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City proposes to peek at people’s garbage New Palo Alto ordinance aims to reduce amount of recyclable, compostable materials in trash cans by Gennady Sheyner alo Altans who repeatedly throw recyclable items into their trash bins could soon find themselves slapped with fines and without a garbage-collection service. The city is in the midst of revising its Recycling and Composting

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Ordinance with the goal of significantly reducing the percentage of recyclables that end up in local garbage. On Tuesday night, staff from the Public Works Department said the new ordinance would likely involve an intense effort to educate the public about recycling

and a new surcharge for some of the city’s most egregious violators of the new policy. Clay Reigel, the city’s Zero Waste supervisor, said the ordinance would not include any punitive measures in its first year, instead focusing exclusively on education. But in the second year, residents and businesses that throw large volumes of paper, plastic and other recyclable goods into their black garbage bins will be hit with warnings, educational

materials and, ultimately, fines. Reigel said the penalties would only apply to the city’s worst violators of the recycling policy — those who ignore the warnings and continue to throw away recyclables. They would find that their garbage is no longer collected. “It’s not meant to be heavy-handed,” Reigel told a gathering of about 30 residents Tuesday night. “The intent is not to make it punitive for people making an effort to comply.

“It’s trying to focus on those who are really egregious and who wouldn’t do it any other way.” Public Works staff estimated that about 43 percent of the city’s garbage is actually recyclable and 29 percent is compostable. The goal of the ordinance is to dramatically reduce that percentage and to help the city meet its goal of Zero Waste by 2021 (sending no — or minimal (continued on page 7)

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wo men — one the best friend of a man who was gunned down outside Palo Alto City Hall in July 2008 and the other a friend of the man accused of the fatal shooting — took the witness stand this week in Santa Clara County Superior Court. It was the start of the trial of Otto Emil Koloto of Gilroy. He has been charged with the murder of 27year-old Philip Lacy, with an en ha nc ement for use of a firearm during the commission of a felony — robbing Lacy of his Otto Emil Koloto expensive jewelry. Faramarz Maleki, who had been friends with Lacy since high school in Millbrae, said Monday that Lacy was enamored of the long, gold chain and Philip Lacy heavy diamondencrusted crucifix that played a central role in his death. The flashy gold chain that prominently hung down to Lacy’s abdomen was his “pride and joy,” Maleki said. Lacy wore the chain and cross every day. It was valued at between $5,000 and $10,000.

Gone fishin’ Nathan Ellisen, left, Grace Peek, center, and fellow students and volunteers from Walter Hays Elementary School prepare to cast a net at the Baylands during a field trip in early March. The trip’s aim was to teach kids about animal life and conservation. Shiner Surf perches caught that day will be featured in the Lucy Evans Nature Interpretative Center’s aquarium.

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census workers will be knocking on the door. Jim Kamenelis, a longtime Silicon Valley IT director, is one of those with ample qualifications. An IT manager who was looking for work after a failed startup, Kamenelis was hired by the Census Bureau in the summer of 2008 as the local office manager to help ramp-up to the big count. He expects his job to end this September, he said. Kamenelis said he has tested about 15,000 local applicants for census jobs, which are on-againoff-again depending on tasks at hand. He has also managed a variety of preparations, such as updat-

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Around Town CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH STANFORD ... Riding down Embarcadero Road last week, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said she got butterflies in her stomach. Jarrett, a 1978 Stanford University graduate and close friend of Michelle and Barack Obama, said her return to campus to deliver a lecture recalled memories of her firstever approach to the university as an entering freshman in 1974. “I’d never visited Stanford before. It was all a mystery and a terrific surprise.� At The Farm, Jarrett said she’d originally planned to study to become a physician, like her father. But she switched to psychology following a “close encounter with a cadaver� after tagging along with a medicalstudent friend to his anatomy class. Jarrett, who said she tutored a student with autism while at Stanford, urged students to commit themselves in some way to public service and to make the most of their time at Stanford. “I’ve been telling everyone these were really the best four years of my life,� she said. “I won’t say this is as good as it gets, but it’s pretty darn good.� FINDING A MARKET ... Palo Alto officials acknowledged that last year’s experiment with a farmers market in front of City Hall was a bit of a dud, with fewer than 20 people participating in the market’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. But the city isn’t quite ready to give up its quest to bring more fresh produce downtown. On Monday, the City Council will discuss the latest proposal: a farmers market at the newly rebuilt Lytton Plaza. Unlike last year’s market, this one wouldn’t be supported by public subsidies. Instead, it would largely rely on volunteer coordination, summer interns and musicians who get their compensation exclusively through tips. Sherry Bijan, president of the Downtown Business Improvement District, would work with the volunteer market manager and help coordinate the project. The farmers market would still include Capay Valley Growers, who provided produce for last year’s pilot program, but city officials also hope to

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Palo Alto comes up short on composting options Heated debate pits composting advocates against aviators, conservationists or city budget by Gennady Sheyner

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want the new facility on their turf, according to a new staff analysis. In short, there is no easy choice for a local composting site, where local yard and food waste from households and businesses, along

with sewer sludge, could be turned into energy. City officials have struggled for the past year to determine what to do with the composting operation once the city’s landfill in Byxbee Park closes in 2012. On Monday night, the City Council learned that all three of the sites staff had previously considered for a new composting facility face significant financial and legal barriers and are therefore unlikely locations. The council is scheduled to resume the composting discussion on April 5. One site the council had previously considered was a strip of Palo Alto Airport land on Embarcadero

Road adjacent to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. Last fall, the city’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Composting recommended the airport site as a possible location for an advanced “anaerobic digestion” facility. But staff said Monday night that putting a composting plant just north of the wastewater facility would impact the airport and require the city to sway a vociferous group of airport supporters and the Federal Aviation Administration, which opposes the plan. In October, the council directed staff not to consider sites that would impact the airport — direction that essentially eliminated the airport site.

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— waste to landfills by 2021). The ordinance revision, which is modeled on similar laws in Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, would take effect in July. In the first year, the city would send residents recycling guides, hold community meetings on recycling and update the city’s website to include all the pertinent recycling information. Meanwhile, the city’s garbage collector, GreenWaste, would be peeking in local garbage bins to identify who is throwing away large quantities of recyclable materials. Those who do will find a yellow tag on their garbage can, identifying the problem and providing additional information about recycling. In the second year, violators would be identified with red tags on their trash cans and given a few weeks to correct the problem. Those who don’t shape up will find a surcharge on their bills. If they continue to trash their recyclables, their garbage would no longer be collected, according to the tentative proposal.

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manager, said the city also plans to unveil new programs in the next year or so to make it easier for residents to reduce their waste. This includes picking up residents’ food scraps and other compostable materials — a service the city currently only offers to commercial customers. “We got a lot of feedback from the community that this is important for a lot of people,” Eyerly said. “We’re working as quickly as possible to provide that service and considering the most economic way to do so.” The city also plans to start offering residents smaller trash bins in the next few months to encourage less garbage disposal and more recycling, Eyerly said. But some participants in Tuesday’s meeting remained skeptical. One resident asked what problem the city is trying to solve with the new enforcement measure. Another one characterized the city’s effort to target non-recyclers as “garbage Gestapo.” Moss also questioned the city’s use of the term “zero waste” to describe its ongoing effort to encourage recycling. Even with stringent new regulations, Palo Alto will never be able to eradicate all the garbage and reach “zero waste,”

he said. Staff had estimated that about 25 percent of the current garbage consists of items that cannot be recycled or composted — a category the city has characterized as “problem materials.” This includes objects that are too soiled or contaminated to go anywhere but the black bins, as well as materials such as Styrofoam, which are too light and bulky to be recycled in a costeffective manner. “You will never have zero waste,” Moss told staff Tuesday night. “If you talk about minimizing waste instead of zero waste, people will give you more credibility.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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$16.50 an hour and the top position, which Kamenelis holds, pays $37. The Palo Alto Census Office — its official name even though it’s actually located in downtown Mountain View — has 60 people currently working in the office and 70 working in the field, he said. The biggest hiring surge will come after April 1 when Kamenelis expects to hire as many as 1,000 people. Those workers will personally visit households who have not returned their census forms. Tracking people down in person nationally costs the government $80 million to $90 million for every 1 percent of people who don’t return the forms. The effort is massive, even on a local level, he said. The Palo Alto Census Office covers about 194 census tracts, with 45 of those considered “hard to count” — including Stanford University, he said. The 194 tracts are in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and all of San Mateo County. Kamenelis tries to hire people who live in the census tract where they’ll be working. People are more likely to open their doors to a neighbor than to a stranger, the reasoning goes. “When we look for people we look for them based on where they live, the languages they speak and how well they do on our test, which looks for accuracy and precision,” he said. Kamenelis said he expects to hire 40 or 50 Stanford students to do the work on campus. Bilingual workers are also desired. Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and Tagalog are among languages spoken by those hired. Last week, field workers handdelivered census forms to 2,500 residents who do not have mailing addresses. Most were on the San

Correction

In the story on the Yiddish Culture Festival (Palo Alto Weekly, Feb. 5, 2010), the percentage of Yiddish speakers murdered in the Holocaust was incorrect. According to Jon Levitow, the correct estimate is about 50 percent. The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-326-8210, jdong@ paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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alo Alto business owners appear uncertain about joining a new county health care plan for uninsured workers, despite promises it would cut monthly insurance premiums in half. The plan, “Healthy Workers,” was developed by local advocacy groups Working Partnerships USA and Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the county-run Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System. Healthy Workers is open to those who earn less than $18 per hour and work more than 20 hours per week at businesses with two to 50 employees, Working Partnerships USA spokesman Jody Meacham said. “There are such a great number in our county who are without care,” Santa Clara County supervisor Liz Kniss, a registered nurse, said. “This plan will give them the dignity and respect of having health care coverage.” Hassem Bordbari, the owner of Barron Park Florist on El Camino Real, said he canceled health insurance for himself and his two employees one year ago because their combined monthly premium reached $2,400. He knows several neighboring shop owners who cannot provide insurance either, he said. “(Health care) in this country is all getting bad, especially when you are getting older. ... We live by the grace of God that nothing happens to us,” he said. Bordbari unsuccessfully looked

day that businesses cannot switch to Healthy Workers from another plan. Only small businesses that are not now offering health coverage are eligible, he said. Paula Sandas, the president and CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, said the majority of the chamber’s estimated 575 member businesses are small enough to qualify for Healthy Workers. “In Palo Alto, I would guess we are talking about small retail and restaurants. ... This is a really good thing for businesses,” she said. Healthy Workers has been in development since 2006, Meacham said. The plan provides standard medical care at a discount to people who would otherwise rely on Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System emergency rooms — the county’s medical “safety net” — for treatment, he said. Since emergency-room visits cost the county more than regular doctor’s appointments, the money the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System saves through reduced emergency-room use will make up for the discount, he said. “Even if (discounted care) is still costing us money, we still come out ahead,” Kniss said. Sandas said that Healthy Workers’ limited selection of participating clinics could be a problem for business owners. The only participating clinic in Palo Alto is the MayView Community Health Center on Grant Road. Meacham said Working Partnerships USA will monitor the program’s effectiveness and accessibility in the coming months. “If there’s tweaking that needs to be done ... we want to be involved in that,” he said. N Editorial Intern Martin Sanchez can be e-mailed at msanchez@ paweekly.com.

East Palo Alto seventh grader Angela Ayala’s poster won a San Mateo County-wide poster contest to encourage participation in the upcoming U.S. Census. “Don’t the people of E.P.A. need more $? So, make yourself count for the 2010 Census,” the poster urges. Mateo County coast in Montara and El Granada, as well as in the wooded community of La Honda, he said. This week, the workers turned their attention to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, contacting managers and seeking their cooperation for the April 1 count deadline. “On the night of (March 30) or the morning of the 31st, from midnight to 7 a.m., we mobilize and go to the homeless encampments and we count the folks there,” he said. The workers will approach homeless persons in teams and will be mindful not to wake up campers, he said. Because homeless persons are transient, the bureau may issue blankets or other identifying markers once someone is counted in a soup kitchen so he or she won’t be double-counted elsewhere, he said. Approximately $436 billion in federal funds for highways, hospitals, schools, roads, nursing homes and more are allocated based on census data. “There’s a huge amount of money in play,” he said, emphasizing the importance that every person be counted. Kamenelis said workers are trained neither to be invasive nor to get inappropriate personal information about anyone. “We simply want to count,” he said. There is no reporting of persons to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, he said. “We have to be very careful because there’s a fear about the census — a fear about the government — and we wrestle with that with everybody. “We all take an oath and we face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for disclosing any personal information. We treat it as national security — top secret,” he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweek ly.com.

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In the early morning hours of July 13, 2008, the chain also became the object of desire for accused killer Koloto, who allegedly approached Lacy and his friends at their parked gold Lexus on Bryant Street in Palo Alto after both parties returned from the Blue Chalk Cafe on Ramona Street. “Cuz-o, you got a ‘Port?” Maleki recalled Koloto asking, seeing the Newport cigarette Maleki had just lit. Koloto walked around the car to where Lacy was sitting in the rear passenger seat with the car door open. Maleki handed the cigarette to Lacy to give to Koloto, he said. Lacy placed the cigarette in Koloto’s hand. Koloto allegedly pulled out a 9mm handgun from his waist band. He cocked the gun and, with his arm outstretched, held the gun at an angle, pointing it directly at Lacy’s forehead. “Gimme your chain, bitch,” Maleki recalled Koloto saying. Lacy did not react. Koloto repeated: “It’s a jack move, bitch. Gimme your chain, bitch,” Koloto said. Lacy looked over at Maleki and slowly shook his head. He proceeded to remove the chain from around his head and handed it to Koloto, Maleki said. Suddenly Lacy lunged at Koloto, pointing his head at Koloto’s chest. Maleki heard a scuffle. “Phil flew at him like Superman ... like he was catapulted,” Maleki said. Lacy wrapped his arms around Koloto and appeared to push the gunman backward. Koloto fired a single shot so close it made Maleki’s ears ring, he said. “I jumped in the air. I checked myself to see if I had been shot,” he said. “I heard a bang and saw Phil turn and drop on the ground. The gunman looked bewildered, like, ‘What did I do?’” Maleki said. Maleki identified Koloto in court as the shooter. “The perpetrator’s face is the same. It’s as clear to me as it was that day,” Maleki said. Lacy was rushed to Stanford Hospital and later died after being removed from life support. Both groups of men had been partying that Saturday prior to their ill-fated encounter in downtown Palo Alto. Donald Lee, Koloto’s friend, testified in court Wednesday that their day began around noon on July 12 at Koloto’s house in Gilroy, where Koloto showed him a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The friends then took off in Lee’s white Toyota Yaris, stopping in San Jose to pick up ecstasy pills, bottles of Hennessy and a pack of Budweiser, before heading to a party at a home on Sparrow Court in East Palo Alto later that evening, Lee testified. In the 45 minutes they spent at the house, Lee said he and Koloto mixed ecstasy and alcohol. At one point, he said he heard three or four gunshots fired but didn’t know who was responsible. By 1 a.m., they arrived in downtown Palo Alto, where they tried to get into the Blue Chalk Cafe but were turned away because it was closing. Lee said he later told police Koloto appeared “wasted.”

Meanwhile, Lacy, Maleki and four friends started their night at The Glow bar in San Mateo then drove to Palo Alto. The men parked in the underground parking structure under City Hall and took turns drinking from a $30 or $40 bottle of vodka, Maleki testified. On questioning from Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker, Maleki admitted he “did a couple of key shots of cocaine.” He described a key shot as sticking a key into a bag of the white powder and putting it up one’s nose, a common technique. The men then went to the Blue Chalk. Lacy, at about 5 feet, 6 inches and 150 to 160 pounds, was standing outside the Blue Chalk in a brand-new white T-shirt, jeans and red-and-white Air Jordan shoes, Maleki recalled. The necklace hung down to his waist, prominently displayed, he said. Koloto and Lee were standing nearby, but never entered the bar, Maleki recalled. Koloto wore a black knit cap, black hooded sweat shirt and had facial hair, long bushy hair and a distinctive long braid, Maleki said. It was shortly thereafter, as both parties were leaving the area around 1:30 a.m., that Koloto allegedly fatally shot Lacy, prosecutors said. As Lacy’s friends reacted to the shooting, Koloto returned to Lee’s car. Lee, who said he was unaware of what had taken place, testified that there was no change in Koloto’s demeanor. Lee drove to a warehouse party in East Palo Alto, where someone said a murder had just occurred in Palo Alto. Lee said when Koloto found out there had been a murder, his facial expression changed. “His face dropped,” Lee said. “He looked shocked.” Lee testified that while they were at the warehouse, Koloto had told him he “popped someone.” At around 4 a.m., they went to rest at Koloto’s cousin’s house in East Palo Alto. Upon waking at 7 a.m., Lee said he saw Koloto getting his hair cut in the backyard. Koloto left the house at about 10 a.m. As part of an extensive manhunt, Lee was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., and initially charged with murder. The charge was later reduced to felony accessory, to which Lee pleaded no contest. He was sentenced to one year in prison in June 2009. Koloto was arrested Oct. 2, 2008. During opening statements Braker, the prosecutor, said a bullet casing found near Lacy’s body matched a casing police found at the Sparrow Court home in East Palo Alto. Braker claimed the casings and other circumstantial evidence shows Koloto killed Lacy. Andrew Gutierrez, Koloto’s attorney, made only brief opening remarks. “In every case where there’s a needless and senseless loss of life there’s always a lot of sadness and tragedy,” he said. But “this was not a random and opportunistic act of violence at 1:30 a.m.” Gutierrez urged the jury to keep an open mind. The defense was scheduled to start questioning its witnesses Thursday, after the Weekly’s press deadline. N

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But the site is scheduled to revert to parkland when the landfill closes in 2012. Any attempt to build a new facility on the dedicated site would need to be approved by Palo Alto voters. Bobel said the city could consider dedicating other parkland sites in exchange for the right to build a new composting facility on the Byxbee Park site. “We think something can be done,” Bobel said. “The big hurdle is the vote.” But several residents told the council Monday night they would oppose plans involving dedicated parkland, even if other areas in the city become dedicated parkland. “No more committees, no more land trades. Just direct staff to complete the park at an earliest possible time,” urged Enid Pearson, a former Palo Alto mayor. The lack of easy choices makes it increasingly likely that the city will begin shipping its compostable material to the Z-Best facility in Gilroy once the current landfill closes in 2012. Last year, dozens of residents argued in a series of heated public meetings that the city has an obligation to take care of its own compost. David Coale, who sits on the board of directors of the environmental nonprofit Acterra, urged staff to seriously consider the Byxbee Park site, noting the new composting facility would only occupy a small fraction of the park. He asked the council to take the proposal to the voters. “A vote of the people is the fair thing to do,” Coale said. “In an era where we have minorities strongarming our democracy at the state and federal level, I’d hate to see this happen at the local council level.” The compost task force also recommended arranging compost in “aerated static piles” on airport land in the near term, while city officials pursue an advanced wasteto-energy facility. Bobel estimated that the aerated static piles would cost the city about $3 million. Staff opposes the task force’s recommendation, however. “It’s not recommended primarily due to cost and not having an available site,” Bobel said. Councilman Greg Scharff said the Byxbee Park site appears to be the only possible option, based on the staff study. He suggested polling the public for opinions about the Byxbee option. Former Mayor Peter Drekmeier, a leading advocate of building a local waste-to-energy facility, also urged the city to conduct a citizen survey. “Unfortunately, we’re not too much further along because staff feels they can’t move forward until the park-dedication issue is resolved,” Drekmeier said. “I think it’s a good solution to have a survey that lets us know what the will of the people is.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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News Digest Three local schools land on state’s ‘worst’ list Three local schools — including a charter school run by Stanford University — have landed on the California Department of Education’s “preliminary” list of the state’s worst-performing schools. One of the schools, Edison-Ronald McNair Intermediate School, had its charter revoked for poor performance in 2008 by East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. The Stanford-run East Palo Alto Academy Elementary School was reorganized with a new principal last fall and recently petitioned Ravenswood trustees to allow it to continue operating. The third school on the list, the K-8 Costano, has a new principal and has been cited by Ravenswood officials and others as a campus in the midst of a turnaround. The rankings, representing the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, were based on state achievement tests and graduation rates, the Department of Education said. Given the fact that one of the schools had its charter revoked two years ago, it was unclear whether there was a time lag in the state data. Department of Education spokeswoman Pam Slater could not immediately be reached for comment. Once the list is final, each school will be required to engage in one of four school intervention models and be eligible to apply for federal funds to implement the changes. N — Christina Kenrick

Palo Alto drops ‘prevailing-wage’ study Palo Alto has scrapped its plan to study the impacts of union-level wages on capital projects after the City Council concluded Monday that such a study could be inconclusive and that its results may end up costing the city money. After an extensive debate, the council voted 5-4 to reject the recommendation from its Policy and Services Committee. The committee and staff from the Public Works Department had recommended in December that the city conduct a study to evaluate the costs and benefits of paying workers employed by contractors the prevailing union wage for local capital projects. While most cities are required by state law to have prevailing-wage laws, Palo Alto is exempt because of its status as a charter city. But some city leaders, most notably former Councilmember John Barton, argued that Palo Alto has a moral obligation to ensure that workers involved with major capital projects receive union-level wages, which incorporate the costs of training workers and providing them with health benefits. City staff has evaluated more than a dozen studies on prevailing wage, many of which featured conflicting results on the cost impacts. A council majority, some alluding to the city’s current budget woes, argued Monday that the city cannot afford to consider a policy change that could lead to wage increases. N — Gennady Sheyner

Informational meeting Monday on Google plan An informational meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Monday on how residents and businesses can support Palo Alto’s application to Google to be a test community for a Google Open Fiber plan, racing against a March 26 deadline. Google has invited communities across the nation to apply for a “fiber to the premises” installation that could link homes and businesses throughout the community with high-speed broadband fiber — an idea that has been discussed for about 15 years in Palo Alto. The meeting will be in the City Hall lobby, 250 Hamilton Ave., preceding the 7 p.m. City Council meeting. “Experts from the city and community will provide an overview and answer questions about the Google conditional offer to test a 1 gigabit fiber-to-the-home network in one or more selected American cities,” Bob Harrington, adviser to the mayor on fiber and the Internet, said of the meeting. “The City of Palo Alto wants to be one of the cities selected.” Harrington said “making the cut requires two things: (1) a compelling response by the City of Palo Alto to Google, and (2) a compelling response from the community to Google. “In this case, our community is defined broadly. It includes everyone who works and/or lives here, those who electronically come to Palo Alto from throughout the globe, and all the organizations that employ or educate or serve them,” Harrington said. More information is available from three websites: www.CityofPaloAlto. org; www.Facebook.com as a fan page, “Palo Alto for Google Fiber”; and www.iPaloAlto.com. Google has said it wants to test how a fully connected community could find innovative ways in which to communicate, and the impact that might have on business, social and educational interactions. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com

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Ploy nets burglary suspects in Portola Valley Alert observation followed by a little deception — it was all in a day’s work for sheriff’s deputies patrolling the Westridge neighborhood in Portola Valley Sunday. (Posted March 11 at 8:35 a.m.)

Possible suicide briefly closes part of 101 The California Highway Patrol is investigating a possible suicide after someone fell onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 from the state Highway 92 overpass in San Mateo Wednesday morning. (Posted March 10 at 1:53 p.m.)

Paly team takes another first in a science contest For the second time in a week, Palo Alto High School’s science club has earned top honors in a regional competition. (Posted March 10 at 9:54 a.m.)

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Palo Alto Airport representatives met with community members Tuesday morning in an effort to improve communication between the airport and the general public in light of the fatal Feb. 17 plane crash that damaged several East Palo Alto homes. (Posted March 9 at 5:33 p.m.)

Man arrested for robbery after altercation at Fry’s A man was arrested for strong-arm robbery Sunday after stealing a pocket knife from Fry’s Electronics in Palo Alto and scuffling with the store’s security guards, the Palo Alto police department said. (Posted

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Palo Alto will consider banning last-minute submissions by developers and releasing staff reports earlier in the week — measures that the City Council hopes would promote government transparency. (Posted March 9 at 11:43 a.m.)

Power outage hits 700 homes in Palo Alto About 700 Palo Alto homes were without power from about 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday because of downed power lines, city officials said. (Posted March 9 at 11:31 a.m.)

East Palo Alto seeks to revise its rent-control law After suffering legal setbacks last year, East Palo Alto officials are once again looking to revamp the city’s much disputed rent-control ordinance. (Posted March 9 at 10:41 a.m.)

Feds award $17 million in transit grants to Valley Nearly $17 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants have been awarded to the Silicon Valley public-transportation systems. Two grants will fund hybrid buses for Santa Clara County and San Mateo County transit systems and the third will fund new Caltrain railroad bridges in San Mateo County. (Posted March 8 at 11:29 p.m.)

Energy secretary: ‘U.S. lagging in clean-tech race’ The U.S. lags behind other countries in the race for clean technology even though it has the greatest “innovation machine” in the world, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told a Stanford University audience Monday. (Posted March 8 at 9:45 p.m.)

Phil Lacy’s gold chain was his ‘pride and joy’ Homicide victim Philip Lacy was enamored of the long, gold chain and heavy diamond-encrusted crucifix that played a central role in his death, his best friend said during the opening day of trial for Lacy’s accused murderer, Otto Emil Koloto. (Posted March 8 at 2:17 p.m.)

Palo Alto considers ban on ‘last-minute proposals’ Palo Alto should ban last-minute submissions by developers and require city staff to release reports earlier, three City Council members are arguing in a new memo. (Posted March 8 at 9:54 a.m.)

Faye McNair-Knox named ‘Woman of the Year’ Faye McNair-Knox, Ph.D., executive director of One East Palo Alto Neighborhood Improvement Initiative, was honored Monday as “Woman of the Year” for Assembly District 21 before the state Assembly in Sacramento. (Posted March 8 at 8:40 a.m.)

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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 8)

Compost: The council heard a presentation from staff about the city’s options for future composing. A staff analysis showed that building a composting facility on private land near Embarcadero Road would be prohibitively expensive and that building one on Palo Alto Airport land would impact the airport. Staff said it could be possible to build an anaerobic digestion facility at Byxbee Park, but only if voters approve using the dedicated parkland for the new facility. The discussion will continue on April 5. Action: None Prevailing wage: The council voted to turn down a recommendation from the Policy and Services Committee to conduct a pilot study examining the impacts of prevailing wage on local capital projects. Yes: Klein, Schmid, Holman, Scharff, Burt No: Espinosa, Yeh, Shepherd, Price New task force: The council voted to have the city’s Policy and Services Commission consider forming a new task force to evaluate the city’s infrastructure backlog, currently estimated at about $500 million. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (March 9)

Photovoltaic project: The board authorized the installation of a photovoltaic system on the 2-year-old Science Resource Center building located between JLS Middle School and Hoover Elementary School, and the execution of an agreement with Sun Chariot Solar of San Carlos to design and install the system. Yes: Unanimous

City Council Policy and Services Committee (March 9)

Infrastructure: The committee discussed a colleague’s memo urging the creation of a new task force to analyze the city’s infrastructure backlog. The new task force would look at each item in the backlog, prioritize the items and consider ways to pay for them. Committee members expressed concern about the tight deadlines proposed in the colleagues’ memo recommending the new task force. Action: None

The Department of the Navy (Navy) completed a Five-Year Review in February 2010 of environmental cleanup actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) at the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field (Moffett Field), California. The sites addressed in the Five-Year Review included Installation Restoration (IR) Program Sites 1, 22, 26, and 28. Contaminants present in soil and groundwater at these sites include volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals. The remedies selected for the Site 1 Landfill and the Site 22 Landfill include covering the landfills, performing post-closure care of the landfills, implementing institutional controls, and monitoring the groundwater and landfill gas. The remedies selected for the Site 26 and Site 28 groundwater plumes include groundwater extraction/treatment and groundwater monitoring. Protectiveness of the remedies was determined through assessment of groundwater monitoring data, review of documents, interviews, and site inspections. The Navy found that the remedies for Sites 1, 22, 26, and 28 are currently protective of human health and the environment because (1) contaminant concentrations are stable or decreasing, and (2) potential exposure pathways that could pose unacceptable risks are incomplete or being controlled. Recommendations and follow-up actions to ensure future protectiveness are detailed in the Five-Year Review. The next Five-Year Review for Sites 1, 22, 26, and 28 will be completed by February 2015. The February 2010 Five-Year Review report is available at: Information Repository Mountain View Public Library 585 Franklin Street Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 903-6337

Administrative Record (AR) Contact: Ms. Diane Silva, AR Coordinator Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest 937 N. Harbor Drive Building 1, 3rd Floor San Diego, CA 92132 (619) 532-3676

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 10)

Energy efficiency: The commission recommended approval of the 10-year energyefficiency plan proposed by staff. The plan seeks to achieve a 10-year cumulative energy-efficiency saving of 7.2 percent by fiscal year 2020. Yes: Unanimous Revenue requirements: The commission heard reports from staff about the longterm financial projections and revenue requirements for the city’s water and wastewater-collection funds. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 10)

Open space: The commission voted to recommend not setting maximum house sizes for the open space (OS) district. The commission also recommended that if the City Council chooses to impose maximum house sizes, it should consider 12,000 square feet as the possible maximum size. Yes: Garber, Tuma, Lippert, Keller No: Fineberg, Martinez

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Palo Alto March 3-9 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong-arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft attempt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Casualty fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Firearm disposal request . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Municipal code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Noise ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Psych. subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sick and cared for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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Ursula Johanna Bujanovich, 88, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Feb. 13. She was born in Berlin, Germany. She attended university in Vienna, Austria, where she met her husband, Gyulius Bujanovich. She worked for several years as a translator for the German government and eventually immigrated to Wisconsin, where she worked as a marketing assistant for A.O. Smith International. In 1962 she moved to Palo Alto. She became a U.S. citizen in 1969. She was an active volunteer with the Palo Alto libraries and tutored students in English at Stanford University. She attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed entertaining friends at her home. She is survived by her sister-in-law Ilse Trampe of Berlin; stepdaughter Commitment To Excellence

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dent spirit. She is survived by her children, Anne Richards, Katharine Lockhart and Timothy Meyer; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, or the Alpha Omega Pi Foundation, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027.

Lela Meyer Lela Coe Meyer, 95, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Feb. 14. She was born in Mound City, Kan. She attended Oregon Episcopal School and graduated from Stanford University in 1934. In 1928 she married Dr. Robert Meyer, an orthopedic surgeon. In the 1960s she took her children around the world. She was devoted to her family and church, and known for her warmth, values and indepen-

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4(/-!3&$!-/. Thomas F. Damon of Portola Valley was born on November 18, 1921 in Sunnyside, Washington, died peacefully in his sleep February 18, 2010 in Redwood City, California surrounded by his family. He was born in Sunnyside, Washington, the only child of Frank A. Damon of Toledo, Ohio and Deborah Elizabeth Curtis of Browns, Illinois. He was an excellent student at Prosser High School in Washington, where he was editor of the high school newspaper and graduated in 1939. He then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where he served as newspaper editor of The Whitman Pioneer and graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served under General George Patton in Germany in 1944 and 1945, eventually was promoted to Class E-5 Technical Sergeant. He participated in the campaigns at The Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe and received the American Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and the American Victory Medal. After the war, he enrolled in the Stanford School of Education where he received a Masters in Education in 1948. While there he met his beloved wife, Rosemary Watson Damon. They were married on July 24, 1949, and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Thomas had an extensive career in adult education. He began his teaching career in 1948 teaching English and Journalism at Los Gatos High School and served as Principal of the Los Gatos Evening High School from 1954-57. He received his doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1957, and initially advised a number of school districts around the state as a Consultant to the Bureau of Adult Education of the California State Department of Education in 1957-58. In 1958 he commenced a 25 year career in the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District. He specialized in Adult Education, initially serving as the principal of the Cubberly Adult School from 1958-67, then Director of Adult Education

for the District from 1967-82. Thomas served on Adult Education associations at the county, state, and national levels. Key positions included Consultant in Adult and Vocational Education, Santa Clara County OfďŹ ce of Education, 1966-69; Adult Education Chair, Association of California School Administrators from 1973-76 and President, National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education from 1978-79. His work with NAPCE included international contacts with adult educators from around the world. He also served on many accrediting assignments for the Western States Accreditation Commission. Thomas was a lifelong member of the Kiwanis Peninsula Club, serving as club president, and Lt. Governor of the Region 1997-98 and maintaining a perfect attendance record. He was President of Neighbors Abroad and the Palo Alto sister cities program and an active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto. Tom and Rosemary were host parents for ďŹ ve foreign exchange students from Germany, Mexico and Turkey. Thomas is survived by his wife Rosemary W. Damon, Stanford MBA class of 1948, retired Professor of Accounting at Canada College who resides in Portola Valley; his daughter Mary D. Burke (married to Frank), Stanford class of 1976, who resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona; his daughter Nancy D. Johnston (married to Dana), Whitman class of 1979, who resides in Sunnyvale, California; his granddaughter Caitlin M. Burke, Vanderbilt class of 2006 and University of Southern California Masters in Accounting class of 2008 who resides in San Francisco, CA; his grandsons Thomas F. Burke and Andrew D. Johnston, who both attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and his granddaughter Megan E. Johnston who attends The Kings Academy High School in Sunnyvale. Thomas and Rosemary were avid world travelers, having visited six continents and the Seven Wonders of the World. Thomas was also a talented photographer who photographed their world travels and all family events and celebrations in black and white and color photographs and in 16 mm home movies. A private family memorial was held February 21 at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Saint Clare Mausoleum on February 22 in Los Altos. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday March 20th at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto at 2:30 p.m. PA I D

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Is Big Brother dressed in green? Palo Alto’s proposed recycling ordinance that would have refuse-pickup crews watching for recyclable materials in people’s garbage is a backwards approach

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alo Alto has the proud distinction of being one of the first communities to implement recycling just over 40 years ago.

But there’s a huge difference between getting a large majority of residents to separate cans and bottles and paper and the proposal now circulating to try to push the recycling level higher in Palo Alto. The initial approach was to provide an opportunity for residents to recycle their household waste in a reasonably convenient manner. There were serious skeptics, including then-City Manager George Morgan, who derided the notion that anyone would go to the trouble of sorting out their waste stream. He was as surprised as anyone when within months thousands of households were doing so. Other communities quickly followed suit, once it was demonstrated that the public was willing to take an extra step. Curbside-pickup of recycled materials followed in 1978, also a great success in terms of participation. An earlier generation’s effort was the widespread recycling of tin cans during World War II, also voluntary. What was missing from those proud moments of history is the punitive component that is part of the city’s current recycling proposal. Under the plan, there would be a full year of education before any punitive steps kicked in. Then refuse collectors would only check for “egregious” violators who put large amounts of recyclable materials in their black garbage bins, according to the city staff. And there would be several warnings before a “surcharge” was levied or, ultimately, there would be no garbage pickup from the offender. City staff points to other cities that have such ordinances and cite a low incidence of penalties being invoked. But the overall plan raises serious issues of privacy, individual rights and inappropriate use of “police powers,” especially when delegated to a private firm, GreenWaste, and its garbage collectors. Practically, it raises the question: Why didn’t anyone in charge realize that this would be a violation of privacy and rights? And why didn’t anyone realize that including such a provision would jeopardize the entire recycling effort, which falls under the broad mandate of “Zero Waste”? That term in itself is at best a fantasy and at worst a deception, as noted by a number of commentators in the Town Squire forum of the Weekly’s community website, www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Zero Waste is an impossible goal, even spread over more than a decade. And even if it were theoretically possible to reach zero, the cost in terms of dollars and staff time and impact on residents and businesses would be prohibitively high for each smaller-andsmaller increment achieved. That is not to say that we as a community and society should not strive mightily to be efficient in terms of how we use resources, or how we respect the environment and take actions to mitigate global warming. Or that we should not lobby to require the food industry and its marketing arm to find less wasteful ways of packaging products — to avoid the need to recycle in the first place. But for a city to come up with an onerous plan to spy on and punish violators of its recycling law, even after much education and repeated warnings, simply undermines both the city’s credibility and the acceptability of the entire plan. Our elected and appointed officials should be protecting our privacy and individual rights of free choice, not looking for ways to exercise their police power in the name of a theoretical goal that itself is a sham. If someone chooses not to recycle, that should be their right as a citizen, as irresponsible as that may be. From a practical standpoint, even raising this plan in its present form has created a wave of concern and opposition that will be counterproductive to legitimate, well-meaning, urgent efforts to reduce our “carbon footprint” in the face of global warming. Locally, it threatens to be the genesis of a “green backlash.” The correct effort should be one of education, voluntary participation, perhaps some incentives in pricing and rewards, building on the proud community history of recycling that Palo Alto shares with its residents and businesses. The enforcement facet of the recycling plan should instantly be buried as deep as possible in the city’s landfill. Page 14ÊUÊ>ÀV…Ê£Ó]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Complete park as planned Editor, There is a long history of using Byxbee Park for refuse operations, including compost. I was 24 when Byxbee Park was dedicated. With luck I will be 72 when the whole park is finally opened to the public! Recently staff identified 4.7 acres of the park that could be used for a compost facility. Appendix H-3 of the Composting Task Force Report says, “This site is not recommended for several reasons. The site is on parkland. The site’s southern extent would be constrained by the edge of the landfill’s lift, ... would interfere with anticipated screening between the Byxbee Hills Park and the waterpollution-control plant, and also be too narrow and small to accommodate a practical operation. Its access would also conflict with the park.” A 2008 Compost Feasibility Study pointed out that a 1,000-foot buffer zone would be required for noise, dust and odors. That buffer would require 138 acres — basically all of Byxbee Park. After years of waiting for our park, it should not be relegated to being a buffer zone! Most of the renderings of an anaerobic-digestion facility show tidy rows of containers, usually painted green. What they do not show is the enormous pre-processing building that would be needed for food waste and four days worth of feedstock for a 24/7 operation. Nor do they show the post-processing piles of compost to be cured. Beeping truck traffic and engines generating power from recovered methane are also missing. Once the city commits to a multi-million dollar project like this, operated by a private contractor, it will be impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. Byxbee Park users will have to bear the brunt of the inevitable operational problems and future demands for more space or more lenient rules, etc. It would be most unpleasant to have an industrial composting facility at the gateway to Byxbee Park and dominating its northerly viewshed. Council should complete Byxbee Park as planned. Emily M. Renzel Forest Avenue Palo Alto

Zero Waste? Editor, After listening to the presentation on recycling and many questions Tuesday night, the actual proposal seems very different from what has been written in some local papers and posted online. A year will be spent informing everyone what is and isn’t recyclable, what to recycle and what not to put with garbage. Trash collectors will not do extensive inspections of garbage, they will just look at what can be seen when they open the can to take it to the truck for dumping. They

wonít unwrap garbage bags to look inside. After the first year if the trash collector sees significant amounts of recyclables in the garbage can they will leave a tag plus send another list of what is and isn’t recyclable. It’s unclear what is significant, but it’s more than a small amount of recyclables. If there are more significant amounts of recyclables in the trash will they send a formal warning. A third such event will lead to a small fine. Only if there is a fourth amount of significant recyclables in the trash will they take actions like refusing to pick up the trash. Zero waste is unattainable. There will always be things that can’t be recycled, like Styrofoam. They agreed but prefer calling the program Zero Waste as that is the goal. Let’s see what they what the final proposal is taking into account the comments at the meetings and on the web page. My sense is it won’t be nearly as draconian as was suggested. Bob Moss Orme Street Palo Alto

Google fiber Editor, Google is proposing to invest mil-

lions in developing and managing Google Fiber for Communities in selected cities. If Palo Alto is selected, Google is willing to invest approximately $2,000 to hook-up your place as well as every premise in our community. This totals about $50 million of new leading-edge infrastructure in Palo Alto. Google Open Fiber promises rocksolid reliability, competitive pricing, service choice and speeds of more than 1 gigabit per second. With that capability, each of us has the potential to create new and innovative breakthrough services in technology, health care, medicine, business, entertainment, games and in every conceivable field directly from our homes, garages, offices and businesses. To merit this Google investment, each of us must make it clear to Google that their proposal is welcome. Simply click tinyurl.com/ iWantGoogleFiber and fill in the blanks. Do it now, the deadline for submissions is March 26. Help and further information is available at: iPaloAlto.com. Joe A. Villareal Sheridan Avenue Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion Local take-home lessons from a rocking, rolling Chilean bus ride by Peter Katz s I looked out from the relative safety and luxury of our hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in Santiago, Chile, I started reflecting on the experience of living through a major earthquake. Five days earlier my wife, Jennifer, stepdaughter Jessie and I sat in an unremarkable bus station, about to get on an overnight bus ride that should have been a 10-hour journey from Pucon back to Santiago. Jessie, a junior at the University of California, San Diego, is spending her spring semester at the University of Chile in Santiago. Jen and I decided to visit and explore Chile with her during a break. We spent three glorious days at a wonderful Tyrolean-style hotel on Lake Villarrica, where we climbed the Villarrica volcano and whitewater-rafted the Trancura River. After a near disaster of getting on the wrong bus, in large part due to my limited Spanish, we headed out of Pucon to return to Santiago overnight. We were in the next to last row, near the lavatory door. This would prove extremely unfortunate in the next 24 hours. Several hours later I was awakened by a strange lurching, as if from a flat tire. None of us were clear on what was happening. Others began saying “terremoto,” Spanish for earthquake. We did not feel in danger. It was only after daylight that we saw the devastation and imagined what could have been. The driver shared news from his radio that there had been a powerful earthquake, first measured as a 9.0 magnitude. I thought of Santiago with its tall buildings, dense population and history of quake-related destruction. Tidbits of information and misinformation came over the radio or cell phone calls from friends and family of our bus-mates. We heard that Pucon, from which had just come, had been “flattened.” We heard that Isla Robin-

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son Crusoe, off the coast, had split and half had fallen into the sea. We heard that a huge tsunami was 10 minutes from Hawaii and that there was a tsunami warning for California. It felt like the outside world was all havoc. We were told the Santiago airport had collapsed — so much for our flight home. The earthquake hit at 3:34 a.m. with its epicenter about 40 kilometers off the coast of central Chile. The magnitude would officially be recorded as 8.8, or the fifth most powerful earthquake since reliable seismic measurements have been taken — more than 800 times as powerful as the one that struck Haiti only six weeks before. We sat on the bus in the dark for hours, and felt numerous powerful aftershocks. We dozed. At some point, whether through impatience, sense of duty or adventure, our driver decided to pick his way back down the road, navigating around obstacles. We passed buses disabled with flat tires and even one on its side. In the small city of Parral people were walking or riding their bicycles with no particular purpose or destination. There was a haze of dust and heavy smoke. At the city center bus depot other buses and some large trucks began to arrive and pile up in and around the depot. It seemed we were going to be there days if not weeks. We had water and some food and agreed we needed to ration what we had. We were finally allowed off the bus so we gathered camera and blankets to keep us warm in the cool morning and headed out. We had little idea of the destruction. We saw dark smoke coming from a building about a block away, facing a beautiful park. We set out to walk several blocks in each direction to survey the damage and determine if there was anything we could do to help. A most frustrating part of the experience

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was that there was no organization to the “rescue effort.” Language was a barrier. Many homes were damaged, but about every third or fourth house was destroyed. I later learned that the police station, electricity, telephone lines and possibly water supplies were all destroyed. There was no communication with the rest of the world. Curiously, there didn’t seem to be many medical emergencies. Second-hand information was that there were just six deaths in Parral due to the quake. My guess is that it was the long duration of the quake that brought many buildings down, and that most inhabitants had time to get out safely. But how could we help? We joined a 30year-old American woman from our bus who had spent the last two months visiting her kayaker boyfriend in Pucon, who was somehow managing to sleep. On one trip back to the bus, without so much as a verbal warning the driver started it up and backed his way precariously through the parking lot toward the street. The drivers had determined that they could continue their journeys — curious given what we saw and learned later: The main highway was severed in many places. Bridges had collapsed. But we were delighted to be on the road because we had imagined being stuck in that bus for days. For the next 12 hours our driver navigated Ruta 5 and its obstacles, detours and closures and slowly we inched back toward the capital. We began to wonder about petrol, as we had been on the road for more than 20 hours. As we approached Santiago we could see lights and eventually traffic signals. We took photos of failures of bridges and highways, scenes that later showed up on CNN. We really had been right in the middle of it. We finally pulled into the terminal at 9:15 p.m., about 22 hours after we left Pucon.

Exhausted and concerned for our Chilean neighbors, we were nonetheless ecstatic to be back in control of our destiny. Everybody gave each other hugs and well wishes as we unloaded our luggage. I expressed hearty thanks for a job well done to the driver, who I felt had gone above and beyond the call of duty. We grabbed a taxi back to Jessie’s apartment, where we finally were able to use Skype to call family and friends and let them know we were safe. The emotional voices we heard on the other end of each of these calls were unforgettable. It’s definitely much easier to be the one in a situation than to be a mom or dad, son or daughter, or brother or sister on the other end just wondering if we are all right. Jen and I were glad to be there with Jessie, even with that awful bus ride. We confirmed the next morning that the airport would not be open to outgoing international flights for at least six days. Again we wished we could somehow help in recovery efforts. This proved impossible due to phones not being answered and blocked roads. Our hearts and prayers go out to the wonderful people of Chile and we are confident that the country will rebuild itself even better and stronger than before. Since our return my thoughts have turned to Palo Alto and the Bay Area, and what would have happened if an earthquake of that magnitude — almost a thousand times more powerful than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake — were to hit our region. Or even one such as the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit Santiago Thursday morning. Consider that a reminder. N Peter Katz is the managing partner of The Counter Northern California restaurants, including one on California Avenue in Palo Alto. A longer version of his Chilean experience is at http://peterkatz.wordpress.com. He can be e-mailed at pkatz@thecounterburger.

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At top, Rosalinda Barolome-Barrun selects potatoes at the 2008 grand opening of the East Palo Alto farmers market. Above, a shopper browses the produce aisles at Mi Pueblo Food Center in East Palo Alto last November.

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n weekend mornings throughout the Midpeninsula, fruit and vegetable vendors call out from stalls brimming with small mountains of fresh produce: dark-green wavy chard and lime-green lettuces; orange carrot bunches arranged like sentinels; shapely apples and pears in crimsons and yellows. Farmers markets are big business, spilling over in downtown spaces from Redwood City to Sunnyvale and beyond. But not in East Palo Alto. There, despite an arguably greater need for residents to have access to fresh vegetables and fruit, the city’s fledgling East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market is close to shutting down after only a two-year run. It’s not the first time that such an enterprise has failed to gain traction in the city of 34,000. At least three other start-up farmers markets debuted in East Palo Alto in the last 30 years. All folded. There were great hopes for the most recent iteration of the market when it launched, according to Luisa Buada, CEO of Ravenswood Family Health Center, which helped fund the venture with a Tides Foundation grant. The idea came out of a 2006 health roundtable dedicated to improving East Palo Alto residents’ health and spearheaded by East Palo Alto City Councilman Ruben Abrica. The group

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Clara Hartley grows around 50 collard plants in her East Palo Alto backyard garden, along with mustard greens, garlic, onions and tomatoes.

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involved professionals, officials, residents and nonprofit groups, including Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s hospitals, Ravenswood Family Health Center and San Mateo County Department of Health. They commissioned a study that found 27.7 percent of public-school students in grades 5, 7 and 9 were obese, according to 2004 data. They also focused on nutrition as a key component. They identified lack of access to fresh, healthful foods as contributing to residents’ poor health, which included a high rate of diabetes as well as obesity. A farmers market was seen as a way to provide not only fresh produce but also health education. It opened with considerable optimism. But in February, Wolfram Alderson, then-executive director of the nonprofit charged with running the enterprise, posted this note on the market’s website: “The worst economic downturn in recent history has impacted nonprofit organizations like Collective Roots in enormous ways and makes it challenging — if not impossible — to sustain the operations of a financially costly project like the market,” he wrote. He went on to say that Collective Roots welcomed another group to fund the market; otherwise his nonprofit would seek to promote fresh produce in another way, perhaps in

Left, East Palo Alto City Councilman Ruben Abrica, at City Hall, says East Palo Alto will be able to support a farmers market in the future. Above, Lauretta Bennett, a member of the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market Organizing Committee, is looking for new ways to keep the market viable.

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‘It’s not a deficit of support. It’s a deficit of funding.’ —David Kane, interim executive director for Collective Roots

A significant amount was spent on getting the word out, Kane said, as was encouraging residents to buy fresh food through the EPA Fresh Checks program, by which people receive a $5 produce voucher when they purchased $5 worth of fresh fruit and vegetables. “Our market is costly because we are not able to collect revenue in the way farmers markets traditionally do, through stall fees,” which were waived in order to entice vendors, he said. The market has been supported by grants, mainly from the Tides Foundation, the Brin Family Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he said. But it’s not just a lack of funding that has threatened the market’s viability. Supporters cite numerous other reasons for its probable demise: cultural customs, lack of a central downtown, and competition from more lucrative markets, such as Mi Pueblo Food Center, which opened in November.

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he farmers-market organizers say the venture — hosted on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. at East Palo Alto City Hall — has been successful by some measures. Customers made 14,000 visits over 58 market days, according to Alderson. And the fresh, wholesome food has gotten to where it’s been needed most. For example, Collective Roots used the market to provide a safetynet for the hungry by accepting government food stamps and WIC (special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children) vouchers, according to Kane. Collective Roots also distributed more than $22,000 in farmersmarket produce to families in need through the EPA Fresh Checks program, he said. The market also helped alter people’s eating habits, according to Andres Connell, director of Nuestra Casa, a nonprofit organization helping the city’s Latino immigrant population. Nuestra Casa’s English-as-aSecond-Language (ESL) program, which introduces thematic units to teach language and culture, used a market-themed unit to “change residents’ mindsets to more bodyfriendly ingredients” and away from

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lard and frying foods, he said. “It’s an awakening process,” he said. Then there have been the social benefits of the weekly gathering spot. Rev. Bob Hartley and his wife, Clara, sold produce from their backyard garden at the market last year. More than just vegetables will be missed, Clara Hartley said. Hartley said the farmers market provided a means for meeting up with old friends and was a social conduit for people living in the nearby Runnymede Garden Apartments, which houses seniors and persons with disabilities. “It’s really something for people to meet up. I met a lot of people. Some, we hadn’t seen each other for a year,” she said. It also helped the seniors to supplement their income, she said. “We sold everything we could raise,” she said. Saree Mading, a Collective Roots board member, said shopping at Mi Pueblo is not the same as her forays to the farmers market. “It was a nice time to get out and walk and get my fruits and flowers. I didn’t have to spend money in another area. You see the same faces there each week and you catch up. It’s about the relationships that are built,” she said.

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ut financially, the farmers market was non-sustaining, according to Alderson. At its height, the market could only muster four or five produce vendors and a couple of sporadically attending food trucks and artisans, he said. Roughly 260 people attended weekly during the six-month season from June to December. In comparison, when the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market started in 1981 it attracted 800 people on the first day. The downtown market now has 50 vendors and hundreds of patrons, according to its website.

‘It’s not how many people come but how much they spend.’ — Linda Sharg, a vendor at the California Avenue Farmers Market in Palo Alto Farmers at East Palo Alto’s market didn’t make enough money to pay for stalls, so that fee was waived. Buada said Ravenswood Family Health provided $80,000 for two years running to support the market out of a Tides Foundation grant the center received. But it is unlikely another grant could be obtained to keep the market going if so much money couldn’t get it off the ground in two years. Alderson said he couldn’t attract farmers to set up stands in the city because many said they were already committed to farmers markets elsewhere. Linda Sharg, a vendor at the California Avenue Farmers Market in Palo Alto, said the underlying reason keeping vendors away from East Palo Alto is economic. “It’s not how many people come but how much they spend,” said

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Top, Rev. Bob Hartley works in his back yard vegetable garden in East Palo Alto. Collard greens, above left, and tomatoes, above right, are among the crops he grows.

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Sharg, who works with Heirloom Organics, a Hollister-based specialty-greens business. Farmers want to go where they can get the most money for their efforts to recoup their sizeable outlay of expenses: labor, gas and travel, she said. Palo Alto and Menlo Park offer clientele who want the more exotic specialty produce and are willing to pay a higher price. Some people in East Palo Alto suspect those prices have kept the market from building a customer base. Buada, of Ravenswood Family Health Center, recalled that the first time she learned of organic produce she was outraged by the higher prices. In East Palo Alto, especially with a high-unemployment rate, residents are looking for value, she said. “We can sit there and tell people to eat five fruits and vegetables a day but they are limited by money and working several jobs,� she said. Cultural attitudes about food and shopping habits also affected how people responded to the farmers market, Buada said. In the city’s June 2007 health profile, 64 percent of survey respondents said at least one family member was for-

eign born. “In many countries, in the Pacific Islands and Latin America, people go to outdoor markets where they get the cheapest vegetables because there is no middleman. Here, it’s the reverse. You go to a farmers market and pay more than in a grocery store. It’s illogical,� she said. “There is not the cultural appreciation.� Abrica said the farmers market also has competition from the city’s underground economy, which reflects the custom of how people often bought food in their native countries. “On any given day little trucks drive into neighborhoods, roll down the back and it’s like a farmers market right in the truck. The trucks are coming to people’s homes,� he said. Then there’s the location of the market, at the back of the City Hall parking lot. Its low-visibility has limited the number of customers, Buada and others said. Abrica agreed, saying that the lack of a centralized downtown makes it challenging for such an enterprise.

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Buada said that assessment has some basis. In Oakland, where second and third generations born of immigrants are now coming of age, there is a willingness to try other less-familiar foods, she said. The next time around, the farmers market could also get more direct support from city government, Abrica said. The city has been looking into ways to incorporate a healthy-community policy into the city’s strategic plans. A farmers market could play a part. For now, “There are lots of pieces floating around and no one really has the answer,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.

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“I tried to see the commonality of my identity with other communities that have struggled for social justice,” she wrote in an artist’s statement. “I painted murals with Latina artists, mounted exhibits for an African-American gallery, protested with Filipino tenants in Manilatown, silkscreened posters at Mission Grafica and in Japantown, danced in Carnaval ...” All the while, Hom was falling for the vivid hues of silkscreen prints. In those days, oil-based inks were more common than today’s waterbased inks, which she finds less vibrant. And in a non-digital world, silkscreen prints were some of the easiest media to reproduce. “It’s a very democratic medium,” Hom said in an interview, laughing. “I liked that aspect of it.” These days, a show of the San Francisco artist’s work, hung at Stanford Art Spaces, is like a Bay Area history in silkscreen. Many of the pieces hail from decades past and promote events or causes, such as her exuberant Carnaval posters, and a 1980 print for International (continued on page 31)

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ith 16 children’s books to her credit, Palo Alto illustrator Christy Hale has expanded her horizons: Her latest book is her first as both author and illustrator. “The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan,â€? a picture-book biography, focuses on the early years of Japanese-American sculptor, designer and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). It looks at his experience as a biracial child in Japan, and his growing creativity. “Isamu never felt he belonged anywhere,â€? Hale said. “He was a fascinating person, so mercurial, and his work life spanned more than six decades.â€? “The East-West Houseâ€? has proved to be a highlight of Hale’s work life as well. It has garnered high praise, including being named as one of the best children’s books of 2009 by the book-review journal Kirkus Reviews, where it was described as “a welcome entrĂŠe to one artist’s inspiration, aspiration and imagination.â€? (Another local on the Kirkus Reviews list is Palo Alto’s Betsy Franco, chosen for her book “Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree.â€?) While Hale was creating “The East-West House,â€? what particularly stuck in her mind was the influence of Noguchi’s lonely, peripatetic childhood in Japan with his European-American mother, after his Japanese father left them to start a new family. Spurned or teased by other children because of his different looks and Western dress, the young Isamu “looked inside and looked to the natural world,â€? Hale said. “His mother ... taught him botany, exposed him to art, gardening, and saw early on In her Palo Alto home, Christy Hale uses a paper that he got pleasure from working with his hands. She puncher to create flowers and leaves for her book ilwanted him to have an opportunity to meld his dual lustrations. heritage.â€? as author as well as illustrator, she has been preparThis wish culminated in the building of a house with ing to write a book for a long time — possibly since both Eastern and Western features on an abandoned winning an honorable mention in the California State piece of coastal land in Japan — an experience that Poetry Contest while she was at Paly. Among other writprofoundly affected the young Isamu, and became the ing workshops, she has attended poetry classes through central metaphor of Hale’s new book. Though only 8 Stanford’s Continuing Studies program, and feels that years old, Isamu helped to design, supervise and even poetry is very much connected with children’s books. build elements of the house. “You’re working towards an essence,â€? Hale said. “PoLater, he returned to the United States where he was etry is very visual, and a picture book has very little lanborn, becoming successful in several fields. For ex- guage. So you think through sound, patterns and rhythm ample, he was a stage designer for choreographer Mar- as you do in poetry, even if you’re aiming for prose. I tha Graham for 30 years, and worked with visionary wanted the language of my book to be very spare and architect Buckminster Fuller, and the Noguchi Museum open.â€? In addition, Noguchi’s father was a poet, and in New York is dedicated to his work. Today, his work his own work often expresses a stark simplification of is still sought after, as evidenced by the recent unveiling forms, she said. of a Noguchi sculpture at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. The qualities of simplicity and elegance are reflected Yet despite his later success both in the United States in the soulful illustrations for “East-West House,â€? which and Japan, the source of his creativity was always his capture a Japanese sensibility in terms of design yet “longing for affiliation,â€? Noguchi once said. have an originality that is all Hale’s own. One aspect is Hale moved to Palo Alto from Massachusetts at age Hale’s unusual choice of materials. The subtly colored 10, which coincidentally was the year she decided she and textured backgrounds come from such materials wanted to become a children’s-book author and illus(continued on page 31) trator. She graduated from Palo Alto High School and earned fine-arts and master’s degrees in teaching at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. She later lived in New York, receiving a degree in illustration and design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, but moved back to Palo Alto with her husband and young daughter in 2001 after finding “burnt papers from the twin towers on our front stoop.â€? “My own version of EastWest was a different one,â€? she said, but included loneliness as well. Hale’s bi-coastal career has been long and full. She has been an art teacher, designer and art director for several New York publishers, and a curriculum designer for educational publisher Scholastic’s Instructor magazine. Though “The East-West An original page from Hale’s book “The East-West House,â€? showing her Houseâ€? is Hale’s first book multi-textured approach.

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as shelf paper, Whole Foods Market grocery bags, and paper she crafted from castoffs, such as “an old gray Burberry coat.� Collage elements are culled from business-envelope liners and rubbings taken from the weathered back step leading into Hale’s garden. These textures and patterns evoke sky, water, wood bark, pathways and fabrics, sometimes echoing Noguchi’s brush paintings. By carving shapes of leaves and blossoms from the tops of gum erasers, she has conjured the effects of the modern Japanese woodblocks that she admires. This kind of resourcefulness has been a strength for Hale, leading her to innovate in unexpected ways.

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Women’s Day that features one woman’s uplifted face and the slogan “Working Women: We can shut this country down.� Hom’s serigraphs are being shown with Larry Richardson’s paintings and mixed-media works, many dealing with his African heritage; and Susan Goldsmith’s dreamy, layered mixed-media images of trees. Stanford Art Spaces exhibitions show art mainly in the halls of the Paul G. Allen Center for Integrated Systems, but there are some other pieces up in the David Packard Electrical Engineering building and Building 420 (the Psychology Office). The artworks of Hom and Richardson share a particular kinship when they make powerful statements about race. For instance, Richardson’s “To Be Sold,� a dramatic painting about slavery that depicts a black man behind an old advertisement for a slave sale, is displayed across from Hom’s stark 1996 print “No More Violence Against Asians.� The Hom work has an openmouthed face looking at bullet holes and small red splashes of blood. It’s done mostly in silkscreen, but Hom used paint for the splashes, she said. “It just seemed like a very immediate, sudden violent act, as opposed to carefully drawing the blood and screening it. It’s a different mindset when you create it, and then the viewer will feel it.� Hom said the print drew its painful inspiration from violence against Asians in the Bay Area and in other parts of the country, particularly the 1982 Detroit beating death of a Chinese-American man whose white killers had allegedly blamed the Japanese for the declining American auto industry. Another powerful piece in the Stanford show is the 1985 silkscreen “A Future For Our Children,� which shows Hom’s 3-year-old daughter looking lost in front of a beach-like scene with a mushroom cloud. Hom created the piece as part of a multiartist calendar project opposing nuclear war. “I chose August,� she said. “It was the month of Hiroshima.� During her career, the Pratt Institute graduate has been active in developing neighborhood arts organizations. Her work with the Kearny Street Work-

Hom, right, is showing her work at Stanford Art Spaces with fellow artists Larry Richardson and Susan Goldsmith. The three were photographed at the exhibit reception.

Hom’s silkscreen print “Celebration of the Spirit.� shop, which promotes and produces Asian-American arts in San Francisco, stretches back 30 years and includes an eight-year stint as executive director. In 2003, she was granted a KQED Local Hero award. Hom has also written poetry and prose, and been a graphic designer and an illustrator of children’s books. Many of her works feel less political and more family-oriented and gentle, including a series of motherand-baby prints. In 1982’s “Mother and Child,� a woman smiles serenely as she feeds her infant. The piece was part of a campaign to encourage Seeing waste materials as a potential resource “allows everything to become a possibility,� she said. “We were always really poor,� she added, referring to her childhood, “and one year as a teacher I had a $400 budget. All that is a great advantage.� Hale shares her ideas as an art director through articles and teaching guides, and as an instructor and presenter at local schools, where she speaks on creating and publishing a children’s book. Her books often present curriculum tie-ins and multicultural themes that make them popular with teachers and librarians. She says these come easily; her interest in other cultures was awakened early by a visit to Oaxaca, a Palo Alto sister city in Mexico, while she was a Paly student. In “Elizabeti’s Doll� by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, and its sequels,

teen mothers to get proper prenatal health care. It’s a straightforward image with graceful lines, like much of Hom’s art. That’s part of what attracted Stanford Art Spaces curator Marilyn Grossman to Hom’s work when she first saw it in the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. “I liked the purity of her work,� she said. “It’s so simple, but it really grasps you.� Several of the prints on exhibit, like “No More Violence Against Asians,� incorporate some paint, and these days Hom is working more pastels and paint. And harking back to her early Carnaval days, she’s pursuing salsa, swing and blues dance. “I’ve always gravitated toward the things that interest me,� she said. “Art and performance and just the joy of community life.� N

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Date: Monday, March 15, 2010 Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Council Chambers 1ST Floor, City Hall 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto General update and status report on High Speed Rail activities.

What: Silkscreen prints by Nancy Hom, shown with mixed-media works by Susan Goldsmith and paintings and mixed-media art by Larry Richardson Where: Stanford Art Spaces gallery; works are shown mainly in the Paul G. Allen Center for Integrated Systems at 420 Via Palou on campus. When: Through April 15. Buildings are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to cis.stanford.edu/~ marigros or call 650-725-3622.

Hale’s illustrations of family life in Tanzania won accolades. She also got to exercise her skill at rendering faces in all their variety in “You’re Not My Real Mother� by Molly Friedrich, a story that celebrates transracial adoption. In her next book, Hale hopes to take the architectural theme farther, “juxtaposing the way children build and works by contemporary international architects,� and further exploring the theme with concrete poetry, in architectural shapes. This is still in the development stage, but Hale is clearly raring to go. Ever the educator, she adds: “Building is considered absolutely essential for early-childhood education.� N Info: For more about Christy Hale’s work, go to christyhale.com.

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Green Zone --

(Century 16, Century 20) Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller could teach Sarah Palin a thing or two about “going rogue� — assuming he lives long enough to tell the tale.



In 2003 Baghdad, Miller and his unit are charged with rooting out weapons of mass destruction. Burned three straight times, Miller complains that he and his men have been risking their lives on bad intel. So when his team happens on some first-hand intelligence about fugitive General Al Rawi (Igal Naor), Miller

      

     

           

 

   

    

              

  

          

            

defies orders to chase down the truth about the WMDs that predicated the Iraq War. With that, action thriller “Green Zoneâ€? is off to the races. Those naysayers who questioned the appropriation of the Iraq War for entertainment purposes in the newly minted Best Picture “The Hurt Lockerâ€? will have a cow over the latest collaboration of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy,â€? “The Bourne Ultimatumâ€?). Unlike “The Hurt Lockerâ€? (incidentally, also shot by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd), “Green Zoneâ€? shows little interest in characterization, instead assembling clunky narrative machinery that amounts to an action-packed fiction remake of Charles Ferguson’s 2007 doc “No End in Sightâ€? (rather, the film cites as “inspirationâ€? Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s 2006 non-fiction book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City.â€? In some ways, the story here — like Greengrass’ acclaimed “United 93â€? — seems “too soonâ€? for useful perspective; in other respects, it already feels like old news. Given what we know about WMDs, how can “Green Zoneâ€? be anything other than two hours of anticlimax? As Miller, Damon does his best to be a sterling, steely distraction from the script’s deficiencies, but even he can’t make credible the preposterous loose cannon he’s asked to play. The script, credited to rewriter Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidentialâ€?), serves up soldiers, spies, politicians, reporters and Iraqi civilians who speak almost entirely in clichĂŠs. There’s Brendan Gleeson as Martin Brown, the CIA’s Baghdad bureau chief (who tells Miller, “You’re right. This thing doesn’t add upâ€?). There’s Greg Kinnear as Paul Bremner stand-in Clark Poundstone, a Pentagon rep who spars with Brown and Miller. There’s Amy Ryan as suckered Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne (read Judith Miller), whose articles on the intel of mysterious source “Magellanâ€? stoked political support for the

invasion. And there’s Freddy (Khalid Abdalla of “The Kite Runnerâ€?), a shudderingly angry yet noble local who agrees to help Miller while reminding him, “It’s not for you to decide what happens here.â€? Audiences have already proven time and time again that they see nothing escapist in the Iraq War, so why did Greengrass go there, bringing his signature shaky cam? Presumably to get away with telling an “importantâ€? story in the guise of a popcorn picture. But “Green Zoneâ€? is tired and corny — not meaningful — and frantic in its action rather than genuinely exciting. Despite his ever-impressive command of miseen-scène (best demonstrated by an opening sequence that gives us an insider perspective on the bombing of Baghdad), Greengrass deals a bad hand from his deck of Iraq War playing cards. “Green Zoneâ€? is a study in futility, in more ways than one. Rated R for violence and language. One hour, 55 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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(Century 16, Century 20) Twihards, start your engines. Those on “Team Edward� will swoon for “Remember Me,� a romantic drama starring and executive-produced by Robert Pattinson. For those noninitiates who don’t recognize the “Twilight� jargon, discreetly begin backing away. “Remember Me� is engineered to make teen and tween girls giggle, swoon and weep. It’s only slightly edgier and no more sensible than a Nicholas Sparks story, but it does build to the mother of all tragic rugpullers (which viewers not blinded by Twi-life will see coming all the way up Liberty Street). The story opens in 1991 Brooklyn, where 11-year-old Alyssa Craig witnesses her mother’s death. Ten years later, Ally (Emilie de Ravin of “Lost�) is a New York University student prone to falling for a man who understands personal loss. That’d be Tyler Hawkins (Pattinson), also 21, a “brooding introvert� who always smells of beer and cigarettes and unfulfilled potential. His Bohemian odor cannot hide his sensitive soul, proven in his loving attentions to his equally sensitive, 11-year-old (ah, the symmetry!) sister Caroline (a precocious Ruby

Jerins). They and their divorced parents (Pierce Brosnan and Lena Olin) live in the shadow of Tyler’s older brother, who committed suicide. Tyler and Ally meet in a way never seen outside of a romantic movie: Tyler makes a move at the behest of his obnoxious roomie, who has visions of prankish revenge against Ally’s father, the gruff cop (Chris Cooper) who just hauled the boys in on drunk and disorderly charges. Would you believe that Tyler and Ally wind up in love, and that the truth of how they met will eventually threaten — zzzzzzzzz ... Oh, wha — sorry. Yes, I’ll finish the review. With the full support of first-time screenwriter Will Fetters, Pattinson does his best James Dean. Smoldering bad-boy poses? Check. Angry, emotionally intoxicated rants at Dad? Check. Jokey declaration of “whatta you got?� rebellion? Check. (Ally: “I don’t date sociology majors.� Tyler: “Lucky for you I’m undecided.� Ally: “About what?� Tyler: “Everything.�) Though he can be volatile (like Ally’s dad — go figure), Tyler is also a thinker: He holds down a job at the Strand when he’s not quoting Gandhi or scribbling in his notebook. All in all, he just feels more than the most of us, y’know? Pattinson does well with what he’s given, but the contrivances compound, and after a while, it’s apparent that the movie isn’t very interested in Ally, after all (de Ravin’s vacuousness doesn’t help). Though requisite to make the movie a romance, she’s poorly drawn and fades out of the plot as the Hawkins family drama takes precedence. Absent a careful balance between the leading characters, “Remember Me� might have been better off as a family drama rather than a romance. Brosnan does good work as the workaholic businessman so damaged that he comes off pridefully aloof (for that matter, Cooper is flawless as Ally’s pained father). In short, let me bogart the movie’s “carpe diem� message: Seize something other than this movie. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking. One hour, 53 minutes. — Peter Canavese To view the trailers for “Green Zone� and “Remember Me,� go to Palo Alto Online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com

    

        

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Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:45 & 8 p.m.

A Single Man (R) ((((

Guild: 3:15 & 8:30 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland (PG) ((

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Avatar (PG-13) (((

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The Bad Sleep Well Stanford Theatre: Wed 7:30 p.m. Thu 7:30 p.m. (1960) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest (R) ((1/2

Century 16: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 1:05, 2:45, 4:10, 5:50, 7:10, 8:55 & 10:15 p.m.

Cop Out (R) ((

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The Crazies (R) (Not Reviewed)

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Crazy Heart (R) (((

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The Ghost Writer (PG-13) (((1/2

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Green Zone (R)

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A SWEEPING ROMANTIC MASTERPIECE.â&#x20AC;?

I Live in Fear (1955) Stanford Theatre: Fri 5:35 & 10:05 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) The Last Station (R) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 5:05 & 10:35 p.m. Guild: 6 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 12:30 p.m. Lord, Save Us from Your Aquarius: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Followers (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Our Family Wedding (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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Century 16: Noon, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:55, 4:25, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Percy Jackson & the Century 16: 12:45, 3:50, 6:50 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:55, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m. Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) (Not Reviewed) Remember Me (PG-13) (

Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:40, 4:20, 7:10 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m.

Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Out of My League (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 12:30, 1:45, 3, 4:15, 5:30, 6:45, 8, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m.

Shutter Island (R) (((

Century 16: 12:35, 3:40, 6:55 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:20, 3:45, 7:05 & 10:20 p.m.

Throne of Blood (1957) Stanford Theatre: Wed 5:30 & 9:55 p.m. Thu 5:30 & 9:55 p.m. 5:30 & 9:55 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: 1:55 & 7:35 p.m. Century 20: 2 & 7:45 p.m.

Yojimbo (1961) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Tues 5:30 & 10 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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Theater Addresses Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to Palo Alto Online at http://www. PaloAltoOnline.com/

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deliciously unsettling. A dark pearl of a movie whose great flair makes it Polanskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best work in quite a while.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

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NORCAL BASKETBALL

Moving on will be difficult

NEW COACH . . . The MenloAtherton football team, which struggled through a 1-9 record last season and has gone through three coaches in the past two seasons, has a new head coach. Sione Taufoou, 27, who for the past three seasons has been an assistant football coach at Menlo School, will guide the Bears this fall. Taufoou replaces Tony Rosso, who lasted only this past season. Prior to that, Philip Brown finished up the 2008 season as the interim head coach after Bob Sykes left just a few games into the campaign. Taufoou, a San Carlos native and a graduate of St. Francis High, expects to be around a lot longer than his predecessors. He comes from a long line of football players in his family — Kaoi, Will and Matt. It’s a family that is highly regarded in San Mateo County. Taufoou was the defensive coordinator at Menlo School this past fall, which saw the Knights reach the Central Coast Section Small School Division championship game for the first time in school history.

Friday Women’s basketball: Stanford at Pac-10 Tournament, 1:15 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Saturday Women’s basketball: Stanford at Pac-10 Tournament, 2:30 p.m.; Comcast Sports Net Bay Area; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Sunday Women’s basketball: Championship of Pac-10 Tournament; 3 p.m.; Comcast Sports Net Bay Area; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Sacred Heart Prep junior Reed McConnell (23) scored 24 points on Tuesday in a 62-50 victory over Wallenberg in a NorCal Division IV first-round playoff game. That earned the Gators a second-round game Thursday.

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Pac-10 Player of Year Ogwumike leads Stanford women into conference tourney by Rick Eymer

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egardless of how convincing Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer can be, the second-ranked Cardinal (28-1) has clinched a No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament no matter how it performs in the upcoming Pac-10 tournament. The odds are Stanford will at least reach the championship game, having done so in each of the previous nine conference tournaments, winning seven of them. Stanford opens the Pac-10 tournament Friday at 1:15 p.m. and will play either Arizona or Washington State, which played Thursday night in the first round. The Cardinal is attempting to become the first conference team to go 18-0 in Pac-10 play and capture the Pac-10 tournament title. “We have not clinched the automatic berth to the NCAAs,” VanDerveer said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll get in but we want to win the tournament and get that

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automatic bid.” Perhaps the motivation to win the conference tournament is to help sell tickets to the first- and secondround tournament games at Maples Pavilion next weekend. “It doesn’t matter what seed a team is,” VanDerveer said. “It’s that day, that time and you better show up to play.” VanDerveer hopes senior center Jayne Appel will be showing up at some point this weekend. The AllAmerican sat out Stanford’s 63-48 victory over California last week with a foot injury. “Jayne is out of her boot and she is walking,” VanDerveer said. “She went swimming and she’s a little sore from that. She’s getting treatment and we’re hoping it will continue to improve. It looks a lot better than it did a week ago.” Appel was part of a contingent of six Stanford players named to various All-Pac-10 teams.

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ON THE AIR

by Keith Peters our local basketball teams took the floor on Thursday night in the second round of the CIF Northern California playoffs. Only one, however, was favored to advance to the semifinals on Saturday night. Since the Pinewood girls are seeded No. 1 in the Division V playoffs, they will be favored each night they take the floor. That doesn’t mean the Panthers have an easy path to the NorCal final and state championship game. In fact, Pinewood’s game against visiting St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) on Thursday night was expected to the Panthers’ most difficult of these playoffs. Pinewood, however, is a veteran when it comes to the postseason. The Panthers have missed the NorCal playoffs only once since 1998, that one blip coming in 2008 when Pinewood failed to reach the Central Coast Section finals. The Panthers also have three state Division V titles to their credit. They were ranked No. 2 in the state in their division last week and were No. 1 earlier this season. Veteran coach Doc Scheppler, who has guided the program to all three state crowns, has another talented team (albeit young). The Panthers (23-6) took only three seniors into the NorCal playoffs, one of which (Rachel Marty) has missed nearly the entire year with an ACL injury. Seniors Emily Liang and Lauren Taniguchi have been solid contributors to a squad that starts four juniors — Kelsey Morehead, Hailie Eackles, Jenna McLoughlin and Miranda Seto. Everyone shoots threes, which

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo School grad Blake Schultz, a senior basketball standout at Williams College, has been named winner of the Jostens Trophy. The award models the Rotary International motto of “Service above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. The award recognizes playing ability, academic performance and community service. A nationwide committee voted on the 10 finalists for the 2010 Jostens Trophy that will be presented to Schultz by the Salem [Va.] Rotary Club at their luncheon on Thursday, March 18th at the Salem Civic Center. . . Palo Alto High junior Kevin Anderson will continue his football career close to home after committing to Stanford recently. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Anderson, who carried a 3.8 GPA, was the 2009 SCVAL Defensive Lineman of the Year while helping the Vikings win the SCVAL De Anza Division championship . . . Former Stanford football All-American Duncan McColl is on the ballot for the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame. McColl, who played defensive end from 1973-76, was a two-time All-Pac-8 selection and still holds the school record for most quarterback sacks (17) in a season.

Pinewood girls may have best shot of reaching a championship game

Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike is the Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Pac-10 hoops

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Sacred Heart Prep’s Reed McConnell (left) and Pat McNamara (5) helped put defensive pressure on Wallenberg during the Gators’ 62-50 victory to open the NorCal Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night.

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has been a staple for the Panthers throughout the years. They may not have much height — McLoughlin is the tallest at 5-foot-10 — but they press, help out on defense, create turnovers and don’t often make the kind of mistakes that lead to losses. If Pinewood is still alive after its second-round game, the Panthers likely will host No. 4 Branson on Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the NorCal finals on March 20 at Folsom High. It is possible that the NorCal title game could be an all-local affair. That depends on No. 3 seed Castilleja (20-9), which opened play Thursday night at home against No.6 Head Royce, a 59-36 winner over Ripon Christian on Tuesday night. Castilleja hosted its first-ever NorCal game and, earlier in the day, had a school-wide pep rally to generate some added excitement. Ted Minnis, who is filling in as athletic director while Jez McIntosh is on sabbatical (he’s still coaching the basketball team as an off-campus coach), was planning on bringing extra bleachers to accommodate an expected crowd in excess of 400 last night. Castilleja reached the NorCal playoffs last season for the first time in school history, advancing all the way to the semifinals before finishing with a 23-9 record — best in school history. Like Pinewood, the Gators have only three seniors on this year’s team — Eve Zelinger, Tayo Amos and reserve Natalie Morin. Zelinger is the school’s all-time leading scorer and will be sorely missed when this season concludes. “It’s been great having her,” McIntosh said of Zelinger. “We’ll miss her next year.” Fortunately for McIntosh, he’ll have junior Natasha von Kaeppler back. The versatile 6-footer could wind up holding all the school records before she’s done. Castilleja not only received a favorable NorCal seed (bracket opposite Pinewood), but its second-round opponent (Branson) was a familiar

one. The Gators beat Branson in a tournament finale earlier this season, 39-36, rallying from eight points down to win. If Castilleja was able to duplicate that triumph, the Gators more than likely will be on the road Saturday — unless No. 2 seed Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) is upset by University (San Francisco). If University prevailed, Castilleja will host University on Saturday. Those teams also have met this season, with the Gators posting a 68-53 triumph. Thus, it could be a favorable bracket for Castilleja, which would love to reach the NorCal finals and spend the 2 1/2 hours on the road to face league rival Pinewood — with hopes of avenging last Saturday’s 53-32 loss to the Panthers in the CCS championship game. From here on in, it’s all about making the most of opportunities. That’s what the Sacred Heart Prep and Pinewood boys did on Tuesday in their respective NorCal openers. It took a timely streak of threepoint shooting, some opportunistic defense and flawless fourth-quarter free throw shooting for Sacred Heart Prep to earn its first-ever Division IV NorCal victory, a 62-50 decision over visiting Wallenberg. The victory was SHP’s 15th straight. In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood made the most if its first NorCal appearance in 14 years by pulling away from Bradshaw Christian, 55-42. The No. 8-seeded Panthers played at No. 1 Branson (22-6) on Thursday night. The No. 4-seeded Gators (23-5), meanwhile, hosted a second round game Thursday against No. 5 St. Patrick/St.Vincent (Vallejo), a 65-35 winner over No. 12 Calaveras. The victory was the first ever for the Gators at the Division IV level. Prep lost last yearís first-round game and won once (2005) in three tries at the Division V level. The Gators overcame a five-point deficit in the third quarter with a long-distance bullseye-shooting run by the three McConnell brothers. Down 32-27 midway through the third, Will McConnell hit a three and then stole the ball in the backcourt while pressing, making the ensuing layup to tie the game. Mo-

ments later Cole McConnell buried a three followed by another trey by Reed McConnell on the next possession. Cole hit another seconds later for a 43-35 Prep advantage going into the fourth quarter. Sacred Heart Prep made all 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter and Wallenberg did not threaten again. Reed McConnell led all scorers with 24 while Will McConnell added 16. Cole McConnell and Ty Cobb both had six points. Zach Watterson led Prep rebounders with five. The McConnell’s shooting was fortuitous for the Gators, who were challenged inside and also experienced trouble taking care of the ball during the first half. Wallenberg (20-8), the runnerup from San Franciscoís Academic Athletic Association, was able to successfully work the ball inside and control both offense and defensive boards. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Gators, 24-12. “That was a little bit of a surprise to us. They dug in and took the ball inside and I don’t think we were as ready as we should have been,” said SHP coach Tony Martinelli. “We were a little scattered in the first half. We took shots early in the possession and had little patience. The second half was more characteristic of how we play.” Sacred Heart pressed Wallenberg into nine second-half turnovers but equally important, it settled down when it had the ball. Sacred Heart turned the ball over eight times in the first half but only three times in the second half when it put the game away. The path to the NorCal final is an extremely difficult one for Sacred Heart Prep, as a second-round win would earn a semifinal date with No. 1 St. Mary’s (Berkeley) on Saturday. St. Mary’s, along with No. 2 Salesian, are considered head and shoulders about the entire NorCal Division IV field and either team could win the state title. While the Gators aren’t favored to get past Saturday, should they make it that far, Martinelli will have all three McConnell brothers back next season along with six others. (continued on next page

Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was named co-Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Three-time selections Appel and Kayla Pedersen were joined by Ogwumike and Jeanette Pohlen on the 15-player All-Pac-10 team. GoldOnwude was an honorable mention. “It would have been nice if we could have three players share the Player of the Year award,” VanDerveer said. “I don’t think that was ever discussed, but I am happy one of three (Appel, Ogwumike or Pedersen) got it.” Joslyn Tinkle was named allfreshman honorable mention, while Gold-Onwude was named to the All-Defensive Team. Pedersen was honorable mention. Appel became the eighth Stanford player to earn All-Pac-10 honors three times. She broke the Pac-10ís all-time rebounding record, eclipsing former USC great Lisa Leslie, also becoming the seventh player in league history to join the 2,000point, 1,000-rebound club. Appel ranks 11th in the league in scoring (14.3) and second in rebounding (9.9), recording 13 double-doubles this season while helping the Cardinal clinch its 10th consecutive regular-season title and 19th overall. Ogwumike averaged a conference-leading 18.2 points and was third in rebounding with a 9.4 average. Ogwumike shoots at a 63.8 percent pace, fourth in the nation. She has recorded a conference-leading 14 games of 20 or more points. Pedersen recorded career highs in scoring (16.7), rebounding (9.0) and 3-pointers to help Stanford go undefeated in conference play.

Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with a 1.95 assist-to-turnover ratio and is second in the conference with 4.54 assists per game. Pohlen leads the Cardinal with 51 3-pointers and is shooting 35.9 percent from long range. Gold-Onwude helped Stanford lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense, limiting opponents to an average of 54.3 points. The biggest concern remains Appel’s health. VanDerveer indicated she would play sparingly, if at all, should there be a chance of hurting the foot any further. “Jayne is very important to our success,” VanDerveer said. “We will have to wait and see what she’s able to do. At the same time, I liked the way ‘Neka and Kayla took the challenge and stepped up against Cal.” Stanford is built upon team chemistry as much as it is on the talented players that make up the roster. The Cardinal might do just fine without Appel this weekend, but it wouldn’t go too far into the NCAA tournament without her. Stanford has stumbled a few times when it had to make do without one of its guards or when one or more of its post players was in foul trouble. Appel has the ability to keep the Cardinal focused and the opposition honest. Her leadership is as vital as her playing ability. Either Arizona (13-16) or Washington State (8-21) would enter Friday’s contest with much to lose. The Wildcats enter the tournament on a five-game losing streak after a stretch of four wins in five games over the first half of February, while the Cougars, after dropping 12 of its first 13 Pac-10 games, have impressive victories over USC and Oregon over its final five regular-season games. “We have to be focused no matter who we play,” VanDerveer said. “Hopefully we will have Jayne.”N

Stanford’s Fields on All-Pac-10 Green earns a spot on the all-conference second team

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here was no question Stanford’s most valuable player this men’s basketball season was senior Landry Fields. His consistency of performance both on the court and in the locker room was a major reason why he was recognized as a first team selection on the All-Pac-10 team announced Monday. Sophomore Jeremy Green earned a spot on the second team. Fields averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds over his first three years, playing in the shadows of Brook and Robin Lopez and then a senior class that included Anthony Goods and Mitch Johnson. This season belonged to Fields. He produced one of the most consistent seasons in school history. Fields ranks ninth in the nation in scoring at 22.2 points per game after becoming the first Stanford player to lead the Pac-10 in that category since Casey Jacobsen in 2001-02. In addition to leading all conference players in 20-point games (20), double-doubles (12) and minutes played (36.1 per game), Fields ranked second in the league in rebounding (8.7 per

game). Fields is one of five players in school history to score more than 600 points in a single season. He has 667 points this year, third on the all-time single-season list behind only Adam Keefe, who scored over 700 points twice. Fields has scored in doublefigures in every game this year, becoming the first Stanford player to accomplish that feat since Keefe in 1991-92 (29 games). Green was an All-Freshmen team pick last year and continued his emergence as one of the Pac10’s premier players this year. Green averaged 16.9 points per game this year, a total that ranks second on the team and sixth-best among Pac-10 players. Green’s scoring average this year is 10 points better than last year’s 6.4 points per game clip as a rookie. Green, who leads the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (90) while ranking 21st nationally in threepoint field goals made per game (3.0), also broke Casey Jacobsen’s record for three-pointers made in a single season when he knocked down two triples against Arizona on Feb. 27.N -- Rick Eymer

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Local swimmers star while helping PASA win team title at Southern Sectionals by Keith Peters alo Alto High sophomore Jasmine Tosky put on a remarkable, record-breaking show at the U.S. Swimming Southern Sectionals that concluded Sunday night in College Station, Texas. All Tosky did was win six individual events and help her Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics team win the overall team championship with 841 points. More than 800 swimmers competed. PASA brought 35 athletes to the meet. Tosky won the women’s high-point award while teammate Tom Kremer, from Sacred Heart Prep, was the men’s high-point winner. “While Jasmine and Tom will get a lot of recognition for their accomplishments at this meet, I really feel that it was truly a team effort,” said Tony Batis, one of PASA’s head coaches. “We had young kids who swam on our girls ‘C’ relays that really stepped up and scored points for us. We had swimmers make breakthroughs and make new national or junior national standards for the first time. We had two strong swimmers who were third respectively in the women’s (Maddy Schaefer) and men’s (Adam Hinshaw) high point standings. “We were represented by kids from over 10 high schools around the area and nearly every one of them contributed to our team effort. I, personally, was most pleased with the fact that we could take 35 kids deep into the heart of a swimming hotbed (Texas) compete against some of the top teams in the Midwest/South and come out with a team victory. It says to me that West Coast swimming is not dead and still very competitive.” While PASA received plenty of standout efforts, the most acknowledged came from Tosky. Her biggest night of the four-day meet was Saturday, where the 15-year-old had

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Jasmine Tosky a breakthrough evening with three victories all in meet-records. Tosky opened up the evening with a time of 1:46.07 to win the women’s 200-yard free. That swim eclipsed Lily Moldenhauer’s meet record of 1:46.77 set back in 2009. Tosky then shot down another Moldenhauer meet record with the former recordholder in the pool. Tosky captured the 100 fly in 52.84 to beat Moldenhauer’s 2009 record of 53.19. Tosky’s time ranks her third on the girls’ 15-16 all-time list. The time also set a 15-16 Pacific record, breaking Natalie Coughlin’s mark and just missing the national agegroup record (52.61) by Katie Hoff. Tosky completed an incredible triple with another meet record, this time in the women’s 400 IM. Tosky clocked a 4:11.01 to shatter the 4:16.27 set by Spindrift Beck in 2007. On Sunday night, Tosky turned in another meet record with a 1:57.46 victory in the 200 IM. That swim smashed Beck’s 2007 mark of 1:59.66. Tosky returned in the 100 breast and won that in 1:01.95. She also added a third place in the 100 back of 54.83. Tosky got her first victory on Fri-

day night as she blew away the meet record with a sizzling 1:56.29 in the 200 fly. The old mark was 1:58.38 by Moldenhauer last year. Also on Friday, Tosky finished third in the 500 free (4:44.05). The top three finishers surpassed the old meet record of 4:45.87. Tosky also teamed with Schaefer, Julia Ama and Jessica Bergman to set a national record (girls 15-18) of 3:19.81 in the 400-yard free relay. Shaefer also had a big meet. She set a meet record while winning the 100 free in 48.90. That lowered the previous mark of 49.01 set last year by Moldenhauer, who lowered a national high school public record earlier this year. The time also was a Pacific record. Schaefer earned her second podium with a 22.49 victory in the 50 free. She just missed the national record of 22.39 set by Amanda Weir. Schaefer did break a seven-year-old meet record, a 23.05 set by Brooke Bishop back in 2003. Bergman grabbed third in 23.45. Schaefer also finished second in 100 back (54.28) and took third in the 100 fly (54.51). In other PASA highlights: Hinshaw was second in the men’s 500 free (4:24.65), second in the 1,000 free (9:06.70) and second in the 1,650 free (15:20.45). He set 15-16 Pacific records in the 1,000 and 1,650 frees. Alicia Grima picked up third in the women’s 200 IM (2:03.92); and Ally Howe set a girls 13-14 Pacific record in the 100 back (55.13), breaking another Coughlin mark. Kremer was as busy as Tosky as he took second in the 200 IM (1:49.80), third in the 100 back (49.65), second in the 200 free (1:37.99), second in the 200 fly (1:48.36), fourth in the 1,000 free (9:16.95) and fourth in the 500 free (4:26.86). He set a 1516 Pacific record in the 200 IM.N

New coach has Paly baseball off to winning start

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t was a homecoming of sorts for Palo Alto’s first-year baseball coach Erick Raich, who made a splashy debut in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 16-4 thumping of visiting Saratoga in a season opener Wednesday. Raich finished up a standout prep career at Saratoga High in 2000, helping the Falcons win a CCS title in 1999. While Raich admitted it felt a little strange to be facing his old team, he was more focused on getting his new club off to a good start. “The first year (of coaching a new team) is the toughest, with all the expectations,” Raich said. “But, we’re ahead of schedule.” The Vikings (1-0, 5-2), who will complete their home-and-home series at Saratoga on Friday, have played a tough preseason schedule that included losses to Wilcox and Mitty and victories over Scotts Valley and Monterey — all perennial CCS contenders. Saratoga certainly didn’t measure

up with those teams as Paly grabbed a 14-1 lead after just two innings. Joc Pederson had three hits while fellow senior Scott Witte drove in three runs. Conor Raftery, Drake Swezey, Will Glazier and Wade Hauser all had two RBI as Paly pounded out 14 hits. Menlo School also is off to a solid start (4-1) after dominating St. Ignatius on Tuesday, 9-1, in nonleague action. Jake Batchelder (2-0) threw six innings of one-run ball while while out six. Fellow sophomore Dylan Mayer had two hits and drove in four runs. Boys’ tennis Defending CCS and NorCal champion Menlo looks to be in fine shape to possibly repeat those efforts after two impressive victories this week. With freshmen Richard Pham and Andrew Ball posting solid wins at No. 1 and 2 singles, the Knights remained perfect with a 7-0 whitewash of host Los Gatos in a nonleague match on Wednesday. Pham posted a

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6-4, 6-4 triumph while Ball won easily, 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Justin Chan blanked his opponent at No. 3 while senior Patrick Chase won at No. 4 in straight sets as the Knights improved to 5-0. On Tuesday, Menlo perhaps took control of the West Bay Athletic League with a 7-0 romp over visiting Harker, which earlier had beaten Sacred Heart Prep. Menlo will host SHP next Tuesday. While Menlo looks to be a runaway winner in the WBAL, MenloAtherton could be that team in the PAL Bay Division The Bears are off to a 3-0 start in league play following a 5-2 win over host Burlingame on Tuesday. Burlingame is expected to challenge for the league title this season. M-A rode a sweep of the doubles to its victory. The teams of Zeke BrownMatt Giordano, Jess and Christian Perkins, plus Matt Menninger and Avi Shah provided key points for the triumph.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Jenna McLoughlin

Reed McConnell

Pinewood School

Sacred Heart Prep

The junior center scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds with two steals in two CCS Division V basketball victories, including 15 points and seven rebounds to spark the Panthers to past Castilleja in the title game.

The junior had 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and the game-winning basket in a 55-54 semifinal win before pouring in 24 points with four rebounds in a 54-45 win over No. 1 Palma in the CCS Division IV title game.

Honorable mention Sammy Albanese Castilleja softball

Maggie Brown Menlo lacrosse

Victoria Fakalata* Menlo-Atherton basketball

Kelsey Morehead* Pinewood basketball

Mila Sheeline Menlo lacrosse

Natasha von Kaeppler

Ty Cobb Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Danny Diekroeger* Menlo baseball

Nicky Hu Palo Alto tennis

Max Lippe* Pinewood basketball

Cole McConnell Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Will McConnell*

Castilleja basketball

Sacred Heart Prep basketball * previous winner To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com

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could win the state title. While the Gators aren’t favored to get past Saturday, should they make it that far, Martinelli will have all three McConnell brothers back next season along with six others. The team loses only starter (Cobb) among its seniors. The other is Spencer Rosekrans. The Pinewood boys, meanwhile, will lose only two seniors off this team, one of which is a big one — 6-6 Max Lippe. He’s one reason why the No. 8 Panthers (20-7) advanced to the second round on Thursday night. Lippe shook off a scoreless first quarter and scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half to lead the Panthers to a 55-42 victory over visiting Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) in the opening round of the Division V playoffs on Tuesday night. Lippe added 16 rebounds as Pinewood bounced back from its loss on Saturday in the CCS championship game. That 45-43 loss to St. FrancisCentral Coast Catholic proved very costly as the Sharks received the No. 2 seed in NorCals and a favorable path to the finals. Pinewood sophomore Dante

Fraioli added 11 points and two while junior Aaron Daines had six assists. His defense was sparkling as he held Bradshaw Christian scoring leader JJ Mina to a season-low four points. Bradshaw held a 36-35 lead at the end of three quarters but Pinewood held Bradshaw to 3-of-11 shooting in the fourth quarter as Pinewood went on a roll to score 20 points in the final period. Girls’ Division I Senior Victoria Fakalata scored 24 points and added nine rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Menlo-Atherton saw its season end in a 52-44 loss to Lowell in a first-round game at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco on Tuesday. The No. 12-seeded Bears (1517) got to within 43-42 with three minutes to play, but Lowell ran off a string of unanswered points to pull away. Sophomore Tennyson Jellins finished with nine points and six rebounds for M-A.N (Tim Goode contributed to this story) For results of Thursday’s NorCal games, go to www.pasportsonline.com

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here are those Thai restaurants where lavish teak carvings share the dining room with silvery Buddhas, and the aromas, music and decor create an alluring sense of Southeast Asia. Rice Thai Cuisine is not one of those restaurants. Rice Thai is the maiden venture of Ricky Sudchaitham, a Palo Alto resident who came to the United States from Thailand four years ago, honing his skills in his sister’s Albany establishment, Ruen Pair. His new restaurant is minimalist and sleek, with rich chocolate walls and an interior that’s just this side of austere. But ambience aside, in just over a year Rice Thai has proven itself a welcome addition to the lunchtime scene in south Palo Alto. Business folk and others crowd the El Camino Real restaurant for good deals on generous lunch specials. Priced right ($6.95 to $9.95) and served with

a small salad, soup and egg roll, the lunches here offer a flavorful midday break. Ambiance is more important to the evening meal, and during my dinners here I couldn’t help but feel it was lacking. But that’s just me: The unadorned dining room, doctor’s-office music in the background, too-loud phone up front and overall sharp-edged feel to the place might be just what some diners are looking for. Either way, the food at Rice Thai is good, sometimes excellent. The offerings, while not overly generous, are pretty and flavorful. Your pad Thai or roasted chili beef might arrive on a cool triangular plate, garnished with lemongrass stalks and a nest of shaved carrots on the side. One of the nicest aspects of Rice Thai is that you can order many of the rice, curry and noodle dishes with your choice of beef, chicken,

pork, shrimp, a seafood medley or vegetables and tofu. This flexibility means vegetarians have countless options. What initially appears to be an already generous menu, with 67 entrées and appetizers at dinner, multiplies into hundreds of choices. Rice Thai calls its version of the classic Thai spring rolls “fresh salad rolls” ($7.50). Different name, but the same familiar chilled appetizer: a supple rice skin enveloping shrimp, fresh mint, shredded carrots and rice noodles, with a mildly spicy peanut dipping sauce. Rice Thai’s rolls were tasty, crunchy and fresh. Similarly pleasant and familiar was our bowl of coconut soup ($6.95 with chicken; $8.95 with shrimp or sea bass). You’ll usually find this classic soup referred to as tom ga kai, and it embodies all that is unique about Thai cooking, that delicate balance of spicy, sour, sweet and salty. Rice Thai’s version revealed the flavors of lime, chili, coconut milk, lemongrass and Thai basil. The chicken dumplings ($5.95) resembled pot stickers and contained a slightly rubbery nugget of chicken mixed with flecks of Thai basil. On another appetizer plate, wooden skewers pierced through melt-in-your-mouth chicken satay ($7.95). A collection of five mini samosas (5.95) arrived in a martini glass with a slightly cloying chili dipping sauce. Ours were a touch overdone, causing the shell to act as an annoyingly resistant barrier to the potato, onion and curry center. The lemon grass crispy fish ($11.95) was a lovely entrée, pretty to look at and even better to eat. A carefully constructed “bird’s nest” of crispy rice noodles was home to artfully fried chunks of flaky white fish. Infused with the aromas and flavors of green curry, lemongrass and Thai basil, this was a stand-out dish. Pad Thai ($8.95 to $12.95) may not be the most adventurous sampling on the menu, but it was one of the best dishes we ordered. Crunchy bean sprouts and firm rice noodles mixed it up with green onions, ground peanuts, the requisite fried egg and very little grease. Hints of coriander and lime stayed on the tongue after each bite. Another tasty dish was the pad see-ew ($8.95 to $12.95), a savory tangle of wide flat noodles, punctuated with crisp broccoli and stirfried in a black soy sauce. It has long been my opinion

that mankind achieved dessert perfection with fried banana with ice cream. Tiramisu? Chocolate mousse? Forget about it. Fried banana with ice cream has it all: the tantalizing interplay of hot banana and cold ice cream, the satisfying crunch of the deep-fried coating, the gooey softness of the banana inside, the hint of coconut. Rice Thai hits all the high notes with its version ($6.95). I would return for this dessert alone. N Rice Thai Cuisine 3924 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-812-0139 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Sun. noon9:30 p.m.

TIDBITS WINE TIME ... It’s probably not advisable to drink all of them, but visitors can still get a good array of samples at an upcoming wine-tasting event featuring 130 wines. Pampas restaurant at 529 Alma St. in downtown Palo Alto is hosting the event on Tuesday, March 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sixty wineries in California, Spain and South American will be represented. Organizers said all featured wines will be up for sale at wholesale prices. Admission to the event is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 650-327-1323 or go to www.pampaspaloalto.com.

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DINNER BY THE MOVIES AT SHORELINE’S

Pizzeria Venti

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t didn’t take long for businesswoman, Bella Awdisho, to recognize something was missing in Mountain View. After long research, it became apparent that finding a one-of-a-kind restaurant to bring to the Mountain View area would not be easy. “I just could not see opening another run-of-the-mill restaurant in an area filled with such innovation” said Mrs. Awdisho. Her search ended when she found Pizzeria Venti, a small boutique pizzeria based in Italy. Her introduction to Italian cuisine was in-depth, to say the least. It began with a culinary arts program that included training under the Tuscany sun. “The training was really eye-opening. I learned about the nuances of true Italian cooking; about the quality and passion that goes into every dish. It’s amazing.” said Bella. “Covering everything from pasta and sauces to the tradition of Italy famous “pizza al taglio” or pizza by the cut, the training was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which is simply not available to most restaurateurs.”

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wdisho said that she was extremely anxious to start her own Pizzeria Venti right here in Mountain View. “I recognized the uniqueness of our location,” she noted “so I put many resources into the marketing of the location. We continue to offer to our customers many of the dishes I was introduced to in Italy.” So successful was this introduction that Awdisho had to double the size of her kitchen, adding additional equipment to handle the demand. Executive Chef, Marco Salvi, the training chef in Italy, provided many new recipes for use in her restaurant. Chef Marco provided some insight “The ingredients say it all. We work to provide a finished dish which will honor its origins and create a wonderful experience for our customers.”

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GUIDE TO 2010 SUMMER C AMPS FOR KIDS

n n o e C c p t i o m n a C For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at PaloAltoOnline.com/biz/summercamps To advertise in a weekly directory, contact 650-326-8210

Nueva Summer

Sports Camps

Hillsborough

Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. All ages welcome. Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and fun horse arts and crafts. www.springdown.com 650.851.1114

Nueva Summer offers unique and enriching summer camps for students entering PreK - 8th Grade. June 21 - July 30. We have camps that will inspire every age: from Marine Biology to Tinkering, and Model UN to West African Drumming. Half or full day camps, from one to six weeks. Healthy lunch is provided for full day campers. Extended care available. www.NuevaSummer.org 650-350-4555

Champion Tennis Camps

Summer Institute for the Gifted

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center

Portola Valley

Atherton

CTC provides an enjoyable way for your Junior to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. The 4-6 year olds have fun learning eye-hand coordination and building self-esteem! www.alanmargot-tennis.net 650-752-0540

SOLO Aquatics

Menlo Park

Berkeley/Hillsborough

Gifted students in grades K-12 can participate on the renowned Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) program. Hosted at some of the most famous colleges and universities in the U.S., SIG combines both traditional summer fun and a challenging academic schedule. Day programs are available for younger students. www.giftedstudy.org 866-303-4744

Two great programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SOLO Day Camp: One-week sessions of 5 full days (9:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00) featuring instruction in swimming and fun activities; lunch included. SOLO Sharks Program: Spring/Summer weekly afternoon swim clinics for all ages and abilities. www.soloaquatics.com 650-851-9091

The Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Middle School Summer Camp

YMCA

Oshman Family JCC Camps

Peninsula

Mountain View

New from GMS - Day camp for girls entering grades 4-7. Explorations in Science, Technology, and the Arts in the morning, Moving and Making, includes sports and games, swimming, arts and crafts, in the afternoon. www.girlsms.org/summercamp 650-968-8338

Palo Alto

Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Redwood City day and overnight camps for youth Pre-K through 10th grade. Enriching lives through safe, fun activities. Sports, arts, technology, science, and more. Field trips and outdoor fun. Accredited by the American Camp Association. www.ymcasv.org/summercamp.com 408-351-6400

The Oshman Family JCC offers outstanding camps for preschoolers through teens. With both traditional camps and special focus camps like sports, travel, performing arts and more, our innovative staff will keep campers entertained all summer! www.paloaltojcc.org 650-223-8600

Matt Lottich Life Skills

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp funâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin on June 28 and end on August 13 with the option for students to attend for all seven weeks or the first four weeks (June 28-July 23). Full or half-time morning or afternoon program are available to fit your schedule. 12 locations. www. stratfordschools.com 650-493-1151

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At Matt Lottich Life Skills, all of our camps focus on giving high-level basketball instruction while highlighting the life skills that this sport reflects. Grades 2-11, two camp styles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Day and Elite Camps. www.mllscamp.com 1-888-537-3223

Academic Camps iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies

Stanford

Experience North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Tech Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 Bay Area Locations! Ages 7-18 create video games, websites, movies, iPhoneÂŽ & FacebookÂŽ apps, robots and more during this weeklong, day and overnight summer tech program. Teen Programs also available at Stanford. Save w/code CAU22. www.iDTechCamps.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Summer @ Harker

San Jose

K-Gr. 8 Morning academics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; focusing on math, language arts and science â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Highly qualified faculty and staff. Also: swim lessons; swimming, tennis and soccer camps; academics for high school students. www.summer.harker.org 408-553-0537

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x446

Woodland School Summer Adventures

Portola Valley

For kindergarten through 8th grade. Offers academics, sports, field trips and onsite activities. June 28 - July 30. www.info@woodland-school.org 650-854-9065

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Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

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Palo Alto/Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. www.headsup.org 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

TechKnowHow Computer & LEGOÂŽ Camps

Peninsula

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 6-14! Courses include LEGO and Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NEX Projects with Motors, Robotics, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. www.techknowhowkids.com 650-474-0400

ISTP Language Immersion

Palo Alto

International School of the Peninsula camps offered in French, Chinese, Spanish or ESL for students in Nursery through Middle School. Three 2-week sessions, each with different theme. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language proficiency. www.istp.org 650-251-8519

Theatreworks Summer Camps

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In these skill-building workshops for grades Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5, students engage in languagebased activities, movement, music, and improvisational theatre games. Students present their own original pieces at the end of each two-week camp. www.theatreworks.org/educationcommunity 650-463-7146

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Randall Millen Registry 921 Colorado Ave. Palo Alto 856-1419 Individual private tutoring in Midtown Palo Alto home for grades 7-12, college and adults. Subjects include English grammar and composition, English as a second language (ESL), French, Latin, mathematics, history and social studies, and humanities in general. Also: test preparation for all standardized tests (including S.A.T.), and manuscript writing and editing. Stanford graduate with 40 years of experience as a tutor. Fees from $18 per hour.

Class Guide Make the most of spring by taking a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn. It’s never too late to pick up a paintbrush or learn to say “hello” in a foreign language. Try yoga or put on some tap shoes. All the classes listed below are local, so go for it!

tbootz@headsup.org Emerson School, a private, non-sectarian program for grades 1-8, operates on a year-round full-day schedule providing superior academic preparation, international courses (Chinese, Spanish) and individualized Montessori curriculum. Visit Web site for details.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Learning Strategies

Challenger School 3880 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-213-8245 ChallengerSchool.com Celebrating 45 years of learning and fun, we are an independent private school that focuses on academic excellence, individual achievement, critical thinking skills, and self-reliance. Our uniquely structured classes yield astonishing results. Challenger students achieve scores on average in the 90th percentile on the national Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). Come tour our campus to learn about our preschool through eighthgrade programs.

Emerson School 2800 W. Bayshore Road Palo Alto 650-424-1267 650-856-2778 www.headsup.org

a650-747-9651 www.creative-learning-strategies.com victoriaskinner@creative-learning-strategies.com A highly qualified Learning Strategies tutor will come to the home, work around vacation schedules and set up individual learning programs curtailed to the student’s needs.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 www.paadultschool.org Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, investment and certificate courses available starting at $19. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.

QWERTY Education Services 1050 Chestnut St., #201 Menlo Park 650-326-8484 650-326-8030 www.qwertyed.com info@qwertyed.com Academic tutoring and diagnostic educational evaluation for K-12 and college. Our professional educators and diagnosticians work with students to build understanding of their learning, resulting in improved confidence and academic progress. Professional education services since 1976. Contact Michael Perez, director, for a no-cost phone consultation.

DANCE Brazilian Dance Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom 1305 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-463-4940 www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy Brazilian dance for ages 16-99 with Anita Lusebrink. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thirteen-week session for $130. Drop-in cards available.

Dance Connection 4000 Middlefield Road, L-5 Palo Alto

322-7032 www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com cindy@danceconnectionpaloalto.com Dance Connection offers graded classes for ages 3 to adult with a variety of programs to meet every dancer’s needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, boys program, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes are available for beginning to advanced levels. Find information and download registration from the Web site.

DanceVisions 4000 Middlefield Road L3 Palo Alto 650-858-2005 www.dancevisions.org info@danceaction.org DanceVisions, a unique nonprofit community dance center, offers classes from age 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip hop, lyrical, Pilates, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase. Check Web site for details about classes and schedules.

Vaganova and Cecchetti styles. Creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels starting at age 5. Adult classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced. Please call for more information.

Western Ballet 914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A Mountain View 650-968-4455 www.westernballet.org/ info@westernballet.org Western Ballet has a welcoming, caring place to study ballet. We offer adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals, providing the largest selection of drop-in classes in the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. For children through teens preparing for careers in ballet, we have a graded youth program with 13 pre-professional levels. Our highly experienced faculty consists of current and former professional dancers. Cost of a single adult class: $15. For the youth program, see www.westernballet. org for tuition rates.

International School of the Peninsula

Zohar Dance Company

151 Laura Lane Palo Alto 650-251-8519 www.istp.org beatricebergemont@istp.org After-school programs for preschool, elementary and middle-school students. Classes include: French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art & craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports. For a complete list of classes available visit www.istp.org.

HANDICRAFTS

4000 Middlefield Road, L4 Palo Alto 494-8221 www.zohardance.org zohardance@aol.com Founded in 1979, Zohar is unique in that it offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. Under the direction of Ehud & Daynee Krauss, the studio is known for its professional instructors and inspiring classes.

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Ongoing classes in weaving, spinning, and knitting for beginner and intermediate students. Day and evening sessions. Explore the ancient art of Temari, a Japanese folk art, or learn to weave the Navajo Way. Enhance your lifestyle with an art form almost forgotten. Visit the studio and watch the students work. Call for more information, e-mail or visit the Web site.

HEALTH & FITNESS AlaVie Fitness 777 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 415-567-7411 www.alaviefitness.com info@alaviefitness.com Join PowerVie Boot Camp and give

your body a fabulous spring cleaning. As AlaVie Fitnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature program, PowerVie is different from other military-style boot camps. Visit www.alaviefitness.com or call for more information and to register.

Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boot Camp (ABC) Stanford 724-9872 www.andrestraining.com andre@andrestraining.com No two sessions are the same but every session will offer either circuit training or interval training. ABC is designed for those who enjoy multi-sport activities. A variety of athletic â&#x20AC;&#x153;toysâ&#x20AC;? are used to make the classes both fun and challenging. Call, e-mail or visit the Web site for more information.

Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United 3864 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 494-1480 www.abilitiesunited.org/ swim@c-a-r.org Improve your health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (92 degree), in-door pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Physical therapy, personal training, Watsu and land massage by appointment. Group and private swim lessons. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

California Yoga Center (Palo Alto) 541 Cowper St. Palo Alto 947-9642 www.californiayoga.com info@californiayoga.com The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes emphasize individual attention and cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.

Darshana Yoga 654 High St. Palo Alto 325-YOGA www.darshanayoga.com info@darshanayoga.com Fresh and inspiring yoga classes in Palo Alto. A blend of alignment and flow. Great teachers, beautiful studio. Director Catherine De Los Santos has taught yoga in Palo Alto more than 25 years.

Elite Musketeer Fencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 160B Constitution Drive Menlo Park 353-0717 408 317 0480 www.emfc.net valerie@emfc.net Fencing programs for kids and adults, recreational and competitive. Summer camps, birthday parties, private lessons and group classes.

Jazzercise at Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave Menlo Park 650-703-1263 www.jazzercise.com meredithstapp@hotmail.com Cost: $47 a month. $14 Drop-in. Jazzercise blends aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing movements into fun dance routines set to fresh new music.All fit-

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Private Yoga Instruction by Eyesha 650-224-0150 Sivananda-certified yoga instructor with extensive experience in both private and group class settings. First class is free. Subsequent classes are $50/ hour.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 www.paadultschool.org Hike for Fitness or empower yourself with Tai-Chi. Join Jeanette Cosgroveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pilates class. Bring balance back to your life with Yoga. Our fitness classes start at $48.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road Palo Alto 855-9868 www.studiokickspaloalto.com info@studiokickspaloalto.com Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and fun martial-arts training for kids 2 and up. Taught by owner/ instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Rangers.â&#x20AC;? Get the whole family healthy and fit. Stop by for a free class.

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto 3790 El Camino Real #185 Palo Alto 327-9350 www.ttopa.com Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Established in 1973. Learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai chi châ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uan). Beginning classes start monthly. Classes are held at the Cubberley Community Center.

Yoga at All Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St. Palo Alto 322-4528 www.asaints.org Kundalini-style yoga, combining asana (physical poses), breathing exercises and meditation. Practice is best done on an empty stomach. Please bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-tomove-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified to be done in a chair. All ages. No registration necessary. Every Saturday, 8-9 a.m., in the Parish Hall. $5/person.

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Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School 333 Moffett Blvd. Mountain View 940-1333 www.mvlaae.net The MV-LA Adult School has a long history and commitment to adult education. Learn or practice a language. Offering: Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Older-adult classes (55+, $18).

German Language Class 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 www.paadultschool.org adultschool@pausd.org Willkommen! (Welcome!) Learn to speak, read, and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a collegecredentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, from where she later received a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. Thursdays, 7-9:15 p.m. March 25-May 20. No class April 15. $112.

Istituto Educazione Italiana 650-868-5995 www.italybythebay.org Italian Language for adults in the evening on the campus of Menlo College. New offering for Winter 2010 is a course on Italian travel. Courses in Italian cooking in Redwood City. Workshops in painting Tuscan and Venetian landscapes/cityscapes using acrylics in collaboration with the Pacific Art League (668 Ramona St., Palo Alto). Workshops in Florentine silversmithing at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Full fee and schedule information can be found online.

MISCELLANEOUS Lucy Geever, Flight Instructor and Advantage Aviation 1903 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-533-4018 http://www.advantage-aviation.com/ Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

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Elite Musketeer Fencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 160B Constitution Drive Menlo Park 353-0717 408 317 0480

Class Guide www.emfc.net valerie@emfc.net Fencing programs for kids and adults, recreational and competitive. Summer camps, birthday parties, private lessons and group classes.

classes especially welcoming people with special needs. AFWB is open to the public. Drop-in or 6-8 week sessions are available. All materials provided. Please call to register or visit website for more information.

Lip reading/managing hearing loss

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450 Bryant St Palo Alto 650-9497-999 foothill.edu mastmanellen@foothill.edu Lip reading/managing hearing loss. Classes start quarterly and meet weekly but you can join anytime. Learn ways to cope with hearing loss and improve lipreading skills. Pay per quarter, register in class. Beginning class meets on Mondays 1:30-2:50 p.m.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road Palo Alto 855-9868 www.studiokickspaloalto.com info@studiokickspaloalto.com Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and fun martial-arts training for kids 2 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the “Power Rangers.” Get the whole family healthy and fit. Stop by for a free class.

MUSIC & ART Art For Well Beings 2800 West Bayshore Road Palo Alto 776-8297 855-9067 artforwellbeings.org me@judyg.com Art for Well Beings (AFWB) offers art

402 El Verano Ave. Palo Alto 856-9571 www.artwithemily.com info@ArtWithEmily.com Emily Young teaches mixed-media, multi-cultural art lessons for children at her fully equipped studio in Palo Alto. Individual lessons or small group classes available.

Chinese Brush Painting Palo Alto 948-1503 Chinese brush painting with master calligrapher and painter Anna Wu Weakland. Class meets eight Tuesdays, 2:304:30 p.m. Classes held at the Cubberley Studio in Palo Alto. Learn to paint with minimum strokes and achieve maximum results. The techniques of all the popular subject matters will be taught. Beginners and advanced students welcome.

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center 230 San Antonio Circle Mountain View 917-6800 917-6813 www.arts4all.org info@arts4all.org The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts for ages 18 months to adult. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Private music lessons offered, taught by

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Kindermusik with Wendy Mountain View 968-4733 www.kindermusik.com wendymusikmom@aol.com Group music classes for children ages birth to 7 and their caregivers. All classes include singing, instrument play, movement, musical games, and home materials, and aim to develop the whole child through music. Five levels of classes as well as a multi-age class. Cost per class session ranges from $100 to $225 depending on class and session length (8-15 weeks per session).

Midpeninsula Community Media Center 900 San Antonio Road Palo Alto 494-8686 www.communitymediacenter.net The Media Center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the Web, pod casting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism, and autobiographical digital stories. One-on-one tutoring is also available. (continued on next page)

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Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours. Web site has specific dates, fees, and scholarship information.

New Mozart School of Music 305 N. California Ave. Palo Alto 650-324-2373 www.newmozartschool.com info@newmozartschool.com New Mozart provides private lessons on all instruments and excellent early childhood music classes for children 2-7 years of age.

Opus1 Music Studio 2800 W Bayshore Road Palo Alto 408-821-5080 musicopus1.com musicopus1@gmail.com Opus1 Music Studio is offering private & group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to aged 1.5 and up. Beginners to advanced level.

Pacific Art League 688 Ramona St. Palo Alto 321-3891 www.pacificartleague.org gallery@pacificartleague.org

Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students from beginners to advanced and even nonartists. Classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Sculpture. Registration is ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road Palo Alto 329-2366 www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter lynn.stewart@cityofpaloalto.org Classes and workshops for adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more. Register online or stop by the Art Center for a class brochure.

zorina@villageheartbeat.com Village Heartbeat is an organization dedicated to building and educating a rhythmic community. The organization facilitates classes in African drumming, dancing, and TaKeTiNa. Classes offer the opportunity to learn adapted traditional music of the African Diaspora, as well as modern trance grooves.

Violin and Music Studio of Midtown Palo Alto

650-224-0150 ainan@stanfordalumni.org Private piano teacher, with an emphasis in classical music, beginner to intermediate levels. First class is free. Subsequent classes are $50/ hour.

2862 Bryant St. Palo Alto 650-456-7648 linglingviolin.blogspot.com linglingy@gmail.com Group music classes for children aged from 3 to 7. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Musicâ&#x20AC;? includes singing, music note reading, movement and other activities that can help children learn and enjoy music at the same time. It will also give them a solid foundation when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to learn any music instrument later. Yearround enrollment. Taught by professionally trained music teacher. Director: Lingling Yang.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pre-School Center (CPSC) 4000 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto 493-5770 www.cpsccares.org info@cpsccares.org Open arms, Open hearts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Opening minds together. Every day at CPSC holds new adventures for your children from the youngest infant to the oldest preschooler. Your child will experience the joy of finger painting, the thrill of dancing, the pleasure of building towers, and the satisfaction of mastering pre-literacy and pre-math skills with the support and guidance of a dedicated, loving, multicultural teaching staff.

Circle of Friends Preschool Alameda de las Pulgas Menlo Park 854-2468 cofpreschool@gmail.com We offer a well-rounded curriculum in a warm personal environment. Our goal is to promote the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, language and intellectual. Detailed assessment of each child helps us to build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. All this in a play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands-on environment.

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International School of the Peninsula 151 Laura Lane Palo Alto 251-8504 www.istp.org admissions@istp.org Nursery-8th grade, co-education, dual language immersion day school specializing in French/English and Chinese/ English (Mandarin) programs. Celebrating more than 25 years of providing academic bilingual excellence in Palo Alto. School accepts monolingual children for nursery, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. No previous second language experience required. To learn more, visit the Web site.

Jim Gorman Swim School 3249 Alpine Road Portola Valley 854-6699 ext. 100 laura@laderaoaks.com Patient, professional instructors and warm, clean pools make it fun to learn to swim. Private and small group lessons for all ages and abilities, from water babies (3-30 months) to national champions. Weekday and weekend lessons available for sign-ups now.

Trinity School

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LYDIAN ACADEMY Offering all High School subjects

2650 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park 854-0288 www.trinity-mp.org admission@trinity-mp.org Early childhood through grade 5. Trinity School encourages preschool to grade 5 children from all backgrounds to love learning. Trinity fosters rigorous academics grounded in child-centered content. The legacy of a Trinity education is a curious mind and a discerning heart.

Woodland School 360 La Cuesta Drive Portola Valley 854-9065 www.woodland-school.org Preschool-8th grade. Woodland Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is a challenging academic program with a strong enrichment program of art, music, drama, computers, gymnastics and physical education. Science, math and technology are an integral part of the 5th-8th grade experience. Extended Care is offered 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Please call for a brochure or to set up a tour.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

Call or visit our website to enroll: 650.321.0550 www.lydianacademy.com

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310 Easy St. Mountain View 903-0986 www.ycef.com/sv YCIS provides multi-cultural and bilingual, English and Mandarin Chinese, education to children from preschool to 5th grade. Yew Chung education aims to liberate the joy of learning within each child. No prior Chinese experience is required.

Class Guide The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority. To inquire about placing a listing in the Class Guide, e-mail Editorial Assistant Karla Kane at KKane@ paweekly.com, call 650-326-8210 or visit www.PaloAltoOnline.com. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call our display advertising department at 650-3268210.


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