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Impacts of Stanford hospitals’ ‘renewal’ detailed Newly released Draft Environmental Impact Report identifies projects’ impacts on air quality, traffic, noise by Gennady Sheyner tanford University Medical Center’s sweeping proposal to rebuild and expand its hospital facilities threatens to bring — along with improved medical care — additional traffic, noise and pollution to Palo Alto, some of which cannot be avoided or mitigated, a detailed en-
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ment and more than 2,200 new employees to Palo Alto by 2025. The project includes reconstruction of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, an expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, renovation of Hoover Pavilion and replacement of School of Medicine facilities. The completion of the report is a “significant milestone” in the rebuilding project, dubbed “Project Renewal,” executives of both hospitals said in a joint letter released
Wednesday afternoon shortly before the city released the report. Stanford officials say the improvements will bring the medical complex into line with California’s seismic requirements, relieve a shortage of hospital beds, add much-needed patient rooms and further enhance the medical and health care facilities and care. But according to the new Draft Environmental Impact Report the project would bring a host of other impacts — not all of them desirable.
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Palo Alto may keep traffic team, crossing guards City Council committee turns down plan to cut funding for crossing-guard program and police traffic officers by Gennady Sheyner acing a crowd of Palo Alto children wearing bike helmets backed by concerned parents, a City Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday to spare crossing guards and traffic enforcers from the falling city budget ax. The committee recommendation must be approved by the full council as part of the overall budget, scheduled for June. The council’s Finance Committee voted to reject recommendations in City Manager James Keene’s proposed budget to eliminate the fiveofficer traffic team and the school crossing-guard program in fiscal year 2011, which begins on July 1. With the city facing a projected $7.3 million budget gap, the proposed budget included both programs on its list of cuts. But after receiving a flurry of emails and hearing from a group of parents, the committee agreed to keep the programs in place. Most speakers at the committee’s review of the Police Department budget told the council that the traffic programs are needed to ensure children are able to get to and from school safely. “I don’t know how anyone, including people in the school district, will be able to live with themselves if just one child is hurt and killed by this decision,” Nina Bell, who lives next to Terman Middle School, said before the committee took its vote. The traffic officers and the crossing guards were the only positions the committee chose to remove from
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Katya Villalobos, who takes over as principal of Gunn High School July 1, is committed to creating a community where teachers and students can shine.
New Gunn principal has a passion for history Katya Villalobos has worked at Gunn or Paly since 1995, save for one year by Chris Kenrick
hough born in El Salvador and educated at an all-girls Catholic high school, Katya Villalobos is steeped in the ways of Palo Alto public schools. Villalobos, who takes over as principal of Gunn High School July 1, came to town as a student-teacher in 1995 and — save for one year — has worked at Gunn or Palo Alto High School ever since. She’s well-known to many local students and parents for her outsized passion for history and an enthusiasm for the high school years.
“I love teenagers — they’re just awesome,” Villalobos said expansively in a recent interview at Gunn, where she is finishing a two-year run as a history and social-studies teacher. “I know some people are scared off by them, but they keep me honest for sure, energized and on my toes. “One of my goals, regardless of where I am in life, is to create a sense of community and a culture where teachers and students can shine.” Among Villalobos’ earliest memories is boarding a Pan Am jet in
San Salvador and heading for California. She was 4 years old. “I remember my mom crying because she was leaving her family. But my brother and I were having fun because we were on a plane,” she said. Her father, Jose Villalobos, an accountant and mechanic in El Salvador, had planned to emigrate to the United States to work a few years before returning home, she said. “My mom said, ‘I don’t want to be a single mother — we want to come there too.’ We were little, and my mom worried about us not being with our dad. “My dad got the money together and paid for the airline tickets.” The family settled in San Francisco, thrived — and stayed put. Villalobos’ mother, Carmen, a nurse in El Salvador, obtained California credentials and worked at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, from which she is retired. Jose retired as a mechanic from the Yel-
low Cab Co. in San Francisco. Villalobos was sent to Catholic schools in the city and developed an early love of history. “It started with my dad at the dinner table,” she said. “He’d always want us to talk about what was going on in the world. “Ancient Greece in sixth-grade really captured me. I was fascinated that we could read speeches people wrote thousands of years ago — that they were translated and you can still read them today. “It’s that idea that we’re all links in a chain. It doesn’t make us any less or better, but we’re attached to all the people who came before us.” Villalobos attributes what she calls her “academic fearlessness” to a high school education at the allgirls Mercy Burlingame. “That’s where I think my mouth grew,” she said. “I didn’t really grasp it at the time, but there was a plan or a vi(continued on page 7)
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I love teenagers â€” theyâ€™re just awesome. â€” Katya Villalobos, who begins as Gunn High School principal July 1. See story on page 3.
