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Schools seek second chance on tax By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


n March 7, polls in the Menlo Park City School District will be open, with one question for voters to consider: yes or no on an annual tax of $360 per parcel that would expire after seven years. The parcel tax ballot measure may feel like deja vu to voters. It was crafted by the district and its governing board over months of public meetings that followed the failure at the polls of two parcel tax measures less than a year ago, in May 2016. The new proposal, Measure X, authorizes a tax that would, in effect, replace a $207 parcel tax expiring June 30, resulting in a net increase of approximately $153 a year. To pass, the measure must win approval of two-thirds of the voters. Because the district has three other parcel taxes (with no expiration dates) total annual parcel tax revenue going to the district would be $1,078 per parcel, plus this year’s increase in the Bay Area consumer price index. All the parcel taxes appear as one on the property tax bill. Those age 65 and older may ask for an exemption from the district’s parcel taxes. Those who already have an exemption would have it automatically applied to the new parcel tax. Once an exemption is in place the property owner need not reapply. Measure X, if adopted, would raise an estimated $2.83 million each year “to be spent only on teachers and essential educational programs,” according to the ballot language, and includes provisions for an annual adjustment equal to the Bay Area consumer price index. The 75-word statement that appears on the ballot says the tax is needed “to protect outstanding public schools; retain high-quality teachers, excellent programs, and reasonable class

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Teacher-librarian Jane Bennion leads students in singing “happy birthday” to a student at Oak Knoll Elementary School’s library on Feb. 3.

size; avoid teacher layoffs; and sustain property values.” But the district has argued that without the parcel tax, it would find itself with a more than $5 million budget deficit by 2020, if current spending and revenue patterns continue. Contributing to the district’s financial difficulties are continuing enrollment growth, state requirements that the district pay ever-escalating amounts into the state retirement system, and quirks in the allocation of local property tax revenues dating back to the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 that give the district less in revenues per student than neighboring districts.


Funding Kindergarten students in Jayd Almquist’s art class at Oak Knoll Elementary School create a butterfly painting with their hands on Feb. 3. The project integrates art and science by using contrasting colors and teaching the anatomy of a bug. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

The Menlo Park district is “community-funded,” receiving 62 percent of its revenue from local property taxes. Other funding comes from parcel taxes (15 percent), foundation giving (8 percent), other local revenue (2 percent), the state and federal government (13

The district’s contributions to the state teacher pension system is expected to increase from $2.25 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year to approximately $6 million by the 2020-21 fiscal year. percent), and a state contribution to the teacher retirement fund (4 percent). Unlike most other California districts, which receive state funding based on the number of students, very little of the Menlo Park district’s funding increases with enrollment. The amount of property tax revenue a school district receives per student depends on factors including the number of students, how much property tax revenue it was receiving prior to Proposition 13, the turnover in residential and commercial property, and the number of apartment buildings in the district. Property tax revenue in the

Menlo Park district is $2,500 less per student than in the neighboring Las Lomitas district, and $6,800 less per student than in the Woodside Elementary and Portola Valley districts. While total property tax revenues have steadily increased in the district in recent years, spending has grown even faster, with the two main factors being enrollment growth, up 40 percent since 2005 to a total of 3,001 students today, and a dramatic increase in the district’s required contributions to the state retirement system for teachers and other employees.

costs grow at projected rates, its contributions into the state pension system will increase from $2.25 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year to approximately $6 million by the 2020-21 fiscal year. Required pension contributions by all California school districts will increase from 8.25 percent of teacher salaries in 2013-14 to 19.1 percent by 2020-21. The increases were adopted in 2014 after years of underfunding left the retirement system verging on bankruptcy. Contributions by the state, and by employees, are also increasing. Teacher contribution rates will rise to 10.25 percent of their salaries (up from 8 percent) over three years while the state’s contributions will rise to 8.8 percent (up from 3 percent) over three years. (The state recently announced that the contributions by teachers hired after 2013 will go up an additional 1 percentage point over the next two years.)

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Schools ask voters for second chance on tax Continued from previous page

The failed measures

Last February, when the Menlo Park district’s governing board voted to put two parcel tax measures on the ballot, the board followed a formula that had worked well in past elections. Since 1990 every measure the district had put on the ballot — three bond measures and six parcel taxes — had succeeded. All received more than 70 percent “yes” votes, and three had the approval of more than 80 percent of the voters. In May 2016, the two parcel tax measures were on a special mailin-only ballot. The taxes had no expiration date, and at their maximum could have increased property owners’ total annual parcel taxes to $1,320 per parcel, plus increases in the Bay Area consumer price index. Most of a fairly low-key campaign for the measures was aimed at parents in the school district. This time, however, there was organized opposition. In May, both failed to gain the required two-thirds voter approval. One measure, which would have renewed an expiring parcel tax, received just over 60 percent approval, and the other, which would have tied the amount of the tax to increased enrollment, received 54 percent approval. Public outreach

The school district made many changes after those measures failed. The district’s website, mpcsd. org, was expanded to include answers to questions from the public and an interactive budget tool. Presentations from meetings, along with transcripts of public comments about the district’s budget deficit, are also on the site. School board meetings, including 10 held between September and the December vote by the

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Art teacher Jayd Almquist checks in on his students during a class at Oak Knoll Elementary School on Feb. 3.

school board to put the current measure on the ballot, have been video-recorded and placed online. Most meetings were held in the Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center. Parcel tax and cuts

After the months of public outreach, the school board chose to resolve the projected deficit by combining a parcel tax with spending reductions. Since the board voted unanimously to put Measure X on the ballot, it has also met several times to discuss what cuts to make, both with and without the parcel tax’s approval. The March 7 election comes only a little more than a week before the district is required to give layoff notices to teachers who could possibly lose their jobs for the 2017-18 school year, so the

Teacher pay raises are a target of the measure’s critics. district must have a plan in place in case the parcel tax fails. While the school board will vote on the details at its Feb. 15 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister has said that as many as 30 positions may be cut if the parcel tax does not pass. While attrition from employees retiring or leaving could reduce the number of layoffs needed, the district probably would need to give out 30 layoff notices, but could later rescind some or all of them, Mr. Burmeister said. The district plans to eliminate six to 10 positions even if the

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parcel tax measure passes. Again, Mr. Burmeister said, layoffs can probably be avoided due to attrition, but some temporary employees may not be rehired. Spending reductions to be put into place even if the measure passes include $927,000 in spending that had been planned for the current 2016-17 fiscal year and $1.3 million in net reductions over the next two fiscal years. Opposition

Opponents to the earlier tax measures said they objected to the fact that the measures had no expiration date, and argued that the district really didn���t need the money, and that it had not communicated well with the community, especially to those with no children in the school. This time, however, the opposition has been mostly confined to comments on social media. The only ballot argument against the measure came from the Libertarian Party of San Mateo County and was signed by Jack Hickey of Emerald Hills and Harland Harrison of Belmont, both living well outside the district. One of two new school board members elected in November, Caroline Lucas, had campaigned against the previous parcel tax measures, but she voted with her fellow board members to approve this measure. One of the arguments made against the parcel tax is that its proceeds might be spent on raises for district teachers and not to preserve programs. School board members argue that they would be willing to

make other cuts (such as increasing class sizes, which ultimately eliminates teachers) to preserve competitive salaries for teachers. “All the research tells us that the most important thing is the quality of the teacher in the classroom,” school board member Terry Thygesen said at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting. In making its budget forecasts, the district assumed employees would receive annual raises approximately the same as the Bay Area consumer price index. The latest list of cuts that could be made if the tax fails includes foregoing raises in at least the first year. The website of the California Department of Education shows that for the 2015-16 school year, the Menlo Park City School District had the third-highest average teacher salary ($101,064) of any district in the two-county (San Mateo and Santa Clara) area. For an elementary school district, it is the highest in the two counties. Only the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District at $103,940 and the Palo Alto Unified School District at $101,408, had higher average salaries. The Menlo Park City School District is No. 5 (in the twocounty area) for the highest salary offered to a teacher, at $115,437. Higher maximum salaries are offered by the Hillsborough City Elementary ($127,039), the Los Gatos-Saratoga district ($126,625), the Palo Alto district ($122,046) and the Woodside Elementary School District ($120,659). A


Ethics probe: Mayor suggests council take ‘no further action’ By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


oodside Mayor Tom Livermore, in a Feb. 3 statement, said he will recommend that the Town Council take “no further action” on a complaint alleging that Nancy Reyering, as a member of the town’s Architectural and Site Review Board, violated the town’s code of ethics by writing and sending an email about a project coming to the board. Mayor Livermore said he will make this recommendation given Ms. Reyering’s decision to resign from the board and the Open Space Committee and not seek reappointment. (Her term on both boards ended this month.) He said he intends to make his recommendation in open session at the council’s Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting. “We take ethics very seriously,” he said. “As Woodside’s Mayor, I am committed to ensuring that all the Town’s elected and appointed officials abide by the absolute highest standards.” In her Feb. 3 resignation statement, Ms. Reyering said: “The extended backroom discussions by many of the Town’s civic leaders that were uncovered through the recent ‘ethics investigation’ related to my work on the (review board) have been painful to discover,” she said. “This process also


confirmed for me that petty politics and private profit are prioritized over retaining a professional and respectful environment for Town volunteers in Woodside.” The matter dates from mid2016, when Councilwoman Deborah Gordon was mayor, and a May 2, 2016, email from Ms. Reyering to two members of the five-member board and to the town’s planning director. In the email, she commented, ahead of a meeting, on a proposed remodeling and construction project and noted that Councilman Peter Mason was the architect for the project. “Even a cursory review of the project raises questions as the architect is a member of the Town Council, and as such, is someone in charge of writing our building regulations,” Ms. Reyering wrote. “Therefore, he, and anyone else in a similar position, has a great responsibility to bring in projects that are reflective of the Residential Design Guidelines, the General Plan, and the Municipal Code, and these projects should not ask for exceptions (to allow a larger main residence).” Former mayor Dave Burow wrote to Town Manager Kevin Bryant the next day about Ms. Reyering’s comments, alleging that she suggested “a different set

complaints “shall be presented to the Town Council at a public meeting of the Council. The Town Council will accept testimony on the matter and determine whether a violation of the Code of rules” for evaluating projects has occurred.” Section B(4) of the code lays involving council members, putting their clients at a disadvan- out the council’s options if it tage, and alleging “retribution” on determines that a violation has Ms. Reyering’s part because Mr. occurred: reprimand, censure or, Mason had not supported her can- if the person charged is a member of a commission, board or comdidacy for a council seat in 2015. Mr. Burow’s suggestions includ- mittee, removal from office. The Almanac asked Mr. Livered having a council member attend review board meetings, and more if by recommending “no further action,” he making it clear was suggesting to board memthat the council bers how to treat Member of not “determine council members when they Architectural and Site whether a violawere not acting Review Board resigns, tion of the Code has occurred,” in their official citing ‘petty politics and as stated in the capacities. code. “I will The town private profit.’ make the receventually hired an outside attorney to investigate ommendation and the Council and prepare a report, which con- will discuss and vote on my reccluded by recommending to the ommendation,” he said. “They council that five of Mr. Burow’s will decide what we do.” Ms. Reyering said she remains nine charges be sustained. Among them: that Ms. Reyering asserted mystified as to why they investhat council members should tigated her “when all I did was receive unequal treatment when advocate for the same high stantheir firms come before the board dards that the Mayor endorsed representing clients, that she in his statement. With that in reached a conclusion about the mind, I would be happy to see the project without hearing testimony, council leave this ugly chapter as it and that she attacked a council stands and turn its focus to finally member by suggesting that he was addressing the ethical issues I using his position to gain special outlined in my (email).” consideration for his client. Section B(3) of the ethics code Two complainants requires the mayor to investiDocuments provided to the gate ethics complaints, but adds Almanac include a three-page that reports generated by such letter dated May 10 from Councilman Mason to Town Manager Bryant in which Mr. Mason accused Ms. Reyering of violating the state’s open meeting law with

her email, and suggesting different standards of review for his projects. “This point of view is unfair to my clients whose projects deserve the same consideration as others and who should also have the same access to exceptions (for somewhat larger houses) provided for in the Municipal Code,” Mr. Mason said. “In fact, I would be violating my own profession’s code of ethics if I did not fully advise my clients on the legal development opportunities for their properties.” In an email, Ms. Reyering commented that the town doesn’t appear to be questioning “the appropriateness of his bringing projects before (the review board) at all while maintain(ing) his position on the Town Council. So, if anyone had committed an ethical violation, it was Peter Mason — not me, for my act of simply reminding fellow (review board) members to take care to avoid even the appearance of giving him special treatment because of his position of authority over (review board) members.” On May 27, Mr. Mason wrote to Mr. Bryant, saying he withdrew his letter, “given that others are pursuing the issues involved.” Mr. Burow on June 6 wrote to Town Attorney Jean Savaree, replying to her request for specific sections of the ethics code he believed to have been violated by Ms. Reyering. On June 29, Ms. Savaree notified Ms. Reyering of Mr. Burow’s complaint and laid out the allegations, with information on next steps in getting together with the mayor and the outside attorney.

Woodside’s earlier ethics investigation provided by the town, accused fellow committee member Sue Sweeney of violating a section of he Woodside Town Coun- the ethics code that concerns abucil on Feb. 14 is set to sive conduct, personal charges or address a matter in which verbal attacks on someone’s charthe town engaged an Oakland- acter, motives, ethics or morals. The investigating attorney in based attorney to investigate allegations by a former volunteer this case concluded that “the conduct com(former counplained of did cilman Dave Burow) that An outside attorney not constitute a violation.” And another volconcluded there was Town Attorney unteer (Nancy Jean Savaree Reyering of the no violation. said the matArchitectural and Site Review Board) violated ter would not go to the Town the town’s ethics code. It was not Council “because Mr. Johnson the only such investigation in the has withdrawn his complaint.” The town said it paid the outpast year. In March 2016, that same Oak- side attorney $15,441 to investiland-based attorney — Thomas gate the complaint by Mr. JohnBrown of the firm Burke, Wil- son, and $27,465 to investigate liams & Sorensen, LLP — con- the complaint by Mr. Burow. ducted another investigation in which a Woodside volunteer Johnson complaint alleged that another Woodside In a Dec. 7, 2015, email to volunteer violated the ethics code. Councilman Peter Mason, Mr. Woodside resident and Open Johnson takes issue with an Space Committee member Thom- October 2015 comment posted as Johnson, according to emails by Ms. Sweeney on the Almanac’s

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Town Square online forum. In the posting, Ms. Sweeney described a process — which she said she could verify with a series of emails — that had not been followed by Nancy Reyering, another Open Space Committee member, in preparing a proposal for the Town Council on the topic of fences. Ms. Reyering’s “final proposal,” Ms. Sweeney said in her post, “was neither presented to nor reviewed by a quorum of the Open Space Committee.” In his message to Councilman Mason, Mr. Johnson said that Ms. Sweeney “was unable to produce the emails.” In an email to Ms. Sweeney, Mr. Johnson alleged that Ms. Sweeney said the Open Space Committee was “in full support of large basements,” adding that he did not recall voting on the matter. In her response, Ms. Sweeney recalls saying that the committee supports larger houses if the property is open for wildlife, and that basements are not a problem as long as they are within setbacks. A

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Fire district proposes design for new station By Dave Boyce


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CJW Architecture of Portola Valhe familiar would be mixed ley, would have expanded firetruck with the new in a design parking. In place of the three proposed for a new Wood- garages that firefighters have had side Fire Protection District station, to back their vehicles into when which would replace the existing returning from an incident, the station at 3111 Woodside Road in new station would have six drivethrough bays located out of sight Woodside. From the street, the view of of the road. The fire district serves Woodthe new station would present a one-story building with a peaked side, Portola Valley and nearby shingled roof, much like the cur- unincorporated areas. Because the site is along a rent fire station, according to a rendering included in a staff report scenic corridor, a formal review by the ASRB for a conceptual is necessary, as design review by the town’s Fire chief: New plan is a review by the Planning Architectural is one story and Commission. and Site Review Board on Feb. 6. resembles a residence, Initial plans for the station, Under that roof would be making it more suitable which is located on a one-acre dorms for up to for Woodside. lot, included a 10 firefighters of either gender, including individual basement and a second story, bathrooms, district Fire Chief Dan but to keep costs down, those extra floors were eliminated, Chief Ghiorso told the Almanac. Fronting the dorm would be Ghiorso said. The proposed plan is pavement, as with the current less intrusive in that it’s one story station, but redesigned for visitor and resembles a residence, making parking in place of the current trio it more suitable for a residential community, he said. of firetruck driveways. “It works out really well for The new station, designed by


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Proposed design of a new one-story fire station to replace the existing station at 3111 Woodside Road.

everybody,” Chief Ghiorso said. “It worked out better than I could dream.” The existing fire station included administrative offices, but without enough room for everyone on the administrative staff. The district

moved its offices in 2016 to a leased building at 808 Portola Road in Portola Valley; the offices are likely to remain there for up to five years, the chief said last spring. The new station would have two offices, for a battalion chief and a

captain. In back would be turn-out rooms — spaces to hold clothing made toxic by fighting fires — a workout room, and a shop for such tasks as repairing a hose or sharpening an ax, the chief said. A

Is voter OK needed for public spending on Atherton civic center? By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


he Atherton City Council was about to discuss last week a ballot measure that would allow the town to spend more public money to build a new civic center when the town’s attorney said he’d just discovered the town probably does not need to hold the election.

Council favors ballot measure for spending change, but attorney says it may not be required. City Attorney Bill Conners told the council at a Feb. 1 meeting that a 2016 ruling by the California Supreme Court makes it appear that 2012’s Measure L, which said the town must pay for new civic center with mostly private funds, isn’t binding. “Let me see if I can greatly confuse everybody,” Mr. Conners said. “It is my opinion that Measure L is not binding, never was binding and cannot be binding.” He suggested that the town

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This drawing of a proposed new Atherton civic center shows the view from the deck of a new library looking toward the new council chamber, which has police, administrative, and building and planning offices behind it.

may want to hold an advisory election nonetheless, but that the council would be able to override the results. The court ruling, he said, says measures put on the ballot by a legislative body must either be in the form of an ordinance, or law, to be binding, or be nonbinding advisory measures.

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Mr. Conner said he had, until reading the recent court ruling, considered Measure L to be a binding advisory measure. “We mistakenly believed it to be binding, but it didn’t matter,” he said, because the town had treated it as if it were binding. Council member Rick DeGolia said the new opinion doesn’t

really change anything. “From our side as the council, I think it’s irrelevant,” he said. “I think we need to go out to our residents in exactly the same frame of mind that Measure L was crafted in.” The council, he said, wants to find out if residents have the desire to use public funds to pay

for the civic center. “It’s respectful of the voters,” he said. The rest of the council agreed. A subcommittee of Mr. DeGolia and council member Cary Wiest will work on the language of the ballot measure, which will be brought to the council on Feb. 15. A


Five apply for two seats on architectural review board By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


t’s February, a time the Woodside Town Council sets aside to consider applicants and make appointments to the various panels of volunteers who help govern the town. The council meets Tuesday, Feb. 14, and is likely to conduct interviews, in public, to fill two four-year terms on the Architectural and Site Review Board. The applicants are: incumbent Maggie Mah along with residents John Carvell, John M. Hess, William McSherry and Caitlin Rozzi. The five-member board reviews construction projects, most of them residential, for their impact on the town’s rural character and natural beauty, and refers the projects to the planning director or Planning Commission with suggested modifications, imposed conditions and/or recommendations to approve or disapprove.


The Almanac reviewed the applicants’ comments in applications for the position. Ms. Mah is seeking reappointment after five years on the board. She has a bachelor’s degree in German literature and art history from the University of California at Berkeley. Of her various volunteer activities, including upholding the town’s equestrian heritage and updating the general plan, her experience on the board “is by far the richest and most challenging,” she said. Applying the residential design guidelines to a project review requires comfort with ambiguity, she said, as well as abilities to balance art and science, quickly grasp concepts, and envision the end result without the benefit of a lot of detail. Mr. Carvell has a bachelor’s degree in management science from UC San Diego and a master’s

degree in business from UC Berkeley. His focus in joining the review board would be helping property owners realize their goals in “a timely and cost effective manner” within the parameters of the general plan and design guidelines, he said. “I believe I can do so while putting personal preferences and opinions aside and providing objective feedback to applicants to guide them through the planning process,” he said. Mr. Hess has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in business from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from Stanford University. He said that he developed properties that were “a major factor” in establishing neighborhood character in a medium-sized city and a rapidly growing small town, both in Colorado. “I appreciate the work that has gone into creating a unique town (Woodside) and have a great interest in helping the town maintain

Race-based assault of nanny is reported By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


64-year-old woman employed as a nanny said she was pushing a 7-month-old baby in a stroller on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park on Monday, Jan. 30, when she was assaulted by two teenage boys, according to police. The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. near Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, according to Blanca, the victim of the alleged attack. She asked that her last name not be used. In an interview, she said she was approached by two blond teenagers on bikes, who appeared to WOODSIDE continued from page 7

Mayor Livermore thanked Ms. Reyering for her services, as did Mr. Mason in a recent email to the Almanac, noting in particular her work with the Backyard Habitat program, her success in persuading Stanford University to use wildlife-friendly fencing along Sand Hill Road, and her efforts in encouraging respect for wildlife in town. Ms. Reyering, in her letter of resignation, said she had no choice but to resign. “I hope that the Town of Woodside will reflect upon the manner in which this ‘investigation’ of my work and character were conducted,” she said, “and take steps to avoid such baseless attacks against Town volunteers in the future.” A

be about 17 years old and were wearing backpacks. The boys were cycling toward her on the sidewalk, and she tried to move out of the way, she said. The two boys called her a “stupid Hispanic,” she said, and grabbed the sunglasses from her face and threw them to the ground before fleeing. The incident happened quickly, she said, and she didn’t get a great view of what they looked like. Priya Rajan, Blanca’s employer,

said that Blanca rushed home with the baby after the incident occurred and called the police. Blanca told the Almanac and the police that there were witnesses to the event who did not react to what had happened to her. The police confirmed that they had not received any calls from witnesses of the incident. Since then, Blanca said, she’s gotten nervous and hasn’t See NANNY, page 20

Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr. Dec. 8, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2017 Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr., a 62-year resident of Menlo Park, died at home January 26, 2017. He was born in Oakland, CA on December 8, 1925 and graduated from UC Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Art was married to Carroll Whitton Notthoff whose death preceded his in 1998. He worked at Dalmo Victor for 35 years where one of the projects he worked on was the system that beamed photographs of the lunar landing back to Earth. He was an avid collector and gourmet cook. He volunteered with the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Connoisseur’s Marketplace and the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) in Palo Alto, which displayed many of his collections and where he met his longtime friend Isabel Kennedy. Art is survived by his three children and their spouses Ann Notthoff and Dwight Holing of Orinda, Charles Notthoff and Laurie Takao of McKinleyville, and Sally and Arthur Zarnowitz of San Jose, along with six grandchildren, Mary and Sam Holing, Patrick and Nicholas Notthoff and Raymond and Walter Zarnowitz. Private services are pending. The family requests memorial contributions in the name of Art Notthoff to be made to MOAH, P.O. Box 1731, Palo Alto, CA 94302. PAID


and improve its architectural character,” Mr. Hess said. Mr. McSherry, a Woodside councilman in the 1990s, has a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in business from UC Berkeley. He said he’s built houses under regulations “as stringent as those of Woodside’s” and has been an applicant before Woodside’s review board. “I feel it is important to contribute based on ability and availability,” he said, noting that he has

a background in engineering and is familiar with engineering and architectural drawings. Ms. Rozzi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College with 10 years experience designing commercial buildings, including “super skyscrapers” and small retail. She recently became a resident and is “excited to marry my engineering experience with town involvement,” she said., adding: “I am incredibly organized, smart and no-nonsense.” A

Henry Close Montgomery III February 17, 1936 – December 22, 2016 Henry C. Montgomery, III passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, Blanka, her family and many friends in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, on December 22, 2016. He was 80 years old. Born on February 17, 1936, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Henry grew up with his parents (Henry and Margaret Montgomery) and two sisters, in Oxford, Ohio. He loved to work and during his youth had many jobs including house painter, ice cream scooper and taxi driver. While being a taxi driver, he met his first wife, Linda. After graduating with a degree in economics from Miami University of Ohio, where his father was a professor of classics, he and Linda relocated to New York City, where Henry began his career as a Senior Staff Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. This is where he discovered his love for accounting. Between the years 1960 and 1970, Henry continued his career with ITT (1964 - 1967), McKinsey & Company (1967-1969) and Laird Industries, Inc. In February 1971, Henry relocated with his wife and two children from the East Coast to Portola Valley, California, where he became Vice President and Controller of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. During the 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a CFO and turnaround specialist for many companies, including Memorex Corporation, Saga Corporation, Pullman Inc., WordStar and Chuck E. Cheese, shepherding them out of the “red” and back to profitability. In 1989 he established Montgomery Professional Services Corporation (MPSC), which provided outsourced accounting services to start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. In 2006, Henry saw the opportunity for outsourcing accounting services and began Montgomery Pacific Outsourcing LLC (MontPac) and moved from Portola Valley, to Honolulu, HI and eventually settled in Angeles City, Philippines, where MontPac is located. In addition to running his own company, over the years, Henry served on many different Boards as a member and chairman. The companies included, but not limited to, Swift Energy Co., Catalyst Semiconductor Inc., Miami University Foundation and Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Society. Henry was deeply loved by his friends and family for his warmth, humor, and optimism. His integrity, energy, and smile will never be forgotten. Henry was extremely generous, always ready to give his time and energy where it was needed among his community of extended family and friends. He was an incredible Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend. Henry is survived by his wife, Blanka Montgomery, sisters Virgina Melin and Ann Montgomery (deceased), children Elizabeth Keelan (Vince Keelan), Monty Montgomery (Kristin Montgomery) and Margaret Montgomery; grandchildren Henry Montgomery V, Christine Keelan, Lauren Keelan and Jack Montgomery. PA I D


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String of bike thefts: Two arrested after car chase By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


fter a string of bicycle thefts in the Willows neighborhood in Menlo Park and nearby areas, detectives with the Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement team arrested a man and a woman Jan. 31 in East Palo Alto and booked them on multiple charges, including possession of stolen bicycles. The arrests followed a brief police chase when a pickup truck

under pursuit struck another vehicle, but there were no injuries, police said. In the past several weeks, multiple bike thefts have been reported in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. On Jan. 30, home video cameras recorded images of a woman in a silver Nissan Frontier pickup truck stealing bikes in the Willows neighborhood, Menlo Park Police Commander Dave Bertini said. The next day, a vehicle matching that description approached

a home in East Palo Alto that was under police surveillance, and officers activated their lights and sirens to stop the truck at Runnymede and Clarke streets. The truck drove off, getting about a block before hitting another car, Cmdr. Bertini said. Two men in the truck fled on foot. One was caught near the truck; the other jumped several fences and made it about three blocks before being captured around the 2100 block of Capitol Avenue in East Palo Alto, police said.

The truck was later determined to be stolen from San Jose, police said. The woman suspect was arrested near the East Palo Alto residence, where six bikes were recovered, Cmdr. Bertini said. Jonathan Vega, 25, and Miriam Taimani, 32, both of East Palo Alto, were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County jail. Mr. Vega was booked on possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless evading, vandalism and resisting arrest. Ms. Taimani was booked

on possession of methamphetamines, drug indicia, and stolen mail, bikes and other property. A third suspect, John Palavi, 53, of East Palo Alto, was cited for a suspended license and resisting arrest, and released. Residents are advised not to leave bikes unlocked in backyards or side yards, Cmdr. Bertini said. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Menlo Park police at (650) 330-6300 or an anonymous tip line at (650) 3306395. A

Boy, 13, arrested twice in 18 days in car thefts By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


wo teens, ages 13 and 19, were arrested Jan. 31 by Menlo Park police on suspicion of stealing a vehicle that the police were monitoring after the keys had been stolen in a home burglary. For the 13-year-old, it was the second time in 18 days that he was arrested by Menlo Park police on suspicion of car theft. The vehicle’s keys were reported stolen in a Jan. 29 burglary in the 1000 block of Menlo Oaks Drive in Menlo Park. Two days later, at about 8:30 p.m., the vehicle was reported stolen. Police were able to track it through the neighborhood and found it, unoccupied, on Oak Court in Menlo Park. A witness gave police a description of two suspects who had

parked the vehicle and fled on foot. Police said officers and detectives saturated the area and found the suspects, who the witness identified, in the 1900 block of Euclid Avenue in East Palo Alto. Arrested were Noel MaciasVasquez, 19, or East Palo Alto, who was booked into San Mateo County jail, and a 13-year-old boy, also from East Palo Alto, who was booked into the Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Center. The 13-yearold had been arrested Jan. 13 by Menlo Park police while driving a stolen vehicle from East Palo Alto, police said. Police are investigating whether the suspects are connected to the Menlo Oaks Drive burglary or other burglaries in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (650) 330-6300 or an anonymous tip hotline at (650) 330-6395. A

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Faustino Carreramorales, one of three men arrested Dec. 7 on suspicion of attempting to steal tools from the construction site of a hotel at 100-190 Independence Drive in Menlo Park, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation after pleading no contest Jan. 24 to one count of felony burglary. Mr. Carreramorales, 21, of San Francisco, was arrested Dec. 7 with Filimon Acosta Paredes, 26, of San Jose, and Rafael Perezmosqeda, 22, of San Jose, after a Menlo Park police officer noticed a hole in the gate surrounding the site, where a hotel, offices and parking structures are under

construction by the Bohannon Development Corp. Mr. Perezmosqueda earlier pleaded no contest to two felonies, commercial burglary and grand theft. He was placed on three years’ supervised probation on condition that he serve 90 days in county jail. Mr. Paredes pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 23. Mr. Paredes had been employed as a worker at the hotel site but was fired before Thanksgiving, prosecutors said. The three knew each other, but the other two had not worked at the site. — Kate Bradshaw

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Bonsai restaurant moves to Ladera By Elena Kadvany


ive months after closing its doors on El Camino Real near Atherton, Bonsai Japanese Cuisine has reopened in a new location at the Ladera Country Shopper on Alpine Road. Bonsai closed in August after more than 25 years of serving sushi at 3401 El Camino Real. The restaurant reopened in late January at the Ladera shopping center. “With great pleasure we wanted to announce the soft opening of our new location on 3130 Alpine Road in Portola Valley,” a Jan. 24 post on Bonsai’s Facebook page reads. “Please come by as we settle in and work out the kinks of our new location!” Two kinks include a lack

of a phone line, still to be installed, and accepting cash only, according to the Facebook post. Signs posted in the restaurant’s windows indicate Bonsai is serving dinner daily, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Bonsai took over Suite 240, formerly occupied by Rusty’s Roadside BBQ, which originally opened as Rusty’s Roadside Grill. Russell Deutsch, owner of Old Port Lobster Shack (which also has a location in the Ladera shopping center), opened Rusty’s in November 2015. Mr. Deutsch was arrested last year on sales tax evasion charges, to which he pleaded not guilty. Go to to see Elena Kadvany’s Peninsula Foodist blog.

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Bonsai’s new location in the Ladera Country Shopper on Alpine Road.

New restaurant planned at site of former Bradley’s Fine Diner By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


n the wake of the closure of Bradley’s Fine Diner, former CEO of the restaurant’s parent company, Christopher Vestal, has confirmed he plans to launch a new restaurant at the same location, 1165 Merrill St. in Menlo Park. The parent company, Ogden Hospitality Group, is no more, said Mr. Vestal. He is now CEO of new restaurant group called Cherry Pie Hospitality. Bradley’s Fine Diner closed Jan. 1 after celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden pulled out, citing

“philosophical” and business differences with the parent restaurant group’s CEO. The restaurant group operates several restaurants in Houston, Texas, including Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, Petite Sweets, Lee’s Creamery, Pi Pizza and State Fare Kitchen and Bar. The group is also planning to open a new restaurant in Sacramento, Mr. Vestal said. The new Menlo Park restaurant will serve American-style cuisine with locally sourced ingredients with a seasonal menu, Mr. Vestal said. “Classic California cuisine is important to us.”

‘We want people to come here multiple times in a week and not feel like they’re ordering the same thing over and over.’ CHRISTOPHER VESTAL

Mr. Vestal said the new restaurant will not be similar to Bradley’s Fine Diner. He expects a larger menu and a more expansive wine and cocktail list. “We want people

to come here multiple times in a week and not feel like they’re ordering the same thing over and over,” he said. The layout, he said, will be a “brand new concept” that is “light and bright” with flexible space for private events. Right now, the restaurant is in the planning stage. He said he is working through possible restaurant names and hopes to submit plans to the city of Menlo Park within a month to six weeks. “We’re looking to do this as quickly as possible,” he added. Mr. Vestal said he lived for about five years in Menlo Park,

and many of the people on his team are from the Peninsula. They have yet to hire an executive chef, but the company plans to hire locally, he said. “We’re really committed to giving this community an additional restaurant that people can fall in love with,” he said. Mr. Vestal said he is often at the restaurant site and said people can come talk to him there between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. most weekdays or by emailing him at A Elena Kadvany contributed to this report. See her Peninsula Foodist blog on

Entrepreneur Elias Zelkha conceived ‘ambient intelligence’ Woodside resident Elias Zelkha, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who coined a term that presaged the internet of things, died Jan. 8 at the age of 66. Mr. Zelkha was born into a Jewish community in Tehran, Iran, in 1950 and emigrated to the United States at age 17. At 19, while studying international relations at Colgate University in upstate New York, he eloped with and married Alice Phillips. A few years later, Mr. Zelkha, now spending part of his time in Afghanistan, founded Kandahar Designs, a textile and apparel manufacturer. The company employed hundreds

of Afghans and exported “cutting edge designs ... that fused Eastern and Western styles” to the United States and Europe until the Soviet Union invaded the country in 1979, his son Jeremy said. Back in the United States, Mr. Zelkha completed a master’s degree in business from Stanford University and began a career in Silicon Valley. Mr. Zelkha was a co-founder of Vemm Brazil, and the founder and chief executive of Euro-Profile & iProfile, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 1998, he founded Palo Alto Ventures, where he coined the term “ambient intelligence,” an

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idea that came to be associated with the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices and the internet of things. His other executive positions included vice-president for strategy and new ventures at Compaq Computer, and vicepresident for corporate development at Tandem Computers, his profile says. As an adjunct professor in the Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College from 2004 to the present, Mr.

Zelkha’s focuses were marketing strategies, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One of his seminars: the art of failure. “His greatest joys in life were laughter and generosity. Nowhere was this more apparent than with his family,” his son Jeremy said. “He viewed himself as an extraordinarily lucky person.” Mr. Zelkha is survived by his wife Alice of Woodside; sons Darius of Menlo Park and Jeremy of Woodside; daughter Chloe of Berkeley; sisters Claudette of Los Angeles and Linda of New York City; brother Moshe of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.

Elias Zelkha, as an adjunct professor, focused on marketing strategies, entrepreneurship and venture capital.


Florence Detlor, longtime Menlo Park resident, dies at 105 Florence Audrey Detlor, a 62-year resident of Menlo Park, died Jan. 4, just a month shy of her 106th birthday. Born Feb. 20, 1911, in Winnipeg, Canada, Ms. Detlor had a life that spanned history from the sinking of the Titanic to the internet age. The oldest of four children, Ms. Detlor at age 11 moved with her family from Canada to Los Angeles, and graduated from high school around the time the Great Depression started. She graduated from Occidental College in 1932, where she achieved Phi Beta Kappa, and the following year married John William Detlor, who she had met in high school. They had two daughters and lived at one point in a Hollywood home Ms. Detlor had won in a 25-word advertising writing contest. They moved to Menlo Park in 1955, partly because they already knew the minister at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (now Menlo Church) from Los Angeles. At 50, Ms. Detlor began teaching elementary school in East Palo Alto, and later worked with students


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with reading disabilities. Ms. Detlor enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, traveling — including journeys to the deserts of Africa and the Great Wall of China — and learning. Into her late 90s, she enrolled in computer and Spanish classes, said grandson Justin Whately Scripps. She also participated in the Bible study and women’s groups at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and was president of United Presbyterian Women from 1959 to 1960. In 2012, she was recognized as the world’s oldest Facebook user and got a personal tour of the Facebook campus from CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Menlo Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. Go to to see the Lasting Memories posting by the family.

Image courtesy Justin Whately Scripps

Florence Detlor moved to Menlo Park in 1955. In 2012, she was recognized as the world’s oldest Facebook user and got a personal tour of the Facebook campus from CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.


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Win 1,000 a highlight among many for VanDerveer By Rick Eymer Palo Alto Weekly


ara VanDerveer has learned to accept all the accolades, the honors, the awards and the tributes thrown her way with grace and humility and even that quality casts a hallowing light over everything that is women’s basketball today. VanDerveer, in her fifth decade of coaching basketball, became the second women’s coach, and the third overall, to win 1,000 games when No. 8 Stanford beat visiting USC, 58-42, in front of 4,490 appreciative fans and a television audience Friday night (Feb. 3) at Maples Pavilion. “It’s a little surreal for me, mindboggling,” said VanDerveer, a Menlo Park resident, in a press room overfilled with cameras, microphones, note pads, tape recorders and well-wishers. “I’m working hard to keep it all together and part of what makes it hard to keep it together is having my mom here.” Her mother, Rita, has been in attendance at several of VanDerveer’s biggest moments. If they weren’t related, they’d still be best friends. That’s the persona of a self-actualized person. VanDerveer maintains so many “best friend” relationships, it seems like she wouldn’t have time for herself. “In the big scheme of things, it’s not so much about winning games as it is about relationships you have,” she said. “It’s about enjoying the time you have with people. I’m a enjoy-the-moment person.”

VanDerveer spoke highly of her friend and rival, the late Pat Summit, whose 1,098 wins as a women’s coach at Tennessee is the standard-bearer. “It’s never been about just me,” VanDerveer said. “It’s an honor to be in her company. Amy Tucker has been a part of all but 42 wins (at Idaho). She’s a great evaluator. She’s been the GM of the program. She Tara VanDerveer saw Jennifer Azzi. Tennessee didn’t recruit her and she lived in Oak Ridge.” Azzi was in the house, along with a lengthy list of former players, and left a video message. “You are the best coach, in my mind, in the world,” Azzi said. “Any time I needed you, you were there for me. It’s an incredible honor and we’re all sharing it with you.” Candice Wiggins, Jayne Appel, Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike and others all left messages. “I came to Stanford with a sister and left with an entire family,” Chiney said. USC coach Cynthia CooperDyke kept her team on the court for a while to soak in the tribute. “I wanted them to see what it looked like for someone who developed a culture,” she said. “I wanted them to see the influence of someone who wants you to be great. We’re celebrating her 1,000th win but she has more wins in the lives of the young

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At Maples Pavilion on Friday, Stanford celebrates Tara VanDerveer’s 1,000th victory as a women’s basketball coach. Stanford defeated visiting USC, 58-42.

women she has mentored.” Cooper also explained how VanDerveer was a driving force in shaping the future of the WNBA (and the short-lived ABL). “She’s a team player,” Cooper said. “She wants to win championships but she loves women’s basketball. She’s always in the forefront, pushing for women’s basketball. She helped create an opportunity for me to play in the WNBA.” The professional leagues were born out of the 1996 U.S.


Olympic team that went 60-0 on the year (8-0 in the Olympics) and came back with the gold medal. “What hit me was seeing how excited this team was for the game,” VanDerveer said. “It’s been a wonderful journey and this is a highlight among many highlights. During the process of coaching, it is challenging. I can be very direct; I am very demanding. I don’t know how to be anything else. What I got from my parents was to be a teacher.” In Friday’s game, Seniors Karlie

Samuelson and Erica McCall combined to score 39 points on 13-of-28 shooting, including a 4-of-8 effort from long range. Brittany McPhee added 10 points and Kaylee Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds. “I’m looking for 1,001 on Monday night,” VanDerveer said. That’s when UCLA comes to town, likely carrying a grudge after losing to Cal, 80-77, on Friday night and dropping two games behind co-leaders Stanford (20-3, 10-1) and Oregon State (21-2, 10-1).

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Âś'HDG$FFRXQWV¡ Theresa Rebeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Dates,â&#x20AC;? Dragon 2011) dark comedy examines the conflict between Main Street and Wall Street, flyover state values versus coastal state values and the humor within a family in turmoil. When Jack, a New York banker, suddenly shows up at his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cincinnati home in the middle of the night with a sack full of ice cream and no wife, his sister Lorna wants to know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. Jan. 26-Feb. 19, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Dragon Productions Theatre Company, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. 3RHWU\DV6DWLUH Hadi Khorsandi, an acclaimed Iranian satirist and poet, published â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asghar Aghaâ&#x20AC;? weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the U.S. while living in exile. Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 6)&07%URDGZD\0RYLH0XVLFDO This film features The San Francisco Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical Theater presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway Movie Musical.â&#x20AC;? Bay Area youth recreate Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest moments on film. Feb. 12, 2 and 4:30 p.m. $16. Century Redwood City 20, 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. 6WDJHG5HDGLQJÂś7DONLQ¡5DFHDQG,GHQWLW\ LQ$PHULFD¡ This documentary-style staged reading incorporates a variety of perspectives on race and identity, from contemporary celebrities like Colin Kapernick, George Takei, presidents Obama and Trump, to average citizens from around the country. The goal of this reading is to provide a positive forum to share individual perspectives on what race and identity mean today. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you will in cash at the door. Dragon Productions Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. activities/mondaynight.html Âś<HOORZ)DFH¡ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Face.â&#x20AC;? Based on events in David Henry Hwangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Faceâ&#x20AC;? takes the audience on a journey with a playwright who is struggling with the complex and ever-changing role that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;faceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plays in modern American society. Jan. 26-Feb. 19, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18, students; $36, general. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Concerts 5HGZRRG6\PSKRQ\9DXJKDQ:LOOLDPV 3DUW6WUDXVV Thomas Shoebotham, guest conductor, leads Redwood Symphony in playing Vaughan Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Variants of Divesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lazarus,â&#x20AC;? Partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ludusâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tabula Rasa,â&#x20AC;? and Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Alpine Symphony.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 11, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Free, under 18 with a purchase of an adult ticket. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. concerts/ 6WDQIRUG3KLOKDUPRQLD This concert will be an evening of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Haydn with the Stanford Philharmonia. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. events/


3RHWU\0XVLF&KDPEHU-D]] From Shakespeare to Robert Frost to Pablo Neruda, the chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic will perform poems that have been set to music. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. %REELHDQG0LNH:LOVH\'LVWLQJXLVKHG /HFWXUHIRU7UHYRU3DJOHQ Trevor Paglen discusses his genre-defying work: image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering and other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

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$VL%XUDN joins Angie Coiro for an evening hour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Deepâ&#x20AC;? radio. Over the last decade, Burak has worked with NASA, the World Bank, the United Nations and the White House to promote and create video games designed for social good. His newest work pulls back the veil on the important issues that led to the birth of a new era of gaming. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. )LOP6HULHV6XUUHDOLVW&LQHPD In conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism,â&#x20AC;? this four-part film series will explore the tradition of Surrealist cinema, spanning from the movementĂ­s origins in 1920s France through the 1980s. Fridays, Feb. 10-March 31, 1 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts

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Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. ,Q'HHSZLWK$QJLH&RLUR$VKWRQ $SSOHZKLWH In â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,â&#x20AC;? Applewhite traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to proaging radical, and in the process debunks myths about late life. Feb. 15, noon. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. ,Q'HHSZLWK$QJLH&RLUR5RELQ=DVLR discusses whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the healthiest way to cope with anxiety, and what special challenges arise when that stress derives from world events? The hour will touch on her work in reality TV: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoardersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Extreme Animal Phobia.â&#x20AC;? Feb. 8, noon. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. .ULVWLQ(OL]DEHWK&ODUN7LP)ORUHHQ 0*+HQQHVVH\DQG%ULH6SDQJOHUWDON /*%747LWOHV Four authors will discuss why LGBTQ fiction is still considered niche. Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


3HUOHU%HDGV:LQWHU$QLPDOV During this class, participants will use fusible beads to create shapes, characters, jewelry or anything they can imagine. All materials provided. Space limited. The class is open to ages 6 and up or for children with adult assistance. Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. 7RGGOHU6WRU\WLPH During this storytime, toddlers (18-36 months) will listen to songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Special Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day storytime and toddler craft on Feb. 14. Tuesdays, ongoing, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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At Menlo School The Menlo Drama Department is staging â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Diary of Anne Frank,â&#x20AC;? based on the writings of a 13-year-old girl as she lived in hiding from the Naziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s during World War II. Performances will be at Menlo Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Florence Moore Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets, at $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available online at store. and at the door. Sophomore Clara Guthrie plays Anne. The play is appropriate for middle school and older. seasoned improvisers, actors who want to try this genre of theater and all those in between who just want to have fun. Games are designed for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyment and growth. Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. $175-$200. Improv For Anyone!, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. 3KRWRJUDSK\IRU,QWHULRU3URMHFWV This seminar is targeted for those with a photography skill level of â&#x20AC;&#x153;beginnerâ&#x20AC;? and will include information on the following: review of interior photography and aesthetics (including kitchens and bathrooms), the importance of a good representation of work and basic camera knowledge â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iphonographyâ&#x20AC;? (using a smart phone). Participants are asked to bring a smart phone with a camera to the seminar. Feb. 10, 9-11:30 a.m. $10, members; $20, nonmembers. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. 3OD\PDNHUV¡7KHDWUHDW'UDJRQ Playmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre is a seven-week after school class with a simple presentation of short plays created by the students on the final day. Through biweekly classes over the course of the seven weeks, professional teaching artists will lead students through improvisation, theater games and traditional writing exercises to create mini-plays. Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m. $250-

$300. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. 6WDQIRUG$UFKHU\/HVVRQV Those interested are invited to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow with the Stanford Archery Team. All of the coaches have at least a USAA Level 1 Certification. Sundays, Jan. 15, Feb. 5-19 and March 5, 11 a.m. $50-$115. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. archery.

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book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hospitality: The Spiritual Art, Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Invitation and Welcome.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I care about and work toward a life of wholeness and healing that includes rest, meditation, creativity, friendship and community,â&#x20AC;? she writes. She studied at Harvard Divinity School and learned from the teachings of an Indian meditation master. She ran a college womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resource center. After she went to seminary, she founded a church in an art gallery, pastored a small church in Chicago, and now serves on a multi-pastor staff at one of the largest churches in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. A

Museums & Exhibits ([KLELWÂś3DLQWLQJVRI)UDQN¡V7DQQHU\¡ San Mateo County History Museum opens new exhibit entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paintings of Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tannery.â&#x20AC;? Featured will be art depicting the iconic structure which was built in 1872 and destroyed in 1968. The site of the factory was near Bayshore Freeway at Walnut Street. Feb. 14-May 11, Open every day except Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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(6/&RQYHUVDWLRQ&OXE The English as a Second Language Conversation Club meets on Wednesdays to practice English conversation skills with other language learners. This event is sponsored by Project Read-Menlo Park. Wednesdays, ongoing, 5 p.m. Free. Downstairs Program Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. ,PSURY Dragon Productions is bringing back its Saturday morning Improv Class. The class welcomes everyone: those new to Improv,

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rtist, author, theologian and pastor, the Rev. Nanette Sawyer of Chicago is spending this week in Portola Valley as part of Valley Presbyterian Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spiritual Catalyst series of Christian guest speakers and preachers. All sessions are free and open to the public at 945 Portola Road. On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room, the Rev. Sawyer will give a workshop called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Righteous Mind: Explore theories of moral

psychology and what it means for our relationships and social justice work.â&#x20AC;? In the same room on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 9:15 to 10:20 a.m., she will lead a discussion about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hospitality to The Rev. Nanette Enemies.â&#x20AC;? Sawyer After that, the hour-long service in the sanctuary starts at 10:45 a.m. and her sermon will be: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Change.â&#x20AC;? On Feb. 5 her sermon was: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Human.â&#x20AC;? The Rev. Sawyer wrote the

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(YHQLQJ)XVLRQ)LWQHVV This class is a full body workout designed for active Baby Boomers. It includes exercises for aerobics, strength training, balance and agility. Mondays, ongoing, 7-8 p.m and Wednesdays, ongoing, 10-11 a.m. $195, 13-class session. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. 0DW3LODWHV Geared toward improving mental and physical wellbeing by increasing flexibility and improving muscles, this class is structured around the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerhouse, and it engages muscles and helps to improve the core. Mondays, ongoing, 5:30-7 p.m. $20 per class, members; $24 per class, nonmembers. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.




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A rendering of a two-story, 39,000-square-foot office building proposed to be built at 2131 Sand Hill Road.

Stanford plans to erect office building; property may be annexed by city Stanford University is proposing construct a two-story, 39,510-square-foot office building on 9.7 acres at 21212131 Sand Hill Road, across Sand Hill Road from the Sharon Heights Shopping Center. The site is in unincorporated San Mateo County, but under the plan would be incorporated into the city of Menlo Park, along with an adjacent piece of land at 2111 Sand Hill Road, where the Hewlett Foundation offices are located. The site would have two levels of underground parking and a 500-square-foot exercise room.

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be held for renters and landlords to learn about Menlo Park’s new ordinance requiring landlords to give renters the option of a 12-month lease. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Menlo Park council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. The ordinance, which becomes effective March 6, was passed unanimously by the City Council on Nov. 9. The ordinance applies only to properties containing four or more rental units, and could affect roughly a quarter of Menlo Park’s overall number of housing units.


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Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial to the Planning Commission of a Formal Design Review, to remodel and construct additions, including an attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), to an existing three-story single-family residence; construct other site improvements including a bocce ball court, patios, hot tub and deck, and retaining walls; and make minor changes to landscaping. The Planning Commission will also review an application for a Variance to front and side setback requirements. 2.

‘Artistic Experimentation’ Throughout February, the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park will exhibit “Still Life: Artistic Experimentation,” compositions of Inna Cherneykina, in the media of photography, oil and pastel. Ms. Cherneykina is a painter and 3D game artist who lives in Foster City. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The gallery is at 75 Arbor Road. Visit to see examples of her work.

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A resolution recommending that the Town Council amend Chapter 153, Zoning, related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) to bring the Woodside Municipal Code into compliance with recently enacted legislation (SB1069, AB2299 and AB2406), which became effective January 1, 2017. This legislation is designed to streamline the approval process for ADU’s; remove barriers to their construction; and expand the capacity of jurisdictions to provide more affordable housing units in the State of California. All application materials are available for public review at the Woodside Planning and Building Counter, Woodside Town Hall, weekdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM, or by appointment. For more information, contact the Woodside Planning and Building Department at (650) 851-6790.

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NOTICE INVITING BIDS ARICLE 1 INVITATION TO BID 1.1. Notice Inviting Bids: Owner will receive sealed Bids at the Town Hall, located at 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside, California 94062 until 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 for the following public work:




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Race-based assault of nanny is reported continued from page 9

ventured out to Santa Cruz Avenue. Blanca is a legal resident of the U.S. and says she plans to get her citizenship in November. Nothing like this has ever happened to her before, she said, but she thinks it might be a result of the current political climate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of discrimination for Hispanics now,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think she was very scared and shaken by the whole thing,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Rajan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My nanny is part of my family. ... That two family members who are obviously vulnerable would be treated like this is horrifying to me.â&#x20AC;? She added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the corollary to this is that people saw a senior citizen and a tiny baby being attacked and did nothing. ... They chose to do nothing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really, really heartbreaking.â&#x20AC;?

Menlo Park Police Commander Dave Bertini told the Almanac that the assault was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first incident weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had, ever, of this type specifically.â&#x20AC;? He said that if someone witnesses another person being harassed or assaulted, the witness should call 911 immediately. If the police were to catch the boys, he said, they could be charged with unlawful touching, or battery, and possibly vandalism if the sunglasses were damaged, both considered misdemeanors. Further charges could occur if the actions were considered hate-motivated. The police plan to review footage of business surveillance cameras along Santa Cruz Avenue in an attempt to gather more information, he said. Anna Medina contributed Spanish translation to this story.

  Q P O LI C E C A LL S MENLO PARK Thefts: Q A resident of Spruce Avenue told police that someone stole $440,000 from his bank account. The matter came to the account holderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention when his bank called to authorize a check for $50,000. Feb. 1. Q Employees at Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive told police theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen two people stashing store merchandise in a black duffel bag then, while on the way out of the store, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stolen a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purse from her shopping cart. The purseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner screamed and yelled at the two, who were then

confronted at the door by store employees. They rushed past the employees, dropping the duffel but keeping the purse and fleeing in a red sedan. In the purse, along with the ID, credit cards and keys, was $100 in cash. Estimated loss: $2,300. Feb. 1. Q Using Craigslist to locate an apartment, a man, who had not visited the apartment in question, deposited $1,860 into a bank account thinking that the account belonged to the apartment landlord. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;move-in day,â&#x20AC;? the man found the apartment â&#x20AC;&#x153;still rented,â&#x20AC;? at which point he realized heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been defrauded. The case is under investigation. Feb. 4.

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Yes on Measure X to keep schools thriving


he Menlo Park City School District community been approved, all of the district’s parcel taxes — there is appealing to voters once again to support a would have been five — would have been permanent. We welcome district leaders’ fresh approach to placparcel tax, 10 months after two tax measures went down in defeat. Since that ballot-box failure, ing Measure X before voters this time around. It is a school district officials have shown they are willing to carefully thought-out tax measure that would keep respond to the concerns that appeared to have led to much-needed revenue flowing to help fund the disthe defeat. And now voters have a measure before them trict’s rigorous, often-innovative educational programs. In response to opponents’ criticisms over last year’s that has an expiration date and a lower price tag, and is measures, the district’s leaders took extra steps to the result of a resolutely transparent process. Measure X would replace the $207 per-parcel involve the community and inform voters of the need for parcel tax revenue. The district annual tax that expires at the end expanded its website to include an of June. That tax raises about $1.6 EDITORIA L interactive budget tool to help the million annually. Measure X would The opinion of The Almanac public understand school fundincrease the existing tax by about ing, and videos of board meetings, $153 per year, and would sunset in seven years. Ballots are in the mail now, and polls including the 10 meetings held between September will be open on March 7 for voters who prefer a vot- and December that sought community input on a tax measure. ing booth. The district has come up with a spending-reduction These details represent a happy departure from those of last year’s tax election, when the district chose to plan to put into place even if Measure X passes. That place Measures A and C on a mail-only ballot rather plan includes eliminating six to 10 staff positions, and than on the June or November ballot — less expensive making $927,000 in spending cuts for the current fiscal options that were likely to have attracted more voters. year, and $1.3 million in cuts over the next two fiscal Those measures had no sunset clauses, and had they years.

But district leaders are in the process of coming up with a plan to quickly implement should Measure X fail. They say that loss of the tax revenue could result in elimination of some 30 positions, among other things. We hope there will be no need to make these drastic and painful cuts. Because of complicated factors that long ago set the formula for property tax revenue distribution to local school districts, base property taxes in the Menlo Park City School District now fund only $8,700 of the $14,000 needed annually to educate each district student. That $8,700 base tax figure compares with $11,200 per child in the Las Lomitas School District, which also serves Menlo Park and Atherton children; and about $15,500 per child in the Woodside and Portola Valley districts. Parcel tax revenues have allowed the district to enhance its funding of an outstanding educational program, and recruit and retain some of the best teachers in the Bay Area. The community has invested in its schools over the years by supporting nearly every parcel tax measure as other funding sources have become less reliable. We urge voters to now support Measure X. A

‘Platinum education’? A closer look at district spending from a national perspective By Vic Vuchic


n the recent debates over funding and parcel taxes for the Menlo Park City School District, it has concerned me significantly that there has been a lack of perspective from a national and international standpoint. While it makes sense to benchmark locally for some things, it is very important to also benchmark nationally and be aware of education beyond the Peninsula. While we may spend a lot and have small class sizes from a California perspective, California is consistently in the bottom quartile of states in education spending per student and education performance, and has among the largest class sizes in the country. So we are the highest of the lowest group. The reason it is important for us to consider national benchmarks is because in the new globalized world, our children will be competing on a national and international scale. In my immediate neighborhood of more than 50 homes in Menlo Park, at least 80 percent of the residents were raised and educated outside of California. Menlo Park is a national and global job market, and if we want to have hope that our kids can have their own future here, it is imperative we consider the national context. I have worked both nationally and internationally in education for over 10 years. As part of my work, I’ve visited dozens of districts around the country in affluent

Vic Vuchic is an executive in education nonprofit leadership and has two children in Menlo Park City School District.

GUEST OPINION areas similar to Menlo Park. When comparing Menlo Park spending with other affluent communities across the nation, we are one of the lowest-spending highincome communities in the country. In fact, Menlo Park has the largest gap between median household income and per-pupil spending I have seen outside of California! Peer affluent communities outside of California consistently spend between $17,000 to $27,000 per student, and class sizes are typically 16 to 1 with additional full-time aides in the classrooms, compared with our 22 to 1 with only part-time aides. In fact there are 10 states that on average spend more per student across the entire state than Menlo Park does as a community, and these states are all among the highest performing in the country. Here’s a look at spending per student at some peer communities: Cambridge, Massachusetts, $27,569; Newton, Massachusetts, $18,096; Darien, Connecticut,$17,510; Greenwich, Connecticut,

$20,747; Princeton, New Jersey, $22,570; Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, $28,173; and Arlington, Virginia, $19,040. The national average spending per student is $11,000 to $12,500, depending on the source. One way to look at this is that at $13,000 to $14,000 per student, Menlo Park is at approximately the 60th percentile in spending nationally. But, Menlo Park is among the most expensive zip codes in the country to operate a school. Considering that Menlo Park is consistently benchmarked in the top quartile in terms of quality of education, this means that we are spending our money very well and outperforming our spending levels significantly! After visiting dozens of schools that spend far more than MPCSD and cost far less to run, I am always amazed at the bang for our buck that we get at our schools for only $13,000 to $14,000 per-student spending in one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. The notion that MPCSD is somehow recklessly spending and “platinum” plating schools is simply not grounded in any data or reasonable and appropriate benchmarking. I’ve seen platinum-plated schools, and we are very far from that (Milburn, New Jersey, has class sizes of 12 to 1!). It is important that our kids get the support they need to be competitive on a national level and we need to maintain at least a reasonable level of funding to make that possible.

L E TTE R S Our readers write

Thanks for coverage of January 21 rally Editor: Your front page and long information-packed article (“Getting engaged,” Almanac, Jan. 25) about the event — the rally in response to the Trump presidency — on January 21 helped community members who weren’t there know that the courtyard/square in Redwood City was packed with people, and the event itself was filled with enthusiasm and hope (and talent — Joan Baez was wonderful!). Thank you so, so much for celebrating all of this in the paper. And what a great cover image! For those of us who were there, it is an honor to be acknowledged in the local paper this way. We need all the media support — as well as information — we can get, and you gave this community a wonderful “kickoff.” It’s going to be a struggle, and articles like the one you published help to give us the strength to keep on keeping on. Dorothy Fadiman Menlo Park

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. M-250716 The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name(s). RAE MARTIN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): ASSOCIATED ENTERTAINMENT CONSULTANTS GROUP, INC. 2 Dwight Road Burlingame, CA 94010 FILED IN SAN MATEO COUNTY ON: June 1, 2012 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): RAE MARTIN 2 Dwight Road Burlingame, CA 94010 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: Corporation. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of San Mateo County on January 9, 2017. (ALM Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 2017) GIGNRAE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271975 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Gignrae, located at 2 Dwight Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): DENNIS LOUIS XIFARAS 2 Dwight Road Burlingame, CA 94010 RAE LYNN MARTIN 2 Dwight Road Burlingame, CA 94010 This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 9, 2017. (ALM Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 2017) FILING YOUR FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT? We Offer Professional Help. ALMANAC • 223-6578.

MOMENTUM GLOBAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271952 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Momentum Global, located at 533 Airport Blvd., 4th. Floor, Burlingame, CA 94010, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): MIN TING KWONG 182 Poplar Avenue San Bruno, CA 94066 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01-06-2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 6, 2017. (ALM Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 2017) CROSSING POINT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271853 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Crossing Point, located at 8 Gardenia Court, East Palo Alto, California, 94303, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): BOB E. JONES 8 Gardenia Court East Palo Alto, CA 94303 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 29, 2016. (ALM Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 2017) NIBAN FISH FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272002 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Niban Fish, located at 208 Estrella Way, San Mateo, CA 94403, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): KENJI ISHIMARU 208 Estrella Way San Mateo, CA 94403 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on June 12, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 11, 2017. (ALM Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 2017) NAMBE FALLS PROPERTIES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272044 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Nambe Falls Properties, located at 5090 La Honda Road, San Gregorio, CA 94074, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): THOMAS STAFFORD 5090 La Honda Road San Gregorio, CA 94074 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/17/17. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 17, 2017. (ALM Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2017) REBEL MONK PRODUCTIONS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271989 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Rebel Monk Productions, located at 679 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): MARIA LAURA FERRO 679 Coleman Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on January 10, 2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 10, 2017. (ALM Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2017) YM BUILDING MAINTENANCE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272176 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: YM Building Maintenance, located at 50 Bepler St., Daly City, CA 94014, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): EDUARDO MUSASHI SUMAI 50 Bepler St. Daly City, CA 94014 This business is conducted by: An

THE PENINSULA’S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 26/01/17. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 26, 2017. (ALM Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017) ADELANTE COACHING + CONSULTING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271977 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Adelante Coaching + Consulting, located at 115 Springwood Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): ADELANTE ALMA, INC. 115 Springwood Way SSF, CA 94080 California This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on Dec. 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 9, 2017. (ALM Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2017) KIMBERLY’S CATERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271843 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kimberly’s Catering, located at 1079 Garden Street, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): KIMBERLY BROWN 1079 Garden Street East Palo Alto, CA 94303 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 28, 2016. (ALM Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2017) GO THERx Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271928 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: GO THERx Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, located at 150 Portola Rd., Suite B, Portola Valley, CA 94028, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): PacificTHERx 150 Portola Rd., Suite B Portola Valley, CA 94028 This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 8/15/2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 4, 2017. (ALM Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017) I AM By Rocco LaRue FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272085 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: I AM By Rocco LaRue, located at 12 Wildwood Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): KELLY ANN ORLOWSKI 12 Wildwood Ave. San Carlos, CA 94070 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 19, 2017. (ALM Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017) CECI WONG CECIWONG WORLD OF CECI WONG CECILIA WONG CCWONG CECI WONG JEWELERS CECI WONG FINE JEWELRY CECIWONG INC CECI WONG INC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272032 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Ceci Wong, 2.) CeciWong, 3.) World of Ceci Wong, 4.) Cecilia Wong, 5.) CCWong, 6.) Ceci Wong Jewelers, 7.) Ceci Wong Fine Jewelry, 8.) CeciWong Inc., 9.) Ceci Wong Inc., located at 611 Santa Cruz Ave., Ste. B, Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): CECIWONG INC. 611 Santa Cruz Ave. Suite B Menlo Park, CA 94025 California

This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on December 7, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 13, 2017. (ALM Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017) COMPASSIONATE CARE REGISTRY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272113 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Compassionate Care Registry, located at 1765 Michigan Ave., E. Palo Alto, CA 94303, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): CLARENCE JACKSON 1765 Michigan Ave. E. Palo Alto, CA 94303 EVELYN JACKSON 1765 Michigan Ave. E. Palo Alto, CA 94303 This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 23, 2017. (ALM Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 2017) WHITE EAGLE CONSULTING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272232 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: White Eagle Consulting, located at 903 Theresa Ct., Menlo Park, CA 94025, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): JOHN S. WILLIAMSON JR. 903 Theresa Ct. Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on February 1993. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 31, 2017. (ALM Feb. 8, 15, 22; Mar. 1, 2017)

997 All Other Legals APN: 069-145-010-0 TS No: CA0800390015-1 TO No: 150282768-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED September 11, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM, at the Marshall Street entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94061, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust recorded on September 20, 2006 as Instrument No. 2006-141920, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, California, executed by PETER NEWSOM, AND STEPHANIE NEWSOM, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for AMERICA`S WHOLESALE LENDER as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 150 BROOKWOOD RD, WOODSIDE, CA 94062-2303 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated

costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $3,273,878.58 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call In Source Logic at 702659-7766 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08003900-15-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: January 30, 2017 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA08003900-15-1 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: 949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Myron Ravelo, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: In Source Logic AT 702659-7766 Trustee Corps may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose.ISL Number 27690, Pub Dates: 02/08/2017, 02/15/2017, 02/22/2017, THE ALMANAC


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