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Stanford plans new office building By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
tanford University is proposing to construct a two-story, 39,510-square-foot office building at 2131 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, across from the Sharon Heights Shopping Center. According to the plan, the structure would have two stories of underground parking and a 500-square-foot exercise room. The property is in unincorporated San Mateo County, but would be incorporated into the city of Menlo Park as part of a parcel that is also home to the office leased by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a second parcel with a single-family home on it. Between the two parcels, the amount of land to be annexed into Menlo Park would be about 14 acres. In May 2016, the City Council approved a $97,000 contract to conduct an environmental review of what the impacts would be if the city of Menlo Park annexed the two Stanford parcels, according to a staff report. Stanford still has to finish that study, work out an agreement with the city over how the area will be zoned, and get the annexation cleared by the San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission, which has
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A rendering of a two-story, 39,000-square-foot office building proposed to be built at 2131 Sand Hill Road.
jurisdiction over city boundaries. On Feb. 1, the city’s Housing Commission approved staff recommendations to require Stanford to build two below-marketrate housing units as part of its mandated contribution to the city’s below-market-rate housing supply. When new commercial structures are built in the city, developers must either pay a
per-square-foot fee or agree to build housing units off-site. If Stanford does not build the housing units, it would have to pay $615,170 in below-market-rate housing fees. Since the Sand Hill Road property to be annexed won’t be zoned to allow more housing, the two below-market-rate units could be built at Stanford’s proposed mixed-use development
at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, if that complex is approved by the city. Stanford has proposed to build 215 apartments there. According to Jim Cogan, Menlo Park’s housing and economic development manager, the Housing Commission requested a check-in with Stanford in two years. If, at that point, the commission decides it will take too
long for the housing units to be built, it might ask that the fees be paid instead. The amount of the fee could increase in the interim. The City Council had a discussion about doing just that in July 2016. Right now, the city charges a belowmarket-rate housing fee of $15.57 per square foot of new office space, but that could rise to $25 to $50 per square foot. A
County: ‘You shouldn’t have to risk your life to be housed’ By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
an Mateo County now has a tool to help those renters who county officials say they have found living in “spaces that were never meant for human habitation,” including welded cages in a warehouse, in closets and in storage lockers. A new ordinance approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors that goes into effect March 16 says that when tenants are found living in unsafe, illegal or substandard conditions, landlords must help pay costs for them to relocate to new housing. The ordinance was given final approval by the supervisors at their Feb. 14 meeting. The relocation benefits will pay for temporary housing if the existing housing can be made safe within 90 days. Otherwise the
benefits will help pay the costs of finding permanent replacement housing. Assistant County Manager Mike Callagy said the new ordinance began with the basic premise that “you shouldn’t have to risk your life to be housed in this county.” The ordinance is “very narrowly tailored to specific situations” in which people are living in an illegal structure, or a legal structure that is unsafe because of building code violations, he said. Mr. Callagy said problems include bare wiring and lack of ventilation, which exposes residents to carbon monoxide. “People are in dire need of housing and they’re willing to live anywhere,” he said. County Building Official Miles Hancock said units have been found with no heat and
makeshift showers and toilets. “This ordinance sends a clear message to those who have chosen to take advantage of tenants” by renting substandard housing, Mr. Callagy said. “There will be consequences.” Deputy County Counsel Brian Kulich said previously, if someone were found to be renting units with “severe code violations” that required tenants to move out, either the tenants or the county ended up paying the moving costs. “This is a particular burden for low-income tenants,” he said. “We want to change that,” he said. “We want to hold that property owner responsible.” David Carducci, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, said such unsafe living conditions are “one of the biggest problems we are seeing.” “Every week I’m seeing people
come and tell us stories about the kind of thing you’re talking about today,” he said. He heard from a woman and her teenage son living in a closet, and many others in “overcrowded, unsafe, unsanitary conditions,” he said. Many such situations are never reported because tenants do not want to lose their homes, he said. The supervisors unanimously approved the ordinance, but gave it a one-year sunset date at the suggestion of Supervisor Warren Slocum, who said there could be “potential unexpected consequences to this policy.” Supervisor Don Horsley said trying to improve housing conditions “is one of the reasons I ran for the board.” He said the county found people in Princeton living in old Muni buses with no sanitation, no heating and no power, and in
dry-docked boats. The law has an appeal process and exceptions for cases in which the condition was created by the tenants or their guests, or by an accident or a natural disaster. Tenants who will be displaced for more than 90 days will receive three months of rent at the federal Housing and Urban Development fair market rate, plus up to $1,000 for moving costs and related expenses. Those who are temporarily displaced will be repaid their costs of the displacement up to the maximum of what would be paid for a permanent displacement. Those who must move out in fewer than 30 days can get an additional $1,000. If a landlord does not pay the tenant, the county may make the payments and be reimbursed, including administrative costs, plus penalties. A
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Atherton approves plans for $37 million civic center The police station and the town administration, building and planning offices, plus a therton is on schedule combined council chamber and to start construction of emergency operations center, a new civic center by the are estimated to cost an addiend of the year, but first it will tional $22.3 million. The estimates include money ask voters to allow using more public money to pay the $37.3 already spent on design of the million estimated cost of the new complex. The council also agreed to complex, which will include a new library, a police station, and put an advisory measure on the June 6 ballot that town administrawould allow the tion, planning and town to use money building offices. Measure to it already has in its On Feb. 15, the allow use of coffers to help pay Atherton City for the civic center. Council approved more public In 2012, Atherthe final design of a money for ton voters approved new civic center and its $37.3 million cost complex will be a measure that donated funds estimate. Included on June ballot. said should be the priin the cost is close to $15 million the town already mary source paying for new town has set aside for a new library and facilities. But Atherton Now, the renovation and reuse of the his- group formed to raise money for toric council chambers building. the civic center, has raised far less By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
Atherton to restrict drone use The Atherton City Council gave preliminary approval Feb. 15 to an ordinance that will control hobby use of drones in Atherton. The ordinance prohibits non-licensed, or hobby, drones in HolbrookPalmer Park. Commercial use in the park, such as for photography, will require a town permit. The ordinance also prohibits using any sort of camera or recording device with a hobby drone. If the drone has
recording capability, it must be disabled to use it legally in Atherton, even on private property. Different rules apply to commercial and government use of drones, which are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration and require a license to operate. The ordinance requires a second reading and final approval, scheduled for March 15, and would go into effect April 14.
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meet the funding shortfall, where one exists, for construction of the new Town Center?” The measure would not allow any new taxes to pay for the civic center, but would allow the town
School district starts teacher-layoff process By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
n a preview of what could be ahead for the Menlo Park City School District if its March 7 parcel tax measure fails, the district’s governing board on Feb. 15 unanimously approved starting the layoff process for the equivalent of 30 teachers. The board will consider additional layoff notices for nonteaching employees in March or April, Assistant Superintendent Erik Burmeister told the board.
Mr. Burmeister called the process “one of the hardest parts” of his job as head of human resources for the district. The process for laying off employees in the teachers’ union, which includes credentialed administrators and specialists, requires that notices be given by March 15, a week after the parcel tax election. The district has more flexibility in laying off non-teaching employees. The board had asked district
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to borrow money to pay for construction and repay it from the general funds. Council members still hope the town will raise the needed money with donations. A
staff to plan for the maximum number of layoffs that might be needed to give it flexibility in deciding what positions or programs to eliminate. The list that was approved allows the board to follow through with any, or all, of the reductions on a list of cuts it had earlier considered. Among the positions the board approved for layoff notices are the full-time equivalents of one director of curriculum and instruction, six kindergarten to fifth-grade classroom teachers, three middle school English teachers, two middle school humanities teachers, one middle school math teacher, one middle school social science teacher, two middle school science teachers, four kindergarten to eighth-grade librarians, three kindergarten to fifth-grade art teachers, two teachers on special assignment, 1.5 technology coaches, 0.33 each of middle school drama and physical education teachers, 0.5 of a Spanish teacher, 0.17 each of middle school teachers of music, art and industrial arts, and 1.5 world language teachers. If all the layoffs were to go into effect, the district’s teaching staff would be reduced by 15 percent, Mr. Burmeister said. He said that if the parcel tax does not pass, the board will need to hold at least three special board meetings before spring break to decide what cuts to make. Layoffs will be made by order of seniority, with the last hired being the first to be laid off. A
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Woodside council votes to take no action on ethics investigation By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
efore an audience of six or seven Woodside residents on Feb. 14, the Town Council put its equivalent of an “Investigation closed” stamp on an ethics complaint launched by former councilman Dave Burow, who was in the audience, against a former member of the Architectural and Site Review Board, Nancy Reyering, who was not. A 41-page report by an outside attorney recommended that the council sustain five of Mr. Burow’s nine allegations against Ms. Reyering, but the council voted 4-0 to follow a recommendation by Mayor Tom Livermore to take “no further action.” “No one really wants to continue this matter at all, despite what the local papers might say,” Mayor Livermore said, in introducing the topic. “I really think it’s time to put an end to this discussion. ... I urge my fellow members as strongly as I can to accept my recommendation, and I know that some of you might have a difference of opinion with respect to that.” Three council members were absent: Anne Kasten, Peter Mason and Dave Tanner. Mr. Burow’s complaint concerned a May 2016 email Ms. Reyering sent to two other members of the architectural review board and the planning director ahead of a review of a residential construction project. Mr. Burow said the email violated the town’s ethics code by, among other things, suggesting “a different set of rules” for evaluating projects involving council members — Mr. Mason was the project architect — and reaching a conclusion about the project before hearing testimony. Mr. Livermore said he based
his recommendation on Ms. Reyering’s decision not to reapply for terms on the review board or the Open Space Committee (her terms on both expired in February) and that, unlike Mr. Burow, she would not make herself available for a public hearing. In addressing an ethics code violation, the code requires that the report be presented to the council at a public meeting. “The Town Council will accept testimony on the matter and determine whether a violation of the Code has occurred,” the code says. The council “may impose sanctions on elected or appointed officials” if it determines that a violation has occurred. In response to a question from Councilman Daniel Yost, an attorney, as to whether the council would violate this code by dropping the matter without making a determination, Town Attorney Jean Savaree noted that the council had the authority to proceed as the code dictates, but added that since Ms. Reyering was no longer on the review board, the council had no authority to impose sanctions. Asked in an interview if the council acted properly, Mr. Yost said the ethics code addresses a category of people — elected and appointed officials and town staff — and that the sentence in the code requiring the council to determine whether a violation occurred is inapplicable to persons no longer in that category. Ms. Savaree, when asked later about the applicability of this sentence, said she would not address questions not posed by the council. The council had the authority to close the investigation, she said. In his report, Mayor Livermore asked the council to
re-examine the ethics code and enforcement procedures “to explore ways in which we can improve it should complaints be filed in the future,” and to emphasize the importance of ethics training for all elected and appointed officials. Testimony
In a statement, Mr. Burow said that Ms. Reyering’s email was “unambiguous and clearly in violation of the Town’s Code of Conduct.” He said he did not ask for an investigation or her removal from the board, but he said the town acted correctly in investigating Ms. Reyering, given her reaction, he said. Asked in an interview to elaborate, Mr. Burow said Ms. Reyering could have apologized. “All she’s doing is trying to blame others for a mistake that she made,” he said. “Nobody said, ‘Take her off the board and send her to Siberia.’” Mr. Burow said he agrees with many of Ms. Reyering’s causes, but not with her methods. She could have filed her own ethics complaint, he said. “If she really wanted to change the world, she should find a way to work within the system,” he said. In her statement, Ms. Reyering disputed Mr. Burow’s claim, saying she was told that the investigation proceeded as it did because Mr. Burow “had insisted I be removed.” Responding to Mr. Burow’s suggestion of an apology, Ms. Reyering said in an email she was unaware of the complaint until the process had begun. “Had the Mayor — Deborah Gordon, at the time — properly handled the matter by reaching out to me and informing me of the complaint, I agree with Mr. Burow that this matter could and should have been dealt with informally.” A
New voice on architectural board By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
he Architectural and Site Review Board in Woodside had two openings for the Town Council to consider on Feb. 14, and now has one new member — former councilman William McSherry — as a result of the council’s vote. The second seat remains occupied by incumbent Maggie Mah, who’s been on the board for five years and requested reappointment, but who may or may not retain her seat when
the council revisits the matter, likely on Feb. 28. To be appointed, a candidate needs at least four affirmative votes from the seven-member council. In four rounds of voting by the four council members present for the Feb. 14 meeting, the council split 3-1 in favor of newcomer John Carvell. Voting for Mr. Carvell in every round were Councilwoman Deborah Gordon, Councilman Chris Shaw and Mayor Tom Livermore, according to a tally provided by the town clerk. Councilman Daniel Yost voted
for Ms. Mah on each occasion. Councilwoman Anne Kasten was absent. Councilmen Peter Mason, an architect who does business in town, and Dave Tanner, a general contractor who does business in town, are associated with projects that come before the review board. Town Attorney Jean Savaree told the Almanac that it was her understanding that Mr. Mason and Mr. Tanner did not attend so as to avoid participating in the process of appointing members. See ARCHITECTURAL BOARD, page 9
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Canada Cleaners changes hands By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
anada Cleaners in Wood- that she never heard the end of side is a laundry service, it from her four brothers. Mr. Lott came back with a but for at least a few minutes in 2011 it was a tailoring gift, a container of bath salts extracted from the Dead Sea. service as well. Kathleen Hunnicutt, who “He’s a very kind man, and very recently sold her dry cleaning grateful,” she said. business after 36 years, recalled a man walking into her place Cold water wash and asking for some thread. As a professional in the cleanHe had a meeting to attend, he ing of clothes, Ms. Hunnicutt said, and a collar button that he naturally brings her expertise wanted to resew on to the shirt home with her. When she he was wearing. washes clothes, unless they are Ms. Hunnicutt told him really dirty, she uses cold water she had what he needed, and and sets the washing machine offered to do the sewing herself to delicate. if he would just take a seat. “I find that (delicate) does a Which he did, with his shirt on, great job,” she said. and Ms. Hunnicutt proceeded She said she puts them in the to sew the collar button back on drier for no more than five or as two customers ten minutes, just watched. enough to remove The work com- Former owner dampness and not plete, the man long enough to risk recalls notable shrinking. Drying offered to pay, but Ms. Hunnicutt moments with by air is easier on said she refused. clothes, she said. Ronnie Lott, The man left, and As for dry the two customers Shirley Temple cleaning, people asked her if she’d tend to overdo it, Black. been aware that she said. She’s had she had repaired a shirt being customers who bring someworn by pro football Hall of thing in after having worn it Fame cornerback Ronnie Lott, once. “If something doesn’t formerly of the San Francisco need to be dry cleaned, don’t do 49ers. it,” she said. She had not been aware, she The new owner at Canada said, adding to the Almanac Cleaners is Carlos Arias, for
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Kathleen Hunnicutt, right, helps Roxanna Gonzalez at Canada Cleaners in Woodside on Feb. 2. Ms. Gonzalez is the sister-in-law of the new owner and is working at the shop.
15 years on the staff at Helen’s One Hour Cleaners & Laundry on Woodside Road in Redwood City, Ms. Hunnicutt said. Of her years behind the counter, Ms. Hunnicutt said it often became personal. “So many times (customers) would share their life’s experiences,” she said. “It wasn’t just a dry cleaners. It was a place to visit.” “I would like to thank everyone who shared their life stories with me,” she said in a message provided to the Almanac. “For many of you, I have had the opportunity to watch your families grow, and to watch your children grow
families of their own. “I am gratified to leave (my business) in experienced hands. I am confident in their work and pleased in seeing how they operate with integrity and diligence,” she said. Ms. Hunnicutt lives in Sunnyvale and said she will be looking into volunteering at Woodside’s Filoli estate. Red sweater day
Celebrities came by Canada Cleaners occasionally, including Joe Montana and Roger Craig, Ms. Hunnicutt said, both former stars with the San Francisco 49ers.
For more than five decades, Woodside was home to film icon and former diplomat Shirley Temple Black, who would have her hair done near where she had her clothes cleaned. “Shirley Temple was a really good customer of mine,” Ms. Hunnicutt said. “She was a very private person, but had a great character and she was very funny. She had these one liners.” Knowing of Ms. Black’s preference for the color red, Ms. Hunnicutt said she once offered her two of her red sweaters, and that Ms. Black accepted them and wore them. A
Robert Buelteman, pilot in war and peace A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Woodside Village Church to remember the life of Woodside resident Robert Litchfield Buelteman, a wartime and commercial pilot, a road-trip enthusiast, a singer in the church choir, and the father of four. Mr. Buelteman died Jan. 20 at age 95 at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley. A reception will follow the memorial service at the church at 3154 Woodside Road. As did many pilots working for Pan American World Airways at the breakout of World War II, Mr. Buelteman flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces’ Air Transport Command, 50 missions in all before he turned 25. As a commercial pilot, among the aircraft he flew were Boeing 747 jumbo jets. When speaking to passengers from the cockpit, he was known for
Obituaries are based on information provided by the family.
his grave and laconic style over the public address system and was “delighted” that a passenger once compared him to film actor John Wayne. When tensions in U.S. relations with China eased and commercial flights to Beijing resumed, Mr. Buelteman piloted Pan Am’s inaugural flight there. He retired in 1981. Mr. Buelteman was a native of Detroit. Along with flying, he was passionate about driving and road trips. At the age of 80, he drove a Buick Skyhawk, a vehicle not designed for adventures, on a round trip to the Arctic Circle. Music and the arts occupied an important spot in the Buelteman family’s life. Mr. Buelteman and his wife Betty — an artist and a designer
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— sang in the Woodside Village Church choir for decades. Their children were introduced to the piano at an early age and went on to careers in fashion design, photography, writing, singing and acting. The family sang all the time, and while they were not supposed to engage in it at the dinner table, it happened anyway, his daughter Jane said in writing about her father. “While he was a demanding parent, his devotion to his children made their lives shine,” she said. Mr. Buelteman also served as a liaison between the Village Church congregation and the ministry. An agile and capable tennis player, he played domestically and overseas and once won the Woodside Men’s Invitational. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his daughter Lisa and his brother Herb. He is survived by his daughters Anne of Woodside and Jane
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Robert Buelteman, a Boeing 747 pilot for Pan American World Airways, also flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces’ Air Transport Command during World War II.
of Half Moon Bay; son Rob of Montara; sister Mary Lunis of Idaho; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Woodside/Portola
Valley Rotary Club (wpvrotary. org). The family also thanks The Lodge at The Sequoias in Portola Valley for the “outstanding care” provided to Mr. Buelteman. A
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Woodside Elementary will keep two principals By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
ntil three years ago, the one-school Woodside Elementary School District was headed by a superintendent who also served as principal of the kindergartenthrough-eighth-grade school, which currently has about 400 students. That year, however, the district announced it would be removing the principal’s duties from the superintendent’s job, but not cutting her pay. In fact, the district added two principals. Longtime district teacher Steve Frank, who had been serving as an assistant principal, was promoted to principal of the district’s sixth, ARCHITECTURAL BOARD continued from page 7
Mr. Tanner and Mr. Mason have not yet responded to a request for comment. Ms. Gordon suggested that the council appoint Mr. McSherry and delay a vote on Ms. Mah’s seat until Councilwoman Anne Kasten returns. The council took one more vote, which again resulted in a 3-1 split in favor of Mr. Carvell.
seventh and eighth grades, and Pam Duarte was hired to be principal of the district’s transitional kindergarten through fifth grades. With the recent retirement of Ms. Duarte, and a parcel tax measure on the ballot, the district recently took another look at its administrative staffing. On Feb. 14, Superintendent Beth Polito announced that the district has decided “we need to have both an elementary and middle school principal.” She said she and the school board had decided that “having an administration that directly supports students, teachers and families on a daily basis is critical to maintaining the high quality instructional experience our students benefit from every day.” you can’t max out a house sometimes,” he said. There’s room for “a little more latitude” in central Woodside where you rarely see your neighbors, he said. Another key in suburban neighborhoods: walking around and talking with neighbors to “see what they think and how they feel,” he said. “I think that’s very crucial in areas where the houses are much closer.” Pro and con
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In remarks introducing himself to the council, Mr. McSherry, a member of the council in the 1990s, said that while the residential design guidelines are new to him, they are “quite good (and) really help stage what ‘rural’ is in Woodside.” As to being a board member, Mr. McSherry said the important qualities are civility, courtesy, honesty and respect, adding that it’s not his job to design a house, but to determine whether the proposed designs comply with the general plan, the design guidelines and the municipal code. Ms. Gordon asked him how he would maintain the integrity of guidelines that apply to the town overall while being fair to residents in neighborhoods of different character. Properties west of Interstate 280 tend to be larger and farther apart, while those east of the freeway are more suburban. In suburban neighborhoods like Woodside Hills, where he lives, “you do see your neighbors,” Mr. McSherry said. “It’s very important that the building projects in that community be consistent with that community.” In Woodside Glens, some properties are very constrained and “you have to recognize that
Ms. Mah, in her remarks, praised the board for positive changes over the last 18 months as she addressed the review board’s mission of maintaining rural character and the “push and pull” that comes with that mission. (The board has been criticized for being too subjective and detailed in its analysis of projects.) Ms. Mah called attention to the passage in the design guidelines that says “there will be conflict” at times between elements of the guidelines for a particular site. “Many times,” she added, “we are between the rock of the municipal code and the hard place of the design guidelines.” It’s essential, she said, that communication between the council and the board be more frequent, collaborative and not adversarial. Former councilman and regular review-board critic Dave Burow said he attended 30 of the last 33 board meetings and agreed with Ms. Mah’s positive views. “I recognize the improvement, but at the same time I would say that there’s more work to be done,” he told the council. “The board is still trying to impose personal design criteria ... (and are) getting to a level of detail that is not needed to assure that we retain our rural character.” A
The matter was discussed at a board meeting, but no formal action was taken, she said. She added that the two principal positions have resulted in “very positive effects on school climate, student performance via ongoing teacher evaluation and grade level oversight, and staff and parent satisfaction.” To save money, Ms. Polito said, the district will continue to have Mr. Frank teach one-third time, and will also reduce its chief
business official position by 20 percent. Savings totaling about $100,000 also include spending less on materials, contracts and technology hardware, she said. The district has asked voters to approve an eight-year parcel tax of $290 per year for each parcel, adjusted annually by the Bay Area consumer price index. The measure is the only item on a special mail-in only April 4 ballot. The tax brings in about $300,000 a year. The current
parcel tax of the same amount expires on June 30. At tinyurl.com/WES-TC2015, the TransparentCalifornia website, shows that in 2015, Mr. Frank’s salary and benefits totaled $163,033 and Ms. Duarte’s totaled $167,788. The district should save $20,000 by hiring an interim principal for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Polito said. Ms. Duarte’s last day will be Feb. 17. A
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Carriage house demolished at former nursery site Alto, led a spirited campaign to preserve the carriage house. In earlier iterations of the o clear the way for a designs for the condo comnew 24-condo complex plex, developer Deke Hunter of at 133 Encinal Ave. in Hunter Properties had considMenlo Park, the Victorian-style ered using the carriage house carriage house that was once as an “amenities” building for home to an Edy’s Ice Cream the residents. However, the decision was parlor and a gift shop for the Roger Reynolds Nursery has made during an October 2015 Planning Commission meeting been razed. “The bulldozers did their to eliminate the carriage house in order to enable magic, turning the buildings to be memories into a reconfigured and pile of dreams,” Jim Lewis, lower the height wrote Jim Lewis, a member of of the buildings a member of the closest to Stone Menlo Park Histhe Menlo Pine Lane. There torical AssociaPark Historical had been numertion, in an email on the day of the Association, led a ous complaints by demolition, Feb. spirited campaign residents of that street that the new 13. to preserve the condos would be “Those cititoo tall and would zens who carriage house. invade the current remember fondly the lazy days of summer, residents’ privacy. The condo development was while munching on an Edy’s ice cream cone, or more recently approved by the City Council browsing around the Roger in January 2016, but in April Reynolds gift shop, can now 2016, the council discussed quietly say, rest in peace dear ways to save the carriage house, including repurposing it as a friend.” Mr. Lewis, a resident of Palo museum for the Menlo Park By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
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An excavator does its work on the carriage house at the former Roger Reynolds Nursery site, 133 Encinal Ave. in Menlo Park. A condominium complex is planned for the site.
Historical Association. The consensus among city staff and council members was that the cost to move and retrofit the building to code was
prohibitively high, especially since the building did not meet the qualifications to be a “historical” building by state or federal standards.
The council ended up voting 4-0, with Councilman Ray Mueller absent, to not accept an offer to take over the building and move it. A
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Phase 2 of clean energy enrollment is here San Mateo County businesses and residents who weren’t part of the first phase of Peninsula Clean Energy’s rollout will soon receive notices that they will be signed up for the program in April unless they choose to opt out and stay with Pacific Gas & Electric. Peninsula Clean Energy is a joint powers agency made up of San Mateo County and all the municipalities in the county, formed to provide “cleaner” and less expensive electricity than that provided by PG&E. The energy is delivered by PG&E, which also continues to provide billing. In October about 80,000 of the county’s 300,000 businesses and residents were signed up in the program’s first phase. Notices will go out to the remaining to 210,000 residences and businesses in February. Unless they opt out, most customers will automatically be signed up for Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECOplus program to receive electricity from sources that are 50 percent renewable, compared to PG&E’s 30 percent. The price is 5 percent less than PG&E’s rates.
Portola Valley has chosen to have the default for its residents and businesses to be PCE’s ECO100 program, which is 100 percent renewable electricity. Others can choose to opt up to that program, which costs 1 cent per kilowatt hour more than PG&E’s rates. Customers currently enrolled in low-income or medical baseline energy discount programs automatically continue in these programs under PCE. PCE has a governing board made up of a council member from each of the 20 member cities and two county supervisors. The agency has contracted with a separate energy service provider called Direct Energy to source the clean energy, which is generated from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and small hydroelectric plants in California and the Pacific Northwest. The agency uses the collective purchasing power of participating cities to buy and deliver it via the existing PG&E grid. At tinyurl.com/PCE-Rates the agency has more information about its rates. A — Barbara Wood
County school board deals with immigration issue By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
he San Mateo County Board of Education has unanimously adopted a resolution expressing support for all students and families in San Mateo County, regardless of immigration status or national origin. The resolution, adopted on Jan. 18, says that the county Board of Education and its Office of Education “are committed to fostering an environment in which all students are able to learn and excel, whatever their national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, gender, or socio-economic status.” “Locals school districts have a constitutional mandate to educate all students residing within their jurisdictional boundaries, whatever the students’ immigration status,” the resolution says. County Superintendent Anne Campbell said she and the county board “hope this resolution sends a strong message to families that county leaders and administrators are ready to take all legally permissible actions to protect the rights of
our students.” The resolution says that after the recent national election many of the county’s families “have expressed fear and concern, owing to the immigration status.” Board President Joe Ross said: “We are proud to live in a county of immigrants, in a state of immigrants, in a nation of immigrants.” The resolution says information will not be collected about students’ or families’ immigration status when students enroll in the education office’s programs, and that the education office will “take all legally appropriate steps to resist” any federal attempts to develop a registry based on national origin or religion. “Our job is to make sure each student in San Mateo County, regardless of status, is afforded a great education and a safe environment to learn,” Mr. Ross said. Twelve school boards in the county have adopted similar resolutions, including the Sequoia Union High School District and San Mateo County Community College District, and others plan to consider them. A
Armed man robs Woodside bank Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a man who robbed a Woodside branch of Chase Bank at 2977 Woodside Road while brandishing a handgun, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. In a still image taken from the bank’s video surveillance system and provided by the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is shown as white and clean shaven and wearing a white beanie-style hat, sunglasses, a red sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. The man left the bank with the cash in a black plastic garbage bag and headed east on Woodside Road, deputies said. Deputies said they conducted a “thorough search” of the area, but the suspect is still at large. An investigation is underway. No one was injured in the
These still images from the bank’s video surveillance system were released by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
incident, deputies said. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact Detective
Jonathan Sebring at (650) 3634057 or Jsebring@smcgov.org. To remain anonymous, call 1-800-547-2700.
Man arrested on rape, robbery charges By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
56-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested Thursday, Feb. 16, in connection with a rape and robbery of a woman at a Menlo Park residence in early December, according to Detective Sgt. Ed Soares of the Menlo Park Police Department. Cedric Mark Williams was booked into San Mateo County jail on five counts: rape by force, forced oral copulation, rape of an unconscious victim, false imprisonment with violence and robbery, Detective Sgt. Soares said. Menlo Park detectives learned of the incident on Feb. 14 and interviewed the woman regarding the allegations. Through her statements and further investigation, Mr. Williams was identified as the suspect, police said. Investigators located Mr. Williams on Feb. 16 and interviewed him at the police department. Following the interview, he was arrested. The department said it would not release further information at this time. Police ask that anyone who might have information regarding this case to call Detective Sgt. Soares at (650) 330-6360, Detective Steve Knopp at (650) 330-6364, or the anonymous tip hotline at (650) 330-6395.
Smith sentencing postponed again For the fifth time, the sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith, former owner of Menalto Cleaners
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in the Willows area of Menlo Park, has been postponed. Mr. Smith, 64, who pleaded no contest in July 2016 to eight felonies in connection with unauthorized use of customer credit cards, is now scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Friday, March 17. Mr. Smith agreed in a plea bargain in July 2016 to a maximum prison term of eight years and to pay restitution to all victims on all counts.
In Mr. Smith’s court hearing on Feb. 10, his attorney requested another continuance of the case, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. He said the defense attorney has asked for the extension to enable Mr. Smith to gather more money for restitution. Restitution claims from victims add up to almost $500,000, and there are still more to be collected, Mr. Wagstaffe said. Mr. Smith is currently out of custody and working, earning about $1,800 per month, he said. A
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Jonathan Turner stands at the intersection of Chester Street and Menalto Avenue, where he and DeBraun Thomas were stopped by police in the Willows neighborhood on Dec. 19. Since the incident, he said he has stopped making Doordash deliveries to residences in Menlo Park. He said he is apprehensive about returning there on a cat-sitting assignment because of concerns that neighbors might call the police. (Cover photo of Mr. Turner also by Michelle Le of the Almanac.)
n Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood, a spate of home burglaries since September has put residents on edge, leading to an undercover police presence, an increase in calls to the police to investigate “suspicious” characters, and a number of recent arrests. While some residents herald the arrests as an unequivocal win for the community, others point out how heightened police attention can affect innocent people, often people of color, who are stopped and detained by police. The Almanac interviewed a number of people of color who have been stopped by Menlo Park police and asked them to talk about the experience and how it has affected them.
On Dec. 19, 2016, only a couple of hours before Menlo Park police arrested a pair of teenage burglary suspects, DeBraun Thomas, 27, and Jonathan Turner, 37, both African American, were catching up before the holidays. They were returning from lunch together, when Mr. Turner turned his car up a cul-de-sac in the Willows. Mr. Thomas had grown up in the Willows and was home to spend Christmas with his mother. After turning left from
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People of color speak up about personal impact of police stops
For this story, reporter Kate Bradshaw interviewed several young men of color about their experiences when stopped by Menlo Park police. She also interviewed Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen and Commander Dave Bertini. The Almanac plans to continue to cover this issue and wants to hear from you. What do you think about race and policing in Menlo Park? Have you had an experience with the police you’d like to discuss? Email reporter Kate Bradshaw at kbradshaw@AlmanacNews.com and Editor Richard Hine at editor@ AlmanacNews.com. Email letters to the editor to: letters@ AlmanacNews.com. No more than 300 words. Include phone number and home address, and write “letter for publication” in the subject line. (If the letter runs, your name, street name and city of residence will be published, not your phone number or address.)
By Kate Bradshaw | Photos by Michelle Le Chester Street, where there is a stop sign, onto Menalto Avenue, an undercover police car pulled up and four officers stopped Mr. Turner for allegedly rolling through the stop sign. (Menlo Park police don’t use dashboard video cameras, so there is no video of the car turning. They do use bodycams, but they are turned on in person-to-person contacts and capture only 30 secconds prior to their activation, according to Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen.) Mr. Turner says he was under duress and doesn’t know if he gave consent to have the car searched. Menlo Park Police Commander Dave Bertini said that police saw an open container of marijuana in the vehicle, which is against the law. Mr. Turner says he did have marijuana in the car, located under his seat inside an opaque white bag carrying the name of a medical marijuana delivery service. He presented a medical marijuana prescription card. The police also found an amber light, which Mr. Turner said he planned to use at the Boys & Girls Clubs as a promotion for a comic book he had written about a character he calls Pajama Man. Amber lights, Chief Jonsen said, trigger suspsicion because they can be used to imitate police car lights. Mr. Turner was required to sit on the curb while his car
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was searched, a painful position because he has multiple sclerosis. A sergeant repeatedly asked Mr. Turner why he was so nervous, he said. While he was being detained in front of his childhood home, Mr. Thomas said, the police asked several times what the two men were doing in the neighborhood, and he was asked for a second form of ID after showing his driver’s license.
‘No one should have to feel that way: unsafe around the police, unsafe in their own neighborhood.’ DEB RAUN THOMAS
Both men were shaken by the experience, in part because they had both been detained 10 years earlier in front of the same home for driving a type of car that was allegedly often used for burglaries. That time, the police had pulled guns on them. After their most recent stop, the two men wanted to talk about their experiences. Mr. Thomas hosted a community organizing workshop at Cafe Zoe in the Willows. “I can’t tell you or explain
how violating it is to be harassed by the police, knowing you didn’t do anything in your own neighborhood,” he said later in an interview. “No one should have to feel that way: unsafe around the police, unsafe in their own neighborhood.” Mr. Turner said he is used to police stops. He said he is stopped by police officers around the Bay Area probably once a month or every other month. A refrain he hears often is, “You fit the description of who we’re looking for.” Although he is 37 years old, he said he has been detained regarding incidents that involved suspects who were teenagers of color. As a delivery man for Doordash, a food delivery startup, he said he is now afraid to make deliveries in Menlo Park at night, and has lost out on potential income. He admits that in his duties as a delivery man, he is sometimes required to do things that may appear to some to be suspicious. For example, many residents don’t turn on lights to illuminate their house numbers. He sometimes has to walk up and down driveways to make sure he’s found the right house for his delivery. “I want them (police) to know it’s more than just pulling someone over,” he said. “It’s
humiliating. It’s demoralizing. It has a psychological effect on us.” He said he did not file a complaint with the department out of fear of retaliation, but does intend to file a lawsuit. While in attendance at a comunity meeting the Menlo Park Police Department held Jan. 11 to discuss burglaries in the Willows neighborhood, Mr. Turner said he understood comments by the police chief to indicate that he “...pretty much gave (people) a green light to call the cops every time they see a colored person.” What Chief Jonsen said at that meeting was: “Every once in a while, your gut is going to tell you, that individual — just something about that individual — doesn’t look right. Trust your intuition. That’s why we have it. We’re humans, right? Trust it, and call us, and let us do our job.”
JT Faraji, 41, an African American resident of East Palo Alto, recently met with Chief Jonsen to talk about an incident that happened to him in August 2016. He was the passenger in a car with two other men, who wish to remain anonymous, that was stopped and searched by several Menlo Park police detectives who are part of the San Mateo County Gang Task
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Force and Narcotics Task Force (a multijurisdictional policing group that can do investigations outside Menlo Park). Mr. Faraji alleged that while stopped at a T-intersection in East Palo Alto, an undercover police car turned right at the T, and then, he said, after the officers saw the car’s occupants, made a U-turn and began to follow them. They were shortly thereafter stopped for allegedly running a stop sign and speeding. Mr. Faraji said the driver did not run the stop sign or speed prior to the police stop. No video footage of the traffic incident was recorded. Commander Bertini of the Menlo Park Police Department said in a later interview that the detectives who conducted the stop had probable cause. After the car was stopped, the officers found that one of the young men was on probation, warranting a full search of the car, and another man’s driver’s license had just been suspended. Mr. Faraji had been recording the encounter on his phone but was required to put the phone down when an officer told him to put his hands up. Police may order passengers in a traffic stop to put their phones down, said Cmdr. Bertini. In a meeting with Chief Jonsen, Mr. Faraji said he suggested the police department get dashboard cameras to record police observations of traffic stops, rather than rely on body cameras, which only record police intereactions with people. Mr. Faraji said he thinks East Palo Alto is overpoliced, partly because of added police presence from other jurisdictions, and he thinks the gang task force should be dissolved. “Menlo Park has no reason to come into our community,” he said. “If we need help policing, our police chief can ask specifically for help.” Heavy policing in his area coupled with harsh sentencing laws has negative effects on his community. In a neighboring city, he pointed out, “you can rape someone and get three months of jail,” referring to the sentence Stanford’s Brock Turner served after being convicted of rape in 2016. In East Palo Alto, he said, “Families are destroyed for weed.”
Willie Beasley, 55, an African American resident of Belle Haven in Menlo Park, told the Almanac that fear of the police is an everyday fact of life for him and others in his community. “There’s not a kid alive in the African American community that doesn’t know what DWB — driving while black or brown — is,” he said.
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JT Faraji (center) stands with two young men who were in a car that was stopped and searched by members of the Menlo Park Police Department in East Palo Alto.
“Certain things you don’t do in certain neighborhoods,” he said. For instance, he said, he avoids wearing a baseball cap, baggy clothes or tennis shoes when he goes to a neighborhood where the residents are primarily Caucasian. “Even though I try to control my environment (and) how I present myself, that’s not going to save you,” he said. “All it takes is one overzealous officer with a chip on his shoulder. ... They have a badge and authority.” Mandating that police officers use body cameras may not be so effective at curbing abuses of authority, he said. Across the nation, he said, “people are being gunned down on camera and can’t even get a conviction.”
Kathleen Daly, who owns Cafe Zoe in the Willows neighborhood, said that in the eight years since the cafe opened, every young man of color who has worked at her cafe — so far, there have been eight — has experienced being stopped by the police, whether in Menlo Park, Palo Alto or East Palo Alto. Some have been stopped multiple times. Recently, an employee was stopped while walking from East Palo Alto to Menlo Park along Woodland Avenue and was late for his shift. The police officer was friendly enough, the young man told her, but several months earlier, the same young man, while walking across the Willow Road/U.S. 101 bridge, said he had been knocked to the ground and had a gun pulled on him by an East Palo Alto officer. “They’re stopped because they’re young people of color,” Ms. Daly said. “These young people are being pulled over, stopped, (and) asked stupid questions for
walking down the friggin’ street.” She said she understands the fear in the neighborhood — her own cafe has been broken into twice — but wants to point out to the community that there are many young people of color who walk through the neighborhood regularly. She believes that being stopped by the police, having done nothing wrong, can have lasting psychological impacts on local kids. “We are traumatizing young men of color,” she said.
Chief Jonsen said his officers have the authority to stop someone for a traffic violation, such as running a stop sign, and search the car if the officer thinks there is reason to suspect illegal activity. He said he expects his officers to treat people with respect. Chief Jonsen invites anyone who has questions about police behavior to call the department at (650) 330-6300 to schedule a meeting with him. The Menlo Park Police Department has won
Chief Jonsen invites anyone who has questions about police behavior to call the department. three awards for community policing since October 2015. He admitted that in encouraging residents to call the police whenever they see anything that could arouse suspicion, police do contact innocent landscapers, construction workers and residents. But it’s not the police department’s job, he said, to ferret out the mindset of the person who calls. The department’s job, he said, is to respond to calls for service, and catch people who commit crimes. Commander Bertini added that dispatchers are expected to ask further questions about suspects beyond their race. The police department is under new pressure, since burglaries and petty theft are on the rise,
Chief Jonsen said. Part of this he attributes to the passage of the voter initiative Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for such crimes. According to the law, theft of items worth less than $950 is now prosecuted as a misdemeanor. With a weaker legal deterrent for would-be burglars, he said, property crime is on the rise across California and will likely stay that way until incentives change. Residents have expressed serious concerns about these crimes. Willows resident Chris Finan, who attended the community meeting held in January, said he was pleased that Mayor Kirsten Keith and Chief Jonsen are working to address the burglaries in the neighborhood, and were treating it as a priority. “My wife and I are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and it’s deeply unsettling for us to feel a sense of vulnerability in our home, when we experienced so much abroad,” Mr. Finan said in an email to the City Council. See POLICING, page 16
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Wrongful arrest suit: Racial profiling alleged By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
man who was arrested by Menlo Park police in August 2015 and held for 48 hours in the San Mateo County jail has filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court alleging wrongful arrest based on mistaken identity related to racial profiling. The plaintiff, Francisco Guevara, 46 and a resident of Redwood City, is represented by Redwood City-based lawyer Mark Ruiz. In the lawsuit, which was filed Jan. 31, Mr. Guevara alleges that the Menlo Park Police Department has a custom or policy of racial profiling. He alleges in the suit that the suspect the police had been looking for, who faced charges of drunken driving, hit-and-run, and driving without a license, had a physical description that did not match his except that both are Hispanic males. He says he was stopped by the police near Flood Park around 8:40 a.m. on July 1, 2015, then searched and arrested without the officer having probable cause to suspect he had committed the crime. Mr. Guevara says he proved to the court that the incident had been a case of mistaken identity, and he was released.
‘We’ve never had any case where an allegation of racial profiling was upheld or validated.’ CITY ATTORNEY B ILL MCCLURE
Mr. Guevara asks that the city compensate him for lost income while he was incarcerated, “excessive” storage fees for his car, and attorney’s fees. He says he has suffered nightmares and panic attacks as the result of the incident, according to the suit. His attorney, Mark Ruiz, said in an interview, “He has a valid concern that it was the result of profiling and that the effects have really been traumatic to him.” Menlo Park City Attorney Bill McClure said in an interview that Menlo Park has not yet been served with the suit, and he hasn’t heard anything about it other than what is available online in the federal court records system. “We’ve never had any case where an allegation of racial profiling was upheld or validated,” he said. In fact, he said, that since 1978 when he began working for the city, he doesn’t remember any cases involving an allegation of racial profiling. “It has been a nonissue,” he said. A
JT Faraji hugs a friend goodbye in a neighborhood in East Palo Alto. The presence of police forces from outside East Palo Alto, including officers from Menlo Park who serve on county task forces, leads to overpolicing in his community, he said.
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“That’s not how we want to live and raise our family. I believe we as a community should be able to find a solution to ensure a sense of security.” Jeff Young, a resident of the Linfield Oaks neighborhood who is Asian-American, also suggested there may be unintended consequences of treating people of color with suspicion in majority-white communities. “People aren’t stupid,” he said. “Do the Menlo Park police intend to alienate people of color? Probably not,” he said. “(Their) cumulative actions add up to: ‘You are not welcome. We find you suspicious. We find your behavior suspicious.’ That’s what comes through.”
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He was recently stopped by the police while walking in the Willows neighborhood with a neighbor. The encounter with the police was friendly enough, he said, but he did feel somewhat singled out compared to his other neighbors out walking around at the same time, and wasn’t sure why anyone would be suspicious of him. Maybe it was his goofy-looking hat, he suggested. Debbi Jones-Thomas, the mother of DeBraun Thomas, is executive board member of the Police Activities League in Redwood City, and has lived in the same house in the Willows neighborhood for 29 years, she said. She said police officers should be required to undergo implicit bias training. “The reality is, our police officers are human beings,” she said. “They are subject to biases
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and prejudices just like any other human being. What they fail to understand is that when they use those perceptions based on what someone looks like, they not only humiliate innocent people — they put innocent lives at risk. That’s the problem I have.” Implicit bias training at the neighborhood level could be useful too, Ms. Jones-Thomas said. Mr. Thomas, her son, suggested: “If you see a person of color in your neigborhood, don’t jump on the phone and call the police. If you think they’re up to no good, figure out why.” “I want better from my community,” Ms. Jones-Thomas said. For her, that would happen when everybody is treated fairly regardless of their race, clothing or the kind of car they drive. A
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What are your rights when you are stopped by a police officer? According to the American Civil Liberties Union: • You have a right to remain silent. You may have to provide identification. • Stay calm and don’t run, argue, resist or obstruct the police. Keep your hands where police can see them. • Ask if you are free to leave. • You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. If you are stopped in a car, you should: • Stop the car in a safe place quickly. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the
window partway and place your hands on the wheel. • Show your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. • You can refuse if an officer asks to search your car, but if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, they can search it without your consent. • Drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent, and passengers may ask if they are free to leave. It is also recommended to write down details such as the officer’s badge and patrol car numbers, what agency the officers are from, and contact information for witnesses if you feel your rights may have been violated. A
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here’s something particularly mesmerizing about myths of the sea. From Homer’s sirens and sea monsters in “The Odyssey” to the mermaids who sing as J. Alfred Prufrock walks along the beach, stories of mythological creatures inhabiting the ocean depths have enchanted we mere humans for centuries. One endearing sea myth of our times is “The Little Mermaid,” a story first imagined by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and turned into a modern cultural sensation by the Disney studios. This is the mermaid who sang to Noelle GM Gibbs, artistic director of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory. And it’s the story she has chosen to tell as the theater company performs its first adult stage work in two years — the first such production since Ms. Gibbs assumed her role. “The Little Mermaid” seems quite the contrast to the last PVTC show for adults: “Les Miserables,” staged in early 2015, directed by Ms. Gibbs’ predecessor (and mother), Cheryl Goodman-Morris. But Ms. Gibbs cautions against making a heavyweight vs. lightweight comparison between the two shows. “For people who are familiar with the film ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the (PVTC) musical has all the familiar songs from the
Disney show,” h ” she h says. But, she h adds, “at the same time, we’re not trying to be Disney — we’re not copying Disney. ... We’re looking at the story through our own lens.” In this production, which opens on Feb. 23, “we’re focusing on the concept of voice: what it means to have a voice and what it means to have that voice taken away, which seems especially relevant in today’s world,” she explains. The story is based on myth — a mermaid who wants to live in the world of humans so desperately that she bargains away her voice for a pair of legs — but “there’s a parallel between what’s happening in the world today and this stage work,” Ms. Gibbs says. Storytelling through the enchantment of myth isn’t a new endeavor for Ms. Gibbs. In 2013, she directed the PVTC’s stage work “Persephone,” a retelling of the Greek myth about a girl abducted by Hades, and her mother’s raging sorrow, which led to the Earth’s changing seasons. Ms. Gibbs scripted the play, adapting the story to touch on concerns of young people embarking on a new life apart from their parents. “The Little Mermaid” cast features actors young and notso-young — from Portola Valley fifth-grader Liam Taffe as Flounder to Woodside community theater stalwart Darlene Batchelder as Chef Louise, among other roles. Maria Ornes of Menlo Park
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The dancing gulls, played by Allie Townsend, Grace Zdeblick, Yasmine Eichbaum, Becky Doyle and Carrie Perna, lend a hand as Ariel, played by Maria Ornes, tries to find her footing with her recently acquired legs.
takes the lead role of Ariel, the mermaid. Kim Selby, also of Menlo Park, is Grimsby. Other principal players are Steven Ho as Prince Eric, Tess Middlebrook as Scuttle, and Don Gustafson as King Triton. Other local actors include Torrey Rothstein of Woodside as Sebastian, Corte Madera School music teacher Juliet Green as Ursula, and Fiona Ryan of Woodside as Flotsam. (Jetsam is played by Matt Waters, who
also had a principal role in “Les Miserables.”) The show, performed in the Lane Family Theatre at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley, is appropriate for audiences from 6 years of age to adult, Ms. Gibbs says. The Feb. 23 opening is a preview performance, and the show closes March 5. Tickets are $20 to $40, and can be purchased online at pvtc-ca.org, or by calling 8518282, ext. 105. A
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“The Little Mermaid,” directed by Noelle GM Gibbs, at the Lane Family Theatre at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Performances: ThursdaySunday, Feb. 23-March 5. Show time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Information and tickets: pvtc-ca.org.
Violinist to solo with chamber orchestra Natalie Lin will join the local Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra to perform Bartok’s early Violin Concerto No. 1 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Center for Performing Arts at MenloAtherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. The program begins at 8 p.m., opening with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and closing with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. Ms. Lin has won the Klein International String Competition in San Francisco, and soloed with orchestras around the world. A native of New Zealand,
she resides in Houston, where she leads KINETEC, a conductorless chamber orchestra she founded. In its 51st season, Master Sinfonia regularly performs in Portola Valley, Menlo Park, and Los Altos. It is led by music director and conductor David Ramadanoff. The city of Menlo Park awarded it a grant to perform its first concert at the Center for Performing Arts. The concert will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Los Altos United Methodist Church. Simon Darby Photography Visit MasterSinfonia.org for tickets, or buy them at the door. Natalie Lin founded a conductorless chamber orchestra in Houston called KINETEC. February 22, 2017QAlmanacNews.comQThe AlmanacQ17
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Menlo-Atherton Drama presents â€œThe Addams Familyâ€? musical. It follows Wednesday Addams, who has fallen in love and begs Gomez, Morticia and the family to act â€œnormalâ€? when she brings her boyfriend and his parents to dinner. Feb. 17, 18 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Feb. 19, 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. $6-$14. Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. mabears.org
Film Series: Surrealist Cinema In conjunction with the exhibition â€œThe Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism,â€? this four-part film series will explore the tradition of Surrealist cinema, spanning from the movementâ€™s origins in 1920s France through the 1980s, and encompassing a mix of genres and styles including experimental narrative, found footage, essay films, animation and collage. Fridays, Feb. 10-March 31, 1 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/
Talks & Authors California Art Quilt Revolution: From the summer of love to the new millenium This talk will explore the social and cultural developments that resulted in the rise of quilts as an accepted art medium and the pioneering artists who embraced the art form. This lecture is based in part on an exhibition curated by the speaker at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (Oct. 7, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017). Feb. 22, 4-6:30 p.m. $25, member; $30, non-member. Cantor Auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way,
Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/participate/ ArtFocusLectures.html Frank Stella Docent Lecture This Fine Art Museum of San Francisco presentation will explore Frank Stella, who burst onto the art scene in 1959 at the age of 23, with his nowlegendary series of black paintings. Feb. 25, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. In Deep with Angie Coiro: Lisa Napoli Angie Coiro talks with Lisa Napoli, author of â€œRay and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonaldâ€™s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away.â€? It tells an American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men--era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the worldâ€™s most enduring brands, and a woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply. Feb. 22, noon. Free. Keplerâ€™s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org/ SRI Organon Toastmasters Meeting SRI Organon Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater confidence and personal growth. Visitors welcomed. Tuesdays, ongoing, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Hall, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. business. menloparkchamber.com/ USGS February Evening Public Lecture in Menlo Park This talk titled, â€œGeology Up-Close - Big answers from small scale observationsâ€? will explore how the scanning electron micrscope (SEM) works and how USGS studies with the SEM. Panelists include USGS geologists Leslie Hayden and Diane Moore; USGS research geologist Kathryn Watts; USGS research hydrologist Marjorie Schulz; and USGS research geophysicist Lara Stern. Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m. Free. United States
Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/ V.E. Schwab in conversation with Tara Sim Keplerâ€™s Books will welcome New York Times-bestselling author V.E. Schwab for an evening full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception and piracy. Victoria will be discussing â€œA Conjuring of Light,â€? her thrilling conclusion to the Shades of Magic fantasy series. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Keplerâ€™s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Yuval Harari, Homo Deus International bestselling historian Yuval Noah Harari discusses the long, tangled anthropological history of humans and the challenges that lay ahead of us in the 21st century. Building off the success of his full-length history of mankind, â€œSapiens,â€? Harari visits Keplerâ€™s to deliver a look into the future. As we overcame famine, plague and war, â€œHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,â€? the sequel to â€œSapiens,â€? looks to the all-too-human quest toward deification. Feb. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-$45. Keplerâ€™s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Concerts Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra presents Prokofiev Classical Symphony Bartok Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Natalie Lin on the violin and Dvorak Symphony No. 7 in D minor. Feb. 25, 8 p.m. and Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m. at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. $15-$25. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Kids & Families
Musically Inclusive Storytime This interactive program focuses on an important builder of literacy: music. Children will sing and explore their musical side the second and fourth Thursday of every month. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Go to AlmanacNews.com and see the Community Calendar module at the top right side of the page. Click on â€œAdd your event.â€? If the event is of interest to a large number of people, also e-mail a press release to Editor@AlmanacNews.com. Dr Seuss Birthday Celebration Every year, the National Educational Association celebrates Dr. Seussâ€™s birthday by sponsoring â€œRead Across America.â€? All are invited to join the â€œWacky Wednesdayâ€? madness, create and listen to one of Dr Seussâ€™ silly books and share in Seuss-related activities as his birthday is celebrated. March 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Elephant and Piggie Party All are invited for readings from the Elephant and Piggie books. There will be Elephant and Piggierelated activities, a photo opportunity with an Elephant and Piggie cut-out and Elephant and Piggie swag. All Elephant and Piggie fans are welcome. Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Family Hike at Huddart Park This hike is designed for families with children five years of age and older and is not suitable for jogging strollers. It will traverse the Chickadee and Redwood nature trails for a distance of about 2 miles. Along the way, hikers will be on the look out for banana slugs and turret spider nests, giant redwood trees and woodrat nests and rattlesnake grass. This is a great hike to learn about the basics of the mixed redwood forest. The hike will take about two hours. Feb. 25, 2-4 p.m. $6 parking fee. Huddart Park, parking lot just inside the entrance kiosk, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. huddartwunderlichfriends.org/events/ Wild Wacky Wednesdays During this all-age weekly program, children as well as adults are encouraged to learn, play and work together. Weekly themes alternate between art, science, cooking, special programming and holiday celebrations. All supplies will be provided while they last. Note that younger children may require adult assistance. Wednesdays, ongoing, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Art Âś6WLOO/LIH$UWLVWLF([SHULPHQWDWLRQÂˇE\ Inna Cherneykina The Portola Art Gallery presents â€œStill Life: Artistic Experimentation,â€? a mixed media exhibition by Inna Cherneykina. The exhibition will include still life compositions completed in a range of different media, including photography, oil and pastel. Reception, Feb. 11, 1-4 p.m. Exhibit, Feb. 1-28, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Food & Drink
3RUWROD9DOOH\)DUPHUVÂˇ0DUNHW This weekly farmersâ€™ market offers local, seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh juices, specialty foods, traditional and gluten-free baked goods, pies, toffee, vegan nut butters and spreads, farmstead meats, chickens and eggs, honey, fresh seafood, food demos, jewelry, body products, crafts and music. Thursdays, ongoing, 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Connect 4 Tournament Children in kindergarten through fifth grade 5 are invited to show off their Connect 4 skills. Theyâ€™ll play the traditional rules and variations on the game. Multiple sets of Connect 4 will be available. Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. French Book Group This group of French readers who meet each month and discuss, in French, a book chosen by the group. Fourth Monday, monthly, 4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Knitting Meetup 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/
SUMMER CAMP FAIR Enhancing the quality of life Friday, March 10, 2017 6:00â€“8:00 pm Arrillaga Family Recreation Center 700 Alma St. Bring the family and learn about this summerâ€™s camp offerings!
