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On June 26th

You’re Invited! Celebrate the 20th Birthday of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

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 seeks tougher tobacco laws City considers requiring licenses for tobacco retailers, adding restrictions on where people can smoke by Gennady Sheyner moking is hardly a burning issue in Palo Alto, but those who make it their vice of choice could soon encounter new pressures and obstacles. City officials are considering further restricting where people can

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smoke, introducing new anti-smoking educational programs and requiring all businesses that sell cigarettes to acquire licenses. The initiatives would be funded largely through a $51,724 grant from Santa Clara County, which had recently updated

its own smoking ordinance. The City Council’s Policy and Services Committee on Tuesday night agreed that the time is ripe for Palo Alto to update its smoking laws, which are now more lenient than those of many neighboring jurisdictions. The county’s “Tobacco Report Card,� which issues grades based on factors like compliance with tobacco-advertising, restriction of sales to minors and level of enforcement,

awarded the city a B in June 2010. In 2009, the city received an F. Still, the committee agreed that the grades should be taken with a grain of salt. Perhaps more telling than the city’s mediocre grades is the fact that an observer can spend all day and all night in downtown Palo Alto and never encounter a smoker. “Smoking is a problem that virtually disappeared in Palo Alto,� Councilman Larry Klein said.

Palo Alto became an anti-smoking leader in the 1970s and early 1980s when it adopted laws banning smoking in (in chronological order) theaters, portions of restaurants and workplaces. The city later outlawed smoking at all restaurants completely in public spaces and within 20 feet of entrances to public spaces. Sales to minors appear to be Palo (continued on page 7)

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Gang member, 17, charged with murder of infant Three-month-old was shot while in his parents’ car by Sue Dremann and Bay City News Service 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting a 3-month-old baby in East Palo Alto early Sunday (June 5) was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon. Fabian Zaragoza, whom police say is a gang member, has been charged as an adult with murder. He did not enter a plea. Zaragoza and a 16-year-old boy allegedly approached the infant’s parents’ car on the 400 block of Wisteria Drive between Sage and O’Connor streets and opened fire through the side window as the couple was leaving a baby shower at about 12:50 a.m. Three-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia was shot in the head and later died at Stanford Hospital. His parents, Ivonne Garcia Lopez and Oscar Jimenez, both 22, were also shot but survived their injuries. Izack’s 4-year-old brother, Isaiah, was not injured, police said. Police describe the shootings as a possible case of mistaken identity, motivated by a desire for retribution. East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero said at a Monday (June 6) press conference that the community was shocked by the “heinous� crime. “We will pursue this to the very end and work with the D.A. to make sure that folks know that East Palo Alto is not a place where you can gratuitously shoot anyone, and certainly, tragically, kill a 3-month-old who had nothing to do with anything related to whatever the circumstances around this case are,� he said. “There hasn’t been a dry eye in this office,� he added. Garcia Lopez hobbled with a walker and winced in pain during Monday’s press conference and tearfully discussed the shootings. (A video of her remarks is posted at www.PaloAltoOnline.com; search

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Congratulations, Class of 2011! Jonathan Nguyen shouts to his friends as they receive their diplomas during commencement at Gunn High School on Wednesday (June 8). Graduation coverage begins on page 14; a full list of graduates from 14 area high schools can be seen online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

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Peninsula Day Care Center closes after 37 years Former church offered hundreds of low-cost slots, transportation by Chris Kenrick hree hundred low-cost childcare slots in Palo Alto will be lost this week when the owners of the 37-year-old Peninsula Day Care Center retire and close their doors. Herman Shaw, a pastor who began offering day care in 1974, 20 years after he built the Christian Life Church at 525 San Antonio Road, announced a year ago he would close the center this month. Shaw said he wanted to provide ample notice so parents could make other arrangements. Friday (June 10) is the final day of operation. Plans for the 3.5-acre property remain unclear. The Palo Alto City Council last month rejected a bid by SummerHill Homes for a new, 23home development.

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With its fleet of yellow buses and wide frontage on San Antonio, the nonsectarian Peninsula Day Care Center has been a familiar if somewhat anomalous enterprise — housed in what still appears to be a church (it is not) and charging far less than the going rate at other Palo Alto child care centers. Preschool parents pay about $612 a month for 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. care, compared with more than $1,400 charged at Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC). Parents of school-age children pay about $400 a month for before- and after-school care, which includes bus transportation to and from elementary campuses in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. On-site before-

and after-school care at Palo Alto elementary schools runs about $670 a month. “So many parents come in here and say, ‘We didn’t even check you out because your prices were so low we figured you had to be crummy,’� said Eddie Shaw, Herman Shaw’s sister, a retired Los Altos elementary school teacher who has helped at the school in recent years. Shaw spoke in an immaculate classroom neatly stacked with school supplies in preparation for a liquidation sale later this month. With multiple acres, Peninsula Day Care Center has huge playgrounds and separate facilities for preschool and school-age programs. Low tuition was possible, she said, “because we own the property, and it’s truly nonprofit.� The center has catered to working parents, observing public-school minimum days and holiday schedules. Most children have come from Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Altos, in that order, with their parents holding jobs in Palo Alto, she said. Clients range from about 10 percent who receive state child-care subsidies, (continued on page 5)

for “VIDEO: Motherâ€?.) She said she had been sitting in the car’s back seat when the gunfire started and threw herself across her children. But her son Izack was shot in the head. “He was such a precious angel. I was so happy to have him in my life. They killed my baby, and they killed part of my soul, too,â€? she said. Police described the shooting as an act of retribution for a May 31 attack, allegedly by members of the SureĂąo gang, in Redwood City on Zaragoza. But police said Garcia Lopez and Jimenez were not involved in the May attack and were not the people whom the teens thought they were. Zaragoza and the 16-year-old, who was arrested for weapons violations, were picked up Sunday after a doorto-door police manhunt in East Palo Alto. East Palo Alto police Chief Ronald Davis credited residents with providing valuable tips that led to Zaragoza and the other teen. In the process of an interrogation, Zaragoza made statements that implicated him in the shooting, Acting Capt. Jeff Liu said. The department is continuing to gather evidence to determine if the 16-year-old or anyone else will be charged with the homicide and shooting. In addition to murder, Zaragoza has been charged with the special circumstance of lying in wait, two counts of attempted murder with the infliction of great bodily injury, and use of a firearm in the commission of the crimes, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, Guidotti said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.

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Smoking is a problem that virtually disappeared in Palo Alto. — Larry Klein, Palo Alto City Councilman, during a discussion on adding tougher tobacco restrictions. See story on page 3.

Around Town A SURPRISING FACE ... Families of approximately 75 eighth graders graduating from the K-8 Belle Haven School in eastern Menlo Park got a surprise Wednesday when the face of Facebook showed up to deliver a commencement address. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told students that achieving their goals would not be easy but would take hard work — and that surrounding themselves with good friends (presumably, of the traditional, nonvirtual variety) would be important. “It was very emotional,� said one school staff member who heard the commencement. “The kids were very surprised and excited he was there.� The celebrity visit had been a complete secret tightly held by Belle Haven Principal Maria Ibarra. WATER WOES ... It’s been a pleasantly wet year for the Hetch Hetchy system and the dozens of cities, including Palo Alto, that depend on Hetch Hetchy for their water. But this wealth of wetness will do little to curtail residents’ spiking water bills. In Palo Alto, the City Council is scheduled to review and approve on Monday a proposal by the Utilities Department to raise water rates by an average of 12.5 percent (the exact figure will vary by type of customer and level of water usage). The proposed increase will add about $3 to the monthly bill of the smallest residential customers and about $27 to the largest. Things will get even bleaker down the road, with rates projected to increase by an average of 17 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent in the three subsequent years, respectively. City officials have maintained that the increase is necessary to cover the rapidly rising cost of water supply, which is projected to increase by 37 percent in the next year. This is largely because of a $4.6 billion effort undertaken by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to upgrade the aged pipelines, dams and reservoirs that make up the Hetch Hetchy system. Not everyone, however, is buying this explanation. Dozens of residents have sent letters to the council in recent weeks protesting the rate hikes. “Can there be any justification for ripping off the proletariat?� wrote resident Sanjay Patel, a self-described “disgruntled, and fed-up with being nickel-and-dimed

taxpayer.� “We are requested to save water, and then we are told that since we did a good job in conserving water that we now must pay more,� resident John A. Martin wrote. “The City Council should realize that in Palo Alto while there are many well-to-do residents, many in our city are struggling to survive in a time of great economic depression,� wrote Raymond V. Dunn. GOING DIGITAL ... Should Palo Alto City Council members scrap those bulky paper packets of staff reports and switch to sleek new iPads, much like their counterparts in Mountain View, Redwood City and Livermore? That’s the question a council committee plans to tackle on Tuesday, at which time they will also consider whether the city should pay for these iPads and whether it should pay for a data plan (as opposed to having the council rely on the Wi-Fi in the Council Chambers). The council’s Finance Committee discussed the subject May 24 and came away with a split verdict, with Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilman Greg Scharff voting not to spend any money on iPads in the next fiscal year and council members Greg Schmid and Nancy Shepherd disagreeing. The council’s Policy and Services Committee will tackle the item this week. Meanwhile, the City Attorney’s Office has its own concerns about going electronic. The new devices would make it easy for council members to text and email each other during meetings. If these messages are used to reach a collective decision, they could lead to a violation of the state’s Brown Act, which guides open government. These communications, according to a new report from City Clerk Donna Grider, are also problematic because “the potential to communicate and receive evidence that other members or parties to the proceeding do not see could raise due process concerns.� Some cities have policies restricting the use of electronic communications during meetings, while others do not. Still, the City Clerk’s Office believes the new devices would help the city meet two major objectives: go green and save money. City officials estimate that going from paper to iPads would save the city $9,179 a year. N


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Weekly awards college scholarships to eight students Holiday Fund supports students who have given back to community very year, community contributions to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund are used to support local nonprofits as well as provide $1,000 scholarships to high school students who have been active in community service. “We are able to award college scholarships to eight graduating high school students, recognizing them for their outstanding service involvement.� Amy Renalds, promotions director for the Weekly, said of the annual grants.

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Menlo Atherton High School Dalila Adofo San Francisco State University

Palo Alto High School Kevin (Osceola) Ward Howard University

Daisy Navarro College of San Mateo

Cory Fung University of Oregon

Gunn High School Elliot Akama-Garren MIT

Woodside High School Nicholas Kasser Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Lucia R. Christensen Middlebury College

Lan Huong Nguyen San Francisco State — Aaron Guggenheim

to doctors and nurses at Stanford University Medical Center to corporate CEOs, she said. Peninsula Day Care Center also ran a side business, offering bus transportation for thousands of field trips for public schools in Los Altos and Mountain View, she said. In fact, the expense of complying with the latest bus-emissions regulations from the state was a factor in the decision to close the center, she said. Shaw said she thinks most families have found alternative child care, many through the YMCA in Moun-

tain View. The center invited parents to a “day care fair� one Saturday in March, at which other centers set up recruiting tables. “We just want people to know how much we’ve enjoyed serving the community,� she said. “We’ve been here so long we have children whose parents came here as children, and staff who were here as children and came back to work for us.� The center planned a farewell reception for current and former parents, children and staff Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in its courtyard. A liquidation sale of school and office supplies — as well as a church pulpit and miscellaneous restaurant

items (Herman Shaw also owns and operates Country Gourmet restaurant in Mountain View) — will be held June 18 and June 25, beginning at 8 a.m. One bus will be donated to a staff member who’s starting a center for abused women in Mexico, Shaw said, and 20 tables and 200 chairs were sold at low cost to a church that’s building a school in Guatemala. Herman Shaw, who personally opened the day care center at 6:30 a.m. each day, will spend more time at his restaurant, his sister said. Shaw’s late wife, Mary Jo, had managed the preschool program. She died last year. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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Stanford University Medical Center’s four-year quest to get Palo Alto’s permission for a massive expansion of its facilities glided past the finish line Monday night when an enthusiastic City Council voted to approve what members routinely say is the largest development project in the city’s history. In a series of 8-0 votes (Councilman Larry Klein recused himself) that several members called the most important the council will make in many years, the council paved the way for Project Renewal — a dramatic expansion of Stanford’s hospital facilities that will add 1.3 million square feet of new development to the city. The $5 billion project includes building a new Stanford Hospital & Clinics building, expanding the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and making various upgrades and renovations to Stanford School of Medicine buildings and clinics. The tortuous approval process kicked off in 2007 and included 97 public hearings and more than two years of tense negotiations between the city and Stanford over a development agreement that would allow the hospitals to far exceed local zoning regulations. Though the city and Stanford initially clashed on a number of issues, including revenue guarantees, new housing and transportation impacts, the expansion project picked up momentum, along with the council’s support, over the past year. Councilman Greg Scharff said he was amazed by the way Stanford, the city and the greater community pulled together on the project. He praised the health care benefits Project Renewal will bring to the city. His colleagues agreed and backed Scharff’s motion to grant the project environmental clearance. “It’s probably going to be the most important that we’ll make as a City Council in a long time,� Scharff said shortly before the 8-0 vote to approve the environmental-impact report. “I think this will benefit the community for generations.� N — Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto struggles to reach decision on arbitration Palo Alto’s debate over whether to strike the binding-arbitration requirement for police and firefighters from the City Charter could drag on at least until next year because of deadlock on the City Council committee charged with examining the issue. The council’s Policy and Services Committee split on Tuesday night over whether a repeal of the binding-arbitration provision should be brought to the voters in November. The provision empowers a three-member panel of arbitrators to settle labor disputes between the city’s management and its public-safety unions. The council barely avoided putting the repeal on the November 2010 ballot after several members said they need more time to study the issue. The council voted 4-5 last August to defer putting the item on the ballot until they explored the subject further. Ten months and a stack of staff reports later, little has changed. Committee Chair Gail Price on Tuesday said she would be open to some changes in the city’s binding-arbitration process but said she would oppose a repeal of the provision. “People act as if there’s been an abuse of this particular option,� Price said. “I personally don’t believe there has. “I feel it would be inappropriate for us to take a ballot measure to the voters to repeal binding arbitration from our charter.� Given the split, the council committee opted not to issue any recommendations and to refer the issue back to the full council. N — Gennady Sheyner

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he planned Palo Alto History Museum received a vote of confidence from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday night (June 8), with the caveat that the museum pay $1,250 toward a study of parking issues that have plagued the adjacent downtown neighborhood. The commissioners were considering an appeal by Professorville resident Ken Alsman to halt the museum project, which has been 10 years in the making. Alsman, who is concerned about parking problems in his neighborhood, was appealing the March 21 tentative approval of the museum’s conditional-use permit by the city’s planning director. Commissioners Eduardo Martinez, Daniel Garber, Lee Lippert, Susan Fineberg and Greg Tanaka voted to recommend the permit to the City Council; Arthur Keller and Samir Tuma were absent. The museum is to be located in the historic Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave. The 1932 Birge Clark-designed structure was purchased by the city in April 2000 in conjunction with the South of Forest Avenue redevelopment plan commonly known as SOFA 1. The City Council approved a leaseoption agreement with the museum in 2004; the agreement is good until June 30. Historic renovation would include 19,182 square feet plus a 1,462-squarefoot addition at the rear of the building. The addition would house the museum, gallery space and offices for staff; a community meeting room;

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city-planning official, is a founder of the nonprofit group Palo Alto Stanford Heritage and a former member of the city’s Historic Resources Board. He said he objects to the city’s approving projects in the downtown area without regard — in his opinion — to parking problems created for surrounding neighborhoods. Professorville is a (continued on page 8)

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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.

Palo Alto gas station robbed at gunpoint Palo Alto police are looking for a man who robbed an ARCO gas station on San Antonio Road at gunpoint Wednesday night. (Posted June 8 at 9:02 a.m.)

Pedestrian killed on U.S. 101 is identified A 63-year-old pedestrian, Sidney Brown of South San Francisco, was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto Wednesday morning. (Posted June 8 at 8:38 a.m.)

Court rules against Stanford in patent case Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in a patent ownership case is a blow to federally sponsored research in universities, according to Stanford University Stanford General Counsel Debra Zumwalt. (Posted June 7 at 9:51 a.m.)

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National Registered Historic District, he said. “I have no doubt you will approve it. If I were sitting here, I’d do the same. I’m a supporter of it, but I also feel that Professorville is an important part of our historical community,� he said. Joy Ogawa told commissioners the project violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because the city did not do an environmental-impact report. There can be exemptions to CEQA but only in situations where renovations and usage are negligible and are not expansive, she said. “This is a huge change in use. It’s an expansive use,� she said, adding: “I think it’s a great project. I just don’t think it’s an excuse for shoddy environmental analysis and it wouldn’t stand up in court.� But Assistant City Attorney Donald Larkin said courts have ruled parking is not an environmental issue and therefore can’t be challenged under CEQA. Other avenues are available for addressing parking issues. Several residents spoke in support of the museum, despite neighborhood parking issues they experience daily. “The city has been working hard on this problem. Please don’t let this last obstacle stand in the way,� Chet Frankenfield said. Steve Staiger of the Palo Alto History Museum said the construction date still depends on further fundraising following approval by the City Council, which would bring far less traffic and parking than any other uses of the building — a view that was supported through questioning by Lippert. If the building were used for offices, it would require 80 to 100 parking spaces, staff said. The museum requires 68 spaces, contract planner Lata Vasudevan said. About 60 parking spaces at 260 Homer Ave., across from the museum, are available. But staff acknowledged the spaces are for public use, not exclusively for museum visitors. The spaces are available during

evenings and weekends, and the times do not entirely coincide with the museum’s proposed operating hours, staff noted. Roth Building employees would be required to park in city parking facilities, staff said. In response to Alsman, commissioners opted to drop the two-hour parking limit that staff was considering as a condition of the use permit approved March 21. The time limit would have applied to the south side of the entire block of Homer Avenue between Waverley and Bryant streets and along Bryant extending from the rear lease line of 300 Homer Ave. The limit could have prompted drivers wishing to stay longer to park in the neighborhood instead. Residents have long complained about downtown employees parking on neighborhood streets, leaving no room for residents’ guests. They say the commuters have also hit parked vehicles numerous times. City officials approved a downtown parking study in March to identify the parking problems in Professorville and potential solutions. On April 26, the city held a community meeting to discuss recommendations from the parking study. Commissioners agreed the parking problems in Professorville need to be addressed, but said the issues go beyond the scope of Wednesday’s hearing. Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said the city has not managed parking well, and that he is trying to remedy the situation. He hired a downtown-parking manager and is looking at ways to restructure the parking-permit program and to publicize existing, underutilized parking structures. Other parking lots that have limited use, such as one behind a nearby church, might be used through an agreement, commissioners said. The City Council is scheduled to consider the conditional-use permit on July 18. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.


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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 6)

Stanford Hospital: The council approved a development agreement and certified the Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University Medical Center’s hospital renewal and replacement project. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Abstained: Klein

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Policy and Services Committee (June 7)

Binding arbitration: The committee discussed repealing or amending the city’s binding-arbitration provision for public-safety workers. The committee couldn’t reach a consensus and voted to refer the discussion to the full council. Yes: Unanimous Smoking: The committee directed staff to explore a licensing program for the city’s tobacco retailers. Yes: Unanimous

Finance Committee (June 7)

Renewable energy: The committee approved the proposed policies and guidelines for a renewable-energy feed-in tariff program. Yes: Unanimous Strategic plan: The committee approved the proposed 2011 Utilities Strategic Plan. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (June 8)

300 Homer Ave.: The commission upheld the planning director’s recommendation to approve a conditional-use permit for the Palo Alto History Museum with a provision that the museum help fund a parking study. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Lippert, Martinez, Tanaka Absent: Keller, Tuma

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Menlo Park May 31-June 5 Violence related Attempted rape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Idenity theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/o license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspended/revoked license . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstance . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Theft related Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parking problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Traffic detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Building/perimeter check . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Construction site check . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .8 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Tree down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Phyllis Campbell, 95, a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 2, 2011. She was born in Oakland in 1915. She spent her early childhood in Hughson, a town just outside of Modesto on a 20-acre fruit farm. After a few years, her family moved to Downey, a town in Southern California, where she taught choir at Downey High School, the school from which she graduated. She attended the University of

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Southern California, where she studied music and met her future husband, Dick Campbell. In 1937, Dick Campbell, a pilot, moved to Florida. She moved with him and they were married. They spent a majority of their early years of marriage moving around and, during this period, their first two children, Ann and Richard, were born. Her husband was then deployed to serve in World War II and their youngest son, Peter, was born.

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VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 201 University Avenue, 6/2, 10:43 a.m.; battery/simple. Unlisted block Arastradero Road, 6/3, 12:30 p.m.; family violence. 2000 Block Charleston Road 6/3, 4:06 p.m; battery/simple. Wilmar Drive, 6/4, 8:05 p.m.; family violence. Deodar Road, 6/5, 7:33 p.m.; family violence. Sandhill Road, 6/6, 11:44 p.m.; family violence.

Menlo Park 1100 Block Madera Avenue, 6/3, 2:45 p.m.; battery. 1000 El Camino Real, 6/4, 15:24 p.m.; battery. 1200 Sevier Street, 6/2, 3:07 p.m.; attempted rape.

After the war, they moved to Menlo Park. The Campbells divorced five years later and after the gradation of her first two children from high school, she moved to Palo Alto with her son Peter. In Palo Alto, she directed the choir at the First Congregationalist Church and soon was directing multiple choirs. In the mid-1960s, she moved to direct the choir at First Presbyterian Church. She stayed as the music director for 20 years and worked as a music teacher in Portola Valley elementary schools while giving private lessons in her home. She is survived by her children, Ann, Richard and Peter. A memorial service was held June 3. N

Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District Notice is hereby given that the governing board of the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District will receive sealed bids from prequaliďŹ ed contractors for the following project: Contract Name: Gunn High School New Gymnasium Contract No. GHSG-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: All work associated with the construction of a new 21,500 square foot gymnasium facility with bleachers, locker rooms, and physical education classrooms on an existing high school campus for a complete and operational building. Associated site work includes installation of tennis and basketball courts. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit for Contractors who have been prequaliďŹ ed for this project at 10:00 a.m. on June 14, 2011 at the Gunn High School Administration OfďŹ ces, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA, by 3:00 p.m. on July 7, 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 UniďŹ ed 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.

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Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and SpeciďŹ cations at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Phone: (650) 967-1966

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Bonnie Johnson Shurman, age 67, of Oak Island, formerly of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Southport, N.C. She was born in Baytown, Texas, to the late Buck and Osie McDaniel. A loving wife, mom and grandmother, she celebrated each day of her life with joy and was cherished by her many friends, fellow church members and family. A university professor for almost two decades and then another two decades as a visionary/strategic planner in corporate and consulting settings, Bonnie left Silicon Valley after a life-changing Acute Leukemia terminal diagnosis. Her miracle remission allowed her to follow her spirit to discern God’s purpose for her life and enroll in the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston Massachusetts. Her years at EDS were ones of tranquility, love, learning and inspiration. Bonnie lived for many more years infused with joy and grace and surrounded by her family and friends’ constant love and support. While we are in sorrow, we also rejoice that Bonnie has let go of her earthly body to join her loving God. As Bonnie said in her Lenten sermon at St. Phillips, “Remember that we are love, and to love we shall return.â€? She is survived by her husband, Daniel; son, Ron and ďŹ ancĂŠe Amber; daughter, Jennifer and husband Scott; and her muchloved grandchildren, Zac, Lucas, Abi and Landen; and many dear friends. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Bonnie’s life on Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Southport, N.C. Reception in the Parish hall to immediately follow the service. Bonnie’s family requests that in lieu of owers that a donation may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC. PA I D

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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 certiďŹ ed 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.

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The Contractors Shall Address all questions to: Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Alex Morrison Phone: (408) 438-0411 Fax: (650) 327-3588 AMorrison@GilbaneCo.com

Nedra Elaine Carr 1922-2011

Nedra Elaine Carr passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 31, 2011. She lived her life so vibrantly that death by surprise was perhaps inevitable. Nedra was born in East St. Louis on April 30, 1922. She rejected the farm life of her extended family and subscribed to the New Yorker to plan her dreams. Her life’s ambition was to be an actress, but she gave it up to contribute to the well-being of her family. After WW II, she married Warner Carr and migrated to the mecca of Southern California where she lived the happiest period of her life. She worked as an executive secretary and was enthralled by the glamour, music, sunshine, and beaches of Los Angeles in the 1950s. After the birth of her daughter Lisa and her move to Northern California, she volunteered with the Junior League and Atherlons, worked in public schools, canvassed for local political campaigns, and played golf weekly with the Palo Alto Hills Country Club ladies. The second happiest period of her life was during her 60’s when she returned to work as an ofďŹ ce manager at Gerber Baby Food Products, hiked with the Sierra Club and danced to Harry James and Mick Jagger.

She reluctantly retired from work at 70. Nedra loved to tell stories, laugh, dance, exercise, follow the business news and dote on her grandchildren, Casey and Clay. Her last great regret was giving up the Bay to Breakers race at age 85 but her great joy was the anticipation of whatever adventure lay ahead in her life. Her intense passion and energy for life will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was predeceased by her ďŹ rst husband Warner and her second husband John Smurr. She is survived by her daughter Lisa, her grandchildren Casey and Clay Carlson, her sister Margaret Sutton and her niece Kim Shelton. A Memorial Service was held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Redwood City on Saturday June 4 at 1pm. Donations may be made in Nedra’s memory to the shelter for victims of domestic abuse, “CORAâ€? P.O. Box 4245, Burlingame, CA 94011. 650-652-0800.â€? PA I D

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Editorial Extend traffic-calming trial Reduction of lanes on Charleston-Arastradero corridor deserves another year of assessment

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e hope the howls of road rage at the recent hearing to assess the success (or failure) of the Arastradero Road restriping experiment don’t convince city traffic planners to throw in the towel on this important, albeit at times painful, effort to improve safety on this busy route. Certainly many who attended the May 26 hearing got a chance to shout about the gridlock they experience when joining the 18,000 others who use the Arastradero-Charleston Corridor on a daily basis. But no matter whether the streets are striped for two, three or four lanes, it will not prevent backups during peak periods when classes are set to begin at Gunn High School or Terman Middle School during the morning commute. And some drivers at the hearing may not have heard some cyclists say they feel much safer now that the road has narrowed and the top automobile speeds have been reduced, which is the goal of the lane reductions in the first place. Any traffic planner could have predicted that during peak periods on Arastradero backups will occur, regardless of the street configuration. And residents who groaned about never-seen-before cut-through traffic in their neighborhoods need to realize that they must share part of the burden to make sure students — and parents — arrive safely at school whether they are in cars, on a bicycle or walking. Four lanes of speeding traffic does not promote safety on this heavily used street. The Charleston-Arastradero Corridor has plagued traffic planners for years, and after many years of discussions, last year it was decided to begin a one-year repaving and restriping project to improve traffic flow and travel times. Staff members will forward comments from residents at the recent meeting to the City Council at a meeting in July. The traffic pressure on Arastradero-Charleston roads from Miranda Avenue near Foothill Boulevard to Fabian Way near San Antonio Road is exacerbated by the 11 public and private elementary, middle and high schools, many preschools, three community centers, six parks and the Stanford Research Park along the route. At the hearing, the city’s transportation chief Jaime Rodriquez explained the city’s challenge to reduce speed and promote safety in the corridor and defended the lane reduction project. He said that with four lanes, 17 percent of the motorists reached speeds of 37 to 50 miles per hour along some sections of Arastradero Road. With the number of lanes reduced, speeds have fallen by 50 percent. East of Terman Avenue, which has the largest confluence of kids heading to Terman Middle and Gunn High, the speed of 85 percent of motorists has dropped by 2 to 3 percent. Penny Ellson, a Greenmeadow resident who has long taken an interest in making the corridor safer, said the wider bike lanes have made a big difference, adding that turning movements by drivers are more controlled now. Ellson said her husband, a bicyclist, was hit two times by vehicles prior to the restriping. In one incident he was broadsided, she said, and in the other he was clipped by a driver who made an uncontrolled turn. This is the type of accident that easily could be fatal, and involve a student cyclist who might not be aware of the danger from speeding vehicles just a few feet away. When the City Council takes up the issue in July we urge them to approve the one-year extension of this experiment recommended by staff. With a 30-minute delay in the start time at Gunn in the fall, the peak commute in the Arastradero-Charleston Road corridor should ease, but nevertheless, motorists must continue to control their speed, especially when children are present.

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ur hats are off to Gunn High School Principal Katya Villalobos, who announced last week that morning classes will begin at 8:25, 30 minutes later than the historic 7:55 start time. In her message to parents, Villalobos noted that “... 30 to 40 minutes of extra sleep has many advantages, particularly around more focus and less fatigue.� We agree, as did numerous parents who commented on the change in the Weekly’s Town Square forum following the announcement, particularly those who have been pushing the district to take more actions that can help reduce student stress at the school. The new start time also could lead to reduced stress for students and parents who will be able to make the drive to school later, after commute traffic has eased on Arastradero Road. The change also will be welcomed by other motorists who use this crowded corridor. The later start time is already in place at Palo Alto High, which made the switch last fall and also instituted a new block schedule, which is very popular. Some Gunn parents and students had hoped to see a similar block schedule announcement accompany the move to an earlier start time, but Gunn officials decided to stay with their current, modified block schedule for the coming year.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Broadband options Editor, I don’t know if the “consultant� was talking about Comcast, AT&T and Earthlink when he said that Palo Alto residents have plenty of “competitive options� (June 3). I certainly don’t feel this way with the Broadband options here in Mountain View. I think it would have been more helpful if the author would have talked about cost-to-customer/mo. and included information about how various providers perform in terms of bandwidth. A comparison with service in other industrialized countries, and the costs paid by those users would also be helpful, as I think it is fairly widely known that in many countries in Europe and Asia, they are far ahead of us, in terms of Broadband price/ performance. Bill Michel Ortega Avenue Mountain View

‘Electic’ cars? Editor, May I suggest that instead of using the term “electric cars,� that you use a more accurate description? Despite all the talk by President Obama in the past two years about wind farms and solar cells, renewables only contribute 1 percent of our nation’s electrical supply. However, coal remains the number one source at 50 percent, followed by nuclear at 20 percent. So instead of saying “electric cars,� how about “coal, nuclear cars�? The environmentalists driving those cars won’t like the description, but they’re not helping the environment when they switch from gasoline to electric. They’re just moving the place where the pollution occurs to a less affluent ZIP code. Terry Phillips Louis Road Palo Alto

We need Planned Parenthood Editor, The appeal, by a group of residents and activists, against Planned Parenthood in Redwood City is unconscionable. Orange County Catholic Attorney Gregory Weiler claims it would be “a necessary evil ... considered by a growing majority as an anathema.� Evil to provide healthcare to those who can’t afford it? Anathema to offer cancer screenings? More than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood health services are preventive. Every year it provides more than 1 million cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams and 4 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases — including HIV. Abortion is legal. Abortion foes should be grateful that Planned Parenthood services prevent more than

612,000 unintended pregnancies each year. Only about 3 percent of services relate to abortion. Weiler claims those appealing the clinic include “people who just don’t want the disruption in the community.� Would these people consider a doctor’s office or hospital disruptive? Is it disruptive to provide essential health care to men and women — especially young people —who couldn’t otherwise afford it? We don’t need an Orange County lawyer to deprive local residents of affordable medical services. We do need Planned Parenthood. Pat Marriott Oakhurst Avenue Los Altos

Compost Initiative Editor, Cities normally process garbage in industrial areas. But a Palo Alto group wants to do it in a park. The group’s egregiously misnamed “Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative� would carve 10 acres out of our Baylands Byxbee Park. Period. Advocates’ propaganda notwithstanding, it would not mandate a garbage-to-energy factory there; it only reserves that acreage for processing garbage. Read it carefully, especially Section 5. The drumbeat goes on. Walter Hays’ May 20 letter advocating the

garbage-in-the-park scheme soft pedals the city consultant’s very high cost estimates for building and operating the facility. However, my 40 years professional engineering experience shows the high estimates are usually the realistic ones, wishful thinking aside. Correspondingly, the feasibility and cost of the advocates’ fanciful grass-roofed factory-in-a-cave have never been objectively analyzed. See photos of facilities actually being considered for our baylands at www. savethebaylands.org. Hays cites high carbon emissions from burning sewer plant “biosolids� (sludge). That’s beside the point. The city will supplant or upgrade the incinerator to reduce its carbon footprint anyway. Hays believes taking 10 acres from a 137-acre park is inconsequential. But impacts transcend simple numbers. Such as, who supposes that replacing our 10-acre Pardee Park with a garbage-processing factory resembling an oil refinery would not impact its much larger neighborhood? Palo Alto doesn’t need its very own garbage processor — cost-effective regional alternatives exist. This proposed municipal toy costs way too much, financially and aesthetically. Vote no on Nov. 8. David Bubenik Homer Avenue Palo Alto

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On Deadline:

A long, often bumpy road to a new Stanford medical complex by Jay Thorwaldson onday night’s approval of the massive rebuilding of the Stanford Hospital/Medical Center complex concludes the first chapter of the biggest single development in Palo Alto’s history. Winning city approval took only about four years — long enough for a college education. And important lessons seem to have been learned, by both the city and Stanford, enough to graduate with honors, perhaps. For those of us who have witnessed or been part of the decades-long history relating to Stanford Hospital and the School of Medicine, the council’s approval of this new plan is truly momentous. It is the culmination of an interweaving of Stanford and community that dates back into early 1900s, when the “first hospital� in Palo Alto was a building just off Lytton Avenue that was converted to a hospital by Stanford students. It closed in summers. But to me the most significant element of the council approval this week is a huge change in the tone of the relationship between Palo Alto and Stanford. For years, a pattern has existed that when Stanford proposed something — such as its long-term General Use Permit from Santa Clara County in the late 1990s — community critics would attack the proposal as too big with too many traffic, housing and other impacts. Stanford would retaliate by activating Stanford loyalists who would weigh in with letters to the editor, presentations at meetings. It was like

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calling out the “my Stanford right or wrong� rooting section. There was name-calling and contentiousness, some of which left scars that have been slow to heal. That pattern seemed to be kicking in when the big new medical complex surfaced as an official proposal in 2007. It had all the earmarks of a head-to-head struggle, with both sides warming to the fray. Former City Manager Frank Benest was pulling together a list of things Stanford would need to address, and the list was approaching 100. Stanford was digging in. But something changed along the way. ThenMayor Pat Burt recalls one meeting in particular last year when bristling gave way to a realization that the project was really too big for old patterns. A new city manager, James Keene, brought a softer tone to the discussions, and Stanford made substantial concessions. Offers included $23.2 million for “infrastructure, sustainable communities and housing� — only about $2 million of which would be required. Stanford offered to spend $90 million over the years on Caltrain GO passes or other transportation measures, plus $25 million to expand its Marguerite shuttle operation. More recently it agreed to contribute $12 million to a “climate change fund.� So history has shifted, again. Following the student hospital came a series of small hospitals located on Embarcadero Road, the site of the current lawn-bowling park. They kept burning down, retired surgeon Hewlett Lee recalls of the days when his father, the late Russel V.A. Lee, was co-founding the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. Then the solid Palo Alto Hospital, now the Hoover Pavilion, was built on Stanford land. The Stanford School of Medicine, mean-

Mayor Pat Burt recalls one meeting in particular last year when bristling gave way to a realization that the project was really too big for old patterns. while, was based in San Francisco. Under prompting from Russ Lee and other community physicians, Stanford and Palo Alto in the 1950s agreed to build a jointly owned hospital at Stanford and combine it with the medical school. In 1959 both moved into the rambling edifice designed by Edward Durell Stone, marked by a square-block design on the outside that some felt resembled swastikas. To be contrary I once commented that they reminded me of benevolent symbols of some American Indian and Eastern religions. Almost immediately the hospital proved to be too small — a problem that has plagued health care in Palo Alto just about forever, it seems. There was a constant push and pull for bed space and operating rooms between Stanford and community physicians in the early 1960s. At one heated meeting a doctor reportedly waved a shoe in angry emulation of Russian Premier Nikita Kruschev’s famous shoe-banging episode. By the mid-1960s Stanford had enough and offered to buy out the city’s share. It took three years of talk to conclude a deal, based on a cash payment and 40-year guarantee of access to community physicians.

OK, back to the present, or perhaps that should be back to the future. The scale of the current plans is staggering, physically, organizationally and financially. With formal city approval, the next phase is Stanford’s massive challenge of raising funds for what ultimately will be a $5 billion project, give or take some chump change of a few hundred thousand. The first $3 billion phase of rebuilding the Stanford Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital is targeted to get underway late next year, 2012. There is a time urgency for Stanford Hospital in that it doesn’t meet state earthquakeresistance standards. It is under state mandate to shore up or rebuild. A second, $2 billion phase of rebuilding the School of Medicine, laboratories and physician offices will come later. The development agreement allows 30 years to complete everything — perhaps reasonable for something that should last at least 100 years. The new complex will house most of the next century’s health care, complementing the non-Stanford medical services in the community and serving as the community hospital for Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and other Midpeninsula cities, towns and unincorporated areas. The new complex will be constructed on a specially zoned site northwest of the existing facilities, extending to Welch Road. Existing buildings will eventually be torn down. The Hoover Pavilion, once Palo Alto’s hospital, will be refurbished for medical offices. There’s life left in the old place yet. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com.

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Who is your favorite superhero? Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin and Aaron Guggenheim.

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Student Dennis Drive, Palo Alto “Rorschach from The Watchmen, because of the way he gave himself up at the end. He held on to his principles.�

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Doctor Parkins Street, Menlo Park “Wonder Woman! Because I love her little outfit. And sometimes I like to feel like I can channel her power.�

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Engineer Lawrence Lane, Palo Alto “Wolverine, because he heals himself quickly and has claws.�

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Student McCarty Avenue, Mountain View “I’d say Superman, he’s the classic superhero. And he has more of a human element to him, with real flaws.�

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Student Sneckner Street, Menlo Park “Green Lantern, because he can create anything he wants to.�

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Gunn, Paly, Castilleja join 11 other local schools in celebrating the class of 2011 by Chris Kenrick and Kareem Yasin

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ith balloons, flowers, music and pure glee, high school seniors at 14 area schools are celebrating one of the greatest achievements of their lives this month — graduating. A list of all the graduates has been posted on www.PaloAltoOnline. com, along with photos from Palo Alto and Gunn high schools and Castilleja School. Students at Gunn and Paly attended commencement Wednesday, and Castilleja School’s festivities took place on Saturday. At each, teenagers recalled good times spent with friends, honored each others’ academic and civic accomplishments and listened to advice that they should follow their dreams and make a difference. The following offer a flavor of this year’s graduation ceremonies.

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alo Alto High School’s 403 graduating seniors added an honorary member to their ranks Wednesday. Eugene Bradford, who would have graduated with Paly’s class of 1953 but joined the U.S. Marines to fight in Korea instead, got a standing ovation as he was wheeled to the podium to receive his Paly diploma from Principal Phil Winston. “I don’t need my legs to say, ‘Thank you, 2011,’� a tearful Bradford said.

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“But what impressed me most is ... we still managed to come together as geeks, jocks, thespians, musicians, artists and more to prove that we’re one class,� Smale said. Osceola Ward, a student in the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program, described his daily commute from “the cracked concrete and McDonald’s ... that served the children of my neighborhood to the smooth sidewalks and palatial homes� of his elementary school classmates. “I stand before you the humble child of the cities of both East Palo Alto and Palo Alto,� Ward said. “I implore you not to be content with titles and names ... but to understand that success and giving back to the community are truly one and the same.� Quinn Walker evoked the intellectual journeys made in Paly’s classrooms — to the Battle of Brandywine, the French Revolution, or the Romanian home country of math teacher Radu Toma — as a foreshadowing of the class’s world travels ahead. “As we spread out ... we aren’t really going anywhere we haven’t been before,� Walker said. Holding up a scuffed home plate, Will Glazier, a member of this year’s CCS Championship baseball team, likened high school to a run around the bases. “Our journey around this diamond has taught us that being perfect has

New Castilleja School grads Yvonna Leung, left, and Natalie Shell shout out their excitement following commencement on Saturday, June 4. Asking all the student speakers to line up, the last one, Chirag Krishna, pointed to his classmates: “Every time I think I’ve done something well, a member of this class steps up and does it better. “By the time the world realizes this, it will truly be our oyster. I speak with no shame when I say I have truly been outclassed.�

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from. “We started in Silicon Valley, we started already half way there. Challenge yourself to find your own success,� she urged. “Don’t spend all of college preparing for grad school,� Levinson said. “You won’t look back, at 90 years old, and remember that French test you failed. But you will remember that time you stayed up until 3 a.m. watching ‘Love Actually’ and eating the best red velvet cupcakes of your life. “Go somewhere. Do something fantastic. Making an impact can be as easy as giving a smile as you pass someone walking across the quad,� she said. U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren D-San Jose, a member of Gunn’s first graduating class of 1966, was on (continued on page 20)

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The ovation for Bradford followed student speeches and musical performances in a typically festive and occasionally raucous celebration that packed the Paly quad with more than 1,000 people. Senior Class President Jack Smale recited various feats of the class — producing dozens of National Merit Scholarship finalists, a ranking debate team, two state athletic championships and award-winning scientists and journalists.

mid the cheering and clouds of balloons, and the flowers either brought by relatives or dangling around their necks, the 356 graduating seniors of Gunn High School Wednesday were urged to proceed with the courage that has characterized them in their formative years and to embrace their dreams. “Courage is falling off and climbing back on again,� Principal Katya Villalobos told graduates. “Courage is exploring heights and depths, holding on to the dream, and sometimes having to say goodbye,� she said. Quoting Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,� Villalobos said: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.� Max Lipscomb, one of two student speakers, said, “Roughly all graduation speeches say the same thing: that our school is the best, that our students go on to do many great things, that we will all be friends

forever. I find it hard to believe that we will achieve all of those things simultaneously.� But referring to his two years at private school, Lipscomb emphasized the power of Gunn in providing new experiences and in enabling him to deal with hardship and personal tragedy in a positive way. “The people there knew no hardship, and neither did I. Given what I know now, and given the opportunity to go back, I would not take it,� he said. “We have experienced personal tragedy meant for people four times our age, but still we stand,� Lipscomb said. “It is my honor to stand for one final time with the Class of 2011 as we celebrate our separation.� The evening’s second student speech came from Reade Levinson, who emphasized the strong and opportunity-rich community that Gunn’s graduates are emerging

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riselda Carlos-Arzate says she’ll most miss the safe, warm feeling of Castilleja School when she moves across El Camino Real to Stanford University this fall. As the daughter of a cook in the school’s kitchen, Carlos-Arzate has been playing on the Bryant Street campus since she was a toddler — later attending summer camp there and, finally, feeling fortunate to gain admission to the school for the sixth grade. Arriving as a student from a public school in Newark, Carlos-Arzate said she “was definitely at a disadvantage academically. “There was catch-up I had to do, but nothing that set me back, because I had incredible support from everyone here,� she said. At Castilleja, Carlos-Arzate ran cross country for a few years and has played lacrosse for Castilleja all four years. She also co-founded the school’s Diversity Club, which aims to spread the word about the value of diversity through events such as “Mix it Up Day,� in which students are randomly assigned to share lunch with others they wouldn’t usually talk to. The club also created a seventhgrade “diversity curriculum,� talking to students about how to handle

uncomfortable classroom situations, such as when a teacher singles out a black student while teaching about slavery, she said. Born in the United States to Mexican parents, Carlos-Arzate easily alternates between speaking Spanish and English, depending on the setting. Though excited to venture out of the Castilleja bubble into a co-ed environment, she says she’ll miss the close student-teacher bonds fostered at the school. She won’t miss “the feeling of constant work — always having to push yourself harder and harder.� History? International Relations? Carlos-Arzate is undecided about a college major, intending to “try a lot of general-education classes to narrow it down.� She’s equally uncertain about

where she sees herself in 10 years but expects her life will be different from that of her parents. “I’m definitely a hard worker, but I can never work as hard as they do now. They got a minimal education. I’ll have graduated from Castilleja and be going to Stanford. Things like that were unimaginable for them.� Her generation has been given a lot of “homework� by the older generation, she said. “When we have speakers come here they talk about global warming and other problems they didn’t see coming, and they say we’ll have to solve it. “My generation will have to take up those problems and create solutions and be innovative. And I think we can totally do it.� N —Chris Kenrick

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ith grandparents still living in rural China, Henry Liu says he feels “really lucky� to be graduating from Gunn High School. “It’s a huge deal. My family is really proud,� said Liu, whose older brother and sister also went through Gunn and are now in college. Born in China, Liu moved to California with his mother and siblings when he was 2. All the while, his father stayed in Guangzhou and built up a real-estate development business. “To have the first generation of our family go to college in America is quite a change,� Liu said. Beyond academics at Gunn, Liu

has pursued his particular passions of photography and badminton. He plans to study architecture at the University of Southern California and sees himself possibly joining his father in business, perhaps as a designer. “I really don’t want to leave the art field, but I’m also really interested in housing,� Liu said, adding that when he goes to China at least once a year “we just go around looking at houses.� Liu says he will most miss the people at Gunn. “People here know what they’re doing — it’s really comfortable being on campus, being around every-

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one. And the teachers always know how to talk to you.� He will least miss the early-morning classes. Liu advises new students to take advantage of extracurricular activities at Gunn. “One thing about Gunn is it’s very stressful when it comes to competition and applying to colleges,� he said. “Especially because I’m Asian, I have to compete with a lot of other Asians who have these straight As. “I’d say, a B is OK. A C-plus is OK. I got into several colleges with not straight As, and it worked out. People are pushing themselves too hard here, and it deprives them of going outside and exploring extracurriculars.� His love for photography and badminton gave him something to write about on his college applications, he said. For stress management, Liu suggests attacking assignments with a sense of humor. “Just compete with yourself and exceed your own expectations rather than trying to be better than all your classmates,� he said. Particularly as he gets older, Liu said he’s grown to admire the work ethic of his mother and father. “Not until recently did I start thinking of how much my parents gave up to give us this education here in Palo Alto,� he said. N —Chris Kenrick

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ow to manage the stresses of high school? “Stay off Facebook,� suggests newly minted Palo Alto High School graduate Mary Albertolle. “It sounds so basic, but (Facebook) is a huge, timeconsuming thing, and it’s easy to spend hours on there unintentionally.� The varsity basketball player and student-magazine editor learned hard lessons in time management earlier in high school when she realized the demands of Paly’s theater productions, which she adored, were simply not compatible with varsity athletics. After roles in “On the Razzle,� “Fiddler on the Roof� and “Anne Frank� — as well as traveling with a Paly production to the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival two summers ago — Albertolle reluctantly bid farewell to the high school stage. She focused her last two years in high school on basketball and The Viking, Paly’s six-times-a-year sports magazine, which this year added a 24/7 online presence as well. What she’ll most miss about high school is Paly’s sense of community, Albertolle said. “I love the spirit we have, not only athletically but academically,� she said. “Obviously, I’ll also miss my family and friends.� What she will not miss: “The crazy amount of homework mixed with extracurricular activities mixed with SAT testing and college applications — the whole jumble of things,� she said. “In college I’ll also have a lot of work but more time to explore what I want to do and not be so ‘on track’ that you can’t really choose.� After working as a counselor in a summer day camp for 3- to 7-year-olds, Albertolle heads to the University of California at Santa Barbara this fall, where she’s officially “undecided� but contemplating majors in communications, psychology or sociology. In 10 years, she pictures herself “working somewhere and enjoying life.�

Albertolle’s advice to a new Paly student would be to “appreciate today, and don’t always dwell on ‘Where am I going to be next year?’ or ‘Oh my goodness, I have three tests next week.’ “People in high school are so focused on college and the future — just slow down and live in the moment,� she said. Much as Facebook can be a distraction, technology and social networking also define her generation, she said. “Even with these graduation farewells, the pain and reality of it is lessened by the fact that we can connect on the Internet any time, send a text or call someone so easily.� N —Chris Kenrick

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aving lived in Palo Alto his whole life, Palo Alto High School graduate Jack Smale looks forward to new surroundings this fall when he heads to Gonzaga University in Washington. But a decade from now, he actually wouldn’t mind being right back where he started. Smale, a swimmer, water polo and baseball player, is considering a career in high school teaching and coaching. At Paly, perhaps? “That would be awesome, but we can only wish for so much,� he said. The ever-upbeat senior class president — part of Paly’s baseball program for three years until this spring when he traded baseball for swimming — puts a positive spin on Paly baseball’s recent CCS championship without him. “I was actually really happy for them because they’re all my friends and I’ve played baseball with them for I don’t even know how many years,� he said. “They deserved it.� As a member of student government, Smale was involved in organizing Paly’s Spirit Week, as well as the school’s recent prom. “Prom was amazing — we got a lot of great feedback from it,� he said. Students met early in the school year to develop their list of criteria for prom — a classy venue and better food and music were high on the list, he said. The end result at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco “reflected the spirit of the school and what students wanted,� he said.

What he’ll most miss about high school are his friends, Smale said. Least missed will be “Paly’s competitiveness.� “I’m a competitive person, but there’s a lot of pressure here to excel. Kids feel like they have to do the best they can, and sometimes that can really get to you. “I’ve come across times of stress where it’s been hard to focus on anything besides school, so it will be good to get away from that.� Smale’s stress-management advice is, “Just take classes that are going to work for you. “A lot of kids will take five APs just because that’s what their parents or teachers say is going to get them into college. But when you take classes you don’t enjoy, you’re not going to do as well.� To a new student he would suggest: “Try new things. “I met some of the nicest people through water polo, which I just went into freshman year and had no idea how it would turn out. Same with student government — I never saw myself getting into that, and it was just a blast.� N —Chris Kenrick


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taring down cancer is not one of the stresses normally associated with high school. But for new Palo Alto High School graduate J.P. Kullman, fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma was the paramount challenge of his freshman, sophomore and junior years. Everything else — from academics to wrestling to singing tenor in the Paly choir — had to come second. Kullman attributes his on-time graduation from Paly this week to the Hospital School, a little-known program of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Since 1924, the district has operated the K-12 hospitalbased program, now located in two cheerful classrooms on the third floor of Packard Children’s Hospital. “I probably wouldn’t be graduating now without it,� Kullman said in an interview last week. As he endured infections, fevers, chemotherapy — and, ultimately the autologous bone-marrow transplant that cured him — the Hospital School’s teachers and volunteers guided him through much of his course work. Whether he was an inpatient or an outpatient, “the Hospital School gave me opportunities when I wasn’t ready to go back to regular school,� he said. “It’s a lot like independent study, with resources like volunteers who are qualified teachers to help you understand things if you need help.� Kullman was a Paly freshman, running eight miles a day as part of training for wrestling, when extreme itchiness from head to toe sent him to the doctor. After multiple visits to dermatology, he also developed a persistent cough — and an X-ray ordered by his Kaiser Permanente pediatrician revealed a grapefruitsized chest tumor. Kullman completed chemotherapy at a new Kaiser oncology center in Santa Clara. But when the cancer reappeared some months later, he was sent to Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for the bone-marrow transplant. “Whatever we needed, the people at the Hospital School were really supportive,� he said. “If you weren’t feeling well one day, you could just call in and say, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’ “I had plenty of friends there. There was one guy from

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Gunn, and we were always yapping about sports because we’re rival schools, of course. We had the same disease, so we’ve kept in touch.� One year, Kullman even took a fellow patient to the Hospital School prom. By second semester of his junior year, he was back at Paly for good. Kullman says what he’ll miss most about high school is the Paly choir, where he sang all four years and with whom he traveled to Budapest, Vienna and Prague last summer. He’ll least miss what he calls “the Palo Alto entitlement, or Shallow Alto. “Not everybody around here, but some people, are not thankful for what they have,� he explained. After some summer camping with his family, Kullman aims to attend community college and eventually to become an oncology nurse. “If you have a nurse that’s friendly, interacting with you and treating you like an actual human being it’s really nice, and I want to do that for people,� he said. His advice to a young cancer patient, or for any young person coming to Paly: “Keep your head up. Things could always be worse. Cherish every moment that you have, and try to get through the day and stay positive.� N —Chris Kenrick

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efying any stereotype of the Facebook-crazed teenager, Gunn’s Nilofer Chollampat says she’s gone through high school getting to bed just about every night by 10:30. “I know it sounds really weird, but I’ve managed,� she said, adding, “It’s really hard, actually.� Chollampat plans to major in chemistry at the University of California at Davis and then to graduate school to become a pharmacist. Eventually, she’d like to be a hospital administrator. She’ll most miss the teachers and friendships she’s made at Gunn. She’ll least miss having to wake up at 6 a.m. so she and her brother can leave her house by 7:19 a.m. and beat the traffic to campus. “If I leave at 7:30, I don’t get here on time,� she said. Chollampat threw shotput as a member of Gunn’s track team for three years but left the team this year to pursue an after-school job she obtained through Gunn’s Work Experience Education Program. Now, each afternoon she drops off her brother at home and heads to the Palo Alto law office of Grant & Gordon, where she files, photocopies, runs errands and helps with other odd jobs. On campus, Chollampat has been involved for at least two years in diversity issues and this year is one of Gunn’s four Diversity Commissioners. “They wanted to have people to represent all the diverse students because there are so many here at Gunn,� she said. Though born and raised in Palo Alto, Chollampat is the daughter of immigrants from Kerala, India, and

speaks the southern Indian language of Malayalam at home. “We do events to promote all different backgrounds,� she said of her diversity work, including a Martin Luther King Assembly and, in alternating years, International Week, a major event. Chollampat’s stress-management advice? “I’m thankful not to be a procrastinator,� she said. “If you manage your time, then obviously your life will be a lot less stressful. “I’m not exactly organized, but I’m not a procrastinator.� To a new student at Gunn, she would advise: “Meet as many people as you can. “Obviously, a lot of students stick with people they know best, but there are a lot of great people here. It’s kind of nice to say hi to different types of people — people you don’t normally converse with — and keep up with them.� N —Chris Kenrick

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hand to deliver a speech in place of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo D-Palo Alto, whose appearance was cancelled due to an appendectomy. “Tonight, instead of telling you to find your passion, Anna and I tell you to find your calling, to find where you can make a difference,� Lofgren said. “Many of you have already begun,� she said, referring to the counter-protests held last year against the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay picketing. “On that day a problem found you, and you found a solution. And you

let that solution change you.� Quoting New York Times columnist David Brooks, Lofgren added: “The purpose in life is not to find yourself. It’s to lose yourself. Class of 2011, lose yourself.� In presenting the 2011 class gift, class president Ori Herschmann and vice-president Paula Jung announced that the $4,311 raised would go towards the athletics department and weight room. “Thank you, on behalf of the Gunn community, for giving us all of these wonderful memories, and for reminding us every single day that teaching is best job in the world,� Villalobos said.

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fresh creativity, which feel very contemporary, some viewers might say that this show, too, is a reflection of the past now that digital books are on the rise. Co-curator Peter Koch doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree. A fine-art printer whose Berkeley press, Peter Koch Printers, is one of those featured at the museum, he says more and more young people are buying his books. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the bibliophiles of the future, he says. Kochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s press has been operating since 1974. His clients were once chiefly â&#x20AC;&#x153;successful businessmenâ&#x20AC;? who were educated and often knew Greek and Latin, he said at the exhibition opening last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That took a dive in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s,â&#x20AC;? he said, sitting on a bench as the crowd milled around him, peering into the glass cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I meet people ages 15 to 25.â&#x20AC;? He attributes this to a rising interest in handicrafts and DIY projects among younger people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to reconnect with the world,â&#x20AC;? he said. He called the movement a reaction to the digital age, a desire to make things with oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own hands. Standing nearby, Felicia Rice of Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moving Parts Press, which is also featured, concurred. She said she loves setting letters by hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives you a kind of intimacy with the type.â&#x20AC;? The show, which runs through Aug. 28, also has works by Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foolscap Press, run by Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer; Carolee Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninja Press of Sherman Oaks; and Turkey Press of Isla Vista, run by Harry and Sandra Reese. Large black-and-white photos of the artists with their weighty metal presses and equipment stand in the gallery. The exhibition is a cooperative effort with Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s libraries; all the books are in the special collections. Co-curator Roberto G. Trujillo wrote in the foreword to the exhibit catalog that the librar-

ies have amassed almost complete holdings from the five presses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collecting fine-press editions and contemporary artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books on an international scale has been, and continues to be, important for Stanford libraries,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. The central concept in this show is to spotlight â&#x20AC;&#x153;the new book,â&#x20AC;? tipping a hat to innovation as well as fine design and sophisticated typography. In the past, books that were deemed works of art were usually labeled this way because they contained original prints, Koch wrote in an essay in the exhibit catalog. By the late 1970s, the physical make-up and materials of books were gaining appreciation on their own, seen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;signatures of the artist/printer,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Book art has continued to mature. As Koch wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The complexities of craft and knowledge that coexist in the making of a handmade book today encourage collaboration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; younger artists, printers and writers are now joined, influenced and informed by conservation bookbinders, artisanal papermakers, type designers, digital-media engineers and contemporary scholarship in the history of the book.â&#x20AC;? Artistic collaboration is seen in many of the books on display, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol.â&#x20AC;? Letterpress-printed in black and red, the book unfolds to reveal bold collage images by Stanford art professor Enrique Chagoya. The images from Mexico include popculture graphics and items from pre-Hispanic times. Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press has combined the pictures with performance texts and poems on border culture by performance artist Guillermo GĂłmez-PeĂąa. Some books seem made to be picked up, like Turkey Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other Worlds: A Journey to the Moon,â&#x20AC;? written by Cyrano de Bergerac. The book has a soft-looking binding of goatskin and Japanese cloth, and is housed in a cloth-covered box.

Indeed, Koch said at the exhibit opening that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual to see a book under glass when you want to hold it in your hands and turn the pages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be imprisoned,â&#x20AC;? he said, smiling. Fortunately for hands-on readers, there are copies of all of these books in the Stanford librariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special collections, Koch said. Visitors canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t check them out, but they can look at them in the library. Upstairs, the vintage works in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illustrated Title Pagesâ&#x20AC;? show are more fragile, which makes sense considering some are hundreds of years old. Still, they look pretty good under glass. One of the most striking is a large â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theater of the World,â&#x20AC;? an edition of what is considered to be the first world atlas, created by the Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius. Its first edition was published in 1570; the one on exhibit is from 1595, with about 100 engraved maps. Its colors are still bright. An 1890 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? has fared less well. While Alice still sleeps in a vivid peach-colored dress, the pages have turned a dank yellow. According to an exhibit card, this inexpensive edition was not printed well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its paper darkened because of the acidity of the wood pulp that was used,â&#x20AC;? the card states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before about 1820 paper was made from linen and cotton rags, which not being acidic did not discolor.â&#x20AC;? In this case, it would seem, the past has an appeal. N What: Exhibitions on contemporary book arts and the history of title pages, at the Cantor Arts Center Where: Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University When: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Book in Californiaâ&#x20AC;? runs through Aug. 28, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illustrated Title Pagesâ&#x20AC;? is up through Oct. 16. Cost: Free Info: Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

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THEATER REVIEW with catchy tunes, and the jokes just keep coming. The musical chronicles the completion and eventual success of the musical, which is, in fact, itself. That means there was no doubt some revision once the musical did in fact begin to rack up ever more professional productions. But the section that questions whether or not the creators should make changes and how that question is resolved has been there from the start â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which means the writers were predicting or anticipating their own success. The script keeps us guessing and enjoying the present-vs.-past conundrum. There are a few serious scenes, as the foursome faces challenges in the work and their friendships, but nothing stays serious long. They endorse their instincts, defy mediocrity and band together with a commitment to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;nine peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite thing rather than a hundred peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth-favorite thing.â&#x20AC;? The show is inspiring and uplifting, but aims mostly for the funny bone. The actors are all ideally suited to their roles, and do fabulous jobs with a high-energy, fastpaced show that runs 90 minutes without intermission. Leonard is

the one local talent in the group, having performed in several TheatreWorks productions, and he shines as the rather hapless, more down-to-earth composer of the team. Stern has comic chops in spades. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a master of the oneliner, the snappy comeback and the double entendre, but he also shows serious skills when his character briefly turns control freak. Jordan starts off as the quiet partner in the mix, the one with a day job and more maturity. But she comes on like gangbusters in a couple of solos, and has marvelous comic timing and a deadpan to die for. Alvin fills the perky musical-theater friend role with an amazing voice and polished dancing acumen. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got presence, charm and power, and I could listen to her voice all day. The simple set by Kate Edmunds is mostly effective, although I wondered why there were curtains at odd times, and the glass in one door cast distracting reflections. Lighting by Paul Toben gave us fun color washes for dream scenes, but also sometimes created long shadows. Kikau Alvaro and director Meredith McDonough generated brilliant staging and choreography: lively, interesting and appropriate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also great fun to see Bill Liberatore, TheatreWorksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; superb musical director, onstage and actually getting to speak. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it: TheatreWorks has knocked it out of the park on this one. N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;[title of show],â&#x20AC;? a musical presented by TheatreWorks Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View When: Through June 26, with shows at 7:30 Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; and 7 p.m. Sundays. Cost: Tickets are $19-$56. Info: Go to theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.


PIZZA Pizza Chicago 424-9400 4115 El Camino Real, Palo Alto This IS the best pizza in town

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Spot A Pizza 324-3131 115 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto Voted Best Pizza in Palo Alto www.spotpizza.com

POLYNESIAN AMERICAN

CHINESE

Armadillo Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 941-2922

Su Hong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Menlo Park Dining Phone: 323â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6852 To Go: 322â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4631 Winner, Menlo Almanac â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Ofâ&#x20AC;? 8 years in a row!

Trader Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 849-9800 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 4:30 - 9:30pm Available for private luncheons Lounge open nightly Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 pm

INDIAN

SEAFOOD

Darbar Indian Cuisine 321-6688 129 Lytton, Downtown Palo Alto Lunch Buffet M-F; Open 7 days

Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood 325-0604 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Seafood Dinners from $6.95 to $10.95

1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00

R ISTOR A NT E

Hobeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 856-6124 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Also at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 327-4111

Burmese Green Elephant Gourmet (650) 494-7391 Burmese & Chinese Cuisine 3950 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (Charleston Shopping Center)

Janta Indian Restaurant 462-5903 369 Lytton Ave., Downtown Palo Alto Lunch Buffet M-F; Organic Veggies

ITALIAN

Dine-In, Take-Out, Local Delivery-Catering

CHINESE

Spalti Ristorante 327-9390 417 California Ave, Palo Alto Ă?ÂľĂ&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;iĂ&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x153;`Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;"Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x152;`Â&#x153;Â&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;} www.spalti.com

Chef Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (650) 948-2696 1067 N. San Antonio Road on the corner of El Camino, Los Altos 2010 Best Chinese MV Voice & PA Weekly

Jing Jing 328-6885 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto

JAPANESE & SUSHI Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Open 7 days a Week

www.jingjinggourmet.com

Mingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 856-7700 1700 Embarcadero East, Palo Alto www.mings.com

New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr. Voted MV Voice Best â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;01, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;02, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 Prices start at $4.75 947-8888

Enjoy the freshest pasta, salads, seafood, veal, chicken and lamb attractively presented with the experience of dining in Italy.

THAI

417 California Ave. Palo Alto 327-9390

Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto Full Bar, Outdoor Seating www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 5 Years in a Row, 2006-2010

www.Spalti.com

MEXICAN

Authentic Szechwan, Hunan Food To Go, Delivery

Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood 323-1555 #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Happy Hour 7 days a week 4-7 pm Full Bar, Banquets, Outdoor Seating www.scottsseafoodpa.com

Spalti Ristorante serves delicious, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, in a casually elegant, comfortable and spacious setting.

Palo Alto Sol 328-8840 408 California Ave, Palo Alto Ă&#x2022;}iĂ&#x160;Â&#x201C;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x17E;Â?iĂ&#x160;,iVÂ&#x2C6;ÂŤiĂ&#x192; Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile 321-8003 2010 Best Mexican We have hit the Road! Follow Us twitter.com/oaxacankitchen Become a Fan facebook.com/oaxacankitchenmobile Find Us www.OaxacanKitchenMobile.com

Siam Orchid 325-1994 496 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto Organic Thai Free Delivery to Palo Alto/Stanford/Menlo Park Order online at www.siamorchidpa.com

STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:00-10:00pm Fri-Sat 5:00-10:30pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm www.sundancethesteakhouse.com

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CITY OF PALO ALTO

NOTICE OF PREPARATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will be prepared by the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department for the project listed below. The agency and public comment period for this notice will extend from June 16, 2011 to July 18, 2011. The City will also hold an agency and public scoping session to receive oral and written comments on the scope and content of the EIR from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on July 12, 2011 in the Fireside Room at the Lucie Stern Community Center in the City of Palo Alto, 1305 MiddleďŹ eld Road, Palo Alto, California. If you have comments or questions regarding the preparation of the EIR, please contact Clare Campbell of the Planning and Community Environment Department at 650-617-3191 or via email at clare.campbell@cityofpaloalto. org.

Eating Out RESTAURANT REVIEW

City of Palo Alto Recycled Water Project: The Project consists of the installation of a recycled water pipeline, a booster pump station, and a pump station at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) for the City of Palo Alto (in Santa Clara County) and represents the next increment of the RWQCPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing expansion of its regional recycled water system. The proposed Project would involve the construction of approximately 5 miles of 12 to 18-inch recycled water pipelines, a below grade booster pump station under the surface parking lot at the MayďŹ eld Soccer Fields, approximately 5 miles of lateral pipelines to over 50 use sites, and a pump station at the RWQCP. The Project would initially serve approximately 900 acre-feet per year (AFY) of recycled water, primarily to the Stanford Research Park area. The other areas within Palo Alto that would be served by this project are commercial uses scattered along the proposed backbone and lateral pipeline routes. Future extensions could serve Stanford University and Los Altos Hills, as well as provide a loop by making a second connection to the Phase 2 Mountain View Project. When these future extensions are proposed, they would undergo project speciďŹ c environmental review at that time, by the appropriate lead agency. The predominant use of recycled water for this Project is landscape irrigation. Some industrial use, such as commercial and light industrial cooling towers, could also be included at a later date.

Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice.

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission

VOTE BY JULY 3 PaloAltoOnline.com

Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 22, 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 Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Public Hearing: 1. 711 El Camino Real: Request by Clement Chen on behalf of Pacific Hotel Development Venture, L.P. for the initiation of a rezone of a 10,833 sq.ft. parcel of land to a Planned Community zone from Service Commercial (CS) zoning for the construction of a new 43,690 sq. ft. 5-story hotel with 44 hotel rooms and two levels of below grade parking. Environmental Assessment: An Initial Study will be completed if the project is initiated by the Planning and Transportation Commission. (contd. From May 25, 2011) NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 2. Review and recommendation to the City Council for incorporation of the revised Draft East Meadow Circle/Fabian Way Area Concept Plan into the Draft Comprehensive Plan. 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 Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing ada@cityofpaloalto.org.

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Movies

OPENINGS

MOVIE TIMES

13 Assassins (Not Rated) Aquarius Theatre: 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. also at (Not Reviewed) 2:30 p.m. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

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

Bridesmaids (R) (((1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Sat. at 10:15 a.m. 1:05, 3:55, 7:35 & 10:35 p.m. Sun. at 10:15 a.m.; 1:05, 3:55, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m. Mon.-Tue. & Thu. at 1:05, 3:55, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m. Wed. at 1:05 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m., 1:55, 4:45, 6:30, 7:40, 9:25 & 10:35 p.m. Wed. at 11 a.m.; 1:55, 4:45, 7:40 & 10:35 p.m.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Century 16: 7:15 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 12:05 & (G) (Not Reviewed) 2:20 p.m. Fri.-Mon. & Wed.-Thu. also at 4:35 & 7 p.m. The Double Hour (Not Rated) ((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. also at 2 p.m.

Fast Five (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 9:20 p.m. (except Tues.)

Green Lantern (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Thu. at midnight. Century 20: Thu. at midnight.

The Hangover Part II (R) ((

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

International House (1933) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 6:10 & 9:10 p.m. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG) (

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) ((1/2

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

Lord of the Rings: The Century 16: Tue. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7 Fellowship of the Ring p.m. Extended Edition (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) The Metropolitan Opera: Century 16: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at Madama Butterfly 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Midnight in Paris (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 20: Noon, 12:25, 4:45, 7:05 & 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m. Sat.-Sun. also at 11:30 a.m.

My Fair Lady (1964)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. also at 2 p.m.

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

Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10 a.m.; 1:10, 4:20, 7:30 & 10:35 p.m. In 3D at 10:30 a.m.; 1:40, 4:50 & 8 p.m. Sat. also in 3D at 11:05 p.m. Mon.-Wed. at 1:10, 4:20, 7:30 & 10:35 p.m. In 3D at 1:40, 4:50 & 8 p.m. Thu. at 1:10 & 4:10 p.m. In 3D at 1:40, 4:50 & 8 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m.; 2, 5:10 & 8:35 p.m. In 3D Fri.-Wed. at 12:50, 4:10, 7:15 & 10:20 p.m. In 3D Thu. at 12:50 & 4:10 p.m.

Rio (PG) ((

Century 16: 1:40 p.m. In 3D at 11:10 a.m. & 4:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m. In 3D at 1:30 p.m. Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4 p.m.

Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Company (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Thu. at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Super 8 (Not Rated) ((1/2

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

Thor (PG-13) (((

Century 16: 4:10 p.m. In 3D at 1:20 p.m. Fri.-Mon., Wed.-Thu. also at 9:50 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 10:20 a.m. In 3D also at 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 1:50 & 7:20 p.m. In 3D at 11:05 a.m. & 4:35 p.m. In 3D Sun.-Thu. also at 10:05 p.m.

The Tree of Life (PG-13)

Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 2:45, 4:15 & 7:15 p.m. Fri.Sun. & Mon.-Tue. & Thu. also at 5:45 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 8:45 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 10:15 p.m.

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X-Men: First Class (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 20: Thu. at

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

( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to Palo Alto Online at http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com/

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Brad Pitt in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree of Life.â&#x20AC;?

The Tree of Life ----

(Palo Alto Square) The Greek word â&#x20AC;&#x153;theatronâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from which we get our word â&#x20AC;&#x153;theaterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; literally means â&#x20AC;&#x153;seeing place,â&#x20AC;? and that elemental meaning gets to the heart of director Terrence Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cinematic work. He wants to see so much: people and through people to their souls, the world and through the world to the ineffable, life and death and through them to their meaning. And with films like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree of Life,â&#x20AC;? Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth, he wants to help us to see it all too. Bursting with imagery and ideas, the deeply meditative â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? does not fit into the Hollywood box, apart from the concession of leading man Brad Pitt. If it is not, as MGM advertised Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;2001: A Space Odyssey,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ultimate trip,â&#x20AC;? Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film comes tantalizingly close to transportive rapturousness, and it seems a bit churlish to split hairs. Let us say the trailers for the film are not a tease. Expect a museumquality two-and-a-half-hour wash of sight and sound, from primordial ooze to subverted Rockwellian Americana, from whispered narration to ethereal choirs. So what is the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;aboutâ&#x20AC;?? Do you have a few hours? As screenwriter, Malick pretty much throws out narrative convention, keeping his film close to free-form. (A lot of it is in the montage: Credit where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s due to the five editors piecing together cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezkiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ravishing pictures.) Ostensibly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien family: Mr. and Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien (Pitt and Jessica Chastain) and sons Jack (Hunter McCracken), R.L. (Laramie Eppler) and Steve (Tye Sheridan). Mostly, we see them during the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oedipal adolescence, but we learn almost immediately that one died when he was 19, and we see the grown Jack (Sean Penn) contemplating that death, his childhood and his relationships with his parents and with God. One of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known teachings is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;find God in all things,â&#x20AC;? which is the searching imperative that drives Malick here. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title not only evokes Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite visual subject (the trees, always the trees) but the notion of the family tree of life, that all living things are interconnected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life by life, I search for you,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien says of her dead but not gone creation, and the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

cycle of creation and destruction locates a certain order to contrast with the chaos of random tragedy. Malick shows us the very beginnings of life on Earth, the ruthless cruelty of nature and the planetary reset of an asteroid, and we see the same pattern in Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life as an Everyman born into 1950s Waco, Texas, and destined to die. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way of nature and the way of grace. We have to choose which one to follow,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien says. While the often-abusive father says grace, the mother lives it, and the sons split the difference with innocence and trust wrestling with experience and boyish, reckless insouciance. Alfred Hitchcock said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;in feature films the director is God,â&#x20AC;? and Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-seeing, allhearing, all-knowing POV shares in Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s omniscience even as it seeks to understand Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mystery. Though, at times, the film plays like a swollen ad for Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obsession for Men,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? productively reminds us of our tiny, tiny perspective and makes a sincere plea for mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salvation. Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. Two hours, 18 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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(Century 16, Century 20) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the summer of 1979, and a group of geeky middle schoolers sneak out at midnight to make a movie. They are excited about their improved storyline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention explosives, fake blood and zombies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the prospects of winning a film-festival award. The girl of their dreams has signed on as the leading lady, even snatching the keys to her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yellow Skylark so the team can shoot at a train station outside of the small Ohio town. Writer-director J.J. Abrams (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission: Impossible III,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Trekâ&#x20AC;?) should have stopped there. The best thing about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super 8â&#x20AC;? is watching the cast of talented kids, exchanging amusing banter and enthralled by the filmmaking process, in a coming-of-age story. Nothing else matters or even makes much sense. Abrams veered into his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lostâ&#x20AC;? territory in search of a plot. A spectacular crash (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Production values!â&#x20AC;?) spins the narrative into a sci-fi thriller. The survivors must use their wits in a world turned

dangerous by a mysterious monster and hostile â&#x20AC;&#x153;othersâ&#x20AC;? from the U.S. Air Force. Another dark-haired hero named Jack (Kyle Chandler of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Night Lightsâ&#x20AC;?) emerges as the leader of the good guys. Popcorn-movie cliches abound to build suspense and cheap thrills. Unfortunately the alien isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t adorable like E.T. and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t instill wonderment as in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close Encounters of the Third Kind.â&#x20AC;? Abrams may have attempted to emulate producer Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature classics, but he only succeeds at the craftsmanship level. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cohesive story. And no magic. At least some heart can be found in the relationships among the kids. Immediately likable, newcomer Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb, the sweet-natured model maker and make-up expert of the filmmaking team. He and the enthusiastic auteur-in-the-making (Riley Griffiths) have a crush on Alice, who truly has star quality as played by Elle Fanning. Gabriel Basso shows range, whether awkwardly â&#x20AC;&#x153;actingâ&#x20AC;? as the detective in the amateur production or welling up in tears during an emotional moment. Exhibiting a giddy glee over fireworks of all forms, metal-mouthed Ryan Lee threatens to steal every scene, whereas Zach Mills rounds out the group in a very small role. The conflict and caring among the group exude heartfelt feelings, sometimes tender and always ringing true. Abrams has a gift for directing this age group. On the other hand, he wrote subplots that play sympathy cards for Joe and Alice, both motherless and at odds with their fathers (Chandler and Ron Eldard, respectively), which resolve with forced sentiment. Stick around for the end credits to see the short film made by the kids. Imaginative and hokey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Caseâ&#x20AC;? may be more satisfying than the big-budget feature built around it. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some nudity. One hour. 52 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susan Tavernetti

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(Century 16, Century 20) Megan McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judy Moodyâ&#x20AC;? series has thus far spawned 16 books (if you count the spin-off â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stinkâ&#x20AC;? books), so a movie from franchisehungry Hollywood was inevitable. And now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrived, but unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in third grade, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing to see here: Go back to your homes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nice to report that this film with a still all-too-rare female protagonist is a great time at the movies, but alas, not so much. An outgoing (in both senses of the word) third-grader, Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) has plotted the best not-bummer summer ever, built around a chart to record â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thrill Pointsâ&#x20AC;? earned from adventures like riding the Scream Monster (with no hands), surfing a wave, watching a scary movie and riding an elephant. Her plans go up in smoke when


her best friends (save for Preston Baileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nerdy Frank) sheepishly announce theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be out of town for the summer, off to their own adventures in Borneo and circus camp. Mortified at the thought of boredom, Judy shuts herself into her room to sulk, until a favorite relative arrives and gives her reason to hope. This oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmless enough (except the disconcerting running joke about reckless driving) and probably good for a bit of pleasant brain rot in the tired noggins of newly liberated elementary school kids. On the other hand, with decades of classic family films on home-video tap, this oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strictly for families whose kids are jumping up and down and fiercely tugging their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; limbs. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-most-famous face belongs to former sitcom star Jaleel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urkelâ&#x20AC;? White, which tells you something about the cheapo budget afforded to director John Schultz (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliens in the Atticâ&#x20AC;?). And about why I have never been happier to see Heather Graham, who turns up to play Judyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hippie-ish, globetrotting, free-spirited Aunt Opal. Though the character is a walking cliche, Graham brings her game face, so, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, good for her. The rest of the cast is an Overactorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anonymous meeting waiting to happen, an impression only worsened by the obnoxious characters theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asked to play and the uncomfortably close close-ups theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re made to endure. Even the sound effects are obnoxious, with plenty of unearthly loud squishy sounds, and seemingly

everything gets bedazzled, even garbage-can lids. The picture is one big candy-colored eyesore, populated with frowny faces and giant smiles and little in between. Film critics like to snark about the obviousness of family-film messages, but perhaps the only thing worse is no message at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judy Moodyâ&#x20AC;? offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;When all else fails, dance,â&#x20AC;? which I guess has a certain Zen appeal, but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a lot to chew on. Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language. One hour, 91 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Double Hourâ&#x20AC;? is a slippery piece about slippery characters with slippery identities and slippery states of mind. In Turin, Italy, hotel chambermaid Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport) must deal with the deeply unsettling suicide of a stranger. There, she meets ex-cop Guido (Filippo Timi) 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. Not MPAA rated. One hour, 35 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed May 27, 2011) Kung Fu Panda --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back in ancient China, where animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including peacock villain Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) and Poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoptive goose dad, Mr. Ping (James Hong) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inexplicably rule the roosts. Panda Po (Jack Black) continues to train with the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Monkey (Jackie Chan). But Lord Shen and his wolf

army stir up trouble, just as Po has begun his search for inner peace. Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence. One hour, 30 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed May 27, 2011) The Hangover Part II -(Century 16, Century 20) Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis reprise their â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hangoverâ&#x20AC;? roles for this comical romp through the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. And while the leads serve up terrific performances and plenty of humor, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hangover Part IIâ&#x20AC;? is so similar to its predecessor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right down to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hurry up and get to the weddingâ&#x20AC;? climax â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that the story feels stale after about the first 30 minutes. Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, drug use and brief violent images. One hour, 42 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed May 27, 2011) Midnight in Paris ---1/2 (Guild, Century 20) Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, an American in Paris beguiled by

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) The latest in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piratesâ&#x20AC;? franchise offers another excuse to watch Johnny Depp saunter across the screen as wily pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. Added to the cast are Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane, two solid actors who fit

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The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: Bridesmaids ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) This riotous Rrated offering from producer Judd Apatow (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knocked Upâ&#x20AC;?) and director Paul Feig (creator of TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freaks and Geeksâ&#x20AC;?) gives the female of the species the same sort of unapologetic, buddy-based chuckler that guys have gotten a dozen times over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;? co-stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph play BFFs Annie and Lillian. Engaged Lillian asks Annie to be her maid of honor, and Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world unravels as she tries to plan pre-wedding events in the face of food poisoning, too much alcohol and other adventures. Kudos to Wiig for co-writing the savvy script and proving more than capable of holding her own as a leading lady. Rated R for sexuality and language. Two hours, five minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed May 13, 2011) The Double Hour --1/2 (Aquarius) The Italian suspense picture

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by Rick Eymer he First-Year Player Draft is out of the way and at least six Stanford players, including at least five pitchers, became aware their services are coveted by Major League baseball. ItĂ­s certainly an indication of a successful season. So far, anyway. Another two wins and the 21st-

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ford coach Mark Marquess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They swept (top ranked) Virginia at the end of the season, they have good pitching and they play well at home.â&#x20AC;? The Super Regional opens Friday at noon (PT) and continues Saturday, also at noon. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s if necessary game will be played at 1 p.m. The Tar Heels are 34-3 at home

while Stanford sports a 14-13 record on the road. North Carolina ranks No. 1 in the RPI rankings while the Cardinal ranks No. 17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the reason we play at Texas, at Vanderbilt and at Rice,â&#x20AC;? Marquess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve prepared for playing good teams on the road. (continued on page 33)

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ohn Dunning has a lot to look forward to in the coming days, weeks and months. First off, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll accompany his Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team to China for a series of matches. The squad leaves Thursday. After a brief summer vacation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to work for the regular season that will be topped by at least one special event. In December, Dunning will be one of three inductees into the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame. Dunning, along with Liz Masakayan and Gerald â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mata(continued on page 35)

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ON THE LINKS . . . Former local standout prep golfers Martin Trainer, Jack Paton and Ben Scribner all know one place they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be playing from June 16-19, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. All three failed to qualify for the U.S. Open during Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s qualifying at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, one of numerous sites around the nation. Trainer, a Gunn grad who won the Pac-10 individual title last month at Stanford and helped USC win the team title in a playoff, shot 70-72-142 and missed making a playoff by three shots. Paton, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, helped his Oregon team reach the Pac-10 playoffs against USC. He shot 7172-143 on Monday. Scribner, Menlo School grad who is now a professional, shot 75-71-146 to also miss out on advancing to the U.S. Open.

Menlo-Atherton High graduate and 10-year MLB player Bob Melvin is the new manager of the Oakland Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

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Contract No. GHSC-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: All work associated with the construction of a 2 story 57,000 square foot classroom building and a single story 9,100 square foot classroom building and associated site work on an existing high school campus for complete and operational buildings. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit for Contractors who have been prequaliďŹ ed for this project at 10:00 a.m. on June 21, 2011 at the Gunn High School Administration OfďŹ ces, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA, by 3:00 p.m. on July 12, 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 UniďŹ ed 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1861. A copy of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 certiďŹ ed 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 OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and SpeciďŹ cations at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Phone: (650) 967-1966 The Contractors Shall Address all questions to: Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Alex Morrison Phone: (408) 438-0411 Fax: (650) 327-3588 AMorrison@GilbaneCo.com

Tennis duo is nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top team Hansen among four finalists for the Honda Award in collegiate softball by Rick Eymer he 2011 college tennis season has ended, but the honors are still arriving for the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best players and teams that competed at the NCAA Championships at Stanford last month. The 2011 Campbell/ITA National College Players of the Year have been announced and Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duo of senior Hilary Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette are the national Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doubles Team of the Year. Stanford has now produced the past two NCAA champion doubles teams while recently capturing Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14th overall collegiate doubles title in school history, and seventh since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1982. Barte, a four-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, concludes her star-studded college career with back-to-back doubles titles while Burdette collects her first career trophy to join older sisters, Lindsay (2010 champion) and Erin (2005 champion) as national champions. Ranked third nationally and seeded fourth in the postseason draw, Barte and Burdette were simply dominant down the stretch, having won 15 consecutive matches since their last loss almost two months ago to close out the season with a 30-6 overall record. Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jana Juricova, the 2011

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Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hilary Barte (left) and Mallory Burdette have been named the national Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doubles Team of the Year by the ITA. NCAA singles champ, is the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player of the year while Steve Johnson of USC is the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner. John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic of Tennessee won the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubles honor. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun, who posted seven top-five finishes among his 11 events this year, has been named a PING First Team AllAmerican as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Yun was Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top finisher in nine of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11 events this past season and won his first collegiate title at The Prestige at PGA West, one of his seven top-five finishes on the year. A first team All-Pac-10 selection, Yun was also a semifinalist for the Hogan Award, which honors the top player in collegiate golf. Rowing The Stanford Lightweight I Eight made it back-to-back IRA national titles Saturday at the IRA Championships, capturing the crown by outlasting No. 1 Princeton by less than a second in an exciting Grand Final in Cherry Hill, N.J. It is the second straight national title for the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I Eight, guided by head coach Al Acosta. And for the second straight year, the Cardinal overcame the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 boat in the Grand Final, having defeated Wisconsin in 2010. The Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lightweight Four, meanwhile, turned in a runner-up effort in its Grand Final, behind Wisconsin. Softball Stanford All-American shortstop

Ashley Hansen is one of four nominees for the 2010-11 Honda Sports Award for softball, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Earlier, Hansen was named the 2011 ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year and a First Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA AllAmerican. The junior became the first national player of the year for Stanford softball and picked up her second career All-America honors. Track and field Stephanie Marcy gave the Stanford women their first points of the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Marcy, who stayed with the leaders for all but the final two laps, finished in a time of 34:35.18 to earn All-American honors in the event for the second straight season. The Cardinal senior competes in the 5,000 on Friday. Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Juliet Bottorff won the 10,000 in 34:25.86 Benjamin Johnson and JT Sullivan in the 3,000 steeplechase, and Amaechi Morton in the 400 intermediate hurdles, will give the Cardinal menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team a chance to score big on Friday as each advanced to the finals of their respective events in convincing fashion. Johnson and Sullivan qualified with the second- and third-fastest times of the day, each racing a personal best. Johnson went 8:40.32, fourth all-time in school history, and Sullivan finished in 8:41.46, sixth best on the all-time list. Morton went a season-best 49.31 to win his heat of the hurdles. He will enter Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final as the No. 2 seed. N


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A drafty week for Stanford Reed is first of six Cardinal players selected in MLB amateur draft by Rick Eymer t has been a busy week for the Stanford baseball team, and that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even include this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games against North Carolina in an NCAA Super Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C. The annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held earlier this week with six Stanford players selected. Stanford closer Chris Reed was selected in the first round of the first year amateur player draft with the 16th overall selection, as the star lefthander was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he can definitely start,â&#x20AC;? Dodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assistant GM Logan White said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big, strong. He throws 92-95 (mph) with a hard slider 80-85 and actually has a good changeup. I could see him become one of our best left-handed pitching prospects. I definitely want to make him a starter.â&#x20AC;? Reed is the second Stanford closer in three seasons to go in the first round, joining current National closer, Drew Storen, the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft. Reed, who went undrafted out of high school, was a surprise to a lot of people. He went from barely pitching his first two years to rising star as a junior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a matter of evolving,â&#x20AC;? Reed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was working hard but things werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working out last year. I just set my mind to do it. This is what I wanted to do as a career. I changed my mechanics a little bit with my hip drive but just getting innings was huge for me. I got the feel for pitching.â&#x20AC;? Reed also said a 10 minute conversation in the fall with Storen was a big help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He told me to establish my fastball and taught me to pitch to my strengths,â&#x20AC;? Reed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still remember it.â&#x20AC;? Storen, who was in town for a series against the San Francisco Giants earlier this week, also remembered the conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told him the same things (Stanford grad) Jeff Austin told me,â&#x20AC;? Storen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a freshman when I was there and I could see he looked different in the fall. He had some moxie about him. I saw him close the game out against Fullerton. He looked good.â&#x20AC;? The Dodgers drafted him to be a starter and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fine with Reed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be a starter,â&#x20AC;? Reed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My changeup is not fully developed and I love throwing that pitch. It helps keep hitters off balance. I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a process and I have to be happy with where I am from where I started.â&#x20AC;?

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Stanford junior Chris Reed was the No. 16 overall pick in the MLB FirstYear Player Draft, going to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reed ranked third in the Pac-10 with nine saves in 11 attempts and has a 1.80 ERA in 27 relief appearances. Overall he has a 2.54 ERA after starting the second game of the year and giving up seven earned runs in 4.2 inning loss. The rest of the season, the lefthander has given up seven earned runs over 45.0 innings with a 6-1 record. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. Stanford has now had 14 first round picks since 1997 and 22 for head coach Mark Marquess in his 35 years on The Farm. Stanford pitchers Scott Snodgress and Jordan Pries were drafted Tuesday on the second of three days of the First Year Player Draft. Snodgress (2-2, 4.65) was selected in the fifth round by the White Sox, giving the Cardinal two picks in the first five rounds for first time since 2008. Pries (6-5, 3.24) was picked in the 30th round by the Seattle Mariners. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed one earned run over his last 22 innings and was named Tournament MVP at the Fullerton Regional over the weekend. On the third day of the draft, Stanford catcher Zach Jones was taken in the 34th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, injured lefthander Brett Mooneyham was picked by the Washington Nationals in the 38th round while the San Francisco Giants took right-hander Danny Sandbrink in the 42nd round. All-American honors Stanford first baseman Brian Ragira was named a Freshman AllAmerican by Collegiate Baseball.

The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RBI leader with 43 RBI, Ragira has started 52 games at first base after not playing the position in high school, fielding at .993 clip. Third on the team in batting, at .320, Ragira is also among the Pac10 leaders in triples with five. He was named the Pac-10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freshman of the Year and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. N

With us you never know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get though being so young. It all gets down to pitching.â&#x20AC;? The Tar Heels have it, sporting a team ERA of 3.25. Stanford has it too, with a 3.40 team ERA. Both teams had a relief pitcher taken in the draft too, with Cardinal closer Chris Reed going to the Los Angeles Dodgers and NCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greg Holt picked by the Washington Nationals. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael was the Minnesota Twinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top choice, while Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone position player drafted was catcher Zach Jones, in the 34th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stanford pitchers Scott Snodgress, Jordan Pries, Brett Mooneyham and Danny Sandbrink (to the Giants) joined Reed as drafted players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know North Carolina can hit and pitch,â&#x20AC;? Stanford infielder Stephen Piscotty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a solid team and we have our work cut out for us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to bring it every day.â&#x20AC;? Piscotty leads the Cardinal with a .370 batting average and is second on the team with 40 RBI. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to face five pitchers who were drafted in the first round, and eight drafted among the first 80 picks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That has certainly prepared us for the postseason and given us confidence,â&#x20AC;? Piscotty said of facing pitchers like the UCLA tandem of Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Taylor Jungman, Vanderbiltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonny Gray and Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tyler Anderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played good teams all year long. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played a tough schedule.â&#x20AC;? Piscotty has proven to be a tough out. He has the best on-base percentage (.430) and slugging percentage (.477) on the team and strikes out an average of once every 9.1 at bats, making him the toughest to strike out on the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stephen has been our most

consistent hitter,â&#x20AC;? Marquess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a carryover from last year.â&#x20AC;? Piscotty said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all just a product of hard work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying aggressive is the big key,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m seeing the ball well and all through our lineup the team is swinging it well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for opposing teams to defend us.â&#x20AC;? Piscotty hit a home run to give Stanford its only production of a 1-0 victory over host Cal State Fullerton in the key matchup of last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional. Thanks to a Kansas State coach, he has the ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He went out to find it and shook it free,â&#x20AC;? Piscotty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had gotten stuck in the netting.â&#x20AC;? Tyler Gaffney also had a big weekend in more ways than one. The sophomore outfielder not only extended his hitting streak to 20 games, he was at the center of controversy both on defense and on the basepaths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question he can be a major league baseball player,â&#x20AC;? Marquess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a competitor.â&#x20AC;? Gaffneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting career began with baseball and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be keeping his options open when it comes to the 2012 First-Year Player draft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball is funny in that you can be unlucky one day and all of a sudden it turns around,â&#x20AC;? Gaffney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up with baseball ever since I could hit a ball off a tee. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start playing football until I was a freshman in high school.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll smile when you ask him about the catch (or non-catch) he made against the Titans, ending their best scoring chance. Super slow motion replays indicate the ball bounced into his glove. He also went face-to-face with the Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first baseman, the pitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, after a single. He thought Gaffney was showing his brother up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was tame,â&#x20AC;? Marquess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guy was just backing his pitcher. Gaffney just has to say something.â&#x20AC;? N

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didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish with their bests, they did conclude highly successful careers with their third trips to the state meet. As a freshman, Williams ran on the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 relay team. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run track as a sophomore, but returned to Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Stadium to compete in the triple jump last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This his third trip to the state meet,â&#x20AC;? said Paly coach Jason Fung. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many others can say that?â&#x20AC;? The fact Williams played in a state football finale and reached the state finals in track didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise Fung one bit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This whole year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve told him you can run these times,â&#x20AC;? Fung related. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year on the football field Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen him do things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen done before.â&#x20AC;? Williams was hoping to have two events on the final day of the 2011 state meet, but the Paly 400 relay just came up short while clocking 42.16 for 12th place. Only the top nine advanced. It was Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondfastest time of the season and the No. 2 time in school history. Fung said his squad of Tremaine Kirkman, Williams, Morris GatesMouton and Miles Anderson found the Mondo surface of the track unusually hard.

he 2010-2011 high school season came to a close on a rainy Saturday evening as two athletes from Palo Alto went after medals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis. Perhaps it was appropriate that both athletes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maurice Williams of Palo Alto and Erin Robinson of Gunn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were seniors as both wrapped up their prep careers and the school year. Maurice Williams finished up his accomplished career at Palo Alto with a seventh-place finish in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 100-meter finals. His time of 10.91 was well off the 10.71 he ran in the prelims a day earlier. The rainy, windy conditions on Saturday, precluded faster times. Williams started and finished the year on the biggest stage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the state finals. In the fall, he scored a touchdown and helped the Vikings win their first-ever state football championship. Robinson also likely felt the effects of the inclement weather as she fell off the pace in the finals of the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 3,200 meters and wound up 26th in 11:14:88. It was well off her career best, set last year. While Williams and Robinson

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Palo Alto senior Maurice Williams (right) ran a personal best of 10.71 in the 100 prelims, but ran 10.91 in the finals for seventh place.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to the squishy Paly track,â&#x20AC;? Fung said, noting that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a perfect race for the Vikings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who needed one to advance. Paly was hoping to not only eclipse the school record of 42.07 it ran at the Central Coast Section finals the previous weekend, but the all-time fastest clocking for any City of Palo Alto school, the 41.83 by Cubberley in 1979. Palo Alto sophomore Victor Du, meanwhile, also just missed qualifying for the high jump finals after clearing a personal best of 6-foot-5. He had one more miss at 6-5, which prevented him from advancing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a great attempt at 6-7,â&#x20AC;? Fung said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He just missed coming over the bar. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ecstatic for Victor. It was a PR, at the state meet. He was one of only three sophomores in the field. One cleared 6-3 and the other no-heighted.â&#x20AC;? Also missing out on making the finals was Menlo School senior Sam Parker, who ran a personal best of 1:53.52 for a school record and the fastest time by a CCS runner this season. That still got him only 18th overall in the fast field that was led by a 1:49.82 time. In the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 800 prelims, Gunn junior Kieran Gallagher finished 25th overall in 2:18.89. The top qualifying time was 2:10.51. In the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; long jump, Menlo-Atherton senior Stas Della Morte leaped only 20-6 ĂŚ for 24th place. Had he duplicated his winning mark from CCS of 2210 1/2, he would have finished sixth and advanced to the finals. N

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American League West following a 3-2 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday night. This will be Melvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third stint as manager. He began his career with Seattle in 2003. He took over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 and became the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;all-time winningest manager. Melvin has compiled an overall record of 493-508 in seven seasons as a Major League manager from 2003-09. In his rookie managerial season, he directed the Mariners to a 93-69 record in 2003. Four years later, he won National League Manager of the Year honors after guiding Arizona to a league-best 90-72 mark and the NL West Division title in 2007. Melvin also served as the Diamondbacksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bench coach on Bob Brenlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaching staff from 200102, when Arizona won the World Series in 2001 and the NL West Division championship in 2002. Melvin graduated from MenloAtherton in 1979 and later attended and played baseball at the University of California. The former catcher posted a .233 batting average with 35 home runs and 212 RBI while playing in 692 games during his 10-year Major League career. N


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cotta will be honored at the December 15 ceremony, held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The induction of these three honorees will bring the total number of AVCA Hall of Fame honorees to 55 in its nine years of existence. Dunning has been in the spotlight of NCAA volleyball since he began his coaching career 26 years ago at University of the Pacific. Since then, he has collected four national titles, tying former Cardinal coach Don Shaw for the second-most in NCAA history, and coached in more Division I national

title matches (nine) than any other coach. Dunning has taken every team he has coached to the NCAA Tournament and led a remarkable 88 percent of them to the Round of 16. He ranks among the top five coaches all-time with a .827 career winning percentage, and among the top 10 active coaches with 726 career wins. Dunning boasts a 726151 career record to date, and he has had 29 athletes earn 58 AVCA All-America honors, while mentoring four AVCA National Players of the Year. Prior to beginning his career at the collegiate level, Dunning made a name for himself as one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top prep and junior club coaches. He was the founder of the Bay Club and also spent nine successful years as the head coach at Fremont High. His teams at Fremont were among the top five in the

state each of his last six years, also capturing eight league titles, six sectional crowns and one state championship. His impressive 283-32 (.898) high school record makes him one of the most successful prep coaches in California history. Prior to Dunning receiving news of the hall of fame induction, he was preparing his Stanford players for their 10-day trip to China, June 9-20. Every four years, the NCAA allows a collegiate team to tour foreign countries during the summer, and on Thursday the Cardinal volleyball team, the coaching staff, and support staff, flew from San Francisco to Beijing, China. Once in Beijing, the team took an approximately six-hour bus ride to Weifang, China for its first stop on the tour. N -- Regina Verlengiere

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