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City won’t riffle through people’s trash — for now Palo Alto dumps plan to fine non-recyclers, opts for educational approach by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto is backing off a controversial proposal to fine residents who flagrantly violate its sweeping new recycling ordinance.

The ordinance, which the Public Works Department staff is crafting, drew criticism earlier this spring after residents learned the city planned to enforce compliance through fines

and suspending service. Some residents grumbled about “garbage police” during public meetings and said they didn’t want garbage collectors sifting through their trash. Given the opposition, staff has opted to spend two years educating customers as its primary tool for reducing the amount of recyclable

goods that residents dump into garbage containers, Public Works Director Glenn Roberts told the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee Tuesday night. “There has been expression of concern about privacy and ‘garbage Gestapo,’” Roberts said. “It’s clearly not our intent to go to that level.” Staff estimated that about 43 per-

cent of the materials in local trash bins is actually recyclable. The previous plan called for a year of educating residents, with enforcement following in the second year. Enforcement — triggered when more than one-tenth of the garbage receptacle is filled with recyclable (continued on page 10)

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New hotel keen on hip, young guests Hotel development in Palo Alto is looking up — with a new face by Katia Savchuk

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Thomas Madson, principal of Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, stands inside a classroom in May. The first Phoenix graduating class of 21 students will be college freshmen this fall.

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Phoenix Academy’s first grads are college-bound Grueling pace for students, staff at East Palo Alto charter school pays off for the 21 graduates by Chris Kenrick

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small charter school in East Palo Alto celebrates the graduation of its first senior class next month. All 21 seniors at Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto — with few

exceptions the same students who started together as freshmen when the school was founded in 2006 — will head off to four-year colleges this fall. In every case, the students rep-

resent the first generation in their families to go to college. In a community where the high school dropout rate is estimated to be between 50 percent and 70 percent, that alone is considered an achievement. It was earned with the tenacity of students, families and a youthful teaching staff who, students said, would not allow them to fail. “The teachers are always there,” said senior Elizabeth Garcia, who is heading to the University of the Pacific in Stockton. “Even if you didn’t want them to be, they’re just there with

you, emotionally or academically, with problems at home or at school.” Senior Eden Diaz recalled an evening during his junior year when he faced a deadline to apply for a summer engineering program in Wisconsin. “Two teachers stayed here with me until 11 at night helping me apply. They had no reason to be here, but they stayed to help me with my essay,” Diaz said of English teachers Javier Cabra and Joanna Ho. “At this school, we’re treated (continued on page 5)

hen workers put the finishing touches on Palo Alto’s newest hotel at the end of this month, they will install erasable whiteboards, Nintendo Wii systems and a self-service bar operating on an honor system. These are among the features that 30-year-old owner Parimal “Perry” Patel expects will draw hip, young professionals like himself to Hotel Keen, a 42-room boutique hotel that will open downtown. Hotel Keen, at 425 High St., is Palo Alto’s first new hotel in a decade and part of a local spike in hotel development that bucks national trends. It is also a sign of the changing face of hospitality — smaller hotels aimed at younger guests. Patel is not an unlikely candidate to bring an edge to Palo Alto’s hospitality industry. Growing up in Redwood City, he loved his father’s hotel business so much that he helped with laundry and sat behind check-in counters. After studying hotel administration and working for three major hotel brands, he is now the youngest partner at BPR Properties, the Palo Alto-based firm that his father founded more than 35 years ago and which now owns the Crowne Plaza Cabaña and 10 other hotels in the region. Patel speaks quickly, smiles often and — like many of his peers — does not wear a tie. Shortly after joining the company in 2005, he realized that Palo Alto did not have a hotel that catered to travelers his age. BPR did a market analysis and saw an opportunity. “You have a lot of young people and entrepreneurs coming to Palo Alto ... and there’s not really a ho(continued on page 6)

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They had no reason to be here, but they stayed. —Eden Diaz, a senior at Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, on two teachers who stayed until 11 p.m. one night to help him apply for a summer program. See story on page 3.

Around Town SAVED! ... Looks like Palo Alto will keep its code-enforcement officers after all. The officers, who prowl city streets in search of illegal trash piles, tripping hazards, overgrown weeds and other unsightly code violations, were in danger of seeing their two-person team slashed in half under the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011. But the City Council Finance Committee voted unanimously to reject this proposal and restore the codeenforcement position, which is described in detail in the May 7 issue of the Weekly. Since City Manager James Keene unveiled the proposed budget last month, Palo Alto residents have sent council members letters urging them to keep the two positions. “Once people become aware that city codes are not being enforced, this city will be in bad shape,� resident Natalie Fisher wrote in a letter to the council. Councilwoman Karen Holman responded Monday by stating she is “absolutely opposed� to reducing code enforcement. On Tuesday night, the four members of the Finance Committee, Larry Klein, Sid Espinosa, Greg Scharff and Greg Schmid, took a similar stand and voted to take the code-enforcement-officer position off the chopping block. The committee approved all the other recommended cuts in the Planning and Community Environment Department budget, including elimination of three vacant positions and of a building/planning technician position that is currently filled. SCRATCH AND SNIFF? ... Palo Alto’s solid-waste officials are wrestling with an irksome question these days: how to get Palo Altans to stop tossing recyclables into their trash cans without resorting to draconian “garbage police� tactics. On Tuesday, the Public Works Department staff suggested launching a two-year educational campaign about recycling for residential customers and later adding an enforcement component, if needed. Councilman Karen Holman, who was

one of four council members to review the proposal Tuesday night, had another suggestion: Show residents footage of workers sorting trash at Sunnyvale’s SMaRT station, which receives Palo Alto’s garbage. “I used to think my least preferred job was a toll taker,� Holman said at the Policy and Services Committee meeting. “You’re isolated in the booth and take fumes all day. Then I did a tour of the SMaRT station and saw someone sorting recycling from garbage and I thought I would lose it.� She then wondered jokingly if it would be possible to do a “scratch-and-sniff video� of garbage being sorted to encourage residents to sort their recyclables. Staff hasn’t gone that far in its new proposals, though the new educational campaign is likely to include recycle guides, labels for collection carts, advertisements at local papers, a redesigned Zero Waste website and educational sessions with residents. CUTTING DOWN THE TREES ... When trees unexpectedly came down on California Avenue last year, Palo Alto officials found themselves barraged by community criticism and forced to offer a series of apologies and reforms. Apparently, they learned their lesson. This week, City Manager James Keene gave detailed presentations about two upcoming treeremoval operations: the cutting down of six diseased eucalyptus trees at Eleanor Pardee Park and removal and relocation of trees near the Palo Alto Art Center, which is part of broader Art Center renovations. The city’s website now includes a full arborist report for the Pardee Park project, along with before-and-after photos. Keene also said the city will hold a community meeting about the park project after the first three trees have been removed. The Art Center project, meanwhile, which was discussed at a public meeting on Thursday morning, will undergo further review at a June 3 meeting of the Architectural Review Board. ■


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Phoenix Academy

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Phil Winston, currently assistant principal at Gunn High School, will become Palo Alto High School’s new principal in the fall.

New Paly principal believes in perseverance Phil Winston wants to learn school’s traditions ‘for my own well-being’ by Chris Kenrick

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alo Alto High School’s next principal, 33year-old Phil Winston, has “no perfect plan” for tackling the job. Winston, a former special-education teacher and current assistant principal at Gunn High School, said he intends to begin his Paly tenure by getting to know the school community. “I need to get to know people, and I’d ask the same of the community,” Winston said in a recent interview with the Weekly. “There’s tremendous tradition at Paly, and I need to understand that for my own well-being. “My goal is to understand the community, keep it student-centered and maintain the focus that’s been achieved over the years.” In his small, tidy office at Gunn, Winston keeps a shelf full of administrative manuals, a whiteboard full of unintelligible scrawls, and a bulletin board containing a color photo from a Milpitas newspaper featuring his two children, Conner, 7, and Meghan, 3, at play. Adjacent is a tacked-up quotation from 18thcentury English Parliamentarian and abolitionist Thomas Foxwell Buxton: “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” Talent aside, his perseverance stands out. Growing up in Milpitas, he worked summers as a gardener and custodian through a city program and graduated from Milpitas High School. With a four-year college financially out of reach, Winston attended Mission College, working as he studied. He transferred to California State University at Hayward (now Cal State East Bay), where he earned a degree in psychology. He took classes in marriage and family therapy — an interest at the time — but switched to teaching as he approached graduation. “I’d always had a real desire and passion for working with people, particularly young adults,” he said. “It wasn’t until the end of college when I realized the power of a teacher, and that’s when I decided I was going to try to do that.”

Winston said he was drawn to special education after witnessing “the power of some good interventions” on a person close to him. He found a program at Santa Clara University that allowed him to do supervised, paid internships while earning a teaching credential. He did his student teaching in his hometown of Milpitas. “I worked to pay my way through school, and it changes the value of education when you’re able to do that,” he said. “You value the product, and the product is the work you put into it. “I went into junior college (Mission) very focused, with my mind set on where I was going to go. I took advantage of the great price that was there, and got in and out as quickly as I could.” Winston taught special education for six years in Milpitas and for a year at JLS Middle School. “A piece of my heart” always will remain in special ed, he said. But after just a year in Palo Alto, Winston was promoted to become dean of students at Gunn. “I thought it was a perfect opportunity for my skill set, an opportunity to deal with a larger group of students with a more diverse base,” he said of his move into administration. Asked to elaborate on his skill set, Winston said, “I’m a great listener, a good problem solver and I enjoy shared decision-making. And I do a good job of keeping things student-centered.” “Student-centered” means “continuing to process decisions and how the school functions based on what is best for our students in all areas — academics, student life, culture, social, emotional, guidance, support and extracurricular activities,” he said. “It also means supporting teachers and support staff in every way so they can continue to do exceptional work on our students’ behalf.” Winston declined to comment on the “egg wars,” an October 2009 egg fight among Paly students that occurred on the Gunn campus, (continued on page 11)

more like individuals instead of like a number in a bigger school.” Diaz got into the program in Wisconsin, which he attended, and will begin college this fall at the University of Arizona. Phoenix Academy is run by Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit group that operates 21 schools in California, serving more than 6,000 students. Phoenix began in 2006 when teachers at Aspire’s high-performing K-8 East Palo Alto Charter School got tired of their graduates disappearing into various campuses of the Sequoia Union High School District. “We’d been concerned and confused about what was happening to our kids when they left eighth grade,” Phoenix co-founder Thomas Madson said. “We had no way to track their progress or find out whether they went to college unless they came back and talked to us.” In March 2006 Madson, who was viceprincipal at the K-8 school, and then-math teacher Nick Romagnolo invited eighthgrade parents to a meeting. “We offered three options,” Madson recalled. “We said, ‘We can send them to Sequoia and let them be on their own; we can host an after-school tutorial every day to help them with homework and make sure they’re on track; or we can open a school focused on academics and getting prepared for college.’ “One parent stood up and said opening a school was the only option. She said if we didn’t start a school, her daughter wouldn’t graduate from high school.” Madson and Romagnolo approached the Ravenswood City School District for a charter, eventually obtaining charter status from the Sequoia Union High School District. They opened a makeshift “campus” that fall in a classroom leased from Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW), and since have moved to an old warehouse on Bay Road. Seniors who will graduate next month recalled the early days. “My parents wanted me to go to this school because the teachers would push us and keep us on track. They were strict,” senior Jose Gavan said. “I wanted to go to a regular high school. I didn’t want to come here at all because it was too much pressure, too much work. I just wanted to slack off.” He said it wasn’t until his junior year that he really wanted to be at Phoenix. He will attend California State University at Chico this fall. The going has been tough for students and teachers alike, and Phoenix’s preliminary results on standardized tests are not nearly as good as its sister K-8 charter. The school’s 2009 API score was 674, well below those of other schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, which range from 740 at Sequoia High School to 827 at Carlmont High School. But Administrator Mike Berman said those results, for bureaucratic reasons, reflect the scores of only 16 of the school’s 80 students. “If you include all of our students from the 2008-2009 school year, our actual API was 788,” Berman said. The average 2009 API score for all California high schools was 714. A year-old report from the San Mateo County Grand Jury said, “Given the relatively brief time in operation for (Phoenix

Academy), meaningful data are not available to assess academic progress at the school.” Seniors tell of the dreaded “Thursday Think Tank,” where students who have missed assignments are required to go to complete all missed work, for which no credit is given. The sessions, with teacher supervision, can run until 11 p.m., and then students must go home and complete their regular homework for that night. “It’s to teach us a lesson, like, ‘Do your homework or else you’re going to have to stay late and not get credit for it,’” said senior Michael Timmons, also headed for Cal State Chico. If a student is absent, “they call everywhere to find where you are,” senior Alma Vazquez said. “They have all the phone numbers — cousins, aunts, uncles — to make sure you’re not skipping school.” When it came to college applications, teachers were there for everything, said senior Carla Hernandez, who heads to Wheelock College in Boston this fall. They obtained free test-prep classes for Phoenix, assisted with financial-aid applications and with college applications. Teachers celebrated when every one of the 21 seniors was admitted to at least one fouryear college. Teacher Joanna Ho, who begins her days at 7 or 7:30 a.m. and often stays on campus until late in the evening, described working at Phoenix as her “dream job.” A graduate of Palo Alto High School and the University of Pennsylvania, with a teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Ho joined the staff after working at Beechwood School, a private elementary school in eastern Menlo Park. “I love that this is a new school, and I couldn’t think of a better staff to work with,” she said. She has imported to Phoenix some features of her Paly education — including a week-long Yosemite trip and a mock trial based on the students’ reading of “The Crucible.” “I want to teach and work particularly in an underprivileged community where the educational opportunities are much, much different from the ones I had,” she said. However, Ho — who recently became engaged — acknowledged that the work is draining. “I’ll go home at night and do work for several hours. And kids will call at night, on weekends. It’s pretty time-consuming.” The school, located on Bay near Pulgas Avenue, runs nearly year-round, with about a month off in summer. Planning is underway for a new campus targeted to open in the fall of 2011, with support from major donors. As a handful of seniors gathered a few weeks before graduation, the mood was wistful. “Our whole school is more like a family, which keeps us from all going our separate ways,” Gavan said. Gavan is among nine of graduates heading for Chico this fall. Another three are going to the University of Arizona and two to California State University at Monterey Bay. “The idea of going far away was a great thing until the reality of what that actually meant set in,” Administrator Berman said. “This whole thing has been a process for us, figuring out how to balance those things. It’s exciting but also scary. I’m confident of all of you doing well on those campuses,” he told the seniors. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊ£{]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 5


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Parimel “Perry” Patel stands on the roof of Hotel Keen, a new downtown Palo Alto hotel that caters to a young, hip clientele, slated to open this month.

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tel that can complement that lifestyle unless you want luxury hotels. There’s no fun place,” he said. Patel drew on his own preferences to create a hotel for savvy, young guests who want service that is — like the hotel’s name — “practical, efficient and concise.” Hotel Keen replaces a check-in counter with a personal concierge who will usher patrons directly to their rooms. (“The process of checking in is a barrier,” Patel finds.) Bagged meals will be available for guests on the go. Long-term business travelers who go home on weekends will find their own toiletries set up in their rooms when they return Monday morning. The hotel’s design also gets to the point. Backlit mirrors, under-bed storage spaces and built-in desks make the most of the 200-squarefoot rooms — at any rate, the type of guests Keen hopes to attract “mostly feel comfortable working off their beds,” Patel said. Conceived by the firm of minimalist-minded Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, the hotel’s furnishings stick to contemporary pieces and a white, black and purple palette. Keen is not all work and no play, however. When guests are not on their Wiis, Patel hopes they will come down for a glass of wine. “We redefine what a traditional lobby should be,” he explained. “Our lobby area is a place to congregate and hang out.” Hotel Keen replaces the low-income, residential Palo Alto Hotel, which BPR Properties bought for $4.5 million in 2008. It has taken one-and-a-half years and more than $1.4 million, according to city documents, to transform the run-down, dorm-like facility (some floors had shared bathrooms) into a trendy “concept” hotel. Patel anticipates that Hotel Keen will have no problem attracting business. “June will be a good month,” he

predicted. “I don’t foresee that the ramp-up time will be very long.” He is not the only one giving a vote of confidence to Palo Alto’s lagging hotel industry lately. Hotel development is on the rise for the first time in 10 years with three new hotels in the pipeline. The City Council approved a 143-room hotel near the Baylands and a 167-room Hilton property at the site of Palo Alto Bowl in the last six months, although construction on the second project may not begin for several years. The Westin Hotel recently submitted preliminary plans for a 44-room adjunct to its El Camino location. (Stanford University had proposed a hotel as part of plans to expand the Stanford Shopping Center in 2007 but withdrew the proposal last year.) Palo Alto’s development boom is atypical. Nationally, planning or construction of new hotels dropped by almost 40 percent in the last year, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. President Joe McInerney does not expect it to pick up until at least 2012. Lynn Mohrfeld, president of the California Hotel & Lodging Association, explained: “It’s really a combination of a soft economy in which hotel rates are suppressed, which in turn makes the feasibility of the development more challenging, and a lack of any available financing.” The anomalous building wave in Palo Alto may reflect rising demand for hotel rooms. While occupancy rates for the city’s 1,830 rooms fell by 10 percent last year, Palo Alto lost fewer visitors than the regional average, and occupancy levels have been edging upward since February 2009, according to a report from the planning department. Developers are “realizing that there is some more demand, particularly with Stanford Hospital expanding and ... increased tourism interest in Silicon Valley and Palo Alto and Stanford specifically,” city planning director Curtis Williams said. Business has been looking up this year at the Crowne Plaza, as group

and corporate travelers have slowly returned, Patel said. “The market has seen its worst,” he said. “I think we’re out of the lull.” Boutique hotels are part of the gradual rejuvenation of the industry. “There has definitely been an expansion of the boutique hotel category” in California, Mohrfeld said. Nationally, the average size of new hotels is only 103 rooms, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The trend towards smaller “lifestyle” hotels aimed at younger guests has to do with supply and demand. “Most places have big-box hotels. ... It isn’t that they’re going out of style, it’s just enough of them that are out there,” McInerney said. At the same time, the customer base is changing. “There are a lot more young people out there traveling today, and they want to have something that’s a little more suited to their liking than their father’s Chevrolet,” he said. “Pool tables in the lobby, game areas ... places where people can sit and talk and have refreshments, and computer banks.” As travel picks up, visitors will also be more cautious of rates and forgo luxury options for places like Hotel Keen, where nightly rates will range from $145 to $175, Patel predicts. Developers who want a piece of the pie in Palo Alto are finding that financing is still a challenge, however. Reliance on their own funds to finance development costs, a conservative investment strategy, and a hands-on, “A-to-Z” approach helped BPR Properties break through Palo Alto’s high barriers to entry, Patel said. McInerney predicts it will take two to three years before finance for new construction becomes available nationally. N Editorial Intern Katia Savchuk can be emailed at ksavchuk@ paweekly.com.


