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Community Health Education Programs Palo Alto Center 795 El Camino Real Lecture and Workshops 650-853-4873 The Silent Killer: Detection and Management of Hypertension Presented by Lynette Lissin, M.D., PAMF Cardiology Tuesday, Aug. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Your Baby’s Doctor Thursday, Aug. 12, 7 – 9 p.m.

Mountain View Center 701 E. El Camino Real Lecture and Workshops 650-934-7373 Beginners Guide to Diabetes A Conversation With...Judy Farnsworth, R.D., CDE Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 – 8 p.m. Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale

Living Well Classes 650-853-2960

Understanding Celiac and Gluten For Your Health Community Lecture Series Presented by Sanjeev Tummala, M.D., and Dalia Perelman, R.D. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7 – 8 p.m.

Functional Spine Training First Monday of each month, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-853-2961 New Weigh of Life (Pre-assessment required prior to starting class) Palo Alto: Wednesdays starting Sept. 1 for 12 weeks, 6 – 7:15 p.m. Free orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Redwood City: Thursdays starting Sept. 23 for 12 weeks, 2 – 4:15 p.m.

Prediabetes First Monday of the month, 9 – 11:30 a.m., and third Wednesday of every other month, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Also in Redwood Shores, fourth Wednesday of every other month, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Adult Weight Management Group Thursdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

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

Bariatric Nutrition SMA First Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. – noon

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

HMR Weight Management Program 650-404-8260 Free orientation session. Tuesdays, noon – 1 p.m., and Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-934-7177 New Weigh of Life: Adult Weight Management Program (Pre-assessment required prior to starting class) Mondays starting Oct. 4 for 12 weeks, 6 – 7:15 p.m.

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

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

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

Gestational Diabetes Wednesdays, 2 – 4 p.m.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Child Care Classes Preparing for Birth 650-853-2960 Wednesdays, Aug. 4 – Sept. 19 (skip 9/8), 7 – 9:15 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 7, 14 & 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 2 – Oct. 7, 7 – 9:15 p.m. Moving Through Pregnancy Mondays, Aug. 9 & 16, 7 – 9 p.m., 650-853-2960

Breastfeeding: Secrets for Success Thursday, Aug. 26, 7 – 9 p.m., 650-853-2960 Feeding Dynamics: Raising Healthy & Happy Eaters! (for parents of children aged 0 – 6) 650-853-2961 Introduction to Solids (ages 0 – 1) Feeding Your Toddler (ages 1 – 3) Feeding Your Preschooler (ages 3 – 6) Offered in Palo Alto and Los Altos, please call for dates.

Support Groups Bariatric 650-281-8908

Drug and Alcohol 650-853-2904

Kidney 650-323-2225

Cancer 650-342-3749

Healing Imagery for Cancer Patients 650-799-5512

Multiple Sclerosis 650-328-0179

Diabetes 650-224-7872

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Child Care Classes Childbirth Preparation Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, Aug. 5, 13 & 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

What to Expect with Your Newborn Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7 – 8 p.m.

Preparing for Baby Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Infant Emergencies and CPR Wednesdays, Aug. 18 and Sept. 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

OB Orientation Thursdays, Aug. 12 & 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Baby Care Thursday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Infant/Child CPR Monday, Aug. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

For all, register online or call 650-934-7373.

Introduction to Solids Monday, Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Free Appointments 650-934-7373 HICAP Counseling, Advance Health Care Directive Counseling, General Social Services (visits with our social worker)

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Tunneling dropped as Midpeninsula rail option Covered trenches also ruled out as design options for Palo Alto and neighboring communities by Gennady Sheyner

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eep tunnels and covered trenches have been dropped as alternatives for the Palo Alto/Midpeninsula portion of the state’s high-speed-line under the latest plan from the California High Speed Rail Authority, officials dis-

closed Thursday. The agency dropped the tunnel and cut-and-cover alternatives despite heavy lobbying on their behalf by Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Mountain View and other Midpeninsula cities.

A short tunnel under San Francisquito Creek is a possibility, the report indicates — which would facilitate flood-control planning and possibly remove threats to the root system of the landmark El Palo Alto redwood tree. The authority board discussed design options for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the line at its meeting yesterday in San Francisco.

A new staff report lists just two design options for the Peninsula segment: one relies on at-grade and aerial structures and another includes tunnels at several portions of the segment. Tunneling is still an option for a stretch in San Francisco, in the Burlingame/Millbrae area and in Santa Clara. But in Palo Alto, where city leaders and residents have long clamored for an underground tunnel, deep

tunnels and covered trenches now appear to be off the table. The only design options recommended by staff engineers are at-grade trains, aerial viaducts and open trenches, according to a staff summary made public at the meeting. According to the Supplemental Alternative Analysis, the coveredtrench alternative in the Palo Alto (continued on page 6)

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Philanthropist, Sunset publisher Bill Lane dies Longtime environmentalist, former ambassador dies following an illness by Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Going to the dogs Shasta, a white Afghan hound, romps with a fellow canine at the Mitchell Park dog park last week.

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Palo Altans to vote on elections, firefighter staffing City Council places both measures on November ballot, avoids binding-arbitration repeal for now by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto voters will decide in November whether the city should freeze staffing levels in the Fire Department and switch to even-numbered years for local elections, but they will not have a chance to repeal the binding-arbitration provision from the City Charter. The City Council voted 5-4 on Monday night to place a measure on the November ballot that would switch the city’s elections from odd years to even years. The election-year issue will be one of two measures on the November ballot. The other ballot measure, pushed by the local

firefighters union, would require the city to hold an election any time the council wants to close a fire station or change staffing levels in the Fire Department. The proposal to reconsider Palo Alto’s election years split the council before eking out a bare majority of support. The switch from odd to even years was proposed by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss, a former Palo Alto mayor who promoted it as a way to both save the city $200,000 every other year and to raise voter turnout. “There’s no question the voter turn-

out is better in even years,” Kniss told the council Monday. Council members Karen Holman and Greg Scharff were the most fervent supporters of asking the voters to consider the election-year change this November — a proposal would add a year to each council member’s term. Holman said making the switch to even years would help council candidates get the attention of the city’s voters, which she said is often difficult in odd-numbered years. Scharff said most communities already have even-year elections and that Palo Alto should join them and, in doing so, raise its voter participation. “We’re saving money and increasing voter participation,” Scharff said. “It seems to me those are two positive goals.” Gail Price, Yiaway Yeh and Nancy Shepherd joined Holman and Scharff in supporting the ballot measure. Mayor Pat Burt, Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa and Councilmen Greg Schmid (continued on page 8)

ormer Sunset magazine publisher and philanthropist Bill Lane died Saturday following a rich life of community dedication and leadership. Lane died at Stanford Hospital following an illness and surrounded by family members. Lane, who was U.S. ambassador to Japan and Australia in the Ford and Reagan administrations, celebrated his 90th birthday last November. He was also a co-founder of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford in 1942. Lane died of respiratory failure at Stanford Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday following a week in a coma related to bleeding in the brain, or subdural hematoma. Family members were with him, according to a spokesperson. Among numerous other community activities, Lane was a founder the Town of Portola Valley in 1964, and he served as its first mayor — but only for about 20 minutes, saying he had other things to do. He and his wife, Jean, had a home there for 54 years. He and his brother, Mel Lane, who died in 2007 at 85, were copublishers of Sunset Magazine for more than 30 years. The magazine initially was purchased by their father, Laurence Lane, during the Depression when it was a shaky publication, and both brothers sold it door-to-door during the Depression years. Following his graduation from Stanford, he served as a naval lieutenant during the balance of the war, including as a gunnery officer on a troop transport. Both he and his brother were avid environmentalists, contributing heavily to local and national envi-

ronmental organizations and causes. Lane was an active supporter of Peninsula Open Space Trust, as well as of national parks and Bill Lane conser vation causes around the country, according to Audrey Rust, POST chief executive. “He was really a remarkable man who put his efforts into his belief system. He was a conservationist of great stature,” she said. Lane was a renowned philanthropist and fundraiser, who first gave then asked others to contribute to a broad variety of causes. POST’s environmentally themed Wallace Stegner lecture series was underwritten by Bill and Jean Lane, and he attended almost every lecture for 15 years, Rust said. He also served on the board at Colonial Williamsburg and funded environmental internships at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural. In 1984 he set a record of sorts for raising more than $1 million in about six weeks to restore the Stanford Barn (now the Red Barn Equestrian Center), as well as raising funds to repair Memorial Church and Quad’s History Corner after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. He was enormously generous to Stanford University, endowing the Bill Lane Center for the American West in 2005 with a $5 million gift. More recently, the Lanes gave (continued on page 6)

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF FINAL DATES ON OR BEFORE WHICH DIRECT AND REBUTTAL ARGUMENTS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY CLERK IN SUPPORT OF OR AGAINST THE CHARTER AMENDMENT REGARDING ADDING ARTICLE IX FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MINIMUM PROTECTION TO SPECIFY MINIMUM STAFFING AND SERVICE LEVELS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND OF FIRE STATIONS AND FIRE STATION LOCATIONS AND REQUIRE A REFERENDUM VOTE FOR ANY PROPOSAL TO REDUCE SUCH LEVELS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORS OF PALO ALTO AT A SPECIAL ELECTION, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., has been ďŹ xed as the ďŹ nal date and time when direct arguments for or against the following measure may be submitted to the City Clerk for printing and distribution to the voters of the City. Copies of the direct arguments will be available from the City Clerk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. The deadline for ďŹ ling rebuttal arguments with the City Clerk has been set for Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. CITY OF PALO ALTO CHARTER INITIATIVE (MEASURE “___â€?) Shall the Charter be amended to require the City to continuously maintain in all budgetary years at least the number of Fire Department Personnel authorized in the 2009-10 annual Budget, and to prohibit the City from implementing any proposal to reduce ďŹ re stafďŹ ng levels or close or relocate a ďŹ re station unless the City Council holds two public hearings, submits the measure to voters, and a majority of voters approve the proposal? FOR THE AMENDMENT ____ AGAINST THE AMENDMENT ____ The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Copies of the resolution placing this proposition on the ballot and containing the full text of the measure are available in the City Clerk’s OfďŹ ce, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94301. All materials to be printed in the Sample Ballot regarding the measure will be available for public examination from Wednesday, August 18, 2010 through Friday, August 27, 2010, at the City Clerk’s ofďŹ ce on the seventh oor. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk Page 4ĂŠUĂŠĂ•}Ă•ĂƒĂŒĂŠĂˆ]ÊÓä£äÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Around Town FRESH TERMS ... Palo Alto’s famously thorough Planning and Transportation Commission almost lost one of its chief skeptics Monday night. Arthur Keller, who has been on the commission for four years, barely retained his seat on the influential board after only five council members voted to reappoint him to the commission. Keller, the commission’s resident data cruncher and master of analogies (in recent years, he has turned hamburgers, horses, pigs, pythons and mice into housing and traffic metaphors), was reappointed to another term, but only after stiff competition from school-district volunteer Sarah Carpenter. The City Council unanimously voted to reappoint the commission’s Vice Chair Samir Tuma to another term, but barely reached consensus when voting on Keller’s seat. The majority ultimately opted for stability. Council members Greg Schmid, Karen Holman, Yiaway Yeh, Sid Espinosa and Gail Price voted to elect Keller to a fresh four-year term. Mayor Pat Burt and council members Larry Klein, Nancy Shepherd and Greg Scharff voted for Carpenter. THE NEW DEAL ... For the Palo Alto City Council, the Monday night meeting was both the best and worst of times for labor negotiations. The council scrapped its proposal to place the city’s binding-arbitration provision on the November ballot, but grudgingly agreed to place on the ballot the firefighters’ initiative to freeze staffing levels in the Fire Department (“We have to put it on the ballot — it’s not a choice,� Greg Scharff explained, almost apologetically). But the meeting also featured a major milestone for the city’s relationship with its biggest union, the Service Employees International Union, Local 521. The two sides famously clashed last year, when contract talks broke down and the City Council imposed benefit reductions on the 600-plus workers represented by the union. The union responded by staging a one-day strike and by calling in sick en masse. On Monday, however, the council had nothing but praise and gratitude for the city’s largest union. The two sides had formalized the contract

changes (including a new pension formula, reduced floating holidays and increased health care contributions) and the council was formally approving its new one-year contract with SEIU. As part of the agreement, the union also withdrew its “unfair labor practice� claims against the city, said Human Resources Director Russ Carlsen, who called the new contract a “significant event for everyone.� The new contract represents a reduction of about 4 percent in employee compensation and benefits, he said. COMPOST WARS ... The phrase “feasibility study� rarely ruffles feathers in Palo Alto, where task forces and multiple public hearings are the chief problem-solving tools. But this week, the city’s environmentalists renewed their heated internal debate over the future of composting in Palo Alto. The City Council was prepared to discuss awarding a contract for a feasibility study for a new anaerobic-digestion facility at Byxbee Park. The council approved the study in April by a 5-4 vote after a lengthy debate. The argument continued this week when both proponents and opponents of the proposed plants made another pitch to the council. Advocates for the new plant, including environmentalist Walt Hays and Cedric de la Beaujardier, who last year co-chaired the specially appointed Compost Task Force, both urged the council to approve the study. Project proponents are also gathering signatures for a ballot petition that would allow Byxbee Park land to be used for composting. The new study, Hays said, will give voters some basis for making an informed decision about the new facility. But project opponents, including conservationist Emily Renzel and attorney Tom Jordan, argued that Byxbee Park is no place for a new waste-to-energy facility. Jordan asked the council to reconsider the feasibility study. He also criticized the opposing camp for gathering signatures and preparing for an election before the study is completed. “It’s almost as if they’re afraid of the information,� Jordan said. The council opted to discuss the issue and vote on the contract later in the week. N

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Tommy Fehrenbach to spearhead Palo Alto economic development Former chair of Chamber board named to city’s economic development position by Jay Thorwaldson

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ommy Fehrenbach, relationship manager at Borel Private Bank & Trust Co. and former chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has been named the new economic development manager for the City of Palo Alto. His assignment will be to try to reverse the economic fortunes of Palo Alto in the form of loss of millions of dollars in sales tax and other revenues in recent years. Fehrenbach, known for his energy and outgoing approach to people, will begin his new post Aug. 16 as part of the city manager’s office, city officials announced. “As we confront the fundamental changes in our business environment, Tom’s combination of Palo Alto knowledge, talent and experience will help us to retain our strong economic position as a center of commerce and innovation,” Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil said in a memo Tuesday evening informing the City Council of Fehrenbach’s selection. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie, to whom Fehrenbach will report, co-signed the memo. Fehrenbach replaces Susan Barnes, who retired in June but who has continued working part-time as a consultant pending naming of a new outreach manager. The salary for the position is $123,053 per year, plus benefits, according to the city’s Human Resources Department. “After an extensive search Tom was selected as the best fit for Palo

Alto,” Antil said. “He brings experience as a small business manager here in downtown Palo Alto, which provides excellent insight to the needs of our small business community. “Additionally, Tom provided leadership with the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, which gives him a broader business perspective,” Antil said. Fehrenbach has years of business experience, but also has a light side, participating in a video to promote Palo Alto as a site for a Google grant to provide high-speed fiber and broadband to Palo Alto last spring. He also has performed karaoke at local events. In recent civic issues, Fehrenbach opposed a business-license tax that went down to defeat last year, but he earlier supported the concept of “civic engagement for the common good” as a top city priority. Engaging the community with an eye toward the “common good” is completely different from simply engaging the community, he said. “The common good ensures there’s room for everyone’s voice.” Fehrenbach commented on his impending career move: “Although it’s difficult to leave Borel, I’m excited to go to work for the city in this new capacity. “There are certainly challenges to face — especially in light of these uncertain economic times. However, I look forward to engaging with the community around thoughtful economic development so that we may

continue to make Palo Alto a great place to live and work.” He earlier was a loan officer for Stern Mortgage Company of Palo Tommy Fehrenbach Alto, and was vice president and store manager of Sports Gallery Authenticated of Palo Alto. In 2001 he received a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science, with a concentration on human resources and society, from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He is a Palo Alto resident. The magnitude of Fehrenbach’s challenge was outlined in the introduction to the recently adopted $139.4 million city budget for fiscal year 2010-11. “General Fund revenues are still under duress and are expected, at best, to climb slowly out of their trough,” the introduction said. It cited evidence that the fund “has hit a ‘revenue bottom.’” But it warned that “continued high unemployment, low consumer confidence, restrained business spending, and credit restrictions could reverse or constrain revenue performance.” N Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@ paweekly.com.

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Balancing student emotional health, academics Annual school-board retreat allows members to discuss how to confront challenges of upcoming school year

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University Club of Palo Alto. But there was no swimming or tennis. Except for restroom breaks, board members never left a small conference room where sandwiches and cookies were delivered to fuel the conversation. The retreat offers board members and Superintendent Kevin Skelly a chance to step back from daily distractions to hammer out broad, longterm goals and priorities. Ways to bolster the social-emotional health of students dominated the day’s discussion, though there was little direct mention of the four student suicides in 2009 that catapulted that issue to community-wide — even national — attention. Board members sought to define a policy to assure emotional health is addressed on every campus while giving principals leeway to tailor specific approaches to the needs of

NOTICE OF FINAL DATES ON OR BEFORE WHICH DIRECT AND REBUTTAL ARGUMENTS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY CLERK IN SUPPORT OF OR AGAINST THE MEASURE TO AMEND ARTICLE III, SECTION 3 OF THE CHARTER TO CHANGE CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS AND EXTEND THE TERMS OF CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBERS TO FIVE YEARS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORS OF PALO ALTO AT A SPECIAL ELECTION, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., has been fixed as the final date and time when direct arguments for or against the following measure may be submitted to the City Clerk for printing and distribution to the voters of the City. Copies of the direct arguments will be available from the City Clerk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. The deadline for filing rebuttal arguments with the City Clerk has been set for Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. CITY OF PALO ALTO (MEASURE “___”)

by Chris Kenrick round a table littered with napkins, stacks of documents, car keys and carafes of iced tea, Palo Alto Board of Education members Monday grappled with challenges of the upcoming school year. Two questions dominated the day, reflecting the razor’s-edge balance in the district: What specific things can schools do to support the social-emotional health of students? How can schools boost college readiness among low-achieving students while helping top students realize their Stanford and Ivy-League dreams? Both questions are set in a context of a district spanning 19 campuses with nearly 12,000 students from kindergarten through high school. The setting was the board’s annual two-day retreat, held this year, as it was last year, in donated space at the

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their particular school. “I don’t want to be prescriptive about specific tactics, but I would like all the schools involved,” board member Barb Mitchell said. “I want it to be a limited number of initiatives ... that are manageable and realistic.” Mitchell expressed concern that the lengthy to-do list in last month’s report of the community-wide coalition Project Safety Net is not realistic. “We need to communicate a much narrower set of expectations than we have right now,” she said. “We have to communicate what we’re taking on from (Project Safety Net). “I think this community is so much on the same page, and we’re just struggling over different documents and language.” (continued on page 9)

To consolidate with county and State elections and help reduce the City’s election costs, shall Article III, section 3 of the Palo Alto City Charter be amended to change the City’s general municipal elections to each even-numbered year, with the next election scheduled for 2012, and to extend the terms of all current council members by one year in order to complete the transition to even-numbered year elections? FOR THE AMENDMENT ____ AGAINST THE AMENDMENT ____ The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Copies of the resolution placing this proposition on the ballot and containing the full text of the measure are available in the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94301. All materials to be printed in the Sample Ballot regarding the measure will be available for public examination from Wednesday, August 18, 2010 through Friday, August 27, 2010, at the City Clerk’s office on the seventh floor. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÈ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 5

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Actress and former schoolteacher Jane Seaman of Los Altos Hills has spent 15,000 hours — or 1.7 years of her life — reading out loud in an empty room. For 43 years, Seaman has gone to a recording studio in Palo Alto to read literature and law books for an online audio-textbook library for people who cannot read on their own. She is one of 114 volunteers for the Northern California division of the national nonprofit Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic who will be recognized at an awards reception in Palo Alto Sunday. “It’s been a very rewarding personal experience for me in so many ways, and I’m just happy that I’m still able to do it,� she said. Seaman records in four-hour sessions three times a week. She is currently reading a biography of Charlotte Bronte and short stories for a literary anthology. Her favorite subject matter is poetry and plays, especially those she has performed on stage. “I feel I have an understanding of it and can bring something to it that another person might not be able to,� and in the studio she can even play Hamlet, she said. When Seaman began reading in 1967, she had just finished playing Helen Keller’s mother in “The Miracle Worker� when she came across an article about the organization. “We had several blind children in the cast,� she recalled. “I just had to develop, of course, a special feeling for children coping with this type of challenge.� Other honorees have recorded up to 8,000 hours. Those honored will include 32 volunteers from Palo Alto, 16 from Los Altos and 15 from Menlo Park. N — Katia Savchuk

Alma Street sidewalk/curb project starts Monday A “concrete rehabilitation� project along Alma Street in south Palo Alto will begin Monday (Aug. 9), funded by a $209,000 federal stimulus grant — resulting in weekday traffic slowdowns in sections of the northbound lanes. The work will continue in sections until mid-October, city officials announced Tuesday afternoon. The first phase will install new curbs and gutters from Alma Plaza to Colorado Avenue, including repair of driveways and sidewalks, according the Linda Clerkson, communications manager for the city. Street corners will have new concrete curb ramps installed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, she said. Starting Aug. 16, the right, northbound lane will have overnight closures in 500-foot sections. A different section will be closed each Monday at 9 a.m. and remain closed until Friday at 4 p.m. The closures are for safety reasons and to prevent cars from driving on the new concrete curbs and gutters along the narrow lane, Clerkson said. Closures will start at El Verano Avenue and move north to Colorado Avenue. All lanes will be open during weekends, she said. People with questions may call Public Works Engineering at 650-3292501 or e-mail pwecips@cityofpaloalto.org. The project is officially called the City of Palo Alto’s Alma Street Concrete Rehabilitation Project, with funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. N — Palo Alto Online staff

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area is “impracticable due to major constructability issues� and presents significant ventilation and lifesafety problems. A deep tunnel would “result in critical risks due to ground conditions, have major constructability issues, lengthy construction schedule and substantial cost features,� the report said. “Partially or completely covered trench or short-tunnel sections may be constructed to ameliorate either narrow right of way or environmen-

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tal concerns� on the Peninsula segment, the report states. “The San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto could be a location where a short tunnel underneath the creek would be necessary in order to not interfere with the creek’s water flow,� it states. It says that in other sections, trenching would be designed “to not preclude future decking or coverage. “This would allow cities to cover sections of the trench if they found it desirable and if it were acceptable by Caltrain and the Authority.� Covered sections of less than 600 feet could be added later “without requiring sophisticated fire/life safety systems,� it said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Corrections The photo of Keith Bechtol, which appeared in the July 30 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly, should have been credited Courtesy of MarathonFoto.com. To request a correction, contact Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Baylands brush fire caused by kids with matches Two children playing with matches set fire to dry grass and brush along a trail at the end of Geng Road in Palo Alto, near the Baylands Athletic Center, Wednesday afternoon. (Posted Aug. 5 at 8:44 a.m.)

Panel OKs $10 million for Hangar One Congresswoman Anna Eshoo had promising news about funding to help restore Moffett Field’s massive landmark, Hangar One. (Posted Aug. 5 at 8:31 a.m.)

Mountain View march celebrates Prop. 8 ruling Gay rights advocates gathered at the Mountain View Caltrain station Wednesday evening to march in celebration of the decision delivered by a federal judge to overturn Proposition 8, the controversial initiative approved by California voters in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages. (Posted Aug. 5 at 1:02 a.m.)

Federal judge rules Prop. 8 unconstitutional A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said the voter-approved initiative violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. (Posted Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.)

Police investigate dumpster fire at Gunn A dumpster containing wood and metal debris burned in a suspicious fire at Gunn High School in Palo Alto Tuesday night, police Detective Brian Philip said. (Posted Aug. 4 at 1:38 p.m.)

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Police release sketch of robbery suspects Menlo Park police are asking the public to help them find two suspects in a home-invasion robbery in Menlo Park on July 31. Two men armed with handguns invaded a home in the 1200 block of San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park around 8:56 a.m. Saturday, July 31, police reported. (Posted Aug. 4 at 9:04 a.m.)

