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California Water Service Stadler Drive (APN: 075-011-050)

CUSE2016-0009; VARI2016-0008; VARI2016-0009 Planner: Corinne Jones, Assistant Planner

Review and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal to remove two (2) 60,000 gallon water tanks and construct a 250,000 gallon steel water tank, pumps, piping, and associated equipment. The proposal also includes improvements to the existing driveway, which provides access from Stadler Drive. A Conditional Use Permit (CUSE2016-0009) is required for public utility structures in an SCP zoning district; a Variance to height (VARI2016-0008) is required to permit the structure to exceed the 30-foot height limit; and, a Variance to setbacks (VARI2016-0009) is required to permit the structure within the 50-foot required setbacks.


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Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal to permit an addition onto an existing nonconforming shed (partially ORFDWHGZLWKLQUHTXLUHGVLGHVHWEDFN DQGFRQYHUWWKHXVHIURPDVWRUDJHEXLOGLQJWRDKDELWDEOHKRPHRIÂżFHLQFOXGLQJDIXOOEDWKURRP The addition and interior conversion was completed without permits. Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 153.300(C), the Planning Commission shall review the change of use of the nonconforming structure to determine if the proposed use change would result in any VLJQLÂżFDQWDGYHUVHLPSDFWV 3.

Mike and Barbara Calbert 3840 Woodside Road

VARI2017-0003 Planner: Alex Byrd, Assistant Planner

Review and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a Variance of a proposal to locate two air conditioning units within the required setbacks for the existing “Folgers Gatehouse� (facing Woodside Road), which is located entirely within the required setbacks. This would revise a previously approved Variance (VARI2016-0002) that allowed one air conditioning unit in a different location within the required setbacks. 4.

The Stenson Revocable Trust 3470 Tripp Road

ASRA2017-0007; VARI2017-0002 Planner: Corinne Jones, Assistant Planner

Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal to renovate the existing main residence (up to a complete demolition of the structure, if necessary) by constructing an addition at the front, removing a portion at the rear, and making changes to exterior materials and fenestration; replace the existing pool; remove two accessory structures (a shed and a gazebo); relocate the existing driveway and add a parking bay; add new entry pylons and associated fencing; and install landscaping, on a property that exceeds the allowable Total Floor Area and with a main residence that is located partially within both side setbacks. The Planning Commission will consider the design review recommendation from the ASRA (ASRA2017-0007), and the proposed Variance (VARI2017-0002) to increase the footprint and plate height of a nonconforming structure. 5.

Zambezi Creek Development LLC 325 Kings Mountain Road

CUSE2017-0001; CEQA2017-0001 Planner: Sage Schaan, Principal Planner

Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal for creek bank stabilization (West Union Creek), including grading and a retaining wall, adjacent to an existing residential vehicle driveway bridge abutment. Prior to taking action on the project, the Planning Commission will consider adoption of an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. 6.

Patricia Pearson and 331 Greer LLC 300 and 331 Greer Road

CUSE2017-0003; CEQA2017-0003 Planner: Sage Schaan, Principal Planner

Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal to rehabilitate two existing bridges on Greer Road. The project involves the existing steel and wood bridge structures and the associated asphalt-paved segment of Greer Road. Repair of both bridges would involve overhead removal of bridge decking (wooden boards); and installation of additional steel beam reinforcements within the existing bridges, prior to the replacement of the wooden boards. Prior to taking action on the project, the Planning Commission will consider adoption of an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. 7.

The Children’s Trust 201 Mountain Wood Lane

LDIV2017-0001; CEQA2016-0002 Planner: Sage Schaan, Principal Planner

Presentation and approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposal for a Land Division of the existing single parcel into two parcels. The zoning district in which the parcel is located is RR (Rural Residential - 3 Acre Minimum Parcel Area). Prior to taking action on the project, the Planning Commission will consider adoption of an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. 8.

Michael and Carole Marks “205� Mountain Wood Lane

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Facebook unveils 59-acre expansion plan By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


acebook, which hit two billion users June 27, has announced plans for a major new office, residential and retail development near its headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park. The company submitted to the city Thursday plans to knock down existing buildings and construct 3.45 million square feet of office, residential and retail space at its 59-acre commercial property referred to as the Prologis site. The property is on the south side of Willow Road, about a quarter mile west of Bayfront Expressway. The boundaries are Mid Peninsula High School on the west, Willow Road on the north, the Dumbarton rail corridor on the east, and the UPS Center and Pacific Biosciences office (on O’Brien Drive and Adams Court) on the south. Facebook, which is calling the development “Willow Campus,” would essentially create a new city district in eastern Menlo Park, providing housing, services for residents and workers, and office space for Facebook employees. There would be nine office buildings, three parking garages, seven public access parks or plazas, 1,500 housing units, a visitors’ center, a grocery store and other retail spaces. In line with the city’s recently updated general plan, maximum building heights would be capped at 70 feet for mixed-use residential buildings, 110 feet for office buildings and 110 feet for office parking structures. Each structure would be below the maximum, unless it is in the flood zone, according to Facebook spokesperson Jamil Walker. Mr. Patterson said he expects it to take about two years for the project to be approved — it will have to go through an environmental impact analysis, he said — and another two years for the completion of the first phase of the project. That would put the projected completion of the first phase around early 2021, according to Mr. Tenanes. This project would be on top of the 1.8 million square feet of office space the company currently occupies in Menlo Park,

and the almost 1 million square feet of office space it’s building in the city, plus the 207,000 square feet of office space it plans to occupy in the “Menlo Gateway” area off of Marsh Road. Facebook did not have an estimate of how many employees would work at the site, but said it would be roughly the same ratio of employees to office space as at its other operations. A total of 9,350 Facebook employees work in Menlo Park, a 54 percent increase over last year, according to the city’s budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. Willow Campus plan

Highlights of the Willow Campus master plan submitted to the city include: Q 1,500 rental apartments, totaling about 1.6 million square feet. As required by the city, 15 percent (or 225 apartments) would be designated to be rented at below-market rates to lower-income tenants. Tenancy would be open to the public, and not restricted to Facebook employees. Q 1.75 million square feet of office space, spread across nine office buildings. Q 125,000 square feet of retail space, about enough to have ground-floor shops on both sides of the street for three city blocks. Plans include a grocery store and pharmacy, according to John Tenanes, vice president of global facilities and real estate. Q 3,000 parking places in parking garages (the site currently has 2,300 spread out in parking lots). Q Seven parks or plazas that will be accessible to the public, plus a pedestrian path with tree-lined landscape and seating areas. Early renderings indicate plans to reactivate the Dumbarton rail corridor from Redwood City to East Palo Alto. Pedestrian routes and bike paths connecting the site to neighboring areas of Menlo Park are also planned. Those plans could include a pedestrian and bike overcrossing of Willow Road to connect the new development to Belle Haven. According to Ryan Patterson, real estate manager at Facebook, the project represents a 10-year plan for the site, and would be built in phases. The first phase would include a grocery store and some portion of the

Image courtesy of OMA New York.

