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Palo Alto examines finals before winter break Neighboring high schools shifted their calendars years ago by Chris Kenrick change in Menlo-Atherton High School’s academic calendar, shifting first-semester final exams from January to December, has been “very successful,” according to Steve Lippi, instructional vice-principal at the school. Now in its sixth year, the pre-winter-break exam schedule is popular with students, teachers and families

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alike, Lippi said. “It’s been a win-win situation for everybody,” he said. As Palo Alto schools consider the contentious issue of shifting their own calendars to pre-break finals, officials from neighboring high schools said they do not recall the decision being terribly controversial in their own communities.

“Parents liked the idea of having finals finished before Christmas, and I don’t think the teachers minded it either,” Mountain View High School spokesperson Ginny Donaldson said. Both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools shifted their calendars about three years ago, she said. In Palo Alto, Superintendent Kevin Skelly has recommended a similar switch beginning in 2011. The Board of Education is set to take a final vote on Skelly’s proposal Nov. 9.

In the meantime, board members have urged citizens to weigh in by e-mailing their thoughts to calendar@pausd.org. District officials will track the comments and summarize them prior to the board’s Oct. 26 meeting. At Menlo-Atherton, the biggest drawback to the new calendar is that the first semester is “much shorter than the second semester, typically 82 days compared to 98,” Lippi said. “However, this is only a problem for semester-long classes, such as

Government and Econ. The great majority of our classes are yearlong, and therefore the fact that one semester is shorter than the other works its way out by the end of the school year,” he said. Other commonly cited difficulties — an earlier school-start date in August and stress-filled conflicts between finals and holiday music performances and other activities — have sorted themselves out, Lippi said. (continued on page 9)

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Palo Alto to ask for $1.5 million for California Avenue Valley Transportation Authority grant could revitalize shopping district but would reduce street lanes to two by Sue Dremann

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Playing around for kids’ health Actor Matthew McConaughey and San Francisco 49er Patrick Willis shake hands before taking the field with students from San Francisco 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto Tuesday. They emphasized to the kids the importance of daily exercise, nutrition and healthy activity. Watch the video at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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Documents detail CalPERS’ $100 million Page Mill loss Pension fund had invested in Page Mill Properties of Palo Alto by Gennady Sheyner

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n December 2008, about nine months before Page Mill Properties lost control of its 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto, Warren Otto of Stockbridge Capital Group wrote an e-mail to Page

Mill Properties CEO David Taran asking him about a $50 million debt in Page Mill’s books. Otto had recently been hired by CalPERS, the nation’s largest retirement fund, to analyze Page Mill’s

East Palo Alto portfolio, which the Palo Alto-based company began accumulating in 2007. By late 2008, the company had steeply raised rents, displacing many of the residents in the Woodland Park neighborhood and enraging tenant activists. The Palo Alto-based company had also launched a flurry of lawsuits against East Palo Alto, challenging the city’s rent-control ordinance. CalPERS, which stands for California Public Employees’ Retirement System and provides retirement and health-benefit services to more than 1.6 million members, had invested $100 million in the Page

$1.5 million grant could transform California Avenue in Palo Alto into a Europeanstyle boulevard with two lanes, a park/plaza at the east end near the Caltrain station, additional landscaping, kiosks and a 20-seat miniplaza near Ash Street. The city plans to submit an application next Tuesday to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for a Community Design for Transportation Grant, which is designed to help cities improve transit connections, calm traffic, promote bicycle and pedestrian uses and increase economic development. The city would add $500,000 in matching funds. The city previously applied for VTA funding in June and was turned down. The latest California Avenue streetscape plan — its eighth iteration— is based on feedback officials received during a Sept. 23 community meeting. The Palo Alto City

Council will hear an informational presentation on the plan and grant application on Monday night. The streetscape proposal adds “bulb outs” to extend the sidewalk in some places but does not uniformly widen the sidewalks. Shade trees could be added in places. An outdoor plaza with seating for up to 20 tables could be added west of Ash Street, Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said Thursday. The plan would redesign diagonal parking at a 60-degree angle; cars currently park at 45 degrees. A 3-foot buffer zone between the cars and traffic lane would be added. Parking spaces would increase to 135 (from 111) with two loading zones. Each 16-foot traffic lane would be marked as a shared bike lane, he said. Colored crosswalks and parking areas would alter the “sea of asphalt” look of the current

Mill Properties II portfolio in 2006. As time wore on, however, it became concerned about Page Mill’s strategy and the fallout its investment has caused in the media and among tenants. As Otto began to comb through Page Mill’s numbers in 2008, the due date for a $50 million loan to Wachovia (which later was acquired by Wells Fargo) caught his attention. “David, I’d like to talk with you about the status of the debt on the portfolio whenever you have a minute,” Otto wrote. “If you have an abstract which summarizes the terms of the debt that would be helpful. If

not, I will need a copy of the debt documents. We are concerned about the $50 million of debt which apparently comes due before the term of the loan is over. Thanks.” The e-mail was one of hundreds of documents CalPERS was forced to release this week because of a legal challenge from the nonprofit group First Amendment Coalition. The 1,175 pages include business reports, Page Mill memorandums, complaints from Page Mill tenants and e-mail exchanges between CalPERS officials and Page Mill executives in the frantic months be-

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— Tekla Nee, mother of three students in the district, on switching first-semester final exams from January to December. See story on page 3.

Around Town BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSES ... Residents in one of Palo Alto’s wealthiest and most scenic neighborhoods have a loud message for city officials: Stop fiddling with our zoning laws! The city is contemplating establishing maximum house sizes for the Open Space (OS) zone district in the Palo Alto foothills. A year ago, the City Council had adopted new limits on development density in the leafy and isolated neighborhood, much to the consternation of some residents. Now, foothills residents are revolting against the latest proposals, which they claim leaves them mired in long-term uncertainty. Earlier this year, they boycotted a meeting with planning staff to discuss the proposed changes and told staff they are no longer interested in participating (only one resident showed up at the February meeting, and then quickly left). The Planning and Transportation Commission had recommended against setting maximum housing limits because the city already has other processes to make sure the hillside mansions don’t interfere too much with the scenic views of the foothills. The City Council is scheduled to consider the matter on Monday night. This week, a group of foothills residents called Palo Altans Protecting Opens Space (PAPOS) has sent a letter to the council reemphasizing its contempt with the city’s “seemingly endless” zone changes. “Many of your constituents are now frustrated and angry by continuous review of the District’s zoning ordinance, and the astonishing number of public meetings in which we have needed to participate,” wrote resident Cathy Cartmell on behalf of PAPOS. More than 70 residents had also signed petitions urging the council to drop the latest proposal. The petitions note that the OS district has just 79 homes and that the proposed changes are projected to impact five to 10 properties over the next 20 years. “Is this the prudent use of Council and City staff time and resources??” the petition asks.

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MOVING ON UP ... As fans of “The Office” can testify, a little preposition can make a big difference when it comes to job

titles. Dwight Schrute, whose official title was “assistant to the regional manager” was routinely corrected when he wishfully tried to condense it to “assistant regional manager.” In Palo Alto, one member of the City Manager’s Office is jumping ship to Hayward in order to shed that pesky “to.” Kelly Morariu, who has served as assistant to the city manager since 2006, will leave Palo Alto and become Hayward’s assistant city manager in late October. Morariu’s responsibilities included organizing the City Council’s labyrinthine work plan; reinstituting the Citizen Corps Council; and adopting the Foothills Fire Management Plan. City Manager James Keene said his office “will really miss Kelly and wish her all the best.” He also suggested in a statement that Morariu’s job title could see further condensing in the years ahead. “Kelly is on the path to become a City Manager and this is an important next step in her career,” Keene said. CALIFORNIA VS. TEXAS ... What’s a good way to persuade Palo Alto residents to oppose a California proposition? Link it to Texas. That, at least, is what opponents of Proposition 23 are banking on. This month, the “No on Proposition 23” campaign set up a fake oil rig on the 3400 block of El Camino Real, near Margarita Avenue, with the sign “Stop Texas Oil: Hell NO on Prop 23.” The campaign had also opened an office on El Camino. If Proposition 23 passes, California would have to suspend the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which regulates greenhouse-gas emissions, until its unemployment rate dips to 5.5 percent. Backers of Proposition 23 include Texas oil giants Valero Corp. and Tesoro Corp. The Palo Alto City Council had unanimously passed a resolution earlier this week opposing Proposition 23. N


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Caltrain posts new suicide-prevention signs

Police investigate four indecent exposures in a week

Hotline calls to be tracked as part of nationwide study on signs’ effectiveness by Chris Kenrick uicide-prevention signs along the Caltrain tracks will be updated as part of a nationwide study on whether they are effective. Caltrain will spend $110,000 to erect 250 new “There is Help” signs along a 10-mile stretch that includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Calls to the crisis hotline number on the signs will be tracked in an attempt to measure whether the signs actually help to prevent suicides. The phone number listed on the signs belongs to Youth and Family Enrichment Services of San Carlos, Dunn said. The initiative is part of a larger study by the American Association of Suicidology to measure the effectiveness of suicide-prevention signs. The study also includes signs along train rights-of-way on the East Coast, Dunn said. The new signs, which were unveiled this week, replace an older set of signs along Caltrain’s rightof-way that offered the crisis hotline number 1-800-SUICIDE. “One of the problems with that is that, with some of the new cell phones that’s no longer useful be-

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roadway, he said. He estimated the total cost would be $1.7 million. Three other improvements would require separate funding: street resurfacing costs $500,000 and is funded already to take place in the next two years; lighting costs $500,000. A permeable-paving area for the diagonal parking that could reduce contaminated water from the street draining into the San Francisco Bay would cost $400,000, he said. City officials are also considering additional parking structures on side streets, but that concept has not reached the costs or locations stage, he said. Rodriguez said the council could direct staff to hold off on improvements, in which case the grant application would be withdrawn. Some residents and business owners who turned out to a community meeting Sept. 23 gave the plan a yellow light and urged the city to slow down. Reducing the street from four lanes to two is a major sticking point, they said, expressing fears of traffic backups as cars attempt to pull in and out of the diagonal parking spaces. The city has asserted that reducing the number of lanes would slow down traffic and make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly.

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New signs were unveiled this week along the Caltrain tracks as part of a national suicide-prevention study. cause they don’t have the letters on (the keys) so it’s of no benefit. “Also, this time we’ve partnered with a local crisis-intervention center to take the calls, and that enables us to track them and determine whether the signs are effective or not,” Dunn said. A “very small number” of local suicides actually are committed in the Caltrain corridor, but the agency is trying to do its part in what is a community-wide problem, Dunn

said. Of the 299 suicides logged in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties from 2006 to 2008, 27 were on the Caltrain tracks, she said. In the aftermath of five Palo Alto student suicides on the tracks from May 2009 to January 2010, Caltrain has worked with Palo Alto’s Project Safety Net as well as with suicideprevention authorities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. N

Some people last week also questioned the feasibility of trying to “brand” California Avenue as a destination-shopping district, similar to University Avenue. The mix of stores serve local residents and would attract few outside shoppers, they said. “California Avenue is the last local downtown of Palo Alto. It would be nice to have something smaller scale and more personal,” said William, a resident who asked not to be identified with his last name. Other people felt the plan caters to vehicles, not pedestrians. “I like the idea of getting parking off California Avenue — period. It’s short-sighted to approach with a carcentric concept,” Becky Fuson said. A more “long-lived idea” should be developed with “a more human scale,” she said. But others said the four-lane concept is outdated and they did not agree with fears that two lanes would jam up traffic or be any more dangerous to pedestrians. James Cook said he liked the idea of beautifying the area. “It has a tired look. The four lanes must be a remnant of another time. It’s like a freeway look,” he said. Some residents of the adjacent Evergreen Park neighborhood said they welcome the changes and questioned some assertions that “if it isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it.” “We need a more pleasant place to visit. Beautifying the street has got to be a goal. We should be careful.

We don’t want to kill this thing. To say it’s not broken — I would question that,” a resident said. But Terry Holzemer, of the Palo Alto Central Homeowners Association near the Caltrain station, said a survey of residents there found people did not want to change the four-lane configuration. Bikes sharing lanes with cars is “a recipe for disaster,” he said. Rodriguez said the Architectural Review Board, Planning and Transportation Commission and City Council still must review the concepts this fall and could modify the designs. Other municipalities have converted shopping districts form four lanes to two, including Menlo Park, Los Altos and Mountain View. Those cities had greater retail sales afterward and were satisfied with traffic flows and pedestrian and bike safety, Palo Alto Chief Planning Official Julie Caporgno said. Rodriguez said a thorough traffic analysis is expected next year. Updated drawings of the plan will be posted this week on www.CityofPaloAlto.org by searching under “California Avenue.” The survey of other cities can be viewed on the same page by finding “General Public Meeting - September 9, 2010” and clicking on “economic survey data.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Four reports of indecent exposure in the past week have Palo Alto police on alert. Although one person has already been arrested, police believe there is a second, unrelated suspect still on the loose, according to Palo Alto police Agent Kara Salazar. The first incident was reported Tuesday (Sept. 21) at 7:35 a.m. in the 200 block of Stanford Avenue when a man allegedly exposed himself to an unidentified victim. On Thursday (Sept. 23) at 8:15 a.m., a similar exposure occurred at Birch Street and Oxford Avenue, just two blocks away from Stanford Avenue, police said. The third exposure was reported Saturday (Sept. 25) at 6:30 p.m. at Bol Park, 3590 Laguna Ave., Palo Alto. Police “flooded the area” and arrested 47-year-old Reducindo Sandoval of East Palo Alto, who was positively identified. Sandoval was booked into the San Jose Main Jail. The most recent incident was reported Monday (Sept. 27) at 9:15 a.m. on the foot path near Terman Middle School. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 180 to 200 pounds. N — Tyler Hanley

Pardee Park trees deemed hazardous Ten mature eucalyptus trees in Eleanor Pardee Park are in poor condition and should be removed, according to an independent arborist’s report. The City of Palo Alto hired the consultant to determine the safety and condition of four manna gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) and five blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) that surround the children’s play area. Sixteen trees attracted attention after several large limbs suddenly crashed to the pavement in January, nearly striking a man who was strolling near the park. The city removed five trees earlier this year after they were determined to be hazards. A sixth tree is scheduled for removal in a few weeks, now that nesting birds have vacated the tree, according to Paul Dornell, assistant director of public works operations. Residents’ groups have come out strongly on both sides of the issue, with some demanding removal of all 16 trees and others for their preservation. Torrey Young, registered consulting arborist for Dryad LLC of Castro Valley, gave a presentation to about 25 residents on Sept. 23 at Lucie Stern Community Center regarding his findings. The conclusion: All 10 trees pose a hazard to residents and property and should be removed. Most conditions cannot be remedied and stopgap measures are minimal, he said. The trees currently have a significant potential for failure of smaller limbs and branches and potential for larger limbs and stems to fail, he said. The city has not yet made a decision regarding immediate or phased removal. “Staff will now meet to quickly develop a work plan and present that plan to senior management,” Dornell said. N — Sue Dremann

Judge dismisses Victor Frost ‘cussing’ charge A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge for disturbing the peace against well-known Palo Alto panhandler Victor Frost on Monday (Sept. 27). But, Frost will appear in court again on Oct. 4 to continue his challenge against the city for citations that he allegedly violated the city’s sit-lie ordinance. The city issued 12 citations but reduced the number to six. Last week Senior Assistant City Attorney Donald Larkin said the city would seek to reduce the six charges, which are misdemeanors, to infractions. Frost said he does not want the charges reduced — infractions would mean his case would not be heard before a jury — because he wants his day in court. Frost was arrested Sept. 22, 2009, for allegedly shouting racial epithets at a homeless amputee near Whole Foods Market on Homer Avenue. He was charged with disturbing the peace and using “words likely to produce an immediate violent reaction.” If convicted, he could have received six months in jail, according to Palo Alto police. Judge Julia Emede dismissed the charge this morning for lack of evidence, according to court papers. Frost maintained the man was stealing money out of his collection bowl when he left his usual panhandling spot across the street from Whole Foods for a brief period. Frost left his usual seat across Homer Avenue for an hour or two, at which time another panhandler, an African-American amputee in a wheelchair, claimed the spot, police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ryan said at the time of the arrest. Frost returned and allegedly shouted at the man. A woman called police when she saw Frost berating the man, Ryan said. N — Sue Dremann 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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Fundraising dinner dance takes a masquerade theme by Karla Kane hat do Michael Jackson, masked merrymakers, a prized diamond and support for local nonprofits have in common? They’re all part of this year’s Palo Alto Black & White Ball. The biennial dinner dance and community fundraiser, spearheaded by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, will be held Saturday (Oct. 2) from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Dancing, dining and schmoozing for a good cause are all on the evening’s agenda, along with a silent auction and a chance to win a valuable gem. The theme for 2010 is “Masked Ball.� Attendees are given a black mask with ticket purchase and invited to customize it with as much flair as they wish — or wear it as is. “It’s easy for people to participate in but allows for a lot of creativity and adds a little mystery,� Marketing and PR Chair Wynn Hausser said of the mask theme. Black-and-white formal wear is encouraged but not required. Co-chair Pat Emslie said the decorations will reflect the theme by representing cultures and areas of the world that traditionally hold masquerades, including New Orleans, Brazil and Venice (complete with gondola and singing gondolier). Gourmet food from about 40 local restaurants will be offered, including dishes from MacArthur Park, The Oaxacan Kitchen, Mantra, Bodeguita Del Medio, La Morenita and many others (a complete list is online at www.thepaloaltoblackandwhiteball.org/restaurants/). Highlights include fresh oysters from The Fish Market and hand-rolled truffles from Sweets by Sue. One lucky attendee will score a sparkly treasure with his or her glass of bubbly. Palo Alto’s Gleim the Jeweler has once again donated a diamond, and $35 buys a glass of champagne and chance at winning the gem. Entertainment for the evening will be featured on three stages (located outdoors on the patio and amphithe-

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While 2008’s Black & White Ball, also held in the Lucie Stern ballroom, was enhanced by plaid, this year’s theme is a “Masked Ball.� ater, and indoors in the ballroom). Headliner Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute act, will perform classic hits from the King of Pop from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., alongside the funk and soul music of local group BASSment from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the rhythm and blues of The Fabulous Hummerz in the ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and spun selections by DJ Audio Hermit late into the evening. Fans of Celtic music can look forward to a performance by The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers. “We had the fiddlers a few years ago and they were so popular people really wanted them back for a repeat performance,� Emslie said. The event is a city tradition since

1987, when the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation was formed and the first Black & White Ball held as a means to save the city’s historic May Fete children’s parade (then endangered due to budget cuts). The ball was a hit, and nearly 1,500 are expected to attend this year, according to Hausser. “Last time we raised around $70,000 (after production costs) and we hope to again,� Emslie said. This year’s beneficiaries include Youth Community Service (YCS), the Recreation Foundation’s Middle School Athletics Program, the Palo Alto Library Foundation, the Palo Alto Family YMCA and Partners in Education (PiE). The Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online is the media sponsor of the event. Tickets are $135 per person (to entice a younger crowd, people age 35 and under get in for only $90). Ticket costs are tax deductible and can be purchased online via PayPal, in person at the Lucie Stern Community Center (including the night of the event), or by telephone at 650463-4900. There will be no parking available at the venue. Shuttles will run from the Palo Alto High School parking lot to Lucie Stern Community Center. More information, including video of an artist decorating her mask for the event, is available at www.thepaloaltoblackandwhiteball.org. N Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@ paweekly.com.

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Moonlight Run breaks attendance records The 26th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk drew nearly 4,000 participants to the Baylands Friday evening (Sept. 24) — a record number. Eighteen people traveled from Nevada, four from Washington and even several from the East Coast. The event kicks off fundraising for the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. Results from the race are posted at changeofpace.com.


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Palo Alto to push fire safety Local and national efforts underway to shift to more-effective photoelectric alarms

by Georgia Wells n July, Albany, Calif., became taken the batteries out of alarms,” the first U.S. city to require Simpkinson said. photoelectric smoke alarms His push to encourage residents in all homes sold, rented or reno- to buy photoelectric alarms comes vated. Vermont instituted a similar at the start of National Fire Prevenrequirement statewide in 2009. tion Week, which kicks off Sunday, Now Gordon Simpkinson, Palo the 139th anniversary of the Great Alto’s acting fire marshall, says he Chicago Fire. In observation of the may propose that Palo Alto adopt a week, Palo Alto firefighters will be similar requirement, replacing the promoting alarm information at sevolder ionization alarms in common eral locations in the city. use today. His push also is aligned with a Photoelectric alarms emit a beam national effort to promote photoof light that activates the alarm electric alarms, a campaign rooted when disturbed. Older ionization in tragedy. alarms have an electric current that, Leaders Dean Dennis and Doug when disturbed, sounds the alarm. Turnbull both lost their college-age Ionization alarms contain a tiny daughters to fires in off-campus amount of radioactive material and housing at Ohio and Miami univercost less than photoelectric. sities, respectively. Andrea Dennis, They also, however, take longer was killed in an off-campus housing than photoelectric alarms to detect fire near Ohio University April 13, “smolder fires” because of how they 2003, and Julie Turnbull was killed detect smoke particles. in off-campus housing near Miami “There are about 300 deaths in the University April 10, 2005. U.S. each year because an ionization Dennis and Turnbull have spent fire alarm takes too long to sound,” years researching fire-alarm safety Simpkinson said. and effectiveness. But their tendency for false or “I’d like to think that Andrea and “nuisance” alarms (from cooking Julie didn’t die in vain,” Dennis fumes) is an even greater danger said Sept. 22 as he presented their because about 22 percent of Ameri- research showing the superiority of cans will disable their alarms. photoelectric alarms at the Califor“That’s perhaps another 1,000 nia Fire Chiefs annual conference. deaths annually because people have When the National Institute of

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Standards and Technology tested the alarms in smoldering fires, they found significant time differences, Dennis said. One scenario included a cigarette smoldering on a firstfloor sofa of a home. “By the time the photoelectric alarm sounded people on the second floor of the home would have had 54 minutes to exit safely. They would have had only 16 seconds to exit the house after the ionization alarm sounded,” Dennis said. Simpkinson said he hopes that if the campaign for requiring photoelectric alarms starts in Palo Alto that, in combination with Albany, the issue will get noticed at the state level. “I’d much rather see a standardized approach statewide,” Simpkinson said. N Information about fire alarms is available at www.cityofpaloalto. org/fire. Editorial Intern Georgia Wells can be e-mailed at gwells@ paweekly.com.

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Local celebs pick top teachers in campaign Actor and writer James Franco and Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young of Palo Alto posed with favorite teachers in a nationwide “Teachers Count” campaign to lift the status of the teaching profession. (Posted Sept. 29 at 5:33 p.m.)

Attempted homicide in Mountain View A local man, with the aid of a friend, was able to get himself to the hospital Saturday night (Sept. 25) after a group of teens beat him and stabbed him multiple times with a screwdriver in Mountain View, police said. (Posted Sept. 29 at 5:09 p.m.)

Honoring a PreSchool matriarch Children and their parents flooded to Greendell School in Palo Alto Saturday evening (Sept. 25) to honor Eleanora Jadwin, a longtime teacher and director of Palo Alto’s PreSchool Family program. (Posted Sept. 29 at 10:07 a.m.)

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Rail officials wrestle with ‘conflict’ finding Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors could be serving on the board in violation of a state law governing conflicts of interest, according to a letter from the state Legislative Counsel Bureau. (Posted Sept. 29 at 9:46 a.m.)

Stanford study links eating disorders and cutting

Your Child’s Health University Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital offers classes and seminars designed to foster good health and enhance the lives of parents and children.

Doctors treating youths with eating disorders may be neglecting to diagnose accompanying self-injurious behavior such as cutting, a new Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital study indicates. (Posted Sept. 28 at 3:10 p.m.)

City of Palo Alto now accepting ‘Bling’ Palo Altans paying their utility bills or parking tickets at City Hall can now pull out some Bling instead of cash, checks or credit cards.

ALL ABOUT PREGNANCY We will offer an overview of pregnancy for the newly pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant couple. The program will include the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, comfort measures for pregnancy, fetal development and growth, pregnancy testing, life changes and much more. This is a free seminar however space is limited. - Tuesday, November 9: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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Palo Alto will still publish agendas — but shorter Palo Alto will continue to publish City Council agendas in a local newspaper, though these agendas will soon look a little slimmer and much less formal, the council voted 7-2 Monday night. (Posted Sept. 28 at 11:58 a.m.)

CHILD CPR & FIRST AID Designed for parents and care-givers of children 1 year of age to adolescence, this class will cover cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques, choking and first aid for common childhood injuries. - Saturday, November 13: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

FETAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH As part of the Packard Children’s Anniversary Lecture Series please join us for tea and a special presentation by Dr. Susan Hintz, Medical Director, Packard Center for Fetal and Maternal Health, and learn more about this unique offering of comprehensive services and support for complex fetal patients, expectant mothers and families. To reserve a space for this free lecture, please visit our online calendar. - Sunday, November 14: 3:00 pm

PEDIATRIC WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM Join us for a family-based, behavioral and educational weight management program that promotes healthy eating and exercise habits for overweight children and their families. More than 80% of children achieve long-term weight loss through this program – and parents lose weight too! - New sessions begin soon. For more information call (650) 725–4424.

Call (650) 723-4600 or visit www.calendar.lpch.org to register or obtain more information on the times, locations and fees for these and other courses.

Woodside High School is cast in an unflattering spotlight this week with the nation-wide opening of the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” a portrait of a troubled U.S. public school system. The movie has been commented on by President Obama and promoted by “Oprah.” (Posted Sept. 28 at 9:13 a.m.)

Palo Alto weighs in on state propositions Palo Alto officials support a state proposition barring California legislators from taking local funds and oppose initiatives that would suspend a bill curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and requiring a twothirds vote for new fees. (Posted Sept. 28 at 12:08 a.m.)

Palo Alto’s landfill may stay open until 2015 Park lovers anxiously awaiting the closure of Palo Alto’s nearly full landfill in the Baylands may now have to wait until 2015 before the controversial facility reaches its capacity, according to a new report. (Posted Sept. 27 at 4:44 p.m.)

Garden-hose-wielding workers help control fire Alert workmen who tried to put smoldering roof rafters out with a garden hose on Monday afternoon kept a smoky attic house fire from potentially destroying a home in Palo Alto’s Midtown area. Editor’s note: There is a video that accompanies this story online. (Posted Sept. 27 at 2:32 p.m.)

Stanford study: Progress on treating paralysis

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A $347 million water tunnel — the first to be built underneath the San Francisco Bay — broke ground early Friday afternoon (Sept. 24) in Menlo Park and was celebrated by more than 100 people. The Bay Tunnel is part of the larger regional $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program. (Posted Sept. 25 at 12:21 a.m.)


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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 27)

High-speed rail: The council voted to send a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration asking the agency not to fund the high-speed rail project. Yes: Unanimous Propositions: The council voted to support state Proposition 22 and to oppose Propositions 23 and 26. They also voted to support the Santa Clara County Measures A, B, C and E. Yes: Unanimous Proposition 19: The council voted not to recommend a stance on Proposition 19, which would legalize and tax marijuana in California. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Holman, Price Abstained: Yeh Agendas: The council voted to retain the city’s policy of publishing agendas in a local newspaper of general circulation, but decided to shorten these agendas and to include links to the city’s website. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Klein, Price

Board of Education (Sept. 28)

Construction at JLS: The board approved “exterior site schematic designs” for major construction at JLS, including a new, two-story classroom building and outdoor stage, pending resolution of issues surrounding bicycle parking and landscaping. Yes: Unanimous Calendar: The board heard a staff recommendation to switch school calendars to have first semester end prior to December’s winter break, beginning next year. The district is soliciting public comment at calendar@pausd.org and a final decision is scheduled for Nov. 9 Action: None

Parks & Recreation Commission (Sept. 28)

Recreation updates: The commission received an update on the city’s effort to contract out maintenance at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course and heard a presentation on the city’s 2010 Summer Camps and Aquatics programs. Action: None El Camino Park: The commission discussed proposed park improvements for El Camino Park in conjunction with the installation of a new water-storage tank in the park. Action: None

Human Relations Commission (Sept. 28)

Police: The commission heard an update on the city’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy. Action: None Youth well-being: The commission discussed Project Safety Net, the community’s ongoing effort to promote youth well-being. Action: None

Planning & Transportation Commission (Sept. 29)

Housing Element: The commission discussed the city’s ongoing update to its Housing Element and potential sites in Palo Alto that could accommodate new housing. The effort is part of the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a joint meeting with the Public Art Commission. The council also plans to approve the Service Employees International Union hourly contract; consider setting maximum house limits in the city’s open-space districts; and discuss the concept plans for East Meadow Circle and California Avenue. The meeting with the Public Art Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). Regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the fiscal year 2010 general fund update and the Long Range Financial Forecast for 2010-20. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to continue its discussion of 405 Lincoln Ave., a proposal to demolish and replace an existing building in the Professorville Historic District. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s strategies for implementing the Gas Utility LongTerm Plan; the Utilities Department’s recent water benchmarking study; and the city’s water and waste-water rate structures. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider whether the city should pursue a high-speed rail station and discuss a Sept. 23 letter from the Peninsula Rail Program addressing the city’s concerns with the state rail authority’s Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the rail line. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to hold a preliminary review for 4073 El Camino Real, a proposal by Hayes Group on behalf of Eton Capital for a new three-story mixed-use building. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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dar.” Some have expressed concerns about problems with uncomfortably hot classrooms if the school-start date is moved to the third week in August rather than the fourth week, as it is now, Gogarty said. Tekla Nee, mother of three students in the district, told school board members Tuesday the calendar change “will require my family to make huge sacrifices with little benefit. “This may be an experiment to you, but these are my daughter’s only junior and senior year of high school. It’s not an experiment to her; it’s her life. Don’t do this to her,” Nee said. The district’s growing number of south Asian families would welcome a calendar change that included a three-week, not two-week, winter break, said Walter Hays and Jordan parent Ashima Agarwal. “Talking with friends from the Indian and Asian communities, we often discuss how we can’t go back to our countries to visit our parents in the summer because it’s scorch-

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“We just have to coordinate that a little bit differently,” he said, adding that holiday concerts are scheduled the week before finals. “That last week before break was ing hot,” Agarwal said. always hectic anyway, with some “Two weeks of winter break is not students leaving to travel, so we enough time to go back to India — tended not to schedule a whole lot you can’t just go there for 10 days. of activities during that time.” Our concern is just adding another M-A students began the current week to winter vacation so we also school year Aug. 18, eight days get to see our families,” she said. ahead of Palo Alto’s start date. MAmong school board members, A’s first-semester finals will be Camille Townsend appeared to be completed by the time students are the most openly skeptical toward dismissed for the holidays Dec. 17. the proposed calendar change. Second semester begins Jan. 3 and Board member Dana Tom has indiends June 3. cated he leans in favor of pre-break Skelly’s recommendation to shift finals. Palo Alto’s calendar springs from a Other board members expressed desire to give students a clean, workconfidence in the process the district free break over the holidays, Assishas established to gather comments tant Superintendent Scott Bowers before making a final decision. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can told the school board Tuesday, citbe e-mailed at ckenrick@paweeking concerns expressed by students ly.com. and research by Stanford University senior lecturer Denise Clark Pope. For 2011-2012, Skelly’s proposal calls for students to begin school Tuesday, Aug. 16, and for firstsemester finals to end Wednesday, Dec. 21. For 2012-2013, students’ first day would be Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Tahiti & South Pacific Cruises this Fall first-semester finals would conclude Friday, Dec. 21. The 2011-2012 school year would end May 31, and the 2012-2013 school year would end May 30, under Skelly’s proposal. A survey of other school districts in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties indicates a trend toward moving finals to before winter break, Palo Alto district officials said. The number of districts with prebreak finals went from 11 out of 21 CST#1007564-10 districts in 2008 to 15 in 2010. Forty-six of the 61 high schools surveyed have prebreak finals. Many local private schools, including Castilleja, Menlo and St. Francis, also have made the switch. “This has been quite successful for us,” Castilleja Head of School Nanci Kauffman said. “Not only do we find that it has reduced stress for the girls, but it has also Wednesday, October 6 7-8:30pm allowed us to begin Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road second semester in January with our Global Week ProArguing in Favor: Arguing in Opposition: gram, unencumTony Spitaleri, President of the John Barton, architect and former bered by the need Palo Alto Firefighters Association member of the Palo Alto City Council to tie up loose ends and Board of Education from first semesAlan C. Davis, attorney representing ter.” public-employee unions Dena Mossar, former Palo Alto mayor and member of the City Council Palo Alto teachers’ union represenModerator: tative Trina Gogarty said teachers are Jay Thorwaldson, Editor, Palo Alto Weekly “willing to pilot this before-the-break finals idea.” However, teachers “are a diverse group with lots of diverse Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters interests in the calen-

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fore September 2009. That’s when the company ran out of money and its property managers vacated the apartment buildings, leaving trash cans overflowing and confused residents lined up near empty rental offices, wondering what to do with their rent checks. The documents, which the First Amendment Coalition posted on its website, indicate that CalPERS sensed trouble with its East Palo Alto investment about two years before Page Mill’s collapse but was largely powerless to do anything about it. By late 2008, Page Mill — which had become East Palo Alto’s biggest landlord with about 1,800 units — was entangled in litigation and fighting off allegations from displaced tenants and tenant activists, who called its strategy “predatory equity.” According to a private-placement memorandum that Page Mill tried to keep confidential but was made public in a lawsuit from other Page Mill investors earlier this year, the company saw the East Palo Alto neighborhood as an area “poised for growth and gentrification.” Its plans included developing condominiums, fixing up the infrastructure and “further developing community-oriented retail and service business.” By late 2008, CalPERS had grown weary of what Taran called its “opportunistic investment” and asked Otto to take a closer look at the company’s numbers. The move irked some Page Mill executives. In June 2009, Otto wrote Page Mill a letter saying it “seems a bit counter-intuitive to be incurring thousands of dollars of expenses to evict good long-term tenants when the portfolio is already suffering from high vacancy” and asked for an explanation. Page Mill’s General Counsel James Shore wrote back three days later, essentially asking Otto to trust the company.

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“As I explained in our conversation last week, I cannot stress enough how difficult it is to have our business judgment second guessed by CalPERS every time a tenant or a tenant advocate makes an inquiry to CalPERS,” Shore wrote. “Warren, during these very challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that the General Partner stays focused on the investments and is not questioned or interfered with whenever some dissident contacts CalPERS.” CalPERS officials also demanded more information about the $50 million payment Page Mill was due to pay Wachovia. Laurie Weir, CalPERS’ portfolio manager, had sent a letter to Taran in March 2009 asking about the payment. “We are concerned about the risks this debt maturity poses for our partnership investments with you,” Weir wrote. “Could you please share with us your plans for handling this debt maturity and how this debt maturity could impact our partnership strategy?” But despite their growing anxiety, CalPERS officials had few options for saving their investment. The pension fund’s role as one of several limited partners in the investment gave it little power to do anything about Page Mill’s actions, company officials explained in response to tenant pressure. In October 2008, Tenants Together organizer Andy Blue wrote a letter to CalPERS saying the pension fund’s investment poses a “significant risk for CalPERS both financially and reputationally.” In March 2009, Priya Mathur, member of the CalPERS Board of Administration, responded by saying the pension fund’s role “limits our ability to act.” “Nonetheless, staff continues to work to influence Page Mill,”

Mathur wrote. “I understand that it feels painfully slow, particularly to the tenants.” Page Mill’s fortunes in East Palo Alto crashed in August 2009 when it defaulted on its loan to Wells Fargo, which by then owned Wachovia. Page Mill had held meetings with bank officials in spring of 2009 in hopes of getting the loan’s due date extended (in April, Taran wrote that he was “cautiously optimistic that these discussions will be successful”), but the effort ultimately faltered. On Sept. 4, 2009, CalPERS received an e-mail from state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin’s office describing the chaos and confusion in Page Mill’s buildings, with tenants not knowing whom to call for maintenance or emergency issues. A month later, Page Mill was considering bankruptcy and reorganization. Taran wrote CalPERS a letter saying the reorganization would require “fresh equity” of about $25 million to $40 million. CalPERS declined. “As previously indicated, CalPERS has no interest in providing any additional capital to the Partnership,” Weir wrote to Taran. “We trust that the General Partner and its affiliates will manage this process and the property in the best interests of the Partnership and its creditors.” In March of this year, Wells Fargo officially took ownership of East Palo Alto’s apartments after a foreclosure auction for the properties brought forth no bids. Though CalPERS’ failed investment in Page Mill attracted major scrutiny from the public and the media, both the pension fund and the company had resisted releasing any documents relating to the investment strategy in East Palo Alto. In January 2008, after CalPERS received multiple requests to publicize Page Mill’s private placement memoranda, Taran wrote a letter to Weir urging her not to disclose “any portion of the PPMs or any other trade secret or confidential information of Page Mill.” “As you know, the PPMs are trade secrets, highly confidential, and their disclosure to those other than investors could cause significant harm to Page Mill,” he wrote. CalPERS agreed and responded to one information request by stating that the release of the documents “could negatively affect the return on CalPERS investments” and “jeopardize its relationship with its business partners.” But San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte W. Woolard rejected CalPERS’ argument that the documents are subject to confidentiality agreements and ruled on Sept. 14 that the pension fund had to release the documents. Peter Scheer, president of First Amendment Coalition, said CalPERS is expected to produce more documents, which the pension fund claims are subject to the attorneyclient privilege. The court would then determine which of these documents could be publicized. N To view the documents, go to scr.bi/cJlaDK. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.


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Willem Terluin Willem Marcus Terluin, 86, a resident of Palo Alto, died at home surrounded by family Sept. 15. He was born in Koeta Radja, Sumatra. He was still in school when World War II came to the islands, and spent several years as a POW on the Burma-Siam Railway. In 1952, he married Ida Dede and the family

came to the U.S. in 1959, settling in Palo Alto, where they still have their home. He worked as a technical illustrator for the Stanford University Electronics Lab until his retirement in 1988. He loved music, growing roses, travel with Ida and playing with his nine grandchildren. Family recalled him as a man of gentle humor, quiet strength and wisdom, and deep faith. He is survived by his wife, Ida

Pulse Sept. 21-27 Violence related Assault w/deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Murder attempt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bicycle stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 10 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Under influence drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Minor possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Dependent adult abuse/finance . . . . . . .1 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .2 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrants/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Warrant/Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Terluin of Palo Alto; brother Jan Terluin of Kihei, Hawaii; daughters Bernice Harapat of Langley, Wash., Jessica Beheshti of Palo Alto, Marina Remmel of Palo Alto, and Wilma Murray of Stockton, Calif.; son Stefano Terluin of Roseville, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. Scotty the dog was also his loyal friend to the end, loved ones said. A memorial service is planned for Nov. 6 at the Palo Alto Veterans’ Hospital Chapel.

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Vehicle related Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Narcotics registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Atherton Sept. 21-27 Violence related Assault/battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Foot patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Pedestrian check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Perimeter check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstance . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Dorothy Funk Newman passed away July 16, 2010 due to a heart ailment, leaving her family and friends with memories of her warm, fun-loving personality and operatic singing. Born on May 5, 1925 to Peter and Adeline Funk, both teachers and musicians, Dorothy and her brother Herbert grew up in Berkeley, California. Her first musical performance at age three included singing and playing the piano and violin at a recital given by her parents’ Funk School of Music. In her youth, the Funk family quartet performed professionally in Berkeley and San Francisco. Dorothy graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Political Science. Shortly after that, she was offered a singing role with the San Francisco Opera, but chose instead to join the US Navy, graduating in the first group of Wave Officers from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. She was then stationed at Sandpoint NAS in Seattle,

Washington, where her job in Intelligence involved deciphering codes. While there, she was invited to sing professionally at an event on base where she met Navy Lieutenant Robert Carl Newman from San Francisco, California. The two married on June 15, 1952. Robert and Dorothy moved to Los Altos then to Menlo Park. They had two daughters, Patricia and Carol. Dorothy retired from the Navy, but taught at local elementary schools. In addition, she broadened her singing repertoire from church oratorios and opera to popular and European folk songs that she performed at events and on television. In 1986, Robert and Dorothy moved to Virginia as part of Robert’s career change from engineering to public policy. However, in 1990, Robert succumbed to cancer. She continued to perform professionally, including at the White House Lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2000, and at Oktoberfests on military bases from D.C. to Hawaii. However, she also reveled in using her powerful voice for fun, such as surprise birthday phone call serenades for friends. Her final performance was at an Oktoberfest nine months before her death. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters and their families. John and Patricia Griffiths along with their ten-yearold son Parker live near Portland, Oregon. Donald, Carol and seven-year-old Sarah Stoker live near Monterey, California. PA I D

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had a long and successful career in amateur dramatics. She was a longstanding member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, attending a meeting of Companions in Palo Alto just two days before her death. She also sang with the Threshold Choir in Palo Alto, and contributed original songs to the choir’s repertoire. Jill is survived by her husband, Guy Bigwood, son, Jim Bigwood (and Jay), of Jersey City, NJ; daughter, Kate Atkinson (and Michael), of Concord, NH; son, Peter Bigwood (and Liz), of Northampton, MA; daughter, Joan Bigwood King, of Palo Alto; and Sothy Kay (and Karen), of Braintree, MA, to whom she was a second mother; 6 grandchildren, William and Annie Bigwood, Caroline and Peter King, Georgia Atkinson and Peter Kay; and a sister, Eve Morrow, of Glendale, OH. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jill’s name to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851; Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116; or Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. PA I D

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and Miles, his loving sister-in-law, Allie Daly and many nieces and nephews. His later years were shared with his loving companion Mary Hardy. Predeceasing Jack in 1994 was his wife, Shirley and before that his parents, Thomas and Josephine Daly, and his loving older siblings, Thomas, Constance and Dorothy and more recently his beloved nephews Dan Daly and Patrick Daly who shared his birthday. Vigil service and Funeral mass will be held on October 1, 6:00 pm and October 2, 10:00 am, respectively, at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos. Internment with Military honors will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cupertino. In lieu of owers contributions may be made to the US Naval Academy – Class of 1945, c/o PO Box 340, Menlo Park, CA 94026. Visit www. spanglermortuary.com to sign online guestbook and view more detailed obituary. PA I D

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IBM, he managed the Mackenzie Group, where he led strategic and organizational planning sessions for a variety for for-profit and non-profit companies. We will remember him as a dreamer and a fantastic, positive spirit—a spirit that will live on in his family and his amazing friends. Wally found common ground with everyone he encountered, and celebrated the special qualities of friends and strangers alike. He pursued his favorite hobbies of auto racing, sailing, and Stanford Women’s basketball with tremendous passion. A memorial service is planned for Wally at the Stanford Memorial Church on Tuesday, October 5 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the John Wallace Mackenzie Memorial Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. PA I D

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Dellalou Dunbar (Vanessa Salt) Swan, resident of Palo Alto for most of her life and, more recently, resident of Grass Valley, CA, passed away on July 26th, of heart failure, at her home and surrounded by family. Dellalou was born in Palo Alto on August 1, 1926 in the old hospital on Embarcadero Road where the bowling green was later located. She was the daughter of Louise Brooke Hoover and Ernest Albrecht Dunbar. Her maternal grandfather was Theodore Hoover, Dean of Engineering at Stanford and the elder brother of President Herbert Hoover. Much of her early childhood was spent with her sister, Jude, on the family’s coastal property, Rancho del Oso, near Big Basin, and at Castilleja School In Palo Alto. She is survived by her sister, Jude Dunbar Wheeler (and spouse, Dan Wheeler) of Upper Lakes, CA; by cousins of the McLean and Willis families; and by her children: Jane Swan (and spouse, Don Childers) of Grass Valley; Thomas Swan (and spouse, Doreen Swan) of Berkeley; Rachel Howard (and spouse, David Howard) of Windsor, CA; Ernest William Swan of Florence, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Wayne McIntyre Swan, in 2008, and by their infant daughter, Mary Stephanie, in 1961. Before World War II, the Dunbar family lived in Singapore where Ernest Dunbar was a mining engineer. After Pearl Harbor, Dunbar was drafted into the headquarters staff of General MacArthur and all were own to Australia. In 1942, at 16, Dellalou quit her Australian school, joined the Red Cross, and was assigned to Townsend, enduring bombing there. Back in the United States, she graduated from Colorado College, and met Wayne Swan in Colorado. They were married in 1950 and his work took them

to Whittier; to Tennessee; Vancouver, B.C.; Palo Alto; Denton, TX ; San Mateo; and back to Palo Alto. Her own work was originally teaching elementary school, then private tutoring. She studied mythology, anthropology, and Jungian psychology, preparing for art therapy. She was an artist and considered, as her professional highlight, her work as an art therapist in her “Painted Caveâ€?, a creative space for art and spirituality to come together. A true lover of nature, Dellalou was a gifted gardener, and a docent at Rancho del Oso Nature Center, on the Waddell Creek property she had known so well in childhood. A devoted yoga student, she also began horseback riding at 83 after moving to Grass Valley. Always a person of courageous adventure and active curiosity, she had a serious interest in spiritual paths and social issues. Over the years, she created some groups and was active in others, including Centerpoint, Women in Black, and protests for peace. She also joined a coven and participated in seasonal pagan ceremonies. For the last 25 years she found a spiritual home in the Dances of Universal Peace community. She will be remembered as an artist who created beauty in all of her environments, with a personal style of elegance and grace. A devoted wife and mother, Dellalou was also a generous, committed, and perceptive friend to many. She trusted joy as a major path to wisdom and once said that she hoped to be remembered as having a “Merry Heartâ€?. She will be hugely missed by the many who knew, admired, and loved her. On October 16, a memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at Unity Palo Alto Community Church, 3391 MiddleďŹ eld Road, 94306. In lieu of owers, donations can be made in her name to one of the many organization she supported. Here are three: Rancho del Oso Nature Center, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport, CA 95017; Nevada County Land Trust, 175 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley, CA,95945; Dances of Universal Peace Int., PO Box 55994, Seattle, WA 98155-0994. PA I D

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aced with a huge dilemma of slashed state support and an escalating demand for classes and programs, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is turning to voters in the sprawling district for help in the form of a modest $69 per year parcel tax.

The district has put forth Measure E on the Nov. 2 ballot to help it offset part of a $20 million cut in state funding it has experienced in recent years, from the district’s annual budget of about $180 million. It is the district’s first-ever appeal for a parcel-tax funding for its programs. Earlier voter support has been for bonds to cover buildings and facilities, and can’t be used for programs. If passed, the parcel tax will expire in six years. Funds also will be kept separate from the district’s overall budget so people can better track how they are spent. The tax will raise about $6.9 million annually in additional funds for the strapped district, not enough to make up for the decreased state funding. But district staff have agreed to cut back their benefit packages, resulting in another $5 million to $6 million savings. And some capital-improvement bond funds used for photovoltaic systems will result in an annual savings in energy costs of about $400,000. It is only the second parcel tax proposed for community colleges statewide — the first was in the San Mateo Community College District, and received voter approval in June. The statewide cutback in per-student reimbursement for enrollment has directly impacted thousands of Foothill-De Anza students who have found that elimination of classes has resulted in remaining classes often being full. “We haven’t been able to offer as many classes. This has resulted in a flood of students, with 10,000 on wait lists for classes,” district Trustee Bruce Swenson said of the crisis facing the district. Swenson began his career as a teacher in the district, rose to being an administrator and ran for the school board following his retirement. Few people realize how important the Foothill and De Anza community colleges have become to residents of northern Santa Clara County. With an overall enrollment of about 45,000 students (or 35,000 if calculated as full-time-equivalent students) the district has a far larger enrollment than Stanford University and actually approaches the size of University of California, Berkeley. Swenson and fellow district board member Betsy Bechtel — former Palo Alto City Council member and mayor — are stumping hard to achieve the two-thirds voter approval needed for the parcel tax. Last year an estimated 16 percent of Palo Alto high-school graduates went to Foothill or De Anza, many with plans to transfer to four-year colleges later. About 70 percent of the college district’s students work full or part-time, Bechtel and Swenson estimate. The faltering economy statewide has also driven students (many of them adults) back to school for job retraining, to develop new skills and knowledge to help them launch new careers. Training programs for nurses and other support occupations provide people who fill the essential but often lowervisibility jobs in our communities. There is no organized campaign opposing the measure. The opposition argument in the sample ballot is signed by only two persons, representing groups that oppose virtually any tax increase for any purpose: President Douglas A. McNea of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers’ Association and Chair Brian S. Darby of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County. The measure is overflowing with support from public officials and others who care about education — including all members of the Palo Alto City Council and Palo Alto Board of Education. It is supported by all Chambers of Commerce in northern Silicon Valley. Even though the parcel tax won’t entirely fill the funding shortfall, it will when combined with cost savings result in the restoration of numerous classes. Measure E is a modest but vitally important parcel-tax measure that will be of immeasurable benefit to thousands of recent graduates and adults seeking to move their lives forward. Vote YES on Measure E on the Nov. 2 ballot. Page 14ÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ£]ÊÓä£äÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Support Measure E Editor, Foothill College and De Anza College are among the best community colleges in the nation. Today, community colleges are becoming increasingly important, as the cost of four-year universities can be too expensive for many families. Due to State budget cuts, however, Foothill and De Anza Colleges have been forced to cut more thanr $20 million over the past two years. In response, course offerings have been reduced, hundreds of full- and parttime faculty and staff positions have been eliminated and administration has been cut to a bare minimum. Thousands of students are on waiting lists for classes. Vote yes on Measure E to provide stable local funding for Foothill and De Anza colleges to support core academic courses and ensure students can continue to receive training for future careers. Ken Horowitz Homer Avenue Palo Alto

Wear bike helmets Editor, I bike along Bryant Street and through Mitchell Park on a daily basis when kids get out of school. I am dismayed to see how many school-aged kids have their helmets dangling from the handlebars. When I try to remind them to put their helmet on, they just laugh. I understand that the city does not provide bicycle-safety training at schools any more. But a daily reminder by parents when their kids leave the house, and teachers, when the kids leave the school might make a difference. The presence of a police officer might also be a good reminder that it is the law to wear a helmet if you are under 18 years old. Kids should go online (www. neurotraumaregistry.com/Index. cfm?file=BrainMap.cfm) to look at an interactive brain map to see how brain injury affects the body: no more soccer, no more music, no more biking. Inge Infante Middlefield Road Palo Alto

No time for timidity Editor, As a former resident of Palo Alto, I am surprised at the City Council’s timid reaction to the high-speed rail proposal. Its vote of “no confidence” is as quiet and meaningless as “wind in dry grass.” The High Speed Rail Authority has no intention of engaging in rational discussion. It will do all it can to avoid any undergrounding of track through Palo Alto or any other city. Such a result would change the character and quality of the city in a most negative way with no corre-

sponding benefit. If the city thinks it can negotiate with the authority and Rod Diridon it’s kidding itself. I remember the 1970s when Diridon was hell bent to get light rail passed. He came to the Palo Alto council meeting to extol its virtues without mentioning the fact that the system would end at Mountain View and that nevertheless Palo Alto would help pay for it. I get the feeling that his parents wouldn’t give him a Lionel train set when he was a kid, and that he has been trying to get one ever since. Listen to Larry Klein. He gets it. This is not a time to be timid. If you are, the train will run you over. Scott Carey Mission College Boulevard Santa Clara

Rail veto power? Editor, I just wanted to thank the Weekly for its Sept. 17 editorial encouraging Palo Alto to sue over the revised high-speed rail EIR. You couldn’t have done a better job of highlighting this suit as a frivolous waste of money if you stamped the word “frivolous” on the first page in big red letters.

Now the state, and the court, will see these suits for what they really are — an effort to overcome the expressed will of the entire state, and not a good faith effort to ensure compliance with CEQA. The case should be easily and quickly dismissed because Palo Alto failed to comply with the High Speed Rail Authority’s clearly stated instructions — limit comments to the issues that the court ordered to be revised. Palo Alto submitted comments about everything under the sun, including matters that the court had ruled were in compliance with CEQA. The same applies to the new suits being considered by Atherton and Menlo Park. Fifth graders could do a better job of following instructions. Despite this, the HSRA tried in good faith to address those comments. Let’s be clear about something: You people don’t get veto power over the electorate of the entire state. This project will be built. Personally, it wouldn’t bother me a bit if the HSRA chose not to build any stations between San Jose and Millbrae. It would serve you right. Alan Kline Clayton Road Concord

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Guest Opinion ‘Alternative high schools’ used to be Palo Alto’s solution to overstressed students by Elizabeth Lee ’ve heard parents talk about how their kids “survived” Palo Alto’s high schools. My own school years in Palo Alto during the 1970s were marked by struggle in classes I didn’t like, bullies and feeling like I didn’t fit in. With visual impairments that made it hard for me to read the blackboard and undiagnosed Tourette syndrome it was no wonder I hated school. Then in 11th grade at Cubberley High School, I joined Alternative School Cubberley, or ASC. Those two years were some of the best of my life. We called teachers by their first names, and instead of sitting in rows at desks facing the teacher we sat in circles on rugs leaning against huge pillows. Instead of classes, we had “seminars,” where teachers encouraged our critical-thinking skills with discussions that sometimes led to lively debates. The school had somewhere between 100 and 150 students, and the non-conformist peer culture was more intimate and personal than the mainstream culture of the “regular school.” I was sometimes greeted with hugs and playful touching in our day-to-day interactions. Instead of being interested in cheerleading, school dances and wearing make-up, many of us were interested in things like vegetarianism, organic gardening, protecting the environment and ending South African apartheid. ASC was mentioned in The Environmental Handbook.

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Seminars ranged from transpersonal psychology, nutrition and Native American studies to massage and human sexuality. Some of them, such as the last two, were held at night at teachers’ or students houses. Although we had the same graduation requirements as everyone else, we had the freedom to plan with our teachers how we would meet them. We could choose from the myriad of seminars offered or do home study. We could get all our credits through ASC or take some classes in the regular school. I took Mandarin Chinese and typing in the regular school and most of the rest through ASC. Sure there were some stoners and slackers, but they didn’t define the school atmosphere. Many of us went on to college, including schools such as Stanford and UCLA. We had parties and took trips together, and we hung out during lunch and after school. On trips to the beach students and one teacher skinny-dipped in the ocean. (The skinny-dipping teacher was later accused of inappropriate behavior.) ASC students and teachers sometimes got together with what was Paly’s alternative school, known as Apple Pie High, which met in the top of the Tower Building. ASC wasn’t perfect. I went on to a state college still having problems with my writing skills. But that didn’t happen because of ASC being what it was. ASC was a refuge of diversity and social acceptance amidst a mundane and impersonal milieu, a haven for free-thinkers, and an oasis of sanity. ASC was the beginning of my opened-minded world view. It taught me that there was more than one right way to learn. It was also, without my realizing it, my solution to being physically and socially chal-

We called teachers by their first names, and instead of sitting in rows at desks facing the teacher we sat in circles on rugs leaning against huge pillows. Instead of classes, we had “seminars,” where teachers encouraged our critical-thinking skills with discussions that sometimes led to lively debates. lenged, and my de facto alternative to having an individualized education plan. Then Cubberley closed, and ASC with it, the year after I graduated. When my son Dale, who also has Tourette syndrome and learning challenges, started high school at Paly with an individualized education plan 26 years later, I thought Apple Pie High was still there. I thought it would provide the same refuge for Dale that ASC had for me. But it no longer existed, and the top of the Tower Building was deemed unsafe during earthquakes and closed. “What? You mean you no longer have an alternative school for the students any more?” I remember asking one of the administrators. “Just Transitions,” the administrator said.

She explained that it was a program only for students with serious attendance or emotional issues, and that Dale, who was also labeled “gifted,” was too high functioning to qualify. I didn’t see how, with his hands-on, kinesthetic learning style, he could thrive in Play’s “regular school” environment, but he was determined to give it a try. Although he made a lot of friends and was well liked by his teachers, it was an academic nightmare. With the frequent phone calls, letters and e-mails from his teachers informing me that he wasn’t keeping up, the fruitless school meetings, and the regular arguments over homework, the constant stress took its toll on our family. With the help of a tutor and an understanding resource-room teacher, Dale tested out of Paly at the end of 10th grade, just after he turned 16. He says it’s one of the best decisions he ever made. The next year a friend’s daughter with similar issues also graduated two years early. Dale is now 20 and finishing his AA degree at Foothill. He also works as a “techie,” and has his own business. But if only there had been an alternative school at Paly like the one I’d attended, offering students other choices with the same flexibility that I’d had. Perhaps then Dale, and so many others like him, would have had other options besides early graduation for alleviating their school stress. Perhaps more students would have, figuratively and literally, survived high school. N Elizabeth Lee is a licensed marriage and family therapist and writer who lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two children. She can be e-mailed at liz@funghi.com.

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How do you feel about Superintendent Kevin Skelly’s proposal to start high school a week earlier in August so that students would take their final exams before the holiday break? Asked at Town & Country Village and California Avenue.

Interviews by Sally Schilling and Georgia Wells. Photographs by Georgia Wells.

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Associate Dean Donner Residence, Stanford “It makes perfect sense. Then they will be like the universities.”

Doug Abbott

Finance-industry Worker Barron Park, Palo Alto “I like that because it gives students a real break.”

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Immigration Attorney University Avenue, Palo Alto “That’s actually ridiculous that they take finals after break. They should take them before and have a normal break.”

Beatrix Elena Leonard

Retired Social Worker Forest Avenue, Palo Alto “I always liked to have finals before break but I think it’s bad to start earlier in August, so I don’t know.”

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Paly Student Hilbar Lane, Palo Alto “They keep adding a week and it’s been slowly eating up summer. I like having finals afterwards because you’ve calmed down after winter break.”

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Leukemia patient Erika Murillo (on sofa) chats with host-housing-program coordinator Suzanne Passailaigue in the rental unit occupied by Murillo for three months. Murillo must live relatively close to Stanford Hospital after a recent bone-marrow transplant.

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Out-of-town Stanford Hospital patients rely on charitable housing programs, but not all find lodging available — or affordable by Katia Savchuk

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he Murray family is wellacquainted with uncertainty. Nothing has been stable since May, when Stanford doctors told Rick Murray, 55, he needed to get in line for a heart transplant. Three years ago, the former Safeway manager from Jacksonville, Ore., was diagnosed with a rare genetic cardiac disorder that makes breathing and moving difficult and catapults his heart into dangerous rhythms. Medication kept the condition in check until February, when his heart raced to 160 beats per minute and paramedics had to shock it back into rhythm. By May, Murray’s heart was speeding for up to eight hours at a time, and he was hospitalized after his defibrillator fired twice in one week (“It’s like getting kicked in the chest by a horse,” he said). At the end of June, he was air-

lifted to Stanford Hospital, which specializes in inherited heart disease and was first to identify his genetic condition. His wife, Vickie, followed in a car packed with their two children and hastily gathered belongings. During the 11 days Rick Murray was in the hospital, the family shuttled to two different nearby hotels, moving because rooms were too costly or booked. After he was released, the family moved three more times, still wanting to be near the hospital as he awaited word on his eligibility for the transplant list. At a time when critically ill Stanford Hospital patients and their families often face staggering medical and financial burdens, they are additionally challenged to find affordable places to live for extended periods. Many are able to find a home

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away from home through several affordable housing programs the hospital administers. But patients with larger families or longer timeframes, like the Murrays, can have a hard time finding stable accommodations in the hospital’s pricey environs. “It’s a stress for people,” said Michael Thomas, who manages Stanford Hospital’s social-work department. The department handles housing requests from patients who come from all over the globe for specialized procedures. Almost one-third of heart-transplant patients and nearly half of blood- and marrowtransplant patients live more than 50 miles from Stanford, according to the hospital. Forty percent of inpatients receiving care for heart ailments, cancer, neurological conditions or orthopedic problems normally

reside beyond that radius. The numbers are likely to rise, Thomas said. As the economic downturn results in fewer people seeking primary care, smaller hospitals will increasingly see sicker patients, whom they will refer to Stanford for procedures they cannot perform, he predicted. Most transplants, surgeries and cancer treatments require patients to stay near the hospital between three weeks and three months, he said. Insurance plans do not usually provide a housing allowance. “It can be a challenge, but we like to think we take some of that burden off people by providing direction,” Thomas said. Ill children and their caregivers who come from more than 50 miles away can stay at Stanford’s Ronald McDonald House for unlimited periods at a suggested $10

per night. Adult patients typically lodge at local hotels or Stanford’s $140-anight (single occupancy) Schwab Residential Center — if they can afford it. Families on limited budgets have a harder time in up-market Silicon Valley, however. To help those patients, the hospital has negotiated discounted rates with local motels and administers two charitable housing programs that allow patients and caregivers to pay what they can afford. For some patients, these programs make treatment possible. Rosacelia Beavers, 54, would not be able to receive chemotherapy at Stanford were it not for HOME Apartments, a 40-unit complex across the street from the hospital. She has stayed there for more than four months with her brother and son while visiting the hospital up


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HOME founder Dorothy Mulhern sits in one of the apartments offered to Stanford Hospital patients and their families through the temporary residential program. “You still had your own little world, your privacy, but it was a little release there,� he said. The Brookings, Ore., couple came to Stanford with a referral from local doctors, who had never seen his rare form of cancer. “If it had been another two weeks, we wouldn’t be sitting here,� said Stacy Taresh, 43, her hand clasped over her husband’s. “He was that close.�

‘When you get really catastrophically ill ... you can lose the rest of your life also.’ — Stacy Taresh, wife of patient Randy Taresh The couple used another affiliated housing program when they returned in July for reconstructive surgery that attached cartilage from Randy’s ear to his nostril. Through the Community Home Program, the couple stayed for a little more than a week in a volunteer host’s Portola Valley home, a 10-minute drive from the hospital. They had a ground-floor suite to themselves and full use of the kitchen and patio, overlooking tree-lined hills and a golden valley. “We were very grateful,� Stacy Taresh said. “How wonderful of somebody to share their home with perfect strangers.� The home is one of 14 within 10 miles of the hospital. Most volunteer hosts belong to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, whose members

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Nena Gonzalez, Stanford patient Erika Murillo’s sister, caretaker and bone-marrow donor, stays with Murillo five days a week. Gonzalez returns to Napa on weekends to see her family.

started hosting patients 30 years ago. Suzanne Passailaigue, a semiretired property manager, has coordinated the program for three years. She decided to take in displaced families six years ago, after scheduling out-of-state patients for surgery while working at the hospital. “I realized there was a great need for furnished short-term housing,� she said. She places most applicants in shared homes, which host one or two guests for up to one week (stays can sometimes extend to two weeks). Four private condominiums can accommodate four people for up to four months. “It’s been rewarding to offer housing to people who come from such a distance,� she said. “I’m just so happy to give them a clean, quiet place where they know they’re welcome ... a little home away from home.� For families like the Tareshes, the program means a chance for treatment. “We would probably never have been able to come down here at this time to do the surgery if not for the host home,� Stacy Taresh said. “We just didn’t have the money to pay for the hotel, food, gas for nine days.� An educational aide, she stopped earning a paycheck when her emergency leave ran out. Her husband, a correctional officer, will return to work in a few months. If the couple’s house had not been destroyed in 2008 when the ground beneath it cracked (a misfortune not covered by their insurance), they would have lost it when treatment costs escalated, she said. “When you get really catastrophically ill ... you can lose the rest of your life also,� she said. Guests in host homes stay at no cost but are encouraged to donate at least $15 per day. For all the efforts by Stanford, local hotels and community volunteers to house patients and their caregivers, gaps in the system remain. The availability of host homes fluctuates, and condominiums are usually occupied, Passailaigue said. The HOME Apartments are usually nearly full, and post-operative patients get priority, Mulhern said. “We have to spread our services out throughout a lot of people,� Thomas said. The social-work de(continued on page 19)

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to four times a week for blood and platelet infusions to fight leukemia. The family cannot afford to pay for a hotel room or for the gas needed for the five-hour roundtrip drive from their Merced County home. “We’re going through a lot,� said her brother, Sergio Caballero, 53, mentioning other relatives who are either ill or unemployed. At HOME Apartments, guests pay a sliding scale of up to $100 per night. The residence was founded and is run by the all-female Santa Clara County chapter of the Assistance League, a national philanthropic organization. It offers one-bedroom apartments with twin beds, private balconies and kitchens. The patient and one caregiver must stay for at least a week. Exceptions occasionally allow for a child or second caregiver to join them. “I feel like I’m in my house,� Caballero said. Besides covering the walls with pink wallpaper and floral art, the volunteers make guests feel at home by filling welcome packages with toiletries and baking pies around the holidays. “We had a couple of members who had husbands in the hospital, and they saw all these people spreading out on couches,� said Dorothy Mulhern, who chairs the group’s philanthropic program. She and other volunteers began receiving patients in five apartments in 1978, and they opened the fourfloor building in 1987. Caballero said the HOME apartment has been a blessing. But he had become nervous last month as their stay approached the residence’s 12-week limit for guests, while his sister’s treatment would continue at least three more months — longer if she needed a bone-marrow transplant. The social-work department, which coordinates patient stays, grants case-by-case extensions if there is “significant medical necessity,� Thomas said. Caballero’s nephew approached the department about an extension, which it granted because an infection had prolonged his sister’s treatment. Randy and Stacy Taresh appreciated being with people who were going through the same medical hardships when they stayed at HOME Apartments for three months at the end of last year. Randy Taresh was recovering from a surgery that cut away aggressive tumors in his nose and neck.

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‘All I know is it makes sense to be in the area. That’s where my husband is going to get the best care possible.’ — Vickie Murray, wife of patient Rick Murray Finding housing is most problematic for patients with larger families or indefinite treatment timeframes, like Rick Murray. HOME Apartments and most host homes do not allow more than two people. Extended-stay hotels in the area run at least $4,000 a month, while motels are not a feasible long-term option for a family, said Vickie Murray, a small, sprightly woman in her early 50s. The family moved into an extended-stay hotel in Belmont but had to leave after two-and-a-half weeks because the hotel was booked. The Murrays, who are originally from San Mateo, have relatives in the area, but staying with them is not an option. “If I said at the end of the week I was having surgery, we could probably cram ourselves into someone’s house,” said Rick Murray from an armchair in the Belmont hotel, a

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partment, which selects guests for both programs, prioritizes families with greater medical needs and tighter budgets when demand is high, he said. “Do we have people sleeping in the hospital?” he asked. “We pretty much don’t.” In a small number of cases, however, people cannot afford to be treated at Stanford, he said. “If somebody has zero money, zero access to financial support, we can’t pay for all of their housing, all of their food, all of their transport. “Sometimes people need to make hard decisions about whether they can really be here,” Thomas said.

Rick Murray relaxes with his daughter Delaney in their Belmont hotel room in August. The family has spent weeks in temporary housing and hotels while Rick awaits a heart transplant. polo shirt hiding the heart monitor strapped to his chest. “It’s an unknown timeframe.” Although he was approved for the transplant list in early August, there is no way to tell when his heart will break down or a replacement will become available. “Most people know the date of a surgery,” he said, with fatigue in his voice. “How can you plan around something you don’t know, except trying to be in the best place that you can be, knowing what lays ahead?” Murray can await a transplant at home and take an air ambulance when the time comes, but the family wants to be close to Stanford’s facilities and avoid uprooting their children suddenly. There is no hospital close to their Oregon home, and doctors there have little familiarity with Murray’s condition or complicated history. “It’s all pretty scary for us,” Vickie Murray said. “All I know is it makes sense to be in the area. That’s where my husband is going to get the best care possible.” After the transplant, he will have to visit the hospital almost daily for three months and return regularly for at least three years. The couple started looking at apartments, but none were affordable.

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B. Modern with some of her costume renderings for the play.

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Top: A box of prop doughnuts at her elbow, Leslie Martinson works the room at the first “Superior Donuts” rehearsal. Above: Tom Langguth’s finely detailed model of the play’s set.

THEATREWORKS CASTING DIRECTOR LESLIE MARTINSON RUNS THE SHOW IN THE LATEST LETTS PLAY by Rebecca Wallace photographs by Veronica Weber

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tanding tall, ready to address an expectant crowd, Leslie Martinson looks a bit like the captain of a ship about to sail. That is, if the ship smelled like a box of glazed old-fashioneds. This room contains real doughnuts, prop doughnuts, a model of a doughnut shop, and drawings of clothing worn by people who go to the doughnut shop. The room also holds many of the people it will take to put on the new TheatreWorks production of “Superior Donuts”: actors; producers; fund-raisers; costumers; scenic, sound and lighting designers; people who handle tickets; people who handle props. The stage manager. The

Assistant costumer Nina Harris, left, and wardrobe manager Tanya Finkelstein look at a design for the doughnut-shop floor.

artistic director. Oh, and the director, Leslie Martinson. On this September afternoon at TheatreWorks’ Menlo Park offices, this is rehearsal number one for “Superior Donuts,” which will open Oct. 9. It does feel like a voyage is about to begin. Of course, much of the work has already started. The finely detailed set model by Tom Langguth, complete with an image of an elevated Chicago train above the doughnut shop, is but one piece of evidence of that. But this is an inaugural moment for members of the team to meet, actors to get a glimpse of their new costumes designed by

B. Modern, and the director to present her vision of the play. “Superior Donuts,” the latest play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Letts (“August: Osage County”), is, Martinson tells the crowd, her favorite kind of play: “a comedy that’s also a journey.” The story centers on widower Arthur (played by Howard Swain), the grim owner of the weathered shop; and Franco (Lance Gardner), a kid with big ideas for reviving the business. Both characters have pasts, and the neighborhood is full of decay and racial strife. As they work to improve the shop, (continued on next page)

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play doing in the season?’” Martinson said in an interview. “Is it a family holiday show? Political piece? Indie-rock musical? ... Do I need Irish dialects, or somebody who can belt a D?” Martinson added: “I’ve studied up pretty hard by the time we pick the plays; I know what the requirements are. Then I talk with the director and find out what they want to do with this show right now. ... There are a hundred ways to produce any play. What are they putting on top?” After general auditions come readings for specific shows, where actors read for particular characters in front of directors, authors, Martinson and artistic director Robert Kelley. This could take several rounds. But casting is not always so linear. Often Martinson will spot an actor and just get intrigued. With Lance Gardner, Martinson happened to see him perform when he was a student in the Foothill College Theatre Arts Conservatory. He had been an understudy at TheatreWorks in the past, but this time Martinson was struck. Gardner went on to play Arthur in TheatreWorks’ “Auctioning the Ainsleys” this summer, and will soon open as Franco in “Donuts.” Martinson said Gardner can handle the mix of relationships and hard edges that is “Superior Donuts.” “He’s just the ticket for this kind of show,” she said. “This is Letts’ kinder, gentler comedy, but there’s still some ferocious stuff that comes through.” As for the “Donuts” script, Martinson first ran across the play when it was at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where it was developed and premiered in 2009. She wanted it for TheatreWorks, and so did Kelley, who has called the play “twice as funny (as “August: Osage County”) and still extraordinarily moving.” After “Donuts” closed its limited Broadway run, TheatreWorks got it. “The writing is just so tight,” Martinson said of the script. “Everything in that play works in a couple of ways. It gets you your joke, it explicates the social situation and it gives

you insight into a character.” She added: “Letts is also an actor. Something about the way he writes the timing of these jokes is superplayable. ... He hears the rhythm of the whole scene.” Another piece of Martinson’s preparation for directing is research. Much of the research about the play’s era, slang, references and other aspects is done by TheatreWorks dramaturg Vickie Rozell, who provides a big binder for the “Donuts” team to use as a reference throughout rehearsals. While Rozell looks up facts and numbers, Martinson says with a laugh, “I’m just looking for something juicy.” For example, a photo of a beat cop directing traffic in a Chicago winter might give an actor an idea about how to stand or how to move his hands. Martinson read about the crime rate and gentrification in the Chicago neighborhood where the play takes place. She also learned a little something about sports betting, draftdodging and Russian immigration, all of which figure in the script. In the rehearsal hall, Martinson has hung an “idea board” for inspiration. It includes pictures of Chicago scenes, draft cards, Vietnam protestors and Homer Simpson with a doughnut. One never knows what image could spark inspiration on stage, or add another level of truth to the story. “It’s the director’s job to help everybody create a world, a whole separate parallel universe on stage,” Martinson said. “What the playwright has done is write a recipe. What the directors and actors and designers need to do is cook dinner.” N What: “Superior Donuts,” a Tracy Letts play presented by TheatreWorks Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. When: Previews Oct. 6-8 at 8 p.m., with opening night Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 31, Tuesday through Sunday. Cost: Tickets are $19-$67. Info: Go to theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.


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research: talking to the people who are characters in the movie, talking to people who aren’t characters in the movie but were very close to the event and close to the subject.� The film includes several scenes set in Palo Alto, including Napster co-founder Sean Parker waking up in the bed of a Stanford coed, and some high drama that unfolds in Facebook’s original downtown Palo Alto digs (the company has since relocated to Stanford Research Park). Facebook executives are describing the picture as negative-minded “fiction,� while last week Zuckerberg made a $100 million donation to the Newark public school system that some say was timed to balance the film’s portrayal of Zuckerberg with some positive PR. Meanwhile, Sorkin defends the film as accurate to the greatest possible degree: “There was nothing in the movie that was invented for the sake of making it sensational. There was nothing in the movie that was Hollywood-ized. ... The fact that we know what kind of beer he (Zuckerberg) was drinking on Tuesday night in October seven years ago should tell you something about how close our research sources were to the subject and the event.� “We were discouraged explicitly from doing a kind of impression,� said Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg. “But before each role, I try to do as much preparation as possible, just so you kind of feel comfortable on set, like you’ve done everything you possibly could. ... So I read everything I could find about Mark. I took fencing lessons because he’s a fencer. I had every video of him converted ... so I could have him on my iPod before each scene. This was all to help me focus.� Likewise, Garfield researched Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s personality, informed by his bicontinental upbringing, family dynamic and hobbies, including the Afro-Brazilian dance form Ca-

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(Aquarius) For starters, say this for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Let Me Go,â&#x20AC;? the new film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrated novel: You havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen anything like it at the movies this year. Ishiguroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dystopian, alternate-universe science-fiction melodrama gets a rendering from director Mark Romanek (â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Hour Photoâ&#x20AC;?) thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s austere to a fault. But the deliberate withholding of exposition effectively keeps those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read the novel guessing, as screenwriter Alex Garland (â&#x20AC;&#x153;28 Days Later...â&#x20AC;?) slowly, incrementally doles out the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secrets. The approach bonds the viewer to the leading characters, who grow up confused and frustrated in the vaguely sinister Hailsham House boarding school. Three youngsters compose a love triangle: shyly emotive Kathy (Izzy Meikle-Small), brashly confident Ruth (Ella Purnell) and sensitive loner Tommy (Charlie Rowe), the boy in whom both girls develop an interest. Part of the poignancy of the story is the very ordinariness of this grade-school drama, set against the backdrop of powerful social forces they cannot control. These children have been isolated from mainstream society to serve a social purpose, and the reason they have been singled out for servitude functions as an allegory for the random selection of class. The audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empathy curdles as the viewers realize they themselves are the bad guys in this scenario: the privileged class who lives on the backs of the less fortunate. When the students move out of the school and into their adult roles, Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) have developed physically but made little emotional progress. Unfair laws, a sheltered upbringing and, yet more disturbing, the sense of self-limitation inculcated from a young age socially cripples the trio, but they work to justify their lives as meaningful, if only on their own terms. Perhaps they can find forgiveness from each other for their sins of selfishness or neglect, and win redemption through self-sacrifice. Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand of quiet suffering turns out to be ideal for the delicate porcelain doll that is Kathy, and Knightley is convincing enough as both vamp and guilty seeker of repentance. Garfield gives the most interesting performance, embodying his tender, overgrown child with awkward postures, nervous eyes and sudden, impotent rages. Together, the cast, Romanek and composer Rachel Portman lay out a terrible melancholy only made worse by the charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; naive hope against hope. Though we may not be members of an underclass, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Let Me Goâ&#x20AC;? also works on a universal, existential level, with its metaphors for how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used up and slowly emptied out by a society that undervalues living for the moment. In facing their terrible duty, the characters come to understand that no one gets out of life alive. The filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one unforgiveable mistake comes with the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final lines, which spell out the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme in a disappointing display of distrust in the audience.

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Movies MOVIE TIMES 1 a Minute Live: Supporting Century 16: Wed. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 8 p.m. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Alpha and Omega (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri., Sat. & Tue.-Thu. at 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25 & 9:40 p.m.; Sun. & Mon. at 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25 & 9:45 p.m.; In 3D (Fri. & Sun.-Thu.) at 11:25 a.m. Century 20: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:35, 3:50, 6 & 8:15 p.m.; Fri.Wed. also at 10:30 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast Century 16: Sat. at noon. Century 20: Sat. at noon. Sing-Along Event (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Buried (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Thu. at 12:05 a.m.

Case 39 (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 11:05 a.m.; 1:50, 4:35, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. at 11:05 a.m.; 1:50, 4:35, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m.

Catfish (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 12:10, 2:35, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:35 p.m. Devil (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: In 3D Fri. at 7 & 9:35 p.m.; In 3D Sat. at 4:30, 7 & 9:35 p.m.; In 3D Sun.-Thu. at 2:05, 4:30, 7 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) (Not Reviewed)

Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight.

Secretariat (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Sat. at 7:05 p.m. Century 20: Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Thu. at 12:01 a.m.

The Social Network (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:10, 7 & 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 9:20, 10:10 & 10:50 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 9:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:15, 1:15, 3:15, 4:05, 6:10, 7, 7:50, 9:05, 9:55 & 10:40 p.m.; Sat.-Thu. also at 2:10 & 5 p.m.

The Town (R) (((1/2

Century 20: Noon, 1:30, 3, 4:25, 5:50, 7:30, 8:45 & 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:25, 4:25 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 3, 6, 8:50 & 10:05 p.m.; Sun.-Tue. & Thu. also at 3 & 6 p.m.

Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 1:45, 3:55, 5:55, 8:05 & 10:10 p.m.

Easy A (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 4:45, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35 & 10 p.m. Heartbreaker (PG) (((

Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) (Not Reviewed)

Aquarius Theatre: 3:30 & 8:30 p.m.

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

Century 20: Fri.-Tue. & Thu. at 8:50 p.m.

Jack Goes Boating (R) (((

Century 16: Fri.-Tue. & Thu. at 10:20 p.m.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Gaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hoole (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri. & Sun. at 12:10, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10 & 10:35 p.m.; Sat. at 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50 & 10 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. at 12:10, 2:50, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:20 p.m.; In 3D Fri. at 11 & 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50, 6:40, 7:20, 9:15 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D Sat. at 11 a.m.; 12:10, 1:30, Century 20: Fri. & Sun.-Thu. at 12:30, 2:55, 5:30, 8 & 10:25 p.m.; Sat. at 2:55 & 10:25 p.m.; In 3D at 11:25 a.m.; 1:55, 4:20, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m.

Wall Street: Money Never Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:20, 5:15, 6:20, 7:30, 8:30, Sleeps (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) 9:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 12:55, 2, 2:50, 4, 5, 6, 7:05, 8:10, 9 & 10:05 p.m. You Again (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 & 11:55 a.m.; 1:40, 2:40, 4:10 & 9:55 p.m.; Fri., Sun.-Tue. & Thu. also at 5:10, 7:05 & 7:50 p.m.; Sat. also at 5:10 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 1:10, 2:25, 3:45, 5:05 & 10:15 p.m.; Fri., Sun.-Tue. & Thu. also at 6:20 & 7:40 p.m.; Sat. also at 6:20 p.m.; Wed. also at 7:40 p.m. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (R) (((

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

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Let Me In (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 11:05 a.m.; 1:55, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:45 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. at 11:05 a.m.; 1:55, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2:20, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m.

Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (2669260)

CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456)

Life As We Know It (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Sat. at 7:20 p.m. Century 20: Sat. at 7 p.m.; Thu. at 12:03 a.m.

Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264)

Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (2669260)

Maoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Dancer (PG) ((

Aquarius Theatre: 1 & 6 p.m.

My Soul To Take (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 & 12:03 a.m.

Never Let Me Go (R)

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

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Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264)

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Jack Goes Boating --(Century 16) Philip Seymour Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directorial debut, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Goes Boating,â&#x20AC;? offers an alternative for those tired of the conventions of Hollywood romantic comedy. Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lonely bachelor Jack is a sad-sack striver whom we catch in mid-â&#x20AC;?strive.â&#x20AC;? Alongside best bud Clyde (Ortiz), Jack works as a New York City limo driver, but he harbors an aspiration to climb the next rung on the social ladder by getting a job with the MTA. Clyde has a more important advancement in mind for his friend: pairing Jack up with Connie (Amy Ryan), a misfit co-worker of Clydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Lucy (Rubin-Vega). Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content. One hour, 29 minutes. P.C. (Reviewed Sept. 24, 2010)

The Town ---1/2 (Cinearts, Century 20) Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is the conflicted leader of a bankand armored-car-robbing quartet based in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Mass. Dougâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate family background (his mother left when he was a toddler and his dad, played by the always excellent Chris Cooper, is languishing in a federal prison) helped create the criminal he has become. Things get complicated when the gang kidnaps bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) during a brazen robbery, blindfolding the terrified young woman and setting her free at the edge of a river. Dougâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-hand man/best friend Jem (Jeremy Renner), a trigger-happy bruiser, expresses concern when he learns that Claire lives in the same Charlestown neighborhood as Doug and his pals. Doug agrees to keep an eye on Claire, which quickly develops into a passionate relationship between the two. Suddenly life isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so bleak for Doug. He is anxious to run away with Claire, leaving his drug-addicted ex (Blake Lively), relentless FBI agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) and Charlestown itself behind him. But bigwig gangster Fergie Colm (Pete Postlethwaite) wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let Doug hit the road without pulling off one last job: a dangerous and profitable heist of Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fenway Park. Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use. 2 hours, 5 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed Sept. 17, 2010)

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he name Crossroads World Market may put you more in mind of church than yogurt, but this little store is a revelation. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the market for an 8-pound jar of tahini, get thee to Crossroads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are Orthodox (Greek, Russian or Jewish) and work or live on the Peninsula, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll undoubtedly end up here,â&#x20AC;? Stuart R. of Point Reyes Station says on Yelp. But not only the Orthodox come down to the Crossroads. On the last block of San Antonio Road before Palo Alto becomes Mountain View, Crossroads doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like much from the street. It was a Straw Hat Pizza until 2004. Then Hani Haddad, a former college math professor, decided to expand the business heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d started in Hayward. Ever seen a marble floor in a grocery store? Haddad can identify stones in the floor from Brazil, China, India, Italy and a handful of the four dozen countries whose products are sold here. On your left, as you walk in and pick up a basket, are crackers and breads including Armenian dark rye, kosher challah and fresh pita, white or wheat. In the middle of the store is the cashier, who, while very nice, was the only employee on a re-

cent busy Saturday except for a bagger, who only bagged. Lacking an information desk, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty much on your own. Have fun! Proceeding past the bread department, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll face the freezer, fully stocked with pelmeni, pierogi and filo dough, to name a fraction of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there. We bought a frozen Alsatian pizza ($5.49), with cooking instructions noting that its name, Flammenkueche, means â&#x20AC;&#x153;burnt edges.â&#x20AC;? Back away from the freezer and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at one of my favorite spots, the raisin bar. Here are familiar black raisins ($1.99 a pound), plump and irregular goldens ($2.99 a pound) and intriguing green Iranian raisins that look like shriveled pistachio nuts ($3.99). Go for the golden. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a date bar, and a hand-lettered sign: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not sample without assistance.â&#x20AC;? You are unlikely to get assistance. Use the scooper and sample at home. Continuing clockwise, the olive bar contains excellent half-sour pickles, crisp and not too salty. The oven-baked falafel balls, while more healthful than the fried version, were a little dry. Also in this vicinity, the Greekstyle yogurt, labneh, is spectacular.

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by Rick Eymer his Stanford sports roundup is brought to you by the number one, as in the No. 1 Cardinal women’s soccer team and the No. 1 Stanford women’s volleyball team, both of whom will be at home this weekend. Stanford senior forward Christen Press, who had three goals and an assist in a weekend sweep of Hawaii (9-0) and No. 3 Portland (2-1), earned her second consecutive Pac10 Player of the Week honor on Tuesday. Press leads the nation with 13 goals and 30 points as the Cardinal (8-0-2) look ahead to its final nonconference match against visiting 13th-ranked Santa Clara (7-2-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford brings a seven-match winning streak into the fray and has outscored opponents, 24-2, over its past five matches. Santa Clara had its six-match win streak end at UCLA last weekend. Press needs one goal to tie the Stanford all-time goals record held by Sarah Rafanelli since 1993. Press has 58, including 13 this season. Rafanelli scored 59. The Broncos have not allowed more than one goal in any match and have four shutouts thus far. Junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger was the starting goalkeeper for the

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ince Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh took over the football program it’s always been about breaking down barriers, competing for the Pac-10 championship and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl. The ninth-ranked Cardinal (1-0, 4-0) finds itself in position to gain some advantage toward those goals Saturday when it travels to Eugene to meet fourthranked host Oregon (1-0, 4-0) for a 5 p.m. kickoff. It’s only the second game of the conference season and yet it could be a defining moment for Stanford, which is looking for its first 5-0 start since 1951. “As your team plays you either getting better or you’re getting worse,” Harbaugh said. “You never stay the same. Every day we’re analyzing it and finding ways to improve it. Oregon . . . they’re the champs.”

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MENLO COLLEGE . . . The Menlo College football team opted out of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference to rejoin the NAIAsponsored program this year, joining the rest of the Oaks’ sports. It didn’t take long for the switch to pan out. The Oaks woke up Monday morning to find themselves ranked 24th in the NAIA Coaches Top 25. Menlo (3-1) enjoyed dual status with the NCAA and NAIA when the school decided to become a four-year institution in the mid 1980s. The Oaks even reached the NCAA Division III national playoffs once, losing to host Central College of Pella, Iowa, 17-0, in the first round in 1987. These days Menlo is solely aligned with NAIA. The Oaks were winless in 2005 and eventually rebuilt the program to where it stands today. Current coach Fred Guidici, a long-time assistant at Menlo, helped reshape the landscape. He was on the staff when the Oaks were naionally ranked at the end of the 2001 season, in which Menlo finished 8-2. The Oaks, who beat Southern Oregon over the weekend, take on Whitworth in their homecoming game Saturday at noon. . . . Junior forward Amanda Torres, a Woodside High grad, scored four goals and recorded assists on two others as the Menlo women’s soccer team earned its first win of the season, beating host Mills College, 7-0, on Tuesday in a Cal Pac Conference contest. Torres opened the scoring in the first two minutes, with an assist from Adri Martinez. She then delivered a free kick, in the air, to Megan McKee, who headed it in. McKee scored twice, with Torres assisting each time. Christine Rodriguez also scored for the Oaks (1-1, 1-5-1), who host Bethany on Saturday at 1 p.m. . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic recorded an unassisted goal in the first half and the Menlo College men’s soccer team made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over host Cal Maritime on Tuesday. The Oaks (1-1, 1-6-1) host Bethany at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin says his path to the Golden State Warriors has been a miracle.

here were times when Jeremy Lin had difficulty attracting any attention from college basketball coaches — even from Division III schools — as he was preparing to graduate from Palo Alto High. Despite being the centerpiece of the Vikings’ run to the 2006 CIF Division II state basketball title, Lin was unsure of his future. That he ended up in a Golden State Warriors’ uniform and is participating in his first professional training camp this week is the stuff of Hollywood movies. “My whole path here has been a miracle,” Lin said at the Warriors’ media day earlier this week. “I can think of thousands of different scenarios that had to happen for me to (continued on page 34)

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tory in SCVAL De Anza Division action. Palo Alto improved to 3-0 in league and 21-0 overall. The victory provided a nice birthday present for senior libero Megan Coleman and junior middle blocker Jackie Koenig. The Vikings presented both with a solid victory from a balanced attack and just enough defense to slow down Mountain View

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PREP FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND Wilcox (2-1) at Palo Alto (3-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. The Vikings will open defense of their SCVAL De Anza Division title against a Chargers’ team that doesn’t appear as dangerous as in years past. “They’re slow,” said Paly coach Earl Hansen. “They don’t have the speed they used to.” Running back Michael Roman has gained 315 yards rushing, the same passing total as quarterback Nick Morehead. Paly already has faced better running and passing teams and Wilcox certainly isn’t tougher than San Benito after losing to the Haybalers, 34-7, two weeks ago. Paly beat that San Benito team, 23-6, last Friday. The Haybalers couldn’t run or throw against the Vikings. “They couldn’t move the ball,” said Hansen. “We played good defense. It’s going to be really difficult to run on us.” Palo Alto held the Haybalers to 70 yards rushing and just 94 total yards. The Vikings have allowed only 222 rushing yards, an average of 74 yards per game. The Vikings allowed just two field goals and now have given up only 22 points this season. Palo Alto’s running game is still searching for an identity after gaining just 304 yards in three games. Senior QB Christoph Bono, meanwhile, has completed 44 of 64 passes (.688 percent) for 503 yards and five touchdowns. Bono was 21 of 28 for 198 yards against the Haybalers. Senior wideout Davante Adams, who had 10 catches for 108 yards and a TD last week, has 20 receptions for 257 yards. Linebacker/running back Michael Cullen has been great on both sides of the ball. He has eight receptions for 99 yards. Another top two-way player is T.J. Braff, who caught TD passes of 15 and six yards against San Benito. He’s also a standout 6-foot-4 safety. Other defensive standouts from last week include safety Gabe Landa and tackle Nathan Hubbard, who provided the final points with a combined tackle for a safety in the fourth quarter.Tackles Chris Martinez and Spencer Drazovich plus defensive end Kevin Anderson also were singled out by Hansen. Opponents are averaging only 175.3 offensive yards per game against Paly.

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The Titans have a good chance of putting together a winning streak their Homecoming game against the Pioneers, who have lost two straight. Gunn, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive 21-0 nonleague win over Hillsdale last week. Gunn senior Josh Jackson, despite feeling ill at game time, nonetheless had the finest statistical game of his career by rushing for 202 yards on 16 carries and scoring two touchdowns while handing Hillsdale its first loss in four games. A week earlier, Gunn looked out of synch in a 21-3 loss to Burlingame. “That was a better performance,” Gunn coach Bob Sykes said of the Hillsdale win. “We were solid on both sides of the ball.” Solid was the right word as the list of outstanding performances was long, starting with the offensive tandem of quarterback Anthony Cannon and Jackson plus the line play of Keenan Venuti and Jim Hinton. Cannon got the Titans going on their opening drive when, on fourth-and- three from Hillsdale’s 30, he did a beautiful play-action pass to Russell Savage, who caught it at the five and went into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Jackson took over in the second half with two long runs, the first being a 57-yard touchdown run to give Gunn a 14-0 lead on its first possession of the second half. Later in the quarter Jackson went 41 yards that didn’t result in points. Helping Jackson on the runs was the blocking of Hinton, Venuti, Alex Sutherland, Matt Hurst and Peter Legenhausen. Hinton was also outstanding on defense while helping Gunn limit Hillsdale to just 42 yards rushing and 185 total yards.

M-A (0-3) at San Mateo (2-1), Friday, 3 p.m. The Bears are coming off a bye week after losing to Jefferson, 17-0, prior to that. M-A needs to generate a consistent offense while keeping turnovers to

a minimum, in addition to finding a way to stop San Mateo’s George Naufahu, who is averaging 125 rushing yards per game. The Bears are led by Cameron Moody’s 72 rushing yards per game and quarterback Willy Fonua, who is averaging 94.5 passing yards. Kyle Zirbes has been averaging 7.5 tackles per game for M-A.

Pinewood (1-1) at Stuart Hall (1-1), Saturday, 1 p.m. The Panthers scored 40 points last week, but unfortunately gave up 48 in a nonleague loss to host King’s Christian (Lemoore). Pinewood had its scheduled game at Clovis Christian cancelled, but rescheduled at the last minute. Dante Fraioli was a one-man wrecking crew for Pinewood as he rushed 14 times for 167 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also was in on 13 tackles (10 solo) and returned three kicks for 86 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Max Darrow carried 10 times for 134 yards as Pinewood gained 367 rushing yards on 42 carries. The Panthers also lost four fumbles. Stuart Hall is in only its first season of competition and its team is made up primarily of basketball players. It’s firstever win was a 42-22 decision over Trinity Christian, a team that Priory beat last week, 44-0.

Crystal Springs (2-1) at Priory (2-1), Saturday, 1 p.m. Priory is coming off a big 44-0 nonleague victory over Trinity Christian (Monterey) last Saturday in eight-man football. Connor Mather rushed for 120 yards on only four carries and scored two touchdowns while quarterback David Beleson threw for 68 yards, one a 37-yard scoring strike to Matt Schwab, in addition to running for two scores. James McDaniel carried 10 times for 86 yards as the Panthers gained 263 yards on the ground. Priory will be up against a team still smarting from a 74-32 loss to Anchorpoint Christian last weekend. The Gryphons, however, are averaging 43.6 points a game, a stat that Priory needs to be concerned about.

Last week: Sacred Heart Prep (4-0) and Menlo School (3-1) have byes this week after registering big nonleague victories last week.Menlo’s Robert Wickers completed nine of 12 passes for 173 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-0 romp over St. Elizabeth at Woodside High. Wickers also scored on a 45-yard run. Brad Eckert was a major reason why the Mustangs never scored. The senior linebacker recovered three fumbles (one was of a teammate) and forced another that Sean Hoag snagged. He also recorded a sack, plenty of tackles for a loss and generally made a nuisance of himself in the Mustangs’ backfield. Tim Benton got the Knights off to a flying start, returning the opening kickoff 84 yards for a score. He also caught the first of Wckers’ touchdown passes, a 25-yard scoring play. Wickers spread the wealth around. He also completed touchdown passes of 25 yards to John Shanley, 20 yards to Phil Anderson and one yard to Tommy Ford, who played QB in the second half. Beau Nichols had 91 rushing yards on seven carries, all in the first half. The Knights gained 430 total yards, equally distributed among running (204 yards) and passing (226 yards). Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, had to wait until the final 28.4 seconds to score the winning TD in its 35-28 win at Scotts Valley. Robert Ojeda provided the deciding points on a 12-yard run, which capped a comeback after Scotts Valley had rallied from a 14-point deficit to force a 28-28 deadlock. Ojeda finished with 103 yards on 18 carries. SHP senior quarterback John Geary helped give the Gators (4-0) the lead by completing 10 of 12 passes for a career-high 273 yards and three touchdowns. Geary threw TD passes of 50 and 44 yards to Tomas O’Donnell, who caught six balls for a career-high 153 yards. Hunter Shaw was in on 16 tackles (six solo), Matt Hardy was in on 13 and Luke Thomas had 10 tackles, five of them solo.

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Stanford was on the brink of a possible conference title last year before losing to California, and a win over the Ducks two weeks previously helped put the Cardinal in that position. “You have to embrace playing the best in the country,” Harbaugh said. “We have to challenge ourselves to play great football.” Last week Stanford beat Notre Dame, 37-14, for its first win in South Bend since 1992. This week the Cardinal will be looking for its first win in Eugene since 2001. Stanford hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl since 2000, following the 1999 season. Since Harbaugh has taken over, Stanford ended its longest streak of losing seasons at seven by qualifying for the Sun Bowl last year. Is the Rose Bowl the next logical step? “There’s no question Oregon has a great offense, maybe the best in the country,” Harbaugh said. “They have a great play maker and a lot of speed on both sides of the ball. We’d like to limit their scoring.” Oregon’s offense ranks first in the nation with a 57.7 points-pergame scoring average and is the first ranked team Stanford plays this season. The Cardinal defense, ranked 12th nationally with a 13.8 scoring average, will be tested in front of one of the loudest environments in the nation and the Ducks play fast. They get back to the line of scrimmage and are ready to go, go, go. “They try to get you with their tempo,” Harbaugh said. “They hope you can’t get lined up right. Their coaching and execution is outstanding.” Oregon’s LaMichael James leads the Pac-10 in rushing with a 158.3 yards per game average. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 consecutive regular-season games. Ducks’ quarterback Darron Thomas (like Stanford’s Andrew Luck, a Houston native) throws for 205 yards a game and is a dangerous runner. No one has been able to slow them down yet. “You have to be committed and focused,” Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov said. “They are unique in their spread offense. Guys have to be in the right spots this week.” Stanford’s offense, which ranks fourth nationally with a 48.0 scoring average, will also be at a bit of disadvantage inside raucous Autzen Stadium, which will be overflowing with more than 54,000 fans. “It’s a great college football atmosphere,” Luck said. “It’s a special place and Oregon is a great team. We have to work on communicating in different ways.” The Ducks rank first in the conference in scoring defense with an 11.0 average. Luck threw his first two interceptions of the year last week, but he’s only been sacked once this year. Should he continue to get time to throw, the game could resemble a tennis match with the way these two offenses can march down a field. Luck’s stock as a quarterback has risen to new highs and he shows no signs of taking backward steps. He

leads the conference with a 169.5 passing efficiency, throws for an average of 228 yards a game and averages 268.8 yards of total offense. Stepfan Taylor ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with his 66.2 yards rushing average but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Cardinal averages 223.2 yards on the ground, spreading it around among several runners. Oregon averages 321.8 yards on the ground. Defensively the Ducks lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at a plus11. NOTES: Stanford senior placekicker Nate Whitaker was honored as the Pac-10’s Special Teams Player of the Week after matching a school record with five field goals in last weekend’s 37-14 victory over host Notre Dame. Whitaker, who a week earlier missed his first two career PAT attempts, was 5-for-5 on field goals and accounted for 17 of Stanford’s 37 points. Whitaker’s five field goals — from distances of 24, 41, 36, 33 and 29 yards — tied Stanford’s single-game record first set by John Hopkins against California in 1990. Whitaker is 8-for-8 in field goal attempts this season and has made 13 straight field goals dating to last season. . . . There were no official reports on the status of injured running backs Jeremy Stewart and Tyler Gaffney. There was also no word on safety Michael Thomas, who had his left foot in a boot and was on crutches following Saturday’s game . . . Stanford sophomore linebacker Shayne Skov on Owen Marecic’s improvement at linebacker: “He’s come a long way and that’s because he’s dedicated and immerses himself every week. Him and Andrew spend the most time watching film.” . . . Offensive lineman James McGillicuddy wore number ‘41’ for the Notre Dame game and was used as an extra blocker on several power formations. He lined up in the backfield on short-yardage situations. “He was in my ear telling me to throw him the ball,” Luck said. “He’s convinced he was open. He went up to Wales (Ryan Whalen) and said the defensive back hit him in the middle of running his route. ‘Isn’t that pass interference?’ Ryan told him, ‘Nope, that’s being re-routed.’ . . . Saturday’s game will be televised on ABC at 5 p.m. N

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United States in the Under-20 World Cup last summer and is on the Hermann Trophy watch list. Henninger, a teammate of Stanford’s Teresa Noyola from club ball to the U.S. U-20 national team, has a 0.61 goals-against average. Freshman Emily Oliver has emerged as Stanford’s top goalkeeper. She has made five starts and carries a 0.42 GAA. Shelby Payne, another freshman, is also part of a starting rotation on the forward line with Press and Lindsay Taylor. Anchored by sophomore Alina Garciamendez, a member of the Mexican national team, the Stanford defense has played an important role in keeping opponents out of the net. Rachel Quon, who also played with Noyola and Henninger this summer, is joined by sophomore Courtney Verloo and junior Camille Levin to form a tough barrier in the back. Stanford has a 26-match home winning streak and a 30-match home unbeaten streak heading into the weekend. Stanford’s last loss at home was in the third round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, losing to Connecticut, 2-0, on Nov. 23. Stanford leads the Pac-10 in every team and individual offensive stat. As a team, Stanford leads in shots (212), points (98), goals (32), goals per game (3.20), assists (34), assists per game (3.40), and corner kicks (63). Press leads the conference in shots (72), shots per game (7.20), points (30), points per game (3.00), goals (13), goals per game (13), and game-winning goals (5). Noyola leads in assists (8) and assists per game (0.80). Women’s volleyball The No. 1 continues its sponsorship here as Stanford (11-0) prepares for its Pac-10 home openers against Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. and 11th-ranked Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In addition to its top ranking, Stanford leads the nation with 15.41 kills per set and 14.32 assists per set. Alix Klineman ranks third in the nation with 3.57 kills per set and 22nd with a .398 hitting percentage. Stanford, which beat host Arizona State in four sets and host Arizona in three sets last week, is third nationally with a team hitting percentage of .332. Oregon is fifth at .310. Five of the top six teams in hitting percentage are from the Pac-10. Stanford has won all 50 meetings with Oregon State and is 47-3 against the Ducks, with one of those losses in Eugene last year. Oregon and Stanford are two of five teams with unbeaten records in the country. Four of those teams hail from the Pac-10. Oregon’s Alaina Bergsma is the reigning conference Player of the Week. Klineman won the honors the previous week. The Ducks are coming off an important victory over No. 7 Washington at home. It represented Oregon’s first win over a ranked opponent. Senior libero Gabi Ailes continues an exceptional career. She is Stanford’s career digs leader (1,790). She ranks sixth among active players in career aces (69) and ninth in career assists (345). Field hockey No. 16 Stanford travels to UC Davis for a NorPac contest on Saturday after a successful trip to the East Coast that produced a one-goal loss to top-ranked North Carolina and a 4-2 victory over No. 8 Wake Forest. One day after taking down its highest nationally-ranked opponent in nine years, Stanford moved up to two spots to No. 16 in this week’s edition of the Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. Stanford (2-1, 6-3) has enjoyed a school-record 14 consecutive weeks in the national rankings dating to Sept. 18, 2009. Alessandra Moss was named NorPac West Division Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against North Carolina in which she

recorded a season-best eight saves and was a big reason Stanford was able to hold the Tar Heels below their season scoring average of 4.25 goals per game. It was the second NorPac Player of the Week honor this year for Moss, who also was recognized two weeks ago. Stephanie Byrne and Jaimee Erickson have also been honored by the conference this year. UC Davis (3-4, 0-3 NorPac) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end over the weekend in a 4-3 overtime loss to California. Men’s soccer Stanford opens Pac-10 play at home against California at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Cardinal (4-4) hopes to make it five in a row. Men’s water polo Fourth-ranked Stanford (4-2) opens the SoCal Invitational in Los Angeles on Saturday against UC San Diego looking to end a twogame slide. The Cardinal plays either Concordia or UC Santa Barbara in the second round later in the day. Women’s swimming Stanford, which finished second at last year’s NCAA meet, hosts San Jose State in a nonconference meet Friday at 2 p.m. Men’s tennis Stanford players participate in the Battle of the Bay Classic in San Francisco. The three-day event begins 10 a.m. Friday at the California Tennis Club at 1770 Scott Street. In addition to the Cardinal, players from California, host USF, Santa Clara, USC, Pepperdine, San Diego State and Pacific will compete in singles and doubles. Women’s lacrosse While the fall season is unofficial, it’s worth noting that Stanford hosts California Friday at 5 p.m. California announced this will be the final season for the sport, along with baseball, and men’s and women’s gymnastics. N

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be here.â&#x20AC;? Lin said he thought about quitting a number of times over the past decade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when things got tough, when he was 3,000 miles away from home, when Harvard accumulated loss after loss, when the Crimson changed coaches, when the Ivy League championship slipped through his fingers as a senior, and when he went undrafted by the NBA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been humbled,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got frustrated when I got hurt, when we went through tough losses. The only thing I wanted to do in college was win the Ivy League championship. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care if ESPN wrote about me or not.â&#x20AC;? He became somewhat of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause celebrity,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as word leaked out about Linâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability during his senior season with Harvard. Lin now sits in the same room with Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and a group of new players readying themselves for an NBA season under first-year Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach

Keith Smart. New ownership is about to take over the storied franchise, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tangible sense of hope and renewal in the air. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the players, the whole organization is going through a transition and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a positive one,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going in the right direction. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of excitement and buzz surrounding the Warriors. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to get ready for the preseason and play hard. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to worry about what we can do on the court and hopefully everything goes uphill from here.â&#x20AC;? Smart, who played collegiate ball at Indiana and had a brief taste of the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, has been charged with redefining the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attitude and their style of play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is no secret that Don Nelson wanted me to be a defensive coordinator,â&#x20AC;? Smart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still want to run and play fast but we want to add another element of being a physical, big basketball team from a defensive standpoint. Rebounding is part of defense. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to win without rebounding.â&#x20AC;?

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Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin (7) jokes around with Reggie Williams during the Golden State Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; media day on Monday. The Warriors last season averaged 108.8 points a game, second in the NBA to the Phoenix Suns. But Golden State also allowed over 112 points a game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defense is what we have to do to win,â&#x20AC;? Curry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can score with the best of them. Coach Smart, to his core, really believes in defense. Our team defense is probably going to be better just because of his

attitude.â&#x20AC;? The new approach is just fine with Lin, who has shown the ability to do more than score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a playmaker,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only scoring. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a steal, a rebound or an assist. I can do a little of everything. I can be a point guard and manage the game.â&#x20AC;? Lin came to the Warriors with a chance to play a reserve role. Curry

and Ellis together is the face of the franchise. Lin remains the student, learning from one of the best guard tandems in the NBA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to learn about their games,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are both smart, explosive, quick and the way they use their bodies around the rim and finish is really impressive.â&#x20AC;? Lin has also begun to embrace his popularity among Asian-Americans, especially as younger fans look to him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to have that responsibility, Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be the role model for kids growing up. I want to impact and influence their lives; to give whatever knowledge and wisdom I have learned. I want to give back to the community, give back to the kids.â&#x20AC;? Linâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first chance to get on the court comes a week from Friday , on Oct. 8, when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers in their preseason opener at 7:30 p.m. Two days later the Sacramento Kings come to town for a 7 p.m. exhibition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to me more than anything else,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I can perform, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the chance.â&#x20AC;? N

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Lindsey Wang

Philip Bamberg

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The junior libero had 29 digs in one of two nonleague volleyball victories and then helped the Gators go 5-0 in the NorCal D5 Showcase by producing 67 digs and winning Most Valuable Player honors as the Gators improved to 18-2.

The senior scored seven goals in a WCAL water polo victory over Serra before tallying 17 goals, including nine in a 12-11 fourovertime win over Menlo, as the Gators went 3-1 and finished fifth in the 32-team CCS-NCS Challenge.

Honorable mention Hannah Boland Castilleja volleyball

Catherine Donahoe Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Kat Gregory Priory cross country

Hannah Hsieh Castilleja volleyball

Lucy Tashman Castilleja volleyball

Pippa Temple Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Christoph Bono Palo Alto football

T.J. Braff Palo Alto football

John Geary* Sacred Heart Prep football

Josh Jackson Gunn football

Tomas O’Donnell Sacred Heart Prep football

Robert Wickers Menlo football * previous winner

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standout Brittany Howard, who had 18 kills. Palo Alto, however, cancelled Howard’s efforts with senior Trina Ohms producing a season-high 23 kills. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn (4-0, 16-4) continued to dominate in division play with a 2516, 25-22, 25-9 blasting of host Santa Clara. Adrienne Thom led the Titans with 12 kills, while Erica Johnston, Julia Maggioncalda, and Molly McAdam each had five. Julia Li had 10 digs, Alyn Shen had 11 assists and Monica Cai had 25 assists. Allison Doerpinghaus chipped in with four kills and 4.5 blocks. In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton suffered its first league loss, dropping a 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 decision to Burlingame. The Bears (2-1, 9-6), ranked No. 3 in the CCS Division I poll at Maxpreps. com, fell out of a tie for first-place as the Panthers (3-0) grabbed sole possession of the top spot. Regina Mullen led M-A with 21 kills, six digs and two aces while teammate Diane Seely had 12 kills,

Seini Moimoi had 10 blocks and Hannah Branning contributed 10 digs. In nonleague action: Castilleja (19-2) had to battle for its latest victory as sophomore Lucy Tashman produced 19 kills and three aces to help rally the host Gators to a 25-16, 23-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-12 triumph over Crystal SpringsUplands. Junior Hannah Boland contributed 17 kills and seven blocks while senior Laura Rose had 14 kills and seven blocks. Setter Hannah Hsieh added 48 assists while libero Lindsey Wang produced 32 digs. In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep (10-6) won its second straight match with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-17 decision over visiting Los Altos. Sarah Daschbach led the Gators with 13 kills and eight digs while Helen Gannon provided 18 digs. In Hollister, Menlo (8-5) dropped a 25-18, 25-21, 25-23 decision to host San Benito. Freshman Maddie Huber hit .235 with 13 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Alexandra Ko had 32 assists and five digs for Menlo, which will host its annual tournament on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. N

Palazzo wanted to get into the next level of coaching and Dettamanti obliged, helping him find a job as boys’ water polo coach at MenloAtherton. Dettamanti actually did more than that — he decided to join Palazzo’s staff. “I did this to help Marco,” Dettamanti said. “He’s Italian (as is Dettamanti). It’s his first coaching job and he asked me to help him out. It’s fun. I enjoy watching the kids play.” Menlo-Atherton got a two-for-one deal with Palazzo and Dettamanti. In Palazzo, the Bears got themselves an energetic, enthusiastic coach with plenty of ideas and a wealth of playing experience. In Dettamanti, M-A got a 68-year-old coach who is a veritable legend in his sport. In addition to the eight national titles at Stanford, Dettamanti won at least 20 matches 19 times. He coached 14 Olympians, including arguably the greatest (Tony Azevedo), and was named NCAA Coach of the Year six times. Dettamanti last coached Stanford in 2001, leaving with an NCAA championship. Two years later he was coaching at SHP. These days, Dettamanti wears a black M-A water polo shirt as he helps Palazzo get his feat wet in the sport of coaching. Dettamanti didn’t get back into coaching because he missed it. Rather, he flat out did not. His friendship with Palazzo brought him back, if only for a short time. Dettamanti still has more books to write, clinics to put on and athletes (and coaches) to train while staying close to a sport that has been his life for 53 years — as a player and a coach. “If you train 30 coaches, you train 300 athletes,” Dettamanti said. “I think it does more good to coach coaches.” That’s why Dettamanti wrote two books — “Understanding Water Polo” and “The Practical Guide to Coaching Water Polo.” The first book was for parents and fans, an informational text on the rules and how the game is played. The second book, for coaches, deals more with how to coach rather just the X’s and O’s of coaching. “Most young coaches don’t know how to coach,” Dettamanti said, explaining that it takes more than just being a former player to get the job done. Dettamanti has a third book in the works: “The Science of Water Polo.” It deals a lot with the misconceptions of how to train the athletes, how dry land training (for example) doesn’t necessarily apply to the pool. Dettamanti has a Masters in Exercise Physiology. “It might not sell a lot in this country,” Dettamanti said, “but I have a feeling the Europeans will get into it. They’re big on science.” And water polo. As is Dettamanti, who spent many of his days in Italy watching the best pro teams play. He still follows the college game, as well, and was in Berkeley a few weeks ago for the annual NorCal Tournament featuring the likes of Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

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Involved in the sport for 53 years, former Stanford and SHP water polo coach Dante Dettamanti is an assistant boys’ coach at M-A. “The sport has changed a lot,” said Dettamanti, who has kept up with the changes. In fact, he helped Palazzo install a European pro defense at Menlo-Atherton. Thus, the Bears have been learning as they go this season — especially after losing nine players to graduation off a team that went 15-12 and lost in the CCS Division I quarterfinals last season under coach Johnny Bega, who was in his fifth season. When Bega left to become the boys’ coach at Los Altos, that opened the door for Palazzo and Dettamanti and the ensuing challenge. “Having Dante with me at Menlo-Atherton is something incredible,” Palazzo said. “I learn from him every moment and the boys know how lucky we are to have a mentor like him helping us. “What is amazing about working with Dante is that we understand each other without even talking. We notice the same things we saw in the water. Of course, he is way more advanced than me. His knowledge of water polo is unique in the world. I know, and all my players know, that when he opens his mouth he is just giving us pure gold. Basically, every day he does for us every thing we need to work on, and I can see the way my players get better day by day thanks to him.” Menlo-Atherton (1-0, 9-5) opened its PAL Bay Division season on Wednesday with a 16-1 romp over visiting Burlingame. The Bears will host rival Menlo on Wednes-

day (4 p.m.) in a likely showdown for league surpremacy. Dettamanti and Palazzo will have the Bears ready. “Dante is not the best water polo coach in the country,” Palazzo said, “but he is a role model for everybody — in and out of the pool. He is in love with life, and everything he does he does with heart and passion. It’s not a coincidence that he is from Italy!” NOTES: The PAL Bay Division girls’ race began Wednesday with Menlo-Atherton and Castilleja already appearing to be the frontrunners following impressive victories. The Bears (1-0, 6-4) blasted visiting Burlingame, 15-1, while the Gators (1-0, 6-1) took care of host Menlo School, 10-3. Senior Natasha von Kaeppler tallied three goals for the Gators, who welcomed back senior goalie Evan Cranston, who had missed the preseason with shoulder problems. She finished with seven saves. At Menlo-Atherton, the Bears jumped out to an 8-0 halftime lead, which allowed M-A coach Chris Rubin to sub liberally in the second half. Eight players scored for the Bears, led by Emily Gran’s four goals. In the PAL Bay Division boys’ race, rivals Menlo (1-0, 6-4) and MenloAtherton (1-0, 9-5) are the top dogs once again. The defending champion Knights swamped host Carlmont, 13-0, while the host Bears did the same to Burlingame, 16-1. Senior John Holland-McCowan scored six goals while junior Brad Haaland tallied four times. N

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