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‘Quakeville’ tent city to test disaster preparedness Sept. 11 event at Briones Park will be neighborhood’s dress rehearsal for the ‘Big One’ by Sue Dremann he ground is shaking violently. live in the hours, days and weeks Family heirlooms and knick- after a major disaster will become knacks are flying like projec- their No. 1 concern. tiles off walls and shelves. Glass is The scenario is the focus of a Sept. shattering, and the rolling motion 11 disaster drill planned for Barron seems to go on forever. Park residents, who will erect a tent When the “Big One” strikes, resi- city at Juana Briones Park. dents could find their homes uninIt won’t be a neighborhood picnic. habitable, and figuring out how to People will have to bring their own

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tents, water and food. Grills won’t be allowed. There will be no electricity for the duration of the event, which runs from 3:30 p.m. till 10 a.m. the next day. Some surprise incidents, mimicking possible real-life disaster scenarios, are planned to test people’s responses, according to event coordinator Lydia Kou. Dubbed “Quakeville,” the drill is designed to shake people out of their denial. Quakeville will kick off a series

of citywide disaster-preparedness events throughout September and October. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt and the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council have declared September as Emergency Preparedness Month citywide. Other organizations have piloted tent-city disaster preparations. The Bakersfield Memorial Hospital created a tent city earlier this year as part of its emergency drills for an H1N1 virus surge, according to the California Hospital Association.

Quakeville will put disaster preparedness into the hands of the citizenry, who will be the first on the ground to deal with neighborhood emergencies, Kou said. “It’s exciting because it involves all citizens. In the past, drills involved emergency volunteers only,” said Kou, who also is co-chair of the Palo Alto Neighborhoods blockpreparedness-coordinator program and is a Barron Park Neighborhood (continued on page 6)

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Facebook unveils new ‘Places’ feature Users can share their real-time locations — but not everyone ‘Likes’ new function

Jiffy Lube on El Camino Real in Palo Alto has had its employees wave signs at passing drivers in the mornings to bring in business. Mancini’s Sleepworld in Mountain View hires outside help, usually friends or family members of employees, for $16 an hour to dress up in a mattress and advertise major holiday sales. Jake Hand, manager of Mancini’s, said the sign wavers help bring in customers. But an increase in sign spinners may not be good for business, he said. Hand once saw four sign wavers within one city block.

by Chris Kenrick acebook Wednesday unveiled its much-anticipated “Places” feature, allowing users to share their real-time locations as well as to identify friends who are there with them. Even as privacy advocates complained the new service lacks safeguards to protect sensitive information, the Palo Alto company’s officers said it will connect people and build community in new ways. The service will “help people share where they are in a really nice and social way,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. “It can help people stay connected not just at home but everywhere they travel in the world.” Zuckerberg said he knew the service was ready to launch when he was showing a prototype to his girlfriend while dining in a Menlo Park restaurant and they could see that a Facebook colleague and his fiancée were dining at a nearby restaurant. “It was at that moment, when that kind of serendipitous thing happened, that we knew the product was ready to go,” Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg was joined Wednesday by executives of other placeoriented Web companies — Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp and Booyah — who said they were pleased to have the social media giant enter the arena. Facebook has more than 500 million active users, according to its website. “This is a great thing for the still-

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n the corner of El Camino Real and Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park — surrounded by traffic, pedestrians, gas pumps and street lights — stands a 5-foot-tall yellow duck. When the temperature is cool, the duck dances and waves while holding a

large banner advertising $6.99 car washes at Ducky’s Car Wash half a block down the road. What compels this waterfowl to shamelessly plug sudsy, vehicular cleanses? “When we have the duck out there, people come in and want

to know about our car washes,” Ducky’s manager Karen Nickolai said. According to Nickolai, the duck has brought in hundreds of customers. Random residents will stop Nickolai on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park to ask: “Where’s your duck?” Sign-spinning advertisements, also known as “human directionals,” are frequent sights on street corners throughout the Midpeninsula. Once relegated to unsold condos and new home developments, sign spinners now point to a variety of business activities, such as oil changes, mattress sales or restaurant openings.

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The duck is on our payroll. — Ducky’s Car Wash manager Karen Nockolai, referring to the “human directional� out front on El Camino Real. See story on page 3.

Around Town ODDEST HOUSE? ... Think your house (or a neighbor’s) is really special, unusual or just plain quirky? The website www. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com is seeking nominations for an upcoming Top Ten Homes Web feature. “We are looking for homes that are truly different — the kind of homes that make you say, ‘Wow, look at that’ or ‘What were they thinking?’ or ‘I wish I were that brave,’� Jason Wakefield, Web design director for the real estate website, stated in a news release. “Homes can be in any style or price range. The important thing is the home’s ‘out-of-the-norm’ quotient.� Nominations, with photos and a brief description, can be sent to homes@toptenrealestatedeals. com. SUFFRAGETTE CITY ... It’s been 90 years since American women earned the right to vote, and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will celebrate that landmark anniversary Aug. 26 with a free meeting at the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Back in the day, Palo Alto had many strident suffragettes fighting for the vote, including Virginia (Jennie) Arnott, Anna Zschokke and Alice Park. “It’s time to remember the courage of those who undertook the long fight for women’s voting rights,� Phyllis Cassel, league president, said. The celebration will feature entertainment with special guests, and participants are asked to RSVP at 650-327-9148 or lwvpaoffice@gmail.com. FINALS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS? . . . The hot-button issue of scheduling final exams before or after the December holidays will soon come before the Palo Alto Board of Education as it considers the school district’s calendar for 2011-12 and beyond. Until now — and at least through the upcoming school year — Gunn and Paly students have taken first-semester exams in January, after the holidays. But several area high schools, including Menlo-Atherton, Castilleja and St. Francis, have switched to finals before the holidays as a strategy to dial down student stress. “I think we need

to look at a calendar that gives kids some breaks,� Superintendent Kevin Skelly told school board members at a recent twoday retreat. A possible calendar change is no simple matter, since it also must be negotiated with the district’s two employee unions, the Palo Alto Educators Association and the California School Employees Association. Skelly said a decision needs to be made by November. BUCKING THE TREND ... Who says the real estate market has slowed down? Alain Pinel Realtor Mary Gullixson, who works in the company’s Palo Alto office, ranked fourth nationally in real-estate sales volume for 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal. Her sales? Nearly $149 million, making it no surprise that she’s surpassed $2 billion in career sales. Other APR agents on the list included Kathy Bridgman at No. 21 and Judy Bogard-Tanigami at No. 56, both from the Los Altos office. From the Menlo Park office, Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron ranked No. 58 on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list, with $78 million. The Journal’s Top 400 survey was tallied from 7,000 brokerage firms, Realtors associations and individuals in the field. TO INFINITY ... Cosmic Cosmos and Beam Me Up Martinis were among the drinks of choice this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara. Mountain View’s SETI Institute — which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence — was hosting its first SETIcon. Speakers at the gathering included scientists, science-fiction writers and actors such as Tim Russ, who played Tuvok on “Star Trek: Voyager.� Two popular events were the panel discussion “Warp Eight, Mr. Scott: Will It Happen? The Future of Space Travel� and astronomer Mike Brown’s talk “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.� Unlike at sci-fi conventions, popularized and satirized over the years, SETIcon failed to attract throngs of folks wearing pointy ears and Klingon garb. It was a mostly T-shirtsand-blue-jeans crowd, one attendee reported. N

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Palo Alto slab-foundation homes at risk for gas leaks September house explosion caused by gas buildup, report concludes by Chris Kenrick

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omes with gas lines beneath slab foundations — commonly built in Palo Alto in the mid-1900s — are at risk of gas leaks similar to that which caused a Maureen Avenue house to explode last September, fire officials said this week. Acting Palo Alto Fire Marshal Gordon Simpkinson said corrosive action of soil can lead to leaks in 50- or 60-year-old gas lines. “If (homeowners) don’t take care of it, it could reach the point where it causes a problem similar to what happened on Maureen,” Simpkinson said, adding that, if residents smell gas, the Utilities Department has a program to inspect homes free of charge. Before their Maureen Avenue house literally exploded last September, Andrew and Yvonne Ware had consulted with their furnace installer about a natural gas-like odor. The installer, from the now defunct Dahl Plumbing, did not smell natural gas and told the couple the

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“I think it was more effective when less people were doing it,” he said. “When people are doing it more often, it becomes less special.” Sign spinning has become so popular that advertising companies, such as AArrow in San Diego, have formed specifically to offer highly trained spinners. Their employees are like break dancers, capable of doing backflips while tossing their signs into the air. Some of their employees have been featured in commercials for McDonald’s and Ford. Skill comes with a price, however: AArrow sign spinners charge $25 to $50 an hour. Other advertising companies that don’t offer such highly skilled spinners, such as Allure Advertising and Media Nation, pay $8 to $15 an hour for human directionals, according to each company’s website. Some businesses consider the cost relatively cheap — and highly targeted — in comparison to other forms of advertising. According to gaebler.com, a website providing resources to entrepreneurs, a billboard ad costs $700 to $2,500 a month and a full-page ad in a major newspaper costs 10 times that amount for one day. If a business were to hire a sign spinner for four hours a day during rush hour and for five days a week, the cost would be between $640 and $1,200 a month. At places like Ducky’s, where current employees take shifts holding signs on street corners, additional

odor probably emanated from a dirty-diaper pail, the Wares told fire inspectors. On Sept. 30, Andrew Ware was finishing up his morning shower when he heard a big boom and saw smoke, flames — and blue sky where his bathroom roof had been. He escaped the burning home through a bathroom window. Yvonne Ware already had left to take the couple’s child to day care. Investigators determined the fire had been fueled by a gas leak. “That’s the only thing that can lift the roof of a house like that,” Simpkinson said. However, inspectors listed the fire as “undetermined” in their final report because they were unable to pinpoint precisely the source of ignition. They speculated it could have been a water heater cycling on to supply hot water during the shower. Another possible cause could have been the thermostat of a wall furnace. Inspectors estimated property

loss to be $375,000 in the Maureen Avenue fire, with another $100,000 in contents loss. The fire, which quickly consumed most of the house, could be seen from the sixth floor of City Hall, more than 3 miles away. For residents concerned about possible gas leaks, Simpkinson said, “If somebody’s got something where they occasionally smell it, they’re not quite sure, they can call the Utilities Department and they will come out with gas-detection equipment and go through the house room-by-room. This is free of charge to the homeowner.” However, if residents notice a strong smell of gas, they should call 911 so the fire department can immediately come and turn off the gas, Simpkinson advised. For easier repair, leaky underground gas lines can be disconnected, capped off and re-routed through garages or walls, he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

