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LECTU R E S E R I ES It’s Time to Talk About It:

Eating Disorders and the Athlete Dispelling the Myths and Finding the Facts February 24, 2011 at 7pm Our panel of experts from the comprehensive eating disorders program will discuss how to know when too much exercise is unhealthy and identifying young athletes at risk for eating disorders. Panel Experts: James Lock, MD, PhD; Hans Steiner, MD; Neville Golden, MD; Jennifer Carlson, MD

This free lecture will be held in the Freidenrich Auditorium at Packard Children’s Hospital. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your space online at calendar.lpch.org or call (650) 724-3783. For additional 20th Anniversary Lecture Series offerings, visit anniversary.lpch.org

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Uncertainties mount for struggling Caltrain Friends of Caltrain group seeks public input to keep and modernize the Peninsula rail line by Sue Dremann

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acing the looming possibility that Caltrain could go bankrupt if other means of financing are not found, Friends of Caltrain — a grassroots group of riders, neighborhood groups, environmentalists and employers — will hold a community

meeting Saturday, Jan. 29, in support of the Peninsula’s beleaguered rail line. Caltrain is facing a $30 million deficit on a $100 million budget in the coming fiscal year. The rail line could cut all service except for peak

commuter hours as early as July if additional funding is not found, ending non-peak weekday service, weekend and special-events service. Seven stations would be closed and service south of San Jose would end, according to Sean Elsbernd, chair of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain. He gave the dire prediction at a Silicon Valley Leadership Group summit held at Stanford University on Jan. 21. He is also scheduled to speak at

Saturday’s event in San Carlos. Currently, three transit agencies partially fund the rail service. Forty percent of Caltrain’s operating budget comes from San Mateo County’s SamTrans, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). Budget cuts and reduced state funding of those agencies have led them to slash their subsidies of Caltrain, according to rail officials.

Fare revenues account for another 43 percent of funding. The remainder comes from a variety of sources that varies from year to year, according to Christine Dunn, Caltrain spokesperson. Friends of Caltrain wants the rail line to be financed independently and also modernized. If Caltrain were to shut down entirely or drastically cut service, (continued on page 9)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Jury to hear about accused murderer’s threats Judge allows prosecution to show jury evidence about Bulos Zumot’s alleged threats to kill girlfriend by Gennady Sheyner

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A hair-raising experience Roxana Peralta-Rawson, 9, holds onto a Van de Graaff generator, which creates static electricity, at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo during Science Night on Jan. 26. Science Night offered special exhibits and opportunities to pet the zoo animals, with proceeds benefiting Partners in Education.

EDUCATION

Pitching their products Seventh-grade girls go before venture capitalists to tout laptop skins, Scrabble necklaces by Chris Kenrick

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llie Caccamo is vice president for manufacturing of Silli Skinz, a startup that makes “protective coverings� for laptops. She’s also in middle school. Sunday night at the Computer History Museum, Allie and her fellow seventh-graders from The Girls’ Middle School in Mountain View will present their business plans to a panel of real venture capitalists in the school’s annual Entrepreneurial Night. This week the girls rehearsed their pitches at the school, practicing eye contact, speech clarity, graphic presentations, posture, messaging and more. “We first tried contact paper, but that resulted in air bubbles and left

residue on the laptops,� Allie explained, her voice amplified by a microphone. “Then we found vinyl cling film that sticks using static electricity ... leading to the flawless final product that we’re proud to present today.� In the rear of the room, teacher Tricia Kellison and parent volunteer Renate Steiner, both Palo Alto residents, offered professional tips. “The length is really good — you’ve done a great job cutting things out, but, Allie, you’re still reading,� Kellison said. “It’s a great script. You need to say it to the audience, not read it.� Can entrepreneurship be taught to middle-school girls? Will the experience of selling

homemade laptop covers or necklaces made from Scrabble pieces change the way they think? The leadership of The Girls’ Middle School is betting on it. The year-long Entrepreneurial Program has been mandatory for all seventh-graders since the independent school’s founding 12 years ago. “Young women are often excluded from the whole language of business, and this is an opportunity to get them started,� explained Kellison, who came to the school from Apple Computer when her daughter was a student there and now leads the Entrepreneurial Program. “Maybe they’ll look at the world a little differently. If they see something that’s needed, maybe they’ll say, ‘Oh, this could be me.’ “We like to say it’s about making a job, not getting a job.� At a Wednesday practice, each of the 16 girls in the room — all T-shirt-wearing vice presidents of manufacturing, marketing, communications or sales — had a crack at the microphone. A team called “Because We (continued on page 6)

n August 2009, about two months before her death, Jennifer Schipsi complained to Palo Alto police that her boyfriend, Bulos “Paul� Zumot, had just threatened to kill her, according to police evidence the prosecution plans to show at the San Jose trial. Schipsi, a 29-year-old real estate agent, allegedly told the police on Aug. 24, 2009, that Zumot had called her earlier that day and told her he would kill her. She said she feared for her life and described Zumot as having an “infatuation with murder,� according to the police reports. Schipsi’s conversations with Palo Alto officers are among those that Judge David A. Cena agreed Thursday to admit as evidence in Zumot’s arson-and-murder trial. Cena also agreed to allow the jury next week to hear testimony relating to a phone call between Schipsi and Leslie Mills, whose father owns a florist business that shares a building with Da Hookah Spot, a hookah lounge on University Avenue that Zumot owned. According to police reports, Schipsi called Mills in late August and left a voice mail saying that she had information about a tenant. Mills then spoke to her sister, Susan Diggle, who told her that Zumot threatened to burn down the building to collect insurance money. But when Mills called Schipsi back, Schipsi told her that she was no longer interested in discussing the subject. According to a police report, Schipsi told Mills that “Zumot threatened to kill and burn down Jennifer Schipsi’s house, if Jennifer talked to the police.� Cena ruled Thursday that these statements could be admitted into

evidence under a “hearsay exemptionâ€? that went into effect this year. The exemption, codified in Evidence Code section 1390, allows victims’ statements to be admitted as evidence even when the victim isn’t present as a witness — provided that the prosecution can demonstrate that the defendant had a motive to keep the victim from testifying. Another statement that Cena agreed to admit is one that Schipsi made to her friend Heather Winters. Schipsi had reportedly told Winters about Zumot’s desire to burn down the hookah lounge building. Winters was one of several witnesses to testify this week about the volatile relationship between Zumot and Schipsi. She said Wednesday that she saw Zumot on Oct. 17, 2009, two days after the fire, when he was playing cards at Da Hookah Spot. “I said, ‘Hi.’ He didn’t say anythingâ€? — including any mention of Schipsi’s death, Winters said of her Saturday-night encounter. Winters didn’t learn of the death until the following Monday, she told Deputy District Attorney Charles Gillingham. Winters also said that Schipsi had told her in August 2009, during an off-period in Schipsi’s on-and-off relationship with Zumot, that he was abusive and that she had a safe-deposit box that contained a note that said, “If anything happens to me, then Paul did it,â€? Winters said. “She called me and let me know,â€? Winters said of the note. Jacob Allen, a friend and former fiancè of Schipsi, who dated her for nine years before she began dating Zumot, also took the stand Wednesday and recounted a similar story (continued on page 7)

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I’m determined that Palo Alto will be a place where teens feel supported and celebrated. — Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa during the State of the City address. See story on page 7.

Around Town

NEXT GENERATION ... Just before Mayor Sid Espinosa approached the lectern to present the annual State of the City speech Monday night, the crowd at the Cubberley Community Center Theatre heard from another well-known Palo Alto policymaker from a hightech background. Gary Fazzino, a former Palo Alto mayor and the city’s unofficial historian, recalled how he hired Espinosa at Hewlett-Packard, where Espinosa, 38, worked as director of philanthropy before he joined Microsoft. The third and fourth youngest mayors in the city’s history (Fazzino was also 38) worked side-by-side for several years and Fazzino said he was impressed by Espinosa’s conduct “under deadline and in the heat of the moment.� He described the city’s new mayor as “bright, ethical and hardworking.� “When I was mayor, I would say that 50 percent of Palo Alto think they’re smarter than I am, and 90 percent probably are,� Fazzino said. “In case of Sid, it’s probably closer to 50-50.� RISKY BUSINESS ... Has Palo Alto become too cautious as a city? At least a few members of the City Council think so. At Saturday’s council retreat in the Baylands, City Manager James Keene and council members Pat Burt and Greg Scharff all talked about the city’s tolerance for “well-intended failures.� Keene mentioned the “perfectionist streak� in the community and asked the council if the city should be taking more risks. Scharff pointed to Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation and risk-taking and said city staff should be able to take part in “innovative projects,� even if these projects don’t always work out. “I do think we need to have some room for risk-taking and some room for failure without staff feeling like they’re being attacked for it,� Scharff said. He also proposed having the city partner with Stanford University on projects involving energy efficiency. Pat Burt agreed with Keene that the community’s high expectations drive staff to “worry about not producing anything that’s less than perfect.� Burt

said the council needs to have a dialogue with the community about the “contradictory aspect� of being in the center of innovation and having risk-averse expectations. EMERGENCY DRILL... Palo Alto’s emergency-preparedness efforts surged forth in 2010, but city officials and community leaders agreed this week that much more needs to be done in 2011 to prepare the city for the “big one.� Annette Glanckopf Ashton, a Midtown resident who has helped lead the city’s disaster-preparedness efforts, told the council at its Saturday retreat, “We’re nowhere near where we need to be.� She called on the council to make the Citizens Corps Council an “official body,� like other city commissions, and to hire a director to coordinate the city’s emergency services. Though the council didn’t commit to these two actions, Mayor Sid Espinosa spoke Monday night about some of the activities he’s planning in 2011 to get Palo Alto prepared. These include encouraging residents to build emergency-preparedness kits for their homes, recruiting block captains to coordinate neighborhood responses to emergencies and hosting Quakeville 2 — a sequel to last September’s Juana Briones Park campout and emergency drill. TALKING SCHOOLS ... State Sen. Joe Simitian will return to Palo Alto on Feb. 5 to update school officials, teachers and parents about the latest happenings in California education. Simitian’s “Education Update� will include discussion of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget cuts, the Kindergarten Readiness Act and pending policy proposals relating to K-12 education. Simitian, who served on Palo Alto’s Board of Education before joining the City Council, said in a statement that the periodic education updates give him an “opportunity to stay in touch with local education leaders, parents and advocates.� The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Unified School District Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., between 10 a.m. and noon. N


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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Linda Vargas, 83, has volunteered at Palo Alto’s Abilities United for 37 years by Sue Dremann

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Abilities United volunteer Linda Vargas is overcome with emotion when presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service “Call to Service� Lifetime Award by Joanie Meyers, volunteer coordinator. The award honors 37 years of volunteer work. Vargas has helped staff raise more than $1.5 million for services, Abilities United spokeswoman Wendy Kuehnl said. In the early years, she did everything by hand. When the office wasn’t computerized, she wrote thank-you notes to donors and logged in donations on index cards kept in a file box, she said. Now she has learned computer skills, scans checks for easy information retrieval and assists in database administration, Justin Czujko, the database manager under whom Vargas works, said. “She’s the most reliable volunteer we have,� Czujko said. Every Wednesday, Vargas drives the 72 miles to and from her home in San Jose. When Robin, who has cerebral palsy, first came to Abilities United in 1972, Vargas received one day a week to shop and do other errands while he attended the respitecare program. There were no comparable programs for him in San Jose after he turned 21, she said. Robin thrived at Abilities United and he began to attend three, and then five days a week. Vargas drove him to and back from Palo Alto each day for two years, until bus service became available and Robin could travel on his own, she said. But even as her burden lessened, Vargas kept up volunteering, doing the small, unglamorous jobs that are the backbone of nonprofit organizations. She is humble and upbeat and

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n 83-year-old woman who has volunteered in Palo Alto for 37 years received a presidential award from President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Jan. 26). Linda Vargas, a San Jose resident, received the President’s Volunteer Service “Call to Service� Lifetime Award during a reception at Abilities United, a Palo Alto nonprofit organization for people with developmental and physical disabilities. Since 1974, Vargas has worked three to four hours, three days each week helping the fund-development department. Her son, Robin, attends adult day care there. Obama was not present to personally hand the award to Vargas — Volunteer Coordinator Joanie Meyers did the honors — but Vargas beamed as though the president had pinned the blue enamel pin with the presidential seal to her lapel. Vargas was not expecting the award, although she knew something was up when staff told her she would receive a special honor that day, she said. The presidential pin had company: The lapel of Vargas’ red blazer shone with more than a half-dozen pins she has received from Abilities United commemorating her service. “I’m very honored by my presidential pin,� she said. Vargas was also given a personalized certificate and a congratulatory letter from Obama, which staff framed along with her portrait. A dozen or so clients were on hand for the celebration; they presented Vargas with a basketful of heart-shaped cookies they baked and a valentine each person had signed. The lifetime award is the highest honor of five awards given by the president to people who volunteer. Four are based on hours of service in a 12-month period. Since its inception in 2003, 1.9 million awards have been given to individuals and groups. But the lifetime award is a special honor, bestowed on those who have done 4,000 hours of volunteer service over a lifetime. Vargas has clocked at least 4,500 hours. “Linda is an overachiever in the Lifetime of Achievement,� Susan Vaswani, a volunteer who is coordinating efforts to find and nominate other volunteers for the awards, said.

always ready with a smile, colleagues said. Vargas and her husband of 65 years, Joe, have twin sons, Robin and Robert, and a daughter, Rhonda. Traveling to Palo Alto now is “a challenge,� but Vargas isn’t ready to give up. “I live for Wednesdays,� Vargas said, simply. “Everyone has a hobby; mine is volunteering.� Robin also volunteers, shredding paper in the office at Stevenson House senior residences. He and others in the adult day program sometimes rake leaves, she said. “Linda gives of herself and she gives so graciously and lovingly. And she creates an entire tone and atmosphere around her that we all enjoy and we all feel nurtured by her,� volunteer coordinator Joanie Meyers said. Vargas said she encourages other people to donate their time doing the little things. “It helps me to volunteer. There’s so much out there in the community. It’s been rewarding for me. They’re such wonderful people: I could start out my day down and they make me feel good,� she said. “I was going to retire when I turned 75, but I’m still here.� N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.

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EDUCATION

Principals describe ‘new campus cultures’ Attention to student feedback, mental health stressed in report to board by Chris Kenrick

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he new principals at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools stressed a “change of culture� on their campuses in their first formal presentations before the Palo Alto Board of Education this week. At Gunn, which suffered a cluster of student deaths by suicide last year, many more students are “breaking

the code of silence� and speaking with counselors when they’re worried about a friend who seems depressed, Assistant Principal Kim Cowell said. “We have a lot of kids who get it,� Cowell said in a special meeting of the school board Wednesday. “It used to be, ‘I can’t tell, my friend will get mad at me,’ but it’s not that

way any more. The change in the school culture in getting help is a major milestone.� The two principals who assumed their roles last summer, Katya Villalobos of Gunn and Phil Winston of Paly, said they frequently exchange (continued on page 6)

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Care� described its line of greeting cards. “Why cards? Cards are one of the earliest forms of communication, as you may know, and cards are fun to receive,� Caroline Eastburn of Palo Alto said.

‘We like to say it’s about making a job, not getting a job.’ —Teacher Tricia Kellison about the entrepreneurship program at The Girls’ Middle School

“We have a broad target market because, from young to old, everybody loves to receive cards.� The vice presidents of Pentimento pitched their product — clear Pentel pens with origami paper inside to give them an artful look. “And tonight only, we’re offering a special pen with beads inside instead of origami,� Vice President Ashley Helfinstein said. Helfinstein went on to explain Pentimento’s business model: “For each pen, we have 86 cents of cost. Included in that is origami paper for each pen, the cost of the actual pen

and our labor cost, which is low. “We’re selling them for $2 each. For profit, we’ll get $1.14 per pen.� Scribbled, a group selling necklaces made of Scrabble pieces, described some graphics challenges its team had overcome, as well as its business model and plan to donate 20 percent of profits to the nonprofit World Vision. “Our necklaces are very attractive and fit every personality,� Sarah Strober, vice president for communications, said. “We guarantee that no two are the same.� Sunday’s panel of venture capitalists will include school parents as well as outside volunteers. Each startup team also gets ongoing support from volunteer coaches as businesses take shape from brainstorming to ideas, business plans, manufacturing and website creation. Businesses each seek a $100 investment, and pledge that backers will recoup their loans plus a percentage of profits, with another 20 percent of profits going to charity. “Some of the girls make good money, some make incredible money, and some of the kids just get it,� Head of School Deb Hof said. “Boys tend to tinker from day one. It’s important for girls to understand they can do anything they want if they’re not afraid to make mistakes,� Hof said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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texts and e-mails and recently dined together at Hobee’s in Town & Country Village to compare notes. Both described concerted efforts to keep their doors open as well as wander around campus to speak with students and solicit viewpoints. “If you ask for somebody’s opinion, you have to do it authentically,� Winston said. “If you get information different from what you’d hoped for, there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that and asking how we can use it to make our lives better.� Based on student feedback, Winston said he’d made “pretty dramatic changes� in Paly’s new tutorial program. Introduced at Paly last fall, tutorial is a period every Thursday in which teachers are available to provide extra help, or students may simply find a spot on campus to study. At first, students were permitted to go to only one teacher’s classroom. Now, students may see multiple teachers during tutorial, or go to the library, the Academic Resource Center or physical education facilities. “As the year has evolved, students are making appointments and seeing guidance and college counselors during tutorial. We are also having guest speakers for students during tutorial,� Winston said. At Gunn, administrators said they’ve held “adult education� sessions intended to help immigrant parents understand the U.S. system of high school and college preparation.

“Especially for some of our parents who are not from the U.S., they have no clue about college-admissions tests — why would they?� Cowell said. “We want to help them understand what that’s all about.� Villalobos also pointed to the College Pathway project at Gunn, aimed at supporting minority students and their parents in the college-prep process. At Paly, Winston said he had lunch with “underrepresented (minority) students,� and later placed them in groups of 10 with faculty volunteers. “I had lunch with them to explain our motives,� Winston said. “There’s no hidden agenda here — we want our students to go to college. “To really meet students’ needs you have to actually sit down with folks and have a conversation. They aren’t data. You have to understand each other, and understand where they’re coming from. “We have spreadsheets to get information from the students who need us, and use the information to have honest conversations about what we need to do better. I don’t think we’ll make good movement until we really dedicate ourselves to that.� Winston said the faculty volunteers are “challenging each other to see who can meet with their 10 first, so it puts us in a proactive mood.� Mindful of two teen deaths by suicide this month at the Caltrain tracks — one a Paly student in a residence, and another a 19-year-old man who graduated from high school in another community — the principals men-

tioned mental health measures now in place on both campuses. “We await the results of the Developmental Assets survey to guide us on what we can do to increase resiliency skills among our students,� Villalobos said. She said Gunn’s peer support group known as ROCK “will be the foundation to build connectedness among students. The school also is exploring bringing the Challenge Day to campus, a program that describes its mission as providing “youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.� In a recent survey taken by 350 students, 70 percent said “they have at least one adult in school they can go to with problems,� Villalobos said. “A remarkable culture shift has occurred,� she added. “Students are coming to counselors, teachers and administrators and sharing when they’re worried about a friend, and there’s more self-referring when they’re distressed. Gunn’s message that we’re here to support them is getting through to students.� School board members responded to the principals’ presentations with a standing ovation. “The fact that the principals are collaborating so much together and seem to like each other is nice,� Board President Melissa Baten Caswell said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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by Gennady Sheyner In reviewing the city’s top five priorities for the year, which have been continued from last year, Espinosa took the time to celebrate the various volunteer groups and neighborhood leaders who continue to help the city address issues such as emergency preparedness, environmental sustainability and youth well-being. Espinosa also discussed the City Council’s two other priorities: city finances and landuse and transportation planning. The Great Recession has precipitously reduced Palo Alto’s tax revenues, Espinosa said, and the city is still recovering from its devastating effects. At the same time, he highlighted the series of actions the council has taken over the past two years to bring the city to solid financial footing, including eliminating 60 positions,

outsourcing some programs and adjusting employees’ pensions and benefits. “There is no more critical issue facing our city,� Espinosa said. “If we do nothing else, this City Council will balance the budget, and we will put the city on a path of financial strength, which is a foundation for everything else we want to do.� Though the deficit is projected to be smaller in the next fiscal year than in the previous two, Espinosa pointed to other fiscal challenges on the horizon, including the city’s infrastructure backlog, which is estimated at about $500 million. Espinosa also said the city will continue to ramp up its emergencypreparedness efforts. He said he intends to help local neighborhood associations recruit block captains who

would take charge during emergencies. He also said Palo Alto will once again hold a citywide emergency drill — a sequel to the Quakeville drill that residents conducted in 2010 at Juana Briones Park, with aid from the city. “We are of course seen as leaders in this area, but the magnitude of problems we’re facing could be overwhelming,� Espinosa said. Though his speech was punctuated with jokes and asides, it hit a somber and personal note when Espinosa addressed the subject of teenage suicides. At one point, he talked about a friend of his who had a mental illness and last year took his own life. “The pain and grief of even one suicide is unbearable,� Espinosa said. “We feel lost, frustrated and powerless. We want to help, but we don’t know how.� Espinosa highlighted Project Safety Net, a broad program aimed at promoting youth well-being and educating people about suicide prevention. “I frankly don’t care if we balance the budget if we aren’t also creating an environment where kids can thrive. And I’m determined that Palo Alto will be a place where teens feel supported and celebrated,� he said. Espinosa also pledged to make city government more transparent and

Allen said. Allen said he received a call from Schipsi requesting his help as she hurriedly moved her belongings from the residence she later shared with Zumot in Palo Alto, although the defense tried to render his description of her state of mind inadmissible. “She was very frantic, stressed out. ... She was actually trying to pick what to take,� Allen said. Other witnesses also testified Tuesday about the couple’s turbulent relationship. Millard Hampton, who until recently served as an officer in the San Jose Police Department, recalled meeting Schipsi on March 17, 2008, when she went into the station to report that she was assaulted and that her boyfriend dented her car. “She was nervous; she was scared;

and she feared that Zumot would harm her at some point,� Hampton said. While she was at the station, Zumot called her several times, Hampton said. Eventually, Hampton picked up the phone and told him that Schipsi was scared and that he should stay away from her. “He was emotional,� Hampton recalled. “His response was that he cares about her and that he loves her.� Craig Robertson, who lived across the hallway from Schipsi in San Jose, also testified Tuesday that he became worried about Schipsi as he learned about her relationship. Robertson said that on about three occasions, Schipsi would visit his apartment and have a glass of wine. On one such occasion, her phone

went off more than 100 times, he said. Schipsi told him it was her boyfriend calling, he said. One time, as Robertson was entering his apartment, he heard a slapping sound coming from the hallway. He then saw Zumot and Schipsi walking together. She was holding her face, Robertson said. The jury also saw this week surveillance footage from Da Hookah Spot, taken on the evening of the fire. The video shows Zumot entering his business at about 6:47 p.m. and then sitting for a few minutes on the sofa just outside the lounge’s Ramona Street entrance. He then received a call and left. Less than a minute before Zumot’s first appearance in the video, the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle could be seen streaking

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Espinosa pledges openness, urges civic involvement Mayor celebrates city’s accomplishments, lays out plans for 2011 in his State of the City address alo Alto has much to cheer about in 2011, but challenges that dominated the city’s attention last year will remain front and center, Mayor Sid Espinosa told the crowd during his State of the City speech Monday night. Speaking in front of an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd, with about 50 more watching the broadcast in an overflow room, Espinosa celebrated the city’s recent accomplishments, reviewed the city’s 2011 priorities and urged the crowd at Cubberley Community Center to become involved in civic life. The annual State of the City speech normally takes place at City Hall, but the council moved it to the theater at Cubberley on Middlefield Road to appeal to the residents of south Palo Alto.

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about the Wells Fargo safe-deposit box. Defense Attorney Mark Geragos, however, challenged Allen’s testimony that he heard the story of the safe-deposit-box note from Schipsi, citing Palo Alto Police Department audio recordings of a police interview with Allen. Allen also testified that he read “disturbing� text messages sent by Zumot to Schipsi early in their stormy relationship, when Schipsi first requested a restraining order against Zumot when living at San Jose’s Santana Row. “It would be ‘I hope you die,’ but it wouldn’t say, ‘I want to kill you,’�

News Digest InnVision Clara-Mateo shelter to close The Clara-Mateo Alliance shelter for homeless families and single adults will close, its parent organization, InnVision, announced Wednesday (Jan. 26). The closure of the Menlo Park shelter will take effect April 30 after a 3-month phase out, according to a statement released by the board of directors and CEO. Directors said their decision came after several months of analysis. The shelter has been in jeopardy for some time. In 2006, the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System told InnVision that the shelter would be evicted in 2010 because the building is seismically unstable and the VA planned to add sports fields and recreational facilities for its veterans. Clara-Mateo Alliance has 70 beds, and about 67 percent of its single residents are veterans. It was opened in 1999 on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs campus on Willow Road. It is also home to the Elsa Segovia Center, which provides resources for self-sufficiency for women, children and families. Programs include children’s educational and extracurricular activities, adult education, food boxes and other supportive services. In 2008, reduced funding threatened to close the facility — which also provides services for families and mothers — due to a decrease in donations. CEO Christine Burroughs said at the time that the shelter would probably be closed because

of the high cost of real estate. Some municipalities also have zoning restrictions on where shelters can be placed. Clara-Mateo Alliance merged with InnVision in 2004. InnVision is Silicon Valley’s largest nonprofit provider of housing and services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals and serves more than 27,000 homeless and severely at-risk people annually from San Jose to Redwood City. N — Sue Dremann

Audrey Rust to retire as open space trust head Audrey Rust, who has led the Peninsula Open Space Trust for 24 years, will retire as president this summer, she announced Wednesday (Jan. 26). “During my time at POST, we’ve saved 53,000 acres of open space out of a total of 64,000 acres since our founding in 1977,� she said in the announcement. “We’ve raised more than Audrey Rust $325 million to save stunning scenery, world-class recreation, productive farmland and vulnerable wildlife habitat in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets.� Executive Vice President Walter Moore will take over as president when she leaves on July 1, Rust said. Moore has been with POST for 16 years. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

urged the citizens to hold their leaders accountable. As mayor, he said he will establish weekly office hours, put out a monthly newsletter and travel around Palo Alto to talk to residents. The city will also ramp up its social networking tools and unveil a new program that makes it easier for citizens to report maintenance issues directly to the departments responsible for the repairs. “The ways in which people receive and process information are fundamentally changing around the world,� said Espinosa, who moved to Palo Alto to work for Hewlett-Packard and who now works at Microsoft. “We need to adapt and evolve.� He concluded the speech by urging the community to become more involved in civic life by joining one of the city’s many neighborhood groups and volunteer organizations. “We want you to be engaged,� Espinosa said. “Please leave here with a commitment to be involved.� N

down University Avenue. The surveillance videos were intended to bolster the prosecution’s argument that Zumot was not at the lounge when the fire was reported at 6:39 p.m. But Geragos countered that the security cameras didn’t capture the full story. Zumot could have been in the lounge’s private basement room before he walked into the building’s ground-floor area and made his first appearance in the video. The trial will resume Monday morning in San Jose. N Editor’s note: Follow the trial on Twitter. Go to twitter.com/#!/ paw_court Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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www.PaloAltoOnline.com An audio recording of the State of the City address has been posted on Palo Alto Online (search under “Espinosa pledges openness�). Also, a video of the full program has been posted by the Media Center at www.communitymediacenter.net.

Major quake could hit within 30 years — or minutes Two “micro-earthquakes� that hit south of Portola Valley in the past five days were too weak to merit updating the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) “probability� prediction for the Peninsula’s getting hit by a major quake, a public information officer said Tuesday (Jan. 25). A 1.7-magnitude earthquake hit the Kaiser Permanente quarry east of Portola Valley on Jan. 20 at 2:24 p.m. A weaker quake followed in a section of the San Andreas fault southeast of Portola Valley in the early hours on Jan. 24. “They were too small to know� if a larger quake may hit, Public Information Officer Susan Garcia said. The USGS’s 2008 forecast for the Bay Area estimated a 63 percent likelihood that a major earthquake measuring at least 6.7 will shake the region within the next 30 years. For years, USGS scientists have cautioned that such a quake could hit any time, even within 30 minutes. The probability is highest for the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault system at nearly one in three and lower at the San Andreas Fault, responsible for the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, at around one in five. “There’s always the reminder that we do live in earthquake country — be prepared,� Garcia said. N — Sarah Trauben LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com

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Gunn senior a finalist in Intel science competition Gunn High School senior Andrew Liu Wednesday (Jan. 26) was named as one of 40 nationwide finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:50 a.m.)

Heritage tree falls in Menlo, where plenty hear Money doesn’t grow on trees, but apparently it does grow if you chop the tree down. After an hour and a half of late-night public comment, the Menlo Park City Council finally approved a developer’s request to remove a heritage redwood tree. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:22 a.m.)

Eshoo says Obama was ‘describing her district’ President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night (Jan. 25) had a hometown ring to it for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, she said in a post-speech interview. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:17 a.m.)

Palo Alto may convene math ‘working group’ A “working group� panel of parents and teachers to share ideas on the best ways to teach math to students in the Palo Alto school district’s 12 elementary schools may be the result of Tuesday night’s (Jan. 25) Board of Education meeting. (Posted Jan. 26 at 12:29 a.m.)

Small quake rattles part of Santa Clara County The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 struck early Tuesday morning (Jan. 25) in Santa Clara County. (Posted Jan. 25 at 8:46 a.m.)

Bay Area airports on alert after Moscow bombing Bay Area airports are in a wait-and-see mode after a terror attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport that killed dozens of people Monday (Jan. 24). (Posted Jan. 24 at 2:35 p.m.)

Los Altos rallies mark Roe v. Wade anniversary Hundreds of people with divergent views on abortion took to the streets of Los Altos Monday (Jan. 24) for a pro-life walk and a pro-choice rally.

City Council discusses priorities, hears about staffing challenges at annual retreat by Gennady Sheyner

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fter two years of big budget cuts and a wave of employee retirements, Palo Alto’s shrinking staff is struggling to keep up with growing demands, City Manager James Keene warned the City Council last Saturday at the council’s annual retreat. Some staffing areas resemble Swiss cheese, with holes representing major staff vacancies, Keene said in one of several metaphors he used to describe the challenge. But an iceberg with a growing base best describes the increasing workload city workers face. The retreat this year was held at the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center at the end of Embarcadero Road, framed by the city’s marshlands. Historically, the retreat is used to set priorities for the year. This year, the council decided to carry over all five 2010 priorities: city finances, environmental sustainability, emergency preparedness, community collaboration for youth well-being, and land-use and transportation planning. The council briefly discussed each priority and heard from Keene how

staff is addressing them. But the dominant theme of the day was how to get by with a smaller staff. The city cut 40 positions this fiscal year and 20 the year before, Keene said. The General Fund currently funds 579 positions, Keene said, compared to about 730 in 2003. In addition, 46 of the funded positions are vacant, he said. “When we have budget problems, I do drag my feet on filling those to help us manage through the budget year,� Keene said. The number of employees working on “strategic� issues has also shrunk. Keene said Palo Alto had about 66 such employees last year and 55 this year. Some opted to retire after the city modified its benefits to require greater pension and health-care contributions from employees. “We have some shrinking capacity with the fiscal environment and we have a lot of demands,� Keene said. “How we manage these things and improve people’s perception is going to be a challenge.� Council members suggested vari-

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Google shake-up: Bold move or no big deal? With more businesses than ever targeting its customers, Google is aiming to get back some of the spark with co-founder Larry Page now taking the helm as CEO. The company’s 10-year CEO, 55-year-old Eric Schmidt, will step down and take the job of executive chairman. (Posted Jan. 24 at 8:42 a.m.)

Another small quake hits southeast of San Jose An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 struck east of San Jose late Sunday night (Jan. 23), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Posted Jan. 24 at 6:29 a.m.)

Fire hits Mountain View butcher shop, restaurant A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a butcher shop and shut down a neighboring sushi restaurant in Mountain View early Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23), a fire spokeswoman said. (Posted Jan. 23 at 7:41 p.m.)

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New lion sighting in Woodside, tracks at Stanford A mountain lion was spotted in Woodside, near Interstate Highway 280, on Saturday night (Jan. 22), emergency officials said. Lion tracks were also found in the Stanford Golf Course area, university officials reported Friday (Jan. 21). (Posted Jan. 23 at 10:11 a.m.)

California unemployment rate rises again One in eight California residents was unemployed as of December 2010, state officials said in a report released Friday (Jan. 21). (Posted Jan. 22 at 10:19 a.m.)

Merge transit agencies, ‘Save Caltrain’ summit told Local transportation agencies should be merged and their funds used to support a regional transit agency, state Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, said at the Save Caltrain summit at Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday (Jan. 21) morning. (Posted Jan. 21 at 5:37 p.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com to sign up.

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ous ways to function with a smaller staff. Gail Price suggested that Keene point out on each report how many people, hours and departments it would take to carry out a particular function. Pat Burt said the city should consider which items on the city’s workload are true priorities and focus on those. He singled out the downtown farmers market, which the council initially subsidized at City Hall but later turned over to a nonprofit group. “Try to identify what are the actions and activities by staff that had the least value,� Burt said. Keene highlighted some issues that will consume large chunks of staff effort and time this year. They include familiar topics such as the $3.5 billion expansion/rebuilding of Stanford University Medical Center, which the council plans to rule on in April. He cited progress on the Comprehensive Plan (the city’s guiding land-use document), and continued support for Project Safety Net, the collaborative process to promote teen health and well-being. Among the city’s greatest accomplishments in 2010 was strengthening the city’s economic standing by making a series of ongoing “structural� budget cuts and labor reforms, Keene said. “In many ways, we’re leaders in Northern California in trying to make structural adjustments — not playing smoke-and-mirror budget games — and trying to reposition the city as best as possible,� Keene said. The job isn’t done, he said. Next year the budget deficit is projected at $1 million to $2 million, far smaller than in the past two years. One of the challenges will be to achieve savings in compensation for public-safety workers, he said. “We need to bring public safety into alignment with the changes we’ve made with SEIU and management this year, at minimum,� Keene said. The council also brainstormed other issues Palo Alto should focus on in 2011. Larry Klein suggested that the city’s goals include preserving service from Caltrain, which is now going through a budget crisis and planning massive service reductions — echoing a “save Caltrain� summit last Friday at Stanford University that he and other council members attended. Greg Scharff encouraged his colleagues to look for energy-efficiency partnerships with Stanford, which could use the city as a testing ground for its scientific advancements. “Having our own utility department and having Stanford out there — there should be opportunities for Palo Alto,� Scharff said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.


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Friends of Caltrain maintains that the Peninsula would become more congested and polluted, with more than 12 million riders anually getting back in their cars and onto Bay Area freeways. U.S. Highway 101 would need the equivalent of three more lanes of traffic in each direction, said former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who is spearheading the group. “There is no room to expand 101. Caltrain is essential to the Peninsula’s quality of life, our commute alternatives, avoiding freeway gridlock and our economic vitality. The three counties must come together to work on solutions,� she said. Friends members say a dedicated, permanent source of operating funds for Caltrain is needed whether or not a statewide high-speed rail line is built on the Peninsula. Caltrain should be supported because it is one of the best-performing of the Peninsula’s public-transportation alternatives, supporters say. Ridership is up — currently serving

40,000 passengers daily — and 43 percent of its funding comes from fares, according to a report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which oversees regional transportation. Caltrain operations bring in three times the fare revenue per dollar of operating cost of SamTrans and four times that of VTA, according to Friends of Caltrain. But SamTrans has announced a $10 million reduction to its Caltrain subsidy, citing falling revenues and reduced state funding. Caltrain officials said they expect the other agencies will follow with reduced allocations. Speakers at the Jan. 21 Silicon Valley Leadership Group summit suggested various ways funding could be established for Caltrain and the agency could be modernized. Ideas included reorganizing and merging the three transit agencies into a regional organization to redistribute funds, creating a dedicated high-occupancy/ toll lane on Highway 101, adding local traffic-impact fees on new construction, approving new taxes and extending bridge-toll congestion pricing to all Bay Area bridges. Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel has

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week COUNCIL-APPOINTED OFFICERS COMMITTEE ... The council committee plans to hold a closed session to discuss the recruitment of the next city attorney and performance evaluations for the four council-appointed officers. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to make a proclamation expressing appreciation for Jay Thorwaldson and discuss the Stanford University Medical Center expansion and renovation project. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for the Library Advisory Commission. The meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city’s Long Range Financial Forecast and goals for implementing the Refuse Fund Cost of Service Study. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 285 Quarry Road, a proposal by Stanford University Medical Center for external renovations to the Hoover Pavilion. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaic systems, the 2011 Utilities Strategic Plan, a pilot program for large electric commercial customers, and long-term financial projections and proposed rate adjustments for water and wastewater. The meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

joined the effort to support Caltrain. “Caltrain is a vital link in our communities that should not have to beg each year for funding from the three counties it serves. Our rescue plan for Caltrain should be part of a larger transportation vision for the Peninsula based on strong community input and projected future needs,� she said. Other supporting organizations include the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Rail Passenger Association of California, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens’ Committee, Palo Alto Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP), BayRail Alliance, Sustainable San Mateo County and Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design. The Save Our Caltrain meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at SamTrans Headquarters Auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. It will feature U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) and Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, as keynote speakers. Panel discussions include how Caltrain’s current economic model was established; the history and evolution of the rail line; and possible sustainable-funding models. Public input and brainstorming sessions will be part of the day’s agenda. Registration is free but organizers request an RSVP at friendsofcaltrain. com/summit. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.

CityView A round-up of

Public Art Commission (Jan. 20)

California Avenue fountain: The commission selected Michael Szabo’s fountain design for the California Avenue fountain project out of three finalists. Szabo design: Acebo Davis, Brown, Collins, Richter, Usich Reed/Madden design: Smit Absent: Coleman

City Council (Jan. 22)

Retreat: The council held its annual retreat to discuss its 2011 priorities. City Manager James Keene gave a presentation about current staffing levels. Action: None

City Council (Jan. 24)

State of the City: Mayor Sid Espinosa presented the 23rd annual State of the City address. Action: None

Board of Education (Jan. 25)

Elementary mathematics: The board heard a staff presentation and discussed ways to improve elementary math instruction and assessment. Action: None High school plans: The board heard presentations from high school principals about developments on their campuses. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (Jan. 25) Election: The commission re-elected Daria Walsh to serve as its chair and Deirdre Crommie to serve as vice chair in 2011. Yes: Unanimous Highway 101: The commission discussed the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass/Underpass Feasibility Study and voted to recommend the overpass design option, if sufficient funding could be acquired for the project. Yes: Crommie, Dykwel, Losch, Walsh No: Hetterly, Lauing Absent: Markevitch El Camino Reservoir: The commission discussed the status of the El Camino Park Reservoir Project. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 26)

Palo Alto Commons: The commission adopted staff recommendations, with four minor conditions, and forwarded the project to the City Council. Yes: Unanimous

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HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the status of Caltrain and the committee’s meeting frequency. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 211 Quarry Road, a proposal by Stanford Hospital and Clinics to renovate Hoover Pavilion and construct a new 60,000-square-foot medical office building and parking structure. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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RAIL CORRIDOR STUDY TASK FORCE ... The task force is working to formulate the city’s vision for land use along the Caltrain Corridor. Its meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road).

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Mary Ann Shallenberger

Mary Ann Shallenberger, 95, a Palo Alto resident for many years, died Jan. 15. She was born in Spokane, Wash., and first came to Palo Alto to attend Stanford in 1932. Graduating in 1936 with a degree in speech and drama, she met her husband Frank Shallenberger and moved to the Boston area. After birthing three sons in

Worcester, Mass., she returned with her family and had a fourth son in Palo Alto. A world traveler in her earlier years, she and her husband took their four sons out of school to travel around the world for a year in 1956. In 1964, she and her husband moved with their youngest son to Lima, Peru, where her husband was part of the founding faculty of a Stanfordinitiated business school.

She was an officer in several Bay Area companies, including Shalco, Dynaship, and Materials Analysis. She also owned and operated the Menlo Park store Abacus, where she sold Asian art and antiques. She held leadership positions in several community organizations. A longtime leader in the Family Service Mid-Peninsula and the Bay Window, a restaurant supporting the work of the Family Service, she re-

ceived acknowledgement as an “Everlasting Guardian Angel� of the Bay Window. She was preceded in death by husband Frank Shallenberg, who died in 1991. Husband Philip Sherman, whom she married in 1992, died in 2010. She is survived by sons Edward, of Omak, Wash., Frank of Cupertino, Robert of Kamuela, Hawaii, and David of Dummerston, Vermont;

nine grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren.

Molly Love

Molly Love, 86, longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, died Jan. 15 in Reno, Nev., after a short illness. Born September 18, 1924 in Granite City, Ill., to John Robert Sweet Jr. and Sylva Sweet, she spent her early years between Granite City and Wil-

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Transitions (continued from previous page) mette, Ill. In 1946 she moved to California, where she met the love of her life, Bob Love. They were married in 1947 and moved to Menlo Park where they lived for 55 years, until Bob’s death in 2003. From 1946 until 1990, she was the secretary for Edwin H. Smith, the city engineer for Menlo Park and Colma. After she retired, she worked with her husband in his golf sales endeavors. She is survived by her son Rob Love of Sparks, Nev., sisters Judy Costa (husband Milt) of Sparks and Joan Sweet of Reno, Nev.; brother Stephen Sweet (wife Carol Masterson) of Burlingame; cousin Patricia McAdam of Burlingame; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Young Life, West County, P.O. Box 20822 El Sobrante, CA 94820.

Stephen E. Stuntz Stephen E. Stuntz, 97, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto and a retired SRI researcher, died Jan. 15 at Stanford University Hospital. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., May 8, 1913. The eldest of three children, he was raised in Findlay, Ohio. After graduating from Findlay High School in 1931, he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for two years. While in San Francisco in 1935, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Because of his experience with amateur radio, he was assigned to duty as a signalman and posted to the Philippines.

After his army service, he reenrolled in Miami University and completed his degree in speech in 1941. He earned a master’s degree in psychology from New York University in 1947. In 1942, he married Elizabeth Madsen in Kalamazoo, Mich. During World War II, he was a research associate for the Psychological Corporation, developing criteria for the selection and training of radiotelegraph operators for the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Navy, and visiting military installations to perform psychological testing. The family moved in 1949 to the vicinity of New London, Conn., where Steve was a research psychologist for the Navy Medical Research Laboratory and the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory. They later lived in Sudbury, Mass., where he was an employee of the U.S. Air Force Decision Sciences Laboratory. In 1964, he and his wife moved to California, where he joined the Sensory Sciences Research Institute at Stanford Research Institute. They moved two years later to their longtime home in the Menalto area of Menlo Park. He retired from SRI in 1978. His secondary interests included live theater and ballet. He was a devoted ham radio operator and was honored with a life membership in the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA). He also had a life-long interest in photography. After retirement, the couple toured the west and southwest in their camper van, visiting friends and relations. After his wife’s death in August 2007, he moved to the Palo Alto Commons retirement facility.

In Mountain View, Jan. 20, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Pinkus Sugarman. Loving mother of Alfred Sugarman (Fran) and Carla Pasternak (Melvin). Devoted grandmother of Aimee Lysaght (Colm), David Sugarman, Joshua Pasternak and Deborah O’ Malley (Andrew) and great-grandmother of Rachel and Sam Lysaght. A native of New York City and a graduate of Emerson College, Boston, age 97 years. Funeral Services were held Sunday, Jan. 23 at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pinkus and Sylvia Sugarman Fund for Exceptional Children with Special Needs in Jewish Education, c/o The Bureau of Jewish Education, San Francisco. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL 650-369-3636 PA I D

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Jim and his wife, Virginia, travelled the world together for 63 years. On January 13, 2011, a week after his 90th birthday, Jim went on ahead to start his next journey, passing peacefully at his home in Menlo Park. His wife and three daughters, Ainsley, Hilary and Leslie were with him for both milestones. James Woodhouse Tedrow was born on January 5, 1921 in Estherville, Iowa to C.D. and Nina Tedrow. He attended the University of Chicago until the outbreak of WW II when he enlisted in the Army and spent three years in England as an intelligence ofďŹ cer working in cryptography. Jim returned to the University after the war and met his wife to be, Virginia Vlack. They graduated the same day, Jim adding a JD to his BA (the MBA came later) and they married between semesters. An avid expert bridge player all of his adult life, a favorite opponent of his in college was classmate and fellow code breaker John Paul Stevens. Jim’s ďŹ rst job was business law professor at TCU; in 1951 he was recalled to cryptography duty during the Korean War, stationed in Tokyo for two years. On his return he joined

a corporate law ďŹ rm in Chicago, then became counsel at Automatic Electric Company. In 1961 the family moved west to Atherton after he became corporate secretary of Lenkurt Electric. After retiring in 1984, he performed countless hours of pro bono work for the Legal Aid Society. An ardent supporter of the Menlo Park Library, he served 12 years on the city’s Library Commission, 8 years on the Peninsula Library System Advisory Board and was a long time board member of Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Jim had a magic touch with roses and dahlias, favored the single malt, deďŹ ned the word generous and loved all things sung, danced, conducted, hung on walls in large rooms and that began with “Act I, Scene 1â€?. He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Menlo Park, three daughters and sons-inlaw, Ainsley Nies and III of PaciďŹ ca, Hilary and Casey Gauntt of Solana Beach, Leslie Tedrow and David Tregub of Redwood City, Granddaughter Brittany, husband Ryan and Great Grandson Wyatt James Kirby of Del Mar and sister Katherine Lary and Banning. The late James Tedrow Gauntt (Jimmy) had already been awaiting the arrival of his Grandfather. A family service was held but a celebration of Jim’s life will take place in the Spring. In lieu of owers a donation may be made in his memory to Friends of the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. PA I D

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Espinosa outlines a year of challenges Well-delivered State-of-the-City speech focuses on critical priorities and how to achieve real progress on meeting them

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ew Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa captured an overflow audience Monday night at the Cubberley Community Center for his State-of-the-City speech — both in getting an impressive turnout and in people’s response to his comments. There was widespread praise for the clarity of his comments, delivered in a smooth, fast-moving presentation that included humor, warmth and a touch of sadness about a young friend lost to suicide. His talk reflected realistic concern about the city’s economic base and its ability to meet long-term retirement commitments of about $105 million and a $450 million to $500 million backlog of city infrastructure projects. There were no “big headlineâ€? items, as the city’s five priorities are held over from last year: city finances, youth well-being, emergency preparedness, environmental sustainability, and landuse and transportation planning. But the tone of determination to make important changes during 2011 and the comprehensive overview of city and community issues dominated the evening. He did make two important pledges: That city business will be done open and “transparentâ€? and that progress on the priorities will be measured in ways that mean something. Those are not insignificant pledges, given a long history in Palo Alto of unspoken undercurrents and more talk than action on annual council priorities. He repeatedly urged residents to become involved in city and neighborhood issues, from youth well-being and emergency preparedness to using new technology to learn about city issues. “We need your active engagement. We need your partnership. We can’t accomplish any of these goals without you,â€? Espinosa summed up his 25-minute address. He began his presentation by praising Palo Alto as a great city and place to live — citing a recent survey showing high approval ratings by citizens. But he quickly shifted to problems the city faces on one hand and its city’s reputation for innovation, its AAA bond rating, and its being “tree city, bike city, with Stanford and first-rate schoolsâ€? on the other. Like many cities, Palo Alto the recession, and faces millions in unfunded retirement commitments and infrastructure needs. Palo Alto is a recognized leader in environmental actions and in emergency preparation, he noted. But “the magnitude of the problems we are facing can seem overwhelmingâ€? to the point that people give up or never try. “Are we prepared for a disaster here?â€? he asked. Not really. “We are also a community where our youth are struggling. Five suicides in a row, two others since the beginning of this year. Experts tell us to be careful how we talk about these circumstances because it might affect publicity. But clearly we are a community that needs to understand and deal with these terrible losses, and their causes,â€? Espinosa said. With some emotion, he said a young friend ended his life last year due to mental illness despite being an Iron Man athlete, working to finish his Ph.D. and being in a great relationship. Espinosa then turned his attention to some broader, seldom discussed community issues: “Finally, we are a community experiencing demographic shifts and changes. Darwin fans here in the audience will tell you that it’s not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. And we are a changing community. “We need to integrate better across old and new divides, whether that’s geographic, north and south; ethnic with our growing Asian community; age-related, Boomers all nearing retirement but not necessarily wanting to retire but wanting to be engaged. We have a new base of wealth that is really unprecedented but not necessarily engaged in civic life. “We have to start thinking and acting like one city, with one future, with a shared responsibility for success. “And frankly these periods of upheaval and change provide every city and every organization therein the chance to stop and think about how we do things differently — how we do things better, how we’re more efficient, how we’re more creative. Transformative policymaking often happens best in times of change.â€? If Espinosa and his colleagues can tackle solving our community’s challenges as well as he outlined them Monday nightm, 2011 could be a banner year on many fronts. Page 12ĂŠUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊÓn]ÊÓ䣣ÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Second chances Editor, Accolades to Ken DeLeon, Ken Byk, Sue Rinsky and Ellie Guardino for their inspiring “second chance at life� stories and to Carol Blitzer for her touching interviews. I am sure these stories will help people for years to come when they are faced with similar circumstances. In 1986, I felt like I was “near death� and, luckily, checked myself in Stanford Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center at Hoover Pavilion after encouragement by two close friends. It saved my life. In September 1987 I shared my story with the Weekly, along with two other Palo Altans. Because I was the only one to use my full name and photos, I have been amazed through the years by comments from people about this article and how it helped them. In fact, a friend called me on Friday about her brother who had just gotten out of treatment and who was not following the advice given to him. One of the most helpful comments by a counselor was, “I treat my alcoholism like a snake in the closet always ready to come out and bite me.� I am grateful every day that I did not lose my friends, family, house or job, and I can continue to be an even more active Palo Altan. Carroll Harrington Melville Avenue Palo Alto

Homeless art experts? Editor, After the California Avenue fountain fiasco, several letters have appeared calling for the reconstitution of the Public Art Commission. However, choosing new commissioners from the pool of local arts enthusiasts will lead to the same decisions made by members with different names and faces but the same aesthetic values. I suggest that being homeless be made a requirement for serving on the commission. After all, the homeless must live with public art all the time while those of us fortunate enough to have homes can stay inside and draw the blinds. Victor Frost would be an excellent choice for chairman. He has been running for City Council forever and obviously wants to serve the city. His occasional public comments indicate a level of common sense at least as high as that of the average resident. It will give him something to do and provide a few hours of shelter each month. David Lieberman Kingsley Avenue Palo Alto

Public-art ideas Editor, I appreciated the excellent article on public art by Karla Kane and the accompanying photo essay by Veronica Weber depicting or referenc-

ing some 20 examples of art in our midst. The fact that you included the “Kura� carving at Stanford’s New Guinea folk installation — which for a second I did confuse with the City’s former holding “Foreign Friends� (from Sweden) — triggers me to suggest two more public arts ideas for our community to imagine and consider: 1) I think Palo Alto should do something substantial and ambitious to honor the passing of Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010) and his legacy here in town. Although the university (where Oliveira taught for more than 30 years) is said to be planning an impressive legacy project, we as a public community should do something to match. There is precedent in the form of the great painter’s intown history. Oliveira was honored with an Avenidas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He lent his work for a comprehensive show at the Palo Alto Art Center in 2008. Perhaps most significantly, a large body of his earlier work was created at his downtown studio at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Emerson Street. We should do something larger and more permanent than the loan of his sculptural piece in the courtyard of 1313 Newell Road.

2) Speaking of “Foreign Friends, in honor of our new mayor Sid Espinosa I think we should ask our siblings in our sister city of Linkoping to try again. The first installation was attacked by vandals (several times) and ultimately removed from the city art collection. Although Espinosa has a Latino surname, he has also spoken publicly about his family’s Scandinavian heritage. We budget about $25,000 of our $147 million dollar municipal budget for the Public Art Commission, a tiny fraction. Although many question the value of the arts in recessionary times, our local arts are part of what makes us unique, what makes Palo Alto Palo Alto, what makes us human even. Even when we disagree about the merits or meaning of individual pieces (or the program as a whole), the debate itself is part of the commons, what makes us a community, what makes us us. Although we are on a budget there may be considerable and propitious public-private, project-specific, and philanthropic support to honor Oliveira and Espinosa via the arts. Mark Weiss Oak Creek Drive Palo Alto

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On Deadline: Can Caltrain survive ‘death by a thousand cuts’? by Jay Thorwaldson t is impossible to imagine not having Caltrain and dumping most of its estimated 40,000 average daily riders onto the Peninsula and Santa Clara County freeways. It is one of those “unthinkable scenarios,� such as the real planning for nuclear war back in the scary years of the 1950s, when freeways were new things in the orchards of “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,� before silicon invaded. That end-of-Caltrain threat became real last week when Caltrain announced it may have to make $30 million in cuts out of its $100 million annual operating budget. That means closing stations, slashing service on numerous trains and serious staffing cuts. It would mean, in short, disaster, something akin to a small A-bomb falling on the economy of Silicon Valley, already famed for its jammed freeways during commute times. It would undo all of the decades of efforts to reduce traffic congestion and increase use of transit, chiefly buses and trains. But is the threat real? The Caltrain press release announcing the cutback was issued just one day before a major “save Caltrain� summit meeting sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, held at Stanford University. It followed an announcement that the three transit agencies that heavily subsidized the Caltrain operation were making huge cutbacks in their subsidies this fiscal year — Samtrans

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alone has said it plans to cut $10 million from its subsidy, leaving just about $4.7 million. Santa Clara County’s VTA and the San Francisco transit system also would make substantial cuts, blaming the Great Recession. So the $30 million is a conditional cut, based on a big IF. And the IF is laden with inter-agency politics. In addition, there is still the question of funds going to a BART extension into San Jose from the east, but not up the Peninsula, and a huge push (and counter-push) relating to a high-speed rail connection from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in its initial phase. A highlight of the summit last Friday was a call for merging at least the funding of the transit agencies around the bay, based on a suggestion of state Assemblyman Jim Beall, a former Santa Clara County supervisor. “Regional funding for regional transit� was picked up by a number of local-government officials in the 200-person audience. A follow-up “save Caltrain� session will be held this Saturday in San Carlos, sponsored by a group called “Friends of Caltrain,� and organized by Yoriko Kishimoto, a former Palo Alto City Council member. The panel will be in the SamTrans auditorium, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. (Disclaimer: I’ll be moderating a morning panel.) But “saving the commuter service� is not a new topic, although it may be a historical footnote for the current generation of public officials. Decades ago, when I was a reporter for the erstwhile Palo Alto Times (later the Peninsula Times Tribune), one of my beat responsibilities was covering the Peninsula commuter service then run by Southern Pacific Railway. It was a pretty sad service, compared to to-

day’s Caltrain operation. Most of its rolling stock (technical term for train cars) had been rolling for decades. I can’t recall when it converted from steam to diesel engines, but as a kid in Los Gatos I used to like watching the steam engines arrive and depart from town about 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. I once decided to take a mid-morning train to San Francisco from Palo Alto to attend a state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) meeting on a proposed rate increase that SP was pushing hard. The off-peak rail car I boarded had rounded corners, cloth seat covers and a row of flower-shaped light fixtures down the middle of the car. It also had a conductor in full SP uniform and squared-off cap who came back and punched my ticket. As I was the only passenger in the car, we began chatting. He first complained about “these young guys� not caring about the “rules of the road.� He said when he was young “we’d sit around debating what a rule meant.� Then he told me of the hierarchy of SP, of how the president had a rail car made that cost a half million dollars, a pretty outlandish sum in those days. I thought of that car description when watching “Wild Wild West� TV episodes later. And he told me of how the president, when he went somewhere in the car, would be followed to the station by all the top brass of SP, who would stand and wave good-bye as the train pulled out. SP was one of the last great pyramid organizations. But it hated its own commute service and tried over and over to kill it, to the extent that it almost became a joke. It tried to convince the PUC that the “high-speed commute trains,�

such as they were, actually tore up the tracks more than the heavy freight trains — trying to shift the bulk of maintenance costs. And reporters had to be especially on guard with the SP press announcements. Being generous, one might say they didn’t always include full information, or included information that sort of side-tracked accuracy. An example is a hard-fought battle by SP to get PUC approval for an especially large fare increase. The PUC granted it but with a big condition: that SP order 18 brand new, doubledecker commuter cars. Ordering such cars custom built and delivered took about three years. Then one day I received a press release in the mail that SP was rolling out 18 brand new rail cars. The release had an extensive quotation from the SP president saying that this purchase should put to rest critics who claim SP was trying to kill the commuter service. I called a friend in the SP public relations office. “George, aren’t these the same cars that the PUC shoved down SP’s throat three years ago?� A pause. Well, yes they are. Ah. SP once offered to help its commuters acquire vans for vanpools. When the service was shifted to public ownership through an agreement between SP and Caltrans — ultimately becoming Caltrain — the Palo Alto Weekly ran a cover story on it. It was the brand-new Weekly’s third issue, Oct. 25, 1979. “Southern Pacific cures its 47-mile long migraine,� the headline read. So now it’s Caltrain that has the migraine. N Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson is retiring as editor today but will be writing columns in the future. He can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com.

Streetwise

What’s the most memorable public art piece you’ve come across in Palo Alto? Asked on California Avenue. Interviews by Sarah Trauben. Photos by Vivian Wong.

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Student University Square, East Palo Alto “That big egg near Pizza My Heart: It’s part of the rhythm of my day, and it’s eye-catching.�

Tim Smudski

Tandori Oven Employee Downtown Sunnyvale “The running car across from the Caltrain station: It’s a weird concept, but not entirely abstract.�

Jenny Hong

Student Midtown, Palo Alto “The running car is a creative idea, and it gives you something to look at other than train tracks and houses as you drive down Alma.�

Liz Neumann

Tuba musician Greenmeadow, Palo Alto “Sculptures over by the gardens of people sitting on park benches. Someone took off their heads: Vandalism is awful.�

Brenda Lowen

ESL Teacher Evergreen Park, Palo Alto “I like the murals downtown. There are many — the thieves climbing, the spaceman — and they’re playful.�

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read a newspaper article in the 1970s, when I was in my teens, about a single “welfare mom� raising two teenagers. Did the article portray her as irresponsible, lazy, or otherwise deficient? No. It portrayed her as a hardworking, devoted and highly creative divorcee who chose to prioritize her kids’ needs for her time over pursuing a career outside the home. The article was a multiple-page spread with photos showing the enriching activities she and her kids did together in their home. She was presented with respect and dignity as a positive role model for other parents. This was before creation of the “welfare to work� and education programs for welfare recipients in the Clinton era of welfare reform — programs that provided hope and help for thousands but which now face elimination due to the disaster of our economy. Fast-forward two decades, and that same mother might have been shamed in today’s social climate. Stigmatized. The point of the article might be to study what is wrong with her rather than what is right. I know there are parents who parent poorly, or not at all, but it really upsets me when people criticize mothers in broad, sweeping, overgeneralized ways. There is the argument over whether mothers should parent full-time or work full- or parttime outside the home. Or whether they should be legally married, or at least partnered, rather than choose single motherhood. Or whether they should have a male partner or if a female one is just as good, how much money they should make, or how old or well educated they should be. Mothers are easy targets for criticism. Sure, ideally mothers are married or partnered, well-educated, have good finances and support and are at least in their mid-20s. But a perfect world and reality don’t always match. Birth control fails or is overlooked, women and girls get raped, they use bad judgment with relationships, couples break up, or the mothers-to-be lose their jobs. And if one of those moms uses public assistance to support her family she is subject to being judged by social-service personnel, family, friends or anyone else she happens to meet. The government pays lots of working people, such as postal workers, police, firefighters, politicians, librarians, subsidized day-care workers, schoolteachers and foster-care parents. The last three groups, plus nannies, are paid to look after other peoples’ children, which is still considered “work� as long as they are not looking after their own children — which isn’t “work.� They are all just as dependent on the money they’re paid as are welfare mothers, even though the money paid to the former group is considered “earned� and the money paid to the latter isn’t. When I got pregnant with my son I was in a relationship with the father. I planned on being a “working mother,� and felt judgmental toward mothers

who weren’t. What was wrong with them that they didn’t want a life of their own, separate from their children, I wondered? Then my partner and I broke up when I was five months along. I was working full-time as a substance-abuse counselor, and when my son was born I took maternity leave. My employer refused to give me back my job. Tired and stressed, my confidence shattered, I went on public assistance. With multiple disabilities, getting another job wasn’t as easy for me as for other people. My mother told me I should be ashamed of myself. I lost two friends, one of whom said she couldn’t abide my accepting welfare. Another acquaintance told me I was irresponsible. Yet those months with my son were some of the most magical of my life. Getting the chance to watch him grow and develop, say his first words, learn how to crawl, are blessings that nothing can take away. And I was working harder than I’d ever worked in my life. I later found a part-time counseling internship, experience I needed to get my marriage-and-family-therapist license. It was non-paying, as many internships are, so I stayed on welfare. I joined a single-mother’s support group. The husband of one mother left her and their three children. She was working as a secretary, but since she didn’t earn enough money to pay day care and her job didn’t offer health insurance she went on welfare. When she walked into the socialservices office she felt judged by the employees there. “You can think whatever you want to think about me,� she imagined saying to them, “but I will do whatever it takes to look after my children, and this is what I have to do to take care of them. Another mother was raped and robbed by a stranger with a gun outside her apartment building. When police discovered she was on welfare they closed her case and threatened to investigate her instead for welfare fraud, even though her money earned was within the legal limit. Other mothers went on welfare after leaving husbands who abused them or their children. I know it’s easy to think, “I would never have ended up in those situations. I would have known better.� Not until you find yourself in any of those situations, however, can you really understand. Nowhere is it written in stone that it is wrong for a mother to accept public assistance. That notion only exists in some people’s minds and is promoted by politicians and the media. For us to have a compassionate society we need to recognize child rising, or “women’s’ work,� as real work — work that is worthy of pay, and, like the mother whom I read about as a teenager, is bestowed with dignity and respect. N Elizabeth Lee is a licensed marriage-and-family therapist and writer and lives with her husband, two children and dog in Palo Alto. She can be e-mailed at liz@funghi. com.


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SOLD

Terry Rice 650.207.4142

SOLD

175 Island Drive Palo Alto

trice@apr.com

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

194 Atherton Avenue Atherton Buyer Representation

symon@apr.com

SOLD

David Olerich 650.323.1111 dolerich@apr.com

SOLD

13927 Mirmirou Drive Los Altos Hills

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

SOLD

Leika Kejriwal 650.866.5345 leika@apr.com

SOLD

1446 Dana Avenue Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

SOLD

1775 Valpariso Avenue Menlo Park

adunckel@apr.com

4090 Orme Street Palo Alto

cforaker@apr.com

SOLD

Derk Brill and Alan Dunckel 650.543.1074

1336 Parkinson Avenue Palo Alto

Buyer Representation

Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

787 Melville Avenue Palo Alto

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SOLD

SOLD

Jennifer Buenrostro 650.224.9539 jbuenrostro@apr.com

Nancy Mott 650.255.2325 nmott@apr.com

40 Primrose Way Palo Alto

Ling Lau 650.543.1055 llau@apr.com

SOLD

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

2550 Ramona Street Palo Alto

SOLD

99 Stockbridge Avenue Atherton

Pam Page 650.400.5061

130 Hanna Way Menlo Park

ppage@apr.com

Buyer Representation

symon@apr.com

SOLD

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

SOLD

35 Neuman Lane Woodside

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

1270 Lincoln Avenue Palo Alto

symon@apr.com

SOLD

David Olerich 650.323.1111 dolerich@apr.com

SOLD

885 Clara Drive Palo Alto

Sharon and George Gerbing 650.543.1083

160 Churchill Avenue Palo Alto

sgerbing@apr.com

Buyer Representation

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SOLD

SOLD Jeff Stricker 650.823.8057 jstricker@apr.com

Grace Wu 650.208.3668 gwu@apr.com

536 Lowell Avenue Palo Alto

650.450.0160 stenbroe@apr.com

SOLD

Derk Brill and Alan Dunckel 650.543.1074

Buyer Representation

Grace Wu 650.208.3668

Buyer Representation

Grace Wu 650.208.3668

lbuecheler@apr.com

3209 Waverly Street Palo Alto

gwu@apr.com

SOLD

Lori Buecheler 650.387.2716

Buyer Representation

SOLD

324 Emerson Street Palo Alto

cforaker@apr.com

40 Sunkist Lane Los Altos

gwu@apr.com

SOLD

Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

Buyer Representation

SOLD

1370 Sherman Avenue Menlo Park

adunckel@apr.com

1845 Guinda Street Palo Alto

Steve TenBroeck

Buyer Representation

SOLD

4090 El Cerrito Road Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Judy Jarvis Ellis 650.543.1027

1955 Newell Road Palo Alto

jellis@apr.com

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SOLD

Delia Fei 650.543.1025 dfei@apr.com

SOLD

4238 Suzanne Drive Palo Alto

Mahnaz Westerberg 650.323.1111

3802 Magnolia Drive Palo Alto Buyer Representation

mahnaz@apr.com

SOLD

Derk Brill and Alan Dunckel 650.543.1074

SOLD

134 Park Avenue Palo Alto

adunckel@apr.com

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111 symon@apr.com

SOLD

Wendy Kandasamy 650.380.0220 wkandasamy@apr.com

1330 Hillview Drive Menlo Park

SOLD

749 Webster Street Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Jenny Teng 650.245.4490 jteng@apr.com

SOLD

1208 Green Oak Lane Los Altos

SOLD Michael Hall 650.465.1651 mhall@apr.com

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111 symon@apr.com

451 La Mesa Drive Portola Valley

Supriya Gavande 650.380.4948 sgavande@apr.com

202 Sequoia Avenue Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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SOLD

Kathleen Wilson 650.323.1111

SOLD

600 Guadalupe Drive Los Altos Buyer Representation

kwilson@apr.com

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

SOLD

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

877 Lincoln Avenue Palo Alto

SOLD

150 Coquito Way Portola Valley

symon@apr.com

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

1280 Wilson Street Palo Alto

symon@apr.com

SOLD

SOLD

Michael Hall 650.465.1651 mhall@apr.com

Supriya Gavande 650.380.4948 sgavande@apr.com

101 Miramonte Avenue Palo Alto

Anna Park 650.543.1080 apark@apr.com

SOLD

Greg Celotti 650.740.1580 gcelotti@apr.com

3416 Cowper Street Palo Alto

SOLD

2440 Ramona Street Palo Alto

Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

1070 Greenwood Avenue Palo Alto

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SOLD

Linda Goldstein 650.543.1113

SOLD

2422 South Court Palo Alto

lgoldstein@apr.com

John Forsyth James 650.218.4337 john.james@apr.com

SOLD

Lynne Mercer 650.543.1000 lmercer@apr.com

SOLD

1082 Stanley Way Palo Alto

Jenny Teng 650.245.4490

sbucolo@ap.com

ddocktor@apr.com

Buyer Representation

SOLD

2160 High Street Palo Alto

Shari Ornstein 650.814.6682

313 Everett Avenue Palo Alto

sornstein@apr.com

SOLD

Desiree Docktor 650.291.8487

748 Sutter Avenue Palo Alto

jteng@apr.com

SOLD

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909

3179 Ramona Street Palo Alto

SOLD

3561 Middlefield Road Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Lori Buecheler 650.387.2716 lbuecheler@apr.com

7 Sunset Lane Menlo Park

Buyer Representation

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SOLD

Nadr Essabhoy 650.248.5898 nessabhoy@apr.com

SOLD

3888 Grove Avenue Palo Alto

Dana Van Hulsen 650.248.3950

465 Loma Verde Avenue Palo Alto Buyer Representation

dvanhulsen@apr.com

SOLD

Michael Johnston 650.533.5102

SOLD

307 Trenton Way Menlo Park

David Olerich 650.323.1111

665 Newell Road Palo Alto

dolerich@apr.com

mjohnston@apr.com

SOLD

SOLD Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

Julie Tsai Law 60.799.8888 julietsailaw@apr.com

778 Mayview Avenue Palo Alto

650.323.1111 usanchor@apr.com

SOLD

Judy Jarvis Ellis 650.543.1027

SOLD

3316 Middlefield Road Palo Alto

jellis@apr.com

3322 Waverly Street Palo Alto

Umang Sanchorawala

Wendy Kandasamy 650.380.0220 wkandasamy@apr.com

526 Central Avenue Menlo Park Buyer Representation

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SOLD

Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

SOLD

1150 Byron Street Palo Alto

Anna Park 650.543.1080

1916 Louis Road Palo Alto

apark@apr.com

Buyer Representation

cforaker@apr.com

SOLD

Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

SOLD

2470 Agnes Way Palo Alto

Shelly Roberson 650.464.3797

1083 Moffett Circle Palo Alto

sroberson@apr.com

SOLD

Terry Rice 650.543.1062 trice@apr.com

SOLD

877 Aspen Way Palo Alto

Buyer Representation

Carol Li 650.281.8368 cli@apr.com

SOLD

Jennifer Buenrostro 650.224.9539 jbuenrostro@apr.com

2340 Dartmouth Avenue Palo Alto

SOLD

1499 Cowper Street Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Arti Miglani 650.804.6942 amiglani@apr.com

1700 Guinda Street Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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SOLD

Ling Lau 650.543.1055 llau@apr.com

SOLD

1193 Laureles Drive Los Altos Buyer Representation

Pamela Culp 415.640.3293 pculp@apr.com

SOLD

Shelly Roberson 650.464.3797

SOLD

350 Devonshire Boulevard San Carlos

sroberson@apr.com

Supriya Gavande 650.380.4948

golson@apr.com

dsid@apr.com

Buyer Representation

SOLD

1640 Virginia Avenue Redwood City Buyer Representation

Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

707 Kingsley Avenue Palo Alto

cforaker@apr.com

SOLD

Daryl Sid 650.543.1118

325 Middlefield Road Palo Alto

sgavande@apr.com

SOLD

Gayle Olson 650.543.1031

318 S. Grant Street #4B San Mateo

SOLD

1440 Floyd Avenue Sunnyvale Buyer Representation

Lizbeth Rhodes 650.722.3000

857 Hillcrest Drive Redwood City

lrhodes@apr.com

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SOLD

Andrea Meinhardt Schultz 650.575.3632

SOLD

3715 Whitsell Avenue Palo Alto

Grace Wu 650.208.3668 gwu@apr.com

4173 El Camino Real #49 Palo Alto

aschultz@apr.com

SOLD

Valerie Lo 650.288.2237 vlo@apr.com

SOLD

883 Warren Way Palo Alto

Karen McNay 650.279.7041

879 Carson Drive Sunnyvale

kmcnay@apr.com

SOLD

SOLD Supriya Gavande 650.380.4948 sgavande@apr.com

Pamela Culp 415.640.3293 pculp@apr.com

234 Palo Alto Avenue Mountain View

Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

SOLD

678 Emerald Hill Road Redwood City Buyer Representation

SOLD John St. Clair 650.740.8363 jstclair@apr.com

Jeremy Robinson 650.543.1053 jrobinson@apr.com

3421 El Camino Real #13E Atherton

Lydia Kou 650.996.0028 lkou@apr.com

605 W. McKinley Avenue Sunnyvale

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by Rick Eymer very so often at Stanford there’s a unique opportunity to watch two of the nation’s top-ranked programs on the same day. This weekend, it’s scheduled to happen on two consecutive days, when both the top-ranked women’s swimming team and No. 1 women’s tennis team are in action within shouting distance of each other. The top-ranked Stanford women’s swimming team hosts its final two home dual meets of the season this weekend and that can only mean one thing — the championship season is just around the corner. The top-ranked Stanford women’s tennis team, meanwhile, is just beginning its journey toward defending its national title. The Cardinal women swimmers face a tough challenge with No. 21 UCLA and No. 3 USC coming to Avery Aquatics Center. The Bruins (9-1) are first on tap at 1 p.m. Friday, while the Women of Troy arrive for a meet Saturday, also at 1 p.m. Stanford finished second in the nation to Florida last year, with the title decided in the final event of the championships. While Stanford lost two Olympians in Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden to graduation, a strong group of freshmen arrived as reinforcements, joining an already celebrated group of swimmers. Saturday features the final home matches for seniors Meg Hostage, Kate Dwelley, Liz Smith, Kerry Kraemer and Kelsey Ditto. The senior class (Ditto transferred from Georgia two years ago) is a combined 33-1 with the only loss to Arizona in 2008. Hostage is coming off one of her best performances of the year, as she placed first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events in Stanford’s 174-120 victory at Arizona State last Saturday. Dwelley ranks among the top 20 in several events this season, most notably fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free. She’s also 19th in the 100 fly and 20th in the 500 free. Smith is one of the Cardinal’s top overall swimmers, ranking fifth in the 200 breast, fourth in the 200 IM and 11th in the 400 IM. Ditto ranks first in the 1,000 free. Kraemer adds depth in both the 100 breast and 200 breast. Stanford has finished second or third six times since winning its last NCAA title in 1998. Last year’s margin was 2 1/2 points. Every point counts; even a 16th place finish makes a difference. Thanks to a freshmen class that includes Maya DiRado, Felicia Lee,

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Sacred Heart Prep senior Abby Dahlkemper begins the celebration after her header in the 73rd minute gave the first-place Gators a stirring 2-1 victory over rival Priory in a crucial WBAL girls’ soccer showdown on Tuesday.

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SHP girls win Round 1 from Priory by Keith Peters

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ot enough emphasis can be place upon the twice-a-year meetings between the Priory and Sacred Heart Prep girls’ soccer teams. Since the West Bay Athletic League began in 2008-09, SHP and Priory have finished one-two, respectively, each season. Making the matchups even more intriguing are players on each team who also have commitments to the U.S. National Team. Priory sophomore Mariana Galvan is leaving Friday to join the U.S. U-18 National Team for a training camp in Florida. She’ll miss matches next week against Menlo and Mercy-Burlingame. Sacred Heart Prep senior Abby Dahlkemper will leave to join the U-20 squad the week of Feb. 13-20, missing only the season-ending league match against Menlo. Thus, not only is it important to have both players on hand for each WBAL showdown, but winning those matchups becomes even more important. Sacred Heart Prep swept the series in 2009 to win the league title

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CARDINAL HONORS . . . Stanford’s three senior women’s volleyball players have all earned All-America honors by Volleyball Magazine. Alix Klineman, the Player of the Year, was named to the first team, while Gabi Ailes and Cassidy Lichtman were selected to the second team. Klineman becomes the ninth Stanford player to garner National Player of the Year honors. She is a fourtime Vollyeball Magazine and AVCA All-American. Ailes picks up her second career honor from Volleyball Magazine, while Lichtman is being recognized for the first time by the publication . . . Stanford junior Bradley Klahn is off to a good start on his way to defending his NCAA singles title. On Monday, Klahn was named the Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Klahn took home singles and doubles titles on Jan. 17 at the Sherwood Cup, completing an impressive tournament weekend heading into dual- match season. He defeated USC’s Steve Johnson, 6-2, 6-4, in the championship match, winning the Sherwood Cup singles title for the second straight season . . . The Stanford women’s basketball team is sitting alone atop the Pac-10 Conference standings this week, due in part to a big week turned in by senior Kayla Pedersen during a sweep of UCLA and USC. Pedersen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. She averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from behind the arc as No. 4 Stanford first handed No. 8 UCLA its first conference loss before routing USC. . . . Stanford senior Shelley Alexander was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week on Tuesday and sophomore Ashley Morgan earned Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors.

Priory sophomore standout Mariana Galvan was held scoreless as SHP often double-marked her during its 2-1 WBAL victory.

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Palo Alto’s Toby Nelson-Gal (18) congratulates James Maa (4) on his match-tying goal while Josh Totte celebrates during Wednesday’s 2-2 deadlock at firstplace Mountain View in a SCVAL De Anza Division match. to report to camp in Florida on Jan. 28, and we need to protect her; she’s representing our country.� Galvan took some hits and dished a few, as well, always remaining a dangerous player on the field — as was Dahlkemper, who sent long passes to the wing in the second half, finding Jager a handful of times that produced good shots on goal that just missed. Dahlkemper eventually took matters into her own hands, which usually produces good results for the Gators. “Abby played an important role in the win and she deserves a lot of credit,� Arredondo said. “SHP wanted it more and that was the difference.� Priory will get another crack at SHP and Dahlkemper on Feb. 10 before Dahlkemper departs for national team camp. That puts a priority on the season for Moffat. “Our goal is to win league before that Menlo game (on Feb. 15),� Moffat said. Menlo, meanwhile, put itself in position to possibly take over first place — the Knights needed to beat SHP on Thursday — by scoring three second-half goals to beat host Castilleja at Mayfield Soccer Complex. Menlo senior Kelly Cavan connected from 20 yards out off an assist from Alex Tom for what proved to be the winning goal. A few minutes later, Cavan scored again from 23 yards out following a pass from Amanda McFarland. Menlo freshman Sienna Stritter finished the scoring with a 15-yard strike off an assist from Sophia King. Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald singled out defender Shannon Lacy and his goalie tandem of sophomores Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell for their fourth straight shutout. In a WBAL Skyline Division match, Adrienne Whitlock scored off an assist from Danielle Man in the first half as Pinewood (2-2, 7-6) produced a 1-0 victory over visiting

Eastside Prep. In the PAL Bay Division, visiting Menlo-Atherton got secondhalf goals from Gillian Collom and Victoria Fernandez in a 2-0 victory over Hillsdale. The Bears (3-3-1, 8-3-2) remained tied with Carlmont for fifth place, trailing co-leaders Woodside and San Mateo, both 5-1-1. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn battled defending division champion Los Gatos to a scoreless draw on Wednesday evening. The Titans moved to 1-3-2 in league and 6-4-4 overall. Gunn had two good chances to score, one a cross from Bonnie Cardillo that Hal Moalem nearly finished. The other came on a breakaway by Sarah Robinson that nearly found the net. “It was a team effort,� said Gunn coach Damian Cohen. “Everyone played excellent games, played stellar defense, and combined nicely in the attack. We have played back-toback excellent games (Gunn tied Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday) and thus are starting to find a groove and consistency.� Boys’ soccer With more ties than victories in league play, Palo Alto coach Don Briggs was hoping for a break when his squad took on first-place Mountain View in a SCVAL De Anza Division match on Wednesday. The Vikings did finally get a break, but it wasn’t the one the Vikings were looking for. Junior goalie Kris Hoglund suffered a broken leg during a collision in the first half of Palo Alto’s 2-2 deadlock with the Spartans. He will be lost for the remainder of the soccer season and will miss the lacrosse season, as well. Hoglund had his leg casted on Thursday. According to his father, Tom, the cast might be hot pink. Kris suffered a broken tibia, but his fibula was no broken. “Any way you look at it, he will miss lacrosse season,� said Tom Hoglund, “which makes no one happy.

Fortunately, he should be able to still play during the summer and pursue his hope of playing East in college.� Hoglund, last season’s leading scorer for Paly, had been sharing time in goal with Austin Shiau, who also is injured. After Hoglund was hurt, senior Tony Panayides traded in his game jersey for the goalie jersey and helped keep the Vikings (2-0-4, 6-2-5) in the game. It was Paly’s fourth straight tie in league play and second in two days, following a 1-1 match with Los Gatos on Tuesday. “This was a tough game for Paly, having played a physical game with

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with a 10-0-2 mark, advancing to the Central Coast Section Division III finals and winning it. Last season, SHP won the first match and lost the second while Dahlkemper was away with the U-17 National Team. The Panthers, however, also suffered a pair of ties with Menlo and finished second to the Gators once again. On Tuesday, the league’s top two teams met in their first showdown and, once again, Sacred Heart Prep came away the winner following a header by Dahlkemper in the 73rd minute for the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph. Thus, SHP coach Jake Moffat was in a good mood afterward after yet another familiar opening result with Priory. “This is the third straight year we’ve been in this position,� Moffat said of the WBAL Foothill Division match.�So, it’s a comfortable position to be in.� Sacred Heart (4-0, 8-4-2) once again is sitting atop the division standings heading into Thursday’s crucial match at Menlo (3-0-1, 4-3-5), which moved ahead of Priory (2-1-1, 7-2-3) and into second place following a 3-0 victory over Castilleja on Tuesday. The Gators appeared headed for a first-place tie with Menlo as they battled Priory to a 1-1 deadlock deep into their match. Dahlkemper changed all that when she rifled a shot off the hands of Priory keeper Liz Oliphant that went over the end line, resulting in a corner kick. SHP sophomore Sophia AbuelSaud placed the corner kick out front of the cage, forcing Oliphant to charge out. Dahlkemper, however, raced in and headed a shot past Oliphant and into the cage for the winning goal. “A win here is huge,� Moffat said, “not only from the standpoint of points, but from the momentum we’ve gained after it looked like we might have to settle for a tie.� Dahlkemper also scored in the seventh minute on an assist from Kendall Jager, but Priory countered just two minutes later when Darrah Shields found the net off an assist from Galvan. The teams battled evenly after that, before SHP made its push in the second half to control the match. Sacred Heart senior Keighley Lane marked the dangerous Galvan all match long and kept her from scoring. Fellow defenders Stephanie Terpening, Lauren Espeseth, Kendall Cody and Annie Fishback also helped keep the Panthers off the board in the second half. Cody and Espeseth helped out on Galvan, who often had to fight off two defenders. “It wasn’t so much that Mariana didn’t get enough touches on the ball in the second half,� explained Priory co-coach Henry Arredondo. “She was still dangerous and was receiving the b all in areas we wanted her to be effective. You also have to understand when the other team decides to double-mark a player and takes turns hitting her with no calls by the ref, it complicates our attacking scheme. “I spoke to the ref at half and explained that Mariana was just called to the U-18 National Team and has

Los Gatos,� said Briggs. “Paly started the game with four subs and ended the game with only two players available (off the bench) after injuries to Hoglund and Peter Laminette.� Mountain View took the lead in the second half on a direct-kick deflection off Panayides. Palo Alto made it 1-1 on a direct kick by John Richardson. The Spartans regained the lead in the final 10 minutes when a hard cross was slightly deflected by a Paly defender and went into the upper corner. Paly got the game-tying goal when Austin Smith flicked a header to James Maa, whose header found the net. “Gerritt Van Zyll did an excellent job of organizing the defense with two starting backs also injured an unable to play,� Briggs said of his junior center back. In a makeup match Tuesday, Paly’s Skyler Felt took a pass from Richardson and scored to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead over host Los Gatos. That ended a streak of 2 1/2 games where Paly and Los Gatos had played scoreless ball. In another SCVAL De Anza Division match, visiting Gunn dropped a 2-1 decision to Los Gatos. The Titans fell to 1-3-2 in league (2-7-4 overall). In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep maintained its hold on first place with a 7-1 victory over host Crystal Springs on Wednesday. The Gators (6-0-1, 110-1) got two goals from sophomore Willy Lamb. In other WBAL action, Priory edged Harker, 1-0, while Eastside Prep (1-4, 3-7-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to host King’s Academy. In the PAL Bay Division, Phillip Witham scored an unassisted goal in the second half to lift host Menlo-Atherton to a 1-0 victory over Westmoor. The Bears improved to 5-1-1 in league (7-2-2 overall) and remained just two points behind first-place Burlingame (6-1) in the division race. N

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by Keith Peters a 20-minute span from the second fter a sensational fall season to fourth quarters. Los Gatos scored that saw the Palo Alto foot- just eight points in the second and ball team and girls’ volleyball third quarters combined, just a sinsquads win state championships, gle point in the third period. Paly basketball coaches Adam Sax Paly used a fullcourt trap defense and Scott Peters perhaps had their to force Los Gatos into turnovers, respective bars of expectations resulting in easy baskets for the Viraised. kings. Sydney Davis, Katerina Pe“What I like about Palo Alto High terson, Stephanie Allen and Emilee is that there is high expectations ev- Osagiede sparked the press while ery year,� said Peters, head coach Josie Butler was intimidating, as of the girls’ team. “Obviously, this well, with numerous blocks and alis a special year for our fall sports tered shots. Davis led the way with teams.� 12 points. Both Paly basketball “The addition of Josie teams, however, are doButler, Sydney Davis ing their best to emulate and (freshman) Danthe football and volleyielle Palmer has helped ball squads. The Vikings our defense immensely,� lead their respective Peters said. “Josie is SCVAL De Anza Divia factor that has to be sion races and there’s no considered when teams reason why either coach go to the basket. Sydney should expect anything stops most guard penless than a league title. etrators. Lindsay Black One reason is the fact has greatly improved both races are winnable her defense from last with no dominant team. year, which is also a facSydney Davis Heading into the second tor. Emilee Osagiede is half of the season, the Paly boys also a tremendous asset on defense. (5-1, 11-6) lead Gunn (4-2, 12-6) When you add all this up, it allows by a full game while the Paly girls us flexibility and depth to play ag(6-0, 13-4) also lead the Titans (5-1, gressively.� 13-3) by a full game. In the nightcap on Thus, the Paly boys Tuesday, Paly sophomore and girls control their EJ Floreal poured in a own destiny. season-high 27 points The other factor why as the Vikings romped both teams could be to a 75-47 triumph. Palo considered title favorites Alto had four players in is depth and talent. Both double figures as Charlie teams are blessed in Jones and Davante Adeach category. It’s just a ams chipped in with 11 matter of keeping things points each while Max in perspective and their Schmarzo added 10 as eyes on the prize. the Vikings posted yet “We have to stay foanother impressive percused on each game Davante Adams formance. and practice, so that we can win Elsewhere in girls’ basketball acour league,� Peters said. “Then, see tion Tuesday night: where it goes when we get into the With senior guard Kelsey Moreplayoffs.� head pouring in 21 points, Pinewood Both Paly teams are ticketed to held on to first place in the West Bay the Central Coast Section Division Athletic League (Foothill Division) I playoffs this season, as are Gunn’s with a 63-34 thumping of visiting squads. That should make for in- Castilleja. The Panthers (5-0, 14-4) teresting matchups when the teams grabbed a 34-19 halftime lead and meet again at Gunn on Feb. 11, with outscored the Gators (0-4, 9-7) in titles and CCS seeds on the line. the second half, 32-15. Hailie EackBoth Palo Alto teams kept their les added 13 points for Pinewood, division leads intact this week by which made nine treys (out of 35 attraveling to Los Gatos and winning tempts) and had 20 steals. in a hostile environment. After holding just a 13-8 firstHaving to play games at Los Ga- quarter lead, Pinewood went on a tos often has been upsetting for Palo 13-2 run while pushing its lead to Alto teams, which have seen dreams 16. Castilleja senior Natasha von die at the hands of the host Wildcats Kaeppler had 12 of her 13 points in over the years. The Paly girls’ vol- the first half and finished with just leyball team, for example, went 41-1 five rebounds while guarding Eackthis past fall with its only loss at Los les on the perimeter. Gatos. In East Palo Alto, Eastside Prep’s There were no upsets like that on one-two senior punch of Ahjalee Tuesday as the Paly girls and boys. Harvey and Takara Burse was a In the tipoff to the varsity double- knockout combination again as they header, the Paly girls followed up combined for 37 points in the Pantheir big victory over Gunn last thers’ 62-35 victory over visiting Saweek with a solid 44-34 victory. De- cred Heart Prep in WBAL (Foothill fense once again was the key for the Division) action. Vikings (6-0, 13-4), who held the Wildcats to just two baskets during (continued on next page)

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Harvey poured in 23 points while Burse contributed 12 points and 11 assists as the Panthers remained in second place at 4-1 (13-6). Freshman Kimberly Leu scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds while helping Eastside Prep jump out to a 35-16 halftime lead against the visiting Gators (1-4, 9-5). In San Francisco, Menlo School jumped out to an important 24-14 lead in the first quarter that wound up making the difference in the game as the Knights held on for a 62-56 victory over host Mercy-San Francisco in a WBAL (Foothill Division) game. The Knights (3-2, 13-6) moved into sole possession of third place with the victory. Drew Edelman led the way with 21 points and 16 rebounds while seniors Emma Paye and Whitney Hooper also contributed in a big way. Paye had 11 points and five assists while Hooper finished with 18 points, making four 3-pointers, as the Knights tuned up for Friday’s home-game showdown with second-place Eastside Prep at 6 p.m. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton had a great start but notso-great finish and dropped a 77-58 decision to first-place Terra Nova in Atherton. The Bears (2-3, 6-13) jumped out to a 16-10 first-quarter lead and held a 36-35 advantage at halftime. The Tigers (5-0), however, roared back in the second half with 42 points to grab the victory. Sela Tupou led M-A with 21 points while Anna Crookston Herschlag added 12. In nonleague action Wednesday: Sophomore point guard Riya Modi returned after missing the five previous games, sparking Castilleja to a 46-39 victory over host St. Francis-CCC in Watsonville on Wednesday night. Modi scored eight points with five assists and two steals in her return from an ankle injury. During her absence, the Gators lost four of five games. Senior Natasha von Kaeppler led the victory with 21 points and 17 rebounds, surpassing Nikki Perlman as the school’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds in addition to becoming the third player in school history to score at least 1,500 career points. Senior Laura Rose added 10 rebounds and six points as Castilleja improved to 152-9 all-time while holding opponents under 40 points. Boys’ basketball Trailing by 12 points in the third quarter, Menlo-Atherton rallied for a 56-55 victory over visiting Woodside on Wednesday in PAL Bay Division action. Senior Marquise Tolson scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to go along with with six rebounds and three assists for the Bears (3-2, 10-9), who now have won back-to-back games for only the third time this season. Tolson hit two free throws with under a minute to play for the winning margin. Michael Culhane had 11 rebounds plus eight points for M-A, which trailed by seven at halftime but scored 37 points in the second half.

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McKinley Mathon hit a trio of three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while Myles Brewer also scored 13 points while sparking the Bears’ comeback. In the West Bay Athletic League: Despite the fact senior Reed McConnell was sidelined by a sprained ankle, Sacred Heart Prep still had plenty of depth to hold on to its lead in the WBAL following a 56-38 victory over host Harker on Tuesday night. The Gators (7-0, 15-2) received a big 14 points from Pat McNamara with junior Cole McConnell adding 13 and senior Will McConnell tossing in 12. SHP’s defense limited Harker to just 11 first-half points as the Gators avenged last season’s only league loss. Pinewood junior Dante Fraioli bounced back from a scoreless first half to score 18 points in the final two quarters to spark Pinewood to a wild 76-66 victory over host King’s Academy in a WBAL game on Tuesday night. Fraioli made six 3-pointers as the Panthers (6-1, 14-3) made 13 while remaining a game back of first-place Sacred Heart Prep. King’s Academy made nine treys and rallied from 15 points down

to make a game of it. Kevin Sweat (14 points), Bradley Naumann (11 points) and Solomone Wolfgramm (10) helped Pinewood shoot 62 percent from the field in the second half. In Atherton, Brandon Willhite may have been lighting up the WBAL with his scoring this season, but the Priory senior finally had someone turn out his lights as host Menlo School limited him to just six points on its way to a 59-34 victory on Tuesday night. Willhite scored 61 points in three games last week and has been averaging over 20. The Knights (4-3, 8-8) limited Willhite to just 3-of-13 shooting and four rebounds with five turnovers. Gabor Somogyi led Priory (1-6, 8-8) with 18 points but was the only player in double figures as the Panthers shot only 20 percent (11 of 55) from the floor. Menlo got 12 points from Jonny Halprin. In the Private Schools Athletic League, first-place Mid-Peninsula remained solidly atop the league with a 54-34 victory over host Jewish Community School at the Koret Center in San Francisco. The Dragons improved to 6-0 in league (13-2 overall) as Lydell Cardwell scored 21 points for Mid-Peninsula. N

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Synchronized swimming, men’s tennis highlight Stanford schedule this weekend by Rick Eymer eniors Gayle Lee and Corinne Smith lead a young group of performers into Stanford’s synchronized swimming season opener Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting Incarnate Word. The Cardinal finished second at both the U.S. Collegiate Championships and U.S. National championships last year. Lee, a member of the Singapore national team, performed as a member of the first-place team event at the nationals. She missed the 2009 season with an injury. Smith, who competed with the U.S. junior national team four years ago, has finished second in the team event in each of the past two collegiate championships. Junior Maria Koroleva may have the most experience with Stanford, having also competed in duet, trio and figures the past two years in earning All-American status. She was with the U.S. national team at the FINA World Championships in Rome in 2009.

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Men’s tennis Alex Clayton and Greg Hirshman helped the eighth-ranked Stanford men’s tennis team open the dualmeet season with an impressive 7-0 victory over visiting Sacramento State Tuesday. Clayton, at No. 3 singles, and Hirshman, at No. 5 singles, each won by scores of 6-1, 6-2 as all six singles players won in straight sets. The Cardinal, which also swept its doubles matches, is back in action Friday, hosting Santa Clara at 10 a.m. as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Friday’s winner meets either Nebraska or Vanderbilt at 10 a.m. Saturday. The survivor advances to the final rounds of the National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle beginning Feb. 18. Women’s water polo Alyssa Lo, Melissa Seidemann and Cassie Churnside each scored three goals and the top-ranked Stanford women’s water polo team ended its opening weekend unbeat-

en in four matches after beating host Michigan, 14-5, Sunday at the Michigan Kick Off in Ann Arbor. Kelsey Suggs and Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon each added two goals for Stanford (4-0), which also beat Indiana, 14-1, earlier in the day. Victoria Kennedy and Kaitlyn Lo also scored for the Cardinal, which outscored its opponents 57-11 on the weekend. Amber Oland recorded nine saves in goal against the Wolverines. Stanford hosts its own Invitational on Feb. 5-6 at Avery Aquatic Center. Women’s gymnastics Alyssa Brown, Shelley Alexander, Ashley Morgan and Allyse Ishino each won an event and second-ranked Stanford beat visiting UCLA, 196.200-194.825, in a Pac10 meet Sunday. Morgan won the floor exercise with a score of 9.925, while Alexander won the beam with the same score for the Cardinal (7-0) in its home opener. N

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Andrea Taylor and Kristie Chen, Stanford remains a strong contender in every event. DiRado currently ranks third in the country in the 200 back and 200 IM and second in the 400 IM. Lee is ninth in the 100 fly, 13th in the 200 IM, 15th in the 100 free and 19th in the 50 free. Taylor has the nation’s third-best time in the 1,000 free, the fifth best in the 400 IM, the seventh best in the 500 free and the 11th best in the 200 fly. Chen ranks 14th in the 400 IM. Juniors Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward, Angela Duckworth and Jamie Bruce add balance and depth across the board. Webb has the country’s third best time in the 100 back, the fifth best in the 50 free and is 10th in the 100 free. Woodward is 11th in the 50 free, 13th in the 100 free and 13th in the 100 fly. Duckworth, who competed at

the 2008 Olympic Trials, is one of Stanford’s top distance swimmers while Bruce adds quality and depth to both the breast and IM events. Sophomore Andi Murez has the 12th best time in the 100 free, while Megan Fischer-Cobrie, Alisha Finn and Natalie Durant are solid performers. Stanford ends the dual-met season at No. 4 California on Feb. 12 and then it is on to the Pac-10 Championships, which start Feb. 23. The NCAA championships begin on March 17 in Austin, Texas. Women’s tennis Top-ranked Stanford, playing without Mallory Burdette, picked up right where it left off Wednesday, beating visiting UC Davis, 7-0, in the season opener. Stacey Tan clinched the victory at No.4 singles for the Cardinal, which won its final 19 matches in capturing last year’s NCAA team title. Stanford extended its home winning streak to 165 matches (133 reg-

ular season, 32 NCAA tournament), a streak that spans nearly 12 seasons and is the longest active home winning streak among all sports in Division I athletics. The Cardinal last tasted defeat at home, 5-4, to California on Feb. 27, 1999. The Bears ended Stanford’s then-record 52-match home winning streak. So, yes, that means the Cardinal has won 217 of its last 218 matches played at Taube Tennis Center, which likely dates to the NCAA semifinal loss to Texas in 1992 at Stanford. The current winning streak began March 5, 1999 with a 7-2 victory over No. 24 Arizona. Stanford hosts Cal Poly in the ITA Kickoff Weekend at 10 a.m. Friday. The Cardinal hosts Cal Poly on Friday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. The winner meets Oklahoma or UNLV at 2 p.m. Saturday. The weekend survivor moves on to the National Team Indoor Championships for the final rounds in Charlottesville, Va., beginning Feb. 17. N


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All-state football honors for Paly; von Kaeppler joins her sister at Yale by Keith Peters he Palo Alto football team received what appeared to be its final big honor of the season last Friday when the Vikings were presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy, as part of the sixth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions.

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Palo Alto finished No. 13 in the final MaxPreps national rankings to qualify as one of 50 schools being honored. On Monday, however, there were more honors for Palo Alto as senior Kevin Anderson was one of four Vikings named to the 32nd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Anderson, who has verbally committed to Stanford, was a dominant player at defensive end for the Vikings during their school record-breaking 14-0 season that was capped with a 1513 victory over Centennial (Corona) in the CIF State Division I bowl championship game in December. Anderson finished the season with 103 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks. He was named to the first-team defensive unit. Fellow two-way starter T.J. Braff was named to the all-state second team on defense while Paly senior quarterback Christoph Bono and wide receiver Maurice Williams were named to the third team on offense. Braff had a team-leading 170 tackles this season (12.1 per game) while Bono completed 165 of 251 passes for 2,690 yards and 30 touchdowns. Williams caught 27 passes for 791 yards (an average of 29.2 yards per catch) with 11 touchdowns. Three other local players received all-state honors in the Small Schools division. Menlo School senior wide receiver Tim Benton was named to the first team on offense along with Sacred Heart Prep senior offensive lineman Brian Moran. Sacred Heart Prep senior linebacker Hunter Shaw received second-team all-state recognition on defense. Benton caught 68 passes for 1,406 yards and 12 touchdowns this season while Shaw had 116 tackles (an average of 9.7 per game). The 6-7, 295-pound Moran was a force in the offensive and defensive lines for the Gators, who won their first-ever Central Coast Section Division IV title in 2010. Girls’ basketball Castilleja senior Natasha von Kaeppler will be among the Yale women’s basketball team Class of 2015, as announced Thursday by Yale head coach Chris Gobrecht. The 6-foot von Kaeppler is a two-time captain for the Gators. Academically, von Kaeppler is a National Merit Semifinalist. On the court, she is a four-year starter. Through 17 games this season, von Kaeppler was averaging 20.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals, and 3.65 blocks per game. She is currently third on the Gatorsí

all-time scoring list (1,508 points). She is the schoolĂ­s all-time leader in rebounds (1,176), double-doubles (57), field-goal percentage (.454), and steals (304), and she is second in blocks (254), trailing only her sister Ericka (271). “Natasha gives us another forward that gives us some size, but she could play the 4 or the 3 and she is a young player who just gets better and better every time I watch her play,â€? Gobrecht said. “She is a strong rebounder and a very aggressive player.â€? She joins her sister, Ericka, currently a sophomore forward for the Bulldogs, as the first pair of sisters coached by Gobrecht during her tenure at Yale and the third set of sisters in her coaching career. Girls’ soccer Sacred Heart Prep’s Abby Dahlkemper and Geena Graumann will sign a national letter of intent on Feb. 2 to continue their playing careers in college. Dahlkemper is headed to UCLA and Graumann is ticketed for USC. Palo Alto’s Helen Butler will sign with Virginia Tech while teammate Alex Kershner is headed to Duke. Boys’ water polo It was quite a 2010 season for the seniors on the Menlo School boys’ water polo team. Not only did the Knights defend their PAL Bay Division title, but they splashed their way to the Central Coast Section Division II championship. To top it all off, all five seniors made early commitments to play water polo in college. Kyle Bowman is headed to MIT, Jacob Dorn is going to Johns Hopkins, Jack Finch is headed to Navy, John Holland-McCowan will continue his career at Harvard and Keegan Williams will play for Bucknell. “It is so rare, especially in this day and age, that every senior on a team is recruited by their top college choice and then earn admission, and all early-decision, especially at the caliber of schools that these student-athletes have pursued,â€? Menlo School coach Jack Bowen said. The Knights are coming off a season during which they won the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division crown before capping off the season with a CCS title. Menlo also finished fifth among CCS boysĂ­ water polo teams in the CCS scholastic competition. Other Menlo seniors who committed to their respective colleges in the early signing period included: Jake Bruml (baseball), Pomona College; Allie Frappier (volleyball), Yale; Patrick Grimes (golf), Stanford; Whitney Hooper (basketball), New York University; Hailey Smith (water polo), Maryland; and Robert Wickers (football), Brown. Wrestling Gunn senior Stefan Weidemann made some school history by winning the 152-pound division at the Mid-Cal Invitational on Saturday at Gilroy High. Weidemann is the first

Gunn wrestler ever to win a title in the prestigious event and now is 15-0 this season, with 12 wins coming by pin. “Stefan had a great game plan and executed it perfectly,� said Gunn coach Chris Horpel. “The Mid-Cals are a good indicator to see if you are ready for CCS and State. Seven of the top 10 teams were from other sections . . . we even had out-of-state representation there.� Weidemann scored 42 team points while finishing 5-0 in the two-day meet. Gunn finished 28th in the 70team event with 75.5 points. After opening with a bye, Weidemann pinned Arthur Georgiyev of South San Francisco) in 2:53. Weidemann followed that up with a pin over Jose Cardenas of Seaside in 3:16. In the quarterfinals, Weidemann won by decision over Charles Yllan of Madera South), 9-1. That earned Weidemann a berth in the semifinals, where he won by decision over Johnathan Gonzalez of Santa Teresa), 6-2. In the championship match, Weidemann won by decision over Isiah Morfin of Selma, 3-0. Meanwhile, Palo Alto junior Kalen Gans made it to the championship match at 162 pounds before dropping a 9-2 decision to Adam Busch of Castro Valley. Busch was ranked No. 2 at 171 pounds in the North Coast Section and No. 15 in the state. Gans did defeat Chris McCallaCreary of Harker in the semifinals, 14-5. McCallaCreary was ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast Section at 160 pounds, a spot Gans now occupies. The Vikings finished 26th as a team with 80 points. Menlo-Atherton also competed, finishing 51st with 36 points. N

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