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New Palo Alto mayor hopes to turn green into gold Pat Burt aims to link city’s environmental leadership with much-needed revenues by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto Mayor Pat Burt has never shied away from details, no matter how minute or how long it takes to digest them. In January 2009, Burt picked apart the proposed design of the controversial Alma Plaza development and offered his own configuration with wider streets and more parking spaces. In September, he convinced his City Council colleagues not to


approve a design for the Downtown Library because the library shelves wouldn’t hold enough books. In November, he recommended delaying a decision on an affordable-housing development at 801 Alma St., after project opponents suggested the council send the plans back to the Planning and Transportation Commission (Burt’s proposal failed and the project was approved).

It’s not as if he or other council members changed their minds on the merits of the project or of affordable-housing in general, he explained. He just wanted Pat Burt to make sure e ve r y t h i n g would be in its right place and the right procedure was being followed.

“It’s important that the belief that this is the correct procedural approach not be confused with a change in the outlook in this council on the fundamental merits of affordable housing project of a higherthan-usual density at this location,� Burt said in a typical Burt statement — wonky and idealistic. Burt’s approach to issues, which is always thorough, often technical and rarely expedient, hasn’t always endeared him to members of the public. His skepticism over the library plans and the council’s subsequent vote to continue studying the

proposal prompted former Library Advisory Commission Chair Suzy Thom to resign in frustration and to accuse the council of micromanaging the renovation project. Local developers, residents and even fellow council members often can’t help but roll their eyes when council members redesign a site map late at night or require extra approvals from other land-use groups. But as the council unanimously agreed Monday night, it’s precisely these qualities that make Pat Burt (continued on page 6)


Water plan meets with skepticism Palo Alto landscaping ordinance would limit turf, require more native plants by Gennady Sheyner


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Dean Maeda, who will be sworn in as Palo Alto’s new postmaster on Friday, stands inside the mailing distribution center at Palo Alto’s main post office on East Bayshore Road.


New Palo Alto postmaster to be sworn in Friday Son of former postmaster to carry on family tradition by Sue Dremann n Friday afternoon, when never have chosen a career with Dean Maeda is sworn in as the Postal Service.� Palo Alto’s new postmasA father of three, Maeda will ter at the main branch on East take over management of Palo Bayshore Road, the veteran mail Alto’s five post offices and its 228 carrier and manager will be fol- employees from retired Postmaslowing in his 80-year-old father’s ter John Kelly, who ran the stafootsteps. tions for nine years. “It’s sort of neat. I didn’t think The new job will offer chalI would get here,� Maeda, 47, said lenges in a stalled economy and in an interview earlier this week. as the Internet continues to erode “If it was not for my father I would traditional modes of communica-


tion, such as sending letters. But Maeda has plenty of experience, starting on the ground floor as a letter carrier in 1982 and working his way up through the ranks. He began at the Sunnyvale post office and studied business at De Anza College. When Maeda raises his hand to take the oath, his father, Johnny Maeda, who was postmaster at the same branch, will be there, he said. Maeda’s connection to the U.S. Postal Service is extensive. He is married to a letter carrier who works out of Sunnyvale, and some of her seven sisters are also letter carriers in San Jose. His father-inlaw is also a San Jose postal supervisor, he said. The Palo Alto postal work-

ers are “like my second family,� Maeda said. In his new role, Maeda said he will make subtle changes in the floor plan and how managers supervise workers. He will try to monitor delivery and complaints. A primary goal is to improve service and eliminate lines as quickly as possible, he said. “I know people don’t like to stand in lines — I’ve been in them myself,� he said. “Taking the postmaster oath of office is not just symbolic gesture but a sign of my commitment and dedication to serving the citizens of Palo Alto,� he said. But reaching his goals will be challenging, as he tries to improve (continued on page 6)

proposal by Palo Alto’s Utilities Department to save water by shrinking the size of people’s lawns was greeted with skepticism from the city’s Utilities Advisory Commission Wednesday night. The ordinance, drafted by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), would apply to landscaping projects in which the overall irrigated area is 1,000 square feet or larger. Single-family homes and non-residential projects would be included. The ordinance would limit the turf area allowed to 25 percent of the irrigated landscape. It would also require at least 80 percent of the plants in non-turf landscape to be native plants or plants that use little or no water. In both cases, an applicant could alternately develop and commit to a water budget. All landscapes greater than 5,000 square feet would require irrigation meters. The city’s utilities staff proposed adopting the ordinance and tying it to the city’s Green Building Program. Applicants would be required to meet the new water-efficiency guidelines in order to receive building permits. The commission did not vote on the proposal Wednesday night and is scheduled to continue its discussion in February. But several utilities commissioners argued that the (continued on page 5)



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Boom, there they go. — Maria De La Vega, superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, on charter schools drawing students away from traditional public schools. See story on page 3.

Around Town NAME GAMES ... Palo Alto is preparing for a fight against a PG&E-backed ballot initiative that would make it more difficult for cities with public utilities to purchase energy facilities outside the city limits. The ballot measure would require cities to obtain 2/3 voter approval before they could expand service or purchase facilities or transmissions outside the municipal jurisdiction. The proposal, filed under the egalitarian-sounding “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act,� was ultimately renamed “The New Two-Thirds Requirement for the Local Public Electricity Providers� by the state’s Office of the Attorney General. On Wednesday, the city’s Utilities Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council oppose the ballot measure. The commission agreed that there is absolutely no reason for Palo Alto to support a measure that would make it more difficult for the city to purchase backup transmission facilities. “I think the deceptive title that was used was reason enough to oppose it,� Commissioner Jonathan Foster said. LET THEM EAT CAKE ... The Palo Alto City Council has a reputation for thoroughness, often at the expense of sleep. Residents who wish to address the council on a particular issue often have to wait until past midnight to do so. Even council members occasionally succumb to drowsiness and leave before adjournment. By these standards, Monday’s meeting (which took about two hours) was a breeze. New council members were sworn in. Departing council members were celebrated. A new mayor and a vice mayor were elected. But some of the council’s four outgoing members were still surprised by how long the largely ceremonial meeting took. “I told my kids they’ll be eating cake at 7:45 p.m.,� said outgoing Councilman John Barton, who should’ve known better. “Who knew council meetings can run this long?� THE AFTERLIFE ... Bergmann’s Department Store in Midtown, Palo Alto, may have closed in 1992, but it’s found new life on Facebook. A fan page devoted

to the beloved business, which used to be located at 2741 Middlefield Road, boasts 838 friends, many of whom recalled favorite childhood memories of the shop with the wide central staircase. “I remember the food counter,� wrote Mindy Huff Olshefski. “My Mom and I would go there to have avocado, bacon and onion sandwiches.� Several Bergmann’s fans held their first jobs as stock boys and gift wrappers. Others spoke of the second-floor toy department, of buying Wax Lips, gym clothes and scouting uniforms. Amy George remembered the store’s “free donut� days. “My friends and I would go, then race home on our bikes and change our clothes to try to look different, and then ride back to get more donuts! I doubt we fooled them one bit.� YOU’VE BEEN WARNED ... The holiday season has come and gone, but Palo Alto’s Utilities Department still has some unclaimed gifts for local customers. The department has been giving away LED lights to residents in exchange for their standard Christmas lights. The goal is to promote energy efficiency and achieve long-term cost savings. The LED lights use 10 to 20 percent less energy than traditional lights, Utilities Director Valerie Fong said. The department has already given away about 700 of its 1,000 boxes. Fong also said a few customers told staff they were concerned about the warnings posted on the LED light boxes, which point out that the product contains lead. Fong attributed the warning to a California law that requires such notification. While Fong said it’s not clear whether the lead presents any danger, she said customers have been warned to wash their hands after they use the LED lights and to keep the lights away from children. She also said that just because the warning is there, doesn’t mean the LED lights are any more hazardous than regular lights. “Don’t assume holiday lights that don’t bear the warning labels are lead-free,� Fong said. “Older lights may not have been labeled and they still could contain some lead.� N

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Family of Officer Richard May furious about leak Defense attorneys release documents impugning May’s conduct, bypassing the court by Sue Dremann


he family of slain East Palo Alto Police Officer Richard May is outraged that the defense attorneys for May’s convicted killer, Alberto Alvarez, have leaked documents to a reporter that try to impugn May’s personal and professional character. One relative called the leak a “despicable� act, coming soon after a San Mateo County jury unanimously recommended the death sentence for Alvarez Dec. 22. Relatives of May told the Weekly Wednesday that the defense attorney had leaked documents to the press in an effort to damage May’s character. In pretrial motions, two separate judges had excluded information about an alleged October 2003 domestic dispute between May and his ex-wife that resulted in May’s brief arrest and a restraining order. There is no record of any prosecution of the allegations. A separate allegation of poor conduct while May was a Lompoc police officer was not presented during Alvarez’s trial because it would have been inflammatory, Eric Liberman, one of Alvarez’s two defense attorneys, said at the time. Liberman later told the Weekly the defense attorneys plan to bring up professional allegations against May during the final sentencing hearing on Feb. 2. He said they hope the court’s earlier preclusion of information about May’s past will lead to the case being thrown out or to a reduction of the sentence to life in prison. But May’s family and Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County senior deputy district attorney, are crying foul over the defense attorneys’ tactics of leaking the documents to a

reporter while not filing any motion in court and before providing any court motion to the prosecutor. On or about Jan. 5, Robinson reportedly approached Palo Alto Daily News reporter Jessica BernsteinWax with the documents, according to Wagstaffe. But Bernstein-Wax on Thursday denied having been approached by the defense attorneys. She said she had requested the documents four days prior.

Frank Merrill, May’s stepfather, told the Weekly he was approached for comment about the documents by Bernstein-Wax. Wagstaffe said the leaked information, as read to him by the reporter, appears to be a rehash of information the defense previously tried to get admitted into the trial, which was rejected by two judges. “It’s an interesting way to practice law. I’ve never heard of defense attorneys sending a legal motion to a reporter without filing it with the court and first serving it to an at-

torney. “It’s part of what we do. When you send something, you file it with the court. Otherwise, it’s just a press release,� Wagstaffe said. He called the information “very critical of a dead officer that in another circumstance, if the person was alive, would be defamatory.� Merrill called it “despicable� for the attorneys to leak the information after a conviction and sentence that was not in their client’s favor. He said the 2003 argument involving May’s ex-wife, Sarah Rivera, who was divorced from May in 1993, was witnessed by May’s current wife, Diana, and May’s mother. The women tried to call a police officer by cell phone, but the call was dropped. The officer, believing May’s mother hung up on him, decided to believe the exwife’s story, Merrill said. Of allegations relating to May’s record as a police officer in Lompoc, Calif., Merrill said, “There is nothing there. It’s just more of their defense claiming he was a rogue, violent cop.� Charles Robinson, Alvarez’s lead defense attorney, when asked for copies of the documents by the Weekly Wednesday, said he was not sure he could provide them. “I’ve just put them away. I’ll have to see if I can dig them out,� he said. He later said in an e-mail that he had purged the documents from his computer after copying them to a DVD and putting it with information to be stored. He said he could not again get to the information until late Thursday or Friday. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at


nance will be the foundation of how we’ll encourage people to use water more efficiency,� Eglash said. The ordinance discussion was prompted by a new California law that requires cities to adopt more stringent water standards for new landscape construction and rehabilitation projects. Under Assembly Bill 1881, cities that don’t create their own water-efficiency plans would automatically adopt the state’s “Model Ordinance� Jan. 1. But BAWSCA’s requirements would be even more stringent than the state’s. The state ordinance only applies to landscapes of 2,500 square feet or more in new and rehabilitation projects. Staff from the utilities department argued that the program would enable the city to comply with the state law and, at the same time, promote the city’s goal of water conservation. The city’s proposed ordinance would split projects into two tiers, based on their size. Applicants whose landscape size is above the 2,500-square-foot limit

would need to submit a special landscape and irrigation plan prepared by a licensed landscape professional. Those with landscapes smaller than 2,500 square feet would be allowed to create their own checklist. Vice Chair Asher Waldfogel suggested coming up with a program that affects more people but has a smaller impact on each. The state requires the city’s water-efficiency ordinances to be “at least as effective as� the state’s Model Ordinance. This broad directive gives Palo Alto great flexibility on how to achieve greater water efficiency, Waldfogel said. “I’d like to see us cast a wider but shallower net,� he said. “Rather than placing an onerous compliance burden, I’d like to see us take an approach where we try to get even a percent out of a broader net, other than setting a fairly complex and perpetual obligation on a few. “It strikes me as very unfair to single out just a few people.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@

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program would be too onerous and would apply to too few projects. Chair John Melton observed that some of the residents who participate in the Green Building Program only wish to renovate a kitchen or a bathroom. Requiring these applicants to replace their landscapes just because of the size of their properties struck him as unfair, he said. “To have them fall under the landscape ordinance when they’re not doing anything to their landscapes just doesn’t make sense,� Melton said. Commissioner Steve Eglash agreed and said it would take “hundreds of years for (the ordinance) to affect a proper number of residents.� The Green Building Ordinance only had 86 applicants in the past year, though that number is expected to spike in future years. “I think we’ll make a mistake as a city if we imagine that this ordi-

‘It’s an interesting way to practice law. I’ve never heard of defense attorneys sending a legal motion to a reporter without filing it with the court and first serving it to an attorney.’

—Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County senior deputy district attorney

East Palo Alto high-school proposal divides trustees Some fear charter schools could draw more students away from traditional public schools by Chris Kenrick ver since Ravenswood High School closed in 1976, East Palo Altans have wanted a high school of their own back. But a proposal to build a new 9th-12th grade campus — complete with a gym and athletic fields — on local school land has split the leadership of the K-8 Ravenswood City School District, which serves East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. The point of contention is that the new facility would not house a traditional public high school, but rather accommodate two existing charter high schools. Charters are also public schools, but they offer academic alternatives to students in the district. Currently, teenagers who choose to attend a traditional public high school must do so through the Sequoia Union High School District, which operates schools in cities from Menlo Park to San Carlos. In deciding whether to lease land for a high-school campus, Ravenswood trustees are caught in a bind. The deal would create a new high-school facility in East Palo Alto. But the charter high schools and their affiliated elementary schools could draw even more students — and state revenue — away from the K-8 Ravenswood district, which is already suffering from declining


enrollment. Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega said the charters would be able to boast a K-12 option. “They say to families ‘We have a K-12 program and a new high school campus,’ and boom, there they go,� De La Vega said. Trustee John Bostic agreed: “If our community becomes the redlight district for charter schools, is that going to deplete our ability to run a school district?� But Ravenswood Trustee Larry Moody argued in favor of pursuing the charter campus idea. “We have an opportunity to do something here, and our children are not faring well under the system we have, being sent way over to Woodside High and all the way to Carlmont in San Carlos,� he said. The dropout rate of Ravenswood students attending public high schools west of U.S. Highway 101 is about 65 percent. At charters, the rate is dramatically lower. The proposal to build the new campus comes from the Sequoia district, which is required by state law to provide facilities for the two charter high schools currently operating in East Palo Alto. They are the Stanford Universi(continued on page 7)




