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Community Health Education Programs Palo Alto Center 795 El Camino Real Lecture and Workshops 650-853-4873

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From Heel Pain to Hammertoes: Common Foot Problems Presented by Stephanie Di Leo, DPM PAMF Podiatry Tuesday, June 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Lecture and Workshops 650-934-7373 The Aging Eye Presented by Tanya Ghosh, M.D. PAMF Ophthalmology Tuesday, June 8, 7 – 8 p.m.

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Living Well Classes 650-853-2960 Managing Your High Blood Pressure Friday, June 25, 10 a.m. – noon Functional Spine Training First Monday of each month, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

What You Need to Know About Warfarin (Coumadin) Call for dates and times.

Bariatric Pre-Op Class Tuesday, June 8, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Bariatric Nutrition SMA First Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. – noon Prediabetes First Monday of the month, 9 – 11:30 a.m., and third Wednesday of every other month, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Also in Redwood Shores, fourth Wednesday of every other month, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-934-7177

Living Well with Diabetes Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Healthy Eating Type 2 Diabetes Third Wednesday of every other month, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Gestational Diabetes Wednesdays, 2 – 4 p.m.

Moving Through Pregnancy Mondays, June 7, 14 & 21, 7 – 9 p.m., 650-853-2960 Preparing for Birth – A Refresher Sunday, June 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 650-853-2960

Breastfeeding: Secrets for Success Thursdays, June 24, 7 – 9 p.m., 650-853-2960 Raising Healthy & Happy Eaters! (for parents of children aged 0 – 6) 650-853-2961 Introduction to Solids (ages 0 – 1) Feeding Your Toddler (ages 1 – 3) Feeding Your Preschooler (ages 3 – 6) Offered in Palo Alto and Los Altos, please call for dates.

Support Groups Bariatric 650-281-8908

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Diabetes Class (two-part class) Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon and Wednesdays, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Prediabetes Third Thursday of each month, 2 – 4 p.m. Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m.

Heart Smart Class Third and fourth Tuesday of every other month, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Child Care Classes Preparing for Birth Saturdays, June 5, 12 & 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Thursdays, July 1 – Aug. 5 , 7 – 9:15 p.m., 650-853-2960

Free orientation session. Tuesdays, noon – 1 p.m., and Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Heart Smart Class Second Tuesday of each month, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-853-2961 Adult Weight Management Group Thursdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

HMR Weight Management Program 650-404-8260

Sweet Success Gestational Diabetes Class Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – noon

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Child Care Classes Feeding Your Preschooler Tuesday, June 1, 7 – 9 p.m.

Introduction to Solids Monday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Infant Emergencies and CPR Wednesdays, June 2 & 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

What to Expect with Your Newborn Tuesday, June 15, 7 – 8 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June 3, 4 & 5, 6 – 9 p.m. OB Orientation Thursdays, June 3, 17 and July 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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Stanford hospitals’ plan clashes with city vision Report categorizes impact on Palo Alto land use as ‘significant’ by Gennady Sheyner he proposed rebuilding and 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of Stanford’s hospitals and medical facilities in Palo Alto would significantly conflict with the city’s long-term development plans, according to an impact study reviewed Wednesday night by the


Planning and Transportation Commission. “To a large degree, this project is overwhelming the Comprehensive Plan,� said Commissioner Eduardo Martinez, referring to the city’s land-use bible that guides and explicitly limits nonresidential devel-

opment. “It’s only going to work if some of the most significant policies are revised to make it work.� The commissioners are in the midst of revising and upgrading the Comp Plan — a multi-year effort that would extend the guidelines to 2020. Stanford’s “Project Renewal,� often touted as the largest proposed redevelopment in Palo Alto history, would exceed the city’s height limits and restrictions for the density

of buildings. The $3.5 billion project includes rebuilding Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and renovating Hoover Pavilion and the Stanford University Medical School. Stanford Hospital and Clinics would be 130 feet tall, far exceeding the city’s 50-foot height limit, while the Children’s Hospital would rise 85 feet. The university is upgrading its

facilities both to meet the state’s seismic requirements and to add much-needed hospital beds, said Mike Peterson, Stanford Hospital’s vice president for special projects. Under the current plan, the hospital expansion would add 248 new beds. The hefty project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report, published May 18, identifies two “sig(continued on page 11)


‘Innocent mistake’ sparked Gunn lockdown Eagle scout, Cornell-bound senior awaits DA’s decision

Palo Alto Animal Services shelter, where they were recuperating this week. Some of the animals were underweight or dehydrated, while others suffered from urine burns, ear mites, ringworm and other ailments, police said. One of the cats had to have rectal surgery shortly after arrival, according to Sandi Stadler, superintendent of Palo Alto Animal Services. The shelter, which typically houses about 75 animals during the summer, is currently accommodating all the animals and sorting out their medical conditions. Stadler said the animals’ ages, breeds and conditions range widely, with several appearing “in fair health.� She said the shelter chose to keep many of the animals together because they’re used to living as a

by Chris Kenrick eston Healy, an Eagle Scout with a 4.17 grade-point-average, was about to complete his senior year at Gunn High School and looking forward to enrolling at Cornell University this fall. All that was jeopardized last Thursday after the Gunn campus was thrown into an emergency “Code Red� lockdown, terrifying students and parents and resulting in Healy’s arrest on charges of possessing a weapon on a school campus. Today Healy, 18, is at home in Los Altos Hills, suspended from school, while his lawyer works with Gunn officials and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in hopes of ensuring Healy’s plans for his future unfold as previously expected. It was all an innocent mistake, according to Healy, his father and lawyer Eric Geffon of San Jose. District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Amy Cornell said Healy’s case is under review. A court clerk said an arraignment is scheduled tentatively for next Thursday, which is the day after Gunn’s graduation ceremony. The weapon in Healy’s car the day of his arrest was an airsoft rifle, a recreational weapon that can be purchased for $50 to $300. Unlike metal BBs from a BB gun, airsoft products shoot non-puncturing plastic BBs and are used in games similar to those played at the popular birthday-party venue Laser Quest in Mountain View. Purchasers of airsoft guns must be 18 or older because the products “look so realistic and could be mistaken for the real thing,� a Big 5 Sporting Goods salesclerk said.

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Dramatic Palo Alto blaze destroys apartments A firefighter tries to get close to a three-alarm blaze that erupted Monday night at an apartment complex at 841 University Ave. in Palo Alto. The fire was controlled in about an hour and 20 minutes, with assistance from Mountain View, Los Altos and Menlo Park fire departments. No one was injured, but about a dozen residents were forced from their units.


Police rescue animals crammed in Palo Alto trailer Seizure of 42 dogs and cats was one of biggest animal operations in city history by Gennady Sheyner


ore than 40 dogs and cats were seized from a Palo Alto trailer home last week in what the police are calling one of the largest animal-rescue operations in the history of the local animal shelter. Police said they found the animals in the trailer home of Ana Ramos, a 56-year-old resident of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, during an

investigation of a possible hit-andrun incident in the trailer park off El Camino Real. Officers noticed a strong animal stench and heard loud barking coming from several dogs within the trailer. Police tried to get in to the building, but Ramos refused to let them in, police Lt. Sandra Brown said. When an animal-control officer arrived to investigate, Ramos alleg-

edly pushed the officer and argued that she only owns eight dogs. The officer observed 12 dogs from the doorway, Brown said. The city’s municipal code allows for a maximum of three dogs per household. While holding two small dogs, Ramos allegedly resisted the officer’s effort to take her into custody. Once she was restrained, police searched her 32-foot-long trailer home and found 25 dogs and 17 cats, including a group of cats crammed into a tiny bathroom. The animal-control officer found only one box of food and a single water bowl in the trailer home, Brown said. Animal waste was scattered all over the floor, she said. Police arrested Ramos and charged her with resisting arrest, assault on an officer and a myriad of charges relating to animal cruelty. The animals were taken to the


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Just because a hamburger calls itself caviar doesn’t make it so. — Arthur Keller, Palo Alto planning commissioner, regarding Stanford’s proposed 1.3 millionsquare-foot expansion. See story on page 3.

Around Town MAJOR WASTE ... Not all budgets deficits are created equal. Some, like Palo Alto’s projected $7.3 million budget gap, creep up slowly and give city officials plenty of time to brace themselves for the cuts ahead. Then there’s the $6 million shortfall in the city’s Refuse Fund, which cascaded on the City Council faster than a trash bag rolling down a garbage chute. The council’s Finance Committee was surprised to learn on May 27 that the Refuse Fund (which is not part of the city’s General Fund) is projected to lose $6 million by the end of fiscal year 2011. As a result, residents may find their garbage rates rising starting in July. The City Council will consider the size of the increase on June 14. Public Works Director Glenn Roberts attributed the budget gap largely to a drop in refuse revenues, which he estimated at a jaw-dropping $7.2 million. This includes a $6 million drop in industrial- and commercialwaste revenues. As things stand, the Refuse Fund is on course to end fiscal year 2011 with a mere $400,000 in the bank — far short of the $6.1 million that is needed to pay off the state-mandated “landfill closure liability.� The committee was not at all pleased with the news. “It’s just surprising to me that I’m learning about this now, at the end of the entire (budget review) process,� Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa said. “There’s no way, with a $6 million shortfall, that people did not realize this a month ago, as we were starting this process.� Councilman Larry Klein agreed and called this surprise “just not good form.� He also suggested that the city carefully consider expense reductions in the Refuse Fund, rather than simply look at increasing revenues through rate increases. GAMING THE SYSTEM ... State Sen. Joe Simitian has a new target on his legislative agenda: public employees who pad their salaries just before retirement to ensure larger pension payments. The Palo Alto democrat announced this week that his bill to address this issue of “pension spiking� sailed through the state Senate by a 34-0 vote and is

now bound for the state Assembly. The goal of Senate Bill 1425, Simitian said, is to curb the rising pension costs by setting new criteria for calculating pension payments. The criteria would exclude such factors as one-time bonuses, end-of-career promotions and accrued vacation time. Simitian said in a statement that the current system, which bases pensions on final year salaries, encourages workers to boost their salaries and, essentially, “game the system.� A study in 2007 by the Pacific Research Institute estimated that this practice costs taxpayers about $100 million annually. “Pension spiking does a disservice to the public, who ultimately foots the bill; and it does a disservice to other public employees who rely on the resources and solvency of the system for a secure retirement,� Simitian said in a statement. A COMMON MESSAGE ... More than a year ago, leaders from five Peninsula cities came together to share complaints and information about California’s proposed high-speed-rail project. Now, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Belmont and Burlingame — the members of the Peninsula Cities Consortium — are crafting a “core message� that captures the cities’ position on the controversial 800-mile project. The consortium cities, according to the proposed message, “believe that the rail system should be built right — or not at all.� “By ‘right’ we mean that the rail line should integrate into our communities without disrupting their current livability,� and should be designed through a “collaborative process.� The cities are also calling for the High-Speed Rail Authority to provide a valid business plan and a valid ridership study; fill all the positions on the Proposition 1A-mandated Peer Review Committee; allow more time for review of rail-related studies; “empower community leaders� to help select the final alternative for the rail line; and “treat community members with respect and refrain from labeling them.� “Until these principles are in place, we believe high-speed rail should be put on hold,� the proposed core message states.N


Palo Alto could stop collecting traffic-stop data Demographic reports may be scrapped to trim expenses, narrow budget gap he Palo Alto Police Department’s tally of traffic stops, broken down by racial categories, has always raised more questions than it answered. The data charts and color-coded bar graphs show the number of African-American, Hispanic, white, Asian and “other” drivers whom the police have pulled over in the preceding three months, along with reasons for the stop, the probable cause and the drivers’ cities of residence. These reports generally fall under the radar, but the data had a brief period of prominence in the fall and winter of 2008, when former Police Chief Lynne Johnson made comments that many interpreted as an endorsement of racial profiling — comments that ultimately led to her resignation. The department began collecting demographic traffic-stop data in 2000 and filed its first report in 2001. But now, with the city facing a projected $7.3 million budget gap in fiscal year 2011, the practice appears to be on its way out. On May 17, the City Council Finance Committee recommended eliminating the crime analyst position charged with producing the detailed reports, a move that would save the city $116,000. The full council is scheduled to vote on the committee’s recommendations and adopt the budget later this month. The crime analyst position is one of several the department could eliminate this year, along with two detectives responsible for investigating financial crimes, a trafficenforcement officer and a community-outreach specialist. Police Chief Dennis Burns said that while the crime analyst position is important, his priority is to make sure the department has enough officers to fulfill its more urgent priorities of ensuring public safety and responding to emergencies. “It’s great to have it, but we have to contribute to the bottom line and come up with cuts,” Burns said. “Hopefully, we’ll be doing some things that will make up for it.” Burns said the department has adopted new technologies and measures in the past decade that help ensure police accountability. Police cruisers are now equipped with cameras; the department is now regularly reviewed by an independent police auditor; and every officer’s performance is now analyzed in what Burns called an “early intervention system” — a database of statistics that helps department administrators identify unusual patterns in officers’ behavior. Palo Alto officers also partici-


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social group. “We didn’t isolate them because that would have been hard on them mentally,” Stadler said. “As we get into the swing of the things, things will ease up as some of the medical issues we’re treating will become

by Gennady Sheyner pate in “Meet the Chief” meetings and receive regular training on fair and impartial policing. A month ago, they attended a lecture on racial profiling from Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor and one of the nation’s leading experts on the subject. Fridell, who has advised Burns on impartial policing, also held a seminar on racial profiling in Palo Alto last year. At that time, she told the Weekly that the demographic data, while a useful tool to promote transparency, is difficult to interpret and liable to misinterpretation. One might, for example, infer from looking at the numbers that African-American drivers are pulled over disproportionately (11 percent of the drivers pulled over between January 1 and March 31 of this year were African-American), given that African-American residents only make up 2 percent of Palo Alto’s population, according to the U.S. Census. That argument, police are quick to say, ignores the drivers who don’t live in Palo Alto but who visit the city or regularly pass through it. Despite the difficulty in analyzing the numbers, there are those who want the department to continue collecting them. John Abraham, a statistician at Stanford University, has urged the Finance Committee to continue funding the reports. Independent Police Auditor Michael Gennaco wrote in his February audit that the department should continue to collect the data, despite its “shortcomings, complexity” and expense. “First, data collection conveys important messages both to the community and within the police department that the City is concerned with the specter of bias-based policing and is not shy about providing to its public such stop data,” Gennaco wrote. “Moreover, even if data collection cannot at present prove or disprove bias-based policing, it can produce important information that an agency should have regarding the work of its officers.” But the issue hasn’t resonated with the public at large. At the May 17 budget hearing, residents were more interested in making sure the council continues to fund traffic enforcers and school crossing guards. Abraham was the only speaker to mention the demographic reports. Ray Bacchetti, a member of the Human Relations Commission and a volunteer at the Police Department, told the Weekly he has yet to notice “anything of value” to come out of the demographic reports. The easier to deal with.” Stadler said last week’s animalrescue operation is the largest one she can recall involving cats and dogs. Several years ago, the shelter had to temporarily take care of 500 tiny turtles that were confiscated from a vendor at a local fair. The vendor allegedly didn’t know that those turtles were too small to be sold legally, Stadler said.

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Try your hand at closing Palo Alto’s projected $7.3 million budget gap in fiscal year 2011. Palo Alto Online presents “Hard Choices,” an interactive budget tool. Of the dozens of programs and services Palo Alto City Manager James Keene has identified for elimination or reduction, which would you choose?

data could become useful for later studies and analyses, he said, but given the city’s budget gap, it’s only natural that the city revisit the subject of data collection. Instead of spending money collecting and analyzing these obscure reports, the department should continue to invest in training programs that promote fair and unbiased policing, Bacchetti said. “When you have a report that’s produced routinely, that is fairly labor intensive and no good use is made of it, it doesn’t seem that it should remain on autopilot,” Bacchetti told the Weekly. Burns said he doesn’t expect the end of demographic-data collection to significantly impede his ongoing effort to promote transparency and to strengthen the department’s relationship with minority communities. Over the past year, he has been regularly meeting with an advisory group that includes members of faith-based and minority communities to discuss and debate the department’s policies. The goal, Burns said, is to both educate the community about the department’s actions and to hear the public’s perspective — in short, to promote transparency through good old-fashioned conversation. Harold Boyd, a member of the Police Advisory Committee who as a North Carolina native lived through segregation, said he believes it’s important for the Police Department to collect hard data and continue its efforts to ensure racial profiling doesn’t exist in Palo Alto. Boyd did not take a stance on the issue of demographic traffic-stop reports, which he said the advisory committee hasn’t focused on. But he said that if the department stops collecting this data, it should show what else it is doing to ensure fair policing. “I believe hard data is important, but it’s by no means the only method of helping to achieve this goal,” Boyd said. “What I’d like to know is, if you take away one thing, what are you replacing it with?” ■ Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ Ramos has been released on bail prior to arraignment. ■

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Palo Alto government action this week

Board of Education (June 1)

New theater at Paly: The board discussed plans to construct a new, 600-seat, 29,000-square-foot theater at Palo Alto High School for a projected cost of $22.4 million. Action: None 2010-11 budget: The board discussed a proposed operating budget for 2010-11 of $154.5 million. Action: None

Policy and Services Committee (June 1)

Council work plan: The committee reviewed and approved the City Council’s work plan for 2010. The discussion focused on the council priorities of Community Collaborative for Youth Health and Well-Being, and Land Use and Transportation. Yes: Price, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman

Planning & Transportation Commission (June 2)


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MOVERS & SHAKERS Our newest facilitated group is open to mothers and their babies 6-12 months of age. Meetings are topic driven by those in attendance with occasional speaker presentations. - Every Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

CAR SEAT EDUCATION & INSTALLATION The Kohl’s Child Safety and Outreach Program at LPCH offers a free car seat check and installation education at LPCH. Appointments can be made online or by calling 650-736-2981.

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Utilities Advisory Commission (June 2)

Long-term strategy: The commission discussed the city’s Long-Term Electric Acquisition Plan and the Gas Utility Long-Term Plan. Action: None Efficiency financing: The commission heard a staff presentation on the city’s energy-efficiency loan programs for fiscal year 2012. Action: None Calaveras Reserve: The commission recommended approving a proposal to use $75,000 from the Calaveras Reserve Funds for an Energy/Compost Feasibility Study and the initial environmental review for the proposed composting facility. Yes: Waldfogel, Eglash, Berry, Foster No: Melton Absent: Ameri, Keller Infrastructure Task Force: The commission appointed John Melton as its representative on the new Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission. Yes: Waldfogel, Eglash, Berry, Foster Abstained: Melton Absent: Ameri, Keller

High-Speed Rail Committee (June 3)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed the proposed high-speed-rail project; the core message of the Peninsula Cities Consortium, pending legislation relating to high-speed rail and the status of the city’s requests for information from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (June 3)

Stanford Hospital expansion: The board saw a video simulation and held a public hearing to review Stanford University Medical Center’s proposed hospital expansion. The board focused on the Hoover Pavilion parking structure, the new Hoover Pavilion Medical Office Building, and the remodeling of the existing Hoover Pavilion. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council plans to hold a closed session to discuss negotiations with labor groups. The council also plans to discuss a feasibility study for a new public safety building; hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project; and consider endorsing the Peninsula Cities Consortium core message. The closed session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. or as soon as possible after the closed session. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board plans to discuss school construction projects, a five-year deferred-maintenance plan and purchase of computers. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, in the board room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to continue its review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.)

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Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Project Description, Land Use, Population and Housing, and Public Service chapters of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University’s proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. Commissioners said they were concerned about the project’s incompatibility with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

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‘Senior tsunami’ about to hit Santa Clara County A “senior tsunami� of aging Baby Boomers is about to hit Santa Clara County, and cities will need to find new ways of accommodating those who can no longer drive their own cars, according to former county planner Don Weden. (Posted June 1 at 12:33 p.m.)

More than 200 arrested in Bay Area for DUI Fatalities were down and DUI arrests were up both statewide and in the Bay Area during the California Highway Patrol’s maximum enforcement period Memorial Day weekend. (Posted June 1 at 8:41 a.m.)

Dramatic Palo Alto blaze destroys apartments

This public hearing will cover the “Flood Control Benefit Assessments Report, 2010-2011 through 2029-2030, dated May 2010.� The written report incorporates by reference a description of each parcel and the expected amount of assessment under the approved formula for each parcel within the flood control zones of the water district. At the hearing, the Board of Directors will hear any and all protests. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board may adopt or revise any assessment and will make its determination upon each assessment referred to in the report. A copy of the report may be inspected at the Office of the Clerk of the Board at the above address at any time during business hours. Copies of the report have also been placed and may be inspected at the following locations:

Firefighters controlled a three-alarm blaze that damaged and partially destroyed an apartment complex in Palo Alto Monday night, forcing more than a dozen residents out of their apartments. (Posted

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Small plane flops into water at Palo Alto Airport A single-engine plane crash landed as it approached Palo Alto Airport shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, but the sole occupant was not hurt, according to an initial report from the Palo Alto Fire Department. (Posted May 28 at 8:25 p.m.)

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A rewarding bit of doodling If you checked Google’s homepage Thursday (May 27), instead of the company’s trademark logo, you’d have seen a creative design from third-grader Mackenzie Melton, the winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Palo Alto third-grader Anna Yu didn’t win, but she made it to state finals. (Posted May 28 at 3:53 p.m.)

Tempers rise as Palo Alto, fire union begin talks Depending on who the speaker is, the Palo Alto Fire Department is either a bare-bones outfit fighting to retain its staff after years of draconian cuts or a bloated, overstaffed silo whose rising costs are forcing other city departments to lay off workers and cut programs. (Posted May 28 at 9:29 a.m.)

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eeking to engage Palo Alto residents and other locals in the life of the community, Palo Alto Online has introduced two new interactive features this week: a photo gallery and a city-budgeting tool. The gallery allows people to upload their pictures, which will then be viewable by the public on Photos can be submitted in five categories: breaking news, community events, sports, travel and “just for fun.” Captions will allow the photographers to elaborate on the context for the pictures. Several of the submitted photos will be selected for display on the website’s front page on a regular basis. “The photo gallery is a prime example of our interest in encouraging citizen journalism,” said Bill Johnson, CEO of Embarcadero Media, which operates Palo Alto Online and publishes the Palo Alto Weekly. “Ev-

ery day numerous events take place in Palo Alto and neighboring cities, from nature walks and sporting events to impromptu get-togethers. Community members are there and often take terrific photos. We welcome these contributors to our website.” The photo gallery is available on the left-hand side of Palo Alto Online by scrolling down below Town Square. The website this week also debuted an interactive tool that invites members of the public to choose how they would close the City of Palo Alto’s projected $7.3 million budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1. “Hard Choices,” the budget tool, lists dozens of programs and services that Palo Alto City Manager James Keene has identified for possible elimination or reduction. Among the 36 options are custodial maintenance of city buildings, a haz-

ardous-materials specialist with the fire department, library hours, funding to nonprofit agencies, sidewalk repairs and the police department’s traffic team. Palo Alto Online users will be able to select the dollar amounts by which they would reduce each category. Those who complete the interactive budget sheet will be able to see how others in the community voted. They can also discuss other ways to cut expenses or raise revenue on Town Square, Palo Alto Online’s community discussion forum. The budget tool will be posted on Palo Alto Online through the end of June. Currently, the City Council Finance Committee is in the process of recommending its budget cuts. The committee will issue its recommendations to the full council, which is scheduled to adopt the final budget at the end of June. ■ — Palo Alto Weekly staff

News Digest Palo Alto kidnap case called ‘very violent’ The kidnap and rape of a woman who had parked her car on El Camino Real in Palo Alto May 22 is being described by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office as particularly violent and brutal. Lionel Blanks Jr., 36, of Santa Clara, appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose last Friday afternoon as he was formally charged with rape by force, penetration with a foreign object, kidnapping, attempted murder, carjacking, second-degree robbery and threats to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury. Blanks faces a 50-years-to-life sentence plus 12 years and 4 months if convicted, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Erin West. In the early hours of May 22, the victim parked Lionel Blanks Jr. her Mercedes Benz SUV under a bright street light on El Camino Real a short distance from Serra Street, fell asleep in the passenger seat and awoke to feeling cold air and shattered glass on the seat, according to the victim’s statement to police. Blanks allegedly pulled her out of the vehicle by her neck and began punching her in the face. He then allegedly bound and blindfolded her, drove her to Santa Clara and further assaulted her, according to a report by the Palo Alto Police Department. He was arrested on May 26 as he was leaving his residence and allegedly ran from police. A longer version of this story can be found at ■ — Sue Dremann

Reserves used to balance 2010-11 school budget Elementary class size in Palo Alto schools will stay in the low 20s under a proposed 2010-11 budget for the Palo Alto Unified School District unveiled Tuesday night. Despite grumbles over $3.8 million in cuts and needing to dip into reserves to balance next year’s budget, school board members said Palo Alto is far better off than many California school districts, where elementary class sizes have popped up to 30 or more. Superintendent Kevin Skelly proposed an operating budget for next year of $154.5 million. With projected income of only $151 million, the gap will be bridged using $3.5 million in district reserves. Despite anticipated enrollment growth of 2.5 percent, the proposed budget for next year is somewhat lower than the current year’s budget of approximately $154 million. That means that per-pupil spending will decline. As a district funded by “basic aid” formulas that rely heavily on property tax, Palo Alto’s revenue is not tied to enrollment. On the revenue side, income is down this year from property tax, state and federal sources, but up from the $589-per-parcel tax approved by more than 79 percent of district voters last month. Next year’s budget incorporates $3.8 million in cuts approved by the school board in February. ■ — Chris Kenrick Page 8 • June 4, 2010 • Palo Alto Weekly

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nificant� land-use impacts caused by the project: conflict with “adopted land-use plans and policies� and “adverse changes to overall existing or planned land uses in the area.� To address the inconsistency, Stanford has proposed that the city create a new “hospital zone� for the project, according to the Draft Environmental Impact Report. But several commissioners expressed concern Wednesday night. Commissioner Susan Fineberg likened creating a new zone while the city is revising its long-term vision to “putting the cart before the horse.� She said the city needs to explore all the unintended consequences of the proposed zone, including other projects and other parts of the city where the new designation could potentially pop up in the future. “I think it’s a grave mistake to craft language and amend our Comprehensive Plan based on a specific project while the whole policy is being reviewed citywide,� Fineberg said. “We don’t have the right way to handle this issue citywide.� Commissioner Arthur Keller agreed and said the city should further study the project’s impacts rather than simply change the name of the zone and waive the usual requirements. “Just because a hamburger calls itself caviar doesn’t make it so, particularly if it tastes better with ketchup,� Keller said. The impact report recommends other strategies for easing the project’s significant impacts. On land use, the plan largely relies on the city’s architectural review process to keep the impacts of Stanford’s new developments to a minimum. This puts the greatest burden for containing the expansion’s consequences on the city’s Architectural Review Board (ARB), a fivemember commission that reviews new developments and routinely wrestles with issues such as construction materials, building colors and architectural designs. Several planning commissioners said Wednesday they were concerned about placing such a broad burden on the Architectural Review Board, a detail-oriented board with a limited purview. “That’s putting a lot of pressure on our poor old ARB to try to make significant changes based on the tools they have to look at design quality, massing and materials,� Martinez said. The commission’s meeting Wednesday night was the first of six such hearings scheduled for the next two months. The City Council is scheduled to discuss the land-use impacts of Stanford’s proposed hospital expansion Monday night. The 15-year redevelopment would add more than 2,200 new employees to Palo Alto by 2025. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@


ters, friends of the family — that (continued from page 3) speak in glowing terms about this kid,� he said. “He’s a really, really good kid, and Healy inadvertently had an airsoft this is a very unfortunate situation.� rifle in his car when he drove with Geffon said Healy had owned the a friend onto campus last Thursday airsoft rifle “for some time� but that afternoon to drop off equipment for calling it a hobby “would probably the robotics class, his lawyer said. be an overstatement.� A city employee saw the rifle and Besides scouting and robotics at called police. Gunn, Healy participated in wa“You can’t blame them for call- ter polo, swimming and wrestling ing the police, and you can’t blame and has been active in his Mormon the police for rechurch, the lawsponding as they yer said. did,� Geffon said ‘He’s a really, really About two Thursday. days before the After dropping good kid, and this is Code Red epioff the robotics a very unfortunate sode, Healy had equipment, Healy put the airsoft and his friend situation.’ rifle in the trunk —Eric Geffon, attorney of his car to were heading representing Weston Healy take it from his back to the car when the school father’s house lockdown was to his mother’s imposed, and the house in order to two were pulled into the nearest compare it to a new airsoft gun that classroom, Geffon said. had been purchased for his younger “Weston and his friend thought the brother, he said. Code Red was unusual, and Weston While Weston and a friend were at said, ‘Do you think it’s possible that Orchard Supply Hardware purchaswe’re the reason it’s a Code Red?’� ing supplies for robotics last ThursGeffon said. day, May 27, the friend commented At that point, Healy approached on the airsoft rifle and asked to look the teacher and explained about the at it and was holding it when the two airsoft rifle, he said. drove into the Gunn parking lot, Asked whether Healy still plans to Geffon said. go to Cornell, Geffon said: “Knock Among the items police reported on wood he’s still going. they found in Healy’s car were “two “Everything we’re doing with both face masks, one spade shovel with a the school and the district attorney is 4-inch pick, a hatchet with a removto make sure he continues to graduate able saw and a military style knife and go to Cornell,� the lawyer said. with a 7-inch blade.� Geffon said Healy realized as he Geffon said what police called was pulling into the Gunn campus “face masks� were safety goggles May 27 that “having this (airsoft ri- used for eye protection while playfle) in the parking lot is a bad idea,� ing with airsoft guns. but he and his friend decided to just The other items had been left in put it in the trunk because they in- the trunk after a camping trip Healy tended to be on campus for such a had taken with friends the weekend short time. of May 15 to Tunitas Creek in Half “I have a growing list of 75 letters Moon Bay. that I’ve been receiving from vari“He doesn’t tend to clean out his ous people — teachers, scoutmas- car very often,� Geffon said.

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Menlo Park May 26-31 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Auto burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Attempted auto burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Theft unspecified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Hit & run- property damage . . . . . . . . . .2 Unlicensed driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspended/revoked license . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Possession of controlled substances . . .2 Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunk driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Annoying phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 CPS cross report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Gang validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing juvenile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Municipal code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Probation arrest/assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Transient complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Elder abuse/neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle related Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Autho theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Miscellaneous Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .3 Psych. subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Warrants/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Accident/property damage. . . . . . . . . . 13 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Muni code violation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Can Palo Alto build a ‘culture of caring’? An unprecedented level of collaboration has produced a sweeping plan to build a safer community for young persons — but action by the schools will be key


remarkable process has been underway in Palo Alto in recent months: The community has focused on creating a more caring and responsive environment for children and young persons.

Under the broad umbrella of “Project Safety Net,â€? about 50 different community-based organizations have been wrestling with an immense challenge: changing a community culture that many feel has been far too test-oriented into one that listens better to young persons and responds effectively to those hurting. The “Safety Netâ€? has already produced some improvements in how young persons in trouble can connect with sources that can help them get through depression or anxiety and the hopeless, helpless feelings that contribute to terrible decisions. The trauma of the past year, in which several young persons chose to take their own lives, has deeply affected the Palo Alto community, and beyond. It has caused many to take a deep look at ourselves and our culture. “Words cannot convey the efforts and emotions of the past year regarding social-emotional-physical support for the community,â€? Carol Zepecki, the district’s director of alternative programs, wrote in a summary report presented to the Board of Education May 25. “One can talk about fear, sadness, disbelief, pain, anger, problem solving, frustration and the myriad other thoughts and feelings that were shared and experienced by so many members of the community this past year. “These words really do not tell the story. There is no way to convey the sense of deep loss and the outpouring of support as Palo Alto experienced the deaths of our students,â€? she summed up. Several of those whose lives have been changed spoke May 25, one citing a “pressure-cooker environmentâ€? in schools and another describing how her son faced special challenges due to a learning disability that contributed to his fatal choice. (A detailed report of the May 25 discussion is at show_story.php?id=16979, and a video of the meeting is on the school district’s website, Three priorities emerged as the Safety Net group began meeting last fall: educating students on mental health and identifying mental illness, identifying students with issues and connecting them and their families to community resources, and “removing the stigma associated with mental illness and depression through educating students, parents, and staff.â€? A primary recommended response is for the district and community to utilize a set of 41 “developmental assetsâ€? for young persons, developed some years ago and referred to as “Project Cornerstone.â€? In addition, sharing of information between health care providers and educators will be improved through new forms, designed to respect privacy but (with parental consent) helping coordinate the response to students needing assistance. Yet the real challenge is still ahead. How can the community, and the schools in particular, sustain the efforts and continue them as this terrible year fades into history? Unless such programs are deeply ingrained in organizations they don’t last. They need renewal and care and sustained effort and energy, and in spite of some apprehension the district must take a leadership role to implement new curricula and policies. School board members, clearly impressed by the Safety Net collaboration, appropriately asked for recommendations from Superintendent Kevin Skelly as to specific steps that should be taken. Skelly said the staff will return on June 22 with additional recommendations, and in August when the board reconvenes following a summer break. But he also cautioned about staff “bandwidthâ€? and being “maxed out.â€? School administrators have typically pushed back when challenged to address social and emotional needs of children in the schools through formalized curricula and other programs. They have historically viewed these needs as the responsibility of parents, not the schools. We couldn’t disagree more strongly, and the time has come for a change in this attitude. School board members must insist that a concrete plan be developed that addresses, in the schools, the priorities developed by the Safety Net group. Some great work has been done by a motivated group of community and school leaders. Now it is critical that the school board fulfill its responsibility to spend the time and financial resources to implement real and effective change. Page 14ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠ{]ÊÓä£äÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Dogs and bikes Editor, I love dogs and biking, but I think they do not belong in Arastadero Preserve during the spring. I hiked the preserve today and saw a baby coyote, tiny fawn, small smashed snake and large lizard on or just next to the path leading to the pond above the lake. With so many babies in the park now, it seems that dogs, even on leash, are a jarring and dangerous presence to the infant critters. Bikers are unable to see small slithering creatures on the path in time to avoid them. I propose that the city ban dogs and bikes during this time of year. Barbara Millin Emerson Street Palo Alto

Sidewalk repair Editor, About 12 years ago the city came out and “patched� small sections of the sidewalk by my house at the corner of Lincoln and Ramona Street. Those new sections are generally still in good shape but the bulk of the old original walk isn’t. I’d say about 120 to 140 feet need replacement (remember this is a corner lot). Yes, street tree roots probably caused the raised and cracked walks but, from my standpoint, street trees define our town and the desirability of Palo Alto, so I don’t want them damaged or taken out, something that is likely if residents just see them as “the problem� that causes them to pay for sidewalk repairs. I have been trying for three years to get the raised and damaged sections of the original 50-year-old portions of the walk fixed, initially because my elderly neighbor got her walkerassisted exercise traversing the corner and I was afraid she would trip and fall. The best I got a year ago was black asphalt patches. Recently I called Public Works and the gentleman was very nice and sympathetic, recognizing the walks are in bad shape but no, not “bad enough� that the city will do anything about them. I know the city is looking for ways to make money, but in general, because of the quality that the trees bestow on community image, I think this is going to be another short-sighted way to generate revenue. If the city decides to make owners responsible I probably face an inspection and possible penalty from a city inspector who now finds the conditions “bad enough� to need repair and wants to bill me perhaps $8,000 or more to fix the walk that I asked to have fixed three years ago. If the city decides to adopt this new revenue generator, they need to fix all of the existing damage first. On liability I think it is great that the city is saying it will retain responsibility, but if the owner is responsible for fixing the walk won’t some smart

attorney sue both the city and the owner? I understand that is how it works elsewhere. Ken Alsman Ramona Street Palo Alto

Dirty signs? Editor, On May 25 a Palo Alto Public Works Department truck with two city employees pulled up in front of our house. I thought they were here to prune the city-owned tree in our front yard whose branches are now hanging over the street and sidewalk. Instead, one of the workers put a ladder next to the street sign in front of our house, climbed it and used some type of aerosol cleaner to clean the street sign. Since Palo Alto is now trying to decide which programs to cut, wouldn’t it make more sense to eliminate the two city workers assigned to cleaning street signs than to cut the funds for the railroad crossing guards, as was recently debated? Or maybe instead of closing libraries and laying off school teachers we could all just live with dirty street signs. Cheryl Nafzgar St. Claire Drive Palo Alto

Coach responds Editor, I am writing to express my concerns with the recent two-part “Out of Bounds� articles, in particular the section that insinuates that I resigned from my position of head football coach at Gunn High School due to the player/parent evaluations that Chris Horpel conducted about me. This could not be further from the truth. My letter of resignation clearly states that I resigned due to the lack of administrative support that I received while the head football coach. I also clearly state that I had profound philosophical differences with Athletic Director Chris Horpel. I have no problem with being evaluated by my players as long as the evaluation is unbiased and can provide a section for self-reflection of those filling out the evaluation. Unfortunately this did not happen, but that still was in no way a factor in my resignation. It is too bad that your newspaper did not do its homework before printing such an inflammatory and totally biased article. Matt McGinn Gunn Physical Education Department Palo Alto High School Assistant Football Coach

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What do you think? What three steps do you feel would help most in creating a “culture of caring�? Submit letters to the editor of up to 250 words to Include your name, address and daytime phone number so we can reach you. We reserve the right to edit contributions for length, objectionable content, libel and factual errors known to us. Anonymous letters will generally not be accepted. You can also participate in our popular interactive online forum, Town Square, at our community website at Read blogs, discuss issues, ask questions or express opinions with you neighbors any time, day or night. Submitting a letter to the editor or guest opinion constitutes a granting of permission to the Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Publishing Co. to also publish it online, including in our online archives and as a post on Town Square. For more information contact Editor Jay Thorwaldson or Online Editor Tyler Hanley at or 650-326-8210.

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On Deadline Weaving an emotional-health ‘safety net’ for young persons is not a new concept by Jay Thorwaldson he issues of adolescent stress and kids in deep personal trouble are not a new phenomena in Palo Alto, even though there is a real-time urgency to the current wave of concern sweeping through the community. In the early 1970s, the district had created a “special problems counselor� position at each of the then-three high schools. Those positions were victims of budget cuts. One of the counselors, Phil Bliss, later founded Midpeninsula High School to be a “safety net� for bright students who didn’t quite fit in the competitive atmosphere of the regular high schools. The school has evolved into other missions since Bliss’s death some years ago, so Palo Alto students are doing high-wire and trapeze academics without a net, so to speak. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ann Gagnon, a local therapist/health educator, felt that high school students in particular were showing signs of stress. She approached school officials and the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and suggested creating a stress-reduction program. She developed materials and even convinced P.E. teachers to give up one class a week to teaching meditation, the personal kind that teaches relaxation. But the core message underlying meditation/relaxation is that you have control of your feelings, and life, a power not everyone realizes they have. A few years later a student at Palo Alto


High School ended her life one weekend after going to her mother and saying she needed to talk. The mother said she was too busy right then — has ANY Palo Alto parent not said that, or something similar, more than once? But that death triggered a series of community reactions that became part of the deep history of today’s efforts to make the Palo Alto community a more caring and supportive place for young persons generally and especially those in pain or depressed. Jim Shroyer, then principal at Paly, approached the late George Bonham, former vice president for education at the Medical Foundation, to ask if the foundation could help implement an “anti-suicide� campaign. Bonham came down the hall to my director-of-public-affairs office and conveyed Shroyer’s request. I had mixed feelings. As a former reporter for the erstwhile Palo Alto Times (later Peninsula Times Tribune) I had written a number of articles about suicides of young persons and anti-suicide programs. At the time the “anti-suicide� literature showed mixed results of many programs, and there was concern that while they might help some young persons they might validate suicide as an option for others. I asked Bonham for time to think about it. And in the morning I started writing a memo — a really bad mistake, but one I’m still glad I made. I first asked if the key message we as adults wanted to convey to our young people in the community was, “Don’t kill yourselves!� I said the message should rather be something like: “We want you to be happy and successful by your own definition of suc-


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cess.� I said we could ask area professionals for feedback. Some 18 months later and after countless meetings of teachers, counselors, pediatricians, a child psychiatrist, community psychologists, parents and students, we produced an eight-part set of four-page mailings to all students at Paly, and later Gunn. The “Family LifeSkills� program is still on the Medical Foundation website,, and is getting a good number of viewings, according to Becky Beacom of the Education Division there. The materials were updated about four years ago. The mailings covered managing anger, getting beyond blame, communications techniques, taking care of business, taking care of yourself, being a skilled negotiator and family problem-solving. The idea was simple: If we could share commonly accepted concepts relating to positive vs. negative interactions with family members, friends and associates then it might help reduce frustration and stress within students and families. A student/family survey earlier had shown that numerous families reported having a “serious argument� about once a week — a fight that had spillover effects into a second or third day. Our idea was that if ideas in the mailers could help families avoid every other argument then that would more than double the positive-interaction time within families. Extensive research shows that the well-being of young persons directly correlates to the degree of positive vs. negative interactions within a family — something we called “The Kalamazoo Connection� in the LifeSkills article, based on where one big study was done.

Some of those involved in the process are still around, as lasting connections were made during the development process. One parent and Paly senior were featured on a Today Show episode, and the program won a state award in Oregon when it was implemented in West Albany, a farming community, where the ideas were all news to them and merited a front-page write-up in the local paper. While many took the messages and hints to heart, a special challenge in Palo Alto was that some students and parents felt that “we know this stuff� and could thus ignore it as old-hat information. But the key message through the series was: “Take time. Take time to be together and care for each other.� One article was titled, “Take time to listen.� Echoes? A similar process to the LifeSkills effort was happening elsewhere in the creation of “developmental assets,� now known locally as “Project Cornerstone.� Initially it was a list of 40 personal assets in several categories, but was expanded to 41. One story was that the 41st asset stemmed from a suggestion from someone in Palo Alto. That would not be a surprise, and I would like to know the story behind “The 41st Asset.� Meanwhile, a remarkable team assembled as Project Safety Net in Palo Alto unwittingly echoes the old “safety net� description used by the special-problems counselors and the early Midpeninsula High School. Our challenge now, as a school district and community, is how to re-weave that net. N Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at

Interviews by Piyawan Rungsuk. Photographs by Kimihiro Hoshino.

Asked on California Avenue and at Town and Country shopping center.

Paulin Desai

Business Developer Milpitas “I don’t have any favorite photos. It’s not one of my favorite things.�

Lisa Chin

Nutritionist Portola Avenue, Palo Alto “Ansel Adams. He captures nature and landscapes like Yosemite with lots of emotions. It makes me appreciate nature more and it represents peace. It makes people aware of what needs to be saved.�

Misha Lipatov

Massage Therapist Alma Street, Palo Alto “Ansel Adams, He takes pictures of expansive landscapes with mountains, forests, trees and I like that. The best is how he captures the beauty of nature without imposing his interpretation.�

Roberto Caballero

Property Manager Healdsburg “Richard Avedon, I like black and white. He did lots of portraits, up-close, faces, bodies, not too much going on. I like simple photos.�

Joanna Clark

Mother Ramona Street, Palo Alto “Black-and-white family portraits; they are peaceful, awe-inspiring, calming. I like Stieglitz. It’s definitely a real art form.�



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Closed Sessions: Labor Negotiations 7:30 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter Public Safety Building Feasibility Study of Facility Alternatives 2nd Reading: Adoption of 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 BeneďŹ ts for New Miscellaneous Employees (First reading May 17, 2010 – Passed 7-0 Price, Yeh absent) Adoption of an Ordinance Repealing Chapter 16.09 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.09 (Sewer Use Ordinance) Establishing Regulations to Reduce Discharges of Pollutants to the Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drainage Systems Approval of a letter opposing the Amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement for the Administration of the Santa Clara County Congestion Management Program related to Governance of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Approval of Amendment No.1 to the Option Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto History Museum for the Roth Building, 300 Homer Avenue Providing for a One-Year Extension of the Option Term Approval of a Contract With Spencon Construction, Inc. in the Amount of $297,825 for the 2010 Street Maintenance Program Alma Street Concrete Restoration Capital Improvement Program Project (CIP) PE-86070 Approval of a Purchase Order with Golden State Fire Apparatus in an Amount not to Exceed $317,184 for the Purchase of one Type III Fire Engine 2nd Reading: Adoption of Park Improvement Ordinance for a New Greenhouse and Shed Located in the Baylands at 2500 Embarcadero Road. (First reading May 10, 2010 – Passed 9-0) Public Hearing: 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 Approval of Recommendation from the High Speed Rail Committee to Endorse Peninsula Cities Consortium Revised Core Message and to Approve City Manager’s Proposed High Speed Rail StafďŹ ng and Appropriating $90,000 from the Council’s 2010 Contingency Fund

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2010 Photo Contest winners celebrate the beauty of life — both at home and abroad by Karla Kane


eninsula photographers have sharp eyes. And when they cast their sights on the world around them, focusing their camera lenses on slices of life and scenery that captured their attention, they captured our judges’ as well. From San Francisco’s Chinatown to Italy’s Venice, from Palo Alto to Paris, the winning 2010 Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest images showcase people and places with visual aplomb. Weekly staff photographer Veronica Weber, local landscape photographers David Hibbard and Angela Buenning Filo, and Stanford photography teacher Brigitte Carnochan once again served as our panel of ex-

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pert judges, selecting their favorites out of the many high-quality submissions. The award-winning photographers will be honored at an opening reception on Tuesday, June 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The exhibit will be shown in the Queene Amirian Meeting Room at the Art Center from June 8 to June 20. In recognition of their artistry, first-place adult winners received $250 cash, a $100 gift certificate to University Art and a one-year membership to the Palo Alto Art Center. Second-place adult winners received $200 and a $100 gift certificate to Jungle Digital. Thirdplace winners received $100 and a $100 gift certificate

to Bear Images. Youth first-place winners received $100. Secondplace youth winners received a $50 gift certificate to University Art, and third-place youth winners received a $25 gift certificate to University Art. N

Judge’s comments The winning Peninsula Images are a varied lot this year: an imaginative laundry shot — so difficult to achieve; a beautifully lit mushroom still life; an idyllic figure resting in solitary splendor; a joyous black dog, his carefree gallop reflected on the glistening beach; and a mysterious oak portal (could it be an entrance to Alice’s Wonderland?). Each image tells us something different about the photographer who

made it. But what all five photographers share is a heightened sensitivity to and appreciation of the power of light to make an image unforgettable. We know and love the Peninsula on which we live, and we can be grateful to these five excellent photographers for showing us their own special views. —Brigitte Carnochan

First place

“People talk to you and are revealing in a way that is fascinating,� he said. Wenegrat intensified his photography hobby about the same time he entered private practice seven years ago, after dabbling for years. He once had a darkroom in a backyard shed but sticks to digital today; he enjoys editing photos even more than taking them. “I’m what’s called a Photoshop abuser,� he said. In his winning image, he used a cropping tool to correct perspective. Despite a long-held interest, Wenegrat never studied photography. “To call me a photographer would really be a misuse of the term,� he said. “I simply point the camera at things that seem interesting to me.� Wenegrat finds that taking pictures is therapeutic. “Just the process of having a camera, looking for things to shoot, makes you attentive. ... I see it almost as a funny kind of exercise in mindfulness.� His photos have earned mixed reactions — one person called them “compelling and repugnant.� “That was my best review,� he said. Wenegrat has a loyal fan in his wife, who entered him into the contest and does not mind hanging his pictures around the house. “My wife has been very patient in allowing me to turn our house into a third-grade museum,� he said. He will have another venue for his work in June, when his first exhibition goes up at Little House, a Menlo Park senior center. N —Katia Savchuk

Private Lives Brant Wenegrat


alo-Alto native Brant Wenegrat is interested in people, especially the inner worlds and private moments normally hidden from view. While snapping pictures in San Francisco’s Chinatown, his eye fixed on underwear hanging to dry in a thirdfloor window. “It kind of was a little peek into their private lives,� he said — hence the title of his winning entry in this year’s contest. On monthly strolls with his camera, Wenegrat focuses on details that tell a deeper story. He has a series highlighting tattoos, including a portrait that earned an honorable mention this year. “My attention tends to be drawn to things that are emotionally interesting in some way,� he said. “I’ve never been able to interest myself in taking landscapes ... things that don’t have people or something about people in them.� Wenegrat probes psyches in his day job, as well. He is a psychiatrist in private practice and taught at Stanford University.

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

David Hibbard David Hibbard, a Menlo Park resident, has photographed nat-

ural landscapes and wild places most of his life. He is the author of “Natural Gestures,� a book of images from the beaches and coastal forests of northern California. A major retrospective of his work will be shown at Xerox PARC this fall. Website: www.

Angela Buenning Filo Angela Buenning Filo, a Palo Alto resident, photographs changing landscapes, most recently focusing on Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India, during their respective tech booms. Her photographs are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and were included in the book “Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl.� Her installation titled “1,737 Trees,� focusing on one of the last orchards in Silicon Valley, is on permanent display in the lobby of the San Jose City

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Hall. Photographs from her Silicon Valley and Bangalore series will be on view in the new terminal of the San Jose airport when it opens this month.

Brigitte Carnochan Brigitte Carnochan’s photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally. In addition to “Bella Figura: Painted Photographs by Brigitte Carnochan,â€? published by Modernbook Editions in July 2006. Carnochan’s work has recently been featured on the covers of Camera Arts and Silvershotz and in Color, View Camera, Lenswork, Black and White UK, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Zoom magazines. A 2003 Hasselblad Master Photographer, she teaches photography classes in the Stanford Continuing Studies program and serves on the advisory council of Center in Santa Fe. N *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠ{]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 17

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Peninsula People Judges’ comments A baby, a cleaver and a 1962 Cadillac DeVille — these three subjects truly reflected the diversity and creativity found in the Peninsula People category this year. “Essie and the Beater� is not your typical baby photo. Surrounded in warm pastel tones and soft lighting, the toddler eagerly holds out a beater wiped clean, her face smothered in sugary confection as her tongue eagerly licks at the sweetness. The photographer has focused on a playful and messy moment, capturing the sheer fun of being 2 again. Almost like a scene right out of American Graffiti, “Dazzle Camou-

flage� is a throwback to the greaserstyled cool of the 1950s and early ’60s. Illuminated by the red glow of the taillights, the subject is in perfect symmetry with his car. His hair, leather jacket and white T-shirt almost seem like an extension of his black and white spotted car — epitomizing “camouflage.� “The Restaurateur� truly stood out from this year’s group of portraits. The combination of dramatic studio lighting and seemingly menacing subject made us ponder the story behind this photo and left a memorable impression. We also really loved the beautiful silver tones and repeated lines of the hair and bracelets of the subject found in “Rasta Woman.� N —Veronica Weber

First place

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Sherann Ellsworth

Second place


Mushrooms Steven Shpall Artist’s statement It is a photo of an ordinary bunch of oyster mushrooms that came from the local farmers market. I was taken in by the symmetry and how majestic they looked. N

Third place

Sunset Solitude Mary Bender Artist’s statement Each time we walk our favorite trails at the Palo Alto Baylands, I capture totally different pictures. The light, the tides, the clouds, the colors; all play a different scene for

my camera. One favorite spot is the boat launch where we often sit at water level surrounded by a certain magic, letting the stresses of the day ebb away. This particular day, a gentleman was already there,

at the center of a silent scene that we couldn’t disturb. We watched from above as the sunset angled through, and I photographed the beauty of the Baylands solitude from a new vantage point. N

Selected for exhibition (adult) Eleonora Ronconi World Grill John Conlin God Bless America Oliver Klink Trance Paige K. Parsons Gogol Bordello at Sasquatch

Deven Hickinbotham Big Stretch Brant Wenegrat Tattooed Man Robert Filman VanDusen Lake, February Barbara Wolfe No Parking

Selected for exhibition (youth) Rachel Harrus The Gates of Hell Exposed Tyler Jackson Unreal Growth

Ginna Freehling Trapped in the Magic Mirror Miranda Smith Peek-A-Blue


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enlo Park resident Sherann Ellswor th has been interested in photography since her high school days in the 1970s and loves hitting the road with her camera and husband in tow, seeing what new and intriguing sights she can capture through her lens. But for her award-winning photo “Essie and the Beater,� her subject matter was a bit closer to home. The photo, which shows a gleeful toddler proudly holding out the whipped-cream-bearing utensil she has just licked, was taken over last year’s Christmas holiday. The cherubic child is Ellsworth’s great niece, Essie, then age 1.5. “She thought it was the best thing she ever had,� Ellsworth said of the tyke. “Her eyes are just sparkling, saying, ‘Try this!’� The photo, along with others Ellsworth created in a montage as a gift for Essie’s mother, was an instant family hit — including with Essie

herself. “She says, ‘She is pretty! Look at me!’� she recalled, laughing. For her next photo adventure, Ellsworth, who works at Stanford, plans to continue her recent tradition of an annual three-week road trip around the West Coast, snapping pictures of people and places she finds along the way. “We like to take the roads less traveled, get out there and see what you see. It’s great to be out in nature, away from the pressures at work. We’ve been doing it for the past seven years,� she said. Proud aunt Ellsworth plans to use her prize money from winning the Weekly’s photo contest to start a college fund for Essie. After all, “It’s her first modeling job!,� she said. “I just captured a moment in time.� N —Karla Kane

Second place

Artist’s statement

Honorable mention

Beach Gallop Greg Gatwood Honorable mention

Exit Strategy Joel Henner

Dazzle Camouflage Max Lewis

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Views Beyond the Peninsula Judges’ comments “Views Beyond the Peninsula� had many strong entries, which made it a difficult category to judge. Congratulations to the winners — and to all who entered — for making our task as judges so hard. Joel Henner’s photograph, “Sleeping,� offers us a puzzle. Why is that

figure lying in an empty field? What is that giant, reflective globe? Was the scene we are viewing actually there, captured in a single take, or is it an imaginative reconstruction accomplished through software? The unexpected congruence of these elements invites us, as viewers, to provide our own answers. What makes Henner’s photograph so compelling is that it of-

fers no hints. Robin Apple’s photograph, “Lovers,� works on two levels. At first glance, the image seems to be all about light and shadow, but then one sees the lovers, nearly hidden by the shadows. I especially like the composition of this image, how the shadows lead the eye to what is concealed. As a child, I used to help with the

harvest at my grandparent’s citrus farm. Eleonora Ronconi’s photograph, “Story Tellers,� carries me right back to that experience. Everything works together in this image: the unorthodox wide horizontal framing, the earthiness of the color, the sense of grit and rough textures, those marvelous hands looming right out at us, offering the apples. What could be more of a travel cliche

than a Venice canal? Yet Kwan Chan’s photograph, “Sunsets Over Venice� presents us with a beautifully composed moment that is anything but a cliche. The lighting, which is magical, draws us in. Then one notices the boats and their passengers, so perfectly positioned within the composition, each with an interesting story to tell. N —David Hibbard

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lighting “just so,� I decided to hang out for awhile and see what might happen. I was able to capture several images of this pair interacting in slightly different ways, and the scene included at one point a nun who had appeared at the top step overlooking the railing. But this particular image was my favorite, due to the colors, the expressions, the interaction, the lighting and the texture of the railing and the stairs. I am new to digital photography and I had just started to experiment before this trip to Mexico with my Nikon D-90 and a simple 35 mm f1.8 prime lens. N


Robin Apple Artist’s statement

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Joel Henner had set out for Paris’s Science and Industry Museum (CitĂŠ des Sciences et de l’Industrie) a few hours after dawn to photograph one of Paris’s lesserknown architectural gems, a prismatic mirrored theater dome known as the Geode, in the ephemeral morning light. He was on a mission to capture the city as it had rarely been seen, taking a conscious departure from t was the day after a storm popular cultural landmarks like the Louvre and l’Arc and the cloud cover had just de Triomphe. Circling around the massive orb, whose triangular facets begun to break, allowing a few beams of sunlight to punc- reflected the lawn around it and the sky above in dazzlingly warped proportions, Henner shot from a variety of tuate an otherwise dreary skyscape. vantage points with a wide-angle lens. His winning photograph, “Sleeping,â€? was one of the last shots of the morning, taken at around 10 a.m. “My idea was to get the sky reflected in the mirrored surface of the dome,â€? Henner said. “I wanted to capture the surreal feel of it. ... It’s hard to describe it, Artist’s statement but when you’re there, it’s kind of “The Restaurateurâ€? was taken in eye-popping.â€? my studio. I had asked the subject, Henner named the photograph Ali El Safy, owner of Vido Bistro, after the figure in the foreground, a to pose for a series of portraits on man dozing in a bare patch on the small-business people I was shootlawn. He liked the way the lone figing. It was his idea to bring the ure conveyed an air of peaceful simmeat. I borrowed the cleaver from plicity against the dramatic backdrop our kitchen and the rest was easy. that loomed before him. It is a very simple shot with grey In preparing the final photograph, background and two studio lights. Henner used a photo editing proThe photo subjects often generate gram to erase distractions and adthe strongest ideas for portraits. N just brightness, contrast, and saturation, emphasizing the reflection on (continued from previous page) the dome and enhancing the overall mood of the photo. “Dazzle Camouflageâ€? paint origi“To me, it’s almost like two nally used on battleships in WWI. worlds,â€? Henner said. “There’s the The disruptive paint scheme is outside world, the guy on the lawn... similar to Cubist paintings and was and then there’s this globe that reeffective in obscuring the direction flects an almost crystal clear sky. It and speed of the battleships from looked like an intersection of two German U-boats. Since this phovery different kinds of environments tograph Daisy has been repainted — one kind of prosaic and mundane baby blue and is now for sale to fund and one almost heavenly.â€? N —Aimee Miles further Cadillac restorations. N


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Walking around Guanajuato, Mexico — a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site — with its beautifully colored buildings in the golden hour of later-afternoon sun, it was hard not to come away with a few great shots. When I spotted these two young lovers seated on the steps of a church, with the

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Story Tellers Eleonora Ronconi Artist’s statement Apple-picking season starts at the end of August and lasts until the end of October. Each year, hundreds of Jamaican farmers travel to Maine to

work for the season, to make a better living for their families back home. I photographed them in 2008, and I was amazed by these very same hands that help them survive. ... Each of them tells a story about their hard work, their endless days, and also about their pride in what they do. Each line in those hands looked like a beautifully written poem, and those poems make the most precious book I have ever read. N

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Judge’s comments Turning their cameras on a bicycle, Palo Alto High School and a piece of modern sculpture, Jacqueline Friduss, Catherine Rockhold and Claire Mahany each found a way to see anew often-photographed subject matter. Friduss’ love for the

natural world shows through in her Palo Alto Baylands image, while Rockhold presents a surreal view of the familiar Paly campus. Mahany’s image of a baby playing near the base of an abstract sculpture juxtaposes the coldness of the artwork with the human element.N —Angela Buenning Filo

favorite subjects to photograph. Her eye for photography also extends beyond what she sees through the viewfinder. In fact, many of her favorite pieces were discovered after a photo was snapped. “A lot of the time I end up taking a picture and then cropping out a lot of it,� she says. And while sitting at a computer for hours on end editing a photo may not be the most exciting part, it is just as important as the actual taking of the picture, Jacqueline said. Recently, she has found more time to sit down and work on her creative

writing skills, which have inspired her to think of a career that blends together her passion for art and the humanities. “My dream is to be a screenwriter. But if I ever write a book, I may include my photos in the book instead of illustrations. To me, that’d be a really fun project. “I’ve never really thought of a career as a photographer. This is the first time I’ve ever submitted to a contest, and then I won!� she said with a laugh. “I’ve never really thought of my photos as ones people would want to look at.� N —Siena Witte

Bicycle at the Baylands Jacqueline Friduss


ike most high school st udents, Jacqueline Friduss has a lot going on. A junior at Palo Alto High School, her busy schedule is filled with ceramics classes, tennis matches, and now, a photo shoot or two. Friduss’ love for photography began many years ago, when she got her first camera in the fifth-grade. More recently, she took a week-long photo class the summer before her freshman year, which is when her interest in photography developed. However, it’s when she’s outside of the classroom that she really feels in her element. “The excitement when you see something that really catches your eye is what draws me to photography,� she says, thinking back to one evening when she was biking home on an overpass and paused briefly to catch a few photos of the sun setting on the horizon. “I think it’s instinctual, that feeling you get, like, ‘Wow this is really cool.’� “Bicycle at the Baylands� was taken on a class trip to the marsh, where she found that this landscape is, to her, the essence of Palo Alto. She was able to capture an image composed of shadows and contrast that shows the depth of the natural environment in the Bay Area, which she considers among her

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Judges’ comments I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of our favorite images this year focused on youth as their subject matter. Who better to capture the elusive moods and fleeting moments of youth than these emerging photographers? The Peninsula People category sparked some of the liveliest debate among

the judges in recent years. Guy Singer found the perfect location for his first place portrait “Under the Bridge,� and Richard Xiang’s penetrating second-place photo “Classic Beauty� continued to engage us well beyond first glance. In third place, Terra Jones evokes a warm summer day in her cleverly titled “On the Fence.� N —Angela Buenning Filo

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uy Singer, 15, first picked up a camera six months ago — he has not put it down since. The selftaught junior at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto specializes in portraits, mostly of his friends. A few times a week he asks classmates or members of his Jewish youth group to pose for a photo. Eager for a polished shot for their Facebook profiles, subjects do not usually need much convincing. He took about 50 shots of his friend Jonathan for “Under the Bridge� until he “just kind of caught him sitting back and relaxing.� Singer finds that people make more interesting subjects than trees. “I prefer portraits to nature and landscape because I usually feel other people could pick up a camera and take pictures with almost identical results, but with people there are a lot more variables involved — you can get more original results,� he said. Singer aims to capture natural expressions and convey as many emotions as possible through his work.

Lately, he has been staging more organized shoots rather than snapping random candids, according to his photography blog. He pays as much attention to the backdrop as to the subject. “The other day I was at ... (an) international convention in Dallas, Texas,� he wrote on his blog. “There was a huge snow storm, and the white lighting from the overcast skies was ideal.� Singer started out on his father’s old film camera but has since moved on to digital. That allows him to mute colors, as he did for his winning picture. So far, Singer has refused to take a class. “I was opposed to classes because I didn’t want to learn from someone else,� he explained. “I liked the idea of learning it as you go — learning your own style with-

out instructions.� Born in Israel, Singer moved to Palo Alto when he was 10 years old. He remembers the heat best and misses the food most. He stays in touch with his roots through the youth group, which meets on weekends to socialize or do volunteer work. Singer also plays the flute, guitar and saxophone and is in a flute ensemble and a band at school. The rest of his free time is dedicated to soccer. His win in the photo contest may herald a career in photography. Until now, it had been difficult for Singer to gauge his talent. “It’s hard to get an honest reaction out of people because they’ll just say nice things.� N —Katia Savchuk (continued on next page) The “I Care� package you’ll want to send off with your new or returning college student

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In Views Beyond the Peninsula, we were drawn to Catherine Rockhold’s and Hannah Abbott’s portraits of young women, both of which have a compelling cinematic quality, and to the dramatic light in Lauren Wong’s photo — Angela Buenning Filo of a ski summit. N

Catherine Rockhold


itting by a window in the dimly lit dining room of her Paris flat, a young woman leans forward slightly and throws her head back as the camera snaps away. A curtain of hair follows the arc of her neck, and her face is shrouded in darkness as the light dances across her chest, lap and arms. The identity of the figure is mysterious to the uninitiated observer, but the photographer knows her subject intimately — it’s none other than herself. A 17-year-old senior at Palo Alto

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Summit Six Lauren Wong High, Catherine Rockhold had been experimenting with photography since she was a freshman. But it wasn’t until a year ago that she decided to delve more deeply into her hobby and developed a concentration in self-portraiture. “It’s an easier way to express my-

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few distant rooftops peeking over the windowsill, provides a bright backdrop to the shadowed interior. Rockhold used a slow shutter speed to blur the movement of her hair as she tossed her head back. Later she adjusted contrast, muted the colors and blacked out one edge of the photograph to emphasize the subject. As with most of Rockhold’s works, the portrait takes its name from the lyrics to a song that she listened to while editing the photo. “It seems like someone’s taking a deep breath,� she said, pointing to the woman in the frame. Rockhold, who aspires to be a professional photographer, will attend the California Institute of the Arts in the fall. N —Aimee Miles

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From top: Tom Rigney plays Cajun music in Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fremont Park on Aug. 4; Tom Chapin sings folk and pop at the July 17 Twilight concert in Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mitchell Park; Steve Lucky and Carmen Getit play the SFJAZZ series at Stanford Shopping Center on June 10.

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hile the line-up has shuffled a bit, free outdoor concerts still abound in the Palo Alto area this summer. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz at Stanford Shopping Center, a battle of the bands on California Avenue, and music from lands far and wide at the second annual World Music Day. So far, 48 groups have already signed up to play at World Music Day, organizer Claude Ezran said earlier this week (42 played last year). The June 20 event runs from 3 to 7:30 p.m. downtown. It looks like about half of the musicians are returning and half are new, including opera singer Catherine Vincenti, Ezran said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally! I love opera and really wanted to have opera at the festival.â&#x20AC;? The news is less upbeat from the city of Palo Alto, which discontinued its lunchtime Brown Bag concerts due to budget cuts. But (continued on next page)

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Clockwise from top left: Fotia plays Greek music at the Twilight concert on Aug. 14 in Mitchell Park; the Orquestra Moderna TradiciĂłn brings Cuban jazz to Stanford Shopping Center on June 17; the literary rock band Glass Wave (recently profiled in the Weekly) will perform at World Music Day on June 20; the Curtis Brothers play the Stanford mall on Aug. 5.


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Local theatergoers have several free outdoor options this summer as well. The Mid-Peninsula Shakespeare Festival makes its annual entrance at Mid-Peninsula High School at 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Taming of the Shrewâ&#x20AC;? plays June 5, 6, 13 and 27, with Robert Louis Stevensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasure Islandâ&#x20AC;? on June 11, 12, 20 and 25, and Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Importance of Being Earnestâ&#x20AC;? on June 18, 19 and 26. Shows are at 8 p.m.; go to Peninsula Youth Theatre presents family-friendly stagings of classic tales, June 25 through Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Saratoga. Shows include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Orangesâ&#x20AC;? on June 25 at Cubberley Amphitheatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretelâ&#x20AC;? on July 2 at the ParkStage adjacent to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Go to In August, the San Francisco Mime Troupe gives free Palo Alto performances of its satirical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker.â&#x20AC;? Shows are at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, on Aug. 27 (6:30 p.m. music, 7 p.m. show) and Aug. 28 (3:30 p.m. music, 4 p.m. show). Go to

the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twilight Concert Series is still planned, moving from Tuesday evenings to Saturdays. And a new free outdoor concert and dance series kicks off this summer at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. The first series to begin is the Stanford Summer Jazz Series, which hosts acts in the Stanford Shopping Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clock Tower Plaza (near Neiman Marcus) on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 10 through Aug. 12. Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums play jump blues and swing on the first Thursday, with Orquesta La Moderna TradiciĂłn performing Cuban music on June 17. Later performers include MenloAtherton High School graduate and singer Hale Baskin on July 8. The concerts are presented by SFJAZZ; for details, go to sfjazz. org and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;SFJAZZ Summerfest.â&#x20AC;? At the JCC at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra is the first performer in the new series at Jessica L. Saal Town Square, playing at 7:30 p.m. on June 12. The events run through Aug. 22 and also include tango with Igor Polk at 6:30 p.m. on June 17 and African folk songs with Baba Ken Okulolo & the Nigerian Brothers at 7:30 on June 26. Go to World Music Day brings performers to the sidewalks and corners of downtown Palo Alto on June 20. New musicians this year include Amanda and Art Sirota singing original childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs; the Ken Brown gypsy jazz combo; and the Menlo Park indie band No Soap Radio. Go to pamusicday. org. In July, the Weekly Twilight series begins with folk/pop/kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; artist Tom Chapin performing on July 17 at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. Later performers include the Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Pellejo Seco on July 31 on California Avenue, and the Greek-music band Foti on Aug. 14 in Mitchell Park. It all wraps up Aug. 21 with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;battleâ&#x20AC;? of local youth bands on California Avenue. All concerts go from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Go to Outside Palo Alto, Menlo Park holds its annual summer concert series on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Fremont Park, at University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue. The series runs June 23 through Aug. 11 and includes U2 tribute band Zoo Nation on June 30 and Pat Wilder & Serious Business playing the blues on July 7. Call 650-330-2200. Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer series starts July 8 with the Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings and ends with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s band The Spazmatics on Aug. 19, both on Castro St. All concerts go from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with some happening in city parks. Call 650-903-6446 or go to Downtown Redwood City also has a major outdoor concert lineup, as well as movies and dance al fresco. Go to www.redwoodcity. org/events/music.html. N

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Over the last six decades, Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career has included serving as artistic consultant in the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s to Eichler Homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the creator of numerous â&#x20AC;&#x153;California Modernâ&#x20AC;? houses in Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and as director of the U.S. State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Craft and Development Program in Cambodia. His own art includes paintings, sculptures and furniture design. But most of Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowd has known him, as Edmark put it, as a Stanford â&#x20AC;&#x153;professor extraordinaireâ&#x20AC;? concentrating on design. There were accolades aplenty from the podium. Richard Vinograd, chair of Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department of art and art history, spoke of this â&#x20AC;&#x153;remarkable man and remarkable career.â&#x20AC;? Referring to his own specialization in Chinese art, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this were imperial China, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure Matt would have a shrine.â&#x20AC;? Unsurprisingly, many of the tributes were visual. Former students of Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s displayed images of buildings and other projects they had created after being inspired by their professor. (continued on next page)

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The A-Team (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

After the Thin Man (1936)

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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Get Him to the Greek (R) ((1/2

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

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

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It Came from Outer Space (1953)

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The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) (Not Reviewed)

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

Killers (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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The Late George Apley (1947)

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Letters to Juliet (PG) ((

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Libeled Lady (1936)

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Marmaduke (PG) (Not Reviewed)

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Micmacs (R) (((

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Mother and Child (R) ((

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Sex and the City 2 (R) (

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(Century 16, Century 20) In a way, myth became reality when the ancient Greek concept of a chimera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a monstrous mash-up of different animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; became standard terminology in biology, describing genetic hybrids. The temptation to tinker makes scientific advancement possible, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also, in a way, the story of mating and reproducing. Playing God and playing house converge in the weird, wild new horror film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splice.â&#x20AC;? Co-writer/director Vincenzo Natali (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cubeâ&#x20AC;?) has in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spliceâ&#x20AC;? a demented combination of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speciesâ&#x20AC;? wherein a large part of survival of the fittest means being sexy. A little sexiness doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to have hurt celebrity scientists Clive and Elsa (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley), first glimpsed lording over genetic research from the cover of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wired.â&#x20AC;? Sharing a bed and a lab, the couple gets off on breeding chimeras in the hopes of synthesizing life-saving proteins. On the birth of their latest creation, they show a parental affection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sooo cute!â&#x20AC;? Elsa coos, though the audience will gleefully recoil at the phallic beast squirming in its incubator, a baby only David Cronenberg could love.

A reversal of fortune spells either abandonment of the research or, as Elsa reasons it, secretly ramping it up in closed-door sessions. Choosing the latter with all the fervency of the archetypal mad doctor, Elsa breaks the ultimate taboo by creating a human/animal hybrid â&#x20AC;&#x153;spliceâ&#x20AC;? using her own DNA. Apparently unfamiliar with the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;famous last words,â&#x20AC;? Elsa asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst that could happen?â&#x20AC;? Commence rubbing your hands with glee, horror fans. Using the lab equipment of the Nucleic Exchange Research & Development facility (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right: N.E.R.D.), Elsa â&#x20AC;&#x153;birthsâ&#x20AC;? a chimera she calls Dren (â&#x20AC;&#x153;nerdâ&#x20AC;? backwards). Elsaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambivalence about children (no to Clive, yes to Dren) has something to do with her own domineering mother, but she bonds with her creation, cuddling with her and teaching her. Clive warily takes note of this two-way imprinting, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having none of it. Elsa assures him that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing to fear: Dren wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bred from predatory animals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the human element,â&#x20AC;? he replies. Soon Dren is full-grown, in the lithe form of French-Canadian actress Delphine ChanĂŠac. CGI and the special makeup and creature effects of Howard Berger and Gregory Nicotero give ChanĂŠac bird-like

legs and a barbed tail, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not enough to rob the creature of its increasingly emboldened sexuality (might it be the mate-and-kill type?). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably not such a good idea for Clive to give Dren a dance lesson, but then again â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spliceâ&#x20AC;? dramatizes one bad idea after another: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one more? Lending their own brands of heft, Brody and the inestimable Sarah Polley make a meal of the material, which is about as gonzo as the multiplex gets. Natali knows heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way out on a limb and likes it there, giving the audience as many squirmy thrills as he can cram into 103 minutes.




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plenty. Jeunetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabulist style sat uncomfortably in the essentially dramatic terrain of his last film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Very Long Engagement,â&#x20AC;? but not this time. Just in Jeunetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wheelhouse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micmacsâ&#x20AC;? keeps it as light as the material allows, which turns out to be pretty light. French comedy superstar Dany Boon (â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Best Friendâ&#x20AC;?) stars as Bazil, orphaned by that roadside bomb and further burdened by a stray bullet in the brain, embedded during a drive-by shooting that catches the video clerk unawares. Now jobless and alone, Bazil accepts an invitation to join a group of junkyard-dwelling oddballs, each with an unusual talent that might come in handy to achieve Bazilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream of revenge against the makers of the bomb and the bullet. Bazil, excon Slammer (Jean-Pierre Marielle), knockabout daredevil Buster (Dominique Pinon of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delicatessenâ&#x20AC;?), typing whiz Remington (Omar Sy), precise Calculator (Marie-Julie Baup), contortionist Elastic Girl (Julie Ferrier), machinist Tiny Pete (Michel CrĂŠmadès) and loving cook Mama Chow (Yolande Moreau) constitute a freakshow â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oceanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eight,â&#x20AC;? ready to pull anything and everything. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad news for the comically competitive arms manufacturers (hissably smug AndrĂŠ Dussolier and Nicholas MariĂŠ), who wind up on the business end of some â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission: Impossibleâ&#x20AC;?-style scheming, including a scam lifted directly (and boldly) from the classic TV series.

With his team of misfits, Jeunet had in mind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story,â&#x20AC;? and he appropriates large swaths of Max Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Sleep.â&#x20AC;? As for Tiny Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walking junk sculptures, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the work of artist Gilbert Peyre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micmacsâ&#x20AC;? is also deliriously self-referential, with an advertisement for itself glimpsed on the street and a reprise of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delicatessenâ&#x20AC;? singing-saw scene. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whimsical celebration of creation (art) triumphing over destruction (weapons). This is all very droll if not very deep, not unlike the villainous businessman who huffs defensively, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do politics.â&#x20AC;? Seen from Jeunetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature extreme angles, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a touch of social commentary here, a bit of simmering romance there, and a whole lot of, well, micmacs: a human cannonball, a soccer match with a landmine, and a secret collection that includes a Winston Churchill nail clipping and a Marilyn Monroe molar. In a sea of summer movies, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micmacsâ&#x20AC;? at least guarantees to be weird. Rated R for sexuality and brief violence. One hour, 45 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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Eating Out Kimihuro Hoshina


The mazeh appetizer includes flatbread, cucumbers and big chunks of feta cheese.

Eclectic menu At Cibo, odd combinations, or something for everyone? by Dale F. Bentson


didn’t know a place like Cibo could exist here. It is a restaurant the likes of which I haven’t encountered in the Palo Alto area, an eatery that would seem more at home in Omaha or Des Moines. Cibo is attached to the Creekside Inn hotel. Paul Khaki and wife/chef Anna Jamei have owned the restaurant for eight years. Previously, they were restaurant operators in San Carlos. “Many years of family experience,” Khaki told me. The space itself looks as if it had once upon a time been a coffee shop. Stools long removed, the counter is now an expansive wood-top service area. The ceiling is painted burgundy, the walls a dappled ocher. There are only booths in the main dining area and two separate dining rooms with tables and chairs. The booths abut expansive windows that front El Camino Real with views of the gnarled traffic outside. The focal point of the restaurant is the opposite of what it should be. Behind Cibo are the lovely gardens of the Creekside Inn: serene, green, relaxing and yes, a creek runs through the property. The menu lacks focus. The concept seems to be “something for everyone.” The results seem to be not much of anything for anyone. The appetizers are a journey through the Middle East and south of the border. Coupled with the entrée offerings of meats, pastas, dinner salads and sandwiches, there is no unifying theme. There are numerous misspelled words on the menu. Marinar

(marinara) sauce, artichikes (artichokes), vniaigrette (vinaigrette). After the restaurant has been eight years at this location, one would at least expect the scrutiny of spell check. One evening, I ordered the Earth & Surf ($8.95) appetizer, a supposedly lightly battered calamari with assorted vegetables with aioli sauce. Alas, the kitchen didn’t have the ingredients. That dinner, I settled for Buffalo chicken wings as an appetizer followed by the chicken and artichoke linguini entrée, an odd combination. My dining companion ended up with hummus and meat loaf. What’s the theme here? Supposedly California with a touch of Mediterranean — it sure fooled me. I tried two soups du jour ($4.95 or $3.10 if ordered in conjunction with an entrée). The tomato soup was thick, more sauce-like than soupy, and way too salty. The clam chowder, on the other hand, was loaded with tender, delectable clams, potatoes, onions and — New Englanders, please avert your eyes — celery. Those chicken wings ($7.95), by the way, weren’t too bad so far as chicken wings go. The wings were meaty, the sauce slightly piquant, with ranch dressing that was cool and creamy. We went Middle East one evening, ordering both hummus ($6.45) and mazeh ($7.45). Both were plenty for two. The hummus was tasty enough; the puréed chickpeas were enhanced with tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. The mazeh was a platter of to-

matoes, cucumber, bits of fresh basil, with big chunks of feta cheese all drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Both plates had ample amounts of fresh flat bread. For entrées, the grilled salmon filet ($18.95) was flavorless and blanketed with the special Cibo saffron sauce. The sauce was akin to a not-very-eggy hollandaise without the kick of lemon to liven it. The color was Day-Glo yellow, startling when the plate was placed before me. Saffroninfused sauces are tawny to yellowy. I’ve never seen a sauce turned fluorescent yellow from saffron. Accompanying the salmon were rice and sautéed zucchini, spinach and carrots. The carrot slices must have been hewn from a carrot the size of a sapling — they were as big as half-dollars and nowhere near cooked even partially through. The aforementioned linguini with chicken and artichokes ($19.95) was an excellent dish with generous portions of both artichoke hearts and cubed tender chicken that was not overwhelmed with cheese. The meat loaf ($13.95) was pretty good too. There seemed to be more than one kind of meat in it, perhaps beef and pork. The generous portion was smothered under a rich blanket of red wine mushroom sauce. The garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables that included those giant carrot slices completed the plate. The eggplant parmesan ($14.95), drenched in marinara sauce, was burned on the bottom. It was pretty on the plate and the initial flavors were good. The Philly steak sandwich ($12.10) was massively filling. The bread had been grilled and it oozed provolone cheese. The inside was loaded with thinly sliced, rather flavorless beef, onions and roasted red peppers. I managed not quite half of it before waving a white flag. Service was generally good, polite, friendly and prompt except when clearing. On each of my three visits, entrées came while appetizer plates sat. The server couldn’t manage with both arms full, so we awkwardly moved plates around to make room. The wine list is puny and uninteresting. About the only wine I had any passion for was out of stock. The waiter, sensing my frustration, discounted a Beringer merlot from $44 to $26. While I appreciated the gesture, that merlot retails for $17. (continued on next page)





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Eating Out

ShopTalk by Daryl Savage

RETAIL REBOUND? ... Yep. The picture is getting rosier and business is beginning to recover in downtown Palo Alto, according to Susan Barnes, Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things are on the rebound. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at getting back a couple of our anchor tenants,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also targeting a few areas where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to see vacancies get picked up.â&#x20AC;? Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce CEO Paula Sandas agrees: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a renewed energy downtown. The storefronts are filling.â&#x20AC;? Evidence includes the recent grand opening of Walgreens at the corner of University Avenue and Bryant Street; the second location of Garden Fresh, a Mountain Viewbased vegan restaurant at 460 Ramona St.; and Deborahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palm, a nonprofit that provides support for women in times of crisis or challenges, at 555 Lytton Ave. Sandas said she is also excited about the versatility of new retail and office interest: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last month alone we did five ribbon-cuttings for new businesses.â&#x20AC;? A SHOUT-OUT TO BOOKS INC. ... At a time when local bookstores are struggling for survival in the face of large chains and Internet sales, some local stores and regional chains are still doing well â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and getting recognized for being there. One such is Books Inc., which moved from the Stanford Shopping Center to Town & Country Village in February 2008. Books Inc., which has 12 locations, has just been named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Business of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? by State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Simitian chose a bookstore in his district to receive the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books Inc. is the kind of business that leads by example. Not only are they providing a great service to Palo Alto ... theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re showing how independent

bookstores can both survive and thrive,â&#x20AC;? Simitian said. Independent booksellers are more than just stores, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re community gathering places. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re repositories of ideas.â&#x20AC;? Michael Tucker, a co-owner of Books Inc., said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our business is based on the belief that independent bookstores provide something unique to local communities. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad that Sen. Simitian feels the same way.â&#x20AC;? But another independent bookseller, Modernbook Gallery, closed May 1 at 494 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Its owners said the move was due to success, not competition. The swanky, minimalist bookstore/art gallery reopened two weeks ago in San Francisco at 49 Geary St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We loved Palo Alto but we had this incredible opportunity to be in a space in San Franciso with world-class art galleries,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Pinsukanjana, who co-owns Modernbook with Bryan Yedinak. Modernbook opened its doors about 10 years ago in Palo Alto. SOUL FOOD SLOWDOWN ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another delay for Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Tracks, slated to be Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only soul-food restaurant. Originally scheduled to start serving comfort foods such as deep-fried catfish, macaroni and cheese and greens earlier this year, Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looked like it would finally open last weekend at 109 California Ave. But slow down, Mary; not so fast. A major delay of a specialized exhaust-system created a setback for the grand opening. Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, Anthony McFadden, swears his restaurant will be open this summer.

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Desserts provided no pleasant surprises. With the apple pie Ă la mode ($5.95), the crust was soggy and apples were in short supply. It had a faux artiness about it with squiggles of mango, chocolate and strawberry sauces, none of which complemented the baked apples. A glob of whipped cream flavored with something I never identified and a Maraschino cherry topped the ruin. Lava cake ($6.25) oozed hot, thick chocolate when pricked. Obviously, it was a better choice. Cibo has survived for eight years with a menu that can be seen as odd combinations or something for everyone. Despite my protestations, it pleases enough customers to keep going. â&#x2013; 

Cibo 3398 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-494-2426 Hours: Breakfast/lunch: Weekdays 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 5-9:30 p.m. Website: www.cibopaloalto. com

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Book Talk HOMETOWN POET ... Menlo Park poet and former Palo Alto Weekly Title Pages editor Charlotte Muse will be among the Bay Area writers featured in An Evening of Poetry Wednesday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Muse will join Constance Crawford, Patrick Daly, Phyllis Koestenbaum and Priscilla Lee in reading their poems from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed.â&#x20AC;? With a foreword by Robert Hass, the poems in this anthology embody what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to live in the astonishing weave of cities and towns, landscape and language, climate and history that make up the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Selected by the members of Sixteen Rivers Press, a regional poetry collective named after the web of rivers that flow into San Francisco Bay, the poems are drawn from both a physical and a metaphoric watershed.

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TIPS FROM TEACHERS ... Also at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Castilleja School English teacher Bill Smoot discusses his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations with Great Teachersâ&#x20AC;? Tuesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.. Smoot interviewed master teachers in areas ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports and politics. Subjects discuss their teaching styles as well as what makes their work meaningful to them.

From a baseball hero to teen angst, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much to keep the kids indoors

SHTETLS AND TUNES ... Alan Fleishman discusses his first novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goliathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Headâ&#x20AC;? Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Fleishman will share pictures of shtetls and music of Jewish villages. All proceeds from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goliathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Headâ&#x20AC;? sales that night will be donated to Abilities United, a Palo Alto nonprofit that offers programs to children and adults with disabilities. HOW WE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CLICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;... Also June 17 down the road at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 7:30 p.m., Palo Alto psychologist Rom Brafman discusses a book he co-authored with his brother Ori Brafman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Click: The Magic of Instant Connections.â&#x20AC;? The book explores what makes us â&#x20AC;&#x153;clickâ&#x20AC;? with certain people, or become fully immersed in whatever activity or situation weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re involved in. Brafman is coauthor (also with brother Ori) of the New York Times bestseller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sway.â&#x20AC;? NEW THRILLER ... Black ops, missing torture tapes and Blackwater mercenaries run through Menlo Park author Barry Eislerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest thriller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Out,â&#x20AC;? which he will be signing on Tuesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Eisler, a former CIA operative, is the author of seven other thrillers, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fault Lineâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem for an Assassin.â&#x20AC;? (continued on page 36)

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by Debbie Duncan ummer is the best time for free reading. There are a slew of new books for kids about the joys of summer. Here are some of the best.

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster; $18; ages 2-8. Poetry and art synchronize beautifully in this stunning yet gentle, modern while old-fashioned-feeling oversized picture book that follows a biracial family through a summer day. Bay Area children will recognize a beach scene, farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market, a multi-ethnic community and a huge climbing oak tree, as well as what may be the only illustration of a California mission outside of fourth-grade social studies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the world is all of us,â&#x20AC;? the text reads, but it is also each one of us in this picture book gem, an instant classic. Henry Aaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream by Matt Tavares; Candlewick Press; $17; ages 4-10. Henry Aaron was a skinny kid in Mobile, Ala., who had physical (â&#x20AC;&#x153;WHITES ONLYâ&#x20AC;?) barriers to playing baseball, who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even

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Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; Armistad/ Simon & Schuster; $16; ages 9-12. Here is historical fiction at its finest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the summer of 1968 (yes, books set in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s are considered historical), and 11-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters have been sent from their Brooklyn home out to Oakland to spend four weeks with the mother who had deserted them. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cecile, a tall â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazyâ&#x20AC;? (according to her daughters) woman who wears â&#x20AC;&#x153;manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pants,â&#x20AC;? a poet who prints flyers in her workplace kitchen for Black Panthers. Cecile makes it clear sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not cut out for mothering: not only does she not indulge her daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; California fantasies with trips to Disneyland and the beach, she makes them fetch their own Chinese takeout and sends them to day camp run by Black Panthers. Ah, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the fun begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Crazy Summerâ&#x20AC;? draws readers in with memorable characters

who speak and act from the heart and find themselves playing important parts during an amazing time. Sea by Heidi R. Kling; Putnam/Penguin; $18; ages 12 and up. Palo Alto author Heidi Kling was inspired by her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relief work in post-tsunami Indonesia to write a young adult novel about a 15-year-old California (read: Santa Cruz) girl who reluctantly joins her psychiatrist fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relief team to an Indonesian orphanage. Though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never admit it, Sienna (Sea)

Eleanor Pardee Park Tree Removal and Replacement Plans

Public hearing

Flood Protection & Stream Stewardship Master Plan You are invited Santa Clara Valley Water District

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Place:

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The community is invited to an informational meeting to review the City Arboristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ndings from the disease analysis of three recently removed eucalyptus trees along Center Drive in Eleanor Pardee Park.


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Please join Santa Clara Valley Water District for a public meeting regarding the Flood Protection & Stream Stewardship Master Plan. This important planning document lays the foundation for prioritizing the flood protection and stream stewardship work and methods for the future. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the process and to engage stakeholders for feedback as the master plan process matures. It is important that the plan reflect the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s values and priorities for future flood protection and stream stewardship efforts. Staff from the water district will provide a project overview and solicit public input. For more information, contact Luis Jaimes at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2576 or email to 5/2010_GS

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 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 for more details. P.O. Box 50831, Palo Alto, California 94303

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AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Other upcoming authors at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s include: John Robbins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Lessâ&#x20AC;? (June 7, 7:30 p.m.); Summer Pierre, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Weekâ&#x20AC;? (June 8, 7:30 p.m.); Heidi R. Kling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea,â&#x20AC;? Nina LaCour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hold Stillâ&#x20AC;? and Jandy Nelson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sky Is Everywhereâ&#x20AC;?(June 10, 7 p.m.); Phoebe Kitanidis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whisperâ&#x20AC;? (June 16, 7 p.m.); Alan Furst, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies of the Balkansâ&#x20AC;?(June 21, 7:30 p.m.); Jennifer Egan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Visit from the Goon Squadâ&#x20AC;? (June 22, 7:30 p.m.); Kathryn Schulz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Errorâ&#x20AC;? (June 23, 7:30 p.m.); Janelle Brown, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is Where We Liveâ&#x20AC;? (June 24, 7:30 p.m.); Christopher Hitchens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hitch-22: Some Confessions and Contradictions: A Memoirâ&#x20AC;? (June 27, 2 p.m.); Andrew Beahrs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast: Searching for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemensâ&#x20AC;? (June 28, 7:30 p.m.); Linda Hawes Clever, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Lifeâ&#x20AC;? (Wednesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.); Nicholas A. Veronico, Betty S. Veronico, Reg McGovern and Janet McGovern, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redwood Cityâ&#x20AC;? (Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.). Information: Go to MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Eric Pooley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Climate Warâ&#x20AC;? (Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m..); and David Bickel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creeposity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepyâ&#x20AC;? (Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m.). Information: Go to N

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also needs help â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plane went missing three years earlier, and she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been the same since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seaâ&#x20AC;? is a page-turner set primarily in steamy Indonesia, a place where loss abounds but life goes on and romance blooms. There are so many characters to fall in love with â&#x20AC;&#x201D; headstrong Sienna, orphan-boys leader Deni, and my favorite, little Elli, who sleeps on the bunk below Sienna and scampers off to morning prayers at 5, carrying a â&#x20AC;&#x153;rolled-up carpet under (her) armâ&#x20AC;? as if she â&#x20AC;&#x153;were late for peewee yoga class.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seaâ&#x20AC;? is the novel teen readers will be talking about this summer. Kling will be launching her book at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, Saturday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. N Debbie Duncan has been reviewing books for the Palo Alto Weekly since 1997.




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Gunn duo will race in 3,200 finals while seven others look to reach the final day

O F LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad Chrissy Hu continued her highly successful college tennis career by teaming with partner Kendra Higgins to win a second straight doubles title at the NCAA Division III Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennis Championships on Sunday at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Hu (a junior) and Higgins (a sophomore), playing for the University of Chicago, rallied from a one-set deficit to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Hu and Higgins became the seventh tandem in Division III history to record back-to-back national titles. They finished the season with a record of 31-6, giving them a two-year mark of 48-12. . . Menlo School grad Chuck Huggins made his Double-A debut Saturday for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, with a solid pitching effort. The left-hander, who suffered the loss in a 3-1 setback against Trenton, took a two-hitter into the sixth inning. He left the game with the score tied, 1-1, and two runners on. He threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Huggins was promoted from Single-A Dunedin of the Florida State League after going 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his first nine starts. In 54 career minor league games, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13-6 with a 2.57 ERA. Another former Menlo player, Ryan Cavan, is hitting .269 with the Augusta Greenjackets, a Single-A team in the San Francisco Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; organization. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10for-29 (.345) over his past seven games, with five RBI. Andy Suiter, who graduated in 2005 after playing with Huggins on Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 CCS Division III championship team, is currently 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA for the Great Lakes Dodgers, a Single-A team.

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Senior Alissa Haber became Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second four-time softball AllAmerican when she was named a first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American on Wednesday. She joins two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza as the only two players in Stanford history to accomplish that feat.

by Keith Peters hilip MacQuitty and Angela Gradiska are veterans of the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Both will be competing in their third such meet this weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High in Clovis. This meet for the two seniors, however, will be unlike the previous two. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MacQuitty has a new event and Pinewoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gradiska has a different attitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just happy to be running,â&#x20AC;? said Gradiska. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just looking at it as a fun experience.â&#x20AC;? Gradiska, who is headed to Stanford in the fall, suffered an arch injury in her left foot earlier in the season and missed two months Philip MacQuitty of running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It caused me a great deal of pain to run on it,â&#x20AC;? she said. So, Gradiska spent that time off the track in physical therapy and in the pool to keep her fitness up. There was a point in the rehab where she believed her season might be over. Gradiska spoke with Stanford head coach Edrick Floreal, who told her to be ready in September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a key year,â&#x20AC;? Gradiska said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to prove myself. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to run great races.â&#x20AC;? She did that last season while sweeping the 100 and 200 at the Central Coast Section championships before taking second in the 200 (23.85) and fourth in the 100 (11.74) at the state meet. Both times were among the fastest in the nation. Gradiska did get back on the track this season in time for her West Bay Athletic League finals before progressing through the CCS semifinals and finals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kept getting faster each week,â&#x20AC;? she said. At the CCS finals last Friday in Gilroy, Gradiska swept the 100 (11.92) and 200 (24.60) titles again, both in season bests that impressed her â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although a little slower than in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (100) time was awesome,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At 50 meters, I was able to kick it into the next gear. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know I had that. It was really pleasing.â&#x20AC;? In the 200, Gradiska was coming off a 25.00 in the semifinals and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure how much faster she could

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Stanford wants to make up NCAA A tale of two finales: Menlo for missing out in 2009 Baseball celebrates, Paly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t by Rick Eymer rett Mooneyham happily looked forward to Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus ride to Fullerton. It beats having to wear a suit and tie when flying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That can get uncomfortable by the end of the day,â&#x20AC;? said Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore left-hander. Bus rides have become a luxurious way to travel, with 30-inch television sets available and accommodations more in tune with the sightseeing car of a train than the dark, dank aisles and lack of leg room usually associated with bus travel. The players also get to dress comfortably, listen to music, watch movies on their computers, or even


by Keith Peters carry on a conversaFriday, 4pm t was two chamtion. Stanford vs. pionship games The second-seedwith two chamed Cardinal (31-23) New Mexico pionship teams. Both hopes to get plenty of came in with substanrest before taking on tial winning streaks and plenty No. 3 seed New Mexico (37-20) at 4 p.m. Friday in the opener of the of talent to extend those streaks for Fullerton Regional of the NCAA one more game. Both were favored baseball tournament at Cal State to win. When all was said and done last Fullerton. The top-seeded Titans (41-15) weekend at San Jose Municipal Statake on fourth-seeded Minnesota dium, the Menlo School baseball (30-28) in the later game. The los- team celebrated and Palo Alto did ers meet in an elimination game not. The Knights won the Central Saturday at 4 p.m., and the winners Coast Section Division III title with an 8-2 win over Hillsdale and Palo Alto fell to Burlingame, 7-4, in the (continued on page 40)


Division II finale. It was an afternoon of wonderment and bewilderment, all in the space of a few hours. For Menlo, the day provided a day of one-upmanship. Danny Diekroeger has always been in the shadow of his older brother Kenny, even though the two are only a year apart. It was that way when the two played together for three years at Menlo School and it probably will be that way when Danny joins Kenny on the Stanford baseball team next season. Danny, however, temporarily has (continued on page 39)

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Robinson is the No. 15 seed (10:48.79) and Summers has the 21st-fastest qualifying time (9:20.08). Robinson has perhaps the most untapped potential in her field. She ran the 1,600 in her first state meet last season, which was her first season ever on the track. She moved up to the 3,200 after running cross country for the first time this past fall. That gave her the distance base she lacked a year earlier when she â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t readyâ&#x20AC;? to run the metric two-miler. Robinson, however, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run her first 3,200 until April 22, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final dual meet against Palo Alto. She won that in 11:08.01 and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run slower in the four races since while improving 20 seconds during that time. Robinson currently ranks No. 3 in school history after making up seven seconds over the final six laps of the CCS 3,200 final. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erin ran a tactically perfect race,â&#x20AC;? Gunn coach Ernie Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After a quick opening lap, her splits were basically even until the kick, which she timed perfectly.â&#x20AC;? Robinson hopes to use that experience this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to try and get 10:40,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A top 10 (finish) would be really good. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been aiming for.â&#x20AC;? Summers would like to get a personal record, as well, which would mean something faster than the 9:13.68 that he ran at the 2009 CCS finals while finishing sixth. Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s section finale was a different kind of race, as it went out slow and Summers was forced to push the pace after the opening 1,600. Eventual winner Wes Strum of Pioneer actually made the first move and Summers went with him while everyone else hung back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just kind of winging it,â&#x20AC;? Summers explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much of a plan.â&#x20AC;? While Summers prefers to run even splits, the field for the state finals will be loaded and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be forced to run whatever pace is presented if he wants to head off to Stanford with the momentum of a lifetime best in the state finals. Gunn sophomore Kieran Gallagher hopes to be running on Saturday night, as well. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually listed among the favorites in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 800 despite the 2:13.36 she ran while taking second at the CCS finals. Her 2:11.36, a school record, is the fastest in the section this season and ranks her No. 3 in the state among all sophomores. Those faster, however include state leader Amy Weissenbach (2:08.34) and Savannah Camacho (2:09.70). They rank No. 3 and 10 nationally. This will be Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first appearance in the state meet. Like Robinson, her improvement has been huge but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still lacking in experience and race strategy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get nervous, especially at the beginning of big races, and go out too fast,â&#x20AC;? Gallagher said. Gallagher went out fast at CCS because several of the runners had faster 400 PRs. Lee figured it would take someone running the race of their life to beat Gallagher and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened. Gallagher, however, prefers running from the front and has the midrace strength from cross country

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go. Again, she beat an impressive field with an impressive time to set her up for this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my last state meet,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to try and run my fastest. But, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m two months away from peaking (based on her two months off the track). Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to final in both. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good goal. But, just to come back and run at state is awesome.â&#x20AC;? Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MacQuitty is also happy to be back. This time, however, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be running the 1,600 instead of the 3,200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new experience,â&#x20AC;? said MacQuitty, who earlier this season ran the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest time in the 800 (1:52.37), broke the school record in the mile (converted to 4:12.45 for the 1600) and ran 9:16.06 in the 3,200, an event he ran in the state meet as a freshman and junior. MacQuitty dropped the 800 and 3,200 to focus on the 1,600, which combined the best of the other two races â&#x20AC;&#x201D; speed and endurance.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the mile more,â&#x20AC;? said MacQuitty, who ran 4:12.97 while finishing second at the CCS finals last Friday. That time makes him the No. 4 seed going into Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prelims, where Chris Brewer of Rancho Buena (San Diego) is the No. 1 qualifier in 4:11.29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I can go under 4:10,â&#x20AC;? MacQuitty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been closing in around 57 seconds, and not too many others are doing that.â&#x20AC;? MacQuitty just wants to qualify for the final on Saturday and take it from there. One thing he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do is run a 66-second third lap, which he did at CCS. That forced him to race from behind while chasing Pioneerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wes Strum to the finish line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underestimating people isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good,â&#x20AC;? MacQuitty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to do that Friday . . . you just have to compete.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the plan for seven other local athletes who finished among the top three at CCS to earn state meet berths. Of that group, two already are ticketed to Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gunn junior Erin Robinson and senior teammate Paul Summers. Both will run in the 3,200 finals.

Paly junior Maurice Williams eyes a big triple jump. season to carry her through. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be surprised, however, if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading early on Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a very different kind of race,â&#x20AC;? she said of the state prelims. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be more kickers and more competition. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to try to make it to the finals.â&#x20AC;? Menlo-Athertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jason McGhee (800), Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maurice Williams (triple jump) and Tyler Nigro (high jump), plus Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alison Ang (pole vault) likely have lesslofty goals. Only Williams and Ang have been in the state meet before, Williams on the 400 relay two years ago and Ang last season. Ang is seeded No. 18 after taking second at CCS with an 11-foot clearance; Williams is No. 19 after taking second at CCS with a personal best of 46-1 1/2; Nigro is 24th after taking second in the section finals with a career-best 6-4; and McGhee comes in 28th after taking third at CCS with a 1:55.93. All four, of course, have the potential for better marks and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what everyone is shooting for in Clovis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any reason why I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t PR,â&#x20AC;? said McGhee, a junior who broke the school record twice this season with a best of 1:53.70. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get involved in the sport until after running cross country last November. Previously, he had played lacrosse in the spring. McGhee started off wanting to run the mile, but after running a 2:07 in the 800 in practice, he found his event. He ran a 1:58.1 at the indoor Simplot Games in Idaho, broke the school record with a 1:54.2 at the CCS Top 8 in May and then lowered that at the Meet of Champions in Sacramento. McGhee said the CCS finals were a disappointment, because he was two seconds off his PR. The state meet prelims, however, should be a different story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like the better the competition, the better I do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will give it everything Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got.â&#x20AC;? The same goes for Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Williams and Nigro plus Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ang. Williams has been improving by leaps and bounds in the triple jump

since taking up the event just seven weeks ago. He has gone from 35 fee in his first meet to 46-1 1/2. His next big goal is the school record of 47-2 1/4 by current jumps coach Tolu Wusu, who believes Williams has a 50-footer in his future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got big goals,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time things click,â&#x20AC;? Wusu explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;even a little bit, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sixinch improvement.â&#x20AC;? Williams said his 46-foot jump at CCS felt good, but that he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even learned how to land in the pit yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once he (Willliams) gets the jumping aspect down and puts the speed to it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be amazing,â&#x20AC;? Wusu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state meet will be a goal, but I want it to be a positive stepping stone,â&#x20AC;? Wusu added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to put too much on it because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been doing it for only seven weeks.â&#x20AC;? Still, said Williams, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A PR at state would be great.â&#x20AC;? Nigro is hoping for one, too, with perhaps a 6-6 clearance in the high jump. That still might not get him to the finals. The top qualifying mark coming in is 6-10. Nigro spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Paly, but his family moved to La Jolla last season. Another job change brought the family back to Palo Alto. Due to the transfer and paper work, Nigro missed playing basketball and became eligible only in time for track. He cleared 6-2 last season and still was stuck on that mark until clearing 6-4 on his first attempt at CCS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really a surprise,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was more of a relief.â&#x20AC;? Nigro said he has improved due to more speed in his run up and by having more consistency with his steps. The state meet is more of a reward for Nigro than anything else. A clearance of anything over 6-4 will make it even better. N

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stepped out of that shadow and has something even Kenny canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brag about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my life it was Kennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that was supposed to win the title,â&#x20AC;? Danny said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He did win the (CCS) basketball championship, but I have the baseball. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one that counts.â&#x20AC;? Menlo was supposed to win a CCS crown last season, which was Kennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior year. Unfortunately for the Knights, Kenny suffered a late-season injury that derailed those plans after he helped Menlo win the CCS Division IV hoop crown. Given the chance to one-up his brother, Danny helped make the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual goal come true. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At least every year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been on varsity, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve set as our goal to win our last game,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we did that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty amazing.â&#x20AC;? And now Danny has bragging rights over Kenny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remind him all the time,â&#x20AC;? Danny said. Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory on Saturday will be worth repeating as the No. 3-seeded Knights (25-6) finished their season on a 14-game win streak with just another typical performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of typifies our season,â&#x20AC;? Menlo coach Craig Schoof said of the victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t our best game, but we did all the things we needed to do. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a confident bunch and rightfully so.â&#x20AC;? Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory seemed almost a foregone conclusion since Hillsdale (19-12) came in as the final seed in the 16-team tournament. In a battle between the two Knights, however, it was Hillsdale that struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. None of the Menlo players, however, were worried at that point. They had overcome No. 15 Sacred Heart Cathedral with two runs in the bottom of the seventh in a semifinal on Wednesday and had knocked a first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League pitcher (Anthony Villamore) out of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was big time,â&#x20AC;? Diekroeger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That really set us up. We had to work hard for every run in that game.â&#x20AC;? Based on that effort, Diekroeger told his teammates before Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game that if things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start out well, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what happens,â&#x20AC;? he told them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just stay focused.â&#x20AC;? His teammates took that to heart and bounced back quickly. After leaving two runners in scoring position in the first, Menlo struck in the second as Freddy Avis walked with one out and Robert Wickers was safe on a error. Senior Jackson Badger then stepped to the plate and delivered perhaps his biggest hit of the season, a two-run double that gave Menlo the lead for good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so happy for Jackson Badger,â&#x20AC;? Schoof said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He struggled at the plate all season and hit under .200. To come up with the biggest hit of the game . . . it was great to see that happen. After Badgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit, it was like now we can relax.â&#x20AC;? Hillsdale, however, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go away and loaded the bases in the top of



Marisa Walker, Dave McKenna, and Jeuel Espanola

Angela Gradiska

Alec Haley

Pinewood School

Menlo-Atherton High

The senior sprinter successfully defended her titles at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships by winning the 100 in 11.92 and 200 in 24.60, both CCS-leading times, to earn a return trip to the CIF State Meet.

The senior won four tennis matches during the week, including three in one day against the No. 1 and 2 seeds to capture the Central Coast Section singles championship and become the first player in school history to do so.

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Honorable mention Alison Ang Gunn track and field

Kieran Gallagher Gunn track and field

Karine Hsu Palo Alto badminton

Phoebe Lin (& Stanley Hung) Gunn badminton

Erin Robinson Gunn track and field

Catherine Wu-Linda Zhang Gunn badminton

Jackson Badger Menlo baseball

Jake Bruml Menlo baseball

Andrew Carlisle-Justin Chan Menlo tennis

Matt Crowder Menlo baseball

Danny Diekroeger* Menlo baseball

Martin Hung-Henry Liu Gunn badminton * previous winner

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

the fourth. With two out, Hillsdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armando Fajardo hit a high chopper to the edge of the infield grass that Diekroeger charged, short-hopped and threw out the runner to end the final threat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the play of the game,â&#x20AC;? Schoof said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we come back and score five.â&#x20AC;? That made it 7-1 and gave the win to Avis (8-3). CCS Division II It was not supposed to end this way, not after the sensational season compiled by the Palo Alto baseball team. Everything pointed to so much more than a disappointing and frustrating loss in the finals. Palo Alto came in on a 24-game winning streak. The Vikings were seeded No. 1 and had a 29-3 record that had established a record for a school in existence for more than 100 years. Paly had been without a section title since 1927 and never had claimed a CCS crown. After having four coaches over a five-year period and surviving turmoil and losing records, it was time to get rid of the negative and be rewarded with the positive. But, perhaps, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only in the movies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rags-to-

riches storyline this season. The good guy did not get the girl and ride off into the sunset in this one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m disappointed,â&#x20AC;? said Palo Alto first-year coach Erick Raich, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because the seniors deserved to go out with a championship.â&#x20AC;? That championship, however, went to No. 6 seed Burlingame as the Panthers ruined the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; storybook season. Burlingame finished 24-6-1, winning its second CCS title in school history, while Paly finished 29-4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll win our CCS championship some day,â&#x20AC;? Raich promised. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a CCS trophy to be champions.â&#x20AC;? Raich said his players proved that this season when they took on a new coach and responded well to his ideas and work ethic. Prior to Saturday, the only three losses were to Wilcox, Willow Glen and CCS Division I champ Mitty, one of the best teams in the nation. Palo Alto went 14-0 to win the SCVAL De Anza Division title for the first time since 1994. The Vikings won the league playoff tourney and earned the No. 1 CCS seed for the first time ever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We accomplished a lot this season,â&#x20AC;? Raich said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got everything but the trophy.â&#x20AC;? N


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meet at 8 p.m. Stanford returns to the postseason after missing out last season; which remained a sour point all year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missing the playoffs last year gave us a little bit of fire,â&#x20AC;? Stanford junior shortstop Jake Schlander said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to Omaha when I was a freshman and I thought it would always be that way. So last year was a reality check and we had to put in the extra work.â&#x20AC;? The addition of a talented group of freshmen pumped new life into the team last fall, and its paid huge dividends as the postseason looms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early in the fall you could tell they were a talented group,â&#x20AC;? Schlander said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just started playing. They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intimidated in any way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like they were never freshmen.â&#x20AC;? Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger is one of five (including DH Eric Smith) freshmen in the starting lineup and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been spectacular offensively, leading the team with a .351 batting average. He recorded a 23-game hitting streak during the season and had three of the 10 game-winning hits in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final at bat over the course of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was drafted in the second round by the (Tampa Bay) Rays,â&#x20AC;? Stanford freshman first baseman Stephen Piscotty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know he knows how to play the game. He

has a great work ethic and he prepares for baseball in every aspect of his life: nutrition, weights, conditioning, everything. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carried us at times.â&#x20AC;? Piscotty, drafted in the 45th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Amador Valley High in Pleasanton, has a .321 average entering the postseason and has started all 54 games. He was part of an all-freshman outfield with Tyler Gaffney and Jake Stewart until moving to first base as junior Dave Giuliani developed into a solid contributor. Piscotty played every infield position during the fall as the Cardinal had a wealth of infield talent that includes Schlander at short, Colin Walsh at second, Diekroeger at third and two-year starter Adam Gaylord, who has played short and third. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what to expect,â&#x20AC;? Piscotty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the fall I was able to see where I stood and saw there was a lot of room for improvement. I made sure to put in a lot of work and was fortunate to get the first start.â&#x20AC;? Stanford lost Toby Gerhart to the NFL draft before the season started and its top power hitter Kellen Kiilsgaard to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tommy Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; surgery in the first week of the season. The Cardinal, thanks largely to the freshman class, never missed a beat. Gaffney, teammates with Gerhart on the football team, stepped in and hit .319 during the regular season. He missed fall ball because of his commitment to football. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the start you knew he had a lot of potential,â&#x20AC;? Piscotty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast and he has all the

tools. He played football in front of so many people and got the experience of playing at the Division I level and maybe got accustomed to that level. You knew he would be an integral part of this team.â&#x20AC;? Freshman Dean McArdle has emerged as Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 3 starter behind Mooneyham and sophomore right-hander Jordan Pries while freshman Mark Appel has been an important member of the bullpen and Sahil Bloom has emerged late in the season as a solid pitcher. Mooneyham, who finished last year strong, seems to be hitting his stride again after struggling early. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA over his past nine appearances and says he feels even better than he did at this point last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The walk-to-strikeout ratio is something I look at and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to make a big improvement on it in conference games,â&#x20AC;? Mooneyham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in a rhythm and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to keep everything the same to stay in that groove.â&#x20AC;? Stanford has played four teams ranked in the top five this season, with its final regular-season series against the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall top seed Arizona State a benchmark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going into the tournament with a lot of confidence,â&#x20AC;? Schlander said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those games showed we could play with anybody. We got swept in Texas and then had three great games with Arizona State. It was a good indication of how far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come.â&#x20AC;? And, perhaps, how far the Cardinal may still have to go. N


Singles, doubles titles cap great season for Stanford by Rick Eymer n the morning of January 5 of this year, members of the Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team surfing to the Intercollegiate Tennis Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official website would have discovered the Cardinal ranked No. 13 in the nation. It turned out to be a lucky season for Stanford, which was never ranked higher than eighth during the regular season. After three years, the Cardinal returned to the top of the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college tennis world. Stanford made the jump to No. 1 after beating Florida, 4-3, in the NCAA national championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., 10 days ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have grown tremendously throughout the year,â&#x20AC;? Cardinal coach Lele Forood said. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timing proves advantageous: next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championships will be held on campus at the Taube Tennis Center. Not only will the women try to defend their title on a court where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been unbeatable for the better part of 11 years, but the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singles champion (sophomore Bradley Klahn) and half the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubles champion (junior Hilary


Barte, who partnered with senior Lindsay Burdette) return. Klahn also used â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as his lucky number. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where he was ranked at the beginning of the NCAA singles tournament. His title was not as much of a surprise, as he was a 9-16 seed. He beat unseeded (and 19thranked Austen Childs, 6-1, 6-2, of Louisville to win the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is hard to put this moment into words,â&#x20AC;? Klahn said afterward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just came out and tried to block out those thoughts. Once we started playing, I was able to loosen up.â&#x20AC;? Klahn beat two top-five players along the way. Barte (â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played up to our potential,â&#x20AC;? she said) and Burdette were no surprise either. They were the national runners-up last year and held the No. 2 national ranking all season. All they had to do was beat Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season-long topranked duo Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, in the championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best team doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always win,â&#x20AC;? Stanford assistant coach Frankie Brennan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like this year, the best team won.â&#x20AC;? Said Burdette: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really tough to be dominant all the time. It lets us know how much hard work we had to put in.â&#x20AC;? N

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Palo Alto Weekly  

Palo Alto Weekly 06-04-2010 edition. Photo Contest issue

Palo Alto Weekly  

Palo Alto Weekly 06-04-2010 edition. Photo Contest issue