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Council skeptical about ways to pay for infrastructure Officials weigh controversial choices for fixing Palo Alto’s buildings, roads by Gennady Sheyner


eeking to get a better grip on the city’s gaping infrastructure needs, Palo Alto officials on Tuesday delved into a long-awaited report by a commission that had spent more than a year studying the problem. But while the City Council praised the report and embraced several of

its recommendations, members were less enthusiastic about the report’s most controversial proposals, including ones to raise the city’s sales tax and to scrap the city’s lease of Cubberley Community Center. The council’s Tuesday meeting kicked off what Mayor Yiaway Yeh branded the “year of infrastructure

renewal and investment� in Palo Alto. The discussion focused on a comprehensive report by the 17-member Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission, a citizens group that surveyed the city’s infrastructure backlog, maintenance costs and facility needs and recommended ways to finance the repairs. As the council dives deeper into the report in the coming months, the biggest question it will tackle is whether the city should place a measure on the November ballot that would pay for some of the bigticket items on the commission’s list.

The commission’s report estimated that Palo Alto needs to spend an additional $2.2 million annually to maintain existing infrastructure and that the city has $41.5 million backlog in deferred maintenance — repairs that should have been made earlier but weren’t. The commission also recommended replacing the city’s cramped and seismically deficient police headquarters with a new public-safety building and refurbishing two fire stations, items that together would cost more than $90 million.

Palo Alto set to rule on AT&T proposal

World War II veteran honored for heroism — 66 years later Carl Clark saved ship, shipmates following Japanese kamikaze attack

Residents split over controversial plan to install 20 antennas on city poles

by Renee Batti


by Gennady Sheyner he heated battle between Palo Alto residents who demand better wireless coverage and those who find AT&T’s proposed equipment unsightly and disruptive will resurface Monday night when the City Council considers an appeal to the company’s controversial antenna application. AT&T’s plan to install antennas on 20 utility poles throughout the city is the first phase in the company’s plan to put up 80 such antennas — a network known as a “distributed antenna system.� The city’s Architectural Review Board and Planning and Community Environment Director Curtis Williams had already approved the application, but these approvals were appealed by project opponents, prompting Monday’s council hearing. According to a report from Current Planning Manager Amy French, the city has received four appeals — one opposing the entire project (all 20 sites), two from residents opposing locations of specific antennas near their houses, and a fourth one from Cooley LLP on behalf on Tench Coxe, who claims that other types of technologies would be more suitable for improving wireless reception. Paula Rantz argued in her appeal that the AT&T application is “part of a Band-Aid approach and does not represent the spirit of community and activism that Palo Alto is known for.� “There is a reason that Palo Alto is such a beautiful community,� Rantz wrote. “It is because of the efforts of all that have come before us, and we need to continue to be involved and have ownership of how our city


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Clark’s actions, he said, exemplify “a standard of conduct we should all aspire to.� He noted that Clark has said he doesn’t consider himself a hero. “But we do,� the secretary said, the audience erupting in applause. Clark’s actions that day and into the night “played an undeniably significant role� in saving the ship and the lives of countless sailors, said U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, DPalo Alto, who hosted the event. For two years, Eshoo worked to secure official military recognition for Clark, now 95. The ceremony was attended by family members who came from all over the state and country, by a multitude of friends, by Clark’s fellow members of St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto, and by people who had never met Clark but were touched by his story of heroism and the injustice that delayed his recognition for 66 years. As a military band played the national anthem, ushering in Mabus and Eshoo, family members quietly wept. And when Clark slowly walked into the spacious hall aided by a cane, applause and whistles broke out, then morphed into a hand-clapping processional chant: Carl, Carl, Carl. Also in the audience, tears streaming down her cheeks, was writing instructor Sheila Dunec. It was Dunec who went to Eshoo with Carl Clark’s story, which the veteran shared in 2000 during a World War II life stories course Dunec conducted at the Menlo Park Library. Originally a writing course, it evolved into a project that included oral presentations, a video and, several years ago, a

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t was Menlo Park resident Carl Clark whose World War II heroism was recognized in Moffett Field’s Hangar 651 Tuesday afternoon, but Clark told hundreds of well-wishers that he was accepting the honor on behalf of all the military men who fought bravely for their country but, because they were black like him, “got very little recognition for what they did.� The award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device, was a “long, long overdue recognition� of Clark’s heroism aboard the USS Aaron Ward in May 1945, when the ship was hit by six kamikaze planes, said U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who flew in to Moffett Field for the ceremony. Clark single-handedly mounted an hours-long effort to extinguish onboard fires — including one that broke out in the ammunition locker, threatening to blow up the ship — and to help his surviving shipmates. Although the fire hoses were meant to be handled by at least two men, he often manned them by himself. Without treatment for his own injuries, he worked through the night carrying the wounded to the medic ward, he said. In presenting the medal, Mabus acknowledged the military’s record of racism that prevented people like Clark from being honored for valor. He spoke of African Americans who “risked their lives for their nation,� fighting for American ideals and the promise of justice that the country hadn’t fulfilled for them.

The report suggests going out for either a bond or certificates of participation to pay for the police building and the fire stations. It also recommends paying for routine maintenance and catch-up costs through an annual revenue source such as an increase in sales tax. Perhaps its most controversial recommendation is ending the city’s lease of Cubberley Community Center space with the Palo Alto Unified School District, a move that the

World War II veteran Carl Clark, 95, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for his heroic actions aboard the USS Aaron Ward in 1945. staged event. Clark told the crowd that “this never would have happened� if it hadn’t been for Dunec. He thanked her and Eshoo, who “brought this honor to a conclusion.� Recognizing other blacks in the military who were never recog-

nized for their service, he noted: “We were loyal Americans and tried to do our part.� Mabus described Clark’s heroism aboard the Aaron Ward but also his life after he returned to (continued on page 8)

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Around Town SING, SING A SONG ... Palo Alto’s elected leaders know all too well that it’s not easy to get city residents excited about a topic as broad and vague as “infrastructure.� To liven things up, former Mayor Leland Levy serenaded the council this week with a song about the subject — a subject that he and 16 of his colleagues on the city’s Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission (IBRC) have been studying for more than a year. Levy’s repertoire of politically laced musical parodies now includes close to 20 songs, including nearly forgotten masterpieces such as “Seventy-Six Folks� (based on the “Music Man� classic “Seventy-Six Trombones� and dealing with the council’s budget-setting process), “Discussing Sand Hill� (based on Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill�) and “Oh, Beautiful For Byron Sher,� a patriotic homage to the former mayor, state assemblyman and senator. Levy’s latest hit, “IBRC,� draws inspiration from the Village People’s “YMCA� and includes the following lyrics: “Young man, when you drive down the block/ is your auto in perpetual shock/ does your chassis tend to rumble and rock/ does your flivver quiver? And your/ daughter, is she living her dream/ playing soccer for her neighborhood team/ though conditions on the field are the extreme?/ What the way to make things better.../ Well, just you leave it to the I-BR-C/ You can believe it that the I-B-R-C/ Have all talked the talk/ over each sidewalk/ every park, each plaza and tree/ Have been inspected by the I-B-R-C/ all flaws detected by the I-B-R-C.� The song served as a preamble to the council’s first discussion of the city’s infrastructure, and it won a few fans on the council. Councilman Larry Klein proclaimed Levy the city’s “Cole Porter� while Councilman Greg Schmid concluded the meeting by rising from his seat and, in true Village People style, pantomiming with his arms “I-B-R-C.� BLACKED OUT ... When Wikipedia and Reddit temporarily shut down Wednesday to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo was quick to rally to their cause. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has emerged in recent months as one of the leading opponents of the act, which seeks to

curb online piracy but which opponents argue amounts to censorship and an attack on small companies that would need to hire teams of lawyers to defend themselves if the act were to pass. Eshoo also used her own website to signal her displeasure with SOPA and PIPA (Protect IP Act), SOPA’s counterpart in the Senate. Visitors to her official site saw a black screen featuring the words, “STOP SOPA/ PIPA.� She also issued a statement: “Members of Congress need to hear about the consequences of SOPA, and when they do, they’ll learn of the serious consequences to the Internet the bill poses. It’s time to pull up the emergency brake on this legislation.� THOUSANDS OF DONUTS ... As high school students across Palo Alto sweated out first-semester finals this week, student government came up with goodies to try to lighten the load. At Gunn, student leaders provided 2,000 doughnuts Tuesday “to relieve the stress of finals,� student Gurpal Virdi reported to the Board of Education. At Paly, students were to celebrate the end of finals Thursday afternoon with cookies and hot chocolate in the quad. “It’s kind of a new thing, and the big question is whether people will bother to go,� student Alex Carter said. “I predict a lot of people will just be happy to go home.� FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE ... Palo Alto’s firefighters shifted their focus from battling blazes and providing medical service to another urgent cause: breast cancer. The firefighters on Jan. 13 held a formal ceremony in front of City Hall to present a $4,000 check to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that raises money to combat breast cancer. The money was raised as part of the Fire Department’s “Passionately Pink for the Cure� campaign. “We are honored to present this check to the Susan G. Komen foundation,� Palo Alto Firefighter Jesus Zuniga said in a statement. “While all firefighters have made a commitment to dedicate their lives to help people in their most trying times, the Palo Alto Fire Fighters ... consistently went above and beyond, helping raise over $17,000 this past year for various causes in the community.� N

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Palo Alto braces for battle against housing mandates New city committee to scrutinize projections, identify growth areas by Gennady Sheyner


pegs the Palo Alto number at about 6,100. The projections have irked council members, however. Councilman Greg Schmid, an economist with a penchant for strategic planning, has emerged as the council’s staunchest skeptic. In November, Schmid surveyed a variety of growth projections made before 2005, including ones from UC Berkeley academics and from UCLA’s Anderson School of Accounting, and found many of them (including the Department of Finance’s) to be far too optimistic about growth rates. He cited a report from the Public Policy Institute of California that included population projections of all key demographic forecasters. The consensus forecast from this group, he noted, was 40 percent higher than the actual outcome. Schmid also noted in his report that the Department of Finance used projections that are far higher than those used by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Even as late as the end of 2009, on the eve of the decennial census, estimates by the California Dept. of Finance (the organization responsible for the numbers that are used for all state allocation formulas) remained strikingly high at 14.1 percent, which was 1.5 million or 44.7 percent above the contemporaneous and more accurate Census Bureau’s Current Population Estimates,� Schmid wrote. The dispute is more than an academic debate over statistics. Though ABAG and MTC can’t force cities to accept their projections, they can withhold transportation grants from those agencies that don’t comply. Palo Alto officials have been cooperating with the agencies by identifying areas of the city that could accommodate growth. Much of the new housing would cluster around California Avenue, Palo Alto’s


Menlo Park hires new city manager Alex McIntyre is among first new hires under new pension structure by Sandy Brundage


lex McIntyre will replace Glen Rojas as city manager of Menlo Park, the city announced Wednesday (Jan. 18). He starts March 5. The council selected McIntyre from a pool of 50 applicants, following a call for Menlo Park residents to complete an online survey indicating what skills, experience

and attributes the successful applicant should have. In the city’s statement, Mayor Kirsten Keith described McIntyre as “a proven leader who brings with him excellent qualifications for this position� and praised his “creativity and sound fiscal management.� McIntyre is one of the first

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f one believes regional projections, Palo Alto will have to build 12,500 new homes by 2035 to accommodate job growth and meet California’s ambitious green goals. Count the City Council among the skeptics. Over the past two years, city officials have been pushing back against the planning scenarios put forth by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the agencies charged with implementing in the Bay Area the state’s landmark greenhouse-gas-reduction law, Senate Bill 375. The agencies’ aim is to comply with SB 375’s lofty goal of achieving a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions between 2005 and 2035. A key part of the plan is encouraging cities to build housing near jobs and transit corridors, thereby reducing traffic. But what if the state’s population projections are way off? And what about cities that don’t have the land or resources to plan for the required housing? Palo Alto officials have been asking these questions for months and have yet to receive answers that satisfy them. They have challenged ABAG and MTC’s growth estimates and, last month, requested that growth projections by the state Department of Finance undergo a peer review. The regional agencies are relying on state projections showing that the Bay Area will need to accommodate an additional 903,000 housing units and 1.2 million jobs between 2010 and 2035. The agencies have released three alternative scenarios, two of which would require Palo Alto to plan for more than 12,000 housing units, while the third one, known as the “outward growth scenario,� transfers more burden to smaller cities and

Sunset’s “smart homes� at 420 Cambridge Ave. were recently completed in the California Avenue corridor. designated “priority development area.� Other transit-friendly parts of the city, including portions of downtown and around El Camino Real, are also seen as ripe for growth and the council is scheduled to consider in the coming weeks whether to designate them priority development areas as well. Under the regional proposal, development of these areas would be bolstered by state grants. The agencies plan to allocate about $66 million in grants to Santa Clara County, with 70 percent going to “priority development areas.� Palo Alto, which seeks to upgrade its biking network and renovate the streetscape at California Avenue, is banking on grants to make its vision a reality. At the Dec. 5 council meeting, Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd said she doesn’t want to “walk away from transportation dollars, because we desperately need them.� But while the council has been working on identifying growthfriendly areas, members have consistently argued that Palo Alto has nowhere near the capacity for new housing that the agencies require to meet the goals outlined in their Initial Vision Scenario. The council’s dilemma may sound familiar to those who followed the city’s three-year battle against high-speed rail — another project that members supported in principle but then turned against because of concerns about how it’s

being implemented. Much like with high-speed rail, the council formed a new committee last month to focus on regional housing allocations. The committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting Thursday, at which point it will consider whether to designate El Camino Real and downtown “priority development areas,� making them eligible for transportation-grant funds. In a recent interview with the Weekly, City Manager James Keene predicted that Palo Alto would take the lead in the regional conversation over housing allocation, much as it had in taking a skeptical stance toward the increasingly controversial rail system. Shepherd also compared her frustration with ABAG’s statistics to her experiences with the California High-Speed Rail Authority. “I’m worn down with high-speed rail already with trying to come up with reasonable questions, with trying to put together clear data and trying to get people to respond ... to a lack of credibility with the numbers we’re using,� Shepherd said at the Dec. 5 meeting. “And it sounds like we’re walking right back into this again with these ABAG numbers.� At the same meeting, Councilman Larry Klein was one of several members who said the city should demand a better explanation of how the Department of Finance had come up with its numbers. The projections, he argued, need to be subject to more public scrutiny.

new hires to fall under the city’s revised “2 percent at 60� pension structure. He will receive an annual salary of $199,000, Alex McIntyre plus a monthly $320 car a l lowa nce, along with insurance benefits, according to a statement issued by the city. As with Rojas, the city will loan McIntyre money for buying a home in Menlo Park — $1.35 million with interest at 3.5 percent. City Attorney Bill McClure said the new city manager will also receive $9,500 per year in contribu-

tions to a 401-A retirement plan because of the new pension structure and to compensate for similar benefits at his current position as city manager of Lake Oswego, Ore. Having previously served as town administrator in Portola Valley from 1997 to 2000, McIntyre, 50, has some local roots. He also worked for the town of Tiburon and Marin County in administrative capacities. According to the Portland Tribune, McIntyre was hired in 2008 to manage the town of approximately 36,000 for $157,000 a year. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-Irvine and a master’s degree in public administration

“I think we have to really not accept it (the state projection on future jobs) and say, ‘Let’s have some public discussion of where the numbers come from,� Klein said. Shepherd joined Klein in praising Schmid’s report and said the numbers used by the regional agencies give her “great concern� because the city is asked to do a lot of work to accommodate the housing projections. Curtis Williams, the city’s planning director, highlighted a number of concerns in a report last month. Economic projections, he wrote, “appear to be substantially overstated� and the regional housing projections are too high and are “driven by unrealistic employment projections.� “The basic goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not well-served by overstating projections, which then require even more extensive resources and more dramatic land use and transportation changes than would be required with more realistic estimates,� Williams wrote. The city’s challenge to ABAG is expected to intensify in the coming months as the regional agencies proceed with choosing a preferred “Sustainable Community Strategy� alternative for the Bay Area. The regional agencies plan to perform an environmental analysis on the strategic document over the coming year and adopt it by April 2013. Williams noted that under regional projections, all three scenarios would achieve roughly the same greenhouse gas reductions (about 8 percent for the first two, slightly below 8 percent for the “outward growth scenario�). But the implications of which scenario is chosen would be very significant for cities like Palo Alto. “We’re probably going to make the point that doing all this heavy concentration is a burden to cities like Palo Alto and it’s unrealistic,� Williams said. “At the same time, the increment of improvement in greenhouse-gas emissions isn’t that significant and that perhaps it would be better to leave some flexibility for the cities to do something else to reduce greenhouse gases.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

from the University of Southern California. McIntyre stated in a press release that he is excited about the work ahead. “Working thoughtfully, handin-hand with the City Council, staff and the community, the City of Menlo Park can bring about the positive results and quality that the community is looking for. I can help in that effort and I am proud to be part of the team.� Rojas retired in July 2011, then worked through December as a contractor, while earning approximately $220,428 annually. N Almanac Staff Writer Sandy Brundage can be emailed at The Almanac is the Weekly’s sister newspaper.



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commission estimated would save the city about $6 million annually. But that recommendation encountered resistance Tuesday from several tenants of the community center and from two former mayors, Mike Cobb and Lanie Wheeler. Cobb, a board member at Palo Alto Girls Softball, urged the council not to include the complex subject of the Cubberley lease in the larger discussion of the city’s infrastructure. “The future of Cubberley and the services it provides here are much too significant to the community to be lost in this discussion,� said Cobb, whose league plays at Cubberley. Wheeler agreed and while she lauded much of the commission’s infrastructure report, she urged the council to have a larger community discussion about Cubberley so that the various stakeholders could agree on a future course. “Cubberley is much more than the money pit it is presented to be, or the source of funds it is presented to be,� Wheeler said. “It’s really a quality-of-life issue that needs to be discussed.� Despite the report’s recommendation, council members are unlikely to make a decision on Cubberley any time soon. The city last year established a framework for working with the school district throughout 2012 on the thorny topic of the Cubberley lease. In a memo to his colleagues, Yeh noted that the council “has already established a process to work with the School District� on the subject and said the commission’s recommendation on Cubberley “needs to be reconciled with adopted Council direction.� Councilman Greg Schmid expressed skepticism about the Cubberley recommendation Tuesday

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and said the commission’s report failed to consider benefits that the city would lose by not renewing the lease. The city-leased portion of Cubberley currently houses a variety of playing fields, artist studios, day care centers and nonprofit groups. “I’m struck that there was no discussion of the cost inherent in the tradeoff and what infrastructure would be lost by the ending of that lease,� Schmid said. “I think the city has gotten some true and important benefits from the current situation.� The report’s other funding recommendations, including a bond and a sales-tax increase, come with their own political challenges. Councilman Pat Burt acknowledged Tuesday that “it’s not going to be easy to come up with enough dollars to do what we’re all acknowledging that we need to do.� Though the council’s discussion of the proposed revenue sources was relatively brief, several members expressed misgivings about some of the recommendations in the commission’s report. Councilwoman Karen Holman voiced skepticism about a recommendation to increase the city’s sales tax by three-eighths of a cent and wondered if the change would drive shoppers to other communities. Burt also suggested that the proposed increase is too high. “Three-eighths of a cent increase is a pretty big jump on a local level for a sales tax,� Burt said. “If we look at that, we may look at something that’s a little less than that.� Council members were more enthusiastic about the commission’s recommendation that the city create

an “infrastructure management system� — a database that keeps track of the city’s maintenance needs. Schmid and Holman both said they strongly support the recommendation and Larry Klein said it “makes a lot of sense.� Council members also generally agreed with the report’s recommendation that the city should have a high-level official overseeing infrastructure management. The council was unanimous in praising the work of the commission, which was officially discharged at the end of the meeting. Yeh said that “without the attention that IBRC has brought to the issue, as a community we wouldn’t be able to move forward as informed as we want to.� Councilman Sid Espinosa also lauded the commission, calling it an “All-Star team.� “What we ended up with was not only something well-written, very thoughtful, but also absolutely comprehensive, immensely helpful and absolutely critical to the future planning for the city for many years to come,� Espinosa said. Ray Bacchetti, who led off the commission’s presentation Tuesday, quoted Lily Tomlin’s observation that “reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.� He called infrastructure “one of the most significant topics the community must face.� “We hope to have taken some of the uncertainty out of it with our report and some of the stress out of it with our recommendations, but we don’t think it can ever be a stressfree topic,� Bacchetti said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ What: The City Council will hold its annual retreat to set priorities and continue its discussion of infrastructure. When: 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 Where: Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.


Parents ask board to fix educational disparity Palo Alto near bottom in state in Algebra 2 achievement of minority students, they say by Chris Kenrick


alo Alto last year ranked 147th among California school districts when it came to blackstudent proficiency in Algebra 2, a group of parents told the Board of Education Tuesday night. In sometimes tense exchanges, the nine parents demanded a greater sense of urgency by the school district in fixing what they called Palo Alto’s “bifurcated school system — one for the wealthy and one for the economically disadvantaged.� “When Visalia is doing a better job (helping black students master Algebra 2), folks, you are at the bottom,� parent Michele Dauber told the board. The statistics came from a printout by Dauber’s husband, Ken Dauber, of results of the 2011 California Star Test in Algebra 2 for various student subgroups. Seven percent of Palo Alto’s black students who were tested showed “proficient or above� — placing Palo Alto 147th statewide in the category. The best district in this regard — Hawthorne in Los Angeles County — had 75 percent of black students who were tested showing “proficient or above� in Algebra 2. In both cases, the number of students tested was small — 15 in Palo Alto and 12 in Hawthorne. Superintendent Kevin Skelly did not quibble with the data, though he said he would “have someone look at it.� “I didn’t get into education to have results like this, and we need to work to have them better,� he said. Palo Alto long has struggled with

the achievement gap, publishing student data and agonizing over how to fix it. The district has launched multiple early-intervention efforts to nip problems in the bud; analyzed student profiles; trained teachers in culturally sensitive instruction methods and established a special “college bound� program at Barron Park Elementary School featuring a longer school day and longer school year. Last year Skelly proposed boosting the district’s graduation requirements to match the academic prerequisites for the University of California and California State University systems. The proposal is seen as a way to boost expectations — and results — for low-income and minority students who perpetually lag behind the district’s high averages. But the proposal was tabled after an outcry from parents of specialeducation students, who worried their children would suffer under the suggested requirements. The recommendation also was opposed by the Palo Alto High School math department, which argued that some students cannot pass Algebra 2 (required for entrance to University of California and California State University schools) without a watering down of the curriculum, which the department said it was not prepared to do. The so-called “Paly math letter� has become a rallying point for minority parents as well as for the (continued on page 9)

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Scholar shares research on Tinsley program Dissertation compares transfer-program student results with those of applicants not admitted by Chris Kenrick


ast Palo Alto students enrolled in Palo Alto schools through the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program show “very small positive effects� in math and English and “large positive effects� in science and history compared with students who applied — but were not admitted — to the program. Those were among many conclusions presented by Kendra Bischoff, who researched the Tinsley program in a dissertation for her doctorate in sociology from Stanford University, awarded in 2011. Bischoff presented informal results from her Tinsley research at a Jan. 10 special meeting of the Palo Alto Board of Education. The research compared standardized test data of elementary and middle school Tinsley students with test data of students who applied, but were not accepted, to the program. But Bischoff stressed that measuring the value of Tinsley strictly by test scores is “misguided.� At least as important are the social outcomes of the program, which she sought to clarify through more than 100 interviews with Tinsley students and their parents. “Mounting evidence from a wide variety of sources suggests that schools can have large effects on social outcomes, which are likely equally important for long-term success as standardized tests,� Bischoff said. She concluded that the transfer experience has “social benefits that become especially apparent later in high school.� Most Tinsley parents and students are grateful for the opportunity to

attend well-regarded schools and would choose to participate again if they had to do it over, she found. The 25-year-old voluntary transfer program — created to settle a racialdiscrimination lawsuit by parents in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District — allows “students of color� from Ravenswood to enter certain nearby school districts between kindergarten and second grade. Ravenswood is a K-8 district serving children from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Palo Alto gets the lion’s share of Tinsley students — 60 incoming children each year, now totaling about 560 K-12. That represents about 4.5 percent of the district’s enrollment. Other school districts participate, though in smaller numbers: Menlo Park, Las Lomitas, Portola Valley, Woodside, San Carlos and Belmont. Palo Alto is the only K-12 participant in Tinsley, and the most sought-after destination of Tinsley applicants. Bischoff’s test score data, which included Tinsley students in all the participating school districts, did not break out the Palo Alto subset. Students in the transfer program “are doing better on standardized tests than students not in the program, but maybe not as much as you would guess,� she said. Regarding a common perception that Tinsley students are overrepresented in special education, Bischoff found that students in the program are “about 10 percent more likely� to be in special education than students who had applied, but were not accepted, to the program and stayed in Ravenswood.

“That could be happening for a lot of reasons, and I don’t have a clear understanding of exactly why,� Bischoff told Palo Alto school board members. “I think it’s a way of getting kids extra help, but on the other side it’s also a label to some extent, and can put kids on different trajectories in terms of classes they’re taking.� Regarding English language learners, it appears that students in the Tinsley program become more proficient in English than those who applied to the program but stayed in the Ravenswood district, she said. In her interviews, Bischoff found “the overarching theme that came through for most students is that to some degree being in the program is ‘work.’ “They’re negotiating two very different social environments on a daily basis, and to a large degree they are non-overlapping. There’s often not a lot of interaction (with non-Tinsley classmates) outside of school. People don’t use the same grocery stores, the same churches,� she said. “Students talked about the way friendships form, and that it can be difficult to maintain friendships,� she said. “In elementary school, students don’t notice the differences too much and students didn’t feel excluded in elementary school. “Students talked a lot about changes in middle school, how their friendship groups changed and their better friends became other Tinsley students.

AT&T proposal

chael, a Waverley Street resident, is among them. “I object to this system because I believe it will damage my property value due to its unsightly appearance and noise generating equipment,� McMichael wrote. “I request that the City of Palo Alto invest the time and resources to create a comprehensive Wireless Master Plan in the interest of all Palo Alto residents.� Others argued that new wireless equipment is desperately needed in the city. “That our community, home of Stanford University and so much high tech, should stand in the way of decent cell-phone service is an embarrassment, especially when the opposition so clearly fails to understand the physics of the situation,� wrote city resident Eric Stietzel, who then urged the city to approve AT&T’s application and “improve the wireless infrastructure that so many of us rely on to stay connected at home, at business, and on the go.� AT&T has already made some adjustments to its application to placate concerns from the city and the community. Whereas a previous design featured U-shaped antennas

stretching over utility poles, the current one would include one antenna, creating a more monolithic appearance. Other equipment on the affected utility poles includes a battery cabinet, a power box and a remote-prism cabinet. The Architectural Review Board, in its Dec. 8 review, also recommended using trees to screen equipment where possible and use colors that would make the equipment more discreet. About 30 people attended that hearing, with about two-thirds of them opposing the project. The proposed antennas would be located at poles in the following locations: 179 and 595 Lincoln Ave., 1851 Bryant St., 1401 Emerson Ave., 1880 Park Blvd., 134 Park Ave., 109 Coleridge Ave., 1345, 1720 and 2326 Webster St., 1248 and 2101 Waverley St., 968 Dennis Drive, 370 Lowell Ave., 105 Rinconada Ave., 2704 Louis Road; 464 Churchill Ave., 255 North California Ave., 1085 Arrowhead Way, and Oregon Express near Ross Road. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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grows. There is no reason why we cannot create a comprehensive plan for voice, video and data.� The city’s approval of the application would have dramatic implications for AT&T’s long-term strategy in Palo Alto. If the council were to follow the staff recommendation and approve the application, AT&T would be able to undergo a far less stringent requirement for future phases of its plan. Future antennas would only need to undergo a stafflevel review and would not need to go through the types of heated public hearings that have characterized the company’s current foray. In the lead-up to Monday’s meeting, the city has received a deluge of letters, many urging the council to approve the AT&T application and improve cell coverage. Opponents have argued that the equipment would lower property values and create noise. Many of those who oppose the plan are urging the city to create a master plan for cell equipment. Kristi McMi-

News Digest Rich Gordon to seek another term in state Assembly Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, announced Thursday (Jan. 19) that he would seek a second term in Sacramento. Gordon, a veteran San Mateo County supervisor who was elected to the state Assembly in 2010, touted in his announcement his success during his freshman term. Of the 19 bills he proposed, 15 were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, including proposals to extend tax exemptions to public land trusts and to exempt volunteers from prevailing-wage requirements for public-works projects. He was also one of the architects, along with state Sen. Joe Simitian and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, of a proposal to blend Caltrain and high-speed rail on the Peninsula — a proposal that the California High-Speed Rail Authority largely endorsed in its latest business plan. As chair of the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, he has been heavily involved in reviewing the latest plans for the controversial rail line. He also serves on the Budget, Health, Local Government, Joint Sunset Review and Revenue and Taxation committees and is a member of the Environmental and LGBT caucuses. “Over the last year, it has been an honor to represent the residents of the Peninsula,� Gordon said in a statement. “I am proud of what we have accomplished, in particular on issues regarding the environment and government efficiency. Yet there is still much more work to be done.� Gordon’s reelection campaign has already received endorsements from a host of state and federal officials, including Eshoo, Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisors Liz Kniss and Ken Yeager, Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh and all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. N — Gennady Sheyner

Simitian ‘education update’ set for Jan. 28 State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, will discuss school funding and pending legislation in an “education update� in Palo Alto next Saturday (Jan. 28). Simitian, who began his political career as a member of the Palo Alto school board in the 1980s, regularly holds public updates that draw school board members, administrators and public education advocates from Santa Cruz to San Carlos. Simitian, a member of the state Senate since 2004, sits on the Education Committee. He also chairs the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee and is a member of the committees on budget, energy, utilities and communications, natural resources and water and transportation and housing. Because of term limits he is serving his final term in the Senate and has announced he will seek a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this November. The “education update� event will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the board room of the Palo Alto Unified School District headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. It will be broadcast on Channel 26 by the Midpeninsula Community Media Center. People interested in attending are asked to RSVP online at or by calling 650-688-6384, 408277-9460 or 831-425-0401. N — Chris Kenrick

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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 17)

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Infrastructure: The council discussed a report from the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission and discharged the commission. The council will continue its discussion of the report at its Saturday retreat. Action: None

Board of Education (Jan. 17)

Paly Performing Arts Center: The board approved schematic designs and a $24.4 million project budget for a new Performing Arts Center at Palo Alto High School. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Jan. 19)

VMware: The board held a study session on 3431 Hillview Ave., a proposal to renovate several existing buildings and build four new office buildings, two amenity buildings and three parking structures at the VMware campus in the Stanford Research Park. Action: None

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold its annual retreat to discuss council priorities for 2012, topics for future retreats and the report from the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the city’s Emergency Medical Services and hold a hearing on the appeal of AT&T’s proposal to install 20 antennas on existing utility poles in the city. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Community Services and Facilities Element in the city’s Comprehensive Plan; hear an update on the El Camino Park improvement project; and elect its chair and vice chair for 2012. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss 355 Alma St., a proposal for a five-story mixed-use building at the site of a former Shell Station; and hear a presentation on the Safe Routes to School Project. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


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COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear an update about the work of the Rail Corridor Task Force and hear a presentation from Friends of Caltrain about the effort to find a permanent funding source for Caltrain. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL HOUSING COMMITTEE ... The committee will hear an update on recent and upcoming meetings on housing allocation, consider designating El Camino Real and downtown “priority development areas� and hear an update on the One Bay Area Transportation Grant Proposal criteria. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to elect its chair and vice chair for 2012 and discuss the commission’s priorities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Downtown Library Community Room (270 Forest Ave.).

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his country, stationed for a time at Moffett, then working for the U.S. Postal Service and involving himself with painting, writing and community. “He led a good and productive life,� Mabus said. Clark joined the Navy in the 1930s, when blacks could serve only as mess attendants — essentially, officers’ servants, he told the Almanac newspaper in an earlier interview. On the Aaron Ward, he was part of an eight-man damage-control unit designated to put out fires and take on other urgent roles if the ship were attacked. On May 3, 1945, Clark sprang into action when his ship was hit by the kamikaze planes. When the first signs of the attack were apparent, Clark recalled, the seven other men in the unit huddled in one area of the deck, yards away from him. When the first plane hit, all seven men were killed. Clark was flung up against an overhead structure, breaking his collarbone; his helmet and shoes were blown off his body. When the second plane neared the ship, Clark could see the pilot’s face. Then, the plane hit, and “blew me right across the ship,� he said. With the rest of the damage-control team gone, Clark ignored his injuries and began fighting the fires and aiding the injured. Although the ship’s captain told Clark he would make every effort to have him awarded for his heroism, those efforts were unsuccessful. The country Clark defended didn’t live up to its responsibility to him, “but today, we correct that omission,� Mabus said. The ceremony was attended by Clark’s only living child, Karen Collins of Portland. His son died several years ago. Clark’s two surviving siblings also were there: Korea Strower, 93, of Washington, D.C., and Katherine Fletcher, 91, of Omaha. They and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews filled the first rows of the audience. Also in attendance was Faye Lavrakas and Joanna Lavrakas, niece and sister-in-law, respectively, of retired Navy Captain Lefteris “Lefty� Lavrakas. Although Capt. Lavrakas died last August, before knowing that Clark’s medal was approved, it was his testimony, as one of the last surviving officers of the Aaron Ward, that appears to have finalized the approval. In a November 2010 letter to Mabus, Eshoo referred to Capt. Lavrakas’ statement about expediting the award: “Please hurry up, Carl and I are both in our 90s and we need to correct this injustice for Carl.� N Almanac News Editor Renee Batti can be emailed at The Almanac is the Weekly’s sister newspaper.

WATCH IT ONLINE A video of highlights of the Clark medal ceremony is posted on Palo Alto Online.



Tinsley program

Daubers’ group, We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which has lobbied for measures to reduce academic stress. The groups have demanded that both high schools offer basic nofrills “lanes� in math and science that meet, but do not exceed, the UC/CSU entrance standards. Parents of elementary students said they are fearful of a system that sees many black students placed into special education by the time they are in middle school. The district is currently under state sanctions for having a “disproportionate� number of underrepresented minority students in special ed. “My two sons are at Nixon, doing fantastically well with teachers and a principal who have high expectations for them,� parent Kim Bomar said. “But I’m concerned about what the parents of other children say, and what will happen to (my sons) when the get to the crucible ... of Paly.� The issues are expected to return to the board in the next two months. Tuesday night, board members pleaded with the angry parents for a “safe environment� in which people are able to air different opinions. “I hear the anger and the frustration and the concern in the questions and comments, and they’re legitimate,� board member Barb Mitchell said. “But I want to avoid an atmosphere where people don’t feel safe expressing their points of view.� But parent LaToya Baldwin Clark said, “Civility goes only just so far. “This is a conversation that’s been going on at least five years, and there’s been very little progress, especially for black children in this district,� Clark said. “The way I see it, the people who should feel most ‘unsafe’ are the parents who are suffering under this dual system. “And when we want to talk about it, we get a lecture about civility.� Clark suggested that the district scrutinize “teacher profiles� in addition to student profiles. “Find out which teachers are really getting kids to learn.� She cited herself — the daughter of teen parents without college degrees — as a “testament to the fact that any kid can learn.� “I went to a school where teachers believed in me despite my background,� she said, noting she completed BC Calculus in high school. “It wasn’t ‘til I went to college that I realized there were teachers out there who didn’t think black and Hispanic and poor kids could learn as well as anybody else.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at

“It’s good to have friends that they can see on the weekends. But the flip side, theoretically, is the reason we have these programs is to have more interaction, and we’re not seeing as much friendships across those boundaries as would be ideal,� Bischoff said. Many students cited transportation as a reason they have difficulty participating in extracurricular activities, she said. In her interviews with Tinsley students who had reached high school, Bischoff found “a lot of pride� about

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their participation in the program. “They talked a lot about what they saw as their experience versus that of the friends in their neighborhoods. “They had a sense that they went to a really hard school and felt proud they were able to make it in those schools. “What’s important is that they felt confident about it. They talked about how they felt comfortable talking to anybody, of any social class. They felt they could operate in a broader social world even if that process is sometimes hard,� Bischoff said. For the most part, the Tinsley students she interviewed “felt well-

treated by teachers, though certainly there were aberrations from that as well,� Bischoff said. “Kids talked about how everybody’s just sort of nice. People don’t fight with each other. That’s not to say they felt everyone was superfriendly, but it wasn’t like people had problems with each other. They felt generally it was a nice place to be, a calm environment,� she said. Kids who leave the Tinsley program do so for a variety of reasons — including the fact that their families move to Palo Alto and they thus become regular students here, Bischoff said. Others move out of the area. Un-

der the rules of the program, students are not permitted to join — or return to — the Tinsley program beyond second grade. Bischoff said she was assisted in her research by the San Mateo County Office of Education, which administers the Tinsley program, as well as by participating school districts, including Ravenswood. She did not offer a written document or specific numerical results of her research, saying she is in the process of fine-tuning the work for publication. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann

AROUND THE BLOCK SMOKIN’ ... At Wednesday evening’s meeting in Downtown North to consider renovations to Cogswell Plaza on Lytton Avenue, city officials got a first-hand look at the partying in the park that has made it a lessthan-welcome spot for community gathering. Boom boxes blared as a party took place in a darkened corner behind shrubbery and a cloud of marijuana smoke rolled over the adjacent sidewalk. Inside Avenidas, where officials and residents met, city landscape architect Peter Jensen and Daren Anderson, division manager of open space and parks, told residents the park plan would include doubling wattage on light poles, clearing out tall shrubbery and adding lighting under trees to make the park more visible to patrolling police cars. New benches, tables and game boards are planned to make the space more communityfriendly, they said. Renovations are expected to begin in spring and would be completed in summer. STREETSCAPE ... The City of Palo Alto will hold a community meeting regarding the latest concept designs for the California Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project on Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The project plans include sidewalk widening and the Park Boulevard Plaza design. The meeting will take place in the Escondido Elementary School multipurpose room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford. CONGRATULATIONS ... Along with a new mayor, Palo Alto has new committee members from the neighborhoods. Midtown resident Pamela Radin joins the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Noel Bakhtian of College Terrace joins the Library Advisory Commission.

Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at www.

Emergency preparation, bike, parking and traffic issues top the lists by Sue Dremann alo Alto’s neighborhood leaders say they plan to address a variety of issues in 2012. But cars in neighborhoods, whether driven or parked or with people living inside of them, most commonly top their lists.


Barron Park The city’s trial restriping of Charleston Road-Arastradero Road has impacted the neighborhood of Barron Park, residents there report, and evaluation of the project continues through June. The redesign, which reduces the number of lanes along Arastradero, is designed to slow traffic and reduce accidents along the road, which is a route for school children attending Barron Park and Juana Briones elementary schools, Terman Middle School and Gunn High School. But the trial met with consternation among some residents last year who said that the restriping is confusing and has led to traffic cutting through their neighborhood. Gunn High School, which is located on Arastradero, started a new bell schedule in the fall, and the trial will be evaluated at the end of the school year. Bicycling will also be a topic for discussion in the neighborhood, with last July’s release of a draft of the City of Palo Alto Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. It includes several recommendations, including possibly removing barriers on the Bol Park bike path, potentially extending the Bol bike path to El Camino Real and creating a new “bicycle boulevard� along Matadero Avenue. Barron Park emergency-preparations leader Lydia Kou is also organizing another emergency campout drill, “Quakeville,� in 2012. Kou has coordinated the past two years’ Quakevilles and is working on this year’s event with Ken Dueker, the city’s new director of the Office of Emergency Services, she said.

Neighborhood leaders are currently in discussions with Stanford University, which owns the Mayfield land, and the City of Palo Alto to consider adding a road parallel to California to absorb construction traffic. The neighborhood this year will also continue to work on the issue of people living in their vehicles as well as a related problem of people storing their cars on streets near El Camino Real, Barker said. The city last year proposed an ordinance to ban vehicle dwelling after residents complained they were tired of sanitary issues caused by some of the homeless persons. The city is currently working with the homeless and residents to find a solution. A plan to redesign California Avenue between El Camino and the Caltrain station, which is currently in litigation, will also be an issue in 2012 as its concept designs continue to evolve. A community meeting on the concept design will take place Jan. 26 at Escondido Elementary School in College Terrace.

Downtown North The big issue in Downtown North will be developing a residential parking-permit program that people living on both sides of University Avenue can accept. Residents in Pro-

fessorville, south of University, have been working with the city to develop the program, which would limit what they call the inundation of downtown employees leaving their cars all day on neighborhood streets. Downtown North residents said they fear that creating a permit plan in Professorville would only shift the problem to their streets. They will be consulted but won’t have a seat in the city’s new Downtown Parking Community Group, which includes business representatives and Professorville residents, said Curtis Williams, director of planning and community environment. Sally-Ann Rudd, Downtown North’s neighborhood association president, said people are waiting to see what form the parking-permit program will take. Also in Downtown North, Cogswell Plaza is scheduled for a landscape renovation this spring and summer, according to city landscape architect Peter Jensen. The patch of green and redwoods on Lytton Avenue and Bryant Street, which has become a hangout for some homeless persons, will get improved lighting, new plantings that will eliminate hiding places and a configuration that is more community friendly, Jensen said at a community meeting at Avenidas Wednesday night.

Greendell The biggest story in 2011 for the Greendell neighborhood in south Palo Alto — located between Ferne Avenue, San Antonio Avenue and Mackay Drive — was the sale of the old Peninsula Day Care property at 525 San Antonio Road to the Palo Alto school district, said association President Srini Sankaran. In 2012, “we are hopeful that the Palo Alto Unified School District will involve the Greendell community as they go through their planning and design,� Sankaran said. The neighborhood is also looking forward to the tree replacement, sidewalk repairs and repaving taking place on San Antonio Road. But Sankaran said the neighborhood faces traffic issues that the road renovation won’t affect, Sankaran said. “We continue to be concerned about the hundreds of new housing units (along Central Expressway) that are planned or approved for development along San Antonio Road. Although most of these units are technically on the Mountain View side of San Antonio, it affects Greendell as we are at the border. We are concerned that San Antonio Avenue, especially its intersection with Middlefield, will face extreme (continued on next page)

College Terrace The College Terrace Residents Association this year is looking ahead at potential impacts of the planned Mayfield housing projects on California Avenue and redevelopment of the block at El Camino and College Avenue housing JJ&F Market. With both construction projects, traffic and parking are likely to become concerns, association President Brent Barker said. Residents fear that the Mayfield development, which would involve the removal of 17 acres of building materials, could bring construction vehicles onto California Avenue and rumbling past residences, Barker said.


Kelsey Kienitz

LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER ... On their lists of resolutions for 2012, many neighborhood leaders said they planned to ramp up emergency preparation this year. Midtown Residents Association, which has actively pursued getting all of its blocks involved in the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Program, is stepping up its efforts to identify and plan for people with special needs and persons living in apartment buildings. Downtown North, Meadow Park and Charleston Gardens residents are also working to increase participation in their emergencypreparedness programs, neighborhood association leaders said. N

Neighborhoods roll out their agendas for 2012

What’s happening here? Construction continues on Alma Plaza, a mixed-used development that will include 37 homes, 14 affordable-housing apartments, a community room and 28,400 square feet of retail space. Miki’s Farm Fresh Market, a grocery store focusing on organic and sustainable products, will occupy 19,000 square feet of the retail space that fronts Alma Street. The building that will contain the store is set to be completed in June. Construction on the 4.2-acre project, which is located at Alma Street and East Meadow Drive, began last June.


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traffic challenges,� Sankaran said.

Tech leaders meet with Vice President Joe Biden

In the Southgate neighborhood, located between Churchill Avenue and Park Boulevard, southwest of the Caltrain tracks, the city’s planned Park Boulevard bike corridor could become a hot topic this year, neighborhood association leader Jim McFall said. The bike corridor would run through the neighborhood. Southgate already experiences a high level of bike traffic, as numerous Palo Alto High School students bike to school along the narrow neighborhood streets. The city is considering possible traffic modifications, such as relocating stop signs or a roundabout to aid bike traffic. This has raised the interest and concerns of Southgate residents regarding possible neighborhood and traffic impacts, he said. Storm drainage is a fairly significant issue in the Southgate neighborhood, McFall said. In 2005 Palo Alto residents approved a ballot measure to increase the city Storm Drainage Fee to fund various storm-drainage projects. Storm-drainage improvements in Southgate, which currently has no piped storm-drainage system, were planned. But project costs were greater than expected, and a number of projects have not proceeded. Some funding now exists for Southgate, McFall said. The Public Works Department, which is looking at a variety of innovative and green techniques to address neighborhood storm drainage, has reached out to Southgate to help find new solutions. The neighborhood anticipates a meeting within the next month to start this process, he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

Vice President Joe Biden dined with an A-list of tech business leaders at Zibibbo restaurant in downtown Palo Alto Wednesday night (Jan. 18) to discuss the economy, part of what the White House said is its “ongoing dialogue with the business community on working together to strengthen the economy, support entrepreneurship, and put the American people back to work.� (Posted Jan. 18 at 8:18 p.m.)

Jill Biden visits soldiers at Palo Alto VA Wednesday Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was in the Bay Area Wednesday (Jan. 18) visiting with soldiers and their families at a traumatic injury rehabilitation facility in Palo Alto. (Posted Jan. 18 at 7:16 p.m.)

Two sought in California Avenue armed robbery A man collecting recyclables was robbed on California Avenue early Tuesday morning (Jan. 17), Palo Alto police said. (Posted Jan. 18 at 10:31 a.m.)

Eshoo leads opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act A pair of Capitol Hill proposals that target pirating of American content by foreign websites are drawing fierce opposition from major high-tech firms and making unlikely bedfellows out of legislators who oppose the bills. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has emerged as of the act’s leading opponents. (Posted Jan. 17 at 6:01 p.m.)

VIDEO: ‘Day of Service’ celebrates MLK’s legacy A “Day of Service� celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto Monday (Jan. 16) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community leaders discussed King’s message of service during the event, which also featured activity tables and live music. (Posted Jan. 17 at 9:57 a.m.)

PG&E testing to cause Alma traffic diversion Continued testing on PG&E’s Line 132 is expected to cause traffic along Alma Street to be redirected for 10 days starting Jan. 18, City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Debra Katz said Tuesday morning (Jan. 17). (Posted Jan. 17 at 9:52 a.m.)

Hundreds celebrate aboard ‘Freedom Train’ After singing a rendition of “We Shall Overcome� at Caltrain’s San Mateo station, hundreds of Bay Area residents of all ages celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday (Jan. 16) by boarding the 2012 “Freedom Train.� (Posted Jan. 16 at 12:18 p.m.)

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She’s No. 2 in the 1-2 punch But Chiney Ogwumike is nonetheless a force to be reckoned with by Rick Eymer hiney Ogwumike may yet find her way behind a microphone, hosting her own talk show, though she’s a little busy with school and basketball these days. Talkative during postgame interviews on Stanford’s student-run radio station, she’s also letting her play on the court speak volumes. The reigning Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, her first such honor, Ogwumike has given the fourth-ranked Cardinal (6-0, 15-1 entering play Thursday night) a powerful inside weapon in conjunction with her older sister, Nnemkadi. Chiney, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, averaged a double-double in Stanford’s two road victories last week and has six on the season, including four in her past six games. The only reason she’s not in the conversation for conference Player of the Year is because Nneka, who has 10 doubledoubles on the year despite playing on a tender ankle, has played like a candidate for national Player of the Year honors. The Ogwumike contingent — both of whom are on the watch lists of the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy — has scored 586 points of Stanford’s 1,281 and grabbed 333 of the team’s 745 rebounds. Though not a two-player team by any means, the sisters have provided a dependable anchor for the Cardinal, which is seeking to extend its record home winning streak (at 71 before the WSU game) and its record winning streak against conference opponents (63) this weekend against Washington State and Washington. Saturday’s 2 p.m. game with the Huskies (2-3, 10-5) features a contest between schools that have won or tied for the conference title 23 times in the 25-year history of


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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford women’s coach Paul Ratcliffe and new men’s coach Jeremy Gunn each were named National Coach of the Year in their respective divisions by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Ratcliffe coached the Cardinal to its first national women’s title and Gunn, hired Dec. 21 at Stanford, led Charlotte to the NCAA men’s final. This is the third such honor for Ratcliffe, an unprecedented honor in a three-year span, after previously winning in 2008 and 2009. Ratcliffe’s teams went 95-4-4 over the past four years, including 53-0-1 at home, and reached the NCAA College Cup each of those seasons, with three finals appearances. The Cardinal went 25-0-1 in 2011, completing its third consecutive undefeated regular season, and won its third consecutive Pac-12 title with a perfect record. Two of his players won national player of the year honors, forward Lindsay Taylor (from Soccer America) and midfielder Teresa Noyola (the Hermann Trophy). Gunn led Charlotte to its first championship final in school history, falling to North Carolina in the NCAA title match. His team went 16-5-4 and compiled a 64-26-14 mark over Gunn’s five seasons. This is Gunn’s second National Coach of the Year award, having earned the honor in 2005 after leading Fort Lewis College to the Division II national title . . . The Stanford men’s soccer team has a new assistant in John Smith. He comes to Stanford from Incarnate Word, where he spent the past six seasons as the head coach of the Division II soccer powerhouse. Smith compiled a 62-26-10 record, winning three straight Heartland Conference Championships, and receiving three straight coach-of-the-year awards. During his tenure there, Smith’s team produced four All-Americans, five academic All-Americans, and three future professional soccer players . . . A pair of 9.9 scores, by Ashley Morgan and Nicole Pechanec, highlighted Stanford’s season-opening NorCal Quad Meet women’s gymnastics victory before a packed Burnham Pavilion on Sunday. Stanford, which hasn’t lost at Burnham in four years, scored 194.900 points, and was followed by San Jose State (194.300), Sacramento State (191.575), and UC Davis (190.775). Morgan earned her fifth consecutive 9.9 to win the floor exercise, and the same score was good enough to earn Pechanec a victory on the uneven bars. Pechanec’s scoring was enhanced by the difficulty of the release move that she invented. Stanford (3-0) also captured an individual victory in the vault, with Pechanec tying teammate Nicole Dayton at 9.825.


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Stanford trio hopes to help USA women qualify for Olympics Barnhart, Buehler and O’Hara put their best soccer foot forward in final opportunity to earn a berth into the 2012 Summer Games in London by Rick Eymer tanford grad Kelley O’Hara has played in national championship games, has won the most prestigious awards and has permanently etched her name into the Stanford women’s soccer history. And she hasn’t slowed down since leaving The Farm. O’Hara missed out on an NCAA title, but can attain another significant goal when she joins fellow Stanford graduates Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler on the 20-player USA roster for the CONCACAF



Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament that began Thursday in Vancouver, B.C. at the BC Center. Barnhart and Buehler never experienced playing for an NCAA title, but the former Cardinal AllAmericans each own an Olympic gold medal for their participation with Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. O’Hara would love to be on the victory stand, receiving her own gold medal later this summer in London. First she has to help the Americans qualify.

“Winning the gold medal,� she says in her NIKE commercial, “it would be nice.� The journey begins for the reigning Olympic champion U.S. on Friday when it opens the CONCACAF tournament against the Dominican Republic, in a match to be broadcast on Universal Sports Network,, and universalsports. com at 7:30 p.m. Stanford senior Teresa Noyola and junior Alina Garciamendez play for Mexico, which has a Group B showdown Tuesday against the

United States, also to be aired by Universal Sports Network,, and universalsports. com at 7:30 p.m. The top two finishers in the eightteam tournament qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. Nineteen of the 20 players chosen by head coach Pia Sundhage were on the USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team with 21-year-old forward Sydney Leroux, a Canadian by birth, the only player on the roster not in Germany. “The players made it hard for us to choose the 20 for Canada,� said (continued on page 14)



The WBAL girls’ race a wide-open affair

Another showdown looming

Foothill Division no longer dominated by just Pinewood, Eastside Prep as more teams than ever before are lining up to be title-contenders


“Eastside will be tough,� said Menlo coach John Paye. “The key for us is to start the game strong so the other team does not get their confidence going. “As for our team, we need to all be aggressive and attack the basket so that everybody is a threat. This will force the defense to account for everyone.� Menlo (2-1, 11-5) is facing the make-or-break portion of its schedule. After facing Eastside, the Knights will host Mercy-SF on Tuesday before visiting Eastside Prep on Friday, Jan. 27 in a strange bit of scheduling. Paye knows his team needs to play better than how it did against the Gators. “I felt we played too tentative last night,� he said. Menlo had the height in 6-foot-4 Drew Edelman, but host Sacred Heart Prep had the game plan to limit the high-scoring Edelman and it worked for the Gators (2-1, 12-5) as they pulled into a three-way tie for second-place by double-teaming Edelman with 5-7 Melissa Holland and 5-5 Kelsey Hemm, among others. Sometimes, Edelman was surrounded by three SHP defenders and finished with just 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Gators did a good job whenever Edelman put the ball on the floor as she had the ball stripped from her hands numerous times, resulting in fast break layins for SHP, which held a 28-22 halftime lead thanks to five 3-pointers.

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Menlo’s 6-4 Drew Edelman (13) had to battle for every one of her 13 rebounds against 5-5 Kelsey Hemm (left) and 5-7 Melissa Holland.

SHP and Priory girls on a collision course for the WBAL lead

the difference for the Panthers. Carothers, a 6-foot junior and the team’s most experienced player, led the way with 14 points and 20 rebounds. She missed six straight games due to undisclosed reasons over the holidays, during which the Panthers went 2-4. Since returning, Eastside has steadily improved. Destiny Graham, a 6-3 freshman, continued to improve with 13 points and six rebounds while sophomore Kimberly Leu had arguably her best game of the season with nine points and 10 boards. Sophomore point guard Charmaine Bradford directed the offense with six points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals while sophomore Anisah Smith added seven points, four rebounds and four assists. In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja snapped its five-game league road losing streak with a convincing 52-10 victory over host Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA) in San Francisco on Tuesday. The Gators broke the game open early thanks to senior Riya Modi, who tallied a school record-tying 15 of her game-high 20 points in the opening frame. Castilleja outscored ICA, 24-0, from late in the first to early in the third to help build their 40-point cushion. One night later, Castilleja saw its perfect league record end as host Harker scored off an inbounds play with three seconds to play in overtime to escape with a 49-48 victory on Wednesday. The Gators (2-1, 7-8) got an outstanding individual effort of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks from senior Lauren Rantz. In the PAL Bay Division, Tennyson Jellins tossed in 12 points to help host Menlo-Atherton eventually pull away from Burlingame for

by Keith Peters s long as there has been a West Bay Athletic League for girls’ soccer, there has been a rivalry between Sacred Heart Prep and Priory. In each of the past three seasons, the winner of their head-to-head matches usually wound up as the league champion. Sacred Heart Prep is 5-1 against Priory over the past three seasons, the only loss coming during the 2009-10 season that remains the only league loss suffered by the Gators over a three-year period. Sacred Heart Prep finished 8-1-1 that season but Priory went 7-1-2 and lost out once again. Sacred Heart Prep and Priory have yet to face each other this season, even though the Gators hold a controversial forfeit win over the Panthers from the Palo Alto Winter Classic in a match that wasn’t even played. Both teams are headed once again on a collision course, the first of two matches set for Thursday, Jan. 26 in Atherton at 2:45 p.m. The teams will meet again on a rare Saturday showdown on Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. A lot can happen between now and next week as both teams still have plenty of matches. SHP will play three times before the showdown, including Saturday at home against rival Menlo School (10 a.m.), while Priory will play twice. Both, however, remained unbeaten in the WBAL Foothill Division following matches on Tuesday. The day began with three teams tied for first place in the division. A few hours later, that number was down to two. Sacred Heart Prep was chiefly responsible in the reduction of firstplace teams as the Gators rallied for a 2-1 victory over visiting King’s Academy. Priory, meanwhile, remained tied for the division lead following a 6-0 romp over visiting Mercy-Burlingame. The Gators were in danger of falling out of the top spot when they gave up an early goal against King’s Academy, but tied it up before halftime and won it after intermission to improve to 3-0 (5-2-4 overall). King’s grabbed a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute on a goal by Jordan Tuttle. The Gators battled back to tie in the 24h minute on an unassisted goal by Kendall Jager. With time running out, Jager scored in the 71st minute off an assist from Stephanie Terpening as the Gators knocked Kings’ (1-1, 6-2-1) out of a share of first place. Jager, who has scored seven goals in the past four matches, was marked in the first half but was overlooked in the second half as King’s made

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by Keith Peters ince joining the West Bay Athletic League for the 200809 season, the Pinewood and Eastside Prep girls’ basketball teams have dominated with the schools either sharing or winning titles outright. When both groups of Panthers dropped their league openers, however, the rest of the league took note. Maybe it was time for a new champion. While there is still a long way to go before that’s decided, one thing if for sure — the WBAL Foothill Division is more wide open than ever before. Four teams are within a game of first place and even Pinewood, at a very uncharacteristic 0-3 (before Thursday’s game with Mercy-San Francisco), can’t be ruled out. The surprising leader, perhaps, is Mercy at 3-0 (and 17-0 overall) while Sacred Heart Prep, Eastside Prep and Menlo School are all 2-1. Bottom line, there are not a lot of easy games this season for anyone. Menlo, for example, upended defending co-champ Pinewood last weekend and had a great opportunity to take a 3-0 mark into three crucial games. That, however, disappeared in a 49-45 loss to host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday night. The Knights, perhaps in their best position to make a run at the title this season, now have to find a way to bounce back when they play host to Eastside Prep on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep’s Kelsey Hemm (15) and Helen Gannon (1) provided defense against Menlo’s Kaelen Dunn in Tuesday’s victory. The key play of the game came with 19 seconds to play and the Gators holding a 46-45 lead. Menlo freshman Elisa Merten missed a 12-footer from the baseline that just rimmed out. SHP grabbed the rebound and closed out the game with free throws. Helen Gannon led the Gators with 15 points and Holland added 14. More importantly, Sacred Heart kept Menlo off the free-throw line with its zone defense. The Knights attempted only two and made none while the Gators made 11 of 16. Eastside Prep (2-1, 9-9) suddenly is back in the picture —starting the season in bleak fashion after losing standout seniors Ahjalee Harvey, Takara Burse, Leanne Martin and Ausjerae Holland to graduation. What remained for head coach Donovan Blythe was one starter, Hashima Carothers, and a lineup of returning players that included only one senior — reserve Cinthia Cunningham. This youthful group showed its inexperience early on this season by dropping its first two games, then three in a row in December and, finally, its WBAL opener to fall to a very uncharacteristic 6-9. Since then, however, the Panthers have won three straight — including Monday’s 53-47 shocker over host Terra Nova in the Martin Luther King Jr. Shootout in Pacifica. The host Tigers, who feature three Division I prospects, came into the game ranked No. 181 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 34 in the state. The Panthers were No. 1,769 in the nation and No. 165 in the state. Those rankings looked to be playing out when Terra Nova grabbed a 19-5 first-quarter lead. Eastside Prep, however, answered with a 17-3 advantage in the second quarter for a 22-22 halftime deadlock. A 20-14 bulge in the third quarter made all



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the Pac-12/10. Stanford has won or shared 20 of those titles. Chiney averages 14.7 points and 10 rebounds, statistics overlooked only because Nneka averages 23.4 and 11.5. Chiney, though, has a better field-goal percentage at 58 percent, eighth best in the nation. “She’s relentless,� Nneka said of her sister, considered the top recruit in the nation coming out of high school. “She does a really good job of being aggressive and that’s one thing I try to emulate.� Since they’ve played against, and with, each other for so long, the Ogwumike sisters likely developed a similar style at an early age. At the very least they have such a kinship that often things go unspoken between them on the court. “Nneka and I can just look at each other and communicate without saying anything,� Chiney said. “I think we’ve learned a lot from each other.� Chiney began establishing her own reputation last year. Named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Ogwumike also earned recognition to the All-Pac-10 Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team. She earned a gold medal, along with Neka, on the USA team at the World University Games during the summer — setting the stage for the final collegiate season with her big sis. Fortunately for Stanford, when Neka departs after this season, Chiney will be back for two more. It’s a nice transition to have for a program that battles for national titles year in and out. It’s also a program that’s not afraid to change. Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer shook things up last week and it paid off. Junior forward Josyln Tinkle, fourth on the team with a 7.8 scoring average and third with a 4.6 rebounding average, and freshman guad Amber Orrange, third on the team with 42 assists, were inserted into the starting lineup on Stanford’s two-game road trip in place of Lindy La Rocque and Taylor Greenfield.

a 37-23 victory. The Bears (2-1, 8-9) held only a two-point halftime lead and the game was still close after the teams combined for just five points in the third period. Alex Flowers and Sierra Sheeper, however, both scored each of their six points in the fourth quarter as the Bears used a 16-5 bulge to record the victory. Sheeper added 10 rebounds. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn got 16 points and five steals from sophomore Zoe Zwerling in a 54-30 victory over host Milpitas. The Titans (2-2, 8-5) took control of the game early with a 20-4 first quarter. Cat Perez scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds with freshman Meghan Mahoney having another solid game with 12 points, three steals and two blocks. The Titans came up with 21 steals and forced 29 turnovers.

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When she’s not scoring and rebounding in double figures, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike leads the team in cheers. Tinkle has made 21 of her 22 foul shots (95 percent) and is 6 of 16 from long range. Toni Kokenis scores at a 10.7 clip, leads the team with 56 assists and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4-1. La Rocque is also at 2.4-1 assists to turnovers while Orrange, who has a team-high 20 steals in 223 minutes, is at 2.1-1. Bonnie Samuelson has made 23 of 55 3-point attempts and is 3 of 11 otherwise. VanDerveer has started eight different players this year. Jasmine Camp was a starter four times before a stress fracture ended her season in mid-December. Alex Green (torn Achilles’ tendon) is also out for the year while Mikaela Ruef (foot) has not played since the third game of the season. Nneka Ogwumike, seventh on the all-time scoring list with 2,033 points entering the game against Washington State, will likely continue her climb up the career rankings. She needs five points to match Jeanne RuarkHoff’s sixth-place total of 2,038 and 29 to move into a tie with Nicole Powell. N





Boys’ basketball Sacred Heart Prep moved back among the leaders in the WBAL race by snapping a rare three-game losing streak with a 71-63 victory over visiting Menlo School on Tuesday night. The Gators improved to 3-2 (10-5) while the Knights dropped to 3-2 (10-5). The Gators opened up a 30-21 halftime lead and that proved to be enough as the Knights scored 42 second-half points to make it close. Ricky Galliani made four 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 25 points for the Gators. Cole McConnell made four of his team’s nine 3-pointers and finished with


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Sundhage. “We had a great camp in December and this past week in Los Angeles. I’m excited that we have a new player in the mix who wasn’t in the World Cup (Leroux) and that will change the environment a bit in a positive way. As always, we are excited to play the next game and we will be prepared.â€? O’Hara was named to the World Cup roster only because of an injury to Lindsay Tarpley. This year she was named on her own merits. “The main thing for me over the past year or so has been becoming comfortable with the team and getting confident with myself at this level, which I think I lacked at the beginning,â€? O’Hara told the U.S. soccer website. “Now, IĂ­m starting to feel comfortable and confident and I think that allows me to play up to my abilities.â€? She joins a team that does not lack for experience. Forward Abby Wambach has 125 career goals; Hope Solo was named the best goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup; and team captain Christie Rampone has 244 career caps. After Friday’s match, the U.S. continues first-round action against Guatemala on Sunday† at 4:30 p.m. before its match with Mexico on Tuesday.

20 points to more than offset the combined 35 points by Menlo’s Will Miller and Richard Harris. In Hillsborough, Gabor Somogyi scored 19 points to pace Priory to a 65-53 victory over host Crystal Springs in WBAL action. The Panthers (2-1, 6-2) also got 16 points from Andy Dolezalek and 10 from Andy Isokephi as they outscored the Gryphons (0-5, 3-10) in the second quarter, 22-10, while building a comfortable lead. In the PAL Ocean Division, Miles Weiss and Ian Proulx combined to make 12 of 12 free throws to spark Menlo-Atherton to a 32-25 victory over visiting Carlmont on Wednesday night. The Bears (2-1, 9-7) wound up making 16 of 19 from the line on an otherwise cold shooting night. M-A made all eight of its attempts late in the game while the Scots (1-2, 6-10) were committing seven of their 20 turnovers. Weiss (11) and Proulx (10) nearly outscored Carlmont together with Proulx adding six rebounds and a pair of assists. The Bears missed 6-7 senior Dominic Tully, who has been a force inside in recent games. He was sidelined by an ankle injury. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn’s offensive problems continued as the Titans dropped a 41-35 decision to host Milpitas. Gunn (0-4, 6-10) managed just 13 points in the first half while losing its seventh straight. Max Girod tallied 10 points for the Titans. In the Private Schools Athletic League (North Division), Mid-Peninsula remained atop the standings at 7-0 (8-0 overall) with a 48-38 victory over host Kehillah Jewish on Wednesday. The last time the teams met, Mid-Peninsula held on for a 3332 win. N The group winners and runners-up will meet in the semifinals on Jan. 27, with the winners qualifying for the Olympics. The championship game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29. All of the players who scored for the USA last summer in Germany were named to the roster, which includes Buehler, midfielders Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd and forwards Lauren Cheney and Alex Morgan. O’Hara, who won the Hermann Trophy for Stanford as college soccer’s top player in 2009, was Stanford’s most prolific scorer by the time she graduated. She has experience as a forward and midfielder and has been practicing at left back, which increases her chances of playing in Canada. The U.S. is attempting to qualify for a fifth consecutive Olympic Games and win the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying a third consecutive time. Nine teams have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament: host Great Britain; Japan and Korea DPR from Asia; Cameroon and South Africa from Africa; Brazil and Colombia from South America; and Sweden and France from Europe. New Zealand, with Stanford grad Ali Riley on board, will likely earn Oceania’s lone berth, which leaves just the CONCACAF entrants to be decided. N


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some defensive adjustments. In Portola Valley, host Priory (4-0, 7-2-2) got two goals from senior Darrah Shields plus single goals from Eugenia Jernick, Laura Wu, Molly Simpson and Siobhan Gillis while taking care of MercyBurlingame. The Panthers next will host King’s Academy on Saturday at 11 a.m. In Atherton, Menlo School remained within reach of the leaders in the WBAL Foothill Division with a 3-1 victory over visiting Castilleja. The Knights (2-1, 4-4-2) jumped in front early as sophomore Sienna Stritter connected from 18 yards out unassisted. Castilleja (0-3, 1-7) equalized five minutes later when sophomore Gabby Kaplan scored off an assist from senior Emily Mosbacher. Menlo regained the lead at 30 minutes as sophomore Chandler Wickers followed up a shot by Ellie Still and scored from close range. Then 15 minutes into the second half, Wickers headed in a cross from Lindsay Karle. Menlo dominated possession and outshot Castilleja, 30-10. Menlo’s backs — senior Shannon Lacy, junior Hannah Rubin, sophomore Stritter, and freshmen Alex Walker — played well by limiting Castilleja’s attacking opportunities. Menlo goalies Julia Dressel (five saves) and Kelly McConnell (four saves) split time in goal as usual. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton made a solid statement to belonging among the best of the division by deadlocking co-leader Carlmont, 1-1, on Tuesday in Belmont. Jenn Kirst scored her 13th goal of the season on assist from Meryssa Thompson in the 21st minute for the Bears (2-2-1, 6-4-1) while Carlmont (4-0-1, 6-2-3) equalized it off corner around the 70th minute. In the SCVAL De Anza Division on Wednesday, Gunn took on the best and put up a fight before dropping a 3-1 decision to visiting Los Gatos. The teams played even for the first 70 minutes after Gunn’s Haleli Moalem scored in the first half to deadlock things at 1-1. The Wildcats (4-0, 10-0-1) ended the tie with a goal in the 70th minute and added a third tally when the Titans (1-2-1, 5-6-1) moved everyone up in attempt to deadlock the match once again. Gunn coach Damian Cohen singled out defenders Liza Marinaro, Bella Harbert, Alyssa Perreault and Laura Hayward for solid efforts.


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The senior had four goals and one assist in three soccer triumphs, including a 1-0 win over Menlo for the seniors’ first win over the Knights, as the Panthers stayed tied for the WBAL Foothill Division lead.

The sophomore forward scored four goals and added four assists in three soccer victories as the Gators outscored their opponents 21-2 and remained unbeaten and atop the West Bay Athletic League standings.

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Honorable mention Hashima Carothers Eastside Prep basketball

Drew Edelman* Menlo basketball

Melissa Holland Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Lauren Lete Menlo basketball

Danielle Man Pinewood soccer

Laura Wu Priory soccer

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Dante Fraioli* Pinewood basketball

Ryan Karle Menlo soccer

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Brendan Spillane Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Solomone Wolfgramm* Pinewood basketball * previous winner

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the day. The second-half scoring started with a John Strong creative dribble to Karle, who calmly found the far corner of the cage. Menlo coach Mark Arya complimented his midfielders for their possession play and high work rate, among them Strong, Kyle Perez and Nick Batchelder. Outstanding in the back were Agustin Diaz, Glenn Baxter, Alec Drobac and Witte. In Hillsborough, Priory got a goal from Kyle Kosling but needed more while dropping a 4-1 WBAL decision to Crystal Springs. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over host Milpitas. The Titans (3-0-1, 6-2-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half when Ben Sampson assisted on a goal by Cameron McElfresh. The Titans got an insurance goal after halftime when Andriy Khrustalyov scored on an assist from Johnny Sun. Goalie Richard Bullwinkle preserved the shutout win as Gunn stayed within five points of first-place Mountain View (5-0), a 3-1 winner over Homestead. The Titans will host the Mustangs on Friday at 3:30 p.m. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton and host Burlingame battled to a scoreless deadlock. The

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Boys With a balanced attack and an abundance of scoring chances, Menlo School defeated visiting Eastside Prep, 2-0, in a WBAL match on Wednesday. The Knights improved to 3-1-1 in league (6-1-3 overall) and stayed within five points of first-place Sacred Heart Prep, the only team to beat Menlo in league play this season. The first-half goal came off a long, penetrating solo run by senior defender Carson Witte, who found Ryan Karle and played him into space for his first of two goals on


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Understanding A Woman’s Heart Means Knowing What to Look For

She wasn’t one to complain, either, except the spring day when she suddenly felt a pain in her chest as she exercised. It was a cramp-like pain, not anything like the normal muscle aches Robles expected from her body after vigorous activity. “I didn’t think I should be feeling chest pains,� she said. She wasn’t even 40. She saw her doctor, who ordered an EKG. Everything was fine, Robles was told. Nothing was wrong with her heart. But the pain kept coming back, and that worried her. “Exercise should feel good,� she said. “It shouldn’t hurt.� She went back to her doctor, who ordered more tests. Still nothing, she was told. Soon, she started feeling the pain even when she wasn’t exercising. “I intuitively knew something wasn’t right,� she said. Still, none of the doctors she saw could discern

a problem. And she began to doubt herself, “although I knew I wasn’t imagining it. It was real.� With no answers and no end to the pain, Robles’ whole view of life was gradually permeated by the uncertainty of her health. “I’m normally very positive, very bubbly and cheerful,� she said, “but I felt like a shadow of my former self. All I could think about was my chest pain.� By winter, she’d become desperate for help and went online to find it. She connected with a group of women who had experienced similar symptoms. One of them was a patient of Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director of the Stanford Hospital Women’s Heart Health program, just celebrating its fifth year in service.

Deceptively normal In Tremmel, Robles found someone whose focused interest and knowledge of heart disease in women became the key to solving her medical mystery. “For years, the standard medical treatment for women with heart disease was based on what we know about heart disease in men,� Tremmel said. “That’s really confounded things. In the past 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about how women differ from men, but there’s a lot we still don’t know. Just getting physicians to have a broader concept of symptoms, and what constitutes coronary artery disease in women, is a challenge.�


“I intuitively knew something wasn’t right. I knew I wasn’t imagining it.� – Reyna Robles, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Similarly, Tremmel said, angiograms catch only blockages in large vessels, but patients, particularly women, may have a problem like endothelial dysfunction, which affects small vessels whose failure to work properly can’t be seen on angiography.

Reyna Robles lived her life to its fullest: job, husband and four kids, two dogs and a daily workout. She did not expect, at age 41, to suddenly experience chest pains.

Robles came to Stanford as many do, having been told no abnormalities had been found. Yet her symptoms were still there. “We decided we’d look harder,� Tremmel said. “We did all this extra testing to see if we might find something that had been missed on her original angiogram.� Tremmel discovered that Robles had a physical anomaly called a myocardial bridge, where an artery that normally sits on top of the heart actually dives down into the heart muscle. Such bridges are not uncommon, and most people can live their entire lives with-

out symptoms, but if a large portion of the artery is deeply buried, then there’s trouble. Again, however, this physical abnormality often doesn’t show up on an angiogram. Not only did Robles have a myocardial bridge, but she also had endothelial dysfunction within the bridge. This dysfunction causes an artery to constrict when it should dilate. “There were a lot of physiologic dynamics going on in that bridge,� Tremmel said. The first approach for Robles’ treatment was standard: use medications to slow the heart rate enough to allow blood to flow through the artery, even though it was squeezed inside the heart muscle. That didn’t work. Nor did Robles’ efforts to minimize stress, another tool to reducing symptoms. Norbert von der Groeben

Norbert von der Groeben

After many frustrating visits to doctors who told her they could find nothing wrong, Robles found Jennifer Tremmel, MD, who leads the Women’s Heart Health at Stanford program.

Robles is a classic example of the challenge, in several ways. Her first EKG, stress test and angiogram were deemed normal. “What we have found is that stress tests, and even angiograms, may not always identify the problem in a woman’s heart�, Tremmel said. “If a lack of blood flow through the entire thickness of the heart muscle is needed to have a positive stress test, those patients with symptoms from a lack of blood flow to only the inner most lining

of the heart may not be caught.�

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Reyna Robles was always the first one up and the last one to bed, the kind of person whose warmth and energy seemed effortless, possessed of more than enough steam to come home from her full-time job, to select recipes from her large collection of cookbooks to prepare a meal for her husband and children, and then to take her dogs for walk and help her kids with homework. Before bedtime, she’d fit in a good work out.

As she recovers from surgery to reroute an artery covered by heart muscle, Robles has returned with gusto to cooking, much to the appreciation of her husband, Martin.

Trouble uncovered Finally, with no other options left, Tremmel began to consider a surgery to release the artery from the muscle. “The surgery itself isn’t complicated,� she said, “but it is open

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Heart attack symptoms women should know Chest pain is the classic signal of heart failure, but that can also feel like pressure, tightness, squeezing or burning. Other symptoms might also be part of an attack in a woman. ¡ shortness of breath ¡ nausea or vomiting ¡ arm or shoulder pain, usually left-sided but may be right-sided ¡ pain in neck, jaw, back or abdomen ¡ fatigue

Preventing a heart attack A healthy diet, appropriate weight and daily exercise routine reduce your chances of heart disease. Other steps to take include: ¡ Know your family’s heart health history ¡ Check your blood pressure regularly

¡ Check your cholesterol at age 20 and every five years afterwards ¡ Childhood obesity and diabetes raise the risk for heart disease at a young age ¡ Don’t smoke ¡ Be physically active. Aim for 30 minutes every day of moderate intensity exercise.

Diagnostic tests to consider Sometimes, more than one test is necessary to determine if you have heart disease. The options include: ¡ blood test ¡ an EKG to measure the heart’s electrical activity ¡ chest x-ray, echocardiography, MRI, CT ¡ a stress test measure your heart at work

For more information about Women’s Heart Health at Stanford, visit or phone 650.736.0516 Watch the new Stanford Hospital Health Notes television show on Comcast: channel 28 on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; channel 30 Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. It can also be viewed at

heart surgery where you open the chest and expose the heart. It’s a big deal. But for patients who have a poor quality of life, and you can’t find any other way, it’s a viable option.�

Robles’ heart function was impaired by a physical anomaly called a myocardial bridge, where an artery is enveloped by heart muscle. When the heart muscle contracts, blood flow through that artery is constricted, too. On the (left), a contracted heart; on the (right), a relaxed heart.

“What we have found is that stress tests, and even angiograms, may not always identify the problem.� – Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director, Women’s Heart Health at Stanford Before the final decision was made, Tremmel wanted to do one more test. She inserted a wire into Robles’ artery, while stressing her heart with medication, to measure the pressure and flow, on that one particular part of her heart’s anatomy. “The test proved that the bridge was definitely the problem,� Tremmel said. Tremmel’s colleague, car-

diovascular surgeon Michael Fishbein, MD, made the repair to Robles’ heart. Less than a month after her surgery, Robles was taking small but steady steps toward a more active life. After so many months of living with fear and uncertainty, Robles’ belief in the strength of her repaired heart has been helped along by Tremmel’s gentle encouragements. Robles worried aloud at a recent exam about some enthusiastic laughing she’d done with one of her daughters, so exuberant that her chest began to hurt. Tremmel pressed her stethoscope against Robles’ chest for a close listen. Norbert von der Groeben

Until she was treated at Stanford, Robles had found it more and more difficult to do even the simplest of tasks. This Christmas, with her heart issue resolved, she’s back in action.

“It sounds like a happy heart,� said Tremmel. “You can laugh as much as you want.�

Re-entry “I’m so very grateful to her,� Robles said, “and to my whole care team at Stanford.

I will never stop being grateful. I am blessed every day. It can be difficult to find a doctor willing to listen. Dr. Tremmel never ever gave up.� “We pride ourselves in taking the time to really figure out what’s going on,� Tremmel said, “and not just saying there are no blockages, that everything must be fine. The technique we use in the cath lab, for instance, is available to any physician out there, but it’s really a mat-

ter of learning how to do these things and taking the time. It is more time consuming than a simple angiogram.�

“We pride ourselves in taking the time to really figure out what’s going on, and not just saying there are no blockages.� – Jennifer Tremmel, MD, Clinical Director, Women’s Heart Health at Stanford Beyond accurate diagnosis, she said, “you also have to stick with your patients. There’s no magic bullet to make them feel better. It’s a multi-factorial approach of using medications that improve symptoms, as well as encouraging lifestyle changes and stress reduction.�

“The Stanford Women’s Heart Health program staff includes a psychologist,� Tremmel said. “There’s a great deal of emotional stress that comes along with having these symptoms that nobody could explain for a long time. That in itself is a huge burden. A lot of women come to us with years of having people tell them, ‘There’s nothing there.’ They doubt themselves and have really been affected by that. I think addressing all these factors is imSince her surgery, and with an understanding of what caused her chest pains, the stress and anxiety Robles once felt diminishes with each day. portant.�

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. It is currently ranked No. 17 on the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals� list and No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Stanford University Medical Center is comprised of three world renowned institutions: Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, an adjacent pediatric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. For more information, visit


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Palo Alto – Beautifully remodeled 4bd/2.5ba single level home with large 7,500+/-sf lot plus gorgeous kitchen, family room, & master suite!


Shari Ornsein 650.543.1077

Stanford – Available to Eligible Stanford Faculty/Staff only. This unique 4bd, 2.5ba custom designed Eichler was remodeled & expanded with superior quality.



Grace C. Wu 650.208.3668


Palo Alto – Lovely tree-lined street in Green Gables neighborhood. Updated home with spacious LR/DR combo, sunny eat-in kitchen. 4bd, 2ba. LR & MB open to large patio.


Judy Ellis 650.740.7860

Los Altos – Spacious one story 4bd/2ba home on a 10,000+ sf lot. Quiet tree-lined street. Best schools. Call for Price


Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888

Palo Alto – Green Gables Gem! Over 2000 sq.ft. living space on over 8000 sq.ft. lot. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

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Leika Kejriwal 650.218.5345

Palo Alto – Great downtown locationwalkscore/95-Beautiful 3bd/3ba Victorian Home with classic features *Leaded glass *stunning fixtures *original woodwork.

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Jeremy Robinson 650.543.1053

Atherton – A study in sophistication and elegance. Located on a large tree filled lot this 2bd, 2ba home offers top quality plus privacy in a beautiful neighborhood.

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Leslyn Leong 650.388.8980

Palo Alto – Expanded 2-story home with old world charm in Central Midtown Palo Alto location. Large kitchen opens into Family room. Nicely landscaped back garden. Represented buyer. $1,617,000


Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888


Palo Alto – Pristine 14 years new home in Midtown. Recently remodeled kitchen. Walk to top Palo Alto schools, library, park, & community center.

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Terry Rice 650.207.4142

Mountain View – Exceptional 5bd, 3ba, remodeled home with Los Altos schools. Large garden perfect for entertaining. Perfect for the discerning buyer. Represented buyer.

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Estela Freeman 650.323.1111

Los Altos – This charming home with a contemporary feel is located on a beautiful treelined cul-de-sac near the village in Los Altos. Turn-key. Excellent Los Altos schools. Close to commute routes. $1,598,000


Denise Simons 650.269.0210

Palo Alto – This lovely updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located on a large lot in the desirable Green Acres neighborhood sold in one week with multiple offers.



Christy Giuliacci 650.380.5989

Palo Alto – Sold with multiple offers! Beautifully expanded and updated 3 bedroom home + office near Duveneck Elementary. Spectacular backyard with covered travertine porch. $1,550,000


Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888

Palo Alto – Ranch style home in the prestigious Leland Manor neighborhood. Close to top Palo Alto schools, library, community center, museum, park.

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Scott Symon 650.543.1125

SOLD Menlo Park – One of three newly constructed Shary Symon 650.543.1079

townhomes located in the heart of Downtown Menlo Park. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, featuring a bright & open floor plan.


Lynn Wilson Roberts 650.255.6987

San Carlos – Charming home with great architectural detail sold quickly and over the asking price. $1,525,000


Pamela Page 650.400.5061


Palo Alto – Remodeled Barron Park charmer, 3bd, 3ba, on a 8,250 sq. ft. lot with waterfall and pond. Sold with multiple offers.


Nadr Essabhoy 650.543.1124

Palo Alto – Penthouse with breathtaking views of Palo Alto and East Bay hills. Light filled, 3 bed, 2.5 ba corner unit located moments away from shopping & dining in Downtown Palo Alto.

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Sandy Harris 650.888.5022



Palo Alto – Barron Park 3bd/2ba on quiet, Arti Miglani 650.804.6942

private cul-de-sac. Remodel expand or build. 13,900+/- sq. ft. Stunning creekside setting.

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Lynn Wilson Roberts 650.255.6987

Portola Valley – Represented buyer in purchase of charming, updated Portola Valley home with views, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths.


Delia Fei 650.269.3422


John Forsyth James 650.218.4337

Mountain View – Four new homes near Downtown Mountain View. All 3BD, 2.5BA plus office. Open floor plans. Call agent for more information.

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Palo Alto – Updated 3BD, 2BA home. Crown Valerie Lo 650.288.2237

moldings, hardwood floors, professionally landscaped yard in desirable north Palo Alto. Close to Community Center.

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Michael Hall 650.465.1651


Palo Alto – Victorian gem in College Terrace built in 1900 this remodeled 4 bedroom, 2 bath home features an updated kitchen and period fixtures.

Lynn Wilson Roberts 650.255.6987


Palo Alto – Located on a serene cul-de-sac, this

Sharon & George Gerbing 650.543.1083

Portola Valley – Represented buyer in short sale purchase in Portola Valley. Midcentury modern with pool, 1 acre, central Portola Valley. $1,300,000


Linda Goldstein 650.543.1113

4bd, 2ba Eichler on a 9,800 sq ft lot boasts walls of glass, multiple skylights & beautiful kitchen. Sold with multiple offers.

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Palo Alto – Beautifully renovated with high quality materials, this 3bd/2ba home in College Terrace is awaiting a new family! Represented buyer.



Kelly Lawson 650.255.3983


Mountain View – Stunning rebuilt home in wonderful neighborhood with Los Altos schools. 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths. Walk to downtown. Represented buyer.


Carol Li 650.281.8368

Palo Alto – Great Midtown location. Nicely remodeled one level house. 1,246sf, lot approx. 6,201sf, large yard with deck, attached 2 car garages.


Liz Rhodes 650.722.3000


Denise Simons 650.269.0210


Palo Alto – This charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in desirable Evergreen Park, just blocks away from California Ave, Stanford University and Peers Park, sold with multiple offers.


Atherton – Light and bright private Atherton Kevin Koerner 415.377.0630

setting on a cul-de-sac! This 4 bed, 3 bath home has newly refinished hardwood floors, and new hardwood in the family room. Manicured garden affords lots of privacy! $1,250,000 | Palo Alto Office 578 University Ave 650.323.1111 APR COUNTIES | Santa Clara | San Mateo | San Francisco | Alameda | Contra Costa | Monterey | Santa Cruz Page 26ĂŠUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Ted Paulin 650.766.6325

Palo Alto – Opportunity knocks for this desired Old Palo Alto 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with hardwood floors on a 5600+/- sf lot.


Nick Granoski 650.269.8556

Palo Alto – 4bd/2ba North Palo Alto Eichler highlighted by a secluded master suite with direct access to the backyard with tastefully landscaped exteriors.



Riette Fallant 650.543.1040


Palo Alto – Surrounded by decks and beautiful gardens. Classic 3bd/2ba updated Eichler home with new carpeting & hardwood floors. Family room/kitchen, large living/dining room, 2-car garage. $1,198,000

Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

Palo Alto – Charming 2bd / 1ba cottage in Crescent Park, just blocks from downtown Palo Alto!

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Scott Symon 650.543.1125



Menlo Park – One level, 2 bedroom, 2 Shary Symon 650.543.1079

bathroom Sharon Heights condominium featuring remodeled kitchen & bathrooms and an open floorplan.


Anna Park 650.387.6159

Palo Alto – Charming 3 bd/2 ba Eichler. 1,396 sf of living space on 6,014 sf lot. Remodeled kitchen, enclosed courtyard, and new backyard lawn. Represented Buyer.



Dana Van Hulsen 650.248.3950


Palo Alto – Fantastic location in Palo Alto’s charming Midtown neighborhood. Close to stores, parks, and schools. 4 Offers! Sold in 8 days over asking price.


Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085

Menlo Park – Lovely end unit townhome with 3bd / 2.5ba and nestled on a quiet neighborhood street. Sold with multiple offers!

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Julie Tsai Law 650.799.8888


Sunnyvale – Tastefully remodeled home in prestigious Somerset community built by Summerhill Homes. Excellent schools. Walk to library, park, and shops.

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Terry Rice 650.207.4142

Los Gatos – Beautifully located 4 bedroom 3 bath remodeled home . Large secluded lot with exquisite garden. Represented buyer. Call for Price


Desiree Docktor 650.291.8487


Menlo Park – Adorable bungalow in the Willows. Three bedrooms, one bath home, remodeled kitchen. Situated on a huge lot. Includes 1 bed, 1 bath cottage. Menlo Park schools. $998,000

Suzie Provo 650.465.3800

Palo Alto – Elegant Remodeled townhome in vibrant Downtown Palo Alto! 2 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bath. Architectural detailing. Huge yard and deck. Light, bright end unit. 1646+/- sf of gracious living space. Call for Price

John St. Clair III 650.740.8363



Palo Alto – 2 bedrooms, 2 bath Downtown Lydia Kou 650.996.0028

condo, recently updated. Located close to restaurants, shopping and transportation. Excellent Palo Alto schools.

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Lori Buecheler 650.387.2716

Mountain View – Newer light-filled home located near Downtown. 3 BR/2.5 Bath, high ceilings, family room opens to kitchen with lush landscaped patio. Represented buyer.



Carol A. Lin 650.704.5346


Palo Alto – Sold Dramatic Penthouse condo. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths overlooking the courtyard, located in a secure gated complex just steps from Cal Ave and shopping.


Kathleen Wilson 650.543.1094

Mountain View – Sold This gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has been remodeled to the studs. MacKay with raised foundation and two car garage on one of the best streets! Call for Price | Palo Alto Office 578 University Ave 650.323.1111 APR COUNTIES | Santa Clara | San Mateo | San Francisco | Alameda | Contra Costa | Monterey | Santa Cruz Page 28ĂŠUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?Ăž

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Lynn Wilson Roberts 650.255.6987

Palo Alto – Represented seller in off market sale of beautifully updated townhome in downtown Palo Alto.


Jing-Jing Guo 650.543.1058


Mountain View – Downtown Mountain View, close to Castro Street. 10,000+ sf lot with private garden, lovely home needs repairs and improvement.



Kelly Lawson 650.255.3983

Willow Glen – Wonderful Willow Glen home in award winning school district remodeled bathrooms, amazing backyard with pool and spa. A real gem.


Lynne Mercer 650.906.0162

Nancy Mott & Jennifer Buenrostro 650.255.2325

Andrea Meinhardt Schultz 650.543.1032

San Carlos – Charming home on a quiet culde-sac. Move-in ready with spacious rooms and hardwood floors. New landscaping featuring CA native plants.

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SOLD Palo Alto – Darling 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage close to Stanford. Remodeled kitchen, bonus room with washer/dryer. Large sunny deck in back yard. Represented Buyer.

Belmont – Two bedroom, 1 bath remodeled single level home on a flat lot with beautiful gardens. Great Westside location with excellent schools.


John St. Clair III 650.740.8363


Pamela Culp 415.640.3293

Mountain View – Light-filled and beautifully appointed, this two-story 3BR 2.5 BA Mediterranean-style townhome features European elegance combined with a backyard patio perfect for relaxed California living. $698,000

Lydia Kou 650.996.0028

Mountain View – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths condo, well maintained end-unit, close to shopping, restaurants and transportations. Los Altos schools.

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Haywire --1/2



Movies (Century 16, Century 20) In the years leading up to a planned “retirementâ€? from filmmaking, Steven Soderbergh has followed his whimsy, which explains his latest cinematic lark, “Haywire.â€? Having seen Women’s Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gina Carano on television, Soderbergh decided she needed to be an action star. Thus, “Haywire,â€? scripted by Soderbergh’s sometime collaborator Lem Dobbs (“The Limeyâ€?). (In like “hey, that’s a movieâ€? fashion, Soderbergh’s next film sprang directly out of a conversation with Channing Tatum on the set of “Haywire.â€?) Carano plays Mallory Kane, an ex-Marine sent on black ops by a private agency. Matters go “haywireâ€? when Kane becomes inconvenient to those who have hired her, which sends the tip-top operative first on the run and then on a mission of revenge and selfpreservation. That’s all you need to know about the story, which trafficks in all the usual clichĂŠs but in a souped-up Soderbergian vehicle distinguished by its driver: Carano. Like many film buffs, Soderbergh misses the cinema of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, when style was tastefully idiosyncratic and substance wasn’t a dirty word. With “Haywire,â€? substance barely enters into the equation, save for the acknowledgement of the U.S. government — represented by Michael Douglas’ smugly efficient, flag-pin-wearing inhabitant of the halls of power — pursuing black ops with impunity. (Though, when his plans go pear-shaped, Douglas amusingly laments, “This is the trouble with the private sector.â€?) “Haywireâ€? finds Soderbergh keeping it simple, stupid, by filling the story’s hollowness with kick-butt action and elements of style. Aiding the director — also his own cinematographer and editor — in whipping up his retro froth are Dobbs’ non-linear tack and a jazzy score by David Holmes. So is Carano worth all the trouble? That’d be a “yes.â€? In the same way Jackie Chan’s action flicks were built around his style, Soderbergh has used Carano to full advantage in eruptive fights that jolt viewers to the edge of their seats. An added frisson comes from her key adversaries being movie stars, all of whom acquit themselves admirably in swift and brutal mano-a-mano free-for-alls. With their acrobatic karate, these scenes spark at least as much of a charge of action-genre discovery as those in “The Bourne Identity.â€? Soderbergh’s pursuit of fun turns out to be fairly infectious, whether it be a subplot that finds Kane whisking up an understandably freaked-out innocent bystander (Michael Angarano) or a climactic beachset battle seemingly shot to evoke the classic TV spy series “The Prisoner.â€? The star players seem to be having a ball as well. Antonio Banderas turns in an increasingly comical performance; Channing Tatum excels as a lover and a fighter (he’s something of a “Bond boyâ€? to Carano); and Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor prove well-cast as men with whom Carano has bones to pick (or crack). Best of all, Carano is sexy not because of any imposition of costume (no “Tomb Raiderâ€? short shorts here), but because of her ultra-competence. Ignoring his own sexism, McGregor’s handler issues the warning “You shouldn’t think of her as a woman — that would be a mistake.â€? Rated R for violence. One hour, 33 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -(Century 16, Century 20) What may work on the page doesn’t always hold up well under the harsh light of the silver screen. Take “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,� the Jonathan Safran Foer novel that beguiled many readers but wilts as an Oscar-season drama. Academy Award-winning director Stephen Daldry (“The Hours�) and screenwriter Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump�) attempt to replicate the novel’s subjective treatment of a boy protagonist. But once literalized by the camera, the story’s creakiness begins to seem extremely loud and incredibly close for anyone sensitive to the contrived and cloying. The story concerns 11-year-old Manhattanite Oskar Schell (Oakland native and “Jeopardy!� Kids Week champion Thomas Horn), who is still reeling from the death of his father (Tom Hanks) in the Twin Towers. Though the boy’s mother (Sandra Bullock) harbors serious concerns for her son, who seems to be somewhere on the autism spectrum, she does not discourage him when he becomes convinced that his puzzle-loving dad has left behind one more educational mystery: a small key that belongs to an unknown lock somewhere in the city. And so, just as Dad’s puzzles always coaxed Oskar out of his shell and into encounters with the city and its denizens, the key leads the still-grieving boy into new partnerships and experiences. Traumatic memories of “The Worst Day� and survivor’s guilt linger, but the quest provides a welcome distraction. Hustling daily past his frenemy — the apartment building’s doorman (John Goodman) — Oskar makes like a “Law & Order� detective by canvassing the five boroughs in search of answers. Oskar tentatively teams up with his neighbor, a renter (Max von Sydow) living in the apartment of the boy’s grandmother (Zoe Caldwell). Mute, the old man communicates only through scribbled notes and by flashing one of his palms, helpfully marked “Yes� and “No.� In one of several not-so-surprising surprises, the renter has likewise been shaped by trauma, which makes him eminently suited to relate to Oskar but reluctant to reopen old wounds. Also among the New Yorkers Oskar meets are estranged marrieds (Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright) whose encounters with the boy prove disarmingly cathartic. And many will take the film in the same spirit. Horn is quite fine in delineating the boy’s restless intelligence and frustrated bouts of emotion, and though his role rankles, von Sydow remains entirely magnetic (after all, 2011 was the year “silent� made a comeback). Easily the film’s most harrowing, haunting scene finds the boy forcing the old man (and the audience) to listen to a series of voicemails placed by Dad on the morning of 9/11. As a rule, though, the film’s observance of hurting and healing is too clean and neat, even for a story that feints in the directions of fairy tale and a boy’s-eye view of the world. In lesser hands than Daldry’s, the film could have been an unmitigated disaster, but its tony pedigree nevertheless encourages a slick treatment and doubly reassuring closure. Except as a tool for pediatric grief counseling, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close� amounts to a fetishization of its own trappings (the boy, NYC, 9/11) more interested in Oscar than Oskar. Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, disturbing images and language. Two hours, 10 minutes. — Peter Canavese



The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly:

3 Superstars in Berlin Aquarius Theatre: Thu. at 7 p.m. A Dangerous Method (R) (Not Reviewed) Guild Theatre: 3:45, 6:15 & 8:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 1:15 p.m. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 4:10 & 9:30 p.m.; In 3D at 1:35 & 6:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 4:35 & 10 p.m.; In 3D at 2 & 7:25 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 1:25, 3:55, 6:10, 8:30 & 10:45 p.m. The Artist (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 4:40 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.Thu. also at 2 p.m. Beauty and the Beast (G) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; In 3D at 1:20, 3:55, 6:40 & 9:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; In 3D at 1:35, 4:10, 7 & 9:20 p.m. Carnage (R) ((( Century 16: Noon, 2:20, 4:30, 7:20 & 9:40 p.m. Contraband (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:30, 2, 3:50, 5, 7, 8, 9:50 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 12:05, 1:55, 2:45, 4:30, 5:25, 7:10, 8:05, 9:50 & 10:45 p.m. The Descendants (R) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 3:15, 6 & 8:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 12:30 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 1:40, 4:20, 7:05 & 9:45 p.m. The Devil Inside (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 5:45, 8 & 10:10 p.m. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13) (( Century 16: 12:10, 3:20, 7 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 1, 4:05, 7:20 & 10:20 p.m. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) ((( Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 2:40, 6:30 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 3:30, 6:55 & 10:15 p.m. Gone With the Wind (1939) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. also at 2 p.m. Haywire (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Hot Water (1924) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 9 p.m. Hugo (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 2:50 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3D at 11:30 a.m. & 6:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 5:05 & 10:40 p.m.; In 3D at 2:10 & 7:55 p.m.

Carnage --(Century 16) Roman Polanski’s play-to-film adaptation takes four civilized adults, sticks them in an upscale apartment, serves drinks, and awaits the uncomfortable truths. The joke of Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage� is a slow disintegration of the thin veneer of social niceties. It’s catnip for actors. In a Brooklyn park, boys argue and one assaults the other. Swiftly, we’re off to the apartment of the injured party, where his parents (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) host the assailant’s parents (Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz). The four parse some legalese and sit for a polite conversation comprising “get to know you� chat and attempted commiseration on child-rearing. Cue the disintegration. Winslet succumbs to overplaying a bit, but her cast mates hit just the right notes of ego and cravenness to make the characters as credible as they are cretinous. Rated R for language. One hour, 20 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012) TThe Iron Lady ---1/2 (Aquarius, Century 20) Don’t expect sharp political analysis of Margaret Thatcher’s 11-year reign as the only United Kingdom female prime minister, the ultraconservative who led with an iron will and iconic hairstyle from 1979 to 1990. Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Meryl Streep in “Mamma Mia!,� offers a soft-focus look at the controversial figure — and Streep captures Maggie-thePM and Maggie-the-frail-elderly-woman in yet another incredible performance. Thatcher’s ability to shatter gender and

The Iron Lady (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 & 10:05 p.m. Joyful Noise (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island Century 20: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 12:40, 3:50, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:45, 4, 7:15 & 10:15 p.m. Red Tails (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 12:20, 3:40, 7:10 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. Safety Last (1923) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: Noon, 3:30, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 1:20, 4:25, 7:35 & 10:30 p.m. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 3, 6:10 & 9:05 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 4:15 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:10 p.m. Underworld: Awakening (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 5 & 10:35 p.m.; In 3D at 11 a.m.; 1:30, 2:30, 4, 7, 8 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; In 3D at 1:30, 3:45, 6, 8:20 & 10:40 p.m.

class barriers all the way to 10 Downing Street counterpoints the inventive rendering of her inner life and lends poignancy to the discrepancy between her situation then and now. And newcomer Alexandra Roach exhibits the spunk and drive of the Iron Lady as a young woman. You decide if Thatcher succeeded in her attempts to put the “Great� back in “Great Britain.� Politics aside, the film is a must-see for Streep’s great performance in a story compellingly told. Rated PG-13 for brief nudity and some violent images. One hour, 45 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012)

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