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Palo Alto tries to fill underused downtown garages City plans to install new way-finding signs, change pricing structure for parking permits by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto boasts no shortage of downtown parking garages, including one that hulks over Bryant Street, one buried under City Hall and one that glows like a lantern after sunset on High Street. The problem is that several of these structures are so attractive or

discreet that many downtown visitors don’t even know they exist. As a result, empty spaces abound at these garages even as residents in nearby neighborhoods find their streets overrun by cars belonging to downtown employees. Now, city officials are hoping

to change that. After extensively analyzing the parking situation in downtown and around California Avenue, staff is proposing a new system of signs directing people to garages and a pricing structure for garage permits that would lure more downtown employees to garages and appease the residents of Professorville, a neighborhood next to downtown where residents have long complained about their streets being clogged with parked cars. The Planning and Transportation Com-

mission heard and discussed these proposals Wednesday night but did not take any votes. The new analysis has largely confirmed what many residents and city officials have long suspected: Downtown garages are grossly underutilized. The garages on Bryant Street and on Cowper Street, for example, have occupancy rates of 53 percent and 66 percent, respectively, for their permit spaces in the middle of a weekday. On Saturdays, the occupancy rates at these two

garages plummet to 27 percent and 26 percent, respectively, the study showed. Jaime Rodriguez, the city’s chief transportation official, said he has been hearing from business owners that many visitors to downtown don’t know where to park. Some of the city’s garages, he said, are so “architecturally pleasing” that many drivers assume they are other types of buildings. He proposed a network (continued on page 8)

EDUCATION

Sixth-graders welcomed at Panther Camp Popular program enlists older students to initiate new ones by Chris Kenrick

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Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, left, and Ralph Britton, president of the Palo Alto Airport Association, admire the twin-engine Beechcraft airplane that dates back to the ‘50s, during a recent tour of the Palo Alto Airport.

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Airport Day aims to raise visibility of Palo Alto facility Organizers for Sept. 10 event hope to showcase airport’s role as community asset by Karla Kane

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he Palo Alto Airport Association will hold its free, public Airport Day, featuring tours, appearances by special aircraft, birds of prey, flights for kids and more, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. David Hopkins, Palo Alto Airport Association member and pilot, said that the purpose of

Airport Day is to reconnect — or connect in many cases — the public to the airport. “It’s a critical part of the transportation of Silicon Valley,” he said, but many locals don’t realize how well used the airport is. “It’s one of the busiest small airports in the country,” he added. It’s also a “complex” airspace, he

said, due to its proximity to other airports including SFO and Moffet Field. This year’s Airport Day comes at a time when definite plans for the future administration of the airport are up in the air. The airport is currently managed by Santa Clara County but that contract expires in 2017, and the City of Palo Alto plans to take over management of the airport within the next few years, according to Mayor Sid Espinosa. “It’s really one of the best-kept secrets” of the area, aviationenthusiast Espinosa said during a recent tour of the airport. “How fortunate we are to have it.” Espinosa said he is looking forward to the planned city takeover. “We anticipate it will be profit-

able and will be making sure over the next year or two that the county turns it over in a good state,” he said. Airport Association President Ralph Britton said the airport brings in about $2 million a year from a variety of sources including rental spaces, fuel delivery and the individual businesses that operate from the airport, such as mechanics’ garages, a cafe and flight instructors — businesses many locals may not be aware of. Around 200 workers are currently employed at the airport (and at least one cat — the mascot of West Valley Aircraft Services, an aircraft-maintenance facility). Aircraft mechanics perform specialized work including engine (continued on page 9)

alo Alto students went back to school Tuesday, but at week’s end the campus of JLS Middle School still resembled a summer camp. Kids in matching T-shirts and sports bags bonded over scavenger hunts, egg-drop and “swamp-crossing” competitions. They went swimming in the school pool — even sorted garbage together. It was the school’s fifth annual Panther Camp, a carefully crafted three-day exercise that enlists the oldest students — eighth-graders — to welcome the youngest and initiate them into “the JLS way.” “Everything is very intentional,” explained the school’s assistant principal Pier Angeli La Place as she strolled the campus, where teams of students were immersed in dropping eggs from a ladder, playing a Jeopardy-style game involving the school dress code or watching videos about bullying and “real friends.” La Place taught at JLS for two decades and, year after year, noticed the same troubling dynamic: Timid and confused sixth-graders would come into the school, fearing — even expecting — that older students would not treat them kindly. She and some colleagues had the idea of breaking the cycle by recruiting the older kids to befriend and mentor the new ones. Older students must apply to become camp counselors — and about a third of the eighth-grade class is selected. “There’s an application process where they’re asked to write about (continued on page 10)

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Palo Alto’s newest public artwork stands 10-feet tall, is shaped like the letter “M� and is made largely of wood frames and glass bottles. The sculpture by artist Mildred Power was installed in the Civic Center in front of City Hall last week and will be in place for up to a year, City Manager James Keene told the City Council earlier this month. The angular little house was inspired by bottle houses from Western Africa and the American South, but it also has some local flavor. Keene said the bottle house also drew inspiration from the famously glassy Eichler houses visible throughout Palo Alto. TAKING SIDES ... As Palo Alto’s two green camps prepare for an Election Day showdown over Byxbee Park and composting, the city’s past and present leaders are joining the fray and lending their voices to the respective arguments. Voters will be asked whether the city should “undedicate� a 10-acre parcel of parkland at Byxbee Park and make the land available for a waste-to-energy facility that would convert yard scraps and food waste into either electricity or natural gas. Some, including Councilman Pat Burt and former MayorPeter Drekmeier, urge voters to pass Measure E and give the city a local, environmentally sustainable option for disposing of its waste. The current plan, which calls for shipping organic waste to Gilroy and burning sewage sludge, “no longer makes sense,� proponents wrote in the official argument. “Today’s need for clean energy and the threats of climate change are the great issues of our era, demanding fiscally responsible action,� the argument states. Former Vice Mayor Ellen Fletcher and school board member Dana Tom have added their signatures to the “Yes on E� argument. Opponents, led by conservationist and former Councilwoman Emily Ren-

zel, counter that the city shouldn’t “sacrifice parkland� and “take huge financial risks� by building a new plant. The official “No on E� argument was also endorsed by Mayor Sid Espinosa, Councilman Greg Schmid, former Mayors Judith Kleinberg and Gary Fazzino and former Vice Mayor Enid Pearson. “When the government looks to our parks for public works projects, and voters allow it, NO park will ever be safe from such land grabs,� opponents wrote in their argument. “Once irreplaceable parkland is gone, it’s gone forever.� HEADS OF THE CLASS ... Palo Alto’s most powerful commission now has a new leader. The Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday elected architect Eduardo Martinez as its chair. Martinez, whose softly spoken witticisms, Comprehensive Plan allusions and insights into community values have become a staple during his two years on the board, was praised by previous Chair Samir Tuma and other commissioners, who voted unanimously to make him the new chair. “He has worked to become one of the most thoughtful and thorough commissioners that we have, who really comes to the commission with a slightly different perspective from others,� Tuma said. Tuma’s colleague (and predecessor in the chair’s chair) Daniel Garber agreed and called Martinez “very thoughtful,� “very strong� and “compassionate.� The commission also unanimously elected veteran Commissioner Susan Fineberg as its vice chair. Fineberg, best known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the Municipal Code, her commitment to keeping local schools from growing out of control and her frequent opposition to large, new developments, was recognized by other commissioners on Wednesday for her rigor and intellect. “With respect to all other commissioners, I think she’s the smartest one among us,� said Martinez, who is scheduled to run his first meeting next week. Martinez thanked his colleagues for their vote of confidence and said it “takes a village� to perform the commission’s work. “I’m pleased to have these Village People,� he said, referring to his colleagues. N


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East Palo Alto residents protest sale of apartments Residents, activists riled by Wells Fargo’s plan to sell about 1,800 units to Equity Residential by Gennady Sheyner

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s Wells Fargo prepares to unload its huge apartment portfolio in East Palo Alto, city residents, officials and tenant activists are gearing up for another battle to preserve rent control in the city’s Woodland Park neighborhood. Dozens of critics of the proposed sale marched from East Palo Alto to Wells Fargo’s branch in downtown Palo Alto Monday afternoon (Aug. 22), in protest of the bank’s selection of Equity Residential as a finalist in the sale of about 1,800 units — about 70 percent of the city’s total stock of affordable housing. The apartment portfolio was previously owned by Page Mill Properties, a Palo Altobased firm that lost control of the units after it defaulted on a $50 million loan to Well Fargo in August 2009. Equity Residential is a real-estate investment trust that specializes in apartment complexes. Its portfolio includes apartments in Berkeley, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. Wells Fargo called Equity in a statement “a very experienced owner of apartments� and “an exceptionally wellcapitalized firm with an extensive track record of handling large, complicated transactions.� The bank also said it would “continue to maintain a dialogue with the community.� But on Monday, many of the protesters voiced frustrations that the bank has ignored their input — particularly their request that the apartment portfolio be split up and not sold in aggregate to one buyer. They also said they were worried about the fact that the bank has chosen Equity as its finalist. The company is chaired by Sam Zell, a real-estate magnate whose companies have a history of challenging rent-control laws and making profits off distressed assets. Equity is now reportedly in the due diligence phase of the nego-

tiations, according to Mayor Carlos Romero. It has already held several meetings with East Palo Alto officials but has not yet proposed a specific development plan. Residents and several council members said Monday that they fear the plan would ultimately include a dramatic reduction of rent-control units and potential displacement of thousands

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of East Palo Alto residents. Armed with bullhorns and picket signs, more than 50 residents and tenant activists marched from Newell Court in East Palo Alto to the Wells Fargo branch on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, where dozens more joined them in protest chants (“Don’t sell to Zell,� “Wells Fargo, you can’t hide/ We can see your greedy side,� and “If we sell out, they’ll kick us out.�). The crowd included Romero, Councilman Reuben Abrica and members of a tenant-rights coalition that includes the groups Youth United for Community Action, Community Legal Services and the Fair Rent Coalition. Matthew Fremont, who sits on East Palo Alto’s Rent Stabilization Board, said Monday that Equity officials have proposed doubling the density in the neighborhood. This, he said, would inevitably mean reducing the number of rent-control units in Woodland Park. Fremont, who is a tenant at one of the buildings that would be sold, said the new apartments would be far out of the price range of the neighborhood’s current residents. “Do you think they’ll build the new buildings for the tenants who live there today?� Fremont asked

the protesters as they gathered in front of Wells Fargo branch. “Of course not!� Romero said his biggest issue with the proposed sale isn’t so much that Equity is the buyer as the fact that all the properties would remain under one owner. This, he said, gives the developer enormous leverage when dealing with the city. Romero was one of several city officials who have met with Equity and Wells Fargo representatives in recent weeks to discuss the pending sale. He said Equity officials said they would respect the laws of the city and would continue to discuss their plans with the community. But the company’s deep pockets and potential ownership of more than half of the city’s affordable-housing stock would give Equity “tremendous power� in these discussions, Romero said. “I am the first to admit that change is inevitable in any urban environment,� Romero said. “The ability of the city to negotiate with the developer about this change is what this community is fighting for. “The aggregation makes for a very disparate power-sharing agreement between the community and the developer,� Romero said. Abrica, who is also a Wells Fargo tenant, voiced similar concerns and said he is worried about Equity’s long-term plans for the neighborhood — particularly about the possibility of rent-control being abolished. “I am afraid it could be a repeat of Page Mill Properties behavior — possibly on a bigger scale and possibly not right away,� Abrica said. “In terms of change, a new developer can do away with a low- and moderate-income housing.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Ailing Palo Alto resident says he can no longer meet ‘duties and expectations’ of job

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pple CEO Steve Jobs submitted his resignation to the company’s board, saying he could no longer meet his “duties and expectations� as head of the company, it was announced Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 24). Jobs, a Palo Alto resident who underwent a liver transplant in 2009, has been on medical leave from Apple since January, saying he wants to focus on his health. In today’s resignation letter, Jobs said he “strongly recommended� that the company “execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.�

Cook has led the company during Jobs’ most recent medical leave, as well as during absences for the 2009 liver transplant and treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004. Jobs said he would like to continue serving as Apple’s board chairman and as an Apple employee. “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role,� he said in his letter. Art Levinson, chairman of Genentech and a member of Apple’s board of directors, commented on Jobs’ guidance and leadership in a

press release. “Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,� Levinson said. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.� The board confirmed Cook’s promotion to CEO. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Political establishment split over labor measure Current and former City Council members at odds over proposed repeal of binding arbitration for police, firefighters by Gennady Sheyner hen Palo Alto’s firefighters spearheaded a ballot measure last year that sought to freeze staffing levels in the Fire Department, former Councilman John Barton was in the forefront of the opposition. Barton, whose term ended in 2008 and who chose not to run again, took part in a debate against union President Tony Spitaleri and co-founded a group of former elected officials to fight the ballot measure. The voters ultimately handed Measure R an overwhelming defeat. This year, however, Barton and Spitaleri find themselves on the same side of another election debate involving firefighters. The City Council voted in July to place on the November ballot a measure that would repeal the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter. The provision, which has been in place since 1978, empowers a three-member panel to settle labor disputes between the city and its public-safety unions. In placing the measure on the ballot, four council members — Karen Holman, Greg Scharff, Pat Burt and Greg Schmid — have argued that the provision is undemocratic because it strips the council of its power to balance the city budget. But Barton, who last year called the firefighter measure a “power grab,” now applies the term to the council. Voters adopted binding arbitration in 1978 to prevent police and fire unions from striking. State law has since made it illegal for these units to strike. “If we take away binding arbitration and combine it with the fact that firefighters and police officers don’t have a right to strike — you’ve essentially gutted their union,” Barton told the Weekly. Barton isn’t the only current or former elected official to oppose Measure D, the proposal to repeal binding arbitration. Former Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell has also signed the argument opposing Measure D, as have current Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilwoman Gail Price, the council’s most outspoken critic of the repeal effort. Other council members, including Larry Klein and Nancy Shepherd, supported modifying rather than repealing the existing binding-arbitration provision. Their proposal fell one vote short of adoption. The decision by Barton and Cordell to join the election fray illustrates a major difference between last year’s ballot measure and the one voters are being asked to consider on Nov. 8. Last year, the city’s political establishment was united in opposing Measure R, which would have required the city to hold an election before it could reduce staffing levels in the Fire Department or close a fire station. This year, Palo Alto’s

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elected officials and their predecessors are almost evenly split over the merits of the repeal. The council placed the measure on the ballot through a 5-4 vote, with Yeh giving the four critics of binding arbitration the bare majority they needed. Yeh said he wanted to give the voters a clear say on the issue even though he personally opposes the repeal. Other former elected officials have joined the council majority. Lanie Wheeler and Yoriko Kishimoto, both former mayors, have signed on to the argument in support of the repeal. Kishimoto cited the growing expenditures in the Fire Department as the main reason for her supporting the repeal measure. According to the city’s 2010 Service Efforts and Accomplishments report, total Fire Department spending increased by 37 percent between fiscal years 2006 and 2010. Repealing the binding-arbitration provision, Kishimoto said, is one way to encourage the department to bring down its costs. “There is a structural impediment to the firefighters getting the incentive to look at innovations in service delivery and cost cutting as the other departments have been forced to do,” Kishimoto told the Weekly. The official argument in favor of Measure D largely reiterates many of the points that Holman, Scharff, Burt and Schmid have made over the past year — namely that repeal of binding arbitration is necessary to ensure that all labor groups contribute in cutting down employee costs during the ongoing economic downturn. “While City policy is for fairness across employee groups, binding arbitration for public-safety unions has prevented the City from ensuring equitable reforms across employee groups and balancing the budget,” the pro-Measure D argument states. Proponents of the repeal also note in the argument that the city’s current budget assumes $4.3 million in salary and benefit reductions from the police and firefighter unions. “Without these concessions the City may be forced to cut police staff, reducing vital emergency services,” the argument states. “Alternately, the city may need to cut public services including streets, parks and libraries.” Opponents of Measure D counter in their official argument that the binding-arbitration provision has a “proven track record that works.” The provision has been used six times, with each side scoring several victories. But the arbitrators had also rebuffed the city’s earlier efforts to change the pension formula — a major driver in the recent (continued on page 10)


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Where were you Sept. 11, 2001?

Controversial condo proposal suffers another blow

Weekly’s ‘Sept. 11 Project’ will present memories on tragedy’s 10th anniversary

Planning commission cites health concerns over Page Mill Road project by Gennady Sheyner or more than five years, Harold Hohbach’s bid to place a threestory building on the corner of Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard has been stuck in planning purgatory featuring multiple design reviews, a retracted approval and a lawsuit from local watchdogs who characterized the planned development as a threat to public health. The proposal suffered another setback Wednesday night when the Planning and Transportation Commission distanced itself from the city’s planning staff and voted 4-2, with Daniel Garber and Eduardo Martinez dissenting, to reject the project. The development, known as Park Plaza, would feature 84 condominiums on the top two floors and about 50,500 square feet of research and development space on the ground floor. It would be located at 195 Page Mill Road, close to the Caltrain tracks and the California Avenue Business District. The City Council had initially approved a similar proposal in 2007,

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but its approval was later invalidated by a lawsuit from residents, led by land-use watchdog Bob Moss. Critics claimed that project would create health hazards because of the toxins coming from the groundwater plume under the site and from the proposed research-and-development area. The court found in 2007 that the city should have given the public a chance to comment on the environmental analysis for the project after the Regional Water Quality Control Board, which has jurisdiction over the groundwater plume, suggested measures to mitigate problems arising from the groundwater. The revised environmental analysis, which the commission considered Wednesday, notes that the site is located over groundwater that contains volatile organic compounds. These compounds originate from an off-site source known as the Hewlett-Packard-Varian Plume. In voting against the project, the commission rejected the city planning staff’s reccommendation to approve it. Planning and Community Environment Director Curtis Williams said the project is consistent with the city’s push to place more mixed-use project near Caltrain stations. The site at 195 Page Mill

Road is also listed in the city’s Housing Element as potential location for new housing. The hazardous materials at the site, he said, are “very, very minimal” — far lower than the levels found in the Stanford Research Park. The latest environmental analysis includes several mitigation measures aiming to reduce the risk of groundwater contamination, including a vapor barrier under the garage and a ventilation system to make sure any vapors dissipate. The water-quality board approved of these measures but did not force the city to take indoor air samples at the apartments of the new developments, as Moss had urged. The measures, Hohbach told the commission, are more than enough to ensure public safety. Commissioners Garber and Martinez agreed with staff that the project’s location near the Caltrain station and near two prominent shopping areas is appropriate. “The project would operate as an extremely helpful grid between the activity that goes on on California Avenue and the activity that will take place on the Fry’s site,” Garber said. But the majority of the commission sided with Moss, who contin-

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he Palo Alto Weekly and PaloAltoOnline.com are collecting memories of Sept. 11, 2001, to be published online in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. We’re looking for your story from that day — your recollections of hearing the news, of waiting for word from a loved one on the East Coast, of talking about the disaster with your family, friends and colleagues, or of attending a vigil. To share your memories, please email editor@paweekly.com with the subject line, “Sept. 11 Project.” Or send a letter to Sept. 11 Project, Palo Alto Weekly, 450 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. In addition to your recollection, your full name, with the name of your street name and a contact phone number, are preferred. N ued to maintain that the proposed development would create a health hazard for the condominium dwellers and that the water board’s proposed mitigations are inadequate. Moss addressed the commission Wednesday and argued that the city should not put housing in a manufacturing zone, particularly given the uncertainty over toxins. “It is in violation of the Comprehensive Plan, and it’s also a violation of common sense,” Moss said, referring to the city’s official land-use bible. “It’s not only absolutely unprecedented, it’s absolutely idiotic.” Moss also argued that putting housing directly on the rail right-ofway is poor policy. His arguments were enough to sway commissioners Arthur Keller and Susan Fineberg, who proposed rejecting the latest environmental

analysis and Hohbach’s proposed map for the project on the grounds that the “site is not physically suitable for the type of development” and because the proposal “is likely to cause serous public health problems.” Commissioners Greg Tanaka and Chair Samir Tuma voted with Keller and Fineberg. Lee Lippert was absent. “I really don’t think it’s appropriate to put a bunch of housing and to create a situation where we’re releasing these toxins into the air, although they’re supposed to diffuse what comes out,” Tuma said. The Wednesday vote means the City Council will be asked to choose between commission and staff recommendations when it considers the project next month. The council is tentatively scheduled to discuss Park Plaza on Sept. 19. N

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CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Architectural Review Board (Aug. 18)

200 San Antonio: The board reviewed and approved a proposal to relocate the Ginnever sculpture and place a 1,614-square-foot recreation building within the Palo Alto portion of the multi-family residential project, most of which is located in Mountain View. Yes: Unanimous VMWare: The board heard a presentation on a master plan for office and researchand-development buildings for the VMWare campus at 3401 and 3431 Hillview Ave. The board did not vote on the plan. Action: None

Board of Education (Aug. 23)

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Goals for 2011-12: The board discussed the superintendent’s recommendations for the district’s “focused goals” for 2011, including an examination of the purpose and volume of homework and the system of distributing tests and project deadlines. The board will vote on a final list Sept. 13. Action: None

Planning & Transportation Commission (Aug. 24)

Officers: The commission elected Eduardo Martinez as its new chair and Susan Fineberg as its new vice chair. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Martinez, Tanaka, Tuma Absent: Lippert Parking The commission discussed the recent parking analysis at downtown Palo Alto and at California Avenue, and considered staff proposals to add way-finding signs to downtown garages and consider a new pricing structure for parking permits. The commission did not vote and will continue the conversation in the fall. Action: None 195 Page Mill Road: The commission reviewed a tentative map by Harold Hohbach for a proposed development that includes 84 residential units and 50,467 square feet of research and development space. The commission voted to reject the proposal, citing a potential threat to public health and arguing that the project isn’t compatible with the site. Yes: Fineberg, Keller, Tanaka, Tuma No: Garber, Martinez Absent: Lippert

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council will hold a closed session to discuss the city auditor position. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a joint session with the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission; consider the Regional Water Quality Control Plant landscaping project; discuss proposed improvements to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Station; and review the feasibility study for the proposed Highway 101 overpass at Adobe Creek. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 4190 El Camino Real, a request by Northwest Signs on behalf of Fisker and McLaren to exceed the number of wall signs permitted. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). RAIL CORRIDOR STUDY TASK FORCE ... The task force will continue to discuss the city’s vision for the Caltrain corridor. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Lucie Stern Community Center (1305 Middlefield Road).

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The permit-parking-only zone in the Webster/Cowper parking garage was nearly empty on a Thursday afternoon in late August.

Palo Alto’s downtown garages: How permit parking is used GARAGE Alma/High (North)

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of signs at garages identifying these buildings as parking facilities, along with information such as pricing and the number of spaces in each facility. “We want to put those banners on street lights so that people realize this is a parking place that can be used by the public,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez also proposed making changes to the city’s pricing structure for parking permits. Under the proposal, residents would be able to buy a monthly permit for $45. Roof parking at the Bryant and Cowper garages would go for $30 per month. Downtown parking permits currently sell for $420 per year or for $135 per month. The commission generally supported the staff recommendations, though some members pressed staff to gather more information about drivers’ behaviors and consider simpler solutions to the problem. Commissioner Eduardo Martinez also encouraged staff to consider technology, such as iPhone apps, that could help residents find parking. Chair Samir Tuma called the parking situation downtown and around California Avenue an “anomaly” and said the city’s garages are “dramatically underutilized.” He guessed that this is because the permits are “way too cheap” and that many people who buy them only use them a few times a month. “I park in one of the garages on California Avenue,” Tuma said. “It’s

wildly underutilized during most hours of the day, many days of the week, on the top floor.” Tuma said he supports the proposed way-finding signs and encouraged staff to gather more data to figure out why people aren’t using the garages. Commissioner Susan Fineberg was more skeptical and called staff’s proposals too complex. She recommended simpler structures such as flat fees for people parking their cars.

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“I fundamentally think this is the most complicated parking mechanism I’ve ever seen in any community, and I don’t know if we’re benefiting from it,” Fineberg said. City officials are also proposing to increase the city’s stock of permit-parking spots. The tentative plan calls for switching 46 spaces in the High Street garage and 40 spaces in the Cowper Street structure to permit spots. Faith Bell, owner of Bell’s Book on Emerson Street, criticized this plan. She said her customers rely on these garages and encouraged the city not to restrict the parking spaces to permit holders. “I think we have a right to feel that we have customer parking in our area,” Bell said. “We should not have to pay to subsidize office parking.”

City officials are also in the process of drafting an ordinance that would facilitate the development of new residential parking-permit programs, which limit the amount of time visitors can leave their cars in participating neighborhoods. College Terrace is currently the only neighborhood in the city to have such a program in place. Ken Alsman, who lives in Professorville, argued in a letter to the commission that a residential parking-permit program is the only way to alleviate the parking problems in the historic district. The neighborhood, Alsman wrote, is losing its “intrinsic character” because its residential streets are “now lined bumper-to-bumper with employee cars from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.” Professorville, he said, is being asked to subsidize the nearby commercial districts. “Yes, it is inconvenient for us to have to drive around looking for parking,” Alsman wrote. “But it is much more than inconvenient. “We are now inundated with strangers everyday; we question our safety; we remove their litter; we don’t recognize what was once, just a short time ago, an absolutely wonderful area that we have all worked to restore.” The commission will continue its discussion and issue recommendations in the fall. The City Council is scheduled to discuss the new parking study and staff recommendations on Sept. 12. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.


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Palo Alto paramedics deliver baby on University

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Mom in a vehicle has a newborn daughter in 11 minutes by Sue Dremann

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overhauls and annual inspections. “It’s a center for highly skilled jobs,” Hopkins said. Additionally, about 10 Federal Aviation Administration workers are employed in the control tower. The airport is home to four flying clubs and has between 350-500 parking spots for private planes, ranging from $12,000 used Cessna two-seaters to $5 million Beechcraft jets. It’s not only used by recreational pilots or corporate jetsetters, however. “At least once a day helicopters for Stanford refuel here,” Britton said of the Stanford Hospital & Clinics’ Life Flight program, which responds to regional emergencies. Flights containing organs for transplants and other medical necessities also come through the airport regularly, he added. The airport is also a hub for Angel Flights — volunteer-flown trips to transport those in need of medical care. Hopkins is a frequent Angel Flight pilot. Passengers are unable to travel via commercial flights due to financial or other reasons, he said. One regu-

“It was amazing. I saw her taking her first breath. The whole next day I was beaming, and all day long I was calling everyone I knew,” Johnson-Gutter, 34, said. Delivering a baby on the streets is much different from the clinical or hospital setting, where equipment is set up in advance, Johnson-Gutter and Lindsey said. “We had three minutes before the baby’s head came out. It was great having all hands on deck,” JohnsonGutter said of his colleagues. He let the father cut the umbilical cord. “The mom was as calm as can be. She was definitely a trooper,” he said. Johnson-Gutter said he decided six or seven years ago to become a paramedic. He was working as a substitute teacher when a school principal asked him what he wanted to do. He didn’t really know. The principal told him that a representative from the fire service had been talking to the children and an informational meeting on firefighting was coming up. Johnson-Gutter attended. He signed up as a federal wildland firefighter. A high school classmate with whom he reunited advised him about becoming a firefighter. The classmate told Johnson-Gutter to get as much experience as he could in many aspects of firefighting and that he would be a shoo-in, he said. The most rewarding part of his job is being a public servant and directly affecting people’s lives, he said.

Lindsey, 28, has been a firefighter-paramedic for 4.5 years, but it’s something he has always wanted to do since he entered college, he said. “Since childhood I always wanted to help people. I was active in community service. I ended up studying government, political science and public administration, but I decided something was missing,” he said. The baby’s birth “was pretty powerful. It’s the first time I did a live birth in the field. In our job you don’t often get to watch somebody come into the world,” he said. His favorite part of work is helping people, he said. “There’s no greater job. You get thrown a problem: helping someone get out of a crumpled car, or saving a life by administering CPR, or solving somebody’s problem when their house is flooded and they are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. It’s a pretty cool feeling when you help somebody — when you make a difference in somebody’s life.” Both men said the girl’s birth was a tremendous boost to morale in a job that can be filled with tragedy, pain and the unknown. “One of the toughest things about being a paramedic is you get very little information about the outcome of the patient. We deal a lot with the ugly side of things. It’s nice to get something positive,” Johnson-Gutter said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

lar Angel Flight recipient is a woman who needs to get to Seattle from southern California for specialized treatment once a week. Britton flies as a volunteer for LightHawk, an environmental aviation organization that offers flights to conservation groups who need an aerial perspective to monitor protected wildlife areas. The many uses of the airport will be highlighted at Airport Day, including displays of aircraft from various safety organizations such as the California Highway Patrol and the Coast Guard, experimentalaircraft exhibits, vendors selling aircraft-related goods and controltower tours. Refreshments will also be sold. Hopkins said one of the aims of Airport Day is to reach out to local youth, as fewer people are learning to fly these days. To that end, kids ages 8 to 17 can take free flights via the Young Eagles Program. Docents from the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo will also be bringing some live birds of prey and teaching about their flying skills. Britton is especially looking forward to a contribution from NASA — the space agency’s SIERRA (Systems Integration Evaluation Remote Research Aircraft), a high-

tech unmanned aircraft system built for missions in inaccessible areas, will be displayed at one of the airport’s hangars. “That’s pretty cool,” he said. Hopkins said he hopes Airport Day will give the public a sense of the airport’s importance to the region, and shared some of the reasons why flying means so much to him and other local pilots. “I love the technical accomplishment. I love that it gets you above (Highway) 101 rather than on it, the speed of travel. I love the freedom,” he said. N The Palo Alto Airport is located at 1925 Embarcadero Road. More information on Airport Day is available at http://n.paloaltoairport.aero/paad/. Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be emailed at kkane@paweekly.com.

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alo Alto firefighters and paramedics rushed to University Avenue Monday evening to help a patient who was impatient to get her first glimpse of the world. Members of Palo Alto Fire Station 1 at 301 Alma St. arrived at University Avenue, 100 yards east of Middlefield Road, at 6:23 p.m. to find the woman on her hands and knees in the passenger seat of the family Chevrolet Suburban. Family members were supporting the woman, who had gone into labor on Sunday night and whose water had broken 15 minutes before the units arrived, fire Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said Wednesday. The family was driving the woman to the hospital when they realized the birth was imminent, so they called for help, Broussard said. Paramedics Sunny Johnson-Gutter and Stephen Lindsey and fire-engine personnel Jorge Salazar, James Henrickson and Ryan Stoddard saw the baby’s head poking out and set up a makeshift delivery room on the scene, Broussard said. The baby girl was born at 6:34 p.m. Mother and newborn were taken to Stanford Hospital. The baby was delivered without any complications and both were reportedly doing fine, he said. The birth was Johnson-Gutter’s and Lindsey’s first deliveries, they said. Johnson-Gutter, who delivered the baby, said police and his colleagues set everything up and made his job easy. It didn’t hurt that Lindsey and Salazar, his teachers and mentors, were there, he said.

A small airplane made an emergency crash landing in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve near East Palo Alto Tuesday morning (Aug. 23).

‘I’m happy — lucky — alive,’ instructor says after crash A small airplane made an emergency crash landing in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve near East Palo Alto Tuesday morning (Aug. 23). The 30-year-old student pilot who had just bought his single-engine Beechcraft 2324 Musketeer last week was practicing takeoff and landing maneuvers from the Palo Alto Airport when the engine stalled, said Menlo Park Fire Protection District Division Chief Frank Fraone. The Redwood City man was with an instructor when the incident occurred, and he immediately looked to avoid the high-voltage power lines and East Palo Alto neighborhood that were struck by another small aircraft in February 2010, Fraone said. Three people in that plane were killed in the crash and several homes and vehicles were damaged or destroyed. Tuesday’s accident occurred about 2 miles northwest of Palo Alto Airport at 9:47 a.m., and the plane was at an elevation of about 300 feet — too low to turn back, Fraone said. Flying is a new hobby for the pilot, his instructor, Jassen Todorov, said. The pilot aimed the aircraft for a gravel trail after the engine would not restart, but the aircraft’s left wing struck a small tree on the edge of the trail and was partially sheared off, according to Fraone. The plane then spun into the drained marshland and rested beside and nearly perpendicular to the trail. If it hadn’t been for the tree, they would have made the landing, Fraone said: “They couldn’t have selected a better location. They did an outstanding job.” The pilot, who declined to give his name, and the instructor, Todorov, 36, from San Francisco, were not injured. “I’m happy — lucky — alive,” Todorov said. The FAA is investigating the incident. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Man arrested after south Palo Alto stabbing A Palo Alto resident was arrested for attempted murder Tuesday evening (Aug. 23) after he allegedly stabbed his wife several times, police said. Police said the stabbing occurred at the couple’s home in the 3700 block of Redwood Circle in south Palo Alto. Officers received a report of a woman bleeding in the street in the 300 block of East Charleston Road. Police provided first aid to the victim, and Fire Department paramedics transported her to a local hospital, where she remains in stable condition, police said. The episode allegedly began with an argument. The husband, Daoming Qiu, 48, was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on one count of attempted murder, police said. N — Gennady Sheyner

Bicyclist, 64, dies after collision in Menlo Park A 64-year-old bicyclist has died after his bike and a Lincoln Town car collided in Menlo Park Wednesday (Aug. 24). Richard Buckley of Redwood City was riding his bike at the intersection of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway around 11:13 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to police. Investigators said the driver of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car showed no signs of alcohol or drug impairment and cooperated with police. Traffic was diverted on Bayfront Expressway between Willow Road and Chrysler Drive until 2:30 p.m. to assist in the investigation. The Menlo Park Police Department asks anyone who witnessed this accident to call 330-6300. N — Sandy Brundage LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com

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Gran Fondo and Taste of Palo Alto to celebrate bikes and food in downtown San Francisco nonprofit partners with Palo Alto Kiwanis on Sept. 17 event by Casey Moore

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alo Altans will have the opportunity in September to participate in what event organizer Hunter Ziesing called “the latest and greatest Italian import” — the Gran Fondo, Italian for “big ride.” On Sept. 17, San Francisco-based cycling and environmental nonprofit Echelon will put on the Echelon Gran Fondo, a lengthy bike ride accompanied by live music, cheering and a celebratory feast. “We basically try to give our average, everyday participant the same fanfare and frivolity that you see at the Tour de France,” said Ziesing, Echelon’s founder and executive director, who has put on similar events nationwide for two years. The Gran Fondo is part of a daylong, city-sponsored festival of biking. In addition to the “grand” ride, a low-key, 0.6-mile loop ride called the Echelon Challenge will be offered, along with live music and food at downtown Palo Alto’s King Plaza. The first-ever Taste of Palo Alto food festival, co-sponsored by the

Palo Alto Kiwanis Club and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, will feature samplings from at least 15 local restaurants. Echelon and the Kiwanis began working together at the city’s suggestion with the hope of attracting more attendees for each other, according to Lanie Wheeler, Kiwanis Club coordinator for the Taste. Participants in the Echelon rides receive free tickets to the Taste. In May, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously pledged $50,000 to support the Echelon events, reflecting the city’s growing enthusiasm for biking, as seen in the recently installed bike “corral” on Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto. “The city is currently a gold-rated city by the American League of Cyclists,” Ziesing said. “The best you can get is platinum.” Bikers in the Gran Fondo choose from one of three bike-ride options that travel to the coast and back — 65, 80 or 95 miles. The easier Echelon Challenge lets participants “walk, run, ride or stride” repeatedly around a 0.6-mile lap.

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Riders of the Challenge and the Gran Fondo have the option of collecting fundraising pledges for their charity of choice or form fundraising teams, said Susan Becker, Echelon’s Palo Alto team coordinator. Both Echelon and the City of Palo Alto particularly hope to support locally based charities, she added. Taste proceeds will benefit the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and local children’s and youth charities, Wheeler said. “If this is successful ... we’d like this to become another Palo Alto ongoing event, like the Black and White Ball,” she said. Gran Fondo riders will bike from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Ziesing said. The Challenge is open also from 8 to 2, but participants can stop and go as they please to enjoy live music, entertainment and food. Registration for the Echelon Gran Fondo routes costs $100-150 depending on distance or $50 with a minimum $250 in fundraising. The Echelon Challenge costs $50, or $25 with a minimum $125 in fundraising. The Taste runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets, which include five food samplings, can be purchased at the event for $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. More information is available online at www.echelongranfondo.org/ palo_alto. N Editorial Intern Casey Moore can be emailed at cmoore@ paweekly.com.

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escalation of employee costs. The argument against Measure D notes that arbitrators are already required to take into account the city’s financial position before making a ruling. The provision, encoded in Article V of the City Charter, calls for the arbitrators to consider the final offer from each side and then select that one that “most nearly conforms with those factors traditionally taken into consideration” in setting compensation. These factors include the

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leadership, responsibility and welcoming new students,” La Place said. “We give them scenarios, and they have to say what they would do. And we get input from their teachers.” Those selected get to wear navy T-shirts with “Camp Counselor” on the back. Sixth-grade campers wear royal blue shirts. Every JLS teacher or other staff member wears a pale blue shirt. Everyone is issued a JLS sports bag with an array of goodies, including Panther Camp pencils and rubber bracelets highlighting the school’s “five C’s” — compassionate, connected, complimentary,

It Happened in Palo Alto Just where is Mayfield? A map of today’s Palo Alto shows neighborhoods with such names as “Professorville,” “Midtown,” “College Terrace,” etc. The only designation “Mayfield,” however, is Mayfield Park, on Wellesley Street just west of South California Avenue. Yet there was an area and a town of Mayfield for over 70 years. About 1853 James Otterson, a Scotsman arrived from Canada, opened a roadhouse near today’s intersection of El Camino Real and California Avenue (an historical plaque marks the approximate site). Cora Baggerly (Mrs. Fremont) Older, who wrote extensively on California history, described the place, called “Uncle Jim’s Cabin,” as having a lively atmosphere, catering to stagecoach passengers, lumbermen, ranch workers, and cattle drivers, a reflection of Mayfield’s rural character. The area probably got its name from attorney Elisha Crosby, who bought a large acreage, which he named Mayfield, although how he got the name is unknown. Another Scotsman, William Paul, laid out the town, had it surveyed, and built a house near what is now Stanford Street and El Camino Real. Paul patriotically chose street names Sherman, Grant, and Sheridan after Union Civil War generals, and another street was named Lincoln, but later changed to California Avenue. A railroad station at the site of today’s Caltrain station on California Avenue stimulated Mayfield’s growth, but the growth was not necessarily what was considered desirable. Mayfield, in which a brewery opened in 1868, had 13, or 14, or maybe 20 saloons, in a town of about 1,700. As Senator and Mrs. Leland Stanford planned Stanford University, they were adamant that while retail businesses were needed, there should be no alcohol outlets near campus. After asking Mayfield to close its saloons and getting rebuffed, Stanford began development of what is now Palo Alto, named after the large property where he raised horses; the name Mayfield, therefore, actually predates the name Palo Alto for a township. To Be Continued.

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In the Aug. 19 edition, Uforia Studios was omitted from the Best of Palo Alto section as “Best New Service Business.” Uforia, located at 819 Ramona St., offers drop-in fitness classes, ranging from early-morning cycling to evening Zumba lessons. Also, the address for Mid Peninsula Orthodontics, which won in the orthodontist category, was incorrect. The business is located at 965 High St. To see the Best Of photo of Mid Peninsula Orthodontics, which was omitted, go to PaloAltoOnline.com and search for “Men at work (services).” In the Aug. 19 Around the Block, the date and phone number for “Responsible Dog Owners Day” were incorrect. The date is Sept. 24 and the phone number is 650-496-5971. The Weekly regrets the errors. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

average consumer price index for goods and services, other employees’ conditions of employment and “the financial condition of the city and its ability to meet the cost of the award.” “Binding arbitration, in the rare occasions it has been used since 1978, has proven to be a fair resolution process for the City, police and firefighters,” the argument states. “Join respected city leaders and citizens for a fair process and Vote No on repeal of binding-interest arbitration.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. courteous and community-minded. Groups of a dozen sixth-graders work with a team of four or five eighth-grade counselors. Wearing camp T-shirts, La Place and JLS Principal Sharon Ofek were making the rounds Wednesday morning. A scavenger-hunt team approached La Place, looking for an answer to the question: “How should (JLS students) be to each other?” La Place directed them to a sign hanging over her office door — “We should be excellent to each other” — and asked students for ideas on what it means. “Respectful,” “honest,” “the best you can be,” came replies from the group. In the library, life-sized color images of JLS faculty members — drawn by eighth-graders — lined the wall for a teacher-introduction exercise. Sixth-grade teacher Elizabeth Walton offered clues about each teacher — “This teacher has a mother from England and likes to eat French fries with hot fudge sauce” — and students huddled in their groups to come up with an answer. In “green team” and technology sessions later in the day, sixthgraders practiced sorting waste into recyclables, compost and trash, got their passwords and tested the school laptops. A character-education session focused on stress-relieving tips for the busy middle school student, related to breathing exercises, diet, exercise, sleep, service and asking for help. It also encouraged students to take “mini-breaks” every now and then. “You will play and work hard, so you’ll also need a break,” the kids were told, and then asked to write about what they would do. “Some people do a hobby, some read, some write, others go for a walk in the park. At JLS we have clubs and a library with over 20,000 books. Give yourself a mini-vacation once in awhile!” N


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Thieves break into Palo Verde school, steal keys Thieves broke into Palo Verde Elementary School and stole several classroom keys and possibly two computers Sunday (Aug. 21), Palo Alto police said. (Posted Aug. 24 at 2:50 p.m.)

Pilot error blamed for June 8 plane crash A June 8 plane crash at the Palo Alto Municipal Airport was due to pilot error, National Transportation Safety Board investigators found. (Posted Aug. 24 at 2:26 p.m.)

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In the latest sign of economic distress in the newspaper industry, the Bay Area News Group announced Tuesday (Aug. 23) its plan to consolidate its printing operations and rebrand its newspapers — a move that the company said would lead to elimination of about 120 jobs. (Posted Aug. 24 at 10:47 a.m.)

Homeowners to pay more for school bond It will cost the average Palo Alto property owner an additional $10 a year to repay the $378 million bond that is upgrading school facilities across the city. The news came in a report to the Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday night (Aug. 23). (Posted Aug. 24 at 9:17 a.m.)

Possible epilepsy trigger point identified A brain-circuit defect that triggers the most common form of childhood epilepsy has been identified by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. (Posted Aug. 23 at 3:11 p.m.)

Burglar nabbed after resident gives chase A Palo Alto resident helped nab an early morning burglar after he caught him stealing from an apartment-complex storage area Saturday (Aug. 20), according to Palo Alto police. (Posted Aug. 23 at 9:29 a.m.)

Cold case cracked: three arrested in gang murder A new investigation into the 2004 shooting death of 17-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Fernandez of Mountain View has led to the arrest of two main suspects, the alleged driver and shooter. The father of the driver, a city employee, was also arrested for allegedly lying under oath in front of a Grand Jury. (Posted Aug. 23 at 8:09 a.m.)

Coach Ben Parks: the passing of a legend Longtime Menlo-Atherton football and wrestling coach Ben Parks passed away in his sleep Aug. 19. He was 77. Known simply as “Coach Parks,” he has profoundly influenced thousands of students, not just the athletes he coached. A viewing is set for Monday, Aug. 29, from noon to 9 p.m. at (Cusimano) Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. (Posted Aug. 22 at 8:14 a.m.)

First Person: A conversation with Dr. Mahadevan Dr. S.V. Mahadevan is associate chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine, associate professor of surgery at Stanford Medical School and director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI). In this “First Person” video, Mahadevan talks about his professional challenges and accomplishments. (Posted Aug. 21 at 9:52 a.m.)

Consular staff locates missing Stanford student U.S. consular staff members in Malaysia are said to have located a 22-year-old Stanford senior who had been reported missing. (Posted Aug. 19 at 4:39 p.m.)

District Attorney warns about foreclosure fraud The Santa Clara County District Attorney on Thursday (Aug. 18) warned homeowners facing foreclosure to beware of scammers promising to change mortgage terms. (Posted Aug. 19 at 4:17 p.m.)

HP announces huge shift in strategy In a dramatic strategy shift that left investors shaken, HP announced Thursday (Aug. 18) it is considering a spinoff of its PC business to focus on business software. (Posted Aug. 19 at 9:55 a.m.)

Man shot, killed while driving in Menlo Park A man shot and killed in Menlo Park Thursday evening (Aug. 18) has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Carl Earl Purvis Jr. (Posted Aug. 19 at 9:25 a.m.) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU *>}iÊ11


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Peter J. Wong, 70, died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on August 19, 2011. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. Peter earned his P.h.D. from Stanford and his J.D. from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley. Peter was an engineer, lawyer and co-founded MicahsCall.org. He dedicated his free time to researching and writing about social justice issues. Peter is survived by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn, his daughters, Kristin Baker and Alison Wong-Huchard, their spouses, and his four beloved grandchildren.

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Francis (Frank) Joseph Olson May 26, 1920 – July 19, 2011

Francis (Frank) Joseph Olson of Sacramento, California, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 with family members close by on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Frank was husband to Dorothy Tudor Olson; loving father of Chris Olson Kleckner and Grant Joseph Olson; and dear grandfather of Catherine Kleckner, Meagan Olson and Laura Olson. Born on May 26, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, Frank was Joseph and Harriette Olson’s only child. The family moved to Daly City, California early in Frank’s life and moved to South San Francisco while Frank was in grade school. Frank attended Jefferson High School and was a middle distance runner in track, which gained him a scholarship to Stanford University, where he held several records. His college education was interrupted in 1942, when he was called to join the United States Army to serve his country during World War II. He was promoted to 1st Lieutentant (artillery) and put in charge of a “Fighting Search Light Battery” in the Phillipines. He would have been in “the 2nd wave” of men sent to Japan had Hiroshima not ended the war. In 1946, Frank returned to Stanford to complete his education and met his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Tudor. Dorothy was from Moffat, Colorado and was at Stanford completing a degree in Physical Therapy. After Frank completed a BA in History, with a minor in Engineering, he followed his father’s footsteps into the construction industry (his Swedish immigrant father had worked on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge and Treasure Island). His father used to call Frank during college summer vacations and ask him to come out to his jobsites to create architectural (detail) drawings. Once Frank graduated, his father continued to call him and Frank was soon a full-time employee with Barrett Construction Company, where he worked his way up from being a Carpenter to being promoted to a Construction Superintendent. A few of the monuments Frank built and left behind for all of us to admire and enjoy are Pier 39, 101 California Street and St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Frank’s children, Chris and Grant, remember when they were young, Frank had a company pick-up truck and picked up 5 to 8 construction workers every day on his way to work driving from Palo Alto to San Francisco. Frank had built an open, wood shell on the pick-up bed to protect the men on rainy days. He had a table,

chairs and a bare light bulb in the back. Herb Cain once included a mention in his daily column of a sighting of Frank’s truck heading South on Highway 101 one evening, with construction workers “playing poker” in the back of the truck. Ah, the good old days. Frank & Dorothy were married in 1949 and raised their children in Palo Alto, California. Daughter Chris Anne Olson was born in 1952 and son Grant Joseph Olson was born in 1955. They lived in East Palo Alto until 1962, then lived on Bibbits Drive in Palo Alto for the next 43 years. Chris and Grant raised their own families in the Sacramento/Elk Grove, California area and finally convinced Frank & Dorothy to move to Sacramento in 2005. Once in Sacramento, Frank’s children and grandchildren visited often, and the family enjoyed three fabulous years of weekend dinners, BBQs, picnics, vacations together, plus watching many baseball games, football games and golf tournaments together in Frank & Dorothy’s family room. Fond family memories of Frank include his frequent recitals of a very long Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem called a “Psalm of Life” that Frank always began reciting with “Life is real, life is earnest”. Frank had memorized all nine stanzas of the poem while in high school, and could still recite them all. And, the family will never toast a special occasion without loudly and in unison reciting Frank’s Swedish toast “Ing skoll, ming skoll, ala lala flicka skoll’, which is not the exact Swedish translation, but is now firm family tradition. Frank is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 63 years, daughter Chris Kleckner, her husband James and daughter Catherine; and son Grant Olson, his wife Alice and daughters Meagan and Laura; as well as his cousin Shirle Lange and her daughter Leslie; and his dear Swedish relatives Olaf and Enis Brandeskar and their family. Family, friends, former co-workers and neighbors are invited to a memorial service and luncheon in Frank’s memory at 11:30 am on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 780 Westlite Circle, Sacramento, California. PA I D

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Benjamin Andrews II Benjamin Van Cleve Andrews II, 79, a resident of Menlo Park, died Aug. 14 of pneumonia-related complications. He was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a proud descendent of the Wright Brothers. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Ind., and obtained a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan in 1953, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1954 to 1957. After attending Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., he was commissioned an Ensign and was honorably discharged a Lieutenant. Upon moving to California after the war, he received his MBA from U.C. Berkeley in 1963. His professional career began at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, and continued at Todd Shipyard, SRI (1962-1969), eventually becoming an independent consultant on port projects worldwide. He was a member of SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) for nearly 60 years, receiving the Golden Award after 50 years of membership. He met his wife of 48 years, Eleanor, while skiing at Alpine Meadows. They were married in 1962 and had one son. He had a lifelong love of sailing. He also loved skiing, mainly at Lake Tahoe, California, where the family owned a second home for many years. He is survived by his wife Eleanor Stitt Andrews; son Benjamin (Jamie) Van Cleve Andrews III; and sisters Elaine Smith and Carol Crowe. Services will be held Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma. A “celebration of life” memorial for family and friends will be held Aug. 27. Donations in his memory may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Local publisher (and early Weekly investor) David MacKenzie, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills, died July 31 after years of declining health, according to his former paper, the Los Altos Town Crier. He was born April 29, 1918, in Yokohama, Japan, where his father was in the import-export business. The family moved back home to Scotland after an earthquake in 1923 and then settled in Palo Alto in 1927. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and from Stanford University in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Having moved to Los Altos, MacKenzie founded the Los Altos Town Crier in 1947 with partner Warren Goodrich, and he later established local papers in Sunnyvale and Cupertino as well. He was known for his humorous observations on local life in his “Under The Oak” column. “He was one of the wittiest persons I ever met,” longtime friend and fellow publisher Mort Levine told the Town Crier. He sold his newspapers in 1972, though he continued work on other publications and on humorous inventions. He moved to Los Altos Hills in 1989. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and bird watching, and spent a great deal of time at his cabin in the Sierra. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Miriam R. MacKenzie, of Menlo Park; seven nephews; three nieces; and many other relatives. At his request, no services are being held. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hidden Villa Trust, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022, or the Nature Conservancy.

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Kristina Phillips and Ronald Piovesan of Palo Alto, a son, Aug. 4 Diane and Charles Schwalbach of Menlo Park, a daughter, Aug. 10 Lonita Alexander and Keith Garner of Menlo Park, a son, Aug. 11

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Palo Alto Aug. 17-23 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 17 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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John M. Parker John M. Parker of Palo Alto, a Bay Area resident for more than 60 years, died at Stanford Hospital Aug. 4 after a stroke. He was 91. Mr. Parker moved to the Bay Area from Southern California when he was an engineering student at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1942. He worked for The Panama Canal at Balboa Canal Zone, then at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. Mr. Parker returned to the Bay Area as a mechanical engineer for 15 years at Pan American World Airways in San Francisco. He left Pan Am for United Airlines in San Francisco where he worked for 22 years as an engineer and as manager of technical publications. His last job was six years at Lockheed in Sunnyvale as a technical publications supervisor and writer. After retirement, Mr. Parker volunteered at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. He also was a 40plus-year member of a an exercise class at Foothill College. Mr. Parker, who was born July 11, 1920, in Waterloo, Iowa, was proceeded in death by his parents Anna Matilda and Victor Clark Parker, both of North Dakota, and his wife of 40 years and the love of his life, Janet Louise Parker. His survivors are his children Cubberley High School graduates Penny Parker and her husband, Greg Henry, Wendy Parker and Julie Parker Barta and her husband, James Barta; and his grandchildren Jacob and Louisa Barta and Mackenzie Parker Harden. PA I D

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Walter Scott Jr. Walter Scott, Jr., born and raised in Baltimore, MD, died August 18th at his home in Palm Springs, California. Born July 24, 1925, he was 86 years old. After graduating from McDonogh School in 1943, he went on to Duke University, graduating in 1945. He was an officer in the U. S. Navy for a brief period during WWII before going to Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1949. Mr. Scott began his career in advertising in New York but settled back in Baltimore as President of Mrs. Filbert’s Margarine for many years while raising his family. He held other top managerial positions in Chicago, Indiana, and California before retiring to the Palo Alto area, where he was a co-founder of a prominent outplacement firm, Mulford, Moreland, Scott and Associates. He was a valued speaker and teacher for the American Management Association for 20 years, and is listed in “Who’s Who in America”. Walter and his beloved wife of 25 years Helene have been living in Palm Springs for the last eleven years of his life. Above all, Walter valued his special relationships with family and friends. He cherished those times he and Helene could spend with grandchildren and all those near and dear to him. Additionally he was an active consultant for corporate management and strategic development for numerous leading companies. During the 1980’s and 90’s, he especially loved working with West Marine, Inc. and became a member of their Board of Directors. As gifted as he was in business, he was

even more beloved as a mentor and advisor on life’s issues and challenges. He loved offering words of wisdom and sharing his expertise whenever he could, with his unique blend of insight, intellect and humor. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed golf and was a regular back at the Baltimore Country Club. Unfortunately he contracted Parkinson’s disease in the early 2000’s and was forced to curtail many of his former activities, including some annual getaways with Helene to special, significant places. Walter is pre-deceased by his wife and mother of his four children, Barbara Lou Main Scott(1925-1964). He is survived by his wife Helene Woolf Scott of Palm Springs, California, and son Stephen Scott (Merrilee), daughters Susan Scott Wheel (Eric) and Cynthia Scott Thomas (Tony), and son Christopher Scott (Prue). He has nine grandchildren, and is also survived by his sister Marjorie Beasley(Robert) of Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s memory to: Parkinson’s Resource Organization 74-478 Hwy.111, no.102 Palm Desert, Ca. 92260 www.parkinsonsresource. org PA I D

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CITY OF PALO ALTO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. In accordance with A.B. 886, this document will be available for review and comment during a minimum 20-day inspection period beginning August 23, 2011 through September 12, 2011 during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. This item will be considered at a public hearing by the Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California.

525 San Antonio Road [11PLN-00203]: Request by Katia Kamangar of SummerHill Homes on behalf of A&D Protocol Transportations Inc., for a Tentative Map application to subdivide a 2.64 acre site for a 10-lot subdivision for 10 single-family detached homes. Zone District: R-1(8000). Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice.

City of Palo Alto NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT NEGATIVE DECLARATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Negative Declaration (ND) has been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. This document will be available for review and comment during a 30-day inspection period beginning August 29, 2011 through September 27, 2011 during the business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Wednesdays 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue and at the Department of Planning and Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue. All locations are within the City of Palo Alto. This item will be considered at a public hearing by the Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan (2011 Update): The Palo Alto Transportation Division has prepared an update to the 2003 Bicycle Transportation Plan that includes bicycle friendly transportation features (i.e. custom way-finding signage, bicycle boxes at signalized intersections, colored bicycle lanes) and infrastructure improvements (i.e. additional bicycle boulevards, use of cycletracks [Class I bicycle trails adjacent to streets], identification of regional/multiple agency projects [e.g. Rail Corridor, San Francisquito Creek]). A Pedestrian element has been added for the first time, providing an opportunity to include more robust projects, programs, accessibility and general policies that benefit additional transportation modes including trail projects for recreational and commute use. PUBLIC REVIEW AND SUBMITTAL OF WRITTEN COMMENTS: If you wish to comment on the ND, please submit your written comments by September 27, 2011 to Clare Campbell, Department of Planning and Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, or via email clare.campbell@ cityofpaloalto.org. **** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Article XIIID, section 6 of the California Constitution, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will hold a Public Hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. The Public Hearing will be held to consider changes to Water and Refuse Utilities Rate Schedules to be effective October 1, 2011. Copies of the proposed water and refuse rate schedules are available on the City’s website and in the Utilities Department, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $3.00 per copy charge for this publication. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 1213 Newell Road (Main Library): Request by Public Works Engineering for Study Session review of proposed pedestrian and vehicular circulation and connectivity improvements between the Art Center, Main Library and Community Garden. Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager

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Join the community discussion on the proposed Juana Briones Park restroom installation. Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 6:30 PM Juana Briones Elementary School 4100 Orme Street Palo Alto, CA 94306 The City of Palo Alto seeks public input on whether to install a restroom, and if so, what location and amenities are preferred. Meeting hosted by City of Palo Alto Public Works, (650) 329-2295 Email pwecips@cityofpaloalto.org for more information

PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIALCOUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM August 31, 2011 - 6:00 PM 1. Closed Session: Public Employee Appointment – City Auditor

Aug. 17-23 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Homicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Rape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Undefined burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Narcotics registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Coroner’s case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Gang related . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Atherton Aug. 17-23 Theft related Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Building/perimeter/area check . . . . . . .22 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Tree down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Watermain break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Sheridan Avenue, 8/17, 10:20 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Colorado Avenue, 8/18, 5:01 a.m.; armed robbery. Alma Street, 8/21, 1:38 p.m.; domestic violence. El Camino Real, 8/22, 1:35 a.m.; child abuse.

Menlo Park 100 block Terminal Avenue, 8/17, 3:47 p.m.; rape. Unlisted block between Almanor Avenue and New Bridge Street, 8/18, 5:56 p.m.; homicide. 800 block Cambridge Avenue, 8/21, 6:53 p.m.; assault.

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Alan Dunckel and Derk Brill 650.543.1074 dbrill@apr.com

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Suzie Provo 650.465.3800 sprovo@apr.com

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27900 Roble Blanco Court, Los Altos Hills

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909

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1032 Channing Avenue, Palo Alto

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

SOLD

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SOLD

662 Berkeley Avenue, Menlo Park

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2281 Byron Street, Palo Alto

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301 Arlington Way, Menlo Park

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226 Oak Grove Avenue, Atherton

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Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

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1441 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Sherry Bucolo 650.207.9909 sbucolo@apr.com

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Sharon & George Gerbing 650.543.1083

566 E. Crescent Drive, Palo Alto

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363 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto

Delia Fei 650.543.1025

980-990 Alice Lane, Menlo Park

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Colleen Foraker 650.543.1043 cforaker@apr.com

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Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888

306 Solana Drive, Los Altos

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SOLD

Jennifer Buenrostro 650.224.9539 jbuenrostro@apr.com

Nancy Mott 650.255.2325 nmott@apr.com

794 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111 symon@apr.com

211 Felton Drive, Menlo Park Buyer Representation

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Terry Rice 650.207.4142 trice@apr.com

SOLD

209 Lennox Avenue, Menlo Park Buyer Representation

Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888 JulieTsaiLaw@apr.com

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David Olerich 650.323.1111 dolerich@apr.com

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SOLD

2158 Wellesley Street, Palo Alto

Grace Wu 650.208.3668 gwu@apr.com

SOLD

Colleen Foraker 650.543.1043

716 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

128 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

SOLD

1615 Edgewood Drive, Palo Alto

Denise Simons 650.269.0210 dsimons@apr.com

840 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto

cforaker@apr.com

SOLD

SOLD Steve TenBroeck 650.450.0160

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Mahnaz Westerberg 650.543.1010

1072 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

mahnaz@apr.com

Buyer Representation

Jeff Stricker 650.823.8057 jstricker@apr.com

1845 Guinda Street, Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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Shelly Roberson 650.464.3797

SOLD

2323 Webster Street, Palo Alto

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Desiree Docktor 650.291.8487 ddocktor@apr.com

SOLD

Jenny Teng 650.323.1111 jteng@apr.com

SOLD

178 Primrose Way, Palo Alto

Leika Kejriwal 650.866.5345

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770 Allen Court, Palo Alto

leika@apr.com

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Grace Wu 650.208.3668

566 Maybell Avenue, Palo Alto

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609 Alger Drive, Palo Alto

Wendy Kandasamy 650.543.1012

158 Rinconada Avenue, Palo Alto

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SOLD

Nick Granoski 650.543.1024 ngranoski@apr.com

SOLD

1458 Pitman Avenue, Palo Alto

Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888 JulieTsaiLaw@apr.com

4178 King Arthur Court, Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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SOLD

John Forsyth James 650.218.4337

SOLD

740 Florales Drive, Palo Alto

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Michael Johnston 650.533.5102

835 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

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SOLD

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

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122 Pecora Way, Portola Valley

Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888 JulieTsaiLaw@apr.com

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Mahnaz Westerberg 650.543.1010

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737 De Soto Drive, Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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Grace Wu 650.208.3668 gwu@apr.com

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Shari Ornstein 650.543.1077 sornstein@apr.com

870 Garland Drive, Palo Alto

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836 Mayfield Avenue, Stanford

Colleen Foraker 650.543.1043 cforaker@apr.com

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Leslyn Leong 888.LESLYNL lleong@apr.com

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Linda Goldstein 650.323.1111 lgoldstein@apr.com

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Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888

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1840 Newell Road, Palo Alto

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736 Panchita Way, Los Altos Buyer Representation

Kathleen Wilson 650.543.1094

3885 Nelson Drive, Palo Alto

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Michael Hall 650.465.1651

Buyer Representation

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SOLD

Colleen Foraker 650.543.1043

786 Moreno Avenue, Palo Alto

SOLD

1366 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Shary and Scott Symon 650.323.1111

1568 Mariposa Avenue, Palo Alto

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Anna Park 650.543.1080 apark@apr.com

SOLD

2521 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Grace Wu 650.208.3668 gwu@apr.com

SOLD

Nadr Essabhoy 650.248.5898

SOLD

3836 Dixon Place, Palo Alto

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128 Santa Maria Avenue, Portola Valley

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Pam Page 650.400.5061

1614 Canary Drive, Sunnyvale

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Greg Celotti 650.740.1580 gcelotti@apr.com

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SOLD

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SOLD

521 Central Avenue, Menlo Park

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14 Roosevelt Circle, Palo Alto

Ali Rad

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Valerie Lo 650.288.2237 vlo@apr.com

1022 Metro Circle, Palo Alto Buyer Representation

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Suzie Provo 650.465.3800 sprovo@apr.com

SOLD

826 Boyce Avenue, Palo Alto

John St. Clair & Lydia Kou 650.996.0028

714 Matadero Avenue, Palo Alto

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SOLD

Estela Freeman 650.543.1061

SOLD

768 Montrose Avenue, Palo Alto

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Lizbeth Rhodes 650.722.3000 lrhodes@apr.com

SOLD

Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888 JulieTsaiLaw@apr.com

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4287 Miller Avenue, Palo Alto Buyer Representation

Lori Buecheler 650.543.1119

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205 Granada Circle, Mountain View

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SOLD

Andrea Schultz 650.575.3632

3776 Red Oak Way, Redwood City

Buyer Representation

SOLD

1025 Menlo Oaks Drive, Menlo Park Buyer Representation

Ted Paulin 650.766.6325 tpaulin@apr.com

307 A Street, Redwood City

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2011

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BEST BAKERY; BEST DESSERTS

Douce France

BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT; BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Go Go Gyro

Uforia Studios

4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos

819 Ramona St., Palo Alto

BEST OUTDOOR DINING; BEST SOLO DINING

Oshman Family JCC

#104 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

BEST ICE CREAM Hall of Fame

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream

Hall of Fame

3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

BEST YOGURT

Fraiche 644 Emerson St., Palo Alto

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

BEST SPORTS BAR

The Old Pro 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto

La Bodeguita del Medio

BEST STEAK Hall of Fame

463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Calafia CafĂŠ & Market A Go Go #130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

Chef Chu’s 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

BEST NEW FOOD/ DRINK ESTABLISHMENT

BEST GYM 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

CafĂŠ Borrone

BEST BAR/LOUNGE; BEST LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE

BEST CALIFORNIA CUISINE; BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN CUISINE

BEST FITNESS CLASSES; BEST NEW SERVICE BUSINESS

Sundance the Steakhouse 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

BEST AUTO CARE

Larry’s Autoworks

BEST HAIR SALON; BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT

Hair International #232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

BEST EYEWEAR

Garden Court Hotel

Lux Eyewear

520 Cowper St., Palo Alto

1805 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

BEST MASSAGE

BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Massage Therapy Center BEST PLUMBER

BEST DENTIST

DRY CLEANER

Monique’s Chocolates

AJ’s Cleaners

539 Bryant St., Palo Alto

3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

TheatreWorks

368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Palo Alto Plumbing Heating & Air

511 Byron St., Palo Alto

Shady Lane 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

BEST HOTEL

2526 Leghorn St., Mountain View

Palo Alto Dental Group

BEST BOUTIQUE; BEST GIFT SHOP; BEST JEWELRY STORE

P.O. Box 50458, Palo Alto

716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto

BEST SHOE REPAIR

Midtown Shoe Repair 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

BEST SKIN CARE

For a full list of the 2011 Best Of Palo Alto winners, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/best_of

ANNOUNCING T H E 2 6 TH A N N U A L PA L O A L T O W E E K L Y

SkinSpirit 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto

JUDGES: ADULT/YOUNG ADULT Tom Parker, Award winning novelist and short story writer, UC Extension and Foothill College Instructor and former Stanford Instructor Meg Waite Clayton, is the nationally best selling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Bellwether Prize finalist The Language of Light. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, and is at work on a fourth novel to be published by Ballantine in 2013. Pam Gullard, fiction writer & historian, instructor at Menlo College

CHILDREN/TEEN Katy Obringer, Former supervisor of Palo Alto Children’s Library Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Playwright and Children’s book author Nancy Etchemendy, Children’s book author

ENTRY DEADLINE:

All Writers: October 7, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

PRIZES

FOR ADULTS: $500 Cash - FIRST PLACE $300 Cash - SECOND PLACE $200 Cash - THIRD PLACE FOR YOUNG ADULT/CHILDREN/TEEN: $100 Gift Certificate - FIRST PLACE $75 Gift Certificate - SECOND PLACE $50 Gift Certificate - THIRD PLACE Certificates are from co-sponsoring area bookstores. Bell’s Books (*ages 15-17) Kepler’s (*ages 12-14) Linden Tree (*ages 9-11) *age as of entry deadline

All adult winners and first place young winners in each category will be announced in the Palo Alto Weekly in December 2011. All winning stories will be published online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com

CONTEST RULES

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Editorial Amazon’s misguided fight against sales tax Support local merchants by declining to sign Web giant’s petition e hope the public will wholeheartedly back local businesses, including longtime Palo Alto merchants Jeff Selzer of Palo Alto Bicycles and Faith Bell, of Bell’s Books, who recently held a press conference to announce their opposition to Amazon.com’s campaign to get an exemption on paying a tax on sales it and other Internet retailers conduct in California. The company is said to be spending $3 million to collect signatures on a referendum petition that would ask voters in November to repeal an e-fairness bill that passed the state Legislature in June. The bill correctly, in our opinion, extends sales tax collection to many of the state’s Internet retailers, including Amazon. The state estimates that the measure would collect some $200 million in additional sales-tax revenue annually. A handful of other states, including New York, now require most mail-order companies to collect state sales tax. Amazon — which now sells thousands of general merchandise items in addition to books — apparently has decided that it will go all out to battle the California law, which would take away its unfair advantage over local stores and shops, including independent merchants Selzer and Bell. In California, Amazon can claim up to a 10 percent advantage over so-called brick-and-mortar stores that must charge whatever sales tax is levied in the city and county where they operate. And although state law requires that residents who make mail-order purchases out of state voluntarily pay sales tax, the lion’s share of this business is not reported to tax authorities. At the press conference, Selzer, whose shop has been in business here for 81 years, emphasized that although online merchants may offer discounts, brick-and-mortar stores provide service and expertise. He added that local merchants sometimes see customers come in and try out new products, taking advantage of the store’s knowledge, and then go home and make the purchase online. Bell added that Amazon’s claim that it now has no physical presence in the state is disingenuous, when its Kindle book readers are produced in San Jose and distributed in the Bay Area. Many small merchants have been fighting Amazon and other big-box stores for years, charging that profits on local purchases leave the city or county and never return. Income earned by locally owned businesses circulates in the community three or four times over, benefiting local workers and companies, they say. Selzer said that all local merchants want is a level playing field, and are more than willing to compete with Amazon and other online retailers if they paid their proper share of sales tax. Amazon, besides hiring professional signature-gatherers to drum up the support it needs to put the repeal referendum on the November ballot, immediately fired thousands of its California affiliate businesses who sold Amazon merchandise when the sales-tax measure passed in June. In our view, Amazon’s campaign is an incredible slap in the face to California taxpayers, who support local and state government by paying millions of dollars in sales taxes every year. One group, Stand with Main Street, that favors local brick-and-mortar businesses, estimates that such stores lose $4.1 billion in sales a year to online retailers who are skirting local sales taxes and not hiring local workers. Another estimate, by Goldman Sachs, predicts that online shopping — which has more than tripled since 2000 — will jump from 4.4 percent of all retail sales now to 17.1 percent in the near future. Clearly, it was time for California to make sure this huge portion of the state’s commerce pay its fair share of sales taxes, just like other businesses. Many local governments, including Palo Alto’s, have seen major drops in sales tax revenue during this and previous downturns. More and more of that is trickling away as a result of Internet purchases. It is interesting to note that the state will not license automobiles purchased out of state until the owner has paid the appropriate California sales and vehicle taxes. There is no logical reason that some retailers should be exempt from collecting sales tax, while others are on the hook. No one is asking for special benefits for local businesses, but at least we should not have a tax policy that actually discourages patronizing local businesses. Let local businesses succeed or fail on their product pricing and service, not on the advantage of saving sales tax when purchases go to an online retailer.

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Coach Parks Editor, I met Coach Parks in 1967. We were coming out heavy times as racial riots were happening my freshman year in 1966 at Menlo-Atherton High school. In the movie, “Remember The Titans,” Denzel Washington played the football coach as a recently integrated high school in 1971. The school board forced to integrate. They combined the white school and the black school into one. It was the same thing with Coach Parks and he did it with gusto. In many ways his life is a bridge between his African-American heritage and the affluent “white” community around him. He has built bridges of understanding and compassion in innumerable situations, from his racially tense and often violent high school, to his own prejudiced neighborhood and inner, between races, religions, ages, between rich students and poor. He continued to reach out to the Mexican-American community where he was fed and cared for as a child and to provide food and clothing to many migrant field workers. He was a living example of “giving in action;” giving all that he has, asking nothing in return. Although his story has special appeal to African-American and Latino audiences it will also appeal to every person interested in bridging gaps between races, generations and economic groups. Coach’s story is universal and his message transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity, geography, and culture. He will be missed! Ted Rudow III Encina Avenue Palo Alto

YMCA cutbacks Editor, This week the Palo Alto Family YMCA has its annual shutdown. They are installing new flat-screen televisions, remodeling the lobby and upgrading the fitness room and pool. While I am looking forward to seeing all the new changes when we return in a week, it will be not seeing some familiar faces that will impact me the most. For various reasons, I am told chiefly financial, the Palo Alto Family YMCA has cut all four fulltime staff in the Child Watch. These are four mothers and grandmothers, several with serious family health issues, that live in our community, whose children and grandchildren go to our schools and who have combined to give more than 50 years of service to the YMCA and the community of Palo Alto. They have been surrogate parents to our children, a shoulder to lean on when we felt like crying and a trusted place to leave our children when we needed a break. Now they have lost their jobs and their health insur-

ance. This all happens as the Y has decided to raise the rates for Child Watch when most other YMCAs do not even charge for the service. As I worked out today in the gym, I looked around the room at the four words on the walls, the four pillars of character — honesty, caring, respect, responsibility — and got a sick feeling in my stomach. I signed up for the Y because I believed in these values and I believed in their commitment to my community. It is my sincerest hope that the executives at the Y will rethink these decisions and find a way to make things right. Nhaila Hendrickse Warren Way Palo Alto

Congrats, Oaks Editor, Congratulations to the Palo Alto Oaks semi-professional baseball team on winning the Team Sportsmanship trophy at the 2011 Stan Musial World Series. This is the Oaks’ second consecutive trip to the World Series, and this community should be very proud to have a team of young men who showed such determination and

class during their league world series competition. To the young men of the Palo Alto Oaks and their manager, Steve Espinoza, thank you for representing this community so well. We are proud of you and the team’s accomplishments over your 61-year history. Mary Ahern Banbridge Place Pleasant Hill

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Posted Aug. 24 at 1:06 p.m. by 21 Dads, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood: The question is not high academic achievement OR creativity. The question is how we help our children attain BOTH? Focusing only on one is not enough in a 21st century world. As parents, we cannot 100 percent outsource our children’s development to schools or tutors. Education and creativity begin in the home and we need to lead that effort.

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Bill Clark left mark on City Council and medical community by Jay Thorwaldson first met William “Bill” Clark when he announced his candidacy for the Palo Alto City Council in the bitter “all-council election” of May 1967. He was a member of the so-called “establishment” slate of candidates opposing the “residentialists” in a community-wide debate over growth vs. development policies. The outcome was that four of the six residentialists of the 13member council (including now-retired state Sen. Byron Sher, who later made a comeback) got bounced off the council in the combined regular and recall elections — anyone not up for reelection was recalled by petition. Only residentialists Enid Pearson and Kirke Comstock survived the vote. Some in town still feel scars from that harsh campaign. But Clark, a physician with the Palo Alto Medical Clinic’s internal medicine department who died July 30, surprised many people by turning out to be a strong moderate on many growth issues and an out-and-out environmentalist in general. Several years later, Clark helped diagnose a zero-thyroid condition of mine that had eluded physicians at another health care organization for months. He also became the physician for my late mother-in-law, Eve. It was then that I realized the full depth of his commitment to medicine — which really was a commitment to people. As Eve became increasingly ill and incapacitated by bone cancer, several times

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a week there would be a knock on the door of her apartment behind our home in Menlo Park. Clark would stick his head in, calling out softly, “Hello, anyone home?” We never were billed for his after-hours “on my way home” check-ins. Once I interviewed him about a topic of intense conviction: that physicians need to communicate more carefully and thoroughly with their patients. He was particularly concerned that many, usually younger, physicians would have new patients meet them in the exam rooms, garbed in those almost-wraparound paper gowns. “I’ve always felt that when meeting a patient for the first time they should have the opportunity to introduce themselves fully dressed in my office,” Clark said, or words close to those. He said for him it was a matter of both courtesy and respect, and he felt it was particularly important for women. He also recognized the pressures of managed-care systems that increasingly pushed “efficient use of physician time,” often reflected in compensation or in a professional-style scolding (or coaching) in how to see more patients per hour. He said some physicians teased him about his new-patient policy, but he gave as good as he got. Clark also said he believed that listening carefully to a new (or longtime) patient was important because the “symptoms they cite are often not the real problem.” He missed making house calls, which he said provided both a wonderful respite between patients and insights into their lives. He said one longtime patient, an elegantly dressed woman, suffered from migraine headaches. One time she was in too much pain to make the office visit so Clark went to her home,

where he found her husband sprawled in front of the television in a messy living room, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Clark immediately divined the source of her migraines: the dissonance between what she wanted her life to be and the reality of her home life. Despite what his sons and daughter described as his great gusto for life and peripatetic interest in many topics — with meticulously kept notes — Clark also could flash impatience or irritation. In his retirement comments at the Clinic, he made a special point of apologizing to the lab and records-room staff for volubly expressing his impatience at the time it took to get test results or patient files delivered to him before the patient arrived. This was back in the day before such information was transmitted via computer. He also was a recognized teacher and a physician who demonstrated good medical practice during his career, despite a continuing and recurring and sometimes painful heart condition. In retirement he continued his education and with his wife, Jean, expanding their birdwatching hobby to encompass a broad range of natural processes, becoming docents at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve until declining health curtailed their activities. Clark also wrote a series of charming autobiographical essays as part of a class at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, where he and Jean resided and where they recently observed their 70th anniversary. One essay about his early years in Ventura, Calif., recounts the death of his mother when Clark was 6, the loss of their small farm in the Great Depression and his father being named agricultural commissioner for the region be-

fore his death when Clark was 15. Clark and his stepmother then moved to Palo Alto. He attended Palo Alto High School and met Jean at a beach picnic at Searsville Lake, a favorite romantic spot for both for decades, now part of Jasper Ridge. He was an avid sports fan and local-history buff, and according to his sons, Peter, David and Bruce, and daughter, Carolyn, was a great storyteller — whether recounting in detail last night’s sports game or anecdotes from history. I remember a talk he gave at the Palo Alto Historical Association about the history of the Clinic and local health care and hospitals. He recalled one stormy night in the mid-1950s when he received a call at home that a patient of his was having a heart attack — long before 911 or Palo Alto paramedics. He recounted how he sped toward the patient’s home along the then-two lane Oregon Avenue into the underpass at the railroad tracks — smack into about 3 feet of very cold water in the underpass. His car engine died, as did his patient. He also shared an anecdote about an older woman patient who paused as she was leaving his office one day, turned back and said, “I know who you are, Bill Clark. You’re the illegitimate son of Russ Lee and Esther Clark” — referring to Clinic founder Russel V.A. Lee and a well-known early woman pediatrician on the Peninsula. “Oh, if I only had THOSE genes!” he declared about his two famed colleagues. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com or jaythor@well.com. Bill Clark’s obituary was in the Aug. 12 issue of the Weekly.

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What advice would you give to Palo Alto students as they go back to school? Asked at Charleston Center, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Casey Moore.

Constance Adler

Marketing Assistant Mary Avenue and Central Expressway, Sunnyvale “Keep the faith. Your studying will pay off. It’s important to get into a pattern of hard work.”

Dagmar Becker

Scientist Carina Way, Palo Alto “Keep cool.”

Todd Gieseler

Art Teacher and Maintenance Worker Natoma Road, Los Altos Hills “Think very deeply. It calms you down and gives you a clearer head.”

Christine Griner

Retired Sociologist San Antonio Road, Palo Alto “Relate to the classes you enjoy so that learning is a pleasure.”

Don Ervin

Civil Engineer Rio del Mar, Aptos “Get to bed early and study hard.”

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and late-arriving families, some of whom still aren’t “There’s always this frantic time where families who are registering now don’t know whether there’s going to be room (in their neighborhood school), and that’s really hard,” Skelly said. “It’s a very stressful time for these families. Some are still waiting, or we’ve placed them somewhere but it’s not where they want to be. (continued on page 34)

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of school commitments, Chloe Blanchard is a whirlwind of activity. Through it all, the Gunn senior also squeezes in several hours a day

of dance — a passion since third grade, says the veteran of many Nutcrackers. High on Blanchard’s list of activities is community service — she’s been involved with the school’s Youth Community Service Club since her freshman year. “Here in Palo Alto we’re often so absorbed in our own lives that we don’t take the chance to go out into a different community and see that things aren’t as great as they are here,” she said “I was able to go places and see that even though I’m just a kid, I can make a difference just like anyone else.” Page 30ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

It was near the end of Blanchard’s freshman year at Gunn that her older brother, Jean Paul, died by suicide, a loss she feels every day. She also has a younger sister, Isabelle, a Gunn freshman and fellow dancer. In a video posted to YouTube, Blanchard said she thinks people treat her differently, “more

it’s a possibility then I’d definitely love to.” What she most looks forward to about senior year is the bonding with classmates that results from spending all of high school together — as well as the chance to “help out people below us because everyone will look up to us, and we can influence them in a positive way.” What she least looks It’s important to forward to is the stress: “I be there for your have a hard time saying friends, recognize no to things and will just when they’re have to balance everyunhappy and thing out.” Blanchard’s don’t shun them. stress-busting tips are to stay on top of work and keep things in perspective. “It doesn’t matter what college you go to, but what you do there,” she said. “At Gunn, we put way too much emphasis on grades and what college you go to, but you can really find happiness in so many different ways, and everyone’s success is different.”

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carefully,” after what happened because they are afraid of suicide and don’t understand it — she doesn’t understand it herself. But it’s something that can happen to anyone, she stresses. “It’s important to be there for your friends, recognize when they’re unhappy and don’t shun them. Our society needs to be more welcoming and listening as a whole.” When she and her family remember Jean Paul now, “It’s always in a good light,” she said. Blanchard’s latest project is trying to make students aware of the need for disaster preparedness. She’s working with other volunteers to spread the word about Palo Alto’s second annual “Quakeville” coming up Sept. 10-11, in which residents will camp out in two Palo Alto parks to simulate life after a disaster. A partial list of Blanchard’s other school commitments includes the French Club — her father is French and she’s studied the language since fourth grade — speech and debate, Model United Nations and the National Honor Society. She hopes to study aerospace engineering in college but also has a strong interest in government. “Right now it’s the highest goal of mine to go into space,” she said. “I don’t know if we’re going to have that many people going into space, but if


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you’ll start to hate it. So keep it as a hobby and have another job.” The skills also come in handy for school projects, such as class f loat-building during Gunn’s homecoming week, which Rohman has participated in since his freshman year. “It’s interesting to see how

many people get really good grades but are complete airheads when it comes to something like that,” he said. Though he suffers from test anxiety, Rohman says he enjoys school and looks forward to his senior-year classes, especially AP psychology and economics. In Gunn’s high-powered academic atmosphere, one way he’s learned to deal with the stress is to avoid

comparing himself with others. After a summer of building longboards, reading, relaxing and hanging out with friends, he most looks forward to “getting more productive” in going back to school. Asked what he least looks forward to, Rohman was momentarily at a loss and said he couldn’t think of anything, before coming up with a single answer: college applications.

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aly senior Sonya Kohli looks forward to getting “back into the rhythm and structure of school” after a relaxing summer of hanging out and weekly volunteering at the Stanford Blood Bank. She’s most excited about “senioryear classes, because they’re the most interesting — especially AP psychology.” And the least exciting prospect for senior year? “All the stress — college applications, SATs, the workload. I haven’t dealt with that well, but I’m learning. I generally know what to expect, and what it’s like.” Kohli says people tell her Paly and Gunn are more stressful than most schools. She doesn’t know why but speculates it has something to do with the looming presence of Stanford University. Outside of classes, Kohli’s biggest plans for the fall involve Paly’s Youth Community Service/ Rotary Interact Club, which she’s co-chairing. Since many of the members graduated in June, “We’re trying to build it up again so it stays at Paly — trying to get underclassmen more involved so it carries on.” Matching Paly volunteers with community events, YCS/Interact has offered her some interesting experiences, such as helping out at a Peace Corps 50th anniversary event at a beautiful home in Atherton. “We helped set up, and I helped guide people into the house because it was a winding driveway. That was really fun, and I met a lot of really nice people,” Kohli said. YCS/Interact volunteers also help staff the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run, coming up the evening of Friday, Sept. 9. Last year’s event drew nearly 4,000 participants to run or walk a 5K course in the Baylands. Kohli has been a year-round volunteer for the past three years at the blood center, where she staffs the canteen on Thursday evenings, feeding cookies and juice to people who have just donated blood. “For me personally, I just really like doing service because it makes me feel good that I’m helping people and it’s just really fun,” she said.


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“It’s just really time-consuming, and sometimes I’m up late,” he said. But Lau is also a swimmer, and the necessity to show up for practice before dawn does enforce a certain discipline.

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“I just focus and get it done because I have swim practice in the morning, like at 5 (at Stanford),” he said. Practice goes until 6:30 a.m., allowing Lau a bit of time to go home to eat breakfast before heading to school. After school, he stops by home again for a quick snack before jumping into the pool — this time Rinconada — at 4 p.m. Lau began swimming with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics when he was in third grade at Walter Hays.

ROLLIN LAU During the school season, he swims for the Paly team. Lau also squeezes in some time each day on the piano. “My mom always had me practice the piano since I was 6, so I still practice and I have weekly les-

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sons,” he said. Besides Chinese, Lau is looking forward to taking Introduction to Java this year. “I really like Paly because there are so many options. Talking to friends from other schools, they

enior Eddie Zhou says he’s “not a big dancer,” but dancing in the elaborate competitive, choreographies known as “airbands” — a highlight of Gunn’s homecoming week — has been one of his favorite activities since his freshman year. “People say, ‘Why do I want to go out there and dance in front of everybody — isn’t that kind of weird?’ But then they find out it’s all about competitive class spirit and it’s a really good time. “It’s not technically difficult — it’s all about the effect of a big crowd doing coordinated things.” While homecoming week represents some of Zhou’s best times at Gunn, it’s hardly the most important. He’s played Gunn basketball throughout high school and organized service projects, including a 24-hour walkathon at Stanford in which Gunn’s 90 participants raised $10,000 for the American Cancer Society — “It was like a big sleepover for a good cause,” he said. He’s passed out of all the math classes Gunn has to offer and will go to Stanford to take multivariable calculus this fall. He worked on two projects — synthesizing the superconducting supermaterial graphene and harvesting wind with the electric-potential material piezoelectric — in a summer internship at NASA Ames. “It was really great to see engineers and

don’t have certain classes that we have and they wish they did — statistics, or certain sciences, or marine biology, which is a new class we have this year. “It’s nice to have all those options.”

scientists — people I want to be like — in their element,” he said. “It was amazing being around so many gifted, intelligent people.” Last week, Zhou was recording piano pieces — he’s played for 12 years — to submit to colleges for the arts supplement, though he sees himself professionally as a scientist, not a musician. “It might Get involced sound kind of weird, early, with your but I’m kind of looking class, your school forward to more coland with your lege appl ic a t io n s community. because it’s a great opportunity to figure out some things about yourself. When you have to write about yourself, it forces you to do some soulsearching to figure out who you are and what you want to do,” he said. Learning how to prioritize tasks and manage time is the best way to manage academic stress, Zhou said. “It sounds obvious — don’t procrastinate — but it’s really tough to do.” To any student new to Gunn, Zhou’s advice would be: “Get involved early, with your class, your school and with your community.”N

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enior Rollin Lau most looks forward to “the Paly atmosphere and the people” in the coming school year. “I miss the people I don’t see outside of school,” he said. He’s also excited about his classes, especially Chinese, which he began freshman year. Last week, Lau was occupied with helping to welcome new students to Paly through Link Crew, a program he remembers since his own freshman year. Freshmen are assigned in groups of 12 to 15 to upperclassmen Link Crew leaders, who show them around campus and meet informally through the year. “It’s kind of like your focus group — if they need anything, we just help them out,” Lau explained. “We have activities to help them bond, and we also lead tours for kids who come to Paly new throughout the year.” Asked what he least looks forward to about returning the school, Lau’s answer is: homework.

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NOTICE REQUESTING BIDS EAST PALO ALTO SANITARY DISTRICT Cured-in-Place Pipe Project- Siphon Treatment Plant Meter Sealed proposals for the Cured-in-Place Pipe Project-Siphon to Treatment Plant, East Palo Alto will be received at the East Palo Alto Sanitary District, 901 Weeks Street, East Palo Alto, California 94303 until 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Bids shall be labeled “East Palo Alto Sanitary District, Proposal for “CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE PROJECT-SIPHON TO TREATMENT PLANT, EAST PALO ALTO.” The Work will include the furnishing of all labor, materials and equipment, and other appurtenances for rehabilitation of approximately 5,000 linear feet of 24” diameter sanitary sewer mains by cured-in-place pipe method and manhole rehabilitation, as indicated on the project plans. The contract documents may be inspected at the office of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District; San Francisco Builders Exchange, Attn: Deanna Johnson, 850 So. Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110; Reed Construction Data, Attn: Document Processing, 30 Technology Parkway South, Suite 100, Norcross, Georgia 30092; Peninsula Builders Exchange, 735 Industrial Road, Suite 100, San Carlos, California 94070; Santa Clara Builders Exchange, Attn: Kanani Fonseca, 400 Reed Street, Santa Clara, California 95050; Builders Exchange of Alameda, Attn: Richard Owens, 3055 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, California 94577; Construction Bidboard, Incorporated, Attn: Michael Schafer, 4420 Hotel Circle Court, Suite 215, San Diego, California 92108; McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge, Attn: Shar Startz, 11875 Dublin Blvd., Suite A-118, Dublin, California 94568; and, Contra Costa Builders Exchange, Attn: Traci Horning, 2440 Stanwell Drive, Suite B, Concord, California 94520. Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District upon payment of a check or money order in the amount of $30.00 for each set. The check or money order must be issued to the East Palo Alto Sanitary District. All payments are nonrefundable. The Sanitary District is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, August 15, 2011 at the office of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District. Each bid proposal shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check or a proposal guaranty bond payable to the order of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid as a guaranty that the bidder will execute the contract if it be awarded to him in conformity with the proposal. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond in an amount not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a labor and material bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price. The District (“Owner”) reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to determine which proposal is, in the judgment of the District, the lowest responsible bid of a responsible bidder or group of bidders and which proposal should be accepted in the best interest of the District. The District also reserves the right to waive any informalities in any proposal or bid. Bid proposals received after the time announced for the opening will not be considered. No bidder may withdraw his proposal after the time announced for the opening, or before award and execution of the contract, unless the award is delayed for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Contract Code Section 22300, and upon the request and at the expense of the Contractor, securities equivalent to the amount withheld by the District to insure performance under the Contract may be deposited with the District, or with a state or federally chartered bank as escrow agent who shall deliver such securities to the Contractor upon satisfactory completion of the contract. Only those securities listed in Government Code Section 16430 or other securities approved by the District are eligible for deposit. The deposit of securities with an escrow agent or the District shall be made in the form and on such terms and conditions as the District may require to protect the interest of the District in the event of the Contractor’s default. The Contractor shall be the beneficial owner of any securities that are deposited and shall receive any interest thereon. Pertaining to Sections 1770, 1773, and 1773.1 of the California Labor Code the successful bidder shall pay not less than the prevailing rate of per diem wages as determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Copies of such prevailing rates are on file at the District office of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District and which copies shall be made available to any interested party on request. The successful bidder shall post a copy of such determinations at each job site. In accordance with the provisions of California Public Contract Code Section 3300, the District has determined that the Contractor shall possess a valid Class A License or a combination of the Class C licenses indicated in Article B8.01-License Requirements, at the time that the contract is awarded. 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“There’s a possibility that in the first couple of days someone doesn’t show up and a slot opens up. ... You call them a week into the school year and say, ‘Hey, we have a spot,’ and they’ve already made friends in the other school.” Palo Alto schools have experienced enrollment growth in recent years, particularly in the early grades. The district is in the midst of a construction boom to accommodate the growth and “expand, upgrade and improve” campuses to extend their useful lives, using funds from a $378 million facilities bond approved by voters in 2008. Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are being prepared for capacities of 2,350 each (last year’s enrollment was 1,879 at Gunn and 1,860 at Paly). JLS and Jordan middle schools are adding space to accommodate 1,100 students each (last year’s headcount at JLS was 1,007 and at Jordan 983). Terman is slated to remain stable at 675. At the fast-growing elementary level, up to 40 classrooms are being added citywide, including eventual reclamation of the old Garland School, to make room for a possible 900 additional students in the next five years. And district officials recently said that if present trends continue, they will need the old Cubberley High School site — currently leased by the city and used as a community center — for use as a fourth middle school as early as 2015 and possibly for a third high school around 2021. High school students encountered construction zones this week as Paly breaks ground to add a new, two-story classroom building and a new media arts center and Gunn adds two new classroom buildings and a new gym. At Ohlone Elementary School, a new, two-story building with 12 classrooms — under construction since last fall — will be ready for

occupancy by winter break. Groundbreakings are also likely in the coming year for construction or improvements at Fairmeadow as well as JLS and Terman middle schools. New faces will occupy the principals’ offices on five of the 17 campuses. Jordan’s new principal, Greg Barnes, joins the Palo Alto district from Bowditch Middle School in Foster City, where he had been vice principal since 2009. Prior to that Barnes worked for a decade at Burlingame Intermediate School, seven years as a life-sciences teacher and three years as vice principal. Other new principals have held previous positions in Palo Alto. Gary Prehn, at Fairmeadow, has been principal at Escondido Elementary School for the past 15 years. Escondido’s new principal, Danae Reynolds, has been in Palo Alto for 11 years as a reading specialist, coach for new teachers and, since 2009, the district’s coordinator for academic success, with responsibility for the English Language Development Program and the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program. Barron Park Elementary School’s new principal, Magdalena Fittoria, joined the district in 1996 as a teacher in the Spanish Immersion Program. Since 2007 she has been an elementary math resource teacher for the district and briefly served as acting principal at Barron Park in 2010 when the principal was on medical leave. Duveneck Elementary School’s new principal, Christopher Grierson, came to Palo Alto in 2002 as a teacher at Walter Hays Elementary School, where he taught for six years. After a year as a sixth-grade core teacher at Jordan, Grierson became assistant principal at JLS. He has also worked as a summer school principal and technology lead for the school district. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com. About the cover: Photo illustration by Shannon Corey. Photo by Veronica Weber


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Back to basics

HILLTOP SPEED . . . Palo Alto High grad Maurice Williams, who finished seventh in the 100 meters at the state track meet in June, will continue his football career at College of San Mateo, joining Menlo-Atherton grads Vaughn Smith and Semi Mataele on the Bulldogs. “He has explosive speed,” said CSM defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch, a Menlo College grad. “He will be an impact guy on offense.” Smith is the Bulldogs’ leading returning rusher from last year, when he gained 431 yards on 70 carries and scored five touchdowns. CSM opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Fresno at 6 p.m.

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on Tuesday. Other memorials are in the works. Known simply as “Coach Parks,” he has profoundly influenced thousands of students, not just the athletes he coached. He put kids first and nothing else was second. “Coach” was merely a small part of Parks’ character. He was also a friend, a teacher, a guidance counselor, a

tanford’s 6-foot-4 middle blocker Stephanie Browne overcame several injuries and illnesses to reach her senior year intact, including a season-ending knee injury last November in a match against UCLA. That was nothing compared to surviving a year with her brother Scott, a 2009 West Point graduate, stationed in Afghanistan as a platoon leader, often out on patrol and out of touch with his family. “It was the worst year of my life, worse for my mom,” Browne said. “Depending on where he was, we were able to keep in touch with him but there were times he’d be out of touch for a couple of weeks in some remote spot.” Browne can talk easily about those unsteady days. Her brother returned, with no casualties to his unit, and is currently stationed in Germany. “We’re thankful to have him back,” Browne said. “We were able to visit him in Germany and met many people in his platoon. He flew out here during Christmas vacation and was by my side when I went in for (knee) surgery.” Browne, who is seeking a Master’s Degree this year, has lived in Hong Kong, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and California. She’s been a volleyball star throughout, when she’s healthy. Browne, one of two seniors, with backup setter Katherine Sebastian, on the Cardinal women’s volleyball team this season, missed her freshman year (in Ohio, where she played briefly with Stanford grad Bryn Kehoe) because of mononucleosis, and then missed her senior season (at Monte Vista High in Danville) because of a thumb injury. She had been a regular contributor for the Cardinal, recording doubledigits in kills five times, including three consecutive matches, until the knee injury put a premature end to her junior season. She hopes her senior season ends with another deep run into the NCAA tournament. Sebastian returns to the team after taking her junior year off. She gives Stanford some depth at the setter position, where junior Karissa Cook, who has a younger brother Brian playing for the Stanford men’s volleyball team, will assume full-time duties after sharing the position with All-American Cassidy Lichtman (who currently plays professionally in Poland) the past two years. “It’s kind of cool to be on my own as a setter,” Cook said. “It’s always good to learn from older players and a great leader like Cassidy. Now I’m on the court all the time and in the offense. It’s pretty cool.”

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OAKS OPENERS. . . Menlo College opens its football season Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff against visiting University of British Columbia. The Oaks (4-7 last year) will be counting on Palo Alto High grad Brandon Boyd and Palo Alto resident Mitchell Lum, among others . . . The Menlo College men’s soccer team, featuring Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein, Palo Alto grad Blair Ord and Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic, continues its season Saturday at San Diego Christian College. The Oaks (8-7-3) host Hope International in their home opener on Wednesday at 4 p.m. . . . The Menlo women’s soccer team hosts NAIA powerhouse Fresno Pacific in its home opener on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. . . . The Menlo women’s volleyball team opens its season at home Friday against Azusa Pacific, ranked sixth in NAIA, at 11 a.m. The Oaks (11-17 last year) also host Oregon Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Stephanie Browne has already overcome many obstacles. The fifth-year senior at Stanford hopes to stay healthy and help lead the Cardinal into the postseason.

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There was no one else like him The beloved coach Parks was a man of substance, character and integrity by Rick Eymer oach Ben Parks made you a better person whether you liked it or not. Most of the time, you’d appreciate his kindness, his toughness and his way of embracing life. There was something special in his heart, something that made him believe every life was valuable. When you listened, you believed it too. The long-time iconic Menlo-Atherton football and wrestling coach passed away in his sleep Aug. 19, 2011. He was 77. A viewing is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 at Colonial Mortuary in Mountain View between noon and 9 p.m. His family will host a private funeral in Hollister

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A GOOD REASON TO GOLF . . . The Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Summitpointe Golf Club, with a shotgun start scheduled for 1:30 p. m. The $150 entry fee includes green fees, cart, prizes, range balls, and Tri-tip dinner. An additional $150 sponsorship gets you a tee sign and a spot in the program. For the banquet only, $35 includes dinner and raffle. To receive a copy of the participation form, and for more information, send an email at steve@paoaks.com, phone 650 302-3279, or download it from www.paoaks.com

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VICTORIOUS VIKINGS . . . Palo Alto High won’t be sneaking up on anybody this fall in either football or girls’ volleyball. MaxPreps has the defending state champion Vikings’ football team ranked second in the Central Coast Section behind Valley Christian, and 20th in the state . . . The same publication had the Paly girls’ volleyball team ranked eighth in the state. John Tawa from Prepvolleyball.com ranked the defending Division I state champion Vikings’ girls’ volleyball team ninth in the nation. “Quite an honor,” Palo Alto coach Dave Winn said. “I don’t think there is any doubt there is a bull’s eye on our backs this season. We’re up for the challenge.”

Ben Parks coached football at Menlo-Atherton between 1968 and 1984.

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Stanford junior Becky Dru led the team in scoring and was named NorPac Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

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Cardinal takes aim at another NCAA bid Stanford will depend on seniors Byrne and Moss, junior Dru by Palo Alto Weekly Staff tephanie Byrne had a breakthrough junior season for Stanford’s women’s field hockey team during a triumphant season that ended in the NCAA tournament, the third time in the past four years, in which the Cardinal has appeared. Byrne may be ready to take a bigger step for the Cardinal, which opens its season Saturday against Hofstra at the Husky Invitational in Connecticut. There’s a lot to like about Stanford this season, which set its sights at a high level again this season under second-year coach Tara Danielson, who guided the team to a 15-6 mark, the third-most wins in a season in program history. Junior Becky Dru is another Cardinal to watch. She was named to the NFHCA All-West Region team after finishing with 13 goals, 10 assists, 36 points and 88 shots, becoming the first player to lead Stanford in all four categories in four years. Dru was named the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year, and earned NorPac Tournament MVP honors after recoprding five goals, three assists, 13 points and 20 shots over a threegame stretch to lead Stanford to its fourth consecutive tourney title. Byrne has appeared in every game during her career, starting all but four. She had career-high totals in assists (8), points (20) and shots (40). Named an All-NorPac selection for the first time since being named the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2008, co-captain Byrne is a proven scorer and her experience figures to be a valuable asset on a roster loaded with talented freshmen and sophomores. Veteran goalkeeper Ale Moss has been solid in the cage for Stanford throughout her career and more of the same is expected this season. A three-time All-NorPac honoree, Moss is coming off a season in which she established career-best totals in goals allowed (24) and GAA (1.31). Although Moss’ 85 saves were

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Stanford, which won its fifth consecutive Pac-10 title last year, was picked to finish fourth this year. Losing three All-Americans in Lichtman, libero Gabi Ailes and outside hitter Alix Klineman may have lowered expectations from the outside, but the Cardinal sees things a little differently. Their expectations remain high, as in national championship caliber high. Stanford lost in the Elite Eight, to USC, last year. The Women of Troy were swept by California in the Final Four. Washington also advanced to the Elite Eight, losing to the Bears. UCLA was eliminated by Final Four participant Texas. A Pac-10 team appeared in the national championship match in nine of the past 10 seasons. Stanford has been that team six times. There seems to be a lot of talented teams in the (now) Pac-12. Being picked fourth may not be so hard to imagine, especially considering the Cardinal opens the season Friday against NCAA participant Delaware at the Rice Invitational in Houston ranked sixth in the nation. “We want to excel in everything we do,” said Browne, who is fully recovered from her surgery following eight months of rehabbing. Stanford coach John Dunning, who won his second national title with the Cardinal in 2004 and his fourth overall, will be leaning on juniors like Cook, 6-6 outside hitter Haley Spelman, middle blocker Jessica Walker and defensive specialist Hannah Benjamin to carry some extra weight this season, which will also include matches against conference newcomers Colorado and Utah. “I like how we are playing defense right now,” Dunning said. “I think we are going to frustrate people because it will be hard to get the ball on the floor against us, and we can block. If we’re not going to hit as high a percentage we have to hold our opponents to a lower percentage.” Browne, Walker and Spelman give Stanford a pretty solid wall of blockers to start with. Add 6-2 sophomore Carly Wopat, who played with the USA women’s junior national team this past summer and there’s a lot to like about the Cardinal. “I think we have the potential to have a very effective offense as well,” Dunning said. “We just have to prove it.” Sophomore outside hitters Sam Wopat and Rachel Williams showed promise last year and will be counted upon to add to the attack. Defensive specialist Mary Ellen Luck, the younger sister of Stanford football quarterback Andrew Luck, also returns to add depth. Dunning said redshirt freshman Lydia Bai showed a lot of promise during the team’s recent trip to China. “She was our ‘Player of the Match’ twice,” said Dunning, who has a career record of 726-151, including a 289-49 (.855) mark at Stanford. “I don’t think we knew she could hit that hard.” Add another top-notch freshmen

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Seniors Stephanie Browne and Katherine Sebastian are gunning for another trip to the postseason. class that includes 6-0 hitter Lauren Birks, libero Kyle Gilbert (who set a San Diego Section digs record last season), and 6-1 hitter Morgan Boukather and Stanford could continue its conference dominance. “I expect all of them will play,” Dunning said. “Morgan hurt her shoulder during the club season and is working her way back. She can compete at this level.” The conference coaches voted to play a full round-robin schedule this season before switching to a rotating schedule beginning in 2012. It’s not easy to play a more difficult schedule than that of the regular Pac-12 season, but Stanford’s nonconference schedule comes pretty close. After hosting Notre Dame on Sept. 2, the Cardinal meets Duke, which reached last year’s Elite Eight. The next weekend, four-time defending national champion Penn State comes to town for a visit, and just for the sake of competition, Texas and Florida will also be around for a couple of days. There’s more than an even chance Stanford will play all four of last year’s Final Four participants within a two-week stretch: Penn State, Texas (maybe), at California in the conference opener on Sept. 13 and at USC on Sept. 24. The Cardinal will play six of last

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Opponent Time vs. Delaware 2 p.m. at Rice 11 a.m. vs. Notre Dame 7 p.m. vs. Duke 5 p.m. vs. Penn State 5:30 p.m. vs. Florida or Texas 7 p.m. at California* 7 p.m. vs. Utah* 7 p.m. vs. Colorado * 7 p.m. at UCLA* 7 p.m. at USC* 6 p.m. vs. Arizona State* 7 p.m. vs. Arizona* 1 p.m. at Oregon State* 7 p.m. at Oregon* 7 p.m. vs. Washington State* 7 p.m. vs. Washington* 7 p.m. at Arizona* 7 p.m. at Arizona State* 7 p.m. vs. USC* 7 p.m. vs. UCLA* 7 p.m. at Colorado* 6 p.m. at Utah* 1 p.m. at Washington* 7 p.m. at Washington St* 12:30 p.m. vs. Oregon* 7 p.m. vs. Oregon State* 1 p.m. vs. California* 7 p.m. *Pac-12

the fewest of her career, that can be attributed more to an improved Cardinal defense that limited its opponents to one goal or less in 12 contests. Extremely durable and reliable, Moss has appeared in 61 career games while making 57 starts. Perhaps even more impressively, Moss has always managed to elevate her game when it counts. Freshman Kelsey Harbin was named to this year’s U19 Junior Women’s National Squad, and was joined by sophomore Elise Ogle at the USA Junior National Championships. Canadian freshmen Shannon Herold and Alex McCawley participated in their respective Junior National Team training camps, while fellow rookie Dulcie Davies is back as a member of England’s Junior National Squad. Redshirt juniors Devin Holman and Katie Mitchell and juniors Kelsey Lloyd and Alysha Sekhorn will also be major contributors along with sophomores Hope Burke, Courtney Haldeman, Emily Henricksson, Julia LaSalvia, Colleen Ryan and Anna Simmons. Other freshmen include Maria Posa, Kasey Quon and Hannah Thiemann. N

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Putting the pieces together Talented players hoping to find the right chemistry by Rick Eymer here’s no question junior forward Adam Jahn has all the skills and talent needed to be one of the top soccer players in the country. Can that translate into success for the Stanford men’s soccer team? Cardinal coach Bret Simon, entering his 11th season at Stanford, hopes that is the case as the curtain rises on another season with high expectations. The Cardinal plays at Santa Clara on Saturday at 7 p.m. Jahn was one of the top recruits in the nation out of Jesuit High in Carmichael and he helped transform Stanford into a national contender as a freshman. He helped the Cardinal reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament, was a second team all-Pac-10 selection and was named to topdrawersoccer.com’s All-Rookie national team. He’s started every game since he’s been at Stanford and will be looking to key the offense once again this time around. “He struggled with an ankle injury last year but he’s back at full speed,” Simon said. “He tried to play through it last year and it affected the way he changed directions and struck the ball. He put a lot of stress on his ankles and knees.” A healthy Jahn would certainly give the Cardinal (8-10 last year) the chance to return to the postseason. Even playing with one foot he recorded nine points, second on the team, last year. Stanford won’t be a one-man team by any means. Jahn will be surrounded by eight players who have started at least half of the team’s games last year, including a solid group of seniors who will provide leadership. Four-year starter Garrett Gunther, defender Tommy Ryan, midfielder Taylor Amman, Alexander Binnie midfielder Grant Grafentin, midfielder Clayton Holz, midfielder Adoni Levine and forward Cullen Wilson top the list of the elders. Gunther may be the shortest player on the field, but the 5-7, 140pound midfielder is also the team’s most dynamic player. “He’s explosive, just an all-around fantastic soccer player,” Simon said. “He has great endurance and is a great 1-on-1 player and a terrific play maker.” Ryan, who hails from Marin County, and junior defender Hunter Gorskie were selected as co-captains by team members. Ryan grew up in a soccer family. His uncle Steve Ryan played for the San Jose Earthquakes and his father Tom, the soccer coach and athletic director at Branson High in Ross, still plays. “He’s been gradually groomed as the central defender,” Simon said. “He’s a smart player, with a cultured left foot. He’s very athletic.” Gorskie will team with Ryan in a backfield that allowed a mere 20 goals last season (1.11 per game average) and helped record six shutouts.

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Junior midfielder Adam Jahn will be the key to the Stanford offense. Gorskie proved to be the team’s most versatile player, with appearances at outside back and central back as well as central defender. Juniors Dersu Abolfathi and Eric Anderson return as starters and are part of the attack group that has Simon thinking good thoughts about Stanford’s offensive capabilities. “I like our attacking group a lot,” he said. “We lost an important player (Bobby Warshaw, who plays in the MSL) but we have a lot of guys back with experience.” Sophomore Jason Dodson returns as the starting goalkeeper, with redshirt sophomore Galen Perkins and sophomore Drew Hutchins also in the mix. Sophomore midfielder JJ Koval started 17 of 18 games last year and sophomore defender Tyler Conklin also gained some experience last year. The large freshmen class consists of six redhirts, including Matt Taylor, whose older sister Lindsay plays for the women’s soccer team at Stanford. Simon Basillico, Bobby Edwards, Preston Langholz, Austin Meyer and Jack Ryan also fall into that category. Freshmen include Zach Batteer, Jimmy Callinan, Grant Gafentin, Felipe Noguerol and Eric Verso. Even with the addition of two teams to the conference, the men’s soccer programs are unaffected. Only five of the conference schools sponsor a men’s soccer team, San Diego State is an affiliate for soccer. N

STANFORD MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE Date Opponent Time Saturday at Santa Clara 7 p.m. Thursday at Maryland 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Georgetown 10 a.m. Sept. 9 vs. Kentucky 3 p.m. Sept. 11 vs. Leigh 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 vs. USF 7 p.m. Sept. 23 vs. Harvard 7 p.m. Sept. 25 vs. Vermont 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at San Diego State* 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at UCLA* 3 p.m. Oct. 9 vs. California* 6 p.m. Oct. 14 vs. Washington* 7 p.m. Oct. 16 vs. Oregon State 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Washington* 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Oregon State* 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 vs. San Diego State* 7 p.m. Nov. 6 vs. UCLA 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at California 2 p.m. *Pac-12 contest

role model, and a father figure and his boundaries were limitless, just like his compassion for people. Parks was still roaming the M-A football sidelines this past fall, still encouraging the Bears. His absence this football season will surely be felt. He was one of a kind. In 2008, he stepped forward when the head football coach suddenly resigned, days before a game. He let the staff run the team. He was there to make sure everything ran smoothly. M-A won its next game, and kept winning, taking home the championship trophy as the best team in the Central Coast Section Large Schools Division. Parks worked with athletes on every level, including serving as conditioning coach for former San Francisco 49ers such as Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Keena Turner and Roger Craig. He treated them the same way he treated high school players. “Go ask Joe and Ronnie how I treat them,” Parks once said. “They’re all the same; they are just like my sons. People are people.” He founded the Pro Football Institute and worked with his sons, Ralph and Ben Jr., to create an environment for success. Just being around him seemed like enough; he was a gift that no one took lightly. Parks retired from M-A in 1999 after spending 31 years reaching out to the student body. He couldn’t stay away from sports, though, and returned to coach wrestling at Sequoia High at age 73. “He was an icon at M-A,” said Stanford women’s water polo coach John Tanner, a 1978 graduate of M-A. “Whenever there was a problem at school everyone -- teachers, students, administrators -- would look to him for guidance. He was everything a coach aspires to be in terms of being a leader, being selfassured and being ethical.” He inspired courageous acts of kindness and good will, and nurtured future coaches and teachers. When he spoke, he backed his words with action. His annual “birthday run,” in which he would run a mile for every year, became an enormous fund-raising event and his signature event. Parks, who coached the Bears

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Menlo-Atherton High’s Ben Parks treated pros like Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana the same way he treated his high school students. football team between 1968-84, was named Leading Citizen of the Year for 1996 by the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. Parks, who worked in physical fitness for over 50 years, was also involved with ‘Fifty-plus,’ an association that draws attention to the need for fitness and health even at an advanced age. “I train seven days a week myself,” he said in 2000. “In my day, growing up, I thought 30 and 40 was really old, and 50 was ancient. Now 50 plus is nothing. I’m just getting started and I’m looking forward to 70. There are things I haven’t done yet, like hiking to the highest peak, swimming, cycling.” What Coach Parks accomplished was showing us that anything was possible if we believed in ourselves and accepted the support of friends and family. He showed, by the way he lived his own life, integrity and

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Northwestern grad Danielle Spencer named to Stanford coaching staff by Colin Becht ticking with the old philosophy of “If you can’t beat them, join them,” the Stanford women’s lacrosse program brought in what it hopes is the missing piece to boost the Cardinal into the elite of women’s collegiate lacrosse. Stanford added Danielle Spencer, a two-time All-American and threetime NCAA champion at Northwestern, to its coaching staff as an assistant to coach Amy Bokker. “We think it’s a great benefit for us,” Bokker said. “She’s a proven champion in what she has done as a player, so we’re really excited for her to bring that to our program.” The Cardinal is coming off their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, but both trips ended in the first round. Last May, Stanford stayed with No. 4 Florida before succumbing, 13-11. “We’re just hoping with that enthusiasm and experience she has in the tournament, it can really help us to get to where we want to go,” Bokker said. Spencer said while she wasn’t too familiar with the Cardinal before Northwestern faced them her senior year, that one meeting was enough to convince her of the program’s potential. Stanford forced a 10-10 tie in the second half before Northwestern rallied for an 18-11 victory. “I remember thinking that they were just a really tough team and I didn’t expect that,” Spencer said. “I knew about Stanford obviously just because it’s a well-known school across the country but didn’t know much about Stanford lacrosse (before the game).” After graduating from Northwestern in 2010, Spencer moved to the Bay Area to do marketing for a software company. However, Spencer kept herself involved with the game, coaching several club teams and offering private lessons while playing for the national team as well. She also attended Stanford’s games this past season. “That was pretty exciting for me when I was interviewing for the job because I knew the potential that Stanford had,” Spencer said. She was also familiar with Bokker, who coached her as an assistant on the national team. “It really helped with my relationship getting to know her a little bit better,” Bokker said. “That definitely factored in to things from a relationship standpoint and knowing her character and her work ethic.” Having coached her and against her during Spencer’s collegiate days, Bokker knows what the 6-foot-2 midfielder can bring to the table. “She’s a total presence on the field,” Bokker said. “I’m hoping that she’ll be that as a coach as well.” Still, given that this is Spencer’s first coaching job beyond the club level, an adjustment period is to be

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Stanford coach Amy Bokker hired Danielle Spencer as an assistant. expected. “Playing and coaching are kind of two different animals,” Bokker said. “We’re looking forward to helping guide her in that way and bring her field play experience to the sidelines.” Spencer said that though she is only two years out of college and still playing, she believes that gives her an upper hand. “Even though I’m young, I think that gives me an advantage in that I am still playing, so I’m with the most modern game, the most cutting-edge piece of the sport,” Spencer said. Spencer’s youth may also allow her to better connect and communicate with Stanford’s players. “It’s real beneficial to have somebody that role that can maybe see the field a little bit more through their eyes,” Bokker said. With the Cardinal’s eye on competing for a national championship, Spencer said she believes the team is not far off and that maybe her winning ways at Northwestern can translate to Stanford. “I hope that I can bring a lot of knowledge of what I went through as a player at Northwestern, which led us to our success,” she said. “Sometimes it’s the intangibles or just the little things that you tweak to a certain drill that you do in practice.” Spencer, whose 110 draw controls her senior season rank third in NCAA history, even has her first coaching task lined up. A rule change to draws taking place next year will allow only three players from each team inside the restraining lines. “That’s something that we’ll probably lean on Danielle a little bit to be in charge of,” Bokker said. N


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is most special about this is that we came together and we fought hard. It was a long three months, or as coach would say, ‘It’s a long time since we all started playing basketball.’ I’m just really excited for our team, and we’re just really happy to have this gold medal around our necks. “ The Americans (6-0) completed a thoroughly dominating run through the tournament, winning by an average of nearly 45 points a contest. They outscored their opponents 97.7-52.8 in winning its fourth consecutive gold medal, and eighth in 16 World University Games appearances. The Ogwumike’s played with people from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, DePaul,m USC and Baylor among others. “I was very honored to be selected for the World University Games, and we’ve been working hard for the past few months,” Ogwumike said. “We put together a team that we thought was the most talented and the most cohesive in terms of teamwork and collaboration, and we’ve had a lot of fun. I’m extremely excited that we won the gold, but also really happy that we were able to compete with such great teams here. To be able to not only play with my sister on a USA team, but win a gold medal is something that a lot of people can’t say.” USA coach Bill Fennelly, who coaches Iowa State, said Ogwumike and Irish Skylar Diggins were the

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Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points in the championship game of the World University Games as the U.S. won the gold medal.

Stanford grad Janson Wigo scored a combined six goals in Team USA’s final two games of the World University Games. natural leaders for the U.S. “It’s just amazing,” he said. “Nneka and Sky have been through a lot. This is the third time I’ve had them, twice as an assistant and now as a head coach. They are great players, but they are even better people. I think they were the true leaders of our team. Everyone knew it from the beginning. They followed what we asked them to do, and their experience really paid off and showed the other kids what the international game is all about ñ the travel and how you just have to fight through it day-by-day. At the end of the day, they have another gold medal and they deserve it.” Stanford swimmers Maya DiRado and Kate Dwelley also brought home a gold medal. Junior national 200 fly champion Bobby Bollier also earned a silver medal while Andrea Taylor, Felicia Lee, Sam Woodward and David Mosko swam in a championship final. DiRado gave Taylor a lot of credit for helping her win the 400 IM. Taylor finished sixth in the event. “I train with Andie so I know that she’s a really great butterflyer and she always pushes me,” DiRado said. “She’s a great breaststroker so I knew I had a lot of catching up to do in the freestyle but that’s kind of been my strong part in the 400 IM so I have a lot of confidence in the last part.” Cardinal junior Matthew Swanston was a member of Canada’s 400 relay team Friday, which finished eighth in the Championship Final. Dwelley finished fifth in the 100 free, Mosko was seventh in the 800 free and Woodward finished fifth in the 50 free. The United States women’s water polo team fell behind early and could never recover, dropping a 14-4 decision to host China in the championship match. Stanford players Pallavi Menon, Amber Oland and Alyssa Lo played for the Americans along with Sacred Heart Prep grads Adriana Vogt and KK Clark. Stanford grad Janson Wigo scored twice for the U.S. men, who fell to the former Yugoslavia Republic

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nemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are looking forward to a different kind of reunion when the women’s basketball gets underway in a couple of months. For a few weeks this summer, the Ogwumike sisters were teammates of some of the best college players in the country. The next time they meet, they will be rivals. Their respect for each other will never diminish though. “The thing I take away from any USA experience is the relationships you form and the things that you learn, not just as a basketball player but as a person,” Nneka Ogwumike said. “USA Basketball brings out a different characteristic in people because usually you are the best person on your team, you are the most depended on, but here it’s more of a collective effort. It brings out a lot of great qualities in basketball that you wouldn’t necessarily see.” Ogwumike saved her best performance of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China for the championship game. Ogwumike scored 13 of her gamehigh 24 points in the first quarter and had nine rebounds as the United States women’s national basketball team beat Chinese Taipei, 101-66, Sunday to earn the gold medal. “It feels amazing,” Ogwumike said. “Right now, we feel like we are on top of the world, and I think what

Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt, who recently graduated from San Jose State, was a big reason why Team USA reached the title match. of Macedonia, 10-7, in the bronze medal contest. Cardinal grads Drac Wigo, Sage Wright, Peters Sefton and Jeffrey Schwimer also played for the U.S. Stanford track athlete Stanford grad Brad Lawson had 12 kills and Cardinal grad Kawika Shoji added 34 assists, but the U.S. dropped a 25-20, 23-25, 28-30, 2521, 15-11 decision to Japan consolation men’s match. Dwelley finished fifth in the 100 free, Cardinal senior David Mosko was seventh in the 800 free and Stanford grad Elizabeth Smith finished 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.42.

Stanford senior Sam Woodward finished fifth in the hotly-contested Championship Final of the 50 free. The Americans, which also featured Stanford libero Erik Shoji, finished 12th overall, moving up a place when Iran was disqualified from the competition. The U.S. men ended its run in the World University Games tournament on a winning note with a 2519, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Norway. In fencing, Stanford sophomore Taylor Caldwell finished 25th overall in the men’s foil competition. N

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Top: Sokari Douglas Camp’s 2006 steel, wood and gold-leaf sculpture “Accessories Worn in the Delta.” Left: This sculpture of Isis nursing the infant Horus was done by an unknown artist, probably in Egypt between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE. Below: This shield, made from hide and silver, comes from the Amhara peoples of Ethiopia, circa the 19th or early 20th century.

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Museum visitors can trace African art from ancient bronzes to modern political pieces by Leslie Shen he two Nigerian women are dressed traditionally, in long, patterned garments with decorative head wraps. But the female figures are shaped from welded steel. They carry guns and are garlanded with bullets like violent jewelry. Titled “Accessories Worn in the Delta,” the sculpture examines the social ruin visited upon the Niger Delta by the oil industry, and is one piece among more than 200 in the newly redone African galleries at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. According to curator Barbara Thompson, the breadth of media, (continued on next page)

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regions, peoples and time periods represented in the exhibition should not only generate discussion about infrequently discussed issues, but also inspire reconsideration of what African art can be or say. Hence the name of the exhibition, “Expanding Views of Africa.” It’s an ongoing show that includes paintings, jewelry, pottery and masks, from ancient to contemporary pieces. “The exhibition is trying to open up our views of Africa, expand our understanding of African artistic production and meanings and symbolism,” Thompson said. Symbolism is apparent in “Accessories Worn in the Delta.” In place of necklaces, the women bear the typical armaments of guerrilla fighters — a visual blow that both protests injustice and speaks to how the “fashioning” of bodies can reveal individual identity and community relationships. “Because of the wealth that was promised to the local people but never actually came to the local people, there are a number of male youths who have become guerrilla fighters, who wreak havoc on the oil companies and sometimes on opposing factions,” Thompson said. “There are various people vying for the money, vying for the power, and it’s destroying communities. In this case (the artist) Sokari Douglas Camp is portraying women who have their flowered wrappers and beautiful head ties, but instead of accessorizing themselves with jewelry, the women are accessorizing themselves with weapons as the young men do. It’s a very powerful piece.” The fact that the sculpture exists at all is a layer of commentary in itself.

“Sokari Douglas Camp is a woman, and women there are not allowed to work with metal,” Thompson said. “So because she’s working outside of Nigeria, she doesn’t have the same cultural restrictions on the media that she uses.” Another piece working with the form and fashion of the body is a slender yet curvaceous clay pot by Kenyan artist Magdalene Odundo. The story behind the vessel, and behind that style of pottery, intimately links the Cantor’s past to Odundo’s. “After she graduated from art school in the ‘70s, she came to Stanford to visit her cousin who was working at SLAC,” Thompson said. “She came to the museum, saw the ancient Egyptian pottery we had on display and absolutely fell in love with it. After that she went to Idyllwild, a summer arts program, and had the opportunity to do a workshop with a very famous potter who does hand-built blackware. From that point Magdalene gave up wheel throwing and started handbuilding pottery and refining what came to be her signature style. That was based on the very same pots she had seen here at Stanford, so I’ve taken some of those ancient Egyptian pots out of storage and put them on display so we can see what she was looking at.” Printed on the informational card near Odundo’s vessel is a tiny QR code. Museum visitors who scan the code with a smartphone can access an interview with the artist. “She talks about her memories of her mother’s body, and how she sees her pots as being the body of a woman,” Thompson said. “Her work is displayed both in African art galleries and in contemporary art galleries, which is the hope with this pot as well, that it will sort of migrate throughout the museum because it relates to so many different artistic traditions.” But art made in recent times is only the beginning. The room that houses Sokari Douglas Camp’s steel

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Above: A 1959 photo by the Mali portraitist Seydou Keita (1921-2001).

sculpture and Magdalene Odundo’s clay pot is devoted to the present, back to the 1950s. Farther into the exhibit, one finds another space filled with art of the 1500s to 1950s. The final gallery plumbs the depths of time as far back as Egypt before the pharaohs. And in the same way that the art is different from room to room, the surrounding design changes too. “Each space is architecturally designed typical of that time period,” Thompson said. “The contemporary gallery has rectilinear forms reflective of the kinds of buildings in Africa today; the historic gallery has the curvilinear forms that you would see in rural environments; and then the antiquities gallery is based on trapezoidal and pyramidal forms that are reflective of ancient Egyptian architecture. The idea is that one can experience the objects in the spatial environment of the context in which they were made.” While the space helps distinguish one time from the next, thematic currents unite them. “Fashioning the Body/Defining the Self” includes masks, hats, adornments of beads and shells, ancient pendants, figurines and vessels created with the human figure in mind. Gold and

ivory play a part in “Economies and Exchanges in Africa and Beyond” and hint at a European colonial presence in the continent’s history. Religion, rites of passage, birth, life, death and the afterlife are explored in “Moments of Transformation,” often through ceremonial objects. It seems that the thing to be especially aware of is African cultural diversity beyond the monolith of popular portrayal. “I wanted to show the enormous breadth of art objects that are made within different African cultures,” Thompson said. “We have things like pottery, iron, everyday containers, utilitarian objects, different kinds of textiles, the use of raffia and of animal hair. Within their own cultures, these are very important works of expression, but within our culture we haven’t given the due respect to those objects because they haven’t fallen within our spectrum of what we understand as fine art. Many times, something like a chief’s hat is just as important, if not more important, than a mask. Within our own understanding, we might dismiss a hat as just being a hat, but within the culture itself, it has a lot of importance.” The exhibition opened on Aug. 3 and will continue indefinitely, which is an innovation, according to Thompson. “I think there are very, very few museums that would have a permanent gallery devoted to African arts with as much diversity as you see here,” she said. N What: “Expanding Views of Africa,” an ongoing exhibition of contemporary, historic and ancient African art at the Cantor Arts Center. Where: 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford

University When: The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Cost: Free Info: Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

Below: The contemporary Kenya artist Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo created this carbonized and multi-fired red clay vessel in 2005-2006.


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Worth a Look Joyce Goldschmid

From left, Helen Gruner, Courtney Hatcher, Angel Burgess, Breigh Zack and Danielle Najmeh in “Shout! The Mod Musical.” Thursday, Sept. 1, with opening ber — is meant to convey her trailnight at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2. It runs traveling experiences to viewers. “It’s all about what you see on through Oct. 1 with performances ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ Thursday through Sunday and on the trail when you slow down, look You don’t have to say you love two Wednesdays, Sept. 14 and 21. around and get close to the flowers,” Kramer said in a press release. them, but the five singers in Bus Tickets are $24-$32. “That’s when you come to appreciFor more information, call 650Barn Stage Company’s upcoming ate the flower markings and delicate production of “Shout! The Mod Mu- 941-0551 or go to busbarn.org. individual parts whose design is not sical” are wishin’ and hopin’ you do, for us but to attract the bees, butteror else these boots just might walk flies, hummingbirds and other polall over ... OK, you get the idea. linators.” Anyway, “Shout!” is a revue of Kramer often exhibits and gives songs from 1960 to 1970: ballads, presentations on photography. She soul songs, anthems and dance-y Judy Kramer Palo Alto nature photographer is a past president of the Palo Alto numbers. Tunes include “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Georgy Girl,” “To Judy Kramer doesn’t have to go Camera Club. An opening reception for her Sir With Love,” “Downtown” and far for material. She often goes out “Alfie.” The show was created by with her camera to the nearby Santa show, titled “A Bee’s-Eye View: Phillip George and David Lowen- Cruz Mountains. Her new exhibition Wildflower Close-up Photography,” — which will be in the Pacific Art is set for Friday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 stein. “Shout!” previews at 8 p.m. on League’s Norton Gallery in Septem- to 8 p.m. The art league is at 668 Ramona St. in downtown Palo Alto; gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4. Go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.

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Kings Mountain Art Fair

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For the 48th year, art will come to the redwoods for Labor Day weekend. The Kings Mountain Fair is once again scheduled to take place at the scenic area around the Kings Mountain Fire Station at 13889 Skyline Boulevard near Woodside. This year, 135 juried artists and 25 “mountain folk artists” are expected to take part in the volunteer-run event, showing and selling sculptures, paintings,

Buddha faces by artist Deborah Bridge communed with the redwoods at the 2010 Kings Mountain Art Fair, and are scheduled to return this year. furniture, jewelry, toys and other items. Children’s activities include face-painting, art-making and reading. Admission to the fair is free, but there is a charge for some of the activities. A pancake breakfast with the artists starts at 8 a.m., with lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Overall, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 3, 4 and 5). Proceeds benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Kings Mountain Elementary School. Attendees are asked to park (for free) along Skyline Boulevard and take a free shuttle to the fair. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed. For more information, call 650851-2710 or go to kingsmountainartfair.org.

Music Broceliande

The Celtic/medieval trio Broceliande gets an early start on welcoming autumn this Saturday, Aug. 27, with a harvest concert at East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. The musicians’ repertoire focuses on music from the British Isles, with plenty of Irish dances, a cappella madrigals and tunes from medieval and Renaissance courts. The players are: trio founder Margaret Davis, who sings and plays Celtic harp, flute and recorders; Kristoph Klover on vocals, guitars, octave mandolin and oboe; and cellist Kris Yenney, who also sings and plays viola da gamba, kamanche and percussion. (Yenney also directs some of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s ensembles.) Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 650-988-

9800. For more information, go to eastwest.com.

Film

‘Queen of the Sun’ The mystery of the disappearing honeybees is more gripping — and worrisome — to many people than any paperback whodunit. That very real puzzle will be examined this Saturday in the company of many a book. Kepler’s Books is hosting a screening of the documentary film “Queen of the Sun,” which explores why and how the honeybees are vanishing, and what effect that is having. Directed by Taggart Siegel, the 2010 film features authors Michael Pollan and Gunther Hauk, and activist Vandana Shiva. The screening begins at 7 p.m., accompanied by a talk with Catherine Fraley of CoastalBee.com. Roger Reynolds Nursery of Menlo Park will also display “bee-friendly” plants. Admission to the event at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park is $16 at the door. For more information, call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.

A&E DIGEST PROPAGANDA-PALOOZA ... A stash of Soviet-era political posters from Stanford’s Hoover Institution has traveled to Chicago to be part of an exhibition called “Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945.” (TASS was the Soviet news and propaganda agency.) The show at the Art Institute of Chicago is up through Oct. 23. “It’s the first time we’ve ever sent originals off campus,” Richard Sousa, director of Hoover’s library and archives, said in a press release.


  

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Show times for the Century 16 and Century 20 theaters are for Friday through Tuesday only unless otherwise noted. For more, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies. 30 Minutes or Less (R) (Not Reviewed)

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

The 39 Steps (1935)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 4:10 & 7:30 p.m.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) (((

Century 16: 12:50 & 7 p.m.; In 3D at 3:50 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; In 3D at 11:05 a.m.; 4:45 & 10:30 p.m.

The Change-Up (R) ((1/2

Century 20: 10:20 p.m.

Colombiana (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

Conan the Barbarian (2011) (R) (

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

Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ((1/2

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

Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: 12:30, 3:20, 7:10 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Be Afraid of the Dark (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:30, 5:10, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m.

Fright Night (2011) (R) (Not Reviewed)

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

The Guard (R) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:40 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m. Harry Potter and the Deathly Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; In 3D at 2:50 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 5:20 Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) (((( p.m.; In 3D at 1:50 & 7:35 p.m. The Help (PG-13) ((

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

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Horrible Bosses (R) (((

Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:10 & 10:35 p.m.; Tue. at 12:40, 3:10 & 5:35 p.m.

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 5:45 & 9:05 p.m.

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

Century 20: 12:30 & 6:15 p.m. Guild Theatre: 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 1 p.m.

One Day (PG-13) (1/2

Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:20 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m.

Our Hospitality (1923)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. (double feature with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Balloonatic,â&#x20AC;? 1923)

Our Idiot Brother (R) ((1/2

Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 1:55, 4:30, 7:40 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 1:25, 3:40, 5:55, 8:15 & 10:35 p.m.

            

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: Century 16: Tue. & Thu. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Tue. & Thu. at 8 p.m. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m With You (R) (Not Reviewed)

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Century 16: 12:10, 1:10, 2:40, 3:40, 5:10, 7, 8, 9:40 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:25, (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) 3:15, 5, 7:40, 9 & 10:10 p.m. Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key (PG-13) ((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 1, 3:45, 6:15 & 8:45 p.m.

Scarface Special (R) (Not Reviewed)

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

Senna (PG-13) (((

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

Century 20: Wed. at 7:30 p.m.

The Smurfs (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: Fri.-Mon. at 12:20 & 6:20 p.m.; Tue. at 12:20 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Sun. at 3:30 & 8:55 p.m.; In 3D Mon. at 2:50 & 8:55 p.m.; In 3D Tue. at 2:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 4:20 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3DAatgood 1:50 bet & 6:50 p.m. Outstanding ( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( (((( Spy Kids: All the Time in the Century 16: 1:50 & 7 p.m.; In 3D at 11:30 a.m.; 4:10 & 9:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 4:40 & World (PG) (Not Reviewed) 9:35 p.m.; In 3D at 2:20 & 7:15 p.m.

( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)

Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)

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

Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700)

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

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

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the proceedings. The suggestion that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not holyfool Ned who has something to learn may rankle some, but at least â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Idiot Brotherâ&#x20AC;? takes the character seriously enough not to coat him in Teflon: He knows heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a screw-up and cycles through embarrassment on the way to a burst of frustration (albeit triggered by one too many sororal slights). More bothersome is the neatly gift-wrapped resolution, with the sisters concurrently emerging from their blind spots. Though one earlier

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Eating Out FOOD FEATURE

Kitchen culture Palo Altan offers workshops on fermented foods and beverages by Karla Kane

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healthy gut, immune-system support and optimal nutrition. They increase the efficiency of digestion by providing enzymes that help do the work for you,â&#x20AC;? Herndon said. Common conditions including asthma and irritable-bowel syndrome have been linked to a lack of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, she said. Fermented foods also aid in nutrient absorption, are cheap to create and keep for months. Plus, she added, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re zesty and rich in flavor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are deeply rooted in our food traditions and I believe it is time to make them mainstream again,â&#x20AC;? she said. (continued on next page)

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in foil pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes then drain the oil. 3. Meanwhile, heat the other 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a foil pan. Dredge the veal shanks in the ďŹ&#x201A;our, coating on all sides and shake off the excess ďŹ&#x201A;our. When the oil is hot, slip in the shanks and brown them on all sides. This should take about 6-7 minutes per side. Remove the veal shanks and place them in the ďŹ rst pan on top of the cooked vegetables. 4. Add the wine, butter, chicken broth, tomatoes, pepper and salt to the pot. The liquid should come at least two thirds of the way to the top of the shanks. If it does not, add more broth. 5. Cover the pan and place it in the oven. Cook for about 2 hours, turning and basting every 30 minutes, until the meat is very tender. 6. Transfer the Ossobuco to a warm plate and carefully remove the strings. To serve place Ossobuco on a plate with Risotto Milanese, or Pastina pasta in herbed olive oil and garlic.

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Fermentation

Now, she said, “I rarely get sick and my kids are way healthier than the other kids.” Herndon’s two children, both in elementary school, have grown up eating a locally sourced diet, mostly free from processed foods. “They think ‘regular’ food tastes like junk,” she said. The family raises chickens for eggs, grows vegetables, keeps honeybees and gets raw milk from a goat they board in San Jose. She’s been teaching workshops since last summer under the name Lisa’s Counter Culture, at the urging of friends. “I was doing it for free but people kept asking,” she said, and through word of mouth, demand for her workshops grew. She usually teaches classes of six to eight students in her kitchen but has recently expanded to workshops at local Whole Foods markets. “My main job is being a mom but now that my kids are older I’m hoping to do more workshops,” she said. Her introductory workshop covers what lacto-fermentation is, different methods such as closed versus open-air systems, using pickling jars, temperature requirements, and how to make brine. It also includes samples. After taking one of her classes, “usually people come to more,” she said. Recently, Herndon taught a $75 workshop on dosas (traditionally fermented Indian crepes) and chutneys (fruit-based condiments common in Indian cuisine). Her dosa batter was made from lacto-fermented lentils, long-grain rice and salt, plus seasonings such as tumeric, black pepper, cilantro and fenugreek. She demonstrated all steps in the Page 48ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Herndon’s been into healthy eating for about a decade, since she was pregnant with her first child and found herself suffering from gestational diabetes. She began researching and practicing a more traditional diet (including plenty of fresh, local ingredients and food blooming with live, active cultures) and found that her health vastly improved. Doing her own lacto-fermentation was a natural next step. She first learned to make sauerkraut and found that common condiments such as ketchup, mustard and pickles were traditionally made with lacto-fermentation. Mayonnaise made with fresh egg yolks and olive oil, she said, is divine. “Then,” she said, laughing, “I got obsessive.” From sauerkraut and pickles she moved on to kimchi (Korean fermented veggies), kefir (a fermented drink that is often dairybased), beet kvass (a digestive tonic), kombucha (a “tea” made from a yeast culture), salad dressings, dips and other items, all of which she’s taught workshops on. “I haven’t yet tried miso, or sourdough,” she said, adding that she tries to steer clear of gluten and grain-based foods. Her personal favorites include the naturally carbonated fizz of kombucha tea, which can be flavored with fruits or herbs and offers a tangy, natural alternative to soda pops — a particular past weakness, she said. “It was really hard to quit Fresca.”

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Clockwise from top left: Lisa Herndon uses a funnel to place the makings of “pickle-kraut” into a jar; fermented treats including pickled garlic, jalapeño pickles and “pickle-kraut”; Herndon’s homebrewed fermented beverages: pineapple kombucha, cucumber-celery kombucha, golden-beet kvass and raspberry-ginger kombucha. process, from soaking the lentils to frying them in olive oil in a sizzling pan until they’re golden brown. The chutneys included spicy mint, mango and mixed fruit. The class included tastings, hands-on dosa cooking and a recipe booklet. She also offered the pickling jars she recommends and baggies of Indian rice and lentils for sale after class.

What’s the easiest choice for a newbie looking to get into lactofermentation? “Pickles!” Herndon said, adding that all they take are fresh cucumbers, a suitable jar, salt brine and seasonings and herbs as desired. “In three to four days they’re ready, nice and crisp.” And don’t even think about


Eating Out throwing away leftover brine or pickle juice, she added. It makes a nutritious and tasty source for salad dressings and dips. More fall workshops are posted at lisascounterculture.com. N What: “Condiments and Veggies” workshop When: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: A home in Palo Alto (contact for more information) Cost: $75 Info: lisascounterculture.com or 650-858-1148

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‘Elements of Fire’ Exhibition of ceramics by artists and CSMA Faculty Members Gabe Toci and Jonathan Huang. Through Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Sundays. Free. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650917-6800 ext. 306. www.arts4all.org/attend/mohrgallery.htm ‘Illustrated Title Pages 1500-1900’ “Illustrated Title Pages” exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Open through Oct. 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. ‘Rhythm ‘n Blue’ An all-gallery exhibit running through Aug. 27. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, collage, metal work and jewelry are on display. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. open until 4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. www.gallery9losaltos.com

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‘Small Works for a Big Cause - Photographs from Around the World to Benefit Nonprofit Nuru International’ The Portola Art Gallery presents “Small Works for a Big Cause,” an exhibit by photographer Frances Freyberg of Menlo Park to benefit nonprofit Nuru International. This exhibit will include photos from Freyberg’s recent travels to Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Chile, as well as local scenes. Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com ‘The Art of the Book in California’ Five presses, selected by curator and printer Peter Koch, exemplify the book arts in California today. Through Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Rengstorff Arts Festival Fine Art showcasing local artists in mixed media and selected student work from the “Art4Schools” program at the Community School of Music and Arts. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, through

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Auditions

Peninsula Women’s Chorus Auditions The Peninsula Women’s Chorus (PWC) is looking for experienced singers to join its 45th-anniversary season. Auditions Wednesday, Aug. 24 by appointment only, or other dates by arrangement. Rehearsals are Monday evenings in Palo Alto. www.pwchorus.org Silicon Valley Boychoir The Silicon Valley Boychoir will be holding auditions for its 2011-2012 season. Auditions will be scheduled by appointment. The multilevel choir is held after school in downtown Palo Alto for boys ages 6 and up with classes on Monday and Wednesday (A Tuesday class is now forming). Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m. Free. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-424-1242. www.svboychoir.org

Benefits

Los Altos Community Foundation ‘Roaring 20’s Gala’ Cocktail reception, catered sit-down dinner, casino play, silent auction, music and dancing. 1920s attire encouraged. Aug. 27, 5:30-10 p.m. Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-5908. www.losaltoscf.org

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Songs of the 17th century Baritone Mischa Bouvier will be featured along with soprano Youngmi Kim (not pictured) in a performance of 17th-century German cantatas on Friday, Sept. 9. The two soloists will perform works by Franz Tunder, Matthias Weckmann and others with the groups Catacoustic Consort and Wildcat Viols under the auspices of the San Francisco Early Music Society. The concert is at 8 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $35 general, $30 for seniors, $28 for society members and $12 for students. Call 510-528-1725 or go to sfems.org. Page 50ÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

‘Death and Grief as a Spiritual Journey’ A workshop on dealing with death and the grieving process. Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. www.anandapaloalto.org ‘Share the Gift of Reading Volunteer as a Tutor’ Project Read Menlo Park will train and prepare tutors to provide oneon-one tutoring in adult literacy. Sept. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-3302525. Aerobic Dancing Classes A Jacki Sorensen fitness class incorporating strength training, abdominal work and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care provided. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9-10 a.m. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. (next to Library), Mountain View. Call 650-9411002. Communication Workshop (ToastMasters Orbiters) Toastmasters meet every first and third Thursdays to work on communication skills in a friendly environment. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Community Center, 210 South Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Call 408-571-1844. orbiters.freetoasthost.us Cool Season Vegetable Gardening Topics: timing of seed starting and planting to maximize harvest; planning the warm to cool season transition; watering, feeding, weeding, managing pests; and cover crops. Aug. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Free Financial Coaching One-on-one financial consultations available to help build financial independence. Tuesdays, through Nov. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. smcl.org Gardening in Containers: Ornamentals and Vegetables Lise Varner and Laramie Trevino lead a talk about growing ornamentals and edibles successfully in containers, particularly edible and fragrant plants. Topics include types of plants that work best, containers and potting material to use, and fertilizing and watering. Sept. 3, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center

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Drive, Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Jazzercise Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Mon.-Tue. at 6 p.m. and Thu. at 5:40 p.m. $47 per month ($42 for Little House members). Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-7031263. Landscaping with Edibles Learn about foundation landscape herbs, climbers, ground covers and edibles for the garden. Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $43. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. landscapingwithedibles.eventbrite.com Menlo Fit Boot Camp Saturday-morning Boot Camp at the new Arrillaga Gym in Menlo Park presented by Menlo Fit. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to sign in and warm up. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menlofit.com Yoga for Gardeners A workshop on yoga exercises for gardeners. Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650493-6072. yogacareforgardeners.eventbrite.com/

Clubs/Meetings

Atherton Book Club Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book and share potluck food. Several copies of each book are available for check out. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl. org/en/node/3696 Blackberry REACT Meetings REACT is an emergency-preparedness meeting for radio operators. Group meets first Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Blackberry REACT Meetings, 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Call 650-3368227. www.blackberryreact.org Early Risers Toastmasters (Palo Alto) Early Risers Toastmasters Club in Palo Alto meets every Tuesday. The club’s goal is to foster communication skills in a supportive environment. 6:30-8 a.m. Free. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-561-3182. club2117.freetoasthost.com Knitting Group Knitting group meets second and fourth Saturday of each month. Bring own supplies. 2-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org/en/node/522 Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the club is currently seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of their skill level in the hobby. 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Community Events

Assistive Technology Devices for Older Adults Learn about devices that can help seniors maintain independence through later years. Sept. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412

Ross Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-922. www.ymcasv.org/paloalto/ Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market The Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday through December, featuring fresh produce from local vendors and live music. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market, Gilman Street at Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. www.pafarmersmarket.org Kings Mountain Art Fair The 48th Kings Mountain Art Fair features 135 juried artists in a redwood-forest setting. This fair is 100 percent volunteer-run and proceeds benefit the KM Volunteer Fire Brigade and local elementary school. Sept. 3-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. kingsmountainartfair.org/ Palo Alto Festival of the Arts This year’s 30th annual event is hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. Art, vendors, entertainment and more. Aug. 2728, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto. Call 650-324-3121. www.mlaproductions.com Teen Mural Program Unveiling Mural Music & Arts Project celebrates a successful summer of the Teen Mural Program. This summer, 24 teens from East Palo Alto studied “VISION: Claiming Our Voice and Building Our Future.” Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mural Music & Arts Project Headquarters, 2043 Euclid Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650799-7464. www.facebook.com/event. php?eid=213641885348066

Concerts

Stung (Police Tribute) Stung is a Police tribute band. Sept. 2, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/ events/musiconthesquare.html

Dance

Scottish Country Dance Intro Night Taster class in Scottish Country Dance (SCD). No partner needed. Bring water and close fitting shoes. Sept. 7, 7:45-10 p.m. $2. Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-327-4402. www.rscds-sf.org Social Ballroom Dancing Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion. Aug. 26 lesson at 8 p.m. is Foxtrot for beginning and intermediate levels, followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. A $9 cover includes refreshments. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-395-8847. readybyte.com/fridaynightdance Tango Tango, instructed by Arthur Murray featuring free mini-lessons and open social dancing for all ages and all levels, no experience needed and no partner required. Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/ events/Dancing.html

Environment

Solar Electric Class Solar electric informational class on the latest developments


Goings On on solar rebates, tax credits, solar installation issues, photovoltaic technologies and economic considerations for homeowners considering solar power. Q & A session with Kurt Newick. RSVP encouraged. Aug. 27, 1:30-3:15 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 408-370-9636. www.gosolarnow.com/ClassesandEvents.html

Exhibits

‘Bloom’ “Bloom” is a new exhibition by Cubberley artists curated by Elise De Marzo. Through Aug. 31, 1 p.m. Free. Palo Alto City Hall. cubberleyartists. com/ ‘Monuments of Printing’ “Monuments of Printing: from Gutenberg to the Renaissance,” the first of two exhibitions spanning 500 years of printing history, demonstrates the development of printing in Europe over a 250-year period as seen in selected works in the rare book collections of the Stanford University Libraries. Through Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays. Free. Green Library Bing Wing, Stanford University. Call 650-725-1020. library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/exhibits/ MonumentsofPrintingOne.html ‘Shaped by Water: Past, Present and Future’ Call for art: Original 2D art featuring the history and future of water in the Santa Clara Valley wanted to be displayed in the Los Altos Library, in conjunction with Los Altos History Museum exhibit, “Shaped by Water: Past, Present, and Future. Submit by Aug 31. Prospectus at www.LosAltosHistory.org/ exhibits.htm. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650-949-4263. www.LosAltosHistory. org/exhibits.htm

Family and Kids

‘Boy Wonders Story Time’ A storytime featuring Boy Wonders will be held Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-3244321. www.keplers.com ‘Rock Steady presents Eco-tainment’ Doug Nolan of Rock Steady will be presenting his show, “Eco-tainment,” an environmental educational library program. Learn about protecting the environment with music, magic and juggling. Sept. 8, 4:30-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/ portola-valley Insects and Spiders The exhibit “Buzzzz” at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo explores the world of insects and spiders.

Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.friendsjmz.org Paws for Tales Children practice reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog. The Humane Society requires a signed release form for each time a child reads. Sign up in advance. Fourth Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/en/content/paws-tales-1 Science Night Science Night at the Museum of American Heritage for ages 7 and up. Hands-on activities with: static electricity, electromagnetic games and toys, Theremin and Tesla Coil. Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m. $20 at door/$17 if booked in advance. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-3211004. www.moah.org

Film

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Charlie Bucket is a poor little boy who wins every young child’s dream when he gets a chance to tour Willy Wonka’s amazing factory with four other children. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www. redwoodcity.org/events/movieschedule. html ‘Connected: An Autoblography about Love, Death & Technology’ Tiffany Shlain traces interdependence through history and discovers some surprising links in this film. Sept. 8, 7 p.m. $10 members; $15 nonnmembers. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408280-5530. commonwealthclub.org ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ Atherton Library will be showing “Gnomeo and Juliet” as its Final Friday Flick for August. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments provided by Friends of the library. Aug. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-3282422. smcl.org ‘Ingredients’ See how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between the food produced and the food eaten. Films of Vision and Hope film series, sponsored by Vision and Hope, World Centric, Transition, and Slow Food South Bay. Aug. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto. transitionsiliconvalley. org/ ‘Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?’ “Queen of the Sun” is a look at the global bee crisis revealing both

problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Presented by Kepler’s and Cinema Connect. Talk and honey tastings by Cat Fraley. Beefriendly plants by Roger Reynolds Nursery. Aug. 27, 7-9:30 p.m. $12 advance, $16 door. The Roy Kepler Pavilion, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.VisionaryEdge.org ‘Rebecca’s Wild Farm’ Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking shows how she transformed her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, discovering that nature holds the key. Films of Vision and Hope film series, sponsored by World Centric, Transition, and Slow Food South Bay. Sept. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto. transitionsiliconvalley.org/

Park (South Field), Palo Alto. www.sfmt. org ‘Sense and Sensibility’ Two charming sisters sail the unpredictable seas of courtship in this adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Sense and Sensibility.” Tue.-Wed.: 7:30 p.m.; Thu.Fri.: 8 p.m.; Sat.: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 18, $19-$69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org ‘Twelfth Night’ Audiences hike through the redwoods while watching Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” Through Sept. 4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. $20-25. Theatre in the Woods, 2170 Bear Gulch Road (West), Woodside. www.atmostheatre.com

aspects of community health. Aug. 30, 8:15 a.m.-noon. Free. RSVP required. Google Crittenden Campus, 1400 Crittenden Ave, Bldg CL4, Mountain View. Call 408-299-5050. www.eventbrite. com/event/1946262323 ‘Cloud.e 2011: Disaster Recovery and The Cloud’ “Cloud.e 2011: Disaster Recovery and The Cloud,” is presented by Pro Softnet, the minds behind IDrive. IBackup and RemotePC. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. There will be keynote speakers, new product announcements and workshops for affiliate partners. Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 818251-4200. www.ibackup.com/cloud-e/

Live Music

Outdoors

‘The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking’ A memoir about the life of author and historian, Iris Chang, as told by her mother. Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free to members. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com SVForum: ‘Navigating Gender Differences for Business Success’ Learn how to navigate and interpret gender differences to create a more cohesive and dynamic workplace that retains both talent and diversity. Aug. 30, 7:30-10 a.m. $25 SVForum members, $35 nonmembers. White & Lee LLP, 541 Jefferson Ave. # 100, Redwood City. svforum. org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar. eventDetail&eventID=13985 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom The local WILPF will discuss the “War on Women” from a UN perspective. Opening and closing songs by Raging Grannies, and a display about domestic violence. Aug. 28, 11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto High School - Student Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www. humanists.org

Alex Walsh Alex Walsh, San Francisco based singer/song-writer, brings his folkrock originals and blues-inspired guitar to the gardens. Aug. 28, 2-3 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House at Shoreline, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. www.rhouse.org Bossa Nova with Mucho Axé Live Mucho Axé performs Bossa Nova, Latin, Tango, and more. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. www.moroccosrestaurant.com Happy Together - Ukelele Duo This upbeat duo performs classic pop songs Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. www.moroccosrestaurant.com Montrose with Michael Lee Firkins and Ol’ Cheeky Bastards Montrose plays rock ‘n roll music, with opening acts Michael Lee Firkins and Ol’Cheeky Bastards. Sept. 3, 8-11:45 p.m. $20-$35. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.foxrwc.com The Rising The Rising, A Bruce Springsteen tribute, performs Aug. 26, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity. org/events/musiconthesquare.html

On Stage

‘2012 - The Musical’ The San Francisco Mime Troupe returns to Palo Alto with its latest political satire, “2012 - The Musical.” A small political theater company finds itself at a crossroads: keep telling the stories they feel can change the world or sell out? Live music a half hour before the show. Sept. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Mitchell

OF NOTE

Historic Folger Stable Visitors can view the historically restored Folger Stable and miles of woodland trails. View historic displays and video in the carriage room. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-2660.

Religion/Spirituality

Kirtan (Chanting) An evening of sacred chanting, most simple to learn. Words are provided. Participants will sing chants in English as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. Aug. 26, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. www.anandapaloalto.org

Seniors

‘10th Annual Fashion Show’ The senior center will be holding its annual fashion show, hosted by Chico’s of Los Altos. Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330. Senior Showcase Information Fair Learn about senior resources and services from all of San Mateo County. Free refreshments, goody bags and giveaways. Free blood pressure screening and Ask the Pharmacist. Free document shredding by Miracle Shred. Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Little House, Menlo Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3445200. www.smdailyjournal.com

Special Events

‘Best Practices to Foster Health in our Community’ An interactive gathering hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss to discuss health promotion, featuring the City of Mountain View. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Anthony Iton from the California Endowment, followed by community conversations on

Talks/Authors

Volunteers

‘Back to School Days at the Palo Alto Baylands’ Volunteers are needed to pull invasive weeds in the marshlands of Palo Alto to protect habitat and native birds. Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Directions will be given upon RSVP. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.savesfbay.org/volunteer Production staff for ‘Pirates of Penance’ The Stanford Savoyards seek production staff for their winter show, “Pirates of Penzance.” Available positions include stage and music director, costumer, set designer and stage manager. Applicants of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome. Stanford. www.stanford. edu/group/savoyards

The plight of the bumblebee The 2010 documentary film “Queen of the Sun,” which looks at the perplexing disappearance of honeybees, will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, presented with Cinema Connect. Directed by Taggart Siegel, the film will be shown together with a talk by Catherine Fraley of CoastalBee.com. Admission is $16 at the door. Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓÈ]ÊÓ䣣ÊU *>}iÊ51


CITY OF PALO ALTO PRESENTS – 27TH ANNUAL

PALO ALTO WEEKLY MOONLIGHT RUN & WALK Friday, September 9, 2O11

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 — go to PaloAltoOnline.com 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 www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

REGISTRATIONS & ENTRY FEE Pre-registration fee is $25 per entrant (postmarked by September 2, 2011) and includes a long-sleeve 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 www.PaloAltoOnline.com. 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 MoonlightRun@paweekly.com.

MINORS: If not pre-registered Minors under 18 MUST bring signed parental/waiver form (below) 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 www.PaloAltoOnline.com by 11pm race night. Registration forms must be filled out completely and correctly for results to be accurate. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete or incorrect registration forms. You must register for the event you plan to participate in.

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

PALO ALTO GRAND PRIX Road Race Series — Moonlight Run, 9/9; Marsh Madness, 10/23; Home Run, 11/13, for more information go to www.paloaltogp.org.

BENEFICIARY Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. A holiday-giving fund to benefit Palo Alto area non-profits and charitable organizations. In April 2011, 45 organizations received a total of $240,000 (from the 2010-2011 Holiday Fund.)

Stanford

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

Flashlights/head lights recommended. First aid service and chiropractic evaluations will be available.

Register online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com GOT OLD SHOES? Change someone’s world with a pair of your shoes. Bring your gently worn shoes to the Moonlight Run and they will be sent to Djibouti, Africa.

Please make checks payable to: Palo Alto Weekly MOONLIGHT RUN and mail to: Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302 • ONE ENTRY FORM PER PERSON ON RACE DAY

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WAIVER: In consideration of your accepting my entry, intending to be legally bound do hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive, and release any and all rights and claims that I may have against the persons and organizations affiliated with the run and sponsoring agencies, and the assignees for any and all injuries suffered by me while traveling to and from, and while participating in the Moonlight Run, or associated activities September 9, 2011. I further attest that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained for participation in this event.

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