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TIME & PLACE PLEASE NOTE NEW WALK TIME: 5K walk 7:00pm, 10K run 8:15pm, 5K run 8:45pm. Race-night registration 6:15 to 8:00pm at City of Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, Embarcadero & Geng Roads (just east of the Embarcadero Exit off Highway 101). Parking — go to to check for specific parking locations.

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Pre-registration fee is $25 per entrant (postmarked by September 17, 2010) and includes a long-sleeve t-shirt. Late/race-night registration is $30 and includes a shirt only while supplies last. A scantron card must be filled out at race-night registration. Family package: Children 12 and under run free with a registered parent. A completed entry form for each child must be submitted with adult registration. Please indicate on form and include $15 for an adult small t-shirt. No confirmation of mail-in registration available. Registration also available online at Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrations and t-shirts will not be held.

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MINORS: If not pre-registered Minors under 18 MUST bring signed parental/waiver form (below) on race night to participate. In addition scantron card must be completely filled out at race-night registration.

DIVISIONS Age divisions: 9 & under; 10-12; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69, and 70 & over with separate divisions for male and female runners in each age group. Race timing provided for 5K and 10K runs only; not 5K walk.

COMPUTERIZED RESULTS by A Change of Pace Race results will be posted on the Internet at 10am on 9/27. Registration forms must be filled out completely and correctly for results to be accurate. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete or incorrect registration forms.

AWARDS/PRIZES/ENTERTAINMENT Top three finishers in each division. Prize giveaways and refreshments. DJ Alan Waltz. Pre-race warmups by Noxcuses Fitness, Palo Alto

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Palo Alto city attorney to step down Gary Baum to retire from city service on Oct. 31 by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto City Attorney Gary Baum will retire from government service in October to pursue a career in private practice and spend more time on pro bono work, the city announced Thursday morning.

Baum, who became the city’s chief legal adviser in July 2004 and earned nearly $240,000 in 2009, will step down Oct. 31, the city announced. In recent years, Baum has won multiple awards for his pro bono

work on behalf of victims of domestic violence. But he has also faced criticism from several members of the City Council, most notably Mayor Pat Burt and Councilman Larry Klein. The city attorney is one of four positions appointed by the council, the others being the city manager, city clerk and city auditor. “I have been honored to serve as Palo Alto’s city attorney and am proud of the work that my staff and I

have done on behalf of the City over these past six years,� Baum stated in an announcement issued Thursday. “My tenure has been an incredible opportunity for me to serve the City and its residents; however, now I’m ready to pursue my interest in tackling municipal law in a different format, either by joining a law firm or starting my own practice.� He also said he was “pleased to leave on a high note, knowing that

the City Attorney’s Office is left in the capable hands of this professional staff.� In the announcement, Baum is credited with cutting costs, assembling a capable legal staff and assisting the city in resolving “many legal problems.� City Manager James Keene called Baum a “dedicated public servant� (continued on page 9)


Cities may share dispatchers Officials from Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos to discuss sharing public-safety resources by Gennady Sheyner


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Downtown merchants’ group in disarray Palo Alto Downtown Business & Professionals Association ousts president, vows to hold more downtown events by Gennady Sheyner


hen the Palo Alto City Council established the Downtown Business Improvement District in 2004, city officials envisioned the new assessment district as a tool to nur-

ture existing businesses, support new ones and enhance the variety of commerce around University Avenue. Today, the organization that oversees the district and charges

the roughly 750 merchants in the district between $50 and $500 in annual assessments has no leadership and little accountability. Several downtown merchants said they haven’t seen any “business improvements� in downtown in years, and one of the group’s own board members told the Weekly that the group no longer represents the interests of local businesspeople. “It’s designed to be a bureaucracy, not to represent business people,� said Abraham Khalil, owner of A.K. Insurance Services and board member at the Palo Alto Business and Professionals Association, which has a 2010-11 budget of $131,390. “If it doesn’t represent

business people, it shouldn’t exist.� Khalil joined the board last year and said he has become disenchanted with how little say board members have in organization decisions. On May 21, four days after the Palo Alto City Council voted to keep the assessment district in place for another year, two members of the board’s executive committee ousted the group’s president and executive director, Sherry Bijan, who had led the organization since 2006. Khalil said the other nine board members had no input in the decision, which seemed to have been made behind the scenes. (continued on page 6)

ean budget times are prompting Palo Alto to take a fresh look at sharing dispatch services with public-safety departments in surrounding cities, including Los Altos and Mountain View, City Manager James Keene has told the Weekly. But merging fire departments is not an option that is expected to be on the agenda. “We want to talk about whatever opportunities there are for sharing services, but it’s safe to say that this is not a meeting to talk about consolidation,� Keene said. The same is true relating to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, he said. Keene said Palo Alto already has multiple facilities that provide regional services, including the city’s Animal Shelter and the Regional Water Quality Treatment Plant near the baylands. In the next few weeks, Keene is scheduled to meet with city managers of Mountain View and Los Altos to talk about other cost-sharing opportunities, particularly those relating to public safety. Dispatch services could provide one such opportunity, Keene said. Palo Alto already has mutual-aid agreements with surrounding cities, and police and fire departments around the region have made an effort to use compatible communications technology. “What we’ve done already in the region is to start to move to a standardized technological platform among the different public-safety (continued on page 9)


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WAGE LABOR ... The Palo Alto City Council is, in its own view, an underpaid bunch. Members receive $7,200 a year to read thick bundles of weekly staff reports, pass budgets and set the city’s policies. By Councilwoman Karen Holman’s estimation, the salary translates to about $3.47 an hour. With that in mind, they defeated a proposal by the council’s Finance Committee to trim the council salaries by 10 percent. Councilman Greg Schmid, who opposed the pay cut as chair of the Finance Committee, said Monday he was taking his cue from another civic leader — President George Washington. One of Washington’s greatest decisions during the Revolutionary War, Schmid said, was to recruit and retain a professional army to oppose the British oppressors. Washington defied calls to rely on volunteers, recognizing that the nation needed to provide financial incentives to its soldiers. “You don’t want soldiers who come out on one glorious day at Bunker Hill,� Schmid said. “You need them seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. By paying them something, you create incentive.� ANIMAL HOUSES ... In what Mayor Pat Burt called a “ruff� decision, the council decided Monday night to scrap an earlier proposal to raise fees for animal adoptions. The city’s proposed budget included a recommendation to charge between $120 and $150 for adoption of dogs and cats, depending on age and animal type. But after hearing from Councilwoman Karen Holman and Councilman Greg Scharff, the council unanimously voted to keep the current $100 fees for all animals unchanged. Holman said the animal population is very important to Palo Alto residents, and that she opposed any proposal that would make animal adoption more burdensome. BY THE BOOK ... It’s been a dizzying few months for Palo Alto’s bookworms, with libraries opening and closing seemingly every week and hours and services in constant flux. For those who lost track, here’s a recap: The Downtown Library has recently closed for major renova-

tions, as has the Mitchell Park Library. The Cubberley Community Center now includes a temporary library, which opened this week to replace the Mitchell Park branch. The Main Library will temporarily close next year, also for bond-funded reconstruction. The College Terrace Library has been closed since last summer but is scheduled to reopen in the fall. Meanwhile, the branches that are still open will have shorter hours starting July 12. Main, Mitchell (at its new Cubberley location) and the Children’s Library will open at noon because of budget constraints. Not all news is bleak, however. The group Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) has just approved two grants totaling $300,000 to support the library system. A $100,000 grant to the Palo Alto Library Foundation will help buy furniture and equipment for the libraries undergoing renovations, and a $200,000 grant to the library system will fund new programs and expand the book collection. FOPAL President Jim Schmidt announced these grants at the City Council’s meeting Monday night, at which time he also expressed concern about the council’s decision to cut $115,000 from the libraries’ collection budget. “The purpose of Friends’ activities has been to enhance the libraries, especially the collections,� Schmidt told the council. “Increasingly, as I watched the numbers, including your $115,000 reduction in the library-materials budget for the upcoming fiscal year, I wondered whether the Friends’ contributions are in fact enhancing or rather replacing.� CHILI TIME ... Palo Alto will continue its favorite Independence Day tradition this Sunday when more than 20 teams compete in the 29th annual Chili Cook-off. City Manager James Keene said the categories this year would include “corporate chili,� “open chili� and “vegetarian chili.� The free event is sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, Piazza’s Fine Foods and KDOW 1220 AM. The event will kick off at noon at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive. N



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he City of Palo Alto is eliminating dozens of staff positions but preserving most of its existing programs and services under a $139 million budget the City Council unanimously passed Monday night. The adopted budget for fiscal year 2011, which began July 1, eliminates 58 positions throughout the city’s workforce and increases fees for everything from Children’s Theatre tickets to pet spay and neutering. But the council voted to scrap some of the most controversial cuts that City Manager James Keene had proposed: eliminating funding for school-crossing guards, the Police Department’s fraud-investigation unit and the five-officer traffic-enforcement team. Council members also dropped another highly unpopular proposal — to shift half the cost of the city’s sidewalk-repair program to residents. The move would have saved the city about $299,000. But the council agreed the proposal is too convoluted and that the administrative burdens would be too high. The council also rejected a revenue-generating idea: entrance fees for Foothills Park, Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and the Baylands. The council split over a recommendation from its Finance Committee to cut council members’ own salaries by 10 percent. The move would have been largely symbolic, saving the city about $7,000. Each council member draws a $7,200 annual salary.

“I think it’s important to make a statement, however symbolic it is, to our city employees and to our citizens that the council also is going to come up and take a small cut,� Councilman Larry Klein said. But Councilman Greg Schmid opposed the salary cut and said the city needs to provide incentives if it wants to attract the best candidates. After a lengthy debate, the council voted 4-5 to reject the proposal, with Klein, Mayor Pat Burt and Councilmen Yiaway Yeh and Sid Espinosa supporting the cut. The council unanimously supported major planning studies, however: a $90,000 study of the Caltrain Corridor in Palo Alto; and a $30,000 study of El Camino Real design guidelines in south Palo Alto. The budget eliminates maintenance and administrative positions citywide. Maintenance of several local parks would be contracted out, as would the city’s printing and mailing services. The Police Department would lose one member of its traffic team and the crime analyst responsible for collecting demographic data at traffic stops. The Library Department would also lose a few positions, forcing library hours to be shortened. The Fire Department would lose a hazardous-materials specialist. “We will be a leaner organization,� Keene said. N A longer version of this article is posted at www.

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U.S. Army Reserve Captain Rob McMahon presents Grace Hamilton her appointment to West Point at the Gunn High School Awards Ceremony on June 7. oath ceremony where they take an oath of service to the Constitution. “They marched across the parade ground, and we could see Grace in the distance, in uniform, marching, saluting. It was unbelievable, amazing. They turned them into soldiers in one day.� The Hamiltons won’t be able to see Grace — or contact her, except by mail — until the end of basic training Aug. 14, when they plan to visit. Flaherty, an Eagle Scout, honor student and varsity football player at Menlo, was to report Thursday to the academy for the two-month summer program. Late Wednesday afternoon he appeared relaxed, in blazer and necktie, in his Atherton home. His older brother Brian, who is about to enter his fourth year at Annapolis, also was home on break. Flaherty said he was unstressed by last-minute packing because all the necessary gear would be issued to him once he arrived at the Naval Academy. Unlike Hamilton, Flaherty did apply to other col-

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The majority of board members declined to speak to the Weekly about the organization’s future or its leadership change, an unusual position for a group governed by the Brown Act. (The Brown Act is a state law that ensures the openness of government-related meetings.) They referred all questions to the board chair, Anne Senti-Willis, an attorney at the downtown firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean. She did not respond to repeated requests for an interview, save to send a brief e-mail.

Officially, at least, Bijan was asked to step down because of philosophical differences over ways to revitalize downtown. Senti-Willis and Deborah Pappas, the group’s vice chair who works at Borel Bank, told Bijan the board wants to “take things in a different direction,� according to a letter Bijan sent to the City Council, announcing her forced resignation. Senti-Willis specifically told Bijan that she wanted the group to become more “events-driven,� said Bijan, who was earning $66,000 a year. Board member Jeff Selzer, general manager at Palo Alto Bicycles, said he “had no say� in the leader-

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ship change. Stacey Yates, owner of SkinSpirit and the third member of the executive committee, said she “had not been as involved in the past six months as I would’ve liked to beâ€? and declined to discuss the group’s future. Her claim of non-involvement seems plausible for board members. On Feb. 24, only three out of 13 members were present at the start of the meeting and two came in later, according to the group’s minutes. At more recent meetings, at least half the board was absent, the minutes indicate. Even Palo Alto’s liaisons to the business group were out of the loop when it came to Bijan’s ouster. Steve Emslie, Palo Alto’s deputy city manager, who heads the city’s new Office of Economic Development, said he hadn’t heard anything about the leadership change until it was announced publicly in late May. Councilman Greg Scharff, the council’s liaison to the business association, said he learned about it from Bijan’s public announcement. In response to inquiries, SentiWillis directed the Weekly to a twoparagraph posting on the group’s website announcing that Bijan has “stepped down.â€? She said in the e-mail that the group plans to advertise for a new executive director on its website this week, but did not specify how long she expects the search to take place. “We plan to complete the hiring process as soon as we can,â€? SentiWillis wrote. The high level of secrecy may be considered unusual for a committee whose goals for the current year include “create visibility within the business community,â€? according to its annual report. In fact, Santish Sandadi, owner of Hyderabad House, told the Weekly that he hasn’t received a visit from anyone in the group in years. He’s stopped paying his assessed dues and so have most of his neighbors, he said. “Most of the money is used to pay the salary of a person whom I haven’t seen in two years,â€? Sandadi said. Chris Oh, who owns Han Korean & More on University Avenue, said he hasn’t seen any recent improvements around University Avenue, which in his opinion lags behind Mountain View’s Castro Street. “There’s been no business improvement here,â€? Oh said. Both Oh and Sandadi said holding more downtown events could attract more people and aid local businesses, but other business proprietors were more skeptical. Alaina MuĂąoz, store manager at Chico’s, said events tend to kill the store’s business, though she said she enjoys the city’s annual Art and Wine Festival. Maureen Brylkos, store manager at Restoration Hardware, said events tend to bring “a lot of lookers but not too many shoppers.â€? But Michael Godfrey, a salesperson at Restoration Hardware, sees a brighter side: Events bring in people who otherwise wouldn’t visit University. Even when they don’t buy anything, at times they leave the store with a catalogue.

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Police ready for ‘maximum enforcement’ weekend Bay Area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols and cracking down on drunk drivers to keep the roadways safe this Fourth of July weekend. (Posted July 1 at 8:46 a.m.)

Crash leaves seat-belted pair hanging upside down A small car rear-ended at the Oregon Expressway southbound onramp onto U.S. Highway 101 flipped over shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, leaving both occupants hanging upside down by their seatbelts. (Posted June 30 at 9 p.m.)

Police warn residents of airline-voucher scam Palo Alto police are warning residents about an ongoing, nationwide Internet scam involving the sale of counterfeit or fraudulently purchased airline vouchers. (Posted June 30 at 2:34 p.m.)

EPA parolee program shelved — for now An East Palo Alto program that has helped hundreds of state prison parolees transition back to life in the community shut its doors Wednesday — but only temporarily, if administrators have their way. (Posted June 30 at 8:38 a.m.)

Ham radio operators to help out on July 4 The Palo Alto Fire Department is calling on ham radio operators to help watch over fire-sensitive areas around the city during the Fourth of July holiday. The operators will be on alert during the evening, when the threat of fires sparked by fireworks is at its height. (Posted June 29 at 4:34 p.m.)

Mountain lion spotted Friday near Woodside A mountain lion was spotted Friday night (June 25) in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County near Woodside, according to the Office of Emergency Services. (Posted June 29 at 8:35 a.m.)

New cameras will aid in prosecuting assaults Prosecutors of sexual-assault crimes in Santa Clara County will have additional help with their cases, thanks to the donation of two new state-of-the-art cameras, county officials announced last Thursday. (Posted June 28 at 2:15 p.m.)

3.5-magnitude quake hits 3 miles west of SF A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 7:47 a.m. Monday about 3 miles off the San Francisco coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was about 8 miles deep and barely felt on land, although it was felt by some area residents. (Posted June 28 at 8:04 a.m.)

Skyline motorcycle crash kills East Palo Alto man The victim of a fatal motorcycle crash on southbound state Highway 35, Skyline Boulevard, Saturday afternoon has been identified as 38year-old Hillary James Simmons of East Palo Alto. (Posted June 27 at 9:01 a.m.)

Arne Duncan tells Foothill grads ‘to be shape-shifters’ Foothill College graduates will need to be “shape shifters� to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the graduates Friday (June 25) at the college’s 50th commencement ceremony. (Posted June 26 at 7:13 a.m.)

Judge: No bail for murder suspect Zumot Bulos Zumot, the Palo Alto hookah-shop owner who police said killed his girlfriend and set their shared cottage on fire last October, will remain in jail without bail during his pretrial hearings, Santa Clara County Judge David Cena ruled Friday morning (June 25). (Posted June 25 at 2:25 p.m.)

Emslie said the benefits of events could depend on the activity and the type of business. Events with food vendors, for instance, could take away patrons from local restaurants. But businesses that don’t sell food could benefit from the increased exposure, he said. “In general, events are important to building a community, promoting downtown and getting people to visit businesses,� Emslie said. “But it depends on how the events are

made.� Bijan did not elaborate on why the board chose to shift its focus to more events, but she told the Weekly she was worried for downtown’s future. “I’m deeply concerned at the moment about the stability of the business district,� Bijan said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@



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City workers accept benefit cuts in Palo Alto Palo Alto’s largest labor union has agreed to a one-year contract with the city and vowed to seek a more collaborative tone in future labor negotiations, the union’s chair told the City Council Monday night. By ratifying the contract, the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, has essentially accepted the conditions that the city imposed on it last October after months of negotiations. Though the new contract would have very little bearing on the salaries and benefits of its members, it signifies the union’s acceptance of the dismal economic climate and its new spirit of collaboration with the city, said Brian Ward, who in February replaced Lynne Krug as chair of Local 521. Ward said 94 percent of the union members who voted a week ago Thursday supported ratifying the contract, which would take effect July 1. The changes include reduced pensions for newly hired workers, elimination of two floating holidays and a new requirement that employees make contributions toward their health care. The health care provision, which under the imposed terms would have kicked in July 1, will now be delayed until Jan. 1, 2011, Human Resources Director Russ Carlsen said. He said the council is scheduled to consider the contract Aug. 2. N — Gennady Sheyner

City of Palo Alto to study Caltrain corridor As Palo Alto braces for the impacts of the proposed high-speed rail system, city officials are preparing to take a fresh, detailed look at the city’s Caltrain Corridor. The City Council this week approved $90,000 for the first phase of a study of the corridor, which under the current proposal would be shared by Caltrain and the high-speed-rail system. “With a project of this magnitude, we really need to supply studies that make it possible for us to clarify our positions and to move forward on this massive project,� Councilwoman Gail Price said at the Monday night council meeting. According to a scope of work, the project would include establishing a new community task force composed of nine to 15 members, including residents, property owners, businesses and school officials. The study “is intended to generate a community vision for land use, transportation and urban design opportunities along the corridor, particularly in response to improvements to fixed rail services along the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto.� The city plans to split the study into three phases. The first one would focus on the community’s vision, the second on land-use opportunities around the goal and the third on implementing strategies for corridor development into the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The full council is scheduled to finalize the scope of the study at its July 12 meeting. N — Gennady Sheyner


The next regular meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) for former Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field will be held on: Thursday, July 8, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at: Mountain View Senior Center Social Hall 266 Escuela Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040-1813 The RAB reviews and comments on plans and activities about the ongoing environmental studies and restoration activities underway at Moffett Field. Regular RAB meetings are open to the public and the Navy encourages your involvement. To review documents on Moffett Field environmental restoration projects, please visit the information repository located at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6337. For more information, contact Ms. Kathy Stewart, Navy Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator at (415) 743-4715 or Visit the Navy’s website:

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and said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership â&#x20AC;&#x153;wishes him the best in the next phase of his career.â&#x20AC;? Burt said of Baum: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gary has been committed to minimizing legal risks to the City, and he is regarded highly by his peers.â&#x20AC;? In recent years Baum has helped Palo Alto form the five-city Peninsula Cities Consortium, a coalition that regularly meets to discuss strategies for dealing with the proposed highspeed-rail program. The coalition also includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Belmont and Burlingame. In October, when the city was facing a possible workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strike, Baum succeeded in having 87 workers designated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;essential employees,â&#x20AC;? a designation that would have barred them from striking had the strike occurred. In March 2009, after a resident criticized Baum during a public hearing, then-Mayor Peter Drekmeier responded by saying the

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staffing levels in the Fire Department. This study is being done against a backdrop of the firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union local pushing an initiative for the November election that would freeze closure of fire stations or reduction of personnel without a citywide vote. Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil told the Weekly that the consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study is scheduled for a fall release. The study is expected to take a look at possible efficiencies, including examining the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing mutual-aid agreements with other jurisdictions. But the study is not exploring the possibility of merging Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fire Department with those in other cities, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like having our own Fire Department.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@

council has â&#x20AC;&#x153;full confidence in our city attorneyâ&#x20AC;? and called him â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the best around.â&#x20AC;? But other council members at times have expressed their displeasure with his legal advice. On Monday, several council members said they were disappointed with Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to split sidewalk repair costs with the residents. The council ultimately scrapped the proposal. At a recent meeting, Klein refused to abstain from a routine vote on agenda order despite Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice that he do so (one of the items on the agenda related to Stanford University, where Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife is an employee). Klein, Burt and Councilman Greg Scharff also advocated cutting one of the legal secretaries in the City Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, a proposal Baum resisted over a series of meetings. The proposed cut was ultimately rejected by the full council. Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next performance evaluation was scheduled for July 27. Baum has received wide recognition for his pro bono work on behalf of domestic-violence victims. He

received the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 2007 and the Access to Justice Award from the Pro Bono Project in 2009. According to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement, Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement from the city will â&#x20AC;&#x153;afford him the opportunity to spend more time on pro bono legal work.â&#x20AC;? Klein, as chair of the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council Appointed Officers (CAO) committee, said the full council will likely consider hiring a consulting firm for the city attorney search on July 12 or July 19. A list of semi-finalists would then be presented to the council, which would select two or three finalists for interviews and background checks. Klein said he doubted a new attorney could be named by Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 31 retirement date, but he expects one could be named soon after, possibly in November and almost certainly by the end of the year. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@



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City Council (June 28)

2011 Budget: The council adopted a $139 million budget for fiscal year 2011. Yes: Unanimous Sidewalk Repairs:The council voted against shifting half the costs of sidewalk repairs to residents. Yes: Burt, Klein, Scharff, Price, Shepherd, Schmid, Holman, Yeh No: Espinosa

Planning & Transportation Commission (June 30) Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center hospital-expansion project. The commission focused on the chapters of the DEIR relating to noise, geology, soil and utilities. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (July 1)

Stanford Hospital: The board held a preliminary review for the design of the proposed School of Medicine building, which is part of the Stanford University Medical Center expansion. Action: None

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High-Speed Rail Committee: The committee discussed the proposed Caltrain Corridor study, which would be performed as part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan amendment. The commission also discussed pending legislation pertaining to the high-speed-rail project. Action: None

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CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an increase in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refuse rate and fiscal year 2010 reappropriations. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to hold a study session and then a public hearing on the Stanford University Medical Center facility renewal and replacement project. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 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 Alternatives chapter of the report. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss co-sponsoring Community Law Night, hear an update on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diversity and Inclusion Project, and set a â&#x20AC;&#x153;priority of needsâ&#x20AC;? for the 2011-12 Human Services Resources Allocation Process. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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Menlo Park June 24-28 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Cancelled case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possible fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Abandoned vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Tow request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Pursuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Solicitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 6 p.m., in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board Room, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, California 94022, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing. The Foothill-De Anza Community College Board of Trustees will consider adopting a resolution proposing to establish a Special Tax to be submitted for voter approval on November 2, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $69 per year (estimated annual collection of $6,900,000) for up to 6 years for a variety of educational programs, including maintaining math, science, writing and other core academic courses that prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities; preserving job training programs that prepare students for careers in technology, engineering, nursing, paramedics, and science; keeping community college libraries open and maintaining library services; maintaining programs that provide equal access to classes for students with disabilities; providing affordable course offerings to meet growing student demand; and attracting and retaining qualiďŹ ed instructors and support staff. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Linda Thor, Chancellor at the address shown above or at 650949-6100.

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commision Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, July 14, 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 Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main website at and also at the Planning Department 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.

1. Comprehensive Plan Update: Study session to discuss sustainability topics that will guide preparation of sustainability goals, policies, and programs for inclusion within the draft Comprehensive Plan update. Questions. Any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The ďŹ les relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing

*** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment

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PUBLIC NOTICE REGIONAL WATER BOARD BEGINS THIRD FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF CLEANUP AT THE COE SUPERFUND SITE 640 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, Santa Clara County The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region (Regional Water Board) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have begun the third ďŹ ve-year review of cleanup actions undertaken at the COE Superfund site (Site) in Palo Alto. The review will evaluate whether the cleanup actions for the Site remain protective of human health and the environment. FIVE-YEAR REVIEW PROCESS When the cleanup remedies leave some waste in place or the remedy will take longer than ďŹ ve years to complete, the Superfund law requires an evaluation of the protectiveness of remedial systems every ďŹ ve years, until the Site has been cleaned up sufďŹ ciently to allow unrestricted access. The purpose of the ďŹ ve-year review is to understand how the constructed remedy is operating and to measure the progress towards achieving the Siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleanup standards. The Regional Water Board will look at the movement and/or breakdown of the Siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remaining contaminants, the operation of groundwater treatment systems, the application and monitoring of the deed restriction, and changes in scientiďŹ c knowledge about site contaminants and exposure pathways. The Regional Water Board project manager will talk with company representatives, other regulatory authorities, and interested members of the public. The review will be completed by September 30, 2011. CLEANUP PLAN

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Atherton Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Be on the lookout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Building/perimeter/area check . . . . . . . 10 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Construction complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Construction site checks . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing noise/fights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Foot patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraudulent/fictitious use of . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hang up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Public intoxication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .9

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To achieve Site cleanup, Hewlett-Packard was required to implement the following remedies: 1) Soil vapor extraction and treatment 2) Groundwater extraction and treatment 3) Deed restriction prohibiting the use of contaminated groundwater for any use 4) Long-term groundwater monitoring COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT The Regional Water Board is always interested in hearing from the public. If you have any issues or concerns about the COE cleanup plan, and particularly if you have direct knowledge regarding the operation or implementation of the remedy, the Regional Water Board would like to talk with you. Please contact the project manager at the number below. Also contact the project manager if you would like to be included in our mailing list and receive future fact sheets. FOR MORE INFORMATION For a copy of the report and other Site documents, please visit the Regional Water Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at: https://geotracker. Enter the unique Case/Global ID number for this Site which is 43S00051. Then click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reportâ&#x20AC;?, and then on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Site Maps/Documents.â&#x20AC;? You may also review the ďŹ ve-year review report and other Site documents at the Regional Water Board ofďŹ ces at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612 - phone (510) 622-2300. CONTACT INFORMATION

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City attorney retirement is a new opportunity City Attorney Gary Baumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announced retirement offers City Council members an opportunity for a fresh, more proactive approach to city legal matters


he announcement that City Attorney Gary Baum will retire Oct. 31 after six years heading Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal department provides the City Council a solid opportunity to examine the role of both the office and the new attorney.

Baum, while personally liked, has been the subject of frequent public criticism from some council members for a general lack of initiative in helping city officials find ways to accomplish goals. Instead, his pattern has been a tightly conservative â&#x20AC;&#x153;safeâ&#x20AC;? approach of listing reasons why something couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be done, according to critics on the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proactiveâ&#x20AC;? is a term used for what officials might look for in a new attorney. In addition, Baum has been criticized for his advice on things as significant as a city plan to charge sidewalk repairs to homeowners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in which he failed to advise the council that such an action might violate state Proposition 218 provisions requiring voter approval. Some council members were frustrated by his report listing reasons the city should not respond to a Google offer to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiber to the premisesâ&#x20AC;? communications network for a community that met specific qualifications. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application is still pending at Google. Perhaps the biggest recent concern was the drafting of the Business License Tax proposal that went down to a sound voter defeat last November. The proposal was widely criticized, including by the Weekly, for being too complicated, confusing and bureaucratic. Baum deserves credit for some cost-cutting in his office. He also is admired for his pro-bono work on behalf of victims of domestic violence, for which he has received two major awards in recent years. The search for a new city attorney will start with selection by fall of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;headhunterâ&#x20AC;? firm to identify qualified applicants, from which the council will select two or three finalists for interviews. Whether finalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names are made public will be a council decision, although Councilman Larry Klein, chair of the Council Appointed Officers committee, favors that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we agree. He expects a new attorney to be named by the end of the year. We expect the council to focus on a new attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to be more proactive and anticipate legal issues involved in matters before the city, or initiatives of the city.

Big hike in Palo Alto refuse-pickup rates due alo Alto residents and businesses face a big increase in refusepickup and dump fees in the next year to make up for a $6.3 million revenue shortfall in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refuse-collection operations, attributed mostly to the economy and to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? efforts being more effective than expected.


Virtually every resident and business in town will face rate hikes of between 10 percent and 25 percent on monthly bills that are already high compared to other area cities. Some City Council Finance Committee members said last week they were surprised by news of the shortfall, especially not being told that the state requires that a $6.1 million reserve fund be maintained to pay for closure of the city dump within the next two to four years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning the funds are unavailable to soften rate increases. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Works Department did issue a report last April 6 that informed the committee there would be a multimillion-dollar shortfall without some added revenues. But it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention the state restriction on the reserve funds. (See staff report: CMR 195.10 on It is ironic that as City Manager James Keene, staff and committee were struggling to close a $7.3 million gap in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Fund budget that a shortfall of nearly the same magnitude was overshadowed and virtually unnoticed in the separate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enterprise Fundâ&#x20AC;? that encompasses refuse operations. But the irony wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean much to residents and businesses when they start receiving higher bills â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some still rankle from a 17 percent increase in June 2009 due to the shift to GreenWaste and increased costs of preparing to close the landfill. Page 12Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

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Accept Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift Editor, Congratulations to Gennady Sheyner on his in-depth reporting on Stanford Hospital and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals for expansion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an expansion clearly needed. (A caveat: I went to Stanford and I worked at Stanford. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also had surgery performed a couple of times at Stanford Hospital. It must have worked; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nearly 91 and feel great). Palo Alto would not be here without Stanford. Having the University and its medical facilities here make Palo Alto one of the best places to live in Northern California. People worry about growing traffic. People want to live here; the result is traffic. Folks, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forgetting that Stanford is going to pay all costs for the proposed expansion. Cool it, and accept the gift offer from the university. Harry Press Escobita Avenue Palo Alto

Is bigger better? Editor, Bureaucracies tend to be growing organisms interested in self-preservation and perpetuation, if not relentless expansion. Of course, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not an authority on what Stanford needs, what its neighbors need and what the public needs from Stanford. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doubt that Stanford is a great resource. However, I have read that, while Stanford goes into plenty of detail about its proposed project, the actual purpose is never defined. It seems reasonable to know and evaluate reasons why more land, space, buildings, parking and traffic lanes are needed. My impression is that Stanford already owns quite a bit of land, and I assume it is private property wherein it can do its will within zoning laws. Also, there are said to be economies of scale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ideal sizes of various things for optimal functionality. Bigger is not always better. I hope the planners involved are keeping in mind this idea of optimal size with regard to the purpose(s) served. It sounds like what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aiming for is a clinical, teaching, research and development city. As such, it will require all the services and infrastructure that a city requires. I, for one, hope the city it resembles isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Los Angeles. Pamela D. Kimball Everett Avenue Palo Alto

Cubberleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future? Editor, In Ray Bacchettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guest Opinion in the June 25 issue, he lays out his argument for selling half of the Cub-

berley campus to Foothill College. He explains why a satellite Foothill College campus at Cubberley would be a bonus for Palo Alto in terms of added classes for high school, college and older adults. He has decided college-level classes are more important than youth-oriented education like pre-school, after school care, kids dance classes and a tutoring center. He feels strongly that college-level classes are more important than dance studios, artists studios and a Chinese reading room. He has decided that college-level classes should be the top priority in our city at this time. Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his opinion. I disagree with his priorities. Cubberley embodies all that Palo Alto stands for in terms of cultural diversity, passion for the arts and community involvement. The 8-acre side of Cubberley thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at stake is the side of campus with all the classrooms, currently chock-full of the kinds of enrichment opportunities we are so proud of in Palo Alto. To cap it off, when the city needed a temporary location for the Mitchell Park library, they needed to look

no farther than Cubberley for that space. Once the property is sold, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone forever. I think Mr. Bacchettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background on the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees has skewed his perception of the current situation at Cubberley. I hope he will take the time to walk the hallways of Cubberley, peek inside the dance studios, listen to the symphonies practicing on the weekends, visit one of the resident artists, duck into one of the preschool play areas, and see how vibrant a place Cubberley actually is. College-level classes are not the only education thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed in this town. And furthermore, Paly and Gunn already have a broad selection of college-level classes available to students. Finally, in a March 19 article about Cubberley, it was noted that Foothill was in discussions with Moffett Field as a potential site for another campus. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large acreage and its proximity to 101 and lightrail make it a much more ideal location for the campus. Lisa Steinback Creekside Drive Palo Alto

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Board of Contributors: Life as a Scouting mom: more than casseroles and sewing on merit badges by Nancy McGaraghan ne sum mer, many years ago, our oldest son, Neil, then 12, packed his backpack for a week at Camp Oljato, the Boy Scout camp high in the Sierras. As he stood there in full uniform, his backpack in place, his 2-year-old brother Michael stood looking at him in awe. It was a Kodak moment and I love the photo we have that brings it all back to mind. This year, the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of Scouting nationally. Having shepherded our four sons through the ranks all the way to Eagle Scout, we feel like we have chalked up almost 100 years of Scouting ourselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be prepared,â&#x20AC;? the Scout slogan, is a family joke, mostly because I am usually under-prepared while my husband is generally prepared for any possibility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no doubt a throwback to his Scouting days. When raising our boys we welcomed any help we could get. Scouting fit the bill. It advertised good fun, healthy activities and best of all it was run by dads. We moms played back-up crew â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an easy trade-off for me. Some years earlier, I had hung up my Cub Scout leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whistle in failure when one meeting ended with a child falling out of a tree in my backyard and breaking his arm. My husband, Pat, himself an Eagle Scout, assured me Boy Scouts was different and he was eager to have our kids get involved. Thanks to Pat,


our kids had lots of good years in Scouting. Along the way, the national organization of Scouting has weathered and survived controversies such as its position on gays and religion. In our experience, the local troop leaders were sensitive to these issues and did not raise them to exclude or embarrass any Scout. To the contrary, Scouting let kids be kids and feel good about themselves. Rough edges and dirt under their fingernails were part of the deal. In fact, they were so dirty when they returned from camping trips that their clothes were left in the garage, along with all the gear. And there was the outdoors itself. Growing up in Portland, Ore., where on a clear day Mt. Hood reigns over the downtown skyline and beckons all city dwellers, I know that any time in the outdoors is the perfect antidote to city life, social pressure and busy schedules. Any organization that made camping its main activity had my vote. Scouting lets kids experience the outdoors and find a home there to which ours have returned often. Last year, as the Scouting centennial neared, I asked our now-grown kids what was most important to them about those years. They came back with pages of reflections. First was their deep and lasting love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it. But there was more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was empowering to be out there, far out there, on our own two feet and with all our supplies on our backs, and to feel at least moderately proficient with a compass, some matches, some First Aid training,â&#x20AC;? one recounted. One son built a play structure for a preschool in East Palo Alto for his Eagle Project. He used the experience as the basis for his

college-admissions essay. He is one of many Eagle Scouts who still list that rank on their resumes. An unexpected benefit of Scouting was the camaraderie. Scouting was a whole new world. Our kids remembered that it gave them a chance to be with a new set of friends. It was a chance to be un-cool and away from the pressures of school. Being in a thousand-yearold grove of redwoods allows pretense to slip away and a sense of awe slip in. And dads got to have some together time with sons in their own element and outside of the competition of sports. It was also a chance for dads to dig caves in the snow for snow camping. This was fun? Must be a guy thing. The secret to Scoutingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success was the fun. Our boys discovered the thrill of boot skiing at 10,000 feet on a 50-mile hike, and the craziness of a dozen people swinging on a rope swing at the same time. They learned that Lil Smokies are one of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect foods, and that when planning a menu you should first check if the area in which you will be camping allows open flames. They learned that you should not rub poison oak on your face to prove that you are not allergic to it. (We have the picture to prove it. Until now, I had no idea how he got it.) They learned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it felt goodâ&#x20AC;? to help with community-service projects, such as the massive sandbagging effort one particularly rainy year when San Francisquito Creek overflowed. I learned to sew on a half dozen merit badges onto sashes on the way to a Court of Honor while balancing a casserole on my lap. Today, my boys admit that sewing ought to be the first merit badge earned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not one would ask

someone else to sew so much as a button back on a shirt. They also make better casseroles than I do. Their discoveries helped create bonds that in some cases would last a lifetime. As one son put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, how could you ever break a bond shared by friends who had to go out in public in those uniforms?â&#x20AC;? There were other, more serious lessons. One time two of the dads (my husband was one), ran the last few miles of a 50-miler because one of the Scouts gashed his shin on a tree root and needed medical attention. Other Scouts and dads applied emergency First Aid. If it had not been clear to the boys before, they learned then that they were in good hands. They were with adults on whom they could depend, and have fun with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know it had a huge impact on us to know that there were adults in our lives (and not just our own parents, but a community of parents) who had high but manageable expectations for us, and who encouraged us to have high but manageable expectations for ourselves,â&#x20AC;? one son added. Scouting was a lot more than slogans or those silly uniforms or whipping up casseroles and sewing on merit badges. It was a chance for kids to be part of something bigger than themselves and learn that what they give is always less than what they get back. Scouting is there for the kids. And to me thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth celebrating.â&#x2013; Nancy McGaraghan is a member of the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Contributors. She can be e-mailed at


What is your favorite hobby and why? Interviews by Piyawan Rungsuk. Photographs by Kimihiro Hoshino. Asked on California Avenue and Town and Country shopping center.

Laura Baca

Inga Lindau

Katie Stanley

Student Escondido, Stanford

Design engineer Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Richard Randlett

Bill Young

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitting in a secret garden with flowers and stuff. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what this place is called, so I call it my secret garden. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just peaceful. I feel good.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning from flowers, I have them on my patio. When you get a bit older, you think differently. You think more about what is meaningful in life.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to play ultimate Frisbee. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun. Also it can be competitive.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play tennis. Healthy body, healthy mind. I enjoy the one-on-one. I like people I play with. Nice people play tennis.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travel. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay put in one place. I have to keep moving.â&#x20AC;?

Receptionist Hamilton Avenue, Menlo Park

Retiree Peter Coutts Circle, Stanford

Airline employee Bair Island Road, Redwood City

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Transitions Births, marriages and deaths



Suong T. Nguyen and Paul S. Baty were married June 26 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church by the Reverend Karl Miller, who was assisted by Pastor Frank VanderZwan. The bride is the daughter of Nghia Van Nguyen and Hoa Thi Tran of San Jose. She is counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree and Franklin & Marshall College in 1992 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in chemistry. The groom is the son of Donald Paul Baty and Emilia Salveron Baty of Desert Hot Springs, Calif. He is a manager, enterprise products, at eHealth, Inc. He graduated from the University of California,


Carmela Romano

Carmela Romano, 92, a resident of Palo Alto, died June 9. She was born in Kinney, Minn., and grew up in a large Italian-American family. As a young woman, she moved to Astoria, N.Y., where she met and married her husband Dan Romano. In the 1940s, she and her husband moved to Somerset, N.J., where they built their own home. Several of her siblings and their families followed them to Somerset and built homes of their own in the same neighborhood. She lived in Somerset for approximately 40 years before she and Dan moved to Mountain View, Calif., to be close to their son and his family. She was a generous and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, loved ones recall. She was a wonderful cook who loved to share her delicious homemade Italian food with one and all and her artistic abil-


Berkeley, in 1993 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in electrical engineering and computer science. The couple will live in Menlo Park.

ities were evident in the many sewn, knitted and crocheted gifts that she made for her family and friends, they said. She loved children and encouraged them to develop their talents and attain their greatest potential. She will be fondly remembered for her boundless energy and great passion for life. She is survived by her brother, Angelo Petose of Somerset, N.J., her son John Romano and her daughterin-law Susan Romano of Palo Alto; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends around the world. Her family would like to express their deepest gratitude to her devoted caregiver Emali Malohi and her extended family, who provided care to Carmela for eight years, and to Dr. Francis Koch, her physician for 25 years. A funeral mass was at St. Matthias Church in Somerset, N.J. Interment followed at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery in New Brunswick, N.J.

WWII. In 1953 they moved to No. California where Betsy raised her family. She volunteered in the community, schools, and Stanford Hospital and she was the Girl Scout Leader for troop 1702 in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. She loved her neighbors and friends and was always there to lend a helping hand or a good laugh. She was outdoorsy and athletic and loved to snow ski, water ski, play tennis and golf. She enjoyed entertaining the many visitors at the family cabin in Tahoe. She was an excellent seamstress and creative dynamo with quite an artistic ďŹ&#x201A;air. She and Bill enjoyed many years of travel. Betsy was loved by many and will be missed by all. Good natured and witty until the end she and Bill always said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;laughter is the best medicine and key to a long and healthy life.â&#x20AC;? In Lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, please make a donation in Betsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to the charity of your choice. PA I D

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n a typical Friday night, Scott Gamble puts on jeans and a Tshirt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and goes waltzing. The computer programmer is a regular at the Friday Night Waltz, a weekly event he co-founded nine years ago that draws up to 200 participants. Whether in eveningwear or dressed down, dancers of all ages and abilities get pointers from pros during two-hour classes. Then they let loose to a DJ spinning waltz, polka and tango music. Social-dance nights in Palo Alto attract hundreds of enthusiasts each week and transform church halls and even an old high school

gym into rhythm-filled hubs. Some attendees want to learn something new; some are oldtimers. All are there to dance in a friendly atmosphere. After one or two decades, the events have become community institutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not emphasize steps or styles or figures; we emphasize making a connection with your dance partner,â&#x20AC;? said Gamble, who used to be a competitive ballroom dancer but missed the social aspects of dance. Some regulars from his group participated in Waltz Weekend at Stanford last weekend, and many will attend a Bastille Day ball in Palo Alto on July 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people consider it to be their social club,â&#x20AC;? Gamble said. When not waltzing, Gamble has swung by contra dance parties, also held at the First United Methodist Church,

on alternate Saturdays. Events always feature a local or visiting live band playing tunes that range from bluegrass to mazurkas, while a caller instructs dancers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;swing your partnerâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;do-si-do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good exercise, but mostly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the music and the interaction with the other people,â&#x20AC;? explained Diane Zingle, who has helped run the dance for 13 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a community thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going around it.â&#x20AC;? She started dancing contra, an upbeat American folk dance done in long lines of couples, as a college student 38 years ago. Her future husband was a classmate and also danced contra, but they only met at a reunion 20 years later. He is one of the main callers at the biweekly parties, which usually host around 60 people. Dancers of a different persuasion converge at Cubberley Community Center on Friday (continued on page 20)

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Above, Diane Matthews twirls in white cowboy boots while contra dancing.

Above, contra dancers swirl and twirl their partners at First United Methodist Church. Left, Anna Strong dances the tango at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roble Gym during the Waltz Ball. Right, fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer of the band Notorious performs live at a recent contra dance.

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by Rebecca Wallace -ow do you pay proper homage to a beyond-words legend? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the Stanford Jazz Festival, you salute the late iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald with a tribute concert. And you assemble a seasoned cast of players: musicians including vocalists Mary Stallings, who sang with the Count Basie band; and Kenny Washington, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring along his four-octave range and speedy scatting. Palo Alto bassist Seward McCain, a longtime Stanford Jazz faculty member, is also on the bill for the July 11 concert, along with saxophonist Noel Jewkes, trumpeter Erik Jekabson, pianist Larry Dunlap and drummer Leon Joyce. Fitzgerald has long been praised for her tone, phrasing and influential interpretations of the American Songbook, as well as for her skillful scat singing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the queen,â&#x20AC;? McCain said simply. She also gained attention at an early age. She was just a teenager when she won an amateur-night award at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apollo Theater and joined Chick Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big band, and 21 when she made her breakout 1938 recording of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-Tisket, A-Tasket.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitting that the July 11 concert will also feature two young singers, Laila Smith and Holly Smolik. Smolik, 17, is a local; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Ladera resident who recently graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, where she sang with Frank Mouraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed jazz band. When Smolik learned sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been chosen for the Ella Fitzgerald tribute concert, she was ecstatic. (Her exact words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom! I got a gig!â&#x20AC;?) Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some apprehension, too. Last week, as Smolik sat in the audience at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinkelspiel Auditorium, she reflected on Ella Fitzgerald, on listening to her recordings, watching a biography about her life, writing a paper on her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel so bad, because I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to do her justice,â&#x20AC;? Smolik said, swinging a shiny shoe she was wearing with a properly retro dress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one can ever

get to her level, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think.â&#x20AC;? Smolik has a good ally in practicing for the concert: her brother Bill, a trumpeter who first introduced her to jazz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was 14 when I was 5, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known Frank (Moura) since then,â&#x20AC;? she said. She went on to take jazz lessons at middle school and attend jazz camp at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for five years. One of her favorite camp teachers was the singer/pianist Dena DeRose: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In one day, she taught me how to transcribe and transpose music.â&#x20AC;? Like her brother, Smolik thinks jazz is â&#x20AC;&#x153;much better than any kind of music.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work. Much of it is live. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense of teamwork in harmonizing and improvising with other people, she noted. Smolik added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz is the easiest for me to sing. Pop is belty. I have that jazz, smoky-ish, smooth sound.â&#x20AC;? Occasionally sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stretch high up into the head voice. At a recent performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Day I Have the Blues,â&#x20AC;? she hit what she called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;kidney note.â&#x20AC;? She laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I hurt myself.â&#x20AC;? Regarding the July 11 concert, Smolik is thinking about singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angel Eyes,â&#x20AC;? and perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honeysuckle Roseâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Coffee.â&#x20AC;? As for bassist Seward McCain, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preparing for the concert in part by listening to his large collection of Ella recordings and getting inspired. Also a composer, McCain is a longtime performing and touring musician whose resume includes recording â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;? soundtracks with pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to work with Ella, and she passed away before I got a chance,â&#x20AC;? McCain said in a phone interview. He did get to see her perform live a few times, including a show at the Venetian Room in San Francisco not long before her death in 1996. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a privilege.â&#x20AC;? McCain said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet sure what will be on the July 11 concert program, but added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will always be prepared if anyone is going to do â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mac the Knife.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? For Smolik, the Ella Fitzgerald concert is also a fine kick-off to a year intended to focus on the arts. She plans to take at least a year off before college to pursue music, acting and comedy. Later this summer, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in the Palo Alto Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barnum,â&#x20AC;? and she just might audition for â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idol.â&#x20AC;? In keeping with the digital age, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also building an online portfolio of performance videos at, and hoping for hits and attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;YouTube gets you out there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justin Bieber got discovered on YouTube.â&#x20AC;? Then she lets out a world-weary laugh, one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all ready for singing in smoky clubs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why they picked a man with a four-year-old voice.â&#x20AC;? N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ella Fitzgerald: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Lady of Song,â&#x20AC;? a concert presented by the Stanford Jazz Festival Where: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 11 Cost: $32 general, $18 for students Info: Go to or call 650-725-2787. Alisa Clancy of KCSM will also give a pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m.; admission is free with a concert ticket.


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Get up, stand up â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Shaker Chairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; could be a call to action, but it needs more pep by Kevin Kirby n Adam Bockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-act play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shaker Chair,â&#x20AC;? a middleTHEATER REVIEW aged woman becomes involved with a group of animal-rights activists engaged in a pitched battle manner, with each actor politely against a local pig farm. As pre- waiting his or her turn before â&#x20AC;&#x153;insented by the Pear Avenue Theatre terrupting,â&#x20AC;? it makes the characters in Mountain View, this ostensibly seem anything but spontaneously thoughtful play clocks in at rough- real. With the Pearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production, ly an hour and a quarter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shorter we are painfully aware that we are than your typical summer cineplex watching actors perform a minutely blockbuster. Sadly, one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help scripted fiction. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that director Ann Kuchins but feel that this would be a bethas assembled a batch of bad actors; ter show if its running time were she just needs to help them pick up shorter still. the pace. Timing aside, most of the This is not to say that the script is cast give credible performances. too long. In fact, the arrow-straight Carolyn Ford Compton plays plot could use a bit of fleshing out. Marion, a middle-aged woman Rather, the Pearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production is who has just purchased a narrow, undermined by performances that are almost without exception ener- straight-backed, Shaker-style chair, gized, focused and accurate, but far apparently as part of her search for deeper spiritual meaning. Throughtoo slow. Crisp pacing is important to out the play, Marion does quite a bit any show, but it is especially cru- of talking about the Shakers: their cial in this case due to the nature dedication to simplicity, to cleanliof Bockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue. Bock is fond ness, to rooting out sloth. The unof half-formed thoughts, one-word comfortable chair, she speculates, interjections, incomplete sentences was their way of reminding us we and characters who talk over one should be on our feet, doing someanother. In reviewing a previous thing useful. But the catalyst that finally gets production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shaker Chair,â&#x20AC;? Marion out of that chair (and into the Louisville Courier-Journal dethe very messy world) is her friend scribed it thus: â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Bockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) dialogue is Jean, played with verve by Beverley naturalistic, peppered with stops and Griffith. Jean is a guerilla warrior starts ... that make his stage characin the battle against factory farmters appear spontaneously real.â&#x20AC;? ing. Incensed by the cruelty and Unfortunately, when this sort of environmental degradation that she dialogue is presented in a plodding has witnessed at the pig farm, she


is unshakable in her conviction that drastic actions are not only justified, but morally imperative. Despite her reservations, Marion joins Jean and her co-conspirators on a 3 a.m. raid, and her home becomes a refuge for young eco-felons and, briefly, a rescued piglet. The former are played by John Beamer and Adrienne Walters; the latter, by a nonchalant pink and black newcomer named, appropriately, Pearblossom. Beamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is passionate and would probably be funny if not for the sluggish pace of the dialogue. Of all the cast, Walters seems most comfortable with the sort of verbal jostling that Bockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing seeks to capture, and a few of her exchanges with Griffith have the snap of spontaneous speech. Rounding out the cast are Roberta Morris and Vic Prosak as Marionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister and brother-in-law, respectively. Prosakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is a surly lout, motivated by seething anger at god-knows-what, and Morris, as his wife, has the horrid task of playing a woman who is too spineless to tell him off. Bock hints that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to their relationship than a sad clichĂŠ, but he never delivers on it, and their subplot ultimately goes nowhere. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that the show will tighten up over the course of its run and the actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; delivery will become more natural. As it stands now, the gaps in the dialogue prevent us from being caught up in the scenesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; momentum, giving us time to recognize the scriptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shortcomings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically, a thin plot, a clumsily delivered climax, and an unsuccessful attempt to graft a symbol (the titular chair) onto a story about anti-pig-farm activism. In the end, one suspects that Bock isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that interested in the evils of factory farming, per se. He devotes virtually no time to educating his audience on the issue, let alone to winning converts. Jean and her cohorts rattle off a few breathless, inchoate words about sewage spilling everywhere and pigs living in crowded pens, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the extent of it. The audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophical complicity is more or less assumed. For Bock, the pig story is merely a means to an end, just as foxes and grapes were for Aesop. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a construct that leads us to the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moral â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a moral that he spells out for us in terms barely more subtle than in one of Aesopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fables. In short: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complacency is bad; action is good.â&#x20AC;? And in the universe of this play, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if that action is violent, illegal, or utterly ineffectual. Why? Because that darn Shaker chair wants us to get up and do something, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that the nonviolent Shakers would have found abhorrent. N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shaker Chair,â&#x20AC;? presented by Pear Avenue Theatre Where: Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through July 10, plus 2 p.m. performances on July 10 & 11. Cost: Tickets are $25 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $20 for all other performances, with discounts for students and seniors. Info: Call the box office at 650-2541148 or go to

HOMETOWN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;HEROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ... Bestselling Menlo Park writer Bruce Henderson will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam Warâ&#x20AC;? July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroâ&#x20AC;? is the harrowing true story of U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Denglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s escape from a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam in 1966. The tale was made famous by the 2006 Werner Herzog film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rescue Dawnâ&#x20AC;? starring Christian Bale (as Dengler). Author Bruce Henderson is a former newspaper and magazine writer. He currently teaches nonfiction writing at Stanford University and lives in Menlo Park. AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Dora Calott Wang, M.D., â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reflections on Healing in a Changing Worldâ&#x20AC;? (July 6, 7:30 p.m.); Tatjana Soli, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lotus Eatersâ&#x20AC;? (July 7, 7:30 p.m.); Belle Yang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forget Sorrowâ&#x20AC;? (July 8, 7:30 p.m.); William Powers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Ageâ&#x20AC;? (July 13, 7:30 p.m.); Susan Moon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignityâ&#x20AC;? (July 14, 7:30 p.m.); Allegra Goodman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cookbook Collectorâ&#x20AC;? (July 15, 7:30 p.m.); Ayelet Waldman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hook Roadâ&#x20AC;? (July 16, 7:30 p.m.); Justin Cronin, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passage: A Novelâ&#x20AC;? (July 20, 7:30 p.m.); Ally Carter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only the Good Spy Youngâ&#x20AC;? (July 22, 6 p.m.); Jeffrey Ma, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Businessâ&#x20AC;? (July 22, 7:30 p.m.); Maggie Stiefvater, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lingerâ&#x20AC;? (July 23, 7 p.m.); David Carnoy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knife Musicâ&#x20AC;? (July 27, 7:30 p.m.); Stefanie Syman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in Americaâ&#x20AC;? (July 28, 7:30 p.m.); Adrienne McDonnell, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doctor and the Divaâ&#x20AC;? (Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.); and Laura Fraser, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Over the Mapâ&#x20AC;? (Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.). Information: Go to MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Alan Eagle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magic Footballâ&#x20AC;? (July 15, 7 p.m.); Abraham Verghese, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutting for Stoneâ&#x20AC;? (July 20, 7 p.m.); and Lisa Gardner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live to Tellâ&#x20AC;? (July 28, 7 p.m.); Information: Go to www.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mark Twain Anthologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rife with insight, inspiration by Jennifer Deitz â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works,â&#x20AC;? edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin; Library of America; 492 pp.; $35 ith 2010 marking the centennial of Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, editor Shelley Fisher Fishkin has put together a fascinating and diverse anthology of essays and remembrances by an international cast of writers paying tribute to one of the best known and loved American authors of all time in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works.â&#x20AC;? Samuel Clemens, writing under the pen name of Mark Twain, was a brilliant humorist and satirist whose novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom Sawyerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnâ&#x20AC;? have become classics in the literary canon. For decades now, Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writings have been required reading in


schools around the country and have become time-honored favorites of readers both young and old. Twain also landed famously in the center of the book-banning controversy due to a vocal minority who argued that the public, particularly children, should not be exposed to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;coarse languageâ&#x20AC;? Twain used (mostly coming from his characters who spoke in a Southern dialect and made frequent use of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;N wordâ&#x20AC;?) and demanded that Huck Finn be removed from public-library shelves and classrooms. The collected voices included in this anthology offer a welcome reminder of what an immense talent Twain was as a writer and what a truly remarkable influence he has had not only on the landscape of American fiction, but internationally as well. Fishkin, who is a professor of English and the Director of the American Studies Program at Stanford University, is a highly regarded expert on Twain and his writing, having authored or edited 33 books on the man and his works, in addition to producing the Broadway play of Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is He Dead?â&#x20AC;? Her own mastery of her subject is well in evidence in the finely crafted introductions to each essay, which provide a brief context and history for the writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own career and how their particular relationship to Twain evolved. What will likely most surprise readers who have not studied Twain as exhaustively as Fishkin has is the sheer breadth of influence Twain had on both his contemporaries

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Shelley Fisher Fishkin, an English professor and the Director of the American Studies Program at Stanford University, has authored or edited 33 books on Mark Twain and his works. and on future generations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; influences spanning an incredibly diverse group of novelists, visual artists, playwrights, actors, philosophers, humorists and political activists, including Rudyard Kipling, Gore Vidal, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Orwell, T.S. Eliot, Jose Marti and John Cocteau. Writers Toni Morrison, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, whose novels are now considered classics and are widely admired for their depictions of racism against African-Americans and racial and ethnic identity in America, all point to ways in which reading Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work at various points in their development as writers served alternately to comfort, disturb and inspire them. So much so that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as Fishkin notes in her introduction to writer, critic and commentator David Bradleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bradley surprised audiences at a 1985 speech in Hartford, Conn., by going against the grain of the generally understood definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;blackâ&#x20AC;? literature as being necessarily written by black authors, to argue that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huckleberry Finn is a black novel.â&#x20AC;? Bradley further suggested that while Samuel Clemens, the man, was white, his alter ego of Mark Twain was black and the vehicle by

which the writer was able to access ideas Clemens, the man, could not have expressed. In Bradleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essay, originally published as the 1996 introduction for â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Tell a Story and Other Essays,â&#x20AC;? he describes how as a young boy reading Huck Finn he was able to find first in the protagonist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and later in the quality of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to writing itself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an inspiration to shake off the religious propriety of his upbringing that had stifled his creativity and to embrace the life of a writer. Norman Mailer, the novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning master of â&#x20AC;&#x153;new journalismâ&#x20AC;? who often pooled in with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thomas as â&#x20AC;&#x153;manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-manâ&#x20AC;? author and celebrity, was also a fan of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Mailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek essay entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huck Finn, Alive at 100,â&#x20AC;? about going back to read Twain and imagining how this book would be reviewed if it were the debut novel of a present-day author. Very likely, Mailer says, Twain would be accused of having â&#x20AC;&#x153;stolenâ&#x20AC;? Hemingwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style, and by way of proof, excerpts a paragraph from Huck Finn describing the river and the landscape with a diction and style that has come to be so closely (continued on next page)

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defined as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hemingway-esqueâ&#x20AC;? that it is startling to realize it was actually Twain who came up with it first. There is also a delightful short essay by Chuck Jones that includes a spot-on pencil sketch of Twain with characteristically wild hair, an exaggerated moustache and a halo. In the essay excerpted from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuck Amuck,â&#x20AC;? Jones tells of how as a little boy reading Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description of a coyote as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton, with a gray wolf-skin stretched over it,â&#x20AC;? he felt an instant kinship to the idea of this hungry, friendless, out-of-luck creature wandering directionless if only so as to avoid lying around â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing nothing but adding to the burdens of his parents.â&#x20AC;? The image of the coyote in Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; head as a child was ultimately the inspiration for his iconic cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, whose futile pursuit of the Road Runner entertained morning cartoon viewers for decades to come. There are many other unexpected arguments and tributes as well. Progressive feminist writer Ericka Jong, whose novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fear of Flyingâ&#x20AC;? caused waves in the 1960s with its candid depiction of female sexuality, argues intriguingly that Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excursion into pornography and scatology in one of his lesser-known works, â&#x20AC;&#x153;1601,â&#x20AC;? seems in hindsight a crucial exercise in liberation, freeing the writer to address in Huck Finn the even more deeply submerged conflicts in the American psyche regarding slavery, racism and oppression. Elsewhere in the anthology, author Kurt Vonnegut, best known for his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slaughterhouse-Five,â&#x20AC;? credits Twain (along with French writer Jules Verne) as having founded the science-fiction genre in using time travel as part of the motif for his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connecticut Yankee.â&#x20AC;? And Cuban writer and political leader Jose Marti, who died fighting for democracy and independence in his own country, describes Twain as one of the rare writers who worked as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;minerâ&#x20AC;? rather than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gilderâ&#x20AC;? in rooting out and shining light on human failings and hypocrisies, and who used his pen as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lanceâ&#x20AC;? to deftly criticize the injustice brought about by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;new aristocracyâ&#x20AC;? that

Marti perceived as having taken root in the United States near the turn of the 20th century. But perhaps one of the most illuminating and memorable of all the essays in this anthology is one that focuses less on the impact of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing than on the character of the man, Samuel Clemens, himself. Helen Keller writes in her essay â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;? of finding in Clemens a loyal friend, confidant, inspiration and mentor. Clemens was instrumental in making it possible for Keller to attend Radcliffe College, where â&#x20AC;&#x201D; according to Fishkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s introduction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she became â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first deaf and blind person in the world to earn a bachelor of arts degree.â&#x20AC;? Keller admires and appreciates Clemens for never letting her disabilities become an obstacle in their relationship. He read aloud to her from his works while she read his lips with her fingers, and despite her lack of sight, insisted on showing her all of the rooms in his favorite old house, and once took her on a walk deep into the countryside on which they got so badly lost in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;uncharted wildernessâ&#x20AC;? that they had to be rescued from the wrong side of a raging river. As Keller writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He never embarrassed me by saying how terrible it is not to see, or how dull life must be always lived in the dark. He wove about my dark walls romance and adventure, which made me feel happy and important. Once when Peter Dunne, the irrepressible Mr. Dooley, exclaimed: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;God, how dull it must be for her, every day the same and every night the same as the day,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re damned wrong there; blindness is an exciting business, I tell you; if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it, get up some dark night on the wrong side of your bed when the house is on fire and try to find the door.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Elsewhere in the essay Keller concludes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made me laugh and feel thoroughly happy by telling some good stories ... I have forgotten a great deal more than I remember, but I shall never forget how tender he was.â&#x20AC;? Many of his readers would likely say the same. N Freelance writer Jennifer Deitz can be reached at deitzjen@gmail. com.

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narrative. The hero canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be harmed, nor can he do any. The plight of the Northern Water Tribe, faceless and one-dimensional (including Seychelle Gabriel as the zombie-like Princess Yue), hardly stirs oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotions. What should be the most exciting act of the movie becomes a protracted action scene dressed up with martial arts and visual effects. M. Night Shyamalan will have to do a better job of crafting a screenplay, casting and directing actors, and shooting in 3-D rather than greenlighting a conversion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps tapping into his sixth sense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be successful with future projects.


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Not unlike a TV sitcom, in which maintaining the status quo is job one, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight Sagaâ&#x20AC;? is a film series not big on plot momentum from one episode to the next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight Saga: Eclipseâ&#x20AC;? has almost the same plot as the previous installment, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moon.â&#x20AC;? As before, peeved redheaded vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard, taking over for Rachelle Lefevre) lurks out of sight, plotting the revenge murder of waifish human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). As before, Bella frets over this threat to her life, but frets far more about her love triangle with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). And most egregiously, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipseâ&#x20AC;? sends audiences out with the same ending as the previous installment, having advanced Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marital plans not a whit. Despite this fundamental puzzlement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipseâ&#x20AC;? is the most bearable (by which I mean least boring) of the three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight Sagaâ&#x20AC;? films based on the runaway-hit youngadult novels by Stephenie Meyer. I strongly suspect fans will go gaga for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipse,â&#x20AC;? which dutifully stokes the romantic embers between Bella and soul-mate Edward, escalates the confusion Bella feels regarding loveprofessing Jacob, and more than ever keeps Lautner in a state of undress (about 75 percent of his performance is shirtless). Surely some unwilling males of the species will grudgingly accompany their dates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipse,â&#x20AC;? and director David Slade (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Candyâ&#x20AC;?) keeps them in mind with a pseudo-Narnian storyline of interspecies battle training in the woods. Anticipating an army of trouble-making vampires from Seattle, the Forks, Washington vamps and the native Quileute tribe of werewolves form an uneasy alliance to practice their butt-kicking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make that jugular-biting. With more success than his forebears, Slade calibrates the balance of moony romance to CGI-enhanced action (with a dash of monster mythology). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decisions, decisions,â&#x20AC;? sez drywitted bloodsucker Jane (Dakota Fanning), one of the Volturi overlords who police vamp activity. The two words sum up the sole theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipse,â&#x20AC;? which matches â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? allusions with a film-opening reading of Robert Frostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire and Ice.â&#x20AC;? The symbolism is bleedinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; obvious to anyone paying attention: coldas-ice Edward or fever-warm Jacob? The film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much succeed in convincing us that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any doubt in Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, but the scripting, acting and direction show enough micro-improvements to make the prolonged mooning and smoldering seem a bit more substantial and even, for a fleeting moment, fun

Rated: PG for violence and not recommended for young children. 1 hour, 43 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susan Tavernetti

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Noah Ringer makes an engaging debut in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Airbender.â&#x20AC;? (Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not-quite double entendre to Edward, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face it: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hotter than youâ&#x20AC;?). The life choices of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eclipse,â&#x20AC;? aligned as they are with Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation anxieties, neatly reflect the angst of transitioning tweens and teens. Sure, most of them arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t considering becoming a vampire to spend an eternal married life with their (puppy) loves, but the principle applies to college selection, the custody conflicts of divorce and the like. Plot or no, increasingly picturesque photography, amped-up action, borrowed poetry, and age-old romance have â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twilight Sagaâ&#x20AC;? on its surest footing yet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, until the youngsters grow up and realize â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Bloodâ&#x20AC;? tells the same story so much better. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality. Two hours, four minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

The Last Airbender --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Writerdirector M. Night Shyamalanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s element-bending of the popular Nickelodeon animated television series isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the better. Although his big-screen adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatar: The Last Airbenderâ&#x20AC;? stays true to the premise of the anime-style cartoon created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, an entire seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of character development and plot canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shoehorned into one movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relatively short running time. Kungfu fight scenes featuring fireballs, swirling earth and jets of water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; coming at you courtesy of a poor 3-D conversion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; grow as tedious as some of the miscast actors. The epic fantasy opens with siblings Katara (Nicola Peltz of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deck the Hallsâ&#x20AC;?) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? saga) searching for food and stumbling upon something trapped beneath the icy surface of their sub-zero world. Shyamalan (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lady in the Water,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Happeningâ&#x20AC;?) has been criti-

cized for whitewashing the main characters, who are brown-skinned in the television series, but he should be chastised for directing such terrible performances. Awkward and wooden, Peltz and Rathbone deliver stilted dialogue and their few attempts at humor fall flat. Noah Ringer, in an engaging debut, fares better as Aang, the lone avatar capable of restoring balance to the war-torn planet. Frozen for a century and freed by Kataraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterbending, the young boy must lead the struggle to fend off the Fire Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s militaristic attempt to conquer the Air, Water and Earth nations. Only he has the capability to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bendâ&#x20AC;? or manipulate all four elements and restore harmony. But Aang never finished his training. An Air nomad accomplished in his native airbending, Aang ran from the monks who identified him as the Chosen One and the responsibility that came with being the most recent incarnation of the avatar. The Fire Nation is formidable. Under the ruthless rule of Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Free or Die Hardâ&#x20AC;?), Commander Zhao (Aasif Mandvi in an over-the-top, wide-eyed performance) sets out to capture Aang before Ozaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estranged son, Prince Zuko (Dev Patel of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slumdog Millionaireâ&#x20AC;?), can do so and reclaim his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s respect. The princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotheaded temperament is offset by the wisdom of his Uncle Iroh (Shaun Toub of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Manâ&#x20AC;? steals the movie), whose falling out with his brother goes unexplained. Aang, Katara and Sokka dash here and there to visit the various tribes on the back of Appa, the last of the flying bisons. Aangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meditation sessions provide some backstory and guidance from the spirit world, and only his character becomes fully realized. But just when you truly worry about Aangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welfare, Zhao reminds his troops that killing the avatar would be futile, as he would just be reincarnated. The tension level falls. And the Dragon Spirit instructed the avatar not to hurt others, so there goes whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left of the conflict that should drive the

(Aquarius) John (John C. Reilly) is â&#x20AC;&#x153;borderline desperate,â&#x20AC;? he says. A more accurate description would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;totally desperate.â&#x20AC;? Divorced for seven years, the central character of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyrusâ&#x20AC;? canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to find a woman to replace his ex and still close friend Jamie (Cath-

erine Keener, queen of indies such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Giveâ&#x20AC;?), who is about to marry someone else. Then John reluctantly accompanies Jamie and her fiance to a party, where, drunk and rowdy, he amazingly hooks up with Molly (Marisa Tomei) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beautiful, loving and complete with baggage. The baggage is her obese 21-yearold son Cyrus (Jonah Hill of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superbad,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Him to the Greekâ&#x20AC;?), who still lives with her. Sure, Cyrus is delighted to meet John and happy to â&#x20AC;&#x153;have a new dad.â&#x20AC;? So he says. But his relationship with Molly is unusual, at the least, and Cyrus starts subtly to sabotage Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with her. Jay and Mark Duplass (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Puffy Chairâ&#x20AC;?) co-wrote and co-directed this comedy, which, despite an obviously low budget â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or maybe because of it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is poignant and true to life, starting with John C. Reillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shlumpy appearance. The dialogue rings true all the time, and the situations avoid melodrama or forced crises. The tension between John and Cyrus is sharply developed. Where have Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white Adidas sneakers gone after the first time he spends the night at Molly and Cyrusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? (continued on next page)

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not Molly, not John, not Jamie, whom John consults about the Big Life Questions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ever even mentions therapy, despite Cyrusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night terrors and anxiety attacks or his peculiar bond with his mother. Hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 21st century, not the 19th. Also annoying is some of the cinematography, by Jas Shelton, who likes to make sudden little zooms whenever thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a closeup. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at Marisa Tomeiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at her a few inches closer up. But it would take more than that to wreck a charming movie, with performances that are flawlessly true-to-life. Rated R for some sexual material and language. One hour, 32 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Renata Polt

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

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Grown Ups (PG-13) Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 12:10, 1:35, 2:45, 4:05, 5:20, 6:35, (Not Reviewed) 7:50, 9:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 12:35, 2:20, 3:10, 4:50, 5:40, 7:20, 8:10, 9:50 & 10:40 p.m. I Am Love (R) (Not Reviewed)

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The Metropolitan Century 16: Wed 6:30 p.m. Thu. at 10 a.m. Century 20: Opera: Eugene Wed 6:30 p.m. Thu. at 10 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at Onedin (Not Rated) 6:30 p.m. Thu. at 1:30 p.m. (Not Reviewed) Restrepo (R) (Not Reviewed)

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ecently, I was driving with a non-foodie friend who inquired what restaurant review I was working on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SliderBarCafe,â&#x20AC;? I announced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that?â&#x20AC;? she asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, sliders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; minihamburgers.â&#x20AC;? She was perplexed as to why anyone would want a reducedsize burger. I said that by SliderBarCafe standards, anything on a miniature bun qualified as a slider: beef, lamb, chicken, sausage, vegetables, even bacon and eggs. She changed the subject. SliderBarCafe is worth seeking out, though, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a foodie or not. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an updated, quasi-fast-food, breakfast and burger emporium, open since late March in downtown Palo Alto. SliderBar owes its existence to the White Castle fast-food hamburger chain, where the notion of sliders started. The burgers were originally dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;slydersâ&#x20AC;? by White Castle in the 1920s. According to urban legend, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;slyderâ&#x20AC;? referred to its greasy nature that allowed it to slide down the esophagus with ease. SliderBarCafe in Palo Alto is changing those perceptions and has upped the ante considerably. While many bars and grills have added trendy sliders to their menus, they are usually treated as appetizers or bar food. SliderBarCafe, though, has turned sliders into a near gastronomic art form. The beef comes from Niman Ranch, which specializes in antibiotic- and hormone-free, vegetarian-fed animals. There are no deep-fat fryers in the SliderBar kitchen: Onion rings, chicken wings and french fries are ovenbaked. Owner Ashwani Dhawan said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even our coffee is organic. We buy from the same roaster that supplies Thomas Kellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French Laundry.â&#x20AC;? Dhawan, who also owns Mantra, the California-Indian fusion restaurant on Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerson Street, said that with his new venture, he wanted â&#x20AC;&#x153;something simpler, more mainstream ... something with smaller portions. ... I wanted the customer to be able to match hunger with portion size.â&#x20AC;? Yet I over-ordered on my first foray into SliderBar, choosing three American classic sliders and fries ($2.89 for one, $5.49 for two, $7.49 for three). Three was one too many for my appetite but I ate them all anyway. The sliders

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A selection of sliders. were bigger than the dollhousesized morsels I had imagined. The presentation conjured memories of Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive-In on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Days.â&#x20AC;? The pictureperfect burgers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with shredded lettuce, slices of tomato and onion with a slather of mayo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sat on an unadorned oblong plate. No disappointment in the flavor, either. The beef was coarser than in lesser grades of hamburger, and there was no greasy slider effect either. Those little guys were for chewing and enjoying. The side of hot oven fries ($1.79) was a generous portion of nongreasy yet crispy strips of sliced potato, thicker than shoestrings and as tasty as any deep-fried potato. Ketchup and garlic sauce were available as condiments. The classic with fries was my favorite combination. On subsequent visits, I tried other options, reluctantly. The vegetarian slider ($2.49) came on a multigrain bun. The patty consisted of garbanzo beans, potatoes, onions, sunflower seeds and bell peppers. Spinach, caramelized onions, bell peppers and a roasted garlic sauce topped the slider. It was a worthy sandwich with loads of flavor. The only drawback was that it was crumbly and deconstructed faster than I could eat it. The Mediterranean slider ($3.69) was a Niman Ranch natural lamb patty that had garlic and ginger mixed into it. The multigrain bun enveloped crumbled blue cheese, olives, artichoke hearts, tomato, red onion and a garlic sauce that sat atop the lamb patty. There was a lot going on in

one smallish slider, but the flavors sang. The amped-up chicken slider ($2.99) also had garlic and gingery elements and was topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato and chipotle sauce. While not overly spicy, this was not your average Chicken Little. Another favorite was the plump Italian sausage slider dog ($3.29). The bun was interesting: not quite a hot dog bun or pita bread, but more than a slice of white bread. The wrapper was pocketed and held the spicy sausage, caramelized onions, relish, mayo and ketchup intact. SliderBar makes soups as well; a bowl is $4.49. But you can also get just a little warmer-upper, with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shotâ&#x20AC;? of soup for 99 cents. One day, mushroom was the soup du jour. The shot was more than a traditional one-and-a-half-ounce jigger; it was several soupspoonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth, with sliced mushrooms afloat. The soup was tangy and rich. SliderBar offers a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu and a variety of salads in addition to all-day breakfast sliders. The classic American breakfast slider ($1.99) is made up of English muffin, fried egg, bacon and American cheese. Other breakfast options are Mediterranean, California and Italian breakfast sliders. Beverages include a large variety of organic coffees and teas as well as iced coffees, yogurt shakes, Italian sodas and traditional fountain colas. There are 16 wines available by the glass or bottle. Prices range from $2.99 per glass to $39.99 for a bottle of decent French Burgundy. Eight beers are available by the pint or pitcher ($2.99-$9.99). Overall, SliderBarCafe provides a more healthful and sustainable approach to traditional American fast-food fare, a higher quality than chains dare approach. That rates an A-plus in my book. N SliderBarCafe 324 University Ave. Palo Alto 650-322-7300 Hours: Sun.-Wed. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 7 a.m.midnight. Reservations

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by Colin Becht espite the billing as a championship game, B&B Builders turned its Wednesday matchup with Goetz Brothers at Baylands Athletic Center into little more than hitting practice. B&B walloped Goetz Brothers, 10-1, at Baylands Field to take home the title in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U City Tournament. Behind great outings on the mound from Jack Cleasby and Clay Carey and clutch hitting from Isaac Feldstein, B&B cruised to its second victory over Goetz Brothers in the city tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had good pitching, solid defense, and we were an overall good team that meshed well together,â&#x20AC;? said Feldstein, who knew all along his team had championship potential. B&B finished third in the regular season, but played as a different team in the postseason while never losing a game in the double-elimination tournament and outscoring foes 36-7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was really on one difference (between the regular season and the postseason). We had the whole team here,â&#x20AC;? said B&B manager Ed Rea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were often missing two or three of our best players, but everyone signed up to really be here during the tournament, and that shows what kind of team this is when everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there.â&#x20AC;? After defeating Goetz, 14-4, in a semifinal game shortened by the mercy rule on Monday, B&B once again found its offensive stroke. It


Stanford graduate Lauren Fleshman, overcoming a broken foot that nearly ended her running career, completed her rags-to-riches story last Friday by winning the second national outdoor 5,000-meter title of her career.

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USA title brings Fleshmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career full circle after injury

M-A stands tall in 11-12 all-star district tourney

by Keith Peters


early two years ago, Lauren Fleshman pretty much couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run. Just one week ago, Fleshman completed a remarkable comeback by capturing the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 meters at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships. Just like the track-and-field oval she runs on, the former Stanford All-American has come full circle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have talked to me 12 months ago I was ready to, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, open up a shoe store or something else, maybe move to another state,â&#x20AC;? Fleshman said after winning her second national title in Des Moines, Iowa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very frustrated. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to run more than four weeks without getting injured.â&#x20AC;? A year ago in Eugene, Ore., Fleshman failed to show up on the starting line of the 5000 at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships. She had been plagued by a series of mechanical problems stemming from a broken navicular bone in her foot. It was an injury that led to other injuries, so the 2006 USA 5K champ scratched from the race as she was unable to compete. Fleshman, then 27, seriously considered retiring. (continued on page 33)

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TOP PLAYER . . . Stanford sophomore Kenny Diekroeger is spending his summer in Newport, R.I., but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a working vacation than anything else â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turning out to be fairly successful for the Menlo School graduate. Diekroeger was selected as the New England Collegiate Baseball League Co-Player of the Week for the week ending June 27. Playing for the Newport Gulls, Diekroeger had a productive offensive week, batting .480 with 12 hits, four doubles, six RBI, and two stolen bases.

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GOLD-MEDAL EFFORT . . . The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball teams enjoyed great success this season. The Vikings compiled a 33-game winning streak and reached the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals while the Gators went 24-11 and won the sectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division IV championship. Both teams made it to the NorCal semifinals. Members of both teams helped their City Beach 15 Black volleyball squad capture the gold medal in the 15 National Division of the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships on Tuesday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. City Beach went 10-1 while capturing the division championship. Palo Alto Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelby Knowles, Jackie Koenig and Caroline Martin were joined by SHPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonia Abuel-Saud and Olivia Bertolacci on the winning team. Abuel-Saud was named the divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Valuable Player while City Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emily Reed made the all-tournament team. Also playing for City Beach was Drew Edelman from Menlo School and Becky Slattery from Mountain View High. The team is coached by former Stanford volleyball standout Leahi Hall. Seventh-seeded City Beach had to battle from behind in its final six matches after losing the first game in each outing. It won the title with a 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over top-seeded Tejas 15 Kaepa 1 (North Texas). City Beach reached the final match after defeating second-seeded Colorado Jrs 15 Sherri (Rocky Mountain), 20-25, 25-20, 15-9, in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, City Beach defeated sixth-seeded Black Swamp 15 Orwig (Ohio Valley), 23-25, 25-23, 15-6.

Fleshman exults in her national title at the USA championships.

ome fancy relief pitching by Nick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell has MenloAthertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little League AllStar team on the precipice of greatness in the District 52 11-12-year-old tournament, but he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have done it without the help of a very tall friend. Joe Ellefritz, who himself came on as a defensive replacement in the fourth inning, made a leaping catch at the fence in left field to rob the opposition of a home run in the top of the sixth inning on Wednesday, and teammate Harry Toig delivered a run-scoring double in the botton (continued on page 32)

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of the sixth to give M-A a 4-3 win over rival Alpine-West Menlo in a winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;- bracket quarterfinal of the 11-12 year-old tournament. M-A now meets Hillsborough on Monday in the winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-bracket semifinals. Hillsborough beat San Carlos, 6-5, in Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other game. In the other winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-bracket semi on Monday, Half Moon Bay will play San Mateo American. All games are at Ortega School in Pacifica. Time seemed to stand still when Elefritz, the tallest player on the M-A team, made his catch in left; falling back into the plastic netting that serves as the outfield fence and landing on the other side, but hanging on to the ball. The silence was broken by someone in the M-A dugout, who yelled: â&#x20AC;&#x153;He caught it!â&#x20AC;? For the record, that someone was Toig. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Joe got back to the dugout, we were all mobbing him,â&#x20AC;? said Toig, whose double in the bottom of the inning drove in Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, who had walked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were so excited. Alpine is our big rival. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all friends, and a lot of those guys go to the same schools as we do.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually Alpine which has had the bragging rights in this rivalry, but not so far this year. It was a Menlo-Atherton team, Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, which won Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual City Championship game over a team from the Alpine/West Menlo league last week. And now it was M-A that has sent Alpine to the losersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bracket (Alpine will play again on Friday). M-A struck for three runs in the first on a run-scoring double by Jack Gray and run-scoring singles by Kyle Bryan and Will Johnson. But Alpine starter John Bird shut the door after that, retiring eight straight and 11 of the next 12 he faced. Meanwhile, Alpine chipped away. Evan Easton drove home a run with a single in the second, Matt Henefarth did the same with a groundout in the third, and Mitch Martella (2-for-3) singled and scored on a throwing error to tie it in the sixth. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was amazing,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell of Elefritzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catch. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell pitched three innings of strong relief, which included getting out of a no-out, two-on jam in

the fifth with two strikeouts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was scared that the ball was going to drop over for a home run.â&#x20AC;? When Elefritz got back to the dugout after the catch, he patted Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell on the shoulder as if to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I had it all the way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;He saved everything,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nice to beat your rival.â&#x20AC;? 10-11 All-Stars Palo Alto National and Alpine/ West Menlo remained alive in the District 52 consolation bracket in San Mateo. Palo Alto National eliminated Palo Alto American with a 13-1 victory. Christian Laurence gave American its own run with a solo homer in the first. PA National bounced back quickly with a run in the first to tie, then took the lead in the third with nine runs. Justin Jull, Griffy Byer and Pete Snodgrass all had two hits for the winners. Tommy Smale got the pitching win for PA National, which next plays on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Alpine/West Menlo stayed alive by rallying from a 12-6 deficit in the bottom of the sixth. Alpine scored three times for a 12-9 game and had the bases loaded when Jack Molumphy hit a grand slam to win the game. Alpine also will play Friday at 5:30 p.m. 9-10 All-Stars Palo Alto National remained unbeaten following a wild 12-8 come-from-behind victory over Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday at Marina Field at the Belmont Sports Complex. Palo Alto next will play Friday against either Hillsborough or San Mateo National (7:30 p.m.), needing a victory to advance to the semifinals. The 9-10s trailed 8-0 before coming to bat in the bottom of the first inning. Palo Alto scraped together four runs in the first two innings, made it an 8-7 game in the fourth and finally pulled ahead for good with five runs in the fifth. After loading the bases in the fifth, Noah Yuen slapped an RBI single to tie the game at 8. When the ball was mishandled in right field, Patrick Welch raced home with the eventual winning run. Jonathan Gottlieb singled in his third run of the game and Ole Erickson followed with his third RBI (a single) of the game. N

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project- Meeting to 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 Noise, Geology, Soils & seismicity, Hydrology, Hazardous materials, and Utilities chapters of the DEIR. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk Page 32Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

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Roy Shadmon (15) and James Foug (3) greet Clay Carey while Clark Schmutz (2) and Chris Rea (5) welcome Jack Cleasby (far right) after Carey and Cleasby scored during a six-run sixth inning. pitchers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They got groundballs. They kept their pitch count low. They let our defense, which turned out big for us today, just do what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this whole season.â&#x20AC;? B&B added to its 3-1 lead in the fifth with another run when Cleasby drove in Clark Schmutz. In the sixth, the Goetz wall of defense caved and B&B put the game out of reach with six more runs to nearly end the game at that point. Clark Schmutz singled to score Alec Fishman, beginning a string of four straight singles. Eight straight batters reached base safely as B&B piled on the runs. Andrew Lim singled in a run and Feldstein added two more RBI to his name with another single. Goetz did little to help itself in the inning, committing two errors that led to three unearned runs. Feldstein finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI. He was one of three B&B players with multi-hit games as Christopher Rea and Lim each recording three singles. Cleasby, Carey and Clark Schmutz each scored twice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just all been hitting well,â&#x20AC;? said Feldstein. Goetz Brothers would have to agree.N

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Jack Cleasby started for B&B Builders and allowed only four hits in five innings plus the only run by Goetz Brothers.

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took B&B until the fourth inning to get on the board, but once breaking through, the runs quickly followed. Trailing 1-0, B&B struck for three runs in the fourth when five batters in succession reached base. After Carey walked, Cleasby singled and James Foug reached on an error, Feldstein drove B&B into the lead with a two-run single. Mathias Schmutz followed with another single to score Foug before Goetz pitcher Mikey Diekroeger induced two infield popups to get out of the inning.

With the dominant pitching of Cleasby and Carey, those three runs were all B&B needed. Cleasby retired the first seven batters of the game before surrendering his first hit of the game, a double by Michael Fraser. Fraser scored on a groundout by Ryan Vertelney for Goetzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only run of the game. Cleasby pitched five innings, allowing only four hits and no walks to earn the win. He faced just three batters over the minimum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was sensational,â&#x20AC;? said Rea. Carey was equally tough in his two innings of work, surrendering just two hits while striking out one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really just did their job,â&#x20AC;? said Feldstein, who caught both

NOTES: The conclusion of the city tournament marks the beginning of the all-star season. The Palo Alto 13s open play in the District 6 All-Star Tournament on Friday against Bel-Mateo at McKelvey Park in Mountain View at 7:30 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., while the loser drops into the consolation final on Sunday at noon. The championship game is Monday at 7:30 p.m., with a challenge game (if necessary) scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Palo Alto 14s will open on Monday against Mountain View at the Belmont Sports Complex at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the loser falls into the consolation final on July 7 at 7 p.m. The Palo Alto 15s will host District 6 action starting July 7. Palo Alto has a bye and will host the winner of Bel-Mateo and Mt. View on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. N

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Fortunately for Fleshman, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Under the patient coaching of Marc Rowland at the Nike Oregon Track Club in Eugene, Fleshman slowly worked herself back into the form that saw her set a Stanford and Pac-10 records in the 5K in addition to winning an NCAA title in 2003. After graduating, Fleshman competed in two IAAF World Championships and ran a personal best of 14:58.48 in 2008. It was then that Fleshman began suffering her string of injuries, which basically forced her to relearn how to run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really just started over,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Coach Rowland and the Oregon Track Club, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I would have made it back. I definitely wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been national champion this quickly. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just full of gratitude for my situation.â&#x20AC;? Fleshman completed her rags-toriches story last Friday by winning

the second U.S. 5,000 title of her career. She crossed the finish line first in 15:27.70. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With 200 to go I was dying,â&#x20AC;? Fleshman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I probably wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking so good. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see the video on that one. At that point, I was just like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about anything but the next step. Think about the finish line and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do that thing where you wobble and fall over before you get there.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Fleshman, who first won this event in 2006, and has been ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S. every year from 2002 to 2008, held off runnerup and four-time Big East outdoor champion Molly Huddle (15:30.89) for the win. Olympic and 2009 World Outdoor Championships finalist Jenny Barringer, who won this event last year, finished third in 15:33.33. Fleshman was a 15-time AllAmerican and five time NCAA champion while at Stanford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was so sweet,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how else to put it. Especially coming into today and the mental side of it that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m racing against people who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had any time off and that can really mess

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Stanford grad Erica McLain won her second outdoor national championship in the triple jump last week. wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure, but there was this little part of me which felt that I might be able to win it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that scared the crap out of me.â&#x20AC;? While her victory in 2006 was satisfying, Fleshman said it had far less meaning. Moreover, the latest one has forced her to perhaps change her summer plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think my wishy washy summer plans have changed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I may have to go to Europe to find some tough races. Europe probably beckons a handful of other former Stanford athletes who enjoyed success at the USA championships. Olympians Erica McLain and Jill Camarena-Williams collected gold

medals while Lindsay Allen won a bronze, while Russell Brown, Garrett Heath, Ian Dobson and Sara (Bei) Hall each reached the finals of their respective events. Allen finished third in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3,000 steeplechase in a season best of 9:59.19 on Sunday while Brown was sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 3:52.20 and Heath went 3:52.80, finishing 10th. Stanford sophomore Karynn Dunn took home the Junior National title in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; long jump. The 24-year-old McLain, who lives in Menlo Park and still trains under Stanford head coach Edrick Floreal, (continued on page 34)

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with your head. I was sitting around on my sofa and going, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can I run four miles today?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; You spend so many months thinking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the comebackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and then at one point you just have to go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know what, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Fleshman ran most of the way in the pack and did not respond immediately to a big surge by Jen Rhines, a three-time Olympian who threw in a 69-second lap with five laps to go. Rhines managed to build an eightsecond lead with four laps remaining, and it looked like her strategy would pay off with a title. With two laps to go, however, Rhinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead was down to five seconds. Fleshman was working with Huddle to catch the 2002 USA 10,000m champion and, with 600 meters left in the race decided to go for the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just knowing that I had enough left to put on a good kick,â&#x20AC;? said Fleshman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it would be enough to win, but I just got this smirk where I knew I had something left.â&#x20AC;? Fleshman threw down a 67-second last lap to open a gap on Huddle and the race was over. Fleshmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finish was as painful as her return. She said that she had to totally reinvent herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to first take it day by day, never think more than one day at a time, never get frustrated, try not to think about how good I had been,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really all about learning to live in the moment, which is hard to do.â&#x20AC;? Fleshman won a trail run last September in Bend, Ore., then a road 5K last October. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t race on the track again until April, when she won the low-key Oregon Relays 5,000 in 15:42.46. That gave her a qualifying mark for nationals. Even after arriving at Drake Stadium before her final race, Fleshman wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely sure she was ready to mix it up with the other contenders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a big part of me which

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recorded her winning mark of 46-6 1/4 (wind-aided) on her first attempt, and then fouled four times. Her final jump of 46-5 1/4 is the best legal mark of the season by an American and matched her personal best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal coming in was definitely American record,â&#x20AC;? McLain said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little hard, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure my second jump probably was it; maybe a couple jumps in there too where I fouled by a toenail. So I was little upset there at the end. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most courageous performance I think I ever had.â&#x20AC;? McLain won her second USA Outdoor title and set a Drake Stadium record in dominating the competition. She won in 2005, finished second at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, and finished third in 2007 and 2008. Camarena-Williams, meanwhile, produced her championship throw during the fifth round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been training really well and I knew if I just made a couple tweaks from the first three, I could get a big one and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I really focused on in that fifth round one,â&#x20AC;? Camarena-Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really consistent this outdoor season and just having bigger marks, and I just think really good things are to come in the next few weeks.â&#x20AC;? The six-time defending USA Indoor champion in the event, Camarena-Williams succeeded in winning her second outdoor title, and first since 2006, after finishing second in two of the three previous years. Her winning heave of 62-9 1/4, a personal best outdoors was more than two inches farther than second-place Michelle Carter. Camarena-Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time best of 63-5 1/2 came indoors this season. That ranks her No. 3 alltime for Americans (indoors). Camarena-Williams made her first Olympic team in the shot put with her third-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. It was Camarena-Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first competition of the 2008 outdoor season and came less than three months after she had back surgery to repair a herniated disc. Dunn won the junior long jump with a mark of 20-4 1/2. She overtook early leader Andrea Geubelle, of Kansas, who went 20-4 1/4 on her first attempt and held that lead through four rounds. Dunn recorded the winning mark on her fifth attempt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first jump, I actually ended up with a new personal record for the season, with six meters even,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that great, but it kept me in second until the finals. I consistently jumped around six meters.â&#x20AC;? Hall finished ninth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 with a time of 4:17.87. Olympian Anna Pierce won the race in 4:13.65. Dobson finished eighth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 with a time of 14:03.53. The USA Outdoor Championships are the third stop of the USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series, which concludes Saturday with the Nike Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. N


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game and we did that,â&#x20AC;? Villa said seconds left in regulation to tie the renda Villa and Jessica Men- after the victory over Russia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today game at 12 and send it to a shootdoza have a lot more in com- our defense held.â&#x20AC;? out. Seidemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal put the U.S. mon than merely sharing the The game was tied at 8-all in up, 14-13, and after the Aussies tied name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;? on their fourth period before two quick it again, Silver delivered the game diplomas. goals gave the Americans the lead winner. Both are world-class athletes who for good. In softball, the Canada-U.S. showhave played for Olympic gold medâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a disappointing first half down was a rematch of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s als in at least two Olymand we talked world championship title pics, both serve as team about that at contest. captains of their respecthe break,â&#x20AC;? U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a tough tive United States national coach Adam game,â&#x20AC;? said Villa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll teams and both are among Krikorian said. show up to play. We have the oldest players on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the second to continue to get better.â&#x20AC;? respective rosters. half we were The American softOn Wednsday, Villa and willing to put in ball team will also have Mendoza also produced the work.â&#x20AC;? its hands full with Japan, some big offensive numStanford sophwhich leads the tournament bers to help the U.S. womomore Annika in pitching. Of course, no enâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national water polo Brenda Villa Dries has been Jessica Mendoza one can touch the U.S. in team (Villa) and the U.S. turning some terms of offense. national softball team (Mendoza) heads with her play in the middle. Stanford grad Alissa Haber set win in international competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a great legacy of great a tournament record for RBI with Villa scored three goals to lead centers here and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see her bases-loaded double in the first the Americans to a 12-9 victory over â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ankaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; come in, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 18, and inning of the U.S. victory over the Russia in the final round of pool play fill some big shoes,â&#x20AC;? Villa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canadians. Mendoza is the former at the FINA World League Super Fi- nice having her around.â&#x20AC;? record holder. nal in La Jolla. The USA reached Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Overall Haber has 16 RBI to go Mendoza had three hits and drove match with an exciting 15-14 shoo- with a tournament-leading .650 batin four runs as the U.S. beat Canada, tout victory over Australia on Tues- ting average (down from .715 two 16-1, in the quarterfinals of the ISF day. Stanford grad Lauren (Lolo) days ago), 11 runs and 13 hits. She World Championships in Caracas, Silver put the finishing touches on also leads with seven doubles. Venezuela. the victory by scoring twice, includâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I take pride in my pre-game batVilla was hoping to help again ing the winning goal. ting practice. I get the opportunity to when the U.S. played its quarterfiAmerican goalie Emily Feher hit every type of pitch and that helps nal match with Canada on Thursday, made three saves during the shoot- me get ready to face all types of Mendoza and the U.S. softball team out phase, allowing the U.S. to re- pitchers,â&#x20AC;? Haber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mindset took on Japan in the semifinals of cord the come-from-behind victory. is to no matter what, make contact. the World Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game flip-flopped back and I try to scout the pitchers before and The USA-Japan softball contest forth right up to the final seconds,â&#x20AC;? get their strengths and weaknesses has been highly anticipated since Feher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got lit up a few times then put a plan together that meshes the beginning of the World Cham- but I was able to pull off a couple of their strengths and weaknesses and pionships. The U.S. holds the World bug stops to help my team win.â&#x20AC;? my own. Then, of course, I always Championship series record at 12-2 Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann try to relax and have fun!â&#x20AC;? with the last loss during the 2006 also scored a goal in the shootout as Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something else in comsemifinal game. For complete cover- the U.S. rallied after Australia took mon between Villa and Mendoza: age of the ISF World Championship, the lead at 12-11 with 48 seconds re- they are both mentoring prodigies visit USA softball. maining to play in regulation. who also happen to be Stanford â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to get better every Kami Craig scored with nine products. N



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