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District spends $584K to dismiss teacher By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


n November 2015, when an administrative panel dismissed all the charges against a teacher the Woodside Elementary School District had tried to fire, not only did the teacher remain on the district’s payroll, but district officials were left on the hook for all the costs of holding the administrative hearing and both the district’s and teacher’s legal costs. What happened next, and the $584,000 it cost taxpayers, has just been revealed by the district after the Almanac made a California Public Records Act request for the information. The Almanac has been asking for the information for more than a year, but requested the information again at least four times between March 1 and March 7, in the hopes of providing it to the public before a vote on a parcel tax on April 4. The Almanac made a formal Public Records Act request on March 9, but the information was not provided until April 18, two weeks after the election. The parcel tax, which brings in about $300,000 a year to the district, was approved by 73 percent of those voting, well over the twothirds required. The cost of firing the teacher was just short of two years of parcel tax revenues. The teacher continued earning full pay and benefits while on administrative leave until June 30, 2016, apparently even getting a pay raise during that time. The district then made a $200,000 severance payment to the teacher. The teacher, who is not being named by the Almanac because all the charges against him were dismissed, was in his sixth year of instructing fifth- to eighth-grade

physical education at the school when he was notified the school district had begun the dismissal process. He was put on administrative leave and a replacement teacher hired in April 2015. The dismissal, which had been approved by Superintendent Beth Polito and the school board, was appealed by the teacher. He said he was afraid that because of the charges the district had levied against him, he would never be able to teach again. The administrative panel, made up of a member chosen by the district, a member chosen by the teacher and an administrative law judge, unanimously dismissed all the charges after a five-day public hearing in September 2015. The school board had approved continuing with the action against the teacher after his appeal of his dismissal. The board also approved the severance payment. The $584,127 in total costs are made up of: • Pay for the 2015-16 school year: $101,759. • Benefits for 2015-16 school year: $26,358. • Pay for March-June 2015: $39,000. • Benefits for March-June 2015: $6,957. • Severance pay: $200,000. • District’s attorney: $92,236. • Teacher’s attorney: $90,000. • Administrative hearing: $25,567. • Expenses of panel members: $2,250. After the Almanac learned how much money had been spent dismissing the teacher, Superintendent Polito and school board President Claire Pollioni were asked to answer the following questions: “Whether it was worth this much money to the district to dismiss a teacher? If it was worth it, why? Do you think, in

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The Woodside Elementary School District spent nearly two times its annual parcel tax revenues dismissing a physical education teacher.

hindsight, that things could have been done differently? If so, how?” President Pollioni did not respond to the questions, but Superintendent Polito sent the following response. “This is a joint board/district statement. No individual board members will be making a statement. “The District does not intend to comment at length about this matter, given privacy concerns, but in light of the local interest in this topic, we feel the public should be aware that the district and Board have to make tough calls sometimes in matters of staffing and the system in state law for dismissing teachers is challenging for both school districts and staff. The District and Board have accepted the outcome of the process in this case and we’re focused on the future and continuing to offer an excellent educational experience to all our students.” The charges brought by the school included immoral and unprofessional conduct and “persistent violation of or refusal to

obey” school rules or state laws. The specific incidents cited in support of the charges included: failing to follow school procedures for dealing with doctors’ notes, leaving students unsupervised for short periods, favoring athletic students

over non-athletic students, using profanity in conversations with students, leaving his walkie-talkie radio on a table instead of keeping it with him, and carrying his See TEACHER, page 6

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* Amount of pay during this four month-period was calculated using the district’s annual 2014-15 pay for this teacher of $98,000, divided by 10 monthly pay periods, and multiplied by four. ** Amount calculated using Transparent California website’s 2015 benefit amount for this teacher of $20,871. All other figures provided by the school district.

Business, community leader Duncan Matteson dies at 82 Duncan Matteson, a longtime Menlo Park resident and a leader in business, philanthropy and community service, died peacefully at home in Palo Alto May 12 after a prolonged struggle with heart disease. He was 82. He and his wife of 62 years, Shirley, were recognized widely for their contributions to the community and were 2006 winners of the Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement Award. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1934, he was the youngest of

three children. Growing up, he pursued sports and was a member of the Missouri state champion Little League team in 1948. In high school, he was named a Kansas City All Star in football, basketball and track. At the University of Missouri, Mr. Matteson majored in business administration, played on the basketball and golf teams, became president of the university’s chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity, and married Shirley, his sweetheart since he was 15 and she was 14.

Mr. Matteson graduated from the University of Missouri in 1956 and joined the Air Force, where he was a navigator in the Strategic Air Command. The family was stationed in Houston, Texas (where daughter Melissa was born) and later in Riverside, California (where son Matt was born). After his service in the Air Force, the family moved to Palo Alto, where Mr. Matteson began working in the securities business. Later he moved into commercial real estate, working as

a partner at California Lands Investment Co., and then cofounding the Stanford Financial Co. with longtime friends Dennis LeVett and Bill Reller. In 1978, he founded Matteson Investment Corp., which focused on multi-family housing in California. In 1992, he was named chairman of the National MultiHousing Council. In 1987, he co-founded MidPeninsula Bank in Palo Alto, which later became Greater Bay Bancorp. It was merged with Wells

Fargo Bank in 2007. At the Matteson Companies, Duncan and Shirley worked together. The real estate Duncan firm develops, Matteson acquires and manages extensive real estate holdings throughout California. Duncan served as chairman and See MATTESON, page 6

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Shirley as executive vice chair. Now, their son Matt Matteson is chief operating officer and co-president, and their daughter, Melissa, has done design work for the firm. Duncan Matteson leaves a long resume of philanthropic, religious and community-based giving. He co-founded the Housing Industry Foundation, which gives emergency grants to individuals and families threatened with homelessness or uninhabitable conditions. He helped raise $45 million in private contributions in 1999 for a new Palo Alto Medical Foundation facility. He chaired the March of Dimes corporate-sponsorship drive and co-chaired fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, for which he raised about $1.5 million over five years. He helped launch the “Golden Gate Invitational� fundraiser, an annual golf tournament, for the cancer society. He also made it a goal to play at as many renowned golf courses in the U.S. and Europe as possible. He was also active in the Republican Party on a local, state and national level. In addition to supporting his own school, the University of Missouri Business School, he and Shirley “adopted� Stanford University entities such as the Hoover Institution, Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine, the Stanford Health Library, Stanford Hospital and Stanford Athletics. Duncan and Shirley also cochaired the Stanford University Medical Center Cardiology Fund Development Program. He was an elder at Menlo TEACHER continued from page 5

cellphone during class. The teacher admitted to some of the incidents, including leaving his students unsupervised at times and the walkie-talkie incident. He denied others. He said he had never used profanity with students and did not show favoritism, and that he had never carried his cellphone after being told not to. He also argued that the misdeeds that had occurred had not endangered students. The panel ruled that the charges were either not proven or did not rise to the level of a firing offense. The decision noted that nothing in the charges qualified

Church (formerly Menlo Park Presbyterian Church), where he served as a trustee at the Church of the Pioneers Foundation, which owns and manages the church’s real estate, including some residences for church staff. In 2005, he was named “Significant Sig,� an award from the fraternity he was in, Sigma Chi, during his years at University of Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sister, Nancy Lewis Hoke; his daughter, Melissa Matteson Badger, and her husband, Dr. James T. Badger of Atherton; his son, Matt, and his wife, Betsy Hirsch Matteson of San Francisco; and five grandchildren: Brady, Brook and Brig Badger, and Courtney and Sydney Matteson. He enjoyed organizing family adventures and trips, his family says. A celebration of Mr. Matteson’s life will be held at Menlo Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. A reception at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton will follow the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in Mr. Matteson’s memory to the hospice organization Pathways, 585 North Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085; the Cardiovascular Program at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Department of Philanthropy, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301; or to the Church of the Pioneers Foundation, c/o Menlo Church, 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Go to to see a 2006 Almanac story by Jane Knoerle on the Mattesons receiving the Lifetime of Achievement Award. as immorality, and it dismissed the charges of favoritism and profanity without discussion because the only testimony about them was hearsay — parents quoting their children. The decision also criticized the school for not having breaks between classes and forcing teachers to leave students alone while taking bathroom breaks, returning messages or reading their school email. “The District’s failure to provide a passing period for students places an unreasonable burden on teachers, especially the P.E. teachers,� the decision says. At see the Almanac’s original story, including a link to the hearing board’s decision. A

Note: The pay for the four-month period, March 2015-June 30, 2015, of $39,000 was calculated using the $98,000 annual pay amount provided by the district for this teacher for 2014-15, divided by 10 monthly pay periods, and multiplied by four. The benefits cost of $6,957 for the 4-month period was calculated using Transparent California website’s benefit amount for this teacher in 2015 of $20,871. All other figures were provided by the school district. The district says the 2015 costs should not be included in the calculations because the teacher was on medical leave for part of that time. The district announced he was on leave on March 9 and that he would not be returning on April 22.


Facebook expected to lease Menlo Gateway building community member. As first reported by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Facen addition to nearly a mil- book has submitted an applicalion square feet of office tion to the city of Menlo Park to space the city of Menlo complete tenant improvements Park has authorized Facebook at the eight-story office building to build, the company plans to under construction on Indepenlease 207,000 square feet in an dence Drive. The building is part of the eight-story office building under construction by the Bohannon Menlo Gateway development Companies at 100 Independence project being constructed by the Bohannon Drive in eastern Companies; the Menlo Park. We have Facebook may occupy project includes an 11-story agreed to terms two more office luxury hotel to a building lease at Men- buildings to be built in called Hotel Nia, a parking lo Gateway in Menlo Park, CA the second phase of the garage and a from Bohan- Menlo Gateway project. 40,000-squarefoot fitness cennon Development Company and are in the ter. These structures — the first process of finalizing details, said phase of the development — are John Tenanes, Facebook’s vice expected to be completed by the president for global facilities and end of the year. The second phase of the projreal estate, in a written statement. “Facebook will continue ect will include two more eightto invest in Menlo Park demon- story office buildings, totaling strating our commitment to the 500,000 square feet, at 101 and area as an active and responsible 155 Constitution Drive, and two

By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


Image courtesy of the Bohannon Companies

A rendering of the eight-story office building being developed by the Bohannon Companies at 100 Independence Drive in eastern Menlo Park.

the deal who said Facebook is expected to be the tenant at these two buildings, as well.

David Bohannon II, CEO of the David D. Bohannon Organization, declined to comment. A

San Carlos Airport noise study focus of county meeting

At (the county’s airport website), information presented at the meeting will also be made available. Comments may be sent to Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in the County Parking Garage, 1017 Middlefield Road, between Veterans Boulevard and County Center. For more information, contact the airport at (650) 573-3700. A

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ore than a year after San Mateo County approved a study of ways to reduce the noise from aircraft using the county-owned and operated San Carlos Airport, local residents will get a look at what the county has come up with at a community meeting on Thursday,

May 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the county’s FATCO Building at 555 Marshall St. at Middlefield Road in Redwood City. The meeting will include details of a proposed curfew ordinance that would limit the hours certain types of noisy aircraft can use the airport. Other ideas generated by neighborhood representatives and airport users in recent focus groups

One-day count shows decline in number of homeless people By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


one-day count by 350 volunteers showed the number of homeless people observed in San Mateo County this year was 1,253, a drop of 16 percent from a count in 2015, the county’s Human Services Agency reported May 11. However, the count, conducted on Jan. 26, also showed the number of homeless people living in vehicles and recreational vehicles rose — by 25 percent in vehicles and 44 percent in RVs. This year’s count found 637 homeless people living on streets, in vehicles, or in homeless encampments, compared to 775 in 2015. There were 616

more parking garages. The Silicon Valley Business Journal cited a source close to

will also be presented. The county started receiving scores of noise complaints after the start-up airline Surf Air began using the airport for scheduled flights in 2013. County supervisors said attempts to work with Surf Air, which offers unlimited monthly flights for a set fee, were unsuccessful before the county approved the airport noise study

RVs (67 people). Don Horsley, president of the Board of Supervisors and District 3 supervisor, said the living in emergency shelters and county will “ensure our efforts transitional housing, compared reach those that have been forced into these situations and to 708 in 2015. Effie Verducci, communica- help get them into more suitable tions manager for the Human housing.� Ms. Verducci said the counServices Agency, said some of ty’s vision is the reduction that by 2020 in the number “homelessness of those in shelThe number of in San Mateo ters is due to a change that for homeless people living in County will the first time vehicles and recreational be a rare, brief and one-time excludes those vehicles rose. occurrence.� in a residential The one-day veteran mental health treatment program from count is required every two years by the U.S. Housing and the count. The number of people Urban Development Departobserved to have spent the ment and is conducted across night on streets was 127, down the nation. The full report will be avail62 percent from 2015. The largest growth was seen in those able in June 2017 and will living in cars (40 people) and include further details. A

in March 2015. The county held several public hearings, and hired consultants to look at regulations at similar airports, study historical flight data and poll residents who live under the flight path. In March, county officials proposed a curfew on noisy planes. Details of that proposal will be presented on Thursday.

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nicest ones, resulting in some applicants being disappointed. Now that you have lost out on \RXU ÂżUVW DWWHPSW DW UHQWLQJ be prepared to use some of the strategies buyers have become accustomed to using, such as offering a higher price and paying for more incidental expenses. Ask your agent to KHOS\RXÂżQGRIIHULQJVWKDWPD\ never come on the open market Not every rental is publicly offered and some rent before the owner has a chance to expose them. If you do these things, you should be successful soon.

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A concept plan of what a 140-unit affordable housing complex might look like in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park. Belle Haven residents in attendance at the housing commission meeting opposed the idea of putting a Belle Haven branch library there.

Neighbors oppose affordable housing plan By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer



proposal by nonprofit amenities such as a pharmacy or developer MidPen Hous- grocery store nearby. “The Belle Haven residents of ing to rebuild and expand an affordable apartment com- Menlo Park are left behind time plex, yielding a maximum of 150 and time again,” said Sheryl affordable housing units in the Bims, a Belle Haven resident. 1300 block of Willow Road in “We, too, want a sustainable, livBelle Haven, met with resolute able area.” She said the city should address opposition from residents of the the needs of existing residents Menlo Park neighborhood. Residents spoke out against the for services, such as a grocery store and pharproject at the macy, traffic city’s Housing C om m i s sion Belle Haven residents mitigation and h i g h- qu a l it y meeting May 10, the project’s said their neighborhood education. shouldn’t have to Housing, she first appearsaid, “is not ance in a public handle more highaffordable in meeting. density housing. this whole Belle Haven Peninsula. To residents said the proposed four-story building expect one little piece of Menlo was too tall, and that their neigh- Park to be responsible to correct borhood shouldn’t have to handle that ... that’s not fair. That’s not more high-density housing than how you build a community.” Belle Haven resident Cecilia already exists and is being built Taylor said she’d prefer that Midthere. The challenges that come with Pen pursue affordable housing accommodating high-density that enables families to purchase and affordable housing, they homes rather than rent. Rose Bickerstaff, Belle Haven argued, should be borne throughout Menlo Park, not just in Belle resident, said: “This whole thing Haven, where existing residents is ridiculous. We are tapped have problems leaving the neigh- out in our little postage stamp borhood because of the area’s neighborhood. We aren’t getting intense traffic, yet must leave, any benefits. ... I’ve been in the because they don’t have basic community for 45 years and it

comes to a point where you just have to say no.” The 1200 and 1300 blocks of Willow Road currently have affordable housing apartments owned by MidPen Housing. Previously, occupants of the development were both seniors and younger families. MidPen recently rebuilt and expanded the 1200 block of the development to be for seniors only. Now the nonprofit housing developer wants to rebuild the 1300 block apartments for families and expand it to between 118 and 140 apartments, up from the existing 82 units, with a mixed-use space that could be used for “communityserving retail” or a new Belle Haven library. If that space were instead dedicated to housing, it would fit about 10 additional units, up to 150 units, said project architect Kristen Belt from architecture firm Mithun. The current buildings were constructed in 1960 and are reaching the end of their useful life, said Jan Lindenthal, vice president of real estate development at MidPen Housing. Plus, the area is one of only a few places in Menlo Park where higher density affordable housing has been zoned. In 2013, when the city of Menlo Park updated its housing element — a part of the city’s general plan that designates where new

affordable housing can be built — it upgraded the zoning to allow the MidPen properties on Willow Road to build more units. According to the city’s zoning allowances, MidPen would be permitted to build up to 182 units on five stories at the site, Ms. Lindenthal said. Policy questions

MidPen wanted feedback from the Housing Commission on a few key questions before the project goes before the City Council for a study session on May 23. How many units should the development have? What tenant income ranges should be accepted? How much should the city commit to the project from its affordable housing fund? Should there be space for non-residential uses, such as a pharmacy, retail store or a public library? The commission recommended to the City Council that the city contribute from its affordable housing fund no more than $6.7 million, with a lower contribution preferred; and that all units would be affordable to tenants making up to 60 percent, and some potentially up to 80 percent, of the area’s median income. Members of the Housing Commission were split on how many units the development should have. Two options — one with 118 and another with 140 units

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which aimed to show the 12 libraries united with a shared vision and brand, and to communicate the libraries’ positive impact on individuals and communities. Library Director Anne-Marie Despain said the campaign,

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— were proposed. The 140-unit option would require moving the development closer to Willow Road, onto what is the current internal frontage road at the development, and could allow more space between the development and neighbors to the rear on Carlton Avenue. Both options factored in about 8,000 square feet of non-residential space that could be used for a pharmacy, library, or retail store. However, according to Ms. Lindenthal, to build in that nonresidential space, the project would cost about $2.4 million extra. That funding, she said, could come from the city’s affordable housing fund. The rest of the project’s funding would come from a mix of its own funds, county funds and tax credits. However, Housing Manager Jim Cogan was wary of the concept of using the city’s affordable housing funds for commercial or public-serving space. “I’m not comfortable saying it’s something the city would entertain,” he said. The project is scheduled to appear next before the Menlo Park City Council during a study session on Tuesday, May 23, and a council hearing on Tuesday, June 6. The council meets about twice a month on Tuesdays at the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center. A increased by 17 percent over the same period a year earlier, she said. The Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that manages the county library system includes Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside as well as San Mateo County.


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Volunteer claims town’s ethics probe violated her constitutional rights By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


former longtime volunteer for the town of Woodside has filed a claim against the town and its current and previous mayors, alleging that her constitutional rights to free speech were violated by the way the town handled a complaint that she had violated the town’s ethics code. In her May 8 claim, Nancy Reyering, who served seven years on the town’s Architectural and Site Review Board, asks that the town repudiate as unconstitutional its months-long investigation over her alleged violations, conduct no such investigations of employees or officials in the future, amend the ethics code so that it no longer inhibits constitutionally protected speech, and reimburse her for over $34,000 in legal expenses. Ms. Reyering’s claim, in a format suitable for filing in federal court, names as defendants the town and Mayor Tom Livermore and former mayor Deborah Gordon. Asked to comment, Mr. Livermore said he had none, given the pending litigation. Ms. Gordon said she had not seen the claim.

If Ms. Reyering and the town reach a resolution, a federal lawsuit will not be filed, said Jodie Smith, an attorney working for Ms. Reyering along with G. Scott Emblidge of the San Francisco firm Moscone Emblidge & Otis. The town’s investigation of whether Ms. Reyering had violated the town’s ethics code stemmed from a May 2016 email from Ms. Reyering to the planning director and two fellow members of the Architectural and Site Review Board regarding a residential design project coming before the board. She noted that the project’s architect was Peter Mason, a member of the Town Council. She wrote that Mr. Mason “and anyone else in a similar position, has a great responsibility to bring in projects that are reflective of� the residential design guidelines, the general plan and the municipal code. “These projects should not ask for exceptions,� she wrote, asking that the applicant and architect “reconsider some elements of the design.� Complaints, initiated by former mayor Dave Burow, alleged that Ms. Reyering’s comments violated the town’s ethics code. An investigation, conducted by

an outside attorney at a cost of $27,465, resulted in a recommendation that five of nine allegations against Ms. Reyering be sustained: unequal treatment of Mr. Mason, personally attacking Mr. Mason, reaching a conclusion about a project before hearing testimony and before a public meeting had been held, and failing to maintain “a positive and constructive working environment,� as the code requires. Facing a hearing before the council, which the code requires to determine whether violations had occurred, Ms. Reyering allowed her term on the board to expire in early February and informed the mayor that she would not apply for reappointment. The council, rather than determining whether violations had occurred, voted 4-0 to follow a recommendation by Mayor Livermore to take “no further action.� Council members Mason, Dave Tanner and Anne Kasten were absent. Councilman Daniel Yost asked Town Attorney Jean Savaree if the council would violate the ethics code by dropping the matter without making a determination. Ms. Savaree said that while the

council had the authority to proceed as the code dictates, since Ms. Reyering was no longer on the review board, the council had no authority to impose sanctions. In the wake of this incident, Mayor Livermore is assembling a committee of town residents to discuss whether the ethics code should be revised and to make recommendations to the council. The discussions will be facilitated by a consultant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Rights to free speech

In Ms. Reyering’s 15-page claim against the town, her attorney, Scott Emblidge, makes note of an ethics code provision requiring officials to “refrain from abusive conduct, personal charges or verbal attacks upon the character, motives, ethics or morals of members of the Town Council, other appointed officials, Town employees, or members of the public.� “While the town’s emphasis on civility may be admirable,� Mr. Emblidge writes, “(it) is the wrong means to the end because it infringes on a speaker’s right to engage in uninhibited, robust debate on public issues, including negative criticism — and even very sharp attacks — of public officials.� “On its face,� Mr. Emblidge continued, “it would prohibit a

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TheatreWorks founder to retire after 50 years at helm By Karla Kane and Renee Batti


heatreWorks Silicon Valley founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley will retire at the end of the company’s 2019-20 season (its 50th), he announced last week. A longtime resident of Menlo Park who staged some of the company’s early performances in the since-demolished Burgess Theatre in the Menlo Park Civic Center, Mr. Kelley is believed to be the longest-running artistic director at an American regional theater company, according to TheatreWorks. The cheerful, pony-tailed Mr. Kelley founded TheatreWorks in 1970, shortly after he graduated from Stanford University, and has directed more than 170 of the company’s 426 productions.

TheatreWorks’ board of trustees will begin the national search for Mr. Kelley’s successor this year, allowing plenty of time for the transition after the company’s 50th-anniversary season in 2019-20. “I’m healthy, I still love making theater, and I intend to remain active in support of the company,” Mr. Kelley said in the announcement. “But I believe the half-century mark is a timely and appropriate moment for TheatreWorks to embrace new leadership to continue our growth into the future. “Following retirement, I hope to remain active with the company, and look forward to being a part in its future growth under a new artistic leader.” Under his leadership,

TheatreWorks has expanded from an experimental youth troupe to the third-largest theater company in the Bay Area, staging a number of world and regional premieres (including “Memphis,” which went on to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical), an annual new-works festival, and educational programs that reach 25,000 students each year. TheatreWorks used the Burgess Theatre as its second stage from 1979 to 1991, when it began staging major works in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, according to Palo Alto native Carla Befera, who participated in many early TheatreWorks productions and who now handles the theater company’s publicity. Early in its existence, the company staged performances in

various locations. In its second season, in 1971, it performed “Alice’s Adventures Underground” in a parking garage, with audience members descending into a whimsical Wonderland created by the innovative theater troupe, Ms. Befera said. Mr. Kelley’s announcement that he’s leaving TheatreWorks is the third seismic event in the Bay Area theater world in recent months. Tony Taccone, artistic director of Berkeley Rep, announced in February that he’s stepping down after the company’s 50th anniversary season in 2019; and in March, Carey Perloff, artistic director of American Conservatory Theater (ACT), revealed that she is departing the company she has led for 25 years at the end of the 2017-18 season. A

Menlo Park resident finishes second on ‘Jeopardy!’ By Sophie Pollock


raham Toben, a Menlo Park resident who was born and raised in Portola Valley, finished second in the May 8 “Jeopardy!” TV show, keeping him in the run-

ning for one of four wild card spots in the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament. During the May 8 show, Mr. Toben, who teaches middle school English at Castilleja School, shared with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek that he created


an activity called “emoji check” in his classroom, where he is able to check in on students by projecting a list of emojis and asking them to select one that matches their current feelings. Mr. Toben seemed upbeat and excited during the show,

$2,500 grant for their classrooms. Mr. Toben plans to purchase supplies for a project that involves students analyzing the art, sentence construction and style of picture books and then sharing an original picture book with their kindergarten buddies. Go to for an earlier story.


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clapping when others did well. By the end of the Double Jeopardy round, he was in third place with $8,400. Before the Final Jeopardy question, he strategically wagered nothing and ended the game in second place. All of the teachers receive a

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TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley of Menlo Park founded the company in 1970 and has remained at the helm since then, in one of the longest tenures in American theater.

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Woodside School stages ‘Shrek the Musical Jr.’ adding that many have worked alongside parent volunteers to create publicity artwork and build nclusion is one of the themes and paint sets and scenery. Woodside School parent Melissa of the family-friendly “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” the com- Bell Chait, who directed “The edy chosen for this year’s tra- Wizard of Oz” operetta a few years ago, is back on ditional eighththe job, bringgrade operetta ing her Broadat Woodside There will be four way experience School. performances from to her role as In keeping with that theme, May 31 through June 3. director and choreographer. each evening She performed from May 31 to June 3 the musical will open with a on Broadway in “Thoroughly nod to past operettas. A video will Modern Millie,” “Titanic,” and show old programs for produc- Wicked.” Ruthanne Smith returns this tions that have been staged there year as professional vocal director. since 1958. Show songs such as “I’m a Additionally, this year’s graduating eighth-grade class is giving the Believer” may sound familiar. The school a wooden plaque listing the music is by Jeanine Tesori, and the names of the 60 shows, with the book and lyrics by David LindsayAbaire. The production is based on possible exception of two. Co-producers/parents Sushma the Oscar-winning film and book Pati and Gina Baldwin have dug “Shrek,” and went on to Broadway through school archives, talked to earn Tony Award nominations to dozens of student and parent including for best musical. The story follows an ogre, Shrek, alumni, teachers and staff, and turned to the Woodside History and the adventures he encounters Committee to reconstruct the on his quest to save Princess Fiona list, yet they still need help find- from a dragon. Go to to buy ing which operettas were put on tickets. Shows often sell out, but if in 1959 and 1960. The plaque will hang in Sell- there are seats left, tickets will also man Pavilion, named after the late be sold at the door. The prices are George Sellman who headed up $20 for adults and $10 for children. Alumni are urged to email the school and started the operetta if they tradition in 1958. “Shrek the Musical Jr.” will be want to sit together or can help staged in Sellman with all of the provide the names of the “missclass’ 36 students performing. ing” operetta names for 1959 “Every single part is important,” and 1960. Show times are 5:30 p.m. says Ms. Pati, noting how hard the kids have been working on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1; and 7 p.m. Friday, June the production. “They are really into it,” she says, 2, and Saturday, June 3. A

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The new school, designed by Carter Warr of CJW Architecture, will have a windmill feature and an architectural style reflecting the agrarian history of Portola Valley, says Karen Tate, co-chair of the school’s capital campaign.

Windmill School to move ahead with construction of new campus Windmill School, a playbased preschool, recently received a building permit to move ahead with construction of a new campus for its preschool and Family Education Center on a 1.69-acre site at 900 Portola Road, adjacent to Our lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley. Windmill plans to construct two buildings with 8,400 square feet of floor space and renovate a third, according to Karen Tate, capital campaign co-chair. One new building will have three classrooms and teacher offices. Another new building will house the kitchen and family hall. A renovated storefront for the former Al’s Nursery that was on the site will serve as a family lounge. The goal is to complete construction and open the new school facilities in 2018. One of the school’s goals is to


expand educational programs (in art, music and physical movement, for example) for preschool and K-8 students. Plans for the outside include measures to shield nearby residential neighbors from noise — an 8-foot-high sound wall and a “quiet-zone” garden — as well as a redwood grove, play yards for each classroom and eventually a farm for up to 12 chickens, 12 rabbits and two goats, according to a conditional use permit. The new school, designed by Carter Warr of CJW Architecture, will have a windmill feature and an architectural style reflecting the agrarian history of Portola Valley, according to Ms. Tate. It’s a big step for Windmill School, which has been renting

space for 60 years in town, including for the last 40 years on the grounds of the Alpine Hills Swimming & Tennis Club. The original school, founded in the 1950s, was located at the corner of Georgia Lane and Portola Road, adjacent to the large windmill structure that still stands there today. Windmill School operating hours will be 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., and after hours indoors to 10 p.m. Maximum enrollment will be 132 students, with no more than 66 students there at any one time and no more than 120 people on campus during operating hours, according to a conditional use permit. Five times a year, for events such as the school picnic and fundraising, maximum capacity expands to 200 people. Go to the-new-campus for more information.

Portola Valley devotes weekend to celebrating the horse By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac


ortola Valley’s fourth annual “Celebration of the Horse” will span Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Portola Valley Trails & Paths Committee is sponsoring “Horse Fair” featuring something new: horseback rides for kids by Chapparal Corp., the same outfit that offers lessons and trail rides at Wunderlich County Park. Portola Valley Pony Club is marking its 50th anniversary this year and will have riders demonstrating their skills.

Icelandic ponies will be on display as well as a miniature horse provided by Gallop Ventures. There will be face painting, a dummy steer to rope, and a petting zoo of animals from Jasper Ridge Farm at Webb Ranch. Claymore Clydesdales will be giving carriage rides, and local horse veterinarian Gary Hanes will be on hand with a stethoscope so people can listen to a horseís heartbeat. On Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, the committee is sponsoring three group trail rides of differing lengths. Riders must bring their own horses and register in advance at pvhorseday@ Coffee and donuts will be served. A

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August ‘Gus’ Klein Sr February 16, 2017 – August 31, 1924 August ‘Gus’ Klein Sr., a 50-year resident of the town of Woodside, died  at the age of 92 on February 16th, 2017 surrounded by friends and family at Gordon Manor in Redwood City. His loving wife Abigail preceded him in death in the year 2000. A memorial service will be held at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, on Sunday, May 28th at 1 pm. Gus was born August 31, 1924 in Newton, Massachusetts to a southern belle from Knoxville, Tennessee, Maree Stone Klein (née Keeling) and a head engineer for Stone and Webster, August Clarence Klein. Gus had two older brothers and a younger brother and sister. As teenagers, the boys excelled at ski racing and were some of the first ever to ski the infamous ‘Tuckerman’s Ravine’ on the steep headwall of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. They learned very early to yodel and loved to sing of their adventures on the slopes, while along the way collecting a bawdy repertoire of folk songs about the wonder of the mountains, deadly skiracing accidents, beautiful women, and beer! Gus was a naturally inquisitive person and as a young man was drawn to math and science. He went to Williams College in Massachusetts to study physics, only to have World War II interrupt his freshman year. At the age of 18 he entered the military and fought his way across Europe as a combat engineer, “Rebuilding bridges mostly and getting shot at” he would always say with a chuckle. Gus received a purple heart at the Battle of the Bulge and was present at the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau. Like many soldiers of his generation he spoke very little about the brutality of war but was a great raconteur of his many other adventures experienced in the army. Upon returning from Europe he received a Bachelors degree in physics from Williams and a Masters in engineering from Harvard, before moving to Washington D.C. There he met his future wife Abigail Banghart, a recent graduate of Goucher College who was working as a legislative liaison for the U.S. Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee. They married in 1957 and two years later moved out west to California, living in Danville, Los Altos, and Walnut Creek before moving to Woodside in 1964, where they raised their three children Susan, August Jr., and Franklin. Soon after settling in, Gus and Abby joined the Woodside Village Church. Although he wasn’t much of a religious man he loved the sense of community the church offered and greatly enjoyed belting out a good hymn. He loved the church men’s club, out of which evolved the “Quackateers” singing group led by John Quackenbush. They performed at many town events and sang the National Anthem at the opening day of softball season on numerous occasions. He served on the Finance Committee with Abigail, who was the Church Treasurer for many years and he was incredibly proud that just before her death a

new set of carillon church bells were dedicated in her name. If you asked him what he did for a living he would tell you he built scientific instruments specializing in the field of spectroscopy. After working for GE, Westinghouse, and Technical Measurement Corporation, in 1966 he founded Nuclear Equipment Corporation where he designed and built x-ray spectrometers used in evaluating the atomic structure of matter through spectrums of light. He received many awards for his advancements in the field, working closely with Digital Equipment to computerize his data systems and with IBM to create a unique scanning electron microscope that was also a spectrometer. The United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park and Washington D.C. used his system of “energy dispersive x-ray diffraction” to examine moon rocks brought back on early Apollo Missions. In 1980, he sold his company to Baker-Hughes International. In his retirement, he loved being a grandparent and relished being a big part of the lives of his five grandkids (August, Spencer, Abigail, Aubrey, and Claire). He encouraged all his family to be adventurous and to explore their worlds bravely, whether hiking up a creek to bird watch, walking home from school, skiing the slopes of Squaw Valley, or skate boarding down Kings Mountain Road. His quest for knowledge was continual and in his later years he enjoyed taking graduate courses in math and astrophysics at Stanford and San Jose State; while visiting his daughter Susan in Irvine, he would sit in on classes Susan and her husband Joseph McKenna taught at UCI. Gus skied and played tennis until he was 84, loved a good party on his spectacular deck, backpacked in the Sierras with his nieces, played hours of backgammon while sipping champagne with his dear friend Helen Fama, and let the 4-H kids raise pigs on his property “because it reminded him of Abby’s farm in Iowa.” But perhaps one of his greatest joys was the twenty years he played for the “Whiners,” his beloved team in the Woodside co-ed softball league. After a long and storied career Gus finally put down the bat and glove but remained a fixture behind the backstop at all their games, “just to keep the umpire honest!” On any given evening after a game if you were to ask him how he played he would smile, lean in a little and say, “I went three for three!” Gus was always optimistic and happy, kind, generous, curious, and just a fine human being who will be greatly missed by all those that loved him. He spent the last few years of his life at Gordon Manor where he received wonderful care and made many loyal friends. He sang harmonies with Nicole the Pianist in the great hall on Sunday afternoons and to the amazement of many always knew the words to every song she brought to play. Rest in Peace, Gus. PAID

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Stephen D. McCulley, Atherton’s new police chief, says his unofficial motto is, “No call too small.”

New police chief likes ‘customer service’ focus By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer



tephen D. McCulley says panel, plus the city manager, he thought when he retired Mayor Mike Lempres and Vice as police chief of the towns Mayor Cary Wiest. On Wednesday, May 17, Chief of Snoqualmie and North Bend in the state of Washington less McCulley is scheduled to take his than a year ago he was ready to oath of office at the Atherton City take it easy. When his wife, Lynn, Council meeting, which starts pointed out the posting of a police at 7 p.m. in the town’s council chief job in Atherton, though, he chambers at 94 Ashfield Road. He was sworn in on was intrigued May 3. enough to check it out. Chief may hold events The chief said he is lookOne of the things that for public to regularly ing forward to intrigued him, interact with officers. working with Joe Wade, who he said in a recent interview, was that the job was the acting police chief in description included an emphasis Atherton for more than a year on customer service. “That’s what and had also applied for the I did for 10 years in Snoqualmie chief’s job. Commander Wade has returned to his former job as and North Bend,” he said. He did his research, speaking second-in-command. “We had a great conversation,” with City Manager George Rodericks, City Clerk Theresa Della Chief McCulley said, adding Santa and several members of the that he understands the position town’s crime prevention task force Commander Wade is in. “I’ve about the job and the town. Chief been in his position two different McCulley and his wife flew to the times,” he said, being an acting Bay Area, and “I actually went out chief and competing for the perand walked the neighborhoods,” manent job against someone who he said, hearing “nothing but ended up as his boss. However, he said, he is a fan good comments about the police of succession planning. “I think department.” “I kind of realized I still wanted chiefs do have a shelf life,” he to work,” he said. “I’m 55, I don’t said, adding that he plans to stay mind saying that. I think I still in Atherton for at least five years, but thinks he’d like to have Comhave a lot left to offer.” Chief McCulley was one of 30 mander Wade be Atherton’s next applicants for the job. He was police chief. Chief McCulley said he is also chosen by City Manager Rodericks after being interviewed by looking forward to working with four community panels, a peer local media. He served as the


public information officer for the Washington State Patrol. “We need you as much as you need us,” he said. “I think great things can be done” by working with the press, he said. His view is to “never be afraid to apologize, say we made mistakes,” he said. Chief McCulley said one thing the department and town will be looking at is whether it needs a new policy about when officers should turn on the body cameras they all now have. The topic was raised after a Menlo Park resident who became lost on the Sharon Hills Golf Course and ended up in an Atherton backyard claimed he was mistreated by four Atherton police officers. None of the officers turned on their cameras during their interaction with the man, which lasted at least 30 minutes. One problem Chief McCulley may not have to immediately deal with is staffing. Atherton’s department, which has at times

found it hard to retain officers, will be fully staffed after hiring a sergeant and three officers, who are going through background checks. What he will have to do, however, is figure out how to retain the officers, he said. “They need to know what type of community they’re coming into, the type of policing they’ll be doing,” he said. Atherton “might be too quiet for an officer, might be boring,” he said. “You want to provide as much training as you can ... to keep them interested and keep them here.” However, he said, working in Atherton has its advantages. “Police work is dangerous,” he said. “This is probably about as safe as you can get.” Officers also have time to do “good policing,” he said, something he enjoyed when he moved from the Washington State Patrol to a smaller community. See page 18

William Francis Jordan, Jr. July 4, 1933 – April 10, 2017 William F. Jordan, Jr. passed on April 10, 2017, at age 83. Born on the 4th of July in 1933, to William and Mildred Jordan, Billy grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey as the middle child with sisters Nancy and Cindy. He graduated from Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 1956 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and married Ruth Ann MacFarland in June of that year. Bill then served six months active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. William Jordan Jr.’s career began in the earliest days of the semiconductor industry, where he started as a transistor circuit applications engineer. Eventually, he migrated to the computer industry as a designer of several integrated circuit chips that were used in computers for many years. He published many professional papers, magazine articles and patents, throughout the ’60s and ’70s. In 1967, he was presented the H.W. Sweat Award by the Honeywell Corporation for outstanding engineering. In 1971, Bill and his family moved to Portola Valley, when Bill began to work for Intel Corporation, a brand new private company. He reported to Bob Noyce, the company CEO, with the assignment of establishing a memory systems business for the newly developed main memory chips. Bill assembled an organization that designed and manufactured memory systems, and established dedicated sales, marketing, maintenance and lease financing organizations to support this business. In 1973, his organization was named an Intel Division, and Bill was promoted to become Intel Corporate Vice President. He continued his career at Intel, and later in executive positions at several other companies until he retired in 1988. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed playing tennis in Portola Valley, gardening, and frequent family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by five of his six children; Pamela Mulvey of Penngrove, Chuck (and Elizabeth) Jordan of Tres Pinos, Rick (and Jeana) Jordan of Whittier, Jennifer (and John) Pilling of Los Altos, and Wendy Jordan (and Juan Garcia) of Redwood City. He is also survived by his eight grand children; Philip Jordan, Michael (and Grace) Pilling, Hayley Mulvey, Melissa Pilling, Meghan Mulvey, John Mulvey, Emma Mulvey, and Will Jordan. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann, who passed away in 2009, and by his son, Rob, who died last year. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandparent. Friends are invited to services to be held at Ladera Community Church Ladera Community Church 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 2pm. PA I D


Rosemary Kelley Maulbetsch October 6, 1936 – April 11, 2017 Rosemary Kelley Maulbetsch’s life began in San Francisco ... a “fourth-generation San Franciscan,” she would proudly say ... the daughter of Richard Leigh and Anna Leighton Kelley. She grew up in Modesto, attended Modesto Junior College, went on to San Francisco State University and taught school on the Monterey Peninsula. Following graduate work at Stanford, she joined the faculty at Boston University and took up life on Beacon Hill. After three years, her life took a sudden turn when during an impromptu visit to her neighbors’ home on Martha’s Vineyard, she walked on a beach with John Maulbetsch. They fell in love, moved to her home, California, and married on a beach in the Carmel Highlands. That was the beginning of a 42-year marriage, two children, John Erik and Kelley Lynn, and a life imbued with Rosemary’s love of music, the ocean, and family. Rosemary died at home on the afternoon of April 11, 2017, with John and Erik holding her hands and Kelley playing her favorite piece on the cello. She leaves behind her immediate family as well as son-in-law, Jon Hunkiewicz, nephews Winn and Patrick Siegman, sister-in-law Diane Ayr, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Virginia Leigh (Honey) Siegman and Barbara Jean Kelley. Yet this brief biographical summary fails to capture her energy, courage, wisdom and the endless capacity for curiosity, friendship and love that characterized not only her personal life, but her career as a professional educator. At the age of 24 and after her first year of teaching, she was appointed chair of the Pacific Grove High School English Department. That same summer, she embarked upon a three-month solo tour of Europe. Through that adventure’s joys and challenges she was instilled with selfconfidence and a love of travel that shaped her experiences for her lifetime. After leaving Pacific Grove for Stanford and Boston University, she focused her career on interdisciplinary education, developing and evaluating curriculum for the state of California, the National Endowment for Education, and UNESCO. She organized and led three National Conferences in Interdisciplinary Education. After moving to Atherton, she left behind a professional life which she loved with no regret because, in her words, “it is most

important to be where my kids are when they need me.” She volunteered at their schools, planned vacations with an eye toward a balance of good times and good learning, and developed their appreciation and interest and awareness of their family origins and ancestry from California to Boston to Switzerland. When the quality of life in her Lloyden Park neighborhood was threatened, as by the specter of High Speed Rail or CalTrain expansion, she joined the Atherton Town Rail Committee and worked for over a dozen years studying, assessing and opposing, where appropriate, Environmental Impact Reports and construction proposals. She was particularly protective of the Atherton Depot as an important, historic structure in the Town. For herself, her main passion was music. She sang in Masterworks Chorale for more than 20 years and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus for more than 10. Twice, while in Masterworks Chorale, she sang in the San Francisco Festival of Masses conducted by Robert experience which she called “the dream of a lifetime.” Like music, the ocean was an important element in her life. She loved watching the waves and the phrase “Let’s go to the coast and walk by the beach” was a frequent suggestion no matter what the weather. This, and an interest in her Kelley family history, led to many visits to the north coast town of Mendocino, of which her greatgrandfather had been one of the original founders and whose home now houses the Mendocino Historical Society. She would delight the staff with childhood stories of holiday dinners with the relatives now featured on the museum’s walls. She was also a supporter of the Mendocino Music Festival. Having found love and been married on the edge of the sea, it is fitting that on April 18, 2017, she was buried with her ancestors in a small Mendocino cemetery with a view of the ocean. Family and friends will gather to reminisce and share their thoughts on May 19, 2017, at 1:30 pm in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue in Atherton. In lieu of f lowers, a commemorative contribution might be made to the Coastside Land Trust or the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) or an organization of the donor’s choosing. PAID


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Noting that his unofficial motto is, “No call too small,” he said that an officer who responds to even the most minor call quickly and acts in a professional manner, will make a lasting impression on the caller. “They’re going to remember that for a long time,” he said. Chief McCulley said he also plans on occasionally taking out a patrol car. “I like to get out in

the car, pull people over,” he said, although he knows his limitations. “I’m also smart enough to know I’m not as fast as I used to be.” He’d like to give the public a chance to regularly interact with officers, perhaps by holding events in Holbrook-Palmer Park similar to the “Coffee and Doughnuts with a Cop” events they had in Snoqualmie. The chief said he doesn’t yet

have a priority for the department. “I don’t have one yet,” he said. “I’m not afraid to say that.” “I need to watch, observe, listen,” he said. He plans to do ridealongs with officers and sit with dispatchers as well as talk with residents. Living on the Peninsula will be a major change for the chief, who says he has lived and worked in the same 60-mile radius for his entire life. He grew up in Monroe, a bluecollar logging community about 45 minutes away from North Bend, where he lived most of his adult life. His father was an

educator and an administrator and his mother worked in the school office. Snoqualmie is an old logging town with about 12,000 residents, with both a historic downtown and a master-planned community of 3,500 homes called “The Ridge,” he said. “They had a high demand for police service and customer service,” he said. North Bend, where Chief McCulley had lived for many years, has about 7,000 residents. The town asked Chief McCulley and the Snoqualmie Police Department to take over providing their policing soon after he

become police chief. Once they took over, he said, he received two calls from people his officers had pulled over — complimenting the officers and saying “they liked to see the police working,” he said. Policing in two communities meant he reported to two mayors and two city councils. “I said I had 18 bosses,” he said. “I learned a lot from it.” He’s also looking forward to Northern California weather. While he grew up with the rain and cold, this last winter was the worst on record since the 1960s, he said. “It gets a little old,” he said. A

Jeane Bowman Tennant

Thomas Henry Vocker

October 10, 1931 – May 6, 2017

September 16, 1948 – May 2, 2017

Jeane Bowman Tennant peacefully passed away at her home in Menlo Park, CA, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the age of 85. She bravely battled the final stages of ALS and passed with her husband, daughter and two sons by her side. Jeane was adored by her family, friends, and actually all those who met her during the course of her very full lifetime. She loved her family, travel, dancing, playing cards, tennis, quilting, cats and Chardonnay. She was generous, loving, creative and had a quick wit with an amazing sense of humor right up to the end. She had the best shimmy out on the dance floor and was often referred to as “Jeane, the Dancing Machine.” Her grandchildren named her “Jama” but she constantly reminded them to call her “Pretty Jama.” Jeane was born on October 10, 1931, in Oakland, CA, to parents Raymond Phillip and Jessie Ross Bowman. She grew up in Alameda, CA, and attended San Jose State University, where she embraced the sorority life in Alpha Phi. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1953, Jeane and two girl friends traveled across the United States for six months, earning enough money by waitressing and housekeeping to buy tickets to cross “the pond” by boat. They worked at Yosemite National Park, The Arizona Biltmore Hotel, The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, The Greenbrier in West Virginia, The Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York, just to name a few. Once in Europe, the three friends bought a Volkswagen Bug and traveled throughout Europe for nearly a year. The stories from that trip are fantastic! After her return to California (with her VW), she lived and worked in San Francisco, where, in 1959, she met and married Harold (“Hal”) Butler Tennant. In 1960 they moved to Menlo Park, CA, where they raised a daughter and two sons. Jeane was a devoted mother and can be accredited with attending just about every baseball, football, basketball, soccer game and tennis match that one of

her children was playing in. As a devoted grandmother, she repeated the sports “gig” as she attended many, MANY baseball and basketball games and had the pleasure to add dance recitals and performances to her Jama resume. But she wasn’t just an observer, she was also an avid and accomplished tennis player herself, learning the game at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club in the early 1970s and playing until the age of 84. Besides playing tennis, she was also an avid bridge player and an amazing quilter. Every quilt she made was not only a work-of-art, but was personalized for it’s recipient through the choice of each piece of material and in the quilt pattern. She always found time to create and give her “art projects” to others as she loved people and loved giving. Jeane also made time to volunteer at Filoli in Woodside and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Jeane and Hal shared a love for travel throughout their marriage and after Hal retired from Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in 1998, they set out to travel the world. They traveled both domestically and internationally and made annual New York City theater tours and International Film Festival trips to Palm Springs. Always very proud of her Scottish heritage, she and Hal traveled extensively throughout Scotland, where they continued to “develop” their love for “good” Scotch. Jeane is survived by her husband of 57 years and lives on in their three children, their spouses, and their three grandchildren: Christine (Candace) of Newcastle, CA; Ross (Susanne) of Newcastle, CA; and Adam (Stephanie) of Danville, CA, and their children Clayton, Hayley and Bo. She is also survived by her brother, Ross Phillip Bowman of Payson, AZ. Jeane will be remembered for her positive nature, her wit and sense of humor and her love for a “good time.” Friends are invited to come by for an open house celebration of her life on Saturday, May 27, anytime between 1-4 p.m. at the Tennant home in Menlo Park. PA I D

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Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Thomas Henry Vocker, passed away peacefully on May 2nd at his home in Menlo Park. He fought a courageous eight year battle with cancer and continued to fight until his last days. Everyone who knew Tom loved him for his smile and warm sense of humor. He was a wonderful friend, who touched so many people with his kindness and generosity. He was born in San Francisco to Mary Alma and Edward Vocker and attended St. Gabriel Elementary, St. Ignatius Prep High School, City College of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 6 years. He worked for the San Francisco Warriors (in high school), the Del Monte Corporation, and Hewlett Packard. Tom then worked for Hemming Morse, became a CPA, and in 1990 he started his firm, Vocker Kristofferson & Co. in San Mateo, California. Tom was actively involved for many years in San Mateo Rotary, San Mateo Police Activities League, and HIP Housing. He also served on the San Francisco Archdiocesan School Board. While working at Hewlett Packard, Tom met the love of his life, Diane Schwabacher, and they were married in 1974. Their lives were filled with the love of their 3 children and their spouses: Lisa Vocker and Michael Lofberg of San Francisco, Brian and Pilar Vocker of Portland, and Stephanie and Patrick Filice of Boston; and their 10 beautiful grandchildren: Matthew, Elizabeth, William, and Zachary Lofberg; Isabella, Alejandra, Jackson, and the newest family member, Magdalena Vocker, born on April 18th; and Claire and Thomas Filice. Tom supported his children and grandchildren in their athletic and extracurricular activities - he seldom missed a birthday, ball game, or school function. As a lifelong San Francisco and Peninsula resident, he loved the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors, and all things baseball and golf. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Tom is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Vocker, his mother-in-law Bernice Schwabacher, his in-laws Donna and Jeff Egeberg, and Randall and Kristine Schwabacher, as well as numerous much loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 17th at St. Gabriel Parish at 11:00am - 2559 40th Ave., San Francisco 94116. To honor Tom’s generosity, his family kindly requests that donations be made to San Mateo Police Activities League (200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403), St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room (3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025), or Mission Hospice (1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402). PA I D


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A spacious house in Portola Valley served as venue for Indivisible PV’s Electoral group to learn more about Virginia and its demographics.

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Locals take leadership role in campaigns to elect Democrats


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he Republican Party has been riding high with its control over state governments, with Republican majorities in the legislatures of 33 states. The GOP did not arrive at its dominant position overnight or by accident, but it was the election of Donald Trump to the presidency that was apparently the last straw for many Democratic and politically progressive voters, including some in Portola Valley and Woodside. Indivisible PV, one of some 5,000 chapters of Indivisible USA, formed after the 2016 election to resist the agenda of Mr. Trump and his party. With Portola Valley

resident JoAnn Loulan at the head of about 240 members, most from Portola Valley, the group has prepared posters, contacted members of Congress and participated in marches on issues such as taxes, science and climate change. At its May meeting, attended by 40 people at the Woodside Village Church, the group’s Action wing distributed packets of postcards in need of stamps and addressed to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in support of the committee’s investigation of Russia’s alleged meddling with the 2016 election. The group also has an Electoral wing, which has other fish to fry: providing campaign materials and support for

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one-off 2017 federal races for the House of Representatives, including in Georgia and Montana, Ms. Loulan says. Getting Democrats to actually vote is the key, says Rebecca Flynn of Indivisible PV. “We don’t need to convert any Trump supporters,” she says. “We just need to get out the vote.” “What’s a priority for me,” Ms. Loulan says, “is flipping some of these state legislatures. Most of the egregious laws on the books,” including laws restricting abortion, gay marriage and transgender rights, originated in state legislatures, she says. “The Republicans have been pretty smart.” Significantly, Ms. Loulan also leads a group of 15 Portola Valley women working under the name of Local Majority and providing campaign managers in Virginia with research and highly distilled written materials to help elect more Democrats to the House of Delegates, Virginia’s lower house, in November 2017. Virginia is one of two states holding legislative elections in 2017. The other is New Jersey, which is solidly blue at the federal and state levels except for its governor, Chris Christie. Meanwhile in Woodside, the local chapter of Swing Left is focusing on unseating Republican Jeff Denham who represents California’s 10th Congressional District, a Central Valley area that includes Stanislaus and San Joaquin

counties. Mr. Denham won re-election in 2016, but by a margin of just 3.4 percent. A victory that closely fought meets the definition of a swing district for Swing Left, and there are 66 of them in House races in 26 states, according to the group’s website. Democrats need to win 80 percent of those districts in 2018 to regain the House majority, says Denise Fenzi, the Swing Left chair in Woodside. “Then we can think about taking back the country,” she adds. Swinging Left

Swing Left, on its home page, advises its volunteers to “find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives — and defeat Republicans — in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.” Ms. Fenzi, 48 and a Democrat with a master’s degree in public administration, became chair of the Woodside chapter by virtue of her success at persuading people to attend an organizing party. “I didn’t realize what I was signing up for,” she says. The 10th District election is 18 months away, but momentum for assigning tasks is picking up, she says. An online bulletin board to connect volunteers with 10th District campaigns is in progress. Voter registration events have been held, and a get-out-the-vote effort is ahead. Workers conversant in languages other than


S T O R Y JoAnn Loulan, right, hugs Tram Nguyen, executive director of the New Virginia Majority. Ms. Nguyen explained the importance of engaging immigrants and young people of color in meaningful ways so they will elect people who will actually represent them.

English, particularly Spanish and Assyrian, will be essential, Ms. Fenzi says. The 10th District only recently swung Republican. Between 1996 and 2012, it was represented by Democrats. Ms. Fenzi’s key questions: “What do people want? What do they need? How can we help them get there?” she says. “It’s not about us. It’s about them.” While the Woodside chapter of Swing Left consults with the Democratic Party and other Bay Area chapters, it’s a bottom-up organization, Ms. Fenzi said. “We are allowed to do whatever makes sense,” she said. The immediate goal is to “hand a pretty good pot of money” to the Democratic candidate who wins the 10th District’s primary election, she said. Tea Party methods

The handbook “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda” is the work of former congressional staffers on how to effectively get the attention of members of Congress and participate in the democratic process. The book’s four chapters focus on tactics the Tea Party employed to oppose the policies of Barack Obama’s administration. The authors don’t hold back. “If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump,” the introduction says. The chapters go step-by-step over Tea Party methods: Q Use defensive tactics — point out problems with your opponents’ agenda — rather than proposing alternatives. Q Be sensitive to a congressional representative’s priorities: getting re-elected, not wasting time, and avoiding surprises and bad press. Q Mobilize locally. Q Make yourself heard when your representative is in the district. In a district represented by Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, there’s not a lot reason for Indivisible members to complain. Ms. Eshoo also opposes Mr. Trump and the ideas he represents. What’s an activist to do? Virginia beckoned. Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016, including its popular vote with a majority of 64 percent, Laura Kavanaugh, left, Rebecca Flynn, center, and Laura Cornish, all with Indivisible PV, meet to hear about collaborative efforts with volunteers on the ground in Virginia campaigning to elect Democrats to the state’s legislature.

according to The legislature, however, is deep red — just one vote shy of a veto-proof Republican majority in the House of Delegates. Gerrymandering is an issue. The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected a district court ruling in support of 12 Virginia legislative districts that had been redrawn after the 2010 census, saying that the district court used an incorrect standard in deciding that race was not a predominating factor in the redrawing. 15 women

Of Local Majority, Ms. Loulan says: “You can’t believe these people, the 15 women that are doing this.” In an effort to inform Virginia voters, the women of Local Majority are studying in detail the activities of Republican legislators. If a bill on student debt relief, for example, never made it to the floor for a vote, they are trying to ferret out exactly why that happened, Ms. Loulan says. Details on what takes place in committee rooms is apparently very hard to come by, even for dedicated observers.

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One of the women, Laura Kavanaugh, says she was surprised at the gerrymandering and the dominance of Republicans in the Virginia state legislature, given Democratic tendencies in statewide elections. “What’s alarming is that people don’t realize how much this (balance) affects their daily lives,” she says, whether it’s minimum wages, sanctuary cities, voter suppression laws or women’s and LGBTQ rights. People of color, immigrants and the “financially strapped” will be the most hurt by Republican legislation, she says. The Democratic campaigns in Virginia don’t have a lot of funding, she says. “They’re really grateful to have a group of volunteers that is paying attention and doing the work.” “Everyone’s working their butt off, some (of them) way harder than me,” says Laura Cornish, another of the 15 women. “There’s an amazing amount of

time going into this.” Ms. Cornish is one of four women working to flip Virginia’s state District 12 in the House of Delegates, now represented by Republican Joseph Yost. The volunteers are putting together statistical information and writing background material on Mr. Yost, and will do the same for his challenger after the primary election, if there is one — material to put at the fingertips of door-to-door campaign workers. Mr. Yost won re-election in 2015 with 58.4 percent of the vote, but with a turnout of just 24 percent, Ms. Loulan noted. Local Majority is looking for salient issues. In seeking new Democratic voters, for example, college websites have potential as resources for finding students willing to talk about what’s important to them, Ms. Cornish says. There are complications. The district includes Virginia Tech, where in 2007 a student shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17. But the district is a stronghold for the National Rifle Association, campaign managers say, and the volunteers were asked to avoid writing about guns and gun rights, Ms. Cornish says. “These are the kinds of conversations that we have to have and think about,” she says. “We’re in Portola Valley (where) there’s a whole different demographic.” Another Local Majority member, Sheila Ellison, says she learned that a significant number of women voted for Mr. Trump because they were told to by their fathers, husbands or brothers. “That was just like a dagger to my heart,” she says. “’The men in my life told me to vote this way?’ Are we really still that far behind?” “We can’t make calls for Virginians, but we can help people in Virginia understand their vote,” she says. “They don’t have the time and energy. I do have the time and energy. ... I don’t want my children to inherit the world the way it’s going. We have to flip the state and then we’ll move on to the next state.” A About the cover: Psychotherapist and activist JoAnn Loulan with a Statue of Liberty she installed in the front yard of her home in Portola Valley. (Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.)

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John Boyle says getting Republican elected to local offices helps the party develop a â&#x20AC;&#x153;benchâ&#x20AC;? for higher offices.

New GOP chair focuses on local elected offices are personal liberty, personal responsibility, and trust in the market. In his own stint on the Menlo n a county where Democratic registered voters exceed Park City Council from 2006 to Republican by three to one, 2010, he said, hot-button party former Menlo Park Council- politics didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t divide the council man John Boyle has taken on a as much as the local applicachallenge: getting Republicans tion of philosophical, and often pa r t y-l i n ke d elected to local questions, such offices. as what role As the new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We try to recruit government executive committee chair of people who believe in should play. the San Mateo fiscal responsibility and Running for office, he said, County Repubare conservative with requires a lot of lican Party, the same kinds Mr. Boyle said tax dollars.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of support as enc ou r a g i ng GOP CHAIR JOHN BOYLE someone startmore Repubing a business. licans to run for office is the local partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top Campaign fundamentals, like priority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; higher than taking putting up lawn signs and raising funds, he said, can feel positions on policy issues. Despite Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repu- foreign to political newcomers. tation for bleeding blue, he Like an entrepreneur, he said, pointed out, there are many attracting funding is a major Republicans holding local offic- part of the work involved in es, including nonpartisan seats being a political candidate, but on school boards, city councils so is listening to community and special district boards. And feedback and communicating there are lots of such positions: with potential constituents. The county Republican party about 400 in San Mateo County works with would-be candidates alone, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A big part of this is making to help them get started, he said. sure seats donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go unfilled,â&#x20AC;? Some candidates are assigned Mr. Boyle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sad truth mentors, or attend campaign is that some of these (positions) schools or other training proare low-profile and attract may- grams. Countywide networking be people who are just focused events also help party members on one issue, or are strong advo- in local elected positions discuss cates for extreme positions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in shared regional challenges. Getting Republicans into both parties.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to recruit people who local, nonpartisan elected officbelieve in fiscal responsibility es, he said, serves the purposes and are conservative with tax of his party by developing a dollars,â&#x20AC;? he said. Other â&#x20AC;&#x153;coreâ&#x20AC;? See BOYLE, page 27 Republican values, he said, By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer



Klein helps Team Israel find its way in baseball By Glenn Reeves Palo Alto Weekly


ome of the most surprising news from the recently completed World Baseball Classic arrived from the early rounds when Team Israel got off to a 3-0 start in Pool A in South Korea. The underdog dream of making it all the way to the final round in Los Angeles came to an end with an 8-3 loss to Japan in Tokyo, but not before Team Israel opened some eyes and earned some respect with a 4-2 record. David Klein, the first-year head coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, has been part of the endeavor of bringing baseball to Israel for a number of years. Most recently he served as operations coordinator and

assistant coach for the 2016 WBC team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a fantastic experience, learning from some of the brightDavid Klein est minds in baseball,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Klein, who founded the Menlo Park Legends, a summer baseball program in the California League. Jerry Weinstein, the longtime successful coach at Sacramento City College, was head coach of the 2016 Israel WBC team. Klein was also involved in 2012 when he got the opportunity to work with current Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and former Major Leaguers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler. Klein was born in New York

Stabbing suspect faces competency review By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


61-year-old Menlo Park woman arrested on charges of attempting to murder her husband on May 8 will be evaluated for competency to stand trial, according to prosecutors. Menlo Park police on May 8 arrested Nelida Landa Caballero on suspicion of attempted murder after responding to a call that she had stabbed her husband multiple times with a large

kitchen knife. The victim was hospitalized and released two days later, and is recovering from his injuries, prosecutors said. During a felony arraignment, Ms. Caballeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense attorney expressed doubt that she was competent to stand trial. Two doctors will be assigned to evaluate her, prosecutors said. According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Ms. Caballeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband was stabbed once under his left arm and had lacerations or slashes on the top of his head, his

but moved with his family to Menlo Park when he was 10 years old. He went to La Entrada Middle School and MenloAtherton, where he was the starting catcher and captain of the baseball team. Klein was brought up with the Jewish religion and attended Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always valued my Judaism and wore it on my sleeve,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Klein said. He played on the U.S. Jewish National Team in 2005 that won the gold medal at the Maccabi Games in Israel. In 2011 he traveled to Israel to set up baseball camps and â&#x20AC;&#x153;grow the game of baseball in Israel.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Baseball, however, has been slow to catch on in Israel, although Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in that country paid off in other ways. right and left arms and his right leg, as recorded in a police report. According to prosecutors, both were awake around 5:30 a.m. the day of the attack, and the victim was lying on the bed. They said Ms. Caballero sat next to her husband, and he reportedly thought he saw a knife before he felt a sharp pain under his left arm. They struggled, and he was able to pin her to the ground, Mr. Wagstaffe said. The coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter-in-law, who lives in the home, heard screaming and called the police, Mr. Wagstaffe said. Ms. Caballero was held until emergency responders from the fire district arrived. Ms. Caballero is in custody on $10 million bail. A

Two arrested for possessing cocaine base for sale By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


wo men were arrested after cocaine base, numerous guns and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a large amountâ&#x20AC;? of money were found in an East Palo Alto home on May 5. Zerrette Powell, 47 and a resident of the house, was arrested on suspicion of possessing BOYLE continued from page 26

â&#x20AC;&#x153;benchâ&#x20AC;? of party members, who, by serving in these positions are being trained for higher office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People today serving on the school board may well be tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assemblyperson or state senator,â&#x20AC;? he said. Having a polarizing president does â&#x20AC;&#x153;create some challengesâ&#x20AC;?

cocaine base for sale. Marcel Powell, 55, was arrested for a parole violation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not cooperating with law enforcement, according to Menlo Park police spokesperson Nicole Acker. A search warrant was executed that afternoon at the Powell residence, located on the 2400 block of Gonzaga Street. During the search, the Menlo

Park Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special investigations and criminal investigations units, along with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, found cocaine base, nine high-power rif les and shotguns, ammunition and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a large amount of U.S. currency.â&#x20AC;? The items were seized for evidence and both men were booked into the county jail. A

for his efforts, he acknowledged. When asked what he thinks of President Trump, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My opinion is that he was an atypical candidate in many ways and is an atypical president. A huge number of Americans said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the status quo and are tired of career politicians and wanted to try something different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The beauty of the American

system is that it has checks and balances. As Trump is realizing, he has to work within that trio (of government branches), we can afford as a country to experiment a little bit. He is clearly not a career politician he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t behave as a career politician â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that makes a lot of people anxious. But change is always going to make people anxious.â&#x20AC;? A

He met the woman who became his wife during his time there. Faster moving sports like basketball and soccer have continued to be the most popular sports in Israel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball in Israel has been an uphill battle,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Klein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken off like I hoped.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Israel Baseball League, founded by former Boston Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, folded after one year. The WBC was barely covered

by the Israeli media. And there is only one legitimate baseball field in the entire country. Still, Klein doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count out a continued effort to bring baseball to the country. But not right away. His immediate priority is building the program at MenloAtherton, his alma mater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as I have a fond spot in my heart for Israel baseball, right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very focused on Menlo-Atherton High School,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. A

SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT MEASURE A CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 2016 REPORT TO COMMUNITY *VU[HJ[7LYZVU!4H[[OL^AP[V*OPLM-HJPSP[PLZ6É&#x2030;JLY The Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has issued its report for calendar year 2016 on the $265,000,000 Measure A bond approved by the voters on June 3, 2014. Members of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee are pleased to report to the community the bond funds are being spent in accordance ^P[O[OLIVUKSHUN\HNLHWWYV]LKI`]V[LYZ*VTWSL[LĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHS information is available on the District website at Sequoia Union High School District contracted with Chavan and Associates to perform the required Proposition 39/Measure (H\KP[YLWVY[;OLH\KP[JV]LYLKĂ&#x201E;ZJHS`LHYLUKPUN1\UL 2016 which was reviewed by the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee on April 4, 2017. The audit examined internal control V]LYĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHSYLWVY[PUNHUKV[OLYTH[[LYZ[VPUJS\KL]LYPM`PUN that the bond proceeds were deposited in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, that they were invested in accordance with applicable legal requirements, and tested approximately 82% of the 2015-16 expenditures to ensure they were valid, allowable and accurate. The audit determined that the District complied, in all material respects, with the compliance requirements that could have H KPYLJ[ HUK TH[LYPHS LÉ&#x2C6;LJ[ VU [OL 7YVWVZP[PVU  4LHZ\YL (IVUKWYVNYHTMVY[OLĂ&#x201E;ZJHS`LHYLUKPUN1\UL Construction and renovations projects currently underway are: - Carlmont New Classroom Building (10 classrooms) - Carlmont Weight Room Addition - Menlo-Atherton New Classroom Building (21 classrooms) - Menlo-Atherton New STEM Classroom and Food Services Building - Sequoia Music Building Renovation - Redwood High -New Classroom Building and Gymnasium - Woodside New Classroom Building (10 classrooms) Construction and renovation projects completed: - Carlmont Kitchen and MPR Upgrades - 4LUSV([OLY[VU.\PKHUJL6É&#x2030;JLYLUV]H[PVU - Sequoia New Classroom Building (10 classrooms) - Sequoia New Culinary Arts and Multi-Use classroom - East Palo Alto Academy, New Gymnasium Construction and renovation projects planned are: - Menlo-Atherton Soccer Field Renovation (new synthetic turf) - Sequoia Practice Field w/Lights Renovation (new synthetic turf) and Pool lights / Canopy - 5L^ :THSS /PNO :JOVVS ;0+, (JHKLT` H[  1LÉ&#x2C6;LYZVU Drive, Menlo-Park (15 classrooms) The $265M million is being issued in conformance with the KPZ[YPJ[ÂťZ [PTLSPUL MVY JVUZ[Y\J[PVU WYVQLJ[Z ;OL Ă&#x201E;YZ[ IVUK proceeds were received October 22, 2014 in the amount of $112,000,000. The District sold its second series of bonds in November 22, 2016 in the amount of $120,000,000. The remaining bond authority is $33,000,000. John Violet, Chair of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee presented a report to the Sequoia Union High School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Board of Trustees on May 10, 2017 regarding the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceeding and activities. That report is available at for calendar year 2016. MEASURE A CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE John Violet, Chairperson Janet Hart, Vice Chairperson Kim Steinjann, Secretary (resigned) Jerry Carlson Ernesto Jasso Diane Peterson Susie Peyton May 17, 2017QAlmanacNews.comQThe AlmanacQ27


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Community meeting on U.S. 101 project, traffic A community meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Laurel School Upper Campus (275 Elliott Drive in Menlo Park) for the public to get an update from Menlo Park city staff about construction on the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange project and talk about how to reduce cutthrough traffic. There will also be a discussion about a Willows neighborhood traffic study completed in 2011.

Volunteers sought Applications are due by Friday, May 26, for openings on two Menlo Park City School District committees: finance and audit, and technology. The committees help district staff communicate the district’s finances and uses of technology to the public., the district’s website, has more information about the committees. Interested applicants


should submit a letter of interest, resume, and background information related to the desired position to: MPCSD Superintendent’s office, Attn: Lanita Villasenor, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027; or send an email to:

Blood drive The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the city of Menlo Park are sponsoring a blood drive at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Donors get Giants T-shirts. Go to to schedule an appointment. On the website, select “find a location” and enter the sponsor code: menlopark. Or contact Rocky at (650) 688-1442 or



Atherton reconsiders business license tax By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


omething Atherton’s City Council has considered several times in the past — making changes to the town’s business license tax — will be on the agenda again when the council meets Wednesday, May 17. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the town’s council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road. The council has been working on changes to the business license tax as part of an ongoing discussion of ways to increase town revenues. Any changes in the tax would have to go before the voters in an election during which council members are scheduled to be elected, which won’t be until

November 2018. To pass, the tax would have to be favored by at least a simple majority (just one vote over 50 percent) of voters. The current business license tax, applying to anyone who does business in Atherton, from pool cleaning companies to real estate companies, ranges from $25 to $250 a year. It raises about $228,000 a year. Also on the agenda are two recommendations from the town’s Transportation Committee. The committee recommends the town join East Palo Alto in its lawsuit against Menlo Park, claiming the environmental report, prepared when Menlo Park approved major general plan and zoning changes for its M-2 industrial area, doesn’t properly address the effects on

neighboring jurisdictions. The committee also recommended Atherton consider hosting a regional meeting to discuss transportation issues in neighboring jurisdictions that have overlapping effects. Also on the agenda is the swearing in of Police Chief Steven McCulley, and hiring a consultant to help the town draw up agreements with the Las Lomitas School District about installing a $13.6 million runoff diversion system at the Las Lomitas School. The consultant would also help the town draw up agreements with jurisdictions contributing runoff to the facility about paying for any future repairs to the facility, which is to be designed to prevent future flooding and keep pollutants out of the Bay. A

  Q P O LI C E C A LL S This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown. MENLO PARK Robbery: An employee of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real was punched in the head outside the store after confronting two men who’d taken five cases of beer they hadn’t paid for. The employee was uninjured, police said. The men fled in a white Toyota Prius with two cases of beer. Estimated loss: $30. May 13. Thefts:

Q A thief walked off with a cellphone left unattended and recharging at a gym on Madera Avenue. Estimated loss: $750. May 9. Q Someone stole an unlocked unattended bicycle parked on Terminal Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. May 12. Q A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the vicinity of Oak Grove and Laurel Street and stole cards, including a $25 gift card. Estimated loss: $26. May 5. Fraud: Using account login information of a resident of Elder Avenue, someone attempted to transfer money from the resident’s retirement account to a bank account. The bank alerted the resident of the pending transaction and stopped it. No loss. May 9.

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he May 1 vote by Woodside Elementary School why did the district put up a website page to accept District trustees to fill a board vacancy by applications to fill the vacancy even before Ms. Roth appointment rather than by election might not, submitted her resignation? Also, with 18 months left on Ms. Roth’s term, who at first glance, seem like a departure from standard made the decision to call for appliprocedure. That’s the method the cants to fill her spot by appointment, school board chose two years ago EDITORIA L rather than schedule a public board when another member resigned with The opinion of The Almanac meeting to discuss options, which only six months left on his term; it’s a would include asking the voters to fill commonly used strategy by districts wanting to avoid holding an election in the face of a the position? Isn’t it the board as a whole that should make such a decision? board resignation. And a real head-scratcher: Why did the minutes of But the process that led to the May 1 vote unfortunately was not standard procedure. It was shrouded and the May 1 meeting reflect “alternative facts” about bumbling, leading to a board action that we believe was the official action taken by the board, rather than the a violation of the state’s open meeting law, the Brown action it actually took on an item that wasn’t even on Act. The district is doing the right thing this week in the agenda — making it a Brown Act violation? Whatever action the board takes at its May 16 meetstarting the process anew to fill the seat being vacated ing (after the Almanac’s press time), it will, we hope, by Wendy Warren Roth, who resigned last month. That said, however, there are a number of questions have followed the legal requirements in properly noticdistrict officials might want to answer. For example, ing the discussion and possible action on its agenda. By

LE TTE R S Our readers write

Observations from an M-A High teacher Editor: In “It’s time to ax the M-A Senior Fashion Show” (Almanac guest opinion, April 19), incoming M-A parent Jessica Taylor shared her observations. As a M-A educator, I wanted to offer my perspective. The fashion show is routinely one of the more anticipated events for seniors. The timing — just after college acceptances (and rejections) — offers students an opportunity to just be kids. Spending time together, working as equals — with no grade or test, only the celebration of each other. Since (the column was published), I observed my students feeling hurt, attacked, and judged ... . Additionally, the brazen “stirring the pot ... 1950s” insinuates self-satisfaction in the unhappiness caused. The column noted the irony in a Realtor using Thoreau to sell homes, but I can’t help but observe the irony in naming current political discourse — which seeks validation through name-calling and “othering” — as a way to justify the column’s comments, which have done the exact thing being protested. I observe feminism to be about female empowerment, yet the columnist appropriated her values over the young women she seeks to protect, without consulting

them. If we wish to give a voice to our young women, shouldn’t we let them speak? And shouldn’t we listen when they speak? My last observation is that the method of the columnist’s approach is the biggest issue for students. While I don’t doubt she is seeking to better M-A, her actions have stolen from our seniors. Jessica, the fashion show was their moment — not yours. By making this a public movement over your values and observations, you have taken their moment and made it yours. The theme of the night was seniors M-Aking their Mark — now, all I observe is you making yours. Ben Wellington Teacher, M-A High School Middlefield Road, Atherton

Melding of church and state a perilous path Editor: It is not the job of churches to try to co-opt the power of the government in order to promote their own religious agenda (that’s the churches’ job). Nor is it the job of government to co-opt the nation’s pulpits to promote its particular political agenda (that’s the government’s job). Melding of church and state never comes to any good. It serves only to squash dissent and opposition of one sort or the other; it’s an anathema to free, open democracy. Such a cabal is only for the purpose of controlling thought and speech, and is on the

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road to dictatorship (political or theocratic). Partners inevitably collaborate to promote one another at the expense of opposing views. Church and state can have similar agendas but if they become partners they will inevitably support one another (and groupthink) at the expense of clear thinking and freedom — our freedom. Very dangerous. Don Barnby Spruce Avenue, Menlo Park

Laying out case against Measure A Editor: As one of the signers on the ballot opposed to Measure A, I do not believe our small town needs a $51 million town center. As a public project using taxpayer dollars to build what was designed as a privately funded complex, I support considerable downsizing of the proposed center or upgrading the existing administration and police departments, and combining them with new construction for the building department and library, using dedicated funds already restricted for that purpose. Not every Atherton resident is wealthy. Many struggle to keep up with expenses, including mortgage, utilities, property and parcel taxes. Even if the cost of a project is generally of no personal consequence, an allocation of more than $10,000 per household

doing so, it allows members of the public an opportunity to offer comment and recommendations on a way forward, if they choose to do so. But in hurtling forward to fill the vacancy, beginning April 5 — the day before Ms. Roth officially announced her resignation — district officials have undermined the public’s trust in a process that the public is entitled to participate in. The district’s actions stir old suspicions that board members who don’t want to serve another term resign early so that their colleagues can fill the vacancy, rather than allow voters to do so. And the fact that neither Ms. Roth nor the district has provided an explanation for the resignation doesn’t help. The Brown Act has been in place since 1953. It was enacted and revised over the decades to ensure that the business of the public is conducted in public. Violations of this law may occur by design, or merely through ignorance or carelessness. But regardless of what underlies the violation, trust in public officials takes a hit. A

to build a new civic center does not seem to be money well spent. There are many capital improvements that will benefit residents more than a showy government building built for the convenience of the public employees who work there. Studies paid for by the town indicate that $36 million is needed for drainage work. An additional $20 million is required to provide safe pedestrian and bike safety routes, essential in a town with nine schools, hosting thousands of school children daily. If Measure A should pass, even though it is advisory only, many if not most capital improvements beyond current fiscal year 2018 will be delayed indefinitely to pay for the town center’s construction, multiple essential add-ons not included in the projected cost (e.g. solar), likely increased bids, the cost to move town functions and property elsewhere for the construction period, additional required landscaping, furnishings and added maintenance. Already the City Council has projected using educational rebate funds and real property tax dollars years in the future, and wants to divert millions of dollars from the existing capital improvement fund to this center — all without a truly comprehensive budget plan and with a mere majority vote, while trying to avoid the two-thirds vote normally required to finance a capital project of this magnitude. The Council has gone so far as to rely in its five-year capital improvement forecasts on a presently

non-existent parcel tax to fund capital improvements after 2018. The supporters of Measure A say that a new civic center is needed to hire and retain topquality staff. The implication is that our staff needs improvement, and expensive new buildings will do the trick. It also implies that employee turnover is an issue, which it is not; nor is finding capable applicants for open positions. The recent opening for police chief received approximately 30 applications, so clearly working in Atherton is attractive. Moreover, spending over $35 million for an administration and police building seems a steep price for a better-qualified staff that already receive benefits and pensions which are much more generous than those typically found in the private sector. The average administrative worker’s salary in Atherton is $68,000, plus benefits, including fully paid health care coverage for life for each employee and his/ her family. The question is one of priorities. Is a new center requiring a road reconfiguration that aligns itself with a future high-speed rail more important than safe pedestrian and bike routes that can save people’s lives? Is a $35 million complex needed to attract motivated employees, but at the expense of needed drainage and road improvements? While these are the questions we must each answer for ourselves, I believe the answer is “no.” Sandy Crittenden Heather Drive, Atherton


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