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Sale of Cubberley back on table Council, school board, both will discuss future of 8-acre parcel next week by Chris Kenrick


ush may finally be coming to shove on the fate of Palo Alto’s treasured but dilapidated Cubberley Community Center. The Palo Alto City Council Monday will consider whether to pursue negotiations on a possible deal with the Foothill-De Anza

Community College District, as the district looks to buy acreage to build “a state-of-the-art educational facility.� Also next week, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education will hold an open discussion of Cubberley after discuss-

ing the Middlefield Road parcel for weeks in executive session behind closed doors. Foothill for years has leased the 8 city-owned acres at Cubberley, serving about 4,000 students in its satellite Middlefield Campus. Now it appears ready to either purchase and upgrade the land — or build its new Foothill-De Anza Education Center elsewhere. Cubberley’s remaining 27 acres are owned by the Palo Alto Unified School District.

The school district closed Cubberley High School due to declining enrollment in 1979, and the campus became a community center in a lease arrangement with the city, with Foothill as the anchor tenant. But with the school district now confronting fast-rising enrollment, district officials have said Cubberley needs to stay on tap as possible expansion space. Foothill-De Anza set a midsummer deadline for expressions of in-

terest from various parties, including private brokers and the City of Sunnyvale, so it can move forward with building a campus. The college district says it plans a facility that will serve Silicon Valley “through programs and partnerships that seamlessly transition individuals from high school to community college to the university and the workplace as well as offering a rich array of lifelong learning opportu(continued on page 8)


Council set to change binding-arbitration law Majority favors modifying rather than scrapping provision; decision deferred until late July by Gennady Sheyner


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Kids delay bulldozers on hospital-expansion project Day care parents say they learned of imminent construction just two weeks ago by Chris Kenrick


ids playing in a tree-shaded sandbox have temporarily stopped the bulldozers on Stanford University’s $5 billion medical-center expansion. Parents of children at Stanford’s Arboretum Children’s Center, which has operated inconspicuously for years among the oaks near Hoover Pavilion, said they learned just two weeks ago that digging for a new parking garage was set to begin next

month in the middle of the school’s current play yard. Stanford’s construction plans will demolish the day care center’s “Forest Room� and place 2-month-old to 5-year-old children just 38 feet away from the digging for the nine-level garage, they said. Acknowledging “parents have only recently become aware� of the imminent construction, Stanford appeared to be scrambling this week

to resolve the issue. While maintaining the project “will not pose significant health risks to children,� the university asked the Palo Alto City Council to postpone a final approval on the massive medical-center expansion from June 20 to July 11. Stanford’s current plans call for relocating the Forest classroom and playyard space to a side of the day care center away from the digging. But parents, many of whom are Stanford physicians and scientists, say they’re still worried about toxic airborne particles and dangerous noise levels. “There are many unanswered questions regarding possible significant health hazards of the construction project,� they said in a statement. “We have several parents willing to lie in front of bulldozers if nec(continued on page 6)

alo Alto voters could still have a chance this year to tweak the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter, though a downright repeal of the controversial law now looks less likely than ever. The 33-year-old provision, which empowers an arbitration panel to settle disputes between the city and its public-safety unions, has become a hot topic of debate over the past two years. Last August, a proposal by council members Greg Scharff and Karen Holman to place binding arbitration on the 2010 ballot failed by a 4-5 vote, with several council members saying they needed more time to study the issue further. A year later, the council remains just as split on a possible repeal of binding arbitration. But council members agreed Monday night that the existing provision is unacceptable and voted 8-0, with Nancy Shepherd absent, to send it back to a committee that would come up with potential modifications. Changes could potentially include tying the arbitration process to the budget cycle and requiring the arbitration panel to consider issues such as the city’s long-term financial future and equity among employee groups. The full council would then decide in late July whether to place the proposed modifications, or a repeal, on the ballot. Scharff and Holman once again proposed putting a repeal of binding-arbitration on the ballot, but they withdrew the proposal when it became clear that the council majority favored modification. Holman maintained that the provision strips the council of its power to oversee the city budget and called the debate

an “issue of accountability.� Scharff, who chairs the council’s Finance Committee, was even more blunt. He noted that the city is facing a projected deficit of $6.7 million in fiscal year 2013 and said repealing binding arbitration is the “only solution� to the city’s financial troubles. “Modification isn’t going to work,� Scharff said. “What we need to do is repeal it.� Councilman Pat Burt agreed that now is the time to give the voters a say on the matter. Like Holman, he said the city has already had a year to decide the issue. Palo Alto, he said, is one of only about 5 percent of the cities in the state that have binding-arbitration provisions. This doesn’t seem to create a major problem elsewhere, he said. “One of the things I admire about my neighboring cities, Sunnyvale and Mountain View, is that they have excellent public-safety departments,� Burt said. “And they’re able to do that without binding arbitration.� But caution once again prevailed. Councilwoman Gail Price said she was concerned that the city is moving too fast and proposed that the item go back to a committee for a two-to-three month discussion and a recommendation on how to modify the provision. The city, she said, is well known for putting time and attention into difficult decisions and this one should be no different. Larry Klein characterized the argument over binding arbitration as a clash between “two conflicting undemocratic principles.� “It’s certainly undemocratic to (continued on page 6)




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“We have several parents willing to lie in front of bulldozers if necessary.� —Melissa Michelson, a parent at Stanford Arboretum Children’s Center, on the group’s opposition to Stanford’s plan to build a parking garage on the site. See story on page 3

Around Town RANK AND FILE ... Gunn High School snagged 42nd place in Newsweek’s 2011 rankings of “America’s Best High Schools� but oddly, its cross-town rival was nowhere to be found on the 500-school list. With Palo Alto’s two high schools virtually identical in the six metrics used by Newsweek to rank 1,100 schools, it was a peculiar outcome to say the least. While Gunn Principal Katya Villalobos reacted with appropriate modesty (“We are pleased with our students’ achievement in all areas, this being one measure�), Palo Alto High School Principal Phil Winston got curious. After some inquiries, Winston said he learned that Newsweek’s email had never made it to him or his administrative team. “Apparently it was sent to the folks from last year’s admin team, who are not here any longer,� he said. “We are working with Newsweek to get them our info. We should be on the ‘board’ very soon.� THE ROAD ... Bicyclists who frequent Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway will soon have something to cheer about. Palo Alto is preparing to issue Stanford University a permit to allow construction of a new bike lane on Deer Creek Road, which connects Page Mill and Arastradero roads. The new bike lane is part of Stanford’s trail-alignment project, which also includes a pedestrian trail between Page Mill and Arastradero. According to a report from Palo Alto Traffic Engineer Rafael Rius, Stanford also plans to improve a crosswalk that is primarily used by equestrians and horses at the Page Mill Pastures. While these projects are sure to please bikers, walkers and horse riders, they are unlikely to make life easier for drivers. To make room for the new bike lane, Deer Creek Road will be switched from four lanes to three (one in each direction and a two-way left-turn lane in the center). The car capacity would decrease even as the number of cars is expected to rise with the major expansion of VMWare at Stanford Research Park. Even so, Stanford believes the three-lane road will accommodate the future demands. Palo Alto officials say the new road design is consistent with the city’s 2003 Bicycle Transportation Plan, which encourages

construction of new bike lanes. The plan, however, calls for widening the roadway rather than eliminating lanes. The city doesn’t see it as a problem. Rius wrote that “due to limited right-of-way availability and the amount of vehicle capacity, staff agrees that the lane reduction through restriping is a more costeffective solution.� CHUMP CHANGE ... Caltrain’s proposed electrification project could bring many benefits to Palo Alto, including faster service and greater safety. But when it comes to economic benefits, the projected results are a bit underwhelming. According to a draft study assessing the economic impacts of Caltrain electrification and high-speed rail on Palo Alto, an upgraded Caltrain (not counting high-speed rail) would reduce train-related vibrations, boosting the city’s property values by about $34 million. Even so, these higher property values would net Palo Alto only about $41,500 in annual revenues, according to the consulting firm Economics & Planning Systems (EPS), Inc. “It’s just not much,� said Derin Smith, a consultant from EPS who presented the findings to the City Council’s Rail Committee Thursday. Committee Chair Larry Klein agreed. “We’re barely covering your fee,� Klein told Smith. The high-speedrail portion of the study, meanwhile, reconfirmed what the council and members of the community have maintained for the past two years: A rail design involving aerial structures would cause the most economic harm (mostly because of aesthetic impacts), while a design with open trenches would be the most beneficial option among those currently on the table. MUSICAL MESSAGE ... Call it a message with a musical twist: A circular sign appeared recently on an overpass above Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto, depicting the capital letter B with a musical symbol for “natural.� Be natural? The clearly non-official sign doesn’t list a sponsor, so one can only guess what its imperative refers to. A warning against putting on airs? Marketing for a nudist colony? Anyone with information, or wild speculation, on its origins is asked to contact Around Town at NT


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Weekly launches community membership campaign ‘Support Local Journalism’ drive asks readers to invest in community reporting he Palo Alto Weekly has launched a campaign to secure a healthy future by asking readers to begin paying for a portion of the costs of operating the Weekly and its popular website, Palo Alto Online. Through a letter to all residents and a print and online advertising campaign, the Weekly aims to replace the recession-driven decline in print advertising with membership subscriptions from people who value local journalism, regardless of whether viewed in print or online. “As more residents turn online to stay informed about the community, and businesses rocked by the recession suspend their advertising or turn to inexpensive marketing alternatives, the traditional business


model that allowed local journalism to be almost solely supported through advertising is quickly evaporating,� said Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson. “These changes threaten the viability of quality local journalism everywhere, including in our community,� Johnson said. Readers are being asked to sign up for a monthly payment program of at least $5 per month (17 cents a day) by going to, returning the form being mailed to

residents next week, or by calling the office at 650-326-8210. Annual payments are also welcomed. Subscribing members will be sent a Support Local Journalism bumper sticker and a choice of a coffee mug, T-shirt or shopping bag, plus receive special offers and invitations to member events. “Recent surveys show that our print and online readership is greater than ever,� Johnson said. “But rather than requiring a newspaper subscription fee or restricting our website to subscribers, we are hoping that Palo Alto residents will step up and do their part to fund the quality local journalism that we create day in and day out,� he said. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

John Greer (1808-1883) was an Irish sea captain who arrived in San Francisco during the Gold Rush of 1849. While many immigrants came to prospect for the precious metal, others, more astute, took advantage of the San Francisco Bay Area’s explosive growth to prosper in business, law, whatever. John Greer was in the latter category. Exploring the South Bay, he found the area agreeable, and met a landed widow, Maria Luisa Soto Copinger, whom he married. Establishing the town of Greersburg (now Woodside), Greer became a grower, justice of the peace, and community benefactor. In the 1860s Greer, Maria, and their five children moved back to the wife’s property at what is now the corner of Alma and Churchill streets and built a 22-room house. Land disputes were then a constant problem in California, as the original Mexican inhabitants were forced to prove title to their properties after California was claimed by the United States. The Greers’ title being in dispute, they relocated their enormous house to another property to which they had clear title, the site of today’s Town and Country shopping center, Alma and Embarcadero. The building was moved across the railroad tracks, and rolled through what is now the site of Palo Alto High School to its new location. The Greers entertained regularly and lavishly once their house was settled. Their son John Lucas Greer, an accomplished horseman, was prominent in Palo Alto and lived to see Stanford University grow from a regional institution to an international one. The house was torn down in 1952 to make room for the shopping center. A grandson Joe Greer lived on Encina Avenue until 1989.

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Petition in the works to allow Palo Alto pot sales Hoover Fellow Thomas Gale Moore says marijuana could be sold in liquor stores by Sue Dremann


former adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan has filed a notice with the City of Palo Alto to circulate a ballot-initiative petition for medical-marijuana dispensaries. Thomas Gale Moore, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and his wife, Cassandra Chrones Moore, a public-policy researcher at the Cato Institute, submitted the notice of intent to circulate an initiative petition to the City Clerk on May 31. The petition will ask the City Council to consider creating an ordinance for the dispensaries or to put the measure on the ballot before voters, he said on Wednesday (June 22). The Moores were approached by the Marijuana Policy Project to kick off the drive, he said. Petitioners have 180 days to gather 2,178 signatures, if they plan to put the measure on the November 2012 ballot. To schedule a special election for the measure, they need 4,356 signatures, City Clerk Donna Grider said Wednesday. Palo Alto adopted an ordinance in 1997 stating that medical marijuana is not a permitted use under its zoning ordinances, and therefore it isn’t permitted in the city, according to the City Attorney’s Office. The proposed ordinance would allow terminally ill residents to legally obtain marijuana near their homes if they have the approval of a physician. Proposition 215 was passed by California voters in 1996 to allow people to buy marijuana with a prescription, but the city has failed to implement the law, according to a public notice the Moores published May 27 in the Palo Alto Weekly. The Moores also contend that a similar ordinance in San Jose gen-

erated $290,000 for the city in the first month and that taxes would add to the city’s general fund. The notice urges the council to use the revenue for public safety and education. The law would limit the number of dispensaries to three, and they could not be located in a residential area or near a park, school or day care center. Anyone wishing to operate a dispensary would be required to meet strict qualifications, according to the public notice.

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Moore said marijuana dispensaries could be permitted in already existing liquor stores, which require a license and where regulations already control sales to minors and where beverages may be consumed. Alcohol is a permitted use, yet causes more acts of violence than marijuana, he said. Marijuana helps cancer patients tolerate chemotherapy and helps with glaucoma and chronic pain from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spinal-cord injuries, according to the Moores. A Harvard University survey found that almost half of oncologists nationwide said they would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it were legal in their state, they said. Moore wouldn’t mind having a dispensary at a liquor store in his Barron Park neighborhood, he said. But he doesn’t know what his neighbors think about that idea. In Washington state, an effort to allow marijuana sales in liquor stores failed to win approval, after a House of Representatives bill didn’t advance

out of committees by April 1. Palo Alto City Attorney Molly Stump said she has not seen the petition and would not comment on it yet. The sale of alcohol is highly regulated, and she doesn’t yet know if marijuana could qualify for sale through liquor stores, she said. “I don’t know if that’s possible or if it needs a state-level approval to be enacted. I’m not sure what are the permissible boundaries,â€? she said. Moore said he and his wife do not smoke marijuana, but that they strongly support legalization of all drugs because an international commission found the war against drugs is a “total failure.â€? The Moores have joined other prominent voices from former conservative administrations that are calling for decriminalization of drugs. George P. Schulz, former Secretary of State under Reagan, and Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, have published articles in support of drug legalization. “We’ve created violence in Latin America. We’ve destroyed much of Mexico,â€? Moore said of cartels that profit from U.S. drug policies. Prohibitions serve only to force use underground where sales are in the hands of violent criminals, Moore said. “Al Capone was the result of Prohibition in the 1920s,â€? he said, noting the country’s murder rate rose while it was in effect and dropped after repeal. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs and instituted rehabilitation. There, drug use is not going up. The same has been shown to be true in other countries where drugs have been legalized or decriminalized, he said. “The petition is a little step,â€? he conceded. N *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“{]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 5

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Manager will consider the application of A Orange Cab for a CertiďŹ cate of Public Convenience and necessity to operate a taxicab service in the City of Palo Alto under the business name of A Orange Cab, at a special meeting on Wednesday June 29, 2011 at 1:30PM, in the Council Conference Room, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto.

have an arbitrator make a decision when that arbitrator is unknown and probably doesn’t even live here,� Klein said. “But it’s also undemocratic that public-safety people can’t strike. Everybody else can.� Klein proposed sending the issue back to the council’s Policy and Services Committee, which would draft possible changes to the city’s binding-arbitration provision by late July. He also said it’s important for the whole council to weigh in on the issue, given the close split last year. Under Klein’s proposal, which the council approved 8-0, the council would then consider in late July whether to place the proposed modifications — or a possible repeal — on the ballot. Tony Spitaleri, president of Palo Alto Professional Firefighters, Local 1319, urged the council not to repeal the binding-arbitration provision. He said the union is open to modifying the provision and called for the city to create a committee of stakeholders who could come up with potential changes. “Elimination of arbitration in our opinion would not create a system of fairness and would create a strenuous atmosphere which would not be good for employer-employee relations and would not be in the best interests of the citizens of Palo Alto,� Spitaleri told the council. The council has until Aug. 1 to decide whether to place an item on the November ballot. This means the council’s committee will have to move at a brisk pace over the next five weeks to come up with a compromise on the modifications. Mayor Sid Espinosa said the city is now moving at a “very quick clip.� Like Scharff, he argued that changing the provision is necessary to keep the city’s finances in order. But Espinosa said he wouldn’t support the repeal measure at this time and called Klein’s suggestion to send the decision back to committee a “good compromise.�

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essary,â€? parent Melissa Michelson told the Palo Alto City Council Monday. Michelson disputed Stanford’s contention that the problem is just a matter of miscommunication and that the environmental analysis concluding children would be unharmed by the construction is sound. “We don’t believe this is a communication problem. We believe this is Stanford not taking adequate concern for our children,â€? she said. Simon Klemperer, a geophysics professor whose children have received care at Arboretum, said parents “had no ideaâ€? until two weeks ago the hospital project will involve the old Hoover Pavilion. The pinkish, historic structure is across Quarry Road from Bloomingdale’s. It was built in the early 1930s and operated at the time as Page 6ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“{]ÊÓ䣣ÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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ith contract negotiations stalling, Palo Alto firefighters are calling on the city to enlist a mediator to nudge the two sides toward an agreement. The union’s contract expired in May 2010 and the two sides have remained at a standoff since then, with the city declaring an impasse in February. The negotiations are expected to go to binding arbitration in the fall. Tony Spitaleri, president of Palo Alto Professional Firefighters, Local 1319, said the union decided to request mediation after the city rejected its latest offer — one that Spitaleri said included $3.1 million in concessions. Spitaleri said in a statement that the firefighters’ offer includes a 4 percent wage decrease for firefighters and engineers and a 5 percent decrease for captains and fire inspectors. He said the firefighters also offered to pay 10 percent of their health insurance premiums (the city currently pays the entire premium) and proposed revisions to the pension formula for new hires. He estimated that the structural changes would save the city about $1.7 million, while the wage decrease would save another $1.4 million. “In the wake of the city rejecting our contract proposal worth $3.1 million in givebacks, we have asked the city to enter into mediation,� Spitaleri said in the statement. “We think that the $3.1 million package in wages, health care and pension cuts that our fire

fighters have offered to the city to help balance the city’s budget is a generous one.� The union’s mediation proposal comes at a time when the City Council is considering major changes to the city’s process for settling labor disputes with its public-safety unions. Under existing law, disputes are settled through binding arbitration. The council is now considering drafting a ballot measure that would change or eliminate this provision. The council’s Policy and Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the possible ballot measure Tuesday night. The firefighters’ union has consistently opposed efforts to repeal the binding-arbitration provision, though Spitaleri indicated Monday night that it would support making some changes to the existing law. He proposed at Monday’s council meeting that the city form a stakeholders group to consider modifications. “Given the current debate around modifying binding arbitration, the Fire Fighters are showing good faith by asking the city for mediation as an alternative means of dispute resolution rather than going directly to binding arbitration, which is our right under the city charter,� Spitaleri said in the statement. The city’s 2012 budget, which the council adopted Monday night, assumes $4.3 million in concessions from police and firefighter unions. N — Gennady Sheyner

“Binding arbitration is not working for Palo Alto — that’s clear,� Espinosa said. “It’s crippling us. “We have deep structural issues that cannot be addressed with bind-

ing arbitration as it is. It either has to be reformed or repealed.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

Palo Alto Hospital but was replaced as the main hospital facility following the 1959 opening of the Edward Durell Stone structure still in use. Hoover is slated to be restored and used for medical office space. Day care parents had paid little attention to details of the hospital expansion until receiving a June 6 email inviting them to a meeting about the “revitalization of Arboretum,� Klemperer said. “I was vaguely aware of the (medical-center expansion) project and, like all Stanford projects, tend to assume that it is for the greater good,� Klemperer said, adding he had believed inconveniences such as traffic would be outweighed by a new hospital. “Parents’ jaws dropped� at the June 16 meeting, when plans for a mid-July erection of construction fences — one of which will bisect the children’s play yard — were unveiled, he said. As of Thursday, Sarah Staley, director of public relations for

the hospital project, said Stanford stands by its environmental analysis but was working to “find mutually agreeable solutions before beginning construction activities on the Hoover site.� Possible options include “providing interim child-care facilities offsite during construction, opportunities for other child-care services, and implementing additional mitigations informed by the City Council-certified Final Environmental Impact Report,� she said. “Clearly there was a breakdown in communication,� Staley said. “Though many on and off campus have been invested in the entitlements and facilities planning process for over four years now, the fact that the parents of the campus-based child care center were unaware and uninformed of the project is regretful.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner contributed to this report.

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Report boosts backers of new compost plant


Analysis shows city could save money by building a waste-to-energy plant in Baylands


by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto could save millions by building a waste-to-energy plant in the Baylands, according to a new analysis that is likely to further stoke one of the city’s hottest debates. The analysis, which the City Council will discuss Monday night, is being heralded as welcome news by proponents of the proposed anaerobic digestion plant — a facility that would process compost and produce electricity. In November, city voters will decide whether to make a 10-acre site at the 126-acre Byxbee Park, located in the Baylands, available for such a facility. The debate over the city’s composting options was prompted by the imminent closure of the city’s landfill, which includes a composting operation. The conversion of the landfill to parkland means the city would have to ship its yard trimmings and food waste to Gilroy or San Jose. A coalition called the Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative, led by former Mayor

Peter Drekmeier, has been lobbying the council to build the new plant and keep composting local. The revised analysis, performed by the Massachusetts firm Alternative Resources, Inc., compared the costs of building the new plant versus shipping local food and yard waste elsewhere. Its draft report concluded that “several of the lower cost AD (anaerobic digestion) technology cases are less costly or competitive with export options.� This is particularly true for the option that involves processing yard trimmings, food scraps and biosolids in a dry anaerobic digester at the landfill site. Other local options include building a more expensive “wet� anaerobic digester at the site of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. The new analysis shows that the cheapest local alternative would cost the city about $58.6 million over 20 years. The analysis also includes a “high-cost range� of $201 million for this alternative, though this range is viewed as unrealistic

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and based on much larger facilities than the one that would be built in Palo Alto. “It is likely that the lower cost options would provide a suitable system for the city with the quantities of food scraps and yard trimmings available in the city,� the report states. “The higher cost systems typically become more economically competitive when larger quantities of these materials are available.� The various export alternatives, meanwhile, have price tags ranging from $77.5 million to $139.5 million, according to the report. These options entail shipping local food scraps and yard trimmings to other facilities while keeping the processing of sewage waste local. The city currently incinerates its biosolids, a source of embarrassment to a city that takes pride in being green. The export options include continuing to burn biosolids in a new incinerator or processing them in a wet-anaero-

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s Dr. Ellen Brown begins her house calls, there is a distinct lack of the impersonal formalities one might normally associate with a doctor’s visit. Instead, there is familiarity and good cheer in her rapport. Brown, a medical director at the nonprofit home health care provider Pathways, specializes in offering comfort to her patients in their final months of life. The specialty is known as hospice and palliative care, and Brown visits up to four such patients across the Bay Area per day. Recently, the Palo Alto resident was selected as 2011’s Home Care Physician of the Year by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). “People have lots of questions when they begin reaching the end of their lives,� Brown said. “And a lot of the time, patients just need somebody to listen.� Hospice care is mostly about ensuring a good quality of care, she said, and paying attention to what patients want to achieve in the time they have left. “We want to make sure we can get them to reach those goals, whether they include traveling, or something as simple as going to their grandchild’s graduation ceremony,� she said. Evelyn Landes, a Midpeninsula patient of Brown’s, suffers from heart and lung disease. She faces considerable difficulty breathing and spends much of the day connected to an oxygen feed. Her condi-

Dr.Ellen Brown checks patient Evelyn Landes’ breathing during a visit to her home Thursday (June 16). Landes suffers from heart and lung disease and is receiving hospice care. tion makes it tricky for her to enjoy even the simplest pleasures, such as venturing out into the garden, and her energy varies from day to day. Brown checks in on Landes’ condition and ensures that her medication is in order. But Brown’s concern also lies in assessing her patient’s feelings and answering any questions Landes and her husband, Nate, have. On a recent Thursday, Brown checked to see if the swelling on Landes’ feet is causing pain, tested her breathing to see whether her discomforting wheezing has subsided, and asked her whether she is enjoying her meals — not just eating them.

Though she will often only see patients a handful of times, her relationship with them and their families is like that of a trusted friend, and this is more than reflected in the warm welcome she receives from the Landeses. “Coming out of high school, I knew I wanted to be a physician,� Brown said. She completed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital after graduating from Brown University. Interested in becoming a primarycare provider, the New York native then moved to the Bay Area to pursue a 10-year fellowship in geriatric care and internal medicine at Stan-

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parcel to Foothill-DeAnza, the Palo Alto school district would have the first right of refusal, a city staff report notes. The district would need to decide within 90 days whether to buy the land, which would be at current market value. Superintendent Kevin Skelly declined comment Wednesday, saying he was waiting to see what the city posts regarding its discussion Monday. “On Tuesday we will have an open session item on this topic where we can talk about this,� he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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News Digest Palo Alto halts water-rate increase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for now Palo Alto isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spiking its water rates just yet, but residents concerned about rising bills should hold their applause for now. The City Council was scheduled to approve a new water-rate schedule that would raise rates by an average of 12.5 percent. The council held a public hearing on the rate changes last week and Monday night was scheduled to approve the new rates as part of its adoption of the 2012 budget. But while the council approved most of the budget without a hitch, members put the brakes on the proposed water-rate increase after Councilman Greg Scharff said the proposed rates would violate Proposition 218, which requires water rates to be consistent with the cost of providing service. The rates proposed by the Utilities Department, with input from the Utilities Advisory Commission and the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finance Committee, included new tiers for heaviest water users in both the residential and commercial customer classes, who would be charged more per gallon. But Scharff and the council agreed that the new tiers would conflict with state law and asked staff to come back with a different rate structure. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water Fund is facing a $6.2 million budget gap because of the spiking cost of wholesale water. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-supply costs are projected to rise by 37 percent in the next fiscal year and to double by 2016, according to the Utilities Department. The increases are driven largely by a $4.6 billion infrastructure-repair project undertaken by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supplier. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner

City passes 2012 budget, seeks union concessions Palo Alto officials approved the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 budget Monday night with little discussion, no protests and one glaring asterisk. The $146 million budget includes $4.3 million in anticipated concessions from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-safety unions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; concessions that the city could have a hard time achieving. The city remains in a standoff with its firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union over a new contract and the two sides are preparing for arbitration proceedings in the fall. The police unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract expires at the end of this month. The uncertainty over labor concessions has cast a shadow over what has otherwise been a relatively breezy budget season. Unlike in the previous two years, when the city cut employee benefits, outsourced services and reduced its workforce by about 10 percent, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget was balanced with few major changes and no service reductions. The budget includes a restructuring of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Works Department, a move that consolidates six divisions into three and is anticipated to save about $300,000. It also creates an Office of Emergency Services and an Information Technology Department (information technology was previously under the purview of the Administrative Services Department). It achieves about $1 million in budget cuts from various departments. But the City Council, which approved the document 8-0 with Nancy Shepherd absent, acknowledged that the difficult part is still to come. If the city fails to get the concessions from the public-safety unions by this fall, the council will consider other ways to cut costs in these departments, including staffing reductions and fire-station brownouts. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto Utilities managers form bargaining unit Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s utility managers have formed a new employee association that they hope will strengthen their bargaining power in negotiations with city management. The group, called the Utilities Management Professionals Association of Palo Alto (UMPAPA), includes 45 managers from City of Palo Alto Utilities, said Russ Kamiyama, manager of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electric operations. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation was opposed by city management but was enabled by a decision from an arbitrator in April. Most managers and professionals (with some exceptions in Police and Fire departments) currently donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong to any labor unions and have their compensation approved by the City Council every year. Kamiyama said the setup made it difficult for managers within particular departments, who believe their work is different from that of other managersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, to make their voices heard during negotiations. Kamiyama said the utilities managers have been trying to form their own bargaining unit since at least 2008. In November 2009, the 45 managers filed a petition with the city. The associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is narrower than a typical unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in that it focuses almost exclusively on compensation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not on broader workplace issues such as grievances. N â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gennady Sheyner LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at


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Groupon to expand in Palo Alto

While Caltrain dreams of electrification and Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-speed rail project slogs through its design process, Santa Clara County officials are pursuing their own solution to Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future congestion woes: a fleet of speedy, spacious buses ferrying passengers up and down the El Camino Real corridor. (Posted June 22 at 10:43 p.m.)

Groupon, Inc., plans to dramatically expand its presence in Palo Alto in the coming months, when it takes over a Park Boulevard building it has recently leased. (Posted June 17 at 9:56 a.m.)

Duveneck principal resigns Duveneck School is searching for a new principal following Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (June 20) unexpected resignation of John Lents, effective June 30. Lents, longtime principal at Addison School who moved to Duveneck last fall, is relocating to St. Louis for family reasons. (Posted June 21 at 3:12 p.m.)

Driver arrested in fatal crash A 25-year-old East Palo Alto woman has been arrested for the death of her friend after a fatal car crash on June 17, an East Palo Alto police spokesman said.


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Ravenswood to shutter two schools Two of Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight campuses will not reopen this fall as the K-8 district serving 3,900 children in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park looks to save on administrative and maintenance costs. (Posted June 17 at 9:53 a.m.)

District responds to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;testing fraudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Palo Alto school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly expressed confidence the district will be able to resolve charges of â&#x20AC;&#x153;testing fraudâ&#x20AC;? by parents of an elementary student. The family claims their daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teacher for two years filled in answers on her tests to conceal the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning disabilities and need for extra help. (Posted June 17 at 9:16 a.m.)

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World Music Day rocks downtown World Music Day returned to Palo Alto for the third year on Sunday (June 19). This time, the dance floor was a lot bigger. (Posted June 20 at 9:08 a.m.)

Hallucinogenic-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;shroom sale goes awry A Palo Alto teenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms ended in a robbery and his being punched by three other youths on June 8, a Palo Alto police spokesman said on Thursday (June 16). (Posted June 17 at 9:50 a.m.)

Robber stops at Starbucks, gets nabbed Mountain View police arrested a man Friday morning (June 17) just a few blocks from the bank they allege he had robbed about a half hour earlier. A plainclothes detective found Lawrence Petitta, 53, at Starbucks reading a newspaper. (Posted June 17 at 2:08

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bic digestion facility. Drekmeier called the new financial projections â&#x20AC;&#x153;very positive for

anaerobic digestion,â&#x20AC;? particularly if the facility is publicly owned and the city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t charge rent for the site. He noted that under the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-case scenario, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tipping fees would be $69 per ton in the first year and $32 per ton in year 20 if

a dry anaerobic digester were built. By contrast, the cheapest export option would entail a tipping fee of $97 in the first year and $121 in year 20. Drekmeier said this amounts to potential savings of about $30 million over 20 years.

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These numbers, however, are based on a number of assumptions that may not materialize. For one, the scenario that makes the strongest economical case for a local plant assumes public ownership of a new plant (a proposition that the report admits is risky), public financing and a 15 percent grant for construction of the new facility. It also now includes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;carbon adderâ&#x20AC;? (a $20 addition for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted) and a 15 percent â&#x20AC;&#x153;contingencyâ&#x20AC;? for exports. Both the carbon adder and the contingency fee make exporting less attractive in the consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic model. Furthermore, the report claims that a â&#x20AC;&#x153;public model,â&#x20AC;? while cheaper, comes with its own risks and challenges. The consultant recommends handing over operations (and risks) of a new plant to a private company. The private options, the report states, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most advantageous means to provide for development of an AD technology facility as they place financing, design, build and operational responsibility on the

private company as well as the responsibilities of ownership.â&#x20AC;? Hiring a private company to run the facility would raise the tipping fees in year 20 of the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation to either $50 or $73 per ton, depending on such factors as rent and contingency fees. While the â&#x20AC;&#x153;public modelâ&#x20AC;? projects a cost of $58.6 million for the cheapest anaerobic-digestion option, the cost for a private option would range from about $72 million to $96.2 million. The numbers in the new report are unlikely to sway opponents of the new facility, including prominent conservationists Emily Renzel, Tom Jordan and Enid Pearson. Opponents of Drekmeierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative have persistently argued against building a new waste facility at Byxbee Park, characterizing this proposal as a betrayal of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise to its voters to add the land to the park. The council will consider the new results and discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next steps Monday night at its meeting in City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 20)

Budget: The council approved the fiscal year 2012 budget. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh Absent: Shepherd Water rates: The council directed Utilities Department staff to return with a revised proposal for water-rate increases. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Price Absent: Shepherd Binding arbitration: The council directed its Policy and Services Committee to draft a measure that would amend the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter. The council would then decide in late July whether to place this measure, or a repeal of the provision, on the ballot. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh Absent: Shepherd

Parks and Recreation Commission (June 21 ) El Camino Park: The commission discussed proposed improvements to El Camino Park, including synthetic turf, a new pathway and a dog exercising area. The commission will continue the discussion at its next meeting. Action: None

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East Meadow Circle: The commission discussed the draft concept plan for the East Meadow Circle and Fabian Way area in south Palo Alto. The discussion was continued to a later date. Action: None

Rail Committee (June 23)

Economic impact: The committee heard a report about the economic impacts of Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electrification and the proposed high-speed rail project. Action: None

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Planning & Transportation Commission (June 22)

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will consider the school districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for 2011-12 and schematic designs for renovations at Duveneck School. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school district headquaters (25 Churchill Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss a possible sale of a portion of Cubberley Community Center to Foothill College; and the feasibility study on a proposed anaerobic-digestion facility. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold its annual two-day, offsite retreat Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the University Club of Palo Alto (3277 Miranda Ave.). POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider possible modifications to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s binding-arbitration provision. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss a proposed zone change at 355 Alma St., to enable construction of a four-story, 59,397-square-foot mixed-use building at the former Shell Station site. The commission also plans to consider a proposal by Hewlett-Packard to rezone a 1,968-squarefoot parcel and to discuss the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies for deployment of electric-vehicle charging stations. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


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A hometown July 4th parade

CHILI CON CARPOOLING ... The 30th Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off takes place Monday, July 4, noon to 5 p.m., at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, and this year there is limited parking. A construction project is underway, and biking and carpooling is recommended. Parking along East Meadow Drive and adjacent neighborhoods will be limited. To reduce traffic and headaches for the residential neighborhoods, event visitors are encouraged to park offsite at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, just two blocks away. A shuttle van will drive between Cubberley and Mitchell Park from noon to 5 p.m. Onsite parking preference will be given to people with disabilities until 2 p.m. More details are available at recreation or 650-463-4921.