LEARN ABOUT â€˘ Camp opportunities from qualiďŹ ed staff â€˘ Summer job openings for teens and young adults ENJOY â€˘ Free pizza â€˘ Pony rides and petting zoo â€˘ Games and crafts â€˘ RafďŹ‚e prizes (including a free week of camp!)
SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS â€˘ Mini Madness â€˘ Munchkin Madness â€˘ Menlo Madness â€˘ Skyâ€™s the Limit â€˘ Camp Menlo â€˘ Counselors in Training â€˘ Menlo Palooza â€˘ Summer of Service â€˘ Sports Camps â€˘ And many more!
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DISCOUNT Get a 10% discount on City-run camps when registering during this event. FOR MORE INFORMATION â€˘ Visit menlopark.org/summercampfair â€˘ Call 650-330-2200
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Woodside council ducks ethics issue, despite code’s mandate
y its own admission, the town of Woodside and that she suggested that Councilman Mason has spent nearly $27,500 on an ethics- was using his position to gain special consideration related investigation of one of its longtime for his client. volunteers, Nancy Reyering, an expenditure that The attorney who investigated the complaint Woodside residents might hope would result in issued a lengthy report recommending that five of something beneficial. What they got instead are the nine charges be sustained by the council. troublesome unanswered questions, not the least In launching the investigation, the town followed of which is whether the investigation was war- the protocol mandated by its code of ethics, but ranted or merely a witch hunt. in dropping the matter last week, On Feb. 14, the Town Council the council ignored an important EDITORIA L voted to drop the matter without final step of that mandated proThe opinion of The Almanac making a determination as to tocol, which states: “The report whether the formal complaint by shall be presented to the Town former council member Dave Burow had merit Council at a public meeting of the Council. The because Ms. Reyering had in fact violated the code Town Council will accept testimony on the matter of ethics. It is a decision that is disappointing and and determine whether a violation of the Code has that also appears to run afoul of the very code of occurred.” ethics Ms. Reyering was accused of violating Before the Feb. 14 council meeting, Mayor Mr. Burow has been a critic of the town’s Archi- Tom Livermore issued a strong recommendation tectural and Site Review Board (ASRB), which that the council formally close the case and take Ms. Reyering served on until her term ended this no action on the complaint. The four council month. His complaint launched an investigation members present voted to drop the matter with by a private law firm into various charges centered no determination on the merits of Mr. Burow’s on an email Ms. Reyering sent last May address- charges. ing a project coming before the ASRB — a project Conducting a hearing and determining whether whose architect was Town Councilman Peter the ethics code has been violated is required by Mason. the code, and the town and mayor have offered no In the complaint, Mr. Burow accused Ms. Rey- credible explanation as to why the council should ering of a series of ethics code violations, some of be exempt from the provision. Seeing the process which the private investigator recommended that to the mandated conclusion would have served the the council sustain, others of which he rejected. public interest in that it would have offered guidAmong the charges were that Ms. Reyering assert- ance to other town volunteers and the community ed that the ASRB should apply unequal treatment at large by answering the question: Was Ms. Reyerto council members when they are acting in their ing’s email a violation of the ethics code? individual capacity, that she had reached a concluIn not addressing that question, the council has sion about the project before hearing testimony, opened itself up to charges that the goal of the
L E TTE R S Our readers write
Information needed for grade-separation options Editor: For the City Council to make an intelligent decision on which grade separation option to choose, the Menlo Park transportation department needs to determine where the temporary (shoo-fly) tracks will be for options B and C. Option A, with the tracks at their current level, can be built without shoo-fly track. But options B and C, which involve elevating the tracks, will require temporary track alongside the raised berm, greatly increasing the impact of construction. The shoo-fly track would
temporarily replace Alma Street or temporarily cover the Caltrain parking lot, and would likely involve the demolition of several houses in the northern part of the city where the rightof-way is very narrow. Sue Kayton Doris Drive, Menlo Park
Be mindful of local mindfulness courses Editor: I admit to some surprise at the cost of “Mindfulness Training” for Menlo Park police staff members in the article by Almanac staff writer, Kate Bradshaw — $59,000 for three days’ training of 29 people, including course fees, travel, hotels, meals, and overtime pay, and a potential $177,000 for the remaining staff.
Granted, it is a wonderful idea to train police staff (or anyone) in this long-respected practice, but it really can’t be learned in three days. The steady practice of both mindfulness and yoga is an ongoing necessity and requires months, years, and for some, decades of daily attention to actually put it to use under stressful conditions. My own experience has shown me over the last 40 years, that a person’s ability to attain this kind of mindfulness is greatly helped by regular practice in the company of other practitioners. Without doubt, there’d be a sense of both safety and respect for such a class led by a welltrained police lieutenant and recommended by an enthusiastic chief of the department. At the same time, if a department personnel officer were to Google “mindfulness-based
complaint and investigation was to get rid of Ms. Reyering — meaning the process was a publicly funded $27,500 charade. It also has given town volunteers and the public a mixed message: Some will argue that because the outside attorney supported some of the charges, the email violated the code; others will assert that because the council didn’t complete the required process by making a determination, no violation occurred. Another troubling aspect of this affair is that the town is withholding legal billing documents that should be available to the public. Town Attorney Jean Saveree insists that the already disclosed sum of $27,465 is the final amount the town spent on the Reyering investigation. But when the Almanac asked for the documentation that would allow us to independently verify that claim, she rejected the request on the grounds of “attorney-client privilege.” This is a specious claim. Attorney-client privilege can be applied when disclosure of documents could reveal a litigation strategy during an active legal case, according to Nikki Moore, an attorney and public records expert with the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Not only did this case not involve litigation, but the investigation that was conducted and billed for has been concluded. There is no legal strategy to be protected by not disclosing the documents. In withholding these public documents, the town leaves still another question about this matter unanswered — the cost. And the more unanswered questions surrounding the case, the more the public should question whose interests were being served by this costly investigation. A
stress reduction classes, Menlo Park CA area,” there are several such courses available in the Bay Area. For at least 20 years, I’ve referred people to two of the best, each with a variety of offerings, taught by professionals with years of experience in the field, many with advanced
degrees: the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Stanford Medical Center’s courses cosponsored with the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine. They can’t be beat and would save Menlo Park a bundle. Anne Hillman Alamos Road, Portola Valley
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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) 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 registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signature of Registrant: Terry O’Day Print name of person signing. If corporation, also print corporate title of officer: Terry O’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) THE COAST RIDGE GROUP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 272132 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Coast Ridge Group, located at 91 Hillbrook Drive, Portola Valley, CA 94028, San Mateo County. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): JAMES R LUSSIER 91 Hillbrook Drive Portola Valley, CA 94028-7933 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/03/2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on January 24, 2017. (ALM Feb. 22; Mar. 1, 8, 15, 2017)
997 All Other Legals APN: 069-145-010-0 TS No: CA0800390015-1 TO No: 150282768-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED September 11, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC
SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM, at the Marshall Street entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94061, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust recorded on September 20, 2006 as Instrument No. 2006-141920, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, California, executed by PETER NEWSOM, AND STEPHANIE NEWSOM, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY, as Trustor(s), in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for AMERICA`S WHOLESALE LENDER as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 150 BROOKWOOD RD, WOODSIDE, CA 94062-2303 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $3,273,878.58 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call In Source Logic at 702-659-7766 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address listed below for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08003900-151. 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 decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: 17CIV00335 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: LESLIE LEE BUCHALTER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LESLIE LEE BUCHALTER to LESLIE LEE HERLEIKSON. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Wed. March 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: PJ, of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition
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