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East meets West in Portola Valley PAGE 4

A three-week kitchen in Palo Alto PAGE 10

Updating a Mountain View bungalow PAGE 18

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Spectrum 16

ShopTalk 19

Movies 20

Puzzles 34

NNews High-speed-rail price tag drops by $30B

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NSports Highs and lows for Stanford basketball

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NHome Roaring ’20s: a fine era for historical homes Page 29


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High-speed-rail price tag drops by $30B Final business plan calls for Caltrain improvements, first segment between Central Valley and San Fernando Valley alifornia’s proposed highspeed rail system would extend from the Central Valley to the Los Angeles Basin within the next decade and would cost $30 billion less than previous estimates indicated under a new business plan that the agency charged

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by Gennady Sheyner with building the system released Monday, April 2. The revised — and final — business plan, which the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors expects to discuss and approve on April 12, departs in many key ways from the draft the

agency released in November. The new plan commits to building the system through a “blended” design under which high-speed rail and Caltrain would share two tracks on the Peninsula. It also calls for early investment in the northern and southern segments (known as the

“bookends”) of the San Franciscoto-Los Angeles line, including the long-awaited electrification of Caltrain on the Peninsula. The revised plan also specifies for the first time that the first usable segment of the rail line would be a 300-mile segment from Central Valley south to the San Fernando Valley. This “initial operating section” would extend from Merced through Bakersfield and Palmdale to the San Fernando

Valley, according to the business plan. The prior plan committed only to an “initial construction segment” — a set of train-less test tracks between north of Bakersfield and south of Merced (which was characterized by many critics as a “train to nowhere”). At a press conference in Fresno Monday morning, the rail authority’s board Chair Dan Richard (continued on page 10)

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PTA gathers signatures for tax initiative Palo Alto campaign part of state PTA effort to qualify Munger measure for November ballot by Chris Kenrick

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A new Stanford Shopping Center proposal would replace Bloomingdale’s with a smaller store, build a free-standing Fleming’s Steakhouse and a add a lifestyle-oriented retail complex, all without adding any square feet to the mall.

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Competition spurs more changes for Stanford Shopping Center Proposal calls for demolition of Bloomingdale’s, addition of five buildings by Gennady Sheyner

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tanford Shopping Center would build five new retail buildings, including a “lifestyle” center and a smaller Bloomingdale’s department store, under a new plan that aims to bring vibrancy to the Palo Alto mall without requiring any expansion. The proposal would significantly transform the northeast portion of the shopping center, along El Camino Real and

Quarry Road. It would entail the demolition of the current Bloomingdale’s — one of the anchors of the upscale shopping center — and construction of a new, smaller, Bloomingdale’s. It would also include a standalone building to house Fleming’s, a steakhouse now adjacent to Bloomingdale’s, along with what the applicants refer to as a “new lifestyle-oriented retail complex.”

The new proposal, unveiled at last month’s Architectural Review Board meeting, is a radical departure from the shopping center’s 2006-07 master plan, which was looking at a major expansion and a possible new hotel. The new plan, by contrast, is a “net zero” project, said Kathy Shields, vice president for development at Simon Property Group. Simon operates the 1.4 million-square-

foot shopping center, which is owned by Stanford University. The five new buildings would total 246,118 square feet, the same area that would be demolished, she told the Architectural Review Board March 1. The new configuration would eliminate 300 parking spots, according to Simon’s application. (continued on page 6)

n book clubs and exercise groups across town, Palo Alto PTA volunteers are gathering signatures for a November income-tax initiative to raise funds for California public education. The local PTA effort is part of a statewide PTA push to gather a share of the 500,000 signatures needed to qualify the so-called Munger Initiative, launched by Los Angeles lawyer Molly Munger. Munger’s initiative would raise state income tax rates for most Californians for the next 12 years to raise about $10 billion a year for preschool and K-12 education. A rival initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown, also in the signaturegathering phase, would increase state income tax for earners over $250,000 for seven years, and boost the state’s sales and use tax by a quarter-cent for four years. Eighty-nine percent of proceeds would go to K-12 schools and the balance to community colleges. Brown’s proposed initiative has the backing of the California Teachers Association. State PTA officials have endorsed Munger’s initiative — and also had a hand in drafting it. Palo Alto PTA volunteers aim to collect at least 2,000 signatures. Statewide, the PTA has pledged to come up with 100,000 signatures, and Munger has said she will fund a paid signature-gathering effort for the balance needed to qualify for November’s ballot. The Munger initiative “really (continued on page 7)

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Retail does not stay still. — Kathy Shields, vice president for development at Simon Property Group, on proposed changes at Stanford Shopping Center. See story on page 3.

Around Town STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU ... What happens when 10 people get stuck inside a stuffy elevator for close to an hour in the middle of a hacker festival? A bit of networking, some perspiration and tons of humor, apparently. That’s what happened on Saturday, March 31, during Palo Alto’s inaugural “Super Happy Block Party,� an event that brought close to 2,000 hackers, artists and entrepreneurs to a block of High Street in downtown Palo Alto. Most of the coders set up stations at the Talenthouse and across the street at Innovation Endeavors, which occupies a fourth-story suite at a corner office building. A group of visitors — including two event organizers, a mobile-phone expert from England (and his children), a visitor from Finland who once worked for Nokia, a representative from Budweiser who was scouting for someone who can make beerrelated apps, an employee from downtown gaming company OnLive and a Weekly reporter — was descending from the Innovation Endeavors suite to the ground floor at about 3 p.m. when the elevator froze in place a few feet before it could reach its destination. Despite the mild inconvenience of being packed like sardines in a small box with nine strangers, morale ran mostly high. No one was pregnant; nature wasn’t calling; and the presence of at least half dozen smartphones created a sense of comfort. Some sample comments from the elevator: “We should innovate our way out of here.� “Let’s hack this thing. We’ll win any hacker competition.� “Isn’t there an app that can get us out of here?� “At least it isn’t April Fools’ Day yet. Then no one would respond.� “This could be an opportunity for the longest elevator pitch ever.� Someone suggested playing music, though that idea quickly fizzled (“Just no elevator music,� one person responded). Two people (including the Weekly’s representative) whiled away the time by playing Tic Tac Toe with their fingers on the moist elevator door. Others were more productive. The Budweiser representative, looking for an app developer, found a potential source 2 feet away from him (“I have a friend who may be able to help you,� the person said, prompting an exchange of business cards). The party ended shortly after 3:45 p.m., when an elevator technician and a

crew of Palo Alto firefighters from Engine 1 pried the doors open. One by one, the slightly sweaty but otherwise cheerful occupants hopped off the elevator and proceeded to hack, network, browse and innovate for the remainder of the afternoon. HEALTHY COUNTY ... Residents of Santa Clara County have something to cheer about during this year’s National Public Health Week, which began April 2. According to a new survey from the American Public Health Association, they live in the second healthiest county in California. The group has just released its County Health Rankings, an initiative that considers factors such as mortality rate, smoking rates, and clinical care and pollution in determining the overall health of each county. The survey ranked 56 California counties (two counties weren’t on the list) and found Santa Clara County trailing only Marin County on its health rankings. The county placed a bit above San Mateo County (fifth) and well above San Francisco (24th). At the bottom of the scale are two counties in the far north of the state — Del Norte and Trinity. Residents who wish to survey other states or get more information about public heath in particular counties can do so at www. countyhealthrankings.org. OSCAR SEASON ... Palo Alto’s top officials engaged in a rapid-fire exchange of snappy questions and abbreviated answers last week during the city’s second Twitter Q&A. The conversation included questions about a new downtown residential parking-permit program (the city will decide in June whether to launch it), the number of retired workers who returned to City Hall as contractors (“More than we’d like to have,� was City Manager James Keene’s laconic response), and whether Mayor Yiaway Yeh enjoyed acting in a promotional video advertising the “Super Happy Block Party.� The video features an awestruck mayor confronted in an alleyway by a zombie-like gang of gadget-wielding “nerds.� “Fun, but I’m no actor,� Yeh responded and quoted the director who told him, “You need to look more scared than that.� Keene was more complimentary. “Look for Mayor @ YiawayYeh at the Oscars next year,� Keene tweeted. N


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skar, a quirky but hilarious “schoolboy” with a gigantic backpack, has been entertaining Palo Alto schoolchildren for the past month — while delivering serious emotional punch. The energetic show that’s making the rounds of elementary schools was commissioned by the Palo Alto Unified School District to convey some of the “social-emotional” lessons that have risen to the top of the schools’ priority lists since a string of high-school student deaths by suicide in 2009 and 2010. In a raucous performance last week at El Carmelo Elementary School, children howled when the overburdened Oskar — carrying textbooks, soccer cleats, an art project, a giant bag of popcorn and a bucket of monkeys on his back — finally tips over after somebody asks him to hold a straw. The remainder of the hourlong “Oskar and the Last Straw” explores things Oskar can do to lighten his giant backpack and, by extension, what options any child has when feeling overwhelmed by the demands of school and life. The ideas reflect the stress-busting theories embedded in the Developmental Assets, a youth wellness program recently embraced by the school district and community groups. Written by award-winning Los Angeles playwright Prince Gomolvilas, “Oskar and the Last Straw” is performed by professional actors from Menlo Park-based TheatreWorks.

Mary Sutton, education director at TheatreWorks, worked with the playwright and the schools to hone the messages in the show, performed by a cast of three professional actors. Amy Drolette, the school district’s coordinator of student services, “came to all the readthroughs and provided feedback,” Sutton said. “Elementary school is the time when seeds are planted,” Sutton said. “Theater gives kids a way to engage that I think brings out the best in them, and they need to find that and know how to use it.” At last Friday’s El Carmelo performance, kids in the audience chimed in, yelling advice to Oskar as he ran through a series of disastrous strategies to deal with his seemingly oversized backpack and oversized problems — sulking, barking like a dog, throwing a temper tantrum and trying to “do 100 things at a time.” In the end he accepts the advice yelled in from the audience, realizing he should set priorities, “do one thing at a time” and ask for help from his parents and teacher. With that realization, Oskar’s symbolic backpack and its contents shrink to miniature proportions. Between now and the end of the month, “Oskar and the Last Straw” will be performed at Walter Hays, Addison, Nixon and Escondido elementary schools. It already has visited Barron Park, Fairmeadow, Duveneck, Ohlone, Palo Verde,

Hoover, Juana Briones and El Carmelo. It also has been performed at Brentwood Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto. A 20-page “Oskar and the Last Straw” study guide is provided to teachers to help reinforce some of the play’s lessons in class. Sutton said TheatreWorks’ education programs reach 66 schools in five counties, including children in Fremont, San Jose and Redwood City. The Oskar character, in fact, is based on a specific 10-year-old boy from Redwood City she met named Oscar, Sutton said. “We wanted to celebrate the spirit of Oscar — playful, spontaneous, someone who doesn’t color in the boxes,” she said. “Theater isn’t just a place to go. It’s a place that comes to you and can be a teaching tool. We go in and find out the needs and desires of a school and how arts can fit their culture and their goals because one size does not fit all.” The theater company charges $575 for a single performance of Oskar — $1,000 for two, with financial assistance available for schools in need. TheatreWorks’ education programs also are supported by 22 foundations and corporations in the area, including the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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But the development would continue to comply with the city’s regulations regarding minimum parking

spaces. Shields said Simon and Stanford University are “singly focused on making sure that Stanford Shopping Center remains a premier world-class shopping and dining destination in the Bay Area.”

“We’re very aware that we have formidable competition for upscale shopping in San Francisco Centre and, south of us, the Valley Fair and the Santana Row complex,” Shield said. “Retail does not stay still. We know the center needs to continue

to evolve, and we’re focused on taking it to the next level.” Opened in 1955, the mall once housed tenants such as Woolworth’s and the coffee shop Sandy’s Kitchen. Now, purveyors include jeweler Tiffany & Co. and Italian men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. Construction would proceed in three phases, with the first phase involving the building of a new Fleming’s restaurant in the front parking lot. The second phase would involve demolition of the existing Bloomingdale’s and construction of the new one about half the size. The third phase, according to the application, would add a “new lifestyle-oriented retail complex in the footprint of the former Bloomingdale’s.” Bloomingdale’s demolition and rebirth is part of a broader restructuring plan by its parent company, Macy’s. The company announced in January its plan to close five Bloomingdale’s stores throughout the country and to open five smaller Bloomingdale Outlet stores this year. The Palo Alto store, while not an outlet, is “expected to emphasize merchandise categories such as women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and home,” the company stated. Pam Decharo, owner of Hair International and president of the Stanford Shopping Center Merchants Association, said that while details of the new plan have yet to emerge, Simon’s track record gives her reasons to feel confident. The company took over management of the mall in 2003 and has over-

seen its transformation into what she called a “fantastic, world-class shopping center.” Decharo said shoppers’ behavior has changed in recent years, with people becoming more conscious of their shopping experience. “It’s not just about value,” said Decharo, whose salon has been a shopping center fixture for 22 years. “People want a little more of an experience. They want to feel like their time was well-spent.” At its first look at the plans, the Architectural Review Board generally supported Simon’s plans for new retail and a smaller Bloomingdale’s but expressed concern about the proposal to construct a new standalone structure for Fleming’s. Board Member Lee Lippert said he was “very disappointed” and called the proposed site plan “somewhat disjointed.” Board member Alex Lew noted that the proposed Fleming’s location would isolate it from the rest of the mall and criticized the location for “not really responding to the things going around it. “I think there’s still something missing in this particular design,” Lew said. The board didn’t vote on the proposal but directed the applicants to return with revisions to the site plan. Project architect Geno Yun said the team plans to come back later this year with more details about the proposed demolition of Bloomingdale’s and construction of the new store. After that, the focus would shift to the new retail complex. N

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Committee Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. 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. NEW BUSINESS. Study Session: 1. Review and Comment on the Bus Rapid Transit Plan. Staff presentation on the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project including recommended station locations, street alignments, and enhanced bus operations on 10-minute headways. The BRT project replaces the existing VTA Rapid Bus service along El Camino Real between San Jose and Palo Alto. The new BRT project includes enhanced buses with green technology, more comfortable seats and modern interiors. BRT Stations will include enhanced shelters and rapid ticketing equipment to help reduce dwelling time and increase bus travel times. El Camino Real will be transformed into a transit-oriented street with dedicated bus lanes through portions of the corridor with center-street platform stations. Staff will present specific proposed improvements in Palo Alto. Public Hearing: 2. Draft Density Bonus Ordinance Review (SB1818) Recommendation to the City Council to adopt the draft Density Bonus ordinance including the “menu” of approved concessions as defined in Government Code Section 65915. 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 ada@cityofpaloalto.org. *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment

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does reflect the priorities parents have been expressing to the PTA for years,” said local signature organizer Sigrid Pinsky, vice-president of advocacy for the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. “We’ve gotten behind the right initiative. It’s a really good bill from the PTA’s point of view,” Pinsky said. “This is new money for the schools — that’s a really important piece — and also it’s in a lockbox for local control. It doesn’t go through Sacramento.” In the local campaign, volunteers at each of Palo Alto’s 12 elementary schools were asked to gather 120 signatures. Signature goals were higher for volunteers in middle schools and high schools because of larger enrollments at that level, Pinsky said. Palo Alto volunteers hope to have their signature drive completed by April 10, she said. Signature-gatherers have been asked by the state PTA not to campaign on school property, so volunteers have used alternative means — carrying petitions around in their purses, taking them to book clubs, coffees or setting up tables to catch foot traffic near schools, such as one in Mitchell Park. “I’m spending a lot of time explaining this to people,” she said. “Not everybody pays attention to all the initiatives that are coming up, but once people understand it we’re getting a lot of signatures. People say we need to do something, and this seems to most of the people I’m talking to like a really good path because it accomplishes debt reduction and is over 12 years — a very sustained period of time,” Pinsky said. Molly Munger, who calls her proposed initiative “Our Children, Our Future,” is the sister of Palo Alto resident and physicist Charles Munger Jr., who bankrolled California’s Proposition 20 in 2010. That initiative, which passed with 61.2 percent of the vote, shifted control of Congressional redistricting from the State Legislature to a bipartisan citizens’ panel. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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Gates shares optimism, frustrations on poverty Freshly back from Ethiopia and Zambia, philanthropist Bill Gates Wednesday, April 4, shared with a Stanford audience his optimism and frustrations in addressing health problems and poverty in the world’s poorest countries. (Posted April 5 at 9:54 a.m.)

Man faces murder charge in hit-and-run fatality The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges including murder and assault with a deadly weapon against a San Jose man suspected of killing a pedestrian and injuring two other people with his car Saturday afternoon, March 31. (Posted April 5 at 8:44 a.m.)

VIDEO: VolunTEENS, Part 2 Filmmaker Carolina Moraes-Liu presents a monthly series of videos focusing on how teenagers in Palo Alto are finding ways to volunteer throughout the Bay Area. This second segment focuses on the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). (Posted April 4 at 11:49 a.m.)

Program makes energy savings a ‘social’ affair Palo Alto residents who keep their energy use low now have something besides lower bills to show for their efforts — bragging rights. The Utilities Department this week rolled out its latest application for promoting energy conservation — a Facebook app that allows customers to track and share their energy uses. (Posted April 4 at 9:06 a.m.)

Endangered butterflies released at Edgewood As part of a continuing effort to repopulate the checkerspot butterfly in San Mateo County, a group of biologists and volunteers handcarried a few dozen of the endangered species into Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve Tuesday afternoon, April 3. (Posted April 4 at 8:26 a.m.)

Police: Student lockers breached at Paly An intruder or intruders used bolt cutters to enter a fenced area and open approximately 100 lockers at Palo Alto High School, according to Palo Alto police. (Posted April 3 at 3:22 p.m.)

Home sells for $7.6 million, record for Menlo Park In a sign that the local real estate market has rebounded, a house in Menlo Park last week sold for a record-setting $7.625 million with the sale closing only 11 days after the home went on the market. The Multiple Listing Service shows the price is the highest on record in Menlo Park for a single-family home. (Posted April 3 at 2:43 p.m.)

Maid sentenced in residential jewelry thefts Luz Maria Garcia, a maid for “The Maids” home cleaning service in Redwood City, was sentenced on March 29 to six months in county jail and ordered to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution in three jewelry thefts that occurred between December 2009 and June 2010, including one in Menlo Park and another in Atherton. (Posted April 3 at 8:15 a.m.)

Stanford offers cash for off-peak commutes Stanford University engineers have turned their talents to solving one of Palo Alto’s most vexing traffic issues — the road-clogging impact of thousands of Stanford employees coming and going at rush hour. (Posted April 2 at 4:21 p.m.)

Police arrest alleged prowler in Palo Alto A door-to-door solicitor was arrested last week after she was spotted entering two backyards through unlocked side yard gates, according to Palo Alto police. (Posted April 1 at 11:04 a.m.)

Hackers swarm ‘Super Happy Block Party’ Hackers, artists, entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed geeks of all stripes staged their own Occupy movement on a downtown block of Palo Alto Saturday afternoon, March 31 — though in this case, city officials were in on the game. (Posted March 31 at 9:03 p.m.)

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Man stabbed in Palo Alto, suspect arrested A man who allegedly stabbed another in the leg during a fight inside a 7-Eleven store in downtown Palo Alto early Friday morning, March 30, was arrested by police for assault with a deadly weapon. (Posted March 31 at 7:49 a.m.)

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Menlo Park

Join us this summer for fantastic and fun filled week with our beautiful horses and ponies! Each day Campers have riding instruction, develop horsemanship skills, create fun crafts and enjoy with our kids’ jump course. In addition, campers learn beginning vaulting, visit our Full Surgical Vet Clinic, and much more! Voted the best horse camp by discerning young campers. Choose English, Western or Cowboy/Cowgirl. Ages 5-15 welcome. Convenient close-in Menlo Park location and online Registration and Payment with either PayPal or Google Checkout. www.CalifiorniaRidingAcademy.com or JumpsForJoy@CaliforniaRidingAcademy.com for more information 650-740-2261

Earl Hansen Football Camp

Palo Alto

No tagline, no logo, just football. Earl Hansen Football camp is a non-contact camp for participants ages 9 to 14. Develop fundamental skills with proven drills and techniques. Sessions are 9:30 to 3:00, July 30 to August 3. Save 10% with Early Bird registration through April 30. Four morning practice days and 7 on 7 games in the afternoon. Lunch provided daily. Palo Alto High School Football Field. www.earlhansenfootballcamp.com 650-269-7793

Kim Grant Tennis Academy & Palo Alto/ Summer Camps Menlo Park/Redwood City Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate 1&2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of FUN!! www.KimGrantTennis.com 650-752-8061

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Dick Gould’s 43rd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers day camps for both juniors a&dults. Weekly junior overnight & extended day camps run by John Whitlinger & Lele Forood. Junior Day Camp run by Brandon Coupe & Frankie Brennan. www.USSportsCamps.com/tennis 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226)

Oshman JCC

Palo Alto

Exciting programs for preschool and grades K-12 include swimming, field trips, crafts and more. Enroll your child in traditional camp, or specialty camps like Pirates, Archery, Runway Project, Kid TV and over 25 others! www.paloaltojcc.org/camps 650-223-8622

Palo Alto/ Menlo Park

Girls Volleyball - fastest growing, non-impact sport for girls, emphasizing team work. Camp provides age appropriate fundamentals; setting, hitting, passing, serving, plus; offense vs defense strategy and learning rotations. 3rd - 12th grades (separate camps). High coach to player ratio. Email: info@paloaltoelite.com www.paloaltoelite.com

Spartans Sports Camp

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 3-5 as well as sportspecific sessions for grades 6-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. Camps begin June 11th and run weekly through July 27th at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. www. SpartansSportsCamp.com 650-479-5906

Spring Down Equestrian Center

Portola Valley

Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. Ages 6-99 welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts. www.springdown.com 650.851.1114

Stanford Water Polo Camps

Stanford

Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games. stanfordwaterpolocamps.com 650-725-9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessons available. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x650

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skill and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x650

YMCA of Silicon Valley

Peninsula

Say hello to summer fun at the YMCA! Choose from enriching day or overnight camps in 35 locations: arts, sports, science, travel, and more. For youth K-10th grade. Includes weekly fieldtrips, swimming and outdoor adventures. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Financial assistance available. www.ymcasv.org/summercamp 408-351-6400

Academics GASPA German Summer School Camp

Menlo Park

Learn German by way of Fairytale! GASPA is taking Summer Camp into the world of fairy tales and everything that comes with it…in German of course! Offering a 4 week program for children ages 3-12. www.gaspa-ca.org 650-520-3646 (continued on next page)

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he Palo Alto Police Department has launched a socialmedia campaign aimed at informing the public and fighting a recent crime wave. A map showing locations of recent residential burglaries that recently was added to the department’s website has been augmented with the use of Facebook, Twitter and two sites new to the city: Nixle.com and rBlock.com. The better informed and engaged residents become, the greater the chances are of catching the criminals, spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said. Call it Neighborhood Watch for the digital age. The campaign was rolled out March 28 as part of the department’s “Lock It or Lose It!” public-education program. On the police department’s web page at www.cityofpaloalto.org/ police, residents can review “Lock It or Lose It!” information and find crime-prevention tips on topics such as “Home Security,” “Strangers At The Door” and “Suspicious Activity.” The residential burglary map is updated weekly and currently displays the locations of incidents from March 1 to April 5 at 6 a.m. “Unfortunately, as the map shows you, the burglars are not targeting one specific area of town,” Perron said. “It’s literally all over the place, and the visual representation shows you how difficult it is to combat this problem as cops. There’s no one area

we can focus on. “There are people out everywhere, and they’re more likely to see the bad guys than we are,” he said. The Facebook page contains links to press releases and will have human-interest stories, crime statistics, videos and more. The department’s Twitter name is @PaloAltoPolice. Nixle is a service that sends text alerts from the police department to a person’s mobile device or computer. People can also search for crime and traffic alerts and upcoming events, such as community meetings, by city, county or zip code. More than 5,000 departments nationwide are using Nixle. The city is not charged for using Nixle, Perron said. The department also has a presence on rBlock, a neighbor-toneighbor website that functions like Facebook or LinkedIn. The by-invitation-only service allows residents to invite people on their block to join. Alerts and discussion postings allow residents to share information privately with their neighbors. News postings also enable residents to target information to any block in the city. Palo Alto has experienced a steady increase in residential burglaries from 2010 to 2011, and a troubling spike thus far in 2012, police said at a community meeting. There were 110 reported cases in 2010 and 149 reported cases in 2011. Through March 28, 71 residential burglaries (continued on page 12)


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News Digest Janitors hold protest march in Palo Alto Hundreds of janitors took to the streets of Palo Alto with signs and bullhorns early Thursday afternoon, April 5, as part of a regional effort to negotiate a new contract. The workers, who are represented by the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West, walked north on El Camino Real en route to Lytton Plaza on University Avenue, where they planned to continue the protest, said Cecille Isidro, the group’s spokesperson. Carrying signs with slogans such as “CEOs sitting on cash” and “Justice for Janitors,” the procession of workers occupied the right lane of El Camino as participants marched north and chanted, “We are the 99 percent.” Isidro said the union is holding similar rallies in other cities, including in Sacramento and in the East Bay. The contract for 30,000 of the union’s 40,000 members is set to expire at the end of April, she said, and the union is considering holding a strike starting May 1 if an agreement isn’t reached. Participants in the Thursday march included janitors who work in the city at a large number of companies, she said. She estimated the number of participants at about 700. “There are many buildings in Palo Alto that janitors clean,” Isidro said. “Many people here also clean buildings in Mountain View and San Jose.” N —Gennady Sheyner

Boys robbed Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto Two 13-year-old boys were robbed in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon, March 31, Palo Alto police said. The boys were walking on Edgewood Drive near Newell Road when they were approached by three other boys between 15 and 16 years old riding BMX bicycles and a Razor-style scooter at about 3:45 p.m., police said. One of the alleged robbers rode up to the boys and asked for the time, which one of the victims answered after pulling out an electronic music player. The boy on the bike then said, “Give us your stuff,” according to police. He had his hand in his sweatshirt pocket, police said. “Both boys heard a sound they described as ‘a can of soda opening,’ which they thought might be the sound of a gun cocking,” police stated in a press release. The boys did not see a weapon, police said. The boys handed over the music player and a cell phone, and the robbers were last seen crossing the Newell Street bridge into East Palo Alto, police said. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The boys were described as Hispanic males between 15 and 16 years old, wearing black hoodies and blue jeans. The primary aggressor had a thin build and long, straight hair. His BMX bicycle was black and orange, and one of the other boys had a black BMX bike. Police are urging anyone with information to contact Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413. N — Bay City News Service

Residents call for changes at Palo Alto rail crossings Palo Alto’s vision for the Caltrain corridor should include better eastwest connections and enhancements to busy intersections, but its top priority should be grade separating the rail crossings at East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road, residents told city officials at a packed public hearing on March 29. The meeting, attended by more than 60 residents, focused on the recently released Rail Corridor Study, a document the city is drafting to lay out the community’s vision for the Caltrain corridor, Alma Street and El Camino Real. A 17-member citizen task force and a team of consultants have been working with city staff on the document since February 2011. The report, which the city plans to finalize in May, studies land use and traffic circulation issues on both sides of the railroad tracks. Its major themes are improving the east-west connectivity through the rail corridor and adding amenities to neighborhoods and shopping areas on either side of the corridor. The report identifies 15 potential rail crossings that could supplement the existing 11. It also identifies four new bike and pedestrian “priority crossings” that the city could consider adding, at Everett, Kellogg and Seale avenues and Matadero Creek. But while the task force report advocates new crossings, most of the residents at the meeting said they were more concerned with improving existing ones. Attendees considered a list of 26 potential “improvement projects,” including enhancements to major intersections on El Camino and installation of new crossings, but a large plurality voted for improving two notoriously congested rail crossings at East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road. The new report is a highly conceptual document that doesn’t recommend any particular land-use changes or specific projects. It is meant to be the basis for future studies that would focus on specific projects, Smiley said. N — Gennady Sheyner

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Academics Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

Camp Imagineerz

Mountain View/ Los Altos

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. www.summer.harker.org 408-553-0537

Building i-can attitudes....In a FUN environment, children discover that when you believe you can, you can! Creating and performing original stories, building/ making with recycled materials and lots of outdoor play. Grades 1- 4. Fabulous Early-bird discount up to March 15. See website for details www.imagineerz-learning.com 650-318-5002

iD Tech Camps Summer Tech Fun!

Castilleja Summer Day Camp Stanford

Take hobbies further! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford and 60+ universities in 27 states.. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography). www.internalDrive.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

iD Teen Academies

Stanford

Learn different aspects of video game creation, app development, filmmaking, photography, and more. 2-week programs where ages 13-18 interact with industry professionals to gain competitive edge. iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy are held at Stanford, and other universities. www.iDTeenAcademies.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

ISTP’s Language Immersion Summer Camp ISTP Summer Camp is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to spend their summer break having fun learning or improving in a second language. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language of proficiency. Our camp offers many immersion opportunities and consists of a combination of language classes and activities taught in the target language. Sessions are available in French, Mandarin, Chinese and English ESL and run Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm, with additional extnding care from 3:30-5:30pm. www.istp.org 650-251-8519

Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program

Menlo Park

Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Class Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. www.mid-pen.com 650-321-1991 x110

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 x446

Synapse School & Wizbots

Menlo Park

Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and hands-on academic summer enrichment courses with independent in-depth, project-based morning and afternoon week-long programs for children ages 4-12. Young Explorers, Thinking Math, Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions, Nature Connections, Girls’ & Soccer Robotics, and more! synapseschool.org/curriculum/summer 650-866-5824

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. Also Pleasanton. www.headsup.org 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Day Camp (grades 2-6, CILT grades 8-9) offers age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama, music classes and field trips. Two and four week sessions available. www.castilleja.org 650-470-7833

Community School of Music & Arts (CSMA )

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Two-week sessions; full and halfday enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. www.arts4all.org 650-917-6800 ext. 0

Creative Kids Camp

Menlo Park

Children entering Grades 1 to 8 are invited to explore the arts July 16 - 20, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops available in guitar, dance, voice, and songwriting. Put together a musical from start to finish. Performance on Friday night. Register online. www.mppc.org 650-323-8647

India Community Center Palo Alto/ Sunnyvale/ Summer Camps Milpitas/Olema Join ICC’s Cultural Camps which give campers a quick tour of India and its vibrant culture. These camps include arts, crafts, folk dance, bollywood dance, music, yoga, Indian history and geography. Over 10 different camps all through the summer for Grades K-12. To register or for more details visit: www.indiacc.org/camps 408-934-1130 ext. 225

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades kindergarten to 6th, a wide array of fun opportunities! K-1 Fun for the youngest campers, Nothing But Fun for themed-based weekly sessions, Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Registration is online. Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! www.paccc.com 650-493-2361

TechKnowHow Computer Palo Alto/ & LEGO Camps Menlo Park/Sunnyvale Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14 Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, Electronics, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multi-session discounts available. www.techknowhowkids.com 650-638-0500

Theatreworks Summer Camps

Palo Alto

In these skill-building workshops for grades K-5, students engage in language-based activities, movement, music, and improvisation theatre games. Students present their own original pieces at the end of each two-week camp. www.theatreworks.org/educationcommunity 650-463-7146 *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÈ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 9


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PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp

(TENTATIVE) AGENDA - SPECIAL MEETINGCOUNCIL CHAMBERS APRIL 9, 2012 - 5:30 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. Closed Session: Labor – Palo Alto Police Officers Assn. 2. Closed Session: High Speed Rail SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 3. Proclamation for National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012 4. Community Presentation Placeholder – Chamber of Commerce CONSENT CALENDAR 5. Approval of Utilities Enterprise Fund Contract with Ranger Pipelines Incorporated in an Amount of $4,220,699 for Water Main Replacement Capital Improvement Program WS-09001 Project 23 and WS-10001 Project 24 in Crescent Park, Duveneck/St. Francis, Old Palo Alto, University Park, and Ventura Subdivisions 6. Approval of a Contract Modification for Alta Planning and Design to Complete the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan Update 7. Approval of a Construction Contract with Republic Intelligent Transportation Services Inc. in the Amount of $924,740 to Supply and Install New Energy Efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) Street Lighting Luminaires 8. College Terrace Traffic Calming Plan Approval 9. Approval of a Contract Amendment with Baker & Taylor in the Amount of $400,000 to Purchase Opening Day Materials for Mitchell Park Library 10. Approval and Authorization of the City Manager to Execute a Contract with Vellutini Corp, dba Royal Electric in the Amount of $883,664 for the Power Transformer Replacement at Hanover Substation 11. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance in the Amount of $179,000 to CIP Project PE-12011, Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement, Approval of a Contract with Nolte Associates, Inc. in the Amount of $519,177 for Design Services for the Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project, Capital Improvement Program Project PE-12011, Approval of the Inclusion of Public Art in the Design and Construction of the Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Replacement Bridge, and Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Santa Clara Valley Water District Providing for Contribution of Local Matching Funds for the Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Replacement Bridge Project 12. Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. C11135684 Between the City of Palo Alto and Pacific Technologies, Inc. 13. From Policy & Services: Labor Guiding Principles 14. Second Reading: Adoption of An Ordinance (1) Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code (The Zoning Map) to Approve a Planned Community Zone District Allowing Renovation of Three Retail Structures, Relocation of One Retail Structure, Construction of Ten Single Family Homes and Creation of a 0.2 Acre Park and Associated Site Improvements, and (2) Approving a Tentative Map to Merge Three Parcels into One Parcel for Re-subdivision into Eleven Parcels (One Commercial Parcel and Ten Residential Parcels) and Off-Site Improvements, for a 3.58 Acre Site Located at 2080 Channing Avenue. * QuasiJudicial (1st Reading 3-19-12, Passed 8-1) 15. Approval of Amendment No. 1 in the Amount of $31,460 to Contract No. C09129898 with Golder Associates, Inc. for a Total Contract Amount of $150,460 for Development of Alternate LFG Flare Stack Design on Water Quality Control Plant Premises - Refuse Fund Capital Improvement Program Project RF-10002 16. Request for Authorization to Increase Existing Contract with the Law Firm of Stubbs & Leone by an Additional $200,000 For a Total Contract Not to Exceed Amount of $385,000 17. Submittal of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Monthly Construction Contract Report and Council Direction to Staff to Continue Construction Contract Monthly Reports ACTION ITEMS 18. Approval of Cubberley Guiding Principles and Appointments to the Community Advisory Committee 19. PUBLIC HEARING: Approval of a Record of Land Use Action Approving a Site and Design Review Application to Change the Use of an Office Building to a Day Care Center on a One Acre Site Located at 2585 East Bayshore Road. * Quasi-Judicial STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy & Services Committee meeting will be held on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM. regarding; 1) City Council Priority Setting Process, 2) Massage Ordinance, and 3) Work Plan Prioritization and Process for Handling New Business Page 10ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÈ]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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emphasized the significant difference between the agency’s previous proposal for the system’s initial phase and the one laid out in this final plan. “Beginning next year, we will begin construction here in the Valley not of a mere track but a fully operational 300-mile electrified operating segment that will connect the valley to the Los Angeles Basin,” Richard said. “This will bring high-speed rail not only to California — it will bring high-speed rail to America,” he said. The plan also offers a firmer commitment from the rail authority to improve Caltrain and to rely on existing tracks on the Peninsula. This marks a dramatic departure from the rail authority’s initial vision for the system — a fourtrack system along the Peninsula with high-speed rail on the inside tracks and Caltrain on the outside. The four-track design was widely panned, with many Peninsula residents and city officials expressing concerns about the seizure of property and the visual barriers a fourtrack system would necessitate. The authority began to back away from the four-track design in its November business plan, which stated the authority was amenable to the “blended” two-track approach. But the final business plan cements its commitment to the blended design, which was first proposed a year ago by State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, DPalo Alto, and state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park. The blended approach is expected to shave more than 30 per-

cent off the $98.5 billion price tag cited in the November plan. The new document pegs the cost of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles system at $68.4 billion. That figure remains significantly higher than the $40 billion price tag presented to state voters in 2008, however. The revised plan calls for new infrastructure between San Jose and Los Angeles, shared electrified tracks on the Peninsula and an upgrade to the Metrolink Corridor between Los Angeles and Anaheim. Even with the lower cost estimate, funding remains a major wildcard. California voters had approved a $9.95 billion bond for the proposed system when they passed Proposition 1A in 2008. The bond measure requires the new system to be capable of whisking passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in about two-and-ahalf hours. The rail authority hopes to build the system through a combination of bond funding, federal grants, local contributions and private investments. So far, the system has received about $3 billion in grants from the federal government. At Monday’s press conference, Karen Hedlund, deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, praised the plan and said her agency looks forward to “working with the High-Speed Rail Authority to making this plan a reality.” “By listening carefully to everyone involved, the High-Speed Rail Authority has offered a new plan today that lays out a faster, better and more cost-effective path to building a high-speed rail system that is so critical to California’s economic future,” Hedland said. The plan is the latest milestone for a project that has been facing in-

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

Architectural Review Board (April 5)

2650 Birch St.: The board approved a proposal by Hohbach Realty Company L.P. for a new four-story, mixed-use building that includes eight residential units, groundfloor open space and an underground parking garage. The board included a list of conditions, including a requirement to add more doors along Birch Street, revise the trellis design, change the design of the bicycle rack and consider new plant species. Yes Lew, Malone Prichard, Wasserman Absent Lippert

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 433 Melville Avenue [12PLN-00108]: Request by Don Horton, on behalf of Richard and Mara Wallace, for Historic Resources Board review and recommendation regarding proposed restoration, alteration and addition to a residence listed on the City’s Historic Inventory in Category 2 and located in the Professorville Historic District. The project includes moving the house approximately 50 feet South (toward Melville Avenue) and 15 feet West, on the site, in order to add a new pool cabana with guest unit, a detached garage and a Porte Crochere in the rear. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act per Section 15303. Zone District: R-1(10,000). Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager

tense scrutiny throughout the state and particularly on the Peninsula. The Palo Alto City Council, which initially supported the project, adopted in December as the city’s official position a call for the project’s termination. Palo Alto had also joined Atherton and Menlo Park in suing the rail authority over its environmental analysis for the project. Republicans in Sacramento remain vehemently opposed to the project, with one legislator, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, pushing a “lemon law” that would cut off funding for high-speed rail. Their counterparts in Washington, D.C., have been equally adamant about resisting President Barack Obama’s proposal to connect 80 percent of the nation through high-speed-rail systems in the next 25 years. The rail authority’s final plan, by committing to the blended system and to early investments on the Peninsula, aims to win over some of the project’s toughest critics. The proposal to help electrify Caltrain — a long-awaited project that has languished under inadequate funding — was greeted with great enthusiasm last week by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which approved an agreement with the rail authority that includes a funding plan for the electrification. Richard said Monday that upgrades to existing rail services, including Caltrain, “will provide near-term benefits” while also building “a portion of the system that we will ultimately be using.” “This plan is about more than just high-speed rail as a standalone system or a ‘cool train,’ if you will,” Richard said. “Our plan sees high-speed rail as a strategic tool in an integrated transportation system to meet California’s growing mobility needs.” But the new document is unlikely to assuage all of the Peninsula’s concerns. Members of the Palo Alto council remain concerned about the fact that the rail authority’s environmental-impact report for the system still describes a four-track system. Councilman Pat Burt and others have also raised flags at recent meetings about the prospect of the rail authority seeking exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) — exemptions that would allow the agency to expedite its environmental-review process. Dan Richard on Monday cited recent media reports about the rail authority seeking CEQA exemptions and assured those present that the agency plans to fully comply with environmental law. “Despite recent reports, we’re not looking for CEQA exemptions,” Richard said. “We’re doing a full environmental-review process.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received from prequalified General Contractors by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package:

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J.L. STANFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL MODERNIZATION & NEW CONSTRUCTION, Contract No. JLS-12 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: The construction of a new 18,800 s.f., two story, steel frame, stucco clad classroom building with restrooms, elevator, metal roofing, fire sprinklers & exterior sun control louvers in addition to the phased remodeling and modernization of the existing J.L. Stanford Middle School campus. Work includes the construction of small storage additions, fire sprinkler systems, window replacements, new window shades (motorized & manual), moving/relocation of furnishings and equipment to accommodate Work and HVAC, plumbing and electrical upgrades. In addition to the site and utility improvements associated with the new construction, Work includes installation of drainage improvements, pathways, pavement, landscaping, irrigation, fencing, site amenities and utility installations for complete and operational buildings. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a MANDATORY pre-bid conference and site visit for the pre-qualified General Contractors at 1:00 p.m. on April 17, 2012 at J. L. Stanford (JLS) Middle School located at 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California 94306. SUBCONTRACTORS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306 by 2:00 p.m. on May 3, 2012. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of Labor Code Sections 1720 – 1861. A copy of the District’s LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-construction conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code.

Email pwecips@cityofpaloalto.org for more information. Meeting hosted by City of Palo Alto Public Works (650) 329-2295

Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Contract No. GHR-12, GUNN HIGH SCHOOL, SPANGENBERG SEATS REUPHOLSTERING DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: Remove seats, repair and replace upholstering to approximately 935 seats in Spangenberg Auditorium at Gunn High School, including but not limited to; remove existing foam and fabric and reupholster with new, realign and lubricate all seat hinges, springs and anchor repairs, replace armrests, and replace existing aisle lights to LEDs. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a MANDATORY pre-bid conference and site visit at 10:00 a.m. on April 25, 2012 at Gunn High School, located at 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, California, in front of the Spangenberg Theater. Please note that you are required to have a parking permit. Permits are available at the school’s Main Office. Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office Building “D”, by 11:00 a.m. on May 3, 2012. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 – 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1.

A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract.

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Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury.

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The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code.

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The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate.

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The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred.

4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Facilities Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Building “D”, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 1100 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070. Phone: (650) 517-1895. Address all questions to:

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Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at 25 Churchill, Bldg. D, Palo Alto, CA, Phone Number (650) 329-3968

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have already been reported, the largest spike since 2007, police said. In at least one recent burglary, neighbors on either side of the victim’s residence were at home when the burglary occurred in daylight. Among the items stolen was a large flat-screen television, police said. The Lock It or Lose It! campaign urges residents to lock up belongings, doors and windows and to report suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods. Residents are at the heart of getting a handle on the burglary spike and keeping it under control, Perron said. The public is the department’s “eyes and ears,” he said. The department also encourages people who are not 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 sdremann@paweekly.com. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick contributed to this report.

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the Palo Alto Police Officers Association and litigation involving the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The council also plans to discuss the Cubberley Guiding Principles and consider approving a new day care center at 2585 East Bayshore Road. The closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss proposed revisions to the city’s massage ordinance and the council’s priority-setting process. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the upgrade to the Housing Element in the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

All questions can be addressed to:

Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Heidi Rank Phone: (650) 329-3927 Fax: (650) 327-3588 hrank@pausd.org

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Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Aimée M. Lopez Phone: (650) 329-3968 Fax: (650) 327-3588

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Joe Yarkin Joe Yarkin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend of many passed away March 7th, 2012 in Palo Alto. Joe possessed a wonderful, generous personality. With a positive attitude, warm smile and natural curiosity, he could connect to people from all walks of life, helping them feel important and appreciated. He was always passionate about learning new things and believed in living life to its fullest. As a businessman, Joe was highly respected for his integrity and compassionate nature. Joe was born to Sophie and Meyer Yudkofsky on May 22, 1922 on the Lower East Side of New York. His parents came from Bialystock, Poland in search of a better life. With seven children in the family, Joe was the first-born son, arriving after five girls, and right before his youngest brother. As a child Joe had a vivid imagination, making up stories to tell his friends. He watched cowboy movies every Saturday at the theatre. He loved to collect and trade baseball cards as well as listen to his hero, Lou Gehrig on the radio. After one year at CCNY, Joe was drafted into WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was seriously wounded with shrapnel lodged in his skull. Always the fighter, he was lucky to survive. Upon returning from overseas, he set out for USC to continue his education, receiving a BA in Economics and a Masters of Public Administration. While at USC, he met and fell in love with Pearl Galpern , a beautiful law student, also from New York, and they married in 1948. While still in school, Joe was accepted into the public policy internship program at the Coro Foundation. Inspired by Don Fletcher, the co-founder of Coro, Joe gained the self-confidence and a desire to do something meaningful in life and to pursue his passion. After completing the internship and the Masters in Public Administration Joe and Pearl returned to the Bay Area. Joe began his career working for the Home Builders Association of San Francisco, a secure and highly desired job. However, Joe’s passion was to own his own business and in 1957 he took a huge risk starting Yarkin

Realty and becoming his own boss. Palo Alto was a small town and Joe knew everybody! Joe’s success in business was earned the old-fashioned way: with hard work, honesty and honorable business practices, and especially through his vibrant, positive personality and his wonderful way with people. In the mid 1980’s Joe began to pursue other interests. He loved playing tennis, running with his group, practicing yoga, meditating, playing poker and bridge and practicing a healthy life-style. Joe and Pearl traveled all over the world and shared their adventures with friends and family. Joe loved summers at Rio Del Mar Beach and wintering in Palm Springs. Joe believed in giving back to the community. He was a past President of the Palo Alto Board of Realtors, served on the Board of the JCC, joyfully involved in the downtown Farmers Market and a founding and lifelong member of Beth Am and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto for 40 years. At the center of Joe’s life was his family. He was devoted to his wife Pearl and took much pride in his seven children, their families and all 10 grandchildren. Joe is survived by Pearl and their children: Neva Yarkin, Allan Yarkin (Ray Ellen Yarkin) of Miami Beach, Mark Yarkin (Terri Yarkin)of Danville, Kerry Yarkin, Don Yarkin, Burt Yarkin ( Karen Yarkin) of Piedmont, and Matt Yarkin and by his grandchildren Adi, Mayaan, Sophie, Jenna, Brent, Justin, Ilana, Sarah and twins Nathan and Kaylee. The memory of a good man is a blessing forever. There will be a celebration of Joe’s life at the Luci Stern Community Center on Saturday, May 19th, between 2:005:00. PA I D

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Peninsula Easter Services Journey to Easter

Covenant Presbyterian Church April 1 Palm/Passion Sunday 10:45 a.m. Worship Procession of the Palms Sermon – A Week of Disconnects April 5 Maundy Thursday 7:30 p.m. A liturgical drama frames this moving service which centers on the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

11:00a.m. 11:00a.m.

You Are Invited Sunday, April 1st Sunday, April 8th

Palm Sunday Easter Service

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST 470 Cambridge Ave (one block off California) Rev. Karen Paulsen

April 8 Easter Sunday 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, Patio Sunrise Meditation. Breakfast 10:45 a.m. Worship A Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with music, scripture proclamation of the Word and Communion. Bring fresh flowers for the Easter Cross

1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto (650) 856-6662 www.fccpa.org

Maundy Thursday, April 5th Soup Supper & Communion, 6:30pm, Service of Tenebrae, 7:30pm

Good Friday, April 6th Service of Contemplation, Noon April 1 PALM SUNDAY – 8 am Holy Eucharist

Easter Sunday Celebration Worship at 9:30 am & 11:00 am

10 am Palm Procession & Eucharist with Choir

Oxford Street Brass & The Hallelujah Chorus Easter Egg Hunt 10:30am

April 5 MAUNDY THURSDAY – 5:30 pm Soup Supper

5:30 pm Solemn Evensong of the Burial of Christ

April 7 HOLY SATURDAY – 8 pm Great Vigil of Easter with Champagne Reception

Join us for the Easter Celebration

April 8 EASTER SUNDAY – 8 am Eucharist 10 am Festival Eucharist with music by The Whole Noyse Brass, Organ & Choir Egg Hunt & Easter Brunch All Saints’ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley @ Hamilton, Palo Alto 650.322.4258 www.asaints.org

Rev. Dr. Margaret Boles Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto 94306 (650) 494-1760 CovenantPaloAlto@sbcglobal.net www.CovenantPresbyterian.net

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PALO ALTO Maundy Thursday— April 5 V6:15pm

Monastic Supper & Liturgy of the Word followed by Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday — April 6 V Noon to 2:00pm Stations of the Cross with Reflections V 2:00 to 3:00pm

Labyrinth Stations: A Walking Meditation

V 7:30 to 8:30pm

Tenebrae: The Office of Shadows

V 5:30am

Easter Vigil, Eucharist & Baptism

V 8:00 to 9:30am

Festive Breakfast & Family Easter Activities

V 10:00am

Festive Holy Eucharist

Easter — April 8

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& 5:00pm Worship – Vibrant, Engaging and Arts-Based

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April 6 GOOD FRIDAY – 12 noon Adoration & Eucharist

April 6 Good Friday 7:30 p.m. A Service of the Shadows Scripture readings, music, and the extinguishing of lights comprise this powerful service or remembrance

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Peninsula Easter Services ST. ANN ANGLICAN CHAPEL A TRADITIONAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH 541 Melville Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 650-838-0508

Holy Week Services April 5 April 6 April 8

6:00 pm Seder Dinner Noon & 7:00 pm Good Friday Services 9:30 am Easter Festival Service Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the service!

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April 5, 6PM April 6, 12-3PM 7PM April 8, 10AM 11:30AM

Soup Supper followed by Service Good Friday, Sanctuary Open for Prayer and Meditation Lenten Prayer Service EASTER WORSHIP CELEBRATION Easter Brunch & Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Holy Week & Easter at

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Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park

          12 noon Foot Washing 12:10pm Holy Eucharist & Healing Rite 7:15pm Foot Washing 7:30pm Holy Eucharist 

  12 noon Service of music,        7:30pm   

Passion of Christ    9:00pm Great Vigil of Easter,     Eucharist    8:00am Eucharist with Hymns 10:15am Sung Eucharist 11:30am Easter Egg Hunt Nursery available 10-11:30am

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EASTER DAY SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2012: ST. ALBERT THE GREAT 1095 Channing Ave. 9:00 AM (English)

Join Us For Easter The great question of Easter is about us: where are the tombs in our life that God is inviting us to leave and where is new life rising in us? Join us at Trinity as we celebrate the promise and possibility of new life. Palm Sunday, April 1: 8:00 am, 10:00 am*, 5:05 pm Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper) April 5, 6:00 pm* (with simple meal) Good Friday, April 6 7:00 am, Noon, 7:00 pm

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY 3233 Cowper St. 9:00 am (Spanish) 10:30 am (English)

The Great Vigil of Easter Baptisms & First Easter Communion Saturday, April 7, 7:00 pm*

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Easter Sunday, April 8 6:30 am in the Memorial Garden 8:00 am* & 10:00 am* in Church with Festival Choir *Indicates child care available.

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Editorial

An unsustainable animal shelter With a facility in need of an estimated $7 million in upgrades and the loss of Mountain View as a partner, Palo Alto has little choice but to outsource animal services

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alo Altans are big pet owners, and the prospect of not having the convenience and top-level service of the city-run Animal Services Center is not a popular one. But with no apparent interest by neighboring cities or animal shelters to collaborate in continuing a regional facility and with ongoing budget pressures, the city has been pretty much painted into a corner. Without Mountain View’s $450,000 a year in fees for its share of expenses, the city’s cost will jump from $700,000 to about $1.1 million a year, assuming the remaining partners, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, will not be asked to help make up for the loss of Mountain View. The poor physical condition of the shelter and the expectation that it would have to pay for facility improvements were big factors in Mountain View’s decision last November to opt out. Mountain View had also asked for the same level of animal services that Palo Alto residents receive, including treatment for stray dogs and administrative hearings for dangerous animals, a request that would have added more costs for the Palo Alto shelter. City Manager Jim Keene and assistant manager Pam Antil made the case to the council March 26 that the confluence of events makes this the time to strongly consider closing the shelter and consider other uses for the land. By farming out the city’s animal control operations to the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority in Santa Clara, where Mountain View is going this November, the city could reduce its costs to $500,000 a year, they said, versus the $1.1 million or more for maintaining the current facility. Aware of the strong support for the shelter in the city, Antil said the city staff does not take their recommendation to outsource the service lightly. “It doesn’t mean that it’s not emotional or that we don’t care about the services,” she said. The city’s presentation reflects the difficulty of operating a relatively small but robust animal services operation today. In San Mateo County, most cities contract with the nonprofit Peninsula Humane Society, which benefits from economies of scale and salary and benefit levels that are significantly lower than those of municipal employees. Preliminary discussions with the Humane Society suggest it is not interested in serving Palo Alto or operating an additional facility, but efforts to pursue this possibility should continue since it would likely be the most convenient alternative for Palo Altans. Barring an agreement with the Humane Society, the city’s only other obvious option is to follow Mountain View to the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) in Santa Clara. SVACA operates as a joint powers agency of the participating cities, and it is actively soliciting new partners, including Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, which currently contract with Palo Alto. Palo Alto currently is seeking proposals from groups interested in taking over and operating the city’s shelter, but staff is not optimistic. Separate from the policy decision on how to provide animal services to Palo Alto residents is the question of what to do with the 2.4-acre property if the Animal Services Center is closed. The parcel, located just south of the Municipal Services Center along the freeway frontage road, has been discussed as a potential site for one or more automobile dealerships. Such a conversion to commercial use could generate millions of dollars in sales-tax revenues for the city. If a way could be found to relocate the much larger Municipal Services Center, it would open the potential for an auto row that could have a huge impact on the city’s financial health in the future. For now, however, the future of animal services is the urgent problem, and supporters of the current animal shelter should focus their efforts on persuading the Peninsula Humane Society or another group to develop a proposal to operate a local facility somewhere in the Palo Alto, East Palo Alto or Menlo Park area. Otherwise, the City Council will have little choice but to join the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, the less appealing but only financially viable alternative.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Gateway: Look forward

