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Dennis Nahat, in right background, works with Menlowe Ballet dancers, who will perform his “Pas de Cinq” in the dance company’s spring production, “Transcendence.”

From classic to ‘otherworldly’ By Renee Batti


Almanac News Editor


enlowe Ballet continues its tradition of tapping into the star talent of the Bay Area ballet world with the choice of Dennis Nahat as guest choreographer for its April 4-6 production, “Transcendence.” A former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater and the longtime artistic director of Ballet San Jose, which he founded, Mr. Nahat recently worked with Menlowe Ballet dancers in the company’s Menlo Park studio in preparation for the performance of his acclaimed “Pas de Cinq.” The spring production, staged in the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, will also include the premiere of Menlowe Ballet artistic director and co-founder Michael Lowe’s individual work, “Transcendence,” and a reprise of his dynamic and well-received “Tribute,” which debuted at the company’s November show, “Lineage.” In response to sold-out performances last fall, the Menlowe Ballet has added a fourth performance to the spring production, with matinees

on Saturday and Sunday in addition to the Friday and Saturday evening shows, said Lisa Shiveley of Atherton, the company’s co-founder and executive director. Mr. Lowe, who during his dancing career was a star performer and choreographer with the Oakland Ballet, has created numerous dances for Menlowe Ballet, including “Double Happiness,” “Serei,” and “Cirque.” But Ms. Shiveley said the company also wants to feature the work of guest choreographers, and “we always wanted to do something with Dennis.” “We courted him,” she said. “He was on our dream list — and it’s a great marriage.” Mr. Nahat said he’s known Mr. Lowe for years, and was eager to work with the company. “Everything they do is dynamite,” he said in a recent interview. “Their work is as good as (that of) any Bay Area company dancing now.” The “Pas de Cinq” to be featured in the April production is from a full-length “Swan Lake” Mr. Nahat created in the late 1980s. The piece “is in lieu of the ‘Pas de Trois’”from

a traditional version of the ballet, but “is more streamlined in that it reduces the number of princesses dancing,” he said. “I always felt there were too many princesses,” he added wryly. The “Pas de Cinq” is a longer piece than the segment it replaces in “Swan Lake.” “It’s a nice little excerpt that can be performed by itself,” he said. Mr. Nahat was recruited to dance with the Joffrey Ballet while still a teenager studying dance and music at the Juilliard School. He trained with such luminaries as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Martha Hill, and Anna Sokolow. He co-founded the School of the Cleveland Ballet in 1972, and the Cleveland Ballet four years later. He was serving as artistic director of that company when he created a joint venture between Cleveland and San Jose. The local company was known as the San Jose Cleveland Ballet, later becoming Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, and in 2000, Ballet San Jose. His achievements in the world of choreography include more than 100 works for ballet, opera, Broadway, film, and television.

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n issue with the potential to disrupt Woodside’s village character is once again before the Town Council: What should be done about three small bridges, each at least 100 years old, to make sure they are safe and sound? The council directed staff on March 11 to prepare a proposal to have engineers examine the vulnerabilities of these singlespan bridges on Kings Mountain Road (over Union Creek), Mountain Home Road (over Bear Gulch Creek) and Portola Road (over Alimbique Creek). The California Department of Transportation in 2009 declared the bridges “functionally obsolete” and possibly structurally deficient, according to a town staff report. While federal money is available to pay for 89 percent of the cost of upgrading or replacing them, that money would come with an aesthetic compromise: much wider roadways, in keeping with federal bridge standards. The council is looking for alternatives, and may vote on an engineering-analysis contract at its March 25 meeting.

The council first looked at this issue in November 2012. It’s getting back to the council only now because “Caltrans spent a heckuva lot of time not answering our questions,” Town Engineer Paul Nagengast told the council. The traffic lanes of the current bridges are 18 feet to 20 feet wide. Simply replacing them would widen the lanes to at least 28 feet. Adding the necessary pedestrian and equestrian crossings, either separately or combined as one bridge, would bring the total width to about 40 feet. The bridges are arguably not equipped for modern two-way traffic; vehicles are heavier and larger than they were 100 years ago, and there are many more of them. Untouched, the bridges may have another 20 years before Caltrans might consider a ban on heavy traffic such as cement trucks, possibly even fire trucks and garbage trucks, professional engineer Steven L. Mellon, of Sacramento-based Quincy Engineering, told the council in November 2012. An informed decision based on an analysis of the three bridges would run a total of

Woodside Priory account targeted in fraud scheme

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A structural analysis is ahead for this graceful 114-year-old arch across Bear Gulch Creek on Mountain Home Road. It’s one of three bridges in Woodside to be analyzed in light of the state’s designation of them as functionally obsolete and possibly structurally deficient.

about $159,000. While the council was hardly enthusiastic about that level of spending, and while no agency is forcing the town to replace its bridges, the cost of doing nothing could be much higher were one of them to collapse. The bridge analysis would include core samples, hydraulic evaluation, X-rays to locate concrete reinforcing bars, a study

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omeone has been sending people counterfeit checks from the account of the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, according to a report from the San Mateo County Sheriff ’s Office. Between Feb. 21 and 27, individual residents in Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania were contacted over email and given instructions on how to cash checks allegedly from the Priory. The checks, which included the Priory’s account information, were written out to these individuals and mailed to them via U.S. Mail, deputies said. The Priory is a private co-ed Catholic boarding school for grades 6-12 and located at 302 Portola Road.

This is the second checkfraud case involving a major educational institution in Portola Valley within the past year or so. The nonprofit foundation affiliated with the public school district, the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, was defrauded of $182,500 through the use of phony checks in the fall of 2012. The foundation was insured and recovered all the money. Authorities at the Priory and the Sheriff ’s Office did not provide information on how much money was at stake in the latest incident. In the Priory scheme, after cashing the checks, the recipients were supposed to deposit a portion of the money in a Wells Fargo bank account for

bridge — a simple span over a metal culvert. The study of the Portola Road bridge will include a look at realigning the approaches to make crossing less daunting to drivers. If the analyses turn up structural issues, the council will be looking for ways to use federal money without compromising the rural See BRIDGES, page 8

School crosswalk: Delays anger mayor By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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of scouring issues around abutments, a set of plans for the bridge as it was built, and possible next steps, Mr. Mellon said. It’s unclear whether that $159,000 would be eligible for federal reimbursement. Replacements would run about $2 million each for the Kings Mountain and Mountain Home road bridges, and about $1 million for the Portola Road


olitical pressure from Sacramento is being brought to bear as the town of Woodside seeks authorization to upgrade a crosswalk in front of Woodside Elementary School that crosses Woodside Road, a state highway. Town staff have asked state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, to intercede on Woodside’s behalf, Town Engineer Paul Nagengast told the Town Council on March 11. The town submitted a plan for the crosswalk to the California Department of Transportation for consideration and approval in 2012, the idea being to get the

crosswalk ready for the start of the 2013-14 school year. Approval came too late to finish the work before school began, so the town tried for the 2014-15 school year, but with modifications.

‘If this doesn’t get done this year, I think we should all resign.’ WOODSIDE MAYOR DAVE B UROW

The modified plan, submitted in late 2013, adds a lighted warning sign, shifts one bike lane and narrows traffic lanes to make room for a pedestrian path, re-stripes the crosswalk and reworks the drainage. Caltrans’ approval in time for the 2014-15 school year is now looking like it might, once again, be too late.

Woodside changes to its plans pushed it to the back of the line, behind some 45 other agencies and their proposals, Mr. Nagengast said. Thus the turn to state representatives for assistance. “If this doesn’t get done this year, I think we should all resign,” an angry Mayor Dave Burow told the room. He then suggested that the town move ahead on its plans without waiting for Caltrans. “Nobody else wants to follow the law anymore. We should do what we want.” he said heatedly. “I’m being a little dramatic here, but it’s bordering on the ridiculous.” Mr. Burow chided the staff for its reworking of the plans. “We kept polishing and polishing and polishing and now See CROSSWALK, page 8

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ore jail time and three years of probation are ahead for a former Menlo College student after he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of possessing marijuana for sale and a misdemeanor charge for possessing a synthetic drug originally believed to be “ecstasy.” Daron Wing Mark, 18, was arrested by Atherton police on Feb. 28 and charged with three felonies after marijuana, cocaine and a substance later determined to be methylone were found in his Menlo College dorm room. Methylone is described by the National Institutes of Health as a “designer drug” that is similar to MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy. Mr. Mark pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges on March 3, but on March 12 pleaded to the marijuanarelated felony and the reduced charge related to possessing methylone for sale on the condition that he would not be sent to state prison. He was also originally charged with a felony count of possession of cocaine for sell. But District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said that the amount of cocaine found was so small his office determined it would

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His “Blue Suede Shoes,” set to 36 Elvis Presley songs, aired on the PBS television series Dance in America and was nominated for two Emmy awards. After leaving Ballet San Jose in 2012, he founded the San Jose-based nonprofit Theatre Ventures International School and Productions. Michael Lowe’s choreography has also earned him high and wide praise. Although his thematic range is broad, he is noted for a contemporary form that borrows from classical dance, but is rooted in cultural themes. The dance “Transcendence,” which receives its premiere with this production, is an example. Describing its genesis, Mr. Lowe writes: “In 2001, I traveled alone to China on a research project for a new cultural ballet that I was choreographing for Oakland Ballet. One evening ... some locals took me to visit a Shanghai nightclub. “The ambiance inside this club was immediately otherworldly,

be hard to prove Mr. Mark’s intent was to sell the drug. So the charge was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea, he said. Mr. Mark will now serve only about one month of his 90-day county jail sentence after time already served is factored in, and a legally mandated formula that essentially cuts jail time in half is applied. Mr. Mark, a resident of Granite Bay in Placer County, was arrested after his student adviser found marijuana, along with scales, in Mr. Mark’s room in the campus dormitory. The adviser searched the room after hearing rumors that Mr. Mark was selling drugs on campus, and seeing a photo of the student holding two large bags of marijuana, according to Mr. Wagstaffe’s report. A subsequent police search also reportedly produced cocaine, packaging material, invoice forms and $678 in cash, according to the DA’s office. Mr. Mark is no longer a student at Menlo College, according to spokeswoman Darcy Blake. “It’s a rare occurrence that this type of thing happens to us,” she said, but when it does, the college’s practice is “to explore each case individually. In this case, he is no longer at the college.” A

edgy, and mysterious, and made me feel, and somewhat fear, that at any time, anything might happen. “In ‘Transcendence,’ I attempt to capture this atmosphere, pairing it with a choreographic idea that’s been percolating in my mind for a while. We all hear stories about senseless acts committed when human emotions overcome judgment, empathy and humanity. Here, I explore this tragic human weakness and its consequences, contrasting it with that which calls upon us to transcend our human failings and limitations.” A

If you go “Transcendence,” the spring production of Menlowe Ballet, will be performed Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, in the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. Tickets are $28$48, and may be purchased at or by calling 800-595-4849.



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Eric Byrnes, a former Major League baseball player who also played for the local Little League, threw the first pitch to open the 2014 Alpine-West Menlo Little League season at a renovated Ford Field in Portola Valley on Saturday, March 15.

Renovated Ford Field greets Little Leaguers on opening day By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


renewed Ford Field baseball diamond welcomed the opening of the 2014 Alpine-West Menlo Little League season on Saturday, March 15. Eric Byrnes, whose 11 seasons in the Major Leagues included the Oakland A’s and the Arizona Diamondbacks, threw the first pitch. It was a homecoming for Byrnes, who starred on the local Morey’s Little League team from 1985 to 1988 and grew up in Woodside. The field at 3329 Alpine Road in Portola Valley has had extensive work done to it, including regrading, new sod in the infield and outfield, a new irrigation system, new dugouts, new bleachers, a new backstop and new fencing around the field. A new batting cage is in the plans. The project came in just under the budget of $409,000, Public Works Director Howard Young told the Almanac. Funding included $232,000 in state grants plus local donations. The Alpine-West Menlo Little League provided at least $100,000, and the Sand Hill Foundation, led by Susan Ford Dorsey, agreed to match up to $100,000 in donations. Members

of the public also contributed. On opening day, the crowd of several hundred included the two Little league teams scheduled to play the first of three games on the field that day. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony and expressions of thanks to Ms. Ford-Dorsey, AlpineWest Menlo league President Tim Goode gave baseball jackets to Young and to Lindsey Bowen and Jon Myers of the Portola Valley Parks and Recreation Committee.

Ford Field has new sod, dugouts, bleachers, fencing, and a backstop. Next up was Byrnes, who was used to being behind a microphone, having made a second career of talking about baseball on the radio. He spoke for about 15 minutes, often to the Little Leaguers in the crowd about having big dreams and not giving up on them. “I just continued playing and continued trying to persevere,” Byrnes said. His career included five seasons with Oakland, four with Arizona and stays with the Baltimore Orioles, Colorado

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Rockies and Seattle Mariners, according to It was tough going. At one point, he said he was living with his mother. “I was probably the first big leaguer in history to ever live at home,” he said. His mother played a crucial role. At games, she would park her station wagon just outside the left field fence. “This is where you’re supposed to hit the ball,” she would say, pointing to the car. He started trying at 9 and finally made it at 11, in his last game that year, when he broke his mother’s windshield. Batting practice may have helped. His mother would drive him to Malibu Grand Prix to hit against a pitching machine that threw balls at speeds of up to 90 mph. His mother was apparently somewhat critical of his performance there, so one day he handed the bat to her, he said. “Whap, whap, whap ... a bunch of swings and misses and she finally understood,” he said. “It’s a game of failure.” And there were doubters. Byrnes said he was once assigned to write an essay about what he wanted to do when he grew up. His ambitions, he wrote, were to play professional baseball and talk about baseball on the radio. His teacher told him those goals were unrealistic and to rewrite the essay. He informed his mother, who replied: “You will not rewrite this.” “There’s a lot of frustration you’re going to have to deal with people who doubt you,” Byrnes said. “You gotta have discipline, you gotta work and you gotta believe.” A

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Man convicted of assaulting Menlo Park police officer By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


15-day trial ended in conviction on multiple charges for a man who allegedly injured a Menlo Park police officer during arrest. On March 13, a jury found Jaime Demecio Romero, guilty of felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, resisting arrest and seriously injuring a peace officer, illegal possession of a gun, and using a firearm while committing a felony, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. However, the jury also found that the crimes weren’t gang related, thereby preventing one sentence enhancement. As it is, Mr. Romero faces about 36 years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office said. Mr. Romero, a Menlo Park resident, was arrested on Aug. 28, 2013, after he shot a 24-year-

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character of the bridges. The Kings Mountain and Mountain Home bridges are eligible to be designated as historically significant, which might be advantageous at some point. The required environmental analysis would run between $60,000 and $150,000 per bridge, Mr. Mellon said. “Environmental processes for a federally funded project, it gets pretty expensive,” he said. Fix, not replace

Mayor Dave Burow asked about the chances of using federal money to upgrade the bridges without making them much wider. “It’s a tough battle,” Mr. Mellon said. “It’s not very common, but it has been done before.” Councilman Peter Mason, an architect, responded. “It is possible to fix stuff. It’s done all the time,” he said. In a summation later, he noted that the council’s goal “is to fix the bridges, not replace them.” Resident Steve Lubin, citing the visual and historical importance of the bridges at their current widths, urged the council to use town funds. Thalia Lubin, who is married to Steve Lubin and is a member of the town’s History Committee, called the Kings Mountain and Mountain Home bridges “character defining” and suggested a fundraising campaign. Councilman Tom Shanahan reiterated his longstanding objections to using federal

old man who allegedly tried to attack him with a baseball bat during a traffic altercation on Willow Road, accordSan Mateo County Sheriff’s Office ing to police. Jaime Romero Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) officers were already in the area on an unrelated case, and attempted to detain Mr. Romero. A struggle during his arrest injured a police officer’s hand. The officer has since returned to duty, according to the police department, but may require further surgery to repair the damage. A date for sentencing will be set on March 26. Mr. Romero remains in custody on $500,000 bail. His defense attorney, Gerritt Rutgers, was not immediately available for comment on the trial’s outcome. A

funds for local purposes and wondered aloud why Woodside could not be like Rome, which is home to bridges that are thousands of years old. Councilman Dave Tanner, a general contractor, said that longevity depends on the concrete’s chemistry. Mike Cook, the lab manager at Graniterock concrete manufacturing in Watsonville, told the Almanac that the quality of the materials in ancient concrete made it very dense and nonporous compared to modern concrete. “The lack of porosity means that environmental pollutants and water have a very difficult time getting into the concrete and as a consequence the degradation of the concrete is slowed significantly,” Mr. Cook said in an email. Keith Severson, Graniterock’s marketing communications manager, agreed with Mr. Tanner in that the chemistry of the interior aggregate can be reactive and create subsurface problems, as can corroding reinforcing bars. A lot depends on the expertise that went into the original construction, he said. A

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Peter Alvino Real Estate, deputies said. The school found out about the scheme when someone in possession of one of the checks called the school to ask if the check was legitimate, the Priory’s director of finance and

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Menlo Hardwoods co-owner George Bazlamit at his showroom in downtown Menlo Park.

Working with wood on a new level By Jane Knoerle


Almanac Lifestyles Editor


he name of the new store at 846 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo is Menlo Hardwoods. But don’t go looking for samples of hardwood flooring. Instead, encounter a stunning array of hand-crafted solid walnut furniture made into dining, kitchen, coffee and library tables, bar tops and center islands. You will also find a sophisticated array of household accessories in a setting that could be as at home on Fifth Avenue in New York City as Santa Cruz Avenue. Menlo Hardwoods owners are George Bazlamit and brother-in-law Mike Balat. The boys grew up in San Francisco. Both their families were in trades. Mr. Bazlamit runs the store in Menlo Park and Mr. Balat, a custom cabinet maker for 25 years, works in Modesto crafting furniture from reclaimed walnut trees. “We’re a tree to table company,” says Mr. Bazlamit.

operations, Josie Castaneda, said in an email. The school informed its bank, closed the account and suffered no losses, Ms. Castaneda said. One check may have been cashed, said Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt of the Sheriff ’s Office. An investigation is underway, she said. A

One of a series of stories about home furnishings and interior design stores that have opened in downtown Menlo Park in the past year.

“We start with the whole log. Everything is reclaimed. In the Central Valley there are many walnut-producing farms that went dormant. We’ll find an old barn filled with logs that have been out of the ground for 50 years or pick up logs in a field that have been down about 30 years.” All the finishes on the wood are completely green, certified by LED, Mr. Bazlamit says. “Everything is natural. No veneers. Walnut is a very durable wood. It will take a fair amount of abuse.” Well-to-do clients and their designers keep the store busy. “Right now, we have 11 custom tables Mike is building. Eighty percent of our work is custom. We do a lot of tables for Tahoe,” says Mr. Bazlamit. A black oak burl adorning

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we’re going to miss the window, it looks like,” he said. “This is a project I’ve asked you about every month for the last year. That’s why I’m angry.” Reimbursement by the federal government to Woodside of up to $194,000 would be at stake

one wall will soon hang in a wine cellar in Pebble Beach. A table is awaiting shipment to Rancho Mirage. Along with the stunning display of woods is a delectable assortment of home accessories. A rack holds table lines from Belgium. There are gorgeous ivory papier mache bowls, handsome quartz specimens in amethyst and white, Heath ceramics, table displays of succulents, cutting boards and spoons of Clara walnut, candles in recycled wine bottles, wrought iron candlesticks, and a selection of coffee table books. The best selling book so far is “Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey.” “We’ve sold a ton of these,” says Mr. Bazlamit. If your experience with hardwoods has only been those hippie redwood burl tables sold at flea markets, you owe it to yourself to visit Menlo Hardwoods. This unique store is one of the reasons Menlo Park is becoming an important destination for home decor. A

if the town acted on its own, Mr. Nagengast said. Caltrans authorization is necessary when federal funds are involved. Councilman Dave Tanner suggested physically paying a visit to the Caltrans District 4 office in Oakland. “Go in the office and hang out,” he said. “Just go in there and be obnoxious.” A


Menlo Park releases first phase of traffic study on Stanford project By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


s with most projects in Menlo Park, there’s good news, and bad news: The mixed-use complex Stanford University wants to build would add about a third less traffic overall than projected by the specific plan, but nearly six times as much to Middle Avenue, according to a preliminary report. The city released the first of three traffic studies last week. The initial analysis, carried out by consultants W-Trans, concluded that Stanford’s project would generate 3,115 trips a day — 1,727 fewer trips than the specific plan estimated for development at 300 to 500 El Camino Real. “As a whole, the traffic is significantly lower than expected by the specific plan,” Menlo Park Transportation Manager Jesse Quirion said, partly because the specific plan made assumptions based on a scenario that included construction of a 275-room hotel on the site. A hotel would mean lots of trips by people from out of town, usually taking the quickest route through unfamiliar streets based on directions provided by GPS. The specific plan estimated 4,882 trips for that scenario. But rather than a hotel, Stanford wants to build a mixed-use

complex on 8 acres of land — now mostly vacant car lots — with 199,500 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail, and up to 170 apartments. The complex, however, will generate more local trips — and thus more traffic through the neighborhoods, Mr. Quirion said. The study estimates that the project would add 528 car trips per day along Middle Avenue; the specific plan had anticipated 87.

Analysis projects more traffic on Middle Avenue, but less overall than anticipated by specific plan The next two phases will look specifically at the project’s traffic impact to El Camino Real, and then within the neighborhoods, including Allied Arts. Mr. Quirion said the results of those studies could lead to changes in the estimated total traffic estimates. “At this point, it does look like (the project) fits within the specific plan as far as traffic is concerned,” he said. “But it’s only the first step.” According to Mr. Quirion, there’s no set timeframe for completion of the remaining studies.

“We’re going to be very transparent with the neighbors and Stanford ... so it is taking a little bit longer than a standard review.” A draft of the preliminary study, for example, was distributed to representatives from all sides of the discussion for comment, and then further revised before the official release on March 12. George Fisher, who served as a neighborhood liaison on the council’s Stanford project subcommittee, said the analysis still doesn’t make sense. The “gargantuan traffic burden” on the neighborhoods fails to justify the amount of office space Stanford wants to build, he said. Mr. Fisher and other members of Save Menlo are collecting signatures to try to get an initiative on the November ballot that would, among other provisions, cap office space in any individual development at 100,000 square feet — about half of what Stanford wants to build — and limit total new office space in the specific plan area to 240,820 square feet. The initiative would also restrict new, nonresidential development to 474,000 square feet within the plan’s boundaries. Voters, not the City Council, would have to approve exceeding the limits on nonresidential development or changing the measure’s regulations.

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he tab for Menlo Park’s downtown/El Camino Real specific plan keeps rising, even though the $1.7 million plan was approved in 2012 after five years of study and community engagement. The City Council planned to discuss on March 18 whether to spend $150,000 to hire a consultant to analyze a potential ballot measure that seeks to revise the specific plan. (Go to for updates. The meeting occurred after the Almanac’s press deadline.) Save Menlo, a grassroots coalition opposed to two large mixed-use complexes proposed under the specific plan regulations, is trying to collect 1,780 signatures to qualify its initiative for the November ballot. The initiative would cap office space in any individual development at 100,000 square feet; limit total new office space in the specific plan area to 240,820 square feet; and restrict overall


new, nonresidential development to 474,000 square feet within the plan’s boundaries. The initiative would also redefine open space to mean only areas no higher than 4 feet tall. Save Menlo has stated that one of its goals is to prevent balconies from counting as open space. In addition, voter approval would be needed to revise the ordinance or to exceed the square footage limits for office and nonresidential development.

Church gets OK for denomination switch The regional governing body overseeing the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church has voted to approve the church’s departure. Earlier this month, 93 percent of participating church members voted in favor of leaving Presbyterian Church USA for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, a much smaller,


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Housing plan update passes commission By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer



enlo Park is nearing opted to reduce the required the finish line for the minimum lot size for a secondcity’s second housing ary unit to 5,750 square feet plan update in two years. The and allow granny units of up update will create guidelines for to 700 square feet to improve homeless shelters and granny access for the disabled. units, in addition to providing a At the March 10 meeting, the road map for housing develop- commissioners unanimously ment for 2015 through 2023 in recommended decreasing the compliance with state law. minimum lot size even further, The Planning Commission to 5,000 square feet, to broadreviewed the final draft of the en the number of properties update on March 10. With all that could qualify for building seven commissioners present, secondary units. the group agreed that the VeterA more controversial disans Affairs campus on Willow cussion arose over whether Road was the best location to a property owner must be allow construction of a 16-bed required to live on a lot with a homeless shelter, although granny unit. whether one will actually be “It’s unenforceable anyway,” built remains to be seen. Commissioner Vince Bressler Commission chair John Kad- noted. vany noted that Menlo Park However, the city still needs already provides a mechanism to about 142 beds monitor whether for the homeless absentee landlords at various spots City focuses on result in deterioaround the city; homeless shelter rating properties. the new zoning Commiszoning, granny While would just add 16 sioner Henry Riggs unit regulations suggested that any to the total. Residents who property owner live near the VA campus told gone for more than a year the commissioners that they should have to decommission were concerned about locat- a secondary unit, in the end ing a homeless shelter near a commission recommended neighborhood with a park and three changes to ordinance: three schools. They asked that 1) As long as both units are the city ensure that the shelter not occupied, the owner would zoning be limited to the bound- not have to live on the proparies of the campus erty. Commissioner Katie Ferrick 2) A registration process said she supports the campus would also be established to as the best choice because of allow both units to be rented the availability of other ser- out temporarily for up to four vices on site, and asked staff years. whether the city could limit 3) If owners wanted to keep the homeless shelter zoning renting out both a main house to property owned by another and granny unit for longer entity, in this case, the federal than four years, the commisgovernment. sion suggested that they then After some discussion as to have to apply for a use permit, whether the state, which must which could cost approximatecertify the housing plan update, ly $4,000. would accept rezoning prop“It’s not like they get this erty the city doesn’t control, forever ‘by right’ renewal,” Ms. Mr. Kadvany said the goal was Ferrick said. If the conditions to do everything possible to at the property deteriorate, maximize the likelihood that “we pull the permit.” a shelter would be built on the The Menlo Park City Council VA campus. Upcoming hous- is expected to vote on the housing plan updates may require ing element update on April 1. adding more zones in other Later during the spring, while locations, he said. conducting the annual review of fees for city services, council and Granny units staff will also brainstorm ways Secondary, or granny, units to lower the cost of building provided another avenue of secondary units, which can easdebate. During earlier meet- ily exceed $20,000 for permits ings, the commissioners had and other fees alone. A

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Compassion Weekend 2013 participant works on a garden installation and beautification project at Taft Elementary School in Redwood City.

Public invited to Compassion Weekend Menlo Park Presbyterian Church is inviting the public to join in its Compassion Weekend of community service on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30. Instead of attending church that weekend, congregants are participating in 33 service projects in the Bay Area, with a focus on local hunger and poverty.

Among the new projects in Menlo Park this year are making meal kits for hungry children and their families that are served by the organization, Feeding Children Everywhere. Also, volunteers will install a new f loor and do spring cleaning at Haven House Family Shelter in Menlo Park. Last year, 4,000 volunteers

participated in Compassion Weekend, said church spokesperson Monica Brandt. Expenses for supplies and materials are paid for by the church’s Christmas offering, she said. Compassion Weekend is an effort by the church to “better understand and engage with” the local community, she said.

Council weighs options for filling vacant seat By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


ith a hefty workload facing them and an empty chair at the council dais, the remaining four Atherton City Council members will consider options for filling that empty seat when they meet on Wednesday, March 19. The options include appointing a new member at that meeting. The vacancy is the result of Jim Dobbie’s resignation earlier this month. Mr. Dobbie’s term was due to expire in December; if the council appoints a replacement, it would be to serve out the term. Town staff contacted residents who applied for a vacancy last year resulting from Jerry Carlson’s resignation. Seven candidates were considered for appointment to


that seat, but the council was unable to choose. Five of the applicants have said they’re still interested in a council appointment, according to City Manager George Rodericks. They are: Diane BeymerSandhu, Greg Conlon, Michael Lempres, John Ruggeiro, and Jo-Ann Sockolov. Rick DeGolia, another applicant for Mr. Carlson’s seat, ran successfully for the post in November. A seventh candidate, Michael Stogner, is now a permanent resident of San Carlos and is running for county supervisor. Mr. Roderick said the council has three options: It can appoint someone to the open seat when it meets this week — including a resident who

is not among the five former applicants who have expressed interest; approve a process to invite other candidates to apply and attempt to appoint at a later date; or function with only four members until December. Also on the agenda: a public hearing on a proposed increase to green waste-collection rates; a report on the master plan for a new Town Center, and possible action allowing staff to begin environmental review and design processes; and appointment of two council members to review with planning staff the proposed design of the Little League’s project to improve the ball field in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road, in the Town Center. A


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Neighbors irate and fearful over cut-through traffic By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer



bomb threat that cleared Facebook’s buildings of employees on March 11 turned out to be “a big nothing,” according to Menlo Park police, but the investigation into who made the threat continues. Someone slipped a note under another person’s office door that said a bomb would go off at Facebook headquarters, according to San Francisco Police Sgt. Danielle Newman. The recipient called SFPD, who in turn notified Menlo Park police around 7:10 p.m. Menlo Park Police Cmdr.

Dave Bertini said officers followed standard procedure and cleared the buildings, located at 1 Hacker Way, until determining that the campus was safe. “I’m not even sure it was directed against Menlo Park Facebook,” he said. Meanwhile, Facebook’s employees huddled in the central courtyard until about 8:30 p.m., when shuttle buses were cleared to take everyone home, sources said. Sgt. Newman said the investigation into the threat remains “open and active.” No new information was available by the Almanac’s press deadline on March 17. A

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otorists tend to find paths of least resistance, those combinations of streets and intersections that make for the most efficient travel between point A and point B. Take Corte Madera Road in Portola Valley, as some people apparently do even though they don’t live in that neighborhood. The road is narrow but offers a quiet street to transport students to and from Corte Madera and Ormondale schools. The route bypasses the major intersection at Alpine and Portola roads, the primary route between these schools. Parents who live along Corte Madera Road don’t like this cutting through, and the Town Council heard from them at its March 12 meeting. They implored the council to take steps to slow or stop this traffic. The road has no sidewalks and students walk the road twice a day. The parents recounted their efforts to caution motorists, some of whom react heedlessly despite many encounters, including conversations with

sheriff’s deputies, parents said. Staff presented an alternative view of the situation. Traffic data collected by the Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee shows “low volume and low speeds” on Corte Madera Road. The report, a year in the making, did recommend increasing traffic enforcement, trimming vegetation in the right-of-way, re-striping the roadway, discouraging roadside parking, and temporary signs. A roadside trail would be complicated by property lines and funding. “Staff strongly supports the BPTS Committee’s recommendations and suggestions,” Town Manager Nick Pegueros said in a report to the council. Faced with seemingly credible arguments from both sides, the council said it would need more data. A consensus seemed to form on commissioning a professional traffic study — an option to be included in an upcoming staff report. Three council members — Jeff Aalfs, Craig Hughes and John Richards — also expressed support for an interim step: signs on Alpine and Portola roads where they intersect with Corte Madera Road prohibiting right turns

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Some drivers use Corte Madera Road to bypass the intersection at Alpine and Portola roads.

onto Corte Madera. The restrictions would be in effect twice a day for brief periods at the start and end of the school day. Mr. Aalfs asked Public Works Director Howard Young whether the town could restrict traffic on Corte Madera Road. Public streets should be accessible to all, Mr. Young replied.

“At this point, what does closing the street solve?” he asked. Would it compound the problem? Would it set a precedent for other neighborhoods? What about enforcement? “It’s going to be very hard to enforce,” he said. “Certainly those streets serve the entire community, not just the neighborhood.” Mr. Pegueros elaborated in an email. “We can’t have a deputy stationed at every sign,” he said. “If the four (or) five drivers that are problematic haven’t responded to outreach by the Sheriff’s Office and pleas from parents as reported by the Corte Madera residents, I suspect that they will risk getting caught for violating no-turn signs if it meant they could get to wherever they’re going just a little faster.” A discussion on traffic calming may be called for, he added. Resident views

Residents were looking for any remedial action, including signs restricting right turns on Corte Madera Road. Andy Byrne took issue with putting quantitative data ahead of qualitative. “I’d hate for us to be thinking, ‘Let’s wait for the quantitative data’ and a kid gets

hurt.” The committee’s conclusions are “not helpful,” Andy Hutchinson said. “Over the last couple of years, speeding and bad driving have just gotten so bad, I’m driving my kids or walking (with) them,” she said. “It’s not just that speeds are too fast. It’s that speeds are too fast for that area.” Resident Cathy Carlson told the council that if her daughter gives herself fewer than 20 minutes to walk to school, she isn’t allowed to walk. Parents who drive should also give themselves adequate time, she said. “It is way too dangerous between 7 and 8 a.m.,” she said. “Literally, these parents are not responsible and we need to do something.” Neighbors watch in particular for a black vehicle, she said. Asked later to elaborate, Ms. Hutchinson called out three vehicles: two Mercedes Benzes, one black and one light blue, and a dark blue van. If and when the council takes action, members Jeff Aalfs and John Richards would likely recuse themselves because they live in the neighborhood. Councilwoman Maryann Moise Derwin was not present for the March 12 meeting. A

Baxter wins positive coaching award Bob Baxter, a coach for Menlo-Atherton Little League, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted DoubleGoal Coach Award, presented by MaxPreps for his positive impact on youth athletes. The award — given to coaches who strive to win while teaching life lessons through sports — carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance. Baxter will accept his award at PCA’s 13th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction presented by Deloitte on

April 12 at Palo Alto’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. “Bob helps youth athletes win on and off the field,” said Jim ThompBob Baxter son, founder and CEO of PCA and author of such books as “Developing Better Athletes, Better People.” Baxter draws on his long playing career, including seven-plus years in the minor leagues and stints in the pre-season camps of the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays. “The mental part of baseball

is important,” he said. “I talk to kids a lot about refocusing their minds onto the good stuff. There’s no chance that you’re going to throw every pitch where you want it to go, and even if you do, someone might hit it. If something does not go right, take a breath, take five seconds and start over. It’s useful in the rest of their lives to develop that skill.” Baxter’s approach typifies the techniques PCA shares with coaches in the organization’s workshops and online courses, said Dean Munro, chapter executive director for PCA-San Francisco Bay Area.

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M-A seniors strut at fashion show The Menlo-Atherton High School Fashion Show will be held Saturday, March 22, in the M-A Performing Arts Center. There will be performances at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with a catered luncheon option at 11:45 a.m. before the 1 p.m. show and including reserved seating. This annual PTA fundraiser is a 35-year tradition that is the PTA’s largest fundraiser and showcases M-A 2014 graduating seniors modeling fashions from local stores and dancing in a


professionally choreographed, high-energy show. Author, actor and model Charleston Pierce will again work with the seniors to make them runway-ready. Nona Ybarra of Captivating Dance by Nona will choreograph the dance routines. Go to for the prices and to buy tickets online. Tickets may also be bought at the door prior to the shows.

College grads ■ Hensley Ellefritz of Menlo Park received a bachelor of science degree in applied physiology and sport management during the December 2013 commencement ceremony at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. ■ Mikaela A. Wapman of Atherton received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and psychology, summa cum laude, from Boston University in January 2014.

Joyce Ruys, 89, volunteer Joyce West Ruys, a former resident of Woodside, died Feb. 25 after a short illness. She was 89. A Midwestern girl with Czechoslovakian heritage, Ms. Ruys was born in Sioux City, Iowa, where she attended Central High School and later graduated from nursing school. While working as a nurse in Los Angeles, she met a young doctor, Frank C. Ruys, and they were married in 1947. The newlyweds moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually settled in a ranch house in Woodside and raised five children. A community volunteer, she spent years fundraising for her favorite projects, including Woodside Elementary School, Sequoia Hospital, the Peninsula Symphony, Friends of the Woodside Library, and other organizations. During her term as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Peninsula Symphony, she initi-

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ated a successful Octoberfest called The Heurigen, an Opera Ball, and fashion show, and hosted many of the guest performers in her home. After moving to Palo Alto in her later years, she volunteered at the Palo Alto Parental Stress Hotline and donated generously to many charities. Ms. Ruys is survived by her children, Elaine Ruys of Portland, Oregon, Patty Ruys Stearns of Trinidad, California, Willem Tim Ruys of South Bend, Indiana, Jennifer Gill of Redwood City, and Renee Iverson of Kirkland, Washington; brothers Richard West and Larry West; sister Marian Deal; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She is predeceased by husband Frank C. Ruys and brother Jack West.


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Jane Audrey Wright June 18, 1932 – March 9, 2014

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Jane Audrey Wright of Menlo Park, California died peacefully, surrounded by her husband and children, on March 9th, 2014 in Davis, California, where she and her husband had been residing since 2009. A memorial service will be held on March 23, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of San Carlos in San Carlos, California. Immediately following the service will be a reception in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. Jane was born Jane Audrey Perkins on June 18, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from John Bartram High School in 1950 and went onto attend West Chester State Teachers College, known today as West Chester State College. In 1952, while finishing her multiple subject teaching credential, she worked as a waitress at a local Horn and Hardart’s, where one of the regulars, a Baptist minister, would become (after a two-year courtship) her husband. She was married to the Rev. James Bryant Wright on November 5, 1955, in Philadelphia at the Church of the Holy Messiah. They were married 58 years. After their wedding, they honeymooned in Quebec before making the 3,000-mile drive cross-country to California. Jane loyally worked for the San Mateo-Foster City School District as a first-grade teacher at Albion Horrall Elementary School in Room 2 for 40 years. At Horrall, she became a revered teacher, pioneering groundbreaking teaching techniques and strategies and training and inspiring future teachers through her work with San Francisco State University. At the core of her teaching was a great love of her students and a genuine dedication to their education. Her love of teaching continued on Sunday mornings at San Carlos First Baptist, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and served as a deacon and where her husband pastored for 27 years. She served on the board of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of the West for most of that time. Her heart for service was an inspiration to all. Jane also enjoyed masters swimming at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club with her husband Bryant, and participated in open water events in the Bay Area. It was Jane’s unwavering commitment to grace, joy and love that made her a teacher who students and parents would fight over but, to her children, she was simply the greatest mom a kid could ever ask for and the life partner her husband adored and misses greatly. Jane is survived by her husband Bryant and three children Jamey Wright and wife Nancy of Davis, CA, Meg and husband Andy Knight of Bend, OR, and Doug Wright and wife Lori of Davis, CA. Seven grandchildren survive her: Michael, Hailey and Cameron Wright, Ben and Becky Knight and Malaya and Luke Wright. She is also survived by her sister’s daughter Gail and her husband Dick Irons of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and their children son Josh and wife Dana Irons (with grandson Harrison) and daughter Heidi and Greg LoPiccolo. Jane is also survived by extended family throughout Northern California and Oregon and Pennsylvania. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Margaret Perkins, her sister June Crowers, her brother-in-law, Ken Crowers, her brother-in-law Wayne Wright and her sisterin-law, Glenna Wright. Jane Audrey Wright Memorial March 23, 2014 5:00pm San Carlos First Baptist Church 787 Walnut Street San Carlos, CA In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California at http://, the Yolo Hospice at or the Albion Horrall Elementary PTA in Jane’s memory. PA I D


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By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


he question of whether one of two candidates for the San Mateo County controller’s post is legally qualified for the office is likely to be settled by a judge on March 20. Joe Galligan, a former Burlingame councilman and mayor who is running for county controller in the June 3 election, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on March 11 question-

ing whether opponent Juan Raigoza meets any of the four legal requirements necessary to hold the office. Mr. Raigoza was deemed qualified by county Elections Officer Mark Church, who is also named in the lawsuit. Judge George Miram ruled on March 12 that Mr. Raigoza must submit documentation of his qualifications to Mr. Church so that the elections official “may properly exercise

Ernest “Ernie” Loudon Williams June 16, 1922 – March 8, 2014 Ernest (“Ernie”) Loudon Williams of Menlo Park, 91, died at home on March 8, surrounded by his extended family. Born in Benton City, Missouri, in 1922, Ernie was the great-greatgreat-great-grandson of John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A member of the Greatest Generation, Ernie served in the Pacific Theatre as an Army M.P. from 1943-1945, stationed in Japan, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for acts of heroism along with other medals; all of which were lost over 50 years ago, but were returned to Ernie in the last days of his life by the veterans community liaison from VITAS Hospice Care. After returning home from the War, Ernie met the love of his life, Virginia Arcuri, in Kansas City. The two eloped in August 1950, and formally celebrated their marriage with loved ones at a ceremony on New Year’s Eve of the same year. The couple had two daughters (Victoria and Angela) in Missouri, and moved to Menlo Park in 1956, where they had their third child, Chris. Ernie and Virginia have lived at the same home in Menlo Park since 1962. Ernie spent his civilian career as a machinist at Ampex and Varian, where he worked on parts used in the animatronic birds for Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room and on firing pins used in NASA’s Skylab. Above all, Ernie was a dedicated family man. He worked nights so that his wife could work days as a teacher, but when he returned home from work, half-asleep, he would play board games like “Mystery Date” with his kids. He enjoyed taking his family on long road trips (including to Disneyland and Missouri) and to picnics at the beach. He was happy to have been able to meet his four great-grandchildren, who called him “Papa.” Known for his love of milkshakes, donuts, and pies, Ernie eschewed the advice that “life is short, eat dessert first,” and instead, ate dessert for every meal. He was known for his delicious homemade ice cream (and perhaps better known for how much he ate of it). He is survived by his wife (Virginia Williams), three children (Vicki Williams (Patrick) of San Carlos, Angela Merlone (Steven) of Menlo Park, and Chris Williams of Roseville), five grandchildren (Chiara Portner of San Carlos, Joe Merlone of Boston, Gina Marek of San Carlos, Mike Merlone of San Francisco, and Aaron Williams of Roseville), four great-grandchildren, as well as his sister (Mary Virginia Overkamp of New Florence, MO). Services honoring Ernie will be held at Alta Mesa Cemetery Main Chapel at 695 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto at 12:30 on Friday March 21. In lieu of f lowers, his family requests that donations be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and would like to thank VITAS for their care of Ernie. PA I D


(his) discretion and determine whether Mr. Raigoza is qualified” to hold the post; alternatively, Mr. Raigoza may argue his case in court. Mr. Raigoza’s campaign manager, Alex Tourk, said the candidate will comply with Judge Miram’s ruling, and “we feel quite confident that he will be shown to qualify.” State law requires a controller to meet at least one of four qualifications: he or she must be a certified public accountant; must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and serve within the last five years in a senior fiscal management position; must be certificated as a professional internal auditor, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalents, in accounting, auditing, or finance; or, must have served at a specified level as a county auditor for a continuous period of at least three years. Mr. Raigoza has been the county’s assistant controller since 2012. “Juan is very good at the job that he does,” Mr. Galligan said. “He’s been head of payroll and head of IT ... but he answered to the fiscal officer, which means he did not perform fiscal duties.” But Mr. Tourk said Mr. Raigoza, has “multiple years of senior fiscal management.” In his 13 years with the controller’s office, “he’s led two separate divisions in a senior management role,” Mr. Tourk told the Almanac. Mr. Galligan, a certified public accountant, said he was reluctant to file the lawsuit, but was told by the county counsel’s office that it was his only recourse because the elections officer is not required to verify the information in the sworn statement a candidate must file before qualifying for the ballot. Likening the lawsuit to ungracious behavior on a first date, he said, “It’s not the first impression I’d want to make with someone I might be working with.” Deputy County Counsel Glenn Levy noted that Judge Miram’s ruling didn’t address the merits of Mr. Galligan’s challenge. At the 2 p.m. March 20 court hearing before Judge Joseph Scott, “all parties will be permitted to provide legal arguments and evidence,” Mr. Levy said in an email. A LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at


Alex Zaffaroni

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Two powerful forces were held in unlikely equilibrium

The District Board of West Bay Sanitary District finds and determines as follows:

within the amazing Alejandro Zaffaroni: A soaring brilliant mind of curiosity driven, prescient intelligence — and the kindest, most sensitive, caring human spirit with a submerged ego and quietest forbearance. That these two qualities could ride together through his life of astounding inventiveness is more than remarkable, it is a blue print for leadership and human

A. This Resolution of Intention is adopted pursuant to the District’s “Zone Master Annexation Resolution” (“ZOMAR”), which was adopted by the District Board August 12, 1996. The provisions of ZOMAR are incorporated by reference into this Resolution of Intention. B. The District has received an application to annex a parcel of real property (the “Parcel”) to the District’s On-Site Wastewater Disposal Zone (the “Zone”). The Parcel is described in Exhibit “A” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the description contained in the Exhibits are incorporated by reference. The name and address of the applicants and the number, type, volume and location of on-site wastewater disposal systems which are proposed to operate on the parcels to be annexed are described in Exhibit “B” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the information contained in the Exhibit are incorporated by reference.

behavior, a design for the cultured spirit encased in an entrepreneurial phenomenon. His success at igniting ideas into companies was stunning — the Ted Williams


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


All of the conditions described in Subsections i., ii., iii., iv. and v. of ZOMAR Section 2(b) are satisfied; or

of bio-tech — and yet each new venture was brought first as an opportunity for a bright, new, result-driven

Other conditions exist which demonstrate that the Parcel will benefit directly or indirectly from the activities of the Zone. If applicable, those conditions are also set forth in Exhibit “B” and are incorporated by reference.

executive at Alex’s side, youth flourishing in his shadow. We, who were fortunate enough to know him, would acknowledge his life as the most completely balanced one


All of the conditions and requirements of ZOMAR Sections 2(a), 2(c), 2(d) and 2(e) have been fully satisfied.

we will ever know. His response? A soft, deflection. In consideration of the foregoing findings and determinations,

A tribute by Ryland Kelley with support from friends of Alex March 12, 2014

IT IS RESOLVED by the District Board as follows:

Fred J. Gaggioli


It is the intention of the District Board to annex the Parcel to the Zone pursuant to the provisions of ZOMAR and applicable provisions of law.


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

The time, date and place of the Public Hearing are:

Fred Gaggioli, age 85, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in the early hours of March 8th at his home in Redwood City, CA. Fred Gaggioli was born Sept 6, 1928 in Lake Forest Illinois, the only child of Mario and Bernice Gaggioli. He graduated from Lake Forest High School with honors, was awarded the Citizenship Award, and lettered in football. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Architectural Engineering, earning academic honors and membership in the Gargoyle Society, an architectural honor society. At the U of IL he met the love of his life, Wilma May Divine. They married in 1951. His career spanned over 33 years as an architectural engineer for the US Navy. During the Korean Conflict he served with the Bureau of Ships at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia working on submarine design. In 1954 he transferred to Naval Facilities Engineering Command, working at Great Lakes Naval Base and later in San Bruno CA before retiring in 1983. A loving husband and father, Fred is survived by his wife, Wilma Gaggioli, his 6 children: Bill Gaggioli of Mission Viejo CA, Fred Jr of Northfield MN, Mary Sacco of Redwood City CA, Susan Gaggioli of Redwood City CA, Sandra Ingles of Alvin TX, Nancy Medeiros of San Ramon CA, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 22, at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park. PA I D

Date: Time: Place:

April 23, 2014 7:00 PM West Bay Sanitary District Offices 500 Laurel Street Menlo Park, CA 94025

At the Public Hearing, all interested persons will be heard. 3.

This Resolution of Intention shall be published and copies shall be delivered to the persons and entities as specified in ZOMAR Section 2(e)(i.).


A true copy of this Resolution of Intention shall promptly be filed for record in the office of the County Recorder of the County of San Mateo.


The District Manager shall cause the matters set forth in Sections 3 and 4 of this Resolution of Intention to be completed as directed.



















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Family History Day Thirty classes will be held for enthusiasts of all levels who want to learn more about family history. Keynote speakers will be DNA specialist Steve Morse and author, speaker and innovator Greg McKeown; a computer lab and consultations will also be offered. March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-9711. www.mpfhc/events Amy Tan will speak at Canada College reception at Canada Vista at 6 p.m., with wine, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the author. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. March 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $50. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3347. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Notable Women in San Mateo Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; San Mateo County History Museum presents re-enactors portraying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notable Women in San Mateo County.â&#x20AC;? The historic personalities cover a period from the California Gold Rush through World War II. Members of the public are encouraged to wear period costumes. March 29, 2-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. Treasure Market Cantorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big biennial art, antique and collectible resale event. Opening night party and sale Friday, March 28, from 6:30-9 p.m. Sale continues Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 members, $100 nonmembers for opening night; $5 for each day of weekend. Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, 341 Galvez St. at Campus Drive East, Stanford. Wingding Family Fest Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society host an event celebrating spring. Activities include birding, hiking and exploring nature. Some activities have limited space and are first-comefirst-served; sign up at arrival. May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, one mile south of the intersection of Page Mill Road, Alpine Road and Skyline

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Community Events Conversation on Education Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation examining the state of public education and discussing what changes might improve the system for schools, parents and students. March 19, 7-8 p.m., and March 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. St. Raymond School Rummage Sale with gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, housewares, small appliances, toys, games and sporting goods. March 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and March 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-248-7677.

On Stage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Divinersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Play Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory production. Set in the Depression, the story is about a boy who is deathly afraid of water yet who can divine it, a crucial gift for his drought-ridden town. March 13-23, 7:30 p.m. $10-$40. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8282 ext. 105. www. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Evita - The Musicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eva Peron climbs her way to the top of the social ladder from the slums to become the First Lady of Argentina, in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evita - The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 28-April 13, times vary. $42-$64. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Once on This Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TheatreWorks presents Tony Award-nominated musical. Check website for dates, times. March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. Spring Sprung Comedy Show Canada College Theatre Arts presents four comedies packed into one hour. Check website for dates, times. March 12-23. $15. Flex Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-3063336.

Talks & Authors USGS Lecture on climate change Dan Cayan, U.S. Geological Survey climate researcher, will talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing for

C O M M U N I T Y California Climate Change: Climatologists Look Back and Peer Forward.â&#x20AC;? March 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online. Allison Brennan discusses her new novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notorious: A Max Revere Novel.â&#x20AC;? Brennan, a graduate of Menlo School, is an author of 20 thrillers and romantic suspense novels. April 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. Anchee Min discusses her memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cooked Seed,â&#x20AC;? the next chapter after growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. This book takes her from the deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land, without language or money. March 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. event/anchee-min Craig Nelson discusses his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era,â&#x20AC;? a history of the Atomic Age, from X-rays to Marie Curie to Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Mutual Assured Destruction, Dr. Strangelove, the Nevada Test Site, and the 2011 meltdown in Japan. March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www. Jenny Bowen discusses her book: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wish You Happy Forever: What Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orphans Taught Me about Moving Mountains.â&#x20AC;? She and her husband adopted a little girl from China and created Half the Sky Foundation to help orphans in China. March 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Socialogist Karen E. Fields discusses her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life,â&#x20AC;? about Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to create proper language to talk about inequality. She will speak with Sergio C. Munoz, who produced a 12-part radio series on the book. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Youth Event: Jonathan Stroud will read from and sign his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Screaming Staircase,â&#x20AC;? part of his new Lockwood & Co. series that offers action, suspense and humor. March 31, 7 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Salad Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dreamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Garden Class Local organic gardening guru Jody Main leads this class on basic veggie gardening skills. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. classes-events/ Designing Floral Art Quilts Quilter and Portola Valley local Sylvia Gegaregian shares simple techniques for creating floral designs in this workshop (for adults). Registration required. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. eBooks and eAudiobooks Help Portola Valley Library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free online books. Bring a device and any questions. Contact library for appointment. March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. Make Your Own Beads Class Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Cupboard hosts craft program on creating beads for adults. Sign-up is required. March 19, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. Video Production Workshop Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to YouTube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software and equipment, plus a booklet. April 5-12, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 ext. 11. www.

Clubs/Meetings â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SRI Organon Toastmastersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Community members invited to visit and join. Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park. www. Non-Fiction Book Club discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safariâ&#x20AC;? by Paul Theroux. Funded by Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Drop-ins welcome.

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Concerts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Scientifically Proven Signs Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Loveâ&#x20AC;? Collage Vocal Ensemble presents annual spring concert, this time exploring facets of romantic love, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Music is by Finzi, Foster, Debussy, Holst, Clements, Daunais, Sjolund, Britten and more. 2 p.m. Free; $15 suggested donation. St. Bedeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Concordia University Choir Concert Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, will perform at Bethany Lutheran Church. Part of Concordiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual spring tour. March 22, 7 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. El Caminio Youth Symphony performs March Festival features five young artists and the Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. Program includes works by Bizet, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Lalo. March 29, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $8 student/ senior. Center for Performing Arts, MenloAtherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Jeno Jando Solo Piano Recital Jeno Jando, professor of the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and winner of major international piano competitions, performs the music of Liszt, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok. March 22, 7-9 p.m. $15/$25. Woodside Priory School, Performing Arts Center, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-714-5518. Woodside Village Band gives its 25th annual Spring Concert in the Sanctuary of the Woodside Village Church. Program includes works by Gershwin, Ellington, Porter and others. Reception in Guild Hall follows the concert. March 22, 3-5 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-8511642.

Exhibits â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Off the Beaten Pathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photos Outdoorsman and photographer Ken Napior shares images of his adventures in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national parks. He shows how an RV and hiking boots can introduce visitors to rare sights and perspectives. March 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.


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Kids & Families â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tales of Magic & Blarneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Storyteller Ruth Halpern presentis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of Magic & Blarney,â&#x20AC;? stories of the Emerald Isles for ages 5 to 105. Sponsored by Menlo Park Library and Menlo Park Historical Association. March 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 510-330-2530. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paws for Talesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kids Program Atherton Library hosts a program in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month. Through June, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-3282422. Hidden Villa Spring Farm Fair To mark the start of spring, drop-in activities will be hosted farm-wide all afternoon; no registration required. March 22, noon-3 p.m. $5 parking fee. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-6326. Toddler Storytime This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will have songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Craft follows storytime. March 18, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

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Sealed proposals for the NORTH PALO ALTO AND BURNS EASEMENT PROJECT will be received at the West Bay Sanitary District, 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California 94025 until 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Bids shall be labeled “West Bay Sanitary District, Proposal for “NORTH PALO ALTO AND BURNS EASEMENT PROJECT.” The Work will include the furnishing of all labor, materials and equipment, and other appurtenances for rehabilitation and replacement of sanitary sewer mains by Cured-in-Place Pipe, Spiral Wound Pipe, and Open Trench Construction, as indicated on the project plans. The contract documents may be inspected at the office of the West Bay Sanitary District; San Francisco Builders Exchange, Attn: Deanna Johnson, 850 So. Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110; Peninsula Builders Exchange, Attn: Andrea Nettles, 735 Industrial Road, Suite 100, San Carlos, California 94070; Santa Clara Builders Exchange, Attn: Kanani Fonseca, 400 Reed Street, Santa Clara, California 95050; Builders Exchange of Alameda, Attn: Richard Owen, 3055 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, California 94577; Construction Bidboard Incorporated, Attn: Plan Room, 11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92130; and, Contra Costa Builders Exchange, Attn: April Hamilton, 2440 Stanwell Drive, Suite B, Concord, California 94520. Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the West Bay Sanitary District upon payment of a check or money order in the amount of $60.00 for each set. The check or money order must be issued to the West Bay Sanitary District. All payments are nonrefundable. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the West Bay Sanitary District Office in Menlo Park, California. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check or a proposal guaranty bond payable to the order of the West Bay Sanitary District in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid as a guaranty that the bidder will execute the contract if it be awarded to him in conformity with the proposal. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond in an amount not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a labor and material bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price. The District (“Owner”) reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to determine which proposal is, in the judgment of the District, the lowest responsible bid of a responsible bidder or group of bidders and which proposal should be accepted in the best interest of the District. The District also reserves the right to waive any informalities in any proposal or bid. Bid proposals received after the time announced for the opening will not be considered. No bidder may withdraw his proposal after the time announced for the opening, or before award and execution of the contract, unless the award is delayed for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Contract Code Section 22300, and upon the request and at the expense of the Contractor, securities equivalent to the amount withheld by the District to ensure performance under the Contract may be deposited with the District, or with a state or federally chartered bank as escrow agent who shall deliver such securities to the Contractor upon satisfactory completion of the contract. Only those securities listed in Government Code Section 16430 or other securities approved by the District are eligible for deposit. The deposit of securities with an escrow agent or the District shall be made in the form and on such terms and conditions as the District may require to protect the interest of the District in the event of the Contractor’s default. The Contractor shall be the beneficial owner of any securities that are deposited and shall receive any interest thereon. Pertaining to Sections 1770, 1773, and 1773.1 of the California Labor Code the successful bidder shall pay not less than the prevailing rate of per diem wages as determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Copies of such prevailing rates are on file at the District office of the West Bay Sanitary District and which copies shall be made available to any interested party on request. The successful bidder shall post a copy of such determinations at each job site. In accordance with the provisions of California Public Contract Code Section 3300, the District has determined that the Contractor shall possess a valid Class A License or a combination of Class C-12 “Earthwork and Paving”, C-34 “Pipeline” and C-42 “Sanitation System” licenses at the time this contract is awarded. Failure to possess the specified license(s) shall render the bid as non-responsive and shall act as a bar to award of the contract to any bidder not possessing said license(s) at the time of award. West Bay Sanitary District Board of Directors San Mateo County, California

/s/ Phil Scott District Manger Dated: February 25, 2014

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Man, 33, killed by train A man who was fatally struck by a train near the Atherton Caltrain station on Saturday has been identified as Pooya Shahi, 33, of San Jose, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office. Mr. Shahi was on the tracks just north of Fair Oaks Lane at around 1:20 a.m. when he was

hit by southbound train No. 198, Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said. The train, which was the last of the night, was delayed for more than an hour. The incident was the third Caltrain fatality this year. — Bay City News Service

N PO LI C E C A L L S This information is from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. The dates police received the report are shown. ATHERTON Residential burglary reports: ■ Someone entered a house on Fairview Avenue and stole $400 in cash and a $300 black-and-white Northface Surge backpack. March 1. ■ A burglar entered an unlocked vehicle inside an unlocked garage on Catalpa Drive and stole a $300 fabric briefcase with the letters GVT on it in black. Also stolen: checks for an E-Trade checking account. March 5. MENLO PARK Residential burglary reports: ■ Someone entered a residence on Menlo Avenue through an unlocked rear door and stole a laptop computer, an Apple iPad, three watches, $23 in cash, sunglasses and a hat — total losses estimated at $5,773. March 13. ■ Someone entered a shed on a Concord Drive property and took out a bicycle and placed it against a nearby fence. March 11. ■ A resident of Continental Drive informed police that a back door of the residence was found open upon arriving home. The resident was uncertain as to whether the door had been locked. There were no signs of forced

entry and no evidence of anything having been taken from the house. March 13. Auto burglary reports:

■ Someone smashed the window of a vehicle parked on O’Connor Street and stole a $2,000 stereo system. March 13.

■ Burglars entered three vehicles parked in the 1600 block of El Camino Real, two of them forcibly through broken windows, but nothing was missing from any of them. March 15. Theft reports:

■ Someone stole a purse that had been sitting on the roof of a vehicle in the 1200 block of El Camino Real. Loss estimated at $320. March 8.

■ An unlocked locker at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill at 515 El Camino Real was robbed of $285 in cash. March 13.

■ A Marlin .22 caliber rifle worth $200 was stolen from a home on Bieber Avenue. March 13. Fraud reports:

■ Tenants in a Partridge Avenue home did not make their most recent rent payment and, in recent months, paid their rents using checks that bounced due to insufficient funds. March 13.

■ Someone bought over $1,000 in merchandise from Safeway Supermarket at 525 El Camino Real and paid for it using a bad check. The fraud wasn’t discovered until after the suspect had left the store.

Apply for grand jury by March 28 If sitting on a San Mateo County civil grand jury is on your bucket list, get your application in. The deadline is March 28 for the next grand jury term, which starts July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2015. As long as they aren’t elected officials, county residents at least 18 years old and United States citizens are eligible. Go to for an application. Call 261-5066 for more information.

Lisa Cooper named general manager Lisa Cooper of Woodside has been appointed general manager in San Francisco of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Ms. Cooper will manage the program’s business operations throughout the Bay Area, with a daily census of approximately 600 patients and 350 staff members. She is a registered nurse and certified operating room nurse, with extensive healthcare man-


agement experience, including serving as president of El Camino Surgery Center in Mountain View. She is education chair and on the board of directors of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association.

Summer seminar at Naval Academy Terry Wang, a student at Woodside Priory, will take part in the 2014 U. S. Naval Academy summer seminar program. A resident of Portola Valley, Terry is one of 2,500 young people invited to the seminar, a leadership experience for incoming seniors in high school. The program helps educate and prepare students who are considering applying for admission to the Naval Academy. Each student attends a six-day session and experiences first-hand what the Naval Academy has to offer.

G U I D E TO 2014 S U M M E R C A M P S F O R K I D S

For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in this weekly directory, call: 650-326-8210 Summer at Saint Francis

Athletics Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps


Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nuturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Camps, ages 4-6; Juniors Camps, ages 6-14. 650.400.0464

City of Mountain View Swim Lessons

Mountain View

Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camp designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skills and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. 650.968.1213 x650

Arts, Culture, Other Camps Camp Boogaloo & Camp Zoom

Rengstorff and Eagle Park Pools We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months to 14 years. Following the American Red Cross swim lesson program, students are divided into one of the 11 different levels taught by a certified instructor. Rengstorff Park Pool, 201 S Rengstorff Ave and Eagle Park Pool, 650 Franklin St. 650.903.6331

Club Rec Juniors & Seniors

Castilleja Summer Camp

Mountain View

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Weekly overnight and day camps offered throughout June, July and August for boys & girls ages 6-18. Options for all ability levels, great Nike prizes and camp t-shirt. Adult weekend clinics offered in June and August. Come join the fun and GET BETTER THIS SUMMER! 1.800.NIKE.CAMP (645.3226)

The Sacred Heart Sports Camp


powered by Hi-Five Sports Club Hi-Five Sports is thrilled to present our third multi-sport competitive summer camp to the San Francisco Bay Area! Through experienced, passionate, and patient coaching, we believe the timeless lessons that only sports can teach with stay with the kids for the rest of their lives. camp/bayarea_camp_summer_camp_atherton/ 650.362.4975

Spartans Sports Camp

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 as well as sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. New this year are cheerleading camps for grades Pre-K - 8. Camps begin June 9th and run weekly through August 1st at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. Register today! www. 650.479.5906

Stanford Baseball Camps


Stanford Baseball Camps have gained national recognition as the some of the finest in the country. These camps are designed to be valuable and beneficial for a wide range of age groups and skill sets. From the novice 7 year-old, to the Division 1, professionally skilled high school player, you will find a camp that fulfills your needs. 650.723.4528

Stanford Water Polo


Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or fully day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, scrimmages and games. 650.725.9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all-sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessions available. 650.968.1213 x650

Summer Sports Camp@SportsHouse

Redwood City

All sports camp for kids ages 6-13 at SportsHouse from June 16 - August 15. Full day of fun, all summer long. Lunch included. After camp care optional. 650.362.4100

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Day Camp offers a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama, and music classes each day and weekly field trips. 650.328.3160

City of Mountain View

Mountain View

Recreation Division Discover fun with us this summer through the many programs available with the City of Mountain View Recreation Division. From sports to traditional day camps, to cooking camps, dance camps and art camps... we have it all! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Grades K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, School of Rock, Digital Arts, more! Oneand two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. 650.917.6800 ext. 0

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

Children ages 6-14 can meet the livestock, help with farm chores, explore a wilderness preserve and have fun with crafts, songs and games. Older campers conclude the week with a sleepover at the Farm. Near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 280 650.903.6331

J-Camp Oshman Family JCC

Palo Alto

Exciting activities for kindergarteners through teens include swimming, field trips, sports and more. Enroll your child in traditional or special focus camps like Computer Animation, Baking, Urban Art & Murals, Outdoor Exploration and many others! 650.223.8622

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades 1st to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! New this year: Sports Adventure Camp, JV for the younger athletes and Varsity for the older sports enthusiasts! We introduce FAME - Fine arts, Music and Entertainment -- a 4-week opportunity for the artists. Returning is Operation Chef for out of this world cooking fun! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! Register online. 650.493.2361

TechKnowHow® Computer and LEGO® Summer Camp

Palo Alto Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-16. Courses include LEGO® projects with motors, K’NEX®, NXT® Robotics, Arduino™, iPad® Movie Making and Game Design. Classes feature high-interest, age-appropriate projects which teach technology and science skills. Half and Full day options. Early bird and multiple week discounts are also available.

Academics Early Learning Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto/ Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new) test-taking skills. Call or visit our site for details. 650.424.1267; 925.485.5750

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills

Two Six-Week Summer Sessions beginning June 10. These sessions are perfect for university students returning from summer break who need to pick up a class and high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who want to get an early start. 650.949.7362

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics – focusing on math, language arts and science – and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. 408.553.0537

iD Tech Camps and iD Tech Academies

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Deer Hollow Farm Wilderness Camps


We believe every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Y campers experience the outdoors, make new friends and have healthy fun in a safe, nurturing environment. They become more confident and grow as individuals, and they learn value in helping others. We offer day, overnight, teen leadership and family camps. Financial assistance is available. Get your summer camp guide at camp 408.351.6400

Mountain View

These new Summer Day Camps are sure to keep your kids busy! Camp Boogaloo, open to youth 6-11 years old, will be held at Castro Park, 505 Escuela Ave. Camp Zoom, open to youth 9-12 years old, will be held at Crittenden Athletic Field, 1500 Middlefield Road. Both of these traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! 650.903.6331

Club Rec Juniors and Seniors is open for youth 6-11 years old. These traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

YMCA of Silicon Valley What makes Y camps different?



Take interests further and gain a competitive edge! Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer programs. Held at Stanford and others. Also 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Film Academy for Teens


Discover how filmmaking or photography can lead to a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs for ages 13-18. Held at UC Berkeley, Yale, and NYU. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Game Academy for Teens Design & Development

Stanford/ Bay Area

Instead of just playing games, design and develop your own. 2-week, precollege summer programs in game design, development, programming, and 3D modeling. Also week long camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Programming Academy for Teens

Stanford/ Bay Area

Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs in programming, app development, and robotics engineering. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

Stanford Explore: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


EXPLORE biomedical science at Stanford! Stanford EXPLORE offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn from Stanford professors and graduate students about diverse topics in biomedical science, including bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology and many others.

Stratford School - Camp Socrates

Palo Alto/Bay Area

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun--that’s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin June 23 and end August 8, with option to attend all seven weeks, or the first four (June 23July 18). Full or half-day, morning or afternoon programs available. Perfect for grades preschool through 8th. 17 campuses throughout Bay Area. 650.493.1151

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! 650.968.1213 x446

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Laurel plus Laurel = confusing


e certainly respect the work that the Menlo Park City Laurel name on both sites dilutes the name of each school. We can School District trustees have put into planning and pro- see parents getting confused and forgetting to tell friends which moting the successful passage of a bond measure to fund Laurel school their son or daughter is attending. building a new elementary school on the old O’Connor School camThe school district community — the parents, teachers, students and pus on Elliott Drive in the Willows, where it most recently has served administrators — all will know that a second-grader at the existing as the German-American International School. Laurel will “graduate” to the new school (on the old But we can’t agree that the linkage between the O’Connor site) for grades 3 to 5, and to Hillview for EDI TORI AL existing Laurel School on Edge Road in Atherton, grades 6-8. and a new school on the O’Connor site in Menlo The Menlo Park community has known the WilThe opinion of The Almanac Park means that both schools should go by the lows campus as O’Connor for many, many years. same name, Laurel, with a secondary name that It was named after the nearby O’Connor Street. will attempt to differentiate between the two. Please don’t confuse us by pasting a Laurel label on a school many, Although no decision has been made, the following ideas for many residents will know only as O’Connor. In all Almanac stories names were thrown out at a recent board meeting: Laurel Lower leading up to the bond issue, the campus was labeled “the O’Connor School and Laurel Upper School; Laurel at Edge and Laurel at school site.” Names tend to stick to sites like O’Connor even if a new Elliott; and Laurel Menlo Park and Laurel Atherton. school is built on them. The board decided last year that the existing Laurel, which will enroll We hope trustees will reconsider their plan to confuse the comK-2 students once the new school is opened, and the new school, with munity with two Laurel schools at different sites. It would be much grades 3-5, would be one school community (named Laurel), but that easier for everyone if Laurel remained Laurel on Edge and Ringa secondary, informal identifier would be given for each campus. wood, and the district bowed to tradition and named the new 3-5 But why not simply give each campus its own name? Tacking the school O’Connor. It would make all our lives easier.

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Church could learn from new members Editor: The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church can accept new members and learn from them. The MPPC’s near unanimous vote to end its Presbyterian affiliation was an exclusionary action. Yet, claiming to be a “biblically based church ... to follow Jesus” is a statement sufficiently vague to include or exclude anyone according to how the MPPC interprets what it means. There is no single “bible,” a canon of selected writings. Many bibles exist with varying contents. Some common ones are the NIV, the American Standard, and The Jerusalem Bible. There is no one unique Jesus. Four differing Jesus’ are the subjects of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The MPPC’s chosen bible contains a plethora of contradictory statements about Jesus. The MPPC has no doctrinal discipline against which a person can be labeled a heretic (perhaps an advocate of gay marriage at MPPC) or not. The MPPC can be an honest, welcoming institution if it is astute enough to plumb the depths of its religious world to reach out to others and learn what it means to be human. Harry Turner La Mesa Drive, Menlo Park

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Menlo Park Historical Association

Our Regional Heritage During his brief tenure as Menlo Park’s first police chief beginning in 1928, Thomas Furman, shown here with his daughter Dolores, reported that he had closed 24 gambling dens and padlocked 17 speakeasies. The former San Francisco police officer left the city in 1930 after an outcry for his ouster by residents opposed to his zealous crime-fighting tactics, which many thought would harm the town’s prosperity.



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