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Woodside meadow restoration aims to bring back native plants from the past By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac
hen Leslie Ballinger moved to Woodside 19 years ago, about a third of the family’s three-acre property on Winding Way was “very wild ... gorgeous in February and March, and then dead in April with an infestation of purple thistle” that had to be mowed each spring. When she heard about a local expert who could help her turn the acre into a meadow full of native flowering plants and grasses that bloom at different times of the year and need little water and no mowing, she hired him. Craig Dremann, who specializes in ecological restoration with his company, The Reveg Edge in Redwood City, refers to this work as a “conversion” to what the Peninsula might have looked like some 250 years ago. His goal is to get rid of “European weeds” — such as ripgut brome, foxtails and wild oat grass that arrived in the area with the Spaniards as seeds, hay, straw, or “in their animals’ bellies” — and return the land to native cover. In general, he says, yards in Woodside contain about 5 to 10 percent native cover, most likely in places that are not landscaped, irrigated, and/or overgrazed. A seasonal creek cuts through the Ballingers’ meadow, usually drying up in August and September, but otherwise running into a culvert on Manzanita Way, which is all part of the San Francisquito Creek watershed. When Mr. Dremann started working on the property in March 2016, Ms. Ballinger says, the creek was “choked out by invasives such as blackberries, mint and non-native yellow irises.” He was excited to find a little patch of native Woodside short brome, which grows like a lawn, however, he figured the wet area had only 1 percent native cover and the dry area 17 percent back then. Now he counts close to 100 percent native cover in the wet area and 50 percent “or better” in the dry area. “When you get to over 50
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Leslie Ballinger walks through her Woodside meadow on Winding Way, being restored to native plants and grasses.
percent it starts fixing itself,” he says, explaining how dormant seeds that might have been buried underneath weeds for decades can resurface, take hold and propagate. Mr. Dremann was particularly thrilled when miner’s lettuce naturally started popping up on the site because he says it kills weeds better than any other plant if left alone to go to seed. The first step toward the meadow’s conversion involved a work crew working last summer to remove invasives and non-natives. He says ripgut should be hand-pulled, but that a weed whacker is the best tool for mowing most weeds when they are green, followed by raking up the pieces and disposing of them. Photo by Kate Daly/The Almanac
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ago, voters approved a 20-year extension of that tax. How about another half-cent sales tax increase in 2018 to generate another $80 million annually, this time to address potholes, traffic congestion, better mass transit and other transportation matters? There is support out there â€” above 60 percent,
tâ€™s been five years since San Mateo County voters approved Measure A, a 10-year county-wide half-cent sales tax that generates about $80 million annually for the countyâ€™s general fund. Then seven months
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County to exceed the cap by half a percentage point. Another transportation-related half-cent tax would require the Transit District to develop a spending plan listing specific projects and programs that would benefit, Brian Godbe of Godbe Research including public transit, local told the Board of Supervisors at streets and roads, and bicycle and a recent study session on a tax pedestrian facilities. While Gov. Jerry Brown resists measure â€” but itâ€™s not enough. To pass, this measure requires statewide tax increases, he tends approval of two-thirds of the to be agreeable when localities voters. A recent poll by Godbe want to raise their own taxes, Research, a San Mateo-based Supervisor Don Horsley said. market researcher, showed that â€œWeâ€™re supportive of it,â€? Mr. more than two-thirds of voters Horsley said of Mr. Mullinâ€™s bill. It did not go unnoticed by votpolled are OK with higher sales taxes if the revenues are used to ers in this poll that this measure repair potholes and maintain would be the third in the county streets, reduce congestion on in five years. â€œWhatâ€™s interestU.S. 101 and double the capac- ing,â€? Mr. Godbe said, â€œis we ity of Caltrain so as to remove thought that that (concern) might vehicles from streets. But sup- be at the top of the list. Itâ€™s actually at the bottom of port was not as high the list (though) still for spending on bike lanes, senior transit, Survey: 60% of influential.â€? The term the county bus system and extending voters support â€œinfluentialâ€? applies light rail around the another tax, when an opposition argument is supsouthern end of the but two-thirds ported by more than Bay. As for opposi- vote is needed. 33 percent of survey respondents, he said. tion, the most wellreceived arguments were: that Polling showed that all of the higher sales taxes punish older above opposition arguments easand low-income people, that ily met that threshold. Godbe Research said the poll local government should be spending its revenues more wise- surveyed 937 of 180,353 regisly rather than raising taxes, and tered voters likely to participate that a higher sales tax will chase in the November 2018 general businesses away â€” a phenom- election, and 763 of 116,696 likely enon shown to be untrue, but voters in the June 2018 primary that people believe â€œintuitively,â€? election. Polling was done in late March via landline phones, cellMr. Godbe said. In most of San Mateo County, phones and online interviews. including towns in the Almanacâ€™s The margins of error were less service area, customers pay $8.75 than 4 percent, according to in sales tax for every $100 spent, Godbe Research. according to rates compiled by the state Board of Equalization. Other taxes In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1, Already at the limit Included in that 8.75 percent which raises the gasoline tax 12 is 1 percent for transportation- cents per gallon starting Nov. 1, related projects: a half cent 2017. The law also sets an annual approved in forming the Transit â€œtransportation improvement District (in 1974, but not levied feeâ€? tied to the market value until 1982) and the another half of a vehicle starting with the new year, and sets a $100 fee on cent since 1988. Adding another half cent is complicated. By state law, no See SALES TAX, page 8 local jurisdiction can collect more than 2 percent in sales Q S TU DY S E S S I ON taxes, and jurisdictions in San Mateo County began bumping The San Mateo County Board against that limit after voters in of Supervisors is tentatively 2012 approved another half cent scheduled to hold a study for the general fund. session on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to The countywide sales taxes discuss whether to ask votnow add up to 1.5 percent, but ers to adopt another county four cities, including East Palo half-cent sales tax to pay for Alto and Belmont, have their dealing with potholes, trafown taxes on top. Any new fic congestion, better mass countywide half-cent tax would transit and other transportapush their rates above 2 percent, tion matters. Board meetings in violation of the law. usually start at 9 a.m. in the To go beyond the cap requires board chambers at the Hall of legislation, which is in the works. Justice, 400 County Center in AB 1613, by Assemblyman Kevin Redwood City. Mullin, would allow San Mateo
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Applicants sought for transportation panel Want to help solve Menlo Park’s transportation problems? The city is seeking applicants for two at-large seats on a transportation master plan committee. Other committee seats will be filled by two City Council members, three members from local organizations, and one member from each of four city commissions. Members will be appointed by the council. Applications for the two at-large seats are due by 5
p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. They should be submitted to Jelena Harada, deputy city clerk, by email to jvharada@menlopark. org or mail to: City Clerk’s Office, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025. The transportation plan, to be crafted by consulting firm W-Trans, will establish impact fees on new development to fund transportation projects. Go to menlopark.org/TMP for more information and the application.
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A rendering of the residential entry to Stanford’s development at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
Commission supports Stanford plan to remove trees, plant new ones By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
proposal by Stanford University to cut down 18 heritage trees, move one tree, and replace them with 40 new trees as part of its proposed development at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park won a 4-0 vote by the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission on July 26. The proposed tree removals will still have to be approved by the City Council.
Stanford plans to replace the trees at more than a two-toone ratio. A commissioner who works at Stanford was recused from the vote, said Mark Muenzen, assistant community development director. Stanford proposes to replace the trees to be removed at more than a two-to-one ratio, which complies with the
city’s heritage tree ordinance, according to a staff report. A large underground parking garage is planned on the site, making it difficult to leave existing trees in place, the staff report says. The proposed development, which will run along El Camino from the Stanford Park Hotel (100 El Camino Real) in the south to Big 5 Sporting Goods (700 El Camino) in the north, will contain about 215 rental housing units, 144,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space. A
SamTrans to release Dumbarton transportation corridor study By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
fter almost 18 months of work, the San Mateo County Transit District will soon release first-draft results of a study, funded by Facebook, on options for relieving traffic congestion in the Dumbarton transportation corridor and connecting roadways to Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Vehicle traffic often slows to a crawl during peak commute hours on Willow and Marsh roads in Menlo Park and University Avenue in East Palo Alto. SamTrans officials have said they see these conditions worsening with rising numbers of jobs and residents in the three counties.
An update on the draft study comes before the SamTrans Board of Directors for discussion — not action — on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos. While the meeting starts at 2 p.m., the discussion begins at around 3:30 p.m., according to the published agenda. The study will be released for public comment ahead of a Wednesday, Aug. 16, meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the East Palo Alto public library at 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto. Or contact SamTrans Planner Melissa Reggiardo at (650) 508-6283 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The study’s goals are to examine alternatives for a
“multi-modal corridor” with phased-in improvements to auto, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian uses of the Dumbarton bridge and the partial remains of the Dumbarton rail bridge sitting about three-quarters of a mile to the south. Should express buses have their own lanes on the current bridge? Should the rail bridge be restored? Should bike and pedestrian paths now on the road bridge be moved to a restored rail bridge to free up space on the road bridge? These were some of the questions the study addressed amid other concerns, including potential impacts on the environment, nearby communities and the region. A
Compared to July 2016, inventory is down in Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park. Typically summer months don’t bring a lot of new inventory on the market but this year it is clear, given the strong amount of closed sales, that new inventory is coming on the market and then selling quickly. Serious buyers haven’t taken a break from their house hunting this summer and are still looking for an opportunity to get into the market or to upgrade their home. Contact me for more information. July 2016 # of Active Homes for Sale
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Will voters support another sales tax hike? continued from page 6
after people hear of the information, positive and negative, we’re zero-emission vehicles starting not where we need to be on a sales tax. in 2020. “We can’t assume that just According to the new law, public funding for road main- because it may be the right thing tenance over the next 10 years to do, that people are going will face shortfalls of $59 billion to support it. Right now, they for the state highway system and won’t,” he said. “We have work $78 billion for streets and roads to do before this measure gets maintained by cities and coun- put on the ballot. We believe that ties. Taxes and fees related to public outreach efforts should road maintenance have not gone begin as soon as possible in order up for more than 20 years, pro- to explain, really, the needs and ponents of the new law say, and the potential solutions that this motorists are spending $17 bil- kind of measure would present. lion every year on “extra mainte- ... We shouldn’t wait for final nance and car repair” attributed details.” “The more transparency the to poorly maintained roads. Go to is.gd/tax872 for more better, to try to get as much buy-in as possible before this information on SB 1. Also in the works: Sen. Jerry is formally put forward to the Hill, D-San Mateo, has authored voters,” Supervisor Dave Pine a bill that would allow the three- said. “We definitely have our county Joint Powers Board that work cut out for us. ... This is not going to be easy. I oversees Caltrain to think transparency ask voters for a oneis really important.” eighth-cent sales The sales tax Seamus Murtax to fund railroad operation and capi- rate in most local phy, speaking for the San Mateo tal improvements. towns is 8.75 County Transit And any sales tax percent. District, said that measure in Novemthe public’s concern ber 2018 would share the ballot with Regional about traffic congestion is “probMeasure 3, a bid by the Metro- ably at an all time high” in the politan Transportation Com- county. “We’re really prepared to mission to increase tolls on major make a strong case that we can Bay Area bridges by up to $3. do a lot of the things that move the needle with the public,” he Tolls were last raised in 2004. Another Board of Supervisors said, including talking “in a very study session on a county sales assertive way” to the public about tax increase is tentatively set for what SamTrans is doing now and what it plans to do. Aug. 8. SamTrans should be at the “We’ve seen there is a base of support for a transportation Aug. 8 study session in force, measure,” Mr. Godbe said in Supervisor Horsley said. “Bring summing up his presentation to your whole staff,” he told Mr. the Board of Supervisors. “(But) Murphy. A
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The meadow restoration process included “a very methodical placing of drain rock to prevent erosion ... and allow natives that were planted along the creek to grow up through the rock,” Leslie Ballinger said.
