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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
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 email@example.com. 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)
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
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.
Documents detail CalPERS’ $100 million Page Mill loss Pension fund had invested in Page Mill Properties of Palo Alto by Gennady Sheyner
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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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
Caltrain posts new suicide-prevention signs
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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 email@example.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? Theyâ€™re all part of this yearâ€™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 eveningâ€™s agenda, along with a silent auction and a chance to win a valuable gem. The theme for 2010 is â€œMasked Ball.â€? Attendees are given a black mask with ticket purchase and invited to customize it with as much flair as they wish â€” or wear it as is. â€œItâ€™s easy for people to participate in but allows for a lot of creativity and adds a little mystery,â€? 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 Altoâ€™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 2008â€™s Black & White Ball, also held in the Lucie Stern ballroom, was enhanced by plaid, this yearâ€™s theme is a â€œMasked Ball.â€? 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. â€œWe had the fiddlers a few years ago and they were so popular people really wanted them back for a repeat performance,â€? 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 cityâ€™s historic May Fete childrenâ€™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. â€œLast time we raised around $70,000 (after production costs) and we hope to again,â€? Emslie said. This yearâ€™s beneficiaries include Youth Community Service (YCS), the Recreation Foundationâ€™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) â€” 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
(Posted Sept. 28 at 3:07 p.m.)
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
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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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Nerve cells coated with light-sensitive proteins may hold the key to restoring movement in paralyzed limbs, a new study from Stanford University’s schools of medicine and engineering suggests. (Posted Sept.
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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.)
CityView A round-up of
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 email@example.com 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.
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
Menlo Park Sept. 21-27 Violence related Adult protective services . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
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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%$)4( */!. *%..).'3 -#!,%.%9 4!..%2 Edith Joan Jennings McAleney Tanner, of Ventura, Calif., was born September 16, 1917, and died September 24, 2010. She was the wife of the late Dr. Ralph Tanner, of Palo Alto. Arrangements by Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, Ventura. For full obituary and to offer condolences, see www. TedMayrFuneralHome.com. PA I D
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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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*),, ")'7//$ *!.% '2!9 ",//$'//$ Jill Bigwood (Jane Gray Bloodgood), age 83, died in Menlo Park CA on September 13. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2005, Jill resolved to “live until I die.” She succeeded! Jill was born in Madison WI on July 24, 1927, to the Rev. Francis and Jane Bloodgood (herself ordained in 1978). Jill was proud to be the oldest living daughter of two Episcopal priests! She graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, then served in the Foreign Service in Rome, Italy, and the Department of Defense in Brussels, Belgium, where she met Guy Bigwood. They married in October 1953, raised their family in New Haven CT, and relocated to California in 2006. Jill was employed by Yale University for more than 25 years. She was active in the Episcopal Church, and served on several boards for non-proﬁts. She sang with the New Haven Chorale for over 20 years, and she
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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*/(. $!,9 Passed away peacefully at home on September 25, surrounded by his loving family. Jack loved his family, his country, and his church. Jack attended St. Ignatius High School, graduating in 1941, and then entered the US Naval Academy, while still in the class of â€™45, he graduated in 3 years due to the onset of WWII. After serving in the PaciďŹ c in both WW II and the Korean War, Jack founded two successful Bay Area construction companies, Daly & Trudell Construction and John J. Daly Construction. Lt. Commander Daly is survived by his two daughters, Katy (Tom) Kelly, and Betsy (George) Caffell, his grandchildren Liz, Tommy, Johnny,
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 ďŹ‚owers contributions may be made to the US Naval Academy â€“ 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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this process, Joe was introduced to Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and would become their principal Architect throughout much of his career. Their friendships and business relationships lasted their entire lives. In 1968, along with his colleagues Jack Rominger and Rod Heft, he created a ďŹ rm which was destined to be the leading design force for the emerging electronics companies in the area now known as â€œSilicon Valley.â€? Heft left the ďŹ rm in 1977. Ehrlich Rominger Architects began designing facilities so complex that there were no existing prototypes. With mega-projects for companies like Fairchild, Varian, Watkins-Johnson, and of course, Hewlett Packard, Joe forged a legacy in the world of microelectronics that ultimately led to his admission to the coveted College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Throughout his career, Joe was always involved with the community and his fellow architects. His involvement with the American Institute of Architects, his leadership for the Museum of American Heritage, and his generous charitable giving were ever-present. Joe never left his beloved ďŹ eld of Architecture. He continued to mentor, advise, and serve those around him throughout his entire life. He leaves much of himself embedded in those with whom he shared his values, sensibility, drive, and joy. A great man has left a great legacy. He is survived by his wife Meri, son Jeff, brother Jay, sister Loretta Bauer, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. No funeral or memorial services are planned, per Joeâ€™s wishes. Anyone wishing to offer tribute to Joe is encouraged to make a contribution to the Museum Of American Heritage or the Ehrlich Rominger Scholarship Fund at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter. PA I D
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*/3%0( %(2,)#( Joseph Ehrlich, long regarded as one of the pioneering â€œSilicon Valleyâ€? architects, passed away on September 21, 2010 at age 90. This exceptional husband, father, war hero, architect, humanitarian, philanthropist, and mentor will be remembered for his contributions to his family, his country, his profession, and by all whose lives he touched during his illustrious life. Joe was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, to a workingclass family. He spent his formative years during the Great Depression which, by his own admission, challenged him to never experience anything like it again. An exceptional student against the odds, Joe graduated from City College of New York in 1941. Later that same year, he met and married his lifelong love, Miriam Kantorovich (better known as Meri). By the end of 1943, with the United States fully involved in World War II, Joe was inducted into the Army and soon thereafter served on the battleďŹ elds of the Alsace-Lorraine region in Europe. Joeâ€™s active wartime service was cut short in late 1944 by a wound from a landmine just prior to the Battle Of The Bulge. Not only did his injury earn him the Purple Heart, but his subsequent, insistent warnings that his company stay clear of the mineďŹ elds â€“ given in his role as a lead scout â€“ also earned him the Bronze Star. In 1946, Joe found himself in Chicago attending Architecture School at IIT, studying under the inďŹ‚uence of Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Four years later â€“ without much more than ambition â€“ Joe and Meri decided to move to California. Eventually, Joe connected with, and was mentored by Palo Altoâ€™s early, still highly-respected architect, Birge Clark, with whom he was partnered for over 10 years (as the ďŹ rm became known as Clark, Stromquist, Potter & Ehrlich). Early on in
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