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Proposed rail could take homes, shrink Alma Palo Alto council calls for rail authority to keep tunneling options alive by Gennady Sheyner alifornia’s planned highspeed-rail system could significantly narrow Alma Street in several sections of Palo Alto and cause some residents near the Caltrain Corridor to give up their homes, according to a report released last week by the California

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High-Speed Rail Authority. The rail authority is in the midst of narrowing down its design options for the controversial rail system, which will most likely include a four-track-wide path between San Francisco and San Jose. Caltrain service would run on the outside

two tracks and the new high-speed trains on the inside two. At the Aug. 5 meeting of the rail authority, the agency’s chief engineer on the Peninsula segment said the four-track alignment was selected because it would leave a smaller footprint than the previously considered “stacked” design, which called for two sets of tracks, with one on top of the other. Robert Doty, director of the Peninsula Rail Program, a partnership of

Caltrain and the rail authority, said the agency has considerably narrowed its right-of-way requirement for the Peninsula segment since its earliest estimates. It now believes the four tracks could be squeezed into an 80-foot corridor through much of the corridor. It previously estimated about 120 feet. The specific width of the rightof-way needed throughout Palo Alto would fluctuate depending on whether the rail authority chooses to

run the new rail system at street level, through an open trench, or along aerial viaducts. (The authority has dropped the tunneling option, for which some Palo Alto officials have advocated for the past three years.) But even with the system’s narrower right-of-way requirement, Palo Alto drivers and homeowners should expect major changes, the alternatives analysis indicates. Alma (continued on page 7)

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Palo Alto Shuttle suit settles for $125,000 Gunn High School student who fell through bus door in 2007 receives compensation by Sue Dremann

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A golfer wades through a gaggle of Canadian geese at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course this week. The geese are an even bigger problem at the Palo Alto Airport.

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City looks for new ways to control goose population Canada geese pollute parks, disturb airplane flight paths by Angela Chen

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rmed with mineral oil, noisemakers and border collies, parks and recreation officials in Palo Alto and other local cities are waging war on Canada geese that have overrun golf courses, parks and airports. Resident geese have long been a problem in Santa Clara County and across the country, leaving their droppings on paths, chewing

grass down to its roots and aggressively defending their nests. The flocks were originally migratory, and some still fly to Canada every spring. However, many of the birds have discovered that the Bay Area’s temperate climate, lush parks and lack of natural predators make an ideal habitat, according to Melanie Weaver, California Department of Fish and

Game associate biologist. As a result, many Canada geese have never left. At least 300 of the creatures reside in Palo Alto’s Baylands Nature Preserve alone, with more living throughout the county, Baylands Park Ranger Daren Anderson said. The geese, most commonly found in parks and golf courses, are becoming a problem at the Palo Alto Airport, which is adjacent to the Baylands, according to Director of Santa Clara County Airports Carl Honaker. The fowl find the airport’s undisturbed greenery a wonderful nesting and feeding place. “The airplanes can hit the geese in flight. They’re big birds ... and if you’re hitting at 120 miles per hour, the best case is that there’s the least impact and some damage

happens,” he said, referring to the fact that geese can weigh up to 14 pounds. “Worst case is the plane can’t fly anymore and it crashes.” While there have been no major dangers posed by local geese so far, pilots have been told by Palo Alto traffic controllers to reroute their flight paths in the immediate airport vicinity in order to avoid hitting the fowl. Birds as aviation hazards are a problem from Palo Alto Airport to the John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City. In early 2009, birds flew into the engines of an airplane departing from New York, forcing pilot Chesley Sullenberger to make an emergency landing on the Hudson (continued on page 10)

Henry M. Gunn High School student who was thrown out of an unsecured city-bus door and tumbled onto El Camino Real in 2007 has settled a lawsuit for $125,000, according to court documents. Rodolfo Flores and his mother, Virginia Garcia, reached an agreement with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), Parking Company of America of Downey, Calif., and shuttle driver Martha Lorena Cachiro on June 8. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge dismissed the case Aug. 12. Flores, then 15 years old, was a passenger on the crowded Palo Alto Shuttle when the accident occurred June 4, 2007. The 22-seat bus is part of the city’s bus system, which includes the Crosstown Shuttle, on which Flores was traveling. Flores was one of 10 passengers who stood in the shuttle’s aisle. As the bus made a left-hand turn onto El Camino Real, he was thrown against the rear doors, which flew open and flung him onto the roadway at 15 to 20 mph. He hit the back of his head and rolled into the El Camino intersection. He was transported by ambulance to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with a significant concussion, cuts to his head and internal bleeding in his skull, according to court papers. He remained hospitalized for four days. Flores filed suit on Feb. 20, 2008 for an unspecified sum in damages. (continued on page 6)

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Around Town RETURN OF THE EX-MAYORS ... Leave it to a local election to waken past Palo Alto mayors out of their political slumbers. Former mayors and councilmen are preparing to play leading roles in the two ballot measures that local residents are asked to vote on in November. Measure R would freeze staffing levels in the Fire Department, pending a citywide election. Measure S would change the city’s elections from odd to even years. The local firefighters union wrote in its argument for Measure R that the proposal will “give you, the residents of Palo Alto, the right to decide how many firefighters you want responding to 911 emergency calls� and “the final say as to how the community as a whole should be protected.� But a coalition of ex-mayors and councilmembers, which includes Dena Mossar, Bern Beecham and Vic Ojakian, is arguing that the union-backed measure is anything but democratic. Mossar wrote in the official anti-Measure R argument that the measure is “an unprecedented power play that takes budget decision making out of the hands of our elected officials.� The measure would make it “nearly impossible for the Fire Department’s budget to ever be reduced,� she wrote. The battle over Measure S, meanwhile, has split the exmayors. Judy Kleinberg is backing Measure S, which proponents say will boost voter participation and save the city $1 million over the next decade. The measure was proposed by Supervisor Liz Kniss, another former mayor, who has also signed on to oppose Measure R. Former Mayor Gary Fazzino, meanwhile, has joined current Councilman Greg Schmid in opposing the electionyear change. Schmid wrote in his arguments against the measure that the current odd-year system makes it easier for local candidates to reach the public and that shifting to even years would “change the nature of local elections.� BRAIN GAMES ... Why do we get a warm fuzzy feeling when we watch other people perform good deeds? That’s the question Stanford University doctoral candidate Jeff Cooper wrestled with in recent months. His findings? We care more about good

intentions than about the actual deeds being performed. Furthermore, when we observe good deeds, we interpret them in much the same way as we’d interpret personal rewards. Cooper, who is now at Trinity College, split 38 participants into two groups and had them play a game in which each player throws money into a common pot. Cooper then doubled the sum and split the money evenly among participants. In one group, the game was referred to as a “stock market game,� in another as a “public goods game.� The researchers then took MRI scans of the participants and found that while the two groups’ activities were similar, their feelings were drastically different. The group that played the “stock market� game didn’t experience any major changes in their brains’ ventromedial prefrontal cortexes (the regions that get stimulated by personal rewards). But in the “public goods� game, activity in the brain region “fired up,� according to the Stanford Report. Players in this game seemed to like other players who gave generously to the pot. Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford and co-author of the research paper, said in a statement that the “test demonstrates that what people do doesn’t really matter all the time.� “What we think others are intending is what really matters,� he said. “Essentially, even though people saw the exact same game, framing the game changed the test subjects’ neural reactions to the players.� HERE COMES THE BRIDE ... All dressed in ... green? Green is, after all, the official color of Palo Alto, making the city the perfect location for the Bay Area’s first “Green Wedding Fair,� being held Aug. 29 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana. All fair vendors will offer some type of eco-friendly service or goods to customers and participants receive discounts for choosing the “green� options. Palo Alto was chosen due to its success with green initiatives, according to Brocade Weddings, the company holding the fair. Interested green grooms and brides-to-be can get more details at bayareaweddingfairs.com/go_ green_save_green_win_green. shtml. N

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HP stock tumbles after CEO scandal Hurd resignation leads to personnel, stock fallout by Gennady Sheyner

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On a balmy Wednesday evening, a man bikes along California Avenue without a helmet — despite the risk for severe brain injury in case of an accident.

Saving your life vs. having a good hair day Safety professionals urge wearing of bike helmets by Georgia Wells

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ike accident statistics are clear: Helmet-less, riders are 14 times more likely than those with helmets to die, according to Safe Kids USA. So why do so many choose the wind in their hair over protection for their skull? About 75 percent of the riders on Bryant Street in Palo Alto had on helmets during a random count in late July, while only slightly more than half of the riders on the path behind Town and Country Village wore them. In Stanford’s White Plaza, a measly 25 percent of bicyclists chose to protect their pricey brains. “I don’t want my hair getting messed up,” said 22-year-old Pamela Krayenbuhl, who then smiled and conceded the foolish “vanity” of her decision. People find helmets uncomfortable, don’t like lugging them around and believe they mess with their look, Omar Barba of the Campus Bike Shop said. Many bikers object to helmets due to what teens call their “dorky” appearance, he added. Other cyclists reason themselves out of wearing protective gear. Some people just don’t think they’re going to crash, especially if they’re not going far. “I’ve heard the argument, ‘I don’t go very fast,’ which I don’t find very compelling,” said Richard Swent, Palo Alto Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission chairman. “Some people don’t believe helmets give adequate protection. But if it’s properly fitted, fastened and adjusted, it can do a lot,” he added. More than 3,000 Palo Altans commuted to work on a bicycle last year, according to the City of Palo Alto website. “Palo Alto is a bike-driven town.

We want people to use alternative modes of transit. A lot of kids ride their bikes to school,” said Sergeant Robert Bonilla, supervisor of the police traffic division. The police department does not keep statistics on bike accidents or the number of riders they send to emergency rooms every year. But fatal accidents happen with some frequency. In February, visiting graduate student from China Yichao Wang died in an accident at Stanford. He was bicycling along Palm Drive when he hit a car. He was not wearing a helmet, according to a California Highway Patrol officer quoted in the Stanford Daily. Skateboarders, too, have experienced their share of tragedy. A skateboarding fall in April took the life of Tim Sullivan, a Gunn High School graduate and student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was not wearing a helmet. State law encourages helmet wearing, mandating it for everyone under 18, according to Bonilla. Officers will issue a citation for young cyclists who are not wearing helmets, but much like traffic school, the youth can attend a bicycle-safety class instead of paying the fee, Bonilla said. Because many people consider safe bicycle riding so important, there are programs to increase helmet wearing. Stanford offers safety classes. Jane Rothstein, Health Improvement Program coordinator of environmental behavior change, teamed up with cycling instructor John Ciccarelli to teach Safe and Confident Bicycle Commuting. “We teach mostly employees and people who live in the surrounding community. We encourage helmet

wearing. It’s like putting on a seatbelt when getting in a car. Safety, however, has more components than just wearing a helmet,” Rothstein said. Palo Alto’s Bicycle Adviser Swent notes that kids need to learn about how drivers experience the road. “I teach them to ride where drivers will see them. Communicate. Make eye contact. Use hand signals. Make sure other people know what they’re going to do,” Swent said. “Helmets are the last line of defense. It’s like an insurance policy.” He points out that helmets need to be properly fitted in order to be effective, however. Most cyclists wear them too far back on the head, he said. Swent posted how to wear a helmet properly on this website, http:// bikeclass.swent.net/Helmets.htm. So how to get people to wear the hair-crushing domes? Helmet manufacturers are working to make sexier helmets that people will like. “I’ve been wearing a helmet since the ‘90s, and they’ve gone from looking like you’re wearing a Q-tip on your head to looking like a colorful baseball cap,” Barba said. At approximately $40, helmets are not expensive. If cost is the determining factor, Stanford University can assist students purchasing helmets, said Barba, who noted that he wears one because he’s married and wants to “do the things that I wouldn’t be able to do if I hurt my head.” The message has gotten through to some kids as well. “I wear it because I don’t want to die!” said one Palo Alto high school student, his unfastened helmet resting atop his head. N Editorial Intern Georgia Wells can be reached at gwells@embarcaderopublishing.com.

ast week’s forced resignation of HP Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd has dropped the company’s stocks by more than 10 percent, drawn vehement criticism from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and prompted Hurd’s top aide to step down this week. According to Fortune, aide Caprice Fibres McIlvaine resigned from her position Monday, three days after her boss stepped down as the CEO of the Palo Alto-based computer giant. McIlvaine, according to the report, worked in communications before she became Hurd’s assistant and was a “chief conduit” in the hiring of consultant Jodie Fisher, who filed a sexual harassment claim against Hurd. The Palo Alto-based computer giant has been in the spotlight since last Friday, when HP announced that Hurd was stepping down after the company investigated the claim by Fisher, a former actress whom he hired to assist with marketing. The company concluded that Hurd didn’t sexually harass Fisher, but the board asked him to step down because he falsified expense reports to cover the reported personal rela-

tionship between him and Fisher. The company’s stocks, meanwhile, have plunged by more than 10 percent since last Friday, when they were traded at about $46 a share. After dropping sharply early this week, the company’s stock has largely stabilized and traded at about $40 a share as of Thursday afternoon. Fisher said in a public statement this week that she “never had an affair or an intimate sexual relationship” with Hurd and that she resolved her claim against Hurd privately and without litigation. Ellison, meanwhile, sent an email to the New York Times on Monday blasting HP’s board of directors for forcing Hurd out. Ellison, who is a friend of Hurd, wrote that the company “just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.” “In losing Mark Hurd, the HP board failed to act in the best interest of HP employees, shareholders, customers and partners,” Ellison wrote. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

Planning and Transportation Commission (Aug. 11)

Comprehensive Plan: The commission discussed the Housing Element chapter in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The city is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council has no meetings scheduled for this week. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review planned improvements to the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road; discuss a planned community (PC) zone proposal for the expansion of Palo Alto Commons Senior Housing at 4041 El Camino Way; review proposed renovations to the Hoover Pavilion, which are part of the major expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center; and review a proposed three-story medical office building at 800 Welch Road. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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The City of Palo Alto was initially a defendant in the suit, but was later dropped from litigation. Flores’ attorney, John C. Stein, said previously that public buses have a mandatory interlock system so that if a door opens the bus should stop. According to his experts, the shuttle’s rear-door wasn’t locked. A wheelchair-lift mechanism that usually is in front of the door had been removed two weeks prior to the accident and could have contributed to the door failure, he said. At the time of the accident, a Palo Alto Police Department spokesman said the shuttle’s doors “were not built to (stay) secure with the force of a person’s weight against it.� Flores began to complain of lethargy, intermittent nausea and learning-retention problems that affected his reading and math abilities for six months after the accident, according to medical reports filed with the court. Flores “showed a disturbing tendency to lose track of details� when tested by having a simple story read to him, according to a neuropsychological evaluation by Dr. Ralph Kiernan, which was given to the court. However, a 2009 medical report by his personal physician, Dr. Kellen Glinder, indicates he has made a full recovery since that time. Flores

graduated from Gunn in June. “I tried to make sure before we entered the settlement that things are OK with him. Sometimes these things show up years later,� Garcia, his mother and his guardian in the lawsuit, said Wednesday afternoon. “God willing, he’s fine. He says he’s OK and I trust him.� She and Flores are “very happy with the results,� she added. “According to the lawyer, it’s as good as can be for the case that it is. We’re happy for the security of the other people in the future,� who will ride the bus. The case was difficult for the family, not only because of concerns about possible long-term problems for Flores but also because of medical costs the family incurred, she said. According to the documents filed with the court, the settlement includes $29,144.15 for attorney fees, $8,673.41 reimbursement for out-ofpocket medical and other expenses incurred by Flores or attorneys and $3,000 for other expenses. Christine Dunn, Caltrain spokeswoman, said any changes to the buses would be the responsibility of Parking Company of America, which has not returned a call from the Weekly. Regarding the settlement, “As part of the process, Caltrain was removed from liability,� Dunn said. Garcia said Flores hopes to attend UC Santa Cruz to study biology N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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North county Democratic headquarters to open The building that housed the Obama campaign will re-open to serve as headquarters in Palo Alto by Ryan Deto

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he Democratic Party will reopen north Santa Clara County campaign headquarters at 3898 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, with a kickoff event on Saturday (Aug. 14) in anticipation of Election Day. The yellow building, located at the end of a strip mall that houses a Hawaiian barbecue restaurant and a kung-fu dojo, has a long history of housing Democratic efforts. Assembly candidate Josh Becker used the 2,000 square feet for his 2010 primary campaign. Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign efforts were hosted there. The building also headquartered the “Silicon Valley for Obama� group in 2008. Obama volunteer Lisa Altieri worked in the office on Election Day 2008. “We were phone banking to every state in the West up till 7 p.m.,� she said. The office, parking lot and Happy Donuts next door were completely packed, Altieri said. “It was amazing, watching the states turn blue on the television screen.� In the 1970s, before the Demo-

crats got a hold of the space, 3898 El Camino Real was home to an X-rated theater called the Copenhagen, according to local historian Matt Bowling’s website, The Palo Alto History Project. The area was then known for massage parlors and prostitution, but a crackdown in 1976 led to more law-abiding activity in the area. The new headquarters has been empty since Becker left in June. Betty Gerard, Democratic Party volunteer, said that Democrats have traditionally moved their headquarters from place to place to find the best deal. But the party seems to come back to this location time and time again. “We have been lucky each time,� Joe Rolfe, treasurer of the Peninsula Democratic Coalition, said. “The building has been available every time we’ve needed it.� According to Rolfe, the space has been used so often that “people are accustomed to finding us there.� In addition, when the party moves in, the volunteers spend a lot of time at the adjoining businesses, such as (continued on page 9)

Upfront How high-speed rail could run through Palo Alto (cross-section) Palo Alto/ Menlo Park Border

University Avenue Train Station

California Avenue Train Station

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Palo Alto to consider new high-speed-rail station City would need to make room for 3,000 parking spaces to have a station

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Menlo Park Train Station

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Street, which runs next to the Caltrain tracks, would lose either one or two lanes in most sections of Palo Alto. In the particularly dense and well-traveled area between Embarcadero Road and Churchill Avenue, Alma would lose two lanes under either of the two design options still on the table, according to the alternatives analysis. The new alternatives analysis also determines that the rail system would force Alma to lose one lane between the city’s border with Menlo Park and Embarcadero. The thoroughfare would also lose one or two traffic lanes between Churchill and East Meadow Drive. The authority’s engineers nevertheless determined that traffic conditions would improve in Palo Alto because the trains would no longer run at street level at Churchill and East Meadow. Caltrain currently runs at ground level along the entire length of Alma, and city officials have long dreamed of a “grade-separated” system that would put the trains underground. Either of the two design options under consideration would also entail the “displacement of properties” along the right-of-way, according to the new report. Between Embarcadero and Churchill, the entire rightof-way is narrower than 90 feet, less than the 96 feet needed for an open trench. Furthermore, the rail authority would need between 103 feet and 120 feet of space during construction of the new rail system, depending on which design option it ultimately chooses. Properties could be affected south of Churchill, where 55 percent of the right-of-way is less than 90 feet wide. A right-of-way map shows that the width between the rear of properties in the Southgate neighborhood and Alma is 75 feet. The supplemental alternatives analysis, which the authority released on Aug. 5, zeroes in on the two most likely options for the rail system: above ground and open trench. The first of these options relies largely on street level and elevated tracks. Under this alternative, trains would be at-grade level when they

arrive from Menlo Park to Palo Alto and then glide along an aerial viaduct between Homer Avenue and Churchill, since the narrowness of the right-of-way makes an at-grade system less feasible. Trains would then return to street level as they approach the California Avenue train station and remain in this configuration until East Meadow, at which time they would switch back to aerial viaducts. According to the new report, the rail authority hopes to use aerial viaducts instead of at-grade tracks in certain sections of Palo Alto because the elevated structures would require a right-of-way of 79 feet, while the street-level and opentrench alternatives would require about 96 feet. Staff engineers had determined that running the trains at-grade from Embarcadero to Churchill and from East Meadow to the Adobe Creek would require “substantial displacement impacts due to right-of-way acquisition requirements.” The second design option, which relies heavily on open trenches, is more in line with Palo Alto residents’ desire for an underground system, but would cost significantly more to construct and require a wider rightof-way, according to engineer estimates. Under this alignment, Caltrain and high-speed trains would both run through an open trench as they pass from Atherton and Menlo Park and enter Palo Alto. The trains could remain below ground level as they pass through Palo Alto and enter Mountain View, or they could rise to street level near the California Avenue train station and rise onto an aerial viaduct just before East Meadow. The Palo Alto City Council discussed the latest report from the rail authority at a special meeting on Aug. 5 and is scheduled to continue the discussion on Sept. 13. At last week’s meeting, several council members voiced frustration about the rail authority’s elimination of the covered-trench and tunnel options, for which Midpeninsula communities have long lobbied. Rail authority engineers had concluded in the new report that both tunneling options are “impractical” because of high costs and complications relating to ventilation, ground conditions and safety features. Ac-

cording to the alternatives analysis, a covered trench in the subsection between Churchill and East Meadow would cost $692 million to construct and a deep tunnel $438 million. An at-grade and an open trench in this section of the Caltrain corridor would cost $46 million and $263 million, respectively. None of the estimates would include the costs of purchasing properties to expand the right of way. The covered-trench option has been particularly popular in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton because it would have enabled both Caltrain and high-speed rail to run underground, in a shallow trench. The deep tunnel option was considered only for the new high-speed trains. Sara Armstrong, co-founder of the high-speed-rail watchdog group Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD), said the new report gives communities along the Peninsula plenty of reasons for concern. Cities such as Redwood City and Belmont, for example, have no underground options on the table, according to the new report. In Palo Alto, there’s still some room for optimism, Armstrong said, particularly if the agency continues to pursue the open-trench alternative. This design’s inclusion in the latest study suggests that the authority has heard some of the city’s concerns, she said. “The city has again and again indicated that it wants a below-grade solution,” Armstrong said. Despite the high costs, members of the Palo Alto City Council agreed last week that the authority should continue to look at all the underground options. Councilman Greg Scharff called the covered-trench option “the best option for Palo Alto and the one we should be focusing on.” Councilwoman Karen Holman called the rail authority’s decision to eliminate the two most popular tunneling options a “bit of an absurdity” and suggested that the council formally ask the agency to further study these designs. “I think we need to stand up and make that statement loud and clear,” Holman said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

alo Alto would have to build parking structures for 3,000 cars — more than the total number of spaces currently in public garages downtown — to become eligible for a local high-speed-rail station, a rail authority engineer recently told a City Council committee. The California High-Speed Rail Authority previously identified Palo Alto as one of three cities that could potentially host a high-speed-rail station. Under current plans, the high-speed-rail system would have stations at San Francisco, Millbrae and San Jose. The Midpeninsula station, which could be built in Palo Alto, Redwood City or Mountain View, is the only one the authority deems optional. The Palo Alto council is scheduled to consider in September whether it wants the city to host a station for the controversial rail line, which would stretch between San Francisco and San Jose. On July 29, the council’s High-Speed Rail Committee heard a presentation on the potential station from John Litzinger, whose firm, HNTB, is responsible for the engineering work on the Peninsula segment of the proposed rail line. Litzinger said the authority would build all the stations in the San Francisco-to-San Jose corridor. But it would be up to local communities and private investors to develop parking structures for the new stations, he said. He said the authority envisions parking structures as private/public partnerships in which investors would charge market rates for station parking. “The view is that it can be done from an investment standpoint and not necessarily as a city-run operation, unless the city desires to do that,” he said. In Palo Alto, a new rail station would require the parking spots be located within three miles of the University Avenue train station, Litzinger said. Some of these spots would have to be adjacent to the station, while others could be reachable by shuttles. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie said at last week’s council meeting that a parking structure with 3,000 spots would be larger than the parking lot in the Millbrae train station and “more than all the parking garages we have in downtown right now.” Emslie told the Weekly that the new station’s potential size, proximity to a historic site (the present station), and parking requirement will likely be the top issue the council will consider when the council dives into the issue in September. Cost is another. At $50,000 per

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An early morning fire at Cubberley Community Center damaged the office of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of the Palo Alto Libraryâ&#x20AC;? Monday, destroying computer equipment and causing major damage to the trailer complex just days before the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly book sale. The sale will proceed as planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room and the Bargain Room will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Main Room, which is near the sorting room, will be closed. Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 4:30 a.m. and managed to contain the flames to the sorting room, where the nonprofit group organizes its activities and accepts donations. John Burt, a volunteer with the Friends group, said a homeless man who frequents the Cubberley campus with his dog saw the flames and alerted the Fire Department. The building was unoccupied and no one was injured, but the fire destroyed two computers, a copy machine and various miscellaneous office supplies, said Jim Schmidt, president of the Friends group, who visited the scene shortly after the fire. Schmidt said flames were crawling along the ceiling and toward the inventory room, where thousands of books were located. Firefighters put out the fire before it could reach the books, Schmidt said. Though the cause of the fire is still being investigated, fire officials believe it may be related to a malfunctioning air-conditioning unit, Emergency Services Coordinator Suzan Minshall said. She said the fire damage was largely limited to walls and the ceiling in the building, as well as the office equipment. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Friends group is asked to e-mail the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book-sale manager, Jerry Stone, at jpstone@ gmail.com. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner

West Nile on the decline in Santa Clara County The Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coolest summer temperatures in 40 years have had at least one fringe benefit: The number of West Nile Virus cases in birds have dropped despite a significant rise early in the season, according to Santa Clara County Vector Control officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The county hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found a virus-positive mosquito since July 13,â&#x20AC;? said Russ Parman, acting district manager for Santa Clara County Vector Control District. The district also recently completed three pesticide-fogging regimens in disease-prone areas within the county, he said. The disease seemed to be on the rise earlier in the year, when officials found 23 infected birds compared to 14 for all of last year, he said. But surveillance has indicated the cool down has been good for keeping the virus at bay. Parman warned that August and September are still peak months for people to contract the disease. Statewide, 12 people have contracted West Nile, compared to five people last year. So far, there are no human cases in Santa Clara County, he said. Persons with diabetes and people older than 50 are most at risk if death if they contract the virus, he said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

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Two City Council members who were recently given a canoe-paddlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye-view of Palo Alto baylands waterways and sloughs say they would like the city to find ways to share the experience with more people. Council members Gail Price and Greg Schmid were given paddles and a two-hour guided tour of the waterways by city Public Works and Community Services staff members Wednesday morning, Aug. 4. While viewing willets, avocets, curlews and other shore birds, the council members were given a historical perspective of the baylands, one of the last remaining undisturbed wildlife habitats in the San Francisco Bay. Staff members outlined successes in reducing pollutants and discussed remaining challenges relating to pesticide and pharmaceutical chemical pollution and invasive species. The nearby Palo Alto Airport, landfill and regional wastewater treatment plant triggered a discussion of mixed-uses near a sensitive habitat, according to city Communications Manager Linda Clerkson. Two other council members, Nancy Shepherd and Greg Scharff, joined City Manager James Keene on a similar tour last May 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing the total to one member shy of a council majority. Guided canoe trips are available to the public during the summer at 650-617-3156 for a $42 fee, with pre-registration and some basic canoeing experience required. Clerkson said the city is continuing its baylands restoration and award-winning pollution-prevention programs. Current priorities include reducing pesticide use community-wide, eliminating disposal in sewers of unwanted medicines, restricting polystyrene and plastic-bag use and enacting stricter controls for mercury from dental amalgams used by dentists. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Driver killed in crash on Page Mill Road The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in unincorporated San Mateo County that occurred early Thursday morning. Units responded at about 1:10 a.m. to Page Mill Road near Skyline Boulevard, in the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve area, where a Mazda Miata had crashed off the rural roadway, CHP Officer Jonathan Short said. (Posted Aug. 12 at 8:47 a.m.)

Election assured for Menlo Park council Peter Ohtaki, board president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, filed his papers Tuesday (Aug. 10) as a candidate for the Menlo Park City Council. He is the fourth candidate, thus assuring an election in November for the three open seats on the five-member council. (Posted Aug. 11 at 8:47 a.m.)

Bay Area gasoline prices creeping up A report released Tuesday (Aug. 10) by AAA Northern California shows that gas prices in the Bay Area and across the country are once again inching up. (Posted Aug. 10 at 3:46 p.m.)

Spontaneous combustion in Woodside fire The spontaneous combustion of oily rags brought firefighters to the residence at 525 Moore Road in the Woodside Heights neighborhood at about 6:50 p.m. Monday (Aug. 9). (Posted Aug. 10 at 2:23 p.m.)

CHP â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;zero toleranceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aimed at distracted drivers The California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area joined forces Tuesday for a strict zero-tolerance campaign aimed at identifying and issuing citations to motorists talking or texting on cell phones while driving. (Posted Aug. 10 at 12:20 p.m.)

Police suspect arson in Mountain View truck fire Police suspect arson is to blame for a spectacular vehicle fire that awoke residents in the 1800 block of Ednamary Way in Mountain View early Monday morning. (Posted Aug. 10 at 9:06 a.m.)

Two rail directors told to lie low in Midpeninsula Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors have been advised by agency staff not to participate in public meetings on the Midpeninsula â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where elected officials have persistently criticized the plan and residents have occasionally jeered the board members. (Posted Aug. 9 at 9:47 a.m.)

Seat-belt enforcement crackdown in Palo Alto Palo Alto police are on the lookout for motorists and passengers driving without a seatbelt. Scofflaws face extra scrutiny throughout August and September as part of a statewide â&#x20AC;&#x153;Click It or Ticketâ&#x20AC;? campaign that has been ongoing during 2010. (Posted Aug. 9 at 9:44 a.m.)

East Palo Alto police probe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;suspicious deathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; East Palo Alto police are investigating the death of a 59-year-old man who was found with a stab wound to his upper body Sunday night. (Posted Aug. 9 at 9:46 a.m.)

Google-Verizon deal raises Eshooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyebrows News about a potentially game-changing deal between Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Google and Verizon has caught the attention of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, who has â&#x20AC;&#x153;real concernsâ&#x20AC;? that the deal risks undermining efforts by the FCC to maintain net neutrality and could â&#x20AC;&#x153;widen the gap between the haves and the have-notsâ&#x20AC;? online. (Posted Aug. 9 at 8:41 a.m.)

Palo Alto YMCA increases college scholarships Recent Gunn High School graduates Priya Ghose and Teklehaymanot â&#x20AC;&#x153;TKâ&#x20AC;? Yilma and Palo Alto High School graduates Jacob Huerta and Lia Salaverry are among 40 local students receiving $2,500 college scholarships from the Palo Alto Family YMCA. (Posted Aug. 8 at 7:59 a.m.)

Woman identified in HP CEO resignation The woman who triggered the probe that led to the resignation of HP Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd has been identified in news reports as Jodie Fisher, who says she is saddened by his resignation. Her initial sexual-harassment complaint has been settled, she said. (Posted Aug. 6 at 2:06 p.m.)

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Federal judge lifts stay on same-sex marriage Hold on same-sex marriages to be lifted Aug. 18 federal judge in San Francisco declined to block gay and lesbian weddings as a court battle over Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on same-sex marriage moves forward, but put the marriages on hold by extending a temporary stay until Aug. 18. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Aug. 12 turned down a request by sponsors of Proposition 8 for a long-term stay while they appeal a ruling in which he struck down the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on same-sex marriage last week. But Walker agreed to extend a temporary stay of his ruling for a week to enable the Proposition 8 supporters to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a long-term stay. On Thursday, dozens of same-sex couples lined up outside the county clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at San Francisco City Hall, waiting to demand marriage licenses if the stay were lifted immediately. A separate group that had gathered on the steps outside cheered as they received unoffi-

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ruling to be suspended throughout the appeal process, which could take months and which could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court. They have argued in court filings that they believe they are likely to win their appeal and that a temporary reinstatement of same-sex marriage could cause disruption. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown and two same-sex couples who challenged the initiative said in briefs filed Friday that they expect Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling to survive the appeal and that allowing same-sex marriages to resume would be in the public interest. Schwarzenegger said in his filing that permitting gay and lesbian marriages during the appeal process would not create administrative difficulties for the state. Walker ruled last week that Proposition 8, enacted by a 52 percent majority of voters in 2008, violated the U.S. Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guarantees of due process and equal treatment. N

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River. The geese pose such a danger that, annually, wildlife biologists round them up in New York City’s Prospect Park and gas them. Euthanizing geese is not a population-control tactic used in the Bay Area. Instead, for the past 10 years, Palo Alto Airport officials said they have used noisemakers to scare geese away from the runways and nearby areas. But lately, the geese have caught on. “The previous methods don’t work anymore,” Honaker said. “Nowadays, you use a noisemaker, they just move a couple feet over

because they know you’re not going to hurt them. We have five or six generations of geese who don’t know how to migrate. They’ve lost that natural need.” Anderson is helping officials to develop new methods of controlling the geese. They’ve tried placing images of goose predators, such as coyotes, in the areas where the geese are commonly found. They’re experimenting with different noisemakers. However, the population has not significantly decreased. Honaker and Anderson are in good company when trying to tackle the goose dilemma. They’re part of a larger group of parks and recreation officials, spearheaded by the Mountain View Parks and Recre-

ation Department. “We realized that in order to control the Canada geese population it couldn’t be just one part of this area that’s doing it,” Anderson said. “So an entire group of cities in this area is partnering together.” The federal Department of Fish and Wildlife transferred jurisdiction over controlling nuisance geese to states in 2006, according to Weaver. However, at that time, no state laws existed detailing how such a problem should be handled. As a result, the California Fish and Game Department passed new guidelines in 2008, which allows the state to issue geese-control permits to cities, although the permits are not necessary for largely urban areas

such as San Francisco and Palo Alto. These cities merely have to monitor the goose population and report back every couple of months. The goose-control permit mainly allows officials to oil eggs, which cuts off the oxygen flow and prevents them from hatching. This keeps the population of resident geese in check, although it doesn’t affect the population of migratory geese. According to Mountain View Park Manager Jack Smith, oiling is a common, though time-consuming, process that takes place in the spring. When the geese start nesting, parks and recreation employees from Palo Alto, Mountain View and other neighboring cities search goose habitats three times a week

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A weekly compendium of vital statistics Palo Alto August 3-9 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Sexual assault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suicide attempt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bomb threat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Kidnapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .8 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Disturbing the peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psych. subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Warrants/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Restraining order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. municipal code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Unlisted block Forest Avenue, 8/8, 9:36 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. 3000 block El Camino Real, 8/9, 8:34 p.m.; kidnapping. 300 block Pasteur Drive, 8/9, 9:19 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.

Menlo Park 1300 block Carlton Avenue, 8/4, 7:32 p.m.; battery. Hamilton Avenue/Modoc Avenue, 8/8, 7:00 p.m.; robbery. 300 block Hamilton Avenue, 8/9, 12:35 p.m.; burglary. 1100 block Hollyburne Avenue, 8/9, 2:46 p.m.; battery.

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Menlo Park August 4-9 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run/property damage . . . . . . . . .1 Traffic stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Narcotics registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Active disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Cancelled case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 3000 block Nelson Court, 8/3, 2:34 a.m.; family violence/restraining order violation. Unlisted block Arastradero Road, 8/3, 9:15 p.m.; arson. Unlisted block Embarcadero Road, 8/4, 4:01 p.m.; arson. Unlisted block San Antonio Avenue, 8/4, 4:36 p.m.; sexual assault/foreign object. 3980 El Camino Real, 8/5, 9:38 p.m.; adult suicide attempt. 2000 block Hanover Street, 8/6, 10:10 a.m.; bomb threat. 500 block Seale Avenue, 8/6, 10:43 a.m.; simple battery. Unlisted block Villa Real, 8/8, 8:51 a.m.; domestic violence/court order violation. Unlisted block Nelson Court, 8/8, 2:00 p.m.; family violence/court order violation.

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Editorial

Alma: the last straw on high-speed rail? With new disclosures on needing to narrow Alma Street, state should move now to overhaul California High Speed Rail Authority board

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f the issues weren’t so serious, last week’s meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority board of directors in San Francisco would be worthy of being TV comedy, an “unreality show.” The star performer was board member Rod Diridon, the San Jose-based advocate of high-speed rail and longtime rail-transit visionary, who disclosed that he and fellow board member Quentin Kopp have been “instructed” by staff to not speak in the Midpeninsula. It seems they are treated rudely by residents, who tend to shout at them. He said only if and when area audiences become more polite will he and Kopp return. This was at the same Thursday (Aug. 5) meeting where staff reports ruled out either a deep tunnel or covered trench as alternatives for the Palo Alto/Midpeninsula segment, leaving open-trench, at grade or elevated tracks from which to choose — all of which are deeply unacceptable to Midpeninsula communities. Even worse, it now appears that all alternatives will require a wider right of way than at present — up to possibly 96 feet. And, surprise again, it turns out all alternatives may require the taking of either one or two lanes of Alma Street, a major north-south thoroughfare in Palo Alto, according to the latest engineering analysis. The traffic impacts would be horrendous. It will vastly expand the number of residents outraged at potential impacts on their neighborhoods. They will join those already shocked, disappointed and angered by the history of incomplete, misleading, slanted or otherwise flawed information provided to date on this project — as documented in three separate credible reports (discussed in the July 16 Weekly editorial and news stories). There is, of course, no excuse in a democratic setting for a speaker to be jeered at, booed or interrupted by anonymous shouts from the audience — such as the “Give me a break!” shout at last week’s authority board meeting. This prompted a mini-lecture from Diridon about that being a sick form of democracy. What he ignores, however, is that it was his own appearance before the Palo Alto City Council in late 2008 and to local audiences (back in the “polite” days before the Palo Alto Rotary Club, for instance) that set much of the tone for the present confrontational environment. He essentially told the elected officials that the Peninsula route is a done deal and brushed off their concerns. And he has repeatedly shown bias against tunneling in citing its cost, even while pointing out that it is illegal for authority representatives to show favoritism for one alternative over another as if that made it OK to prejudge tunneling. The attitudinal damage this “done deal” message created has lingered. It helped set the tone for rude reactions to the perceived arrogance and rudeness from the rail authority representatives. The best advice the authority staff could give them is to just stop talking. Now, with tunneling and covered-trenching alternatives buried for the Midpeninsula, Diridon has the effrontery — in apparently unconscious but thickly ironic comments — to say that Midpeninsula officials and residents need to move off their “entrenched” positions and help the rail project move forward. In our July 16 editorial we agreed with state Sen. Joe Simitian that if the rail authority can’t get its act together by early 2011 “high speed rail done right” will likely lose his, and our, support. Rich Gordon, in his successful primary-election campaign for state Assembly last spring, also called for a reformulation of the rail authority board. We also need a new, hard look at stopping the system in San Jose, even if it requires taking the measure back to voters with that alternative. But with the brand-new information about Alma Street and disclosure of more misinformation about the right-of-way required we don’t think the state can wait until early 2011. We need a new governing entity for high-speed rail, free of the bias of board members who are high-speed-rail zealots in the guise of public officials. The Legislature is the place where that should begin, and the sooner the better.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Advice for Fehrenbach Editor, I believe new Palo Alto Economic Development Manager Tommy Fehrenbach will be the communicator that will allow an energetic conversation about taking actions outside the box. Being from Palo Alto, he will be sensitive to our desire to preserve the qualities that make Palo Alto unique, but he also has the vision to lead a creative conversation about how to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly, including the possibility of closing some streets to car traffic. There is a balance between the business interests of Palo Alto and the preservationists desire to retain Palo Alto qualities. Tommy will be able to bring those interests together. He will just have to prove to the preservationists that his business background does not necessarily mean he is a hired gun of the highdensity development interests. Let’s leverage what we preserve and find a win-win for both interests. A lot of people will be watching your moves, Tommy, so make sure your actions are inclusive and fair. (Yes, fairness can be a principal in city government). By the way, try to include residents from a broad spectrum of the city and avoid the typical configuration of city insiders. And no closed meetings, like other city managers have pulled (yes, I’m talking about you Chief Burns.) Show us how the power of sincere citizen participation and entrepreneurial energy can move the city forward. Tim Gray Former council candidate Palo Alto

Nurse negotiations Editor, I’ve been an operating-room nurse at Stanford Hospital since 1989 and, like the 2,700 other nurses at Stanford and Lucile Packard Hospitals, I’ve been working under an expired contract for several months. CRONA (Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement), which represents the nurses, last bargained with the hospitals in March, when they gave CRONA what they termed their “last, best and final” offer. While we have agreed with the hospitals on several crucial points, major disagreements remain. They involve things the hospitals wish to take away from nurses. The hospitals’ final offer was rejected by 90 percent of CRONA nurses in a secret-ballot vote. It would impose on nurses new criteria for advancement that are virtually impossible to attain, and result in experienced and highly-skilled nurses being unfairly demoted. The hospitals also want to change our medical benefits in a manner that will be very

harmful to nurses and their families — especially those with serious injuries or medical problems and those who are pregnant. The community should be concerned about this prolonged contract dispute because of its possible adverse consequences for medical care. Already, experienced nurses have left the hospitals for jobs elsewhere and morale is extremely low. We worry about the effect that this dispute will have on patient care. We ask you to urge the hospitals to bargain with us in good faith so we can negotiate a fair agreement beneficial to CRONA, the hospitals, and the community we serve. Marivi V. Verbo Partridge Avenue Menlo Park

Self-publishing Editor, Self-publishing has opened doors that many authors believed would always be shut. But if we self-publish we should do so knowing that the end product will not be our best work. An author’s work needs the critical eye of an impartial editor — an editor who is not the author’s wife, husband, child or best friend. A talented editor will elevate an already talented writer’s work to an entirely new level. But in our rush to self-publish, to “get the work out there,” we bypass this

significant part of the process. That is why self-publishing has a slightly off-putting reputation. Most self-published books are poorly written, unedited dreck. An agent’s job is to sell books to publishers. Typically, agents work within specific genres that they enjoy reading. There are agents who specialize in mystery, thriller, literary fiction and — yes — even humor. And, of course, most agents follow trends. For instance, if Mr. Jacobson had five daughters who were vampires he’d be the next Stephanie Meyer. It takes a great investment of time to find an agent or publisher. Perhaps, justifiably because it is an agonizing process, Mr. Jacobson did not want to invest the time. Full disclosure: I know Lynn Jacobson. He’s a wonderful man. And I am familiar with Mr. Jacobson’s book. I do not consider it part of the aforementioned “dreck.” It will put a smile on your face. But the attitude he projects in the article — that agents are humorless trolls desperate to quash the dreams of aspiring writers — is wrong. Agents want nothing more than to find a best seller. It’s just that, the more we self-publish, the more difficult finding that best seller becomes. Mimm Patterson Emerson Street Palo Alto

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

What do you think? Should Palo Alto have a stop on the proposed high-speed rail? 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.

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On Deadline: Putting our national fascination with trains and things in perspective by Jay Thorwaldson

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ost older Americans today grew up when electric trains were the rage for kids, from the high-end three-track Lionel sets to the lighter-grade American Flyers and other brands. Much of this fascination has been displaced by preoccupation with computers and instant-communication programs and gizmos, which some feel may be a net loss to the imagination. But trains are our history, particularly in the Palo Alto/Stanford area where trains once dominated transportation. A line ran down the coast and one even extended from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz through deep tunnels, cheaper to build back then, one supposes. So now trains are back in the news, but as full-size super-fast visions of the future, which some residents feel could be a nightmare for Peninsula communities. As a journalist, I covered the snafu-rich early years of building BART (including waiting aboard a BART train in Union City for three hours for the first press ride under the bay). I was at the ribbon cutting for the Santa Clara County light-rail system, where Rod Diridon — then a county supervisor doing the dedication honors — pushed the controls forward to drive a trolley a block or so (upsetting union officials mightily). Diridon, now a member of the California High Speed Rail Authority board, still holds to his decades-long vision of rail transit, now translated to a statewide platform.

Peninsula cities a century or more ago were described as “knots on a string,” the string being the tracks. As decades passed, with boom growth years of the 1950s followed by other decades of increasingly auto-dominated growth in the Bay Area, the cities bumped up against each other. From a journalistic perspective, today’s train debate is both a fascinating question as to what the outcome will be and a race to keep up with developments for an against the plan. Yes, voters approved a $9.95 billion bond measure that granted approval of a concept to run a high-speed line from San Francisco to Los Angeles initially with later extensions to Sacramento and San Diego. But yes, voters also voted approval without knowing most of the details, where the Devil lives. Residents along the tracks were the first to raise alarms, with some switching their opposition from being based on local impacts on their homes and communities to all-out assaults on the concept of high-speed rail itself while others hoped to work with rail authority officials to get them to listen to local concerns about impacts. Law suits followed. The one consistent message has been that surface or elevated rails are not an acceptable plan for densely populated sections of the rail line. Supporters, including longtime transit advocates on the authority board, doggedly keep pushing the concept toward what they hope will become reality, but with major missteps and informational gaps that keep catching locals and even state officials by surprise. A series of independent evaluations (including a major one commissioned by the state Legislature) have been uniformly critical of the

authority’s business plan, ridership estimates and other aspects of how to run, or not run, a railroad. Steeped in politics, partisans on both sides are engaged in monumental struggle to hash out the future, using today’s computer technology to disseminate arguments, ideas, propaganda and opinions in a volume impossible to imagine just a couple of decades ago. Highspeed communications is trying to outrace high-speed rail. The advocate-laden leadership of the rail authority went to Washington, D.C., earlier this month armed results of a recent survey that shows that Californians as a whole still support a high-speed rail system. They were seeking more billions for the project, which has strong support from both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama. But as articles and the editorial in today’s paper show, additional surprises keep popping up. Those include the possibility that one of Palo Alto’s major north-south thoroughfares, Alma Street, might lose either one or two lanes because of the need to widen the Caltrain right of way to make way for high-speed trains in addition to the existing Caltrain local commuter trains and the Union Pacific freight operations. And it turns out that the possibility of a deep tunnel or even a covered trench has been ruled out by engineers, it has now been disclosed with little fanfare in a nearly impossible-toread document. The potential narrowing of Alma Street in Palo Alto caught local planning and other officials by surprise when it was disclosed Aug. 5 by the rail authority, along with the ruling

out of the tunneling and covered-trench design alternatives that might make a Peninsula highspeed segment acceptable to many residents and officials. Then came the disclosure that if Palo Alto wants one of the few Peninsula high-speedrail stations it would have to find a place for up to 3,000 parking spaces adjacent to or within shuttle distance of the station. Despite a multi-million budget for publicrelations assistance, most of the above surprises were announced in the form of a multipage spreadsheet. The most notable feature of the spreadsheet (other than the stunning news buried in it) was that its printed form had type so small that it put to shame the legendary “fine print” of legal contracts. It took hours to comb through it and cull out the newsworthy findings. Where were the easy-to-read announcements that could be understood by the public, such as the widely touted favorable survey results, that one might reasonably expect from a government entity? For those of us in the profession, there’s a key difference between “public information” and “public relations,” the latter including all kinds of spin and propaganda while the former focuses on getting key information out to the public. It’s a matter of core credibility. There seems to be a huge gap in that core, amid the clutter of shifting facts, name-calling, mishandling of community relations and politics of personalities involved in this epic struggle of wills, competing visions and political positioning that vastly overshadows any train set ever imagined by kids and dads. N Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com.

Streetwise

What advice would you give a student to help him or her succeed in the upcoming year? Asked at Town and Country Village. Alto. Interviews by Angela Chen. Photographs by Galen Stolee.

Anna Seestone

Shannon Davis

Sue Klapholz

Tito Ocon

Daisy Fawkes

“Stay focused, stay positive and get good teachers. Don’t let people steer you in bad directions.”

“Appreciate relationships and who you are. Enjoy the ride.”

“Try as much as possible to have a balanced life. Focus on school, friends, health; eat and sleep enough. Don’t worry too much about grades as a means to an end. Enjoy learning.”

“Stay involved with your community and friends. Stay connected.”

”Try to get into volunteer work like non profit organizations. It’ll help you in the college experience.”

Student Greer Road, Palo Alto

Environmental Scientist Greenwood Avenue, Palo Alto

Stanford Health Library Volunteer Peter Coutts Circle, Palo Alto

Computer Analyst Marmona Drive, Menlo Park

Sales Associate Wood’s Lane, Los Altos

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,!72%.#%%-),,/'!. Lawrence Emil Logan, 1938-2010, died on August 9, 2010 at the age of 72 of pancreatic cancer. Mr. Logan was a resident of Palo Alto and previously had lived in San Jose. Mr. Logan had served as a deputy sheriff in Multnomah County, Oregon, and had been a supervisor at the M/A-Com facility in Santa Clara. Mr. Logan also served in the National Guard. Mr. Logan loved to travel. Mr. Logan was the loving husband of 28 years to Gay Messick Logan, who survives him. He is also survived by a son, Michael Messick and his wife, Ingrid; a daughter, Debra Messick and her husband, Jared Kopel; two brothers, Doyle Logan and his wife Pat, and Orville Mason; two sisters, Sheila Oakes and her husband, Charles, and Shirley Crawford, and her husband, Richard; and six grandchildren, Michael Messick, Jr., Eric Messick, Robert Messick-Levenhagen, Megan MessickLevenhagen, Joshua Messick-Kopel and Alexandra MessickKopel. Mr. Logan is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family requests that contributions in Mr. Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory should be made to the American Cancer Society. PA I D

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$/.!,"$5.#!. Donal B. Duncan, a longtime Peninsula resident, died July 24 on his 64th wedding anniversary. He married his beloved, Lavon, on her 21st birthday in 1946, and had been in declining health since her death in 2008. Don was born in Altus, Oklahoma, the son of a cotton buyer, in 1925. The family moved to San Marino, California in 1939. Though he entered Stanford University with the Class of 1946, he was ordered to active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserve soon after his 18th birthday, and transferred to the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. degree in physics in 1945 from Cal Tech under the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s V-12 program. Returning to Cal Tech after World War II, he worked under the direction of Dr. William Fowler studying how the sun and stars generate energy, for which Fowler shared a Nobel Prize. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1951. As a project engineer for North American Rockwell, he was responsible for the development of an inertial guidance system for the Polaris submarine. He was subsequently hired to launch the space program at Ford Aeronutronic, in Newport Beach. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unmanned lunar probe, the Ranger, built under contract with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, returned the ďŹ rst data to Earth from the moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface. A model of the Ranger is in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. While in Newport Beach, he served as president of the school board when Newport joined Costa Mesa to form the Newport-Mesa UniďŹ ed School District. This led the Orange County John Birch Society to accuse him of being a Communist to Ford chairman, Henry Ford II. Don later held management positions with Litton Industries in Woodland Hills; the Singer Company in New York City; and Varian Associates in Palo Alto. He retired from Varian as a Vice President in 1979, continuing on its Board of Directors until 1981. He also served as a member of the U.S. Air Force ScientiďŹ c Advisory Board. He and Lavon moved to Portola Valley in 1977, where they were active members and volunteers at Valley Presbyterian Church. He also played bridge with the Palo Alto Bridge Club for 20 years, achieving the rank of Bronze Life Master at the age of 84. He is survived by his children, Debbie Duncan of Stanford; Brent Duncan of Arcata, Dwight Duncan of Littleton, Colorado, and David Duncan of Marblehead, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, October 16, at 11 a.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley 94028. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, contributions may be made to the church. PA I D

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Ara Vahan Dumanian Ara Vahan Dumanian, 81, a resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 5. The son of Armenian Genocide survivors, he was born in 1929 in Alexandretta (Iskanderoun), Syria. He lived there until age 9, when his family moved to Aleppo, Syria. In 1949 he entered the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Graduating in 1953 with his medical degree, he emigrated to the U.S. and began his internship and residency as a surgeon in Chicago. From 1956 through 1962 he trained as a general surgeon and then as a heart surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He simultaneously obtained his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1960) and doctorate (1961) in surgery from the University of Minnesota. He entered private practice in 1962 in northwest Indiana, where he was the first heart surgeon in the area. In the next 26 years he per-

formed more than 17,000 surgeries, of which 3,500 were open-heart surgeries. He established the Ara and Edma Dumanian Foundation in 1987 and contributed to causes ranging from the Lyric Opera of Chicago to battered womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelters. He was honored as a Prince of Cilicia by the Armenian Apostolic Church for his efforts on the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf both in the U.S. and in Lebanon. He and his wife teamed with the United Armenian Cultural Association in 1977 to provide the initial seed money for the Armenian Studies program at the University of Chicago. Over the next three decades they continued to fund the program, now known as the Dumanian Armenian Studies Endowment, ensuring for the future that Armenian history and language courses would be offered at the University of Chicago. He is survived by Edma Dumanian, his wife of 52 years; children Tania Tour-Sarkissian of San Francisco, Gregory Dumanian of Chicago, and Peter Dumanian of Los Altos; seven grandchildren; brother Krikor Doumanian of Los Angeles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dumanian Armenian

Studies Endowment at the University of Chicago, c/o Associate Dean Katie Malmquist, University of Chicago, Walker Museum 213, 1115 East 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

Jane Goraj Jane Taylor Goraj, 94, a resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 7. She was born Jane Louise Taylor in Buffalo, N.Y., to Etha and Ralph Taylor. She was intellectually gifted, always eager to learn new things, especially techniques for healing. She graduated from Wellesley College with 1935 and received her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in speech pathology from San Jose State College in 1960, a California State teaching credential in 1964, and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in social welfare at U.C. Berkeley in 1966. In addition, she continued to attend classes and seminars on counseling, speech pathology and many other subjects throughout her life, often sharing what she had learned in formal sessions with colleagues. She was a talented actress, appearing in many well-reviewed offBroadway productions in New York City from 1935 to 1942. (continued on page 17)

&RANK4AYLOR*OLLY 3R Longtime Los Altos resident Frank Taylor Jolly Sr., 72, passed away July 23 surrounded by friends and family. He courageously battled multiple sclerosis for over 40 years. Where some may have wilted he chose to live his life joyfully, maintain his friendships and help others. Frank was an attorney in Santa Clara County for nearly 43 years. He graduated from: East High School in Denver, Colorado; San Jose State University; the Armed Forces; and Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco. His afďŹ liations included: Sigma Chi Fraternity, the American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans

of America, Mt. View Rotary Club, Palo Alto Elks Club and the California Bar Association. In 1960 he married Yvonne Layne of Palo Alto, CA. They recently celebrated 50 years together. Those who knew and loved Frank deeply admired his strength, sense of humor and quick wit. He will be remembered and missed by many. Frank is survived by: his wife Yvonne, daughter Laurie, son-in-law Brian Orlov, grandsons Jacob and Ben, his sister Betty Phillips, his nieces Karen and Kathryn, and nephews Roger and David. He is predeceased by his son Frank Jr. and his brother Suggs Jolly. Services are pending. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. PA I D

"!2"!2!0!3+%,,7//$ Barbara Paskell Wood, 69, passed away peacefully at home in Menlo Park on July 22 after a brief battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends in her ďŹ nal days. She will be greatly missed by her signiďŹ cant other, Doyle Maness, her sons, David Wood of San Mateo, and Jason Wood of Menlo Park, and four grandchildren, Harper, Henri, Lucy and Will. Barbara, an only child, was born on May 12, 1941 and raised in New York City by her parents Monte and Gertrude Paskell. She graduated from

the University of Michigan, where she earned a degree in History. Barbara settled in the Bay Area in 1973, living ďŹ rst in Ladera, and later in Menlo Park. She made her career ďŹ rst as a mother and then as a Marketing Editor before retiring from Hewlett Packard. Barbara will be remembered by those who loved her as a mother and grandmother, a golf and tennis enthusiast and a traveler. She was particularly fond of spending time in Lake Tahoe. A service for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 10:30 A.M, at the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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!-"!33!$/2,7Âą"),,²,!.% *2 !/ Following a brief illness, Bill Lane, 90, died at Stanford Hospital lovingly surrounded by his family. He lived a spirited, active, and generous life to the very end. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1919, was student body president and graduated from Palo Alto High School, attended Pomona College and graduated in 1942 from Stanford University where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was proud to serve his country as aide to the Commandant, 12th Naval District, and USN Gunnery OfďŹ cer on a troop ship in the PaciďŹ c Theater during WWII. He also served his country in some capacity in every presidential administration prior to the current one beginning with President John F. Kennedy. He unselďŹ shly gave much of his time and energy to others and was proud to be an American. Bill was appointed Ambassador-at-large and Commissioner General for the First International Ocean Exposition in Japan by President Ford 1975-76, and as Ambassador to Australia and Nauru by President Reagan, 1985-89. In his business profession, he was Co-Chairman of Lane Publishing Co., and Publisher of Sunset Magazine working alongside his brother, Mel Lane, Publisher of Sunset Books. Bill held many ofďŹ ces in the publishing industry. He represented the Lane family to receive the Publisher-of-the-Year Award from the Magazine Publishers Association in 1974. He served on many corporate and non-proďŹ t boards including Crown Zellerbach, Breuner Furniture, Interstate Bakeries, PaciďŹ c Gas and Electric, Yosemite Park & Curry Co., California Water Service Co., Stanford Graduate School of Business, Hoover Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Commonwealth Club of Northern California, California State Parks Foundation, and National Parks Conservation Association. Bill had a long interest in aviation, earned a license as a private pilot, and was a guest passenger on two pioneer international commercial ďŹ&#x201A;ights. He was one of the ďŹ rst people to sign up for a civilian ďŹ&#x201A;ight into space. He was a founding member of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Mateo County. A life member of the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Employees and Alumni Association, Bill spent his early summers as a packer and mountain guide in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and was thrilled to have called out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let the Fire Fallâ&#x20AC;? from Glacier Point. As publisher of Sunset Magazine, he extended his environmental ethic to business decisions at a time when taking a stand meant lost advertisers. Bill generously gave of his time and personal resources to protect and preserve the environment throughout his many years of public service and business leadership. He was deeply aware and concerned about the problem of global climate change and did his best to share his concerns with others. Bill served on the Secretary of the Interiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advisory Board and Council on National Parks. He was Chair of the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Parks Centennial Commission and served as a member of the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th Anniversary Steering Committee. He received the Secretary of the Interiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservation Service Award and the Business/Statesman of the Year Award. In 1993 he was deeply appreciative and honored to receive the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award of Honorary OfďŹ cer in the Order of Australia from the Australian Government. Bill has been recognized for outstanding leadership in both the preservation of the environment and business. A long-time friend and avid supporter of William Penn Mott, Jr., Founder of the California State Parks Foundation, Bill Page 16Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;}Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŁĂ&#x17D;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£äĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;

served as a member of the Advisory Council and Board for many years. He was named an honorary State Park Ranger in 1996 and Honorary National Park Ranger in 1999. Bill is one of very few citizens to become both an Honorary National and California State Park Ranger. His lifelong love of horses led him to be one of the most loyal and longstanding members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, The Shack Riders, and Los Rancheros Visitadores of Santa Barbara County. He rode into his 80s. He was instrumental in preserving the Stanford Red Barn and the Folger Stable. He is survived by three horses at his home in Portola Valley. In addition, he was also a member of the Bohemian Club and The PaciďŹ c Union Club in San Francisco. In all of his philanthropic, business, and government activities, Bill took pride in his volunteer work and encouraged volunteerism for all ages. As a volunteer appointee of Governor Pat Brown, Bill started the campaign to restore The Governor Stanford Mansion in Sacramento -- and continued this campaign while serving Governor Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration. The Mansion is now a state park. With his love of nature, he and his wife, Jean, worked to preserve open space throughout the West including a conservation easement on their home property in Portola Valley with a view of Windy Hill. Family life was important to Bill and included time together camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and trips to National Parks in the West. He and Jean eventually built a summer home near Lake Tahoe where family and friends could be close to the natural world they loved and enjoyed so much. He was instrumental in the incorporation of the town of Portola Valley where he and his wife, Jean, have had their home for 54 years. He was elected the ďŹ rst Mayor of Portola Valley, but chose to serve as Vice Mayor because of the demands of business and family, and remained a community leader to the last month of his life. He was proud of his role in the development of the Portola Valley trail system and was a passionate defender of trail rights. Among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in the drive to build the new national award-winning â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? Town Center in Portola Valley. From the Bill Lane Amphitheater at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park to the Ambassador Bill Lane USA Gallery Fellowship at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia, locations and buildings throughout the world bear witness to Bill Laneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep concern for the preservation of nature and history. The Lane Family Hall at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley is testimony to Bill and Jeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faith and commitment to their church community. As a dedicated Stanford alumnus, Bill was recognized with the naming of the Lane History Corner and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. In Colonial Williamsburg, which was dear to his heart, stands the Ambassador Bill and Jean Lane Auditorium. The family and friends wish to remember Bill for his wholehearted giving to everyone he cared for and everything he did; he had an exuberant love of life, whose example we will always treasure and hold dear in our hearts. His was a life well lived and he set the bar high. He is survived by his wife, Jean Gimbel Lane, three children, Sharon Lane, Robert Lane, Brenda Lane Munks and her husband Greg, ďŹ ve grandchildren, Jessica Munks, Cristina Munks, Bryan Munks, Riley Munks, and Keighley Lane, sister-in-law Joan Lane, brother-in-law Homer Harris, brother and sister-in-law Art and Caroline Gimbel, nieces and nephews Julie Lane Gay, Whitney Lane Miller, Arthur Gimbel, Diane Warnock, Dave Harris, William Harris and their spouses and children. He was predeceased by his parents, Larry and Ruth Lane, and his brother, Melvin B. Lane. For those who wish to honor Bill, the family suggests donations to the Peninsula Open Space Trust, California State Parks Foundation, Yosemite Conservancy, and Portola Valley Open Space Acquisition Fund. A memorial service will be held at some future date. PA I D

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She married the actor Howard Da Silva in 194l and they had one son, Peter Da Silva. She taught in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Community School from 1945-1948. Moving to San Francisco in 1949, she hosted a popular live radio news and talk show on station KCBS from 1949 to 1955. She interviewed Edward R. Murrow, Lucy and Desi Arnaz and many other people of national and regional importance. In 1949, she married Al Hawke, and helped to raise his daughter Florita Brill, who became her lifelong friend. She became a speech and hearing therapist for the Los Altos school district from 1959 to 1964, also teaching a course in speech pathology at San Jose State, in 1969 and 1973. Always progressive politically and socially, she volunteered as a community organizer in Appalachia, in West Virginia, in 1966. She spoke out against McCarthyism, for Civil Rights, and against both the Vietnam and Iraq wars. She became a psychiatric social worker in the Santa Clara Community Mental Health clinics in San Jose and Sunnyvale from 1966 to 1973, where she helped to pioneer many treatment methods, including crisis-group therapy. She published a paper on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stuttering Therapy as Crisis Interventionâ&#x20AC;? in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders in 1974. Her marriage to Frank Goraj in 1955 was a long and happy one, lasting until his death in 2006 They lived and worked in New Zealand, she as a psychiatric social worker in Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch, in 1974-75. They moved to Australia, where she became student supervisor at Gairdner Hospital, in Perth, from 1975-1978. Returning to Palo Alto, Jane and Frank enjoyed many years of ac-

tive retirement, much of it devoted to preserving the natural environment. Her son, Peter De Silva, and caretaker, Kalo Sharkey, were with her when she died. A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held on August 21, at her home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Durant Society, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

Carolyn Rutherford Carolyn L. Rutherford, 80, a resident of Portola Valley, died July 24. She was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., and graduated from Florida State University. She married Robert Rutherford in 1951 in St. Petersburg,

Fla, and lived in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Egypt, and England as well as Maryland, New York and then California for the past 49 years, including 40 in Palo Alto. She was a bilingual secretary for many years before she joined her husband in founding the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City 40 years ago. Later she worked for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos for 15 years. She loved singing and, in addition to her church choirs, she sang with the Peninsula Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus for 30 years. She and her husband traveled with the chorus to England and Wales, Europe and Hawaii. An important part of her ethic was to give back to the community. Throughout her life volunteered for and gave generously to causes for

the poor and human rights, particularly women and children. She was interested in reading, particularly adult illiteracy, and worked with the Redwood City Library in its Project Read. For many years she volunteered for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexia accumulating over 10,000 hours of recorded reading. Loved ones recall her as a wonderful mother who, no matter what job she had, was always home by the time the children returned from school. She is survived by her husband, Bob Rutherford, of Portola Valley; sons Tom Rutherford of Michigan and Jeff Rutherford of Santa; daughters Janet Rutherford of Portola Valley and Amy Rutherford of Mountain View; and two grandchildren.

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%5'%.%0%4%23/. Eugene Peterson died on August 1 at age 86. He retired in 1992 from Hewlett-Packard where he was Advertising and Documents Manager for the ScientiďŹ c Instruments Division. Before that he had been an advertising manager at Varian Inc., University Editor at Santa Clara University, an account executive at Hal Lawrence Advertising Agency and a promotion writer for Pan American World Airways. Born and raised in Wisconsin, he attended Eau Claire High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. During the Second World War he served in the Merchant Marine, returning to Madison where he met and married his beloved wife Isabel. Eugene worked in Madison as a magazine editor before he and Isabel moved to the Bay Area, settling in Palo Alto in 1959. He is survived by his wife Isabel of Palo Alto. They were married and were best friends for 60 years. He is also survived by son Marc of Newberryport, MA; daughter Lynn Conklin of Cathedral City, CA; son Leif of Chico, CA and ďŹ ve grandchildren. Eugeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tight-knit family has many fond memories of camping trips, harmonica playing, spirited discussions and lots of love. His family will especially miss his sense of humor. As his health began to fail he quipped, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My decline seems dramatic because I used to be magniďŹ cent.â&#x20AC;? Eugene was magniďŹ cent. PA I D

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this planet,â&#x20AC;? Drewal said. Mami Wataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kaleidoscope of faces reveals her many origins. Her name comes from pidgin English and may mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Waterâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mistress Waterâ&#x20AC;?; it may be written as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lasirènâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maman de lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Eau,â&#x20AC;? or many other ways, Drewal wrote in the exhibition catalogue. She has a following in many lands, and has also been influenced by many cultures. In an exhibition section focusing on Mami Wataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical origins, various works show how the European mermaid blended with the African spirit. Europeans brought mermaids to Africa as early as the 1400s, as ship figureheads, designs on playing cards and book illustrations.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;She is as fickle as the waters on this planet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Curator Henry John Drewal on the dynamic Mami Wata Africans, he told the Cantor crowd, promptly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africanizedâ&#x20AC;? the mermaid, transforming her into a Mami Wata image swimming with crocodiles. In the 1800s, pictures of snake charmers also made their way from Europe, and Mami Wata began to be seen with a mighty serpent around her neck. Many images at the Cantor depict the spirit in her snake-charmer guise, including a sculpture of wood, paint and rubber made by a member of the Yaure peoples of CĂ´te dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ivoire, circa 1970s. The big-eyed Mami Wata easily holds a serpent above her head with her large hands. In the 20th century, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;evergrowing complexity in Mami Wata worshipâ&#x20AC;? also absorbed an Indian influence, Drewal wrote in the catalogue. Indian merchants and films â&#x20AC;&#x153;led to a growing fascination with Indian prints of Hindu gods and goddesses,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In various places, especially along the GhanaNigeria coast, people began to interpret these deities as representations of a host of mami wata spirits associated with specific bodies and levels of water.â&#x20AC;? One of these Indian-influenced works in the exhibition is a bold headdress by John Goba of Sierra Leone. The piece, perhaps from the 1980s, has many animal and human faces, and its wood is enlivened by pigment, fabric, beads and netting. A red bindi adorns one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forehead, and a pair of cobras crown the headdress. Museum curators said these bright hues, and the sequined flashiness of some of the pieces, were part of what attracted them to the exhibition. The works feel far from the stereotype of African art as monochromatic wood sculptures, said Barbara Thompson, the Cantor centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phyllis Wattis curator for the arts of Africa and the Americas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This artwork really debunks the

museum myth,â&#x20AC;? she told the crowd. Some of the most striking pieces are in the final section of the gallery, which focuses on artists from many countries who see Mami Wata as a muse. American artist Sonya Y. Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract work â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Allureâ&#x20AC;? weaves a repeating Mami Wata mantra into a surface of plastic combs and holographic paper. A faceless woman with long, elegant lines is the focus of Nigerian-born artist Obiora Udechukwuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s etching â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watermaid I.â&#x20AC;? One corner is devoted to Eve Sandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixed-media work â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mami Wata Crossing,â&#x20AC;? which speaks of slavery, the horrors of the Middle Passage, lost ancestors, and legendary African mermaids. The contemporary African-American artist has placed a red betta fish swimming in a glass bowl atop piles of cotton. On the wall is a video image of a woman being showered with water, perhaps baptized, and a pale family tree painted on a blue wall. Water sounds play as visitors read Sandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poem-prayer on the wall. It says in part: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mami Wata / wash your trouble / swim / siren song / embrace wood / and flesh / the water.â&#x20AC;? The artist dedicates the writing to her great-grandparents and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ancestors whose names are unknown.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She wanted to remind people of her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history,â&#x20AC;? Drewal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She made a family river rather than a family tree.â&#x20AC;? Mami Wataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit has clearly spread far and wide, and has been free to evolve and absorb new ideas. Drewal said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of his favorite aspects of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one of the things he admires most about Africans. In his travels, he said, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s met many African worshippers who mingle many traditions, even having different members of the same family peacefully following different faiths. Mami Wata devotees may incorporate elements of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and the occult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africa has for many centuries been connected with other lands,â&#x20AC;? Drewal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a dark continent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our view of Africa thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark, not Africa itself.â&#x20AC;? N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of 100 sculptures, paintings, masks and other pieces Where: Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University When: Through Jan. 2, open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8. Cost: Free Info: Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177. Free museum events connected with the show include a talk by Henry John Drewal at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28, and a screening of the documentary film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mammy Water: In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. In a related exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vodoun/ Vodounon: Portraits of Initiates,â&#x20AC;? photos of practitioners of the traditional Fon religion will be shown starting Oct. 13.

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ne need only take a look at Michael Jackson or Josh Groban to realize that there is something particularly exciting about discovering and cultivating young, male vocal talent. Now, Bay Area boys ages 6 through 12 have a new opportunity to pursue their own singing ambitions, thanks to a new Palo Alto boys’ choir called the Silicon Valley Boychoir. The group will hold its first auditions in Palo Alto on Aug. 21 and 28, inviting even boys who have never taken a singing lesson to try out. The choir is the brainchild of Palo Alto singer, teacher, choral director and composer Julia Simon. Simon holds degrees in conducting, singing and voice teaching and has taught and performed with children and adults. She also teaches private voice lessons and worked with the San Mateo-based Ragazzi Boys Chorus during its tours of Australia and New Zealand. Simon said she wanted to start the Silicon Valley Boychoir to allow boys to sing with other boys in an environment they can feel comfortable in. “Although there are opportuni-

Julia Simon is holding auditions for her new boys’ choir on Aug. 21 and 28. boys’ voices have unique qualities creativity than children who do not that should be cultivated before participate in choir. Simon stresses their voices mature into adulthood. the importance of nurturing these “It doesn’t take long for the pre- qualities while children are still voice change to start. The vocal growing. chords start to thicken and produce “You have a very limited time, but a different timbre, a sound unique to if you start in elementary school you boys,” she said. When the boys are can gain these skills,” she said. 8 to 10 years old, they start producThe Silicon Valley Boychoir will ing “a special sound,” she added. be divided into the Overture Choir “This is the only time in their lives for singers with basic skills and the that they’re going to have that.” Concert Choir for those with more Joining a choir at a young age experience. Rehearsals will be doesn’t only help children become held after school at First Lutheran better singers. Research from a Church in Palo Alto, once a week 2009 study by the nonprofit orga- with the whole group and once a nization Chorus America shows week in the small-group musicianthat children who sing in choirs are ship class. Students will learn music more focused and well-behaved in theory and basics of chorus singing, the classroom, possess better so- as well as sight-singing, or the abilcial skills and have higher levels of ity to read and sing from written

music, which Simon believes is important to teach singers at a young age. “A lot of kids get lost in the process,” she said. “They have a lovely voice but they can’t read music.” The choir will sing songs considered to be “choral standards,” as well as folk tunes and rounds for practicing harmony. In the future, the group may experiment with pop songs. Auditioners for the choir don’t need to prepare songs. They’ll be put into small groups, where they’ll sing simple songs and play pitchmatching games so Simon can evaluate their vocal skills, enthusiasm and ability to follow directions, she said. Although getting young men interested in singing can be a challenge, there is evidence that Americans may be warming up to male choruses as other parts of the world have for centuries. Thanks to such cultural phenomena as “Glee,” “High School Musical” and the BBC reality show “The Choir,” singing for boys is cool again. “It’s a cultural thing. In Wales, if you play soccer you also sing in a choir,” Simon said. “In America, male singing is coming up and finding a resurgence.” N What: Auditions for the new group Silicon Valley Boychoir When: Aug. 21 and 28 by appointment Where: First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto Info: Call Julia Simon at 650-4241242 or go to svboychoir.org.

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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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BENEFICIARY Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. A holiday-giving fund to benefit Palo Alto area non-profits and charitable organizations. In April 2010, 43 organizations received a total of $240,000 (from the 2009-2010 Holiday Fund.) MORE INFORMATION Call (650) 463-4920, (650) 326-8210, email MoonlightRun@paweekly.com or go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com. FLASHLIGHTS/HEAD LIGHTS RECOMMENDED For safety reasons, no dogs allowed on course for the 5K and 10K runs. They are welcome on the 5K walk only. No retractable leashes! Please bring your own clean-up bag. Jogging strollers welcome in the 5K walk or at the back of either run. First aid service and chiropractic evaluations provided by K. Skinner, R.N., D.C. Sports and Spinal Injury Specialist

Register online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com GOT OLD SHOES? Give them to Meb! We’ll be collecting gently worn athletic shoes to go to those in need in war-zones and postconflict areas. Bring your shoes to the Project Active booth on the baseball diamond and support your sport by giving back. Go to www.GiveMebYourShoes.com for more information about the cause.

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‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Quick! How fast can you sing “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General”? Even if you stutter, take heart: Chances are this melody will be running through your head for the next 27 weeks. You’ll have plenty of time to practice. The comic operetta that the song comes from, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” has plenty of staying power, too. It first opened in 1879. It next opens locally this weekend. Lamplighters Music Theatre is putting on two local performances of this tale of an orphan boy who mistakenly becomes a pirate. Shows are at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 2 p.m. Aug. 15, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $45/$50 for adults, $40/$45 for seniors, and $17/$22 for students and children ages 12 and under. For more information, go to lamplighters.org or call 415-227-4797.

Art

Stanford Art Spaces The current trio of artists exhibiting work at Stanford Art Spaces makes for a diverse blend of media and approaches. There are the energetic and sometimes geometric paintings of Eliana Iurato, who grew up in Sicily and absorbed the influences of Greek and “Prayer for a Broken Heart” is one African art. of the paintings by Eliana Iurato on Idaho artist exhibit at Stanford Art Spaces, with Monika finds works by Monika and Matt Rhoades. inspiration in land, sea and sky, and works in oil, pastel, acrylic, encaustic and watercolor. Her subjects include Hawaiian hula dancers, an Indian chieftain, pastures and ponds. Lastly, Matt Rhoades says he looks at his art in “evo-

lutionary terms,” following his thoughts as they progress from one series of ideas to another. His paintings include abstracts, landscapes, still lifes and portraits. The works in Stanford Art Spaces are displayed throughout the walls and rooms of the Paul G. Allen building (Center for Integrated Systems), at the corner of Campus Drive and Via Ortega at Stanford University. The building is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the current exhibition running through Aug. 26. Go to cis.stanford.edu/~marigros or call 650-725-3622.

Music Fotia

The weather may not be blazing, but the next performance in the city of Palo Alto’s Twilight Concert Series might be a tad fiery. The Greek band Fotia (its name means “fire” in Greek) is set to perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 14 in Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. The Bay Area band, composed of musicians Anthony Catchatoorian, Michael Kutulas, George Psarras, Paul Psarras and Olympia, plays traditional folk music from Greece’s mainlands and the Greek islands, contemporary popular songs, and the Greek “blues.” Instruments include the the pear-shaped, lute-like bouzouki and the guitar, keyboards and percussion. All Twilight concerts are free. The series is scheduled to end Aug. 21 with a “battle” of local youth bands performing on California Avenue. Go to cityofpaloalto.org/ recreation for more information.

Summer Symphony Chicago comes to the West Coast next week, for the 51st annual Summer Symphony concert at Stanford University. The American rock band is set to play at the Frost Amphitheatre on Aug. 21, together with the Summer Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Morgan. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. The Summer Symphony tradition started in 1960 with Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Other performers over the years have included Peter, Paul & Mary; Bernadette Peters; Seal; and Burt Bacharach. The concert benefits the Palo Alto-based Children’s Health Council, which provides assessment and treatment services for kids and families. Tickets for this year’s concert start at $60 for a general-admission lawn ticket and range up to $1,250 for a reserved seat at a table for six near the stage. For more information, go to summersymphony.org.

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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 Available for private luncheons Lounge open nightly Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 pm

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Spot A Pizza 324-3131 115 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto Voted Best Pizza in Palo Alto www.spotpizza.com

Cook’s Seafood 325-0604 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Seafood Dinners from $6.95 to $10.95 Scott’s Seafood 323-1555 #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Happy Hour 7 days a week 4-7 pm Full Bar, Banquets, Outdoor Seating www.scottsseafoodpa.com

THAI Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto Full Bar, Outdoor Seating www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 3 Years in a Row, 2006-2007-2008 Siam Orchid 325-1994 496 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto Organic Thai Free Delivery to Palo Alto/Stanford 4-6p.m. 25% off menu price M-F

STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:00-10:00pm Fri-Sat 5:00-10:30pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm www.sundancethesteakhouse.com

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Eating Out

Veronica Weber

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Cioppino and caponata join a bottle of Pellegrino on the table at Palo Alto’s Cafe Renzo.

Mamma’s in the kitchen Cafe Renzo’s homespun Sicilian fare weds substance with elegance by Dale F. Bentson

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n the past five years, 473 University Ave. in Palo Alto was Cafe Niebaum-Coppola and then Cafe Rosso & Bianco, both Italian-themed eateries owned by Francis Ford Coppola. Next came the short-lived Loui Loui Steak. Now, the space is Italian again: Cafe Renzo. Renzo Azzarello opened the restaurant in late March, having made infrastructure improvements to the space without disturbing the extensive renovations made by his predecessor. That was a smart business move, as the space is elegant enough to showcase the fine Sicilian fare coming out of the kitchen. Azzarello has a lengthy resume in the restaurant business. His family owned a small hotel and restaurant in Sicily and he

grew up playing in the kitchen, assimilating the sights and smells of rustic authenticity. While Sicily coursed through his veins, wanderlust captured his heart. He cooked in Tuscany, the Canary Islands and Barcelona before cashing in on invitations from Bay Area relatives. He worked in restaurants in Burlingame and San Francisco, and even at Coppola’s winery in Napa, learning the business inside out. His mother, Carmella, has joined him in the kitchen in Palo Alto. While the menu is Renzo’s, Carmella makes many of the breads, sauces and pasta. This is one Italian restaurant that has mamma cooking in the kitchen, and most of the dishes deliver homespun, rich, earthy flavors.

On recent visits I found that while the food was mostly consistent, the ambiance of the cafe varied. Earlier in the week of our visits, the wait staff, while professional, didn’t inject much personality into the environment. By midweek, a couple of Sicilian waiters added a charming zest to the proceedings, singing the praises of Mamma Carmella in the kitchen. For starters, the mouthwatering bruschetta ($6) — of fresh tomato, basil, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil layered on grilled crunchy bread — had strong herbal flavors. That bruschetta had some oomph. Summer is prime time for basil and the kitchen perfectly captured its essence. The deep-fried potato croquettes ($9) were served with a warm marinara dipping sauce. The croquettes were crusty and cooked through while retaining a velvety moistness. The marinara sauce didn’t add much and I thought a cream sauce, while not as authentic, might still have been a better choice to showcase the golden nuggets. I enjoyed the caponata ($7) of stewed eggplant, black olives, capers, onions, celery and tomatoes in a balsamic reduction. Served cold, it was the perfect summer appetizer. Caponata is the Sicilian version of the French ratatouille, the Catalan samfaina, and many other Mediterranean cuisines that marry eggplant and tomato. Totani ripieni ($7) was stewed Mediterranean calamari stuffed with bread, parsley and garlic; it was simply delicious. Typically, in this country we cook white calamari. The Adriatic Sea yields a larger red squid that is ideal for stuffing. Firm-fleshed, it is low in fat and high in vitamin B with the same delicate flavors. As for pasta, I loved the tagliolini mare monte ($16), homemade noodles studded with fresh wild mushrooms and layered with savory black tiger prawns. The pasta absorbed much of the sweetness from the crustaceans, making every bite a revelation. Also successful was the rigatoni alla puttanesca ($12) with garlic, capers, olives and anchovies in an ever so slightly piquant tomato sauce. It’s hard for a restaurant to mess this dish up, but the sauce distinguished Cafe Renzo’s version over others. I didn’t love the pizzas, though. As we all know, to each his own (continued on next page)

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NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in the Civic Center, Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1.

610 Los Trancos Road: Request by John Lerch on behalf of Scott McNealy for Site and Design Review of a new roof structure over an existing hockey/tennis sport court facility and the addition of new landscape material as screening for the new roof. Environmental Assessment: An Initial Study is being prepared in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements. Zone District: OS (Open Space) 2. Green Building Study Session: Discuss changes to the PAMC Section 18.44, Green Building Regulations, to reflect the release of the California Green Building Code (CALGreen) and to include sustainability requirements for large development projects. Questions. Any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing ada@cityofpaloalto.org. ***

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on that topic. Suffice it to say, the crust was neither crisp nor doughy. Rather, it was pillowy. The calzone mezzaluna ($18) was slathered with ricotta, Italian ham and mushrooms topped with a light marinara sauce. There was little flavor; too much ricotta overwhelmed; the button mushrooms had zero taste; and the imported ham was as undistinguished as Oscar Mayer luncheon meat. There was too little marinara sauce for it to have an impact. The pizza margherita (a more reasonable $10) was made with tomatoes, shreds of fresh basil and mozzarella, and drizzled with olive oil. Again, not much flavor save for the basil; the tomatoes were sparse. While main courses were all good, the cioppino ($18) was great. Loaded with clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fresh fish, the spicy stew was gently sauteed in a tantalizing tomato garlic broth. I have been perfecting my own cioppino recipe for

many years and this one comes close. It’s a terrific dish. I also doted on the coniglio in agrodolce ($19), rabbit with caramelized onions, carrots and celery with a splash of vinaigrette, served with roasted potatoes. The rabbit was plump and juicy, tender and sweetly mild. Too bad the potatoes had been re-warmed once too often. Several pieces tasted burned and all were desert-dry. Also worth trying is the veal osso buco served with perfect saffron risotto ($18). And the portafoglio di maiale, or breaded pork medallion ($17), which was filled with mozzarella and Italian ham, splashed with marinara sauce. The wine list represents both Italy and California well. Prices are fair, with glasses ranging from $7 to $10, and from $22 to $120 per bottle, with many wines in the $20 to $50 range. Most of the Italian red wines, though, are from Tuscany and Piemonte. While there are several reds from Sicily and Puglia and a smattering from Marche and Umbria, I had hoped for better representation.

There are some excellent wines from Calabria, Abruzzo and Campania that match the style of cooking at Renzo. Why not keep it all in the south of Italy? In addition, the wine list, especially the Italian selections, need descriptions as many of the wait staff couldn’t answer questions. Desserts are worth saving room for, especially the cannoli ($6) filled with creamy ricotta. The feathery crisp shell is house-made with lard — which is lighter than butter — and sugar, eggs, vanilla, chocolate and Marsala. Simply divine. The sinfully good baba al rum yeast cake ($7), saturated in rum, was filled with whipped cream. The Italian coffee-flavored panna cotta al caffe ($6) was heavier and more pudding-like than I had hoped, but it tasted good. Overall, Cafe Renzo has more going for it than its many predecessors: an experienced on-site chef/restaurateur, stylish decor, a lively bar scene, a good wine list and a genuine Italian mamma in the kitchen. N

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City of Palo Alto ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Initial Study and Draft Negative Declaration have been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. In accordance with A.B. 886, this document will be available for review and comment during a minimum 20day inspection period beginning August 13, 2010 through September 2, 2010 during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Planning Division, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, fifth floor, and at the Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. This project is scheduled for consideration by the Planning and Transportation Commission at a public hearing on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 6:00 P.M. in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. 610 Los Trancos Road: Request by John Lerch on behalf of Scott McNealy for Site and Design Review of a new roof structure over an existing hockey/ tennis sport court facility and the addition of new landscape material as screening for the new roof. Zone District: Open space (OS). ### Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice.

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Cafe Renzo 473 University Ave. Palo Alto 650-329-8300 www.caferenzo.com Hours: Open daily. Breakfast: 9-10:30 a.m. Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner 4 p.m.-midnight.

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ShopTalk by Daryl Savage

OAXACAN KITCHEN CLOSING ... The popular Mexican eatery near California Avenue in Palo Alto is calling it quits. It was a good twoyear run for Ron and Zaida Kent, owners of Oaxacan Kitchen at 2323 Birch St. The Kents’ main focus will now be on farmers markets and expanding into the wholesale business. “We’re in six different farmers markets right now and we’ll be moving into a commercial kitchen,” Kent said. Ironically, Oaxacan Kitchen is reviewed in the August issue of San Francisco Magazine. It noted the restaurant’s 23-ingredient mole sauce and its thick hot-chocolate dessert drink. Oaxacan Kitchen plans to serve its last meal in early September and a new restaurant, Birch Street Mediterranean, is slated take its place. JUST A BLOW-DRY, PLEASE ... This is not just a lot of hot air, but the latest hair sensation is coming to Palo Alto, says Los Altos resident Rosemary Camposano, who is poised to open Halo, A BlowDry Bar. “For the last 10 years, I’ve been living in South and Central America and nobody there would ever think of drying their own hair. Blow-dry bars are everywhere, sometimes three in one block. It’s a cultural thing,” Camposano said. So is Palo Alto ready for this cultural phenomenon? “Absolutely. Blow-dry bars are loud and they’re fun. ... No appointments — you just walk in and there’s a cacophony of blow dryers and talking women and it’s a very social 30 minutes. It’s like a shot of adrenaline,” she said. This par-

NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE PUBLIC ART COMMISSION TWO UNEXPIRED TERMS ENDING APRIL 30, 2011 (DEMARZO, HUO) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Public Art Commission from persons interested in serving in one of two unexpired terms ending on April 30, 2011. Eligibility Requirements: The Public Art Commission is composed of seven members who are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the city, and will be appointed by the City Council, serving without pay. Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Qualifications: Members of the Public Art Commission either shall be members of the Architectural Review Board or shall be professional visual artists, professional visual art educators, professional visual arts scholars, or visual arts collectors whose authorities and skills are known and respected in the community and, whenever feasible, who have demonstrated an interest in, and have participated in, the arts program of the City. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerk’s Office, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650-329-2571), or at www.cityofpaloalto.org. Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerk’s Office is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2010. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC

ticular shot is scheduled to open Sept. 17 in Town & Country Village. The location is next to Books Inc., in the former site of Panache Petals. Halo will have a menu of five hair styles from which to choose, including the Runway (big flouncy hair) and the City Slicker (sleek and straight). Cost for the half-hour blow-dry, which includes a shampoo and scalp massage, is $25-$30. Although the blow-dry bar is for all ages, Camposano is hoping to attract high school and college students by offering a little something called hair tinsels. “We can flat-iron colored tinsels on to a few strands of your hair and we can do them in your school colors,” she said. GOODBYE TO SATURA ... Greentea cream puffs, chestnut Mont Blanc, strawberry shortcake: all of them gone. Satura Cakes closed its doors at 320 University Ave. in Palo Alto on July 31 after two years. The pastry shop with its pricey, high-quality confections also closed its Campbell store last weekend. Still remaining is its flagship store at 200 Main St. in Los Altos, which has undergone a change of ownership. A LITTLE LESS GOODWILL ... The Los Altos Goodwill store, called a boutique because it generally carried higher-end items than the Palo Alto Goodwill, is closing its thrifty doors at 251 Main St. “It looks like we’ll be gone sometime in early October,” said Rose Montevaldo, who has managed the shop for almost all of its seven years in downtown Los Altos. “There were a few problems. We could never take donations because we don’t have a backroom and we’ve outgrown this store,” she said. But Montevaldo offers advice to her customers: “We will definitely reopen. We’re looking for a new location.” CLOSED: NEW SAFFRON ... The 2-year-old New Saffron restaurant, which featured the popular $9.99 Indian buffet lunch, has closed. Located across the street from Lozano’s Car Wash and sharing a parking lot with Holiday Inn Express at 2700 El Camino Real on the Palo Alto/Mountain View border, the restaurant went dark last month. There has been talk that it will reopen under a new name and new owner. Industry insiders noted that this particular site changes its name every few years, but it always remains an Indian restaurant. The former name was Southern Spice; the name before that was Dastoor; and, about four years ago, it was called Swagat.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Audacious director Edgar Wright (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaun of the Deadâ&#x20AC;?) throws a jolt of energy into the summer movie season with this imaginative romp. Rock-music, videogame and comic-book sensibilities collide for a refreshingly unique blend of action and comedy. The quirky story centers on likable loser Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), the bass player for mediocre garage band Sex Bob-omb. Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange love life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 22-year-old is dating a schoolgirl five years his junior, and his exgirlfriend is a tempestuous singer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gets an adrenaline boost when he meets the enigmatic Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Scott and Ramona enjoy an almost instant chemistry that leaves Scott on cloud nine, until Ramona drops some unsettling news. If the two are to be together, Scott must defeat Ramonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;seven evil exes.â&#x20AC;? Suddenly young Mr. Pilgrim is thrown into battle with a handful of dangerous foes, from skaterturned-movie-star Lucas Lee (Chris Evans) to vegan bassist Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh) and sleazy record executive Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman). Unsolicited (though often helpful) advice from his gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) propels Scott through the sticky wickets of love, romance and survival. British auteur Wright uses an array of effective film techniques to bring the popular graphic novel to the big screen. Comic- and video-game-inspired visual effects and wildly inventive transitions and sound effects add to the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant flair. Even the Universal logo before the opening credits is stylized with a classic video-game look and sound, giving the audience a sense of the playful quirkiness ahead. Cera plays the geek/hero role perfectly, giving the character a good balance of humor and emotion. The actors all play off each other seamlessly, each bringing a jovial quality to the cast. Evans and Routh ham it up as arrogant

exes, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up in the Airâ&#x20AC;? standout Anna Kendrick is a welcome addition as Pilgrimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgmental older sister. Also, look for a lively cameo by Thomas Jane (of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Punisherâ&#x20AC;? and HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hungâ&#x20AC;?). Some may find â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scott Pilgrimâ&#x20AC;? too odd and too flashy for its own good. The visual elements are varied and persistent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but think of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Simpsonsâ&#x20AC;? episode in which the family members all have seizures after watching an overly stimulating Japanese cartoon. But for fans of the genre it really works, and certainly helps set the film apart from standard fare. One thing is for certain: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scott Pilgrimâ&#x20AC;? is a cinematic experience unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. Rock on. Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references. 1 hour, 53 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyler Hanley

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(Aquarius) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life During Wartimeâ&#x20AC;? is the kind of film that dares you not to like it. Todd Solondz revisits the characters of his unsettling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happinessâ&#x20AC;? after more than a decade, treating them with his trademark off-kilter tone of contempt and sympathy. The writer-director peoples his suburban landscape â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 1950s American ideal mowed into a lawnscape of failure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with pedophiles, narcissists, cynics and the totally clueless. But the dramedy stands apart from the cookie-cutter fare of current releases, and Solondz crafts a uniquely engrossing film. The movie evokes feelings of deja vu from the first scene, set in a restaurant, which reworks the opening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happiness.â&#x20AC;? Familiar? Sort of. But Solondz has entirely changed the cast. You start to question your memory of the 1998 film and how much it should affect your experience of watching this one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The past is the past. Dead. Gone,â&#x20AC;? says one of the characters. Yet the past hovers over them, and

the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s viewers, like a ghost. It shapes perceptions and expectations, and Solondz suggests that ignoring what went before results in tragic consequences. In this sequel-thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-not-exactly-a-sequel, the ramifications of the past catch up with the central characters. Loosely bound by the triangle of Joy (Shirley Henderson) and her two sisters, Trish (Allison Janney) and Helen (Ally Sheedy), the narrative traces their attempts to rebuild their lives. The youngest Jordan sister, Joy, takes a break from her excon husband (Michael Kenneth Williams) to visit her family in Florida. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troubled by visions of a boyfriend (Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pee-Wee Hermanâ&#x20AC;? Reubens) who committed suicide over her. Oldest sister Trish and her children moved from the Garden State to the Sunshine State in pursuit of happiness. She told Timmy (Dylan Riley Snyder) and Chloe (Emma Hinz) that their father (CiarĂĄn Hinds) was dead instead of in prison for pedophilia. Their college-age son Billy (Chris Marquette) knows the truth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that dad was recently released. Meanwhile, Helen, a successful, shrill Los Angeles screenwriter, is the cynical outsider in the dystopian family. Trishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character advances the plot with puppet-like precision. Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is arch and knowing, as she mocks the mother who dispenses anti-depressants to her kids like candy and eventually tells them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lied to you because I love you.â&#x20AC;? The artificiality of her acting provides the perfect counterpoint for Timmy, the earnest 12-year-old approaching his bar mitzvah. Tormented with issues of guilt and forgiveness and preoccupied with becoming a man, the boy has pain that is palpable. His concerns about his father and the avuncular divorcĂŠ (Michael Lerner) dating his mother form the heart of the movie. A gaunt Hinds provides the haunted soul. Lenser Ed Lachmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camera captures the suburban dollhouses in stunning compositions and a colorful palette that belies the dreary existence of those living within the gated communities. The title from Talking Heads extends to the warplane wallpaper of Timmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and scattered comments about terrorists. The global connections are tenuous at best, but stretch the parameters of dealing with the past through forgetting, forgiving or spreading fear of monsters. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lesson somewhere, but Solondz tends to present it on a skewer instead of a silver platter.

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(Century 16, Century 20) I suspect that Ryan Murphy has made the best possible movie out of Elizabeth

Gilbert’s memoir “Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.” Julia Roberts and voluptuous production values contribute mightily to this ultimate of wish-fulfillment tales.

“Eat Pray Love” is also unavoidably a story of privilege, which is a bit difficult to get around for those of us who can’t afford to spend a year traveling the world to heal our psychic pain. Roberts plays Gilbert,

a writer who tells her astonished husband (Billy Crudup) she doesn’t want to live in unhappiness anymore. In a twink, she’s taken up with a younger lover (James Franco), but their affair also slumps into unhappiness.

MOVIE TIMES Notes: Times for the Century 16 theater are for Fri. - Tue. only unless otherwise noted. For Wed. and Thur. times, go to PaloAltoOnline.com. Aliens in the Attic (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Murder on the Orient Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Express (1974) (Not Rated) also at 3:20 p.m. (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Wed. at 10 a.m.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Century 16: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:45, 4:35, 7:05 & 9:30 of Kitty Galore (PG) p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:45, 5, 7:25 & 9:35 p.m. (Not Reviewed) Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) ((

Century 20: Fri.-Tue. at 11:30 a.m. & 6:10 p.m.

Claudia (1943) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:45 & 9:15 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Despicable Me (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:50 a.m.; 1:20, 3:45, 6:50 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:45, 4:10, 6:45 & 9:40 p.m. Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) ((1/2

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

The Other Guys (PG-13) (((

Century 16: 10:40 a.m.; 12:05, 1:15, 2:40, 3:50, 5:20, :25, 8, 9:10 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 6 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 & 9:45 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. also at 12:05, 12:45, 2:40, 3:30, 5:15, 6:15, 7:50, 8:40 & 10:25 p.m.

Ramona and Beezus (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Fri.-Tue. at 11:25 a.m.; 1:55 & 4:30 p.m.

RiffTrax Live: Reefer Century 16: Thu. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Thu. at 8 p.m. Madness (R) (Not Reviewed) Salt (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:35, 4:05, 7:30 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Tue. at 12:35, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20 & 10:45 p.m.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: Noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m.

Easter Parade (1948) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Century 20: Fri.-Tue. at 11:45 a.m.; 2:30 & 5:10 p.m. (PG) ((1/2

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

Step Up 3 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:35, 3:10, 5:50 & 8:40 p.m.; In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:20 & 10 p.m. Century 20: Fri.Tue. at 7:55 & 10:30 p.m.; In 3D (Fri.-Thu.) at 11:05 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 & 9:25 p.m.

Toy Story 3 (G) ((((

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

Century 16: 1:40, 4:25 & 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:20, 6:55 & 9:30 p.m.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Wed. & Thu. at 11:25 a.m.; 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:45 & 9:50 p.m.

Get Low (PG-13) (((

Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ((

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Century 16: 10:45 a.m.; 12:20, 1:55, 3:30, 5, 7, 8:15 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 12:50, 2:25, 4, 7:10 & 10:20 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 5:35 & 8:45 p.m.

The Enchanted Cottage Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. (1945) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) The Expendables (R) (Not Reviewed)

Holiday Inn (1942) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:35 & 9:25 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Inception (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 16: 10:30 a.m.; 12:10, 2, 3:35, 5:25, 7:05, 9 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 3:45, 7 & 10:15 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. also at 2 & 8:35 p.m.

Indiscreet (1958) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 5:40 & 9:50 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) The Kids Are All Right (R) ((((

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Life During Wartime (Not Rated) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:15, 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Middle Men (R) ((

Century 16: 10:55 a.m. & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: Fri.Tue. at 7:30 & 10:10 p.m.

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Realizing her problem is internal, Liz thinks of Ketut (Hadi Subiyanto), a medicine man she met in Bali on a journalism assignment. And so she hatches a plan to go to Italy and “Eat,” visit an ashram in India and “Pray,” and return to Indonesia where, if Ketut’s palm reading was right, she just may find “Love.” Murphy knows he’s under an obligation to keep his big-budget assignment glossy. He goes overboard bathing everyone in haloes of light to convey a spiritual “touch,” but that turns out to be the “Glee” creator’s worst sin here. Otherwise he makes an honest attempt to wring the best from Gilbert’s story and achieve emotional intimacy whenever possible. Murphy’s and Jennifer Salt’s screenplay cannily leaves out the part in which Gilbert secures a book contract in advance of her trip (y’know: not quite so spiritual), focusing instead on establishing the sincerity of Liz’s personal quest. The Italy passage is all about rich food: Napoleons, pasta, a Thanksgiving dinner. Oddly, Liz seems to have taught more than she’s learned here, having convinced a friend that she deserves to eat well and buy bigger jeans. Score one against eating disorders. Still, Liz regains her “appetite for life.” In the film’s center, Liz tries to find her own center. India’s good for that, so they say, though her greatest teacher turns out not to be the guru she sought. Rather, she learns to let go of her past from a Texan named Richard (Richard Jenkins), her new friend with a guilty conscience. Jenkins’ single-take monologue about his own reason for being halfway around the world is one of the film’s highlights. Back in Bali, it’s time for atonement, and it’s not just Ketut who helps her to put it all together. She also finds unexpected romance with Felipe (Javier Bardem) on her way to enlightenment. This isn’t David Lean’s “Summertime,” the ultimate romantic travelogue film from a female point of view. For starters, “Eat Pray Love” is 40 minutes longer. Obviously, it all amounts to the McDonalds version of spirituality, but there is some (obvious) truth in the joy of travel and food, the need for a life of balance and reflection. Go ahead and “carpe diem,” but as for solving all your problems with a three-act structure, don’t try this at home. (Buy some plane tickets.) Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity. Two hours, 20 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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HOMETOWN AUTHORS ... Julaine Rosner of Palo Alto, Marianne Brems of Portola Valley, and Marsha Chan of Sunnyvale have written “English for Child Care: Language Skills for Parents and Providers.” The book targets child-care providers and parents, with simple vocabulary for dealing with children. Information: www. sunburstmedia.com/englishforchildcare.html.

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KUDOS ... Palo Alto author Geri Spieler’s “Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford” won the 2010 Sharp Writ Book Lovers award for nonfiction. The award was presented at the 2010 American Mensa annual gathering in July. Information: www.TakingAimAtThePresident.com. BOOK SALE ... Friends of the Palo Alto Library holds its monthly book sale on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto Library.

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Carl Hiassen, “Star Island” (Aug. 15, 2 p.m.); Mary Roach, “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Suzanne Collins, “Mockingjay” (Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.); Brad Herzog, “Turn Left at the Trojan Horse: A WouldBe Hero’s American Odyssey” (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.) and Rick Moody, “The Four Fingers of Death” (Sept. 2, 7 p.m.)Information: www.keplers.com. MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Suzanne Carreiro, “The Dog Who Ate the Truffle” (Aug. 19, 7 p.m.);and Jane Porter, “She’s Gone Country” (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.). Information: www.booksinc.net. N

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POET FEATURED ... Palo Alto poet Pearl Karrer’s poem, “She Convalesces in a Chair by the Window,” is included in a newly published anthology, “Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents.” Karrer, whose works have appeared in numerous publications, is an editor for the California Quarterly poetry journal. The anthology, which will be published by Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises in Woodstock, N.Y., Sept. 12, includes essays and poetry about being a grandparent in the 21st century, and the impact of grandparents on one’s life. Information: www.ChildOfMyChild.weebly.com

Stanford history professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack Rakove’s latest book is “Revolutionaries,” a new take on the Founding Fathers and lesser-known key figures in the founding of the United States of America.

Accidental REVOLUTIONARIES From the famous to the obscure, early leaders are swept up by historical events by Gennady Sheyner “Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America,” by Jack Rakove; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, New York; 487 pp.; $30 n 1778, a young and battle-hungry soldier named John Laurens embarked on a truly revolutionary experiment: turning slaves into soldiers. Laurens, whose father Henry was a leading slave trader and certified member of the South Carolina elite, undertook what he called his “black project” for two reasons. To aid George Washington’s flagging war effort against the British and to give colonial slaves a chance to demonstrate their skills and earn their freedom. “It will be my duty, and my pride, to transform the timid Slave into a firm defender of Liberty and render him worthy to enjoy it himself,” Jack wrote to his father, whose enthusiasm for slavery was quickly ebbing.

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Laurens’ brief but tempestuous life is one of many highlights of “Revolutionaries,” the latest offering from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jack Rakove. (Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science at Stanford University.) The slave project ultimately buckled under heavy political opposition, but John Laurens earned renown for his passionate opposition to slavery, his statesmanship and his valiant and often vainglorious performances on the battlefield, which ultimately led to his early death. He also illustrated, in the most extreme terms, the passionate debates over slavery, taxation and independence that raged across the continent just before America’s official birth. Rakove’s account of the American (continued on next page)

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Revolution includes all the usual characters whom we normally lump under the Founding Fathers umbrella: the stoic George Washington, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Cincinnatus,â&#x20AC;? suffering with his ragtag soldiers at Valley Forge and ultimately routing the British at Yorktown; Thomas Jefferson, the refined Virginia aristocrat, soaking in European customs and wrestling with his own slavery dilemmas; and John Adams, the grumpy and brilliant New England lawyer who left his family behind and traveled to Philadelphia to take center stage in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandest legislative experiment. Hearing about Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noble bearing, Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophistication and Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chronic insecurity never gets old, which helps explain why an entire canon of historical literature is devoted to exploring the first three presidents. Rakoveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portraits of these principal founders are largely sympathetic, though hardly fawning. Young Washing-

ton is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;model backbencherâ&#x20AC;? in Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Burgess for whom â&#x20AC;&#x153;public service was more a mark of social status than a vocation.â&#x20AC;? When Jefferson isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drafting treatises from his intellectual fortress in Monticello, he is in Paris, going on a shopping spree that would make Sarah Palin blush (after listing some of the items that made up his 86 crates of merchandise, Rakove observes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;these were the purchases of an absentee planter who faced an uphill struggle to master a substantial personal debt, but who never allowed obligations to creditors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when they were British merchants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to mar his vision of domestic happiness.â&#x20AC;?). Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adams taking a journey to Philadelphia to take part in the Continental Congress. His ambitions to legislate on a national scale, Rakove writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sped faster too than the leisurely but politic pace of the delegatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; journey to Philadelphia.â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the more obscure characters, the ones whose faces arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t printed on dollar bills or etched

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doubtful) exception of Samuel Adams, none of those who took leading roles in the struggle actively set out to foment rebellion or found a republic.â&#x20AC;? This thesis is sound, though hardly earth-shattering. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to think of a historical context in which revolutionaries werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shaped by the circumstances around them. Still, the book is a useful reminder that the characters who formed this nation were conflicted men, equally concerned with reaching compromise and protecting their way of life than with overturning the existing society and building a utopia. No one illustrates this point better than James Madison, who as a young man had little appetite for violence and destruction. As tensions between England and Massachusetts boiled, Madison was a student at Princeton more concerned with the writings of David Hume and Niccolo Machiavelli than with the growing unrest in New England. As Rakove points out, Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letters from college offer little indication that the fu-

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Sports Shorts THE WATCH LIST . . . Stanford senior defender Bobby Warsawwas named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List, presented to college soccer’s top male and female players. Stanford grad and current volunteer assistant Kelley O’Harawon the award, along with Akron’s Teal Bunbury, last year. The Stanford women’s team has three representatives on the watch list: senior forwardChristen Press, sophomore midfielder Moriah Noguiera and sophomore defender Rachel Quon.

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Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor and Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola, long-time teammates, hope to join forces and help steer Stanford to a return trip to the NCAA championship match.

Cardinal eyes a return to the top Taylor, Noyola hope to continue success of past two years by Rick Eymer indsay Taylor spent her summer vacation taking classes and rehabbing her hip following surgery. Teresa Noyola’s summer was typical: soccer, soccer and a little more soccer.

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Taylor and Noyola have been teammates with each other for so long, it’s as though they’re twins. Their first two years with the Stanford women’s soccer team have been nothing short of phenomenal, but for the two local players (Taylor graduated from Castilleja, Noyola from Palo Alto), there’s still a sense of unfinished business. They’ve visited the Women’s

Cup (a.k.a. NCAA Final Four) twice, reaching the championship game last year. There’s at least one achievement that remains unaccomplished. “There’s definitely a target on our backs after reaching the Final Four the last two years,” Taylor said. “It’s a target we’re willing to receive. Right now we’re just trying to get the team to jell. We have a bunch of

great freshmen.” Taylor’s health won’t be an issue as the season opens next Friday (Aug. 20) with a road trip that starts with seventh-ranked Boston College, continues to Boston University and winds up in Chapel Hill with a rematch against top-ranked and defending champion North Carolina (continued on page 36)

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Luck takes his assignment seriously Sophomore QB feels more confident this year by Rick Eymer ndrew Luck’s off-season assignment, which he choose to accept, was to work on his drop and his production in the red zone. Maybe he can work on his tennis game next. Stanford’s redshirt sophomore quarterback earned the starting job over veteran Tavita Pritchard last year. With Pritchard turned volunteer graduate assistant, and Heismann Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart now in the NFL, Luck is squarely in the limelight as the Cardinal prepares for a season bursting with potential, confidence and energy. “I am a lot more confident,” Luck said Wednesday. “Playing a year is a whole world of practice that you can’t simulate.” That extra confidence became evident Wednesday as Luck addressed the media for the first time in training camp. He came across as a young man full of vigor, as opposed to the shy, slightly overwhelmed kid

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who made his media debut last year. Of course, he’s on the national scene these days and joined Harbaugh in New York when the Pac-10 made a trip across country for a media day. “The best part is to get the Stanford name out there,” Luck said. “I try not to pay too much attention. If and when I get a big head I’m sure my teammates will help remind me otherwise.” To help satisfy his assignments, Luck attended camps like that run by the Manning family, three former and present NFL quarterbacks, two of whom played in the Super Bowl. “It was a great experience,” said Luck, who threw for 2,575 yards and 13 touchdowns and earned freshman All-American honors last year. “Those guys are great teachers as well as great people. They re(continued on page 36)

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COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a girls JV head tennis coach and boys JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or via email at frodriguez@shschools. org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls’ varsity golf coach and a boys’ frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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BAYLANDS SUMMER RUN . . . The Baylands Summer Run will be held Saturday, August 21, for the benefit of the Palo Alto Community Child Care. The trail weaves through the marshland on the outskirts of Palo Alto and is open to both recreational and competitive runners. The course is flat and smooth and can be run at either the 5 or 10 kilometer distances. A percentage of every race registration will be donated to PACCC. For more information, visit the website at http://www. summerrun2010.com/.

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BASEBALL CLINIC WITH THE LAW . . . Ravenswood High grad Rudy Law will be making an appearance at Jack Russell Park in East Palo Alto on Saturday, 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.

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ally helped me out.” Luck, who with wide receiverkickoff return specialist Chris Owusu, was named to the 30-player preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award, has been paying attention to all his coaches as he strives to improve every aspect of his game. His red zone production was a particular emphasis. “You have to see the defense and make decisions quicker, maybe before you drop all the way back,” he said. “It’s a constricted field and if you make a bad decision you pay Stepfan Taylor for it.” Luck, whether he likes it or not, is the focus of the Stanford offense until a running back or two can step forward. Gerhart drew the lion’s share of attention last year, and that helped Luck, who was able to roam relatively unscathed last year. Stanford allowed a mere seven sacks last season and Luck threw a mere four interceptions. Teams may look to tee off on Luck a little more this season without the dangerous Gerhart around to divide the defensive focus.

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and a match with Duke. “We’re going to be tested early and often,” sad Taylor, who underwent hip surgery two weeks after Stanford’s 1-0 loss to the Tar Heels last Dec. 6. She played all year with the injured hip, though she never played a full 90 minutes. “She played at 75 percent,” Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “Obviously she’s helped the team a lot. If she’s at 100 percent, she could make an impact like she did as a freshman.” Taylor led the Pac-10 with 16 goals as a freshman and was named first team AllAmerican by the NSCAA. Taylor spent eight months away from c o m p e t i t i v e Christen Press soccer, the longest span she’s been unable to play the sport since picking it up at the age of six. Taylor actually waited until after taking her finals to have the surgery, and then spent a few months of down time before beginning physical therapy. She returned to soccer activities at the beginning of summer. “There were times it was hurting last year but it was good enough that I could play,” she said. “I’ve recovered pretty well. I’m feeling good.” Taylor is expected to assume more of an offensive role with the graduation of National Player of the Year

After all, Luck was Stanford’s second-leading rusher with a net gain of 354 yards. Potential running backs Stepfan Taylor, Jeremy Stewart (limited to five games due to injury) and Tyler Gaffney combined for 497 yards and four touchdowns. “I love Toby to death but we have to move on without him,” Luck said. “We’ve got our strengths.” Luck���s running ability being among them. At Stratford High in Houston, Luck threw for 7,139 career yards and 53 touchdowns. He also rushed for 2,085 yards. “Coach (Jim) Harbaugh has stressed that the quarterback, at some point, will have to pick up a first down or save a second down with his legs,” Luck said. Luck will also have some family at Stanford. His younger sister Mary Ellen Luck is a freshman on the Stanford women’s volleyball team and Luck can attest to her athleticism. “I’ve played a little sand volleyball but she can catch and throw a football,” Luck said. “There was a time when we set a mini-tennis court in our living room when we were living in Germany. She beat me and I got really mad.” Luck claims that’s the only time he was beaten by his sister in an athletic competition. But he’s happy she made the decision to attend Stanford. “She seems to really enjoy it,” he said. “I’m sure my parents are happy she has an older brother around to watch out for her.”

Notes: Ryan Whalen was been named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football. Whalen has led Stanford in receiving each of the last two seasons. As a junior, he caught 57 passes for 926 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.2 yards per catch and 71.2 receiving yards per game. He enters his final campaign with 99 career receptions for 1,444 yards and five touchdowns . . . With offensive lineman Andrew Phillips out for an undetermined amount of time because of family matters, Kevin Danser filled in at left guard . . . Luck is one of five sophomores on the 30-member watch list for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award. He led the Pac-10 in passing efficency last year and is one of four Pac-10 signal callers on the list, joining Arizona’s Nick Foles, Washington’s Jake Locker and USC’s Matt Barkley. N

Kelley O’Hara (who, with Olympian Ali Riley, has returned to serve as an undergraduate volunteer coach). “We’re definitely going to miss Kelley but Christen (Press) is a great player too,” Taylor said. “We’re used to playing together and we’ll have a good front line.” Press joined O’Hara as the best one-two punch in the nation last year. The senior striker recorded the second-highest scoring season in Stanford history, with 21 goals and 16 assists for 58 points (to O’Hara’s 26-13-65) and ranked third in the nation in points. Taylor also welcomes younger brother, Matt Taylor, to Stanford this season. The Bellarmine Prep grad joined the Stanford men’s team. “I’m excited about that,” she said. “We haven’t attended school together since elementary school. We’re pretty close and I think he’ll enjoy it.” The siblings played a lot of 1-on-1 soccer and worked out together over the years. She attended many of his high school games. “I could get him for a lot years but it’s evened out,” Taylor said. Noyola, who was third on the team in scoring last year, spent four months away from soccer while a freshman at Palo Alto, her longest absence from the sport. She’s more than made up for it since, playing with various U.S. national teams. Noyola, a musician in her spare time, joined Cardinal teammates and sophomores Courtney Verloo and Rachel Quon with the 20U national team that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup before losing to Nigeria on penalty kicks. Stanford sophomore Alina Garci-

amendez played for, and captained, the U20 Mexican national team that also reached the quarterfinals. Garciamendez is also a member of the full Mexican national team. “Being able to play against the best players in the world helps prepare us well,” Noyola said. “In terms of speed and the level of sophistication itís a higher level. A nd we’re training with the best players and learning from the best Kira Maker coaches.” Noyola, Quon and Verloo will be seeing many of their U.S. teammates over the course of the season. She has developed friendships with players from Boston College, North Carolina and Portland among others. “Soccer is really not that big of a community,” said Noyola, who was born in Mexico but raised in the U.S. “I’ve played with a lot of players who are in college now and some since I was 14.” Taylor has been a steady teammate since the earliest days of competition. “We know each other’s style of play and are deeply connected,” Noyola said. “When she’s on the field, good things happen.” Good things happen when Noyola gets an opportunity to take a free kick somewhere near the goal. At least twice last year, and once during the NCAA tournament, she’s reached the back of the net off a free kick on a shot that seems to sharply curve over everybody’s head and just

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STANFORD FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Date Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Nov. 13 Nov. 20 Nov. 27

Opponent Time vs. Sacramento St. 3:30 p.m. at UCLA 7:30 p.m. vs. Wake Forest 8:15 p.m. at Notre Dame 12:30 p.m. at Oregon 8:15 p.m. vs. USC 5 p.m. vs. Washington St. 2 p.m. at Washington TBA vs. Arizona TBA at Arizona St. TBA at California 12:30 p.m. vs. Oregon St. TBA

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Palo Alto Soccer Club team wins another tournament McElfresh’s save sends Panthers to title match by Rick Eymer t all boiled down to one do-ordie play for the Palo Alto 93B Blue Panthers men’s U19 soccer team. Goalkeeper Cameron McElfresh was up to the task. Palo Alto 93B Blue edged Deportivo Pachuca, 2-1, in the championship match of the Santa Clara Sporting Invitational at the Santa Clara Soccer Park on Sunday but the Panthers may never have gotten the chance if one critical stop had not gone their way during a semifinal match. The semifinal pitted Palo Alto (18-1-2 overall) against the topranked team in California North. Host team Santa Clara Sporting (12-4-8) had won six of its last seven matches and this particular contest was a scoreless draw when regulation time ran out. The teams matched penalty kicks through the first five kickers, with Palo Alto getting shots from Riley Hanley, Mendoza, Mark Raftrey, Mackie Kelly, and Grahame Fitz. After Juan Gamez scored the goahead goal, McElfresh came up big, stopping Santa Clara’s final attempt and sending the Panthers into the title match.

Zack Hummel and Jose Mendoza each scored for the Panthers against Deportivo Pachuca in a tournament that was ranked No. 1 in Northern California and No. 3 in the USA by gotsoccer.com. Palo Alto finished 5-0-1 in the tournament Palo Alto, coached by Rob Becerra and managed by Gal Tirosh, won its first 16 matches of the year, 11 by shutout, before losing to the defending US Club Soccer National Champions. Hanley and Fitz helped the Panthers open the Santa Clara tournament on the right foot, each scoring goals in their 2-1 win over Alliance Barcelona. Rodney Portillo and Gamez reached the back of the net in a 2-0 victory over Brazil FC of Nevada and the Oanthers tied the Ceres Earthquakes, 1-1, to earn a spot in the quarterfinal. A goal from Fitz, another outstanding effort from McElfresh and contributions from Anibal Campos, Daniel Tirosh, Andrew Wohl, Sammy Green, Sammy Hayward, Trevor Assaf, Ricky Minno, Mark Raftrey, Yotam Kasznik, Ian Leung, and Evan Coutre led Palo Alto to the top. N

out of the reach of the goalkeeper. That’s not an accident. “I practice the free kick on my own and it’s part of my game,” she said. “I want to take advantage of it because it can be such a weapon. I’m very confident taking them and always look for the situation.” Noyola thinks Taylor and Press will do just fine with whomever they play. Verloo seems to have an edge on the third forward position. “There’s a lot of speed up top, good vision and the ability to play with each other,” Noyola said. “For the most part we have to make sure to use our advantages and not expect anything.” In addition to Ali Riley and O’Hara, Stanford also lost Alicia Jenkins, Hillary Heath, Katie Riley, Katie Finley, Lindsay Forte and Kristin Stannard. Ratcliffe hopes his recruiting class can make an immediate impact. Those players include Shelby Payne, Sydney Payne, Natalie Griffen, Taylor McCann, goalkeeper Emily Oliver, and defender Kendall Romine. “They are all top recruits and great players,” Ratcliffe said. “Traditionally, freshmen have come in and made an immediate impact. It’s what positions we need and who plays the best.” Romine wears a boot on her right ankle, the result of a high school injury. She tried to practice the first few days of training camp but felt some discomfort in the ankle and has backed off. In addition to Press, the senior class consists of returning starting goalie Kira Maker, returning starting midfielder Allison McCann, and midfielder Morgan Redman, who appeared in 20 games last year.

Joining Taylor and Noyola in the junior class are returning starter Camille Levin, Shira Averbach, and Kristy Zurmuhlen. Quon, Verloo and Garciamendiez are joined by fellow sophomore Lindsay Dickerson, Nina Watkins, returning starter Mariah Nogueira, Madeline Thompson and Marjani Hing-Glover. Aly Gleason and Annie Case return as redshirt freshmen. “Every team has its own chemistry,” Ratcliffe said. “Things change when you lose a player and when you add a player. We have to put in the work if we want good results. In the back of our minds we know we are capable but you can never lose sight of the process on a daily basis.” N

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The Oaks made their debut in the Stan Musial World Series a successful as Matt Campbell pitched a 3-hitter to help beat the Northwest Wildcats.

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Oaks win opener behind Campbell’s 3-hit pitching gem Palo Alto looks to continue its amazing season by Rick Eymer alo Alto Oaks manager Steve Espinosa kept asking his pitching ace, Matt Campbell, how he was feeling. Espinoza kept getting the same answer. “It became apparent it wasn’t going to be easy to get him out of the game,” Espinosa said in a telephone interview Thursday morning from Houston. Campbell never did come out of the game and his teammates rewarded him for a sensational effort. Palo Alto High grad Evan Warner, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, drove in the game’s only run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the ninth inning as the Palo Alto Oaks opened the Stan Musial World Series with a 1-0 victory over the host team Northwest Wildcats Wednesday at Baseball USA in Houston. “To win the way we did was huge for us,” said Espinosa of his team’s first trip ever to the eight-team World Series. “We’re seeing the best of the best in the Stan Musial division.” Campbell weaved in and out of trouble all night in tossing a threehitter. He struck out seven and walked five. Campbell threw 130 pitches in throwing the complete game. “Matt has always given us flexibility,” Espinosa said. “His velocity seemed to be the best it’s been all year. He had all three pitchers working, which allowed him the chance to pitch out of jams.” Wildcats’ starter Sonny Garcia pitched 8 1/3 innings and deserved a better fate. “He was exceptional,” Espinosa said of Garcia, who spent six years in the minor leagues. “He was the best pitcher we faced by a long shot. He had a slider that was unbelievable. Our hitters were fooled by it.” Mike Reiling had two hits, including a double, for the Oaks. MenloAtherton High grad Tyler Finley added a double. Reiling sparked the winning rally, reaching on an infield single to open the final frame. Vince Guitierrez beat out a bunt, pushing it between the pitcher and first baseman to put runners on first and second with no outs. Reiling was forced at third but Nick Schulz reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman to load the bases.

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Up stepped Warner. “I thought about squeezing with him but I don’t like doing it with a left-handed batter,” Espinosa said. “He got down 0-2 real quick and I started second guessing myself. But he hit a hard ball to second base, and when the infielder turned to pivot for the double play, he lost his footing.” Greg Matson followed with a line drive off relief pitcher Tyler Duffey, who just finished his freshman year with the Rice baseball team, which was turned into an inning-ending double play. Campbell made it stand up by striking out the first two hitters in the ninth before walking a batter. Michael Fuda, who hit .346 for the Owls this spring, drove a ball to center that Warner caught to end the drama. The Oaks (21-1-1) were scheduled to play the New England Braintree White Sox on Thursday night in the second round of the double elimination tournament. The White Sox have a trio of former minor leaguers on the roster, including Frank Curreri, who reached Triple-A Durham two years ago. N

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by Rick Eymer tanford grad Lolo Silver scored three goals and Cardinal grad Brenda Villa added two goal but the United States women’s national water polo team dropped a 10-8 decision to host Australia in the gold medal game of the AuspoleLongmont 10th Anniversary six-nation women’s water polo tournament on Thursday at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center. “It’s always a competitive match against the Aussies especially with all the history,” Villa said. “It was tight but we wore ourselves out in the end with quick offensive play Lolo Silver after they lost possession.” The contest was a rematch of the famed gold medal match from 10 years ago in the first Olympics for women’s water polo, which was played in the same venue. Silver and Kami Craig each scored goals in the third period to give the Americans an 8-7 lead before the Aussies took control. “It’s always fun playing for first place and we had an idea of what we were up against with Australia but they are tough to beat,” Silver said. “We will work more on our communicating and team defense with the aim of number one spot next week.” Craig was named tournament MVP, while Villa and Silver joined her on the all-tournament team. Villa scored two goals in the American’s 12-10 win over Greece in Wednesday’s semifinals. Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann and Cardinal sophomore Annika Dries each scored a goal as the U.S. played China to a 10-10 draw on Tuesday. The Ameri- Annika Dries cans were using the tournament as a warm-up for the FINA World Cup, which begins Tuesday in Christchurch, New Zealand. “Mentally, I don’t think we were as ready as we could be. I take responsibility for this, but we’ll be much better next week,” U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. “We’ll have to play a lot better to be successful in Christchurch.” The U.S. opens World Cup play with Russia and will also meet Australia and New Zealand in pool play. The Cup extends through August 22.

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Junior National women’s team beat Venezuela, 20-3, on the first day of the UANA Junior Pan American Cup. The junior team features Stanford incoming freshman Kelsey Suggs and Stanford club team member Julia Peters. The U.S. proceeded to beat Puerto Rico, 19-4, on Wednesday behind three goals from Suggs, and then beat Brazil, 15-4, as Suggs scored twice and Peters scored once. Junior Olympics 18U The NorCal 18U girls’ water polo team didn’t have much time to celebrate its best finish ever at the Junior Olympics in Los Angeles. The group finished fourth in its age group on Sunday, flew home Monday and will be heading to the Hawaiian Invitational on Tuesday. Atherton resident Hathaway Moore, who will be playing at Michigan in the fall, led NorCal (4-2-1) with 13 goals during the Junior Olympics. Menlo-Atherton grad Becca Dorst, headed for UCLA, added 12 goals. M-A senior Emily Dorst proved vital in the goal, making several significant saves. NorCal opened its year with a championship at the BC (British Columbia) Open in January, followed by a third place finish at the Alberta Open, and a second-place showing at the Cal Cup. Other team members include Rachel Henry, who scored nine goals, Kelsey Nolan (7), Audrey Pratt (7), Jennifer Talbott, M-A grads Hannah Breen and Vanessa Lane, Kat Elward, Castilleja senior Barbara Peterson, Caitlin “KK” Sandlin, Allegra Tringali, Erin Glenn, and Sacred Heart Prep grad Heather Smith. NorCal opened the Hawaiian Invitational with a pair of wins in each the Open and 18U divisions. The NorCal women’s open team downed Sunset, 10-6, and Agoura, 7-6, and will meet Anuenue A on Friday night at Iolani High. The NorCal 18U team downed Iolani, 16-0, and SoCal East, 15-3. They are schedule to play a crossover match on Friday, also at Iolani High. Junior Olympics 16U The Stanford water polo club team coached by Kyle Utsumi recorded an overall finish of tenth in the platinum division. Palo Alto’s Skylar Dorosin led the team in scoring on the first day of the tournament. Sacred Heart Prep’s Pippa Temple was part of the reason Stanford won its third straight to open the tournament before falling into the 9-16 bracket. “(Gunn’s) Elizabeth Anderson drew the role of defensive stopper as we advanced through the tournament and did a great job,” said Utsumi, who also credited Palo Alto’s Martine Leclerc and Gunn’s Lauren Lesyna with significant contributions. N

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Tosky taking her swimming to another level at USA junior national championships by Rick Eymer asmine Tosky set out to get more involved with her swimming career this summer. It was like an exploratory trip to help her understand where she is her development. She followed a splendid effort at the USA National Swimming Championships last week with an even better performance over the first few days of the USA Junior National Championships, which are being held through Friday in Irvine. Tosky set a meet record on each of

servers have seen this before at the Central Coast Section championships. Tosky set a meet record in wining the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.28 on Monday and followed that with another meet record Tuesday in the 400 individual medley, swimming 4:44.85, seven seconds faster than her preliminary time. And on the third day, Tosky went 59.43 to record the victory in the 100 fly, although she did not set a meet record this time. PASA’s Adam Hinshaw also added to his championship finals col-

lection, placing sixth in the 400 free with a time of 3:57.79. The fly record Tosky bettered? Stanford incoming freshman Felicia Lee went 2:09.45 last year in Federal Way. Tosky set a blistering pace, going 28.81 through the first 50 meters, a time that was on pace for the American record. She led by a full second by then and finished more than two seconds faster than second-place Kaitlin Pawlowicz of the Curl Burke Swim Club. She followed the same game plan in the IM, jumping out to a solid lead

and maintaining it the entire distance. The Claremont’s Noelle Tarazona kept within a second heading into the freestyle and that’s where Tosky pulled away from the group. Schaefer, a senior at St. Francis, went 55.48 to finish second in the 100 free, an event she dominated at the Central Coast Section championships in May. Tosky came in right behind her in 55.95. Hinshaw, part of Saratoga High’s national high school record-setting 400 free relay team of 15 months ago, finished fifth in the 1,500 free with a time of 15:38.78. N

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