Restoring a Woodside meadow continued from page 5
The next step was to sow seeds and plant seedlings of meadow barley, blue wild rye grass, yellow monkey flower, tiny tips, lupin and other natives to help stabilize the creek. Ms. Ballinger says the process included “a very methodical placing of drain rock to prevent erosion ... and allow natives that were planted along the creek to grow up through the rock.” The town of Woodside sent the Ballingers a letter of concern when someone noticed the presence of new gravel and wondered if it could potentially block the culvert. Shortly thereafter an inspector
from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife came to examine the situation and allowed the project to continue. Aside from the purchase of hundreds of plants from Watershed Nursery in Point Richmond, monthly weed removal accounts for most of the several thousands of dollars spent so far. Mr. Dremann estimates hundreds of manpower hours have already gone into the project, but that progress has been made “faster than I imagined. ... it’s probably the easiest acre I’ve done in 40 years.” One reason is the soil’s good health, which he ascribes to the fact the yard is wooded and
probably wasn’t overgrazed like some of the more open portions of Woodside and Portola Valley. He uses Waypoint Analytical lab in San Jose to check soil samples and found the Ballingers’ land didn’t need much amending. Ms. Ballinger is happy with the way the meadow is shaping up, and delighted to hear some neighbors have expressed interest in doing the same thing with their fields. She’s hoping ecological restoration on surrounding properties will cut down on the chances of weed seeds being transported back in by animal, wind and water, and lead to a more natural looking neighborhood all the way around. A
Commission can’t assemble quorum to review biotech building By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
he professional ties of three commissioners and the absence of another led the Menlo Park Planning Commission to postpone reviewing a proposal by biotech company CS Bio to build a 120-foot-high, eightstory mixed-use building at 1075 O’Brien Drive. The commission was unable to assemble a quorum on July 17 to consider the matter because three of the seven commissioners must recuse themselves and one commissioner was absent.
Commission Chair Drew Combs works for Facebook and Commissioner Susan Goodhue works as a lawyer on Facebook matters. Since the O’Brien Drive property is close to Facebook’s Willow Road site, they are not allowed to participate in the discussions, according to Senior Planner Thomas Rogers. Commissioner John Onken is employed as the architect on a nearby project at 1010 O’Brien Drive so was also recused from the discussion, though he was already absent from the meeting. Since commissioner Katherine Strehl was absent, that left
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only three commissioners — Andrew Barnes, Larry Kahle and Henry Riggs — insufficient for a quorum. “Katherine had told us in advance that she was going to be absent, but we didn’t think through the implications before scheduling the meeting — our apologies to anyone who might have been inconvenienced,” said Mr. Rogers in an email to the Almanac. The discussion has been tentatively rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 14. The CS Bio development would have three stories of parking, four stories of office space, an eight h-stor y
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A rendering of the proposed mixed-use building at 1075 O’Brien Drive.
restaurant, a rooftop garden, a ground-floor cafe and an outdoor public access basketball court. The building would not
house CS Bio’s facilities for producing peptides and peptide synthesizers, according to city staff. A
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Vendors at farmers’ market share their stories By Kate Bradshaw
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Curtis Lucero Jr. of Lucero Organic Farms, located in Lodi, California, is a third-generation farmer. He worked at the July 9 market with his father, Curtis Lucero Sr., selling their produce. The family operation sells produce at markets across the Bay Area, including in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Oakland and San Francisco. The Menlo Park market, Mr. Lucero Jr. said, is one of the more “relaxing.” He’s been coming to it since he was a kid, he said. “I have a bond with everybody and the other farmers.” The family lives on the farm and works seven days a week to grow and sell their food, he said. Produce includes oranges, peppers, squash and tomatoes. The year revolves around the beginning and the end of the harvest season, Mr. Lucero Sr. said. Excitement sets in with the first week of tomatoes and keeps a breakneck pace until the year’s crops are harvested. With the end of the harvest comes a sense of relief, he said. “This is it. This is what we work for,” he said.
ocal life seems to change Sunday morning as the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market opens for business at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Chestnut Street, between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues. Button down shirts and business casual workwear are replaced with flowing dresses, T-shirts, sandals and sun-protective hats. Parents linger with their kids over what bakery treats to buy; people stand and listen to street performers. Locals come out in force — by car, bike and foot — to the weekly market to buy fresh produce, chat with the farmers who grow it, and catch up with friends. And what do the people behind the produce counters think about their work and the Menlo Park market? The Almanac took advantage of an informal celebration of the market’s 25th anniversary on July 9 to talk to some of the market’s longtime vendors. McGinnis Ranch
Howard McGinnis of McGinnis Ranch, a 17-acre farm in northern Monterey County, said he began farming full-time in 1970. “I got tired of working for wages,” he said with a grin. At the time, he said, there weren’t many farmers’ markets. He had been working at a market in San Francisco when he was approached about the opportunity to join the new Menlo Park market. He took it. “We always wanted to have something superior to the grocery store — that’s what it takes to survive in the farming operation,” he said. “If your stuff is better, they’re going to come to you.” Now his daughter runs the farm, which produces flowers, berries and vegetables.
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For Christyna Sanchez, the Menlo Park market is one of the places where she grew up, playing under the tables and helping out behind the counter. “I learned everything at market,” she said. Now, Christyna said, she manages commercial shipping at the 600-plus-acre farm in Fresno and Tulare counties. In previous years, she said, she’s limited her shifts to help out at markets during cherry season. “You get tired fast,” she noted. She and her twin sister, Serena, are the market’s namesakes. They have a younger sister, Savannah, who, their mother, Cassi Sanchez, insists is not left
Photo by Kate Bradshaw/The Almanac.
Curtis Lucero Jr., left, and Curtis Lucero Sr. help customers load up on fresh produce at the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market.
out. They incorporate Savannah’s name into peach and apricot varietals they develop.
“Markets are a good place to meet people,” she said. “There’s a sense of community every time you come here.”
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Emilia Padilla, 30, works on her mom’s farm in Merced. Growing up, she worked at the farm and at markets. Knowing where fruits and vegetables come from, and getting to know the people who produce them, she said, has made her feel more grounded.
About the market
The Menlo Park Farmers’ Market is held each Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Chestnut Street between Menlo and Santa Cruz avenues. The market is hosted by the Menlo Park Live Oak Lions Club and raises
The Menlo Park Farmers’ Market is held each Sunday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Chestnut Street between Menlo and Santa Cruz avenues.
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Mahleon Robert (Bob) Oyster September 13, 1939 – July 19, 2017 Mahleon Robert (Bob) Oyster of Woodside, CA passed away July 19, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA. The eldest of two children, Bob was born on September 13, 1939 in Seattle, WA to Harry and Grace Oyster. His mother and father were diagnosed with TB and Bob and his sister, Dianne, were raised by their grandparents, Gus and Lillian Ackerlund, in Cle Elum, Washington, alongside the eight Ackerlund aunts and uncles, the men were serving during the war for at least part of this time. Harry and Grace were released from medical care five years later, however Harry died soon after. Bob attended O’Dea High School in Seattle, WA. Bob’s mother and sister moved to California, Bob followed a few years later in 1959. They settled in Palo Alto. Bob first found a job at Boeing, but the large impersonal company wasn’t his style. He soon found a small business owner, Ray Hudson, that needed his work ethic and moved up the ranks to manager of his two service stations in Menlo Park. Ray became a mentor and confidante who encouraged him to buy his own station. That was the beginning of his desire to control his own destiny. In 1962, he met and married his wife, Toni. Toni worked as a bank teller and Bob was filling her gas tank on the way to work. Just a few months later, after watching West Side Story, they decided to elope. This is the way they have lived their lives. They found something they desired and jumped in with both feet. Bob and Toni worked hard to grow their service station business. Working with their son, Robert, at their side, they had at one point accumulated 23 service stations from Menlo Park to Sacramento. All the while trading duplex for 12 units on up to their current real estate holdings. Their daughter, Cathy, has worked alongside Bob and Toni for the past 30 years, growing and improving the properties that they hold. Bob always felt that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing well and sweat equity was hard work, but a good thing. Bob enjoyed his time on the Board of the San Mateo County National Bank which grew, evolv-
ing into 41 locations, and after several transitions was purchased by Wells Fargo in their final acquisition in 2007. He was a fervent supporter of St. Francis Center in Redwood City, San Mateo County History Museum and has two educational endowments at San Mateo County Community Colleges and University of Notre Dame de Namur. Bob is survived by his wife, Toni, his two children Robert Oyster of Atherton, and his wife, Diana, and Cathy Oyster of Portola Valley, and her husband, Carlos Lopez and his six grandchildren Karoline, Camille, Christopher, and Anna Oyster and Alex and Thomas Lopez. Bob was blessed to have the special care and friendship of Rochester Fan and the Fan Family as well as Taniela (Daniel) Mahe. Memorial Services will be held at Skylawn Memorial Park at 1 pm, Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Bob and Toni chose Skylawn as it was symbolic of their first date. They drove north from San Jose, up the Peninsula, turned toward the ocean at Hwy 92. Later, they found that at Skylawn they enjoyed the view both of the ocean and the Peninsula. This would be where they would rest…together…here and for eternity. Bob believed in leaving a place better than he found it. His generosity knew no bounds. Whether it was a commitment of time and energy, fundraising or a financial commitment of his own, he was involved. If you would like to know why he committed so much to others, get involved. It is truly energizing. If you don’t quite know how to fit it into your already busy schedule, choose a charity close to your heart and make a donation in his name, or feel free to support his causes. St. Francis Center http://www.stfrancisrwc. org/donations/ San Mateo County Historical Association http://www.historysmc.org/annual-campaign University of Notre Dame de Namur http:// www.ndnu.edu/giving/ San Mateo Community Colleges Foundation https://www.smcccfoundation.org/donate PA I D
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Big turnout to sample and sip at Village Bakery
By Maggie Mah Special to the Almanac
bulging line of would- kids in strollers, older kids on be customers extended scooters, and all ages walking out the door at an open their dogs. Riding their horses to the house July 22 for the new Village event were residents Elizabeth Bakery & Cafe in Woodside. Inside they were squeezing Caselton and Anne Van Camp, and jostling politely along the who came into the bakery after sleek display cases and marble tying up at the hitch rack next counters of the new eatery at to the creek. They said they 3052 Woodside Road, across figured it would be easier than finding a place to park. from Roberts Market. Also in the crowd and a typiA small army of servers shuttled back and forth, tak- cal weekend sight were bicying drink orders and handing clists. One young woman from out full-sized bakery selections San Francisco cycles regularly while explaining patiently to in the area and happened upon those who dove for their wallets the event. Unaware of the local that everything that morning hoopla, she perched on a stool at one of the window counwas “on the house.” Watching the action was ters, whipped out her phone to manager Tracy Redmond. “We spread the word on Yelp. The event was so popular that wanted this to be a community the bakery items event and to say, were mostly gone ‘thanks.’ Everya little more than one has been so Two arrived by hour after the supportive.” horse. They said an doors opened at Asked if any of 10 a.m. Latethe staff bustling they figured it comers were still behind the counwould be easier able to enjoy cofter had come than finding fee drinks and from the Maymimosas from field Bakery, the a place to park. the cafe bar next Bacchus Group’s sister operation in Palo Alto, door. The bakery has a low-key Ms. Redmond replied: “They are all new. We’ve done dress sophistication with an array rehearsals with friends and of breads on rustic metal racks family but this is their first time and carefully displayed pastries that create a look and feel remiwith ‘live’ customers.” The crowd was a represen- niscent of European food shops. Lining the perimeter of the tative sample of people one would expect to see on a mid- retail space are shelves stocked summer Saturday morning in with edible and non-edible merWoodside: “thirty something” chandise including prepackparents, grandparents pushing aged house-made confections,
Photo by Maggie Mah
An open house at the new Village Bakery & Cafe is Woodside attracted a crowd.
coffee makers, organic “heirloom” teas, cheese boards, coasters, exotic vinegars, oils, Italian preserves and cocktail mixers. During the opening festivities, seating inside the bakery was limited to two small counters at the windows on either side of the entrance. It is not known at the time of this writing if additional seating will be added. The cafe portion of the Village Bakery operation is similarly restrained and sophisticated but the ambiance is
rather dark and urban. The wood-burning oven that dominated the old space (occupied by the similarly named Woodside Bakery & Cafe) is gone but there is one aspect that has a foot in the familiar: the cafe patio. The sunny dining area has been revamped and planted with an olive tree at the center and is now clearly visible from the inside dining areas. The Village Bakery will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with one menu designed to provide a range of
choices throughout the day. Selections include a variety of “Toasts,” soups and salads, pizza and pasta, main dishes including waff les with a fried chicken option, egg dishes, a burger, roast chicken, and several sides. Added to the core menu are daily specials, a complete dessert menu and full bar. A Maggie Mah is a longtime Woodside resident and food industry consultant specializing in new product development.
Diners give first impressions of new Woodside restaurant By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
t was only its second night in business, so few were willing to jump to any conclusions after having had dinner July 25 at the new Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside. However some of the diners exiting the new restaurant on Woodside Road (across the street from Roberts Market) were willing to give their initial impressions. Overall, the meal was positive, said Suzanne, a Woodside resident. The avocado toast was lovely, though the pizza was not up to what’s served at the Village
Bakery’s sister restaurant, Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, she said. “We’re looking for more creativity,” she said, and a children’s menu like the one at Mayfield. (San Francisco-based Bacchus Management Group owns The Village Bakery and Mayfield and seven other restaurants, including The Village Pub in Woodside and Spruce and The Saratoga in San Francisco.) Suzanne’s companion, Darrell, described the Wagyu steak as “excellent,” but said he considered the menu to be truncated. “We’ll probably come back in a couple of weeks and give it another shot,” he said.
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“It’s fantastic,” said Michael from Mountain View when asked for his reaction to dinner. “The food is solid.” He said he had the salmon, at the bar so he needed no reservation. “Very tasty,” he said.
‘We’ll probably come back in a couple of weeks and give it another shot.’ “It was fantastic,” said a Woodside resident getting into his car and apparently not interested in a long conversation. “The food was great.”
The service was slow, the wine steward was fun to talk with, and the salads were “ample and very nice,” said Betsy from Portola Valley. She said she liked the salmon, but that the bread, while wonderful, was “ridiculously expensive.” It was a nice atmosphere and a good effort, she said, but “they should not be surprising you with $8 for a little loaf of bread.” Her husband, who declined to give his name, chimed in. “It was very lovely, but it’s one of those things like, ‘I’m paying plenty for this and you want to charge me $8 for bread?’” The spaghettoni was
mediocre, he said. He, too, complained about what he thought was a limited menu. The way the waiters discussed the length of the menu, Betsy whispered to this reporter, “it might stay that way.” A couple from Burlingame Hills described the food as very good and the service as great. “The waiters were awesome,” the woman said. As for the wine, they’d ordered six bottles. “We didn’t like any of them,” she said. “They need some work on the menu,” one man said in passing. “It’s easy to be negative,” he added. “We’ll give them some time.” A
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Aided by the internet and social media, this couple has made traveling a career
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Jules Hatfield and Christine Williams, who have been traveling together since not long after they met in 2012, are making plans to travel the U.S. in this converted van. They recently hosted a pilot for a TV show on the Travel Channel and are waiting to hear if the show will be picked up. (Cover photo also by Michelle Le.) By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
hristine Williams and Jules Hatfield were both in their mid-20s and working for a disaster relief organization when they met in Peru in 2012. Soon, the young woman from Atherton and the young man from Melbourne, Australia, discovered they had a mutual love for traveling. As they worked together,
helping the city of Pisco recover from the aftermath of a catastrophic 2007 earthquake, they fell in love, and decided to continue their travels together. After a year of wandering around Latin America, Ms. Williams and Mr. Hatfield started a blog to share the stories and photos from their travel adventures with their families and friends, with the vague idea of maybe finding some way to help
Get paid to travel Christine Williams and Jules Hatfield say they were just about ready to give up on their travel website, late in 2015, when they attended a travel blogging conference in Thailand. There they heard others’ success stories and were motivated to try to make DontForgetToMove into a real business. Most bloggers, they say, give up “just before they hit their peak,” and 2016 proved to be their breakthrough year as they traveled to four continents and 15 countries, wrote a book and were offered the chance to make a travel show pilot. While the travel blogging world has become “way more saturated” and more
Above: Jules Hatfield and Christine Williams with Pinocchio in Rome in 2016. Right: The two spent the night in this Estonian hut to catch a glimpse of the local bears.
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competitive, the two still encourage others to try it. “You might as well have some fun with it and get some free stays,” Ms. Williams says. Their DontForgetToMove website offers a step-by-step guide on “How To Start a Travel Blog and Travel the World for Free.” The article goes through what is needed, from choosing a name and picking a niche to concentrate on, to what platforms to use to design a website and where to have it hosted. They explain how to set up social media accounts and what products will help manage them. Go to is.gd/ToMove to find their travel blogging tips. — Barbara Wood
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Favorite destination? Travel bloggers love Cuba By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer
t was love at first sight when Jules Hatfield and Christine Williams first visited Cuba in 2013. Within hours of arriving in Havana they rebooked their return flights to extend their twoweek trip to four weeks. “It’s just magic,” Ms. Williams says about Cuba. “You can feel it immediately.” During that month, they stayed mostly in rooms rented out in private homes (for about $5 a night), took local transportation (as in a bus crammed with entire families, plus their animals), ate street food (as in 20-cent pizza) and survived on about $80 a week. They say they felt safe and welcomed, and were very happy they’d decided to extend their stay. The two were so entranced with Cuba, and the articles they wrote about their visit are so popular on their DontForgetToMove website, that they returned in 2016 and wrote a book: “The Authentic Cuba Travel Guide.” Their goal, the book says, is “to show
finance their travels. Their initial goal was to attract 24 visits a day to their blog. The couple continued to travel — with breaks to work for nonprofits — and post their writing and photos, while both worked remotely on master’s degrees they hoped would help them with careers in international development. But somewhere along the way — which, by now, has wound through 55 countries — the travel itself became their careers. The blog started by Ms. Williams and Mr. Hatfield,
Photo courtesy of DontForgetToMove.com
In Trinidad, Cuba, during the couple’s first trip to the country in 2013, Christine Williams stands outside one the colorful homes the city is known for.
people the real Cuba,” and share information allowing visitors to “get the most out of your trip and see Cuba in all its
DontForgetToMove.com, is now a website with more than 55,000 monthly pageviews. They have 160,000 social media followers on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. Last year the business completely supported the couple. “We used to call ourselves travel bloggers, and then travel influencers, and now we’re calling ourselves a travel media company,” Mr. Hatfield says. In 2016 the couple visited four continents and 15 countries, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles on 35 air flights,
rich, vibrant, complicated glory.” The book details the many complications of Cuban travel, including the
with much of their travel paid for by sponsors. They wrote a book, “The Authentic Cuba Travel Guide,” spent two weeks on a ship crossing the Atlantic as part of an attempted “digital detox,” rented apartments in Colombia for a month and in Bulgaria for two months, took a road trip through Europe, watched bears from a hut in Estonia, bought a drone to help them shoot videos, and, in October, were offered a chance to shoot a pilot for a Travel Channel series. Shooting of the “Shoestring Getaways” pilot started in
Photo courtesy of DontForgetToMove.com
Jules Hatfield, during a 2016 visit to Cuba, with one of the many classic cars found there. He and Christine Williams have written a book about Cuba, one of their favorite places to visit.
country’s two official currencies, the government-sanctioned system of rooms rented to tourists in private homes, and the vagaries of transportation options. While they detail how to see Cuba on a budget, they also talk about more pricey options and how to get off the beaten path with minimal hardship. Between Mr. Hatfield and Ms. Williams’ two visits, President Barack Obama had made it easier for tourists to visit Cuba. The two say they noticed many changes in the country. However, they add, it’s still relatively easy to get to know the Cuba and its people that most tourists never see. While the Trump administration has reversed most of President Obama’s actions easing sanctions on Cuba, the new regulations haven’t been released yet, so travel by individuals directly from the U.S. to Cuba is still possible at the moment. Once the new rules are released, those who want to visit Cuba without going through a tour company will be able to do so only by skirting U.S. law and entering through Mexico or Canada. A
January and has kept Ms. Williams, now 29, and Mr. Hatfield, now 32, in the Bay Area for much of this year. While they waited to find out if the show will get picked up as a series, the couple purchased a Dodge Ram van, converted it into a traveling home, and started a new video blog — a vlog — about van travel. Their first installment was a trip to the Stanislaus National Forest, and they plan to drive across the country as well as visit the Pacific Northwest. The journey to where they are today has often been hard, with 50-hour weeks the norm and all-nighters not uncommon, but both say they don’t think they’ll become sedentary anytime soon. “I don’t think we’ll ever have ‘normal’ jobs,” Ms. Williams says. They struggled to make their business a success, and “we’ll definitely stick with it,” she adds. Their trips are work, not pleasure, Mr. Hatfield says, because they constantly must remember why they are there. “I have to go to this place, and I have to be behind the camera and take these photos,” he says. However, it’s a job that takes them around the world and on trips such as two weeks spent in Italy last year. “It was a bit of work,” he says, “but mostly it was eating pizza and drinking wine.” “I’d never give that up for working in a cubicle,” Ms. Williams says. The skills they’ve picked up along the way, including shooting and editing videos, and curating Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter feeds, have also come in handy for side jobs as social media management and strategy consultants. The companies that DontForgetToMove partners with (which are always identified on postings if something is sponsored) have to “align with our blog and our interests,” which include sustainable and adventure travel, focusing on culture and socially conscious experiences. The two say they’re “not overly organized” and often book flights just a few days before taking off on a trip. They do much of their research once they arrive in a location and are usually not in a hurry. “We try to spend a lot of time in a place,” Mr. Hatfield says, and “if we went to a place for week, we probably wouldn’t write about it.” The two are vegetarians who sometimes eat fish, so their writing about food is limited. “We just try to base our writing on our own experiences,” Ms. Williams says. A Q R E S OU R C E S
Q DontForgetToMove.com is Christine Williams and Jules Hatfield’s travel website. They can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under dontforget2move and on YouTube as DontForgetToMove. Q At is.gd/MoveBook, find how to buy their Cuba guidebook in paperback or e-book versions. Q VolunteeringGuides.org is their volunteering website.
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Woodside plein air artists exhibit works at Town Hall By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac
ndependence Hall is turning into an art gallery from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6, when nine local artists showcase their work at Woodside’s Town Hall. For the fourth year in a row, artists with the group called Woodside Plein Air Artists are exhibiting and selling their paintings at a Woodside Arts & Culture Committee reception and show. The artists gather periodically to paint outside together, and
they participated in the recent Djerassi Artists Program open house in Woodside on July 16. The reception on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. is free and open to the public, with light refreshments served. The exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The painters exhibiting this year are: Joanna Baciocco, Kit Colman, Linden Ellis, Ann Hogle, Bev Iverson, Vicki Coe Mitchell, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Greta Waterman, and the late Nancy Tracy. Ten percent of the proceeds
Local authors at Kepler’s Aug. 7 Atherton native and bestselling author Janelle Brown will read from her new book, “Watch Me Disappear,” at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park
on Monday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. She will be joined by Portola Valley best-selling author Jan Ellison. Ms. Brown, who now lives
This oil on canvas, a view from Sand Hill and Lawler Ranch roads, is by Vicki Coe Mitchell of Woodside, among the plein air artists exhibiting their works.
will be going to the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee and
10 percent will be going to the Djerassi Artists Program.
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in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, graduated from Laurel and Encinal schools and Menlo-Atherton High School. Her new book is a mystery/ thriller about a Berkeley mom with an enviable life who goes
missing on a hike, leaving behind a husband and daughter who struggle to maintain the illusion of normal life. Ms. Ellison is an O. Henry Prize winner and a graduate of Stanford University who wrote “A Small Indiscretion, “ based
on notes she took at age 19 during a break from college to travel and work in Europe. She lives in Portola Valley with her husband of 20 years and their four children. Kepler’s Books is at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
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Miguel Angel Rivera Jr. of Menlo Park was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison on July 28 after having pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 shooting death of Christopher Baker, a member of a rival gang. is.gd/gang35
Police offer 10K for shooting information The U.S. Park Police, currently in the 11th month of investigating the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Calvin Riley, is offering a $10,000 reward for “information that leads to an arrest and conviction” of the person responsible, according to USPP Captain Jerry Marshall. Calvin Riley, the son of former Menlo School baseball coach Sean Riley, was shot and killed at 10 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2016, in Aquatic Park in
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Pastor pleads not guilty A Menlo Park pastor pleaded not guilty to multiple sex assault charges involving teenage girls. Ever Oliveros-Cano, 50, from East Palo Alto, who also went by the name Victor Elizandro Tax-Gomez, was recently returned to the custody of San Mateo County by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. is.gd/pastor35
Nancy Tracy, artist, host to her neighbors Nancy Kaia Tracy, a host to her Old La Honda Road neighbors in Woodside, an artist and an enthusiastic backpacker, died at home June 23 at age 85. Go to tinyurl.com/ybula47c for details on a memorial set for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, in Huddart Park at 1100 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. A native of Illinois, Nancy Anderson graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She was teaching in California when she met Rufus Avery Tracy III, the man who was to become her husband, at a dance at Stanford University. Q P OLIC E C ALLS This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.
MENLO PARK Residential burglary: Someone stole a locked bicycle from the carport of an apartment complex on East Creek Drive. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 25. Robbery: Two women entered a mini-mart at a gas station in the 200 block of El Camino Real, shoved the employee, stole a box of cigars and left, police said. The employee followed the women outside and was
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They married in 1957 and built a home in Woodside. Mr. Tracy managed The Old Barrel liquor store in Palo Alto. Ms. Tracy was a substitute teacher in Portola Valley when her children were young, and later taught preschool in Ladera. The couple’s house became a gathering center for visitors, exchange students and neighbors. After her children left home, Ms. Tracy revisited her artistic pushed again and fell, resulting in minor injuries and some pain, police said. The women left in a “new” black Honda Civic with white paper license plates and darkly tinted windows. Police said both women are black, with one 5 feet 7 inches tall and the other 5 feet 5 inches tall. Both are of average build and between 24 and 26 years old. The taller woman was wearing a tube top. July 24. Auto burglary: Someone broke a window on a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road and stole a duffel bag containing gym clothes and a set of headphones. Estimated loss: $400. July 20. Thefts: Q Bicycles were stolen from carports on Kent Place (two bikes) and Partridge Avenue (one bike) and from stairwells at two apartments on Sharon Park Drive (two bikes). Estimated loss: $5,432 (two
interests and found work as a graphic designer. She eventually took up painting and drawing with Woodside artists Ann Hogle and Kit Colman and the Woodside Plein Air Painters. Ms. Tracy is survived by her husband Rufus of Woodside; daughters Jane of Woodside and Sara of Boise, Idaho; son John of Cupertino; and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorial donations to the PEO Foundation, c/o John Tracy, 10410 Ann Arbor Ave., Cupertino CA 95014. Go to is.gd/Tracy23 to see the family’s memorial on Lasting Memories. bikes) and $500, and $1,000 and $560. July 20 and 26, and July 26 and 25. Q A thief walked out of The Willows Market at 60 Middlefield Road with a “high-end” bottle of liquor that had been stored in an unlocked display case. Estimated loss: $300. July 21. WOODSIDE Thefts: Q Someone broke a window in a vehicle parked in the 4000 block of Woodside Road and stole a purse, wallet and cellphone. Estimated loss: $1,435. July 20. Q A thief stole an unattended laptop computer from a library at Canada College on Farm Hill Road. No estimate on losses. July 17. Q A resident of the 400 block of Old La Honda Road told deputies that mail had been stolen from a mailbox. July 5.
Mobile pizza ovens move to Menlo Park, Atherton By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
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ume, a robot-powered pizza business based in Mountain View, is expanding its delivery service into Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto. The company uses robotics and other technology to make pizzas that are delivered and
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cooked en-route to nearby destinations. It has about 120 local employees now, the company says. The business is open for deliveries Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays
until 11 p.m. Zume Pizza is promoting a buy-one-get-one offer that expires Aug. 31. Go to zumepizza.com to download the app and use the code ZUMEBOGO to use the coupon. Go to is.gd/pizza304 to read a more in-depth story about the business.
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ho should decide the timing of public-facili- admittedly could benefit from renovation — rather ties development and the spending schedule than the Belle Haven Library branch, which is indisputfor city funds in Menlo Park? On its face, that ably inadequate in serving the needs of the Belle Haven doesn’t seem like a complicated or controversial question. community. The City Council last month accepted the deal, Residents have the right to expect that their elected officials, with the guidance of staff, will determine the most although many of the logistical details about the project effective timetable and spending plan for building public have yet to be worked out. What does the acceptance of Mr. Arrillaga’s gift mean facilities and other infrastructure, based on the needs of to the community? For one thing, it should lead to a grand the community. But the recent offer of a local philanthropist to con- new two-story library with about one-third more space than the existing facility. It could also tribute at least $25 million toward the result in a below-ground parking area, rebuilding of the city’s main library in EDITORIA L which would ease the sometimes difthe Civic Center muddies the answer The opinion of The Almanac ficult parking situation library patrons to that seemingly facile question. now face. Local real estate billionaire John But it also is likely to result in the delay of other projects, Arrillaga, whose past multimillion-dollar gifts to the city over the past nine years have resulted in the creation of some urgent, such as housing programs and transporthree new buildings in the Civic Center, hinges his deal tation planning, because staff time is finite. And $20 on the city’s agreement to pay the initial $20 million of the million-plus that had not been allocated for a new library project and costs associated with staff time, according to until last month will now be unavailable for other needs formerly considered higher priorities. city staff. Also, by agreeing to Mr. Arrillaga’s requirements, the And, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre, Mr. Arrillaga has required that the money be spent on the city now will embark on a project that was not considmain library — a spacious and functional building that ered a priority and that hasn’t been subject to the typical
community review, which would have included the question: Does the city really even need a brand new library at that location? Before Mr. Arrillaga’s funding offer was made and accepted, the City Council appeared to consider a Belle Haven Library improvement or rebuilding project a much higher priority, based on need, than a main library rebuild. The decision on setting priorities for library services in Menlo Park was, in effect, made by a wealthy private citizen. As can be expected, supporters of accepting Mr. Arrillaga’s offer state their reluctance to “look a gift horse in the mouth,” which in this case could literally be a losing proposition. But something important is lost as well when the direction of city projects, and the resulting allocation of city resources, is determined by the lure of a wealthy citizen’s gift. With the acceptance of this unexpected donation from a familiar city benefactor, it appears Menlo Park will have another jewel in its Civic Center crown. But now, the city needs to devote the staff time necessary to forge a policy setting reasonable boundaries for how much control of the direction of community projects private donors can expect to have attached to their gifts in the future. A
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Facebook needs corporate social responsibility policy By Kyra Brown
n Kate Bradshaw’s article, “Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park” (The Almanac, July 7), her statement, “Facebook has been expanding its land holdings, office space and workforce in Menlo Park at a breakneck rate,” is one that I agree with. Oftentimes, a mantra in the technology industry is: “Move fast and build things.” But in my opinion, when tech companies build or expand, there should be ethics involved. One way this can be done is via creating a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. Last October, I wrote an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, asking the corporation to consider the negative impacts of its expansion into Belle Haven on my hometown of East Palo Alto and consider what it means to be a “good neighbor” (Luke 10:25-37). Since that time, Facebook has given $20 million for affordable housing to East Palo Alto due to community pressure, the ChanZuckerberg Initiative has donated $2 million to help aid East Palo Alto’s water shortage (partly because without it the construction of their preschool in East Palo Alto would be delayed), and both entities have donated abundantly to nonprofit organizations that serve East Palo Alto and Belle Haven — historically under-resourced communities. In this ongoing discussion of the #TechTakeover (with Facebook expanding into
Kyra Brown is an East Palo Alto native and works in the nonprofit sector. She holds a master of divinity degree with an emphasis in social justice from Howard University. Her blog can be found at writetoliveblog. blogspot.com.
GUEST OPINION phase II in Belle Amazon h ll Haven and d A now expanding its second-leg of development in East Palo Alto), some contend that millennials such as myself should be disregarded on this topic because we are simply “anti-development.” While we are not saying that underserved communities don’t deserve to be developed, we are insisting that development should not result in the displacement of families (property values rise and often push low-income residents out of their communities) or the extinction of communities of color over time — therefore, the expansion of any corporation should have limits. Facebook representatives have come forward and stated that they want to do their part in being a good neighbor. It is my position that this can be done through Facebook crafting a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy (for example, see Sullivan principles). That way, they can continually and intentionally stitch the thread of being a good neighbor into
the fabric and culture of a corporation that exists within a capitalistic society. The policy wouldn’t only place limitations on the tech giant’s expansion, it would list the ethics/values which govern that expansion. If Facebook doesn’t create a CSR policy, the alternative is that we expect corporations to be socially responsible on their own. Beyond my letter, I started to wonder what justice looks like, larger than monetary donations (although these can be helpful). I asked myself, “Is Facebook willing to question its values as a corporation in regards to growth and ‘connecting the world,’ write a CSR policy and take a hard look at what justice looks like tangibly, here in Silicon Valley, starting with East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities?” I sure hope so. Dr. King writes it this way: “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement REIS CONSULTING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274168 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Reis Consulting, located at 35 Valley Road, Atherton, CA 94027, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): EVAN REIS 35 Valley Road Atherton, CA 94027 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on January 01, 2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on June 30, 2017. (ALM July 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 2017) KAEDIN PRESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274310 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kaedin Press located at 226 Madrone St. #1, Redwood City, CA 94061, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): Monika Naidoo 226 Madrone St. #1 Redwood City, CA 94061 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 July 13. 2017. (Almanac July 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 2017) AMAZING WOK FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274340 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Amazing Wok located at 1653-1655 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s):Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): Longsource, INC 1653-1655 Laurel Street San Carlos, CA 94070 This business is conducted by: A Corporation. 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 July 18, 2017. (Almanac July 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 2017) OROCAL LEGAL SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274364 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: OroCal Legal Services located at 3499 East Bayshore Rd. #86, Redwood City, CA 94063, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s):Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): BRENDA A. OROZCO 3499 East Bayshore Rd. #86 Redwood City, CA 94063 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 July 19, 2017. (Almanac July 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 2017) HARVEST CONSTRUCTION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274230 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Harvest Construction located at 622 3rd Ave Redwood City, CA 94063, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): JULIO RAMIREZ 622 3rd Ave Redwood City, CA 94063 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 July 05, 2017. (Almanac July 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 2017) TENISI CONSTRUCTION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274217 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Tenisi Construction, located at 2345 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto, CA 94303, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): TENISI VETE 2345 Ralmar Ave. East Palo Alto, CA 94303 This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on July 5, 2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on July 5, 2017. (ALM Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 )
997 All Other Legals APN: 063-151-150-8 TS No: CA0800556814-1S TO No: 160173886-CA-VOI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE (The above statement is made pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(1). The Summary will be provided to Trustor(s) and/or vested owner(s) only, pursuant to CA Civil Code Section 2923.3(d)(2).) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED June 17, 2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On August 22, 2017 at 01:00 PM, Marshall St. Entrance, San Mateo County Courthouse, Southern Branch Hall of Justice & Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063, MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust recorded on July 8, 2004 as Instrument No. 2004-
141685, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of San Mateo County, California, executed by PAMELA GENE HELVIE, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, A FEDERAL ASSOCIATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2165 POPLAR AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94303 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee’s Sale is estimated to be $223,380.09 (Estimated). However, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary’s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Notice to Potential Bidders If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property. Notice to Property Owner The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Auction. com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee’s Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction. com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA08005568-141S. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information
THE PENINSULA’S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: July 11, 2017 MTC Financial Inc. dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA08005568-141S 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 Phone:949-252-8300 TDD: 866-660-4288 Stephanie Hoy, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Auction.com at 800.280.2832 Trustee Corps may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained may be used for that purpose.ISL Number 32838, Pub Dates: 07/19/2017, 07/26/2017, 08/02/2017, THE ALMANAC NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD ALAN STEPHENS AKA RICHARD A. STEPHENS CASE NO. 17PRO00724 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of RICHARD ALAN STEPHENS AKA RICHARD A. STEPHENS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by SUSANNE STEPHENS in the Superior Court of California, County of SAN MATEO. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that SUSANNE STEPHENS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not
grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 08/16/17 at 9:00AM in Dept. 28 located at 400 COUNTY CENTER, REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner LYA R. KINGSLAND, ESQ. ASTOR & KINGSLAND LLP 1851 E. FIRST ST., #1220 SANTA ANA, CA 92705 7/19, 7/26, 8/2/17 CNS-3031764# THE ALMANAC
petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANTHONY RICARDO GONZALEZ JR. to ANTHONY RICARDO LOZANO. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: August 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Dept.: PJ of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: THE ALMANAC Date: July 14, 2017 /s/ Jonathan E. Karesh JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (ALM July 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 2017)
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO Case No.: 17CIV03191 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Rosa Maria Lozano filed a
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