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Online This Week

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.

EPA police chief Davis a finalist for Seattle job East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis came one step closer Tuesday night to getting the Seattle police chief’s job. (Posted April 12 at 1:06 p.m.)

Water board may scrap redistricting plan After a flurry of opposition and a threatened lawsuit from the City of Gilroy, the Santa Clara Valley Water District agreed Tuesday morning to reconsider its newly adopted redistricting scheme that lumps Palo Alto and Gilroy into the same district. (Posted May 12 at 12:02 p.m.)

Despite reviews, district defends new math text Despite mixed reviews from parents and teachers, Palo Alto school officials Tuesday said they have had “a tremendous year� in implementing a new elementary mathematics curriculum. (Posted May 12 at 9:54 a.m.)

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2,000 Palo Alto homes hit by dawn power outage A weakened wooden pin that holds a powerline insulator snapped early Tuesday morning and caused a power outage affecting about 2,000 homes from Midtown to Downtown Palo Alto. (Posted May 11 at 9:52 a.m.)

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Palo Alto prepares for $60M library-bond sale Palo Alto is preparing to sell $60 million in library bonds later this month to fund voter-approved renovations of three city libraries. (Posted May 10 at 9:50 a.m.)

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College Terrace Library set for fall opening The College Terrace Library is scheduled to open on time after all after a City Council committee shot down on Thursday night a proposal to keep the branch closed until summer of 2011 to save money in a tough budget year. (Posted May 7 at 8:55 a.m.)

Three stores cited for selling booze to a minor Three adults at three different stores were cited in Menlo Park last Saturday (May 1) for allegedly selling alcohol to a minor as part of a decoy operation that tested 17 locations, police announced Thursday. (Posted May 7 at 6:26 a.m.)

               

         

    

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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 10)

Recycling Center: The council accepted a feasibility study for a 2.4-acre site west of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant and discussed a proposal to build a new recycling center, hazardous-waste storage facility and resource-recovery center at the site. The council also approved a staff recommendation to perform an environmental assessment for the proposed facilities. Yes: Unanimous Library bonds: The commission approved a staff request to sell $60 million in bonds for the library-reconstruction project approved by voters in November 2008 Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (May 11)

Curriculum: The board heard a progress report on implementation of new math textbooks in grades K-12. Action: None Construction: The board heard a presentation on “schematic designs� for an $8.3 million renovation project at Terman Middle School. Action: None

City Council Finance Committee (May 11)

Community services: The committee voted to support staff recommendations for budget reductions in the Community Services Department, including new parking fees at Foothills Park, the Baylands and the Arastradero Preserve, and cost-recovery measures for the Palo Alto Art Center and the Children’s Theatre. Yes: Unanimous Planning Department: The committee agreed to accept staff recommendations for budget reductions in the Planning and Community Environment Department, but voted to restore the code-enforcement-officer position that was pegged for elimination in the proposed budget. Yes: Unanimous

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‘At some point, folks need to come to grips with the fact that this isn’t just the case of isolated concerns or misguided complaints or rampant NIMBYism.’

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The audit concluded that the rail project has suffered from poor planning, inadequate risk assessment and a flawed business plan — mistakes that could result in major delays, cost overruns or even an incomplete system. “At some point, folks need to come to grips with the fact that this isn’t just the case of isolated concerns or misguided complaints or rampant NIMBY-ism,� Simitian said. “They are real and legitimate concerns and they need to be addressed (continued on page 12)

Capital program: The commission discussed the city’s capital program for fiscal years 2011-15 and concluded that it’s consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Garber, Tuma, Keller, Tanaka, Fineberg, Lippert Absent: Martinez

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Comprehensive Plan: The City Council held a joint session with the commission to discuss the city’s ongoing update of its Comprehensive Plan. The council and the commission discussed the Housing Element chapter in the Comprehensive Plan and the city’s effort to meet the housing requirements set by the Association of Bay Area Governments. The council then took a series of votes to give staff and the commission direction. The council voted unanimously to accept a “bottom up� approach for identifying potential housing sites in the city. The council also voted to have staff reconsider the city’s 50-foot height limit for buildings, focusing on sites within half a mile of fixed rail and within a quarter mile of El Camino Real. Yes: Burt, Scharff, Price, Shepherd, Schmid No: Klein, Holman Absent: Espinosa, Yeh

City Council High-Speed Rail Committee (May 13)

Guiding principles: The committee discussed its organizational structure and recommended revisions to the city’s guiding principles on high-speed rail. The City Council is scheduled to consider the proposed guiding principles on May 18. Yes: Klein, Burt, Shepherd Absent: Price

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CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council plans to hold a study session with the Youth Council to discuss youth issues. The council also plans to hold a public hearing on proposed assessments on the Palo Alto Business Improvement District; consider changing its agreement with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System; discuss the city’s guiding principles for high-speed rail; and consider a formation of an Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Committee. The study session with the Youth Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. or as soon as possible after the study session. CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hold hearings on the proposed 2011 budget for the Police and Fire departments. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider the city’s comments for the Alternative Analysis released by the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the rail line. The commission also plans to consider a conditional-use permit that would allow dental offices at 2345 Yale St. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on World Music Day; discuss its Diversity and Inclusion Project; and discuss a proposal to have a student participate in commission meetings. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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CITY COUNCIL HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The commission plans to continue its discussion of the proposed high-speed rail project and the recent studies released by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss the Stanford University Medical Center hospital-expansion project and a proposal for a two-story office and retail building at 524 Hamilton Ave. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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goods — would have included several notices before the city issued a fine and, in the most extreme cases, suspended its garbage-collection service. Staff’s revised plan, which was presented to the committee Tuesday night, calls for education first. After two years, staff would evaluate the program’s results and, if needed, return to the council to discuss a possible enforcement mechanism. Even the education component, however, would entail some quick glances by garbage collectors into the containers they pick up. According to a new report from the Public Works Department, this is not any different from what garbage collectors do now. “Garbage and recycling drivers currently perform a cursory visual check of garbage and recyclables containers to make sure they don’t contain prohibited material (e.g. hazardous materials, contaminants in recycling carts),� the report states. “If prohibited materials are observed, the collector leaves a tag describing the issue and the corrective action required. “The feedback process for personalized education would merely be an extension of this current activity — garbage collectors will just look at what can be seen when they open the container to take it to the truck for dumping. “It will not involve opening garbage bags or auditing garbage,� the report adds in underlined text. Commercial customers, meanwhile, would face greater pressure to comply, according to the new recycling ordinance. Staff estimated that only 55 percent of the city’s commercial customers currently recycle and recommended creating a “compliance component� for these customers in the ordinance, which is expected to be reviewed by the City Council in late summer or early fall. The compliance component for commercial customers would include four steps, including two notices, a fine of up to $50 and, ultimately, curtailing of garbage collection. Staff proposed focusing on education in the first year of the ordinance and implementing the enforcement mechanism for commercial customers in the second year. The council committee was generally supportive of the staff proposal, with Chair Yiaway Yeh and Councilwoman Gail Price advocating more positive incentives for complying. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd wondered if the enforcement component for residents could be put in place sooner. But Rene Eyerly, the city’s solidwaste manager, said the message staff received from city residents was clear: They do not want garbage collectors looking through their garbage and issuing tickets. “We did back off because of so many people with strong concerns,� Eyerly said. “They felt they still need more education.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

Former Palo Alto Mayor and longtime City Council member Gary Fazzino has been tentatively diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a “highly treatable� form of bone-marrow leukemia. “But I’m certainly not at death’s door,� he said in response to some reports in the community. And “it’s not a final final diagnosis,� he added. Fazzino, who has served multiple terms on the council since he originally hosted KZSU broadcasts of council meetings in the 1970s, underwent back surgery last week for compression fractures of two vertebrae. He said he is feeling significantly better following the surgery after suffering serious pain earlier. There is “a strong possibility� the fractures Gary Fazzino may be related to the disease, he said. Fazzino said that he also had pneumonia, apparently unrelated to the myeloma beyond inactivity and lowered resistance. He said he is continuing with treatments for the myeloma, but has a positive outlook and knows people in town “who have lived 10, 20 or 30 years� with the condition. He said he is getting strong support from his wife, Annette, and “we have the best patient care anywhere in this area.� He said he will continue working as vice president for government affairs at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, and expects to see their twins, Julia and Matthew, who turn 3 in June, graduate from college. N — Jay Thorwaldson

Settlement in landmark Channing House case Sally Herriot, a 91-year-old Palo Alto woman who sued Channing House senior community for the right to remain in her private apartment rather than being moved to assisted living, has reached a settlement with the senior-care facility, according to court papers. Under the settlement agreement, Herriot will move out of her independent-living unit no later than June 1. She will pay all costs associated with moving and at her new living accommodations outside of the care facility. The order was signed March 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose. In August 2006, Channing House officials sought to move Herriot from her apartment to assisted living, where she would share a hospitallike room with another resident. Channing House officials said she could no longer care for herself without assistance. But Herriot had hired private caregivers at no expense to Channing House so that she could remain in her comfortable apartment and did not want to be removed from her surroundings. N — Sue Dremann

Palo Alto council members may take pay cuts Seeking to send the community a sober message about Palo Alto’s budget woes, a City Council committee agreed last week to trim the council’s salaries by 10 percent. The council’s Finance Committee voted 3 to 1 last Thursday, with Chairman Greg Schmid dissenting, to take the cut — a move that’s expected to save the city close to $7,000. Each council member earns a $7,200 salary, while the mayor and vice mayor earn more than $8,000. While the council’s self-imposed cut does little to close Palo Alto’s projected deficit of $7.3 million in the fiscal year 2011, council members agreed that it’s the right thing to do in a year when other labor groups are also being asked to make concessions. The full council will have to approve the committee’s recommendation before it’s officially enacted. The council also voted to reduce its budget for “general expense,� a category that funds its travel budget, special events funding and award ceremonies, from $47,455 to $30,000. N — Gennady Sheyner

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damaging athletic facilities there. In response, Paly Principal Jacquie McEvoy issued suspensions, many of which later were rescinded. The incident led to some parents openly protesting McEvoy’s discipline style. It was one of several situations that created a prickly relationship with students and faculty, although she is credited with spearheading an effective campus-planning process for future improvements. She had strong defenders as well as critics among parents. McEvoy announced in January she would resign June 30, “with a bittersweet heart,� she said in a message to the school community. Winston did not answer directly when asked about unconfirmed reports on the Town Square forum that he has confiscated student cell phones to view call records. “I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that everything we do is based on student health and safety,� he said. “If it has to do with health and safety then we will do that. “Sometimes what students see as an invasion of their privacy is really in their best interests.� Winston typically begins his days with a jog around his neighborhood in Milpitas, where he lives with his wife, Anna, a third-grade teacher in the Milpitas school district, and their two children. The couple met as juniors in a Milpitas High School Spanish class that, coincidentally, was taught by Janet Urbina — now a teacher at Paly. Winston’s mother-in-law, Marsha Grilli, currently chairs the board of the Milpitas Unified School District. Having worked closely at Gunn with Gunn’s newly named principal, Katya Villalobos, Winston said he hopes for more collaboration between the two high schools in the future. “We’re a unified school district, and this is a wonderful time in the history of Palo Alto to enhance our collaborative work,� he said. “Katya is easy to work with and I think we’re going to do good work for both schools. I’m not exactly sure how or why, but it’s exciting.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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directors. The auditor’s office found that many of these reports contained erroneous information. “We saw that those monthly progress reports were inaccurate and that inconsistent information was being sent to the authority,� State Auditor Elaine Howle told the committee. Howle said her office reviewed 22 invoices and found that 20 had problems of some sort. She said her office was very concerned by the authority’s process for keeping track of invoices. “When you sample 22 invoices and you have concerns about 20, that’s huge,� Howle told the committee. “Usually, you’d expect an error rate that’s very small.� All three senators voiced disappointment about the facts uncovered by the state auditor. Huff, the lone Republican in the trio, said if the rail authority doesn’t provide good answers in 60 days the agency would see his tone change as he becomes more adversarial to the project. Lowenthal said he will continue

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sooner rather than later. “We are getting very close to a point where if there’s no significant changes and improvements in the way business is done, I will no longer be able to call myself a supporter of ‘high-speed-rail done right,’� Simitian added. “Once members start to back away in such a way, I think it puts the project in great jeopardy.� The Senate committee, which also includes senators Alan Lowenthal and Bob Huff, gave the authority 60 days to bring back more details about the rail authority’s financial contracts. The three senators were troubled by the auditor’s findings that the authority frequently approved payments to contractors without verifying that the work was completed. The authority’s program manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, is charged with providing monthly reports to the agency’s board of

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Nancy Aderhold Nancy Freeda Paul Aderhold, 76, died April 25 at home in Palo Alto, Calif. She was born May 2, 1933, in Memphis, Tenn., to Erman and Edna Paul. She developed an appreciation for Southern culture while in Memphis and was the youngest of four daughters. The Paul family moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1944, and then to Las Cruces, N.M., in 1948, where she met her future husband, Jon Aderhold, while they were sophomores in high school. He became captain of the football team and she was a cheerleader. They were engaged in 1951, the summer after high school graduation, and were married April 2, 1953. She became the bookkeeper at New Mexico State University, where Jon was an engineering student. Their son, William Randolph Aderhold, was born in Las Cruces on Nov. 27, 1954. They lived in married-student housing until Jon graduated in 1956. Jon was commissioned an Army Second Lieutenant and sent to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for training. Their daughter, Brenda Lee Aderhold, was born on July 30, 1957, at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army hospital. The family moved to San Diego, Calif., where she began her own college and university education. Over the years, she studied at San Diego State University, UC Riverside, Foothill College, San Jose State University (earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Science) and UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree of master’s degree in Social Welfare in 1977. She became a geriatric social worker, then Director of Social Welfare at Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto. She loved travel and adventure. Over the years, with Jon and alone, she visited Mexico, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, Australia, China, Japan and many other places. She loved people and conversation. She had a strong faith in God and a lively curiosity. She enjoyed music, films, fine food, good wine and gourmet cooking.

Sylvia Bancroft Sylvia Bancroft, 93, a resident of Menlo Park, died May 8. She was director of the Humane Education Network in Menlo Park and a longtime advocate for the humane treatment of animals. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Bancroft. A memorial service is pending.

Leo Holub Leo Holub, 93, founder of Stanford’s photography program, died

April 27. He was born in Decatur, Ark., and lived in Stillwell, Okla., and Oakland, Calif., before attending the Art Institute of Chicago and California School of Fine Arts. He was a ship’s rigger for the Navy during World War II. After the war, he worked as a book designer and illustrator, press foreman and architectural designer. His first teaching job was at California School of Fine Arts in 1956, but it was not until 1969 that he

taught his first class at Stanford University. He founded the university’s photography program the same year, after his exhibit of photographs of Stanford students caught the eyes of students and administrators. A popular teacher, he retired in 1980. Stanford established a photography award in his name in 1994 and published two books of his work. In retirement he spent 10 years traveling across the country to photograph more than 100 artists in their studios. The Smithsonian Archives of American Art began collecting his prints in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Florence of San Francisco; two sons, Jan of Grass Valley and Eric of San Francisco; and a brother, Richard of Grass Valley. A memorial service is pending.

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.!4(!,)%*"!+%2 Nathalie Baker, 81, passed away in her Palo Alto home on April 22, after a 53-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She was born and raised in Kansas. Nathalie graduated from Bethany College in Great Bend, KS, with a BA degree in Music. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota honorary society. Nathalie later earned a Masters in Education from University of Arizona. It was there she met her husband of 55 years, David. She taught elementary school in Arizona for several years before she and David moved to California in 1962. They lived in their Palo Alto home for 46 years. Nathalie loved music, and was an established pianist and soloist. She sang in many choirs over the years. She was a member of the American Association of University Women for over 30 years. She belonged to the Spanish Conversation and Music Appreciation Groups. She participated in a Spanish Conversation class through Palo Alto Adult Education for many years, and also participated in the De Anza college Adapted P.E. program for 28 years. Nathalie enjoyed listening to opera music, playing Scrabble, and watching or listening to Oakland As games. She enjoyed her many pets. She was also a great cook. Loved ones remember Nathalie’s kindness, calmness and great sense of humor. Despite her health problems, she maintained a cheerful and optimistic disposition. Nathalie is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Lisa, her husband Earl, and step-daughter, Taylor; brothers Wayne & Dale, and their respective wives Emma Mae & Dolores; nieces and nephews Baron, Delora, Karen, Kyle, Leslie and Fonda, and their spouses and children. A memorial service will be held on May 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Brown Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto. In lieu of owers, please help ďŹ nd a cure for MS by donating to the UCSF Medical Foundation/Multiple Sclerosis, P.O. Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94134-0248. PA I D

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May 4-11 Violence related Assault and battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Hit and run/no injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING May 17, 2010 – 6:00 PM COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM

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Menlo Park Violence related Assault w/a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . .1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Auto burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .8 Hit and run/property damage . . . . . . . . .2 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Narcotics registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hazard materials spill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Recovered stolen property . . . . . . . . . . .2 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

VIOLENT CRIMES

Draft Agenda 1. Welcome/ Introductions 2. Overview of HST Project and Alternatives Analysis Report 3. Presentation of Preliminary Findings of Peer Review of Alternatives Analysis 4. Open Discussion 5. Closing Remarks

Selection of Candidates to be Interviewed for the Human Relations Commission 3. Proclamation Recognizing May as Mental Health Month 4. Termination of NCPA Natural Gas Procurement Program Third Phase Agreement and New Facilities Agreement Scheduled for Fuel Procurement 5. 2nd Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance Approving and Adopting a Plan for Improvements to the Nolte Property Addition to Mitchell Park (First reading May 3, 2010 – Passed 9-0) 6. 2nd Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Section 2.30.360 (Exemptions from Competitive Solicitation Requirements) of Title 2 (Administrative Code) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code Regarding Contracts and Purchasing Procedures (First reading May 3, 2010 – Passed 9-0) 7. Appointments to the Historic Resources Board for Three Terms Ending on May 31, 2013 8. Public Hearing: to Hear Objections to the Levy of Proposed Assessments on the Palo Alto Downtown Business Improvement District and Adoption of a Resolution Confirming the Report of the Advisory Board and Levying an Assessment for Fiscal Year 2011 on the Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District. 9. Adoption of (1) Resolution of Intent and (2) Ordinance to Amend the Contract Between the Board OF Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS) and the City of Palo Alto to Implement California Government Code Section 20475 (2.0% @ 60 Full Formula) Providing a Second Tier of Different Level of Benefits for New Miscellaneous Employees 10. High Speed Rail 11. Policy and Services Committee recommendation to the City Council to form a Blue Ribbon Infrastructure Committee 12. Colleagues Memo from Council Members Shepherd and Schmid regarding City Investment Policy (Item continued from 5/10/10) The Palo Alto Public Improvement Corporation Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, regarding: 1) Approval of 2008-09 Public Improvement Corporation Financial Statements

STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The City Council Appointed Officers Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, May 17, at 5:45 p.m., regarding: 1) Recommendation for City Council Approval of Council Appointed Officer (CAO) Evaluation Consultant Contract with Sherry L. Lund and Associate in the Amount of $26,000 (Subject to Potential $2,000 Discount). The Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. regarding: 1) Budget Hearings for Police, Fire, and Administrative Services Department The High Speed Rail Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊ£{]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 15


Editorial Rich Gordon for Assembly Neither Kishimoto nor Becker come close to matching Gordon’s extensive experience and proven effectiveness at a statewide level onsidering the mess awaiting the successful state Assembly candidate in November, it is surprising to see such diversity and passion among the three seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 8 election. Facing unprecedented budget deficits, extreme partisanship and two-thirds voting requirements that create impasses on any controversial issue, state government in California has become virtually dysfunctional. While the Peninsula is well served by termed-out Assemblyman Ira Ruskin and state Senator Joe Simitian, the grip of party leaders and resulting partisanship makes for a rough-and-tumble Sacramento that is more often gridlocked than not. In this atmosphere, it is tempting to recommend the candidate that is made from the most different mold, Josh Becker. Becker, 40, has law and business degrees from Stanford and describes himself as a “green-energy entrepreneur.” He has engaged in numerous policy issues relating to the environment and education and started the Full Circle Fund, whose members give money and donate time to help local nonprofits focused on these areas. He has an impressive list of donors and supporters that extend deeply into the entrepreneurial fabric of Silicon Valley. Becker is so passionate about clean-technology and its ability to drive California’s economy out of recession that it’s difficult to glean specifics from him on the immediate challenges facing the state, such as how we deal with the $21 billion budget deficit. His only idea for further reducing state spending was to stop work on planning for new prisons. It is hard to imagine how someone with his drive and idealism wouldn’t get to Sacramento and quickly be drained of enthusiasm in the face of the frustrations of a slow-moving government in need of so many institutional reforms. Former Palo Alto City Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto, 54, believes she represents the future of California. Having emigrated from Japan as a child, learning English and later getting her MBA from Stanford and starting her own consulting business, Kishimoto is an example of the growing role immigrants are playing in shaping the future direction of California. Her elected experience, however, is limited to her eight years on the City Council, during which she championed quality-oflife environmental issues such as protecting neighborhoods, encouraging sustainability practices and addressing climate change on a local level. While always prepared and armed with a long list of questions for staff on issues before the council, she never demonstrated an ability to lead her colleagues toward creative solutions on complex issues. She has done a good job of organizing Peninsula cities into a cohesive voice on high-speed rail concerns. By contrast to both Becker and Kishimoto, Rich Gordon has a much broader command of the issues facing the state and what must happen to restore a functioning state government. He has a 12-year track record of crafting legislative solutions to problems and building needed coalitions on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, as well as statewide through his involvement in the supervisors’ association. And as executive director of the nonprofit Youth & Family Assistance he was actually responsible for delivering services in response to community needs. Gordon shares Becker and Kishimoto’s environmental concerns and goals, but he is more pragmatic and politically astute to how they can be accomplished. He puts a high priority on the need to reform the way state government works, including repealing the two-thirds requirement for approving the state budget, easing term limits, creating open primaries and tightening the initiative process. Reflecting his consensus-building style, Gordon has support across the political spectrum from people who have been impressed by his ability to reach out to adversaries and craft solutions to difficult problems. Although he enjoys union support in the race, he supports reform of the public-employee pension system and supported the two-tier system currently in place in San Mateo County. For those most concerned about the High Speed Rail project, Gordon is the most knowledgeable of the three candidates and advocates that the legislature implement a new oversight structure for the governing board with greater transparency and local representation. Rich Gordon is the only candidate with the knowledge and experience to be immediately effective in Sacramento, and that is what will be needed to address successfully the serious problems in California. We strongly recommend his election to the state Assembly.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Code enforcement cuts Editor, In response to the news that Palo Alto plans to eliminate one of its two code-enforcement officers (Weekly, May 7), such enforcement is more than complaining about someone’s junky yard. Complaints to code enforcement are residents’ recourse when, for instance, a developer doesn’t perform on their legal agreement with the city to provide certain “public benefits” to residents in exchange for being granted plannedcommunity zoning, allowing bigger, more dense development and vastly bigger profits. I have found that it is not uncommon for residents to never see their hard-negotiated public benefits, and code enforcement is an avenue for at least some redress. To have laws without a means or people to enforce them is ridiculous and only hurts Palo Alto residents. We need more, not fewer, codeenforcement officers, and should not be laying off either of the two we now have. They may need to be more effective and efficient, but that can be addressed. Furthermore, we need serious penalties for a developer who doesn’t perform, and a much more careful drafting of Planned Community agreements in the first place – but that is another subject. If anyone thinks enforcement of our city law doesn’t matter, then let’s go ahead and lay-off all our police officers and save tons and tons of money. After all, if we are going to shoot ourselves in our foot, why do it right? Winter Dellenbach La Para Avenue, Palo Alto

Traffic safety for kids Editor, I urge the Palo Alto City Council to preserve funding in the 2011 budget for the Palo Alto Police Department (PAPD) Traffic Team and the adult crossing guards. Eliminating these crucial safety resources will endanger our children. Imagine this scenario: The City Council approves the 2011 budget eliminating all adult crossing guards, saving $345,000, and the entire PAPD Traffic Team, saving $894,000. Total savings: $1,239,000. Crossing guards and the PAPD Traffic Team disappear. School begins. A girl walking to Fairmeadow is injured when a car makes a right turn on red without stopping at an intersection that used to be staffed by a crossing guard. She is hospitalized with a concussion and broken leg. This accident would have been prevented by crossing guard. A boy riding his bike down East Meadow Drive to JLS is hit by speeding car. He is thrown from the bike and killed on impact. If the PAPD Traffic Team had been pa-

trolling, this driver might have been pulled over and ticketed before this tragedy occurred. Was the boy’s life worth the $1.2 million saved? Was the physical and mental harm sustained by the injured girl worth the savings? What about the increased anxiety in the parent/ student community?

Do we want to risk our children’s safety in order to save $1.2 million? I say NO. I urge the council to put our kids’ safety first and fully fund the adult crossing guards and PAPD Traffic Team. Audrey S. Garfield, parent Tanland Drive, Palo Alto

This week on Town Square Posted May 13 by Gerald Fisher, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood: There is a good solution to most Midpeninsula high-speed-rail issues: Select a different path. Why not the 280 corridor? It could be at ground level and save billions. It wouldn’t need public transportation at the interconnection and the local traffic will be better served by private natural-gaspowered vans/cabs.... It would retain Caltrain and eliminate the complications/expense of interference with the Caltrain electrification plan and the Union Pacific issue.

Posted May 12 by David, a resident of another community: Palo Alto should follow the lead of Mountain View and close all but one library and concentrate ... resources there. To serve other portions of the community, get a bookmobile ... and schedule visits to other parts of Palo Alto. The libraries also need to stop staffing on weekends using overtime. ... This is an abuse to the labor rules to get extra pay for the library staff. The library ... administrators know the libraries will be open, yet they only staff with overtime? Allow flexible staffing and change staff days off so they are required to work weekends. ...

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Guest Opinion What’s in that drink? We need alcohol-labeling laws to tell by Lisa Frederiksen here is a relatively new drink on the market. It’s called “four Loko” and it is especially popular with young people. It’s advertised as a “caffeinated alcoholic beverage” and comes in a 23.5-ounce can in a variety of fruit flavors, such as watermelon, lemonade and blue raspberry. They begin to taste like harmless sodas. What most consumers may not know is that one “four Loko” drink contains almost five standard drinks. Five! For several years I’ve been giving presentations on alcohol-related issues to a wide variety of groups in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area and statewide. My main topic was sharing 21st century brain research, especially new findings and science-based answers on why and how alcohol affects the brain and what it is that causes a person to lose control of their drinking. Time and again, attendees — especially young people — are struck by one of the reasons: measuring alcohol consumption is less about the number of glasses than it is about the number of “standard drinks” in each glass. A standard drink is usually 5 ounces of table wine, 12 ounces of regular beer, 3.3 ounces of champagne or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Thus, a Long Island Iced Tea at one location could contain two or three standard drinks; a vodka on the rocks at another could put a woman into the binge-drinking category; and a “four Loko,” well. ... Additionally, most people do not know what

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“safe” or “moderate” drinking is all about. No labels; no wonder. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism identifies safe or moderate drinking limits as follows: For women, seven standard drinks in a week, with no more than three per day. For men, 14 in a week with no more than four per day. The weekly-limit recommendation is to help with dietary health (not that a person needs to drink, but if they do ...). One standard drink contains about 100 calories and few if any nutrients. The second number is to help a person avoid binge drinking – the kind of drinking that causes a person to lose control of their thinking and engage in drinking behaviors, such as driving while under the influence: having unprotected or unwanted sex; getting into fights with a loved one over how much they’ve had to drink; or starting a fight for a really dumb reason. Binge drinking is defined as four or more standard drinks on an occasion for women and five or more for men. Why four and five? The reason is that alcohol enters the bloodstream through the wall of the small intestine. Because alcohol dissolves in water, the bloodstream carries it throughout the body (which is 60 percent to 70 percent water) where it is absorbed into body tissue in proportion to the body tissue’s water content. Alcohol leaves the body through the liver, for the most part. As a very general rule of thumb, it takes the liver about an hour to metabolize the alcohol in one standard drink; four hours for four drinks, and so on. The brain is mostly water, and it controls everything we think, feel, say and do. When a person drinks more alcohol than their liver can metabolize, the excess alcohol stays in

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We know how many grams of sugar are in a soft drink container and how many calories are in a serving of pasta. We can read the USDA food pyramid on most food product labels. But most of us are not sure how much alcohol is in a drink.

the bloodstream and suppresses certain brain functions. This is why a person can find him/ herself engaging in the drinking behaviors previously mentioned. Even if a person appears as if s/he can “hold their liquor,” the impact is still happening. It still takes their liver about one hour to metabolize one drink; eight hours to metabolize eight drinks. So, can instituting a standard drink-labeling program change drinking behaviors? Likely. Can we afford not to do something that would cost so little yet potentially accomplish so much? No. Think about it. We know how many grams of sugar are in a soft drink container and how many calories are in a serving of pasta. We can read the USDA food pyramid on most food product labels. But most of us are not sure how much alcohol is in a drink. And while the FDA requires we get the nitty-gritty on food contents in the form of a standard label, nowhere can we find

What are your memories of high school sports or P.E.?

out how many “standard drinks” are in our drinks or whether the same drink at another location is really the same. If it’s important enough to tell consumers about grams of sugar and calories it should be equally important to tell them about their alcohol intake. A lifetime of excess calories may impact a person’s health measurably, but one trip behind the wheel or engaging in any of the other embarrassing, hurtful or dangerous behaviors that can occur after too many drinks could adversely and instantaneously change that person’s and someone’s else’s life forever. We need legislation that expands existing alcoholic-beverage labels to include the number of standard drinks per serving and per container. The law also should require restaurants and bars do the same on their menus. Sure, it will mean all bartenders have to pour their drinks as their establishment has labeled them; just like packaged food-serving contents must meet their labels. And yes, some people won’t want to know how much they’re drinking — just like some people don’t want to know how many calories are in the bag of chips they eat. But with a standard-drink label, the person who wants to keep it to a “couple of drinks” can decide whether to split the “four Loko” with a friend or drink a 24-ounce can of regular beer, instead. N Lisa Frederiksen is a Menlo Park resident and a researcher, writer, speaker and consultant specializing in alcohol-related issues. She is finishing her eighth book, “Loved One in Treatment? Now What!” and writes a blog, www.breakingthecycles.com. She can be e-mailed at lisaf@BreakingTheCycles.com.

Interviews by Aimee Miles. Photographs by Kimihiro Hoshino. Asked on California Avenue.

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“I guess I thought only dumb people took it but it was required. It felt like I had to go to football games, like you had to go to be cool. But I hate football.”

“I was on the soccer team in high school [in Iran]. We tried to go for regionals but we didn’t make it. It was a lot of fun playing with friends. We used to play every morning.”

“PE -- it’s annoying really; awkward a lot of the time. It can be fun, though. They take sports and make them into not-sports. Right now we’re doing ‘Over the Line,’ which is like softball.”

“I did track in spring, which I really enjoy because you make friends and you get exercise. We don’t have to do PE while we’re doing a sport.”

“I grew up in Kentucky, so I remember playing kickball, and playing basketball a lot.”

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE OF HEARING TO CONSIDER INCREASING WATER RATES OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD FOR THE CITY OF MENLO PARK MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Menlo Park will hold a Public Hearing to consider increasing water rates over a five-year period due to increased wholesale water rates from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Any changes, if approved, will be effective on July 1, 2010 and annually thereafter ending on July 1, 2014. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN, that the City Council will hold this Public Hearing on Tuesday, the 18th day of May, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, Civic Center at 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California, at which time and place of interested persons may appear and be heard thereon. What are the new rates: The maximum rates under consideration are shown below.

Palo Alto Soccer Club U9 boys and girls open tryouts: Session #1: Sunday, June 6, 4pm-5:30pm at Cubberley #1 Session #2: Thursday, June 10, 4pm-5:30pm at Termin #2 Session #3: Saturday, June 12, 4pm-5:30pm at Cubberley Football Field Please visit our website at www.pasoccerclub.org for more details. P.O. Box 50831, Palo Alto, California 94303

16.5% annual increase Increasing from $0.35 to $0.41 per ccf for Fiscal Year 2010-11, and then annually adjust to the Bay Area Construction Cost Index for subsequent years. Water Use Charges: Several alternatives will be considered at the public hearing.

Meter Charges: Capital Surcharge:

Current Rates 1.

$7.84 7.84 12.54 25.87 41.55 76.04 117.59 261.06 579.34 1,285.68

July 1, 2014

Proposed Maximum Rates *

$9.14 9.14 14.61 30.15 48.42 88.62 137.04 304.24 675.16 1,498.33

$10.65 10.65 17.03 35.14 56.43 103.27 159.71 354.56 786.83 1,746.16

$12.41 12.41 19.85 40.95 65.77 120.36 186.12 413.20 916.98 2,034.97

$14.46 14.46 23.12 47.70 76.62 140.21 216.83 481.38 1,068.28 2,370.74

$16.84 16.84 26.94 55.57 89.26 163.35 252.61 560.81 1,244.54 2,761.91

$16.84 16.84 26.94 55.57 89.26 163.35 252.61 560.81 1,244.54 2,761.91

CAPITAL SURCHARGE, All Customers, Rate per ccf** $0.35

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Projected Water Rates Effective July 1, July 1, July 1, 2011 2012 2013

MONTHLY METER CHARGE, All Customers

Meter Size 5/8” 3/4” 1” 1-1/2” 2” 3” 4” 6” 8” 10”

2.

July 1, 2010

$0.41

Annually adjust based on the Construction Cost Index (CCI), as published in the Engineering News Record (ENR) for the Bay Area.

1 2 3 4

0 – 5 ccf 6 – 10 ccf 11 – 25 ccf > 25 ccf

$1.25 1.57 1.88 2.51

$1.46 1.83 2.19 2.93

$1.70 2.13 2.55 3.41

$1.98 2.48 2.98 3.97

$2.30 2.90 3.47 4.63

$2.69 3.37 4.04 5.39

$2.69 3.37 4.04 5.39

Option 1B: 4-Tiers with steeper tiers to encourage additional conservation Tier Tier Tier Tier

NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION FOR ONE UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING JANUARY 31, 2011 (Term of Mashruwala) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Library Advisory Commission from persons interested in serving in one unexpired term ending January 31, 2011. Eligibility Requirements: The Library Advisory Commission is composed of seven members who shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council, but who shall not be Council Members, officers or employees of the City of Palo Alto. Each member of the Commission shall have a demonstrated interest in public library matters. All members of the Commission shall at all times be residents of the City of Palo Alto. Regular meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday the month, at least one month per quarter.

WATER USE CHARGES, All Customers, Rate per ccf**

SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, Rate per ccf** Option 1A: 4-Tiers Tier Tier Tier Tier

1 2 3 4

0 – 5 ccf 6 – 10 ccf 11 – 25 ccf > 25 ccf

$1.25 1.57 1.88 2.51

$1.25 1.56 2.08 4.16

$1.45 1.82 2.42 4.84

$1.69 2.12 2.82 5.64

$1.97 2.47 3.29 6.58

$2.30 2.87 3.83 7.66

$2.30 2.87 3.83 7.66

$1.25 1.57 1.88 2.51

$1.46 1.83 2.19 2.93

$1.70 2.13 2.55 3.41

$1.98 2.48 2.98 3.97

$2.30 2.90 3.47 4.63

$2.69 3.37 4.04 5.39

$2.69 3.37 4.04 5.39

$2.07 3.00

$2.42 3.49

$2.82 4.07

$3.28 4.74

$3.82 5.52

$3.82 5.52

Purpose and Duties: The purpose of the Library Advisory Commission shall be to advise the City Council on matters relating to the Palo Alto City Library, excluding daily administrative operations. The Commission shall have the following duties: 1.

ALL OTHER CUSTOMERS, Rate per ccf** Option 2A: 4-Tiers Tier Tier Tier Tier

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1 2 3 4

0 – 5 ccf 6 – 10 ccf 11 – 25 ccf > 25 ccf

2.

Option 2B: 2-Tiers Tier 1 Tier 2

0 – 50 ccf > 50 ccf

3.

* Maximum water rates proposed to be adopted. ** 1 ccf = 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons.

In addition to the rates shown above the City Council will also consider pass-throughs of any SFPUC increases above current projections at cost.

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Advise the City Council on planning and policy matters pertaining to: a) the goals of and the services provided by the Palo Alto City Library; b) the future delivery of the services by the Palo Alto City Library; c) the City Manager’s recommendations pertaining to the disposition of major gifts of money, personal property and real property to the City to be used for library purposes; d) the construction and renovation of capital facilities of the Palo Alto City Library; and e) joint action projects with other public or private information entities, including libraries. Review state legislative proposals that may affect the operation of the Palo Alto City Library. Review the City Manager’s proposed budget for capital improvements and operations relating to the Palo Alto City Library, and thereafter forward any comments to one or more of the applicable committees of the Council. Provide advice upon such other matters as the City Council may from time to time assign. Receive community input concerning the Palo Alto City Library. Review and comment on fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Palo Alto City Library.

Necessity for new rates: The City purchases all of its water from the SFPUC whose main source is the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Sierra Nevada. The SFPUC is currently planning, designing, and constructing multiple capital improvement projects to increase the safety and reliability of their water supply system. Wholesale water costs have increase more than 60% over the last four years and are expected to almost double over the next five years in order to finance these benefits. Rate increases are needed to eliminate water fund deficits, provide funding for infrastructure repairs and replacements, and fund the City’s costs of providing service.

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How to protest: You may submit a written protest against the proposed water rate increases. Protests must: a) identify the affected property by its Assessor’s Parcel Number or address; b) identify the property owner; and c) include the property owner’s signature. Protests can be mailed to Menlo Park Municipal Water District, Attn: Water Rate Protest, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 or brought to the public hearing. All protests must be received in writing prior to the close of the public hearing on the matter. The proposed rates will not be adopted if protests are received from more than 50% of affected properties.

Appointment information and application forms are available in the City Clerk‘s Office, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (Phone: 650-3292571) or may be obtained on the website at http://www.cityofpaloalto. org.

Any person interested may appear at the public hearing and be heard on any matter related to the proposed increase in rates. Dated: April 28, 2010 MARGARET S. ROBERTS, MMC, City Clerk Published in THE ALMANAC on May 5, 2010 and May 12, 2010 Page 18ÊUÊ>ÞÊ£{]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

The Library Advisory Commission shall not have the power or authority to cause the expenditure of City funds or to bind the City to any written or implied contract.

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Drawing the line between ‘motivational’ and ‘abusive’ coaching in Palo Alto’s high schools

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fered: “I would hope that I had said, ‘I hope you’re OK,’ and ‘That was not aimed at you.’ “I do not throw balls at kids,” he said. The incident fueled underlying team dissension over Olcott’s treatment of players that season. School

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officials investigated the incident, along with other complaints about alleged angry outbursts, swearing, favoritism, sarcasm and hurtful comments. The school’s written report concluded that while “Cory’s coaching methodology and techniques would benefit from review

and refinement,” there was no “conclusive evidence” to warrant his replacement. Paly Athletic Director Earl Hansen also recalled the incident. “I had both sides of everything on that, and again we’re going back to one group that thought he was OK and one group that didn’t like him at all. So they’re going to embellish in both directions.” The team played out its season with divided loyalties. Seven juniors, including Maraboli, didn’t return for their final year, the majority citing the coach or the controversy as the reason for quitting. (Other players quit earlier that season and the previous one due to problems with Olcott, according to parents.) Then something changed in fall 2009. Several players reported a dramatic difference in Olcott’s coaching. “He’s done with all that past conduct this year. There’s no swearing; he’s never thrown anything. He has realized that it only hurts the team and the play,” one player said. “It’s still really hard work, but he’s now making it positive,” another said. “He’s just really different. He doesn’t get frustrated with us anymore. ... The positive style of coaching is creating a more positive experience and better play.” Yet Olcott insists he hasn’t changed his coaching philosophies, methods or behavior. He told the Weekly his coaching has been consistent throughout his three years at Paly. “It’s always about making each kid feel cared for,” he said. He said he has never favored harsh treatment. “If you want to make anyone perform well in a classroom or otherwise, they need to be comfort(continued on next page)

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rustrated with his team during a practice in fall 2008, Palo Alto High School girls’ waterpolo coach Cory Olcott threw a ball hard into the water from the pool deck without warning. Silvia Maraboli didn’t see the ball coming until the instant before it hit her face. “It came at me so fast,” Maraboli, then a junior, recalled. “He has a strong arm. ... I had no chance to protect myself. It was a perfect shot.” It left a bump on the side of her face that lasted several days. But she said what hurt more than the physical pain was Olcott’s immediate sarcastic response — “You wouldn’t make a very good goalie, would you?” — and his failure to apologize. Maraboli said she was in tears the rest of practice, which continued as if nothing had happened. “I felt humiliated,” she said. “I remember thinking: ‘This is going too far. This represents the state of our team.’” That night she decided to quit at the end of the season. “It was the final straw for me. I felt disrespected, uncared for — it was a horrible season. That night I cried like never before and realized how much water polo was spilling into the rest of my life, affecting my ability to focus on homework or anything else,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t go on like this.’” Not everyone agrees with Maraboli’s recollection of the incident. Olcott’s defenders are vehement that the shot, even though it hit Maraboli, was not intended for her. Some think Maraboli overreacted to a hazard of the game. “Cory didn’t apologize to that girl because he was yelling at the team,” said Tara Murao, the 2008 team cocaptain and a Paly ‘09 graduate. “You can’t apologize when you’re in the middle of disciplining people. She didn’t see the ball coming because she wasn’t listening to him, and she was all bent out of shape because it hurt her.” Olcott remembers the Maraboli incident. He said the ball landed next to Maraboli in the pool and recalled that she was shocked by it. He said he felt surprised, terrible and contrite. He said he doesn’t remember what he said or did in response but of-

Palo Alto High girls’ water-polo coach, Cory Olcott, offers advice from poolside. An incident on the team in 2008 fueled a review of his coaching style and found there was no “conclusive evidence” to warrant his replacement.

Next week, in part 2 of ‘Out of bounds?’ the Weekly explores how fear of retaliation has kept some parents and players from making complaints about Palo Alto and Gunn high school coaches, how the complaints made have been investigated, and how and when administrators have enforced the standards of conduct.

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able, they need to be motivated, they need to be made to feel like they’re supported. ... My motivation has always been more that they should be having a good time, and it’s pretty rare that someone is having a good time if they’re receiving harsh treatment,� he said. Olcott said he was pleased with the outcome of the school investigation: “I felt totally gratified that at the end of the process, at each step, the administration had come back and said: ‘We have looked at this. We’ve heard what the people are saying. We’ve investigated, and we feel like you’re doing a great job, and we want you to keep going.’� Olcott’s description of his coaching philosophy and practices, and what the school did in response to complaints, stands in sharp contrast to the views of others who are still

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he experience of the Paly girls’ water-polo team is only one of several visible coaching controversies at Paly and Gunn in the past two years. With each new eruption, a debate re-ignites within the school sports community over the questions: “When does coaching behavior violate school standards of conduct?� and “What are schools bound to do about it?� To find answers, the Weekly interviewed more than 100 student athletes, sports parents, coaches, school officials, teachers and outside experts. Allegations surfaced about coaches’ harsh or abusive communication styles and methods. There were no sexual-misconduct allegations. Many players and parents who

spoke at length with the Weekly requested anonymity due to concerns about ongoing team relationships, fear of retaliation, and wanting to avoid public exposure on a sensitive topic. Others were willing to be identified by name. School officials declined to discuss specific cases, citing employeepersonnel privacy. But, in response to a Public Records Act request by the Weekly, the district provided more than 600 pages of communications between parents (with names concealed) and school officials — revealing the substance of the concerns about coaches and the schools’ responses. Almost half of the students at Paly and Gunn high schools are involved in 95 sports teams led by more than 150 coaches and assistants — providing many opportunities for coaches’ actions to be called into question. (continued on page 23)

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uring the course of reporting on high school coaching, the Weekly explored many facets of the athletic experience for local teens. These additional topics will be presented this week in print and online as well as next week in the conclusion of the two-part series. This week, four additional articles about the local sports culture have been posted at www.PaloAltoOnline.com: sSports and coaches at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools: a comprehensive list of the sports offered at the two schools, plus statistics on the number of athletes and types of coaches who work or volunteer in the athletics programs.

sThe job of coaching: a review of the working conditions highschool coaches face. For many, the work means long hours, low pay, high expectations and shifting personnel.

sClub sports add challenges to school athletics: how the emergence of private club sports in the past 20 years has created a pool of experienced coaches in high school athletics — but also has raised concerns about conflicts of interest and favoritism when a club coach has club play-

ers on a school team. s Positive Coaching Alliance seeks to replace ‘poisonous negativity’ in youth sports: A national program, based in Mountain View, aims to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. Also, the Weekly obtained many documents from the Palo Alto Unified School District during its investigation, including complaints submitted by parents, e-mails and responses of administrators. Both this week and next, a sampling of these documents will be made available on Palo Alto Online. This week, six complaint letters about Palo Alto High School water-polo coach Cory Olcott and the school’s response to one parent are posted. N


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Complex mix of factors results in outstanding coaching, player experience, experts say by Terri Lobdell hat makes a good coach good? It’s all about teaching and motivating, which require clear and direct communication, empathy and responsiveness to player differences, according to experts with front-line experience. How a coach says something can be just as important as what he or she says, as it creates an emotional overlay to the message, they agree. “The job is in reality way more complex than what appears at first blush,” longtime Palo Alto High School volunteer assistant coach Dick Held said of his experience. Paly Athletic Director Earl Hansen described a good coach as “someone who can relate and teach the sport at hand, understands and has a passion for the sport, has realistic expectations of his athletes and tries to communicate that clearly and effectively.” What Hansen says about others could also be applied to his own 23-year career as Paly’s football coach, as numerous football parents and athletes told the Weekly. His dedication, commitment to the students and leadership skills were frequently cited. Gunn Athletic Director Chris Horpel, another widely respected and experienced coach (of wrestling), said a coach’s temperament is key to a team’s dynamic. “I look for that now, whether they’re a ‘yeller’ type,” Horpel said. “It doesn’t matter as much about the other qualifications or knowledge of the sport. If the temperament isn’t right he won’t be a good coach.” The front-liners also agree that there are scores of examples of outstanding coaching, and coaches, at work daily in Palo Alto schools, even if those tend to get overshadowed by outbursts of criticism about individual coaches. Horpel said great coaches help players do three things: learn something new, get in better shape and have fun. “If you do this every day, the by-

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Mark Hernandez, a Gunn High teacher and well-respected coach of both boys and girls in water polo and swimming, emphasizes the need for supportive feedback, especially with girls. product is success,” Horpel said. He cites legendary basketball coach John Wooden’s philosophy: to make the most of the here and now. “Don’t worry about the past mistakes or future goals. In fact, don’t worry at all. Just focus on doing your best now,” Horpel said. “This is the way to go.” Superintendent Kevin Skelly believes that competition is a key piece. Coaches “can have lots of good characteristics but wanting to win is a pretty important one,” he said. Competition “drives folks to a shared goal,” which he said is a valuable lesson that carries through to the workplace.

Jim Thompson — founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a training and advocacy organization based in Mountain View — said the No. 1 character trait of an effective coach is the ability to demonstrate unqualified support for team players. Gunn Assistant Principal Tom Jacoubowsky, the school’s former athletic director, emphasized the need to take the kids’ temperaments into account. “A good coach can recognize some people are going to need a little push, so to speak, and some people are going to need a little pat on the back type of thing. Kids are all different. ... It’s just understand-

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The 2009 Gunn boys’ basketball team, with coach Chris Redfield (at far right) celebrated after winning the league championship.

ing the chemistry of the team and the chemistry of each individual kid and trying to make that team work as well as possible,” he said. “A good coach can read each of their athletes,” Paly Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson said. “Different athletes are going to react differently. You can yell at me all day, but if you yell at this other person then you’re going to ruin them. A good coach is going to be able to figure that out.” Dan Sneider, parent of two Paly baseball players, said a coach’s communication skills are key. “Good coaches are the ones who teach well. Math teachers may be good at quadratic equations, but if they can’t teach then what good are they to the student trying to learn math? “The same is true for sports. If you don’t communicate effectively you are a bad coach, especially if you have to use other ways to compensate for your ineffective communication — like yelling, angry outbursts, swear words. “Then you are not only not communicating, you are becoming abusive on top of it. What good is that to the students?” Held emphasized the need for coaches to appreciate the broader educational opportunities when it comes to sports. “We need to help coaches see that their most important job is helping all kids be better kids, to believe in themselves even if they are not starters, even if they are not the star of the team,” he said.

Many involved in athletics are concerned that the coaching environment makes it hard to find good coaches — particularly the low pay, long hours and difficulty in dealing with increasingly competitive pressures and the parent community. Horpel resists this gloomy outlook. “I want to find great coaches who can direct the whole program in that sport. I want to get coaching philosophy on the same page and have a director of each sport. This creates consistency for the athletes,” Horpel said. That goal is all the more reason to emphasize training, mentoring and enforcement of coach standards of conduct, starting at the top, most experts agree. Positive Coaching Alliance’s literature stresses the importance of “message bombardment” in shaping a high school sports culture to achieve “total clarity of cultural norms.” Bombardment means messages need to be sent often, through multiple channels, throughout the years and cannot be overdone. Communicating “the way WE do things HERE” is the primary leadership task, and the athletic director can’t do it alone, according to the Positive Coaching Alliance workshop materials for high school leaders. Held agrees with the Positive Coaching Alliance’s emphasis on the need for clear messages. “Coaches can be important contributors to the education and maturation of our children, but the community and school administration need to make crystal clear what our expectations are and understand what support they (coaches) need to meet these expectations.

‘A coach is like a god to a teen.’ —Mary Perricone, Gunn parent

“Like our children, coaches are usually a work in progress, and we will have a future filled with even more frustration if we think that $2,500 and a steady diet of criticism in Palo Alto’s ‘very’ demanding work environment (from administrators, parents, student athletes, etc.) will attract a steady stream of candidates who bring with them the communication skills, life experience and game knowledge success will require,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Weekly. “I have not met a coach who came for the money, especially knowing the time commitment required, but most left disappointed with the level of support and understanding they found. If we cannot hire the quali(continued on next page)

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fications we want, we must help the coaches develop the skills we, in fact, require them to have.” Held said simply getting rid of unsatisfactory coaches, when the broader system of support is not in place, can result in a revolving door of new problems with each turnover. “Sometimes it is easier to just get rid of the irritant than it is to deal with the larger issue,” he said. Chris Redfield, Gunn’s former head and current assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach and a math teacher, emphasizes the importance of team play. “I try to make the experience of basketball about other things the players will carry with them for a long time. I want them to look back on the experience and feel strongly about the relationships they had with teammates. I want it to be something they look back proudly at.” An “unselfish team” leads to success, he said. Redfield said the toughest coaching challenge comes from playingtime issues. “Every player has high hopes for what they can contribute. They have a goal to play. But there are always players who play less. Convincing them that they make a contribution — and they do — sometimes it’s hard for them to believe that,” he said. The problem can be parents who view success in terms of playing time, he noted. Redfield sees having less playing time as a teaching opportunity for parents to talk with their children about the broader perspective: their worth as people and as teammates independent of their playing time. “There are wonderful team members who haven’t played much. They are hard workers, help to push their teammates. When they make the effort, others are motivated. It brings up the level for the whole team. “It’s wonderful to have a kid who

is realistic about playing time but wants to try hard to do his best and have that work ethic. That adds to the culture of the team and tone of practice. The guys on the bench add a lot to support their teammates,” Redfield said. During games, Redfield said, everyone should be positive, even if mistakes are made. The teaching comes later, after the game and during practices, and is done constructively, he said. Gunn parent Mary Perricone recalls Redfield’s positive influence

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Jim Thompson, executive director of Positive Coaching Alliance, teaches coaches how to motivate by using encouragement rather than yelling and negative talk. on her son, Kyle, who played four years on varsity and graduated in 2009. “A coach is like a god to a teen,” she said. “Chris was a great influence on the kids. He was not as intense as other coaches, and some people criticize him for that, but I would much prefer the positive influence over any other aspect of a coach.” Paly teacher Jake Halas, former head of the varsity girls’ softball team and assistant football coach, cited important differences between coaching girls and boys: “Girls don’t

question things. Guys will question you more. Girls are just as competitive, but more sensitive to direct criticism. My overall philosophy is that you’ve got to be aware of how you critique. All kids are individual and some kids will shut down if criticism is too harsh.” Halas said his goals for athletes are to learn responsibility, commitment, work ethic, good morals, sportsmanship and how to work as a team. Dealing with mistakes in play is a special challenge for coaches. “When someone makes a mistake, I try to talk to her as soon as possible to instruct her on how to correct what she was doing,” Paly varsity girls’ lacrosse coach Jen Gray wrote in an e-mail. “I start with what she did right in the situation and then try to be very tactical about explaining the ‘mistake.’ That way we separate the skill and the mistake from the player, make it less personal.” Paly’s varsity volleyball coach Dave Winn thinks a lot about when and how to raise his voice. “If you yell all the time no one listens,” he said. If girls are singled out, he tries to be careful to do it with respect and be clear and concise about what he’s trying to communicate. He believes in “feedback sandwiches” ideally with a 4-to-1 positive-to-negative ratio, and 2-to-1 the bare minimum. Sarah Stapp, Gunn varsity girls’ basketball coach and physical-education teacher, said her favorite part of coaching is playing an important role in an athlete’s development on and off the court. “I don’t do it for the money,” she said. “I feel a responsibility to give back, since I benefited myself from good coaches.” Gunn water polo and swimming coach Mark Hernandez said he views the sports team as a second family for the players, something he considers rare beyond the high school years. “It’s very special to be part of a committed group of friends. It’s a unique opportunity that won’t last N page PB) (continued or be repeated,” he said. on


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Some coaches generate explosions of parent and player complaints. Others inspire impassioned praise and loyalty. Sometimes it’s the same coach. Yet official standards often “are not matched by reality,” longtime CCS Commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser acknowledged. Coaches who were themselves trained by “old school” coaches often need mentoring and guidance. Lazenby Blaser asked rhetorically: “Who’s going to do that? There are no resources for that.” Working long hours for low pay also leaves coaches with little time to adopt new skills, officials say. Despite these hurdles, most coaches at Paly and Gunn create positive

Paly Athletic Director Earl Hansen talks with a quarterback during a 2006 game. Part of Hansen’s job is evaluating his fellow coaches and responding to complaints brought by players and parents. environments of trust, respect, fun and challenge that embody the school’s educational mission, according to parents and school administrators. Many students view sports as a highlight and cherish the life lessons learned, as well as strong bonds forged through hard work and sacrifice. “I will remember this forever. I feel so fortunate to have had the great experience we had and to have had a leadership role in it,” reminisced Paly ‘09 graduate John Christopherson, co-captain of the varsity boys’ soccer team his senior year. It is the sense of opportunities lost, as much as anything, that distresses many players and their parents when a sports experience goes sour. And it’s not only the visible controversies that create negative feelings. Parents say there are other cases in which discontented and discouraged players either quit mid-season or quietly decide to just do what is necessary to get through the season, confining their complaints to close friends and family members. Paly girls’ water polo is one of several examples of controversial coaching that have occurred since fall 2008. Others include: s )N SPRING  'UNNS VARSITY baseball coach Brian Kelly was removed mid-season after he lost his temper with a player who objected (continued on page 24)

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Some coaches generate explosions of parent and player complaints. Others inspire impassioned praise and loyalty. Sometimes it’s the same coach. The rest fall somewhere in between. A changing youth-sports landscape, in which harsher “old school” win-at-all-costs methods are no longer in favor, has contributed to some of the confusion over what can be expected of coaches and what behavior is considered unacceptable. Officially, today’s written coaching standards emphasize character education, “positive coaching” and “emotional safety,” according to school administrators and guidelines developed over the past 15 years. Under these standards, winning is not the primary goal of school sports programs, nor is it the basis for evaluating coaches. Winning is a valuable motivator and desired byproduct of good coaching and hard work, but the greater rewards come from life lessons and strong team bonds, school officials say. Losing also can teach important lessons. The Central Coast Section (CCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs high school interscholastic sports in the five counties from Daly City to King City, expects coaches to “ensure that pressure to win is not placed above education, character development, academic, social, emotional, physical and ethical well-being of the student-athlete.” The national Positive Coaching Alliance, started within the Stanford Athletic Department in 1998 and now based in Mountain View, is both a catalyst and familiar symbol of this shift from scoreboard primacy toward positive-coaching methods and character education.

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Uncontrolled emotions combined with old-school coaching habits can leave lifelong scars by Terri Lobdell coach’s ability to manage anger and frustration is the key to avoiding abusive coaching, along with redefining a longstanding coaching culture that condones drill-sergeant treatment of players, according to specialists in the field, locally and nationally. There is increasing recognition nationally of the long-lasting damage such coaching behavior and language can cause to individuals who become targets. Verbal abuse is the most common type, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King. Such emotional abuse includes name-calling, hurtful comments regarding performance, swearing at players and comments meant to demean a person’s integrity. It “impairs the child’s concept of self,” according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation. “Emotional abuse is, perhaps, the most difficult abuse to identify and the most common form of maltreatment in youth sports,” the foundation concludes. Its website lists examples as rejecting, ignoring, isolating, terrorizing, name-calling, making fun of someone, putting someone down, saying things that hurt feelings and yelling. The coach’s ability to manage anger in the face of feeling frustrated and powerless is key to avoiding abusive situations, according to Michael Loughran, a Palo Alto adolescent psychoanalyst and Stanford University adjunct clinical professor. “Intense feeling states are brought on by anxiety about performance, the heat of competition and all the pressure that brings,” Loughran said an interview with the Weekly. “Coaches need to learn to tolerate their own intense emotions under stress and pressure without offloading onto the kids their frustration and anger. “Coaches who can’t do this make the kids the problem.” Loughran said angry coaches without appropriate self-control seek out more emotionally sensitive people as targets. If the anger is ignored or deflected by an intended target, the coach will seek a more vulnerable mark — because the anger needs

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to Kelly’s use of a sexual analogy and utterance of a callous remark to a team member during a practice pep talk (Kelly analogized baseball to being with girls, trying to get to all the bases, and needing to score). Kelly used the f-word directly at the complaining player more than once (“for motivation” initially, he said), in what became a heated exchange between the two. Kelly told the Weekly he made a mistake in losing control of his tem-

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At the end of a tough season, roiled in controversy, the Paly baseball team shows its disappointment after losing a Central Coast Section (CCS) playoff game.

from any type of abuse. Paly sports parent and physician Barb Peters agrees, citing her own observations of coaches who engage in shaming behavior when they pick on kids. “The results are profound and long-lasting.” Palo Alto psychologist Jeffrey Miller, who also works extensively with adolescents, emphasizes the importance of coaches modeling acceptable adult behavior. “Adolescents respond best to positive discipline and feedback, to being supported and validated as human beings while being guided and encouraged and challenged to do their best,” Miller said in an e-mail to the Weekly. “Isn’t this what coaching is all about?” Loughran advises that when athletes are confronted with an angry coach, they should try not to take the anger personally. This technique will provide some defense from continuing to be a target for the anger, he said. Loughran also has suggestions for adults working to resolve problems with a coach, whether school officials or parents. One-on-one interviews can make kids anxious, he said. Even when there are problems, most kids do not want the power to get their coach fired, Loughran said.

to be absorbed by another in order to be alleviated, Loughran said. “Kids with tough exteriors, who can shake off a coach’s negative remark, will be dominant in this culture,” Loughran said. This dynamic raises gender issues, as boys are more likely to be trained from an early age not to take attacks personally. Girls are more likely to absorb criticism or demeaning treatment. Coaches may be caught in a vicious cycle, Loughran said. “Coaches were often raised in the same system, which then gets perpetuated. They were brilliant in their sport, they make this their career, and then realize they can’t control the performance of these kids. That only serves to make them tougher, resorting to more yelling, more outbursts, more riding of the kids.” Gunn High School’s Athletic Director Chris Horpel agrees that anger management is important. “The basic problem is that if your personality is such, that you get angry easily or were coached by an angry coach and you haven’t learned another way, you’re going to have problems,” Horpel said.

At the same time, Loughran and other experts say, coaches can be immensely important to the development of a teen’s self-esteem. The mirror coaches hold up during these formative years is crucial to their development.

“If an important adult treats them badly, that has a profound impact on their emerging identities,” Loughran said. Shame and humiliation tend to silence athletes who are emotionally attacked and create painful feelings of isolation, Loughran said. “You’re not entitled to how you feel, that is the message.” The Women’s Sports Foundation cites “debilitating consequences”

He suggests framing the inquiry positively, considering small-group interviews to capture the complexities of the interactions, and providing a good role model for constructive problem-solving in relationships. He suggests approaching kids with statements such as: “I’m collecting descriptions of interactions. Let’s not blame or judge anyone. Tell me what’s happening on the team. What are your observations when there is

per and language. But he believes Gunn officials should have given him another chance, as did many players and parents who sent e-mails to him and school officials. s )N $ECEMBER  0ALY VAR sity boys’ basketball coach Andrew Slayton was fired just weeks into the season after a player revolt over his decision to rank last season’s starters near the bottom of the play roster. The athletes also told the Weekly that Slayton had unpredictable angry outbursts (which included kicking the ball hard on the court), swore frequently and berated players. Slayton declined an interview but e-mailed: “While my interpre-

tation of some of the events is different, I respect the fact that that is how some of the players perceived these events.” s)NEARLY 0ALYVARSITYGIRLS basketball coach Scott Peters generated complaints alleging swearing and other displays of anger and frustration, including yelling and making personally demeaning comments. School officials investigated and concluded that the concerns did not “rise to the level of immediate administrative action against Peters.” This was not the first season Peters’ conduct had been questioned or complained about. Paly Principal Jacquie McEvoy

admonished one set of complaining parents: “I am gravely concerned that you have continued to allow (your daughter) to participate in an environment that you believe is so detrimental to her emotional wellbeing.” Peters, who also has supporters, declined requests for an interview, writing in an e-mail: “I have learned a great deal from the feedback I have received each year from my players and supervisor, which hopefully has helped me to improve as a coach and leader for my players.”

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Coaches need to learn to tolerate their own intense emotions under stress and pressure without offloading onto the kids their frustration and anger. —Michael Loughran, Stanford University adjunct clinical professor

coach frustration? What interactions seem to cause problems? We’re trying to improve things. How could we improve?” He suggests working to collect the facts about the positives and negatives and then work on solutions that make sense, including helping the coach learn to express frustrations in different ways. In cases where kids are targets of alleged abusive behavior, Miller believes it is “unrealistic, perhaps even destructive” to expect the student to approach the coach directly as a first step in resolving conflict. (Loughran agrees.) “Because of the inherent power differential and the fact that the adolescent already feels unsupported and unfairly dealt with, this is a formula for further distress and disempowerment,” Miller said. He suggests instead a neutral ombudsman to help teens find safe support in working through issues. This creates an added bonus of the teen seeing that “healthy adults have rational, realistic ways of dealing with the kind of conflicts that come up in human relationships,” he said. (Both Palo Alto and Gunn officials, however, said they expect athletes to approach their coaches first with their concerns.) The Women’s Sports Foundation similarly recommends opportunities for neutral direction and assistance for athletes outside the athletic department. The foundation also proposes that coach-conduct guidelines be distributed to all involved in sports programs and include descriptions of potential violations and sanctions. It recommends educational and training sessions for all coaches about how power and dependence can influence relationships and result in abusive behavior. And it promotes the use of investigatory guidelines to make sure officials follow proper procedures for fair investigation and effective resolution of problems. These measures would counteract two barriers to emotional-abuse prevention identified by the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation: that people may not be clear what behaviors constitute maltreatment or abuse; and that young athletes may not recognize that what’s happening to them is abusive. N Kadokawa. Many complained of a constant stream of criticisms delivered in a yelling, negative, angry style, including profanity and the f-word. Others defended him as strong, organized and deeply knowledgeable about baseball and wrote letters to Paly officials in his support. A number of his defenders were also members on his private club baseball team; the prior club relationships contributed to the team’s division. In response to one mid-season complaint, McEvoy concluded that Kadokawa’s actions did not war(continued on next page)


Cover Story rant immediate removal, though she found some of his language and comments “totally inappropriate and unacceptable.� At season’s end, Paly Athletic Director Hansen told Kadokawa he would not be returning in 2010. Kadokawa declined to comment about parental complaints against him when contacted by the Weekly.

The coach: ‘A dream come true, or a nightmare’? he coach stands at the center of the school sports experience as a powerful figure with the potential to become either a trusted guide or the bane of a player’s existence. “A dream come true, or a nightmare,� one Gunn sports parent said. This larger-than-life role flows from the strength of a coach’s personality and ability to teach and motivate, combined with the intensity of the sport and numerous hours the coach spends with the students. Paly girls’ lacrosse coach Jen Gray has had a loyal following. The “Viking Magazine,� the school’s sports magazine, named her 2009 coach of the year. Gray believes students should enjoy athletics and naturally want to work hard to get better. She sees a vast opportunity to learn life lessons and build character — none of which she sees as easy. Her job is to “provide the tools needed to succeed.� Paly ’09 grad Helene Zahoudanis was an enthusiastic member of the lacrosse team. “Lacrosse was great. Jen made every practice really fun, even conditioning. It was always positive. She never yelled at you. She never made an example of anyone. ... She really cared about all the girls. “She said our success was due to everyone’s participation and having a strong unit rather than a few star players. She believed we all contributed.� Mark Hernandez, a Gunn teacher and coach of both boys and girls in water polo and swimming, is another well-respected coach. He emphasizes the need for supportive feedback, especially with girls. “Boys think they can do what they can’t do, and girls don’t think they can do what they can,� he said, acknowledging the generalization. With girls, a coach needs to work harder on building confidence, he said. “High school is a tough job. Young people need fans more than critics. They get enough criticism in school and from friends. They come out for a sport to have fun. They all need to be reminded that they are good and competent. ... They respond much better when they’re not yelled at,� Hernandez said. Because of coaches’ influence, their behavior often affects athletes significantly. Many players describe coach interactions as either helping them develop as young adults — learning a sense of commitment, work ethic and teamwork — or shredding their confidence and causing them to dread practices, lose focus on academics and even

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Last fall, Paly varsity boys’ basketball coach Andrew Slayton was fired just weeks into the season after a player revolt over ranking starting players. Athletes told the Weekly that Slayton had unpredictable angry outbursts, swore frequently and berated players. cry or feel like crying. “My senior year was one of the longest seasons of my life,� said Kirsten Atkinson, a Paly ’09 grad and basketball player. “I dreaded going to practice just because that meant that I would be put down again by Scott (Peters). ... I knew I was not the best player in any way, but I never thought I was as bad as he led me to believe. “I have never had a coach like that before, and I really hope that I will never have to again in the future.� After Atkinson completed the basketball season, she found renewal in lacrosse, under Gray’s leadership. “The lacrosse coach really turned Kirsten around. It was a positive experience,� her father, Dave Atkinson, said.

‘What some people call always harping on things wrong, I call coaching.’ —Jerry Berkson, Paly assistant principal

Paly senior Kailey Flather got her lowest grades in high school while a member of Olcott’s water-polo team. “I had a hard time focusing on school work due to emotions and frustrations,� Flather recalled. After a full-blown panic attack in the pool during a game, she quit the team mid-season in 2008.

“Everything negative that Cory had ever said to me rushed into my head, and I was stunned,� she wrote in a letter to Hansen. Gunn Athletic Director Chris Horpel said the athletes’ youth amplifies the coach’s effect on them. “Teens are in an impressionable, vulnerable state. ... You need to watch what you say and realize how important a coach’s words and tone are to that teen.� Gunn Principal Noreen Likins agrees. “When on the sports field, the student is getting yelled or screamed at for not doing something correctly or well, it really can do a great deal of damage to their self-esteem. I think it can be very destructive to the way in which they see themselves and their ability to participate,� Likins said. Coaches’ influence is further magnified by the fact that they have nearly unfettered authority to dole out a most coveted prize in sports: playing time. In a community where success is often measured by performance, a student athlete’s “success� is often defined by playing time. But because the amount of playing time is finite, the coach’s decision on who plays and who doesn’t can create tensions and disappointments. Madison Hoffacker, a starter in water polo and basketball and Paly ‘09 graduate, noted that playing time is so important that athletes are more willing to put up with questionable coaching conduct because of it. “If you’re getting playing time, you will tolerate a lot more from a coach,� she said. Conversely, not

getting playing time makes it “harder to tolerate bad treatment, and then you’re more of a target. The coach annoys you more, you don’t have a positive attitude and then there’s a

Great coaches help players do three things: learn something new, get in better shape and have fun. —Chris Horpel, Gunn athletic director

downward spiral, which is hard to break out of.� Basketball player Atkinson said Peters told her there was nothing she could do to earn more time on the court — a blow to her motivation and self-esteem. That comment disturbed Hoffacker. “This is not something a coach should tell any player. It was utterly discouraging to Kirsten. The team became split in two over this; people took sides,� she said.

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oth Gunn and Paly have developed athletic handbooks as guides for coaches, players and parents. Although different in particulars, they both emphasize basic core values. Gunn’s handbook speaks of the duty “to recognize

that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being of the individual players.� The Paly handbook forbids profanity and explicitly states: “The same behavior expected of a teacher in the classroom is expected of all coaches during practices and games.� In addition to the handbooks, school sport programs are guided by the CCS “Code of Conduct for Interscholastic Coaches.� The code emphasizes the paramount goal of sports as educational. It includes 38 numbered provisions, with this lead-in: “I understand that in my position as coach, I must act in accord with the following code.� Examples of code provisions are: s5SEPOSITIVECOACHINGMETHODS to make the experience enjoyable, increase self-esteem and foster a love and appreciation for the sport. s2EFRAINFROMPHYSICALORPSYCHOlogical intimidation, verbal abuse and conduct that is demeaning to student-athletes or others. s 0UT LESS EMPHASIS ON THE FINAL outcome of the contest than upon effort, improvement, teamwork and winning with character. s"EAWORTHYROLE MODEL ALWAYS mindful of the high visibility and great influence you have as a teacher-coach. s 2EFRAIN FROM PROFANITY DISREspectful conduct. s #ONTROL MY EGO AND EMOTIONS avoid displays of anger and frustration; don’t retaliate. s"EOPEN MINDEDANDWILLINGTO listen and learn. (continued on next page)

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Hana Kajimura with permission from The Viking Magazine

Paly baseball coach Donny Kadokawa was asked not to return after a contentious 2009 season with complaints of yelling, profanity and a negative, angry style.

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www.PaloAltoOnline.com What do you think of coaching at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools? Share your experiences and opinions on Town Square, the community discussion forum on Palo Alto Online.

Terri Lobdell is a freelance writer and is married to Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson. She was a high school sports parent for eight years, with two children in varsity soccer at Paly, and was a soccer-club team manager. She never made a complaint regarding any high school coaches. She can be e-mailed at tlobdell@paweekly.com. Jay Thorwaldson is the Weekly’s editor and can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com. Jocelyn Dong is the Weekly’s managing editor and can be e-mailed at jdong@paweekly.com.