costs are nothing. “It is free marketing. Billboards can be very expensive, while the duck is on our payroll,” Nickolai said. Some customers voice their concerns about the health of the people inside the duck costume, Nickolai said. But workers rotate wearing the costume and are not out on the street corner for more than an hour at a time. “All of the employees want to be the duck,” she said. At Ducky’s, workers are paid only when they are doing actual work, such as washing, cleaning cars and being the duck. Beni Guillen, an employee at Ducky’s, said he enjoys wearing the costume and feels it’s effective. He listens to Reggaeton while waving his arms. With music he can dance to, he does not get bored. “I try to entertain the little kids because they seem to like the duck costume the most,” Guillen said. Though city ordinances regulate free-standing signs, Palo Alto City Attorney Donald Larkin said ordinances do not apply to sign spinners. Placing private signs on public property is illegal, but human-held signs are allowed as long as they don’t interfere with pedestrian traffic. Robert Goldman, professor of sociology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and author of “Sign Wars: The Cluttered Landscape of Advertising,” isn’t sold on human directionals yet. “They might have been successful initially, but I haven’t seen any data on this,” he said. “If an advertisement is supposed to be seductive and luxurious, then these don’t

achieve that. They draw people in only if they were already thinking about it.” Goldman said that more and more businesses are doing it because “labor is so cheap and abundant right now.” One of those laborers is Elizabeth Foster of East Palo Alto, who took a job holding an 8-foot-tall red sign for Woodland Apartments because it was all she could find. She works 40 hours a week on the corner of University Avenue and Donohue Street in East Palo Alto in four-hour blocks, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. “I never thought I would be doing this,” she said. Before holding signs, Foster was in the U.S. Navy and worked at Macy’s. She graduated from beauty school and is waiting to get her license. During her shifts she places her hand inside a small, round hole in the sign that gives her leverage to tilt it back and forth. She said she enjoys the work. “It’s great. I don’t have to worry about co-worker drama,” she said. The only co-worker she sees is her manager, who comes out during each shift to take a picture of Foster standing on the corner, proving to Woodland that she is in fact working. Foster has a young son to care for and said that she is looking for a more typical office job that would provide a more normal schedule. “Until then, I will work here as long as I can.” N Editorial Iintern Ryan Deto can be e-mailed at editor@paweekly. com.

Please be advised the Historic Resources Board shall conduct a meeting at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, September 1, 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. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: July 7, 2010 NEW BUSINESS Public Hearings 1. Public hearing to take testimony on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed 405 Lincoln Avenue Single-Family Residential Replacement Project, for recommendation by the Historic Resources Board on the Demolition Delay process for the existing residence at 405 Lincoln Avenue listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure in the Professorville Historic District and for review of the proposed replacement residence for compatibility with the Professorville Historic District. Questions. If interested parties have any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Division at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and staff reports will be available for inspection at 2:00 PM the Friday preceding the hearing. 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. Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commision Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, September 1, 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. Other Item: 3. Appointment of Liaison to Rail Corridor Study Task Force 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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Association disaster-prep leader. Kou said Quakeville will help give residents a sense of what they might encounter, and need, when forced out of their homes and into close contact with many other people. “Will you need earplugs in case the person sleeping in the tent next to you snores? Will you need hayfever medicine? How will you entertain yourself and your kids?� Quakeville could become an integral part of Palo Alto’s emergency-preparedness training in future years, if successful, according to Kelly Morariu, Palo Alto’s assistant to the city manager. The Palo Alto City Council named emergency preparedness as one of the city’s top priorities for 2010. Morariu and some City Council members are expected to attend. “We’re very supportive. It’s a good test run. It’s hard to know what will happen in a disaster,� she said. Quakeville residents will also get a tour of the city’s new $300,000

mobile emergency-operations command unit, which will play a key role in communications and coordination when a disaster strikes and other communication systems fail. The council will hold a study session on Sept. 13 on emergency preparedness and will discuss the mobile-command vehicle and its capabilities, Morariu said. Annette Glanckopf Ashton, chair of the Palo Alto Neighborhoods committee for disaster preparedness, said the city’s participation in Quakeville signals new support for community-based preparedness. Palo Alto Neighborhoods’ block-preparedness coordinator program, which has been funded almost entirely by residents, received a $20,000 grant from the city in late June. “Sept. 11 is a very appropriate day for people to come together to commemorate friendships and lives lost,� she said, adding that the city is encouraging other neighborhoods to hold block parties on Sept. 11 to build community connections. “It’s an act of remembrance,� she said. Residents will have a block party

focusing on block preparedness in her Midtown neighborhood, she said. Kou said she hopes to expand the annual drill, with sites at Mitchell and Rinconada parks next year. Barron Park residents interested in joining Quakeville must pre-register. On drill day, they’ll check in and set up tents at reserved spots. For volunteer block-preparedness coordinators and other volunteer responders, Quakeville will be a golden opportunity, Kou said. “Volunteers never had this opportunity. It will be an eye-opener for us,� she said. One area she hopes to resolve is what to do with pets. For the Sept. 11 event, organizers are encouraging people not to bring their animals. But at tent city they’ll look for ways to resolve that concern, she said. Palo Alto residents who aren’t part of Quakeville will have opportunities in the coming weeks to take part in disaster-preparedness events (see sidebar). N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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small location-check-in industry that Facebook is entering this market because it validates that we’re onto something, that we’re actually adding value, that this will be a much bigger thing going forward,� Gowalla Chief Technical Officer Scott Raymond said. But not everyone “Likes� the new feature. In a statement, the ACLU of Northern California said the new “Places� feature does not go far enough to protect privacy. “Facebook made some changes to its regular privacy practices to protect sensitive information, such as limiting the default visibility of check-ins on your feed to ‘Friends Only.’ “But it has failed to build in some other important privacy safeguards. “‘Places’ allows your friends to tag you when they check in somewhere, and Facebook makes it very easy to say ‘yes’ to allowing your friends to check in for you. But when it comes

Council. The free fair focuses on family preparedness. There will be give-aways, demonstrations and lectures by USGS. Sept. 21: Palo Alto Neighborhoods will offer a new two-hour class, “Personal Preparedness,� at Friends Meeting Hall, 957 Colorado Ave. Information: www.paneighborhoods.org. Sept. 25: Community Disaster Drill for the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Coordinator Program using Community Alert Notification System (CANS)

to opting out of that feature, you are only given a ‘not now’ option (aka ask me again later). ‘No’ isn’t one of the easy options.� Zuckerberg and colleagues stressed the friendlier aspects of the new service, even suggesting the new “Places� technology can bolster civic engagement by restoring the importance of what sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls the “third place� — public gathering spaces. “What we’re doing is keeping the ‘third place’ alive and well,� Facebook vice-president Chris Cox said. “Technology is the thing that pulls us away from the TV and out to the nightclub, concert, theater or bar. Technology does not need to estrange us from one another.� Cox said Places can help friends find one another not only in real time — such as at a crowded Lollapalooza concert in Chicago — but over decades. “Our collective stories are going to be pinned to a physical location,� he said. “Maybe one day in 20 years our children will go to Ocean Beach in San Francisco and (the technology will tell them), ‘This is where your

Sept. 26: Annual Midtown Ice Cream Social, from 1 to 4 p.m. in a local park, featuring emergency preparedness information and supplies. Information: www.midtownresidents.org Oct. 3: Gamble Garden Community Day, with a neighborhood and emergency-preparedness focus Oct. 21: Awards Ceremony and keynote speaker at City Hall to honor key volunteer emergency coordinators Date uncertain: Open house for the city’s new Mobile Emergency Operations Center. N

parents had their first kiss. This is the photo they took afterward, and this is what their friends said about the photo.’� The announcement came in what was billed as a “press event� but which morphed into a “launch night� at Facebook’s California Avenue headquarters. Reporters who turned up at 4:30 p.m. waited 30 minutes before being asked to board shuttle buses to a different Facebook location. There they were ushered into a large lounge and joined by hundreds of others, including Facebook employees and partners. Zuckerberg finally took the microphone at 5:25 p.m. “It’s great to have everyone come together and have a launch night,� he said. “This is going to be a really fun and interesting summer. We have a lot of new products that we’re building and that are coming out. “We have a lot of other interesting launch nights coming up this summer.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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SQUIRRELS AND RATS — OH MY ... “Is it just me, or does it seem like we have more rodents now than we did 10 years ago?,� a Crescent Park resident recently asked other neighbors via e-mail. Neighbors agreed that rodents seem to be on the rise. Some said the voracious squirrels and rats are gobbling up all the peaches, plums, cherries or figs on trees this year. Russ Parman, acting district manager for the Santa Clara County Vector Control District, said his office has no evidence of a county-wide population explosion among rodents. Since 2003, the number of calls the district has received regarding roof rats has declined by roughly 50 percent, he said. The district offers free home and yard inspections. Where there are reports of high populations of roof rats, the district can set up a baiting program. Residents with concerns can call 408-918-4770 or visit www.sccvector.org. N

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EDGEWOOD RETURNS ‌ Preliminary plans for redevelopment of the Edgewood Plaza shopping center will come before the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission on Sept. 1, including a request to rezone the property to Planned Community (PC). Zoning of the Embarcadero Road property is currently Neighborhood Commercial (CN). The new zoning would allow for denser development that includes 10 single-family homes and the renovation of three Eichler retail buildings. The redevelopment would include a small “pocketâ€? park as part of a required “public benefit.â€? An article about the new Edgewood plan is posted at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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GARDEN SWAP ... Too many zucchinis, but not enough tomatoes? Local gardeners may come to Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon to trade food, flowers and herbs from their gardens. Eggs, honey, fruits and vegetables may be traded in this “free� backyard farmers market. The community swap is supported by Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Association, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and Common Ground. Information: 650-328-2723.

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hen Susie Hwang looks at the nearly vacant Edgewood Plaza shopping center, she envisions a place where neighbors might gather, chat and get to know one another. But she’s not waiting until the Embarcadero Road center is redeveloped for that to happen. The Crescent Park neighborhood resident is organizing an event for Edgewood neighbors on Sept. 13, a 5 to 7:30 p.m. event that she and her children playfully refer to as “Edgewood Eats.� With the permission of landowner Sand Hill Property, Hwang has invited a handful of mobile gourmet-food vendors to sell dinner in the parking lot in front of the now-defunct Albertsons store. The hope: that residents of Crescent Park and Duveneck/St. Francis will come, mix and mingle — and also breathe a little life into the vast expanse of asphalt and half-centuryold retail buildings. “There’s this opportunity. There’s this vacant lot,� Hwang said. “No matter how you feel about (the shopping-center redevelopment), we can all agree something is better than an empty parking lot.� She’s invited vendors who specialize in rotisserie chicken and salads, Korean-inspired wraps, modern organic Filipino cuisine, Indian street food and locally made ice cream sandwiches. The meals will be freshly prepared and priced between $5 and $10, she said.

People can bring their picnic blankets and chairs and hang out — or just pick up dinner and walk back home, she added. In the quest to help people connect with one another, Hwang is tapping into a growing urban trend — mobile food carts. Gone are the limited culinary offerings of food trucks of yore. These days, mobile-food purveyors sell everything from crème brĂťlĂŠe to curry. The company Off the Grid hosts an Asian and Latin Street Food market every Friday night at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. In Los Angeles, Korean taco trucks have gained enormous popularity, the Los Angeles Times reports. In downtown Palo Alto, online fashion firm Moxsie invites two street vendors every Friday at lunch for “Moxsie Street Eats,â€? an event open to the public, according to its website. It’s a trend that resonates with Hwang. “My family loves good food,â€? she said. “And we love trying new good food that may not be represented in Palo Alto currently.â€? But the September event is primarily about strengthening the neighborhood, she emphasized. “I want people to start thinking about (Edgewood) as ‘our place.’â€? Although she’s been working (continued on page 9)

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Barron Park holds yearly ‘get-to-know-you’ event Aug. 29 by Karla Kane eing the new kid on the block can be daunting — for kids and adults alike — and even longtime residents can feel isolated from their neighbors at times. Coming together to be greeted by smiling faces, affable donkeys, free ice cream and familiar tunes could help make even the shyest of residents feel more at home. That’s the idea behind the Barron Park Association’s annual gettingto-know-you gathering, scheduled this year from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, at Bol Park. Realtor and longtime Barron Park Association member Gwen Luce heads the gathering, which has been held for the past four or five years, she said. “It’s a very informal way for members of the community to meet and mingle,� she said. “It’s a friendly, free event.� The focus of the event is simply neighbors meeting each other and socializing in a casual setting. Driftwood Deli donates ice cream (this year, six flavors will be featured) and volunteers take turns scooping the frozen treat into cones and cups. Sometimes, the scoopers are local celebrities, such as Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who took a turn when he first moved into the neighborhood a few years back. And of course, Barron Park’s most beloved and well-known residents, neighborhood donkeys Miner and Perry, will be dropping by for petting and visitation from

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2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nametags will be offered in various colors identifying newcomers, “in betweens� and “long timers,� some of whom are original homeowners who’ve lived in Barron Park for 50 years, Luce said. Residents will also share their talents and expertise at the party. One table will be dedicated to a neighborhood babysitting list, where families can find sitters for their kids or offer their sitting services. Another table will be set up by neighborhood historian Doug Graham, showing photos of the neighborhood from its early days and offering background historical information on the area. Musicians Gary Breitbard (who plays accordion, banjo and fiddle, among other instruments) and Jena Routi (accordion) will perform acoustic music under the name “Side by Side.� Song sheets with lyrics to classics like “You Are My Sunshine� and “Oh, Susannah!� will be distributed so everyone might sing along. “We do a sing-along so that everyone becomes part of the performance,� Breitbard, who also organizes music for the annual May Fete, said. “I’m not crazy about just singing at people; I like participation. We do a mix of old pop songs, kids’ songs and folk songs.� The capstone event will be the family soccer game, scheduled for 4 p.m. The game is led by resident Louis Lehot, a native of France, (continued on page 11)

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the city of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, September 2, 2010 Palo Alto Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168. 998 San Antonio Road (Palo Alto Mosque) [09PLN-0000000003]: Consent calendar Architectural Review of minor exterior modiďŹ cations to ARB-approved plans for a mosque, including the deletion of parking structure and parking adjustments to replace 12 on-site parking spaces with 12 off-site parking spaces and defer three on site parking spaces as landscape reserve, and of plan changes and details addressing ARB approval conditions. Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project- Request by Stanford University Medical Center on behalf of Stanford University for Preliminary Review of the new Stanford Hospital landscape plans. Environmental Assessment: An environmental impact report has been prepared. Zone District: Medical OfďŹ ce Research (MOR). Amy French Manager of Current Planning

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on the idea for about two months, Hwang, who has volunteered with the PTA, said she’s been interested in community for much longer. In her home, she has the poster “How to Build Community,” which offers more than 40 ideas, including “Know your neighbors” and “Sit on your stoop.” She reasons that the event will appeal to all involved: “These vendors — they’re trying to get themselves going with wonderful, exciting food. Busy parents need a break from cooking. And how

Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble is moving into downtown Palo Alto, but shoppers will still need to head to Redwood City because the new space is not for retail. Instead, the new offices are expected to house the company’s electronic book reader, or “Nook,” software-development division, according to Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie. The book seller is renovating 10,000 square feet of office space on the second and third floors of 300 Hamilton Ave., at the corner of Bryant Street. The improvements are projected to cost $835,000, according to city records. Barnes & Noble has not yet released its expected move-in date. The Nook became available for pre-order October 2009 and sold out before Dec. 25. Stores began stocking it in February. Barnes & Noble now sells the Wi-Fi model for $149 and the Wi-Fi and 3G model for $199. According to Gizmodo and other tech blogs, Barnes & Noble plans to release an updated and improved Nook 2 later this year, though Barnes & Noble has not confirmed these reports. N — Georgia Wells

Police investigate small fire at Jordan school Palo Alto police are searching for two teenage boys suspected of setting fire to a beach towel at Jordan Middle School Sunday evening (Aug. 15), the fourth blaze at a Palo Alto public school or park since July 7, Palo Alto police Officer Mariana Villaescusa said. The teenagers allegedly fled from Jordan after a bicyclist raced over to stomp out the flames. The bicyclist relayed details about what he witnessed to a neighbor who had also come to help extinguish the blaze. The cyclist then left and the neighbor called police at 7:49 p.m., Villaescusa said. Villaescusa said there was no danger of the isolated fire spreading to nearby buildings. There were no accelerants, such as gasoline, used on the towel, she said. The suspects were described as white males between 15 and 18 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with one wearing a red shirt and the other wearing a gray shirt. Police have not determined if the fire is related to other school and park fires reported in the last month and a half, Villaescusa said. A play structure was set aflame on July 7 at Hoover Park, a wood-and-plastic fire was started at Ohlone Elementary School on July 25 and a Dumpster was torched at Gunn High School on Aug. 3. A $2,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in relation to the Hoover Park fire. N — Ryan Deto

Parents of EPA plane-crash victim sue pilot, firm The parents of a man who died in a plane crash in East Palo Alto in February filed a lawsuit Aug. 17 alleging that the plane’s pilot, who also died in the crash, was negligent in taking off even though heavy fog created dangerous conditions. The suit was filed by Paul and Barbara Ingram, the parents of 31-year-old Andrew Ingram of Palo Alto, and seeks unspecified damages from the estate of 56-year-old pilot Douglas Bourn and the company he ran, Air Unique Inc. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the twin-engine Cessna 310 that Bourn piloted struck power lines and a PG&E tower at 7:54 a.m. on Feb. 17. The plane was about 50 feet above the ground and had just departed from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport. It was heading to Hawthorne, Calif. All three men on the plane — Ingram, Bourn and 42-year-old Brian Finn of East Palo Alto — died in the crash. They all worked for Tesla Motors of Palo Alto. No one on the ground was injured. The lawsuit, which was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court by Burlingame attorney Frank Pitre, alleges: “This crash was foreseeable and avoidable had the owner and operator of the aircraft (Bourn) demonstrated concern for the safety of his passengers, instead of blatant disregard for his lack of recent flying experience, poor weather and the condition of his aircraft before deciding to embark on a risky take-off.” The suit also states: “Bourn knew that the airport and surrounding area was shrouded in dense fog, with visibility limited to one-eighth of a mile.” Joshua Cawthra, lead aviation accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told the Weekly on Aug. 11 that the investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. A report is expected by the end of the year, he said. N — Sue Dremann and Bay City News Service LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com

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nice for Edgewood to get some buzz going.” Sand Hill Property Project Manager John Tze has been more than supportive, she said: “He’s been enthusiastic.” If “Edgewood Eats” is well-received it may continue on a regular basis until construction on the center begins, Hwang said. No date has been announced for start of construction, but preliminary plans for a new center are scheduled to be considered by the city Planning and Transportation Commission in September. N Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong can be e-mailed at jdong@paweekly.com.

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Burgess baby pool closed — ‘gaseous substance’ Two children who were playing in the Burgess baby pool in Menlo Park on Aug. 10 had reactions to a “gaseous substance” apparently due to a mechanical problem with the chlorination system at the pool, the city of Menlo Park reported Wednesday (Aug. 18) in a press release. (Posted Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m.)

Public weighs in on Caltrain budget woes, cuts Caltrain has received hundreds of messages from members of the public about potential ways to address its budget deficit, including fare hikes and service cuts — including suspending all weekend service. (Posted Aug. 18 at 1:23 p.m.)

Traveling con man arrested in Menlo Park There’s your run-of-the-mill bad boyfriend, and then there’s Simon Gann. A Menlo Park woman suspected that the man she’d been dating was not who he said he was. Turns out she was right. (Posted Aug. 17 at 4:38 p.m.)

SLAC dedicates ‘revolutionary’ new X-ray laser Officials at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Monday unveiled a new X-ray laser they said will “revolutionize” research in energy and environmental science, drug development and materials engineering. (Posted Aug. 17 at 10:58 a.m.)

Filmmakers to document life of David Lewis Two filmmakers are on a marathon journey to record every scrap of remembrance about David Lewis, the East Palo Alto community leader who was slain June 9 in a parking garage at Hillsdale Shopping Center. (Posted Aug. 17 at 9:45 a.m.)

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Protesters gather at Google over Verizon deal Picket signs and chants were seen and heard Friday (Aug. 13) at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, where demonstrators opposed a deal between Google and Verizon perceived as an assault on “Internet neutrality” and free speech online. (Posted Aug. 16 at 2:02 p.m.)

Stanford names new director of admission Stanford University has named Bob Patterson as the new Associate Dean and Director of Admission. He joins Stanford from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was deputy director of undergraduate admission. (Posted Aug. 16 at 1:54 p.m.)

Police hunt for armed men at Menlo Park Safeway Employees at a Menlo Park Safeway store had a scare early Monday morning (Aug. 16) when police evacuated the store searching for armed men. (Posted Aug. 16 at 10:07 a.m.)

South Palo Alto power outage muffles concert A power outage Saturday night (Aug. 14) darkened a large area of south Palo Alto and temporarily silenced a city-sponsored Twilight Concert at Mitchell Park, resident and concert attendee Bob Moss reported. (Posted Aug. 15 at 9:25 p.m.)

Knife threat triggers barricade of empty house Palo Alto police and other law-enforcement officers barricaded a house in the 500 block of Georgia Avenue just before 11 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 15) seeking a man who had threatened his live-in partner with a steak knife. But a search of the house by a robot from the Santa Clara County Bomb Squad turned up only an empty house, and the barricade was ended about 6 p.m. (Posted Aug. 15 at 7:33 p.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com to sign up.

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Palo Alto Art Center: The commission conditionally approved plans to renovate the Palo Alto Art Center, including a new enclosed children’s courtyard, landscape improvements, additional parking spaces and other building upgrades. Yes: Lew, Malone Pritchard, Wasserman, Young Absent: Lee In other business: The commission heard a presentation by the utilities department regarding installation of backflow-prevention devices in the public right-of-way and conducted preliminary reviews of proposals for 45 senior assisted-living apartments as an expansion of the Palo Alto Commons, a new three-story Stanford medical-office building, and renovations to Hoover Pavilion and construction of a new parking structure and medical-office building adjacent to Hoover Pavilion at Stanford. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council is not scheduled to meet this week. HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report; a draft of the high-speed rail economic-development analysis; and a draft letter from Mayor Pat Burt to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hear a consultant’s presentation of a study about the district’s Special Education program; appoint three new members to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for expenditures under the $378 million facilities bond passed in June 2008; and discuss the district’s proposed “focus goals” for the 2010-11 school year. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.

