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and eight and a half baths. The property includes a lake, a reservoir, a vineyard and a creek as well as a two-bedroom gate house, a three-bedroom caretaker’s house, a pool, a tennis court and a threestall barn.

he 92-acre Flood estate, located on secluded Greer Road and along Huddart Park in Woodside, has been sold for $50 million, Brad Miller of the Woodside office of Alain Pinel History Realtors has confirmed. According to the history report The buyer, who purchased the prepared by Bonnie Bamburg estate in late 2016, lives in the of Urban Programmers in San United States but not in the Bay Jose, James Flood and Elizabeth Area, said Mr. Miller, who repre- Dresser, who were married in sented the buyer. A confidentiality 1938, raised four children at the agreement restricts further dis- estate: James Clair, Judy, Elizacussion of the transaction, he said. beth and John Dresser. The property, which has been Mr. Flood’s day job, accordon the market for about four ing to the report, was managing years, had been in the Flood fam- the Flood Building, built by his ily hands since 1941, when James father James Leary Flood, in San Flood, grandFrancisco. son of silver“Like many mining magof the WoodThe 92-acre estate nate James Clair side residents, Flood, built the had been in the Flood t he fa mmain residence, family hands since 1941. ily maintained according to a their primary historical report prepared for the associations in San Francisco,” town of Woodside. the report says. Unlike many Elizabeth Flood, who bought wealthy San Franciscans, the the property with her husband Floods did not make Woodside James, died in 2011. a summer home. Those who In 2012, the asking price was $85 did included coffee and spice million, according to an Almanac merchant August Schilling; copstory at the time. The story noted per magnate Daniel C. Jackling; that whatever the estate sells for, coffee tycoon James Folger; shipSan Mateo County will reap a ping empire heir William Roth; windfall in tax revenues when the fresh-water industrialist William property is reappraised. The valu- Bourn (who built the Filoli estate) ation in 2011 was $7,944, accord- and oilman Ralph K. Davies, the ing to the real estate website of report says. Mary & Brent Gullixson. Ms. Flood, an equestrian, The estate consists of three belonged to the Woodside Trails parcels, with a main house of Club. She drove a red sports car 9,000-square-feet, nine bedrooms in the annual Woodside May Day

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parade, was an accomplished watercolorist, and volunteered for St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, the Salvation Army, and, during World War II, for the Red Cross in San Francisco, the report says. Mr. Flood was a blue-water sailor in his yacht Dorade. In 1936, his was the fastest singlehull boat in the TransPac, a San Francisco-to-Hawaii race, making the trip in 13 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes. (The same yacht, under its owner Matt Brooks, won the race again in 2013 in five days, 12 hours and 21 minutes, according to race records.) Mr. Flood also raised money for Woodside area organizations, including the Boy Scouts. He died in 1990.

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The Flood mansion, the report says, is New England colonialstyle house and “not significant” to the history of Woodside. Nor did it prove significant when measured against criteria for the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources, the report says. “The architecture of the main house retains a high degree of integrity, exhibiting a regional and vernacular of the Colonial Revival style,” which became more popular in the first third of the 20th century, the report says. The Floods did entertain at home, and were host to some significant guests, including Anthony Eden, an English diplomat and

prime minister; John F. Kennedy before he became president; and Charles Bohlen, a U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union and to the Philippines. Thomas D. Church, an influential landscape architect in California, designed the vegetation for the front of the house, including raised planters with rock retaining walls. But all the landscape plans were “heavily influenced” by Ms. Flood, the report says. “It appears the plants that would have been recommended by Church are mostly gone, replaced by volunteer or different plants,” the report says. Mr. Church’s remaining touches may be bushes along the side of the house and trees in raised beds that matured without pruning, the report says. A

Carlton top fundraiser in 2016 Menlo Park council election By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer

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ouncilwoman Catherine Carlton raised the most funds in the three-person race for two council seats in the Nov. 8 election, according to campaign finance reports, including recently released documents for the period Oct. 23 through Dec. 31. Ms. Carlton and Councilman Ray Mueller were elected to their second terms. Challenger Cecilia Taylor, a resident of Belle Haven, came in a close third. Ms. Carlton reported raising a total of $27,074 in cash, nonmonetary contributions and loans, and spent $23,929.

Mr. Mueller said he received a total of $17,247 and spent $16,392. Ms. Taylor raised $10,362 in cash and nonmonetary contributions, and spent $10,244, according to her reports. Ms. Carlton was the only candidate to report receiving contributions after the election. They totaled $924, including $500 from the California Apartment Association, $250 from Linda Sue Hibbs of Menlo Park and $100 from Planning Commissioner Andrew Barnes. During the 15 days prior to the election, both Ms. Carlton and Mr. Mueller each received $500 from John Tarlton, a developer of a life sciences office

park in Menlo Park. Both also received $500 from the California Apartment Association, a trade association for rental property owners and managers, but the contribution to Mr. Mueller came before the election, and the contribution to Ms. Carlton came after the election. During the 15-day period before the election, Ms. Carlton received $1,948 in cash contributions, including $250 from Patrick Corman, president of Corman Communications and often spokesperson for Menlo Park developer David D. Bohannon II. Ms. Carlton reported returning a $2,500 contribution from Mr. Bohannon earlier in her campaign after he was the subject of

allegations of domestic assault. No charges were filed. She also received $250 from Atherton Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis, according to the report. Mr. Mueller, during the 15 days prior to the election, received a total $2,750 in monetary contributions, including $500 from a political action committee for the labor union Service Employees Union International and $250 from the Stanford Park Hotel. He also reported contributions from local elected officials: $750 from San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, $250 from Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian, $150 from Charles Bernstein (a member of the Board

of Directors of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District), and $100 from San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley. Ms. Taylor, during those 15 days, raised a total of $1,118 in monetary contributions and $4,484 in nonmonetary contributions. These include donations from three former Menlo Park councilmen: $200 from Heyward Robinson, and $100 each from Jack Morris and Steve Schmidt. Her contributors included some who have been outspoken in favor of slowing the rate of development in Menlo Park and were proponents of Measure M in 2014, a voter initiative to limit downtown office growth, which was defeated by voters. A

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Local group asks Congress to consider their health care needs Parkinson’s Women Support, a local group formed to give encouragement, camaraderie and compassion to others with Parkinson’s disease, has begun a campaign to let Congress know how the end of the Affordable Care Act could affect those with Parkinson’s. “Our access to movement disorder specialists, specific therapies and medicines is vital to our

quality of life,� Darcy Blake, a member of Parkinson’s Women Support, said. Members of the support group sent 100 postcards to senators and representatives. “We want to share our concerns with a greater audience, so we are turning our postcard campaign into a petition,� Ms. Blake said. “We are concerned that if provisions

for pre-existing conditions are dropped, we won’t be able to get health care coverage. Ms. Blake, a Redwood City resident with Parkinson’s who is the communications director for Menlo College in Atherton, said she will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation in late February.

“I will be meeting with lawmakers and members of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease, and I hope to share our concerns with as many lawmakers as I can meet,� she said. The group’s petition, which has more than 100 signatures so far, says, in part: “Those of us in these photos, and a million more Americans have Parkinson’s disease. Sixty thousand new cases are reported each year. If Congress changes health care legislation, please consider our special needs.� The petitioners ask that

out-of-pocket costs be kept affordable, that choices in healthcare plans remain, and that a 24-month disability waiting period for Medicare coverage be eliminated. They also ask that services for people with cognitive and mental health issues, which can be associated with Parkinson’s, be preserved. Parkinsonswomen.com, the group’s website, has the postcard and petition posted. Supporters can sign the petition by sending their name, address and e-mail address to: parkinsonswomen@gmail.com . — Barbara Wood

Man stabs himself during standoff at country club A standoff at a Woodside country club ended late Sunday morning (Feb. 12) with a man who allegedly stabbed himself being taken into custody, according to police. At 6:36 a.m., officers attempted to stop a car on Woodside Road at Alameda De Las Pulgas, police said. The vehicle then pulled into the Menlo Country Club driveway at 2300 Woodside Road and came to a stop. The driver then backed into the patrol vehicle, according to police. The male driver remained seated inside his car and pulled a knife out and refused to exit, according to police. Officers and San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies arrived and surrounded the vehicle.

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The country club was empty at the time and all club personnel were evacuated from the area, police said. As negotiators began talking with the man, they convinced him to throw out the knife; however, he still refused to exit the vehicle. By about 11:10 a.m., the man surrendered to officers and he was taken into custody, according to police. Fire and medical crews treated him at the scene for significant self-inflicted wounds. He was then taken to the hospital, police said. The man’s identity has not been released. No officers were injured during the incident. — Bay City News Service

Man arrested on Jan. 31, sentenced on Feb. 8 In a quick disposition of a criminal case, a man who was arrested by Menlo Park police on Jan. 31 was sentenced eight days later, on Feb. 8, to one year in county jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to evading police and vehicle theft. At a Superior Court review conference before Criminal Presiding Judge Donald Ayoob on Feb. 8, Jonathan Vega, 25, of East Palo Alto entered the plea and agreed to the sentence ordered by the court on condition that he would not have to serve time in state prison. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office had sought a two-year state prison sentence. Mr. Vega was arrested

Jan. 31 following a chase by Menlo Park officers who were investigating a rash of bicycle thefts in the Menlo Park area. Police were watching the East Palo Alto home of a woman suspected of being involved in the bicycle thefts, when Mr. Vega, driving a stolen truck, approached the home. When police tried to detain Mr. Vega, he drove away through residential streets, running stop signs and crossing into oncoming traffic before pulling over and taking off on foot, police said. Prosecutors said he jumped over fences and broke windows before being apprehended. — Kate Bradshaw


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Traffic flow a main priority for Menlo Park the email list now numbers more than 150 members from across Menlo Park, she said. Members of the advisory comf the Menlo Park City Council’s updated work plan is mittee include Menlo Park Mayanything to go by, 2017 will be or Kirsten Keith, Bicycle Commission Chair Cindy Welton, the year of transportation. Projects to increase traffic flow Michael Meyer of the city’s transthrough the vehicular arteries of portation commission, Andrew Menlo Park and make it safer for Barnes of the city’s Planning non-drivers, especially kids, to Commission, Ahmad Sheikget around town rank high on holeslami (chief business officer the city’s 2017 to-do list, as dis- of the Menlo Park City School cussed at two council meetings District), and Stacey Jones, trustee of the school district. held Jan. 27 and Feb. 7. Go to www.parents4saferoutes. One of the year’s most significant undertakings will be to org for more information. Menlo Park Transportation develop a transportation master plan. The city is currently seek- Commission chair Phil Mazing proposals for consultants to zara, who asked the City Council to make safe routes to school a work on the project. The plan is intended to identify priority this year, said he thinks projects that will deal with Men- the city’s safe routes program lo Park’s transportation prob- should be broader than buildlems and set priorities for which ing safer infrastructure, like sidewalks and to pursue first. bike lanes, and In the process, should contain the city will Another priority an educational update its curis improving safety component. rent transporHe pointed tation impact for kids going to to the “bike fee program, and from school. rodeo,� held at which levies Hillview Midfees on developers based on calculations of dle School in September, as an the added transportation infra- example of what that type of structure costs per square foot or program might look like. Both the transportation and bicycle unit of new development. Another priority, which has commissions have asked that the been touted as the first big “win� project be put on their two-year of a new grassroots parent advo- work plans, he said. With both the transportacacy group called “Parents for Safe Routes,� will be for the city tion master plan and the safe to work with the parent group routes to school program set and school districts to improve as high priorities for both the safety for kids going to and from bicycle commission and the school, ideally on bikes and by transportation commission, the council agreed that city foot. While the group was started staff should look into merging by Menlo Park resident Jennifer the city’s transportation and Wolosin, whose children go to bicycle commissions into one Laurel Upper and Lower schools, “complete streets� commission,

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for at least a one-year pilot program. Doing so could save staff time, since the same presentations won’t have to be made separately to the commissions, and it could promote discussions between users of different transportation modes. Mr. Mazzara said that he had some concerns that reducing the number of volunteer commissioners from 14 across the current two commissions could reduce the availability

of volunteers to work on subcommission projects, but that he supports merging the two commissions for a one-year trial, given that it will create the staff capacity to prioritize a safe routes to school program. Other projects

Other projects include reviewing Stanford University’s update of its general use permit, updating the city’s requirements and guidelines for single family homes, drilling a well to create an

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Separating roads from rails: City examines options Avenue would be elevated up to 10 feet and the road lowered a maximum of 11 feet. Encinal Avenue’s rail crossing in enlo Park council members said Tuesday Menlo Park is not included among night they need more the options. All of the options would sepainformation before they can pick preferred options for separating rate bikes and pedestrians, as well roadways from railroad tracks, a as motorists, from the tracks. Each option has its pros and costly and complex undertaking intended to increase traffic flow cons, presenter Etty Mercurio of AECOM said, and carries and safety at rail crossings. At a study session Feb. 7, rep- implications for other grade separesentatives of the consultant rations along the Caltrain line. For instance, group AECOM if the city were and city staff presented the Menlo Park is exploring to pick Option A, it could be council with road-rail separations harder and three options more expensive — A, B, and C at three crossings. to build grade —and asked the council to help them narrow their separations at the other rail crossresearch to two: A, and either B or ings later on, since the chance to raise the tracks may have passed. C. Council members expressed Council members didn’t reach a consensus and called for more surprise that more residents, particularly homeowners near the information. The city is exploring road-rail Caltrain line, weren’t at the meetseparations at three of Menlo ing to express their concerns. They Park’s rail crossings — at Raven- said the consultants should send swood, Oak Grove and Glenwood out mailers in advance of the next meeting on the topic to make sure avenues. The options are: Q Option A: Tunnel Raven- the word gets out. One of the sticking points in the swood Avenue under the Caltrain discussion is the requirement that tracks. Q Option B: Combine elevating the study “not preclude” the posthe tracks with lowering the roads sibility of building a third rail line at the crossings at Ravenswood through Menlo Park. The space for a third line could and Oak Grove avenues. The tracks could be raised as much as be later used for high-speed rail, 17 feet above ground. The road but it could also be used by Calcould be lowered as much as 15 train to enable trains to pass each other, said Angela Obeso, city feet at Oak Grove Avenue. Q Option C: The same as Option transportation engineer. The city’s policy stance is to B, but adds the Glenwood Avenue crossing. According to the staff oppose a third rail line being report, the tracks at Glenwood installed in Menlo Park, but By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer

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A 3-D rendering of what Ravenswood Avenue might look like, looking east, under Option A to separate the road from the tracks. This option, proposed by consultants, would leave the Caltrain tracks where they are and would tunnel Ravenswood Avenue beneath them.

since the funding for the study of road-rail separations came from Measure A funds from the San Mateo County Transit Authority, the city has to comply with that requirement. Other options?

Members of the public asked why the city couldn’t just fully elevate Caltrain or tunnel it completely underground. Former councilwoman Mickie Winkler sent the council a rendering of what a fully elevated

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Caltrain line could look like, along with a recommendation of a company that makes such a system prefabricated. Elevating the tracks fully can’t be done in Menlo Park without extending the elevation into neighboring cities, consultants said, since the maximum amount of elevation change Caltrain allows is a 1 percent grade. In that scenario, even if the goal were to elevate the Caltrain line as much as possible, the city would still have to lower the elevation of the road to create a tall enough gap for cars and trucks to pass through, said Ms. Mercurio. Tunneling the Caltrain tracks beneath the road has been ruled out because it would likely triple the cost of an already very expensive project, she said. That, too, would need cooperation with other cities on the Caltrain Corridor, many of which have already built grade separations with elevated train tracks. The consultants haven’t yet calculated exactly what the project might cost in Menlo Park. Ms. Mercurio said that a recent study for a similar project in Burlingame found that separating a single road crossing from the tracks would likely cost $250 million, including the costs to reroute Caltrain for the duration of the project. To run Caltrain underground through Burlingame, the estimated price tag was $900 million. Electrification at risk?

Another question is how the project would be affected if Caltrain does not get the federal

funding it is seeking for its electrification project. Liz Scanlon, Caltrain planning manager, said the project could be adjusted if funding doesn’t come through, but added, “We’re quite hopeful we’ll receive funding from the feds.” A Feb. 8 statement from Caltrain’s Executive Director Jim Hartnett says that the electrification project needs a $647 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Core Capacity program, which would be matched with $1.3 billion of local, regional and state dollars. California’s congressional Republicans have signed a letter dated Jan. 24 asking that the pending federal grant for Caltrain electrification be blocked until an audit of the project’s finances is completed. According to the Los Angeles Times, California Democrats responded that the letter misstated that the grant was requested by the High Speed Rail Authority, when it was requested by the Caltrain Joint Powers Board as a separate project from high-speed rail. Adina Levin, a Menlo Park transportation commissioner and author of a blog called Green Caltrain, wrote in a recent post, “The grant application was made by Caltrain, for a project that has been in the works for many decades. The tracks from San Francisco to San Jose are owned by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Caltrain), which has an agreement to share the tracks with High Speed Rail when that service goes forward.” A


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Cities unite to improve Midpeninsula bike travel By Mark Noack Mountain View Voice

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n its most recent survey, the League of American Bicyclists gave accolades to almost every Midpeninsula city for being among the most bike-friendly in the nation. But the picture doesn’t look so good when you zoom out and examine the area as a whole. Many cyclists trying to ride up or down the Peninsula can find it quite difficult to chart a safe route that doesn’t involve fighting autos for road space. For example, Middlefield Road has a roadside bike lane through Redwood City and Menlo Park, but that ends abruptly near the Palo Alto border. Meanwhile, Palo Alto has bike boulevards and paths along Bryant Street and just south of Alma Road, but those routes require turns and wayfinding signs as they approach Mountain View. Like scattered islands, each city’s bike route network is often inconsistent with the next town over. “It’s really quite tricky to get north to south on a consistent route,” said Emma Shlaes, San Mateo County policy manager for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. “There are some good existing bike routes, but they

inevitably end and you have to get on something else.” The good news is that Midpeninsula cities are now pledging to work together to brainstorm a better bike route. Over recent days, city councils in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City agreed to partner up to study a new dedicated bike route to connect their towns.

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The idea came up late last year during an annual joint forum for South Bay and Peninsula city managers held at Stanford University. A subgroup of city executives on the Midpeninsula held a breakout talk that included a presentation from students from the university’s public policy school. The students proposed what might be called a bike express lane along three potential routes: Middlefield Road, El Camino Real and the Caltrain corridor. In recent days, elected leaders at each of the four cities eagerly

signed up for the project, which is being called the Managers Mobility Partnership Effort. While the idea has already generated excitement, it remains unclear whether any of these routes can actually accommodate new bike lanes. The Caltrain right-of-way could be a tight squeeze for a bikeway, especially as the line is upgraded in coming years with electrified tracks and bullet trains. El Camino could be just as challenging as recently demonstrated by the huge public outcry against adding dedicated bus lanes to the corridor. At this point, the three suggested routes are just a starting point, none of which has been vetted yet, explained Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich. “This was the first step — we wanted to get this in front of our electorate before we go off and come up with work plans,” he said. “This is not going to be a simple task, and even if we’re all in agreement on what the route would be, doing it will still be challenging.” The cooperation among local cities on a regional bike route is new, but it harkens back to an idea that has been simmering for some time. Ms. Shlaes of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition says the

concept seems to draw inspiration from the Grand Boulevard Initiative, launched in 2006. One of its goals is to bring bicyclist and pedestrian improvements to El Camino, stretching from Daly City to San Jose. Progress on that initiative has been slow, in part because the project attempts to cover 19 separate cities spread across two counties. For that reason, Mr. Rich said, the new mobility partnership is intentionally starting small, with just four cities plus officials from Stanford. Recently, public speakers and council members quizzed him on why other traffic-plagued Silicon Valley cities, such as Sunnyvale,

weren’t included in the working group. For that matter, the city of Atherton, located right in the middle of any bikeway route, was also not included. “Any time you’re trying to do something like this, the more people you have in the group, the more challenging it is,” Mr. Rich explained. “It’s already going to be challenging enough with just these four cities involved.” As part of the partnership, each Midpeninsula city will hold public outreach meetings in the coming months to help choose the best route. After a favorite route is picked, the cities will need to figure out how to split the cost for a professional study. A

Mini-grants for Belle Haven Applications are now being accepted for the Belle Haven mini-grant program. Residents of the neighborhood can get $500 to $1,000 for yard beautification or “curb appeal” projects, or for a communitybuilding project. Applications are due April 4. Information sessions on the grants will be held at the Onetta Harris Community Center at

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Woman who threatened officer gets 3-year term By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer

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51-year-old woman, who in December pleaded no contest to resisting arrest and possessing cocaine, was sentenced Feb. 9 to three years in state prison. With credit for time served, the sentence amounts to an additional 126 days. Jackie Ann Broussard was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped Sept. 1, 2015, by Menlo Park police for a “near collision,” prosecutors said. She was arrested on warrants and allegedly kicked and screamed at officers, and threatened the life of an officer. At the jail, half an ounce of crack cocaine was found in a body cavity, prosecutors said.

The case has gone on for some time because of mental health questions. In March 2016, the defense attorney expressed doubt about Ms. Broussard’s competency to stand trial, and in May, two doctors concluded she was not competent to stand trial. In August 2016, she was taken to Napa State Hospital, where she consented to “involuntary medication as required,” prosecutors said. In September, doctors at the state hospital said her competency was restored and she could return to the court. As part of the sentence, the judge ordered her to pay fines and fees, be registered as a drug offender, and receive genetic marker testing, according to prosecutors. A

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Trees down The storms brought down these trees on Camino de los Robles in Atherton on Feb. 7.

Civic center, ballot measure on council agenda By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer

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therton’s City Council is scheduled to get a look at the final design of its new civic center, and how much it is

expected to cost, when it meets Wednesday, Feb. 15, starting at 7 p.m. in the town’s council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road. Also on the agenda will be a vote on whether to put an advisory measure on the June 6 ballot

asking Atherton voters if the town should use available general fund money to build new town offices and police headquarters. In 2012, Atherton voters approved a measure that said donated money should be the

primary source of funding construction of the civic center. But Atherton Now, the group formed to raise money for the civic center, has raised far less than its goal of $25 million. The town has unallocated

money in its coffers that could be used to pay most of the remaining cost of the civic center if the 2012 measure is reversed. Also on the council’s Feb. 15 agenda: a public hearing and discussion of an ordinance regulating drones in Atherton. Go to tinyurl.com/TOA-2-15 to see the agenda. A

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Florence Audrey Detlor February 20, 1911 – January 4, 2017 Florence Audrey Davidson Detlor died peacefully in her beloved Menlo Park home on January 4, 2017 at the ripe young age of 105 years old - just one month shy of her 106th birthday. With a lifespan that bore witness to the sinking of the Titanic, women’s suffrage, World Wars I and II as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Great Depression, and the abolishment of racial segregation, Florence continued a family tradition of longevity. Her mother lived to be 92-years-old and her maternal grandparents both lived to be 99-years-old. Florence was born on February 20, 1911 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Florence Enid Whately Davidson, an Ontario Ladies College graduate with ambitions to become a concert pianist, and Herbert Clarence Davidson, a building contractor. Florence spent her early years in Winnipeg until her family moved to the prairies of Saskatchewan to grow wheat in support of Canada’s World War I war effort. In 1922, her family moved to Los Angeles as her father returned from farming to the construction business. The oldest of four children with two sisters and one brother, Florence graduated from Los Angeles High School at the start of the Great Depression, but not before meeting her eventual husband, John William Detlor, during her senior year. Florence proceeded to earn her B.A. from Occidental College in 1932, which proved to be only the beginning of a lifelong love of learning. At Occidental she was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa key, a universally recognized mark of academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Florence and John married in 1933 after her graduation from Occidental and his from UCLA. Although she had trained to become a teacher, Florence could not obtain a government job during the Depression until gaining her citizenship. Florence and John had two daughters, Donna and Janice, while living in Hollywood. They spent the majority of those years in a new home that Florence had won for the family in a twenty-five word advertising writing contest. When John was transferred to San Francisco in 1955 to take charge of the training program for Southern Pacific Railway, the family moved to Northern California and settled in Menlo Park due to its proximity to the Presbyterian Church where they knew the minister and his wife from a church in Los Angeles. At 50-years-old and with her daughters approaching college, Florence finally began an elementary school teaching career in East Palo Alto that lasted fifteen years. There she was selected as a MillerUnruh Program Specialist for the diagnosis and treatment of student reading disabilities. If a parent did not show up at school for a parent-teacher conference with her, Florence was known for going to the student’s home and ringing the front door bell to conference with the parent there. Florence provided loving care for her

husband after his stroke until his passing in December of 1985, one month after celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary. She and John had loved to travel together. True to her independent, strong and adventurous spirit, Florence continued her globe-trotting after her husband’s passing well into her seventies on journeys from the deserts of Africa to the Great Wall of China. An avid gardener, Florence tended to her diverse garden with dedication and expert care. When limited mobility ultimately prevented her from personally maintaining her beloved garden, Florence traded in her trowel for her favorite dining room chair in the corner window where she could observe her roses. Motivated by an unquenchable thirst for learning, Florence eagerly enrolled in computer and Spanish classes into her late nineties and even continued to pursue her reading passion in her later years on an Amazon Kindle. After being recognized as the world’s oldest registered Facebook user at 101-years-old, Florence was given a personal tour of Facebook facilities in 2012 by Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. She was also a devoted PBS and Charlie Rose viewer, bridge player, investment club member and election polling site volunteer. She loved cooking and entertaining and was known for her collection of over 100 cookbooks! Florence was very active in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, participating in Bible study, women’s groups and other church events. She served as President of United Presbyterian Women from 1959 to 1960. She peacefully passed away in the same residence at Wallea Drive that she has called home for the last 62 years. Florence was the matriarch of the neighborhood, an honor that she has now passed on to her friend and neighbor, Teresa. Florence is survived by her: daughters, Donna Detlor Talley of Palm Springs, CA and Jan (Jack) Scripps of Boise, ID; grandchildren, Boyd (Marsha) Quinn, Stephanie Quinn, Bryan Quinn, John (Julia) Scripps V and Justin (Jamie) Scripps; and great-grandchildren, Camden Quinn, Cole Quinn, John (Jack) Scripps VI, Penelope Scripps, Cyrus Scripps, Luke Scripps, Ryan Scripps and Taylor Scripps. Florence is preceded in death by her: husband, John William Detlor; siblings, Helen Ellis, Albert Davidson and Dorothy Macklin (Glenn); nephews, Michael Pendleton and John Davidson; and parents, Florence Enid Whately Davidson and Herbert Clarence Davidson. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Florence’s memory may be made to Project Open Hand S.F. at 330 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, KQED at 2601 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110 or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, March 10 at 2:00 PM at Menlo Church, 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.

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Raymond Joseph Schaaf, Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 2, 1930. The only child to Phillip and Annabelle Schaaf, Ray grew up on the values of his era: discipline, faith, gratitude and persistence. An exceptional student as a young man, Ray earned a scholarship to the prestigious Fournier Institute of Technology (located in Lemont, IL) to learn electrical engineering skills from the Archdiocese of Chicago. At Fournier, Ray learned more than engineering when he was told “the door swings both ways” and immediately applied himself to scholarship, only missing three days in his nineteen years of schooling. That “work first” philosophy ultimately took him to Harvard Business School and he always credited the lessons of his faith as being the building block to his life’s many successes. After graduating from Harvard in 1954, Ray became an officer in the Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier Antietam and lived in San Diego before returning to Chicago to work for Procter & Gamble upon his honorable discharge. In 1959, Ray’s life would forever change when, at a Catholic charities dance, he met a stunning blue eyed lady named Jean Alice Sprigings. Smitten, Ray courted Jean and, after a year of dating, they were married in downtown Chicago on July 16, 1960 and moved to Minneapolis, where they welcomed three boys, Raymond, Jr., David and Philip, into the world. An exceptional businessman, Ray worked tirelessly in a career that took the family to Minnesota, Georgia, New York and Wisconsin before they settled in Northern California in 1972. As a family man, Ray rose each day to enjoy Mass before attending to his considerable professional duties running sophisticated firms and traveling the world as he worked in the technology, oil and music industries. Although work was Ray’s emphasis, he pursued those obligations in service to his family. Leading by example, Ray’s favorite word to his children when they were kids was “no,” but that changed to “yes” when they were adults and in need of his encouragement. Ray retired early and he and Jean bought a vacation home in Tahoe which became a source of great joy. It was also the scene of Ray’s untimely transition when he suffered a devastating stroke on 11/23/94 while shoveling snow and lost his independence. For the next 22 years, his body might have been chained, but his mind roamed freely, most of them under the exceptional care of the wonderful people at Villa Sienna. In addition to his beloved wife and three sons, Ray also leaves behind five grandchildren (Trey – Raymond III, Chase, Reed, Joe and Hank) and many passions, including: traveling, fine food, art, woodworking, higher learning and intellectual discourse. For those who knew him, Ray was quiet but had an enormous presence in terms of his character, dignity and kindness. Most important, he had that rare ability to be authentic, honest and consistent; truly an elegant man of integrity and grace. Memorial services were held at Villa Sienna (1855 Miramonte Ave.) in Mountain View on 2/13/17 at 12:00 PM, followed immediately by a mass and then the burial at Holy Cross Cemetery (1500 Mission Road) in Colma. A reception to celebrate Ray’s life will take place in the coming months. PA I D

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Police release sketches of robbery suspects Menlo Park police have released sketches of two suspects in an armed robbery that took place around 10:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the 800 block of Newbridge Street in Menlo Park. A 37-year-old Redwood City resident said he was approached by two men in their 20s who demanded his property. One man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him, he said. The men then fled with the victim’s property. Police searched the area, but the suspects were not found. The victim was not injured. The suspects were described as black men in their 20s. One wore a red top and jeans and the other, a white top and red pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Menlo Park Police Department at (650) 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at (650) 330-6395.

Islamic group hosts multi-faith discussion A free panel discussion with representatives of several major world religions will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Menlo Park council chambers, 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. The panelists will discuss the ways they approach values of diversity, religious pluralism and traditional beliefs. The event will be hosted by Islamic Networks Group, a nonprofit that conducts educational events to counter discrimination against Muslim Americans. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

Grant gives buses priority at El Camino Officials with the San Mateo County Transit District said they have received a $3.4 million grant to install a system that will give buses priority at traffic lights on El Camino Real between Daly City and Palo Alto. The Traffic Signal Priority system will extend a green light for a bus or shorten the time a bus waits at a light on El Camino between the Daly City BART Station and the Palo Alto Caltrain Station. A final design is expected to be finished by June 30, 2018, and the system could be operating in 2020 or 2021. A similar system was

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installed on El Camino Real in Santa Clara County. San Mateo County Transit District officials said the system will result in a 10 percent increase in on-time performance. The grant was made by the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Another man sentenced in theft attempt By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer

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austino 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, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The three men knew each other, Mr. Wagstaffe said, but neither Mr. Carreramorales or Mr. Perezmosqueda had worked at the construction site.

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Loriene Marie Boyer Long time resident of Portola Valley, “Lorie” died suddenly on January 24 at Stanford Hospital, she was 85. Loriene was born in Portland, Oregon in 1931 to parents Leonard and Mary Hermanson. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1949 and earned a BA from Oregon State University in 1953. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She taught nursery school in San Mateo and home economics at Sequoia High School. She married her high school sweetheart and soul mate, Ronald Boyer in 1955 and together they had 3 daughters. She resided in La Mirada, San Mateo and finally Portola Valley, CA where she lived for 50 years in a home she never wanted to leave. Loriene had many friendships and would do anything for them. She loved her symphony and exercise groups, “Madams” book club, Camp Numanu Girl Scouts alumni and her long time friends from high school and OSU. She loved skiing, backpacking the Sierra, singing, tennis and swimming where she earned a USMS national ranking. She cherished all of her friends on all these activities and loved her life. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ronald Boyer and their three daughters, Karen Boyer of San Carlos, Cathy Boyer of Redwood City and Rhonda Lukich and her husband Jim Lukich of Bend, Oregon. She has one grand daughter Alexandra Lukich of Lake Oswego, OR. Her brother Harold Hermanson of Portland, Oregon, deceased, leaves his family including Pat Hermanson of Lake Oswego, OR, Glenda Hyde of Portland, OR, her three children Steven Hyde and Andrew Hyde of Portland, OR and Susan Hyde Smith of Berkley, CA, Dale Hermanson and his son Calvin Hermanson of Portland, Oregon, and Janet Piercy of San Diego, California. PA I D

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August 27, 1925 – January 6, 2017 Armand Philippe (Phil) Gelpi passed away peacefully at age 91 in his home in Seattle surrounded by family. His was born in Denver where he spent his early years before moving to California in 1939 where he later graduated from Beverly Hills high school in 1943. Following high school he joined the Navy and was sent to the University of Texas for both military training and undergraduate college education in the V-12 program. He was accepted at the University of California San Francisco and started medical school in 1945, graduating in 1949. During medical school he met Lucille Dachos who was practicing nursing in San Francisco. They were married on March 30, 1952. During the Korean War, while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as a naval medical officer, he interned at Santa Clara Valley Hospital in San Jose which was followed by 2 years of active service in the Navy thru 1952. He completed his residency from 1952 – 1955 in both San Francisco and San Jose. Phil’s medical career began as an internist in Fresno for the Veterans Administration (VA) from 1955 -1957. This was followed by a move to San Francisco for a fellowship at the VA from 1957-58 and a short stint in private practice in San Leandro. In 1959, he took a position as an internist with Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) drawn by the opportunity to be involved in international health. He moved with his wife and three children in August of that year. He was the Chief of Medical Services at Aramco’s Dhahran Hospital Center leading a team providing patient care to Aramco employees and also diagnosing / treating diseases of the local Saudi population. The family returned to the Palo Alto in 1967 where Phil completed a sabbatical at Stanford University in the Department of Physiology to improve lab skills in immunology to support his interest in medical research. Following this he took a position with the Office of Economic Opportunities as the Medical Director for a clinic supporting residents of East Palo Alto. This was followed by positions at the Palo Alto Clinic and Stanford Health Center. He returned several times to Saudi Arabia during the summers to continue with his medical research that was documented in multiple publications. Palo Alto was his home from the late 60s to early 80s. He was an avid reader and writer, loved jazz, and was active throughout his life playing tennis, swimming, and biking. In the late 80’s, he and Lucille moved to Sonoma where they lived for 20 years gradually easing into retirement. In 2008, Phil and Lucille moved to Seattle to be close to grandchildren. His wife of 62 years died in March of 2014 at age 88. Phil is survived by his three children and their spouses Sam Gelpi and Ingbritt Christensen of Portola Valley, Peter Gelpi and Carrie Platt of Seattle, and Nicole Gelpi and Tom Weikert of Seattle, along with 3 grandchildren Max and Sam Gelpi, and Andrea Weikert. PA I D

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Storm aftermath: Traffic resumes on La Honda Road By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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fter about three days of storm-related traffic restrictions that allowed only local residents on La Honda Road east of Skyline Boulevard, crews cleared a Feb. 7 mud and rock slide near Grandview Drive and one-way through traffic resumed at about 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, project Foreman Joel Duckworth of Granite Construction said. Traffic at the site had been one-way since about Jan. 10, when storms caused a section of roadway to subside by about 9 inches. Crews had been working to stabilize the area in preparation for a retaining wall to buttress the slope below the subsidence.

A section of the road’s shoulder is so eroded that a vehicle at night could easily run off the road and drop 15 to 20 feet. This was one of a number of road closures in the area due to the storms. Flag crews at either end of the damaged area have been directing traffic since the earlier storm, but traffic control will shift to temporary traffic signals as of about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Mr. Duckworth said. Two stoplights will go in at the Grandview Drive site, he said, and one at Friars Lane, another damaged area about a mile east. At about 6 a.m. on Feb. 7, mud and rocks slid down and blocked the one open lane near the Grandview Drive site, Mr. Duckworth said. The area already damaged by subsidence also lost another 12 inches or so of support, he said. That section of roadway is now scarred with deep cracks that, in places,

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Foreman Joel Duckworth of Granite Construction addressed foresters trimming branches on Feb. 9 above a slide that, on Feb. 7, piled rocks and mud onto La Honda Road just east of Grandview Drive in Woodside.

reveal the soil below. On Feb. 9, a crew of foresters worked in the pouring rain, trimming overhanging branches above the slide to remove threats to traffic and electrical wires. The trimming went as planned and the trimmed branches came down without incident, Mr. Duckworth said. There have been no injuries at the site, he said. The California Department of Transportation is planning a retaining wall to buttress the slope beneath the subsided area, but Mr. Duckworth said it’s probable that the site will also need a retaining wall to prevent slides from above.

The slope from which the mud and rock came is underlain by sandstone, porous to water and probably contributing to the slope’s and the roadbed’s instability, he said. Crews have been waiting for word from Caltrans on when to start work on the lower wall, he said. Meanwhile at Friars Lane, a section of the road’s shoulder is

so eroded that a vehicle traveling there at night could easily run off the road and descend 15 to 20 feet into mud deposited there from erosion by storm water runoff. Bijan Sartipi, director of District 4 of the California Department of Transportation, said on Jan. 21 that the road condition at Friars Lane is “good for now,”

but that it will likely need a retaining wall to shore up the roadbed from below. Before any decisions, a geo-technical investigation will be necessary, he said. Granite Construction, the outfit working on the wall at Grandview Drive, will probably be hired to do the work at Friars Lane as well, Mr. Sartipi said. A

Stranded motorists helped out of cars and high water With a couple of pushes and a carry, Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters helped two stranded motorists out of their cars, which stalled in high water Feb. 7 near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway, Marsh Road and Haven Avenue in Menlo Park. Three vehicles were traveling south on Haven Avenue around 9:15 a.m. when they got stuck in 2 to 3 feet of water, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. One vehicle, a food truck, was

able to drive through the water to safety. The other two were passenger vehicles, each with one person inside. Firefighters had the driver of one vehicle put the car in neutral while they pushed it out of the water. The driver of the other vehicle was anxious, so firefighters carried her from her vehicle to safety, Chief Schapelhouman said. Then firefighters pushed her vehicle to higher ground.

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Heritage oak falls A reader submitted to the Almanac a photo of a heritage oak that fell in the 1000 block on Sevier Avenue in Menlo Park at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. “Thankfully, no one was hurt,” the reader said. “One car was pinned and crushed under the tree.”


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public location in the local area or on the coast, they usually fan out, set up individual stations ost Saturday mornings it and get right down to work. “We don’t talk while we’re looks like a tableau right out of the Impressionist painting, but it’s really nice to era when members of the Wood- have the group here,” says Bev side Plein Air Painters pull over Iverson of Woodside. On a brisk day at the end of to the side of the road and set up easels to capture the surround- January, they agreed to meet along Sand Hill Road on a ing scenery. They like the challenge of stretch overlooking untamed painting outdoors for a few Stanford land. Ms. Iverson got there at 8:30 a.m. hours with conwhen it was still stantly changing dark and foggy. light conditions ‘You’re dealing hours later influencing the with the elements. Two she was a little way the eye sees It’s more truthful, flustered that the contrast and landscape looked colors. Mother more honest.’ completely difNature’s moods KIT COLMAN , MEMBER , ferent f looded can swing rapidly, and the group WOODSIDE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS with sunshine. She frequently of five to 10 women enjoys experiencing that, as starts each session by taking a picture on her phone so she has well as each other. Some admit they wouldn’t a reference point on how everypaint as often if they weren’t thing looked in the beginning, part of a regularly scheduled but that morning she didn’t. For 26 years, Ms. Iverson has group activity. When they arrive at a prearranged private or been teaching art to kids in

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A Sand Hill Road landscape being painted by Nancy Tracy, a member of the Woodside Plein Air Painters.

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Beverly Iverson, a Woodside School art teacher and a member of the Woodside Plein Air Painters, paints a landscape scene along Sand Hill Road.

kindergarten through eighth grade at Woodside School. She finds plein air painting on the weekend carries over into her work during the week. “In taking risks in my artwork, I can encourage students to take risks on their own. I talk about it, and do a lot of landscape work with them,” she says, sometimes setting them loose in the school garden with watercolors. Ms. Iverson believes in practice, practice, practice. She paints every week and agrees with the quote she attributes to artist Henri Matisse: “One out of 12 is good.” Her tip for oil painters is: “Just come join us.” That’s what she did when Dr. Vicky Coe Mitchell of Woodside started Woodside Plein Air Painters four years ago. Dr. Mitchell, an anesthesiologist, serves on the town’s Arts &

Culture Committee. She put out a notice on the website Nextdoor Woodside about starting a plein air group, and received dozens of responses. She posts meetups on Nextdoor Woodside and on the town calendar. Dr. Mitchell’s grandfather was a professional fine artist. She started painting on her own to fill up wall space at her home. She liked painting so much she went on to take classes. Now that she has cut back her work schedule to part-time, she has more hours to play with oil, pastel and acrylics, and she paints most days. “It’s addictive,” she says. “Being in the outdoors and capturing a moment is great fun and very challenging,” she says. “You have to think quickly. It’s a good mental exercise.” She and fellow artist Sheila Finch are currently showing

their work at the Palo Alto Bridge Center in Mountain View. Ms. Finch lives on a sailboat in Redwood City and likes the freedom of spreading out her paints somewhere different each time. “It’s nice to get out like this. Your eye sees so much more color, you have to weed out a lot of the information,” she says, dabbing away on a 6-inch-by-8inch piece of wood. She likes using that size to do a study, because later she can take it and create a larger piece in her studio in Belmont, and, she hopes, sell both. Kit Colman has her 5-inchby-10-inch canvas set up near her mother’s easel. Now 89, Ann Hogle started out as a figurative painter working under Richard Deibenkorn, and has since moved on to landscapes. Both See PLEIN AIR, page 19

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Opera singer lands key roles in musical productions By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac

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oesn’t every girl dream about being a Disney princess? Jennifer Mitchell grew up in Woodside riding horses, so that talent gets her part way there since princesses often arrive on horseback. But it was the singing she started when she entered Menlo School in eighth grade that has proven to be her golden ticket to becoming Snow White in the San Francisco institution, “Beach Blanket Babylon.” Ms. Mitchell auditioned for the role back in September. Three callbacks later she got the part and has been performing in the show since December. This month the soprano is also appearing in the title role of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience” with Lamplighters Music Theatre in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Mountain View. After the opera ends on Feb. 19, Ms. Mitchell will be playing Snow White on Wednesday through Sunday. Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket

Babylon has been spoofing popular culture since 1974, and claims to be the longest running musical revue in the world. “It’s one of the few performing opportunities in the Bay Area that’s dependable,” Ms. Mitchell says. She said she’s excited to get a steady part in San Francisco, where she lives. Another bonus is the show has “a lot of comedy to it; I could do something that’s constantly changing.” She has thought about moving to New York where there’s “more opportunity,” but she loves living in the Bay Area where her family and friends are, except for the fact that “it’s expensive.” To help make ends meet, she tutors students in SAT prep, and regularly commutes to the Peninsula to teach voice lessons to middle and high school students. Ms. Mitchell has a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University. Sandwiched between, she sang for her supper while working as a waitress at Max’s Opera Cafe in her early 20s.

She says opera singing is her passion, but discovered after the recession “it’s not possible to be performing all the time,” so she branched out into musical theater and finds “it’s been great to go back and forth between the two genres.” Her resume reads like a Bay Area arts directory with work experience at Opera San Jose Jose, Pocket Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Broadway by the Bay, Spreckels Theatre Company, Los Altos Stage Company, and Cinnabar Theater. And that is just a partial list. She starred as Anna in the “King and I” her senior year at Menlo School in 2005, and returns to the Atherton campus regularly to sing in an annual LightHouse for the Blind benefit. Her advice to aspiring professional singers is “just keep working at it, because there’s a lot of rejection in it.” She figures “for every gig I get I went to four auditions.” For her “the uncertainty is worth it, because I can’t imagine sitting at a desk all day.” A

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Woodside native Jennifer Mitchell is appearing in the title role of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience” with Lamplighters Music Theatre in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Mountain View.

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Theater 7KHDWHU¶7KH$GGDPV)DPLO\· MenloAtherton Drama presents “The Addams Family” musical. It follows Wednesday Addams who has fallen in love and begs Gomez, Morticia and the family to act “normal” when she brings her boyfriend and his parents to dinner. Feb. 17, 18 and 24 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19, 25, and 26 at 2 p.m. $6-$14. Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. mabears.org

Talks & Lectures 5HOLJLRQ 3OXUDOLVP$0XOWL)DLWK3DQHO 'LVFXVVLRQ Menlo Park Library presents panel representing major world religions discussing faith and mutual respect. Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/ ,Q'HHSZLWK$QJLH&RLUR$VKWRQ $SSOHZKLWH In “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” Ms. Applewhite traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to proaging radical, and in the process debunks myths about late life. Feb. 15, noon. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org/ 1DUUDWLYH$UW+LGGHQ6WRULHV Art often tells stories from myth and history on multiple levels. This lecture, led by Stanford University archaeologist and art historian Patrick Hunt, will explore narrative art from antiquity to modern representations. Feb. 15, 4-6:30 p.m. $75, member; $90, non-member. Cantor Auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/participate/ ArtFocusLectures.html 1RQ)LFWLRQ%RRN&OXE discusses “Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis” by J.D. Vance. There is also an evening session, on the same day, from 6 to 7 p.m. Newcomers welcomed. Feb. 16 1 and 6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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women are professional painters who work out of Ms. Hogle’s studio on Old La Honda Road in Woodside. Ms. Colman says she looks forward to painting outside every week. “You’re dealing with the elements,” she says. “It’s more truthful, more honest.” “You hear a lot of swearing,” chimes in her mother in a moment of honesty. They share their studio with another mother/daughter team: Nancy and Jane Tracy, who also participate in plein air Saturdays. The Tracys come from graphic design backgrounds. The elder Ms. Tracy says now that she’s retired, she paints just for fun. “It’s wonderful to be with such a competent group of artists,” she says. Male painters occasionally show up, and are always welcome. Everyone participates in one show a year. After spending the day painting at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program open house in Woodside, the group showcases its work at an Arts & Culture Committee event in Woodside in August. A On the cover: Beverly Iverson’s landscape scene in progress. (Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac)

6WRU\,VWKH7KLQJ Kepler’s Books hosts second installment of “Story Is the Thing” with readings by Jeanne Althouse, Angela Pneuman, Shobha Rao, Tanya Rey, Rick Trushel, Genanne Walsh and James Warner on the theme “That Electrifying Moment.” Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. $10. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. brownpapertickets. com/event/PAOnline/ <RXWK%RRN(YHQW.ZDPH$OH[DQGHU, poet, educator and author, discusses his new book, “The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life.” Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. brownpapertickets.com/ event/PAOnline/

Family (OHSKDQWDQG3LJJLH3DUW\ All invited for readings and activities around the Elephant and Piggie books. Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Teens 7HHQ0DQJD1LJKW Professional artist Carlos Nieto III, whose credits include “The Simpsons,” as well as projects for Disney and Universal, will offering manga and anime lessons to teens during a workshop at the Menlo Park Library. Free event is open to 13- to 18-year-olds; advance registration is required. Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark. org/

Et Alia 6LQJOHV·7ULYLD1LJKW This trivia night is focused on local singles over the age of 45, but anyone is welcome to participate. There will be three games and teammates will rotate for each, so everyone has a chance to meet and compete together. Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 29, 8-10 p.m. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. freewheelbrewing.com/ .QLWWLQJ0HHWXS This is a time for adult knitters to get together and enjoy camaraderie, laughter and stitches. Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/

Part the Cloud event raises $750K By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac

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sellout mostly female crowd of 330 attended the latest Part the Cloud event at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park on Feb. 1, raising more than $750,000 for Alzheimer’s research. Founded in 2012 by Michaela “Mikey” Hoag of Atherton along with the Alzheimer’s Association, Part the Cloud galas and luncheons have raised $17.8 million and funded 21 research grants aimed at slowing, stopping or curing Alzheimer’s disease. Co-chaired by Debbie Robbins and Ellen Drew, this year’s luncheon focused on women and the disease. The group honored Maria Shriver with the Silver Lining Award for her contributions to the cause. Ms. Shriver’s father, Sargent Shriver, had Alzheimer’s. She started the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), and with Equinox Sports Clubs recently launched the nationwide Move for Minds initiative to raise awareness and funds for women’s brain science research.

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Maria Shriver won an award at the Part the Cloud luncheon.

Speakers included Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. She spoke about the possible link between changes menopausal women go through and developing Alzheimer’s. Dr. Maria Carrillo, chief

science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, gave an update on Alzheimer’s research and how Part the Cloud grants have helped create forward movement. Some figures that grabbed the audience’s attention: two-thirds of Americans living with the disease are women, and twothirds of the more than 15 million unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers in the U.S. are women. But it was Pam Montana, who made it personal. She talked about her own journey dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s. Now in her early 60s, she is on medical leave from Intel, and her husband has quit his job as head of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to be there for her. Two researchers each received $50,000 in grants at the luncheon, Dr. Brinton and Dr. Victoria Pelak from the University of Colorado. The funds come from the Alzheimer’s Association’s Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s (SAGA) grant funding program, which is geared to advance understanding of the disproportionate effect of Alzheimer’s disease on women. A

Sen. Hill to look into higher than normal PG&E bills State Sen. Jerry Hill has vowed to look into why some PG&E customers are reporting much higher than normal bills. “The most important thing consumers can do right now is to take a hard look at their bills and their power usage, comparing recent month over month and year to year,” Sen. Hill said in a statement. The Utilities Reform Network, a San Francisco-based advocacy group for utility customers, reports customers have claimed their gas bills have doubled and even tripled this winter. “We have seen an increase in customers concerned in these past few weeks,” PG&E

‘We are hearing the frustrations and we know it poses hardships for our customers.’ PG&E SPOKESPERSON DEANNA CONTRERAS

spokesperson Deanna Contreras said. The higher-than-normal bills are most likely a result of two recent rate hikes and increased energy use during this “wet, damp and dark season,” she said. Rates have increased 21 percent since last year, she said,

citing a rate increase in August for gas transportation and storage and another increase in January. PG&E let customers know about the rate increases by mail and phone calls, she said. “We are hearing the frustrations and we know it poses hardships for our customers, but we’re here to help them manage their bills and energy use,” Ms. Contreras said. PG&E customers can keep track of their energy use by signing up at www.pge.com and creating an account with their account number. There, customers can see energy uses from previous months and even track

of energy use hour by hour. Also, customers can sign up for text alerts to receive notifications when their energy use surpasses normal usage. Ms. Contreras said customers can take small steps to help keep energy use down, including: Q Setting the thermostat at 68 degrees. Each degree above 68 uses 3 to 5 percent more energy. Q Setting the thermostat at 56 degrees before leaving the house. Q Cleaning lint traps in clothes dryers can help save customers up to $34 a year. Cutting shower times in half can cut water heater usage by 33 percent. — Bay City News Service

High rate of influenza observed in Bay Area, public health officials say The Bay Area has been named one of three regions in California with the most influenza activity by the California Department of Public Health. Health officials in San Mateo County observed an earlier peak in the number of cases compared to the previous two years, said Dr. Catherine Sallenave, an assistant health officer in the county’s public health office. “There is no way to predict what the rest of the flu season will look like,” Dr. Sallenave said in a written statement. “Flu

This year the vaccine appears to be a good match for the strains of influenza that are circulating. seasons typically peak between December (and) March, so it is not unusual to see a peak right now.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined the current flu season

to run from Oct. 2, 2016, to May 20, 2017 — roughly the span between the 40th week of one year to the 20th week of the next, she said. This year, she said, the vaccine appears to be a good match for the strains of influenza that are circulating. People over 6 months of age should get vaccinated, she said. Go to vaccinefinder.org to find a nearby location to get this year’s flu shot. Symptoms of the flu include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny

or stuffy nose, muscle, body or head aches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. People at most risk of developing complications from the flu are young children, people 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, according to the CDC. Dr. Sallenave suggested that people also stay home when they are sick, cover their mouths and noses while coughing or sneezing, and wash their hands often.

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F O R   Q PO L I C E C A L LS This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown. MENLO PARK Commercial burglaries: Q Thieves pried open the back door to Mike’s Cameras on Santa Cruz Avenue and stole six cameras and several lenses. Estimated loss: $29,300. Feb. 9. Q A thief broke into Oil Changers on Willow Road through a bay door when the business was closed and stole about $600. Jan. 30. Residential burglaries: Q A burglar used an unlocked rear window to enter a home on Menlo Oaks Drive and steal jewelry, purses and sunglasses along with a case. Estimated loss: $11,908. Jan. 29. Q Someone cut the locks on several storage lockers at an apartment complex on Oak Grove Avenue and stole two bicycles. Estimated loss: $850. Jan. 29. Q Someone stole a bicycle and helmet from an unlocked storage unit at an apartment complex on Noel Drive. Estimated loss: $430. Feb. 4. Thefts: Q Police arrested, and released with a citation, a transient man in the 800 block of Menlo Avenue after an “investigatory encounter” that showed the man to be in possession of “fresh groceries” from Trader Joe’s supermarket, allegedly stolen by the man, police said. Jan. 29. Q A woman who called in an order for food at Togo’s Sandwiches on Hamilton Avenue picked up her order, but left without paying for it. Estimated loss: $38.70. Jan. 31. Q Someone stole a package of cosmetics from the front porch of a home on

Windermere Avenue. Estimated loss: $10. Jan. 27. Q Someone stole a bicycle locked to a bike rack at an apartment complex on Sharon Road. Estimated loss: $540. Feb. 7. Q A woman shopping at Trader Joe’s supermarket on Menlo Avenue told police that someone stole her wallet out of her purse, including $100 in cash, ID and credit cards. Estimated loss: $260. Feb. 9. Q Following a tip from an employee at BevMo at 700 El Camino Real, police located, arrested and booked a San Jose man on theft charges. The employee said a man had come into the store and allegedly left the store with two cans of beer, unpaid for, “stuffed” in his sleeves. Feb. 8. Prohibited Weapons: Police arrested and booked into county jail a Sacramento man for allegedly possessing an expandable baton. Police noticed the baton wedged in between the two front seats of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation Willow Road and Ivy Drive after the driver had allegedly proceeded straight ahead from a turn-only lane. The driver admitted that the baton belonged to him, police said. Feb. 2. Fraud: Q A couple paid a $2,000 deposit on an apartment they’d found on Craigslist, but discovered they’d been defrauded when they tried to move in. Jan. 30. Q The managing partner of a business in the 800 block of Willow Road turned in two counterfeit bills to police. The store had received counterfeit bills that add up to $185 in the past six months, he told police, all of them passed in checkout lines and not detected until it came time to deposit them. Jan. 27. Q A resident of Sunset Court told police that he’d mailed a personal check to someone selling a camera on Craigslist. The check was cashed, but the resident had not received the camera. Feb. 2. Q A resident of Waverley Avenue told police that someone had hacked her email account and attempted, unsuccessfully, to transfer $11,100 from her bank account. No loss. Jan. 31.

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Stolen vehicle: A white 2000 Toyota Avalon from an apartment complex parking lot in the 1300 block of Willow Road. Jan.31. WOODSIDE Residential burglary: A resident of West Glen Way informed deputies of a smashed rear window at home and suspects that fled without taking anything. Jan. 11. Auto burglary: Someone smashed a window of a vehicle parked in the 800 block of Runnymede Road and stole a laptop computer and school books. Estimated loss: $1,060. Jan. 26. PORTOLA VALLEY Theft: A resident of Old Spanish Trail told deputies that a package containing five laptop computers was never received. Estimated loss: $8,275. Jan. 2. Vandalism: Someone vandalized a sign and a camera in the vicinity of Veronica Place and Nathhorst Avenue. Jan. 20. ATHERTON Thefts: Q Someone stole a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked at Sacred Heart Preparatory School on Valparaiso Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,500. Jan. 9. Q A white bicycle was stolen from MenloAtherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road after the thief cut the bike lock. Estimated loss: $970. Jan. 27. Q Two students at Menlo-Atherton High reported thefts from the men’s locker room: a smart phone and a wallet from an unlocked bag, and a smart phone and ear-bud headphones. Estimated losses: $300 and $825. Jan. 30. Q Someone stole a smart phone, phone case, wallet, gift card and a Menlo-Atherton High School ID card from an unlocked locker at the school. Estimated loss: $780. Jan. 12. Q Someone stole a smart phone and a black jacket with a hood from a student at Menlo-Atherton High. Estimated loss: $560. Jan. 20.

Henry Montgomery, turn-around specialist Henry C. Montgomery, an accounting executive, business turn-around specialist and former resident of Portola Valley, died Dec. 22, surrounded by family and friends in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He was 80 years old. Mr. Montgomery was a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, grew up in Oxford, Ohio, and tried many forms of employment as a youth, including painting houses, scooping ice cream and driving a taxi. It was during his taxi-driving period that he met his first wife, Linda. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in accounting, moved to New York City and took a job as a senior staff auditor with accounting firm Arthur Anderson & Co. Mr. Montgomery continued his career with positions at ITT, McKinsey & Company and Laird Industries. In 1971, he moved to Portola Valley and took the position of vice president and controller at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp. As a chief financial officer and/ or turn-around specialist, he held positions at Memorex Corp., Saga

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Corp., Pullman Inc., WordStar and Chuck E. Cheese, “shepherding them out of the ‘red’ and back to profitability,” relatives said. Mr. Montgomery started a business for outsourcing accounting services in 1989, and in 2006 founded Montgomery Pacific Outsourcing LLC. He moved to Honolulu and later to Angeles City, Philippines. He served on many institutional boards, including those of 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 daughter Beth Keelan said. “His integrity, energy, and smile will never be forgotten.” Mr. Montgomery is survived by his wife, Blanka Montgomery; sister Virgina Melin; daughters Elizabeth Keelan and Margaret Montgomery; son Monty Montgomery; and four grandchildren.

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id you know that nearly half of all children used to walk or bike to school? That was back in 1969. Today, that number has plummeted down to about 13 percent. We’re currently trapped in a vicious school-related traffic cycle: Q The streets in Menlo Park are not safe for kids to get to school by walking or biking. Q Because the streets are not safe, parents drive their kids to school. (Approximately 10 to 14 percent of our morning traffic is related to parents driving their kids to school.) Q Because parents drive kids to school one by one, there is more traffic. Q And because there is more traffic, the streets are even less safe. Fortunately, a model exists to help counteract the decline: It’s called Safe Routes to School. In Menlo Park, Safe Routes to School had its watershed moment on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Our City

Jen Wolosin is founder and chair of Parents for Safe Routes, a Menlo Park advocacy group committed to getting kids to school safely. She has two children at Laurel Elementary School.

GUEST OPINION Council unanimously agreed to prioritize Safe Routes to Schools in its 2017 Work Plan. Safe Routes to School helps kids use active transportation — biking, walking, scooters, etc. — to get to school. It encompasses 6 E’s: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, and Equity. Each component is necessary: We need identified routes with proper biking and walking infrastructure; likewise, kids need to learn the rules of the road for them to be safe. A 2012 study of five states that invested in Safe Routes to School showed a 37 percent

increase in kids using active transportation to get to school. We need look no farther than our neighbor, Palo Alto, to see a thriving and effective Safe Routes to School program. In 2006, a formal community partnership was implemented by the city, the schools, and the parents. Since then, over 40 percent of Palo Alto high school students bike to school and 50 percent of middle school students do so. Each child who bikes to school is potentially one fewer car during morning rush hour, which means that Safe Routes to School can have a considerable impact on traffic congestion. Just as Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School program could not exist without the three-pronged partnership of the city, its schools, and its parents, so too is Menlo Park’s success dependent on getting everyone on board. We have the challenge of thinking across many cities (Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto, and more) and San Mateo County, four school districts (Las Lomitas, Menlo

Park City, Ravenswood, Sequoia Union high school), and many private schools. Although the local situation is complex, the city of Menlo Park’s prioritization makes it likely that other related jurisdictions will join in. And the parents? Parents at individual schools can do only so much on their own. To ensure that we have a comprehensive solution that supports all of the kids in our community, a new advocacy group has formed: Parents for Safe Routes. Together with the Menlo Park Bicycle and Transportation commissions, Parents for Safe Routes successfully lobbied the City Council to make Safe Routes to School a priority. As parents, our job is to speak up for kids and to let our elected officials know that they have a mandate to make our streets safer. Parents for Safe Routes is just getting started. The “win” at City Council on Feb. 7 was just the first step. We have early momentum, but the more of us there are speaking together, the more effective we can be. Please consider joining us.

Black History Month — like no other American families and youth. In complying with the Supreme Court’s ruling, many, but not all, rom my standpoint as an African American communities around the nation sought to desegoctogenarian, this is a Black History Month regate their public schools. Many communities, however, abandoned public schools, rather than like no other in my lifetime. During the presidential campaign, Donald support desegregation, leaving those schools with Trump, in seeking the support of African Ameri- primarily African American students, and smaller cans, asked: “What do you have to lose?” The tax bases. Newly appointed Secretary of Education Betsy manner in which he posed the question was not in an appropriate venue (before the NAACP, for DeVos is an individual who unequivocally favors private schools, charter example), was negatively schools and vouchers, all phrased, was disrespectLongtime Menlo Park of which debilitate public ful to African Americans resident Henry Organ schools even more. One and their communities, and is a retired Stanford of the acts of genius of the presented no policy recomdevelopment officer, nation’s founders was estabmendations of his own. and was a member lishing free public schools, Now that his administraof the San Mateo which are critical to weavtion is taking shape, the County 2010 Charter ing and strengthening the projections are unsettling, Committee. fabric of citizenship and the regressive and momentous. GUEST OPINION spirit of e pluribus unum. His presidency marks the Now, instead of a melting end of an era, and apparent pot, there are multitudes beginning of an error. The projections arise from the appointments of pots boiling, courtesy of charter schools and and nominations being made by President Trump vouchers. The new secretary of education is supto particular cabinet positions, senior White portive of this unfortunate trend. Health and Human Services is fundamental in House staff positions, and the U.S. Supreme promoting the general welfare. This department Court. Without question, the Department of Justice certainly is important to African Americans, many ranks first in order of importance. Within its of whom are within the poverty index, lacking the responsibilities are such subjects as the protection resources to obtain health insurance, family planand enhancement of voting rights, law enforce- ning, and proper nutrition. An important health ment and reform, equal justice in sentencing, and care program is the Affordable Care Act, and the nominee for this post has a history of opposing it, race-based district gerrymandering. Newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff without any clear outline of what might replace it, if Sessions is an individual whose history on racial anything. There is the serious threat that there will matters is biased against the interests of African be major cutbacks and changes in Social Security, Americans, and has been so recorded by the late Medicare and Medicaid, which are safety nets for many African Americans. Coretta Scott King, among others. Because of Brown v. Board of Education, education has been an area of great hope for African See BLACK HISTORY MONTH, page 22 By Henry Organ

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Continue the legacy of supporting our local schools by supporting parcel tax our community has risen to the call of our school board. Our residents have come together to build t’s fair to say there is a bit more vigor in politi- the school district into one of the great jewels of cal discourse on the San Francisco Peninsula our city. Bond and parcel tax measure campaigns these days. Regardless of political leaning we have been successful to update facilities, support are all talking about our shared American expe- electives, protect class sizes and achieve high test rience again, with passion. And more than ever scores. Preserving the district has become the legacy before I hear my neighbors asking: What are our shared values? What will be our from one generation of Menlo Park parents passed to the next. And there have been great residual legacy? Who are we becoming? benefits as well. Property I have run for City Counvalues have risen and stayed cil twice in Menlo Park, high as families move into walking neighborhoods, Ray Mueller is a Menlo Park because of its knocking on doors across member of the excellent schools. this city. Menlo Park City But now that legacy is Do you know what the Council, serving his second term. in peril. topic is that most people In June 2017, the 2010 want to talk about when parcel tax will expire, you walk neighborhoods meaning a loss of $1.7 milin Menlo Park and knock GUEST OPINION lion dollars to the district on doors? Sure, people are annually. The enrollment interested in traffic, environmental protection, development, etc. But let of the district has grown by over 450 students and me share a little-known secret with you: The thing is expected to grow by at least 300 over the next that a majority of people most want to talk about eight years. Additionally the state is mandating an when you walk door to door in Menlo Park is the increase in payments to the California State Teacheducational experience their children are receiving. ers Retirement Pension Plan by 2025, totaling $3 Our passion is our youth. So much so that when million dollars. That means by 2020, if Menlo Park residents do we talk about all the other issues, if you listen closely, you can hear our love for our children permeate nothing to help, the Menlo Park City School District will have $5 million less to provide education the discussion: to many more students. “We need safe routes to schools.” Over the past few weeks you have read the opin‘”We need to adopt this clean energy ordinance ions in this newspaper setting forth the financial and reduce CO2 emissions for our kids.” “This development will give me place to walk basis for Measure X and the outstanding educaaround and enjoy time with my kids, but how will tional experience of MPSCD students and parents. it impact traffic in our neighborhood where they Now it’s time to vote. And it comes at the perfect time, with so many of us our asking in our shared play?” Menlo Park truly loves its kids. It is our shared American experience: What are our shared values? What will be our value. And we take pride in the experience of our legacy? Who are we becoming? youth. Please continue to value the education children in There is strong nostalgia among our retired residents, whether it be for the way they were raised in our district receive. Please preserve the legacy we’ve Menlo Park, or for the way they raised their chil- inherited by supporting our youth and our schools dren here. Their strongest desire is that it remain in Menlo Park and Atherton. Let us continue to be who we always have been proud to be. the best possible place to raise a family. Please support the Menlo Park City School DisCentral to that experience and discussion is the Menlo Park City School District. Historically trict and pass Measure X. by Ray Mueller

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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)

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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 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) KIMBERLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CATERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 271843 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kimberlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) File No. 272274 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SAN MATEO FOOT AND ANKLE CARE, 101 S. San Mateo Drive, Suite #212, San Mateo, CA 94401, County of San Mateo Registered Owner(s): COMPREHENSIVE FOOT & ANKLE CARE, INC., 2483 Paddock Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583 This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signature of Registrant: Kenneth J. Passeri Print name of person signing. If corporation, also print corporate title of officer: Kenneth J. Passeri, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of SAN MATEO COUNTY on February 02, 2017. Notice - In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or Common Law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original MARK CHURCH, COUNTY CLERK SAN MATEO COUNTY BY: ANSHU NAND, Deputy Clerk CN933657 Feb 15,22, Mar 1,8, 2017 File No. 272272 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: EVgo, 1250 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94062, County of San Mateo Registered Owner(s): EVgo Services LLC, 1000 North Post Oak Road, Suite 240, Houston, Texas 77055, Delaware This business is conducted by: a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 1/29/2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A regis-

trant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signature of Registrant: Terry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day Print name of person signing. If corporation, also print corporate title of officer: Terry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day, V.P. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of SAN MATEO COUNTY on February 02, 2017. Notice - In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or Common Law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original MARK CHURCH, COUNTY CLERK SAN MATEO COUNTY BY: ANSHU NAND, Deputy Clerk CN934024 10205199 SO Feb 15,22, Mar 1,8, 2017 SKEETER JONES JANITORIAL SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272304 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Skeeter Jones Janitorial Service, located at 655 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; Mailing address: P.O. Box 603, Menlo Park, CA 94026 , San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): REGINALD E. JONES 1110 Eucalyptus St. Manteca, CA 95337 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 February 6, 2017. (ALM Feb. 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8, 2017) BETI IN HOMECARE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272360 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Beti IN HomeCare, located at 2200 Menalto Ave., East Palo Alto, CA 94303, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): SOKOPETI VIMAHI 2200 Menalto Ave. 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 February 8, 2017. (ALM Feb. 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 2017) DODGE WILLIAMS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272372 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Dodge Williams, located at 1502 Stafford St., Redwood City, CA 94062, San Mateo County, USA. Registered owner(s): BRIAN CLIFFORD 2950 Briarfield Ave. Redwood City, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 2-9-17. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on February 9, 2017. (ALM Feb. 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8, 2017)

997 All Other Legals APN: 069-145-010-0 TS No: CA0800390015-1 TO No: 150282768-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;?. 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 Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Beneficiaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 702-659-7766 for information regarding the Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, CA08003900-151. 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 www.insourcelogic.com 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 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: BETTY JOYCE BURGESS Case No.: 17PR000131 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of BETTY J. BURGESS, BETTY J. HENDRIX, BETTY J. TUCKER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JOSEPH PERCY LEE TUCKER JR. in the Superior Court of California, County of SAN MATEO. The Petition for Probate requests that: JOSEPH PERCY LEE TUCKER JR. be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on March 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 28, of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. (ALM Feb. 15, 22; Mar. 1, 2017)

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