      



 

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(Century 16, Century 20) Any doubt of American hegemony over world cinema need only look this week to the Cannes Film Festival, where the opening-night selection was Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood.� Why? Well, this “Robin Hood� isn’t about robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Rather, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour epic about sticking it to the French. Cannes’ masochism is understandable, given the dollars behind this Universal Studios release. Besides, it’s “history,� starring Russell “Gladiator� Crowe as Robin Hood. Director Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland (“A Knight’s Tale�) choose not to retell the wellknown tale, despite the presence of familiar characters Marion (Cate Blanchett), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfadyen), Friar Tuck (Mark Addy), Little John (Kevin Durand) and Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes). Instead, the tack is “Robin Hood Begins� (or “Robin Hood Royale�), with the story leading up to the ace archer’s days at odds with King John (Oscar Isaacs). Until the closing moments, Robin turns out to be mostly a uniter, not a divider, using goodly speech to stave off medieval civil war and band brothers to face the common enemy of French invaders. The story follows the “Braveheart� model, alternating between ye olde publick struggle of poor, overtaxed civilians (such as the widowed Marion Loxley and her father, a retired knight played by Max von Sydow) and palace intrigue involving the newly ascendant King John, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Eileen Atkins), soldier-statesman William Marshal (William Hurt) and the like. At first Robin and his small gang are runaway Crusaders who, on their return to England, disguise themselves as knights and deliver the crown along with news of the death of King Richard (Danny Huston). To protect the Loxleys from the seizure of their lands, Robin stands in as Marion’s late husband. The pair slowly warm to each other, especially after Robin goes on his incipient mission of armed robbery, recovering grain from overzealous taxmen. The medieval legend of Robin Hood has often been in transition over the centuries, but the tale has always been essentially romantic escapism. The new film finds Robin playing at politics on the way to charging into epic broadsword-clanging battle. He’s a guy who speaks truth to power, telling kings off if necessary. But he takes no joy in it (sorry, Errol Flynn), and neither does Scott. What will sink “Robin Hood� as popular entertainment is that Helgeland has obviously hijacked the brand in an attempt to dramatize a bit of medieval history. What sinks Helgeland is that he has to keep coming back to Robin, a walking fiction that keeps demanding to be at the center of it all. Impressive recreations of period locations and dress contribute to the dirty and mostly grim tone, but somehow it’s all too tasteful to be interesting. Or worse, sometimes it’s faintly silly, as with a shadowy motif of forest-dwelling orphan boys, the revelation that Robin’s long-gone dad essentially wrote the Magna Carta, or the sight of Marion suiting up in chain mail. The result is a muddled compromise that likely won’t please history buffs, Robin Hood aficionados or casual summer-movie viewers. Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content. Two hours, 20 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Mother and Child -Sign up today www.PaloAltoOnline.com

(Palo Alto Square) Rodrigo GarcĂ­a spurned the common wisdom that urges one to “Write what you know.â€? Focusing on three intersecting stories of mothers and daughters, the writer-director of “Nine Livesâ€? has fashioned a reverential, idealized version of motherhood certain to polarize female viewers

who may not agree that having a baby is the ultimate goal in life. “Madonna and Childâ€? might have been a more appropriate title for a film that equates maternal bonds with purpose, saintliness and peace. The son of Colombian novelist and former film critic Gabriel GarcĂ­a MĂĄrquez knows how to create showy roles for actresses. Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington deliver brave performances, even though their characters ring false as often as they reveal authentic truths. All of them grapple with regret and the emotional costs of adoption — and they do so in a world in which men play conspicuously insignificant parts. Bitter, difficult and lacking social graces, physical therapist Karen (Bening) lives with her dying mother. Karen resents the woman who had forced her to give up a newborn daughter when she gave birth at the age of 14. She perceives her empty life as a chain of disappointments, until a widowed co-worker (Jimmy Smits) inexplicably falls in love with her. Elizabeth (Watts) is a driven, highly successful lawyer with ice running through her veins. The 37year-old values her independence, telling her future boss and lover (Samuel L. Jackson) that she has been on her own for two decades and is “not in the sisterhood.â€? That’s obvious. She almost slams her apartment door on the neighborly married couple who welcome her to the building — only to expose her naked body to the husband and seduce him for sport the next day. Guess what? Elizabeth was adopted, and therefore surfaces as the most twisted, damaged character in the two-hankie movie. The most likeable protagonist, Lucy (Washington) cannot have a baby and desperately wants to adopt one. But her husband (David Ramsey) insists on having a child of his own. Washington showcases her extraordinary emotional range, and GarcĂ­a’s narrative finally explores issues about the choices and role of the birth mother, as Lucy undergoes a heartbreaking search for a baby to love. Yet, at the same time, Garcia hammers home his view that adoption should be a choice only when no other alternative exists. As in “Crashâ€? or “Babel,â€? the separate story threads weave into a highly contrived ending that suggests a divine interconnection among the three women and sanctimoniously judges each one of them. For its strong point of view and tearjerker sentiment, “Mother and Childâ€? earns a spot in the women’s weepie genre. Although GarcĂ­a deserves kudos for giving juicy roles to three extremely talented actors, he conforms to the traditional conventions of the women’s picture by prescribing the rules of appropriate female behavior. Those in the sisterhood — as well as independently minded viewers of both genders — might take offense. Rated: R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language. 2 hours. 6 minutes. — Susan Tavernetti

Letters to Juliet --

(Century 16, Century 20) Care for some wine with your cheese? Both are on the menu in this roadtripping romance that features a talented cast and gorgeous locales but an overly sappy plot and napinducing pace. Imagine eating a pile of pancakes smothered with maple syrup and then needing an afternoon snooze. A charismatic cast helps alleviate the Velveeta overload. Aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) jaunts off to Verona, Italy, with her apathetic fiancĂŠ Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) for a “pre-honeymoon.â€? Victor’s busy schedule researching wine vendors for his fledgling New York restaurant offers Sophie plenty of solitary sight-seeing time. One such excursion leads her to Casa di Giulietta — House of Juliet — where love letters addressed to William Shake(continued on next page)

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Century 20: 2:25 & 7:20 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland (PG) ((

Century 20: (In 3D) 1:55 & 9:55 p.m.; Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. also at 11:20 a.m.; 4:35 & 7:15 p.m.; Tue. also at 11:20 a.m.

Babies (PG) ((((

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11 a.m.; 1:05, 3:10, 5:15, 7:25 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 1:40, 3:45, 5:50, 7:55 & 10:05 p.m.

The Back-up Plan (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20 & 4:50 p.m.; Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. also at 7:25 p.m.

City Island (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 4:50 & 9:40 p.m.

Date Night (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 12:10, 2:25, 4:40 & 6:55 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50 & 10:15 p.m.

Furry Vengeance (PG) 1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 2:20 & 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 1:50 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4:20 & 6:50 p.m.

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

Century 20: Fri.-Tue. & Thu. at 9:25 p.m.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ((((

Guild: 1:15, 4:30 & 8 p.m.

Harry Brown (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11:55 a.m.; 2:30, 5, 7:45 & 10:20 p.m.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ((1/2

Century 16: (In 3D) Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11:30 a.m.; 2, 4:25, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: (In 3D) 1:45, 4:15, 6:55 & 9:20 p.m.; Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at 11:15 a.m.

Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11:10 & 11:45 a.m.; 12:20, 1, 1:35, 2:10, 2:45, 3:20, 4, 4:35, 5:10, 5:45, 6:20, 7, 7:35, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 10 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:30 & 11 a.m.; 2, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 10:30 a.m.; 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Mon.-Wed. also at 11 a.m.; 2, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Just Wright (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11:50 a.m.; 2:35, 5:05, 7:30 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 1:35, 4:10, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m.

Kick-Ass (R) (((

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 9:15 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. at 10:20 p.m.

Letters to Juliet (PG) ((

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at 11:15 a.m.; 12:30, 1:45, 3, 4:20, 5:30, 7:05, 8, 9:35 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 1:15, 2:35, 3:55, 5:10, 6:35, 7:45, 9:10 & 10:25 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:40 a.m.







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MacGruber (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 a.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

Mother and Child (R) ((

CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:20 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:05 p.m.

Oceans (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. & Wed. at noon, 4:55 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:40, 4:45, 7:05 & 9:15 p.m.

Please Give (R) ((((

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Shrek Forever After (PG) (Not Reviewed)

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Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Century 16: Tue. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 8 p.m. our Military Heroes (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Times Talks Live: Lost (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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speare’s tragic character litter the wall. Sophie’s literary curiosity leads her to the “secretaries of Juliet� — three women who respond to the barrage of emotional notes. The gals readily bring Sophie into their fold and she soon discovers a decadesold letter from a woman named

May 14th at 7:00 pm Jean Cocteau‘s 3 movie cycle, the �ORPHIC TRILOGY� begins with a double feature:

Claire. Sophie’s heartfelt response coaxes Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) to Verona with her handsome (but brusque) grandson in tow (Christopher Egan as Charlie), and the three embark on a cross-country search for Claire’s long-lost love, Lorenzo. There is a poetic spirit at the heart of the film and the casting is quite good. Redgrave’s elegant presence is a boon and she brings an undeniable thespian prowess to the picture. Seyfried typifies the ingenue role and Egan flashes a hint of leadingman potential. But Bernal is wasted in a thankless part that offers the Mexican actor little opportunity to demonstrate the skills that earned

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him accolades in “Amores Perrosâ€? (2000) and “Y Tu MamĂĄ TambiĂŠnâ€? (2001). The lush Verona countryside is in full display and the scenery is gorgeous, but long expanses of searching for Lorenzo are drawn out and grow tiresome (though there are humorous interludes). It is a bit reminiscent of being stuck in the back of the family station wagon as an adolescent, restlessly repeating: “Are we there yet?â€? “Lettersâ€? is also often predictable and cliched, and the romantic subplots scream “Hollywood schmaltz.â€? Seyfried is establishing herself as a very charming leading lady, and it doesn’t hurt to have this kind of costar support. But “Lettersâ€? may be better suited in a Netflix envelope.

Fri/Sat Only Please Give 2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 9:35 5/14-5/15 Mother and Child 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05 Sun thru Thurs Please Give 2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 5/16-5/20 Mother and Child 1:30, 4:20, 7:15 Weds Only Please Give 2:45 5/19 Mother and Child 1:30, 4:20, 7:15

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Glass Wave musicians rehearse at The Knoll building at Stanford University. From left, they are Thomas Harrison, Dan Edelstein, Christy Wampole, Colin Camarillo and David Pogue Harrison. Veronica Weber

SCHOOLHOUSE When Stanford profs and students jam with their band, classics get a soulful spin

by Janet Silver Ghent reating a rocking finale for their Introduction to Humanities class two years ago, Stanford professors Dan Edelstein and Robert Pogue Harrison pulled out their guitars and bowled over their freshman students with a musical spin on the classics. With new lyrics, the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” transmogrified into a song about Dante’s descent into the inferno. Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” metamorphosed into Dido’s lament to Aeneas. The collaboration between Edelstein and Harrison ultimately created a rock band, Glass Wave. And with help from friends,

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relatives, musicians and Stanford sound engineer-producer Jay Kadis, the band has released a self-titled CD. The album of original music, bearing the name of the group, adds a novel dimension to Homer, Ovid and Shakespeare, among others. Some lyrics have a deliciously wicked edge. The nymph Echo, who loses Narcissus to his own reflection, sings: “i love you boy / and you love you, too,” and a weary Helen of Troy gripes: “life was such a bore / so i started a war.” But with soulful singing by Christy Wampole, and music with elements from ‘70s progressive rock as well as jazz, “Glass Wave” is more cerebral than satirical. Narrated from the point of view of such women as Nausicaa (“The Odyssey”), Ophelia (“Hamlet”) and a regretful Lolita suffering an identity crisis, the literary ballads take on a plaintive dimension. For comic relief, there’s Mrs. Bennet (the ditsy mother in “Pride and Prejudice”), but the overriding tone of the al-

bum is pathos. Even Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein creature moans and groans because he’s “all alone.” “When you have academics doing a rock album, the self-protective thing is to make it a parody,” Harrison said during a recent rehearsal at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). “I wanted to avoid falling into this easy category of irony, parody and humor.” With four literary scholars among the six band members, the cerebral element is a given. Harrison chairs Stanford’s department of French and Italian, where Edelstein is an assistant professor of French. Wampole, who learned the art of French chanson and cabaret music while living in France and later performed in Bay Area and Dallas nightclubs, is pursuing a Stanford doctorate in French and Italian literature. The bass player is Harrison’s brother, Thomas, a professor of Italian literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Rounding out the band are jazz drummer Colin Camarillo, a student at West Valley College; and CCRMA sound

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engineer and audio-recording teacher Kadis, who doubles on guitar and percussion. The band took the name “Glass Wave” from Ezra Pound’s “Cantos.” It echoes the sea-and-water theme that permeates the album, which begins with the wordless “Balena,” and includes the actual sounds of a humpback whale. The album concludes with “Moby Dick,” which tells Melville’s whale tale from the perspective of the great white. While they’re not about to give up their day jobs to cash in as rock stars, and they laugh at the idea of making money from the album, the scholars in the band were musicians before they were academics. The Harrison brothers, who are the sons of an American father and an Italian mother, spent their high-school years in Rome. With their blond hair and American looks, they made “decent money” pretending to be touring rock musicians who had just flown in from the States. But if they inadvertently lapsed into fluent Italian at the end of a concert, they had problems getting paid. “I would have liked to be a mu-

sician,” Thomas Harrison said. But when he entered Sarah Lawrence College, where his intention was to major in music, he said, “I was surrounded by people who were so much better.” Deciding to reinvent himself, he “became a literary person.” But the dream of playing in a band stayed with him. It also seems to have inspired his son Alex, who improvised on guitar with the band at the recent rehearsal. While many composers begin with the lyrics, Robert Harrison composes first and then decides which story would best fit the music. He described his style as “slightly progressive rock, but ... the progressive rock of the 1970s, when “instruments were allowed a lot of leeway to do their thing.” He added: “In the songs I’ve written, I’ve tried to let these instruments breathe a little bit, and that’s where this guy (Camarillo) fell out of heaven into our laps as a jazz drummer. When he came on board, we saw his talent and said, ‘Just go into the studio and let it rip.’” Even with a drummer, authentic whale wailing and a vocalist, one

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component was missing, a viola, so they asked Stanford dean Stephen Hinton, a musicologist, for suggestions. Then they remembered that Hinton himself plays the viola, and Hinton ended up making an appearance on the CD. However, Hinton is not the only classically trained musician on board. Edelstein’s first instrument was classical piano, and he trained in the United States and Europe. He also studied jazz trumpet for eight years. While in Geneva, where he attended a conservatory and completed his undergraduate degree at the university, Edelstein picked up guitar, played in a band called Google Plex and “learned to finger pick from a Swiss-German hard rock guitarist who’d done way too many drugs.” On the “Glass Wave” album, Edelstein also plays keyboards, sings backup and performs a haunting trumpet solo in “Helen.” Citing the influence of Sting as well as classical jazz, Edelstein said he enjoys “playing around with dissonance,” oscillating between major and minor in Helen of Troy’s melancholic soliloquy. “Dan made her into the first Stepford Wife,” Harrison joked. Edelstein, however, sees her as “Grandma Helen,” looking back. The idea for producing an album took root when Wampole happened to be sitting in Harrison and Edelstein’s final class. The three put their heads together and the composers decided to create original music that would showcase Wampole’s voice, envisioning the classics through the lens of a female narrator. Wampole, who learned the art of cabaret while living in France, closes her eyes as she experiences the music. Her voice is deep and throaty. “I think I’m actually a tenor, if you look at my range,” she said. Although she’s never studied voice, she played alto sax and was a drum major in high school. When the musicians first got together, they used Garage Band software, with mixed results. Then they got together with Kadis, who not only has a background in audio recording and production, but has also been a band musician. They credit him for turning their homespun efforts into an album. “He was incredibly patient,” Harrison said. “Without Jay, the whole thing wouldn’t have happened. His role was to guide us through.” Kadis said: “If I didn’t think they had a chance (of succeeding), I wouldn’t have done it. ... I could tell they could play.” N Info: The “Glass Wave” CD is available for $12.97 at www.cdbaby.com, where the songs are also downloadable. Downloads are also on iTunes and Amazon. For more about the band, go to www.glasswave-band.com.

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Arts & Entertainment ing from the Cantor’s 2006 exhibition “The Virgin, Saints, and Angels,” which explored art from 1600 to 1825 in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Marilynn and Carl Thoma, who collected those works, have also lent three other paintings from colonial South America to the Cantor. A gentler view of the world is seen in Francesco Guardi’s oil on canvas “Landscape with Ruins.” The 18thcentury Italian painter has captured the allure of the ruins in cloudy yet glowing light. His contemporaries cavort beneath the arches, which still contain elegance and dignity — even as This terra-cotta female head comes from the island of Chalke, dated in Greece’s Archaic Period (800-480 B.C.E.).

“Roman Ruins: Cascade Near Ponte della Trave,” a 1639 etching by Dutch artist Bartholomaeus Breenbergh.

