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Grocer to bring Berkeley flavor to Alma Plaza Miki’s Farm Fresh Market plans to open at plaza in July 2012 by Gennady Sheyner ans of the popular Berkeley Bowl supermarket will have plenty to smile about when Palo Alto’s newest grocery store opens its doors next year. Michael Werness, a former manager at Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market (both in Berkeley), unveiled on Wednesday his plan to open a


store at Alma Plaza in south Palo Alto. Werness, who goes by “Miki,� said the new store will be much like Berkeley Bowl in that it will focus on organic and sustainable products and carry produce, fish, meat and all other supermarket staples. The main difference will be the size. At 19,000 square feet, Miki’s

Farm Fresh Market, as the new store will be called, will be about half the size of Berkeley Bowl. Werness said that while the store will feature a wide selection of premium organic items, it will focus on keeping the prices down for customers. “Variety will be outstanding,� Werness said. “And it’ll be sustainable. People will know where everything comes from.� He said he plans to listen to the community and try to accommodate

customers’ needs by bringing in the types of products they suggest. Werness, 64, has been involved in the food industry for nearly half a century. He began as a bag boy in a San Jose market when he was 15 years old. He worked in a wide range of grocery stores after that, including in South San Francisco, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, before ending up in Berkley Bowl, a renowned market that opened in 1977 in a former bowling alley and relocated into a larger location in 1999.

Werness had spent about 11 years at Berkeley Bowl, where he helped stock its main store upon its relocation. He then spent another nine years as manager of the Monterey Market, another Berkeley grocer that focuses on sustainable products. Werness’ decision to bring a store to Alma Plaza provides a huge lift for the controversial development, which was the subject of dozens of heated public meetings and intense community (continued on page 8)


Firefighters blast labor measure Union opposes city’s effort to strike bindingarbitration provision from City Charter by Gennady Sheyner

answer yet.� While downtown Palo Alto retail has struggled with high turnover and falling rents in recent years, the market for office space is white hot, landlords and brokers said. “The vacancy in office space is almost nil right now,� said Fred Thoits, president of Thoits Bros., Inc. and a major downtown landlord. “There’s been a lot of money flowing into venture capital. Startups are scrambling, and they want to be downtown because they’re attracting a workforce that wants to be downtown. Thoits said office rents have spiked

or the second straight year, Palo Alto voters will find themselves in the midst of a heated labor battle between their elected officials and the city’s firefighters. In a dramatic 5-4 vote, the City Council decided on Monday night to give residents a chance to repeal a local law that empowers an arbitration panel to settle labor disputes between the city and its public-safety unions. The narrow vote came after a long debate and a surprising swing vote by Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh. Council members Karen Holman, Greg Scharff, Pat Burt and Greg Schmid also voted to place the repeal on the ballot. The drive to repeal the 1978 provision is already facing intense opposition from the firefighters union, which issued a statement Wednesday calling it “another attack on the basic rights of workers.� “Palo Alto is no Wisconsin,� union President Tony Spitaleri said in a statement, referring to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to take away the collective-bargaining rights of state employees. “Unlike the City Council, Palo Alto voters value fairness,� he said, adding that he expects the repeal to be rejected. Last year, the union sponsored a ballot measure that would have frozen the staffing levels in the Fire Department and required Palo Alto to hold an election any time it wanted to reduce staff or close fire stations. Voters overwhelmingly

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A steel giant rises Artist Richard Serra’s huge, maze-like sculpture — 13 feet tall, weighing 235 tons — is installed on the north side of the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus Thursday, with Tom Seligman (lower left corner), art center director, watching. Named “Sequence,� the 2006 sculpture resembles a pair of interlocking figure eights that viewers can experience from inside and out, as well as aerially from a terrace.


Downtown without Borders: retailers, brokers ponder the future Palo Alto office market is hot while retail has struggled, landlords say by Chris Kenrick ith the demise of Borders bookstore, an anchor of downtown Palo Alto, retailers lamented the loss of a gathering spot and real estate brokers speculated on who might fill the void. Surviving local booksellers refused


to admit much satisfaction in the failure of their outsized competition. “We’re all very sad when we see the demise of booksellers anywhere,� Keplers General Manager and Children’s Buyer Antonia Squire said. “It really is indicative of the state of

consumerism right now. It’s not that people aren’t reading, but it’s where they’re choosing to put their dollars — outside the community. “When a bookstore goes away, is there anything that replaces it? That’s the question, and we’re not sure of the



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I hate to lose the book category, but time marches on. — Chop Keenan, landlord for the Palo Alto Borders bookstore, on the retailer’s closure. See story on page 3.

Around Town WHO’S CALLING? ... Palo Alto officials had mixed feelings Tuesday night when they debated establishing an anonymous “fraud, waste and abuse� hotline for whistle blowers at City Hall. Though the council’s Policy and Services Committee ultimately recommended instituting the new hotline on a trial basis, City Manager James Keene and Councilman Larry Klein voiced concerns about the prospect of employees issuing baseless complaints behind the mask of anonymity. Klein brought up as an example Palo Alto Online’s Town Square forum, where readers are encouraged but not required to state their names. “We’ve all read Palo Alto Online where people who are anonymous say things that they’ll never say if their names were attached to them. That’s the downside,� Klein said. Councilman Pat Burt then proposed his own idea to root out the nameless, grudgebearing accusers. “We can have a hotline against anonymous complainers,� Burt quipped. GOING DIGITAL ... As the Palo Alto City Council prepares to switch from paper packets to iPads to get their weekly reports, one question has yet to be settled: Should the city pay for the new iPads or should each council member be responsible for his or her own device? At least three council members argued this week for the latter option. Councilwoman Gail Price argued for the former option earlier this week, when the Policy and Services Committee debated the topic. Council members, she said, receive “modest stipends� and it would be appropriate for the city to pay for something that would make the council function better and be greener. But Klein, an attorney, disagreed and said having council members buy their own iPads (or laptops) would help protect their privacy. City-purchased devices, he said, would be more liable to be used in court in the case of litigation than those bought by council members for private use. Klein “If you used your Gmail account to communicate with whoever, it’s less likely to be discoverable than if you use your city account to communicate.� The other two committee

members, Pat Burt and Karen Holman, sided with Klein and voted to “encourage� council members to buy their own tablets. The full council will consider the switch, as well as who will pay for the new iPads, on Aug. 1. ON THE GLOBAL STAGE ... Gunn High School senior Brian Zhang took a gold medal — scoring eighth-highest overall — in last week’s International Physics Olympiad in Bangkok, Thailand. Nearly 400 young physicists representing 84 countries competed in the gathering. The U.S. team, of which Brian was a member, brought home two gold and three silver medals. The other U.S. gold medalist was Ante Qu of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, N.J. Four countries — Taiwan, China, Singapore and Korea — won five gold medals. The U.S. team’s aggregate score was the fifth highest. IT’S A WHAT?! ... Palo Alto resident Kathleen Lee became a Jeopardy! champion on the July 14 show and managed to make usually serious host Alex Trebek laugh as well. Lee, a pharmaceutical scientist, won $30,601 over a two-day period before being ousted by Mark Runvold, a student and waiter from Moscow, Idaho. Lee’s “blooper� that brought a smile to Trebek came during the first round under the category “Reptiles� for $800. The clue posed was: “Although called a ‘toad,’ this North American animal is actually a lizard that feeds mainly on ants.� Lee rang in. “What is a horny toad?� she said. The answer wasn’t quite right, but Trebek was flexible. “We’ll accept that. It’s a horned toad. I have no idea of — well, we won’t go there,� he said, laughing. POOMF! ... The smell of burning leaves led Palo Alto firefighters to a blaze on Randers Court Wednesday, where a palm tree had caught fire after contacting power lines. Firefighters briefly closed Randers and extinguished the blaze in about 45 minutes, though 51 residents temporarily lost power. No homes were damaged, but the palm tree will never be the same again. N



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District avoids cuts to programs and staff by Chris Kenrick s school districts across California confront dire budget scenarios, the Palo Alto school district has nearly $29 million in designated and undesignated surplus funds, a small portion of which will be used to avoid serious cuts in 2011-12. Students will return to campuses next month with full complements of staff and programs, as well as funds allocated to give teachers time for professional development. “We feel like we’re in a good position, as strong as we could be given what’s going on in California,� Superintendent Kevin Skelly said. “Our challenge in the next year as in past years is looking at the uncertainty and building a revenue balance to be prepared for whatever possibilities are happening.�


The Board of Education approved the district’s $162.4 million operating budget for 2011-12 on June 28. In addition to the revenues projected in the budget, the district also has nearly $16 million in restricted, reserved and designated fund categories and $13 million in unrestricted and undesignated categories going in to this school year. By contrast, the neighboring Ravenswood City School District, serving East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park, will close campuses, boost class sizes and shorten the 2011-12 school year to make ends meet. Funded mostly through local property tax, Palo Alto schools are largely buffered from the exigencies of 90 percent of California districts, including Ravenswood, that rely directly on

Sacramento for per-pupil revenue. However, Palo Alto’s operating budget did take $7 million in socalled “fair share� state cuts, which were offset with, among other things, $1.3 million from the surplus. Palo Alto found other savings in reducing the number of new teachers that will be hired, a slightly smaller allocation to routine maintenance and a projected increase in property taxes. Given the uncertain state outlook, the Palo Alto school board for the past year has requested frequent budget updates from staff, for close monitoring of the situation. Leftover funds from prior years are routinely used to plug gaps. Under current projections, the dis(continued on page 10)


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up to 25 percent since the first of the year and that there’s “real competition for anything that comes up.� But with vacant storefronts up and down University Avenue, where will all the office workers shop? Palo Alto is unique among suburban downtowns in having a large employee base, creating opportunities for retail, said Palo Alto developer and landlord Jim Baer. “Very few downtowns have office tenants with spendable income the way Palo Alto does,� Baer said. “Facebook and Google started here, so you’ve got a lot of energetic guys that want to visit, have lunch, stay late for coffee. If they need flowers, they’re going to get them here. “That kind of stimulative characteristic is very rare in other suburban retail downtowns, so we’re better off than most, and our sales per square foot reflect that,� Baer said. Dining and entertainment traditionally have done well here, but other retail categories have struggled recently. Responding to pleas from landlords, the City Council in 2009 amended the downtown zoning ordinance to reduce the size of the ground-floor retail zone. The move to electronic distribution not just of books and magazines but of film and sound is a “for-real change in retailing� that is national — and has extra impact here because local residents tend to be early adopters, Baer said. That change accounts for the demise of such national brands as Blockbuster, Virgin Records and Borders, he said. “Those are really all under pressure from an appropriate and predictable technological shift,� he said. The recession also made things difficult for “lifestyle retailers� such as Z Gallerie, which vacated its large University Avenue space in early 2009. The good news is that Apple is

Future use of the Borders bookstore site, at 456 University Ave., Palo Alto, is up in the air. The bookstore is set to close by the end of September. readying plans to move into the Z Gallerie space, and at least one local broker sees a pickup in downtown retail. Menlo Park Realtor Sam Arsan said he recently leased the former site of A.G. Ferrari at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Emerson Street, as well as the former Fashion Passion site at 425 University. Arsan said he’s also had three offers on the former Rococo kitchen showroom next door, at 435 University, which has been vacant for several years. “Nobody has a crystal ball,� Arsan said. “The retail market has kind of dragged a little bit behind the office market, but it’s coming back.� Borders landlord Chop Keenan said he’s considering various options for the looming vacancy, including building a glass atrium over the courtyard space. “We’ll see what the market tells us to do,� Keenan said. “Retail is a tough business these days. “If I can find a two-story retail user for 23,000 square feet, that’s a good thing,� he said. It also would be possible to subdivide the space, with one tenant taking front-to-back in the portion facing University Avenue, and another tenant taking the interior groundfloor space, with access facing the rear parking lot.

“What we don’t want to happen is for the thing to sit there empty. “I hate to lose the book category, but time marches on.� Books Inc. CEO Michael Tucker said business at his nine Bay Area stores is up 5 percent over last year as the shops make extra efforts to focus on customer service and become community gathering spots. Tucker, who has a shop at Town & Country Village, cited a recent nonbook event that drew 120 people to his Opera Plaza venue in San Francisco — a discussion of composer Richard Wagner following a San Francisco Opera performance of a segment of the Ring Cycle. “A group wanted a place to meet after the opera, so we set up chairs and ended up selling $2,000 in other stuff,� Tucker said. “A successful bookstore can be that kind of thing in the community.� Tucker called the Borders liquidation a loss to the industry. “The unfortunate thing, from my personal perspective, is that 11,000 booksellers nationally are going to be out of work,� he said. “We’ve hired a number of people from Borders, and they are great booksellers.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR ONE FOUR-YEAR TERM ENDING JULY 31, 2015 (Lippert) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council is seeking applications for the Planning and Transportation Commission from persons interested in serving in a four year term ending July 31, 2015. The incumbent will not reapply. Eligibility Requirements: Composed of seven members who are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the City, and who are residents of the City of Palo Alto. Regular meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the second and last Wednesday of each month. Duties: The Planning and Transportation Commission’s primary duties include: a) Preparing and making recommendations to the City Council on the City’s Comprehensive Plan regarding development, public facilities, and transportation in Palo Alto; b) Considering and making recommendations to the City Council on zoning map and zoning ordinance changes; c) Reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council on subdivisions and appeals on variances and use permits; and d) Considering other policies and programs affecting development and land use in Palo Alto for final City Council action. Application forms and appointment information are available in the City Clerk’s Office, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 329-2571 or may be obtained on the website at http:// Deadline for receipt of applications in the City Clerk’s Office is 5:00 p.m., August 12, 2011. MEMBERS MUST BE PALO ALTO RESIDENTS. *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÓÓ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 5


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AROUND THE BLOCK SPIKE IN BIKE THEFTS ... Crime comes in cycles, and bike thieves have been active in Palo Alto neighborhoods for the past three weeks, Palo Alto Police Detective Sal Madrigal said on Tuesday. Ten thefts occurred between June 27 and July 18, with six incidents July 11 and 12, according to police logs. The thefts have taken place throughout the city. Police advise residents to lock up bicycles and lock garages and gates. LOST AND FOUND ART ... Palo Alto Parks and Recreation officials uncovered an obscured work of art while renovating Greer Park. The sculpture, “From Sea to Shining Sea,� a flat, 21-foot square concrete sculpture using pavement markers and retread tires in abstract designs, was created by artist Joan Zalenski for a sculpture fair in the East Bay in 1982. The piece was loaned to the City of Palo Alto for the park. The city later purchased the work, but it was concealed over time by a eucalyptus grove, according to Midtown Residents Association Vice-Chair Annette Ashton. Art commissioners voted in February to approve funding for a plaque for the artwork.

TREE-CARE SURVEYS ... Throughout Palo Alto neighborhoods, Canopy is offering free classes on young tree-care surveying and care. Trainings and tours of recently planted trees have occurred in Old Palo Alto, Midtown, Palo Verde and Downtown neighborhoods. A treepruning workshop will take place Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A tree walk of the Community Center neighborhood will take place Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. starting at the Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. More information is available from Michael Hawkins, Michael@canopy. org or 650-964-6110, ext. 1. N

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CIVIC DUTIES, ANYONE? ... A seat on Palo Alto’s Library Advisory Commission is available for a term ending on Jan. 31, 2014. The commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a range of matters relating to Palo Alto libraries. Commissioners must be city residents. The application deadline is Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the commission can contact Ronna Jojola Gonsalves at 650-329-2267 or

Maya Homan, left, gets advice from Sawako Tajima on puffing up an inflatable paper cube during an origami lesson at the College Terrace Library.


‘Origami Club’ unfolds at library Sawako Tajima teaches free workshops on the paper-folding art through Aug. 17 by Sue Dremann aya Homan sat at a folding table outside the College Terrace Library turning a colorful square of paper into a boat. With a few more deft creases, the boat became a sailboat and then morphed into a pinwheel. And then Homan, 10, did something origami instructor and College Terrace resident Sawako Tajima found remarkable: She turned the pinwheel into a dog that she designed herself. Each week since June 29, Tajima and her son, Hide, a Palo Alto High School senior, come to the library children’s room for the “origami club.� The free summertime workshop, which takes place Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., runs through Aug. 17 and features a different theme each week: flowers, animals, “useful� origami (such as boxes), airplanes, sea creatures, accessories, fun stuff and traditional forms. Tajima, a soft-spoken native of Nagoya, Japan, teaches Japanese at Palo Alto Adult School during the school



year. She’s also a volunteer at Palo Alto High School. The origami club is a loose-knit group with no membership, she said. All the children need to do is show up while at the library and the fun begins. The club is an outgrowth of a March origami crane project, she said. After the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami, she organized people to fold 1,000 origami cranes at the library as a benefit for disaster victims. Tajima put out fliers with instructions to make the cranes and, on the flip side, information about where to send donations to help the stricken. “In Japan, people believe that 1,000 cranes can cure a sick person. They believe their good wishes will be granted when they fold the cranes with sincere prayers,� she said. Tajima is no stranger to teaching origami. She has had an annual table at the College Terrace Residents Association picnic, keeping bored kids occupied with paper magic. Besides

being beautiful, origami teaches children geometry concepts. It’s also good for developing fine motor skills, she said. Mary Fetter, 9, said she enjoys making “fortune tellers� — four joined, peaked pyramids that one manipulates with fingers in a rotating pattern. Homan said she discovered the origami club after her mother sent her to the event with her nanny. “I think it’s pretty good. I like origami,� she said, while puffing air into a paper ball that she then tossed in the air. “The interesting thing is that some kids don’t need the instructions,� Tajima said, noting how well Homan had grasped the art form. “They create their own things.� Most weeks, the club takes place inside the library, although on Wednesday Tajima took the opportunity to enjoy the sunny day and combine the club with a magic-act event taking place on the lawn.

On the library’s glass door, stenciled letters summarize its philosophy: “One world, many stories.� Inside, the many stories of origami unfolded in the children’s room. Origami penguins, monkeys, pandas, squirrels, flowers, boats, bookmarks and doll’s clothing populated a windowsill, enticements for the next session. The 1,000 cranes that sparked Tajima’s idea for the origami club hang in long garlands from the bookshelves, symbols of the neighborhood’s connection with those far away. “When I organized it, people’s reaction was overwhelming,� Tajima said of the crane project. “That’s one of the other reasons why I wanted to contribute something to this society (through the origami club). I still really appreciate what they did.� Sue Chang, a library associate, said origami books are a popular checkout item. Now and then, children stopped their activities to play with the windowsill animals or marvel at the multitude of colorful cranes. They squeezed their wings to make them flap as though they could fly. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.


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Palo Alto delays debate on vehicle-dwelling ban Palo Alto officials are delaying their plan to institute a ban on vehicle dwelling after hearing complaints about the proposed ordinance from a group of homeless residents and advocates. Planning director Curtis Williams told the Weekly that city officials decided to postpone their discussion of the ordinance until Sept. 12. The City Council was originally scheduled to consider the issue Monday (July 25). About a dozen residents — some of them homeless — attended the council meeting this week and urged the council not to pass a law that would make living in cars illegal. The Rev. Greg Schaefer, pastor at the University Lutheran Church, asked the council to delay its discussion and consider other alternatives for residents with no place to live. Williams said the delay would give city officials a chance to consider some of the issues that were brought up at the meeting. He said the goal of the new ordinance is to identify those vehicle dwellers who cause disturbances in their neighborhoods. “If someone is minding his business and not causing any problems, that’s not what we want to aim our ordinance at,� Williams said. Most cities in the region already ban vehicle dwelling. Palo Alto officials were urged to institute a ban by residents from the College Terrace neighborhood who complained that vehicle dwellers create unsanitary conditions in their neighborhood. Palo Alto’s proposed ordinance would make vehicle dwelling a misdemeanor that could be punished by a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. N — Gennady Sheyner



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Palo Alto Andronico’s to close Andronico’s market, a high-end grocery store that’s been a fixture at Stanford Shopping Center since 1997, will close its doors Sunday (July 24). The “rough decision� to close the Palo Alto location came as the familyowned business works through a recapitalization with an unnamed equity partner, a spokeswoman said. Employees said they were told of the closure July 15. Around opening time Monday morning it appeared to be business as usual, with freshly stocked shelves of cheese, baked goods and still-warm bread. “We’re hoping to stabilize and strengthen the company long-term� through the reorganization, Diane Krebs, the company’s operations administrator, said July 18. Signs on the store windows touted big discounts through the July 24 closing and referred shoppers to the Andronico’s in Los Altos’ Rancho Shopping Center for the future. Andronico’s was founded in Berkeley in 1929 by Greek immigrant Frank Andronico and is currently operated by Bill Andronico. The company has four stores in Berkeley, one in San Francisco, one in San Anselmo and the one in Los Altos. In 2006, a Danville store was sold and a Walnut Creek location was closed. “It’s unfortunate they are closing because they’re a great grocery store and a wonderful addition to the shopping center,� said Julie Kelly, Stanford Shopping Center’s director of marketing and business development. “We have a number of options currently under consideration, but no decision has been made for a replacement at this time.� N — Chris Kenrick

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Silicon Valley tech industry on rise, study shows Silicon Valley’s tech industry is emerging from recession and heading for a 15 percent growth in jobs over the next two years, according to an economic development study of Silicon Valley released Tuesday (July 19). The study, conducted over a period of eight months and based on 250 employer surveys and more than 50 executive interviews, was released a day after Cisco announced the company is eliminating 6,500 of its jobs. Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy and an author of the study, said it is unclear what implications that decision will have on growth prospects. He said the move indicates that Silicon Valley is in a constant state of flux. “Cisco has had a very strong rise in employment over the last 10 years, so this has to be put in context,� Levy said. “There are always going to be companies that for some reason or another shrink.� The study suggests the industry is shifting from hardware-oriented sectors to the Internet, applications and social networking. Since December 2009, tech companies have added 13,000 jobs with expansions planned for Google, Facebook and Skype, Levy said. The sponsoring workforce boards for the study included NOVA, based in Sunnyvale, and Work2Future in San Jose and San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. The report, titled “Silicon Valley in Transition: Economic and Workforce Implications in the Age of iPads, Android Apps and the Social Web,� can be accessed at N — Bay City News Service

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CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (July 18)

Arbitration: The council voted to place the repeal of the City Charterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s binding-arbitration provision on the November ballot. Yes: Burt, Holman, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Espinosa, Klein, Price, Shepherd Housing: The council discussed the latest Association of Bay Area Governments housing projections. Action: None

Garbage: The committee recommended adding a $4.62 fee to residential trash bills effective Oct. 1. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (July 20)

Facilities: The board approved contracts for construction of a new gymnasium at Gunn High School and the installation of six portable classrooms at Jordan Middle School. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (July 20)

Gas supply: The commission recommended continuing the current policy of keeping gas rates flat for a year and changing rates only once a year and specified that supply rates should change by no more than 20 percent in any one year. Yes: Berry, Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Cook Calaveras: The commission recommended using all funds in the Calaveras Reserve for electricity projects and rejected a staff proposal to split the reserve and to use some of the funds to reimburse ratepayers. The commission also recommended establishing guidelines to determine which projects should be funded by the reserve. Yes: Berry, Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Cook Officers: The commission elected Jonathan Foster as its chair and William Berry as its vice chair. Yes: Berry, Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Cook

Human Relations Commission (July 20)

Updates: The commission heard updates on Project Safety Net and on Youth Recognition and discussed its upcoming retreat with the City Council. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (July 21)

Caltrain: The committee discussed Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned electrification, considered the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position on the project and recommended questions for Caltrain to consider. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (July 21)

2875 El Camino Real: The board reviewed a proposal by Ken Hayes of Hayes Group Architects for a new 3,250-square-foot, one-story retail and office building. The board voted to continue the project to a later date. Yes: Unanimous

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a special meeting to consider awarding a contract for construction of two new classroom buildings at Gunn High School. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, in Conference Room A of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the San Francisco Public Utilities Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy system; consider an increase to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refuse rate; discuss the community benefits the city should pursue as part of the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project; and consider dissolving the Palo Alto Redevelopment Agency. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The committee plans to discuss the Regional Water Quality Control Plant landscaping project; consider priorities for the implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; and consider updating the rules and regulations for the Community Gardening program. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to evaluate the performance of City Clerk Donna Grider and City Attorney Molly Stump. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to continue its discussion of the economic impacts of Caltrain electrification and high-speed rail. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION ... The commission will continue its discussion of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure backlog and consider ways to pay for the items on the list. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss upgrades to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and the Library Technology Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, in the program room of the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.).


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debate before the City Council approved it in January 2009. Once fully developed, the plaza will also include 37 homes and 15 below-market-rate apartments, a small park and a comm u n i t y room. M i k iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Fresh Market will serve as the new plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centerpiece. In approving Miki Werness the project in 2009, the council specified that developer John McNellis must find a grocer before he can proceed with the residential portion of the development, which is located in the 3400 block of Alma Street. Construction on the 4.2acre plaza began last month. McNellis, who joined Werness and Mayor Sid Espinosa in announcing the new store Wednesday, said he was thrilled to reach an agreement with Werness. He called Werness a â&#x20AC;&#x153;creative geniusâ&#x20AC;? and described Mikiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Fresh Market as exactly the type of business the community has been clamoring for. Werness said the store will provide about 50 jobs, roughly half of which will be full time. It is scheduled to open in July 2012 and will occupy one of two retail buildings at Alma Plaza. N

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Woman in DUI fatality pleads â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;not guiltyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A woman accused of killing her friend in a drunken driving crash in East Palo Alto in June pleaded not guilty to all charges against her Wednesday afternoon (July 20) in court, the San Mateo County District Attorney said. (Posted July 20 at 10:50 p.m.)

Third East Palo Alto homicide in past week Another young person has died after being shot multiple times in East Palo Alto Tuesday (July 19), police said. The shooting marks the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third homicide in a week. (Posted July 20 at 10:52 p.m.)

County considers adopting heritage oak â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Grannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; People plan estates for their parents, their spouses, their children and pets. Now some Menlo Park residents are being asked to plan an estate for Granny, a centuries-old oak tree, and San Mateo County may come to the rescue. (Posted July 20 at 3:57 p.m.)

Fire torches U-Haul trucks in Mountain View Eight U-Haul trucks were damaged in a two-alarm fire in Mountain View Tuesday night (July 19) at a lot where illegal gas siphoning had occurred recently, police and fire officials said. (Posted July 20 at 12:27 p.m.)

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New auxiliary lanes being built on 101 Caltrans crews Wednesday (July 20) broke ground on a project to build auxiliary lanes along a three-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. (Posted July 20 at 9:04 a.m.)

Missing Los Altos windsurfer rescued The rescue swimmer who plucked a stranded windsurfer from the San Francisco Bay Tuesday morning (July 19) after she spent the night floating in the water said the woman was â&#x20AC;&#x153;calm, cool and collectedâ&#x20AC;? when he reached her. (Posted July 20 at 8:22 a.m.)

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Hit-and-run driver strikes cyclist A male bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run accident on Cowper Street on Tuesday morning (July 19), Palo Alto police and fire officials said. (Posted July 19 at 2:39 p.m.)

Man, 23, killed in East Palo Alto shooting Reports of gunfire led police to an East Palo Alto man who was shot and killed Monday night (July 18), police said. (Posted July 19 at 8:32 a.m.)

Court order halts Atherton layoffs San Mateo County Superior Court granted a temporary restraining order Friday (July 15), blocking the layoff of Atherton town workers until a court hearing is held. (Posted July 18 at 8:43 a.m.)

Palo Alto Art Center will soon have a new look A new childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing, gallery shop, classrooms and better exhibition space at the Palo Alto Art Center got one shovelful of dirt closer to completion when Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa â&#x20AC;&#x153;broke groundâ&#x20AC;? on the $7.9 million project Saturday (July 16). (Posted July 16 at 8:25 p.m.)

Squatters in home arrested in La Honda area Three men found unlawfully occupying a home in unincorporated La Honda Friday morning (July 15) have been arrested, and a fourth remains at large, the San Mateo County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office said. (Posted July 15 at 4:10 p.m.)

Minor quake strikes in San Mateo County The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Thursday night (July 14) in San Mateo County. (Posted July 15 at 9:29 a.m.) Want to get news briefs e-mailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.


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defeated Measure R. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrow vote came about a year after a similar proposal to repeal binding arbitration faltered at the council by a 4-5 vote, with Yeh voting against it. The other dissenters in last Augustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mayor Sid Espinosa, Gail Price, Larry Klein and Nancy Shepherd â&#x20AC;&#x201D; once again rejected the idea of placing the repeal on the ballot. Yeh said Monday that while he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support the repeal, he believes an up and down vote on the provision would allow the community to send a clear message to the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voters do need to have an opportunity to actually weigh in on this issue,â&#x20AC;? Yeh said. In putting the repeal on the ballot, the council rejected an alternate measure that would have reformed rather than repealed the provision. Under the modification proposal,

Mary McNellis Aged 89, Mary Margaret McNellis died recently in Palo Alto after a long illness. Mary was raised in Queens Village, New York, one of six children. She attended Andrew Jackson High School where she was student body vice president, captain of the swim team and a cheerleader. After training at Oklahoma A&M College during WW II, Mary became a petty ofďŹ cer in the WAVES, stationed at Patuxent River, Maryland. She met her husband, Jack McNellis, a Navy pilot, there in 1943. The couple moved several times during Jack's career, ending up in Lancaster, California, near Edwards Air Force Base where Jack played an active role in the aerospace industry until his death in 1966. Working for North American Aviation, Jack was a ďŹ&#x201A;ight engineer on numerous experimental jets, rockets and space craft, including a project for the dry landing of the Space Capsule. Mary entered the real estate industry when the family still lived in Ohio. The allmale real estate association in Columbus did not allow women members at the time. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that stop her career. After moving to California, she ultimately became a real estate broker in an era when few women were brokers. Her company was called McNellis Real Estate and quickly

With a growing enrollment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; officially counted at 12,024 as of last fall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palo Alto operates two high schools, three middle schools and 12 elementary schools as well as a small school at Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

the arbitratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scope would have been limited to compensation, and the panel would have been required to consider such factors as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial projections and the costs of meeting the new contract. The measure also would have set up new requirements for the panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one neutral arbitrator (the other two panelists are chosen by the two sides). This arbitrator would have to be a California attorney who is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. But Scharff and Holman argued Monday night that binding arbitration takes away the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to manage the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances. Scharff said the law puts the city in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;untenable positionâ&#x20AC;? of not being able to balance its budget. He noted that the fiscal year 2012 budget the council passed last month includes a $4.3 million hole that city officials plan to fill with concessions from public-safety unions. Holman agreed and said that while binding arbitration had only

been used six times since the voters adopted it, its existence has significantly influenced the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stances in its negotiations with police and firefighters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really have been constrained by binding arbitrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence because in order to avoid binding arbitration we have settled for something less than where we needed to be,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. The council coupled the repeal measure with a new ordinance requiring all disputes between the city and its labor unions (both public safety and non-public safety) to go to mandatory but non-binding mediation. The clash over binding arbitration is occurring at a time when the city and the firefighters union remain at a standoff over a new contract. The two sides have been negotiating since May 2010 and remain at an impasse. The dispute is scheduled to go to arbitration in the fall. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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became one of the top companies in Antelope Valley. Mary was an astute marketer. Throughout her decades in real estate she hired only female sales personnel. At the time, newspaper articles reported extensively on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;all girlâ&#x20AC;? team. The Ledger Gazette ran a feature article about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damsels on parade, costumed in white blouses and black skirts.â&#x20AC;? The black and white color scheme was reďŹ&#x201A;ected in all materials associated with her company, including its signage. A long-time member of the Antelope Valley Board of Realtors, Mary was also chair of the Antelope Valley Community Chest. She was also an avid bridge player, becoming a life master. Mary is survived by four of her ďŹ ve children. John McNellis of Palo Alto; Patrick McNellis of Rome, Italy; Kathleen McNellis of New Jersey and Maryanne McNellis of Port Townsend, Wa.. A ďŹ fth child, Richard, died in early childhood. Mary is also survived by eight grandchildren, Caterina, Courtney, Erin, Erik, Jack, Jamie, Jenny and Michael. PA I D

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last year. It also includes nearly $10 million in lease revenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly from rent paid by the City of Palo Alto for use of the Cubberley Community Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as $3.4 million in donations from Partners in Education, an independent, parent-led foundation that raises funds for Palo Alto public schools.


May 29, 1926 - July 1, 2011 Evelyn Juanita Frykman 85, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Channing house in Palo Alto on July 1, 2011. A daughter of Swedish immigrants Evelyn was born in Merced Ca and grew up in Los Altos, graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1944. She received her nursing credentials from St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco in 1948. Evelyn married Walt Frykman in 1948, they had 39 wonderful years together traveling the world whether by car or hiking in the Sierras with the boy scouts! She was a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, friend and committed churchwoman of First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto for over 70 years. She worked at the Palo Alto Medical clinic as a registered nurse and went on to become Director of Nursing at Hillhaven Convalescent hospital in Menlo Park. After her retirement she became an avid volunteer to many organizations including The Food Closet in Palo Alto. Evelyn enjoyed the outdoors, visiting with friends, watching sports, attending SF Giants games, reading, playing Skip-Bo, mahjong and dominos and in the recent years ROADTRIPS with her daughters and granddaughters. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Walt in 1987 and her son David in 2009. She is survived by her daughters Nancy Nuckolls(Marc) Sally Mendiola(Leo) of Menlo Park, granddaughters Jessica, Ellika, Melissa, and Taylor and her sister Ina Mae Chelbay. A memorial service for friends and family will be held July 30th at 2pm at First Lutheran Church Palo Alto In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers the family requests donations be made to the Food Closet of Palo Alto, Mt. Cross Ministries, First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto or the charity of your choice. Thanks to all the wonderful medical professionals that helped take care of our Mom! PA I D



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A weekly compendium of vital statistics

Palo Alto July 14-19 Violence related Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sexual assault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . 10 Embezzled vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Casualty fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Soliciting w/o permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Menlo Park July 13-19 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoot at occupied dwelling . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Palo Alto Arastradero Road, 7/14, 8 p.m.; domestic violence. California Avenue, 7/14, 8:30 p.m.; sexual assault. Montrose Avenue, 7/15, 11:25 p.m.; suicide. Bryant Street, 7/16, 10:57 p.m.; child abuse.

Menlo Park 700 block Laurel St., 7/13, 4:56 p.m.; assault. 400 block Ivy Drive, 7/16, 4:03 a.m.; shoot at occupied dwelling.


NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Of the City of Palo Alto Transportation Division Public Meeting Notice Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing Feasibility Study Public Open House DATE: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM PLACE: Council Chambers, City Hall 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto 94301 This public meeting will be an opportunity for all interested parties to provide input on the project, programs and areas most important to improving walking and biking conditions in Palo Alto. At the meeting, Staff will review the Draft Report of the Palo Alto Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and provide an update on the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing Feasibility Study in the vicinity of Adobe Creek. For additional information related to the project, please visit the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project website at: or www. For further information contact: transportation@cityofpaloalto. org or call (650) 329-2520.

NOTICE OF A CANCELLATION OF THE PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in the Civic Center, Council Chambers has been cancelled. THE ITEM BELOW HAS NOW BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE AUGUST 24, 2011 SPECIAL MEETING. 1.


Born in Red Lodge, Montana, our loving father â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgeâ&#x20AC;? succumbed to heart disease July 2nd at the age of 82. He is survived by loving wife of 60 years Esther, daughters Kathy and Patti, son in laws Rezki Boumoula and Robert Webster, sons Steven and David, and granddaughters Kenza, Kaylee and Elena. A celebration of his life will be held on August 7th at our family home from 2-6 PM. Everyone who shared in his wonderful life is welcome to attend. Please email David Joki at with any questions.

195 Page Mill Road and 2865 Park Boulevard [10PLN-00344]: Request by Hohbach Realty Company for approval of a Tentative Map for Condominium Purposes to create: (1) 84 residential units on the two upper floors (106,320 sq.ft.) including 17 below market rate housing units; and (2) common areas associated with these residential units. The ground floor (50,467 sq.ft. for Research and Development use) and subterranean garage, plus the land, would remain owned by the developer, and subject to easements for utilities, support and access for the benefit of the residential condominium portion of the building. Zone: GM. Environmental Assessment: A Mitigated Negative Declaration was adopted by the Director of Planning and Community Environment on July 12, 2011, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment


Fredric E. Weil June 28, 1932-July 10, 2011 Fredric E. Weil passed away quietly on Sunday, July 10, 2011. He was a long term resident of Portola Valley, Calif. Fred grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and proceeded to attend Amherst College where he graduated in 1954. Fred completed his post-graduate work at MIT and moved to Palo Alto, Calif. He worked for many decades and retired from SRI in Menlo Park, Calif. Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jane in March 2001. Fred loved to travel and visited all parts of the globe. He also enjoyed spending time with all of his family. Fred is survived by his brother, Thomas; daughters, Susan and Anne; sons, John and Paul; and granddaughter, Emily. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. The family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. PA I D


Clayton Carr Carlson 1987-2011 Clayton Carr Carlson died tragically on July 7, 2011. In his short 23 years, he was a quiet light of illumination, thoughtful and wise beyond his age. His sensitive soul was open wide to the world and his gentle empathy for others was exceptional. Before his 5 year struggle with mental illness, he was an athlete, a national merit scholar, and the recipient of numerous awards in English and Latin. In high school, he was an exchange student in South Africa and returned profoundly affected by the continuing disenfranchisement of people without a political voice. Clay was a ďŹ erce competitor in varsity lacrosse and a cool dude on a skateboard. He treasured music - from classical to jazz to oldies to hip hop. Resisting the predictable, he loved the Giants and Bob Marley, the Economist and Rolling Stone, Starbucks and Buddha. Although he was unable to pursue his degree in philosophy at UC Berkeley, he never lost

his interest in grappling with the unfathomable issues of life, God, and the fact of his own mental illness. Clayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit alighted on many during his life and his presence will continue to be felt by those he touched. He is adored and survived by his parents Lisa Carr and Doug Carlson and his sister, Casey Carlson. A Christian-Buddhist memorial service for Clay will be held on Friday July 29 at 1pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, Menlo Park with a reception following. Clayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family welcomes donations in his memory to assist other young people struggling with mental illness at Momentum for Mental Health (408) 254-6828 www. PA I D


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Editorial Breathing room for car dwellers Palo Alto wisely delays consideration of ordinance banning sleeping in cars to allow time for more outreach, discussion


urprised by the intensity of the negative reaction from some segments of the faith community and others grappling with the problems of the homeless, City Manager Jim Keene spared the City Council and the community a long and emotional meeting next Monday night by putting off the issue of car dwelling until September. City officials had quietly drafted an ordinance responding to longstanding complaints from residents of College Terrace and others who are fed up with people who have taken up residence in their vehicles. Since most cities have similar laws banning sleeping in cars and Palo Alto would emphasize helping not punishing car dwellers, staff assumed there would be little controversy. Planning Director Curtis Williams noted that police would not conduct neighborhood sweeps looking for homeless car dwellers, but would respond only to complaints and would distribute information on homeless services to those contacted by officers. But some church leaders and homeless advocates were not satisfied, and after nearly a dozen opponents of the ordinance appeared at last Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council meeting urging the city to rethink the plan, officials decided to put off consideration until September. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenge is to equip its police force with the power to remove problem car dwellers from residential neighborhoods, but also to be sensitive to the fact that these people are struggling in a difficult economy and may have few options. We strongly believe that an ordinance is needed. It is not appropriate, fair or safe to openly permit people to live in their vehicles in a manner that affects other residents of the community. While the streets are public and residents have no unique rights to the parking spaces in front of their homes, it really serves no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest to allow people to live in their cars in our neighborhoods. Some have even urged that the city, either on its own or through joint efforts with neighboring communities, designate a safe venue for people to live in a vehicle as long as they obey the law. The extent of this problem is unknown, and that alone is a good reason to delay consideration of the issue until the fall. The city should have a better inventory and assessment of the problem so that the debate over what to do can be based on real data. Those residing in vehicles range from those who are homeless and have no other place to stay to those who are using campers as a way to avoid the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high housing costs and/or long commutes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet clear to us whether one policy can address both circumstances. Regardless, the city must deal with concerns like those raised in College Terrace, where residents say long-term parkers and vehicle dwellers, including some using lawns and gardens as bathrooms, have plagued them for years. It was a College Terrace petition drive last year that brought the car-dwelling problems into focus, appropriately so. A person living in a car with no running water or sanitary facilities presents a frightening experience to children and impacts the quality of life in the neighborhood, and the city has a duty to address the problem. For those writing a new city ordinance, the difficulty will come in addressing persons who are otherwise well-behaved but have fallen on hard times. It does not improve matters for the city to take away a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to live independently and throw them onto the street. Philip Dah, program director at the nonprofit Opportunity Center, believes the city can find a way to make that happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of clients who own vehicles and live in them are long-term Palo Alto residents or have lived here long-term and for one reason or another are homeless. Their vehicles are the only place they have to stay,â&#x20AC;? Dah told the Weekly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a park can be available, with police patrols and some supervision, they could call that place home,â&#x20AC;? he said. Another homeless advocate, Rev. Greg Schaefer, minister of the Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry at Stanford in College Terrace, a strong opponent of the proposed ordinance, suggests that the city has only about four problem individuals, whose issues could be addressed by existing law. As city officials pause to allow for wider discussion of the car-dwelling ordinance, they will need to: s$ETERMINETHEEXTENTOFTHEPROBLEM s#ONSULTWITHPERSONSLIVINGINVEHICLESTOGETTHEIROPINIONABOUTHOW the city can accomplish its objectives without criminalizing persons who ARESIMPLYDOINGTHEIRBESTTOSURVIVEONLIMITEDRESOURCES s $ETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM TO PROVIDE SAFE TEMPORARYALTERNATIVES s2EACHOUTTONEARBYCITIESANDDETERMINEIFAREGIONALAPPROACHMIGHT benefit all the cities. Palo Alto is a compassionate city with a long history of services to the poor. But residents have every right to neighborhoods free of car dwellers. An ordinance similar to what other cities have is needed, but in designing it letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make sure its goals are achieved in a way that respects and supports those it affects.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

PAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first library Editor, The article in an earlier issue about Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first public library neglects to mention the citizen force behind the movement to obtain funding and construct a library. The mayor, John F Parkinson, was mentioned, but not his wife, who was president of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, and a major promoter of the library founding. Julia Gilbert, one-time president and long time chair of the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reading Room and Library Committee, worked for years to set a firm basis for interest in originating a public library. The club held fundraisers for a public library and when the library finally came into being in 1904, the club donated the Reading Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book collection. The first library board refused to permit a woman to be a member. Women were not voters and could not serve on the City Council, but pressure was brought in favor of Julia Gilbert, who had chaired the club library committee for years, and finally she was admitted to the board. The history committee of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club has transcribed the handwritten minutes of these early years, preserving for the record some of the accomplishments of women that tend to be forgotten at a time when discrimination was rampant. As we transcribed the minutes, we found that the women were all known by their husbandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names into the 1980s, so, for example, Mrs. John Parkinson was the club president. Jeanne Farr McDonnell Portola Avenue Palo Alto

Bring BART to Peninsula Editor, Dangerous, at-grade Caltrain (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killtrainâ&#x20AC;?) killed again, most recently at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;safety-upgradedâ&#x20AC;? Palo Alto Churchill Avenue crossing and in Sunnyvale on Tuesday. That makes 151 Caltrain deaths in 15 years. Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular killings of our neighbors, kids, friends and others among us who need help are inevitable and predictable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until this outdated, deadly, congesting, and noisy Caltrain is replaced by the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional rail transit system, BART. BART is modern, effective, quieter, electrified, safer, road-separated with no cross-traffic congestion-causing gates, bells and pollution. The BART gap from Millbrae down the Peninsula to its coming Santa Clara terminus in 2018 simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;plugs inâ&#x20AC;? to its existing trackage to San Francisco stations and many East Bay communities with new jobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; except for Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redundant administration, operat-

ing and maintenance costs. Daily freight trains require only one track. BART is a better enabler of (AB32, SB375) Smart Growth/Sustainable Communities Strategies by reducing cross-traffic greenhousegas pollution from congestion. BART allows an adjacent, parallel, interconnecting 51-mile pedestrian/cyclist trail set between San Jose and San Francisco. If politicians start planning now, BART can serve the entire Bay Area by 2022 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its 50-year anniversary. Tragically, more Caltrain track deaths will occur to 2022, with all the sadness each loss causes families, friends, and others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while (Democratic) politicians dither. Congresswomen Speier and Eshoo give more attention to the eight who died in the San Bruno pipeline tragedy. Assemblymen Hill and Ye are more concerned about 18 murderers who committed suicide on Death Row, than the innocents who died â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and will die â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Caltrain tracks. Omar Chatty Vineyard Drive San Jose

Bye-bye, Borders Editor, The closing of the bookstore Borders is a huge loss to the community and will be sorely felt by all book enthusiasts. The cluttered, yet orderly interior made getting lost within the literature a simple, cozy feat that contributed to the quintessential nature of this bookstore. The delight of sitting within the sun-bathed courtyard, while either holding a book and enjoying the simple pleasure of turning pages, or working on a laptop while being able to relax in the quaint atmosphere, will no longer be at our doorstep. The legacy of such a place can only be replaced by one of equal grandeur, be it either the old theater that once held roots there or another bookstore. There are no comparable local bookstores that offer the same experiences and the joy of holding real books should never be lost. We should ensure that this landmark is preserved. Celine Pichette Seale Avenue Palo Alto

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Will a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;high school of the futureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mean not another Cubberley? by Jay Thorwaldson hen it came time in the early 1960s to build a third high school in Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gunn High â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a group of â&#x20AC;&#x153;PTA momsâ&#x20AC;? went into action with a demand that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;not be another Cubberley.â&#x20AC;? One of the moms, the late Lois Hogle, cited her work with Ruth Spangenberg and others, when the flat-roofed Cubberley (just opened in 1957) was suggested as a model for Gunn. No way, they said, citing the then new-Foothill College with its rustic, open feeling. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Gunn today resembles Foothill, not Cubberley. Ironically, Foothill may relocate its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palo Alto Campusâ&#x20AC;? of 4,000 or so students now at Cubberley to Sunnyvale, given the City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision not to sell its 8 acres. The school board says it may need all of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 acres, including the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion, for a third high school or high- and middle-school combination. Both city and school officials say that this fall theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discuss what to do about better maintenance of the deteriorating campus and its long-term future as a new school. It will almost certainly â&#x20AC;&#x153;not be another Cubberleyâ&#x20AC;? in its design â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or function. Today thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new basis for considering what a high school of the future might be, in which the function may be more important than its appearance. The electronic revolution has literally changed the world in which we live. Email,


Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and an unthinkably diverse range of high-tech gadgetry and gizmos have changed how people of all ages communicate, and even think. There are vast changes in how we learn, such as the remarkable work of Salman Khan of Mountain View and his Khan Academy, featured last week as the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover story. YouTube videos are Khanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classroom. What started as a way to help a young relative learn math has gone viral and worldwide. His secret is deceptively simple: Make learning interesting, fun, relevant and personal. That notion dates back more than a century to educational reformer John Dewey. But when Deweyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message resulted by mid-century in dumbed-down content some protested that he never advocated watering down solids in favor of recess kickball games. Despite much lip-service about making education interesting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and some great successes in some classes and schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the single greatest educational revolutions in my time was the emergence of Sesame Street (just in time for my sons). The missing element, of course, was the guidance, coaching, inspiration, discipline, pacing and testing/monitoring that a good teacher can provide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with the indefinable value of knowing, talking with and caring about individual students. But in Palo Alto this fall the dialogue will focus on 35 acres. For the near term simply being better landlords will be a major step in the right direction. Yet for the longer term, assuming continued growth in the school-age population, city and school officials will have to confront the core issues of what a high school should be. Will an Internet-generation high school look

like one designed 60 or more years ago? Is sitting in a classroom the best way to obtain knowledge and understanding (as opposed to accessing information)? The latter question is particularly relevant for a generation of students who have difficulty sitting through even moderate-length presentations as opposed to PowerPoint bullets or website pages. And is a textbook-based curriculum the best way to inspire students to relish the seeking of knowledge and insights? This is not new stuff, and inspiration is key: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron,â&#x20AC;? Horace Mann observed in the early 1800s. I once shared that quote with one of my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school teachers (not from Palo Alto). Yet established patterns within institutions are tricky. There are many toes that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like getting stepped on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only kind of change people like is the kind that jingles in their pockets,â&#x20AC;? an anonymous observation contends. In education, jobs are at stake, investments in buildings have been made, the textbook industry is huge, defensive and slow to change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite research dating back more than 40 years that shows there may be better alternatives than slogging through an expensive, heavy textbook toward midterms and finals. Administrators sometimes fear the wrath of parents, as in efforts to modify the math curriculum in Palo Alto schools in recent years. There are local factors that may make a city/ school dialogue or collaboration especially challenging. In the late 1990s, school officials proposed joining with the city to create a state-of-the-art combination library and media center at Gunn. But after some initial stafflevel interest the city rebuffed the proposal in

a manner that left some members of the school board incensed. There have been remarkable successes, particularly in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implementation of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;utility usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; taxâ&#x20AC;? that flowed millions of dollars to schools in payments that prevented the district from having to sell off some school sites. As for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communications revolution, I wrote articles for the San Jose Mercury in the 1980s about an upstart new â&#x20AC;&#x153;universityâ&#x20AC;? based on the Internet: the University of Phoenix. I interviewed a woman who taught a masters program in marketing to students from around the nation and world, using text-only communication. I spoke with some students, including a mother who lived in the hills above Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valley, who told me she could never dream of getting out to a class at a regular college. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terry Beaubois, a longtime Palo Alto-based architect who now heads the Creative Research Lab at Montana State University. When faced with the need to meet with clients in Palo Alto, he developed a realtime â&#x20AC;&#x153;avatarâ&#x20AC;? class based on the Second Life program so he could teach his class from Palo Alto, literally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You mean you have giant lizards and Viking warriors sitting in your class?â&#x20AC;? I asked. No, each avatar must resemble the student. His resembles himself, complete with shock of white hair. He calls the innovations â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metaverse Technology.â&#x20AC;? In a YouTube interview recorded at Stanford University in 2008, he was asked if there were barriers Metaverse Technology could not overcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closed-mindedness,â&#x20AC;? he instantly replied. N Weekly Editor (retired) Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com. His blogs are at www.PaloAltoOnline. com under Town Square.


If Palo Alto had a theme song, what would it be? Asked on University Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews by Jeff Carr. Photographs by Heather Lee.

Bistra Anguelova

Graduate Student San Francisco â&#x20AC;&#x153;How about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Here Comes the Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the Beatles, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of a classic song, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sunny.â&#x20AC;?

Hanna Metaferia

Student West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey Soul Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Train, but not the lyrics. Just the music, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relaxed, calm and breezy. It feels like good weather.â&#x20AC;?

Kevin Lemons

Fundraiser Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something from an old movie, like the theme from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Casablanca,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because the Stanford Theatre is so iconic, and I feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of representative of the town itself.â&#x20AC;?

Emilia Thickpenny

Financial Planner View Street, Mountain View â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Satisfactionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the Rolling Stones.â&#x20AC;?

Will Harvey

Engineer Hawthorne Avenue, Palo Alto â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stanford song, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All Right Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Free. They play it at all the games, and besides, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uplifting.â&#x20AC;?

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Cover Story

No ordinary T summer

Justin Lim, left, and Celia Morell prepare to sail their 14-foot dinghy into dock during an intermediate lesson at Stanford Sailing Summer Camp.

odayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Area campers are learning more than just how to make friendship bracelets. In Redwood City, aspiring sailors ages 8 to 15 can learn to maneuver sailboats or enhance their seamanship skills. North of Los Altos Hills, curious city-dwellers can milk a cow, shear a sheep and sleep under the stars. Even right here in Palo Alto, wannabe rockers can jam in a band and perform in a rock concert, all in one week.

Campers learn sailing, farm life and how to rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll Photographs by Veronica Weber Story by Jeff Carr and Casey Moore

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ir pushes through the sails, sheets and shrouds of the docked dinghies like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 20-foot-high wind chimes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusually gusty on the bay, which means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extra noisy. And cold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lay down,â&#x20AC;? suggests an instructor partially in jest, and many Stanford Sailing Summer Campers heed her advice. They huddle on the dock in board shorts, longsleeved shirts and life jackets with first

names duct-taped on backs. They may be cold, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beaming. When one of the boats approaches, they each clamber up for a spot on the next educational voyage. Michael Liebsch, from Woodside, had never sailed before attending the camp for six straight weeks last summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the very first day, you go out into the bay,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fun.â&#x20AC;?

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Above, beginners in the Stanford Sailing Summer Camp practice how to turn in their 14-foot dinghies in the port of Redwood City on July 12, next to a cargo ship. Right, Stanford Sailing Summer Campers Andrew Lemieux, left, Oliver Dolin, Henry Wright, Tilak Misner and junior instructor Jonathan Zdasiuk exit their dinghy while taking turns going out on the water on their first sailing day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole point is to learn the basics of sailing and have fun,â&#x20AC;? says Molly Vandemoer, who runs the camp with her husband John, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head sailing coach. Curriculum includes learning the parts and nomenclature of the International 420 dinghies and preparing them for launch each

morning. The campers then spend until 4 p.m., minus lunch, on the water, four or five to a boat, along with an instructor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a knack for it,â&#x20AC;? says Parker Russell, from Redwood City. He and his brother Nick discuss buying a sailboat of their own someday. They step, smiling, off

a dinghy and onto the dock, where young sailors gather to tell tales of heroism on the angry waters. Some talk of avoiding capsizing, while others brag about having gone down. One boy isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keen on returning to sea, and others rally around him, urging him

on. They chant his name, which they neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consult the duct tape for. On only their second day together, the camaraderie is clear. After a short time, the boy rises, and the wind whips his hair backward, toward the green suburban hills.

Above, Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabbage band members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nick Sundermeyer, left, Rory Douglass, Eric Dyer, Brett Warren and Weston Krystynak â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rehearse in the choir robe room at First United Methodist Church during Summer Rock Camp on July 11. Left, Jade Hsin, age 8, plays the drums while rehearsing a song with her band, Red Star, during Summer Rock Camp.


uitarist Reid Devereaux dips his head, letting his long, dark, curly hair swing and his knees bounce. His fingers nimbly pluck the strings as his band, Da Bomb, plays a cover of the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh Darling.â&#x20AC;? Two dozen spectators tap their feet in time with the music. When the song ends, they burst into applause. Reid, 9, looks up and smiles. Hands shoot up across the room. Today is the second-to-last day at Summer Rock Camp, held at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, and kids are eager to exchange feedback in preparation for

tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. Many of them are students (or friends of students) of director Michael Finley, a guitar and bass instructor, while others simply share the enthusiasm for rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll. Finley zigzags within the crowd, alternately critiquing the musicians and listening to student reactions. Four seven-hour days of music-theory classes, lessons and band rehearsals have not decreased the enthusiasm of Jonny Rohrbach, 13, a guitarist for three months who learned to play bass at camp this week. His bright eyes widen as he describes his

experience in his band Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell Mama, Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Jack My Swag, composed of (and named by) himself and four Jordan Middle School classmates. The camp is â&#x20AC;&#x153;just a fun, safe place where you can give constructive criticism and stuff,â&#x20AC;? he says. After the final band performs, everyone quickly disperses into practice rooms, where they rehearse with their assigned band members and counselors until 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work the kids really hard,â&#x20AC;? Finley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever worked this hard.â&#x20AC;?

The next night, it all pays off. The performance room is packed with proud parents and plenty of digital cameras. Red Star, the first band in the lineup, takes to the stage, and drummer Jade Hsin, 8, looks out at the crowd. Before the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of Bon Joviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s My Lifeâ&#x20AC;? begins, Jade catches someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye, quickly looks down at her drumsticks, and grins.

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Above, Anne Friedman, left, and Olivia Colace gently collect eggs from laying hens on July 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cows and Cookiesâ&#x20AC;? day-camp program at Hidden Villa. Left, Liah Nodell, left, feeds a baby goat next to Blaire Davis, farm and wilderness camper.

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even children form a wide semi-circle and advance methodically across the furrowed field, clapping. It may look like your run-of-the-mill summercamp game, but it has a purpose. The childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subjects, 14 of them, start and scramble, darting and colliding with each other before retreating to the corner. On their first try, the city children have suc-

cessfully herded sheep. Tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Altos Hills, Hidden Villa teaches environmental stewardship and social justice through simultaneous exposure to land, animals, kids and counselors from all walks of life. According to Marc Sidel, associate director of development, 40 percent of the residential campers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the ones who stay overnight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; come on scholarship from diverse and underprivileged Bay Area communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People become comfortable with one

another in this setting,â&#x20AC;? he says. The sheep group is now shearing wool. Olivia Schenune, from San Mateo, shows off a soft handful she extracted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like how calm they are,â&#x20AC;? she says. Kohei Tsuchitani, from Sunnyvale, thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re soft and cute. When their time is up, the children hug their new ungulate friends and express their gratitude â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank you, sheep!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as they move on to greet day-old piglets. Similar flocks of campers pass by on the trails, singing and chanting as they go.

Early the next morning, in a low-lit shed, one group surrounds a cow named Cleo. The yawning kids, some still in fleece pajama bottoms from their night under the stars, practice milking techniques on their counselorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thumbs. Pinch the top and guide the bottom. They giggle as Cleoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk, which will be used to feed the pigs, fires into the pail. When the job is done, the campers are awake and ready for more. A plea is made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, you can be late for breakfast,â&#x20AC;? a counselor concedes. N


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Arabhi and Mathangi Sundararajan with Arabhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos and Mathangiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s batiks displayed at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. by Rebecca Wallace ven after 40 years of working as a batik artist, Mathangi Sundararajan still lights up when the dye makes the right deep blue or startling red on her cloth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The color really excites me,â&#x20AC;? she says. Indigo is a particular favorite because the dye historically came from India, where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from. In her current show, Sundararajan goes even more global in her palette. The lavender of a Peruvian mountain skyline, the misty hues of London and the Golden Gate Bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orange can all be seen in her batiks now hanging at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. This palette is also rooted in pixels. The batiks are recreations of travel photos taken by Sundararajanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Arabhi, and are displayed together with them. Most of the photos are from digital cameras, combining modern technology with an age-old art. The dissimilar media make for interesting contrasts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peaceâ&#x20AC;? is a photo that Arabhi Sundararajan took in Bangkok of a serene, reclining golden Buddha, its cheeks and eyelids gleaming. Mathangiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version is done in bright lemon-yellow dye, with its face cocked at a slightly different angle, more mischief in the eyes. Although sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never seen the actual Buddha that her daughter visited, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brought it to life just the same. Arabhi regards the art thoughtfully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like her picture better than mine.â&#x20AC;? In another photo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am,â&#x20AC;? a llama


The works titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Amâ&#x20AC;? depict a llama at Macchu Picchu in Peru.

This photo and batik of a reclining Buddha in Bangkok are titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace.â&#x20AC;? sits on a stony surface, the famed ruins of Macchu Picchu barely visible in the background. Mathangi has chosen similar yellows for the llama this time, but the effect is more serene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it looked like it was meditating,â&#x20AC;? Mathangi says of the animal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said it looked proud.â&#x20AC;? While Arabhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos are straightforward images, Mathangiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works have wide borders and a dreamlike feel that sometimes has the air of a Pamela Colman Smith tarot card. They are rich with the dynamic cracks (thin lines of dye) so characteristic of batik. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dramatically different way of looking at the same scene. Although Mathangi Sundararajan lives in Puerto Rico, she brings her artistic vision to the Peninsula every summer, visiting her daughter in Mountain View and teaching batik to adult students at CSMA. In 1968, when she started seriously learning batik, it was thought of mostly as a craft, she said. Inspired by her teacher Uma Batnakar, she came to see it as an art in its own right. The family has lived in several countries, and Arabhi grew up in India. Now Mathangi has made it a mission to bring the Indian tradition of batik to Puerto Rico, where she also teaches and does demonstrations. Creating a work of batik is a lengthy process, she says. She starts with white cotton cloth, which she boils to remove any starch. After the cloth dries in a cool place, she irons it and draws on

her design. Then she heats and applies beeswax and paraffin wax with a watercolor brush on the parts of the picture that she wants to remain white. Batik is a wax-resist dyeing process, which means that when the cloth is dipped in dye, the cloth is not dyed in the places where the wax is. Then comes the process of dipping the cloth into various colors of dye. The lightest colors come first, one at a time, and the cloth must be allowed to dry in between dippings, Sundararajan says. She also repeatedly re-waxes the cloth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lengthy process,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappearing as an art in India.â&#x20AC;? Arabhi teaches math at San Jose State University and has pursued photography as a hobby for many years, along with singing Indian classical music. The mother-and-daughter art show is set to be displayed next at the Los Altos Library. N What: Images of travel done in batik and photography by Mathanghi Sundararajan and Arabhi Sundararajan Where: Tateuchi Hall vestibule, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View When: The exhibit runs through Aug. 11, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to or call 650-9176800.

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Sweet and soaring TheatreWorksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fly By Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is fresh and funny, with a thoughtful core by Jeanie K. Smith


ly By Nightâ&#x20AC;? is the latest graduate of TheatreWorksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; New Works Festival; it was workshopped last year and is now getting a full world premiere in Palo Alto. Written by playwrights Kim Rosenstock and Michael Mitnick, and musician Will Connolly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fresh and funny musical with a thoughtful core. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to wind up on Broadway in the near future. Hapless sandwich maker Harold (Ian Leonard) has no direction to his life until he buys a coat from Daphne (Rachel Spencer Hewitt), a wannabe Broadway star biding time until she gets discovered. They immediately fall in love, but as the relationship gets serious, Daphne is indeed discovered by producer/ playwright Joey Storms (Keith Pinto), who wants her to star in his first sure-to-be-a-hit show. Harold tries to be supportive even as they drift apart, but then a chance encounter with Miriam (Kristin Stokes), a diner waitress with a prophecy, changes his life in unexpected ways. It also happens that Miriam is Daphneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister, a discovery that quashes any budding relationship between Harold and Miriam. Mix into the soup Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grieving father (James Judy), fixated on the opera that brought his beloved late wife and him together; a weary sandwich shop owner (Michael McCormick) wanting to change his life; and an omnipresent and omniscient narrator (Wade McCollum) who becomes numerous characters while providing clarification and context. All the various subplots and complications build to a fateful event: the blackout of Nov. 9, 1965, that affected most of New England, plunging city after city into darkness for a whole night. The paths for all the characters intersect, plotlines come to fruition, and then a random incident changes everything again. The show is quite charming and engaging, in part because of the extremely talented cast. Leonard perfectly embodies the nebbishy Harold who blossoms and learns to grab hold of life, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful that he gets to be his rocker self on guitar. Stokes, a TheatreWorks favorite, shows off her acting skills in a beautifully nuanced role. Hewitt is sweet, funny, perky and appropriately self-absorbed. She can appear all surface, but also knows how to tug the heartstrings. Judy brings the house down with a knockout solo number; Pinto does well with a minor role; and McCormick shows great comic timing. But the true standout of the show is McCollum as the narrator. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s astonishing and truly brilliant, stepping into role after role, seamlessly, on the turn of a dime. His talent for mimicry and expression is captivating, and adds an indelible aspect to the fabric of the show. Director Bill Fennelly keeps the staging lively, making use of the many spaces and levels created by

THEATER REVIEW Dane Laffreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventive set. The lighting design by Paul Toben is mostly effective and evocative, although I wondered why the stars were amber and apparently unstable. Minor quibbles with production values wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep this show from being a huge hit. However, the ending, abrupt and random, might delay its rise to stardom. No spoilers here, but the deus ex machina aspects of the end seriously mar the narrative and send shockwaves through the audience. Attempts to explain this plot point via chaos theory and random universe events donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really justify the sudden shift to a whole different genre. The writers can do better, having shown their talent in the first threequarters of the show, and someone should be sending them back to the drawing board for an ending that is worthy of the beautiful context theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to see it and decide for yourself, and I hope you do, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely terrific entertainment. Go to enjoy the marvelous cast and the sheer pleasure of it all, from the

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(Century 16, Century 20) Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee once half-jokingly described the first adventure of shield-wielding Captain America as â&#x20AC;&#x153;so full of lightning-swift action scenes that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll almost suspect we somehow forgot the story itself!â&#x20AC;? Now â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captain Americaâ&#x20AC;? is a bigbudget blockbuster that resembles the remark, delivering pulpy fun in the cliffhanger vein. A few liberties aside, this latest incarnation of Captain America hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strayed far from the hero created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1940. In 1943, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is the archetypal 98-pound weakling, but he wants nothing more than to join the Army. Health issues including asthma repeatedly get him branded 4F, but as a bully tells him during a beatdown, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know when to give up. Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-American sticktoitiveness pays off when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen for a super-soldier program. Treated with super-serum and â&#x20AC;&#x153;vita-rays,â&#x20AC;? scrawny Steve Rogers becomes brawny Captain America. After a thrilling impromptu field test of his powers, Rogers finds himself frustratingly removed from the action again as a promotional tool of the war-bond effort, complete with theme tune, a star-spangled costume (cleverly patterned on the tights worn in the original comics), and a starring role in movie serials (Cap had one in our reality, too, in 1944). But Rogers will not be denied, and soon heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking the initiative

Chris Evans as Captain America. to rescue American POWs and lay waste to the facilities of the Nazisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nefarious â&#x20AC;&#x153;deep scienceâ&#x20AC;? HYDRA Division, lately under the rogue direction of power-mad officer Johann Schmidt, aka Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, amusingly channeling Werner Herzog in a bad, bad mood). Marvel has done a fine job of â&#x20AC;&#x153;castingâ&#x20AC;? the directors for its comicbook movies, pairing Jon Favreau with Iron Man, Kenneth Branagh with Thor, and now Joe Johnston. A protege of Lucas and Spielberg, Johnston previously helmed the underappreciated, serial-style, period superhero adventure â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocketeer,â&#x20AC;? which â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captain Americaâ&#x20AC;? happily recalls. Since his credits include the first two Indiana Jones movies, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captain Americaâ&#x20AC;? has a distinct â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raiders of the Lost Arkâ&#x20AC;? vibe, down to


specific action beats and the supernatural MacGuffin wielded by a Nazi villain obsessed with â&#x20AC;&#x153;occult power and Teutonic myth.â&#x20AC;? In time-tested comic-book-villain fashion, Red Skull is a sort of photo negative of Captain America, the former made more capable of evil by super-serum and the latter made more capable of good. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early going is most interesting and entertaining, establishing with humor and heart that the steroidal hero still has that compassionate â&#x20AC;&#x153;little guyâ&#x20AC;? inside of him, the one with something to prove and the unalloyed bravery to run into harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way. Still, his superheroic lack of physical vulnerability becomes something of an Achilles heel in the final stretches, as the action begins to feel a tad obligatory. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely work in a romance between Rogers and never-daunted Strategic Scientific Reserve officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), and there are prime supporting roles for Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones (who seems to be having an uncharacteristically good time, which ought to tell you something). The most noticeable motif Johnston plays with is the use of a garbage-can lid as a shield: More important than $140 million dollars worth of toys is Johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childlike sense of play. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action. Two hours, four minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese


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MOVIE TIMES Rear Window (1954)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 3:55 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:55 p.m.

Bad Teacher (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 10:45 a.m.; 4:25 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 4:55 & 10:35 p.m.

Renee Fleming Live with the Century 16: Thu. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Thu. at 7 p.m. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Beginners (R) ((( Bridesmaids (R) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2:45, 5:30 & 8:15 p.m.

Rope (1948)

Century 20: 2 p.m.; Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. also at 7:45 p.m.

Snow Flower and the Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:15, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. Secret Fan (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 6 & 9:35 p.m.

Buck (PG) (((

Palo Alto Square: 2 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4:45 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

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

Tekken Blood Vengeance Century 16: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. 3D (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Terri (Not Rated) ((1/2

Century 16: 10:40 a.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 3:50 & 9:20 p.m.

Cars 2 (G) ((1/2

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

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:20 a.m. & 6:40 p.m.; In 3D at 2:50 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at noon, 3:35, 7 & 10:20 p.m.

Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

The Tree of Life (PG-13) ((((

Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 4:15 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:15 p.m.

Friends with Benefits (R) (Not Reviewed)

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

Winnie the Pooh (G) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 10:20 a.m.; 12:30, 2:40, 4:45 & 7 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m.; 12:45, 2:45, 4:45 & 7:15 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ((((

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

Zookeeper (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:05, 4:35, 7:10 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m.; 1:35 & 4:10 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 6:45 & 9:25 p.m.; Thu. also at 9:35 p.m.

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

Horrible Bosses (R) (((

Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 2:10, 4:40, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m.

Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (2669260)

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

The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Midnight in Paris (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 20: 11:45 a.m. & 2:20 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 4:50, 7:10 & 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.


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

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

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

Mr. Popperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penguins (PG) Century 20: 9:10 p.m. (Not Reviewed)

(Palo Alto Square) In a manner of speaking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;horsing aroundâ&#x20AC;? is Buck Brannamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business, since he crisscrosses the country teaching four-day horse-training clinics nine months out of the year. But as the schedule implies, no one takes training horses more seriously than Brannaman, the primary inspiration for Nicholas Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Horse Whisperer.â&#x20AC;? Brannaman is the subject of Cindy Meehlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buck,â&#x20AC;? marketed by IFC Films as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sundance Selectionâ&#x20AC;? since it was screened at Robert Redfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sundance Film Festival. Redford, who directed the film version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Horse Whisperer,â&#x20AC;? appears in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buckâ&#x20AC;? to give his take on Brannamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skill, demeanor and overall mystique. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of several gobsmacked individuals to attempt to describe a man that, as Meehl ultimately understands, has to be seen in action to be believed. In extensive footage shot during his clinics, Brannaman walks around wearing his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madonna micâ&#x20AC;? and demonstrates how a properly trained horse can and will follow a humanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost imperceptible physical prompting; as such he offers a panacea for equine abuse. Brannamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intolerance of animal abuse turns out to be empathic. Meehl lays out for us the origins of this unusual character in the American Western cultural landscape, beginning with his career as a child performer under a stage dad who was a raging alcoholic. Alongside his brother â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokie,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buckshotâ&#x20AC;? Brannaman was trained from the age of 3 to perform rope tricks, and became a professional trick roper at the age of 6, appearing in rodeos and on television. Behind the wholesome family image was a horrifying truth: The brothers were subject to physical and emotional abuse. Today, Buck puts it plainly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad beat us unmercifully. ... He was a terrifying person.â&#x20AC;? Foster care rescued Buck, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no stretch of the imagination to see a positive rebellion in the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gravita-

tion to horses, where he found â&#x20AC;&#x153;some safety and some companionship.â&#x20AC;? At least as important is what Buck offered the horses, and their owners, a philosophy that preaches to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;gentle in what you do, firm in how you do it.â&#x20AC;? Meehl provides plenty of evidence that Brannaman practices what he preaches; he spares the whip and by no means spoils the horses. In fact, he insists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times, rather than helping people with horse problems, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m helping horses with people problems.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, we see Brannaman providing therapy for horse owners, one of whom is reduced to tears at the realization that her untamable horse is a reflection of her own emotional inadequacies. Even in the face of an essentially insurmountable challenge, Brannaman shows a grace that looks nothing like defeat as he patiently guides the violent animal back into its trailer. Though one acquaintance refers to Brannaman as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tortured soulâ&#x20AC;? and

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

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

Project Nim (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 1:20 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 6:50 p.m.

Buck ---

Century 16: 1:10 p.m.; Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. also at 7:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 5, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m.

the man himself refers to his work as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;life of solitude,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buckâ&#x20AC;? gives its hero his due as a proud papa, loving son to his foster mother, and a husband with a sense of humor (who confesses to culling marriage advice from Oprah). First-time filmmaker Meehl delivers a documentary as plainspoken as her subject, who seems to have de facto creative control over the film. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main failing is its refusal to explain what happened to Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother or, for that matter, their father (though family photos in the end credits do include glimpses of the adult Smokie). Overall, both Buck and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buckâ&#x20AC;? endorse sensitive care for the voiceless, whether they be horses or cowed children. Rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury. One hour, 29 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese



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Armadillo Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 941-2922 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00

Darbar Indian Cuisine 321-6688

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

Burmese Green Elephant Gourmet 494-7391 Burmese & Chinese Cuisine 3950 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (Charleston Shopping Center) Dine-In, Take-Out, Local Delivery-Catering

CHINESE Chef Chuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 948-2696 1067 N. San Antonio Road on the corner of El Camino, Los Altos 2010 Best Chinese MV Voice & PA Weekly Jing Jing 328-6885 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto Authentic Szechwan, Hunan Food To Go, Delivery Mingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 856-7700 1700 Embarcadero East, Palo Alto New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr. Voted MV Voice Best â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;01, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;02, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 Prices start at $4.75 947-8888

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

ITALIAN La Cucina di Pizzeria Venti 254-1120

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

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

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Friendly family fare Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adam Torres weds good food with welcoming spaces in his new restaurants by Sheila Himmel

Veronica Weber


Adam Torres, owner of the Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taquerias on the Peninsula, is photographed in his downtown Palo Alto restaurant.

dam Torres didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intend to build an empire of four restaurants in six years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two of them navigating the infamous Palo Alto permit process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plus a catering business. It just happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife says Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at my limit,â&#x20AC;? says Torres, 35. The family lives in the Emerald Hills area of Redwood City, near Torresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother and his first restaurant. The cramped 600-square-foot original Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taqueria seated 15 people, at most. It has been expanded to fit 40. The newest, due to open in Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midtown area later this summer, will seat 60. There will be sidewalk tables in front, a brandnew patio in the back and sports on TV. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is such a family neighborhood. Where does a family watch

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a Giants game?â&#x20AC;? Torres asks while showing a visitor the new spot. The menu will be bigger than at Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in downtown Palo Alto, which opened on Lytton Avenue in late 2009. Meanwhile, in downtown Redwood City, Torres grabbed the opportunity to expand his repertoire and use a new name. The recently opened Patty Shack, at 909 Main St., features all-natural, nitratefree hamburgers and such American standards as fried chicken and meat loaf. When a Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fan who happened to own commercial property in Midtown contacted him about her 1,600-square-foot empty space, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the market. But she persuaded him to take a look. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m (continued on next page)



recipe for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your from Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was tempting so I had to try it. The recipe turned out perfectly, was simple to make, authentically Italian and made a big hit with my guests!! I would love to try more of your special dishes. Thank you, Cathy of Palo Alto


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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION OF BIDDERS PQ 11-MS DAVID STARR JORDAN MIDDLE SCHOOL & TERMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL MODERNIZATIONS & NEW CONSTRUCTION The Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District is inviting qualiďŹ cation information from General Contractors to provide Construction Services for two upcoming construction projects. Jordan Middle School: Construction of a new classroom building, a multi-purpose addition to an existing building & modernization to multiple existing buildings. Construction estimate is $13M.

always looking for a casual place to eat with my kids,â&#x20AC;? Torres says. So he brought Cruz, 4, and Rosie, 2, to check out the area on a Sunday. Nothing was open. They finally found something to eat at Pommard, half a mile away. The newest Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enticed him for another reason: cooking space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been so limited,â&#x20AC;? Torres said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to have an oven!â&#x20AC;? Among the menu additions will be Mexican lasagna and vegetarian options. Between a hobby shop and a Subway, Sanchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be open daily, including Sunday, until 9 p.m. Torres notes the abundance of

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Terman Middle School: Construction of a new classroom building, a Library addition & modernization to multiple existing buildings. Construction estimate is $9M. There will be a MANDATORY prequaliďŹ cation conference on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;?, Palo Alto, CA. The two projects and the PrequaliďŹ cation package will be discussed. All responses to this RFQ must be received no later than 10:00 AM Friday, August 12, 2011. Interested ďŹ rms shall submit QualiďŹ cations as described in the PrequaliďŹ cation Package to:

apartments in Midtown, and people pushing strollers. The restaurant will speak to Torresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; constant quest for â&#x20AC;&#x153;something between Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and white tablecloth.â&#x20AC;? Torres knows white tablecloth, having gotten his first job out of the California Culinary Academy at San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-heeled Boulevard. Then he worked at Chantilly, the Midpeninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grande dame of Continental cuisine. His big break came at the Village Pub, in Woodside, where he worked every station and learned every dish, from charcuterie to duck confit. Torres developed his signature fish taco at the Village Pub, and the secret sauce. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chipotle remoulade,

Public Meeting Notice Downtown/University Avenue Parking Study Public Open House DATE: Thursday, July 28, 2011 TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM PLACE: Council Chambers, City Hall 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto 94301 This public meeting will be an opportunity for the Downtown Business community to provide input on parking strategies and the current parking permit program. The meeting will provide background information and request feedback parking program elements including:

Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District Facilities Department 25 Churchill Avenue, Building â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? Palo Alto, CA 94306 Attn: Heidi Rank Direct questions regarding this Request for QualiďŹ cation (RFQ) to Heidi Rank at 650-833-4205. These are not requests for bids or offers by the District to contract with any party responding to this RFQ. The District reserves the right to reject any and all responses. All materials submitted to the District in response to this RFQ shall remain property of the District and may be considered a part of public record.

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IN THE POOL . . . Incoming Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen narrowly missed out on a medal when he and diving partner Troy Dumais finished fourth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-meter synchronized event at the FINA World Championships on Tuesday in Shanghai, China. Ipsen and Dumais scored 429.06 points, missing out of the medals by less than nine points. Qin Kai and Luo Yutong gave China its sixth gold of the Championships with 463.98 points. RussiaĂ­s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov took second at 438.75, and the Mexico team of Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez won bronze with 437.61 points. On Thursday, Ipsen finished 31st with a score of 370.60 and did not advance past the preliminaries of the 3-meter springboard competition.

by Rick Eymer aria Sharapova erased all doubts concerning her return to tennis following a shoulder injury by reaching the finals of Wimbledon this year. She hopes to carry that success through the summer U.S. Open Series competition, beginning with her appearance in the Bank of the West Classic


ON THE PITCH . . . San Diego Surf defender Laura Liedle, whose team won the ECNL 17U national title over the PDA Slammers, told that she has changed her commitment from North Carolina to Stanford. Liedle is the soccer web siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 3-ranked player in the 2012 Top 100. This is a major move for Liedle, who has long been one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best prospects and a big part of the U.S. Soccer program. Liedle told that her change of heart â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the hardest decisions Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to make.â&#x20AC;?

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools. org or 473.4031. For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, please see our new site at

World No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova will be out to improve upon her second-place finish in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bank of the West Classic when the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-running womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-only tennis tourney gets under way Monday at Stanford.

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by Keith Peters tanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annika Dries is thousands of miles away in Shanghai, China, helping U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Team battle for honors at the 2011 FINA World Championships. One way or another, through a tweet, Facebook posting or e-mail, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the word on her latest honor. On Tuesday, the Cardinal junior was named National Player of the Year and head coach John Tanner was named National Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Dries also was named to the ACWPC AllAmerica First Team, putting the finishing touches on an award-winning season. She was



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ON THE COURT . . . Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University. Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Volunteersâ&#x20AC;? to apply online. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.

next week at Taube Tennis Family Center on the campus of Stanford University. Ranked fifth in the world, Sharapova will play her first match at Stanford on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. The draw will be held Friday at the Stanford Shopping Center, a nice touch for Sharapova, who lists Peetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee among her favorite places. The Classic opens Monday with matches starting at 11 a.m. The qualifying tournament begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues through Sunday, with matches free and open to the public. A former world No. 1, Sharapova is currently at her highest ranking since returning from surgery in early 2009 after a nine-month layoff. She fell out of the top 100 during her recovery period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even after Wimbledon I feel like I can make improvements,â&#x20AC;?

Stanford junior Annika Dries has swept all the major water polo awards.

embers of the Stanford Water Polo Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18U Red team might be tired of airports after an upcoming busy two weeks. During that time, many of the players will be making two trips to Orange County. The first excursion is this weekend, where the High School Championships will be held at Capo Valley, El Toro, Newport Harbor and Santa Margarita highs. Palo Alto will join Menlo School, MenloAtherton, Sacred Heart Prep and St. Francis as the only teams from the Central Coast Section. Each team will play two matches per day over the three-day tournament. The Stanford 18U Red team has players on the Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton, St. Fran(continued on next page)

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of coach Clarke Weatherspoon. Stanford players named to the alltournament team included Benoit Viollier (first team), Nelson PerlaWard (second team), Jack Pickard (honorable mention) and Trevor Raisch (honorable mention). Also in Southern California two weeks ago was the Stanford 12U team, which finished 10th. The team is coached by Tim Kates and finished second at the Pacific Zone JO Qualifying.

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cis and Sacred Heart Prep squads. After the tournament wraps up on Sunday, the players will head home and regroup â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only to head back to SoCal the following weekend for the Junior Olympics from July 30-Aug. 2. The Stanford Water Polo Club made a final tuneup for these upcoming busy weekends with some solid efforts at the recent US Club Championships. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top four age-group teams finished no worse than 10th, with three finishing among the top four. The Stanford 18U squad had the best finish, finishing second after dropping a 15-9 decision to Regency at the Soda Center in Moraga last Sunday. Stanford opened with a 12-3 win over Huntington Beach and romped to 17-3 triumph over 680 Drivers on Friday. Saturday saw Stanford get by Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation, 11-10, setting up a 1211 semifinal victory over San Diego Shores. The Stanford 18s, coached by Sacred Heart Prepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brian Kreutzkamp, earned its second top-three finish in a major tournament this summer. The team finished third at the Cal Cup Championships in Southern California last month. The 18s are a combination of holdovers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thomas Agramonte, Philip Bamberg, Mark Garner, Robert Dunlevie, Colin Mulcahy and Peter Simon, among others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that finished eighth at JOs plus graduates from the 16U team that took second. The Stanford 18U also won its Pacific Zone JO Qualifying Tournament. Earning all-tournament honors last weekend were Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dunlevie and Mulcahy (both first team) plus second-teamers Max Schell and Agramonte. The Stanford 16U team, coached

Mark Garner will be busy with two teams over two weekends. by Terry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell from St. Francis, finished fourth at the US Club Championships, its second top-four placing this summer after taking fourth at the Cal Cup Championships. Stanford opened with an 8-7 win over Huntington Beach on Friday and followed that with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Water Polo Club. On Saturday, Stanford got by Santa Barbara, 6-4, to win its pool and defeated 680 Drivers, 8-5, to reach the semifinals. On Sunday, Stanford dropped a 7-6 overtime decision to Rose Bowl and then fell to Saddleback El Toro (SET) in the third-place match, 8-4. All-tournament recognition for Stanford included goalie Will Runkel (first team), Morgan Olson-Fabbro (second team), Harrison Enright (honorable mention) and Corey McGee (honorable mention). The Stanford 14U team also finished fourth at the US Club Championships, which was held a week earlier in Southern California. The squad fell to Foothill, 6-5, in the third-place match. Stanford earlier took second at the San Diego County Cup, fourth at the Cal Cup and first at the Pacific Zone JO Qualifying Tournament under the guidance

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Baseball The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14year-old all-stars had their season end in a 16-13 loss to Sonoma in Round 3 of the NorCal State Tournament at Clark Field in Woodland on Wednesday. The game originally was suspended on Monday with Sonoma leading 16-11, and resumed Wednesday. Palo Alto put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it close. While Palo Alto had enough offense during the double-elimination tournament, it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overcome 12 errors in three games. Palo Alto also couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take advantage of 16 walks issued by Sonoma, as the PA pitching staff had difficulty shutting down the opposition. Brad Degnan had four hits and two RBI for Palo Alto in the final game while Noah Phillips added three hits with Jordan Long and Roy Shadmon contributing two hits each. Long added four RBI and Shadmon had two, but Sonoma countered with 14 hits -- including seven for extra bases. On Tuesday, the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars saw missed opportunities, errors and questionable umpiring calls all added up to a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Sonoma and elimination from the NorCal State Tournament in Elk Grove. The game got off to a good start for Palo Alto as Alec Furrier singled in Michael Strong and James Foug and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to give Palo Alto a 3-0 lead in the first. Furrier also singled in Foug in the second inning to give starting pitcher Erik Amundson a 4-0 lead, but Palo Alto could not find a way to score after that. Sonoma broke through with an unearned run in the fourth inning and later scored three runs in the top of the sixth with a help of a threebase error, which allowed two runs to score and set up a squeeze to score the tying run. Sonoma scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eight aided by two Palo Alto errors. It looked like Strong, who had come on in relief, would get out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the eighth. However, yet another walk gave Sonoma its fifth run. In the bottom of the eight, Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jacob Hoffman walked and reached second on a balk with one out. Hoffman tried to advance to third on a pitched ball in the dirt, but a controversial call ruled him out at third on the catcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw and ended Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last chance to keep the game going. Amundson pitched seven innings and gave up only three hits, but was not able to get the win as Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season-ending loss resulted in a fourth-place finish in the eight-team tournament. N


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named the Peter J. Cutino Award winner in June, given annually to the nationĂ­s top menĂ­s and womenĂ­s collegiate water polo players, and also was named the MPSF Player of the Year and to the conferenceĂ­s first team. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement also marked Driesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second career AllAmerica nod, as she was named to the Third Team last year. In addition, six Cardinal players earned All-America nods from the organization as did three local players.

Stanford two-meter standout Melissa Seidemann and senior goalie Amber Oland joined Dries on the First Team. Junior driver Alyssa Lo earned a Second-Team nod while senior Kim Krueger from Menlo School and freshman Kaley Dodson each were named Honorable Mention. Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt of San Jose State was named to the First Team while former SHP teammate KK Clark of UCLA was named to the Third Team. Megan Burmeister of UCLA, a Menlo School grad, received Honorable Mention notice. The All-America announcement comes following a 2011 season dur-

Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District for bid package: Palo Alto High School New Bleachers & Site Improvements - Increment No. 1 Contract No. PABL11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: The design of fully accessible, approvable by the Division of the State Architect (DSA), Home and Visitor Bleachers at the Palo Alto High School Stadium facility, including Press Box and Vertical Lift which comply with design criteria in the bid documents and integrate with utilities and site features as well as the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program requirements. The work also includes the lump sum cost to install the Home and Visitor Bleachers, Press Box and Vertical Lift approved by DSA for a complete and operational facility. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 10 a.m. on August 3, 2011 at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce at 25 Churchill Ave., Building D, Palo Alto, California 94306. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Ave., Building D, by 10:00 a.m. on August 18, 2011. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of Labor Code Sections 1720 - 1861. A copy of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-construction conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certiďŹ ed copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce, 25 Churchill Ave, Building D, Palo Alto. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and SpeciďŹ cations at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Phone: (650) 967-1966 Address all questions to: Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Heidi Rank Phone: (650) 833-4205 Fax: (650) 327-3588

ing which Stanford went 28-1 overall en route to winning its second NCAA title with a 9-5 victory in the championship game over California. It was the second national title the Cardinal has won under Tannerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch, with the first coming in 2002. Tanner guided Stanford to a 7-0 mark in MPSF play in 2011 before his team swept three games at the National Collegiate Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the NCAA trophy. Under Tannerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch the Cardinal outscored its opponents 359-139 in 2011, as six players scored at least 20 goals. On Thursday, Dries scored three

goals and the United States womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national water polo team downed Kazakhstan, 14-4, to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the first game you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know things are going to go,â&#x20AC;? U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We responded well after that first game (a 7-7 tie with the Netherlands). I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it makes it any easier weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing maybe the best team this summer; Russia. They won the Kirishi Cup, they lost only one game in the World League Super Final, a shootout in which they were leading the whole time. That is going to be extremely extremely difficult.â&#x20AC;?

Russia placed second in its group, losing to Greece, 6-5. The Russians are heavy favorites to beat Cuba on Saturday and advance to meet the U.S. on Monday. Cardinal freshman Maggie Steffens scored twice for the Americans, who broke open a close game with nine unanswered goals. Stanford grad Brenda Villa also scored. On Tuesday, it was Villa, Dries and Steffens each scoring a pair of goals for the U.S. in a 16-7 victory over Hungary. Team USA opened play at the World Championships on Sunday with a 7-7 deadlock with The Netherlands, the defending Olympic gold medalist. N


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, August 4, 2011 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. AT&T DAS Design: Request by AT&T for Preliminary Architectural Review of design options for prototypes for a proposed Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to collocate antennas on existing utility poles at the following nine locations: (1) Opposite of 1221 Waverley @ Whitman; (2) 1664 Waverley @ Lowell; (3) 179 Lincoln @ Emerson; (4) 1401 Emerson @ Kellog; (5) 119 Coleridge @ Alma (6) 1865 Bryant @ Seale; (7) 135 Rinconada @ Alma; (8) 255 N. California @ Ramona; and (9) 395 Leland @ Ash. Amy French Manager of Current Planning

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NOTICE OF DIRECTORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HEARING To be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011 in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168. 928 Matadero Avenue 11PLN-00224: Request by PPV Associates, on behalf Ken Preminger, for a Preliminary Parcel Map to subdivide a 2.4 acre parcel into two separate parcels for single family residential uses in the Residential Estate (RE) zoning district. Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment

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World No. 4-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will return to defend her singles title when the 41st annual Bank of the West Classic gets under way Monday at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taube Family Tennis Center.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis tourney serving up high tech


espite being in its 41st year, the Bank of the West Classic womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis tournament will have something new to offer when it returns to Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taube Family Tennis Center next week. CrowdOptic, a new Silicon Valley technology company, has joined with the Bank of the West Classic to form a partnership that will allow the tournament to launch a new mobile technology to enhance the viewing experience for its live event spectators. The new technology from CrowdOptic will allow the spectators in the stands to see real-time information about the players displayed on their smartphones while they snap photos of the players moving around the court. Fans will be able to receive a range of information about the players including coaching tips, up-to-the-moment statistics, and special offers from the event producers. The Bank of the West Classic is the first womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stop of the Olympus US Open Series and the longest running womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-only tennis tournament in the world. The event, which is owned and operated by IMG, will now also be the setting for the debut in sports of â&#x20AC;&#x153;augmented realityâ&#x20AC;? technology. The CrowdOptic system senses when concentrations of users in the crowd are pointed at the same player and who they are looking at; this allows the Bank of the West Classic to broadcast relevant information to all the phones that are pointed at the same player at any given moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are continually looking for new ways to improve the fan experience at the Bank of the West Classic while exploring new technologies developed in our own back yard,â&#x20AC;? said Kim Hall, Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased to be offering this new technology from CrowdOptic that will allow our guests to have the most up-to-the moment tournament information at their fingertips, right from their own mobile device.â&#x20AC;?

The CrowdOptic application will be available at the Bank of the West Classic on both Android and iPhone platforms. It includes fully integrated photo-sharing capabilities that let the spectators capture the augmented reality information in their photos automatically and share it online through social networking sites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Augmented reality, which is traditionally based on static environments, is taking a big step forward with moving objects in live action, said Brent Iadarola, Global Program Director for Frost & Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mobile & Wireless Communications Group. Ian Sobieski, Band of Angels investor in CrowdOptic, said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our group of more than 120 former and current high-tech executives has seen a lot of mobile technology come and go, but CrowdOptic is something different. The technology lets you use your phone to track moving athletes and tell you exactly what you want to know about them - right at the moment you want to know.â&#x20AC;? CrowdOptic is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, CA, and co-founded by entrepreneur Jon Fisher. For more information, visit The 2011 Bank of the West Classic gets under way Monday and runs through July 31. Qualifying will be held Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., and is free and open to the public. Tickets for the tournament are on sale at: www. NOTES: The Bank of the West Classic has partnered with Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books to host a book reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inch and Miles: The Journey to Successâ&#x20AC;? featuring an appearance by former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, July 24 at 3 pm. The book reading will include a shortened version of the story read by retired WTA player Peanut Harper, followed by a Q&A session with Ivanovic where she will share her own personal definition of success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inch and Miles: The Journey


Saturday -- Qualifying Round 1, 10 a.m. (free, open to public) Sunday -- Qualifying Round 2 (free, open to public) Monday -- Qualifying Round 3, 10 a.m.; first-round matches, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday -- First-round matches, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday -- Second-round matches, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday - - Second-round matches, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 -- Quarterfinal matches, noon and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 -- Semifinal matches, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31 -- Singles final, noon; doubles final, 2:30 p.m. Note: All matches are subject to change

to Successâ&#x20AC;? is an award winning childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book written by legendary basketball coach oach John Wooden. The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s themes are the foundation for the Bank of the West Classicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Day, where children can learn and put into practice these important life skills via interactive tennis games and drills at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inch and Miles Sportsmanship Festival.â&#x20AC;? Family Day will return this year on Saturday, July 30 through the support of the Harper for Kids foundation. Each Family Day participant will receive his or her very own copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success,â&#x20AC;? a poster of Coach Woodenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pyramid of Success, a T-shirt and snacks. Children ages 6 to 11 years old can participate in Family Day for just $25 with a choice of attending an earlier session beginning at 11 am or a later session beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets to Family Day do not include admission to the Saturday tennis matches. All Family Day proceeds go directly to the Harper for Kids foundation. For more information: www.BankoftheWestClassic. com or contact Whitney Collins at or (415) 227 8027. N



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Kyle Terada

Maria Sharapova will return to the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford next week, hoping to improve upon last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runnerup finish.

Sharapova said in teleconference this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always feel like I can be one step quicker, that I can improve moving on the court and being more aggressive. I can take a few more balls in the air.â&#x20AC;? The winner of 23 WTA Tour singles title, Sharapova returns to Stanford after losing in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final, 6-4, 6-1, to world No. 4 Victoria Azarenka. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played some great matches during last summer,â&#x20AC;? Sharapova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it was not enough for the U.S. Open. That level didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come through when it mattered most. That happens.â&#x20AC;? Sharapova hopes to create a different atmosphere this summer as she looks ahead to the final Grand Slam event of the season. She last won a Grand Slam with the 2008 Australian Open and last won the U.S. Open title in 2006. She has three Grand Slam titles to her credit, including the 2004 Wimbledon crown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find myself in a rush this year after taking a break following Wimbledon,â&#x20AC;? Sharapova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see the U.S. Open approaching and I want to prepare for that.â&#x20AC;? Sharapova already owns one WTA title this year, winning in Rome. She also reached the finals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and advanced to the French Open semifinals in May. In addition to Sharapova and

Azarenka, Wimbledon semifinalist Sabine Lisicki is also entered in the Bank of the West Classic. Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 2011 French Open semifinalist and 2009 Bank of the West Classic titlist Marion Bartoli, former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, and world No. 10 Samantha Stosur are also in the field. Williams is returning from an injury, though Sharapova didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it was wise to offer any advice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible champion,â&#x20AC;? Sharapova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come back from injuries before. She has it all figured out.â&#x20AC;? Sharapova broke onto the national stage with her win over Williams in the championship match of the 2004 Wimbledon tournament, but acknowledges thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slight discrepancy in their head-to-head meetings. Williams (478-103 overall) leads their series, 6-2, and has won the previous five meetings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love playing her but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a great record against her,â&#x20AC;? Sharapova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to change that. I would like to play her at some point this summer.â&#x20AC;? Sharapova (401-98 on the WTA Tour) skipped the Stanford event until two years ago. Now sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hooked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the fact itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a younger, college crowd,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more intimate place than a lot of other tournaments we play. It feels like the crowd is right there watching you.â&#x20AC;? Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runnerup finish also sparked Sharapovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful

summer run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I usually train in the Los Angeles area before going to Stanford,â&#x20AC;? Sharapova said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love playing in tournaments that are five hours or less away. It feels homey and I can have my own car to drive around.â&#x20AC;? Sharapova already has had her share of setbacks this year, withdrawing from tournaments with a viral illness and an ear infection. Those things are nothing compared to the constant training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You almost put it on autopilot,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work, especially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on tour. It seems easier to go to the tournaments, when you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practicing three or four hours a day. Those days, the days between tournaments, are a lot tougher for me mentally. There are days when I feel mentally out of it. Recovery is important. You have to keep a good balance.â&#x20AC;? Also included in the field will be two former top 10-ranked players, Daniela Hantuchova and Kimiko Date-Krumm. The Bank of the West Classic will also welcome three additional top-20 players including No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 16 Julia Goerges, and No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer. Helping strengthen the field will be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wimbledon quarterfinalist, Dominika Cibulkova, who has been granted a wildcard into the tournament. Now in its 41st year, the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only tournament features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $721,000. N



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.

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