PALO ALTO CONNECTIONS ... If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever wondered how to get around Palo Alto and surrounding areas for a nice long bike ride on a sunny summer day, the city has a bike map available on its website at (search under â&#x20AC;&#x153;bike routes mapâ&#x20AC;?). The map includes bike routes, bike boulevards and paths into the Stanford foothills and through the cities and baylands of East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park. BIKEABLE PALO ALTO REDUX ... The City of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 2011 will be available in July for public comment, and a second citywide community meeting will be scheduled. The plan and meeting information when ready will be available at N Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at sdremann@paweekly. com. Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at

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soup gatherings, she said. The gatherings developed into deep discussions as well as meal sharing, she said, and that aspect has also become part of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soup group. Each month the soup dinner is hosted at a different home; the host chooses a topic, and for a short period after the meal, residents gather to discuss anything from the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Byxbee Park to electric vehicles, composting, safety and earthquake preparedness and Christmas caroling, she said. Sometimes the discussions go deeper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check-insâ&#x20AC;? allow residents to discuss the big events in their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are the times when we really build depth of connection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hearing someone talk about a death in the family, a job search, struggles with infertility, issues around starting a nonprofit,â&#x20AC;? she said. Rohana Gunawardena, the neighborhood-preparedness block captain, organizes the gatherings. No two meetings are the same, with soup and salad as the constants, he said. In winter, the gatherings are in larger homes and in summer, at smaller ones where people can spill outside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a deep discussion; sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a cake for them,â&#x20AC;? Gunawardena said. When people meet at his home, he will often choose emergency preparedness as the topic, he said.

ast Tuesday, June 21, David, Sigrid and Fraser Pinsky adjusted the pinwheels on their homemade Fourth of July parade igloo float. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; igloo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Wonderland,â&#x20AC;? which is the theme of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenmeadow Association Independence Day parade. The annual festivities, which have been in existence since the Eichler neighborhood was built in 1954, have had many imaginative themes through the years, such as Inventors and Under the Sea, although perhaps none as openly defiant of the calendar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done before,â&#x20AC;? said Sigrid Pinsky, co-chair of the Greenmeadow Community Association social committee. Greenmeadow is a tight-knit, 270home neighborhood on the south edge of Palo Alto, located behind the Cubberley Community Center. Residents have their own association community center, pool and park, which was part of developer Joseph Eichlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for creating a cohesive neighborhood in lifestyle as well as architecturally. Members of the community can join the association for a fee to enjoy the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benefits. The July 4 parade is an essential part of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition. The celebration has remained virtually unchanged for 57 years, lending the holiday a traditional small-town feel. A full day of activities opens with a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; triathlon and 1K and 5K runs for adults, Pinsky said. The main event, Greenmeadowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual parade, follows, originating at the community center at 303 Parkside Drive and meandering through the neighborhood and back to the adjacent park. Floats, a marching band, color guard, drill team and more are all made up of community residents. Longtime resident Bob Shaw usually plays clarinet in the band, but can slide over to saxophone if necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is a neighborhood band,â&#x20AC;? he said of the group that only comes together to practice on the five evenings leading up to July 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of us play elsewhere in the community, but some people just grab their horns once a year to come and toot away with us. We

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BEANIE BABIES, NOT BOMBS ... Kudos to Duveneck-St. Francis neighborhood residents for responding to neighbor Mary Carlsteadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent Beanie Baby toy drive to benefit children in Afghanistan. Carlstead recently sent out a request for Beanie Babies and other small stuffed toys for children in NATO and local hospitals in Kabul. The NATO hospital had been bombed a few weeks ago, she said. A Navy lieutenant nurse who is a classmate of Carlsteadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter is giving the toys along with coloring books and crayons to ill and injured young patients. Carlsteadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbors came through big time, furnishing enough plush critters for a village, she said, so she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need any more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dining room looks like Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Tight-knit Greenmeadow community prepares for star-spangled festivities neighborhood-style

Ivan Chaperot serves himself a bowl of fresh pea soup at the neighborhood Midtown Soup Group.

Soupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on by Sue Dremann


alo Alto resident Marina Rose stirred the two big pots of soup in her Midtown kitchen, the aroma mingling with laughter of about two dozen neighbors milling about her home near Hoover Park on Friday, June 17. Over bowls of steaming pea soup and corn and quinoa soup, members of Midtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soup Group gathered to share food, ideas and life stories, just as they have done each month for the past 2 1/2 years. Soup, salad and wine. Neighborhood children playing together in the hallways and garden patio. The soup group is capturing something many residents say is missing from Palo Alto these days: a real sense of community, they said. Rose ladled the chartreuse pea soup made from fresh English peas into bowls and passed them around. Optional additions included crĂŠme fraiche, mint leaves and chunks of ham. Everything is local and the vegetables come from the Palo Alto Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, she said. When visitors arrive, some bring their own bowls or spoons, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a potluck. Only the host does the cooking. All that is required of guests is to show up, she said. People say Palo Alto is a different place these days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less friendly and more disconnected, said Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, who attended the Friday gathering. But soup groups such as Midtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s could be just what anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother would order

Midtown â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;soup groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gathering builds neighborliness, fun over food

for an ailing quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say there is not a sense of community. I tell them to do something about that. Here are people doing it right. With soup, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so easy to do,â&#x20AC;? he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-pressure affair that Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, David Hsiao, said is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancy schmancy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great way to create a low bar of entry. Soup and salad is something almost everyone can eat,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sutida Majarone, a Thai native who moved to the neighborhood in March, had not eaten pea soup before, she said as she sampled the soup. Majarone has hosted the soup group, making spicy Thai soup for her guests, she said. Having a chance to share food and culture on a neighborhood level is appealing because in Thailand food is central and people eat 24 hours a day, she said. As a new resident, having a monthly gathering place with neighbors also keeps relationships going beyond the cursory cup of sugar and sidewalk wave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lifestyle is so busy here. This is a place where we just hang out, and this is so personal. I bring my son, and he gets to know all the neighborhood kids,â&#x20AC;? she said. Rose got the idea more than eight years ago after learning of a similar group in Woodside. At the time, she resided in Mountain View, and as a newcomer there, she reached out to single people through her church and yoga class to join for weekly

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Hsiao said he enjoys the mix of cultures, which span from Northern Europe to Southeast Asia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like that it is meaningful for other people. We all know each other. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy, and it builds community,â&#x20AC;? he said. Espinosa recalled a Weekly story where neighbors saw a van in the driveway of a home and assumed the residents were moving. But the van belonged to burglars who emptied the house of its contents in plain sight, he said. People on Palo Alto Onlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion forum, Town Square, asked how something like this could happen in a community, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really does make a difference in a neighborhood and a community and a city. ... A soup club ripples into safety and taking care of kids,â&#x20AC;? he said. A dozen people remained for the after-dinner discussion on Friday, and Rose, a chiropractor and nutritionist, began with nutrition and seasonal foods. Hsiao passed around a food wheel, to show foods that are seasonally available in the Bay Area. The conversation morphed into organizing meals for an expectant mother on bed rest, finding Palo Alto restaurants and wine bars serving local products and keeping bees. Maybe they would make a good burglary deterrent if one put a sign in the window: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killer bees,â&#x20AC;? someone said, to laughter, and the topic turned to summer and vacations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all here so you can look for the moving van if it comes to my house,â&#x20AC;? a resident said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not moving.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

have a great time.â&#x20AC;? Following the parade, activities include field and pool games, prizes for parade floats and participants, a barbecue, and then separate parties on each of Greenmeadowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22 blocks, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It only works if all people participate at some level,â&#x20AC;? Pinsky said. Overall attendance for the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events is expected to be somewhere near 1,000 people, composed primarily of residents and nearby â&#x20AC;&#x153;associate members,â&#x20AC;? who enjoy some communal benefits but lack voting status in the community association, Pinsky said. The parade contributes in many ways to the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sense of togetherness; though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only annual celebration, it is highly anticipated, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything, people would still come just the same.â&#x20AC;? Shaw said many people who have moved out of the neighborhood like to come back for the festivities, allowing residents to reunite with old friends. Fourteen members of his own family are coming this year, some from as far away as Massachusetts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lovely tradition,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. The Fourth of July parade encapsulates the small-town feel, with its emphasis on togetherness and tradition in the heart of the greater Silicon Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just so charming and unchanging,â&#x20AC;? Pinsky said of the patriotic and eternally traditional neighborhood celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived here for 20 years, and this will be my 20th year crying at the parade,â&#x20AC;? she said. N Editorial Intern Jeff Carr can be emailed at


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to make sure that we can get children out of the hospital in their final months and help their parents provide the care that they need.â&#x20AC;? It really helps their peace of mind to know that there are teams of people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nurses, volunteers, social workers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that are able to help them, 24 hours a day, she said. Along with internal medicine, Brown is certified for palliative care medicine, one of the fastest growing specializations in the industry. Extending care to those with life expectancies greater than the six-month requirement of hospice, Brown says that palliative treatment gives patients more opportunities to seek and properly establish the goals of their treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People with serious illnesses deserve to have people around to help them to determine or reorient their goals, as well as manage their comfort,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people ask me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you find it depressing?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotionally challenging, and some stories affect you more than others, but the way I look at it is this: I truly believe I am helping people and that they really feel better because of the work my team does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, they are dying. But dying people still have hope.â&#x20AC;? N

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ford University Medical Center. She joined Pathways more than 15 years ago and says that despite the sad circumstances, she finds her work incredibly fulfilling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home visits are my favorite part of it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a huge dynamic shift from when a patient is visiting your office, dressed in a hospital gown, and when you are a guest in their home.â&#x20AC;? Visiting patients offers the opportunity not only to assess what medication and treatment her patients should receive but to make sure that their support systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their families and loved ones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are there and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t facing any problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can learn an incredible amount about a person by making a house call,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The medication may be prescribed, but do they have a way of getting it? Is there a system in place? And is there someone close by to help them?â&#x20AC;? Some of her visits are to the families of children with just a number of months left. Child hospice care is often a neglected field, she said, and she attends as many conferences on the subject as possible, as well as speaks to pediatricians on a regular basis.

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Liam Giffen, from left, looks on as David, Sigrid and Fraser Pinsky apply pinwheels to their igloo float for the upcoming Greenmeadow Fourth of July parade.

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Sally Louise Whelan August 26, 1957-June 14, 2011 A lifelong resident of Menlo Park, Sally Louise Whelan died June 14, 2011, in Palo Alto surrounded by her loving family. A fourth generation Californian, she was born to Harry G Whelan M.D. and Joanne (Jodie) Roberts Whelan in Redwood City on August 26th, 1957. She attended Menlo Atherton High School, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University in 1983. A marketing major with a keen fashion sense, she was sought out when she worked as a personal shopper for Nordstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. She was a buyer for Liz Claiborne and Jones of New York. She later became a sales rep for Telecheck and Softkey Computer Company. She was working for Mars Candy Company until her health declined. She is preceded in death by her mother Jodie Whelan. She is survived by her father Harry G Whelan M.D., brothers Gabe (Debbie) Whelan and Robert Whelan, sisters Anne (Steve) Englert, Pat (Phil) McDonnell, Mary (Steve) Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Neill and Sophie (David) Kirk. She had 13 nieces and nephews Steve, Sophia, Hilary and Bobbie Englert, Jennifer, Harry, Natalie and Abby Whelan, Philip and Erin

McDonnell, Lauren Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Neill (God-daughter), Libby and Laura Kirk and many cousins. An accomplished athlete, she played varsity tennis all four years for Menlo Atherton. She loved to water and snow ski. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and card games of all kinds. She traveled extensively around the United States and Europe. For over twenty-two years, she and her cousin Jo Malone would attend the New Orleans Jazz festival where she met and maintained friendships with fellow jazz aďŹ cionados from around the country. She was also a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto. A Rosary was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 7:00pm at Roller & Hapgood Funeral Home in Palo Alto. A funeral Mass was on Thursday June 23, 2011 at 11:00am at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park. The family requests that donations be made to the Pathways Hospice Group of Palo Alto. PA I D


Lolita Alice Olaine Jan. 14, 1905-June 15, 2011 In her 106 years of life, Lolita made an impact on almost every person she met; either through her artwork, her fun and feisty personality, or her ability to inspire and strengthen others. She had a strong, independent spirit, and was always ready for a good laugh. She was born Lolita Alice Jones in Los Angeles, Calif., and studied art under Walter B. Currier at Lincoln High School. She worked as a commercial artist in L.A. until she met Francis Samuel Olaine through a local hiking club and married him in 1933. Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; job at Standard Oil moved them to Portland, Ore., where they had their ďŹ rst son, David. A short time later they moved to Seattle, Wash., where Lolita was able to showcase her art in local galleries. They soon returned to Los Angeles, which Lolita was so happy about she attributed the birth of their second son Norman to it. With the onset of World War II, Francis got transferred to San Francisco and they settled in Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hometown of Palo Alto in 1941. They later moved to Redwood City in 1959, after both boys graduated from Palo Alto High School. She lived there happily with Francis where they tended their garden together and hiked throughout the area until Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death in 1985. She continued to live there independently until 2000 when at the age of 95 she decided it was time to move to Lytton Gardens. As a child Lolita was frequently ill and survived the measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox, and an almost fatal case of the whooping cough when she was seven years old. Her doctor told her to climb hills to make her stronger after missing much of her early schooling, and she never stopped. Avid hikers and campers, Lolita and Francis would frequently camp and hike trails throughout California as well as the western U.S. She would ďŹ nd a vista, set up her easel, and paint the oil and acrylic landscapes that she became known for. She also had a love of gardening and painted watercolor portraits of her roses, orchids and lilies. For a time Lolita painted from a studio in the wellknown Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and in

the 1960s started and managed an art gallery at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto where Lolita had been a member since moving to Palo Alto. She later sold 45 of her paintings to raise money for a church elevator. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years, the walk-about club of Palo Alto, as well as a life-long member of the Sierra Club. Lolita surpassed the longevity her relatives enjoyed, with her brother Reg living to 100, her mother to 98, and her grandfather to 100. However, she was surprised to wake up after turning 100 and still be alive. She told people that God wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for her yet and that she still had something to do but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what it was. At that time she had yet to see any great-grandchildren and she thought perhaps that was the reason she needed to stick around. The rest of the family is in agreement when we say that she probably was right. Two years after she turned 100 she met her ďŹ rst great-grandson Boden, and when she turned 105 she met Bodenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Zeke and the Olaine triplets; Miles, Evan and Aislin. She is survived by her two sons, David and Norman Olaine, her two grandchildren, Jason Olaine and Joanna Hess, and her ďŹ ve great-grandchildren. She died peacefully at Lytton Gardens on June 15, 2011. Lolitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family would like to thank Asilia Taufoou for her love, devotion, and excellent care of Lolita during her last couple years of life. A celebration of Lolitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto on Tuesday, June 28, at 4 p.m., with reception to follow. For further information please call Joanna at 360-689-5429. PA I D

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Deaths Harriet Johnston Harriet Pollins Johnston, 87, a longtime Peninsula resident, died June 6 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. A native of Peoria, Ill., she married Bruce F. Johnston in 1944 in Wilmington, N.C. After living in Japan, she and her husband came to Stanford. She and her family lived in France from 1952 to 1954, and returned to Stanford in 1954 when Dr. Johnston joined the Stanford faculty. She enjoyed extensive traveling and lived in Japan, France, Uganda, Kenya and Austria. She also loved their retirement home in Pacific Grove, Calif., family members said. She was an active volunteer, including with the Stanford YWCA and Hospital Chaplaincy as well as Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) with St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Sea, in Pacific Grove. Survivors include her husband, Bruce; her son, Bruce C. Johnston of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; her daughter, Patricia C. Johnston of Denver; and a granddaughter. A memorial service is planned for noon Saturday, June 25, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Sea Episcopal Church at 146 12th St. in Pacific Grove. The family suggests donations to Pathways Hospice Foundation at 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085; or to St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Sea Church (put â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social Concerns Fundâ&#x20AC;? in the memo line) at 146 12th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93940.

graduated from Yale University with an M.A. in Oriental Studies in 1943. She was fluent in German, French and Spanish. From April 1944 to May 1946, she served in the WAC (Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Army Corps) in England, France and Germany. She was assigned to the United States Group Control Council, which was the planning unit for the occupation of Germany. She married her husband, the late Peter Wyden, in 1947, and they were divorced in 1959. She had two sons, the late Jeffrey Wyden and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Portland, Ore. She had a long and distinguished professional career as an industrial economist, researcher and reference librarian. She worked at the Stanford Research Institute, Stanford University, and the United States Information Agency, among other challenging assignments. At the time of her death, she lived at Channing House, a retirement community in Palo Alto. Ron Wyden said about his mother, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother was my role model, and she wore that mantle for so many others who came into her life. With quiet dignity, she was the consummate achiever, who somehow managed to lovingly raise my brother Jeff who suffered from schizophrenia, worked full time, and never missed one of my basketball games. I have two daughters and both seem like my mom, which I will always be grateful for.â&#x20AC;? She is survived by her son, Ron Wyden (Nancy) of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren.


Edith Wyden Edith Wyden, 91, a resident of Palo Alto, died June 19 of advanced Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. She was born May 26, 1920, in Koenigsberg, Germany, the daughter of Dr. George and Else Rosenow. The family fled Nazi Germany in 1936, first going to Iraq and then immigrating to the United States in 1939. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. cum laude in 1941, majoring in archaeology. She

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Palo Alto June 15-22

Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 13 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Under the influence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Public urination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Menlo Park June 15-21

Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 General burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 General forgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . .4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Narcotics registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Atherton June 14-21 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Parking problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Be on the lookout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Construction complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance noise/fight. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Pedestrian check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Special detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Tree down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Wires down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block El Carmelo Avenue, 6/15, 15:41 p.m.; domestic violence.