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ou may not think you have much in common with a European man from the 1700s, but drop by an exhibit of ancient art. That fellow might have been fascinated by the same Grecian vase you can’t stop looking at. The enduring appeal of antiquity — its art, artifacts and architecture — is evident these days in a newly revamped gallery on the second floor of Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. The museum has opened a new, ongoing exhibition of European works both drawn from its collection and on long-term loan. One gallery section, its walls painted sky-blue, is dedicated to ancient Greek, Roman and Cypriot artifacts: marble torsos, animal sculptures, portrait reliefs. Across the gallery, a space for works on paper spotlights etchings, drawings, paintings and other images of ancient ruins, all done by European artists from past centuries who were beguiled by those venerable buildings. Works on paper are very lightsensitive, so these “small, focused displays” will change twice a year, according to European art curator Bernard Barryte. But for now, the second floor offers various glimpses of antiquity, through the eyes of the people who built, and of the people who depicted. The sky-blue area has display cas-

This vessel dates back to Greece’s Classical Period (479-323 B.C.E.). es packed with ancient figures, vessels and other items. A jaunty little Bronze Age bull sculpture from Cyprus, for instance, perches in front of a red-glazed terra-cotta jug made some time between 150 B.C.E. and 250 A.D. In another case, a krater — a vessel that ancient Greeks used for diluting wine and water — stands grandly, about 27 inches tall. Golden figures of people stand out against the dark background of the terra-cotta vessel, barely marred by time. It’s dated in Greece’s Classical period, possibly around 430 B.C.E. Guarding the exhibition are Roman marble torsos, sculptures that

undoubtedly would have fascinated the creators of the works on paper across the gallery. According to the exhibition cards, many 18th-century artists and academic sorts from Britain and other parts of Northern Europe were drawn to ancient Rome. One simply had to take the Grand Tour to Italy. And then put the view down on paper. On the Cantor walls, fruits of these journeys include “Arch of Constantine,” a graceful pen-andink drawing with watercolor attributed to French artist Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, possibly done in 1790. His paintings often depicted ruins, and “Arch of Constantine” has a majesty that seems to capture the artist’s awe of the imperial Roman arch. The Colosseum stands in the background. Nancy H. Ferguson, assistant curator of works on paper, wrote in the exhibition: “The imagery of ruins in prints, drawings and paintings can reflect religion, history or fanciful aesthetics. In the Renaissance, dilapidated buildings appeared in images of Christ’s birth or of saints, reflecting their humble environment and ancient civilizations. In the 17th century, ruins became secular and romantic subjects, often including dramatic light and shadow.” Another card speculates that the mountainous areas and warm skies of Southern Europe were especially attractive to Dutch artists, who came from a flat, rainy landscape. Many of the works on paper are meticulously detailed, especially the etchings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Every line is in place in his painterly “Temple of Hercules” from 1753-54, almost providing a clearer image than a camera could. The second-floor gallery also includes many European paintings and sculptures, some of which visitors may recognize from past exhibitions. Artists include the British painters Joseph Wright, Thomas Gainsborough and Gavin Hamilton; the Dutch painter Abraham van Beyeren; and the Milanese artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. One huge oil painting, “The Last Judgment,” stops many in their tracks. Painted by an unidentified artist in Cuzco, Peru, in the late 17th or early 18th century, it portrays heaven above and the terrifying inferno below, the dead suffering a myriad of agonies. Visitors may remember the paint-

greenery grows on them, creating new life atop the past. N What: “Collection Highlights from Europe, Ancient Greece and Rome,” an ongoing exhibition in a newly arranged gallery at the Cantor Arts Center Where: The museum is off Palm Drive at Museum Way, at Stanford University. When: The show is ongoing; works on paper will change twice a year. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

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ig names, local names and up-and-coming names are on the bill for this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival, now in its 39th season. The season starts June 16 with a pre-festival concert and then runs June 25 through Aug. 7. Linked with the Stanford Jazz Workshop and its camp and other education programs, the festival is all about passing love for the music to new generations. So the season includes plenty of tribute concerts where Stanford Jazz faculty and other musicians pay homage to the greats who inspired them. The first of four tribute concerts, on July 2, tips the hat to pianist Billy Strayhorn, composer and arranger for Duke Ellington’s band, who wrote “Take The ‘A’ Train.” For the performance, pianist Adam Shulman has arranged Strayhorn’s compositions for a quintet, which will also feature Patrick Wolff on saxophone, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Marcus Shelby on bass, and Smith Dobson V on drums. Teens take the stage for an Ella Fitzgerald tribute concert on July 11; singers Laila Smith and Holly Smolik from the jazz workshop will join more seasoned vocalists Mary Stallings and Kenny Washington to honor the queen of scat. Other tribute concerts will provide new takes on the music of Dave Brubeck (July 22), Django Reinhardt (July 28) and Stevie Wonder (July 29). Another big name, who will actually perform at Stanford, is vocalist/guitarist Keb’ Mo’. His Delta blues tradition should fit right in at bassist Ruth Davies’ Blues Night on July 25. Local folks will drop by as well. Menlo Park’s Tuck and Patti, a vocal-guitar duo who played the festival in 2006, are scheduled to perform their mix of jazz, folk, soul and pop on July 10. Pianist Taylor Eigsti, who grew up in Menlo Park, teams his trio with trumpeter Nicholas Payton on Aug. 3. Then, the Taylor Eigsti Group — another of the musician’s projects, in which he mixes pop and other styles with jazz — plays the festival on Aug. 7. Becca Stevens is the featured vocalist.

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Vocal-guitar duo Tuck & Patti Festival organizers say jazz is really “world music,” and the lineup certainly includes a mix of international flavors. After the pre-festival concert with pianist Dick Hyman on June 16, the festival starts June 25 with a night of Brazilian jazz featuring singer Luciana Souza and saxophonist Harvey Wainapel. The next evening, pianist Randy Weston explores jazz’s African roots with his African Rhythms Trio. Other global shows include Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela with her band on July 17, Latin jazz with the John Santos Sextet on July 18, and Khalil Shaheed and the Mo’Rockin Project — which includes Arabic and North African instruments — on July 19. N Info: All events are at Stanford University, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium or Campbell Recital Hall. Ticket prices vary. Go to stanfordjazz.org or call 650-725ARTS.

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aumé could be the soul of a new cuisine. Or it could be just another once-pretty face on a high-turnover restaurant corner of Palo Alto’s California Avenue. Two people ventured early behind the orange door and gave me their opinions about Baumé. One got all dreamy-eyed recalling his 10-course feast; the other said everyone in her party left hungry. I side with the besotted. But love it or hate it, you have to give Baumé major style points. The restaurant’s website describes Baumé as serving “French modern cuisine with a Zen touch.” Chef-owner Bruno Chemel, 41, studied macrobiotic cooking in Japan and worked at starry restaurants in France, New York, Southern California and San Francisco. Most recently, he headed the kitchen at Mountain View’s Chez TJ, with pastry chef Ryan Shelton and much of the staff of Baumé. They opened Jan. 28 and run a pretty tight little ship. There is science behind the food, but don’t feel compelled to dissect every dish. Eating at Baumé is delicious fun — a game in which you don’t know what’s going to happen. You have to know this: Baumé is a benevolent dictatorship. The choices are five-, 10- or 15-course dinner, made with the 20 or so in-

gredients listed. If you are allergic or just don’t want any ingredients, tell your server and the chef will leave them out. All we knew about a recent five-course meal, $78 per person, was that it would include young garlic, beef, saffron and 17 other ingredients. Whom does Monsieur Chemel think he is? And where? It’s Palo Alto: not New York, not Paris. Many of us would rather spend this kind of money at a steakhouse. And you know what, we still can. The two dining areas are cozy behind blackout windows and heavy drapes. Diners aren’t hovered over, but there is lots of frontroom staff, serving at a steady pace. Details extend to filtered tap water, cold without ice, poured behind a napkin without splashing. Decor is just beyond minimal. You look at each other or the food. And by the way, on a recent weeknight no one wore jeans. Our meal began splendidly, with a “chocolate truffle of olives.” Two balls of tapenade, cocoalookalikes in paper cups, were to be spread onto freshly toasted walnut bread. All breads are baked in-house. We had yeasty French epi rolls, with amazingly thin bottom crusts, and steamy soft whole-wheat buns. The part of butter was played by a cold, creamy balsamic-olive oil spread. Next to it was an herbal

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EARLY DINNERS ON THE CHEAP ... Responding to tough times, several Palo Alto restaurants are offering food at deep discounts off the menu prices. Round Table Pizza cuts pizza prices in half on Tuesdays at all three of its Palo Alto locations. Reposado, at 236 Hamilton Ave., has more than a dozen menu items marked half-off during its happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Most beers are also half off during that time. The lounge menu at Pampas at 529 Alma St. offers Brazilian appetizers at half-price between 5 and 7 p.m. And the Fish Market Restaurant at 3150 El Camino Real has a discounted happyhour menu on weekdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. The big feature is the 95-cent oysters, according to one restaurant employee. “I’ve seen people order 18 oysters at a time. They shuck them right in front of you in the bar. It’s a big draw,” she said. PALO ALTO LOSES ANOTHER RESTAURANT ... This time, it’s Robaii Falafel, the cozy family-run restaurant at 496 Hamilton Ave. Known for its $5 baba ghanoush, it would have celebrated its 12th anniversary this month if it hadn’t decided to throw in the towel last month. “We closed it. There were many issues,” Robaii owner Dar Nafar said. “It was a combination of the landlord, boredom and downtown depression,” he said. Robaii, which offered inexpensive Persian cuisine at Hamilton Avenue and Cowper Street, is seeking another location. Meanwhile, a new restaurant is preparing to move in and change the cuisine from Persian to Thai. Expected to open in the fall, it will be called Siam Orchid, and should not be confused with either Siam Royal or Krung Siam, two nearby restaurants on University Avenue. NUMBER THREE FOR COUPA ... Coupa Cafe, the Venezuelan

coffee shop at 538 Ramona St. in Palo Alto, opened another outlet last month; this is its second at Stanford University and its third in the Palo Alto area. The new cafe doles out coffee in a small kiosk outside the Green and Meyer libraries on the Stanford campus. Coupa’s other Stanford location, which opened in October 2008, is in the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (aka Y2E2 Building). The first Coupa, which started in downtown Palo Alto in 2004 and also serves an eclectic array of food, continues to be a popular venue for the wi-fi, coffee-drinking crowd. TOO MANY DOWNTOWN VACANCIES? ...Meanwhile, Coupa Cafe founder and co-owner Jean Paul Coupal returned to Palo Alto in early May after 14 months in his country-of-residence Venezuela and was shocked by the two dozen or so vacancies on University Avenue — and, he said, by how some landlords treat tenants. Triggered by a sudden 30-day lease-termination of a neighboring women’s clothing store on Ramona Street, Coupal voiced anger at the “unjust treatment” of short-notice tenants, and about the fashionable clothing shop’s being replaced by a store selling tennis shoes. “In Venezuela we have to deal with a dictatorship. In Palo Alto we have to deal with unjust landlords,” he said. He added that he wants other businesses and business organizations to protest such violations of “social responsibility,” he said. “Everyone is just appalled” among those he’s spoken with about the matter, he added.

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CAREER-ENDER . . . Redshirt junior point guard JJ Hones has been dismissed from the Stanford women’s basketball team due to a violation of team rules, head coach Tara VanDerveer announced Monday. According to Rivals.com, Hones was arrested on May 2 for driving under the influence, reckless driving, evading a police officer and resisting arrest on the Stanford campus. Stanford police Lt. Grant Cunningham told Rivals.com on Tuesday that according to police reports, Hones was driving a golf cart on campus in a reckless manner in the early hours of May 2 and failed to obey the commands of pursuing officers. She was eventually stopped and failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested, booked into Santa Clara County Jail and released on bond.

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HOOP HONORS . . . Three local girls’ basketball teams were honored recently by Cal-Hi Sports as five players and one coach received honors on the Division V all-state team. State champion Pinewood had three players named — juniors Hailie Eackles, Kelsey Morehead and Miranda Seto — plus head coach Doc Scheppler Eackles also was named to the second team among juniors in all divisions. Also receiving all-states honors were Castilleja senior Eve Zelinger and Eastside Prep junior Ahjalee Harvey. . . . Palo Alto residents James Girand, Amol Saxena and Karen Saxena placed fifth, 19th and 21st in their respective age groups at the Duathlon National Championships in Richmond, Va. All three qualified for the World Championships in Scotland later this year.

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Menlo senior Patrick Chase and his teammates will take their best shot at winning a ninth Central Coast Section team title on Friday against Saratoga. The defending champion Knights bring a 23-0 record into the match.

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Stanford men, women begin NCAA quests with the opening two rounds at home by Rick Eymer tanford sophomore Bradley Klahn gets most of the media attention and deservedly so. He’s been playing at the No. 1 spot for the Cardinal men’s tennis team the past two years. Klahn has won 32 of his 40 matches this year overall and reached the Pac-10 championship match in each the doubles and singles tournament for the second consecutive year. He’ll be playing at the top spot Saturday when Stanford (18-5) hosts Quinnipiac (10-4) at noon Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. There are other solid players in the lineup who have added their own touches to what could become a championship run for seventh-ranked Stanford. The eight-ranked Stanford women, with their top player Hilary Barte, are also contenders to the title. Barte will be the fourth seed in the NCAA singles tournament and will be joined by Mallory Burdette. The Cardinal (20-1) opens its run on Friday at 2 p.m. against visiting Fairfield (19-5) and will

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be looking to extend its 162-match home winning streak. Barte and Lindsay Burdette, the reigning national doubles runnerup, again will participate in the doubles competition. Klahn received a 9-16 seed in the men’s singles, and he’ll team with fellow sophomore Ryan Thacher in the doubles tournament as the No. 2 seed. Junior Alex Clayton is on the alternate list for singles. Thacher and junior Greg Hirshman each have quietly put together outstanding singles’ seasons. They’re tied for the team led with 18 dual-match victories, and both have won more than 20 matches overall. Thacher (25-8) became entrenched at the No. 3 spot in the order and helped Stanford record a 20-4 mark at the position. The only better position is at No. 6, where Hirshman (24-8) has guided the Cardinal to a 21-1 record. You won’t hear Stanford mentioned among the (continued on page 37)

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Palo Alto Blue 93 boys’ CYSA team overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Mountain View-Los Altos, 3-2, in overtime to win the U-17 NorCal State Cup on Saturday in Turlock. Riley Hanley had all three goals for Palo Alto . . . The Santa Clara Sporting 91, a U-18 CYSA team featuring Paly’s Jenner Fox and Chris Fisher of Menlo Park, won its second big tournament in as many weeks by winning the US Club Soccer State Cup championship following a 2-0 victory over Bay Oaks Romero.

ill Shine would like to keep the pressure off his Menlo School boys’ tennis team. He’d like to have the next match seems like every one before it. Truth is, however, it’s not. While the Knights have won eight Central Coast Section titles since 1998, the next one will be the biggest. Should the top-seeded and defending champion Knights (23-0) defeat the No. 2-seeded Falcons (22-3) on Friday in the section finals at Courtside Club in Los Gatos at 2 p.m., Menlo’s ninth crown will tie Gunn as the all-time section champion. The Titans won a record seven straight and nine of 10 from 197281 while setting the standard for excellence in CCS boys’ tennis. Now, Menlo has a chance to join the ranks of the all-time best — and in more ways than one. Among the Knights’ string of victories this season are four from winning the unofficial national title at the 11th annual National High School All-American Boys Invitational Team Tournament in Newport Harbor in March. “To claim that you’re the national champ, as unofficial as it is, you need to be the champion of your section,” said Menlo coach Bill Shine. “I think we have probably the strongest section in the nation.” Should Menlo win on Friday, it most likely will have to duplicate the feat at the NorCal Championships on May 21-22 in Oakley.

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Cardinal keeps a streak alive and honors a coach by winning national title by Rick Eymer ohn Kosty had been hearing it from some of the other coaches in the department the past couple of weeks. The pressure was on to continue the streak of consecutive academic school years with at least one NCAA title. As if the Stanford men’s volleyball team needed any more motivation. All the elements of a made-for-TV inspirational movie based on actual events were in place and it was four years in the making. “It’s been a fairy tale,” Stanford senior opposite Evan Romero said. “We wanted to end this the right way.” It ended perfectly. Here’s how Cardinal senior setter and national Player of the Year Kawika Shoji described it: “I ran down a dig and I passed it cross court. Then I watched Brad (Lawson) fly up in slow motion and crush it on the other side of the court.” And thus Stanford’s run to the NCAA championship ended, not with a whimper but with a bang. The top-ranked Cardinal beat Penn State, 30-25, 30-20, 30-18, on Saturday before a record home crowd of 6,635 excited fans at Maples Pavilion to write finish to one of the more improbable story lines in college sports lore. “It’s been a long road for us,” Kosty said. “It’s a tribute to how hard this team worked, how hard everybody in the program worked to put this team on the court.”

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The Stanford men’s volleyball team celebrated its first NCAA championship in the sport since 1997 following a three-game sweep of Penn State last weekend in Maples Pavilion, capping an amazing journey. There was a touch of sadness amidst a sea of celebration as the Cardinal took a moment, in the privacy of its own locker room, to honor one of its fallen heroes. Longtime assistant coach Al Roderigues passed away from stomach cancer on March 19 but not before Stanford found itself ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in nine years. Saturday the Cardinal put the finishing touches on its journey from “Worst to First,” a phrase Roderigues coined while Stanford struggled to a 3-25 finish in 2007, when the current seniors were freshmen. “We paid tribute to Al in the locker room,” said Kosty, who was in his first year as head coach in 2007. “He was with us. He would have hugged every single one of these guys with a smile and rosy cheeks. He appeared

calm but you knew when he was worked up when his cheeks turned red.” The program also paid tribute to the history of Stanford athletics. The championship victory meant the school extended a streak of 34 consecutive school years that it has won a national championship in any sport, an ongoing NCAA record. The women’s soccer team, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and men’s gymnastics teams each finished second in the nation this year, so his fellow coaches kept reminding Kosty of the necessity of winning. There were days when Stanford played in front of a few diehard fans in ancient Burnham Pavilion, where the hum of the computer keeping the statistics could be heard during timeouts.

