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RESOLUTION NO. 2031 (2017)

Established 1965


Atherton, Portola Valley,

Lands of Chang The District Board of West Bay Sanitary District finds and determines as follows: A. This Resolution of Intention is adopted pursuant to the District’s “Zone Master Annexation Resolution” (“ZOMAR”), which was adopted by the District Board August 12, 1996. The provisions of ZOMAR are incorporated by reference into this Resolution of Intention. B. The District has received an application to annex a parcel of real property (the “Parcel”) to the District’s On-Site Wastewater Disposal Zone (the “Zone”). The Parcel is described in Exhibit “A” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the description contained in the Exhibits are incorporated by reference. The name and address of the applicants and the number, type, volume and location of on-site wastewater disposal systems which are proposed to operate on the parcels to be annexed are described in Exhibit “B” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the information contained in the Exhibit are incorporated by reference. C. The applicants have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the District Board that the Parcel constitutes “real property” for the purposes of Section 2(b) of ZOMAR in that:

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IT IS RESOLVED by the District Board as follows: 1. It is the intention of the District Board to annex the Parcel to the Zone pursuant to the provisions of ZOMAR and applicable provisions of law. 2. In conjunction with a meeting of the District Board to be duly and regularly called and conducted, the Board will conduct a Public Hearing for the purpose of considering all matters pertaining to this Resolution of Intention. The time, date and place of the Public Hearing are: Date: August 23, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM Place: West Bay Sanitary District Offices 500 Laurel Street Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Facebook aims to expand affordable housing By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


wo nonprofits with track records of raising funds for affordable housing have joined Facebook’s effort to finance affordable housing in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Facebook announced Aug. 1 that Local Initiatives Support Corp., a national organization, will collaborate with Housing Trust Silicon Valley in an effort to leverage Facebook’s initial $18.5 million donation and raise $75 million to add, preserve and improve affordable housing in the two communities. The two organizations have a track record of raising money via grants and loans, said Tameeka Bennett, executive director of Youth United for

Community Action, part of an East Palo Alto-based coalition working to build affordable housing. According to Elliot Schrage, Facebook vice president of corporate communications and public policy, the plan is to begin investing in affordable housing projects this fall, with the aims of distributing the funds full proceeds in five to eight years. Last December Facebook announced it would put $18.5 million into an affordable housing fund, with the hope that the initial amount would be a catalyst in generating further funding. Ms. Bennett said the initial investment is a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed. A commitment to quadrupling that amount is

something she believes the fund manager can do. The announcement comes after a laborious and thought-

The goal is to increase funding to $75 million. ful process to select the right organizations to manage the fund, Ms. Bennett said. The two organizations selected to manage the fund were chosen from about eight applicants, she said, noting, “It was important for the fund manager to know about the needs of East Palo Alto and have some history with our community.” Local Initiatives Support Corp. provides loans, equity

and grants to local organizations such as nonprofit developers, small businesses and service providers to fund projects that help low-income or underserved people. Its Bay Area chapter invests in projects that support economic development, affordable housing, financial stability, health and leadership. Housing Trust Silicon Valley works primarily in Santa Clara County to fund housing affordability programs. The organizations will be required to report to an advisory committee made up of two members each from Facebook and Envision, Transform, Build — East Palo Alto and a member each from the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, she said. Guidelines have been drafted

for how fund management organizations should distribute funds, but Ms. Bennett noted, “it’s going to be up to them to be smart about how the money is spent so they are able to leverage the fund.” In addition the $18.5 million, Facebook has given $500,000 to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto to help Belle Haven and East Palo Alto residents deal with displacement by eviction or abuse by landlords, and $250,000 to Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a nonprofit that has rehabilitated homes in disrepair in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and elsewhere. Facebook will also dedicate $500,000 to finance political activity to support affordable housing policies, Ms. Bennett said. A

Improving traffic flow: Early results of Dumbarton corridor study released By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


or those locked in traffic as they cross the Bay over the Dumbarton Bridge, the time it will take to improve traffic flow by making major changes to the vehicle bridge and the nearby abandoned rail bridge may seem like an eternity.

More details coming before public meetings on Aug. 15, 16. But an early presentation on a Facebook-sponsored $1 million study of the Dumbarton transportation corridor suggests these changes may be expedited. According to the presentation, given Aug. 2 to the governing board of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), it could be feasible to: Q Increase the frequency and number of destinations of transbay buses by 2020. Q Convert a traffic lane on the bridge to either an express lane or a shifting lane that matches commute direction by 2025. Q Rebuild the abandoned rail bridge and activate a rail shuttle

across the Bay to connect Redwood City to Union City by 2030. These timelines, of course, assume such projects can be funded in time. Estimated costs amount to more than $1.8 billion by 2025, plus another $295 million to expand the rail service from Newark to Union City in the East Bay. The timelines also assume that the many jurisdictions and agencies that would be involved in the project are on board. That includes Caltrain, Union Pacific, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans, the State Transportation Board, and the cities the routes would pass through. By 2020

One change being considered to reduce traffic along the Dumbarton corridor is construction of a bicycle and pedestrian path along the Dumbarton rail right-of-way. However, SamTrans principal planner Melissa Reggiardo said that project is not currently being recommended because the right-of-way is not wide enough to accommodate that and other potential uses of the

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An abandoned rail bridge that runs parallel to the Dumbarton Bridge could be rebuilt and repurposed to ease congestion on the transbay corridor.

corridor. Another change that could be implemented by 2020 is expansion of bus service across the Dumbarton Bridge. The board could add 17 shuttles, Ms. Reggiardo said, and offer routes that go north to Menlo Park and Redwood City, and south to Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Doing so could increase the number of transbay transit riders by 34 percent. Currently, only about 1,000 people ride the Dumbarton Express (the transbay bus) daily, and not all of them are crossing the Bay, SamTrans spokesman Dan Lieberman said. The study recommends that changes be made to improve

traffic flow on the roads that approach the bridge on both sides. 2025 to 2030

The study also recommends that the board look further into rebuilding the abandoned rail bridge into a two-track rail line that would run from Redwood City to Newark by 2025, and then to Union City by 2030. The transit agency researched the option of using the rail bridge exclusively for buses, but did not recommend this approach if the vehicle bridge would have express lanes added that buses could use. An overpass for public buses and private shuttles that would

connect directly to U.S. 101 was recommended for further research. The study estimates that with the proposed changes, about 5,600 people would take the train, 12,700 would take the bus, and 5,000 would take private shuttles across the Bay each day. Public meetings