Menlo Park 1000 block El Camino Real, 6/15, 20:38 p.m.; battery

Theodore (Ted) Alexander Chandik March 11, 1937-April 27, 2011 Theodore (Ted) Alexander Chandik, 74 of La Honda, California died suddenly Wednesday April 27th. Ted was born to Alexander Chandik and Lydia (Blahunka) Chandik in Chicago, Illinois on March 11, 1937. He earned his Masters in Education from Indiana University and worked for the City of Palo Alto, teaching classes in Natural History for 32 years. Ted was passionate about birding and jazz. He led birding trips all over the world, and was very proud of having seen over 5000 species. Although not a musician, he loved jazz. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Zoe (Ellis) Chandik. Their daughters, Lori and her husband Kevin Boccia of Leominster, Massachusetts and Dawn

and her husband Kip Conover of Santa Cruz, California, two grandchildren Kyle Flanders of Leominster, Massachusetts and Ellis Conover of Santa Cruz, California. Two brothers, Thomas Chandik of San Diego, CA and Jerry Chandik of Charlotte, NC as well as ďŹ ve nieces and nephews. Ted lived life to the fullest and never passed up the opportunity to see and do everything he wanted. He would wish all of us could do the same. Memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy or The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve at Stanford University. PA I D


Robin Winslow Smith June 12, 1934- June 15, 2011 Robin Winslow Smith was a strong independent woman, proud mother of four with whom she shared many adventures, dedicated teacher, avid birder, world traveler, passionate environmentalist, dog lover, and supportive friend to many. She died at home surrounded by family after outwitting cancer for nearly ďŹ ve years. Born in San Francisco in 1934 and raised in Saratoga and Palo Alto, Robin graduated from Palo Alto High School, earned a B.A. at UC Berkeley, married Gordon Dean Smith, Jr. in 1956 (div. 1972), made her home in Atherton for 47 years, and taught special education in Fremont. Once retired, Robin kept local politicians well

aware of environmental issues, served as president of Sequoia Audubon and worked tirelessly for habitat protection including the conservation of Bair Island and the protection of Bedwell Bayfront Park as open space. Robin is survived by her children, Mallory (Patrick), Colin (Lynn), Evan (Bonnie) and Alison, granddaughter Anya and extended family. A memorial celebration will be held 2pm, Friday, June 24 at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. PA I D


NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD FOR TWO TERMS ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 (Terms of Lee and Malone-Prichard) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Architectural Review Board from persons interested in serving on one of two terms ending September 30, 2014. Eligibility Requirements: The Architectural Review Board is composed of ďŹ ve members who serve without pay. The Commissioners shall not be Council Members, ofďŹ cers, or employees of the City. At least three of the Commissioners shall be architects, landscape architects, building designers or other design professionals. There are no residency requirements for this Commission. Regular meetings are at 8:00 am on the ďŹ rst and third Thursdays of each month. The Architectural Review Board is charged with design review of all new construction, changes and additions to commercial, industrial and multiple-family projects. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, (650) 329-2571, or may be obtained on the website at Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce is 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2011. If one of the incumbents does not apply, the ďŹ nal deadline for non-incumbents will be 5:00 P.M. Friday, July 15, 2011. DONNA J. GRIDER City Clerk There are no residency requirements for the Architectural Review Board. *>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;{]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;䣣Ă&#x160;U Page 15


DĂŠjĂ vu on arbitration City Council once again puts itself under time pressure in deciding whether to place repeal of binding arbitration on November ballot here was at least some logic a year ago when the City Council voted 4-5 to punt on placing a measure on the November 2010 ballot to repeal the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual 33-year-old binding-arbitration requirement whenever an impasse is declared in police or fire labor negotiations. Last July, the proposed repeal was brought up just days before the deadline for putting the question on the November ballot, a ballot that already had the distasteful firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative (later resoundingly defeated) requiring a city vote for any future reduction in fire staffing. At the time, council members Sid Espinosa, Larry Klein, Nancy Shepherd, Gail Price and Yiaway Yeh voted against placing the repeal of the arbitration provision on the ballot, narrowly out-voting council members Pat Burt, Karen Holman, Greg Scharff and Greg Schmid. Their stated reason: The Council shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel rushed; more time was needed to study the issue and allow for more public input. Fast-forward one full year and Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Council meeting could have been a replay of the one last July. Price said the council was moving too fast and urged a two- to three-month period for more study and discussion. Klein repeated his 2010 criticisms of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;undemocraticâ&#x20AC;? nature of binding arbitration, then added that not allowing public-safety employees to strike was also undemocratic. And Mayor Espinosa, who a year ago joined the â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not rushâ&#x20AC;? majority, this year called the referral of the issue to a council committee a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good compromiseâ&#x20AC;? given the split on the council. So a year after using the argument that the council was being rushed into a decision and needed more time for analysis and discussion, four of the same five members (Espinosa, Klein, Price and Yeh; Shepherd missed Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting) could once again block voters from deciding whether to repeal binding arbitration. Why all the angst and hand-wringing over repealing a provision in our City Charter that is so rare that only a handful of cities in California have it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that was adopted in Palo Alto as a strategy to reduce the possibility of public-safety employee strikes before such strikes were deemed by the courts to be illegal? None of the reluctant council members offered any substantive reasons on Monday, only general desires to not take steps that might harm city-union relations and to respect the collective-bargaining process. They also declined to provide any guidance to the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy committee other than to return with alternatives in late July so the council could act prior to the Aug. 1 deadline for placing measures on this Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballot. There are many alternatives to a complete repeal of binding arbitration, including amending the charter to limit arbitration to only certain issues of disagreement; requiring that arbitrators consider certain data, such as the financial condition of the city, in making decisions; and opening up the negotiations to the public. Insisting on an analysis of all the possible alternatives to repeal of binding arbitration is a great avoidance and delay strategy, as well as an immense burden on staff. As we have previously argued, we believe Palo Alto voters should be given the opportunity to repeal binding arbitration. With publicemployee compensation and benefits having soared in the last 30 years, rising at a faster clip than city revenues, we are living in a different era. Palo Alto should get in line with 95 percent of other cities in California. Binding arbitration is not in itself a game-changing issue, since its use is relatively rare (approximately six times in the last 30 years). But it is fundamentally irresponsible to permit a single, unelected arbitrator to negotiate in secret and then make unilateral decisions with great financial ramifications for the city. With four votes (Burt, Holman, Scharff and Schmid) solidly in favor of placing a repeal measure before the voters in November, only one of the other five council members must be persuaded. Mayor Espinosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal for next month should not be to find a compromise that all nine council members can embrace. It should be to adopt, on a 5-4 vote if necessary, the policy that is in the best interests of the community. With the council having referred the issue back to its policy committee, it is too late to head off a process that will entail a huge amount of unnecessary staff and council work during the next several weeks. But let us hope that when it considers the issue again in late July, none of the five council members cites lack of information, time for analysis or need for public input as his or her excuse for preventing Palo Altans from voting in November.


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell Cubberley Editor, Monday night the Palo Alto City Council will vote on entering into negotiations with the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to sell them eight acres of the old Cubberley High School site. We urge the council to vote no, no and no! Selling a major part of Cubberley would affect Palo Alto Unified School District, youth and adult sports programs, and local nonprofits. It will impact all future uses of the site. Yet the council made it an Action Item on its June 27 agenda â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while schools, PTAs, and the PAUSD Board are on summer vacation and most sports teams are between seasons. Is the council convinced that the citizens of Palo Alto support selling the last potential site for an additional high school or middle school in the city? District demographers anticipate continued enrollment growth; does council believe they are wrong? Where will children who move into the new housing approved by the city go to school? Twenty years ago, district enrollment was 8,000 and Cubberley was recognized as an essential community asset and a buffer for potential enrollment growth. Today enrollment is 12,000 and Cubberley is even more critical to the families of Palo Alto. What will our community need 20 years from now? Palo Alto has been fortunate to have Foothill College here. It is an outstanding community college. We hope they can stay, but not if it cripples the school district. Selling any part of Cubberley is a bad idea. Diane Reklis and Carolyn Tucher Former presidents of the PAUSD Board of Education Janice Way and Manuela Way Palo Alto

Cubberleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value redux Editor, With little or no public input, the city council is once again looking at selling eight acres of Cubberley Community Center to Foothill College. By their actions, the Council has decided that the community center located in south Palo Alto is less valuable than the community center in north Palo Alto, i.e., Lucie Stern. Lucie Stern center celebrates the arts with the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players and West Bay Opera, while Cubberley is home to El Camino Youth Symphony, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Peninsula Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus, numerous artists studios and four dance studios. Lucie Stern houses the Boy and Girl Scout facilities, whereas Cubberley houses two preschools, a

large after-school child care provider, and two alternative high schools. Cubberley has tennis courts and Lucie Stern has courts nearby at Rinconada park. Lucie Sternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooms are used for meetings and classes and so are Cubberleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The two centers are similar in their value to the community. Why does the City Council choose only to protect the community center in north Palo Alto? As a resident of south Palo Alto, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to know the answer to that. Lisa Steinback Creekside Drive Palo Alto

Blue-bin blues Editor, When I give to charity I expect most of my donation to go to charity. You probably do too. Yet, if you donate books into those big blue Reading Tree bins marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books for Charity,â&#x20AC;? only one in four books go to those in need (Weekly, June 17). The other three books are sold

for pulp or resold online by Reading Treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial fundraiser, the for-profit Thrift Recycling Management (TRM). TRM claims to be one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest online book distributors for resale through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, etc. TRM manages the Reading Tree bins, transports the donated books for sorting at one of its distribution centers, and then reaps big profits from books donated to Reading Tree. The bins neither mention TRM as Reading Treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial fundraiser, nor its involvement with the nonprofit, so donors cannot know that only 25 percent of their donated books go to charity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fact TRM readily admits. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Reading Treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and TRMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practices reach the level of illegal deception, but it sure reaches my level. I hope you will think twice about feeding books to those big blue bins. Winter Dellenbach La Para Avenue Palo Alto

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First Person Saying goodbye, on to the next chapterâ&#x20AC;Ś by Amy Renalds


ourteen years ago this summer I was in that uncomfortable but exhilarating phase of looking for a new career. In the fall of 1997, I participated in the Palo Alto Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Moonlight Run, with my then 9-yearold daughter, Brittany. Weekly acquaintances from years earlier mentioned, on that beautiful fall evening, that there was an opening for a promotions assistant. I remember feeling deep in my gut that I wanted this next chapter of my life to be meaningful work within the community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something through which I could develop deeper relationships and become more involved in the city where I grew up. I began working at the Weekly in November 1997 and quickly fell in love with the culture, my co-workers and most importantly the mission of the paper: to deliver journalism with integrity and honesty. I quickly came to know the community and especially the local nonprofit world in a deeper way. That world is truly comprised of some of the most amazing people, supporting various missions, all with the intent to make our community stronger and support those in need. I joined boards, committees, volunteered and represented the Palo Alto Weekly in so many arenas, and I was very proud in this role. One woman just emailed me today saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sincerely appreciate the care and concern you have given to small organizations such as ours over the years. Your love of the community is clearly evident in the work that you do.â&#x20AC;?

As promotions director, I put on just about every kind of event possible, from internal functions, company retreats and summer picnics to receptions honoring the Short Story and Photo Contest winners to the ultimate event, the annual Moonlight Run & Walk. Even the year we had a huge glitch with the 2,000-plus pre-registered run participants, this event was where my heart and soul went. As I drove home around midnight down Embarcadero Road at the end of every Moonlight run, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment for organizing an event in which families, teams, kids and the community as a whole participated. I particularly remember the fun of planning the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20th Anniversary celebration in 1999, at the newly opened Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. That event typified how the Weekly wanted to celebrate its 20 years by sharing it with the community. We had TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Gunn High School Jazz band and more at the event entertaining our guests. We were celebrating being a part of the community, and we were thrilled to share this with our friends and supporters. More than 750 people joined in honoring the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 years of journalism with the hopes of many more years to come. As assistant to Publisher Bill Johnson, I was able to develop in another role at the Weekly while learning a lot about the workings of the paper. Bill is a well-respected family man and businessman and a dedicated journalist. It was always an honor to introduce myself as Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant. I got to be a part of some innovative projects and to see the change in the newspaper industry as the Weekly held on tight and developed into a strong multimedia company. I remember one time getting introduced at (continued on page 18)

On Deadline Is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;technomultitaskingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hurting our kids emotionally? Our society? by Jay Thorwaldson oung persons who are heavy multit askers seem to lose the ability to multitask efficiently over time, a Kaiser Family Foundation/Stanford University study disclosed last year. It got lots of media attention. But much of the media reporting focused on the impacts on college students. Lesser reported were studies of younger persons who â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the aid of a Brave New World of techno devices of all shapes and sizes and functions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are constantly engaged in doing several things at once, from homework to games to chatting and otherwise staying connected. The findings show deeper or broader effects than just losing multitasking capabilities. The studies of high school students and 8- to 12-year-olds showed an increased level of emotional stress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps distress is a better term â&#x20AC;&#x201D; than kids less plugged in. There are even deeper implications in the rapid and ubiquitous adoption of always-on devices. Those include a shallower level of communicating, loss of ability to concentrate on one item and loss of value placed on face-to-face (ftf in current shorthand) connections. The pattern might also result in a reduced ability to collaborate to address common problems. Should there be a study of state and national legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; multitasking patterns? Multitasking is not new. For decades, parents and kids have argued about listening to music or watching a movie or TV program while studying. Evidence is overwhelming


that people of all ages seem to have shorter attention spans these days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way us older folks remember things. The multitasking topic came up again at a recent conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovation Journalismâ&#x20AC;? held at Stanford University. That term seems to cover both aspects of a vast change in how people absorb information and how they share it, whether or not they are actual journalists. Clifford Nass, a Stanford professor of communications and the social implications of technology, headed a panel on whether constant connectivity is positive or negative, promising or just plain â&#x20AC;&#x153;scary,â&#x20AC;? or all of the above. Either way, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reality, he noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the 1890s there has been a steady growth in time spent with media,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the evolution of newspapers, radio, movies, television and finally the Internet and a plethora of communication devices. But there are phases of engagement. The first â&#x20AC;&#x153;steals time from other media,â&#x20AC;? while the second phase â&#x20AC;&#x153;steals time from non-media.â&#x20AC;? When day planners were popular in the 1980s, they began to overcrowd schedules until many people found they had â&#x20AC;&#x153;no time leftâ&#x20AC;? and started double or triple booking their time to get everything done â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a significant turning point. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapid acceleration in media â&#x20AC;&#x153;adds to multiple bookings.â&#x20AC;? There is no sign of it stopping, as witnessed by a dramatic growth in multitasking in college students, high school students and teens. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a subtle side effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because everyone is double- and triplebooked thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time to fool around,â&#x20AC;? as in past generations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the underlying dynamic.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the developmental value of fool-around time for a young person? Where (continued on page 18)


What is your favorite summer activity? Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Casey Moore and Aaron Guggenheim.

Christina Roos

Nurse Colton Drive, Redwood City â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going to Lake Tahoe because I get to spend time with family.â&#x20AC;?

Steve Barber

High School Teacher Dunsmuir Way, Menlo Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swimming with my daughter because she has fun.â&#x20AC;?

Mark Rubin

Educator Sheridan Avenue, Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cycling is good because you see places with scenery.â&#x20AC;?

Lee Greenwald

Neurologist Fordham Way, Mountain View â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listening to music because it puts you in a really good place.â&#x20AC;?

Farokh Eskafi

Engineer Cowper Street, Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hike because the weather is so good.â&#x20AC;?

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a luncheon as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assistant Publisherâ&#x20AC;? and thought it had a nice ring to it! The most rewarding part of my last 13 years has been my role as administrator of the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Holiday Fund drive. Started 18 years ago, Bill had the vision that the Weekly could be the vehicle to manage donations from the community, while having 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the nonprofits that serve children and families. I was proud to be part of a team of Weekly employees that did the due diligence in the distribution of the funds. The site visits to the nonprofits, meeting the executive directors, interacting with kids and shelters, schools and garden programs all will forever be cemented in my heart. As one of eight children, raised in Palo Alto, I have always had a strong sense of community. Our parents taught us from the beginning about

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is the incentive of boredom, and does one feel it when one is constantly online and distracted? Nass said a recent study of 8- to 12-year-old girls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the most rapid growth years in social development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; showed a correlation between those who use social networking and more social/emotional difficulties. The good news is that more face-toface communication helped. He said a â&#x20AC;&#x153;massive studyâ&#x20AC;? currently underway is showing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are devaluing attention.â&#x20AC;? Students strongly disliked an hour-long lecture and said the lecturer should go point-by-point using PowerPoint or another slide program. The notion of having to concentrate on one thing to get its meaning is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not the journeyâ&#x20AC;? many young persons want to take, he said. There is also evidence of a decline in the value placed on face-toface connections, even with highly charged emotional problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has enormous social implications,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in sociology grad school, we were taught the worst thing society can do to someone is ostracize them. Now I wonder if anyone would notice if they were ostracized,â&#x20AC;? Nass said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These cheap, quick interactions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what I call cheap attention â&#x20AC;&#x201D; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be working.â&#x20AC;? The necessary shallowness of the interactions creates a sense of being â&#x20AC;&#x153;alone together,â&#x20AC;? he said. Nass said he is concerned enough about the patterns emerging in the continuing studies that he has asked his own daughter to set aside â&#x20AC;&#x153;attention Tuesdays,â&#x20AC;? when she and friends stay away from techno-assisted communication altogether. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;alone togetherâ&#x20AC;? social problems sound alarmingly similar to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lonely Crowdâ&#x20AC;? phenomenon of the 1950s, where people were together but not truly communicating

â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving back,â&#x20AC;? helping those less fortunate, showing kindness to others and most importantly making a difference with my life. Setting goals, aiming high, being determined and learning continuously all were integrated into my time at the Weekly. I can hardly believe that it has come to a close, but with that 9-year-old daughter now 23, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for new adventures as an executive assistant in a local venture-capital firm. This job will not cut my ties to the Weekly or the community because both are embedded in who I am and what I care about. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still be helping at the Moonlight Run this September, feeling proud and connected. Thank you, Palo Alto, for letting me reflect upon a time of my life that will always be special to me. I am exhilarated for the next round. So long, for now. N Amy Renalds was the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant to the publisher and promotions director for more than 13 years. She can be emailed at

in any meaningful way. The shallowness is a bit similar to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;CB crazeâ&#x20AC;? of the late 1960s, when â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi good buddy, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your 20 (location)?â&#x20AC;? was a measure of lack-of-depth chatter. But CB radios were a minuscule fraction of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technological pervasiveness in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. Watching television together without speaking caused concern in an earlier generation of non-communicators, characterized as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the generation gap.â&#x20AC;? An underlying question and concern is whether constant but shallow communication inhibits young persons from growing into fully mature adults â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as if any of us ever really do. An underlying theme of Aldous Huxleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic 1933 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brave New Worldâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which I thought was a dirty book when I first stumbled across a paperback copy at age 13 or so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is consumerism, not use of mind-altering SOMA as commonly assumed. The message was that keeping a population in a constant shallow state of instant gratification with non-thinking distractions creates an adolescent hunger that feeds the economy in wondrous ways. A few years ago a high school intern wrote an article for the Weekly about how young persons were using technology. She came up with a great line: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I and eight of my friends go to a movie, we have between us more phone lines than the average small business.â&#x20AC;? That was when Instant Messaging (or IM) was the rage. One wonders what Twitter or Facebook might morph into. The famous quotation behind Huxleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, brave new world that has such wonders in it.â&#x20AC;? The challenge of our time is managing our wonders so we control them and their effects rather than being controlled by them and the brave new culture they threaten to create. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at

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Healing body and mind Stanford researchers adjust their thinking about the causes and treatment of eating disorders by Karla Kane


ristin began starving herself in eighth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had low self-esteem,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was by no means fat, but my body developed before my other girlfriendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I got it in my head that if I lost weight Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like myself more and other people would like me more; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be more popular.â&#x20AC;? An avid reader of fashion and fitness magazines, she was dismayed by the differences between her body and those of the models she idolized. So first she began to choose health food over junk food, and then she started reducing her overall intake, counting calories and weighing herself daily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before I knew it, it became an obsession,â&#x20AC;? the South Bay resident said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was terrified of gaining weight; I measured everything. The thought of not having that control was too scary.â&#x20AC;? In four months, she lost 15 pounds. After eight months, she had lost 40. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was beyond my control; my life was governed by this fear. It started as a control thing, and by the end I had no control. It was either the hospital or I was going to die.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tween with the athletic body became drastically underweight and, at age 12, she was hospitalized in the Stanford ICU with a dangerously low heart rate. Kristin was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and placed in the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Stanford. Now 23, Kristin recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her hospitalization. In recovery, with health restored, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the thousands of former patients whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been treated for an eating disorder or participated in research studies at Stanford. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses involving abnormal, unhealthy eating behaviors, including anorexia nervosa (self-starvation), bulimia nervosa (binging and purging) and other, non-specified con-

ditions. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program was started in Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s El Camino Hospital) and the late 1970s and involves staff from the an ongoing outpatient clinic, with offices in Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cen- Palo Alto and Mountain View. Kapphahn ter for Adolescent Health and the Stanford said she hopes the inpatient clinic, which University School of Medicine divisions of outgrew its original space, can eventually Adolescent Medicine and Child Psychia- move back to Lucile Packard when the try. hospital undergoes its recently approved Though eating disorders affect relatively expansion. few people, the impact on those suffering Dr. James Lock, the psychiatric director from them is severe. Anorexia has the high- for the program, said that on average 10 of est mortality rate of any mental illness. the inpatient beds are filled at any given Treatment for eating disorders has time, and that between 300 and 400 pachanged since the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s, with a shift toward tients go through the outpatient clinic each family-based rather year. New-patient than individual therevaluations are held apy, care that is holisthree times a week, tic and a majority of and around half of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It was beyond my patients being treated the patients come for as outpatients. Retreatment. About 10 control; my life was search, too, is evolvtimes more girls are ing, with current diagnosed with eatgoverned by this Stanford researchers ing disorders than now exploring the tie boys, Lock said, but fear. It started as a between eating disadded that this may control thing, and orders and larger isbe attributed parsues of cognition and tially to less awareby the end I had no thinking patterns. ness regarding eatBecause eating ing disorders in the control. It was either disorders impact male population. both mental and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stereotype is the hospital or I was physical health, the rich, white girl, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joint apbut we see tons of going to die.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; proach is the key to boys, and lots of miits philosophy, Dr. norities,â&#x20AC;? Kapphahn Cynthia Kapphahn, said. She said eating medical director for disorders seem to be the program, said. increasingly common in Latino boys, for Not only do adolescent patients work example, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been overweight, then with therapists and physicians, but also lose too much. nurses, nutritionists and others in a teamâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We see eating disorders across all based, holistic approach to care. groups,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the unconventional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a school teacher to help people tend to get missed.â&#x20AC;? patients stay caught up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the few A misconception is that eating disorders places in the country like that,â&#x20AC;? she said. in adolescents are the fault of controlling, The program offers a 15-bed inpatient pressuring parents or the fault of popular unit (currently housed in rented space at culture for emphasizing svelte body shapes

and unrealistic beauty standards, Lock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothers get blamed because we live in a culture in which lots of women worry about their weight, but in fact anorexia is very rare,â&#x20AC;? Lock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is exposed to the same media,â&#x20AC;? he said, while relatively few develop an eating disorder. While media can be a trigger for unhealthy eating habits, it seems a person needs to have certain genetic and cognitive propensities to develop anorexia. Kristin said she had problems with anxiety even prior to the onset of her eating disorder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up experiencing a lot of anxiety, but it sort of went under the radar,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come from a family of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Type Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personalities.â&#x20AC;? Lock said there may be similarities between those with eating disorders and people with other mental illnesses, such as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Looking at the behaviors and personality of patients from before they were diagnosed with anorexia, as in Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, Lock said they â&#x20AC;&#x153;tend to be anxious, driven, perfectionistic peopleâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the very type who also tend to be quite successful in school and at athletics. Eating-disorder patients â&#x20AC;&#x153;very commonly have all those traits. If you want to get into Stanford you better have some of those qualities,â&#x20AC;? Lock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell parents, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If your child does not get straight As, they are very unlikely to have anorexia.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Kristin described herself as a regimented child who would â&#x20AC;&#x153;stress about anything,â&#x20AC;? with even small mistakes such as missing the bus feeling like â&#x20AC;&#x153;the end of the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would make lists of things to do, and things had to be done a certain way,â&#x20AC;? she added. (continued on page 22)

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ight Palo Alto, with its culture of high academic standards and population of driven Silicon Valley go-getters see a higher rate of adolescents with eating disorders than other areas? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high-risk population,â&#x20AC;? Kapphahn acknowledged. Lock added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have good data, but there is an association; the vulnerability is probably higher,â&#x20AC;? since there are both genetic and environmental triggers. Plus, to be able to afford to raise a family in the area, local parents are often highachieving, extra-driven personalities themselves. And family does play a role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genetic data suggests that inheritability is very high,â&#x20AC;? Lock said. But, he emphasized, as with media exposure, clearly not all straight-A students or teenagers unhappy with their weight develop an eating disorder.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Particular people are more susceptible, ones with super-high expectations that spill into eating certain ways,â&#x20AC;? Kapphahn said, of what happens when such a person turns all his or her drive and focus onto controlling eating habits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a disconnect between high expectations and low self-esteem,â&#x20AC;? she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal for adolescents to develop body-image concerns as they hit puberty, with girls generally experiencing more weight gain than boys, Lock said, but those who develop eating disorders take such concerns, along with their perfectionistic tendencies, to an extreme. Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfectionism mixed with her low self-esteem created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfect combo for an eating disorder,â&#x20AC;? she said. There also seems to be a link between the sex hormones that control puberty, particularly estrogen, to brain development and risk for eating disorders. And by far the most cases of eating disorders are diagnosed by age 18, with onsets becoming rare after age 25, Lock said. Once the disease takes hold,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly shocking how intractable it is, how absolutely compelling,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even when I was at my lowest weight, I never thought I could have anorexia. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be thin enough. It was total denial. I was miserable, weak, felt awful, depressed,â&#x20AC;? Kristin recalled. Anorexiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mortality rate is about five to nine deaths per 100,000 sufferers, Lock said. Half of anorexiarelated deaths are from cardiac arrests due to weakened, starved hearts, while the other half are suicides. In those cases, the patient â&#x20AC;&#x153;loses all perspective. They have nothing left, no energy for relationships. You just begin to feel like you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to live,â&#x20AC;? Lock said. And with each passing year of having the disease, the risk of death goes up by 1 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they have a problem; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it. They say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fine,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; even when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a heart monitor in the hospital because their heart rate dropped too low and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a skeleton,â&#x20AC;? he said. For Kristin, â&#x20AC;&#x153;restricting was all I

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Stanford University research assistant Nandini Datta sits by the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task assessment, left, and Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System, right, which are used to study reactions, change and brain function in patients with eating disorders. on their own, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents need help helping them. They need to know how to make sure the kid eats every meal, no cheating, no exercise on the side, and make sure their child gets the message, so it disrupts the behavior and it becomes less compelling,â&#x20AC;? he said. Once well enough to return to school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they need to be able to manage it in the peer environment, and the parents need to be able to pick up the pieces when it falls apart,â&#x20AC;? he said. Family-based therapy is now recognized as the treatment of choice, Lock said. According to a joint study by Stanford and the University of Chicago, published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, family-based therapy was found to be twice as effective as individual psychotherapy in producing full remission in anorexic teens. Kapphahn said the medical side of the program was slower to embrace family-based treatments than the psychiatric side, but that over the past eight years sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen a paradigm shift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hospital was stuck in an old-

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For more than two decades, Stanford has been involved in eatingdisorders treatment, with Lock as a proponent of what he called evidence-based, family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa, in which the parents and siblings of the patient undergo counseling with him or her and take an active role in the recovery process, including learning about nutrition, making sure the patient eats properly and trying to understand the complexities of the illnesses. Family-based therapy is counter to how anorexia used to be treated, Lock said. In older days, â&#x20AC;&#x153;treatment left the family completely out,â&#x20AC;? he said. The belief was that anorexics have parents who are over-controlling and that the disorder â&#x20AC;&#x153;is about defiance and autonomy,â&#x20AC;? he said, so therapy focused solely on the patient. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems completely crazy to me now,â&#x20AC;? Lock said, adding that patients would do well at the hospital, but then continue losing weight once they were back home. Having family members involved in the treatment process is key, as the kids suffering from anorexia are initially too disturbed to handle the situation

The Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Stanford offers a team-based approach to treating eating disorders. Medical director Dr. Cynthia Kapphahn, center, discusses a patient-care plan with Dr. Rex Huang, left, and Diana Sherman, nurse practitioner. The 15-bed inpatient program is currently located at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.

fashioned model, really contrary to the work Dr. Lock was doing. Now ... we really want the families to be there, our program has shifted,â&#x20AC;? she said. In Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, her parents tried the family therapy, but then dropped out, finding it too difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family did everything they could to support me, but they never really tried to understand,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I would still recommend family therapy. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important; usually there is something there.â&#x20AC;?


ognitive remediation therapy (CRT), which focuses on patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thinking patterns and styles rather on specific eating behaviors, is also now used in treating eating-disorder patients. The techniques of CRT are being used to study how the cognitive processes of eating-disorder patients may differ from healthy individuals. CRT â&#x20AC;&#x153;is something patients tend to really like because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask any questions about food or weight,â&#x20AC;? Stanford School of Medicine Research Assistant Danielle Colborn said of the treatment, which has also been used in cases of head injury and schizophrenia. Tasks involving memory games, pattern matching and problem-solving quizzes are used to help patients improve brain flexibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It still helps them work toward recovery but without those trigger issues,â&#x20AC;? Colborn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very new â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some as been done with adult women (with eating disorders) but very little has been done with adolescents. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to change our way of looking at these illnesses, taking into account their cognitive functioning. Before our way of looking at them was specifically ideas about food and eating, but in addition we should look at addressing their thinking processes themselves,â&#x20AC;? she said. Colborn and Nandini Datta are two of several Stanford researchers currently conducting studies on the relationship between think(continued on page 24)

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ing processes and eating disorders. Though their studies are separate, both involve analyzing how a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking may correlate to psychological illnesses such as anorexia. Datta and her team are currently recruiting subjects for her study, titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Familial Aggregation Study of Anorexia and Cognition,â&#x20AC;? specifically in females ages 14-19 with anorexia nervosa, and their family members. The study will focus on pairs of sisters close in age, in which one sister has anorexia and the other does not. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also recruiting females from that age group with no history of anorexia to serve as controls in the study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We give them a neuropsychiatric assessment that shows their thinking processes with various tests,â&#x20AC;? including IQ tests and games that test spatial and visual intelligence, Datta said. One such test is the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), during which participants have to match cards using shape, color or number, with the criteria for matching continually changing. This measures what is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;set-shifting abilityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flexibility in thinking. Other tests include copying an image from memory, matching a simple image with a more complicated one, and other computer-game-like tasks. The tests focus on central coherence, which Datta described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ability to see the big picture rather than just details.â&#x20AC;? Anorexics, she said, may be more detail-oriented, making them more successful at some of the tasks and showing cognitive deficiencies in some areas, such as adaptability. Some participants also undergo functional MRI scans, which provide images of their brains so that the potential effect of an eating disorder on brain anatomy can be seen.

Dr. James Lock, psychiatric director for the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at Stanford â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are not many studies like this done on anorexia yet,â&#x20AC;? she said, and the hope is that finding predictable cognitive correlations could help identify people who may be at higher risk for developing eating disorders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a biological view. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool and very new,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping if we can understand these correlates then we can explain it on a biological level.â&#x20AC;? Dattaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study is in the early stages, with two families participating so far. The goal is to recruit 40 subjects with anorexia and 40 controls over the course of the five-year study.


o matter what biological and neurological implications researchers such as Datta and Colborn may discover, for those struggling with eating disorders, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important to maintain therapy and support,â&#x20AC;? Kristin said. Kristin, who continued seeing a therapist on and off in the years since her release from the hospital, went on to study psychology in college and is now a graduate student, working toward her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in counseling.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a slow journey, and I have this awareness when it comes to my health,â&#x20AC;? she said. Her weight fluctuated throughout high school and college, and she continued to struggle with unhealthy habits, including a bingingand-purging phase. She said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now developed an understanding of her tendencies toward unhealthy thinking patterns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely aware of my weight, and of my figure, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count calories, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t weigh myself and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stress about food. Food is a source of nourishment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m absolutely able to enjoy food,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found support from the Eating Disorder Resource Center, based

in Campbell. Janice Bremis, who herself went through anorexia treatment at Stanford in the 1980s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s, founded the center in 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was familiar with the research Stanford was doing. They had all this knowledge but the community didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Bremis said. The center offers information on treatments, therapists, insurance help, support groups and more. Kristin has been involved as a volunteer and said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to eventually work as a therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression, as well as continuing to teach group fitness classes and advocating for eating-disorder education and prevention.

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THEDANCEOFMEMORY by Rebecca Wallace an you remember something that never happened? And if two people recall the same event two ways, how do you know who is right? In the Harold Pinter play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Times,â&#x20AC;? the roles are always shifting among the three characters: Deeley and his wife, Kate, and Anna, her visiting friend from the past. Who is right and who is wrong, who is strong and who is struggling for dominance? As the trio talk over tea, making polite but increasingly brittle conversation, they recall powerful events, in often competing ways. Have Deeley and Anna met before? Who was wearing the black stockings at the party, Anna or Kate? Who was the man in Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bed that night? By the way, where has Anna been for the last 20 years? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who controls memory? Who decides what the real memory is?â&#x20AC;? actress Courtney Walsh says after rehearsal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a power game.â&#x20AC;? Actor Rush Rehm calls the drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoĂŤl Coward played at extremely high stakes.â&#x20AC;? The play is an intense, ambiguous, disturbing and sometimes humorous start to this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stanford Summer Theater festival, which is July 7 through Aug. 14. The theme of the 13th season is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memory Play Festival,â&#x20AC;? inviting actors and audiences alike to explore the contentious, fluid topic of memory through productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Timesâ&#x20AC;? and Senecaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus,â&#x20AC;? translated by Ted Hughes and directed by Matt Moore. In addition, a free Monday-evening film series delves into memory with such titles as Jacques Tourneurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Pastâ&#x20AC;? on July 11 and Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spellboundâ&#x20AC;? on July 18. A symposium is planned for July 16, with talks, discussion and scenes from â&#x20AC;&#x153;memory plays.â&#x20AC;? A Stanford Continuing Studies course on memory plays began this week. The festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director and founder, Rehm is also a Stanford University professor of drama and classics. He was himself a college student when â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Timesâ&#x20AC;? was published in 1971. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big fan of Pinter, an acclaimed British playwright, director and actor, who died in 2008. Rehm has played other Pinter roles before, including several in the 2005 festival, which was dedicated to the writer on his 75th birthday. But Deeley is special; Rehm says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wanted for years to play this man, who is by turns confident, con-

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From left, Beth Deichtman, Thomas Freeland and Leigh Marshall in Stanford Summer Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus,â&#x20AC;? which runs July 28 through Aug. 14. often did. Short fragments can be folKate: My one and only. lowed by long monologues delivered (Pause) (continued from previous page) in bursts. Punctuation is key, and evIf you have only one of something ery silence means something. A big you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best of anyfused, teasing and shattered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real privilege,â&#x20AC;? he says after part of analyzing the script is finding thing. rehearsal in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intimate Pig- the meaning behind every choice that Later, Anna, the long-absent friend, ott Theatre, where the play will be Pinter made, Bihr says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythmically, it allows a kind of enters with a rush of words: performed July 7 through July 24. Part of the appeal of Pinter, Rehm excited variety in speech and tonalAnna: Queuing all night, the rain, says, is his distinctive language. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ity that Pinter was going after,â&#x20AC;? Bihr says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It needs to be very real.â&#x20AC;? do you remember? my goodness, almost musical: speeches, pauses, In the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, Kate and the Albert Hall, Covent Garden, silence.â&#x20AC;? Jeffrey Bihr, who is directing the Deeley are having a conversation in what did we eat? to look back, half production, agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gives you short sentences, with much conveyed the night, to do things we loved, we this marvelous and strange lan- between the lines. One interchange were young then of course, but what stamina, and to work in the morning, guage, full of pauses and possibil- reads like this: and to a concert, or the opera, or the ity,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The play has the soul Deeley: Did you think of her as ballet, that night, you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forgotof a poet.â&#x20AC;? ten? and then dashing for the matchPinter varied his sentence length to your best friend? Kate: She was my only friend. es for the gasfire and then I suppose dramatic effect in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Times,â&#x20AC;? as he Deeley: Your best and only. scrambled eggs, or did we? ...

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Lines can be harder to learn, leaving no room for paraphrasing, when actors must memorize every comma and period. But Walsh says these patterns of language help her make emotional choices as an actor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it anger? Insecurity? What makes people speak in long runs without punctuation?â&#x20AC;? she says. Fellow actress Cristina Anselmo sees echoes of Pinterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive language in the start-and-stop of playwright David Mamet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s torn a big page from Pinter.â&#x20AC;? Another aspect of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Timesâ&#x20AC;? that appeals to its director and actors is the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambiguity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dance of memory, ever-evolving. Who are these characters, really, and how do their memories of the past shape who they are today? What happens if someone challenges their memories? Many critics have given interpretations of the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotionally devastating ending (which should not be revealed here). Bihr says he believes that his role as director is not to answer all the questions. Rather, he hopes to provoke many possibilities that keep audiences thinking, questioning and talking after the curtain falls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I set up an expectation and either fulfill it or whip it away,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Either way, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work.â&#x20AC;? To highlight the ambiguity, Bihr has taken the unusual step of having the two actresses alternate in the roles of Kate and Anna. In fact, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll alternate by acts. One night, Walsh will play Kate and Anselmo will play Anna in Act One, and then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll switch in Act Two. The following night, the order will be reversed. Bihr says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not aware of other productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Timesâ&#x20AC;? having done this. To help the audience understand that the actresses are switching roles mid-show, Bihr has the two slowly circle each other just before the second act, with one then taking the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place.


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THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS JUNE 27, 2011 - 6:00 PM CONSENT CALENDAR 1. Adoption of a Resolution Vacating a 20-Foot Wide Public Utilities Easement at 211 Quarry Road 2. Adoption Of A Resolution Authorizing The City Manager To Apply For A Grant And Execute An Agreement With The California State Coastal Conservancy For Funds To Control Non-Native Cordgrass (Spartina) In The City-Owned Baylands ACTION ITEMS 3. Transmittal of Draft Energy/Compost Feasibility Study to Council and Opportunity for Council Direction Relative to Final Feasibility Study 4. Direction on Submission of Letter of Interest to Foothill College Regarding new Education Center at Cubberley Community Center 5. Adoption of a Resolution Amending the Water Utility Rate Schedules W-1, W-3, W-4 and W-7 or Selection of an Alternative Water Utility Rate Structure (continued from 6/20/11) CLOSED SESSION 7. Labor AT THIS TIME THE COUNCIL WILL CONVENE AS THE CITY OF PALO ALTO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY 1. Adoption of the Resolution of the Redevelopment Agency Adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 and Response to Council's Request for Additional Information (continued from 6/20/2011)

STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy & Services Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. regarding further review and discussion regarding possible Charter Amendments to repeal and/ or substantially modify Binding Interest Arbitration

Walsh calls the casting move â&#x20AC;&#x153;brilliant,â&#x20AC;? saying that it highlights the unusual relationship between the gregarious Anna and the catlike Kate. In one interpretation, Anna is â&#x20AC;&#x153;another dimension of Kate: the younger lustful self,â&#x20AC;? Walsh says. Or perhaps Anna is a real person, upon whom Kate projects her youth. Or simply a past lover. Whatever happens, the meeting is increasingly painful to Deeley. He watches the past intrude on the present, breaking his wife apart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then of course if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking to, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who I am,â&#x20AC;? Rehm says. In rehearsal, Bihr highlights that ambiguity physically, at one point having Kate, being played by Walsh, passionately lean over Anna on the bed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want this move quick,â&#x20AC;? Bihr says, walking onto the stage and putting his knee over Anselmo to demonstrate. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is she going to kill or kiss her?â&#x20AC;? he says later.) Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes are fierce, while Anselmo is rigid, almost pale. A flicker of something quieter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps tenderness, perhaps apathy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; comes into the scene when Walsh slips her arms under Anselmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back and slowly pulls her upright in a strange embrace. Later, when rehearsal is over, Bihr is full of praise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to crackle with some interesting layers and physicality,â&#x20AC;? he says. Walsh, who has acted at Stanford Summer Theater for five seasons, is also in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus,â&#x20AC;? playing Jocasta. The translation by Ted Hughes is less common; Rehm says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not seen it performed on the West Coast before. As if the Oedipus myth werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heavy enough, with the title character destined to kill his father and marry his mother, Rehm said Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; language is particularly powerful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a descent into the abyss for the ear,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The language is dense, and the place it goes is very, very dark.â&#x20AC;? Fitting for the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme, the play is the classic memory myth, with Oedipus not knowing who he is and slowly learning the horror of the things heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done, Rehm says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a fabulous whodunit,â&#x20AC;? Walsh adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know it, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unraveling it.â&#x20AC;? She smiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When is the moment of recognition?â&#x20AC;? N What: Stanford Summer Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13th season focuses on memory, with plays, films and a symposium. Where and when: Performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Timesâ&#x20AC;? are July 7-24, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at Pigott Theater in Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipusâ&#x20AC;? runs July 28-Aug. 14 at the same times in Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford. Films will be shown July 11-Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annenberg Auditorium, with discussions following. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stages of Memoryâ&#x20AC;? symposium is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16 in Pigott Theater. Cost: Tickets are $25 general and $15 for seniors and students for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Times,â&#x20AC;? and $20/$15 for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus.â&#x20AC;? Films are free. The symposium is $90, including lunch and refreshments (advance registration required). Info: Go to summertheater.stanford. edu or call 650-725-5838.

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Worth a Look Palo Alto artist Nancy Stevensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bronze sculpture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greeting the New Dayâ&#x20AC;? is on display at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Raisin in the Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Some classics are classics for a reason. The Lorraine Hansberry play â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Raisin in the Sunâ&#x20AC;? first opened on Broadway in 1959, and it retains its popularity and power. This weekend, it opens at a smaller, nearer stage: the intimate Pear Avenue Theatre in Mountain View. Directed by Aldo Billingslea, the production has its opening night on

Lorraine Hansberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Raisin in the Sunâ&#x20AC;? opens this weekend at the Pear Avenue Theatre in Mountain View. Friday and then runs through July 10. A professor at Santa Clara University, Billingslea is also an actor who may be familiar to local audiences from his recent roles at TheatreWorks, including the lead in August Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radio Golfâ&#x20AC;? in 2008 and the title character in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elephant Manâ&#x20AC;? in 2007. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raisinâ&#x20AC;? cast includes local actress Jennifer Perkins-Stephens of East Palo Alto as Ruth. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays, at 1220 Pear Ave. Tickets are $15-$30. Go to or call 650-254-1148.

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On June 26, the Palo Alto Lions Club presents an exhibition of more than 300 classic cars: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 45th annual Concours dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elegance, from which proceeds will go to the

The Peninsulaires Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus and the Mission Valley Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will team up with the Stanford Ballroom Dance Team on June 25 to raise funds for, and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks for the Memoryâ&#x20AC;? to, Northern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s USO. The USO has coordinated recreational services for the military since the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;40s. In keeping with the 70-year tributary theme of the performance, song and dance selections carry a vintage quality, starting with the USOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earliest days and moving through the ages. The music and dance performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. in Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road. For tickets ($25 advance, $30 door), go to

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American Diabetes Association and local Lions Club charities. Featured vehicles of American and European make will be on display, along with electric and hybrid cars, vintage race cars and a few rarer varieties of Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg, according to a Concours press release. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sand Hill Road Athletic Field at the corner of Sand Hill Road and Pasteur Drive. Adult admission is $25 ($20 online presale), students with ID pay $10, and under-12 children enter free in the company of an adult. See paconcours. com.



Bronze conveys strength. But Nancy Stevensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sculptures also exhibit serenity and trepidation, curiosity and wistfulness. The feelings are all in the worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces and gestures, fitting for an artist who was once a clinical psychologist. The octogenarian Palo Alto resident says she hopes her art expresses â&#x20AC;&#x153;universal emotional experience.â&#x20AC;? She wrote in an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope is that when viewers look at my work they are reminded of a familiar or forgotten feeling, and that they experience anew an awareness of the beauty and complexity of the human form.â&#x20AC;? This month, Stevenson is showing several of her sculptures at the Portola Art Gallery at Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allied Arts Guild. Her show is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Echoes from Life.â&#x20AC;? Together with the sculptures, San Mateo fine and commercial artist Jared Sines is showing paintings he describes as impressionistic landscapes and still-life scenes. He has a particular focus on coastside and other water scenes, and rural subjects such as old barns. The show is up through June 30 at 75 Arbor Road, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to or call 650-321-0220.

Will Durst brings his political comedy to the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday.

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News reports provide ample comic fodder for Will Durst, a Bay Area comedian with a taste for bopping politicians, politics and various sacred cows in the proverbial nose. Besides regularly performing live shows, the Emmy-nominated Durst writes columns, hosts radio shows, appears on TV and serves as a commentator for various media outlets. This Saturday, Durst is coming to the Midpeninsula to give a live comedy show at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School. The event, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedy for People Who Read,â&#x20AC;? is scheduled for 8 p.m. at 555 Middlefield Road. Tickets are $20. Go to or call 925-449-1724.

A&E DIGEST â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light-beam Scattering,â&#x20AC;? taken by Ichiro Asao at the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, won second prize in the contest. (To see Vaibhav Tripathiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-place photo, which really must be viewed in color, go to Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog at

PLEIN-AIR PHOTOS ... Three Bay Area photographers were recently named the winners of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual digital-photo contest, which honors pictures taken on district land. Stanford photographer Vaibhav Tripathi took the grand prize with his verdant â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wildflowers Dance on a Windy Evening at Sunset,â&#x20AC;? taken at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. Second prize went to Ichiro Asaoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light-beam image, and third prize to Bing Hueyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo of a banana slug bending over a twig. To see the photos shot by the winners and finalists, go to

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Chicken flautas with rice and beans make up a hefty plate at Three Brothers Tacos.

Fast food with a flavor wallop A tale of Three Brothers, two taco stands and a truck by Dale F. Bentson he parking lot at Three active in the operation. The MenBrothers Tacos on West Bay- dozas grew up in the food and shore Road in East Palo Alto restaurant business in Michoacan. was filled at noon with workmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming to the Bay Area in the pickup trucks. Inside, customers, early 1980s, they opened their first mostly but not exclusively Hispan- taqueria in South San Francisco. ic, lined up to place their orders The original Three Brothers Tafor enchiladas or tacos, burritos cos in East Palo Alto sat at the coror sopes, chili verde or chili rojo. ner of Cooley Avenue and DonoThe message was obvious: good hoe Street. The huge blue IKEA Mexican food here. store now sits on that spot, and The next noonday, at Three Three Brothers relocated to UniBrothers Tacos on University versity Avenue. In 2004, Mendoza Avenue, also in East Palo Alto, acquired the West Bayshore site on patrons were teenagers, local resi- the other side of U.S. 101. dents and blue- and white-collar Both locations have approxiworkers of different ethnicities. mately the same menu and the They, too, seemed to know good same high-quality, made-to-order Mexican food. food. Both are open long hours: 8 Down the street and around the a.m. until 10 or 11 p.m., dependneighborhoods, the Three Broth- ing on the night. Both restaurants ers Tacos truck dispensed a lim- have sufficient seating, but much ited menu of fresh hot Mexican of the business is take-out. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast dishes to workers, students and enough food, even at busy times. I those lucky enough to be nearby. rarely waited five minutes for my The three-pronged operation is order. smoothly orchestrated by BernarThe kitchens in both spaces are do Mendoza, who often drives the open, huge vessels of simmering truck himself. Originally from the sauces, juicy meats on the grill and Michoacan state in Mexico, he, his tall pots filled with flaky rice and brother and sister were the original simmering beans that can be seen â&#x20AC;&#x153;three brothersâ&#x20AC;? who started the just behind the counter. Aromas business in 1995. His siblings have waft throughout the space; the apsince moved on to other occupa- petite is quickly revved up. tions but the name stuck. Decor-wise, Three Brothers is Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a family affair, though. fast-food basic: utilitarian tables Mendozaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immediate family is and chairs, comfortable enough


for a bite to eat but not made for hanging around long. The University location uses disposable flatware, which I found inadequate. I thought it imparted a slight plastic-y flavor to some of the foods. On Bayshore, metal utensils are used. The meat choices are plentiful: from grilled steak, BBQ pork, shredded chicken, grilled chicken and fried pork to beef tripe, beef tongue, beef head and pork stomach. I loved the flautas ($10.95). Flautas are also called taquitos, â&#x20AC;&#x153;little flutesâ&#x20AC;? of rolled-up, fried tortillas usually stuffed with meat. I chose barbecued pork for mine. It was a hefty plate. The four taquitos were blanketed with tomato sauce, crisp shredded lettuce and slices of tomato and avocado. Just about every dish, save for soups and salads, came with refried beans and that great Mexican vermillion-ish hued rice made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeĂąos, chicken broth and herbs. The chicken for the Enchiladas Regulares ($10.95) was another generous portion, with rich, vibrant tomato sauce that was not all gooey from cheese. Every morsel oozed freshness. Shredded lettuce, beans and rice accompanied. The three tacos ($5) were another hit. The grilled chicken sat atop double corn tortillas 5 inches in diameter, topped with shredded lettuce, radishes and avocado. Great flavors, almost a taco salad. Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat the price. Menudo ($8) is a traditional DRE # 01092400 DRE # 01413607

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VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE RETURNS ... With a fresh name and a new location, vintage and resale store Collective Soul reopened on June 1 at 4319 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Prior to closing 13 years ago, the shop was open for five years as Now & Then Clothing & Collectibles, on University Avenue. Owner Lori Kinyon closed Now & Then in 1998 due to her rent doubling, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always knew I would open a shop again and have been collecting items ever since,â&#x20AC;? said Kinyon, a fifth-generation Palo Altan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that my two kids are older and self-sufficient, I have enough time to get back to doing what I love to do.â&#x20AC;? Like its predecessor, Collective Soul features hand-picked vintage clothing as well as current fashions, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The store also allows customers to bring in vintage clothing for sale or trade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the economy, people are looking for good clothing at a good price, and there are also people selling items to make money,â&#x20AC;? Kinyon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I give them a place to meet.â&#x20AC;? Store hours are Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Go to collective or call 650-559-0699. PARK PIZZA PLACE ...A gourmet pizza joint will soon occupy the former home of Casa Isabel at 2434 Park Blvd. in Palo Alto. Now under construction, Palo Alto Pizza Co. is slated to open by mid-October, co-owner Nick Minarik said. Its menu will feature pizzas with made-from-scratch sourdough pizza crust, as well as a salad bar with house-made dressings. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner. Interior design plans include a classy, casual sports environment similar to the Legends Pizza Co., an eatery in San Jose that Minarik also co-owns. Its indoor seating and outdoor patio area will seat a combined 70 to 80 people, he said. N

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Mexican soup made with beef tripe, onions, cilantro, lime and spices. It is very popular in Arizona, New Mexico and southwest Texas. Alas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dish Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never warmed up to and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to rely on your reports as to its quality at Three Brothers. I doubt it would remain on the menu, though, were it not muy popular. On the other hand, I was eager to try the birria de chivo, or goat soup ($9). According to Diana Kennedy, author of several Mexican cookbooks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;birriaâ&#x20AC;? means â&#x20AC;&#x153;something that is a mess.â&#x20AC;? Birria is messy to cook. There are at least a dozen and a half ingredients: meat, chilies, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs and spices, slowcooked to infuse flavor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most rustic of dishes. At Three Brothers, the birria helping was enough for two, aromatic, thick and rich with plenty of flavor and loaded with tender goat meat. It was a tad unctuous, though, with a little too much fat left on the meat for my pedestrian taste buds. Definitely hearty fare. Steak ranchero ($9.95) was strips of beef, bell pepper and onions in a light tomato salsa. The meat was fork-tender, the helping more than sufficient when coupled with the ubiquitous beans and rice. Camarones a la diabla ($12.50) was a mound of fried prawns in spicy red salsa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not tongue-burning spicy, but lively. It felt good in the mouth. The prawns were halfpeeled so that they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overly curl while cooking. Eating the dish became a finger-licking, hands-on pleasurable operation. The chili verde ($10.95) was ex-

ceptionally good. The pork cubes had been fried in a mild green chili sauce with intriguing hints of herbs and spices. A stack of warm tortillas came with the order. No complaints on the meat/accompaniments ratio. Beer is available at both locations along with fruit drinks, bottled and fountain sodas, and Mexican CocaCola in bottles, which has attained near-cult following. Mexican Coke is still made the old-fashioned way, with cane sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup as it is in the U.S. Does it really taste different, or is it glass-bottle taste versus aluminumcan taste? Three Brothers Tacos serves fast, inexpensive, delicious, real-deal Mexican food. Eat in for a quick meal, or take it home and be as fancy as you like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it reheats beautifully. N Three Brothers Tacos 2220 University Ave., East Palo Alto 650-324-8801 1760 West Bayshore Rd. East Palo Alto 650-326-3646 Hours: Sun.-Thu. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations

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TIME & PLACE 5K walk 7:00pm, 10K run 8:15pm, 5K run 8:45pm. Race-night registration 6:00 to 8:00pm at City of Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, Embarcadero & Geng Roads (just east of the Embarcadero Exit off Highway 101). Parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; go to to check for specific parking locations. COURSE

5K and 10K loop courses over Palo Alto Baylands levee, through the marshlands by the light of the Harvest Moon! Course is flat, USAT&F certified (10k run only) on levee and paved roads. Water at all stops. Course map available at

REGISTRATIONS & ENTRY FEE Pre-registration fee is $25 per entrant (postmarked by September 2, 2011) and includes a longsleeve t-shirt. Late/race-night registration is $30 and includes a shirt only while supplies last. Family package: Children 12 and under run free with a registered parent. A completed entry form for each child must be submitted with adult registration. Please indicate on form and include $15 for t-shirt. No confirmation of mail-in registration available. Registration also available online at Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrations and t-shirts will not be held. SPORTS TEAM/CLUBS: Pre-registration opportunity for organizations of 10 or more runners; e-mail MINORS: If not pre-registered Minors under 18 MUST bring signed parental/waiver form (online) on race night to participate. DIVISIONS Age divisions: 9 & under; 10-12; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69, and 70 & over with separate divisions for male and female runners in each age group. Race timing provided for 5K and 10K runs only; not 5K walk.

COMPUTERIZED RESULTS by A Change of Pace Chip timing by A Change of Pace. Race results will be posted on the Internet at by 11pm race night. Registration forms must be filled out completely and correctly for results to be accurate. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete or incorrect registration forms. You must register for the event you plan to participate in.

AWARDS/PRIZES/ENTERTAINMENT Top three finishers in each division. Prize giveaways and refreshments. DJ Alan Waltz. Pre-race warmups by Noxcuses Fitness, Palo Alto PALO ALTO GRAND PRIX Stanford

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MORE INFORMATION Call (650) 463-4920, (650) 326-8210, email or go to For safety reasons, no dogs allowed on course for the 5K and 10K runs. They are welcome on the 5K walk only. No retractable leashes! Please bring your own clean-up bag. Jogging strollers welcome in the 5K walk or at the back of either run.

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Festival Begins Live Music, Tasting tickets on Sale, Kids Area and Food Booths Open, Beer & Margaritas on Sale

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3:45 Awards Ceremony

1:30 Public Chili Tasting Begins

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The Art of Getting By (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. at 10:10 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at 9:30 p.m.

Bad Teacher (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 10:20 & 11:30 a.m.; 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:40, 6:45, 7:50, 9:30 & 10:35 p.m. tury 20: 10:45 & 11:40 a.m.; 1:05, 2:10, 3:25, 4:35, 5:50, 7, 8:15, 9:25 & 10:40 p.m.


Beginners (R) (((

Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:15, 7:10 & 9:30 p.m.

Bridesmaids (R) (((1/2

Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 3:10, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. 10:40 p.m.

Cars 2 (G) ((1/2

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

Curly Top (1935)


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The Globe Theatre Presents the Century 20: Mon. at 6:30 p.m. Merry Wives of Windsor (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

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

Green Lantern (PG-13) ((1/2

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

The Hangover Part II (R) ((

Century 16: 10 a.m. & 3:40 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 12:10 & 2:45 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 5:25, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG) (

Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at 12:05 p.m.

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

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




The Lord of the Rings: The Century 16: Tue. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7 p.m. Return of the King Extended Edition (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) The Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. at 6:30 p.m.

Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

Palo Alto Square: Wed.

Midnight in Paris (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:45 & 7:10 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 9:35 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m. Mr. Popperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penguins (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 10:10 & 11:10 a.m.; 12:35, 1:35, 3:20, 4:20, 6:10, 7 & 8:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m.; 1:20, 3:50, 6:25 & 8:55 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 2:35 & 5:05 p.m.; Sat.-Mon. also at 7:35 & 10:05 p.m.

Night and Day (1946)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:10 & 10 p.m.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Century 16: 11:40 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 6:50 p.m. Century 20: 12:50 & 7:15 p.m.; On Stranger Tides (PG-13) ((1/2 In 3D at 4:10 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Mon. also at 10:20 p.m. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 2:40 p.m.

Song of the Open Road (1944) )

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:45 & 9:05 p.m.

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

Century 20: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. & Sun. at noon.

Stowaway (1936)

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

Super 8 (PG-13) ((1/2

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

Three Smart Girls (1936)

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

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Century 16: Tue. at 12:01 a.m.; In 3D Tue. at 9, 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 p.m. & 12:01 a.m.; Wed. (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) & Thu. at noon, 4, 7:40 & 11:05 p.m.; In 3D Wed. & Thu. at 11 a.m.; 2:30, 7 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 12:02 & 12:04 a.m.; In 3D Tue. at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30 p.m.; 12:03 & 12:05 a.m.; Wed. & Thu. at 10:30 a.m.; 1:55, 5:20 & 8:45 p.m.; In 3D Wed. & Thu. at 12:15, 3:40, 7:05 & 10:30 p.m. The Tree of Life (PG-13) ((((

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

The Trip (Not Rated) (((

Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 4:45, 7:30 & 9:55 p.m.

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

Century 16: 12:45, 3:45, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 a.m.; 1:30, 4:25 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10:30 p.m.

( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding

OPENINGS Cars 2 --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Pixar head honcho and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? director John Lasseter pushes the credo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story is king,â&#x20AC;? but the sequel to the 2006 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carsâ&#x20AC;? unwittingly abdicates the throne. To be sure, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? demonstrates technical perfection, and for nearly two hours, the picture maintains an objectively crisp pace and a striking visual busyness. Kids will no doubt continue to be enthralled by

the exploits of race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his BFF tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) in the equivalent of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Wheels: The Movie.â&#x20AC;? (Meanwhile, a legitimate live-action â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Wheelsâ&#x20AC;? movie is currently in Hollywood development.) But Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal for adults has never before reached such a low ebb. Ironically, the franchise becomes duller by embracing the actionadventure genre. If â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carsâ&#x20AC;? was a kiddie-friendly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days of Thunder,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? is a James Bond spoof by way of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deliverance.â&#x20AC;? The admit-

tedly dazzling opening sequence finds British secret agent Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) discovering a terrorist plot to disrupt the firstever World Grand Prix, then making a spectacular escape from an offshore oil rig. Meanwhile, Mater ropes Lightning into participating in the race, hosted by alternative-fuel advocate Sir Miles Axelrod (Eddie Izzard). Mistaken for a spymaster of disguise, the buck-toothed, Southernfried Mater begins working (and (continued on next page)





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culture-clashing) with McMissile and first-time field agent Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). This new pursuit makes the less-thansmart Mater more distracted than ever, causing him to cost Lightning a race to narcissistic Italian hotshot Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro). Can this friendship be saved? Will the evil plot of German-made Professor Z (Thomas Kretschmann) be foiled? Does a junker leak in a garage? The most appealing aspect of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? is its recreation of scenery, from Tokyo to the Italian Riviera to London. Still, despite the photorealistic backgrounds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? lacks a realistic texture. The sequel maintains a certain invented logic for the world if it belonged to cars, but Ben Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script, jokes notwithstanding, fails to take its characters seriously. Here, audiences must laugh at Materâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible stupidity, then pretend he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve to be called an idiot, then marvel at his suddenly astonishing deductive skills. And when it comes to tolerance of Larry the Cable Guy, well, your mileage may vary. In thematic terms, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? never runs deeper than this observation from mechanic Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Uncle Topolino (Franco Nero): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody fights now and then, especially best friends.â&#x20AC;? The vast majority of the pictureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort is devoted to the dully perfunctory spy plot, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flintstonesâ&#x20AC;?-style car puns (Victor Yugo, Brent Mustangberger, et al.) and making cars go zoom in spic and span 3-D CGI.

If â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cars 2â&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad, exactly, this mildly amusing G-rated adventure for the first time makes family film leader Pixar fall behind the pack. (Note: If you go, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be late. Preceding the feature is a cute new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;? short called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaiian Vacation.â&#x20AC;?) Rated G. One hour, 53 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

NOW PLAYING The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: Beginners --(Aquarius) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? is a tale of two late bloomers: neurotic illustrator Oliver (Ewan McGregor) and his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), a retired art restorer who, at 75, announced that he was gay. The past tense applies because the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening scene finds Oliver in mourning for Hal, who died of cancer four years after his coming out. Scenes about Halâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venturesome new life, his illness and Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to cope with both unfold in flashback. Meanwhile, in the present, a grieving Oliver fearfully, tentatively embarks on a relationship with French-born actress Anna (Melanie Laurent). Rated R for language and some sexual content. One hour, 45 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed June 17, 2011) Green Lantern --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Cocky fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is on a bit of a downward spiral. Memories of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death haunt him, while a risky maneuver during an aerial demonstration costs Hal his job and raises the ire of fellow pilot and former flame Carol Ferris (Blake Lively). Worlds away, extraterrestrial warrior Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), member of an intergalactic

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peace-keeping force dubbed the Green Lantern Corps, sets his vessel toward Earth. Sur clings to life after being attacked by the fear-fueled, cloud-like space beast Parallax, and Surâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful ring has chosen a new bearer. Surâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ship crashes on Earth, where the ring â&#x20AC;&#x153;selectsâ&#x20AC;? Hal to fill Surâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lofty role as celestial guardian. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action. 1 hour, 45 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. Reviewed June 17, 2011) The Tree of Life ---(Palo Alto Square) â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? is the story of the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien family: Mr. and Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien (Brad 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. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title not only evokes director Terrence Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite visual subject (the trees) but the notion of the family tree of life, that all living things are interconnected. Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. Two hours, 18 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed June 10, 2011) The Trip --(Aquarius) The broody foodie comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tripâ&#x20AC;? reunites the delectable pair of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, real-life actor-comic friends who play versions of themselves to highly amusing and oddly wistful effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tripâ&#x20AC;? operates on a simple premise. Contracted by The Observer to review upscale eateries in Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Steve (Coogan) despairs when his girlfriend begs off. But he rings up Rob (Brydon), parsimoniously proposing a 60-40 split of the jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay in compensation for Robâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, observations and company. Not rated. One hour, 47 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed June 17, 2011)

THEATER ADDRESSES Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (960-0970) Century Park 12: 557 E. Bayshore Blvd., Redwood City (3659000 Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (369-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)

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Sports Shorts MAKING THE CUT . . . Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown finds himself in pretty good company after surviving the final cut and being named to the 12-player United States U19 World Championship team on Thursday. Brown, who earned a starting role for the Cardinal as a freshman last year, will be joined by Arizona State recruit Jahii Carson from the Pac-10. Brown was Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirdleading scorer last year, averaging 8.7 points in 30 games, 12 starts. He made 42 three-pointers. The team completed its domestic training Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Americans leave Friday for Europe. The USA squad will train June 25-28 in Lithuania. The Americans will face the Lithuania U20 National Team in an exhibition game on June 26 in Panevrzys, Lithuania, and then meet the Lithuania U19 National Team on June 28 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.

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Members of the Palo Alto football team (R-L), Kevin Anderson (58), Will Glazier (21), Michael Cullen (43) and Christoph Bono enjoyed themselves during the citywide parade in January that feted the Vikings and the Paly girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team after both squads won their first-ever state titles in December.

It was a parade of champions Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two state titles, Pinewood girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hoop crown topped 2010-11 by Keith Peters


he parade through downtown Palo Alto in January pretty much said it all about the 2010-11 high school sports season. It was as unique as the school year. It was historic, as were the performances of the athletes. And, it was a one-of-kind (perhaps once-in-a-lifetime) event that mirrored athletic achievement never before seen in these parts. For the first time in school history, which began when the Vikings played their first football game in 1897, Palo Alto High won two state championships in the same year. Perhaps even more impressive, the historic feats came just two weeks apart in December. Add to that a second straight CIF Division V state championship won by the Pinewood girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team in March, and you have a Triple Crown of triumphs in one year that most likely will never be duplicated. The championships didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. Menlo School won its second straight CCS Division III baseball title in May and Palo Alto captured its first-ever CCS Division I crown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first section baseball title since 1927. Menlo School also won a record-

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NOT MAKING CUT . . . Palo Alto native and Gunn High grad Martin Trainer saw his hopes of a possible golf title disappear during the opening round of match play at the 100th California State Amateur Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on Wednesday. Trainer suffered a 2 up loss to Kevin Wentworth of Arnold on the Lake Course. Trainer and Wentworth were all square after Wentworth bogeyed the par-3 15th hole. Trainer, however, handed the lead to his opponent with a bogey-6 on the 609yard 16th. Both players parred the 522-yard par-5 17th before Wentworth closed out Trainer with a birdie on the 347-yard 18th. Trainer, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a junior at USC this fall, never led in the match. In another opening match, Robert Salomon of Portola Valley survived two days of stroke play, but was eliminated in match play following a 4&3 loss to Pace Johnson of Fresno. Salomon bogeyed the 418-yard, par-4 second hole and trailed from there. He was 5 down after a double-bogey six on the 437-yard, par-4 ninth. Johnson closed out the match on the 15th hole when Salomon got a bogey on the 157-yard, par-3.

Paly volleyball seniors Trina Ohms (left) and Megan Coleman (second from left) joined with juniors Maddie Kuppe and Melanie Wade (right) to celebrate their state championship during Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citywide parade. breaking 10th CCS title in tennis and capped a remarkable 28-1 season with its eighth NorCal crown. Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, won its first-ever CCS football title and a handful of local water polo teams captured section crowns. Palo Alto junior swimmer Jasmine Tosky, meanwhile, put the program (and herself) on the national map

by setting a national public school record in the 100-yard butterfly in the prelims of the CCS Championships. It also was a great year for coaches as Paly football coach Earl Hansen, Paly volleyball coach Dave Winn and Menlo baseball coach Craig Schoof all were named state coach of the year by either ESPN Rise Cal-

Hi Sports or MaxPreps. Schoofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor came for small schools. There were other great individual and team efforts during the school year, but the state titles by Palo Alto topped them all. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the parade made sense and why some 10,000 spectators or more turned (continued on page 37)

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 2080 Channing Avenue [10PLN-00198]: Preliminary Review of a proposal for the Eichler designed Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center. The proposal includes renovation of the three existing retail structures, onsite relocation of one of the retail structures, and construction of 10 new single-family homes. Historic reports prepared by the applicant and cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consultants agree that two of the retail structures, including the one proposed to be relocated, are potential historic resources, while the grocery store building has lost historic integrity. Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager

Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Contract No. JM6-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The Project consists of: The installation of six 960 square foot owner supplied modular buildings. The work includes but is not limited to underground trenching for utilities, grubbing of the site, tree protection, supplying and installing water and sewer lines to the new modularâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, supplying and installing fire alarm devices and integrating the buildings to the existing site system, supply, install and connect to the existing site EMS, data, phone, electric for a complete and operational building/system. Contract drawings contain the full scope of work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 10:00 a.m. on June 29, 2011 at the project site located at 750 N. California Ave. Palo, Alto, California 94306. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office building D, by 2:00 p.m. on July 14, 2011. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 - 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for Review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;?. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications for $100.00 at ARC, 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, Phone Number (650) 967-1966 All questions can be addressed to: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Lori Alvarez Phone: (650) 329-3991 Fax: (650) 327-3588

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U.S. menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo struggling to keep Olympic hopes alive by Rick Eymer ing the match at 1-1. It was all Serbia players Melissa Seidemann and tanford grad Tony Azevedo the rest of the way. Annika Dries, and future Cardinal and the United States national Azevedo scored four goals as Maggie Steffens. menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo team have a the Americans beat China, 13-6, Stanford grad Lolo Silver, who tough road ahead to the 2012 Lon- Wednesday morning after dropping played for the U.S. during the FINA don Olympics unless the Americans a 10-4 match to host Italy a day ear- World League Super Final, will not can do something special over the lier. be playing in Shanghai. next few days. Azevedo scored the first goal The Americans also play Hungary The U.S. dropped an 11-5 decision of the contest against China and and Kazakhstan in pool play before to Serbia on the final the U.S. never trailed, preliminaries begin day of the FINA World though it was close July 23. League Super Final through the first half. Villa has accomin Florence, Italy, on The Americans broke plished a lot of things Thursday and will face it open in the third pein her water polo caa tough assignment in riod, with Hudnut scorreer, though winning FridayĂ­s quarterfinal ing one of his two goals an Olympic gold medal match against Montein the contest. Varellas is not one of them. The negro. also scored for the U.S. United States national The Americans, who Italy scored eight of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team captain have won only once in the first nine goals of has her team headed three pool-play match- Tony Azevedo the match before Hud- Brenda Villa in the right direction es, need to win all nut broke the string though. three games to secure the automatic with 1:03 left in the third period. Villa celebrated her sixth World berth into next yearĂ­s Olympics and League gold medal (and third in a earn the $100,000 prize money. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo row) and added to her medal collecThe U.S. claimed its third OlymTwo Stanford grads, two cur- tion that has three Olympic medals, picsĂ­ silver medal in Beijing three rent Cardinal students and a future three FINA World Championship years ago and still looks to claim a Cardinal were named to the FINA gold medals and a World Cup gold spot among the sportĂ­s elite. World Championship roster that medal as the Americans downed ItAzevedo, the team captain, hopes will open competition in Shanghai aly, 9-7, in the championship match to participate in his fourth Olympics on July 17 against the Netherlands. of the FINA World League Super next summer. Stanford grads Peter TheyĂ­re hoping to help the U.S. Final on Sunday in Tianjin, China. Hudnut, Peter Varellas and Layne national team repeat its gold medal Villa was named to the all-Media Beaubien are also looking to make performance in the FINA World team with goalkeeper Betsy Armthe trip to London. League Super Final. strong after scoring twice in the Azevedo scored his only goal Grads Brenda Villa and Jessica final contest. Maggie Steffens also against Serbia in the first period, ty- Steffens will be joined by current scored twice and Dries added a goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may not have been the most beautiful game, but in the end we showed great heart and character to come from behind and find a way to get it done,â&#x20AC;? U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, I am pleased with how we performed defensively in this game and all week but we all know that there is still much to improve on heading into World Championships.â&#x20AC;? Team USA now looks ahead to the FINA World Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great preparation for everyone,â&#x20AC;? Krikorian said of the experiIn appreciation of citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All teams will now go back home and analyze the things they participation in the curbside did well and not so well. They will composting program, Palo Alto make adjustments and bring their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game to Shanghai.â&#x20AC;? residents will be allowed up to The Americans have won all of the major events for the past two 1 cubic yard of compost years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 2009 World Champi(equivalent to six full garbage onship, 2010 World Cup and three successive World Leagues. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cans), free of charge. Bring good sign for things to come leading to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s London Olympic shovels, gloves, containers and Games. proof of Palo Alto residency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To come from behind and pull out a win shows a lot of character,â&#x20AC;? Krikorian said. Italy built a 4-3 advantage by halfSaturday, June 25 time. The Italians, who did not win a single match in group play and 8am - 4pm yet advanced to the final, took a 5-3 lead early in the third period. Dries and Courtney Mathewson at the Palo Alto Landfill scored consecutive goals to tie the 2380 Embarcadero Road game and Kelly Rulon added the goahead goal with four seconds to play in the third. 1 cubic yard per event Italy tied the match at 7-7 with 4:47 remaining to play in the match. Villa put the Americans ahead to stay 50 seconds later. Steffens added an insurance goal with 2:16 left. N




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Country Day (33-3) in three sets to finish 24-11. The Gators had lost eight seniors to graduation and had only seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hanna Elmore and Vivian Wu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the court in 2010. Despite his youthful team, coach Damien Hardy made it all work. In a year filled with highlights, here are a few of the best:

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out to celebrate. Palo Alto made history in volleyball when the Vikings captured the CIF Division I state championship with a five-set win over heavily favored Long Beach Poly at San Jose State. Less than two weeks later, on Dec. 17, the Vikings shocked the prep football world by upending nationally No. 4-ranked Centennial-Corona, 15-13, for the Division I state crown. Palo Alto became only one of two schools in California to win two state titles during the fall, and nearly had two perfect seasons to brag about as the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team finished 41-1 while the gridiron guys went 14-0. Both marks are school records for singleseason victories. For the first time in school history, both Paly teams finished the year ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Volleyball finished No. 10, according to while football checked in at No. 13 on The Vikings, in both sports, achieved success through hard work and teamwork and under the guidance of their knowledgeable coaches. The Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team defeated a Long Beach Poly team that was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in one poll and was a legitimate No. 7 according to Paly was nowhere close to either ranking and thus carried the underdog role into the finals. Despite having only two seniors on its roster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Megan Coleman and Trina Ohms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palo Alto battled the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best on even terms and emerged with a well-deserved state crown after junior Maddie Kuppe served back-to-back aces to clinch. In May, the Paly volleyball team was named the MaxPreps National Female Team of the Year while beating out more than 22,000 other squads nationwide. The Paly football team also took on one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest, a team that became the most prolific offensive squad in state history with more than 8,000 total yards gained. Centennial-Corona, however, had to settle for a 14-1 record after the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; came up with a brilliant defensive effort while holding the

Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler and his Panthers celebrated a fifth straight CIF Division V state basketball title in March. Huskies to their lowest point total of the season and 41 points under their season average. To qualify for its second appearance in the state finals (Paly also made it in 2006), the Vikings swept aside WCAL powerhouses Mitty, Bellarmine and Valley Christian to win the CCS Open Division crown. Winning state titles wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exclusive to the Vikings, however. The Pinewood girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team claimed the Division V state title in March for a second consecutive year. While the Panthers had won four previous state crowns, this one was special for head coach Doc Scheppler, who had lost his father â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest booster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to cancer earlier in the season. Led by seniors Hailie Eackles and Miranda Seto, the Panthers capped a

sensational season with a 67-56 win over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey. Eackles had 31 points and nine rebounds while Seto added 21 points as Pinewood finished 28-5. The Panthers finished the year with 346 three-pointers, surpassing their own state record of 338 first accomplished in 2003. Pinewood also became the first Division V girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team in state history to win five state crowns and the first Division V team to win back-to-back titles twice (2005-06 and 2010-11). While it just missed out on winning a state title, the Sacred Heart Prep girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team had a stellar season that included winning the NorCal Division IV title and advancing to the state finals for the first time since 1998 before losing to nationally ranked La Jolla

In the winter . . . * The Palo Alto wrestling team made its mark by winning its first league meet championship in 25 years by capturing the SCVAL finals. Gunn senior Stefan Weidemann won his first CCS individual title with a 5-2 decision at 152 pounds. * The Palo Alto girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team won its first-ever SCVAL De Anza Division title and went on to

Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Craig Schoof was named state baseball coach of the year (small schools division).

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Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earl Hansen was named the state coach of the year in football.

In the fall . . . * A total of 29 local runners qualified for the CIF State Meet in cross country in 2010, with Priory junior Kat Gregory leading the way by successfully defending her Division V title at the CCS championships. She helped the Priory girls qualify as a team while the Priory boys also made it to state, marking the first time in school history that both teams qualified. * Castilleja finished second at the CCS girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; golf championships and qualified for the NorCal tournament for the first time in school history. Senior Brenna Nelsen led the Gators during their successful season. * The Menlo boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; water polo team returned to the top by winning the CCS Division II crown with an impressive 11-5 victory over threetime defending champ Sacred Heart Prep. * The Sacred Heart Prep girls, meanwhile, captured their fourth straight section title with 12-4 victory over Castilleja in the Division II finals to finish 26-3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; none of the losses coming against CCS teams. The Menlo-Atherton girls also picked up a CCS crown, edging St. Francis, 6-5, in the Division I finale. * The Sacred Heart Prep football team captured its first ever by defeating No. 1 seed Carmel, 39-32, in the Division IV finals after rallying from a 32-11 deficit in the third quarter. The Gators finished 11-2 while giving Pete Lavorato the highlight of his prep coaching career.

Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dave Winn (right) was named the state coach of the year in girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball.

claim the first CCS crown in school history by beating rival Gunn in the Division I finale, 55-44. The Vikings finished 22-5, losing in the NorCal quarterfinals. * The Sacred Heart Prep boys successfully defended their CCS Division IV championship with a 61-51 win over Santa Cruz while the Pinewood boys captured their first section crown in 15 years by taking the Division V title with a 71-66 win over Mid-Peninsula. * The Sacred Heart Prep boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer team went 17-1-1 during the regular season while winning the WBAL title, outscoring opponents by 90-11. The Gators, however, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep the magic going during the CCS playoffs. The SHP girls won their third straight WBAL title while losing only once in league play in three years. In the spring . . . * The Menlo boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lacrosse team captured the SCVAL championships while the Menlo girls successfully defended their West Bay Athletic League crown. * The Palo Alto boys and girls swept their SCVAL De Anza Division league meet titles with plenty of impressive efforts from young swimmers, while the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls did the same in the WBAL finals. * Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first CCS baseball title came in a 5-4 victory over San Benito as the Vikings finished 28-9, the second-most victories in school history. The Vikings wound up ranked No. 1 in the state Division II poll and No. 14 overall by Cal-Hi Sports. * Menlo School won its fifth section title following a 4-0 triumph over Santa Cruz. The Knights wound up ranked No. 2 in the state Division IV listing by Cal-Hi Sports. * Toskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national record in the 100 fly was 51.92, set in the prelims. It broke a mark previously held by former Stanford Olympian Misty Hyman. Tosky won the 100 fly final and added the 200 free crown to remain unbeaten in CCS meets. The Vikings, however, lost a chance to win a CCS title after a relay disqualification to open the meet. * SHP junior Tom Kremer and freshman Ally Howe each won two CCS individual titles while each broke a section record. * The highlight of the track and field season came when Palo Alto broke a school record in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 relay, clocking 42.07 for third place at the CCS Championships. That eclipsed a 31-year-old record. All four relay members started the season on the Paly football team with three of them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maurice Williams, Morris Gates-Mouton and Miles Anderson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earning state championship rings. Speaking of football, there are only seven weeks before fall practice begins. Palo Alto has a state title to defend and Sacred Heart Prep has a second straight CCS crown to go after. Water polo teams will be back playing for section crowns and runners will chase after honors in cross country. The 2011-12 high school season, however, has some very big shoes to fill while following in the footsteps of this past history-making school year. N

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auren Fleshman and Jill Camarena-Williams have more in common than just being Stanford graduates and former college All-Americans in track and field. Both are reigning national champions. That means Fleshman and Camarena-Williams will be in position to defend those titles at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The meet, which began Thursday night, runs through Sunday. The USA Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships, Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea. The USA Championships also are the final stop of the 2011 Outdoor Visa Championship Series. Each male and female athlete who finishes the series at the top of the point standings will be awarded $25,000. Camarena-Williams won last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot put with a then-personal outdoor best of 62-9 1/4. She has a career outdoor best of 64-10 this season, which leads the nation. She set an American indoor record in February with a mammoth 65-2 1/4. Camarena-Williams went after her third U.S. outdoor title on Thursday evening. Fleshman will toe the starting line in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 finals on Friday. She won last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title in 15:27.70, completing a ragsto-riches story after a broken foot nearly ended her running career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things are good,â&#x20AC;? Fleshman said on Thursday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, putting together a flawless year of training has eluded me once again. I missed January, February and March this year and will have 12 weeks of training under my belt for the race. However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited and enthusiastic to give my best effort, as always, and I never count myself out of anything!â&#x20AC;? Fleshman currently runs for the Oregon Track Club and resides in Eugene. Her qualifying time for Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race is her winning time from last year. She has yet to break into the elite category this season and thus isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t favored to defend her title. Current American recordholder Molly Huddle and former American recordholder Shalane Flanagan are expected to challenge each other for the national crown. Flanagan is the current U.S. leader with a season best of 14:49.68. Huddle sits in the No. 2 spot this year with a best of 15:10.63. Also challenging for spots on Team USA

Lauren Fleshman, a 2003 Stanford grad, will defend her title in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5K Friday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships. are 2008 and 2009 champion Kara Goucher and the two time U.S. 1,500 champion Shannon Rowbury. The meet opened Thursday with the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10,000 wrapping up Day 1. Recent Stanford graduate Stephanie Marcy was among the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10K field along with Goucher and Flanagan. Marcy, Camarena-Williams and Fleshman are among a handful of current and former Stanford athletes competing this weekend. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s field includes Stanford grads Russell Brown (1,500) and Nick Welihozkiy (hammer) plus Jake Riley (5,000) and John (JT) Sullivan (3,000 steeplechase). Current senior Chris Derrick also is entered in the 5,000. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 is just one of many events loaded with veteran talent. American long distance recordholders Chris Solinsky and Bernard Lagat will battle for supremacy in what has traditionally been LagatĂ­s event. Lagat owns the American outdoor record as well as four of the past five U.S. titles, but Solinsky improved his 5,000 personal best by almost 17 seconds at the last yearĂ­s Stockholm Diamond League. Two-time U.S. 10,000 champ Galen Rupp and 2009 U.S. 5,000 winner Matt Tegenkamp also should also be serious contenders. In the 1,500, Stanford grad Brown

(3:35.70) will be in tough against an elite field. In his first post-collegiate season, three-time NCAA champ Andrew Wheating will try to earn his first U.S. title. His personal-best time of 3:30.90 at the last yearĂ­s Monaco Diamond League was the best among Americans for 2010. Also looking for his first U.S. Outdoor Championship is three-time outdoor runnerup Leo Manzano. Lagat, who holds the American record in the 1,500 both indoors and outdoors, is the veteran of the field with three world championships under his belt. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet, meanwhile, includes former Stanford standouts Sara Hall (steeplechase), Lindsay Allen (steeplechase), Summer Pierson (discus) plus recent grad Whitney Liehr (triple jump). Liehr ranks No. 8 on the U.S. list with a career best of 44-1 1/4. Hall is the No. 3 seed in the steeplechase with a best of 9:39.48. Pierson, meanwhile, will be up against a discus field that is up for grabs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the top three competitors all seeded within a meter of one another. Becky Breisch is the defending champion in the event, but 2008 Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton and fourtime U.S. champion Aretha Thurmond will be gunning for the top spot. N


Stanford women win Capital One Cup and $200,000 donation by Rick Eymer he Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic program won the inaugural Capital One Cup it was announced Thursday. Stanford will be formally honored at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13, during which the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships. Launched in 2010, the Capital One Cup honors NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our university is very proud of our athletics program and we are pleased that our womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports have achieved first place in the Capital One Cup,â&#x20AC;? Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of our coaches and student-athletes we are pleased to accept this award. Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of collegiate athletics.â&#x20AC;? The Cardinal women accumulated 121 points, finishing ahead of Texas A&M (112 points), California (106),

Florida (86) and Notre Dame (76). Stanford earned national secondplace finishes in soccer, tennis and rowing. The Aggies earned 40 points for their first-place finish at the track and field championships, the final NCAA Division I womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship of the season, while the Cardinal finished tied for eighth and earned six points. Stanford also earned points in volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, lacrosse and softball The Cardinal placed in the Top 10 in nine championships, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, swim-

ming and diving, lacrosse, tennis, softball , outdoor track & field and rowing, the most Top 10 finishes of any program. Track and field Stanford-bound Aisling Cuffe has been named USA Track & Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athlete of the Week after her recordsetting performance in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two mile at last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Cuffeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time of 9:54.22 bettered Molly Huddleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national high school two-mile record set in 2002

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SATURDAY, June 25 Game 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palo Alto National vs. AlpineWest Menlo (North Field), 10 a.m. Game 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pacifica National vs. Palo Alto American (South Field), 10 a.m. Game 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Foster City vs. Pacifica American (North Field), 1 p.m. Game 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; San Carlos National vs. Menlo-Atherton (South Field), 1 p.m. SUNDAY, June 26 Game 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Belmont-Redwood Shores vs. Redwood City National (North Field), noon Game 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Highlanders vs. San Mateo American (South Field), noon Game 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; San Mateo National vs. Game 1 winner (South Field), 3 p.m. Game 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Half Moon Bay vs. Game 2 winner (North Field), 3 p.m. MONDAY, June 27 Game 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 4 loser vs. Game 2 loser (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 1 loser vs. Game 7 loser (South Field), 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, June 28 Game 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 9 loser vs. Game 5 loser (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 6 loser vs. Game 10 loser (South Field), 5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 5 Game 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner (South Field), 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, June 29 Game 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 11 winner vs. Game 3 loser (South Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 12 winner vs. Game 8 loser (North Field), 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 6 Game 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 23 winner vs. Game 24 winner (South Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, June 30 Game 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 9 winner vs. game 5 winner (South Field), 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, July 1 Game 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 6 winner vs. Game 10 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (South Field), 5:30 p.m. SATURDAY, July 2 Game 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 16 winner vs. Game 17 loser (South Field), 10 a.m. Game 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 14 winner vs. Game 18 loser (North Field), 10 a.m. Game 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 13 winner vs. Game 19 loser (South Field), 1 p.m. Game 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 15 winner vs. Game 20 loser (North Field), 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, July 7 Game 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 25 winner vs. Game 26 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, July 8 Game 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 27 winner vs.Game 25 loser (North Field), 5:30 p.m. Game 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 28 winner vs. Game 26 loser (South Field), 5:30 p.m. SATURDAY, July 9 Game 32 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 30 winner vs. Game 31 winner (North Field), 10 a.m. SUNDAY, July 10 Game 33 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 29 loser vs. Game 32 winner (North Field), noon MONDAY, July 11 Game 34 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game 29 winner vs. Game 33 winner (North Field), 5:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, July 13 Game 35 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Challenge game, if necessary (North Field), 5:30 p.m.

Palo Alto Weekly 06.24.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 24, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 06.24.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 24, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly