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Palo Alto takes aim at binding arbitration — again Council committee to debate possible repeal of city’s binding-arbitration provision by Gennady Sheyner s Palo Alto’s management and firefighters prepare to take their simmering labor dispute to arbitration, city leaders are also pondering whether it’s time to kill the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter altogether. The City Council considered putting the repeal on last November’s ballot but backed off after the police

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union voiced opposition and some council members said they’d like more information before making a decision. The council ultimately voted 4-5 in August, directing staff to come back with further analysis. The topic of binding arbitration will return to the table Tuesday night, when the council’s Policy and Services Committee discusses whether

the city should amend or repeal the 1978 provision, which is encoded in Chapter V of the City Charter. Sandra Blanch, interim director of the Human Resources Department, said in an email that at the May 10 meeting, staff will “provide background information, describe the City’s previous experience with Binding Interest-Arbitration and provide analysis of the options to modify or repeal Binding Interest Arbitration.” During previous discussions, council members characterized binding arbitration as a major obstacle to

the city’s long-term financial health. Councilwoman Karen Holman, who proposed placing the issue on the 2010 ballot, called it “one of the more significant aspects of how the city does or does not control its own density.” Councilman Greg Scharff agreed and argued it’s “antidemocratic” to have an elected council negotiate with the union, only to turn over the negotiation to an arbitrator. “If you really want structural changes, like with SEIU (Service Employees International Union), you’re not going to get that with

binding arbitration, or it’s going to be difficult,” Scharff said. Historically, the arbitration panel made some findings in favor of the city and others in favor of the union. But when it comes to pension reform, arbitrators have sided with the unions each time the issue has come up. In 1980, the arbitrators sided with the firefighters union to preserve status quo after the city proposed instituting a second tier in the pension formula to be applied to newly hired (continued on page 10)

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Mother seeks marrow donors for son or others May Fete celebrants can register as potential donors at Addison Fair booth by Chris Kenrick

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Spring is bustin’ out all over Jim Brice, left, and Miranda Bresnahan admire the many flowers in bloom at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden this week. The community garden, at 1431 Waverley St., is open for free visits daily during daylight hours.

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Budget woes spark arts groups’ fears, rumors At Lucie Stern Theatre, resident performing groups say they’ll stay, but some wonder about changing organization by Rebecca Wallace

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ith city budget pressures causing changes and cuts throughout Palo Alto, rumors about the future use of the Lucie Stern Theatre have been flying in the local theater world. Some directors and other regulars have been speculating that Palo Alto

Players, West Bay Opera and TheatreWorks — the three companies that regularly perform at the Lucie Stern — will have less access to the Middlefield Road facility that has long been their home. One rumor has the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre moving in to take their places altogether.

City officials deny the rumors, and the three companies say they plan to stay at the Stern. Still, some in the theater world have expressed uncertainty about how budget woes will affect priorities at the theater. The facility operations previously fell under the purview of Palo Alto’s arts and sciences division head Linda Craighead, until she retired in 2009. Her position was left vacant “due to the budget crisis,” Community Services Director Greg Betts said, and the city eventually consolidated theater operations under Children’s Theatre director Judge Luckey, who now manages operations both at the Children’s Theatre and the main theater at the Lucie Stern Community Center. As arts manager, Luckey also oversees the

Teen Arts Council and some programming at the Cubberley Community Center theater, Betts said. Luckey said he has no plans for the Children’s Theatre to perform at the main theater. “The Children’s Theatre ... is an ideal training ground for children, with good acoustics; they don’t need amplification. The Lucie Stern is really too large for that.” Regarding Palo Alto Players, West Bay Opera and TheatreWorks, Luckey said: “The only thing we’re taking over is the management of the theater. Those three user groups are very set in their position. They have a very loyal subscription base.” The Children’s Theatre does (continued on page 5)

s she watches her 12-year-old son grow weaker from repeated rounds of chemotherapy, Palo Alto resident Liz Poux stays focused on what will be needed to save his life. Nico Poux, a seventhgrader who has lived with leukemia since the age of 6, is preparing for a bonem a r r ow t ra nspla nt at Stanford Nico Poux Hospital. His family is casting the widest possible net for the most suitable donor. Palo Altans will have a chance to help this Saturday as they celebrate the May Fête Parade. In a booth at the parade’s end at the Addison Elementary School fair, healthy adults can provide a swab of their cheek cells and enter themselves into an online registry of millions of potential donors. The booth in honor of Nico, whose father is French Caucasian and mother is Korean American, is sponsored by the Asian American Donor Program — but is seeking volunteers of all races and ethnicities. The organization brings potential donors into the national Be the Match Registry, formerly known as the National Marrow Donor Program. The odds of a registrant actually being called are about on par with (continued on page 6)

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We are looking at making it more efficient. That is the only goal we have. — Judge Luckey, Palo Alto arts manager, on changes at Lucie Stern Theatre that have sparked rumors in the local theater community. See story on page 3.

Around Town COLLISION COURSE ... A proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to “blend� California’s proposed highspeed rail system with Caltrain’s has elicited a wide spectrum of responses, from avid praise from the Palo Alto City Council to rabid condemnation from state Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, a leading high-speed-rail proponent who last week branded the plan the “Great Train Robbery.� On Thursday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority had its first chance to discuss the new proposal from state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park. In addition to using Caltrain tracks for high-speed rail trains on the Peninsula, the proposal calls for elimination of all possible aerial tracks and a scaling back of the rail authority’s environmental analysis, which is still predicated on adding two tracks for high-speed rail. Members of the rail authority reacted to it with a mixture of curiosity, frustration and annoyance. Chairman Curt Pringle and board member Lynn Schenck both suggested that the legislators’ proposal could be little more than a ruse for funneling high-speed rail money to the cash-strapped Caltrain system. “Are we just wasting time?� Pringle asked, after hearing a detailed presentation from consultants about the ongoing design work on the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the rail line. “Because the senator in this area and the congresswoman and others in the area are just going to say, ‘Unless you do it this way, it doesn’t work.’� He also said he’s not interested in “spending high-speedrail money for other projects than high-speed rail� and even suggested freezing all funding for Peninsula rail design out of concern that all the work could end up getting “thrown off the table by somebody.� The board didn’t go that far, but members agreed not to make any decisions about the Peninsula segment for the time being and to continue the discussion at the next meeting. BALANCING THE BOOKS ... Palo Alto’s bookworms will have plenty of reasons to cheer over the next two years, when the city’s new and improved Downtown, Mitchell Park and Main libraries re-open for business. But those who go beyond the city border to satisfy their book

needs in the interim should be prepared to shell out for the privilege. The Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (which includes Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and unincorporated areas of the county) has instituted a new $80 fee on library users not from the district. The decision came after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget that eliminates all state funding for public libraries. District officials concluded that instituting the new fee is necessary to sustain the system. “We know how popular and valuable the Santa Clara County Library District services and programs are, but we have to have the funding to continue to offer them to non-residents,� Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a statement. “An annual fee for non-residents will extend County Library privileges to them, including access to an impressive collection of materials and resources.� The district noted in its statement that a district library card allows users to borrow up to 100 items at a time from district libraries. GOING, GOING, GONE ... Crescent Park residents Stephen Stuart and Tru Love made headlines in March when they battled Palo Alto officials over AT&T’s plan to install a cell tower on their block, at St. Albert the Great Church on Channing Avenue. Stuart even threatened to end the City of Palo Alto’s free Internet hookup (which he helped arrange), prompting the city to scramble for a new proposal until cooler heads prevailed. Stuart and Love finally got what they wanted last month, when the church halted its negotiations with AT&T, forcing the company to seek another location. But they won’t be around to enjoy the fruits of their victory (namely, status quo), having moved out of the neighborhood to “a bigger house with more land� in Palo Alto, Love said in an email to the Weekly. Though the couple’s staunch opposition to the cell tower and Stuart’s threat to end the Internet agreement rubbed some residents the wrong way, Love said the move had nothing to do with the recent cell-tower battle. “But, I will say, we are thrilled our community was able to pull together and stop AT&T from building an unlawful cell tower at St. Albert.� N


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Cupertino developer buys Fry’s site in Palo Alto

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Site could see major land-use changes as part of Comprehensive Plan update by Gennady Sheyner

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upertino-based developer Sobrato Organization has purchased a 15-acre property in Palo Alto that includes Fry’s Electronics — a site that city officials eye as a potential location for major land-use changes. The property on Portage Avenue, close to the intersection of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, is currently the subject of a “concept plan” Palo Alto officials are putting together as they consider new landuse designations for the area. Fry’s Electronics, the site’s most prominent tenant, has a lease extending to 2014, with a five-year option after that. Planning director Curtis Williams confirmed the sale but said it should have little effect on planning and zoning at the site. He said Sobrato informed the city several months ago about its plans to buy the site. Williams said Sobrato officials indicated they have “no immediate plans for the site,” given Fry’s existing lease and its option to extend the lease. “Sobrato is generally a highdensity residential developer, so we expect that’s what they have in mind down the line,” Williams said.

The “Fry’s site,” which also includes a scattering of smaller hightech companies, has emerged in recent years as one of Palo Alto’s major land-use wildcards, with city officials and consultants considering alternative uses for the prominent location near the center of the city. With Palo Alto facing a regional mandate to plan for thousands of units of new housing, the site is one of several that city officials say could support new housing because of its proximity to the transit-oriented district on California Avenue. The site is currently zoned for residential use, though it also accommodates commercial use. The intent of the new concept plan, according to a December report by Senior Planner Elena Lee, is to “evaluate development intensities, potential for more housing, retention and enhancement of retail/service opportunities, and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections.” “Specific focus was given to preferred uses of the Fry’s Electronics site and the character of the California Avenue business district,” Lee wrote. Palo Alto officials have also re-

peatedly stressed the importance of maintaining Fry’s Electronics, either at its present site or elsewhere in the city. The site’s previous owner, the Robert Wheatley Group, had also proposed greater intensification of development at the site, specifically for multi-family housing. In October, Robert Wheatley sent a letter to the city proposing a new land-use map for the site that would allow multi-family zoning allowing up to 50 units per acre with “four stories of apartment over podium as a potential prototype.” Wheatley’s proposed zoning would also allow up to three stories of office use. According to the report from Lee, Wheatley also expressed concern about the site’s viability for commercial use “given its lack of visibility along El Camino Real and the future use of the site should Fry’s Electronics leave after their lease expires in 2014.” The Sobrato company could not be immediately reached for comment. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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was built for the Palo Alto Players, who have performed there for 80 years. West Bay Opera has been there for more than 50 years and TheatreWorks for 40. “What we’re finding now is that there is a shift from the normal routine that we’ve had for many decades,” West Bay Opera general director Jose Luis Moscovich said. Moscovich emphasized that his company has not had its hours cut back and said he has a “very good working relationship” with Luckey. But he said he’s feeling more pressure to justify and plan his company’s every hour in the theater, something that’s difficult to do in an organization powered by many volunteers. “The pressure to make money is generating pressure on small companies to be much more organized and much more efficient. It can be done up to a point,” he said. “It may be that even though it’s a small issue right now, it does give us an opening to start thinking about what the goals should be in terms of supporting these long-standing companies that are operating without subsidy except for use of the theater.” Luckey is also trying to increase revenue by attracting more one-time rental events, such as lectures. But there’s not much wiggle room; he estimates the theater is filled some 42 weeks a year by its three resident companies. City space overall is at a premium, with the Palo Alto Art Center and the Mitchell Park Library currently closed for renovations. Performances and classes have been relocated throughout the city as a result, including to the Lucie Stern complex. The Fortnightly Music Club, for in-

stance, moved its concerts from the art center to the Stern ballroom. “I feel for Judge,” Moscovich said. “He’s been put in a position to have to generate revenue from what’s essentially a cultural facility.” For their part, Palo Alto Players officials issued a statement saying: “Palo Alto Players are happy to be celebrating our 80th season of performances in cooperation with the City of Palo Alto. ... Our patron Lucie Stern provided the theater for Palo Alto Players, and we look forward to being there for many years to come.” Players officials declined additional comment. At TheatreWorks, Managing Director Phil Santora told the Weekly: “As far as us being in the theater, we have no indication that there’s going to be any problems with scheduling or doing what we need to do.” TheatreWorks, which also puts on shows at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, has often looked at other venues for performance, rehearsal and shop space, Santora said. At the moment, there’s nothing concrete, he added. “If something evolves, that would be great, but we love being in Palo Alto.” Moscovich, too, said he’s “always looking at other venues” but that he doesn’t have any plans at this point. His desire for another venue wasn’t sparked by debate over city policy, he said, but by a more prosaic concern: The Lucie Stern’s orchestra pit is too small for all his musicians. N Arts & Entertainment Editor Rebecca Wallace can be emailed at rwallace@paweekly.com. Staff Writer Sue Dremann contributed to this story.

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make some use of the set shop at the main theater, and sometimes uses its rehearsal hall as a classroom, Luckey said. Classes have been an increased focus of the Children’s Theatre since Luckey came on board in 2009. The theater has been bringing in teaching artists and has turned a library room into a classroom, he said. In fiscal year 2010, the theater’s income from class registrations was 42 percent of its $240,837.25 revenue — compared to 38 percent for ticket sales from its core productions. Luckey does have a city mandate to increase revenue at the main theater, he said. At the moment, “It does not generate enough to cover the cost of keeping the doors open.” According to city budget figures, direct operating costs for running the theater (such as cleaning and supplies) totaled $122,303.09 in fiscal year 2009-10. User-group revenue from Palo Alto Players, West Bay Opera and TheatreWorks came to $58,671. The three groups pay no theater rent, and the city covers maintenance and utility costs for the building. Instead, the groups pay the city a surcharge on each ticket sold. The $1 surcharge goes up to $2 this year. “We are looking at organizing, making it more efficient. That is the only goal we have,” Luckey said. Some of the organizing changes mark a significant adjustment for the groups that have been at the theater for decades. The Lucie Stern

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alo Alto’s annual May Fête Children’s Parade returns for the 89th year this Saturday (May 7) at 10 a.m., starting at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. The parade, featuring group floats, marching bands and costumed kids, will travel down University, turn right onto Webster Street and end at Addison Elementary School. The theme for this year’s parade is “Books are Hidden Treasures — Dig In!” and was chosen to reflect the Developmental Assets program recently adopted by the city to support healthy youth development. The grand marshals of this year’s parade will be a group of 15 elementary students — named the “Palo Alto Reading Stars” — selected by elementary school and Children’s Library staff for either

their enthusiasm for reading or for their progress in reading skills. Children interested in participating in the parade may check in by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and are encouraged to wear theme-appropriate costumes, such as dressing as a favorite book character. Before and during the parade, a reading and literacy fair will be held at Lytton Plaza. Donations of used children’s books, to be given to library projects in Ghana and Malawi, may be dropped off at Lytton Plaza between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday (May 7), or at Lucie Stern Community Center by Friday (May 6). After the parade, Partners in Education will hold a fair at Addison Elementary, including music by school bands, food and games, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. N — Karla Kane

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City Council (May 2)

Dispatch: The council heard a presentation about the effort by Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos to consolidate their emergency dispatch systems. Action: None Budget: The council heard a presentation from the city manager about the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Action: None Business Improvement District: The council approved a resolution levying assessment on the Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District for Fiscal Year 2012. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid Abstained: Shepherd Absent: Yeh SummerHill: The council voted to deny an application by SummerHill Homes, Inc., for a 23-home development at 525 San Antonio Ave. Yes: Unanimous