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a quintessential Palo Altan and the perfect councilmember to steer the city through what promises to be a financially grueling year. As a nineyear member of the Planning and Transportation Commission, Burt developed a fluency in the language of land use. As a board member on the Peninsula Cities Consortium (a group that focuses on California’s proposed high-speed rail project) and on the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (which seeks to enhance protection from creek flooding), he is well versed in regional issues that could affect Palo Altans. As chair of the council’s Finance Committee in 2009, Burt knows the city’s bleak budget numbers as well as any council member and better than most. Burt’s accomplishments in his private life have as much to do with his election as mayor as his years of public service, Councilman Larry Klein said Monday. Burt is the president of Acteron, a San Carlos-based high-tech company that specializes in plating, coating and anodizing. The business has a reputation for environmental leadership and has won awards from organizations such as Acterra and Sustainable San Mateo County for its green accomplish-

ments, which include recycling 99 percent of its waste. “Pat is not only a local guy, but someone whose whole ethos is in keeping with what we are in Palo Alto,� Klein said. “He’s someone who cares about Palo Alto and who wants to be in a business that helps improve our society.� A son of two schoolteachers, Burt was born in San Louis Obispo, lived in Gilroy, Santa Cruz and Sunnyvale and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in English and threw the discus. But Palo Alto has never been far from his mind. His grandparents lived in Palo Alto, and he recalls making frequent trips to the city to visit the Children’s Theatre, the Junior Museum & Zoo and Mitchell Park. His first job was working at a concession stand at Stanford University as a 9 year old. Later, as a high-school student, he worked at local supermarkets. Burt, 58, bought a house in College Terrace in 1984 but later moved to the University South neighborhood, where he served as president of the neighborhood association. He took part in the group that created the South of Forest Avenue (SOFA) plan — a zoning document that ultimately resulted in the city building Heritage Park, a child care facility and other amenities in the downtown

neighborhood. His conduct on the SOFA plan won him praise Monday from newly elected Councilwoman Karen Holman, who served with Burt both in the SOFA group and on the Planning and Transportation Commission. Minutes after he was elected mayor, Burt proposed expanding the role of the council’s Policy and Services Committee, renewing an effort to pass a business-license tax, resuming the citywide conversation about building new police headquarters and reducing Palo Alto’s infrastructure backlog. He also said one of his major goals as mayor will be to promote transparency and to bring the wider community into the city’s decisionmaking process. Burt also said he wants to continue the city’s plethora of green initiatives and, at the same time, find ways to turn Palo Alto’s cleantech leadership into much-needed revenues. “Palo Alto is seeing a convergence of the environmental values that we hold as a city and city government, that the community holds and what’s in our economic best interests,� Burt said. “That’s something I think is a great opportunity that I hope we all embrace.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@

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at Burt was elected mayor Monday night by a unanimous Palo Alto City Council at a packed meeting laden with goodwill and resolutions of appreciation — and some budgetary warnings. Councilman Sid Espinosa was elected vice mayor, also unanimously, in front of a crowd of more than 200 spectators. A standing-room-only crowd of residents and dignitaries attended Monday’s ceremonial meeting to welcome new council members Karen Holman, Gail Price, Nancy Shepherd and Gregory Scharff. Councilman Larry Klein, who now has four more years of council experience than the other eight members combined, was sworn in for his fourth term on the city’s policymaking body. Both Burt and Espinosa received enthusiastic ovations from a crowd spilling out of the chambers and into the hallway. There were no other nominees for the council’s two leadership positions. Klein, who nominated Burt, praised his experience at running meetings as chair of council’s Fi-


nance Committee, his upbringing in the Silicon Valley and his commitment to environmental leadership both on the council and in private life. Espnosa’s election to vice chair was equally predictable and uncontroversial. A two-year council member, Espinosa works as director of citizenship at Microsoft and has strong relationships with local business and environmental groups. Espinosa was also one of the leaders of the successful 2008 campaign to rebuilt local libraries. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd, who nominated Espinosa for vice mayor, cited Espinosa’s chairmanship of the council’s Policy and Service Committee in 2009 and said his election to vice mayor would be a perfect fit for him. Councilman Yiaway Yeh also praised Espinosa for his seamless integration into the Palo Alto community. Both Burt and Espinosa spent the bulk of their speeches citing the challenges ahead, chief among which is the city’s structural budget deficit and the inevitable service cuts the city will have to make in

the coming year. Burt also praised Palo Alto for its environmental leadership and suggested that its status as a “green� leader could be the key to economic recovery. Burt also said that as mayor he will seek to create an environment for “constructive dialogue� in which the public and the council both feel like they’re being treated fairly. “For me, I think the primary purpose of the mayor is to help enable the council as a whole and the community to move forward on its many challenges,� Burt said. The council was also joined by a variety of state dignitaries in praising outgoing council members Peter Drekmeier, Jack Morton, Yoriko Kishimoto and John Barton. Drekmeier was lauded for his leadership on environmental issues, while Kishimoto was praised for her involvement in local and regional transportation projects. Barton’s resolution called him as a “champion of smart growth� and a “strong advocate for the underserved.� Morton’s singled out his passionate commitment to community service and “fiscal accountability.� N — Gennady Sheyner


Palo Alto’s post offices were impacted by the downturn as companies reduced the volume of product they shipped, he said. But overall, parcel volume is increasing over letters, he said. Maeda was the main station’s manager for about five years. A good manager is “someone who thinks things out and makes the right decision,� he said. That includes listening to and appreciating

his employees. “The employees are the ones doing the majority of the work,� he said. The public is invited to Maeda’s swearing-in ceremony, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. at 2085 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. N

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services with reduced staffing and fewer supervisors, he said. “These days, we’re trying to maintain the revenue and balance costs at the same time. The way things have been going with the Internet, the mail volume is reduced,� he said.

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Bomb threat empties Palo Alto City Hall


About 350 city employees evacuated due to 10:05 a.m. bomb threat

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ty-run East Palo Alto Academy High School and the East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, managed by Aspire Public Schools. The Stanford high school leases the aging campus of the former Menlo Oaks Elementary School, and Phoenix Academy operates out of a former warehouse. Sequoia is seeking a large site — perhaps under long-term lease from the Ravenswood district — where it could build a campus offering athletic fields and a shared modern gym, something the charter high schools currently lack. “We have two options,� Sequoia district trustee Don Gibson told the Ravenswood board in a recent study session. “We can build separate, smaller ‘pocket facilities’ or we can find a larger parcel and make it as close to a comprehensive high school as possible. “We’re looking to build facilities the community can use. We’re kind of waiting to see what you’re thinking� about leasing space for a high school campus, Gibson told Ravenswood board members. If a large site is not available, Gibson said the Sequoia district has identified smaller parcels in East Palo Alto where it is poised to build separate facilities for the two charter schools. The K-8 Ravenswood district for years has battled declining enrollment and the resulting loss of state revenue. But district leaders say they hope to reverse the trend because of new housing planned for East Palo Alto and the district’s plan to improve academic achievement. Enrollment last September was 3,427 students, down more than 18 percent from five years ago. The district loses nearly a thousand students a year to the Tinsley

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A bomb threat made by an anonymous caller prompted Palo Alto officials to evacuate City Hall on Thursday morning. The caller spoke to a police dispatcher at 10:05 a.m., at about the same time that a moderate earthquake shook up Palo Alto. The caller warned that the bomb would go off in about hour. It did not. Police Lt. Sandra Brown said workers were asked to leave the building at about 10:40 a.m. as a precautionary measure. Bomb-sniffing dogs from Stanford, San Jose and Sunnyvale were called in to search the eight-story structure and the three garage levels. As of 12:30 p.m., no bombs were located. A section of Bryant Street between Hamilton and Forest avenues was closed to traffic while City Hall was searched. N — Gennady Sheyner





Hundreds of city employees evacuated City Hall after a bomb threat was called in Thursday morning. Dozens of them congregated next to the Downtown Library, across the street from City Hall. Voluntary Transfer Program, which allows 160 non-white kindergarteners each fall to exit the district and enroll in neighboring Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other area school districts as far north as Belmont. The Tinsley program is the result of a 1986 settlement of a desegregation case brought by Margaret Tinsley. Ravenswood’s traditional schools also lose students to charter, private and parochial schools. District leaders plan a marketing campaign to lure local families back into neighborhood schools. “First we need to improve, then we need to sell ourselves,� Trustee Sharifa Wilson said.

“We’re trying to capture the middle-class families that are living in our community,� Moody said. “We have data that show we’re not (capturing them), but we know they are living among us.� “We need to advertise like the charter schools,� said Trustee Marcelino Lopez. “Every time we go to a parents meeting we’ve got to sell our schools. When I went to the Child Development Center (a district-run preschool), most of the parents were talking about Tinsley.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at

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Palo Alto has agreed to pay $1.45 million to a resident who was permanently injured in an accident caused by a city worker reaching for his cell phone while driving, Deputy City Attorney Donald Larkin has confirmed. Silvio Obregon was injured Sept. 6, 2006, according to his attorney, Larry Nagelberg. His pickup truck was rear-ended when city utilities worker Ruben Salas looked away from the road and crashed his cityowned vehicle into the back of Obregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck. The accident took place while Obregon was stopped at a red light on Oregon Expressway and Middlefield Road. Obregon, who sustained spinal-cord injuries, cannot work at his job as a supervisor for a janitorial services company, where he worked for 20 years, Nagelberg said. Obregon must wear a surgically implanted electronic stimulator to reduce the back pain and has peripheral neuropathy, a painful nerve condition, due to his injuries, his lawyer said. Obregon originally asked for $5 million, Larkin said. The agreement was reached Sept. 23, 2009, and finalized Dec. 17, according to court documents. The lawsuit was originally filed in June 2007. Michael Servarian, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hired attorney, said there were three mediation sessions, and it was only at the mandatory settlement conference, five to six days before the scheduled start of a trial, that a settlement was reached. Larkin said the city paid Obregon $1 million from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selfinsurance retention fund. The balance of $450,000 was paid by the Association of Cities and Counties Excess Liability (ACCEL) fund, which is a joint government-agency risk-pool fund. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

Tentative settlement reached in Caltrain death More than two years after Maria de Jesus Nieblas was killed by a train after her car stopped at the West Meadow Drive crossing, the City of Palo Alto, Caltrain and Amtrak have reached a tentative agreement to settle the case with the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. The sum: $51,500 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $1,500 from Palo Alto and $50,000 from the two rail agencies. The city also would pay $3,608.33, the cost of mediation, according to Deputy City Attorney Donald Larkin. A tentative settlement was made during mediation Nov. 2. It still needs to be signed by all parties and approved by the court, which could occur in the coming weeks, according to David Miller, general counsel for Caltrain. Nieblas, 21, of Sunnyvale, was waiting at the West Meadow crossing in her Toyota Camry at 4:40 p.m. June 28, 2007, when the arm descended to let a northbound express train pass. Witnesses said Nieblasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; car, facing westward, was pulled too far forward and the gate came down onto the roof of her car. The Camry lurched forward into the speeding trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path, they said, perhaps because she panicked. Nieblasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family filed suit, arguing the intersection was not properly marked for a driver to be aware that he or she was crossing train tracks. The suit also argued a right turn should not be allowed at the intersection, Larkin said. The city has no plans to change signage or markings at the crossing. Palo Alto spent $20,000 to $30,000 in legal fees on the suit, Larkin said. The city and rail officials settled the suit in part to avoid a costly legal battle, he said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

Page Mill Properties buildings face auction Notices of sale went up on the Page Mill Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; East Palo Alto apartment buildings Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., adding a new layer of uncertainty for residents of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest property owner. Page Millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,800 rental units are scheduled to go on the auction block on Feb. 1, according to East Palo Alto Mayor David Woods. He spent most of the day conversing with residents and found most are not too worried, he said. Woods has received assurances from Well Fargo Bank, which gave Page Mill the multi-million-dollar loan for the apartments, that if the properties go to a trustee sale, tenants would not face increases in their rents or mass evictions during the process, he said. Page Mill missed a $50 million balloon payment in September. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

Stanford professor earns Presidential Award Stanford University chemistry Professor Richard Zare was at the White House Wednesday to pick up an award for mentoring in science. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science, was one of 22 nationwide recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The annual award, administered by the National Science Foundation, recognizes mentors who give their time, encouragement and expertise for the academic and personal development of science or engineering students who are minorities in their fields. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris Kenrick


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Analysts: Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals unlikely to be achieved Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck â&#x20AC;&#x153;a realistic and conciliatory toneâ&#x20AC;? with his State of the State address Wednesday, according to Palo Alto-based economist and Palo Alto Online blogger Stephen Levy. (Posted Jan. 7 at 8:16 a.m.)

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Suspect in East Palo Alto shooting is arraigned A 23-year-old man accused of shooting two other men at a party in East Palo Alto over the weekend has been arraigned on felony charges in San Mateo County Superior Court, a deputy district attorney said Tuesday. (Posted Jan. 5 at 5:10 p.m.)

Proposal in Menlo Park would restrict lawn size A political battle is brewing in Menlo Park between environmentalists and property rights advocates over residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lawns, with one side saying a proposed ordinance goes too far, while the other saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;belttighteningâ&#x20AC;? is needed due to climate change. (Posted Jan. 5 at 3:29 p.m.)

Gunmen rob Kragen Auto in Mountain View Police say two men brandishing a handgun robbed the Kragen Auto Parts on California Street in Mountain View last Saturday morning, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash. (Posted

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Menlo Park police seek driver in hit-and-run A black Acura hit a large tree, knocked down a fence, tore through a lawn and smashed into three parked cars in a driveway on San Mateo Drive near Middle Avenue in Menlo Park Sunday, according to Menlo Park police. (Posted Jan. 4 at 3:10 p.m.)

Holiday Fund entering final stretch Amidst an environment of economic uncertainty, there could not be a more critical time to support the non-profit organizations that are working tirelessly to meet the needs of families and children in our area. More than 300 donors though Dec. 28 totaling $87,317 with match $174,634 has been raised for the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. (Posted Jan. 4 at 11:20 a.m.)

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Utilities Advisory Commission (Jan. 6)

Water efficiency: The commission discussed a staff proposal for a new water-efficiency ordinance for landscaping at new and rehabilitated developments. Commissioners will continue the discussion at their February meeting. Action: None Ballot initiative: The commission voted to recommend opposing a ballot initiative backed by PG&E that would create a 2/3 voter requirement for public electricity providers. Yes: Unanimous

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Palo Alto Dec. 23-Jan. 5 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Assault w/deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bomb threat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse/physical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Family battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sex crime/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Terrorist thread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Theft related Credit-card fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . .7 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Stolen/lost plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 N&D possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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NEWBORN CARE 101 This interactive program teaches the speciďŹ cs of newborn care including bathing, swaddling, soothing, and more. Infant doll models are used to allow for hands-on practice. - Saturday, February 27: 9:00 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:00 pm

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4(%,-!!),%%.34%6%.3 Thelma Aileen Stevens died at her home on December 25, 2009, at the age of 90. Aileen grew up in Patterson, California. She received her nursing degree from Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland. In 1944 she married Palo Alto educator Andrew C. Stevens. Together they raised two children, Kathleen Rae and John Craig, in the Bay Area. Aileen was active in the PEO Sisterhood and volunteered at the Allied Arts Guild in Palo Alto for many years. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen R. Hall, ďŹ ve grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was a blessing to all who knew her. PA I D



!5'534  $%#%-"%2  Carolyn Long was rich according to Darwin, who wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.â&#x20AC;? We like this description. Carolyn would have called it sexist. Carolyn was a dear friend to many in Palo Alto. Her friends liked her optimism and conversational abilities. She was loyal. She never seemed old even when she was. She kept current but refused to use a computer. She used balsamic vinegar on tomatoes before most of us could pronounce it. Carolyn retired after decades of teaching at several Palo Alto schools, including Gunn Senior High. She grew up in Alaska and Washington. She lived through the 1964 Alaska earthquake. She never married and had no siblings. She kept abreast of her younger cousins. She had many interests. She loved walking on the beach, and played golf in her later years. Well read, she always belonged to a book club. She played in two bridge clubs, followed the lecture circuit, and enjoyed the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony. She volunteered at the library. She traveled the world. She loved art museums, gardens and good food. Carolyn loved red wine. She despised George Bush. She was pleased to outlive his presidency. She kept an admirable attitude while ďŹ ghting cancer for most of the last 13 years. Her life will be celebrated at a private service. Remembrances may be sent in her name to: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, California 94303. PA I D


Robert R. Augsburger dies Dec. 31

Former Stanford vice president and open-space leader dies of brain tumor


obert R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;? Augsburger, a former vice president of Stanford University and the first executive director of the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), died Dec. 31 at his Portola Valley home of a brain tumor. He was 83. Augsburger was raised in Canton, Ohio, graduated from Purdue University and Case Western Reserve University Law School. He worked for the Glidden Company in Cleveland as director of financial relations and manager of corporate pension funds.

In 1963 he became vice president for the investment firm of Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette in New York. He was instrumental in taking DLJ public in 1970, making it the first publicly traded investment firm in the United States. In 1971, Augsburger entered into his longstanding relationship with Stanford as vice president of business and finance. He had to walk the line between student dissent, conservative stakeholders and faculty members that objected to his private-sector views. Augsburger supervised Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significant real estate holdings. In 1972 and 1973, he worked with McAndrews to renovate and expand Stanford Shopping Center, a major income source for the univer-

6)6)!.(!2,!. Vivian Harlan, longtime resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on December 23rd. She succumbed from a long term illness surrounded by loving family members. Vivian was the eldest daughter and third child born to the late Victoria and Hugo Erickson. Vivian was born February 11th, 1921 in Palo Alto where she spent her childhood; upon graduation from Palo Alto High School, she brieďŹ&#x201A;y attended San Jose State. In 1941, Vivian met and married her future husband, the late retired Colonel John Harlan who, at the time, was a young instructor pilot stationed at Moffet Field. At the end of WWII, John and Vivian located to the Palo Alto/Menlo Park area to settle and raise their family. Vivian was a devoted homemaker and later, with children grown, pursued a career as a realtor most notably with Taylor Properties, Menlo Park. Vivian is sister to the late Victor Erickson of Los Altos and Adolph Erickson, Dallas, TX. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Gullixson who currently resides in Santa Rosa. Vivian is mother to Patricia Solari of Sunnyvale, John Harlan, Jr., San Antonio, TX and Elizabeth Hemmerling, Menlo Park. She is grandmother to Eric and Katherine Hemmerling; Lindsey Harlan; Christopher, Ryan and Bradley Solari. Vivian is also survived by great-grandchildren Carissa and Kenneth Solari. Graveside services for family and friends Noon on Wednesday, December 30th at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Arrangements with Roller Hapgood and Tinney Funeral Home in Palo Alto.



$%!."%2.!2$3+!,,))) Dean Bernard Skall lll, died 12/30/09 in Mountian View in the home of a friend. The exact cause of his death is pending. Dean was due to turn 30 on Sunday. Dean struggled in the last decade with a heroin use. He was hopeful for a more productive life. He was released from prison on 12/26/09. He cared for the friends of his youth at Addison Elementary School and Gunn. Growing up on Webster Street, his red hair made him easy to recognize and despite living just a few doors from Addison was often late to school. He had his own way of doing everything, even when it was the hard way. Recently

he lived in PaciďŹ c Grove to be closer to his mother Andrea Sutherland and grandmother Barbara Anast where he worked as a cook. Dean is survived by his sister, Ciara, brother Max and stepfather, Steven Salmon. Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other surviving family members included aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss him. He is preceded in death by his father John W. Skall and grandparents Dean B. Skall Jr. and Jean Williston Skall. He joins his twin brother Karl in heaven. Dean had an ironic sense of humor, loved to cook. Dean told his mother he had learned something from everyone he every loved. Services are pending, please say a prayer for Dean, that the peace that eluded him in life is ďŹ nally found. For info PA I D

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sity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; transforming it into one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most upscale shopping destinations. As a Portola Valley resident, Augsburger developed an appreciation for nearby open spaces, including Stanford lands such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Dishâ&#x20AC;? and Webb Ranch. His vision of land use, following the Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Townâ&#x20AC;? model, was to condense development in quasi-urban centers to preserve open space elsewhere. This led him to join Ward Paine in 1977 in founding POST, a nonprofit organization that links landowners, donors and government agencies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; working closely with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). As POSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first executive director, Augsburger established priority lists for land acquisition. He put POST on the map with two important projects, including Windy Hill, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benchâ&#x20AC;? (his preference rather than his full name) provides a place for hikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to rest and take in the views. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob brought to POST a passion for conservation, a knowledge of his community, a deep network of friends and colleagues, and an entrepreneurial spirit, all of which set up the organization for long-term success,â&#x20AC;? Audrey Rust, POSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current executive director, said of Augsburgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;POST and I have benefitted greatly from Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;get it doneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attitude.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we look back at the early days of POST, I realize how far ahead of his time Bob was in looking to preserve land, especially in the Bay Area,â&#x20AC;? Sue Crane, a former POST board member and cofounder of Ridge Vineyards, said. In 1982, Augsburger was instrumental in creation of the Land Trust Exchange, a national organization of private land trusts now known as the Land Trust Alliance, representing 1,700 land trusts that (continued on next page)

$22)#(!2$3-)4( Dr. Richard Smith, 85, died on Sunday, Dec. 13th at his home in Oakland after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a faculty member of the Geology & Natural Sciences Dept. at San Jose State University for almost 40 years until retiring in 1995 and was a longtime member of the National Assoc. of Geoscience Teachers. A memorial service will be held Jan. 16th at 1 PM at First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto, 600 Homer St. For a full obituary go online to PA I D


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have protected more than 37 million acres. Ausgburger also was active in other nonprofit organizations, serving as a trustee of Hidden Villa, an educational organization in Los Altos Hills, and as President of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Council board. An opera and theatre enthusiast, he served as senior adviser for National Arts Stabilization, an arts -management group to help art organizations build a strategic foundation for funding. In recent years, Augsburger served as a lecturer at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graduate School of Business (GSB), teaching courses in nonprofit management. In retirement, Augsburgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s served as an officer of the Stanford Historical Society â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his pet project was the history of the Stanford endowment fund. Prior to his death, he was collecting material on the important financial developments that have made education possible at Stanford and had hoped to write a book on the subject. He also served on the advisory board of the Stanford GSB Oral History Program. In his final home at the Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adjacent to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he worked to develop onsite assisted living and memory facilities for Sequoias residents. In his one-year term as president of the Residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Council, Augsburger was responsible for a major overhaul and reinvigoration of the Sequoias committee system. He played on the lawnbowling team and was a member of the Tuesday night poker group, and was known for his outlandish costumes at the annual Sequoias Halloween party. Augsburger is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean Ann Augsburger; sons David and John; daughter Jane McLaughlin; and four grandchildren, Patrick, Ian, Carolyne and Sabina. A memorial service is pending.

Elizabeth Haggerty Elizabeth (Bettie) Haggerty, 88, died of pneumonia Dec. 27 at Sunny View Manor in Cupertino, where she had lived for the past several years. She was a purchasing agent for Singer Electronics and lived in Palo Alto for many years. She enjoyed bowling, golf, gardening and was an accomplished seamstress. She is survived by a grandson, Tony Harris of Thornton, Colo.; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association.

Jean Scott Jean Scott (Barbara Jean Scott), 81, of Palo Alto, died from chronic lung problems Dec. 29. She was born in Idaho Springs, Colo., to Frank (Pop) and Velma Cranmer, and was raised in Colorado, Arizona and California. She married the love of her life,

Charles Scott, shortly after WWII. They raised their children in Alaska and California, where he was stationed with the Coast Guard. The family moved to Palo Alto in 1960, where Jean became active in the PTA, Campfire Girls, Covenant Presbyterian Church, and community affairs. A tireless volunteer for her church and other organizations, she was always cheerful and upbeat. She was the person everyone called when something needed doing, and she always found the time to help others, loved ones said. She spearheaded the campaign to turn the former neighborhood drive-in movie theater into what is now Greer Park, an ongoing city project. She remained active up until her final illness, working in the

food closet, volunteering through Avenidas, and going to concerts. She was a wonderful cook, and loved her garden and the outdoors. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles Scott of Palo Alto; children (Charles Jr., Judy and Donna); five grandchildren; three siblings; and dozens of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23. Donations in her memory are being accepted by Sempervirens to the Jean Scott Redwood Tribute Fund (650-968-4509; sempervirens. org) and by the Jean Scott Memorial Fund at Covenant Presbyterian Church (650-494-1760;

NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON THE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION FOR TWO TERMS ENDING MARCH 31, 2013 AND ONE UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING MARCH 31, 2012 (Terms of Hirsch Khan, Hamilton, and Mora) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Human Relations Commission from persons interested in serving in one of two terms ending March 31, 2013, or one unexpired term ending March 31, 2012. Eligibility Requirements: Composed of seven members who are not Council Members, ofďŹ cers or employees of the City, who are residents of the City, and who shall be appointed by the Council. Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Duties: The Human Relations Commission has the discretion to act with respect to any human relations matter when the Commission ďŹ nds that any person or group does not beneďŹ t fully from public or private opportunities or resources in the community, or is unfairly or differently treated due to factors of concern to the Commission: a) public or private opportunities or resources in the community include, but are not limited to, those associated with ownership and rental of housing, employment, education and governmental services and beneďŹ ts; and b) factors of concern to the Commission include, but are not limited to, socioeconomic class or status, physical condition or handicap, married or unmarried state, emotional condition, intellectual ability, age, sex, sexual preference, race, cultural characteristics, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship, and religious, conscientious or philosophical belief. The Commission shall conduct such studies and undertake such responsibilities as the Council may direct. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s OfďŹ ce, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 329-2571 or may be obtained on the website at http://www. Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s OfďŹ ce is 5:30 p.m., January 27, 2010. If an incumbent does not apply, the deadline will be extended to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2010.


PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETINGCOUNCIL CHAMBERS JANUARY 11, 2010 - 6:00 PM 1. CLOSED SESSION: Labor 7:30 P.M. or as near thereafter as possible 2. Adoption of a Resolution of Appreciation to Karen Holman for Her Years of Service on the Planning & Transportation Commission 3. Proclamation for the 25th Anniversary of Gamble Gardens 4. Rejection of Proposals and Authorization to Re-Solicit Proposals for Redesigning and Rebuilding of Gas Receiving Stations 1, 2, and 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Capital Improvement Program Projects GS-09000, GS08000, and GS-10000 5. Review and Acceptance of Annual Status Report on Developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Fees for Fiscal Year 2009 6. Approval of Amendment No. Two to Contract No. C07116703 Between the City of Palo Alto and C-Way Custodian Services to Increase the Annual Compensation Amount by $52,192 for a Total Annual Compensation Amount of $577,820 to Provide New Custodial Collection Services at Selected City Facilities 7. 2ND READING Adoption of Ordinance Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code (The Zoning Map) to Change the ClassiďŹ cation of Property Known as 2180 El Camino Real from Neighborhood Commercial (CN) District to PC Planned Community for a Mixed Use Project Having 57,900 Square Feet of Floor Area for a Grocery Store (Intended for JJ&F Market), Other Retail Space, OfďŹ ce Space, and Eight Affordable Residential Units, with Two Levels of Below-Grade Parking Facilities and Surface Parking Facilities for the College Terrace Centre, and Approval of Design Enhancement Exceptions to Allow a Sign Spire and Gazebo Roof to Exceed the 35-Foot Height Limit, and to Allow Encroachment into a Minimum Setback on Oxford Avenue (First reading December 7, 2009â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Passed 8-1, Kishimoto-No) 8. 2ND READING Adoption of Ordinance Repealing Chapter 16.18 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.18 Establishing Local Energy EfďŹ ciency Standards for Certain Buildings and Improvements Covered by the 2008 California Energy Code (First reading October 19, 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Passed 8-0 Barton absent) 9. Adoption of a Resolution to Provide a Supplemental Military Leave BeneďŹ t to Pay for the Differential Between Regular Salary and Military Pay and to Extend Employee BeneďŹ ts (as applicable) to Employees Called to Active Duty 10. Approval of an Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and the Family Resources Foundation in Palo Alto for Mutual Cooperation and Support 11. Request for Referral of an Application to Rename Lytton Plaza to the Parks and Recreation Commission Subject to the Provisions of City Policy 1-15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Facility Naming and Renaming 12. Approval of a Three Year Period Contract with G&K Services in the Amount of $465,000 for Uniform Rental and Laundry Services 13. PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Government Code Section 30061, Title 3, Division 3, Relating to the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund, to Consider the Police Chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Request to Purchase Computer Forensic Software, Global Positioning Devices, Radio Earpieces, Remote Area Lighting Systems, Patrol Team Operation Kits, Replacement K-9 Unit, and Additional Funding for the Crime Scene Evidence Collection Vehicle (continued from 12/14/09) 14. PUBLIC HEARING Approval of a Request for On-Site Use of 1,146 Sq Ft of a 5,668 Sq Ft â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Bonusâ&#x20AC;? from a Proposed Historic Rehabilitation and Seismic RetroďŹ t and Record of Land Use Action, to Increase the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of a Property Listed on the Palo Alto Historic Inventory as a Category II Historic Resource and on the Seismic Structures Inventory as a Seismic Category II Building, Located at 661 Bryant. This Request is Authorized Pursuant to PAMC 18.18.070 15. PUBLIC HEARING on Objections to Weed Abatement and Adoption of a Resolution Ordering Weed Nuisance Abated At This Point in the Proceedings, the City Council will Adjourn to a Special Meeting as the Palo Alto Redevelopment Agency R-1. Annual Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Approval of Redevelopment Agency Annual Report *>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;>Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;n]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;U Page 13


Palo Alto mandate for open communication New City Council needs to tackle a decades-old issue of more timely release of staff reports before council meetings to build community trust


or decades, residents, neighborhood groups and local newspapers have pushed for earlier release of city staff reports relating to City Council agenda items, without success. The city is still stuck on releasing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;council packetâ&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Thursday for meetings the following Monday night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a schedule dating from the 1950s when print was the only alternative. A good effort in 2001 and 2002 to get staff reports out sooner faltered in the face of departmental difficulties in meeting earlier deadlines. It suffered from inadequate council and administrative support and was abandoned. As we have said before, issuing staff reports on significant topics just days before a meeting where they are to be considered is unfair to the public. It invites suspicion on the part of the many Palo Altans who follow city business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when items affect their homes, neighborhoods or community services. The media and neighborhood groups just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to get the word out when important policy issues are to be discussed or decided. Even worse is a practice by some developers of coming in at the last minute with significant changes to projects before the council, even hand-delivered on the night of the council meeting. New Mayor Pat Burt Monday night made earlier notification a specific priority â&#x20AC;&#x153;to establish trustâ&#x20AC;? in the council and city. Other council members, including four new members who were sworn in Monday night, have listed early notification as a priority. Burtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall goal is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;try to achieve greater transparency and accessibility of government.â&#x20AC;? In addition to earlier release of council packets, he said the council should â&#x20AC;&#x153;have our meetings at a time when the public is still awake and the council is still awake.â&#x20AC;? At long last, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wake-up callâ&#x20AC;? on the need for better, more timely communication. With electronic distribution, staff reports should be available online at least seven to 10 days before the meeting where the matter covered is to be considered, with reports available as soon as they are completed rather than in a big, multi-pound lump of information. When, for whatever reason, reports on significant matters canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out a week beforehand, then the matter should automatically be postponed a week, except perhaps in rare â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergencyâ&#x20AC;? situations where a tight deadline is involved. Each agenda should have some time for â&#x20AC;&#x153;spilloverâ&#x20AC;? items from a prior agenda if reports arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready. When a developer comes in with substantial last-minute changes to a plan, the same policy should apply: an automatic postponement of the entire item. This would be an important incentive to developers to share information about changes in their projects in a timely manner, not â&#x20AC;&#x153;game the systemâ&#x20AC;? to try to avoid or minimize criticism. Burtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second point about doing city business when everyone is awake is a great one. He is not the first to raise that issue: As far back as the 1960s, former Councilman Kirke Comstock would gather up his papers at 11 p.m. and bid his colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goodnight, in a polite protest that after that time council membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brains turn to pumpkin seeds. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;efficiencyâ&#x20AC;? of council meetings is an important but separate issue. It may relate to the size of the large nine-member council, but it definitely relates to how long each council member speaks to each item. Sometimes, well-edited brief comments are more effective than lengthy commentaries. But earlier information release should be the first priority of this council and administration. It is a vital component of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;civic engagementâ&#x20AC;? priority of recent years, as if that were really needed in activism-rich Palo Alto. It is especially important if the city wants to increase the level of constructive engagement rather than the often negative criticisms heaped on city leaders. It is encouraging to see the unanimity in the election of Mayor Pat Burt and Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa, both of whom have demonstrated solid leadership skills and a broad base of knowledge about the community, its serious budget problems, energy needs, and land-use and demographic patterns. The council and community face huge economic challenges this year, and improved, more timely communication will be a key tool in dealing with those challenges. Page 14Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;>Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;n]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

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Kishimotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership Editor, The Weekly named former Palo Alto mayor and state-assembly hopeful Yoriko Kishimoto â&#x20AC;&#x153;coalition builder of the yearâ&#x20AC;? for her work uniting cities on high-speed rail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kishimoto soaked up information, made connections ... organized community meetings ... â&#x20AC;&#x153; Too bad she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do all that before writing the October 2008 colleagues memo (with Larry Klein), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Request for the City Council to Support State Proposition 1A,â&#x20AC;? urging all citizens to vote for HSR. Conveniently, after HSRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative impacts became apparent and Peninsula residents were up in arms, Kishimoto ran to the head of the parade and declared herself its leader. In February 2009, at a meeting of the VTA Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee, Chairwoman Kishimoto â&#x20AC;&#x153;noted it may be a good idea to release a Memorandum of Understanding among HSR affected cities ... containing baseline common interests regarding HSR.â&#x20AC;? One of the common interests noted was â&#x20AC;&#x153;more time to review the plan.â&#x20AC;? Why didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Kishimoto review the plan before urging us to vote for it? There were certainly indications of problems. In September 2008 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before Kishimoto wrote her colleagues memo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly 200 people showed up at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, voicing concerns about HSR. Why wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Kishimoto uniting with other communities back then? Now that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running for state Assembly, Kishimotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s press â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to â&#x20AC;&#x153;awardsâ&#x20AC;? like the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paints her as the heroine of Peninsula cities, lauded for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;leadership.â&#x20AC;? If HSR is an example of Kishimotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, heaven help us if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elected to the state Assembly. Pat Marriott Oakhurst Avenue Los Altos

Plaza entertainment Editor, After Lytton Plaza re-opened, a choir of teenagers from a Mountain View church provided a marvelous program of Christmas carols. We were lucky to happen by, and hope they will come back next year earlier in the holiday season before so many people leave town and when the plaza has become known as the place to go for such good events! Mickey Bright Griffin Alma Street Menlo Park

Looking ahead Editor, As 2009 ends and 2010 begins, we say goodbye to one City Council and greetings to a new council. Writing as residents, we two, who sit on the Library Advisory Commis-

sion, are sincerely appreciative of the efforts of the outgoing council and excited to work with the new council. To the departing council members, thank you for your many hours reading our documents. Thank you for your supportive votes. Thank you for endorsing a bond measure, which will enhance library services well into this century. Thank you for your sense of duty and responsibility to the community. Your support was the groundwork for the largest project in Palo Alto in years. To the incoming council, we look forward to sharing with you the excitement of annual openings. Palo Alto will have renovated libraries in College Terrace (2010) and Downtown (2011), a new Library/Community Center in Mitchell Park (2012), and expanded community library space at Main (2013). These will provide space for expanded collections, more programs and services, more community rooms, more study space. It is evidence of what a community can do when it comes together. As the year ends, and councils change, it is a good time to reflect and look ahead with anticipation. There will be a lot of building dust

starting now and a lot to celebrate will follow. Raj Mashruwala Valerie Stinger Co-Vice Chairs, Library Advisory Commission

Taser concerns Editor, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really concerned that Tasering someone in the stomach could do damage to internal organs. I suggest someone in the Palo Alto city administration check with independent physicians, perhaps specialists at the Palo Alto Medical foundation and/ or Stanford Hospital, as to the risks of an electric jolt (specifically that amount delivered by a Taser for the five seconds or more it can be used) to the stomach area. It took Taser International many years before they recognized the risk to using the Taser on the chest. Meanwhile, people died. I would not count on this company or its paid consultants for an assessment of the risk of targeting the stomach. This could cause more deaths or injury to more people than targeting the chest. Natalie Fisher Ellsworth Place Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion The road from Copenhagen runs through Palo Alto by John Kelley t the COP15 climate-change conference in Copenhagen, I watched the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders try to address the problems of catastrophic climate change. I now wonder whether our international political system can meet this epochal challenge. Instead, we at a local level must show our leaders the way forward. At the opening ceremony, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen told delegates from more than 190 nations that a deal was â&#x20AC;&#x153;within our reach.â&#x20AC;? Soon thereafter, however, a procedural controversy emerged, and it became increasingly clear that a binding agreement would be hard to achieve. Formal negotiations proceeded on many fronts, including the Conference of the Parties (â&#x20AC;&#x153;COPâ&#x20AC;?) itself and two primary â&#x20AC;&#x153;ad hoc working groups.â&#x20AC;? Draft texts spoke to scores of issues, including overall goals for reducing greenhouse gases (â&#x20AC;&#x153;GHGsâ&#x20AC;?), specialized rules for land use and deforestation, and short- and long-term financial commitments by developed countries. I paid special attention to the deliberations relating to technology transfer and intellectual property rights, assisting the nonprofit Worldwatch Institute in monitoring those areas, as an attorney. It was not my first visit to Denmark: 37 years ago, in 1972, with the Vietnam War reaching its height, I was an American Field Service exchange student in Soroe, a small town 45 miles southwest of Copenhagen. The Danes I came to know were warm, insightful, incredibly hospitable and extremely well-informed about world events. Many remarked that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Denmark is a little land,â&#x20AC;? but one with an enormous global perspective. The real give-and-take at COP15 took place outside the enormous plenary halls. Formal meetings often broke up quickly. Many assemblies were simply closed to the press and non-government organizations, known as NGOs.


Hallway conversations and scraps left on copy machines gave clues to the real state of affairs. Numerous â&#x20AC;&#x153;side eventsâ&#x20AC;? were held throughout the conference. I was drawn to panels exploring the science of climate change and techniques for responding to it. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the International Panel on Climate Change, and his scientist colleagues summarized key findings to be evaluated in their next assessment report. Johannes Lehmann from Cornell and several investigators from the European Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Research Centre described recent work concerning â&#x20AC;&#x153;biochar,â&#x20AC;? a form of charcoal used as a soil enhancer that also captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Representatives from Google described how their PowerMeter software can help people track and reduce their carbon consumption individually and as communities. They showed how Google Earth can be modified to monitor deforestation in the Amazon. When the second week began, it was far from clear that Prime Minister Rasmussenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deal could be reached. The arrival of senior political leaders, however, brought new momentum. U.S. Sen. John Kerry promised a packed hall that Congress would pass major climate legislation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave assurances that the United States would pay its share of $100 billion annually, beginning in 2020, to ameliorate climate-related problems worldwide. But as the ministers arrived the non-government representatives were shown the door. On Tuesday, the number of NGO participants was cut from well over 10,000 to 7,000. On Thursday and Friday it was slashed to 1,000 and then to 90. Many side events planned months in advance were canceled because speakers were not allowed inside. I was particularly disappointed that an important panel on reproductive rights and population issues would not be heard. Hopes for an agreement rose when President Barack Obama arrived. He met privately with representatives of many countries. Throughout Friday evening, at the home of friends, we watched Danish TV, awaiting a dramatic


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announcement. Finally, a motorcade whisked the president away to Kastrup airport. Reports of a deal circulated, but with few details. On Saturday morning, news of both the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copenhagen Accordâ&#x20AC;? and many countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; objections to it spread. Since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve returned home to Palo Alto, many people have asked what I think of COP15. I see it as a half-step paused in mid-air. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell how far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve advanced or even where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re headed. We could have taken a courageous stride toward a global climate consensus, we might have moved only inches forward, or we may have turned in the wrong direction.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will our children hate us?â&#x20AC;? a Danish essayist asked after Copenhagenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticlimactic ending. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all countries to sign the accord, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a far cry from a legally binding treaty. If the major industrialized countries and the largest emerging nations cannot agree to restrict greenhouse gases substantially, if the developed countries cannot make firm commitments to help pay for adaptation measures, and if an enforceable agreement is not reached in 2010, then the formal processes of COP15 will have accomplished very little. Yet I remain optimistic, for three reasons. First, as scientific evidence accumulates I believe more people will take the problem of catastrophic climate change ever more seriously. Second, the voices of citizens crying for change in Copenhagen will not be silenced. While international consensus may be lacking, global consciousness is growing. Third, while we must demand that our governments enact meaningful national legislation and enter binding treaties, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;civil society,â&#x20AC;? we ourselves must take up the grueling but urgent work of building a sustainable global community.

Governments of regions, states, counties and cities are fashioning initiatives. Scientists are identifying and outlining the environmental problems we confront and devising techniques for mitigating or overcoming them. Businesses are recognizing the imperative of stabilizing our world climate, and entrepreneurs are envisioning how to realize that goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and make money in the process. Nongovernment organizations of all kinds are educating us regarding specific practices and policies that will lead to a sustainable future. As I witnessed the unraveling of the initial hopes for the Copenhagen conference, I became more and more convinced that we must all work together to build personal, social, business and political coalitions to move these initiatives forward. The road from Copenhagen does not lead to Washington or Beijing. It runs from Palm Drive right down University Avenue, around the Bay Area, and then out to the rest of the world. Global sustainability is too important to leave to national political leaders alone. We must show them the right path, a set of Google directions, clear and unmistakable, in multiple languages. The journey back from COP15 winds through our homes, our places of work, our schools and ultimately our hearts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will our children hate us?â&#x20AC;? a Danish essayist asked after Copenhagenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticlimactic ending. I think not. As he pointed out, they will be too busy devising their own ways forward. But my hope is that they will not think ill of us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and might even gain a measure of respect for our generation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because we decided not to wait for politicians and national leaders to lead us toward a more sustainable world in inch-worm increments. I believe our children may respect us because we ourselves chose to tackle that problem head-on. N Palo Alto resident John Kelley works with emerging clean-tech and computer-industry companies. His wife, Lisa Van Dusen, is former director of Palo Alto Online. Kelley can be e-mailed at

Asked on California Avenue. Interviews by Mike Lata. Photographs by Veronica Weber.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I shall make some resolutions but havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come up with a masters plan yet.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being healthy, being happy, walking, meditating, enjoying life.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get my 4.0 and get a car. And, to never appear in court again.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quit smoking cigarettes.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;To learn a new language.â&#x20AC;?

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Teacher La Donna Avenue Palo Alto

Student Plateau Avenue, Los Altos

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alo Alto developer Roxy Rapp tried to save the Palo Alto Bowl. His father, Lou, built the El Camino Real bowling alley in 1954, when it was named Fiesta Lanes, according to the Palo Alto History Project, an online chronicle. As a young man, Rapp spent many hours there, part of the time working as a waiter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of feeling for the Palo Alto Bowl. My big dream was to put in a Lucky Strike â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a real contemporary bowling alley. But the developer outbid me by $1 million,â&#x20AC;? he said. On Dec. 14, the Palo Alto City Council approved plans to demolish Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last reâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Most communities maining bowling alley and replace it with a new 167-room hotel and 26 in America pride three-story townhouses. The loss went down hard for area resithemselves on dents, who have fond memories of the having things like place and even started a petition drive bowling alleys. to save the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most communities in America We tear â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em down pride themselves on having things like for million-dollar bowling alleys. We tear â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em down for million-dollar condos. It is sad, I think, condos.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; that in this community wealth doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Morton, make room not only for special needs former Palo Alto but for just normal people,â&#x20AC;? former Vice vice mayor Mayor Jack Morton said at the December meeting. High land values, the demand for new housing and changing shopping habits have led to the loss of community icons in Palo Alto in recent years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; places where residents have gathered for generations to play or that have served a key role in creating a sense of community. Neighborhood grocery stores, movie theaters, bookstores, bowling alleys and even gas stations are being replaced with housing, offices and hotels. The transformation is increasingly frustrating residents, who have expressed at public meetings a feeling that â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressâ&#x20AC;? is coming at too high a price to Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life. But finding ways to save icons of social capital is complex, according to developers, city officials and leaders of grassroots groups. The city has no



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Top, Christa Baum takes her turn bowling with her grandson (not pictured) at Palo Alto Bowl in August 2009. Bottom left, ice-skating class assistant Meghan Bay helps a young student gain balance in a beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesson at the Winter Lodge. Bottom right, the former Fine Arts Theater is now occupied by running store Zombie Runner.

Facing page: top, 35-year JJ&F customer Jeanne McDonnell chats with store co-owner Dennis Garcia at the checkout counter. Bottom, the historic Stanford Theatre, as seen from its balcony, today shows classic films.

authority to dictate what property owners should do with their land, although it can wield some influence. With land values high, private-interest groups hoping to save a landmark business need considerable funds. Meanwhile, developers often stand to gain much more profit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the city can receive greater tax revenues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when turning over the use of land to higher-paying tenants. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the changing economic landscape. But losing community resources doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be inevitable, local leaders say. The city could take stock of its valued icons and plan for their survival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should begin a dialogue about ways to anticipate the potential loss of the kinds of things that are important to the community,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Pat Burt said during a recent interview. Former Councilmember Yoriko Kishimoto agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best strategy is for the city to have a clear

community vision and make sure it is part of the Comprehensive Plan,â&#x20AC;? Kishimoto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mistake to think that on every piece of land an owner has the right to do the maximum development.â&#x20AC;? If the city communicates its clear intentions, a developer will know when he or she buys a piece of land whether the plans reflect the values of the community, she said. Planning ahead is vital, according to Council member Karen Holman, who is also the executive director of the Palo Alto History Museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once a building or use goes away the community loses the viability of that traditional use,â&#x20AC;? she said. Palo Alto has already seen numerous gathering spots folds. The Varsity Theatre on University Avenue turned into a Borders bookstore in the mid-1990s. That was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;big community loss. It was a cultural center and musical venue,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. (continued on next page)

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Cover Story azines in Menlo Park suddenly shuttered its doors in August 2005, (continued from previous page) people invested money, helped reThe Fine Arts Theatre on Cali- negotiate lower rent, formed the fornia Avenue went defunct in the nonprofit Friends of Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 1980s and is now a store that sells launched a membership drive to reopen and sustain the bookstore. running gear. The Midtown neighborhood It remains open today. In October when California Avlost its longtime department store, Bergmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in 1994 and its only enueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only remaining bookstore, Know Knew Books, also threatgas station in 2004. Grocery stores, such as the All- ened to close, fans of the business American Market in Barron Park also donated money and helped the and Albertsons in Alma Plaza, store form a subscription membership to keep it open. have also fallen by the wayside. Meanwhile, some community The chances of any of these businesses coming back are slim icons have been saved by private investors. David Woodley Packto none. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason to protect ard purchased the closed Stanford Theatre on University Avenue in those resources,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. 1987 and turned it into a premier alo Altans have had some venue for classic films. Even developers have stepped success in saving community forward to preserve community icons. When the Winter Lodge, found- places. When San Francisco developer ed in 1956 and the only permanent outdoor ice-skating rink west of James Ellis decided to renovate Town & Country Vilthe Sierra Nevada, lage, his love for old announced plans to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mistake things and familiarclose at the end of ity with the community 1983, residents fought to think that on played a part in the deto keep it open. every piece of land cision to keep the center Skaters formed the intact rather than add nonprofit Friends of an owner has the housing, he said. the Winter Club, as right to do the Ellisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father and sisthe rink was then ter, who are partners known, and tried un- maximum in the family business, successfully to get development.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ellis Partners LLC, ata new rink built at tended Stanford UniGreer Park. Yoriko Kishimoto, versity. He spent time at The group found former Palo Alto Town & Country, locatanother city-owned councilmember ed at Embarcadero Road parcel, west of the and El Camino Real, as Palo Alto Golf a youth during family Course near Geng Road, and received a lease option from the City visits in Palo Alto, he said. His firm surveyed shoppingCouncil. They lacked the funding to build the rink, though, accord- center customers to discover what ing to the Palo Alto History Proj- they wanted out of the center ect, a website by resident Matt make-over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a small developer, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not Bowling. With the help of Morton, who interested in taking on projects would later become a council that the community is adverse to. member, the group leased the Life is too short,â&#x20AC;? he said. He admitted he hit some public lodge from owner Richard Peery. Unable to come up with $2.5 mil- relations bumps early on. In relion to purchase the rink, the group doing the center, founded in 1953, convinced the council to swap the some businesses closed, including baylands parcel for the lodge. In the popular Cookbook RestauNovember 1985, residents passed rant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we started out on this two measures to approve the swap, project there was a huge amount according to Bowling. Grassroots initiative has also of distrust. It always takes time to gain credibility and support in a rescued local bookstores. When Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books and Mag- community. ... We probably made


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The Varsity Theatre, as shown in this photograph from the 1930s, now houses Borders Books & Music.

A tale of two theaters Developer closed down the Varsity but keeps Aquarius Theatre alive


hen Palo Alto developer Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chopâ&#x20AC;? Keenan planned to gut the Varsity Theatre on University Avenue in 1994, more than 8,000 people signed a petition to save the venerable movie house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was an enormous public outcry,â&#x20AC;? recalled Dennis Backlund, historic preservation planner for the City of Palo Alto. The petitions were delivered to the City Council â&#x20AC;&#x153;in eight stapled stacks,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Backlund and others found the Varsity was covered by federal historic preservation standards. One standard required the building be remodeled in such a way to allow future use as a theater. The Varsity building retains its projection room, now walled off; and the slope to the loge, now covered with a floor. It was a renovation Keenan said he was pleased with, ultimately. Borders Books & Music now occupies the space, but some advocates hope the building will someday be turned back into a movie house or performing-arts center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calling up to turn it back into a theater. Big singlescreen theaters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work anymore,â&#x20AC;? Keenan said recently. Keenan said he understands the nostalgia. The Varsity was where

some mistakes in how we handled things. There were some hard decisions that had to be made to change the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makeup,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ellis is pleased with the results. He said he gets a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge amount of satisfaction in making a community environment people can gather in. ... The community and city are generally charmed with the Town & Country Village motif. It existed so long it was a community landmark.â&#x20AC;?

many had their first kiss or saw Joan Baez or other live acts, he said. Although he chose to change the use of the Varsity, Keenan has kept another downtown Palo Alto landmark, the Aquarius Theatre on Emerson Street. Ironically, the Aquarius remains viable for the same reasons advocates wanted the Varsity to remain open: Keenan â&#x20AC;&#x153;likes the vibe downtown,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It brings a dimension to downtown that keeps its vitality. It stretches the hours (of foot traffic) downtown. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good operator in Landmark Theatres. It plays to an art-house crowd, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making money, albeit with cheap rent,â&#x20AC;? he said. Developer Roxy Rapp also tried saving some of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmarks. Nostalgic for the Palo Alto Bowl, he tried to buy it but was outbid by $1 million. He is helping raise $400,000 to build a new bobcat cage at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, a city-owned institution, and will help remodel and revitalize the entire zoo, ensuring it will keep its relevance for years to come, he said. When University Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease is up in 3 1/2 years, Rapp and others plan to redo the building on the corner of Hamilton Avenue


hen a well-loved business closes, people often ask why the city officials didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do more to rescue it. Their response: A developer has the right to build on a property as he or she sees fit, within the scope of how the land is legally zoned. The city canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the land owner what kind of business must be located on the property. It can, however, use zoning to convey the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the category of use of the land, city leaders said. In discussing the Palo Alto Bowl

and Ramona Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll save the building but change the whole function,â&#x20AC;? he said of improving spaces in the dated building. But residents who fear losing another Palo Alto icon can relax. Plans are to keep the art store after renovations are complete, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;University Art is great; there is always a need for art supplies,â&#x20AC;? he said. But he added a caveat: No matter how beloved a store might be, it is, in the end, a business. The biggest impact downtown will be not from developers but from the Internet, as more people become comfortable with online retail, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retail is going to change and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to change fast,â&#x20AC;? Rapp said. Faith Bell, whose Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books has been located downtown for 65 years, agreed. When she took over the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bookstore in 1984, there were 27 bookstores between San Antonio Road and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, she said. Now there are eight, including Stanford, according to an online search. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We love you, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever go away,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy, businesses canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay,â&#x20AC;? she said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

at the Dec. 14 council meeting, then-Councilman Burt raised the possibility of considering recreational â&#x20AC;&#x153;overlaysâ&#x20AC;? for other properties in Palo Alto. Such zoning overlays would offer developers an incentive, such as allowing extra square footage to be built, if they use the land for recreational purposes. The city might also offer other perks, such as transferable development rights, to help keep community resources intact, officials said. The city already uses transfer-

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Saving their icons Bay Area cities use planning, redevelopment to retain gathering spots


ther cities are taking a variety of approaches to keeping their cultural resources

alive. The City of Cupertino negotiated with the owners of the Vallco Fashion Park shopping mall, now renamed Cupertino Square, to retain the Cupertino Ice Chalet skating rink. Supported by their General Plan policy, city officials make a point to ask developers to retain existing community space or plan another

able-development rights to aid historic resources, according to Holman, a former planning commissioner. The property owner can build a larger structure in exchange for saving the historic resource or can sell off development rights to which they are otherwise entitled. Currently, that policy is limited to the downtown area, she said. Incentives recently aided developers of the planned College Terrace Centre to gain approval for their project, which includes the 61-year-old JJ&F Food Store. The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deal allows for dense development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 40,000 square feet of office space, 5,800 square feet of retail and eight units of affordable housing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in exchange for a 30-year lease for the market, a neighborhood mainstay. But some residents said the cost is too high. Ironically, saving a community institution may decrease quality of life in other ways. Such deals may impact neighborhoods with parking, traffic and other woes for decades to come, residents have said. It raises the question of what preserving a community icon is ultimately worth. While there are residents who breathed a collective sigh of relief when the JJ&F plans were approved, others said the city gave away too much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JJ&F is an excellent neighborhood-serving grocery store that is like a close relative to many residents. Like the home you love, no dollar value can be assigned. ... The PR campaign to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;save JJ&Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was a means to manipulate the public and decision makers to give away zoning rights and produce negative impacts down the road. This is a classic tactic but undesirable approach to provide or maintain public benefits,â&#x20AC;? College Terrace community leader Fred Balin said. Developers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily favor zoning as a vehicle for encouraging preservation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inappropriate and unfair, said Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chopâ&#x20AC;? Keenan. Often when there is not consensus on what is desired, zoning is used rather than coming up with money to buy the land, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Winter Lodge, the city put their money where their mouth is. With Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District or Peninsula Open Space Trust, when they want

public benefit when redeveloping an area, according to Dave Knapp, Cupertino city manager. Redwood City has queried its residents about places and activities they cared about and want to protect in their community, according to City Manager Peter Ingram. The city created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;visionary documentâ&#x20AC;? and a new General Plan that includes stronger protection of places of historical interest and community benefit, he said. to save something, they buy it. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to zone it out of existence. Where you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have consensus, you spend money,â&#x20AC;? he said.


oger Smith, founder of Friends of the Palo Alto Parks, said he thinks the fu-

Courthouse Square, a centerpiece of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision, serves as a large community gathering space for performances and activities in the center of downtown. The city used redevelopment funds and developed the square, which surrounds the historic San Mateo County Courthouse and houses the San Mateo County History Museum. The public space is highly popular, with residents flocking to everything from free movies on a giant screen to a salsa festival and dance classes. But economic forces have also conspired to disrupt the downtown vision. The historic Fox Theatre, an

ture of community resources will depend on â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;? groups and citizen leadership. His group has funded and partnered with the city to create recreational spaces in parks such as a playground at Heritage Park and the recent revitalization of Lytton

anchor for Redwood Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recreational space plan, recently closed and is in receivership, Ingram said. City officials are considering ways to keep the Fox a theater, including a possible purchase of the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about it. The state is taking redevelopment funds, so it would be a stretch,â&#x20AC;? he said. The city could also consider an emergency moratorium that would preclude different uses for the building, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a church group wants it for a church, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the public square much good,â&#x20AC;? he said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

Plaza. The group is raising $1 million to build Magical Bridge Park, a fully accessible playground for people with disabilities within Mitchell Park. The city will contribute 18,000 square feet for the park, he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A public-private partnership focuses on the people who use (a facility). It is not developed in a vacuum. We are able to do things that would take the city five to 10 years and we can do it for half the cost,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. In that sense, if there is pessimism about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to retain community resources, residents such as Smith are optimistic new ones can be created. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@

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Pulcinella the clown appears in nearly all of Joseph Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; paintings, including this oil â&#x20AC;&#x153;Query.â&#x20AC;?

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arnival in Venice: Revelers in costumes of all colors are gathered in a piazza. A lady in pink and blue holds a fan and a note sealed with a bright red ribbon, her other hand kissed by a gentleman in a three-cornered hat. To the left, a dancer wearing a golden mask and a turban crowned with a crescent moon strikes a pose. A bright red devil stands far off to the side. A man in a pointy yellow hat stares directly at the viewer. In a corner is the face of a lady with a mysterious sad expression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finaleâ&#x20AC;? is the type of painting that is worth well over a thousand words. The activity is overwhelming, and can leave the viewer wondering at the details for a long time. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising, because painter Joseph Fuchs is a true storyteller, long immersed in language. Before becoming a full-time artist, he taught English at Menlo-Atherton High School from 1968 to 2003. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to tell stories. I like people. I like the

human touch,â&#x20AC;? Fuchs says during an interview at his home studio in Los Altos. Fuchs paints Venetian scenes almost exclusively, with the mischievous commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;arte clown character Pulcinella making regular appearances. Fittingly, his paintings will be featured at the Venetian Carnevale gala fundraiser held by Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pacific Art League on Feb. 6. He also has a solo exhibition at the art leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Norton Gallery through Jan. 30. Prior to teaching, Fuchs served in the Vietnam War as a medic and then studied fine arts at San Jose State University. Born in Palo Alto in 1943, he is a seventh-generation Peninsulan. Fuchs continued to paint throughout his years of teaching but found his true artistic voice in 1982 during a sabbatical in San Salvo, Italy, on the Adriatic coast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was there that I discovered the clown,â&#x20AC;? he says. The beak-nosed Pulcinella has been featured

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in practically all of Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; paintings since then. The obsession has also taken over the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. Statuettes, portraits, tiles, a mantle piece and even a garage mural all feature Pulcinella. When asked why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawn to the character, Fuchs says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The clown doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modeled after a chicken; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the name comes from. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a servant ... seems like a nobody, but he always has an interesting role.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes the clown appears in a painting as a tiny figure walking

along an alley. Or maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking a nap in a gondola, leaning against a wall on the edge of a canal, playing the violin, serving as a waiter, or walking on stilts. Often, two or three Pulcinellas appear together. Fuchs admits that the running theme is more than slightly autobiographical. It is all part of the inner world of his paintings, the secret stories, the hidden cultural allusions. In another way, Fuchs really is Pulcinella. To serve as a reference for his paintings, he dresses up in the clownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristic baggy white pant suit, the black mask and the long cylindrical cap. His wife, Jane, photographs him. Then the artist sketches from the photos and

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finally inserts them into his paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all him,â&#x20AC;? Jane Fuchs says, pointing at the clown holding the long-necked guitar in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finale.â&#x20AC;? The artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work was also influenced by another sabbatical. In 1997, he stayed in Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Giardini neighborhood, a five-minute boat ride from the heart of the old city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was there that I discovered the light. The light is different in Venice. It has to do with the water in the air,â&#x20AC;? he says. Indeed, Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Italian-themed paintings have a kind of warm glow and smoothness not seen in his ear(continued on page 22)

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lier works, which are darker, with starker contrasts. Fuchs states on his website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cityscapes evolve from a montage of photographs of Venice. ... He peoples these scenes from his imagination. He manipulates a series of photographic scenes until they perfectly fit a well thought-out narrative idea.â&#x20AC;? In his studio, Fuchs talks about his personal painting process. He draws grid lines on his photos and canvases as a visual guide for accuracy, and then adds layers of paint, mixing from oils dabbed onto a glass palette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to do the sky all at once,â&#x20AC;? he says of the first layer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otherwise you can never find the color again.â&#x20AC;? Fuchs rarely uses black and white. Upon close examination, what appears to be black is actually gentle hues of purple and blue. He keeps a regular schedule, painting for several hours each morning at home, and sketching at Le Boulanger in Los Altos in the afternoons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find it stimulating to work at a cafe. I have to get out where other people are,â&#x20AC;? he says. His pencil-and-ink sketches act as an exercise to keep his technique up. He also studies other types of art: Japanese prints, nudes, landscapes, portraits. Fuchs likes to insert little tricks into his art. He might paint a window that acts as a mirror, showing an entire scene in it. Sometimes kids, pets and clowns interact from different sides of a painting, or a running story carries over into a new painting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love those mind games,â&#x20AC;? Jane Fuchs says. In addition to acting as photographer, the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife also manages publicity and the business side of the art. While sales have been down in the recession, Fuchs sold many works at the Voshan gallery in downtown Palo Alto before it closed in 2007. Together the couple has sold about two-thirds of Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 paintings. On Feb. 6, Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Venice paintings will keep company with Italian wine and food, live music and guests at the Pacific Art Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Venetian Carnevale, held at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. Also featured will be artist James Caldwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings of the city on the lagoon. N Info: Joseph Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; paintings are being shown at the Pacific Art League at 668 Ramona St. in Palo Alto through Jan. 30. Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4. Admission is free. The Venetian Carnevale is on Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Garden Court Hotel at 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Tickets start at $125 per person. For more about the art leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows and events, go to www. or call 650-3213617. Fuchsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art is online at www.

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) Please be advised that on Thursday January 21, 2010, the Architectural Review Board shall conduct itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual Retreat at 8:30 AM at the Palo Alto Art Center located at 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear.

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14th Annual Juana Run

A fun family and competitive road race with events for all ages. A complimentary pancake breakfast courtesy of the Pancake House for all 8K participants immediately follows the race.


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NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR ONE UNEXPIRED FOUR YEAR TERM ENDING JULY 31, 2012 (Term of Holman) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Planning and Transportation Commission from persons interested in serving in one unexpired four year term ending July 31, 2012. Eligibility Requirements: Composed of seven members who are not Council Members, ofďŹ cers, or employees of the City, and who are residents of the City of Palo Alto. Regular meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the second and last Wednesday of each month. Duties: The Planning and Transportation Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s primary duties include: a) Preparing and making recommendations to the City Council on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Comprehensive Plan regarding development, public facilities, and transportation in Palo Alto; b) Considering and making recommendations to the City Council on zoning map and zoning ordinance changes; c) Reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council on subdivisions and appeals on variances and use permits; and d) Considering other policies and programs affecting development and land use in Palo Alto for ďŹ nal City Council action.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love capturing vibrant colors in sunrises and sunsets, textures in nature, the moon, flowing water and waterfalls,â&#x20AC;? he said in a press release. One of his own favorite images is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Firefalls,â&#x20AC;? in which the sunset light gives a waterfall a powerfully fiery effect. Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe is at 2680 Middlefield Road in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto, open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more about Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art, go to jharrisonphoto. com or call him at 408-368-1565.


This Saturday night, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco will spend the evening trying to answer one question: What does it mean to be? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ser y estarâ&#x20AC;? is the title of the evening-length work that the company will perform in Mountain View. Both Spanish words translate into English as â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be.â&#x20AC;? Carola Zertuche, artistic director of Theatre Flamenco, choreographed a work that delves into many facets of what it means to be. One segment, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Shadow of Shadows,â&#x20AC;? dancers celebrate the pleasures of â&#x20AC;&#x153;being a womanâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;being culturally different,â&#x20AC;? looking at women from around the world. Another, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Flight of the White Bird,â&#x20AC;? depicts the struggles of trying to live and express oneself freely under a dictatorship. One of the oldest dance companies in the Bay Area, Theatre Flamenco was founded in 1966. Founder Adela Clara created the group during â&#x20AC;&#x153;a flowering of cultural pride in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s that led to the revival of Latino arts,â&#x20AC;? according to a group press release. The company regularly performs, tours and does community outreach. The Jan. 9 performance includes guest artists such as Juan Siddi and Francisco Javier Orozco, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Yiyi.â&#x20AC;? The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $38 general and $33 for students and seniors. Call the box office at 650-903-6000 or go to

Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s OfďŹ ce, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 329-2571 or may be obtained on the website at Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s OfďŹ ce is 5:30 p.m., January 27, 2010.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Early in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,â&#x20AC;? the titular mystical showman advises an onlooker, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it all immediately.â&#x20AC;? Good advice for the paying customers of Terry Gilliamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest phantasmagoria, who probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it all even by the time the credits roll. Such narrative obscurity can be part of the charm of a Gilliam film. The Monty Python alumnus earned his cinematic cred with such wild rides as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Bandits,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazil,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,â&#x20AC;? the closest screen relative to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parnassus.â&#x20AC;? Like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Munchausen,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parnassusâ&#x20AC;? is a thinly veiled self-portrait of the artist as an old man. Locked with the Devil (Tom Waits) in a centuries-long struggle for human souls, the unhappily immortal Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) tells his ruthless foe, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop stories being told.â&#x20AC;? But perhaps a greater threat than the Devil â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aka Mr. Nick â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is postmodern apathy. What place do old-fashioned storytelling and theatrical wonder have in a modern world crowded with flashy consumerism and brainwashing handheld electronics? Helping Parnassus put on his greatest show on Earth is an itinerant troupe of actors: diminutive Percy (Verne Troyer) and ingĂŠnues Anton (Andrew Garfield) and Valentina (breathtaking beauty Lily Cole). The latter is Parnassusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daughter, just about to turn what Mr. Nick lasciviously refers to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the age of consent.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excitement stems from a long-ago deal made with Parnassus for Valentinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soul, a deal set to close on her birthday. As if matters werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complicated enough, the troupe saves a man hanging under Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blackfriars bridge (the same spot where Vatican banker Roberto Calvi was found dead and dangling). This Tarot-styled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanged Manâ&#x20AC;? is Tony, and the Oscar-winning actor who plays him â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Heath Ledger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has since died in real life. Once past their own ghoulish associations, audiences can settle in for a surprisingly satisfying swan song from Ledger. The starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second collaboration with Gilliam (the first being â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brothers Grimmâ&#x20AC;?) again displays a fun-lovingly game energy, as Ledger bounds and tongue-lashes his way through physical and verbal gymnastics. Equally magnetic are Plummer, giving a grand old-lion performance as a force of good thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 1,000 years old, and gravelly voiced musical artist Waits, who clearly relishes the vaudevillian opportunity to draw on a pencil moustache, don a bowler hat and sneer. Though â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parnassusâ&#x20AC;? has a decidedly more homemade feel (even in its copious use of CGI), Gilliamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film easily gives the ultra-expensive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatarâ&#x20AC;? serious competition for the most visually arresting film of 2009. The dizzying special-effects sequences that unfold on the other side of a magic mirror are triumphs of the imagination, not least because Ledger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who died before he could film these scenes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; transforms first into Johnny Depp, then Jude Law and finally Colin Farrell. All of them honor Ledger while bringing to the party their own distinct charms. Endearingly packed to the rafters with ornate anachronistic artistry, Gilliamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imaginariumâ&#x20AC;? is a great place to window shop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and get lost for a spell. Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking. Two hours, two minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

Crazy Heart ---

(CineArts) Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heartâ&#x20AC;? is a must-see: Jeff Bridges. The veteran actor has done

consistently great work for decades, but this intriguing meander down the borderline of the music biz and â&#x20AC;&#x153;real lifeâ&#x20AC;? offers Bridges a role that plays especially well to his strengths as a humanist naturalist with an inborn gift for entertainment. Bridges plays Bad Blake, a faded country-western music star relegated to playing dives like a bowlingalley bar. He treats his chronic weariness with chronic drinking, defensive pleasantries and one-night stands. These escapes are understandable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to face up to the disappointments that have brought him here, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to blame someone else â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his manager, perhaps, or his one-time friend and colleague Billy Sweet (Colin Farrell), currently living the music-star life that has slipped from Badâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fingers. Traveling America in his beat-up â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;78 Chevy truck, Bad would rather be left alone to anesthetize himself before, during and after gigs, but he agrees to an interview with a hopeful music journalist named Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal). More than usually attracted to the potential lover in his midst, Bad seduces her and realizes that, for the first time in a long time, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not interested in leaving his conquest behind. Though not disinterested in a relationship, she turns out to be a single mother understandably wary about the effect Bad might have on her son, especially should he succumb to drinking in the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence. While Bad attempts to woo Jean in the long term, he finds himself wooed by Billy Sweet, whose generosity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or is it guilt? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; toward his former friend and mentor takes the form of an ungainly olive branch: the chance to open for Billy on his arena tour. Having beautifully established Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state of being, Bridges masterfully plays the strained civility and subtle emotional need in his interactions with Jean and Billy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; interactions with the potential to help him out of his rut and thereby change his life forever. As written and directed by Scott Cooper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heartâ&#x20AC;? can be obvious and unconvincing at times, but the compensations are so winning that the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flaws melt away. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barry Markowitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous landscape photography of Blake on the road, the always welcome Robert Duvall putting in a couple of scenes as a bar-owning teetotaler (he also co-produces) and plenty of good music, supervised by music producer/ writer/performer T-Bone Burnett (â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Brother, Where Art Thou?â&#x20AC;?). Bridges ably does his own guitar playing and singing, another reason â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heartâ&#x20AC;? is a gift to those who have long appreciated his talents. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sure bet Bridges will show up at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oscars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his performance here stands tall as one of the best of the year.















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Rated R for language and brief sexuality. One hour, 51 minutes.

(Century 16, Century 20) Sometime after â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? and before â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Pie,â&#x20AC;? novelist C.D. Payne rehabilitated the horny-teen-boy genre with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp,â&#x20AC;? a 500-page picaresque told by a sex-obsessed 14-year-old (pardon the redundancy). Seventeen years later, indie filmmaker Miguel Arteta (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuck & Buckâ&#x20AC;?) has delivered the film version, and while the novelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cult may prove hard to please, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Revoltâ&#x20AC;? is a pleasant diversion from the lowest-common-denominator, airbrushed Hollywood teen sex comedy. Aged up a couple of years, the screen Nick comes in the form of Michael Cera, moviedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s witty wimp du jour. In its broad strokes, the story remains intact: Nick longs to lose his virginity, and he sets his sights on one Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), the in-




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congruously self-possessed daughter of Bible-thumping trailer park dwellers. A Francophile, Sheeni listens to Serge Gainsbourg records and coyly comes hither to her smart but awkward suitor. Though also a vinyl fan, Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Sinatra man, perhaps hoping some suavity will rub off. Quite the contrary. Nick is first heard masturbating while Frank, in close-up, smiles from the sleeve of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice `Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Easy.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sort of irreverent audiovisual gag thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artetaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock in trade. Although â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Revoltâ&#x20AC;? has quirky comic affectations, the subdued styles of Arteta (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuck & Buckâ&#x20AC;?) and Cera (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superbadâ&#x20AC;?) keep the film grounded, proving that the director and star are as well-matched as Nick and Sheeni. The star-crossed would-be lovers face plenty of obstacles, beginning with Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divorced parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excessively nice,â&#x20AC;? Nick hatches a plan to turn bad and thus be sent from his mother (Jean Smart) to his father (Steve Buscemi), who lives closer to Sheeni. To get up the gumption, Nick fashions a devilish French alter ego named François Dillinger, everready to counsel badness. Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures take him around Northern California (Oakland, Santa Cruz and Ukiah are points of interest) and expose him to a variety of comical weirdos: Ray Liotta and Zach Galifianakis (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hangoverâ&#x20AC;?) as unpleasant boyfriends to Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, the great

character actor M. Emmet Walsh as Sheeniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gruff father, Fred Willard as a neighborly oddball, and Justin Long as Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic competition. The film of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Revoltâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a world-beater, and it may not stick in the mind very long, but it still has something about it. If it were a person, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want it to be your friend. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sure thing that none of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porkyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? sequels include a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;percussive futurist poetryâ&#x20AC;? or this appraisal of sex: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonder humankind has been able to construct any civilization at all with this monumental distraction at hand.â&#x20AC;? Call this one the thinking boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sex romp. Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use. One hour, 30 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

Leap Year -

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(Century 16, Century 20) Why do people make movies like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leap Year,â&#x20AC;? a romantic comedy so vapid and predictable that a viewer could write the script blindfolded? One of those they-appear-to-hate-eachother-but-really-love-each-other stories that were popular in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;30s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; think â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Happened One Nightâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; without the wit and the charm. This film is neither romantic nor comic, and the central character is so annoying you want to slap her. Amy Adams of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie and Julia,â&#x20AC;? all flirty smirks and tossed hair, plays Anna, a Boston stager â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she

MOVIE TIMES A Single Man (R) ((((

Aquarius: 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 2 p.m.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 1:45, 4, 7:10 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 12:20, 1:25, 2:40, 3:45, 5, 6, 7:25, 8:20 & 10:40 p.m. Sat. also at 10:05 a.m.

An Education (PG-13) ((( Aquarius: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 2:30 p.m. Avatar (PG-13) (((

Century 16: 12:55, 2:45, 4:30, 8 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D at noon, 1:55, 3:30, 5:50, 7, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 3:25, 8:55 & 10:20 p.m.; In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 12:30, 2:15, 2:50, 4:25, 5:50, 6:25, 8:05, 9:25 & 9:55 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 1:45 p.m. Sat. also at 10:40 a.m. in 3D.

The Blind Side (PG-13) (( Century 16: 12:40, 3:50, 7:25 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 1, 4:05, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Sat. also at 10:10 a.m. Broken Embraces (R) ((( Guild: 2, 5 & 8 p.m. Crazy Heart (R)

Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:40 & 7:15 p.m. Fri. & Sat. also at 9:55 p.m.


Daybreakers (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 12:15, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m. Sat. also at 9:55 a.m.

Did You Hear About the Century 20: 6:25 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 11:15 a.m. Morgans? (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) The Imaginarium of Doctor Century 16: 12:30, 3:40, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. Parnassus (PG-13) ((( Invictus (PG-13) (((1/2 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated (R) (((

Century 16: 12:05, 3:20, 6:55 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 3:15, 6:40 & 9:40 p.m.

Leap Year (PG) (1/2 ()

Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:50, 4:35, 7:05 & 9:30 p.m.

Century 16: 12:20, 2:25, 3:10, 6:15, 7:55 & 9:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 12:40, 1:55, 3:30, 4:45, 6:20, 7:40, 9:10 & 10:30 p.m. Sat. also at 10 a.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Sat 10 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat 10 a.m. Der Rosenkavalier (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Nine (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 11:55 a.m. & 7 p.m. Century 20: 12:35 & 7:10 p.m.

Precious (R) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 5 & 9:55 p.m.

The Princess and the Frog (G) (((

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Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 1, 3, 4:20, 6, 7:40, 9 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 1:05, 2, 3, 4:10, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:20 & 10:15 p.m. Sat. also at 10:15 a.m.

The Twilight Saga: New Century 20: 9:45 p.m. Moon (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Up in the Air (R) (((1/2

Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 12:50, 3:35, 5:15, 6:50 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 12:25, 2:25, 5:05, 6:30, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m.

The Young Victoria (PG) (((1/2

Palo Alto Square: 4:50 & 7:20 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 2:20 p.m. Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m.

Youth in Revolt (R)

Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:30 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:35, 5:05, 7:25 & 9:50 p.m.


( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)

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furnishes apartments and houses to make them more saleable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in a relationship with Jeremy (Adam Scott) for four years. But, though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to buy a condo together, he has yet to pop the question. Jeremy, a cardiologist so dull he barely seems to have a pulse, is about to leave for Dublin to attend a convention. Anna learns that, according to an old Irish tradition, a girl who pro-

poses to her beau on leap year day canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be refused, so she packs her Louis Vuitton bag and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off. Because of a storm, Anna finds herself far from Dublin at a country inn/pub run by Declan (Matthew Goode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Single Manâ&#x20AC;?). A laid-back guy with little patience for Annaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spoiled-brat antics, Declan nonetheless agrees to drive her to Dublin for 500 Euros. Of course things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go smoothly, especially

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after Anna causes Declanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car to run into a ditch. In this filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor are the dramatic landscapes of western Ireland and a nice feel for Irish music. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardly enough for a film marred by mistakes in continuity (Anna is wearing a white blouse in one scene, and in the next, set a few minutes later, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wearing a brown one; she falls down and gets mud all over her trench coat, but, immediately after, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spotless) and implausible meteorological settings (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s February in Ireland, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an outdoor wedding). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to understand how such a shoddy piece of filmmaking could be the work of director Anand Tucker, whose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shopgirlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hilary and Jackieâ&#x20AC;? were outstanding. On the other hand, the writers of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dopey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made of Honorâ&#x20AC;? are responsible for the screenplay. Rated PG for sensuality and language. One hour, 37 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Renata Polt To view the trailer for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Revolt,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heartâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leap Yearâ&#x20AC;? go to Palo Alto Online at

Movies avatar training, must quickly learn how to manage his remotely controlled, 10-foot-tall body in a hostile environment. The payoff? The jarhead gets his legs back. Things get more complicated when the avatar team headed by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) realizes that science and peaceful diplomacy are only part of its mission. Rated: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking. Occasionally in the fictional Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi language with English subtitles. 2 hours, 42 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; S.T. (Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009)

STANFORD THEATER The Stanford Theatre is at 221 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Go to or call 650-324-3700.

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) A doctor (Jennifer Jones) falls for a married American correspondent during Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Communist revolution. Fri.-Sun. at 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. also at 3:35 p.m. Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) A nostalgic look at the life of an ailing teacher (Jennifer Jones). Fri.-Sun. at 5:30 & 9:35 p.m.

NOW PLAYING The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: An Education --(Aquarius) The heroine of â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Educationâ&#x20AC;? sizes up life as a female in 1961 London. To 16-year-old Jenny, her choice is binary: square, bourgeois, mundane suburban life versus cultured high society. Rejecting the childcare-and-dishwashing paradigm of her mother and the lonely bachelorette life of her teacher, Jenny romanticizes the French, sneaks smokes and succumbs to the charms of a man nearly twice her age. When thirtysomething David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) offers Jenny (Carey Mulligan) and her cello a ride, the girl discovers a witty and urbane alternative to her unexciting but age-appropriate boyfriend Graham (Matthew Beard), not to mention evenings spent studying Latin. Director Lone Scherfig feasts on the dramatic irony borne of the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around the corner: swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s London and emboldened feminism. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking. One hour, 40 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009) A Single Man ---(Aquarius) Little actually happens in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A

Single Man,â&#x20AC;? Tom Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut film about a gay British expatriate living in Santa Monica in 1962. And yet everything happens in one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth): grief, love, remembrance, work, fear ... Jim (Matthew Goode), Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime lover, has been killed in an accident, and George sees little reason to continue living. But he goes through the motions, teaching at the college where he works, visiting his best friend, Charley (Julianne Moore), letting himself be pursued by a student who wants to confide in him, and perhaps more. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script, from a novel by Christopher Isherwood, captures not only the pain, both hidden and overt, of one gay man, but also some of the repressive spirit of the time just before the sexual revolution changed everything. Rated R for nudity, some disturbing images and sexual content. One hour, 39 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; R.P. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009) Avatar --(Century 16, Century 20) James Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plot focuses on Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a disabled ex-Marine lying in a VA hospital. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tapped to replace his late twin brother in a multinational corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s avatar program, which mixes human DNA with that of the native Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi population living on Pandora, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mining colony. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumb grunt,â&#x20AC;? who has no

Broken Embraces --(Guild) The Madrid-set tale begins in 2008, then bounces back and forth from the early 1990s. The constant is the protagonist, Harry Caine (Lluis Homar), a blind screenwriter still troubled by the events that led to his blindness and, with it, the abandonment of his film-directing career. The blindness is, of course, also symbolic of the insecurity of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harryâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; real name Mateo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in dealing with his reality and his art. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material. Two hours, eight minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009) Invictus ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Politics and rugby collide in director Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughtful drama about post-apartheid South Africa and two men who helped unite a fractured country. Inspiring messages about equality, forgiveness and understanding resonate thanks to Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deft hand and standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Racial tensions are high in early- to mid-1990s South Africa, following the end of apartheid and the election of President Nelson Mandela (Freeman). Many South African citizens root against the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national rugby team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Springboks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; viewing it as a symbol of oppression and prejudice. The vocal majority aims to have the team disbanded, until Mandela urges solidarity over â&#x20AC;&#x153;petty revenge.â&#x20AC;? Mandela sees the

struggling Springboks as an opportunity to mend fences and meets with team captain Francois Pienaar (Damon), encouraging the humble Pienaar to lead his team on an improbable Rugby World Cup championship run. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. 2 hours, 12 minutes. T.H. (Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009) Sherlock Holmes ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sleuth gets a cinematic adrenaline shot for this wildly entertaining and action-packed mystery. Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is the private investigator du jour in turn-of-the-century England. The eccentric but brilliant Holmes works alongside his colleague Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) to solve unsolvable crimes. Convicted killer Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) seems to have cheated death through the use of dark magic, and his unexplainable powers have forced the populace into a frenzied panic. Blackwood isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only concern. Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; old flame and former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) resurfaces with a request to find a missing man. As Holmes desperately tries to stave off his feelings for Adler, he begins to realize the two cases are linked. Furthermore, Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forthcoming nuptials may spell the end of his partnership with Holmes. And a mysterious professor lurks in the shadows. Rated PG-13 for violence and action, startling images and a scene of suggestive material. 2 hours, 14 minutes. T.H. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)

at his disposal for doing a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dirty work. Ryan meets his match in Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), a sexy mileage junkie equally as turned on by elite status and sleekly wheeled luggage. Theirs is a match made in heaven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and hour-long intervals in Omaha, Modesto and Wichita. Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carefully crafted cocoon threatens to rupture when savvy supervisor Craig Gregory (Jason Bateman) hires wet-behind-the-ears consultant Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) to eviscerate 85 percent of the travel budget and take the company â&#x20AC;&#x153;glocalâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; global-turning-local. Ryan and Natalie set off for Detroit and a series of test firings to prove their points. His that the proper sack requires face-to-face commitment; hers that a disembodied computer presence is just as effective. Let the games begin! Rated R for language and sexual content. 1 hour, 49 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; J.A. (Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009)

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Taco taco man Adam Torres of Sancho’s conquers downtown Palo Alto by Sheila Himmel

Veronica Weber


The signature fish taco at Sancho’s, with lightly battered fish and a chipotle remoulade.


Pizzeria Venti !

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hey’ve been a long time coming, but fabulous fish tacos are here at last. After 10 months of “coming soon,” Sancho’s Taqueria opened in mid-October in downtown Palo Alto. It’s over on Lytton Avenue, in a location best known as the Captain Cosmos sandwich shop before becoming a Mediterranean restaurant and then yet-another vacancy. If you’re already downtown, go. If not, go. Parking on Lytton is not as competitive as on University or Hamilton. Split a ceviche appetizer or a beautiful Cobb salad and a couple of fish tacos, grilled or fried, and be totally satisfied for less than $15 each. Complimentary chips are fresh and warm. It’s a small space, with seating for 15, but even if there’s a line out front you won’t

wait long. Sancho’s started in the hills of Redwood City, where despite the off-radar location partners Adam Torres and Armando Prado grew the business from hole-in-wall to spacious restaurant. (Their uncle, Hector Prado, now runs the taqueria, with the same menu, and fullserve grocery at La Tiendita Market, near the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto.) The signature fish taco ($3.95) stars red snapper, simply grilled or fried in a light tempura batter. You could argue about which preparation is better for your health, but both taste great. Sprinkle fresh lime into the warm flour tortilla heaped with fish, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions and peppers. The (continued on next page)

The origins of Spaghetti alla Carbonara are obscure but few dishes conjure up a more loyal following. The name is derived from the Italian word for charcoal where the dish was made popular as a meal for the charcoal makers. Still others going so far as to say it was named for a secret society the “Carbonari” as tribute during Italy’s unification. Since the dish is unrecorded prior to 1927 it will forever be intertwined with the closing days of World War II. And while some historians attribute its creation to hungry American soldiers in Rome, it rarely reaches the heights in this country that it does in Rome. Beyond assumptions, it is most likely an old recipe passed down for generation to generation in the shepherding regions surrounding Rome. Carbonara is the pinnacle of perfection in pasta, surpassing even the more foundational Aglio e Olio (garlic and oil). In a good Carbonara, the creaminess comes not from cream, but from the perfect use of eggs against the residual heat of the spaghetti. Correctly done, spaghetti alla Carbonara is a textural and sensual study in classic cooking. Never made ahead of time, only to order, your culinary journey to Rome during the war years begins here at Pizzeria Venti.

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In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the cheese and black pepper and set aside. In a medium skillet over low heat, cook the pancetta slowly, turning the pieces occasionally, for until they are cooked through and beginning to crisp. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti. Cook, until the pasta is al dente. Save 1 cup hot pasta water. Drain the pasta, add back the hot pasta water and return it immediately to the skillet. Stir to combine pasta and pancetta. Stir in the egg and cheese mixture and toss well to coat the pasta thoroughly to distribute it evenly. Serve with a sprinkle of pecorino cheese.

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secret sauce is chipotle remoulade, a tangy mayonnaise pulsed with capers and cornichons. Torres perfected his chipotle remoulade at the Village Pub in Woodside. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Torres also worked at the tony San Francisco landmark Boulevard. His cousin Armando, meanwhile, ran two taquerias in the East Bay. They grew up together in Redwood City, where Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father had a popular restaurant featuring traditional Michoacan cuisine. Seafood and cotija run in their veins. Shrimp come in fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, cocktails and ceviche (plump and marinated). There are four prawn dinner plates and a Surf & Turf (prawns and grilled beef). Or add shrimp ($3.50) to any salad. Remember to specify beans when ordering tacos and burritos. Black beans or whole pintos wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been better than the refried mush messing up my roasted pork burrito ($5.75). Avoid beans altogether with a sope, cornmeal cake ($3.95) topped with chile verde or another meat, sour cream, lettuce and pico de gallo, chopped tomatoes, onions and chiles. Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers fresh choices for vegetarians, including a veggie torta, the Mexican sandwich. The menu is highly adaptable for children as well. A child can pick among eight meats that also go in tacos and burritos, and pair it with rice or beans ($4.75) if none of the simpler dishes meet his fancy. In the buoyant, eager-to-please spirit of Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, sidewalk seating is imminent while wine and beer are â&#x20AC;&#x153;coming soon.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013; Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taqueria 491 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. 650-322-8226 Hours: Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Reservations

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Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news, sports & hot picks

Sports Shorts


Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a special player

ON THE FARM . . . Stanford athletic teams will be easing back into post-holiday action this weekend with a handful of events on campus. On Friday, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics team will host its annual Cadinal and White intrasquad meet in Burnham Pavilion at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim team will host Pacific at 11 a.m., followed by the men against the Tigers at 1 p.m. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squash team will host Penn at 12:30 p.m., the wrestling team will host the Stanford Duals in Burnham Pavilion, meeting Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. and then Oregon State at 2 p.m. Menlo College also will participate, facing Oregon State at 12:30 p.m. and Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. Topping the day will be the Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team, which +will take on an alumni squad in Maples Pavilion at 8 p.m.

Paly grad Jeremy Lin is now putting Harvard on the basketball map by Rick Eymer


ON THE SNOW . . . Even at 50 years young, Palo Alto resident Beth (Heiden) Reid can still teach her daughter a thing or two about skiing. Reid placed eighth overall at the US National Cross Country Ski Championships 10K freestyle race in Anchorage on Monday in Alaska. Her daughter, Gunn grad Joanne Reid is an up-and-coming cross country skier. She ran cross country and track with the Titans for four years. Beth Reid, whose older brother (and Midpeninsula resident) Eric Heiden became an Olympic speed-skating legend, was a world champion in 1979 in speed skating, and was a NCAA champion in XC skiing (1983) while competing for the University of Vermont. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also won a world championship in cycling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just shocked,â&#x20AC;? Reid said of her first national cross-country ski championships in 27 years.â&#x20AC;?

Friday Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball: Stanford at USC, 7 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM)

Saturday Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball: UCLA at Stanford, 3 p.m., Comcast Sports Net Bay Area; XTRA Sports (860 AM); KZSU (90.1 FM)

Sunday Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball: Stanford at UCLA, 2 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

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Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin (4), driving past SCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marc Trasolini, scored only six points but matched his career high with nine assists in Harvardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 74-66 win over host Santa Clara on Monday night.

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MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BASKETBALL

Thrilling win sends Stanford into showdown with UCLA by Rick Eymer


tanford sophomore guard Jeremy Green can use the extra day of rest before the Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team plays visiting UCLA on Saturday. Green probably needed to be in an infirmary rather than Maples Pavilion on Wednesday night but when Stanford needed him, he delivered. Jarrett Mann hit a free throw in the final 11 seconds to give the Cardinal a 54-53 victory over visiting USC in a Pac-10 Conference contest. Green led Stanford (1-1, 7-7) with 17 points despite play-

ing with a sore ankle, a sore wrist and sore ribs. Green missed practice time because of his ankle and wrist problems earlier in the season and he got hit in the ribs and sustained stretched ligaments during the first half against the Trojans. He had to leave the game twice to receive treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wanted to compete and he came back and gave us huge contributions,â&#x20AC;? Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. Landry Fields added 14 points, eight rebounds and five as(continued on page 33)

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ON THE GO . . . Former Stanford special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin, who also coached the defensive ends at Stanford for the past three seasons, was named an assistant coach in charge of linebackers at Florida â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just two years removed from a national football championship. The 31-year-old Durkin, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, joined the Cardinal after serving two seasons on the coaching staff at Bowling Green State University, his alma mater, where worked with the defensive ends in 2005.

alo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin has become like a cult hero to many and a pretty good college basketball player to anyone paying to the game these days. Along the way, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helping make a little history. Four years ago, Lin led the Vikings to their second state title in school history. Now, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing special things at Harvard. On Monday night, the senior point guard heavily influenced ticket sales for Santa Clara menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first sellout of the season, and its largest crowd for a nonconference game ever. Surrounding the Broncosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; student section was a large contingent of Asians. Many of them wore black T-shirts with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jeremy Lin Showâ&#x20AC;? written in white on the back and â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believeâ&#x20AC;? on the front. The T-shirts were the brainchild of former Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hoops coach Peter Diepenbrock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My teammates told me it looked like Hong Kong,â&#x20AC;? Lin said of the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thankful for the support. It means a lot to me. People Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met and people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m flattered and overwhelmed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a game with more support in my entire life than this one.â&#x20AC;? Lin, one of Harvardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team captains, has helped the Crimson to its best start in 25 years. Harvard also reached 10 wins quicker than in any of the previous 98 years of the program. The Crimson (11-3) opens its Ivy League season Saturday afternoon against visiting Dartmouth and Lin says that is when Harvard really needs to start taking care of business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to understand the Ivy

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ayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike have found a way for the basketball court, especially in the paint, to be big enough for the both of them. Appel still ranks top billing but Ogwumike is becoming a star attraction of her own after a 24-point, 16-rebound effort in a 79-58 win over Cal last weekend. With a supporting cast that includes Kayla Pedersen and Joslyn Tinkle, this group has blockbuster of the year written all over them. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all headed for Los Angeles and the Hollywood stage of the Pac-10 Conference. The second-ranked Cardinal (1-0, 11-1) is about to play a pair of meaningful games against USC Friday night at 7 p.m. and at UCLA on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans and Bruins each swept a road series in Arizona last

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sists and Andrew Zimmerman had 10 points for the Cardinal, which snapped USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-game winning streak. Stanford returns to the court against the Bruins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, hoping to start another winning streak. The Cardinal has won just two games in its past seven. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UCLA has a great tradition,â&#x20AC;? Dawkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a great coach and a great team. I expect their best effort.â&#x20AC;? The Bruins (2-1, 7-8) edged California, 76-75 in overtime, on Wednesday and seems poised to

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League season is the most important,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had good nonconference records before but then flopped in league play. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good. We still have to work hard every day. We know Cornell is still the favorite and they have been destroying teams.â&#x20AC;? The Crimsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest victory, a 74-66 nonconference win over the Broncos, showed why Lin is considered one of the top point guards in the nation. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a great scoring game but he contributed a career high nine assists to go with four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeremy is our No. 1 playmaker,â&#x20AC;? Harvard freshman Kyle Casey said after scoring 27 points in the victory over Santa Clara. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there we want to get him the ball in the middle. He draws a lot of attention.â&#x20AC;? Lin also learned he was one of 20 players named as a midseason candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top point guard, and one of 30 finalists for the John Wooden Award. Lin has team-leading averages of 17.4 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second with 5.0 re-

weekend, impressing the rest of the conference with the rare occurrence. First-year USC coach Michael Cooper is no stranger to the coaching ranks, having served as a head coach in both the NBA and the WNBA. He coached the Los Angeles Sparks to a pair of WNBA titles and was a member of four NBA title teams with the Los Angeles Lakers. Stanford and the Women of Troy (2-0, 8-5) played the two toughest nonconference schedules in the Pac-10. Stanford went up against eight teams that played in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA tournament, including three Top-10 teams, and USC played seven teams that reached the tournament. Stanford has been having trouble with keeping three of its point guards on the court this week in practice. Jeanette Pohlen, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy have been unable to practice due to swelling in

the area of previous injuries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to iron some things out offensively,â&#x20AC;? Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some bright spots in the way Murphy and Ogwumike played last week but overall weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not playing as well as we want to be or how we need to be. We missed too many point blank shots and we should be able to implement things in our game by now.â&#x20AC;? Pohlen, who sustained an ankle injury against California but returned to finish the game, experienced swelling of her ankle. Murphy, who had just returned from five weeks off due to a knee injury, and Hones, who missed the better part of last season with an ACL tear, each had swelling in the knee. VanDerveer considers all three to be minor setbacks and hopes giving them additional rest during the early part of the week will help. N

rally from the depths of a sub .500 mark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get a chance to prepare for UCLA an extra day,â&#x20AC;? Mann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can go against the scout team a little more and get more used to things.â&#x20AC;? Mann and UCLA guard Malcolm Lee played against each other at an All-American camp a couple of years ago and Mann believes Lee will be looking for some redemption from a game in which he â&#x20AC;&#x153;took it to him.â&#x20AC;? After the Cal game, Dawkins sought to encourage other players to make an impact. Mann, Zimmerman, Jack Trotter, Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Veed Dildy and Matei Daian provided just the effort needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more guys to contrib-

ute,â&#x20AC;? Dawkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They took it to heart and took advantage of their chances.â&#x20AC;? Daianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven-minute stretch, Dawkins said, was such an occasion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had the putback, he tipped a ball to another player and made big contributions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has that wide body and is someone who can compete with guys physically. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we need.â&#x20AC;? Stanford had to sweat out the final seconds of Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game as the Trojans (2-1, 10-5) had three chances to win it before the buzzer sounded. Mike Gerrity hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to tie the game at 53-all. The Trojans scored seven unanswered points to knot things up. N

bounds and owns a .342 three-point shooting percentage on a team-best 17 made long-range shots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeremy isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a one-dimensional player,â&#x20AC;? Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why he is what he is and what they are. When your senior leader scores six points in a road game and they win, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just the leading scorer.â&#x20AC;? Lin has been one of Harvardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top players since coach Tommy Amaker, a Duke grad like Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johnny Dawkins, inserted him into the starting lineup when the former Viking was a sophomore. Amaker knew a good player when he saw him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I could take the credit,â&#x20AC;? Amaker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a coach you get the chance to teach special kids. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long to recognize that in people. He showed up here with incredible presence and passion. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tremendous basketball player and his game speaks for itself.â&#x20AC;? Former Stanford star Anthony Goods, who played against Lin two years ago in Maples Pavilion, was on hand for Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game along with Diepenbrock and current Paly boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach Bob Roehl. Goods, who worked out with Lin over the summer, scored 17 points and the Cardinal beat Harvard, 11156, in the 2007-08 season opener. Lin, who led Palo Alto to the state

Division II title in 2006, was 0-of-6 from the field, was held scoreless and did not record an assist or rebound before fouling out in the final 30 seconds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember that game and the experience,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked at it that it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much worse. I tried to stay a little more relaxed tonight. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy but it was fun and an enjoyable experience.â&#x20AC;? The anxiety of playing what could be his last game in front of a home crowd was manageable, but just barely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me being a senior was definitely part of it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been home in a long time in a basketball sense. This was a chance to reconnect with a lot of friends and past teammates.â&#x20AC;? Lin and the Crimson have come a long way since that November evening, his first visit as a collegiate player to his hometown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say 100 percent for sure that I knew this would happen,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always unsure with young guys. The last two classes are the most talented recruiting classes weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had. These guys come ready to play.â&#x20AC;? Monday night was Linâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th game with Harvard and his 72nd consecutive start. He has appeared in every Crimson game in his four years. N

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Palo Alto boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer has a lot to live up to after 21-1-3 year While Vikings battle for postseason honors, WBAL race looks tight again with Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo expected to resume their showdowns by Keith Peters he Palo Alto boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer team is coming off its third-straight appearance in a Central Coast Section championship match as well as the finest record in school history. That puts a lot of pressure and expectations on the Vikings as they prepare to open their 2010 SCVAL De Anza Division season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we will be competitive this year,â&#x20AC;? said Paly coach Don Briggs, who guided the Vikings to a 21-1-3 record last season, topped by a 0-0 deadlock with Bellarmine in the CCS Division I title match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be difficult to repeat last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, which was the best record of any previous Paly soccer team. This looks like it will be an interesting year and it starts right after the break.â&#x20AC;? The holiday break is over and the league season is under way. Palo Alto (0-0, 3-2-3), which opened Thursday against Monta Vista, will


visit Gunn on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Titans (1-0, 2-5) opened Tuesday with a big 2-0 victory at Mountain View. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountain View is back in the De Anza Division and Jim McGuirk always has well-organized teams that play strong defense and always seem to have a top-notch keeper,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gunn will be competitive when their keeper (Cameron McElfresh) comes back and I think he comes back at the beginning of league. Scott Baer No matter what their record is, they play tough against us.â&#x20AC;? Gunn went 11-7-5 last season, losing to Bellarmine in the CCS Division I semifinals after going 6-3-3 in league play. Defender Scott Baer

is back along with fellow defenders Sterling Hancock, Konrad Guzinski, Michael Starr, Jorge Salazar and Kenji Frahm plus senior midfielder Enzo Cabili, and senior forward Greg Albrecht. Hancock scored the winning goal against Mountain View and added a penalty kick four minutes later after freshman Johnny Sun was taken down in the penalty box after taking a pass from junior Mason Naar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Los Gatos will be in the mix and I usually figure they are one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to beat to win league,â&#x20AC;? Briggs continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milpitas is always tough and has a couple of speedy forwards, including the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scorer from last year. They will surprise quite a few

teams.â&#x20AC;? Monta Vista and Los Altos also return to the De Anza Division after spending last season in the El Camino. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are young with some bright spots, including the play of two starting freshmen (Grant Shorin and Peter Laminette) on defense and a new senior keeper (Scott Alexander). Mark Raftrey (returning junior starter) and (junior) Nittai Malcin round out the new defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jenner Fox is back in the midfield after miss- Jenner Fox ing most of last season with a broken foot. Junior John Richardson, a junior midfielder is playing well and helps distribute the ball along with Fox. Our other outside midfield spot has been shared by James Maa and Sam Greene.

Many of our players are new to the varsity program, but I feel we are just beginning to gel as a team.â&#x20AC;? While Palo Alto lost a handful of key seniors from last year in addition to a few returnees to a local soccer academy, there have been a few pleasant surprises that include the play of Ethan Plant at both forward and center midfield, Alex Freeman at right midfield and Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play at keeper. Briggs said the important thing is for his team to stay healthy to have any kind of chance of making a deep run in the CCS playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have four or five players on our 20-man roster who are still suffering injuries from their â&#x20AC;&#x153;club seasonâ&#x20AC;? along with a couple that are out for the season or have only had a few minutes on the field,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seniors John Anderton and Spencer Sims, our lead scoring forwards, have been out due to injuries for nearly the whole preseason. But (junior) Zac Hummel, a new student from Oregon, and (sophomore) Kris Hoglund, a returnee from last year, have had strong games of late and are improving with each game.â&#x20AC;? Palo Alto went 11-0-1 in league last season while allowing just one goal. Briggs doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect any team to be that perfect in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In contrast, this would appear to be one of the most wide-open seasons in the past eight years of the De Anza Division,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to keep improving as the season progresses and be competitive in every match. I do not see any easy games coming up in our league schedule.â&#x20AC;? The same might be said of the West Bay Athletic League this season where Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo, Eastside Prep, Pinewood and Priory all will battle for postseason berths. Sacred Heart Prep is the defending WBAL champ after going 103-1 last season. The Gators are off to a 3-0 start in league this season (5-3 overall) after a 2-0 win over Eastside Prep on Wednesday. Max Polkinhorne returns as the starting keeper in addition to subbing in the field at times. Senior Reid Gaa returns for a fourth season to lead the way. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joined by returnees Marcelino Perez, Alec Mishra, Victor and Robert Ojeda plus fellow football players Matt Walter and Jack Odell plus newcomer Joseph Boulous. Walter and Boulous provided the goals in the win over Eastside Prep. Sacred Heart was knocked out of the CCS playoffs in the opening round last season to finish 11-9-1. Menlo School lost the WBAL title to SHP last season, finishing 8-2-4 in league, but the Knights are out to make amends for that in 2010. Menlo is off to a 2-0-1 start in league (4-3-1 overall) under first-year coach Mark Arya, a former All-American at Cal, (continued on page 36)

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Sacred Heart Prep ready to defend as soccer battles ready to begin

by Keith Peters part of the season when she travels The Panthers did lose some key he first season of the West Bay to Costa Rica with the U.S. National players to graduation, but appeared Athletic League girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer 17-under team for the World Cup to as strong or stronger until a numseason was a doozy in 2009. tryouts, had two goals and three ber of injuries slowed this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The second season, which begins assists in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourney while progress. The biggest loss was freshnext week, might be even better. Terpening helped anchor a defense man Mariana Galvan, a member of To start with, the WBAL Foot- against some strong Southern Cali- the U.S. National U-15 team. She hill Division boasts the defending fornia teams. tore an ACL during a national team Central Coast Section Division III â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are getting fit and starting camp in Florida in early December champion in Sacred Heart Prep. The to play together as a team,â&#x20AC;? Moffat and is lost for the season. Gators put together the finest season said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geena GrauThe Panthers also in program history in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09, going 10- man (a junior) has lost last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0-2 to win their first league title and been injured (knee), leading scorer, sethen sweeping through the playoffs which has created a nior Adriana Cortes, for the section crown. big hole for us. But, to a sprained ankle Head coach Jake Moffat has an- other girls have reallast month. She is other strong team this season, but ly stepped up. Lizzy expected to be back the WBAL will be tough to predict and Abby have rethis month, along once again. ally connected nicewith junior Alex â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not sure what to expect from ly, which creates a Schnabel, who was the WBAL this year,â&#x20AC;? Moffat said. dangerous attack for sidelined by an MCL â&#x20AC;&#x153;We, along with Menlo and Priory, us.â&#x20AC;? injury. Sophomore need to replace some key players. I The one team that Molly Simpson sufthink the league will come down to gave SHP the most fered a deep cut to who has done the best job of filling trouble in league her forhead in Monthose holes. The game next Thurs- play last season was dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1-0 nonleague day (Jan. 14) with Priory will tell a Menlo, which battled victory over Santa lot. It should be a very competitive the Gators to a pair Adriana Cortes Cruz and junior Laumatch.â&#x20AC;? of ties while finishren Barkmann has a Sacred Heart Prep went 15-3-5 a ing the WBAL season 8-2-2. The possible shin fracture (or severe shin year ago, losing seven seniors off Knights will be out to improve upon splints). that team. The Gators are off to a those deadlocks this season while Once those two return and ev6-3-1 start and appear to be headed hoping to wrest the league title away. eryone is healthy, Priory could be in the right direction after winning More important, Menlo wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget a force. Junior Massiel Castellathe consolation championship of the that its season-ending loss in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09 nos is back after leading the team Excalibur Invitational in Orange CCS quarterfinals was to SHP. in scoring her freshman year. She County last week. Sacred Heart Menlo is already off to its best missed much of last season with dropped its tourney opener, but start (6-0-1) in years under veteran a leg injury. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scored the winwon four straight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including two coach Donoson FitzGerald, in his ning goal against Santa Cruz on a matches on the final day. 21st year and still searching for his penalty kick. Also back is senior As the defending first CCS title. The Melissa Perna, senior Lauren Allen champ, the Gators Knights had to settle plus sophomores Darrah Shields, have to be considered for a 1-1 deadlock Eugenia Jernick and Alyson Perna. the league favorite with Paly on Tues- Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a third Perna, sophountil someone else day. more Angela, to make things congrabs the honor. SHP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success fusing for head coach Armando del has only four seniors (this season) has Rio. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Denniston been the result of Freshman Sarah Zuckerman is and starters Lizzy the girls playing well making an impact on defense while Weisman, Caroline as a team,â&#x20AC;? he said. freshman keeper Elizabeth Oliphant Moe and Christie â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a real is coming into her own and improvByrne â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a strong team effort. We have ing. 10-player junior class had so many playâ&#x20AC;&#x153;All in all,â&#x20AC;? del Rio said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my foled by starters Abby ers scoring goals, cus is on getting the team as healthy Dahlkemper, Nicole particularly senior as we can get for next week, and we Quilliam, Sophia Nicole Fasola, se- will just have to manager any cirAbuel-Saud and Launior Katie Baum and cumstances/injuries, as our goal is ren Espeseth. sophomore Sophie to get to CCS.â&#x20AC;? Abby Dahlkemper â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excalibur did reSheeline.â&#x20AC;? If there is a potential spoiler in the ally help to bring things together, Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midfield, meanwhile, WBAL (Foothill Division), it could particularly in the defense,â&#x20AC;? Moffat has controlled play and created be Castilleja, which originally was said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are starting a sophomore good scoring opportunities. Lead- to be dropped into the Skyline Dikeeper, Chris Sours, and a sopho- ing the way has been junior Kelly vision (to be replaced by Crystal more sweeper, Stephanie Terpening. Cavan, sophomore Shannon Lacy Springs). The Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; returning talAfter a rough start, giving up three and freshman Maya Norman. The ent, however, allowed the decision goals in the first half to a tough Los defense has limited the opponents to to be reversed and stay in the FootAlamitos team, the defense only three goals in six games with fresh- hill with all the heavyweights. yielded one goal in the run of play man keeper Julia Dressel, senior The Gators are 3-2, losing nonover the next 4 1/2 games. Elitah Petty, senior Mila Sheeline, league matches to Menlo and Saâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Stephanie did a great job of an- sophomore Frannie McCarthy and cred Heart Prep by close scores. choring the defense. Chris saved sophomore Elle Laub leading the Those teams will meet later this three PKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a shootout against way. month when it counts. Castilleja Walnut. We won the consolation â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have so many good play- is still young, featuring only four bracket, which was a much better ers,â&#x20AC;? FitzGerald said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but, more seniors that include starters Emily result for us than last year when we importantly, they play very well as Colvin, Amy Toig and keeper Allie were eliminated on the second day a team.â&#x20AC;? May. Caitlin Colvin is the leading with a record of 1-2.â&#x20AC;? Priory is the third big player in the scorer with seven goals while felWeisman and Dahlkemper were WBAL this season. The Panthers low sophomores Emily Mosbacher the standouts offensively. Weisman finished second last year (10-2), and Martha Harding also have conscored three goals with one assist losing only to SHP while beating tributed to the offense with juniors and was named to the all-tourna- Menlo twice. They advanced to the Rachel Brownell and Charlotte ment team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that was filled CCS playoffs before losing in the Geaghan-breiner. with NCAA Division I-bound play- quarterfinals to top-seeded Santa In the SCVAL De Anza Division, ers. Dahlkemper, who will miss Cruz to finish the year 15-5-1. Palo Alto (3-2-1) returns with an-



Ahjalee Harvey

Jeff Keller

Eastside Prep

Menlo-Atherton High

The junior guard scored 83 points and dished out 20 assists, getting 28 points in the OT finale, to earn Most Valuable Player honors as the Panthers went 4-0 and won the Diamond Division of the West Coast Jamboree.

The senior guard scored 69 points during a 3-1 basketball week, highlighted by 53 points in three victories to win the Condor Classic. The MVP scored the winning basket in a 46-45 win over San Benito in the tourney finale.

Honorable mention Felicia Anderson

Davante Adams

Eastside Prep basketball

Hailie Eackles

Palo Alto basketball

Myles Brewer

Pinewood basketball

Menlo-Atherton basketball

Miranda Seto

Richard Harris

Pinewood basketball

Menlo basketball

Natasha von Kaeppler Castilleja basketball

Joseph Lin Palo Alto basketball

Lizzy Weisman

Walbank Mahoni

Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Eve Zelinger*

Menlo-Atherton basketball

Max Simon

Castilleja basketball

Palo Alto wrestling * previous winner

To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to

other strong team. The Vikings have their sights set again on reaching the CCS Division I championship game, but this time with a victory. Paly lost to Monta Vista in the title match in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09 and opened its league season Thursday against the same team. Palo Alto has nine returning starters and a strong group of newcomers. Leading the way is senior forward Kelly Jenks, the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top junior last year. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play at Santa Clara University next fall. Midfielder/forward Erika Hoglund is committed to play for Princeton while junior keeper Alex Kershner is back to start her third year. Also back are se- Kelly Jenks niors Maeve Stewart, Kaitlyn Patterson, Emily Yeates, Sophie Cain and Claire Skrabutenas plus a very deep lineup that includes sophomore Marina Foley, junior Gracie Cain and junior Hannah Ohlson. Gunn (0-1, 2-3-1), which visits Paly on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., al-

ready lost two players for the year (one with a torn ACL) and has two other injured players â&#x20AC;&#x201D; leaving new coach Damian Cohen with just 13 players. Cohen had a similar situation when he coached at Priory, a young team with not enough bodies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The league is obviously quite challenging,â&#x20AC;? he said. Cohen likes his team, but knows the Titans need to prove themselves after winning the El Camino Division crown last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is what we aim to show this year, that we do belong in this upper division,â&#x20AC;? he said. Helping Gunn get there will be keeper Brooke Binkley and forward Emily Hardison, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only seniors. The juniors feature Anna von Clemm, Melissa Sun, Diana Wise and Holly McKenna (currently injured) while the sophomores feature Alyssa Perreault, Liza Marinaro and Laura Heyward, among others.

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following a 2-1 win over Crystal Springs on Wednesday. Menlo was knocked out of the CCS playoffs in a 6-5 penalty-kick setback to Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy after reaching the second round with a 9-8 win in penalty kicks over Harker. Menlo lost 10 seniors to graduation, but had 10 juniors on that squad and most of them are contributing this season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jackson Badger, Jack Hessel, Coby Joseph, Spike Lufkin, Jonathan Melgar, Sanjay and Vikram Padval and Alex Chang.

Sam Parker and junior Lowry Yankwich, both standouts on the cross-country team, have figured in much of the scoring and have been joined by fellow newcomers Dawson Williams, defender Luca Keyt, sophomore Henry Bard, standout freshman starting goalie Timmy Costa and freshmen Ryan Karle. Yankwich and Vikram Padval provided the goals against Crystal Springs while Costa was a standout, blocking back-to-back penalty kicks. Eastside Prep (2-1, 2-2-2) is off to a good start in league play under coach Greg Jellin. Senior keeper Manuel Chavez anchors the defense while Jesus Magana is a big threat

Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer

on offense. Javier Magana and crosscountry standout Darryl Sepulveda are also key performers on offense. Defenders Gustavo Jimenez (team captain) and Alonso Guerrero lead the way while freshman Christian (Sonic) Rosales is a key starter as a center midfielder. Priory has a new coach in Paul Moran and he has his team off to a 1-2 start in league play (1-4 overall). Among those leading the Panthers are Evan Filipczyk, Alex Brugger, Guillermo Talancon, Wyatt Farino and Tommy Shields. Pinewood (0-2-1, 0-5-1) is still looking for its first win, but did tie Harker on Wednesday, 2-2, to show some offensive life. N

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In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton (1-0, 5-1-1) is off to a good start under coach Paul Snow. The Bears romped to a 6-2 victory over host Sequoia on Tuesday as senior Mallory Stevens scored twice while junior Gillian Collom, senior Vanessa Renkel, sophomore Jennifer Kirst and sophomore Lindsay Keare also scored. Senior Brigid McCurdy and freshman Caitlyn Lanigan are sharing time at keeper while junior midfielder Victoria Fernandez and sophomores Meryssa Thomp-

son and Naomie Pacalin have been backed up by defenders like senior Elena Kolarov, junior Tess Cain and sophomore Lauren Dunn. At Pinewood, the Panthers (1-4) are getting their WBAL Skyline Division season under way with returning seniors like defenders Kelsey Dean and Katherine Mellis, halfbacks Maia Nofal and Madisen Hirsch, Shayma Hesari as a forward, and Jessica Lacey and Maddie Swisher in the goal. Danielle Man (midfield), Margo Cilker (forward) and Adrienne Whitlock (forwards) provide depth to a team with potential. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also five freshmen, led by talented Gabrielle Amos-Grosser. N


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Palo Alto Weekly 01.08.2010 - Section 1  
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Section 1 of the January 8, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly