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Report: Palo Alto needs new emergency director Study also urges safer location for emergency headquarters, stronger community involvement by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto should hire a director to oversee its emergency services, relocate its emergency-services headquarters and forge stronger relationships between city staff and the greater community, a consultant is recommending in a study released

this week. The city commissioned the report in October to get an independent review of the city’s disaster-preparedness effort — one of the City Council’s top five priorities for 2011. The report, which the council is scheduled to

discuss Monday, lauds Palo Alto for paying close attention to community safety but identifies a series of shortcomings in the city’s emergency-preparedness efforts. These include a lack of coordination between departments, insufficient disaster training for staff in “non-operational” departments (all departments other than Police, Fire, Utilities and Public Works), a seismically shaky Emergency Operations Center, and inadequate

public outreach from City Hall. The report by consultant Arrietta Chakos of the firm Urban Resilience Policy offers three main recommendations: a new director with crossdepartmental authority to oversee the Office of Emergency Services; a plan to find a structurally safer location for the Emergency Operations Center; and consolidation of information from various studies and commissions into an “internal clearinghouse.” Chakos estimated the recommen-

dations could be accomplished within two years. The largely fragmented and disorganized structure of Palo Alto’s emergency-preparedness staff is a reoccurring theme throughout the report. The city’s public-safety departments have professionals trained in emergency response, but their coordination with other departments in City Hall is largely nonexistent. The current Of(continued on page 6)

EDUCATION

Palo Alto families warned against too many APs Counselor: Colleges don’t want to accept students who are ‘overcooked’ by Chris Kenrick

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Taking shape At the construction site of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, an oak tree that will anchor a courtyard stands amid the steel framework. The library is taking shape behind the oak; the community center is in the foreground. To read more about the progress of the Mitchell Park and Downtown library construction projects, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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Proposed massage law breeds tension in Palo Alto Massage therapists protest city’s proposal to require detailed logs of customer information by Gennady Sheyner

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Palo Alto proposal to require massage businesses to keep detailed logs of clients has hit a nerve among local massage therapists who claim the proposal smacks of “Big Brother”-style intrusion. More than 30 massage therapists attended a meeting Tuesday afternoon to hear about the changes, which city officials say would bring Palo Alto in compliance with state

law. The proposed ordinance would raise the educational requirements for massage therapists, require them to purchase malpractice insurance and create a new category called “sole proprietor” for single-person massage businesses. The most touchy aspect of the new ordinance is a requirement that massage establishments keep a written log that includes the date and hour of each service; the name, address

and sex of each patron; the service provided; and the technician administering the service. Palo Alto police Sgt. April Wagner said the logs would remain at the massage establishments and would only be accessed by police during inspections and criminal investigations. “It’s for police official use only,” Wagner said. “It’s not something that would be published anywhere. “It’s to protect the people going there, to protect massage therapists themselves from false accusations.” Code Enforcement Officer Heather Johnson said other Peninsula cities, including Millbrae, San Mateo and Belmont, have similar requirements. But this explanation failed to appease some audience members, including David Bena, who called it “Big Brother stuff.” Others ar(continued on page 9)

alo Alto students and their families are consistently warned against taking on too many advanced-placement classes, counselors from Palo Alto’s two high schools told the school board Tuesday night. Parents must sign off on all AP classes their children choose, and homework levels are discussed in detail, Gunn Vice Principal Kim Cowell and Paly Vice Principal Kim Diorio said. Students’ taking on of excessive course work is “of great concern,” Cowell said in a wide-ranging discussion of counseling in Palo Alto schools. “We have students and families from out of the country who don’t view high school in the same way. “We help all our families understand what it’s like to be in a U.S. high school and also that you don’t want to ‘overcook’ your child.” Conversely, Cowell and Diorio said counselors also nudge students who “underselect” — that is, do not challenge themselves enough — to ramp up their schedules. Next fall, Gunn High School plans to issue “balance” T-shirts to all teachers and administrators, with the lettering “there are 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States.” Cowell said too many AP classes lead not just to mental and physical health problems for a student, but to college admission problems. “If students are overcooked, (colleges) are not going to take them because their mental health bills will go through the roof,” she said. In a lengthy discussion of counseling at Gunn and Paly, school officials said counseling ratios in Palo Alto are far better than those in most California schools — but still fall short of the ideal of 250 to 1.

For the past 15 years, Paly has augmented its meager counseling staff through a “teacher advisory” system, in which more than 40 teachers provide academic counseling in weekly meetings with students. Gunn uses a more traditional system, with six full-time counselors who meet one-to-one with students about once a year and also hold group sessions, as well as are available for appointments. Comparing the two schools’ counseling programs is like comparing apples to oranges, but both schools are successful in helping students get into college, counselors said. A group of parents questioned why two high schools in the same community should have such different counseling structures, citing poll data indicating Gunn students and parents are more dissatisfied with counseling than those at Paly. Gunn parent Kathy Sharp said although she has been “very satisfied” with the particular counselors at the school, the district should consider switching Gunn’s counseling structure to look more like Paly’s. Gunn parent Ken Dauber, who has launched a group called We Can Do Better Palo Alto, questioned the district’s policy of “site-based decisionmaking,” which can lead to considerable apparent differences from campus to campus. “The district doesn’t have a process for systematically evaluating what works and what doesn’t across schools in the district. ...” Dauber said. “The ideology of site-based practices puts the presumption in the wrong place, by assuming that schools should be different rather than similar even on core educational practices like counseling.” (continued on page 6)

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It’s an infringement on the privacy of clients. — Donald Howard, a massage therapist, on the proposed new Palo Alto ordinance regulating massage services. See story on page 3.

Around Town SPOTTY RECEPTION ... AT&T’s quest to plant cellular towers and Wi-Fi antennas in Palo Alto has proved taxing for company officials, city staff and concerned residents around the proposed sites. This week brought mixed results for both the company and its opponents. The City Council approved on Monday AT&T’s request to install Wi-Fi antennas on the sixth-floor balcony of Hotel President on University Avenue but prohibited the company from going through residents’ apartments to install or maintain the antennas. An AT&T employee will have to use a cherry picker to reach the balconies on University Avenue, taking up parking spots on the city’s busiest commercial strip while work is done. On Thursday, the city dealt AT&T a blow when the Architectural Review Board panned the company’s plans to install a cellular antenna at 1095 Channing Ave., at St. Albert the Great Church. The board called the application incomplete and continued its vote to a later date. Board member Judith Wasserman, the sole dissenter, called for AT&T to start over. “I just think it’s a poor design,” Wasserman said. “In order for this to work architecturally, it’s got a long way to go.” Planning & Community Environment Director Curtis Williams told the council this week that the city is anticipating more cell-tower applications and proposed a study session to discuss the myriad contentious issues around the subject, including visual impact, public-outreach requirements and the antennas’ impacts on property values. JUST MANAGING ... Two years of cost-cutting have taken their toll on Palo Alto’s managers and professionals — the only major City Hall employee group without a union. Gone are the days of salary raises, bonuses and free medical care. In April, the roughly 230 workers in the category began to chip in for 10 percent of their health care costs. Managers and professionals have also accepted a new two-tiered pension formula, with lower pension payments to new employees — the same arrangement that the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, has grudgingly ac-

cepted. All the while, their workload has spiked because of retirements and position cuts. This week, the City Council adopted a largely retroactive agreement with the managers effective until the end of the current fiscal year, June 30. After that, other perks could be on the chopping block. Councilman Greg Scharff, who supported the new contract, said he wants to revisit some of its provisions before a new agreement is approved. These include “professional development” reimbursements for things like gym memberships and job-related iPads and other computing devices, which employees are allowed to purchase once every three years. “It strikes me that gym/health club membership is not providing the professional development that our staff probably needs,” Scharff said. “Buying computer equipment probably doesn’t do the same thing — it probably doesn’t provide professional development.” The council will have a chance to review all the details in the compensation report in the fall, when it considers the next contract with the management group. ALL THAT BUZZ ... In what could be the least controversial landuse project in Palo Alto’s history, hundreds of beetles, butterflies, ants and spiders will soon have a new and refurbished home in the city’s Junior Museum & Zoo. The museum has just received a $3,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for archival supplies and expertise to re-house its insect and spider collection, which includes about 1,560 specimens. The museum announced that once the collection is re-housed, the insect and spider collection would be used to expand its school-outreach programs. It will also be used in its upcoming insect exhibition, Buzzzz. The museum expects to provide science instruction to more than 3,000 Palo Alto and East Palo Alto students this year. “These collections are a vital component of the real objects, scientific equipment and live animals that our science instructors use to engage children in science,” John Aikin, the museum’s executive director said in a statement. N


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Baby Bullet trains on Caltrain chopping block Faced with potential loss of service, Caltrain board urges staff to come up with more funding by Sue Dremann and Jocelyn Dong altrain’s Baby Bullet trains, which have been credited with boosting Caltrain’s ridership since 2005, could stop running July 1 in order to close a projected $30 million deficit in the agency’s fiscal year 2012 budget, Caltrain staff proposed this week. But the rail line’s governing board, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, urged the agency’s staff Thursday to find another $3.5 million to save the Baby Bullet service and preserve the current 86-train weekly schedule. Caltrain has faced a daunting and financially precarious future for several months. On March 3, the board declared a fiscal emergency for the third year in a row after Caltrain’s partner agencies — San Mateo County’s SamTrans, Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority and San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency — expressed doubt that they would be able to fund Caltrain to the degree they have in the past. Caltrain staff warned that, as a result, no trains would run during weekends and weeknights, service south of San Jose would end, and up to seven Peninsula stations would close. On Monday, the three partner agencies along with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission hammered together an eleventh-hour proposal to close only three stations and eliminate 10 train runs per week. In addition, 12 stations would close on the weekends. The $97 million in revenues would come from fares ($47.4 million), partner agencies ($25.3 million), parking fees ($2.8 million), shuttle service ($1.1 million), rental income ($1.8 million), AB434 and grants ($6.7 million), other income ($2.9 million), and other sources ($9 million), according to agency staff. The proposed budget includes increases in fares and parking fees, as well as reductions in staffing, according to Caltrain. But board members were not satisfied that the proposed 76-train weekly schedule was the best the agency could offer. Board member Adrienne Tissier, a San Mateo County supervisor, made a motion Thursday to delay voting on the proposed budget until April 21 to give staff time to find an additional $3.5 million to preserve the current 86-train schedule, including Baby Bullet service. “For $3.5 million, we can bring all of those trips back. I will not support cutting the Baby Bullet or those three stations. We have been able to craft almost all of it,� a frustrated Tissier said. Possible funding sources could include the Dumbarton Rail project or a reimbursement from the VTA,

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board members said. Board member Liz Kniss, a Santa Clara County supervisor, seconded the motion, which passed 9-0. She contrasted taking the train with driving a car. “This is a habit when one gets used to it. It’s that kind of habit we want to encourage people to have,� she said. Other board members said the idea of making any cuts puts their stomachs in knots. They said they did not want to jeopardize the existing system for short-term savings that might cause a greater budget gap in 2013. Furthermore, the board may ask the public in the future to approve a dedicated funding source for Caltrain, and their case for supporting the rail line would be hampered without a robust and viable system. Caltrain Deputy CEO Chuck Harvey estimated that 1,000 riders could stop taking the train each weekend due to scaled-back service. Some members of the public who addressed the board Thursday said they wanted the agency to devise a sustainable budget now. But Kniss tried to soften those expectations, saying that all levels of government have had to find band-aids in the current economic climate. “I don’t think there is a sustainable budget� right now to build on, she said. Though one-time funding is a concern, it’s more important to maintain a viable Caltrain system that can be the building block for a future rail line ringing the bay. Former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who spearheads the grassroots group Friends of Caltrain, Wednesday morning expressed regret that the Baby Bullet service, which makes either six or eight stops, could be eliminated. The slower “limited express,� which stops at 12 or 13 stations, would become commuters’ fastest option. “It’s still faster than non-express trains, but it’s a significant trade-off. The Baby Bullet is the reason Caltrain saw a skyrocketing of ridership. The savings in time is needed to make the train competitive with driving,� she said. Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said trains during the peak commute would be limited-express trains. “This will give more riders more choices and may even reduce travel times for some people who are not able to take advantage of the current Baby Bullet service,� she said. Harvey, however, said the time delay could be 4 to 5 minutes for some limited-express riders who used to take the Baby Bullet. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann and Editor Jocelyn Dong can be reached at sdremann@paweekly.com and jdong@paweekly.com.

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fice of Emergency Services, the study found, â&#x20AC;&#x153;does not have the authority to overcome planning and preparedness deficiencies.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Departments do not fully consider beforehand their responsibility in crisis situations that cut across boundaries, sectors and jurisdictions,â&#x20AC;? the report states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No single group has demonstrated crisis management or leadership on a comprehensive level, resulting in a fragmented and ineffective approach to response and readiness.â&#x20AC;? A new director of emergency services would seek to remedy that problem. The position would be responsible for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;overall emergency/ disaster readinessâ&#x20AC;? and have â&#x20AC;&#x153;organization-wide authority.â&#x20AC;? The report also recommends two professional staff positions for the office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one to coordinate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning efforts and another one to serve as a liaison with the community. The city could staff this office by recasting some of its existing positions, the report states. Among the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasks would be making sure City Hall staff is trained in disaster response. The report notes that staff in non-operational departments â&#x20AC;&#x153;would benefit from more indepth briefing on their disaster roles and duties.â&#x20AC;? The reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation of a director follows similar advice from community volunteers. Annette Glankopf, co-chair of Palo Alto Neighborhoods and a leading pro-

ponent of emergency preparedness, urged the council during its annual retreat in January to formalize the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency-preparedness efforts with a new director and possibly even a new commission. She described the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing efforts as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;orchestraâ&#x20AC;? in need of conductor. City Manager James Keene said at the retreat that the city currently has an â&#x20AC;&#x153;ad hoc structure and staffingâ&#x20AC;? in emergency services and that a director would make it easier to consider improvements to this structure. The new report also confirms some the findings of a recent fire-service study by TriData and International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The two groups analyzed the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fire Department and uncovered what they called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;leadership malaiseâ&#x20AC;? in emergency planning. The Urban Resilience Policy study states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;authority and responsibility for disaster readiness is indeterminateâ&#x20AC;? and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;staff is caught in a confusing leadership gap.â&#x20AC;? Staff in the Office of Emergency Services would be charged with closing the gap and also with strengthening the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnerships with Stanford University, neighborhood groups and other organizations involved in emergency preparedness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staff is perceived, for the most part, to shy away from community involvement,â&#x20AC;? the report states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are exceptions to this, but in general, it is time to change the organizational culture and enliven the interactions between the community and City staff.â&#x20AC;? Police and Fire Chief Dennis Burns told the Weekly that it has not

yet been determined whether staffing for the new Office of Emergency Services should come from within the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing organization or from the outside. The key attribute of staff members would be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;capability and know-how to coordinate cross-departmentally,â&#x20AC;? Burns said. He also said he generally agrees with the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to try to leverage the resources of the entire city and of all the city departments to the extent we can,â&#x20AC;? Burns said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone through transitions with regard to the Office of Emergency Services over the years and the recommendations are sound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they would give us a better emergency-response profile.â&#x20AC;? The study also calls on local community groups such as Palo Alto Neighborhoods and Palo Alto Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) to â&#x20AC;&#x153;alignâ&#x20AC;? their efforts, promote more diversity in their membership and bring more young people, including students and young families, into their organization. It also calls on the city to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;ongoing support for growing and maintaining engaged community networks and activities.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community is a strong partner in disaster preparedness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people are engaged and clamoring to work with City leaders,â&#x20AC;? the report states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This opportunity can be used to good purpose; it is too rare a situation to squander by eroding the goodwill and trust of community leaders with indecision and inaction.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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News Digest Grocer eyes Edgewood Plaza for new market A North Carolina-based, European-style specialty market is eyeing Edgewood Plaza to launch its first West Coast store. Representatives from The Fresh Market attended Monday evening’s Edgewood Eats, a near-weekly public gathering of food-trucks at Edgewood organized by residents last year to create a positive attraction at the defunct neighborhood shopping center. Hundreds of people showed up at the event, with long lines for lobster rolls, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine, and barbecue. Two parking lots and street parking were filled to capacity, leaving hungry truck-food connoisseurs in a holding pattern for parking spaces. An anonymous source said Fresh Market representatives were impressed. Edgewood’s developer, John Tze, has not returned phone calls regarding the potential deal and a Fresh Market spokeswoman said the company could not comment on the status of any potential market at Edgewood at this time. The Fresh Market has 101 stores in 20 states from Massachusetts to Arkansas and west to Illinois. Ten more stores will open soon, according to the company website. It offers fresh produce and meats, specialty food products, a bakery and coffee bar, among other amenities. The company issued an IPO in November 2010 and listed fiscal-year sales increases of 13 percent, on a net income of $22.9 million, according to its Feb. 23 report. N — Sue Dremann

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Deadline for city’s Internet cut-off rescinded An Internet service provider that last week threatened to pull the plug on the City of Palo Alto’s Internet connection has agreed to keep the city hooked up until a formal agreement is reached. The nonprofit Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), which has been providing free Internet access to Palo Alto for 17 years, gave the city a two-week notice of termination March 29. The service was to end April 14. Stephen Stuart, a Crescent Park resident who built the original Internet server and arranged the deal for the city, decided to rescind the informal arrangement after city planners gave a tentative approval to AT&T to put a 50-foot cell tower on St. Albert the Great Church at 1095 Channing Ave. Stuart, who lives on the block, argued in a letter to the city that the approval violates the city’s zoning regulations and threatens to bring down the property values on the block. His severed relationship surprised city officials and prompted them to scramble to find a new Internet provider. Since then, however, the ISC and Palo Alto City Manager James Keene reached an agreement to keep City Hall plugged into the Internet until the city either reaches a formal agreement with the consortium or finds a new provider, Keene announced in a statement Monday. The consortium is now putting together a proposal listing the services it provides to the city and the terms under which it would continue to provide these services. Keene said in the statement that the consortium has also agreed to give some technical assistance to Palo Alto along with a “reasonable amount of time” to switch to a new provider if the city opts to do so. Keene said city and consortium officials have agreed to meet soon and determine the best way to move forward. N — Gennady Sheyner and Sue Dremann

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Palo Alto schools brace for state cuts

resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. It acts not only as the county’s water wholesaler, but also as its flood protection agency and steward for its streams and creeks, underground aquifers and district-built reservoirs.

Palo Alto school officials are battening down the hatches in anticipation of a state funding cut that could be as high as 9 percent of the district’s operating budget. (Posted April 7 at 9:53 a.m.)

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A Valentine’s Day fire at a home for veterans in East Palo Alto in which one resident jumped from a second-floor window to escape the flames was particularly dangerous because the house was not up to code, a fire chief said. (Posted April 6 at 4:25 p.m.)

District intends to fill a vacant director position on the Public Facilities Financing Corporation (PFFC). The PFFC is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose primary purpose is to provide assistance to the Santa Clara Valley Water District in financing the acquisition, construction and improvement of public buildings, works and equipment for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, together with site development, landscaping, utilities, furnishings and appurtenant and related facilities. The PFFC directors serve as volunteers.

VIDEO: Students, parents in tune at Jordan dance In late March, Jordan Middle School hosted a barn dance for students and parents following “folk dance week.” Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online. (Posted April 6 at 3:16 p.m.)

Four Stanford students named Truman Scholars Four juniors from Stanford University have been selected as Truman Scholars by a foundation that recognizes students in the field of public service. (Posted April 6 at 1:56 p.m.)

Duties of the PFFC director will be to perform any and all duties imposed by law, by the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, or by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. PFFC directors meet at such times and places as required to conduct Corporation business, usually from one to three times annually.

Man robs bank in Ladera, makes off with $5,000 Authorities are looking for a suspect in the Monday morning (April 4) robbing of Chase Bank in Ladera. About $5,000 was taken in the robbery at the County Shopper mall, 3130 Alpine Road, which occurred at about 9:15 a.m., authorities said. (Posted April 6 at 12:25 p.m.)

In order to be eligible for appointment, an interested party must reside within the County of Santa Clara and must continue to reside therein while serving on the PFFC. The Board is seeking interested candidates with experience and understanding of the financial market and the issuance of bonds.

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Palo Alto may soon reduce its street-sweeping services, raise garbage rates and begin charging for recycling as part of its effort to stabilize its volatile refuse operation. (Posted April 6 at 10:05 a.m.)

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Caltrain has released a tentative financial plan that would preserve much of the commuter rail’s train service while cutting 12 trains and three stations, according to a Tuesday (April 5) press release. (Posted April

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Palo Alto police focusing on distracted drivers Palo Alto police will be extra vigilant this month in citing drivers who are texting or using hand-held phones behind the wheel as part of a nationwide “Distracted Driving Awareness” campaign. (Posted April 4 at 2:23 p.m.)

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gued that their profession is being unfairly singled out by the city for onerous new regulations. Donald Howard, a massage therapist who has been practicing in California since 1975, described the clause as “totally outrageous and absurd” and claimed that his clients would object to having their names submitted to the police for possible use in criminal investigations. “It’s an infringement on the privacy of clients,” Howard said. “I personally work on clients that live in Atherton and Menlo Park that I’m sure would not appreciate having their names on a list and think it’s just as absurd as I do.” Susan Nightingale, co-owner of Watercourse Way, said the new ordinance should require the police to go through the due process and get a court order before the client information is released. She encouraged staff to add the requirement for a court order to the new ordinance. “I think the laws are in place to protect everyone,” Nightingale said. “I don’t see why we have to leave the step out.” Interim City Attorney Donald Larkin said the broader purpose of the massage-ordinance overhaul is to abolish the obsolete law currently on the books and to bring the city in compliance with Senate Bill 731, a 2008 law that requires message therapists and technicians to carry certification. Larkin said the state bill has given the city the motivation to update its own code. Palo Alto’s existing ordinance allows massages (defined as “any method of pressure on, or friction against, or stroking, kneading, rubbing, tapping, pounding, vibrating or stimulating the external parts of the human body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus, or other appliances or devices, with or without such supplementary aids as rubbing alcohol, liniment, antiseptic, oil, powder, cream, lotion, ointment or other similar preparations”) to take place only in “massage establishments.” These establishments, under the existing definition, have more than one massage technician. The new ordinance would allow single-person establishments to legally function. “We’re missing a whole segment of the population of therapists trying to do work in Palo Alto,” Wagner said. “They’re trying to operate successful businesses, but we don’t have certification of them. “We’re bringing those businesses into compliance.” Palo Alto officials plan to hold several more meetings and make further revisions to the massage ordinance before it’s presented to the City Council in the fall. Larkin said the new ordinance would likely take effect in early 2012. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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City Council (April 4)

Hotel President: The council approved a proposal by AT&T to install two Wi-Fi antennas on the sixth-floor balcony of Hotel President at 488 University Ave. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman Election: The council directed staff to return on Aug. 1 with an ordinance calling for a special election in November on the Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Klein

Board of Education (April 5)

Gunn air conditioning: The board approved the award of a $1.75 million contract for installation of air conditioning in existing classrooms at Gunn High School this summer. Yes: Unanimous Tenure: The board approved “permanent status,” as governed by the California Education Code, for 41 teachers who have served two probationary years, passed evaluations and received the recommendation of supervisors. Yes: Unanimous Budget: The board heard a staff report indicating the district could face reductions in state revenue of up to $14.7 million because of failure to place a tax-extension measure on the June ballot. Action: None Counseling: The board heard a presentation from high school vice-principals about the services offered by counselors in the district’s three middle schools and two high schools. Action: None

Finance Committee (April 5)

Grant funds: The committee approved funding for the Community Development Block Grant and the Human Services Resource Allocation Process. Yes: Unanimous Refuse: The committee heard a presentation on the preliminary results of a cost-ofservice study for the city’s Refuse Fund. Action: None

Historic Review Board (April 6)

Hoover Pavilion: The board discussed a proposal by Stanford University Medical Center to perform external renovations to Hoover Pavilion as part of its expansion project. Action: None

Utility Advisory Commission (April 6)

Feed-in tariffs: The commission approved the staff-recommended policies and guidelines for renewable energy feed-in tariffs. Yes: Unanimous Gas: The commission discussed the long-term financial projections and revenue requirements of the city’s gas utility. Action: None Electricity: The commission voted not to transfer funds from the Calaveras Reserve to the city’s electricity fund until further analysis is conducted. Yes: Berry, Cook, Foster, Waldfogel No: Keller, Melton Absent: Eglash

Architectural Review Board (April 7)

Cell tower: The board voted to continue its hearing on AT&T’s proposal to install a cell tower at St. Albert the Great Church, 1095 Channing Ave. Yes: Lee, Lew, Malone Pritchard, Young No: Wasserman

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss a new study on the Office of Emergency Services, hear a presentation from the Palo Alto Library Foundation and discuss the draft of the feasibility study for an anaerobic digester at Byxbee Park. The study session on emergency services will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Council Conference Room. The rest of the meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss Caltrain and high-speed-rail issues with Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). INFRASTRUCTURE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ... The commission will continue its discussion of the city’s infrastructure backlog and possible ways to pay for some of the items on the list. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a report on the Mandatory Response Program by the Palo Alto Mediation Program; review the survey results for 41 Developmental Assets; and discuss the recommendation process for the Human Services Resource Allocation Process and Community Development Block Grant funding . The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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The Santa Clara Valley Water District has prepared an annual report on the Protection and Augmentation of Water Supplies documenting financial and water supply information which provides the basis for recommended groundwater production charges for fiscal year 2011/2012. The report includes financial analyses of the water district’s water utility system; supply and demand forecasts; future capital improvement, maintenance and operating requirements; and the method to finance such requirements. The water district will hold a public hearing to obtain comments on the report which will be available at the hearing. Based upon findings and determinations from the public hearing, the water district Board of Directors will decide whether or not a groundwater production charge should be levied, and if so, at what level, in which zone or zones for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. All operators of water-producing facilities within the water district or any person interested in the water district’s activities with regard to protection and augmentation of the water supply may appear, in person or by representative, and submit comments regarding the subject. For more information on the public hearing, please visit our website at www.valleywater.org, or contact Darin Taylor, (408) 265-2607, ext. 3068. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities wishing to attend this public hearing. To request accommodations for disabilities, arrange for an interpreter, or obtain more information on attending this hearing, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board at (408) 265-2600, ext. 2277, at least three days prior to the hearing.

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Editorial City learns a lesson in Internet protocol Threat to cut off service defused but not before disgruntled resident creates a scramble at City Hall

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n what was clearly a black eye for one of Silicon Valley’s most high-tech cities, Palo Alto found out last week that a little-known Internet provider planned to cut off the free service it had given the city for 17 years due to an unrelated spat with one of the nonprofit’s volunteers. Although it appeared this week that saner heads prevailed and the 14-day termination deadline will be pushed back, the city was blindsided when Stephen Stuart, one of the founders of the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), announced March 29 that he was going to pull the plug on Internet service to City Hall and several other municipal buildings after the city approved a cell tower he opposes at St. Albert the Great church on Channing Avenue, in the Crescent Park neighborhood. An obviously relieved City Manager James Keene announced Monday that the city had reached an agreement with the ISC to keep the Internet up at City Hall until either a new agreement can be reached or the city finds a new provider. The threat to end service by April 14 was not mentioned in the press release issued by the city. Keene’s statement said the city will have a reasonable amount of time to make a transition if it is decided to part ways with the consortium, which has promised to provide some technical assistance if needed. The two sides will meet soon to work out the details, Keene said in the press release. When playing back the way this incident unfolded there are plenty of missteps to consider. For example, it appears that over the years the city may have simply lost track of the fact that it had no signed contract with the consortium to provide Internet service for City Hall and other city buildings. This is a shortcoming that should have been discovered long ago by the city’s information technology department, which apparently did not realize that the service could be shut down at any time. Such a contract could have protected the city from the threat to cut off service by Stephen Stuart, who built the original server and arranged the deal to provide free Internet service to the city back in 1994. Stuart’s fit of pique and mean-spirited threat to end the service came after the city’s planning department tentatively approved a permit for a 50-foot cell tower on St. Albert’s church at 1095 Channing, across the street from his home. It also showed an inability to understand the city’s limitations when it considers applications to install cell-phone equipment, and at the time, left no room for negotiations. Stuart claims that the planning department chose to ignore city laws when it approved the tower, is misreading the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is ignoring ordinances it has in place that would protect residents. He also contends that a tower would lower property values in the neighborhood. “This is not a threat. This is not a punishment. This is the consequence of the city not enforcing its laws,” Stuart said in his letter to the city, adding that the failure “has vaporized 17 years of good will in one thoughtless act.” Besides threatening to cut off service to City Hall, Stuart said that service to the Arts Center “...will be physically disconnected.” In an attempt to explain the city’s position, Keene said the Planning Commission approval was just the first step in a process that sends the cell-tower application to the Architectural Review Board this week and to the Planning Commission, which plans to hold a public hearing on the tower May 4. In the long run, it is fortunate that this brouhaha brought the city’s Internet connection up for public scrutiny. The lack of a formal agreement or service guarantee can now be remedied, and we hope the city will find an Internet provider that will not be swayed to terminate service by the whim of a volunteer worker, who in this case was highly upset by his perception that the city was not listening to residents who opposed the cell tower on his street. In a March 23 editorial, we suggested that the city find another way to approve cell-tower requests. Rather than forcing residents and wireless carriers into needlessly confrontational hearings, the city should write a new ordinance that would not violate federal telecommunications regulations but simply create a framework for industry and the public to cooperatively decide where new towers are needed. A model ordinance exists in Richmond, which was patterned after similar measures in the East Bay cities of Berkeley, Albany and Orinda. They are proof that cities can stop the often contentious, and needless, debates about cell-phone towers that can, as it did last week in Palo Alto, lead to clearly counter-productive controversy. Page 10ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊn]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Ban cell phones? Editor, I have read your readers’ concerns about radiation from cell towers being harmful to their health. To relieve their fears I propose that the Palo Alto City Council pass an ordinance banning the use of cell phones within the city limits. This ordinance would also prohibit the sale of cell phones and require all cell phone towers be removed. This action would protect their health and especially that of their most vulnerable children by forbidding the use of cell phones, which are usually placed next to the brain. And what about the radiation from Wi-Fi and other wireless networks? John Hyde Center Drive Palo Alto