Finance Committee (May 3)

2012 budget: The committee recommended tentative approval of proposed budgets for the offices of City Attorney, City Manager, City Auditor, City Clerk, and the Human Resource and Library departments. Yes: Unanimous City Council budget: The committee recommended that the proposed City Council budget return to the committee with more information about salaries and benefits. Yes: Unanimous

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Architectural Review Board (May 5)

4301 El Camino Real: The board discussed a proposal to make changes to the design of the future hotel at the Palo Alto Bowl site and voted to continue the item to a future date. Yes: Unanimous El Camino Park: The board discussed proposed improvements to El Camino Park, which will be implemented in conjunction with the installation of a new underground water-storage tank at the park. Action: None

Public Agenda 7/8 CLAUDIA ACUÑA

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CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the city’s update to its Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, hold a public hearing on Community Development Block Grant allocations for 2011-12 and 2012-13, and hear an update on implementation of the Palo Alto Fire Department Resources, Services and Utilization Study recommendations. The discussion of the bicycle plan will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Council Conference Room. The rest of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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7/24 Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with Special Guest Robben Ford 7/26 Edmar Castaneda Trio 7/27 Victor Lin presents the Music of The Beatles 7/28 Yosvany Terry Quartet 7/30 Tribute to Electric Miles featuring Wallace Roney 8/3 Taylor Eigsti Quartet with Tillery: featuring Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato, and Becca Stevens 8/5 SJW All-Star Jam Session 8/6 George Cables Trio and Madeline Eastman

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BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board is scheduled to vote on district-wide academic calendars for 2012-13 and 2013-14, including a proposal to move to an earlier August start date to allow first semester to end before the December holidays. The board also will discuss school construction items and the district’s budget. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the board room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss council procedures and protocols, binding arbitration models and options, and an update on staffing flexibility changes. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s Capital Improvement Program Plan for fiscal years 2012-16 and consider approving the Final Environmental Impact Report and development agreement for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion. The discussion of the capital program will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The public hearing on Stanford University Medical Center will begin at 6 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter. FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hold budget hearings for the Planning and Community Services departments. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). INFRASTRUCTURE BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE ... The task force will continue its discussion of the city’s infrastructure backlog and possible ways to pay for the items on the list. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Human Needs Assessment, hear an update on World Music Day and discuss a presentation on intergenerational communications from Generations United. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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winning the lottery, spokesman James de Lara said. “This isn’t just about Nico but about all the other people looking for donors,” Liz Poux said. “At Stanford alone, there are plenty of people having difficulty getting a match. “I just hope we can get past this and try to move on. It’s hard that my children’s experience right now is still full of cancer, especially for Nico.” Nico is the middle of Liz and Philippe Poux’s three children. Though Liz Poux grew up locally and graduated from high school in Mountain View, the family has lived in Paris until moving here last summer. Nico is enrolled in the International School of the Peninsula but has not been well enough to attend since October, his mother said. When he’s up to it, teachers from the school sometimes have come to the house. Born and raised in France, Nico is bilingual and has studied a third language — Spanish — at school. He enjoys reading, loves Star Trek, roots for the Cal Bears and hopes one day to become an oncologist, his mother said. “He’s had chemotherapy for a long time, and his body is now very, very tired,” she said. At Stanford alone, more than 275 patients are looking for donors, said Professor of Medicine Rob Negrin of the Medical School’s Bone and Marrow Transplantation program. “The problem we face when we’re looking for someone who could be a donor ... is they have to share certain genes,” Negrin said. “There’s a one in four chance that any sibling would match, but most of us don’t have six, eight, 10 siblings,” so it is common for patients to need alternative donors, he said. The Be the Match Registry is among the largest in a global registry system. “About 13 million people (worldwide) have volunteered to be donors for someone they’ve never met — it’s really amazing,” Negrin said. “So let’s say, we find somebody in China. They don’t have to come here — they can donate locally and the cells are shipped here. On Sept. 11 when all the planes were grounded, there were six to eight products in the air at that moment,” he said. If a suitable match is found and verified, about 75 percent of the time donors can give through what’s known as peripheral blood stem cell collection, in which blood is drawn from the arm. The other 25 percent have marrow collected from their hipbone while under anesthesia. “If one were chosen to be a donor, it’s a minor medical procedure,” Negrin said. “You give up some of your bone marrow cells, but they grow back.” For more information, contact the Asian American Donor program at www.aadp.org or 800-59-DONOR. N

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News Digest Greenmeadow embezzler pleads ‘no contest’ Kimball Allen, the former administrative manager who embezzled nearly $70,000 from the Greenmeadow Community Association in Palo Alto, pleaded no contest last Friday (April 29) in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto. Allen, 29, was accused of a 2010 spending spree using the neighborhood association’s credit card. His expenditures included a down payment for a BMW roadster, trips to Hawaii and Mexico and other vacations, and hair transplants. Under a plea deal, he will receive a six-month sentence in county jail and must make full restitution of the total amount he took from Greenmeadow within one year. The jail term will be stayed while he works to pay back the debt. But if he does not make restitution within one year, he must serve the sentence, Rob Baker, Santa Clara County supervising deputy district attorney, said. The exact sum that Allen embezzled will take several months to compile, Baker said. Upon completion of restitution, the judge will reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, and Allen would be on probation for three years, he said. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18. Baker said the primary goal was to hold Allen accountable for his crime and to enable Greenmeadow to recoup its losses. Allen’s age, lack of a prior criminal record and willingness to accept responsibility were also factors in the deal, he said. “He’s been very remorseful. I think it’s a very fair resolution,� Baker said. N — Sue Dremann

Palo Alto to share dispatch system While other Peninsula cities are preparing to merge or outsource their public-safety departments, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos are pursuing a less drastic idea — a “virtual consolidation� of their emergency operations. The three cities have been working for the past three years on upgrades that would allow each department to effortlessly communicate with the others and provide backup service as needed. Currently, the cities’ respective dispatch systems can’t communicate with one another. The project would also boost the cities’ ability to respond to incidents along their respective borders and provide redundancies for each dispatch system — a useful measure in the event one of the dispatch systems becomes inoperable, said Charles Cullen, director of technical services at the Palo Alto Police Department. Cullen, who updated the City Council on the effort Monday night, called virtual consolidation “an important and groundbreaking project� that will allow the cities to leverage the benefits of consolidation without the “upfront cost of a brick-and-mortar facility.� By pooling their resources, Cullen said, the three cities were able to bid together on a common dispatch system that each would not be able to afford on their own. Last year, they selected the company Intergraph Corporation to design and install the new system, Cullen said. The upgrade will cost the three cities a little more than $3 million, with Palo Alto and Mountain View each contributing roughly $1.3 million and Los Altos (which has a smaller population and no fire department) chipping in $740,000. The mutual-aid channel would be partially funded by a grant from the State Homeland Security Grant Program. N — Gennady Sheyner

South Palo Alto housing proposal shot down After seeing hundreds of housing units pop up in their part of the city over the past decade, dozens of south Palo Alto residents breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday night when the City Council shot down the latest residential proposal. The 23-home proposal for 525 San Antonio Road, near the Mountain View border, wasn’t nearly as massive or dense as housing complexes that have been built around East Meadow Circle and on El Camino Real, at the former site of Hyatt Rickey’s. Applicant SummerHill Homes, Inc., argued that the modest development — six one-story homes and 17 twostory homes — would provide a perfect transition between the small Eichler community in the Greendell neighborhood to the west of the site and the apartment buildings to the east. SummerHill had also agreed to reduce the number of houses from 26 to 23 and to position its one-story homes between the new two-story homes and Greendell’s one-story houses. But after hearing from dozens of residents, the council voted unanimously to deny the application, arguing that SummerHill’s application is not consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and that the project’s site doesn’t have enough amenities to warrant more housing. In doing so, the council followed the recommendation of its planning staff, the Planning and Transportation Commission and about 30 residents from the Greendell and Greenmeadow neighborhoods. Project opponents cited overfilled schools, insufficient public facilities and a lack of good transit service in the area as reasons for rejecting the plan. N — Gennady Sheyner

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PUBLIC NOTICE FORMER NAVAL AIR STATION MOFFETT FIELD

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These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on “News” in the left, green column.

Restoration Advisory Board Meeting 

The next regular meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) for former Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field will be held on:

Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at:

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The RAB reviews and comments on plans and activities about the ongoing environmental studies and restoration activities underway at Moffett Field. Regular RAB meetings are open to the public and the Navy encourages your involvement. To review documents on Moffett Field environmental restoration projects, please visit the information repository located at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6337. For more information, contact Mr. Scott Anderson, Navy Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator at (619) 532-0938 or scott.d.anderson@navy.mil.

The records for the City of Palo Alto show the following checks as outstanding for over three years to the listed payees. Under California Government Code Section 50050, unclaimed money will become the City’s property three years after the check was issued. If you are one of the listed payees, please contact Suneet Sidhu at (650) 329-2224 at the City of Palo Alto by June 30, 2011 so arrangements can be made to reissue the check.

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Palo Alto schools will “see the benefit” if they change their academic calendar to end the first semester before the December break, a Stanford University researcher on student stress told an audience at Gunn High School Wednesday night. (Posted May 5 at 11:32 a.m.)

Another Stanford blood-infection case alleged A 21-year-old San Jose woman has filed a claim against Stanford Hospital and Clinics alleging that she developed an infection after giving blood at a college blood drive, according to her attorney. (Posted May 5 at 9:58 a.m.)

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The City of Palo Alto is trying to entice commuters and residents to give up four wheels in exchange for two next week, with a tour of the city’s planned Park Boulevard Bicycle Boulevard on Monday (May 9) and Bike to Work Day Thursday (May 12) morning. (Posted May 5 at 12:04 a.m.)

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After a last minute inspection, NASA officials have decided that Hangar One’s 4,638 unique windows aren’t worth saving, a disappointment for preservationists and Navy history buffs. The decision was explained in an email from United States Navy official Scott Anderson. (Posted May 4 at 5:06 p.m.)

Arson suspected in Portola Valley vehicle fire Emergency crews shut down a section of Alpine Road near Arastradero Road in Portola Valley late Tuesday evening (May 3) to extinguish a fire inside a blue 2006 Dodge Durango. Arson is suspected. (Posted May 4 at 3:46 p.m.)

Woman arrested after DUI crash on Middlefield A woman who allegedly drove drunk during rush hour smashed her car into a parked vehicle on Middlefield Road, causing major damage to both vehicles Tuesday afternoon (May 3). (Posted May 4 at 2:18 p.m.)

Unruly Peninsula Creamery patron arrested A Peninsula Creamery patron was arrested Sunday night (May 1) after grabbing a waitress and punching two other customers who tried to come to her assistance. (Posted May 3 at 3:45 p.m.)

Palo Alto architect Jack Rominger dies Jack Rominger, a longtime Palo Alto community member, died of a heart attack April 28 while traveling in Italy. (Posted May 3 at 12:18 p.m.)

Two armed robberies Sunday in Menlo Park Police reported two armed robberies in Menlo Park on Sunday (May 1). At the new BevMo liquor store at 700 El Camino Real, the robber brandished a revolver and got away with cash. On Willow Road, a teenager was robbed of his cell phone. (Posted May 2 at 3:06 p.m.)

Palo Alto to revamp Public Works Department Seeking to close a $3 million budget gap, Palo Alto officials are proposing to pare down the bureaucracy in city’s Public Works Department, reducing the department’s structure from six divisions to three. (Posted May 2 at 12:33 p.m.)

HP pledges $25 million to Children’s Hospital HP will give $25 million to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital over the next decade, as well as develop a research initiative to improve patient safety and quality of care, the Palo Alto tech company announced Monday (May 2). (Posted May 2 at 11:27 a.m.)

Smoke, Sparky highlight Palo Alto Safety Faire The Palo Alto Safety Faire at Stanford Shopping Center Sunday (May 1) featured demonstrations on how to safely escape from a smoke-filled environment and a crowd-pleasing appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog. (Posted May 2 at 9:52 a.m.)

Reactions to death of Osama bin Laden “While the author of the Sept. 11 attacks is gone, we still have terrorism in the world,” Dorothy Garcia Bachler, who was married to Portola Valley resident Andy Garcia when he died on United Airlines flight 93 nearly 10 years ago, said Monday (May 2). (Posted May 2 at 8:44 a.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com to sign up.


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workers. In 1981-82, the panel sided with the police union and changed pension calculations so that the highest-salary year is used to determine pensions (as opposed to then-status quo of highest 36 months). The panel also sided with the police union in 1983, when it determined that the city should pay both the employer’s and employees’ contributions for pensions. Palo Alto management and the firefighters union have already set up the three-member arbitration panel that will resolve their dispute. The panel includes Tony Spitaleri, president of the firefighters union; Richard Whitmore, the attorney representing the city; and Katherine J. Thompson, an attorney who was chosen by the other two panelists. Palo Alto isn’t the only Bay Area community to consider repealing its binding-arbitration ordinance. Vallejo voters repealed their city’s ordinance last year, and Gilroy officials considered putting the issue on the ballot last year but decided not to after they reached an agreement with their firefighters. A Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury released a report last year arguing that cities must do more to rein in employee costs and recommending that San Jose place its bindingarbitration ordinance on the ballot. “Binding arbitration is not open to the public and results in an adversarial process between the city and employee groups,” the Grand

Jury report stated. “Binding arbitration limits the ability of city leaders to craft solutions that work for the city’s budget. The process has resulted in wage and benefit decisions that have been greater than the growth in basic revenue sources.” The issue of binding arbitration is re-emerging in Palo Alto at a time when city officials are pushing for more pension reforms, particularly in the public-safety groups. The city’s contributions to California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) went from comprising about 2 percent of the city’s General Fund to more than 10 percent over the past decade, Keene told the council. The retirement fund suffered major losses in the stock market in 2008, Keene wrote, and required additional contributions to fulfill its commitment to retirees. Other labor groups have already made concessions to solve the looming pension crisis. Workers represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, and the non-unionized group of managers and professionals have agreed to two-tired pension systems and a plan to share medical costs with the city. Keene has repeatedly said he wants to see similar concessions from the public-safety groups, whose workers account for 56 percent of the General Fund’s salary and benefits expenditures. Even though the police and fire department budgets are each set to rise by about $1 million in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 (see chart), Keene told the council Monday night that these budgets

Proposed Palo Alto department budgets City of Palo Alto, fiscal year 2012 (begins July 1, 2011) FY 2011 expenditures in dollars

Proposed expenditures FY 2012

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269,176

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10,326,676

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also presuppose concessions from the two labor groups. “The budget we do present to you is really balanced by counting on achieving significant and timely concessions from our public-safety unions, which have yet to make any structural cost-savings contributions in pay or benefits to the city’s ongoing fiscal challenges over the past few years,” Keene told the council. Concessions from public-safety unions comprise the biggest wildcard in what otherwise promises to be a calm budget season. The city’s budget deficit in fiscal year 2012 is estimated at about $3 million, far

smaller than the $7.3 million deficit the City Council wrestled with last year and the $16.2 million budget hole it closed the year before that. This means the city won’t have to weigh cutting popular programs such as school-crossing guards or shifting the costs of sidewalk repair to residents — proposals that were on the table last year. Most of the cuts this year will come from department budgets and, presumably, concessions from labor groups. The city’s fiscal future looks fairly bleak, however, with rising pension and health care costs threatening to push budget deficits to about $7 mil-

lion in fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015, barring permanent changes. Keene indicated on Monday that he wants to use this brief period of relative calm to work on the city’s long-term fiscal challenges. “While we have a lull of sorts this year and we’re aided by some good signs on the revenue front locally, the succeeding years will see an increasing gap that, if we don’t get these structural concessions, will continue to put our city at risk,” Keene said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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A memorial service will be held May 26 at Stanford Memorial Church for Palo Alto businessman and philanthropist Leonard Ely, who died April 29. He was 87. Ely, a retired auto dealer and the grandson of Stanford University’s third president, with deep roots in the community, devoted much of his later life to philanthropy. His largesse was primarily focused on local organizations and on Stanford University, where he and his wife, Shirley, endowed a professorship. He was a key leader in nurturing what is now the $1.8 billion Silicon Valley Community Foundation and

was involved in foundation affairs until the day before he died. Born in Palo Alto in 1923, Ely was the grandson of Ray Lyman Wilbur, Stanford’s president from 1916 to 1943. “Dad grew up in Palo Alto at a unique time and he loved it and continued to love it, so we were all lucky,” his daughter, Maggie Pringle, said. Ely graduated from Palo Alto High School, and earned an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from Stanford, where he was president of the Business School Student Association. He was an Air Force pilot in World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He started an auto dealership in Palo Alto in 1954, selling Chryslers, Plymouths and Chevrolets. The businesses expanded and thrived for three decades.

Later, he founded the Atherton Lease Co. as well as two general partnerships to buy parcels of land for resale and development. In the early 1980s, he started another general partnership to acquire and operate the Stanford Terrace Inn. Ely served on the boards of more than 30 local organizations and volunteered for even more. They included the Gamble Garden Center, Castilleja School, Lytton Gardens, YMCA, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Red Cross and the Boy Scouts. He told people that William Hewlett, the late co-founder of HP, was his philanthropic role model. “We make a living out of what we earn and a life out of what we do,” Ely said in a 2006 speech before hundreds of foundation supporters at the San Jose Fairmont. The foundation began with $55,000 left over from the Santa Clara County War Chest fund from World War II and by 1990 had grown to about $10 million in assets. Sixteen years later, it has assets of $919 million. It merged with the Peninsula Community Foundation of San Mateo in 2006. Ely spent the last few years “help-

ing the community, promoting philanthropy and taking care of his family,” the his son, Leonard III, said. Ely did not travel much after suffering a bad fall six years ago, his son said. However, he was able to go to Chicago last year for his granddaughter’s graduation from Northwestern University Law School. “Leonard Ely embodied the true spirit of giving,” Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett D. Carson said Friday. “He was a visionary who understood our larger region and the power of collective philanthropy. He made the community foundation, our region and countless nonprofit institutions stronger.” Ely was one of the Palo Alto Weekly’s original shareholders and served on the company’s board of directors for almost 30 years until retiring last year. “Leonard was the most generous, supportive and unassuming person one could ever hope to know or work with,” said Weekly publisher Bill Johnson. “His passion for philanthropy was both inspiring and contagious, and was an important reason why the Weekly has so strongly supported the work of nonprofits in the community.”

Ely is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; his son Leonard III, daughter-in-law Mary and their son David; and his daughter, Maggie Pringle and her chlidren Abby, David and Will. He is also survived by his twin sister, Mrs. George Hart, of Ross, and many nieces and nephews. The May 26 memorial service will be at 4 p.m. at Stanford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, 94040, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. N

Memorial Services A memorial service for Frank Ratliff will be held Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A memorial service for Philip Kuekes will be held Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at 2200 Cowper St., Palo Alto. A memorial service for Duncan Williams will be held Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Leo K. Brandt Gone Fishing July 29, 1913 - March 27, 2011 Leo Brandt was the owner of the Cameo Club in Palo Alto. He retired early and spent more than 30 years doing what he most loved; fishing the Klamath and Rogue Rivers. He donated land in Portola Valley as part of the Open Space Reserve. His wife of 50 years, Barbara Brandt, died in 1991. They had five children (Judy, Karen, Patricia, Michael and Laura) and eight grandchildren (Stephanie, Andrea, Jessica, Matthew, Nicole, David, Theodore and Leona). Leo Brandt re-married and was predeceased by his wife, Mary Alice Ebell Brandt, in August 2010 PA I D

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board Please be advised the Historic Resources Board shall conduct a meeting at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in the Civic Center, Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Public Hearing 630 Ramona Street [10PLN-00411]: Request by Vitae Architecture, on behalf of KG-Bryant LLC and Coldwell Banker, for Architectural Review Board and Historic Resources Board review of the historic rehabilitation of an existing Category II historic resource which would generate 2,500 sq. ft. of bonus floor area, 437 sq. ft. of which would be used on site and 2,063 sq. ft. of which would be available as Transferable Development Rights. Zone District: CD-C(P). Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act per Section 5331. Other Business Discuss the process for developing Professorville Design Guidelines including the role of the HRB and community outreach. Questions. If interested parties have any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Division at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and staff reports will be available for inspection at 2:00 PM the Friday preceding the hearing. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing ada@cityofpaloalto.org.

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Winfield Scott Christiansen, age 98, passed away April 7 at Stanford Hospital surrounded by his family following a brief illness. As a resident of Palo Alto for more than 60 years, many will remember his years as a Palo Alto elementary school principal. Born on Nov. 27, 1912 and raised in Dinuba in Tulare Co., he graduated from Fresno State in 1935 and taught in Fresno until he became a principal. During World War II, he served as master sergeant in the U.S. Army at Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. Upon his return he became principal of Lafayette School in Fresno. Several years later he embarked on a stint as a graduate student at Claremont College while earning his master’s degree and administrative credential before he landed at Stanford to complete a doctoral program. Following graduation, PAUSD Superintendent, Dr. Henry M. Gunn, asked him to become principal of Stanford Elementary School on the campus. He remained for 11 years, during a period in which the staff, children, and parents enjoyed a unique time of educational exploration and innovation including summer demonstration programs with Stanford’s Dr. Paul Hanna. Here he began a lifelong interest in the hospital school program at Stanford, often combining the administrative tasks with his other schools. His later years included Ohlone, Greendell, and Fairmeadow schools. Following retirement he certainly appreciated hearing from those who remembered his unique blend of humility and wit. Obviously he loved children and eagerly sought to encourage personal and educational growth, always in a nurturing manner. Typically present on the playground at recess and lunch, he too enjoyed his time teaching a student sent to the office a game of chess before discussing the nature of the visit. Also using his talents on the piano prior to a student assembly, he offered gentle strains of music to bring everyone together without the need for verbal reminders.

Indeed his love of music and the arts permeated his life at school and home. A visit to his lovely home sometimes included music he played on one of his pianos or a special seat across from him on his porch amid his beautiful orchids, but with always a smile at the door that a visitor has once again come to share a story, a joke, or just some laughter. Occasionally current political discussions and musing about educational trends added zest to his alert mind. As serious reader, he loved shelves full of interesting books, and happily contributed to the Palo Alto Library Foundation. Among his legacy in educational circles, he remained an active part of Phi Delta Kappa’s Emerging Leaders Council, supporting professional leaders 40 years and younger for service and leadership. He provided generously for programs assisting hospital students and their families through the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. He enjoyed membership in First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. All of those who knew him, especially in his retirement years, recall vividly seeing him at garage and Paly parking-lot sales, or maybe the Farmer’s Market. He was always on the lookout for something associated with music and art. Whether we called him Chris, Dr. Christiansen, or Uncle Winnie, he will remain a special person to all. Memorial tax-deductible donations may be made to the Gold Star Memorial Scholarship c/o Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto CA 94301 or Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health 400 Hamilton Ave. Suite 340, 94301. Written by Dr. Bob French, neighbor, friend, and PAUSD colleague PA I D

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Editorial Binding arbitration a luxury we can’t afford

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alo Alto City Manager James Keene has made it abundantly clear that one way or the other, he expects the city’s public safety unions to help close the $3 million gap in next year’s budget. This means that either the police and firefighters unions agree to voluntary cuts or the city will be forced to reduce positions in one or both departments, which could take away vital emergency services from both departments in the years ahead. But firefighters did not go along and were the only employee group in the city to receive a wage increase last year. The police department received raises this year after agreeing to postpone bumps in the two prior years. If neither union agrees to give up its increase, the city is stuck with the long outdated requirement that an impasse in contract negotiations with either public safety union must go to binding third- party arbitration. In addition, firefighters’ jobs are protected by a contract that sets minimum staffing levels for each fire station that cannot be changed unless the union agrees or the city wins an appeal in binding arbitration. Last year, in an effort to further gain control of their own staffing, the firefighters’ union put Measure R on ballot, which would have required a citywide vote any time the city wanted to reduce staffing levels in the department or close fire stations. Thankfully, voters did not agree and the measure lost by a wide margin. Now, contract talks between the city and the firefighters are at impasse and it is expected that the two sides will go to binding, third-party arbitration in the next few weeks. Once again, the city will be forced to accept an arbitrator’s decision that could have a significant impact on next year’s budget. In our view, this outdated practice cannot continue. With all due respect to our public-safety unions, staffing and deployment decisions must be left to the city manager and the elected city council, not the union boss or an arbitrator. Since 2000-01, the median total compensation for police officers and firefighters has jumped from $89,059 to $146,061 in 2009-10. At the same time, the city’s revenues have dropped substantially, which has led to a series of annual budget deficits. A City Council measure to place binding arbitration on the ballot last year failed on a 5-4 vote, but given the city’s dire needs to close the current budget gap, it is encouraging that the council’s Policy and Services Committee on Tuesday will discuss whether to amend or repeal the 1978 provision in the city charter. The need to end minimum staffing, which is unlikely to happen unless binding arbitration is repealed, was also recommended by the consultants who last year conducted a major study of the fire department. In their report, the consultants said, “Though we understand the concern of the union to maintain an adequate staff to maintain safety, we disagree that the total minimum staff should be in the contract.” More support for eliminating binding arbitration came last year from the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, which evaluated employee costs in local cities and criticized the binding-arbitration provision, suggesting that San Jose give voters an opportunity to repeal the provision. At the time, then-Mayor Pat Burt said the report’s findings are relevant to Palo Alto, where he said binding arbitration has historically favored firefighters’ interests over those of the City Council. It will be good for the council to discuss the public-safety contracts in the context of the 2012 budget deliberations, which began with the city manager’s admonition that he expects the two unions to make substantial contributions to close this year’s budget gap. But the council also must understand that there will be much tougher budget decisions in the years ahead, when slow revenue growth coupled with skyrocketing health care and pension costs are expected to produce ever-larger structural deficits in 2013 ($6.7 million), 2014 ($6.9 million) and 2015 ($7.6 million). It is not a pretty picture and now more than ever, the council must make sure that all hands contribute to solving the problem. Last year every employee group except the firefighters took part in closing a $7.8 million deficit. A year from now, the council will again be struggling with a budget shortfall. And it is likely that all city bargaining units, including the public-safety unions, will be asked to contribute significant compensation or benefit reductions to help eliminate the ongoing deficits that are now built into the city’s budget. If voters have an opportunity to end binding arbitration, it could assure that all the city’s unions will take part in meeting the city’s budget obligations. Page 14ÊUÊ>ÞÊÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Library pride Editor, I disagree with Mr. Harrington’s April 29th letter, “Measure N drawbacks.” 1) Paper books can be savored, opened at random, read and reread. 2) Libraries lead to browsing what is there on the same or nearby shelves. 3) The cost of library books is shared by the community. 4) For new or old books, libraries provide a resource to all at a minimal cost. 5) Your Kindle approach is elitist in form and substance and does not replace the library’s books, which may be out of copyright. Who pays the bills for the e-books you think should be downloaded, the maintenance of the Kindle, the electricity to run the Kindle, the replacement of the Kindle when it dies, as it shall, no doubt. 6) The library bond provides new community facilities and services, corrects earthquake faults and upgrades existing buildings. Palo Alto should be proud of its efforts to update and retain its libraries. Alice Schaffer Smith Los Palos Circle Palo Alto

Rebuttal to Hays Editor, Walt Hays’ April 29 response to Emily Renzel’s letter twists and omits important facts. Signatures were collected to undedicate 10 acres (eight football fields) of Byxbee Park for an anaerobic digester (AD). Potential signators were given unverified information and a fantasy depiction of an industrial AD project hidden by a green roof. The initiative will be on the November ballot even though promoters promised not to submit the signatures if the project was not feasible. It will cost from $97 million to $167 million for AD, which is the antithesis of national environmental organizations’ policies to stop construction on conservation land. Is that feasible? Ms. Renzel is correct that the cost of this AD study is not only $250,000, but also the $1,600,000 in lost tipping fees during the study. Putting the initiative on the ballot is $300,000. That totals $2,150,000, paid by Palo Alto rate payers. AD’ers said the AD would save 20,000 tons of carbon. The study projects 11,533 tons including biosolids from the Regional Sewage Plant. Without the biosolids, this number drops to 5,855 tons. That’s 42.3 percent less to 70.7 percent less of carbon avoided than AD’ers touted. This result is a huge expense for a very small result.

The public should not rely on numbers manipulated by the AD’ers. The city’s professional consultant is still crunching the numbers. Hays states that the initiative limits the uses. The initiative only asks whether or not to undedicate park land. Once undedicated, it can be used for any purpose the council determines. Enid Pearson Forest Court Palo Alto

Cell phones and health Editor, The impact on human health of radiofrequency fields from cell phones and towers will not be known for decades. The industry claims towers and phones are safe. The tobacco companies told us there was no connection between smoking and lung cancer. The electronics industry said “clean-room” solvents were safe. Chemical manufacturers claimed DDT and Dursban were safe. So, until the science on cell phones is reliable, it pays to be cautious. Dr. Lenhart Hardell, University

Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, has led the world in identifying the environmental causes of cancer. He concludes the highest risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma is for those using a cell phone exclusively on one side of the head. Couple that with reports that radiation penetration from a cell phone is 25 percent for an adult skull, but as high as 75 percent for a young child and that children absorb twice as much radiation as adults. As a result, several European countries are advising parents to not let their children use cell phones. Parents will continue to provide cell phones to children for communication and safety. I would encourage parents to minimize their child’s lifetime total RF exposure because we don’t know if it is additive, cumulative or synergistic. Brains are delicate and it would appear that texting is probably safer than calling and that call use should be closely monitored and minimized. Richard Alexander Santa Rita Avenue Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion Don’t sacrifice August by forcing early school start by Sally Kadifa and Tekla Nee he August summer break for Palo Alto schoolchildren and their families is on the chopping block, and little will be gained from the sacrifice. Whether it will live or die will be determined Sally Kadifa by a vote at the school board meeting on Tuesday, May 10. The board will consider a proposal to change the school calendar to start in the second week of August and end the last week of May, a shift unprecedented in our community that takes away two weeks of summer break in August and replaces them with presummer weeks in May and June. If approved, it will disrupt family time, cause childcare scrambles, reduce enrichment opportunities, squeeze high school athletes, stress seniors, and put our children in unairconditioned classrooms in the dog days of August. Proponents say that the disruption would be worth it for all 12,000 district students because, by moving first semester exams into December, it will give 2,800 high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors a “workfree break.” But, when surveyed, high school students cite overall heavy homework load as the biggest stress, not work over break; indeed, most of the students surveyed are opposed to prebreak finals if they require moving the start of school to early August. The Board of Education already recognizes that the change is of no benefit to high

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school seniors. It will make their lives more stressful by putting finals into the same time window most use for completing the many college essays and applications due in late December and early January. And even the stated Tekla Nee goal is elusive. There is no guarantee that winter break will be assignment-free even if the calendar is changed, for most high school classes span the entire year. Time with family and involvement in activities outside of school are all ways families keep children emotionally healthy and insulate them against the negative effects of stress. The proposed calendar change threatens this valuable time. It would strain family traditions in the summer and in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when high schoolers will be focused on finals and won’t be able to take the time to join in traditional winter celebrations. It would cause problems for student athletes by overlapping the championships that culminate their winter and spring seasons with finals. And it would be rough on performing arts students, causing conflicts between finals and holiday season performances and spring recitals. Sports, performing arts, other extracurricular passions, and time with family are a source of joy and accomplishment and shouldn’t be simply discounted. Many jobs place constraints on when parents can take vacation. For many working parents, August is the time they can get away.

Many in this community use August to connect with extended families outside of California, people whose schedules can’t change. Summer camps, scouting trips, internships are all enrichment options that exist in August, not in June. The host of other problems that would be created includes the lack of affordable childcare in June; while programs sponsored by Palo Alto or based at Palo Alto schools may shift, they can’t fill the demand. May is an issue — already one of the busiest months of the year with AP testing, end of season sports competitions, and end of year performances/ recitals/celebrations, May has no room to add finals into that mix. In spite of these concerns, according to district surveys, a majority of survey respondents are willing to let the district try out pre-break finals as long — and this message is clear — the traditional August start date does not change. Last November, our community vigorously objected to a calendar with an early August start date. In response, the board asked the district to explore ways to implement prebreak finals within our traditional calendar, suggesting that uneven semesters for high school students could be one way to accomplish this. We do not believe the district pursued this option seriously. Instead of trying to find a way to test pre-break finals for high school students without disrupting the lives of all 12,000 K-12 students, it instead came back to the board with an almost identical calendar to the one rejected in November. And there are other options. Some schools have abolished mid-year finals entirely. Other districts keep a late August start and have

pre-break finals inside a shorter first semester. Others have gone to trimesters; or to two even semesters with a January interim session. Others start school after Labor Day and have semester break in February. These are all ways to take August’s summer break days off the chopping block, and still give the high schools an opportunity to experiment with pre-break finals if that is what they want to do. Yes, this would require thinking out of the box. It would require looking not just at what our neighboring schools are doing, but finding best practices from comparable communities around the country. Fortunately, we have a group of teachers willing to work with the district to figure out a way to test pre-break finals within our traditional start and end dates. However, they can’t do this if the calendar change goes through. Calendar change, unlike pre-break finals within the existing calendar, will not be a test. It is too disruptive to bounce calendars back and forth. These two weeks of August will be lost to summer for many, many years to come. We urge the school board to vote down the proposed calendar change. Approve the traditional calendar that has also been submitted, with a late August start date and second week of June dismissal date. Work with teachers to pursue innovative alternatives to the placement of finals within that calendar. And honor the traditions and activities that nurture our children. N Between them, Sally Kadifa and Tekla Nee have eight children, including two recent Paly grads, three current Paly students, one Jordan student and two students at Walter Hays.

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What is your reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden? Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin.

Archana Dubey

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Jessica Urioste

Yossi Rafelson

Fran Harris

“I think it will bring closure to a lot of the people who have suffered because of his actions.”

“In spite of all the euphoria and justice, I still always worry about when killing a person is justified and where we draw the line on when a person should be executed. I don’t doubt the mission, but I really worry about that part of it all.”

“I’m just a bit scared of the possible repercussions for the U.S. I know he was a bad man, but there are a lot of bad men in the world.”

“It’s about time. I’m not worried about the consequences — If they were able to do anything, they would have done it already.”

“I’m really happy for the U.S. I think killing him was probably the only option.”

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Each year, Palo Alto nonprofit Avenidas honors senior citizens age 65 and older who’ve made significant contributions to the community, professionally and through volunteer service. This year, the honorees are former Mayor Jim Burch of Palo Alto, career-adaptation expert Betsy Collard of Mountain View, environmental and education volunteer Jan Fenwick of Los Altos Hills, Foothill College Celebrity Speaker Series Director Dick Henning of Mountain View, League of Women Voters leader Veronica Tincher of Palo Alto and senior-housing advocates Bill and the late Carolyn Reller of Palo Alto. The honorees will be celebrated at a public reception Sunday, May 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at a garden party at a local home. The event is sponsored by Avenidas, Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online. Tickets can be purchased for $75 by contacting Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or online at www.avenidas.org. Proceeds from the reception benefit senior programs at Avenidas. N photographs by Veronica Weber

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rowing up, Betsy Collard moved 19 times and went to 21 different schools. Adaptability was important.

Throughout her years of service, Collard has worked tirelessly to help others adapt to changes in the ever-evolving world of Silicon Valley, in addition to her roles as community volunteer and educational administrator. Collard moved to California from New York during high school, attended Scripps College in southern California and then went to grad school (studying counseling) at Stanford University, which subsequently hired her as assistant dean of women. She was working as acting dean of students when, in 1965, a new University of California campus, set in the coastal redwood forests of Santa Cruz, opened. “I was the token woman,” she said of being offered the position of associate director of student affairs. “It was an incredible time, being part of something brand new, with wonderful professors. It was exhilarating.” But two years later she was moving on again, getting married and moving to Mountain View. In 1967 she took a job with the State of California, working as a career counselor in Palo Alto. The electronics industry (as the developing field of computer technology was then known) was new. Companies needed workers and part of Collard’s job was to help career seekers gain the skills and networking they needed to match the opportunities opening up in Silicon Valley. “I was interested in helping people, not computers,” she said. It just so happened that she was in the right place at the right time — and had the right kind of flexible thinking — to work successfully with emerging tech companies and the people who sought jobs with them. “I learned a lot,” she said. “I worked with people from high-school dropouts to Stanford PhDs. With people who were having to change careers and with ones who needed training,” she said. She helped usher some who were skilled at abstract thinking, such as graduates with music degrees, into the field of computers. In 1979 Collard moved on again, this time to the Resource Center for Women (later renamed Career Action Center), which was

originally set up by a group of Stanford-educated women to help other women re-enter the workforce. Collard worked with tech companies including Sun Microsystems, HP and AT&T to develop guidelines. She eventually published “The High-Tech Career Book” to help introduce newcomers to the corporate world. As companies turned toward outsourcing in the 1980s and ‘90s, Collard also coined the phrase “career self-reliance” to describe the responsibility individuals need to take in their careers, as corporations could no longer be counted on to promise long-term employment. Though the concept first was criticized for the way it shifted responsibility from corporation to worker, the idea is now prevalent. “Now it is commonly accepted, but when we introduced it, it was viewed as revolutionary and widely adopted across the country,” she said. Collard retired after 20 years with the Career Action Center when her husband died. But in 1999, her alma mater came knocking once again. Collard became Stanford’s director of alumni-volunteer relations, helping to recruit volunteers out of Stanford’s thousands of successful alumni and bring them into service roles for the school. Collard, now 71, officially retired four years ago. She keeps busy, volunteering for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, where she interviews students and writes profiles for the school’s website. After serving on many boards and committees (including the Mountain View School Board, the Palo Alto chapter of the American Red Cross, the Mountain View Human Relations Commission and the Day Worker Center of Mountain View), “It’s nice to do direct service and not sit in a meeting,” she said. Despite an honorary doctorate from Golden Gate University and several lifetime-achievement awards, Collard named her son (a San Francisco doctor) and her three grandchildren as her proudest achievements. And, still in (continued on page 18)


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n 2007, three years into Carolyn Reller’s battle with a brain tumor, she and her husband, Bill, were approached to be honored with the Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement award.

As board president of Avenidas decades earlier, Carolyn Reller had been among the creators of the award — and firmly disagreed later when the qualifying age was dropped from 70 to 65. “She was a person of a lot of things, and one of them was principle, sometimes expressed as stubbornness,” Bill Reller recalled of his wife, who died a year ago at 68. “When they approached us for the award in 2007, I said, ‘You know, Carolyn, this might be our last chance.’ “The handwriting was on the wall,” he said, referring to her terminal diagnosis. “It was a hard thing to say to her. “But she said no, she was not yet 70 — it didn’t make any difference.” This year, when Bill Reller again was approached for the award, Avenidas agreed that his wife, posthumously, could be honored along with him. The award presentation is May 15. Carolyn Reller would have turned 70 in June. “She still would have turned it down — I’m sure of it,” he said. Born and educated in the Midwest, Bill Reller had stumbled upon Palo Alto as a Gray Line Bus Tour passenger during a brief stopover as he prepared to ship out for

a U.S. Army stint in Korea. The short bus tour was all it took. Thirteen months later, Reller was back as a student at Stanford Business School — and has never left. Upon graduation he turned down an EastCoast corporate job to strike out in Palo Alto real estate and recalls that “life wasn’t easy, business wise.” He remembers meeting with downtown landlords who seemed powerful to him at the time, wondering what it would feel like to have lived in Palo Alto for five whole years. “I thought if anybody had been here five years, they must be really established and really know the community,” he said. Reller borrowed a down payment from his mother to buy his first house — priced at $11,000 on Palo Alto Avenue. It turned out to be a honeymoon cottage when he married Carolyn in 1963. By 1982 — three children and two houses later — the Rellers landed in a gracious center-hall colonial on a huge Crescent Park lot. Carolyn ran the household while Bill developed condominium projects in Palo Alto (continued on next page)

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s the founder of Foothill College’s Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, Dick Henning has hobnobbed with everyone from movie legend Cary Grant to the late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. But it’s the education he had received growing up in Taft, Calif., a rustic yet wealthy oil town west of Bakersfield, that served as early inspiration for his own long career of educational and community service. It “formed the foundation of where I am today,” Henning said. “I appreciate it more and more.” Henning worked summers in the Taftarea oil fields before earning a “teeny” boxing scholarship to San Jose State University. He eventually completed two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education administration. After working seven years as a high school English and speech teacher in Sunnyvale, Henning said he “jumped” at the chance in 1967 to apply for the job of Foothill College’s director of student services. At the time, the college was struggling with dwindling interest in its student-services card. Job seeker Henning proposed a bold idea: To make the card more valuable, he suggested creating a series of compelling cultural events open to card holders. The $20 card would have a more than $400 value. It was a big goal, and one that Henning figured he would not get the chance to deliver on. “There were more than 100 applicants. I knew I wasn’t going to get the job,” he laughed. To his surprise, “I got a call the next day that says, ‘You’re hired.’” Henning made good on his idea, and the Celebrity Forum was born. Luminaries such as archaeologist Louis Leakey and broadcaster Alistair Cooke were among the first to take the stage. And though Los Altos Hills may not be known as a hipster haven, during Henning’s

early tenure many seminal rock bands also visited Foothill College. Acts including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and The Fifth Dimension performed. “The Doobie Brothers were a nice group. It was an incredible job,” Henning said. But it wasn’t all peace, love and feeling groovy. “People forget, it was rough times,” Henning said of the turbulent years between 1968 and 1970, which saw student demonstrations and a campus-wide shutdown in 1970. But Henning remained with the college (he retired in 1997) and his beloved forum, which outgrew its space at the college and now takes place at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The wildly successful series, which features seven speakers a year, is now self-supported by ticket sales (admission costs $290-390 per year). It routinely sells out. “The series is now in its 43rd year. I don’t see it weakening; it’s a real service, a free exchange of active ideas. I think it’s here to stay,” he said. Henning is particularly proud to have had Cary Grant as a speaker in 1978, as the shy actor had never done a public-speaking event of its kind before. Henning’s also brought every president from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton to the series. One speaker he would love to get that he hasn’t yet? Nelson Mandela. Henning has also served on the boards for (continued on next page)

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touch with the high-tech, Collard is no old-fashioned grandma. “I do have an iPhone, an iPad and a laptop and am an avid user,” she said. She’s looking forward to a trip to Tanzania at the end of the month, where she will be involved with opening a women’s and children’s clinic, and to her 50th college reunion. After that, Collard remains open to the possibilities. “Being tied down is something I do not want to be. It’s hard when you retire, the lack of structure, but once you get used to it it’s a lot of fun.” N

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and dealt in real estate investments — including a Christmas tree farm — elsewhere. Both took on serious volunteer and nonprofit board commitments — Bill with the Peninsula Open Space Trust, the Palo Alto Board of Realtors, the Palo Alto Community Foundation and the YMCA; and Carolyn with the Junior League, the PTA, Stanford University Hospital and the Children’s Health Council. “We just never really thought about alternatives (to Palo Alto),” Reller said. “Carolyn was raised in Burlingame — her parents were right here and her brother in San Mateo — and she didn’t want to go anywhere. I didn’t either. “And after awhile you become sort of provincial — I wouldn’t even have wanted to move to Menlo Park.” Outside of family, the couple’s biggest project — and Carolyn Reller’s legacy — has been the senior housing complex Palo Alto Commons. The pair originally conceived of the development because they were seeking nearby housing for their own mothers, who were approaching 80 at the time. Neither of the mothers lived long enough to move in. The Reller family built and has operated the 121-unit facility on El Camino Way since 1990. Palo Alto Commons took two years to fill, Reller said. “It was a struggle.” But the need has grown since. The facility recently won city approval for a new, 44-unit addition

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to the complex, aimed at “younger” seniors, whom Reller described as people in their 70s. Palo Alto Commons was Reller’s last big project. These days, he enjoys traveling the world. And he still occupies the house he and Carolyn shared for 29 years. During a recent interview, the living and dining rooms were full of floral arrangements left over from a fundraiser Reller had just hosted for Pathways Hospice, an organization that provided care for Carolyn in her final years. He has nine grandchildren, three from each of his children. “Since I’m alone now, I’ve really come to appreciate the people my children have become — their families, the people they married, are all just super people. “I feel so extremely fortunate for that. They are all caring people — a great reflection of their mother.” N

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United Way of Santa Clara County, Los Altos Sister Cities and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. He’s done years of volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, with which he has delivered wheelchairs in five countries and cleaned up beaches, among other activities. With Rotary, there are “tangible results. You could see how grateful someone was to get a wheelchair. It is so rewarding.” An achievement for which Henning takes pride was bringing the first woman into the club, in 1978. “What a difference women have made,” he said. Henning lives in Mountain View, near the Los Altos border (in 1996 he was named “Los Altan of the Year” for his community contributions) with his wife, Paulette. Between them he and Paulette have three grown children and five grandkids. The Hennings also currently share their home with a cat, Tucka. “It’s my wife’s favorite thing in all the world,” he said. “I have to admit, it’s a pretty good cat.” Though he’s now 76, Henning has no plans to stop his community work. “You’ve got to stay active, mind and body. Plus my wife loves it when I leave the house,” he joked. “It’s so interesting, so much fun,” he said of his continuing involvement with the speaker series. “They can wheel me out in a chair as long as I can still talk.” N

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Among the exotic bric-a-brac and European paintings, a pair of prominent watercolors grace the eastern wall of the living room. Impressionistic in style, they show scenes of the garden of her childhood home in Los Altos. “I loved my mother’s garden as a child — I would run around and pick the fruit off the cherry and peach trees,” Tincher said. The watercolors were done by a Hungarian friend of the family. Tincher was born of Hungarian parents who had moved to Koenigsberg, the capital of East Prussia, a small region east of Germany. “The artist and my father were in the Austro-Hungarian army together during World War I,” Tincher said. Through the sponsorship of the Rockefeller and Jewish Community foundations, Tincher’s family came to the states in 1934, living in St. Louis, Mo. In 1938, the family moved to Los Altos after her father, formerly a professor at the University of Koenigsberg, was invited to teach at Stanford University. “We were lucky to leave East

Prussia when we did — and it was only some years later when the Jews were rounded up. I was in Los Altos at the time and had become really Americanized. I was only a child. I didn’t start thinking about what had happened until later, when I was university,” she said. It was after her first year at Stanford, during a six-month stay in Europe, that she underwent a lifechanging experience. “In 1948 I went to Hungary to see the family that had still survived. I went to see what happened to the people after the war.” She discovered that one of her uncles had been killed in a concentration camp, and another, along with his wife and daughter, had survived somehow. “Hungary had been under siege for three months, and there wasn’t a building that didn’t have shell marks. Some people didn’t have shoes or even clothing. There was no water or heating,” she recalled. These encounters helped mold Tincher’s world view and, upon returning to the U.S., she felt a strong desire to actively engage with the

“Wives played bridge or were interested in fashion shows, but those things didn’t appeal to me,” Tincher said. She was most interested in educating herself on national issues and in 1959 joined the League of Women Voters in Long Beach. The League, established in 1920 after women got the vote, focuses on advocacy, outreach and voter education. “Just a few years ago the League commemorated my 50 years of involvement with them,” she said, proudly. In addition to regular membership, Tincher has served on her local board and as president during the 1960s. After moving to Palo Alto in 1995, she joined the local branch, with which she is still active, and was president from 200406. She’s also chaired the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board and volunteered with Legal Aide, AARP Tax Aide, Keddem Congregation and the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center. Tincher said her proudest achievement was when she coordinated a campaign for a much-needed library in Long Beach. “The building was old, falling apart and inefficient,” she said noting that she had to convince City Hall to serve as the financing mechanism. “The campaign involved not only organizing the League, but also the Chamber of Commerce, PTA, the school board and members of the community,” she said. “Finally when all was set, I pitched it to the City Council. It was accepted. Had I not done that, we wouldn’t have had a new library. It was very satisfying.” N

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s a child, Jan Fenwick loved the sunshine and the outdoors. She would roam the woods behind her home in rural Dayton, Ohio, climbing trees and even conversing with imaginary friends. Nowadays, her favorite pastime still involves a close connection to nature. She enjoys taking children on hikes in the pastures of Stanford or on learning expeditions to the salt marshes. She’s done so for nearly 35 years for Environmental Volunteers, a local nonprofit that gives children hands-on environmental education. “I used to be a teacher, and I love the fact that I continue learning with kids,” she said. “Kids are excited and appreciative of the subjects we cover, and it’s our hope that through this, they will become stewards.” When Fenwick was growing up, her parents were heavily involved with the community. “My father was a judge, and he was very giving and had all kinds of civic involvements. My mother was a psychologist, and she volunteered all her life,” she said. Fenwick would go on to follow her parents’ example. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Fenwick continued at Stanford University to get her teaching degree. It was at Stanford that she met her husband, Bob Fenwick, who was a PhD student in electrical engineering.

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“It’s a funny story — we met at a potluck at a minister’s home who was hosting a ‘graduate dinner.’ I was attracted to him because he asked some really challenging questions of the speaker,” Fenwick said. She married Bob in 1960 and lived for three years in student housing at Stanford. Shortly thereafter, they bought a house in Palo Alto. She taught fourth and fifth grades for four years before retiring to start a family. She has two sons and a daughter. Fenwick’s first community involvement was with the League of Women Voters. Then in 1976, after her children were in grade school, she began working with Environmental Volunteers. More recently, she has been involved with the Environmental Volunteers management group helping to oversee the renovation of the Eco Center, their new headquarters, the former Sea Scout Building in the Palo Alto Baylands. “It’s a great building to use as a classroom and a learning center for our public programs,” she said. Fenwick is also deeply involved with Foothill College. She’s currently a member of the Foothill Commission,

which raises funds to benefit student causes and student life. The commission has raised as much as $100,000 for scholarships in the past few years, Fenwick noted. “This college is important for the Silicon Valley because it offers an inexpensive way to train for a four-year institution,” she said. Fenwick is also a member of the board for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. The school offers arts education to grades K-6 in Mountain View, East Palo Alto and San Jose schools. “We provide qualified instructors who visit schools which otherwise wouldn’t have had the funds. We bring them the arts,” she said. Fenwick has hosted many events in her Los Altos Hills home of 24 years to fundraise for the school and other organizations, including Planned Parenthood. This year, Fenwick is board president of the Planned Parenthood Advocates in the Mar Monte region. “Our group’s aims are to elect prochoice legislators and to educate the public of legislators’ stance on abortion issues,” she said. “We also do fundraising for those legislators who support us. “Women should be allowed to do what they choose; how could you legislate a woman’s body?” Fenwick, never one to demur from a challenge, finds it satisfying to be part of the movement striving for female autonomy. Volunteer work is also satisfying because it improves quality of life, including her own, she said. “I get as much out of it as I put in.”N


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“If I had a lifetime of achievement, it’s because of her,” he said, gesturing to his wife since 1950, Wileta. He credits his community, not personal actions, for the bulk of his achievements. Born in Evanston, Ill., to a World War I veteran and a religious pacifist, Burch grew up in the shadow of war, which, along with the dangers of nuclear power, was to become his greatest concern later in life. Burch was drafted into the military in 1944, serving in a South Pacific unit that didn’t see combat. In the devastating aftermath of two atomic bombings, Burch’s unit climbed up Wakayama Beach in Japan to participate in occupying the country. He toured the streets of Osaka and Hiroshima and found them to be strikingly similar. “Block after block after block

was just rubble. Hiroshima didn’t look too different, and it didn’t register as terrible as it was,” he said. Having had enough of war, Burch convinced an army radio station to hire him. At age 19, he became director of the army radio station in Osaka. After a stint in Hollywood’s radio business writing for the likes of Gene Autry, Burch made partner at an advertising agency in Arizona and met his wife Wileta, a teller at the firm’s one major account: First Federal Savings. He proposed on the second date, and the two married within six months. They have two children. In 1951, he moved his young family to northern California and began a 23-year career with the San Francisco-based advertising agency BBDO, where he created award-winning advertisements

for corporations such as PG&E, General Electric, Pacific Telephone and Standard Oil. Burch took early retirement and began his second career as a volunteer activist in 1974 after getting involved with the Sequoia Seminar. The consciousnessraising group combined Christian teachings with science and counseled members to take responsibility for their role in the “interconnected, interdependent universe,” he said. He also became president of a related Palo Alto nonprofit, Creative Initiative, which focused on anti-war education. A talk hosted by the group caused him to change his position on former client General Electric’s nuclearpower programs. He established Project Survival, a statewide volunteer organization on behalf of the Nuclear Safeguards Initiative Proposition 15, which would have set strict limits on output at existing plants and required legislative approval prior to the construction of additional plants. Creative Initiative garnered national attention when three participants simultaneously quit their jobs as GE nuclear program engineers and took public stands against nuclear power. “They said an advertising man was going to support them,” Burch recalled. The initiative was defeated in June 1976, but no new plants have been constructed since. Creative Initiative changed its name to Foundation for a Global Community in 1990. Burch produced a series of nature documentaries for the foundation that were featured on PBS. He served as a trustee until it liquidated its assets last December, donating them to various peace and sustainability projects internationally. In 1999, Burch was elected to the Palo Alto City Council. Though the job required a local focus, he brought his sense of global interconnectedness to city government. “It’s one world; it’s one Earth; it’s one planet; it’s one ecosystem. We’re either all going to make it or nobody’s going to make it,” he said when elected mayor at age 78 in 2005, the oldest mayor in city history. “There are a number of things that are great about Palo Alto that are an inheritance,” he said. “I offer the perspective of not getting caught up in the everyday pushing and shoving, not just solving the immediate problems.” Burch’s most recent civic work includes a successful campaign to decorate the Palo Alto shuttle with photos of local residents and humorous sayings to boost awareness of the free service. He also said he’d like to write down personal stories of the serendipitous turns in his life for the benefit of his grandchildren. “They really like how I proposed on the second date,” he said with a smile. “What a privilege it’s been to live this life. What would have happened if I hadn’t gone to Phoenix and met Wileta?” N

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by Kareem Yasin | photos by Veronica Weber ot many can resist the magnificence of a fully functioning antique vehicle, not least when it is coated in hot red paint and kept in as pristine condition as James Cesari’s 1919 Buick Racer. When Cesari took this reporter out for a spin recently, passersby and other drivers waved and sometimes cheered, as the deep roar of the engine propelled the auto enthusiast and his vintage race car down the streets of Palo Alto. Cesari’s project is one of more than 100 classic vehicles and related pieces of equipment that will be showcased on May 22 at the Vintage Vehicles & Family Festival. The free annual event is organized by Palo Alto’s Museum of American Heritage and held at El Camino Park across from Stanford Shopping Center. “This year’s event focuses on the history of racing vehicles,” said Gwenyth Claughton, the museum’s executive director. On display will be a number of racing vehicles dating back as far as 1912, including a Franklin Torpedo Phaeton from that year, which is still taken out in vintage races today, she said. “Also featured is the 1915 Ack Attack Streamliner motorcycle that in September 2010 became the world’s fastest motorcycle by reaching a land speed record of 376 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah,” Claughton added. Cesari, who used to do a bit of racing himself with a 1955 Alfa Romeo Super Sprint, spent a little over a year revamping his 1919 Buick Racer. But while he had previous experience restoring a

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Clockwise from top: Palo Alto resident Jim Cesari sits in his restored 1919 Buick Racer at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto; an advertisement decal on the racecar; a close-up look at the Buick emblem; a view of the driver’s seat. number of cars, including a 1912 Michigan, the Buick project represented a unique challenge. “With the first five or six cars I worked on, which I’ve since sold, I wanted the final product to be as authentic as possible, the way they came out of the factory,” he said. “With this one, I was converting a standard showroom touring vehicle into a race car.” Such changes were standard practice in the 1920s, Cesari noted. “Back then, there were over a hundred auto makers. In order to really distinguish their vehicles, many including Buick relied on auto racing to demonstrate their reliability. It was a form of advertising,” he said. Today, the vehicle’s furnishings echo Cesari’s inspirations, with the number 19 emblazoned in white on its radiator and in yellow on its sides. There are advertisements for Master Lubricants — an old company with offices in San Francisco that used to advertise on such cars — professionally pinstriped on to its body. But Cesari said he faced some challenges just getting started in the restoration project. “My friend had a chassis and a transmission and engine. But I had a long way to go,” he says, noting that at first he found little success in locating the necessary parts. That is, until he heard from a man in the Central Valley who said he owned such a model, albeit of the standard, H-45 five-passenger showroom variety. “At first he said it was restorable, so I didn’t

want it,” Cesari said. “I didn’t want to destroy a good car to build something like this.” It was only upon seeing the man’s vehicle that Cesari was convinced he could make use of it — although for what some might consider unconventional reasons: “It was trashed.” “They’d taken the whole interior out, welded the doors shut, and been using it on a farm to haul melons and other produce,” he said. Of the exterior, Cesari would use only the radiator shell and hood, along with a stock drive train. The rest he built himself. A new body was constructed based on pictures from the era. He also carved wood impressions of how he wanted the vehicle’s two seats to be arranged, before constructing a cardboard mock-up of the body. After locating and arranging the sheet metal, he then dismantled everything to paint it. Other adjustments included taking advantage of the Buick’s retractable steering wheel by lowering the seats, shortening the body of the car, and installing a higher gear ratio typical of the era’s race cars. Cesari also modified the exhaust system. “I wanted the engine to breathe better, so the hood is split and each pipe feeds directly into the exhaust,” he said. “It ended up costing about $20,000, which was a lot but much less than if I had hired someone else to do it for me,” said Cesari, who retired 10 years ago following a career in


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software sales. Though Cesari said the vehicle has a very smooth ride and is capable of driving up to 75 miles per hour, he does not take the antique vehicle out as much as he used to, partially because of a lack of roads appropriate for the slower speeds of older cars. He cites an accident two years ago, in which a friend driving an antique vehicle was rear-ended by a semi, as one of the reasons behind his decision to slowly give up the hobby. But he is keeping his Buick. “I’ve had some really great times with it,” he said. Amongst the memories is the time he recreated an iconic moment in the automaker’s history, racing his car against an unlikely rival: an airplane.

elsewhere in California. Cesari, who has lived in Palo Alto for 35 years, said he hopes the Vintage Vehicles event brings visitors a sense of what it was like in the 1920s. “You really get a sense of the era, not just with the cars, but with the other items including what kinds of equipment and toys people used to use,” he says. “These kinds of shows help people keep in touch with their heritage.” N

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“We were attending a rally in Half Moon Bay, and at lunch we met a gentleman who had a hangar nearby. After some talking, we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to try to recreate that?’” Cesari said. Racing down a runway, the landbased challenger was obviously no match against a supercharged smart plane, but provided some worthy competition in keeping with the Buick’s reputation, he said. Cesari also said the Buick was in 1911 disqualified by other racers in a precursor to the Indianapolis 500 — because it was too fast. With a qualifying time of 93 miles per hour, the Buick outmatched the race’s eventual winner by almost 20 miles per hour, he said. You would be lucky, Cesari added, to find a speedometer for vehicles of that period capable of measuring speeds above 60 miles per hour, which is why he sent one up to specialists in Oregon to get the Buick’s recalibrated for speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Testing its accuracy, he recalled, was an interesting experience for his wife. “She was following me on the 280, and every time my speed increased by 10 miles per hour I would raise my hand and she would check her own speed,” he said with a laugh. “When I reached 70 miles and kept going higher, she refused to follow me anymore and turned off.” Despite her apparent concerns, however, the Cesaris have entered the vehicle in a number of antique-car tours and endurance rallies, often taking older roads with less traffic on visits to Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and

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Movies

MOVIE TIMES The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m.

African Cats (G) ((1/2

Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue & Thu. at 1:55 & 7 p.m.

Applause (1929)

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 6 & 9:10 p.m.

Something Borrowed (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: Fri.Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 4:55, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m.

Atlas Shrugged: Century 16: 1:20 & 6:50 p.m. Part 1 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Source Code (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 7:10 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:50 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m.

Bill Cunningham New York (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Aquarius Theatre: 3, 5, 7 & 9 p.m.

Swing Time (1936)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:35 & 9:20 p.m. Century 20: Mon. at 7 p.m.

Cabin in the Sky (1943)

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

Their Eyes Were Dry Event (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 a.m.

There Be Dragons (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 1:10, 4:10, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:10 a.m. Cen tury 20: 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 & 10:20 p.m.

Fast Five (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:10, 7:25, 8:20, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 11:15 p.m. Century 20: Fri.Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11 & 11:45 a.m.; 12:30, 1:10, 1:55, 2:40, 3:25, 4:10, 4:50, 5:35, 6:20, 7:10, 7:50, 8:30, 9:20, 10:10 & 10:45 p.m.

Thor (PG-13) (((

Gigi (1958)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:25 p.m.

Century 16: Noon, 2:40, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 11:15 p.m.; In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 12:40, 1:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 6:20, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10:20 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 & 10:40 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 1:05, 3:50, 6:35 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3D (Fri.-Thu.) at 11:05 & 11:45 a.m.; 1:50, 2:30, 4:35, 5:15, 7:20, 8, 10:05 & 10:45 p.m.; Fri.Sun., Tue. & Thu. also at 12:25, 3:10, 5:55 & 8:40 p.m.

Hanna (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 3:50 & 9:40 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 a.m. Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:40 a.m.; 2:25, 5:05, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 & 8:05 p.m. Happy Family (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Century 16: 12:10, 2:20 & 4:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 a.m. Century 20: (PG) (Not Reviewed) Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11 a.m.; In 3D at 1:10, 3:20, 5:30 & 7:40 p.m.

Water for Elephants (PG-13) (((

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

Hop (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:30 a.m.; 4:15 & 9:25 p.m.

Win Win (R) (((

Guild Theatre: 2, 5 & 8 p.m.

Jumping the Broom (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:45, 4:25, 7:20 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:35 a.m.; 2:25, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:40 p.m.

The Love Parade (1929)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:30 & 9:35 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Capriccio (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

Potiche (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

Prom (PG) (1/2

Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: Fri.Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 11:15 a.m.; 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 & 10:40 p.m.

Rio (PG) ((

Century 16: In 3D at 12:30, 3:20, 6:10 & 8:40 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 a.m. Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 1:05, 3:35, 6 & 8:35 p.m.; In 3D at 11:50 a.m.; 2:20, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. (R) (Not Reviewed) Scream 4 (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Thu. at 9:50 p.m.

Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid packages: Contract Nos. 11-F-05-E-1, 11-F-05-E-2, 11-F-05-E-3 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: All equipment necessary to replace the existing district network infrastructure, all equipment necessary to implement a voice over IP (VOIP) telephone system, No labor to be include in the bid. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference for each project on May 11, 2011at 10:00a.m. at the District Business Office located at 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, California 94306. Non attendance or tardiness will deem the bidder ineligible to submit a bid. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Business Office located at 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, California 94306, by 3:00 p.m. on May 31, 2011. Bonding required for this project is as follows: Bid Bond 10% of the total bid. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Business Services office. Bidders may obtain copies of Plans and Specifications free of charge at the District Business Services office located at 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, California 94306. All questions can be addressed to: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Denise Buschke Tel: 650-329-3802 Fax: 650-329-3803

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( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (2669260)

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

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

Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (3243700)

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

Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com.

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

City of Palo Alto ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a revised Initial Study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration have been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project described below. The documents will be available for review and comment during a minimum 30-day inspection period beginning May 6, 2011 through June 7, 2011 during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. . 195 Page Mill Rd. [08PLN-00281 and [10PLN-00344]: A request by Hohbach Realty Company Limited Partnership for Architectural Review of a mixed use, 157,387 sq. ft. building on a 2.41-acre (net) site with approximately 50,467 sq. ft. of research and development use and 106,920 sq. ft. of residential use consisting of 84 condominium dwelling units proposed for Council approval of a subdivision map. The project includes requests for two concessions pursuant to California Govt. Code 65915-65918 to allow residential use in the GM zone and to allow the additional 1:1 FAR to accommodate the residential floor area. The Architectural Review Board will review the project on Thursday May 19, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California.

OPENINGS Thor ---

(Century 16, Century 20) Finally, something to relegate Rebecca Black to permanent has-been status. Pop culture fanatics, it’s no longer “Friday.” It’s “Thor”’s day. Yes, Marvel Comics’ interpretation of the Norse god of thunder has caught the wave of superhero cinema and ridden it into multiplexes to help kick off the overeager summer movie season. In a bit of inspired behind-the-scenes casting, Marvel Films hired celebrated Shakespearean Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor’s big-screen debut. Though Branagh and “blockbuster” are hardly synonymous, his history of popularizing Shakespeare held promise for translating a superhero known for royal-family dramatics and pompous turns of phrase (“I say thee nay!”). With insistent Dutch angles (those tilted camera shots) and a frequently cheeky script credited to Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne, Branagh gives “Thor”

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Fri and Sat 5/6-5/7

The Conspirator 1:30, 4:25, 7:15,10:05 The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 4:45, 10:10 Jane Eyre 2:00, 7:20

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a winking sensibility that wisely holds the line this side of selfmockery. Though the characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 origin story gets considerably reworked (effectively eliminating Thorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometime human vessel Dr. Donald Blake), fans will be able to appreciate how the film embraces the core mythology of godly realm Asgard. Meanwhile, even those allergic to superhero movies might see the appeal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thorâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throwback mythology and classy casting, since the hero is son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and love interest to Terran astrophysicist Jane Foster (reigning Best Actress Natalie Portman). The film opens in the astral plane, where the arrogant, hammer-wielding Thor (Chris Hemsworth) becomes responsible for reopening the Asgardiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; longstanding conflict with the Frost Giants (led by an unrecognizable Colm Feore). Odin banishes his son to Earth, where Thor entangles Jane, her mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), and her assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings, in fine fettle as comic relief) in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suddenly a matter of top-secret national security. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes the scene to study Thorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immovable hammer, but the real conflict comes from the Thunder Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to return home, and the concurrent Asgardian palace intrigue resulting from the jealousy of Thorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The narrativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;hurry up and waitâ&#x20AC;? fashion doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make for the smoothest storytelling, but the Thor lore and Bo Welchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandscale production design give the film suitable heft, and the comic flourishes and supporting characters go a long way to keeping the proceedings buoyant. The ensemble includes Rene Russo as Queen Frigga, Idris Elba (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wireâ&#x20AC;?) as noble gatekeeper Heimdall, and Ray Stevenson (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeâ&#x20AC;?) as Volstagg, a comical comic-book reworking of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Falstaff. As one of a handful of Marvel films pointing toward next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team-up adventure â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengers,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thorâ&#x20AC;? will hearten superhero fans, but it neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily annoy everyone else. Clobberinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; action, a touch of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s sci-fi, and a heaping portion of titan-clashing theatrics spell something a little different for the comic-book

movie. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action. One hour, 54 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

Something Borrowed -1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) In a week that will see another superhero action movie atop the charts, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perhaps a bit churlish to complain about another romantic comedy. But

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something Borrowedâ&#x20AC;? is so aggressively â&#x20AC;&#x153;cookie-cutterâ&#x20AC;? that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to just smile and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you, sir, may I have another?â&#x20AC;? Based on the 2005 Emily Giffin bestseller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something Borrowedâ&#x20AC;? spins a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one that got awayâ&#x20AC;? fantasy of young, trendy, pretty, upscale urban professionals who work in New York and play in the Hamptons. Lifelong best friends Rachel White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) face a crisis as the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding day rapidly approaches. Seems Darcy is marrying Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the man Rachel regrets not pursuing in

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gee, maybe Darcy isn’t so bad. After all, she still loves to reenact the girls’ childhood dance routine to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It”! Sappy sentimentality hides around every corner, which wouldn’t be so bad if the corners were funny or had a trace of grit. Unfortunately, Luke Greenfield’s film commits to the bright blandness of a catalog, one specializing in pastels and summerweight twill. The garish product placement doesn’t help, especially in the yuppie-porn montage that first depicts the gang heading into the Hamptons. Beachside scenery, upscale shops and brand names flit across the screen to the tune of Paolo Nutini’s inane ode to consumption, “New Shoes.” For all its failings, “Something Borrowed” is sort of impressive in its studied mediocrity, and its temptation (especially to a target audience of young women) to cheat on one’s intellectual diet. By casting capable actors like Goodwin, Hudson and Krasinski, Greenfield protects the picture’s “watchability,” but the-once likeable Goodwin is one more of these away from losing any thespian credibility. Obviously, it’s hard to feel too bad for the rich yuppies here — with their needlessly confused morals — and the craven characters’ insistence on ceding responsibility to each other repels. So here we go again: Big lies swell and then pop in a flick that’s 100 percent adherent to the shiny, colorful Warner Brothers rom-com style guide. My advice? Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material. One hour, 53 minutes. — Peter Canavese

NOW PLAYING African Cats --1/2 (Century 20) “African Cats” unfolds on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, where the filmmakers seemingly trailed a pride of lions and a coalition of cheetahs. The story focuses on lion cub Layla getting steadily schooled in “the circle of life” (by film’s end, new cubs have arrived), cheetah “single mother” Sita raising a litter of five, and savanna “king” Fang ruling the pride with tough but regal authority. Kids would doubtlessly learn more watching basic cable, but the spectacle is what it is, and the big screen adds majesty to it, enhanced by IMAX-style helicopter shots and biggerthan-life slo-mo of “the fastest creature on land — a cheetah.” Rated G. One hour, 29 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed April 22, 2011) Prom -1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Class president Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden of TV’s “Friday Night Lights”) is in charge of the school’s climactic celebration — the prom. Things go from sweet to stressful for Nova when the storage room full of prom decorations catches fire. The school’s principal forces motorcycle-driving rebel Jesse Richter (Thomas McDonell) to help Nova redecorate for the dance. Can anyone else see where this is going? Prom might be a night to remember for high-schoolers, but “Prom” is a movie to forget for filmgoers. Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight. 1 hour, 43 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed April 29, 2011) Rio -(Century 16, Century 20) “Rio” starts in the Brazilian rainforest, where baby Blu gets

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GUIDE TO 2011 SUMMER C AMPS FOR KIDS

Camp Connection

Summer at Saint Francis

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

California Riding Academy’s Camp Jumps For Joy!

Menlo Park

Join us this summer for fantastic and fun filled week with our beautiful horses and ponies! Each day Campers have riding instruction, learn horse care, create fun crafts and play with our kids’ jump course. During the week we learn beginning vaulting, visit our Full Surgical Vet Clinic, and meet our miniature horses. Voted the best horse camp by discerning young campers. Choose English, Western or Cowboy/Cowgirl. Register and pay online at: www.californiaridingacademy.com 650-740-2261

Camp Jones Gulch

Atherton

CTC programs provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nurturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Program, ages 4 - 6. Juniors Program, ages 7 - 14. www.alanmargot-tennis.net 650-400-0464

Creighton School of Wrestling Summer Camp

Palo Alto

Learn to wrestle and train with champions including our national champion guest clinicians. We offer sessions appropriate for athletes of all skill levels from beginner to Elite (Ages 6 to 18). Camp runs for 3 sessions from June 20 to July 9. *** NEW Option for youths — “All-Day Camp” — Includes morning wrestling and afternoon activities ** www.CreightonSchoolofWrestling.com 650-219-6383

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

Mountain View

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

YMCA of Silicon Valley

Peninsula

Say hello to summer fun at the YMCA! Choose from enriching day or overnight camps in 35 locations: arts, sports, science, travel, and more. For youth K-10th grade. Includes weekly fieldtrips, swimming and outdoor adventures. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Financial assistance available. www.ymcasv.org/summercamp 408-351-6400

Academics Delphi Academy

Harker Summer Programs

iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun!

iD Teen Academies

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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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)

Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program

Palo Alto/Menlo Park/ Redwood City

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)

Jefunira Camp

Kim Grant Tennis Academy Summer Camps

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

ISTP Language Immersion

Palo Alto

Santa Clara

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

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 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

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

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

For more info see our online camp directory at PaloAltoOnline.com/biz/summercamps Please call us at 650.326.8210 for other camp advertising opportunities

Palo Alto

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

Menlo Park

Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes Monday-Thursday 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

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

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

SuperCamp

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 (continued on next page)


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Arts, Culture, Nature and Other Camps Bay Area School of Performing Arts- Summer Day Camps 2011

Gr K-8

Vacation Camps! Feb 21-25 & Apr 11-15

Palo Alto

Two fun and comprehensive programs offered in 1, 2 or 3 weeks for ages 4 and up touching every aspect of Music,Theater and Dance: Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Play Production and Stage Performance. July 5-July 22 and July 25-August 12 (Full day and Half Day) 9-3pm M-F, Performance each week! 824 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto www.baperformingarts.com 650-561-4146

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 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Menlo Park

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Stanford senior Hilary Barte will be the No. 3 seed in the women’s singles tournament and will lead the Cardinal against Illinois-Chicago in the opening round of the NCAA Tennis Championships next weekend.

It’ll be a home-court advantage Stanford men, women will open NCAA Tournament at home before hosting collegiate tennis championships by Keith Peters he ball is in Stanford’s court, both literally and physically, for the month of May as collegiate tennis focuses its attention on the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Stanford men’s and women’s teams will have the home court advantage throughout the 2011 NCAA Tennis Championships as both will host first- and second-round matches from May 13-15 before hosting the final 16 men’s and women’s teams from May 19-30. The top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Stanford women (23-0), with senior Hilary Barte leading the way, will open against Illinois-Chicago on May 14 at noon. Long Beach State and Pepperdine will meet at 9 a.m. The winners will square off on May 15 at noon. Illinois-Chicago (18-4, 8-0 Horizon League) is making its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance.

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The Flames won their 15th straight Horizon League Championship two weeks ago, defeating Cleveland State 4-1. The No. 8-seeded Stanford men (18-5), with junior Bradley Klahn leading the way, will open against Army on May 13 at 2 p.m. In an earlier match, Cal Poly will face Washington at 11 a.m. The winners will meet on May 14 at 3 p.m. Army (13-11, 6-0 Patriot League) is making its fifth NCAA Championship appearance and first since 2006. The Black Knights are 0-4 all-time in postseason play. All NCAA first- and secondround matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off on the Stanford campus beginning Thursday, May 19. The national championship matches are set for Tuesday, May 24, with the men’s fi(continued on page 36)

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Gunn High grad plays 18th hole nine times for two golf titles by Rick Eymer unn High grad Martin Trainer played a lot of golf on the Stanford Golf Course last week at the Pac-10 Championship and it turned into a successful event for the USC sophomore. Trainer needed a seven-hole playoff to beat Oregon State’s Alex Moore for individual conference honors and then participated in another playoff to help the 19th-ranked Trojans win the Pac-10 team title. “It was a really cool experience and something I gained a lot from,” said Trainer. “I hadn’t won in a while and it was fun to be in contention the whole way. I’ve been playing well, and it feels great to do it on this stage.” Stanford, ranked No. 21, placed fourth at the tournament, five strokes behind USC and No. 22 Oregon, which matched 1,415 scores after regulation play. Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun, who was named to the U.S. Palmer Cup team last month, finished fourth and senior Steve Ziegler was 11th among individuals. For many Pac-10 teams, the postseason is just getting started. The Cardinal will find out where it goes for NCAA regional play on Monday, when the announcements are made on NCAA.com. Stanford reached match play of the NCAA tournament after winning a three-way playoff with San Diego and Arizona State. The Cardinal lost, 4-1, to Oklahoma State in the first round. The Cowboys are currently the top-ranked team in the nation and host the NCAA championships at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater beginning May 31. David Chung recorded the Cardinal lone victory, winning on the final hole, 1-up. Stanford won the national title in

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PREP ROUNDUP

Menlo has plenty to shoot for in CCS tennis playoffs

ON THE AIR College baseball: Washington at Stanford, 6 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Trainer goes OT for title

Keith Peters

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Former Castilleja softball standout Sammy Albanese will close out her first home season with Northwestern when the Wildcats host Indiana this weekend. Albanese has helped the Wildcats to a 22-17 record this season. She had a team-leading 3.11 earned run average before Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to visiting Minnesota. She has started 11 games and made 21 appearances. She has thrown 79 innings with 71 strikeouts while allowing 68hits, 35earned runs and 50 walks . . . Former Menlo School standout Whitney Allen closed out her college career by helping her Santa Clara University women’s water polo team post a 7-4 comeback victory over Cal State East Bay in the third-place match at the Western Water Polo Association Championships on Saturday at Chabot College in Hayward. Allen and goalie Wren White were named First Team All-WWPA Tournament players as the Broncos made some big improvement after finishing second in 2009. “This team has come farther than any group I’ve coached in a season,” said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur, who formerly coached the Menlo School boys’ team.”We have a lot of young players but we had a great senior class and their leadership was key to our development and progress.” At the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships in Bloomington, Ind., Palo Alto High grad Tanya Wilcox scored two goals to help 20th-ranked Princeton defeat Harvard, 11-8, in the fifth-place game at Indiana University on Sunday. The Tigers never trailed in the game as Wilcox scored back-to-back goals at 4:19 and 3:10 to open the scoring . . . Nick Sako and Adam Sollers, both from Menlo Park, will be in the field next Monday for the U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton . . . After the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last month, the swimmers at PASA’s (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) Alpine Hills site decided to take action. Led by Eliza Henderson, the swimmers held a swim-a-thon and raised more than $10,000 for the earthquake victims. Athletes from ages 6 to 18 swam for either 30 or 60 minutes straight and got people to pledge for their effort. The money was donated to the Red Cross.

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by Keith Peters fter defeating its top two competitors — Saratoga and Bellarmine — twice this season, it would seem that the Menlo School boys’ tennis team has little to play for as it heads into the Central Coast Section team tournament as the No. 1 seed. Actually, there’s plenty. Menlo was won nine section titles and is tied with Gunn for the most in CCS history. Should Menlo sweep through its

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four playoff matches unscathed, the Knights will make some history. Something else out there for coach Bill Shine and his players is a double three-peat. During Shine’s 14 years at Menlo, the Knights have never won CCS and NorCal titles three years in a row. They can accomplish that for the first time this season. Menlo won CCS and NorCal crowns back-to-back twice, in 1999(continued on page 34)

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Palo Alto’s Andy Hammer (left) and Mason Haverstock won at No. 1 doubles in the Vikings’ 6-1 loss to Serra in a CCS opener on Wednesday.


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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champion Stanford, currently ranked sixth in the nation by the IWLCA, will learn its NCAA tournament fate Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with an announcement on NCAA. com. The seven-time defending MPSF champion Cardinal (16-2) is hoping to host a first-round match in the 16team field, though they are 13th in the RPI ratings. Stanford, making its second straight trip to the NCAA, overcame a seven-goal deficit to beat Oregon, 12-10, in the MPSF championship final. Conference Player of the Year Leslie Foard scored on three of her five shot attempts to lead the comeback. Freshman goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz, who came on after Stanford fell behind 7-0, was named the tournament MVP. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo Stanford, despite losing in the semifinal round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, was awarded the top seed for the NCAA Championship to be held May 13-15 at the Canham Natatorium, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The top-ranked Cardinal (25-1) will meet the winner of a play-in game on the first day. SCIAC champion Redlands and MAAC champion Iona College meet Saturday at the Greenwich Family YMCA in Greenwich, Connecticut for the right to play Stanford.



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2007 and finished second to UCLA in 2008. Augusta State is the defending national champion. Yun has been Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most consistent golfer this season, finishing among the top 10 in seven of 10 events. He was the Cardinal top golfer in nine events, with senior Sihwan Kim leading the way when Stanford finished second at the Gifford Collegiate Championships, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best finish of the year. Stanford also finished tied for second at the Prestige at PGA West, where Yun earned medalist honors. Kim has not appeared in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup since the USC Collegiate Invitational and has played in just three events. Ziegler recorded his best finish at the Pac-10 tournament, with his first-round 69 a season best. Trainer played the 18th hole a total of nine times, all at par, on the final day of the conference tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to win Pac-10s, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure,â&#x20AC;? Trainer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was cool we could crush them (Oregon) in the playoff so we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do it again. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go back on 18 again.â&#x20AC;? Trainer finished at 5-under 275 (68-68-69-70) for his third straight top-5 finish and first title as a Trojan. Trainer actually lost a chance to win the tournament in regulation, but he drove into the left rough on the par-5 16th hole. He wound up with a bogey, which ultimately cost him the lead. But, it could have been worse. He came within 10 seconds of losing his ball on the 16th, which would have cost him and the Trojans a chance to win.

Gunn High grad Martin Trainer of USC played the 18th hole at Stanford Golf Course nine times on Sunday to win individual and team honors. Automatic qualifiers included UC Irvine, Indiana, California and UC San Diego. Stanford is joined by UCLA and USC as at-large teams. The Bruins handed Stanford its only loss of the season last Friday. UCLA lost to the Bears in the title match. The Bruins also knocked off USC in the MPSF tournament. California (24-4) was named the second seed and will meet No. 7 UC San Diego (17-18) on May 13 in the first game of the championship at 3 p.m. The next game features No. 3 seed UCLA (24-6) and No. 6 seed Indiana (25-11) at 4:30 p.m. Stanford will face the winner of the play-in game in the third game of the day at 6 p.m. The final contest of the night will pit No. 5 seed UC Irvine (21-8) against No. 4 seed USC (18-6) at 7:30 p.m. Sophomore two-meter Annika Dries was named MPSF Player of the Year on Tuesday, one of six Stanford players honored on the allMPSF teams. Dries, who was also named to the first team, ranks third in the MPSF with 2.23 goals per game, and tops the Cardinal with 58 goals. She also joins Ellen Estes (1998) and Brenda Villa (2001, 2003) in earning Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth conference player of the year honor. Junior Melissa Seidemann joined Dries on the All-MPSF First Team. Baseball Stanford looks to rebound this weekend when it hosts Washington for a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The Cardinal (6-9, 22-15) is in seventh place in the Pac-10 standings, a game behind USC and 1 1/2 games behind Arizona. Washington

(4-11, 13-27) rests in last place, two games behind Stanford. The Cardinal lost two of three to host Arizona State last weekend but came back to beat San Jose State, 3-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday. Softball Stanford (7-7, 34-11) travels to Oregon (7-7, 35-11) for a three-game Pac-10 set that features two of the five teams currently tied for third play in the conference standings. Arizona State (11-3, 44-5) has a two-game edge over second-place California at the top of the standings. The Cardinal beat Santa Clara, 12-0, Tuesday night in a nonconference game after taking two of three from Washington last weekend. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer Stanford has announced a freshman class for the 2011 season that features five recruits with youth national team experience, two state players of the year, a two-sport Stanford athlete, and a pair of Bay Area natives. The six-member class strengthens a program that has completed two consecutive undefeated regular seasons, won two consecutive Pac-10 titles, reached the past three NCAA College Cups, and the past two NCAA championship finals. The class is comprised of forward Alex Doll (Bethesda, Md.), midfielder Hannah Farr (Hillsborough), midfielder LoĂ­eau LaBonta (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), midfielder Haley Rosen (Rolling Hills, Calif.), defender Lauren Schmidt (San Martin, Calif.), and forward Chioma Ubogagu (Coppell, Texas). N

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SEALE PARK RESTROOMS “FIRST FLUSH” Sunday, May 15 at 1 PM 3100 Stockton Place Palo Alto, CA 94303

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 http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp

(TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS May 9, 2011 – CIVIC CENTER PLAZA 4 P.M. STUDY SESSION 1.

Bicycle Boulevard Bike Ride 6 P.M. STUDY SESSION - CHAMBERS

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Bicycle Month Proclamation Commendation from Supervisor Liz Kniss for the Safety Faire Community Partnership Presentation – Youth Community Services Proclamation on Foster Care Proclamation Honoring Nathan Oliviera Appointments for Four Positions on the Public Art Commission for Three Year Terms Ending April 30, 2014 CONSENT CALENDAR

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Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to File an Application for 2011/2012 Transportation Development Act Funds in the Amount of $55,597 for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Appeal the Director’s Individual Review Approval of a New Single Family Residence at 258 Tennyson Avenue and a Record of Land Use Action Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept the Report on the Status of Audit Recommendations (April 2011) Finance Committee Recommendation for Approval of Fiscal Year 2011-13 Human Services Resource Allocation Process (HSRAP) Contracts Approval of Appointments for Four Positions on the Historic Resources Board (HRB) for Terms Ending on May 31, 2014 CAO Committee Recommendation to Approve Ralph Anderson & Associates as the City Auditor Recruitment Firm ACTION ITEMS

15. Approval of Agreement with Sherry L. Lund Associates in an Amount of $37,875 (Subject to Potential $1,500 Discount) for Completion of Annual and Midyear Council Appointed Officer Performance Reviews 16. Public Hearing: 2011/12 and 2012/13 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding Recommendations and 2011/12 Annual Action Plan 7:30 P.M. or as soon as possible thereafter PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION 1.

Approval of 2009-10 Public Improvement Corporation Financial Statement STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Policy and Services Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. regarding 1) Procedures & Protocols, 2) Binding Arbitration Models and Options and 3) Staffing Flexibility Changes for Changing Environment The Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. regarding Budget Hearings for 1) Community Services Department and 2) Planning and Community Environment

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00 and again from 2002-03. The 2001 did not win NorCals and the ‘04 squad failed to reach NorCals after losing in the CCS finals. Menlo also has a chance to compile the best three-year record in school history by finishing with CCS and NorCal titles. Currently 21-1, Menlo can finish 28-1 for a three-year mark of 82-3. No previous squad has ever done that. Menlo will open its second season on Friday (3 p.m.) against Monterey (18-4), a 5-2 first-round winner over Santa Cruz on Wednesday. The next steps for Menlo-Atherton and Gunn will be more difficult after both opened the tourney with solid victories on Wednesday. The Bears (17-2) quickly eliminated visiting Silver Creek, 7-0, while the Titans (12-8) were nearly just as perfect with a 6-1 win over host St. Francis at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Next up for Menlo-Atherton will be fourth-seeded Leland (16-5) on Friday in San Jose while Gunn draws No. 2 seed and host Saratoga (16-5). Both second-round matches are at 3 p.m. Palo Alto (13-10), meanwhile, saw its season end in a 6-1 loss to visiting Serra. Menlo-Atherton may face its toughest opponent since the Bears lost to Los Altos (seeded No. 8 in CCS) at the Central California Classic in Fresno in early March. Since then, the Bears have pretty much breezed through a 14-0 season in the PAL Bay Division and lost only one time, to Gunn in a nonleague match. M-A has been highly successful with a young team that features freshman Scott Morris at No. 1 singles, sophomore Richie Sarwall at No. 2, freshman Nick Fratt at No. 3 and junior Matt Giordano at No. 4. All four won in straight sets against Silver Creek. The Bears have only two seniors starters — Daniel Windham and Cam Kelley. Should M-A get past Leland, the Bears likely will visit No. 5 Monta Vista in a quarterfinal on Monday in Cupertino. After that would be a semifinal date with Menlo School next Wednesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. The section final is May 13, also at Courtside, at 2 p.m. M-A’s chances of advancing past Friday’s second round appear better than Gunn’s, which lost twice to Saratoga during the SCVAL De Anza Division season. Against St. Francis, Gunn won all of its matches in straight sets. Jinyan Jing, Roy Peleg and Adam Zorin lost only a combined 13 games in singles while the tandems of Joe Atlas-Jack Kwan, Kevin Macario-Thomas George and Arjun Narayen-Ameya Rao lost only 12 combined. Palo Alto loses four seniors who played against Serra on Wednesday, but will return a solid group. The Vikings had two freshmen — Austin Leung and Blake Smith — playing at No. 1 and 2 singles. If Paly coach Andy Harader gets junior Nicky Hu back next season (Hu missed all but three matches this season while concentrating on raising in NCTA

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Michaela Michael

T.J. Braff

Menlo School

Palo Alto High

The sophomore, who is the nation’s No. 2 scorer, paved the way to three lacrosse wins by scoring 19 goals, six coming in an 18-15 triumph over second-place Sacred Heart Prep as the Knights remained atop the WBAL.

The senior had nine hits, five of them for extra bases, and 12 RBI during a 4-0 baseball week as the Vikings wrapped up second place in the De Anza Division standings before topping defending CCS Division III champ Menlo.

Honorable mention Elyse Adler Menlo lacrosse

Annie Apffel Castilleja softball

Charlotte Biffar Palo Alto lacrosse

Maggie Fong Sacred Heart Prep track & field

Ally Howe Sacred Heart Prep swimming

Sabrina Lee Palo Alto swimming

Zeke Brown-Matt Giordano Menlo-Atherton tennis

Jake Bruml Menlo baseball

A. Carlisle-JT Nishimura Menlo tennis

Patrick Grimes* Menlo golf

Evan Navarro Menlo-Atherton swimming

Nico Robinson Sacred Heart Prep track & field * previous winner

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

ranking), the Vikings’ chances of getting past the opening round will be greatly enhanced. Like Paly, Sacred Heart Prep (11-9) was overpowered in its 6-1 season-ending loss to visiting St. Ignatius. Baseball Following up a 14-2 victory over visiting Fremont in SCVAL El Camino Division action on Tuesday, Gunn defeated visiting Scotts Valley, 8-4, in nonleague Wednesday. The Titans are now 6-6 in league and 10-10-1 overall. The warm weather must agree with the Titan hitters, as they have improved their team average from .259 to .276 in the past two games Tuesday and Wednesday. They have scored 22 runs and pounded out 23 hits. Junior Graham Fisher led the offense Wednesday, going 4-for-4, with a double and five RBI. His two-day total saw him go 8-for-8, with nine RBI and two runs scored. Senior Jack Hannan added another seemingly routine day, going 2-for-3, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, Fisher started and got the win while evening his record at 2-2. He pitched 5 1/3 innings

while allowing four hits. Senior Miles Sturken got the start Tuesday against Fremont, and evened his record at 2-2 while allowing one run on two hits over five innings. In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep maintained its one-game lead over Menlo School with a 13-4 romp over host Crystal Springs at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City on Wednesday. The Gators (7-0, 14-10) got home runs from Tomas O’Donnell and Cal Baloff with Matt Martella ripping three hits and driving in three runs. O’Donnell led the way with four RBI. SHP will host King’s Academy on Friday before visiting Menlo in a showdown for first place on Wednesday. In another WBAL game, Freddy Avis got four hits and drove in five runs as Menlo School moved to within a victory of clinching its 23rd Central Coast Section berth in the past 24 years following a 16-2 triumph over visiting Pinewood. Jake Batchelder allowed only one run on three hits in six innings of work. Dylan Mayer and Jake Bruml each drove in three runs and had two hits each for the Knights, who can clinch another CCS berth on (continued on next page)


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Friday by beating host Harker. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton lost a chance to move up in the standings by dropping a 2-1 decision to visiting Terra Nova in eight innings on Wednesday. The Bears (5-5, 15-9) and Tigers (5-5, 12-9-1) will play again Friday in Pacifica. The setback ruined a good pitching performance by Nick Lange, who tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with six strikeouts. His teammates, however, managed only six hits and only seven batters reached base. In the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs on Tuesday: Jack Witte singled home Will Glazier in the bottom of the fifth, capping a three-run rally that gave Palo Alto a 4-3 victory over Los Altos in the first game of a best-of-three series. Palo Alto (21-7) visited Los Altos (16-10) in Game 2 of the series on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., with a victory sending the Vikings into next week’s playoff finals. Wilcox beat Homestead, 7-2, to open that series. Witte had three of Paly’s six hits with B.J. Boyd adding two. T.J. Braff, Glazier, Witte and Drake Swezey all drove in runs in support of Ben Sneider’s complete-game eight-hitter. He struck out six and walked just one. Sneider’s earnedrun average is now a team-leading 0.66 with only seven earned runs allowed in 74 1/3 innings. On Monday, Hogan Bradford gave Sacred Heart Prep a good start to the week by tossing a complete-game

no-hitter while leading the Gators to a 4-0 nonleague victory over visiting Hillsdale. The game previously was rained out on March 19. Boys’ golf A handful of Gunn and Palo Alto players are headed to next week’s Central Coast Section regionals in Carmel Valley following the conclusion of the SCVAL team and individual championships. On Monday at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose, Gunn and Palo Alto both shot 409 in the team competition to tie for second. Saratoga won the team title with a score of 400. Gunn earned the league’s second automatic bid to CCS by virtue of a tiebreaker. Paly also may qualify for CCS as an at-large team, which will be decided Thursday. Anson Cheng led Gunn with a 78 while Avinash Sharma shot 81 and Vincent Yang an 82. Michael Yuan led Paly with a 78 while Sam Niethammer shot 79 and Grant Raffel an 81. In the individual competition that started Monday at Coyote and concluded Tuesday at San Juan Oaks in Hollister, Sharma of Gunn and Raffel of Palo Alto tied for third with 36-hole scores of 154 after both shot 73 in their second rounds. Raffel and teammates Yuan (159) and Niethammer (160) were among the seven SCVAL players who qualified for CCS as individuals. On Monday, Sacred Heart Prep earned the league’s second berth for Central Coast Section regional play by posting a score of 391 during the

WBAL Championships at Menlo Country Club. Regular-season champ Menlo won the team crown with a 378 score, but the Knights already had clinched a CCS berth. Sacred Heart needed to finish second to the Knights in order to advance. Harker was third with 426 while Pinewood (456) was fourth. Harker’s Maverick McNealy, a Portola Valley resident, and Colton Bares of Pinewood qualified for CCS as individuals as both shot 75. Menlo senior Patrick Grimes won individual honors with a 1-under-par 69. Teammates Andrew Buchanan (72) and Bobby Pender (74) followed Grimes at the top of the leaderboard. All three led the league in scoring average (in that position) during the round-robin season. Sacred Heart Prep will play in a CCS regional on May 10 while Menlo will compete on May 11, both at Rancho Canada West Golf Course in Carmel Valley. Softball Amy Yamamura pitched a twohitter and helped herself with three hits and three RBI as Castilleja romped to a 17-1 nonleague victory over host Gunderson on Tuesday in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Tobi Amos added two hits and Mandi Shore contributed two hits and drove in a run as the Gators improved to 9-11. In the PAL Ocean Division, Erin LaPorte pitched a complete-game three-hitter and helped herself with a triple and two RBI as Menlo-

Public Hearing Notice Citizens Watchdog Committee on 2000 Measure A Program Expenditures

Results of Independent Compliance Audit on FY 2010 2000 Measure A Program Expenditures

PUBLIC HEARING: The Citizens Watchdog Committee (CWC) for the 2000 Measure A Transit Sales Tax Program (“Measure A”) is holding a ballot-required public hearing on FY 2010 Measure A expenditures to receive input from the community: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors’ Chambers 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (This location is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus Lines 61, 62, 66 and 181.) The public is encouraged to attend but for those unable, written comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on May 11 by email to: board.secretary@vta.org or by mail to: Office of the Board Secretary, 3331 N. First Street, Building B-1, San Jose, CA 95134-1927. Sign language services will be provided. If additional interpreter services are required, please contact VTA Customer Service at least five days prior to the meeting at (408) 321-2300, TTY (408) 321-2330.

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Atherton handed host South San Francisco a 16-7 on Wednesday. Katie Vallarino had three hits and three RBI for the Bears (4-3, 10-7) while Lauren Diller had three hits, drove in two runs and scored four. Alexis Guitron contributed to M-A’s 14-hit attack with three singles in addition to driving in three runs. On Tuesday, Menlo-Atherton rolled to a 14-4 victory over host El Camino as Vallarino won her fourth game with a five-hitter and helped herself by getting two hits and driving in three runs. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting Wilcox (5-4, 8-16) on Tuesday. Maya Padilla had three hits for

the Vikings (4-5, 7-15) while Gracie Marshall added two hits and drove in two runs. Hannah Bundy also had two hits for the Vikings. Homestead (9-0) continues to lead the league. Track and field Menlo-Atherton senior Stas DellaMorte won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 3 inches into a slight headwind on Wednesday to pace the Bears on the first day of the PAL Championships at College of San Mateo. M-A freshman Naomi Tovar was second in the girls’ long jump at 14-9 1/4. The final day of the meet will be May 11, also at CSM. N

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM PALO ALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS MAY 2011 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS GRADES K-5 Providers of mental health services are invited to submit a proposal (RFP) addressing the provision of school-based therapy for students in the Palo Alto Unified School District grades K-5. The District is interested in receiving RFPs from agencies or individuals who can provide collaborative support to school site teams and promote student success. Upon selection, the provider must have the capacity to provide services during the 2011-2012 school year. Therapists will receive referrals from school personnel, work as members of collaborative teams, provide individual and group therapy, and provide education and support for families. The model proposal must include a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) as a primary point of contact for the school: preferably managing all intakes, assessment and caseloads. Provision of services should include both responsive and preventative strategies to support students attendance, well-being, personal, social and academic success, and decrease disciplinary referrals. Multi-modal approaches are encouraged. The model could include a team of interns to provide individual, group, and family counseling. If interns are used, please include specific information in the proposal about how their supervision will be provided. PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE: 1. Introduction 2. Description of Services 3. Background of Provider 4. Expected Outcomes 5. Itemized Budget (including costs, hours, trainings) 6. Program Evaluation-Expected Data Collection 7. Training Component TIMELINE FOR RFP AND PROVIDER SELECTION PROCESS: May 6, 2011: Publication and distribution of RFP June 6, 2011: Final Proposal Due June 2011: Committee Decision Announced Any proposals received after deadline will not be accepted. If you have any questions or would like to obtain a the copy of the RFP, please contact: Amy Drolette, Coordinator of Student Services 25 Churchill, Palo Alto (650)329-3769 adrolette@pausd.org *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 35


NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, May 19, 2011 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 195 Page Mill Road [08PLN-00281]: Request by Hohbach Realty Company Limited Partnership for Architectural Review of a 157,387 sq. ft. building on a 2.41-acre (net) site for ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor research and development use (50,467 sq. ft.) and 84 residential units (106,920 sq. ft.). Two concessions are requested (per California Govt. Code 65915-65918) to allow residential use and additional ďŹ&#x201A;oor area to accommo date this use. Zone District: General Manufacturing (GM). Environmental Assessment: A revised draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was circulated for public review beginning Friday May 6, 2011 through Tuesday June 7, 2011. 2650 Birch Street University Avenue [11PLN-00083]: Request by Hohbach Realty Company Limited Partnership for Architectural Review of a new four-story mixed use building consisting of eight residential condominiums, ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor ofďŹ ce space, underground parking garage and related site improvements replacing three single family residential homes on a 19,862 sq. ft. site. Zone District: PTOD. Environmental Assessment: A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been approved for this project. 630 Ramona Street [10PLN-00411]: Request by Vitae Architecture, on behalf of KG-Bryant LLC and Coldwell Banker, for Architectural Review Board and Historic Resources Board review of the historic rehabilitation of an existing Category II historic resource which would generate 2,500 sq. ft. of bonus ďŹ&#x201A;oor area, 437 sq. ft. of which would be used on site and 2,063 sq. ft. of which would be available as Transferable Development Rights. Zone District: CD-C(P). Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act per Section 5331. Amy French Manager of Current Planning

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nal at 12 p.m. and the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title match at 4 p.m. The Stanford women will be making their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when firstround competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been another dominating season for Stanford, ranked No. 1 in the latest edition of the national ITA rankings and awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason draw. The Cardinal is the only unbeaten team in Division I and has won 42 consecutive contests overall dating to its last loss, a 6-1 setback at UCLA on Feb. 26, 2010. Stanford has not played a dual match since defeating California 5-2 back on April 16 to capture the Pac-10 title. The Cardinal has won the Pac-10 title outright or claimed at least a share of the hardware in every season since 1987, with the exception of 2009. Stanford owns a 115-14 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. Playing on its home court for potentially six matches should provide Stanford with a decisive advantage. Thanks to a 6-1 win over St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back on April 14, Stanford extended its eye-popping NCAA-record home winning streak to 179 matches (147 regular season, 32-0 NCAA Tournament). Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No.

         

                            

Stanford well-represented for NCAA individual tourney ne day after the NCAA team brackets were announced, the Stanford tennis programs were once again well-represented among the singles and doubles selections for the 2011 NCAA Championships. Only the selections were announced on Wednesday, the individual brackets will be released at a later date. The individual portion of the NCAA Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennis Championship is scheduled for May 25-30, with singles play kicking off on May 25 and the doubles competition getting underway on May 26. Highlighting the selections on the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side is junior Bradley Klahn, who will begin his title defense of the NCAA Singles Championship. Klahn and junior Ryan Thacher will compete in doubles. Klahn is one of the eight No. 9-16 seeds. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranked No. 9 nationally with a 29-10 overall record. Thatcher is an at-large selection. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranked No. 46 nationally with a 23-13 overall record. In doubles, Klahn and Thacher are one of four No. 5-8 seeds, despite being ranked No. 3 nationally. The duo is 37-5 overall and 17-1 in dual matches while playing every match at the No. 1 spot.

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On the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stacked lineup includes five players participating in the singles draw while two doubles teams have also qualified. Senior Hilary Barte is the No. 3 seed after being ranked No. 3 nationally. She is 25-5 overall. Freshman Kristie Ahn is one of eight No. 9-16 seeds. She is ranked No. 15 nationally with a 36-3 overall record and is 18-0 in duals. She won the singles title last weekend at the Pac-10 Championships, becoming the first Stanford player to win the event since Gabriela Lastra in 2002. Freshman Nicole Gibbs is an atlarge selection. She is ranked No. 18 nationally with a 37-5 overall mark, including a 22-0 record in duals. Sophomore Mallory Burdette is another at-large selection. She is ranked No. 22 nationally with a 23-7 overall record. Sophomore Stacey Tan is also an at-large selection. She is ranked No. 43 nationally with a 24-8 overall record. In doubles, the tandem of Barte and Burdette is the No. 4 seed. The two are ranked No. 3 nationally with a 20-6 overall mark. Fellow freshmen Ahn and Gibbs will go in as an at-large selection. They are ranked No. 34 nationally with a 21-9 overall mark. N ning streak, its longest stretch since a similar run in 2003. The Cardinal solidified its status as the Pac-10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-place team behind defending national champion USC with a 4-3 victory over California back on April 23. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last loss was March 25 against USC. N Brian Risso of the Stanford Sports Information Department contributed.

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Zohar Dance Company 4000 Middlefield Road, L4, Palo Alto 650-494-8221 | www.zohardance.org zohardance@aol.com Founded in 1979, Zohar is unique in that it offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. Under the direction of Ehud & Daynee Krauss, the studio is known for its professional instructors and inspiring classes.

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International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto 650-251-8519 | www.istp.org beatricebergemont@istp.org ISTP offers extensive adult language classes and children’s after-school language classes. For preschool students, ISTP offers classes in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. For elementary and middle-school students, ISTP offers classes in Arabic, Farsi French and Mandarin Chinese. For adults, ISTP offers separate classes for varying proficiency levels for each language: Arabic, English ESL, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

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Kirk House Preschool 1148 Johnson St., Menlo Park 323-8667 | www.kirkhousepreschool.org khp@mppc.org Kirk House Preschool is a half-day preschool with both morning and afternoon classes for children 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds (Young Fives class). Kirk House Preschool is a Christian, play-based school which offers a development-oriented curriculum in a park-like setting.

The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority.

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Helios New School 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 650-223-8690 | www.heliosns.org Constructivist K-4 secular program for gifted children on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. Curriculum includes French, Chinese, music, social-emotional learning - plus access to JCC afterschool programming/recreational facilities. Accepting applications. Email admissions@heliosnewschool.org or check website www.heliosnewschool.org for dates/times of tours/ information nights.

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Education Programs Mountain View, 650-934-7373 Palo Alto, 650-853-2960

May 2011

For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit: pamf.org/register.

Lectures and Workshops Food, Inc 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, May 27, 7 to 9 p.m., 650-934-7373 Devising a sustainable food system – one that is healthy, accessible, and affordable.

Is Your Blood Pressure Controlling You? A Conversation with...Lecture Series Presented by Nancy Jacobson, R.D., PAMF Nutrition Services 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.

Robots, Lasers, & Plasma Energy: The Latest in Prostate Health Presented by Keith Lee, M.D., PAMF Urology, Surgical Oncology San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos Monday, May 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-591-0341 x237

Skin Cancer Update For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Tin Tin Tun, M.D., PAMF Dermatology 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Wednesday, May 18, 7 to 8 p.m., 650-934-7373

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

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OB Orientation PAMF Partners in Pregnancy Prenatal Yoga Preparing for Birth/Fast Track Preparing for a Second Birth with Yoga: A Refresher – Sibling Preparation – What to Expect with Your Newborn

Living Well Classes – Mind/Body Stress Management

– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Nutrition and Diabetes Classes Mountain View, 650-934-7177 s Palo Alto, 650-853-2961

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

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

Skin Cancers and Common Look-A-Likes

Weight Management Programs

Presented by Amy Adams, M.D., PAMF Dermatology 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Tuesday, May 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-853-4873

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

Join us for a lecture and slide show of common and uncommon skin cancers, and other skin conditions that may mimic these disorders. There will also be a brief discussion of treatment options.

SleepBasics Dr. Marvin Small Memorial Parent Workshop Series Presented by Elizabeth Copeland, M.D., PAMF Pediatrics 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Tuesday, May 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-934-7373 Let’s connect! facebook.com/paloaltomedicalfoundation twitter.com/paloaltomedical Page 40 UÊ>ÞÊÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊ

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

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AWAKE Bariatric Surgery Breastfeeding Cancer Chronic Fatigue

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CPAP Diabetes Drug and Alcohol Kidney Multiple Sclerosis


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