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Palo Alto firefighters’ overtime costs soar Department exceeded overtime budget by more than half due to injuries, minimum-staffing requirement by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto’s firefighters have already used up more than 150 percent of their overtime budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 — a number that’s expected to continue climbing in the last three months of the year, which ends June 30. According to a city report released

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earlier this month, the 123-member department had spent $1.57 million on overtime by the end of January, far exceeding its $1 million budget for the fiscal year. The report attributes this rise largely to the department’s “minimum staffing” requirement, which is written into the city’s

contract with Palo Alto Firefighters, Local 1319. The requirement forces the Fire Department to keep at least 29 firefighters on duty at all times, or 31 firefighters when Station 8 in the foothills is open. So when several firefighters get injured, go on vacation or take a bereavement leave, their colleagues in the department have to put in extra time. Another city document released this month — a list of all city work-

ers’ gross salaries for 2009 — illustrates the department’s overtime spike. In 2009, eight of the City of Palo Alto’s top 10 overtime earners were in the fire department. Fire Captain Jason Amdur led the field by earning $86,179 in overtime — a number that boosted his overall salary to $207,585. By contrast, in 2008, only four firefighters made it into the city’s top 10. The department’s overtime costs have routinely exceeded its budget

and have escalated over the years, rising from $1.23 million in 2003 to $1.6 million in 2009. The number is expected to go up another notch in 2010. Fire Chief Nick Marinaro told the City Council’s Finance Committee on March 2 the department’s overtime numbers could be partially attributed to Station 8 and Medic-1 — programs that rely on overtime (continued on page 9)

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Merchants baffled by parking problem For drivers, downtown parking lots and garages are the city’s best-kept secret by Gennady Sheyner

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eeks after Palo Alto’s planning commissioners rejected setting maximum sizes for new houses in the foothills, they found themselves staring at the city’s latest development proposal — an 11,184square-foot “English manor-style” house and swimming pool in the city’s pristine open-space district. The Planning and Transportation Commission unanimously approved the project after voicing minor concerns about the building’s architecture, tree selection, grading and light impacts. Though normally opposed to large developments in the foothills, commissioners agreed that the project has been well thought out and

merits approval. “I think this is a great project that, I think, as a community we can be proud of,” Vice Chair Samir Tuma said. The application for the new house at 805 Los Trancos Road has been in the city’s pipeline since 2004, when the Langenskiold Family Trust first proposed it. On March 3, during a discussion of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides future planning, several commissioners said they would hate to see new mansions pop up in Palo Alto’s open-space zone, potentially degrading the environment and blocking visitors’ views of the rolling hills. After hearing from several angry residents, commissioners agreed

the city’s existing regulations and procedures for review are stringent enough to ensure eco-friendly buildings that don’t impact views. The commission recommended not setting maximum house sizes but said that if the council chooses to impose housing limits despite the recommendations, 12,000 square feet would be a reasonable number. The Los Trancos Road proposal, which comes close to the hypothetical maximum, includes a 75-footlong swimming pool and new palm trees that would screen the property from view. The two-story building would stand in a flat area about 120 feet away from Los Trancos Road, close to the Portola Valley border. Planning staff said the building would not be visible from any of the city’s public lands. The only locations from which the new house could be viewed are the slopes west of the site, near Portola Valley. The 26 new trees would also reduce the property’s visibility from public roads. Commissioner Eduardo Martinez wondered aloud whether the building’s English manor style is consis(continued on page 6)

hat good is free and abundant downtown parking when visitors don’t know it’s there? That’s one of the questions Palo Alto’s downtown-business leaders wrestled with Wednesday morning at a brainstorming session on downtown’s future. The event, sponsored by the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, focused on ways to make University Avenue and surrounding streets more attractive for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Downtown business owners and city officials split on some of the more radical (and costly) ideas that emerged during the discussion — including the perennial proposal to turn University Avenue into a pedestrian mall and a suggestion to make Hamilton and Lytton avenues one-way streets. But just about everyone in the room agreed that a few extra signs and some maps directing visitors to parking structures would help. Attendees at Wednesday’s discussion acknowledged that Palo Alto has significant advantages over other downtowns when it comes to parking, including a scattering of surface lots and multi-story parking structures on High Street, Cowper Street and Hamilton Avenue. The fact that all that parking is free also helps. But too few out-of-towners are aware of these parking structures, which are subsidized by downtown business owners. As a result, too many cars creep along University Avenue throughout the day, making life less pleasant for pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. “Our customers think there’s no parking in downtown Palo Alto,” said Cornelia Pendleton, chief financial officer of University Art on Hamilton Avenue. “You go to any garage and there are floors of parking spaces,

but there’s a perception that there’s no parking and that it’s hard to get into downtown Palo Alto. “We should invest in signage.” Downtown business owners long ago identified parking as a top priority. Businesses currently participate in a parking-assessment district that pays for new lots and garages and for maintenance of the current facilities. But even with 18 lots and garages over the roughly 30-square-block area, masses of drivers wander through downtown every day looking for a spot, business owners complained. Jeff Selzer, general manager of Palo Alto Bicycles, said the noise from trucks and cars on University Avenue often makes it impossible for him to speak on the phone inside his business. The city should do more to limit the number of trucks on the prominent thoroughfare, Selzer said. Business owners encouraged city officials to put up signs directing people toward parking and to print more maps identifying downtown lots and garages. “There is such an investment in parking in this city,” said Sherry Bijan, president of the Downtown Business and Professional Association. “It’s the information that’s not coming through.” Bijan also encouraged local architects and urban designers to bring forth new concepts and design ideas for improving downtown Palo Alto. City planners and community volunteers put together a University Avenue “concept plan” in 1993, but the plan has largely fallen by the wayside. The plan recommended, among other things, one-way traffic flow near University Circle, new bicycle connections and underground tunnels for railroad tracks. Curtis Williams, the city’s plan(continued on page 7)

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THE THIN ENVELOPE ... With seniors at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools celebrating college acceptances this month, many are making a to-do about their rejections as well. Gunn student Steven Zhou reported to the Palo Alto school board Tuesday that students have mounted their annual “rejection wall,� posting their bad news from colleges on a wall facing the school’s inner quad. “It’s just sort of a fun thing to make people feel better about themselves, that they’re not alone,� Zhou said. Paly student Jason Willick said there is talk that Paly’s rejection wall — highly visible in front of the school library last year — may go online this year. HIGHER EDUCATION ... Assemblyman Ira Ruskin (D-21) is preparing to tour through the 21st district to talk to his constituents about higher education and its future in the state. The discussions will focus on the progress of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Master Plan, which he co-chairs. The committee is putting together a report assessing California’s higher-education needs. Ruskin’s first meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, in the Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Ruskin is also scheduled to hold a meeting in Palo Alto between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The same day, he will also hold a “coffee and conversation� meeting in Los Altos between 3 and 4:30 p.m. at Brian’s Restaurant at the Rancho Shopping Center.

FUNDING SAFETY ... Palo Alto’s effort to fund private security guards for the West Meadow train crossing continues, but police Chief Dennis Burns notes some recent good news: “Through the concerted efforts of a number of private persons there has been more than $80,000 donated, which is truly awesome.� The guards have been patrolling the tracks since late November, prompted by concern in the community over distressed teenagers lingering at the crossing. The guards cost the city more than $3,000 a week. The city is still seeking and receiving donations,

Burns said, and has established a PayPal account for online contributions. Donations can also be made by check, and all are taxdeductible. Both the PayPal site and the Safety Net Fund mailing address can be found at http:// tinyurl.com/PAsecurity.

WATER HEROES ... Cisco Systems, the Campbell Union School District and the City of Hayward all received awards this week for their water-conservation efforts from a coalition of Silicon Valley green and business groups. The three agencies were among the six winners of the second annual Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, which were handed out on World Water Day, March 22. Nurserymen’s Exchange, the California Landscape Contractors Association and Humane Society Silicon Valley also received awards for drastically reducing water usage. “With water shortages in the news on a weekly basis, water conservation has become a critical issue facing Silicon Valley,� said Mike Mielke, senior director of environmental programs and policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, one of the sponsors of the award. “To maintain our leading edge in the economy, Silicon Valley must also be a leader in the efficient use of water.� WEIGHTY MATTERS ... Palo Alto’s Human Relations Commission normally wrestles with issues of police oversight, civic engagement and employee relations, but every once in a while, weightier matters intrude. Last week, the commission looked beyond city borders and unanimously endorsed a resolution opposing the death penalty in California. The resolution was proposed by the Santa Clara Coalition for Alternatives to Death Penalty, a group that includes Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party and other deathpenalty opponents. Commissioner Claude Ezran argued that the death penalty is immoral and that Palo Alto should take a stand against it. “It’s not only about victims or about murderers; it’s also about us,� Ezran said. “It’s about who we are in the society, as individuals, as a nation and as part of human kind.� N

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uisa Buada breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after federal health care legislation was signed by President Barack Obama. As CEO of Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, Buada witnesses firsthand how a lack of health insurance affects her clients, many of whom avoid seeing a doctor until they are seriously ill or develop chronic diseases, she said. But the health bill’s passage is also of personal significance for Buada. Her 18-year-old son has pre-existing conditions that she feared would make him ineligible for insurance under her policy unless he went to college, she said. “I was praying for the bill to pass,� she said. The bill could be life-changing for many of Ravenswood’s patients, according to Buada. For starters, the preventive care they will receive will help lower health costs in the long term. Then, once people get insurance (which won’t happen until 2014) patients will start taking care of medical issues before they become serious. Uninsured patients often wait until they are sick enough to go to a hospital for care, costing the system more money, Buada said.

In 2014, a pool of insurance plans will kick in to allow a range of coverage from “catastrophic to Cadillac,� she said. Having more options for insurance will improve the quality of life for many by ensuring they are covered for certain illnesses, she said. Samima Hasan, CEO of the MayView Community Health Center, which has a clinic in Palo Alto, said patients who have been denied coverage due to pre-existing health conditions could qualify for the new high-risk pools to be set up within 90 days. Starting in six months, two additional features of the bill could insure people who have lost insurance and currently have MayView as their only affordable option for health care, according to Hasan. “Children can be covered under their parents’ policy until they are 26 and children with existing health problems cannot be denied coverage,� she said. In 2011, new funding will help community health centers provide basic care for low-income and uninsured people. If MayView qualifies, it could then receive enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, purchase prescription and non-pre-

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Survey probes traits of ‘senior technical women’ They’re more assertive than male peers, but where are the ‘tech goddesses’? by Chris Kenrick

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omen occupying the highest ranks of Silicon Valley technology companies differ in some key respects from top men in technology, while sharing many of the most important traits. The conclusions come from a survey of 1,795 men and women at seven local high-technology companies, conducted by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in Palo Alto and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Despite possessing technical expertise on par with top men, the senior technical women were more likely to be in management rather than “individual contributor� roles that often set the fundamental technology agendas for their companies. They were more likely than their male peers to view themselves as “assertive,� but less likely to consider themselves entrepreneurial or innovative. At just 4 percent of the sample, senior technical women represent a rarity in the technology industry.

Researchers combed the data for clues as to how these high achievers had forged their paths to success in the male-dominated tech world. “In this report we asked, ‘What about the women who have made it, who beat the odds? What can they tell us about what it takes to achieve these positions?’� according to social scientist Caroline Simard, a coauthor of the study and research director for the Anita Borg Institute. The institute was launched in 1997 by local computer scientist Anita Borg, who named it the Institute for Women and Technology. It was renamed for Borg after she died of brain cancer in 2003 at the age of 54. Borg believed women should “assume their rightful place at the table� in actively driving the conception and development of lifedefining technologies. The institute is supported by corporate “partners,� including major tech companies such as Google, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Yahoo and Cisco. (continued on page 6)

scription medications for outpatients at reduced cost through the federal drug-pricing program and add personnel from National Health Service Corps, among other benefits. Buada is concerned about the impact of newly insured patients on the current infrastructure of medical care. San Mateo County has 5,000 patients in need of a primary care physician and currently there are not enough doctors, she said. Ravenswood has limited capacity for 1,000 patients at its Belle Haven clinic in Menlo Park but no room at its East Palo Alto facility, she said. Under the current system many doctors chose specialties rather than internal medicine because the reimbursement rate was better, she said. But the health care bill could change that trend. Doctors, nurses and dentists who choose a career in primary care and participate in a community clinic will be eligible to have their federal loans paid off through the National Health Service Corps. “It will make a huge difference in areas that are less desirable for people to work in,� she said. Emily Lam, Silicon Valley Leadership Group senior director of health care and federal issues, is also concerned about having enough doctors to meet the demand. “Are we ready to handle the load?� she asked. “There are 8.2 million uninsured Californians. We’ve been under-investing in clinics. ... There is money in the bill to encourage primary care physicians, and they should get paid more and see an increase in reimbursements. But how fast are we absorbing the 8.2 million people and producing primary care physicians?� she said. Lam said one big benefit of the bill could be that patients won’t be cut off from insurance payments in the middle of their therapy, benefiting many with cancer and chronic diseases. The bill has money for preventive and wellness care, which will ideally bring down the cost of medical care in the coming years and that could make significant changes in the health of community clinic patients, she said. Lam said a fundamental question regarding the health care package is whether costs for the whole health care system can be kept down. But people whose concerns about the bill revolve around “costs, costs, costs� are missing the big picture, she said. “It has nothing to do with the bill. It’s the dysfunctionality of the system. ... If we can’t bend the curve of high health costs, we’re still in trouble. Irrespective of the bill, private insurance is on a crash course unless we keep costs down,� she said. (continued on page 9)

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Simard said the research was designed to answer companies’ questions about the best policies for recruiting, retaining and advancing technical women. “They (the companies) come to us and say, ‘We want to get more insight about what’s happening with our technical women and how we can support them in advancing their careers,’� she said. She declined to specifically name the seven high-technology companies in Silicon Valley from which the data was gathered in 2008. Women and men at senior technical levels largely agreed when asked to identify “attributes for successful people in technology.� Those were listed, in order of importance, as analytical, innovative, questioning, risk-taking, collaborative, entrepreneurial and assertive. Senior tech women and men viewed themselves in similar numbers as analytical, questioning, risktaking and collaborative. Nearly 56 percent of senior women saw themselves as “assertive,� while only 48.4 percent of senior men considered themselves so. One mid-level woman said assertiveness is necessary for female success in the male-dominated engineering culture, even if it does not come naturally. “There are certain behaviors that are required of women in technology because of the behaviors that

male engineers display,� said one survey participant, a mid-level technical woman. “There’s a way of communicating where male engineers communicate in such a way that it sounds like they know what they’re talking about and they are right. And you know, sometimes it comes across as arrogant and annoying, but it’s effective. “And I think that often women don’t learn to do that in technical careers. They never sort of advance up the technical ladder.� Simard also noted that the propensity for assertiveness varies along cultural dimensions. A senior woman described how she had to change her style to fit the North American technical culture. “I was raised to not be aggressive, be very modest, don’t toot your own horn. “I think in America you need to be a little more assertive. You often have to sell yourself, promote yourself. Let people know what you’ve done, what you’re capable of doing.� Another senior technical woman said self-promotion had been necessary for success. “I’ve had to ask for it,� she said. “If I was just complacent and I just did my work ... I wouldn’t be where I am. I’ve had to be very aggressive and basically say: ‘Hey, I’m ready for a promotion. Let’s sit down and talk about this. I should be at a higher level.’� While 60.2 percent of senior technical men described themselves as “innovators,� only 38.1 percent of

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top technical women saw themselves that way. “A loss of diverse ideas in the innovation process represents lost business opportunities for companies,� Simard said. Many tech companies categorize positions in terms of whether they are “individual contributors� or managers. This dual-ladder career structure was widely adopted in the 1950s by firms heavily dependent on scientific talent. It was a way to provide advancement opportunities for high-performing technical employees who did not have managerial aspirations. Simard said it is a matter of concern that top women are more likely to be in management rather than “individual contributor� roles because the “ICs� have greater opportunities to achieve deep technical specialization, set technical directions for company products and be involved in patenting and publishing activities. “At a certain level (in our company), you have to choose whether you will be an engineer or a manager,� said a mid-level technical man. “And I cannot name you a single female (top level) technical leader that I know of at this company.� A mid-level technical woman said, “(At the highest level) we don’t have women technical Fellows or anything like that; we have women VPs. “Fellow is the equivalent of ‘technical god.’ There are no women. Then there are (top-level engineers) one step lower, and I think that one is a woman. It makes me so mad.� In the area of work-life balance, the survey found that nearly a quarter of senior technical women rely on a spouse who has primary responsibility for the household. However, senior women are more than twice as likely as senior men to have a partner who works full-time. Senior women are significantly more likely than senior men to report that they delayed having children and cut back on their social lives to achieve their career goals. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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tent with the natural landscape of the foothills. He encouraged applicant Mark Conroe to “look at really expressing the building in a more sympathetic way to the beautiful environment where it will sit.� Commissioner Susan Fineberg suggested the palm trees chosen by Conroe are better suited to Stanford’s quad-heavy campus than to the former farmland site. Commissioners also questioned Conroe’s plan to build a culvert to allow the Buckeye Creek to flow through the property. Some commissioners, including Tuma and Greg Tanaka, said a bridge might be a more appropriate design element. But commissioners had more praise than criticism for the proposal, with Lee Lippert calling it a “great project� and Tuma lauding its sensitivity to the environment. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Palo Alto restarts talks with Foothill College Council votes 8-1 to discuss ‘use and possible sale’ of 8 city-owned acres at Cubberley by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto’s stalled proposal to sell a portion of Cubberley Community Center to Foothill College officially re-emerged Monday night after the City Council agreed to schedule a meeting with Foothill officials to discuss the possible sale. The sale would make possible a phased rebuilding of Foothill’s Middlefield Campus. After an hour of debate behind closed doors, the council voted 8-1 to schedule a meeting with officials from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to discuss selling 8 acres of Cubberley to the district. Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa was the lone dissenter, but he declined to comment after the meeting, citing Brown Act restrictions.