College costs Editor, As high school seniors are receiving their “thick” acceptance letters for admission to private colleges and universities, dismay over higher-education tuitions escalates. Why are tuitions so high and why do they increase at rates well above inflation? Leaving aside specialty schools and church-related universities, consider four California “privates” and their 2010-11 tuitions: Stanford ($38,700), University of Southern California ($40,384), Pomona College ($38,087) and Occidental College ($39,870). All top-tier institutions, and all with nearly identical tuitions. Why? Are their costs of education all the same? Not likely, as two have very luxurious endowment-perstudent (Stanford, Pomona) and two have substantially lesser endowment-per-student. Earnings on the endowments augment the revenue from tuition, but to very different extents. If Stanford and Pomona are so well endowed, why do they need to charge such high tuitions? They may not need to, but they can — that is, the market allows them to do so. And so, why shouldn’t they? Their students and faculty will be the beneficiaries of this added revenue: more recreation amenities, lighter “teaching loads,” richer financial aid packages, close-in parking. Simple economics: demand and supply tell the story. Note the increase in numbers of applications at these institutions. Stanford, Pomona and most other colleges increase tuition each year, yet this year alone applications grew 10 percent at Pomona and 7 percent at Stanford. The “buyers” of higher education — applicants and their families — seem not to balk at these high tuitions. Yes, many get financial-aid help in varying amounts from these institutions, but others pay full price. The colleges and universities play Robin Hood.

Will tuition rates at prestigious colleges and universities continue to escalate in the years ahead? You can count on it, so long as “demand” continues to out-run “supply” by a wide margin. Top-tier institutions set prices, publish them widely, and less well-endowed and less prestigious places follow suit. Henry E. Riggs Peter Coutts Circle Stanford

Seismic retrofits Editor, While the public’s attention is on earthquakes, we should consider what we should do to prepare for the next big quake. It will probably come from the Hayward Fault, which for thousands of years has reliably produced a major earthquake around every 140 years and is now three years overdue. The USGS says it could hammer us the way the 1989 Loma Prieta quake hammered downtown Santa Cruz. And the biggest damage here will probably happen in older apartment and condo complexes built over garages (called soft-story buildings). They can be retrofitted to current

standards for around $9,000 per unit. But whenever homeowners’ associations try to do this, they’re invariably opposed by a few suspicious, shortsighted homeowners who claim the retrofit is just a scheme to defraud them — that the board of directors is getting kickbacks from the engineering firm — that it’s unnecessary because the Loma Prieta quake in Santa Cruz didn’t level us here — anything to avoid spending anything for any purpose. And if they can’t browbeat the board of directors, they turn to lawsuits (usually thrown out), then try to get on the board. Few homeowners care who’s on their board, but look what just happened in Japan. They didn’t prepare for the worst, with tragic results. Condo owners need to make sure their board isn’t captured by people who reflexively oppose infrastructure investment and who use misleading candidate statements to conceal their penny-wise, pound-foolish goals. Lee The San Antonio Road Palo Alto

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Innovation climate is leading Valley out of recession by Stephen Levy ilicon Valley is leading an economic recovery that is slowly building strength in California and the nation. The region added 21,900 private-sector jobs during the past year for the largest percentage gain statewide. Job growth in the Valley is led by firms that apply technology and innovation to the development of goods and, increasingly, services that capture the approval of customers around the world. Three companies that develop new technology services, Facebook, Google and Groupon, have recently announced plans to hire additional tech workers in the Valley. On the product side, the number of technology manufacturing jobs increased by nearly 4,000 last year as technology exports surged in California. One final data point is that the Bay Area captured nearly $2 of every $5 invested in venture capital start-ups in the nation, higher than the 32 percent share we captured in 2000 at the height of the dot-com boom. Silicon Valley is no longer the only center of innovation in the world but we are still the largest center of innovation activity. This is happening without huge cash incentives to firms and despite a constant barrage in the media about how terrible California is for starting a business. Why, then, did venture capitalists invest $8.5 billion last year in Silicon Valley and why are companies in a frantic search for new talent and hiring here? Currently I am participating in two work-

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force studies of innovation sectors in the Valley. I also serve on the workforce investment board (NOVA) that serves our area. We are being told that companies locate and expand here for one primary reason — access to talent and an environment that promotes innovation. Silicon Valley has the largest talent pool for technology and innovation in the United States. Companies tell us that they have to be here for their most innovative activities although they also say that more routine activities are being located in lower-cost areas around the world. In most discussions about strategies for economic prosperity the focus is on attracting companies — asking them what they want. But the implications of what potential Silicon Valley companies want — access to a large pool of talented workers — are profound for reshaping the debate about regional economic prosperity strategies. The bottom line is that we compete for workers and their families. Now ask, what do they want, and you begin to see the outlines of Silicon Valley’s major competitiveness strategy. We must strive to create and maintain communities that workers and their families want to live and work in. In the past this was our strength, not a challenge. We had great weather, great access to cultural and recreational amenities, and great schools and universities. Transportation and housing were always challenges in terms of affordability and long commutes but these challenges have grown worse over time. Now the attraction of having great schools and universities is threatened except for the wealthiest of families. People in the industry tend to think of education in terms of supply-

The bottom line is that we compete for workers and their families. ...We must strive to create and maintain communities that workers and their families want to live and work in.

ing a workforce of talented workers. This is true but it misses the importance of education as being a criteria for families choosing where to live and work — the opportunities for their children. Making Silicon Valley communities great places to live and work has elements that are beyond local control. One example is state education funding. It has elements that are purely local, such as world-class public services and neighborhoods that are attractive places to live. But many of the challenges are regional. Remember, firms are attracted by our talent pool. They pick the region first and the exact location second. Therefore, we compete as a region. The important concepts for regional success are connectedness and cooperation. Two of our most difficult challenges in creating a

region where people want to live and work are transportation, including both roads and public transit, and housing. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will soon start the process of participating in the regional requirement to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy, which is primarily about how land use, housing and transportation are linked. The communities in Silicon Valley are connected to each other in our quest to create places where talented families and entrepreneurs will want to live and work. It is our collective housing opportunities and our collective system of roads and public transit that create an attractive region. That means we must cooperate to address regional housing and transportation issues. In a real sense we prosper or not as a group of connected communities. I recently attended a Joint Venture Silicon Valley retreat, where most participants were staff or elected leaders from Silicon Valley communities. The meeting was focused on ways communities could cooperate and, potentially share some services to relieve the tremendous budget pressures our communities are facing. But, without any prompting, table after table reported that their chief concerns for creating a vibrant future were the need to address the challenges of transportation, education and regional land-use planning. I left with the hope that there was a chance that connectedness and cooperation could emerge at our regional level despite the enormous political gridlock continuing in our state and nation. N Stephen Levy is director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and a Palo Alto resident.

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When was the last time you went to the library? Asked on S. California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin and Zohra Ashpari.

Ewa Gavrielov

Artist Webster Street, Palo Alto “I went a couple of weeks ago. The library means a great deal to me. Reading is very important — I can’t emphasize it enough.”

Elena Kowalsky

Student Edlee Avenue, Palo Alto “To me, the library doesn’t have new stuff that I really want to read. I buy my pleasure-reading books. They are so cheap now. The invention of the Kindle and iPad has also changed the way we read. Libraries are good for student research but more funding is needed to make it attractive for the average person.”

Ike Shin

Marketing Manager Rosewood Drive, Palo Alto “The last time I went was a few months ago. I usually go for CDs and it wasn’t really up-to-date because some of music I was searching for I couldn’t find. The library is a good resource though.”

Melody Yuan

Accountant Emerson Street, Palo Alto “I go every week and get cooking books. My husband gets videos and my son and daughter get children’s books. Mitchell Park Library is being rebuilt, which I think is one of the best things that has happened in the area in a while.”

Adam Platti

Software Engineer Greenmeadow Way, Palo Alto “Last time I went I got bunch of children’s books for my son. When you buy children’s books, you read them several times then get rid of them. The library is a great resource because after you read them, you can just return them.”

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Herbert E. Rauch Control Systems Pioneer Herb Rauch, 75, died on March 29 of metastatic melanoma, shortly before his 50th wedding anniversary. He passed away peacefully at his home in Los Altos, surrounded by loving family. He left his wife Margie; his children Marta, Erik, and Loren, and their families, including five grandchildren; his sister Joanne Nelson; and his cousin John Forster and family. He was predeceased by his son Evan, in whose honor he had endowed the U. C. Berkeley “Evan Rauch Chair of Neuroscience.” Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Herb moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 13 with his parents, Herbert and Vera, and sister, Joanne. His electrical engineering interest was piqued by an early morning noncredit radio course taken his senior year in high school. He received his BS from the California Institute of Technology, and his MS and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering. At CalTech, he was active in journalism, student government, drama, and the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He also lettered in Varsity basketball, and was elected president of the student electrical engineering organization. While at Stanford, he met Margie, the love of his life. As he always said, “the best thing ever” happened when they were married in 1961. They made their home in Los Altos, where they raised their children, Marta, Erik, Evan, and Loren. A devoted father, Herb loved to spend time with his family. He encouraged his kids in school and in sports, and was assistant coach for his daughter’s A.Y.S.O soccer team, The Valkyries, and his sons’ CYSA soccer teams. To help enable good education, he served two terms on the Los Altos School District School Board. He always remembered his family on holidays and birthdays, and they looked forward to his thoughtful cards and letters. For many years, Herb was employed at the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (now called Lockheed-Martin Advanced Technology Center), where his area of expertise was control systems. With John V. Breakwell, he wrote several papers on interplanetary trajectories, including creating a Venus swing-by trajectory that was part of an optimal low thrust EarthMars-Earth round trip. This work led to the development of the Rauch-Tung-Striebel (R-T-S) algorithm, which is now used for tracking interplanetary spacecraft and earth satellites. He was recognized at Lockheed with numerous service awards, including the Robert E. Gross award for Technical Excellence. Among his many notable contributions to the engineering field were his terms as President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society, and Editor-in-Chief of three publications: the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, of which he was Founding Editor. He was also Associate Editor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal,

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and Chairman of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Working Group on Control Applications of Nonlinear Programming. In the course of his career, he published numerous technical papers and gave many lectures on his work. In recognition of his pioneering contributions and leadership in the field of optimal estimation and control, he was elected an IEEE Life Fellow, as well as Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow of the American Astronautical Society; and Fellow of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He received the IEEE Control Systems Distinguished Member award for his significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society. An IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, he enjoyed traveling with his wife for his many presentations and keynote addresses at technical conferences around the world. After retiring, Herb advised PhD candidates at Stanford University, consulted in the aerospace industry, and enjoyed traveling to visit his many dear friends, participating in college reunions, and attending plays locally and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the last several years, he developed an interest in creative writing, and took writing seminars that spurred him to write a series of short stories that delighted his family and friends. He also enjoyed time with his beloved wife and his children, their families, and his five grandchildren. Herb’s delightful wit, intellectual passion, creativity, kindness, and caring will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, and friends. A private family service will be held in Herb’s memory, and an online Memorial Website is available at http://memorialwebsites.legacy. com/HerbertRauch/Homepage.aspx. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to your local food bank or to the American Cancer Society. PA I D

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Violence related Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglary attempts . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disposal request. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Harassing e-mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Psych subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2

Menlo Park March 30-April 4 Violence related Assault and battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Driving without a license . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 14 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Gang validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Narcotic registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parole arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Shirley Raney Shirley Raney, 76, died March 31 of natural causes. She was born Shirley Anne Stone in Oakland, CA to parents Floye and Ted Stone. She was a resident of Palo Alto, CA for the past 51 years. She was a graduate of UC Berkeley, where, as a freshman, she met and fell in love with Lew Raney, whom she married 4 years later in 1956. A loving wife and mother, she devoted herself to her husband and children. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, home chef, avid reader, singer, and dancer. She was an accomplished water color artist, with shows in local galleries, and a life member of the Palo Alto Art League. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lew, her son, Stephen, and three grandchildren, Kristina and Brian Smith, and Emma Raney. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diana Smith, of El Dorado, CA. A funeral will be held April 10 at All Saints Episcopal Church. PA I D

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Verena Ruth Golick January 14, 1918-April 4, 2011 Verena (Cornelsen) Golick, born in Main Centre, Sask. 1918, passed away April 4, 2011 in Palo Alto. She is survived by her daughter, Dyan Golick of Fresno and son, David Golick and is wife, Edith of Palo Alto as well as her five loving grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter. She was preceeded in death by her husband of 52 years, Michael Golick. Verena was a loving and caring person who loved spending time with her family and enjoyed working in her garden. She will be sorely missed by her family. PA I D

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March 30-April 4 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Road/sidewalk/other hazard. . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Building/perimeter area check . . . . . . . .3 Civil matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Foot patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Pedestrian check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Special detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Tree down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Maybell Avenue, 3/31, 9:30 p.m.; child abuse/physical. Park Boulevard, 4/1, 11:42 a.m.; family violence/battery. Towle Way, 4/1, 5:22 p.m.; family violence. Colorado Avenue, 4/3, 12:30 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. University Avenue, 4/3, 2:22 a.m.; assault with a deadly weapon Towle Way, 4/3 5:59 p.m.; child abuse/ physical.

Menlo Park Henderson Avenue, 3/30, 7:47 p.m.; assault and battery. Laurel Street, 4/2 11:26 p.m.; spousal abuse.

MEMORIAL SERVICES A celebration of the life of Gayle Nathe will be held Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1984 Louis Road.

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July 13, 1922-April 1, 2011

Dec. 30th 1924-2011 Annie Yung Suen was born on December 30th 1924. She was one of two siblings. She went to school and spent her childhood years in China. At 19, she married her sweetheart, Francis Suen. They were blessed with four children, three (Rita, Dora, and Mickey) were born in China and Leslie was born on Saipan, Mariana Islands. After World War II, Annie and her family lived in China, Hong Kong, Mariana Islands, Okinawa and then back to Hong Kong. Francis and Annie decided to immigrate to the United States where the family could pursue the “American Dream”. At the end of 1958 they landed in San Francisco where they lived for six month before settling in Palo Alto. In Palo Alto, despite her language barriers, Annie found a position with Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics as an assembly line worker, moved into a supervisory position and retired after 25 years with the company. She was an environmentalist and started a recycling program for which she received commendations and a monetary award for her efforts. Annie was creative, “good-with-her-hands”, had a green thumb and spent her free time gardening, needle working and entertaining her family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Rita and Dora (Ashley), a son, Mickey, seven grandchildren, Sheila, Christopher, Timothy, Alisa, Sierra, Brendan and Alex, and sons-in-law, Yuan-Cheng and Tony. A small, intimate service with family and close friends was be held on Monday, April 4th 2011. Donation can be made to: Tzu Chi Foundation, http:// www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/joinus/index PA I D

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Francis William Dresch Sept. 21, 1913-March 9, 2011 Fran was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, on Sept 21, 1913. He moved to Stanford, California, to attend Stanford University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1932 and his Masters in 1934. Mr. Dresch was a member of the Stanford Cardinal Society, and was a loyal attendee of their annual homecoming luncheons until 2010. In 1937 he received his PhD in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. A prolific and enterprising scholar, Francis also attended Cambridge University and the University of Paris from 1937-1938. He was a mathematics instructor at Berkeley from 1938-1941. Francis was elected a member of Sigma Xi and also received a Phi Mu Epsilon. Mr. Dresch enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and retired as a Commander in 1946. He continued at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory at Dahlgren as the Assistant Director to the Director of Computers and Ballistics. In this capacity, Francis contributed to the development of one of the first computers. He worked as a Senior Statistician at the Dahlgren Laboratory until 1957. Devoting much of his working life -- 27 years -- to the Stanford Research Institute as their Senior Mathematical Economist, Fran also dedicated six years to the Center for Planning and Research Inc. He was a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences,

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American Mathematical Society, the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and The Econometric Society. Of his many interests, Fran’s favorites included a love for the discoveries of Astronomy, and a relentless pursuit of the most cutting edge theories in mathematics. He had a passion for the culinary arts and a penchant for top-notch martinis. Some may remember Fran from the Manhattan Playhouse in East Palo Alto, where he could frequently be seen in the box office, parking cars or taking an occasional part on the stage. Fran was not only a brilliant and distinguished scholar with a gifted intellect, but also a kind and generous person with a quirky sense of humor. Fran is survived by his wife, Jeanne and her two children Charlotte and Steve. He will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers or donations, just raise a martini to Fran’s memory. All personal correspondence can be sent through the Neptune Society, 1261 Travis Blvd, Suite 160 Fairfield, Ca. 94533

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Maxine R. Goldstein, age 88, died on April 1, 2011. She was born July 13, 1922, in Michigan, raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a resident of Mountain View since 1960. Maxine worked in the Registrar’s Office at Foothill College until her retirement. Married for 63 years to her devoted husband, Stanley. She also leaves behind daughters, Judy and Anne (Bob), grandsons Brendan, Dennis and John, and her niece and nephews. During her protracted illnesses her valued caregivers Arletta and then Malia provided her with outstanding support and comfort and in her later days Pathways Hospice did as well. Severe arthritis prevented her from many physical activities but never curbed her interest in travel or her delight in shopping. Family services were private. PA I D

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Carl William Poll, Jr January 19, 1920-March 26, 2011

Carl William Poll, Jr., a resident of Palo Alto since 1947 and former Palo Alto High School teacher, passed away peacefully in his home on March 26, 2011. Carl was 91 at the time of his passing. He was born on January 19, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1931 his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where his father worked during the depression as an accountant for Conoco Oil. In his youth he became an accomplished pianist, giving many wellreceived recitals during his teenage and college years. He attended Texas Christian University where he excelled as a student and athlete. He played on the college tennis team for four years and in his junior year was named the most outstanding student in the Economics Department. From 1941 to 1943 Carl was a missionary in eastern Canada for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There he became acquainted with his future wife Helen Nelson, of Cardston, Alberta, Canada who was also a missionary. He served 2½ years in the Navy and then moved with his wife Helen to Palo Alto, where in 1947 he entered Stanford University on the G.I. Bill and received a Masters Degree in Economics in 1950. After a few years with Bank of America and eight years as an underwriting manager with Allstate Insurance, he decided his true love was teaching. He obtained a teaching credential from San Jose State and became a teacher at Palo High School, where he taught economics and government for twenty-five years. The last twelve years he headed the Social Studies Department. During this time he also had a flourishing side business as a piano teacher, and his wife Helen owned and operated the Midtown Nursery School in Palo Alto. He was an active member of his church, where among other positions, he served as the Bishop of the Palo Alto First Ward from 1979 to 1984. He was proud of the fact that each of his three sons received law degrees and his daughter obtained a PhD in Psychology. Carl was appreciated by many for his humor, kindness, intelligence, musical talent and amiability. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Shelley, sons David, Dennis and Brian, grandchildren Christopher and Geoff, and great grandchildren Alexander, Lola, Abbie and Kara. A memorial service was held on March 31, 2011 in the Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, followed by a burial service at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.

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The California Avenue Caltrain station is one of two stations in Palo Alto and is near several housing developments.

Palo Alto officials bet city’s future growth on a thriving Caltrain by Gennady Sheyner hen developer Jim Baer approached Palo Alto’s planning commissioners last month to pitch a glassy, new fivestory “gateway” building at the intersection of Alma Street and Lytton Avenue, one theme dominated his presentation: location, location, location. The project would require a “planned community” zone — an often controversial zoning designation that allows developers to exceed zoning regulation in exchange for “public benefits.” In the case of Lytton Gateway, the tentative list of proposed benefits includes the usual fare for similar projects: public art, a garden, a unit (or several units) of affordable housing and a small café on the ground floor. But the top selling point, from both the applicant’s and the commission’s perspectives, was where the building would stand: right on the doorstep of Caltrain’s second-busiest station. The proposal epitomizes Palo

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Alto’s evolving land-use vision. Just about every major new development these days is viewed through the transit lens, with proximity to Caltrain trumping such previously sacred cows as limiting building height and using existing zoning designations. Baer, who has shepherded more than 20 PC-zoned projects through Palo Alto’s tortuous approval process and who is serving as an adviser for Lytton Gateway, pitched the new project as a way to put the new policies that the council has been talking about for the past year into practice. These include the council’s stated goals to welcome young start-ups to the city and to focus dense developments near Caltrain stations. “Our hope was we can create this as a laboratory parcel,” Baer told the planning commission, which, sharing this hope, voted 6-1 (with Susan Fineberg dissenting) to begin the rezoning process.

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he linking of transit and housing is far from new in planning circles, having arisen from the “smart growth” movement of the 1970s. It spread through progressive communities over the next three decades and emerged as one of the main themes of California’s landmark 2008 climate-change legislation, Senate Bill 375. The bill, which seeks to fight urban sprawl and reduce pollution from vehicles, gives financial incentives and support to communities that embrace transit-oriented development and make an effort to cut down on solo driving. The idea is simple and largely intuitive: If you build dense housing and offices near train stations and major transit corridors, people will drive less, easing congestion and lowering greenhouse-gas emissions. What’s new is the extent to which Palo Alto is starting to embrace the concept. Torn between a regional mandate

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to come up with thousands of new housing units and an outcry from residents to protect their quiet enclaves from dense, traffic-causing and parking-space-hogging developments, the city is looking to transit centers as the most promising solution. Developments in transitfriendly areas, particularly around the University Avenue and California Avenue train stations, would allow new development without necessarily adding congestion and exacerbating parking woes. So, at least, goes the thinking. Palo Alto is a fairly recent convert to this mantra. Five years ago, the city took a step in this direction when it revised its zoning regulations to create a “Pedestrian Transit Oriented District” around California Avenue. The new designation enables developers to pitch and build projects with a greater density and a less stringent parking requirement than would otherwise be allowed. So far, two small mixed-use

projects have used this designation to get the city’s approval. Now, Palo Alto is taking the philosophy to the next level. Just about every major new development and construction project going through the city’s pipeline these days is viewed through the transit-oriented lens. In fact, just one week after the planning commission initiated the zone change for Lytton Gateway, it rejected another PC application — a 23-home development on San Antonio Road — largely because the commission felt (despite arguments to the contrary from the developer, SummerHill Homes) that the transit services in the area are insufficient. “With San Antonio having one train per hour, it’s not really a place where there’s going to be a lot of transit use,” Commissioner Arthur Keller said. Minutes later the commission voted 6-1 to deny the proposed zone change, with Eduardo Martinez dissenting.


Cover Story alo Alto’s wholesale embrace of transit-oriented developments has emerged at a time when both the city and the main transit agency it depends on face seismic changes. After more than 30 years of inertia, the city’s population spiked by nearly 10 percent between 2000 and 2010, far eclipsing the growth in surrounding cities, according to the U.S. Census. Its housing stock followed a similar trend and, after three decades of flatness, jumped by about 8 percent over the last decade as massive new developments such as the Campus for Jewish Life, Altaire, Echelon and Vantage went up in south Palo Alto, where transit services and other amenities are generally scarce. The conversion of the Rickey’s Hyatt hotel into Arbor Real, a 181-townhouse development on El Camino Real and Charleston Road has been particularly contentious. With its narrow private streets and lack of access to thriving public transit (given what some officials consider the flagging bus service along El Camino), the new townhouse development is routinely cited by council members, planning commissioners and land-use watchdog as a textbook example of housing policies gone awry. The council responded in 2006 by tightening the zoning regulations to make it more difficult for developers to pitch purely residential El Camino Real developments. And yet, Palo Alto officials agree that the city needs more housing. The Association of Bay Area Governments, a regional planning organization that sets “fair share” housing requirements for cities in the nine Bay Area counties, released a recommended planning scenario in February that calls on Palo Alto to plan for 12,000 units of new housing over the next 25 years — a mandate that city officials see as ridiculously excessive. But as the city’s population continues to grow and increased traffic congestion becomes inevitable, few disagree that some new housing will need to be provided to reduce the swell of commuters. The broad discussion includes one

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colossal wildcard — Caltrain. The agency, which draws its funding from three Bay Area transit agencies, is facing a $30 million deficit on a $100 million budget because of reduced contributions from the agencies. Caltrain has been considering a series of drastic service reductions, including halting of weekend service and station closures. On Thursday, Caltrain officials weighed a staff proposal to axe weekend services at California Avenue in Palo Alto, San Antonio Road in Mountain View and 10 other stations. The Caltrain board decided to postpone the decision until April 21.

‘There’s no incentive for developments and the city to organize themselves around train stations if the train stations are closed.’ – Nancy Shepherd, Palo Alto councilwoman Caltrain’s struggles have created anxieties all along the San Francisco-to-San Jose corridor, where commuters depend on the transit service. But these anxieties are particularly acute for those communities whose land-use plans were drawn up around Caltrain. Officials from cities along the corridor attended the Thursday meeting and stressed the crucial role Caltrain plays in their transit-oriented-development plans. They included Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie, who urged Caltrain officials not to curtail weekend service for the California Avenue station. He stressed Caltrain’s importance to the city’s long-term land-use plans for the business district. “Cutting weekend service — that’s when most riders need it,” Emslie said. “It has a very serious impact on the PTOD.” Similar concerns have popped up in Mountain View, a long proponent of transit-oriented development. The San Antonio station, which serves close to 550 passengers per week-

J ACE J Summer Music Camps day, stands next to The Crossings, a densely developed residential community built in the mid-1990s that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now lists as a paradigm of “transit-oriented development.” Faced with the possible closure of the San Antonio station, the Mountain View City Council sent a letter last month to the Peninsula Joint Powers Authority, which oversees Caltrain, expressing the city’s anxieties. The March 3 letter, signed by Mayor Jac Siegel, states that discontinuing service at the San Antonio station would “conflict with (the) city’s long-term ‘smart growth’ planning efforts,” including the city’s program to reduce greenhouse gases and its traffic model. Both efforts assume greater residential and commercial intensity near transit stations, Siegel wrote. “A substantial number of city land-use and planning efforts would be jeopardized should Caltrain discontinue commuter rail service at the San Antonio Station,” Siegel wrote. For example, Mountain View is weighing an ambitious proposal to redevelop the San Antonio Shopping Center, which sits at the corner of El Camino and San Antonio Road. The project would add more than 300 residential units and more than 300,000 square feet of commercial space to the mall. The existence of a Caltrain stop a short stroll away provides much of the justification for the intense density. Other cities, including San Mateo and South San Francisco, are also planning transit-oriented developments around stations on Caltrain’s list of possible closures. While neither of the two Palo Alto stations is on the list, the question of Caltrain’s viability is a critical one for city officials and their planning efforts. Palo Alto Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd, who sits on the council’s Rail Committee, summed up the region-wide concerns Monday morning, when the committee considered its response to Caltrain’s proposed service cuts. (continued on next page)

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Athletics Athletic Fitness – “Train with the Best”

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps — A world of opportunity and fun-filled learning. Ages 9-18. Strength & conditioning, speed & agility, sport specific training, skills development, professional coaches, pre & post evals, leading edge methods, latest equipment. Sessions run from June through August. www.riekes.org 650-364-2509

Bay Area Equestrian Center

Woodside

At Wunderlich County Park Stables. Kids 8-15 have outdoor fun joining BAEC for horse camps. Camps focus on caring for and riding horses so come ready to ride and have fun learning good horse care. www.bayareaequestrian.net 650-446-1414

Camp Jones Gulch

La Honda

Join the fun this summer! Camp Jones Gulch offers friendship and growth to kids ages 6-16. Enjoy our Traditional Camp or Mini, Horse, Surfing, Leadership and Travel Camps. One- and two-week sessions. Limited financial assistance available. www.campjonesgulch.org 415-848-1200

Champion Tennis Camps

Atherton

CTC provides an enjoyable way for your Junior to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. The 4-6 year olds have fun learning eye-hand coordination and building self-esteem! www.alanmargot-tennis.net 650-400-0464

Don Shaw’s Volleyball Training Academy

Sunnyvale

Join former Stanford University Men’s and Women’s head coach, Hall of Famer and 4-time NCAA Champion Don Shaw this summer at our camp for HS GIRL’s July 13th, 14th & 15th and for HS BOY’s July 18th, 19th & 20th. This camp gives players, who have the desire, the chance to improve their skills and learn proven techniques that will help them become more consistent and enhance their chances to play at a higher level. www.mvvclub.com 408-329-0488

Earl Hansen Football Camp

Palo Alto

Learn the fundamentals of football with Earl Hansen, Palo Alto High School and State Champion coach. This is a non-contact camp where kids develop fundamental skills with proven drills and techniques. Full practices in the mornings with 7 on 7 games in the afternoon. July 11 to 15 @ Palo Alto High School. Ages 10 to14. Lunch provided daily. www.earlhansenfootballcamp.com 650-269-7793

Jefunira Camp

Palo Alto

Celebrating our 20th year of Jefunira Camp summer fun in 2011! Come join us for some good old fashion summer fun! Our combination of an exceptional college aged staff and innovative, inclusive programming will create a memorable summer experience for your child. Programming for children ages 4-13. Pre and post camp care offered. www.jefuniracamp.com 650-291-2888

Kim Grant Tennis Academy Summer Camps

Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of FUN!! www.KimGrantTennis.com 650-752-8061

Matt Lottich Life Skills Basketball Camp

Woodside/ Redwood City

MLLS offers high-level, high-energy basketball instruction for ages 6-16. This summer we celebrate the 8th year!! With two to three “leagues” in each session, young beginners to advanced elite players get to learn fundamental skills, advanced footwork and valuable life lessons from an unparalleled staff of Pro and Collegiate level players. Camps at Woodside Elementary and Sequoia High School. Early bird, multi-session, and group discounts available. www.mllscamp.com 1-888-537-3223

Nike Tennis Camps at Stanford University

Stanford

Come join the fun this summer and get better! Dick Gould’s 42nd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers day camps for both junior and adults, June 11-16. Weekly junior overnight and extended day camps offered June 19-Aug 12 for boys & girls ages 9-18 and run by Head Men’s Coach John Whitlinger and Head Women’s Coach Lele Forood. There is a camp option for everyone! www.USSportsCamps.com/tennis 1-800-NIKE CAMP (645-3226)

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center

Portola Valley

Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. All ages welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts. www.springdown.com 650-851-1114

Stanford Water Polo Camps

Stanford

Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games. https://stanfordwaterpolocamps.com 650-725-9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

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Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skill and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

Team Esface Elite Basketball Skills Clinics

Woodside/ Redwood City

Spring Training (April-May). High-energy, high-level basketball training for ages 6-16. Use your offseason as a time to develop your basketball skills and IQ with the unparalleled coaching staff of Team Esface. Learn the fundamentals of the game, offensive attack moves and advanced footwork through dynamic drills and competitions led by young, positive coaches including former Division 1 athletes. April and May. Two days per week. Sibling and group discounts available. More information and sign up at: www.teamesface.com 1-888-537-3223

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“There’s no incentive for developments and the city to organize themselves around train stations if the train stations are closed,” Shepherd said. “These developments are starting to get approved and the stations are closing.” he uncertainty over Caltrain’s future has led some Palo Alto residents to question the city’s push toward more transit-oriented developments. Barron Park resident Doug Moran, who attended the public hearing on Lytton Gateway, expressed skepticism about the transit-oriented proposal and its reliance on young, tech-savvy Caltrain commuters from San Francisco. Moran argued that Caltrain’s schedule — particularly, its infrequency outside the rush hours — makes it difficult for workers from San Francisco to commute to Palo Alto. Matters will get even worse if Caltrain imposes service cuts. “You can’t count on Caltrain being a good support for things,” Moran said. Local attorney William Ross made a similar complaint when voicing opposition to the city’s streetscape project at California Avenue — a project that includes reducing lanes from four to two and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. In February, Ross and a group of California Avenue merchants took their complaints to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is providing most of the funds for the project. Ross cited Caltrain’s financial struggles and described the city’s efforts to reduce lanes near the California Avenue station as a “bridge to nowhere.”

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“Are we authorizing a project for transit capability that doesn’t exist?” Ross asked. Curtis Williams, the city’s planning director, said in a recent interview that the city doesn’t assume that everyone in the new transit-oriented developments will use transit, but it assumes that some will. Palo Alto is, after all, already one of the most crucial stops for the commuter service. The city’s downtown station is second only to San Francisco’s in terms of volume of commuters, and Palo Alto’s ridership numbers have nearly quadrupled in less then a decade. Between 1992 and 2010, the number of passenger boardings at the University Avenue station rose from about 1,000 to about 3,900. By building around Caltrain stations, the city is doing its part to keep the service viable, Williams said. “If we say that Caltrain isn’t here right now or that it’s uncertain so we won’t plan that way, we’re assuring that Caltrain will not be financially feasible,” Williams said. “We’re providing on our end what we can to help it exist, though it needs more than that.” esidents in neighborhoods close to the two main transit areas also have reasons to be concerned about increased density near the Caltrain stations. In Professorville, a historic neighborhood south of downtown Palo Alto, getting a parking spot next to your house used to be a right. Now, it’s the rarest of privileges. More than a dozen Professorville residents attended a council meeting on March 14 to decry the new development. One speaker after another complained about workers who choose to forego the two-hour parking restrictions in place throughout most

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Academics Delphi Academy

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Have your best summer ever at Delphi Academy’s summer camp! Ages 5-13. Full Day Camp. Morning academics with experienced teachers, afternoon activities, day trips, camping trips, swimming, sports, crafts, activities, and a lot of fun! www.bestsummerever.org 408-260-2300

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Swim, Tennis and Soccer also offered. www.summer.harker.org 408-553-0537

iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun!

Stanford

Ages 7-17 create video games, iPhone apps, C++/Java programs, websites and more. Weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, UCLA and others. Also special Teen programs held at Stanford in gaming, programming and visual arts. Free year-round learning! Save with code CAU22L. www.internalDrive.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

iD Teen Academies

Stanford

Teens spend two weeks immersed in the dynamic world of video game creation at iD Gaming Academy, computer science/ application development at iD Programming Academy or photography/filmmaking at iD Visual Arts Academy. Overnight programs held at Stanford, Harvard, MIT and others. Week-long programs for ages 7-17 also available. Free year-round learning! Save w/code CAU22T. www.iDTeenAcademies.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

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of downtown and park in Professorville, where such restrictions currently don’t exist. One neighbor tried to ward off the downtown workers by placing cones in front of her house. It didn’t work.

‘If we say that Caltrain isn’t here right now or that it’s uncertain so we won’t plan that way, we’re assuring that Caltrain will not be financially feasible.’ — Curtis Williams, Palo Alto planning director Professorville resident Linda Scott said the number of workers who park in her neighborhood has gone up and called these parking-poachers “arrogant, aggressive and rude.” The College Terrace neighborhood, which is next to the California Avenue business district, faced similar challenges last year and has convinced Palo Alto officials to institute a permit program in the residential neighborhood. In Evergreen Park, which is located across El Camino Real from College Terrace, concerns about parking are becoming more commonplace. Dense new developments near the two transit stations are unlikely to improve the parking situation in these neighborhoods. Even under the rosiest projections, more than half of the workers and residents in the transitoriented districts would continue to rely on their cars. Palo Alto has not performed any studies on whether transit-oriented development really reduces conges-

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tion because the city’s supply of such developments is too small, Williams said. But evidence from elsewhere in the U.S. suggests cars will continue to be the preferred mode of transportation in these developments, though to a much smaller extent than in other parts of the city. A 2006 study by Ohland and Shelley Poticha of transit-oriented developments in and around Portland, Ore., showed that in transit-friendly, mixeduse areas, 58 percent of the residents relied on cars for their commutes and 12 percent used transit. In areas with good transit alone but no mix of commercial and residential development, 74.4 percent of residents drove and 3.5 percent took transit. In the remainder of the county, 87 percent relied on cars and only 1.2 percent on transit. The Portland study also showed that households in mixed-use, transit-oriented districts own about half as many vehicles as those in parts of the region without good transit options (0.93 versus 1.93 autos). The households in the former category also drove less than 10 miles per day, compared to the 21.8 miles driven by those in the latter category. An informal survey of Palo Alto residents who live near California Avenue Caltrain station suggests that location does indeed lessen reliance on cars. When the Weekly asked 40 people who live near the station about their commuting habits, 18 of them (45 percent) said they rely on their cars as their main mode of transportation while nine (22.5 percent) said they rely on Caltrain. The rest rely on buses or bikes. Some residents said they chose to live in the complex specifically be(continued on next page)

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Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

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International School of the Peninsula camps offered in French, Chinese, Spanish or ESL for students in Nursery through Middle School. Three 2-week sessions, each with different theme. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language proficiency. www.istp.org 650-251-8519 Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program Menlo Park Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes MondayThursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. www.mid-pen.com 650-321-1991 ext. 110

Stanford/San Jose/Berkeley

SuperCamp is the summer enrichment program that parents and kids love! Now in our 30th year and with over 56,000 graduates worldwide, we’ll give your son or daughter the skills, added confidence, motivation and character direction to flourish. Junior Forum, incoming 6th-8th graders; Senior Forum, incoming 9th-12th graders. Located at Stanford, San Jose State, UC Berkeley and 6 other prestigious schools nationwide. www.supercamp.com 800-285-3276

Synapse School & Wizbots

Menlo Park

Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and hands-on academic summer enrichment courses with independent in-depth and project-based morning and afternoon weeklong programs for children ages 4-12: Young Explorers, Thinking Math, Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions, Nature Connections, Girls’ & Soccer Robotics, and more! www.summerinnovation.com 650-866-5824

TechKnowHow Computer & LEGO Camps

Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14! Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multi-session discounts available. www.techknowhowkids.com 650-474-0400

Woodland School Summer Adventures

Portola Valley

For kindergarten through 8th grade. Offers academics, sports, field trips and onsite activities. June 27 - July 29 www.woodland-school.org 650-854-9065

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto/Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. www.headsup.org 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

Arts, Culture, Nature and Other Camps Camp Jano India

Mountain View/Santa Clara

Celebrate Indian culture, languages, arts, festivals, literature, cuisine, and leaders. Weekly themes are brought to life through related arts, dance, games, projects, stories and theatre in a very unique, exciting, creative, interactive, and structured style. June 13-August 5. Age 5 to 14. www.janoindia.com 650-493-1566

Camp F.U.N. (Friends with Unique Needs)

Palo Alto

A nurturing environment for kids with challenges to experience the fun of summer camp. Led by therapists at Children’s Health Council. Ages 5-12, full days, Mon-Fri, three sessions. Small groups. Financial aid available. www.chconline.org 650-688-3625

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Twoweek sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. www.arts4all.org 650-917-6800 ext. 0

Creative Arts – “Express Yourself”

Menlo Park

Riekes Summer Camps — A world of opportunity and fun-filled learning. Ages 9-18. Rock camps, Hip Hop, recording, filmmaking, animation, B&W and digital Photography, graphic arts, comic book creation, Photoshop, magazine publishing. Sessions run from June through August. www.riekes.org 650-364-2509

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Menlo Park

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If Caltrain cuts its services, concerns like Beckett’s would become more prevalent around California Avenue, and the area will inevitably become less transit-oriented despite the best efforts of city officials. But even with Caltrian’s recent troubles, officials say, transit-oriented development continues to be the city’s best hope for reducing residents’ reliance on cars. Census data indicates that Palo Altans who live near the two Caltrain stations own fewer cars than their counterparts in other parts of the city. The 2000 U. S. Census showed that an average owner-occupied household in Palo Alto owns about 2.03 vehicles, while an average renter-occupied household owns about 1.3. Around Palo Alto’s two main transit areas, the averages drop to just under 1.5 vehicles for homeowner and less than one vehicle from renters. Williams said in an e-mail the main benefit of putting housing near transit is that it allows many of the non-commute trips to be made with much less reliance on the automobile. Though some people would inevitably continue to drive, the per-

centage of transit users will likely increase over time as gas prices rise and congestion increases. The only “sustainable” development scenario, Williams said, is “to focus jobs and housing in areas that are proximate to transit. “Otherwise we can continue ‘business as usual’ — more automobile trips and traffic, increased costs of infrastructure, less walkable and bicycle-friendly areas, increased vehicle miles traveled, dependence on oil,” Williams wrote. “These are choices for the city, the region and higher levels of government to come to grips with to accommodate future growth. Discussion and debate will no doubt follow about how much land should be allotted for commercial versus residential uses and how much funding should be spent on transit, he said.

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his discussion is taking shape during Palo Alto’s ongoing revision to its official land-use bible, the Comprehensive Plan. The broad document, which lays out the city’s vision, goals and policies on housing, transportation and the environment, will soon reflect the city’s renewed emphasis on transitoriented development. In a May 2010 meeting between the City Council and the planning commission — a meeting that focused on the Comprehensive Plan and that could shape the city’ landuse future for at least the next decade — the council declared, through a series of votes, its desire to focus dense developments near the city’s two Caltrain stations, even if these developments would exceed existing zoning regulations. The city’s 50-foot height limit for new buildings — for four decades an ironclad protection for neighborhood preservationists — could soon be breached if the proposed development is next to a Caltrain station, the council decided by a 5-2 vote. Though the council didn’t outright eliminate the restriction, members directed staff to “evaluate” the potential for rising above the 50-foot height limit within a quarter mile of


Cover Story â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixed-rail stations.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if we are serious about transit-oriented developments, we ought to be able to look at the height limit near stations,â&#x20AC;? Councilman Greg Scharff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a sacred cow.â&#x20AC;? Councilwoman Gail Price, a former city planner in Sunnyvale, agreed that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing needs trump its existing growth restrictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for us to look at this community over the next five, 15, 20 years,â&#x20AC;? Price said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is going to be population growth. We do need the flexibility.â&#x20AC;? Councilwoman Karen Holman, who opposed the motion (along

with Larry Klein), urged her colleagues not to modify one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedrock restrictions. Allowing one or two developments to breach the limit would likely prompt other taller-than-desired buildings to spring up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we start making exceptions to something, there tends to be a creep that starts happening,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen that over time.â&#x20AC;? But the council generally agreed that bigger is better when it comes to developments near the Caltrain stations. The council also agreed that the city should focus its dense developments within half a mile from the Caltrain station or within a quarter

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housing units to get the final approval but nevertheless initiated the rezoning process. Commissioner Eduardo Martinez shared Baerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view that the new development will allow the city to practice what its evolving land-use policies preach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, in any event, will soon preach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk a lot about housing near transit and compact design near transit and more sustainable uses of our precious land resources,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is an opportunity for us to test the waters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is a great place to test this concept, to see if this is where we want to go as a city,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, California Avenue can be something else.â&#x20AC;? N

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The accidental artist Top: “Forest Dweller,” one of Jerome Peters’ paintings of vintage trucks. Far right: Peters on his back porch with a rusted truck that used to be his son’s when the boy was young. Right: “Apple Farm Ford,” another painting in the “Old Trucks” series.

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ating art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no problems while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The world goes away.â&#x20AC;? Peters took every art class he could at Foothill, including figure drawing, pastels, color theory and portraiture. He found instructor Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipâ&#x20AC;? Cantwell especially inspirational. Ultimately Peters gravitated toward acrylic painting, the focus of his current exhibition at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. In a garden studio behind the Peters home, canvases illustrate the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path. When he began painting, he liked firefighting subjects. One canvas shows an antique brass helmet from Paris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of painting vases with flowers in them, I was doing coats and helmets,â&#x20AC;? he says. Others are dramatic firefighting scenes. One painting depicts Peters and another firefighter laboring to put out a serious blaze at the Flegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furniture store in Menlo Park in the 1980s. Clouds of blue-gray smoke nearly fill the canvas, contrasting with Petersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; red helmet. Over time, Peters branched out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in part because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so much demand for fiery scenes, he says with a grin. Other paintings in his studio and home are travel views, paintings of animals, and commissioned portraits. His current focus, which can be

seen at the Portola Art Gallery: old trucks. At the moment, Peters is drawn to painting vintage trucks set in rural backgrounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you why,â&#x20AC;? he says of his truck fascination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But once you start looking, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re everywhere.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Trucksâ&#x20AC;? series began a few years ago, when Sandy Peters spotted two old trucks and a pair of tractors parked at a ranch near the coast. She eagerly showed her husband, who was most taken with a pale-blue Chevy truck he has since painted often, capturing its round fenders and license plate hanging askew. When Peters finds a truck he likes, he returns to see it in different seasons and lights. One sported an American flag; those paintings sold well after the 9/11 attacks. Most are dented and have broken windows or other scars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have more character, and you think about what the truck did during its career,â&#x20AC;? he says, adding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had pick-up trucks most of my life. As a firefighter, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always doing things with trucks.â&#x20AC;? Other projects have included a mural that Peters painted over the pool at the now-demolished Elks Club building in Palo Alto. It had a South Seas theme, with palm trees. Peters often works from photos, occasionally altering them a bit in Photoshop by taking out telephone poles and other intruders. But he says he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to alter photos much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normally I like the photo

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for what it is.â&#x20AC;? Peters joined the Portola Art Gallery last year, after being chosen by a jury. Alice Weil, co-director of the gallery, says she particularly likes his truck paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerry finds the beauty and character in these abandoned old metal workhorses and expresses their personality through his work,â&#x20AC;? she says. Peters says he feels lucky to be a part of the gallery, adding that he believes he was in the right place at the right time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the gallery was looking for artists, and he applied just at that moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to get into a gallery, you (usually) have to constantly market yourself,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to market. I want to paint.â&#x20AC;? N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Trucks,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of paintings by Palo Alto artist Jerome Peters Where: Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park When: Through April 30, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to portolaartgallery.com or call 650-321-0220.

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From left, Hatsue Imada (played by Maya Erskine) clings to her mother, Fujiko (Mia Tagano), as their home is searched by FBI agents (Kevin Rolston and Will Springhorn Jr.) in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Falling on Cedars.â&#x20AC;? stand to inhabit the scene theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re describing. Running parallel to Kabuoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trial is a love story involving newspaperman Ishmael Chambers (Willy Collyer) and Hatsue Imada (Maya TheatreWorks deftly blends morality with theatricality Erskine), who grew up together in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cedarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; picking strawberries in local fields. They fell in love as teenagers, but by Chad Jones theirs was a forbidden love because of their different cultural backevisiting a dark chapter in grounds. American history can be THEATER REVIEW Then life forced them apart. Ishvaluable, no question. What mael suffered a terrible injury in the we fail to remember, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told, the Pacific Northwest. war, and after living for nearly three weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doomed to repeat. But is such Almost a decade later, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow years in the Manzanar relocation remembrance entertainment? Falling on Cedarsâ&#x20AC;? made its way to In the right hands it can be â&#x20AC;&#x201D; full the stage of Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book-It Reper- camp, Hatsue chose a path that took of poetry and beauty, infused with tory Company courtesy of adaptor her away from her first love. Their shared past haunts them, sadness, resolve, pain and persever- Kevin McKeon. The hit show is now especially Ishmael, whose depresance. making its way through theaters David Gutersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1994 novel around the country. The Bay Area sion and bitterness force him into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Falling on Cedarsâ&#x20AC;? is a work premiere landed exactly where it vitally important choice that would satisfy his need for revenge or take of such beauty. Set on a small is- should: TheatreWorks. him to the moral high ground. land in Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Puget Sound When one watches â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snowâ&#x20AC;? on The 12-member cast essays more inhabited by â&#x20AC;&#x153;5,000 damp souls,â&#x20AC;? stage, with its forthright morality than 30 roles, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a credit to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of a murder trial that blending with hyper-theatricality, it exposes the racial tension dividing seems thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other local theater Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure-handed direction that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all so distinct. Anne Darthe islanders. that would do this play as well. ragh has the intriguing opportunity A Japanese-American man has Director Robert Kelley knows just to play both ends of the racism specbeen accused of murdering a white how to combine elements of realism fisherman. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple enough (especially in his actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perfor- trum. As Etta Heine, the mother of story, but this is 1954, and the com- mances) and impressionism (nota- the murdered man, she has nothplexities stretch back to that dread- bly in the silhouettes and wooden ing but contempt for her Japanese ful day in early 1942 when Japanese planks of Andrea Bechertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set) to neighbors, and she makes some venAmericans were forced to leave their engage audience membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; imagi- omous decisions as a result. Later homes and enter internment camps. nations and make them participants, in the play, Darragh then plays Mrs. Chambers, who provides a moral Racism and all those other dis- not just observers. compass for her son, Ishmael, when tinctly human isms have been Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important as we attempt around in one fearful form or an- to figure out just what happened she sees his objectivity being comother for eons. But when the govern- between Kabuo Miyamoto (Tim promised by racism. Edward Sarafian is the stalwart ment sanctions racism, as the U.S. Chiou) and Carl Heine (Will Springdefense attorney Nels Gudmundsgovernment did during World War horn Jr.) on their fishing boats one II, the repercussions are profound foggy September night. Carl ended son, and his final plea to the jury to behave like open-hearted humans and lasting. up dead, and Kabuo, clearly lying Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Falling on about the events of that night, ended provides one of the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most heartfelt moments (and calls to mind Cedarsâ&#x20AC;? is really about. The plot is up in jail. a similar plea from Atticus Finch). propelled by the murder-mystery asMore than once we hear that KaMcKeonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play is far more sensipect of the trial, but the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heft buoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for murder. It was comes from characters dealing with for being of Japanese descent. As we tive than the movie but still lacks the hatreds large and small, and a dan- discover more and more about life depth and shading of the book â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gerous level of fear exacerbated by on the island, especially in the years how could it not? A 450-page book condensed to two and a half hours wartime paranoia. after the war, we understand thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a tall order. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a richness to Gutersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel was turned into shamefully true. the story here that was lacking in the a decent movie in 1999. If the plot The trial provides a formal strucwas given more to melodrama than ture to this two-and-a-half-hour movie, though without the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depth, at least the cinematography drama, but as characters testify, spare poetry, the whiff of melodra(continued on next page) captured the breathtaking beauty of they break away from the witness

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the shoes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bad Datesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a funny but insubstantial look at dating, footwear and identity by Jeanie K. Smith



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he Dragon Theatre in downtown Palo Alto makes a habit of tackling lesser-known contemporary plays alongside classics, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise to find Theresa Rebeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Datesâ&#x20AC;? in its season. Rebeck is an American playwright whose later works, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Understudy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Omnium Gatherumâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mauritius,â&#x20AC;? are frequently seen on the regional-theater circuit, although you might have heard more about the TV shows sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written for, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A. Law,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYPD Blueâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law and Order: Criminal Intent.â&#x20AC;? Rebeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned her place in the pantheon of playwriting, and has turned her hand to novels (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Girls and Their Brotherâ&#x20AC;?) and nonfiction (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free Fire Zoneâ&#x20AC;?) as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Dates,â&#x20AC;? originally appearing at Playwrights Horizon in New York in 2003, chronicles the return to dating for a divorced mom, Haley Walker (Laura Jane Bailey), a transplanted Texan in the Big Apple. Haley has 600 pairs of shoes and a teenage daughter. Soon after she lands a good waitress job, her Romanian boss is arrested and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put in charge of the restaurant, which turns into a huge hit with a

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rave review in the New York Times. Successful and more confident, Haley turns her attention to finding a good man to have good times with, which any single professional woman knows is easier said than done, even in a large dating pool. Each scene is a monologue either preparing for or dissecting a dating experience, until her former boss gets out of jail and the Romanian mob shows up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all complicated, but the serious bits are balanced by humor and Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopeful determination. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a star vehicle, the kind of one-woman show that actresses love to sink their teeth into, and can showcase talent in a major way. Bailey is an excellent actress who works hard to deliver an eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment. She excels at comedy, conveying self-deprecating ironies with speed and intelligence, reminiscent of Lucille Ball or Meg Ryan. She also touches our hearts with a sincere moment of rejection, a familiar and earnest portrayal of hitting an unexpected bottom. Bailey envelops the audience in a warm, friendly demeanor and invites us to

 

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share Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey. Regrettably, the material is thin and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live up to its hype. Rebeck doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust her own story, padding it with trivial pursuits that add playing time but little substance. She seems to know that so much has already been said about modern dating experience, and wants to surprise us with different subject matter altogether. Instead of hearing tale after tale of dating failures, we hear lengthy musings about the relative value of shoes or achieving the right look to avoid sluttiness. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inside Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, getting a protracted look into her psyche, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparently not much there. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a lot of repetition that slows the script down, so that when action finally arrives it feels anticlimactic; and then the play turns out to be about something else entirely. That something, having to do with identity and self-esteem, certainly merits examination, but it comes with such plot contrivance as to nearly be lost. Many patrons in the audience enjoyed the show a great deal, and it is indeed laced with humor and some delightful moments. It might be just the thing for a light-hearted diversion, provided you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect something deep. N

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a horny minotaur. Portman turns up along the questâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long road, as a woman warrior subjected to ogling and advances from Thadeous. Luckily for Portman, the roleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not terribly memorable. Rasmus Hardiker, Toby Jones and Damian Lewis fare better as supporting archetypes (young squire, weasel and knight, respectively), while McBride adds a surprisingly good British accent to his usual short-tempered, selfish jerk. Ultimately, the magic-and-monsters milieu isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough when the jokes are half-baked, and thus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Highnessâ&#x20AC;? will be a sure thing only for high-flying moviegoers. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use. One hour, 42 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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comedy from the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s that, frankly, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that spectacular in the first place. To boot, the title character drinks, spends and parties excessively. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re daring enough to go see this forgettable vehicle for quirky British actor Russell Brand (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Him to the Greekâ&#x20AC;?), youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely leave thinking the ticket price was excessive, too. Fortunately, Oscar winner Helen Mirren is part of the cast, and her on-screen appearances never feel excessive. To be fair to viewers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Dudley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judge the 2011 version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthurâ&#x20AC;? on its own merits. Brand assumes the role of booze-guzzling, childlike playboy Arthur Bach, heir to a seemingly endless fortune. Even Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifelong nanny, Hobson (Mirren), canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coax maturity out of the reckless lush. Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frigid mother (Geraldine James) threatens to cut him off completely unless he agrees to marry Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), the power-hungry daughter of a wealthy developer (Nick Nolte). Arthur reluctantly goes along with his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes but second-guesses himself when he meets and falls for aspiring writer Naomi (Greta Gerwig). Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an alcoholic spendthrift to do? And, more importantly, do you care? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to empathize much for a character who so wantonly wastes money and chugs alcohol, especially at a time when many Americans are taking pay cuts and losing

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their shirts at the gas pump. Brand is a likable actor and he performs admirably, but he is better suited as a supporting player. Mirren is, per usual, a scenestealing gem and her involvement is what really makes the picture bearable. Gerwig and Garner are well cast in their opposing roles (Gerwig especially brings an uplifting energy to the film) while Nolte seems to deliver every line of dialogue with a certain strain, almost as though he is (pardon the crudeness) constantly constipated. The problem with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthurâ&#x20AC;? is far more about concept than execution. There is an obvious consideration and fair amount of heart put into the production â&#x20AC;&#x201D; director Jason Winer (TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Familyâ&#x20AC;?) will likely make a fine film one day. And there are some solid laughs sprinkled throughout as well, usually courtesy of Brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw-caution-tothe-wind delivery. Creative opening and closing credits give the film a colorful spark, but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to rescue it from its own missteps. Money may be infinite for Arthur Bach, but for most of us it is a precious commodity. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste yours on this dud. Rated PG-13 for some drug references, sexual content, alcohol use throughout and language. 1 hour, 45 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyler Hanley

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

Hanna (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:20, 2, 3, 4:40, 5:40, 7:40 & 8:40 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:25 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:25, 5:05, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m.

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

Insidious (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:10, 2:40, 5:20 & 7:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:30 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m.

Ivanhoe (1942)

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

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Century 20: 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 & 9:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2:30, 4:25, 5:15 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. also at 1:30, 8:15 & 10:05 p.m.; Sat. also at 8:15 & 10:05 p.m.; Sun. also at 1:30 & 8:15 p.m.

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) Stanford Theatre: Tue. & Wed. at 7:30 p.m.

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The Lincoln Lawyer (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:40, 3:40 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:20 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2:10, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m.

Little Women (1949)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:15 & 9:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Sat. at 10 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 10 a.m. Le Comte Ory (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) No Eres Tu, Soy Yo (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2:10, 4:35 & 7:35 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:05 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:50, 5:20, 8 & 10:35 p.m.

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Potiche (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:10 & 7 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 9:55 p.m.; Thu. also at 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2, 4:35, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m.

Source Code (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

Sucker Punch (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 a.m. & 4:15 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m.

Thank You (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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by Jim Young s a young boy growing up in Fayetteville, N.C., David Chung fondly remembers playing golf with his father, Christian, early in the morning on Masters Sunday, then hurrying home to watch the final round of the tournament he and thousands of other junior golfers his age could only dream of playing in one day. He remembers the 1997 Masters, when a 21-year old Tiger Woods, just a few years removed from Stanford, won his first green jacket with a record-setting score of 270 (-18), earning a 12-stroke victory over Tom Kite. In 2006, David and his father made the 3 1/2-hour drive down the I-70 from Fayetteville to attend their first Masters together as patrons. The experience left him awestruck. “Every blade of grass is perfect,” said Chung. “You can’t help not to get caught up in the history and prestige of Augusta National. It gave me chills.” Fast forward to August of 2010 when Chung, now firmly established as one of the top amateur players in the world, stood on the first tee at Chambers Bay Golf Course prior to his match against Ben Ahn in the semifinals of the United States Amateur Men’s Championship. A victory not only would secure a spot in the 36-hole championship match, but would assure the winner a spot in the Masters. After closing out Ahn on the 18th hole to earn a 1-up victory, this one time child prodigy who was introduced to the game by riding around in a golf cart with his father at the age of four, had seen one of his golfing dreams come true. David Chung had earned a spot in the field at the Masters. “I think I was more nervous before that match than the finals, knowing a trip to Augusta was a possibility,” remembers Chung. As one of this year’s participants, David was afforded the opportunity to play Augusta National for the first time over winter break. “It was December 27 and there was only one other group on the entire course, so I had the course all to myself,” recalls Chung, who was accompanied by his father. “Driving down Magnolia Lane for the first time was a special experience I will never forget. We purposely slowed down so we could savor every minute of the drive.” Once on the course, it didn’t take

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Menlo School freshman David Ball reaches for a shot during a No. 2 doubles victory with partner Kyle Sum over visiting Saratoga on Wednesday as the defending CCS champion Knights improved to 16-1.

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Another great day for Knights Menlo boys (16-1) topple Saratoga again in rematch of CCS final by Keith Peters hen the Menlo School boys’ tennis team put the finishing touches on last season’s perfect 27-0 record by winning a seventh NorCal championship, it would have been easy to think that the feat would never happen again. After all, the Knights won the National All-American Invitational in Newport Beach, a record-tying ninth Central Coast Section crown and another NorCal title. When the Knights finished second in Newport Beach earlier this season, it showed just how tough it is to repeat such a remarkable season. Then again, Menlo is 16-1 and a heavy favorite to win a recordbreaking 10th CCS title and eighth NorCal crown on the way to finishing 26-1. Menlo coach Bill Shine would not be surprised if that happened, despite the fact he has only two seniors on the team, has two sophomores playing singles — one at No. 1 — and two freshmen playing doubles. The Knights set themselves up for a possible sweep through the remainder of the season by handing visiting Saratoga a 6-1 nonleague loss on a windy Wednesday afternoon. It was Menlo’s second win over the Falcons this season after beating them in the CCS and NorCal finals

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford freshman baseball standout Lonnie Kauppila was both busy and successful last week. Collegiate Baseball and the Pac-10 Conference both took notice and honored the Cardinal second baseman as its national and conference player of the week, following an impressive 15-for-20 week against St. Mary’s and at Washington State. Kaupplia, who has made just two errors all season at second base, started the week with four hits against the Gaels in Stanford’s 16-14 nonconference win. In Pullman, Wash., site of the Cardinal’s first Pac-10 series win of the season, Kauppila went 11-for-14 with a six-hit night on a cold Saturday, three-hits on Friday and two hits on Sunday. Kauppila scored eight runs and drove in six for the week. He did not strike out . . . Stanford senior Tim Gentry was named the MPSF Co-Gymnast of the Year on Monday. Gentry, who will share the award with Steven Legendre of Oklahoma, led Stanford to the MPSF team title over the weekend. Gentry is a Stanford co-captain and the leader of a group that is among the favorites to capture the NCAA title on April 14-16. He is an all-around gymnast who has a season-high of 87.450. Gentry claimed the MPSF individual title on still rings (16.050), while the Cardinal used his score in four other events. Gentry is currently the national leader on the rings and has a high score of 15.800 this season. He is a finalist for the 2011 Nissan-Emery Award . . . Senior Sarah Flynn was named the MPSF Player of the Week after a big week that included a school record and 14 goals in three games.

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Menlo School junior Justin Chan won his No. 2 singles match against Saratoga, 6-2, 6-1, on Wednesday. “That’s when I knew we had a special team,” he said. “I just knew the character of the kids. And they’re all getting better.” Menlo’s only loss to Saratoga on Wednesday came at No. 1 singles, where Andrew Ball dropped a threesetter to senior Nikil Jayashankar. Ball battled back from a 6-2 first-set loss to win the second, 6-4. With the match already clinched by Menlo, Ball and Jayashankar played a supertiebreaker that Ball lost, 10-8. In the three singles wins by Menlo, the Knights dropped just seven games. Menlo’s current sophomore class of five is off to a 42-1 start in less than two full years. Should the Knights win out, they’ll take a twoyear mark of 53-1 into next season. No teams in Shine’s 15 years at

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Chung long to realize he more than had his work cut out for him. “I didn’t realize how difficult the course is to walk because every approach shot appears to be uphill. The temperature was in the mid40’s and the course felt like it played 8,000 yards. I thought it was the longest golf course I’ve ever played and greens are so demanding.” Chung managed to sneak in another practice round at Augusta on March 25 prior to Stanford’s appearance in the Linger Longer Invitational, which was held in nearby Greensboro, Ga. After the tournament, he chose to travel straight to Augusta with his family to begin preparing for his first Masters in earnest. “I am certainly glad that I was able to spend some time here before tournament week,” said Chung, who is bunking in the Crow’s Nest above the famed Augusta National Clubhouse, with the other amateurs who are in this year’s field. Tiger Woods also stayed there in his first trip to Augusta. “There is no other place in the world like the National, with its mystic and history. J.J. Weaver, one of the head professionals at Augusta, said amateurs need to visit this place as often as possible before the event to get rid of some of that “awe” factor. I’m hoping my extra time here will help me concentrate on my game.” Chung, who will be paired with 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle and Alex Cejka of Germany in the first two rounds, thinks the ability to drive the ball well will be one of his many keys to success this week. He

will also rely heavily on a longtime Augusta caddy, known as “Rowdy” to guide him around the course. “I have to drive the ball well, no doubt about it. I’m confident with my approach shots but the key is to get in the right position, both in the fairway and on the greens, to give myself a chance.” Chung managed to play a practice round last Sunday with PGA standouts Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy, along with Oklahoma State standout and U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein. “For the first several holes, I was pretty nervous but they are all great guys and their easy going demeanors helped me to settle down. I am going to try to play with as many professionals as possible before the tournament begins on Thursday. Anthony Kim and I share the same swing coach so I will be practicing with him. I hope to play with Tiger, as well.” Chung mentioned Woods, who will be gunning for his fifth green jacket, gave him a welcome embrace on the putting green. “That was pretty special.” When asked about his goals for the week, Chung plays it pretty close to the vest, saying nothing more than he will try to play to play his best. Good enough - for hasn’t that been the approach that got him to Augusta in the first place? N

last season. Menlo also has toppled Bellarmine twice in 2011. Bellarmine and Saratoga were considered the only teams to give Menlo a battle in CCS this season. Shine, of course, isn’t counting anyone out just yet — especially Saratoga. “Even though we’ve beaten them twice (the other time coming in a Fresno tourney), we still have to bring our best every time out,” Shine said. “It definitely is an advantage (to win twice) but, these are young kids and they (Saratoga) are still a good team. “My job is to keep them (the Menlo players) hungry, so the next time we play, it will be for a championship.” The latest victory over Saratoga all but wrapped up the No. 1 seed for CCS, not that it mattered that much where the Knights were seeded. It’s more of an acknowledgement, more than anything else, that Menlo may be just as strong as last year when current Stanford freshman Jamin Ball was playing No. 1 singles. Taking over for Ball at No. 1 is sophomore Andrew Ball. His younger brother, David, plays No. 2 doubles with Kyle Sum, who along with Andrew Carlisle are the only starting seniors on the team. Junior Justin Chan plays No. 2 singles and sophomore Richard Pham holds down the No. 3 spot. Sophomore Daniel Morkovine and freshman J.T. Nishimura hold down the No. 1 doubles while sophomores William Boyd and Michael Hoffman play at No. 3, with senior Mac Osborne and junior Zach Chase. Shine said he knew this team could be very good when he watched the current sophomores as freshmen at last year’s National All-American Invitational. It was the never-give-in attitude they displayed that caught Shine’s attention.

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Andrew Carlisle, one of only two starting seniors for Menlo, helped the Knights top Saratoga by winning at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Menlo have ever done that. “When this sophomore class graduates,” predicted Shine, “it’s going to rewrite all the records.” Shine’s first four teams, from 1997-2000, went a combined 95-4 in dual matches. It’s an impressive number, for sure, and a legitimate target if the current Knights continue along their successful path. Elsewhere on Wednesday: Palo Alto continued its postseason push with a 4-3 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Prep. The Vikings (11-8) got singles victories from Austin Leung (2-6, 6-2, 7-5) and Chirag Krishna (6-4, 6-1) and triumphs in doubles from Charlie Dulik-Mason Haverstock (6-4, 6-2) and Lucas Fodor-Phillip DeFries (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) to wrap up the victory over the Gators (7-6). In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn (3-7, 8-7) had one of its best matches of the season despite dropping a 4-3 decision to Los Gatos in a makeup match. The Titans were swept in singles in straight sets, but battled in doubles to produce victories behind the tandems of Joe Atlas-Jack Kwan (4-6, 6-0, 6-1), Arjun Narayen-Ameya Rao (6-3, 6-2) and Kevin Macario-Thomas George (6-0, 6-1). On Tuesday: Menlo-Atherton (10-0, 13-2) moved closer to wrapping up a perfect season in the PAL Bay Division with a 4-3 victory over host Carlmont on a windy day in Belmont. Richie Sarwal and Nick Fratt had to rally from first-set deficits to win at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. In Portola Valley, SHP got straight-set victories from Dave Refioglu, Nick Pizzuti, Reuben Sarwal and Carter Kremer during a 7-0 WBAL victory over host Priory. On Monday, Host Menlo-Atherton continued its fine season with a solid 6-1 thumping of Sacred Heart Prep in nonleague action. The Bears swept the singles matches behind straightset victories by Scott Morris, Sarwal, Fratt and Matt Giordano, losing only a combined 12 games. N


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uestions will always remain. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the life of a coach at any level. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human nature to look back with clear 20-20 vision when things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen to work out the way they are supposed to unfold. Despite a record of success that ranks among the finest in the nation, despite a list of accomplishments that would fill a large book, the Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team might be judged on the final 10 seconds of its last game of the season. This would be unfair and disrespectful to a program that has provided so much glory, so many fabulous athletes and so much enjoyment. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much else the 2011 Stanford senior class needed to accomplish to take its rightful place in Cardinal lore. Texas A&M rallied from a 10point deficit in the final six minutes last Sunday, winning it when Tyra White drove the length of the court to give the Aggies the go-ahead layup and a 63-62 victory over second-ranked Stanford. Yet we still question. What not defend the inbound pass? What didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t someone stop the ball? Was there a plan for after Nnemkadi Ogwumikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go-ahead basket? Why go for a Hail Mary pass with so many good long range shooters on the team? What happens if Chiney Ogwumike and Melanie Murphy donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t foul out? If a couple more free throws were made? No answers will found here, simply because they are not the right questions. How long does Stanford have to be reminded of being the only team in NCAA basketball history to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round, and on its home court to boot? How many remember Candice Wiggins being called for a charge in the waning seconds of an NCAA game against LSU? How many remember Krista Rappahahn making a 3-pointer from the corner after taking the pass from Wiggins, considered the greatest to play in a Cardinal uniform? Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been nearly 20 years since Stanford won a national title. Texas A&M never even reached a national championship game until this season. Other programs are still waiting for a chance. What if Skylar Diggins chose Stanford over her hometown team of Notre Dame (reportedly her final two choices)? We would have missed Ros Gold-Onwudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s startling late-season performances if that had happened. Stanford (33-3) got 31 points from Ogwumike and 11 from Pohlen in the semifinal against A&M, but blew the late lead and went home empty-handed from the Final Four

for the fourth consecutive year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we played very well to get the lead,â&#x20AC;? Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to do some things that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do all season long against anyone else.â&#x20AC;? VanDerveer became one of the most honored coaches of all-time, highlighted by her selection into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d trade it all in for a chance at the national title though. The Cardinal, which had its 27game winning streak snapped, was the first team in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA tournament to score more than 50 points against Texas A&M. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little consolation though. Stanford will be back. Players like Ogwumike, her sister Chiney Ogwumike, Lindy La Rocque, Michaela Ruef and Sarah Boothe will most certainly allow the Cardinal to remain a national title contender. For the moment, the future remains a mystery waiting to happen. Kayla Pedersen and Pohlen, with Hannah Donaghe and Ashley Cimino, played with all the heart, guts, blood and character for which

any coach would appreciate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard,â&#x20AC;? said Pedersen, who had 10 rebounds to finish her career with 1,266, surpassing Jayne Appelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time school and Pac-10 career record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an awful feeling. The hardest part isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t losing the game, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaving these players.â&#x20AC;? They join others like Appel, Wiggins, Kate Starbird and Nicole Powell as among the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best and who never tasted victory in the final game of the season. Pedersen, Pohlen and Murphy will not return. In their place will be incoming freshmen Amber Orrange and Bonnie Samuelson, two McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-Americans. Can Orrange be the quick point guard that Stanford has missed over the years, or will that be Toni Kokenis? Samuelson averaged 24 points a game and set all kinds of state scoring and free throw records. She was one of six finalists for Ms. Basketball in California. Orrange stands 5-foot-8 and is left-handed. One report suggests sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s able to accomplish what is needed at the moment, with the range of a perimeter shooter and the ability to create her own shot. Samuelson may be the next Pedersen, a 6-2 wing player with shooting touch and the ability to score in transition. Stanford will begin anew in its quest for a third national championship with new challenges ahead and a familiar coaching style that seems to work. N

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ara VanDerveer didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the NCAA team championship that she so desperately wanted this season. The Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach, however, won pretty much everything else. VanDerveer earned her third national coach of the year honor Wednesday, as the Atlanta TipOff Club named her the 2011 Naismith Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Coach of the Year. It is the second time that VanDerveer has earned the Naismith honor. She previously collected the award after leading Stanford to its first national title in 1990. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very honored to receive this award from the Atlanta TipOff Club,â&#x20AC;? VanDerveer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very fortunate to get to work with such a talented and dedicated group of coaches and players day in and day out, which is the

foundation of our programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success.â&#x20AC;? The Naismith honor is now the third national coach of the year award that VanDerveer has received this season. She also collected the honors from the WBCA and Associated Press. VanDerveer also earned the John R. Wooden Pac-10 Coach of the Year award for a record 11th time. VanDerveer also achieved yet another career milestone on Monday, when she was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class of 2011. Another milestone that VanDerveer reached in 2010-11 was becoming just the fifth Division I womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball head coach to reach 800 career wins. Through the end of the 2010-11 season, she boasts a career record of 826-199 over her 32-year career. N

PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp (TENTATIVE) AGENDA - SPECIAL MEETING COUNCIL CHAMBERS APRIL 11, 2011 - 6:00 PM STUDY SESSIONS 1. OfďŹ ce of Emergency Services Study 7:00 p.m. or as Soon as Possible Thereafter 2. Earth Day Staff Report 8:00 p.m. or as Soon as Possible Thereafter SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 3. Proclamation for National Library Week 4. Community Partnership Presentation- Library Foundation 5. Resolution to Mary Minto Upon Her Retirement CONSENT CALENDAR 6. Approval of Hazmat Removal Contract for Art Center 7. Cancellation of Council Meeting of April 18, 2011 8. Ten-Year Gas Energy EfďŹ ciency Goals 9. BID Preliminary Re-Authorization of Palo Alto Downtown Business Improvement District and Setting a Time and Place for a Public Hearing 10. Adoption of Budget Amendment Ordinance Amending the Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 Midyear Report and Resolution Amending the FY 2010-2011 Compensation Plan for ClassiďŹ ed Personnel 11. Library Radio Frequency IdentiďŹ cation System Implementation 12. Award of Purchase Order for Ambulances 13. Western GeoPower Renewable Energy Purchase 14. Approval of Maintenance Contract w/Public Safety Systems, Inc. 15. Acceptance of the Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Qtly Report as of December 31, 2010 16. Contract with LFG Control Corporation for LandďŹ ll Closure Phase II Environmental Control System ModiďŹ cations 17. Appointment of Council Member Klein as the Director to the Boards for BAWSCA and RFA 18. Resolution to Submit Applications for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Household Hazardous Waste Grant Program 19. Amendment Three to Capitol Advocates Contract for High Speed Rail ACTION ITEM 20. Council Direction on Energy/Compost Study CLOSED SESSIONS 21. Labor 22. Cubberley Community Center STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Council Rail Committee Meeting will be held at 8 AM on Wednesday, April 13.

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Peninsula Easter Services Holy Week Maundy Thursday 4/21 | 7:30 pm

Saturday

Good Friday 4/22 | 12 pm & 7:30 pm

Easter Vigil 4/23 | 7:30 pm

Easter Sunday April 24 | 8:30 am and 10:45 am

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ST. MARKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PALO ALTO

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto (650) 856-6662 www.fccpa.org

Maundy Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; April 21 V6:15pm

Staffed child care available at all services.

Monastic Supper & Liturgy of the Word followed by Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; April 22

Maundy Thursday, April 21st Soup Supper & Communion, 6:30pm, Service of Tenebrae, 7:30pm

Good Friday, April 22nd

V Noon to 2:00pm Stations of the Cross with Reflections V 2:00 to 3:00pm

Labyrinth Stations: A Walking Meditation

Service of Contemplation, Noon

V 7:30 to 8:30pm

Good Friday Prayers, Art and Meditation

Easter Sunday Celebration Worship at 9:30 am & 11:00 am

Easter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; April 24 V 5:30am

Easter Vigil, Eucharist & Baptism

V 8:00 to 9:30am

Festive Breakfast & Family Easter Activities

V 10:00am

Festive Holy Eucharist

600 Colorado Ave, P.A. (650) 326-3800 www.saint-marks.com

Join Us For Easter The great question of Easter is about us: where are the tombs in our life that God is inviting us to leave and where is new life rising in us? Join us at Trinity as we celebrate the promise and possibility of new life. Palm Sunday, April 17: 8:00 am and 10:00 am* Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper) April 21, 6:00 pm* (with simple meal) Good Friday, April 22 7:00 am and Noon The Great Vigil of Easter Baptisms & First Easter Communion Saturday, April 23, 7:00 pm* Easter Sunday, April 24 6:30 am in the Memorial Garden 8:00 am* & 10:00 am* in Church with Festival Choir *Indicates child care available.

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Oxford Street Brass & The Hallelujah Chorus Easter Egg Hunt 10:30am

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An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

Journey to Easter 11:00a.m. 11:00a.m.

You Are Invited Sunday, April 17th Sunday, April 24th

Palm Sunday Easter Service

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST 470 Cambridge Ave (one block off California) Rev. Karen Paulsen

April 17 PALM SUNDAY - 8 am Communion, 10 am Palm Procession & Communion with Choir April 21 MAUNDY THURSDAY - 6 pm Soup Supper, 7 pm Foot washing & Communion April 22 GOOD FRIDAY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon Adoration of the Cross and Communion

Experience the love and power of Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 23 EASTER VIGIL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 pm Outside, Fire, Story, dying and Song, Communion; Champagne & Cake Following rising! April 24 EASTER SUNDAY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 am Communion, 10 am Festival Communion with music by The Whole Noyse Brass, Organ & Choir Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Brunch! All Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church 555 Waverley @ Hamilton, Palo Alto 650.322.4258 www.asaints.org

Holy Week & Easter at

St. Bedeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park

www.stbedesmenlopark.org April 21 t MAUNDY THURSDAY

12 noon Foot Washing 12:10pm Holy Eucharist & Healing Rite 7:15pm Foot Washing 7:30pm Holy Eucharist April 22 t GOOD FRIDAY 12 noon Service of music, reflection, and prayer 7:30pm Meditation on the Passion of Christ April 23 t HOLY SATURDAY

9:00pm Great Vigil of Easter, Holy Baptism & Eucharist April 24 t EASTER SUNDAY 8:00am Eucharist with Hymns 10:15am Sung Eucharist 11:30am Easter Egg Hunt Nursery available 10-11:30am


Peninsula Easter Services

Sports PREP ROUNDUP

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Baseball race now too tight Paly’s second straight loss throws De Anza Division into a five-team affair by Keith Peters

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hen the Palo Alto baseball team lost its first SCVAL De Anza Division game in 25 outings last week, head coach Erick Raich joked that perhaps the setback made the race a little more exciting. Raich, however, might be thinking otherwise these days after his Vikings dropped their second straight, a 2-1 decision to visiting Wilcox on Wednesday. In two games, the division went from being Palo Alto’s to lose to the tightest in years with five teams within two games of each other. The Vikings’ second loss in 26 league games dropped them a halfgame behind new leader Los Altos (7-1, 12-5). Paly is 7-2 (11-5 overall) heading into Friday’s rematch at Wilcox at 3:30 p.m. The Chargers (5-2), Los Gatos (6-3) and Homestead (6-3) all are back in the race. The Chargers scored two runs in the second, taking advantage of some Viking defensive miscues. Palo Alto starter Ben Sneider went the distance, pitching through adversity and stifling Wilcox scoring threats, but was handed the loss. The junior held the Chargers to five hits, striking out four in his completegame effort. In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo School opened defense of its co- title with a solid 8-1 victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Wednesday. The Knights (1-0, 11-1) played errorless ball and jumped out to a quick lead as Phil Anderson tripled in the first inning and scored on a fielder’s choice by Robert Wickers. Menlo added the eventual winning run in the same inning on a basesloaded walk by Sam Fancher, which brought in Jake Bruml (who had singled.). After the Gryphons scored a run in the fourth without a hit (a hit by pitch, two wild pitches and a groundout), the Knights blew it open in the sixth as Bruml hit a three-run homer, his third round-tripper of the season. In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from a nonleague loss to Gunn on Monday by remaining unbeaten in the WBAL by pounding out 14 hits in an 18-9 blasting of host Harker. Tomas O’Donnell had a homer and drove in four runs for the Gatos (2-0, 7-7) while Cal Baloff tripled and Bo Sakowski had three singles. Jack Larson, Mike Covell and Baloff all had two hits for SHP, which held a 5-2 lead after three innings before scoring 13 runs over the next four. John Geary (2-1) got the win for the Gators, who will host Lowell (San Francisco) in a nonleague game Sat-

Claire Klausner

Patrick Grimes

Gunn High

Menlo School

The sophomore pitcher had four hits while tossing a nohitter with 13 strikeouts and a one-hitter with 10 Ks in two SCVAL El Camino Division wins before striking out 38 in four wins (a 4-1 finish) at the Napa Tournament.

The senior golfer had birdies on the final six holes -- eight birdies on his last 11 holes -- while shooting a 7-under par to win medalist honors to help the Knights defend their team title by one stroke at the Titan Challenge.

Join us for Easter Breakfast & Worship 9:00 a.m. • Breakfast 1140 Cowper Street

Palo Alto lacrosse

Kieran Gallagher Gunn track and field

Casey Maltz Gunn softball

Michaela Michael Menlo lacrosse

Sophie Sheeline Menlo lacrosse

Nicole Zanolli Menlo-Atherton swimming

Jake Bruml Menlo baseball

Tommy Cummings Menlo-Atherton lacrosse

Nick Fratt Menlo-Atherton tennis

Matt Giordano Menlo-Atherton tennis

Kevin Knox Sacred Heart Prep golf

Evan Navarro Menlo-Atherton swimming * previous winner

To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com

urday at 2 p.m. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton ended a two-game losing streak by scoring seven unearned runs in a 10-7 victory over host Carlmont on Wednesday. The Bears (2-3, 7-5) got two hits and three RBI from Sam Falkenhagen. Menlo-Atherton will host Carlmont on Friday at 3:15 p.m. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh for a 16-6 victory over host Lynbrook on Tuesday. The Titans (3-3, 6-6-1) sent 13 hitters to the plate in the seventh and the first nine scored. Junior Ryan Teranishi lead the charge on a 2-for-3 outing with two RBI while senior Jack Hannan went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Boys’ golf Battling winds that gusted to 45 miles per hour, Sacred Heart Prep held on for a 209-257 victory over host Crystal Springs in a West Bay Athletic League dual match at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Hillsborough on Wednesday. Junior Kevin Knox earned medalist honors with a solid 2-over-par 38 to pace the Gators (6-1, 7-1). Andrew Vetter added a 40 and Taylor Oliver checked in with a 42. In another WBAL match, Menlo School improved to 6-0 in league

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Holy Week Services

Honorable mention Kimmie Flather

10:30 a.m. • Worship

April 21 April 22 April 24

6:00 pm Seder Dinner Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Services 9:30 am Easter Festival Service Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the service!

Free gift for every family.

Bethany Lutheran Church 1095 Cloud Avenue, Menlo Park 650.854.5897

play as junior James Huber had a 2-over 37 to earn medalist honors in a 191-226 victory over King’s Academy at Sunnyvale Muni. Senior Patrick Grimes and sophomore Andrew Buchanan each shot 38 while senior Bobby Pender and junior Jackson Dean added 39s as the Knights had all five scorers under 40 for the first time. On Monday, Travis Anderson made a hole in one on the 13th hole and shot a 3-over-par 39, but it still wasn’t enough as Menlo-Atherton dropped a 216-221 decision to Carlmont in a PAL Bay Division match at Sharon Heights Country Club. Softball Gunn remained undefeated in SCVAL El Camino Division action after a 6-1 victory over host Milpitas on Wednesday. After three scoreless innings, the Titans (5-0, 11-6) struck in the fourth on Casey Maltz’s solo home run, her first of the season. The long balls for Gunn continued in the fifth, with a solo home run by Claire Klausner and a two-run homer by Nicole Grimwood that also scored Laura Kidder. Maltz walked and later scored on an error. Klausner capped the Gunn scoring in the sixth with her second home run of the day. N *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊn]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 31


Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Education Programs April 2011 For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit: pamf.org/register

Lectures and Workshops Don’t Leave Home Without It: What the Traveler Needs to Know Presented by Gary Fujimoto, M.D., PAMF Travel Medicine 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Tuesday, April 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-853-4873 Join us for an update on medications and required or recommended vaccinations for overseas destinations, including antimalarial medications, travelers’ diarrhea, influenza and mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya and dengue fever.

Is Your Blood Pressure Controlling You? A Conversation with...Lecture Series Presented by Nancy Jacobson, R.D., PAMF Family Medicine Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-934-7373 This presentation is back by popular demand. Presented at the Sunnyvale Public Library in 2010, we have had so many requests that we decided to repeat this summer.

The Benefits of the Birds and the Bees: The Health of Sex For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Lynn Gretkowski, M.D., PAMF Obstetrics & Gynecology 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Wednesday, April 20, 7 to 8 p.m., 650-934-7373 Learn about women’s sexual function with specific information on the female sexual cycle, libido and what is known and not known about various therapies.

We Feed the World PAMF Healthy Screenings Film Series Panel discussion after film led by Ed Yu, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Friday, April 29, 7 to 9 p.m., 650-934-7373 Vividly reveals the dysfunctionality of the industrialized world food system and shows what world hunger has to do with us.

Women’s Health – Keeping Up With Changing Recommendations Presented by Cheryl Hadley, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos Monday, April 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-591-0341 x237 Let’s connect! facebook.com/paloaltomedicalfoundation twitter.com/paloaltomedical Page 32ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊn]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

Cancer Care – Eating Tips During Cancer Care Treatment – Exercise for Energy – men and women’s group – Expressions – Healing Imagery

– Healthy Eating After Cancer Treatment – Look Good, Feel Better – Qigong – When Eating is a Problem, During Cancer Treatment

Childbirth and Parent Education Classes – – – – – – – –

Baby Safety Basics Breastfeeding Childbirth Preparation Feeding Your Young Child Infant and Child CPR Infant Care Infant Emergencies and CPR Introduction to Solids

– New Parent ABC’s – All About Baby Care – OB Orientation – PAMF Partners in Pregnancy – Prenatal Yoga – Preparing for Birth/Fast Track – Sibling Preparation – What to Expect with Your Newborn

Living Well Classes – Mind/Body Stress Management

– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes – Diabetes Management – Healthy Eating with Type 2 Diabetes – Heart Smart (cholesterol management)

– Living Well with Prediabetes – Sweet Success Program (gestational diabetes)

Weight Management Programs – Bariatric Surgery Orientation – Healthy eating. Active lifestyles. (pediatric programs, ages 2-6) – HMR Weight Management Program

– Lifesteps® – New Weigh of Life – Take Charge of Your Body

Support Groups – – – – –

AWAKE Bariatric Surgery Breastfeeding Cancer Chronic Fatigue

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CPAP Diabetes Drug and Alcohol Kidney Multiple Sclerosis


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