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who organizes a game for parents and kids in the park every Sunday. “The soccer game is between adults and kids and the kids usually win,” soccer-game regular Anja Finserth said. “The families are mostly French, German, British and Danish among many others, but a couple of Americans have been sighted as well,” she said. International families are increasingly common in Barron Park, Luce said, and it is a goal of her welcoming committee to make sure people of all nationalities and backgrounds feel welcome. This year, in a nod to the different cultures represented, the poster for the event states the word “welcome” in many different languages. “We’re trying to make everyone feel like they’re part of the community in this very diverse neighborhood,” Luce said. In years past, the event included more organized games and activities, but Luce said this year it will be more relaxed, a simple gathering of friends and, she hopes, friends to be. “There’s no pressure; it’s not commercial. It’s just fun,” she said. N Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@ paweekly.com.

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CHILDREN/TEEN Katy Obringer, Former supervisor of Palo Alto Children’s Library Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Playwright and Children’s book author Nancy Etchemendy, Children’s book author

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Editorial

Palo Alto pushes ‘economic outreach’ Hiring new city economic-development coordinator hopefully signals a strengthened push for reversing city’s slumping revenue base

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like a challenge,” Tommy Fehrenbach says of his new job of economic development coordinator for the City of Palo Alto.

He will have plenty of it in coming months as he attempts to take on the massive challenge of reversing the decline in city revenues from sales tax and other business-related sources — more than $6 million a year at last tally. He will need to keep the big picture in mind but to deal with it on a business-by-business, issue-by-issue level. Fehrenbach is best known for chairing the Chamber of Commerce board last year after several years in business in Palo Alto. He is hungry to learn more history of the community and of the business community. He is personally aware of the struggle to survive faced daily by many locally owned stores, and of the vacant storefronts on University Avenue and elsewhere. Stores or restaurants that haven’t made it include former neighbors of Sports Gallery, the business with which Fehrenbach was involved for more than 5 years, rising from an employee to vice president/manager of the University Avenue store and a small regional chain (in Los Gatos, Carmel and Walnut Creek). He later worked for several years in the local mortgage and banking fields, for Stern Mortgage and Borel Bank, qualifying him further to speak the language of business people. Talking business, Fehrenbach quickly points out, applies to large firms with world headquarters in Palo Alto as well as to small shops and restaurants struggling to survive. Any lack in long-term business experience should be offset by his outgoing personality and enthusiasm for life and Palo Alto. His open style will go far in invigorating the city’s relationship with its businesses, which has been allowed to stagnate for much too long. Palo Alto’s economic health affects everyone in the community, residents, businesses and schools included. Fahrenbach correctly notes that if residents value having local enterprises in their community they need actually to shop there instead of at big-box chains. That’s more of a reality than a part of his job description, but it’s an important element in small-business survival and the city’s overall economic health. Beyond Fehrenbach and his formidable assignment, it is heartening to see city leaders once again recognizing the urgency of understanding the interests of businesses generally, and to see them select a high-energy ambassador to the business world.

Outage shows need for unified communications

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alo Alto electric-utility crews members who responded to a downed-powerline outage Saturday afternoon and evening didn’t realize the outage had muffled the music at the city-sponsored Twilight Concert some distance south.

But several hundred concert goers and the band commissioned to perform one of the final weekend Twilight Concerts for the season realized it. Puzzled Fotia band members initially milled around, and the concert goers waited, spread around the bowl at Mitchell Park. Some band members began playing acoustically and people started Greek dancing, while others gave up and drifted off. “Our Operations team was not aware of the event at Mitchell Park,” city Utilities Director Valerie Fong reported this week. “However, in the future, we’ll ask the crews responding to determine whether there are big events being affected by any outage, to the extent they are able. Typically, they will be busy responding to the situation to make it safe, and in this case we had wires down when some tree branches hit our system. “ Power was restored within about two hours to about 80 percent of the approximately 1,500 homes affected, but crews didn’t know it was the night the music died in Palo Alto. “We are working on better communication lines. ... We know we can do better!” Fong said. Yet despite good intentions and efforts of many individuals, Palo Alto still lacks an overall, unified “communications system” to assure the public is informed of outages or other types of emergencies — from hazardous situations such as police manhunts to significant fires or accidents. Why isn’t this a city priority? As we’ve noted before, if the city stumbles repeatedly on small emergencies, as it has, what will happen when something big and citywide occurs? Page 12ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓä]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Environmental education Editor, Thank you for your cover story on RISE, Stanford’s hands-on summer science program for high school students. As chair of the Environmental Volunteers and a docent myself, I have seen the “wow” effect that our hands-on approach to science education has had on elementary school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. For almost 40 years the EV’s have been bringing science and nature kits into hundreds of classrooms (425 last school year) and leading field trips to places like the Palo Alto Baylands, the Los Trancos earthquake trail, Jasper Ridge and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Between the work that we do and what RISE is doing, we are engendering a generation of responsible stewards of the environment. Ellen Turbow Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto

Foothills help Editor, The Friends of Foothills Park wish to thank the Palo Alto Sheraton Hotel’s management team for its help in making the park a more visitorfriendly place. Two groups totaling about 30 volunteers contributed close to 100 hours removing invasive weeds. Their cheerful enthusiasm encouraged our efforts to enhance this cherished nature preserve. Bob Roth Friends of Foothills Park Palo Alto

Rail concerns Editor, While high-speed rail is a good idea for California in general, I found that the way of presenting the method of building the railroad in Palo Alto has been confusing, misleading and intolerable. The board members (of the California High Speed Rail Authority) do not take Palo Alto residents’ daily lives into consideration at all. Therefore, why should we even bother to support them and waste each other’s time? We need to put a stop on it all together until they seriously consider our needs. Michelle Ma South Gate Palo Alto

Bland homes Editor, I am disappointed by the homes that are being built along El Camino Real on the Stanford campus. The bland designs lead to the unfortunate conclusion that even an institution of Stanford’s quality cannot be entrusted to review its own work.

As a longtime member of Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board, I tended to believe that Stanford took the long view by promoting timeless design in the spirit of its founder. As an institution of higher learning and new thinking, I would have expected Stanford to explore creative ways to build its housing economically without resorting to the generic formulas typical of runof-the-mill spec-home developers. Reviewers of future Stanford projects should take note. David Solnick High Street Palo Alto

Fight refuse rate hike Editor, The City of Palo Alto has notified residents on private streets that they will have to pay an extra monthly refuse charge of $14.42 in addition to the rate increases everyone will pay. The only way to avoid this is if the majority of utility customers citywide write to the City Clerk before September 20 to protest this extra fee. Be sure to include your address and utility account number. This must be a signed letter sent by US mail to the City Clerk, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto 94301.

E-mails are not accepted. Many people do not realize that they are affected, which is why I’m writing to the newspapers. If you received the rate increase notice from Public Works, read page 2 (in back of page 1) and look over the maps carefully. You can also look for your street online at the web address given in the notice. If you did not receive the notice, check to see if the property owner did. A separate letter must be sent for each parcel. Natalie Fisher Ellsworth Place Palo Alto

This week on Town Square Posted Aug. 17 at 8:01 p.m. by Outside Observer, a resident of another community: No one is suing the heirs of Joseph Eichler for this (see story “Palo Alto slab-foundation homes at risk for gas leaks”)? I’m surprised. Lawyers seldom miss such an opportunity.

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Guest Opinion High-speed rail — the Great California Perpetual-Motion Machine by Don Barnby ome People of Vision decided that it would be good to build a gigantic perpetual-motion machine in California that would provide enormous wealth and be self-sustaining for all time. The idea was so glorious that with wishfulthinking numbers and intense promotion the Esteemed Visionaries convinced 52 percent of California voters to authorize a $10 billion bond to begin this wondrous machine. At first a few small voices objected, noticing that this contrivance was not only too expensive to build, but that once built it would not operate as promised. The apparatus would require continuing ever-increasing amounts of input. And it would be tremendously intrusive on the lives of thousands of residents. Not only would it fail to yield a net gain, it would become a net drain on taxpayers forever. But the vision of something-for-nothing was too strong, and its promoters on the board of the California Perpetual-Motion Machine Authority (CPMMA) rushed ahead to undertake the project. In fact, the only “perpetual-motion” evident was the escalating estimates of construction costs and fare prices. But doubts grew. The chorus of those opposed to the project increased steadily from hundreds to thousands, and anger flared as CPMMA board members refused to address the realities of the project and the concerns of the citizens. Several thoughtful state legislators requested an independent study and contracted highly

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respected experts from a great state university to analyze the project. Their study concluded that perpetual motion violated the second law of thermodynamics and was, in fact, impossible. They reported that the numbers put out by CPMMA were, well, wrong virtually from one end to the other. Many people believed the numbers to be fraudulent, concocted to mislead the public and sell the project — no one could be so wrong so much of the time unless it was on purpose. When cities near where the machine would be built complained, they were labeled “NIMBYs” and “obstructionists” — never mind that perpetual motion was, in fact, impossible. Yet the promoters, of course, favored the wondrous machine. Consultants and engineers favored it; they made enormous profits. Construction unions favored it, even though the machine itself would be built in distant China or France and little of the specialized labor would be performed by local workers. Unions believed that the promised 600,000 “jobs” meant 600,000 individuals working, while, in truth, it meant 60,000 men working 10 years, and that figure even included the foreign workers — an example of perpetual-motion mathematics. Environmentalists favored the machine, believing it would reduce energy consumption and air pollution — never mind the findings of another independent professorial study that energy payback on construction and operation would require 71 years even if the machine performed as billed (already proven impossible). So, construction began. As is usual for such projects (such as Boston’s infamous Big Dig) the cost of construction more than doubled. The original $43 billion estimate ballooned to more than $100 billion (10 percent of a trillion dollars!).

The project, thinly funded from the outset because private investors were too smart to put money into it, ran out of funds. Construction ground to a halt. People were horrified. Thousands of acres had been cleared of lovely trees, venerable homes and businesses had been demolished, enormous ditches had been gouged in the earth, and towering structures of concrete and steel erected. They loomed, now, over the countryside, dark, desolate and abandoned. People wailed at the blight. Some said, “Tear it down.” Others argued, “At least finish it so we can enjoy some benefit from this eyesore.” Because tearing it down would cost too much and leave egg on the face of those who had favored it, the California Legislature voted to take on more debt and continue construction. It was completed. Politicians and others in bespoke suits stood tall and proud at the ribbon cutting while their pictures were taken — pictures they would hang prominently in their offices. Then they moved out of the state; they knew what was coming. The perpetual-motion machine did not work. Yes it ran, all right, but it was not self-sustaining: It required ongoing taxpayer subsidies to keep it operating. At the outset, voters had mandated that the machine must run with a net gain without support from citizens. When faced with the truth that the perpetual-motion machine would bleed them forever, taxpayers demanded it be shut down. But legislators decided they could not simply walk away and allow these looming structures of concrete and steel, costing 10 percent of a trillion, to be abandoned to weeds, rust and decay. They found a way to bend the law and sidestep the voters’ anti-subsidy mandate. Taxes skyrocketed to support the machine’s

operating costs and to pay the enormous compounding interest on the tenth-of-a-trilliondollar construction loans. Expenditures on vital projects such as education, health care, local infrastructure and social services were cut repeatedly to feed funds into the voracious machine. The rumble of the machine was head for miles, and property values plummeted, undermining California’s tax base and further escalating everyone tax bills. With high taxes and without good education to produce bright and creative citizens, California withered, no longer a favorable place to live or do business. Unemployment increased, especially for the construction trades that depended on both education and a vibrant business environment. In cruel irony, these same construction workers had wasted their abilities on the short-term promise of the perpetual-motion machine instead of building schools, hospitals and essential local infrastructure. In the end, California became a poor backwater state bought low by clever propaganda, by the misplaced priorities of its Legislature and by a seductive but fatally flawed dream. The persuasive power of a multi-milliondollar PR campaign and derisive cries of “NIMBY” and “obstructionist” cowed the citizens and legislators, who chose in the end to lie down and be “civil.” They failed to reorganize their priorities and take timely action in order to save themselves and their once-prosperous state. Yet, their gravestones proudly proclaim, “We were civil to our end.” N A 19-year resident of Menlo Park, Don Barnby is a co-founder, director and former president & CEO of a Bay Area biotech company. He can be e-mailed at dbarnby@comcast.net.

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What do you think of the new designs on pennies, nickels and dimes? Asked at Town and Country Village in Palo Alto. Interviews by Ryan Deto. Photographs by Georgia Wells.

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“Change is good, bring on the change.”

“I don’t see anything wrong with the way they were.”

“They are so light they make me think of the Chinese coin Mao, which are like one-twentieth the value.”

“It’s a big flaw if you can’t tell what is pictured on the back. I miss the old coins. These look cheap.”

“I didn’t even know we had new pennies.”

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Joel Goldfus, 78, died at his Orcabessa, Jamaica, home July 18 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. After moving to California with his parents in the 1940s he attended San Diego State University. In the 1950s he began a long career in advertising, first for BBD&O in San Francisco, and later for Foothill Community College, San Antonio Merchants Association, Rancho

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Our much loved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, teacher and friend – Karen Jacobsen Lemoine – passed away on Monday, August 9th, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 70 years old. Karen is survived by her husband of nearly forty years, Austin Lemoine, children Aimee & Peter Lemoine, sister Kathy Frank and granddaughter Sylvie Eberle Lemoine. Karen taught elementary school in Palo Alto, primarily at El Carmelo School, for over 30 years; her passion for reading, art and music lives on in the hundreds of students she taught over those years. Karen was born in Red Bluff on April 17, 1940, and

lived most of her life here in California. She received a B.A. in Music & Education from San Jose State and a Masters in Education from Stanford University. Karen was also a world traveler, having visited places as varied as the Far East, the Middle East, Central America and Europe. Because of family heritage, she had a particular fondness for Ireland, as evidenced by the diverse array of former students who came to sing her Irish folk songs while she was in convalescence. Karen spent many summers at her family’s cabin in the Sierra Nevada, swimming, ďŹ shing, cooking and enjoying nature with family and friends. Per Karen’s wishes, her family is planning a Mass at St. Ann Chapel in Palo Alto at 10am, followed by a Memorial at El Carmelo Elementary School at 1pm, on Saturday, September 11th. PA I D

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-!2'!2%46/23%4(/-03/.0%' Peg Thompson passed away on August 4, 2010 in Palo Alto, California. She was a bright light in her friends’ and family’s lives, modeling grace and courage in her struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and ultimately heart failure. In addition to playing golf, tennis and bridge, Peg took great joy in spending time with friends and family, participating in book groups, attending lectures, skiing, gardening. Above all, she thrived in the wilderness. She and her husband, John Thompson, took their four daughters on annual backpacking trips in the high Sierras, always sleeping under the stars without tents. Peg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 2, 1930. After graduating from East High School, she tried out for the US Olympic ski team. She had been the Inter-mountain ski champion as a junior skier. Instead of pursuing her Olympic dream she came west to Stanford University, where she was captain of the Ski Team. Peg graduated from Stanford in 1951 with a degree in political science and joined Equitable Life in their San Francisco ofďŹ ce. It was there that she met John, who had received his MBA degree from Stanford, also in 1951. Peg and John were married in Salt Lake City on Page 14ĂŠUĂŠĂ•}Ă•ĂƒĂŒĂŠĂ“Ă¤]ÊÓä£äÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

June 21,1952. They moved to Lafayette in 1953 where they had their ďŹ rst of four daughters (Jane, Sally, Nancy and Elizabeth). John’s employment took Peg to Palos Verdes, in Southern California, where they lived until 1959. At that point John founded his market research company in Palo Alto. The Thompsons have lived in Palo Alto or Los Altos ever since. As John’s business grew, Peg was instrumental in its success and as a mother raising four daughters. At one point, when the girls were in high school or college, Peg developed and managed an ofďŹ ce building in downtown Los Altos, where John’s company became one of her tenants. During their 58-year marriage, the Thompsons traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe where John had business interests. They particularly enjoyed Stanford travel-study programs in Asia, Africa, South America and the PaciďŹ c Basin. Peg and John moved to a retirement community called Vi (formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt) in Palo Alto ďŹ ve years ago, where they’ve lived among old and new friends. In addition to her husband and four daughters, Peg is survived by four sons-in-law and eight grandchildren. We will miss her thoughtfulness, sense of humor and spirited engagement with life. In lieu of owers, donations can be sent to Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), 222 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301, (650) 854.7696. PA I D

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Shopping Center Merchants Association, Loyola Corners Business Improvement District and the first Los Altos Farmers’ Market. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Goldfus; his son, Craig Goldfus; and one grandson.

Bennett T. Scheuer Bennett T. Scheuer, 62, a former resident of Portola Valley, died Aug. 10. He was born in New York City, grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and received his bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1972 from the University of Miami, where he also taught photography. After owning Gallery Obskura in Coconut Grove, Fla., for a few years, he attended boatbuilding school at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, then opened Knock on Wood boatbuilding shop in Miami. Eventually he built his own cruising boat, and spent the next 17 years in the Caribbean, cruising and chartering. During this time he was married to the former Judy Dickens of Miami. In the 1990s he moved to Portola Valley, where he enjoyed many years of being a very active uncle with his niece and nephew, and built a traileraccessible Phil Bolger boat that he could travel the continent with behind his car. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, tutored English as a second language, was indispensable in an annual community Halloween program and was a mentor to many children of his friends and relatives. In 2003 he bought a home in Camden, Maine, making a final move in 2005. There he became involved with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, receiving a “Tutor of the Year� award in 2010. He also volunteered with Fishes

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and Loaves Soup Kitchen and was on the board of directors for Youth Arts, providing arts enrichment to area schools. Having obtained his private pilot’s license in California, he joined the Knox County Flying Club and later the Belfast Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. In 2009, he began building his own single-engine aircraft in his backyard shop. He also enjoyed motorcycles. He was a founding member of Jabbers, a lighthearted neighborhood gang of motorcycle enthusiasts. In June of this year, he joined his brother Lee and sister-in-law Kim for a motorcycle ride from California to Maine. He was known for being a good listener, for his curiosity and knowledge of many subjects, and for his sense of humor, playfulness and ready smile, loved ones said. He is survived by his mother, Mathilda (Tillie) Scheuer of New York City; his brother, Lee and wife Kim Scheuer, of Portola Valley; his sister Lauren and husband Steven Mishlove of Phoenix, Ariz.; a niece and two nephews; and many friends and extended family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WestEd, Institute for Excellence in Early Education, 1550 The Alameda #100, San Jose, CA 95126-2323; Global Grassroots,?45 Lyme Road, Suite 206,Hanover, NH 03755; or Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine, 28 Lincoln Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

MEMORIAL SERVICE A memorial service for Ambassador Bill Lane will be held at Stanford Memorial Church at noon on Friday, Oct. 1. All balconies will be open. A reception following the ceremony will be at Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford Campus. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lane’s memory would be welcome at Peninsula Open Space Trust, California State Parks Foundation, Yosemite conservancy, and Portola Valley Open Space Acquisition Fund.

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he evolution of American photography can be traced in Palo Alto these days, through an exhibition of vintage cameras and photographs that date back well into the 1800s. Curator Beryl Self drew on the Museum of American Heritage’s collection of nearly 500 cameras to create the “Picture This!” exhibit. By tracing the evolution of film cameras from 1896 to 1976, the display showcases camera technology, elements of darkroom and film processing, and alternative processing that predates traditional film. Highlights include a camera obscura (a pinhole-camera photography technique with origins in the fourth century B.C.), several daguerreotypes and ambrotypes (the first commercial photographs), plate-glass prints and tintypes. The exhibit also includes visiting cards and larger collectible cabinet cards from the 1860s. The Boy and Girl Scout cameras from the 1950s are particularly popular, because children are drawn to exhibits about their peers from long ago, museum executive

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ayland Lee has a knack for capturing detail. As resident photographer at Palo Alto’s Museum of American Heritage, Lee has spent the past 16 years documenting exhibits and events to preserve them for the public. In this volunteer position, he’s particularly enjoyed capturing images of families visiting exhibits, and of antique cars at the museum’s Vintage Vehicles & Family Festival. “We’re really lucky to have him,” said Gwenyth Claughton, the museum’s executive director. Now MOAH has found a way to pay Lee’s fine-art photography a proper tribute. Lee’s work is included in the museum’s current exhibition, “Picture This! A History of Photography.” It’s a show that not only displays vintage cameras and other historical photographic artifacts from the museum’s collection (see separate story at right), but also showcases Lee’s fine-art photos. Lee said he tends to shoot what interests him, “usually people involved in what they’re doing. This is when their personality comes out.” Influenced by American World War II photojournalist W. Eugene Smith and Brazilian humanitarian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, Lee has an eye for what could be called social-

Wayland Lee sits with his photos in the Museum of American Heritage display.

Right: A Century portable camera from 1901 on display. Far right: Visting cards from the 1860s. This pensive photo is one of many black-and-white images by Wayland Lee now on exhibit.

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While many of Wayland Lee’s photos capture people in their familiar environment, some, like this one, are more ethereal.

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director Gwenyth Claughton said. “Little kids can’t believe that the children of the past were ever like them,� she said. A photojournalism display about the “glory days� of glossy magazine journalism from the 1940s and 1950s highlights the importance of photography in bringing the world into people’s living rooms. It includes photos from essays on the country’s new immigrants and on the westward expansion. A 1905 Lewis Hine photo shows Italian

A 1941 Circoflex camera on display. newcomers at Ellis Island, while a 1936 Dorothea Lange photo depicts a Texas family moving west. “Photo technology has gone from daguerreotypes, when people had to sit still for ages, to the instant digital cameras of today,� Claughton said. “Nonetheless, in looking at these photos, I see that people haven’t changed all that much.� N Info: For details on the exhibit, see previous page.

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He could walk, but his leg felt cold and numb. He called his doctor, who squeezed him in as the last appointment of the day. That doctor took a quick look and immediately sent Lee to the local hospital. After some tests, Lee heard a verdict that shook him. “They wanted to amputate my leg,” he said. By midnight that same day, Lee and his wife, Wendy, were at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, transferred there for the higher degree of care Lee need-

ed. Quickly surveying Lee’s circulatory system, Stanford vascular specialists could easily see the aneurysm that had created a clot in Lee’s right leg. They discovered another similar aneurysm in Lee’s left leg. But they also found two other serious problems: a significant blockage in Lee’s carotid artery, in his neck, which put him at risk for a stroke and an aneurysm deep in his abdomen, in the aorta, the main blood vessel routing blood from the heart to the rest of the body. That aneurysm had swollen the aorta to four times its normal size and looked ready to rupture. An aneurysm in a limb threatens only the limb. This large aortic aneurysm in his abdomen threatened his life.

“My leg wasn’t swollen, but I felt something was wrong.” – Eugene Lee, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Multiple aneurysms are not uncommon, said Ronald L. Dalman, MD, Chief of Stanford’s Division of Vascular Surgery, who accepted Lee’s transfer from the community hospital. “When you have four or five problems, it’s about setting priorities and figuring out the best sequence of treatment,” he said. “What you need is a coherent plan.”

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The network of blood vessels that delivers oxygen and nutrients, fights infection and removes waste is not, perhaps, as understood or appreciated as are other major parts of our bodies like the heart, brain and lungs. When something goes wrong with that network−when an aneurysm blows open or a stroke-triggering clot forms in the brain−then it is obvious that the circulatory system, powering around its contents 1,500 times daily, is essential to life. Vascular medicine, from the Latin word for vessel, treats the

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At 60, Eugene Lee’s vigor is impressive. Here is someone whose energy puts a spring in every step he takes. And he is not someone to complain about minor aches and pains. Three years ago, when his right leg became a little painful, he didn’t pay much attention until one day when it gave way completely, in mid-stride. “It just buckled under me,” he said. “For about 30 minutes I felt very uncomfortable. My leg wasn’t swollen, but I felt something was wrong.”

Eugene Lee didn’t think much about the pain in his right leg until one day when it collapsed under him as he took a step. He had no idea that the problem was not just in his leg. Stanford surgeons found and repaired two aneurysms whose rupture could have ended Lee’s life. tens of thousands of miles of arteries, veins and capillaries that convey blood to do its crucial job throughout the body. Major vascular diseases include atherosclerosis, the build-up of fat and cholesterol that slows and diminishes blood flow, setting the scene for heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Clots in the system also impede blood flow, with similarly serious health impacts. Treatment varies, from medication to surgery, but problems can occur everywhere in the

vascular system. As a group, vascular diseases are the major cause of illness and death in the United States.

“When you have four or five problems, it’s about setting priorities and figuring out the best sequence of treatment. - Ronald L. Dalman, MD, Chief, Stanford Hospital Divison of Vascular Surgery

Aneurysms can appear at any age, but they are especially common in men beyond age 60 who have smoked cigarettes, Dalman said. The phenomenon is so closely linked to smoking that, in 2007, the U.S. Congress added an abdominal and aortic aneurysm screening benefit to Medicare. If such screening were widely conducted, Dalman believes, the mortality rate In these striking images, the distortion and bulge of Lee’s abdominal aortic aneurysm could drop by half. is clearly visible on the left. On the right, after surgery, stents that protect the aorta Aortic aneurysms artery have returned it to its normal size for proper blood flow and full function. are the third leading

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How to Keep Your Arteries Healthy t Exercise−becoming more active on a daily basis−will always support good health. Some research indicates it can even repair vascular damage. Even a 15-minute session of vigorous movement gives the heart, which is a muscle, a useful workout. Increased physical activity also activates certain components in the blood to work against atherosclerosis. It can also reduce stress.

t Quit smoking−or just don’t start. Smoking accelerates the aging process of the vascular system, constricting and reducing arterial strength. t If you have a family history of vascular disease, talk to your doctor about screening tests that might be appropriate. t Maintain a healthy weight. Choose foods with special attention to cholesterol, which is an important part of keeping cell walls properly functioning. But, too much of one type of cholesterol gums up the arteries. Saturated fat, especially in meat and dairy products, can raise the amount of that kind of cholesterol. Reduce your salt intake. Too much causes the vascular system to constrict.

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Screening is especially important with a condition that usually does not announce itself months or weeks or even days ahead of a rupture. Once rupture occurs, its fatal effects are just minutes away.

One of the goals of this area of research, Dalman said, will be to reduce the rate of vascular disease progression by a more thorough understanding of its origins. “We need to know just what starts the cell death that causes the destruction and remodeling of the aortic walls,” he said. “We’re approaching that on multiple fronts.” Genetics also play a significant role, he said.

Breakthroughs in reliable repair Work to identify aneurysms at the earliest possible stage is intense. In addition to caring for patients, Dalman is the director and principal investigator of Stanford’s Specialized Center of Clinically Oriented Research program in aortic disease. The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is identifying new medical treatment strategies for aortic aneurysms to help patients avoid the need for surgery altogether. The growing importance of non-surgical management of vascular disease, Dalman said, prompted the expansion of Stanford’s Vascular

“I was lucky. I was at the right hospital with the right doctor.” – Eugene Lee, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

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Vascular patients have benefited significantly from recent technological breakthroughs, many pioneered at Stanford, including high-speed CT and MRI angiography and 3D image reconstruction technologies used to give surgeons detailed information about what was happening in Lee’s vascular system. Lee also benefited from another Stanford strength, and one of the most important vascular treatment approaches: minimally invasive, or endovascular, techniques to repair aortic aneurysms. By reducing blood loss and time in surgery, these techniques, which employ a catheter threaded into the body through a small incision, have reduced the risk of death during surgical repair by more than 50%.

Lee’s wife, Wendy, was as shocked as he was when doctors first told Lee he would lose his right leg. The couple prayed, she said, and had faith in the Stanford physicians.

Stanford surgeons also developed the first two commercial aortic endografts, metal mesh tubes to fortify damaged arteries. Stanford’s vascular medicine team continues to work with the Stanford Cardiovascular Biomechan-

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Lee has three bikes and rides as often as he can. He enjoys the exercise for its own sake and knows that it’s good for his overall health. ics Lab, to further advance innovation in vascular treatment tools. Repairing Lee’s aortic aneurysm became the first priority for Dalman and his collaborative team, which included a cardiovascular anesthesiologist and nurse specialists in cardiovascular care. Before he did anything else, Dalman placed an endograft in the abdominal aorta. Then, with that aorta stabilized, he removed the clot blocking blood flow to Lee’s right leg. Lee recovered quickly and returned to work. Later, in a second procedure, Dalman repaired Lee’s carotid artery and repaired the left leg aneurysm with precise revascularization procedures.

Back on a healthy track Lee’s first stay in the hospital lasted 10 days, a difficult time of waiting

and hoping. “We prayed and prayed,” said his wife. “That 10 days was very important−it saved his life and saved his leg.” As soon as he was allowed to, Lee started to work on regaining his physical strength. “I walked two miles a day,” he said. “It took me two to three hours, but I did it every day and I feel much better now.” Lee takes his bike out for a ride often, and returned to work with no restrictions on what he can do. Now, it’s a question of managing his arterial disease and keeping very conscious watch on his health in a way that reflects what he nearly lost. What happened to him is never very far from his mind and he is quick to voice his gratitude. “I was lucky,” he said. “I was at the right hospital with the right doctor.”

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Ora Tamir’s oil painting “Foreverâ€? is about the connection between a caregiver and a child. Cavanagh and other collectors have compared Tamir’s work to Salvador Dalí’s, and indeed the pioneering Spanish Surrealist was an early influence. Tamir had been painting since childhood in various styles when she walked into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and saw a DalĂ­. Both the technique, “finished to the hilt,â€? and the subject matter astonished her. “I said to myself: ‘Wow. You are allowed to do something like this?’â€? Tamir said with a laugh. “I was young. I was 21. I didn’t realize that you could do your dreams in paintings. I wasn’t exposed to it before.â€? The next night, Tamir had a vivid dream about her parents’ divorce when she was young, and awoke to sketch a scene with a lonely landscape and a child holding a balloon. “That was my first Surrealism. I haven’t done anything else since then,â€? she said. Tamir became an established artist in Israel, took a hiatus from exhibiting while raising three children in California, and then returned to art more seriously in 1997. Her husband, Eli, became her business manager, and helps her promote her art. Making high-quality, limited-edition lithographs and giclee prints of her oil paintings is a major part of the enterprise, Tamir said. Prints on paper and canvas are more affordable, and also make it easier for her to earn a living. “If I produce five originals a year, how can I survive?â€? she said. She’s also been regularly traveling the festival circuit for the past 12 years, including attending the Palo Alto fair five or six times. The prospect of sitting at a booth and answering questions about her art used to make her uncomfortable, but now Tamir enjoys it. “When I work, I work very much in solitude. I don’t listen to anything. It’s just me and the painting.â€? Going to the fairs, she said with a laugh, “is like an actor going on stage and getting applause.â€? N What: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, with fine art and crafts, music, food and children’s activities Where: University Avenue, downtown Palo Alto When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 28-29 Cost: Free Info: Go to mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121. For more about Ora Tamir, go to orasart.com. The Art and Wine for Autism event is set for Aug. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Vino Locale at 431 Kipling St. in downtown Palo Alto. Admission is $20. For more information, go to artandwineforautism.eventbrite.com or call the wine bar at 650-328-0450.

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Notice of Public Hearing Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. Board of Education Meeting Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District OfďŹ ce 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

In accordance with Education Code §60119, the PAUSD Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certiďŹ cation that students in the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District have sufďŹ cient textbooks or instructional materials, or both, for the 2010-2011 school year.