It got a little better the next year when Stanford won five of its first seven matches dispelled notions that, perhaps, the program was in its death throes. And the cast of characters that began gathering each had their own distinctive flavor. On Nov. 11, 2006, then-coach Don Shaw announced the signings of Kawika Shoji, Garrett Werner and Ed Howell. Two weeks later Shaw announced his retirement. Evan Romero was almost an afterthought. Shoji grew up in Hawaii, a place where only football comes close to volleyball as a sporting interest. He grew up the son of legendary Hawaii women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji (Kawika means “Dave” in Hawaiian). He lived and breathed the (continued on page 40)

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with two wins over USC and UCLA, three over California and one over Michigan. The Cardinal has lost once each to USC and UCLA. Stanford has won both previous meetings with Pomona Pitzer, most recently on March 9, 2008. The Sagehens, which earned their second trip to the postseason in three years, are led by SCIAC Athlete of the Year Tamara Perea. Steffens was the only American named to the all-Olympic team in 2008. She was recently Stanford’s lone representative on the all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament team. Along with fellow seniors Kelly Eaton, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton, Alex Koran and Kelsey Holshouser, Steffens has been invaluable in limiting opposing teams to an average of five goals a game. While the seniors may be more experienced, Eaton said there’s no such thing as a single team leader this season. “Everyone, this year, has a role,” she said. “The freshmen and sophomores help lead this team, too. We wouldnít be as good as we are without them.” Menlo School grad Kim Krueger and Sacred Heart Prep grads Pallavi Menon and Vee Dunlevie are among the contributors. Sophomore Melissa Seidemann remains the team leader with 48 goals and junior Amber Oland is one of the top

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by Rick Eymer tanford fifth-year senior defender Jessica Steffens influences the way a water polo game is played by her mere presence in the pool. She doesn’t even have to score a goal to do it either. Steffens, who took a year off in 2007 to train with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been praised as one of the top 2-meter defenders in the country, regardless of age level. Steffens, one of four seniors on the Cardinal roster, hopes to help bring home Stanford’s first NCAA title since 2002. The curtain rises on the final act of the season Friday when the thirdranked and top-seeded Cardinal (24-2) meets No. 8 seed Pomona Pitzer (18-14) in the first round of the championships at 4 p.m. at San Diego State’s Aztec Aquaplex. Should Stanford advance, the semifinal opponent will be either California or Michigan. UCLA and USC are expected to meet in the other championship final. The Sagehens enter the contest on a five-game winning streak after beating Occidental, 12-11 in SCIAC Tournament championship contest. They are 0-1 against the field, having lost at Loyola Marymount, 14-4, about a month ago. Stanford, meanwhile, is 8-2 against the field

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favorites but coach John Whitlinger put together a competitive schedule that should have the team battletested and postseason ready. The Cardinal played just five matches against teams that did not qualify for the NCAA tournament. Stanford has nearly as many wins (13) against the tournament field than the Bobcats have played. All five losses are to NCAA squads. The Cardinal, co-champs in the Pac-10, lost to USC twice, California, Texas and Baylor. The Stanford women are even more impressive, having won 13 of 14 matches against the NCAA field. The Cardinal regained the Pac-10 title with an unblemished conference season. Its only loss came at UCLA in a nonconference affair. The Bruins won that match, 6-1. Stanford beat UCLA, 5-2, at home and edged USC and Washington by identical 4-3 scores. The eighthseeded Cardinal won’t be on very many favorite lists but that’s never bothered Stanford. Coach Lele Forood usually has her team peaking at the end of the season and it showed down the stretch as the Cardinal won its last 13 matches. Lindsay Burdette is the only senior on the squad but Barte and fellow junior Carolyn McVeigh have plenty of postseason experience while sophomore Veronica Li and freshmen Mallory Burdette and Stacey Tan have all won critical matches during the year. Stanford (109-14 in the NCAA tournament) is making its 29th consecutive appearance in the postseason. Fairfield advanced for the second straight year and third overall. The Stags won the MAAC title. Pepperdine and SMU will also play their first round match at Stanford on Friday. The winners play Saturday with a berth in the Sweet Sixteen on the line. On the men’s side, Pepperdine and Hawaii meet at Taube Tennis Center Saturday morning with the winners playing Sunday for the right to advance to Georgia for the Round of 16. The Stanford men, on a sevenmatch winning streak, have two seniors on the roster in Richard Wire and Paul Morrissey. Wire is another 20-match winner for the Cardinal, giving the team five of them. Junior Alex Clayton has a 21-11 overall mark. Denis Lin could join the club with a win Saturday. Quinnipiac qualified for the field by winning the Northeast Conference Tournament title. The Bobcats are in their fourth postseason in the past seven years. N

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he Central Coast Section baseball players get under way next week and at least three local teams will be continuing their seasons — Palo Alto, Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep. How all three finish up will be determined by Friday when the regular season ends. For Paly coach Erick Raich, he wouldn’t mind wrapping things up a day early. That was a possibility when the Vikings visited Wilcox in the second game of a best-of-three series to decide the outright championship in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Paly needed a victory to avoid playing the Chargers in a winner-take-all game on the Vikings’ field Friday at 3:30 p.m. Palo Alto moved to within a victory of clinching the outright title with a 5-4 victory over visiting Wilcox on Tuesday. The Vikings improved to 25-3 and kept their winning streak intact at 20 straight. “This game was great for us to get ready for CCS,” said Raich. The Vikings are likely to receive the No. 1 seed for the CCS Division II playoffs no matter what happens in the series with Wilcox, which seemingly had control of Tuesday’s game. Palo Alto had no hits through four innings and trailed, 2-0, before exploding for four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Vikings got their first run when Scott Witte’s grounder to short was thrown away at first. Joc Pederson then blooped a single to left and Christian Bono walked to load the bases. Senior Wade Hauser singled in two runs and junior T.J. Braff singled in another for a 4-2 lead. The Chargers rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth, but Paly got the winner in the bottom of the inning when Drake Swezey walked, moved to second when Witte also walked, and then stole third. The throw eluded the Wilcox third baseman and Swezey scored the winning run. While Palo Alto was rallying to

win, host Gunn saw its potential title hopes in the SCVAL El Camino Division disappear in a 2-1 loss to Milpitas. The Titans (8-6, 11-13-2) gave up two unearned runs in the first inning and couldn’t make them up while losing their second straight after moving into a tie for first last week. Menlo coach Craig Schoof will go after his 400th career victory on Friday when the Knights close their West Bay Athletic League season against host Crystal Springs at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City at 4 p.m. A victory will give Menlo (8-1, 20-6) a share of the league title, should co-leader Sacred Heart Prep also win on Friday. Schoof will take a mark of 399223-1 into the regular-season finale following an 11-0 romp over visiting King’s Academy on Wednesday. The victory was the Knights’ 20th of the season, the third straight year that Menlo has won at least 20 contests. Sophomore lefthander Jake Batchelder (8-0) got the win as he lowered his ERA to 1.17. Three pitchers limited the visitors to just three hits. Stanford-bound Danny Diekroeger had two hits, including a solo home run in the first inning that hit the scoreboard. Sophomore Dylan Mayer had three hits and raised his batting average in league play to .645 (20 for 31). Robert Wickers also contributed three hits to the Knights’ 15-hit attack. In another WBAL contest, Sacred Heart Prep celebrated its Senior Day with a 20-3 blasting of visiting Crystal Springs. The Gators (8-1, 14-11-1) had 19 hits, with senior Bryan Kohrs getting three while driving in seven runs. Ian Lynch contributed two hits and four RBI as John Geary (4-2) picked up the win. In the PAL Bay Division, Half Moon Bay rallied from a 2-0 deficit, scoring one run in the sixth and two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat visiting Menlo-Atherton, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon. N

tough, but dropped the first set 6-3. Menlo had the victory locked up at that point and defaulted. It was Palo Alto’s lone victory in the 6-1 semifinal loss. Earlier in the day, Saratoga dismantled No. 3 Bellarmine, 7-0. “Menlo is just too talented and too deep,” said Paly coach Andy Harader, who said he was just happy to be in the semifinals after upsetting No. 4 St. Ignatius on Tuesday in San Francisco. “I was surprised we won yesterday, so it’s good to be here,” Harader said. “Plus we got a shot at the No. 1 team in the country.” Harader attempted to win some points in doubles by moving some of his top singles players there, but Menlo’s Justin Chan and Andrew

Carlisle won at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-0, while the teams of Daniel Morkovine-Kyle Sum and Jonathan Katzman-Brian Peltz lost only a combined four games between them. Patrick Chase, who won easily at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-0), is one of only three seniors who played Wednesday. Ball and Peltz were the others. Richard Pham, one of three freshmen who played against Paly, was perfect at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0, as was fellow freshman Andrew Ball at No. 4. Morkovine is the other first-year player. The Knights feature five, all of whom have contributed to the team’s success. That, in itself, has to be a little frustrating for Harader, who will lose eight seniors off this team.

Thus, he’ll savor this year’s accomplishments as long as he can. “We had no expectations this season,” said Harader, “and we did really well.” Menlo, on the other hand, had big expectations once the national invitational title was won. That put the Knights in position to accomplish something that no other high school tennis team in Northern California has done — win that unofficial title and finish the season unbeaten. Menlo is now just four victories away from doing just that. The team’s next win, however, will be the toughest — and probably the biggest. “That’s why I think this match will be the match,” said Shine. N

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by Keith Peters he Palo Alto girls’ lacrosse team will play for the first-ever Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship, get a chance at revenge, and do it all on its home field Saturday after advancing to the finals with an 11-8 victory over visiting Pioneer on Wednesday. The top-seeded Vikings (15-4) will host No. 3 St. Francis in the title match at 11 a.m. The Lancers advanced with a 17-10 victory over No. 2 Los Gatos in the other semifinal. Palo Alto and St. Francis have split their league matches this season, but the Lancers won the last meeting, on their field, by one goal. The Vikings had a good tuneup for the finale by jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first half. Kimmie Flather, Charlotte Biffar and Brianna Boyd all scored three goals while Emily Benatar and Emily Fowler each had a goal and an assist. The West Bay Athletic League semifinals were played Thursday with top-seeded Menlo hosting Castilleja and No. 2 Sacred Heart Prep hosting Burlingame. The winners will advance to the championship game on Saturday at Palo Alto High at 9 a.m. The boys’ SCVAL championship match also is scheduled for Saturday at Paly, starting at 1 p.m. In the girls’ WBAL quarterfinals on Tuesday, Castilleja held off Menlo-Atherton for the second time in back-to-back matches, but the latest triumph proved to be the most important as the Gators advanced to the semifinals with a 17-16 victory. The previous meeting between the teams resulted in an 18-16 win by Castilleja, which earned the Gators the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Stephanie Merenbach scored five goals and added three assists for the Gators (6-7) while Martha Harding had six goals and one assist in the

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There are rumors, however, that Saratoga won’t be at full strength for NorCals, due to a national agegroup tournament in Sacramento the same weekend. Thus, a win on Friday appears to be a ticket to the NorCal title, a 27-0 record (best in school history) and bragging rights to being the best team in the nation. “This is probably the biggest match in Menlo tennis history,” Shine said. No pressure, of course. “You’ve got to win these matches,” Shine said of CCS and NorCals.

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Palo Alto’s Kimmie Flather (11) scored three goals in an 11-8 semifinal victory over Pioneer in the SCVAL lacrosse semifinals Wednesday. high-scoring affair. Neli Jasuja added four to Castilleja’s total. Christina Rodgers and Becca Higgitt each scored three times for the Bears. Softball Castilleja saw its winning streak end and most likely a shot at an undisputed softball title in the WBAL following a 2-1 loss in eight innings to host Mercy-Burlingame on Wednesday. The Gators (11-2, 168-2) still have a chance to tie for the league title by beating host Kingís Academy (12-1, 17-9) on Friday. A victory by King’s will relegate Castilleja to second place. Castilleja senior Sammy Albanese did what she could to keep her team in the game as she struck out 18 and allowed no earned runs. She now has 322 strikeouts this season. Albanese, however, was betrayed by two errors as Mercy (10-3, 1310) scored once in the bottom of the seventh to tie and again in the eighth to win. Mercy managed just two hits off Albanese while the Gators also had three hits while striking out 14 times. On Tuesday, Albanese pitched a four-inning perfect game, striking out all 12 batters she faced, to lead Castilleja to a 15-0 victory over visiting Mercy-San Francisco. Albanese ended the game with a walk-off home run (her second homer of the “We have to win both.” The difficult task is beating Saratoga a third straight time. A fourth straight time might be a moot point, depending on the Falcons’ personnel at NorCals. Saratoga has improved each time since facing. Shine also believes he may see a different lineup than in the previous two meetings. “Maybe it’s a compliment, that they’re doing everything they can to beat us,” Shine said. “I’m not going to change anything; it’s been going too good.” Things were as perfect as they could be for Menlo until Wednesday when Menlo senior Jamin Ball took ill before his match with Paly sophomore Nicky Hu. Ball hung

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game) to cap festivities on Senior Day. Albanese is the only graduating senior on the team. She finished with seven RBI while Gina Freehling added two doubles and Amy Yamamura one. Also in the WBAL, Menlo (8-5, 11-5) got a two-hitter from freshman pitcher Kelly McConnell in a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose. In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo-Atherton senior Tami Vujovich closed her prep career on a high note by tossing a no-hitter and striking out 16 in a 7-1 victory over host South San Francisco (1-11) on Wednesday. Vujovich also contributed two hits and two RBI to the triumph while Seini Moimoi had a home run among her two hits and drove in three. Hannah Rosenfeld contributed two hits as the Bears finished 6-6 in league (8-16 overall) with a three-game winning streak. Elsewhere, Gunn is in and Palo Alto is hoping to get in following two key softball victories by the teams on Tuesday. The Titans clinched their first berth into the CCS playoffs since 1996 with a 4-3 triumph over host Monta Vista in a SCVAL El Camino Division game. The victory keeps Gunn (9-2, 17-9) tied for first place while the Matadors fell out of a tie


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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto High The sophomore swimmer won two individual events in meet-record times, breaking a school record in the 200 free, in addition to anchoring the 200 free relay to a meet record as the Vikings won the SCVAL De Anza Division finals.

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Maurice Williams Palo Alto High The junior won three individual events, including a big PR of 44-5 1/2 in the triple jump, and ran a leg on the second-place 400 relay to help the Vikings finish second at the SCVAL De Anza Division Track and Field finals.

Honorable mention Sammy Albanese* Castilleja softball

Kiana Choroski Gunn track & field

Angela Gradiska Pinewood track & field

Claire Klausner Gunn softball

Sarah Liang Palo Alto swimming

Margaret Wenzlau Palo Alto swimming

Jake Bruml Menlo baseball

Andrew Buchanan Menlo golf

Kyle Bullington Menlo lacrosse

Philip MacQuitty* Palo Alto track & field

Byron Sanborn Palo Alto swimming

Drake Swezey Palo Alto baseball * previous winner

To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com

at 8-3 (16-6). After falling behind 3-0 after one inning, Gunn rallied in the fourth with two runs on hits by Taylor Aguon, Nikki Schwardt and Laura Kidder. The Titans scored the deciding runs in the sixth. Freshman pitcher Claire Klausner walked and eventually scored the tying run. Senior Brooke Binkley tallied the winner after reaching base on an error, advancing to third on singles by Carly Fisher and Aguon and then stealing home. Klausner improved to 16-8 with 12 strikeouts. She allowed six hits, but settled down after giving up the three first-inning runs. At Palo Alto, the Vikings (6-6, 18-9) kept their CCS playoff hopes alive with an 8-7 victory over visiting Fremont in 11 innings on Tuesday. Paly will have to hope for an atlarge berth into the section playoffs after its second-straight victory. “That was unbelievable,� said Paly coach Tim Anderson. “I was jumping up and down during and after the game. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of.� Palo Alto had to endure two different tiebreakers (first with a runner starting at second and the other with a runner at third) after the contest ended in a 4-4 deadlock after seven innings. The Vikings trailed in both, 6-4 and 7-6, before finally winning it in the 11th on Caroline McDonnell’s RBI single. The bottom of the 11th started with Caitlin Tirador placed at third with the Vikings trailing by 7-6. Gracie Marshall ripped a triple to right field to bring Tirador home with the tying run. Marshall then was thrown out at home trying to score on Gracie Stafford’s grounder. Lauren Bucolo singled Stafford to second and McDonnell followed up her triple earlier in the game with the game-winning single.

Swimming It was billed as a showdown between the Palo Alto and Gunn girls, and the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships was every bit of that and more last week at Gunn High. Perhaps as expected, the Palo Alto girls won an eighth-straight title by scoring 483 points. Gunn challenged the entire afternoon, getting to within 14 points before eventually settling for second with 449. The Vikings won the overall league crown by virtue of winning the championship meet. In the boys’ meet, Monta Vista swam away from runnerup Paly in the late going to win with 414 points to the Vikings’ 354. Gunn was sixth

with 227. Palo Alto sophomore Jasmine Tosky was the meet’s standout performer as she won the 200 free in 1:47.86, an automatic All-American time that not only broke the meet record of 1:49.26 by Paly’s Caroline Killian, but broke Killian’s school mark of 1:48.69 from 1998. This was accomplished without Tosky being tapered or shaved, which she will for CCS. Tosky also won the 100 free in 50.20, which broke her own meet record of 51.12 set in Thursday’s trials. That, too, was an automatic AllAmerican time. She also anchored the Vikings’ 200 free relay to victory in a meet record of 1:37.09. N

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sport and grew into one of its best players. After winning three matches his first year, did Shoji think this might happen? “I had hoped; I dreamed,” he said. “I don’t know if I expected it. I knew a lot of hard work would get us far. We didn’t take a day off” Shoji spent hours in the video room over the years trying to improve his technique and helping his teammates do the same. The offseason conditioning, far away from the bright lights of Maples, was another factor in Stanford’s success. “We understood we had to get better every day,” Shoji said. “If you think otherwise, there’s another team ready to move past you.” Romero arrived at Stanford as a brash young man full of confidence but not many skills. He had raw talent but needed a lot of work. “I told coach we were going to win the national title my first year here and you saw how that worked out,” he said. “I told coach a lot of things. But he instilled confidence in us and said it would be a process.” Shaw and former men’s coach Rueben Nieves, who was at the helm in 1997 when Stanford last won the national title, were in attendance Saturday as were a lot of alumni. “That’s what makes this one so sweet,” Kosty said. “It’s about the program and the players over the years that didn’t have this opportu-

nity. This is a lot about Stanford volleyball, women and men. Don Shaw did an incredible job with the women’s program, probably something that has not been done again.” “Coach mentioned everybody who helped the program but he forgot to mention himself,” Romero said. “He recruited amazing student-athletes and worked as hard as anybody. He showed extreme patience with us. We couldn’t want anything more.” Lawson recorded 24 kills on 28 total attacks, with one hitting error, in leading Stanford to the NCAA championship in its first appearance in the Final Four since 1997. Spencer McLachlin, whose father Chris McLachlin helped start the men’s program at Stanford, added 12 kills and Romero had 11 as the Cardinal (24-6) won their first title since 1997. National Player of the Year Kawika Shoji added 47 assists and 10 digs as Stanford hit an improbable .495 as a team, with Lawson hitting an amazing .821. Shoji and Lawson shared the NCAA Championships MVP trophy. Stanford libero Erik Shoji had 10 digs, including several that kept rallies alive. The first set was tied at 19-all before Stanford ran off a short run. Penn State also held a lead in the second set at 15-13 before Romero and Lawson sparked a four-point run that gave the Cardinal the lead for good. Stanford never trailed in the third set. And the rest, they say, is history. N

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Menon each following13 goals behind Eaton’s 45. Softball Stanford opened its final Pac-10 series of the season Thursday night against visiting Oregon. The series continues Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes with a noon game Saturday. Despite its recent struggles, the No. 15 Cardinal (5-13, 33-17) figures to be one of seven conference teams to advance to the NCAA tournament. The Pac-10 is considered the strongest overall conference in the nation. Baseball Until this season, junior outfielder Dave Giuliani was best known for scoring the winning run in a game against Vanderbilt last season. He also scored a game-tying run. Giuliani continued his recent success with four hits as the Stanford baseball team beat host San Jose State, 8-3, in a nonconference game Wednesday night. The Cardinal (10-8, 26-18) opens a three-game Pac-10 series at home against Washington State with a 6 p.m. start Friday on Fireworks Night. Zach Jones drove in three runs for Stanford, which has won five of its last six games. Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. N

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