The draft of the study is expected to be released prior to public meetings set for Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Union City Library at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road; and Wednesday, Aug. 16, from See DUMBARTON, page 15

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Fire training captain works 40 hours, but gets paid for 56 By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


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ith six new firefighters hired by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District this year, and the addition of four to six more planned early next year, the district has approved a special pay package for one of its firefighters to take on a training captain assignment. District officials — saying that attracting an internal candidate for the 40-hour-a-week job could prove difficult since district firefighters are compensated for working 56-hour weeks and can receive substantial overtime pay — agreed to an unusual pay package: continue to pay the training captain at a 56-hour-a-week rate for working 40 hours a week. The agreement with the firefighters’ union that the fire board approved in July gives the training captain an additional 10 percent pay bump for taking on extra responsibility. A similar temporary agreement has been in place for the past year, without the 10 percent pay increase. The training captain earns overtime for hours worked beyond 40 a week and continues to accrue paid time off as if he were working 56 hours a week. For the past year the position has been filled by Captain Tom Ellis, who will continue in the position. The agreement says the holder of the position — which includes writing lesson plans, developing tests, and giving training — must compete against other applicants every two years. The arrangement means the training captain receives a raise for working 16 fewer hours a week than he did before taking on the job. Captain Ellis will receive $278,527 in salary and benefits before overtime (which he can work on his days off) and payouts for unused vacation and sick leave. Fire board member Chuck Bernstein, who cast the only vote against the agreement at the July 18 meeting, said he feels the arrangement turns the district’s rationale for highly compensating firefighters because of the dangers of their jobs “on its head.”

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District voted to give a 3 percent base raise to most of its non-union employees, even as board members said they have no idea how much in total compensation those employees would receive. See Page 11.

After the July 18 meeting, Chief Harold Schapelhouman said moving “from a 56-hour to a 40-hour schedule isn’t a windfall for the employee.” Instead he said, it is “more work (and) additional responsibility with less practical opportunity to work additional hours” of overtime. “Only someone who aspires to organizational improvement and a higher degree of involvement and personal fulfillment will even apply,” he said. Most of the district’s 40-hour-a-week employees work Monday through Thursday; the district offices are closed on Fridays. Those who work 56-hour weeks work two 24-hour days on, followed by four days off. Board president Peter Carpenter said the district needs ways to motivate employees to move from a firefighters’ schedule to four 10-hour days a week. “It totally transforms their commute,” he said. “It’s two very different lifestyles.” Deputy Fire Chief Don Long said firefighters who move to 40-hour jobs, usually because of promotions, often lower their compensation because they lose opportunities to work as much overtime. But Mr. Bernstein said that was one of his problems with the position. “I think we have a problem when overtime becomes an entitlement,” he said. District officials say the position has existed for the past year under a provision in the current union contract that allows limited “interim assignments. The agreement says the training captain will be a nonexempt employee (eligible for overtime) who will “work a 40 hour per week schedule” but will “continue to be paid as a 56-hour employees (sic).” The agreement will expire if not made part of a new union contract after the current agreement expires June 30, 2018. A


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Atherton’s Holbrook-Palmer Park could see an influx of heavy equipment, as it did a few years ago when a Little League baseball field was built, if Atherton goes ahead with plans to put a water-capture facility underground at the park.

Atherton may move flood-control facility to Holbrook-Palmer By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


therton’s City Council voted Aug. 1 to drop plans to install an underground drainage facility at Las Lomitas School and instead to explore putting the equipment — meant to filter runoff heading to the San Francisco Bay and help control flooding — underground at Holbrook-Palmer Park. The town was unable to come to an agreement with the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, although district officials said they had spent two years trying to find a way to make the project work. The town had planned to take advantage of a district construction project to put the drainage basin under school property. $13.6 million grant

Atherton has been offered a $13.6 million Caltrans-administered grant that would pay the total costs of designing and installing a facility that, in addition to providing flood prevention, would filter contaminants from water before releasing it to flow to the Bay. But town officials have worried that the town won’t be able to afford to pay the annual maintenance costs of the facility. Because it won’t be clear what type of equipment — including expensive-to-maintain pumps — will be needed until the design is about half completed, the town can’t yet know what the maintenance costs might be. The City Council wants the ability to back out of the project if the maintenance costs — estimated to be about $100,000

a year, but possibly twice that much — are too high. An agreement with Caltrans allows the town to back out at no cost before construction begins. But the possibility of abandoning the project was a no-go with the school district. The school district’s director of bond projects, Eric Holm, said starting on the project requires the district to spend money to modify its own construction project, rerouting conduits, water lines and other things in the area where the water facility would go. Mr. Holm estimates the district has already spent about $10,000, including staff time, on the project.

Council members had balked at two other conditions the school district wanted: preapproval of a traffic signal at Walsh Road and $750,000, which is the estimated cost of the signal. Council members had voted instead to offer $500,000, and said the traffic signal would have to go through the town’s usual approval process. Mr. Holm said he had not presented the town’s revised agreement to his board, mostly because the district could not agree to allow the project to be canceled once started. At the Aug. 1 council meeting, council members said they do support putting in a traffic signal at Walsh Road, and that the district should ask the town to pay a share of the cost. “I strongly support looking at the light,” said Councilman Rick DeGolia. “ Council members said moving the drainage project to the park

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Atherton OKs tax measure language Atherton council members on Aug. 1 approved the language of a ballot argument in favor of renewing the town’s parcel tax for three more years, a measure that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Details of the tax, which the town has had since 1978, will remain the same except for the term (three years instead of four). The tax is $750 a year for the average homeowner. To pass, at least two-thirds of those voting must approve it. Changing the term will put the measure on the ballot during the next presidential election, but will also allow the council to re-evaluate the need for the parcel tax once it is known how much town money will go into a new civic center.

City manager’s contract The Atherton City Council approved an amendment to City


Manager George Roderick’s contract on Aug. 1. Instead of giving a raise to Mr. Rodericks, who has worked for Atherton for five years, the town will contribute $481 per month to a deferred compensation plan. Mr. Rodericks receives a salary of $209,725 per year, a $400 per month auto allowance, a $3,000 per year technology benefit allowance, a $481 per month contribution to a deferred compensation plan, and the possibility of an annual $15,000 performance bonus. His total annual pay, excluding benefits and bonus, is $214,525. With benefits, the annual cost to the town is estimated to be $255,612, excluding the bonus. August 9, 2017QAlmanacNews.comQThe AlmanacQ7


Concept plans released for Bedwell Bayfront Park Public comment sought via online survey, Aug. 10 meeting.

   Q MEET IN G A community meeting where the public can comment on alternative plans for the park will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave. >> Go to to fill out a survey about the concept plans before Aug. 10.

By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


2-acre dog park, a nonmotorized boat launch, a playground, an amphitheater, outdoor fitness facilities, and wheelchair-accessible trails are among ideas for changes being considered for Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park. The city recently launched a process to update the park’s master plan, which lays out goals for the park over the next 25 years. The 160-acre park located at the bayside terminus of Marsh Road was once the site of a dump; it was converted into a park in the 1980s. The park’s operational funding source is set to run out in about three years, city staff say. Operational funds come from a dwindling pool of money that built up when the park was a dump, where people paid to get rid of their waste. The pool of funds has been shrinking since the park was created. To stretch the existing funds farther, the park’s ranger position was eliminated in 2011. Finding a way to fund the park is a major concern, and a wide range of options are being considered — including adopting parking fees, staff say. Park plan concepts

Concept plan A has an emphasis on accessibility, according to documents produced by

consultant Callander Associates Landscape Architecture. There are plans for a 2-acre dog park, a fitness course, a small nature play area and amphitheater, and a non-motorized boat launch. Trails would add up to 5 miles: 4 miles of asphalt and a 1-mile “treated” trail, designed to not degrade in poor weather. This plan would provide a space where hand- and radiocontrolled gliders and model airplanes could be flown. Concept plan B has an emphasis on education, with plans for geocaching and orienteering features, a large amphitheater and “destination” nature play area. There would be about 4.4 miles of trails, with 3.8 miles paved with asphalt and 0.6 of a mile of “treated” trails. Go to to see the park plans. Both plans would involve paving portions of the Bay Trail with asphalt, planting trees to screen the sewage facility onsite, renovating the Great Spirit Path (a guided reflection path at the park), making at least one big “summit” hill accessible for wheelchairs and restoring habitats.

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The park was once considered for a golf course or soccer fields, but a voter advisory measure in 2006 restricted it for “passive” recreation only.

Preliminary cost estimates for both concept plans indicates a range of $10 to $15 million. The final park plan will have to address the risk of sea level rise and how it might impact the park, said Derek Schweigart, Menlo Park’s assistant community services director. The concept plans are an early step in a process that is still very much in the community feedback phase, he said. “People could say no” to the ideas proposed, he said. Both plans are designed to reflect different concepts of

“passive” recreation, he noted, but added: “You can ask 10 different people and get 10 different answers on what they think is passive recreation.” In 2007, voters overwhelmingly passed an advisory measure restricting the park’s use to

No contest plea in fraud case By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


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“passive recreation.” In August 2016, the City Council voted to ban people from flying drones, hand-powered gliders and model airplanes in the park, but left the ban open for reconsideration when the park’s master plan is updated. A

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and Gifts in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to two felonies: insurance fraud and unemployment insurance fraud on the condition that she not serve time in state prison. The woman, Cynthia Smith, is expected to be sentenced to 90 days in county jail. Ms. Smith’s shop was searched by Menlo Park police in November 2012. The search came after a year-long investigation of workers’ compensation fraud and violations of state business regulations. According to prosecutors, Ms. Smith was paying her employees under the table in cash and failed to renew her workers’ compensation insurance policy, which was canceled because the premiums were not paid. She also allegedly was not paying some employees at all, and pay deductions for state and federal taxes were not being made. The felonies may be eligible to be reduced to misdemeanors when full restitution is made. The case has been continued to Oct. 19 for the imposition of Ms. Smith’s sentence and the report for how much restitution she will have to pay. She remains out of custody on a $20,000 bail bond. A

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Penelope Nicole Zouzounis (Née Dracopoulos) June 16, 1922 – July 31, 2017 Born on June 16, 1922 in San Francisco, CA to Greek immigrant parents Nick and Olga Dracopoulos. Penelope graduated from Girls High School, and was the first born into a family of six children. Penny’s Father encouraged education and took her to get a library card at the age of 8. She was an avid reader well into her nineties. Her father owned the “High Life” restaurant in the Fillmore District; but suddenly his investments in the stock market was wiped out by the Great Depression. This took a toll on Nick, and at one of Penny’s little brother’s first year birthday party celebrations, he had a heart attack and died. The family moved into federal housing as they struggled and during that time they bonded together. The oldest son Demitries decided to quit school to provide for the family, and Penelope went to work for the War Department. They moved to the Portola District where Penny resided the rest of her life. At a Greek Orthodox Easter Picnic in Santa Cruz, Penelope met Theodore Zouzounis, and the magic was born. Shortly thereafter Ted was sent overseas to serve in the U.S. Army, and during their time apart they exchanged several hundred letters to each other. The mail man would walk up the stairs to hand Penny her mail from Ted, and in return he received a letter for Ted with the scent of perfume. Upon Theodore’s return, Ted and Penny were married and inseparable for fifty years; finding a photo without the two of them together was rare. Ted and Penny opened Ted’s Market in the Soma District on July 15, 1967 as the summer of love was engulfing San Francisco. They worked side by side for the next thirty years, opening every day until Ted’s passing in 1997. Penelope visited the store often as she loved the employees, customers, and the memories of her time with Ted. Penelope walked the Golden Gate Bridge on its opening in 1937, and again with her family on its 50th anniversary in 1987. In 2012, Penelope received a certificate of Honor from Mayor Ed Lee for being a cherished member of the community for her service in the War Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the establishment of Ted’s Market. Always elegant and well read, Penelope was impeccable in dress and inscrutable in attitude. Penelope is survived by her children Theodore (Jan) Zouzounis, Karen (Ted) Nasser, David (Lorene) Zouzounis of Woodside; and her grandchildren Theo and Nicole Nasser and Miriam and Athena Zouzounis. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Rutherford, Georgia Nelson, and her bother Peter Dracopoulos; and cherished Godson Peter Rutherford, and many nieces and nephews in the Bay Area, and Greece. Penny is united now with her beloved husband Theodore. The family was blessed to have Tatiana Ignatchuk in our lives for making Penny’s last years full of love, compassion, and joy; and Tessie Mangahas for her care and devotion. Also special thanks to all past and present employees and wonderful customers who always showed respect to Penny, engaging in conversation with her, considering her the Boss, which she was. A Funeral Mass was held on August 5 at Holy Trinity Church Donations can be made in Penelope’s name to Holy Trinity Church or a Family in need. PA I D


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Four file for school board seats Four candidates have filed to run in the November election for three open seats on the Portola Valley School District’s governing board, with the filing period remaining open until at least Aug. 11. To comply with a new state law that requires elections for most board and council seats to take place in even years, the three board positions will be threeyear terms. One incumbent, Karen Tate, has filed as have Karyn Bechtel, a community volunteer; Jeff Klugman, a retired software executive; and Michael Maffia, an investor and developer. The candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. However, if incumbents Caitha Ambler or Timothy McAdam do not file by then, the filing period will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.


Reminder: Students must be vaccinated Under state law, students must be up-to-date on required vaccines or they won’t be permitted to attend school or child care, unless they have a valid exemption, according to San Mateo County health officials. Most of the vaccine requirements apply to children entering daycare or preschool, kindergarten or seventh grade. “Making vaccinations part of your preparation to return back to school is an important step for the new school year,” Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County health officer, said. He warned that last-minute appointments could be booked up. County health officials say

immunizations to protect children and families from vaccine-preventable diseases are considered one of the greatest achievements in public health and medical science. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age or older. Children without health insurance, with Medi-Cal, or of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent may be eligible for vaccines at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. Go to (the program’s website) for information and lists of doctors and clinics that participate in the program., a website of the California Department of Public Health, has more information on school and child care vaccination requirements.

Boy, 5, saved after near-drowning at Burgess Pool A 5-year-old boy nearly drowned on Aug. 3 in about 3 feet of water at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Firefighters said they arrived at the city-owned pool in Burgess

Park about two minutes after an 11:46 a.m. call for medical aid, and the boy had already been pulled from the pool. The pool’s operator, Menlo Swim and Sport, contacted the boy’s father, who arrived on the

Peter Joseph Halsted March 18, 1969 – July 28, 2017 Peter Halsted died at home July 28 in Portola Valley. He was a sportsman, outdoorsman, salt of the earth, and favorite of found dogs. Peter graduated from Portola Valley schools, Menlo-Atherton High School in 1987 and Cal Poly –San Luis Obispo, and worked as a manager of software products for several Silicon Valley and global firms. He was an active member and past president of the Allied Arts Men’s Guild benefiting Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. A passionate sports fan, Peter loved the Giants, 49ers, and the Stanford football teams, and took his children to Giant’s games as infants. Peter was a beloved friend to many and his oldest friends were the dearest. His children, James and Charlotte, were the loves of his life. He was immensely proud of them and their youthful accomplishments. They loved him dearly and will miss him every day. Peter is survived by his children, James and Charlotte. Also surviving are his father, Sam Halsted, his mother, Mercedes V. Halsted, and his five brothers, Matt (Gayle) of Los Angeles, Ben of Cupertino, Tim (Hortensia) of Palo Alto, Erik of West Sacramento, Sam (Alma) of Portola Valley, and five nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of the Wayside, 930 Portola Road, in Portola Valley on August 23 at 11:00, followed immediately by a reception at the Town Center. For more information please email In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. PAID


scene shortly thereafter, firefighters said. Firefighters attended to the boy at the poolside and he was reportedly conscious and breathing on his own by the time he arrived at the intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital, firefighters said. Lifeguards on duty said the boy had likely been “in distress” for only a few seconds, which “underlines how quickly a situation can turn bad in the water,” Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a press release. “Engine 2 and Engine 3’s rapid response time helped tremendously in getting this little boy breathing again,” fire district public information officer Michael Ralston added. While not a common occurrence, drowning can happen in just a few inches of water, firefighters noted. HOLBROOK-PALMER continued from page 7

has several benefits, including an easing of the timetable required by the school’s construction project. Putting the water facility in the park could capture runoff from more of the town, including El Camino Real, and perhaps make it possible to use the filtered water to irrigate the park, they said. Councilman Cary Wiest apologized for how the process with the school district had proceeded. “It’s just not the way to create good government,” he said. Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis said she was “very grateful” to the district for being willing to try to put the water facility on its site. A


Fire board approves raises, but questions pay totals By Barbara Wood Almanac Staff Writer


he board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District voted unanimously at its July meeting to give a 3 percent base raise to most of its nonunion employees, even as board members said they have no idea how much in total compensation those employees would receive. The 3 percent base raise will go to the district’s chief officers and other non-union employees. Those employees will also be eligible for merit raises unless they are at the top of their salary range, but the staff report did not mention how much those raises might be. “This is not a salary increase of 3 percent,” said board member Chuck Bernstein, noting that he doesn’t know how much the total increase will be. “I thought we didn’t have COLAs (cost of living adjustments). I thought we didn’t have automatic increases,” he said, adding that he also “is not clear” how the district determines raises. Because the board isn’t consulted on, or even told the amount budged for, merit raises “it seems like we really don’t have any say in how much compensation is going up,” he said. “I think Director Bernstein raises an important issue,” said

More online: The governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District plans to fill the seat to be vacated by longtime board member Rex Ianson by appointment. (Go to:

board President Peter Carpenter, who pointed out that the staff report did not say what the district budgets for pay raises and the amount is not obvious in the district’s budget. Kathleen Jackson, the district’s administrative services manager, told the board that raises for the employees in question total about 5 percent. “We need more clarity on this,” Mr. Carpenter said. “There’s still a gap between what’s written in the staff report and what we and the public understand.” Board members asked for more information at a future meeting. Other pay

Another issue obscuring district compensation totals is what employees are paid beyond wages. A document released by the district in April shows that in 2016, almost every district employee received “other pay,” in amounts ranging from a low of $1,643 for an employee who appears to have been hired near the end of the year, to a high of $108,408. Much of that “other pay” comes from the district’s annual leave

policy, which caps the amount of annual leave that can be accrued and automatically “cashes out” any additional hours each January. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, Chief Harold Schapelhouman says the district paid 71 of its 126 employees a total of $588,202 as annual leave cash-outs. How much annual leave, which includes vacation and sick days, is accrued each year differs by job classification. The lowest amount given to new employees is nearly six weeks a year, 228 hours. Annual leave tops out at more than two months a year, or 372 hours, for those at battalion chief level or higher with 19 years or more on the job. Most 40-hour-a-week employees are cashed out after accruing more than 500 hours of annual leave, but members of the firefighters’ union who work 40 hours a week get cash for their accumulated annual leave hours once they have 320 hours saved. Firefighters who work 56-hour weeks get cash once they have accrued more than 720 hours. “I think there’s too much vacation here,” board member Bernstein said at the July 18 meeting, adding that it is not possible for employees to take all their leave. “Compensation ought to be compensation and vacation ought to be vacation,” he said. “To me this is compensation, not vacation.” A

Eclipse watch party set for library By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


watch party for what’s being called the “Great American Eclipse” will be held at the Menlo Park Library on Monday, Aug. 21. The event will start at 9 a.m., before the library opens. Viewing will be outside, near the library’s entry plaza. The library will provide safety glasses and snacks. During the eclipse of the sun (a partial eclipse here), library staff will advise viewers to avoid looking directly at the sun. People should use safety glasses that have special solar filters, and avoid looking at the sun through unfiltered optical devices, even while wearing safety glasses. Lasting damage may result otherwise. Go to for more information. According to, the partial eclipse is expected to begin around 9:01 a.m. and reach maximum coverage at 10:15 a.m. in San Francisco.


Block party Menlo Park’s 11th annual downtown block party will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue. The party’s theme will be “Menlo on the Move” and there will be children’s activities, live music and cafe dining. Starting at 8:30 p.m. there will be a movie screening of “Cars” (2006), which is rated G and runs 2 hours. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to traffic that evening.

Golden Acorn Awards Nominations for the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Golden Acorn Awards are being accepted until Aug. 18. The awards are given to individuals, businesses and nonprofits for community service, business excellence, professional excellence and for being an

“unsung hero.” The Chamber of Commerce will hold a reception for award winners Sept. 28 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Go to for information and the nomination form.

Community coffee State Assemblyman Marc Berman and Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will be available to talk to local residents on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center at 325 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park. Coffee will be provided at no taxpayer expense. No RSVP is necessary. Mr. Berman represents District 24, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. Go to to access Mr. Berman’s website, or call the district office at (650) 691-2121 to ask legislative or communityrelated questions. A

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Michael Downes Peterson September 2, 1964 – July 22, 2017 Michael Downes Peterson died in Philadelphia on July 22, 2017. The cause was brain cancer. Mike was born in San Rafael, California to Donald Warren Peterson and Nancy Joan Simons Peterson. He spent a happy childhood in Atherton and in 1982 graduated as co-valedictorian from Menlo-Atherton High School, before attending Princeton University. While at Princeton, he won the Halbert White Prize for outstanding performance in Economics and played on both the junior varsity and varsity tennis teams. Following graduation, Mike won a Keasbey Scholarship for study at Trinity College, Cambridge in England, where he earned an MA in Mathematics. Mike then went on to gain a PhD in Management Science at MIT’s Sloan School and worked for a few years as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University. He subsequently joined McKinsey and Company as a consultant before moving on to a successful and rewarding twenty-year career in New York at Pzena Investment Management. Mike was known by his family and friends alike for his kind heart, warm manner, quirky sense of humor, quick wit, and deep commitment to his loved ones and to his various passions. He relished music of all kinds, reading, tennis, cycling, and skiing. He engaged extensively in philanthropy, focusing on organizations dedicated to poverty relief and development. But most importantly, he was a joyful and energetic father to his sons, Colin (23), Matthew (20) and Timothy (17), and a beloved husband to his wife, Sarah, who will miss his extraordinary energy and optimism. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his parents Donald and Nancy Peterson of Portola Valley, his sister Karen Peterson-Iyer and her husband Mohan S. Iyer of Menlo Park, and a large and loving cadre of cherished nieces and nephews, including Alex and Chris Iyer, both of Menlo Park. In addition to the Philadelphia memorial service, a West Coast memorial service will be held Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Donations in Mike’s honor may be made at to support brain cancer research, or to any nonprofit supporting development work in poverty-stricken communities. PA I D O B I T U A RY August 9, 2017QAlmanacNews.comQThe AlmanacQ11



The factory floor at Wrightspeed Inc. in Alameda was a busy place when this photo was taken, but it will be busier still when full production begins in refitting garbage trucks, buses and delivery trucks with electric power trains. On the cover: Ian Wright discusses a key to his electric vehicle power train: a small but powerful 300-horsepower generator designed and built at Wrightspeed Inc.

Ian Wright’s technology is poised to disrupt a corner of the trucking industry Story by Dave Boyce | Photos by Michelle Le

iving in a big city is a noisy proposition, not least in the dark of the early morning when the ambient silence would be deep were it not for a species of vehicle that frequents the otherwise deserted scene. Garbage trucks crawl the streets, their brakes squealing like tortured rodents, their


engines roaring — first to power the hydraulics that lift the bins, and then to hurtle 10 or 15 yards down the street, slam to a screeching stop and begin the nerve-shattering cycle again, and again and again ... and again. Someone has do this job, but does it have to be done so noisily?

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No, says Woodside resident Ian Wright, a Tesla Inc. co-founder and the founder and chief executive of Wrightspeed Inc. A startup based in Alameda, Wrightspeed has 40 employees who are pioneering the design and manufacture of “rangeextended” power trains for garbage trucks, buses and delivery trucks, vehicles that do a lot of starting and stopping, and/or go up and down a lot of hills. For these sorts of vehicles, Wrightspeed claims its power train system offers fuel savings of up to 67 percent, greenhouse gas emission reductions of up to 63 percent, and annual maintenance savings of as much as $25,000. Range-extended vehicles are not hybrids; they are electric. On-board batteries provide power to individual electric motors that drive each wheel. Where there was once an engine, a refitted vehicle will usually have batteries, Mr. Wright says.

Like all electric vehicles, the system is self-recharging in a process called regenerative braking. As the vehicle slows to a stop, the electric motors turn in the opposite direction and act as small generators feeding power back to the batteries. But such recharging is not sufficient for all-day operation.

Range-extended vehicles have a deeper recharge available from a conventionally fueled on-board source of electric power. Wrightspeed uses a physically small but high-performance turbine-andgenerator combination. The technology is not new, and diesel engines can be more efficient than turbines, Mr.

This cylinder, about the size of a breadbox, is a made-from-scratch generator that produces 300 horsepower for Wrightspeed’s electric power train system. “It’s pretty amazing power density,” Mr. Wright says.


The X1 electric car, designed and built by Ian Wright, humbled a 400-horsepower Ferrari and a 600-horsepower Porsche in drag races in 2005. Go to to see the video of the races.

Wright says. Wrightspeed’s system is ideal, he says, in that it is small, light in weight, lowemission and always operating at peak efficiency, unlike a diesel. The critical component in making it all work according to specifications is systems engineering, he says. Low emissions are a plus, but not the real target, he says. “We’re selling cost of operation,” he says. “It’s got to make economic sense, otherwise no one will do it. The fact that it’s very quiet and very low on emissions are added benefits, but that on its own is not enough.” Refitting a garbage truck with a Wrightspeed system runs about $200,000, and about $150,000 for a bus, depending on the configuration, Mr. Wright says. “It’s astonishing how quiet that garbage truck is,” he says, taking a moment to marvel at the system that he imagined and his engineers created and that was recently demonstrated in Santa Rosa. “Wow. I’m standing right next to this and having a quiet conversation,” he recalls. He was referring to a refitted 2007 garbage truck, owned by North Bay recyclers The Ratto Group and sitting on the Wrightspeed factory floor looking uncommonly sleek in dark gray paint emblazoned with Wrightspeed’s winged logo. “It makes no noise,” Lou Ratto, chief operating officer of The Ratto Group, tells the Almanac. “All you really hear is the squeaking of the moving parts on the truck itself. When the turbine fires, there’s a hum like a jet engine, but much, much quieter.” Braking is much reduced, he says. Take your foot off the gas and it kind of brakes itself, he says. For residential garbage collection, “it’s the perfect fit,” he says. “All we do is stop and go all day long, thousands of times.” Because conventional garbage truck power trains wear out before the rest of truck, this technology also makes it unnecessary to scrap the trucks before

their time, “a huge benefit,” Mr. Ratto says. The Ratto Group is in contract with Wrightspeed to refit 16 trucks initially, Mr. Ratto says. “Ian is well ahead of his time, and when we get these things rolling, it’s going to be like wild fire because the cost saving is very beneficial.” Wrightspeed is almost seven years old, with $60 million in orders and $600 million in the pipeline, Mr. Wright says. “It’s all people calling us,” he says. “We’re getting lots of inquiries every week.” Interest is split down the middle, with about half the business going to garbage trucks and the other half to municipal buses. Wrightspeed designed the power train “from scratch,” Mr. Wright says. The first customer was FedEx, which had two trucks refitted about three and a half years ago. The system was redesigned for heavier duty and has been in testing, he says. Cities have expressed interest, including New York City, Phoenix and Anchorage — the latter two being particularly interesting as test sites given their climatic extremes, Mr. Wright says. Abroad, the country of Jordan is interested in garbage trucks and Wrightspeed has a $35 million contract with New Zealand Bus for the cities of Auckland and Wellington, he says. The 24-hour shuttle buses to parking lots at the San Francisco International Airport are a local bus system that could benefit from this technology, Mr. Wright says. School buses would not be candidates because the intervals between starts and stops are too long.


An aircraft hanger, built in 1945 at the former naval air station at Alameda, is the home of Wrightspeed Inc. Windows in the hanger doors illuminate the factory floor with natural light.

He lives in unincorporated Woodside along Skyline Boulevard with his wife Anne, who has a doctorate in microbiology, and two children, ages 15 and 17. He studied engineering in Auckland University of Technology and left with nearly enough credits to get a degree, he says. He then found work helping to build and design a radio station studio. In Australia, he worked at Network Engineering Technology, which sent him to the United States in 1993. He joined Tesla Inc. as a cofounder in 2003, the company’s third employee and its vicepresident of engineering. He left after about a year. “I wanted to do something a bit different,” he says. He was driving his own electric car about nine months later, a racer home-built on the frame of a street-legal high-performance Ariel Atom. The X1, as he named it, gets the equivalent of 170 mpg, makes no noise aside from a slight gear whine. In November 2005, the X1 beat a 400-horsepower Ferrari and

a 600-horsepower Porsche in quarter-mile races at a drag strip in Sonoma County. Go to to see a video of the races. The X1 has its own space on the Wrightspeed factory floor; it played a vital role. The race video led to a base of fans, one of whom contacted Mr. Wright and eventually gave him $5 million in seed money to launch Wrightspeed, and another $5 million later on, he says. So far, Mr. Wright says, he’s raised $47 million while owning all the company’s intellectual property, but raising money is frustrating. Sand Hill Road investors “are so used to getting exaggerated stories that they discount what you say a lot,” he says. “It’s an uphill battle.” The U.S. market for power trains for garbage trucks is $2 billion, Mr. Wright says, and $500 billion for cars and light trucks. “It’s hard for us in Silicon Valley to grasp the incredible scale of the auto industry,” he says. “Even a $2 billion market is regarded as a niche in the corner. It’s too small for the big

guys to bother about, but it’s a really good size for a startup company.”

No time for vacations The Wrightspeed factory is inside a World War II-era aircraft hanger at the decommissioned naval air station in Alameda. With its huge interior, natural light, military-grade construction and a location at an abandoned airfield, it has both privacy and space. “We’re really lucky to have it,” he says. “Ironically, we’ve taken it back to where it was when it was built (in 1945),” which meant getting rid of the asbestos and some 15 layers of paint. The copper wiring had been stripped out and there were no supplies of electric power or natural gas. Mr. Wright’s family was on Cape Cod at the time of this interview. “I haven’t seen them in a couple of weeks,” he says. “I haven’t got time to go on vacation.” Startups are intense, he says. “They’re very intense until you get further down the road. You just do what you have to do.” A

A pivotal drag race Mr. Wright, 61, is a native of New Zealand, where he grew up on a 600-acre farm with 2,000 sheep and 600 head of cattle. He knew by the age of 10 that his future did not lay in farming, though he liked the farm machinery. “I was always fascinated by mechanical and electrical things,” he says. “Still am.”

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Community Events 11th Annual Downtown Block Party This year, the city celebrates “Menlo on the Moveâ€? with focus on electric transportation. This event is family-friendly and includes music, food and fun. Aug. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. A Visit with Juana Briones Menlo Park Library hosts storyteller and performance artist Olga Loya, appearing as Juana Briones, early California’s pioneer Latina property owner, businesswoman and humanitarian. Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. 0HQOR2XWGRRU0RYLH6HULHVÂś7KH/HJR %DWPDQ0RYLH¡ (PG, 2 hour and 9 min.). Grab a chair, blanket and snacks to enjoy a community movie night with friends and family. Aug. 11, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park Paseo, Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.

Theater $LUVZLPPLQJ by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy, Dragon 2007) takes place in England in the 1920s. It is the somewhat true story of two women who were locked up in a hospital for the “criminally insaneâ€? because they had children out of wedlock. Aug. 4-27, times vary. $35 general admission; $27 seniors and students. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Âś1H[WWR1RUPDO¡ One of Broadway’s hits in recent years, “Next to Normalâ€? nabbed three Tonys and a Pulitzer for its look at a seemingly normal modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Aug. 11-27,

times vary. $48-$70. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Search for more info.

Talks & Lectures -HVVLFD7D\ORU Kepler’s Books celebrates the launch of “A Map for Wrecked Girls� by local author Jessica Taylor, a twisting tale of loyalty, betrayal and love, in which two sisters must survive the wilds, if they can first survive each other. Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search for more info.

Family Bay Area Wild Docents from Wildlife Associates will introduce some living, breathing local wildlife and talk about their characteristics and habitats. Animals may include a gray fox, a great horned owl, an opossum and a red-tailed hawk. For elementary-school-age children and their parents or caregivers. Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Family Day Second Sunday is a familyfocused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. No registration required, and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them the most. Aug. 13, 11 a.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Search for more info.

Museums & Exhibits 1LFN&DYH Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave challenges conventions on what it means to be a visual artist, a performer, a crafter and an educator. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, full-body sized sculptures, often worn as costumes. On view in the Anderson

Collection until Aug. 14. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Search for more info. œ$ORQJWKH1DNDVHQGR¡ The Portola Art Gallery presents exhibition of watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse of San Mateo, highlighting scenes from her hiking and sketching trip to Japan last October. Reception for artist: Aug. 12, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

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Outdoor Recreation Bicycle Sunday Bicycle Sunday will take 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. redwoodcity. org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/

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Major Caltrain fare increases approved By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer


repare to spend a lot more to ride Caltrain. Starting Oct. 1, adult fare will increase 25 cents per zone each way, and monthly train and parking passes will rise substantially. Caltrain’s monthly parking pass prices will rise nearly $30, to $82.50 from $55. Monthly train pass prices will rise between $11 and $83 for adults. For seniors, youth, Q POL I C E C A L LS MENLO PARK Commercial burglaries: Q An audible burglar alarm brought police to Beverages and More liquor store at 700 E Camino Real, where they found a broken window on the sliding front door. An inspection revealed that a glass liquor cabinet in the store had been broken open and four bottles of alcoholic beverages stolen. Estimated loss: $320. Aug. 6. Q In response to a motion-detector alarm, police searched the interior and exterior of the offices of WaterGuru Inc. on Jefferson Drive. The search turned up one smashed window on the building’s south side and one laptop computer, located outside in a bike locker and similar to laptops inside the building. No estimate on losses. July 29. Q Police found a window smashed at the offices of Bootup World in the first block of Willow Road. It’s not known if anything was taken. July 30. Residential burglary: A resident of Emma Lane reported an unsuccessful attempt to get into the house, but also a stolen security camera that had been mounted on the house’s rear wall. Estimated loss: $169. Aug. 1.

the disabled or Medicare cardholders, monthly pass prices will rise between $5.50 and $23. The price range depends on the number of train zones the pass holder plans to travel through. After one zone, the price will increase 25 cents for each zone traveled, each way. For a one way, two-zone ticket the price will increase 4.3 percent to $6. For a one-way, six-zone ticket, it’s a 9 percent increase to $15. A two-zone monthly pass will increase 18.6 percent to $163.50

and a six-zone monthly pass will increase 23.9 percent to $433.50. Caltrain’s discounted eightride pass program will be discontinued. Caltrain plans to ask companies for more money for its Go Pass program, in which all employees at a company are given unlimited Caltrain passes for the year if the company pays a base amount. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the base amount will increase 50 percent

to $23,940, up from $15,960. The per-employee cost will increase to $237.50, up from $190, on Jan. 1, 2018; and again to $285 on Jan. 1, 2019. The agency plans to pilot a program to give discounted tickets on weekends and evenings in January 2018. Caltrain last raised its prices in 2016, when train zone fare went up 50 cents. On the agency’s website, Caltrain says that it expects a $20.7 million shortfall in next year’s operational budget. Operations and management costs have increased because

of increased ridership and an aging diesel system, according to Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew. Partner agencies, such as the city and county of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, help but do not cover the remaining costs after fares are collected. Currently, Caltrain’s fares cover about two-thirds of the agency’s overall costs, according to Ms. Bartholomew. Go to to see the new fare chart. A

Auto burglaries: Q There were no signs of forced entry into a vehicle parked in the 200 block of El Camino Real from which three backpacks and a suitcase had been stolen. Inside the baggage were toiletries and clothing, two laptop computers, sunglasses, headphones, credit cards and $100 in cash. Estimated loss: $5,300. Aug. 6. Q Someone smashed a window on a locked vehicle parked on Eastridge Avenue and stole a Louis Vuitton tote bag and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Estimated loss: $1,500. Aug. 1. Q Police do not know how a thief entered a reportedly locked vehicle parked on Plumas Avenue and stole an air compressor. Estimated loss: $360. Aug. 3. Robbery: Two women suspected of stealing “various infant products” from Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real allegedly fled the scene in a black Chrysler 200 sedan after pushing a store employee out of their way as they were leaving the store. The employee was not injured. Police are looking for two African American women, one with light skin and in her 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches, heavyset with freckles and wearing a red sweatshirt. Her accomplice is 18 to 20 years old and about 5 feet 1 inch with black curly hair. No estimate on losses. Aug. 1.



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Help find Suki This lost cockapoo named Suki was last seen July 19 running down Todo El Mundo in Woodside. The adopted dog had been severely abused and is terrified of humans, says its owner, Karen Merwin of Woodside. She asks residents to use a flashlight to look for the black dog under a deck or in a barn, shed or garage. “Calling her name may make her run,” she says. If you find the dog, leave her where she is, limit escape routes if possible and call Ms. Merwin at (650) 576-8965.

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859 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. 650-3259432 / Fleet Feet Menlo Park offers training programs throughout the year to bring camaraderie and skill-building to runners and walkers of all levels. Additionally, Thursday Fun Runs are held every week at 6:30 p.m. Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing

150 Andeta Way, Portola Valley. 408-7323778 / Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing offers classes multiple times weekly that mix elements of dance, stretching and flexibility, cardio and weight training in a comforting environment that welcomes all fitness levels. Menlo Swim & Sport

501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. 650-328-7946. 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. 650-3302237 / Menlo Swim & Sport runs youth, adult and community programs at Burgess and Belle Haven pools, including swim lessons, youth swim teams, masters swimming, water polo and water exercise. It also offers cycling, running, fitness and tennis programs. One Heart Yoga

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800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. 650-649-3055 / One Heart Yoga teaches weekly classes in Kundalini yoga, aiming to help students increase flexibility and strength, learn breathing techniques to calm and focus and reduce anxiety and depression. Peninsula Boxing & Fitness

2860 Spring St., Unit 1, Redwood City. 650290-1920 / Peninsula Boxing & Fitness offers recreational boxing programs for both youth

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and adults. The youth program is noncompetitive and non-contact, instructs kids in fitness and provides a safe, structured environment.

The Webb Ranch Riding School gives instruction for beginning and intermediate riders in both group and private settings. Specialties include Western riding, dressage and hunt-seat riding. In addition, there are a number of weeklong camp sessions.

Kidz Love Soccer

701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. 650-330-2200 / Menlo Park Community Services and Kidz Love Soccer offer youth soccer classes for boys and girls of all abilities, beginning at age 2. Menlo Park Gymnastics

501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. 650-330-2215 / The City of Menlo Park offers a number of gymnastics classes for youth, with a focus on children under the age of 6. Parentparticipation classes are also available for children with special needs. Menlo Park Tennis

800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. 650-814-6734 / Menlo Park Tennis offers tennis classes for adults and children ages 5 and up and at all levels. Lessons include tips, strategy, drills and entertaining games.

German-American School

475 Pope St., Menlo Park. 650-520-3646 / The German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA), a Saturday school, teaches immersive German language classes, which also cover culture and traditions, to students ages 2.5 to 18. No prior knowledge of German is required. Language Pacifica

585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park. 650-3211840 / Language Pacifica teaches English to non-native speakers in both full-time and part-time intensive courses. Classes are well-suited for TOEFL exam preparation and learning English for business or personal enrichment.

Spring Down Equestrian Center

725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. 650-8511114 / Spring Down Equestrian Center educates children (beginning at age 3) and adults on horses and horseback riding. Instruction in basic riding, jumping, dressage, western riding and horsemanship is offered. There are also clinics and camps in the winter.

Draeger’s Cooking School

1010 University Drive, Menlo Park. 650685-3704 / Draeger’s Cooking School classes are taught by chefs and cover an array of regional cuisines, dishes and cooking skills. Music Together Menlo Park

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727 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. 650-3213494 / In addition to stocking supplies and giving private lessons in stitching, Old World Designs organizes project classes and “stitch-ins.”

The Riekes Center

3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park. 650-3642509 / A nonprofit organization, the Riekes Center provides a number of programs focused on self-enhancement for youth and adults: strength and speed fitness courses, adaptive sports, a class for musical bands, photography workshops and nature exploration, among other opportunities.



The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside are free, subject to editing and given priority. To submit a listing, email Editorial Assistant Anna Medina at amedina@paweekly. com or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

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Littlest Angels Preschool

1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. 650-8544973 / At the preschool, children ages 2 to 5 follow a Christian curriculum that encourages creative, emotional, intellectual, physical and social development. Lydian Academy

815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650-3210550 / Lydian Academy is a middle and high school offering individualized instruction that prepares students for the workforce and college. Lessons include a mix of oneon-one teaching and group sessions. It also provides tutoring, after-school and summer school programs. Phillips Brooks School

2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. 650-854-4545 / Phillips Brooks School, a coeducational day school teaching children in preschool through fifth grade that integrates social learning and provides individual instruction. In addition to core subjects, children can also study science, technology, music, art, library, physical education and Spanish. Sand Hill School

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. 650-688-3605 / Located at the Children’s Health Council, Sand Hill School teaches first- through eighth-grade children with languagebased learning differences and assists with attention and social difficulties. The school year begins in August.

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360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley. 650854-9065 / Woodland School is an innovative, projectbased school for students in early childhood through eighth grade that gives individualized attention, develops leadership skills and emphasizes the values of caring, respect and community.


1200 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park. 650-3306429 / JobTrain has a variety of training programs for adults — providing instruction in the culinary arts, business administration, health care work, web technology, construction and other fields — as well as programs specifically for youth, to help with GED preparation, job placement and vocational training. Sequoia District Adult School

3247 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. 650306-8866 / Sequoia District Adult Education holds classes in English as a second language and computer and business skills. Students can also earn a high school diploma or GED certificate. Counselors are available to help students transition to college programs.

Little House Activity Center

800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. 650-326-2025 / Little House Activity Center offers classes for adults of all ages on various topics and activities, including health and wellness for seniors; fitness exercises like line dancing and Pilates; ceramics, drawing and other arts; languages; history and culture; and computer skills.

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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)

THE PENINSULA’S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM 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 ) SUPER DISCOUNT LIQUOR & FOOD FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 274516 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Super Discount Liquor & Food, located at 850 Brewster Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063, San Mateo County. Registered owner(s): MJ FOOD & LIQUOR 2476 Amaryl Dr. San Jose, CA 95132 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 August 2, 2017. (ALM Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017)

997 All Other Legals 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 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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