UNDER FIRE ... Tension between the Palo Alto City Council and local firefighters flared up Tuesday night, when the councilâ€™s Finance Committee was reviewing the departmentâ€™s proposed budget for fiscal year 2011. The review came just minutes after the committee recommended approval of the Police Departmentâ€™s budget, which eliminates two financial-crime investigators, a member of the traffic-enforcement team and the crime analyst responsible for gathering traffic-stop demographic information. The Police Department identified further cuts in order to help the city meet its projected $7.3 million budget gap, but the committee agreed that the department has sacrificed enough and voted to restore some of its boldest proposed cuts. The committee had a harsher assessment of the Fire Departmentâ€™s proposed budget, which would raise department expenditures by more than $750,000. Tony Spitaleri, president of Palo Alto Firefighters union, told the committee that the departmentâ€™s command staff has already been â€œtorn apartâ€? by past cuts. The committee was not impressed. â€œI donâ€™t think the Fire Department is stepping up to the plate like all other departments,â€? Councilman Larry Klein said. The committee then ordered staff to â€œredoâ€? the Fire Department budget and assume in its new proposal a 4 percent reduction in employee compensation. Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa, the lone dissenter, argued that making assumptions about the firefighter contracts while the city is negotiating with the firefighters union over these contracts is a â€œbad way to do budget.â€? THAT BUZZ ALL AROUND US! ... If youâ€™ve ever doubted the ability of small people, or things, to make a difference, well, youâ€™ve never been in bed with a mosquito, author and Web entrepreneur Arianna Huffington told a mostly female crowd of tech executives last week. Huffington addressed an awards gathering of the Palo Alto-based Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, a group aimed at promoting technical women at all levels. Honorees included
Lila Ibrahim of Palo Alto, general manager of Intelâ€™s Emerging Markets Platform Group, and U.S. Undersecretary of Energy Kristina M. Johnson, who earned her bachelorâ€™s, masterâ€™s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Musing on leadership, â€œfearlessnessâ€? and the state of the world, Huffington warned that lack of sleep and too much multi-tasking have led us astray. â€œDo not plug in your devices near where youâ€™re sleeping,â€? she advised. â€œWhen you wake up in the middle of the night, the temptation to look at your Blackberry or your iPhone is overwhelming. You might go back to sleep, but itâ€™s not the same.â€? â€˜BETTY MELTZER HIGHWAYâ€™ SIGN UNVEILING FRIDAY ... A ceremony marking the official renaming of El Camino Real in Palo Alto the â€œBetty Meltzer Memorial Highwayâ€? will be held Friday, May 28, at noon at the entrance to El Camino Park. The renaming is to honor her work on behalf of planting trees along the state highway, prior to her death last year. The unveiling of the new sign will complete the dedication process, which will be commemorated by several speakers. FUMIGATION ... Next year, the Main Library on Newell Road will receive a long-awaited facelift, thanks to a $76 million bond voters approved in 2008. But first, city officials will tackle a more pressing need: killing the termites infesting the popular library. This Memorial Day, a Terminix crew will set up a tent around the library and fumigate the building. The library will be closed May 28-30 and reopen June 1, following the holiday weekend. Library staff discovered the termite problem earlier this year, when they found â€œtermite debrisâ€? falling from the ceiling in one of the libraryâ€™s staff areas. In February, Terminix inspected the building and found the wood-chewing pests. During the fumigation, the libraryâ€™s book drops, including the one in the parking lot, will be closed. No items will be due until after the library reopens. N
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Briones House makes ‘11 Most Endangered’ list National Trust for Historic Preservation lists it among nation’s most endangered historic places by Sue Dremann and Jay Thorwaldson
alo Alto’s oldest structure, the 1844 adobe home of Juana Briones, was named on Wednesday to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The home has been a source of contention and litigation between property owners and the City of Palo Alto for years, while efforts to preserve the house go back into the early 1980s. The home was named a California State Historic Landmark more than 50 years ago and was once a destination for tours by schoolchildren. Today the home is in disrepair and threatened by demolition while locked in a legal standoff between the city and its owners. The house, once the center of a vast rancho, stands on a 1.5-acre site at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the lower Palo Alto foothills. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie said the new designation won’t have a direct affect on a lawsuit between the city and owners but it could have an indirect impact. “It strengthens the commitment of the city to preserve the house,” he said. “It was a very rigorous process to get this listed.” Briones, a businesswoman and mother of eight, was one of only 34 women documented as a landowner in California after she was granted a historic legal separation from her abusive husband in 1844, according to a news release by the trust. She built her home on a 4,400-acre parcel purchased from Native Americans. In July 2007 a stay of demolition was granted relating to a lawsuit involving the Friends of Juana Briones, the City of Palo Alto and the owners. The stay prevented owners
Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer from demolishing the house, even though they had a court-ordered city permit to do so. “The Juana Briones House is a rare tangible vestige of a unique and largely unknown story, one that can’t be forgotten,” Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation said in the statement. The home is a rare example of a rammed-earth and wood-crib construction, called encajonado, and offers insights into life on an early California rancho, according to the press release. The house had been remodeled nearly a century ago, when two wings were added. The national “endangered” listing did not happen by accident. Jeanne Farr McDonnell of Palo Alto, author of the book, “Juana Briones of 19th Century California,” said she filled out the paperwork to get the house listed on the National Trust’s most-endangered list. Brian Turner, an attorney for the National Trust’s regional office in San Francisco and member of her group, The Briones Informals, suggested she apply to get the house listed, she said. The significance goes beyond the original three-room home, McDonnell said. “It helps us appreciate other cultures and the impact of women and other cultures in where we are today,” she said. The house expresses a continuity of local history going back to the area’s Ohlone people: a wall of stones piled by native people living at the site encloses the patio, Briones’ three rooms represent the Spanish period and ad-
department has already reduced staff to close budget gaps in previous years. “We’ll take the remaining resources we have and make sure we do the best we can with them,” Burns said. The loss of the two detectives specializing in financial crime is expected to impact the department particularly severely, given the increasingly prominent role of technology and the high frequency of identity-theft crimes in Palo Alto, Burns said. He said the department would not be able to investigate the same number of fraud cases with the two officers gone. The committee also backed Keene’s recommendations to increase fines for parking violations by $3 in July and directed staff to consider a $6 jump in fines. The city also hopes to come to an arrangement with the Palo Alto Unified School District to split the funding for the city’s school-resource officer. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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Keene’s proposed list of budget cuts. The Police Department still stands to lose two investigators specializing in financial fraud and identity theft; a crime analyst who collects demographic data from traffic stops; and the officer charged with enforcing the city’s leaf-blower ordinance. And the traffic team, while remaining intact, would lose one of its five positions. Police Chief Dennis Burns told the committee Tuesday that the department has lost 12 sworn-officer positions and 14.5 civilian positions since 2003. Its force, which numbered 108 sworn officers in 1975, would shrink to 85 in 2011, assuming the full council approves the committee’s recommendations in late June. He said the cuts were particularly difficult to make this year because the
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Burt suggested adding more language to the legislation to ensure that if Caltrain receives the federal funding, those funds would continue even if the High-Speed Rail Authority changes the alignment of the rail system or fails to complete the project. The committee unanimously adopted his suggestion. Caltrainâ€™s proposed amendments would also ensure that the federalstimulus funds could be used on the Peninsula even if the rail authority fails to get environmental clearance for its San Franciscoto-San Jose segment by November 2011, as is legally required. If the rail authority doesnâ€™t meet this deadline, the money would likely be used on a different segment of the 800-mile line. Caltrain hopes the federal funds would be used to pay for four projects that received environmental clearance and are now â€œshovel readyâ€?: positive-train-control signals to prevent collisions; electrification work on the 4th Street and King Street station in San Francisco; grade-separation work in San Bruno; and wayside improvements such as transfer stations. The projects would be compatible with the high-speed-rail project, which California voters approved in 2008, but would not preclude or predetermine any particular design alignments for the high-speed-rail line, Caltrainâ€™s Executive Officer for Public Affairs Mark Simon told the council Monday night. Still, he said he expects the rail authority to oppose the legislative amendments offered by Caltrain. The two rail agencies signed a memorandum of understanding last year to collaborate on the Peninsula segment of the high-speed-rail line, which is currently projected to cost about $43 billion. They have since formed a partnership, the Peninsula Rail Program, which is charged with developing the San Franciscoto-San Jose segment. â€œItâ€™s a true partnership, which means you donâ€™t always get along,â€? Simon told the full council Monday. â€œYou indicate things you disagree over and, hopefully, you can work these out and move forward.â€? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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sion the Sisters of Mercy had that they were there to teach young women to be leaders. “They pushed you, in a good way, to be who you are.” Villalobos went to the University of California, Los Angeles, with the idea of a career in academia. Along the way — while teaching on the side at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts — she got bitten by the teaching bug. She came to Paly as a studentteacher while obtaining a credential at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. After teaching history for six years, she became Assistant Principal for Guidance and Instruction, handling the master schedule, staffing and curriculum for the next five years. “I had many good mentors in the district and at the school,” she said, mentioning former Paly principals Sandra Pearson, Marilyn Cook and Scott Laurence. A one-year stint as principal of Capuchino High School in San Bruno ended with a medical leave, and Villalobos returned to Palo Alto — Gunn this time — as a history teacher in 2008. “I know Palo Alto students, and I know the curriculum,” Villalobos told Gunn’s student newspaper, The Oracle, at the time. Villalobos enjoys travel and has returned often to her home country, even during El Salvador’s civil war of the 1980s. Relatives recently bought a remote, 6-acre orange grove there, where she plans to spend time this summer. “It’s just us and nothing. You get to talk to people, sleep and enjoy life — talk about organic eating and living.” She’s passionate about what she calls her “mini-tribe”: her parents, brother, sister-in-law and three nieces, who all live close together in San Bruno. She would like to extend that sense of community to the school setting. “I know it’s a cliché, but the heart (of a school) is always the classroom,” she said. “Kids do listen, and when they see a teacher show a sense of passion for the subject they’re like magnets. The kids say, ‘Yeah, I can do that.’” Villalobos believes that kind of passionate teaching and community building can help heal the Gunn campus following four student suicides that occurred between May and October of last year. She recalls two student suicides in 2002 and 2003 while she was at Paly. “A parent or a school is never to bury a child, a student, a young adult. That’s not the natural order of things. Unfortunately it does happen and it hits us really hard and it has reverberations throughout the district and the town. “That’s why relationship-building between teachers and students is so critical,” she said. “Both schools have worked really hard to really connect with their students, trying to get to know them. “Next to academics, my primary job is safety and I take it seriously. “I’m mom to 2,000 kids. And that doesn’t scare me — I love it.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at email@example.com.
News Digest Palo Alto may break 50-foot barrier for buildings Palo Alto, a city with a history of opposing high-rise developments and promoting the small, eclectic neighborhoods, is now reconsidering its 50foot height limit for new buildings. The City Council voted on Wednesday night to direct staff to take a fresh look at the limit — a restriction long viewed as sacrosanct by neighborhood leaders and other opponents of bulky new developments. The council specified that staff should consider easing the 40-yearold restriction only in neighborhoods that are next to fixed-rail (i.e., Caltrain) stations. The goal is to encourage new mixed-use projects near major transit corridors — a strategy that city officials, regional planners and state legislators are increasingly promoting in hopes of reducing traffic and creating sustainable neighborhoods. Councilman Greg Scharff, who made the proposal to reconsider the 50-foot height limit, said reconsidering the “sacred cow” restriction would give the city some much-needed flexibility in addressing Palo Alto’s housing needs. Height limit has been a hot topic around the city since at least the early 1970s, when Palo Alto voters rejected a proposed 11-story office tower north of University Avenue and a downtown hospital proposed by the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. The city’s current Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 1998, states that the limit has been “respected in all new developments since it was adopted in the 1970s, only a few exceptions have been granted for architectural enhancements or seismic safety retrofits to non-complying buildings.” New developments that exceed this limit, including the Taube Koret Campus of Jewish Life (62 feet), the proposed expansion of the Stanford Hospital (135 feet) and the proposed expansions of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (85 feet), have also been deeply scrutinized by planning commissioners, council members and the public at large. N — Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto cleaver attacker was tortured in China Chunren Chen, the restaurant worker who allegedly hacked a fellow employee with a meat cleaver during an argument at a Palo Alto restaurant last year, had been tortured and “re-educated” in China decades ago, according to court documents. The reported torturing and re-education was chronicled by Judge Douglas Southard in notes from a hearing May 8 in Superior Court in Palo Alto. The notes covered a discussion of Chen’s medical records among the judge, Chen’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Jeff Dunn, and Deputy District Attorney James Demertzis. Chen, 64, admits he attacked co-worker Zezhong Yang at the Jade Palace restaurant on May 27, 2009. Records show he had a previous arrest for a “similar” assault with a deadly weapon in Alameda County in 1997. He is charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem for the attack on Yang, a chef, after he struck him several times with a meat cleaver in the restaurant’s kitchen. A psychotherapist who examined him in December 2009 concluded that Chen likely has post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder and anxiety disorders, according to the notes. Chen will appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto for a preliminary hearing on June 25. N — Sue Dremann
Court issues injunction against pesticide use A federal injunction affecting eight Bay Area counties will temporarily halt the use of 75 pesticides in and adjacent to endangered and threatened wildlife species habitat, according to a report released Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph C. Spero signed the injunction, an agreement between the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on May 17. The injunction prevents use of the chemicals while the EPA formally evaluates the pesticides’ potentially harmful effects on Bay Area endangered species over the next five years. The affected counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. The injunction, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, was sought by the Center for Biological Diversity and stems from a lawsuit in 2007 against the EPA for violating the Endangered Species Act. The injunction prohibits the pesticides in areas such as near the Palo Alto Baylands, where the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse live, and at Stanford University in areas adjacent to habitat of the California tiger salamander and San Francisco garter snake. The chemicals include strychnine, Warfarin (which is used to kill rats) and pyrethrins, a commonly used product to kill aphids and other plant pests, fleas and ticks. Many are highly toxic to fish, birds and beneficial insects. The 2006 Center for Biological Diversity report can be found at www. biologicaldiversity.org/publications/papers/bayareapesticidesreport.pdf. N — Sue Dremann LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND COMPLETION OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FACILITIES RENEWAL AND REPLACEMENT PROJECT (SCH#2007082130) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the following project: Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project LEAD AGENCY: City of Palo Alto, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 PROJECT SUMMARY: The SUMC Project includes demolition, replacement, and expansion at the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and the Stanford University School of Medicine. The SUMC Project would demolish approximately 1.2 million square feet of existing buildings at the SUMC Sites (which comprise a total of 66 acres)and construct approximately 2.5 million square feet of hospital, clinic, and research facilities, for a net increase of about 1.3 million square feet of hospital and clinic uses (research space would not increase). In addition, other existing buildings would be renovated to meet seismic standards and approximately 2,053 net new parking spaces would be added to the sites. SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The Draft EIR has identiﬁed that the project would have signiﬁcant impacts in the areas of land use, visual quality, transportation, air quality, climate change, noise, cultural resources, biological; resources, geology and soils, hydrology, hazards and hazardous materials, population and housing, public services and utilities. AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT: The Draft EIR is on ﬁle and may be reviewed at the City of Palo Alto’s Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, during business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Wednesdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The EIR will also be available for review on the City’s website, www.cityofpaloalto.org and at the Palo Alto Main Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303. PUBLIC MEETINGS TO REVIEW DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT: During the public review period for the DEIR, the City Council and Planning and Transportation Commission (Commission) will hold public meetings to take public testimony on the document. A City Council meeting to introduce the Draft EIR will be on May 24, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. The ﬁrst Commission meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 2, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers, Palo Alto City Hall. The ﬁrst City Council public meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 7, 2010. Subsequent meetings with the Commission to accept DEIR comment are tentatively scheduled to occur each Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. through July 14, 2010. Subsequent meetings with the City Council to accept DEIR comment are tentatively scheduled to occur on June 14, July 12, July 19, and July 26 at 7:00 P.M. Please note these public meetings are only to accept comments on the DEIR; no decision on the Project itself will be made. All persons may appear and be heard at these meetings. PUBLIC REVIEW AND SUBMITTAL OF WRITTEN COMMENTS: If you wish to comment on the DEIR, please submit your written comments to Steven Turner, Department of Planning and Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue, 5th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94301 or via email at Stanford.firstname.lastname@example.org, between the dates of May 20, 2010 and no later than July 27, 2010 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steven Turner, Senior Planner at (650) 329-2155 or via email at steven.turner@ cityofpaloalto.org. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodation for these meetings should notify the City of Palo Alto 24 hours prior to the meetings at (650) 329-2496. CURTIS WILLIAMS, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT *>ÊÌÊ7iiÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÓ£]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 7
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High-speed rail: The council heard a presentation from Caltrain about pending legislation involving funding for high-speed rail. The council also accepted a list of guiding principles for high-speed rail. Yes: Burt, Klein, Price, Shepherd, Scharff, Schmid, Holman Absent: Espinosa, Yeh Infrastructure Commission: The council voted to create a new blue-ribbon commission to consider the cityâ€™s infrastructure backlog and possible ways to pay for the backlog, which is currently estimated at about $500 million. The committee would have 15 members, including three members with technical expertise and two with financial expertise. Yes: Burt, Klein, Price, Shepherd, Scharff, Schmid, Holman Absent: Espinosa, Yeh
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Police budget: The committee voted to maintain funding for crossing guards in the proposed Police Budget for fiscal year 2011. Yes: Klein, Schmid, Scharff No: Espinosa Traffic team: The committee voted to keep funding for four of the five members of the Police Departmentâ€™s traffic-enforcement team. Yes: Klein, Espinosa, Scharff No: Schmid Fire Department: The committee asked the Fire Department to re-examine its proposed 2011 budget and identify more savings and efficiencies. The committee will review the budget again at a later date. Yes: Klein, Schmid, Scharff No: Espinosa
Planning & Transportation Commission (May 19) High-speed rail: The commission reviewed and commented on the Alternatives Analysis for the high-speed rail segment between San Francisco and San Jose. Action: None
Human Relations Commission (May 19)
Diversity: The commission heard updates on its pending Diversity and Inclusion Project and on this yearâ€™s World Music Day. Action: None
High-Speed Rail Committee (May 20)
High-speed rail: The committee heard a presentation from the cityâ€™s technical and environmental consultants on the alternatives analysis for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the rail line. Action: None Caltrain: The committee approved, in concept, Caltrainâ€™s proposed amendments to Senate Bill 965, which governs expenditures of federal-stimulus funds. Yes: Unanimous
Architectural Review Board (May 20)
Lucile Packard Childrenâ€™s Hospital: The board held a preliminary review for the proposed expansion of the Lucile Packard Childrenâ€™s Hospital. The board generally supported the proposed design but recommended some changes to colors and landscape elements in the project. Action: None
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council plans to discuss the cityâ€™s comments on the high-speed-rail Alternatives Analysis; and hold a study session on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 24, in the Council Chambers 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 review the proposed 2011 budgets for the Utilities Department, the Public Works General Fund and the General Fund Capital Improvement Program; and to consider the rate schedule for the cityâ€™s fiber-optic service. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board plans to discuss a proposed policy on suicide prevention and mental health. Members also will hear updates on the school districtâ€™s Mandarin Immersion Program and Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ€™s revised budget proposals. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, in the Board Room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to appoint a liaison to the Palo Alto Youth Council; discuss the commissionâ€™s list of priorities; and hear an update on the underground waterstorage tank project at El Camino Park. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a study session on the Policies and Governance Programs Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. The commission also plans to consider a proposal by Clarum Homes to subdivide a parcel at 420 Cambridge Ave. and create five condominiums. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission is scheduled to hear updates on 2010 priorities, the library construction projects and the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). Page 8ĂŠUĂŠ>ĂžĂŠĂ“ÂŁ]ĂŠĂ“Ă¤ÂŁĂ¤ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž
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regulations. The fact that the massive development project will bring with it a wide range of major environmental impacts is unlikely to surprise either city or Stanford officials, who have been negotiating for more than two years on possible ways to contain the consequences. The new report is a critical component of the development process because it details for the fist time the projectâ€™s effects on air quality, climate change, noise, geology, hydrology, housing, cultural resources and visual quality â€” and identifies ways to mitigate them. The report also allows city and Stanford officials to distinguish between measures that the hospitals are required to implement to obtain environmental clearance and items that would qualify as â€œcommunity benefits.â€? The distinction is critical because Stanford is seeking to develop at a far greater density than the cityâ€™s zoning regulations allow. As a result, Stanford is expected to offer significant benefits before the City Council approves a â€œdevelopment agreementâ€? enabling the ambitious project. The council and the Planning and Transportation Commission are both scheduled to publicly review the DEIR in the next two months. The council is also scheduled to hold an â€œorientationâ€? session on the comprehensive document on Monday night (May 24). The section on traffic impacts is expected to particularly arouse intense interest in the community. It already is one of the councilâ€™s top concerns about the hospital project. The report identifies numerous mitigation measures Stanford could take to reduce traffic, but notes that a few intersections will suffer significant â€œloss of serviceâ€? even if Stanford agrees to implement all the measures listed. â€œGiven the magnitude of the SUMC Projectâ€™s intersection impacts, there is no single feasible mitigation measure that can reduce the impacts to a less-than-significant level,â€? the report states. â€œHowever, there are a range of measures that, when taken individually, would each contribute to a partial reduction in the SUMC Projectâ€™s impacts.â€? Recommended measures include new traffic signals, new bicycle and pedestrian undercrossings, an enhanced â€œtravel demand managementâ€? program that would encourage workers to take public transportation, and design improvements at busy intersections. The combination would reduce impacts during the morning rush hour, the report states. But intersection impacts would remain â€œsignificant and unavoidableâ€? during the evening-commute hours at three Menlo Park intersections: Middlefield and Willow roads; Bayfront Expressway and Willow; and University Avenue and Bayfront. Stanford has already agreed to a series of programs and projects aimed at lessening traffic impacts, including a $2.25 million payment to the city to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections from the transit center in downtown Palo Alto to the intersection of El Camino Real and Quarry Road. Stanford has also agreed to purchase Caltrain â€œGo passesâ€? for all hospital
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workers and to expand its Marguerite bus service. The report also states the project would adversely affect the cityâ€™s already high jobs-to-housing ratio, which may cause more traffic and further air-quality impacts. The hospitals have agreed to address this issue by contributing $23.1 million to the cityâ€™s housing fund. Given the number of â€œsignificant unavoidable environmental effects,â€? Palo Altoâ€™s approval of the project will require the city to adopt a â€œstatement of overriding considerations,â€? the report states. The statement would indicate that â€œthe City of Palo Alto is aware of the significant environmental consequences and believes that the benefits of approving the SUMC project outweigh its unavoidable significant environmental impacts.â€? Just before the scheduled release of the document, Stanford Hospital CEO Martha Marsh and Childrenâ€™s Hospital CEO Christopher Dawes issued an open letter calling its publication a â€œsignificant milestoneâ€? for Project Renewal. They underscored their â€œsense of urgencyâ€? to keep the project moving forward. Stanford is required by state legislation to seismically retrofit its hospital facilities by 2013, with a possible extension to 2015. â€œWe are very pleased that this important document is now available for public review and comment,â€? the letter states. â€œThis represents significant progress toward assuring that Palo Altans will continue to have access to vital medical services in modern, seismically safe facilities.â€? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project- Meeting to Receive comments on the Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), including comments focused on the Project Description, Land Use, Population & Housing, and Public Services Chapters of the DEIR. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk
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Juana Briones Heritage Foundation. The National Trustâ€™s designation could be an important step in saving the house, McDonnell emphasized. Practically all of the places on the annual list get saved, she said. The homeâ€™s preservation has been complicated because a caretaker, Tom Hunt, has a â€œlife interestâ€? for half of the property, which was willed to him by a previous owner, McDonnell said. When he dies, the property will revert to one parcel, but now it is difficult for the Nulmans to build a large home on the property. Their present share is too small to have a large house zoned, she said. Although Hunt no longer lives in the cottage on the property, he is dedicated to preservation of the home, McDonnell added. Thirty Briones supporters gathered in front of a state historic plaque on Wednesday on Old Adobe Road near the house to celebrate the designation, she said. â€œYerba Buena tea,â€? made from the native healing herb Juana Briones, who was a medical healer, used to serve to visiting dignitaries at her San Francisco home,
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Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in the Civic Center, Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the Cityâ€™s main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1.
Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project: Meeting to accept comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the SUMC Project, including comments focused on the Project Description, Land Use, Population & Housing, and Public Services chapters of the DEIR.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Meeting of May 19, 2010. NEXT MEETING: Special Meeting of June 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM Questions. Any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The ďŹ les relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the Cityâ€™s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the Cityâ€™s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing email@example.com. *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment
ditional wings added to the building in the Arts and Crafts and Mission Revival styles date to World War I, she said. Prior to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which significantly damaged the building, the public, including many school children, was able to tour the home up to 20 times per year, she said. Concern about the houseâ€™s fate intensified in 1996 when then-owner Dan Meub, a Stanford neurosurgeon, inquired about demolishing the house due to shifting of major beams related to the 1989 quake. He said he and his family moved out quickly when the shifted beams were discovered in October 1996. Nulman and Welczer purchased the house and property in 1997, initially intending to restore it. But they soon changed to wanting to demolish it, citing the extensive damage. Former Mayor Gail Woolley initially played a major role in efforts to save the house, helping create the
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was served in her memory. â€œShe was one of the worldâ€™s exceptional people. If she was born at the right time maybe she would have been our first woman president,â€? McDonnell said. A Palo Alto couple deeply involved in the preservation effort, Clark and Kathy Akatiff, got involved through McDonnell, who used to have a â€œNature Explorationsâ€? business on California Avenue. Clark Akatiff said McDonnellâ€™s true interest was in womenâ€™s history, and she discovered Briones in the early 1980s. She later wrote â€œthe definitive biographyâ€? of Briones, he said. For several years there was a debate about whether Briones actually lived or spent time in the Palo Alto house, as her main residence was in San Francisco. But a grandson settled the issue by recalling when he was 8 years old grinding coffee on the front porch. Akatiff said Briones in her last years lived in a large house in Mayfield, now the California Avenue area of Palo Alto. Other places on the â€œTop 11â€? list include: s !MERICAS STATE PARKS AND STATE owned historic sites; s "LACK -OUNTAIN (ARLAN #OUNTY Ky.; s (INCHLIFFE 3TADIUM 0ATERSON N.J.; s )NDUSTRIAL !RTS "UILDING ,IN coln, Neb.; s -ERRITT 0ARKWAY &AIRFIELD #OUN ty, Conn.; s -ETROPOLITAN !-% #HURCH Washington, D.C.; s 0AGAT 9IGO 'UAM s 3AUGATUCK $UNES 3AUGATUCK Mich.; s 4HREEFOOT "UILDING -ERIDIAN Miss.; s 7ILDERNESS "ATTLEFIELD /RANGE and Spotsylvania counties, Va. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer contributed to this story.
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.
Tesla, Toyota to build electric car
Cyclists race through San Mateo County
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise announcement today that Palo Alto-based electric car company Tesla, Inc., and Toyota Motors will team up to create an electric car. The announcement caught even Tesla officials by surprise — they had planned a 5 p.m. press conference, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported. (Posted May 20 at 12:35 p.m.)
Impact report a ‘major milestone’
West Nile Virus resurfaces
Completion of the draft impact report on the Stanford hospitals expansion/renewal project is a “major milestone,” Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt said late Wednesday. (Posted May 20 at 9:53 a.m.)
Soap Box Derby qualifier held Saturday Local youngsters will race sleek gravity-powered cars down a Dana Street overpass in Mountain View as part of the annual Palo Alto Elks Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby qualifying race this Saturday (May 22). (Posted May 19 at 6:39 p.m.)
Briones House makes ‘Endangered’ list Palo Alto’s oldest structure, the 1844 adobe home of Juana Briones, was named today to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. (Posted May 19 at 4:24 p.m.)
Edison transfers EPA charter school Citing budget problems, the company that operates East Palo Alto’s high-performing Edison Brentwood School will cease managing the campus in June.
Parts of state Highway 1 in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay will be closed briefly today while the 2010 Amgen Tour of California cycling race passes through San Mateo County. The cyclists are expected between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Posted May 18 at
Santa Clara County officials announced Monday three dead crows found throughout the county— including one in Los Altos—have tested positive for West Nile virus. Officials are advising residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites. (Posted May 18 at 1:20 a.m.)
Caltrain competes for federal funds The two agencies responsible for building the Peninsula section of the high-speed-rail system now find themselves in a competitive race for federalstimulus funds, Caltrain’s chief spokesman told the Palo Alto City Council Monday night. (Posted May 18 at 12:49 a.m.)
Mountain View cops ID victims of shooting at dry cleaners Police have identified the two shooting victims who were found inside a Mountain View dry cleaning business on Friday (May 14). There are indications that the shootings, which shocked the neighborhood, may have been the result of a murder-suicide, police said. (Posted May 17 at 5:02 p.m.)
(Posted May 18 at 4:26 p.m.)
Divorce fight led to murder-suicide, friends say The man believed to have shot his ex-wife before shooting himself Friday wanted to resume living with her—or be paid for his share of the home and dry cleaning business they had once owned together, friends and co-workers said Monday, May 17. (Posted May 18 at 12:18 p.m.)
Simulated terrorism attack hits Bay Area A ship is being attacked and blown up in Redwood City today, improvised explosive devices are being detonated and fires are raging across the Bay Area— all part of a statewide anti-terrorism exercise. (Posted May 18 at 12:10 p.m.)
Palo Alto hosts rail-design meeting
Power restored in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto A power outage this afternoon left 1,329 customers in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto without power for approximately 40 minutes, a PG&E spokesman said. (Posted May 17 at 3:42 p.m.)
A ‘Wonderland’ prom at Lucile Packard “An Evening in Wonderland” was the theme of the sixth annual prom at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School Friday evening (May 14). Students and family members celebrated with music, dancing, carnival games and more. (Posted May 17 at 11:33 a.m.)
East Palo Alto man fatally shot Friday A 50-year-old man who was fatally shot in the head while working in his garage in East Palo Alto Friday night has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Parma Maharaj. (Posted
Palo Alto will host the first of two meetings tonight (Tuesday) to gather residents’ input about the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest plans for the Peninsula segment of the 800-mile rail line.
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(Posted May 18 at 11:16 a.m.)
Police in Mountain View are investigating the shooting deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a dry-cleaning business in the city this morning. (Posted May 14 at 9:30 p.m.)
Hospitals to reply to nurses’ arbitration request Officials at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital are working on a response to a request from the nurses’ union for binding arbitration to bypass stalled negotiations. (Posted May 18 at 11:30 a.m.)
Paly earns honors in science, math Students at Palo Alto High School continue to rack up national honors in science and mathematics this spring—including placing second in a national math contest, announced Monday. (Posted May 18 at
Mountain View police investigate shooting deaths
Water district adopts new plan Bowing to intense community opposition, the Santa Clara Valley Water District officially scrapped a controversial redistricting proposal that lumped Palo Alto and Gilroy into the same district and adopted a new redistricting scheme Friday afternoon. (Posted May 14 at 4:44 p.m.)
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Utilities Advisory Commission from persons interested in serving in one of two, three year terms ending June 30, 2013. Eligibility Requirements: The Utilities Advisory Commission is composed of seven members who serve without pay. The Utilities Advisory Commission shall not be Council Members, ofﬁcers, or employees of the City. Each of the Commission members shall be a utility customer or the authorized representative of a utility customer. Six members of the Commission shall at all times be residents of the City. Regular meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the ﬁrst Wednesday of each month. Duties: The Utilities Advisory Commission shall provide advice on acquisition and development of electric, gas and water resources; joint action projects with other public or private entities which involve electric, gas or water resources; environmental implications of electric, gas or water utility projects, conservation and demand management. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerk‘s Ofﬁce, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 329-2571 or may be obtained on the website at www. cityofpaloalto.org. Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerk‘s Ofﬁce is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2010. In the event one of the incumbents does not apply, the ﬁnal deadline for nonincumbents will be Tuesday June 15, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
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!,%*!.$2/ "5,!%63+9 Alejandro Bulaevsky, 26, a former resident of Palo Alto, died April 12, 2010 of a tragic accident in New York City. He attended Ohlone, Jordan and Palo High School. After finishing the Film Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts he attended Parsons School of Design and received a Masters degree in architectural lighting design. In 2007 he co-founded Matirical, a lighting fixture and controls company which specialized in custom LED technology installations. In addition, he worked for various architectural light design companies on a large range of projects, including high end residential, hospitality, retail as well as gallery and civic projects, both domestically and internationally. He was a spirited, talented and creative individual, who lived life to the fullest. When he wasn't working, he was traveling to visit his family in Palo Alto and Berlin and to his other favorite metropolitan destinations, among them London, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona. He is survived by his mother and brother, Emi and Daniel Bulaevsky, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends. Services have been held. PA I D
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Births, marriages and deaths
Diana Holtland Gilbert
Deaths Evelyn Brother Evelyn Brother, 93, a resident of Palo Alto, died May 10. She was born in a sod house to Ella and Edward Short in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She attended Sioux Falls School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University where she met her husband, Alvin R. Brother (deceased 1980). They moved to Palo Alto in 1947 where they raised two daughters, Betty Ann Lowman of Scotts Mills, Ore., and Millie Brother of Santa Barbara, Calif. She is survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to CODA - -Children of Deaf Adults, c/o R. Talbott, 7370 Formal Court, San Diego, CA 92120.
Roe LaVern Judy May 11, 1920 – May 7, 2010
A Life of Service Died of Lung troubles and Pneumonia Vern descended from early Buckeye, now Winters, CA. pioneering families, the elder son of Roe LaVern Sr. and Jeannette (Briggs) Judy. He attended Esparto High School and was class president all 4 years. At Stanford University, a highlight was playing the clarinet in the band when they marched in the Rosebowl Parade. He graduated with a B.A. in business, married Mary Lou Hyatt of Los Angeles, and joined the Navy in 1942. He served in the South Seas for 4 years as Lieutenant and navigator aboard a sea-going tug, U.S.S. ATA 123, supplying and pulling stranded vessels off the beaches. After the war he returned to work at his father’s Ford dealership in Esparto. In 1951 he moved his family to Menlo Park and for 17 years commuted to work at the North American Securities Co., Russ Building, San Francisco. In 1967, though being one of the company’s vice-presidents, he left to start his own ﬁnancial advising business in Menlo Park, Judy and Robinson Securities. Upon retiring in 1985 the company had 10 branches and 250 employees. Everybody was invited to and enjoyed going to the complimentary company retreats at Bass Lake, CA. Being thrifty allowed for great generosity. Vern served on so many boards, the Los Page 12ÊUÊ>ÞÊÓ£]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>ÊÌÊ7iiÞ
Lomitas School Board for 20 years, and the Kiwannis Club. He taught business classes at Menlo College. He and 5 other Menlo businessmen started the Pacific Union Bank, corner of Crane and Oak Grove. When younger, he enjoyed skiing. Later it was tennis, gardening and tractor driving, cultivating and manicuring he and Mary Lou’s 2 acres of young orchard at their Atherton Ave. house. He liked to pass by the places of his youth going up to Cache Creek Casino. He retired and Mary Lou, by then being a retired Menlo physician, moved to the Forum Retirement Community in 1993. There he served as a tour guide and board member and wrote many wonderful Money Management articles for the Forum’s Phoenix Magazine. He is preceded in death by his brother James, wife Mary Lou and grandchild Brittany Judy. He is survived by children Peter (wife Mary) of Los Gatos, Ellen Keeland (husband Lloyd) of Reedsport, OR., Sally Gaines (husband Rick Kattlemann) of Mammoth Lakes, CA. and grandchildren Joshua Whitkins (wife Helen and great-grandchildren Oscar and Angus) of Freemantle, Australia, Joby White of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Vireo Gaines of Bishop, CA. and Sage Gaines of Santa Barbara, CA. A memorial service was held at the Forum Retirement Community, 23500 Cristo Rey Dr., Cupertino, CA. at 3:00p.m. Sunday, May16th. Interment at the cemetery, Winters, CA. 11:00a.m. May 17th. PA I D
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Diana Gilbert, 92, a resident of Palo Alto, died May 18. Born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, to Diena and Gerrit Holtland, she was the third of four daughters. The family emigrated to the United States in 1924. She joined the Nurses Cadet Corp. during World War II. After the war she worked for many
years as a surgical assistant to neurosurgeon Dr. Cal List of Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1970 she met and married Palo Alto resident John Gilbert which brought her to Palo Alto. She was always quite fond of her neighbors on Cowper Street. John died in 1999. She is survived by her remaining sister, Hermine Holtland of Berkeley.
Florence Sund Florence Sund turned 100 on May 14, and age hasn’t stopped her from getting all she can out of life. One of her fondest memories is of riding her Arabian horse across the hills and meadows above Palo Alto and in her native Illinois countryside. When the wind was against her face, she felt free, she tells visitors. Sund celebrated her birthday with a gathering of family and friends at Lytton Gardens, her residence for the last five years. Her birthday wishes included a visit from a therapy dog, handing out chocolate kisses to her caregivers and staff and feeling the air outside — something she hasn’t been able to do for 10 years. Sund got her wishes, plus one she wasn’t anticipating: A horse was brought in from Webb Ranch to visit and Sund was adorned with a red riding jacket. Girl Scout Troop 33098 serenaded Sund, who is a former Girl Scout leader. Sund was raised on an Illinois farm and attended Rockton College. She graduated the second highest in her class in 1931 and became a teacher. She and late husband Dick raised three children, Sylvia, David and Alan. When she moved to Palo Alto
in the 1950s with Dick, a Stanford Linear Accelerator employee, her Arabian horse came with the family. In Palo Alto, she worked in education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, where she created the curriculum, according to her friend Rose Dana. She met Sund some years ago while volunteering at the former Stanford Rehabilitation Nursing Home. “She’s like my mother and my children’s grandmother,” said Dana, who moved to the Bay Area and had no family nearby. Sund suggested she could become the children’s “California grandmother,” Dana said. Sund’s greatest imparted wisdom is gratefulness and she always thinks about the other person. In all of her conversations Sund always talks about service to other people, Dana said. “She always says the secret to her long life is that she’s always finding positive energy and thoughts,” Dana said. “We can’t always change things but we can choose to be positive. And really look at nature — even the weeds coming up through the crack in the sidewalk — and appreciate all of that. It’s all life,” she said. N
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May 11-17 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Elder abuse/neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .9 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disturbing the peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psych. Subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrants/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrant/Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sick and cared for/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Menlo Park May 12-17 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run/no injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run/property damage . . . . . . . . .1 Pedestrian stop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of controlled substance . . . .1 Miscellaneous CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Dead body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .3 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Atherton May 12-17 Violence related Assault and battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Hit and run/no injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Alcohol or drug related Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Building/perimeter/area check . . . . . . . .8 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
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