of Favorites� is the theme of the Silicon Valley Symphony’s fall concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park. A second performance will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. The concerts will include Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concer-


tante� with soloists Julian Brown, violin, and Evan Buttemer, viola. In addition, Maestro Michael Gibson will give a mini conducting lesson and select several children from the audience to conduct the orchestra in the finale of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.� Tickets at $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and

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Book talk by Bill Fernandez “Kaua’i Kids in Peace and War,� a memoir of his life as a child in Kaua’i, will be the subject of a talk by retired Judge Bill Fernandez at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Menlo Park City Council chambers. Mr. Fernandez describes an idyllic life when he ran barefoot on the reefs, surfed on an old ironing board, and made his own fishing spear. Those days abruptly ended when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and, for the first time, he witnessed racism against his Japanese neighbors. The talk includes a PowerPoint slide presentation and singing. The event is free and supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park-area seniors and those with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for reservations.

Bay origins Geologist Ken Lajoie will discuss the origins of the San Francisco Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the San Mateo

County History Museum. He will describe how, at the height of the last ice age, there was no bay, and how the earth’s warming led to its creation. During the ice age, camels, mammoths, ground sloths and bison thrived in the Bay Area. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum: $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors. The museum is located at 2200 Broadway in downtown Redwood City.

Children’s health Children’s Health Council Auxiliary is launching a fundraising drive to install a pathway of personalized bricks as part of its project to beautify the Children’s Health Council courtyard and garden in Palo Alto in honor of Dr. Esther B. Clark, who founded the Children’s Health Council 60 years ago. Personalized bricks may be ordered to honor a loved one, celebrate a student or parent, thank a teacher or staff member, or remember friends and family. The bricks come in three sizes; 4 by 8 inches ($150), 8 by 8 inches ($250) or 12 by 12 inches ($500). A groundbreaking ceremony will be held as the project gets underway. Those ordering the first 100 bricks will be invited to attend. Go to or call 326-4437. The Children’s Health Council, located at 650 Clark Way in Palo Alto, offers programs to help children reach their full emotional, educational and developmental potential.



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Harvest Moon Auction benefits Bing school “BINGO: Celebrating 25 Years on the Farm� is the theme of the 25th Harvest Moon Auction to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford University campus. The silent and live auction benefits the Bing Nursery School scholarship fund, which awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year to more than 20 percent of the 450 children who attend the school. Many Harvest Moon chairs of the past are returning this year to celebrate the anniversary. Auction highlights will include a dream playhouse, a getaway to Carmel Valley Ranch, and tickets to Warrior, 49er, and Stanford games and other sports events. There will be food and wine.

Guests will receive a copy of author and Bing parent Randi Zuckerberg’s new children’s Call 650-324-4321. Author Bill Fernandez discusses memoir on childhood in Kapa’a Kaua’i during World War II. Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 330-2512. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins discusses new book of poetry. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. $20. Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321. Chef David Kinch of Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos discusses new cookbook. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321. ‘The First Phone Call from Heaven’ Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,� discusses new book. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. $20. Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 324-4321. event/461887 Book: ‘Uncommon Thread’ Mary Ella Gabler, founder of fine linens brand Peacock Alley, discusses her book. Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m. Free. The Picket Fence, 883 Santa Cruz Ave., Suite 4, Menlo Park.

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Community Events ‘Is Church Obsolete?’ Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park conversation exploring relevance of church. Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. Woodside Nursery School marks 40th anniversary with day of activities, food. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Parents’ Nursery School, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 208-7064. Medicare Workshop Counselors help participants find a plan. Nov. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

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Harvest Moon Auction co-chairs at Bing Nursery School are, from left, Hays Hyre of Palo Alto, Stephanie Oshman of Atherton and Julia Popowitz of Atherton.

Authors & Talks ‘Creative Confidence’ IDEO founder David Kelley and brother Tom discuss their book. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

picture book “Dot.� Tickets are $25 per person and available at the door. Korean Art Docent Lecture explores significance of celebrations during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Francine Segan, author of cookbook “Pasta Modern,� talks about regional dishes and what’s cutting edge in Italy. Nov. 6, 6:30-9 p.m. $55. Draeger’s Cooking School, 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park. Call 931-5457. Astrobiologist David Morrison discusses “Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?� Nov. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Admission free; parking $3. Foothill College Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

On Stage ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Grab Bag Theater, a student-run company, presents Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy. Nov. 14-15, 7-9:30 p.m.; Nov. 16, 1 p.m. $5-$10. Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. www.







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N PO LI C E C A L L S This information is from the San Mateo County Sheriff’’s Office and the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. PORTOLA VALLEY Assault report: Two 10-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy were assaulted in the parking lot of the Alpine Hills Swim and Tennis Club during a Halloween party. The children had no visible injuries and refused medical treatment, Oct. 26. Residential burglary report: Five pieces of jewelry with a value of about $38,400 are missing from a home on Buckeye. There were no signs of forced entry, Oct. 23.

■ An older iPod with a value of about $50 is missing from a Woodside Road residence in which a rear door and an interior door had been forced open, Oct. 22. Auto burglary reports: ■ A shawl and the purse underneath it, a combined value of $206, were discovered to be missing from the front seat of a locked vehicle parked on Old La Honda Road near Dennis Martin Creek. The vehicle’s owner had gone for a hike, Oct. 18. ■ Someone smashed the rear passenger side window of a vehicle parked near Dennis Martin Creek and stole items from the back seat with an estimaed value of $1,500, Oct. 25.

Theft report: A resident of Sterling Avenue had removed his $4,800 watch and put it in the center console of his vehicle before going swimming at Burgess Park pool in Menlo Park. He later left the vehicle on the street in front of his home and discovered the watch missing while driving to work, though did not find evidence of forced entry into the vehicle, Oct. 16. LADERA Residential burglary report: Someone pried open a side door and ransacked a home on La Mesa Drive, left with $22,370 in silverware and assorted jewelry and fled in an unknown direction, Oct. 18. WOODSIDE Residential burglary reports: ■ A resident of Meadow Road came home to find several pieces of jewelry missing from the master bedroom and her wallet removed from her purse, a loss estimated at $4,000 to $5,000. The house had been locked except for a window left open for ventilation, she told sheriff’s deputies, Oct. 16.

■ A woman who said she had a gun but did not display it robbed the Bank of the West at 701 Santa Cruz Avenue and fled out a side door at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. She was wearing a red Cincinnati baseball cap, sunglasses, a dark gray or black puffy jacket, gray sweatpants and white-and-black tennis shoes and is believed to be in her mid-20s, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall and of Pacific Islander ethnicity. Theft reports:



envelope containing cash and gift cards while sitting at a table in front of Donut Delite at Willow Road and Durham Street. He chased the robbery suspect into a vehicle and recovered the envelope but found that $500 was missing, Oct. 23.

■ Someone stole an automatic-gate

Residential burglary reports:

■ A resident of Arnold Way told police that she is missing a diamond engagement ring with a value of $15,000 to $20,000, Oct. 12. ■ Someone entered an unlocked residence on Partridge Avenue and stole a laptop computer and jewelry, a loss estimated at $2,200, Oct. 31. ■ The resident of a Woodland Avenue home spoke to and scared away burglary suspects who had removed a window screen and were trying to pry the window open, Oct. 29. ■ A washer and dryer are missing from a home under construction on Hobart Street, but police have not yet reported on the value of the appliances or the method of entering the home, Oct. 24. ■ A resident of Ringwood Avenue told police that a would-be burglar trying to gain entry through a bedroom window fled after the resident called 9-1-1. The suspect is male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, Oct. 25. Robbery reports: ■ A delivery man was robbed of an

opener and a camera from an unlocked vehicle and a bicycle from an apartment shed from a residence on East O’Keefe Street for a total loss estimated at $1,680, Oct. 24.

■ A $1,500 bicycle was left unlocked in the backyard of a Claremont Way residence and is now missing, Oct. 30.

■ Between $1,000 and $1,500 in cash is missing from a residence on Hollyburne Avenue and police are unable to prove conflicting accounts of what happened, Oct. 28.

■ A BMX bicycle with a value of $400 is missing and believed stolen from the rear parking lot of Menlo Velo bicycle shop at 433 El Camino Real, Oct. 30.

■ A patron of McDonald’s restaurant at 1100 El Camino Real is missing $350 in cash and his wallet, believed stolen while inside the restaurant, Oct. 30. Vandalism reports: The front windows of three businesses on Sharon Park Drive — European Shoe Service, El Cerrito Restaurant and Mitsonubu Restaurant — were damaged or smashed, Oct. 27.

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Richard Thomas Burress December 22, 1922 – October 26, 2013 Resident of Stanford, CA Richard (Dick) was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, University of Iowa Law School, and received his masters in labor law at NYU. During WW II he became an officer in the Marine Corps and lead men as a Lieutenant during the historic battle of Iwo Jima. Upon graduation from Law School he joined the FBI and met his wife, Jan Eaton, in New York City. He was a dashing, young Federal Agent and she a singer on Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows. They lived in Honolulu, HI, for two years; and Dick always contended that John Wayne portrayed him in the movie Big Jim McClain. Dick later joined the NLRB in Washington, D.C., where both his daughters were born and raised. He worked under two House Minority Leaders, including Gerald Ford. He then moved on to work in the Nixon White House, Chair the National Renegotiation Board, and then back to the White House with President Ford.

He helped put the 25th Amendment in action by steering Ford’s journey to the Vice Presidency and, subsequently, Nelson Rockefeller’s nomination process into the same office. His next career move brought him to Stanford, CA. where he became the Associate Director of the Hoover Institution. He remained affiliated with Hoover until his death. He wrote and produced numerous historic “reading plays” for the Bohemian Club. He was a member of the Palo Alto Fellowship Forum as well. Along his life’s journey he was a true friend, a student of American History, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by his wife Jan. He is survived by his two daughters, Bonny Valente (Louis) and Lee Duboc (Robert); three grand children, Kristen Thome (Craig), Cathy Doxsee (John), and Richard Duboc; and two great-grand daughters, Cora and Madelyn. PA I D


Wayne Lloyd Earl, age 73, passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 16 in his Woodside home. Wayne was born December 3, 1939, in Altadena, CA. He was the son of Lloyd and Kathleen Hurt. Wayne earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1961, followed by an MBA from Stanford’s Business School. Wayne married Judy Vance on September 8, 1962, herself a Stanford graduate. Wayne worked for Dean Witter, Mail Systems, Beatty Engineering, Moore Systems, and Acurex in his early years. In 1982, Wayne formed Woodside Electronics Corporation, a company that manufactures and services electronic tomato sorters. In subsequent years, WECO would expand, adding dirt sorters, blueberry sorters, and walnut sorters to its product line. In addition to California’s Central Valley, Wayne had customers in Italy, Spain, Israel, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Portugal, and Brazil. Wayne is remembered very fondly by his employees and customers for his honesty, integrity, hard work, and humble personality. Wayne sold his company in 2006 and retired. Wayne had a passion for travelling that was instilled by his mother in the 1950’s. Together, they visited some of the most remote corners of the earth. Wayne never stopped travelling the globe, even after he and Judy had their only child, Jeff, in 1971. Besides the more well-known destinations, Wayne took his family to places like Yemen, Antarctica, Iceland, Bhutan, Albania, Zanzibar, Bolivia, and Laos. He loved to get off the beaten path and find untouched cultures, wildlife, and beautiful landscapes. Wayne’s passion for photography often drove him to push his limits, including a 90-mile, ten-day hike to Mustang, Nepal, at age 70. Wayne is survived by his wife Judy and his son Jeff. PA I D


Robyn Sophia Frankel October 31, 1963 – October 1, 2013 Robyn was born in San Francisco on Halloween in 1963. She attended Crystal Springs and transferred to Woodside High School. She received her Bachelor Degree from University of California at Santa Barbara in Business. Robyn worked in the finance department at Stanford Medical Center and a few years later, she became a property manager of Frankel Properties. She loved the outdoors and especially horses. She was a longeur and manager of the Pacific Vaulting Club. She suffered from constant headaches since she was young and seven years ago, Robyn underwent a procedure to hopefully help lessen her headaches. Unfortunately, Robyn had a stroke during the surgery and was paralyzed. – After three months she came out of the coma and began a vigorous exercise regime – she was determined to get better. Her body needed help but her mind was brilliant and she even won the battle to speak. Even though Robyn required 24 hour care, and sat in a wheelchair, she lived for her two children and was determined that they do not see her as a handicap – she went on vacations with them, took them to the movies, out to dinner and she included herself in any activity they were doing. On September 30, 2013, Robyn had another stroke, which resulted in bleeding in her brain – she passed on October 1, 2013. Robyn overcame a life of tragedy and never asked “Why me?” She left this world too soon. She is preceded in death by her father, Richard S. Frankel and survived by her daughter, Karly Newman and son, Kyle Magliocco. Her mother, Sydney Frankel, Marvin and Audry Linn Frankel, Todd Frankel, Brad Frankel, Susan Frankel , Kimber Frankel and Krista Frankel. Nieces, Brittany O’Leary, Stella Linn Frankel, Aubry Linn Frankel and nephew, Asher Frankel. Robyn is interned at Cypress Lawn in Colma. The family request that if you wish to send a donations, send it to the Sempervirorens Fund @ - where they will plant a tree in her name. PA I D


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A safer way to walk on city streets


enlo Park has been rocked by two serimay renew a senior citizen’s license for five years ous accidents in recent weeks. In one without testing. EDI TORI AL case, an alleged drunken driver ended This policy should be examined by the Legislature The opinion of The Almanac the lives of a couple out for an evening walk with and the governor. In our view, many elderly drivers their dog on Chilco Street when she ran them are competent to get behind the wheel. But for the down. And in another, an elderly man mistakenly accelerated for- few who are not, allowing them on the road is not responsible. Why ward from a diagonal parking space in front of Walgreen’s on Santa not require automatic testing for all drivers after age 70? And how Cruz Avenue, hitting and seriously injuring 6-year-old twins walking about retesting after two or three years, not five? This would weed down the sidewalk. One continues to recover. out those with problems before they cause an accident. One Almanac reader asked us to share some tips about how to avoid this type of accident in the future. Here are some commonsense precautions provided by AAA to guide pedestrians on a dark road with or without sidewalks. These tips will give anyone walking on a street or sidewalk a better chance of escaping a reckless or The Sequoia Union High School District distracted driver. Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen

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■ Always walk facing traffic, so you can see if a car coming your way is out of control. If it is, you may have enough time to jump out of the way. ■ Another easy precaution is to make yourself highly visible. Wear colorful, reflective clothing, and carry a bright light. There are many small, flashing LED lights available today for walkers, runners and cyclists that are inexpensive and very bright. Or just carry a traditional flashlight. ■ Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars and cross only at intersections. Do not jaywalk. The accident on Santa Cruz Avenue presents a different problem, one that is a challenge to older drivers and their families. In this case, the driver was 90 and using a walker. We can only speculate about why he zoomed forward instead of backing out from his parking space at Walgreen’s. The children had no chance to escape, and both are lucky to be alive. This accident raises questions about DMV examinations. Like all drivers, seniors are required to renew their license every five years. And after age 70, all drivers must apply in person at the DMV office. Sometimes, after an accident for example, older drivers may be asked to take the vision, written and driving tests. But if there has been no accidents or encounters with a police officer, the DMV

Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board Peter Carpenter, Rex Ianson and Chuck Bernstein

Atherton City Council Rick DeGolia

Portola Valley Town Council Maryann Derwin, John Richards and Craig Hughes

Atherton Parcel Tax Vote yes.

Woodside Elementary School Board Wendy Warren Roth, Marc Tarpenning and Claire Pollioni

Las Lomitas School District Measure S Vote yes.

Menlo Park City School District Measure W Vote yes.

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A different parking angle in Burlingame Editor: I truly hope the 6-year-old is out of critical condition and is recovering after being pinned by a driver whose vehicle jumped the curb in front of Walgreens in downtown Menlo Park several weeks ago. While I have no doubt the driver lost control of his vehicle, I prefer not to call this an accident — it was completely preventable. However, I am not writing to criticize the driver. I am writing to call attention to another way to prevent traffic crashes — often referred to as the three “Es” of traffic safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education. I refer to the first E — the parking layout on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue. I urge all Menlo Park residents and downtown business owners to take the train up to Burlingame Avenue and observe the

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Our Regional Heritage Between 1898 and 1900, Swedish immigrant Capt. William Matson, of Matson Navigation Co., built a 38-room Tudor-style house, above, on 70 acres along Woodside Road near Bear Gulch Creek. The estate was given to his only child, Lurline. She later married William Roth and they purchased and moved to the Filoli estate in 1936.

entirely new streetscape being constructed. The second block is basically finished. You will enjoy a greatly widened side-

walk, complete with benches and outdoor tables by cafes. (It could use more bike parking though. No one’s perfect).

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replaced with parallel parking. Would the errant motorist who jumped the curb done so if he had parked parallel instead of diagonally? Or would he have plowed into the vehicle behind or in front of him when he probably confused the accelerator for the brake pedal, only injuring property, not precious life? In fact, my guess is that this motorist wouldn’t even

have attempted to park parallel because of the skill set required — he would have used a parking lot — notwithstanding the fact that he needed a walker. This critical, life-threatening injury was completely preventable. While Menlo Park has no control over who gets to have drivers licenses in California, it has complete control over how it designs its downtown. Come visit Burlingame to see a downtown just as vibrant as Menlo’s, but safer. Irvin Dawid Burlingame

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