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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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(Century 16, Century 20) Sincere relationship dynamics, solid writing and a strong performance by leading man Jason Bateman (TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrested Developmentâ&#x20AC;?) help propel this sweet romantic comedy. Neurotic New Yorker Wally Mars (Bateman) enjoys a healthy friendship with best pal Kassie Larson

(Jennifer Aniston). Although Wally has long harbored deeper feelings for Kassie, several years of romantic inaction have forced him into the friend zone. Kassie confides in Wally that she is anxious for offspring and plans to be artificially inseminated, despite Wallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effusive disapproval. Kassieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quirky friend Debbie (Juliette Lewis) throws her a pregnancy party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an â&#x20AC;&#x153;insemination celebra-

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(Century 16, Century 20) When â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanny McPhee Returnsâ&#x20AC;? premiered five months ago in the U.K., it was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,â&#x20AC;? referring to a somewhat explosive climax. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess why Universal changed the title for American release. Scary intimations of scientific intellectualism? Scary intimations of nannies being naughty in the boudoir? At any rate, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanny McPhee Returnsâ&#x20AC;? invites us back to the franchise

                                          

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tionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during which Wally meets handsome sperm donor Roland (Patrick Wilson) and subsequently drinks himself into an inebriated daze. When Wally stumbles into a guest bathroom where Rolandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation cup waits and accidentally spills the contents, he refills it with a donation of his own. Wally awakes the next morning with a wicked hangover and blurred memory of the previous night. Flash forward seven years. Kassie returns to New York after living in rural America with her 6-year-old son, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson), in tow. Kassie and Wally quickly re-spark their friendship and Wally begins to realize that little Sebastian has some very recognizable qualities. As Wally spends more time with Sebastian, memories of that fateful night seven years prior start flooding in. How to break the news to Kassie that her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Roland â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vikingâ&#x20AC;? but rather Wally the neurotic? Bateman shines in the lead role. The relationship that develops between Wally and Sebastian draws both laughs and tears. Several scenes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as when Sebastian shows Wally his collection of frames or when Wally has to rid the boy of a lice problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are tender and memorable. Anistonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance, though, is a tad too mannered. She tends to gesture a lot and speaks a bit too articulately. But her character is sympathetic and her charisma obvious. Acting veteran Jeff Goldblum nearly steals the show as Wallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tell-it-like-it-is buddy, and child actor Robinson is terrific (and adorable) in a tough role. There are poignant observations about single parenting and the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s climax has serious emotional punch. The Hollywood ending is a little too neatly wrapped, though, partially deflating the otherwise honest flick. Despite a relatively predictable plot and inconsistent pacing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Switchâ&#x20AC;? scores thanks to a perfect balance of humor and heart.

commanded by ever-clever Emma Thompson, who scripted, stars and executive-produces. One is always in good hands with Thompson, even in this kiddie franchise loosely adapted from Christianna Brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trilogy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nurse Matildaâ&#x20AC;? novels. 2006â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nanny McPheeâ&#x20AC;? corresponded in plot to the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nurse Matilda,â&#x20AC;? but the second film diverges from the path of the books to tell a new story with a new family. On the other hand, the new story is a lot like the old story. Again, the bulbous-nosed, bucktoothed, portly, warty Nanny McPhee spirits into the life of a needy family. Again, she imparts five lessons to unruly English moppets, her superficially unattractive features fading away to reveal Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural beauty. But

this time McPhee visits the workingclass Green family on their Deer Valley Farm: mother Isabel (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and kids Megsie (Lil Woods), Norman (Asa Butterfield) and Vincent (Oscar Steer). An unspecified war means that Mr. Green is away and in danger; thus, tensions are running high (the circumstances and style suggests the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;40s, but in a modernistic time warp). Tensions run so high that the arrival of rich cousins Cyril (Eros Vlahos) and Celia (Rosie TaylorRitson) Gray, sent to the country to dodge a London blitz, triggers a civil war between the Green and the Gray. Thompson is after a lesson in harmony for adults and kids. Hence â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lesson One: To stop fighting.â&#x20AC;? Ironically, McPhee claims to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;an

MOVIE TIMES Avatar (PG-13) (((

Century 20: Special Edition in 3D Thu. at 12:01 a.m.

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 2 p.m.

Cats & Dogs: The Century 20: 12:25, 2:45, 5, 7:25 & 9:35 p.m. Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) (Not Reviewed) Despicable Me (PG) ((1/2

Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 1:55, 4:20, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:40, 4:10, 6:45 & 9:10 p.m.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2:20, 5:05, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m.

Easter Parade (1948)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ((1/2

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The Expendables (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 a.m.; 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:40, 7:50, 9:20 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:30, 1:20, 3, 3:50, 4:45, 5:30, 6:20, 8:05, 8:55, 9:55 & 10:35 p.m.; Thu. also at 11:25 p.m.

Get Low (PG-13) (((

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ((

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Holiday Inn (1942)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:35 & 9:25 p.m.

Inception (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 16: 12:10, 3:35, 7:05 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 3:25, 7 & 10:15 p.m.

The Kids Are All Right (R) ((((

Century 20: 2 & 7:15 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2, 3:30, 4:45, 6 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 8:30 & 9:50 p.m.

Kismet (1944)

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:40 & 9:25 p.m.

The Last Exorcism Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 a.m. (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Lottery Ticket (PG-13) Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:45 & 10:10 p.m. (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35 & 10:05 p.m. Maoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Dancer (PG) ((

Aquarius Theatre: 3, 5:45 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 12:30 p.m.

Middle Men (R) ((

Century 20: 1:15 & 6:30 p.m.

Nanny McPhee Returns Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2, 4:35, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. (PG) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 & 9:40 p.m. The Other Guys (PG-13) (((

Century 16: 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 7:55, 9:05 & 10:25 p.m.

Piranha 3D (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:25, 3:40, 5:55, 8:10 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:35, 3:50, 6:10, 8:25 & 10:40 p.m.

Salt (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:35, 4:05, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:35, 3:20, 5:50, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m.

The Scarlet Empress

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:55, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m.

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

Century 16: In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 1:50, 4:25, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8 & 10:35 p.m.

The Switch (PG-13)

Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:25 & 10 p.m. | Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m.

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Takers (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Thu. at 12:03 a.m.

Toy Story 3 (G) ((((

Century 20: In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 1:45, 4:20, 6:55 & 9:30 p.m.

Vampires Suck Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m. (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:50 & 10 p.m.; Thu. also at 12:05 a.m.

( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) Internet: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com.

army nanny ... I have been deployed.â&#x20AC;? With the loss of the farm a clear and present danger, the film touches on recession fears as well, but with faith and help from her magic walking stick, the sly governess contains the situation and helps the children to grow into themselves. Thompson and director Susanna White appropriately conspire to keep McPhee somewhat in the background (she should leave us, like the kids, wanting more). Though she plays it close to the frock, Nanny McPhee has an emotional attentiveness to kids at their best and at their lowest. Thompson nicely underplays this sensitivity as well as the comedy. She also hauls in some top British talent for potent supporting roles and cameos: Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Bailey and Ewan McGregor. For the kids, there are lots of pratfalls and fairy-tale magic, with a touch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm charm (pigs that fly and do Busby Berkeley choreography). Like the kids, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re left with the reminder that Nanny McPhee is a rolling stone with one overriding lesson: You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need. Rated PG for rude humor, language and thematic elements. One hour, 49 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese For a review of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Dancer,â&#x20AC;? which Weekly critic Peter Canavese gave two stars, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/ movies.

             

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‘Taking it to the next level’

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ADVICE, HOPES AND DREAMS by Chris Kenrick photographs by Veronica Weber

Nearly 12,000 students head back to 19 Palo Alto public school campuses Tuesday. Along with the new backpacks, textbooks, school fashions and gadgets come fresh resolutions to work hard, play well and make the most of the upcoming year. Several returning high school students shared their thoughts on going back to school with the Palo Alto Weekly.

CARPE DIEM Hannah Kim: Time management is key ime management is an important skill for any high school student, says incoming Paly junior Hannah Kim. If you do it just right, there should be time to hang out with friends and do well in school. With a heavy courseload as well as extracurricular commitments, Kim herself is a test case. Aside from attending two camps — one for leadership and one for journalism — Kim has spent much of the summer tucked away in a Stanford University library, studying for the October SATs. What she most looks forward to about going back to school is seeing friends on a daily basis — and her junior-year classes. “I know they’re hard, but I think I’m really going to like them,” she said in an interview on the Stanford campus during a break from studying. “I was debating about AP U.S. History, but it’s really interesting to me, and I know the teachers are really good.” Kim also will take BC Calculus and Spanish 4 AP. A former co-president of Paly’s Youth Community Service Club, she plans to focus her efforts this year on organizing a service-oriented spring-break trip to El Salvador or Guatemala. Though she’s a regular runner, time constraints make her hesitant about joining Paly’s cross-country team. “I’ll still run but probably won’t be on the team because the meets and practices take a lot of time. I have a lot of classes, and they’re big, hard classes.” A stress reliever for Kim is participation in her church,Korean Emmanuel Presbyterian, in San Jose. “For the whole week it’s school and studying, and then on weekends I get to go to church, see my church friends. It’s really relaxing for me. It’s like a break.

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Gabriel Ortiz: Focused on the future abriel “Gabe” Ortiz’s high school day begins at 6:50 a.m., when a bus picks him up from his East Palo Alto corner to make the 10-mile trip to Carlmont High School in Belmont. The youngest of five boys, Ortiz is determined to be the first in his family to make it to college. His older siblings reflect the high school graduation rate of East Palo Alto youth. Two of them graduated from high school but did not go to college. A third dropped out of high school in his senior year and a fourth did not make it past middle school. Ortiz envisions a more ambitious educational future for himself, largely because of mentoring he got from older students through the Youth Community Service (YCS) program. “When I was a freshman, my mentors told me, ‘Don’t go on the wrong path in high school. Don’t go to the people who smoke. Don’t go to the people who cut. “’Go to the people who want to go to class, who want to have an education and graduate.’ “That was pretty hard because there was a lot of peer pressure from socalled friends. I really felt the pressure, but basically I ignored them and stuck to what my mentors told me,” Ortiz said. By his sophomore year, he was hired by YCS to be a mentor himself. This month he begins his junior year. Ortiz recently took his two newest mentees Tiara and Serena — incoming freshmen at Carlmont and, like himself, from East Palo Alto — to serve lunch to the homeless at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. “They experienced the needy people and heard how they became homeless, and then we came home and had a reflection period. “What they (Tiara and Serena) said was that now they know to appreciate what they have,” he said. Like his East Palo Alto peers, Ortiz must travel miles to get to school because — except for two small charter schools — the community has no public high school. Teens who live in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park are scattered among four high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District — Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, Sequoia and Carlmont. On a typical school morning, Ortiz is at Carlmont by 7:20 — well ahead of the 8 a.m. bell. He uses the time to eat a school breakfast and print out his assignments from the night before. His favorite classes by far are those involving computers — this fall he’s in Computer Applications 2. “I’m excited because we do Photoshop and all the Adobe products, which I love. I hope it will lead to a career.” His toughest class is math. To improve his grades, he is determined to take better advantage this year of a peer-tutoring program offered at

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eaving Palo Alto for a semester abroad last year gave Gunn High School student Allie Pedersen an entirely new perspective on her own country. “It was really eye-opening,” said Pedersen, who spent the fall semester of her junior year attending a public high school in Poitiers, France. She lived with a French family and attended school through the AFS program. “I consider Palo Alto to be pretty open to ideas but when you move somewhere else it’s a completely different experience. “They love Barack Obama. They all thought we were super-modern, and they wanted to learn English and live in America.” Pedersen is preparing to buckle down for her final year at Gunn. “I’m really excited about seeing my friends again and — I’m going to sound like a complete nerd — I’m excited about my classes because I’m really interested in them.” In particular she looks forward to AP U.S. History and Psychology. On the challenging side, she thinks, will be AB Calculus, which friends have told her is hard. Pedersen spent five weeks of her summer volunteering in the summer program at the East Palo Alto branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. She has signed up to volunteer this fall as a mentor and companion to a younger girl through the Big Sisters program. The toughest thing about going back to school, she said, is “having to start thinking about colleges and my academic record and getting all stressed out about that. You literally have no control over it — a lot of it is like a raffle, depending on what kinds of students they (college administrators) want.” She keeps her stress level under control by jogging around her neighborhood and by remembering to seek out help when she needs it. “When you don’t understand something, just ask for help. Most of the time I ask my friends, sometimes I ask my sister (in college now), or e-mail the teacher. And at Gunn we also have the AC (Academic Center).” Pedersen is attracted to the idea of an international career, either in business, the nonprofit world or possibly the United Nations. Her advice to a new Gunn student: “Take full advantage of every opportunity. “Join a bunch of clubs, do sports and take the challenging class. “You are given so many opportunities, and you only live high school once.”

aly student Tremaine Kirkman looks forward to “taking it to the next level” during his upcoming junior year, especially in athletics and extracurricular activities. Outside of class, his passions are football, track and campus unity — making sure Paly is a “more inclusive” and welcoming place for students of all backgrounds. Kirkman is the multi-cultural representative for the school’s student government. Two years ago, he launched Paly’s Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), which focuses on addressing the well-documented achievement gap between African-American and Hispanic students and their Caucasian and Asian peers. “Generally, the way Paly works is you have most of the minority students hanging out at the wall right next to the student center,” he explained. “To some extent it’s good to hang out with people you know and have grown up with — but you don’t want that to be the only place you hang out. “The way it is now, if you try to venture off from that area, you’re more of an outsider venturing into another group.” Kirkman’s goal is to promote unity-building activities — academic awards named after black literary figures like Langston Hughes or Zora Neale Hurston, for example — to make groups on campus feel more comfortable with one another.

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“If we celebrate other cultures and create a diverse environment where people are more accepting, hopefully the whole ‘Wall culture’ will just evaporate,” he said. On the academic side, Kirkman said, “I’ve tried to ease back on the APs because at Paly everybody kind of goes crazy. Spanish 4 AP will be my one AP class this year.”

“To some extent it’s good to hang out with people you know and have grown up with — but you don’t want that to be the only place you hang out.”

Kirkman particularly enjoys being part of the leadership class offered at Paly for members of student government. This fall, he most looks forward to the track season and working on the Student Equity Action Network (SEAN). “I’m really trying to take it to the next level in both aspects,” he said. “In track I’m trying to go far in CCS (Central Coast Section) and, hopefully, state, with the 4-by-1 team. With SEAN I want to do more outreach, get more people involved and make an impact on

getting people into colleges.” Kirkman least looks forward to what he calls “the workload.” “Junior year is going to be hard academic-wise. With all the sports and extracurriculars, it’s going to be a lot of work to do, but I’m still excited to go for it.” Sports, he said, are a great stressreliever. “Even though sports create a lot of stress because of time management, they relieve a lot of stress too. You go out there — you could’ve failed a big math test — and you go out there and tire yourself so you really don’t care how stressed you are.” For new students to Paly, Kirkman advises: “Don’t get caught up in the overcompetitiveness of Paly. ... If you get caught up in competing with all your classmates and that’s just not you, it can overwhelm you and your time at Paly won’t be fun. “If you focus on yourself and do what you can do, it will be a really fun place to spend four years.” For students of color, Kirkman offers the same advice, “but more so.” “It’s important to set your goals, and don’t let outside influences let you deviate from them either way,” he said. Band he’s currently listening to: Jay-Z Favorite YouTube video/channel: BoondocksBootleg Motto he lives by: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” Tech gadget he can’t live without: iPhone “because it can do everything ... except make a call.”

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Asked whether she has any stressrelieving tips, Mernykâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer echoes many teensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: sleep. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need my sleep to function properly. I usually try to get my homework done right when I get home so I can usually get to bed by 11.â&#x20AC;? Mernyk uses Facebook for school as well as for keeping up with friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really helpful if you need to talk to three other people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with. During the school year I check up on (friends) usually once a day.â&#x20AC;? But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time to play games on Facebook, she said. She does enjoy listening to alternative and, lately, classic rock on her iPod and computer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rap and hiphop not so much. As for advice she would offer students new to Paly, Mernyk said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;For freshmen I would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Enjoy the first year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot better than middle school and not that stressful.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the higher grades Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Try to buckle down and make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keeping up with school, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably only going to get harder.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Band sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently listening to: The Doors Favorite YouTube video/channel: RemiGaillard Tech gadget she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live without: iPod Nano Motto she lives by: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep things in perspective.â&#x20AC;?

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homework so that on weekends you can relax a little bit more.” Zook first was introduced to water polo by Aileen Delaney, his PE teacher at Terman. “She said, ‘You’d be good at water polo,’ and I just kind of took to it,” he said. To stay in shape, he participates in the Stanford Water Polo Club in the winter and swims for the Gunn team in the spring. Aside from water polo, Zook said he plans to keep up with academic work — and get as much sleep as possible this year. He hopes he won’t need to see any doctors this year — last year he cracked two ribs and this summer he had surgery for a torn meniscus. Zook’s advice to new Gunn students is to “take things one step at a time. “Don’t try and focus on the big picture of everything — compartmentalize it,” he said. “Say, ‘OK, now I have to do this, and then this.’ Just go in baby steps ‘til you get it all done.” Band he’s currently listening to: Too busy for music right now, but Matchbox 20 Favorite YouTube video/channel: DudePerfect Tech gadget he can’t live without: iPod Touch Motto he lives by: “You don’t have to be faster than the lion; you just have to be faster than the other guy.”

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Hannah Kim (continued from page 26) “Running is also really stressrelieving. I like to run in the mornings — it kind of wakes me up — around the Stanford campus, Lake Lagunita.” Kim uses Facebook to keep up with friends and listens to music to help her concentrate and block out other noise — sometimes even the noise of her siblings playing the oboe or clarinet. Kim’s advice to new students is to learn to manage their time. “It’s possible to balance things out if you use your time wisely — being efficient, finishing all your homework, then hanging out with friends,” she said. “Junior year I will not have as much time to spend with friends, but it’s still really important to have that social part of your life.” Band she’s currently listening to: Bruno Mars Favorite YouTube video/channel: LonelyLosers Tech gadget she can’t live without: cell phone Motto she lives by: “Carpe Diem.”

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Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky won five events at last week’s Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine. She’ll try to duplicate that at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Tosky invites herself to a Hawaiian Luau Palo Alto junior set to compete in her first international event; PASA teammate Maddie Schaefer will also compete by Rick Eymer alo Alto Swim Club coach Tony Batis won’t be there in person when Palo Alto High junior Jasmine Tosky and fellow Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics’ teammate Maddie Schaefer open the Junior Pan Pacific Championships next week at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii. He’d made plans months ago to vacation in Europe. No matter where he is, though, when the races are on he’ll be in some Internet Café rooting on his swimmers.

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Besides, his job is nearly finished. His goal was to provide Tosky and Schaefer with the environment of a big-time swimming event to help them prepare for just such a meet. He can check that one off his to-do list. “She already has a good idea of who she is and she wants to be,” Batis said of Tosky, who spent the summer getting the idea she could be one of the best. “She’s quick to learn and one of her strengths is when you give her a task or challenge she’s able to adjust to that. She’s a unique talent.”

If there was a college swimming coach in the United States who had never heard her name before, Tosky is likely at the top of their wish list by now. Tosky’s performance at the USA Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships last week was her own debutante ball, a coming-out party of the spectacular variety. “She’s a very driven kid who likes to race,” said PASA coach Ricky Silva, who worked with Tosky at the 13-14 level. The Palo Alto Swim Club won the

team title, with the girls’ team adding 304 points to the total, more than doubling the Terrapins girls’ secondplace total of 133 points. “You can point things out in the pool and adjust in the pool but you can’t recreate the environment, the stands and the surroundings of a big meet,” Batis said. “We’re trying to get both of them comfortable with the atmosphere so when it comes time to the Olympic trials, where there’s nothing but cameras, they (continued on page 34)

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Warsaw heads an experienced group that went to the Sweet Sixteen last year by Rick Eymer he Stanford men’s and women’s soccer program will have a new look this season. While both of them look to build on last year’s success, the first steps of building a professional-looking soccer stadium have already been taken. The men would love to show they are no ordinary, one-season wonder. The new stands that will be constructed during the season will act as a reminder that the men’s soccer team has built a foundation and now looks to continue its growth. “Expectations are high,” Stanford coach Bret Simon said. “Maturity and comfort level are just as important as having the team skills. Two years ago we lost a lot of one-goal games. Last year we won a lot of one-goal games. We’ve talked a lot about understanding, and displaying, maturity.” This year Pac-10 coaches voted Stan-

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USA Swimming Stanford junior Chad La Tourette earned a silver medal in the 1,500 free at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine on Wednesday eve-

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Sports JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS Facts What: An international competition between the top National Youth Teams from the Pacific Rim, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. The championships represent the top international youth competition of 2010. When and Where: August 26th to August 30th at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii. Who: Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics’ swimmers Jasmine Tosky, Maddie Schaefer, Adam Hinshaw. How did they get here? Tosky and Schaefer qualified through the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Aug. 9-13; Hinshaw qualified through the USA Swimming 10K National Championships June 4 in Long Beach.

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will be used to it.” Tosky and Schaefer will participate in individual events at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships and will likely add a relay or two to

their calendars. But they won’t get to splash around with teammates Camille Cheng, Ally Howe, Sarah Liang and Rachael Acker, each of whom helped PASA set a record in a relay or two in Irvine last week. “We wanted to place an emphasis on team results,” Batis said. “In many ways, that helps take the pres-

sure off. We wanted to score well as a team. Now they are two of the 20 women and 20 men who are representing the United States.” The final medal count from last week’s junior national championships is impressive. Tosky won five events, placed third in two others and swam on three relay teams, two

that set meet records. Schaefer won two events, reached the championship final in another and participated on all three relay teams. “Everything was set up with the bigger picture in mind,” Batis said. “In a couple of years the girls will be ready for what lies beyond. This summer was a good testing for them

Tosky: 200 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM Schaefer: 50 free, 100 free Hinshaw: Open water More information: www.usaswimming. org

to understand what it takes to survive in that environment.” PASA’s Adam Hinshaw will also be attending the Hawaiian party. He qualified for the Open Water competition. Batis will just have to make sure to keep checking his watch and keep the time difference in mind. N

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