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Join us for a community celebration Sunday, June 26, 10 am – 4 pm Location: Intersection of Quarry + Welch Roads, Palo Alto, CA There will be fun for all ages, featuring more than 75 interactive booths, musical performances, storytelling, face painting, local food favorites, cupcakes and more. We’ve helped so many children celebrate their birthdays. Now we invite you and your family to help us celebrate ours. More information at anniversary.lpch.org.

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Palo Alto pursues ‘optimistic’ police and fire budgets City Council committee recommends a budget that assumes $4.3 million in labor concessions rather than cuts by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto’s message to its public-safety unions during this budget season has been consistent and clear: Give the city more than $4 million in concessions or else. City officials laid out exactly what “else” might look like Tuesday night — fewer officers patrolling the streets, fewer firefighters working

per shift and temporary closures of fire stations. After considering these options, the City Council’s Finance Committee followed staff’s lead and recommended fire and police budgets based on optimism rather than staffing reductions. “The best thing to do right now is, frankly, to remain optimistic,” committee Chair Greg Scharff said

at the meeting. “We have outlined what could happen.” By taking the “optimistic” route, the committee and city management is banking on $4.3 million in concessions from the city’s two major public-safety unions, the Palo Alto Professional Fire Fighters, Local 1319, and the Palo Alto Police Officers’ Association. Interim Public Safety Director Dennis Burns wrote

in a memo to the committee that if these savings aren’t achieved, the city would have to eliminate 11 police officers and up to 18 firefighters to balance the 2012 budget of $146 million ($463 million when including the city’s enterprise and other funds). Burns’ memo also called for possible “brownouts” of fire stations if the number of firefighters on duty

falls to 25 from its current level of 29. A brownout is the temporary closure of a fire station, with its personnel redistributed to other stations. The proposals in Burns’ memo would reduce the service levels in the two departments, particularly in the Police Department, where the city has eliminated 31 positions (continued on page 13)

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triotic,” Patton said. “I (also) had a lot of buddies going.” Patton went on to basic training and eventually made his way to jump school, graduating as an Army Ranger in the 173rd Airborne. He made it out to Vietnam in 1968 just as General Westmoreland, the commanding general in Vietnam, was requesting more troops to fight an expanded ground war. There were 409,111 servicemen in Vietnam by 1969. When asked about his combat experiences, he said, “I don’t talk about the war because I still have nightmares and trouble sleeping.” Patton found that best way to adapt to the horrors of Vietnam was “to play a macho solider.” “I wasn’t so much afraid as curious,” he added. Patton served in active combat for most of his two years of service. His memory is scarred by the loss of his friends in combat, although he tries mostly to remember “the unity and the fun things we had there.” Still, he said: “Losing close friends was hard.” He returned home as a sergeant, five ranks above what he had entered the service as. “I was lucky,” he said. After returning home, Patton said he was involved with the Black Panthers for a couple of years. During this time he also began to suffer the consequences of serving in Vietnam, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He spent many years homeless, in a home for disabled veterans and as a drug addict. But with the help of a veteran’s

Goal is to address disparity but school board worries about ‘unintended consequences’ by Chris Kenrick ith 18 percent of students graduating from the Palo Alto Unified School District unqualified to enter the University of California and California State University systems, district staff is proposing tougher high school graduation requirements. Palo Alto has wrestled for years with an achievement gap, with lower percentages of African-American and Hispanic students taking on challenging course loads. In the class of 2010, for example, 82 percent of all graduates had completed or exceeded the UC/CSU requirements, but only 46 percent of African-American grads and 50 percent of Hispanic grads had done so. Many have argued the achievement gap is at least partly attributable to ingrained lower expectations for those minority students on the part of some teachers and others. Members of the Palo Alto Board of Education reacted cautiously Tuesday to the proposal for stiffer requirements. Raising the graduation bar “could be a significant driver of change,” board member Dana Tom said. “If done right, it could be one of the best things we’ve done for these kids. But if not done right, it could be bad.” Board members expressed worries about possible unintended consequences of making the four-year college prep course load a condition of graduation. Under the proposal, waivers would be granted, if neces-

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his Memorial Day, veterans throughout the Peninsula will pause to reflect on their experiences serving the United States. Among them will be Edward Patton, who fought in Vietnam, and Herbert Hamerslough, a World War II veteran. Patton, a cook at Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto, will be helping out with a barbecue at the Menlo Park rehabilitation center that helped him overcome his drug problems and gave him vocational training. Hamerslough, a retiree at Palo Alto’s Channing House, will head up the Memorial Day activities at his retirement community and will say — as he always does — “a few prayers for my buddies that didn’t make it back.” Patton is a tall, solidly built man with a graying, wispy mustache and several missing teeth. He speaks softly, his deep voice becoming almost gravelly when he talks of the war. He is only comfortable mentioning his combat experiences in vague, overarching phrases that paint a dark picture of what happened. “When the situation came, I did what I had to do. I found ways to deal with it,” he said. He was born in Baltimore, Md., and at the age of 16, enlisted in the military. “I got my mom to sign,” he said. His reasoning for enlistment was straightforward: He was a handful at home, and his uncle, a man of whom everyone was proud, was already enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He signed on as a private on July 7, 1967. “It was kid stuff and being pa-

World War II veteran Herbert Hamerslough sits in the Channing House auditorium in Palo Alto, where he will lead the Memorial Day program. rehabilitation center, he said, he has been sober for 14 years. With the aid of the center’s vocational training, he was able to find work as a cook. Despite all that has happened to him, he said, “I’m more patriotic now than I was.” “I am proud of my service,” Patton said. Hamerslough, born in Washington, enlisted in the Officer Training Corps in the Marines in July 1942. At 22, near the close of the war, he graduated as a 2nd Lieu-

tenant in the 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He was quickly deployed to the Pacific Theater, where the United States was wrapping up a brutal island-hopping campaign to get close enough to the Japanese mainland to launch an invasion. During the campaign, each island captured was held by heavily entrenched Japanese forces that made U.S forces pay with a massive number of casualties. (continued on page 7)

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—Greg Scharff, Palo Alto City Councilman, about the chance the city’s fire and police unions will voluntarily cut $4.3 million total from their budgets. See story on page 3.

Around Town A BAN WITH AN ASTERISK ... The bag at the checkout stand of Mollie Stone’s on California Avenue in Palo Alto looked like plastic, felt like plastic, sounded like plastic when folded and even included something called “post consumer plastic� in its ingredient list on the back. Yet the bag, to the surprise of one shopper who visited the supermarket last week, doesn’t violate the ban on plastic checkout bags that the city famously adopted last year. The reason is thickness. Unlike the fluttery plastic bags that end up in local creeks and storm drains, the bags at Mollie Stone’s were created to be reusable. Phil Bobel, the city’s interim assistant director of public works, said the bag’s thickness qualifies it as a reusable bag, which makes it kosher by the city’s standards. Bobel, who as the city’s environmental compliance manager spearheaded the effort to get plastic bags out of the checkout stands of local supermarkets, said the thicker, heavier bags aren’t nearly as problematic as the lighter and more common ones. “I was just doing some cleanup work at a creek this past Saturday and I didn’t see any bags of this type,� Bobel said. “They don’t blow around like the other bags do.� OUTSIDE HELP ... Palo Alto’s staff may be shrinking, but its ambitions remain higher than ever. In the coming months, the city plans to create a new Master Plan for Rinconada Park, consider new and alternative uses for the dilapidating Municipal Service Center, perform mechanical and electrical repairs at the Children’s Theatre, beef up the city’s wildly successful “Safe Routes to School Program� and redesign the streetscape on California Avenue. To achieve these goals, the city is relying on one of its most frequently used tools: consultants. In fiscal year 2012, which begins on July 1, Palo Alto plans to award more than $1.5 million to consultants for various master plans and infrastructural repairs. This does not include the consultants who are already working with the city on creating a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan or the ones who are working with the city’s recently appointed citizen task force to formulate the city’s official vision for the Caltrain corridor.

The city is also planning to take a fresh look this fall at the city’s entire fee schedule, a task that will also involve hiring a consultant, staff said this week. A TOUGH SELL ... California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office made a splash earlier this month when it released a scathing report about the state’s proposed high-speed rail system. The report recommends, among other things, renegotiating the strict construction deadlines set by federal grants and reconsidering the starting point of the rail line, which is currently set for launch in Central Valley. Now it looks like both of these suggestions would be harder to implement than originally thought. Roy Kienitz, the under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, wrote a letter to California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Roelof van Ark this week stressing that both the deadlines and the starting segment are not subject to further negotiations. Kienitz defended the federal mandate to spend the stimulus funds for high-speed rail by 2012, calling it “one of the most lenient deadline (sic) for transportation funding in the Recovery Act.� As far as starting the rail line in Central Valley? “We believe the decision to begin there was and remains a wise one,� Kienitz wrote. BUILDING A ROBOT ... In snappy red T-shirts, six members of the Gunn High School Robotics Team introduced their red robot to the Palo Alto Board of Education this week. Seniors Danielle Tene and Leonard Woo, juniors Philippe Napaa, Takuto Sasajima and Jeffrey Sun and sophomore Mia Parat explained that, to compete in the recent FRST Robotics Competition, the robot had to be able to drive itself, pick up tubes from the ground and hang them on three racks, and deploy a “mini-bot� that would climb 10 feet by itself. “Building the robot is a really busy time but through it all we manage to have a lot of fun and a lot of team bonding,� Sun said. In closing the presentation, Sasajima couldn’t resist thanking the school board for its narrow and contentious May 11 vote to change the academic calendar. “Thanks for changing it so finals will be before winter break,� he said.

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ineteen-year-old Haitian refugee Peterson Joseph’s sunny disposition spread across his face this week as he spoke about his dreams of a college education. As he chatted in a Palo Alto church, his cheeks dimpled deeply and his eyes twinkled. But they darkened as he talked about the still-dire situation in Haiti. “The dream that we had — everything changed. It was collapsed,” he said, recalling the devastating January 2010 earthquake that destroyed 80 percent of the island’s housing. “Everyone was living in a tent city in Port-au-Prince. Nobody wanted to live inside.” Things are not much better a year and a half later. The water supply is still not fixed; his mother, two sisters and brother still live in the tent city, he said. “Haiti is a very poor country. To (rebuild) would require to start from the ground up. It’s not like the U.S., where if you have an education, you can have a place in society. There you can’t. There is a lot of corruption. They do not take care of youth,” he said. Joseph came to Palo Alto in spring 2010 with a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital nurse he’d met while working as a translator in Delmas, a Port-au-Prince suburb. But while his entry into the U.S. seemed like a miracle, staying in this country has come with certain challenges. He was learning English at Language Pacifica in Menlo Park last July when his sponsor said she could no longer help him. Suddenly, Joseph faced losing the roof over his head for the second time since the earthquake. Help, however, was not far off. Riding his bicycle down Middlefield Road in south Palo Alto one Sunday morning that July, he passed church row — a line of many churches between Loma Verde Avenue and East Meadow Drive. Joseph was looking for a place to worship that day. He turned his bicycle into the horseshoe-shaped parking lot behind The Father’s House Church at 3585 Middlefield Road, where Pastor Glen Coulter was tending to the flowers. Joseph asked if there were any services, and Coulter invited him in to worship, he said. When church members learned about his situation, they decided to sponsor him and support his education, Coulter said. Joseph has been living at the church ever since. But costs are high for international students, even at Foothill College, where Joseph is a full-time student. Coulter estimated expenses run about $1,000 per month. The church is seeking additional sponsors to help Joseph complete his education and has started a fund for that purpose, he said. Joseph needs at least two years to finish his associate’s degree. He is hoping to continue at a university to

Peterson Joseph, a Haitian refugees, is happy to live at The Father’s House Church in Palo Alto. He attends Foothill College and hopes to return to Haiti to work in government and rebuild his country. get a bachelor’s degree in business. One way or another, the church remains committed to at least the first two years of sponsorship, he said. “The money is not the important part; the important part is to educate a mind that wants to do something. You can send all the money to Haiti, but it doesn’t always get into the right hands. If we send money there, the government gets it. We decided to invest in the young man,” Coulter said. Coulter thinks Joseph can get a scholarship to a university. The teenager has top grades, he said. Joseph wants to return to Haiti to help his family and his country, and he wants to change the system that keeps the country poor, he said. The earthquake caused thousands of children to drop out of school and live on the streets in Port-au-Prince. The long-term consequences of extreme poverty will be felt for decades, he said. “We will have this problem for three more generations because this generation is not going to school now,” he said. Education is crucial to developing the island nation, he added. “I believe there is an opportunity for change. We have resources available but we don’t know how to use them well.” Joseph turned the earthquake into an opportunity to fulfill his dream, he said. He volunteered for Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization during the quake’s immediate aftermath; he saw so many injured people with broken limbs on the streets. He was eventually paid to work for the medical team, translating from Creole and French to English. He saved his money, and he began talking to the nurse, who arrived with Palo Alto’s Enoch Choi Foundation as part of the relief effort. He told her about his dreams. The nurse agreed to sponsor him, and Joseph gave her his money to help pay for his sponsorship and student visa to the United States, he said.

On the Peninsula, the nurse arranged a 75 percent tuition reduction at Language Pacifica. School officials were impressed by his drive, they said. “Peterson quickly established himself as a diligent student. Unlike other students of his age playing video games or watching something on YouTube, Peterson spent his lunch and break time buried in his books, consulting his teachers and doing his homework,” Language Pacifica founder Gerald Brett said. “It’s not that he wasn’t like his fun-loving peers; it was plain that he had a different mission than they did. His goal was to acquire knowledge and professional training in a skill he would eventually take back to Haiti to help his country.” In January, J oseph became a fulltime student at Foothill College. He is trying to get his GED, since his high school education was cut short by the earthquake. He is studying marketing and business, math and English, he said. “With a bachelor’s degree, I could get a job in Haiti in government,” he said. He also wants to open orphanages for the many street children. In addition, he wants to work with venture capitalists to fund some of his business ideas, which he believes can be highly profitable, he said. Joseph said he could start a construction company to rehabilitate the ravaged city. He could improve agricultural infrastructure so that Haiti won’t have to import most of its food, or build solar power in the tropical country, he said. For now, he spends most of his time reading and studying. Coulter and his wife are Joseph’s American mom and dad, and they have cared for him “with honor,” he said. Coulter looked approvingly at the teen. “Sometimes there is a divine appointment,” he said. “I believe this is an appointment for us.” N

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Notice of Intent to Circulate Initiative Petition Notice is hereby given of the intention of the persons whose names appear hereon to circulate an initiative petition within the City of Palo Alto for the purpose of authorizing three medical marijuana dispensaries within the city, taxing sales, and regulating the time, place and manner of sales. A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in said petition is as follows: THIS ORDINANCE WILL HELP THE TERMINALLY ILL IN OUR COMMUNITY This proposed ordinance would allow our neighbors, who are seriously or terminally ill, to legally and safely obtain marijuana near their home, if they have the approval of their physician. Proposition 215 was passed by California voters in 1996 with over 5 million votes, and yet Palo Alto has failed to implement the law. 15 years is long enough. Terminally ill patients, many of whom are elderly, are faced with a Hobson’s choice of buying marijuana illegally, or traveling many miles to a city that has a dispensary. Marijuana is not a cure, but it can help cancer patients. Many have severe reactions to the disease and chemotherapy, including nausea. One in three patients discontinues chemo due to these side effects, despite a significant chance of improvement. When standard anti-nausea drugs fail, marijuana often eases patients’ nausea and allows continued treatment. THE TAXES GENERATED BY SALES CAN SAVE MANY JOBS OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS AND TEACHERS A similar ordinance in San Jose generated $290,000 in the first month! Think how many police, firefighters, teachers and libraries that would support. We have a choice: capture these taxes for our city or continue to lose them to neighboring municipalities. The ordinance will tax marijuana sales and place the revenue in the city’s general fund. This will be in addition to any local sales taxes generated. The ordinance urges the City Council to use the revenue for public safety and education. THE THREE DISPENSARIES WILL BE RESTRICTED TO APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS The law will limit the number of dispensaries to three. The dispensaries cannot be located in a residential area, or near a school, park or day care center. Anyone wishing to operate a dispensary must meet strict qualification requirements. MARIJUANA HELPS MORE THAN CANCER PATIENTS University doctors and researchers have found that marijuana is also effective in: lowering the pressure inside the eye associated with glaucoma, slowing the onset of blindness, and alleviating muscle problems and chronic pain due to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries. Shouldn’t our city support physicians who prescribe a medicine capable of relieving suffering? Marijuana is not a cure. But often it is the only way to get relief. A Harvard University survey found that almost half of oncologists nationwide would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it were legal in their state. PLEASE JOIN US BY SIGNING THE PETITION! Thomas Gale Moore, Ph.D. Cassandra Chrones Moore, Ph.D.

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Annette Booker, a resident in the New Court apartments formerly owned by Page Mill Properties, sits in the courtyard on Monday.

East Palo Alto’s largest landlord looks to sell properties Wells Fargo, which took over 1,800 apartment from Page Mill Properties, searches for a new buyer by Gennady Sheyner

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or residents at the Newell Court apartments in East Palo Alto, change has become the new normal over the past two years. In the fall of 2009, the sprawling apartment complex in the city’s Woodland Park neighborhood was in disarray — its trash bins overflowing, its hallways dark, its fire alarms malfunctioning, its management office shuttered and its swimming pool covered with a film of green filth. The building’s owner, Palo Alto-based Page Mill Properties, had just defaulted on a $50 million balloon payment to Wells Fargo and was preparing to depart from the Woodland Park neighborhood, where it had antagonized thousands of residents by spiking rents and launching a flood of lawsuits against the city. Over the past year and a half, Well Fargo has hired a new property manager, resolved Page Mill’s lawsuits and invested about $4 million in new roofs, fresh coats of paint, spruced up landscaping and other building improvements. The swimming pools were reopened and the vacancy rates dropped. At 5 Newell Court, the hallways are now well-lighted, the management office is spotless and the fire alarms up to code. About 40 apartment buildings now sport new roofs. Some apartment complexes, including ones on Woodland and Manhattan avenues, have been repainted and refurbished. Now, another transition is around the corner for the residents of the roughly 1,800 units. Wells Fargo has just begun its search for a new buyer and is in the process of winnowing down its pool of candidates, said Robert Maddox, a Wells Fargo manager who has been working on the East Palo Alto portfolio since the bank took ownership. “We’re going to significant effort to make sure they are transferred to a group with a long-term view toward the properties — a group that looks to be a partner to the various stakeholders and can execute on the

city’s long-term vision,” Maddox told the Weekly. “We’re working very hard to make sure neither the city nor the residents are adversely impacted because of the sale process, which could be potentially disrupting.” The implosion of Page Mill’s portfolio in East Palo Alto in the second half of 2009 had left Wells Fargo with a daunting to-do list. Just after Page Mill defaulted on its loan, the bank hired a new property manager and began tackling the safety issues at the buildings — most notably the deficient fire alarms, Maddox said. The San Mateo County Superior Court appointed a receiver, David Wald, to oversee the Woodland Park properties, and Wald brought in a new property manager to help resolve the long list of outstanding concerns — including shoddy maintenance, health-code violations and confusion over the city’s rent-stabilization ordinance. Maddox said one of the bank’s prime objectives when it took over the portfolio was increasing the occupancy rate. At the time the bank took over the properties, occupancy was at 63 percent, which Maddox said was well below what the Peninsula market can accommodate. Now, the occupancy rate is at around 93 percent, Maddox said, an increase he described as “the fruits of our labor.” Some residents contend the conditions at the mostly rent-controlled apartments remain far from perfect. One resident complained at a recent meeting of the city’s Rent Stabilization Board about a lack of hot water in his unit, said Matthew Fremont, a member of the board and a tenant in one of Wells Fargo’s units. Another tenant told the Weekly at a recent tour that her apartment at 7 Newell Court remains drafty and that she has been having a hard time getting someone to come and fix it. “I see things getting patched up and patched up, but not really fixed,” said Annette Booker, 53, who moved into her Newell Court apartment in 2009.

Ruben Abrica, a member of the East Palo Alto City Council and a Wells Fargo tenant, credited the bank for bringing a more “collaborative” approach to the city. The relationship between the bank and the city has been collegial and Wells Fargo has done a much better job than Page Mill in communicating with tenants and making sure the buildings meet the fire- and healthcode regulations. “I think the relationship between city government and the city’s biggest landlord, in this case Wells Fargo, has definitely improved,” Abrica said. But like other tenants, he said there’s still plenty of room for improvement in taking care of small, day-to-day problems such as broken windows, damaged fences and malfunctioning heaters. Part of the problem, he said, has been the rapid turnover in property management (the current manager, Laramar, took over in September 2010). It’s not uncommon, he said, for some of these small projects to get delayed or removed from the manager’s to-do list altogether when a change occurs. “I think they still need to pay more attention and be more responsive to the maintenance issues,” Abrica said. “Not just the emergency things that we know are the most important ones, but the sort of wear-andtear that occurs over the years. “Those are things people deal with and live with and while they may seem minor in the big picture, they are important.” But the signs of chaos that dominated the scene in the fall of 2009 have all but disappeared and stability has generally been restored. Abrica said the bank has not disputed the city’s rent-control laws and has approached the city when it’s had questions. John Finau, who has lived at Newell Court for 11 years, said many of his friends moved out of the apartment complex after Page Mill took over and raised rents. But Finau, 51, decided to stick around, and he said everything is now generally back to normal. Maddox said Wells Fargo had performed its own review of the city’s rent-control ordinance (a topic of great dispute and extensive litigation between Page Mill and the city) and decided to lower rent for about 430 tenants. The average rent decrease was $115, he said. The company also resolved 136 administrative actions filed by individual tenants, a process that cost around $50,000. “We think we had a really good outcome for the residents, who were able to continue living in the portfolio, in many cases, without the noise of administrative actions.” The most telling change for Wells Fargo officials is the feedback (or, as the case may be, the lack of feedback) they’ve been getting from tenants in recent months, Maddox said. “What spoke volumes to us when we first took over and the receiver took over was that lots of residents wanted to talk about a lot of the issues going on,” Maddox said. “Now, everyone is quiet. Everyone is happy.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

Upfront Edward ‘Eddie’ Patton, a Vietnam veteran and cook at La Comida in Palo Alto, stands in the entryway of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program in Menlo Park, which trained him in his profession. Patton will help at the center’s Memorial Day celebration this weekend.

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Hamerslough arrived in time for the campaign to take Okinawa, one of the last islands before the Japanese mainland. “It was a series of ridges, and all you could do was keep your head down and hope for the best,” he said. “They could see everything you could do, and it wasn’t fun to know that you had to climb up,” he added. In his first week of combat, on May 21, 1945, Hamerslough suffered a devastating injury to his legs from a Japanese mortar shell. It rendered him unable to walk. “They were targeting officers,” he said. “Mortar shells were attacking the line. I got blown 10 feet back. Any bigger shell and I wouldn’t be here,” Hamerslough said, adding, “I was lucky that I am still here.” His injury was one of a number of casualties. Of the 60 officers in

his unit, 40 were casualties. During the month of May, the casualties on Okinawa totaled 4,000 men per week. It took him two months and nine days to get back to Seattle for a series of three operations. It was almost a year before he could walk again.

“Not being able to walk for seven or eight months (after the operation), I wondered what the hell my life was going to be,” he said. He was retired out the military due to disability and moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a notary. Today, Hamerslough makes time to stop by the VA hospital to visit wounded soldiers. And as for the effect of the war on him, he has an optimistic outlook. “Live and let live. I look at it as part of the bigger picture of life,” he said. N Editorial Intern Aaron Guggenheim can be emailed at aguggenheim@paweekly.com.

We’re looking for online columnists/ bloggers! Palo Alto Online is looking for residents interested in joining our team in covering community issues through blogging. If you have a passion or expertise, or are just an opinionated resident with thoughts to share about life in Palo Alto, we welcome your application to become a blogger on our site. Writers selected as featured bloggers will receive a monthly payment, will be promoted on PaloAltoOnline.com and in the Palo Alto Weekly and are expected to make regular postings at least once a week. Non-paid bloggers may become featured bloggers by generating a high number of page views and comments on their blog. For more information, send an e-mail to editor@paweekly.com or call Tyler Hanley, online editor, at 650-326-8210.

News Digest Palo Alto’s oldest home coming down The owner of the Juana Briones House has begun deconstructing the 166-year-old structure after 13 years of lawsuits that delayed its removal. The 1844-1845 house, built by Palo Alto pioneer Juana Briones, contained remnants of a rare form of adobe architecture, of which there is only one other example in the state, according to architectural historians. Juana Briones de Miranda was part of the California population of Spanish, Mexican and Native-American descent. She was the daughter of members of the historic De Anza expedition into California in 1776 and became a prominent Palo Alto rancher, according to the Juana Briones Heritage Association. The property at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the Palo Alto hills also contained a rock wall built by Native Americans that has been taken down as well, Kent Mitchell, attorney for property owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer, said Wednesday (May 25). Nulman, Welczer and the City of Palo Alto wrote conditions into the demolition permit after the first lawsuit with the city that allows preservationists and historians to salvage certain historical elements, including the rock wall. Woodside-based Reusable Lumber, which specializes in historical sites, began work last Friday (May 20). Clark Akatiff, a member of Friends of the Juana Briones House, said the group made a careful record of the home during a one-month window some years ago when they were allowed on the property. He met with city officials and preservationists this week to discuss where to store the rock wall and a plaque. Akatiff said the historic wall cribbing — a slat-style architecture into which adobe or dirt was poured to make walls — and other parts of the home might be made available to the group as the building is deconstructed. Nulman and Welczer could not be reached for comment on whether they plan to build on the property. N —Sue Dremann

VMWare plans massive expansion in Palo Alto Palo Alto’s information-technology giant VMWare is preparing to gobble up one of the largest and most lucrative research spaces in Palo Alto — a 1-million-square-foot property formerly occupied by pharmaceutical company Roche. City Manager James Keene confirmed Wednesday night (May 25) that the deal is being finalized. The lease of the former Roche property, which makes up about 10 percent of the entire Stanford Research Park, would dramatically expand VMWare’s presence in the bustling technological hub and allow it to nearly double its work force to about 6,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the city. In the last few years, the Stanford Research Park has seen an infusion of hot, young companies such as Facebook, Skype, Tesla and Better Place. The park is also home to a long list of established industry titans, including HP, Varian Medical Systems and SAP. N —Gennady Sheyner *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÓÇ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 7

Upfront CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 2.28.070, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will hold a Public Hearing at its Special Meeting on Monday, June 13 and at a Special Meeting on June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, on the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, with adoption on June 20, 2011. Copies of the budget are available on the City’s website and in the Administrative Services Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $20.00 per book or $10.00 per cd-rom charge for this publication. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will hold a Special Meeting on June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider adoption of a resolution determining the calculation of the appropriations limit for Fiscal Year 2012. The calculation of the limit and the supporting documentation are available for review in the City Budget Office, 4th floor, 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto. There is a charge of $.12 per page for copying documentation. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

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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.

Women leaders address East Palo Alto students State Attorney General Kamala Harris was one of nearly 100 women leaders to address middle school girls in East Palo Alto Thursday morning (May 26). (Posted May 26 at 8:54 a.m.)

Neighbors and SFPUC: Move oak tree? Granny might have to move. Tree advocates and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission met Tuesday (May 24) to discuss how to save the 65-foot heritage oak tree standing in the way of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline. (Posted May 25 at 2:09 p.m.)

City may raise fees for car chargers, solar panels For Palo Alto residents, installing a solar panel or an electric-car charger is about to get a little more expensive. The city is proposing to raise permit fees for both solar panels and car chargers in July. (Posted May 25 at 9:25 a.m.)

Zoning administrator OKs Mayfield development The large Mayfield residential development is on its way to the Mountain View City Council for a vote on June 21, thanks to a decision Wednesday (May 18) by Zoning Administrator Peter Gilli. (Posted May 24 at 9:54 a.m.)

Palo Alto Unified School District

Menlo Park: Man robbed in parked car

Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package:

Two men allegedly robbed an 18-year-old man Friday (May 20) who was sitting in his car. The duo fled in a 2006 Volvo, but didn’t get very far. (Posted May 23 at 2:37 p.m.)

Contract No. JLSP-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: The relocation of two (2) existing 960 square foot portable classroom buildings. Work includes dismantling, building moving, asphalt paving & utility trenching, electrical, fire alarm, EMS and reassembly of units for complete and operational portable classroom buildings. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work.

Menlo Park home invaded, victim assaulted

There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 3:00 p.m. on May 18, 2011 at J. L. Stanford (JLS) Middle School located at 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California 94306. Contractors who attended the previous pre-bid conference and site visit held on May 4, 2011 are exempt from this requirement.

Two suspects were arrested for the severe beating and robbery of an East Palo Alto man early Sunday (May 22), police said. The victim told police the suspects had fled after stealing his wallet. (Posted May

Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office, 25 Churchill Ave., Building D, by 3:00 p.m. on June 1, 2011. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of Labor Code Sections 1720 - 1861. A copy of the District’s LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-construction conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Facilities Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Building D, Palo Alto. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Phone: (650) 967-1966 Address all questions to: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Heidi Rank Phone: (650) 833-4205 Fax: (650) 327-3588 e-mail: hrank@pausd.org

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An early-morning call led Menlo Park police to the scene of a home invasion on Sunday (May 22) in the 1000 block of Windermere Avenue. (Posted May 23 at 2:32 p.m.)

Suspects arrested in Sunday beating, robbery

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Weekly takes home seven journalism awards The Palo Alto Weekly won seven awards for its work in 2010 at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner in Foster City Saturday night (May 21), including for coverage of the February 2010 Cessna plane crash and citywide power outage. (Posted May 21 at 11:17 p.m.)

Palo Alto robber pleads guilty, gets five years A man responsible for two brazen street robberies that terrorized Palo Alto residents beginning in September 2010 pleaded guilty to the crimes Friday (May 20) in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto, Deputy District Attorney James Demertzis said. (Posted May 20 at 9:32 p.m.)

Stanford University trail opens A long-awaited public hiking trail that has been a decade in the making opened Friday (May 20). The new trail, called the Matadero Trail, is the “S1” route in the Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master Plan. The trail runs on Stanford University land from the south corner of Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway and alongside Page Mill to Deer Creek Road. (Posted May 20 at 10:36 a.m.)

Former firefighter threatens police chief A former Palo Alto firefighter who has held a grudge against the city for years pleaded no contest on Thursday (May 19) to a felony count of making criminal threats against Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns and several city officials. (Posted May 20 at 9:57 a.m.)

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sary, to students who are struggling. Two members of the Parent Network for Students of Color spoke in favor of instituting the higher graduation bar. Kim Bomar and Sara Woodham Johnson both said Palo Alto’s current system amounts to a two-tiered structure, where many graduate with multiple advanced classes and head to top universities while others graduate ill-prepared to take care of themselves in the world in the most basic ways. “Our reputation is based on a Tier One standard that facilitates schools to provide an education that equips our children to apply to the best of the best,” Woodham Johnson said. “I moved to Palo Alto for exactly that reason. “But now that I’m here the system disturbs me greatly, because for 18 percent of the students, this same system leaves children behind and they’re not qualified to apply to the most obvious state schools.” Other California school districts, including large ones such as Los Angeles Unified, have adopted or plan to implement the so-called A-G graduation requirements. All of those districts have some form of waiver system, district staff members said. The majority of parents and teachers speaking Tuesday urged the board to move slowly on the A-G issue. “We absolutely endorse higher expectations,” said teacher Trina Gogarty, president of the teachers’ union Palo Alto Educators Association. “But it will be tainted if students aren’t able to graduate or graduate with a diploma stamped with a waiver.” Board members said they had too many unanswered questions to proceed at this time. A major concern was whether a student obtaining a waiver of the tougher requirements would end up carrying what amounts to a black mark on his or her diploma. Rather than scheduling a vote on the proposal for June, as had been planned, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will return to the board this fall with more information. In particular, he said he will research why some students are not currently fulfilling the A-G requirements and how the district would implement the tougher graduation requirements should they be adopted. “I don’t think there’s any way forward except raising the expectations for the system and the students in it to achieve,” Skelly said. n Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

Residents: High-speed rail would affect home values If and when high-speed rail is built in Palo Alto, properties and home values will decrease, residents predicted Thursday night (May 19) at the Rail Corridor Study Community Workshop held at Lucie Stern Community Center. (Posted May 20 at 9:49 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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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

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The council did not meet this week.

Board of Education (May 24)

Graduation requirements The board discussed a staff proposal to stiffen high school graduation requirements by aligning them with entrance criteria for the University of California and California State University systems. Members asked for more information before making a decision, and the issue will be discussed again in the fall. Vote: None Garland lease The board discussed terminating the lease of the former Garland Elementary School site, at 870 N. California Ave., to the private tenant Stratford Schools, Inc., as of June 30, 2014. A school board vote is expected June 14. The tenant notification deadline is June 30, 2011. Vote: None

City Council Finance Committee (May 24)

Public safety The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year 2012 budget for the Fire Department. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Abstained: Yeh Public Works The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year 2012 budget for the Public Works Department. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (May 24)

Bicycles The commission discussed the city’s proposed bicycling improvements and ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections between the Palo Alto Art Center, the Main Library and the Community Gardens. Action: None

City Council Finance Committee (May 25)

Municipal fees The committee accepted proposed changes to the city’s municipal fee schedule in fiscal year 2012. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Yeh

Planning & Transportation Commission (May 25)

711 El Camino Real The commission discussed a proposal for a 44-room “concierge wing” and decided to continue the discussion to June 22. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Lippert, Martinez, Tuma Absent: Tanaka

City Council Rail Committee (May 26)

Caltrain The committee heard a presentation from Caltrain staff and engineering consultants about Caltrain’s electrification proposal. Action: None

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since 2003. Last year, the council considered making further cuts, including eliminating the five-officer “traffic team” and the school crossing-guard program. The council ultimately backed off these proposals after heavy lobbying from residents who argued that the cuts would put their children in danger. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd, much like the rest of the committee, said she would prefer labor concessions to service cuts. Shepherd, who serves as one of the council’s liaisons to the Palo Alto Unified School District, said she has already encountered angst in the school community about the cuts on the table. “I don’t want to get back to last year, where we had a room full of parents worried about the crossing guard and the traffic team,” Shepherd said. The council, however, faces significant hurdles when it comes to both attaining labor concessions and making staffing cuts. The firefighters’ union and city management

there’s nothing that would tie the council’s hands that would say we have to stay with the same methodology,” Keene said. “It may be a completely different ratio based on what the impacts of the cuts could be for the community.” In addition to assuming $4.3 million in union concessions, Keene’s proposed budget also allocates about $1 million for a new Office of Emergency Services. The office would include a director, two managers and administrative assistants. The committee unanimously endorsed the creation of a new office, which has long been championed by the city’s robust community of emergency-preparedness volunteers. “I see this as tremendous leverage to resources because there’s a huge number of people in the community who have volunteered and who want to be engaged and active,” Councilman Greg Schmid said. “What we’re doing is making sure they can be active in a helpful, positive way.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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have been negotiating on a new contract for the past year and remain at an impasse. The two sides are preparing to take their disagreements to binding arbitration in the fall. The firefighters’ contract also includes a “minimum staffing” provision requiring at least 29 firefighters to be on duty at all times. The clause makes it impossible for the city to unilaterally cut positions in the Fire Department. The city is also starting its negotiations with the police union, which will see its contract expire at the end of June. Though the council hopes to get about $2.3 million from the fire union and $2 million from the police union, these numbers are subject to change. At Tuesday’s hearing, the committee repeatedly questioned the staffing level in the Fire Department and wondered whether the city really needs to have so many more firefighters (108) than police officers (91). City Manager James Keene said other cities typically have more officers than firefighters. “The truth is, if we were ultimately unsuccessful (in negotiations),

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On the ground floor, the new hotel would include a cocktail lounge, guest pantry, business center and dining room, which would provide guests with complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres. The roof would feature a sun deck, two fire pits and a hot tub. The new hotel would stand at the former site of the Palo Alto Pet Hospital. Chen, whose father built the two existing hotels, told the commission that the constraints of the proposed site make a zoning change necessary. These constraints include the site’s location right next to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s complex, the existing zoning designation (which can accommodate only a one-story hotel) and the small size of the property. Given these limitations, the only feasible way to run a hotel at the site is to share facilities with the Westin and Sheraton, he said. “A lot of support functions that normally a stand-alone has to cram into the little site, we could be han-

dling with ease and cost efficiency at the Westin and Sheraton,” Chen said. Vice Chair Lee Lippert said he was “seduced by the project,” which he called “handsome” and “appropriate” in its land use. The tax revenues make the project particularly lucrative, numerous commissioners said. But Lippert and others also argued the bulk of the public amenities would benefit mainly the hotel and its clientele, not the public at large. These benefits, the commission agreed, fall short of what the applicant would need to offer to get the zone change. “It’s rich like cream — there’s a lot of really good feelings about the project,” Lippert said. “Many of the community benefits don’t quite measure up to the same richness. “I feel that can possibly be the skim milk or the low-fat milk or even the whey of the project.” Commissioners Eduardo Martinez and Daniel Garber proposed initiating the zone change at Wednesday’s meeting but ultimately agreed to delay the vote and allow the applicant to present a stronger package of benefits. Garber pointed to the site’s close proximity to the downtown transit station as a good reason to support the new development. “This is where we want to have density in the city,” Garber said. Chair Samir Tuma also said the proposed project “makes a tremendous amount of sense” when it comes to land use. But with so many reservations about the publicbenefits package, he and the rest of the commission agreed to delay the vote until June 22. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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he bustling hotel hub next to Palo Alto’s downtown transit center may soon become more crowded — and luxurious. Clement Chen of the hotel conglomerate Pacific Hotel Management is asking the city to rezone a small site at 711 El Camino Real to enable construction of a new fivestory hotel. The new building would be an addition to the Westin and Sheraton hotels, which Chen’s firm also owns. Chen has requested that the city change the site to a Planned Community (PC) Zone, a designation that enables applicants to exceed the city’s zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated “public benefits.” The proposed hotel would be about twice as dense as the city’s zoning regulations allow. Members of the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission said Wednesday night they would be open to starting the rezoning process but decided Chen needs to provide more benefits. The commission agreed to hold off on the zone change until Chen comes back with a stronger proposal. Although they expressed reservations about public benefits — which include sidewalk improvements, new crosswalks, $50,000 in landscaping upgrades and way-finding signs to direct pedestrians from downtown to the Town & Country Village shopping center — the commissioners also found much to like in the hotel proposal. Perhaps the most enticing benefit the new hotel would bring is revenue, in the form of transient-occupancy taxes. Chen estimated the new luxury wing would provide the city about $500,000 in annual taxes. Though dubbed by Chen as a “concierge wing” to the Westin and

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF HEARING ON PARKING ASSESSMENT ROLL FISCAL YEAR 2012 CALIFORNIA AVENUE PARKING PROJECT NO. 92-13 (Resolution of Intention No. 7230, Adopted August 9, 1993) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Engineer has caused to be prepared and filed with the City Clerk a report which provides for the levying of special assessments on the properties within the parking assessment districts created and established for the projects and pursuant to the Resolution of Intention cited above. The report sets forth the amounts proposed to be levied for the fiscal year 2012 upon the several parcels of real property in the parking assessment districts created to pay the principal and interest of the bonds issued in the projects, which report is open to public inspection. The report will be heard by the Council at its special meeting to be held on the 13th day of June 2011 at the hour of 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, at which time said Council will examine said report and hear all persons interested therein. Any person interested in objecting to the amount of the assessment on any parcel of real property owned by him or her, may file with the City Clerk, at or before the hour fixed for hearing, a protest in writing signed by him or her, describing the parcel so that it may be identified, and stating the ground or grounds of protest, and may appear at the hearing and be heard in regard thereto.

DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 8, 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. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. CONSENT. 1. Approval of CIP SubCommittee Letter. NEW BUSINESS. Study Session: 2. Rail Corridor Study Session: Study session to receive P&TC’s input to staff and consultants on the preparation of the Rail Corridor Study. The consultant, BMS Design Group, will present an update on the process and the progress of the Rail Corridor Task Force. Public Hearing: 3. 300 Homer Avenue: Request by Palo Alto History Museum (PAHM) for a Conditional Use Permit for Community Facility use of the 19,182 s.f. Roth Building and additional 1,462 s.f. area. Historic and Architectural Review approvals included exceptions from the South of Forest Coordinated Area Plan Phase 1 parking requirements and from the minimum street side yard setback. Request for hearing by Ken Alsman, 1057 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Environmental Assessment: Categorically Exempt pursuant to Sections 15301 and 15331 of the CEQA Guidelines. Questions. For any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. 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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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will hold a Public Hearing, pursuant to Article XIIID, section 6 of the California Constitution, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. The Public Hearing will be held to consider changes to Water and Wastewater Utilities Rate Schedules, which if adopted, will be effective July 1, 2011. Copies of the proposed water and wastewater rate schedules are available on the City’s website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/ rateincrease and in the Utilities Department, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $3.00 per copy charge for this publication. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility northeast of the T-intersection of Page Mill Rd & Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA. The new facility will consist of an approximately 30.2-foot tall street light tower with 2 antennas mounted on the sides at a top height of 24.5 feet. Associated support equipment will be located on a 6.5 x 9.5-foot concrete pad at the SE base of the light. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending such comments to: Project 61111141-GW c/o EBI Consulting, 11445 E. Via Linda, Suite 2, #472, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, or via telephone at 619-453-7240.

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Palo Alto May 18-24 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Burglary attempt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Liquor law/possession by minor . . . . . . .1 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 N&D possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous Animal attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Elder abuse/self neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hate crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing juvenile/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Muni. code/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Muni. code/noise complaint . . . . . . . . . .1 Prowler/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psych subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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Palo Alto resident Robert N. Varney, Ph.D., Commander, USNR (Ret.), died April 9, five months after his 100th birthday. Dr. Varney, a native of San Francisco, was a physicist, an educator; a research scientist; an expert witness on the effects of lightning; and a Navy scientist during WWII. A 1931 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Varney also earned his masters degree in Mathematics and his doctorate in Physics there. Following his first teaching assignment at UC, he taught at New York University, and then for 26 years at Washington University in St. Louis. After that, he spent ten years at Lockheed, continuing his research on the behavior of electricity in gasses, a field in which he was a pioneer. Fulbright fellowships and other teaching and research assignments took Dr. Varney and his family to Innsbruck, Austria, and Stockholm, Sweden. For his work, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Arts and Sciences, along with an honorary D.Sc. During WWII, Dr. Varney worked at improving the performance of large naval guns at the U.S. Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, VA. It was at Dahlgren that he met and married his wife of 62 years, Astrid, known as Rita. Dr. Varney had a life-long love of music, shared by his wife and family, and was a long-time supporter of the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. Dr. Varney is survived by his wife, Astrid Riffolt Varney, of Palo Alto; his daughter, Natalie, Menlo Park; his son Nils, Beaufort, SC; and two grandchildren, Colleen and Tess Varney The family asks that donations in his memory be sent to the Varney Fund, c/o Dr. David Hall, Department of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130. This fund supports the Varney Prize, established years ago by alumni in his honor. PA I D

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Births Amy McLaughlin and Fraser Smith of Menlo Park, a son, Scott James Smith, April 26. Gabrielle Moyer and John Foster of Palo Alto, a son, May 10. Monica Chacon and Florencio Flores Vasquez of East Palo Alto, a son, May 10. Angela and Roy Baiamonte of East Palo Alto, a son, May 11.

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Memorial Services A memorial service for Franklin Smith will be held Friday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Raymonds Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. A memorial service for Phyllis Johnson will be held Saturday, June 4, at 2:30 p.m. at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 400 block Alma Street, 5/18, 8:17 p.m.; assault/police officer. Unlisted block Colorado Avenue, 5/19, 8:05 p.m.; child abuse/physical. Unlisted block North California Avenue, 5/20, 5:13 p.m.; battery/simple.

Menlo Park Seminary Drive, 5/18, 5:04 p.m.; battery. 200 block Waverly Street, 5/21, 11:10 a.m.; battery.

Barbara Katherine Gray March 28, 1924-May 18, 2011

Barbara K. Gray, a longtime Midpeninsula resident, passed away May 18 at Palo Alto Commons. She was 87. Born in Astoria, Oregon to Edward Everett Gray and Edna Ida (Hahn) Gray, she grew up in Upland, California where her father was city attorney. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Political Science from Stanford University in 1945. After graduation she interned at the National War Labor Board and the President’s Steel Fact Finding Board in Washington D.C. Barbara loved working for Macy’s in New York City as a Fashion Publicist and for many years she organized labormanagement conferences in the US and Europe for nonprofit foundations. She was Executive Assistant to Theodore W. Kheel, a well known New York lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. In her forties she returned to California to earn a J.D. degree at the UC Davis School of Law. Barbara traveled extensively in her later years as she pursued her love of history, art, museums and books. She served as an enthusiastic volunteer at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford and the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. She was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto and was most thankful for the loving support of that community as dementia reduced her activities in recent years. Barbara’s brother, Robert Stuart Gray, preceded her in death. She is survived by her niece, Susan A. Gray of Vashon, Washington, and nephew, John S. Gray of Glen Allen Virginia. A simple service is being planned for family and friends at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto. Contact the church office for date and time, 650-325-5659. PA I D

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Bernice Ross, daughter of Alex and Rose, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 6, 1924. Bernice grew up in a loving household with two working parents; her mother was a seamstress and her father owned a bowling alley. Bernice grew up with a love for clothing, occasionally referring to her eye for fashion as a “sixth sense”. Bernice attended UCLA where she met David, her future husband. They married in Santa Monica and moved to Berkeley where Dave attended graduate school. A series of jobs led the two across the country to Boston, Seattle and eventually back to California. Bernice and Dave produced three children, Barbi, Rich and Steve. As the kids grew up and attended schools in Palo Alto, Bernice took up knitting, often

creating beautiful sweaters and blankets for family and friends. As the kids got older she began writing poetry and essays that exemplified her creative and imaginative talents. She became an accomplished needlepoint craftswoman, often showcasing her beautiful work in picture frames. After the passing of her husband, Bernice moved to Channing House in 2006. She lived life to the fullest, expanding her literary talents in writing classes, attending cultural events and spending time with her three kids, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. PA I D

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May 27, 1924-May 14, 2011 U.S. Air Force veteran, WWII

Earl “Don” Alexander passed away peacefully on May 14 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born to Sylvia and William Hinkley in San Francisco, Earl assumed the name of his stepfather, Don Alexander, when he entered the Army Air Force in World War II. He served as a B-17 bombardier out of Foggia, Italy. Briefly shot down and missing in action, he was rescued by the Russians. He returned to the U.S. and married his fiancée the day before the war ended. Don and his wife Kathryn (Kay) lived in the Bay Area while attending U. C. Berkeley. Don worked in the fire insurance business in San Francisco until he was transferred to Southern California, taking his young family with him, including three children, Steve, Lauren and Douglas. He attended Long Beach State College where he earned a Master’s degree and his teaching and administrative credentials. He worked in the Savanna and Cypress school districts as a teacher and principal. In 1969, the family returned to the Bay Area where Don became first a teacher and then administrator in the Menlo Park School District, enjoying his many friends and colleagues until his retirement in 1983. He was a much awarded photographer and was active in several camera clubs over the years. A master wood craftsman, Don stayed busy with both the practical and arts side of woodworking the length of his life. He also enjoyed the beauty of his garden. Don lived 43 productive and peaceful years in Los Altos. He is survived by his wife, Kay Alexander of Los Altos and three children, Steve Alexander of Costa Mesa, Lauren Hildebrand of Blaine, Minnesota, and Douglas Alexander of Woodside, California, and by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. PA I D

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Editorial Consensus over new hospitals Stanford Hospital, Packard Childrens’ Hospital projects should win final approval

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fter a long review process warranted by the massive size of the largest and most complex development project ever considered by the city of Palo Alto, the time has come for the City Council to enthusiastically embrace these critically-important expansions. Doing so will ensure the community has adult and children’s hospitals able to withstand and continue operating after a devastating earthquake, provide exceptional, state-of-the-art care in facilities designed for patient comfort, and continue to attract the best clinicians and researchers in their fields from around the world. Anyone who has been a patient or had a relative treated at Stanford is all too familiar with the need for these projects. From the cramped emergency room to the chronic shortage of available beds, the infrastructure is no longer able to meet the technology needs of today’s medical practice or the desires of patients for a more comfortable environment. These needs shouldn’t, nor have they, trumped legitimate environmental and other concerns. But through a process that has remained remarkably focused and productive for more than five years, Stanford has agreed to a strong package of financial and other measures that strike the right balance for this enormous $3.5 billion project. The Planning and Transportation Commission approved a substantial revision to the city’s Comprehensive Plan last week that will permit Stanford to exceed some zoning regulations in return for about $45 million in payments to the city. Stanford’s estimate of its community benefits payments is substantially higher — $175 million — because it includes the cost of purchasing Caltrain Go Passes for hospital staff over the next 51 years, which the city considers to be mitigations required by state law. When the development agreement is approved by the City Council it will be the culmination of about 100 meetings and hearings in front of various city commissions. At times, there were big disagreements over the severity of the anticipated impacts and value of the community benefits being offered and concerns that the city might overreach in its demands for concessions unrelated to the actual hospital projects. But in the end, even the Planning Commission, some of whose members were openly hostile during earlier hearings, voted unanimously (Chair Samir Tuma recused himself because his wife works at Stanford) for the necessary zoning amendments. The agreement guarantees that the city will receive a major infusion of cash from Stanford related to various aspects of the project, including $7 million for health care programs and services; $23 million for housing programs and $12 million for climate change initiatives. In addition to buying Go Passes, Stanford will give the city $3.4 million to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths near the hospital buildings. Construction would begin next year and portions of the buildings occupied in 2013 or 2014. The project was launched in part to meet the state’s seismic codes, and would add about 1.3 million square feet to of total new development to Palo Alto. According to the development agreement, the project would: rebuild Stanford Hospital and Clinics, replacing 456 hospital beds, adding 144 beds for a total of 600 beds; expand Lucile Packard Childrens’ Hospital, adding 104 beds for a total of 361 beds; reconstruct various buildings at the University School of Medicine and renovate Hoover Pavilion and build new medical office buildings. The agreement would allow Stanford to exceed the city’s 50foot building height limit by 80 feet, permitting the main hospital buildings to reach 130 feet. The revised Comprehensive Plan would create a new “hospital district” that is designed to accommodate Stanford’s hospital, medical office and research facilities “with the need to minimize impacts to surrounding areas and neighborhoods.” Both Stanford and city officials deserve accolades for persevering through the long and arduous negotiations which culminated in the agreement that the council will vote on June 6. In almost every respect, starting points in the bargaining over impacts and mitigations changed over the last two years, but as in any good negotiation, both sides now support the finished product. For example, Stanford did not start off agreeing to pay $23 million into the city’s housing fund, but the final document specifies that such payments will be made, which was a significant win for the city. Only time will tell if the agreements reached to lessen the impacts of this project will do the job. But Palo Altans have every reason to be enthusiastic and grateful that in a few years it will have medical facilities in its back yard that will rival any in the world.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

College Terrace parking Editor, In the last 10 years the city of Palo Alto has done nothing to clean up nonresidents’ parking in the CN zone of College Terrace on a permanent basis. I live on Oxford Avenue and pay $50 per year for the privilege of parking on College Terrace streets. There is a person who does not own or rent property in Palo Alto (assuming that if he did he would not be sleeping in his van on Oxford) who parks about 15 vehicles on a permanent basis. Usually six of them are within 100 feet of my house. The police cannot do anything because he keeps a record of when he parks each vehicle and moves them to avoid the 72-hour ticket. Right now he occupies on a regular basis six to eight precious parking spaces that Starbucks and the other businesses near Stanford and El Camino could use during this construction period. Why not make this block of Oxford two-hour parking during the day during this current construction period? Then if the local businesses do not complain, make it permanent. Palo Alto government could also allow the local businesses to opt in to the adjacent parking district. Palo Alto government could also take a leadership role by proposing that all blocks in College Terrace zoned CN be permanently part of the adjacent parking district. Our country and state elect leaders by a majority of those who care to vote. Palo Alto could create the parking district unless a “majority” of those adjacent businesses oppose the project. That way a non-vote is a yes vote instead of the way they made us adopt our current parking program. In that vote, we needed to get a majority of residents to say yes, which was much more difficult. Is this anyway to run a democracy? Making it harder for the majority of concerned, hopefully informed and community oriented, citizens to get change is certainly not what our founding fathers envisioned. Larry Robert Kavinoky Cornell Street Palo Alto

Downtown North parking Editor, Bravo to Ken Alsman for his letter to the editor May 13 regarding downtown employees’ use of residential parking in Professorville. We would like to add our “twocents worth” as residents of the Downtown North neighborhood. Until two years ago, our quiet, residential neighborhood was mostly frequented by park visitors and parents walking their young children by day. Our neighborhood kids play in the streets and we’ve always felt safe here. Now we live in a massive parking lot, cars piled up so tightly in spaces they overlap our driveways and make it difficult to get out. Nearly all these cars belong to downtown startup

employees, who are apparently too impoverished to afford a parking garage closer to their jobs. As most of our houses do not have garages, we are forced to park blocks away, difficult with groceries and small children. The cars often stay parked on our streets till late at night. When the owners of these vehicles finally come to remove their vehicles, they speed off, iPods dangling from their ears, oblivious to pets, pedestrians and kids. We’ve also noticed a huge increase in weekend parking here as well. Downtown has several large parking lots that were put in to appease residents’ uneasiness about Palo Alto’s out-of-control growth. The lots are barely half full. It does not seem to be an enormous cut to companies’ budgets to simply pay for annual employee parking permits (or, heaven forbid, require them to pay for it themselves!). J Morgan Cowper Street Palo Alto

Juana Briones House Editor, I was fortunate enough to be born and raised at the Juana Briones House and my family was blessed to call it

home for many generations. Ashes of my relatives are scattered on the property and memories of the years it was ours fill my heart. At a time in California history when women had few options and women of color fewer still, Juana Briones managed to not just survive, but to flourish. She raised eight children, including an orphaned Ohlone Indian girl. She gained a clerical separation from her husband, establishing herself as the first woman in California to be granted a divorce. In 1844 she purchased, from two Ohlone Indians, 4,400 acres of land in what are now the foothills of Palo Alto. It was on this land that Juana built Rancho La Purisima Concepcion. Juana Briones excelled not only in business and farming but her reputation for hospitality and skills in medicine were widely recognized. Although she never received a formal education and could not read or write, Juana Briones thrived as a single mother, a medicine woman, a business woman and a humanitarian. Rancho La Purisima Concepcion was an exceptional and rare monument that has been destroyed. Cheyenne Goodman Berkshire Avenue Santa Cruz

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What’s revolutionary about ‘InJo’? Plenty, good and bad by Jay Thorwaldson he vision of a new world of technology-assisted journalism — one that raises the quality of political decisionmaking and may even help achieve peace in war-ravaged areas of the world — was outlined in explicit detail this week in a threeday conference on “innovation journalism” at Stanford’s Tresidder Memorial Union. The topic even has a shorthand nickname: InJo. But there could be unintended negative consequences, such as a shallower level of abbreviated discourse and a loss of professional standards and training found in traditional newsrooms, one speaker cautioned. Yet the tsunami of change is impacting traditional forms of print and electronic journalism around the world. And the economic and technological trends seem to be irreversible, most panelists and speakers adopted as a premise. The primary example this year is the “social networking” trigger of the pro-democracy Arab uprisings in the Middle East. Several speakers discussed how news was being gathered in Pakistan, India and areas of conflict throughout the Middle East, where cell-phone images become part of mainstream news coverage. Yet the impacts of innovation are being felt in virtually every town, city and state in America, as print-based media struggles to adapt to the economic realities of shrinking revenues and rapidly changing world of iPhones, Androids,

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iPads, laptops and the exploding software that drives them and, increasingly, is melding them into one big technological melting pot. The moderate-sized audience of more than 60 persons — perhaps 50 if speakers and support staff are not counted — was heavily weighted with journalists, some from traditional media and some self-identified from their blogging and online reporting projects. A core theme of the 8th Conference on Innovation Journalism is that “journalism is no longer a gatekeeper of mass communication and knowledge dissemination. As the impact of print and broadcast diminishes, gatekeeping is evaporating, and the business of journalism has joined the innovation economy.” The scope of the change is global: There are more than 5 billion cell phones in use — more than 100 million smartphones were sold in the final quarter of 2010. As of last January, there were 600 million Facebook users and a billion Google search queries per day as of March. David Norfors, the founder and executive director of the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication, which sponsored the conference, said the awareness of the wave of innovation surfaced in the 1990s — when it was primarily focused on new technologies. Nordfors coined the term Innovation Journalism and set up the first Innovation Journalism initiatives in Sweden and at Stanford. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. He and a range of other speakers noted there were significant technological changes underway in the 1970s and 1980s, but most were below the radar of most people, including journalists. Change also was much slower, with years to bring new technologies to market. Yet being a “gadget journalist” was not a flashy

beat and the techno devices were left mostly to special-interest magazines. “Today when there’s a release of a new cell phone it’s on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. It’s not only a gadget anymore.” In the past decade the economic impacts of the changes have been felt big time on traditional print and electronic journalism. The change now encompasses both business and technology as news organizations desperately struggle to respond to plummeting revenues and plunging numbers of readers and viewers. But the revolution is not complete, Nordfors warned in kickoff comments Tuesday morning. “I think the next era of innovation is going to be focused on ‘story,’” he said. By “story” he means the broader perspective of recognizing the change as being part of an “attention economy and an engagement economy” in which individuals are drawn into direct involvement with the news in a two-way flow between devices. “Your attention and engagement is the commodity,” he said. “We become part of that story.” The challenge, Nordfors believes, is that as a society we need to develop the story, or language and terms, to describe what is happening. “Every innovation, everything, needs to have a name so we can relate to it. If it doesn’t have a name we can’t talk about it,” he said. Yet journalists for years failed to recognize or report cohesively on the early emergence of technology or its implications, Nordfors and other speakers noted. Many journalists simply didn’t recognize the scope of what was occurring, and many newspapers thought it was suf-

ficient to put up websites and just post their printed content. Yet there may be a dark side to the brave new world of omnipresent technology, Stanford communications professor Theodore “Ted” Glasser warned on one panel. Glasser, who has focused for years on press responsibility and accountability and whose extensive academic and writing career is recognized internationally, said there are numerous unknowns and some real dangers “as we try to figure out who we are and where we fit in.” Journalism education has evolved from teaching both writing and production techniques to a multi-media journalism program, that includes even Web design, he said. But that takes away from larger questions and “takes its toll” on the more intellectual substance of the educational program. “We ought to be asking about unintended consequences,” he said. With lower barriers to entry into journalism the academic world needs to address questions such as, “What does professionalism mean? What does accountability mean?” He asked about the “unintended consequences of living in a society where you are constantly tethered to others” in terms of an individual’s ability to develop as a problemsolver. One big thing will be “the loss of the institution of journalism,” he said. Newsrooms rapidly disappearing will take a toll on the training and “socialization of journalists” — the passing on of techniques, writing skills, ethics and what it means to be a journalist. The full program is online at http://ij8.innovationjournalism.org/p/program.html . N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com.

Streetwise

What was your favorite summer job? Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin and Aaron Guggenheim.

Amy Adams

Physician Fulton Street, Palo Alto “Probably being a college summer advisor for high-school students, advising kids in math and science when they were from areas where they couldn’t get that kind of experience. They were nice girls and it was nice to help give them opportunities they might never have had.”

Paul Bundy

Retired Park Avenue, Palo Alto “Working as a lab assistant for a mining company in the highlands of Central America, when I was 16. I was kind of an indentured servant, but it was a great experience and the indigenous community there was super.”

Bruce Olsen

Software Product Marketer Marine Parkway, Redwood City “I worked in the carpenter’s shop at my college. I got to go to all of the buildings on campus. There was a lot of work to do but I had a lot of freedom. And my boss would leave at 2 p.m., meaning I could do what I wanted from then until closing, which was perfect for a college job!”

Peter Bade

Attorney Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont “Probably working at Great America when I was younger. I managed rides, like the roller coasters. It was a lot of fun working at a theme park.”

Mary Fields

Seminary Student Churin Drive, Mountain View “I was a waitress at a steakhouse. I liked working with people. It was a very social environment and I like the service industry.”

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Delivering hope

LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF EVOLVING MEDICAL CARE

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teve Martz cupped his infant son Samuel’s tiny head in his hand, crooning softly into the glass incubator. “Hey, little dude,” he said, watching the baby’s delicate lungs pumping hard to breathe. Breathing and feeding tubes no thicker than strands of angel-hair pasta poked out from Samuel’s mouth and wires connected him to a heart monitor in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. When Samuel was born April 27, he was just 24 weeks into gestation. His birthday was supposed to be Aug. 11. He weighed 1 pound and 13 ounces and measured only 14 inches. Martz and his wife, Stacey Foster Martz, held hands inside the incubator as they gently touched their firstborn. “We’re so thankful to be here,” Steve said, noting the number of times he has watched warning bells go off around the roomful of tiny beds, including Sam’s, and seen the

nurses and doctors running to their patients’ sides. “I hear those bells in my sleep,” Stacey said. In the 20 years since the pediatric hospital opened, thousands of children have received a chance at life they might not have had if not for the care they get at Packard Hospital. The 311-bed hospital is among the nation’s top 10 in cardiology/heart surgery, neonatology and nephrology, according to the U.S. News Media Group’s 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Its cardiology and neonatology programs are the highestranked on the West Coast, and eight programs in all placed in the top 25. On June 26, Packard Hospital will cel-

Right, Stacey Foster Martz and her husband, Steve Martz, visit their son, Samuel, who was born at 24 weeks gestation and only 1 pound, 13 ounces, in the NICU at Lucile Packard Hospital. They visit three times a day, often staying until 1 a.m.

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Below, Clayton Hagy, who is being treated for biophenotypic leukemia, laughs with nurse practitioner Karen Kristovich as she examines his skin for signs of graft-versus-host disease.

Image courtesy of Stanford Hospital.

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patient care, from going on rounds or being present during medical crises to joining hospital advisory groups. Marilyn Anderson is one family member who returned with her husband, Arden, to volunteer at the hospital, following their granddaughter’s liver transplant. “It’s really different in the 16 years since Miranda’s transplant,� Marilyn said. “It seemed like parents were tolerated and medical people did their job. Now it’s like teamwork,� Arden, a family-care navigator, added. “Family-centered care teaches parents how to use the system for their child. It helps doctors and nurses to understand how to communicate with parents on the raw (continued on page 22)

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ate Meyer wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given much time when her 13year-old son, Clayton Hagy, was diagnosed in 2008 with biophenotypic leukemia. Clayton nearly blacked out in the school gym. Meyer took him to his pediatrician, expecting diabetes. But the diagnosis was dire. On the way home from the doctor visit, Meyer received a call: Go directly to the emergency room at Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. The oncology team would meet them there, she recalled. That day turned the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world upside down. Clayton immediately received chemotherapy and was isolated in a special room where visitors dressed in gowns, masks and gloves so they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t transmit infections. His immune system was wiped out by chemotherapy. It took a year, but he finally received a bone-marrow transplant, although it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a perfect match, she said. Meyer became keenly aware of the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good fortune in coming to Packard Hospital, she said. She had just started working for a place that brings information to Third World countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many places, this (disease) is pretty much of a death sentence,â&#x20AC;? she said. Not only has the advanced medical care helped Clayton battle the

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n Sunday, May 15, the Martzes were pushed to that raw edge, they said. Samuel had surgery on May 13 to repair a hole in a blood vessel outside of his heart, which normally closes on its own after a baby is born. He was having a couple of rough days, Stacey said. As the couple comforted Samuel, they noticed his color wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right. Stacey notified the nurse. Then Samuel stopped breathing. Samuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oxygen levels, which are

leukemia, the hospital has tried to meet his emotional and academic needs as well. During the first 56 days of his initial hospitalization, he was introduced to Packardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child Life program. The service offers art therapy, schooling and role-playing to prepare patients for difficult procedures. Clayton received tickets to San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors games, where children with compromised immune systems stay in special suites in the stadiums, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I went in for the transplant part of it, I got a dartboard with plastic tips. It was something to do. It felt good to throw something at the wall,â&#x20AC;? said Clayton, now a 15-year-old high school sophomore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most helpful things was the art therapist,â&#x20AC;? he added. Services for family members are available as well, to help them keep their emotions and mental health in balance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used everything,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. She attended a parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; support group and received 15-minute massages to reduce stress, she said. One of the most important elements of care for patients such as Clayton and their families is the relationship-based nursing program, according to Packard staff. monitored on his foot with a tiny version of the finger oxygen monitor that was developed at Stanford, started dropping precipitously. Upping his oxygen level didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help achieve the ideal 85 to 95 percent saturation rate the way it usually did, Stacey said. A nurse began administering breaths manually, but Samuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers kept dropping: 50 percent, then into the 30s, she said. Bells sounded. All at once, everyone was in motion. Samuel turned blue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hearts were in our throats, and we felt helpless. We thought he was going to die. His chest did not rise and fall,â&#x20AC;? she said. An issue with the tubing on the

Introduced in 2009, the program helps Clayton and other children develop a trusting relationship with nurses. Prior to autumn 2009, nursing care at Packard was largely driven by a schedule of tasks such as administering medication, inserting tubes and checking lines, said Cathy Hedges, project coordinator for relationship-based nursing practice. But now nurses spend five minutes on each shift in uninterrupted conversation at the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedside. Sitting with the patient at eye level and making eye contact, the nurse asks specific questions to understand the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and concerns, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding and helps establish a relationship with the patient. Especially with Spanishspeaking families, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tremendously helpful. Nurses learn how the mother thinks the baby is doing or can initiate a social-worker referral,â&#x20AC;? she said. When a new nurse comes on shift, he or she and the outgoing nurse go to the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedside to see the patient together. They talk about what was learned about the patient during the previous shift and meet with the family, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big change thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been positively received. Parents appreciate the tone,â&#x20AC;? she said. Parents know which nurse will attend to their child from the start. Previously, it might be two hours before a new shift nurse would see the patient, she said. Nursing team continuity, through on-and-off shift debriefings, also help identify issues early and improve patient safety, she said. Hedges said she has seen a cultural transformation that has improved patient care and nurse satisfaction since she started at Stanford in 1984 and began at Packard when the hospital opened its doors in 1991. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a big shift. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fantastic to see the transformation in the past five or six years,â&#x20AC;? she said. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann ventilator was fixed, and Samuel revived. When things settled down, the nurse raised the incubatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lid and let Stacey and Steve touch their son. There are no visiting hours for parents of child patients, Karen Wayman, director of family-centered care, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Families can be present when a child has a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;code.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Before, we used to make them leave the room. When I came in 1995, the expert-conducted model of medicine told families what things were going to happen and what doctors were going to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents used to be considered visitors. Now we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call them visitors. They are family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For families, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge

Cover Story change. You are part of the team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you are a team member. Rather than, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Does this work for the system?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Is this what the family wants? ... Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their experience? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their journey here?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. Families bring information that doctors and nurses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know instinctively, and they know their child best, often alerting nurses to subtle changes, she said. The concept of family-centered care is embedded in all areas of hospital care, with programs adjusted to address specific needs in cardiology and lung-, kidney- and liver-transplant programs, and many others, Wayman said. Volunteers such as the Andersons bring their own experience and a level of comfort and confidence in helping new families adapt to the hospital setting, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had two very intense encounters with the hospital,â&#x20AC;? Arden said, noting his granddaughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liver transplant and a fall that caused a subdural hematoma, or bleeding in the brain, in their 5-year-old grandson. The girl is now a happy, healthy high school sophomore, and the boy

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is now a graduate of the University of Oregon, he said. As a family-care navigator in the pediatric intensive-care unit, Arden teaches parents the ins and outs of the ICU. He helps nurses locate parents and accompanies them to a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedside in the surgical recovery room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a continual relationship with them. I wear a big button that says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ask Me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. An even more specific service â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the parent-mentor program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; puts parents new to the hospital experience together with a parent who has already â&#x20AC;&#x153;walked the walk,â&#x20AC;? and it is being replicated in other hospitals, Wayman said. The mentors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hand out advice but offer only the example of their experience and ask how the parents want different things to work for them, she said. Problems such as how to coordinate and take care of other children in the family who are living and going to school three states away or how to handle coming to the hospital over a long period are experiences parents can share with other parents, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are learning a new parenting role. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of experience about parenting for an ill child. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning a new set of skills often in an alien environment: how to help your child through procedures; how to be in a hospital room for a long time,â&#x20AC;? she said. The hospital offers a variety of other services to families; the Martzes have used many, from lactation consultants to an early-development counselor and social workers.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are helping you understand what is going on and help you to progress,â&#x20AC;? Steve said. Packard also provided a financial consultant to help the Martzes understand and gain control over their medical expenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very easy for things to fall through the cracksâ&#x20AC;? when all of the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy is focused on helping Samuel survive, Stacey said. Packard is also working to formalize programs to teach families care management, tracking medications and managing information among doctors, she said. Learning family self-management is a need when caring for kids with complex medical conditions as they return home, she said.

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as a gift. She sat in a chair with Samuel nestled close to her chest. That bonding, the skin-to-skin contact, is important and therapeutic to mother and baby, doctors say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands down, it was the best day of my life,â&#x20AC;? Stacey said. Samuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes open as his parents talk to him, and he looks in their direction. At 2 pounds and five ounces, his face and body have filled out some since he was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tipping the scales,â&#x20AC;? Stacey said. But they still have a long way to go, the couple conceded. Samuel wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be going home until he reaches the full nine-month gestation period â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until the due date in August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You live breath by breath,â&#x20AC;? Stacey said. Last week, a baby boy arrived in the NICU amid commotion. Nurses and doctors surrounded the child, hooking him up to machines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many,â&#x20AC;? Stacey said later that day on her blog. She was scheduled to hold Samuel for only the second time, but it was clear that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happening, as she watched the medical staff work feverishly over the infant. The child did not survive. It was the second time that day the Martzes witnessed the death of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child, she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sad reality in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitals, even though the majority of newborns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Packard had 4,574 deliveries last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; go on to live healthy lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just got an email from a dear friend whose son was in the NICU in North Carolina last year and she talked about the trauma of seeing other babies not make it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I will never, ever forget. My friend mentioned she has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m positive I see signs of that in myself now. I dreamed of (the babies) over the weekend and continued to pray and feel a lot of sadness,â&#x20AC;? she said. On her way to the lactation consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office last week, Stacey passed the room where the complications that led to Samuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early birth began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will always be haunted by room F239. Lots of flashbacks that leave me feeling strangely. Fearful,â&#x20AC;? she said. That reaction is common, said Nancy Contro, director of the Family Partners Program and bereavement services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially in oncology (cancer), a lot of families get close to each other. They feel fear when they see a child die who was diagnosed at the same time as their child,â&#x20AC;? she said. Social workers assigned to each family when they arrive help guide parents and children through the entirety of the life-and-death process, she said. Social workers, chaplains and Packardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s palliative-care division help families make care decisions. If the end time comes, programs are in place to help families through their grief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I have learned is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredibly important that families donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel completely cut off,â&#x20AC;? Contro said. When families leave the hospital, they often feel the loss of their hospital family and of people who understand them. In the world outside the hospital, neighbors, friends and school acquaintances donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do or say, she said. A relatively new Family Partners program brings together families who have gone through bereavement with newly grieving families. The impact of a death also has a cumulative effect on staff members, who become tied to kids and their families, she said. Staff members sometimes partake

in memorial services at the hospital. They receive counseling and staff debriefings to help continue their emotionally demanding work, she said. As a child goes in and out of phases and in and out of setbacks, palliative care can be used for years so that the child has the best possible quality of life, she said. The ebb and flow of life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and sometimes death â&#x20AC;&#x201D; within hospital walls has celebratory moments and setbacks. It is a hugely demanding experience physically, emotionally and financially, caregivers said. But the one consistent thread for everyone involved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from parents and caregivers to counselors and the sick child â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is hope, Contro said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical we let them maintain some level of hope. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to deny whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. ... They need something to get out of bed for in the morning. If you support their strengths, they will come around to the reality of where they need to be,â&#x20AC;? she said. In the face of difficult challenges, Stacey Martz said the couple is acutely aware of the fragility of life and the precarious nature of each moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We held each other and looked down at our beautiful Sam, who continues to do so well, realizing how lucky we are despite the long road ahead,â&#x20AC;? she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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Midnight in Paris ---1/2

(Guild) The opening montage of Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wistful comedy reveals the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new love affair. Not a word is spoken, but images of the object of desire cast a spell on you, just as they must have seduced the filmmaker best known for his long-term relationship with New York City. Paris looks breathtakingly beautiful. The City of Light emerges as a main character, as alive and shimmering as a backlit Marlene Dietrich in a Josef von Sternberg film. Allen and lenser Darius Khondji (â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Dreamsâ&#x20AC;?) have constructed the Paris of the imagination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; idealized and romanticized â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in an ode to imagination. Meticulous craftsmanship might be expected of a writer-director who has made more than 40 features. The big surprise is Owen Wilson (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Fockersâ&#x20AC;?) as Gil Pender, an American in Paris beguiled by the notion that â&#x20AC;&#x153;every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.â&#x20AC;? Bringing a laid-back West Coast sensibility to the archetypal Woody Allen protagonist, Wilson offers wide-eyed wonderment tinged with an underlying regret. A self-described Hollywood hack, Gil is a successful screenwriter who grinds out movie scripts but longs to write real literature. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost. Whether strolling the streets of Paris alone or with his fiancee, Inez (Rachel McAdams of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;?); her insufferable parents (Mimi Kennedy and Kurt Fuller); or know-it-all former professor (Michael Sheen); Gil finds solace in dreaming of the past. Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-reflexive script cleverly develops parallel characters and story threads that illustrate the power and perils of nostalgia. As Inez tours and shops her time away, Gil wanders or works on his book, a novel revolving around the proprietor of a nostalgia shop. And then with a magical stroke reminiscent of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Purple Rose of Cairo,â&#x20AC;? the admirer of 1920s Paris becomes immersed in his favorite period. An incredulous Gil interacts with expatriate icons of the Lost Generation and the artists who contributed to the legendary time and place: Hemingway (Corey Stoll), Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo), Dali (Adrien Brody) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). Marion Cotillard is luminous as Adriana, the former lover of Modigliani and Picasso, elevating the definition of art groupie to a whole new level, as Gil notes. But the clever and amusing encounters wear a bit thin, like watching an endless parade of celebrities walking the red carpet. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Man Ray. Here comes Luis BuĂąuel. Look at Josephine Baker shake her tail feathers. The symphony of a great city dwindles to one note. Although â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight in Parisâ&#x20AC;? lacks the complex layering of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Match Point,â&#x20AC;? thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much to admire. Woody Allen revisits his signature themes of learning to enjoy life in the present, celebrating creativity and searching for meaningful relationships. Allen fans and armchair travelers alike will find themselves singing along with Cole Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Do It, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall in Love.â&#x20AC;? Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking. 1 hour, 34 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susan Tavernetti

The Double Hour --1/2

(Aquarius) The new Italian suspense picture â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hourâ&#x20AC;? is a slippery piece about slippery characters with slippery identities and slippery states of mind. So pay attention. The mere fact that summer is seeing a film release that requires the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention is a victory in itself, and indeed â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hourâ&#x20AC;? offers the oldfashioned pleasure of an unfolding story with an unhurried pace. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-time feature director Giuseppe Capotondiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of encouraging you to stop, look and

      

        

    

             

â&#x20AC;&#x153;MARVELOUSLY ROMANTIC. A CREDIBLE BLEND OF WHIMSY AND WISDOM.â&#x20AC;? -A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

â&#x20AC;&#x153;EXHILARATING! BRIMS OVER WITH BRACING HUMOR AND RAVISHING ROMANCE, BUT THERE ARE ALSO HAUNTING SHADOWS. THAT ALONE MAKES IT A KEEPER. OWEN WILSON IS PITCH PERFECT. MARION COTILLARD IS SUPERB.â&#x20AC;? -Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Ksenia Rappoport in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hour.â&#x20AC;? listen, the better to process motifs that also function as pieces to a puzzle. In Turin, Italy, hotel chambermaid Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport) must deal with the deeply unsettling suicide of a stranger. Death hangs in the air for the rest of the film, with ghosts perhaps literal and certainly metaphorical. Soniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend and co-worker Margherita (Antonia Truppo) consistently prods Sonia about her love life, leading her to a life-changing speed dating session. There, she meets ex-cop Guido (Filippo Timi of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vincereâ&#x20AC;?), a man still contending with his own ghosts of relationships past. Before long, hot and heavy appears to turn serious for the couple, but then the unexpected happens. And keeps happening. Guidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current work as a security guard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sort of watcher in the woods responsible for a country estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine art collection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gets both Sonia and him into trouble, tying a knot the rest of the film busies itself untying. Reality becomes uncertain and trust issues arise: The duplicity suggested by the title may refer to people turning up where they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or to run-of-the-mill betrayal. If I sound like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being vague, you betcha. The film gets by in no small part due to the element of surprise. The atmosphere is also crucial: Despite crime and an element of danger, this is a grown-up mood piece more than a thriller, and Timi and Rappoport (named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival) give sensitive, subtle performances that make up for the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chain-yanking gimmickry. Due to the actors and their chemistry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in conversation and in convincingly intense sex scenes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hourâ&#x20AC;? wins perhaps more audience investment than it deserves. Despite being in large part about a security guard, Capotondiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film is downright suffused with insecurity. Of speed dating, Guido remarks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With too many choices, you always make the wrong one,â&#x20AC;? and signs point to his having made a mistake in choosing Sonia. Add to that Soniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing distrust of her own mind, and the ostensible genre elements that seem to pitch the film somewhere between crime film and ghost story begin to look like the stuff of an allegory about modern relationships and the fright of commitment. The results are about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect from a philosophy student turned music-video director turned feature filmmaker. Though â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hourâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite all that and a bag of cannoli, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a look. Not MPAA rated. One hour, 35 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A JOYOUS DELIGHT! IN THIS BEGUILING AND THEN BEDAZZLING NEW COMEDY, NOSTALGIA ISNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T AT ALL WHAT IT USED TO BEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SMARTER, SWEETER, FIZZIER AND EVER SO MUCH FUNNIER.â&#x20AC;? -Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

â&#x20AC;&#x153;PRIME WOODY ALLEN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; INSIGHTFUL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND VERY FUNNY.â&#x20AC;? -Keith Uhlich, TIME OUT NEW YORK

â&#x20AC;&#x153;BREATHTAKING! 94 MINUTES OF TOTAL ENCHANTMENT!â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;ROMANCE, FANTASY, LAUGHS, AND A WHOLE LOT OF STARS!â&#x20AC;? -David Germain, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Kathy Bates Adrien Brody

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42nd Street (1933)

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

Babes in Arms (1939)

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:45 & 9:10 p.m.

Bridesmaids (R) (((1/2

Century 16: 1:25, 4:20, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10:30 a.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 12:35, 1:55, 3:35, 4:55, 6:30, 7:50, 9:25 & 10:45 p.m.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:40, 4:05, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 12:05, 2:20, 4:35, 7 & 9:15 p.m.

The Conspirator (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Tue. & Thu. at 4:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 9:45 p.m.

The Double Hour (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Everything Must Go (R) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: 2 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 7:20 p.m.

Fast Five (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:55, 4:50, 7:45 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m.; 1:45, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:35 p.m.

The First Grader (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:45 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 9:50 p.m.

The Hangover Part II (R) (Not Reviewed)

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

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Incendies (R) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

    

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) (Not Reviewed)

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

Maytime (1937)

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

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Die WalkĂźre (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

   

     

Midnight in Paris (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at noon.

The Pirate (1948)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:35 & 9:25 p.m.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: Noon, 1:10, 3:10, 4:40, 6:40, 8:30 & 10 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10 a.m.; In 3D at 11 a.m.; 12:40, 2:10, 3:50, 5:40, 7:30, 9 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 12:20, 1:40, 3, 3:40, 5, 6:15, 6:50, 8:15, 9:35 & 10 p.m.; In 3D at 11:10 a.m.; 12:50, 2:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:30, 9 & 10:35 p.m.

Priest (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 2 & 7 p.m.; In 3D at 11:55 a.m. & 4:50 p.m.

    

    

               

 

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the special scheduled meeting on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto for the following purposes: 1. To consider the City of Palo Alto (City) adoption of the draft 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (Draft 2010 Plan) in compliance with the California Urban Water Management Planning Act; and 2. To allow community input regarding the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implementation plan for compliance with the California Water Conservation Act of 2009 (SBx7-7), consider the economic impacts of its implementation, and adopt a method for determining the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urban water use target as required under SBx7-7.

Rio (PG) ((

Century 16: Fri.-Wed. at 1:20 & 7 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Thu. at 3:55 & 9:55 p.m.; Also in 3D Fri.-Mon. at 10:45 a.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 4:25 p.m.; In 3D at 2:15 & 7:20 p.m.

Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Rain (1952)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:40 p.m.

Something Borrowed (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.

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The Vagabond King (1930)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:35 & 9:50 p.m.

X-Men: First Class (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Thu. at 12:01 a.m.

Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 a.m.

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shorter than her thumb. Below her feet, sound is thousands of things. It’s reel-to-reel tape players the size of carry-on luggage. Shellac 78s and vinyl LPs. The earliest wax cylinders, and gleaming wooden phonographs to play them. Even a few 8-tracks. Down basement

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humans’ efforts to conserve spoken words, music and other sounds for posterity. The archive stretches from the 19th-century wax cylinders developed by Thomas Edison all the way to digital files. Together with an off-campus storage facility, the collection encompasses some 350,000 items. Visitors can hear Eleanor Roosevelt’s voice for the first time, gaze upon autographed photos of early-1900s opera divas, or watch an archivist wind up a silver music box. “It just kind of brings the past back to life,” says Jerry McBride, head librarian of the archive and Stanford’s Music Library.

Above: A brilliantly green Aretino phonograph from the early 1900s. Left, from top: An 1890s music box, one of the many donated items in the archive; a 1902 portrait of an unnamed opera singer, from the collection of baritone Mario Ancona; head librarian Jerry McBride looking through vintage discs.

Past meets present in the archive’s listening room, where machines from earlier decades are patched into a computer for making digital copies of recordings. But there’s something special about hearing an album or a poetry reading on the device it was meant for. Listeners can choose from turntables and cassette decks, or players for CDs, digital audiotape and VHS and Betamax videos. A reel-to-reel tape player atop a tower of machines looks down on its neighbors, seeing the past and the future. In other rooms, shelves are packed with books and periodicals on the recording industry, along with the recordings and their many accoutrements: liner notes, sheet music, concert programs, photos and record catalogs. Related videotapes and video discs abound as well. Neatly stacked boxes of newer acquisitions wait to be cataloged. LPs are everywhere — some of the very same LPs, in fact, that might have been new when the archive was founded in 1958. Music librarian Edward Colby started the archive when the popularity of 78-rpm discs was giving way to a love for LPs. Libraries were starting to collect LPs, and he wanted to make sure the older items weren’t lost, McBride says. Stanford graduate William Moran, who had an interest in vintage recordings, was also an early force in helping the archive grow. Over the years, the collection has indeed grown, fueled mostly by donations. One never

knows what will arrive in boxes. While archive staff members don’t seek out phonographs, for instance, one might show up as part of a donated assortment. At the moment, McBride is surrounded by many such pleasant surprises. A corner of the archive’s front room is filled with wooden cabinets that house phonographs. Unlike today’s minimalist iPod speakers, these were often large decorative pieces of furniture with ornamental carving. McBride turns to a tabletop phonograph for cylinders. Its smooth wood looks pretty good for being from 1903. “This recording that I’m going to play is about 100 years old,” he says matter-of-factly, holding a dark wax cylinder. When the cylinder spins on the phonograph, fuzzy-sounding men’s voices emerge from the machine’s large horn. McBride gently advises a visitor to stand right in front of the horn, and the sound gets clearer. It’s “The Jolly Blacksmith,” a chipper novelty number sung by the Edison Quartet. “They were making these cylinders up until about 1929,” McBride says. “Then discs really took over.” Moving forward in time, McBride places a disc on a record player that was state-of-theart in 1927. Its gold-colored arm gleams as he winds up the machine. Like many of the pho(continued on page 30)

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earl Bailey did a television special there with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Rudolf Nureyev danced there. Gene Kelly recorded a concert there called “An American in Pasadena.” The glass-fronted concert hall known as the Ambassador Auditorium had a heyday of only 20 seasons, from 1974 to 1995, but those seasons were remarkable. Built as a house of worship by the Worldwide Church of God, the venue became a popular destination for such big names as Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, the Peking Acrobats, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Hope, Ray Charles and Yo-Yo Ma. The hall closed in 1995, and the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound acquired its collection of artistic and business materials. All told, it’s more than 600 boxes. Sound and video recordings are plentiful, but the boxes have also yielded photos, concert programs and original artwork of the venue. With such a big project, the boxes are still being unpacked and their contents cataloged. It’s been a major project for archive sound cataloger and project archivist Frank Ferko and archival assistant Anna Graves. “Six hundred and nine of the boxes are done,” Ferko says earlier this week in the archive. “We have more coming, about another 40-some boxes.” He smiles. “We’re getting real close to the end.” The friendly Ferko is also a composer whose music is often performed by choral groups and other ensembles. He’s clearly been enchanted by the Ambassador, and can recite details and history at will. “They were called the Carnegie Hall of the west,” he says, noting that the performers were high-quality and the venue was, too. He speaks of the top-notch acoustics, the Baccarat-crystal chandeliers. “No expense was spared.” The Ambassador is relatively small; it seats 1,262, compared to Carnegie Hall’s main auditorium, which can hold

Memorabilia from the Ambassador Auditorium. 2,804, Ferko says. So the Ambassador was also used for solo recitals and chamber concerts. One particularly memorable solo performance was given by the pianist Arthur Rubinstein in 1975. “January 15,” Ferko clarifies without looking it up. The performance was called “The Last Recital for Israel,” and a recording of it was released posthumously. “It was full of wrong notes, but the man was 88,” Ferko says. The Ambassador closed because its operators ran out of money, Ferko says. Things are looking brighter these days. The HRock Church bought the venue in 2004 for worship services, but has also been restoring the building and bringing back artists. “Now the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra has made it their home,” Ferko says. As Ferko catalogs the past, he’s hoping to plan the future — a future visit to the Ambassador, that is. He’s never been there and is waiting for the right concert. “I’m keeping my eye on their website,” he says. “It looks like an absolutely breathtaking place.” N

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nographs in the room, it’s mechanical instead of electronic. “It’s just the way Edison did it in 1877, only with a bigger horn and more sophisticated equipment,” he says. Fittingly, a piece of brass music comes trumpeting through the horn. McBride has spread out several other kinds of discs on a table, including huge ones used by radio stations. A disc might have an entire program on it. Here, one contains several spots for Burgermeister Beer. Its label sports a cheerful red logo for the “Song-ads” company, with a treble clef for the S. The cylinders and older, thicker discs look remarkably sturdy. McBride notes that they last longer than some of their newer cousins, as anyone who’s gotten a cassette tape hopelessly snarled can imagine. Still, cylinders can scratch, and will break if dropped, he says. He’s careful to pick up discs by their sides or in the center, or sometimes with white gloves. “Old discs can be brittle,” sound cataloger and project archivist Frank Ferko notes later. “When you handle them, it’s like glass.” One can easily wax nostalgic over vinyl. Less familiar to modern eyes are the wire tapes that McBride has stored in a little box. Popular in the 1930s and ‘40s for dictation machines, they saved sounds on thin wires. McBride unrolls one to display the wire, which looks like a hair. “If it gets out of control, it’s like your worst Slinky nightmare,” he says. This recording method fell out of favor when reel-to-reel came in. It had Page 30ÊUÊ>ÞÊÓÇ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

Benjamin Bates with some of the many records at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. better fidelity and was easier to work with, McBride says. Also on the table is the scrapbook of Mario Ancona, an Italian baritone who died in 1931. Photos of his fellow singers fill its pages, many crowned with looping autographs. Ancona’s memorabilia are some of the many donated personal collections. The archive recently acquired more than 1,000 discs and reels from the collection of the late violinist Jascha Heifetz. Another assortment has yielded a small exhibition. On the ground floor of the music library, glass cases are filled with concert programs and photos assembled by the late Jack Lund, an active Bay Area arts patron. And archive staff are still cataloging boxes from the Ambassador Auditorium, the Pasadena concert hall that had its heyday in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. (See separate story above.)

The heart of the archive’s jazz holdings is the Monterey Jazz Festival Archive. The festival donated all its recordings dating back to its first year, 1958, together with posters and programs. McBride clearly has a particular appreciation for jazz. His eyes light up when he mentions the collection of present-day drummer Peter Erskine. Recently, McBride watched a home video of Erskine playing with the late pianist Stan Kenton. “It was an early camcorder. We didn’t even know if we could play it,” McBride says. “It was just really thrilling to see.” McBride is also a musician with a degree in clarinet performance. His first job was as an archivist at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Southern California. Seeing and hearing the past has given him a greater understanding of musical trends, especially

  

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Mostly pub grub St. Stephen’s Green is mostly Irish and all good for food, drink and watching sports by Dale F. Bentson

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he first time I stepped into the St. Stephen’s Green pub in Mountain View, I did a double take. I thought I’d absentmindedly wandered into Fry’s Electronics by mistake. The walls were lined with oversized television sets airing a myriad of sporting events from across the globe. There were 10 high-definition screens, including one that was a mini-cinema-sized 106 inches. With sports coming at me from all directions, I was in my male element. St. Stephen’s Green’s borrows its name from a 300-year-old park in Dublin. The 22-acre common was laid out, fittingly, by the greatgrandson of Arthur Guinness. Both owner Erik Barry and general manager Des Whelan hail from County Wexford south of Dublin, which borders the Irish Sea. While the two share Irish roots, they met here, through a mutual friend. Barry, whose day job is in hightech, bought the pub, formerly Fibbar Magee’s, in 1999. He brought in Whelan eight years ago to manage the spot. Whelan gained his restaurant experience in Dublin, London and Frankfurt before deciding California was the place to be. “We’ve gone from a pure Irish pub, catering to Irish people and blue-collar workers, to more whitecollar office people. From Irish appeal to American appeal,” Whelan

said. “In the beginning, we catered to adults. Now we encourage families and even have a children’s menu.” Not to give the wrong impression. St. Stephen’s is solidly adultthemed. Besides the television sets, there are DJs on weekends, early and late happy hours, Peruvian nights, Irish nights and an online calendar full of events. The pub is on Facebook, has an ATM on the premises and boasts a late-night food menu. There’s a lot going on. Physically, everything is sturdy inside St. Stephen’s Green, from the tables and chairs to the hearty fare turned out by the kitchen. Lest anyone forget where they are, there is a digital countdown to St. Patrick’s Day that starts March 18 and subtracts every day, hour and minute until the next shamrock celebration. The menu is straightforward: nothing frilly, nothing fussy, but almost everything is nourishing and well prepared. The waitstaff, many with bouncy Irish lilts, are attentive and efficient. I found the bucket of onion rings ($6.50) plump, crispy, hot from the fryer and not overly greasy. We waited several minutes for the rings to cool enough to eat. There was plenty for two to share as an appetizer. The fish and chips ($12.50) were generous hunks of cod filets,

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breaded and fried to perfection, golden on the outside and snowywhite and flaky on the inside. The chips, or French fries, were thickcut, crisp and meaty. I was particularly fond of the fries. Shepherd’s pie ($11.95) was a tasty concoction of ground beef and vegetables in gravy topped with a double scoop of mashed potatoes. It was definitely stickto-your-ribs fare. The meat was tender, the saucing generous and flavorful, with plenty of mashed potatoes to mop it all up. Irish stew ($12.95) was loaded with tender chunks of lamb, onion, carrots, celery and potatoes in a rich brown gravy. Stews are simple dishes but restaurants have a tendency to overcook them, making mush instead of a dish with color, texture and layers of flavor. Here, it’s perfectly cooked. No pub these days, American or Irish, from The Curragower Seafood Bar in Limerick to The Brazen Head in Dublin to St. Stephen’s Green in Mountain View can subsist without a burger on the menu. St. Stephen’s takes its burgers to the next step with the buildyour-own burger concept ($9.50). Choices are many: beef, turkey, salmon, buffalo, Kobe beef for an additional $2.45, and a vegetarian option that is already topped with mushrooms, onions, peppers and Swiss cheese. Each burger comes with a pile of fries; additional toppings are available for a nominal charge. I built a salmon burger with sauteed onions ($.75) and Irish bacon ($2). Irish bacon is made from the back meat of the hog, while American bacon comes from the belly.

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Stained-glass booth partitions at St. Stephen’s Green show scenes of the Irish countryside.

The stick-to-your-ribs shepherd’s pie with a pint of Guinness. Irish bacon is similar to Canadian bacon, does not crisp when cooked, is a tad chewier and delivers a load of flavor. There was a trough of condiments on the table to enrich my salmon burger. After I loaded it up, the bun and patty were too thick to eat. I cut it in half and scrunched the bun to get my mouth around the sandwich. It wasn’t the most flavorful salmon I ever tasted, likely mixed with breadcrumbs and spices. The onions and bacon elevated the sandwich, though. I had no regrets. Additional Irish menu items included chicken and mushroom pie, Guinness steak pie, sausage and mash, and mixed grill. Non-Gaelic-inspired dishes were chicken, pasta, seafood and steaks along with soups, salads and sides. Desserts are not house-made but I was encouraged to try the apple pie ($5.50). It came with a double scoop of vanilla ice cream. The pie itself, one of those lattice-topped crusty affairs,was just okay: a touch too sweet, a tad lacking in apples. As for alcohol, there is a formidable offering of martinis, a so-so wine list and solid lineup of draft and bottled beers.

Many food items are 40 to 50 percent off during happy hour, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: a very good deal. St. Stephen’s Green is what a good public place should be: reliable, friendly, a hub of activity serving tasty food and drink at fair prices. Despite its Americanization, I think this pub keeps Irish eyes smiling. N

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Winning pitcher Jake Bruml (30) is hugged by Robert Wickers while Freddy Avis and Jake Batchelder (12) rush to congratulate Bruml following Menlo School’s 9-8 CCS Division III semifinal victory on Tuesday.

ometimes, just getting to a championship game is more difficult than winning it. The Palo Alto and Menlo School baseball teams will gladly test that theory. Both squads probably felt they were playing for Central Coast Section titles during their semifinal games this week. The No. 3-seeded Vikings faced No. 2 Mitty while the No. 3-seeded Knights took on No. 2 Carmel. On paper, Paly and Menlo were underdogs. Paper, however, can be crumpled up and thrown away and that’s exactly how the Vikings and Knights treated their respective opponents. On Tuesday, Menlo rallied from six runs down in the top of the sixth to tie its Division III game with Carmel, before finally claiming a 9-8 victory with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth. On Wednesday, Palo Alto jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning and played solidly on defense while showing defending champion Mitty, 5-2, the in a Division I showdown. On Saturday, Menlo (25-5) will seek its fifth section title against No. 8 Santa Cruz (15-14) at San Jose (continued on page 36)

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End of streak was inevitable for Stanford Cardinal had to win national title to keep historic home winning streak alive by Rick Eymer ooking back at Stanford’s historic 184-match home winning streak, it’s a wonder something like this could be accomplished over a 12-year span, especially with the popularity of tennis and the explosion of foreign players adding to an already talented group of college players. The Florida women earned the NCAA national championship with its dramatic 4-3 victory over the host Cardinal on Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The Gators survived a grueling four-hour match to grind out the victory, taking three singles victories in three sets, including the clincher in a tiebreaker. Florida (31-1) will carry the nation’s longest home winning streak, at 95, into next season. Stanford (28-1) will start another one. Cardinal women’s tennis coach Lele Forood said the team never made too much of the streak because it involved generations of players long since graduated or even retired from the professional game. “We knew it wasn’t going to go on for infinity, so we will take a loss and move on,” she said. “The streak doesn’t mean a lot to us. It is interesting, but it is not a motivating thing. It is kind of fun, but it is trivia. We are much more on the year to year with

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COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or mike@ in2change.com. . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking frosh-soph and freshman football coaches as well as a girls’ junior varsity volleyball coach for next season. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez via email at frodriguez@shschools.org or by phone at (650) 473-4031.

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Palo Alto American Legion Post 375 baseball program will hold two tryouts for the upcoming season, the first on May 28 and the second on May 30th, both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palo Alto High . . . The Menlo Polo Club will host its second US Polo Association (USPA) sanctioned Ladies Cup on Saturday at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. The event is also an entry level qualifier tournament for the Womenís Championship Tournament (WCT), the most-prestigious tournament title in womenís polo today as well as the largest womenís tournament series in the world. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and last match is estimated to end at 4 p.m. There is an admission fee with limited bleacher seating on the west side of the field. Spectators are encouraged to bring comfortable chairs. Parking is available at nearby Sacred Heart Prep or St. Joseph Middle School.

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Stanford seniors (L-R) Jennifer Yen, Carolyn McVeigh and Hilary Barte had to settle for the NCAA runnerup trophy after the Cardinal lost to Florida, 4-3.

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Clayton helped Stanford get back on its feet Cardinal senior closes his career on a positive note as he leaves program in better shape than when he arrived by Rick Eymer lex Clayton’s professional tennis career will likely last about a month. He’s scheduled to join the American work force in July and figures there may not be enough time to stay sharp. Clayton, one of three seniors (with Greg Hirshman and Ted Kelly) on Stanford’s men’s tennis team, leaves behind a memorable legacy of success and triumph over adversity. The Cardinal (21-6) saw its season end with a 4-3 loss to top-seeded and unbeaten Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA team tournament last Sunday. For the first time in his tennis life, Clayton had to fight back the tears. “It’s hard being done,” Clayton said. “It’s a weird feeling. I’ll wake up tomorrow and won’t be back here playing with the team again.” Stanford coach John Whitlinger had to fight back tears himself when speaking about Clayton and his influence on the program. “When he first got here the program was somewhat in a shambles,” Whitlinger said. “He leaves it in better shape and I can’t thank him enough for his leadership and his contribution.” As a freshman, Clayton helped lead Stanford into the postseason after failing to reach the NCAA tournament the previous year. He was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country, named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Numerous injuries and setbacks kept Clayton from returning to full strength but that was never an excuse for the man Whitlinger says “is like a son.” Clayton, who won a pair of NCAA matches before losing the clinching point against the Cavaliers, departs with a 109-44 career singles record and the admiration of his coaches and players. Hirshman, injured for the NCAA tournament, and Kelly combined for a 78-55 career mark. “I feel like I played as well as I have ever played,” Clayton said. “It was just so close and I just couldn’t get over the line.” Clayton plans to play in a handful of professional tournaments in June

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Stanford senior Hilary Barte can’t believe her team’s undefeated season is coming to an end. someone on your team that is so successful at what she does, in a lot of ways she is a huge idol,” Burdette said of Barte. “I’ve always wanted to be like her, to carry myself like her, with a lot of class. I feel like I have just learned so much, that it is hard to even say everything. It is the little things here and there, how she handles people, how she handles herself out on the court. It has been a really cool two years. And it’s not over yet; we have next week. We still have doubles and we are going to do very well.” Stacey Tan recovered from a first set loss to beat Joanna Mather, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles and give Stanford a 3-1 edge but Alex Cercone returned the favor at No. 5 singles, beating Veronica Li, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Olivi Janowicz’s 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 win over McVeigh at No. 6 singles to tie it. “It was an incredible match,” Forood said. “It was the most electric atmosphere I have experienced at a college tennis match. It was an amazing day; we just came up a little short.” Barte, Burdette, Gibbs and McVeigh all received alltournament honors. N

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what we do because players, situations and teams are different. It just happens that we went an incredibly long period of time without losing a match.” Stanford and Florida seem to be handing the baton off to each other. The Cardinal had a 52-match home streak end in that February of 1999 loss to California. Stanford ended the Gators’ 60-match home winning streak in the national championship match in 1999. It’s Florida’s turn to carry the banner. Stanford has won 236 of its past 238 matches played at home, a span that dates to the 1995 season. The Cardinal loses three seniors in Hilary Barte, Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen. Barte, who likely will become a four-time All-American this year, took an overall singles record of 136-28 and a doubles mark of 117-33 into the NCAA individual tournament that began Wednesday. Barte owns a career 90-13 (87-10 as the No. 1 player) in dual matches, tying her with Lauren Kalvaria for seventh on the all-time list. She is 71-22 (70-22 as No. 1) in dual match doubles victories. “It has been the most special experience I have ever had, especially in tennis,” Barte said. “I think this team especially, we had a lot of mountains and we climbed them. The memories I’ll take away, I will have for the rest of my life.” Mallory Burdette, who fought from behind to give herself, and the team, a chance to win, walked off after her final shot went long Tuesday night, shoulders slumped and head down. Stanford didn’t necessarily lose the title on Court 2, or anywhere else. Florida just won it, taking advantage of an ankle injury to Cardinal freshman Kristie Ahn to win at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and setting the stage for an epic battle at No. 2 singles. “It’s hard to lose an impact player like her but I felt comfortable with the people we put on the court,” Forood said. “I feel like we can get four points on anybody.” The Gators also won the doubles point, taking it to Stanford right away and winning convincingly. Embree, who played No. 1 singles last year, was ahead 5-1 in the first set before Burdette won seven straight games to snatch the set away. Embree, who won her 24th consecutive match, was in control of the second set. Burdette went up 4-0 in the third set and Embree rallied to win five straight games and was at double match point before Burdette rallied to take the game and then send it to the tie-breaker. Burdette faced a 6-4 deficit before winning the next two points. Then she missed a sure winner and sent the next one long, ending the marathon. Barte gave Stanford its first point at No.1 singles, beating Allie Will, 6-2, 6-4. Freshman Nicole Gibbs gave the Cardinal the lead, 2-1, with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sofie Oyen at No. 3 singles. “I think that ever since freshman year, when you have

before beginning a job with Goldman-Sachs in San Francisco. Whitlinger is glad he’ll be close to “home.” “It’s been a crazy ride,” Clayton said. “I almost didn’t come to Stanford. I thought about playing professionally. But this has been the most amazing experience of my life. Coach and the team have become like family. Countless people have made it happen and given me lifelong memories.” Clayton reached the semifinals of the NCAA tournament as a freshman and the quarterfinals as a sophomore, earning All-American honors both years. He was a second team all-Pac-10 honoree as a junior. “We were OK when I was a freshman but we needed help at the top of the singles and that’s where Bradley (Klahn) and Ryan (Thacher) made a huge difference,” Clayton said. “To get this far, and to take the No. 1 team to the limit is the best experience I’ve had in tennis.” Whitlinger first saw Clayton as a singles finalist at the USTA Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., as a 16-year-old. He was the nation’s second-ranked player in the age group and the two of them formed a bond that will continue far past graduation. “Coaching the team is part of it but it’s also about helping them prepare for later in the life,” Whitlinger said. “This guy will be a success. Alex has a great base from which to draw. He’s part of the Stanford family. He’s part of the legacy.” Klahn, Thacher, Matt Kandath and Denis Lin are eligible to return for Stanford, a solid foundation for another run at a possible title. Walker Kehrer and Menlo School grad Jamin Ball also saw significant action on the year. Thanks to players like Clayton, the Stanford men’s program is healthy and headed in the right direction. Blue chip recruit Robert Stineman, a senior at New Trier High School in Illinois, has made a verbal commitment to Stanford. Stineman has been ranked as one of the top two recruits in the nation. He will be joined by Ireland’s John Morrissey. N

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Government Code Sections 66016 and 66018, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will conduct a Public Hearing at its Special Meetings on June 13, 2011 and June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider changes to the Fiscal Year 2012 Municipal Fee Schedule, including new fees, and increases to existing fees. Copies of the fee schedule setting forth any proposed new fees, and increases to existing fees are available on the City’s website and in the Administrative Services Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $3.00 per copy charge for this publication.

Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Contract No. FMM-11 and NM-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: Scope of work includes but is not limited to moving of an existing 1440 square foot modular building at Fairmeadow Elementary; and installing a new 960 square-foot modular building at Nixon Elementary. This are two separate projects. Work includes asphalt paving, electrical, fire alarm, water, sewer, EMS, new ramps, utility trenching and carpet/vinyl for a complete and operational building. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be mandatory pre-bid conferences and site visits as follows: Fairmeadow (FMM-11), 2:00 p.m. on May 25, 2011 at Fairmeadow Elementary School located at 500 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California 94306. Nixon (NM-11), 1:00 p.m. on June 1, 2011 at Nixon Elementary School located at 1711 Stanford Ave Stanford, California 94305 Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office building D, by 11:00 a.m. on June 14, 2011 for FMM-11 and by 1:00PM on June 15, 2011 for NM-11 PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 – 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, Phone Number (650) 967-1966 All questions can be addressed to: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Aimée Lopez Phone: (650) 329-3927 Fax: (650) 327-3588 Page 36ÊUÊ>ÞÊÓÇ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Municipal Stadium at 4 p.m. Upon that conclusion, Palo Alto (27-9) will seek its first section title against No. 5 San Benito (22-8) at 7 p.m. Both teams were in similar situations last season as they advanced to section finals, even though both beat lower-seeded teams in the semifinals. Menlo was seeded third and faced No. 16 Hillsdale in the finals, winning 8-2. Palo Alto was seeded No. 1 in Division II and faced No. 6 Burlingame in the finals, but dropped a 7-4 decision. Both Menlo coach Craig Schoof and Paly coach Erick Raich believe the tough semifinals provided good tuneups. “I do think it was good for us for a couple of reasons,” Schoof said. “One, things had been pretty easy for us in the first two rounds with 8-0 and 10-0 victories, and that game (against Carmel) was a reality check. Two, it proved we can come back no matter what. We will not relinquish the title without a fight — and the seniors will lead the way.” Raich is probably thinking the same way, especially after facing Mitty’s top two pitchers, Brett Fuller and Tyler Davis. “We didn’t approach the game last night as our championship,” Raich said. “We just wanted to make sure we played our game of baseball and, if we got beat, we could live with that. Our game plan was to put pressure on Mitty offensively and defensively, make them earn everything they get.” Menlo was favored against Hillsdale last season and proved the seedings correct. Saturday’s matchup with Santa Cruz may be a little different. “As for being the favorite, not so sure about that,” Schoof said. “They are from an ‘A’ League, have played very tough competition, are on a roll, and we will be facing their ace. Watched them the other night (a 12-1 semifinal win over Half Moon Bay), not sure why they were 12-14 coming into the tournament.” Palo Alto also was favored in last year’s title game against Burlingame for a number of reasons, but came up short. The Vikings have to guard against any letdown on Saturday. “As for San Benito, they are a very good team and from what I hear, they are bringing Darrin Gilies back to pitch from a wrist injury, and he is very good,” Raich said. “We need to have another great two days of practice and get in the mind frame for a dogfight of a game.” Raich and his players probably were expecting a dogfight with Mitty on Wednesday as the Monarchs came in ranked No. 20 in the state while the No. 3-seeded Vikings were No. 41, according to MaxPreps. When Palo Alto scored four runs in the first inning, those rankings went out the window along with Mitty’s hopes of defending its title as the Vikings went on to post its 5-2 victory. “What a win for the Palo Alto team and community,” said Raich, whose team earned the program’s fourth trip to the finals and second straight.

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Menlo’s Jake Bruml celebrates his game-ending strikeout Tuesday. It didn’t take long for Paly to put itself in position for another title shot. Senior Christoph Bono got the first of his three hits in the first after one was out. Junior Austin Braff walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Senior T.J. Braff was intentionally walked to load the bases for senior Will Glazier, who lofted a sacrifice fly to score Bono. When the relay throw to the plate got past the catcher, Braff also came home for a 2-0 lead. Senior Drake Swezey walked and stole second, one of five bases the Vikings swiped. That set the stage for junior Jack Witte, who lined a single to right to score Braff and Swezey. Bono gave Paly a 5-0 lead in the third after getting a leadoff single and stealing second and third before scoring on a wild pitch by Davis. “Bono had a huge game offensively and, top to bottom, the offense had great at-bats,” Raich said. After that it was all pitching and defense for Palo Alto. Junior Ben Sneider retired the first seven batters he faced and allowed four hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings. Swezey, a senior, held Mitty scoreless the final 2 2/3 innings. “We played unbelievable defense and Sneider and Swezey did an unbelievable job of attacking the zone and going right at the Mitty hitters,” Raich said. Austin Braff made two standout plays at shortstop, taking away potential hits in back-to-back innings, while Alec Wong made two nice defensive plays on tough ground balls in the sixth as the Vikings avenged their 6-3 loss to Mitty in the Mike Hazlett Memorial Tournament on Feb. 28. Paly started the season 1-3, but has gone 26-6 since. Palo Alto will take a five-game win streak into Saturday’s championship game and now has won 16 of its past 18 games. This will be the first all-public school Division I final since 2004, when Wilcox defeated Palo Alto, 5-4, and only the third in the past 21 years. Monta Vista beat Leland in the Division 4A title game in 1990. Menlo, meanwhile, will be attempting to win back-to-back titles since first accomplishing that in 1988 and ‘89. The Knights have a seven-game win streak, outscoring the competition by 78-18 during the streak.

Schoof had plenty of standouts on Tuesday, with junior Freddy Avis and freshman Mikey Diekroeger being two of them. Avis delivered a clutch two-run double to cap a sixrun sixth inning and tie the game, 8-8, and force extra innings. The Knights loaded the bases in the ninth and Diekroeger brought home Phil Anderson with a sacrifice fly as Menlo escaped with a hard-fought win over Carmel (26-4). “Freddy’s hit was huge,” said Schoof. “That’s what baseball is all about, having those kind of moments,” added Avis. Trailing 8-2 heading into the top of the sixth, Schoof gathered his team for one final talk. The situation looked grim, for sure. “Coach Schoof said ‘show the heart of a champion. Leave it all on the field,’ related senior Jake Bruml. “We just left it all out there. We felt, and knew, we could do it.” Bruml, who had relieved Avis in the fifth and allowed a two-run double, took matters into his own hands with a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. “I think that leadoff knock was huge,” Bruml said. “I think it put pressure on them. Everything just went our way from then on.” After a strikeout, Diekroeger singled home Bruml and it was 8-3. Tim Benton’s double-play grounder was dropped at second and Jake Batchelder was safe on a error to load the bases. Senior Robert Wickers then delivered a two-run single, a chopper over the third baseman’s head. Suddenly, it was 8-5. Austin Marcus was safe when his apparent groundout was dropped at first, with another run coming home for an 8-6 game. After Carmel switched pitchers, Avis greeted him with a booming double to the left-field gap that scored two runs and tied the game. In the top of the ninth, Anderson walked and Bruml’s popup to short right was mishandled for an error by two converging players. The Padres tried to get Anderson at second, but the throw was wild and both runners were safe. Dylan Mayer laid down a bunt, with the new pitcher throwing late to third in an attempt to get Anderson. With the bases loaded and no outs, Diekroeger brought home Anderson with his sacrifice fly. Menlo didn’t get its first hit until Anderson singled to center in the fourth. The Knights didn’t get their first run until the fifth, when Anderson drilled a two-run single with the bases loaded. That gave Menlo life at 5-2 until Carmel scored three runs in the bottom of the frame for an 8-2 lead. The Knights’ chances of defending their title looked all but gone at that point. But, they never gave up. “I thought it was possible,” Schoof said of coming back, but he wasn’t sure how probable it was. “We were beating ourselves early. It did not look like our game.” The Knights proved otherwise. Bruml, Batchelder and Anderson all had two hits. Avis, Anderson Diekroeger and Wickers all drove in two runs. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” Schoof told his team afterward. Except, perhaps, for winning a fifth CCS title on Saturday. N

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