BevMo rallies for second try at Menlo Park store Three years after shelving plans for a Menlo Park store, Beverages & More (BevMo) is back. The alcohol retailer has filed for a liquor license with the state for a new location at 700 El Camino Real, the former site of Chili’s restaurant. (Posted Aug. 3 at 4:10 p.m.)

Palo Alto native Florence Minard dies at 102 Florence Anna Paulsen Minard, the last of a pioneer Palo Alto family, died peacefully in Menlo Park on July 5, five weeks short of her 103rd birthday. (Posted Aug. 3 at 2:31 p.m.)

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Lecture series explores art, science, animation A photographer, a textile artist and the head of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission might seem an unlikely combination for a panel talk. But not when you’re exploring the ways art and science connect with and inspire each other. (Posted Aug. 2 at 5:09 p.m.)

Tradition, culture highlight Obon Festival The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple celebrated the Obon Festival for the 62nd time over the weekend. “Obon is a Buddhist and Japanese tradition; a once-a-year festival to honor our ancestors in a very positive and festive manner,� event co-chair Shiz Kobara said. (Posted Aug. 2 at 5:04 p.m.)

Water District OKs $40M flood protection project Santa Clara Valley Water District board members unanimously approved a sweeping project Thursday (July 29) designed to protect 2,220 properties in Mountain View from a rare, 100-year flood. (Posted Aug. 2 at 8:51 a.m.)

Armed men invade Menlo Park home Two men armed with handguns invaded a home Saturday morning (July 31) in the 1200 block of San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park, police report. (Posted Aug. 2 at 8:46 a.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com to sign up.

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City Council (Aug. 2)

Binding arbitration: The council voted not to place a measure repealing bindingarbitration from the City Charter on the November ballot. Yes: Price, Shepherd, Yeh, Espinosa, Klein No: Burt, Scharff, Holman, Schmid Election years: The council voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would switch the city’s election from odd to even years. Yes: Scharff, Holman, Shepherd, Price, Yeh No: Klein, Schmid, Burt, Espinosa

Board of Education (Aug. 2-3)

Board retreat: The Board of Education discussed district-wide goals for the upcoming school year, including goals related to academic achievement, student emotional health, financial management and organizational issues. Action: None

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Stanford Hospital: The board discussed the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project and proposed designs for the main hospital building at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and for Hoover Pavilion. Action: None

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meeting scheduled this week. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Comprehensive Plan Amendment and the Housing Element chapter in the Comprehensive Plan. The commission also plans to select its chair and vice chair. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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and Larry Klein dissented. Klein said the city should gather more information and consider other implications of making the switch, including its impact on the schooldistrict measures and elections. Klein also said the city’s tradition of having elections in odd years allows voters to focus on local elections and not be distracted by state and national issues. “It enables our community, our voters, to have a community discussion about where they want the city to go,” Klein said. “That’s implemented in who they vote for in the council elections. “The attention certainly will not be paid if the council is one of 10 or 15 elections that will be held in an evennumbered year.” City staff indicated savings from even-year elections would have a range but be less than the $200,000 estimate by Kniss. Some council members expressed concern about potential extra costs to the Palo Alto Unified School District and Foothill-De Anza Community College District should they keep their elections in odd years. The council also voted 5-4 not to put the binding-arbitration provision on the ballot. The provision, which city voters adopted in 1978, enables an arbitration panel to settle labor disputes between the city and its publicsafety unions.

Upfront Though most council members said they oppose binding arbitration, the proposal to bring the issue up for a vote this year fizzled after Klein said the city needs more time to gather community input. He also said he would be interested in exploring a measure that would keep binding arbitration in place for the two police unions, but remove the provision for the firefighters union. “There have been no hearings, no considerations of alternatives,” he added. “We ought to have opportunities to consider them.” Klein joined Price, Shepherd, Espinosa and Yeh and voted to keep a binding-arbitration measure off this year’s ballot. Proponents of the repeal argued that the provision is costly and antidemocratic. Scharff and Holman both urged their colleagues to place repeal on the ballot. Scharff said the provision makes it impossible for the city to control the city’s spiking pension costs or make structural changes to employee contracts. He called putting binding arbitration on the November ballot a “nobrainer” decision and said the time to repeal the provision is now. “If you’re really seeking structural change, and you really care about getting pensions under control, and you really care about fiscal sustainability, you need to get rid of binding arbitration.” Holman said the tough financial climate calls for political leadership and repealing binding arbitration is the boldest action the council could

take at this time. “Binding arbitration is one of the more significant aspects of how the city does or does not have control of its own destiny,” she said. Holman said the council’s proposal to repeal arbitration is not an act of retaliation against the firefighter’s union, which will have its own measure on the November ballot. The initiative, spearheaded by Palo Alto Firefighters, Local 1319, would require the city to hold an election any time it wants to close a fire station or change department staffing levels. The union received more than 6,000 signatures for the ballot initiative, more than enough to qualify it for the ballot. The council on Monday officially placed the measure on the November ballot, with several members saying they fiercely oppose the proposal. Scharff called the firefighters’ initiative “amazingly selfish,” while Burt called it a “misguided attempt at a power play by the Fire Department.” Though the council ultimately rejected Scharff’s and Holman’s proposal to include binding arbitration on the November ballot, members agreed the issue deserves further discussion and possible inclusion on a future ballot. Staff is scheduled to bring back a timeline for these discussions in the fall. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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creasing number of district children are taking some “high-end� classes out of the district at private institutions such as Lydian Academy, the School for Independent Learners and St. Francis High School. Members urged greater attention to “relationship-building� between the district’s counseling staff and admissions officials at top colleges. “What do our counselors do to develop relationships at schools our community cares about?� board member Melissa Baten Caswell asked. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@ paweekly.com.

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

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Thor and Jonelle Madsen Thor and Jonelle Madsen of Atherton will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a party at Trader Vic’s in Palo Alto on Aug. 28. The Madsens were married in Los Angeles in 1940. The young couple moved north to Richmond, where Thor worked on the shipping docks during World War II. After the war, they settled in San Carlos to raise their family. Thor Madsen founded the Thor Madsen Plumbing Company. He was active in San Carlos civic affairs, serving on the City Council from 1970 to 1973, and as mayor in 1973. He was also appointed to serve as a liaison between the mayors of San Mateo County and San Francisco.

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Editorial

It’s long past time to ban ‘vehicle dwelling’ Palo Alto needs to separate, prioritize issues to protect neighborhoods from intrusions, old vans and clutter, or worse

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t ain’t home till it’s up on blocks” is a refrain from a contemporary Trailer Park Troubadours song.

That’s raised on blocks, not parked on blocks of neighborhood streets — and it’s a theme that needs to be played by the City of Palo Alto. Of course, no one wants a community with cars and vans sitting around up on blocks. But the issue of people sleeping in — actually living in — vehicles parked on Palo Alto streets has again surfaced as a community concern, this time raised initially by residents and businesses in the College Terrace area. Yet it is a problem that extends to other areas of town as well, as has been well pointed out in the Town Square forum of www. PaloAltoOnline.com. It is not a new issue, but it is entirely distinct from two related issues: (1) overnight parking on streets generally by residents’ vehicles, and (2) storing of vehicles on streets by moving them just ahead of the 72-hour limit. There’s also a question of city credibility. In late 2008 city officials said some kind of action was going to be proposed by the end of that year to address sleeping/living in vehicles. It’s fair today to ask what crack that slipped into, and what it will take to pry it out for priority action. There’s a context behind the slippage. That matter was allowed to slip in the face of community outrage over perceived “racial profiling” by police, which forced former Police Chief Lynne Johnson into retirement and led to the appointment of Dennis Burns as interim chief and later chief. There was a staff feeling that there needed to be cooling off time before tackling another hot topic. There also was an emerging sense that vehicle dwelling should not be a Police Department initiative but addressed as a “health and safety” matter rather than parking-enforcement. And there was a feeling the push should come primarily from residents and neighborhood leaders. Sadly this was not communicated back to residents, who awaited some kind of action as promised from city leaders. The wait is now over, and residents are roused, and impatient. They want to know why Palo Alto is the only city in the area that allows overnight sleeping, camping or living on city streets while other cities don’t. As outlined in a Nov. 14, 2008, story in the Weekly, other cities handle the matter in different ways, with some exceptions for guests parked in driveways of residents they are visiting. Menlo Park bans vehicle dwelling under its nuisance law and health-and-safety provisions. We think health-and-safety is the correct avenue for Palo Alto. Addressing the vehicle-dwelling matter should NOT be confused with overnight parking on city streets. That issue has a long, complicated history, and prior to 1982 Palo Alto had such a ban but it was repealed for what were felt to be good reasons. And vehicle-dwelling by itself is complex enough. There is the issue of “the homeless,” a broad catch-all term that encompasses both those who find themselves in temporary hardship and unable to afford Palo Alto’s housing at one extreme and those who choose a no-home lifestyle. We are not advocating a policy of driving out homeless persons. Palo Alto as a city and community has spent millions on programs and services to assist homeless persons — through the Opportunity Center and nonprofit, often church-based meals, services and counseling programs. Yet as a community Palo Alto has a right, and responsibility, to protect the quality of life in its neighborhoods. That responsibility ultimately falls on the City Council and city administration, and it is long past time for our city officials to shoulder that duty and devise effective responses to an identified problem. There was a significant push made to address the issue of sleeping/living in vehicles as far back as 1999 when thenMayor Gary Fazzino raised the issue: “Streets are to be used for transportation. I don’t think people should be housed in the streets,” he said at a council committee meeting. Now, more than a decade later — and two years after it was explicitly promised — it is time to bring the subject back to the fore and deal with it. Page 12ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÈ]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Racial incident Editor, Last week, the occupants of a pickup truck — two or three young white men — shouted the “N word” at me as I biked through Palo Alto to my job at the VA Hospital. I briefly gave chase, hoping to get a view of the license plate number, but to no avail. The men made obscene gestures and shouted more racial epithets as the truck turned onto Charleston Avenue toward Alma. Infuriated over this attack on my dignity, I dialed 911. As an African-American, I’ve experienced much worse treatment in the past, but nothing like this had ever happened to me in my 11 years as a Bay Area resident. I consider this to be an isolated incident, but one is simply one too many. It is a reminder that even in a relatively progressive area such as this, bigotry and racism can rear their ugly heads at the most unexpected time: during a leisurely bike ride on a warm, otherwise lovely, summer afternoon. I do not seek to start some kind of larger dialogue on race. I do, however, hope that complacency about racial issues will not stifle meaningful discussions within our community about how to eradicate intolerance, so that no one — regardless of his or her background or circumstances — will feel vulnerable as they go about the business of their day. On the bright side, I have been heartened by words of support from friends who were shocked and outraged by what happened. Moreover, the Palo Alto police dispatch official who took my call was outstanding. She asked appropriate questions, listened to my concerns, and was a model of professionalism and compassion. Thus, I am hopeful that a “post-racial” society is achievable, but there is much work to do. Kareem L. Graham Department of Pathology Stanford University School of Medicine

Bike parking Editor, Last week your staff members came to work and discovered that a beautiful young tree had been destroyed in front of your office. The tree — a Chinese Pistache — was cut down by a thief interested in a bicycle that was locked to the tree. The negative practice of locking bikes to trees is common on Palo Alto streets such as California and University avenues. Locking bikes directly to trees and/or tree-stakes causes direct harm to trees (and apparently makes them better targets for theft!). Young trees have a very thin layer of bark protection over their vascular living tissue. Cuts and bruises can seriously interrupt transport of

water and nutrients and expose the tree to infection by pests and diseases. As more and more people discover the benefits of cycling, available bike parking isn’t as readily available — and trees are paying the price. Don’t get me wrong, I cycle to work, and I see bicycles as a form of sustainable, efficient and healthy transportation. It’s just that I expect better judgment from cyclists. After all, cyclists supposedly recognize the environmental and social benefits of riding instead of driving. I hope that the cyclists in our community will take a few extra moments to find a suitable bike rack rather than wrapping the nearest sapling with chains, locks, and bars. Elliott Wright Santa Rita Avenue Palo Alto

Telephone Pole 1139 Editor, Telephone Pole 1139 for the past 10 years has been my Palo Alto resident homeless address for voting and running for Palo Alto City Council. Palo Alto is my hometown

and I grew up here. ... Running for Palo Alto City Council out of the back of a Toyota truck was very hard to do. Yes, I did get many laughs: “Look, there is a homeless City Council Candidate.” There are many homeless stories to be talked about telephone pole 1139. Today there are five RVs parked there, not bothering anyone. The grass is cut, so there is no fire danger. This is a rebuttal to the Palo Alto Weekly, July 30. The “End vehicle dwelling” petition asks — this is an old homeless issue, just like the sit-lay issue — move the homeless along; we don’t want them here. I’m challenging the sit-lay ordinance, which is going to cost the city of Palo Alto a lot of money. ... The people of Palo Alto are starting to understand that they will respect ... the basic human rights and natural rights of the homeless. I have become a product of their failure. Soon my homeless life (panhandling, too) will be coming to an end. I’m becoming financially set and able to afford to raise a family. No more homeless stuff — this is continued on next page

YOUR TURN The Palo Alto Weekly encourages comments on our coverage or on issues of local interest.

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

Check out Town Square! Hundreds of local topics are being discussed by local residents on Town Square, a reader forum sponsored by the Weekly on our community website at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Post your own comments, ask questions, read the Editor’s blog or just stay up on what people are talking about around town!

Letters (continued from previous page) real. My question to the College Terrace residents and others in Palo Alto: Where is the KOA homeless RV park I asked to be put out near the Duck Pond? I’m sure that over a hundred RVs could be parked there, clearing the streets of Palo Alto of trash, providing solar showers and a convenience store, also a daylabor program to do the landscaping and clean up. When I ran for office I laid out a complete program.Where did that go? The “End vehicle dwelling,” petition will not fly. I will be fighting this homeless issue, too. You must have open beds in the Opportunity Center, then you can cite the people living in their vehicles. Right now there is a waiting list of 1,500 people trying to get into the center. Yes I will challenge the new PA law if there is one and sue. The homeless population is growing every day, like I said a long time ago. Help us, don’t trash us, please. Thank you. Victor Frost Telephone Pole 1139 Palo Alto

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Board of Contributors: Call to a good life is not always in perfect pitch by Nancy McGaraghan t first the sound was surreal. We had arrived in Istanbul late the night before. Then, we were struck by the sound of birds, which our driver said could always be heard in Istanbul. Now, in the early morning half light, and only half awake, we heard a strange warbling, wailing noise. Before we were awake enough to figure it out, the sound was over. And so was our night’s sleep. But that sound would return and eventually become a favorite traveling companion. It was, of course, the Muslim call to prayer and it is pervasive in Turkey, as are the mosques and minarets from which it is chanted through loudspeakers five times a day. The call to prayer can be hauntingly beautiful but sometimes it is not pitch-perfect. We learned that the head of religious affairs in Istanbul had set up voice classes for the city’s tuneless muezzins and imams. Traditionally, Muslims would respond by performing the prescribed prayer ritual. We did not see this, nor did we understand the text of the prayers. But somehow these chants became enchanting for us. It’s a shame that so much of what we know of the Muslim world is negative. We hear, “call to prayer” and we think, jihad, extremist, 9/11, terrorism. Nothing could be further from the truth of what we saw and experienced in Turkey. The call to prayer, as it is practiced there — in moderation with quiet, personal

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responses — was emblematic of life in Turkey as we saw it. Mosques and minarets dot the countryside so the call to prayer followed us on our drive from Istanbul down to the Turquoise Coast. We knew we were hooked when we began planning our trip so that we would be in earshot of the local call. For us, the calls became a welcome reminder to slow down and take an example from the Turks, who are gracious and seem to relish life. For them, beauty is every bit as important as expedience. In this purportedly masculine culture, there was a distinctly feminine quality. And hospitality is not optional. At a lunch stop in a large industrial city, we met Mahmet and his friends, 20-somethings, cute and engaging. Lots of gestures and good laughs later, we discovered our one common word: “Facebook.” We met mama, who worked in the kitchen. One after another, men came in to check out what was going on as if word was out that some crazy Americans were in town. We left with pictures of everyone, pockets full of every treat and trinket they could find behind the counter, a couple of local fist bumps to share with the grandkids, and memories to last a lifetime. Our next stop was for gas. To our amazement, the owner came and asked us to join him for tea. Had the grapevine travelled this far? Knowing there could only be one response to his invitation, we put down our squeegee and pump and joined the Director, as he called himself. He pulled up folding chairs at the side of the station, we all sat down and a man carrying three glasses of tea appeared from around the corner.

Besides his hospitality, we shared only sign language and a desire to get to know each other. Just like Greg Mortenson in his book, “Three Cups of Tea,” we were beginning to feel like part of the family. There is also visible poverty in Turkey. I asked one of our guides about this and if Turkish people were generally happy. He said they were, in spite of the poverty, which the country is trying to deal with. “Turkish people make their happiness wherever they are.” We saw families of four riding on motor scooters, hanging on and laughing. Helmets? Not one. Women sat tall and proud on the backs of tractors, seeming to say, “My guy’s got a tractor. Top that!” It was impossible to be in the company of these Turkish people and not be affected by their warmth and optimism. Is the call to prayer responsible for any of this? Who can say? But the one thing that is a constant in their lives is this call to be awake, to be grateful and to believe that life is good. It is a call to hold on to values, such as hospitality, that are threatened when life moves too fast. We were in Turkey a month ago and now it seems like worlds away. But it is summertime in Palo Alto and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes. If there is a take-home message from this trip it is to learn from our Turkish friends: Life is good, even if not pitch-perfect, and a morsel of honey-soaked pastry, or maybe a Peet’s frappuccino, will sweeten anyone’s perspective. Let the wake up calls continue. Nancy McGaraghan is a member of the Weekly’s Board of Contributors. She can be e-mailed at chezmcg@hotmail.com.■

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If you were writing a book what would the title be? Asked on Emerson Street in Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Georgia Wells.

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“Looming Retirement.”

“Fictional Fun.”

“Mornings Without Orange Juice: Reflections on Cooperative Living.”

“Live Happy, Radically.”

Railroad Engineer Islay Street, San Luis Obispo

Teacher San Marcos Road, Atascadero

Environmental Analyst Emerson Street, Palo Alto

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Co-coordinator Common Ground Demonstration Garden Emerson Street, Palo Alto “Sustainable Small-Scale Farming.”

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Palo Alto photographer explores high-tech development in Silicon Valley — and India — in airport artwork by Robin Migdol lege Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, who answered the airport’s open call for artists to submit work to be displayed in the new terminal. (See story below on Mountain View resident Shona Kitchen, one of the other artists.) For the past two years, Filo has worked with San Jose’s Public Art Program to design a work of art that showcases her photography from Silicon Valley and her recent trips to Bangalore. The finished work spans 40 linear feet and cost $25,000 to design, fabricate and install, according to Mary Rubin, project manager with the Public Art Program. It is set to hang on the second floor of Terminal B, just before the security gates

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t first glance, the display of eight large color photographs, set against hundreds of smaller pictures, hanging in the new Terminal B of Mineta San Jose International Airport may appear to be snapshots of the places where people live and work in Silicon Valley. But take a closer look, and you’ll realize that half of those photos are not from Sunnyvale or San Jose. They are images from Bangalore, India, halfway around the world. The installation is called “CONNECTED: Silicon Valley + Bangalore” and is the work of Angela Buenning Filo, a Palo Alto photographer and teacher at Eastside Col-

Angela Buenning Filo stands in the new Terminal B at Mineta San Jose International Airport, where her installation of photos from Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India, is scheduled to remain for two years. in the public section of the airport, for the next two years. Filo said her photography was inspired by the experience of living in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom and bust. Every day, the land-

scape seemed to change. Filo would see a building one day only to return the following day or week and find it gone as the area rapidly developed and evolved. Indeed, her Silicon Valley photos

depict many stages of the development process, from construction sites and vacant business parks seeking tenants to bustling offices (continued on page 15)

Life in a fishbowl Artist makes a statement on surveillance in new airport public artwork — built with a fish tank by Emily Hamilton

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he new Terminal B at the San Jose airport has that newairport smell. There are shiny floors and gates where travelers come and go. But the terminal is also a museum, where artwork almost becomes part of the architecture. A fish tank with cameras and screens that resemble a flight-information display nearly blends in with the airport decor — nearly. The large metal structure between gates 25 and 26 catches passengers’ eyes. “People just love fish,” Shona Kitchen said. A Mountain View resident, Kitchen is one of the creative Californians contributing works of public art to the new terminal. Kitchen co-designed the fish-tank piece, which is called “Dreaming F.I.D.S.,” with Los Angeles-based

artist Ben Hooker. “The concept was to bring an obvious infrastructure — surveillance — together with something natural,” Kitchen said. Her work as an artist (or, as she says, a “designer”) has centered largely on the relationship between technology and nature. “I love machines; I love technology; but I love nature as well,” she said. “I try to find a way to celebrate both.” Part of this task is transforming the way people see technology. “A lot of people see technology as negative,” Kitchen said. “I look at a negative aspect of man-made environment and find ways to make people think these things are positive.” For the “Dreaming F.I.D.S.” (continued on page 16)

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Travelers pass Angela Buenning Filo’s airport installation.

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and empty computer-server rooms. “That high-flying spirit got me motivated,” Filo said. “But after the bust, I thought the project was over.” As it turned out, the project was not over. As Silicon Valley headed into recession, other economies around the world entered a boom of industrial and technological development. India in particular inspired Filo to document the interconnectedness between Silicon Valley and the international marketplace. “I kept seeing Bangalore in the news, and how the energy there was driving projects here,” Filo said. “The disparate is becoming connected through communication and technology.” During three trips over a two-year period, Filo focused her camera on the streets, office buildings and landscape of Bangalore. The similarities between office buildings in Bangalore and Silicon Valley, she discovered, were often striking. “There was nothing to separate a corporate campus in Bangalore from one in Silicon Valley. It’s a similar aesthetic,” Filo said of a photograph of 24/7 Customer in Bangalore. “It was eerie to be so far across the world and feel like I could be in my backyard.” With its potted plants, modern glass walls and inspirational messages about “Teamwork” and “Respect” written in English on the walls, the 24/7 Customer lobby could be inside any number of Silicon Valley offices. The only difference, perhaps, is the women dressed in brightly colored saris lounging in the background. One marked difference between the two places is, in fact, the people. The Silicon Valley photographs are nearly devoid of any people, while photographs of Bangalore are filled with workers and passers-by. “Bangalore was teeming with people and traffic,” Filo said. “They were such amazing subjects. They’d gaze right at the camera, just taking it all in. There’s a great sense of pride.” Filo remembered the subject of

One of Filo’s photos shows the entrance to “Electronics City” in Bangalore, shot in 2006.

This 2001 photo by Filo takes a peek inside a server room in Sunnyvale.

one photo, a rickshaw driver, with fondness. “I had no idea what he thought of me, but he just takes it all in and looks steady at the camera,” she said. In India, she added, “There’s a real openness.” Filo said that she hopes her photos inspire Silicon Valley residents to notice how our surroundings reveal

what we deem important in today’s ever-developing environment. “The exhibit asks more questions than it tries to answer. It shows a moment in time and the way we’ve chosen to use the land,” Filo said. “Our spaces reflect the things we care about, or don’t care about, and (continued on page 16)

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the images allow us to stop, reflect and observe. We get so absorbed in the landscape, we think, ‘Of course that should be there.’ The photos can help people step back from it.� At the very least, visitors can walk away with a new sense of how Silicon Valley fits into the global landscape. Even travelers who have been to both Silicon Valley and Bangalore may not have noticed how much the two places have in common. “The work shows Silicon Valley in the context of our global connections,� Filo said. “It shows how our decisions affect (people) overseas,

and how these two places are so interconnected.� The airport display also provides an unusual opportunity for many people, even those who don’t view art on a regular basis, to see Filo’s work. The design of the exhibit is meant to engage both those travelers who have time to study the photos and those rushing past. The large photos mounted on lightboxes are noticeable to anyone who walks by, while travelers who have some time on their hands can examine the hundreds of smaller photographs behind the lightboxes. Although the busy atmosphere of the airport can tend not to be conducive to concentrating on art, Filo said she likes the idea of the “accidental encounter� — that people can come across her photos unexpect-

edly in their daily life. “I hope that some will have time to engage with the photos,� Filo said. “I have access to a huge number of people traveling through. Overall they’re more rushed, but it’s such an amazing opportunity to be in a public space.� N

Mode three is dreaming, in which the screens depict abstract flightinformation displays. “This becomes a microcosm of the airport itself,� Kitchen said. Funded through the city of San Jose’s Public Art Program, the 1,500-pound piece cost $76,000 to design, fabricate and install, project manager Mary Rubin said. Weekly maintenance is estimated to cost $5,000 per year, and to include filtering and changing the water, cleaning off algae, polishing the aquarium’s glass and rocks, and restocking food, Rubin said. She added that the city is committed to maintaining the exhibit for two years. Kitchen said she hopes the installation will become a permanent fixture; she describes it as “very sitespecific.� She said the fish will also be changed eventually, once the team determines the best species that will

swim around the middle of the tank. Kitchen added that after all the installation work, she has grown attached to the fish. “There have been an initial couple of deaths and I felt so guilty,� she said. The work came together as a collaboration from several sides, including Kitchen’s “great programmer� in Seattle. She said that Rubin was also instrumental to the project’s success. During the piece’s tenure at the airport, Kitchen will continue to check in and gather public feedback. She said she hopes it will present a different perspective to viewers. “It’s accepting the consequences that technology has created,� Kitchen said. “It’s finding positiveness in something seen as negative.� N

What: “CONNECTED: Silicon Valley + Bangalore,� a photography installation by Angela Buenning Filo Where: Mineta San Jose International Airport, Terminal B, 1701 Airport Blvd. The exhibit is at the top of the escalator before the security gates. When: Through 2012 Cost: Free Info: www.sjc.org or www.angelafilo.com

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project, Kitchen focused on the technology of surveillance, a system prevalent in airports. “Surveillance software is a piece of art,� she said. The title, which stands for “Dreaming Flight Information Display System,� ties together some vital elements of the work. “The dreaming is surveillance that’s gone more dreamy and playful,� Kitchen said. The three screens, which are actually within the fish tank, operate on three programs. The first, tracking, displays images of fish that swim in front of the cameras. The second is the processing mode that identifies fish exhibiting “suspicious� behavior and isolates them on the screen.

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Sneak previews New Works Festival spotlights plays, musicals that are still in progress by Rebecca Wallace

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he scripts and scores are new, but some of the faces will be familiar when TheatreWorks opens its ninth annual New Works Festival this Sunday. Actors Francis Jue and C. Kelly Wright, who have earned acclaim in past TheatreWorks shows, are returning to Palo Alto to appear in staged readings of new musicals. The 15-day festival features staged readings of two musicals and two plays, and a developmental production of the indie-rock musical “Fly By Night� — the show is fully staged, but changes based on audience feedback. Also planned are a concert and panel talk. It’s all part of TheatreWorks’ New Works Initiative, which seeks new creations, holds writers’ retreats and pairs up writers and composers. At the festival, the writers are in residence, and audiences get to comment on shows that just might make it to Broadway. “Memphis,� which won the Tony for Best Musical this year, was developed at New Works in 2002. Jue’s show starts the festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. “Great Wall,� with book by Kevin Merritt and music and lyrics by Kevin So, is a pop musical about Asian-American R&B artist Victor Woo. Jue plays the musician’s father, and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang served as story consultant for the show, which is said to be loosely based on So’s experiences as a recordPlaywright ing artist. Last year, Jue Kim Rosenstock starred in TheatreWorks’ production of Hwang’s play “Yellow Face.� “Great Wall� has additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 8 p.m. Aug. 14. C. Kelly Wright, who starred in TheatreWorks’ “Caroline, Or Change� in 2008, returns for the staged reading of “Red Clay.� The jazz-gospel musical is about Rosa Parks’ bus ride and the Civil Rights movement. With book and lyrics by Jeff Hughes and music by Scott Ethier, “Red Clay� has readings on Aug. 14 at noon, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The first of the two plays to take the stage at New Works is “How to Write a New Book for the Bible,� an autobiographical tale about a caregiver grappling with issues of family and faith. Playwright Bill Cain also wrote “Equivocation,� which he workshopped at the 2006 New Works Festival before its run

at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The current play will be read Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. The second play, Anna Ziegler’s “Variations on a Theme,� follows a young couple who married early and then part. It’s billed as a “story of love found, lost, repaired, repressed, rekindled and rediscovered.� Staged readings are set for Aug. 15 at noon, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.

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Spacek and a climactic monologue to Duvall that’s a five-minute master class in screen acting (an Oscar nomination would seem assured). Mattie could well be describing the man who plays Felix when she refers to him as having seemingly limitless depths. Rated PG-13 for thematic and violent material. 100 minutes. — Peter Canavese

The Other Guys ---

In the pre-credits opening sequence of “The Other Guys,� a police car crashes into — and I mean into as in inside of — a doubledecker bus, and two cars explode into the Trump Tower. All in pursuit of the possessor of a quarter-ounce of marijuana, and at the expense of $12 million in property damages. Where can the film go from here? Either up or down, depending on how you think of it: up into more outrageous satire of the buddy-cop genre as well as Madoffesque financial shenanigans, or down into hilariously low comedy. Either way, this “Police Work for Schmucks�type film is often guffaw-out-loud funny, despite a few dead spots. As detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play unlikely partners. The mousy Allen is happy sitting behind his computer doing accounting for the New York City Police Department, while trigger-tempered Terry itches for battle. When Allen discovers a humongous case of fraud, the two go into action, with Terry mocking the reluctant Allen all the way. Will the two form a bromantic bond? Stay tuned. Between the over-the-top car chases, shoot-outs and other mayhem, director/co-writer Adam McKay (“Talladega Nights�) slips in sly jokes about the media (journalists at a press conference identify themselves proudly as “print� or, shamefacedly, “online�); counseling for cops who have used guns in the line of duty (the cops brag about their shoot-outs, while the baffled counselor tries to make them feel upset); and Priuses. And, of course, investment bankers. Ferrell and Wahlberg play off each other with spirit, although some jokes as well as some episodes are stretched a bit thin. The film also features Michael Keaton as the pompous precinct captain, and Samuel L. Jackson, Bobby Cannavale and Dwayne Johnson as cops. Eva Mendes plays Allen’s sexy doctor wife, Sheila, and British actor Steve Coogan is the slick Bernie Madoff figure. Playing themselves are Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez and Derek Jeter. “The Other Guys� may not be the thinking person’s summer movie, but it’s far from the dumbest. And don’t leave before the end credits,

in which an animated sequence not only explains Ponzi schemes but also presents enlightening figures about executive salaries and the like. There’s also the song “Pimps Don’t Cry,� sung by Eva Mendes. Rated PG-13 for sex, violence, drugs and language. 107 minutes. — Renata Polt

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(Century 16, Century 20) Oh, Hollywood. You’re always messing with our heads. The opening titles to “Middle Men� say it’s “Inspired by a True Story,� but the end titles say, “This film is, in its entirety, a work of fiction.� Those statements aren’t technically contradictory, but I guess the truth is somewhere in the “middle.� “Inspired,� then, by the exploits of Internet billing mogul Christopher Mallick, the film’s story stretches back to 1988 and sprawls forward to 2004. But most of it takes place in the “middle,� the 1990s, when slovenly, bickering roommates Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht) inspire each other to reinvent porn as an instant and private pastime — via the Internet. Otherwise dumb as rocks, they’re in desperate need of rescue by a man with a business plan. Enter Jack Harris (Luke Wilson), an allpurpose business-fixer who sees a chance to get in on the ground floor of something big. Those expecting a comical look at how two losers stumbled on “the greatest invention of all time� (online credit-card billing) will be satisfied with the film’s opening movements. Unfortunately, “Middle Men� swiftly turns into a pastiche of Scorsese movies and their many descendants, contrasting a high-roller lifestyle with its seedy underbelly as Jack goes on a journey of temptation to sin. As if this trajectory weren’t immediately obvious, it’s foretold to us step by step in the portentous narration scripted by George Gallo and Andy Weiss. Gallo’s self-consciously overstated direction feeds the impression that he’s trying to remake “Goodfellas� (by way of “Casino�). Side note: Can we all agree by now that the use of “Sympathy for the Devil� in crime pictures ought to be outlawed? At any rate, “Middle Men� stocks up on career-threatening drug and alcohol abuse, political corruption (represented by Kelsey Grammer’s sleazy senator), conspiracy (represented by James Caan’s sleazy lawyer), and, of course, the Russian mob (headed up by Rade Serbedzija). The married Harris sees himself as “a family man,� but he’s more cunning than he’d care to admit to himself. At least Wilson does soulfully conflicted well. Despite being an absentee father seduced by



    

  

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Farewell (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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the “pure Americana� of porn and entrepreneurship fades into memory as Ribisi and Macht turn out to be plot devices rather than characters. Mostly, “Middle Men� ends up being derivative and distasteful. I guess that’s why my star rating fell ... in the “middle.� Rated R for sex, language, drugs and violence. 105 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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Ramona and Beezus (G) (Not Reviewed)

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Salt (PG-13) ((1/2

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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hat writer hasn’t dreamt of holding that bound volume in hand, relishing the fresh-ink aroma, standing with pride at the podium of a local bookstore reading his or her own words to a loving audience? All across the country writers today are not letting rejection by traditional publishers stop them from getting their works in print. In 2009 alone, nearly 290,000 books were included in the publishing bible, Books in Print. But about a million books are available — mainly through nontraditional means, whether online, self-published or through micropresses, according to R.R. Bowker, which compiles statistics on book publishing. Why are so many authors choosing to do it themselves? Because they can. Technology is a huge factor, providing heretofore undreamed-of ease between the written word and the printed page. For some, it’s simply the speed, availability, ease and affordability of the self-publishing process. No longer are people required to shell out many thousands of dollars to invest in pre-printed book inventory. For others it’s control, the ability to have more say-so in the ultimate product — down to the design of the cover and photo on the book jacket. And, the role of the traditional publisher has changed over time. “If a publisher isn’t going to do much in terms of publicizing, marketing and distribution — actually get it into bookstores — one should look at the self-publishing option,” advised Tiburon literary agent Amy Rennert, who works mostly with traditional publishers. She says selfpublished authors have had as good if not better experience as authors who went through traditional publishers. “What’s happening is, because self-publishing is exploding, it’s diminishing the negative reputation it had. The prejudice against self-publishing is dwindling,” noted Brent Cunningham, operations director for Berkeley nonprofit Small Press Distribution. Ultimately, some authors hold out hope that their self-published works will be snapped up by a traditional publisher who will pick up the marketing baton.

Adele Langendorf, above, who self-published her first novel, “The Shipyard Murders,” chats with a writing colleague Mary Hower after a book-reading at Books Inc. in Town & Country Village in early June. Lynn Jacobson, below, would rather spend his time writing a sequel than marketing his first, self-published memoir, “Surviving Five Daughters.”

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BookSurge (now merging with CreateSpace — see sidebar) for her first published fiction. Bigwood (aka Joanie King) spent about two years writing and rewriting “Co-opted,” which deals with the twists and turns in the life of a local woman, or, to put it simply, “about the lighter side of bankruptcy, infidelity and dementia,” the author said. She got the idea for “Co-opted,” her debut book, when considering her own experience as a parent at a Palo Alto cooperative nursery school. But after spending hours pitching it to agents and reviewers, she came across a message in her spam e-mail folder advertising self-publishing online. Suddenly, she found a way to get her book out in time to show to her terminally ill mother. Adele Langendorf, at 82, didn’t think she had enough time to go the conventional publishing route: sending queries to literary agents, waiting for acceptance by a publisher, going through a two- to three-year editing process. So she decided to self-publish her first novel, “The Shipyard Murders,” a mystery set in the Portland shipyards during World War II, inspired by Rosie the Riveter. With the help of literary agent Rennert, from whom she took a writing class, she invested about $3,000 to see her

writing through Stanford Continuing Studies. There she would write a couple of paragraphs, then read and discuss them in class. “It’s a very good way of seeing how people react to your work. As a writer, you sit by yourself. It was so different from journalistic writing,” she said, adding there were a lot of rewrites and throwing out. Mohan became used to having her stories critiqued by editors: “I really developed because of the constant feedback I was getting. You learn to look at your work very differently. Now when I write I have that editor’s voice,” she said. Mohan, who was born in Lucknow, India, set her novel in a music school in her home town. While studying English literature during the day, Mohan attended music classes six evenings a week, earning the equivalent of a master’s degree in vocal music. Her characters and plot are fiction, but the richness of the setting, the rhythm of life at the music college, the relationships between teacher and student, and competition among students — all are drawn from experience. After years of work (“Because it’s a first work of fiction, I threw out at least twice as many pages as you see there,” she said), Mohan sought a literary agent. Her best resource was “Literary Marketplace,” a reference tome available at local libraries. Each agent was listed under areas of interest (literary fiction, ethnic, foreign) and the listings included name in print. Today she spends about two hours each morning moving forward on her next novel, incorporating the two main characters from “The Shipyard Murders.” She’s been very encouraged by feedback from her readers. Her favorite comment, she said, is: “I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night reading it.” Langendorf said: “Writing is my passion. I do it because I love it. I think it keeps me young.” Likewise, Palo Altan Lynn Jacobson decided to self-publish his “Surviving Five Daughters,” also through BookSurge, after sending inquiries out to 10 publishers and agents and receiving only generic form letters of rejection in return. “I found that agents don’t much like humor; they want tragedies,” he said. “There’s something inhuman about the publishing business. Plus, (with a traditional publisher) it can take two years for the book to come out after you sign the contract and you have no control.” His book came out a year and a half ago, and he said he wasn’t worried about sales. “I said, ‘I’m guaranteed to sell five copies or they’re out of the will,” he joked, referring to his titular offspring. Jacobson’s humorous and poignant adventures in daughter-raising form the basis of his book, which is mostly memoir and part guide for fellow parents. “I had all these family stories being told over and over and my

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uruchi Mohan, author of “Divine Music,” would rather be a writer than a marketer. But, even though she chose to go with a small book publisher rather than publish her first fiction book herself, she finds she’s spending much of her time promoting. She says she’d really prefer to go back to the eight to 10 hours a day she spent creating “Divine Music,” spread out over several years. Mohan didn’t start out to be a writer — although “when I was 10 I remember telling my grandfather I wanted to be an author, and he laughed.” That was in India in the 1970s, where after earning a master’s degree in English Mohan found that her options, after taking very competitive exams, were working in banking or civil service. She chose the bank. After marrying, she and her husband moved to the U.S. in 1985. Armed with a visa that prevented her from working, she headed to San Jose State University, where she earned a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism. Writing at first was a struggle, with English not her first language, but soon she was freelancing for South Bay Accent, the San Jose Business Journal, India Currents and Peninsula Magazine, eventually landing a job at McGraw-Hill. Family responsibilities drew her back to freelancing when her daughter was 5 and her mother-inlaw was dying in India. She also started taking classes in creative

marketing falls entirely to her. “If you are a large publisher, you have more clout; you can market your book more aggressively. A small publisher doesn’t have $40,000 to $50,000 to spend on marketing,” she said. So she started calling: bookstores, libraries, schools. Her book was launched with a book signing at Books Inc. in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto last fall; she appeared at a book discussion at the Milpitas Public Library in June; she’s led discussions at both Castilleja School in Palo Alto and at Los Altos High School. And when she’s not marketing her first book, she continues to take courses at Stanford — and reads a lot. She’s also beginning work on two more books, one set in India and Silicon Valley about a woman living in an amoral world, and a second set in Silicon Valley — but that’s all she’s willing to share right now. At age 50, Mohan calls her aspirations “a different kind of American dream. It’s not panning for gold, or coming for the Gold Rush, but the dream of becoming a writer.” She said she’s proud of Divine Music: “I’m happy that some people read it and loved it; that’s all I was thinking when I was writing. If some people really get the message, that’s really all I want. “When it gets published, it takes on a very different life, which you don’t expect as an author — market, number of books sold, was it reviewed in the New York Times? You never thought about those things because you were writing from your heart.” N — Carol Blitzer

Suruchi Mohan leads a discussion of her first novel, “Divine Music,” at the Milpitas Public Library in June. After five years, Mohan’s book was ultimately published by a small press, Bayeaux Arts Inc. what they required from the writer. is becoming more accepted, I still “Some want the first three chapters, think you need to get something some a synopsis, others a first chap- from the establishment,” she said, ter,” Mohan said. “Some are very noting that many distributors will nice and say why they rejected it. not carry self-published books. That helped me. Then I went back So she started looking for a less and rewrote the whole book.” mainstream publisher. She found Mohan estimates that she sent many not only wanted sample chapout between 100 and 200 queries, ters but a marketing plan. Mohan with most agents sending back just wondered, “What do they choose, a form letter. But she ended up with the best book or the best marketing an agent who dealt only with large plan?” publishers. “One liked the book, but She found Bayeaux Arts Inc., a didn’t think it would sell,” she said. Calgary-based small publisher, “Publishing is changing so much; through a referral. She checked out they publish so few of what they see its website and discovered it had that they get very cautious. It’s all even published something that was about market share, what will sell. short-listed for a Booker Prize. Publishers need to make money, Published by Bayeaux in Septemtoo.” ber 2009, Mohan’s books are disSelf-publishing was discussed in tributed by Small Press Distribution her writing class. But a key missing in Berkeley, as well as Ingram Book piece is affirmation for self-publish- Company. She was paid no advance, ers, she said. but earns royalties on each book “Even now, when self-publishing sold. The sticker price is $19.95. But wife said, ‘You ought to write this down,’” he said. After taking a writing class at Avenidas, Jacobson, 73, did just that, with the hopes that his family and friends would cherish the tales and that other parents would relate with his foibles. In parenting, he said, “you have to have a sense of humor.” Once he chose the self-publishing route, Jacobson had the book finished and for sale within three months of signing up with BookSurge. He spent around $2,800 including costs for a designer and two rounds of editing, plus an initial order of 20 print copies. He has since ordered 300 more and has only 60 to 70 left, along with another 300 sold via Amazon. com. Despite the time involved, some authors choose to hold out for a traditional publisher. Suruchi Mohan, a Los Altos author, worked with an agent for five years before her “Divine Music” was finally published by a small press (see sidebar). “The good thing about journalism was you wrote and got published the next week,” she said, contrasting her earlier writing with her fiction.

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arketing a book for an amateur can be tricky. But, even with a traditional publisher, it’s a role that writers are required to play. “Books do not sell like iPods,” said Cunningham, whose Small

Press Distribution (SPD) handles 10,000 books a month, including Mohan’s from Bayeaux Arts, Inc., a Calgary-based small publisher. “There’s a trend toward writing becoming a main element of marketing. They all have to go on tours now, have to shake a lot of hands, have to ‘hand-sell’ that thing directly,” he said. Although Small Press has an informal rule about not distributing self-published books, there’s a very fine line between some of the micropresses and self-publishing, he said. “Part of our mission is to give access to small deserving literary publishers who couldn’t get forprofit distribution,” Cunningham said, noting that Small Press is the only nonprofit distributor of books in the country. “We carry presses that are tinier that others won’t consider,” selling them to bookstores on consignment, he said. Small Press takes the risk and is paid only when the bookstore sells the book. “Marketing has become much more important than mere availability,” Cunningham said. “If you publish with even a very small press, there are at least two people trying to shout about how great the book is. There are plenty of self-publishers who are very active, very good at generating publicity, know how to use blogs to attract attention, and outsell titles that SPD carries.” Joan Bigwood, who used her own design team and editor, had

“Co-opted” completed and available within six months, costing her around $1,000. She’s now made that money back and then some, approaching nearly 500 copies of the novel sold. “I’m in the black. The rest is gravy,” she said. To sell those hundreds of copies, Bigwood takes hands-on initiative. She gives talks to local women’s groups and book clubs, sells copies from her car trunk and sells them on consignment at local bookstores Kepler’s and Books Inc. It took six to eight weeks to “seal the deal” with Kepler’s, she said. She also pitches the book via e-mail to friends, online groups and “local mommies” — in addition to agreeing to newspaper interviews. Getting out the book’s core message of “building community” is important to Bigwood, and the reaction has been strong, she said. To score the positive blurbs on the back cover of “Co-opted,” Bigwood turned to some of her “friends in high places” — authors and journalists, including her Stanford writing professor, to whom she reached out and asked for support. “Getting reviews is not easy — I approached many more than I got,” she said. She isn’t finished promoting the book, conceding that there is more to be done, especially using technology and social media. “I don’t know anyone who’s read it digitally. I need to get more into blogging and mar-

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Joan Bigwood (aka Joanie King) stands by a playhouse at Parents’ Nursery School, a setting that inspired her self-published novel “Coopted.” Bigwood, who has written everything from musical comedy to rhyming tributes, is the part-time coordinator for children’s and family ministry at Palo Alto’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “The problem with self-published books is it’s difficult to separate the good ones from the others, unless you read them,” he said, noting that you have to rely on some independent person’s judgment. In Langendorf’s case, “I knew Amy (Rennert) as a prominent literary agent. She has judgment,” he said. “I don’t have a prejudice against self-publishing. I just can’t separate the wheat from the chaff,” he added. “Self-publishing is kind of tricky,” agreed Lori Haggbloom, book buyer for Books Inc. in Town & Country Village. “It’s not carried through normal channels, not returnable.” But she said she’s open to local authors or topics of local interests, such as “Nice Day for a Stroll” by the Palo Alto Historical Association and “Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton,” a town history by Pamela Gullard and Nancy Lund. Today, Haggbloom carries about 15 titles on consignment for about three months. “A lot of them don’t do much, but local authors do really well, if they bring their own mailing lists, especially with events. The key there is the authors need to do their own publicity,” she said. Kepler’s in Menlo Park also stocks self-published books, and does some book-signing events, according to book buyer Frank Sanchez. The key criteria for the 30 selfpublished books on the shelves today are that they have an ISBN (In-

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ven with successful self-publishing, some authors still crave the affirmation of acceptance by traditional publishers. “Self-publishing is not for sissies,” said crime author David Carnoy, who achieved the dreams of many a self-publisher: first, gaining many readers with a self-published edition, then scoring a two-book deal from a traditional publisher. Carnoy, a Palo Alto native who now lives in New York City, selfpublished his medical thriller “Knife Music” last year. After being on the market for four months, the novel was snatched up by The Overlook Press in April 2009. Its new edition came out July 8 of this year. Carnoy also works as an editor at tech hotspot CNET.com. He has a degree in journalism as well as an MFA in creative writing (“It doesn’t do you much good,” he said of his degree, laughing). He was able to use innovative modern technology and social media to his book’s advantage, a strategy he said will be key for future writers looking for self-publishing success. Carnoy wrote about his experience with self-publishing for CNET in an article entitled, “Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know,” available online. “I figured, I know about tech and I saw an opportunity to write about my book as a test case,” he said. The edgy “Knife Music” gained some further attention when it was initially rejected as a free download by Apple for containing “objectionable content.” Soon, tech blogs and other media were discussing the book as an example of censorship, and buzz for the novel grew. A piece on a New York television station attracted the eye of Overlook, and the rest is history. “Once Apple gets involved, it generates interest,” Carnoy said. Eventually the book made it through the Apple process and, as a free app, soared to the top of the charts, with 1,000 downloads a week. “It was number 7 in free downloads — right behind the Bible,” he said. “Knife Music” also made it to the number-one spot on the Kindle ereader legal-thriller chart. Readers downloaded more than 17,000 iPhone and 7,000 Sony eBook copies before it was removed to prepare for republication. The plot of “Knife Music” involves the suspicious suicide of a 16-yearold girl and the surgeon accused of having inappropriate relations with her. “It’s not a cookie-cutter mystery,” Carnoy said, “It’s unpredictable.” It’s also local, set in Menlo Park, Stanford and Palo Alto. He spent nearly a decade writing the book, getting and working with an agent, rewriting and editing the book and, despite initial interest, facing around 20 rejections from publishers before deciding on the self-publishing route. Carnoy used Amazon.com’s BookSurge to put out “Knife Music” and said he “tried to spend as little money as possible” in the process. He estimates his costs at around $7,000, including BookSurge’s fees, marketing costs and payment to

nce a writer has decided to self-publish, where does he or she turn for the next step? Amazon.com, the enormously successful online book (and now other-goods) seller, offers CreateSpace (www.createspace.com) as its program for those looking to self-publish. CreateSpace, which encompasses the former BookSurge brand, is available to authors, musicians and filmmakers. Under the BookSurge name, the program began 10 years ago and was bought by Amazon.com in 2005. Publishing around 2 million books since its inception, it merged with CreateSpace last fall. Customers can sign up for free and choose from a variety of publishing options, depending on where they are in the development process. Packages and services range in price from free (if an author has his or her file ready to go without needing any additional assistance) to the $4,999 “Total Design Freedom Marketing Pro” package, which includes two rounds of copyediting, unique cover design, book interior design, a video trailer, ISBN assignment and press releases. Once published, the work is available on Amazon.com and distributed elsewhere as well, depending on the option selected. “The author has total control,” said Aaron Rosenstein, CreateSpace’s Senior Marketing Manager. Books can be purchased in download/digital formats, or in print versions. CreateSpace uses a print-on-demand method, which means there is no concern about overstock. “There is no physical inventory, so space is always available,” Rosenstein said. There is no minimum print order, and price per unit is the same regardless of number of copies printed. Depending on the option chosen, authors keep 40 to 60 percent of the royalties, and the distribution agreements are non-exclusive, meaning there isn’t a conflict if an author changes his or her plans, or a book gets a traditional publishing deal, he said. Another site, Lulu.com, also offers an array of publishing packages, from the $369 “Primer” package, with basic design assistance, formatting help, retail availability and ISBN, to more specific types of services, such as the “Children’s Imagination” package, specially geared toward children’s books ($479). Lulu also has “ala carte” services, such as editing, cover design and ghostwriting. iUniverse.com, which has ties to the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain, offers similar packages (from around $500 up to $4,200) and individual services in editing, designing and marketing. N — Karla Kane

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editors and designers. Thanks to his downloading successes, he said he had broken even before the book was picked up by Overlook Press. “I wasn’t in it for the money. It’s very difficult to make a living,” he said. “But it’s really cool to have people all over the world downloading and enjoying the book.”

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aking Carnoy’s experience as an example, is the future bright for self-publishing? “It is and it isn’t,” he said. “It’s so easy to do now, so there are so many books out there; it’s difficult to stand out and get noticed,” he said. “It requires a lot of energy.” Carnoy’s advice for his fellow authors considering the self-publishing route is, first and foremost, to “start with a good book. Make sure you believe what you’re selling is good.” While many dream of seeing their books in print, lining bookstore shelves, Carnoy believes the emphasis should be primarily on digital editions, both to keep costs down and to attract readership through new media opportunities — even if it means giving the book away for free some of the time. “I wouldn’t worry too much about print” (other than some personal copies for posterity), he said, acknowledging the pride involved with showing off a physical project but warning that it’s increasingly difficult to get independent books into stores. “And develop your social-network-

ing skills,” he added, naming Facebook, Twitter and blogs as valuable tools for reaching out to potential readers. “Be relentless but polite.” For some, the satisfaction of seeing a book completed and available for sale is accomplishment enough, but for ambitious writers such as Carnoy, “self-publishing is still the minor leagues,” he said. “The goal is to get to the next level.” And Joan Bigwood is still open to the idea that a traditional publisher may someday take interest in “Coopted,” or that it could be made into a successful film. “People have enjoyed it. There could be someone out there for it,” she said. “We will see more people selfpublishing,” Rennert said. “We’re in the middle of a revolution in the book business and it’s unclear how everything will shake out. More and more people will look at it as an option. “(It’s) no longer sell the book to Harper or put it in the drawer and never see it as a book. Everyone has options now,” Rennert said. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be e-mailed at cblitzer@ paweekly.com; Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@paweekly.com.

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Oaks special moment Trip to World Series first in 60-year history of team by Keith Peters teve Espinoza enjoyed making a special phone call on Sunday evening to Alice Makjavich, widow of former Palo Alto Oaks’ baseball manager Tony Makjavich. Espinoza took pride in reporting a very important score of a very important game. The Oaks defeated the Oakland Expos, 10-6, in 11 innings on a hot Saturday afternoon at Canada College in Redwood City. The victory, in the championship game of the Stan Musial West Region Tournament, gave the Oaks something never before achieved - a berth in the Stan Musial World Series.

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The Oaks open against the host Northwest Wildcats, whose roster is littered with former professional ballplayers, on Wednesday, Aug. 11. “This is a historic moment in our 60th year,” said Espinoza, who took over the Oaks seven years ago when Tony Makjavich passed away at age 90 in August of 2003 after guiding the Oaks for 49 years. “For the countless number of people who have been associated with the Oaks, this is for them.” Espinoza played for Makjavich from 1974-84, one of countless players who never had a chance to wear an Oaks’ uniform in the playoffs.

Even when Espinoza took over, the postseason was unknown. “In 2004 when we went 23-1 in my first season as manager, a coach came up to me (after a final game) and said ‘Good luck in the playoffs.’ I had no idea there were playoffs. At that time, it was too late to do anything about it. But, the next year we went to the NorCal State Tournament and lost in the West Region in Long Beach. We took third. Each year after 2005, the goal was t get to the World Series.” And now, for the first time, that goal has been achieved. The Oaks (continued on page 26)

USA SWIMMING

Tosky dives right in PASA swimmer reaches championship finals by Rick Eymer hrough the first two days of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky has become recognizable as a swimmer with a brilliant future. She may not be a household name just yet, but Tosky is certainly headed in the right direction. There are national teams in Tosky’s future, whether it’s this year or next. The USA championships determine the roster for the 2010 Pan Pacific championships; the 2011 FINA World Championships, the 2010 FINA short course world championships and the 2011 World University games. She’s sure to see her name one of

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford recruit Mateo Vargas took a commanding lead at the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships with one day to go, while two other incoming freshmen improved their standings on the third day of sailing at the Port of Los Angeles. Vargas, who trailed the top spot by three points, sailed into a 10point lead on Wednesday with a third and second place finish. Helena Scutt moved up three spots to fifth place in the 29er division with 84 points.

or Jon Barnea, the results of the Stanford Water Polo Club teams takes a back seat to the future of their players. He’s happier looking at rosters of colleges across the nation that has one or more of his former players. The Stanford Red 18U team finished eighth at the Junior Olympics in the Los Angeles area while the Stanford Red 16U team, coached by Jasper Billings, finished David Culpan as the national runner-up. Meanwhile, the Stanford White 12U team placed fifth and the Stanford Red 18U team finished eighth. Stanford had at least one team in each division, and was generally represented by two teams. Stanford’s 16U team lost to SET (Saddleback-El Toro) Water Polo Club A, 12-3, in the title game at the Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles. The first six games of the tournament were something to behold. The Red 16U outscored its opponents by an 80-38 margin in winning those first six games leading to the championship. The roster includes Connor Dillon, Maxwell Draga, Casey Fleming, David Freudenstein, Patrick Goodenough, M-A junior Alex Gow, Nick Hale, Gunn senior Benjamin Hendricks, Matthieu Leyrat, Cory McGee, Benjamin Pickard, Cullen Raisch, Max Schell, Caleb Terzich, and Adam Warmoth. “It was an incredible experience,” Billings said. “One of the most important keys was the way those guys kept their focus through the week. I was impressed by their level of mental toughness.” Schell was the team’s MVP through their run, while Fleming and Goodenough were just as important. Billings figures there are at least a half-dozen players on his team worthy of All-American status. “I knew we could be a Top Four team,” he said. “But it didn’t surprise me that it ended up the way it did. For some of these guys it’s one of the highest levels of athletic achievement. For others this experience may open doors for them to continue their careers at a higher level.” The Stanford Red 18U, which finished third last year, won its first five games this time around before stumbling at the end. Barnea’s roster includes Thomas

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THE ‘LAW’ IS IN TOWN . . . Ravenswood High grad Rudy Law will be making an appearance at Jack Russell Park in East Palo Alto on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. for a youth baseball clinic and Meet-and-Greet session, sponsored by East Palo Alto TBall Pitching Machine. Law spent seven years in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He was second in the American League with 77 stolen bases (to Rickey Henderson’s 108) in 1983 while with the White Sox. He was 21st in the MVP voting that season and hit .389 in the ALCS.

by Rick Eymer

Palo Alto High junior Jasmine Tosky is enjoying a terrific meet at the USA Swimming national championships in Irvine.

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(20-1-2) are headed for Houston, where the AABC Stan Musial World Series will be held Aug. 1115. Palo Alto is one of eight teams in the double-elimination tournament. “This is the ultimate goal,” said Bryan Beres, who had two hits and drove in two runs Saturday. “This is huge, a great achievement in my amateur career.” Beres came close to a World Series early in his career when his Sunnyvale National Little League team played in the West Regional in San Bernardino and just missed

qualifying for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Later on, he spent a year at Menlo College and then - like a lot of his teammates - moved on but continued to be involved in baseball. This year, just like his previous four years with the Oaks, began just like any other for the 26-year-old Beres. The idea was to play, stay in shape and have fun. As the season progressed, however, playing for a berth in the World Series became very real. “This is just a great opportunity,” said Beres, who drove in six runs in a 10-0 semifinal victory over the Pasadena Redbirds on Friday. Palo Alto High grad Evan Warner

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echoed that sentiment. “As far as going to the World Series, it’s something you always dream about,” Warner said. “I know coach (Espinoza) has wanted to do this for a long time. He’s done everything to take care of us.” Espinoza, like Makjavich, has kept the team going as players have come and gone. He takes care of team’s finances, often paying for things out of his own pocket. His car is always filled with baseball gear and he’s always at the park - usually Baylands Athletic Center - on Sunday for a doubleheader. It’s a labor of love, one the players appreciate and respect. “This (victory) definitely is for Steve,” Warner said. “The guys want to play hard for him.” The Oaks had to be beaten twice on Saturday to lose the opportunity to play in the World Series. It appeared Palo Alto might have to play a challenge game on Sunday after the Expos rallied from a 5-1 deficit and tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Palo Alto, as has been the case in the playoffs, refused to give in and scored five times in the top of the 11th to secure the victory. “This team has that something special,” Espinoza said, “The ‘refuse-to-lose’ mentality that I will never forget. We’ve had to play through vacations and injuries, and to be 20-1-2 at this point is incredible. We have a good mix of seasoned veterans . . . and we’ve got some youngsters who are just in college. It’s a good blend of both because the

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vets can shed some light on seasons past, experiences with tournament play. I’m sure that experience helped in the State and West Region tournaments.” Perhaps the most significant contribution of the tournament, and the season, however, comes from pitcher Matt Campbell, who attended Serra High and the College of San Mateo and spent a year interning with the Stanford Sports Media Relations Department. Campbell has been consistent all season, maintaining a perfect record and throwing a no-hitter in June. Throughout his six years on the Oaks, he’s only been tagged with three losses, two by a score of 2-1. “He’s been my ace for a long time. Matt knows how to pitch and knows how to mix his pitches to maximize his chances to get hitters out,” Espinoza says, with a laugh. “I will cry in my cereal the day he retires!” The other teams at the Western Region Tournament weren’t immune to the pitching talent of Campbell. He picked up two wins, including a shutout over Pasadena that put his team in the championship game. Oakland left nine runners on base and Palo Alto turned two double plays to get out of potentially big innings by the Expos. “When I picked up Brant Norlander and I already had Matt Campbell, I knew we had a chance,” Espinoza said. “Then I got Blake McFarland and there was a very good chance (for the World Series).”

Pitching depth proved crucial over the past two tournaments and Espinoza pretty much used everyone available. He also went to his bench while allowing everyone on his roster a chance to contribute to the team’s success. It’s something Tony Makjavich would have been very proud of. Palo Alto has a scheduled doubleheader Sunday at Baylands against league rival Fontanetti’s (11:30 a.m.), but that may be changed to a single game because the Oaks need to be in Texas on August 10. Espinoza also is allowed to add a few players from other teams and he’s looking to pick up a pitcher or two from Fontanetti’s. “I’ve had other teams with as much talent, but not as much pitching as this years’ team,” he said. “We’ll need that in Texas.” This will be the third time Espinoza has played in a World Series. He played with a Cupertino Thoroughbred team that qualified in 1978 and made it again at the semipro level a few years later with Bigs Realty out of San Rafael, after finishing his brief Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles. Now, however, Espinoza is making his coaching debut at the World Series. “It’s different,” he said, “because the others were as a player. But, it’s still thrilling nonetheless. You’re the coach, you put the team together.” A team playing for a World Series title. N – Jen Cosgriff contributed to this report.

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ictoria Azarenka decided a little rest and relaxation was in order, so she skipped going to San Diego for another Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week. She certainly played a lat of tennis while competing at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center. A day after her 21st birthday, Azarenka became the latest Bank of the West Classic champion. She beat Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-1, in Sunday’s final for her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the season and her fourth career title. She

earned $107,000 for her efforts. The doubles final turned into a barn burner, with Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber needing over two hours to beat Yung-Jan Chan and Jie Zheng, 7-5, 6-7(8), 10-8. Davenport, a former No. 1 singles player and fan favorite at Stanford, last won a doubles title at Memphis, with Lisa Raymond, in 2008. In Los Angeles, Stanford products Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their record 62nd career doubles title on the ATP Tour on Sunday. The twins defeated American Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer. N

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Agramonte, Alex Bailey, SH Prep senior Philip Bamberg, Christian Broom, SH Prep grad David Culpan, Sacred Heart Prep grad Benjamin Dearborn, SH Prep senior Robert Dunlevie, Mark Garner, Menlo School senior John HollandMcCowan, Brian Morton, Colin Mulcahy, Peter Olson, Peter Simon, M-A grad Jed Springer, and SH Prep grad Connor Still. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a successful tournament for us,â&#x20AC;? Barnea said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fortunate to have had so much success in the past that maybe expectations are high. This was a good showing.â&#x20AC;? Barnea is happier that Still and Dearborn will be playing at Princeton next year. Springer and Culpan are headed to UCLA and Olson will play at Loyola Marymount. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bittersweet to say goodbye but at the same time it will be very nice to watch them go through college,â&#x20AC;? Barnea said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of them will stay involved with the club and come back to help us.â&#x20AC;? Stanford was unbeaten heading into the quarterfinals, and then fell, 8-5 in a shootout, to the Los Angeles water polo club. Several other members of the Stanford White 18U team, which placed 20th, are also headed for collegiate water polo programs, including Eric Wright to Stanford, Bobby Abbott to UC Santa Barbara, Alex Berenfeld and Michael Clifford to UC Davis, Alexander Doundakov

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those lists. On Wednesday, Tosky and former PASA teammate Liv Jensen each swam the anchor leg for their respective teams. Jensen helped California Aquatics win the national title with a time of 3:44.87. Tosky nearly overtook Jensen on the final leg, helping PASA finish second in the relay with a time of 3:44.92. Madeline Schaefer, Camille Cheng, and Ally Howe also swam for Palo Alto Stanford. The PASA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team was 16th overall in 3:54.84. Tosky also turned in a sharp effort in the 200 free, finishing sixth in a swift 1:58.63. She was faster, by three to four seconds, than three Stanford swimmers in the event: incoming freshman Andrea Taylor (18th in 2:01.07), Kate Dwelley (21st in 2:01.32) and Kelsey Ditto (22nd in 2:02.14). In a pool full of Olympians and American champions, Tosky has more than held her own as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s climbed onto the lists of top performances of the season. On Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening day, Tosky recorded a personal best in the 200 IM (2:13.18) to finish tenth. She also swam under a minute for the first time ever in the 100 fly, finishing 12th in 59.56. Toskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IM mark was better than defending U.S. champion Julia Smit, a Stanford product and Olympian. Smit finished eighth in the championship final with a 2:14.01. Cardinal senior Elizabeth Smith followed right behind Tosky with a 2:15.18.

to UC San Diego and Trey Schaaf to Arizona. The Stanford White 12U finished fifth in its division by outscoring Lamorinda Blue, 17-16, in the final contest. The solid group includes Jack Barman, Andrew Cho, Jackson Enright, Dakota Freudenstein, Jack Hocker, Peter Kerr, Kyle Leung, Andrew Penner, Nathan Puentes, Alan Viollier, Quinn Vitakis, Eric Warmoth, and Jackson Westerman. The Stanford Red 14U team lost to Foothill, 9-8, on Tuesday and finished 14th in its division, while Stanford Red 12U edged United Blue, 7-6, in the 17th place game. The Stanford White 14U team also placed 20th. N

   

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MISCELLANEOUS Lucy Geever, Flight Instructor and Advantage Aviation 1903 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-533-4018 http://www.advantage-aviation.com/ Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

Lip reading/managing hearing loss 450 Bryant St Palo Alto 650-9497-999 foothill.edu mastmanellen@foothill.edu Lip reading/managing hearing loss. Classes start quarterly and meet weekly but you can join anytime. Learn ways to cope with hearing loss and improve lip-

reading skills. Pay per quarter, register in class. Beginning class meets on Mondays 1:30-2:50 p.m.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road Palo Alto 855-9868 www.studiokickspaloalto.com info@studiokickspaloalto.com Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and fun martial-arts training for kids 2 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Rangers.â&#x20AC;? Get the whole family healthy and fit. Stop by for a free class.

MUSIC & ART Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center 230 San Antonio Circle Mountain View

917-6800 917-6813 www.arts4all.org info@arts4all.org The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts for ages 18 months to adult. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Private music lessons offered, taught by international faculty. Financial assistance available.

Kindermusik with Wendy Mountain View 968-4733 www.kindermusik.com wendymusikmom@aol.com Group music classes for children ages birth to 7 and their caregivers. All classes include singing, instrument play, movement, musical games, and home materials, and aim to develop the whole child through music. Five levels of classes as

well as a multi-age class. Cost per class session ranges from $100 to $225 depending on class and session length (8-15 weeks per session).

Midpeninsula Community Media Center 900 San Antonio Road Palo Alto 494-8686 www.communitymediacenter.net The Media Center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the Web, pod casting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism, and autobiographical digital stories. One-onone tutoring is also available. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours. Web site has specific dates, fees, and scholarship information.

New Mozart School of Music

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305 N. California Ave. Palo Alto 650-324-2373 www.newmozartschool.com info@newmozartschool.com New Mozart provides private lessons on all instruments and excellent early childhood music classes for children 2-7 years of age.

Opus1 Music Studio 2800 W Bayshore Road Palo Alto 408-821-5080 musicopus1.com musicopus1@gmail.com Opus1 Music Studio is offering private & group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to aged 1.5 and up. Beginners to advanced level.

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Learn techniques of infant massage along with tips to relieve gas, aid digestion and soothe the soreness of vaccination sites on your baby. Class is recommended for infants from 1 month of age to crawling. - Saturday, September 18: 10:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:30 pm

PEDIATRIC WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM Join us for a family-based behavioral and educational weight management program that promotes healthy eating and exercise habits for over-weight children and their families. More than 80% of children achieve long-term weight loss through this program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and parents lose weight too! We are currently enrolling for fall classes. For more information call (650) 725-4424 or visit www.pediatricweightcontrol.lpch.org.

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2862 Bryant St. Palo Alto 650-456-7648 linglingviolin.blogspot.com linglingy@gmail.com Group music classes for children aged from 3 to 7. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Musicâ&#x20AC;? includes singing, music note reading, movement and other activities that can help children learn and enjoy music at the same time. It will also give them a solid foundation when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to learn any music instrument later. Year-round enrollment. Taught by professionally trained music

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Steve is passionate about working to help lift children out of poverty, violence, and neglect. After earning his M.A. from ITP, Steve founded a counseling program in East Palo Alto, a culturally rich but underserved community.

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adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more. Register online or stop by the Art Center for a class brochure.

Fall Class Guide teacher. Director: Lingling Yang.

SCHOOLS Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center 230 San Antonio Circle Mountain View 917-6800 917-6813 www.arts4all.org info@arts4all.org The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts for ages 18 months to adult. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Private music lessons offered, taught by international faculty. Financial assistance available.

Children’s Pre-School Center (CPSC) 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 493-5770 www.cpsccares.org info@cpsccares.org Open arms, Open hearts — Opening minds together. Every day at CPSC holds new adventures for your children from the youngest infant to the oldest preschooler. Your child will experience the joy of finger painting, the thrill of dancing, the pleasure of building towers, and the satisfaction of mastering pre-literacy and pre-math skills with the support and guidance of a dedicated, loving, multicultural teaching staff.

Circle of Friends Preschool Alameda de las Pulgas Menlo Park 854-2468 cofpreschool@gmail.com We offer a well-rounded curriculum in a warm personal environment. Our goal

is to promote the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, language and intellectual. Detailed assessment of each child helps us to build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. All this in a play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands-on environment.

www.sileducation.com Private WASC-accredited high-school. One-to-one and small-group instruction. FT and PT enrollment. UC-approved college prep, honors, and AP coursework. Individualized curriculum. Self-paced, and mastery-based: failure is not an option. Also: tutoring, test prep, and college counseling. Open every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Start anytime.

Helios New School

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto 650-223-8690 www.heliosnewschool.org Constructivist K-4 secular program for gifted children on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. Curriculum includes French, Chinese, music, social-emotional learning - plus access to JCC afterschool programming/recreational facilities. Accepting applications. Email admissions@ heliosnewschool.org or check website www.heliosnewschool.org for dates/ times of tours/information nights.

International School of the Peninsula 151 Laura Lane Palo Alto 251-8504 www.istp.org admissions@istp.org ISTP offers extensive after-school language classes at its two Palo Alto locations. Classes offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish to preschool students (3 to 5 years old). Additional classes taught in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Russian for elementary and middle school students.

School for Independent Learners 909 North San Antonio Road Los Altos 650-941-4350

310 Easy St. Mountain View 903-0986 www.ycef.com/sv YCIS provides multi-cultural and bilingual, English and Mandarin Chinese, education to children from preschool to 5th grade. Yew Chung education aims to liberate the joy of learning within each child. No prior Chinese experience is required.

Class Guide The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority. To inquire about placing a listing in the Class Guide, e-mail Editorial Assistant Karla Kane at KKane@ paweekly.com, call 650-326-8210 or visit www.PaloAltoOnline.com. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call our display advertising department at 650-3268210.

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Armadillo Willy’s 941-2922

Peking Duck 321-9388

1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

151 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto

Range: $5.00-13.00

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Hobee’s 856-6124

Su Hong – Menlo Park

4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Dining Phone: 323–6852

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Palo Alto 327-4111

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Spot A Pizza 324-3131 115 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

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POLYNESIAN Trader Vic’s 849-9800 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 4:30 - 9:30pm

8 years in a row!

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INDIAN

Lounge open nightly

Green Elephant Gourmet (650) 494-7391

Darbar Indian Cuisine 321-6688

Burmese & Chinese Cuisine

129 Lytton, Downtown Palo Alto

3950 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

Lunch Buffet M-F; Open 7 days

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Voted Best Pizza in Palo Alto

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 pm

SEAFOOD Cook’s Seafood 325-0604 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Janta Indian Restaurant 462-5903

Seafood Dinners from

Dine-In, Take-Out, Local Delivery-Catering

369 Lytton Ave., Downtown Palo Alto

$6.95 to $10.95

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Lunch Buffet M-F; Organic Veggies

Scott’s Seafood 323-1555

Chef Chu’s (650) 948-2696

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1067 N. San Antonio Road

Spalti Ristorante 327-9390

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Jing Jing 328-6885

Pizzeria Venti 650-254-1120

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443 Emerson St., Palo Alto

1390 Pear Ave, Mountain View

Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700

Authentic Szechwan, Hunan

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543 Emerson St., Palo Alto

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Fresh, Chef Inspired Italian Food

Full Bar, Outdoor Seating

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JAPANESE & SUSHI

www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com

Open 7 days a week serving breakfast,

Ming’s 856-7700 1700 Embarcadero East, Palo Alto www.mings.com New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr.

#1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm

Voted MV Voice Best ‘01, ‘02, ‘03 & ‘04

Palo Alto Sol 328-8840

Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:00-10:00pm

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408 California Ave., Palo Alto 650.328-8840

Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 3 Years in a Row, 2006-2007-2008

Open 7 days a Week

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Palo Alto Sol was created to offer the best of “Comida Poblana” (food from Puebla), where we grew up.

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