Community needs shelter

Editor, The only thing that is certain about our future is that the population of the Bay Area will grow. To accommodate this growth, preserve our natural environment and avoid car-dependent sprawl, we must have high-density development in existing cities along transportation corridors. For this reason, I support the Gateway development on Alma Street in downtown Palo Alto. A sustainable future does not include room for every person to have their own car and many parking spaces at their disposal. Current zoning ordinances are backward-looking, since they require that every car has one parking space at home, one at work, one at each store they go to and one at their friends’ houses. Driving will inevitably grow more expensive and less convenient. In the future, driving will be replaced by healthy community-building activities like walking, cycling, living near work and using mass transit. I have been living in downtown Palo Alto for more than 20 years. I chose it and remain committed to it because of forward-thinking ordinances that disallow big-box stores, build bike paths and prioritize preserving the green belt. These types of ordinances have kept our property values high and have allowed people who cannot drive to be independent. I believe high-density development near transit centers will also prove successful. During this transition period, to encourage the transportation modes that we know are best for our future, we need to ensure that people don’t use our Downtown North neighborhood to park their cars. We cannot have people driving around Johnson Park looking for parking spaces while children run across the street. I encourage the City Council to reinstall the traffic-calming measures that we worked so hard to design and implement. If they can’t do that, then a neighborhood-parking permit must be put in place before the Gateway development is occupied. Elaine Haight Palo Alto

Editor, A disturbing story has circulated that Palo Alto Animal Services may close. If this does come to pass without having a replacement shelter built, it would be a disaster for the community. There are more than 5,000 licensed dogs (and thousands of unlicensed ones) in the area the Palo Alto Animal Services covers (Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills). There are untold numbers of pet cats as well, and a myriad of other animals that people keep as family pets. When a pet goes missing, the whole family — especially the children — are distressed and turn to the local animal shelter in hopes that their beloved pet was safely picked up. Palo Alto Animal Services provides this and other services vital to the community. The rescue of animals, adoptions of available animals, licensing of pets to ensure all animals are up to date on their vaccinations, and a low-cost spay and neuter facility are some of the many services performed by the Palo Alto Animal Services. The shelter also serves the community by picking up dead animals and handling situations with dangerous animals. A staff of professionals with the aid of more than 55 volunteers provides these services and more. Everyone gives 100 percent to meet the needs of the shelter

Don’t move the shelter Editor, It’s inconceivable to me that some Palo Alto City Council members are considering shutting down or relocating the Animal Service Center on East Bayshore Road to make way for an auto dealership. There are a lot of animal owners like me — as well as seniors and disabled pet owners on fixed income who use service dogs — who use their services. Its heavy usage is because it is centrally located. Lastly, the welfare of animals is more important to me than an auto dealership. Those who agree should contact the Palo Alto Council members and let them know they are against shutting down or relocating the Animal Service Center to make way for an auto dealership. Some council members are more interested in an auto dealership than keeping or upgrading the present Animal Service Center on East Bayshore Road. Jennie Bishop Mountain View

and the community it serves. As a weekly volunteer dog walker at the shelter I’ve had the privilege of seeing first hand the dedication and professionalism of the staff. The shelter is an essential part of the community; it would be too costly to lose it. Judy Cook Palo Alto

Kudos to merchants Editor, Congratulations to the merchants of California Avenue and their supporters who refused to succumb to the strongarm and star-chamber tactics of the City of Palo Alto. First came the removal of the trees on California Avenue to set the occasion for the “need” for the streetscape improvements project. Fortunately, the perspicacity of Joy Ogawa, Terry Schuchat, Jack Morton, Antonio’s Nut House, Robert Davidson and other concerned citizens prevailed, for now, in stalling the project. Let’s hope this outcome continues and the city pays attention to the merchants and residents of California Avenue before there is another attempt to apply for a grant to restructure a business area and thoroughfare that does not need to be modified to two lanes. Hugh Baras Palo Alto

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What do you think? Should the Palo Alto City Council still call for an end to California high-speed rail? Submit letters to the editor of up to 250 words to letters@paweekly.com. Include your name, address and daytime phone number so we can reach you. We reserve the right to edit contributions for length, objectionable content, libel and factual errors known to us. Anonymous letters will generally not be accepted. You can also participate in our popular interactive online forum, Town Square, at our community website at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Read blogs, discuss issues, ask questions or express opinions with you neighbors any time, day or night. Submitting a letter to the editor or guest opinion constitutes a granting of permission to the Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Media to also publish it online, including in our online archives and as a post on Town Square. For more information contact Editor Jocelyn Dong or Online Editor Tyler Hanley at editor@paweekly.com or 650-326-8210.


Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace

Budding artist by Rebecca Wallace o watercolor landscapes for Jay Hill. This artist wields spray paint, utility knives and stencils to make rock-star faces and blasts of color. Sometimes his paintings have the restless look of old concert fliers. The cutting and spraying and brushwork all go quickly. Hill likes to work in the moment. He’s just opened his first featured exhibit, at Palo Alto’s Gallery House, and that happened fast, too. He’s been painting seriously for less than a year. When Hill was younger, he tried to pursue art, sometimes oil painting, but that fell by the wayside. He worked in printing in the ’80s and did some calligraphy, and those things kept his visual-arts sensibilities alive. Still, his career path didn’t lead him back to his own painting for a long time. “I went from truck driving to printing to desktop publishing to programming,” Hill says, standing amid the canvases and slabs of wood and cans of acrylic paint in his Mountain View garage studio. A respirator face mask sits ready to protect him from the next spray, and bamboo shades and drapes of fabric are spattered with color from where Hill has spray-painted through them to create texture. Fortunately, his landlord is also an artist. It was a film that finally drop-kicked Hill into making art a significant part of his life. He watched “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a 2010 documentary about the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, and got hooked. Banksy, a

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brings his spray-paint cans and rock stylings to the Peninsula art scene British 30-something, keeps his identity hidden, spraying and stenciling his sociopolitical statements on buildings, bridges and walls. “It just kind of sparked me,” Hill says. “I just started painting on stuff in the house, pieces of wood. ... Oil painting takes so long to dry. This way felt so fast and loose.” The medium and the method inspired Hill, but not the message. Rather than painting about politics, he prefers to focus on faces: emotions and expressions, and the countenances of musicians and other creative types he admires. In the hall of his home is a favorite painting: his bluesy, haunting image of the late Syd Barrett, the troubled Pink Floyd co-founder who left the band in 1968 and became a recluse. Gazing at the darkened face and deepset eyes, Hill quotes from his favorite Pink Floyd song, murmuring, “Now there’s a look

Spray-paint artist Jay Hill focuses on faces in his “Good Time Charlie” (above) and “Shoot Pool Fast Eddie” (left), which are included in the “Outbreak” exhibit at Gallery House.

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going to end up slugging me if I use the wrong thing,” and went with his own fictional language. In the current Gallery House exhibition, which runs through April 28, Hill is showing “Black Holes in the Sky” with about 14 other paintings. He said he had liked the gallery and simin your eyes, like black holes in the sky.” It ply submitted his work. Now he’s a member. comes from the tune “Shine On You Crazy Titled “Outbreak,” the exhibit also features Diamond,” which was a tribute to Barrett. work by Pat Mayer. The Redwood City artThe painting, called “Black Holes in the ist often incorporates found objects into her Sky,” contains the mixed-media pieces. stylized letters that “I see beauty in a show up in many of piece of rusted metal, Hill’s paintings. Here, a torn page from an one of the words is old book, even a piece an elaborate and alof discarded cardmost unrecognizable board,” Mayer wrote version of “Barrett,” in an artist’s staterepeated over and ment. “Most often I over. have no preconceived Sometimes the idea of where these words in Hill’s work objects will take me are clearly stenciled as far as composiEnglish; sometimes To create a painting, Jay Hill prints out tion or subject matter they’re a mix of images created in GIMP software, then goes. I like the viewer Spanish and German layers them before transferring the final to discover what may and a vivid iconog- image onto canvas. or may not be familiar raphy something reat first glance.” sembling Japanese. Both artists encourage viewers to look deepHill tried to use real Japanese in the past, er at their work. They don’t seem interested in but he doesn’t speak it. When he attempted creating images that are a snap to understand. “resolution,” meaning “finality,” he wound Hill is even reluctant to make his titles specifup with the kind of “resolution” more suit(continued on next page) able for a JPEG. He decided, “Somebody’s

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Artist Jay Hill looks over a print-out of a painting he is working on in his home studio. Later he will transfer the image onto stencils, then spray paint in many layers on canvas.

