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Gunn to reform counseling program New direction follows school board discussion of high school counseling models by Chris unn High School administrators said they will move toward significant reforms in the school’s guidance counseling program following a discussion with the Board of Education Tuesday night. The sometimes emotional, three-
Kenrick hour discussion came in response to a consultant’s report on guidance programs in Palo Alto’s two high schools, which employ substantially different systems for counseling students. Consultant Kelun Zhang said her report was intended “expressly not
to compare the two models,” and she did not recommend one high school’s system over the other. But several school board members expressed “a sense of urgency” for Gunn to explore changes, pointing to the survey of students that indicated consistently higher levels of satisfaction with counseling at Palo Alto High School than at Gunn. Though saying they were loath to dictate specifics, a majority of board
members suggested Gunn shift to a counseling system closer in structure to that at Paly, which augments its four-member guidance-counseling staff with 46 “teacher advisers” and several college counselors. By contrast, Gunn employs six guidance counselors, who are charged with the gamut of academic advising, college and career counseling and student social-emotional health.
In particular, board members said they wanted to see more builtin “touch points” between students and adult counselors than the current once-a-year model at Gunn. At Paly, students meet in groups of 22 with their teacher-advisers at least monthly throughout their four years of high school. In junior year, they meet oneto-one with college counselors. (continued on page 15)
Police seek public’s help combating burglaries Residents are asked to ‘trust the hairs on the back of your neck’ by Sue Dremann
eventy-one Palo Alto homes have been burglarized since January, the largest spike since 2007, the Palo Alto Police Department told more than 120 residents Wednesday night, March 28. The department called the community meeting at Walter Hays Elementary School to raise awareness of the crime surge and to ask the community for help by being the police department’s “eyes and ears.” “We’re not going to solve this without your help,” Chief Dennis Burns said. The meeting kicked off the department’s “Lock It or Lose It” campaign, which focuses on a strategy
of public awareness and participation and increased patrols. Burns said the department is committed to quashing the burglaries, most of which have occurred during the daytime. Police did not identify the reasons behind the surge, but Lt. Zach Perron said such spikes are cyclical and often come when convicted burglars are released from prison after serving time for prior offenses. Palo Alto had a total of 149 residential burglaries in 2011 and 110 in 2010. In just the first three months of this year, there have been 71 bur(continued on page 14)
Palo Alto considers shutting down animal shelter City explores outsourcing animal services, bringing auto dealership to site of current facility by Gennady Sheyner
Framed A man walking along the University Avenue Caltrain station underpass was “caught” on camera Thursday.
alo Alto’s Animal Services Center, a fixture on East Bayshore Road for the past four decades, could be shut down or relocated to make way for an auto dealership under a proposal the city is exploring. The future of the animal shelter, which the City Council discussed Monday night, is in limbo because of a decision by Mountain View last November to discontinue its use of the regional facility. The center has been providing services to Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills since 1993, with each partner sharing in
the facility’s costs. Mountain View’s departure will have profound implications for the busy facility and puts Palo Alto in a bind. Palo Alto stands to lose about $450,000 in annual contributions come November (as part of the agreement, partnering cities have to give a one-year notice before departing). If Palo Alto were to absorb this loss of revenue, it would have to make severe service cuts or find other funding sources. If it were to ask the other partner cities to cover Mountain View’s portion, it could (continued on page 14)
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Around Town GRAND PLANS ... A prominent section of downtown Palo Alto would see a major transformation if billionaire philanthropist John Arrillaga proceeds with his ambitious plan to build an office building and a theater on University Avenue, next to the Caltrain station. But even if the plan stalls, it has already impacted the cityâ€™s land-use process. Daniel Garber, an architect and past chair of the cityâ€™s Planning and Transportation Commission, stepped down from the commission earlier this month to avoid a potential conflict of interest relating to the proposal. Garber is on the board of directors of TheatreWorks, the company that would move into the proposed downtown theater. His architecture firm, Fergus Garber Young architects, is also working with the city on analyzing the new developmentâ€™s impacts. He isnâ€™t the only city official who is stepping down because of the project. Heather Young, a member of the Architectural Review Board, was also advised by the city attorneyâ€™s office to step down, Planning Director Curtis Williams told the Weekly. Young, who chaired the board last year, is a partner in Garberâ€™s firm. The ambitious proposal surfaced last month and received a warm reception from the City Council, which directed staff to proceed with an environmental analysis for the project. If approved, the proposal would require the city to relocate the historic MacArthur Park restaurant near the Caltrain station. Residents who are interested in taking over a spot on either of the two commissions are asked to submit their applications to the City Clerkâ€™s Office by 5 p.m. on April 20. NORTH AND SOUTH ... Palo Alto residents generally agree that their city is clean, pretty, safe and awash in educational opportunities. A recent National Citizen Survey found about 90 percent of the residents in the city give Palo Alto a rating of either â€œgoodâ€? or â€œexcellentâ€? in these categories. Similarly, residents from all corners of town have gripes about â€œvariety of housing optionsâ€? in the city, with only 37 percent giving the city high marks in this category. In other areas, geography matters. The report surveyed residents from north and south Palo Alto and found significant differ-
ences between the two subgroups in perceptions on issues such as social media, shopping opportunities and new development. The report, which surveyed roughly 215 residents from the north and about as many in the south found that 64 percent of north Palo Alto responders gave top ratings to the city for â€œoverall quality of new development,â€? compared to 51 percent in the rapidly growing south Palo Alto. The subgroup from the north also felt better about â€œshopping opportunitiesâ€? in Palo Alto, with 76 percent rating them â€œgoodâ€? or â€œexcellent.â€? In the south, the number was 67 percent. The northern subgroup also gave significantly higher marks to the cityâ€™s walking, trains, street lighting and economic development. In the lattermost category, 59 percent in the northern subgroup gave the city high marks, compared to just 46 percent in the southern subgroup. Residents in the north are also a bit more optimistic about the future than their counterparts in the south. In the north, 62 percent gave the top ratings when asked about the â€œoverall directionâ€? Palo Alto is taking. In the south, the number was 49 percent. Even so, few are preparing to leave the city any time soon. More than 90 percent of respondents in both subgroups said they would recommend living in Palo Alto to someone who asks. Furthermore, 83 percent of the responders in the northern part of the city and 91 percent in the south said they plan to remain in Palo Alto for the next five years. ALL THE STATEâ€™S A STAGE ... Theater kids from Palo Alto High School mingled with 1,000 other thespians last weekend at the California State Thespian Festival, distinguishing themselves as actors and playwrights. â€œYes,â€? a script by student Grace Barry, was the statewide winner in the Playworks category. Senior Zachary Freier-Harrison was selected from 140 auditioners for the only male role in Barryâ€™s play, which was performed Saturday night on the main stage. Other Paly performers, writers, technicians and directors last weekend were Zarek Siegel, Carly King, Briana Billips, Hannah Gorelik, Rebecca Kreiger, Heather Gaya, Caroline Johnson and Henry Wilen. N
Plan to modernize Caltrain sails through regional commission Metropolitan Transportation Commission approves an agreement with California High-Speed Rail Authority to fund electrification of Caltrain by Gennady Sheyner
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ity still plans to begin constructing the system in the Central Valley. The agreement was heralded by various Metropolitan Transportation Commission board members, local officials and Caltrain advocates as a huge step toward electrification, a project that the cashstrapped Caltrain is banking on for long-term financial stability. With electrified tracks and a new signal system, the agency would be able to operate more trains and, as a result, generate more revenue. “This really is the foundation for electrification and, really, for the future of Caltrain,” said Commission board Chair Adrienne Tissier, who also chairs Caltrain’s board of directors. Electrification also supports the rail authority’s long-term plan to stretch the rail system, approved by state voters in 2008, along the Caltrain corridor. The agreement provides a way for the authority to appease some critics on the Peninsula, where opposition to the project has been particularly fierce. Palo Alto in December adopted an official position calling for termination of the high-speed rail project. It has also joined Menlo Park, Atherton and a coalition of
City mulls tax increase for infrastructure repairs Palo Alto City Council committee to consider placing a tax measure on November ballot by Gennady Sheyner
alo Alto may ask its voters to approve a tax increase this year to pay for needed infrastructure repairs, though the city has yet to decide which tax to modify and what kind of rate change it should pursue. The City Council dove into the complex discussion at its retreat Monday, March 26, which focused on upgrading the city’s infrastructure and replacing its aged facilities. The council’s Policy and Services Committee will narrow down the city’s options in the coming months and determine which tax proposal, if any, should be brought to the voters for consideration in November.
The goal is to diminish the city’s gaping backlog in deferred maintenance, a backlog that a recent report from a specially appointed Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission pegged at $41.5 million. The list of “catch-up” items includes $12 million for repairing buildings, $14.3 million for sprucing up local parks and $3.7 million for fixing up sidewalks. The list also includes about $6 million in deferred maintenance for local streets, though the city plans to pay for these costs through its regular capital-improvement program rather than a tax measure. Two years ago, the council accelerated this effort by effectively
nonprofit groups in a lawsuit that challenge’s the rail authority’s environmental analyses for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles project. Some local officials from the Peninsula raised concerns about the document Wednesday, arguing that it is not explicit enough in committing the rail authority to a “blended” system in which highspeed rail and Caltrain share two tracks. Burlingame City Councilman Michael Brownrigg said the new contract is “weak” when it comes to rejecting the previously proposed alternative to add two more tracks along the Peninsula. Richard Hackmann, a management specialist with Palo Alto’s city manager’s office, told the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board the city sees the new agreement as an opportunity “to rebuild a working relationship with the High-Speed Rail Authority while moving forward with electrification of Caltrain on the corridor.” Like Brownrigg, Hackmann said his city would like to see a written agreement specifying that the rail system would not use the four-track design. “We want to make sure it’s done in a way that does not adversely affect communities,” Hackmann said. Tissier said that while the twotrack design is not specified in the memorandum of understanding, it will be detailed in the rail authority’s new business plan, which is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks. doubling the city’s expenditures on street repairs. The report from the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission notes that the costs of the deferred, or catch-up, repairs would grow significantly if the city doesn’t address them soon. “The cost of deferred maintenance can amount to multitudes of the cost of timely maintenance,” the report states. The council’s committee will also consider whether the city should pursue a tax increase to pay for a new public-safety building, a need the city’s been working to address for much of the past decade. The commission report had identified the public-safety building, along with fire stations at Mitchell and Rinconada parks, as in urgent need of repairs or replacement. The effort to replace the current cramped and seismically deficient police headquarters with a new public-safety building had stalled because of funding shortages. But the infrastructure report has re-energized the debate by emphasizing the need to replace the headquarters and two fire stations.
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altrain’s stalled effort to electrify its tracks flickered to life Wednesday morning when the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved an agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority that includes, as its centerpiece, a plan for funding the electrification project. Calling it a major “milestone” in Caltrain’s long quest to modernize its system, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board voted to approve a “memorandum of understanding” with the rail authority that includes $1.5 billion for electrification and new train signals. Under the agreement, the rail authority would supply about half of the funds for the project, with the rest coming from local and regional agencies. The agreement was spearheaded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the rail authority with participation from a variety of regional agencies, including the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (which operates Caltrain), San Francisco County Transportation Authority, San Mateo County Transportation Authority (Samtrans), Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. It is a key component of the rail authority’s “new vision” for the controversial system — a vision that calls for early investments in the northern and southern segments of the line. The rail author-
Caltrain, which operates two stations in Palo Alto, could receive $1.5 billion in funding to electrify its system. Other critics of the high-speed rail project lauded the new document, which they characterized as a critical step toward improving Caltrain. The agency, which has no dedicated source of funding, has a structural deficit and has been relying on one-time funding sources to keep its service levels intact for the past two years. Yoriko Kishimoto, a former Palo Alto mayor who co-founded the group Friends of Caltrain, was among those who praised the agreement. “There is much work still left to do, but the day seems to be arriving for Caltrain electrification and modernization,” Kishimoto told the board. “I truly thank all of you and all the leaders who have worked to align the stars on this day.” Michael Scanlon, CEO of Caltrain, called Wednesday a “historic day” for Caltrain and said the new agreement provides “the framework, and only the framework, for development of high-speed rail to proceed in a reasonable, pragmatic and, I believe, enlightened way.” “Everyone does not quite agree, but Caltrain staff is fully committed to continuing to working with the stakeholders,” Scanlon said. “When these buildings decline into substandard or unsafe conditions, both those who use them and the community that depends on them are in jeopardy,” the report states. Council members agreed Monday that they would likely need help from the voters to solve the city’s infrastructure problems. Vice Mayor Greg Scharff suggested that if the council were to proceed with a tax increase, it should focus on “catchup” items. “I think that if we’re going to take this seriously and think about how we will deal with the catch-up issues, putting something on the ballot is the only way to do it, frankly,” Scharff said. “We need to have a big discussion about that.” But Scharff and others also acknowledged that the city doesn’t have much time to sort out the tax issue. To place the tax measure on the November ballot, the council has to decide by July which tax to raise and the amount by which to raise it. Options include a sales tax, a transient-occupancy tax (for hotel visitors), a utility-users tax and a business-license tax.
“The work only begins when you start constructing a project and you really have to know how to listen to and work with communities.” Even with the new agreement, which the rail authority plans to consider next month, Caltrain’s electrification is far from a done deal. The project is banking on funds from Proposition 1A, the voter-approved measure that devotes $9.95 billion to the new rail system. But though the bond measure passed, it is still up to the state legislature to release the funds. With the project receiving mixed support in Sacramento (and overwhelming opposition by Republicans), it’s far from clear when the funds for electrification might be released. Dan Richard, chair of the rail authority’s board of directors, indicated at a public hearing in Mountain View earlier this month that the board doesn’t plan to ask the legislature for electrification funds this year. Instead, its funding request will focus on the “initial construction segment” in the Central Valley. The rail authority’s plan is to start building the line in the middle and to later stretch it north and south. N Palo Alto’s recent efforts to raise taxes have been met with mixed results. In 2008, the city successfully raised its transient-occupancy tax from 10 percent to 12 percent. In 2010, however, voters overwhelmingly rejected the city’s proposal to institute a business-license tax, a tax that most cities currently have but that Palo Alto does not. Councilman Pat Burt said it’s important for the city to get a sense of where residents stand on the proposed tax increases to pay for infrastructure before it proposes a tax measure. “I think we’re going to want to know from the community, and that will help inform our decision,” Burt said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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A world of experience Midtown’s Edith Molton escaped from the Nazis, only to face prospect of internment in the U.S. during World War II by Sue Dremann
dith Molton sat in her Palo Alto living room, surrounded by the artifacts of her life: brightly colored pictures she has painted of places she visited, a few black-andwhite photos of herself and her late husband, Stephen, and the usual collection of pictures of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “People have heard 1,000 stories,” Molton said, waving away inquiries about her experiences in pre-war Nazi Germany. But the 90-year-old Palo Alto resident has an intriguing escape story to tell — of being in the secondto-last group permitted to leave the country; of transcontinental travel through Siberia and Japanese-occupied Manchuria; and of sailing on a Japanese ship to the U.S. that was secretly outfitted with ammunition and weapons for the impending war. “It was the first boat the Americans sunk when the war broke out,” she recalled Tuesday afternoon. Molton will speak about her escapades and her 56 years in Palo Alto Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m., at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. The lecture is free and sponsored by the Palo Alto Historical Association. Tall and upright, Molton still moves with grace and speaks with a quick mind. She doesn’t like to dwell on the atrocities she experienced in Germany: Kristallnacht, the two-day terrorization of Jewish men, women and children that began on Nov. 9, 1938; Jewish men being sent to concentration camps; and the smashing of the Jewish-owned business where she worked. She was 18 years old when she left her hometown of Mainz, the west German city on the Rhine River where Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Immigration quotas to the U.S. were limited to 25,000 Germans annually. Although Molton and her mother had relatives in St. Louis, Mo., to sponsor their trip, their escape took four years, she said. They tried and failed twice before to book passage to New York, hindered by the war in Europe. Their day finally came just after Molton saw Nazi officers destroy the wine factory where she worked. “They were throwing the typewriters out of the top story; they pulled the plugs out of the wine barrels,” she said. “My math teacher committed suicide that day.” Molton and her mother reached Berlin by train and boarded a plane to Moscow, a city still in ruins. “This was 1940 — nothing was rebuilt from the revolution in 1917. It looked like it had ended yesterday,” she said. The refugees continued east by the Siberian Express, on a six-day journey to Manchuria in northwestern China. It was 5,400 miles of unbroken landscape — of endless fields rimmed by hedges along the railroad tracks “to keep the wolves out at night,” she Page 6ÊUÊ>ÀV ÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>ÊÌÊ7iiÞ
said. Peasants sold them strawberries when the train stopped. The Manchurian city of Harbin was filled with thousands of people who had fled the Russian Revolution. Many were Jewish settlers. “We went to (religious) services; there were 600 people in this huge building,” she said. The Japanese occupied Manchuria, but it was not as harrowing as Korea, which was also under Japanese control, she said. “It was very scary. The military was there. They boarded the train with bare sabers in their hands and guns,” she said. Molton and her mother took an overnight boat across the Sea of Japan, with good accommodations. “Everybody else was in steerage. You couldn’t imagine the conditions. They were sleeping on the floor by the hundreds,” she said. They stayed in the Japanese port city of Shimonoseki before heading to Seattle, Wash., on a new ship — the one they later learned was loaded with ammunition and guns. It took 14 days. Reaching Seattle from Berlin had taken five weeks, but that wasn’t the end of Molton’s journey. She and her mother settled in St. Louis with their family members for two years. When the U.S. joined the war, she was working as a secretary for a pharmaceutical company. “The bookkeeper told me, ‘Keep a low profile now — you are an enemy alien now,’” Molton said, referring to her German citizenship. At times she was caught between that citizenship and American antiSemitism. Molton started working for a large insurance company and wrote that she was German on her job application. “They said they loved Germans,” she recalled. But three months later, a group of people came in carrying Bibles. They asked if the firm had any Jews working there. The receptionist said she was happy to say that they didn’t, Molton recalled. “That’s where you made your big mistake,” Molton said, picking up her purse from under the counter and walking out. Family and friends urged the women to move to Los Angeles, where jobs were plentiful and there were glamorous movie stars. Being German immigrants and living on the West Coast during wartime, however, placed Molton and her mother under suspicion. The U.S. Department of Justice moved more than 11,000 German nationals and immigrants to internment camps under the Enemy Alien Control Program — 36 percent of the total internees — including some Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, according to the National Archives and a 2003 book on internment by Tetsuden Kashima. Molton and her mother lived a restricted existence.
Edith and Stephen Molton
“You had to be home by 8 p.m., and you had to go to the FBI to register; you couldn’t travel by train or bus without asking permission,” she said, noting the government feared Nazis had killed Jews in Europe and assumed their identities to travel to the U.S. as spies, she said. Molton worked for the garment industry as a model for a few years, but her late husband, Stephen, said, “Being a model is not a job for a nice Jewish girl,” she recalled. The couple moved to Palo Alto in 1956 with their young son to get out of the smog and for her husband’s career as a title officer. Palo Alto wasn’t friendly to strangers then, she said. “It was such a sleepy town. Would you believe we had to wait six months for a telephone? And there was no public transportation,” she said. Synagogue services were held at the First United Methodist Church and High Holidays were at the Buddhist Temple on Louis Road, she said. Palo Altans in general were ignorant of Jews, she said. Molton recalled the wife of a visiting couple telling her, “You know, you look just like us.” “I don’t know what they expected us to have, two heads? I don’t know,” Molton said. She and her husband were outgoing, so it didn’t take them long to make friends, and one of her closest for 55 years was Roman Catholic. The city now has more Jews than any place in northern California, and there is much more diversity. But there are still cautionary tales from that dark time in human history: “The ones who were not furious Nazis were the people with very little education. Our maid, she risked her life for us,” she said. “The upper middle classes took to Nazism with both hands.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local teens plan ‘Hit the Lights’ event Saturday Lucie Stern dance aimed at local teens, features black lights, lasers, student DJs, food
Amber waves of ... mustard On the Arastradero Road hillside, near Interstate 280, bright mustard grass has sprouted following recent wet weather.
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alo Alto teens are invited to a dance with black lights, lasers, games, food and student DJs Saturday, March 31, at Lucie Stern Community Center. “Hit the Lights,” described as an “all-encompassing event,” is sponsored by the Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board, a city-sponsored group charged with “representing and supporting the diverse voices of the Palo Alto community.” The group meets biweekly to plan events for high school students and help run events for middle school students. “After hearing concerns that the Palo Alto youth were overwhelmingly stressed, the advisory board began planning a night high schoolers in Palo Alto would never forget,” the advisory board said in a press release. Supported by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, “Hit the Lights” is open to all high school
students who live or go to school in Palo Alto. “The event features a dance floor equipped with lasers and black lights that are provided by Tribal Existance, known for their recent work at the Grammys. Along with state-of-the-art audio and lighting equipment, the dance floor will also be a platform for three student DJs from Palo Alto to perform. “Along with dancing, ‘Hit the Lights’ features a game room, a lounge and food served from Palo Alto’s finest restaurants.” Saturday’s event starts at 8 p.m. and is open to all current high school students in Palo Alto. Tickets, at $5, can be purchased at the front desk of Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, and in T-2 at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, or by emailing email@example.com. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff
Letter from city lists ‘considerable benefits’ of maintaining the historic building for public use by Gennady Sheyner
eeking to preserve the historic downtown post office for public use, Palo Alto officials last week submitted a letter of interest to the United States Postal Service (USPS) expressing the city’s desire to buy the Birge Clark-designed building. Calling the Hamilton Avenue building a “focal point of community identity and architectural character in the downtown area,” the letter from Mayor Yiaway Yeh includes a variety of reasons for why the cashstrapped Postal Service should sell the iconic building to the city. For one, the site at 380 Hamilton Ave. is zoned “public facilities,” which the letter points out is “designed to accommodate governmental, public utility, educational, community service and recreational uses.” The post office’s location, the letter from Yeh states, makes it “an ideal site for a variety of public uses.” “Palo Alto has both short and long term needs for additional space,” the letter states. The building is in close proximity to other city buildings, including City Hall, the Downtown Library and the Development Center, which is housed in leased space across the street from City Hall. If Palo Alto were to buy the building from the Postal Service, it would consider moving the permitting operation from the leased space to the building. “Many of Palo Alto’s fee-supported departments are currently leasing privately owned off-site space, and consolidating these functions in
a new City-owned building would have both operational and financial benefits,” the letter said. The City Council has been eying the 1932 building since December, when USPS declared its decision to put it on the market. The building features many characteristics of the Colonial Revival style, including arcade frontage, a tiled roof and a stucco exterior. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which means that any attempt to alter it would have to undergo a strenuous historic-review process.
To purchase the post office, the city could use funds from Stanford University. The March 22 letter from Yeh also notes the building would support the city’s ongoing effort to update its infrastructure, the council’s focus this year. “Securing a centrally located building for future public opportunities has been identified as an important long-term infrastructure goal,” the letter states. The sale is part of a nationwide initiative by the USPS to cut costs. The service had a $5.8 billion shortfall last year and is expecting an even bigger one this year, USPS spokesman James Wigdel told the council Feb. 21. USPS officials also emphasized
that the post office isn’t closing but rather relocating to a smaller location somewhere in Palo Alto. One alternative is leasing a small space in the existing building. Officials have said they need only about 3,500 square feet of space for the post office’s operation. The downtown building has about 20,000 square feet of floor space. To purchase the post office, the city could use funds from Stanford University, which pledged $23 million to the city as a “public benefit” in exchange for the city’s approval last year of the massive expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center, Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie told the Weekly. Emslie told the council Monday he expects a response from the postal service in April or early May. In the meantime, the city is proceeding with a property appraisal, a report on the building’s structural condition and a historic assessment. “The post office continues to reinforce with staff, as they did with the council, their interest in completing a sales transaction quickly on that site,” Emslie told the council. Councilman Pat Burt said it would be important to communicate to the public the city’s primary reason for eying the historic building — the potential for long-term cost savings. “We’re not looking at simply acquiring land because we always think we need more land,” Burt said. “We’re looking to get out of more expensive space that we lease currently.” N *>ÊÌÊ7iiÞÊUÊ>ÀV ÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 7
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Flexible groupings” of students — not laning — was among the strategies endorsed by the Palo Alto school district’s Task Force on Elementary Mathematics, which reported its findings to the Board of Education Tuesday, March 27. Children’s math anxiety and the effectiveness of timed tests also were hotly debated among members of the parent-teacher task force. The 28-member group has met regularly since last May to share “best practices” on creating excitement about math, particularly for the large numbers of high-achieving children in local schools. While “Everyday Mathematics” is the core curriculum for Palo Alto elementary students, supplemental materials are used throughout the district at the discretion of teachers and principals. Because individual schools and teachers have autonomy over those choices, the task force was created to promote the sharing of ideas across the community. Parent Avivit Katzir and El Carmelo School Principal Chuck Merrit, the task force’s co-chairs, told the board the group had expanded its focus — originally to address the need for greater challenge among high-achieving students — to all students, not just gifted children. Katzir and Merrit said the group heard presentations on more than 20 “exemplary approaches” used on local campuses, including “Number Talk at Barron Park,” “Embedded Math” at Escondido and the online Khan Academy in the Los Altos School District. They debated the nuances of creating temporary “flexible groupings” of children — based on on-
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by Chris Kenrick going pre-assessments — to teach students in smaller groups related to their achievement levels. Katzir and Merrit were quick to distinguish “flexible groupings” from traditional ideas about laning or tracking. Flexible groupings should be temporary and frequently changing, based on quick assessments before each unit, they said. “With flexible grouping, a teacher will have three groups within the classroom, and the material presented to each group will be appropriate to the level of the student,” Katzir told the board. The task force also hotly debated the best ways for children to achieve “automaticity” with basic math facts, with some defending timed tests and others arguing that such assessments create math anxiety. Task force member Jo Boaler, a Barron Park parent who also is a professor of math education at the Stanford University School of Education, said the group felt timed tests should be left up to the teacher’s discretion, not required. Boaler passed out a four-page paper arguing that neuroscience research shows that timed tests can engender math anxiety in young children (see sidebar). In the end, the task force recommended that educators “review practices that promote automaticity and reduce anxiety around learning basic math facts.” The task force decided to omit an appendix — presumably reflecting the debate in greater detail — from its final report, Merrit said. “We do have a version of our appendix. It’s not lost information, but it was the decision of the task force not to include it in the final report,” he told the board. School board members pressed the co-chairs on what system had
been established for the ongoing sharing of ideas. Merrit’s response — that the primary “point of contact” would be math-coaching teachers known as Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) — appeared to disappoint them. “Are your presentations available for the public to see? It was a great professional development experience for teachers and parents, but are they sharable?” asked board member Barbara Klausner. “Say I’m a parent volunteer who wants to start a Math Olympiad in a school, and I want to know where out of our 12 elementary schools I might find other people who had experience with this program. To me, this was the point of the task force,” Klausner said. Merrit said he was still in the process of collecting the presentations, which will be uploaded and linked to the school district’s website for the Math Task Force. Board member Melissa Baten Caswell suggested an online “wiki” model for sharing, where teachers could post what’s going on in their classrooms. “The turnover in this district or in any organization makes it really important that we don’t allow things to just sit in people’s heads,” Caswell said. Klausner said she doesn’t want to “lose the focus” on the original motivation of the task force to address the challenge needs of advanced students. “What we have here are a lot of good ideas, but if someone wanted to focus on that goal, what should they do? How do you decide how to allocate district resources toward that mission? We haven’t heard what the next steps are on this taskforce report,” Klausner said. N
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rains function differently in children who have math anxiety than those who don’t, Stanford University researchers have discovered. Brain scans conducted while second- and third-grade students did addition and subtraction showed that those who feel scared about doing math had elevated activity in the amygdala,
the main brain region associated with fear, researchers found. That in turn decreased activity in parts of the brain involved in problemsolving. “The same part of the brain that responds to fearful situations, such as seeing a spider or a snake, also shows a heightened response in children with high math anxiety,” said Vinod Menon, a research
professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Menon’s team performed functional magnetic resonance imaging brain scans on 46 second- and third graders with low and high math anxiety. Outside the MRI scanner, the children were assessed for math anxiety with a (continued on page 11)
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Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items.
Stanford Law dean resigns to lead Hewlett Foundation Larry Kramer succeeds retiring Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest
Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday.
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tanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer announced Wednesday he will leave the university to assume the presidency of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on Sept. 1. Kramer, who came to Stanford from New York University in 2004, will succeed Paul Brest at the Hewlett Foundation, located in Menlo Park. Brest, who also was dean of Stanford Law School before joining Hewlett in 1999, announced last August that he would retire in 2012. With assets of more than $7.2 billion, the Hewlett Foundation has made grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems. In 2011 it awarded $203 million in grants around the world in the areas of education, environment, global development and population, performing arts and advancing philanthropy. It also has a program to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area. The foundation was established in 1966 by HP cofounder William Hewlett, his wife, Flora, and their eldest son, Walter. Flora Hewlett died in 1977 and William Hewlett in 2001. Walter Hewlett currently chairs the foundation board. In his tenure at Stanford Law School, Kramer championed deeper integration between the law school and the broader university, changing the school’s calendar from the semester to the quarter to allow law students to take classes in other
Larry Kramer, dean of Stanford Law School, will become president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in September. schools and departments. He also oversaw the dedication of major new law school buildings, including the Munger Graduate Residence and the William H. Neukom academic building. “Larry Kramer transformed the Stanford Law School, both physically and programatically,” Stanford Acting President and Provost John Etchemendy said. “He pioneered a new vision of legal education and then oversaw the creation of a physical plant capable of supporting the new program. His
vision has benefited not only law students but the university at large by integrating the law school with the rest of the university,” Etchemendy said. Under Kramer’s leadership, the school also launched programs to give law students experience studying and working in a global setting and emphasized in its curriculum international business, trade and tax, and national security. International students now make up 15 percent of the upper-level student body. N —Chris Kenrick
NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1. Review and Recommendation to Council of Proposed Draft Comprehensive Plan Housing Element. Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The ﬁles relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment
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arent and community volunteers have raised a recordbreaking $4.4 million to donate to local public school campuses, the foundation Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) announced Tuesday, March 27. The sum — raised from more than 4,500 parents, community members and local businesses — is $1 million, or 29 percent, more than the amount raised by the group last year. PiE’s gift will fund classroom aides, science and art specialists in elementary schools; student counseling, teacher coaches and elective enrichment in middle schools; and college and career counseling, student guidance and technology education in the high schools. The funds are allocated to each campus on a per-student basis. “This grant demonstrates a com-
munity-wide commitment to preserving Palo Alto’s high caliber schools,” PiE President Elaine Hahn said. “I am tremendously grateful to our donors — and enormously proud of PiE’s more than 100 volunteers.” Superintendent Kevin Skelly accepted the donation on behalf of the school district. “In these tough statewide economic conditions, donations to our schools via the PiE education foundation fill many gaps and keep our schools well-rounded and competitive,” Skelly said. Donations from PiE comprise more than 2 percent of the district’s $160 million operating budget this year. The new donation will provide $2.35 million to Palo Alto’s 12 elementary schools and Young Fives program for classroom aides, science enrichment and arts instruction, in-
cluding the Spectra Art program. The three middle schools will receive a combined $850,000, supporting electives such as chorus, creative writing, public speaking, accelerated industrial tech as well as the counseling program. Gunn and Palo Alto high schools will receive a combined $1.2 million for college and career counseling, student guidance and careertechnology education. The funds include support for the student-run LinkCrew orientation program at Paly and career-tech electives such as engineering, biotechnology and online Java programming. Since its inception in 2004-05 PiE has donated more than $18 million to Palo Alto schools. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.
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More than 100 students at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto celebrated their study of the Middle Ages with a Medieval Feast Wednesday and Thursday in the school’s dance studio. Dressed in costume, students danced to the English folk tune “Greensleeves,” watched an acrobat and a juggler, toasted with their cups of apple-juice “ale” or buttermilk and listened to each other describe the medieval character he or she was pretending to be. A host of parent volunteers prepared and served roast chicken, potatoes, rolls, fruits and tarts. Social studies teacher Karin Thorne has held the feasts in her seventh-grade classes for years, but said the annual celebration “has evolved.” N
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Palo Alto earns ‘D’ in service to minority students Oakland-based group rates quality of service to Latino, African-American and low-income kids by Chris or the second year in a row the Palo Alto school district has earned low grades from a group that evaluates how well California’s largest school districts serve Latino, African-American and low-income students. Palo Alto got a “D” overall in its quality of service to Latino, AfricanAmerican and low-income students, according to the ratings devised by the Oakland-based Education Trust West. The Education Trust, which works to “identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps,” receives support from foundations includ-
Kenrick ing the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To arrive at the overall “D” grade, Palo Alto schools were rated in six subcategories, earning one B, one C, one D and three Fs. Those grades were assigned, respectively, to the following rankings: Palo Alto ranked 59th out of 147 districts in “performance levels among students of color”; 103rd out of 147 districts in performance of low-income students; 139th out of 145 districts in “improvement among students of color”; 142nd out of 145 in improvement among
low-income students; 125th out of 128 districts in “size of achievement gap between African-American and white students”; and 140th out of 142 districts in the size of achievement gap between Latino and white students. A seventh subcategory on “college readiness” was omitted for Palo Alto because it did not have at least 100 Latino and AfricanAmerican graduates, the Education Trust said. Of Palo Alto’s 12,286 students enrolled this year, 3.2 percent are African-American and 10.4 percent are Latino. About 9 percent of the district’s students are considered low-income, according to the Education Trust. Palo Alto schools have struggled for years with less-than-successful efforts to bridge the achievement gap. The latest buzzword is the socalled “response to intervention” (RTI) strategy, a systematic effort to head off academic failure through assiduous early intervention. In addition, Superintendent Kevin
Skelly since last year has pushed for stiffer graduation requirements as a way to boost college readiness for the 20 percent of Palo Alto students who typically graduate without having completed the academic prerequisites for California’s four-year public colleges. The stiffer requirements would also include a path for students and their families to negotiate “alternative graduation requirements” in cases where teens have explicit post-high-school plans that do not include a four-year college. That initiative, expected to come before the Board of Education for the second time in May, is strongly backed by the groups Palo Alto’s Parent Network for Students of Color, the Student Equity Action Network and We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which is concerned about reducing academic stress. We Can Do Better also is lobbying the district to hire an outside consultant to assess whether Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are maximizing opportunities for students
by offering — in addition to honors and advanced classes — basic academic lanes that meet but do not exceed state standards. All of those efforts appear to be consistent with recommendations by the Education Trust West for how school districts should use their “report cards.” Those recommendations include establishing “clear, ambitious goals in a variety of areas, including performance, improvement, gaps and college readiness, and using the data in these report cards to help benchmark performance and spur action.” “I think we’re doing the right work — we just have to execute,” Skelly said last Friday. The district’s four-year-old strategic plan places a priority on helping students who consistently score below “proficient” without specifically breaking it down by race, he noted. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.
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ord Motor Company arrived in downtown Palo Alto earlier this month, setting up a research operation in one of Hamilton Avenue’s most prominent buildings. As the Weekly first reported in January, the Dearborn, Mich.-based car company has chosen Palo Alto for its first West Coast-based research-and-development lab. Thomas Fehrenbach, the city’s economic development manager, said the company moved into 400 Hamilton Ave. earlier this month. Ford’s choice of location reflects its desire to be at the center of Palo Alto’s robust venture-capital culture. The sprawling four-story building
is owned by prominent developer Charles “Chop” Keenan and is located two blocks from City Hall. It stands on the corner of Hamilton and Waverley Street and already houses several venture-capital firms along with a Wells Fargo branch. Given the building’s existing tenants, the move appears to be consistent with Ford’s stated mission to tap into Palo Alto’s venture talent. Its Silicon Valley Lab will focus on “independent technology projects and identification of new research investments and partners located along the West Coast,” according to a joint statement from Ford and the city. Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president for re-
search and innovation, said the new lab “will help us innovate even faster as emerging ideas and technologies are (a) key part of the culture.” “We think Palo Alto is a perfect fit for us and look forward to becoming part of the community,” Mascarenas said in a statement. With the lab, Ford becomes the latest car company to move into Palo Alto in recent years. Tesla Motors moved into its new headquarters on Deer Creek Road in 2009, and Fisker and McLaren opened dealerships in 2010 at the prominent corner of El Camino Real and Arastradero Road. Fehrenbach told the Weekly that the city welcomes Ford’s arrival,
from math anxiety, but over time such people tend to avoid advanced classes, limiting their career options, he said. Math anxiety is neurobiologically similar to other kinds of anxiety or phobias. “You cannot just wish it away as something that’s unreal,” Menon said. “Our findings validate math anxiety as a genuine type of stimulus- and situation-specific anxiety.” In the brain scans, children with high math anxiety showed heightened activity in the amygdala and also in a section of the hippocampus, a brain structure that helps form new memories. They also had decreased activity in several brain regions associated with working memory and numerical reasoning. Analysis showed the increased activity in the fear center was driving the reduced function in numerical informationprocessing regions of the brain, he said. Children with high math anxiety
were less accurate and significantly slower at solving math problems than children with low math anxiety, Menon said. “The results are a significant step toward our understanding of brain function during math anxiety and will influence development of new academic interventions,” said Victor Carrion, a pediatric psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and an expert in anxiety in children, who was not involved in Menon’s research. The study was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and was also supported by Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Menon’s lab is seeking children ages 7 to 12 to participate in further research. More information is available at Stanford’s “Math Brain” website, mathbrain.stanford.edu, or by contacting Leslie McNeil at email@example.com or 650-736-0128. N
Michigan-based car giant sets up its first West Coast research lab on Hamilton Avenue
Ford Motor Company’s first West Coast research lab recently moved into 400 Hamilton Ave., home of Wells Fargo Bank and several venture-capital firms. which further underscores the city’s reputation for technology and innovation. “What better place than down-
town Palo Alto to locate an innovation lab for another Fortune 100 company?” Fehrenbach said. N — Gennady Sheyner
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modified version of a standardized questionnaire for adults. The kids also took standardized intelligence and cognitive tests. The results were published online March 20 in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. While prior research has focused on behavioral aspects of math anxiety, Menon said he wants to find biological evidence of its existence. Math anxiety is an under-studied phenomenon, he said. “It’s remarkable that, although the phenomena was first identified over 50 years back, nobody had bothered to ask how math anxiety manifests itself in terms of neural activity,” Menon said. Tests for math anxiety ask people about their emotional responses to situations and problems involving math. It is possible for someone to be good at math and still suffer
Student saved from drowning Quick action by classmates, coach help return pulseless teen to consciousness, fire officials say
he quick response of Palo Alto High School students and a swim coach to get an unconscious student out of the bottom of the school’s swimming pool Tuesday, March 27, helped save his life, according to Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Niles Broussard. The student was found unconscious in the bottom of the school’s pool during swim practice at about 5:16 p.m. He was underwater for approximately 90 seconds, Broussard said in a statement. Fellow members of the swim team quickly removed him from the pool. Feeling no pulse, the swim coach started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for 30 seconds, and the student became somewhat responsive. Palo Alto police arrived at the scene and provided support prior
to the arrival of fire personnel, who then started advanced life-support care. The student became more responsive, Broussard said. Emergency medical personnel, with help from the engine crew, took over and prepared the student for transport to a hospital. By the time he arrived, he was alert and talking, Broussard said. The rapid response of students and staff and knowledge of CPR were responsible for saving the student’s life, Broussard said. The incident is a good example of how a prepared community, working together in an emergency, can make a difference, he added. The name of the student and cause of his unconsciousness have not been made public. N — Sue Dremann
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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider the Adoption of an Ordinance Approving an Amendment to the 1997 Sand Hill Road Development Agreement to Extend Lease on El Camino Park and to Remove Approximately 10.25 Acres of Land (Searsville and Fremont Roads) in Santa Clara County from Special Condition Area B. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk
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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 145 Hawthorne Ave., a proposal to build three multi-family residential units; 3127 El Camino Real, a proposal for a single-story addition to an existing building; and 2640 Birch St., a request by Hohbach Realty Company Limited Partnership for review of a new four-story, mixed-use building with eight residential units and ground-floor office space. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).
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News Digest Man shot in leg in East Palo Alto Friday A car passenger was struck in his leg by one or more bullets in East Palo Alto last Friday night, March 23. The gunfire occurred at 9:14 p.m. in the area of Newbridge and Menalto avenues; police were notified by the department’s Shotspotter system, which detects the sounds of gunshots. When officers arrived, they found evidence that one or more firearms had been discharged but could not find a victim or witnesses, Det. John Norden stated in a press release. Minutes later, however, Palo Alto police officers stopped a vehicle carrying the adult shooting victim and others, who were headed to the hospital, and contacted East Palo Alto police. A preliminary investigation revealed the wounded man had been in the rear seat of the car as it traveled south on Newbridge. At the intersection of Menalto Avenue, an unknown assailant or assailants shot several rounds at the vehicle, striking it and injuring the passenger in the leg, Norden said. The driver sped from the scene and headed to the hospital. Norden said the injury was not life-threatening. Police are seeking witnesses or persons with information regarding this shooting. Det. John Norden can be reached at 650-798-5954; East Palo Alto Police Dispatch at 650-321-1112; or anonymous email at epa@ tipnow.org. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff
Former Menlo College manager faces theft charges The former post office manager of Menlo College is facing charges of credit card and identification theft after an investigation by the Atherton Police Department concluded that she had stolen three credit cards sent to two students and a nonprofit organization operating on the campus. Debra Lynn Blaylock, 55, of Santa Clara, was arraigned on felony charges in San Mateo County Superior Court March 22 and remains in custody on $100,000 bail. The case came to light with the discovery by the nonprofit’s CEO that a credit card mailed to the organization but never received had been used multiple times in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The CEO was able to obtain a video of the person activating the card and recognized her, the DA’s report said. The police located surveillance video at three businesses in which the person using the credit card was identified as Blaylock, according to the DA’s report. After Blaylock’s arrest, investigators found credit cards that had been issued to two Menlo College students, the report said. She was charged March 10. A preliminary hearing of the case is set for April 12. N — Renee Batti
Palo Alto burglars ditch loot in Mountain View An alert resident who witnessed a residential burglary in progress called 911 Thursday morning, March 22, enabling Palo Alto police to chase the pair of thieves and recover the stolen property from their abandoned getaway car in Mountain View. Palo Alto police responded to the 911 call at about 9:40 a.m. regarding a burglary in the 3000 block of Louis Road, between Clara Drive and Colorado Avenue, in Midtown. The resident saw a man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a husky build, run out of her neighbor’s side yard carrying property. The suspect, who was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans, got into a white 1994 Lexus ES-300 four-door sedan, driven by a second person. The resident immediately dialed 911 and gave the descriptions to police as the car drove away westbound on the 800 block of Clara Drive, near Ross Road. Arriving officers discovered the suspect used a pry tool to open a locked window in the back yard, after accessing the yard through an unlocked side-yard gate. Police checked the home and noticed that a bigscreen television had been stolen. Officers from the Mountain View Police Department located a vehicle fitting the description abandoned in the parking lot of Google, at 1945 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View. The thieves had fled on foot. Palo Alto detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation to determine if the suspects are connected to any other recent daytime residential burglaries. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the police 24hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650383-8984. N — Sue Dremann LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com
Palo Alto’s water rates set to rise again City considers hiking residential water rates by 15 percent
alo Alto’s residential water rates would go up by 15 percent in July under a new proposal by the Utilities Department. The proposed rate increase aims to address projected revenue shortfalls in the city’s water operation, deficits that are driven largely by the rising cost of purchasing water wholesale. The city buys its water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), which is in the midst of upgrading the Hetch Hetchy water system that supplies water to Palo Alto and other members of
the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. The multi-year effort to upgrade the system is being funded by all the agencies that rely on the SFPUC for water, including Palo Alto. For local ratepayers, this has resulted in annual rate hikes, including the 12.5 percent increase that went into effect in Palo Alto Oct. 1. According to a new report from the Utilities Department, the city’s Water Fund faces a projected $1 million increase in the cost of purchasing water in fiscal year 2012 (which begins in July), as well as
an $800,000 increase in operations costs and a $1.6 million increase in capital costs. The new proposed rate increase would add $8.54 to a typical residential monthly water bill, according to the report. It would go into effect July 1, pending City Council approval. It would add $4.7 million in revenues to the city’s water fund in fiscal year 2013 and help close a projected deficit of $5.6 million. The remainder of the funding gap would be covered by drawing $900,000 from a reserve fund. N — Gennady Sheyner
Simitian revives ‘Breast Cancer Detection’ bill Palo Alto legislator tries again to institute a new notification requirement for women with dense breast tissue
fter seeing his first effort thwarted by a governor’s veto, state Sen. Joe Simitian on Wednesday reintroduced a bill requiring women who undergo mammograms to be informed if they have dense breast tissue. The legislation, Senate Bill 1538, was inspired by one of Simitian’s constituents as part of the senator’s annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest. Amy Colton, a nurse and a cancer survivor from Santa Cruz, said she was never informed about the fact that she has dense breast tissue during mammograms and only discovered this after completing her treatment from breast cancer, according to a statement from Simitian’s office. “No one should have to go through what I did unnecessarily,” Colton said in the statement. “Women have the right to know about the risk factors they face and the limits of mammography.” The bill would require women with dense breast tissue to be informed after mammograms that dense breast tissue can obscure abnormalities
such as cancer. They would also be notified that they “may wish to discuss the potential value of additional screening(s) with their doctors.” “This two-sentence notice enables women to be effective advocates for their own health,” Simitian said in a statement. “These are two sentences that can save lives.” Though Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar proposal last year, Simitian said he was encouraged by events since then, including Virginia’s adoption of a similar law. Connecticut had adopted a notification requirement a year earlier. Simitian pointed to studies that showed Connecticut detection rates for breast cancer going up by 100 percent for women with dense breast tissue since the law was adopted. Simitian, D-Palo Alto, said he is simultaneously reintroducing the bill and talking with Brown’s office to “see whether there is a path forward on which he and the legislature can agree. “While I was disappointed in the governor’s veto, I was encouraged that his primary concern appears to
Lucky liquor store sells another lottery winner Mountain View’s Liquor & Tobacco sold million-dollar ticket in January, possibly to same ticket holder
or the second time in three months, the same liquor store in Mountain View last week sold a lottery ticket worth more than a quarter million dollars. Although no one matched all six numbers in last Friday night’s MEGA Millions draw, one player who purchased a ticket at Liquor & Tobacco at 1040 N. Rengstorff Ave. won $259,269 by matching five numbers, according to state lottery officials. The winner may — or may not — be Mountain View resident Emily
Leach. The ownership of the ticket is being disputed, with Leach claiming she accidentally handed the ticket to a man behind her in line at the store when she gave him some money. On Jan. 6, Leach won $1 million in the state lottery after she purchased 40 tickets from Liquor & Tobacco, which is located in the same shopping center as Costco. Leach’s million-dollar ticket was (continued on page 15)
have been the precise language of the proposed notice,” Simitian said. “Looking ahead, I’m hopeful we can find common ground. “Based on the latest findings in Connecticut, I am even more convinced it’s a life saver.” N — Gennady Sheyner
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Eshoo bill to aid small businesses passes House A proposal by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo to help small businesses raise money when they go public sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, March 27, and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. (Posted March 27 at 12:35 p.m.)
Menlo Park police investigate morning stabbing Someone was stabbed in Menlo Park early Tuesday morning, March 27, and was taken to Stanford Hospital with a “non-life-threatening” injury, according to Nicole Acker, spokeswoman for the Menlo Park Police Department. (Posted March 27 at 11:57 a.m.)
Portola Valley man arrested in child porn sweep Detectives from a regional Internet-crimes task force have arrested Portola Valley resident Stephen Wolf, 64, on felony charges of possession of child pornography, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. (Posted March 23 at 10:32 a.m.)
USGS scientist sees dire climate-change impacts If worldwide carbon emissions continue at the present rate, rising temperatures could cause the Sierra Nevada to lose 80 percent of its winter snowpack in just 40 years, a United States Geological Survey scientist said Thursday, March 22. (Posted March 23 at 9:33 a.m.)
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Groundwater Production and Surface Water Charges NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That on the 24th of February 2012, a report of the SANTA CLARA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT’S activities in the protection and augmentation of the water supplies of the District will be delivered to the undersigned in writing, including: a financial analysis of the District’s water utility system; information as to the present and future water requirements of the District; the water supply available to the District, and future capital improvement and maintenance and operating requirements; a method of financing; a recommendation as to whether or not a groundwater charge should be levied in any zone or zones of the District and, if any groundwater charge is recommended, a proposal of a rate per acre-foot for agricultural water and a rate per acre-foot for all water other than agricultural water for such zone or zones; That on the 10th day of April 2012, at 9:00 a.m., in the chambers of the Board of Directors of Santa Clara Valley Water District at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California, a public hearing regarding said report will be held; that all operators of water producing facilities within the District and any persons interested in the District’s activities in the protection and augmentation of the water supplies of the District are invited to call at the offices of the District at 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California, to examine said report; That at the time and place above stated any operator of a water producing facility within the District, or any person interested in the District’s activities in the protection and augmentation of the water supplies of the District, may, in person or by representative, appear and submit evidence concerning the subject of said written report; and That based upon findings and determinations from said hearing, including the results of any protest procedure, the Board of Directors of the District will determine whether or not a groundwater production charge and surface water charge should be levied in any zone or zones; and that, if the Board of Directors determines that a groundwater production charge and surface water charge should be levied, the same shall be levied, subject and pursuant to applicable law, against all persons operating groundwater facilities and diverting District surface water within such zone or zones beginning July 1, 2012.
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Residential burglaries are on the rise in Palo Alto, heading toward 2007’s high, after a few years of relative calm. company workers to help in the battle against crime. The police have briefed 70 employees who drive water, gas and utilities vehicles on how to identify suspicious behavior. The department is engaging private delivery companies, such as FedEx and UPS, mail carriers, garbageand-waste-management workers
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prompt them to ditch the partnership as well. Palo Alto’s animal-services operation has an annual budget of $1.8 million. It brings in about $1.1 million in annual revenues. Without Mountain View’s revenue, Palo Alto’s share of the facility’s cost will jump from $700,000 to about $1.1 million annually. Given Palo Alto’s rising costs for employee pensions and health care, staff is recommending outsourcing animal services to another agency, Assistant City Manager Pam Antil told the council. The city is preparing to send out requests for proposals. Antil called the staff recommendation a “difficult decision” but one that makes sense given the current financial climate. “It doesn’t mean that it’s not emotional or that we don’t care about the services,” Antil said. Outsourcing animal services would bring down the city’s net costs from $1.1 million to about $500,000 annually, according to staff estimates. The auto dealership proposal adds another layer of complexity. Local dealerships, most notably Anderson Honda, have expressed interest over the years in moving their operations to the freeway-visible site. The Municipal Services Center, the site where the Animal Services Center is located, offers the most promising possibility, one that the city has been exploring since 2006. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie said the animal-shelter land, located on the southern edge of the city’s Municipal Services Center, could be a prime accommodation for an auto dealership. The bulk of the municipal complex is dominated by Utilities and Public Works departments and by the city’s ve-
A video interview with Sandy Stadler, superintendent of Palo Alto’s animal services, is posted on Palo Alto Online. Search for “First Person Sandy Stadler.”
hicle fleet, operations that share space and equipment. The animal shelter, by contrast, “can be severed without affecting any other use,” Emslie said. Palo Alto has long been pondering ways to make improvements to the Municipal Services Center, a critical hub of city services. The process has taken on fresh urgency because of a recent report from the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission, a 17-member citizen panel that evaluated the city’s infrastructure needs and issued a set of recommendations for getting the city’s streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities in good shape. The panel noted that the Municipal Services Center is seismically vulnerable. And because it’s on the east side of U.S. Highway 101, it is also isolated from much of Palo Alto. The panel recommended evaluating other options for the site, including a possible land swap with dealerships. Anderson Honda is located on Embarcadero Road. Several members of the council asserted the importance of keeping auto dealerships in Palo Alto, calling them critical revenue sources. Councilman Sid Espinosa said he has “real concerns about how aggressive we’ve been and how aggressive we need to be” to keep businesses in the city. “Here is a significant revenue source that we need to do everything we can to keep if not attract more of,” Espinosa said. Not everyone, however, is keen on welcoming one or more dealerships to a site so close to the Baylands. Councilman Greg Schmid said he
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and meter readers, teaching them what to look out for, Perron said. But residents are at the heart of “Lock It or Lose It,” he said, encouraging people to take their own precautions in order to stop crime. Statistics show that 64 percent of the time the criminals were accessing homes that were unsecured,
was skeptical about the proposal, particularly if the relocated dealership includes a digital billboard. “Putting a digital billboard on our view of the bay is a funny thing if you have a longer term vision to what our relationship is to the world around us,” Schmid said. Emily Renzel, a former City Council member and a devout conservationist, also slammed the idea of bringing a dealership to the animal-shelter site. “The reason they want the freeway frontage is for free advertising,” Renzel said, referring to the auto dealers. “We don’t have to use our public land to give free advertising.” The council also expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of shuttering the animal shelter. Members did not decide on the matter Monday night, other than voting unanimously to refer the question to its Policy and Services Committee. In addition to outsourcing services, the city is also weighing the options of relocating the facility to another site, most notably to city-owned land near the Los Altos Treatment Plant at the end of San Antonio Road. Mountain View decided to make a move to the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority largely out of concern about the condition of the Palo Alto facility, said Sandra Stadler, Palo Alto’s superintendent of animal services. Though the local shelter gets heavy usage, it is cramped and shows some signs of its age. The Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority facility in Sunnyvale was built in 2006 and offers modern amenities such as cage-free kennels. Stadler said Mountain View had also asked Palo Alto to offer it services that currently are offered only to Palo Alto residents, including treatment for stray dogs and administrative hearings for dangerous animals. She described the Palo
hairs on the back of your neck.” The Palo Alto Police Department is also launching a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter.com (@PaloAltoPolice), Nixle.com, and rBlock.com. The Facebook page went live Wednesday. The department will post news releases, crime prevention tips, human interest stories, crime statistics, photos, videos and more on these outlets in order to reach different segments of the community, Perron said. “We encourage people who may not be up-to-speed on social media to have their children or grandchildren sign up on their behalf and let them know of any important news,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at email@example.com.
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glaries, Perron said. By comparison, there were 31 burglaries in the first three months of 2011, 22 in 2010, 35 in 2008 and 72 in 2007, Lt. Dave Flohr said. Other cities are also experiencing a similar trend, Flohr said. Residential burglaries have risen 70 percent in Menlo Park, 48 percent in Redwood City and 17 percent in Mountain View, Flohr said. Police have made 14 arrests and closed nine Palo Alto cases, he said. Perron said while that might not seem like many arrests, people should keep in mind that any one burglar does not commit only one crime. The department has six to eight officers on patrol at a time. To beef up security, two daytime officers from downtown and additional personnel, including detectives, are patrolling neighborhoods, he said. But the real thrust in fighting the crime wave will come from creating “a force multiplier,” Perron said. Palo Alto is reaching out to other city staff as well as private delivery-
Perron said. In 2011, 36 percent of burglaries involved thieves gaining entry through an unlocked window or door. In another 28 percent of burglaries, the mode of entry could not be identified, but it is assumed burglars entered through an unsecured window or door. Perron urged people to lock doors and windows — and side gates, since the burglars are often going into back yards where they are hidden from view and are free to get in through a window or door. If residents get a tingling sense that something is wrong, they should call 911 or the general dispatch number, 650-326-2413. “Too often people rationalize,” he said. If a stranger is looking over fences or trying vehicle door handles, one shouldn’t necessarily think the person is lost. “People aren’t suspicious; behaviors are suspicious,” he said, adding that just because someone is wearing an orange vest and looks like a utility worker, it doesn’t mean he or she is one. “You’ve got to drill down into their behavior,” he said. “Trust the
The city is eyeing its Animal Services Center, west of U.S. Highway 101, as a potential site for an automobile dealership. Alto shelter as a “destination spot” for people. “We’ve been able to enjoy having a shelter for so long that many of the people who are coming to the center with kids were brought there as kids,” Stadler said. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd was among those who said the animal shelter would be sorely missed if the city were to decide to close it. “It’s been a welcome part of the Palo Alto community to have animal
services, so my preference would be to keep it,” Shepherd said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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Cash mob gives helping hand to Mountain View grocer Phenomenon aimed at supporting mom-and-pop businesses by Daniel DeBolt
he said after Saturday’s event. “It motivates me to keep going, really.” The event was organized by resident Marn-Yee Lee who read about the grocery store in the Mountain View Voice. Reflecting on the event, Lee said: “I found meeting other members of the community while shopping there on Saturday was a reward in itself. It makes Mountain View feel more like home, like a small, tight-knit community, a less anonymous place.” Since buying the store in October 2011, the Origels have found allies among neighborhood residents who have wanted a “neighborhood-serving” grocery store downtown for years and have seen several proposals to subsidize one with city funds fail. On Saturday many of them showed their support. “It’s super convenient, and Juan is a really nice guy,” downtown resident Jeff Segall said. “I hope the city does what it can to encourage it.”
they will consult with staff members and return to the board in June with suggestions on how to proceed. Zhang said she felt “discomfort” about data from her report being used to advocate one high school’s system over the other’s. “The original intent of the report and study was expressly not to compare the two models or make recommendations about which is the right
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“I’m in no way saying we have to take a system from one school and dump it on another, but there are specific goals I’d like to see us do,” board member Barbara Klausner said. Gunn Principal Katya Villalobos and Superintendent Kevin Skelly said
CityView A round-up of
Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (March 26)
Animals: The council directed its Policy and Service Committee to evaluate the city’s options for outsourcing animal services to another agency. Yes: Unanimous Taxes: The council directed its Policy and Service Committee to consider a possible tax measure for the November ballot to pay for infrastructure repairs. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Klein
Board of Education (March 27)
Counseling: The board heard a consultant’s recommendations and public testimony on guidance-counseling programs at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. Action: None Elementary mathematics: The board heard a report from the 28-member Math Task Force on increasing opportunities for elementary students to be challenged in math. Action: None Staff reductions: The board approved reductions of 3.75 staff positions in maintenance, data processing and human resources. Yes: Unanimous
Utilities Advisory Commission (March 27)
Water rates: The commission supported a staff recommendation to raise the city’s water rates but disagreed with staff’s proposed tier structure for the new rates. The commission recommended retaining existing “Tier 2” rates for water customers and to raise “Tier 1” rates as needed to make up the balance of the shortfall in the city’s Water Fund. Yes: Cook, Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton No: Waldfogel Wastewater: The commission supported a staff proposal to raise wastewater collection rates by 5 percent on July 1, 2012. Yes: Unanimous
Planning and Transportation Commission (March 28)
Bicycle plan: The commission reviewed the Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and voted to support the recent revisions to the plan. Yes: Unanimous
va’s Downtown Market and Deli in Mountain View saw a spike in business last weekend when it was visited by an organized “Cash Mob” that socialized and spent money in the store. Owners Ann and Juan Origel say they saw a 20 percent increase in business on Saturday during “International Cash Mob Day,” a variation on the flash mob phenomenon designed to bring attention and revenue to deserving mom-and-pop businesses. The Castro Street store’s gradual transformation from a mostly Asian market has been hampered by a lack of funds to pay for many improvements, including a $300,000 refrigeration system and a deli counter to draw in lunchtime traffic. While the event didn’t bring in a tidal wave of money, Juan Origel said he hoped the event would help raise awareness about the store and its improvements. “What a phenomenal community,”
Carter Coleman chats with Angela Gonzalez at the “cash mob” at Ava’s Downtown Market and Deli on Saturday, March 24. “My husband and I really appreciate the convenience of the location,” downtown resident Deb Henigson said. “It’s within walking and biking distance for us. It’s a great resource for the neighborhood.” Explaining why they supported the market, many pointed to the availability of organic foods, including grass-fed beef, and locally produced foods — including Crunchfuls cereal, Whole Grain Connection pasta and Acme Bread. And the market sells Marianne’s ice cream from Santa Cruz, Henigson added.
Downtown resident Carter Coleman said he hoped that Ava’s could become like San Francisco’s popular Bi-Rite market, which markets itself as “a neighborhood market feeding our community with love, passion and integrity.” “We’re just as cool as they are, right?” Coleman said of Bi-Rite’s customers. N Staff Writer Daniel DeBolt can be emailed at ddebolt@mv-voice. com. The Voice is the Weekly’s sister paper.
part of the $250 Million Cash Spectacular sweepstakes. The odds of winning were one in 1.2 million. Leach said at the time she would use her windfall to pay off medical bills. Two years earlier she had woken up from a tumor-induced coma, and she still was battling a tumor in January. As of Wednesday, whoever has the disputed winning ticket hadn’t come forward to claim the prize. The California Lottery Commission is conducting an investigation into Leach’s allegation and is reviewing security footage from the store, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. “Ultimately, (investigators) will not be the ones who decide who the ticket belongs to. It might be sorted out through a legal process,” Traverso said. If that’s the case, lottery officials will withhold the prize money until a court decides who owns the ticket, he said. Traverso said he can’t think of any other incidents similar to the remarkable circumstances in Mountain View. “You don’t really see someone who has that level of luck, someone who wins $1 million and then wins a quarter of a million dollars,” he said. N — Bay City News and Embarcadero Media staff
Survey of Gunn and Palo Alto high school students (Percent who agree or strongly agree)
“My guidance counselor is an important resource for me.”
“I ﬁnd it easy to talk to my guidance counselor.”
“I believe my guidance counselor can help me with personal issues.”
“I am satisﬁed with the level of support from my counselor/adviser.”
Source: Palo Alto Uniﬁed School District
model,” Zhang told the board. Among Zhang’s findings was that Paly spends more than Gunn on its guidance counseling program — about $1,522,536 compared to Gunn’s $1,213,086 — when total salaries, benefits and stipends are considered. Board members recalled that Gunn had elected instead to invest in smaller class sizes in English. Skelly suggested it would be difficult and time-consuming for Gunn to fundamentally alter its model. “These are not trivial changes. I’m not happy with the (survey) results at Gunn, and I’d like them to be as high or higher than Paly’s are, but these are part of a larger ecosystem at those schools. “We know we need to add resources at Gunn or experiment with different things,” he said. But board members and others kept returning to the surveys, with high response rates at both schools, reporting consistently higher levels of satisfaction with counseling at Paly. “We can’t have different investments at the two schools in something as important as this,” board member Melissa Baten Caswell said. “I’m OK with small differences,
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but this just seems like we have major differences, and I don’t understand it in a community with only two high schools. “I’d like to know what’s going to be different next year as a result of this,” Caswell said. Klausner cited a comparison chart prepared by the community group We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which reformatted data from Zhang’s student survey into a direct comparison of satisfaction levels at the two schools. “Given that Paly’s numbers ... are higher, I’d like to look at those and figure out if there’s something to be adapted,” Klausner said. “There’s something our students at Gunn are not getting.” We Can Do Better, which advocates for policies to reduce academic stress, has pushed aggressively for the past year for Gunn to adopt Paly’s teacher-adviser model.
The group assembled seven parents Tuesday who spoke in favor of Gunn adopting Paly’s model. “A year ago we brought forward evidence of student and parent satisfaction levels at Paly much higher than those at Gunn, and a year later we have more evidence of exactly the same thing,” We Can Do Better co-founder Ken Dauber said. “There really isn’t any further reason for delay. “I know the district instructed our consultant not to compare these two schools. I don’t know why that was. I’d like to hear that because it seems like a real missed opportunity. “We have a lot of analytic ability here that has not been fully made use of,” Dauber said. “It’s really time to stop wondering what’s going on or looking for the underlying reasons and to give to Gunn parents and students what you’re giving to Paly parents and students. It’s a simple matter of equity and fairness,” he said. N
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Transitions Evelyn Pleasant Johnson Evelyn Pleasant Johnson died surrounded by her family March 8, 2012, at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City. She died of lung failure, culminating a year of progressive decline in lung capacity. A resident of Palo Alto since 1931, she was the fourth of five daughters of Carl and Gertrude Pleasant. Her father, a civil engineer, died in 1931 from a mastoid infection, leading to the family’s move from Phoenix to Palo Alto, where her eldest sister, Nelly Catherine, was enrolled at Stanford. Each of the sisters — Muriel, Betty, Evie (Evelyn) and Marjorie — followed Nelly to Stanford after
graduating from Palo Alto High School. She was a member of Palo Alto High School Class of 1938, and she graduated from Stanford with the Class of 1943 as a chemistry major. Their mother, Gertrude Copley Pleasant, continued to reside in Palo Alto even after her subsequent marriage to Donald I. Cone, an engineer for Pacific Telephone. She was active in the youth groups of the Palo Alto First Congregational Church, where she became acquainted with a fellow Paly student, Kenneth W. Johnson. He went off to Caltech for his undergraduate training, but they became committed to each other while she was performing defense work at Alcoa in Los Angeles and he was working on a Navy research project at Caltech. Ken eventually transferred to active duty in the Navy, and when he was assigned to a ship in the European
March 31, 1923-March 10, 2012 Mr. Saul Levin was born in Chicago March 31, 1923 and lived until March 10, 2012 after a long illness. Saul enrolled at the University of Illinois at age 17. His Army Reserve Unit was called to active duty in November 1942. Saul met Trudy Dunn, his wife to be, ten days before he left for active duty. After his graduation in September 1946 Saul accepted a position with a CPA firm which required frequent travel throughout the U. S. After one year Saul went to work for Trudy’s father in a small department store in Sycamore, IL. There he became involved in politics as a Democrat in De Kalb County where Republicans always won. As a reward for running and losing, President Harry Truman appointed him Post Master of Sycamore, which Saul declined. From 1952 until 1960, Saul had a tax practice, owned a family shoe store, was CEO of the Sycamore/De Kalb Bus Lines, Inc. and developed real estate including gas stations for Exxon Mobile in the Midwest and a McDonald’s restaurant in Iowa. Saul liquidated some of his holdings in 1960 and moved his family to Tucson in order to accept a job offer with the United States Dept. of Defense. He transferred to Palo Alto in 1961. After one year he decided to leave his position to pursue other business opportunities. Mr. Levin earned three separate California professional licenses: He was a CPA, a real estate broker and a life insurance agent. For the year 1972 he was the top salesman in the U.S. for the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. He was also an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, teaching two courses he developed on the methods of auditing defense contractors. He also gave lectures at the University of Hawaii and on cruise ships and Las Vegas on estate planning and tax planning. Saul’s wife Trudy Levin passed in 2006. At that time Saul joined Congregation Beth Am as an active member of their Shabbos morning minyan. He greatly valued the friendships he made at the minyan. Saul Levin is survived by his children Sheila Rinde, Carole Chetrit, Chaim Levin and Stewart Levin, his sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He loved them all dearly. The family is requesting that contributions in Saul’s memory be made to an organization that provides food to the poor in Israel: Od Yosef Chai 18 New Country Road Monsey, NY 10952 PA I D
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Theater in 1945 they decided to get married on Jan. 17, 1945. After the war ended, they returned to Palo Alto, where Ken earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Stanford, and he then began working as an engineer in at his father’s company, Johnson-Williams. Following the custom of the times, she stayed home and raised their family of four children: Carol, Marjorie, Larry and Douglas, all of whom graduated from the Palo Alto school system. A unifying custom maintained for many years was a two-week family vacation at Tahoma on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. She was always enthusiastic about swimming and water-skied for the last time on her 60th birthday. In later years, she and her husband took trips to Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Latin America and New Zealand, and she enjoyed friendships with a family in Japan, whose daughters spent time in the Johnson home. She particularly enjoyed the friendship of a family from Nigeria. She was active in numerous women’s groups in Palo Alto, one of which, the PEO Sisterhood, she continued with to the day of her death. After all the children left home, she returned to the work force, acting as treasurer and working as book-
keeper at her husband’s businesses, first at GasTech Inc. and finally, until last year, at his retirement business, KWJ Engineering Inc. She then kept active intellectually with membership in a book club, even while limited in range because of her need for oxygen. If contributions in her name are desired, the family suggests they be made to The Southern Poverty Law Center or to the California State Parks Foundation. A memorial service is planned at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto on March 30 at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Oswald Peter Thompson Oswald “Ozzie” Peter Thompson died in his home on March 11, 2012. He was born in Baldwin, La., and served in the Navy before moving to Texas. After working for the VA Hospital in Texas, he migrated to Palo Alto in 1965. Husband to Verta Mae Thompson for more than 40 years, the two shared many camping trips, were involved in numerous social organizations, owned their own business and could be seen selling at flea markets and antique shows locally and throughout the state. He was a dedicated and loyal member of Knights of Columbus.
Marsha Ann Friberg Shinkman (February 13, 1943 - March 19, 2012)
Marsha Friberg Shinkman, a former senior administrator at Stanford University and George Washington University, died early Monday, March 19 in her home in Bethesda, Md. at age 69 of complications from Type 1 diabetes. Mrs. Shinkman, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., began her 47-year career in education as an elementary school teacher at public schools in Mount Lebanon, Pa. and Lansing, N.Y. She went on to work as public relations director at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Conn. and director of the Public Schools Cultural Council in the same town. At Stanford University, she served as director of the Music Guild and in the Office of Development, and later as an assistant director of Stanford-in-Washington, the university’s student program in Washington, D.C. She was co-chair of the D.C.-area Stanford Parents Committee when then-President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea decided to enroll at the university. One thing the Clintons could expect of separating from their daughter, she told USA Today in 1997: “Their phone bill will definitely go up.” From Stanford she went on to roles as Alumni Director at the George Washington University law school and then as Associate Director of Webster University’s campus at Bolling Air Force Base. Mrs. Shinkman received a bachelor’s degree in English in June 1965 from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., where she met her future husband, Christopher J. Shinkman, also a student. They married in August that same year. She earned her master’s degree in English from Trinity College, Conn. She was a 25-year member of the Church of Epiphany in downtown D.C., where she served on the vestry. She was an active DC volunteer, supporting the Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center, and the National Cathedral. Her funeral will take place at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW in Washington D.C., at 10:00am on March 31st, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org). She is survived by her husband, Christopher Shinkman; mother, Ebba Friberg of Jamestown, N.Y.; two children, Matthew Shinkman of Oakton Va. and Elizabeth A. Carter of Takoma Park, Md.; four grandchildren, John Shinkman, Ebba Shinkman, Benjamin Carter and Brett Carter; and sister Kathleen Anderson of Wilmette, Il. PA I D
He was father to Verdina, Allen, Michael, Martha, Robert, Jackie and Mark, and stepfather to Elaine and Steve. He was grandfather and great-grandfather to more than 30. He worked as a manager at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto for more than 30 years before retiring. After retirement he continued to work and volunteer with a host of senior citizen organizations.
Henry Dykmans Wagner Henry Dykmans Wagner (Hank), 93, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died March 13, 2012. He was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II, serving as Group Operations officer, flying B-25s with Chenault and the Flying Tigers in China. He retired as a major in 1946. He graduated from the University of Oregon as a Sigma Chi where he met his first wife, Peggy. They married, and while living in Atherton and Menlo Park, raised two daughters and one son: Patty, Barbara Lee (deceased) and Bill. He enjoyed 42 years in the graphic-arts business, selling Heidelberg printing presses. He lost his wife in 1989, but while on one of his many business trips to Hawaii, he met his second wife, Ethel. They married in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony on the beach at sunset on May 22, 1992. After he retired, they moved from Menlo Park to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where he could enjoy golf, his favorite sport. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; daughter, Patty Elms of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; son, Bill Wagner of Monterey, Calif.; stepsons, Doug and Paul Budner of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. To offer your condolences please visit www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com.
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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto March 21-28 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle related Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .7 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .4 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Disobeying a court order . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .6 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Watermain break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block McKellar Lane, 3/21, 4:54 p.m.; child abuse/neglect. 2400 block Middlefield Road, 3/21, 9:44 p.m.; robbery/strong arm. Unlisted block W. Bayshore Road, 3/22, 5 a.m.; family violence/misc. Unlisted block Swain Way, 3/23, 1:46 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Unlisted block Matadero Avenue, 3/25, 10:04 a.m.; domestic violence/battery.
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Menlo Park March 21-28 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Counterfeit bills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of firearm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Atherton March 21-28 Theft related Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .1 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Construction complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Public works call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
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Improving counseling in high school Palo Alto school board asks for major changes to Gunn counseling model
n unusually impatient and resolute school board made clear this week that it does not believe students at Gunn High School are receiving comparable counseling services to those at Palo Alto High School and asked administrators to return in June with a reform plan. The board’s direction came after receiving overwhelming data demonstrating that the teacher-adviser counseling system at Palo Alto High School is producing better outcomes than the traditional guidance counseling system used at Gunn. The school district’s evaluation of the two different counseling programs—both in existence for many years—has been a long and torturous path, and frustration and tension were obvious during Tuesday night’s threehour-long discussion. Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who has resisted moving to unify the two high schools under a common counseling model, tried hard to minimize the significance of the results of surveys conducted of Gunn and Paly students by the district’s consultant. He argued that the counseling programs were part of a larger “eco-system” at the high schools and that they needed more assessment in that broader context. The Gunn system, which consists of six guidance counselors each responsible for 325 students, follows the traditional model similar to what most parents in the district experienced when they were in high school. Gunn’s counselors are responsible for all academic counseling, college and career guidance and for providing social-emotional counseling. Students are required to see their counselor at least once a year. By contrast, under the Paly system, each student is assigned a teacheradviser, a guidance counselor and, in junior year, an adviser in the College and Career Center. More than 40 teachers serve as teacher-advisers, and assigned students (about 25 per year) remain with that adviser during sophomore, junior and senior years. Students are also assigned one of four guidance counselors for their entire four years. According to Skelly, the district had specifically instructed the consultant not to directly compare the two programs since they were so different. The result, a big mistake in our opinion, was an assessment of each program rather than an analysis of what would constitute a “best practices” system. The student survey results, a key part of the study, were presented for each school but not in a form that allowed for comparison of the data, a decision that effectively obfuscated important information. One parent group, We Can Do Better Palo Alto, compiled and distributed a spreadsheet directly comparing the survey results—a comparison that any professional presentation should have included and that provided important context for the board and public. After a muddled discussion in which board members seemed to want to signal their desire to move toward the Paly teacher-adviser system but unwilling to clearly state it, all but one trustee, Barbara Mitchell, finally coalesced around the position that changes to the counseling system at Gunn were needed and that the pace for making changes needed to quicken. They directed the Gunn staff to work with the Paly staff to learn more about the Paly system so its benefits could be incorporated into the reforms. The reasons for Skelly’s reluctance to support moving to a single counseling system at both high schools and for the board’s hesitancy in simply making a clear decision seem rooted in the concept of site-based decisionmaking, a district philosophy that tries to push all possible decisions out to the individual schools. This vague philosophy, which is not clearly articulated anywhere, creates immense inefficiencies, confusion and parent angst, and it makes school board and superintendent accountability to the community virtually impossible. Its effect is to put the interests of individual site stakeholders above the benefits of arriving at a district consensus on best practices. And it has particularly failed the community with respect to high school counseling. To the extent that parents and students have voiced opinions about the two different counseling systems there is strong consensus that the Paly system allows for more “touch-points” between student and counselors and that it successfully distributes the counseling function among more people. The strength of the teacher-adviser system is the opportunity for more adults to become familiar with each student, for the students to have more options for help and guidance on both academic and social-emotional issues, and the increased collaboration among faculty. It’s not perfect, but it reflects the needs of today’s students far better than the traditional counseling model. Institutional defensiveness over current practices notwithstanding, there is simply no evidence to suggest that Gunn families would not be much better served by adopting the teacher-advisory system used at Paly and other innovative high schools. Transitioning to the teacher-advisory system at Gunn won’t be easy. It involves training some 40 teachers and reorganizing the current counseling staff. But it’s long overdue and in the end, will ensure that Gunn and Paly families receive the same high-quality services.
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Keep the animal shelter Editor, The animal shelter cannot close. Outsourcing, that modern scourge, means reduced care and services for our community’s animals and great inconvenience for pet owners. Residents of Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills need to know that Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority will not accept surrendered pets — they refer surrenders to a facility in Milpitas. Residents should also know that they would have to drive all the way to Santa Clara to look for their lost pets. Residents especially need to contemplate the loss of the excellent low-cost spay-neuter clinic, which serves not only the contracted communities, but others such as East Palo Alto, whose residents desperately need close-by animal services. This will without question result in more unaltered animals, more unwanted puppies and kittens, more suffering. The Palo Alto Humane Society, which galvanized generations of Palo Altans to create a shelter system for Palo Alto, asks the City Council for time to develop and present ideas from the private and nonprofit sector to solve the shelter’s funding shortage. We believe that a private-public partnership can not only save the shelter, but modernize it. In the meantime, we ask the people of our communities to speak up for their shelter. Carol Hyde Executive director Palo Alto Humane Society
Leave room for benefits Editor, Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” Exactly my thought after the Palo Alto City Council preserved all the developer’s highly profitable office and bank space while eliminating the public benefits of housing and retail space for the Gateway megaproject at Alma and Lytton. But wait, there’s more. The council now wants developer-subsidized nonprofit office space as a public benefit, but limited to organizations that are “downtown serving,” an unprecedented narrowing of public benefits. Councilman Scharff successfully promoted the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business and Professional Association to receive the valuable subsidized offices. Both organizations are primarily lobbyists for private forprofit businesses (see the expanded mission statements online), giving new meaning to “public benefit.” Two days later, a local newspaper reported Scharff contacted the chamber prior to the public hearing
to confirm it wanted the subsidized space. The council’s late-night maneuvering appears to have been coordinated among some members prior to the public hearing. Palo Altans do our part to support business by funding and staffing the Office of Economic Development. If the chamber and downtown businesses need more money, they should hold a bake sale, as do other nonprofits. We have many worthy nonprofits providing direct services to large parts of our community, yet we again watch our public benefits disappear. This is wrong and Lily Tomlin is right, it is impossible to keep up. The council should reverse themselves and put the public back in public benefit. Winter Dellenbach La Para Avenue Palo Alto
Rail could destroy state Editor, High-speed rail is a devil’s bargain for California. Discussions about how to fund it, which segment to start with and how great it will be, are like assurances of the
safety of the Titanic. This project would put our state under water for decades to come. But it seems that the specter of $3 billion in federal money is so enticing to our legislature that, in spite of the fact that California is teetering on the brink of insolvency, our state government has pledged to match the federal funds for building the bullet train, knowing that we’ll have to come up with another $89 billion to complete the project. That’s right: $89 billion. The fiasco looks like this: Our bankrupt federal government offers taxpayer dollars to our bankrupt state government, which offers more of our taxpayer dollars to, no doubt, some well-greased palms — and a few high-bidding construction unions — for a needless project that can only end tragically, ruining California’s economy beyond all recognition for generations to come. Think austerity measures and worse. Gov. Brown — rather than admitting this is a time bomb for the state — has said he’ll try to get the money from China. China? Do we (continued on page 22)
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How the community can save our schools by John Melton ith its recordbreaking number of merit scholars and outstanding SAT test scores, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) does not seem terribly vulnerable to California’s public education funding crisis. But the numbers tell a different story. Enrollment is up, but local tax revenue is flat and state programs are again on the chopping block. As a result, the district’s resources have fallen almost $1,000 per student. Superintendent Kevin Skelly has no easy options to shield Palo Alto schools from serious budget cuts. Let’s not be shortsighted about the need to support our local schools, which help support an economically viable Palo Alto. Here are a couple of ways we can minimize the impact of looming funding cuts facing PAUSD. Instead of imperiling core class sizes as the school district adds students while risking teachers, electives and programs, we can invest in our local kids. By donating to the local education foundation known as Partners in Education (PiE), giving up our senior parceltax exemptions and supporting our children’s education, we are making “living” gifts that are guaranteed to leave Palo Alto better than we found it. And that’s as good a New Year’s resolution as we are ever going to make. Schools are the biggest expense of any
community and based on the grim news about school district revenues and state cuts unveiled at a recent school board meeting, PAUSD projects a large structural deficit this year and for the next five years, which will deplete its carefully planned, unrestricted reserves of approximately $12 million in four years. Then the serious cuts of teaching jobs, programs, staff and the complete elimination of class-size reduction may begin as the district resets its priorities and makes very difficult choices. Our city’s demographics make clear that despite the foresight of thoughtful parents who created a public/private partnership to fund the schools through PiE, the parent population alone is too small to absorb the size and scope of the PAUSD’s looming structural budget deficits solely through its donations. Local businesses, parents, seniors, retirees and young professionals need to work together to make up this lost funding. A recent article in the Weekly listed Palo Alto as California’s most educated city, where nearly 80 percent of residents have bachelor’s degrees and almost 50 percent have graduate degrees. It is not surprising, then, that the other California cities on the list also have the most active private education foundations supporting the public schools. I grew up in Jonesboro, Ark., in the 1940s and ’50s. Those who read John Grisham’s novel “A Painted House” will recognize the time and place. I thought my 400-student high school was great until I reached my senior year and discovered that the school couldn’t afford to offer Algebra II, which I needed for college, unless I could convince enough of
my classmates to sign up. We came up one short and I learned firsthand what it’s like to not be able to take the courses you have a passion for. In the flat, global economy of the 21st century, we can’t afford to short-change our kids. We need to ensure they get the best education they can to compete and thrive, including a wide range of courses, languages and experiences. Their prosperity will generate more demand for goods and services and therefore more jobs and healthier communities, including Palo Alto. My wife Eve and I settled here after I got my MBA from Stanford. We were fortunate to buy a home here in 1967, when prices were much lower and our three kids got a high quality public education for free. With our children grown and out of the area and retirement looming in 1998 our view widened. We thought we might want to leave Palo Alto and for the next two years devoted ourselves to finding a new place to call home. We explored other communities up and down the West Coast from Puget Sound to Santa Barbara. We even looked at towns in Eve’s home state of Maine. Long story short, we decided to stay put. We couldn’t find any place we liked better. In evaluating other communities we looked at weather and location, but also ambience and values, civic engagement and the degree to which people helped one another, especially the children. One thing that has always stood out about Palo Alto is the enormous civic pride in our great schools. In spite of the fact that the city is named after an historic redwood tree, the schools are its real crown jewel. For that reason, it’s not too late to avert a
crisis in Palo Alto public education if the community, and particularly my generation, becomes part of the solution. Start by donating to PiE (www.papie.org) each year, which is set up exclusively to accept donations for schools to fund and help protect academic electives, technology, music, art, guidance and staff positions from budget cuts. In addition, seniors who can afford it can give up their school parcel tax exemption and pay the parcel-tax like everyone else who owns property here. Palo Altans, especially seniors, recognize the boost in property values they get from investing in our schools, making our community such a desirable place to live. The “senior” exemption to the parcel tax that supports Palo Alto schools amounts to a $1.6 million annual gift to our seniors, who claim the exemption on 12 percent of the parcels in our city. The exemption was designed to alleviate the threat of senior poverty, and there are seniors living here struggling to buy food, medicine and necessities. They should keep their exemption. However, some seniors living here don’t need it. They are sitting on significant wealth in their Proposition 13-protected homes while enjoying retirement in this wonderful city, but they claim the exemption because they can. My plea to seniors who don’t need the exemption is to give this gift back to the children in our community. N John Melton is a retired CFO from the technology industry and a member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. He and his wife Eve are delighted to have lived in Palo Alto for 45 years.
Is the recent spike in burglaries in the Palo Alto area of concern to you? Asked on California Avenue and Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Eric Van Susteren.
Builder California Avenue “Absolutely we’re concerned. I recently returned a woman’s keys who had lost them and she told me of the rash of burglaries in the area ... so we recently bought an alarm system.”
Law student Cervantes Road, Portola Valley “If I’d have known, I’d have been concerned about it. I live in Portola Valley, so I’ve been sheltered from it.”
Art historian California Avenue “I don’t think we’re isolated from what’s happening in the rest of the world. Being careful is always a good idea.”
Graduate student Los Altos Hills “Naturally I’m concerned. I’d hope the town would be looking into the causes while they keep the citizen safe.”
Teacher South Palo Alto “I think it is of concern. I think people should always be aware, or they’ll be sorry later. It’s important to take preventative measures.”
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On Deadline Is ‘Zero Waste’ just wishful thinking? Is ‘Carbon Free’ achievable? by Jay Thorwaldson ot much has been heard recently about local progress toward a “Zero Waste” goal, but it’s been an official part of Palo Alto for nearly seven years now. Last week it resurfaced. And a new goal — or perhaps “vision” is a better description — is being proposed as an add-on: “Carbon Free.” Palo Alto has a remarkable record of supporting, even pioneering, the so-called “green” initiatives, dating back to the early 1970s — when “Think globally, act locally” became an operational motto for the movement. But is “zero” an exaggeration of what’s possible, given the entrenched manufacturing and marketing systems that spend billions of dollars annually doing what they do? Much of what they do, we all know, is to create products and packages for products, both designed to attract purchasers with subtle, often invisible, motivators. There’s a danger: If zero’s an exaggeration does it undermine the vision/goal in the minds and hearts of the average person, the broad population, not the already committed green-supporters and activists — yet which is an essential part of effective action nationally? In Palo Alto, Zero Waste became an official city objective on Oct. 18, 2005, following a six-month study of the topic by a “Zero Waste Task Force” of business, city staff and individuals. Fast forward to last week, when on Thursday, March 22, Wendy Hediger, the city’s Zero Waste Program coordinator, launched a series of workshops designed to help residents become “Zero Waste block leaders.” The block leaders would become experts
on recycling and reuse, able to “supply information on ways to reduce one’s garbage to almost zero; disperse information about upcoming Zero Waste events and issues; and foster neighborhood waste-reduction efforts,” according to a city announcement. Residents interested in becoming block leaders can email email@example.com or call 650-496-5910. The goal of the 2005 city policy was by 2021 to eliminate nearly all the garbage and waste produced by Palo Altans, businesses and the city itself, following a seven-point strategy and an operational plan developed following the council action. Strategic actions include encouraging businesses to manufacture products that use fewer materials and produce less waste; offering recycling and composting services to all; and creating incentives for businesses to cooperate in reducing garbage/waste. Note that the terms used are “fewer,” “less” and “reducing” — not “eliminating” except as qualified by “nearly all.” Not “zero.” In itself, reducing the shocking volume of waste in America is more than a worthy goal, or vision. It is a national necessity due to continuing population increases, the acceleration of waste volumes and a finite number of landfill sites as existing sites fill up and close down — as did Palo Alto’s last year. Distant sites become increasingly problematic as fuel prices soar and government budgets crunch. Yet reducing waste can be smart business. Some firms report that rethinking their operations (from landscaping to building design/redesign, from conserving energy to reducing refuse) saves them hundreds, thousands or even millions of dollars annually, depending on size of business. Yet there can be costs. In Palo Alto, the enthusiasm of residents in recent years for reducing refuse has caused the city to fall short of a guaranteed minimum goal for the Kirby Canyon landfill and has been cost-
be charging everyone for a service few use, and the street-sweeping fee would also be charging residents who live on streets that do not receive street sweeping, such as private streets and cul-de-sacs. It may not even be legal to charge people for services they do not receive. Why not just charge a flat fee for a service almost everyone does use: recycling? That would be more honest, and probably people supporting recycling would not mind paying a small fee for it. Natalie Fisher Ellsworth Place Palo Alto
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really want the Communist Chinese holding and controlling part of California’s infrastructure? What are the implications of that for our sovereignty? Our bankrupt state now seems ready to sell its soul for a “free” government lunch. Of course there are no free lunches. That is the concept that has bankrupted most of the third world, and seduced European countries such as Greece into financial ruin. It takes wisdom and courage to turn down “easy” money, which always comes with strings attached. We need our senators and other decision makers to turn down this gigantic wrecking ball that is aimed squarely at California. Cherie Zaslawsky Oak Lane Menlo Park
Flat fees are garbage Editor, The newspapers have reported that the City of Palo Alto is considering adding to our refuse bills separate flat fees for street sweeping, hazardous waste and bulky waste pickup at individual locations. Bulky waste pickup already has a fee attached and is used by few people. The hazardous waste fee would Page 22ÊUÊ>ÀV ÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>ÊÌÊ7iiÞ
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ing the city a six-figure penalty each year for materials never delivered. The reason is a long-term contract dating from the early 1990s, when there was a “landfill-rush” to get long-term contracts for dwindling landfill sites. Few envisioned a waste-reduction rush. One result of this and a new refuse-pickup contract will be significantly higher garbage-pickup rates for residents. Ouch. Yet no one is advocating a “produce more waste” solution. There’s a bigger picture behind all this: “global warming” but more broadly and more accurately called “climate change” — due to mankind’s profligate production of “greenhouse gases” over decades. Effects include rapidly melting polar ice and glaciers (and rising sea levels) to more volatile weather patterns, triggering hurricanes and tornadoes. There are believers and deniers, and the simply confused (even if concerned). It’s “the-sky-is-falling” Chicken Little vs. the head-in-the-sand ostrich. The Zero Waste effort is national. “Zero Waste America” is a nonprofit organization dating from the 1990s (www.zerowasteamerica.org). It sums up the challenge this way: “Essentially, America’s (and most nations’) treatment of waste is the ‘free market’ at its worst, with the focus on making money, not sense.” The United States “has no effective federal laws or infrastructure in place to maximize recycling, minimize waste, nor protect the environment and public health.” “What happened to the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1976?” it asks, alleging lack of enforcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of the mandated state-level waste-management programs. The Zero Waste Alliance, based in Portland, Ore., combines businesses, universities and government agencies into a multipronged effort: “The visionary goal of Zero Waste expresses the need for a closed-loop industrial/societal system” to reduce waste on a broad front. A “Zero Waste Interna-
tional Alliance” broadens the scope to worldwide. “Waste is a sign of inefficiency,” the Zero Waste Alliance states on its website. “Our use of the term Zero Waste includes ‘Zero Solid Waste,’ ‘Zero Hazardous Waste,’ ‘Zero Toxics’ and ‘Zero Emissions.’ Meanwhile, a new organization surfaced last year in Palo Alto with the goal of making the city “Carbon Free.” (See http://carbonfreepaloalto.org.) Its founder, Bruce Hodge, says his goal is simple, inexpensive and near-term. “I’m intensely concerned about climate change,” he explains. “Last year I founded Carbon Free Palo Alto, an organization that is championing an initiative to bring carbonfree electricity to Palo Alto by 2015. “In a nutshell, we can make Palo Alto’s electricity 100 percent carbon-free in a short period of time and for a very modest cost. The impact is huge: resulting in about a 20 percent reduction of Palo Alto’s emissions.” He’s getting support: “The mayor, council members and other city officials have expressed interest in the initiative. They’re hoping to move forward with the basic concept, but we need more support from the public to back them,” he said. And there’s a broader vision: “Palo Alto is a community that has a lot of name recognition. We believe that Palo Alto’s actions will spur similar efforts both regionally and nationwide, and Carbon Free Palo Alto plans to help spread the word when we’re successful in decarbonizing our electricity.” Despite a modest increase in electric bills from the city-owned system, rates would still be below those of PG&E, he says. “Carbon free is not a pipe-dream,” he emphasizes, convincingly citing a variety of city and other reports on the subject. And perhaps “Zero Waste” isn’t either. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at www.PaloAltoOnline.com Posted March 28 at 7:09 a.m. by Ken Dauber, a resident of the Barron Park School community: This is a great outcome for Gunn students and future Gunn students (re: “Gunn to move toward counseling reforms”). The move by the school board came in response to comparative data compiled from the district’s report by We Can Do Better Palo Alto. That data, from student surveys of satisfaction with counseling systems at Gunn and Paly, showed that out of the 125 measures on which the high schools could be compared directly, Paly students are more satisfied than Gunn students by 5 or more percentage points on 95 measures. Gunn students, by contrast, are more satisfied than Paly students on 6 measures. Paly students are much more satisfied than Gunn students across every grade and area of counseling, from academic to social-emotional support. These data show clearly that despite schools with very similar populations and equally dedicated and hardworking counseling staff, Gunn is hobbled by a traditional counseling model that just doesn’t work as well for students as does Paly’s teacher advisory model.
Barbara Klausner and Melissa Baten Caswell came out strongly for moving to a single model for counseling based on teacher advisory at the two high schools. Dana Tom also voiced strong support for teacher advisory while insisting that the high schools provide comparable results for students, something that all board members agree is not happening now. Camille Townsend, who has long been a supporter of teacher advisory based on her experience as a Paly parent and was again (Tuesday) night, also insisted on the need for comparable outcomes and swift action. Kudos to all these board members for finally moving this question from study to action. Our job in the community is to continue to hold the district and board members to the expectation that all students in the district will receive the same high quality of counseling services. Katya Villalobos, the Gunn principal, was enthusiastic at the board meeting about the prospect of moving to teacher advisory, and promised to bring a plan back to the board in June (Katya ran the teacher advisory program when she was at Paly). We’ll continue to provide data and feedback to help this process along.
Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace
Water world by Rebecca Wallace | photographs by Veronica Weber
Linda Gass, chair of the “Shaped by Water” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum, sits on “Barrelled by Plastic” by artist Kathleen Egan.
MUSEUM MAKES A CASE FOR CONSERVATION THROUGH ART, IDEAS AND A SWEEPING HISTORIC VIEW
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Top: Evan Baldonado, 11, reads some of the displays from the “Shaped by Water” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum; far left: “Trails of Trash” by Hannah Butensky displays items found when the artist organized a cleanup of Permanente Creek with members of her scout troop in 2011; left: “46,000 and Counting,” an art piece by Judith Selby and Richard Lang, consists of bits of plastic collected from Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes.
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The display of artwork, photos, maps, drawings, activities and multimedia shows the crucial role that water has played in Santa Clara Valley history, and the challenges that could affect the resource in the future. All this is on display during a season that’s been mainly dry and warm. This month’s storms notwithstanding, rainfall this year is at
a low that worries many. “I feel it strongly this year. I feel this sense of internal distress about how dry it’s been,” exhibit chair Linda Gass said. But in the history museum, the lush sound of rushing water is everpresent. An audio recording plays as visitors walk around the exhibit hall, virtually traveling through the centuries. They go from listening to tribal stories from indigenous people — who used the creek and Bay waters for drinking, bathing,
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fishing and cooking — to reading about modern-day Peninsulans who are restoring native plants and recycling graywater from showers. Along the way, visitors are continually reminded of man’s growing impact on the environment, as a growing population uses more and more water: in ranching and agriculture, industry and cities. According to an exhibit press release, over the years the Santa Clara Valley has gone from “being self-sufficient using local water to 50-100 percent
reliant on imported water.” Gass hopes visitors will walk away with new ideas and energy for conserving and preserving the resource. “Because people take water for granted ... we really need an educated public,” she said. Gass, a full-time Los Altos artist who has her workspace at Cubberley Studios in Palo Alto, has long focused on these issues. Her art quilts depict San Francisco Bay, water-treatment plants, rivers and other bodies of water that have been
affected — or drained — by human activity. In her land art, she has arranged fabric outside to depict water that has been lost. So when Gass, a member of the Los Altos History Museum, heard that the museum was planning a show about water, she offered her help. “The next thing I knew, I was in charge.” She added: “They were looking for a novel way to tell the story of the local history, of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, using a different an-
Arts & Entertainment As part of the “Shaped by Water” exhibition, community volunteers built this willow sculpture at Adobe Creek in Los Altos in January. Designed by Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien, the sculpture is designed to help nature rebuild the eroded bank over time.
Below: A young visitor to the “Shaped by Water” exhibit interacts with plastic water jugs, an installation showing the average daily water use per person in Santa Clara valley.
Juliana Griswold, center, pours water through a water pump to test permeable concrete, while fellow friends and members of her girl-scout troop — Jennifer Wood, left, Saayili Budhiraja, Claire Lai, Sawyer Mickesem and Lilian Farrell — wait their turn at the “Shaped by Water” exhibit. gle, water. I took the locally focused idea and expanded it into the whole Santa Clara Valley. Of course, we know that water has no boundaries. Everybody drinks water that comes from far away.” One display in the exhibit centers on this fact. A visitor can push a button for his or her city on the “Where Does Your Water Come From?” display and learn from a light-up map that it comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or perhaps the Central Valley Project.
While Gass has curated art exhibitions, this was her first time directing an educational show. With help from Jane Reed, who has curated many shows at the museum, Gass assembled an exhibit committee at the end of 2010. Apart from a few graphic designers and others who were paid for their work, Gass and her team were all volunteers. Several staff members from the City of Palo Alto helped develop and build the exhibit; tribal consultant Chuck Striplen aided in
the section on indigenous people; and retired Palo Alto Weekly editor Jay Thorwaldson edited the exhibit text. The Santa Clara Valley Water District and local water companies helped fact-check. Unsurprisingly, the artist-chair led an effort with a definite artistic flair. “I understand how art has a way to touch people emotionally when other things may not,” Gass said. “We wanted to create a feeling of love for water within people.” (continued on next page)
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Gwen Templeton plays a journalist and Louis Schilling is a terrorist in “Cat’s-Paw.”
Engaging and intriguing ‘Cat’s-Paw’ at the Dragon takes the audience to the edge by Jeanie K. Smith
illiam Mastrosimone, the playwright of Dragon Theatre’s latest offering, “Cat’s-Paw,” is better known for his other play from the ‘80s, “Extremities,” which was also made into an award-winning film. The two plays share a common interest in what takes human beings to the edge of sanity; what makes them go to extremes and gives them the ability to snuff out another’s humanity, for the sake of a cause or survival. Mastrosimone also likes to embed relevant political themes in his plays — in the ‘80s we called them “consciousness raising” — and “Cat’s-Paw” is no exception, arguing over water pollution. We know from the beginning that one
THEATER REVIEW of the characters, Victor (Louis Schilling), has taken a man into hostage as a political act — turns out to be a manager at the Environmental Protection Agency, one David Darling (Keith Sullivan). We soon learn of another move Victor’s group has made in its bid for political will and attention: a suicide-bombing that has killed 27 innocent people and created havoc in the capital. Victor alternately bullies and indulges David, as if he both detests and pities him, and David in turn tolerates his imprisonment without resistance, apparently accepting
whatever fate will be meted out. Victor’s colleague, Cathy (Sarah Lee), serves him as a good soldier to her commanding officer, running errands and following orders, but she is shaken by the news of her fellow soldier’s suicide mission. When Cathy brings in famed reporter Jessica Lyons (Gwen Templeton), blindfolded and handcuffed, the tension escalates over the terms of the interview and what will ultimately be revealed to the waiting world about this new terrorist group and its agenda. Victor’s natural suspicion of the press and how they will slant the story is weighed against his desire to broadcast his group’s mission; he and Jessica parry back and forth concerning freedom of the press, what is fact, what is truth, and who has the right to make the distinction between them. Ultimately, all four characters have some hard choices to make, and much is left to the viewer to
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determine. The end is not a resolution, but a pause in Jessica’s interview tape that hauntingly challenges us to decide where the truth lies and whether a violent political act is ever justifiable. The arguments against pollution are all too familiar by now; and knowing the play was written in 1986 is somewhat chilling; has anything changed to make these arguments obsolete? But the real question in the play is more of a moral conundrum, one that you may find yourself pondering long after the lights are up. The play has gaps and inconsistencies, and sometimes muddies its own waters with tangential issues; but it’s definitely intriguing for the better part of two hours. This, in spite of an uneven and somewhat green cast. Schilling is miscast as a terrorist of any stripe; he simply doesn’t have the gravitas or menace anywhere about him. But he gives it a go, and musters his best villainy for the role. His stumbling over lines opening night will hopefully clear up as the play runs.
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There are several works of art in the show, including “Barreled by Plastic,” an “eco-sculpture” by Kathleen Egan. Empty plastic bottles — from juice, water, dish soap, sports drinks — are arranged in a swoop around a surfboard where kids like to stand and have their pictures taken. “In just three weeks, surfers collected the plastic bottles,” the artwork card reads. Another piece is “46,000 And Counting,” by Judith Selby Lang (who also made “Lawn Bowls,” now on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto) and her husband David Lang. Pieces of plastic debris that washed up on the beach dangle in the museum window. The exhibit has also had several hands-on components. In a section called “Creek Stories,” visitors write down memories of playing in and around local creeks, many of which don’t have the wildlife they once did. Kids can crawl into a playhouse that has succulent plants growing on the roof, demonstrating how a “green roof” can retain and filter rainwater, helping reduce Bay pollution. Offsite projects associated with the exhibits include “Watershed Sculpture at Adobe Creek: An Inquiry into Ecological Restoration.” Under the guidance of artist Daniel McCormick, about 70 volunteers helped restore an eroded creek bank in Los Altos in January by building his criss-cross willow-and-wattle sculpture. The museum partnered with the Palo Alto environmental group Acterra on the project. Acterra workers had removed an invasive non-native plant from the area and had been mulling over what to do with the bank, Gass said. As part of the sculpture, willow stakes have been put into the ground and watered. “Ultimately this will
Templeton has the requisite intensity for the reporter, but not enough detachment or chutzpah, or at least faked chutzpah, in the beginning, so there’s not enough transition for her in Act Two. Still, her arguments for journalistic integrity are impassioned and believable. Lee and Sullivan both do fine with fairly limited characters. Darling seems misdirected in his oncamera interview, but maintains a wide-eyed corporate naivety that’s convincing. Ron Gasparinetti’s set is positively stunning; a fabulous construction in an intimate theater space that significantly enhances the action, both stylistically and conceptually. N What: “Cat’s-Paw,” by William Mastrosimone, presented by Dragon Productions Where: Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto When: through April 15, ThursdaySaturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets range from $16 to $30. Info: Go to www.dragonproductions. net or call 650-493-2006.
grow into a willow thicket,” Gass said, adding that in time nature will also help restore the bank with silt and other materials. In time, the human hand behind “Watershed Sculpture” will become invisible, she said. “It will become a natural creek bank, like it should be.” The deeper environmental message behind the works of art may likewise go unobserved by some of the youngest museum visitors. But it doesn’t mean they can’t have a good time. On a recent Sunday afternoon, a boy ran excitedly around the exhibit’s labyrinth of river stones. His mother gently corrected him: “This is a meditation path. You walk it and meditate.” Gamely, the boy stopped, put his hands in the namaste position and bowed. A few seconds later, he was off running again. No one else was in the labyrinth, so there was still room for his mother to softly walk her own section and study the quotes posted on small signs. One from “Poor Richard’s Almanac” read, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” N What: “Shaped by Water: Past, Present and Future,” a multimedia exhibit about the role of water in the Santa Clara Valley’s history and future Where: Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road When: through April 22, open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Cost: Free Info: For more about the exhibit, go to losaltoshistory.org.
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The Deep Blue Sea ---1/2 (Guild) Times have changed since playwright Terence Rattigan penned his 1952 play “The Deep Blue Sea,” but with his new adaptation, film director Terence Davies has no interest in “updating” the play. No need — this exquisite realization is as vital as can be in depicting the timeless tortures of the romantically damned. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, who we meet in the throes of a suicide attempt in her London flat, circa 1950. Flashbacks reveal that Hester recently abandoned her husband, High Court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) to cohabitate with the dashing — and considerably younger — RAF war vet Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston). For the most part, the story unfolds over the course of 24 hours, as Hester finds herself caught “between the devil and the deep blue sea”: she’s half of two mismatched couples and therefore in a no-win situation. William shows the sensitivity of which Freddie is incapable (as a judge, his “profession is the study of human nature”) but his dull and sexless marriage with Hester enabled Freddie to successfully make his move. Freddie, however, is a cruel master, passionate but hotheaded and nowhere near in love with Hester as she desperately loves him (to her, he’s “the whole of life and death”). It would be all too easy for audiences to dismiss Hester as a doormat were it not for the context of the palpable postwar period (skillfully realized by production designer James Merifield and costume designer Ruth Myers) and the intense performance wrought by Weisz under Davies’ care. It’s never less than clear that both men are wrong for Hester, and yet all three characters are capable of earning our sympathy. By picture’s end, Hester has gained hardwon knowledge for a new day, which gets a quietly moving visual representation. Davies (“The House of Mirth”) orchestrates the film with confident pacing and elegant mise-en-scène, Florian Hoffmeister’s camera gently drifting, rising, spinning, never quite showy but fully in concert with the soundtrack’s string-laden Samuel Barber. And while the surface here is heterosexual, the subtext allows for “queer” allegory, both Terences having artistically wrestled with their once-illicit orientation.
Ann Mitchell and Barbara Jefford do fine work in small roles (as Hester’s landlady and mother-in-law, respectively), but the show belongs to Weisz, an uncompromisingly harsh Hiddleston, and Beale, whose range knows no bounds: his subtly heartsick performance here stands worlds away from his bombastic Sir Harcourt Courtly in the National Theatre’s “London Assurance.” Understand: “The Deep Blue Sea” is near-thoroughly dour — as Hester puts it, “Sad perhaps, but hardly Sophocles” — but it’s also captivating and likely to be remembered as one of the year’s best. Rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity. One hour, 38 minutes.
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Wrath of the Titans --(Century 16, Century 20) The spectacle season is upon us. And while “Wrath of the Titans” may not be escapist fantasy entertainment at its finest (that distinction belongs to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), the film’s strong cast and striking visuals make for a thrilling theatrical ride. A follow-up to 2010’s “Clash of the Titans” (which was a remake of the 1981 cult classic starring Harry Hamlin), “Wrath” finds the heroic Perseus (Sam Worthington) enjoying the quiet life of a humble fisherman alongside his only son, Helius (John Bell). An ominous visit from Perseus’ immortal father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), has Perseus on edge. Zeus warns Perseus that the power of the gods is diminishing and monstrous threats to mankind will soon be rearing their ugly heads (literally). Perseus is quickly forced to toss his fisherman’s net in favor of a sword and shield as a vicious, firebreathing beast rips through the village and nearly tramples Helius. Meanwhile, Zeus, sea god Poseidon (Danny Huston) and war god Ares (Edgar Ramirez) head to the underworld in hopes of convincing Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to help them buckle up for some tumultuous times ahead. But Ares and Hades have surreptitious plans of their own, and Zeus and Poseidon don’t exactly fit in with their lofty aspirations. With Zeus and Poseidon sidelined, it’s up to Perseus to save the day. He hops aboard his trusty black Pegasus
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21 Jump Street (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 & 11:50 a.m.; 1:40, 2:40, 4:30, 7:40 & 8:40 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 1:15, 2:15, 3:55, 5, 6:35, 7:55, 9:35 & 10:40 p.m. A Separation (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 2:30 p.m. A Thousand Words (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 4:35 & 9:55 p.m. The Artist (PG-13) (((1/2 Palo Alto Square: 2 & 4:20 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m. Beau Geste (1926) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Beau Geste (1939) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 3:20 p.m. Casa de Mi Padre (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8 & 10:10 p.m. The Deep Blue Sea (R) (((1/2 Guild Theatre: 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 1:45 p.m.
Sam Worthington battles an ornery Cyclops in the fantasy adventure “Wrath of the Titans” and hooks up with the warrior queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and quirky Agenor (Toby Kebbell), another half-man, half-god like Perseus (Agenor’s father is Poseidon). Together the trio sets off for the underworld in hopes of freeing the captured Zeus, bumping into three ornery Cyclops and oddball weapons maker Hephaestus (the always entertaining Bill Nighy) along the way. Worthington seems to have matured as an actor and is more engaging here than in previous roles. Kebbell (“War Horse”) threatens to steal the show with his playful performance and gives the film a needed comedic element. The scenes involving Neeson and Fiennes are especially impressive from a thespian standpoint. The two veteran actors are masters of their craft and they share an easy chemistry that transcends the cornucopia of visual effects that surrounds them. Ramirez, however, never really embraces what could have been a really fun role as the “god of war” and seems out of place. Although the visual effects are impressive (and 3D serves the movie well, unlike with “Clash”), there are times where the sensory barrage overwhelms the audience, such as during the film’s climax featuring the mad god Kronos (basically a giant lava monster). But “Wrath” is a cinematic treat for fantasy enthusiasts (I’ll admit I’m a card-carrying member) and for those who appreciate Greek mythology. Fans of 1981’s “Clash” need not fret — the endearing mechanical owl Bubo makes another entertaining cameo. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action and intense sequences of fantasy violence. One hour, 39 minutes. — Tyler Hanley
Mirror Mirror --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Hollywood’s disconcerting trend of updated fairy tales hits its stride with “Mirror Mirror,” a cheeky retelling of “Snow White” that’s both kidfriendly and surprisingly tasteful. Everything Grimm is new again, from last year’s misfire “Red Riding Hood” to upcoming live-action revamps of “Hansel and Gretel,”
“Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” (three times over). And June will see the release of none other than “Snow White and the Huntsman,” with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (“Immortals,” “The Fall”) wins the Snow White race, bringing his signature over-the-top production design to bear on a lunkheaded Prince (Armie Hammer), seven dwarfs (Danny Woodburn, Martin Klebba, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Sebastian Saraceno and Ronald Lee Clark), an 18-year-old princess (Lily Collins) with snow-white features and a name to match, and a wicked Queen (Julia Roberts). By toning down his excesses for
Tarsem’s visual invention make “Mirror Mirror” entirely tolerable. There’s also the catty spectacle of aging star Roberts as a diva queen desperately holding off her inevitable fate as an old crone (one satirical sequence subjects the Queen — read Roberts — to an outrageous beauty regime: think literally bee-stung lips). The film’s snappy comic timing and general briskness impress, but the trade-off is perfunctory character “development.” Snow White starts off as much a bland, regressive zero as ever, moral but naïve, until she steps out of her literal ivory tower to discover a starving populace; a montage later, she’s a formidable sword-fighting thief in company with the aforementioned dwarfs. Outfitted with springy ac-
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 1:10, 3:50 & 6:40 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. (standard 2D) also at 10:50 a.m.; Mon. & Tue. (standard 2D) also at 11 a.m.; In 3D at 11:40 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Sun. also at 7:30 p.m.; In 3D Mon. & Tue. also at 7:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; 1:20, 3:45, 6:10, 8:30 & 10:45 p.m.; In 3D at 12:25, 2:40, 5:05, 7:20 & 9:40 p.m. Footnote (PG) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 1:30 p.m. Four Daughters (1938) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 5:50 & 9:25 p.m. Friends with Kids (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 1:55 & 7:15 p.m. The Hunger Games (PG-13) ((( Century 16: Noon, 12:40, 1:20, 2, 2:40, 3:20, 4, 4:40, 5:30, 6:20, 7, 7:50 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10, 10:40 & 11:20 a.m.; 9:10, 9:55 & 10:35 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. also at 11 & 11:30 a.m.; 9, 9:40 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 10:50, 11:25 & 11:55 a.m.; 12:30, 1:05, 1:35, 2:10, 2:45, 3:20, 3:50, 4:25, 4:55, 5:30, 6, 7:10, 7:45, 8:15, 8:50, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 6:40 & 10 p.m. John Carter (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 5 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Sun. at 9:20 p.m.; In 3D Mon. & Tue. at 9 p.m. Century 20: 4 & 10:15 p.m.; In 3D at 1 & 7:05 p.m. The Kid with a Bike (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 5:30 p.m. Mirror Mirror (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m.; 12:10, 1:40, 2:50, 4:20, 5:40, 7:30 & 8:50 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. also at 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 & 11:40 a.m.; 12:35, 1:25, 2:20, 3:15, 4:05, 5, 5:55, 6:45, 7:35, 8:35, 9:25 & 10:20 p.m. The Raid: Redemption (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40 & 7:40 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. also at 10:10 p.m. Rascal Flatts: Changed (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Thu. at 8 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 8 p.m. The Roaring Twenties (1939) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:05 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:50, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m. The Secret World of Arrietty (G) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 2:20 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 8:30 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. also at 8:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m. Titanic 3D (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Tue. at 12:01 a.m.; Wed. & Thu. at 11 a.m.; 3:10 & 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 6:30 p.m.; Wed. & Thu. at noon, 4:05 & 8:10 p.m. Under Two Flags (1936) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:25 & 9:35 p.m.
Julia Roberts (left) is the wicked Queen and Lily Collins is Snow White in “Mirror Mirror”
Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) ((( Century 16: Noon, 2:30, 5 & 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. (standard 2D) also at 10:45 p.m.; Mon. & Tue. (standard 2D) also at 10:30 p.m.; In 3D at 11 a.m.; 12:30, 1:30, 3:10, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10 & 10 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Sun. also at 10 a.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m.; In 3D at 11:10 a.m.; 12:50, 1:40, 3:25, 4:15, 6, 6:50, 8:40 & 9:30 p.m.
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a mass audience of largely children, the self-billed Tarsem hits his sweet spot, serving up lavish sets and costumes to create a fantasy world that doesn’t make us want to scratch our eyeballs out. Yes, “Mirror Mirror” cultivates an unreal digital sheen, but more often than not it’s quite handsome, and quirky in a Tim Burtonesque vein. (For just-so fairy-tale music chops, the film turns to Oscarwinning Alan Menken, known for his Disney fairy-tale musicals). The script — credited to Marc Klein and Jason Keller — delivers a merry kid-level corrective to Disney, and while parents will have been there and done that, the verbal wit and
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cordion legs and played by a diverse group of hungry performers, the dwarfs give even the great Nathan Lane (here as the Queen’s righthand servant) a run for his funny. By taking the tack of a live-action cartoon, Tarsem invites the audience to lighten up and enjoy the simplicity of ye old good-versus-evil storytelling. The gang of cliches is all here, but the tots won’t mind. As the nouveau dwarfs say, “Never trust anyone over 4 feet.” Rated PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor. One hour, 46 minutes. — Peter Canavese
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Movies John Carter --(Century 16, Century 20) In dire need of a cinematic sugar rush? Look no farther than Disneyâ€™s blockbuster offering â€œJohn Carter,â€? a fantasy extravaganza brimming with eye candy. The visual effects are, literally, out of this world. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughsâ€™ groundbreaking novel â€œA Princess of Mars,â€? the film follows a Civil
NOW PLAYING The Hunger Games --(Century 16, Century 20) Even those totally unfamiliar with Suzanne Collinsâ€™ book may find Gary Rossâ€™ film, â€œThe Hunger Games,â€? somewhat less than suspenseful. But if â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? on screen doesnâ€™t exactly catch fire, its savvy pop culture mash-up and the charge of teens in life-and-death peril remain intact. In a retro-futuristic dystopia, the 1-percenters long ago crushed the revolt of the 99-percenters. The rule of fear hinges largely on â€œthe Hunger Games,â€? an annual compulsory lottery that demands 12- to 18-yearold â€œtributesâ€? to submit to a televised death match. Two weeks, 24 contestants, and only one victor allowed to walk away alive. Oddly, the early scenes laying this groundwork tend to be considerably more lively than the 74th Annual Games
A scene from â€œThe Secret World of Arriettyâ€? Shlomo Bar Aba in â€œFootnoteâ€? Shortly thereafter, a baffled Uriel gets his own call, explaining that the win was a clerical error. The Prize was meant for Uriel. â€œFootnoteâ€? ends not with a bang but with a whimper, a brave if dissatisfying choice thatâ€™s no doubt truer to life than the emotional or farcical crescendo audiences will be craving. On the way there, thereâ€™s enough whimsy and wit to earn comic credentials, and brilliant character work from Aba and Ashkenazi thatâ€™s alone worth the price of admission. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking. One hour, 43 minutes. â€” P.C. (Reviewed March 23, 2012)
Elizabeth Banks (left) and Jennifer Lawrence in â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? themselves, a sign of Rossâ€™ lack of experience as an action director and the filmâ€™s squeamishness when it comes to depicting the storyâ€™s gruesomely violent side. Straight-arrow-shooting Katniss makes a compelling feminist hero, and Lawrenceâ€™s resonant performance delivers. â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€?â€™ striking production design goes a long way, and the story could be a conversation-starter for families about the voyeurism and willing manipulation of the American viewing public. Rated PG13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images, all involving teens. One hour, 23 minutes. â€” P.C. (Reviewed March 23, 2012) Footnote --(Aquarius) â€œNothing is nice,â€? says the old man at the center of the Israeli comedydrama â€œFootnote.â€? Itâ€™s a statement that could summarize the troubles of a father and son dealing with the tensions of expectations in family and career. Writerdirector Joseph Cedar introduces us to Talmudic scholars Eliezer Shkolnik and his son Uriel, two men in implicit competition. In his declining years and his own sense of superiority, the sour Eliezer resents the success of his son the pop academician, who has effectively supplanted the father. Eliezer has long coveted the Israel Prize in recognition of his unjustly ignored lifelong labor. In a miraculous turn of events, Eliezer finally gets the call: He has won the Israel Prize.
cinema more vital. The filmâ€™s separations can be familial, but also those of class and culture and between citizen and state; above all, Farhadiâ€™s parable teaches that a rush to judgment inevitably turns back on the judge. Rated PG-13 for thematic material. Two hours, three minutes. â€” P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012)
The Artist --(Palo Alto Square) Any filmgoer undaunted by something different will walk out of this new silent film with a grin. Michel Hazanaviciusâ€™ feature has an emotional generosity that speaks louder than words. Opening in 1927, â€œThe Artistâ€? begins with a premiere of a silent film starring George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). When Valentin stumbles into a photo op with Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), the ground for a relation-
Berenice Bejo in â€œThe Artistâ€?
ship is paved. Peppy sees her star begins to rise with Georgeâ€™s fall, precipitated by the arrival of talkies and the crash of 1929. Writer-director Hazanavicius mostly steers clear of comparisons to the eraâ€™s epics and screen comics, instead inhabiting melodrama. The acting is inventive, and the film joyously celebrates the movies. Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture. One hour, 41 minutes. â€” P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011)
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brushes against big fears â€” Shawn grapples with mortality, Arrietty with losing her home â€” while retaining the view that friendship can mean mutually solving, or at least alleviating, problems. Rated G. One hour, 34 minutes. â€” P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012)
Taylor Kitsch in â€œJohn Carterâ€? War-era cavalryman from Virginia who is whisked away to Mars courtesy of a mystical amulet. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Marsâ€™ more human-looking denizens. A soldier is taking the fight to the land of Helium in hopes of conquering it and marrying its battle-ready princess. The picture drags at times and at least 20 minutes could have been left on the cutting-room floor. The film relies heavily on its visual elements, so itâ€™s a boon that that portion is so stunning. â€œJohn Carterâ€? pays a nice homage to Burroughs and honors the novel while falling neatly alongside other Disney escapades such as â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€? and â€œPrince of Persia.â€? It might not be the healthiest dose of eye candy, but it certainly satisfies. Rated PG13 for violence and action. Two hours, 17 minutes. â€” T.H. (Reviewed March 9, 2012) The Secret World of Arrietty ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Great things come in small packages. Thatâ€™s one of the lessons of â€œThe Secret World of Arrietty,â€? the charming animated adventure based on Mary Nortonâ€™s kid-lit classic â€œThe Borrowers.â€? This is a tale of tiny people living underfoot of human â€œbeans,â€? and â€œborrowingâ€? what they need to survive. But itâ€™s also a reminder that the seemingly small package of a hand-drawn animated film remains a warmly welcome alternative to computergenerated imagery. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi takes the story at a leisurely pace, which allows it to breathe. Along with the gorgeously detailed art, lush color and swoony music, the film is all but guaranteed to entrance children. The animation style, emphasizing meticulous design, perfectly lends itself to the source material. Everything about â€œArriettyâ€? is as vivid as it is (deceptively) simple, which places it in the top ranks of animated movies. With tenderness, the story
A Separation ---1/2 (Aquarius) Even as she defends her divorce filing, an Iranian woman says of her spouse, â€œHe is a good, decent person.â€? But â€œA Separationâ€? â€” a film from Iran that just won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film â€” tests its every proposition, from the wisdom of the coupleâ€™s separation to the ethical rectitude of the spurned husband. The opening scene of writerdirector Asghar Farhadiâ€™s drama lets wife Simin (Leila Hatami) and husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) vent their sides of the dispute that threatens to end their marriage. The two separate, forcing 11-year-old Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to play one parent against the other in the hope theyâ€™ll see the errors of their ways. The climate of cultural repression in Iran has only made its
Leila Hatami in â€œA Separationâ€?
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OLYMPIC TUNEUPS . . . Current members of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team are playing all over the world these days prior to reconvening and preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Among that group is a number of former Stanford players.Outside hitter Logan Tom is competing for Fenerbahce Universal of the Turkish League in 2011-2012. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce captured the CEV Champions League title with two victories over the weekend. Fenerbahce rallied past Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 on March 24. Tom had nine kills on 29 attacks to go with a block for 10 points. She handled 43 of the team’s 79 service receptions with a 77 positive percent. In the gold-medal match, Fenerbahce overwhelmed RC Cannes 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 in 76 minutes. Tom contributed five kills on 17 attacks and four aces for nine total points. She added a 75 positive reception percent on eight chances. Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo is competing for Dinamo Krasnodar of the Russia Super League in 2011-2012. Krasnodar, which ended the regular season in fifth place with a 14-8 record, opened the Russia Super League 5-8 Playoff first final round robin with a 13-25, 19-25, 25-23, 35-33, 15-12 loss to Odintsovo on March 23. Outside hitter Kristin Richards is part of the Italian Serie A1 Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza squad. Piacenza won its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round best-of-three series over fifth-seed LIU-JO Modena with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 victory on March 20. Outside hitter Cynthia Barboza is competing for LIU-JO Modena of the Italian Serie A1 team. Modena, the fifth seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, lost its Italian Serie A1 quarterfinal round playoff to fourth-seed Rebecchi Nordmecaanica Piacenza with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 1513 setback in the deciding third match on March 20. Barboza collected 16 points with 12 kills on 32 attacks and four blocks. Outside hitter Alix Klineman is competing for Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian Serie A1. As the seventh seed in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, Pesaro lost its quarterfinal round best-of-three series to second-seed MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese after falling 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 on March 20. Klineman notched 19 points with 11 kills on 34 swings.
The Stanford women’s basketball team had plenty to celebrate on Monday night during an 81-69 victory over Duke in the championship game of the Fresno Regional. The triumph earned the Cardinal a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Final Four, where Stanford (35-1) will face Baylor (38-0) in the semifinals.
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by Rick Eymer he next time Baylor’s 6-foot-8 junior center Brittney Griner blocks a shot, it will be her 200th of the season and 25th of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Her next chance, of course, comes Sunday when second-ranked Stanford (35-1) and the top-ranked Bears (38-0) meet in the national semifinals at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Just what can the Cardinal do about it? “Embrace it,” sophomore Chiney Ogwumike blurted out during Wednesday’s send-off press conference in Kissick Auditorium. “I expect to have my shots blocked,” senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike quickly added. “Yeah, embrace it. I like competing against the bigger players. It’s a lot better than having all the smaller ones scratching at my feet.” To which Chiney added, “We have a tall task in front of us . . . No
Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike (left) and sophomore sister Chiney hoisted another regional championship trophy Monday.
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pun intended!” Griner may own the spotlight but the Ogwumike sisters seem to be having all the fun. They were continually adding comments to each other’s answers as though it was a vaudeville act and they were playing to the audience. If these sisters are feeling any pressure, there’s no outward sign of it. Final Four? Forget about it. “It’s not every day you get to play someone like her,” Nneka said. “It’s a great challenge. I know Chiney is excited . . . (“I’m pumped!” Chiney nearly screamed, eyes wide open) . . . I’m more focused on having fun.” Even as Nneka gets the final word out, Chiney is already inserting her own thoughts. “She changes the game. We’re going to have to be crafty.” Griner has thrown a couple of (continued on page 33)
Stanford has new challenges
Baseball heads to Arizona with No. 2 rank intact Pac-12 honors for Cardinal women’s gymnasts; softball squad ends three-game losing streak with win over SCU by Rick Eymer
Defending NCAA title is just one of many goals for No. 2 women by Keith Peters his has been a season of challenges for the Stanford women’s water polo team, which is coming off an NCAA championship last spring but lost two key players and an incoming freshman to the U.S. Senior National Team. Thus, the Cardinal of 2012 has been on track to defend its national title, perhaps duplicate last year’s 28-1 record and keep the program afloat at the elite level until likely Olympians Annika Dries, Melissa Seidemann and Maggie Steffens return. Stanford coach John Tanner also had to find a way to incorporate five new freshmen into a program with just four seniors. “It’s obviously a challenge when you lose two great players (Seidemann and Dries) off last year’s team,” said freshman Kiley Neushul. “But, we got solid players from the freshman class. The spotlight definitely was on Mel and Annika last year, so it’s a challenge and we’re ready to accept it.” Stanford has done just fine in the challenge department, having compiled a 16-1 record and No. 2 national ranking heading into this weekend’s home matches against Arizona State (Saturday) and San Diego State (Sunday), both at 1 p.m. Despite her freshman status, Neushul has been a big reason why it has been business as usual for the Cardinal. She has scored a teamleading 38 goals (freshman Ashley Grossman is second with 29) and helped followers forget that anyone is missing from last year’s squad. Neushul, who has been a member of the USA Senior National Team since her junior year at Dos Pueblos High in Goleta where she led her team to four straight CIF Southern Division titles and 67 straight wins, has been more than up to the challenge. Last weekend, for example, she faced a challenge of the most unique kind when Stanford traveled to Santa Barbara to face UCSB and Brown. UC Santa Barbara’s first-year coach is Cathy Neushul, Kiley’s mother. “It was a weird experience,” said Kiley. “I’ve never played against my mom, only for her.” Kiley didn’t have time to chat with her mom before the match because Stanford had made a three-hour drive from Kettleman City on Sunday morning and arrived just before game time. The Cardinal had been in Fresno on Saturday, watching the Stanford women’s basketball team play South Carolina in the Fresno Regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. When Stanford arrived at the UCSB pool, the course hadn’t been
econd-ranked Stanford heads out the field. to Arizona, a popular destinaTeams will play 18 holes over tion this weekend for Cardinal three days beginning on Friday at athletes with the softball, women’s Stanford Golf Course (par-70; 6,727 golf and men’s tennis teams also yards), teeing off on holes No. 1 and heading for competitions in the 10 at 8 a.m. each day. desert, to open a three-game PacStanford will enter two squads 12 series Friday. in this event. The “red” team will Stanford (2-1, 16-3) opened con- consist of Cameron Wilson, David ference play by taking two of three Chung, Andrew Yun, Patrick Rodgames from visiting USC gers and Steven Kearney, last weekend. The Cardiwhile the black team will nal also beat visiting St. be made up of Shane LebMary’s, 10-4, on Wednesow, Patrick Grimes, Marday. cel Puyat, Wilson Bowen It’s another big series and Andre DeDecker. for Stanford, as the Wildcats (4-2, 18-7) are ranked Women’s golf eighth in the nation and Stanford joins a strong share first place in the field at the PING/ASU Pac-12 with UCLA and Invitational, which gets Oregon State. Stanford and Austin Wilson underway on Friday at the Washington have matching Karsten Course in Tempe, records in a conference full of top Ariz. teams. Utah (3-3, 7-16) currently Five top 10 teams, including topowns the only losing record among ranked UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 5 the 11 teams (no Colorado) and the Arizona State, No. 7 Vanderbilt and Utes also won 2 of 3 from the Tro- No. 8 LSU headline the 17-team jans. field which also includes Arizona, Arizona, with the top three hit New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Orleaders, tops the Pac-12 with its .322 egon State, San Diego State, Texteam batting average, while the Car- as, Texas A&M, TCU, UC Davis, dinal leads in pitching with a 2.65 UNLV and Washington, along with ERA. The Wildcats are eighth in Stanford. pitching while Stanford is third in Stanford is expected to start a batting. Both teams are in the mid- lineup consisting of (in order) Sally dle of the pack in fielding. Watson, Kristina Wong, Mariko TuFreshman Josh Hochstatter ranks mangan, Lila Barton and Marissa second in the Pac-12 with a 1.03 Mar. ERA while Brett Mooneyham ranks Stanford finished fifth at last eighth with his 2.12 ERA. year’s PING/ASU Invitational. Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger has nine Women’s gymnastics doubles on the year, tied Stanford junior Ashley for second in the conferMorgan was named to the ence. All-Pac-12 first team in Mark Appel (47) and two events and was among Mooneyham (46) rank 1-2 three Cardinal women’s in strikeouts. gymnasts to receive allSt. Mary’s arrived at conference honors, as anStanford on Wednesnounced by the conference day sporting the nation’s office Tuesday. earned run average of 2.04. Ashley Morgan The Gaels left with someSoftball thing much higher. No. 13 Stanford (0-3, 26-6) will With Austin Wilson going 3-for-5 be in Tucson to take on the 17thwith two RBI and freshman Alex ranked Wildcats in a three-game Blandino hitting his first career series beginning Friday night. The Cardinal dropped three home run, No. 2-ranked Stanford games to visiting California in the rolled. conference opener last weekend. The Bears are ranked first in the Men’s golf Stanford hopes this weekend’s nation for the first time in seven U.S. Intercollegiate on its home years. Stanford beat Santa Clara, 9-2, in course will provide some momentum heading into championship sea- a nonconference contest Wednesson, which begins with the Pac-12 day. Championships in late April. Three squads currently ranked in Women’s tennis Mallory Burdette, undefeated in Golfweek’s/Sagarin top-10 headline the 16-team U.S. Intercollegiate dual-match play this season, leads field, including No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford (11-0) with a 24-4 mark as USC and No. 7 Washington. Stan- it prepares for a visit from Arizona ford and Oregon are ranked 11th and State on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and Ari12th, respectively, in the latest Golf- zona on Saturday (noon). Nicole Gibbs (19-4), Ellen Tsay week/Sagarin ratings while San Di(16-5), Stacey Tan (15-5) and Veego State is ranked 13th. Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, ronica Li (13-6) also own double Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Fran- figure victories. Stanford beat host UNLV, 7-0 on cisco, San Jose State, UC Davis, Utah and Washington State round Wednesday. N
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Stanford freshman Kiley Neushul leads the Stanford women’s water polo team in scoring with 38 goals this season. set up quite yet. “I was warming up and my mom yelled, ‘Kiley, set up the cage!’ “I said, ‘mom, I’m not playing for you any more.’ “ Once the match got under way, mother and daughter clashed again. “The first shot of the game was a 5-meter penalty shot, and I took it,” Kiley said. “My mom knew I had done poorly in the past with those shots and said something to their goalie from the deck. That just fired me up. I just threw it as hard as I could.” That was the first of Kiley’s four goals in the match. “I respect her as a coach, but I wanted to win,” Kiley said. After Stanford had posted a 12-2 victory, the teams lined up to congratulate each other. There was no special treatment from mom. “My mom just shook my hand and said good game,” Kiley said. There was time for a family reunion on Sunday and Monday (Stanford beat Brown on Monday morning, 19-3) as the Neushul family hosted Stanford both nights. The Cardinal players watched the women’s basketball team beat Duke on Monday night before heading back to the Bay Area on Tuesday. Despite growing up in Santa Barbara and having an opportunity to play for her mother, it never was an option for Neushul. She has wanted to play for Stanford since she was in the seventh grade. Cathy Neushul never pressured Kiley on her college choice but her father, Peter, a former UCSB player in his day, offered an ultimatum “I was initially deciding between UCSB and Stanford,” Kiley said. “Then my dad said I would have to live in my room at home if I went to UCSB, so I said no way. I felt pretty much all along that if I got into Stanford, I was coming here. Other schools had a lot to offer, but I feel like I’ve been on this team since I started playing water polo.” Tanner, of course, couldn’t be happier. Neushul is just one of many key components on a Stanford team that has a lot going for it. “We expected a lot,” said Tanner. “We had more quality players returning than most people realized. It was easy to focus on what
we weren’t going to have. (But) The people returning maybe didn’t have the recognition or respect that they perhaps should have.” While not having Dries, the reigning national player of the year, Seidemann or Steffens might have appeared to leave Stanford out of the title picture, it has anything but that. “No one on our team walked in thinking ‘what can we throw together?’” Tanner said. “We expect our team to be competitive every year.” Without Dries and Seidemann dominating the two-meter position this Stanford team has a different look. “Our strengths are different then they have been the past couple of years,” Tanner said. “We used to be a power team, like the Stanford football team. Now, we’re more like a spread offense in football. Our team’s identity has been about energy and passion.” Tanner said his four seniors — Pallavi Menon from Sacred Heart Prep, Alysa Lo, Cassie Churnside and Monica Coughlan — provide a versatility perhaps not seen before. “All four are getting an opportunity,” Tanner said. “They were just in the shadows for three years.” Junior goalie Kate Baldoni has taken over for the graduated Amber Oland and has an able backup in freshman Emily Dorst from Menlo-Atherton High. Dorst is one of 10 underclassmen and among the standout five-player freshman class led by Neushul. “We’re just glad Kiley played for us and didn’t stay home in Santa Barbara,” said Tanner, who was also happy to see Neushul’s decision not to pursue a berth on the 2012 Olympic team. Tanner said it was the quality of the Stanford experience, being with her teammates and on campus — much like Andrew Luck’s decision to remain an extra year at Stanford. “She chose to be here,” Tanner said. “I used to really want to go to the Olympics,” Neushul said. “That was my goal. I still do. I don’t want to really take things too fast. Playing at Stanford is so much fun.” And challenging. N
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Stanford volleyball player Sam Wopat, 19 by Keith Peters and Rick Eymer
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by Keith Peters ill Green’s life was a fast one, which is appropriate since the former Cubberley High star was among the fastest runners of his generation in track and field. Green, who grew up in Palo Alto, passed away at age 50 on March 4 in Spokane, Wash., after courageously enduring a painful illness and crushing disability — he learned last August he had metastatic esophageal cancer after an undetected malignant spinal tumor caused sudden paraplegia. He is most remembered, by many, for his extraordinary talent as a runner who put Cubberley High on the map in the world of track and field. By 1978, as a junior, he won the California State championship at 440 yards and track officialdom took notice. The next year, as a senior, he ran 45.51 in the 400 meters and set a national high school record having run it faster than any high school athlete ever. In addition, he was a fail-safe, come-from-behind anchor in the sprint relays. Bill was selected for the Pan American Games, though he did not compete. At age 18, after placing in the top three in the U.S. Menís National Championship meet in Southern California against veteran college stars, he found himself three days later on a flight to Europe with a team of Americans sent to compete on the world stage. He had a large collection of trophies, but among his proudest recognitions were those earned at home — his Athlete of the Year honor at Cubberley and the Peninsula Male Athlete of the Year Award, presented by the Peninsula Times Tribune in 1979. He ran 10.59 for the 100 meters, 20.91 for the 200 and 45.51 in the 400 — times that still rank among the best all-time in the Central Coast Section. His 400 time still ranks No. 2. From Cubberley, Green graduated to USC and was a member of some of the world’s fastest relays. In 1980, the ecstasy and agony of his running career were realized when he won the 400 meters at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., despite know full well that U.S. President Jimmy Carter had called for a boycott of the Moscow Games. Nonetheless, Green’s memory will always carry the legacy of being an Olympian. When news of Billís death reached friends, fans and coaches, they flooded social media venues with tributes and photos of his track accomplishments. “Bill and I were roommates, teammates, and friends at USC,”:wrote one friend. “Bill was a track and field phenomenon, and a far better friend. Bill had many interests beyond track, life was always interesting with Bill, you never new what
Samantha Wopat in kills and aces. She helped lead the team to the CIF Division 1A Southern California title. She was considered one of the nation’s top volleyball players in PrepVolleyball’s Senior Aces rankings. In 2009, she was named a PreVolleyball High School All-American and a Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-American. She also played for the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club, which won the 2010 Southern California Junior National Qualifier. Wopat is survived by her parents, Ron and Kathy Wopat of Santa Barbara, her twin sister, Carly, who is also a member of the Stanford women’s volleyball team; and two younger brothers, Jackson and Eli. According to a post on “Volley Talk,” there were cards supporting Wopat at the Stanford men’s volleyball alumni match in Maples Pavilion on Saturday. A tree on campus has been decorated with cards and other items remembering Wopat. Reaction on her death included the following comments: “This is an unbelievable loss. My condolences to the Wopat and Stanford families. Simply unbelievable . . . This is so sad. I can’t stop thinking about her, she was too young. Life is so unfair sometimes . . . My stomach literally just dropped. So devastating to hear. Sending lots of positive vibes to her family/friends . . . Our small volleyball community has lost a beautiful and gentle soul . . . We are truly heartbroken over this devastating and unfathomable tragedy and send our deepest condolences to the Wopat family, the Stanford volleyball players and program and the closely-knit Santa Barbara/ Dos Pueblos volleyball communities. You have lost a wonderful person; may her light continue to shine through all of you . . . As a member of the Stanford Volleyball family, it breaks my heart that we have lost such a talented young woman. My heart goes out to her family, her teammates, her coaches, her friends and most of all to her twin sister, Carly. Prayers for all.” N
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shocked by the news: “I can’t imagine what they’re (the Wopat family) is going through,” he said in a TV interview on Monday. “Her sister (Carly) has been amazingly strong.” Dunning said his women’s volleyball team was to begin spring practice this week, but that had been delayed due to Wopat’s death. Added Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer: “”When things happen . . . We dealt with it directly with our team. We remind the team that if you get into a situation where you feel so overwhelmed, we’re here for you.” Prior to enrolling at Stanford, Wopat was a member of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. In 2009, she participated in Thailand as a member of the U.S. Youth National Team that competed at the World Championships. She was a member of Junior Olympic teams in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Information about a memorial to celebrate Wopat’s life will be shared as it becomes available. Samantha Alohilani Wopat was born on Oct. 13, 1992 in Santa Barbara. She was a 2010 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, where she lettered in volleyball, track and field and basketball. She and her sister were both named the 2010 Dos Pueblos High School Top Female Athlete. “The Dos Pueblos family is heartbroken over the passing of Sam Wopat,” Dan Feldhaus, the high school athletic director, told the Santa Barbara Independent. “She was a great athlete, a great person, and a role model. Our sympathies go out to the Wopat family.” As a senior, Wopat led her team
t was only last summer that Samantha (Sam) Wopat was touring China with her teammates on the Stanford women’s volleyball team. There were plenty of photos of the team, and Sam, as they toured. It was an enjoyable time, one that the team will cherish following Wopat’s unexpected death last weekend. Wopat, 19, died Sunday following a week-long battle after a medical emergency in her Stanford residence, the university announced Monday. Wopat, surrounded by family, friends and teammates, was hospitalized on Saturday, March 17, and remained in the intensive care unit of Stanford Hospital until her death. The cause of death is currently not known. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Wopat,” Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said. “She was an integral member of the Stanford Athletics family and a tremendous student and athlete. On behalf of our administration, coaches and students I extend my condolences to Sam’s siblings, parents, relatives and friends. Stanford University and the women’s volleyball program have lost a wonderful young woman.” Wopat joined the Stanford women’s volleyball team in 2010, along with her twin sister, Carly, and excelled as an outside hitter. Sam appeared in 25 sets as a sophomore and averaged 1.16 kills per set. As a freshman, she saw action in 11 sets and registered a .571 season hitting percentage. Said Stanford women’s coach John Dunning, who was obviously
Bill Green adventure was around the corner. He touched many lives.” “As a Bellarmine track athlete, I had the privilege of competing against Bill in one race and watching him in a few others. A truly incredible athlete, a good guy, and one of the best high school track & field athletes in CA history. For those of us who had the opportunity to watch him, he will not be forgotten,” wrote Doug Griffith. “A very special athlete. God bless Bill and his family.” And, from Dan Carney: “I ran for Buchser High School in my senior year ‘79 against Bill. We raced in the 220 at Cubberley and after he smoked me I was so mad I threw my shoes on the ground. But, he came up to me and said, ‘You had me all the way off the turn and I ran as hard as I could.’ I know he was just trying to make me feel good, but he insisted he gave it his all. Anyway, it just proves his character and how modest and humble he was. He was the fastest athlete I’ve ever had the privilege to compete against. Over the years I tell people of him and how amazing he was and how lucky and fortunate I was to run against him. You’re the man, Bill Green.” Bill is survived by his parents, Palo Altans Loretta Martin Green, a retired journalist, and William E. Green, an attorney and a former quarter-miler at the University of Pittsburgh. He also leaves his brother Roderic Martin Green (Tammy) of Commerce, Mich., who also was a member of the speedy Cubberley Cougars. Bill is survived by his sisters Inelle Lisa Green of San Jose and Nicole Elise Green of Oakland. A celebration of Billís life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Unity Palo Alto Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Billís memory to the Peninsula Bay Links Scholarship Fund, 1635 Candace Way, Los Altos, CA 94024. The money will fund a Bill Green academic scholarship to be presented in May to a local, college-bound senior track and field athlete. N
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dunks thus far and Stanford has no problem with it. “It’s two points and it adds excitement,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We’re not going to have a breakdown over it, as long as it isn’t the winning basket. I think she’s extraordinary and she’s only scratching the surface of how good she is going to be. You have to remember that they have two All-Americans on that team. It’s not just Brittney. It’s also Odyssey Sims.” Both of them average more than 31 minutes a game, so even as the game is being played in the Mile High city, stamina won’t be much of a problem. Griner already has racked up 1,230 minutes of playing time. Sims is at 1,210. Nneka leads the Cardinal with 1,060 minutes. “Boulder is higher,” Stanford sophomore guard Toni Kokenis said. Oh yeah! Kokenis sits quietly between the Ogwumike sisters, a bemused smile on her face as her teammates control the conversation. Kokenis has her own thoughts about attacking the Baylor defense with Griner standing there, looking as though she’s got ‘Bring It On!’ tattooed on the inside of her eyelid. “She affects everyone’s shot,” said Kokenis, who recorded eight as-
10.3 rebounds a game with shooting percentages of 55.4 from the field and 83.1 from the free-throw line. Over Stanfordís four NCAA Tournament wins she has averaged 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.11 assists and shot 65.1 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the line. Already this year Ogwumike holds the holds the highest singleseason scoring average (22.5) in school history and on Monday night tied Candice Wigginsí scoring record with 787 points. She became Stanfordís fourth and the Pac-12ís eighth member of the ì2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Clubî on Jan. 7 against Oregon State, achieving both marks on that day. Ogwumike currently stands second in Stanford history with 2,469 points, a 58.4 field-goal percentage and 551 free throws made, third with 1,217 rebounds and fourth with 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Ogwumike has also posted 19 double-doubles, 20 games with at least 20 points and five games of at least 30 points. Her top scoring effort this year came on Dec. 20 against then-No. 6/6 Tennessee, when she scored a career-high 42 points with 17 rebounds in Stanfordís 97-80 win. She is also a consensus national player of the year finalist, in contention for the Wade Trophy (along with sister Chiney), John R. Woodsists, six points and four rebounds in Stanford’s 81-69 victory over Duke in the Elite Eight in Fresno on Monday. “You can’t go as deep, or you have to try to pull her out. We’ll have to adapt and be creative.” With Nneka a threat from the outside, there’s a likely chance that could be part of the game plan. Ogwumike started shooting 3s — and making them — during the Pac-12 tournament. “The only thing left is a halfcourt shot, I guess,” she said. “I can dunk, but that’s on the backburner.” “I’d love to see her dunk,” Chiney said of her older sister. “I’ve seen her dunk so she doesn’t have to prove it.” For the first time since losing at Connecticut in late November, the Cardinal enters a game as the underdog. “Yeah, we get to go out and just play basketball,” Chiney said. “No pressure.” And like it was rehearsed: “Whether we’re the underdog or big dog, I’m just focused on our team,” Nneka said in a rather nonchalant manner. Both teams have advanced through the tournament with four double-digit victories. Stanford’s margin of victory is at plus-17, while Baylor owns a gaudy plus-25.8. The teams had four common opponents in Connecticut, Tennessee,
Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwimike (30) was named to three All-American teams over a two-day span this week and still is in line for numerous national player-of-the-year honors in the coming weeks. en Award, Naismith Trophy, and national player of the year awards of the Associated Press and USBWA. The USBWA will announce its National Player of the Year on April 3, while the John R. Wooden Award will be announced Friday, April 6 in Los Angeles. Chiney Ogwumike, meanwhile, was named one of five finalists for the WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year award, the WBCA announced Monday. Men’s basketball Stanford played for the NIT Championship on Thursday night against Minnesota in New York’s Madison Square Garden after An-
thony Brown scored a season-high 18 points to help beat Massachusetts, 74-64, Tuesday night in the semifinals. (For results of the championship game, go to www.pasportsonline. com) Josh Owens added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (2511), which played for its second NIT title against the Gophers, who knocked off Pac-12 regular-season champ Washington, 68-67, in overtime to reach the title game. Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle, the latter of whom was in foul trouble much of the second half, combined for another 25 points against UMass, including an 11 of 13 effort from the
foul line, and six assists. “It’s been great,” Bright said. “Guys are tapping into their ability and finding their niche. We’re realizing what we can be for next year. This is a nice building block.” Stanford also beat Massachusetts in the semifinals of the 1991 postseason NIT en route to its championship victory over Oklahoma. Brown hit a 3-pointer with 2:52 remaining to play to put the Cardinal up, 63-55. He was wide open thanks to the threat of Randle driving to the basket before dishing off. Stanford is 11-1 in games Brown has reached double figures. The Cardinal is 12-4 all-time at Madison Square Garden. N
by Rick Eymer tanford senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike is well on her way to be a consensus AllAmerican in basketball after being named to the USBWA and John R. Wooden Award teams on Wednesday. Ogwumike now has been named to three All-America teams in just two days. Tuesday she was unanimously voted to the Associated Press All-America first team, while younger sister Chiney was named to the second team. Wednesday’s selections also make Ogwumike a three-time USBWA (2010-12) and John R. Wooden Award (2010-12) All-American. Ogwumike and Stanford (35-1) head to the program’s fifth straight Final Four this weekend, putting the Cardinal’s program-record 32-game winning streak on the line against Baylor on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Pepsi Center in Denver. The 2011-12 season that Ogwumike has put together is one of the most, if not the most, dominant in Stanford women’s basketball history. The Cypress, Texas native was named Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second time in her career, as well as the Most Outstanding Player of both the Pac-12 Tournament and Fresno Regional. She enters Sundayís national semifinal averaging 22.5 points and
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Stanford senior makes her third All-American team while compiling one of the most dominant seasons in program history
The Stanford women’s basketball team celebrated on Monday night following an 81-69 victory over Duke in the Fresno Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Next up is No. 1-ranked Baylor (38-0) in the semis. Texas and UCLA. The Bears won by an average of 15.6 points in their six games while Stanford won by 14.0 in its five games. Baylor already owns wins over both the Huskies and Notre Dame. Stanford lost by 10 in Connecticut
and did not play the Irish. Entering Sunday’s semifinal, the Bears have played 22 games against teams in the NCAA tournament while the Cardinal has played 13. Baylor’s opponents have won a combined 24 NCAA games, while
Stanford opponents have won 16. Neither team took the easy road to the Final Four. “It’s exciting to say you’re going to the Final Four,” Nneka said. “When we get there we still want to win two games.” N
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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Paly golf beats the elements Vikings overcome bad weather and tough field to win long-awaited tourney title by Keith Peters he Palo Alto boys’ golf team had to battle more than just a talented field in the annual Titan Golf Challenge on Tuesday at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The Vikings also had to deal with the inclement weather, which included rain, cold and winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. Despite a steady, heavy rain over the final six holes of the 18-hole event, Palo Alto overcame seven other teams and the weather to capture its first tournament title in at least five years. The Vikings compiled a team score of 387 to defeat its closest pursuers, Sacred Heart Prep (398) and Gunn (403). Menlo School was fourth with 405 strokes. The team crown kept Paly perfect since a fifth-place finish in a seasonopening tournament in Salinas. The Vikings are 7-0 in SCVAL De Anza Division action while Gunn also is unbeaten. The teams still have two head-to-head matches in April to decide the regular-season title. On Tuesday, it was all Palo Alto as freshman John Knowles led the way with a solid 1-over 73 and junior Grant Raffel added a 74. Sophomore Sam Niethammer shot 77, sophomore Patrick Fuery had an 81 and freshman Alex Hwang wrapped up the scoring with an 82. “Yesterday’s scores were great for the conditions they played in -- 20-30 mph gusts, rain for the last six holes,” said Paly coach Doyle Knight. “We play Gunn when we come back from spring break — they are undefeated also — that will determine who wins our division. But, our big test will be league finals.” Menlo junior Andrew Buchanan and Sacred Heart Prep senior Kevin Knox tied for medalist honors as each shot even-par 72. Buchanan started slowly and was 3-over after five holes, but battled through the steady rain and was a remarkable 4-under over the final seven holes to get back to even par. Gunn was led by Anna Zhou’s 78 with Anson Cheng (79) and Jack Jaffe (79) just a stroke behind. Avinash Sharma checked in with an 80 but Jayshree Sarathy’s 87 knocked the Titans out of a possible secondplace finish. For Menlo, which is unbeaten in the West Bay Athletic League, Will Petit was just a few strokes over par before succumbing to wet grips on the final four holes. He finished with a 79. Jackson Dean (80), Ethan Wong (83) and James Huber (91) rounded out the Knights’ effort. Menlo bounced back from its tournament finish and improved to 6-0 in the WBAL with a 200-209
Sacred Heart Prep
The junior softball pitcher struck out 16 with a onehitter to beat Mt. View and fanned 15 in a win over Saratoga in addition to hitting a home run while improving to 4-0 as the Titans remained unbeaten in league play.
The sophomore scored nine goals and added 10 assists as the Gators topped Menlo-Atherton, Los Gatos and Palo Alto while remaining unbeaten on the season and atop the SCVAL De Anza Division lacrosse standings.
Honorable mention Rachel Acker Gunn swimming
Claire Collins Gunn softball
Caroline Cummings Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse
Kimmie Flather Palo Alto lacrosse
Ali Kim Menlo lacrosse
Michaela Michael Menlo lacrosse
Austin Appleton Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse
Ozzie Braff Palo Alto baseball
Andrew Buchanan Menlo golf
Wiley Osborne Menlo lacrosse
Nick Schultz Menlo lacrosse
Jake Verhulp Gunn baseball * previous winner
To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com
win over Harker at Palo Alto Hills on Wednesday. Buchanan tied for medalist honors with a 1-over-par 36 while making three birdies on the day. Wong and Dean each shot 39. Baseball After outscoring host Half Moon Bay, 16-11, on Monday in nonleague action, Gunn returned home to face the Vikings of Lynbrook on Tuesday and overcame a rainy afternoon to post a 6-2 victory. Despite hosting the game, Gunn (5-2, 9-5) was the visiting team as Lynbrook’s field is under renovation. In the top of the third, Gunn loaded the bases with out. Ryan Teranishi had an RBI walk, and Kevin Sharp had an RBI groundout. In the top of the fifth, with two runs already in, Gunn senior Graham Fisher hit his second homer in as many days — his fourth of the season — with Sharp aboard, to push the Titans’ lead to 6-1. Senior center fielder Jake Verhulp had two hits on the day, scoring once. Senior David Oyer had his best day this season with two hits, including one run scored, but unfortunately sprained his ankle trying to stretch a single into a double.
Junior Chris Rea also had two hits, including a double. Fisher also had a double to close out his two-hit day. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto and Los Altos remained on a collision course to possibly decide the regular season title in the final week of the season. Palo Alto (6-1-1, 12-2-1) remained in a virtual tie for first place following a 4-0 victory over visiting Los Gatos on Wednesday while Los Altos (6-1, 12-2) defeated Wilcox in 10 innings, 6-5. The Vikings and Eagles will meet on April 25 and 27 to decide the division title, barring upsets along the way. Kevin Kannappan pitched 6 2/3 innings of five-hit ball to get the win for Paly, which scored single runs in the first three innings as Clay Carey, John Dickerson and Christian Lonsky all drove in runs. In the PAL Bay Division, a tworun double by Sam Falkenhagen in the fifth inning wrapped up a 6-0 victory over Capuchino for host Menlo-Atherton on Wednesday. Ryan Cortez pitched a completegame two-hitter and received added offensive support from Dylan Cook, who had three hits and an RBI. The (continued on next page)
Sports Bears (2-1, 8-3) will complete their home-and-home series with the Mustangs on the road Friday. In the WBAL, host Sacred Heart Prep (2-0, 10-3-1) got two hits and three RBI from Hank Robson in a 9-0 romp over Pinewood on Wednesday. Jack Larson and Tyler VauDell combined on a two-hitter for the Gators. Boys’ lacrosse Palo Alto overcame the rain and visiting Menlo-Atherton to post a 15-10 victory in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Tuesday night. Despite the downpour and soggy turf, the Vikings’ offense played their most inspired and creative game this season to earn a key victory. Menlo-Atherton, which didn’t lose to Palo Alto last year, fell to 3-3 in divisional play (7-4 overall), while the Vikings improved to 2-1 (5-3 overall). Paly junior Skyler Anderson led his team with an impressive fivegoal, two-assist game, although solid team play meant seven other Vikings also scored, and 13 of their 15 goals earned assists. In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep saw its unbeaten season end as visiting Marin Academy raced to an early lead and posted an 11-7 nonleague victory on a rainy, windy Tuesday afternoon. Marin Academy (5-2) grabbed a 9-3 halftime lead as the Gators fell to 7-1 overall, while still remaining unbeaten in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Girls’ lacrosse Nina Kelty scored four goals with Kimmie Flather and Charlotte Biffar adding three goals and two assists each to pace Palo Alto to a 12-9 victory over host Los Gatos in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Wednesday night. The Vikings remained atop the division at 5-0 (7-2 overall) by grabbing a 7-3 halftime lead before the Wildcats tied it at 9. Emy Kelty intercepted a Los Gatos pass and finished the play with a goal, giving Paly a 10-9 lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Biffar and Flather finished the scoring. On Tuesday, Menlo-Atherton defeated Sacred Heart Prep for the first time in three years, posting a 14-10 triumph in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action in a driving rainstorm. The Bears (2-1, 3-2) jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Gators (1-2, 5-3) rallied with five straight goals, two each from Isabelle Thompson and Caroline Cummings. M-A junior goalie Neeka Nazhand had nine saves to keep the Bears in the match while Becca Higgitt and Emily Carlson led the scoring with four and three goals, respectively. Cummings led the Gators with four goals. In another WBAL Foothill Division match, Menlo School held on to first place with a 21-7 romp over visiting Castilleja, also played in a steady downpour. The Knights improved to 3-0 (4-4 overall) while the Gators fell to 1-2 (5-2). Menlo grabbed a 15-4 halftime lead and was led by junior Michaela Michael with nine goals and one
assist for a season-high 10 points, a team record. Ali Kim added three goals while Brooke Bullington and Kaitlin Frangione each added two goals and two assists. Michael leads the league with 59 points (51 goals and eight assists) and ranks among the nation’s best in points and goals. She’s averaging six goals and one assist per outing. Softball Palo Alto’s young team won its first game in the SCVAL De Anza Division, a 12-2 win over host Fremont on Wednesday. Sophomore pitcher Julia Saul struck out eight and allowed two hits. Sophomore Hannah Bundy went 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored three runs. Junior Maya Padilla had three hits and two RBI. In the WBAL, Frances Hughes had three hits and drove in four runs with Annie Apffel driving in three runs on three hits to pace the Castilleja softball team to a 13-2 win over host King’s Academy on Wednesday. Aryana Yee (4-4) picked up the victory as the Gators improved to 4-6. N
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The Palo Alto boys’ golf team (L-R) Patrick Fuery, Alex Hwang, Grant Raffel, John Knowles, Sam Niethammer and coach Doyle Knight won the Titan Challenge golf tournament on Tuesday at Palo Alto Muni.
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