Mayor Pat Burt said the meeting between council members, college officials and members of the Palo Alto Unified School District will be scheduled within the next 60 days. The discussions, the council agreed, will focus on “exploration of the use and potential sale� of the city-owned portion of Cubberley, which is located at 4000 Middlefield Road in south Palo Alto. The city had previously considered selling a portion of Cubberley to Foothill in 2008, but talks collapsed after several council members insisted on leasing the land instead. College officials wanted to buy the land outright and hoped to fund the purchase with the $40 million the district has leftover from a 2006 facilities-bond measure.

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‘Foothill has $40 million that’s just sitting there and waiting to be used.’ —Ken Horowitz, professor, Foothill College officials had hoped to build a new “education center� at Cubberley, a project that would expand the college’s share of the Middlefield Road facility by 43 percent.

Councilwoman Gail Price said Monday that the discussion between city, school district and college district officials would go beyond the specific land-sale proposal and consider the broader issue of land use at Cubberley. Price is one of four council members who joined the council this year and did not take part in the earlier negotiations. “We are also assuming that in the discussion it would be an opportunity to clarify the existing relationship, agreements and background to the overall current and future potential uses of the broader Cubberley site,� Price said. Though none of the college district’s trustees attended Monday’s meeting, one Foothill professor publicly encouraged the council to cut a deal with the college. Ken Horowitz, a Palo Alto resident who teaches at the college’s dental-hygiene program, called the sale a “win-win� situation for the city and the school. “We’d have a beautiful facility,� Horowitz told the council. “The district is committed to putting in $40 million for the project.

“It will be seismically safe and a great asset for the city.� In discussions two years ago, Foothill indicated that some of the college would be willing to share some facilities with residents and the city. Horowitz noted that some of the council members who opposed the sale in 2008, including former Councilman Jack Morton, are no longer on the council. The city also has a new city manager, James Keene, and a $6.4 million budget deficit in the 2010 fiscal year. The turnover on the council and on city staff, coupled with the city’s economic struggles, could make Palo Alto’s negotiations with Foothill more fruitful this time around, Horowitz said. “There’s a new council, a new city manager and a new environment where the city is talking about making staff reductions and service cuts,� Horowitz said. “Meanwhile, Foothill has $40 million that’s just sitting there and waiting to be used.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Palo Alto retirees cash in on ‘cash out’ payments City paid $5.3 million last year to workers with unused sick, vacation days by Gennady Sheyner

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ay raises may be a thing of the past in Palo Alto, but some city workers managed to supplement their salaries with hefty “cash out� payments last year by turning in unused sick and vacation time. The city doled out $5.3 million in cash-out payments in 2009 to workers in exchange for their unused sick and vacation days. Hundreds of workers took modest cash-out payments when they had worked more days than required — most less than $10,000 but some into five digits. But the largest sums by far were given to some of the city’s most seasoned veterans, many of whom retired last year amid tough contract negotiations. Gayle Likens, a longtime manager in the transportation division of the city’s planning department, led the field by receiving a $157,865 cash-out payment — a figure that boosted her overall salary to $250,792. Likens, who retired last year but came back to work for the city on an hourly basis, was one of five city workers whose cash-out figures reached six digits in 2009. She was trailed by Utilities Supervisor Phillip Ignoffo (a $144,600 cash-out payment), Fire Deputy Chief Daniel Lindsey

($137,520), Fire Captain Kenneth Cardinale ($109,393) and custodian Ted Schroder ($106,069). City Manager James Keene said the largest cash-out payments went to employees who were hired before 1983, back when the city had no limits on how many sick days and vacation days can be cashed out. Ignoffo, for example, was hired in 1966, while Lindsey and Cardinale both joined the city in 1981. All three retired last year. “The big driver here is the ability for pre-1983 employees to cash out almost all of their accrued vacation and sick leave,� Keene said. In January 1984, the city changed its policy and set limits on the number of unused vacation days workers can swap for cash. Lalo Perez, director of the Administrative Services Department, said workers can no longer cash out their sick days and have limits on how many vacation days they can trade in for cash. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) workers, who make up more than half of the city’s work force, can cash out up to three weeks of vacation leave per year. The management group, which doesn’t get paid overtime, can cash out up to two weeks of vacation and can also

trade in their two weeks of “management leave� (the time off they get as compensation for working extra hours) for cash. The city’s tough contract negotiations with the SEIU and the management group likely played a major role in driving up the cash-out payments last year, Perez said. Last year, the city imposed new (and less lucrative) conditions on the SEIU and stopped giving bonuses to management employees, prompting a wave of retirements. But retirees weren’t the only ones cashing in last year. Some of the younger employees also chose to take cash instead of vacation to compensate for the lack of pay raises and bonuses, Keene said. The trend is expected to continue in the coming years as most salaries are expected to remain flat. Palo Alto is facing a $6.3 million budget gap in the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. The gap is projected to gradually expand to about $19.6 million in fiscal year 2020 if the city doesn’t cut costs or find new revenue sources. The city spent $93 million on regular salaries — not including overtime or cash outs — in 2009. Given the projections, Keene said salary increases for city workers are unlikely in the near future. “I don’t see us having pay raises next year and it’s hard for me to see us even having pay raises in fiscal year 2012, given the financial state of the city,� Keene said. “Our focus will clearly be on cost containment related to salaries.� N

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for their staffing. According to a report from the Administrative Services Department, the two programs account for about $435,000 of the department’s 2010 overtime costs. But the other $1.1 million can be traced primarily to the minimumstaffing requirement, the report states. The number is particularly high this year because an extraordinarily high number of firefighters went on full disability. Marinaro said the department had 13 employees on disability as of the end of January — seven more than a year ago. This included four firefighters who suffered their injuries while off duty, including one who got injured while skiing and another one who hurt himself while playing basketball. “We had an extraordinary number of disability personnel, and when they’re on disability we have to backfill for them,� Marinaro said. “The number almost doubled — it’s really an aberration.� In each case, the minimum staffing requirement forced other employees to take over for those on leave and, in the process, pick up overtime hours. Some firefighters chose to shoulder more than their fair share of extra duty and, as a result, ended up on top of the city’s overtime list, Marinaro said. Marinaro said four of the 13 injured employees have since returned to duty. Staffing levels at the department are expected to be a hot topic in coming months, as Palo Alto’s administrators begin contract negotiations with the firefighters union. With the city facing a $6.3 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year, City Manager James Keene has asked each department to identify possible savings. Tony Spitaleri, president of the Palo Alto Firefight-

Jason Amdur

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Ryan Stoddard

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Adrienne Moore

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Steve Baca

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Kenneth Green

Fire Captain, EMT

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John Dean

Fire Captain, EMT

$56,564

Mark Shah

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Paying doctors for preventative care — helping patients address diet and lifestyle issues that could lead to chronic disease — will be crucial, she said. In the future, she predicts “accountable care organizations� that address those issues will be as ubiquitous as health-maintenance organizations. Lam said regardless of the challenges, she considers the health care bill “a huge victory� for the 32 million Americans who will get insurance. “This is it. It finally came. People want to debate, ‘Is this bill good or bad?’ My entire career I’ve been waiting for this moment for us to step forward. The devil is in the details. Whether we see something come out of it depends on what we as policy makers put into it. “The bill is not inherently bad. It’s only bad if policy makers don’t get involved in who gets what, when, why they get it — all the nitty gritty,� she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweek ly.com.

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An Advanced Placement (AP) Mandarin course and a class in engineering design are likely to be added to this fall’s class selection at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. The Palo Alto school board Tuesday night reacted favorably to presentations about the new classes, indicating it will vote to approve them at its next meeting April 3. Gunn teacher Bakari Holmes, who has developed an “engineering pathway� curriculum at the school that he plans to expand over the next several years, said the engineering design course will introduce ninthand tenth-graders to the design process, research and analysis processes, global engineering standards and technical documentation. Holmes’ engineering program, so far offered just at Gunn, has received funding from Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE). Holmes’ program is aligned with Project Lead the Way, a national organization that has worked with industry and other partners to boost learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Chinese language and culture course will offer advanced Mandarin to students who already have completed three years in the language. This year’s enrollment in Mandarin 3 is 22 students at Paly and 20 at Gunn. Paly World Languages Instructional Supervisor Kevin Duffy said the new Chinese course will be offered at both high schools if there is sufficient interest, noting that some “heritage� Mandarin speakers not currently enrolled in Mandarin 3 may come along to join the AP class. In other business, the board voted to confer tenure, or “permanent status,� on 36 teachers and administrators, including the principals of Jordan Middle School and Nixon Elementary School. The employees are about to complete their second “probationary year� and have been closely observed by their supervisors to ensure they meet or exceed a variety of “teaching performance standards.� The board also discussed the likely elimination of 12 full- and parttime staff positions, six of which are currently vacant. The staff reductions, estimated to save about $410,000, are part of the fallout of a $3.8 million budget-cutting package approved by the board last month. N — Chris Kenrick Someone stole money earmarked for disaster-relief efforts in Haiti from a Gunn High School classroom last weekend, Palo Alto police Officer Marianna Villaescusa said. Police are investigating the theft of $200, which had been donated by Gunn students, she said. Investigators believe the thief or thieves entered the classroom through an open window. “They weren’t sure if the window was locked because there was a substitute teacher in the classroom last,� she said. Villaescusa said the burglary occurred sometime between Friday (March 19) and Monday (March 22), when school administrators reported the theft. Police have no suspects at this time, she said. N — Martin Sanchez

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These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on “News” in the left, green column.

Palo Alto firm, with Stanford ties, scores big IPO The auspicious initial public offering of a Palo Alto-based financialadvice firm last week has IPO watchers hopeful that more good things could be coming for Silicon Valley companies — if they price things right. (Posted March 24 at 10:57 a.m.)

Liz Kniss witnesses health care bill signing Liz Kniss, a Santa Clara County supervisor who was invited to Washington, D.C., for the signing of President Obama’s health care overhaul, said the mood among Democrats was jubilant but that lawmakers have a lot of work ahead to implement the changes and make sure citizens understand them. (Posted March 24 at 7:35 a.m.)

Reported mountain lion sightings way up Mountain lion sightings in Woodside, Portola Valley and other wooded areas of San Mateo County are on track to triple or quadruple in 2010, according to figures from the county Sheriff’s Office. (Posted

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Fight at Opportunity Center lands one man in jail An argument in the day room of Palo Alto’s Opportunity Center Saturday night erupted into a physical attack involving a frying pan, chair and metal table. (Posted March 23 at 9:56 a.m.)

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County TB cases still high despite statewide drop Tuberculosis cases in Santa Clara County are the third highest in the state and remain high despite a large drop in the rest of the state, according to a report released March 22 by The Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County. (Posted March 22 at 4:36 p.m.)

Menlo Park residents brace for garbage rate hike If you live in Menlo Park, taking out the trash is about to get a lot more expensive. (Posted March 22 at 2:37 p.m.)

Foothill Palo Alto campus may be rebuilt slowly Foothill College could expand the square footage it occupies at Palo Alto’s Cubberley Community Center by 43 percent and still have room to provide adequate parking, according to a 2008 plan concept being discussed tonight. But that plan may be changed or phased in and near-term enrollment increases are unlikely due to no state funding, officials say. (Posted March 22 at 8:28 a.m.)

Area Democrats laud ‘historic’ health care bill A bill reforming America’s health care system, what one Bay Area congressman said was “one of the most important bills in the past 40 years,” was approved Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives, with seven votes to spare. (Posted March 22 at 12:45 a.m.)

Police arrest two, seek third in EPA shooting Police arrested two suspects Friday and are looking for a third person of interest in a shooting at the Boys & Girls Club football field in East Palo Alto last week. (Posted March 22 at 12:15 a.m.)

Schwarzenegger campaigns for organ donation Speaking at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Friday morning, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stumped for a different kind of candidate — people who need an organ transplant. (Posted March 19

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Jury finds Koloto guilty of first-degree murder A Santa Clara County Superior Court jury has convicted a Gilroy man of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 27-yearold Philip Lacy during a robbery in downtown Palo Alto two years ago. Otto Emil Koloto, 23, faces life in prison without parole. (Posted

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Paly community honors office clerk Lue Phelps Palo Alto High School’s band is brushing up on “When the Saints Go Marching In” to honor Lue Phelps, who, at 89, was still working at Paly until a month before she died Sunday. (Posted March 19 at 11:38 a.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com to sign up.

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Board of Education (March 23)

Tenures: The school board granted tenure to 34 teachers and to principals of Jordan Middle School and Nixon Elementary School. Yes: Unanimous Google: The school board voted to support Palo Alto’s application for the Google Fiber to the Communities Program. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 24)

Greenhouse: The commission approved a proposal to build a new greenhouse and shed adjacent to the Duck Pond in the Palo Alto Baylands. Yes: Unanimous 805 Los Trancos Road: The commission approved a new 11,184-square-foot house at 805 Los Trancos Road, in the open-space zone district. Yes: Unanimous

Public Agenda PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Transportation Element in the city’s Comprehensive Plan and to review a neighborhood survey regarding single-story overlay zoning in the Fairmeadow neighborhood. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the “context-sensitive solutions� process for the design of California’s proposed high-speed rail system and to talk about

the committee’s guiding principles. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to hold a study session on the second phase of the California Avenue improvement project, which includes new benches, trash cans and kiosks and reduction of lanes on California Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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1st Place – $250 Cash, $100 Gift Certificate to University Art, and a One-year Membership to Palo Alto Art Center 2nd Place – $200 Cash, $100 Gift Certificate to Jungle Digital 3rd Place – $100 Cash, $100 Gift Certificate to Bear Images

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Judges VERONICA WEBER

Veronica Weber, a Los Angeles native, first began working at the Palo Alto Weekly in 2006 as a photography intern. Following the internship, she was a photographer for The Almanac in Menlo Park. She is currently the Weekly staff photographer responsible for covering daily assignments and producing video and multimedia projects for PaloAltoOnline.com. She has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and currently resides in San Francisco.

ANGELA BUENNING FILO

Angela Buenning Filo photographs landscapes in transition, most recently focusing on Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India. Her photographs have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art and will be on view later this year in the new terminal of the San Jose Airport.

DAVID HIBBARD

David Hibbard, a Menlo Park resident, has photographed natural landscapes and wild places most of his life. He is represented by Modernbook Gallery in Palo Alto. He is the author of, "Natural Gestures," published by Edition One Studios last year.

BRIGITTE CARNOCHAN

In November-December, Moderbook Gallery in Palo Alto will be exhibiting Brigitte's new photographic series "Floating World". Her series "Imagining Then: A Family Story 194147" was recently featured in Color Magazine. She teaches regularly through the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

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Transitions Deaths Geoff Blood

Geoff Blood, 59, a resident of Mountain View, died March 9 after a four-year battle with lung cancer. He was born in Salem, Mass. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Bucknell University in 1972. During his subsequent three years in the U.S. Army, he received training as a computer programmer and pursued that career throughout his life. Although raised in New England, he spent much of his adult life in Mountain View, Calif. Loved ones recall him as a caring and passionate man. He enjoyed Frisbee, music, refereeing local youth soccer and basketball, officiating track and field meets, playing bridge, and square dancing. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith Burke Blood of Mountain View; his children, Christopher Finley Blood and Katherine Howe Blood; his mother, Patricia Worcester Blood; his four siblings Timothy Leighton Blood, Elizabeth Blood Bascom, Laurence Alley Blood Jr., Kenneth Worcester Blood; and by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Geoff Blood Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or mailed to the family. Funds will be used for an improvement for the Mountain View High School Track and Field program in his honor. Any additional funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Jo Shaw Mary Jo Shaw, 89, co-founder and longtime owner of the Peninsula Day

Care Center on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, died March 3 of natural causes. Born Mary Jo Barnett in Decatur, Texas, she showed a gift for music at an early age, playing piano and other instruments at church. She married the Rev. Max Martindale and, moving to California, the couple built three homes together in Los Altos, living in the city for many years. In the early 1950s they pioneered a church in Palo Alto, which later moved to San Antonio Road on the border between Palo Alto and Mountain View. Widowed early in her first marriage, Shaw later married the Rev. Herman Shaw. Together, with their daughter Myra, they started the Peninsula Day Care Center at the church on San Antonio. Today, according to Shaw’s family, it is one of the largest child care centers in Northern California, serving children from Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. She remained active at the center until her death. In addition to her work with Peninsula Day Care Center and with church leadership, she enjoyed traveling. She visited more than 60 countries and every state in her lifetime, and collected hundreds of dolls from around the world. She and her husband also supported numerous missionary projects worldwide. Family members recalled her faith, humor, integrity, generosity and toughness. Shaw is survived by her husband, Herman; son Victor Martindale and his wife Ellie; son Warren Shaw and his wife Sherril; daughter Myra Gishi and her husband Alan; and nine grandchildren.

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Carmen Morton Christensen, 96, a resident of Atherton for more than 60 years, died in her home on Feb. 26. A native of Salt Lake City, UT., she received a BA from University of Utah and a Masters degree from UC Berkeley prior to WWII. A noted Bay Area philanthropist, with her husband she co-founded Palo Alto-based Christensen Fund, an international grantmaking foundation, and as an individual significantly sup-

ported a number of diverse Bay Area non-profits over the years. A founding donor to the Cantor Center of the Arts at Stanford (where her name is inscribed over the main entrance), she also made endowment gifts to the Peninsula Volunteers, the Department of Art at Stanford, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, the Opportunity Center, the Silicon Valley Humane Society, local schools and other institutions. A member of the Atherton Garden Guild and the PVs, she enjoyed classical music and was an accomplished pianist and artist. She is survived by three children and five grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Cantor Center or the Peninsula Volunteers. PA I D

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Sports Camps Player Capital/Plan Toys Tennis Camp

Palo Alto

Player Capital Tennis and Plan Toys summer camp provide the perfect balance for your child’s physical, educational, and social development. Join us Mon - Fri 9am12pm. (Age 3.5 - 9) www.playercapital.com 650-968-4783

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center

Portola Valley

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

Champion Tennis Camps

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 eyehand coordination and building self-esteem! www.alanmargot-tennis.net 650-752-0540

SOLO Aquatics

Menlo Park

Two great programs — SOLO Day Camp: One-week sessions of 5 full days (9:00 – 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

YMCA

Peninsula

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

Matt Lottich Life Skills

Woodside

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 — Day and Elite Camps. www.mllscamp.com 1-888-537-3223

Stanford Baseball Camps

Stanford

All Day or Half-Day Baseball Camps at beautiful Sunken Diamond. For ages 7-12, Stanford Baseball camps feature personalized Baseball instruction, fun activities and drills, and exciting Baseball games. Camps for beginner and advanced players. Camps for older players also available. Camp availability from June 14th-August 6th. Receive $25 off by calling 650-723-4528. www.StanfordBaseballCamp.com 650-723-4528

Academic Camps iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies

Stanford

Experience North America’s #1 Tech Camp — 4 Bay Area Locations! Ages 7-18 create video games, websites, movies, iPhone® & Facebook® 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 – focusing on math, language arts and science – 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

Nueva Summer

Hillsborough

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

Summer Institute for the Gifted 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

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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

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

Oshman Family JCC Camps

Palo Alto

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

Stratford School - Camp Socrates

Bay Area

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun—that’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

Write Now! Summer Writing CampsPalo 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 & LEGO® Camps

Peninsula

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 6-14! Courses include LEGO and K’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

Palo Alto

In these skill-building workshops for grades K–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

Art and Music Camps Summer Rock Camp

Palo Alto/Redwood City

Ages 7-18. SRC provides the training needed to play rock music with others. Learn about music theory, rhythm, tricks, and tone. Play popular songs or originals on stage at the Friday night concert. Learn a lot while having tons of fun. www.summerrockcamp.com 650-722-1581, 650-856-3757

Community School of Music & Arts (CSMA)

Mtn. View

50+ creative camps for Gr K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Collage, Comics, Jewelry, Digital Arts, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. Early registration discount (May 15). www.arts4all.org 650-917-6800 ext.0

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Palo Alto March 17-23 Violence related Armed robbery attempt . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Assault with deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong-arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Check forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .5 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disobeying court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .2 Forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Noise ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Psych. subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Restraining order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Menlo Park March 17-23 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . .7 Hit & run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/prop damage. . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol and drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Substance possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Gun shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Middlefield Road, 3/17/10, 7:18 a.m.; battery. 30 Block Encina Avenue, 3/20/10, 11:57 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon Alma Street, 3/21/10, 12:46 p.m.; family violence. 300 Block Portage Avenue, 3/23/10, 5:46 p.m.; strong-arm robbery. 300 Block Pasteur Drive, 3/23/10, 10:18 p.m.; armed-robbery attempt.

Menlo Park 1000 block of El Camino Real, 3/19/10, 1:44 a.m.; battery. 1200 block of Madera Avenue, 3/19/10, 6:14 p.m.; battery.

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Fire union initiative is a terrible concept Palo Alto firefighters union proposal demonstrates how dramatically out of touch they are with today’s city-budget realities

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ony Spitaleri, president of the International Association of Firefighters Union Local 1319, has gone way over the top with his plan to circulate an initiative petition to change Palo Alto’s City Charter so any reduction in staffing would require a citywide vote. When asked, residents should decline to sign the petitions about to be circulated around the community, and should reject any “in the name of public safety” warnings that accompany them. The city’s contract with the firefighter’s union expires June 30, but no talks have begun. The contract negotiations will be the first under City Manager James Keene, who has asked all city departments how they can reduce their budgets to help fill a budget gap projected to grow to nearly $20 milllion by 2020. The Fire Department budget is an albatross around the city’s financial neck due to an existing contractual guarantee that requires the city to maintain a “minimum staffing” standard for the entire department, rather than the more common minimumstaffing standard for engine companies. The upcoming new labor contract should abandon the current minimum-staffing requirement. As reported in today’s paper, maintaining that departmentwide minimum standard results in huge amounts of overtime and a rigidity of staffing. One firefighter received more than $87,000 in overtime last year and another’s overall salary exceeded $207,000 due to overtime. Sometimes it makes sense to use overtime rather than add another full-time position, but we’d like to see a thorough outside or city auditor analysis of current overtime practices and policies. That minimum standard was negotiated many years ago by City Council members long gone from the scene, dating back to at least the very early 1980s. These staffing guarantees are by negotiated contract and cannot be altered unilaterally by city management or the council. But the current initiative-petition drive being pushed by the firefighters union would eliminate all vestige of council and management control over the department’s budget and operations, and lock in job protections for one component of city operations. This in itself would be terrible public policy, giving one segment of city employees a rigid protective wall locked into the City Charter. This “privileged class” of employee would be eyed by other employees with envy, while some members of the public, already appalled by the overall level of pay and benefits for public employees generally, become increasingly bitter. We simply cannot fathom what the union’s local leadership was thinking in trying to place this initiative measure onto the November ballot — most likely it is a negotiating ploy. There is a history of using exaggerated scare tactics by the union local when there have been past proposals to curtail costs — as happened in 2005 when former City Manager Frank Benest attempted to close Station 8 in Foothill Park to save about $180,000 a year. Faced by two bad wildlands fires, the City Council later restored peak-season staffing of Station 8, all on overtime to save annual salary/benefits costs while other firefighters were moved to fill in for the foothills crew, a double budget whammy. Spitaleri, a former Palo Alto firefighter, is a blunt-spoken advocate for his union local, often couching his positions behind the “public safety” position. He feels the firefighters have “taken a beating” from the media on the overtime issue. He also said the publicized backing off of the firefighters from an initial commitment to defer nearly $700,000 in salary increases was complicated in that it was linked to an adjustment in health benefits. And, he said, subsequent offers that would have saved even more money for the city were not acted upon or were rejected. He told the Weekly the initiative effort could be stopped anytime. That, we believe, is the best idea yet. Page 16ÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓÈ]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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High-speed rail Editor, California’s high-speed train planners are committed to the California Environmental Quality Act process. In fact, High-Speed Rail Authority board Chairman Curt Pringle has said publicly that he believes in the environmental review process and that there is no need to shortcut it, not even in the name of federal stimulus funding. What’s more, exempting the highspeed train project from California’s state environmental review would not benefit the project’s schedule because it must also comply with the National Environmental Protection Act, which also requires rigorous review and public involvement. The High-Speed Rail Authority has not been involved in the creation of any bills that would exempt it from state environmental review, and it is not in support of any such legislation. We are committed to a thorough environmental review process through Palo Alto and city and county through which the planned system will run. We believe it will make for a better project. Robert L. Doty Peninsula Rail Program Director California High-Speed Rail Authority

Landfill energy Editor, I was shocked that Utilities is proposing contracting for energy from yet-to-be-built landfills. It is one thing to capture methane from existing landfills that already have organic matter (e.g., paper, cardboard, yard trimmings/landscape debris and food scraps) disposed, but it makes no sense to support future landfills so that they can be filled with organic matter, subject it to anerobic conditions to create methane and sell it to the city as “green” energy. This is like instructing people to print every e-mail and document instead of reading them online, so you can recycle the paper afterward and claim you are recycling more paper. Landfills recovering methane need a constant supply of paper, cardboard, yard trimmings/landscape debris and food scraps to put in their landfills in order to stay in the business of recovering methane. Every jurisdiction in California has collection programs in place to divert paper and yard trimmings/landscape debris from landfills. There is now a trend for cities to also implement food-scrap collection programs for composting. Logically, if recyclables and compostables-collection programs are effective and fully utilized by the communities using these proposed landfills, there will be no organic matter to deliver to these landfills and therefore, no methane to capture. Palo Alto should not be undermin-

ing other jurisdictions collection programs (for not wasting) with competing landfill initiatives (for wasting) by supporting/entering into energy recovery from landfills not yet built. This proposal indicates the city continues to operate in information silos. The city’s Climate Protection Plan (ZW Chapter) and Zero Waste Operational Plans call for sending zero waste to landfills and to advocate for zero waste everywhere. Annette Puskarich Kendall Avenue Palo Alto

Bad decision Editor, Tuesday’s decision by the Finance Committee to reject proposed contracts to increase Palo Alto’s supply of renewable energy is misguided. In March 2007 the Palo Alto Utilities staff received a directive from the City Council to increase the city’s renewable energy portfolio to 33 percent by 2015 and to keep the average retail rate increase to pay it for under 0.5 cents/kWh. The staff has done exactly that, by producing a set of power-purchase agreements that meet the desired criteria. The power purchase agreements are reasonable deals given the current

demand for renewable energy. This demand will only accelerate as we approach the state-mandated deadline of 33 percent by 2020; locking in rates now is a wise move. These agreements (four in total) also provide 24/7 base-load power — obtained by generators powered by landfill gas. Taken together, these agreements will convert 12 percent of Palo Alto’s brown power to clean, renewable energy, and retire more than 6 percent of the total carbon footprint of Palo Alto. That’s a huge number — we should be grateful for such a reduction. The arguments advanced by the Finance Committee for not moving forward with the contracts were weak. I’d expect the committee to judge the contracts on their financial merits based on the criteria laid down by the City Council. Instead they seemed to leap to a forgone conclusion based on incorrect assumptions of long-term trends. We need reasoned analysis, not orthodoxy. I urge concerned citizens to write the City Council in support of the staff’s proposal. Bruce Hodge Janice Way Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion Baylands park debate raises question of ‘How green is green?’ by Emily Renzel

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alo Alto in the 1960s had parks, but city fathers often wanted to use them for parking lots, firehouses, developer deals and other things. By the time the public missed whole parks or parts of them it was too late. In 1965 Enid Pearson led others in circulating an initiative petition drive for a City Charter amendment to protect our parks by requiring a public vote if any park or part of a park were to be permanently or temporarily taken out of park use. That passed with 80 percent in favor, becoming the Parks Dedication Ordinance of today. As a result we have a remarkable park system that contributes greatly to our quality of life and our property values. Our baylands and foothills are our crown jewels, with open spaces in which to refresh ourselves. All the city’s baylands were park dedicated in 1965 except for a few municipal facilities. Since 1977 the city has had a Baylands Master Plan guiding constant improvements to our baylands. Acres of wetlands have been restored. Trails, benches and restrooms have been provided. Best of all, our baylands connect to parks in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Mountain View to provide tremendous bayside recreation opportunities. An attempt, beginning in 1999, to grab land from Byxbee Park for an Environmental Services Center, a garbage processing facility, was quashed by the City Council in 2005 following years of contentious debate. It would

have taken 19 acres for a large industrialstrength building. A 22-member Zero Waste Task Force, on which I served and attended every meeting, then worked for two years and recommended using regional facilities for composting. Former Councilman Peter Drekmeier in 2007 proposed another grab, to keep composting where it is on 7.5 acres of Byxbee Park. The city’s Parks Commission and the Planning and Transportation Commission both recommended against it. A Composting Task Force was appointed and ultimately recommended removing composting from Byxbee Park when the landfill was closed in 2012. The task force found that transportation within 50 miles or so was a relatively minor source of carbon production compared to sewage-sludge incineration. Ignoring the task force, the council then asked staff to review land southeast of the Wastewater Treatment Plant — all dedicated parkland. That is where the matter now stands. Now, in the name of clean energy, a movement is afoot to circulate an initiative to undedicate 8 acres of Byxbee Park to build an industrial anaerobic-digestion composter on our park that will be prominent within its viewshed — a featured park asset. If 8 acres of Foothills Park were proposed for such a use there would be outrage. ByxbeePark deserves no less respect. The promise of a costly 4-acre “green roof” is just a promise. Palo Alto’s garbage rates are nearly the highest in the Bay Area and the council is unlikely to raise those rates for a green roof. Despite staff recommendations against it, the initiative proposes to cut into existing landfilled areas. It is “greenwashing” to pur-

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port to be addressing global warming with a composting facility that rips out more than 2 acres of mature landscaping and paves more than 8 acres of parkland. Current efforts snub the public vision . Over the years hundreds of people helped to plan our Baylands. Three generations have waited for completion of this major pastoral open space park, and no less than 10 city councils have reaffirmed their commitment to Byxbee Park’s completion. Sabotaging Byxbee Park now violates that long effort. Anaerobic digestion is experimental and costly. Not a single full-scale anaerobic digestion facility has been built anywhere in the U.S. to process food waste, yard waste and sewage sludge. All economic projections are therefore speculative at best. We ratepayers will bear that risk. We don’t need to risk millions or use parkland. In partnershp with Mountain View and Sunnyvale, we have taken care of our garbage at the regional SMaRT Station since 1992 This is not an issue about whether we continue to compost our organics. It is a matter of “where.” The 2008 Zero Waste Plan recommended the regional approach for composting. All of the economic analyses have shown that SMaRT is the most cost-effective. As the Compost Feasibility Study points out, such operations are typically located in rural areas such as Gilroy due to noise, dust, odors, and traffic, as well as proximity to end-user markets. The normal 1000-foot buffer for noise, odors and other impacts would encompass all of Byxbee Park. The market is unknown for compost with

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sewage sludge in it. Palo Alto has had difficulty in marketing our yard trimmings compost and there is even more market resistance to compost that has food waste or sewage sludge in it. The finished product will have to be shipped long distances to whatever markets exist for it. An initiative has no environmental review or engineering feasibility. If the council were to initiate park undedication, there would have to be an engineering feasibility study and programmatic environmental impact report. However, the California Environmental Quality Act does not apply to a citizen initiative, so voters will be buying a pig in a poke. Once the parkland is undedicated, it could be used for anything without voter approval. On April 5 the council will consider a staff recommendation to defer any further consideration of anaerobic digestion of compost unless a viable site is identified. Staff also recommends looking at conversion technologies for sewage sludge in the Water Quality Plant Master Plan process (contained within the existing plant site) — identified as a major carbon savings. Those are reasonable recommendations reflecting the concensus of all our advisory boards. They will allow for orderly closure of our landfill and, finally, completion of Byxbee Park. N Emily M. Renzel served as a City Council member from 1979 to 1991 after serving earlier on the city Planning and Transportation Commission. She is coordinator of the Baylands Conservation Committee and has long been active in baylands-protection efforts, with a baylands wetlands area in recognition of her efforts. She can be e-mailed at marshmama2@att.net.

