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Legalized marijuana wafts toward Palo Alto ballot Ballot initiative to allow three pot dispensaries gathers needed signatures, heads to City Council by Gennady Sheyner arijuana dispensaries could sprout at up to three Palo Alto locations, if the City Council or voters were to approve an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana within city limits. A citizens group has gathered


more than enough signatures to put the issue on the city ballot, City Clerk Donna Grider told the Weekly. The success of the signature drive means the council must either adopt the proposed ordinance or bring it to the voters some

time next year. Initiative supporters argue in the petition that legalizing and taxing marijuana dispensaries would be both humane and financially lucrative. The proposed ordinance would “allow our neighbors, who are seriously or terminally ill, to legally and safely obtain marijuana near their home, if they have the approval of their physician,” the petition states. “Terminally ill patients, many of

whom are elderly, are faced with a Hobson’s choice of buying marijuana illegally or traveling many miles to a city that has a dispensary,” the petition reads. The drive is led by former Ronald Reagan adviser Thomas Gale Moore and Cassandra Chrones Moore, a policy analyst at the libertarian think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute. Under the proposed ordinance, operators of marijuana dispensa-

ries would pay $10,000 for their permits and pay a 4 percent tax for every dollar of their gross receipts. The dispensaries would also have to pay $10,000 every year to have their permits renewed. Proponents note in their petition that San Jose’s medical-marijuana ordinance brought the city $290,000 in revenues in its first month and urge Palo Alto officials to pass a (continued on page 8)


From fear to friendship ‘National Invite Your Neighbors to Dinner Day’ aims to foster understanding by Sue Dremann or 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, Samina Faheem Sundas has opened her Palo Alto home and her heart to her fellow Americans with the goal of building “a beloved community.” A Pakistani immigrant, naturalized American citizen and Sunni Muslim, Sundas said she saw her fellow Americans — people she did not know — express hatred toward her as a result of Sept. 11. “It was just a very rude awakening for me. I realized at that moment the place I call home, the nation I adopted, the people I think of as my own, have just kicked me out. That day, I became ‘the other,’” she said. But Sundas, 57, found her life’s work in the rubble of the disaster. Sundas started holding dinners in her home to help her neighbors and people of faith overcome the fear of “the other.” Her efforts have neither gone unnoticed nor unrewarded. She received the 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith peace organization, for her open houses and for founding American Muslim Voice, a nonprofit that brings people of different backgrounds together to learn about each other. On Oct. 2, Sundas, together with American Muslim Voice and dozens of interfaith groups, will host “National Invite Your Neighbors to Dinner Day.” The event encourages Americans to lessen religious and cultural tensions by inviting someone of a different background over for dinner, she said. The event, part of the “From Fear to Friendship” campaign, was announced at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on March 28. It was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-


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A fine romance Seated on a new bench carved out of a felled, century-old eucalyptus tree at the College Terrace Library, Mark Mueller reads a fairy tale to his wife, Sarah Griffin Mueller. Mueller hand-wrote the book, “Princess and the Mule,” a year ago based on the couple’s own story — and used it to propose. The Muellers celebrated their anniversary by rereading the story.


Fire union reignites battle against ballot measure Firefighters reopen their ‘unfair labor practice’ charge against city; seek to block labor-reform measure by Gennady Sheyner fter a brief respite, Palo Alto’s firefighters union on Wednesday renewed its legal battle against the city and resurrected its quest to keep a labor-reform measure off the November ballot. The union, International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319, last month filed an “unfair labor


practices” charge against the city with the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), arguing that the council acted unlawfully in not conferring with the union before deciding to place a repeal of binding arbitration before city voters. Measure D, which the council approved in July by a 5-4 vote, seeks to repeal

a 33-year-old law that empowers a panel of arbitrators to settle labor disputes between the city and its public-safety workers. The union had also requested on Aug. 1 an injunction that would keep Measure D from the ballot. Days after filing the complaint and requesting the injunction, union leaders agreed to shelve both in hopes that the council would reopen negotiations with the unions and consider less drastic reforms to the binding-arbitration process. But this past Tuesday night, before the council retreated into a closed session to discuss the union’s legal challenge, union President Tony Spitaleri urged the council to consider a settlement proposal from the labor board, a proposal that he declined to discuss in detail but that he said

would postpone the election until June 2012 and give the city and the union a chance to draft an ordinance that would be acceptable to all. On Wednesday, when it became clear that the council would not reschedule the election, the union resumed its legal challenge and asked the court once again to consider its request for an injunction. The labor board is expected to consider the request for injunction immediately and issue a response within a few days of the request, City Attorney Molly Stump said. Spitaleri on Wednesday criticized the city’s decision to place the binding-arbitration repeal on the November ballot, saying in a statement that the “City Council has thrown fair(continued on page 7)

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We should not wait for a disaster to come to find out who’s who. — Samina Faheem Sundas, a Sunni Muslim and U.S. citizen, on why she created ‘National Invite Your Neighbors to Dinner Day.’ See story on page 3.

Around Town BRAIN DRAIN ... Palo Alto likes its retired city workers — so much so, that it rehires them at a higher rate than any other city in Santa Clara County. According to a recent report from the county, 5.7 percent of the city’s employees are people who retired and were then rehired (for other cities in the county, the average was 1.6 percent). The practice of rehiring retired workers faced some scrutiny after newspaper reports found some instances of employees “double dipping� by retiring, cashing out all their vacations and bonuses, and then returning to work while continuing to collect their pension. But the county’s Civil Grand Jury recently issued a report on the matter and found that in most cases, rehiring retirees “appears to be a prudent way to secure highly skilled talent for short-term tasks at a relatively low cost to economically strapped municipalities and does not in itself appear to be a barrier to hiring new workers.� In Palo Alto, the rehiring of retirees is particularly popular for several reasons. With revenues falling, the city has been shaving away at workers’ benefits and instituting new requirements for employees to share medical and pension costs. These factors led many employees to retire over the past two years, leaving “a rapid and unprecedented municipal ‘brain drain’,� according to a report from Human Resources Assistant Michele Dallara. The city’s plummeting tax revenues also threw a wrench into the city’s “succession planning� by forcing the council to trim positions instead of creating training plans. The city, according to Dallara’s report, faced a “significant exodus of workers with expertise and institutional knowledge� and ended up rehiring retirees for such positions as deputy fire chief, police investigators and managers in Public Works, Planning and Community Environment, and Human Resources. The City Council is scheduled to approve the staff response to the grand jury report on Monday night. BEYOND THE BORDERS ... When Borders Books announced in July its plans to close all stores by September, Palo Alto’s theater lovers saw the local store’s impending departure as a perfect opportu-

nity to restore the building to the theater it once was. These hopes were dealt a blow last week, when representatives of the building owner, Charles “Chop� Keenan, submitted plans to convert most of the building to office space. According to Thomas Fehrenbach, the city’s economic-development manager, the plan calls for offices on the second floor and on 25 percent of the ground floor of the prominent two-story building on University Avenue and Waverley Street. Fehrenbach wrote in a letter to the City Council that his office has put together a brochure about the property at 456 University Ave. and has reached out to various people in the theater and performing arts communities. The new brochure calls the building “ideal for theater use� and lauds its “high foot traffic� and proximity to Caltrain and Stanford. So far, he said, there have been no formal proposals from the theater community. HANDS OFF ... A proposal by State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, to add penalties for drivers who text behind the wheel hit a legislative wall this week when Gov. Jerry Brown decided to veto it. The proposal, Senate Bill 29, would have raised fines and added a “point� on the driving records of motorists who text while driving or who talk on their cell pones without hands-free devices. The bill would have raised fines for those who text while driving to $50 for first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses. When court fees and other penalties are entered into the equation, repeat offenders would have to pay more than $500. Though Simitian asserted that the new bill would reduce collisions and save lives, Brown vetoed the bill, saying the current laws suffice. Simitian, who authored three previous laws targeting distracted drivers, called the veto a “lost opportunity to save more lives.� He said he would review Brown’s veto message to see if there’s any room for compromise. “I’m disappointed, but the Governor gets the last word,� Simitian said in a statement. “I understand and accept that. My job now is to figure out where do we go from here.� N


Foundation aims for longer school day New Ravenswood director links classroom hours, higher scores by Chris Kenrick tight focus on academics has slowly but surely boosted test scores in East Palo Alto schools. The kids and teachers have worked hard — but Renu Nanda thinks outside volunteers deserve some small credit as well. Nanda, a lawyer and resident of Menlo Park, is the new executive director of the Ravenswood Education Foundation, which has raised more than $3 million in its four-year history and brokered outside assistance for the hardscrabble Ravenswood City School District. The district serves 3,800 K-8 children from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Longer school days and summer academies have been top funding priorities for the foundation — “increased learning time is one of those things that we know works,� Nanda said. The Ravenswood district celebrated a 79-point gain — from 636 to 715 — over three years in its Academic Performance Index (API), released last week. That may not compare to Palo Alto’s 926, but it’s progress for a district where 80 percent of children are considered low-income; about twothirds are still learning English; and 30 percent every year are brand-new enrollees. Four schools — Brentwood, Cesar Chavez, Costano and Willow Oaks — exceeded the median API score for other California schools with similar demographics. One school, James Flood, precisely hit the median. Three others — Belle Haven, Green Oaks and McNair — came in below the median API score for similar schools. “Having great schools is an incre-


mental process, and it takes a long time,� Nanda said in an interview in her small office at Ravenswood district headquarters. “We’re showing that we can do it, but it’s still a community of high need. Less than half the parents are high school graduates in this district — compared to the three-quarters in surrounding communities that have graduate degrees.� Nanda first came to the foundation as a board member more than two years ago and has chaired the development committee and served as board vice-president. She previously worked at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund in San Francisco. In August she took over the Ravenswood foundation’s executive post from founding director Charley Scandlyn, formerly a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, who has returned to the church staff. The Menlo Park Presbyterian congregation has generated major financial and volunteer power for Ravenswood schools, particularly during the church’s “Compassion Weekend� each spring, which brings out thousands. “We’ve had volunteers in the classroom, volunteers adopting classrooms, a whole teacher-appreciation initiative. There’s a lot of community support,� Nanda said. The foundation’s website lists additional broad-based support from local corporations and foundations, as well as from 700 individual donors. “We’re trying to bridge the desire of the community to help — with all the resources it can bring to bear — with the needs of the district,� Nanda said. “The district staff is busy educating, teaching, leading, running schools.

When you have an outside company that says, ‘Hey, we’d like to do something,’ it’s good to make it easy for them.� Besides adding class- Renu Nanda room hours for Ravenswood students, top foundation goals are promoting parent involvement and helping eighth-graders transition to high school. The foundation last year hired a “parent-outreach coordinator� for the district, and more than 500 district parents have donated to the foundation, Nanda said. The eighth-grade transition project is still in the planning stages. Since the closure of Ravenswood High School 35 years ago, Ravenswood students have had to split up for high school, fanning out to MenloAtherton, Woodside and Carlmont. Rumors of high dropout rates abound, but reliable data is hard to come by since the high school district does not track the scattered Ravenswood students as a group. “Our next frontier is how our children are doing in high school, and whether they’re succeeding in high school and beyond,� Nanda said. “We’ve supported good teachers, excellent administrators and engaged parents, and I’m confident our (standardized test) scores will continue to go up.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.


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New AT&T ‘hotzone’ opens on University Ave. Company says initiative will provide ‘fast and reliable’ Internet access by Gennady Sheyner eeking to provide local technophiles with faster and easier Internet access, AT&T on Wednesday launched a “hotzone� initiative in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. The initiative, known as “AT&T Wi-Fi Hotzone,� essentially drapes a busy section of University Avenue, between Cowper and Bryant streets, in what the company calls a “fast and reliable� Wi-Fi network. AT&T customers with qualifying plans get unlimited access to AT&T hotzones at no additional cost, the company announced. The new hotzone is the latest effort by AT&T to increase its local presence. The company had recently installed new Wi-Fi antennas at Hotel President on University Avenue, despite protests from a group of building residents. The company is also plans to put up a network of antennas around existing utility poles — mea-


sures the company says are necessary to accommodate the city’s limited capacity and insatiable appetite for Internet service. AT&T has also recently partnered with Stanford University to provide Wi-Fi service at nine athletic facilities on campus. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T’s California operation, said in a statement that the company’s initiatives aim to address an increase in connectivity and mobile data use across the company’s networks. “We’re focused on increasing our coverage and enhancing the customer experience in the Palo Alto area, and we are excited to continue efforts with the launch of our second Wi-Fi hotzone in the past year for AT&T customers in California,� McNeely said. Though the company’s efforts have angered a small but vocal sector of the community, particularly in those areas where AT&T proposed to put

up new antennas, city officials have been generally enthusiastic about the company’s efforts to improve Internet service around town. Mayor Sid Espinosa said the city appreciates AT&T’s investment in the Palo Alto community. “As the center of technology and innovation, Palo Alto is proud to be one of the first cities in the country to have a Wi-Fi hotzone deployed in its downtown corridor,� Espinosa said in a statement. Paula Sandas, CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, agreed and said her organization “applauds AT&T’s expansion of Wi-Fi coverage in Palo Alto.� “Wireless connectivity in today’s business is a requirement, not a luxury,� Sandas said in a statement. “Our businesses depend on reliable wireless connectivity for their day-to-day operations.� N

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News Digest Man arrested in July linked to burglaries in Palo Alto Palo Alto police say they have solved at least four more home burglaries since arresting a suspect in July. On July 29, police responded to a report of a prowler in the area of Jefferson and Edgewood drives. A resident saw a man, later identified as George Martinez, 45, of East Palo Alto, in the backyard of her home and called police. Officers spotted Martinez near the Edgewood Shopping Center on Channing Avenue. He ran from police but was caught at the intersection of Embarcadero and West Bayshore roads after a short foot chase, police said. The resident identified Martinez as the person she had seen in her backyard, and he was arrested on a parole violation and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Police said he was on parole for assaulting a police officer. Investigators found stolen property in Martinez’s car, police said. Police say they have been able to link Martinez to four residential burglaries from July in which computers, cash and jewelry were stolen. Police said the district attorney’s office has charged Martinez with several counts of burglary. Community members are encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling 911 or 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or people can anonymously call or text 650-383-8984. N — Bay City News Service

Palo Alto aims to slash waiting time for permits

In Memoriam September 11, 2001 Filoli will waive admission fees Sunday, September 11, 2011 Opening 11:00 am Last Admission 2:30 pm

Palo Alto’s famously infuriating permit-review process is about to get a major makeover. Spurred by years of customer complaints of having to wait hours to get help and by a recent surge of activity at the city’s Development Center, the City Council decided Sept. 6 to add five new staff members, including a new director, to the chronically busy permit hub. The council voted 7-1, with Yiaway Yeh absent and Karen Holman dissenting, to back a long list of reforms proposed by City Manager James Keene and the city’s planning staff to improve customer service and reduce waiting times at the center, located across the street from City Hall. The reforms include hiring a “development center official� to coordinate the various departments involved in the permit process (a list that includes Planning and Community Environment, Fire, Utilities and Public Works), a “permit center manager� to provide day-to-day management of the facility and three project managers. In approving the proposed initiatives, the council sought to address one of the most common sources of community consternation — a permit process residents, developers and builders have called unnecessarily confusing and torturously time-consuming. Councilman Greg Scharff said the process (derisively known around town as the “Palo Alto Process�) is “probably the No. 1 issue people complained about� when he ran for the City Council last year. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd called the problem “the most egregious in our community right now.� “The Development Center has experienced considerably increased customer traffic in the last 18 to 24 months,� Emslie told the council Tuesday. “Real estate activity and construction activity requiring building permits have increased dramatically.� The funds for the new positions will come from Development Center revenues, which have been spiking thanks to the higher activity. In fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30, the city collected $7.1 million in Development Center revenues while spending $5.8 million. Staff expects the center, which is supposed to be revenue neutral, to bring in between $7 million and $8 million in revenues in the current fiscal year. N — Gennady Sheyner

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The man killed in an explosion in a Menlo Park laboratory Friday, Sept. 2, has been identified as 56-year-old Adrian Martin of San Jose, the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office said. Martin, a scientist at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. at 1360 Willow Road, was preparing a pre-gas mixture involving methane, helium and nitrogen when the 4:07 p.m. explosion occurred, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. A female coworker standing near the door of the lab was thrown clear by the explosion and survived with only some damage to her eardrum. Martin was seriously injured. He was recovered from the lab, but he then suffered cardiac arrest and died at the scene, Schapelhouman said. Fire officials found a leaking methane cylinder in the lab, although it was not clear if the cylinder was leaking before the explosion or if it was caused by the blast, he said. More than 20 employees were evacuated from the business, and a hazardous-materials team responded to ensure that the area was safe. N — Bay City News Service LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at

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Fremont) and its supporters include The September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Amnesty International, the Council of Churches of Santa Samina Sundas Clara County and the Dalai Lama Foundation. Sundas said she came up with the idea after the congressional hearings earlier this spring by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.). She found King’s claims that American Muslims were becoming “radicalized� to be deeply concerning, she said. “I was really, really disturbed by that. Rather than reacting negatively, what can we do to create a day to focus on building relationships?� she said. Sundas said she hopes Invite Your Neighbors to Dinner goes beyond faith and culture. Within Palo Alto, there is a deep need for connection and understanding that neighborhood relationships can help remedy, she said, referring in part to youth suicides in the past two years. “In America today we live very closed, isolated lives. We will never get to know one another until we break down the walls of our own homes. Nobody swings on their porch swings anymore or even gets out of their car to open the garage door. They just rush in their cars and push a button to open the garage door, drive in and close the door. There is a minimum of human contact or understanding of what it means to have the support and love of a community,� she said. In the small Pakistani community where she was raised in the 1950s, Sundas said, everyone knew each other and neighbors were close. Kids didn’t get into trouble because everyone knew what they were doing, she said. “We should be knowing who’s having a baby? Who’s sick? Who’s traveling and needs someone to water their plants? Who’s having financial difficulties so we can protect their dignity without making a fuss? “All of the problems we are having today are because we don’t know each other. Once you build a relationship, you can’t do anything but help. Our hope is that we should not wait for a disaster to come to find out who’s who,� she said. Sundas most recently opened the doors of her Evergreen Park neighborhood home on Aug. 20, and 63 people showed up. “People should host a dinner at whatever level is comfortable for them, whether by inviting one or two people or having a potluck. Choose your own people. Just have dinner that day,� she said. “Even if we find one close friend out of all that effort, it is a blessing from God,� she said. N Sundas is featured in a Weekly video of Sept. 11 remembrances posted on Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly. com.


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ness out the window throughout this entire process.” He called the November vote an “illegal election.” “In their haste to repeal binding arbitration and take away the rights of police officers and firefighters, the City Council violated state law,” Spitaleri said in a statement. “We sat down with the city and a PERB mediator last month to try to reach a negotiated settlement. Unfortunately, the City Council rejected this settlement, just like they have rejected our offers in contract negotiation and a compromise on binding arbitration.” Though the labor-relations board doesn’t have the power to remove the binding-arbitration repeal from Palo Alto’s ballot, it could request the Santa Clara County Superior Court issue the injunction requested by the union, Stump said. Duane Reno, an attorney for the union, wrote in a letter to the laborrelations board that city representatives had agreed during an August meeting with mediators that the City Council would consider postponing the ballot measure. When the council took no action after its Tuesday night closed session, the union reopened its challenge to Measure D and asked that the “County of Santa Clara be enjoined from placing the measure on the Nov. 2, 2011 ballot.” The union’s attorneys also requested that the “unfair labor practice” charge be taken out of abeyance.

On Wednesday, the labor-relations board filed the complaint on behalf of the union charging the city with violating state labor-relations laws. Specifically, the union claimed that the city failed to negotiate with the unions in “good faith”; deprived members of the firefighters union of their right to be represented by the union; and deprived the union of its right to represent its members. With the legal challenge back on the table, the two parties on Wednesday cancelled their Sept. 13 meeting with Public Employment Relations Board mediators. Instead, they will now fight their legal battle in a formal hearing on Sept. 26 and 30, in

the labor-relations board’s Oakland office. The court will issue its ruling on the unfair labor practice charge no later than the date of the hearing, Chief Administrative Law Judge Shawn P. Cloughesy wrote in a notice of the hearing. Councilman Greg Scharff, a leading proponent of the repeal measure, called the union’s latest complaint a “frivolous” action by Spitaleri. He noted that the deadline for pulling the item off the ballot has long passed and the council had no authority to remove it even if it wanted to. Even if the deadline weren’t an issue, Scharff said he would not support postponing the election until next year. N

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 6)

Development Center: The council approved a staff proposal to add five positions to the Development Center, including a “development services official,” a “permit center manager” and three project managers. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Holman Absent: Yeh

Historic Resources Board (Sept. 7)

Main Library: The board discussed proposals to improve connectivity between the Art Center, the Main Library and the Community Garden. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (Sept. 7)

Electricity: The commission discussed the city’s ongoing effort to convert overhead electric lines to underground. Action: None Fiber: The commission heard a presentation about staff’s proposal to expand the city’s fiber network. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold its annual meeting with Assemblyman Rich Gordon; discuss parking strategies in downtown and around California Avenue; consider the city’s response to the regional Sustainable Communities Strategy; and approve a construction contract for improvements to the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. The meeting with Gordon will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The rest of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss updates to board policies on technology, privacy and other areas in a special morning study session. In a regular meeting later in the day, the board is scheduled to vote on the district’s “focused goals” for 2011-12, to discuss a process to determine the future use of the old Cubberley High School site and to hear a report on academic achievement results in elementary and middle schools. The study session begins at 8:30 a.m. in Conference Room A of school-district headquarters. The regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school-district headquarter (25 Churchill Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the firefighters union. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city’s economic-development plan and the Emerging Technologies Pilot and Demonstration Partnerships. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss 525 San Antonio Road, a request by SummerHill Homes to subdivide a 2.64-acre site into 10 single-family lots. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). SCHOOL-CITY LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss recent school board and City Council meetings, the school district’s “focused goals,” and a process for determining the future use of the old Cubberley High School site. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Conference Room A of school-district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 559 Lytton Ave., a request by California Communities on behalf of Lytton Park, LLC, for a new development consisting of four townhouses; and 2080 Channing Ave., a proposal to renovate three retail structures, relocate one retail building and construct 10 new houses and a small park at Edgewood Plaza. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission will consider a report about the new Art Center “On the Road” installation; consider a possible collaboration with Talenthouse on a public-art project; and approve a finalist for the Main Library and Art Center percent-for-art project. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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than the 4,356 needed to place an item on the ballot. If the council decides not to adopt the ordinance outright, it would have to decide whether to place it on the ballot in June or November 2012, City Attorney Molly Stump told the Weekly. Stump said her office is in the process of crafting a recommendation, which the council is tentatively scheduled to consider on Sept. 19. She declined to say whether staff favors adopting the ordinance or placing on the ballot. Pot dispensaries have traditionally been a tough sell for Palo Alto’s elected leaders. In 1997, the City Council responded to a proposed cannabis club by swiftly and unanimously passing an ordinance outlawing such facilities in the city.

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Palo Alto man arrested for U-Haul fires A Palo Alto man was arrested Thursday (Sept. 1) on suspicion of stealing gas from U-Haul rental trucks in Mountain View and setting fire to the trucks in July. (Posted Sept. 4 at 11:16 a.m.)

Stanford Hospitals terminate Blue Cross coverage Patients with Anthem Blue Cross health insurance stopped having coverage at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics on Thursday (Sept. 1) after contract negotiations were not resolved, according to an Anthem document. (Posted Sept. 2 at 9:56 a.m.)

Upfront The current City Council, meanwhile, has been more ambivalent on the issue. Last October, the council briefly discussed Proposition 19, a state initiative that would have legalized and regulated marijuana sales, and agreed to not take a stance on it. While Gail Price advocated backing Proposition 19, which California voters weighed in on last November, and Karen Holman urged the city to discuss the initiative more thoroughly, other council members felt the issue is one of “personal choice.� Councilman Larry Klein said the council should not spend time on the issue, a stance that the council majority quickly endorsed. Peter Allen, a political strategist who is working with the campaign to allow the dispensaries, hopes things will be different this time around. Allen said the group chose Palo Alto as the potential site for new dispensaries because of the famously progressive values of its voters. Last year, more than half of the city’s voters supported Proposition 19. The initiative ultimately lost, with 46.5 percent of the state’s voters supporting it. “We felt Palo Alto would be a jurisdiction that would be open to something like this,� Allen said. “People in Palo Alto tend to support individual rights and have progressive values.� The proposed ordinance includes a host of provisions limiting the location and hours of operation for the new dispensaries. These facilities would not be allowed in residential areas or near schools, parks or day care centers. Their hours of operation would be limited to between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Each dispensary would have to operate on a not-for-profit basis and would be comprised of at least four employees, all of whom have to be at least 21 years old. The applicant must include a management member with at last 12 months of experience in a California marijuana cooperative or dispensary. No one under the age of 18 would be allowed into the facilities. The dispensaries would also be required to keep registers of all employees and qualified patients, whose records would be sorted by identification numbers to protect their privacy. Allen said his group hopes the council takes a stronger position this time around, approving the ordinance and saving the city the costs of holding an election. “The City Council had instituted the ban without going to the voters,� Allen said. “It would make sense for them to come full circle and adopt the ordinance outright.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@



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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Aug. 31-Sept. 6 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. sex crime. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Grand Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related

Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk/drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Palo Alto 900 block Urban Lane, 8/31, 6:05 p.m.; domestic violence. Unlisted block St. Francis Drive, 9/5, 12:25 a.m.; domestic violence. Unlisted block University Avenue, 9/5, 1:02 a.m.; battery. Unlisted block Madux Drive, 9/5, 4:05 p.m.; arson. Unlisted block Embarcadero Road, 9/5, 6:48 p.m.; domestic violence. Unlisted block Pasteur Drive, 9/6, 3:40 a.m.; misc. sex crime.

Menlo Park 1400 block Almanor Avenue, 9/2, 4:30 p.m.; battery. 400 block Pope Street, 9/6, 10:04 a.m.; battery.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD FOR PALO ALTO’S CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1, 2010 TO JUNE 30, 2011 Notice is hereby given that the City of Palo Alto has completed a draft performance report for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for fiscal year 2010/11. The Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review and comment prior to its submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CAPER provides a summary of the programmatic accomplishments in affordable housing and community development during the 2010-2011 fiscal year. It describes the status of actions taken during the year to implement the strategies and objectives described in the City’s Consolidated Plan for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015, and the progress made in addressing identified priority needs and objectives. Public Review and Comment Period: The draft CAPER will be available for public review and comment for a 15-day period, beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and concluding at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Written comments may be submitted during the review period and should be sent to the City of Palo Alto, Department of Planning and Community Environment, Attention: Consuelo Hernandez, 250 Hamilton Avenue, 5th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94301; 650/329-2428; e-mail Public Hearing: The Human Relations Commission will hold a public hearing to take public comment on the draft CAPER on Friday, September 16, 2011, located at the Baylands Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road on or about 9:00 a.m. To Obtain a Copy of the CAPER: Copies are available at the Planning Department reception desk, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, 5th Floor, the Development Center located at 285 Hamilton Avenue during regular business hours on the City website at or by calling 650/329-2603. Persons with disabilities who require auxiliary aids or services in using City facilities, services or programs, or who would like information on the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, may contact: ADA Coordinator, City of Palo Alto, 650-329-2550 (Voice)

Barbara Richards 90 a long time Atherton resident died in her home August 9, 2011. Born Barbara Jean Smith, in San Francisco on March 10, 1921, she was the only child of Edward Converse and Nyra Lydia (Beck) Smith. She attended Lowell High School and studied Political Science at Stanford University, where she made many lifelong friends. The “Whiskin’ Wabbits” (her college badminton-playing pals) gathered for reunions every year until recently. Barbara graduated from Stanford University in 1942 and in September of that year she joined the WAVES in Washington D.C. where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant by the war’s end. Upon leaving the Navy, Barbara began working for the phone company where she established many lasting friendships. Enjoying all aspects of classical music, Barbara delighted in her evenings spent at the Opera, ballet and local choir concerts. She performed with both the Stanford Chorale and the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir for over 20 years. In fact, her singing teacher introduced her to her husband of 53 years, Jack Richards. She stayed at home to raise her children but was actively involved with the schools, PTAs and as a Girl Scout Leader. She also volunteered with the Stanford Music Guild and the South Peninsula Chapter of the SF Opera Action Guild

where she was recently recognized for over 50 years of service including two terms as Chapter President. Barbara and Jack were members of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church where they actively participated in Bible Study groups and Couples Club. As the kids got older, Barbara returned to the work force, this time at SRI where she worked with Dr. Villard in the Ionospheric Dynamics Lab. After retirement, Barbara and Jack enjoyed camping in California and once drove up to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. She avidly followed Stanford women’s basketball games and attended games often. She is survived by her children, Ruth Androwsky (her husband Paul and their children Donna and Stephen) of Fremont, and John Richards (his wife Angela and her daughter Alexandra) of Palo Alto. PA I D


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Editorial A worthy gamble by Palo Alto city manager Reorganization and staffing increases in building permit process will test manager’s ability to achieve needed culture-shift where others have failed or many Palo Alto residents, the quality of city government comes down to how they and their architects and contractors are treated when trying to navigate the city’s building permit labyrinth. Horror stories abound of how even minor projects can become mired in the city’s review process, frustrating homeowners, developers and their design professionals and driving up the cost and duration of construction. The combination of an overworked city staff along with an archaic process for review and approval by city departments like fire, planning, public works and utilities result in a system that is inefficient and on the verge of collapse. It didn’t take City Manager Jim Keene long to recognize the importance of overhauling the permitting process to improve the functioning and credibility of Palo Alto city government, and he sought help from community members and design professionals to craft a fix. With the added pressure of a rapidly growing demand for building permits and project approvals, the city council approved Keene’s bold plan this week that will add five highly paid staff members to the Development Center at a time when other departments are cutting back. The reforms passed easily 7-1, perhaps due to the booming business currently seen at the center, which could produce $8 million in revenue by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. If the city manager’s plans work out, the five new staff members will lead the rejuvenated department to drastically change the “culture” of a department that has long been known as the home of “Palo Alto Process,” a label that brings visions of red tape and gridlock to the residents, builders and developers who attempt to get approval for projects large and small. It won’t be easy to wipe out the mindset that Development Center staff members often are fixated on mind-numbing details rather than actually helping customers get something done. But at least on paper, city administrators have designed a system we hope will deploy a much more skilled team, which is one of the busiest at City Hall. Former Councilman John Barton, a local architect who has years of experience in dealing with the center and served on an advisory group that helped the staff draw up the changes, emphasized the importance of achieving a culture change within City Hall. “The plan is one thing — implementing it is another,” he said, adding, “As you know, culture changes are difficult. If this is anything, it’s a culture change.” The final vote to endorse the changes was 7-1, with Yiaway Yeh absent and Karen Holman dissenting. It was a solid victory for the city manager, who has spent more than a year putting the new guidelines together. The beefed-up department will be led by a director who will report directly to the city manager and coordinate interactions with other city departments involved in the permitting process. Other new staff will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Development Center and improve customer service, from initial discussions with a resident, developer, architect or contractor to complex project review and management. The proposal estimates that the new employees, plus an administrative staff member that already has been added to the department, would cost an additional $600,000 to $800,000 a year, pushing anticipated expenses for the year ending July 2012 up to $7.5 million. But the administration expects those costs to be covered by the department’s growing revenue base, which is expected to hit $7.5 million to $8 million for the fiscal year. There is plenty of reason for the city to take this action now, despite the economic downturn that is crippling the national economy. Council member Nancy Shepherd called gridlock at the Development Center “the most egregious in our community right now.” Staff data shows that this May, 1,263 customers were served, up 380 visits from last year, a 43 percent increase. During June, there was a 31 percent jump over last year, although July moved up only 2 percent over 2010. Mayor Sid Espinosa got it right when he told the council: “Without a doubt, Palo Alto should be thorough, we should be transparent, we should be rules-based, but we should also be more customer service-based and more efficient.” We wholeheartedly agree, and hope the city can achieve that outcome with this overhaul of the Development Center.


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Measure E Editor, When it comes to renewable energy, environmental justice and conservation of local parklands, Palo Altans can have it all — if they vote yes on Measure E. Measure E would rededicate 10 acres of the city’s former landfill to build a renewable energy facility that uses biological processes to turn organic waste into an alternative form of natural gas. As Oakland, Millbrae and other Bay Area communities have already demonstrated, these “biogas” facilities save millions of ratepayer dollars by generating energy that is carbon neutral, capitalizing on existing infrastructure (such as the sewage treatment plant adjacent to the landfill), and displacing fossil fuels that require environmentally destructive drilling techniques (e.g., hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”). As a life-long conservationist, I fully appreciate opponents’ concerns, but Measure E does not threaten conservation efforts; it enhances them. First, this is not an “either-or” scenario; only a fraction of the former landfill will be rededicated (10 of 126 acres, or 8 percent of the landfill). Secondly, because no funding currently exists to redevelop the landfill, revenues from the bioenergy facility could subsidize restorations to the rest of the park. Finally, by off-setting fossil fuels, and providing an alternative to the city’s inexcusable sewage incinerator, Measure E’s environmental conservation will extend far beyond the borders of the former landfill. Sadly, opponents of Measure E present a false dichotomy: renewable energy vs. parkland. But the real dichotomy is not complicated: sustainable development vs. 10 acres of landfill. Alex DiGiorgio El Camino Real Palo Alto

In poor taste? Editor, The Sept. 2 inclusion of the article on Steven Ma, who is paid exorbitant sums to help students who have the good fortune to belong to wealthy Asian-American families, was a poor editorial choice. What qualifies this man — who feeds on the current frenzy to get admitted to selective schools — to get free publicity of any sort? Palo Alto students feel enormous pressure to get accepted to “designer” schools. How can we close an achievement gap when some parents are willing to spend this kind of money to ensure success for their children? This kind of information can only be disheartening for parents (and their children) who don’t have the twin advantages — wealth and

this ethnicity— to qualify for this “edge.” To include a profile of this arrogant man seemed elitist and just in plain bad taste. Rena Davidow S. California Avenue Palo Alto

Homelessness Editor, Homelessness is not a new phenomenon in California. What is new — and alarming — is that more and more of the homeless are families that once believed they were secure members of the middle class. The growing trend is a sign that the nationwide economic slump is that a feared second recession could push the poor there over the edge and make a solid recovery even harder. More than two years into the economic recovery, there isn’t yet a light at the end of the tunnel for California’s economy and stubborn unemployment. The number of job losses in the state is still much higher than the worst moments of the 2001 and 1990 recessions. The state’s jobless rate hit 12 percent last month, the second worst in the nation. The world today has more than 1,200 billionaires, perhaps 24 mil-

lion millionaires, and 120 million homeless. It has half a billion who eat too much, and an equal number who eat scarcely enough to stay alive. Equity of income distribution is worse today than at any time since records have been kept. At present the U.S. has more homeless than any other industrialized country on Earth. Ted Rudow III Encina Avenue Palo Alto

Smog standards Editor, It is in all of our interests to have clean air. Asthma rates are skyrocketing among seniors and the very young. Republicans want to roll back all the advances we have made in clean air regulations. Now, President Obama has disappointed us all by siding with those who wish to attack the environment with every bill they write. Please write your congressmen and senators and tell them clean air is our God-given right and to stop this bad legislation immediately. Eileen Lepera 915 Whitehall Lane Redwood City

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‘Free at Last’ survival struggle blends dedication with new hope by Jay Thorwaldson inancially strapped Free at Last, the nonprofit organization that serves scores of persons teetering on the brink of their futures in the Midpeninsula, has been surviving on a smaller staff and the dedication of paid and volunteer staff members. Beyond the east-of-Bayshore communities it primarily serves, the organization is best known as being co-founded 17-years ago by David Lewis, who was fatally shot June 9 last year at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo following a confrontation with a man he’d known many years. Lewis received the California Peace Prize in 1995 for his work, and a documentary film project was launched after his death ( show_story.php?id=17926). But within the communities it serves Free at Last is known as a refuge and pathway back for persons who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, so they can go on to lead sober and crime-free lives, a major step for those returning from jail or prison. “We have no money,” co-founder and board Chair Vicki Smothers said when summing up the situation this week, following one report that the organization was about to go out of business entirely. Not so, or at least not yet. The hope — Smothers said in an interview during a break from her day job doing


mental-health outreach for San Mateo County — emerged in a meeting in July with officials from the Haas Center at Stanford University and Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson of San Mateo County, a former East Palo Alto City Council member. With assistance from the Haas Center, Free at Last on Aug. 1 began an intensive search for a new executive director to replace interim CEO Gerardo Barragan and made a number of urgent steps to stay afloat and stabilize its finances. The primary qualification for a new director, in addition to core management abilities and community engagement, is a successful background in fund development and grantwriting, Smothers said. Applications have already started coming in, including a couple of technically qualified individuals from out of state but who lack knowledge of or connections within the communities. Interviews start next week. “Right now we’re just really hopeful we find the right person,” Smothers said. Even under Lewis, writing grants was not a strength of the organization. His natural dedication and charisma helped in tight corners, along with an inner determination that led him back personally from addictions, crime and prison into becoming a nationally known figure. He was adept at finding pockets of unspent county money and applying it to the needs of those the organization served. Details of the crisis were outlined in a news story last April on Palo Alto Online, the Weekly’s community website (www.paloaltoonline. com/news/show_story.php?id=20927). A major meeting of the board of directors was held in June, at which time the question

came up about why former sources of funding stopped supporting the program. It became clear that “our funders never left us — we stopped writing grants,” Smothers said. “We didn’t have anyone to write grants who was knowledgeable about that.” In that sense, Free at Last “has been treading water for the past 10 years,” since the departure of earlier executive director Priya Haji in 2002. Other survival steps include: s4HEPAIDSTAFFHASBEENCUTFROMTOABOUT 16, and remaining staff have increased their workloads, in addition to work by “what we call our ‘unpaid volunteers,’” Smothers said. s!hSUSTAINABILITYPLANvHASBEENPREPARED for presentation in mid-September to San Mateo County, a major supporter of the organization for years through contracts for services. “We need to explain to them how we’re going to stay alive,” Smothers said, adding that she doesn’t expect new county money. Last year THE COUNTY PROVIDED ABOUT   IN CONtracted services, but the group’s overall budget (before cutbacks) was about $1 million. s 4HE CHURCH THAT OWNS THE &REE AT ,AST complex at 1796 Bay Road in East Palo Alto waived rent for two months prior to Aug. 1, but has had to resume charging rent, including a prior-contractual 10 percent boost. s&REEAT,ASTISSUB RENTINGSOMESPACETO the Ravenswood Clinic on a temporary basis. Earlier, the program began charging fees for some programs, but the economic recession sharply reduced income from that source last year. Smothers refers repeatedly to the dedication and unpaid time staff members provide, including weekend duties. “The dedication of people is beyond words,”

she said. “You can’t pay people enough for this kind of work,” and the pay was low to start with. But the continuing crisis and uncertainty has taken a toll on staff morale, which Smothers acknowledged is “very, very low.” There was a real boost in January 2011, when Free at Last celebrated its 17th anniversary. The event drew city officials from East Palo Alto and neighboring communities, as well as longtime friends and supporters. It was a combination memorial to Lewis and a celebration of the success of existing and past clients. The various programs operated by the organization presently serve 18 men with interim housing, counseling and support groups, plus 10 women, two with children. There are 25 to  INDIVIDUALS IN VARIOUS OUTPATIENT SUPPORT programs, in addition to up to 100 persons on some days who just drop in for a cup of coffee and a sense of refuge from the world and, perhaps, themselves. The needs of individuals vary widely, and some simply come to the drop-in center. “Eventually we know they’ll catch on,” Smothers said. “One woman has been coming in since 1996, and the other day she got clean,” she added as an illustration of the importance of continuing presence in the community. Hope keeps the program going. “It’s like holding our breath until it happens,” Smothers said of the dream of financial stability. Despite low morale, staff dedication means “people will be there until we close — but I don’t believe we’re going to close.” N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com or


How did 9/11 impact your outlook on life? Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Jeff Carr.

Mel Jose

Marketer Ben Lomond Drive, Palo Alto “My daughter was born two days later, and it made me think more about looking out for her and my family, being more selfless, worrying less about the little things.”

Max Sanford

Real Estate Analyst Folsom Street, San Francisco “It made me more thankful.”

Gretchen Zaballos

Retiree Country Lane, Pleasanton “I felt since then that we’ve had a loss of freedoms, with the airport screenings and everything. We’ve had a loss of confidence in international commerce. Travel has been much more of a hassle for me.”

Frank Burns

Retiree El Camino Way, Palo Alto “I’m a New Yorker. I was in New York City on 9/11, and I can tell you the world is a different place now. We have a military spending enormous sums of money in equipment, but no one to fight with. With all of our economic problems, it’s not appropriate.”

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Graduate Student Bowdoin Street, Stanford “For an 11-year-old New Yorker, it affected me because I became more aware of bad people, of evil in the world.”

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Clockwise from top: The Windy Hill band rehearses one last song before taking the stage at the Amnesia bar in San Francisco; Henry Warde, left, and Ryan Breen perform at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco; Breen picking on the banjo; Johnny Campbell practicing backstage at Cafe Du Nord.

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Though the Bay Area is known more for redwoods than bluegrass, the five musicians seem to be ambling happily along their creatively rootsy paths. They perform from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, revere the bluegrass icon Bill Monroe, and recently put out their first album, “Let’s Go To The Fair.� “There’s not many young, traditional bluegrass bands,� says banjo player Ryan Breen, who can see Windy Hill from his Portola Valley backyard. “We take it really seriously. We love it, and I think people recognize that.� While at Colorado State University in 2008, Breen started the band with fellow M-A graduate Henry Warde, a mandolinist. The two returned home after school in 2009 and reconnected with bass player Kyle McCabe, who had been in their (continued on page 17) class at M-A. –Banjo player Ryan Breen

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Guitarist Thomas Wille joined later, as did Campbell. Breen met Campbell at a music festival and invited him into the band. The fiddler, who was just visiting California, decided to stay. “It’s a close-knit bluegrass community in the Bay Area,� Breen says. “It’s easy to make new friends.� The atmosphere is decidedly down-home on a recent afternoon at McCabe’s West Menlo Park family home, where he’s lived since graduating from U.C. Berkeley. Their bandmates weren’t able to make it today, but McCabe, Breen and Campbell contentedly mix bass, banjo and fiddle into a few spirited tunes full of fast picking. A dachshund and a wire-haired terrier scamper around the patio, and there’s a fresh, spicy smell of tomato plants growing in a box. Campbell takes a pull from a bottle of beer and looks satisfied. “Handsome Molly,� Breen sings, “wherever she may be.� The musicians try some harmonies, reaching for what Bill Monroe famously described as bluegrass’ “high, lonesome sound.� Some don’t quite gel yet, but the guys freely admit they’re all working together on being stronger players. “It’s not like I’m a bass scholar,� McCabe says. “I’m just learning.� That’s been happening since high school, when the M-A friends used to hang out at events like the High Sierra Music Festival, soaking in every note. Now Windy Hill has been playing its own venues, including the Little Fox Theatre in Redwood City and Palo Alto’s Dragon Theatre. The band plays some original tunes, including “Highway 84,� which Warde wrote about that lonely drive home from band practice to the Coastside. “Our new goal is to play 10 gigs a month,� Breen says. By day, Breen works at a law firm, while Campbell is a welder. As for McCabe, joining the band also helped him get hired in this economy. When the Old Port Lobster Shack opened a few months back in Ladera, McCabe asked the management if they needed a band for the grand opening. “They said, ‘That’s cool, but can you cook?’� McCabe says, laughing. Now he’s got a job and a band. “Bluegrass kind of took me in its lifeboat.� N


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(Century 16, Century 20) Director Steven Soderbergh is a master craftsman at assembling impressive ensemble casts. From “Traffic� (2000) to “Ocean’s Thirteen� (2007), Soderbergh has been a magnet for stellar Hollywood talent. His well-crafted and thoughtprovoking “Contagion� follows the same pattern, uniting Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and a handful of other notable actors. And therein lies part of the problem. With so many characters to keep track of, it’s difficult for the audience to get especially attached to any one individual. There is no real protagonist driving the story, rather a diverse and widespread swath of world citizens whose lives are affected by a fatal and fastmoving virus. But “Contagion� is also an intelligent, complex and frighteningly realistic disaster film with zombie-flick undertones and a powerful ending. The film has a relentless start. Wife and mother Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) returns from an overseas business trip with a flu-like illness that rapidly spirals from cough to seizures to death. Beth’s distraught husband, Mitch (Damon), is offered no concrete answers from the perplexed doctors and begins to wonder why he hasn’t contracted the virus himself. Meanwhile, Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) with the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention and his colleague Dr. Erin Mears (Winslet) start a fullfledged investigation into the mysterious affliction as more fatalities are reported around the world. Panic begins to take hold as the death toll rises, while Ellis, Erin and a plethora of health experts (including Marion Cotillard’s Dr. Leonora Orantes and Elliott Gould’s Dr. Ian Sussman) scramble to find a cure. The conspiracy-theory musings of popular blogger Alan Krumwiede (Law) hardly help the frenzied public perception. And few seem immune to the deadly virus that begins to claim victims at a furious rate. The picture’s pacing lulls at times as the narrative bounces around to the varied locales, and the scientific jargon can be a bit confusing. Soderbergh infuses his dramatic thriller with zombie-esque sensibilities (not a bad thing), including atmospheric music and scenes of desolation. The acting sways from exceptional (Fishburne and Winslet) to phoned-in (the normally reliable Cotillard virtually sleepwalks through her role). There is greatness buried in “Contagion� that might get overlooked due to the sweeping nature of the story and cavalcade of characters. Messages about nature, health and morality are interwoven throughout, and the film’s astonishing final minutes will leave some glued to their seats. Overall, “Contagion� offers a healthy dose of smart filmmaking while most of Hollywood is serving up cinematic placebos.






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(Century 16, Century 20) Sometimes a movie has “face value.� That’s the case with “Warrior,� a masculine family drama set within the world of mixed martial arts competition. Sure, the film delivers on its surface promise of “Rocky�-style inspirational sportsdrama theatrics, but it also boasts amazing faces: from the soul-boring eyes of Tom Hardy to the determined grimaces of Joel Edgerton to Nick Nolte’s craggy visage, desperation for redemption written all over it. Hardy (“Inception�) plays bruiser Tommy Conlon, an ex-Marine looking for purpose and a payday by proving himself as an MMA fighter. As a high school wrestler coached by his father, Paddy, Tommy has already tasted championship — if no one else does, father and son know what Tommy is capable of. Upon Tommy’s homecoming from Iraq, the alcoholic Paddy’s pleas for forgiveness cannot penetrate his son’s hard-earned calluses. Nevertheless, Tommy allows the old man to coach him once again, with the understanding that “He’s just some old vet that I train with. He means nothing to me.� For estranged brother and son Brendan (Edgerton), a championship has perhaps less to do with proving something to himself than with taking a last desperate grab at financial salvation — or are those motivations one and the same? Underwater and facing foreclosure, the high-school physics teacher and his wife (Jennifer Morrison) have three jobs between them and a daughter with heart trouble. When Brendan’s MMA moonlighting gets him suspended without pay from his day job, he contemplates what seems impossible: the $5 million championship of the Sparta Tournament, “the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts.� Why, that’s the very same competition in Tommy’s sights, and if you can’t guess who ends up in the final bracket of the single-elimination tournament, God bless you and welcome to a little something called the American motion picture. Undaunted, director Gavin O’Connor straightens his spine of melodrama and focuses on the task of building up the film’s emotional muscle. And so “Warrior� becomes “face time� well spent, with microexpressive mugs speaking much louder than the relatively spare dialogue. When these family members do have it out, the punch is all the harder for the windup; if there’s water under the bridge, so far it’s drowning them — take your pick of sports-talk metaphor. Last year’s “The Fighter� carried, for better or worse, the extra weight of a truestory basis, while “Warrior�’s baggage is the “Rocky� franchise. Rather than disguising the similarities, O’Connor and his co-writers Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman all but flaunt them.

They set their working-class-hero story primarily in Rocky Balboa’s Philadelphia stomping grounds, craft a training montage (juiced up with split-screen), build to that foregone ring matchup, and throw in a fearsome “mighty mythical Russian� — fighting for the first time on U.S. soul — for good measure. And say what you will, but the well-staged fights get their (right) hooks in to the audience. Though “Warrior� throws in allusions to “Moby Dick� and Diogenes, the real

archetypes are “the frontrunner� and the “underdog� (in discovering mutual jealousies and resentments between the brothers, one might wonder which is which). Like either of its heroes, the implausible, ingratiatingly manipulative “Warrior� may be middleweight, but you wouldn’t want to bet against it.


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MOVIE TIMES Note: Screenings are for Wednesday through Thursday only. Showtimes for the Century 20 theater are for Friday through Wednesday only unless otherwise noted. Apollo 18 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m.

Captain America: The Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 10 p.m.; In 3D at 4:35 p.m. First Avenger (PG-13) ((( Circumstance (R) (Not Reviewed)

CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:45 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 4:20 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.

Colombiana (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:50, 3:40, 7:20 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8 & 10:35 p.m.

Contagion (PG-13)

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


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

Century 20: 7 & 9:50 p.m.

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

Century 16: 12:40, 3:50, 7:10 & 10:05 p.m.; Tue. also at 12:40 a.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:55, 4:45, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m.

The Debt (R) (((

Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:05 p.m.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 10:20 p.m.

The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience (PG-13)

Aquarius Theatre: Thu. at 9 p.m.

The Globe Theatre Presents Henry VIII

Century 20: Thu. at 6:30 p.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 6:30 p.m.

The Guard (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: Noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:40 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m.

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

Century 16: 12:20 & 6:40 p.m.; In 3D at 3:20 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 12:30 & 7:10 p.m.; In 3D at 3:30 & 10:05 p.m.

The Help (PG-13) ((

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

Higher Ground (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 4:55, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m.

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

Guild Theatre: 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.

One Day (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 6:50 p.m. Century 20: 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Our Idiot Brother (R) ((1/2

Century 16: Noon, 2:25, 4:40, 7:30 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:25, 3:40 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Wed. also at 5:55 & 8:10 p.m.

Rebecca (1940) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:20 p.m.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:55 a.m.; 2:30, 5, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:30, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m.

Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 3, 5:30 & 8 p.m.

Saving Private Perez (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m.

Senna (PG-13) (((

Aquarius Theatre: 3:30 & 6 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 8:30 p.m.

Shark Night (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 2:35 & 5 p.m.; In 3D at 12:05, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 3:10 & 5:40 p.m.; In 3D at 12:40, 8:05 & 10:25 p.m.

The Smurfs (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 4:20 p.m.; In 3D at 1:50 p.m.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 2:05 & 9:35 p.m.; In 3D at 4:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 4:40 & 9:30 p.m.; In 3D at 2:15 & 7:15 p.m.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

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

Suspicion (1941)

Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 5:40 & 9:50 p.m.

The Three Ages (1923)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 9 p.m.

Warrior (PG-13)(((

Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 3:10, 7 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 8:20 p.m.

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Pastries in the park Freshly baked croissants and cheesecake set sail at Shoreline Park in Mountain View by Jocelyn Dong hwack! A heavy wooden rolling pin, wielded by Leah Jacobs, landed squarely on what was, a few seconds prior, the smooth, matte surface of a stick of butter. Thwack! Now with a concave indentation, the butter was clearly on the losing end of Jacobs’ assault. Soon the stick would become a broad, flat sheet, suitable for placing on top of a sheet of butterless pastry dough to begin creating layers. “This is the noisiest thing I do — and the most violent,â€? Jacobs said on a recent Friday morning. Some may find it ironic that the creation of delicately flaky edibles, such as the croissants currently taking shape, requires such brute force. But then, some may also find it surprising that Jacobs is turning out her croissants, brioches, beignets, galettes and macarons not at a fancy downtown bakery but rather at Mountain View’s Shoreline Park. Come again? Known more for windsurfing lessons and families in paddle boats, Shoreline Park also is home to the Lakeside CafĂŠ, where Jacobs works full-time as a pastry chef.


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Both the water-sport center and the restaurant are owned and operated by Menlo Park resident Christina Ferrari, president of Silicon Shores Corporation. It was her idea to bring in Jacobs. “Pastry is a personal passion of mine,� said Ferrari, seated under a blue umbrella at a table overlooking the lake. “I spent the better part of last year living in Paris and working with the masters — learning the authentic fabrication of viennoiserie — bread, bonbons and chocolate fabrication – all of the cakes and the tarts and everything that is gastronomie over there. “My aspirations for this place were to transform it into a respite in the valley,� she said, noting that since 2000 when she took over, she’s changed the menu and found new suppliers for ingredients. “Bringing in Chef Leah to work with me and to create this vision is important to me.� Jacobs, who was hired in April, hails from Boston, graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and formerly worked at the organic-leaning Henrietta’s Table in the Charles Hotel. She now lives (continued on next page

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Eating Out in Palo Alto. At the Lakeside Cafe, she’s been able to spread her creative wings, she said. In addition to producing the daily “staples” — croissants (plain and chocolate), scones (cherry almond and chocolate orange), muffins (blueberry and pecan-sourcream) and cinnamon buns — she follows her culinary whims. Diners at the café might also find fresh strawberry cheesecake, delicate crème brûlée, slices of apple pie or the decadent chocolate-croissant bread pudding in the cafe’s glass cases. Jacobs has her sights on introducing patrons to lamingtons, a bite-size Australian treat made of white cake coated in chocolate and coconut. “They’re delicious,” she said. Her creativity extends to catering, which Ferrari said makes up more than one third of the café’s business. In mid-August, Jacobs helped cater a 1,600-guest, carnival-themed Google event, producing 500 candied apples and 500 cupcakes decorated in Google colors. To prepare for the assignment, she experimented over the weekend at her house, making batches of the apples to test the caramel coating, she said. “You don’t want it so hard that people can’t bite through it. But you don’t want it so soft that the caramel falls off,” she said. Then she and an assistant pulled an all-nighter, working from 7 p.m. till noon the next day to meet the deadline. But those hours hardly faze her. Like Ferrari, Jacobs has a personal passion for pastries, an enthusiasm sparked by baking chocolate cakes as a child in her mother’s kitchen. s She started a career in high-tech, working with engineers and suppliers. But on weekends and weeknights, she would make wedding cakes and cupcakes for parties. She soon admitted the split life wasn’t for her. “Doing something just for the money is really not worth it in the long run,” she said. “I felt like I was slowly dying.” So she took the plunge, enrolling in the Cambridge School and studying under a master French pastry chef Delphin Gomes and chef Sha-

ron Donovan. “I love being able to produce something that is beautiful. ... Even now when I make a perfect croissant, I’m still, like, ‘Wow!’ every single time,” she said. “It’s still like magic to me. “I just get excited by that.” Peggy Asher, a Los Altos resident, is a regular at the café and has been similarly enthusiastic about the freshly baked pastries. “Everything’s been excellent,” Asher said, listing off the items she’s tasted: the blueberry and the pecan-sour-cream muffins, the brioches and the apple tart. “A lot of times people, when they come in for a beverage, I’ll share that the chocolate brioche is delicious, and they either look at the pastries and purchase one, or — if they’re trying to lose weight — they plug their ears and run out screaming because they look so good, they’re afraid they’re going to go off their diet,” she said, laughing. Ferrari occasionally joins Jacobs in the kitchen and said she plans addition changes for the café, starting with overhauling its daily menus. As an avid traveler whose destinations have included India and Mongolia as well as Europe, Ferrari said she’s always looking to bring new ideas and dishes to share with Shoreline’s diverse visitors. She also envisions offering more dishes around seasonal ingredients. Jacobs wants to add savory baked goods to the brunch menu, such as French puff pastries filled with ingredients — “mushrooms and onions and Gruyère, something like that,” she said. So with all the changes afoot, what about the park-goer who just craves a hot dog? Ferrari said the Lakeside Café caters to those taste buds as well. “Even our hot dogs are delicious,” she said. “We have sourced the childhood memory I’ve had, to find the hot dog that, if you’re going to have a hot dog, it’s going to be pretty darned tasty here, whether it’s on a brioche bun or something else.” N Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at

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to take a siesta (nap) and have coffee and a pastry when you wake up,” Gloria said. She added that 3G’s most popular item thus far is the salteña, a Bolivian meatstuffed treat, along with yerba maté green tea.

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The ripples of Sept. 11 David Neville

A decade after the Twin Towers fell, Palo Alto residents and city staff work through the lessons they’ve learned

Flags lined Fulton Street in Palo Alto on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001. en years ago, the Midpeninsula was jolted awake on a Tuesday by urgent phone calls and televised images no one could soon forget. Over the next few hours of Sept. 11, 2001, we watched and listened, horrified, as hijacked planes nearly 3,000 miles away crashed in New York City, then Washington, D.C., and then Pennsylvania. When the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed at 10:28 a.m. EDT in a violent free fall of concrete, steel and fire, our collective innocence came crashing down with it. Terrorism had struck U.S. soil. Amid confusion and grief, people along the Midpeninsula responded as best they knew how. Palo Alto police stepped up security at utilities facilities, City


Hall and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office, even as then-City Manager Frank Benest urged residents to stay calm. To provide stability for the city’s youth, schools remained open, attempting to keep students on their normal routines. Flags were lowered to half staff. Most of Stanford Shopping Center closed. The normally bustling Palo Alto Airport ground to a standstill. Shocked residents congregated, impromptu, to mourn victims, express their fears over missing loved ones and try to console one another. The strangeness of the day unfolded. In the late morning, Menlo-Atherton High School students heard a roar and looked up to see an Air France plane being escorted by two fighter planes.

“It was kind of frightening, in a way, in that this is supposed to be a free country,” Pam Wimberly, the M-A athletic director, said at the time. People, motivated to help, quickly rallied. Nearly 1,000 showed up at the Stanford Blood Center offices in Palo Alto and Mountain View, overwhelming the staff. Going to donate blood “seemed like one small thing I could do,” Leslie White, a mother of two, told the Weekly. Religious institutions opened their doors to hold vigils for the lost, and the living. The next day, school children wrote thank-you letters to New York firefighters and police officers, decorated with red, white and blue hearts and American flags. Though 10 years have passed, the ripples of Sept. 11 can still be felt.

The region’s youth, who were just children in 2001, saw their views of the world shaped by Sept. 11, and today they speak of the lessons they learned about the fragility of life and security. Menlo Park members of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, who aided in the World Trade Center recovery effort, are forever haunted by their experience — but also proud of their participation. A group of Palo Alto residents channeled their outrage into a determination to make sure their neighbors are prepared to survive a catastrophe. Those efforts have grown and continue today. Likewise, law-enforcement staff sought new ways in the intervening years to work more effectively with

other agencies and jurisdictions. To honor the 3,000 victims who lost their lives, and to remember the many more survivors who bear the scars of that day, the Weekly invites readers to pause to reflect on what happened 10 years ago and how the tragedy, and our response to it, has changed our lives. N — Jocelyn Dong

WATCH MORE ONLINE Palo Alto area residents’ recollections of Sept. 11 have been posted on Palo Alto Online. About two dozen people — ranging from those who were in New York City on that fateful Tuesday to those who were half a world away — shared memories of their emotions and reactions to the news. A video, featuring a handful of the residents, is also posted on

Palo Alto after 9/11 A decade later, residents and city staff focus on being prepared by Gennady Sheyner week after the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, then-Palo Alto Mayor Sandy Eakins publicly asked residents to “face the future unafraid.” “We are only beginning to fathom the staggering effect this will have on our country and the world,” Eakins said at the City Council meeting. Ten years later, these effects are easier to pinpoint. Sept. 11, 2001, continues to shape the city in subtle but palpable ways. Police officers have greatly bolstered their capacity to share information with other law-enforcement


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agencies — changes enabled by both cultural changes and Department of Homeland Security grants, which helped fund the technology that made this collaboration possible. Palo Alto’s tech-savvy businesses are now assisting the American war effort. And “emergency preparedness” has become the leading buzzword among local neighborhood groups. For Palo Alto Police and Interim Fire Chief Dennis Burns and the city’s emergency responders, the event was a wake-up call — a reminder that once unfathomable (continued on page 24)

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Many ways to commemorate 9/11 Local churches, other organizations plan events to observe the 10-year memorial ith music and song, candlelight and prayer, the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered on the Midpeninsula throughout the day on Sept. 11, 2011. In addition to interfaith memorial services, there will be a polo benefit for soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a commemoration of a monument made from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Schola Cantorum will be performing a concert at the Stanford Memorial Church. “This event will be a fitting way for all of us who participate to pay tribute — whether as performers on the platform or as members of the audience seated in the congregation,” said Gregory Wait, Schola’s conductor and music director.

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Juana Briones Elementary School student Julia Moser hung up the card she made for New York firefighters and police officers after the tragedy.

Growing up in the shadow of September 11 Childhood memories of scary day taught them to ‘expect the unexpected,’ students say by Chris Kenrick heir parents and baby sitters were crying. Their teachers were acting scared. A plane crashed into a building. It might have been a movie. Such are the memories of today’s high school students about Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 — when they were young children. “I was so young that it didn’t really hit me exactly what had happened,” said Palo Alto High School junior Jessica Tam. A first-grader at Duveneck Elementary School at the


time, Tam remembered watching the images of crashing towers with her parents. “My parents were shocked, and over the years I’ve come to recognize the significance of the event.” Paly senior Jared Swezey-Gleason was up early for school that day and found his baby sitter “bawling on my parents’ bed,” her eyes fixed on the television screen. He looked at the screen to see a smoking building and a few moments later — live — a second plane crashing into it. In his second-grade class later that day, the teacher asked the children if they knew what had happened. “For me, it was engraved into my brain, so the question of whether we had seen it seemed ridiculous,” Swezey-Gleason recalled. Paly freshman Arin Tai-Seale, who was 4 at the time, has no specific memory of Sept. 11, 2001, at all. “I don’t remember much — just my parents talking about the news, and when I got older I learned more about it. For me personally it made planes kind of scary, but I still go on them,” she said.

‘My parents never really thought that America could be attacked like that, and they were really impacted by it.’ – Soo Song, junior, Palo Alto High School

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Menlo-Atherton High School student Jessica Weiner (left) comforted classmate Patty Tapia at a campus vigil.

Paly junior Soo Song most recalled the shock of her parents, who had emigrated from Korea four years earlier. “My parents never really thought that America could be attacked like that, and they were really impacted by it,” Song said. At the time, they tried to shield her from the news. “I’m sort of glad I wasn’t old enough to realize the full horror of the event.” Kevin Wang, then a second-grader at Hoover Elementary School and now a Paly senior, recalled the teachers were acting strangely that day, with “people running in

Flying flags to remember Close to 3,000 flags at the corner of Newell and Embarcadero roads will provide the backdrop to a Memorial Event at 9 a.m. Sunday. Following a brief ceremony remembering those who lost their lives, Mayor Sid Espinosa and the Palo Alto City Council will add the last flags. Afterwards, participants are invited to walk to Eleanor Pardee Park, at 851 Center Drive, to visit the city’s 9/11 memorial site. Information:

Tribute concert A memorial concert, featuring Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor,” will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church. Featuring the 80-voiced Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum, the free concert is part of a National Requiem of Remembrance, with 60 choruses performing across the country, rolling across the country hour by hour, ending in Hawaii. Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford’s university organist, will play with the choir. Information:

A Sunday of remembrance Trinity Church in Menlo Park is holding a remembrance service at 5 p.m. Sunday that will include representatives from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and is open to everyone. “Our hope is not only to provide a simple prayer service to allow members of the community to pause, remember, reflect and pray for healing, but also to dem-

onstrate that members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities can come together in a way that promotes healing and peace,” said the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, rector of Trinity, an Episcopal church located at 330 Ravenswood Ave. at Laurel Street in Menlo Park. In addition to Trinity clergy, participants will include Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, senior associate dean for religious life at Stanford University; Rabbi Paul Shleffar, founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Spirituality; and Shahzad Chowdry, who is part of the ING’s Islamic Speakers Bureau, an outreach organization that promotes inter-religious understanding. Information:

Polo benefit in Atherton Honoring combat soldiers on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Menlo Polo Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. The event raises funds for organizations that aid in the physical rehabilitation of severely injured American soldiers returning from combat duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. The event will include an opening ceremony, wine tasting, two polo games, a carriage driving display and a silent auction. Information:

Commemorative monument A commemorative monument, highlighted by a piece of twisted and rusted steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center Towers, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside. Protected by ribbons of steel in the shape of a globe, the piece of wreckage is mounted on top of a 3-foot stone pillar, located in a small garden adjacent to the firehouse. “This monument will serve as a constant reminder of the first responders as well as the military — and everyone who helps protect our homes and country,” said Steve Johnson, a member of the brigade and coordinator of the unveiling. Information: Steve Johnson at 650-851-8447 or sfjohns@ — Palo Alto Weekly and Almanac staff

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Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Palo Alto High School Haymarket Boiler Replacement Contract No: PAB-11 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to asbestos abatement work, the removal and replacement of existing boilers, hydronic piping, installation and integration of associated components, and other work associated electrical, EMS work and as indicated in the plans and specifications. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2011 starting at the 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, California 94301. Please meet in front of the Haymarket Theater. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office Building “D”, by: 10:00 a.m. Sept. 28, 2011. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 - 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at Peninsula Digital Imaging, 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, Phone Number (650) 967-1966

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‘9/11 burned an image into our minds that these things can happen everywhere.’ – Dennis Burns, police and interim fire chief, City of Palo Alto “Everyone realizes that we’re all in this together,” Burns said. “The community and individuals, municipalities and state, local and federal officials — we’re all in this together.” hile the Police Department focused on security and strengthened its cooperation with federal law-enforcement authorities, the Library Department found itself caught up in the impact of the Patriot Act, which the Congress passed in October 2001. The Patriot Act expanded the lawenforcement agencies’ powers to search individuals’ records, gather intelligence in the United States, detain immigrants and more. In response, the Palo Alto Library changed its policies to protect its patrons’ privacy from the potentially snooping eyes of law enforcement. In 2003, the library began to issue written warnings to patrons who signed up for library cards warning them that previously private information about books checked out was no longer private. Records of book fines, once stored indefinitely, were to be purged within three weeks after the fine is paid. Patrons’ computer-search history was to be swiftly deleted, as were questions directed to the reference desk. The changes in the local libraries and police departments were symptomatic of the tension between national security and civil liberty that was playing out in communities across America post 9/11. Not everyone agreed with the library’s new policies. Then-City Attorney Ariel Calonne called the newly adopted record-purging policy a “knee-jerk response,” though he agreed with library staff’s characterization of the Patriot Act as a heavy-handed wartime reaction.


Stanford University’s White Plaza was home to a vigil the night of Sept. 11, 2001. The library’s policies have evolved further over the past decade. Now that records are automatically purged, the library no longer issues written warnings to patrons about the Patriot Act. Advances in technology have made it easier for libraries to instantly delete information without the need for staff interaction, Library Director Monique le Conge said. These privacy protections have become part of the library culture everywhere, she said. These days, if someone calls or emails an information request, that information is destroyed as soon as the question is answered, le Conge said in an email. “Most library activities now automatically include some type of privacy protection, and libraries automatically refer any specific lawenforcement requests to the City Attorney,” she said. s City Hall adjusted to the post-9/11 threats to security and civil liberty, a group of residents began thinking more broadly about the next disaster. Then-Councilwoman Judy Kleinberg began calling people affiliated with local hospitals, neighborhood groups and major businesses. The goal, she said, was to bring together all the agencies and groups that would have to work together during a major emergency. More than 30 people showed up at the first meeting, representing just about every major city sector, she said. “It was an enormous gathering involving everyone from Stanford Hospital to police and fire, to AT&T, people from the Stanford Research Park and people from the


neighborhood groups,” Kleinberg recalled. “None of those people had sat in the same room before. It was quite amazing.” The move toward better emergency preparedness proceeded in fits and starts over the following decade. Shortly after Kleinberg assembled the group, then Police Chief Lynne Johnson took over the group’s coordination and, in 2003, turned it into an official organization called the Citizens Corps Council. The citysponsored group, which included officials from American Red Cross and other organizations, held quarterly meetings to update each other — but, according to Kleinberg, it didn’t pursue the type of transformative initiatives she and others envisioned, including a database with contact information of every agency that would be involved in disaster response. “It changed from an action-oriented group that was just trying to get people to be prepared and using various tools and strategies to make everyone aware who responders would be to a very small group sharing information,” Kleinberg said. “That wasn’t what it was supposed to be originally.” Now, Palo Alto’s drive toward emergency preparedness has once again reignited. The City Council has for the past two years designated “emergency preparedness” as one of its five official priorities. This summer, the council put its budget where its mouth is and agreed to hire a new director to oversee the expanding Office of Emergency Services — a high-level official (continued on next page)

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available, Burns said, officers had to call other agencies to get certain information. There’s also the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, a multi-jurisdiction agency in San Francisco that was set up shortly after 9/11. The center issues warnings about terrorist threats and allows federal, state, county and local agencies to easily share data. City leaders have also invested $300,000 in a police mobile-command unit, a vehicle that will be a crucial communications hub in a disaster and is one of the most sophisticated in the Bay Area, according to the department. It has its own dispatch capabilities for emergencies, separate from those housed in the basement of City Hall. Because of these initiatives and the increased emergency-response training that became the new normal after 9/11, the Palo Alto Police Department is much further along than it was 10 years ago in monitoring potential terrorist threats, Burns said.

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events are now part of the new reality. Burns said the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon forced Palo Alto to ask tough questions about its own capability to withstand terrorism. “9/11 burned an image into our minds that these things can happen everywhere,” Burns said. The department had already been thinking about emergency response, thanks in large part to local disasters such as the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1998 San Francisquito Creek flood, he said. But

the attack stirred the community and created a greater sense of urgency in the department. “I think 9/11 pushed us more, the council pushed us more and the community pushed us more,” Burns said. “Internally, we tried to push ourselves and tried to be proactive. It’s something we continue to do.” Burns said the department, like others across the nation, took advantage of the federal grants that proliferated after 9/11 to boost its information-sharing capabilities. The new tools include the COPLINK software, which allows Palo Alto police to instantly share information with other enforcement agencies. Before the software became

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Residents reflect on Sept. 11 Recollections and videos posted on Palo Alto Online anessa Roach was getting ready to go to work at Stanford University. Yonkel Goldstein was at a meeting in New York City, across from the World Trade Center. Samina Sundas was shopping in Costco. Chet Frankenfield was driving through Canada. As part of the Weekly’s commemoration of Sept. 11, the four Palo Alto area residents recently recalled the moments they heard about — or witnessed — the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, as well as their feelings and experiences of that day. Their recollections, and those of nearly two dozen other local residents, have been posted online, along with a video capturing a handful of their stories. To read their memories, and watch the video, go to www. A few excerpts are printed below:


Yonkel Goldstein From the vantage point of a decade after 9/11 it seems as fate wanted me to be in New York City — not just in New York City but probably at almost the precise location that one would have selected to view those terrible events, had one known in advance what was to happen and, if for some macabre reason, one wanted to witness them. At about 7 a.m., my colleague and I took a cab down to the law office where our team was meeting — at One Liberty Plaza, directly across from the Twin Towers. The cab driver got lost (I thought he feigned getting lost to jack up the fare — what New York Cab driver can’t find the World Trade Center?), and we ended up circling the Towers. My colleague and I agreed that if we finished the day early enough our team should retire to a bar at the World Trade Center for a bit of refreshment. But there was tons of work to accomplish between now and then. Little did we know ...

Vanessa Roach Midday Stanford announced a gathering in the Quad in front of Memorial Church where everyone could get together and just be. After the informal program and remarks, they asked for people to call out names of those who were missing so we could all keep them in our thoughts. People called out names for some time. But there was one voice and two words that still haunt me today. A man, who seemed to be on the outer edge of the circle, called out quietly, “My sister.” Everyone seemed to stop and catch their breath. It was so real

and so painful. I will never know who this man was, or if his sister survived. But I will never forget hearing those two words.

Samina Sundas I was at Costco when I first learned about the tragedy. There were many people standing by the TV. I started crying as I was watching the destruction and pain caused by misguided individuals in the name of Islam. One of the men from the group angrily asked me: “Why are you crying?” I did not say anything and looked around for some support. There was none. The man was uncomfortably close and yelled again: “I have asked you, ‘Why are you crying?’” I politely replied as I walked away: “Sir, because I have not figured out yet how not to care about human beings.”

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who would serve as the maestro for the various grassroots groups that currently constitute the frontline of the city’s emergency-preparedness operation. Activities that were once the purview of neighborhood leaders and concerned citizens are gradually becoming a major focus inside City Hall. Mayor Sid Espinosa said the terrorist attack 10 years ago spurred many cities, including Palo Alto, to take a closer look at their disasterpreparedness efforts. “9/11 got a lot of communities to start thinking about whether they are really ready for a natural disaster or an act of terrorism,” Espinosa said. “I know our Police Department started looking at the safety of our buildings, and the neighborhood organizations in the city — though they were more focused on natural disasters — realized that any sort of event requiring mobilization in the community needs to be planned so that we can be prepared.”

Businesses also began to adjust to the post-9/11 era. While established giants Lockheed Martin and Hewlett-Packard Co. continued to supply the U.S. military, smaller and leaner companies also opened shop to contribute to the military campaigns. Palantir Technology, a downtown startup that sprung into existence in 2004, has been using its data-gathering and sorting tools to map out organizational charts of terrorist suspects in Afghanistan and locations of improvised explosive devices in Iraq. Palantir was one of four Palo Alto companies — along with HP, Attensity Corporation and Stellar Solutions — listed by the Washington Post in its “Top Secret America” database, which tracks companies that assisted the federal government after 9/11. “These are Palo Alto technologybased companies that saw the shift in business and responded,” Espinosa said. his Sunday, Palo Alto’s current city leaders hope to recreate an atmosphere of inclusiveness, reflection and solidarity at a memo-


rial ceremony at the Palo Alto Art Center. The event will feature flags, bagpipes and a moment of silence and reflection at 9:11 a.m. People will then be able to stroll to Eleanor Pardee Park, where residents planted a grove of olive trees in honor of 9/11 victims shortly after the attacks. The trees, which have since blossomed to heights exceeding 15 feet, stand in a ring behind a stone bearing a quote from George Washington’s farewell address, encouraging Americans to, “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” Espinosa said Sept. 11 was a “transformative event for our country” even though it happened thousands of miles away. “Part of patriotism is understanding what it means to be an American and coming together as a country,” Espinosa said. “That’s what happened in 9/11.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

Chet Frankenfield We arrived in Cache Creek, B.C., a forlorn little town in the middle of nowhere. At breakfast at the Bear’s Claw Lodge, our young waitress asked us if we had seen on television what was going on in New York City. She said an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We were not overly concerned by this news and thought that anyone who believed the Pentagon was in New York City was not too reliable a news source. We returned to our motel and turned on the TV and realized for the first time what a horrific event was occurring. ... We arrived in Prince Rupert, B.C., and read in the paper that there was to be a memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Friday evening. We attended. When the people discovered we were U.S. Americans, the outpouring of sympathy and love was overwhelming. I have always liked our Canadian neighbors, but that evening the mutual love could not have been greater. N

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and out of the classroom.” He knew something was wrong but didn’t know what it was until he got home from school and saw the TV images. “I thought it was a movie at first — I don’t think it really hit me until a couple days later,” Wang said. Paly seniors Tremaine Kirkman and Uma Veerappan both recalled their parents frantically and repeatedly trying to get through to relatives in New York. Both have uncles who lived there at the time. Kirkman thought he must be “in trouble” when his mother arrived, shaking, to take him home early from his second-grade class at Escondido Elementary School, where they’d been celebrating a classmate’s birthday. “I was a kid, so I didn’t really understand what was going on, but it’s become more significant every year,” he said. Veerappan’s uncle, who worked near the Twin Towers, had been walking near the explosions, but was safe.

Though too young to fully have comprehended the terrorist attack at the time, the students have no doubt they’ve grown up in its shadow. “I think the event itself, and what I saw, is a central part of my childhood and how I remember those developing years,” Swezey-Gleason said.

‘I know I should be happy and make the most of what I have, because it could be taken away by a tragedy like that.’ – Jared Swezey-Gleason, Palo Alto High School senior “To have seen not only the tragedy in it but how everyone came together in the end was really powerful.” The event “definitely changed this country,” Wang said. Song worried for years, especially in elementary school, that her frequently flying father would get on a plane that would be hijacked. “Obviously, this paranoia will be with America forever, consider-

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ing how airport security got really tight,” she said. For Tam, although she didn’t feel personally affected by the attack, “It opened my eyes to the rest of the world and all the terrorism that’s going on, not only in America but outside of America.” All the students interviewed said they were relieved at the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden this year, but they differed on the appropriate response. Wang, who was at a friend’s house when the news came, said they went outside and screamed, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! “We were really excited. This was 10 years in the making — a huge event. Then we went back and watched Obama’s speech, and it was really fine and touching, a really special moment.” Paly freshman Joshua Torres was watching “Family Guy” when his mother told him Bin Laden had been killed. “I think everyone was quite happy — happy in a ‘revenge’ way,” Torres said. “That he’s dead was our revenge, but I don’t think screaming and shouting was the best way to say he was dead. “Everyone should have been a little more respectful.” The post-Sept. 11 world is all they’ve really known, but students said they still have drawn life lessons from the event. “It showed me just how extreme peoples’ struggles (are) and — even in a very sheltered area like Palo Alto — how tragic those struggles can actually be,” Swezey-Gleason said. “I know I should be happy and make the most of what I have, because it could be taken away by a tragedy like that.” Though Veerappan said she was too young for it to have affected her childhood, she thinks the terrorist attacks taught her, from an early age, to “expect the unexpected.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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Retired Task Force Canine Search Handler Shirley Hammond (with husband David Hammond, right) worked with her dog, Sunny Boy, at Ground Zero.

Rescuing the rescuers Local 9/11 responders reflect on 10-year anniversary by Sandy Brundage t started like any other Tuesday. Ed Greene, then a deputy chief with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, got a phone call around 3 a.m. about a wildfire that might need more firefighters. He went back to sleep. Another call came a couple hours later, talking about “deployment,� and was, he thought



at first, related to the same incident. “I was hazy, having coffee,� he recalled. “I hadn’t looked at the TV. They said, ‘You better go turn it on.’� Afterward the chief went about his planned schedule, interviewing applicants for jobs at the dispatch center, but, “It was a weird, weird

day,� he said. It was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Six days later he and the 66 other emergency responders of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 were at Ground Zero in New York City, trying to grasp the magnitude of the attack. Ten years hasn’t dimmed the pain. Or the pride. The task force knew going in that they weren’t looking for survivors, or even anything recognizably human. The collapse of the Twin Towers pancaked 70 stories of reinforced steel into a 70-foot basement, grinding bodies into the very dust the responders were breathing. Shirley Hammond and her Doberman, Sunny Boy, began searching portions of the site. Trained to track the living, Sunny had nevertheless acquired an ability to find cadavers. One day, a New York City chief asked for a dog-handler team to search a specific location, and Hammond responded. “There were four fellows with torches cutting beams,� Hammond recalled. “I assumed they were firefighters, searching for one of their own. Sunny kept returning to one area and finally pawed a spot on the ground.� Later one of the firefighters came up and put a hand on her shoulder. “He said, ‘It was our brother,’� Hammond, a search-and-rescue veteran, recalled after pausing for several moments to regain her composure. There were living victims, however — the responders themselves. “Our job was not just to rescue people but to rescue their psyches,� Greene reflected. “We’re not just using our fancy tools for recovery. Our job is to rescue the survivors.� California Task Force 3 wasn’t immune to the mental strain. Shortly after arriving in New York, some of its members were dispatched

to form a rapid-response team in case other attacks followed. The hairs on Chief Harold Schapelhouman’s arms stood up as he talked about learning that the emergency responders were expected to be targets. Without telling their families, the team took DNA swabs of themselves. For identification. Just in case.

‘What makes it hard is when someone’s outside the site, holding up a photo of their loved one, and knowing that’s not what you found.’ – Harold Schapelhouman, chief, Menlo Park Fire Protection District And despite the overwhelming emotional support given to the responders, some moments still stung. “What makes it hard is when someone’s outside the site, holding up a photo of their loved one, and knowing that’s not what you found — you don’t want them to know what you’re dealing with. And the pull is to give them what they want; you have to get over it,� Schapelhouman said. The lessons that guided the team in New York were learned the hard way, at the site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995. Both sites were graveyards, Schapelhouman said, but Oklahoma was “a little house of horrors.� In New York City, remains were recovered using “little red biohazard bags. In Oklahoma, we used body bags.� As others searched for remains, Dave Hammond, Shirley’s husband, used his engineering (continued on next page)



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expertise to keep the federal building from falling down while other responders were taking it apart. That experience stood him in good stead in New York, although the World Trade Center presented different challenges. “The most dangerous thing about that site was the footing, and the chemicals,� he said, then held up a photo of the debris. “The biggest thing for an engineer is getting your mind around what it is. The first thing you say is, ‘Oh ----.’ Then your training kicks in.� After Oklahoma, Hammond said, he would wake up at night, rocking back and forth in bed. Being on the periphery in New York, the sheer, unthinkable scale of the destruction made it easier to cope. Some reminders of 9/11 are physical rather than psychological. At a reunion held about a month after the team’s deployment, the task force began realizing that 70 percent of their members had gotten sick, according to Schapelhouman. Pneumonia in 20-year-old firefighters; lingering coughs; skin rashes; inexplicable nose bleeds. To this day, the chief struggles with the aftereffects. “I’ll never regret going to New York, but part of what I wish I could undo is not wearing a mask because I was on the phone, on the radio,� he said. “When I get sick now, I get really sick.� The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eventually established a health support program for 9/11 responders. On the fifth and 10th anniversaries of Oklahoma City, task force members traveled to the site, which Schapelhouman said was critical in allowing him to move forward. “I saw a kid, maybe 1 or 2 years old, playing in the (memorial) reflecting pond and I realized he didn’t know what it was,� he said. “It symbolized that I had to let it go.� The same realizations for 9/11 might be harder to come by. The 10-year memorial in New York City this year excludes the responders, for reasons ranging from expense to security, according to the chief, who has held off on sending a letter of protest to the mayor in hopes that the decision would change.

Menlo Park firefighters were dispatched to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. “What’s missing here is the deeper level of significance. Why not allow them to come in, let them try to find that closure?� Chief Schapelhouman said. Closure or not, Sept. 11 will never again be just another day for those who responded to Ground Zero. N

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Stanford women’s basketball All-American Jayne Appel, who now plays in the WNBA, is doing a photo shoot for USA Water Polo. The former high school water polo goalie revealed in a tweet on Thursday, “My first time in a cap since high school.” . . . Senior goalie Alexandre Popp has been named the Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) for matches last weekend. Popp, a native of Palo Alto and a Menlo-Atherton High graduate, led a strong Crimson defensive effort throughout the MIT Invitational last Saturday. In a season-opening win over MIT, Popp made five saves and combined with Jimmy Field to down the Engineers, 13-5. Later, Popp stopped 13 shots from No. 17 Cal Baptist during a 13-9 loss to the Lancers . . . Former Castilleja standout Taylor Docter and Gunn grad Teresa Skelly helped the Harvard women’s volleyball team win a pair of matches last weekend at the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. The Crimson topped host Georgia State, 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 as Docter had 17 kills with Skelly adding 13. In a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 triumph over Jacksonville State, Docter contributed 11 kills while hitting .550 for the match, with Skelly added five blocks for Harvard (2-1). Docter was named to the all-tournament team . . . Palo Alto grad Mike Scott had six catches for 89 yards in his debut with the Idaho Vandals in a 32-15 seasonopening loss to Bowling Green.

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Stanford has a chance to avenge last ugly football trip to East Coast by Rick Eymer ffensive guard David DeCastro succinctly summed up Stanford’s last football trip to North Carolina in two words: “It sucked.” Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, of whom former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh once said had a photographic memory, has managed to block his memory of that loss to Wake Forest two years ago. “I don’t remember too much from that game,” Luck said. “I tried to put it all out of my memory, except that we lost and it’s like a five-hour plane ride back that’s awful.” No one has to remind Luck that it was also his first loss as a Division I quarterback. Forget that he threw for 276 yards, completing 23 of 34 passes, and two touchdowns, it was just plain ugly. “I just don’t have good memories,” DeCastro said. “Hopefully we can clear that up. It just sucked overall. It sucked, to sum up the East


Coast trip.” There’s still a handful of players left who shared Stanford’s 10th cross country trip since 1971, including then starters Luck, DeCastro, Jonathan Martin, Chris Owusu, Matt Masifilo and Delano Howell. The sixth-ranked Cardinal (1-0) returns to the East Coast this week with its nonconference game at Duke (0-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (PT) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Historically, Stanford does not fare well when traveling to the Eastern time zone. The Cardinal is 2-8 in its previous 10 trips. One of those wins was at Duke in 1972. Luck has fared much better since that Wake Forest loss. Stanford is 19-4 with him as a starter since then, including the past 10 games in succession. Cardinal coach David Shaw, then an assis(continued on page 34)

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by Rick Eymer he Stanford women’s soccer match with defending national champion Notre Dame on Friday night is a certified sellout, but there’s plenty of seats available for Friday’s Stanford women’s volleyball match against four-time national defending champion Penn State and there’s no scheduling conflict. It’s a unique situation and it continues all weekend with additional bonus matches. Stanford’s volleyball match begins at 5:30 p.m. The soccer match starts at 7:30 p.m. “It’s an extraordinary soccer event and an extraordinary volleyball event,” said Stanford women’s volleyball coach John Dunning. “It’s crazy there are so many things going on and it’s not getting any better, for a preseason tournament, anywhere else. It’s awesome.” The Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic also includes No. 7 Florida and No. 10 Texas, which meet in Friday’s late match in Maples Pavilion. The Stanford Nike soccer Invitational also includes No. 11 UC Irvine and No. 17 Santa Clara, with that match preceding the Stanford-Notre Dame rematch. The Stanford men’s soccer team will kick things off at 3 p.m. against visiting Kentucky, ranked 15th in the nation. And that’s not all! Stanford is also throwing in a couple of nationallyranked field hockey matches, with the No. 16 Cardinal hosting No. 19 Indiana on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 18 Northeastern on Sunday at 1 p.m. The volleyball tournament continues Saturday, with matches at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Soccer continues with matches Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. “We worked with the volleyball team to adjust


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our local football teams opened the 2011 high school season last weekend, with three of the squads starting new quarterbacks. Perhaps not too surprising, explosive aerial games did not come to pass. In the victories by Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton, those teams combined for just 390 yards of passing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an average of 97.5 yards per game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as Jack Larson (SHP), Keller Chryst (Paly) and Jack Heneghan/ Matt Bradley (Menlo) made their varsity debuts at quarterback. The only returning quarterback starter was Willy Fonua of MenloAtherton. By comparison, the 2010 openers produced 721 passing yards in five games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an average of 144.2 yards per game. Despite a lack of passing, the 2011 openers actually turned out better than last season. The five openers in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;10 produced four wins in five games, 131 points scored and 65 allowed. In the four openers last week, all four local teams won while producing 129 points and allowing 43. (Note: Pinewood and Priory were not included in these totals because they play eight-man football) While passing lacked, the running games took over last weekend. Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dylan Mayer rushed for a career-high 155 yards on 18 carries in the Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 19-18 win over Santa Cruz; Tyler McCool of Sacred Heart Prep rushed for a career-high 145 yards on eight carries with a pair of TDs; Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B.J. Boyd carried eight times for 100 yards and scored twice while Taylor Mashack and Cameron Moody of Menlo-Atherton combined for 119 yards on 13 total carries and three touchdowns in a 43-7 romp over El Camino. Thus, while the young local quarterbacks find their respective grooves, running backs evidently will carry the offensive load for the time being. Whether that continues could be determined this weekend when Week 2 gets rolling with more nonleague action. Menlo School (1-0) will host Mission (San Francisco) on Friday at 3:15 p.m.; Sacred Heart Prep (1-0) will play at the same time against host Riordan; Pinewood makes its season debut by hosting Stuart Hall at 4 p.m.; and Gunn does the same by visiting McClymonds in Oakland at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Priory (0-1) will attempt to bounce back from last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40-8 season-opening loss to Stuart Hall by traveling to face An-


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The senior setter had 168 assists, 20 digs and six blocks to help the Vikings go 9-0 and successfully defend their volleyball title at the High Sierra Classic in addition to being named to the all-tournament team.

The senior two-way player carried the ball 18 times for a career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns, tallying the game-winning TD with just 5.7 seconds to play to lift the Knights to a 19-18 season-opening football win.

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Maddie Kuppe Palo Alto volleyball

Melanie Wade Palo Alto volleyball

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Willy Fonua Menlo-Atherton football

Jayshawn Gates-Mouton Palo Alto football

Tyler McCool Sacred Heart Prep football

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derson Valley in Boonville at 1 p.m. Menlo-Atherton (1-0), meanwhile, will play host to always tough Los Gatos at 2 p.m. Palo Alto (1-0) will have a bye week after opening impressively with a 28-18 win over visiting San Benito last week. If there were any questions about how Palo Alto would start the season after winning the CIF Division I state championship last year, Boyd answered them on the first play of the 2011 season as he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Paly raced out to a 28-0 lead. After a three-and-out from San Benito, Boyd added a second touchdown with a 62-yard run on the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first play from scrimmage to put Paly up 14-0. Junior wide receiver Jayshawn Gates-Mouton hauled in touchdown catches of 19 and 10 yards in his varsity debut from sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst in the second quarter to round out the scoring for the Vikings. Chryst, a transfer from North Carolina, made his Paly debut with eight completions in 23 attempts for 109 yards, two TDs and one interception. Gates-Mouton caught six passes for 72 yards in his debut.

Palo Alto could have scored more points, but had two touchdowns called back by penalties. Meanwhile, Menlo-Atherton played its first night game under its new permanent lights and rolled to a 43-7 nonleague victory over El Camino. Fonua threw for three touchdowns and Moody returned a kickoff 90 yards to highlight the offensive explosion for the Bears. Moody added a 24-yard TD run and one from a yard out that gave M-A its final margin of victory. Mashack added a 60-yard TD run in the first quarter to help spark the Bears to 22 points in the opening period. He finished with 71 rushing yards on just three carries to lead the Bears to 211 yards on the ground. Blake Olsen caught a 40yard scoring pass from Fonua, who also tossed a three-yard TD pass to Richard Cornew. In Santa Cruz, Menlo School rode the wave of a fourth-quarter rally for a thrilling 19-18 last-second win over host Santa Cruz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense did a great job; that was the key to keeping us in the game all night, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Menlo coach Mark Newton said. (continued on next page)

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Important victory keeps Paly perfect by Keith Peters he 2011 season has gotten under way for the Palo Alto girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team in identical fashion as the 2010 campaign, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very good thing for the Vikings. Paly started out last year with a 10-0 record and used that as a springboard to eventually winning the CIF Division I state championship and finishing with a 41-1 record. Palo Alto once again has opened its season with a 10-0 record following a big nonleague win over Presentation on Wednesday. That comes on the heels of the Vikings successfully defending their title at the 32-team, two-day High Sierra Classic in Reno last weekend. The Vikings now have won 25 straight matches, dating to last season when they finished the year with a 15-match win streak. Palo Alto also has won seven straight tournaments, also dating to last season, and entered this week ranked No. 5 in the nation in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings. The Vikings also have been ranked No. 4 nationally in the Powerade Fab 50 by ESPNRise. Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showdown with Presentation was a rematch of the 2009 CCS Division II semifinals, which Palo Alto won in five sets. While the Vikings went on to lose to Mitty in the finals, they bounced back in 2010 to win 26 straight matches. Evidently, beating a quality team like Presentation in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09 certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

hurt Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth heading into its championship season. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the latest victory plays into the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success this season. Paly coach Dave Winn has set up the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest schedule ever, which includes upcoming home matches against Division IV state runner-up Sacred Heart Prep (Sept. 13) and Division II state champion St. Francis (Sept. 26) along with Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever appearance in the Mitty Tournament (Sept. 16-17). Presentation certainly provided stiff competition in a showdown that brought together two nationally ranked teams, two tournament champions from last weekend and two favorites for Central Coast Section championships this season. Not too surprising, it took five sets before host Palo Alto rallied for a 25-19, 27-25, 19-25, 21-25, 15-11 victory. Presentation (6-1) came in ranked No. 24 nationally by MaxPreps after winning last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Milpitas Spikefest I tourney. On Wednesday, something had to give between the two talented squads. Paly did well to bounce back after losing its early 2-0 lead. Senior Melanie Wade provided 21 kills and senior Maddie Kuppe added 18, Presentationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emily Sklar nearly served Paly off the court in the third and fourth sets while finishing with 27 kills. Paly took advantage of a few Presentation errors in the deciding fifth set, including a botched serve to close the match. Caroline Martin,

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before halftime that gave the Gators a 33-0 lead. A few minutes earlier, McCool ran it in from 43 yards out to make 27-0. All of McCoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yards came in the first half. Larson made his starting debut at quarterback for SHP and responded with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 6-of-14 passing. Ryan Gaertner caught a 15-yard scoring pass and Duke Moran latched on to an 18yard TD reception. Sacred Heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense also rose to the challenge, holding SLV to just 67 yards of total offense in the first half. Luke Quinton, who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play football last season, was among the defensive standouts for SHP. Luke Thomas and Fatu Tupou, both defensive ends, also contributed to the big shutout.


After Santa Cruz grabbed a 12-0 lead at halftime and improved it to 18-12 in the fourth quarter, Menlo began engineering its comeback. With 42 seconds left, Menlo senior Chris Reed ran the kickoff to the Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 35. Bradley, a junior, completed a pair of long passes to junior Connor Stastny and senior Tommy Ford to get down to the Santa Cruz 30. Sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan came in and connected down the middle with Reed, who got the Knights to the 2-yard line. With 5.7 seconds left, Mayer scored behind senior Spencer Buja and junior Wyatt Rouser. Junior Timmy Costa added the PAT, and the Knights walked away with the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a lot of guys in different spots,â&#x20AC;? Newton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to take away a lot of teaching points â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to improve, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot they did well.â&#x20AC;? It was Mayer, who also tied the game 12-12 with a 60-yard run with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, McCool had a career day to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 39-0 blasting of San Lorenzo Valley. He had an 80-yard TD run just

NOTES: Palo Alto is ranked No. 21 in the state in the California Top 50 by Cal-Hi Sports. Among the reasons why were running backs Dre Hill and Boyd, who combined for 1,719 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, plus four of five returning offensive linemen from last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14-0 team. The only other CCS team among the top 21 is Bellarmine, which is ranked 18th. -- James Huber contributed

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Defending state champion Vikings are off to another 10-0 start after holding off Presentation in an early season showdown

Palo Alto senior Melanie Wade (19) had 21 kills and came up with some big blocks to help the Vikings improve to 10-0 this season with a big five-set nonleague victory over Presentation on Wednesday night. Becca Raffel and Jackie Koenig also played well for the Vikings. Raffel gave Paly a 13-8 lead in the final set before Presentation rallied to get to within 13-10. Kuppe produced a kill at 14-10 to set up the deciding point. Palo Alto defended its title at the High Sierra Classic on Saturday following a 25-22, 25-15 victory over St. Francis (Sacramento) in the title match. The Vikings swept all nine matches in Reno, 2-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely made fewer errors than most teams we faced,â&#x20AC;? said Winn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our blocking was quite an intimidation factor, and all of our servers put a lot of pressure on the opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense. We trailed SFSac 7-2 and 10-3 before we came back and outscored them. I was very impressed with our ability to make really good decisions when we were

out of system.â&#x20AC;? Kimmy Whitson and Kuppe both were named to the all-tournament team. Kuppe had 21 kills in the final three matches on Saturday and finished with 61 for the tourney. Whitson had 62 assists in the quarters, semis and finals while finishing the tourney with 168. Wade led the statistical parade with 71 kills, 42 digs and eight blocks while Martin contributed 29 kills and 37 digs to the winning effort. Elsewhere on Wednesday: Sacred Heart Prep (5-2) also was busy while pulling out a 25-21, 2729, 25-23, 25-22 nonleague victory over host Menlo-Atherton (3-3). Jesse Ebner led the way with 20 kills and four blocks while fellow senior Sarah Daschbach added 13 kills and 13 digs for coach Damien Hardy.

Junior Ellie Shannon contributed 12 kills and four blocks for the Gators while setter Jojo Kurtzman produced 46 assists. Olivia Bertolacci added 26 digs. Ali Spindt had 12 kills and 14 digs for the Bears while Pauli King contributed 15 kills and 11 digs. M-A coach Jennifer Wilson also got solid efforts from Seini Moimoi (12 kills, seven blocks) and Sarah Collins (19 assists, five digs). In San Jose, senior Natalie Roy produced 14 kills to lead Menlo School (5-2) to a nonleague sweep of St. Thomas More on Wednesday, 25-21, 25-8, 25-18. Roy added four aces while sophomore middle blocker Sarah Bruml added six kills. In Portola Valley, host Priory posted a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 nonleague victory over Cupertino in a season opener. N

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Cook tied a career high with 20 digs and set a career best with five blocks against the Irish. She also controlled the offense with 47 assists and put down three kills of her own. She followed that effort with another career outing, recording a career-high 51 assists and matching her career-high with 20 digs in the victory over the Blue Devils. Cook earned her first career weekly honor. It was Stanford’s 75th honor all-time. Meanwhile, sophomore hitter Rachel Williams seems to have found her rhythm, recording double figures in kills in each match and improving her totals each time. She was named the MVP of last weekend’s Stanford Invitational, in which the Cardinal beat both Notre Dame and Duke. Sophomore Carly Wopat has also recorded double figures in kills in each of the first four matches, also improving her totals each time. She leads the Cardinal with 25 blocks. “Carly is a natural blocker,” Dunning said. “She has good senses, is physical and alert all the time.” It doesn’t get any easier for Stanford. The Pac-12 opener arrives Tuesday and it’s at California, currently the nation’s top-ranked team. The Bears reached their first ever national championship match last year. Health is more of an issue with Cardinal soccer. All-American Courtney Verloo has yet to play and remains out this weekend. Ratcliffe said defenders Rachel Quon and Kendall Romine and midfielder Mariah Nogueira should get some playing time. All played against Northwestern last week. “We’ve had several players step in and do a great job,” Ratcliffe said. Among the main contributors have been junior defender Madeline Thompson and senior midfielder Kristy Zurmuhlen. “Both have been at Stanford for years,” Ratcliffe said. “They have an unbelievable work ethic and are getting better and better. Kristy is a talented player. She’s not always a starter but she contributes to the team every year. She’s an inspirational leader who works harder than anyone and that inspires everybody.” It doesn’t get any easier for the soccer team either, with road games at nationally ranked Portland and Santa Clara next week. N




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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 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

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.)


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

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

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 Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302 • ONE ENTRY FORM PER PERSON bringto:printed form to Race Night Run, Registration ON RACE DAY





(12 & under - include t-shirt size and $15)


(If you are under 18, please read the instructions above)














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.

SIGNATURE OF REGISTRANT (parent or guardian if under 18 years of age) must have this on Race Night


5K WALK 7:00 P.M.


10K RUN 8:15 P.M.

5K RUN 8:45 P.M.


EMAIL (Note: all race communications is sent by email)




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Palo Alto Weekly 09.09.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the September 092011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 09.09.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the September 092011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly