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Zumot trial: Lawyers spar over evidence Mark Geragos asks court to revisit bail issue, compel prosecution to hand over computer evidence by Gennady Sheyner


he defense for Bulos Zumot, the Palo Alto hookah-shop owner charged with killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi, and setting their shared Addison Avenue cottage on fire last October, is once again asking the court to set bail for

Zumot. Mark Geragos, the Los Angelesbased criminal-defense lawyer whose previous clients included Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson, made his first court appearance as Zumot’s attorney at the Santa Clara

County Hall of Justice Wednesday. In a brief hearing packed with Schipsi’s family and friends, Geragos asked Judge Philip Pennypacker to compel the prosecution to hand over key computer drives in a more timely fashion. Geragos also filed two motions, one of which seeks the release of Zumot’s two sport-utility vehicles, which police had seized over the course of their investigation. The

motion claims that this particular evidence is “neither relevant or necessary.� Geragos also asked the court to grant Zumot bail, a request the court had previously considered and rejected on two occasions. The motion he filed states that the “defense feels it is only fair that if the preliminary hearing is going to be continued once again, the defendant should have at least the opportunity

to post bail.� Pennypacker didn’t rule on Geragos’ requests and continued the hearing until Friday morning (after the weekly’s press deadline), at which time Judge David Cena was expected to take over the case and consider the defense’s requests. Geragos took over for Zumot’s previous defense attorney, Cameron (continued on page 8)


Activists win Stanford investment change Policy on minerals that come from areas of conflict or abuse is believed to be the first-of-its-kind for a university by Chris Kenrick oes the widespread use of cell phones and laptops inadvertently fuel the ongoing mass murder and rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? That was the question posed by Stanford University students, who persuaded university trustees at their June 9-10 meeting to adopt a groundbreaking policy on so-called “conflict minerals.� Reminiscent of earlier student protests against apartheid that sparked changes in Stanford investment policies, Stanford’s STAND organization (founded some years ago as Students Taking Action Now Darfur) is pressing for greater attention to the sometimes questionable sources of raw materials used in Silicon Valley’s signature products. And the university has agreed. With the trustees’ vote, Stanford became the first university in the world to approve a proxy voting guideline advising a “yes� vote on “well-written and reasonable shareholder resolutions that ask companies for reports on their policies and efforts regarding their avoidance of conflict minerals and conflict mineral derivatives.� The minerals in question are tungsten, tin, gold and tantalum that make their way into Silicon Valley products. Sometimes they come from Congolese mines which, all sides acknowledge, are controlled by armed thugs who commit atrocities, including rape, murder and ex-


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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, strolled down California Avenue with his entourage on Wednesday, past World Soccer fans hanging out at Antonio’s Nut House. Medvedev had just visited Yandex Labs, a branch of Russia’s largest Internet company located on California, before stopping for a snack at Printers’ Inc. Cafe.


Medvedev seeks help for Russia’s ‘Siliconovaya Dolina’ Russian president acknowledges challenges, outlines his vision in speech at Stanford by Gennady Sheyner, Carolyn Copeland and Jocelyn Dong


ussian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday sent his first tweet, met Steve Jobs, visited California Avenue in Palo Alto, secured a $1 billion investment from Cisco Systems, showed off his iPad and invited a Stanford University crowd to help him transform Russia into a technological leader.

Medvedev is seeking to create Russia’s own Silicon Valley — “Siliconovaya Dolina� — in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. But first, he told a capacity crowd at Stanford’s 750-seat Dinkelspiel Auditorium, he wanted to see the original Silicon Valley for himself. “I wanted to see with my own

eyes how success is created, how business is created,� Medvedev said Wednesday afternoon. Medvedev was introduced by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy as “one of the first Russian users of Apple’s iPhone.� Medvedev waved an iPad in acknowledgement before he approached the podium and spoke to the crowd about his plans to reform his country. His speech focused on Russia’s efforts to become a technological leader, an effort that was bolstered by Cisco Systems’ announcement earlier in the day that it will invest $1 billion in the Skolkovo project. But Medvedev also acknowledged that his country faces steep hurdles. He talked about the need to

improve Russia’s judicial, health care and education systems and acknowledged that the nation’s fledgling democracy is still fragile and that venture capitalism in Russia hasn’t worked all that well thus far. “In Russia we have big money, but we don’t have a Silicon Valley,� Medvedev told the audience, which included former U.S. secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz. “The money has to be spent correctly, given to the right people and governed by proper rules.� Earlier in the day, Medvedev toured Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. The Associated Press reported that he set up a Twitter account under the name “Krem(continued on page 11)

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I wanted to see with my own eyes how success is created. — Dmitry Medvedev, president of Russia, regarding his tour of Silicon Valley. See story on page 3.

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FROM RUSSIA WITH SMARTPHONE ... Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to California Avenue in Palo Alto early Wednesday afternoon had all the hubbub befitting a head of state. Roads were blocked off; Russian and American secret-service agents, identified by lapel pins, stood about in sunglasses; curious spectators clutched their smartphones waiting for a photo op of the 44year-old Medvedev; and sharpshooters were poised on at least one rooftop. While Medvedev met with staff of a Russian company, onlookers outside on the sidewalk amused themselves. One man asked a Palo Alto police officer if Medvedev would use the crosswalk when walking to Printer’s Inc. Cafe. “When you’re the president of a country you can cross however you want,� the officer quipped. When Medvedev finally emerged from the meeting, he walked across Birch Street to shake hands with a crowd gathered in front of Antonio’s Nut House. “He DID use the crosswalk!� one observer noted.

U R NOT 2 ABBREVIATE ... Attention Palo Alto staff: Do not post abbreviations, profanities or sexual content on your official City of Palo Alto tweets, Facebook postings or YouTube videos. Please keep records of everything you post, for they are subject to public records, and avoid creating more than one Twitter site per department. Remember, this exercise is about branding and driving traffic to Palo Alto’s official website, so don’t forget to include links to You can be creative when you’re at home, but all official city Twitter accounts will begin with “Palo Alto� followed by department name. If your department’s name is too long (looking at you, “Department of Planning and Community Environment), you may shorten it by beginning with “PA.� And if you’re going to post photos or videos of your colleagues at City Hall, please don’t do it during regular office hours unless you get a waiver from them first. These are some of the policies reflected in the city’s recently released nine-page list of policies and procedures for

social-media sites — a list that the City Council’s Policies and Services Committee reviewed this week. The city hopes to use social-media sites to bolster the city’s communication efforts. But as the guide makes clear, it doesn’t want staff to sound like typical social-media users. “Departments will use proper grammar and standard AP style, and will avoid the use of jargon or abbreviations,� the guide states. “Twitter is more casual than most other communication tools, but communications must still best represent the City at all times.�

TONE IT DOWN ... Palo Alto officials are on the same page about just about every aspect of the controversial high-speedrail project. They prefer underground options to overhead ones, support the “context-sensitive solutions� approach for rail design; and think the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s ridership numbers are loaded with errors. But on Wednesday night, the City Council split on one railrelated issue: the tone the city should take in dealing with the rail authority. The council was putting the finishing touches on the city’s official comments for the Draft Alternatives Analysis, a rail authority document that lists possible design options for the segment of the rail system between San Francisco and San Jose. Councilman Larry Klein suggested deleting some polite and largely perfunctory sentences in the proposed letter, including one that thanks the rail authority for the opportunity to comment and one that talks about a new rail system as possibly a “great opportunity.� “I’d like us to adopt a tougher tone,� said Klein, who sits on a special council committee dedicated to the controversial rail project. Councilwoman Gail Price disagreed and defended the customary pleasantries. “I think we’ll get a lot further if we at least set a positive tone,� Price said. The council ultimately decided to split the difference and to allow staff to draft a letter that balances concern with good manners. The council would review it and then send it to the rail authority by the June 30 deadline. N

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Officials grapple with dismal ‘achievement gap’ statistics Forty-one percent of African-Americans, 25 percent of Hispanics in special education by Chris Kenrick espite years of efforts to combat it, a long-standing academic achievement gap persists in Palo Alto schools. Forty-one percent of all Palo Alto’s African-American students and nearly 25 percent of all Hispanic students are enrolled in special education, compared to a district-wide average of about 10 percent. A solid majority of those are Palo Alto residents, not East Palo Alto students who enroll in Palo Alto schools under the court-mandated Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program. African-American and Hispanic students enroll in fewer high-level classes and perform significantly worse than their Caucasian and Asian peers on standardized tests, according to a report this week from district staff. Those minority groups also have higher rates of school suspension and other discipline issues. This week, the Board of Education grappled with the dismal statistics and a plan to boost them. Palo Alto has been tagged by both federal and state officials for having a “disproportionate� number of African-American and Hispanic children in special education, prompting investigations and reports about how to remedy the problem. “It’s a lemon for the federal government to have identified us (as ‘disproportionate’), but it’s lemonade because it gives us a way to map out what we want to do, pull together groups working on this and make a cohesive plan,� Assistant Superintendent Virginia Davis told the board. Director of Student Services Carol Zepecki, who is retiring after 12 years of heading Palo Alto’s special-education programs, said officials have been keenly aware of the issue for years. “Five years ago we had a study by the (federal) Office of Civil Rights,� Zepecki said in a recent interview. “They looked at our disproportionality and found that if we didn’t support some of the students we would be discriminatory in the other direction. “We were following all the rules, and we need to support the kids. It’s a very difficult balance. We’re aware of it and keep working on it.� Zepecki worked closely with Palo Alto’s Parent Network for Students of Color and was given a farewell send-off by that organization last month that included testimonials from grateful parents. Other Palo Alto groups have been formed specifically to address the achievement-gap issue, including


IAASC (Increasing the Academic Achievement of Students of Color) and TACKLE (Taking a Closer Kid Look Early). Of the district’s 1,190 specialeducation students in 2007-08, 133 were African-American and 216 were Hispanic. African-American students represented 3 percent of the total population of the district that year but comprised 11 percent of the special-education population. Hispanic students represented 8.9 percent of the total population of students in the district, but 18 percent of the students in special education. Of the 74 African-American students identified that year with a “specific learning disability� (roughly defined as a wide gap between IQ and actual performance), 55 of them were Palo Alto residents and 19 were East Palo Alto students enrolled in Palo Alto under Tinsley. Of the 130 Hispanic students identified with a “specific learning disability� that year, 82 were Palo Alto residents. Forty-six of the 130 were categorized as “English Language Learners,� and 48 of them were enrolled in Palo Alto under the Tinsley program. Officials said they are focusing on mainstream classrooms, not special education, as the key to solving the achievement gap. “We do find that our students who are in special education are very deserving of those services, yet we want to do more to help students prior to any designation or assessment,� Davis said. The district already has a wide range of special programs to address achievement gaps in the regular classroom, including the newly launched Springboard to Kindergarten, Barron Park School’s College Bound program and others. School board members thanked Davis for presenting the achievement-gap data and possible solutions in comprehensive form. Davis listed dozens of current efforts, as well as new plans. The new efforts include intensive teacher training in “culturally responsive education� and a move away from identifying students through the “gap� model in favor of a new model known as “response to intervention.� Response to intervention is “based on a system of predictable interventions for students who are not meeting grade-level expectations and is designed to offer instructional support at increasing levels of intensity according to assessed student needs,� Davis said. “This is one of the first times I’ve read something that puts it all

together with a sense of commitment and candor, and I think that’s really helpful,� board President Barbara Klausner said. Board member Melissa Baten Caswell asked whether there is sufficient monitoring of the effectiveness of existing programs. “We need to look at this from 25,000 feet up and be able to tell where investments are really helping, and where we’ve tried and tried and done good work but it’s not the right program,� Baten Caswell said. Boa rd member Ca m ille Townsend wondered whether Palo Alto could identify effective approaches in other school districts and use them. “We go to conventions and hear about other districts that do much better with disadvantaged students. To what degree are we searching for those programs?� Townsend asked. “There’s a sense of urgency here, and we’ve got to try something different.� In a statement read by a friend, Duveneck parent Sara Woodham, whose children are not in special education, asked the board to “appreciate the real frustration of parents behind the statistics.� Though many programs seem reasonable from a conceptual standpoint, Woodham asked board members to focus on understanding “why seemingly good programs fail to match expectations, leaving underperforming children in their wake. ... “Please use parents’ insights in these break points, and as critical partners,� Woodham said, adding that special-education parents sometimes speak limited English. “These are the parents who rely on the district the most, and often are the least able to articulate breaks when they occur,� she said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be reached at

Corrections In the Weekly’s June 18 cover story, a photo caption of Joshua Mason was incorrect. East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis and Mason did not work together at For Youth by Youth but the two men worked together on some community projects. Mason and Lewis were not incarcerated at the same time. To request a correction, contact Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-326-8210, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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he Palo Alto Weekly garnered the top award for non-daily newspapers in the 33rd annual Greater Bay Area Journalism competition, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club announced June 19. In addition to winning “General Excellence,� the Weekly’s reporters and editors received eight honors in specific categories for their work in 2009 — two first-place awards, four second-place and two third-place. The judging was conducted by press clubs in Bakersfield, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Southeast Texas. Daily and non-daily newspapers, along with

radio, television and broadband/web organizations, competed. About the Weekly, the judges wrote: “The Palo Alto Weekly did an excellent job covering local news and bringing the stories to its readers. The articles were well-written, concise and interesting. Lots of content.� The Weekly’s specific awards included: N First-place technology story: “Charging Forward,� which covered the growth of the electric-vehicle industry, by Gennady Sheyner N First-place entertainment review: “When Wives Collide,� about the

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Man robs Wells Fargo Bank at Sequoia Station Police are searching for a man in his 20s who robbed a Wells Fargo bank at the Sequoia Station shopping center in Redwood City Wednesday. (Posted June 24 at 8:44 a.m.)

Hurt dog, bad trail delayed Mountain View hikers


GIVEAWAY PALO ALTO RESIDENTS “Complete the recycle circle� In appreciation of citizen’s participation in the curbside composting program, Palo Alto residents will be allowed up to 1 cubic yard of compost (equivalent to six full garbage cans), free of charge. Bring shovels, gloves, containers and proof of Palo Alto residency.

An injured dog’s paw and overgrown trails kept two Mountain View residents from returning home on time from a hiking and camping trip in the Los Padres National Forrest over the weekend, a Monterey County Sheriff’s official said. (Posted June 23 at 12:18 p.m.)

Palo Alto ‘outsourcing’ to help balance budget The budget ax could fall with less force than feared in Palo Alto after city officials gradually restored 14 positions that were previously pegged for elimination. But city workers who trim trees, sweep floors and sort mail are still likely to see their jobs disappear this summer. (Posted June 22 at 9:44 a.m.)

Crash takes out fence, street sign, three vehicles Police arrested a 23-year-old East Palo Alto man Sunday (June 20) after he drove his car in a wild ride in the Willows area of Menlo Park. (Posted June 21 at 3 p.m.)

East Palo Alto man dies in Skyline Blvd. crash Gonzalo Martinez-Hernandez, 50, of East Palo Alto was found dead Sunday morning in the back seat of a car down an embankment off Skyline Boulevard south of Highway 92, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office and California Highway Patrol. Officers said there were no immediate signs of foul play and the death is being handled as an accident. (Posted June 21 at 7:58 a.m.)

play entitled “Run for Your Wife,� by Karla Kane N Second-place feature story of a serious nature: “No way out?� about the challenges that victims of domestic violence face when trying to escape, by Jocelyn Dong and Carol Blitzer N Second-place analysis: “Bridging troubled waters,� which examined new but costly construction projects designed to ensure a steady local water supply, by Gennady Sheyner N Second-place feature story of a light nature: “From there to hair,� profiling foreign-born hairdressers at a local salon, by Chris Kenrick N Second-place entertainment review: “Capitalism: A love story,� a review of the Michael Moore film, by Karla Kane N Third-place feature story of a serious nature: “Preventing teen suicide,� which reported on Palo Alto’s efforts to address the mental-health needs of its youth, by Chris Kenrick N Third-place entertainment review: “The Class,� a review of the Laurent Cantet drama, by Susan Tavernetti In April, the Palo Alto Weekly picked up seven first-place awards in the statewide California Newspaper Publishers’ Association annual competition, including the “General Excellence� award for best large weekly, best website (, local-news coverage, sports coverage, editorial comment, layout/design and feature photo. Founded in 1979, the Palo Alto Weekly is published by Embarcadero Media, an independently owned multimedia company that operates community websites and newspapers on the Peninsula, in Marin and in the East Bay. The Palo Alto Weekly staff also produces Express (a daily e-mail edition of local news) and Palo Alto Online, which features breaking news; sports; movie, dining, event and community information; Fogster, a classified ad bulletin board; and Town Square, a community discussion forum. N

Nine years after homicide, family longs for justice Andrea Hsiao still thinks of her sister every day, even though it’s been nine years since Maria was shot and killed outside the Q Cafe nightclub in downtown Palo Alto. (Posted June 19 at 1:01 p.m.)

Woodside man arrested as suspect in wife’s death

Saturday, June 26 at the Palo Alto Landfill 2380 Embarcadero Road

Peter Parineh of Woodside has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, Parima, last April 13. Parineh initially told officers his wife had shot herself, although she had been shot multiple times, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. (Posted June 19 at 7:19 a.m.)

Second arrest in Palo Alto animal-hoarder case The fiance of Ana Ramos, the woman charged in the biggest abuse case involving cats and dogs in Palo Alto history, has been arrested in connection with the case. (Posted June 18 at 9:10 a.m.)

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SOCCER, ANYONE? ... The north soccer fields at Greer Park, the park restroom and a portion of the off-street parking lot reopened for public use on June 15 to accommodate organized soccer play as park renovation continues, according to Annette Glanckopf Ashton, parks and public-art chair of the Midtown Residents Association. The rest of the park, including the installation of the new play equipment in the center of the park, is scheduled to reopen Oct. 15. The Greer Park Skateboard Bowl will be closed through July 2. EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS ... Residents of Barron Park and drivers who use streets through the neighborhood could come across some snags during the summer months. All of Los Robles and almost all the streets from Los Robles to Georgia will be dug up for sewer replacement, according to Bob Moss. Work is expected to start in late June and run through late August. Neighbors should receive seven-day and 24hour notices of construction on specific streets. The report is on the City of Palo Alto website,, under \Council Agendas, June 21, Item 5. OUTSIDE MONEY FOR CAL AVE.? ... More changes could be afoot for Palo Alto’s California Avenue district. The City of Palo Alto has submitted a grant application to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for $1.7 million for streetscape improvements, College Terrace resident Fred Balin reports. Ruchika Aggarwal, assistant planning and transportation engineer, said the grant could pay for new street lights, wider sidewalks, landscaping on the median strip, a new fountain, refurbished plaza benches, bike kiosks and other improvements. The city would pay $500,000 as part of a local match the grant requires for the $2.1 million project. N

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Tom McCalmont’s newly remodeled eco-friendly home is featured on the Barron Park Green Home Tour. The hallway (above) features salvaged redwood siding and a passive solar system.

Green Tour looks to inspire change Twelve eco-friendly houses in Barron Park will be showcased to get neighbors thinking green by Ryan Deto


fter a year absence, the Barron Park Green Home Tour is back and greener than ever. On Sunday, 12 energy-saving homes and the Bol Park community garden will be on tour showcasing energy-saving techniques from solar panels to organic and drought-tolerant gardens. Members of the Barron Park Green Team, a branch of the city’s Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP), hope the tour will inspire residents of Palo Alto to implement green practices in their homes and lower the city’s carbon footprint, said Lisa Altieri, Barron Park Green Team coordinator. Altieri said city government is only responsible for 8 percent of Palo Alto’s carbon footprint; the remaining 92 percent is generated by citizens. Implementing energy-saving methods may be daunting to many homeowners, but Altieri said it becomes easier for people when their neighbors demonstrate the habits. “People think the changes are too much,� Altieri said. “But if they have neighbors doing it, they might think they can do it.� One of those neighbors is Tom McCalmont. His home, which will be on the tour, embodies the idea that a home can be green without compromising style. “You wouldn’t believe it is just as modern as any other house,� McCalmont said. To keep that modern look, McCalmont used a strategy known as “deconstruction� when remodeling his home from 2007 to 2009. Instead of ripping apart the house and

disposing of the materials, he reused or sold most of the wood and fixtures. The framing was reused. The old hardwood floors were sold to The ReUse People, an Alameda-based nonprofit organization. The house was taken apart piece by piece, which is more expensive but has less impact on the environment. The relationship is similar to clear-cutting logging versus selective logging. Clear-cutting is cheaper but can ruin forests, while selective logging is pricier but preserves the ecology. McCalmont also installed foam insulation that doesn’t collect moisture and insulates the home better than fiberglass. McCalmont, who designs and engineers equipment for solar power plants, covered 850 square feet of his roof with solar panels, which allowed him to disconnect his gas line and run the house off only electric power. His fireplace uses a special type of alcohol instead of natural gas, releasing only clean oxygen and carbon dioxide. He even painted the house sage green using recycled paint. McCalmont estimated that using all these techniques cost him 20 to 30 percent more than non-green alternatives. But he said that he was “committed to doing it.� “In my world it’s worth it,� he said. Lynnie Melena, president of the neighborhood’s Barron Park Association, said events such as the tour can not only educate but also can bring neighbors together. “It builds community,� Melena said. “People can come to events, meet and identify with more people in their neighborhood.�

The Barron Park Green Team is composed of about a dozen core members, and another 20 people are on the group’s e-mail list, according to Altieri. The team plans to host talks on composting, native gardening and chickens. There is another green team in College Terrace. The two teams together have events and projects planned throughout the year. Barron Park is also planning a neighborhood tree-planting project and a “road safe� biking tour though the city. College Terrace is creating a community garden. Altieri said she hopes that Sunday’s tour will get other neighborhoods to form their own Green Teams. Vendors, such as the City of Palo Alto and Acterra, a Palo Alto based nonprofit environmental group, will be present at the tour with information about living green. Maps will be handed out at the starting point, Bol Park on Laguna Avenue. The Green Team will also hold a raffle with prizes such as stainless-steel water bottles, reusable grocery bags, energy-saving weather stripping and organic plants. N Editorial Intern Ryan Deto can be e-mailed at

Barron Park Green Home Tour Where: Bol Park (on the corner of Laguna and Matadero avenues) When: Sunday, June 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: Free







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Selection of Library Advisory Commission (LAC) Applicants to be Interviewed for Two Unexpired Terms, One Expiring January 31, 2011 and One Expiring January 31, 2013 Adoption of a Resolution Expressing Appreciation to John Sanchez Upon His Retirement Adoption of Resolution Determining the Proposed Calculation of the Appropriations Limit for Fiscal Year 2011 Approval of Three Contract Documents for the Downtown Library Measure N Bond Project (CIP PE-09005): (1) Contract with W.L. Butler Construction, Inc., in a Total Amount Not to Exceed $2,875,000 for Construction; (2) Contract Amendment Two with Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc., to Add $312,396 for Construction Administration Services for a Total Contract Amount Not to Exceed $4,231,710; and (3) Contract Amendment One with Turner Construction to Add $432,000 for Construction Management Services for a Total Contract Amount Not to Exceed $582,198 Adoption of a Resolution Expressing Appreciation to Tyrone A. Campbell Upon His Retirement Public Hearing: Adoption of the Operating and Capital Improvement Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance, including 1) Exhibit A – City Manager’s Fiscal Year 2011 Proposed Budget; 2) Exhibit B – Amendments to the City Manager’s Fiscal Year 2011 Proposed Budget; 3) Exhibit C - Revised Pages in the Fiscal Year 2011 Table of Organization; 4) Exhibit D – Fiscal Year Proposed Municipal Fee Schedule; 5) Exhibit E – Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2011 Proposed Municipal Fee Schedule (ITEM CONTINUED FROM JUNE 21, 2010 - PUBLIC TESTIMONY CLOSED) The Finance Committee Recommends the City Council Adopt the Following: (a) the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Pertaining to the Police and Fire Deptartment Budgets as ModiďŹ ed and the Portions of the CIP Relating to Stanford and the Ordinance Portions Related Thereto (b) the Remaining Items in the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget as ModiďŹ ed and the Ordinance Portions and Resolutions Related Thereto (c) Resolution Amending the 2009-2010 Compensation Plan for Management and Professional Personnel and Council Appointees Adopted by Resolution No. 9001 to Add a New ClassiďŹ cation, Update the Salary of One ClassiďŹ cation and Change the Titles of Eighteen ClassiďŹ cations (d) Resolution encouraging all Palo Alto Council Members to Voluntarily Accept a 10% reduction in their Salaries for Fiscal Year 2011 Due to the Financial Challenges Facing the City. (e) Resolution Amending Utility Rate Schedule D-1 (Storm and Surface Water Drainage) to Increase Storm Drain Rates by 2.6% Per Month Per Equivalent Residential Unit for Fiscal Year 2010-11 (f) Resolution Amending Utility Rate Schedules EDF-1 and EDF-2 of the City of Palo Alto Utilities Rates and Charges Pertaining to Fiber Optic Rates Annual Adoption of City’s Investment Policy (CMR287:10) (ITEM CONTINUED FROM JUNE 21, 2010)

(TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING The Palo Alto Redevelopment Agency Meeting will be held on Monday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, regarding: R-1) Adoption of the Resolution of the Redevelopment Agency Adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 Page 8ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“x]ÊÓä£äÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Palo Alto government action this week

Greg Brown mural: The commission voted to budget $500 for repairs to the mural at 281 University Ave. and for the painting of a new border around the mural. Yes: AceboDavis, Coleman, DeMarzo, Richter, Smit Absent: Huo, Usich Collection inspection: The commission voted to budget $300 to purchase a software upgrade from FileMaker Pro 8 to FileMaker Pro 10. Yes: Acebo-Davis, Coleman, DeMarzo, Richter, Smit Absent: Huo, Usich Other business: The commission discussed the condition of the Digital DNA artwork, the status of proposals for artwork for the future Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, a proposal for artwork on the Palo Alto Shuttle buses, and the Main Library review of schematic design. Action: None

City Council (June 21)

2011 budget: The council discussed the fiscal year 2011 budget and heard comments from the public on the proposed $139 million budget. The council is scheduled to continue its discussion and adopt the budget on June 28. Action: None 805 Los Trancos Road: The council approved the construction of an 11,184-square-foot house at 805 Los Trancos Road in the Palo Alto foothills. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (June 22)

2010-11 operating budget: The board approved a 2010-11 operating budget of $154.5 million in expenditures. With $151 million in projected income, a $3.5 million deficit will be plugged with district reserve funds. Yes: Unanimous

Policy and Services Committee (June 22)

Emergency preparedness: The committee discussed the City Council’s 2010 workplan as it relates to Emergency Preparedness and the city’s collaboration with neighborhood groups and Stanford University. Action: None Social media: The committee reviewed the city’s policies for social-media websites Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (June 22)

San Francisquito Creek: The commission heard a presentation from Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, on the status of capital improvements along San Francisquito Creek. Action: None El Camino Park: The commission discussed the pending construction of an emergency water supply tank under El Camino Park. Action: None

City Council (June 23)

High-speed rail: The council discussed the city’s comments on the Draft Alternatives Analysis for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the proposed high-speed rail line. These include the city’s preference for an underground design and the city’s skepticism of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s ridership numbers. Action: None Comprehensive Plan: The council discussed the city’s planned Caltrain Corridor study. The council is scheduled to vote on whether to perform the study at its July 12 meeting. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2011 and adopt an investment policy. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to continue its review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The discussion will focus on the Noise, Geology, Soils & Seismicity, Hydrology, Hazardous Materials and Utilities chapters. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review the designs of the new School of Medicine buildings at the Stanford University Medical Center. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city’s planned Caltrain Corridor study and pending high-speedrail related legislation. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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Bowman, shortly after a Santa Clara County court judge denied Bowman’s second request to set bail for his client in February. Geragos said he decided to become involved in the case because he found the case “intriguing.� “What’s intriguing about it is that I don’t think he did it,� Geragos told the Weekly after the Wednesday hearing. Most of the hearing focused on the defense’s effort to obtain computer evidence from the prosecution. Geragos said he needs to see both the suspect’s and the victim’s computers to establish the timeline of the case – a critical component of a case rooted in circumstantial evidence. Geragos said he was previously told by the prosecution that he would receive the computers last Monday. Geragos told Pennypacker he needs some kind of a court order compelling the prosecution to hand over the evidence in a timely fashion. Prosecutor Chuck Gillingham said the defense had only asked for only one computer, which would have been provided by Monday had the defense not expanded its request. Because the list now includes four computers and two telephones, the timeline had to be extended, he said. Two of the computers are from Zumot’s place of business, Da Hookah Spot on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. Gillingham also said the timeline of when the evidence is handed over is determined by the forensics laboratory, not the prosecutor’s office. Zumot, 36, was arrested on Oct. 19, 2009, four days after the police found 29-year-old Schipsi’s remains in the Addison Avenue cottage where the couple lived. Zumot has been charged with homicide and arson – charges to which he pleaded not guilty in January. Police said Zumot killed Schipsi and then set the house on fire to destroy the evidence. He has been held without bail since. Zumot was the last person to see Schipsi alive, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Palo Alto police. Zumot also allegedly told police the two had argued the night before the fire and the day of the fire. He was arrested after an accelerantsniffing dog “alerted� after smelling Zumot’s shoes, socks, pants and sweatshirts. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office had also determined that Schipsi’s hyoid bone was crushed and that she died before the fire. Zumot and Schipsi had had a turbulent relationship marked with break-ups and episodes of domestic abuse, court records indicate. In February 2008, Schipsi filed a restraining order against Zumot, accusing him of harassing and threatening her – an order she later asked the court to rescind. She filed another restraining order against Zumot last August, claiming that he threatened her. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@


News Digest Davis narrowly misses Seattle police chief job East Palo Alto police Chief Ronald Davis has narrowly missed being nominated for Seattle, Wash., chief of police, Seattle’s mayor announced Thursday morning. John Diaz, Seattle’s interim chief, was nominated by Mayor Mike McGinn and must be confirmed by the Seattle City Council. Like Davis, Diaz has a strong focus on community policing. He was told of the mayor’s selection on Wednesday, he said during at a 9:30 a.m. press conference Thursday. “It sends a message that you can start out as a patrol officer and become a leader,� he said. Davis was one of only two remaining candidates for the position out of 11 semifinalists from across the country. The mayor was considering three finalists but one, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, dropped out of the running June 6. McGinn said he took the advice of former mayors who told him not to be rushed by politics. “You have to make the best decision and make the decision for the objectives you were looking for,� he said. All three candidates had supporters in the community, he added. Davis was also one of three semi-finalists for the New Orleans chief of police in May but did not win the position. He has said he was recruited for the Seattle job and that it and New Orleans were extraordinary opportunities but he would be happy to stay East Palo Alto’s chief if he did not get the appointments. He could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. Davis’ program to reduce parolee recidivism, approach to community policing, building community trust and focus on the root social causes of crime have reduced murders by 30 percent and overall crime by 16 percent since 2007. N — Sue Dremann

Death penalty possible in Woodside murder case Pooroushasb “Peter� Parineh, a resident of unincorporated Woodside and a real estate investor, has been charged with premeditated murder for financial gain in the April 13 shooting death of his wife, Parima Parineh, prosecutors said. Parima Parineh, 56, had a “large� life insurance policy and Pooroushasb Parineh has several properties in foreclosure, no liquidity and “enormous debt,� said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe of the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in a report. The apparently planned nature of the allegations makes Pooroushasb Parineh, 64, subject to the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted, according to the state penal code. Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pooroushasb Parineh in Sunnyvale on June 17 and booked him into the San Mateo County jail. He is the only suspect in the case and is in jail on a no-bail status. Pooroushasb Parineh tried to make the death of his wife appear to be a suicide, Wagstaffe said. Parima Parineh had been shot several times in the head and was found in the couples’ bedroom of their home, a mansion at 50 Fox Hill Drive. Details about the case are sealed until after the trial, if there is one, Lt. Ray Lunny of the Sheriff’s Office told The Almanac. N — Dave Boyce, Almanac staff

Junipero Serra Boulevard to get safety upgrade A busy stretch of road in the Stanford foothills where 90 percent of drivers violate the speed limit will get $1.5 million in safety improvements, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss announced this week. The traffic-calming project will focus on Junipero Serra Boulevard between Santa Maria Avenue and Campus Drive, which includes a blind hill, windy roads and nearly 20 driveways. Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 cars a day commute on the road. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2011 or 2012 and is anticipated to limit the number of accidents that occur. The Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Department will build a landscaped median and bulb-outs to narrow the roads and slow traffic. “Speeding causes 57 percent of the accidents on Junipero Serra Boulevard, and 11 percent of the accidents involve cyclists. The posted speed is 35 mph, which according to monitoring is exceeded 90 percent of the time,� Kniss said in a press release. Funding was approved from Prop 1B funds, a statewide transportation bond that was approved in 2006. The project is an outcome of the 2000 General Use Permit, which monitors advancement on the Stanford campus, according to the Stanford Report. As a condition of this, the county required that a group be formed as a way to regulate safety on Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at



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ploitation of workers in slave-labor conditions. Pointing to murky supply chains of the minerals, several leading technology companies, including Hewlett Packard and Intel, say they are working on procedures to ensure that their raw materials come from responsible sources. “In the electronics industry, the mining of these minerals takes place many layers before a final product is assembled, making it difficult if not impossible to trace the minerals’ origins,� said a joint statement from HP, Dell, Intel and Motorola. “Minerals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, used in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics and jewelry, are extracted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other locations.� The companies sponsored a con-


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linRussia� and sent his first tweet: “Hello everyone. I am now on Twitter and this is my first message.� At about 12:30 p.m. he visited Yandex Labs, a Russian search company located at 299 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto, thrilling the business district’s shoppers and diners, most of whom hadn’t anticipated the secret stop. When Medvedev finally emerged from Yandex, he greeted a crowd of about 100 spectators before heading to Printers’ Inc. Cafe. One Florida couple who happened upon Medvedev’s visit were thrilled at their good luck. Earlier in their trip they spotted former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dining at Sundance Steakhouse in Palo Alto.

ference last fall to discuss the possibility of mapping supply chains and establishing a certification process for the minerals. Rather than dealing with the companies directly, Stanford students targeted the university’s investment policies as well as its close relationships with many Silicon Valley companies. “We decided to work through the Stanford channel because Stanford has significant ties to electronics companies,� said Caity Monroe, a junior history major and member of STAND. “Stanford, as a huge investor with money, can make a more significant impact on these policies than a tiny student group.� “We’re hoping this will inspire other campuses to do the same thing. We’re trying to get in touch with some of the bigger ones on the East Coast.� The Stanford students found an ally in Palo Alto resident Mark Landesmann, a 1985 Stanford “We’re just amazed by it,� Mary Beth Schall said. “We’re very impressed this is such an interesting place.� Medvedev’s tour of Silicon Valley came about a month after a delegation of 20 Silicon Valley executives traveled to Russia. The group met Medvedev in Gorki, Russia — a meeting that paved the way for the president’s current visit. “It’s really remarkable what’s happened in that country,� delegate and venture capitalist Brian Jacobs said. “They had one of the largest centralized economies in the world and then it fell apart and had to be reshaped into a capitalist system.� After meeting with Medvedev, Jacobs was able to see what changes Russia needs to make to its economy. “I think the president understands that Russia needs to diversify their economy,� he said. “They

‘Stanford, as a huge investor with money, can make a more significant impact on these policies than a tiny student group.’

– Caity Monroe, Stanford junior and STAND member

graduate who serves as an alumni representative on the university’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility. Now a technology executive, Landesmann in his Stanford days was involved in asking the university to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. He learned about the Congo situation last year from watching an advance screening of the HBO documentary, “The Reporter,� at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, where he is a member. “During the discussion (after the have a lot of natural resources. He recognized that those are commodities. In order to have a stable economy, they need to foster other forms of businesses. They’re very much looking at the United States as a model for how they want their economy to be.� Medvedev met with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Thursday to discuss trade, investment and innovation. Then he planned to go to Canada to take part in the G-8 and G-20 meetings. Medvedev, 44, is a lawyer and former law professor. He taught at St. Petersburg University during the 1990s, a Stanford press release stated. He served as an aide to his predecessor and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin. Medvedev was elected president in 2008, in his first run for public office. N

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movie) it became clear that universities and most institutional investors have been inexplicably silent on this issue and that the plight of the Congolese had not broken through to widespread public awareness,� Landesmann said. “I feel that the conflict-minerals issue is essentially a ‘bystander problem,’ where responsibility for funding the armed groups appears diffused among many investors, companies and consumers, so that no one feels like they need to be the one to speak up.� Approached by the students in January, Landesmann worked with them and others to draft a resolution that he thought would gain support. He sought language that would be “effective in allowing the university to become the first to speak out on this issue and send a not-too-subtle hint that the continued indiscriminate purchase of conflict minerals is not acceptable.� Once the policy was unanimously approved by the Advisory Panel for

Investment Responsibility, Landesmann presented it to the trustees’ Special Committee on Investment Responsibility. “By request of the chair I am not at liberty to describe certain details of the meeting, or to attribute statements to anyone, but the trustees came extraordinarily well prepared and asked excellent and highly detailed questions,� Landesmann said. Unlike the noisy anti-apartheid protests of the 1980s and the antisweatshop campaign that led to the 2007 occupation of the office of Stanford President John Hennessy, the conflict-minerals protest has been a quiet affair. “The companies themselves admit that this is an important issue that needs to be addressed,� Landesmann said. “Everybody in a sense is on the same page, except for the armed groups themselves, of course.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.







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Palo Alto June 15-21 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Elder abuse/neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft attempt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .8 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Brandishing firearm or weapon. . . . . . . .1 Casualty/fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Firearms disposal request . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. public incident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psych. Subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrants/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Assault w/ a deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . .1 Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Attempted suicide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . .8 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Hit and run/property damage . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle Accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .3 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing juvenile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing adult. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Eligibility Requirements: The members of the Joint Community Relations Committee for the Palo Alto Airport shall not be Council Members, ofďŹ cers, or employees of the City. Aviation experience is not required. Committee Members shall be residents of the City of Palo Alto. Duties: Commission Members will work with representatives of the Palo Alto Airport, pilots, and the County to assure that the airport is at all times a good neighbor. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerk’s OfďŹ ce, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 329-2571 or may be obtained on the website at www. Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerk’s OfďŹ ce is 5:00 p.m., July 16, 2010. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

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39TH SEASON 06/25 Brazilian Jazz: Luciana Souza/ Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude 06/26 A History of African Rhythms & Jazz 06/26 Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio 06/27 Freddy Cole Quartet 07/02 The Music of Billy Strayhorn 07/03 Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends 07/03 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio 07/09 Fred Hersch: Jobim and More 07/10 Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet 07/10 Tuck & Patti

07/11 Ella Fitzgerald: America’s First Lady of Song 07/16 Mose Allison Trio 07/17 Claudia Villela Band 07/18 John Santos Sextet 07/19 Khalil Shaheed & the Mo’Rockin Project 07/20 Gerald Clayton Trio 07/21 Kristen Strom Quintet 07/22 The Music of Dave Brubeck presented by Victor Lin 07/24 Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance, and Tootie Heath 07/25 Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with Special Guest Keb’ Mo’ 07/26 Dena DeRose Trio

07/27 Junior Mance Trio 07/28 100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder 07/29 Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook 07/31 Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings 08/01 Dave Douglas Quintet Plus 08/02 George Cables Trio 08/03 Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio 08/04 Joshua Redman Trio 08/06 SJW All-Star Jam Session 08/07 Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens


NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 in the Civic Center, Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1.Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project Meeting to accept comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project, including an overview of the Alternative Chapter and Mitigation Measures of the DEIR. Questions. Any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The ďŹ les relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment


Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Deaths Emily Coffey Emily Coffey, 61, a former Palo Alto resident, died June 5 of cancerrelated causes in Portland, Ore. She was born in San Jose but grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto high school in 1966. After high school, she continued her education in Portland, earning a degree in physical therapy from Portland State University. She met her husband, Patrick Coffey, in 1972 and continued her life in Portland working with young disabled children. Being a fluent Spanish speaker, she was able to reach out to Latino parents who didn’t speak any English and help them cope with their children’s disabilities. Eternally interested in music, she played any instrument from the

piano to the ukulele. She also loved the outdoors and went on river rafting trips through out the northwest annually. She is survived by her husband and son Jackson, both of Portland; her mother Tibby Simon of Palo Alto; her brother Robert Simon of San Rafael; and her sister Joyce Doran of Auckland, New Zealand. A memorial gathering will take place in La Honda on Saturday June 26.

Robert Moulton Robert W. Moulton, 92, a resident of Palo Alto, died May 29. He would have celebrated his 93rd birthday June 6. Born in Pueblo, Colo., he moved soon after his birth to California, where his family settled in Los Angeles. He received a B.A. and M.A. in chemistry from

UCLA. He worked in sales of technical instruments for Shell Chemical, Beckman Instruments, Applied Physics, and Cary Instruments, all in Southern California, and became general manager and president of Cary Instruments. In 1969, with the buy-out of Cary Instruments by Varian Associates, he and his wife, Molly, moved north to the Palo Alto area. He retired in 1982 as Corporate Manager of Organizational Development at Varian. He influenced a wide sphere of people his professional life, particularly in the field of organizational development, in which he continued as a consultant for several years after retirement. He kept busy in retirement — in his garden, his workshop, his church, and in the out-of-doors that he loved. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, whose curiosity

Nancy Elizabeth Thomas October 22, 1929-June 14, 2010 Resident of Palo Alto

Nancy Thomas, a lifelong resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 14, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born the youngest of four children to Earl C. Thomas and his wife Blanche Thomas. Earl was a professor at Stanford University, a Civil Engineer, and the mayor of Palo Alto. Nancy was pre-deceased by her sister Patricia Thomas Miller and her brother Calvin Thomas. She leaves behind her brother George Thomas of Moraga and eight nieces and nephews: Sandy Thomas Budde of San Ramon, Terri Lynn Thomas of Sausalito, Linda Thomas Brigleb of Oregon, Chris Thomas of Concord, Vicki Thomas Hoffman of Walnut Creek, Susan Miller Emerson

of El Cajon, Thomas Miller of Greenbrae and Janet Miller Tocatlian. Nancy worked as a secretary at Stanford University until her retirement. In her younger days, a visit to her house would include spending some time with her beloved Samoyeds. She was an accomplished artist like her brother Cal, and loved to dance the Charleston. The family is grateful for the loving care Nancy received during her ďŹ nal days from her caregiver Cindy and from Pathways Hospice. May you rest well, Nancy. We love you, will miss you, and you will never be forgotten. Services will be private. In lieu of owers, donations may be sent to Stanford University. PA I D


,/22)%'),,)'!. Gertrude L. (Lorrie) Gilligan passed away in Palo Alto on June 14 after a brief struggle with lung cancer. She was 82. The ďŹ fth of seven children, Lorrie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents were originally from Kentucky and as a girl she enjoyed spending her summers there with her extended family on their farms. In 1947, when she was 19, she came to the Bay Area, where she met and married Gene Gilligan, then a newspaper reporter with the Oakland Tribune. In 1955 they settled in the Greenmeadow neighborhood of Palo Alto, and raised two children there. Except for four years in the 1960’s when the family relocated to Tenay, New Jersey, following her husband’s transfer to ABC Television News in New York, she spent the rest of her life living in Palo Alto. Prior to settling on her ultimate career is real estate sales, she worked as an executive secretary at Bank of America headquarters in San Francisco, for the Chamber of Commerce in Palo Alto and for Peter Pan Foundations in

Martha Thompson Martha Wigley Thompson, 90, a resident of Palo Alto, died June 12 at Channing House, her residence for the past 13 years. She was born in Riverside, Calif., and was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Berkeley, from which she graduated in 1941. In 1942 she married Harry Francis “Bud� Thompson. They were together for 34 years until his death in 1976. For many years she was the coowner of Thompson & Eckart, a Menlo Park interior design firm. As a community volunteer, she was a member of the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary of Allied Arts and the Valley Auxiliary of Family Service. She is survived by her daughter, Laurie Jarrett, of Palo Also; sons Tom Thompson of High Point, N.C., and David Thompson of San Jose; six grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

A memorial tea will be held at Channing House in July. There will be a private interment at Alta Mesa in Palo Alto. Memorial donations may be made to Abilities United, 525 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Lucille Ann Weiss Lucille Ann Weiss, 89, a resident of Palo Alto since 1972, died April 26 in Palo Alto after a long illness. The daughter of Russian immigrants, she was born in Cairo, Ill. in 1920. She attended high school in St. Louis, Mo. and graduated as class valedictorian. She met her husband, Kenneth Garland Weiss, in St. Louis in 1940 and got married the same year. Together they opened and ran a successful grocery store up until her husband was shot and killed during an armed robbery in 1972. She then moved to Palo Alto shortly after to be closer to her children who were attending Stanford. At Stanford Hospital, she worked first as the secretary to the school of physical therapy and then as the administrative assistant to the director of the clinical lab until her retirement in 1996. An avid book reader, she was known to read multiple novels a day. She also enjoyed the ballet, playing bridge and traveling. She is survived by her son, Edward Weiss of Palo Alto, and her daughter, Elizabeth Weiss of Palo Alto. A time and place for the memorial service has not yet been determined.

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New York. Probably her most interesting work experience was assisting her husband in setting up press coverage in Oklahoma for the 1964 presidential election. In 1970 she settled on real estate as a career that ultimately spanned 40 years. Initially she went to work for Cornell Realty in Palo Alto. Over the years she worked at several other agencies, always ďŹ nding great reward in locating the right homes for families. In retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, including her daughter Sarah Gilligan Tull and her husband Todd Wagner of Los Alto Hills; her son Bob Gilligan and his wife Rena of Burlingame; and her ďŹ ve grandchildren Stephen, Jonathan and Patrick Tull, and Erin and Peter Gilligan. In her spare time she greatly enjoyed her garden, rooting for the SF Giants and the Cincinnati Reds, and lunching with her real estate buddies. She is also survived by her sisters Thelma Pennekamp and Shirley Turkelson of Cincinnati; brother Clifford Dixon of Central California; and step sisters Joan Day of Fremont and Sarah Borisch of Grand Rapids Michigan. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. A memorial celebration is planned for a future date. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of owers, the family suggests a contribution to Hospice of the Valley in San Jose. PA I D


and compassion never faded, loved ones recall. He is survived by his four children, Jeanne Henneberg Moulton of Palo Alto, Judy Sleeth of Atherton, David Moulton of Oakland, and Margaret Shaeffer Moulton of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Aug. 28 in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto (1140 Cowper St. 94301). The family asks that any gifts go to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund of the church.


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-ARY4(ECKLER She was born December 16, 1927 in Kellogg, Minnesota. Mary was a resident of Palo Alto for 54 years. She passed away on June 18 after a long illness. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Erwin, and children Kathleen, Terrence, David and 5 grand children. Mary enjoyed cycling, walking at the baylands, cruises and travel. A rosary will be held at Roller Hapgood & Tinney, 980 MiddleďŹ eld Road in Palo Alto on July 1st at 7:30 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3233 Cowper Street, Palo Alto on July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. PA I D


Frank “Skip� Crist June 15, 1931-June 4, 2010

Anyone who knew Skip would recall his warm hospitality, his generosity, and his friendly smile. Skip was a man who gave with his heart. Skip always made you feel comfortable. With his great sense of humor and love for people, he enjoyed the best of friendships. He loved his work. He loved his community. And, most importantly, Skip loved his family. Skip was born on June 15, 1931 in Palo Alto, CA to “Frank Lee Crist, Sr.â€? and “Eugenia McMahon Crist.â€? The oldest of three children, he was a brother to Roger Crist and Jeanese Crist Rowell. Skip attended Walter Hays Elementary School, Jordan Junior High School, and eventually Palo Alto High School (Paly), where his love for sports began to grow. For the rest of his life, he would enjoy many of the friendships formed in those early years. In 1950, Skip started his freshman year at Stanford University and became a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He also began his cherished Stanford Football career as a member the freshman team under Coach Chuck Taylor. Two years later in 1951, Skip played on the team which earned its way into the 1952 Rose Bowl. The road to the bowl game involved defeating USC, and friends fondly recall Skip’s interception of USC tailback Frank Gifford’s pass that set up the ďŹ nal touchdown and a 27-20 win over the Trojans. In his retirement years Skip recalled the lessons learned playing for Stanford Football and stated, “Have fun in what you’re doing. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, as long as you’re having fun doing it.â€? Through the Naval ROTC program at Stanford, Skip joined the service. For two years, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, serving as a communication specialist deciphering Morse code and surveying naval intelligence. In 1955, Skip returned to Stanford for a law degree. Upon graduation in 1958, he joined his father’s ďŹ rm in Palo Alto, then known as Crist, Peters, Donegan and Brenner. He spent 32 years practicing law with his colleagues and friends in the same ďŹ rm which had then become known as Crist, Crist, GrifďŹ th, Bryant & Schultz & Biorn. Skip involved himself in all aspects of the Palo Alto community. He enjoyed working with people, contributing his time and sharing creative ideas. Skip touched lives in organizations such as the Stanford Children’s Hospital as well as Palo Alto’s Boys & Girls Club, Little League, YMCA, and Elks Club. Skip also loved the Sierra Mountains and all it had to offer -- the colorful wildowers, fresh air, and sports such as ďŹ shing, sailing, hiking and backpacking. He would take his family on “pack trips,â€? riding horseback into the Emigrant Basin for two or three days. Skip treasured family traditions and time spent with neighbors. During Christmas, he would arrange for a hay-ďŹ lled atbed truck, and take families around the streets of Palo Alto, singing Christmas carols. Another cherished pastime was traveling. He had no fear of immersing himself in the culture of the “locals,â€? no matter whether it was Hawaii, Mexico, or Spain.

Skip’s involvement in sports continued throughout his life. He loved to ski, hunt, play tennis, and work on his golf game. He especially enjoyed rounds of golf with family and friends. And, as passionate as he was on the golf course, he was equally passionate in the kitchen. In everything, Skip would enjoy it to the fullest, whether it was cooking gourmet meals for his family, making a four foot putt, or gathering friends for a Stanford tailgate party. In 1984, Skip moved to Carmel and pioneered a new career. He carried on his love for meeting and networking with people to sell beautiful Monterey Peninsula real estate. In fondly recalling these memories, we aim to celebrate Skip and his zest for life. After all, Skip’s friends and family know that he was never one to boast, though there is much about him to admire. We will endeavor to keep his passion for life and love of family in our hearts.

With love, The Crist Family Skip is survived by his loving wife Carolyn, his siblings Roger Crist, Jeanese Rowell, and his family: Scott & Lisa Crist, Kate Crist, Michelle & Marc Ehlers, James & Katie Crist, Wendy & Steve Brooks, Annie & Gary Gleason, Dawn & Brian Knowles, Jason & Tricia Crist Grandchildren: Lauren, Chelsea, Spencer, Max, Matt, Emily, Ashley, Austin, Rocky, Stone, Jade, Savanna, Hudson, Cassidy, Hunter



Shift Palo Alto to even-year voting County Supervisor Liz Kniss suggests to City Council that consolidation could save $200,000 every two years by moving Palo Alto vote to general election


anta Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss dropped an idea-bomb on the Palo Alto City Council this week: move city elections to even-number years and save about $200,000 per election by consolidating with the general election.

Most other cities in the county are in the even-year cycle of exercising democracy locally, she noted. Kniss is a former Palo Alto mayor and member of the council, as well as earlier serving on the school board. She said she made the homecoming appearance Monday night in the spirit of cutting budgets during a challenging economic time for local agencies. “Voters are much more engaged, especially in a presidential year, and the buzz of running is always a bigger buzz,� she said. There’s a catch: Palo Alto is a “charter city,� meaning that odd-year elections are built into the city’s governing City Charter. There would thus need to be a citywide vote to change the charter, a fairly simple matter of altering a few words. Yet the logical time for such a vote — the upcoming November election — is approaching rapidly, with an earlyAugust deadline for getting the matter on the ballot. There’s another wrinkle: The terms of four recently elected council members (Karen Holman, Gail Price, Greg Scharff and Nancy Shepherd) would need to be extended for a year. The reasons for the odd-year cycle are lost in the mists of history, perhaps dating back to the 1894 creation of Palo Alto as a city. Yet there is precedence for changing the election time. In the 1960s, the council and city-issue elections were held in May of odd years, an even odder choice. The date was later shifted to November — to save money and increase voter participation, reasons that still seem valid. Council members were silent on their reactions to Kniss’ proposal, as council procedures do not permit responses to oral communications. And they were faced Monday night with closing a $7.3 million budget gap by next week’s beginning of a new fiscal year, with a huge hospitals-expansion plan looming. But the even-year proposal has merit and deserves the relatively small amount of staff and council time it would take to get this idea onto the November 2010 ballot.

A 6-pound challenge to civic engagement


he biggest-ever development project in Palo Alto’s history — rebuilding and expanding Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and the School of Medicine — has now been summarized in possibly the largest Draft Environmental Impact Report in the city’s history.

The long-awaited, often-delayed report weighs just under 6 pounds in its printed form — but it represents a comprehensive guide to the massive expansion plan that Stanford has proposed for its hospitals and other medical facilities. The report has something for just about everyone concerned about the impacts of the project, currently estimated at around $3 billion — down from an initial cost estimate of about $3.5 billion ($2.5 billion to replace the main Stanford Hospital, medical school and clinics and about $1 billion for the Children’s Hospital). The reduction is not because the overall project is smaller, however. It is because Stanford officials have removed the School of Medicine and Stanford Clinics replacement buildings from the cost calculations, on the grounds that their construction is too far in the future to get accurate cost estimates now. There is an urgency to replacing the hospitals within the next three to five years due to state seismic deadlines. Broken into easily understood sections, the report is good reading for anyone wishing to make informed comments on the expansion/rebuilding plan and its impacts on the community. Fortunately, there is a weightless version available for easy review, at, under “Know Zone.� It’s worth a browse if not a full read.


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Lewis’ spirit lives on Editor, The Industrial Property Owners Association consists of many longterm property owners and businesses in the Ravenswood Industrial Area of East Palo Alto. We would like to add our names to the long list of East Palo Alto residents and businesses and express our sincere regret at the death of David Lewis. We thank him for his inspiration to others, his long-term service to the community and his contributions to Free At Last. The East Palo Alto community will miss him but we believe his spirit and contributions will live on. Ken Alsman Ramona Street, Palo Alto

Disaster drill Editor, Last Saturday a city emergencypreparedness drill tested the actual procedures and protocols that will be used in the event of a major earthquake. Perhaps you saw us, with orange and green vests. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and excellent execution by the organizers: Al Dorsky (CoChair of the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Coordinator Program), PANDA (Palo Alto Neighborhoods Disaster Activity); District Coordinators Doug Kalish and Bob Sikora; and PAPD Officer Ken Dueker (City of Palo Alto Homeland Security Coordinator and Reserve Police Officer). I would also like to commend the 150-plus others who participated in the exercise: Block/Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams); PANDAs; HAM radio operators and observers. Participating neighborhoods included Barron Park (four districts), Channing House, Charleston Gardens, Duveneck/St. Francis, Midtown (three districts), Miranda, Palo Alto Hills, Palo Verde and Stevenson House. Early estimates of participants include 60 Block and Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators from Palo Alto Neighborhoods, 59 CERTs, 22 HAM radio operators, and 10 observers. Exercises such as this are essential to reinforce training and keep skills fresh, so if (when) a disaster occurs the city of Palo Alto and residents will be resilient. This drill had the objective of identifying areas of greatest need. It was most successful. We practiced, refined our techniques, learned a lot — and best of all we had fun! See several drill photos at the new photo gallery at Palo Alto online at photo_gallery/ We invite those who are interested in the neighborhood program to attend the next series of trainings on

Thursday, July 29, at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. For details see: /ep Annette Glanckopf Chair, Emergency Preparedness Committee Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Tall-building concerns Editor, I think that JJ&F is a wonderful store and it should stay where it is. However I do not understand why there seems to be an assumption that having 40,000 feet of office space is beneficial to Palo Alto. As far as I know offices do not generate sales tax for the city. They do require much more parking and increase traffic congestion, and having another four-story building is my idea of spreading blight. El Camino at present is mostly two-story buildings and has a pleasant aspect. I recall that a few years ago a “boulevard� plan for El Camino was being promoted, with trees to be planted and buildings to be in scale to the existing small stores and businesses and some better new housing being built. Instead several large buildings have been built, more are being proposed and the latest housing project on the Elk’s Club site is much too close to the street with not enough space for plantings and landscaping

or adequate parking. By contrast, the earlier housing development across the street has more setback, attractive plantings with room for trees and a much better appearance from the street, plus more privacy for the residents. I do not see any public benefit at all to a four-story building full of offices. The council is following suit with more high-rise housing and more density. This is supposedly to encourage the use of transit by the residents and visitors. The big fallacy in this is that higher density does not encourage the use of transit if it is not convenient to use. We desperately need more and better local public transit, not the boondoggle of high-speed rail. Local, quiet, and clean electric buses going along El Camino at frequent intervals, crossing the Dumbarton to connect to BART, connecting to the train stations in cities on this side of the bay; all of these improvements would vastly improve our area. I am convinced that much more carbon dioxide is emitted by local traffic than by people coming up here from Los Angeles. Building more tall buildings that bring in lots more traffic will only make our problems worse. Ellie Gioumousis Loma Verde Avenue, Palo Alto

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The greatest opportunity of our time is lying at our feet by Ray Bacchetti


embers of the Palo Alto Board of Education, the FoothillDe Anza Community College board, and the Palo Alto City Council, working together, have an opportunity that is increasingly rare these days: to lay the groundwork for a set of leading-edge educational possibilities for Palo Alto. The Cubberley Community Center site, if master-planned with imagination and foresight, is large enough to house a distinctive educational and community resource. But it’s a lot to ask of the two boards and the council to converge on options in a largely abstract conversation based on content-free what-ifs and seen only from the normal perspective of each body. Under such circumstances, each of these governing bodies will be sorely tempted to stand back and play it safe. But playing it safe isn’t likely to serve these three populations well: (1) kids with all their kaleidoscopic potential; (2) adults working, building skills and/or raising families; and (3) “baby boomers� and seniors, many of whom are exploring new nonprofit options through which to return to the community some of the knowledge and judgment they have acquired over their careers. The Cubberley site can do much for each, I am convinced from having once served on the boards of both the Palo Alto and the FoothillDe Anza districts. Kids are a growing population, numerically as well as physically and intellectually. Three decades ago PAUSD’s enrollment was

at its ebb of 7,500 students, a number that has grown back to 11,600 now and is still climbing — at about 2 percent per year in recent years. If such growth continues, projections show that our high schools, even after their bondfinanced expansion, will be maxed out toward the end of this decade. If one assumes that the PAUSD will deal with expansion in the years to come as it has in the past — more schools very like our current ones — then we’ll have shut a window of opportunity on our fingers. Two and a half years ago, in 2007, the district’s High School Task Force made four recommendations, three of which were about exploring new alternatives, such as creating “learning spaces that lend themselves to diverse curricula and instructional systems.� The district’s response to growing enrollment could provide a chance here to look in new directions. It might envision a relationship with Foothill (and perhaps Stanford) that brings college courses into high school for everyone, not to a limited number of Middle College students; or a specialized learning center in, say, science and technology, the arts and humanities, or international studies, where students immerse themselves for a quarter or semester; or a place where courses from leading universities are delivered on demand in multi-media formats in a tutored setting. Besides connecting to high school, Foothill could be a more significant player than it already is in the education of middle-aged and older adults. After leaving the Palo Alto school board in 1983, I served two terms on the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees. There I had a window into the flexibility and potential of community colleges. Their multi-generational character has special appeal to Palo Alto. As the 2006 “boomer population� study commissioned by the city’s Community Services

We are crossing a threshold into a rich array of innovations in instructional technology, understanding cognitive development across the life span, entrepreneurial approaches to education, training and careers, and new profiles of how a young person’s life will play out. Department projected, our 55 and older population would grow from roughly 25,000 to 36,000 over the next 20 years. Among the surveyed priorities of a sample of that population, education and libraries were the top choices. A modernized Foothill satellite at the Cubberley site could respond splendidly in many ways to this important, seasoned part of our community. Education has been my career. Toward the end of it, starting in 1993, I spent roughly 15 years in philanthropy and research in education that made me aware of how much change is on the ground and in the wind regarding teaching, learning and organizing schools and colleges. We are crossing a threshold into a rich array of innovations in instructional technology, understanding cognitive development across the life span, entrepreneurial approaches to education, training and careers, and new profiles of how a young person’s life will play out. These all point to breaking out of the boxes in which we have packaged teaching, learning, educational structures and age expectations.

Doing so should be a deliberate, experimental and collaborative effort — an evolution, not a swerve. For all these reasons, and others, we need to ask our governing bodies to spend time together exploring the possibilities of the Cubberley site. That conversation should not get sidetracked by the details — significant though they are — about current financial arrangements, the arguments for preserving everything now housed there, or the risks inherent in any visionary change. Dealing effectively with important details is best done in the service of a larger goal. The three governing bodies share a common constituency — us. It’s not as if each is responsive to some of us, or some part of each of us. They each color the community, that is, all of us. Accordingly, the Cubberley site should be treated as a once-in-a-generation chance to take a huge step in building our community’s social and human capital. In turn, we owe our elected officials the support to think creatively and reason carefully about this complex and striking opportunity. As a loyal Palo Altan and a life-long educator, when I imagine our community’s future I keep coming back to the Cubberley site and what a rich array of possibilities lie prepotent on those acres. I hope the members of our two boards and our council will roll up their sleeves, stretch their imaginations and not prematurely settle on a disposition of the site that may be politically safe but ultimately buries what might have been. N Ray Bacchetti has served on both the Palo Alto Board of Education and Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees as part of a long career in education and education-related research. He can be e-mailed at raybac@


What do you think about the World Cup? Interviews by Piyawan Rungsuk and Ryan Deto. Photographs by Kimihiro Hoshino. Asked on California Avenue.

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“We work in the cafeteria and a lot of people come here to watch the game. I hope one of the Latin teams will win.�

“I am not rooting for any one particularly. I like the generality. Any country can win. I try to convince Americans this is real football.�

“A lot of kids are into soccer. Our country can be in line with the rest of the world. Maybe this year we happen to win.�

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“I don’t watch soccer. It’s not interesting. I like ice-skating.�

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Seeking the cure Stanford University Medical Center makes its pitch for $3 billion expansion Story by Gennady Sheyner Photographs by Veronica Weber


r. Jeffrey Norton tugged at a malignant tumor protruding from a patient’s stomach on a recent afternoon while conferring with a group of medical assistants in blue scrubs. Norton, a surgeon at Stanford Hospital, was performing a “Whipple procedure,� which involves removing a section of the patient’s stomach to treat a cancerous tumor. A flat-screen television near the entrance to the room showed organs shifting inside a dark, cavernous chamber as the procedure progressed. Next to the flat screen, a small board illuminated an X-ray — a throwback to the old days, before the movements of every organ could be monitored live and in full detail. Norton performs this complex procedure nearly every day, and his experience showed through his calm, deliberate voice as he pulled a glistening, bulbous lump from the patient’s stomach while explaining the next step of the procedure. A faculty member with the Stanford University School of Medicine, he was clearly comfortable operating and answering questions simultaneously. Outside Norton’s operating

room, along smooth hallway floors, a legion of medical machines stood single-file along the wall. Behind them were metal shelves full of trays stacked with medical equipment. Rooms and hallways throughout Stanford Hospital have little or no space to spare. The buildings that make up the sprawling Stanford Hospital complex were constructed in 1959, 1979 and 1989. These days, they meet neither California seismic standards nor the modern standards of medical care. Dr. Jay Brodsky, medical director of perioperative services at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, said during a recent tour that the facility simply wasn’t built with today’s technology and volume of patients in mind. He motioned to a flat screen at the side of a hallway that tracks the status of every operation in every room. It showed a list of 10 patients who were waiting their turn. “It’s like a puzzle, but by the end of the day we will get it all done,� Brodsky said. The lack of facilities adequate to enable state-of-the-art, 21st-century health care is the fundamental pitch that Stanford officials have been making since 2006, when

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A medical team performs open-heart surgery on an infant patient at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Monday. they first presented redevelopment plans for the Stanford University Medical Center to the Palo Alto City Council. Since then, the details of the Renewal Project have unfolded, with plans changing — but never the essential purpose. Most of the buildings at Stanford Hospital would be demolished some time in the next decade to make way for the massive reconstruction — a project that would bring 1.3 million square feet of new development to Palo Alto. Construction would include a vast new Stanford Hospital comprised of five glassy pavilions rising 130 feet above the ground. The redevelopment would also expand Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, renovate the Hoover Pavilion and replace Stanford School of Medicine buildings.

The city, which must approve of the redevelopment, is in the midst of reviewing a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project and preparing to negotiate a development agreement (see sidebars).

‘It’s like a puzzle, but by the end of the day we will get it all done.’ — Dr. Jay Brodsky, medical director of perioperative services, Stanford Hospital & Clinics The project has two major objectives: to meet California’s seismic codes and to “right size� both Stanford Hospital and the Children’s Hospital. That means larger rooms for patients, 248 new beds (144 at

Stanford Hospital and 104 at the Children’s Hospital), and enough space in the operating rooms for all the latest surgical equipment. Both hospitals are overwhelmed by demand, according to the impact report. In 2005, for example, the Children’s Hospital was forced to turn away 200 critically ill children because of the bed shortage, while Stanford Hospital turned away roughly 500 adult patients, the report states. The detailed analysis states that both hospitals “suffer from an outmoded ratio of semi-private patient rooms to single-bed patient room.� The massive expansion would add roughly 471,300 square feet of space to the Children’s Hospital, which has already gone through a series of transformations since it (continued on page 22)

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The proposed rebuilt Stanford Hospital would be composed of five glassy pavilions standing 130 feet high.

Behind frenemy lines Palo Alto, Stanford negotiate over obstacles to Medical Center redevelopment by Gennady Sheyner


rchitect Edward Durell Stone was a worldwide celebrity when he accepted a commission in 1956 to design the new and ambitious Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital and Medical Center. But as he embarked on the assignment, Stone found even his clout couldn’t ease the clashing priorities, tense negotiations and healthy dose of populist rhetoric that characterized discussions about the joint city and university project. The Palo Alto Times observed in a retrospective article that “there must have been times in the next two years when Stone, one of the country’s best-known architects, wished he had never heard of Stanford and Palo Alto. “As soon as design was underway, a series of complicated feuds developed between Stanford and the city, Stanford and local doctors, ‘contract doctors’ who supplied specialized service to the hospital and the city, and between individual Stanford doctors and individual Palo Alto doctors in the same specialties,� the article stated. “All this ill feeling periodically erupted into the open, both at city council meetings and at staff meetings of Stanford men.� Stone’s frustration probably seems familiar to those who’ve followed Stanford’s crawl on the

bumpy path to city approval of the university’s latest hospital-redevelopment plan. The $3 billion “Renewal Project� entails as its two main components expansions of Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In early 2009, tempers flared when the City Council and various Palo Alto commissions debated the types of amenities Stanford should be asked to provide in exchange for the negative consequences of building what is repeatedly referred to as “the largest project in Palo Alto’s history.�

‘The council kind of opened up the floodgates and said, “Let’s just throw anything on that list.�’ — Jean McCown, former Palo Alto mayor and assistant vice president, Stanford University Former Vice Mayor Jack Morton accused Stanford of “playing dirty� in its stance that, because improved local health care would benefit the community, the city could exempt the project from

various development requirements. He compared the university to a “medieval Duchy� in a pamphlet he wrote in his final months on the council. Planning commissioners argued that the added traffic from the Stanford project would overwhelm Palo Alto’s already crowded roads, and Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto called for a policy that would guarantee no additional traffic as a result of the hospitals’ expansions. Then-Mayor Peter Drekmeier said the university should build at least some housing for the hospitals’ 2,242 new employees. Stanford responded by scrapping its concurrent plan to expand the Stanford Shopping Center and build a hotel, a project component that Palo Alto officials had hoped would bolster the city’s dwindling revenues. In a letter explaining the withdrawal of the mall expansion, Stanford stated that the shoppingcenter project distracted the community and the council from the critical priority of rebuilding the hospitals, which under state law have to be seismically retrofitted by 2013. But now, with the deadline looming and the first round of concerns aired, the most serious bickering appears to have abated and the two sides say they are closer to

moving forward on the expansion proposal. That can be attributed in part to turnover on the council, which swore in four new members in January, and to an initial show of community support. Mayor Pat Burt also set the tone for improved relations in March in his State of the City speech, in which he expressed “hope that we are moving toward a period of a stronger and mutually beneficial relationship between Stanford and Palo Alto.� He said he would like the city to reach a decision on the application this year. He spoke of the city’s “shared vision� with Stanford and praised the hospital plans for their “innovative and sustainable design.� Last month, the approval process hit a major milestone when the city released the highly anticipated and much delayed Draft Environmental Impact Report, which analyzes the project’s impacts on everything from housing and traffic to climate change and the nesting habits of the Cooper hawk. The nearly 6-pound document has launched a fresh wave of public hearings and negotiations between Palo Alto and Stanford. The council and the Planning and Transportation Commission are now in the midst of chapterby-chapter reviews of the impact

report — a process that entails 11 public hearings. Concurrently, city officials are negotiating with Stanford on a development agreement, a contract that would allow Stanford to exceed the city’s regulations in exchange for public benefits, which may or may not relate to impacts of the project’s construction. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie spoke in glowing terms at the May 24 council meeting about the pending development-agreement negotiations. The city has “really turned the corner in having entered into a much more collaborative process with Stanford,� Emslie said. Talks are “moving in the right direction.�


he 1.3 million square feet of new medical-center development, in some way or another, touches on each of the council’s 2010 priorities for Palo Alto — economic/financial health; environmental sustainability; emergency preparedness; land-use and transportation planning; and collaboration for youth well-being. Because of that, city officials still fret about the potential traffic, visual and noise impacts of the project (see sidebar). But the (continued on page 25)


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opened in 1991. The hospital previously shared operating rooms with Stanford Hospital but in 2008 opened its own surgical facility tailored specifically to the youngest patients. In one such operating room this week, a team of doctors was repairing the interior of an infant’s heart. The heart stood still, but the baby’s life was sustained by a heart-lung machine. Flat-screen monitors throughout the room kept track of all the vital signs. Dr. Craig Albanese, director of pediatric surgical services at the Children’s Hospital, said the new surgical center was urgently

needed to meet a rising demand of child patients, many of whom come to the Children’s Hospital as a last resort. Recent medical advances have made it possible for the hospital to save more lives than ever before. Many of the survivors, however, require multiple surgeries and thus, more space, he said. “The partnership worked well when we had lower acuity and a lower volume of patients and when technology wasn’t what it is today,� Albanese said. The Children’s Hospital performed about 3,600 operations annually back when it shared the Emergency Department with Stanford Hospital, but the number jumped to 5,100 between January 2009 and January 2010, with the new operating rooms in place,

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Beds and medical supplies overflow into the hallway at Stanford Hospital.

Albanese said. The Children’s Hospital used to turn away about 40 children per month. Today, such instances are quite rare, he said. But patient privacy and space remain a problem for both hospitals. In one Children’s Hospital recovery room, two doorways lead to the same room, where on a recent morning four patients were recuperating. On one side of the room, two cribs stood side by side. On the other side, two occupied beds were separated by a curtain. At Stanford Hospital, patients share small rooms, some of which lack basic amenities such as air conditioning or private bathrooms. Patients who need to shower have to walk across the

hallway to do so. On several occasions the weather has gotten too hot and the hospital had to transfer patients to cooler rooms, said Lynette Hay, a registered nurse at the hospital. With the expansion, both hospitals would replace the prevalent curtain system with private rooms for patients. In the Children’s Hospital, such a room would also provide foldout beds, private bathrooms, a television and other amenities to the young patients, said Sherri Sager, spokeswoman for Children’s Hospital. Sager said the private rooms would enable families to spend more time with the patient and become fully integrated in the re-

covery process. The private bathrooms, meanwhile, would reduce the cases of infection, she said. Nowhere is the need for renovation more evident than at Stanford Hospital’s Emergency Department, where beds are bunched close together and separated by curtains. At the trauma center, ground zero for medical care after a major disaster, beds are in short supply. Dr. S. V. Mahadevan, medical director of Stanford Hospital’s Emergency Department, pointed to the hospital’s two-bay trauma room this week. If a major emergency were to occur, such as a bus accident that (continued on page 24)

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In a Stanford Hospital post-operating room, beds are separated only by curtains, which officials say affords patients little privacy.

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s!FEWBADINTERSECTIONSWILLGET worse. Even if Stanford were to install traffic-adaptive signals, build new pedestrian and bicycle undercrossings and buy Caltrain passes for all hospital employees, it wouldn’t be able to fully ease the anticipated traffic congestion. In the evening commute hours, the traffic, as measured by “level of service,� is predicted to go from bad to the worst rating possible at three intersections: Middlefield and Willow roads; Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road; and University Avenue and Bayfront Expressway.

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s4REE REMOVALS IN 0ALO !LTO are always a cause of concern among community members. In this case, as many as 71 trees could be sawed off, including 48 that are protected under Palo Alto’s Municipal Code. Stanford has pledged to replant or replace every tree that is removed for this project, but the operation is sure to stir some protest in Palo Alto. N — Gennady Sheyner

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left 20 people hurt, the department would be able to squeeze a few extra beds into the trauma-treatment area, he said. Accommodating the rest of the victims, however, could require

the hospital to treat some patients in the hallways or find beds in more peripheral locations, he added. Mahadevan, who lives in Palo Alto, said he is proud of the work that goes on in the hospital’s emergency room, which is one of only three trauma centers in the South Bay. But like other physicians throughout the

hospital, he acknowledges that the facility has plenty of room for expansion and improvement. “We can do better. We just need the space to make it so,� Mahadevan said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@

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council’s initial laundry list of possible benefits has shrunk. Stanford, for its part, has offered its own concessions, recently agreeing to modify its proposal to protect more trees and to build bike connections and pedestrian paths between the hospitals and the downtown transit center — elements that make the giant package easier for Palo Alto to swallow. Jean McCown, former Palo Alto mayor who now serves as assistant vice president at Stanford University, told the Weekly that she also feels the two sides are now on a better path. McCown said she was concerned about what she called the city’s “open-ended approach� last year. She recalled a list of about

100 items that the city compiled to prepare for its negotiations on the development agreement. Aside from the usual development fees, the list included hundreds of housing units, a new police station, a water-detention basin for the San Francisquito Creek and dozens of other benefits that bore little or no relation to the hospital. “The council kind of opened up the floodgates and said, ‘Let’s just throw anything on that list,’� McCown said. “It had just about anything they could throw in there. “I thought this was an unprincipled way to approach this.� The list has narrowed considerably since, though it still includes some items of dispute, including the police building. The council is now taking a more “constructive approach,� she said. “I feel like we’re on a much better

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track now,� McCown said. Former Palo Alto Mayor Bern Beecham, who is now a leading advocate of the Stanford expansion, attributed the change to the new council. He said he believes the previous council’s “arrogance� and “irrational demands� prompted Stanford to abandon the shoppingcenter component of the project, a component that he, as a councilman, helped convince Stanford to add to the application. The new council members — Karen Holman, Gail Price, Greg Scharff and Nancy Shepherd — aren’t exactly cheerleaders for the project, but their focus thus far has been on the details of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, not on sweeping goals like “net-zero car trips� or the philosophical differences between Stanford and Palo Alto. Beecham called the new council “more pragmatic and more realistic� so far when it comes to the hospital expansion. Even with the governance changes, the project still faces considerable obstacles. Under Stanford’s proposal, the main hospital building would be 130 feet tall, far exceeding the city’s 50-foot height limit. It also poses a direct challenge to Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan, a central land-use document that has set a cap of 3.26 million square feet for nonresidential development. The impact report proposes the city amend its Comprehensive Plan to create a “hospital zone� specifically for this project — a proposal that worried planning commissioners Susan Fineberg and Arthur Keller. Earlier this month, Fineberg said the city needs to explore all the unintended consequences of the proposed zone, including other projects and other parts of the city where the new designation could potentially pop up in the future.

Other residents expressed reservations or outrage about the hospital expansion. Michael Griffin, a former planning commissioner, said he was concerned about traffic and argued that the new environmental report doesn’t analyze the impact sufficiently.

‘The position of Stanford as one of the pre-eminent academic hospitals is something that factors into my decision process.’ — Yiaway Yeh, councilman, Palo Alto Councilman Greg Schmid, likewise, has derided the models used in the impact study to measure traffic and housing impacts as “faulty and biased� and advocated for some kind of a guarantee that the project won’t create new costs for the city. Land-use watchdog Bob Moss has repeatedly blasted the proposed height of the new hospital and urged the council to demand shorter buildings. At the June 2 planning commission hearing, Moss claimed that the hospital’s 130-foot height would make it difficult for firefighters combating blazes at the facility. He argued that if other hospitals can build facilities shorter than 100 feet tall, Stanford should be able to do it, too. The height and mass of the project could create procedural hurdles for Stanford, particularly as development-agreement negotiations unfold. Palo Alto is almost certain to demand more benefits from Stanford in the agreement, some of which may not relate specifically to the

hospital’s impact. Councilwoman Holman, for example, said recently that she wants Stanford to agree to the water-detention pond that would improve flood control around San Francisquito Creek. But for every criticism about the Renewal Project — or suggestion that’s made about how the university could take steps to equalize the impacts on and benefits to Palo Alto — there seems to be a city official offering a moderating view. At the June 14 council meeting, Burt downplayed the impact of the hospital’s proposed height, noting that the new buildings wouldn’t be located in the city’s “core development areas.� Councilman Yiaway Yeh, meanwhile, said Stanford’s status as a world-class medical institution would influence his thinking on whether to approve the new hospital zone. “Stanford has always been seen as a leader in the health field, even within the context of other hospitals going through their rebuilding,� Yeh said. “The position of Stanford as one of the pre-eminent academic hospitals is something that factors into my decision process and the request for a new zone.� N

TALK ABOUT IT Do you think the Draft Environmental Impact Report has adequately assessed the consequences of the Renewal Project? If not, what areas should receive further review? Discuss your thoughts on Town Square, the community discussion board on Palo Alto Online.

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seum’s docents. “Secret Drawingsâ€? is inspired by a game that Mayfield plays with her grandson, an adaptation of the parlor game Consequences, in which a paper is folded into segments obscured from one another. On the top segment, the first person begins the drawing, with perhaps a head, folds it over and draws a connection on the second segment, so that the second player can continue the drawing, perhaps adding a torso. In that vein, the surrealists developed a collective drawing technique called Le Cadavre Exquis or “The Exquisite Corpse.â€? The goal was to free the creative spirit through collaborative art by connecting drawings, with each subsequent artist unaware of the work on the preceding fold. In an experiment, Mayfield and co-curator Andrea Antonaccio selected 52 artists, many from the Bay Area, pairing each with a secret collaborator. Each was given a sheet of paper with a line or a squiggle at one end that would connect their work to that of their partner. Participants were also given titles that were often from the works of surrealist artists such as Man Ray and Magritte. We chose “titles that could be very open-ended,â€? Mayfield said. “If the artists did research, that had something to bounce off,â€? but they weren’t required to. The title “Dog Show,â€? for example, did not command research. In the canine collaboration of artists Lisa Kokin and Paul Mullins, the work of the secret partners connected easily with a penciled leash. Others were less closely aligned. Among the most intriguing pairs were the playful “Coffee with MĂŠret Oppenheimâ€? drawings by Bill Abright and Lucy GaylordLindholm, who said they found it challenging to work outside their usual media. (Abright is a ceramist who teaches at the College of Marin; Gaylord-Lindholm is a Palo Alto painter.) At last Friday’s preview reception, each saw their partner’s work for the first time. Both had researched Oppenheim, an artist and a muse of Man Ray. Oppenheim had once covered a teacup, saucer and spoon with the fur of a Chinese gazelle after being inspired by a conversation with Pablo Picasso. Man Ray photographed the fur-covered setting. However, the two contemporary artists took their research in different directions. Taking his cue from Oppenheim and Man Ray, Abright drew a fur-covered cup filled with images from Man Ray’s photographs, including the famous nude of Oppenheim with a printing press. Gaylord-Lindholm, though, focused on the figure of Oppenheim, somebody she said she would like to have coffee with. Mixing historical periods, she dressed her in an Elizabethan robe and ruff, placing an old-fashioned telephone receiver across her eyes and a round dial on her bodice. “She was provocative,â€? said Gaylord-Lindholm, who elicits provocative reactions in her own work.

So does Abright. “What’s going on?� art dialogue docent Peggy Stauffer said at the reception, examining a snake head that served as a teacup handle. It “just popped out,� in the process of creation, Abright admitted. At the other end of the gallery, Magritte’s “False Mirror� had inspired a number of works. Jamie Cortez, for instance, combined a graphite hill with a wolf, a silvery “mirror� from the packing of iPod headphones, and a wooden structure that looks like a vertical boat. At first, he said, the assignment was “overwhelming, because you could take it anywhere. But once you enjoy taking it anywhere, it’s fun. It broke me out of my linear tendencies.�

‘It broke me out of my linear tendencies.’ —Artist Jamie Cortez on experimenting with surrealism Other artists took their cues from Magritte. Jamie Brunson created a Buddhist meditation piece, or thangka, with an eye in the center of a mandala collage made from maps. In a similar vein, Walter Robinson’s “False Mirror� replaces Magritte’s eye with a copyright symbol against a cloud-filled sky, surrounded by a tantric diagram. Art-center visitors can also create their own collaborative works through a hands-on project titled “The Throw of the Dice.� Colored pencils and titles are provided to trigger the imagination. In another part of the museum, the exhibition “Dream Sequences� is a collection of six ceramic sculptures artfully arranged by designer Ted Cohen. The sculptures were placed in clear cubes, five of them set in a room with dark walls. Three of the works — by Beverly Mayeri, Lydia Buzio and Jason Walker — are on loan from Dorothy and George Saxe of Menlo Park, who have a gallery devoted to their collection at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. In a phone interview, Dorothy Saxe said some works of art seem to cry out, “Take me home with you.� Among those pieces in the current show are Mayeri’s “Emerging,� a female torso with extended arms. “You can admire a lot of artists’ work, (but finding) the right one for you� is more difficult, Saxe said. “I think the face is beautiful. I like her outstretched arms.� She added that it was a work “I really wanted to live with.� At the reception, Mayeri, a Mill Valley sculptor, said “Emerging� presented myriad challenges. While the work was in progress, she had to support the arms with a wooden armature. Then came the challenges of loading it into the kiln. “If I can get through all of that, works can last 30,000 years — not that I’m thinking that far ahead,� she said. Looking at her other work on display, “The Garden,� a figure whose torso is delicately flocked with greenery, people and animals, Mayeri said she drew her inspiration from her “own backyard,� as

well as from “thinking about people ... who I nurture and who nurture me.â€? She said she particularly loves “the ability to use surface for relief work and designs. Through “color and form, I take care of all my obsessive needs in these pieces, which take me away from the ordinary aspects of life. It slows me down into a more contemplative state of surprise and fun.â€? Meanwhile, the “Surreal Reinventionsâ€? exhibit features whimsical works by Ruth Marten and John Hundt that borrow from historical etchings, prints and periodicals. In “CanapĂŠs,â€? New Yorker Marten, formerly an underground tattoo artist, transforms an old natural-history etching of shrews into unexpected edibles, garnishing the animals with vegetables, sauces, skewers and toothpicks. In an altered intaglio, she takes a 19th-century image of women in elaborate dresses, replacing their faces with trumpet vine flowers topped by anthers made of jewels. At the reception, Hundt’s comments complemented the outrageousness of his collages. “I use a lot of stockings and garter belts in my work,â€? he said, noting that he finds images from old periodicals in the backrooms of Tenderloin porno shops, where he discovers “chunky legsâ€? and high-heeled shoes favored by fetishists. A selfdescribed packrat, he attends yard sales, snaps up musty books and periodicals from yard sales and holds onto them for years, “much to the chagrin of my wife,â€? who evicted his studio operation from their home. Hundt’s “High Priestess,â€? a totem of juxtaposed images, features the aforementioned stockings, with feathers trimming a torso made from a string instrument. Oversized red lips and a tipped pail as a hat complete the picture. “Veiled Figureâ€? features an octopus image Hundt had been hanging onto for years, until he found the right face to place in the center. He superimposed the combined images on a handwritten letter, its ink faded to brown. As the letter is in an unfamiliar Germanic language, he has no idea what it says. But it’s the surreal juxtaposition — painstakingly pieced and pasted — that forms art. Commenting on the exhibits, docent Nancy Kiely said, “It’s probably the most ingenious artistry I’ve ever seen here.â€? Loren Saxe voiced similar observations. “Signe and her team have put together a wonderful summer exhibition of creative drawings, collages and ceramic pieces,â€? he said. “Everything is food for thought. But that’s what art does.â€? N What: The Palo Alto Art Center’s three summer exhibitions reflect the influence of surrealism on contemporary artists. Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road When: Through Sept. 4, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost: Free. Adult docent tours, also free, are held 2 p.m. Saturdays, except on holiday weekends. Info: Go to artcenter or call 650-329-2366.

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Fêtes for the Fourth Fewer fireworks — but plenty of chili — planned for this year’s area Independence Day events

The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County hosts its 60th annual Woodside Junior Rodeo starting at 8 a.m. on July 4 at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. Events include team roping and a pig scramble for younger kids. Admission is $20 general and $10 for kids ages 6 to 17. A dinner and dance will also be held on July 3. For details, call 650-851-8300.

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he Midpeninsula skies will be quieter this Fourth of July. Redwood City has canceled its long-held fireworks show, citing growing costs, and Stanford Lively Arts is not bringing back its annual Independence Day fireworks and concert, which were called off last year due to campus construction. Still, it takes more than a recession to keep Palo Alto’s Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off down, and Redwood City’s huge Fourth of July parade and festival is still on, along with several other area events. Here’s a sampling of Fourth festivities: From noon to 5 p.m. on the Fourth, the 29th annual Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off happens at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Twentysome teams compete in the cookoff, with chili tasting beginning at 1:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 3:45. The band Blues at Eleven plays, and Hedy McAdams leads line dancing. Go to or call 650463-4921. Redwood City’s parade and festival also take place on July 4.

The 72nd annual parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and travels around downtown Redwood City until about 12:30 p.m., with floats and marching bands. The festival begins at 9 a.m., with arts and crafts booths, food and drink, a pancake breakfast, a battle of the bands and other activities. Go to Fireworks are planned at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View as part of the annual San Francisco Symphony performance starting at 8 p.m. on July 4. The program includes music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, John Williams, Stephen Schwartz, John Adams and John Philip Sousa. Tickets are $24$29.50. Go to Menlo Park hosts its annual parade and celebration from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Fourth, with carnival games, jump houses, crafts, live music, laser tag and other events at Burgess Park, Burgess Drive and Alma Street. Admission is free, with a $6 wristband required for some activities. Call 650-330-2200 or go to

Other July 4 fireworks shows can be found a bit farther afield.

Options include: Foster City hosts a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show over the lagoon at Leo J. Ryan Park at 650 Shell Blvd. This follows a pancake breakfast, family parade, barbecue and performances by several bands. Details are at Santa Clara is also planning a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display, after a picnic and celebration at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Activities throughout the day include a pancake breakfast, dance performances, a noon flag dedication, live music and carnival games. Go to N

Before Menlo Park’s parade, Kepler’s Books is hosting an Independence Day Story Time at 10:30 a.m. at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Two kids’ books with historical themes will be read: “John, Paul, George & Ben� by Lane Smith and “Imogene’s Last Stand� by Nancy Carpenter and Candace Fleming, with red, white and blue cupcakes served. Go to or call 650-324-4321. The wind band Ye Olde Towne Band plays with The Unicorns at a Fourth celebration in Los Altos’ Shoup Park, 400 University Ave. The free event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., also features picnic lunches for sale, balloon art and speeches by the

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William Trost Richards As part of the Hudson River School painting style in the mid1800s, William Trost Richards painted dozens of landscapes that depicted sweeping views with meticulous detail. But over his 50-year career as an artist, Richards ultimately developed a style all his own,

through nature drawings, watercolors and oil studies. Seventy-five of Richards’ works are now on display at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, demonstrating the various stages of Richards’ career as an artist. The works include scenes of the American coast and the English seaside and castles, and sketches of rocks and plants. Each work is done with Richards’ characteristic use of light

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‘The Mammoth Follies’ Evolution isn’t just a chapter in a biology textbook anymore, thanks to an unusual show called “The Mammoth Follies.� The vaudevillestyle performance features original songs, dances and comedy — all performed by enormous dinosaur puppets. The traveling theater group Hudson Vagabond Puppets Inc. took “The Mammoth Follies� all over the country from 1984 to 1988. Now, the revamped show is back. The show aims to educate audiences of all ages about the age of the dinosaur, from different animal species to the various evolutionary periods, and is hosted by such characters as Willie Mammoth and the 11-foottall Tyrannosaurus Rex. Puppets range from handheld characters to full-body costumes that take three puppeteers to operate. “The Mammoth Follies� will be performed at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., on Friday, July 9, at

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and natural precision. Admission to the museum is free, with the exhibition running through Sept. 26. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Guest curator Carol M. Osbourne will give a free lecture about Richards’ work on June 24 at 6 p.m. in the center’s auditorium. Call 650-723-4177 or go to

Trixie Triceratops and a human companion take the stage in “The Mammoth Follies,� a family show coming to Mountain View next month. 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and children ages 12 and under. Call 650903-6000 or go to


African Rhythms Trio For Randy Weston, jazz is a part of the rich culture of Africa. In his music, the pianist and composer keeps the traditional sounds and rhythms of African music alive, and the result reflects his storied career as an influential artist in the genres of jazz, rhythm and blues, and the music of Africa and the Caribbean. Performing with two longtime collaborators, percussionist Neil Clarke and bassist Alex Blake, Weston is

part of the African Rhythms Trio. At Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m., the African Rhythms Trio will perform as part of the 2010 Stanford Jazz Festival. The trio recalls jazz’s African roots in its music, and at 84 years old, Weston still leads the trio with passion for his heritage and the musical possibilities of the jazz genre. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive. Tickets are $34 general and $20 for students. The trio will also give an 11 a.m. presentation at Dinkelspiel on the history of African jazz; tickets are $10 at the door. Call 650-725-2787 or go to

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(Century 16, Century 20) Tom Cruise returns to form in this entertaining action-comedy from director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma�). Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz are an effervescent on-screen pair, but a silly plot and excessive runtime make “Knight and Day� more suitable for the Netflix queue than a cineplex excursion. The high-octane flick gets off to a fast start as timid auto enthusiast June Havens (Diaz) literally bumps into handsome stranger Roy Miller (Cruise) at the airport, both headed to Boston. Only a handful of passengers join them on the plane, though June seems too enamored with Roy’s charming pleasantries to notice. While June makes a quick visit to the restroom, Roy gets in an all-out knock ‘em, sock ‘em fight with the “passengers� (aka bad guys). When June exits the restroom to find herself surrounded by bloody bodies while a surprisingly calm Roy tries to land the crashing plane (the sinister pilots were also dispatched in the struggle), her oncemundane life suddenly gets thrust into turbo. It turns out Roy is an American spy tasked with protecting a powerful new energy source and its genius inventor (Paul Dano of “There Will Be Blood�) — and June is along for the wild ride. Together the unlikely partners traverse lapping waves and foreign lands while being hunted by a dubious FBI agent (Peter Sarsgaard of “An Education�) and horde of gun-toting miscreants. Cruise is not the failsafe, bankable actor he once was, thanks mostly to his outspoken Scientology beliefs and couch-hopping episode on Oprah. But his performance here reminds us of what made him a star in the first place. His undeniable charisma and effortless humor exemplify the qualities of a solid leading man. Diaz adds to the fun with a carefree and sincere portrayal, and her June is incredibly likable. Dano is well cast as the quirky tech whiz, but Sarsgaard and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“Doubt�) are wasted in one-dimensional roles. The script is somewhat of an anomaly. The goofy, seen-it-before plot wrestles with clever and sometimes hilarious dialogue and compelling character dynamics. The action is fast-paced and bolstered by impressive visual effects (a scene involving a stampede of bulls is particularly enthralling). But like sitting on a rollercoaster for one ride too many, the 130-minute runtime feels unnecessary and may turn off viewers who would have been much more satisfied with a shorter film. Cruise and Diaz shine, but their union is better left for a night at home than a day at the theater. Rated PG-13 for strong language and sequences of action violence. 2 hours, 10 minutes. — Tyler Hanley

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(Aquarius) Watching the new documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,� one has to concede that comedian Joan Rivers has been an important figure on the stand-up scene, and especially important to

women in a male-dominated field. But we also learn that Rivers is ruthless in her selfpreservation, and I don’t mean just the surgery. In the film, Rivers says, “When female comedians say, ‘You opened doors for me,’ I wanna say: ‘(Expletive deleted) you! I’m still opening doors for you.� No one’s pushing the 77-year-old comic off the stage, not even her daughter Melissa, who Rivers beats in competition on “The Celebrity Apprentice.� The documentary by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (“The Devil Came on Horseback�) emphasizes the dog-eat-dog nature of show biz that contributes to Rivers’ hunger. In the film’s first scene, the comedian reveals her greatest fear to be a blank calendar, and the picture goes on to prove this is no euphemism or exaggeration. Her personal assistant explains: “Joan will turn nothing down. Nothing.� Not even if she finds it humiliating, like a Comedy Central roast built on zingers she takes personally, coming mostly from comics who aren’t her friends. All the while, what Rivers really wants to do is act: “My acting is my one sacred thing in life ... I (only) play a comedian.� Filmed over “a year in the life of a semi-legend� that includes both the “Celebrity Apprentice� stint and Rivers’ dream project — an autobiographical play that premieres at Edinburgh and proceeds to London with Broadway hopes — “A Piece of Work� captures the comic’s indomitability, driven personality and workaholism, largely directed at maintaining her lifestyle. (Showing off her astonishing home, she cracks, “It’s how Marie Antoinette would have lived if she’d had money.�) And, through inference, it’s clear that the sexism Rivers has faced has contributed to her deep insecurity. But respect is not the overriding impression “A Piece of Work� leaves. Rather, the film — perhaps inevitably — makes us pity Rivers, not so much for the life struggles she has faced (namely, her failed late-night talk show, chased by her husband’s suicide), but rather for her emotional neediness, her stew of delusion and neuroses. Stern and Sundberg mostly try to avoid authorial overtones, letting the material they captured speak for itself, but one suspects they didn’t expect or intend to make their subject seem so worrying, if not pathetic. There’s a touch of the bipolar to it all. One minute, Joan moans, “Life is so mean,� and the next she’s proudly telling her Thanksgiving assemblage that every time she gets in a limo, she says: “Thank you, God. I am so chosen.� On the bright side, Stern and Sundberg check in with the well-adjusted Don Rickles and Rivers’ seemingly admiring sort-of protege Kathy Griffin (though I think we’d all rather hear what anti-Rivers Sarah Silverman has to say about all this). Melissa convincingly observes that “All stand-ups are innately insecure ... damaged.� Where “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work� stumbles is failing to illuminate, or apparently even investigate, the early source of its subject’s hungry void.













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Mouglalis, shares the stage here with Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen of “Casino Royale�), whose 1913 ballet score for “The Rite of Spring� rocked the music and dance scenes. In a captivating, fully realized recreation of the premiere with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, “The Rite of Spring� serves as the setting for Chanel’s discovery of Stravinsky. The electrifying performance provokes boos and walkouts, protests and select bravos, but it stirs something deep in Chanel, who curiously seeks out the man behind the music.

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Sulmoni, convincing locations, and the exceptionally resonant sadness of Morozova’s wronged wife. But the film rises or falls on the performances of Mouglalis and Mikkelsen, who give a fair go at conveying what runs deep under the still waters of Chanel and Stravinsky’s placid expressions. On rare and brief occasions, emotions boil over, but otherwise the two are studies in control, emblematized by Chanel’s self-satisfied half-smile. Chanel has more of what counts: both self-control and control of those in her orbit. We see her at work, as a smartly rigorous taskmaster to perfumer Ernest Beaux in the creation of Chanel No. 5, and we see her turn her favors to Stravinsky as opportunities to justify taking what she wants. For Stravinsky’s part, his stormy music is the outlet for his

frustrated sense of control. Chanel’s powerful “independent woman� fulfills his desire for a sexual partner who came to play, but it’s her very power that guarantees their relationship will arrive at an irreconcilable clash of egos. Ultimately, Kounen takes two hours to say not very much; one imagines him constantly barking, “More smoldering!� since so much of it is conveyed silently, in looks and sighs. There’s no telling why Kounen frames the film with kaleidoscopic mandalas, perhaps an attempt to elevate the story into a meditation on a shared spiritual source of art and attraction. Rated R for some strong sexuality and nudity. Two hours. — Peter Canavese

MOVIE TIMES Century 16 movie times are for Friday through Monday only, unless otherwise noted. The A-Team (PG-13) (1/2

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Casablanca (1942) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. Sun 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. Mon 7:30 p.m. Tue 7:30 p.m. 

It will be seven years until the two in fact connect, when Chanel invites Stravinsky, a hotel-dwelling refugee from the Russian Revolution, and his family to move into her villa outside Paris. Stravinsky’s wife, Catherine (Elena Morozova), two boys and two girls move with a mixture of excitement and bemusement, expressing gratitude and relief that Stravinsky will be able to work in peace. But it’s soon apparent that Chanel has designs on Stravinsky, and the two begin a passionate affair in secret, for as long as that lasts. Chris Greenhalgh collaborates with Carlo de Boutiny and Kounen in adapting Greenhalgh’s novel “Coco & Igor.� Kounen’s generally staid (but unfailingly handsome) direction benefits from the textured production design of Marie-Helene


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

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

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Grown Ups (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:05 & 11:50 a.m.; 12:40, 1:35, 2:30, 3:25, 4:05, 5:05, 5:55, 6:35, 7:35, 8:25, 9:20 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 & 11:50 a.m.; 12:35, 1:30, 2:20, 3:10, 4, 4:50, 5:40, 6:30, 7 :20, 8:10, 9, 9:50 & 10:40 p.m.

I Am Love (R) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m.

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

Century 16: 12:10, 3:10, 7:10 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 3:50, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R) ((1/2

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Jonah Hex (PG-13) ((

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The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) ((( Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:55, 2:35, 4:10, 5:40, 7:20, 9 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:05, 2:40, 4:10, 5:50, 7:25, 9 & 10:30 p.m. Killers (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:35, 4:05, 6:40 & 9:15 p.m. Knight and Day (Not Rated) ((1/2

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The Last Airbender (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Wed. at 12:02 a.m. In 3D at 12:01 a.m. Thu. at 11:15 a.m.; 1:50, 4:25, 7 & 9:35 p.m.

Marmaduke (PG) (Not Reviewed)

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Winter’s Bone (R) (Not Reviewed)

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You Were Never Lovelier (1942) (Not Rated)

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by Keith Peters he year starts the same for everyone. It’s a clean slate. Previous seasons don’t count, nor do past victories or defeats. A new year is exactly that — a fresh start. That means every team has a shot a perfection or something close to it. As victories mount, those teams move closer to their goals. Likewise for those not as successful, season goals are quickly dashed. Only a few can reach the top. Only five girls’ basketball teams in the state of California can earn the right to be called state champions. Only one team can win NorCal and Central Coast Section finals in boys’ tennis. Winning either is the pinnacle of success while finishing undefeated is an accomplished shared by very few. Thus, the 2009-10 high school sports season provided us with something very special as the Pinewood girls’ basketball team won the CIF State Division V crown and the Menlo School boys’ tennis team swept the Grand Slam of the sport and took it a step further with a perfect season. That combination of success made this past school year unique. While Pinewood had won three previous state titles and Menlo had captured six previous NorCal crowns, the Knights’ perfect season made the duo’s accomplishments quite special. Pinewood started the season in no shape to win a state title, having four players sidelined with knee injuries. The Panthers eventually would get three of the players back, one of whom (junior Jenna McLoughlin) made a huge difference. The Panthers went 16-1 after McLoughlin returned, topped by a 62-44 victory over St. Anthony’s (Long Beach) in the state finals in Bakersfield in March. The victory gave Pinewood a 27-6 record while avenging a 43-42 loss to St. Anthony’s in December. Since that defeat, the Panthers went 21-2 and


The Pinewood girls’ basketball team had plenty to celebrate in March when the Panthers defeated St. Anthony’s of Long Beach, 62-44, for the CIF State Division V championship in Bakersfield.

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Former Stanford All-American Jason Castro got the call to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, becoming Stanford’s 86th Major Leaguer all-time and ninth in 2010. Castro, a first-round pick of Houston in 2008 following the team’s last College World Series run, played in 215 minor league games, batting .287 with 47 career doubles and 16 home runs. The 10th overall selection in the draft played in the 2009 Futures Game. It didn’t take Castro long to play in a Major League game as he was penciled into the starting lineup hours after his call-up and catching Roy Oswalt against the San Francisco Giants in Houston. Castro singled in his first MLB at-bat, against Tim Lincecum, scoring an unearned run later in the third inning during the Astros’ 3-1 loss. The two also faced each other in college, with Lincecum pitching as a junior (for Washington) against the freshman Castro. Castro singled and scored a run in three at-bats against the Huskies’ right-hander on May 12, 2006 in a 5-0 win in Seattle. Castro hit .309 at Single-A Lancaster and .293 at Double-A Corpus Christi in his first full professional season in 2009, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 73 last season. This year he was batting .265 in 57 games for Triple-A Round Rock with 26 RBIs. Castro hit .313 this spring for the Astros. Castro played three years for the Cardinal (2006-08), batting .309 over 162 collegiate games with 26 doubles, 18 homers and 106 RBIs. He hit .376 during his final season in 2008, earning third team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher . . . It didn’t take New Yorker Devon Cajuste long to decide which route his football career and education would be taking. Cajuste, a 6-foot-4, 215pound wide receiver from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, N.Y., attended Stanford’s ‘junior day’ Tuesday and decided then and there to catch the offer thrown his way. Cajuste gave the Cardinal his verbal commitment over Penn State and Rutgers.

The Menlo School boys’ tennis team celebrated often this season as it won the National Invitational, the Central Coast Section and the Northern California finals while finishing the season at 27-0.

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tanford University has the best intercollegiate athletics program in the nation. Again. To absolutely no one’s surprise, that became official once again on Wednesday when Stanford claimed its unprecedented 16th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The award that is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the top intercollegiate ath(continued on page 40)

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Smit, Tosky have a busy summer ahead of them in swimming by Rick Eymer he summer is only getting started for swim standouts Julia Smit and Jasmine Tosky. If things work out well for both, they could be spending a lot of time together. While Smit is still finishing up her schooling at Stanford and Tosky has yet to begin her junior year at Palo Alto High, the two have a lot in common — both still have a lot to prove.


Despite earning Olympic relay medals in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Smit still is searching for individual honors. Despite setting four Central Coast Section records the past two seasons, Tosky wants to prove herself on the national level. Both will have that opportunity this summer. They’ll be competing at the ConocoPhillips National (continued on page 39)



Castilleja senior Samantha Albanese tied a national record and a state mark this season.

Year in sports

The Knights toppled a very good Saratoga team three times during the season, once in the national tourney in addition to the CCS and NorCal finals. That in itself was quite a feat. While tennis topped the list of accomplishments at Menlo this school year, it was just the best of many highlights by a small school that produced big results. The Menlo baseball team won the CCS Division III championship with an 8-2 victory over Hillsdale just a few weeks after tennis finished up. The Knights went 25-6, captured

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Sacred Heart Prep junior Abby Dahlkemper was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in girls’ soccer.

the fourth section crown in school history and concluded the year on a 14-game winning streak. Senior shortstop Danny Diekroeger wrapped up a remarkable prep career after starting the season by leading Menlo (9-4) to its firstever appearance in the CCS football playoffs and Small School Division finals. Despite losing the title game to Carmel, 56-35, Diekroeger broke all kinds of records with 470 passing yards and five touchdowns. His 4,187 passing yards (with 35 touchdowns) was a Bay Area record. Also in the fall, the Menlo girls’ tennis team won its 168th straight league match since 1994 while winning the West Bay Athletic League crown. The Menlo boys’ water polo team reached the CCS Division II finals before losing to rival Sacred Heart Prep. In the spring, the Menlo girls’ lacrosse team successfully defended its league title with a 16-14 overtime victory over Burlingame to finish a solid season at 17-4. The Knights also had the best golfer in the CCS in junior Patrick Grimes, who won individual honors in the section tournament — his 64 was the lowest round ever in the finals

— and advanced all the way to the state finals where he finished sixth. If there was an award for best overall sports program in the area this past season, Menlo School undoubtedly would have earned it. In a season filled with highlights, here are a few of the best:

In the fall . . . s 4HE 3ACRED (EART 0REP BOYS and girls’ water polo teams set their sights on winning a third consecutive CCS championship and both teams succeeded in their quest. The SHP boys became the first Division II teams to win three in a row with a surprisingly easy 15-6 romp over rival Menlo. The SHP girls won a defensive battle with St. Ignatius, 6-2, with both Sacred Heart teams sending their seniors off the best way possible. The Gators’ David Culpan and Ben Dearborn shared MVP honors on the CCS Division II team while Heather Smith was the girls’ CCS Division II MVP. s 4HE 0ALO !LTO GIRLS VOLLEYBALL team started the season just 2-3, but then compiled a 33-match winning (continued on next page)

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completed one of the more remarkable seasons in local prep basketball history. Pinewood overcome the injury problems, put the end of its 149game league winning streak behind it and won a state title with only two available seniors. Thus, the future is very bright for the Panthers heading into the 2010-11 season. The same could be said for the Menlo boys’ tennis team, which los-

es only two senior starters in singles (Jamin Ball and Patrick Chase) from a squad that went 27-0 and team and made local tennis history by winning the National High School AllAmerican Boys Invitational Team Tournament, the CCS and NorCal titles in addition to finishing the season undefeated. No team in NorCal history ever had pulled off such a feat. “You can’t do better than we did this year,� said Menlo coach Bill Shine. “If you’re talking about the best teams in the country, Menlo has to be in that conversation.�

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Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Tom Kremer won two individual titles at the Central Coast Section swim championships.

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Sports streak that saw the Vikings sweep through the SCVAL De Anza Division and into the CCS Division II semifinals before they lost to the nation’s No. 1 team, Mitty. Coach Dave Winn took his team and senior standout Marissa Florant into the NorCal playoffs, where a remarkable 36-5 season ended in a semifinal loss to St. Francis (Sacramento). s 'UNN SENIOR 0AUL 3UMMERS capped his fine prep career by winning the CCS Division II individual title and helping his team reach the STATE MEET 0ALO !LTO SENIOR 0HILIP MacQuitty also capped his final year of running the hills with a top15 finish at the state finals. s)NOTHERFOOTBALLHIGHLIGHTS 0ALO !LTOTOPPLED,OS'ATOSAND-ILPITAS during the regular season and earned a berth into the CCS Open Division. There, however, the Vikings ran up against eventual champion and state finals participant Bellarmine and saw its 7-2-2 season end. Sacred (EART0REPMADEASTRONGSHOWING IN ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE 0!, Bay Division, finishing second and reaching the CCS playoffs for a second straight season before falling to -ENLOANDFINISHING 'UNNSAW a resurgence in its program under first-year coach Bob Sykes. The Titans tied for the SCVAL El Camino Division title and qualified for the CCS playoffs for only the third time in school history. A loss to Leland in the opening round capped the Titans’ fine season at 7-4.

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The Palo Alto boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams both captured playoff championships in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League this season. The boys did it in their first season of playing the sport while the girls accomplished in their third. Both titles came back to back on the Vikings’ own field. 0INEWOODS STREAK OF  STRAIGHT league victories. s 4HE -ENLO !THERTON GIRLS reached the CCS finals, as did Castilleja, before both teams lost tough decisions. Castilleja went on to host its first-ever NorCal playoff game. s 3ACRED (EART 0REP DEFENDED its WBAL girls’ soccer title, but couldn’t win a second straight CCS CROWNASTHE'ATORSFELLINTHE$IVISION ))) SEMIFINALS 3(0 HOWEVER did gain a big prize when junior Abby Dahlkemper was named the 'ATORADE0LAYEROFTHE9EARFORTHE state of California. She also won her SECOND STRAIGHT -60 AWARD IN THE 7"!,WHILELEADINGTHE'ATORSTO

a 14-5-3 record with 16 goals and eight assists.

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Vikings won the SCVAL playoffs WITH A   OVERTIME VICTORY OVER -OUNTAIN6IEW0ALYALSOKNOCKED off No. 1 seed Menlo in overtime in the semifinals. s 4HE 0ALY GIRLS IN THEIR THIRD season of playing lacrosse, also gained their first-ever league title WITHA OVERTIMETRIUMPHOVER St. Francis. The two league titles came back-to-back on the Vikings’ OWN FIELD 0ALO !LTO OPENED THE season with a shocking victory over St. Ignatius, one of the top teams in Northern California. s#ASTILLEJASENIORPITCHER3AMMY Albanese tied a national record with 10 straight no-hitters and tied a state

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The Menlo School boys’ baseball team had plenty to celebrate following their 8-2 victory over Hillsdale in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs this season. The triumph gave the Knights a 25-6 record, a 14-game winning streak and a fourth section crown.

mark with 22 strikeouts in a seveninning game during another remarkable season. She also struck out 17 in a 2-0 win over R.L. Stevenson, only the second CCS victory in school history and the first section win during Albanese’s career. She FINISHEDWITHSTRIKEOUTSDURING AN  CAMPAIGN s -ENLO !THERTON SENIOR !LEC Haley became the first boys’ tennis player in school history to win the CCS singles title as he won the rain-delayed event by winning three matches in the same day. Menlo’s Andrew Carlisle and Justin Chan swept the doubles crown. s 0ALO !LTO SOPHOMORE *ASMINE 4OSKYAND3ACRED(EART0REPSOPHomore Tom Kremer each won a pair of CCS individual swim titles, with Tosky breaking section records in the 200 free and 100 fly while Kremer lowered school marks while winning the 200 free and 100 back. Tosky helped the Vikings take second in the girls’ team race while +REMERHELPED3(0FINISHTHIRDIN the boys’ race. s0INEWOODSENIOR!NGELA'RADISka overcame a mid-season foot injury to successfully defend her 100 and 200 titles at the CCS track and FIELD FINALS 0ALO !LTO SENIOR 0HILip MacQuitty didn’t win a section crown, but he did reach the state finals in the 1,600 meters and brought home a third-place medal after running state-leading times earlier in the season in the 800 and 1,600. MacQuitty’s medal-winning race BROUGHT THE   HIGH SCHOOL sports season to an end, a season highlighted by remarkable team and individual achievement. While the seniors are headed off to college and the next step in their athletic lives, the underclassmen will be busy this summer preparing for their day in the spotlight. After all, the clock is ticking. The 2010-11 school year is barely two months away, and it promises to be a good one. N





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ormer Stanford All-Americans Ogonna Nnamani, Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza are keeping very busy these days performing well for the U.S. women’s national volleyball team. The team has been very successful this week during competition at the IX Women’s Pan American Cup, being held in Tijuana and Rosarita, Mexico. Team USA defeated host Mexico, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15, on Tuesday evening on the final day of pool play. Team USA finished Pool B in first place with a perfect 5-0 record to earn a berth directly into the semifinals on Friday. Cuba captured Pool A with a 4-0 record and has secured a semifinal berth. Team USA out-blocked Mexico, 10-1, and held a 5-0 service ace advantage during the match. The U.S. had a 42-25 advantage in kills for the match. The U.S. took time out from its busy schedule Monday to dispatch Costa Rica, 25-1, 25-10, 25-2. The crowd of 118 inside Reforma Hall in Rosarito barely had time to get comfortable before the Americans took advantage of an undermanned Costa Rican team, needing a full 53 minutes to complete the sweep. Nnamani recorded 13 kills in 17 attacks for a hitting percentage of .765, while fellow former Cardinal great Akinradewo collected seven kills and matched Nnamani for the team lead with five blocks. Barboza had nine points on seven kills and two blocks. “We knew that Costa Rica didn’t have their complete team, because they have a few more weapons,� U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “But despite the circumstances, they played hard and as best as they could with all their heart. We are happy to win this one.� The Pan American Cup is a qualifying event into the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, with the top three NORCECA teams advancing.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo has helped the U.S. National Team to a 5-0 mark in a qualifying tourney. The Americans, the most decorated in the history of the international game, have participated in 11 previous World championships, winning eight gold medals, including the last six in succession dating to 1982. Team USA opened against China on Thursday and then continues pool play against New Zealand, Botswana, Australia, the Dominican Republic and Czech Republic. Playoffs begin on June 30. “Playing USA Softball is an honor,� two-time Olympian Jennie Finch said. “Wearing USA across your chest pushes you to be the best you can be. You want to play well for not only for yourself and your country but your teammates and all the players that have come before you. It’s really special to be a part of this team. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity.� Team USA owns an all-time world championship mark of 106-10 (.914), and has outscored its opponents, 650-45. Out of the 106 wins, 88 have been by shutout. The national team ends its at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City for the World Cup of Softball that runs July 22 through 26, and include teams from Canada and Japan as well as the Women’s Futures National Team. Men’s volleyball Stanford grad and Olympian Kevin Hansen helped the U.S. National Team down Egypt, 25-20, 2522, 11-25, 25-14, in an FIVB World League match in front of 3,132 at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C., over the weekend. Hansen, a record-setting setter while at Stanford, played the entire match and was credited with 24 running sets and no faults on 72 attempts. Team USA (4-2) remains in second place, behind undefeated Russia, in its pool heading into Friday’s match against Finland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Beach volleyball The U.S. men’s national beach team of Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and his partner Nick Lucena won the AVP Nivea Tour Virginia Beach Open over the weekend in (continued on page 40)



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Championships in Irvine from Aug. 3-7, with the top finishers advancing to the Pan Pacific Championships, also in Irvine, beginning August 18. While Smit should compete in both meets, Tosky has a backup plan. If she fails to qualify for the Pan Pacs, she could be eligible to compete in the Junior Pan Pacs, which will be held in Maui, Hawaii, from Aug. 26-30. Both Smit and Tosky continued their preparations for the big meets in August with solid performances at the annual Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix last weekend at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Smit helped close the meet on Sunday in one of her signature events — the 200 individual medley. She’s a two-time NCAA champion in the 200-yard IM and a three-time NCAA champion in the 400-yard IM. No matter how she feels, she takes ownership of the event as the American recordholder in each race. She won the 200-meter IM on Sunday with a 2:12.84, taking the lead during the breaststroke and holding off all comers with her strong freestyle. “I’m definitely more in tune with that event,� Smit said. “It’s something I look to and I feel I know the race and can do well even when I’m tired.� Smit, who is two quarters short of a degree, will continue to train at Stanford until the 2012 London Olympics. “London is the big goal and there are other goals along the way,� she said. “There are the Pan Pac Championships and world championships and I’d like to win my first individual international medal.� Tosky, meanwhile, challenged for the victory in the 200 fly, just getting out-touched by college-bound Dagny Knutson, 2:11.33 to 2:11.41. Tosky was fourth in the 200 IM in 2:14.85, completing an outstanding meet that featured six top-four finishes in nine individual events. She also swam on relays. “My goal was just to make the ‘A’ final. The first day I kind of underestimated myself,� said Tosky. “I refocused and understood a little more. I knew myself a little better.

Jasmine Tosky had six top-four individual finishes in Santa Clara. It’s a little frustrating (not to win) but it’s not a downer. It was fine; a learning experience.� Tosky made it a habit to be on the awards podium during the four-day meet. On Friday, she stood next to California’s Dana Vollmer after finishing second to the Olympian in the 100 free. Part of her was excited just to be competing with some of the top swimmers in the United States. “In a small way inside I’m saying ‘Yes!,’� Tosky said. “But I can’t stop here. I’m trying to reach for where they are.� She’s off to a terrific start. In addition to her time of 55.90 in the free she competed against Vollmer and Stanford grad Elaine Breeden in the finals of the 100 fly, finishing fourth in 1:00.04. Vollmer set a meet record in the fly with a 57.73. Breeden was second in 59.37 and Christine Magnuson was third in 59.92. “This marks a new beginning for me,� Tosky said. “I’m starting to get out there more. All the work is starting to pay off.� Tosky, who won two events in record time at last month’s CCS championships, is just meeting some of the top American swimmers as she continues through the summer lead-

ing up to nationals in August. “They are showing me what I need to do and the effort it takes,� she said. “The goal is the nationals and I have to continue to train hard for that meet.� Stanford senior David Mosko finished third in the men’s 200 fly, finishing in 2:00.79 in a race that included world record holder Ryan Lochte, who is recovering from a knee injury. Mosko also finished third in the men’s 1,500 free with a time of 15:42.54, and was eighth in the 400 free (3:58.00). In other events during the weekend: Stanford senior Liz Smith was third in the women’s 200 breast, matching Megan Jendrick’s 2:29.62. Smith also finished fourth in the women’s 100 breast and fifth in the 400 IM in 4:45.68. Stanford senior Kelsey Ditto was second in the 800 free (8:38.71) and placed fourth in the 400 free in 4:13.73. PASA’s Maddy Schaefer (also a two-time CCS champion this year) finished fifth in 56.17. PASA’s Ally Howe had to consider her seventh-place finish in the women’s 200 back a success. The 14-year-old swam 2:17.76 in a race that included Olympian Elizabeth Beisel. Stanford junior Natalie Durant was eighth in 2:18.36. PASA finished fourth in the women’s meet with 386 points. Stanford Swimming was seventh with 282. In the men’s team race, PASA finished fifth with 392 points. N

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Virginia. The team, which took home the $20,000 grand prize, did not drop a set in six matches. The pair made it to the finals after defeating former Cardinal star Will Strickland and Aaron Wachtfogel, ranked third, 21-12, 21-12 in 35 minutes. Fuerbringer and Lucena defeated top-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott, 21-17, 21-19, in the championship match. Water polo Cardinal grad Lauren Silver

added a goal but the United States national womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team dropped an 11-9 decision to China Tuesday at UC Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Schaal Aquatic Center. The same two teams met again Wednesday night in San Ramon for the second of three games this week in Northern California. The series concluded Thursday at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Avery Aquatic Center. The Chinese outscored the U.S., 4-0, in the final frame to complete a come-from-behind victory. After playing its match at Avery Aquatic Center, the Americans head for the FINA World League Super Final, which begins Monday at the Coggan Center in La Jolla. The U.S. plays Greece in its first match. Russia and

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Australia are also in USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool. In related news: Stanford grad and former national team member Alison Gregorka entered the coaching ranks as an assistant to Kyle Kopp for the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth national team. The U.S. menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national team, featuring three-time Olympian and Stanford grad Tony Azevedo, hosts Montenegro in a series of exhibitions beginning Saturday at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks at 5 p.m. Stanford grads Thomas Hopkins, Peter Varellas, Layne Beaubien and Menlo School and Stanford grad Jimmie Sandman and Menlo grad Ben Hohl, a senior at UCLA, are also national team members. N

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letic program in the nation. Stanford finished with 1,508.50 points, outdistancing Florida (1,237.25). After claiming national championships in the sports of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightweight crew-varsity eight, Stanford has won at least one NCAA team title for 34 consecutive years, an ongoing record. Six other Stanford teams -- womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo and synchronized swim-

ming -- placed second in national championship competition. Twenty of Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 intercollegiate programs finished their respective seasons ranked in the top10 nationally. In addition, three Stanford student-athletes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kelley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer), Kawika Shoji (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball) and Julia Smit (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming and diving) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were named national players of the year in their respective sports. Three Stanford coaches -- Paul Ratcliffe (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer), John Kosty (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball) and Al Acosta (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightweight rowing) -- were named national coaches of the year. N


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