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Guest Opinion Anaerobic digestion would protect the environment and save money by Peter Drekmeier

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magine a scenario in which Palo Alto could make tremendous progress on its zero-waste and climate-protection goals while saving more than a million dollars per year. We have this opportunity right now through the creation of an anaerobic digestion facility that could convert our 60,000 tons per year of organic waste into valuable products. As a longtime environmentalist who grew up in Palo Alto, I care deeply about our baylands, our foothills and other natural areas. As a former member of the Palo Alto City Council, I have been actively engaged in promoting healthy choices for our environment and for people, locally and globally. In Palo Alto, we presently face an important choice. After months of study by citizens and city officials, we face the decision of whether to keep composting local or to truck our organic waste to a distant site. In the past few years I have become impressed with a technology that offers both environmental protection and revenue generation. Anaerobic digestion is a technology that uses microorganisms in enclosed vessels to break down organic waste (yard trimmings, food scraps and sewage sludge) into natural gas

(methane) and high-quality compost. This process could reduce Palo Alto’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 20,000 tons per year. Anaerobic digestion is a tried and true technology, with more than 15 facilities currently operating in Germany and another nine in the pipeline. Such a facility would allow the city to retire its sewage-sludge incinerator (one of only two in the state), reducing our community-wide natural-gas consumption by 3 percent while producing renewable energy. It also would save money. Last year we used $800,000 worth of energy to incinerate our sludge, and spent another $230,000 to dispose of the waste ash. By isolating our sewage sludge from our food and yard waste, we could address any concerns raised by composting the sludge. By locating the digester in Palo Alto we would ensure that our city receives all of the benefits. Estimated revenues include $1.4 million in annual energy sales, more than $1 million in disposal fees, $200,000 in compost sales and possibly the sale of “carbon credits.� The electricity produced from anaerobic digestion would be enough to power 1,400 homes. This clean locally generated energy would be

available during emergencies to keep the wastewater treatment plant operating, even when the grid that transports electricity into Palo Alto goes down, as recently happened.

An issue such as this, with strong good-faith opinions on both sides, should be decided by the people. What could be more democratic?

The facility also would maintain the current convenience to residents of being able to drop off yard trimmings and to pick up compost for their gardens. Without this project, Palo Altans would have to travel to Sunnyvale. An estimated 80 percent of more than 1,000 people who responded to an informal survey by Palo Alto Online favored maintaining a composting facility in Palo Alto. The challenge is that the only feasible location for an anaerobic digester is at the entrance to the city landfill next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, not far from where we currently compost. The site already has been heavily impacted by the dump and has little value as '!&#)+",+!(3,.0&

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of San Antonio Road could be restored to wetlands with actual habitat value. Currently there are no funds dedicated to completing Byxbee Park, which means that even when the dump closes we are not guaranteed a finished park. By dedicating a portion of the revenues generated from anaerobic digestion, we could facilitate the expeditious transformation of the remaining landfill into usable parkland. To better help the people and city determine the merits of this project, the council should commission a feasibility study, including a cost/ benefit analysis that would allow us to weigh all the pros and cons. The council is scheduled to consider this issue on April 5. Palo Alto faces a unique opportunity to protect the environment while generating badly needed funds for the city. Let’s not pass this up without serious consideration and calm comparison of the pros and cons. N Peter Drekmeier served on the City Council from 2006 through 2009, and served as mayor in 2009. He was a co-founder of Bay Area Action, which later merged with the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation to become Acterra. He currently is Bay Area program director for the Tuolumne River Trust. He can be e-mailed at pdrekmeier@earthlink.net.

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Etsy allows local artists to share their wares in an online market

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rtists often struggle to promote their homespun goods, yearning to be seen amidst the big-box retailers. Shoppers, meanwhile, strive to find the perfect gift or the most specialized item, not easy in an off-the-rack age. But since the advent of Etsy (www.etsy. com) four years ago, crafty folks the world over, including in and around Palo Alto, are now able to offer up their work with the click of the mouse while savvy shoppers can easily access a plethora of unique creations. The Brooklyn-based Etsy, which launched its website in 2005, bears the motto “Buy, Sell and Live Handmade,” and handmade, craftsupply and vintage items are the only types of goods permitted for sale. Etsy currently boasts 4.2 million users, more than 400,000 of them sellers, and 5.4 million items listed for sale. 2009 saw gross merchandise sales of $180.6 million. The social connections fostered by Etsy, with buyers readily able to communicate with sellers, is part of the site’s success. “A big part of Etsy’s popularity is due to the fact that it’s connecting people. Yes, there’s a lot of cool stuff on there, but what’s even more appealing is that you can meet the people creating these objects and have a dialogue with them,” Etsy spokesman Adam Brown said. The goal of Etsy, founded by artist Rob Kalin, is to offer an alternative to both the generic, mass-marketed goods available in stores as well as to the auction-style marketplace of such websites at eBay.com. And Etsy is open to anyone — from the professional, full-time art merchant selling hundreds of items to the

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first-time crafter or hobbyist. Etsy sellers start by paying a small fee (20 cents per item for four months). If an item is sold, the seller also pays a 3.5-percent transaction fee. Sellers set up their profiles and customized banners (“Choose your username carefully,” Brown said — it can’t be changed — and make sure to have great photographs) and decide their own shop policies, such as how to handle shipping. “It’s not very difficult to use, or expensive, and you learn as you go,” Brown said.

Local craftspeople are taking part in the Etsy trend and finding there is a home out there for each of their one-of-a-kind offerings, including glass paintings, eggshell art, goddess greetings and hand-bound books.

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olly Trezise (Etsy name: MollyTrezise) uses stencils and spray paint on glass to create bold and colorful designs, often featuring animal or human portraits against swirling patterned backdrops. “I opened my little shop a year ago,” said the stylish Trezise, who resides in Stanford University’s Escondido Village with her graduate-student fiancé.

“I had been doing some custom artwork, and someone at my office suggested I try Etsy.” Her “Designs by Molly Trezise” shop welcomes browsers with a tie-dye yellow and pink banner and a note informing potential buyers that each item in her online gallery is one-of-a-kind, “no prints or reproductions.” Highlights of her collection include a series of chicken portraits, commissioned as a wedding gift for a couple with beloved pet hens; paintings of black cats on vibrant backgrounds; and custom portraits of children. “The bright colors and fun patterns” along with her ability to do custom paintings make her work attractive as gifts, she said. “People like that it can be collaborative,” she added. Mary Vogt, a Kansas City resident who purchased one of Trezise’s works through Etsy, said she had been searching for a gift for her daughter-in-law, a swim coach, and found Trezise’s $70 portrait of a swimmer, outlined in (continued on page 20)

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black and blue against a lime-green checked pattern, to be the perfect choice. “Molly’s work, painting on glass, is beautiful and … unique. My daughter-in-law loves the piece,” she said. Trezise said she’s pleased with her Etsy experience thus far. “It’s going really well,” she said. “I’m selling a couple of pieces a month.” Trezise minored in art at Wellesley College and has always been involved with drawing and painting, but she said she isn’t looking to make it a full-time gig at this time. “I work at a nonprofit in San Francisco. I don’t have a ‘game plan’ to do art full time.” Because of the effort involved in creating her works, they sell for around $70-$100 a piece. She said she’s sold about 40 pieces through Etsy and earns, on average, $250 monthly. Trezise is also herself a loyal Etsy shopper. “For the holidays I think I purchased most, if not all, of my gifts from other artists selling on Etsy, and I’ve certainly picked up a number of things for myself, too. I love supporting other small-scale artists like myself. There are so many talented people selling their work,” she said. Trezise said Etsy is probably not the ideal platform for a career in her type of art because of the higher prices of her portraits. She estimates that each piece she creates costs her $12 in materials. She said she would probably need an order for a large amount or a line of pieces, such as would be sold in shops or galleries, to earn a living from art. “It’s almost impossible to have that be your job,” she said. “Anything that I earn selling art is a very pleasant ‘extra.’” She is, however, working on a different style of art that she hopes to have available on Etsy in the near future: a line of pen-and-ink drawings as custom wedding invitations, featuring woodland creatures and outdoor themes. “Etsy’s great for selling really creative, interesting things for cheap,” she said.

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ollowed eggs featuring delicate owls, religious motifs in miniature, teeny waffles and even President Barack Obama are featured in Jennifer Barrows’ (Etsy name: Eggenius) online shop. The former Palo Alto, current Mountain View and soon-to-be Fremont resident said she first heard about Etsy on National Public Radio and checked it out “just to look at other people’s stuff.” By the fall of 2008, she was selling her own original creations — detailed eggshell ornaments and dioramas. She first learned the craft from her sister-in-law and then “got rather obsessed,” she said, sometimes spending up to four hours a day on her projects during the holidays. She makes gifts for 20 family members (“including the dog”) annually, plus some for friends and colleagues. She decided to sell some of her work to offset some of the costs. “It takes lots of glue, a lot of patience, a lot of pins,” she said of her egg art, which she sometimes works on when taking a break from grading piles of papers (Barrows is an art-history professor). “I used egg-making to save my sanity. I find it very calming. “My husband jokes that it took over the dining room,” she said of her workspace, but added she’s kept her supplies mostly contained to a desk and bookshelf. “In the new house, I’ll have all the supplies in my office,” she said. Her pieces are made mostly from chicken eggs, with occasional quail, duck and goose eggs. She frequents hobby shops to obtain the tiny trinkets that inhabit the eggshells and keeps boxes filled with sequins, ribbons, buttons and trimmings of every color on hand. Vivacious and warm, Barrows said taking up traditional artistic fields such as painting or sculpting never appealed. Instead she enjoys creating mini-masterpieces in short time spans. “A lot of art takes years, whereas I can have a finished product in a week. It’s a nice creative outlet,” she said. “More or less all my revenue supports my ‘egg habit,’” Barrows said. She’s sold around 20 eggs at $15 each on average in her first year on Etsy, with business picking up around the egg-centric Easter holiday and Christmas, when people are looking for ornaments.

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Los Altos resident Corinne Wayshak makes pen-and-ink designs featuring ancient goddesses and witty words of wisdom.

One popular ornament, the aforementioned Barack Obama egg (“sequins, ribbon and glitter turn a real chicken eggshell into a patriotic setting for a miniature Obama bust,” the item’s description reads) was even featured on the Etsy-mocking site Regretsy.com (see sidebar). The egg was included in the site’s Christmas-themed “advent calendar” of amusing Etsy finds, Barrows admitted, laughing. Buyer Paco Schiraldi, who collects both eggs and ornaments as well as singing in a church choir, found the perfect Christmas egg for his interests on Barrows’ site. “When I discovered the three egg ornaments with angels playing instru-

ments inside I bought them immediately. The workmanship and materials are ‘eggcellent!’” he said. As for what happens to the insides of the many eggs after their shells are hollowed out for decorating? “My family eats most of them,” Barrows said.

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os Altos resident Corinne Wayshak (Etsy name: GroovyGoddesses) had never thought of herself as an artist until three years ago when, after undergoing a tumultuous personal experience, she began waking up in the middle of the night with ideas for drawings of ancient goddesses mixed with witty words of wisdom.

“I just started having these inspirations,” she said. And with that unexpected call from the muses (literally), Groovy Goddess was born. “This was my first time doing any kind of illustration,” she said of her pen-and-ink designs, which feature such mythological female figures as Pandora and the snake-haired Medusa with captions including, “It took a goddess to think out of the box,” and “Even a goddess has bad hair days.” She’d always liked the stories of the ancient goddesses, Wayshak said, but “I don’t know where the ideas came from. I guess when you have personal

rom embroidered toilet paper to “Christmas nativity meerkats,” Etsy.com is full of intriguing items. Some such creations, deemed worthy of extra attention, show up on Regretsy (www.regretsy. com), a blog that pokes fun at Etsy’s offerings and has taken on a life of its own. Cheekily subtitled, “Where DIY meets WTF,” Regretsy is the brainchild of Los Angeles comedian/writer April Winchell, who calls it “a marketing tool, a humor site and a community of creative, funny people.” She created the site last fall under the pseudonym “Helen Killer,” inspired by some of the comically strange, creepy or just plain baffling items she stumbled upon while browsing Etsy. “I didn’t have much purpose at first beyond making people laugh,” Winchell said. She left out sellers’ identifying information, not wanting to embarrass them. “I thought ... readers might write to the sellers and start trouble with them,” she said. But about a week after the site’s launch, Etsy sellers themselves gave the site a real purpose. “I started hearing that the sellers actually wanted to be linked. They saw this as an opportunity. When I started linking, things started selling pretty briskly,” she said. The formula for Regretsy is simple: Post a link and photo of an amusing Etsy item; write a brief caption mocking it; hilarity ensues. “Some of the highlights for me have been an oil painting of roadkill on a Pennsylvania highway, a taxidermied fish head grafted onto the body of a squirrel and a woman who makes embroidered toilet paper. My favorite Regretsy purchase so far is a small sculpted head of British actor Bill Nighy, glued to the metal workings of an old wind-up toy. It’s fantastically peculiar,” she said. The site was an instant hit with viewers and Etsy sellers alike. “In that first weekend it just exploded. It was everywhere, in all kinds of traditional and new media. The Wall Street Journal covered it twice in two weeks,” she said. The blog now has new items added and linked daily. Winchell has even compiled a Regretsy book, due out April 6, showcasing some of the favorite finds with her trademark snarky commentary. “About a third of the book is laid out like the site is. I’ve also written some long-form pieces that I hope people will enjoy,” she said. The book also features a sellers’ guide of participating Etsy shops, as well as comments from sellers. “They all share their experiences and their thoughts on criticism and creating,” she said. Any profits earned through Regretsy, such as through advertisements and merchandise, go into the “Regretsy Alchemy Fund.” “I don’t keep a penny. When I reach $200 in profits, I hire an Etsy seller to make handmade items for charity. There are actually quite a few charities that solicit handmade goods,” Winchell said. She said Etsy has taken the creation of Regretsy with good humor. “To my surprise, they had no interest in shutting me down. They simply asked that I add a disclaimer stating that we were not affiliated in any way, and that I change some of my colors to help separate the look of the two sites. They could not have been nicer about it. “We do fill a need, in our own weird way. We send millions of hits to Etsy and drive a lot of business to sellers whose aesthetic isn’t exactly their front page,” Winchell added. “It’s another place to get your work featured,” Etsy spokesman Adam Brown said. “It’s supposed to be funny, and it is.” N — Karla Kane

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trauma, the mind opens up.” Wayshak, who proudly sports the purple and green T-shirts bearing her designs, originally sold the “divinely inspired” images on apparel items through her own website (www.groovygoddess.com). About a month ago, she started her Etsy shop to sell her designs in the form of greeting cards, sold both individually ($3.50) and in sets of 10 ($30). The ease with which Etsy is able to link up with other social-networking sites, such as Facebook.com, is one of Wayshak’s favorite features. “It’s great to have an outlet with a social component. It’s really changed who can be reached,” she said. Kate Wolf-Pizor, a faculty member at Palo Alto’s Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, said she was excited to purchase Wayshak’s work because it was relevant to her school’s program in women’s spirituality. “The goddess comes into the world in so many ways,” she said. Fellow Los Altos resident and Etsy seller Vanessa Barri (Etsy name: Rasbarri) has also purchased products featuring Wayshak’s art. Barri said, “Etsy users often shop and search for other local Etsy users. We see the value in handmade, sustainable items. No mass manufacturing. All is made with love and creativity.” A relative newcomer to Etsy, Wayshak is optimistic about her prospects. “I just opened my shop one month ago. In that month, I got three sales which, I have been told by other ‘Etsians’ in the community chats, is a great start. I netted around $50,” she said. Though she continues to work a day job as a business-development consultant, she is embarking on an e-mail marketing campaign directing potential buyers to her Etsy store and plans to make her burgeoning artistic career a bigger part of her life. “That’s the goal,” she said.

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ourtney Jasiulek of Palo Alto (Etsy name: TealStripes) creates handmade blank books and hollow books, using collage techniques to create a range of

Molly Trezise of Stanford sits with the portraits she creates with stencils and spray paint on glass. cover and interior designs. Her Etsy shop description states she finds inspiration from a variety of sources, “from cute to simple and elegant.” A benefit of Etsy, Jasiulek said, is that “everything’s in the seller’s control.” The youthful, bespectacled Jasiulek prides herself on the careful work she puts into making imaginative and engaging product descriptions to help attract customers, along with an eye-catching banner. For example, her “The Lion Says” notebook — decorated with an orange-striped cartoon lion and a comic-book-style “speech bubble” on the cover that then repeats as a motif on the inner pages — is featured with some suggestions for use.

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MAUNDY THURSDAY: APRIL 1 6:30 p.m. Agape Meal and Sung Eucharist, Rite II followed by the stripping of the altar and vigil

GOOD FRIDAY: APRIL 2 12 noon Sung Liturgy of the Day

HOLY SATURDAY: APRIL 3 4:00 p.m. Easter Vigil (with Eucharist) for kids under 6 followed by Easter egg hunt

EASTER SUNDAY: APRIL 4 8:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist, Rite I 10:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist, Rite II followed by Easter egg hunt

A resource for special events and ongoing religious services. For more information please call Blanca Yoc at 650-326-8210 ext.6596 or email byoc@paweekly.com

Celebrate Easter with Us This Year Holy Trinity Episcopal Church For us, Jesus represents the place of intersection between our lives and God’s Life. At that intersection, we discover what new life really means. We invite you to join us for Holy Week and Easter services, as we are all invited to share new life in Christ. Palm Sunday, March 28 – 8:30* & 10:30* AM Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper) April 1, 6:00* PM (with simple meal) Good Friday, April 2 7:00 AM & Noon The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 3, 7:00* PM Easter Sunday, April 4 6:30 AM, 8:30* AM, 10:30* AM *Indicates child care available 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park (650) 326-2083 www.trinitymenlopark.org *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓÈ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 25

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Join Us for Holy Week and Easter! Palm Sunday 8:00 am Worship Service 10:30 am Worship with Choir Maundy Thursday 6:00 pm Light meal in Parish Hall 7:30 pm Foot washing & Communion Good Friday 12:00 pm Worship Service 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross Great Easter Vigil 8:00 pm Candlelight Worship with Choir Easter Sunday 8:00 am Festive Worship 10:30 am Festive Worship with Choir Followed by Egg Hunt & Brunch!

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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto (650) 856-6662 www.fccpa.org

Maundy Thursday, April 1st Soup Supper & Service of Tenebrae, 6:30pm Good Friday, April 2nd Service of Contemplation, noon

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Monastic Supper & Liturgy of the Word followed by Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday — April 2 V Noon to 2:00pm Seven Last Words Reflections V 2:00 to 3:00pm

Labyrinth Stations: A Walking Meditation

V 7:30 to 8:30pm

Good Friday Prayer and Meditation

Easter — April 4 V 5:30am

Easter Vigil, Eucharist & Baptism

V 8:00am

Festive Breakfast & Family Easter Activities

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Easter Sunday Celebration Worship at 9:30am & 11:00am Oxford Street Brass & The Hallelujah Chorus Easter Egg Hunt following 9:30 Worship

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Festive Holy Eucharist

600 Colorado Ave, P.A. (650) 326-3800 www.saint-marks.com

Los Altos Lutheran Church From death into life, Good Friday into Easter Palm Sunday: March 28th, 9:00 AM Celebration with palms & the passion story Maundy Thursday: April 1st, 7:30 PM Jesus washed their feet & said love one another Good Friday: April 2nd, 2:00 PM Meditating on the mystery of the cross: a service of prayer Good Friday: April 2nd, 7:30 PM Service of shadows: watching & waiting through the night The Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 3rd, 6:30 PM Walking into light and life: The ďŹ rst Easter service. Easter Sunday: April 4th, 9:00 & 11:00 AM Easter brunch and children’s activities at 10:00 AM Easter Party: Saturday, April 3rd, 2:00-4:00 PM Bible stories, crafts and egg hunt 460 South El Monte at Cuesta 650-948-3012 – www.losaltoslutheran.org Page 24ĂŠUĂŠ>Ă€VÂ…ĂŠĂ“Ăˆ]ÊÓä£äÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Palm Sunday (3/28 | 8:30 am, 10:45 am) Maundy Thursday (4/1 | 7:30 pm) Good Friday (4/2 | 12 pm & 7:30 pm) Easter Vigil (4/3 | 7:30 pm) Easter Sunday (4/4 | 8:30 am, 10:45 am)

3149 Waverley Street | Palo Alto, CA 94306 | 650 494-1212 | www.gracepa.org

Holy Week Services April 1 April 2 April 4

6:00 pm Seder Dinner Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Services 9:30 am Easter Festival Service Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the service!

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MAUNDY THURSDAY: APRIL 1 6:30 p.m. Agape Meal and Sung Eucharist, Rite II followed by the stripping of the altar and vigil

GOOD FRIDAY: APRIL 2 12 noon Sung Liturgy of the Day

HOLY SATURDAY: APRIL 3 4:00 p.m. Easter Vigil (with Eucharist) for kids under 6 followed by Easter egg hunt

EASTER SUNDAY: APRIL 4 8:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist, Rite I 10:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist, Rite II followed by Easter egg hunt

A resource for special events and ongoing religious services. For more information please call Blanca Yoc at 650-326-8210 ext.6596 or email byoc@paweekly.com

Celebrate Easter with Us This Year Holy Trinity Episcopal Church For us, Jesus represents the place of intersection between our lives and God’s Life. At that intersection, we discover what new life really means. We invite you to join us for Holy Week and Easter services, as we are all invited to share new life in Christ. Palm Sunday, March 28 – 8:30* & 10:30* AM Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper) April 1, 6:00* PM (with simple meal) Good Friday, April 2 7:00 AM & Noon The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 3, 7:00* PM Easter Sunday, April 4 6:30 AM, 8:30* AM, 10:30* AM *Indicates child care available 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park (650) 326-2083 www.trinitymenlopark.org *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓÈ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 25

MEXICAN The Oaxacan Kitchen 321-8003 Authentic Mexican Restaurant 2323 Birch Street, Palo Alto 1 ÊUÊ 

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Range: $5.00-13.00

We also deliver.

Hobee’s 856-6124

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Janta Indian Restaurant 462-5903

Seafood Dinners from

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369 Lytton Ave., Downtown Palo Alto

$6.95 to $10.95

CHINESE

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Chef Chu’s (650) 948-2696

ITALIAN

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1067 N. San Antonio Road

1390 Pear Ave., Mountain View (650) 254-1120

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417 California Ave, Palo Alto

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THAI

443 Emerson St., Palo Alto

1390 Pear Ave, Mountain View

Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700

Authentic Szechwan, Hunan

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543 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Food To Go, Delivery

Fresh, Chef Inspired Italian Food

Full Bar, Outdoor Seating

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JAPANESE & SUSHI

www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com

Ming’s 856-7700 1700 Embarcadero East, Palo Alto www.mings.com New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr.

Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Scott’s Seafood 323-1555 #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 3 Years in a Row, 2006-2007-2008

STEAKHOUSE

Open 7 days a Week Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798

MEXICAN

1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm

Voted MV Voice Best ‘01, ‘02, ‘03 & ‘04

Palo Alto Sol 328-8840

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Sushi for hard times by Sheila n the queasy realm of All You Can Eat restaurants, sushi would appear to be an especially alarming choice. Unless you’re in training for an extreme-eating contest, why stuff yourself with rice and raw fish? Portion control, sustainable seafood and everything else we and Michael Pollan — “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.� — hold dear is violated by places like Sushi 85. But you can eat at Sushi 85, not too often, have a lot of fun, and nobody gets hurt. The lunch buffet is $16.95. At dinner, the AYCE option is $24.95, allowing you to order from the lunch side and the dinner side. There is also a regular menu, with such appetizers as boiled edamame

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Acqua Pazza

Acqua Pazza, (meaning crazy water) is an old recipe of the ďŹ shermen of the Neapolitan area. The term itself most likely originated from Tuscany where the peasants would make wine, but had to give most to the landlord, leaving little left FORTHEMTODRINK4HEPEASANTSWERERESOURCEFULANDMIXEDTHESTEMS SEEDS AND pomace leftover from the wine production with large quantities of water, bringing it to a boil, then sealing in a terracotta vase allowing it for several days. Called l’acquarello or l’acqua pazza, the result was water barely colored with wine, which the ďŹ sherman may have been reminded of when seeing the broth of THEDISH COLOREDSLIGHTLYREDBYTHETOMATOESANDOIL)TBECAMEVERYPOPULARIN THEUPSCALETOURISTY#APRI)SLANDINTHES From our kitchen to yours. Buon appetito! Chef Marco Salvi, Executive Chef

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Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

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The nori didn’t sing with sweet ocean flavor or exquisite tooth resistance, but it wasn’t too chewy either. The fish wasn’t sublime. But nothing was bad, and we enjoyed figuring out how much we were saving. Among the six-piece maki, the Wayne Roll is a tasty mess of spicy tuna, avocado and scallops with a crispy top and spicy red chili “chef’s sauce.� We saw altogether too much of the chef’s various sauces. On the UFO Roll, the sauce was a creamy, unattractive sea surrounding little bay scallops, crab and avocado. It tasted much better than it looked. My gang of four also favored: the Smoked Dragon Roll, with tempura shrimp, crab and smoked salmon; Unagi Deluxe, roasted eel on top; Rose Roll, spicy tuna and avocado; Hamachi Deluxe, each with a piece of yellowtail on top; and the Lion King roll, although it was topped with chef’s sauce. The Spider Man is not a great venue for soft-shell crab, flabby rather than crispy. The misnamed Wild Pig Roll, however, is a nice counterpoint to all the seafood. It’s a tame combination of fried pork and cucumber. From the list of two-piece nigiri sushi, quail eggs come with three varieties of fish eggs. We liked the medium-size ikura. Sushi 85 is tucked into the elbow of the gangly Grant Road shopping center that holds Marshalls at one end and the Asian supermarket 99 Ranch at the other. Sushi 85 is at the 99 Ranch end. It is named for nearby Highway 85. I guess 82, the number for El Camino Real, which is even closer, was taken. Except for round lampshades and a few posters, Sushi 85 could be a pizza place, with a large-screen TV for sports. Unlike many sports bars and All You Can Eat eateries, Sushi 85 is not a barn, but a room comfortably holding large parties and small families. A young couple brought their baby for date night. Sushi 85 stirs up a lot of combat on Yelp. Opinions run hot and heavy, loaded with ammo ranging from “Gluttony heaven!� to “We should have turned and ran for the hills.� We had a good time and left full but not sickened. The way I look at All You Can Eat places, it’s fun to think you’re betting against the house, but best to let the house win. N Sushi 85 1350-6 Grant Road, Mountain View 650-965-8898 www.sushi85.com Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5-9:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. noon-10 p.m. Sun. noon9:30 p.m.

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At Kara, people pay tribute to loved ones by creating memorial quilts

Liz Powell of Kara created this quilt panel in memory of her brother. by Rebecca Wallace aced with creating a quilt panel in memory of her late husband, Enrico, Zeina Daoud felt overwhelmed. How could she depict all that he was in one square? “His sense of humor, his love of astronomy, his playfulness ... what aspect should I capture?” she said. This was last fall at Kara, the grief-support organization in Palo Alto. Searching for ideas, Daoud rummaged through a big box of fabric brought in by youth and family services director Liz Powell, who was leading the quilt project. Her hand touched on just the right piece of material. “I picked one that was very colorful, lots of blues and pastels. It seemed a very thin material, as though it had been a scarf,” Daoud recalled. “That material was exactly what it was he had meant to me: the colors he brought into my life, the joyfulness.” As it happened, Daoud ended up making three squares in tribute to her husband. The first one depicted what he had meant to her; the second, which had a heart filled with “seeds of love,” represented the gift he gave her in their children. And for the third, the kids wanted “something with astronomy,” so Daoud created an image of Saturn. Memorial quilts, like many art projects done by people grieving, can be healing. They can also be reassuring; their sense of permanence can make people feel that their loved ones won’t be forgotten. Powell had both of these thoughts in mind when she came up with Kara’s quilt project. For Daoud, though, the main benefit was the warmth of togetherness. She would sit and work on her quilt squares during grief-group meetings, where other adults were doing the same. “It was a sharing of community, the sense of ‘we’re in this together,’” she said. “We’re all somehow knit together like that quilt.” Starting last fall, 75 people ages 5 and up came together to create the three quilts that are now on display at Kara’s youth and family facility in the First Baptist Church at 305 N. California Ave. Powell and others at Kara brought in materials and fabric markers, encouraging clients — and staff and volunteers — to share memories and take part in groups while they made their squares. One child liked his square so much that he took it home and sewed it on his pillow. Powell, who has a graphic-design background, arranged the squares. Then, over the holidays, she brought the squares home with her to her family in

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“It was a big shock to read name after name ... and to know how much people poured their hearts into these squares.” —Zeina Daoud, who contributed three quilt squares

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Liz Powell, director of youth and family services at Kara, spent many hours with her family adding batting and backing to the quilts. “I know that all of us there shared pressed their feelings directly about that (a loss), but it was a big shock the loss,” looking at a square scrib(continued from previous page) to just read name after name after bled with a heavy hand. Powell made her own square, too: Kansas City, and she and her sister name ... and to know how much people poured their hearts into these a vision of rolling purple and green and niece spent many hours sewing, hills in tribute to her brother Patrick. adding batting and backing. (Fortu- squares.” On a recent afternoon, Powell led A small green sprig emerges in one nately, the pins in the quilt didn’t set a visitor from panel to panel, stand- corner. “He was the inspiration for a off any airport metal detectors.) Powell said the Kara community ing in front of the quilts and pointing lot of growth in my life,” she said. Cyndy Ainsworth, Kara’s exhas been very pleased with the fin- out their fabric cut-out hearts, flowers, motorcycles, fish; handwritten ecutive director, was in the room as ished quilts. Other emotions came well. “We spent a few staff meetings up, too. Daoud expressed some of words of love; names. “Some people brought fabric that making our squares,” she said with a the same feelings that people speak of when they first see the AIDS Me- was meaningful, what the person smile. Hers honors her mother, with morial Quilt, or the Vietnam Veter- wore,” she said, pointing to a baby’s the name “Olive,” a cookie jar and a ans Memorial Wall in Washington, bib with a picture of a teddy bear in book beneath a starry sky. a football helmet. “His dad brought Powell decided to do a quilt project D.C. in part because of her experiences “It was really a shock to be faced this.” Powell added, “Little kids ex- some years ago as a child advocate with all these squares,” she said.

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Powell also told children at Kara that quilts last, and that their tribute will endure. “There are quilts hundreds of years old in museums,” she said. Rod Tansimore, another Kara client, said in an interview that creating a long-lasting tribute appealed to him. He and his three sons often do art projects to remember mother and wife Lucy. “Most major holidays we’d go to the cemetery and leave art projects there,” he said. “When you do it at the grave, you leave it in the weather. This is permanent.” One of Tansimore’s sons chose to pay tribute to his mother’s love of birds; he drew a pair of hummingbirds on his square. Tansimore wrote the name “Lucy” in cursive and drew a flower. Quilting was new for some of the Kara participants, including Tansimore and Daoud. But many had already delved into art as a way of coping. Daoud and her two children, who were in kindergarten when their father died, had also done a project on their own that they called “angry art.” They would take pieces of paper and “scribble hard, crumple the paper, then flatten it, cut off pieces at

random in the middle or on the sides of the paper,” she said. Kids at Kara have done many art projects, including ceramics and “body maps” in which children color different parts of the body to represent their various emotions. A child might feel “mad” in her tummy, or have sad feet. A variety of art activities can help people work through the many emotions that swirl when they’re grieving; it’s not just about being sad, Powell said. “There can be happy memories, anger, numbness, grief. In doing art, there’s the expressive means to show their feelings.” The new quilts also serve another purpose. Hanging on the walls, they make a meeting room feel cozy and perhaps more welcoming. Powell looked up at the quilts again, reminiscing about the hours she spent with her family completing them. She recalled an enjoyable time that brought her relatives together — and got her thinking about living life more calmly. “I had never hand-sewn a quilt,” she said. “It is done at a pace that we no longer live at. Time unfolded in a very different way.” She smiled. “We were there day after day, quietly stitching together.” N Info: To make an appointment to see the quilts, call Kara’s main number at 650-321-5272. More information about Kara’s services, which also include counseling and crisis intervention, is at kara-grief. org.

There’s always more about the arts world online at Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace’s blog, Ad Libs. Recent topics: Stephen Sondheim, Roger Ebert, prizewinning Peninsula photographers, and a local painter who has a landscape showcased in the latest Meryl Streep flick. Go to blog.paloaltoonline.com/adlibs.

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Sanchez Wilen’s voice and musical versatility make him “a college music teacher’s dream,” Paly choir director Michael Najar said. Wilen was recently accepted to Chapman University and is still waiting to hear from several other colleges. He plans to major in vocal performance, he said. “He’s a tremendous musician. He’s incredibly sensitive to the music around him, but he still applies his own touch to it,” Najar said. Singing in the San Mateo boys’ choir Ragazzi, as Wilen has done since age 8, improved his musicianship, he said. The group teaches its members music theory from a young age. Genetics seem to have contributed to Wilen’s musical sensibilities as well. One brother, Henry, plays the violin and mandolin and sings in Ragazzi. His youngest brother, Jesse, plays the piano, and his mother, Stefanie, plays the piano and flute. Wilen also sings with Peninsula Teen Opera and the jazz choir Top Shelf. He estimates that he has sung in 16 concerts — eight with Ragazzi, “four or five” with Paly and two each with Peninsula Teen Opera and Top Shelf — since August. Wilen has also somehow found the time to pick up the piano and the guitar, start an a cappella group with three other choir members and act in two school plays. Yet he still wants to accomplish more. “I have a friend, Axel Mansoor, who plays guitar. ... We’ve been thinking about writing some stuff for guitar and voice, for two guitars,” he said.

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by Martin athan Wilen doesn’t get stage fright. Wilen, a senior at Palo Alto High School and a tenor in the Paly choir, said he is “lucky to have been performing enough that the audience isn’t that big of a deal ... I just get up on stage and sing.” He will have many opportunities to do just that later this month when the Paly concert choir attends the National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco along with 11 other high school choirs from across the country. The San Francisco men’s choir Chanticleer will host the festival, hold clinics for the student singers and perform with the groups in a festival concert on March 29. Wilen will also sing in a small honor chorus at the festival, and is one of three young singers chosen to take a master class from the renowned mezzo-sopranos Frederica von Stade and Zheng Cao, who will also perform at the concert. “It’s easily going to be the biggest thing I’ve ever done,” he said. The master-class students will each sing one song for von Stade and Cao, who will then critique the performances. Wilen said he will probably perform “Lachen und Weinen,” a “lied” — German for “song” and a common Romantic-era form — by Franz Schubert. During a recent interview with the Weekly, Wilen sang “Lachen und Weinen” in his Palo Alto home. The song was pleasant and sprightly, with several tricky jumps and extended notes. His voice was clear, bright and assured — and he’d had no time to warm up.

Singer Nathan Wilen. He wants to improve his classical repertoire as well. “I would love to someday sing ‘Ah, mes amis’ from (the opera) ‘Daughter of the Regiment.’ ... I don’t want to speak for all tenors, but for me, it seems to be one of the holy grails for the light tenor,” he said. Wilen’s favorite operas are Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and “Marriage of Figaro,” and Puccini’s “La Bohème,” he said. “I (also) love singing Schubert ‘lieder’ ... if I had to pick a favorite piece of music, I might have to go with ‘Du bist die Ruh’ by Schubert,” he said. When asked why he likes classical music, Wilen said: “I just love the emotions it can capture, and the music itself. ... I find myself wondering what people are going to be listen-

ing to in 400 years. “Is it going to be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” he asked, gesturing at the door, through which that song could be heard playing in the next room, “or is it going to be ‘Daughter of the Regiment’?” Still, Wilen said he enjoys electronic music and classic rock as well. ‘I’ve been rediscovering the Doobie Brothers. I like ‘Long Train Running’ — it’s my ring tone right now,” he said. He paused. “Except I have the Mozart Requiem ‘Dies Irae’ for my parents,” he added with a laugh, referring to a rather ominous section of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor. Wilen said many of his friends either already enjoy classical music or are willing to learn about it. He recently convinced some of them to buy standing-room tickets to the San Francisco Opera’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” “They loved it ... they hadn’t been to much opera,” he said. The master class at the National Youth Choral Festival is open to the public, so Wilen will probably sing — and be critiqued — while the rest of the festival attendees watch. He said he is only slightly anxious for now but “the nerves will come.” Performing for professional opera singers would test the composure of any young singer, but if Wilen can give a polished impromptu performance for the press, he may have no problem. N What: Nathan Wilen and the Paly concert choir sing in Chanticleer’s National Youth Chorus Festival. Where: Davies Symphony Hall at 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco When: March 29 at 8 p.m. Cost: $20-$44 Info: For tickets, go to www.chanticleer.org.

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“Coyote Creek & Cottonwoods� and other oil paintings by Jim Promessi are on view at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park.

Art ‘Visions of California’ This is Jim Promessi’s favorite time of year. Springtime brings many clear days, bright skies and wildflowers, creating the conditions that the California native loves for painting the state’s coastside and inland areas. Fittingly, Promessi currently has an exhibition up of his oil paintings, called “Visions of California.� The landscapes are being shown in the Portola Art Gallery at Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild through March 31. A retired Skyline College art professor, Promessi has exhibited his work in venues including the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. The current show is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 75 Arbor Road. For more, call the gallery at 650321-0220 or go to www.portolaartgallery.com.

Family Doctor Noize If you’re going to shush someone in the library, best not to try it with Doctor Noize. The good doctor (aka Stanford graduate Cory Cullinan) puts on quite a show, and he’s got an “acoustic mini-concert� scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Park Library at 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Doctor Noize, an ebullient children’s entertainer and former school music teacher, likes to involve his young audiences in his concerts by bringing them onstage to make sounds with his laptop and various musical instruments that he layers together. The library gig will also include a book reading; Doctor Noize has authored a rock opera/book, “The Ballad of Phineas McBoof.� Another Doctor Noize show is set for Saturday, April 3, at noon. This is a full family concert held at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call

the box office at 650-463-4970, or go to www.doctornoize.com for more information.

Community Holi at Stanford For some people, spring inspires them to paint landscapes; others like to run outside and throw color on each other. This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stanford University celebrates Holi, the spring festival primarily celebrated in India. At the event, held at Sand Hill fields off Sand Hill Road, people mark the season with music and dance, and Indian food — and, of course, throwing colored powder and water on their friends. Stanford’s event is organized by the local chapter of Asha for Education, a nonprofit group that supports education in India. Organizers say last year’s event drew at least 4,000 people. Tickets are $16 general, $14 for students, and free for children ages 5 and under. There’s a 10 percent discount for groups of 25 or more. Go to www.ashanet.org/stanford.

A&E DIGEST PARK PRIZE ... Xavier Cohen, a member of the Palo Alto Camera Club, has won the grand prize in the annual Share the Experience Photo Contest sponsored by the National Park Foundation and Olympus Imaging America Inc. Photographers submitted their favorite images taken in U.S. federal lands — about 5,100 photos in total. Cohen’s photo was taken in Acadia National Park in Maine and depicts a colorful sunset scene with a lighthouse overlooking the water. The image will be used on the cover of the 2011 Federal Recreation Lands Pass. For more information, go to nationalparks.org.

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Greenberg ---

(Century 16) Roger Greenberg used to play in a band, then became a carpenter. “Now,� as he puts it, “I’m really trying to do nothing.� Luckily for audiences, Roger is not doing a very good job of it in the film that bears his name. Ben Stiller plays Roger, recently released from a mental hospital, and readjusting to life in L.A. His brother’s family has warily given him run of the house while out of town, leaving his brother’s personal assistant, Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig of “Baghead�), in the uncomfortable position of assisting the uberneurotic Roger. What follows is an oratorio of awkwardness sung in a minor key, as Roger hourly proves his neediness, in part by hitting on the 20-something Florence. “Greenberg� is directed and cowritten by Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale�), whose spouse Jennifer Jason Leigh cowrote the story and appears as Greenberg’s ex. Leigh’s history with Robert Altman seems to have rubbed off on Baumbach, whose sights and sounds have a distinctly Altman-esque feel: slow zooms, overlapping dialogue, intimate close-ups and, of course, quirky characters. Greenberg is a mess. Not knowing what to do with himself, he drinks and writes complaint letters. That accomplished (until the next day), he wallows in self-absorption, obsessing about his life choices and his romantic options. He’s witty but also lacerating, lacking an internal censor. It’s not easy being his

friend — former band mate Ivan (Rhys Ifans) shows the patience of a saint — and even harder being his girlfriend. And yet Florence sees something in him. And, increasingly, we can see in Florence her own neuroses. She’s too accommodating, and though she takes out time for singing gigs, hasn’t quite figured out how to meet her own needs (“I’ve really got to stop doing things just because they feel good,� she muses, unironically). Baumbach wisely never steps on the gas, letting the characters slowly develop or, as the case may be, revert. Director of photography Harris Savides (“Milk�) captures smoggy, rambling Los Angeles; Stiller resists softening his irascible character; and Gerwig shines, whether projecting her inner thoughts (as she contemplates the back of the one-night stand lying next to her) or covering Judee Sill’s “There’s a Rugged Road.� “Greenberg� doesn’t amount to much, really, but it’s an enjoyably amusing character study with plenty of little pleasures. As a study of two yearning Angelenos, it pursues an answer to the film’s opening line, delivered by a behind-the-wheel Florence as she tries to merge: “Are you going to let me in?� Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language. One hour, 47 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Hangover� meets “Back to the Future� in this hilarious and unapologetically adult buddy chuckler. A cornucopia of tongue-in-cheek ‘80s references — including the presence of leading man John Cusack, who made a name for himself in ‘80s movies such as “Better Off Dead� and “Say Anything...� — fuels the entertaining plot and riotous scenarios. Soak it up. Three longtime friends have watched their lives steer in decidedly different directions than they had envisioned in their youth. Adam (Cusack) is dealing with a nasty breakup while looking after his video-game-obsessed nephew (Clark Duke as Jacob); Nick (Craig Robinson) abandoned a music career for marriage and dog grooming; and the once-�cool� Lou (Rob Corddry) has become a foulmouthed alcoholic. Eager for a soul-searching spark, the three pals, with Jacob in tow, head out to the ski-resort haven of their late-teen years. A night of inebriated partying lands all four in an outdoor hot tub that turns out to be — you guessed it — a time machine. When the fellows come to they are stuck in the year 1986, forced to relive a day that was a major turning point of their young lives. The chance to amend past missteps becomes an unavoidable draw for Adam, Nick and Lou. Meanwhile, Jacob frantically tries to get the group back to the present year with the help of a mysterious repairman (Chevy Chase in a terrific welcomeback role). Cusack, Robinson and Corddry are exceptionally cast and all shine. Cusack’s everyman sensibilities and solid acting chops help keep the film from leaning too far into the absurd. Robinson — quickly becoming one of my favorite comedic actors — coaxes laugh after laugh with his deadpan delivery and wealth of terrific dialogue. And Corddry nearly

steals the show. His character has the most depth, while the actor is brazen and fearless with his delivery and physicality. Viewers easily offended may want to keep their bathing suits shelved. Adult language, drug use and raunchy humor are often extreme. “Hot Tub� is also clearly geared toward the Gen-X crowd, those who remember watching Miami Vice and listening to Poison. It is riddled with subtle odes to the ‘80s that probably won’t all be noticed even after a fifth viewing. The big surprise is that, ultimately, the movie is heartwarming. It touches on messages about friendship, aging, regret and redemption that are universal regardless of which decade you grew up in. Some hot tubs are relaxing. This one is a riot.

For reviews of “Chloe� and “How to Train Your Dragon,� which each earned two-and-ahalf stars from Weekly critics, go to www.PaloAltoOnline. com/movies.

Rated: R for pervasive language, strong crude content, sexual content, nudity and drug use. 1 hour, 40 minutes. — Tyler Hanley

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

The Idiot (1951) 1950s Japan provides the setting for this adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel. Fri. at 7:30 p.m. The Lower Depths (1957) Kurosawa adapts Maxim Gorky’s play about slumdwellers. Fri. at 5:15 & 10:30 p.m. Ran (1985) An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons. Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Sat.Sun. also at 2 p.m.

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HOOP HONOR . . . Menlo School grad Blake Schultz finished his illustrious basketball career at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) being named D3hoops.com All-American first team earlier this week. The senior co-captain scored 615 points this season in helping the Ephs (30-2) reach the NCAA Division III championship game, where they lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 78-73. Schultz was 19 points shy of matching the school single-season scoring record. He graduates as the fourth leading scorer at Williams with 1,528 points, and the eighth-leading rebounder at 545. Schultz, previously honored as the NESCAC and ECAC-North New England Player of the Year, First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All- ECAC, earns his second All-America honor. He was recently named an NABC First Team honoree. He is a finalist for the NABC Player of the Year. Schultz would have led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 52 percent had he qualified. Williams led the nation as a team with 46.1 percent. Schultz was 77-of-148 from long range, three made 3s from qualifying.

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s well as the Stanford women’s basketball team played through the first two round of the NCAA tournament last weekend, coach Tara VanDerveer feels there is still more to come when the venue switches to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento Saturday night for the Regional championships. The secondranked and topseeded Cardinal (33-1) meets No. 5 seed Georgia (25-8) at 6:04 p.m. in the regional semifinal. No. 3 Xavier (29-3) and No. 7 Gonzaga (29-4) meet in the other semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s winners meet Monday night at 6:30 p.m. with a berth in the Final Four at stake. “I think we can improve and come out in Sacramento and play even better,” VanDerveer said. “In the NCAA tournament, obviously, you have to think one game at a time. You hope people are healthy, but your focus is one game, our team, what happens, happens.” The Cardinal reached the Sweet 16 by defeating UC Riverside, 79-47, in the first round, and Iowa, 96-63, in the second round — both games were held at Maples Pavilion, where Stanford owns a 46-game winning streak heading into next year. Stanford and No. 23 Georgia have played in the NCAA tournament before, with the Cardinal winning three of the previous five postseason meetings. The teams are similar in that they both have veteran coaches, have both reached the championship game in their histories, and have each appeared in 24 (or more) NCAA tournaments. “It’s a terrific matchup,” VanDerveer said. “Theyíre

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Stanford senior Jayne Appel (2), who scored 16 points in a 96-67 second-round win over Iowa on Monday, will be counted upon again when the Cardinal takes on Georgia in the Sweet 16.

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Pinewood girls have a lot to play for Saturday in CIF Division V state championship game by Keith Peters edemption is a powerful tool. It can motivate at the start, build momentum and reward at the finish. That probably sounds good to Pinewood girls’ basketball coach Doc Scheppler. The Panthers have an opportunity redemption on Saturday when they take on St. Anthony (Long Beach) in the CIF Division V state championship game at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Tip off is 9:30 a.m. Pinewood brings a 26-6 record after winning the NorCal title last weekend, 53-47, while St. Anthony comes in 26-9 after taking the SoCal crown, 48-41. Both teams are the No. 1 seeds from their respective brackets, and will be facing each other for the second time this season. It was just a little more than three months ago that the same teams met on the final day of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. Pinewood let a 29-10 lead in the second quarter get away and still couldn’t hold on with a three-point lead with just 35 seconds to play.

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The Panthers wound up losing, 43-42, when St. Anthony scored with three seconds to play. “They just killed us on the boards,” said Scheppler, whose team was outrebounded 5015 in that game on December 22. “We shot 7-of-35 from three-point range. It was a tough game for us.” Scheppler figures his team missed 15-20 three-point attempts in a row before Casey Cairo made one for a 42-41 lead. His team also was shorthanded following a series of ACL tears to three players — one of whom (senior Rachel Marty) was lost for the season. Much has changed since then, however. The Pinewood team that St. Anthony saw then is not same Pinewood team the Saints will see in Bakersfield. “We’re confident we come into this game a different team that we were back then,” Scheppler said. “It’s going to be an interesting game Saturday morning.” The biggest change for Pinewood is having (continued on page 38)

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SWIM DELAY . . . The NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diviving Championships, hosted by Ohio State, was postponed 24 hours after members of at least three teams, including Stanford, came down sick prior to Thursday’s scheduled start of the national championships. The meet now will begin Friday and run through Sunday. The NCAA made the decision after calling a coaches meeting on Wednesday night. Ohio State issued a statement on Wednesday: “Eighteen studentathletes and one coach have been treated at the Ohio State University Medical Center and the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center for a possible gastrointestinal illness. The NCAA, the OSU Medical Center, Ohio State University officials and the local Ohio health department are working on the issue. “One of the priorities is to ensure all teams and competitors are kept informed of developments and preventive measures.”

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Palo Alto’s MacQuitty on track for fast times

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All-American, CCS and NorCals. Shine said the focus is simple for his team. “It’s just keep getting better,” he said. “If we do that, we’ll go undefeated. They (his players) have this chemistry’ they want to win for each other.” They did that Wednesday in impressive fashion as seniors Jamin Ball and Patrick Chase, sophomore Justin Chan plus freshmen Richard Pham, Andrew Ball and Daniel Morkovine all won their singles matches in straight sets. They combined to lose only 17 games between them. The doubles teams of Brian PeltzTim Hoag and Zach Chase-Mac Osborne also were impressive. Last Saturday, after finishing off top-seeded University (Irvine), 5-3, in the finals of the 11th annual National High School All-American Boys Invitational Team Tournament, the Knights were crowned kings of the prep tennis world. Nearly as impressive as beating University was Menlo’s 5-3 semifinal victory over Saratoga, most likely the Knights’ chief competition in CCS this season. “I feel good going up against anybody now,” Shine said. “To beat the No. 1 team (University) in the nation and the defending champion says it all. This is definitely the best achievement of my coaching career.” This is Shine’s 31st year of coaching and the 15th at Menlo. While this team already appears to be his best (there’s still plenty of season left), it’s also very young with two freshmen in the starting lineup that includes only two seniors among the top four singles. The key to this team, aside from its considerable talent, is its depth. That depth played out in the five singles and three doubles matches each day as Menlo went 4-0. The Knights opened with a 7-1 victory over Beacon School of New York City before downing Beverly Hills High, 6-2, to reach the semifinals against No. 3-seeded Saratoga. Menlo got a victory at No. 5 singles from freshman Andrew Ball, but lost the next two matches before Pham rallied to win and senior Pat Chase rallied from being down match point to force a tiebreaker and eventually win. Despite trailing

Jamin Ball clinched Menlo’s national title-winning victory. early in all three doubles matches, Menlo survived to win twice and wrap up the victory. Against University, the heavy favorite to defend, Menlo opened play by losing two of the three doubles matches. That meant the Knights had to win at least three of the five singles matches just to tie and hope they had enough games won overall to win the tiebreaker and tournament. That scenario wasn’t needed as Menlo won four of the five singles matches, despite the fact University had two players ranked among the nation’s top 10 in their age brackets. The match came down to the final two matches with Chan and Jamin Ball still playing. At that point, Menlo had enough games won to win the tiebreaker and the tourney. All it needed was one victory. With all eyes on Ball, who was playing on the stadium center court, the senior responded with an 8-5 victory to clinch the title. His teammates rushed onto the court to celebrate, with Chan winning moments later, 8-5, for the final point. Chan also played No. 2 doubles with junior Andrew Carlisle. “It was fitting that Jamin won it, with him being a senior and on the stadium court,” said Shine. “It was pretty exciting. Everyone contributed to the championship . . . It was a total team effort . . . They all had an important role. “I was very impressed on how they handled everything,” Shine said. “They played unbelievably well.” N

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by Keith Peters Field Championships. MacQuitty’s hings will get back to normal best is the 4:16.93 that he ran last for Palo Alto senior Philip season while taking second at the MacQuitty this weekend when Golden West Invitational. the annual Stanford Invitational That could be a goal for Macmakes its two-day run at Cobb Quitty on Saturday at Stanford. The Track & Angell Field. national leader is Sherod Hardt of MacQuitty will be in the boys’ Queen Creek, Ariz., who has run mile field on Saturday morning at 4:11.49 for 1,600 meters. The state 10:10 a.m. Should he race like he did leader for the 1,600 is Conor Stana week ago, the times ton of Servite (4:18.07). could be very fast. Will neither of those two MacQuitty, who has are competing in Saturmade a career out of day’s race, Galt’s Coupe running well at long is running and gives the distances — fast enough race the two fastest 800 to earn a scholarship to meter runners in the UCLA this fall — is on state. the national charts this While MacQuitty’s season but not for his race was the highlight specialty. of the St. Francis InviOn Saturday at the tational, Gunn and Palo St. Francis Invitational Alto athletes turned in track and field meet, other top performances, MacQuitty raced off as well. the final turn and sped Gunn junior Erin home to win the 800 in Robinson won the girls’ a sizzling 1:52.37. That 3,000 in 10:35.12, which makes him the fastest ranks her No. 2 in the in the nation, overtak- Philip MacQuitty state this season. Gunn ing Jason Coupe of Galt senior Sunny Margerum (1:52.47) as the best in the U.S. was second in the girls’ 300 hurdles “Yes, it’s a bit odd because I’ve in 45.82, ranking her No. 10 in never really focused on the 800,” California. And, sophomore Kieran said MacQuitty, who usually runs Gallagher finished third in the girls’ the 1,600 or 3,200 but rarely races 400 in 58.30, ranking her 14th in the anything shorter except maybe in a state and No. 2 in Gunn history. dual meet. “I’ve always had some Margerum also finished second in natural speed and have been known the long jump (17-6 1/2) and third in to have a kick at the end of races.” the 100 hurdles (15.19). MacQuitty needed that kick Gunn also got a victory in the on Saturday as he passed Nathan girls’ pole vault from Alison Ang Strum of Pioneer for the victory. (11-0) and a victory in the girls’ Strum was second in 1:53.33, the mile from Emma Dohner (5:18.38). No. 3 time in the nation this season. In addition to MacQuitty, a handKyle McNulty of Scotts Valley was ful of local athletes will compete at third in 1:55.32, the No. 8 time in Stanford this weekend. Margerum California. is expected to go in the 100 hurdles MacQuitty’s time broke the school and long jump, Dohner and Galrecord of 1:54.11 by Jason Rudolph, lagher are scheduled for the girls’ who ran that while finishing second at mile. Dohner also is listed for Frithe 1997 Central Coast Section finals. day’s 3,000 along with Paly’s Kath“The plan going into the race was leen Higgins. trying to go out hard, hopefully at The West Bay Athletic League 55 seconds (which I did) and then held its first league-wide meet of see where I was from there. Since the season with athletes from Menlo it was my first 800 meters, I didn’t and Priory performing well. know if it would be too fast or not. Arnaud Kpachavi of Priory won “Nathan Strum provided me a the boys’1,600 in 4:55.45 and took great race and really made the race the 800 in 2:08.49; Alec Lawler of fast. I couldn’t have run that time if Menlo won the boys’ 110 high hurNathan had not pushed the pace.” dles; Tommy Shields of Priory won After displaying that kind of the 200 in 25.14; Priory won the speed, MacQuitty hopes it will 1,600 relay while Menlo took the translate into success once he gets 400 relay. Solomone Wolfgramm back to his specialty distance events won the boys’ shot put. later in the season. The Menlo boys totaled 121 “It’s going to help me in my con- points to win with Priory second fidence and my finish,” MacQuitty with 101. said. “I know what I can compete In the girls’ meet, Priory was secwith anyone at the end of races.” ond with 98. Kat Gregory won the MacQuitty surprisingly only holds l,600 in 5:44.95 and doubled back the school record in just the 800, for the 3,200 in 12:01.66; teamwith the 3,200 and 1,600 still out mate Eugenia Jernick took the 100 there for breaking. The 1,600 mark in 14.06, Priory’s Devon Errington is on MacQuitty’s list, the record of won the 800 in 2:38.77, and Menlo’s 4:15.54 (converted) set by Jon Ens- Lauren Gradiska won the 300 hurcoe at the 1966 CIF State Track and dles (56.51). N

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hen members of the Menlo boys’ tennis team walked off the court Wednesday with an 8-1 nonleague victory over visiting Monte Vista (Danville), the triumph spoke volumes. First and foremost, it said there would be no letdown following last weekend’s huge accomplishment in Newport Beach, where Menlo won the 11th annual National High School All-American Boys Invitational Team Tournament at the Palisades Tennis Club. The victory over Monte Vista also said that Menlo has the depth to contend with any opponent this season. And, the win said that the Knights are still on track to make some history this season. “My guys are playing well,” said Menlo coach Bill Shine, in perhaps the understatement of the season. “Our motivation is we’re not going to pull a Sacred Heart Prep. We have to win out.” Shine was referring to the 2007 Sacred Heart Prep team that won the All-American tournament in Newport Beach and later captured the then-national championship event in Mason, Ohio. The Gators, however, lost in the Central Coast Section semifinals and saw their nearly perfect season end at 26-1. The tournament in Ohio was cancelled two years ago and the Newport Beach event since has been sanctioned by the USTA. By winning the two-day, 16-team tournament that attracted teams from Arizona, Idaho, New York, North Carolina and Washington state, Menlo earned the unofficial title of national champion. Shine, however, put things in perspective for his players. “I told the kids they can’t really validate it unless they go undefeated,” Shine said. Menlo is now 13-0 after Wednesday’s victory. Only one boys’ team in Menlo history has gone undefeated, the 1999 squad that won CCS and NorCal titles to finish 23-0. That team, however, did not play in the national tourney in Newport Beach. Thus, Shine’s current team can accomplish something no other team in CCS history has done — sweep the ‘Triple Crown’ of prep tennis —

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Stanford senior Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (21) scored a career-high 26 points in Monday’s 96-67 second-round win over Iowa.

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Sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike (3) scored 23 points with nine rebounds to help Stanford reach the Sweet 16.

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a team that beat Tennessee. We will have our work cut out for us.” VanDerveer and Georgia’s Andy Landers, in his 31st season with the Lady Bulldogs have a combined won-loss record of 1,622-462 (.778 winning percentage), including 10847 in the postseason. “We had a good crowd at Stanford and we’ve played at Georgia,” VanDerveer said. “I know it’s not Stanford but hopefully people will come up to Sacramento and there will be more Stanford red than Georgia red. We want that kind of atmosphere.” Because of the wealth of coaching experience, Georgia won’t be intimidated by playing in a foreign environment. Women’s basketball in the SEC gets a huge following, and playing on the road, in a hostile atmosphere, prepares a team for the NCAAs. Georgia is also 7-1 against teams in the RPI top 50 this season. Stanford is 11-1 against the RPI Top 50. The Lady Bulldogs average 63 points a game and allow 54.5. Stanford scores at a 77.1 clip and allows 54. The Cardinal will need its ball handlers at peak performance to wade through the myriad of traps, presses and defenses it will face. Jeanette Pohlen and Ros GoldOnwude will face most of the pressure, but Melanie Murphy, JJ Hones and Kayla Pedersen may be called upon. Gold-Onwude is coming off a career game in which she scored 26 points, had five assists and played shut-down defense on Iowa’s point guard. “I hope she builds on that,” VanDerveer said. “She really likes to play defense. Both she and Jea-

nette have been playing well. All the guards have been playing well from the Pac-10 tournament through this tournament.” Senior center All-American Jayne Appel said it was important to have the fan support and that winning the first two games at home should serve to jump start a deep run into the tournament. “To play as well as our team played, it’s a great feeling,” she said. “It helps get the train going on the way to the national championship game.” Sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who supplanted Appel as the Pac-10 Player of the Year, has been getting all the (deserved) attention lately but when it comes to crunch time, Appel will have a big say in Stanford’s success the rest of the way. She’s the Pac-10’s all-time leading rebounder at 1,237, is third alltime in Stanford school history with 2,087 points (behind Kate Starbird and Candice Wiggins), first with 272 blocked shots and has 337 career assists (current assistant Kate Paye finished with 406), a remarkable feat for a post player. Freshman post Joslyn Tinkle may also find herself in a critical situation. She’s the backup plans for both Appel and Ogwumike should something happen, like foul trouble or an ankle sprain. “Joslyn is getting valuable experience and, honestly, we need more from her,” VanDerveer said. “We have 14 healthy players and they’re all very important to our team’s success.” Stanford reached its seventh Sweet 16 in the past 10 years and the 17th overall. The Cardinal hopes to play in its 14th Elite Eight, its ninth Final Four, and its fourth championship game. Adding national title number three, and the first in 20 years, would finish things nicely, thank you. N