Facebook’s “Willow Campus” would be built on Willow Road, across from the Belle Haven neighborhood and near two other Facebook’s sites.

proposed retail, housing and office space. The proposal also indicates potential for a hotel and a visitor or cultural center at the site. Grocery store

One of the conditions of Menlo Park’s recently approved general plan update is that developers may be required to provide amenities to the community in exchange for being allowed to build above a certain density. Mr. Patterson said Facebook is “very committed” to including

a grocery store in the proposed retail space. “That was one of the asks from the community that came up very, very early — almost at the outset of the general plan process,” he said. “We view it as a community benefit, but we aren’t going to wait to have that asked of us by the city.” Dumbarton corridor

Reactivating the Dumbarton rail corridor in some way is a key part of the plans for the development, according to Facebook

officials. While the corridor is controlled by SamTrans, Facebook has already put $1 million toward a study by the transportation agency to look at best short- and long-term courses of action to deal with congestion along the Dumbarton corridor. In a previous development agreement, Facebook committed an additional $1 million toward implementing the findings of the study, which is expected to be completed in the late summer or See FACEBOOK, page 8

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Carter Mosher, a 17-year-old from Atherton, will be a delegate this summer at a conference sponsored by an organization that does research on Type 1 diabetes. Carter, other children and celebrity advocates will be part of the JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress from July 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C., lobbying their members of Congress to support Type 1 diabetes research. (JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, now goes by its initials only.) The children — ages 4 to 17, representing all 50 states — will

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participate in a congressional committee hearing to share their personal testimonies about the daily struggles of living with diabetes. Carter represents JDRF’s Greater Bay Area Chapter. He has spoken about living with diabetes at events in the area and mentors newly diagnosed children. He and his sister are participating in a trial study looking for early biomarkers of Type 1 diabetes. Carter plays football and lacrosse, and is considering a career in law enforcement or government intelligence.

A transient man faces three misdemeanor charges connected to brandishing a knife and spitting on police officers on Monday, July 3, at Trader Joe’s in Menlo Park, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. After taking a free sample of coffee around 3:30 p.m., Roger Jay Carsner, 45, was allegedly wandering around the store talking to himself, said Karen Guidotti, chief deputy district attorney. He then left the store and reentered it, brandishing a knife, prosecutors said. He charged toward the sample station, where a Trader Joe’s employee subdued him, receiving a cut on the finger.

Mr. Carsner also attempted to burn the employee’s arm with a lighter and bite him, prosecutors said. Police arrived within minutes of being called, and the man allegedly spat in the faces of the responding officers, according to prosecutors. “There did not appear to be any particular event that precipitated this attack,” Ms. Guidotti said. The Trader Joe’s employee did not want to prosecute, she noted. Mr. Carsner has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pretrial conference was set for July 14. He is in custody on $10,000 bail. — By Kate Bradshaw


REAL ESTATE Q&A by Monica Corman

Summertime in Real Estate

Dear Monica: I am almost

So waiting until after Labor Day

ready to put my house on the

to list your house is not a bad idea.

market but I am wondering if

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Las Lomitas School District officials at a June groundbreaking ceremony for a 21-classroom building at La Entrada Middle School.

Classroom building under construction Construction is underway at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on a two-story, 21-classroom building. District officials say school board members and parents worked collaboratively with CAW Architects to design the

new building, plus a playground and lunch area, over months of discussion and planning. The construction is funded by a $60 million bond measure passed in November 2013. XL Construction began work June 9 and is expected to have

August is such a slow month

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summer. But most sellers would

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the buildings completed in time for the start of school in the fall of 2018. More information is available from Eric Holm (eholm@llesd. org), on the district website at, and on Twitter @LLESD_Construct.

County sets up ‘safe zone’ for completing online transactions with strangers By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


f you’ve ever been afraid of being hustled, or worse, when selling your stuff to a complete stranger via an online service like Craigslist, the San Mateo County Sheriff ’s Office has an option for you: a “safe exchange zone,” physically located in the county jail’s parking lot at 1300 Maple St. in Redwood City. Police departments in Fontana, Buena Park, Danville and Fremont have established such areas for conducting transactions with strangers, county

Supervisor David J. Canepa said. In the Fresno suburb of Clovis, criminal activity associated with these kinds of transactions “virtually vanished” since the establishment of the safe zone, he noted. Daly City has a safe zone, the work of Mr. Canepa when he was on the City Council and was responding to the shooting death of a resident who had agreed to meet a would-be buyer of a video game console. At the county jail, the two parking lot spaces reserved for “safe exchanges,” are posted and already have round-the-clock

video surveillance, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The parking spots are in front of the jail next to three spots for electric vehicle charging, Mr. Canepa’s spokesman Bill Silverfarb said. The cameras are in place and the cost is minimal, he said. “To us, it’s just a common sense solution. We’re hoping that every city in the county does this eventually.” Asked what makes this spot safe, Mr. Silverfarb noted that the Redwood City Police Department is right across the street. “There is law enforcement everywhere in that area,” he said. A

Fireworks suspected of sparking Atherton fire By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


ireworks, which are illegal in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, are suspected of sparking a garbage can fire in Atherton on the Fourth of July, fire district officials say. A quick-thinking dog walker, who saw flames near a home on Heather Drive in Atherton at about 10:30 p.m., called 911 after alerting the residents. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters from the Menlo

Park Fire Protection District had minutes earlier been called about a trash fire at Encinal Avenue and Middlefield Road, just around the corner from the Heather Drive home, but could not find a fire despite smelling smoke, fire officials reported. When the firefighters arrived on Heather Drive, the homeowner and an Atherton police officer had just extinguished a small fire next to a detached garage at the rear of the property. The fire destroyed some garbage cans and blackened the garage wall,

causing about $8,000 in damage, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. He said firefighters used thermal imaging to make sure the fire was completely out. The homeowner said his children had used legal fireworks in the yard earlier in the evening and then cleaned everything up, placing those items in the trash. However, Chief Schapelhouman said, all fireworks are illegal throughout the fire district, See FIRE, page 10

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Willow Campus designer: Creating part of new city By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


ead designer of the Facebook project, Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, said in an interview with the Almanac that the biggest challenge of the Willow Campus project so far has been to “create a sense of place.” “I think that’s why we had to create, basically, part of a new city — not just a typical office park venture,” said Mr. Shigematsu, who heads the architectural firm’s New York office. “The most important part, he said, was developing the public spaces. Mr. Shigematsu has worked on such projects as the Faena Forum in Miami Beach and the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec in Ontario, Canada. Compared to Amazon and Google, he noted, companies that have also used international architecture firms for their buildings, he said, “I think the framework of the Willow

Campus is very different,” he said. “It’s not about the architectural icon but about creating iconic space ... Lead designer Shohei that’s a beautiShigematsu ful thing about this project.” Mr. Shigematsu said that the guidelines for development in Menlo Park’s updated general plan provided a “great framework” for the project. “We were creative enough to interpret the general plan into a slightly more specific response,” he said. “The density is quite high compared to the rest of Menlo Park,” he admitted, noting that studies were done to analyze traffic patterns and movements. “We are quite confident it will work out, even with this density,” he said. Consolidating the parking into garages toward the interior of the site, he noted, will

Image courtesy of OMA New York.

A rendering of a proposed retail area in Facebook’s new development.

allow most of the campus to be car-free. Though the refined architectural plans haven’t been

completed, he said, the plan is to integrate the new buildings with the existing architectural character: playful, casual and not

pretentious. “That’s the kind of essence we got from Menlo Park and the Facebook culture,” he said. A

Mayor, others give initial reactions to Facebook proposal By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


acebook’s plans for a 3.45 million square foot housing, office and retail development along Willow Road in eastern Menlo Park should come as no surprise, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith says. The proposal, she said in an interview, is consistent with what the city planned for during its two-year-plus general plan update process, completed last November. “I would say that as we look to the Bay Area and what’s happening in our neck of the woods — this is an area that will continue to grow. We can either choose to plan for it, or we don’t plan.” FACEBOOK continued from page 5

early fall, Mr. Patterson said. Facebook, he said, is “very committed” to reactivating the rail corridor. “It’s in our backyard,” he said. “And with 101 and other regional connectors being very congested, it just makes sense to find ways to utilize some of our existing resources that run right through the community.” The hope is that adding more density along the existing rail corridor will be a catalyst in increasing demand to justify reactivating the rail corridor, whether that’s via light rail, bus

“There’s always concern with change, but this is what we all worked up,” she said. “I think Facebook’s making a very good effort at actually building a lot of housing. ... I feel blessed to live in a community where people do want to develop. A lot of places don’t have that opportunity.” The project could generate the demand, she said, to reactivate the Dumbarton rail corridor, which runs by the property. Reactivation could provide a transit connection from the Redwood City train station to Facebook and East Palo Alto. A transbay crossing could come later. Results from a SamTrans study of Dumbarton corridor options to ease traffic congestion are expected in the coming months.

“We have to show the numbers,” Mayor Keith said. “We have to show that it’s a viable solution.” Adding 1,500 new housing units and a lot more employees to a site along the corridor, she said, “bolsters the case.” Ms. Keith said she expects it will take a lot of work among various agencies to acquire funding for the project. To help attract funding, she said, the City Council is considering hiring a lobbyist who might work in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., or both. She said she, City Manager Alex McIntyre and Jim Cogan, housing and economic development manager, interviewed potential lobbyists during a Washington D.C., visit earlier this year.

Grocery store

rapid transit, a bike and pedestrian path, or something else SamTrans recommends, he said.

square feet of non-residential space that the city zoned for, proposed less than a year since the adoption of the updated general plan.

site, and 56 acres at the Prologis Inc. site. On those properties, the company currently occupies at least 1.8 million square feet of office space, not counting its Buildings 21 and 22, which are under construction and nearing the final approval steps, respectively. Those two buildings will add almost a million square feet of office space, when completed. The company also plans to build a 200-room hotel. In addition, Facebook officials have confirmed the company plans to lease the first office building to be built by Bohannon Companies as part of the “Menlo Gateway” project,

General plan

Facebook’s proposal represents the first large-scale development to be proposed in the M-2 area (Menlo Park’s formerly light industrial area, bounded roughly by the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road) since the city’s general plan update was approved in November. The purpose was to plan for development in the area up to the year 2040, but the proposal would take up a large chunk of the newly allowed 2.3 million

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Facebook in Menlo Park

Facebook has been expanding its land holdings, office space, and workforce in Menlo Park at a breakneck rate. The company currently owns 194 acres in eastern Menlo Park, counting 57 acres at the former Sun Microsystems location, 22 acres between Willow Road and Constitution Drive along Bayfront Expressway (where its Building 20 is located), 59 acres at the nearby former TE Connectivity

Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki said he was excited to see the grocery store planned for the first phase of the Facebook project, along with other retail. “A grocery store is what Belle Haven residents have been asking for since 2013 and is badly needed to serve the neighborhood in that area,” he said. “It certainly appears to be a innovation zone,” he said of the Facebook proposal, which has the concept of “live, work, play” – or housing, office, retail and outdoor spaces – built into it. “While I have not seen the details, and I certainly reserve judgment until I see details, I was certainly pleased to see those aspects in what they’ve

announced so far,” he said. Several people contacted by the Almanac said it was too early to comment on the project. “My understanding is that the development will be undergoing an (environmental impact review) by the city,” Councilman Ray Mueller said. “As such, I am going to refrain from making conclusions about the development until the appropriate time in the process.” Several Menlo Park planning commissioners said they were looking forward to reviewing the plans and didn’t have specific responses at this point. Planning Commissioner Andrew Barnes said he felt he See FACEBOOK REACTION, page 21

adding 207,000 square feet to its office space. No plans have been finalized for Facebook to lease future “Menlo Gateway” buildings, Mr. Walker confirmed. This proposal represents the company’s first foray into housing development. The apartments are planned to be open for rental by the public, though Mr. Patterson noted that for the purposes of reducing traffic, “I think our hope would be that folks who work locally, not just at Facebook, but at other companies locally, would live in the housing.” Go to to watch a video produced by Facebook about the company’s proposal. A



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Robotics helps bring Eden $40,000 college scholarship Eden Grown-Haeberli, a resident of unincorporated Atherton, has been awarded the Bart Kamen Memorial scholarship, a four-year scholarship of $10,000 a year. Eden will be honored at the upcoming FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Festival of Champions at the FIRST headquarters in New Hampshire in late July. Eden was co-leader of the TigerBot robotics team at Notre Dame Belmont during the

2016-17 school year and has been admitted to Stanford for this fall. She is interested in biomedical engineering. Eden has Type 1 diabetes, and has developed her own open source (non-FDA approved) artificial pancreas to keep herself safe at college. Eden says she was inspired to take up robotics by her older sister, Serena Grown-Haeberli, TigerBot’s founder. Serena is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology sophomore who was on the MIT Electric SAE Motor

Sports team that recently won second place racing at the SAE Electric in Lincoln, Nebraska. The scholarship goes to students in the FIRST program who as undergraduates will pursue biomedical engineering or pre-medical degrees. It is funded by Dean Kamen — founder of FIRST Robotics and inventor of the Segway, as well as holder of hundreds of patents for medical devices — in honor of his brother Bart Kamen, a pediatric oncologist who died in 2012.

Supervisors support climate accord By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


lthough President Donald Trump has said the United States is withdrawing from the international treaty on climate change known as the Paris climate accord, San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors says it will continue to work to reduce greenhouse gases produced in the county. Because the county has miles of coastline, it is especially vulnerable to sea-level rise. A resolution unanimously adopted by the supervisors on June 27 says the county is already seeing the effects of climate change. The resolution affirms the supervisors’ commitment to the goals of the Paris accord to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. Each participating 10QThe AlmanacQAlmanacNews.comQJuly 12, 2017

country determines its own targets for mitigating and adapting to global warming. “Without the participation of our federal government, regional, state and local action is more important than ever,” Supervisor Dave Pine said. San Mateo County has climate action plans with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by government agencies by 15 percent below the 2005 levels by 2020. It has already reduced levels in the county’s unincorporated areas by 18 percent, according to the resolution. The county also has an Office of Sustainability, created in 2014, which focuses on environmental initiatives. The office released a recent draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the county and its cities. Other county programs promote energy efficiency, use of

public transportation and green businesses. The county also led the effort, which all its cities have joined, for Peninsula Clean Energy, which offers sustainably sourced electricity to all county residents and businesses. “The president’s decision does not reflect the views and attitudes of our county, so it is imperative that we be bold and stand apart,” Supervisor Carol Groom said. A FIRE continued from page 7

including those deemed “safe and sane.” He said the district responded to multiple reported fire calls on the Fourth of July “due primarily to fireworks.” Most of those incidents were in East Palo Alto, he said. A

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Ron Alexander 1923 – 2017 Professor Emeritus Ronald Alexander passed away peacefully on May 7th at the age of 94. Ron taught documentary filmmaking for 18 years at Stanford University. He was a beloved mentor to hundreds of students, many of whom remained in close contact with him over the years. From his earliest years in North Buxton, Ontario, to his time at the National Film Board of Canada, followed by his many years as a Stanford professor, Ron left an indelible imprint on all whose lives he touched. He was a creative and unrelenting problem solver and inventor. He patented a revolutionary soundtrack mixing device known as CUE VUE which was used in studios all over the world. Ron had a wry sense of humor and loved to laugh, especially while entertaining guests on his deck overlooking San Francisquito Creek. He was quite active into his 90s, loved listening to jazz, NPR Selected Shorts and had amazing skill with crossword puzzles. Ron is survived by his daughter Gina, and sons Paul and Dohn. A memorial will be held on Thursday, July 20 at 4:00 pm at Stanford Memorial Church. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Ron’s memory can do so at The Buxton National Museum ( supporters/donations.html) or a charity of your choice. PAID


Pig scramble goes on, and so do protests By Dave Boyce


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relatively quiet but highly visible protest of the annual pig scramble at the July Fourth Junior Rodeo in Woodside drew reactions that seemed to have little to do with the protesters’ longtime concern: that encouraging children to chase small pigs in an enclosed arena is a lesson in bullying for the children and terrifying for the pigs. “Trump, Trump, Trump!” one man shouted from a pickup truck as he drove by a group holding a protest banner at the corner of Kings Mountain Road and Woodside Road. “I love bacon!” shouted others. Also heard from passing traffic: “Booo!” and pig-like

squeals. “Get a life,” was yelled out to a group of children holding signs and chanting “Pig-gy jus-tice, piggy jus-tice,” and “Chase dreams, not pigs. Chase dreams, not pigs.” “We’ve got a life,” a girl said to a now-empty road. “We’re here, we’re now. We’re exercising our First Amendment rights.” The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County hosts the rodeo and continues to put on the pig scramble, frustrating an effort of at least a year by the local residents who make up the Committee for a Humane Woodside to deny the Patrol the right to hold the event. Pig scrambles are not illegal, but

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Anne Flegel was born in Peekskill, New York to Ralph and Eleanor Hartwig. She was fortunate to be raised in a closely knit neighborhood with many children, and had wonderful times swimming during summer months and ice skating on ponds during the winter. As a child her family spent many vacations at Truro on Cape Cod, where they eventually purchased a home. As an adult Anne loved sharing the Cape with her family, and always had a soft spot in her heart for that area. Anne attended St. Mary’s High School in Peekskill (Episcopal), an all-girls school high on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Government at Smith College. In November 1964 she made the radical move to San Francisco, and immediately fell in love with that city. She worked at the YMCA and then at Zellerbach, and earned her teaching credential at Cal State SF. In 1970 Anne married Tom Fraley and they had two sons, Ian and Eric. Their marriage ended in 1977. Anne loved teaching first grade, first in San Jose, then San Carlos, and then for several years at St. Joseph’s (Sacred Heart Atherton). Her warm heart was full of compassion and understanding for her students and she loved learning of their successes in life. In 1981, Anne married Mark Flegel, who brought to their marriage his two children, Christina and Brian. They spent many happy years raising their children and traveling around the U.S. and throughout Europe. In 2000, Anne joined Peninsula Volunteers, serving on their board as a director of Rosner House, and was most happy to co-chair their Authors’ Salon. An avid reader, Anne was thrilled to meet numerous famous authors. In 2011, Anne was afflicted with dementia and spent several years living at Sequoias Memory Center in Portola Valley. Her round the clock caregivers, Api and Celeste, provided loving and tender care for Anne during her remaining years. Anne is survived by her husband, Mark, four children, Ian, Eric, Christina, Brian, six grandchildren, Taylor, Holiday, Jayden, Alex, River and Leonora, and sister, Jane Mandel. Her memorial service will be on August 4th, 2 PM at Menlo Church. Gifts in Anne’s memory can be sent to Peninsula Volunteers or Music at Menlo.

Jane Frances Stein died in her family’s embrace on May 28, 2017, after enduring with grace and great patience a struggle with aggressive kidney cancer and dementia. She lived with her husband, Marty, at The Forum in Cupertino, California. Jane was a wonderful, gentle and happy person, steadfast and strong, and the song and sunshine in our lives. She was a loving mother and wife who selflessly devoted her life to her family. She was ever optimistic, and encouraged us in all our endeavors, comforted us through all our sicknesses, shared all our joys and sorrows, and stayed all our foolish decisions. Although Jane has gone, she will forever abide with us: we grieve deeply, but we carry in our hearts the warmth of her love, and the imprint of her tender guidance. Jane was born in 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest of the four children of Clarence and Marie Voneman. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland, and earned a Bachelor Of Arts degree at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She was a buyer and regional sales manager with several national department stores, and later a charitabletrust and property manager. She married Martin Francis Stein in 1965, and they lived first in St. Louis, Missouri where Marty was a physician in private practice. After their tour of duty in the Army Medical Corps Marty joined the Menlo Medical Clinic in 1968, and they moved to Palo Alto and later to Portola Valley, California. There Jane and Marty raised their children, Juliet Marie and Martin Edward. Later—during some of the happiest of all Jane’s years—she helped raise her granddaughter, Hannah, and greatly enjoyed the prerogatives of being a grandmother. Jane’s daughter, Juliet, lives in Africa and works with the International Rescue Committee; Hannah attends high school in Maryland. Jane’s sisters Janet Barry and Kay Sliman-Hart, sister-in-law Kay Voneman, and Jane’s many nieces and nephews live in Ohio. Her ashes are scattered on her favorite hilltop, where lie those of her son, Martin, who died in 2011. From this sacred place she returns to heaven, and to the stars, whence we have all come. Our family is her golden cup, And she the wine which overflows To lift us with her as she goes . . .


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Committee members consider them cruel. Patrol spokesmen — the group does not accept women as members — say the event is popular with children and so memorable that participants treasure the token awards they’re given for capturing a pig. The Patrol also argued that ending the pig scramble would be the first step in a campaign to undermine Western cultural values in Woodside — an assertion that Humane Committee members regularly go to some lengths to refute. Asked about this year’s July Fourth rodeo and the protest, Mounted Patrol Captain Victor Aenlle said via email that he had no comment. Lorien French of the Humane Committee described the protest as having gone smoothly. About 25 people participated, all from Woodside or nearby, she said. “There was no menacing or threatening behavior toward us,” she said in an email. “We appreciated the Sheriff’s presence and the cooperation of the Town in making it a success.” The protest banners were new this year. They are “really sturdy vinyl,” Ms. French said. “We can re-use them. We might be needing them.” The weeks leading up to the 2017 rodeo had acquired a threatening tinge. On June 6, an attorney representing the Patrol warned would-be protesters in a letter that they could be subject to criminal trespass charges were they to protest on Patrol grounds this year. (Pig scramble protesters in 2016 may have been standing on Patrol grounds.) Town Manager Kevin Bryant worked with the Humane Committee, Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Patrol to determine a safe protest spot along the road at 521 Kings Mountain Road. The public right-of-way turned out to be a 15 foot-by-22-foot wooded area just east of the Patrol gate, Ms. French told the Almanac. Protesters also gathered at the intersections of Woodside and Canada roads, and Woodside and Kings Mountain Road. During the 2016 protest, rodeo officials came and talked with the protesters and brought them water to drink. Not so in 2017. This reporter noticed just one Patrol member conversing quietly for a few minutes with the protesters, saying that they’re being “extra sweet” to the pigs this year. “I think he was trying to bond,” one woman said after the Patrol member left. Video of this year’s event by KPIX CBS 5 News did not show children being rough with the pigs. Pig scramble organizers said they instructed children to be See PIG SCRAMBLE, page 14


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gentle for the 2016 event, but a video showed the pigs being physically tossed from their trailer as they tried to get back in at the start of the third round of being chased. Kids debate

At the main gate, a group of boys came out and hung around for several minutes, playing with sticks in the dust and eventually engaging in a conversation about the pig scramble. One boy who said he was from Oakdale (in Stanilaus County) told this reporter that he would be chasing pigs. When asked what he would do, he said: “Tackle the pig.” His companion immediately recalled instructions to treat the pigs gently. “When we get one,” he said, “we have to hold it by it’s back legs ... so we don’t hurt the pig.” Some back and forth ensued about what was to be done next, including walking the pig back to its trailer on its front legs, like a wheelbarrow. The boy who spoke about not hurting the pigs said he recalled being told to just hold the pig until an adult came by. The boys were asked where they were from. “Nevada,” one said. It was around that time that their consensus changed to one of

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Bonnie Yoffe, right, is a veterinarian and founding member of the Committee for a Humane Woodside. She’s picketing here at the corner of Canada and Woodside Road in Woodside. Some 180 Woodside residents have signed a petition to end the pig scramble.

pushing back at the questions. A protesting girl advanced forthrightly and told the boys that the pig scramble was “a cruel and inhumane event that hurts the pigs.” “We don’t hurt the pigs,” the Oakdale boy said. “All we do is

grab them.” “They’re babies,” the girl said. “No, they’re not,” the boys said. “They’re supposed to be eaten,” the Oakdale boy said. “The pigs are just going to go to the butchers.” A

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Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes “The Thousand” list each year. Los Altos Realtor Efi Luzon was the second-highest seller in the United States, with more than $800 million in sales, second only to an agent in Texas who sold over $1 billion in real estate. A total of 17 local real estate agents made the top 250 agents nationwide, and six teams made the top 250. The highest-ranking team was The DeLeon Team, of DeLeon Realty Inc. in Palo Alto, which ranked No. 2, with $729 million in sales. At can be found the listings, for both teams and individuals. What follows is a list of local agents and teams with offices based in Menlo Park, Los Altos, Palo Alto and Woodside. Many of these agents also sell homes in Atherton, Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, but their offices are not located in those cities. Teams

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of DeLeon Realty in Palo Alto, $729,614,147. Q No. 14: Mary and Brent Gullixson of Alain Pinel Realtors in Menlo Park, $410,132,073.62. Q No. 27: The Troyer Group, Intero Real Estate Services in Los Altos, $311, 727,034. Q No. 122: Juliana Lee, Juliana Lee Real Estate Team in Palo Alto, $150,989,136. Q No. 172: Tom LeMieux and Jennifer Liske of Pacific Union International in Menlo Park, $126,481,750. Q No. 206: Helen and Brad Miller of Alain Pinel Realtors in Woodside, $115,460,000 Individuals Q No. 2: Efi Luzon of Intero Real Estate Services in Los Altos, $834,574,000. Q No. 39: Judy Citron of Alain Pinel Realtors in Menlo Park, $159,668,800. Q No. 49: Keri Nicholas of Alain Pinel in Menlo Park, $149,759,425. Q No. 58: Kathy Bridgman of Alain Pinel in Los Altos, $136,002,031.25. Q No. 86: Michael Dreyfus of Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, $111,274,000. Q No. 89: Tim Kerns of

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT in Menlo Park, $110,169,140. Q No. 125: Hugh Cornish of Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park, $99,683,750. Q No. 138: Alex Wang of The Sereno Group in Palo Alto, $95,020,556. Q No. 142: Erika Demma of Coldwell Banker in Woodside, $94,317,912. Q No. 146: Scott Dancer of Alain Pinel in Woodside, $92,469,388. Q No. 148: Ed Graziani of The Sereno Group in Los Altos, $90, 970,000. Q No. 152: Judy Bogard-Tanigami of Alain Pinel in Los Altos, $90,258,619. Q No. 171: Billy McNair of Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park, $85,955,750. Q No. 172: Ginny Kavanaugh of Coldwell Banker in Woodside, $85,067,450. Q No. 174: Zach Trailer of Alain Pinel in Menlo Park, $84,507,700. Q No. 232: Monica Corman of Alain Pinel in Menlo Park, $73,304,155. Q No. 247: Greg Goumas of Intero in Woodside, $70,855,450. — Palo Alto Weekly staff


She has what it takes Lauren Goodkind plays, teaches and writes about chess

By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


hile her last name may reflect noble human qualities, when it comes to playing chess, Menlo Park resident Lauren Goodkind can leave those attributes — certainly the “kind” one — at the door. “On the chessboard, I would say I’m a mean kind of person,” she said, smiling, in a recent interview. “I’m a competitive person. It feels really good to win, so I can be mean on the chessboard. ... If you’re playing chess, you’ve got to be mean, if you want to win.” A French proverb offers these words for the kindhearted: “You cannot play at chess if you are kindhearted.” Another French source, painter, sculptor and chess player Marcel Duchamp, described chess as “the movement of pieces eating one another.” OK, so you probably have to be mean. Ms. Goodkind, who is 33, apparently has what it takes, with 15 years of playing behind her and a current rating of Class A from the U.S. Chess Federation. She’s one category away from being rated an expert. When she plays, her opponents are usually men or boys. She says she once played entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. At the time, he was in his mid-30s and enjoyed a chess-master rating while Ms. Goodkind was just a year out of Woodside High School and

rated well below Mr. Thiel. Ms. Goodkind says she played him to a draw. “Oh, it was exciting to draw against Peter,” she says. (Mr. Thiel has not responded to requests for comment.) Occasionally she’ll run into a bad apple, like the time she beat an older man in Burlingame whose skill level was one rating above hers. He began swearing at her after she won, she says. “Really bad sportsmanship.” She’s been teaching chess to Peninsula residents of all ages for about four years and is the author of the recently self-published “50 Poison Pieces,” a 217-page book of 50 chess puzzles. Each puzzle asks the beginning player to analyze a situation in which capturing a vulnerable piece is a mistake, and often a costly mistake. “One silly move can cost you the entire game,” she says. Chess was relief

In high school, chess served Ms. Goodkind as an escape. The arc of her life before ninth grade included working with a speech coach and spending time in special-education classes, she says. In high school, she says, she was bullied because of the way she talked. With a C+ grade point average and unable to concentrate on her schoolwork because of the bullying, Ms. Goodkind says she had no interest in taking advancedstanding or advanced-placement classes. “I didn’t really care,” she

says. “My classmates were really mean to me.” The weekly chess club offered her a way past the misery. “Chess helped me get through high school. It felt good to win and I felt happy beating other people,” she says. “Everybody is smart in their own way.” She graduated in 2002 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

Lauren Goodkind passes her insights on the game of chess to Mary Ann Thomas, 9, of Cupertino, one of some 25 Peninsula students — adults and children — learning the game under the guidance of Ms. Goodkind. Ms. Goodkind’s recent book, “50 Poison Pieces,” clues beginners in on detecting and avoiding common traps in this ancient and complex game.

Women and chess

Playing other women is something she especially appreciates, but it doesn’t happen often. “I hope to see more women and girls playing chess,” she says. Most of the top players in competitive chess are men. At tournaments, she says, the number of women players is usually less than 2 percent. “A woman can beat any man,” says Alexandra Kosteniuk, a Russian grandmaster and author of “Diary of a Chess Queen,” published in 2010 by Mongoose Press. Ms. Kosteniuk says the challenges of attracting women and girls to chess are like the challenges in other areas, including physics, math and being an astronaut. The key, she says in a 2016 interview at the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, Missouri, is creating more chess clubs that are friendly to girls and more programs to support them. Asked about women mixing

it up with men in a milieu in which men outnumber women, Ms. Goodkind had a simple reply: “Women are strong. We can play chess, too.” Judit Sztaray is the executive director of the nonprofit, BayAreaChess Inc., and the mother of three chess-playing girls. At BayAreaChess, she is organizing girls-only events to give them a better chance of winning titles. She says she sees no differences between girls and boys in their ability to play. “The value of learning chess is universal,” she says, “especially among the young in that their brains and capabilities are still developing.” Resistance from men to the idea of playing against women is “very, very rare,” she says, though boys do tend to tease girls about it. “I have to say that generally kids who are playing chess are the more civilized people,” she says. Chess is a civilized game then?

She laughed. “Depends on who you ask,” she says. “Mentally, it is a brutal game. It’s win or lose.” Avoid silly moves

Skilled chess players typically think two or three or four moves ahead, which takes practice. A lot of practice. With her puzzles, Ms. Goodkind gets the readers on the road by asking that they think just one move ahead. And avoid moving without thinking. An inner Q-and-A about upcoming moves for you and your opponent, and whether they can succeed, should become second nature, she says. “You have to focus,” she says. “That’s the key to playing chess.” A Q I N F OR M ATI ON Go to for more about Ms. Goodkind, including information about lessons, events, talks about chess, workplace chess programs and a puzzle website.

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Carpenter forms PAC to conduct surveys on fire services By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


hile it will be months before Atherton’s consultants report back on a fiscal review of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, fire board President Peter Carpenter has made a preemptive strike against what the report might include. Mr. Carpenter said that as a private citizen he formed in early June a state-registered political action committee. The Citizens’ Fire Services Performance Committee’s first poll, he said, asks fire district residents about what the poll calls a “proposal� by Atherton to form its own fire district. Atherton officials insist there is no such proposal, although the fiscal review is to look at options for providing fire service to the town, including creating a municipal fire department, contracting with another fire service, or creating a joint powers agreement with other regional agencies. Nonetheless, the committee’s poll, which local residents say has appeared on their Facebook pages, describes “a proposal to split off Atherton into its own district� including details such as the number of firefighters and fire stations in the proposed district, and that the new district would have “no mutual aid

agreement� with surrounding districts. Some of those who have seen the poll, including other members of the fire board, say they initially believed it was sent out by the town or by the fire district. When pressed to explain where the proposal in the poll came from, Mr. Carpenter said: “This (poll) question makes no assertion that the Council has adopted a specific proposal but is rather an expert opinion on what would happen if Atherton formed its own fire agency.� The expert opinion, he said, came from “knowledgeable people in whom I have confidence,� but he would not name them. Mr. Carpenter also would not say if anyone else is involved in the committee, how much money it has raised, or even how the polls would be conducted, saying that information was “embargoed.� “The Committee will make the survey methodology and results public when it chooses to do so,� he said. Papers filed to form the PAC show Mr. Carpenter as the only person named, and his home address, phone number and personal email as the contact information. The committee’s stated purpose on the form is “to conduct surveys regarding citizen satisfaction with current and alternative fire service models.� Atherton Councilman Rick DeGolia

said while he has “no problem with a survey,� it would be better “if it were done by a third-party organization and not by Peter Carpenter, who has been extremely vocal with his inaccurate perception that the purpose of the consultant is for Atherton to take tax dollars from the fire district.� Mr. DeGolia said the “proposal� in the survey does not exist. The “question appears to be designed to imply that Atherton is, in fact, seeking detachment. That is wrong,� he said. Atherton Councilman Bill Widmer said the survey’s facts and figures did not come from the town. “I see no reason for misinformation such as is included in the questions to be circulated by someone in a responsible position. I find it troubling and irresponsible,� Mr. Widmer said. Matrix Consulting Group, based in Mountain View, is conducting the fiscal review of the fire district paid for by the town of Atherton. The district covers Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton and some nearby unincorporated areas. The district receives more in property tax revenues from Atherton residents than the town itself does. City Council members said they want to find out just what Atherton residents get for those tax dollars. The $50,000 study is looking at the

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Peter Carpenter, an Atherton resident and board president in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, said that he has, as a private citizen, formed a political action committee to survey residents about fire services.

costs, locally generated revenues, and benefits of service to Atherton from the fire district and at options for providing fire service to the town. Matrix says the study team includes two former fire chiefs and a project manager who has conducted more than 150 fire and emergency medical services reviews nationwide. The report is expected to be completed in late August or early September. A

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Menlo Summerfest, Menlo Park’s street festival, features live music, art and crafts, food and drink, health and wellness displays, kid’s Funzone, and 5K fun run & walk. July 15-16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, 600 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Theater “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Mangaâ€? TheatreWorks presents a comic musical that follows four Japanese immigrants in turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco. Production is set to an infectious ragtime and vaudeville score by local composer/lyricist Min Kahng. July 12-Aug. 5. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Fratello Marionettes “Vaudeville Folliesâ€? is a variety show on strings, with puppeteers performing in full view of the audience. July 15, 1-2 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park. Calendar.aspx Âś7RED7HN6LQJK¡ Based on Saadat Hasan Mantos celebrated short story and presented by Naatak, the San Francisco-based Indian theater company, “Toba Tek Singhâ€? is a musical performed with live music and dance that observes the madness of the Partition of India, laying bare its agony through humor, tragedy and the antics of lunatics. Children under 7 will not be admitted. Friday-Sunday, July 9-29, times vary. $15-$36. Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Âś7KH1RUWK3RRO¡ by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Jacquelyn Montellato, follows Khadim, a Syrian-born student in a large U.S. high school who is called into the vice principal’s office to discuss recent absences; he soon becomes caught in a web of lies about crimes he may (or may not) have committed. Through July 16. $15$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.


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Fete the Music@Menlo Festival Join artistic directors and festival musicians July 15 to celebrate the 2017 festival at an outdoor catered dinner reception. July 15, 8:30 p.m. $65. Menlo Park Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 601 Laurel St., Menlo Park. From the Birth of the Violin to J. S. Bach and the Glory of Cremona Aaron Boyd traces the violin’s history from its hazy origins to its apogee at the hands of Antonio Stradivari, Antonio Vivaldi and J. S. Bach. July 14, 7:30 p.m. $20, ages 30 and under; $48, full price. Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Go to for all Music@Menlo programs. 31st Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series Thursdays, through Aug. 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center at The Plaza (near Neiman Marcus), 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. &ODVVLF$OEXPV/LYH0XVLFRI :RRGVWRFN This year’s dance party features a faithful recreation of classic albums in a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. July 14, 6 p.m. $15-$40, lawn; $80, VIP seating. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. events/691/69185 0LGGOH(DVWHUQ3HUFXVVLRQZLWK0DU\ Ellen Donald. Menlo Park Library presents concert with musician Mary Ellen Donald, performer, instructor and author in Middle Eastern percussion. Ms. Donald notes that while she happens to be blind, she hopes the audience will find it clear that her disability has not been disabling. July 15, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

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book signing afterwards, with Kepler’s Books making copies available for sale. July 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. $Q(YHQLQJZLWK6KHUPDQ$OH[LH, who faces head-on the ghosts of his past. From growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation to being raised by alcoholic parents to confronting his mother who was as a beautiful as she was mercurial, join Alexie for an evening of honest reflection. July 20, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers. org/upcoming-events/ Bonnie Rochman, former health and parenting columnist for and staff writer for Time magazine, discusses her book, “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids.� July 13, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. %XLOGLQJERWVXVLQJ,%0:DWVRQ Bot expert Ashish Kumar will lead a session about the Watson AI framework, how it’s different from consumer bot frameworks, and conclude by building a simple bot (while juggling fire). The session will be interactive and code will be shared afterwards. July 12, 9 a.m. Free. Neva headquarters, 111 Independence Drive, Menlo Park. meetup. com/The-Future-of-AI-in-IT/ *UDYLWDWLRQDO:DYHV)URP$VWURQRPLFDO 2EMHFWV This talk by Brett Shapiro, postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, will explore the basics of gravitational waves from Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and the history of gravitational wave detection from the earliest detectors on Earth to future observatories in space. July 20, 5-7 p.m. Free. HanaHaus, 456 University Ave., Palo Alto. 0DULR/LYLR:KDW0DNHV8V&XULRXV Astrophysicist Mario Livio interviewed dozens of question-seekers in fields from biology, mathematics, neuroscience and all the way to rock & roll to discover just why it is we ask, why? Livio shows how science has asked an almost infinite number of questions, but very little is known about the root of that insatiable curiosity. July 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. %XLOGLQJ6KLSV&RPSDQLHVDQGWKH Cloud Engineer and entrepreneur Diane Greene sits down with Exponential Center

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Sports Loss in championship game can’t dampen M-A spirits By Rick Chandler Palo Alto Weekly


he dance, she is over. Menlo-Atherton’s allstar season came to a halt on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to Hillsborough in the championship game of the District 52 Little League 10-11-Year-Old Tournament, but making it as far as they did was an accomplishment in itself. Ryan Kelly, for example, did just about everything he could to extend the team’s summer – even giving a baseball a ride down the creek beyond the center field fence on Monday. That walkoff homer provided Menlo-Atherton’s sixth straight win in nine days in the elimination bracket. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it to seven. “We never gave up,” said Kelly, who had two singles and drove in M-A’s only run on Tuesday. “We won six games in a row, made some comebacks, had three walkoff hits and had a lot of fun.” M-A collected five hits and four walks but couldn’t put together a big inning. Mikey McGrath (shortstop), Ryan Kelly and Rowan Kelly played well in the infield. Thomas Scott retired six of the eight batters he faced, including the first three. For Ryan Kelly, the walkoff

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his year the MenloAtherton Little League hosted the 2017 District 52 All-Stars Tournament for the 11-12 age group. Following a lengthy period when the league was unable to host all-star tournaments, the Willie Mays Ballpark in Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton, which opened in 2015, changed that. “In order to host a tournament of this size (with 15 teams), you really need two fields,” M-A Little League Director Mike Haven said. After an approval process that involved District 52 officials as well the cities of Menlo Park and Atherton, the M-A Little League got the green

Sean Riley will not return as Menlo School’s baseball coach next season, though Knights athletic director Kris Weems left the door open for him. Riley led Menlo to the Central Coast Section Division II title in the spring despite the team being a No. 11 seed entering the tournament. The Knights (18-10) became the first No. 11 seed to win a CCS title since the brackets were expanded in 2008, and the first team with fewer than 20 wins to take the title since Pacific Grove won in 1999. It’s also the third time they have won back-to-back titles in school history (also 2010-11, 1988-89). Weems said that “circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of their son have made the past year incredibly tough for Sean Riley and his family.” Riley is taking the year to spend

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Menlo School baseball coach Sean Riley is shown hugging Menlo pitcher Griff McGarry following the CCS championship game.

time with his family. His son, highly regarded baseball prospect Calvin Riley, was tragically shot and killed while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. “Our thoughts are with Sean and his family during this difficult time,” Weems said. “We

appreciate his hard work this past season.” Riley replaced Ryan Cavan, a Menlo School grad who played professionally in the San Francisco Giants organization. Cavan won the 2016 title in his second year at the helm. — Palo Alto Weekly

Sportsmanship award winners named Photo by Rick Chandler

Mikey McGrath of the MenloAtherton 10-11 Little League all-stars.

homer on Monday was the highlight. “It was great, because, I knew I did something for my team to get us here,” Ryan said. “Everyone was happy; one of my teammates was even crying. I’m just happy we got as far as we did.” A

Menlo-Atherton Little League hosts all-star tournament By Christian Wagner

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light to host the tournament at Burgess Park in Menlo Park and Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. The Willie Mays Ballpark is impressive. The sod is from the company that installed the turf at AT&T Park, Atherton Public Works Superintendent Steve Tyler said. “When I was a kid, we never had anything like this.” The Pacifica American Little League team won the tournament, which ran from June 24 to July Fourth, and is one of three District 52 all-star tournaments for different age groups. A

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By Pamela Kunz, M-A Little League portsmanship awards for the spring season were recently given to 40 Menlo-Atherton Little League players and seven coaches at the league’s Player Appreciation Day, held at Burgess Park in Menlo Park on June 3. The league, which partners with the Positive Coaching Alliance, gives the award to players and coaches who demonstrate leadership on the field and in the dugout by consistently honoring the game and respecting their teammates, coaches, opponents and umpires.


Player recipients

Austin Hsu (T-Ball A’s), Grady Spicer (T-Ball Red Sox), Dylan Garratt (T-Ball Angels), Ryan Lombardo (T-Ball Orioles). Jax Young (Coach Pitch Mets), Cruz del Rio (Coach Pitch Phillies), William Forrest (Coach CALENDAR continued from page 18 Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock to discuss how Silicon Valley has changed throughout her career, and talk about what lies ahead for Google’s Cloud business. July 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.


Chamber Business Alliance is a group of small business entrepreneurs looking to promote business growth. This is done through building relationships and developing greater understanding of fellow members’ businesses, which in turn enables members to provide viable business referrals to one another. First and third Thursdays,

Pitch Padres), Victor Gutierrez Jr. (Coach Pitch Cubs), Nicholas Hartwig (Coach Pitch Giants), Graham Alden (Coach Pitch Pirates). Nelson Gutierrez (Single A A’s), Olivia Roberts (Single A Giants), Brady Henricks (Single A Cardinals), Oliver Bain (Single A Cubs). George Scott (Double A A’s), Brayden Ho (Double A Mariners), William Torre (Double A Rangers), Luca Sikaffy (Double A Astros), Nate Avina (Double A Angels). Charlie Toig (AAA Grasshoppers), Jakob Hesse (AAA Thunder), Connor Heinz (AAA Muckdogs), Lincoln Barnard (AAA RockHounds), Joshua Cohen (AAA Storm), Merrick Lee (AAA Bats). Trevor Wong (Minors River Bandits), Nathan Thurlow (Minors Mud Hens), Caleb Travers (Minors Bulls), Brady July 7-Dec. 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 1100 Merrill St., Menlo Park. business. Design Systems at Facebook A small gathering to learn more about the team and the process for design at Facebook with Shali Nguyen, Product Design Manager and Kara Fong, Design Program Manager on the Interfaces team. July 13, 6-8 p.m. $5. Facebook, 1 Facebook Way, Menlo Park. Innovation Venture Summit VIP Reception This conference enables Fortune 500 corporate VC’s and innovation executives to meet and gather insights from tier 1 Silicon Valley-based venture capital, emerging growth startups, investors and thought leaders from Stanford University. July 12, 6-9 p.m. $795. Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto.

