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Above: Instructor Moni Santini-Kelly helps a student with the “double foot lock.” Below: A student practices a rope climb in the an “introduction to aerial” class for ages 7-10. On the cover: Instructor Moni Santini-Kelly shows students how to safely wrap a “star drop.”

Children learn circus arts in menlo park Story By Emma Marsano Photos By Michelle Le

ou’ve probably never been as impressed with yourself as a 7-year-old girl hanging upside down from a set of aerial silks. The girl in question is taking one of the new Circus Arts classes offered at Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center. The classes, which are unlike others that have been held at the center in the past, provide anyone age 7 or older the opportunity to learn how to perform on the trapeze, the aerial rope and the aerial silks. When people hear the word “circus,” they tend to think either of costumed elephants or of incredible feats of artistic daring, like those performed by the well-known troupe Cirque du Soleil. The courses now offered in Menlo Park can best be described as an introduction to the latter.


Two levels of instruction are currently offered. The first, “Introduction to Aerial,” doesn’t require any previous gymnastics experience, and familiarizes participants with the basic grips and holds that form the foundation of trapeze, aerial rope and aerial silks. In contrast, the “Intermediate Aerial Rope” and “Intermediate Silk” courses both focus on one specific discipline, and build toward the mastery of more difficult techniques. The circus arts students at the gymnastics center stand out even before they begin practicing on the black trapeze, the knotted rope, and the billowing, cardinal-red silks anchored to the ceiling. Rather than the minimalist leotards of gymnasts, the students don long leggings and long sleeves to avoid friction burns from the equipment. But the differences between gym-

nastics and the circus arts don’t end there. The circus arts blend art and sport. Athleticism is essential, in that performers must be incredibly fit. But they live up to the title of “art” in that they offer complete creative freedom: there’s no rulebook for the circus arts, and no clear definition of the right or wrong way to do things. “In that way, it’s really different from gymnastics,” noted Katherine Turkle, circus program coordinator and lead aerial acrobatics instructor. “With aerial, the only really wrong way is an unsafe way.” This lack of rigid structure allows performers to make their routines completely their own, but also makes it hard for a casual participant to visualize a future in the circus arts. Where can the circus arts take you? “For me, it’s a hobby,” Ms. Turkle said. In winter 2012, she said, “I was in search of a new training space for my aerial rope. I approached (Gymnastics Center Continued on page 27

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The applicants have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the District Board that the Parcel constitutes “real property” for the purposes of Section 2(b) of ZOMAR in that:


All of the conditions described in Subsections i., ii., iii., iv. and v. of ZOMAR Section 2(b) are satisfied; or Other conditions exist which demonstrate that the Parcel will benefit directly or indirectly from the activities of the Zone. If applicable, those conditions are also set forth in Exhibit “B” and are incorporated WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT by reference.

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In conjunction with a meeting of the District Board to be duly and regularly called and conducted, the Board will conduct a Public Hearing for the purpose of considering all matters pertaining to this Resolution of Intention.

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The District Manager shall cause the matters set forth in Sections 3 and 4 of this Resolution of Intention to be completed as directed. January 8, 2013 having a radius of525.00 feet; 5. Thence along said curve through a central angle of 13°00'00" a distance Exhibit A of 119.12 feet to the northerly corner of Lot 16, Block 1 as shown on said Map; APPROVED 6. Thence leaving said southwesterly right of-way line to a point on the SAN MATEO LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION northeasterly right-of way line of Sioux Way, said point being the westerly cor455 COUNTY CENTER ner of Lot REDWOOD CITY. CA 94063 5, Block 1 as shown on said Map, said point also being the westerly corner of the Lands described in said Document No. 2012-102866; LEGAL DESCRIPTION 7. Thence along the northwesterly line of said Lot 5 and said Lands North ANNEXATION TO WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT 49°53'19" East, 199.11 feet to an angle point in said Lot and Lands; LANDS OF CLARK FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AND A PORTION OF SIOUX WAY 8. Thence along the northerly lines of said Lots 4 and 5 and said Lands AND CERVANTES ROAD South TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY, SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 86°35'00" East, 200.00 feet to the northerly corner of said Lands; 9. Thence along the easterly line of said Lands South 3°25 '00" West, 110.25 All that certain real property situate in the Town of Portola Valley, County of feet to an angle point in said Lands; San Mateo, State of California, being a portion of Lots 4 and 5, Block 1 and a 10. Thence along southeasterly line of said Lands South 62°32'50" West portion of Sioux Way and Cervantes Road as shown on that certain Map enti77.49 feet to an angle point in said Lands; tled "Tract No. 774, Arrowhead Meadows Unit No.4", which map was filed 11. Thence along the southerly line of said Lands South 79°49'00" West, for record in the Office of the Recorder of said County and State on March 229.69 feet to said northeasterly right-of line of Sioux Way being the beginning 17, 1959, in Book 50 of Maps at Pages 45 through 48, said portion of Lots 4 of a non-tangent curve concave to the southwest having a radius of 575.00 feet and 5 being described in Document No. 2012-102866, recorded and to which a radial line bears North 58°30'00" East; July 23, 2012, in said County and State and being more particularly described 12. Thence southeasterly along said curve and northeasterly right-of-way line as follows: of Sioux Way through a central angle of5°00'00" a distance of50.18 feet; BEGINNING at a point on the southeasterly right-of-way line of Cervantes 13. Thence South 26°30'00" East, 117.00 feet to the beginning of a tangent Road at the northerly corner of Lot 3, Block 2, as shown on said Map, said curve to the left having a radius of 20.00 feet; corner also being the northerly corner of the West Bay Sanitary District 14. Thence along said curve through a central angle of 90°00'00" a distance adopted December 8, 1986, by Resolution No. 1041; of 31.4,2 feet to the northwesterly right of-way line of Cervantes Road; 1. Thence along said southeasterly right-of-way line of Cervantes Road and the 15. Thence along said northwesterly right-of-way line of Cervantes Road northwesterly lines of West Bay Sanitary District adopted December 8, 1986, by North Resolution No. 1041 and September 14, 1987, by Resolution No. 1068 South 63°30'00" East, 253.00 feet to a point distant North 26°30'00" West, 60.00 63°30'00" West, 350.00 feet to the westerly corner of Lot 4 in said Block 2, feet from the said corner also being the westerly corner of said Resolution 1068; Point of Beginning; 2. Thence leaving said southeasterly right-of-way line of Cervantes Road and 16. Thence leaving said northwesterly right-of-way line of Cervantes Road northwesterly line of West Bay Sanitary District North 19°50'44" West, 60.41 South feet to the beginning of a non-tangent curve on the northwesterly right-of26°30'00" East, 60.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. way line of Cervantes Road located at the westerly corner of the intersection Containing an area of 81,698 square feet, more or less of Cervantes Road and Sioux Way which is concave to the west and being The herein described annexation parcel is shown on the attached map of this the southwesterly terminus of that certain curve having a radius of20.00 feet legal description, Page 4 of 5, and is made a part hereof. and to which a radial line bears South 26°30'00" East; Description prepared by MacLeod and Associates, Inc. 3. Thence northerly along said curve through a central angle of90°00'00" a L.S.5304 distance of 31.42 feet to the southwesterly right-of-way line of Sioux Way as Date Jan. 8, 2013 shown on said Map; 4. Thence along said southwesterly right-of-way line of Sioux Way North 26°30'00" West, 117.00 feet to the beginning of a tangent curve to the left

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Director Pearce Wagner) with my request to train at the gym and he upped the ante by suggesting we begin an entire program to teach this unique circus acrobatic specialty.” Ms. Turkle was fortunate enough to turn her love of the circus arts into an occupation, but it’s not possible for everyone. But even dabbling casually comes with benefits. “It’s an amazing way to stay in shape, because you don’t miss anything,” she explained. The strenuous positions that performers must learn require total-body conditioning. From smaller muscles in the fingers and toes to larger groups like the abdominals and back muscles, every part of the body has to be prepared to allow a performer to stay in control while suspended in the air without a harness. With that in mind, the introductory classes start with the basics, helping students to build muscle and increase flexibility, by just hanging from the apparatus. The next step, Ms. Turkle said, is to complete an inversion — that is, to reach the point of being able to put one’s hips and feet above one’s head, and to hang upside down. Reaching this milestone, however, is much more difficult than it sounds. The circus arts are similar to ballet in that you have to “work very hard to make it look effortless,” Ms. Turkle said. Ms. Turkle herself took ballet classes as a child, and began yoga and rock climbing as she got older. During college, she worked in a rock climbing gym, and one day accompanied a friend to a circus arts class on a whim. Given her experience with dance, she was immediately hooked. “I liked the artistic element of

the aerial rope, which I wasn’t getting from just rock climbing,” she said. She found that she was thinking more creatively again while learning to perform aerial routines. “To me, aerials are all about shape. The shapes you can make with your body and the apparatus, and with your partner’s body if you have a partner.” But the artistic side of the circus arts isn’t limited to the physical act of performing a routine, Ms. Turkle said. A performer will often choose music to accompany a routine, and might even perform alongside musicians. In addition, the fabric of the aerial silks comes in a wide variety of colors, and can be coordinated with a performer’s costume for visual contrast. Since classes started in early September, the circus arts program has filled up. The fall session currently boasts about 40 enrolled participants, divided into three age groups, from bubbly 7-year-olds to mellower older students. The mother of one secondgrader stressed that her daughter loved the individuality of the circus arts, because she wasn’t very interested in team sports. “We’ve tried other sports, but this has been the one she’s been

super excited about,” she said. She also noted that her daughter enjoyed doing something that none of her friends had tried or even heard of. The same mom expressed her happiness with instructor Moni Santini-Kelly. “The teacher is amazing! Absolutely amazing. And you can tell the kids really look up to her.” A student from one of the adult classes echoed this sentiment. “I signed up because the class sounded absurd and interesting,” he recalled. “ I was surprised to find that many of the aerial techniques are similar to rock climbing self-rescue and high angle rescue protocols.” Like Ms. Turkle, he found that the circus arts aren’t as mysterious and exotic as they initially sound, and happily incorporated the classes into his weekly routine. Signups for the winter session of Circus Arts classes begin on Dec. 9. Fees can range from $200 to $700 a session. Go to to register or find out more.

Above: Instructor Moni SantiniKelly helps a student prepare the wrap for the “star drop.” Below: Students in an “introduction to aerial” class practice the French climb.

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ew books for children and families celebrate inventors and inventions, fantasy and imagination, math and poetry, and darn good storytelling. ’Tis the season to add to your home library! Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit up the World by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez; $17; Candlewick; ages 4-10. Long before Tesla was a Palo Alto car company, Serbian-born inventor Nikola Tesla set out to prove that alternating current was the most efficient form of electricity. His biggest doubter and rival? Thomas Edison. Nevertheless, Tesla’s Hall of Electricity triumphed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. He went on to harness the power of Niagara Falls for Northeast electricity. His inventions did, in fact, light up the world. This stunning picture-book biography of the eccentric, brilliant, Silicon Valley-like inventor includes information on the rivalry between Tesla and Edison, extensive scientific notes, and a bibliography. Locomotive by Brian Floca; $18; Jackson/Atheneum/Simon & Schuster; ages 4 and up. All aboard for a remarkable journey that’s perfect for train enthusiasts or American history buffs. On one level it’s a picture book about a mother and two children traveling on the new transcontinental railroad from Omaha to join their father in Sacramento in the summer of 1869. But really, the locomotive, or “iron horse,” is the main character the noises it makes, how

it works, who makes it work, and how it completely transformed travel to California. “Locomotive” shows the building of the transcontinental railroad; how steam powers the engine; the labor and mechanics involved in a cross-country train trip; how passengers slept, ate, and even used the train’s toilet (not in a station, please); and the variety of landscapes and wildlife seen out the windows. All that, plus remarkably detailed notes and endpapers. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, i l lu st rated by K.G. Campbell; $18; Candlewick; ages 8-12. Warning: kids who read “Flora & Ulysses,” or who have this charming, comic-book-style illustrated novel read to them, may very well want their own pet superhero squirrel who types poetry, flies, and is able to rescue fathers who are attacked by evil cats. They will want their own Ulysses. Ulysses, the superhero squirrel, knows his rescuer Flora has a big heart, a “capacious” heart. He uses big words because he is a poet, and because Kate DiCamillo respects her young audience enough to use larger-than-life vocabulary that kids can figure out, or ask their parents about. Ulysses’s journey from backyard squirrel to reborn superhero, then marked-formurder squirrel involves a colorful, quirky cast of heroes and villains, humor and heart. The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus; $17; Levine/Scholastic; ages 8-12. Gregory has a hard time telling his math-genius family members especially his father that he likes writing, not math. So

what does he do? Enters himself in a city-wide math competition. He also tells his best friend that his parents agreed to send him to Author’s Camp with her, when really they’re threatening him with Math is Magic Camp unless he gets a B in his least favorite subject. Only a kid as clever as Gregory could figure out how to use a formula called the “Fibonacci Sequence” to write his way out of the hole he digs for himself. He gets a little help from an awesome math teacher, his good friend Kelly, his (sometimes) understanding family, and a lot of pie. (And pi.) The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer; $18; Jackson/Atheneum/Simon & Schuster; ages 12 and up. Fans of former Menlo Park author Nancy Farmer’s 2002 National Book Award-winning masterpiece, “The House of the Scorpion,” may be adults now, but I hope they revisit the clone Matt in this sequel filled with clever twists and turns. Matt returns to Opium a reluctant drug lord, under pressure to keep up opium production even while his country is in lockdown. He also has a different, more pressing mission: to figure out how to free the zombie-like, worker-bee eejits. Even the father of Matt’s friend, formerly a world-famous musician, has been turned into a mind-numbed eejit. To succeed, Matt must use remarkable determination and wits, call on his friends’ ingenuity (including that of a smartmouthed seven-year-old fellow See CHIDREN’S BOOKS, page 34


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erusing the cookbook selection at Kepler’s, I selected several volumes that were published over the past year, took them home and tried out a few of the recipes. Here’s what I found. Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity, edited by Alison Oakervee, Kyle Books, 2013, 255 pages, hardback, $40.00 This cookbook is a product of Women for Women International, an NGO that supports women in war-torn countries around the globe. A purchase of this book is a contribution to their cause. The recipes come from a mix of celebrities, professional chefs and women in the countries where this group works and include contributions from Alice Waters, Emma Thompson, Mia Farrow, Alice Walker and Aung San Suu Kyi. The foreword is signed by Meryl Streep. Each country brings to mind the humanitarian disasters that occurred there: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. Clearly this is a labor of love. In general, I do not use “celebrity cook books” because I truly doubt that Paul McCartney regularly throws together a “Super Vegetable Salad” (p. 20), but I could be wrong. And it is, after all, for a worthy cause. One of our most accomplished, home-grown chefs, Jesse Ziff Cool of Flea Street Café, has contributed an essay on her sponsorship of a woman named Odette, who lives in Rwanda. Through Jesse’s reading and travel to Rwanda to meet Odette, and their cooking together, Jesse discovered that “love and kindness prevail over all.” What could be better than cooking together with someone to foster education and human harmony? I made Sticky Glazed Spare Ribs (p. 218) by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall , a British celebrity chef. It’s a one dish recipe, using two racks of spareribs and various marinade ingredients like soy sauce, honey, ginger, hot



pepper flakes, garlic and some sweet current jelly. I liked this recipe because every ingredient was readily available in my local super market, and nothing was particularly expensive. A good investment in every way. Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the people You Lov, by Einat Admony, Artisan, 2013, 287 pages, hardback, $29.95 This is an easy to use book, with some unusual and tasty recipes that combine Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sensibilities. There is a section on recipes for kids. I made Catch Up Chicken, (p.57) ideal for a busy person. All ingredients go into the pot at the same time and you put the pot in the oven and cook it. The cumin and paprika give it a bit of a spicy, tangy flavor, and with the addition of a grain for those who wants carbs itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly a complete meal. Almost like a chicken stew, this dish is perfect for a cold winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night. The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm, by Marcy, Nikiko and David Mas Masumoto, Ten Speed Press, 2013, 167 pages, hardback, $22.00 This book is written by the Matsumoto family from Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Valley, where four generations of the family have farmed. There are wonderful family stories and a wealth of information about peaches the difference between yellow and white, cling and freestone. There is also a section on ripeness. And if you think peaches are just for dessert, think again. This book includes recipes for peach salsa, peach salad and slow-cooked pork tacos, with peaches! We are, alas, past this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peach season, but in October I found some at Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Costco, and wanted to give this cookbook a try. I decided to make a cobbler. (p. 118). The peach part was superb; I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as enthusiastic about the shortcake light dumplings on the top. But all is all it is a charming, educational book about a family and peaches. Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. by Liz Crain and John Gorham, McSweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2013, 321 pages, hardback, $35.00 This book, from Portlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular Spanish-inspired, small-plate restaurant, has 91 pages of family history before the recipes start. I wished for more recipes. Butternut Squash ( p.210), was an easy and unusually delicious recipe for butternut squash, which

H A P PY H O L I DAYS is now in season. I think any good squash such as acorn, or Delicata would work as well. Since Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sells alreadypeeled and cut-up chunks of butternut squash, I used those, and bought some Harissa at Draegers. The recipe combines the squash, the Harissa, cream and a white goat cheese to make an unusual combination that amounts to a hearty dish. The recipe suggests two pots, but I made it with a very large skillet that goes on the stovetop and in the oven. I used a slightly harder goat cheese than recommended (couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a softer one) and simply cut it into small chunks. It melted well and added a thick semi-salty flavor to the mix. This was easy to make and easy to eat and would go well

as a side dish with steak, lamb, chicken or pork . Fennel salad (p.120) is easy to put together and, for those who love fennel, a refreshing taste. Pepper: A History of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Influential Spice, by Marion Shaffer, Thomas Donne Books, 2013, 302 pages, hardback, $20.40. A nicely written history of the search for pepper across countries and ages, this book is everything one might want to know about pepper. It traces the history of imperialism and colonialism by the Dutch, Portuguese, English and other countries involved in the pepper trade. Following in the path of other books about a single ingredient, it reveals a fascinating story. A

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1VCMJD /PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement LUMILLA MINGUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258323 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Lumilla Mingus, located at 2995 Woodside Road, #620377, Woodside, California, 94062,United States. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): TSE INVESTMENT CO. 2995 Woodside Road, #620377 Woodside, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on October 30, 2013. (ALM Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 2013) MENLO ATHERTON AUTO REPAIR FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258455 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Menlo Atherton Auto Repair, located at 1279 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): C and R CORPORATION 1279 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 CA This business is conducted by: A Corporation.The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 8, 2013. (ALM Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 2013) MELINDA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

File No.: 258397 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Melinda, located at 98 Michaels Way, Atherton, CA 94027, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): MELINDA SEARLES KAEWERT 98 Michaels Way Atherton, CA 94027-4144 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 6, 2013. (ALM Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013) ZAK TAXI SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258592 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Zak Taxi Service, located at 1376 Windermere Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 753, Mountain View, CA 94042 Registered owner(s): MOHAMED ZAKER HAREB 1376 Windermere Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 19, 2013. (ALM Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013) SPECIALTY PLANTSCAPES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258604 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Specialty Plantscapes, located at 1880 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, CA 94061, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): JAMES MCKEE 1880 Woodside Rd. Redwood City, CA 94061 MARY WUYDTS 1880 Woodside Rd. Redwood City, CA 94061 This business is conducted by: General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 21, 2013. (ALM Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013) GRANDVIEW/ESPINOSA ROAD COMMITTEE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258568 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Grandview/Espinosa Road Committee, located at 205 Grandview Drive, Woodside, CA 94062-4803, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): GORDON VON RICHTER 138 Grandview Drive Woodside, CA 94062-4803 LINDA SCHWETZER 205 Grandview Drive Woodside, CA 94062-4803 TIMOTHY A. JOHNSON JR. 895 Espinosa Road Woodside, CA 94062-4803 LOUISE ADDIS 145 Grandview Drive Woodside, CA 94062-4803 JOSEPH ANDROLOWICZ 111 Grandview Drive Woodside, CA 94062-4803 ROBERT COCHRAN 320 Grandview Drive Woodside, CA 94062-4803 KEITH DEN BESTEN 810 Espinosa Road Woodside, CA 94062-4803 This business is conducted by: Unincorporated Associates. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 04/30/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 19, 2013. (ALM Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013) TODAM TOFU HOUSE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258605 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Todam Tofu House, located at 260 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): MINYU KIM 954 Henderson Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on11/20/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on November 21, 2013. (ALM Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013)

997 All Other Legals Trustee Sale No. 261927CA Loan No. 0080992829 Title Order No. 1501146 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER

A DEED OF TRUST DATED 08-212003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12-31-2013 at 1:00 PM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 09-03-2003, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 2003249704, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: CHARLES P. LEE AND ELIZABETH H. LEE, AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, A FEDERAL ASSOCIATION, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: San Mateo Events Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94403 Legal Description: PARCELS A, B AND C AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN RECORD OF SURVEY BEING A RESUBDIVISION OF LOT 19 AND PORTIONS OF LOTS 1, 2, 3 AND 18, BLOCK 2, WOOD SIDE HEIGHTS, SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, FILELD IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, STATE OF CALIFORNIA ON JULY 29, 1959 IN VOLUME 4 OF LICENSED LAND SURVEYORS MAPS, AT PAGE 54. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $2,236,203.18 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 125 ELEANOR DRIVE WOODSIDE, CA 94062 APN Number: 069-225-480, 069-225-490, 069-225-500 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;?. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 11-192013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee BRENDA BATTEN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CAĂ&#x201A; 91311Ă&#x201A; 800-892-6902 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT.Ă&#x201A; ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. For Sales Information: or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting. com or 1-714-573-1965 com or 1-800-280-2832 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee,

or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales & Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap. com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting & Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. P1071748 11/27, 12/4, 12/11/2013 ALM NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CHARLES S. LUM, aka CHARLES SANG LUM Case No.: 123917 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of CHARLES S. LUM, aka CHARLES SANG LUM. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: LILIAN C. LUM in the Superior Court of California, County of SAN MATEO.

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The Petition for Probate requests that: LILIAN C. LUM be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 28 of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the

hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Michelle C. Ting, Esq. (SBN 228963); Hays & Ting LLP 260 Sheridan Avenue, Suite 200 Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650)485-8800 (ALM Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013)


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$14,880,000 HANNA SHACHAM SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT Custom built just 7 years ago with 10,760 total sq ft 650.752.0767 and 12-car garage on a large, 1.53 acre lot (buyer to CalBRE #01073658 verify all sq ft). CalBRE #01066910

396 ATHERTON AV $13,500,000 3 levels plus a cabana, all built w/extraordinary detail & craftsmanship. Gorgeous lot with heritage oaks & ultimate privacy. Las Lomitas schools.

TOM LEMIEUX 650.329.6645 CalBRE #01066910 CalBRE #00884747

76 LILAC DRIVE $6,795,000 Custom home in Lindenwood. Exquisite design finishes by local artisans & craftsmen. 1-level living w/ family quarters upstairs + a 3bdrm guest house.

SUSIE DEWS & SHENA HURLEY 650.325.6161 CalBRE #00781220 & 01152002

0 ALPINE RD $3,795,000 Beautiful 8.7+/- acre parcel with breathtaking views and borders Arastradero Preserve. Great location and renowned Palo Alto CalBRE #00699379


582 SAND HILL CIR $1,280,000 Good price for this 3BR/2.5BA Sand Hill Circle townhome with golf course views. Inside laundry, 2-car attached garage, eat-in kitchen.

1746 JOEL WAY $1,650,000 Beautiful home located on a cul-de-sac in the Oak Park subdivision. Spacious home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and large lot with pool. Great for entertaining!

550 ALBION AVE $7,995,000 Private 3+ acre estate in central Woodside w/spectacular view of the western hills. Recently updated home w/access to the acclaimed Woodside School. WOODSIDE

2 BRIDLE LN $4,850,000 4BD/3.5BA Stunning & spacious 4940 sf contemp. home on 3.78 level ac in Central WDS. Enjoy views at the beautiful pool & garden area. PORTOLA VALLEY | SALE PENDING

JEAN & CHRIS ISAACSON 650.352.3430 CalBRE #00542342/01754233


KATIE FIGUEROA 725 MARIPOSA AV #305 $448,800 408.772.0853 Top-floor 1BR/1BA end unit with a peek-a-boo view of the East Bay Hills. Spacious and very private. CalBRE #01736299 CalBRE #01332535 Lovely Redwood trees views from all windows.

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18 FAIR OAKS LN $5,250,000 MARGOT LOCKWOOD ERIKA DEMMA Beautifully renovated 5+BR/4+BA home w/original 650.400.2528/740.2970 accents. Over 5800sf w/large rooms, beautiful CalBRE #01017519/01230766 ter suite, full guest house & charming landscape.

240 ALLEN RD $2,498,000 Stunningly beautiful home. Breathtaking views of ocean and forest! 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Spacious 3900+sf. 8+acres.

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210 WAYSIDE RD $1,945,000 Sunny, architect designed home in a beautiful .98 acre woodland setting. 4BR/3.5BA with high ceilings, open floor plan. Apprx. 6 min to 280/Sand Hill. MENLO PARK | NEW PRICE!

CRISTINA BLISS 650.566.5277 CalBRE #01189105

3531 MIDDLEFIELD RD $1,395,000 Totally remodeled, 4BR/3.5BA 2-story home bordering Atherton. Chef ’s kitchen, high ceilings, HW flrs, separate FR facing landscaped backyard.


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580 LAKEVIEW WAY $995,000 Beautifully remodeled Emerald Hills charmer. Coffered ceiling in LR, separate DR & FR. Large 9.676 sq ft lot. Hardwood floors, French doors & windows. |

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0 SKYLINE BLVD $299,000 Unique property! 4+ acres in Woodside. Enjoy the redwoods only 15 minutes to Hwy 280. CalBRE #01017519

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