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tanford right-hander Jordan Pries has been counting the days to the Pac-10 baseball opener. He won’t have long to wait. The sophomore pitcher will make a start in one of the three games against visiting USC as the conference season gets underway. The No. 23 Cardinal and Trojans are set to begin action Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday. The Pac-10 is loaded, but that’s nothing new for a conference that has a combined 26 national titles and another 11 runnerup trophies since the beginning of the College World Series in 1947. “Top to bottom the Pac-10 is going to be one of the best in the country,” Pries said. “And we’re right there with everybody.” In a conference dominated by pitchers, Pries (2-1, 3.33) can stand with the best of them after throwing a two-hit shutout against Pepperdine last Saturday. He’s one of 21 Pac-10 pitchers with an ERA of 3.50 or lower. Five starters — Oregon’s Alex Keudell, UCLA’s Garett Claypool, Oregon’s Tyler Anderson, Oregon State’s Tanner Robles and Oregon State’s Matt Boyd all have an ERA of 1.77 or lower. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole, Arizona State’s Jake Borup and Arizona State’s Merrill Kelly are all 5-0. “This was the first day I felt good and trusted my pitches,” Pries said after his 7-0 victory over the Waves last weekend. “I was more relaxed and I want to carry that into the Pac10 season.” Stanford (10-5) was picked to finish fourth in a conference where nine of the 10 teams, including the Trojans (11-10) have winning records entering conference play. The Cardinal, which hit .375 last weekend in its sweep of Pepperdine, is hitting .309 as a team. Three freshmen are hitting over .300. Infielder Stephen Piscotty, who has started in left and at first, is batting a team-best .383 with a team-leading 18 runs, Tyler Gaffney (.367) has a .600 slugging percentage and Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger (.347) has driven in 12 and scored 16 runs. “It’s good to see the bats coming alive heading into Pac-10s,” Diekroeger said. “I know the league is deep in pitching and we’ve been picking it up and coming together.” Arizona State and UCLA enter the weekend with a combined 37-0 mark. The rest of the conference is a combined 103-50. “It’s good to get on a roll before the conference season starts,” Diekroeger said. N

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junior Jenna McLoughlin back from her torn ACL injury. “Since Jenna’s been playing,” said Scheppler, “we’ve lost only once.” Pinewood is 15-1 since the 5-foot10 McLoughlin returned and 20-2 since that loss to St. Anthony in December. Scheppler said McLoughlin will need to be able to defend in the post and help neutralize some of St. Anthony’s sizable frontline that goes 6-3, 6-0 and 5-11. Kendall Cooper, a 6-3 freshman, is her team’s leading scorer at 11.1 ppg, but the Saints use a lot of players. “It’s pretty much the same deal as before,” Scheppler explained. “We’ll have to defend inside. They don’t shoot the ball that well . . . Their best play is a rebound and a putback.” Scheppler said it’s all a matter of preparing his players for the biggest game of the year. “Confidence and belief in these games are a huge pyschological factor, almost as important as the physical side,” Scheppler said. “It’s all a matter of putting your girls in the right frame of mind.” Scheppler figures that St. Anthony will do its best to take away Pinewood’s three-point shooting. The Panthers have attempted 848 this season and made 235. The Saints, conversely, have attempted only 339 and made just 74. “Are they going to take away our 3s?” Scheppler said. “Probably. (But) State championship games are won and lost with easy baskets. You have to find ways to get layups.” And, said Scheppler, “if you don’t have size, you have to press. We have enough in our arsenal to do that.” Along with McLoughlin, fellow juniors Hailie Eackles, Kelsey Morehead and Miranda Seto will be playing in their second straight state championship game along with seniors Lauren Taniguchi and Emily Liang. Pinewood got a good tuneup for the state finals with its 53-47 victory over No. 2 Bradshaw Christian last weekend at Folsom High. It was Pinewood’s experience against Bradshaw Christian’s height. It was finesse against strength. Whoever came up with the best game plan and executed it would be the NorCal Division V champion. “It was a battle,” said Scheppler. “It was scratch and claw time.” Fortunately for Pinewood, it has been in similar situations over the years and that experienced carried the Panthers once again. “We have the confidence of being there before,” Scheppler said. “We know that we can find ways to win whether it’s a running game or a grind it out game like today.” Pinewood advanced to the state championship game with its hardfought win over the Pride (24-9). Eackles scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds, despite having to sit in the second quarter after picking up her third personal foul with 3 1/2 minutes to play. Seto added 14 points while Liang hit three big treys for nine points. McLoughlin held the Pride’s leading scorer, Cheyenne

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Hailie Eackles had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the NorCal final. Williams, to four points, 12 below her average. Williams did grab 18 rebounds. The win over Bradshaw Christian was Pinewood’s sixth straight. The Panthers will be making their fifth appearance in the state finals, having won 1999, 2005 and 2006 while placing second in 2009. Pinewood had to earn its latest trip, however, as it got off to a slow start. The Panthers held a 2726 halftime lead but trailed by five early in the third quarter. “In the third quarter, they (Bradshaw Christian) got inside,” Scheppler said. “We were giving up 4-5 inches at every spot but one.” Pinewood, as it has this season, just battled back. Liang hit a big three-pointer with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers a 48-44 lead. Pinewood scored again, Bradshaw Christian answered and it was 50-46. “It was a one-possession game pretty much the in the fourth quarter,” Scheppler said. Fortunately for Pinewood, once it got the lead in the final quarter it managed to hold on. “We had a good game plan for them,” said Scheppler, who also praised his defense for forcing 22 turnovers. “Our constant fullcourt and halfcourt pressure forced a lot of turnovers,” he said. “If we didn’t do that, it would have been a lot tougher. Our defense was great today.” Bradshaw Christian, which was beaten soundly by Pinewood in the NorCal semifinals last season, had been pointing to this game since then. The Pride knew it had to shut down Pinewood’s three-point game, and did so by limiting the Panthers to just 4-of-13 shooting from that distance. “If you take away our threes, we’re going to get layups,” Scheppler said. That was Pinewood’s saving grace on Saturday as it was able to get inside against a taller opponent that concentrated its defensive pressure on the perimeter. “They were taking away our threes, but we got to the rim and got some layups,” Scheppler said. Pinewood hopes to do the same on Saturday, with a state championship on the line. N

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“Wilcox is always one of our toughest competition in league,” said Raich. “We may have gotten them today, but they will be hungry to get back at us on Friday.” Palo Alto grabbed the upper hand quickly after spotting Wilcox two runs in the top of the first. In the bottom of the frame, the Vikings sent nine batters to the plate. They produced four hits and five runs for a 5-2 lead. T.J. Braff and Christoph Bono had RBI singles while Drake Swezey doubled home a run. Wilcox picked up a run in the third to make it 5-3, but Paly exploded for six runs in the fourth to grab an 11-3 advantage. A walk to Cory Tenanes, an interference call (the ball hit the field umpire) on a grounder by Jack Smale and a single by T.J. Braff loaded the bases. After that, it was a merry-go-round for Paly. Will Glazier walked in a run, Christian Lonsky singled in another, and Swezey bounced into a fielder’s choice that was played into an error trying to get a runner at home. That made it 8-3. After a strikeout, Scott

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Kelly Jenks

Jamin Ball

Palo Alto High

Menlo School

The senior pitcher won four softball games by throwing 29 scoreless innings with 38 strikeouts and only seven hits allowed, topped by a perfect game with 14 strikeouts and a pair of two-hit 1-0 wins for the 6-0 Vikings.

The senior won all four of his doubles matches and three of four at No. 1 singles, including the deciding match in a 5-3 victory over top-seeded University (Irvine) to earn AllAmerican honors and win the national invitational.

Honorable mention Sammy Albanese Castilleja softball

Charlotte Biffar Palo Alto lacrosse

Lauren Bucolo Palo Alto softball

Hailie Eackles* Pinewood basketball

Claire Klausner

Patrick Chase Menlo tennis

Tom Kremer Sacred Heart Prep swimming

Philip MacQuitty Palo Alto track & field

Dylan Mayer Menlo baseball

Richard Pham

Gunn softball

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Miranda Seto

Drake Swezey

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Witte walked for another run, Joc Pederson ripped an RBI single, and Swezey scored on a passed ball for an 11-3 lead. “I wasn’t to surprised with how we swung the bats today,’ Raich said. “We had a great week of offensive preparation and our players had a great plan of attack going into the game. We knew what they were going to try to do against us pitching wise and our players stuck with our team’s approach.” Wilcox rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh before Braff came in to close the door. Swezey (3-0) gained the win. Braff had three hits while Glazier had two hits, drove in two runs and scored three times. Despite the impressive victory, Raich didn’t believe the win sent any message at this point in the season. “I don’t think that today was really a statement game,” he said. “We come with the approach that every time we step on the field to play someone that we attack the game and play hard. Every game is important in our mind.” In the PAL Bay Division, senior pitcher Nils Gilbertson scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, and Chace Warren snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, as host Menlo-Atherton opened its league schedule with a 4-2 victory over Hillsdale Wednesday afternoon. In addition to his hitting heroics, Warren earned the save when he relieved Gilbertson in the seventh inning and, after walking a Hillsdale batter to load the bases, induced the next hitter to bounce into a gameending double play. Gilbertson was nearly flawless after yielding two runs in the first inning, walking just two and striking out three while improving his season record to 2-1. The Bears supported Gilbertson with their best defensive effort of the season, committing just one error. The victory squared M-A’s overall record at 4-4 (1-0 in league play), while Hillsdale fell to 3-5 (0-1). The Bears collected nine hits -all singles -- off Hillsdale pitcher Greg Hansen, including two each by shortstop Casey Eason and DH Chris Gow. M-A cut Hillsdale’s lead to 2-1 on Gow’s single in the first inning, and tied the game 2-2 in the third on Ryan Chilcoat’s RBI single. After nearly a week off, Menlo picked up where it left off last week, pounding out 13 hits and scoring in double digits for the third straight game as the Knights defeated host Gunn, 13-4, in nonleague play Wednesday. Offensively, Menlo (7-2) was led by senior Clay Robbins and junior Philip Anderson. Both had three hits while sophomore Freddy Avis and senior Danny Diekroeger hit home runs. Jack Suiter picked up his first varsity win with four innings of outstanding relief, allowing no earned runs and striking out seven. For Gunn (2-7-2), senior Blake Johnson

Winning pitcher Drake Swezey (left) gets an after-inning congrats from first baseman T.J. Braff during Paly’s 13-6 win over Wilcox.

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by Keith Peters hen Erick Raich took over the Palo Alto baseball this season, he had a laundry list of things to accomplish. Perhaps the most important was to set a great foundation for the future. Right now, his Vikings are setting a great foundation for the present. Getting good hitting, pitching and defense once again, Palo Alto remained tied for the SCVAL De Anza Division lead with a dominating 13-6 victory over visiting Wilcox on Wednesday. The Vikings (5-0, 9-3) had 13 hits and committed no errors while limiting the Chargers to just six hits. The same teams will meet again Friday in Santa Clara. Palo Alto (5-0, 9-3) is tied for first place with Los Gatos (5-0, 9-3), with Wilcox (3-2, 8-4) now two games behind in the standings. Monta Vista, Homestead and Los Altos are all 2-3. Another victory over Wilcox will really set Palo Alto up for the rest of the season.

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Palo Alto junior first baseball T.J. Braff belts one of his three hits during the Vikings’ victory that kept them tied for first place. hit a solo homer in the second. The Knights return to action on Friday when they host King City in a nonleague test at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Gunn picked up its first SCVAL El Camino Division win with a 5-3 victory over host Lynbrook. Jon Rea earned the win, pitching a masterful six innings while striking out seven and allowing just three hits. Eric Contreras closed out the game for the save. Sophomore Jake Verhulp made the most of his first start of the season going 3-for-4 with a triple, double and single and scoring two runs. Jon Zeglin had two hits and two RBI for the Titans. Golf On a cool and windy day at Shorline Golf Links in Mountain View, Menlo freshman Andrew Buchanan fired a fine 1-under-par round

of 35 to earn medalist honors and lead the Knights to a 199-221 West Bay Athletic League victory over host Pinewood. Buchanan was the only player to break 40 on the day. Teammate Bobby Pender added a 40 while Patrick Grimes and MJ Cootsona shot 41 for the Knights (3-0, 6-0). Audrey Proulx led the Panthers with 40 while Max Lippe checked in with a 41. On Monday, Grimes shot 3-underpar 68 to finish second overall at the Wildcat Invitational at the Meadow Club. Grimes missed tying for medalist honors by a single stroke. Sacred Heart Prep senior Dalan Refioglu shot a 4-over 75 to tie for 14th. Jeff Knox and Brett Van Zanten both shot 78 while Kevin Knox had a 79 and Anthony Tran shot 81 as the Gators shot 391 as a team to fin(continued on page 40)

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Girls’ lacrosse Two of the more dominant lacrosse teams in the area for some time have been Menlo and MenloAtherton. Now, add Palo Alto to the list following the Vikings’ 16-5 dismantling of the visiting Bears on Tuesday in a nonleague match. M-A fell to 2-5. Charlotte Biffar led the victory with four goals while Maya Fielder, Emy Kelty, Emily Benatar, Kimmie Flather and Emily Fowler all scored twice for the balanced Vikings while Sam Herzog had six assists. Christina Rodgers and Caroline Edwards led M-A with two goals each. Palo Alto (4-0, 7-0) returned to action Wednesday and handed host Pioneer a 13-9 loss in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League play. Flather scored four goals for Paly, which will host Los Gatos on Friday in a league showdown (4 p.m.) before hosting Santa Catalina on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. In the West Bay Athletic League, senior Maggie Brown scored her sixth goal of the match with 1:17 left in the second overtime to carry the Menlo girls’ lacrosse team to a 16-15 overtime victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday. Julia Keller of SHP scored with 3:21 left in regulation to tie the match at 15. Neither team scored in the first of two three-minute overtime periods. In the second OT period, SHP goalie Victoria Denholm made a huge save against Brown, who later gained possession and scored the winner. SHP won the ensuing draw, but Menlo came up with the ball and possessed it to protect the victory. Tory Wilkinson led the Gators (0-1, 5-1) with five goals while Kendall Cody added three. Michaela Michael and Sophie Sheeline each contributed four goals for Menlo, which plays host to Stowe School of Buckinghamshire, England, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. At Woodside High, Stephanie Merenbach scored 10 goals and Martha Harding added four to pace the Castilleja lacrosse team to a 16-2 romp over Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday. Charlotte Geaghan-Breiner and Julia Vais added solo goals for the Gators (2-2). Boys’ lacrosse With Wiley Osborne and Kyle Bullington each scoring three goals, Menlo registered a 14-2 victory over visiting Gunn on Tuesday. The Knights (3-0, 3-1) scored six times in the first quarter and held a 10-1 halftime lead. Chris Brown added two goals and five assists for the Knights, who will host MenloAtherton on Thursday at 4 p.m. Ryan Grezeika added two goals and two assists for Menlo. Elsewhere, Zander Rohn scored three goals as Menlo-Atherton took care of visiting Leland on Tuesday, 14-1. Tommy Cummings, Ryan Johnston, Pierce Osgood and Hassan Saad all added two goals each for the Bears, who took 45 shots while dominating on the offensive end.

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Castilleja’s Sammy Albanese pitched her sixth no-hitter on Tuesday. First-year program Palo Alto brought a 5-0 record to Los Gatos on Tuesday and, for much of a fiercely contested game, looked to come away with a win. Los Gatos’ midfielder Cameron Smith’s quick-stick score with 50 seconds remaining was the difference, however, as Palo Alto fell, 8-7, in nonleague action. Kris Hoglund led the Vikings with three goals while Brian Keohane added two. Palo Alto goalie Josh Chin recorded an astounding 23 saves, while receiving solid defensive support from Michael Cullen and Cooper Levitan. Softball With senior Sammy Albanese striking out 20 batters, Castilleja opened its West Bay Athletic League season with a 7-0 blanking of host Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday. Albanese (6-1-1) was in complete control for the Gators (1-0, 6-1-2) while throwing her sixth no-hitter this season. She now has 152 strikeouts this season. Albanese walked none, but the Gators committed a pair of errors to run an otherwise perfect game. Albanes also had a double and four RBI while Aryana Yee had four hits for Castilleja. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto used big efforts from its four seniors to roll over Milpitas, 10-0, in a division opener on Wednesday. Paly senior pitcher Kelly Jenks threw a shutout while giving up only one hit with the help of some fine defensive plays. Jenks (7-0) has now thrown six shutouts and has not given up an earned run in 49 innings. Shortstop Lauren Bucolo belted two home runs and drove in four runs. Third basemen Kristen Dauler had three hits, including a double, also driving in a run. Leftfielder Caroline McDonnell had two hits and a RBI. N


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