Santoro (Minors Rattlers), Eric Torre (Minors Scrappers), Nicolas de Baubigny (Minors Emeralds), Molly Gray (Minors Hot Rods). Ben Miller (Majors Old Pro), Gabe Riedel (Majors Luttickens), Angelina Edwards (Majors Foundry Baseball), Luca Suarez (Majors Farm Club), Trevor Heinz (Majors Menlo Chevron), August Hicks (Majors Goetz Brothers), Cole Wheeler (Majors Sharon Heights Shell), Harrison Yamori-Little (Challenger). Coach recipients

Reed Moulds (T-Ball A’s), Tony Arata (Coach Pitch Pirates), Matt Bennitt (Single A Cubs), Pat Galligan (Double A Mariners), Jim Abdella (AAA Thunder), Shawn Pagee (Minors Emeralds), Jason Gray (Majors Goetz). Go to for more information about the M-A Little League. Latest Innovations in FinTech Panel discusses innovations in financial technology, also known as FinTech. Speakers include Christopher M. Forrester from Shearman & Sterling, LLP. July 19, 6 p.m. $9-$25. Shearman & Sterling, LLP, 1460 El Camino Real, second floor, Menlo Park. meetup. com/Silicon-Valley-Startup-Idea-to-IPO

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Bicycle Sunday takes riders down a stretch of Canada Road closed near the Filoli entrance and state Highway 92. Attendees asked to bring their own water. Groups travel in a single file. Sundays, July 2-Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Free. Canada Road, between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, Redwood City. Calendar

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Scenes from Woodside Junior Rodeo Photos by Ana Sofia Amieva-Wang


ere are photos from the Woodside Junior Rodeo, held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road in Woodside on July Fourth.

The event included roping competitions, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding. There were pony rides, a mechanical bull, a pig scramble, and a petting zoo. The night before the rodeo, the Mounted Patrol hosted a dinner and dance. A

Clockwise from top left: (1) A rodeo participant competes in the pole bending event. (2) A young contestant gets bucked off in a 6-second riding event. (3) Kids chase pigs during the pig scramble. (4) The Edgewood Mountain Boys perform between rodeo events.

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Portola Valley meets to discuss master plan for Town Center The committee looking into an update for the master plan for the Portola Valley Town Center meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. On the agenda for discussion: Q Uses of the Spring Down Open Space meadow adjacent to the Town Center.

Q Setting criteria for evaluating projects for the master plan. Among key issues noted in past discussions, in addition to Spring Down: parking at Town Center; environmental aspects, including uncovering the stillburied section of Sausal Creek; and climate change impacts. Q Clarification of donor expectations.


community.” The proposal indicates the development would work toward a net zero energy goal and would plan to recycle water. Letting people live near where they work or go to school, she said, is the “single largest environmental mitigation you can design.” Rachel Bickerstaff, a Belle Haven resident, who had previewed the plans, declined a request for comment. Comments were not received by press time by Councilman Rich Cline or last year council candidate Cecilia Taylor. Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said she was traveling and will return this week. A

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needed more information, and Commissioner Katherine Strehl noted that the project will eventually come before the Planning Commission. “That’s when we’ll have the opportunity to thrash it out.” Community response

Facebook invited some residents of the community to preview the plans before they were submitted to the city. Diane Bailey, executive director of Menlo Spark, a local environmental nonprofit, said the project, from an environmental perspective, is “great news for the



  Q P OLIC E C ALLS This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo Country Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown. MENLO PARK Commercial burglary: A man and a woman left CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real with several unpaid for bottles of cologne and fled on foot. The man collected the bottles as the woman conversed with the clerk, police said. Estimated loss: $2,000. June 30. Animal cruelty: Police cited the owner of a two-month-old puppy left in a locked vehicle in the vicinity of 500 El Camino Real on a hot day “without sufficient fresh air or water.” July 4. Auto burglaries: Q A white man about 35 years old, wearing a black shirt and driving a black Jeep Cherokee broke a window on a vehicle parked on Arbor Road and burglarized the vehicle, a witness on the scene told police. The owner of the vehicle reported a stolen purse. No estimate on losses. June 27. Q The owner of a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive returned to her vehicle to find a window smashed and her backpack stolen. Inside were a wallet, ID cards, credit cards and $140 in cash. Estimated loss: $330. June 30. Thefts: Q Bikes locked to bike racks were sto-

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len in the 500, 800 and 1000 blocks of El Camino Real and the 1000 block of Alma Street. Estimated losses: $2,000, $600, $500 and $300. June 24 and 23 and July 5. Q Bikes were stolen from apartment complexes on Hoover Street, Coleman Avenue, Waverley Street, Roble Avenue and Mills Street. Estimated losses: $1,030, $400, $300, $1,900, $200, $100 and $80. June 23, 27 and 29 and July 5. Q A Facebook employee told police her backpack had been stolen from her desk. Inside were her wallet, $120 in cash, cellphone and sunglasses. Estimated loss: $830. July 5. Q Someone stole a gym bag containing shoes and a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked at Marsh Road and Bohannon Drive. Estimated loss: $750. July 5. Q Two women and a man are suspects in the theft of baby formula from Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. An employee confronted the alleged thieves and the man raised the box of formula as if to threaten the employee. They fled in a red pickup truck. Estimated loss: $600. June 30. Q A man stole a box of “high-end liquor” from the Willow Market at Willow and Middlefield roads. Estimated loss: $500. June 29. Q A woman attempting to contact a locksmith on her cellphone after being locked out of her apartment in the 1200 block of Willow Road lent her phone to a man on a bicycle, who then rode off with it. Estimated loss: $150. July 2. Q A man and a woman left Safeway

supermarket with two cases of Corona beer and two bags of charcoal without having paid for them. Estimated loss: $98. July 1. Q Someone stole several mailboxes from an apartment complex garage on San Antonio Street. No estimate on losses. June 29. Q Surveillance video showed a man entering Beverages and More at 700 El Camino Real and walking out with two unpaid for bottles of vodka. Estimated loss: $80. July 1. WOODSIDE Residential burglary: A vacant house on Monticello Court was found with indications of breaking and entering. Nothing reported stolen. June 22. Auto burglary: A thief broke into a vehicle parked at Lawler Ranch and Sand Hill roads and stole a respirator, a book and a vehicle-toll-collection device. Estimated loss: $605. June 22. LADERA Auto burglary: Someone stole passports, keys and a duffel bag from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Alpine Road. Estimated loss: $880. June 28. WEST MENLO PARK Auto burglary: A purse was stolen from a vehicle parked at Alpine Road and Piers Lane found with a broken window. Estimated loss: $2,050. July 3. Theft: Someone stole a bike locked to a railing in front of a business in the 3500 block of Alameda de las Pulgas. Estimated loss: $1,000. June 22.

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KEVIN R. BUTTON 1956 Menalto Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 5/20/17. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on June 5, 2017. (ALM June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 2017) CANNASPREAD FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274030 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Cannaspread, located at 301 Alta Mesa Dr., SSF CA 94080, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): ALONZO DOMINIQUE MACK 301 Alta Mesa Dr. SSF CA 94080 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on June 22, 2017. (ALM July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017)

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997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOHN REILAND, aka JOHN CLIFFE REILAND, Deceased Case No.: 17-PRO-00151-A To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOHN REILAND, aka JOHN CLIFFE REILAND, Deceased . A Petition for Probate has been filed by: PATRICIA MUELLER-VOLLMER in the Superior Court of California, County of SAN MATEO. The Petition for Probate requests that: PATRICIA MUELLER-VOLLMER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court

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