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Planning commissioners clash over private meetings Split commission calls for revisions to policy that discourages meetings between commissioners and applicants by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto policy that discourages planning commissioners from meeting privately with developers whose projects are under review could be on its way out, despite complaints from neighborhood leaders that the change would deal a major blow to transparency. For the second time in two years, the Planning and Transportation
Commission is considering scrapping the policy, which states that “direct conversations or correspondence with an applicant, an applicant’s agency or other interested party about a pending application outside of a public meeting are strongly discouraged.” On Wednesday night, a split commission directed staff to draft revisions to this policy.
A year ago, a similar proposal fizzled by a 3-4 vote, with commissioners Arthur Keller, Karen Holman, Susan Fineberg and Eduardo Martinez dissenting. Since then, Holman has joined the City Council and Greg Tanaka replaced her on the commission. On Wednesday, Chair Samir Tuma joined the proposal’s three authors — Vice Chair Lee Lippert and commissioners Dan
Garber and Tanaka — in directing staff to draft revisions. This year, Keller also voted in favor. In their proposal, the three commissioners noted that the City Council doesn’t have a policy discouraging outside communications with project applicants. This creates a loophole that allows the applicants to appeal directly to the council and ignore the commission’s recommen-
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or modernize services so they’d attract and increase ridership and revenues. Caltrain is operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, comprised of representatives from three counties: San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco. In February, Caltrain’s average weekday ridership was 36,778, according to the organization’s annual passenger count. That’s a 6 percent decrease from 2009, but also the first decrease in ridership since the implementation of the Baby Bullet service in 2004. The Friends are working on a bal-
by Chris Kenrick hen the dust settled after Tuesday’s rancorous Palo Alto Board of Education meeting, during which an expected vote on changing the academic calendar for 2011-12 was postponed, two issues seemed evident: A clear majority on the board supports the notion of holding firstsemester finals before winter break as a strategy for easing high school students’ stress by giving teens a two-week study-free break from school. But a majority will not support other calendar changes necessary to achieve pre-break finals and still have two roughly even-length semesters — a school year that begins in mid-August and ends before June 1, with a winter break that spills into the first week of January. Those accompanying changes cause problems for too many families, board members said, encroaching on traditional August vacations and forcing working parents to scramble for scarce child care in the first week of January and early June. The Tuesday board vote on the calendar was postponed after dozens of parents and students showed up to voice their opposition to the proposal, which had the 2011-12 school year convening Thursday, Aug. 18, and ending May 31. Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he would return to the board Dec. 7 with a new recommendation after
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Checking out the new library Circulation staff member Sue Chang helps Andrew Chu, 7, check out 12 books at the re-opening of the College Terrace Library on Saturday (Nov. 6). Watch video of the event at www.youtube.com/paweekly.
‘Friends’ seek to save Caltrain Coalition searches for ways to make the rail line financially secure by Sue Dremann
ithout funding to stabilize Caltrain’s operating costs, commuters could find themselves without the rail line on
the Peninsula for the first time since 1864, when two trains a day carried riders between San Francisco and San Jose.
That’s the message a new group, Friends of Caltrain, told nearly 100 people at the Menlo Park Library Tuesday night. The grassroots coalition of cities, neighborhood groups, employers, environmentalists, transit advocates and residents is seeking ways to find a permanent and dedicated source of operating funds for Caltrain. The commuter service could face a $30 million deficit in 2012, its next fiscal year, said former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who is leading the coalition. Caltrain is facing a tipping point, coalition members said. It lacks funds to either run an existing service so as to keep rider levels up
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Around Town CLOUDY VISION? ... Palo Alto’s planning commissioners have been brainstorming for months to come up with the perfect “vision statement” for the city’s Housing Element — a document that lays out the city’s housing goals and programs that will be part of a revised Comprehensive Plan. This week they agreed to go back to the drawing board after panning the latest vision proposal: “A city in which all neighborhoods thrive.” The previous statement, which talked about “world-class schools” and “treasured cultural institutions,” was ruled out as being too bland and fuzzy. The new one was dismissed as too sleek and simplistic, almost like a commercial slogan. Commission Chair Samir Tuma said reading the new vision statement made him feel “like I’m in a Kaiser Permanente commercial. ... I know we worked very, very hard during this whole process to make things short, concise and punchy,” Tuma said. “I’m fearful the current vision statement has gone too far.” A further hint that the statement is too much in the clouds rather than down to earth comes from the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto: “We believe it is inappropriate that a Housing Element Vision Statement did not mention housing,” chapter President Phyllis Cassel wrote to the commission. EVERYDAY HEROES ... Scores of Palo Alto teachers turned out Tuesday evening to honor two of their own who made a difference. In a reception at Palo Alto school district headquarters, State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, credited Walter Hays Elementary School kindergarten teacher Diana Argenti and Palo Verde Elementary School reading specialist Natalie Bivas for sparking his sponsorship of the “kindergarten readiness” bill, which has recently become law. The new law requires that children be 5 years old by Sept. 1 — rather than the current Dec. 2 — of the year they enter kindergarten. Simitian said he was skeptical when the pair approached him with a petition 18 month ago. People had tried and failed to pass such legislation for two decades. “It’s been
a hard couple of years to believe the system is working, but these women are proof that when you roll up your sleeves the system can be made to work,” he said. With better-prepared kindergartners, Simitian predicted that 10 years from now “California schools are going to be performing better, fewer (students) will be held back and fewer will unnecessarily be placed in special education.” UTILITY POLL ... Local residents still like City of Palo Alto Utilities, but not as much as they used to. That’s the result of a biannual survey that was funded by the California Municipal Utilities Association and conducted over the summer. About 65 percent of customers said they were “very satisfied” with the city-owned utilities, down from 79 percent two years ago. Utilities officials say the economy is to blame and claim that customers are now more critical about the price and value of electricity. Customers also indicated they are less satisfied with department’s communication than they were two years ago. Many also demand more information about power outages. According to a staff report, 65 percent of customers surveyed said they believe outage information would be very helpful, even if the information were inaccurate 25 percent of the time. FALLING BEHIND ... Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was in town recently to offer a plug for Strive for College, the nonprofit enterprise of his nephew, Jacob Stiglitz. America’s position in the postrecession world is going to be diminished, the economist warned. “We’re going to be living in a much more competitive world. One of the reasons China and India’s success — particularly China’s — is they’ve realized the importance of education,” in which the United States has underinvested. Strive for College matches lowincome students with Stanford University students and other undergraduates to mentor them through the college-application process. N
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Annual Holiday Fund campaign commences by Karla Kane t’s that time of year — as the days grow colder and preparations for the holiday season begin, the Palo Alto Weekly kicks off its annual Holiday Fund drive to raise money for local nonprofits helping families and children. “Since the Holiday Fund’s inception in 1993, thousands of people have received critical and caring services, thanks to the $4 million given by generous donors,” said Bill Johnson, Weekly publisher and president of Embarcadero Media, the Weekly’s parent company. “And this year, as in years past, com mun ity members have stepped up to offer matching donations that will make other donors’ gifts go further.” In 2009-10, the fund raised and distributed $240,000 from 430 donors. The majority of the donations are given to Palo Alto and East Palo Alto agencies that serve children and families. Grants are also made to nonprofit child care centers, and scholarships are given to graduating seniors at local public high schools. “Thanks to the grant from the Holiday Fund, we were really able to create something so beneficial for this community,” said Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, coordinator for Parents Place’s Community Education Center, which received $5,000 last year. With the funding, Parents Place (a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services) was able to set up a free workshop series for parents and teens focusing on communication. The first workshop, called a “community conversation,” was held in October. “We looked at the needs of the community and found that parents want to foster a connection with teens and with each other,” Moskowitz-Sweet said. Upcoming workshops will cover such topics as “the romance of risk” (tackling risky behavior),
problem solving and staying connected to teens in a 24/7 digital world. Another $5,000 grant recipient, Palo Alto Family YMCA, used its funding to create an after-school health and fitness program open to all fifth-grade students at Fairmeadow and Palo Verde elementary schools. Participants visit the YMCA, are introduced to peers from the other school, learn about nutrition and health and are then offered a choice of a variety of fitness activities — from swimming to working out with machines to athletic games. Each f i f t h -g r a d e r is also given a free family pass to use at the YMCA once a month. Last year, 60 students participated. “We got really good feedback and a lot of interest in that we’d be able to do it again,” said Danny Koba, the YMCA’s senior youth and community director. “The kids really appreciate the social component, having a place to come after school and the fact that they have a lot of freedom. The goal is to empower the kids to make decisions,” he said. The Weekly Holiday Fund is a partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Packard and Hewlett foundations are supporting the campaign with matching grants totaling more than $50,000. People may donate to this year’s Holiday Fund online through www.siliconvalleycf.org/givingpaw.html. Donors may also write checks payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation and mail them to Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040. The campaign runs through Jan. 14, 2011. N Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@ paweekly.com.
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rotected by a plastic trash-bag smock and a painter’s hat, fifth-grader Phoebe James confidently wielded her paintbrush this week to outline a flower on a wall at her school. “Integrity means if someone’s being bullied, you should stick up for them and not just watch it happen,” she said. Phoebe — with all 541 of her classmates at Palo Alto’s Walter Hays School — is in the midst of creating the third of nine murals in the campus’ Core Values Mural Project, an exercise in nurturing civility in the daily lives of children and adults at the school. In a series of class conversations and assemblies, students reached consensus on what they consider the school’s nine “core values.” Now, with guidance from Principal Mary Bussmann and parent volunteer and professional artist Florence de Bretagne, they’re illustrating those principles of behavior in colorful panoramas across the campus. When the ninth mural is finished, each child, literally, will have left his or her mark on the school, de Bretagne said. As fifth-graders worked to paint “integrity” in rotating small groups this week, de Bretagne asked them to define it. “It means telling the truth and doing the right thing,” Sophie Frick said. Added Nathan Chun: “If you see someone getting bullied, you don’t just stand there — you get help.” “Being true to yourself,” said another. The resulting “integrity” art — a sturdy brown tree trunk bursting with colorful flowers — represents the blooming of a child who is true to him or herself, de Bretagne told the students. “If you’re true to yourself, you will be strong and really blossom and get beautiful,” she said. An already completed “Initiative” mural near the school office depicts a bold field of trees — with one in particular standing out. While painting it, fourth-graders noticed how one of the trees was “really strong and dared to be different, to initiate something new and positive,” de Bretagne recalled. “I asked them to think of a time they had started something new and positive in their lives, and they had trouble with that. “Then we said, ‘If you have a new student in your class and nobody talks to her, somebody can be the one to initiate a conversation.’” The other core values chosen by the students are respect, resilience, cooperation, inclusion, responsibility, perseverance and empathy. Principal Bussmann said children need ways to grasp the relevance of lofty values to their everyday lives. “Social-emotional learning isn’t
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Elementary school students claim their ‘core values’ by painting them
Walter Hays Elementary School students Cooper Kim, left, Jordan Cushard, right, and classmates paint flowers on the ‘integrity’-themed mural on Tuesday. a program. It’s not something you order from a company and pull out of a box and give a lesson. “It has to be at the core of what you do every day, every minute of the day, with every child.” The home-grown values project
‘If you’re true to yourself, you will be strong and really blossom and get beautiful.’
—Florence de Bretagne, parent volunteer and professional artist
grew out of Bussmann’s conversations with parents, as well as a series of school-based parent discussions of P.M. Forni’s book, “Choosing Civility,” over the course of last year. “We read the book and talked about what was on our minds, what we were seeing with children, what we saw at school, what we saw at home, what we cared about and what we wanted for our kids,” Bussmann said. The book group led to formation of a school Core Values Committee and assemblies in which kids were asked, “What do you need to learn and grow at Walter Hays?”
Sometimes the kids would come up with stories, and adults would help them find words. “They’d say, ‘We want other people to understand us when we have hurt feelings’ — empathy comes to mind,” Bussmann said. “It’s so important for them to learn how to treat each other but also important for the principal, teachers and parents to live these codes of conduct, these core values, to the best of our ability every single day. “And it’s really hard. We’re not perfect, but we can learn from our mistakes. “If a child’s feelings are hurt, they can learn to say, ‘Can you please stop that? My feelings are hurt.’ “It takes a lot of courage for children and adults to do that.” Bussman sees long-term payoff in the school-wide Core Values Project. “I think the reward will be children that have a great sense of themselves, who are able to speak up for what they need when their feelings are hurt, know how to solve a conflict, be confident and know how to navigate the world maintaining their respect and honor,” she said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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lot measure they hope to put before voters in 2012 that would institute a tax to provide a steady source of revenue for Caltrain, Kishimoto said. The rail line also has costly plans for electrification, which would increase the lineâ€™s efficiency, reduce emissions by up to 90 percent and attract more riders, coalition members said. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in a March 2009 report, found that the regional transit systemâ€™s long-term viability is at risk and not sustain-
able, based on current projections of transit costs and anticipated revenues. â€œTransportation 2035 Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area,â€? outlined how $218 billion in anticipated federal, state and local transportation funds would be spent in the ninecounty Bay Area during the next 25 years. Caltrain has the second highest ticket-sales revenue among 28 transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Carolyn Clevenger of MTC said. Caltrain takes in 43 percent through fares, according to preliminary findings by the MTCâ€™s Transit Sustainability Project, a follow-up
to Transportation 2035. Nearly 40 percent of Caltrainâ€™s funding comes from three other county transit agencies: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans); and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni). But those agencies are experiencing their own crises due to decreased ridership and budget cuts, officials said. Caltrain â€œis just one competitor for the beleaguered general budgets,â€? Kishimoto said. â€œWe have to look down this frightening cliff and ask ourselves some basic questions: â€˜Can we imagine life on the Peninsula without Caltrain?â€™; â€˜What structural changes should we examine to control longterm costs and increase our ability to deliver more and better service that will attract more riders, not less?â€™â€?
Kishimoto and others said the time is ripe to leverage federal stimulus funds. â€œIf high-speed rail comes, we want to work with representatives to get electrification for Caltrain. The worst nightmare would be for highspeed rail to come with its own independent funding and for Caltrain to go,â€? she said. But getting joint funding would only be possible if there is an end to the squabbling regarding the California high-speed rail initiative and if there is a common voice on regional transportation planning, coalition members said. â€œThis is the turning point,â€? Burlingame Vice Mayor Terry Nagel said, after having met with federal representatives earlier Tuesday. â€œThe federal folks are looking for areas that reach consensus.â€? More than $139 million in federal funds could potentially be part of Caltrainâ€™s share if high-
Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the Utility Departmentâ€™s long-term plan for gas acquisition, and discuss a Library Bond Oversight Committeeâ€™s quarterly report. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss plans for a new home at 405 Lincoln Ave. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss ongoing transportation projects, including the Arastradero Corridor traffic-calming measures, the update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the California Avenue Streetscape Improvements. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss its 2010-11 priorities, Project Safety Net and the commissionâ€™s participation in the Community Development Block Grant Process. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).
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HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss correspondence between Caltrain and California High-Speed Rail Authority; the Nov. 14 rail-authority meeting; and the cityâ€™s letter to the Federal Railroad Administration regarding the rail authorityâ€™s Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the proposed line. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review signage plans for the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and consider proposed additions to the Main Library. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss a possible relocation of the Guy Miller Archives of the Palo Alto Historical Association; follow up on the Link+ program and discuss options for a temporary Main Library. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss art projects at the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, hear a report on relocation of sculptures at the Palo Alto Art Center during construction and hear updates on the California Avenue fountain replacement project and dedication of the recently relocated Filaree statue. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).
speed rail receives federal funding, which would fund a study on electrification, according to the coalition. Caltrain board member Arthur Lloyd said modernization provides good potential for financial revitalization. That was shown when â€œbaby bulletâ€? trains were added and ridership increased. Ironically, electrification was explored with a number of engines in 1923, but the project halted during the Depression in 1929, he said. Todd McIntyre, SamTrans community-relations manager, said funding isnâ€™t likely to improve from Caltrainâ€™s usual funding sources, the other transit agencies. SamTrans eliminated 60 employees during the last fiscal year, he said. Electrification would help improve financial sustainability by doubling ridership, reducing pollution from trains by up to 90 percent and allowing for more efficient service. One additional train in each direction could run every peak hour, he said. If Caltrain does encounter its â€œworst case scenarioâ€? â€” the $30 million deficit in 2012 â€” train service could be reduced to one an hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and could be eliminated entirely on weekends, he said. Losing Caltrain could have a much greater regional impact on Bay Area quality of life and economics, Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner Sue Lempert said. â€œIf Caltrain went out of business, what happens to transit villages along the way?â€? she asked. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt said losing Caltrain would have enormous impacts on Palo Alto and Stanford. â€œStanford as an entity is helping to subsidize Caltrain more than any other entity,â€? he said. Many university employees and workers in Stanford Research Park, including Facebook, use Caltrain, he said. â€œWe would have great congestion, and the Stanford campus and (proposed) hospital development are hinged upon Caltrain,â€? he said. The primary recommendation for easing traffic congestion as a result of Stanfordâ€™s planned expansion is the GO Pass from Caltrain, which provides unlimited rides for a year for one price. The university accounts for 50 percent of Caltrainâ€™s GO Passes currently. When the hospital is added, Stanford will account for two-thirds of all Caltrain GO Passes, he said. The Friends group plans a summit on Jan. 29, 2011, with an official kickoff to include Rep. Anna Eshoo and the Silicon Valley Leadership Council, among others. A â€œstakeholderâ€? outreach meeting is planned for spring, with another public outreach meeting for summer or fall 2011. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at email@example.com.
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Palo Alto to require ‘better’ smoke alarms Palo Alto became the second city in California to strengthen its requirements for smoke alarms after the City Council agreed to change the city’s fire code Monday night. The council decided to follow in the footsteps of Massachusetts and require builders, landlords and home renovators to install photoelectric alarms — which become activated when the lights they emit get disturbed — in kitchens. The council made the change upon suggestion of Fire Marshall Gordon Simpkinson, who lauded photoelectric alarms as a safer and more effective alternative to the commonly used ionization alarms, which rely on electric currents. Simpkinson said ionization alarms take longer than photoelectric alarms to become activated during a smoldering fire, in some cases by more than 15 minutes. Furthermore, roughly 20 percent of ionization alarms get disabled by residents because of “nuisance activation,” most notably from cooking fumes. The council considered requiring photoelectric alarms in all new buildings, but reconsidered after learning that ionization alarms could be more effective during flash fires. Mayor Pat Burt recommended requiring builders, landlords and homeowners making major renovation to install either dual-sensor alarms or both types of alarms at areas outside the kitchen. In the kitchen area, where nuisance activation is common, photoelectric alarms will now be required. Simpkinson said the two types of smoke alarms cost roughly the same (about $13). A dual-sensor alarm costs about $25. He recommended making photoelectric alarms a requirement for new buildings, as well as those undergoing renovations or ownership changes. N — Gennady Sheyner
Coldwell Banker acquires Cashin Company Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced Thursday (Nov. 11) that it has acquired the assets of Cashin Company Realtors. Founded in 1995 by Emmet J. “Skip” Cashin III, Cashin Company has 270 real estate agents in seven offices in San Mateo County and accounted for more than $1 billion in sales volume in the last 12 months, said Coldwell Banker spokesman Steve Maita. Cashin offices will now operate under the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage name, he said. Cashin is headquartered in Menlo Park and has offices in Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside. With this acquisition, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has 60 offices in the Bay Area with 3,500 sales associates who accounted for more than $11 billion in sales last year, Maita said. Cashin Company is “a perfect fit with Coldwell Banker in terms of our respective cultures, our core values and our strength in the local marketplace, especially in the luxury market,” Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a press release. “During this economic climate and challenging real estate market, it’s more important than ever to be the clear industry leader,” he said. Cashin said in a press release that his firm had many suitors in recent years, but decided that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the right choice in terms of the scale and scope of the company, agent support, technological tools, networking opportunities, and cultural fit. N — The Almanac staff
Stores squabble over ‘Ernie’s Liquors’ name Barron Park store owner and former landlord both want the name for competing enterprises by Sue Dremann
ompeting banners hang from the vacant barn-red building with a red-tile roof at 3871 El Camino Real in Barron Park: Longtime tenant Ernie’s Wine & Liquors has moved across the street, one proclaims. But the other offers a conflicting message: “Ernie’s Liquors opening shortly in this same location.” Yet another banner hangs from a storefront at 3866 El Camino Real, a low-slung, L-shaped white building just across Military Way: “Ernie’s Wine — new location.” The battle of the two Ernie’s has begun. The dispute between a tenant and his former landlord over who owns the liquor store’s name is now headed for Santa Clara County Superior Court, with landlord Johny Mathew of San Jose suing former tenant Antony Puthanpurayil, according to court papers. Ernie’s Liquors has been a mainstay at 3871 El Camino Real for more than 56 years, neighboring business owners said. The liquor store was one of only a few such retail outlets for booze south of Stanford University back in the days when Stanford restricted alcohol sales near the campus. Puthanpurayil purchased Ernie’s from Mathew about 10 years ago. He claims he spent about $1 million for the “goodwill” and merchandise combined, although a source close to both men put the figure lower. When the lease expired in October, Mathew and Puthanpurayil tried to renegotiate, only to end up arguing about the lease. Mathew wanted to raise the lease by 5 percent for each of the next 10 years, according to the source, an employee at Barron Park Florist, which is next door to the original Ernie’s. But Puthanpurayil only wanted the one-time lease rise, arguing that to have any other percentage increases would effectively double his rent by the end of the decade. Mathew wanted a lease provision for a percentage increase annually to keep up with inflation, the source said on condition of anonymity. After one month of negotiations — during which time Puthanpurayil said he was going to move but then changed his mind — Mathew told his former tenant the building had been leased to someone else, Puthanpurayil said. Now Puthanpurayil claims he purchased the goodwill from Mathew and that includes the Ernie’s name. Mathew claims the name belongs to the building, the employee said. Puthanpurayil has moved his business into the existing A-1 Liquors at the L-shaped building. He already owned that liquor store as well as Ernie’s, he said, and decided to take the Ernie’s name with him. It was all he had left of the old place, besides his good will with his customers, he said. “My equity, my good will, even the equipment and my customer base” remained with Mathew, he said.
Parents, administrators and outside consultants on Palo Alto’s pilot Mandarin Immersion Program Tuesday told the Board of Education the threeyear-old offering has been successful and should become permanent. With 88 K-3 students in four classrooms at Ohlone School, the program has achieved surprisingly good academic results, according to Xiauqui Xu, a Stanford University graduate student and native Mandarin speaker who has been involved in assessing student proficiency in Mandarin and English. The goal of program organizers was an enrollment of one-third from Mandarin-speaking backgrounds and two-thirds from English-speaking backgrounds. That balance has not been maintained precisely and is “something to watch,” said Assistant Superintendent Virginia Davis. Ohlone Principal Bill Overton said Mandarin-Immersion families have integrated well with the rest of the school. “You can see it in playground activities, and when all the grade-level teachers meet,” he told the board. A $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education has funded start-up costs of the Mandarin program, including development of curriculum materials through the fifth grade. School board members questioned program representatives on testing, staffing, financing and admission policies of the Mandarin program. The item will return to the board at an unspecified date for further discussion and a decision as to whether the program should become permanent. N — Chris Kenrick
Ownership of the ‘Ernie’s Wines & Liquors’ name is being disputed. The Barron Park store operator moved his retail operation across the street, right, while the landlord of the old Ernie’s, left, is trying to re-open a liquor store under the same name. New operators have applied for a liquor license under the Ernie’s Liquors name, according to an application filed with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in San Jose. The licensees, Mathew Chacko and Stephen Joseph, could not be reached for comment. Mathew and his attorney also did not return phone calls. The Barron Park Florist worker observed Thursday that both Puthanpurayil and Mathew might end up with less than they started as a result of the spat. Puthanpurayil “was making a ton of money here. He had no competition,” the employee said. And “the landowner has to get a liquor license. There’s no guarantee the neighbors will allow that to happen.”
He pointed out that other stores, including the owner of Barron Park Market, have tried to get licenses to sell alcoholic beverages and have met with strong neighborhood opposition. Walgreen’s permit application was turned down, as was the grocery store’s, he said. On Tuesday, wine company salesmen at Puthanpurayil’s Ernie’s were arranging and setting up displays and racks of bottles. “I want to make it state of the art,” Puthanpurayil said, taking stock of the new store. “I have promised the neighbors I will beat any price, no matter what. And I’ll offer the best customer service.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CityView A round-up of
Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (Nov. 8)
Building code: The council approved changes to the city’s building code to make it more consistent with California’s green-building standards. Yes: Unanimous Smoke alarms: The council approved changes to the fire code to set new requirements for photoelectric smoke alarms and dual-sensor alarms at new houses, rental houses and houses undergoing renovations and ownership transfers. Yes: Unanimous
Board of Education (Nov. 9)
School calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13: The board postponed a scheduled vote on proposed calendars, pending a new superintendent’s recommendation expected Dec. 7. Action None Mandarin Immersion: The board heard a presentation on the status of the district’s three-year-old pilot Mandarin Immersion Program, including a recommendation that the program’s status be boosted from “pilot” to “ongoing.” Action None
Policy and Services Committee (Nov. 9)
Partnerships: The committee discussed the city’s public-private partnerships, the committee’s role and annual schedule and topics for discussion at the upcoming committee meetings. Action: None
Planning & Transportation Commission (Nov. 10)
Housing Element: The commission discussed proposed revisions to the Housing Element chapter of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Action: None Communication: The commission directed staff to draft revisions to its policy on ex parte communications. The current policy “strongly discourages” commissioners from holding private discussions with project applicants. Yes: Garber, Keller, Lippert, Tanaka, Tuma No: Fineberg, Martinez
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Downtown shoppers: Relaxed parking regulations In the spirit of holiday goodwill, the City of Palo Alto will temporarily relax restrictions in city parking garages to give visitors more time in Palo Alto’s downtown shopping district. From Nov. 15 through Jan. 1, shoppers will be allowed to park for up to four hours for free in certain garages. (Posted Nov. 11 at 12:07 p.m.)
Local students featured as ‘Everyday Geniuses’ Two recent graduates of Palo Alto High School were featured in the San Francisco-based Everyday Genius Institute’s “Think Like A Genius Straight A+ Student” project, which sought to uncover the learning and studying strategies of top high school students. (Posted Nov. 10 at 4:52 p.m.)
Palo Alto taps Mike Sartor to head Public Works Mike Sartor, who has spent the past eight years in the number two position in Palo Alto’s Public Works Department, will fill the department’s top position while the city searches for departing Director Glenn Roberts’ permanent replacement, City Manager James Keene announced Wednesday. (Posted Nov. 10 at 12:14 p.m.)
Liz Kniss to join Caltrain board of directors Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss will join the Caltrain board of directors in early December, giving Palo Alto and other northcounty cities their first representative on the nine-member board — at a critical time in Caltrain’s future. (Posted Nov. 10 at 9:36 a.m.)
Menlo council approves BevMo with 3-2 vote The Menlo Park City Council upheld the Planning Commission’s decision to let Beverages & More open a store in a spot that’s sat empty for 18 months in the strip mall at 700 El Camino Real that also houses Staples and Big 5. (Posted Nov. 10 at 8:47 a.m.)
Domestic violence leads to kidnapping arrest A Palo Alto man was arrested Friday after storming into a smog shop and forcibly removing and kidnapping his girlfriend, Palo Alto police said. (Posted Nov. 9 at 9:57 a.m.)
White roofing material spills into Matadero Creek About 25 gallons of a white roofing material washed into Matadero Creek during Sunday’s rainstorm. An investigation is under way by Palo Alto fire department and city environmental officials, Ken Torke, manager of environmental control programs, confirmed Monday. (Posted Nov. 8 at 5:29 p.m.)
Boy on bike collides with bus in Palo Alto A 13-year-old boy suffered a broken nose and cuts to his face Monday morning when he collided with a school bus while riding his bicycle in Palo Alto, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. (Posted Nov. 8 at 1:39 p.m.)
VIDEO: Renovated Library opens to public After a year-long remodel, the doors of the College Terrace branch of the Palo Alto library system were thrown open to the public again Saturday afternoon. It was the first of four branch libraries scheduled for renovation or reconstruction in the next few years. The fifth branch, the Children’s Library, was re-opened in 2007 after an expansion.
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consulting with the district’s teacher-dominated Calendar Committee to ascertain whether teachers could work with semesters of up to 20 days’ difference in length. Whatever the outcome, next year’s school start date is likely to be Monday, Aug. 22, or Tuesday, Aug. 23, similar to the recent past, board and staff members said. Several students and their parents Tuesday argued that first-semester finals in December would exacerbate, not reduce, their stress levels. They said there have been no empirical studies to support the argument that pre-break finals ease stress and criticized as unscientific informal polls indicating a wide margin of Gunn and Palo Alto high school students favor December finals. But board members appear not to buy that argument. If teachers can live with uneven semesters, a board majority appeared ready to join a clear Bay Area trend toward pre-winter break finals. In the immediate area, nearly all high schools have made the shift,
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rection and action of the Planning and Transportation Commission regarding their application.” Garber pointed to the example of Alma Plaza, John McNellis’ mixed-use development that gained the city’s approval last year after years of intense negotiations and neighborhood criticism. Garber said the sense in the community is that the developer basically ignored the commission’s recommendations because he knew he could speak directly to council members, who had the final say on the project. Tanaka said the present rules, by discouraging commissioners from visiting sites or talking to applicants, force the officials to act on incomplete information. The proposed policy would enable commissioners to get more information and, in doing so, actually promote transparency, Tanaka said. “We’re looking at these projects through a very thin straw, and it
including Menlo-Atherton, Los Altos, Mountain View, Woodside, St. Francis, Castilleja and Menlo. Parents and administrators at M-A, Los Altos, Mountain View, Castilleja and St. Francis have said students and teachers are so happy with the shift they would never go back. Attention shifted to the highperforming Fremont Union High School District, which has achieved both pre-break finals and a lateAugust start date by sacrificing semester parity. This year’s first semester in that district, which includes the top-performing Monta Vista High School, is 80 days long and second semester is 100 days long. Palo Alto board President Barbara Klausner, who previously appeared cool toward pre-break finals, said her opinion changed after conversations with board members, parents and administrators in Fremont Union. “I called them because I had issues with whether pre-break finals are actually important,” Klausner said. “I wanted to know if students’ grades had suffered by not having enough time to study for finals, or
if there’d been a problem with college applications. I didn’t hear it; it wasn’t a problem. “There really was not an underlying current of complaint, and that carries weight with me,” Klausner said. But Palo Alto should not move to uneven semesters if it means teachers will be forced to cram excessive material into the first semester, Klausner said. Board member Camille Townsend, who has been the most vocal in questioning the merits of pre-break finals, said teachers in Palo Alto as well as in the Fremont Union High School District should be consulted on a future course. “We can’t compromise instructional integrity,” Townsend said. “There needs to be a conversation with teachers particularly. If unequal semesters undermine instruction, that’s problematic. And I don’t want people pointing fingers at the teachers and saying, ‘They’re the bad guys here.’ “I still have some deep reservations about pre-break finals,” Townsend said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at email@example.com.
doesn’t do the project or the public justice,” Tanaka said. The memo proposes to add a series of other rules, including ones “strongly encouraging” commissioners to receive training on appropriate communications, to disclose any meetings that had taken place and to publicize any written materials connected with the meetings. It would apply to “planned -community (PC) zone” projects such as Alma Plaza and quasi-judicial hearings. “We are recognized throughout the bay as one of the most difficult cities to get work done (in),” Garber said, citing a recent case in which a resident spent a reported $500,000 over three years to get the city’s approval to demolish and replace a home in the Professorville neighborhood. “There’s nothing to be lost by engaging,” he added. “Cloistering ourselves from the community doesn’t help us — it’s not what Palo Alto is about.” Keller argued vehemently against the memo, but ultimately joined the majority after the authors agreed to add new policies guiding disclosure of information gleaned at the pri-
vate meetings. He said he reserves the right to vote against the memo if these rules aren’t stringent enough. Fineberg and Martinez both argued that the change would create new problems rather than solve existing ones. Fineberg said the commission is now respected for its impartiality and integrity and argued that the proposed change would undermine this reputation. “Anything that we have that allows us to act with impartiality, with a firmness, with compliance and with the difficult issues that are caused by human nature, I think, keeps us in a better place,” Fineberg said. Martinez said the change would add a new problem in the public’s “perception of us as a city.” College Terrace resident Fred Balin, land-use watchdog Tom Jordan and Palo Alto Neighborhoods President Sherri Furman also lobbied the commission Wednesday to hold off on making changes. They noted that the council’s Policy and Services Committee is now revising the council’s own procedures. The changes would prohibit the council from talking to applicants until the planning commission and the Architectural Review Board have completed their deliberations. Furman said one of her group’s priorities is transparency and openness and urged the commission to continue discouraging private meetings with applicants. Balin and Jordan asked the commission to hold off on any changes until after the council makes its revisions. Jordan described the commission’s consideration of the colleagues’ memo as “two ships passing in the night.” “It doesn’t give the citizens of the city a great deal of confidence to have a majority changing the rule one way while the council is changing it the other way,” Jordan said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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AchieveKids celebrates 50 years of service Christmas came early in Palo Alto this year at the Festival of Trees, a charity event held at the Palo Alto Hills Country Club Thursday (Nov. 4), at which specially decorated Christmas trees were auctioned off to raise funds for AchieveKids, an organization celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting children with mental or emotional disabilities. (Posted Nov. 6 at 11:29 a.m.)
Man on cell phone assaulted, robbed in Palo Alto A man was on his cell phone in the 500 block of Forest Avenue at 12:08 a.m. Friday morning (Nov. 5) when two men jumped out of a car and robbed him of his wallet, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said. (Posted Nov. 5 at 3:13 p.m.)
Crime rate has dropped in East Palo Alto Violent crimes have declined significantly in East Palo Alto this year, with homicides dropping by 43 percent and shootings down 51 percent, according to a statistical crime report released by the police department Friday (Nov. 5). (Posted Nov. 5 at 1:34 p.m.)
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Creek project trickles ahead despite spiking costs San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority decides to implement downstream improvements in phases; warns of possible cost-sharing by property owners by Gennady Sheyner
n ambitious proposal to tame the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek might have to be split into phases after a new analysis showed the project’s cost more than doubling, to $20 million. Ultimately, the cost overflow may mean that owners of properties near the downstream portions of the creek may have to help pay to top off the project through a “special financing district” bond measure, according to officials. The downstream project near the Palo Alto Baylands is the first of a series of improvements that the San Francisquito Creek Joint Power Authority is considering as part of its effort to protect Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park from a 100-year flood — an event that by definition has a 1 percent chance of occurring every year. The project focuses on the area east of U.S. Highway 101, considered the most vulnerable area around the volatile creek. In 1998, a flood overtopped the creek, damaging more than 1,700 properties.
The creek authority aims to increase the creek’s capacity and improve flood protection by widening the creek channel, removing an old levee near the Palo Alto Baylands and installing floodwalls. The widening would place new levees on the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, requiring a redesign of the course. The authority’s board of directors consists of elected officials from the three cities, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Mateo County Flood Control District. The downstream plan has already won the approval of the agencies and is scheduled to achieve environmental clearance by next summer. But the agencies now have run into a new obstacle: Recent changes in the project’s designs and the authority’s goals have pushed the estimated price tag from $8 million to $20 million. JPA Executive Director Len Materman told the Weekly the jump in the cost estimate isn’t too surprising given recent project revisions.
The previous estimate was based on a “conceptual analysis” and didn’t consider many of the practical design issues now included, he said. The new estimate includes the costs of demolishing the existing levees, relocating PG&E transmission towers along the creek and reconstructing the golf course. It also includes a different design for the floodwalls near the creek, Materman said. The creek authority’s goals have also become more ambitious since the first estimate. Its new criteria call for the downstream project to provide protection from both a 100year flood and from sea-level rise, Materman said. Before, sea-level rise was not a major consideration. “To build something now that doesn’t take into account sea-level rise would be short-sighted,” Materman said. “We wouldn’t want the community in 10, 20 or 30 years to have to go back and rebuild what should’ve been done today.” Under the new plan, the first phase of the downstream project
would include removing the existing levee between the creek and the Baylands, building new levees to create a widened channel, reconstructing the golf course to accommodate the levees, relocating the transmission lines and excavating sediment in the channel. The second phase would include installing floodwalls between Highway 101 and the new levees and connecting the floodwalls to the new Highway 101 bridge, according to Materman’s report. So far, the authority plans on having about $15 million available for the project, most of it from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which passed a bond measure in 2000 to raise money for flood protection. To complete the project, the authority may need to create a special financing district encompassing sections of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto near the creek, Materman said. Owners of properties in this district could then be asked to pass a bond to complete the project, he said. The JPA board agreed at the agency’s Oct. 28 meeting that given the new cost estimate the authority should phase the project rather than wait until there is enough money to build the full project. The first phase is expected to protect the downstream area from a 100-year flood — but just barely. If such an event occurs, the creek would be filled almost to the brim, with about a foot to spare, Materman said. While this phase would
constitute “substantial flood control benefit” for the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto residents near the downstream area, it would not be enough to get their properties out of the 100year flood plain or eliminate the requirement for flood insurance. That would have to wait until the project’s second phase is completed. More than 3,000 properties are currently required to contribute to the National Flood Insurance Program because of the creek, according to the JPA. In addition to providing flood protection, the authority aims to use its capital projects to provide new and improved habitats for the area’s golfers and hikers, as well as for endangered species in the creek’s watershed. Rob de Geus, Palo Alto’s division manager for Recreation and Golf, told the City Council in October that up to six holes at the golf course may have to be reconfigured as a result of the new levees. Mayor Pat Burt, who represents Palo Alto on the JPA board, said at a recent council meeting that the disruption to the golf course is expected to take “months, not years” and that it will ultimately result in an improved course, according to golf-course architects. “They believe it will be done in non-peak season for golfing and that it will have a net positive result in the quality and value of the course,” Burt said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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Last Year’s Grant Recipients Adolescent Counseling Services ..........$10,000 All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Palo Alto ....$7,500 California Family Foundation ....................$2,500 CASSY (Counseling and Support .............$5,000 Cleo Eulau Center.......................................$2,500 Collective Roots..........................................$5,000 Community Legal Services in EPA ..........$5,000 Downtown Streets Team ........................$15,000 DreamCatchers ........................................$5,000 East Palo Alto Children’s Day Committee ..................................................$5,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation ................$7,500 East Palo Alto Youth Court ........................$5,000 Environmental Volunteers ........................$3,000 EPA.net.........................................................$2,500 Foothill-De Anza Foundation ....................$5,000 Girls To Women .........................................$2,500 Gunn High School Green Team................$1,000 InnVision ......................................................$5,000 Jewish Family and Children’s Services ....$5,000 JLS Middle School PTA.............................$3,500 Jordan Middle School PTA.......................$3,500 Kara ..............................................................$5,000 Mayview Community Health Center .....$10,000 Music in the Schools Foundation ............$5,000 New Creation Home Ministries ...............$5,000 Northern California Urban Development ....$7,500 Nuestra Casa ..............................................$5,000 Opportunity Health Center .......................$7,500 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation ..............$5,000 Palo Alto YMCA ..........................................$5,000 Palo Alto Library Foundation .................$50,000 Palo Alto PTA Council Arts ......................$2,000 Quest Learning Center of the EPA Library ..................................................$5,000 Reading Partners .......................................$7,500 St. Elizabeth Seton School .......................$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul Society ......................$5,000 West Meadow Track Watch Patrols.......$5,000 Youth Community Service .........................$5,000 Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) .............................................$2,500 CHILD CARE CAPITAL GRANTS Children’s Center .......................................$3,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care ..............$3,000 PreSchool Family .......................................$3,000 The Children’s Pre-School Center ...........$3,000
Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Casualty/fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Restraining order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
A weekly compendium of vital statistics
Palo Alto Nov. 2-8 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Assault w/ a deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . .1 Attempted suicide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Kidnapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Pursuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Nov. 2-8 Violence related Assault w/ a deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspended license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Cancelled case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Atherton Nov. 2-8 Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Be on the lookout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Foot patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hang-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Perimeter check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Public works call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Special detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
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Lorraine Frances Haag, age 93, long time resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully on November 1, 2010. Lorraine was an inspiring woman who enchanted all who knew her with her sparkling wit and wisdom. Born in Roseville, California on March 15, 1917, Lorraine â€œSkippyâ€? Jacobsen grew up in Redwood City. She graduated Sequoia High School 1935 where she was active in sports, Treble Clef, and operettas. At San Jose State University she was a member of Orchesis, a modern dance troupe, and
graduated with a BA in 1940. In 1942 she married the love of her life, Russell I. Haag, and began a 22 year adventure as a Navy wife. In later years she traveled extensively with Russell throughout the world making lasting friendships wherever they went. She dedicated her life to being a supportive partner to her husband of 57 years, a Mom to Carrol Reid, Sharon Haag, Lesley Haag and John Haag, grandmother to Sherri Gazay, Scott Brink, Lisa Reid, Ryan Brink, Josh Reid, Gilee Corral, Michael Reid, Drew Blaikie, and great-grandson Chase Brink. As the family history bookmaker, she documented in many books the history of the Haag and Jacobsen families. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. PA I D
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#%,%34% (%.:%, Celeste Mariana Schmitt Henzel, 60, of Portola Valley, California, died November 6, 2010. Celeste was born January 10, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois to Russell G. and Rose Schmitt. Celeste received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1986. She began a successful career in Real Estate in Laguna Beach, California and became a highly esteemed Realtor/Broker in the San Francisco Bay area.
Celeste is survived by her husband, Robert Grey Henzel of Portola Valley, California, her brother, Russell F. Schmitt of Anaheim, California, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell G. and Rose Schmitt. In lieu of ďŹ‚owers, Celesteâ€™s family requests donations be made to Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026. A service for Celeste will be held at: Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 West Central Avenue, Brea, Ca. 92821 Friday, November 12th, 1 PM. 714-529-3961. Meal will follow for family and friends. For more information refer to Spangler Mortuaries, 399 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, Ca. 94022. 650-9486619. PA I D
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#!04!). 7!,4%2 , '/,$%.2!4( Captain Walter L. Goldenrath (MSC) USN, age 92, a long time resident of Palo Alto, California died on the evening of October 28, 2010. His wife, Sylvia, preceded him in death in 2003. He is survived by many caring friends and relatives. Captain Goldenrath graduated from the University of California Berkeley, and served in the PaciďŹ c and Southern Atlantic theatres during World War II. After the war, he returned to UC Berkeley to complete a graduate degree, and later an additional graduate degree from the University of Southern California. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to the US Naval Medical Institute as an instructor in high altitude Physiology, where he trained ďŹ‚ight surgeons and conducted research on G-protection and explosive decompression. Following his service in the Korean War he returned to UC Berkeley to continue his work on hypertension, and to serve as a lecturer/instructor of Physiology. He taught basic Physiology at the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy, and also taught anatomy of the head and neck in the Dental School. In 1955 he returned to active duty as OfďŹ cer in
Charge of the Navyâ€™s research program to develop a high altitude protective pressure suit. The ďŹ rst two NASA astronauts, Alan Shepard and John Glenn, later wore this suit in Project Mercury. In 1970 Captain Goldenrath was appointed Director of the Aero Medical Research Division at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Captain Goldenrathâ€™s ďŹ nal military assignment was to the NASA-Ames Research Center as a Special Assistant to the Director of Life Sciences and as Assistant Division Chief of the Ames Biomedical Research Division. Captain Goldenrath retired from the US Navy in 1975 and was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Award from the Surgeon General of the Navy. Following his retirement, Captain Goldenrath continued as a consultant to NASA, helping to transfer NASA biomedical technology to the civilian medical community. Captain Goldenrath was a Fellow and Vice President of the Aerospace Medical Association, and a Life Member of the Safety And Flight Equipment Association. In 2004 he was inducted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame, where his name is inscribed on the Wall of Honor. A cryptside service will be held on Friday, November 26 at 1:00 pm at Salem Memorial Park, in Colma, CA. PA I D
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Transitions Philanthropist Rosemary Hewlett dies at 91 Benefactor to education was wife of HP co-founder William â€˜Billâ€™ Hewlett
osemary Kopmeier Bradford Hewlett, the second wife of Silicon Valley pioneer William â€œBillâ€? Hewlett, died Oct. 29 after a short illness, according to a statement by Menlo College, where she had been a longtime board member. She was 91. Hewlett died at her Atherton home surrounded by her family and loved ones, according to the statement. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and met her first husband, Robert Adam Bradford, of Boston, Mass., while on a ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho, according to her obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle. The couple married in 1942 and lived in Milwaukee until they moved to Atherton in 1957. Bob Bradford died in 1969. They had five children. She married William R. Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company, in 1978. The couple was married in Palo Alto and was together for 22 years, traveling and dividing their time between their homes in Portola Valley and Sun Valley, according to the statement. William â€œBillâ€? Hewlett died in 2001. â€œRosemary leaves a long legacy of contribution and accomplishment. That legacy will live on through her generosity of spirit, the love of her family and friends, and her many philanthropic endeavors,â€? a Hewlett-Packard Company spokesperson said on Thursday. Rosemary Hewlett was an active board member of Menlo College where she was the sole donor of the Hewlett Visiting Faculty/Student Exchange with Harris Manchester College at Oxford University in England, from which she received an honorary fellow degree, according to Menlo College. One of her favorite projects at the college was the library. She funded its program for innovative technology resources. Because they loved her, the library staff named its information system ROSIE (the
Harry Sturgeon Harry J. Sturgeon, 79, a former Palo Alto resident, died Sept. 9 in Penticton, Canada. He was born in Palo Alto, graduated from Palo Alto High School received a bachelorâ€™s degree from Stanford University in economics and an masterâ€™s degree in counseling from California State University, Hayward. He worked as a school psychologist for the Fresno Cty School District and in his wifeâ€™s private clinic in Santa Cruz. He is survived by his wife, Mary;
Resource for Online Services and Information Electronically) after her. The interactive system supported the scholarly work of Menloâ€™s students and faculty and connected them to information resources from around the world, according to the college release. Hewlett was a founding board member of the Peninsula Bridge Program. She also endowed a scholarship for a deserving high school student to attend college through the program, the college said. â€œRosie was intelligent, caring and has a wonderful sense of humor. Her touch was common and her personality was real. She was very approachable and if she didnâ€™t like something, she would just say so, which I found very refreshing,â€? Les DeWitt, a founder of the Bridge Program and its executive director, said in a Fall 2002 interview for Menlo Magazine. Hewlett also commented then on her own perspective of leadership: â€œA leader is a person who puts herself out to make a point, to care about a subject, who guides everyone else along the way to follow. Itâ€™s wonderful and itâ€™s terrible, for you must be responsible for where you lead, for the mistakes you make. Those following are looking to you to take them to the right place. She is survived by her children: David Bradford and his wife, Diane, of Tiberon; Robert Bradford of Woodside; Peter Bradford and his wife, Betty, of Portola Valley; Deborah Bradford Whelan and husband Gabe of Atherton; and Jeffrey Bradford and his wife Casey of Kauai, Hawaii, and Sun Valley, Idaho. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Private services were held Nov. 6. She will be buried in Sun Valley. Donations may be made to the Peninsula Bridge Program, 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, or through www.peninsulabridge.org/support. sister Elizabeth McManis; and three children, Alex Sturgeon, Carol Ellsworth and Katherine Sturgeon.
Mary Davey A memorial service for environmental advocate Mary Davey, who died Oct. 2, will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. The event will be hosted by the Davey family, the Committee for Green Foothills and Hidden Villa.
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%,):!"%4( !.. 2(/!$3 3#/44 *!.5!29 ./6%-"%2 Elizabeth Scott was born in San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School in 1946, where she excelled in tennis. She was a champion Nor Cal junior’s player, winning many titles, highlighted by the Bay Counties championship. Elizabeth went onto graduate from U.C. Berkeley in 1950 with a B.A. in education. She married Russell F. Scott in 1952, and began her life as a military wife for the next 10 years. Her favorite places to live during that time were, Japan, Boston, and Hawaii.
Elizabeth was a loving and dedicated wife to Russell for over 57 years, the past 40 years residing in Palo Alto. She was passionate about gardening, golﬁng, and spending time with her friends and family. Elizabeth was a member of The Palo Alto Garden Club, Gamble Gardens, and Allied Arts Guild. Elizabeth and Russell were avid travelers; they traveled extensively throughout Europe, Northern Africa and North America. She is survived by her husband, Russell, son, Randy, daughter-in-law, Cynthia, and her two grand-children; Jordan and Jena. Elizabeth will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorial service will be held Friday, November 12, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Reception to follow at 435 Coleridge Avenue, Palo Alto PA I D