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Palo Alto council has until July 1 to close $7.3 million budget gap by Gennady Sheyner


everal controversial Palo Alto budget proposals — to set a fee for actors who participate in Children’s Theatre, charge for access to the city’s open-space preserves, close the city’s libraries on Mondays and eliminate two fraud investigators from the police department — were tentatively turned down this week as the City Coun-

cil’s Finance Committee finalized its recommendations for the fiscal year 2011 budget. Over the past month, the committee has reviewed dozens of measures intended to close a projected $7.3 million budget gap, including layoffs and frozen salaries, new fees for rental of city facilities and shorter library hours.

On Monday night, the full council will review the committee’s recommendations with the aim of approving a $139 million budget before July 1, the start of the fiscal year. Committee members this past Monday scrapped a “pay to play� fee for Children’s Theatre participants after the nonprofit group Friends of the Children’s Theatre vowed it would give the city $35,000 to avoid the new fee. The group argued at previous committee meetings that the new fees, which would range from $50

to $300 depending on the production, would discourage low-income residents from participating. Alison Williams, the theater group’s costume supervisor, stressed the theater’s educational programs and strong ticket sales under recently hired Artistic Director Judge Luckey. The ticket sales are at the “highest level,� with 23,000 sold so far this year, she said. Councilman Larry Klein proposed accepting the group’s offer, provided the city and the Friends have a contract in place and re-

viewed by both the committee and the full City Council by Sept. 30. If not, the fees would take effect as initially proposed, he suggested. Committee Chair Greg Schmid said he would support the proposal provided the financial contributions become “enduring over time� and not a one-time payment. The committee agreed and voted to accept the group’s offer with little discussion. Palo Alto’s nature lovers, mean(continued on page 7)


Cubberley’s future deliberated City, school district, Foothill eye 35-acre campus by Chris Kenrick alo Alto school board members Wednesday expressed deep-seated fears about selling any portion of the dilapidated, 35-acre Cubberley Community Center, saying the school district may need space there to educate generations yet unborn. The aging facility at 4000 Middlefield Road served as a high school from 1955 to 1979. Wednesday night it was praised as a “crown jewel of Palo Alto� in a historic but tense City Hall meeting of the school board, Palo Alto City Council and Board of Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. The school district owns 27 of the acres; the City of Palo Alto owns 8. Foothill-De Anza, currently the major tenant at Cubberley, wants to buy the city’s 8 acres, which are located next to the Charleston Shopping Center. Community college officials have previously indicated the district would raze the old classrooms and construct a “state-ofthe-art� facility that would offer its traditional programs as well as new ones, possibly in collaboration with the Palo Alto school district. “A partnership would allow us not only to continue needed services, but expand opportunities to serve our mutual constituencies,� Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Linda Thor said. “Best practices include dual and concurrent enrollment of high school students and community college students, and Middle College, not to mention possibilities for


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Turning a neighborhood into a playground Palo Alto mothers get kids out of the house by Carolyn Copeland


water balloon arched in the air and splashed down on 9-year-old Stephanie Nemet’s feet Tuesday before she giggled and ran away from the little

girl who threw it at her. Little boys played foursquare in the street as girls their age chased each other in their bathing suits. A lot can be said about Iris

Way, a Palo Alto neighborhood located off of Embarcadero Road. It has everything a suburban family could possibly want — beautiful houses, giant trees, quiet streets and plenty of sun. Now residents have one more thing to cross off their checklists: Camp Iris Way. Diana Nemet and Jennifer Antonow founded Camp Iris Way, which runs this week from 9 a.m. to noon, so neighborhood kids could play games, do arts and crafts and meet the other children. The camp is for kids ages 4-15 living on Iris and one nearby street.

Nemet and Antonow decided that they wanted to encourage the kids in their neighborhood to go outside and play after the pair of mothers read blogs on, a Menlo Park-based website. “We decided to do it the first week of summer so that the kids could get to know each other more and can play together for the whole summer,� Antonow said. The two sent out e-mails and printed fliers to get other neighborhood parents involved. While Nemet and Antonow originally (continued on page 8)

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Around Town LA DOLCE V ... Inhabitants of the luxury senior community on Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto have something new to call home. The apparently too-fusty name “Classic Residence by Hyatt� has been replaced by “Vi at Palo Alto,� it was victoriously announced last week. The new title (pronounced “vee�) comes from the Latin “vita,� meaning life, and is intended to reflect an attitude of vitality, vibrancy and vigor for today’s seniors, according to the company’s vivacious press announcement. “Given both the life expectancy and high lifestyle expectations of today’s older adults, we have identified four Vital Elements that signify everything our new brand stands for and delivers,� Vi President Randal J. Richardson stated. “These Vital Elements — Home, Wellness, Connection and Vitality — are the foundation of Vi.� All 19 former Classic Residence by Hyatt properties nationwide are to take the new Vi name, and a new website can be visited at The “full Vi experience,� it says, vaguely, will be online by July 12. HERE COMES THE SUN DAY ... If Monday feels a little long, you’re not hallucinating. Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, falls on June 21 this year, prompting a sun-themed celebration across the nation this weekend. Most of the celebrations around the Bay Area are set for Saturday, which has been declared “SolarDay 2010.� Palo Alto is commemorating the longest day of sunlight with a special proclamation, citing city’s support for “solar energy and energy conservation and SolarDay 2010 events.� The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pat Burt, also urges all citizens to participate in SolarDay activities. The city will also commemorate SolarDay with a Tuesday event focused on solar water heating. Attendees will hear a presentation by Katrina Phruksukarn, who manages the Solar Water Heating Program at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and learn how solar-water-heating technologies could help reduce fuel consumption and lower one’s carbon footprint. The event will

be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Lucie Stern Community Center Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road. LEGAL BATTLE ... Palo Alto City Attorney Gary Baum won a tentative victory for his department during a Monday night showdown with two other attorneys. Councilmen Larry Klein and Greg Scharff, both attorneys, sought to trim a legal secretary from the City Attorney’s Office budget — a proposal that would have saved the city about $117,000. Faced with the looming cut, Baum issued a detailed memo analyzing the workload in his office and arguing against the proposed cut. The office, he said, receives 295 calls a week, with roughly half coming from city residents and the rest from city staff. It also receives about 3,000 work requests per year, he wrote. “The demands on our support staff are intense,� Baum told the committee. “They include handling every document you see and every contract the city sees.� His argument persuaded the two non-lawyers on the Finance Committee, Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa and Chair Greg Schmid. Espinosa acknowledged Klein’s and Scharff’s expertise in legal matters but said Baum made a “compelling case.� With the committee split 2-2, the proposal to lay off the legal secretary failed. It could, however, still re-emerge in the coming weeks, when the full council is scheduled to review and adopt the 2011 budget. DID SOMEONE SAY ‘HELP’? ... If you’re going to have an accident, it pays to do so near the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. A cyclist found that out firsthand Tuesday after riding headlong into a leash stretched between a dog and its owner, Barron Park resident Bob Moss reports. Lying stunned on the path, the cyclist was first approached and aided by a respiratory doctor. Then along came a surgeon, who assured the injured man he might need one or two stitches at most. “Typical Palo Alto,� Moss wrote. “Lots of experts and specialists ... and very willing to help.� N






Even though about 20 people were outside the Alma Street nightclub when the 12:20 a.m. shooting occurred, no one reported seeing the shot fired, police said. The club has since closed down. But the pain goes on for Hsiao and her close-knit family. Maria, described as a sweet and thoughtful young woman, had three brothers and a sister in addition to her parents. She was active in her church. The weekend before last, the Hsiaos held a time of remembrance at Maria’s Oakland gravesite, just as they have done every year. For the past week, they have been volunteering in Bay Area schools through the charity they launched in honor of Maria, the Ria Foundation (“Ria� was her nickname). They and other volunteers brought T-shirts, paint and supplies to 900 second- and third-graders in cities ranging from San Jose to Oakland to Martinez. After being shown how to paint and mix colors, the students depicted their hopes and dreams on the T-shirts. For some disadvantaged kids, it was a rare chance to express themselves through art, Hsiao said. “Seeing the wonder and joy of each one of these children renews our faith in people and our future. Maria would be so proud,� she said. Since the nonprofit’s founding in 2002, nearly 7,000 school kids have received art lessons. Maria’s mother also has tried to channel her broken-heartedness into service to others. She works at the cemetery where Maria is buried and helps the families of other violentcrime victims to plan their loved one’s funerals. For all the good work they are doing, Hsiao said, the family’s emotional wounds are still fresh. Not knowing what happened nine years ago has prevented them from healing normally. “It’s a long, drawn-out grieving process,� she said. Even the family’s happy moments

voice for my sister because her voice and life were taken from her,� Hsiao said. “She would have wanted justice, and I will never give up the search for it for her.� Anyone with information, however small, about the night of June 10, 2001, can text or e-mail anonymous tips to The TipNow service encrypts the sender’s name, phone number and



ndrea Hsiao still thinks of her sister every day, even though it’s been nine years since Maria was shot and killed outside the Q CafĂŠ nightclub in downtown Palo Alto. Hsiao remembers how she and Maria were so crazy for the Backstreet Boys, they once stood in line all night to buy tickets to the boy band’s concert. She thinks about the long talks she and her younger sister used to have. She thinks about how, now that she is a mother, her little girls would have adored their Auntie “Ria.â€? And she wonders: When will someone finally step forward with the information that’s needed to solve the mystery of who killed Maria? For Palo Alto Police Capt. Bob Beacom, coordinator of the department’s investigative-services division, the case is very much alive. Last week, on the ninth anniversary of Maria’s death, the department held a press conference and called for any witnesses to the shooting to contact the police and help them find justice for Maria, who was a 21-year-old art student out for a night of fun. Police Chief Dennis Burns said he hoped the passage of time, along with a $100,000 reward and the police department’s new anonymoustip system, would prompt a witness to step forward after years of silence. “People change and relationships change,â€? Burns said. “It’s possible that the person with information about Maria’s killer may be more inclined to come forward now because they have matured or because their relationship with the suspect has changed.â€? Sometimes, Beacom said Wednesday, time helps people to listen to their consciences. “We’re confident someone knows what happened,â€? he said. Perhaps now that person will feel it is the right time to come forward and give the information only he or she knows.


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Police, relatives of Maria Hsiao urge witnesses to step forward about 2001 shooting at Palo Alto nightclub


Nine years after homicide, family longs for justice

— weddings, births, graduations — are bittersweet, as they think of how each of the milestones would have been for Maria, she said. That’s why Hsiao continues to seek closure and why she wants those with information about the homicide to know that the $100,000 reward could be theirs, following the shooter’s arrest and conviction. “As long as I live, I will be the




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Andrea Hsiao, left, in March 2001 with her sister, Maria, who was fatally shot June 10, 2001, while saying goodbye to friends outside a Palo Alto nightclub. There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s conviction.

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lans for a 45-unit senior rental-housing development won unanimous recommendation from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission Wednesday evening, with commissioners citing affordable senior housing as a priority as Palo Alto’s population grays. The new housing would expand the existing Palo Alto Commons, a housing and assisted-living center, and would be located on 0.83 acres at 4041 El Camino Way, adjacent to the current Commons facility. The existing senior assisted-housing facility has 121 rental units with 140 beds, according to a city staff report. The need for additional affordable senior housing is exemplified by the more than 50 deposits on Palo Alto Commons’ waiting list, project architect Rob Steinberg said. The average age of Commons residents is 87, according to Steinberg. The facility addresses the needs of a population of seniors who can’t afford to move into costlier Palo Alto facilities such as Channing House or Classic Residences by Hyatt (now

called “Vi of Palo Alto�), which require huge upfront payments. Many seniors are also beyond the age when they could be accepted to those facilities, said Steve Player, who supports the new project. “This rental opportunity ... was a lifesaver for my mother. She was eligible to move in on a month-tomonth basis,� he said. Commissioners gave the Commons Addition project the go-ahead with some caveats and recommended a zoning change from Neighborhood Commercial (CN) and Multi-Family Residential (RM-15) to Planned Community (PC), which would match Palo Alto Commons’ current zoning. Currently, two aging commercial buildings sit on the land. The PC zone has a controversial history in Palo Alto, as it allows for denser — and typically more lucrative — projects. But making exceptions for the project requires the developer to provide “public benefits� in exchange. The Commons Addition project proposes to improve a bus stop and

access along El Camino Real. Jennifer Cutler, project manager for the city, said Wednesday that granting the Commons Addition a PC designation would conform to the city’s guiding land-use plan. It would also allow for a smooth transition between the existing Palo Alto Commons and the surrounding neighborhood, she said. The building is proposed as a Cshaped structure around a courtyard that preserves a large heritage oak tree. Its design would “step� from two stories to three stories. Residents living in adjacent Jacobs Court, a 19-home neighborhood with many families with young children, said they oppose the project’s 34.5-foot height, which they said would tower above their homes and create the equivalent of a three-story wall. Residents said developers are comparing their project to other PC-zone projects approved by the city, including the Campus for Jewish Life on Charleston Road, which includes senior housing. But those developments are adjacent to commercial properties or are otherwise separated from residential housing, residents said. Commissioner Eduardo Martinez said he had visited the Jacobs Court site on Saturday and wants to see developers break down the long block of the third story with a different design. Commissioner Arthur Keller said he was particularly uneasy with two units directly facing Jacobs Court. (continued on page 10)


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shared facilities, laboratories and expertise.� Though some school board members expressed interest in possible collaboration, all five said their first priority is preserving all options for enrollment needs for decades to come.

‘A partnership would allow us not only to continue needed services, but expand opportunities.’

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Largely unspoken, but recalled with deep regret, were school board decisions in the 1980s — a temporary period of declining enrollment — to sell shuttered school sites to housing developers. School-district enrollment now stands at 11,600, down from the 15,000 to 16,000 in the peak of the Baby Boom era but on a steady increase for the past 20 years. The district has struggled recently with accommodating that new growth, approximately 2.3 percent a year. Currently it is spending a $378 million facilities bond to modern-

ize and expand its 17 campuses to meet the demand. “If you look at our enrollment over the last 50 years, we’re on a roller coaster ride,� Superintendent Kevin Skelly said. “The next twist and turn is unclear, but what’s clear is we’ve gone from a high in the 1960s to a consistent fall down into the 1980s and a steady increase over the past 20 years. “We’re headed up again and that growth is happening at all levels.� Skelly said continued recent growth appears to be “impervious� to factors that typically would slow it down, such as the recession or declines in local real-estate transactions. “There’s a growing premium on quality education, and families are more willing to make sacrifices in order to move their students to quality schools,� he said. Noting the city’s “very significant financial constraints,� City Manager Jim Keene said the city spent $6.7 million on maintenance at Cubberley between 1996 and 2009, and that it will require at least another $8 million between now and 2015. The idea of a renovated, and college-district-owned, Foothill campus at Cubberley was initially floated in 2007 but was dropped following months of discussion. At the time, Foothill-De Anza officials indicated they were exploring other options. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at

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while, might continue to park and frolic for free at three prominent parklands — Foothills Park, the Baylands Preserve and Pearson/ Arastradero Preserve, the committee decided Tuesday night. A proposed $5 “vehicle access fee� ($40 for an annual permit) would have raised about $100,000. Councilman Greg Scharff said he had received a large volume of e-mails from residents who oppose the park access fees. Based on the community input, and the fact that the budget gap could be closed through other measures, the committee voted 3-1, with Councilman Sid Espinosa dissenting, not to impose park fees. “The important thing is to listen to the community and to make cuts that have the least impact for quality of life for people,� Scharff told the Weekly. “Clearly, this was something people were concerned about.� Scharff was also the most adamant advocate of keeping library branches open on Mondays, even if services were limited; City Manager Jim Keene had proposed that Main, Mitchell Park and Children’s libraries be shuttered one day a week. “I assume most people would rather have a library open with no services that day,� Scharff said. The committee recommended that the library branches, which currently open at 10 a.m., open at noon instead. Klein said he thinks the changes in the library hours will have “little negative impact on the community� and characterized the changes as a “reasonable compromise in this era.� The newly renovated College Terrace branch will be closed on Mondays, though the committee had abandoned a previous proposal to keep the branch closed for the entire fiscal year.

The committee also turned down Keene’s proposal to eliminate the jobs of two police agents who are responsible for probing some of the city’s most intricate, longest and most complex cases — ones dealing with financial fraud, identify theft and other technological crimes. The job cuts were projected to save the city $332,000. Police Chief Dennis Burns told the committee the two investigators would be particularly hard to replace given their high level of training. Because of the technical nature of their job, fraud investigators serve for five-year assignments while other investigators typically have three-year rotations.

“Fraud investigation is extremely complex,� Burns said. “Not all of our detectives could be fraud investigators.� In recent years, the agents’ caseload has been getting heavier. Identity theft has been spiking across the nation, particularly in an affluent city such as Palo Alto, which is teeming with financial institutions and which has a large number of elderly residents who are prone to financial fraud. Over the past year, the two officers have also dispensed tips on fraud prevention at community meetings throughout the city. Scharff said one of the city’s top priorities is to ensure public safety,

and proposed keeping the positions in the 2011 budget. “This is very important to the city and it would be a huge mistake to cut it,� Scharff said. The department still stands to lose a community-outreach specialist and the crime analyst, who compiles quarterly reports on demographic data from traffic stops. The committee also recommended trimming the five-officer traffic-enforcement team to four members. The council’s effort to close the budget gap received a boost Monday when police officers in Palo Alto’s largest police union agreed to defer their negotiated 6 percent raise for the second year in a row. The

move is expected to save the city about $800,000 in fiscal year 2011, according to Sgt. Wayne Benitez, president of the Palo Alto Peace Officers Association. “It is the hope of PAPOA that this will help the city balance the budget while maintaining city services and preventing layoffs,� Benitez said. The full council is scheduled to discuss the budget Monday night (June 21) and to adopt the full budget on June 28. Two spillover meetings have been scheduled if needed for June 29 and 30. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@





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thought they would only attract enough kids to fill a back yard, the camp directors ended up with 44 of the approximately 60 kids living in the neighborhood. With so many parents wanting their children to participate, Nemet and Antonow had to call the City of Palo Alto to get permission to have part of the street blocked off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea was for kids to open their front door and come outside to play,â&#x20AC;? Nemet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never thought it would be this big. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been wonderful to see how much theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already bonding.â&#x20AC;? The older kids are counselors and the fifth- and sixth-graders are counselors in training. The camp is broken up into four teams to make things more manageable. Each team has two counselors who run the activities for the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m moving into this neighborhood over the summer so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cool way to meet everyone,â&#x20AC;? said 14-yearold counselor Rachel Wood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the kids have seen each other in the neighborhood but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know them. They became friends really fast.â&#x20AC;? Stations are set out every morning for the kids to play foursquare and hula hoop. At 9:30 a.m., campers join their teams and play games. After that, they break for a snack and then do an activity with the rest of the campers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We let the counselors decide what activities everyone will be doing,â&#x20AC;? Nemet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the kids to run the camp.â&#x20AC;? Many other parents have gotten involved. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a snack coordinator, camp banker, photographer, art supply person, equipment coordinator and two T-shirt coordinators. Each day the camp moves to a different part of Iris in order for each kid to show the others where they live. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great having all the kids grow up together,â&#x20AC;? said Cathy Vieara, a mother of twins participating in the camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently living in Mountain View because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rebuilding our house on Iris. My kids stay connected to the neighborhood through camp.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood kids have already started playing together in their free time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterday after camp my doorbell wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop ringing,â&#x20AC;? Nemet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids from camp kept coming over asking my kids to come out and play. As far as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned, mission accomplished.â&#x20AC;? N Editorial Intern Carolyn Copeland can be e-mailed at

Corrections In the June 11 edition of the Weekly, two photo captions were incorrect. In one, Jared Beesonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was misspelled. In another, Miles Mathews was identified as Gunn High student-body president; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the senior-class president. To request a correction, contact Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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News Digest Palo Alto animal hoarder could face fines, jail Ana Maria Ramos, a Palo Alto woman who was arrested for having 25 dogs and 17 cats in her single-wide trailer, has been charged with five misdemeanors and four infractions, according to Assistant City Attorney Donald Larkin. She was arraigned June 11 in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto. If convicted, Ramos could face more than $1,000 in fines and a total of 3.5 years incarcerated. Ramos was arrested May 28 after police and animal-control officers found the dogs and cats crammed into her trailer at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, 3980 El Camino Real. Jose Rubio, 61, who also lives in the trailer, was arrested June 10 for seven counts relating to animal abuse. An animal-control officer found only one box of food and a single water bowl in the trailer, according to police. The animal-rescue operation was the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest involving cats and dogs that Superintendent Sandi Stadler of Palo Alto Animal Services could recall. Ramos was charged with two counts of failing to care for animals; one count of mistreatment of confined animals; and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. If convicted on all counts, she could face a 3.5-year sentence, Larkin said. She is also charged with four municipal-code violations: one each for having too many dogs and cats, unspayed female dogs and unspayed female cats. Each infraction is punishable by a $250 fine. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

Firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; petition heads for November ballot A proposal by Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firefighters union to freeze the staffing levels at the Fire Department is bound for the November ballot after the union received more than enough signatures to qualify it for the election. Palo Alto Professional Firefighters, Local 1319, submitted more than 6,100 signatures to the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office June 15, City Clerk Donna Grider said. The union needed 5,446 signatures from Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s registered voters to qualify its initiative for the ballot. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is scheduled to verify the signatures over the next month. The unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s measure would change the City Charter to require the city to hold a referendum any time it wants to reduce firefighter staffing levels or close fire stations. Any such proposal would require two public hearings in front of the City Council and an election. The firefighters union submitted its petition the day after the City Council Finance Committee recommended keeping staffing in the department largely intact in fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1. Though the department stands to lose an administrative assistant and a hazardous-materials specialist, its expenses are slated to increase by $754,399 in the next fiscal year because of increases in firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salaries and benefits. The committee considered more drastic cost-cutting measures, including eliminating three fire inspector positions and one deputy chief position, but ultimately decided not to adopt those proposals. The city still hopes to achieve savings through negotiations with the firefighters union, which kicked off last month. The unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current contract is set to expire June 30. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto police nab two burglars in two days Palo Alto police arrested a Daly City man Monday afternoon after they caught him carrying stolen property from a Mariposa Avenue home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the second burglary the police had averted in two days, they said. Police were notified about a possible burglary by a resident of the 1600 block of Mariposa who saw the stranger walk into a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back yard at about 2 p.m. The witness knew the neighbors werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t home and called the police immediately to report suspicious behavior. The neighborhood is located next to Palo Alto High School. Police arrived and found the intruder leaving the house through the back yard. He was carrying tools, clothes and other items from the home, according to Agent Max Nielepko. Police arrested Daymon Cooper, 44, and charged him with burglary. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. The Mariposa incident was the second burglary Palo Alto police stopped in progress in two days. On Saturday night, police arrested another man who climbed into an Alma Street apartment through an unlocked balcony door. Police caught Hector Zavala, 35, of Sunnyvale, after neighbors called to report a tattooed male climbing a tree to the roof to the building. Zavala was arrested for burglary and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at

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Commissioner Susan Fineberg also had reservations and said the design will need work, but she favored the development.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something very special with this project,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that additional support services wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be added because they already exist at the other Palo Alto Commons site. Resident Tom Reese, a founder of Avenidas Village, a citywide assisted-living program, agreed. The

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likelihood of any stand-alone assisted-living such as Channing House being built is slim, considering costs to build such facilities, he said. The project would eliminate a small amount of existing retail-tax revenue by removing the commercial buildings, but commissioners doubted that retail such as the Love Bug Lice Control was producing significant tax revenue. Any loss would be lessened or made up by recurring annual revenues of $159,000 and one-time impact revenue of $592,000 from the

senior-housing project, according to a city staff report. Commissioner Keller said the revenue is likely to exceed current sums from the retail properties. Some commissioners agreed the bus-stop upgrade might not be enough of a public benefit. But the intrinsic value of providing moderately priced housing could potentially be considered a public benefit in itself, they indicated. Several residents spoke in favor of the project. Marguerite Fletcher said her 92-

CityView A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Finance Committee (June 14)


2011 budget: The committee voted to approve the proposed budget for the Fire Department, reduce Monday hours at Main, Mitchell Park and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s libraries, keep the College Terrace library closed on Mondays, and to reinstate the two-officer fraud-investigation unit in the Police Department. Yes: Unanimous

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San Francisquito Creek: The council heard a presentation from Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, on the status of capital improvements along the San Francisquito Creek. Action: None Stanford Hospital: The council reviewed the Visual Quality chapter of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The council also concluded its discussion on the Land Use Chapter of the DEIR. Action: None

Finance Committee (June 15)

2011 budget: The committee wrapped up its discussion of the fiscal year 2011 budget, discussed the Public Works refuse fund, and adopted the municipal fee scheduled for the next fiscal year. The committee also voted to remove the proposed fees for park use from the fee schedule. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Klein No: Espinosa

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CITY COUNCIL ... The council will hold a closed session to discuss the status of labor negotiations. The council will then discuss the Finance Committee recommendations for the fiscal year 2011 budget and consider a resolution to encourage council members to voluntarily take a 10 percent pay cut in fiscal year 2011, and hold a site and design review for a new 11,857-square-foot home at 805 Los Trancos Road. The closed session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 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 vote on a proposed budget for 2010-11; schematic designs for expansion of JLS Middle School and conceptual designs for a new theater and stadium renovations at Palo Alto High School. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss the City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 priority work plan and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social-media policy. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss underground water

year-old mother lives at Palo Alto Commons and would have moved in earlier if space was available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We scoured to find a space that felt residential and felt like a home,â&#x20AC;? she said. Nancy Muellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother entered Palo Alto Commons in 2000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There really is nothing like (the Commons). How we care for our elders is a metric of our society. We owe it to our parents to care for them in their sunset years,â&#x20AC;? she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at

City Council/Board of Education/ Foothill-De Anza Community College Trustees (June 16)

Cubberley: The three boards discussed their interests regarding a Foothill-De Anza request to purchase eight acres of the 35-acre Cubberley Community Center. Action None

Planning & Transportation Commission (June 16)

Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Traffic Impacts chapter of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed expansion of its hospital facilities, including Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed traffic-demand management measures. The discussion was one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11 public hearings on the DEIR. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (June 17)

Stanford Hospital: The board held a preliminary review for the proposed design for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Board members voiced concerns about some of the details in the exterior of the main hospital building. Action: None San Antonio Road: The board discussed the proposed improvements at medians on San Antonio Road, which include tree replacements and new landscaping along medians between Middlefield Road and Highway 101. Board members recommended new signage and some changes in tree species, but said they strongly support the project, which includes removing the existing 101 trees and planting between 100 and 120 new trees. Yes: Unanimous

High-Speed Rail Committee (June 17)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed meetings with Caltrain representatives regarding the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electrification project, an update on legislation relating to high-speed rail and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s draft comments on the Alternatives Analysis for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the high-speed-rail line. Action: None

tank at El Camino Park; hear an update on floodcontrol improvements at San Francisquito Creek; and hear an update on Project Safety Net, a task force working on teen emotional-health issues. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments on the Alternatives Analysis for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the proposed high-speed-rail line. The council also plans to discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Housing Element. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the Climate Change and Air Quality chapters of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The commission also plans to hear a presentation on capital improvements along the San Francisquito Creek. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the public art selection for Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and hear a report from a commission subcommittee on potential adjustments to the Mitchell Park building program. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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An IBM community relations manager with a background in education has been named the new principal of Addison School. Jocelyn Garcia-Thome, since 2002 an education and community relations manager with IBM, will succeed John Lents, who is moving to head Duveneck School. (Posted June 16 at 2:38 p.m.)

Judge orders Mountain View pot club to close A judge has granted Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for a temporary injunction to close Buddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cannabis Patient Collective on Bayshore Parkway, which must now close by 5 p.m. July 7. (Posted June 15 at 3:46 p.m.)

Coroner identifies man killed by Caltrain Monday The San Mateo County coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office Tuesday morning identified a pedestrian who was hit and killed on the Caltrain tracks in San Mateo Monday evening as Redwood City resident Charles Fulk. (Posted June 15 at 8:55 a.m.)

Speier to speak at scholarship event June 19 U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier will be the speaker at an Atherton awards ceremony Saturday (June 19) for 18 â&#x20AC;&#x153;talented, needyâ&#x20AC;? students who earned college scholarships from the Peninsula College Fund. (Posted June 15 at 8:45 a.m.)

Two robbed at gunpoint in Mountain View garage Two visitors to Mountain View were robbed at gunpoint at a parking garage in the 100 block of Bryant Street at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday (June 11), police said. (Posted June 14 at 11:50 a.m.)

Stanford graduates celebrate with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wacky walkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Saluting their childhoods and their futures, members of Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class of 2010 expressed themselves in the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;wacky walkâ&#x20AC;? at Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commencement ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve to be this happy,â&#x20AC;? read a poster carried by one graduate. (Posted June 13 at 11:40 p.m.)

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A man was shot multiple times late Friday night (June 11) in East Palo Alto in a flurry of 17 gunshots, police said. (Posted June 12 at 6:44

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ALBERT TENNEY SPAULDING, JR. Longtime Palo Alto resident Albert (Tony) Tenney Spaulding, Jr. passed away May 28, 2010. Tony was born on January 20, 1923 in Oxnard, California, to Gladys Ogilvy Spaulding and Albert T. Spaulding, Sr. He grew up on a lemon ranch in Goleta, attended Laguna Blanca School, and graduated from the Hill School in Pennsylvania. While in college, he joined the Naval V-12 program. In 1944 he graduated from CalTech with a degree in mechanical engineering and proceeded to serve as a communications officer in the Pacific during World War II at naval bases in Guam and Hawaii. Tony met Jeanne Lambert McCune of Pasadena and the two were married in November 1951. His professional career began with Fluor Corporation in Los Angeles and Chicago. Later he graduated from Stanford Business School in 1958 and soon established a business partnership with James C. Eckels in San Francisco. Eckels-Spaulding Company was a manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative for the power industry for 50 years. The Spauldings were one of the first homeowners to design and build a beach house in the Pajaro Dunes development in Monterey Bay. Tony enjoyed playing tennis and was an active member of the Foothills Tennis and Swim Club. He also served as the president of the Crescent Park Association. In retirement, Tony and Jeanne divided their time between Palo Alto and La Quinta, CA. The Spauldings lived on the same street in Palo Alto for 50 years. Tony is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 58 years; daughter Anne Spaulding Draeger (John) their children Frankie, Kacie, and Natalie, of Los Altos Hills; son Edward Spaulding (Anne) their children Alexander, Olivia, and Emily, of Houston, TX; son Stuart Spaulding (Christie) their children Sean and Megan, of San Marcos, CA; son Scott Spaulding (Cindy) of Santa Barbara; and his brother Arthur Ogilvy Spaulding, of Ojai, CA. Private services were held in Santa Barbara, California. PA I D


254(-#+)--//2 Ruth McKim Moor, a resident of Palo Alto, California, died on June 4, 2010. The daughter of a YMCA executive, she was born March 31, l915 in New Haven, Connecticut. After getting her B.A. degree at DePauw University and her M.A. at Columbia University, she married the love of her life, Arthur D. Moor (1913-2002) in l941. Art, an executive for United Airlines, was transferred to various United Airlines hubs during his career. While based at San Francisco airport he and Ruth lived in Los Altos 10 years. Even while raising her two young children in Los Altos, Ruth followed in the footsteps of her father by driving the passage of bond issues for the Los Altos Library and El Camino Hospital. She held various non-profit volunteer positions with the League of Women Voters and Girl Scouts. After moving to Barrington, Illinois, with her two children now grown, she devoted herself full time to community work. She was named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? twice, in l975 and l978, for her leadership in expanding the 911 network and in creating a council to coordinate the activities of six overlapping village, fire and school districts. After Art retired they returned to the Bay Area and settled in Palo Alto in l986 to be near their two children and three grandsons. She renewed her love of poetry by taking classes at Foothill College (at age 75) and, along with Art, was always in the cheering section at her grandsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; athletics games. She is survived by her son, David Moor, of Menlo Park, her daughter, Barbara Sanner and son-in-law, Robert Sanner, of Palo Alto, and her three grandchildren: Daniel Sanner, who with his wife, Kimberly Sanner, will soon move to Hong Kong, Richard Sanner, of San Francisco, and Timothy Sanner, of Austin, Texas. There will be no local services. Graveside services will be held in Indiana. For those wishing to make gifts in her memory please contact: The Moor Family Scholarship Fund, South Decatur Dollars for Scholars, MainSource Bank, P.O. Box 87, Greensburg, Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to Roller Hapgood & Tinney. PA I D

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Deaths Violet Alton Violet Clara Alton, 97, a former Palo Alto resident, died May 24 after a short illness while under hospice care. She was born on a homesteaded ranch near Wibaux, Mont., to Anson and Clara (Christianson) Cowee. In 1934 she married Robert B. Alton of Beach, N.D., in Miles City, Mont. They were married for 62 years before he died in 1996 in Palo Alto. They lived together in Montana, Washington and Palo Alto, and Violet lived in Santa Rosa, Calif., from 2001 to 2010. They were small-business owners in Missoula, Mont., (the service station under the Florence Hotel) and Yakima, Mont., (A&W Root Beer stands and other businesses). She was a member of the Terrace Heights Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club and Garden Club in Yakima. She graduated from Normal School in Billings and taught rural school (grades 1-8) in Wibaux County for three years. Having been a teacher, she developed a fine handwriting skill that was admired by many. Her interests included painting, art, gardening, cooking, reading, music, traveling and hosting many parties with family and friends. Her sense of humor was legendary and she was well known for her ability to tell a great joke from memory well into her 90s. Her dress was always stylish and her love of clothes and jewelry of all kinds led her to always look sharp, loved ones said. She was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. Religion was also important to her, including Bible reading and attending church. She had many interesting trips with her husband to Mexico and Hawaii and they also toured the Panama Canal and South America on a cruise ship. She was traveling well in to her 80s inclduing with her

sons to the Mediterranean and Asia, which she enjoyed immensely. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Larry and Zong qi of Palo Alto and David and Janine of Penn Valley, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. She was also a devoted grandmother to her large family of ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren A family gathering will be held to celebrate her life. Those friends who wish to remember her may contribute to a favorite charity or hospice.

Steven Duwe Steven Duwe, 70, a resident of Portola Valley and Palo Alto, died of a brain tumor May 15. Born in Phoenix, Ariz., he attended Palo Alto High School and then Stanford University. He graduated from UCSF medical school, completed his general surgical training at Stanford, and practiced at the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic/Camino Medical Group, El Camino Hospital and Stanford Hospital. An avid fly-fisherman his whole life, he spent each summer of his retirement roaming the West with his camper in search of good fishing. He was also an avid skier and cyclist as well as a passionate student of physics and mathematics. He was deeply devoted to his close-knit extended family. He is survived by his son; Colin; daughter-in-law, Hilary; sister, Marilyn Cummings; brother, William Duwe, and his wife, Vicki; former wife Ann Duwe; one granddaughter; and several nephews and nieces. The family would particularly like to thank his caregivers, Loselea Barragan, Lana Pohahau, and Otoota Pelikani, his dear friend Dr. Richard Slavin, and Howard and Robert Cummings for their loving assistance through his illness. Donations can be made to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation or the Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fork Foundation.

Velma M. Erro Velma M. Erro, 89, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died May 22. She is survived by her daughter Char-

3TEVEN$EAN#ABRAL Died at home of undetermined cause on April 26, 2010, at age 48. Born in Palo Alto, California, on Feb. 5, 1962, he was predeceased by parents Herbert & Eleanor Cabral; and survived by siblings Carolyn Mazenko (Max), Nancy Cabral-Casterson (David), and Bruce Cabral (Kimberly Harney), and 8 nieces & nephews. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skippyâ&#x20AC;? (or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Dogâ&#x20AC;?) was a beloved colleague and friend, a competitive sportsman who loved cars, boating and travel, especially in Hawaii, and whose Lockheed ďŹ&#x201A;ight engineering career focused on satellites & missile defense systems (THAAD). As a Class of 1980 Gunn H.S. then 1985 cum laude graduate of University of the PaciďŹ c in Electrical Engineering, he was both intellectually brilliant and quiet by nature, a gentle person who will be greatly missed. Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory will be celebrated at a small gathering Friday, June 18. PA I D O B I T UA RY Condolences may be sent to

lene of Colorado; son, John of Palo Alto; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private interment was in Alta Mesa Memorial Park.

Stephen Karp Stephen Karp, 70, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died at home in Florida May 6. He grew up in Chelsea, Mass., and graduated from Tufts University with honors. He completed a distinguished military career under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and had many entertaining stories about the Admiral. While employed at Bell Laboratories, he earned his doctorate, in computer science, at Northwestern University. As a homeowner, he was a long-term resident of north Palo Alto, and a proud member of the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band. He had a career at SRI. He was well-known for his wit and humor, and will be missed, loved ones said. He is survived by his sister Cheryl; brother Alan; several nieces and nephews; long-term friend Rita Sodos of Palo Alto; and former wife Peggy Karp of Portola Valley.

Peter Phillips Peter Frank Christopher Phillips, 66, a resident of Palo Alto died, May 26. He was born in Wales and attended St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School in London. He graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University with a degree in chemistry. After college he worked in Dublin, Ireland, in an executive training program for the Guinness Brewing Company for several years. He came to the United States when he was accepted into the MBA program at Stanford University School of Business. Afterward he worked for Raychem, and later moved to Syntex Corporation for 13 years, where he eventually headed the compensation and benefits department. Later in his career he worked for Oracle, Cadence, and Saba. He was also a director of Caribbean Marine, Inc. for many years. While in graduate school, he met his future wife, Meredith Bowen Pearson. They married in 1972, and remained in the Bay Area for 38 years, first in Menlo Park and then in Palo Alto. He played rugby and cricket during his school years, as well as soccer (experience that came in handy as an AYSO referee). He skied the most difficult areas of the French Alps and the American Rockies and Cascades. Later he gravitated to endurance events like mountain biking and running. He entered races all over the United States, and eventually completed 18 marathons. He also loved Scuba diving, classical music, fine wine, and travel. After he became an American citizen, he never lost his roots in England. He remained in touch with college friends throughout his adult life, traveling back to the UK

at regular intervals to see them and his family. For many years he attended an annual winter reunion with a group of close friends at ski resorts in France, as well as summer reunions all over Europe. He had a wry sense of humor, and get-togethers of extended family and friends were inevitably filled with jokes and laughter. He was a devoted father and husband, and his family formed the center of his life, loved ones recall. He is survived in the Bay Area by his wife, Meredith; sons, Chris Pearson, Jeremy Pearson, and Evan Phillips; and two grandchildren. In England he has left behind his mother, Doris Phillips; two sisters, Sylvia Mitchell and Kate Rogers; and four nieces and nephews. Plans for a memorial service are not yet final, but friends may make a contribution in his name to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association.

Milton Van Dyke Milton Van Dyke, 87, a former Stanford professor, died May 10. He was born in Chicago, Ill. He studied engineering at Harvard University and worked for the newly created NACA Ames Laboratory in Mountain View during World War II. He received his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and doctorate in the aeronautics department of Caltech and then continued his work with NACA for some years. He taught at the University of Paris in France and accepted a professor position at Stanford in 1959. He met his future wife, Sylvia in 1961 and married her in 1962 at the Stanford Memorial Church. His landmark textbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanicsâ&#x20AC;? was published in 1964. In 1982 he published â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Album of Fluid Motion.â&#x20AC;? Colleagues and loved ones recall

not only his intellectual achievements but also his kindness, modesty and wit. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Syliva; his sons Russell (wife Nadiene)of New Orleans, La., Eric (wife Martha) of Portland, Ore., Brooke (wife Amber) of Minneapolis, Minn., Byron (wife Lily) of Redding, Ca., and Christopher of Denver, Colo.; daughter Nina (husband

Dean) of Melbourne, Australia; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for September at the Stanford Faculty Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Miltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name be made to Open Space or a favorite environmental organization.

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contracts with Major League Baseball, including the World Series Programs, as well as many periodicals and magazines such as: Good Housekeeping, San Francisco Magazine, UAL's Hemispheres, Disney, Sunset, and PG&E. Bob also founded several ventures spanning a diverse set of industries including printing and manufacturing, international macadamia nuts and agriculture, ski resorts, and ďŹ nished his career pursuing the creation of revolutionary lightweight cement. Bob enjoyed the game of golf and dominoes and was a long time member at Sharon Heights Country Club where he served a term as President. Bob and Annette were active trade delegates for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for Asia PaciďŹ c and spent many wonderful years traveling. Bob Laird is survived by his wife Annette, his three sons: Joseph, Douglas, and Richard, his two daughter in-laws: Donna and Wendy, and six grand children: Kerry, Jane, Katy, Alex, Summer, and Sierra. PA I D


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How would YOU balance city budget? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Last chanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Monday night for official citizen input on how to close a projected $7.3 million city budget gap


alo Altans will feel the impact of the recession next year under a city budget that will be about $7.3 million leaner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if some of the more onerous or visible cuts or fees have been eliminated or reduced.

City administrators have done a good job of outreach, in a series of neighborhood informational meetings preceding or paralleling the official City Council Finance Committee meetings in May and June. The committee wrapped up its exhaustive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and exhausting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; marathon of wading through budget details this week and has sent its recommendations to the full council. A council-level public hearing has been set for next Monday night on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall $139 million General Fund budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, starting July 1. This is the last opportunity for residents to provide feedback on the budget and cuts or new fees before the council adopts the final budget June 28, with possible spillover meetings June 29 and 30. The committee in recent meetings removed or neutralized some of the more hot-potato issues. This week it rejected a $5 per vehicle admission fee to Foothills Park, the Baylands Preserve and Pearson/Arastradero Preserve. Earlier, proposals to cut a police high-tech-fraud investigations unit and traffic safety officers and crossing guards were also rejected, while still cutting a community-outreach officer and crime analyst. The bulk of the $7.3 million gap-closure comes from cutting more than 60 staff positions, including outsourcing printing and park maintenance. Individual layoffs will hit nearly all departments. Most will be minimally visible, at least in the short term, to residents. There are still some problematic cuts or fee increases among the $7.3 million. One is to bill homeowners for half the cost of sidewalk replacements in front of their homes for the estimated 100 or so homeowners affected each year, to save about $250,000 annually. Even so, this seems odd because most sidewalk damage is caused by roots of city-owned street trees, therefore rightly a city responsibility. The committee also agreed to accept a $35,000 gift from the Friends of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre in lieu of implementing fees for participation in plays for young actors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a minuscule amount in the big picture of budget balancing. That also is an odd response for a community in which most sports and other activities for young persons involve fees, with scholarships available for hardship cases. But there is a broader significance to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget cuts. That significance is that most are â&#x20AC;&#x153;structural,â&#x20AC;? meaning longlasting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an approach that in our opinion is long overdue despite some attempts to do so in past years, without which Palo Alto would be in far worse shape than it presently is. If the council accepts the Finance Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations, instead of facing a $10 million deficit next fiscal year the city will face only an estimated gap of about $1.7 million. The budget does not include the separate Utilities Department budget, and the $7.3 million in cuts does not reflect a deferral (for the second year) of an 8 percent raise by the Palo Alto Police Officers Association (PAPOA), saving an estimated $800,000 this year. City employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and employees in management position will contribute another 4 percent for another $1.2 million savings. City officials hope for an equivalent savings of about $820,000 from Palo Alto firefighters, with whom management began newcontract negotiations this month. But the combative leadership of the union local has so far shown scant interest in helping the city weather this financial downturn. As for the present budget, it is difficult to second guess the cuts and fee increases proposed after many hours of effort by the city staff and Finance Committee members. There is a universal concern about the cost of retirement and health benefits. It is clear that earlier, during flush times, councils and staff were overly generous with employee-retirement benefits, now threatening to cripple or bankrupt public agencies statewide. Yet Palo Alto, with about $23 million in available General Fund reserves (untouched this year) is not in a desperate fiscal crises, now. But the long-term benefits issue is a major challenge that must be addressed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we hope starting with the Fire Department when its contract expires June 30. Page 14Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;ÂŁn]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Ike got it right Editor, The amount of money the United States has spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq surpassed the $1 trillion mark last week, according to the National Priorities Project Cost of War counter. To date, more than $747 billion has been appropriated for the war in Iraq and $299 billion for the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. is spending more than $136 billion on the wars this year. Former President Dwight D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ikeâ&#x20AC;? Eisenhower highlighted the wanton waste of war when he declared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. ... Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?â&#x20AC;? Ted Rudow III Encina Avenue Palo Alto

Gaza blockade Editor, The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued dire warnings of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It declared that the ongoing blockade of Gaza is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions stating â&#x20AC;&#x153;the whole of Gazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed on the Palestinians in clear violation of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obligations under international humanitarian law.â&#x20AC;? The Israeli human rights group Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tselem stated says the blockade has caused the total economic collapse with a staggering 95 percent of Gazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s factories being forced to close. More than 98 percent of residents suffer from blackouts, and 93 percent of Gazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water is heavily polluted, causing massive health problems. Our continued unconditional support for Israel has contributed to this crisis. It is time to charter a new Middle East policy and demand the Gaza blockade be lifted. Jagjit Singh Stuart Court Los Altos

Support Israel Editor, I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that we support Israel in the current â&#x20AC;&#x153;crisis.â&#x20AC;? Reading the news, it would seem that Israel violently attacked a group of

unarmed peace-minded citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;peace activistsâ&#x20AC;? were organized by IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;humanitarian relief fundâ&#x20AC;?), a Turkish foundation with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran-backed Hamas, as well as mujahideen groups in Afghanistan. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;activistsâ&#x20AC;? were not as concerned with aiding the people in Gaza as they were with drawing a confrontation with Israel for their own publicity. From videos, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that they brutally attacked the Israelis with metal poles, slingshots, etc. Yet somehow Israel is to blame for protecting itself and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s borders, ensuring that weapons and materials capable of making weapons are not imported into Gaza so that Hamas can make good on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stated goal of destroying the Jewish nation. I ask that you do everything in your power to use logic and reason and realize that we should be supporting Israel and her right to defend herself. Dan Steinberg Jane Lane Mountain View

On Town Square Posted June 16 at 10:54 a.m. by Greg of Greenmeadow: This fire union initiative closely parallels the failed PG&E Prop. 16 initiative that just went down in big flames despite PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selfserving statewide $50 million ad campaign. Expect a similar all-out blitz by the Palo Alto fire union which, for starters, hits Palo Alto with a $190,000 bill to put their selfish measure on the ballot. This is another shameful use of the initiative process. Palo Altans keep themselves too well-informed to let the wool be pulled over their eyes by this bogus fire union initiative. Posted June 16 at 10:55 a.m. by Peter Carpenter of Atherton: Now would be a perfect time for Palo Alto to consider consolidating its Fire Department with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with which it shares a very long common border. The result would save taxpayers a lot of money and provide improved service.

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Guest Opinion

Haunting images linger from a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;medical-serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trip to Haiti by Joseph Schwartz, M.D.


y eyes stared transfixed at the mosquito net above my bed, and questions started to pour through my mind. If a mosquito net has more than 100 pieces of tape on it is it still considered a mosquito net? Or is it now tape woven together with netting? If both the temperature and the percentage humidity exceed 95, is it possible for a person to actually boil? It was now 3 a.m. and my daughter and I had just arrived at a small orphanage on the border of Dominican Republic and Haiti â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a very long way from our home in Palo Alto. In the comfort of my own home, a medical service trip with my 16-year-old daughter (a Gunn High School junior) seemed like a brilliant idea. Now, before seeing a single patient, I had doubts. Upon arriving at the orphanage I quickly scurried into a cabin filled with more than 40 boys and men. In oppressive heat and darkness I groped for the one open bunk and when I climbed up through the mosquito net onto the large piece of foam and Mickey Mouse sheets I actually felt a sense of accomplishment. That was until I realized that this bed was only millimeters wider than my body. I was faced with a quandary: If I moved at all, there was a very good chance that I would fall out. So, I stayed completely still as I felt mosqui-

toes land on my body and abuse me. And these were not ordinary mosquitoes; back in the states a flying object this large would require a license. So, I just laid in bed and listened to the music of the night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roosters crowing in the darkness (which still baffles me), loud reggae music, distant gunshots, the sounds of teenage hormones flowing around me. And the questions started to flow again. Is it possible to stick to foam? How many sleepless nights could I tolerate before starting to hallucinate? Actually hallucinating was starting to sound like a pretty nice alternative at this point. The next day was spent getting to know the 70 premed students who were helping deliver the medical services and packing up medications. Then we were off into the fields of the Dominican Republic to set up our makeshift medical clinics. The bus trips were memorable due to the picturesque views of banana fields and the inspiring stories of many of the college students and how they had decided to come on this trip as opposed to the usual college spring-break rituals. One of the young women gave me a lengthy lecture on how the financing of higher education was in crisis and we were in danger of creating an entire generation of students who would be in massive debt the day they graduated. We talked about how the education system in the United States was deeply flawed. But as I gazed into the eyes of the Dominican youths later that day I realized how lucky we are. These children had a less than 40 percent chance of getting an elementary education, around a 10 percent chance of a high school diploma and virtually no chance of getting a college degree.

They were trapped in their lives. On the following nights, I spent my sleepless nights tossing and turning in appreciation, despair and even guilt. I deliberately gave myself a month or two to write about this trip, as I needed to process the events and experiences. The lives of the Dominicans and the Haitians passed by like the tiny pieces in a kaleidoscope, where I could fleetingly see into their lives but never gather the depth of their daily existence. There were images of countryside roads lined by huts with no electricity or plumbing but myriads of cell phone towers throughout the banana fields. I saw hoards of people waiting patiently in the sweltering heat, uncomplaining. There was the nun who gave one of the medical students her phone number and begged him to call. There was the teenage mother with four children, one so dehydrated that he had only hours to live. But she could not afford to get him to a hospital â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her look of acceptance will haunt me forever. The man with an abdomen needing surgery who could not even bear that I touch him. Yet he rode his dirt bike more than 50 miles to get to a hospital. I still get abdominal pain myself when I think of him on that bumpy road, but his courage always makes me smile. The 70-year-old man draped with his machete and cell phone who just came from a full day of work in the banana fields and his blood pressure was a high 230/150. When I asked him to take a few days off work to let his blood pressure settle down he just laughed, choked down the blood-pressure medication and headed back out to the fields. I think of the look of joy on the face of one of the premedical students as she walked

around the clinic with an 8-day-old newborn and decided that her future would have to be in pediatrics or family medicine. And then there are the memories of coming back from long days and feeling ecstatic about taking a cool shower to douse the myriads of mosquito bites; of course this enthusiasm rapidly faded when I realized that I was not alone in the shower â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I lived in Florida for several years and am fluent in roach, but these creatures were like something out of a science fiction movie. It was bad enough when I would see my foot start to move involuntarily, but when the creatures started to fly I knew it was time to come home. The images of these Dominicans pervade my consciousness. As I poured teaspoons of rehydration fluid down the throat of a 4-month-old I wondered what prospects this child had of leading a happy, long life. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when it fully hit me that what separated me from this child was a mere roll of fateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dice. Then the harder questions started to flow. How is it that these people endure such hardship yet seem fairly content and well-adjusted? What is the source of their contentment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; faith, acceptance, lack of expectations? It was then that I realized that, on my medical-service trip, I had actually received much more than I had given. N Joseph Schwartz, M.D., is a family practice physician at the Fremont Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He is a 16year resident of Palo Alto, and is married with three children. He can be e-mailed at


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Deep Brain Stimulation Designed To Control Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease

Even though King was just 39, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease was already altering her body movements, slowly affecting her ability to control its motions, even simple ones like walking. Her leg dragged, she said, and people would ask her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did you hurt your knee?â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually, if all these medications fail, we start thinking about other types of therapy, like deep brain stimulation.â&#x20AC;?

It would become much, much worse over the years. Early onset Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, what had attacked King, is not as common as the variety that shows up in people past age 65. Be-

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jaimie Henderson, MD, Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Stanford Hospital & Clinics â&#x20AC;&#x153;For whatever reason those brain cells die, and we still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know most of the reasons,â&#x20AC;? said Jaimie Henderson, MD, Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The risk factors are being studied. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear there are some genetic components as well as some environmentalâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;pesticides, jet fuel, other types of toxins like metalsâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear as to what precise environmental factors may cause it or contribute to its development.â&#x20AC;?

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Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease affected Resa Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to do even the simplest of tasks. The movement disorder, which typically develops in people over age 65, can slow speech, gait and thinking. The surgery King had gave her back a control of her body she had not known for years. Page 18Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;ÂŁn]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

One percent of people over the age of 65 will develop Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease; 1.5 million people have it now; about 50,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.

New options King received the best treatment available, a group of medications that replace or mimic

dopamine, with varying degrees of effect and duration. At first, they worked well for King, keeping her Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease symptoms in check; the side effects, however, can be almost as disruptive of normal life as the illness. Little by little, King could do less and less. She would break glasses while unloading them from the dishwasher. She couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk a straight Resa King, whose life was drastically altered by early onset Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line. She couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive, disease, decided to try deep brain stimulation when her medications no or go to the store, or longer worked. eat out at a restaurant. Even with the maxilike a brimless plastic cap that covers mum dosage of medication, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a couple of square inches around living anything close to a normal life. the entry point into the brain. BronteStewart is the director of the Stanford Finally, she decided she wanted to Comprehensive Movement Disorders see a doctor at Stanford Hospital Center. & Clinics. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard of a surgery that might help, something that seemed radical, and, to some, scary. The treatment is called deep brain stimulationâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;produced by a pacemakerKing was awake throughout the like device implanted in the brain five-hour surgery. Henderson and and powered by a battery-driven Bronte-Stewart need to be able to see control placed under the skin in the the impact of the surgery, mapped chest. Just as a cardiac pacemaker electrically regulates the speed of the heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beating, the deep brain stimulator may regulate abnormal electrical rhythms in the brain that have emerged with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease.

Inside the brain

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medication is really the cornerstone of treatment for Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, eventually all those medications will fail and then we start thinking about other types of therapy, like deep brain stimulation.â&#x20AC;? Henderson and Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD MSE, became Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physicians. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research has included the development of a lightweight replacement of the bulky halo frame that once held patients still for the many hours the surgery took. Now, a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head is secured with something that looks

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cause it affects younger people working full time and raising children, the tremor that is often its most dominant feature, early onset Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can be very noticeable and disabling. The disease hits the brain deep in its center, where much of motor control resides. With Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, a neurochemical called dopamine is not generated in enough quantity to facilitate the cascade of neural communication that normally allows us to walk and talk, and even think.

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Someone, maybe even Resa King herself, would have noticed sooner or later. When she walked, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swinging her right arm as she did the other. It was one small change in how her body behaved, something a relative noticed. Curious, she sought out a neurologist who wanted to see what happened when she tried to bring her thumb and forefinger together as quickly as she could. She thought sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done pretty well, but there was a small tremor in her right arm.

Before Resa King had surgery to implant a pacemaker-like de brain, she would not have been able to hold a glass for fear o it. The side effects of medications for Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can cause a unpredictable and involuntary movements.

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About Deep Brain Stimulation: How does it work? DBS devices are typically placed in the subthalamic region of the brain, and the simulator sends out the pulses of electricity that alter Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effect on movement. What Stanford researchersâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;Henderson was a member of the research teamâ&#x2C6;&#x2019; recently discovered is that those changes happen because the electrical pulses are picked up by neural wires, called axons, which run from that region to outer regions of the brain.

The target zone in the brain Henderson aims with a probe for is about the size of a lima bean and the precision of movement required about half the thickness of a thumbnail. More is involved, of course, than just physical movement of the probe. As the microelectrode is moved around in the subthalamic nucleus in the brain, Bronte-Stewart listens to the sound of the neuronsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; electrical activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the outside, it sounds like static,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The electrode picks up firing from a small volume of neurons and nerve fibers. For me, however, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like listening to the different instruments and melodies of an orchestra. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to find the one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talking to us, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responding to the sensory inputs from specific joints of her body that I am moving.â&#x20AC;?

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The challenge of this surgery is that every personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain is slightly different, which means that the exact place of the sensorimotor region may be different in different people and you can-

Working within the brain requires finding precise targets. The target for the deep brain stimulator is the subthalamic nucleus of the brain (where the letters STN are marked). It is roughly the size of a lima bean. Once that is located, the scale is further reducedâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;to a tenth of a millimeter. This image shows the sensorimotor networks as they extend to the outer portions of the brain. not see it on an MRI scan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has their own anatomy,â&#x20AC;? said BronteStewart, â&#x20AC;&#x153;their own wiring. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re exploring, listening to the brain, to the chatter of what the neurons are doing just to do a very simple movement.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who saw me before and afterâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;their reaction was astonishing. Their jaws dropped and they said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, Resa, you look so great!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Resa King, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Once the stimulator is implanted, its activity needs to be adjustedâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;again, according to each patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make-up. But even while she was still in the hospital, King said, she was able to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is really cool!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The nurses were trying to help me, but I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need that much help!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

Increasing knowledge Deep brain stimulation for Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease has been FDA approved for both sides of the brain

The brain is our bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central control organ and every physical movement, no matter how small, can be tracked by electrical activity as shown above. When physicians implant a brain stimulator, they can plot its impact with information like this. since 2002. King believes that as time passes, the device will be refined and improved. Bronte-Stewart agrees. She and Henderson continue to seek greater and more refined knowledge about the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior and what affects it. For Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, that knowledge particularly involves what Bronte-Stewart calls nodes of hypersynchronyâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;a place in the brain where networks coincide and coordinate, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sweet spot,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;where, if we zap it, we might be able to normalize the whole network.â&#x20AC;? Right now, DBS has a specific set of Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symptoms that it can improve: speed of movement, fluidity of movement, gait and tremors. It will not improve problems with speech or cognition.

Pretty quickly after her DBS surgery, King was able to cut her medication dose in half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then, I was driving and I started cooking again. You just have to let your body get used to it,â&#x20AC;? King said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing I did noticeâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;people who saw me before and afterâ&#x2C6;&#x2019;their reaction was astonishing. Their jaws dropped and they said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, Resa, you look so great!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

The surgery doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promise complete reversal, but for those it helps, it represents a big step. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It started a whole new chapter in my life,â&#x20AC;? King said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re impatient to be perfect. This is not a cure, but it helps. Life is pretty doable.â&#x20AC;? Her arm is still a bit stiff, and she still walks slowly. Now, however, she can walk in a straight line.

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out with sub-millimeter accuracy the precise region deep in the brain that is involved with movement, the sensorimotor region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relatively painless,â&#x20AC;? King said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but it does go on a long time.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re exploring, listening to the brain, to the chatter of what the neurons are doing just to do a very simple movement.â&#x20AC;?

Who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it help? DBS will not alter the effect of Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease on speech or cognition. Nor is it effective on other movement disorders that may have some of the same symptoms as Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. It cannot help those who do not respond to medications.

Who can it help? Stanford evaluates patients for two days, one day on their medication and one day off. DBS is most effective with people who have had a good response to medication, but whose ability to live their life normally has been severely hampered by the side effects of the medication. Those side effects include uncontrollable movements. On average, DBS gives patients a 60 to 80 percent improvement in symptoms and a 50 to 60 percent reduction in medication use.

Deep brain stimulation cannot remove all the symptoms of Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, but, for King, it has made it possible for her to return to most of the activities she had had to give up.

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David Lewis meets President Bill Clinton during his visit to East Palo Alto in 2000. Palo Alto, to be followed by a dinner and time of remembrance at Free at Last. San Mateo police have released few details about his killing, except to say they believe he was targeted. Friends and colleagues say they have no idea why someone would kill Lewis. They deny he slipped back into activity that would have led to his demise. The impact of the single bullet that took Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life has reverberated around the world, colleagues say. His vision, which led to the creation of Free at Last and fundamentally shaped the innovative East Palo Alto Parolee Reentry Program, spread not only throughout the United States but to distant places such as Russia and Kenya, according to his friends. Shocked by the news, people have called from France, Africa, Los Angeles and New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The phone hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped ringing,â&#x20AC;? said Dorsey Nunn, who cofounded Free at Last with Lewis and others and is now co-director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco.

part of Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; philosophy: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever give up on someone. Sometimes people will embrace identities they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand, Nunn said. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they must stay in that role forever. Lewis believed that to think that people cannot change is to shortchange not only the individual but society as well, Nunn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what we discard,â&#x20AC;? he added. When Lewis exited prison in December 1989, it was to be for the last time. He kept his prison photo, which today hangs on the wall of his office, but Lewis never looked back. He returned to East Palo Alto.

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he transformative moment for Lewis came on Oct. 17, 1989, in his San Quentin prison cell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. Lewis was a big man, 6-foot-5 inches tall, and his friends say his presence could be intimidating. His prison photo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last one taken before he had his epiphany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shows a man whose inner turmoil seems incalculable, his eyes seething with anger. But when the ground rumbled through his maximum-security cell Lewis realized he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend any more time in a cage, he told the Weekly in a September 1998 interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just had this overwhelming feeling of, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be in this situation anymore,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. Nunn said that desire for change, for redemption, was an underlying

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Friends and colleagues touched by David Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leadership hold hands in a prayer circle in honor of Lewis June 10, the day after he was killed.

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Free at Last recovery-program participant Vicente Moreno, along with his young son, listens as others share memories of David Lewis in East Palo Alto June 10.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We just wanted to see people heal; we wanted to see people happy. We wanted to see families together again.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Vicki Smothers, co-founder and vice president, Free at Last

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At the time, it was a city at war with itself, trapped by a deadly combination of drugs, poverty, racism, social chaos and lack of job opportunities. In 1992, 42 people were murdered, earning the city the dubious title of â&#x20AC;&#x153;per-capita murder capitalâ&#x20AC;? of the United States. An Urban Health Study found that the city had the highest incidence of HIV infection among intravenous drug users of any city west of Chicago. Lewis and others, who were then free of the chain of addiction, decided they had to give back to the community they loved, said Vicki Smothers, Free at Last vice president and co-founder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The crack epidemic was devastating. We were losing people. We

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decided we wanted to do something different. We just wanted to see people heal; we wanted to see people happy. We wanted to see families together again,â&#x20AC;? Smothers said. Meeting in a small building on Pulgas Avenue that was tucked behind a junk yard, and with no money between them, Lewis, Nunn and others brainstormed ways to save East Palo Alto. They considered committing part of their own incomes to help people, but Lewis thought on a grander scale, Nunn said. Suddenly people with little education were writing grant proposals and learning how to run a nonprofit organization, he said. Free at Last was the third wave of Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transformation after the earthquake and kicking the drug habit. Free at Lastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drop-in center was opened in East Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whiskey Gulch in 1994, amid the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest concentration of liquor stores and bars and drug use. Lewis thought putting a recovery center in the midst of the problem would make the services visible and attract a large number of people, according to Priya Haji, co-founder and former executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One hundred people came in the first day,â&#x20AC;? she said. Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; genius was in understanding that African American and Latino addicts needed to recover within the context of their culture, colleagues said. Lewis saw that if the center were founded by people who lived in the community and who had the same experiences as their clients, more people could be reached. Many counselors were recovering addicts or had been incarcerated. For Latinos and African Americans, having

culturally relevant treatment made recovery more effective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shifted the model,â&#x20AC;? Haji said. Lewis and Haji had envisioned a community-run recovery center at a time when recovery models didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include a community-based approach, said Cheryl Dorsey, a board member of Echoing Green, a New York-based nonprofit that provided initial funding for Free at Last. Echoing Green is a funder of emerging social entrepreneurs, such as Teach for America and Public Allies, with which First Lady Michelle Obama worked. Lewis and Free at Last are in that class, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a truly innovative and groundbreaking model and a paradigm-shifting idea for communitybased treatment and recovery. It was really transformative,â&#x20AC;? she said. Prior to that time, substanceabuse treatment followed the Betty Ford approach of checking someone into a clinic or putting them into the prison pipeline, she said. Free at Lastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holistic approach brings in mental-health counseling, transitional housing, 12-step meetings, a youth drop-in center, street outreach program to contact addicts and families and a mobile health van that includes testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Referrals connect people to treatment centers and social services. After Free at Last was founded, Lewis became the chief architect of the East Palo Alto Parole Reentry Program, which was founded in 2007 to help parolees to become integrated with society. Lewis saw the same issues of recidivism with ex-cons as he did with drug addicts, said East Palo Alto po-

lice Chief Ronald Davis. Parolees come out of prison with no money, jobs, sometimes limited education and often no housing, leading them to return to crime, Davis said. Just six months after his release from prison, Alberto Alvarez, a convicted felon, shot and killed Officer Richard May. Lewis felt the tragedy was symptomatic of the need to reintegrate parolees into the community by providing services, Davis said. Lewis believed the same approach to drug rehabilitation could apply to re-integration. Lewis â&#x20AC;&#x153;was my mentor of the reentry concept. He had a personal and professional impact on me. As a friend, he taught me the value of compassion and giving people a second chance,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. With help from California Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, Davis secured state funding for a 3.5-year pilot program to help recently released incarcerated persons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The East Palo Alto community embraced the program as a core value,â&#x20AC;? Davis said, which led to its success. East Palo Alto parolees had a notoriously high return-to-custody rate, above the 70-percent recidivism rate for parolees in a state-run program. But using the community model, East Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-entry program has only about a 20-percent returnto-custody rate, Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just the numbers. There is a symbolic value that the city and police department are involved. The community sees the department is holistic in its approach. It has a lot of benefits and a profound effect on the community,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Memorial service for David Lewis A memorial for David Lewis is scheduled for Sunday (June 20) at 2 p.m. at Costano Elementary School, 2695 Fordham St. in East Palo Alto. The service will be followed by a dinner and time of remembrance at 5 p.m. at the offices of the nonprofit Free at Last, 1796 Bay Road. For information about the memorial service, call the office of Free at Last, 650-462-6999.

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Davis credits Free at Last and the Parole Reentry Program for crime reduction in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is increasing hope and potential. If you are now working and providing for your family you are less likely to return to crime. It has generational effects. Their kids will have a second chance,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. Lewis also sought to help people through his work in San Mateo Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s STD/HIV program. John Conley, San Mateo County director of public-health services, said Lewis was one of the first outreach workers in a program who went into the prisons to assess the needs of parolees prior to release. Lewis never gave up on a client, he said. When Conley came to the job in 1996, there was discussion about limiting the number of times a client should be put in treatment, he said. But Conley said he believed that addicts with HIV should be put into treatment programs as many times as necessary until recovery would stick. Lewis gave that model his full support, Conley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The force of Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality and talking to people to give it another chanceâ&#x20AC;? worked to get many addicts who had given up hope to go into recovery and prevented transmission of HIV, he said. Many HIV inmates refused to be tested and therefore went untreated out of fear of the stigma and what that would mean if they returned to prison. Lewis would talk to inmates to get them to be tested and receive medical care, Conley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am convinced that many are alive today because of him. His living legacy is the scores of people who are alive and would not be if it were not for him,â&#x20AC;? Conley said. Shortly after his death, Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; voice still proclaimed his drugfree message on his answering machine: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever take nothinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no matter what.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of message he would want people to take with them as they mourn his death, Smothers said at a memorial on June 10. Nunn said Lewis was a humble man who would not have realized just how huge his impact has been. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think many times people are as appreciated as much in the community as they should be,â&#x20AC;? Nunn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community is just now recognizing how huge he was. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on now wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really startled him.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at

East Palo Alto Parole Reentry Program Director Bob Hoover reflects on the life and work of David Lewis at a remembrance event held at Free at Last headquarters last week.

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icente Moreno could have turned back to the streets when he finished his prison term, but a program that slain East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis helped create saved him, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I got out of prison I had nothing. I was struggling to find a job. My shoes were ragged walking everywhere trying to find work,â&#x20AC;? he said. Moreno has a small son and was determined to stay out of prison. He also wanted to marry his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, but he had no money or prospects, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With this help, I got some relief,â&#x20AC;? he said, recalling the food and transitional housing he received through the East Palo Alto Parolee Reentry Program. He was able to earn enough money working at Safeway and for Caltrans to marry his sweetheart and provide for his family, he said. Moreno will soon start a job with San Mateo County in human resources, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about my record. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to work real hard,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Parolee Reentry Program, launched in 2007, assesses the needs of residents returning to East Palo Alto from prison and works to reintegrate them into the community by addressing the root causes of criminal behavior and providing access and referrals to substance-abuse treatment, mental health and support groups, computer and job-skills training, educational opportunities, transitional housing, medical care and other services. Lewis was the chief architect of the program, according to East

Palo Alto police Chief Ronald Davis. California Assemblyman Ira Ruskin introduced Assembly Bill 2436, which provided $3.4 million ($949,000 annually) to run the pilot program. In 2009, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) partnered with the program to hire parolees in a 14-month pilot job program. The re-entry program has been highly successful, Davis said, keeping a much greater percentage of parolees from returning to a life of crime than average. Corey Bell is a soft-spoken man who served a 20-year sentence in prison. Coming out was like living in a Rip Van Winkle world, one filled with computers and cell phones and other technologies that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist when he went into prison. Bell said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard about the re-entry program while still incarcerated and felt he was ready to tackle the challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I walked out of prison, I knew I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going back,â&#x20AC;? he said. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been at the center, located at Free at Last for 18 months, showing up daily to take classes and learn computer skills â&#x20AC;&#x153;for my future,â&#x20AC;? he said. Since arriving, he has gone to truck-driving school and earned his forklift license. Soon, he might have a job with a concrete company, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want people to know that a lot of inmates really do come out with their head on right,â&#x20AC;? he said. Having zero opportunities makes staying straight that much harder, he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know when their spirits are broken,â&#x20AC;? he said of parolees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give them the opportunity to change their lives.â&#x20AC;? For all its success, however, the program faces a cloudy future. Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; untimely shooting death on June 9 has left Bob Hoover, director of the program, deeply concerned about the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term viability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About three to four weeks ago, (Lewis) said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We need to find more money to keep the project open, even if the state wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He was trying to use his connections. Now I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do,â&#x20AC;? Hoover said, sitting in a meeting room at Free at Last, the drug-rehabilitation center that Lewis co-founded. The re-entry program needs about $450,000 a year, which includes providing transitional housing, he said. Hoover hopes someone will help establish a long-lasting base of support to continue Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legacy regardless of state funding. On June 10, Hoover, along with scores of others, gathered for an impromptu memorial for Lewis. Ironically, the meeting was originally scheduled to announce the closure of the program on June 30, after 3.5 years of funding by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. State funding is expected to be restored, for a two-year period. But the program wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reopen until at least September and when it does, rather than being community-based, the program will be regional and will serve parolees throughout San Mateo County, said Brian Lee, police

department liaison. Parolees said they rely on the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuity. They have thrived under the communitybased model that offers support and counseling. Some are also recovering from issues such as childhood abuse, according to Dolores Ferrell, counselor case manager at the Day Reporting Center (DRC). Ferrell said she worries that the break in services from July to September will affect clients in transition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some clients are very vulnerable. I worry that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given them enough tools to work through. This is the refuge spot,â&#x20AC;? she said. Gustavo Pulido is one such client. His â&#x20AC;&#x153;road to recoveryâ&#x20AC;? still isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet that smooth, he said. Closing the program will make it harder without the support of counselors who have provided continuity, he said. Pulido, who was known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ogreâ&#x20AC;? during his prison days, is proud he has left that persona behind. Now he is just â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Pulido.â&#x20AC;? A large man with powerful, tattooed arms, he takes classes with titles such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enlightenmentâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anger Management.â&#x20AC;? When he got out of prison, Pulido was starving. He has five children to support. The Caltrans job program put money in his pocket, and sometimes he can take his children to the movies, he said. Getting a job has been challenging, he said. Employers are impressed by his demeanor and attitude, but his rap sheet of drug arrests trips him up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discouraging. I could walk down to the street corner and get a pound of meth right now to sell before I get a job. The crack spots are one block away. I could either go to the corner or go to the DRC. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather go to the DRC,â&#x20AC;? he said. The re-entry program is about setting a higher standard for oneself, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I know my self worth and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worth more than that,â&#x20AC;? he said. Part of re-entry includes doing community service as reparations for damaging the community. On Tuesday afternoon, the three men painted and repaired Free at Lastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging exterior. Sometimes, they talk to school children about their experiences. Their community involvement is part of Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legacy, Ferrell said. She looked at the men appreciatively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are building the next generation of David Lewises,â&#x20AC;? she said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

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usan Webb calls herself a â&#x20AC;&#x153;musical concierge.â&#x20AC;? Every Friday night since January, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showed up at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto with an amp, her voice and other musical instruments.

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Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all set to sing the blues, jazz and rock, but this is not a one-woman act. Anyone passing by is invited to join her jam sessions by picking up a guitar or trying out a drum or keyboard. That means anyone. Webb is not interested in showcasing pro musicians; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather give a newbie the chance to hit middle C for the first time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really appreciate those people who are never going to be famousâ&#x20AC;? and just have â&#x20AC;&#x153;an adventuresome spiritâ&#x20AC;? about performing, Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;musical conciergeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is what I do: providing what they need to make some music.â&#x20AC;? Kids are particularly welcome, even if they have to sit down to play the electric guitar because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so heavy. Sometimes Webb just encourages them to sing, maybe â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthdayâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wheels on the Bus.â&#x20AC;? World Music Day organizer Claude Ezran praises Webb for keeping Lytton Plaza alive and hopping on Friday nights. This Sunday, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be part of the action at World Music Day, the second annual event thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing musiAbove: Susan Webb sings at Lytton Plaza. Left: Vern Steele joins a jam session.

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Visitors to Lytton Plaza have a jam session for a soundtrack. cians to perform on downtown plazas, corners and streets from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fifty-some groups are scheduled, playing music including rock, classical, Celtic, choral, klezmer, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs and pop. Musicians new to the event this year include Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ken Brown and his Gypsy jazz combo, playing at 250 University Ave. from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Matir Manush with Bengali folk music from 3 to 4:30 at 250 Uni-

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versity Ave. (inside the plaza); and Mike Annuzzi performing original pop and blues at 530 Ramona St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. As for Webb, she is set to play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 158 University Ave. with several of her Fridaynight jam-session cohorts. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re performing under the name Yard Sale: Three Dollars Each. Webb dreamed up the moniker because you can find anything at a yard sale, and the impromptu band wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan

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their song list in advance, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play some blues, reggae, rock, jazz. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be like all over the lot,â&#x20AC;? she said. Webb grew up in Kansas and lives in Sunnyvale, but says she feels at home in Palo Alto. She works down the street from Lytton Plaza at the Apple Store, and said she started the jam sessions after the plaza was renovated and felt newly â&#x20AC;&#x153;spaciousâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;inviting.â&#x20AC;? Webb figured the spot needed something artistic, so on Jan. 22 she and a friend showed up and did some a cappella singing. She brought her guitar, but says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more confident singing, so wondered: Why not let someone else play her instruments? The jams grew from there. Webb started inviting friends and passersby to join in. She inquired whether she needed permission from the city and was told that the plaza was a free-speech space, she said. At first the jams started at 5 p.m., and then moved to 6 to 10 p.m., and then extended later. In recent weeks, as many as 20-plus musicians have been out in the wee hours, drawing an audience of college students and other nightbirds, many from the neighboring Pizza My Heart, which stays open late. One night earlier this month, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was 2 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock and I was trying to shut it down,â&#x20AC;? Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were still chanting, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;One more song!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Webb says she has no aspirations of a music career, although she does recall a memorable stint in a Wild West-themed show in Kansas with her husband and son a few years back. Her focus is more on building community in downtown Palo Alto. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an effort that will also include lots of organic produce: Webb is also the new volunteer manager of the Wednesday-afternoon farmers market at Lytton Plaza. N


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The Foothill-De Anza Community College Board of Trustees will consider adopting a resolution proposing to establish a Special Tax to be submitted for voter approval on November 2, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $69 per year (estimated annual collection of $6,900,000) for up to 6 years for a variety of educational programs, including maintaining math, science, writing and other core academic courses that prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities; preserving job training programs that prepare students for careers in technology, engineering, nursing, paramedics, and science; keeping community college libraries open and maintaining library services; maintaining programs that provide equal access to classes for students with disabilities; providing affordable course offerings to meet growing student demand; and attracting and retaining qualiďŹ ed instructors and support staff. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Linda Thor, Chancellor at the address shown above or at 650949-6100.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the city of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, June 17, 2010 Palo Alto Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168 Major Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project- Request by Stanford University Medical Center on behalf of Stanford University for Preliminary Review of the School of Medicine FIM1 building. Environmental Assessment: An environmental impact report has been prepared. Zone District: Medical OfďŹ ce Research (MOR). Study Session Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project- Study Session to accept comments on the Visual Quality chapter of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project Amy French Manager of Current Planning Page 26Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;ÂŁn]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

wo dudes are cruising the synagogue singles mixer when an attractive young lady ambles by. Fixing her with their sexiest come-hither looks, the men shoot off a surefire â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sha-LOM!â&#x20AC;? and expect her to melt on the spot. She barely turns her head, and the men can hardly understand why. And there you have the trouble with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopia,â&#x20AC;? a crass comedy so full of tired stereotypes that you almost feel guilty when the jokes are actually funny. It wants desperately to be noticed and tries way too hard. Presented as the season-closer for the Palo Alto Players, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopiaâ&#x20AC;? lacks sophistication, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing smart embedded in this silly comedy, nor is it edgy enough to take any real risks with its jokes, most of which are about being Jewish. So what you end up with is a middling two-hour-plus show that elicits more kvetching than kvelling. How you react to a comedy of stereotypes like this one depends a lot on your point of view. So in the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not Jewish, but I did marry into the faith. I know from a Passover Seder and can discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yentlâ&#x20AC;? like a Talmudic scholar. I have a deep love and respect for Jewish culture, especially the comedy. That Jews, over the centuries, have been through so much and can still laugh at themselves and the world has always amazed and impressed me. Writers Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson make a shallow, predictable trip into Jewish cultural waters. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially disappointing when the material they had to work with is so rich. As underemployed actors in Los Angeles, Fogel and Wolfson created a sketch about a Jewish guy pressured by his parents into marrying a nice Jewish girl when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really attracted to gentile girls, and about his Irish-Catholic friend whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so enamored of Jewish girls that he fakes his way as a Jew to get into their good graces. The writers expanded that sketch into a full-blown play, which explains why they have about 15 minutes of plot stretched over an implausible, intermittently amusing couple of hours. The play became one of the longest-running shows in Los Angeles history and went on to see productions across the country. Clearly aimed at a Jewish audience, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopiaâ&#x20AC;? follows 30ish Adam Lipshitz (Brandon Silberstein) and Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell (Lance Fuller) as they attempt to woo Jewish women online under the auspices of JDate. That Adam could reach age 30 in the 21st century and not have been exposed to JDate is one of many implausibilities here. We laugh as the non-Jew Chris teaches the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad Jewâ&#x20AC;? Adam, as he describes himself, to alter his personality to attract a different kind


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Adam (Brandon Silberstein, left) studies the basics of Judaism with his friend Chris (Lance Fuller, right). of Jewish girl. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Jew with the gold chain and perpetual sunglasses. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensitive Art Jew, with the army jacket and John Lennon glasses; Sports Jew with the baseball cap; and Jew Jew with the trappings of the Hasidim. Never mind that Adam might want to actually attract a potential mate displaying some semblance of his actual personality. But that would just be reality, not comedy, where the potential dates have â&#x20AC;&#x153;hilariousâ&#x20AC;? online names like Firetushy, Chop Jewy and Jewbacca. Adam isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a three-dimensional person so much as a bundle of neuroses. He had a traumatic bar mitzvah because, as he recalls, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to be a man. And clearly he still isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Other than being the son of a Marine who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough love in his childhood, Chris isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much more rounded. He says he loves Jewish girls because they make all his decisions for him. Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the basis for a solid marriage. Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love of Judaism, to his credit, deepens as he gets to know more about it to the point that he wants to convert and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grist for the comedy mill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; get circumcised. But the character is also forced to do totally unbelievable things like use the expression â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jew you downâ&#x20AC;? in front of a rabbi. Oy. The effort to get laughs involves a log of negativity pointed at the Jews: the women are overbearing, the men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to use tools, Passover food is horrible, Jewish girls donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put out, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a neurotic mess, and you never order anything the way it appears on a menu (OK, in my personal experience, that last oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true). As this is a comedy, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopiaâ&#x20AC;? to revel in things the Jews do well, like build families, value education and culture,

and connect with God on a deeply spiritual level. Granted, none of that is terribly funny stuff, though Adam finally finds a girlfriend who gives those things a merciful shout-out. Think of Jackie Mason by way of Jon Stewart filtered through â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love You, Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Perfect, Now Changeâ&#x20AC;? and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the loose, ambling thrust of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopia,â&#x20AC;? which needs a firmer comic guide than director Jimmy Gunn provides. Stars Fuller and Silberstein have a terrifically appealing camaraderie, and their ability to have fun with the material, even at its most grating, counts for a whole lot. This show could be torture without actors of their charm and comic energy. The lively supporting cast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Anderson, Kate Tran, Alexandra Bogorad, Mark Rosen and Al Abraham â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plays assorted Jewish mothers, rabbis and potential dates with the assistance of Rande Harrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wigs and Mary Cravensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; costumes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopiaâ&#x20AC;? is offensive. It just revels in stereotypes without bringing anything particularly fresh or outrageously funny to the party. My favorite part of the show actually came in sound designer George Mauroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soundtrack when Tom Jones was suddenly blaring â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Yiddishe Mama.â&#x20AC;? Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy. N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewtopia,â&#x20AC;? a play by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, presented by Palo Alto Players Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Through June 27, with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Cost: Tickets are $30, with student and senior discounts available. Info: Go to or call 650-329-0891.

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People are larger than life in Andy Muonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings, even his own children and loved ones, who often make appearances in his oversized portraits. The colors themselves are also giant in a way. As the Mountain View artist put it in a press release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to achieve a fluid, instantaneous feel to the paint, to maintain a certain optical mix of colors with blends that are not all soft transitions but maintain a raw mark and many hard edges.â&#x20AC;? Starting today, Muonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings and prints are being spotlighted at the Community School of Music and Arts, on display at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mohr Gallery. A reception and artist talk are set for Friday, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. Muonio teaches drawing and painting at CSMA and is a lecturer in pictorial art at San Jose State University. His free show can be seen weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3. For more information, go to or call 650-917-6800, extension 306.

Drama Gerald Hiken

Longtime local actor Gerald Hiken has everything from a Tony Award nomination to living-room theater in his Palo Alto home on his resume. This Sunday, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving bookstore monologues. Starting at 8 p.m. at Know Knew Books at 415 California Ave. in Palo Alto, Hiken will present two monologues that, fittingly, incorporate a book as a prop. Ruth Draperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Italian Lessonâ&#x20AC;? is about a society woman studying Dante whilst planning a dinner. And in Hikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Lear,â&#x20AC;? he portrays a man carrying a copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Learâ&#x20AC;? when he goes to meet with a therapist for the first time. Other free events coming up at Know Knew Books include a June 21 reading by Gabriel Boyer from his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Survey of My Failures This Far,â&#x20AC;? a collection of narratives. The 7:30 p.m. reading will be followed by Boyer performing with his band Normal Feelings.

Benefit Nature Gallery

Tonight, June 18, Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten hosts a preview reception for her summer collection, which includes money clips with fossils and meteorites and metal purses with stones. The collection will be on display indefinitely, with a special feature for the weekend: Garsten is donating 10 percent of her galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales this weekend to Peninsula Healthcare Connection (formerly Opportunity Health Center), a Palo Alto free clinic where Garsten chairs the board of directors. The reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nature Gallery, at 87 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto. The gallery specializes in minerals, fossils, jewelry and other pieces, and is open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5. Call 650-327-8700 or go to More about the clinic is at

A&E DIGEST FROM THE VALLEY TO THE CITY ... A rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll-themed musical â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which got its start in Silicon Valley at TheatreWorks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had Broadway singing its praises Sunday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memphisâ&#x20AC;? won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memphisâ&#x20AC;? was developed at TheatreWorksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2002 New Works Festival and then premiered with the theater company in 2004 before making its way to Broadway. When accepting the Tony, producer Randy Adams was quick to credit â&#x20AC;&#x153;TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Californiaâ&#x20AC;?; he was managing director there before moving to New York. And James Monroe Iglehart, who has been in many local shows at TheatreWorks, Foothill Music Theatre and other companies, could be seen on TV singing in a number from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memphis.â&#x20AC;?

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Toy Story 3 ----






(Century 16, Century 20) I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the water over there at Pixar Animation Studios, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sure love a cup. Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storytelling masterminds serve up yet another exceptional film â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this one the third in the uber-popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;? franchise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; packed with humor, imagination, adventure and emotional resonance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story 3â&#x20AC;? is easily one of the best movies of the year and an early safe bet for the Best Animated Picture Academy Award. Welcome back, Woody and Buzz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve missed you. Life is a crossroads for cowboy doll Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), cosmic action figure Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the plush and plastic gang as their once-young owner Andy prepares to leave for college. Higher learning and playtime donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly mesh, so Andy has a tough choice to make: pack up the toys and store them in the attic, give them away or toss them out with the afternoon garbage.



picted. Tongue-in-cheek undertones about Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feminine tendencies are clever and riotous (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toy! Why do people keep saying that?â&#x20AC;?). A G-rated film that appeals to both adults and children alike is a rare breed and exactly what topnotch family fare is all about. The bond that has developed amongst Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys, and the attachment Andy himself has to them, is poignant and heartfelt. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story 3â&#x20AC;? ends incredibly well, perfectly wrapping the three pictures into one tremendous trilogy. The toys are back in town and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better than ever.

Crossed signals between Andy and his mom land the crew â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unwanted Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a donation box and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quickly sent off to Sunnyside Daycare. At first, Sunnyside seems like paradise for cast-away toys. Sunnysideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big toy on campus is a seemingly gracious and pleasant teddy bear named Lotso (voice of Ned Beatty) and there appears to be no shortage of jolly children eager to romp around with new playthings. But Lotsoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affable exterior is just that, and soon Buzz and his pals find themselves stuck in prison-like surroundings, thrashed by chaotic toddlers. Meanwhile, Woody hooks up with a sweet and playful young girl named Bonnie (voice of Emily Hahn), whose demeanor is reminiscent of Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when he was young. Despite Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newfound comfort, his compassion for his friends quickly encourages him to stage the biggest jail bust this side of Legoland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story 3â&#x20AC;? is rife with hilarious scenarios, such as when Buzz is inadvertently switched into Spanish mode and he takes on the characteristics of a suave Latino romantic. A wealth of new characters adds to the vibrant energy. Barbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Sunnyside resident â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is especially entertaining and perfectly de-

Rated G. 1 hour, 32 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyler Hanley

Jonah Hex --

(Century 16, Century 20) Action and eye candy are the main ingredients in this shallow adaptation of the edgy DC comic about Civil War-era gunslinger Jonah Hex. Compelling plot and character development get lost somewhere between explosion No. 1 and explosion No. 78, but the film certainly satisfies the popcorn quotient for summer cinema. Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scar-faced bounty hunter whose main motivation is vengeance after he was forced to watch sadistic military man Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) torch his home and murder his family. Nearing the brink of death somehow imbued Hex with arcane abilities to speak to the deceased â&#x20AC;&#x201D; abilities that prove useful as Hex hunts down Turnbull and his tattooed sidekick Burke (Michael Fassbender of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inglourious Basterdsâ&#x20AC;?). But Turnbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dastardly machinations go well beyond Jonah and his kin. He and his crew of loyal miscreants are bitter that the Union has won the Civil War, and set out



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to destroy the country using hightech explosives. President Ulysses S. Grant (Aidan Quinn) asks for Hexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aid â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with his array of impressive weaponry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to take Turnbull down for good. Hexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing fondness for seductive and independent prostitute Lilah (Megan Fox) complicates matters, but retribution is a powerful motivator. At a piddling 81 minutes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jonah

Hexâ&#x20AC;? never provides any real character depth or background. The audience isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given much opportunity to care about Hex, Lilah or anyone else, making the film all spectacle and little substance. The script is generic and bland, although it seems to stay relatively true to the source material. And the hard-rock soundtrack becomes distracting from scene to scene.

Brolin is admirable in the leading-man role, but his scar prosthetic forces him to snarl and growl his way through his lines, and about 20 percent of his dialogue gets lost in translation. Fassbender is one of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights and he gives a charismatic spark to what could have been a dull henchman. Malkovich, though, sleepwalks through his performance in one

of the most lackluster portrayals the otherwise excellent actor has ever offered. Fox neither helps nor hurts the film, though her inclusion will certainly satisfy the male demographic the movie is geared toward. Some comic-book adaptations make for a big-screen bang. This one should have stayed holstered. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, intense sequences of action, intense sequences of violence and disturbing images. 1 hour, 21 minutes.

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

Babies (PG) ((((

Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:15, 3:15 & 5:15 p.m.

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The Big Four: Anthrax, Century 16: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer (R) (Not Reviewed)

The Devil is a Woman (1935) (Not Rated)

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

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

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

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

Grown Ups (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

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

Century 16: 12:10, 3:10, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 1:20, 4:35, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 a.m.

Jonah Hex (PG-13)



Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 7:50 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:55 & 10:15 p.m.

The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) (((

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Century 20: Tue. at 12:01 a.m. Wed.-Thu. at 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8 & 10:30 p.m.

Kung Fu Panda (PG) (((1/2

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Letters to Juliet (PG) ((

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Marmaduke (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:55 & 4:25 p.m. Fri., Sun. & Mon. also at 6:50 p.m.

Flavors of the Garden

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 16: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Thu. at 10 a.m. Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Romeo et Juliette (Not Rated) Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Thu. at 1:30 p.m. (Not Reviewed) Micmacs (R) (((

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Morocco (1930) (Not Rated)

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) (((

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The Secret In Their Eyes (R) (((

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Sex and the City 2 (R) (

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Shrek Forever After (PG) ((1/2

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Solitary Man (R) (((

Century 20: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:35 & 9:50 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Tue. at 2:45, 5 & 7:20 p.m. Wed. only at 2:25 p.m. Thu. only at 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 9:35 p.m.

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Zibibboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charcuterie plate contains house-made coppa, sopressata, Calabrese and Milano salumi, and is served with olives, grainy mustard and toasted crostini. I eschewed the drawn lemonherb butter that accompanied it, as the mussels didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a competing flavor or added richness. Ambiance, food, wine, service: Zibibbo still has My only qualm was that some of all the right elements the bivalves were not very meaty; a couple barely contained enough by Dale F. Bentson meat to fork out. Oven-roasted Moroccan spiced tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Old Houseâ&#x20AC;? meets ably manages the kitchen. For starters, the house-made prawns ($13) were dazzling in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Verandaâ&#x20AC;? meets Bon Appetit at Zibibbo. Inside the golden- charcuterie plate ($10) at a recent their own right. Also served on rod-colored Victorian on Kipling meal had appetite-whetting slices an iron skillet, the prawns were Street, architect Cass Calder of spicy coppa, dry-cured sopres- plump, bronzed and sinfully deSmith united indoor and outdoor sata and mild, melt-in-the-mouth licious. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s de rigueur to sop up elements and created an astonish- Milano sausage served with ol- the lemon-scallion sauce with a ing light-flooded restaurant that is ives, grainy mustard and a stack chunk of baguette. The menu offered several pizza as in vogue today as it was when of toasted crostini. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israeli Cigarsâ&#x20AC;? ($8) have been varieties. The wild mushroom Zibibbo opened in 1997. A stylish bar area abuts an on the menu for years. Obviously pizza ($16) with sprigs of fresh atrium with its live olive tree. The the dish is popular but for reasons thyme and drizzled with black atrium segues into several dining that escape me. The two â&#x20AC;&#x153;cigarsâ&#x20AC;? truffle oil was as earthy a pizza rooms with vaulted, skylighted were crispy brik pastry (similar as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tasted. There were at least ceilings, wooden booths, cush- to phyllo but not as flaky) filled four, perhaps five varieties of ioned iron chairs, and a huge open with potato, caramelized onion mushrooms (and no crimini or kitchen. The restaurant doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and chives. There was a ramekin button). The crust was soft, plifeel large, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festive enough of sour cream for dipping. It was ant, yeasty and enticing. I could for that special-occasion dinner tasty enough but a tad on the bor- barely finish half. Main courses were equally sucand intimate enough for a roman- ing side, given other possibilities. The soup du jour one evening cessful. From the oak-fired rotistic tĂŞte-Ă -tĂŞte. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good feeling walking into was wild mushroom ($7). Besides serie, I adored the fennel-scented Zibibbo, and that anticipation is having four kinds of mushrooms, pork loin ($20). Two large slices rewarded with excellent Mediter- the soup contained pea sprouts. had been cut from one large rib ranean fare, a superb wine list and Squiggles of pea purĂŠe layered â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the rib was included. A mini service that is friendly, knowl- over the top imbued more fla- mountain of fluffy olive-oil vors in the soup without detract- mashed potatoes accompanied. edgeable and punctual. Zibibbo is sister to the long- ing from the terrestrial mosaic of Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smashing dish. Also from the rotisserie, the successful Restaurant Lulu in San mushrooms. Another perennial favorite at rosemary-scented chicken ($19) Francisco. With the company for five years, Jeremiah Han assumed Zibibbo is iron skillet-roasted was juicy and flavor-packed. The the general manager duties at Zi- mussels ($13). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grand presen- half chicken had been cut into bibbo last October without miss- tation. The fiery hot skillet was quarters, presumably to make ing a beat. The menu is geared brought to the table and placed on navigating with a knife and fork towards family-style fare: plates an eye-level wire stand. The sizzle easier. The result, though, was that can be shared, or hoarded, de- and aromas from the still-roasting disjointed, splintery pieces. It was pending on how much you might mussels sent waves of gustatory difficult to fork a piece without getting a tiny bone or two in the like a particular dish. Steve Piro pleasure across the table.

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PEKING DUCK OUT, PANDA EXPRESS IN ... Peking Duck Restaurant, a mainstay at 2310 El Camino Real in Palo Alto for more than 20 years, has waddled around the corner and down the block to 151 S. California Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave. We had to leave. The landlord would not renew our lease. He has chosen to have Panda Express as his new tenant,â&#x20AC;? Peking Duck owner Wai Szeto said. The restaurant is sharing its new location with the existing Jade Palace Restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still us,â&#x20AC;? Szeto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same menu, the same chef and the same prices.â&#x20AC;? And look out for a name change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re debating that right now. We might call it Peking Duck Palace or just Peking Duck. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure yet,â&#x20AC;? Szeto said. How about Jade Duck? Or Duck Palace? CURIOUS CORNER ... With Peking Duck now nesting in on the corner of Park Boulevard and California Avenue, that particular Palo Alto corner has seen tremendous changes in the last few months. Three new businesses have come on scene in rapid succession. Could that corner be recession-proof? First, Baume, the small upscale French restaurant

mouth. The chicken was served on a bed of lettuce spiked with chunks of golden potatoes. The mouthwatering grilled salmon ($24) was served with asparagus and pink grapefruit slices with a tarragon beurre blanc sauce. The fish was orange-pink, fleshy and flavorful, while the grapefruit, an unlikely pairing, added a citrusy spark. The buttery tarragon sauce helped unite the improbable but enticing flavors. Pepper-crusted skirt steak ($26) with roasted fingerling potatoes, cipollini onions, baby turnips and salsa agresto was everything I desired in a skirt steak. The beef was fork-tender, the potatoes golden, the onions and turnips sweet. The agresto topping was coarser than pesto, with walnuts, almonds, parsley, basil, garlic, kosher salt and olive oil. This sauce would be great on pasta or simply smeared on a baguette. Desserts did not disappoint. I get pangs remembering the lush banana brioche bread pudding ($7.50) with Kahlua crème anglaise and almond ice cream. The light-as-a-feather vanilla bean panna cotta ($7.50) with fresh berries had fantastic fresh dairy flavor. Beignets ($7.50) were the size of puffed-up tennis balls, accompanied by a Meyer lemon-mint sauce, all drizzled with caramel. Profiteroles ($7.50) were stuffed with silky strawberry ice cream, coated with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with toasted almonds. The wine list is extensive and expensive, yet there are many worthwhile wines priced from $30 to $60

that has quickly become known for its tasting menus, opened earlier this year on one corner; next, Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Tracks, a barbeque, soul-food restaurant, is targeting an early July opening, and lastly, Peking Duck, which moved to the corner on May 10. But just down the block, 2434 Park Blvd., the former site of Casa Isabel that closed in April after 31 years, is darkened and vacant. THE AVENUE ARRIVES ... First it was Taxiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, then Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner, and now it will be called The Avenue. Major construction is going on inside at 403 University Ave. in Palo Alto behind paper-covered windows. The renovated site will open by the end of June, according to one of the owners, Abdul Lama. The restaurant will now feature breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner, said Lama, who also owns three Mediterranean restaurants in Palo Alto: both Kan Zemans, as well as California Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mediterranean Wraps. The Avenue will seat 70. THAI RESTAURANT OPENS ... Siam Orchid, which features â&#x20AC;&#x153;organic fine dining,â&#x20AC;? had its grand opening this week at 496 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. It is in the former location of Robaii

and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finders Keepersâ&#x20AC;? promotion that is noteworthy. Zibibbo has received the Wine Spectatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Best of Award of Excellence. That means big-time French, Italian and California labels with matching big-time prices. The Finders Keepers program offers 50 percent off a broad, rotating selection of premium wines. It is a grand way to try some of the best wines in the world at sane prices. One evening, we enjoyed a superb 2005 Volnay Clos dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Audignac ($188) discounted to $94. Zibibbo has retained its specialness by focusing on what its customers want: delicious food, good service, outstanding wine list and trendy bar scene, all packaged in one goldenrod Victorian. N

Falafel, which closed earlier this year after a 12-year run. Siam Orchidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature dishes include a version of cashew-nut chicken in a taro nest and tom yum soup with big river shrimp, owner Tony Chotibhongs said. The corner restaurant seats 40 and has a small outdoor dining area. PALO ALTO DOWN TO ONE QUIZNOS ... Quiznos is gone on Emerson Street at University Avenue in Palo Alto. The buzz is that there was a severe visibility problem. Although the sandwich shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s address was 180 University Ave., it was actually tucked around the corner on Emerson. All that remains is the counter, a couple of tables and a padlocked door. But Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other Quiznos is still bustling at California Avenue and El Camino Real. FAIR TRADE? ... Whole Foods Market at 774 Emerson St. in Palo Alto is hosting a launch party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 19 for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat Swapâ&#x20AC;? program. As part of a Marin-based campaign to get people to eat less fat, shoppers can bring foods â&#x20AC;&#x153;with too much fatâ&#x20AC;? from their homes, and market staffers will weigh the food and give them an equal weight of fruit substitutes. Info is at N

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The Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team highlighted another outstanding season of competition by keeping true to its goal to win the NCAA championship, which was held in Maples Pavilion. The triumph was a fitting honor to assistant coach Al Roderigues, who had passed away earlier in the season.


Award-winning year for Stanford NCAA title by menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team topped the list that included yet another Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup by Rick Eymer hould the Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team serve as inspiration for a Hollywood movie, it would become an instant classic. The Cardinal season had everything: pathos, adversity, triumph and a cast of characters that lent itself to a truly heart-warming, heroic blockbuster of mythic proportions. Our version of the Oscars is dedicated to the loving memory of a great man and a great motivator who was more than an assistant volleyball coach. He was a close friend. Al Roderigues, who passed away earlier in the season, was highlyregarded as a mentor, administrator


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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Recent high school graduates Rachel Ersted of Palo Alto and Carolyn Rennels of Castilleja were members of NorCal Crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lightweight 4+ boat that won a silver medal at the US Rowing Youth Nationals this past weekend at Harsha Lake outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other rowers in the NorCal boat included high school seniors Sofie Madden (Menlo-Atherton) and Victoria Paterson (Menlo School) . . . NCAA menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singles champion Bradley Klahn and NCAA doubles champs Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, all from Stanford, are among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 25 players who have been named to the 2010 USTA Summer Collegiate Team. The squad makes up an elite training program for the top American collegiate players. A fourth Stanford player on the team is Mallory Burdette, will just finished her freshman season by clinching Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final match in the NCAA team championship finale. Barte is making her third appearance on the team while Burdette is making her second straight squad.

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford football Jim Harbaugh scored a major victory Thursday when Tucker High linebacker James Vaughters, the most sought-after recruit in Atlanta, committed to the Cardinal for the class 2011. The said Vaughters is Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best recruit as far as depth of offers received. He chose Stanford over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Ohio State. In total he received scholarship offers from more than 35 schools nationwide. Vaughters, a 4.0 student at Tucker, said he chose Stanford because of its combination of great academics and great football under Harbaugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly believe we can do something at Stanford that has never been done and that is win a championship,â&#x20AC;? Vaughters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stanford University is a long distance from home but they have a beautiful campus, perfect climate, and I feel that they have great opportunities that I can utilize. They are a top academic school that is compared to the Ivy League, but compete in Division I football and a top conference in the Pac-10. They are also making great strides to become a championship caliber football team.â&#x20AC;?Vaughters (6-2, 235) said Stanford had been his top choice for some time. He informed Harbaugh late Wednesday night.

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Gerhart was the best of the best at Stanford in 2009-10 by Rick Eymer


n a school year full of outstanding athletes, senior Toby Gerhart earned Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious award. The record-setting football/baseball player was honored as the Al Masters Award winner at the annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon, highlighting Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic success for the year. The recipient of the Doak Walker Award and Heisman Trophy runner-up, Gerhart was honored as the student-athlete attaining the highest

standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement. Gerhart, who was unable to make the event as he is participating in mini camp for the Minnesota Vikings, taped a brief video message that was played for those in attendance. Four student-athletes were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships: Elaine Breeden (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving), David Dunford (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving), Carly Janiga (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics) and Jimmie Sandman (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water

polo). Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarships were given to four student-athletes: Janet Okogbaa (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball), Evan Romero (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball), Carmen Stellar (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving) and Richard Wire (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis). Janet Okogbaa (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball) and Nora Soza (field hockey) received Summer Institute for General Management Scholarships. Newly Elected Members of Phi Beta Kappa included Autumn Albers (softball), David Dunford

(menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving), Adrienne Fritsch (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rowing), Bea Gordon (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rowing), Kate Niehaus (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country/track and field), Maggie Sachs (lacrosse) and Midori Uehara (field hockey). Stanford was represented with five winners of the NCAA Elite 88 Award, presented to the studentathlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (continued on page 36)

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Back-to-back victories a winner for Old Pro Menlo Park City Championship will be decided Friday when Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe and Partners meet in yet another showdown by Colin Becht

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we might need more pitching behind him, and he was so efficient that he got right to the last out.â&#x20AC;? Davis was equally valuable at the plate, getting Old Pro off to a fantastic start with a three-run home run in the first inning. He finished the day 1-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The three-run homer that he hit was absolutely huge because, in Little League baseball especially, in a game like this, getting the lead gives your team confidence and sets a tone that really makes it easier,â&#x20AC;? said Cool. Despite falling to Bike Connection 8-6 in the City Tournament on Tuesday, Old Pro rebounded to knock off Bike Connection twice over the weekend by a combined score of 32-5. The teams met a total of five times over the course of the season with Old Pro taking the series 3-2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always have an advantage when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a pitcher earlier in the season,â&#x20AC;? said Cool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing them now for fourth and fifth game, obviously we know


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onathan Davis briefly flirted with a historic performance. Instead, he had to settle for a championship performance. Davis and No. 2 Old Pro picked up right where they left off after a 19-2 rout of No. 4 Bike Connection last Saturday to defeat Bike Connection again Sunday, 13-3, for the Palo Alto Little League City Tournament championship at Middlefield Ballpark. Old Pro manager Kevin Cool said he stressed to his team before Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game to not get over-confident after its easy victory Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We basically said in our team meeting all we did was force a Sunday game. The size of the margin meant nothing,â&#x20AC;? said Cool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have tremendous respect for Bike Connection, so I had no illusions about Sunday just based on Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game.â&#x20AC;? Behind an incredible outing both on the mound and at the plate from Davis and more clutch hitting from Justin Hull, Old Pro cruised to its 10-run victory to clinch the city championship. Davis was perfect through the first 2 2/3 innings before surrendering his first hit. He finished with a two-hitter, allowing no earned runs, and would have finished with a complete game had he not hit the 85-pitch maximum with two outs in the sixth inning. He walked just one batter while striking out four. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you hope your 12-yearold star comes through, and he certainly did come through,â&#x20AC;? said Cool.

Old Pro players (L-R) Itai Palmon, Owen Plambeck, Justin Hull, Jonathan Davis and Jai Correa celebrate their 13-3 victory over Bike Connection in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenge game in the Palo Alto City Tournament. what their pitchersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tendencies are.â&#x20AC;? Davis was not alone in the offensive production as Justin Hull provided two valuable insurance runs in the fourth with his second home run in two days, scoring Eli Sorensen. After Andrew Schloss (whose family delayed a trip to New York in favor of the final game) and Tommy Smale each drove in runs for Bike Connection in the home half of the fourth, Old Pro responded with four runs to put the game out of reach. Hull again came up with the clutch hit, driving in two more runs with a two-out double. Hull finished just a triple short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 at the plate with four

RBI and two runs scored. Jai Correa joined in on the offensive barrage in the sixth, hitting his second homer in as many days, a two-run blast that put Old Pro up 11-3. Correa tied Hull with a teamhigh three hits on the day. The championship was a fitting farewell for Cool, who announced during the postgame awards ceremony that he would not be coaching next season. Old Pro forced the extra game with its remarkable 19-2 bashing on Saturday. Old Pro scored 11 times in the first inning and added five more in the second, leading to the imposition of the mercy rule after four innings. Correa led the offensive onslaught

with three RBI, while Owen Plambeck, Davis and Ole Erickson each drove in two runs. Correa capped off the prolific first inning, in which Old Pro sent 14 batters to the plate, with a tworun blast over the center field fence. In the inning, Old Pro was active on the base paths, scoring four times on wild pitches. Plambeck came up with a clutch two-out, two-RBI double that helped break open the inning. Old Pro loaded the bases three times in the inning. Bike Connection got both of its two runs in the bottom of the first when Schloss connected for a tworun homer after Calvin Wang doubled with two outs. With an already sizeable 11-2 lead, Old Pro added five runs in the second led by RBI singles by Davis and Henry Hughes. Hull added a solo home run in third as Old Pro continued to tack on runs. In other Little League action: It will be a rematch when Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe takes on Partners in the Menlo Park City Championship game on Friday at Burgess Park at 6 p.m. Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe (18-5) advanced with an 8-3 victory over Draegers in the Menlo-Atherton Little League finals last weekend while Partners (20-1) moved on with a 3-2 win over Moreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Alpine/West Menlo title contest. Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the fifth. Winning pitcher Jackson Salabert had a tworun single during the big inning. He struck out nine and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow a hit until the fifth inning. Partners earned a title berth when catcher Andrew Cox tagged out a sliding Kevin Tinsley at home to end the game. Cox gave his team a lead in the first inning with a solo home run, his third of the season. Jared Lucian and Matthew Johnston had doubles in the inning for another run. Winning pitcher Kodiak Conrad singled in what proved to be the winning run in the fifth. On the mound, he struck out 10. N


Year in review

season. Stanford was never ranked higher than eighth before the NCAA tournament, and even the NCAA doubles champions finished the are deep. Those are for the all those season ranked lower than when it people who put in the countless started. hours in the gym, and this is their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually you need a favorable payoff.â&#x20AC;? seeding (to avoid early elimination National Player of the Year Kawi- ala Stanford and Baylor the previous ka Shoji, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant senior two years) but this was one of those setter, is among a crowded field of years we knew we just had to beat candidates for the Best Actor â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Al.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; everybody,â&#x20AC;? Forood said. Long after Stanford A success right out of claimed its first menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Katherine Hepburnvolleyball national title driven â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pat and Mikeâ&#x20AC;? in 16 years, Kosty was style, Stanford players out wandering the Mawere determined â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be ples Pavilion parking in charge of myself,â&#x20AC;? as lot, alone, a lei hanging her character says,â&#x20AC;? to from his neck. He wore do something to prove the smile of a satisfied to you, prove to myself . man in the afterglow of . . prove to both of us, in a grand achievement. fact, everybody . . .â&#x20AC;? He had been visiting In other words, for the with friends and thankbest performance by a ing supporters. Kosty Kawika Shoji Female Athletic team was exhausted, but it was a wea- in a Drama, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is presented to riness borne out of happiness and Forood and her group of gritty overthe lifting of a great weight so all achievers. that was left was cherishing the moâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we were talented ment. enough from the get-go,â&#x20AC;? Forood Kosty, the obvious choice for said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our freshmen (Mallory Burthe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best direction honor, cur- dette and Stacey Tan) had to learn ried optimism out of a how to play in a dual dreadful season in his meet format and certain first year as head coach other things had to hapas he patiently rebuilt the pen. If you had predicted program into a national weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d win it all I would powerhouse, despite the not have been shocked. financial and scholarIt would have meant we ship limitations. performed.â&#x20AC;? This was a work-inThe menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball progress with its beginand womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis nings in Kostyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first teams assured that Stanconnection with the ford continue its NCAA menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program long, long record run of 34 acaKelley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara ago in a galaxy far, far demic school years with away. He had the Force (and a great at least one national title. many Jedi teachers) with him. There were several other champiKathryn Bigelow may have been onship sightings, which is just more the first female director to win an proof that the Cardinal continues Oscar in Hollywood but Stanford to set the standard in athletics. The has been producing great female di- school clinched its 16th consecutive rectors for decades and this school Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup trophy even before year a couple of veterans took center the final seven national titles were stage. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goes to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ten- decided. nis coach Lele Forood, who led her The next NCAA title will be Stanteam to a somewhat national title. fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th overall, allowing the Rankings, which are much like Cardinal to move into rarified air. box office receipts, seemed to be Only UCLA has won more often. working against the Cardinal all There were plenty of positive spins

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Arantxa King capped the Stanford sports season with a second-place in the long jump at the NCAA finals.

Toby Gerhart got the Stanford football team to the Sun Bowl and almost won the Heisman Trophy.

The Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team celebrated a regional championship in Sacramento, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it again in the NCAA finals against unbeaten UConn.

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara set school career and singleseason marks in leading the Cardinal to a spectacular year. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national runnerup finish in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer was the first of many championship appearances for the school. Other national runnersup included menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo and synchronized swimming. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award for the Best Performance by a Female Athlete was presented to Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara, but it took several days sequestered in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Hotelâ&#x20AC;? to decide upon the winner. After all, NCAA swimming champs Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit, rower Elle Logan, water poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jessica Steffens and long jumper Arantxa King are also Olympians. The Triple Towers of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen were also given serious (continued on page 36)

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and championship runs to the school nonetheless and worthy of attenseason, and plenty more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to be tion. For his efforts, Gerhart became awarded. Toby Gerhart and the football the sentimental favorite to win the team charged into fall bent on reach- â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Best Performance by a Male ing the Rose Bowl. Despite settling Athlete, just edging Kawika Shoji, basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landry for the Sun Bowl, it was Fields, wrestler Nick a football season like no Amuchastegui, NCAA other at Stanford, which champion gymnasts Ryan ended its longest drought Lieberman and newcomwith a winning record er Eddie Penev, NCAA for the first time in eight tennis singles champion years. Bradley Klahn, golfer Gerhart went from an David Chung, distance unknown character acrunners Chris Derrick tor to national superstar, and Jake Riley, water which ended a few votes poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jimmie Sandman, shy of the Heismann NCAA champion swimTrophy in the narrowBradley Klahn mer Eugene Godsoe and est margin between first and second place in the history of soccerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bobby Warsaw. Paul Ratcliffeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer the award. Gerhart was more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expressâ&#x20AC;? than team turned in a stunner of a seaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudy,â&#x20AC;? and Jim Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cardi- son, as well, reaching the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nal was more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facing the Giantsâ&#x20AC;? first national championship match. than â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Program;â&#x20AC;? inspirational National Player of the Year Kelley

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Year in review (continued from page 35)

consideration along with water poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kelly Eaton, NCAA champion gymnast Carly Janiga and softballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alissa Haber. Special team recognition goes out to menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics for finishing among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Final Four in their respective sports. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squash team was sixth in the nation, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf reached the national quarterfinals, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field finished eighth, and both womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer made it to the IT P

Sweet Sixteen. Other sports which qualified for the postseason include baseball, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fencing, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sailing, field hockey, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse and softball. For those athletes and teams who feel slighted in the least, all we can say is you are all honored as you see your reflection in any of the Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cups that sparkle in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fame Room. Memories are like film in that they capture all the highlights of the year for future generations to enjoy. This toast is for you, Al. N

Stanford awards (continued from page 33)

88 championships. Those winners included: Nick Amuchastegui (wrestling), Monica Coughlan (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo), Greg Hirshman (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis), Kate Niehaus (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country) and Garrett Werner (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball). The complete list: Al Masters Award (highest athletic honor): Toby Gerhart (football, baseball) Donald Kennedy Award (Presented to the senior athlete who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability,

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(menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis), Nick Amuchastegui (wrestling) Block â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outstanding Female Freshman Award: Mallory Burdette (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis), Mariah Nogueira (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer), Sally Watson (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf) Block â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Outstanding Male Freshman Award: Kenny Diekroeger (baseball), Andrew Luck (football), Eddie Penev (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics) Conference Female Athlete of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball), Lauren Schmidt (lacrosse), Xanthe Travlos (field hockey) Conference Male Athlete of the Year: Chris Derrick (cross country, tack and field), Landry Fields (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball), Brad Lawson (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball) Bill Walsh Leadership Award: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball senior class of Ed Howell, Jason Palacios, Evan Romero, Kawika Shoji and Garrett Werner Bob Murphy Award (unforgettable performance): Jeanette Pohlen (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball) Warrior Award: Adam Gaylord (baseball), Kim Hall (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo) Thomas W. Ford Award: Football Shirley Schoof Sports Athlete of the Year (club team): Rae Brownsberger (cycling), Janae Grijalva (rugby) Sherry Posthumus Club Sports Team of the Year Award: Triathlon N

Bramlett struggles at the U.S. Open Stanford senior Joseph Bramlett took a disastrous quadruplebogey 8 on the par-4 13th hole and went on to shoot 44 on the back nine, finishing with an 8-over 79 on his opening round at the U.S. Open golf championships on Thursday afternoon at Pebble Beach. N


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Palo Alto Weekly 06.18.2010 - Section 1  
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Section 1 of the June 18, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly