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Cyclists must ride in the traffic lane on Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues when parents park in bike lane to pick up their kids at Nativity School. That will change after the current school year.

City to ban street parking on Laurel St. near Nativity By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


portion of Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues will become a “no stopping� zone after the current school year ends. The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 to approve the change during its Dec. 10 meeting. The parking issue arose when a resident whose child attended Encinal Elementary School, located not far from Laurel Street, complained to the city that parents from Nativity School parked in the bike lanes. Parents with children attending the private K-8 Nativity School at 1250 Laurel St., as well as school administrators, protested the loss of parking space. City staff argued the removal makes bicycle travel along the street safer, and that the change is in line with Menlo Park’s “complete streets policy,� which states that the roads must serve all users, not just motorists. On the other side of the debate, Nativity parents said it would make dropping off

and picking up their children more dangerous. The school currently has a drop-off and pickup zone off Oak Grove Avenue that administrators said can’t accommodate the flow of parents for the school’s current 275 students, in part because students from Menlo-Atherton High School illegally park in the private school’s lots. In the end, though, it turned out to be about working together to find a solution rather than making the strongest argument. Transportation staff collaborated with parents and school administrators to figure out how to reconfigure the facility’s on-site parking to add up to 14 spaces to compensate for losing street parking. The school will also develop a program to encourage alternate transportation. Some changes will be made to the intersection of Laurel Street and Oak Grove Avenue: pedestrians will have longer to cross the street, and right turns on red will be prohibited while children are present. There’s still some fine-tuning

to be done. A school representative speaking at the council meeting asked the city to share the costs with Nativity, which the council encouraged. Transportation Manager Jesse Quirion noted that grant funding may be available to pay for some modifications, such as painting the bike lanes green along certain portions of the street to heighten awareness. Parents and school administrators also said they remain concerned about the future, as Menlo-Atherton High School expands. Erin Glanville, president of Nativity’s parent-teacher group, suggested the city seek funding for enlarging Laurel Street, and pointed out that Menlo Park’s “safe routes to school� policy states that traffic should not be pushed to adjacent neighborhoods and that parents should be provided adequate space for school transport. Whether eliminating the street parking will have unintended consequences, as some fear, remains to be seen; all modifications will be evaluated after the 2014-15 school year starts. A


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Surf Air: Residents air noise, safety concerns By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


ast June, Surf Air, a new airline whose passengers pay one monthly price for unlimited flights on 6-passenger planes, began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport. More than one local resident testified at a community meeting in Atherton on Dec. 9 that they remember exactly when Surf Air began flying — it was the day they thought a plane was about to land on their home. Brian Crowley, who lives on 9th Avenue in the Fair Oaks neighborhood, said he ran outside thinking he was about to witness a plane crash the first time he heard a Surf Air plane fly over. The planes are easily recognizable by their blue and white paint. Mr. Crowley said he was working at home with his doublepaned windows all closed in a neighborhood he had always prized for its “sense of quiet.” “I’m hoping we can find a solution that allows Surf Air and other fliers to retain their use of the airport and retain our sense of quiet,” he said. Laurie Hills, who has lived on Encina Avenue in Menlo Park for more than 30 years, said she also ran outside when she heard

the first plane. “It is so loud it rattles my windows,” she said. “I’m concerned because I understand they’re expanding. … I’m afraid my property values will be impacted.” A solution to the problem that brought more than 75 people to the Pavilion at HolbrookPalmer Park on a Monday night may not be easy, particularly because Surf Air appears to be a success. According to co-founder Cory Cozzens, the company has 371 members and about 350 more waiting for new routes to serve their communities. Before the company began service, nearly 6,000 people across the country said they would be interested in joining, but since the airline does not fly to many of those locations, the company currently has room for a few more members, Mr. Cozzens said. About half the current Surf Air members live in the Bay Area, with 31 residing in San Mateo County, he said. The airline just added an airport in Hawthorne, California, to its routes and says it will add Palm Springs later in the month. Surf Air says it plans to eventually double the number of flights using the San Carlos hub. Mr. Cozzens told the Almanac

Hanretty gets pension despite his conviction

Graphic courtesy Town of Atherton.

The green lines show the current FAA-mandated approach (lower line) to the San Carlos Airport that must be used in conditions that won’t allow visual flight approaches. The upper line is a proposed flight approach that the FAA has said it will consider.

that 12 flights a day would be the most the airline would fly to and from San Carlos. “I really do think that’s about the max based on the demand and also taking into consideration the concerns the neighbors have expressed,” he said. “We’ll certainly continue to grow,” he said. “The most (flights) we ever really talked about seriously

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im Hanretty, the former Woodside and Portola Valley school official who was recently released on probation from state prison for stealing or misappropriating money from both districts, has been receiving more than $41,000 a year in pension pay-outs since retiring in February Tim Hanretty 2012, about five months before he pleaded “no contest” to six felony charges related to the misdeeds. According to a California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) spokesperson, Mr. Hanretty “is receiving a

monthly pension of $3,456.” He received the pension even while in prison. Mr. Hanretty has also begun the process of appealing a court order to repay $2.67 million to the Woodside Elementary School District and has asked for a court-appointed attorney to represent him in that process. A state law was passed in September 2012 that would have denied Mr. Hanretty at least part of his pension if he had been convicted after January of this year, when the law went into effect. However, by pleading “no contest” to charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds in July 2012, he was able to secure the higher pension, which he will receive

the Hayward Airport. We’ll be using several airports.” The airline, officials from the San Carlos Airport and county and local government representatives have been working to find a solution to the noise problem for several months. Surf Air has received permisSee SURF AIR, page 11

MP council OK’s salary hike for city staff By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

By Barbara Wood

about bringing into San Carlos was 20,” he added. “That would, however, kind of stress the infrastructure of the airport pretty heavily.” The airline is also looking at other Bay Area airports for expansion, he said. “We’re equally interested in taking flights out to the East Bay. Maybe the Oakland Airport or


t was a long winter’s night as the Menlo Park City Council met on Dec. 10, deciding much and debating more, and in some cases the outcome was a bit of a surprise. The proposed contract with the approximately 34 city managers and supervisors represented by the American Federation of State, Municipal and City Employees earned a lengthy discussion. The contract includes a 4.5 percent salary increase and additional health benefits along with other modifications, such as the loss of four floating holiday days. Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly told the council that a survey showed that salary ranges for Menlo Park staff rank near the bottom of

other Peninsula cities. Recruiting efforts have sometimes come up dry, she said, with a recent open position having to go through more than one cycle of searching for a new employee, which ends up costing the city even more money. Being at the bottom of the

The contract includes a 4.5 percent salary increase and additional health benefits. pay scale “is certainly a factor” in losing people, Ms. Donnelly commented. The council, which negotiated the contract in a series of closed sessions during the past year, ended up voting 4-1 to adopt it. While saying he “wholeheartedly agreed” that staff

needed raises, Mayor Ray Mueller voted against the proposed contract. He later told the Almanac that the total 7.1 percent compensation increase was larger than he’s comfortable with, and he “would have preferred to see the increase staggered over the life of the contract. I also would have preferred more of the increases put into (non-pension related) compensation.” Councilwoman Kirsten Keith noted that they tried to identify non-pension related increases, which led to the bump in health benefits, but that having “salaries so far below other cities” also needed to be addressed, after much debate in closed session. In response to public criticism that Menlo Park has too See SALARY, page 11

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Woodside gives green light to ‘safe routes to school’ By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


■ Narrow by 1 foot the width of the traffic lanes on the approaches to the school so as to allow a walkway and bike path on the north side of the road. ■ Resurface parts of the path on the south side of Woodside Road that pass the school. This step is potentially controversial. While the new surface must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, horse traffic is common. The Trails Committee expressed concern that horses be taken into consideration in choosing a new surface. On a unanimous vote, the council directed staff to refer the Safe Routes audit to the Circulation Committee and return with a timeline and list of tasks needed to “move forward expeditiously.” Council members also directed that the audit’s other 12 recommendations for improving safety be folded into an ongoing community effort to consider the Town Center’s evolution over the next 20 years, the socalled Town Center Area Plan.

n the annual Walk to School day at Woodside Elementary School, about 85 percent of the students (a little more than 310 students) walk or ride bikes to school. This annual exercise has included a “walking bus,” in which students line up as if they were riding a bus and walk to school in formation. There is safety in numbers. On most days, perhaps reflecting the widely held perception that the current routes to school are unsafe — particularly along Woodside Road — the percentage of children going to school on their own falls to about 8 percent, according to a recent Safe Routes To School audit. The other 92 percent get rides from their parents, and usually one student per vehicle, the audit says. The safety concerns are at least a decade old, said parent and community volunteer Millo Fenzi as he addressed the Town Council at its Dec. 10 meeting. The council, having heard another rounds of pleas from the community to fix this problem, directed staff to move A dissenting voice When this project came up for ahead on the Woodside Road Safety Improvement Project, extended discussion in March first proposed in September 2012, Councilman Tom Shanahan argued against accepting 2012. Action would have begun in outside funding. “We see it as a ‘free’ crosswalk pro2012, but the road vided by grants from is a state highway some combination and the involveCouncil directs of county, state and ment of the Calistaff to act on federal government fornia Departprograms,” he said at ment of Transsafety-audit the time. Woodside portation tends findings. families pay a little, to slow things but so do families dow n, newly in “East Palo Alto, elected Mayor Dave Burow said. The $215,600 Detroit and other places. ... project, funded with state and Spending without having to tax county money, would address is a fun but very dangerous busifive of the safety audit’s 18 rec- ness.” At the Dec. 10 meeting, Mr. ommendations: ■ Prohibit parking on the Shanahan spoke again. “I don’t south side of Woodside Road “in think any concern, even child proximity to the school’s four safety, can be an absolute,” he driveways and the crosswalks.” said. Child safety is one of many ■ Install crosswalk warning priorities before the council, and signs equipped with very bright a focus on the Woodside Road warning lights ahead of the two project should not elevate it to crosswalks across Woodside “some kind of a super priority,” Road. he said. He asked staff about ■ Mark the crosswalks with crossing guards, including when high-visibility materials. they were on duty and whether

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A crossing guard stops traffic so children and adults can cross Woodside Road after school was dismissed at Woodside Elementary School on Dec. 13.

they themselves pressed buttons to activate warning lights. Mr. Shanahan did not respond to a request for an interview. Public comment

The children in the audience spoke first. Christopher Fenzi asked for the trail behind Bucks restaurant to be flatter and more negotiable in places. Georgia Hutchinson read from her letter “on behalf of the Woodside population.” The town’s paucity of crosswalks “is a big problem because as great as the paths are, there are no crosswalks to the other side of the street,” she said. “That makes my walk to school, and many other peoples’ walk to school, dangerous. You should be heartbroken because people in my neighborhood stop walking to my school because of safety issues.” School board member Marc Tarpenning called the current warning lights “invisible” and in an apparent reference to Mr. Shanahan, noted that the crosswalks are used more than twice a day. One crosswalk is used continuously by students between the end of the school day and sunset, by adults and equestrians, and by weekend

Caltrain working nights in Atherton As part of its program to upgrade signal and train-control systems, Caltrain will be working on its right-of-way in Atherton from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16. The work hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesdays

through Saturdays. During this time Caltrain will be identifying utility cables, digging a small trench, boring close to the tracks within the Caltrain right-of-way, and installing fiber optic cable.

Caltrain warns that there may be “minor installation noise” during construction as well as some night lighting. V i s it c a lt r a i n .c om / CBOSSPTC or call 650-5086499 for more information.

users of campus facilities. Safety improvements are “for the whole town even if it’s called safe routes to school,” Mr. Tarpenning said. “It is really safe routes to downtown.” The improvements, said Woodside Road resident Bob Page, are meant “to help us feel safe in walking around and they’re not just to help kids walk safely to school. In general, the pedestrians are very poorly represented in any discussion before the Town Council.” One parent said he was offended by Mr. Shanahan’s comments. “There’s nothing more

important to local government than that we don’t have to have a memorial sign (after a fatal accident),” he said. “The kids, all of us who are out there, we are the future of Woodside.” Calling the crossing of Whiskey Hill and Mountain Home roads “a disaster,” Mr. Fenzi said he would “entreat, beg, plead” for the council to move forward quickly. “You have a great opportunity to do something of real value to the community.” At this point, his voice broke. “Sorry, I get wound up,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years.” A

R EAL E STATE Q&A by Monica Corman

Spare the Air Dear Monica: Nearly every day there are announcements about it being a “Spare the Air” day. As a homeowner, what does this mean I should or shouldn’t do? Ellen C. Dear Ellen: The dry, stagnant, winter air that we have had in the Bay Area these past weeks has triggered several “Spare the Air” days. For 24 hours residents are banned from burning wood or other particulate matter, and this includes using EPA certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Gas fireplaces with concrete logs are okay to burn. Residents are also encouraged to drive less or not at all, and not to exert themselves outdoors if the air is particularly bad. Compliance with Spare the Air directives used to be voluntary but this did not achieve clean air standards. Thus the ban on wood burning is now mandatory

and there are fines for non-compliance. This is now the season when the danger of indoor fire is greatest. Make sure your furnace is in good condition with clean filters. If you have a Christmas tree, keep it well-watered and be sure Christmas lights are in good condition and so they won’t cause a fire hazard. Be sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. A smoke alarm is required in each bedroom and in the area just outside of the bedrooms. Smoke alarms are required on each level. And beginning July 1, 2014, all smoke alarms that are solely battery powered shall have a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that can power the alarm for at least 10 years. Carbon monoxide alarms are required on each level and in the area outside the bedrooms.

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Peninsula Christmas Services Simply Christmas Get back to basics and Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in a service of Scripture and Song! Tuesday, December 24th at 6:00 pm First Baptist Church • 1100 Middle Ave Menlo Park

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Christmas Eve at Bethany 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family.

Join us between services and enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer! 7:00 p.m. Christmas with Horns Sing your favorite carols and hear a message of hope and joy during this joy-filled service of music!

10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet and contemplative time to listen, sing, and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ.

Valley Presbyterian Church in the Redwoods 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 650-851-8282

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Candlelight Service Lessons & Carols


Christmas blessings from St. Bede’s Episcopal Church Let us celebrate together! Christmas Eve — Tuesday, 12/24 4PM Children’s Christmas Pageant & Eucharist 8PM Festival Eucharist with Choir

Christmas Day — Wednesday, 12/25 9AM Holy Eucharist with Carols

First Sunday after Christmas — 12/29 9AM Christmas Lessons & Carols and Eucharist Please join us after each service for coffee and cookies, with a special treat for children following the pageant.

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CHRISTMAS EVE: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pageant Eucharist at 3 p.m. Candlelit Eucharist with Choir at 5:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY: Holy Eucharist with Carols at 10 a.m. 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley; tel. (650) 851-0224; <>


CHRISTMAS EVE AT FIRST PRES Choir Singing Carols & Anthems 4:30pm, Sanctuary

Service of Lessons & Carols 5:00pm, Sanctuary


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Festive Reception & Holiday Treats 6:00pm, Fellowship Hall


Holiday Services at Stanford Memorial Church Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:00 am University Public Worship 4:30 pm Catholic Mass Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family service (Doors open at 3:15 pm) Please bring new, unwrapped toys which will be given to needy children. The 4:00 pm service will be broadcast live on KZSU 90.1 FM and 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Festival Communion service (Doors open at 7:15 pm) Please note: Please arrive early for Christmas Eve services. Attendees must arrive together with their group. Saving seats will not be allowed.

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Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

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CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Family Worship Service & Reception Sunday, December 15, 9:30 a.m Christmas Eve Candlelight Service & Reception Tuesday, December 24, 10 p.m

Woodside Village Church 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA


Christmas Day 10:00 am

Christmas Day Communion with Hymns

Trinity Church In Menlo Park, An Episcopal Community 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park (Between El Camino and Middlefield) 650-326-2083

Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious services and special events. To inquire about or to reserve space in Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596 or email

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Herman Christensen, planning commissioner

Portola Valley Schools Foundation insured to cover losses, official says

Herman Christensen, an Atherton resident since1965 and chair of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning Commission, died on Dec. 9. He was 83. Mr. Christensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death was unexpected, according to his family: He had been working out at the gym earlier that day, but collapsed after returning home. Mr. Christensen earned his undergraduate degree in art and architecHerman ture from DartChristensen mouth College, and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in political science from Stanford. Between those periods of study, he joined the U.S. Marines, serving as a lieutenant. With his brother, Raymond, Mr. Christensen took over their fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home-building company, Herman Christensen and Sons, and expanded it into a general building contractor and real estate development business. He was â&#x20AC;&#x153;passionate about education,â&#x20AC;? his family said, and he

By Dave Boyce


served for some time on the Menlo Park City School District board. He also was a member of the Castilleja School Foundation Board for 10 years, and a supporter of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto. He was appointed to the Atherton Planning Commission in 2007, and his term was set to expire in 2015. Mr. Christensen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Isobel; daughters Maren and Amy; sons Gavin and Andrew; his brother, Raymond; and seven grandchildren. A celebration of Mr. Christensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held in January. The family prefers that memorial contributions in his name be made to Eastside College Prep, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto, CA 94303; San Mateo County Historical Association, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063; or Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94301. A longer obituary is posted at

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he Portola Valley Schools Foundation, a major donor to the Portola Valley School District and recently defrauded of $182,500 from its investment account, is insured to cover such losses, a foundation executive said. The foundation should have a full recovery without an impact on the funding for the school district, co-president Randy Von Feldt told the Almanac. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have insurance and our account also has fraud protection,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly a case of identity theft and fraud that any organization could be a victim of. ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to recovery and be able to move forward and learn from the experience.â&#x20AC;? The irregularities in the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accounts turned up during a reconciliation of the books in November, a monthly routine during the annual fall fundraising campaign, Mr. Von Feldt said. A series of false checks, written between early



September and early November 2013, transferred money from the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charles Schwab account into a JP Morgan Chase account at an unknown location, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office said.

The foundation expects a full recovery of $182,500 in fraud losses. The checks were pre-printed with the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name misspelled and without the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s address, but did include the correct account and routing numbers on the bottom of the checks, deputies said. The check numbers were â&#x20AC;&#x153;significantly out of sequence,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Von Feldt said. Checks for between $15,000 and $20,000 were written out to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye For Design LLCâ&#x20AC;? with a mailing address in Mon-

roe, Connecticut. When asked whether checks for such amounts needed counter-signatures from foundation executives, Mr. Von Feldt said that the counterfeiters appear to have forged legitimate-looking signatures of two foundation members. The foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past annual donations to the Portola Valley School District have ranged from $800,000 to $1.2 million. Since learning of the situation, the foundation has informed its donors, Mr. Von Feldt said. A few have expressed surprise about the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulnerability to identity theft and fraud, he said. The foundation is staffed by volunteers, with one paid employee to manage the database of donor names, Mr. Von Feldt said. Investigators from Charles Schwab and the U.S. Postal Police are working on the case, deputies said. Investment management firm BNY Mellon, based in New York City, has joined the investigation, Mr. Von Feldt said. A

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Hanretty gets pension despite his conviction July of 2012 and was sentenced to two years in prison the following October. for the rest of his life. In Woodside he was accused The law says that any public of forging documents in 2007 employee convicted of a felony that allowed a loan of up to “for conduct arising out of or $3 million to be made to the in the performance of his or her district, despite the fact that official duties” loses any retire- the school board had approved ment earned after the date of the borrowing only $632,000 for commission of the felony. Since work on a soccer field. He evenretirement income is based tually obtained a loan of $2.6 on years of service and salary million. District officials say at retirement, the law would the extra money went to pay have substantially lowered the off cost overruns in the school amount of Mr. Hanretty’s pen- construction project he was sion. managing. Go to to In Portola Valley, further see the text of the law. investigation found Mr. HanCalPERS says Mr. Hanretty retty had turned in $100,926 in was 55 when he retired in 2012, invoices for work on his own and his pension was based on home, to be paid by the district’s 2 percent of the last salary he solar panel fund. received (as superintendent of In September Mr. Hanretty the Portola Valley district) times was ordered to repay the Woodthe nearly 15 years he had spent side district about $2.67 million as a public employee. to reimburse the cost of the loan Mr. Hanretty was released he had fraudulently obtained, from prison on interest, and the Oct. 22, after costs involved A state law would with uncovering serving almost one year of his the crime. have denied two-year senThat original Mr. Hanretty at tence. He was amount — nearin San Quentin ly $2.937 million least part of his from Oct. 31, — was reduced pension if he had 2012, until May to reflect $20,000 2013, when he been convicted after Mr. Hanretwas transferred ty has already to the High Des- January of this year. paid toward ert State Prison restitution and in Susanville. Both are medium- $250,000 from insurance paysecurity prisons, according to ments to the district. Bill Sessa, spokesman for the Mr. Hanretty had earlier been California Department of Cor- ordered to reimburse the Porrections and Rehabilitation. tola Valley School District for He is now on probation under the money spent on his home, the supervision of the San Mateo plus associated costs of invesCounty Probation Department. tigating the theft for a total of By law he is required to move nearly $182,000. By September back to the county in which he he had repaid almost $121,000, committed his crime, although according to Karen Lucian, the officials will not disclose if he district’s administrative coordihas returned to the home he nator. owns in the Skylonda neighborThe misappropriation of pubhood of unincorporated Wood- lic money was first discovered in side. 2011, when a Woodside school Mr. Hanretty, who served as board member questioned the Portola Valley School District’s amount of debt service the dissuperintendent and as Woodside trict was paying. Elementary School’s assistant After investigation uncovered superintendent and top finance the dubious loan, Mr. Hanretty officer, pleaded no contest to six resigned the following January felony charges of embezzlement as the Portola Valley district and misappropriating public superintendent, a job he began funds in both school districts in in August 2010. continued from page 5


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many employees for a city of its size, City Manager Alex McIntyre ran through a list of some services it provides that other municipalities don’t, such as a childcare center; community

centers in two locations; and a library system managed independently from the county’s. As the discussion continued, eventually council members asked what would happen should they vote against approving the contract or delay the

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Surf Air operates on a monthly membership fee basis with the average member flying about once a month, according to the company, but the airline is growing and local residents fear noise problems will just get worse.

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sion from the Federal Aviation Administration to use a visual flight path on days when conditions allow and is now trying “not to fly over the same house twice in the same day,” said David Cole, director of operations for Surf Air. However, he admitted, doing so will not get rid of the noise but simply spread out the impact. Surf Air pilots have also begun to follow U.S. 101, “which already has noise,” when they can use a visual approach, he said. Rick DeGolia, the Atherton councilman who has been representing the town at the Surf Air meetings, says the FAA has also approved exploring whether to shift the flight path 10 degrees to the east. “The FAA has indicated this would be the easternmost flight path they would be willing to investigate,” he said. However, shifting the flight path “will cause the planes to come over some other residences,” Mr. DeGolia added, so the change may not be approved. Several of the speakers worried that the current flight path is over a number of local

schools, including Summit and Menlo-Atherton high schools, and Taft, Encinal and Walter Hays elementary schools. Laura Caplan, chair of the North Fair Oaks Advisory Council, said she is “encouraged by all the collaboration and discussion” around the issue. However, she said, “I would hate to see it get pushed over into someone else’s backyard.” “Just because it’s growth doesn’t mean that it’s good, doesn’t mean that we have to say yes,” she said. Surf Air planes are turbinepowered Pilatus PC-12s. Several experienced pilots who spoke at the meeting said the Swiss-made planes have a great reputation for safety and reliability. The PC-12 “is one of the safest turboprops in the business,” said Surf Air’s David Cole. A report by independent analyst Robert Breiling in 2013 showed the plane has an accident and fatality rate — 0.74 accidents and 0.3 fatalities per 100,000 flight hours — that is less than half the average for singleengine turboprop planes (1.86 accidents and 0.72 fatalities per 100,000 flight hours) and twin-engine turboprops (1.94

accidents and 0.68 fatalities per 100,000 flight hours). While Surf Air is not considered a commercial airline, it is choosing to operate under many of the rules that govern commercial aircraft, Mr. Cozzens said. They have two pilots, when only one is required, and their captains have the same certification as commercial airline pilots, even though “we could technically operate with only one pilot who only holds that lower certificate,” Mr. Cozzens said. Pilots fly a half day, get a half day off and “we get them back home in their beds at night,” he said. They work five days on, followed by five days off. One plane and crew is based in San Carlos and 12 of their pilots live in or near the Bay Area, he said. Having a plane and crew in San Carlos has “minimized flights during early hours and weekends,” says Mr. Cozzens. The first flight arrives at 8:45 on weekdays and 10:05 on weekends. Two daily roundtrips are also eliminated on weekends. “All of this should minimize noise impact during the hours that people are most likely to be home,” he said.

matter to another night. City Attorney Bill McClure and Ms. Donnelly answered that, hypothetically, the union could make allegations of bad faith negotiations, although it was not a given that they would do so.

A separate agenda item, regarding salary ranges and compensation policies for approximately 19 non-union employees, mainly department heads, division heads and human resources personnel, ended with a unanimous 5-0 approval by the council. The

policy allows Mr. McIntyre to approve raises within a given salary range and allot one-time bonuses of $5,000. However, the council deleted a provision that would have allowed the city manager to revise the compensation system.



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Toys that teach Creative and educational toys and games top holiday gift choices by Ranjini Raghunath


orget the Xboxes and the Wiis. Building toys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Lego sets to tiny robots that light up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have always been the most popular holiday gifts for children, according to local toy store owners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the holidays, you get people looking for something that their child can create or build,â&#x20AC;? said Eric Hager, manager of the downtown store Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World. A growing trend in holiday gifts now is games and toys that aim at getting girls interested in building and engineering,

Hager said. Gifts in that category include Roominate, a wired-with-lights dollhouse-building kit, and GoldieBlox, a game of building Rube Goldberg-type contraptions, designed by a Stanford University civil engineer. At Ambassador Toys, the Town and Country Village store, Magna-Tiles and Lego sets for girls have trumped last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites: kitchen sets and dolls, according to sales associate Alacia Hafner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some parents are looking for See TOYS THAT TEACH, page 14

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just toys; some look for something that’s both entertaining and educational,” she said. Recent years have also seen a resurgence in popularity of “classic” toys and toys that have “long-term play value,” said Dexter Chow, owner of Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park. Some toy manufacturers have experimented with tech-driven toys and games that connect with apps and smartphones, but those haven’t quite caught on, Chow said. “There isn’t a lot of play value. Initially, people are, like, ‘Ooh, that’s neat,’ and 10 minutes later, the novelty wears off,” he said. “The more the toy does, the less the child does. Ideally, you’d want to both engage and educate the child, you want to stimulate their imagination.” Which is why science toys and games such as microscopes and make-your-own-bubblegum machines are increasingly popular around the holidays, he added. They not only have an educational component but also keep the kids engaged when it is too cold to be outside. “Board games are also popular this season, to get the kids away from the computers and have more ‘family’ time,” said Leslie Chiavenini, owner of Los Altos store Adventure Toys. Other holiday best-sellers include the Rainbow Loom, which is a multi-color braceletmaking kit, and classics such as Spot It and the board game Goblet. Gifts that used to be in demand such as Silly Bandz or Beanie Babies are “just gone now,” Chiavenini said. “When we had Beanie Babies, we’d have lines waiting outside the door for new stock. There hasn’t been a trend like that ever. That was very unique.”

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Chiaveniniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown store has a wide selection of gifts ranging from dollar-and-ahalf stocking stuffers to a 250pound, $600 life-sized stuffed pony for the more indulgent parent or grandparent. Most parents spend $20-$30 per gift on average, she said, but many also go for gifts $300 and up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even in the peak of the recession, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find that the parents would still buy for the children and cut back elsewhere,â&#x20AC;? Chiavenini said. With the economy steadily improving now, store owners are optimistic about toy sales this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the recession hit, people were a lot more cautious. This past year, however, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen an increase in high-priced items being sold,â&#x20AC;? Chow said. Hanukkahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early arrival has also helped boost sales, even with a late Thanksgiving pushing back the shopping season, he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of inter-faith families who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it does help us a little when they are a bit farther apart like this year.â&#x20AC;? Hager predicts a better year this year as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before the recession, we had the largest month of sales in the 83-year history of the store,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a slow climb back ... but it seems like this year is going to be one where people spend more.â&#x20AC;? Tom Beischer, a shopper at the Toy World, said he was happy to find more toys and games in stock than last year, even late into the shopping season. He wanted to find â&#x20AC;&#x153;something hands-on and creative, something fun to build,â&#x20AC;? for his 5- and 10-year-old children, he said. Lisa Wheatley, a parent and Adventure Toys shopper, said she tries to give gifts that highlight something that her children accomplished that year. This year, she got one of her daughters who starred in a Little Mermaid play an Ursula ornament with â&#x20AC;&#x153;2013â&#x20AC;? on it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when she grows older sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what she did in 2013,â&#x20AC;? Wheatley said. Two of her five children are adults now, but even after children grow up, parents always look for gifts that make their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holidays memorable, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always want it to be magical.â&#x20AC;? A


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Fine Arts


Work progressing on new home for Anderson Collection at Stanford

By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


arry Anderson smiles contentedly as he stands in the dining room of his sprawling home. There’s no food on the table, no fine wine in glittering glassware. But, he’s smiling. His gaze sweeping the walls displaying works by Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning and other masters of 20th century art, he declares, “It’s a room where you can have a feast without having a meal.” Mr. Anderson and his wife, Mary Margaret Anderson — widely known as Hunk and Moo — opened the doors of their Midpeninsula home one recent morning to allow a cadre of arts journalists a peek at some of the paintings and sculptures destined for a new home on the Stanford campus. Construction of that home, to be called The Anderson Collection at Stanford University, is scheduled for completion in fall 2014, and the contemporary-design building will be a neighbor of the Cantor Arts Center in the university’s expanding arts district. The Andersons, who began collecting art in the mid1960s, announced in 2011 that they are donating the core of their collection of modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures, representing 86 artists, to Stanford, with the university in charge of providing and raising funds to construct the free-standing building that

Four Women, 1959, oil on canvas, by David Park.

Untitled V, 1986, oil on canvas by Willem de Kooning, is part of the Anderson Collection.

will house the collection. “The new building is dedicated to the display of these works, and to future loans of works from the Andersons’ remaining collection, which includes related objects as well as works on paper and earlier European

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works,” Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford, explained in an email. When the new space opens, the public will be able to view, free of charge, artwork that is now spread among various locations

— including the Quadrus campus on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park and the Andersons’ home. And the collection will serve an important function on campus. “It will be an incredible resource for our scholars and students of art history, a source of great inspiration for our artists, and a catalyst for new arts connections across the university and beyond,” said Matthew Tiews, executive director of art programs at Stanford. The Andersons at one point owned more than 1,200 pieces of art, and over the years have donated groups of the artwork to various museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2000, when the collection

numbered around 800 works, SFMOMA mounted a stunning exhibition of 330 pieces. In the exhibition catalog, David A. Ross, then the museum’s director, called the Anderson Collection “one of the most extraordinary private collections of twentieth-century art in the world.” A fine fellow, Art

Considering their backgrounds, the Andersons are unlikely bearers of the title “Art Collectors Extraordinaire.” As Ms. Anderson put it at a Menlo Circus Club luncheon after the tour of their home collection, before 1964, “Art was someone we played golf with.” It was in 1964, during a visit to the Louvre in Paris, that they


Berkeley No. 26, 1954, oil on canvas by Richard Diebenkorn.

Modeled view of the new Anderson Collection at Stanford University, with Cantor Arts Center at right.

were struck, as if by lightning, by the force of art — primarily the French Impressionists. The power of that experience didn’t diminish when they left the museum. “I guess we had a couple of extra drinks on the plane coming home,” Mr. Anderson recalls, and they started talking about starting their own art collection. Nearly 50 years later, he adds, “our plate runneth over.” When the couple began collecting artwork on their own, Mr. Anderson was still working at Saga Corporation, a food service company he co-founded with two friends when the young men were attending Hobart College in New York. That’s the work that brought the Andersons to the Penin-

sula in 1962, when the company moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, then to Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, where Quadrus is now located and Mr. Anderson still has an office. (At 91, he still spends time there in rooms filled with art.) A fine art adventure

Realizing that their new pursuit could benefit from more knowledge of the art world, the Andersons set about educating themselves. Ms. Anderson began sitting in on a class taught by Stanford art history professor Al Elsen, and around 1968, Mr. Elsen became a tremendous resource to the new collectors as he introduced them to important figures in the field, including collector

and dealer Eugene V. Thaw and Museum of Modern Art curator William Rubin. Also during that period, they met painter, sculptor and Stanford professor Nathan Oliveira, who introduced them to Bay Area artists and, according to Mr. Linetzky, also helped them understand the creative process by letting them see active studio work. With these dynamics in place, the Andersons’ focus on their collection began to shift from art by painters such as Monet, Renoir and Georgia O’Keefe to post-World War II art, including California artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and David Park. They also hired their first collection manager, a position held later

by Mr. Linetzky until his recent appointment as director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford. Meanwhile, the Andersons involved themselves in arts education efforts, and in 1975, with the encouragement of Professor Elsen, they initiated an internship program at Stanford, which through the years has enriched the education and career opportunities of about 35 participants, Mr. Linetzky said. Before that program, Ms. Anderson started and ran the Art Corridor program at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, which displayed work by artists including Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella. That program ended in 1988. Meanwhile, the Andersons’ daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson, was growing up steeped in the world of art. Now Mary Patricia Pence, she for a time operated a gallery in

Santa Monica that specialized in emerging Los Angeles and New York artists, and the network of contemporary artists expanded. Art for public eyes

Stanford chose Ennead Architects, who designed the Bing Concert Hall on campus, to design the Anderson Collection home. The two-story, 33,327-square-foot building will include a clerestory roof element that will allow diffused natural light into the galleries from above. Mr. Linetzky said the inaugural exhibit in the new building will display 90 to 100 works in the collection, and that the artwork will shift periodically to display all 121 works over time. A

On the cover: Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, left, Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson in their home. Photo by Linda Cicero

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Police try new strategy to counter gang violence By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


all has been riddled with bullets in Menlo Park, with four shootings in the past month alone. Several, including the Dec. 8 shooting that wounded a 15-year-old girl inside her Madera Avenue home, appear gangrelated. The police are trying a new

strategy to counter the violence — notifying landlords when a violent crime occurs on their properties. Police Chief Bob Jonsen told the City Council on Dec. 10 that when informed of the shootings near each of the properties, the landlords decided to begin evictions. Owners aren’t always aware of crime occurring on their property, he said, and the police department hasn’t been calling

to notify them. But police will now do so as standard operating procedure, out of “a moral obligation to inform,” the chief said. He told the Almanac that it’s up to the landlords to decide what to do. In regards to the shootings, the community benefits by having the tenants relocated, he said, although police have no control over where they’ll move to.

“I am not advocating eviction for every family with gang problems, but in these two cases my concern for the overall community supports the property owners’ decision,” Chief Jonsen said. Then it’s a matter of finding the shooters, according to the chief. He added that the shootings have helped police build stronger relationships within the community. In each inci-

dent, suspects have been identified, thanks to information provided by residents, and he’s confident arrests are ahead. Whether the new strategy creates difficulties for landlords depends on the circumstances, according to real estate attorney Mark Hagarty, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge and co-author of a book on See GANG VIOLENCE page 24

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Local man sentenced for child pornography By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

Stephen Wolf, who pleaded no contest in March 2013 to one count of possession of child pornography, was sentenced on Dec. 11 to three years of supervised probation on the condition that he serve eight months in the San Mateo County jail. Mr. Wolf was a resident of Portola Valley at the time of his arrest in March 2012. The sentence by Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh specifies a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender and requires him to participate for one year in a sex-offender treatment program. Mr. Wolf was one of nine men arrested on March 22, 2012, during a county-wide sweep of 11 homes by detectives from a regional Internet-crimes task force. He initially pleaded not guilty but then entered a nocontest plea on March 19, 2013. In the arrests, detectives seized computers containing pornographic images â&#x20AC;&#x153;and other evidence linking the men to the distribution and/or possession of child pornography,â&#x20AC;? the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office said. Mr. Wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer contained images of nude girls ages 6 through 12 who were â&#x20AC;&#x153;engaged in sexual activity,â&#x20AC;? prosecutors said. Jonathan McDougall, Mr. Wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, has not yet responded to a request for comment. In the sentencing, the judge granted Mr. Wolf, 66, one day of credit for time already served in jail, and a stay on his surrender until 10 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2014. He has been out of custody on $10,000 bail. Mr. Wolf must seek counseling â&#x20AC;&#x153;as directedâ&#x20AC;? and if he consults with a psychotherapist, records of his sessions will be accessible to his probation officer, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato told the Almanac. Once he is out of jail, he is forbidden to live in a house in which a child is present and may not associate with minors unless

in the presence of a responsible adult who has been approved by his probation officer, prosecutors said. He must stay 100 yards away from schools and places where children congregate and is not allowed to date or socialize with anyone who has physical custody of a child without the permission of his probation officer, prosecutors said. He is forbidden to enter an adult pornography business and to possess pornography of any kind. His computer is subject to forensic search. If he has a storage locker, it must be with the permission of his probation officer, prosecutors said. If Mr. Wolf takes a job, his probation officer must approve. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to own a deadly weapon or ammunition. He owes $650 in fines, fees and assessments, must pay $100 a month probation fee and must submit his DNA to authorities. He must notify the local police department of his sex offender status and his address, in effect ensuring that â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is no period of time in which law enforcement isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of (his) updated address information,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Serrato said. Mr. Wolf also loses his Fourth Amendment protections against random search and seizure and his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. He must submit to random polygraph testing, Mr. Serrato said. In sex offender cases, the state gives courts substantial authority to â&#x20AC;&#x153;craft conditions that would help to rehabilitate the offender,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Serrato said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given what he (pleaded) to, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasonable.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentencing had been delayed three times: in July 2013 to allow further forensic computer examination, in September because the judge had work conflicts, and in October to resolve the question of how many times pornography had been downloaded to his computer.

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Mateo County: Canada College in Woodside, Skyline College in San Bruno, and the College of San Mateo in San Mateo. The newest member of the board is Thomas Mohr, who was elected in November. Incumbent Richard Holober was re-elected for his fifth fouryear term. December 18, 2013NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN19



Meet Rodrigo, age 9 The Almanac Holiday Fund benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula By Maelen Haugen


hen Rodrigo was in first grade, he was asked to draw himself in the future. Rodrigo drew a gangster. His picture was incredibly detailed. He could imagine what he would wear, how he would carry himself, and even what he’d spend his time doing each day. Rodrigo had drawn what he had become accustomed to seeing every day in his neighborhood. He had a hard time staying focused during the school day, and would act up in class. Finally, he was encouraged to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the

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Rodrigo, 9, and his friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s school site program From left, they are Gabriel, Jessie, Alexis, David, Brandon and Rodrigo. Read about the rest of the boys in the photo at

Peninsula’s school site program that took place after school each day on his school campus. At the BGCP, Rodrigo was positively influenced. He spent time with caring mentors who served as positive role models, excelled in enrichment electives that exposed him to college and careers, and worked on improving his study skills. Rodrigo and his family embraced our

expanded learning program. Now in the fourth grade, Rodrigo, when asked to envision what his future looks like, explains that he will, “go to Yale and become an author.” Rodrigo has a new understanding of the possibilities for his adult life, and each day he participates in an extended learning day that will prepare him to make his vision his reality.


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This season we are celebrating opportunity. Opportunity for youth to engage, grow and achieve. Together with donors and volunteers, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has been able to provide opportunity for 1,700 youth this year. More than ever before. Our youth have taken fears, anxiety and challenges and turned them into positive attitudes, motivation, and skills for a great future. Please give the youth of our community the best gift they could ask for — the gift of a great future. Each year, BGCP provides expanded learning opportunities to 1,750 at-risk youth at nine locations in East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and the North Fair

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Provides after-school and academic support and activities for 1,750 at-risk K-12 youth at nine locations in Menlo Park and the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of Redwood City. Members attend at least twice a week during the academic year and receive essential tutoring, mentoring, and academic support.

The largest collector and distributor of food on the Peninsula, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 52 million pounds of food last year. It gathers donations from individuals and businesses and distributes food to more than 250,000 people each month through more than 770 agencies and distribution sites in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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Provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, and sometimes financial assistance to families in need, regardless of religious preference, including Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for more than 2,000 households.†

agencies that feed the hungry, house the homeless and provide numerous other services to those in need. Contributions to the Holiday Fund will be matched, to the extent possible, by generous community corpo-

Project Read Provides free literacy services to adults in the Menlo Park area. Trained volunteers work one-on-one to help adults improve their basic reading, writing and English language skills so they can achieve their goals and function more effectively at home, at work and in the community. Volunteers also help students acquire basic keyboard and computer skills.

InnVision Shelter Network Provides shelter/housing and supportive services across 18 sites in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. Serves thousands of homeless families and individuals annually on their path back to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

StarVista Serves more than 32,000 people throughout San Mateo County, including children, young people, families with counseling, prevention, early intervention, education, and residential programs. StarVista also provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services including a 24-hour suicide crisis hotline, an alcohol and drug helpline, and a parent support hotline.

rations, foundations and individuals,

Ravenswood Family Health Center

including the Rotary Club of Menlo

Provides primary medical and preventive health care for all ages at its clinics in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. It also operates a mobile clinic at school sites. Of the more than 17,000 registered patients, most are low-income and uninsured and live in the ethnically diverse East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks areas.

Fair Oaks Community Center

vid and Lucile Packard Foundation.

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

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Serves hundreds of hot meals six days a week to people in need who walk through the doors. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions, St. Anthony’s is the largest dining room for the needy between San Francisco and San Jose. It also offers emergency food and clothing assistance.

Teen Talk helps young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health through in-school programs, parent education, and training for youth program providers.

Park Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Da-

ducted from the gifts, which are taxdeductible as permitted by law.

Provides housing and food assistance, emergency shelter referral, legal services, a childcare program, older adult nutrition, and lowcost exercise programs for youth and adults.

Teen Talk Sexuality Education

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Council: VA campus best spot for homeless shelter By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


Photo by Curt Campbell, senior photographer, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Rotary serves

A volunteer battles Menlo Park Rotary Club president Glen Rojas on a new ping-pong table donated by the Rotary Club to the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Watching the contest, at left, is speech pathologist Marlene Specht.

enlo Park is deep into a housing plan update for the second time in as many years, this time to develop a framework for housing for 2014 through 2022 in compliance with state law. As part of this update cycle, the city must provide zoning that allows homeless shelters that provide a total of 16 beds within Menlo Park. The city is also figuring out how to create an amnesty program for existing secondary, or “granny” units, which remains a work in progress. Of the five sites under consideration for homeless shelter zoning, the council leaned toward the Veteran Affairs campus on Willow Road as the best option.

New logo a ‘no go’

Harsh weather shouldn’t mean harsh skin

New city logo probably a “no go.” A study session to evaluate four potential replacements for the city’s logo, which was designed in the 1960s, ended with council (and public) opinion weighing heavily in favor of sticking with the old logo. “The one that has the strength of these oak trees is the old one,” said Ernst Meissner, resident and city beautification volunteer. The new designs, all variations on a tree created at a cost of $30,000 to date, are part of a plan the council approved earlier this year to rebrand Menlo Park, staff said, although the council’s comments indicated they weren’t sure when reinventing the logo became part of the rebranding.

Holiday hours at Civic Center Just because weather conditions turn harsh this time of year doesn’t mean that your skin has to as well. Stanford Dermatology offers the most advanced technologies for diagnosing and providing the highest quality care and treatment for all skin conditions and diseases, from the common to the more complex, including: , , , ,

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Menlo Park City Hall will shut down Dec. 23 through Dec. 27, as will the Arrillaga Recreation


Center. The Gymnastics Center will be open Dec. 24, then closed until Jan. 6. The Onetta Harris Community Center and the Senior Center will both close from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Other facilities will operate with reduced hours: The gymnasium will be open for evening drop-in use on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. Morning fitness classes will be held Dec. 23, 26-28, and Dec. 30 from 5 to 10:30 a.m. and for a half-day on Jan. 3.

Environmental quality award nominations Menlo Park is now taking nominations for the 2014 Environmental Quality Awards. Among last year’s winners: Facebook, Menlo Business Park and resident Carolyn Dorsch. Categories include climate action, educational, heritage tree and sustainable building. Go to to download the nomination form. Nominations are due Jan. 20, 2014.

Art contest “SamTrans, See the County” is the theme for SamTrans’ annual “Art Takes a Bus Ride” program, which gives students the opportunity to display their art aboard transit vehicles. Deadline for entries is Feb. 14. The “See the County” motif encourages students to depict sights and landmarks throughout the Peninsula. Teachers interested in more information and how to submit student entries may email Buena Dandan of the San Mateo County Office of Education at bdandan@ or call 802-5339.

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In recognition of the Holiday Season Portola Valley Town Hall will be closed Monday, December 23, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014


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On Stage ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Inspired by the classic American film, this story is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five Broadway By the Bay actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. Dec. 29, 2 p.m. $25-$45. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Carlos Carvajal’s Nutcracker The Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents a version of the Nutcracker, set in Victorian England. Dec. 21, 7 p.m. $30-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc. com

Clubs/Meetings Portola Valley Library Book Club The Portola Valley Library Book Club will discuss “The Price of Inequality” by Joseph Stiglitz. Drop-ins are welcome. Dec. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. Portola Valley Library Winter Reading Club Students in grades K-12 can join the Winter Reading Club. The rules are: finish a book, come into the Portola Valley Library and fill out a raffle card. All completed cards will be entered into a drawing to win raffle prizes. Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.

Community Events LB Steak Christmas Eve Dining On Christmas Eve, LB Steak in Menlo Park will serve a limited regular a la carte dinner menu and a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with main-course choices of panroasted pheasant or truffle-crusted turbot. Dec. 24, 4-9 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-321-8980. Left Bank Christmas Eve Dining Left Bank in Menlo Park will be serving limited regular dinner menu and a $52.75 fourcourse prix fixe with main course choices of Dixon Valley lamb chops or Mediterranean sea bass on Christmas Eve. Regular lunch menu will be served. Dec. 24, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. New Year’s Eve at LB Steak LB Steak in Menlo Park will host a New Year’s Eve celebration including $71.50 four-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, a complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of carnaroli risotto with perigord truffle, filet of beef “Wellington” or truffle crusted turbot. Dec. 31, 4-10 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3218980. New Year’s Eve at Left Bank Left Bank in Menlo Park will host a New Year’s Eve celebration including a $64.50 4-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of herb roasted beef sirloin medallions or salmon roulade. Regular lunch service. Dec. 31,

MAKING THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine vision among people aged 65 years and older. It results from changes in the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for clear, sharp vision. Early symptoms of the disease range from an inability to see details or vivid colors to distorted vision in which objects appear to be the wrong size or shape and straight lines appear wavy or crooked. While there are procedures for staving off vision loss, ultimately

11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. New Year’s Eve at The Sea The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $185 sixcourse prix fixe tasting menu which includes big eye tuna, wild Maine scallops, Hawaiian mero, lobster with oscetra caviar, bison and milk chocolate mousse. Optional wine paring for an additional $85. Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. $185. The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650213-1111. New Year’s Eve at Palo Alto Grill On New Year’s Eve, Palo Alto Grill will be serving holiday a la carte menu specials including beef tenderloin with lobster wellington, squash and vegetable pt pie, crispy chicken breast and waffle and a whole grilled branzino. There will also be live music and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight. Cost of food. Palo Alto Grill, 140 University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-3514. The Mountain Goat Farmers’ Market in front of Skywood Trading Post and Penelope’s Den, across from Alice’s Restaurant and runs on Wednesdays until Dec. 18, when it closes for the winter. 2-6 p.m. The Mountain Goat Farmers’ Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.

Dance Peninsula Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker PBT will perform the Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre. Audience members will be invited on stage after and can meet the dancers. Dec. 21-22, 2-4:30 p.m. $20-$60. Fox Theatre Redwood City, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-3423228.

Fratello Marionettes Holiday Show The Fratello Marionettes will present their holiday show, “The North Pole Review!” Performances by the Russian Trepak Dancers, skating by Crystal Chandelier and penguin acrobatics. The program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-8510560.

Religion/Spirituality Bethany Lutheran Church Advent Services will be held on three Wednesdays in December (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) at noon and 7 p.m. Lunch will be served following the noon services at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. page.asp?page_id=239283 Christmas Eve Festival Communion This Christian inter-denominational service will be held on Christmas Eve. Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life, will preach. Music featuring university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Dec. 24, 8-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. events. University Public Worship: Children’s Sermon This sermon will be led by Rev. Joanne Sanders. The service also includes a carol-sing and music by university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts of toys or clothing. Dec. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call

650-723-1762. events/388/38833

Seniors 29th Annual New Year’s Eve Day Bash The Oshman Family JCC hosts a New Year’s Eve Day event, with a buffet lunch, ballroom dancing, raffle prizes and a special champagne toast to the New Year. Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto . Call 650-387-7048. www. Christmas Dinner at Little House A Christmas dinner will be served at Little House in Menlo Park. Menu items include a persimmon salad, honey glazed ham, pineapple peach sauce, Roasted winter root vegetables, mashed double potatoes and English Christmas trifle for dessert. Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222 . littlehouse/

Special Events New Year’s Eve at Four Seasons Hotel Quattro at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto will serve a New Year’s Eve dinner. Two seatings will be offered - 6 p.m. for $90 per guest and 9 p.m. for $119 per guest (which also includes after party and midnight toast). Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. $90-119. Quattro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-470-2889.

Fire stations host Santa Santa Claus will be coming to three towns on Wednesday, Dec. 18, when he visits the Woodside Fire Protection District’s fire stations from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to the open houses to enjoy a photo opportunity with Santa and nibble on cookies. All of the stations are decorated for the holidays. Until the end of the month, they have donation bins posted outside to collect new unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots program. The stations are located at: 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside, 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley, and 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Redwood City.

Kids & Families Annual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza See a variety of LEGO creations made by members of Bay Area LEGO User Group and Bay Area LEGO Train Club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the exhibit. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from Dec. 13 to Jan. 19. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person; BayLUG and MOAH members are free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Family Day in Nature at Hidden Villa At the Riekes Center’s monthly nature awareness family gathering at Hidden Villa, there will be music, potluck, nature awareness skills and holiday gift wildcrafting including dream pillows, willow wreath and smudge sticks. Dec. 21, 1-4 p.m. $20 per family; $15 per wildcrafter. Hidden Villla, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. nature-awareness/weekend-workshops/

Like us on AlmanacNews the disease can lead to complete loss of central vision. In this event, there are visual aids available for enhancing remaining peripheral vision. They include high-powered spectacle-mounted lens systems, magnifiers, and telescopic lenses for distant viewing. If you have a visual impairment that is not corrected with regular eyeglasses or surgery, you should investigate the benefits of low vision aids such as magnifying devices. Bright illumination for reading and other close work can also be helpful. Low vision aids assist many patients with macular degeneration in leading normal lives with few interruptions of regular activities. Regardless of your vision problem, visit MENLO OPTICAL at 1166 University Drive, on the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive. You will find a helpful, courteous staff that can help you enjoy the best vision possible. Call us at 322-3900. P.S. “Low vision” means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people may find everyday tasks difficult to do. Mark Schmidt is an American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners Certified Optician licensed by the Medical Board of California. He can be easily reached at Menlo Optical, 1166 University Drive, Menlo Park. 650-322-3900.

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landlord-tenant litigation. Tenants on month-to-month leases for no more than one year may be given daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice of termination without cause. Longer-term leases, however, require some factual basis demonstrating criminal activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first question to ask is: Why arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the police arresting them? If (the criminal activity)

is that foreseeable, why arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t police doing anything about it?â&#x20AC;? Mr. Hagarty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second, what amount of control does the landlord have over the situation?â&#x20AC;? If the landlord either chooses not to or canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t legally evict, the courts consider whether the crime was predictable and whether reasonable steps, such as repairing locks or hiring a security guard, could have been taken to prevent it, Mr. Hagarty

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t evict based on the suspicion of police,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the landlord may have an obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent third parties or tenants from being harmed.â&#x20AC;? How the new approach will play out remains to be seen. But the police are also preparing to expand their technological capabilities, with several new surveillance cameras ready

Boyce, James Oliver (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimâ&#x20AC;?) Born 11/23/28 in Needham, MA Jim Boyce died peacefully in his sleep on December 8th, surrounded by family and friends. He was a gracious man whose unwavering integrity deďŹ ned every aspect of his being. Resourceful since his youth, Jim earned money to help his Depression-era family by caddying & selling stray golf balls at the Needham, MA Golf Course. In the winter he shoveled snow & delivered coal to residential coal chutes in more afďŹ&#x201A;uent neighborhoods before his teenage years. They played pond hockey in those days with a rock for a puck and used tire tubes for shin pads. Upon the untimely death of his treasured mother, Jim was on his own at age 12. Fortunately, his beloved Aunt Harriett, a schoolteacher, brought Jim to live with her in Passaic, NJ where he ďŹ nished high school, reading Thoreau, Emerson, & E.B. White and practiced his Latin at the breakfast table. Jim enlisted in the Army three days after high school graduation in 1946. He served as an MP in Seoul, Korea at age seventeen, rousting men years older than himself out of bars and worse. The GI Bill ďŹ nanced his BA in Labor Relations at NYU. At graduation Jim joined the American Sugar ReďŹ ning Co. and handled their labor relations in Boston during a turbulent era in labor union history. In Boston he met the love of his life, Joan Elizabeth Plummer, a California native (Blythe) studying for her Masters Degree in Boston. He then was hired in 1958 by Air Products, a small ďŹ rm in Trexlertown, PA, where he stayed for 30 years. While there in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s he negotiated the labor contracts in Cape Canaveral, FL to keep NASA supplied in rocket fuel for the Mercury Program. When he retired in 1986, Air Products & Chemicals was a Fortune 500 company. In 1986 Jim & Joan retired to sunny California & spent the rest of their lives in their home at the Portola Valley Ranch. Here he & Joan doted on their grandchildren, enjoyed their PV Ranch neighbors, met with the Portola club, played tennis, walked nearby trails, served on the Wine Committee, played golfâ&#x20AC;Śand yes, he could not resist hunting down stray golf balls in the woods at the Stanford golf course. Joan died unexpectedly in 2000, and not a day went by that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss her terribly, as they were completely devoted to one another. Jim was a consummate storyteller, and his quick wit & dry sense of humor was his trademark. He loved whistling, singing along to musicals, and watching comedies and westerns, especially when John Wayne was involved. A treasured quote from Thoreau adorned his refrigerator: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simplify, simplifyâ&#x20AC;?; to which Dad had crossed out the second â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;simplifyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the true spirit of Thoreau. He was the proud & loving father of Dick Boyce (Sandy), Lori Harvey (Spencer), & Jan Boyce (Michael) and loving Grampa to Travis and Carter Boyce & Skylar Harvey. At Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, there will be no services. A donation to a veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization of your choice is welcomed. PA I D


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for installation and automated license plate readers (LPRs) purchased. The LPRs will be deployed as soon as the council subcommittee finishes drafting a privacy policy to address concerns about data retention and sharing, Chief Jonsen said. Last, but not least, the longawaited Belle Haven police substation should open by the end of January, he told the council. The facility, located in a strip mall at 871 Hamilton Ave. off Willow Road, will be staffed with a community service officer and a code enforce-

ment officer, keeping someone available at the facility Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Spanish speaker will be on hand Wednesday through Saturday. Services will include code enforcement, filing police reports, purchasing overnight parking permits, and signing off on equipment violations. A small conference room will be dedicated for community meetings, and the department is also going to work on establishing a neighborhood watch program. A


Fanny Hastings Arnold Fanny Hastings Arnold died November 18, 2013, at her home in Menlo Park at the age of 99. Fanny was the only child of Russell Platt Hastings and Frances Simes Hastings. She was born at her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home on Ramona Street in Palo Alto in May of 1914. Though her given name was Frances, she was called Fanny all her adult life. Fanny spent her early years in Palo Alto, Anaheim and Whittier. In 1922, her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work took the family to Argentina where they stayed until 1927. Her schooling there was in English and Spanish. She retained her ability to speak Spanish all her life. Upon her return to California, Fanny attended the Carmel Valley Ranch School. That is where she developed her love of the outdoors, wildflowers, horses, and ranch animals in general. Her parents always had a family dog and so did Fanny as an adult. Fanny graduated from the Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco and then followed her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps into Stanford University. In 1935 she married Thomas Church Arnold, who she had met in the Carmel Valley. Together Tom and Fanny started the Idle Hour Stable in Menlo Park, which they ran until 1950. During these years Tom and Fanny were also very busy raising five children. After World War II, the city of Menlo Park grew rapidly, changing the rural area where the family lived. By 1950 stables in town were no longer viable. From 1950 to 1963 Fanny lived in the Menlo Park house until the children finished school in town. During this time she also managed rental properties she and Tom built on the location of the stable. Tom moved to and worked their ranch property east of Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara County. In 1963, once the last child was off to college, Fanny joined Tom on the ranch. They

enjoyed life together until his death in 1969. Fanny continued to live on the ranch after Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. She was able to do this comfortably with the help of her ranch manager Hermilo. Fanny enjoyed her country life with local friends and neighbors, plus horseback riding into her 80s. Over the years she had horses, cattle, goats, chickens and peacocks on the land. She walked her dog Spunky daily until she moved off the ranch. Fanny was always happy to make the ranch accessible to the California Native Plant Society for wildflower viewing each spring and to the Audubon Society for bird count events. In the spring of 2004, just after her 90th birthday, Fannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family moved her back into the Menlo Park home where she and Tom had started their life together. She is survived by her five children: Emily Arnold of Petersham, MA; Henry Arnold of San Francisco; Jesse Arnold of Cambria; Michael (Darlene) Arnold of Reno, NV; and Sally Rench of Fremont. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Mary Mack; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great, great grandson and numerous descendants of her stepchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom C. Arnold, and stepchildren Thomas B. Arnold, Bernice Grimm and Dorothy Arnold. As per her wishes, Fanny will be cremated, and there will be no religious service. However, the family plans to have a memorial gathering at a later date. Contact Sally Rench at or call Jesse Arnold at 805/927-3096 for details. You may honor Fanny with a contribution to the California Native Plant Society, 2707 K Street, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95816-5113 (https:// to a charity of your choice. PA I D





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 and Atherton police departments. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. The date the agency received the report is shown.

ATHERTON 2ESIDENTIALBURGLARYREPORT A woman asleep in bed in the master bedroom of her Oakwood Boulevard home woke at about 6:25 a.m. and heard an intruder in her bathroom. The intruder had walked through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. After being discovered, he ran downstairs and left the house via an unlocked sliding glass door, taking

nothing. To get in, he likely used another unlocked sliding glass door, in the garage, then an unlocked door off the garage. Dec. 9.

side window and a missing briefcase and Apple iPod, for an estimated loss of around $600, Dec. 4.

MENLO PARK PORTOLA VALLEY !UTOBURGLARYREPORTS ■ After smashing the right rear window of a vehicle parked at the Portola Road parking lot of the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, someone stole a pair of jeans, a pair of corduroy pants, and a bag containing a wallet, a cellphone and a laptop computer, with an estimated loss of $2,975 loss. Dec. 4. ■ The owner of a parked Toyota Prius at Alpine Road and Willowbrook Drive returned to find a smashed rear driver’s


ed burglary, someone used a rock to break a window of a home on Marcussen Drive but did not enter the residence. Dec. 9. #OMMERCIALBURGLARYREPORTS ■ A $1,100 pair of scissors and a cash box containing $50 are missing from the Opus Salon on Cambridge Avenue. The glass on the salon’s front door had been kicked in. Dec. 8. ■ Someone kicked in the front door and hallway door into the office of a practitioner specializing in herbal medicine, but took nothing. Dec. 9. !UTOBURGLARYREPORT A car parked in the 1100 block of Willow Road was found ransacked and with a window smashed, but nothing missing. Dec. 11.

■ Someone stole a leaf blower and a saw from the garage of an unlocked residence on Sharon Park Drive, a $600 loss. Dec. 11. ■ Tools estimated to be worth $450 — an electric screwdriver, impact screwdriver and radio — are missing from a locked locker at a residence on Sharon Park Drive. Dec. 11.

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April 29, 1914 - September 30, 2013 Margaret Mary Covell Phelan died of natural causes on September 30, 2013 at the age of 99. She was born April 29, 1914 in Havre, Montana to Clara (Allen) Covell and Frank Lee Covell. Just after her 16th birthday, Margaret graduated from the local high school as valedictorian. Two years at Northern Montana College earned Margaret substantial merit scholarships which made possible enrollment at Smith College in Massachusetts from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1934. Eager to give back to her community, Margaret began her career as a social worker for a Montana state agency helping families struggling to obtain basic services during the height of the Depression. While the job entailed a fair amount of travel, it didn’t quite include the kidnapping that Margaret endured one cold February night in 1935. Though she was forced at gunpoint to drive a small-time gangster from Havre across the state line and well into North Dakota, Margaret remained typically unflustered both during and after the incident. Years later, she recalled: “I don’t think he wanted to stop in North Dakota but he probably got really tired of me asking about his childhood.” At the time she was engaged to Warren Phelan, another case worker at the agency. In March, 1935 they married and spent the ensuing eight years living and working in Montana. But in 1943 Warren joined the Navy as a Lieutenant. Margaret enrolled at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland as a graduate student, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Social Adminstration (the equivalent of today’s MSW). Following graduation, Margaret worked for Cleveland Children’s Services. Unfortunately the enforced separation occasioned by the War took its toll on Margaret’s and Warren’s relationship and they divorced. Margaret moved to San Francisco and worked at the Family and Children’s Agency. In 1949 she bought a house in Millbrae where she lived (with a brief hiatus) until her death. Always interested in exploring other cultures, Margaret made a point of vacationing each year in some place abroad; she especially loved France. For a brief period in the mid-Fifties Margaret worked at the Territorial Hospital in Hawaii in Psychiatric Social Services as a clinician and as a supervisor of University students pursuing a career in social work. In the Sixties Margaret joined San Mateo County Social Services, doing what she most loved: helping aspiring social workers to attain their potential by supervising and counseling them towards educational pursuits and career development. Margaret’s parents died long ago. Her younger sister, Helen (Covell) Cole, lived until 2004. Three of Helen’s daughters, each of whom played an active role in Margaret’s life, are alive and well: Judy Cole-Martin of Bainbridge Island, WA; Patty Cole Frizzell of Newport, WA; and Barbara Cole of Miles City, MT. Also important to Margaret was her one-time supervisee, good friend, and go-to support person, Donna (Rodewald) Constantinides of Woodside, CA. Margaret’s body was cremated and the ashes strewn at sea. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society, a charity close to Margaret’s heart. PA I D

2ESIDENTIALBURGLARYREPORTS ■ Someone broke into a residence on Coleman Avenue using a pry bar to force open the front door, then stole $1,475 in jewelry. Dec. 12. ■ A $400 Apple iPod is missing from an Oak Grove Avenue apartment broken into via a bathroom window, Dec. 9. ■ Costume jewelry worth about $100 is missing from a bedroom of a residence on Pope Street. The thief entered through the bedroom window. Dec. 9.

■ In what police are calling an attempt-


Milo S. Gates, known as “Ned” by his family and friends, died peacefully at home in Woodside, California on Sunday, December 1. He was 90 years old. As President and then Chairman of Swinerton Inc., Ned guided the construction of dozens of large-scale, landmark buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and throughout the western United States. Those who worked closely with Mr. Gates said he thrived on friendship, which was central to his business and his personal life. “Ned was what I call the perfect gentleman,” says Dave Grubb, who served as President while Mr. Gates was Chairman. “He treated everyone so beautifully.” Ned shared this signature generosity widely, as trustee of Children’s Hospital, Grace Cathedral, Laguna Honda Hospital, Cypress Lawn and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, as well as with his wide network of friends and his family, which grew to include 25 grandchildren. Ned was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 25, 1923, the first of two sons, to Milo Talmadge and Virginia Offutt Gates. He and his family moved in the 1930s to California, where he attended Piedmont High School and spent summers sailing at Westward Ho camp. His brother Jarvis died in 1987. As an engineering student at Stanford, Ned transferred into the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Cal Tech in 1942 in preparation for military service. After further training in New London, CT, he reunited briefly with his Stanford class to graduate in 1944 just prior to his first assignment in the Pacific. During the remainder of World War II, he was stationed on a Gato-class submarine, the USS Whale (SS-239), in the Inland Sea of Japan, rescuing Allied pilots who had been downed by Japanese anti-aircraft artillery. After the War, Ned earned an MBA in 1948 from Stanford Business School and went on to enjoy a long career with Swinerton, from 1955 to his retirement as Chairman in 1996. During Hawaii’s building boom of the 1960’s and 70’s, he led projects in Honolulu and the Outer Islands, including the Royal Hawaiian Tower and the Sheraton Waikiki. Under his leadership in the 1980s and 90s, the company executed large-scale projects including 101 California in San Francisco and the Century Plaza Tower in Los Angeles, while adding expertise that enabled it to take on innovative projects such as the renovation of the California State Capital building, the San Francisco Centre, SF MoMA and the

DeYoung Museum. During this period the company expanded into new geographic regions and grew to be one of the largest commercial construction contractors in the country. Just after the war, at the very start of his construction career, Ned married Anne Phleger, of Woodside, California, in 1950. Together they raised a family of five children in San Francisco. She died in 1987. In 1988, he married Robin (Binnie) Templeton Quist, also of Woodside, California. Their combined families consisted of nine adult children and, including spouses and grandchildren, grew to 44 family members. Tapping the same engineering and people skills he used to succeed at business, Ned helped organize family vacations and reunions that measured up to any skyscraper. “Just like at Swinerton,” says a family member, “he was rarely without his yellow pads and blue felt tip pens, writing lists and getting everyone on the right track.” Always on the lookout for another good project, Ned, in the late 1990s, rebuilt a home on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe that he had originally constructed in the 1960s, in order to accommodate his expanding family. At family gatherings, he always found occasion to raise a glass and acknowledge his and others great fortune. His toasts were well known for their eloquence, grace and humor. Ned was an avid yachtsman who loved sailing and found particular joy in driving “woodies” at Lake Tahoe. He also loved fly-fishing at the Fall River Ranch in Northern California and more recently on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Ned was a long-time member of the Bohemian Club and of the Pacific Union Club, where he served as President, and he enjoyed the ongoing activities of his college fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. He especially valued the friendships he developed with younger individuals, many of whom he got to know through mentoring relationships and through his civic involvements. Besides his wife Robin, Ned is survived by his four daughters, Elena Gates Motlow, Susan Gates Suman, Virginia Lewis and Anne Symington; his son Milo Gates; his stepson Bob Quist and stepdaughters Cathy Brisbin and Sarah Dolbey; and his 25 grandchildren. Services will be private. Donations in Ned’s name can be made to California Academy of Sciences. Contact: Janet Harris,, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 94118. PA I D


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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 SCHWEIZER 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

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BUDDY’S DOG BOARDING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258751 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Buddy’s Dog Boarding, located at 145 Phillip Road, Woodside, CA 94062, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): SHAE LOVAZZANO 145 Phillip Road Woodside, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 11/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 5, 2013. (ALM Dec. 18, 25, 2013, Jan. 1, 8, 2014) PAUL’S BREAD FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258871 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Paul’s Bread, located at 429 Concord Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025-2905, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): DECKCHAIR SOFTWARE LLC 429 Concord Dr. Menlo Park, CA 94025-2905 This business is conducted by: 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 December 12, 2013. (ALM Dec. 18, 25, 2013, Jan. 1, 8, 2014) PENINSULA ARTS & LETTERS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 258614 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Peninsula Arts & Letters, located at 1010 El Camino Real #100, Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): PENINSULA ARTS & LECTURES 1010 El Camino Real #100 Menlo Park, CA 94025 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 22, 2013. (ALM Dec. 18, 25, 2013, Jan. 1, 8, 2014)

997 All Other Legals 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. 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 decedent’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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: CIV525364 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELIZABETH CLISSOLD BOLTEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELIZABETH CLISSOLD BOLTEN to MOLLY ELIZABETH BOLTEN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: PJ, of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: THE ALMANAC Date: November 26, 2013 /s/ Robert D. Foiles JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (ALM Dec. 11, 18, 25, 2013, Jan. 1, 2014)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF LAWRENCE GAYLORD ELLIOTT, AKA LARRY G. ELLIOTT CASE NO. 123969 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Lawrence Gaylord Elliott, aka Larry G. Elliott A Petition for Probate has been filed by Jok Legallet in the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo. The Petition for Probate requests that Jok Legallet be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’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 in this court on Jan 13, 2014 at 9 AM in Dept. 28 located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063-1655. 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. Petitioner/Attorney for Petitioner: James E Reed, 3433 Golden Gate Way, Suite C, Lafayette, CA 94549, Telephone: (925) 299-7893 12/18, 12/25, 1/1/14 CNS-2567104# THE ALMANAC

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