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Artist Jay Hill expresses a range of facial expressions in his enigmatic “Helios,� a rectangle of acrylic on wood. On the cover: Part of Jay Hill’s “Helios� illustrates his layered technique.

ic. In what he calls his “baby face� series, for example, Hill purposely puts not-too-evocative titles on the paintings of young faces (which are often surrounded by mysterious words). Looking at his painting of a baby wailing, he says that the wrong title could easily push viewers’ interpretations in one direction: serious and political, or light and silly. “It could be called ‘Crying in Darfur’ or “Get Me a Pepsi,’� he says. “It’s all context.�

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When it comes to their materials, both Hill and Mayer tend to work with many strata. Mayer has her found objects, and Hill sometimes paints over and over on the same canvas or piece of wood. “I’ll just do layer after layer,� Hill says. “I’ll put down stencils, layers, more stencils, colors.� The result is deep and vivid. In his garage studio, Hill displays pieces of a work in progress. He’s started with a stock photo of a face, then blown it up large in his computer. Sometimes he turns the face into a woven pattern or stretches it in the photo program. Then he goes to Kinko’s and prints it out big.

Back in the studio, Hill takes an X-Acto blade to the giant photo. He might cut it into strips, or cut out some of its features to make a stencil. Then he creates the painting, spraying and brushing. He originally worked on wood, but now that the size of his paintings has grown along with his confidence, canvas is proving less unwieldy. One slab of wood became his desk. “On the bottom is a failed painting of David Gilmour,� Hill confesses, flipping up the desk to show ghostly images of the Pink Floyd musician. Other paintings that succeeded

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$10 MILLION IN UPGRADES ... Ten million bucks. That’s the price tag to transform the dilapidated Casa Olga in downtown Palo Alto into a boutique hotel. A major California hotel chain, Joie de Vivre, which owns 31 properties, will take over the eight-story Casa Olga at 180 Hamilton Ave. “We’ll be doing modest changes to the exterior, but the bones of the building will stay,” Joie de Vivre founder Chip Conley said. Upwards of $10 million will be spent to upgrade the interior of the 48-year-old structure, which will turn it into a four-star, upscale, luxury hotel, slated to open in early 2013, Conley said. It was the corner location at Hamilton Avenue and Emerson Street that attracted Conley to the site. “It’s a dynamite location. A lot of people would rather stay downtown than somewhere on El Camino,” he said. And Conley should know. He attended Stanford University as both an undergrad and an MBA student. “My parents also went to Stanford. I have a strong connection with this city,” he said. The new hotel will have a distinct Northern California flavor throughout, including a 50-seat restaurant with a sidewalk cafe. “The restaurant will be a farm-to-table kind of place,” he said. The hotel could benefit Palo Alto’s nonprofit organizations. “Joie De Vivre has a reputation for reaching out into the

community, and we’re actively involved in community giving,” said Conley, who is also estimating $1 million in annual tax revenues for the city. “What’s interesting is in the past 10 years, two high-end hotels were created in this area — Four Seasons and Rosewood — and neither one is located in the city of Palo Alto. So even though people are staying at those properties to be in or near Palo Alto, there are no hotel taxes coming from those properties to this city,” he said. This development may be the final hotel for Conley. “This could be my last hurrah. I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’m looking forward to spending more time speaking and writing,” said Conley, who has authored several motivational and leadership books. His current book, “Emotional Equations,” was a New York Times bestseller. The name of the new hotel? “Don’t know yet. We’re surveying the community about this, and we’re open to suggestions,” he said. TAQUERIA TO OPEN IN MIDTOWN ... Restaurateur Adam Torres is poised to open his third Sancho’s Taqueria restaurant at 2723 Middlefield Road. Vacant for several years after University Florists moved out, the renovated site will comfortably hold 50 diners, with additional patio seating in both the front and back of the Mexican

eatery. “This is my biggest restaurant,” Torres said, who owns two other Sancho’s — one on Lytton Avenue, the other in Redwood City’s Emerald Shores. Torres will have an extended menu with vegetarian options for the Midtown location. “I wasn’t familiar with this area. I didn’t even know Palo Alto had a Midtown. But I’m excited to be here. It’s a great location. Lots of dog walkers and baby strollers and families walking by,” he said. Sancho’s is scheduled to open in mid-April. ARTISAN INDIAN RESTAURANT OPENS ... A massive, 10,000-squarefoot restaurant quietly opened last month, serving organic Indian cuisine in a totally renovated setting. Simply called, The Menu, it is this area’s newest dining spot, located at 2700 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, where Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos meet. “When I came in here, it was a dump. The place was dark and dingy. We tore down the walls; we painted; we replaced the floors. And now it’s light and airy,” The Menu owner Prakash Aswani said. The site, across the street from Lozano’s Brushless Car Wash, had been vacant for about two years and was home to a string of Indian restaurants throughout the years. “This one is different. We are organic. We use locally produced fresh food

and no pesticides, no MSG and no artificial flavors. I’ve put my heart and soul behind this,” Aswani said, who is a retired CEO of several high-tech companies. Starting this restaurant became a labor of love for Aswani. “It was the last thing in my mind to open a restaurant, but now I’m having the best time of my life,” he said. LYFE KITCHEN EXPANDS ... LYFE Kitchen has arrived at Costco. The healthy, fast-casual restaurant at 167 Hamilton Ave. has branched out to test a line of six refrigerated foods in several Costco’s in Northern California. “This is huge. We’ve been wildly successful in the six months that we’ve been open so now we’re getting into retail,” LYFE founder Steve Sidwell said. Among the refrigerated items offered in the Costco aisle is the restaurant’s corn chowder soup. The five other choices were designed specifically for retail groceries. “If this is successful, we’ll take it into other grocers,” said Sidwell, who also predicted two to four additional LYFE Kitchen restaurants would be open by the end of 2013. N

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Cardinal men’s championship in the NIT overshadowed women’s Final Four setback by Rick Eymer his is a story about expectations and things looking different in hindsight. The Stanford men’s basketball exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations while more was expected of the Cardinal women. Seniors Josh Owens, Andrew Zimmerman, Jarrett Mann and Jack Trotter ended their Stanford careers as champions of the National Invitation Tournament, playing in more games (37) than any other Cardinal men’s team in school history. The record-setting game was a 75-51 rout of Massachusetts in last week’s NIT title game at New York’s Madison Square Garden as Stanford finished 26-11. Seniors Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Lindy La Rocque and Grace Mashore finished with four straight trips to the NCAA Final Four, only to fall to the eventual national champion each time, including to Baylor, 5947, last Sunday inside Denver’s Pepsi Center while finishing 35-2. The Stanford men opened the season by winning 11 of their first 13 games and ended by winning seven of their final nine. It was that 6-7 mark in the middle 13 games that led to lowered expectations. The Cardinal women had won 32 in a row, and lost just once, before meeting Baylor. Ogwumike was performing like one of the top players in the nation, setting an enormous standard. Cardinal men’s coach Johnny Dawkins finally saw things fall into place during the postseason run, as guards Aaron Bright, a sophomore, and freshman Chasson Randle rose to championship caliber and Owens was playing consistently well and most other players chipped in with inspired moments, including sophomores Anthony Brown and Dwight Powell. “You can’t substitute for winning a tournament,” Dawkins said. “You have to do it. These guys can reflect on that. Expectations will grow and we’ll have to manage those. It’s important to win a championship

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PREP ROUNDUP

Menlo girls on schedule for a successful year Despite expected 0-3 start, Knights on right path for another championship finish in lacrosse by Keith Peters

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en Lee wasn’t too concerned when her Menlo School girls’ lacrosse team opened the season with three straight losses while being outscored 53-37. It was just part of the grand plan. Lee has been upgrading her schedule over the years, trying to find the toughest early season opponents possible in order to prepare her team for the rest of the season. For 2012, Lee lined up Carondelet, Amador Valley and Monte Vista (Danville) to start the year. In the latest state rankings by laxpower. com, Carondelet is No. 2, Amador Valley is No. 5 and Monte Vista is No. 8. Menlo also dropped a nonleague match to visiting Cherry Creek, the No. 2-ranked team in the state of

Colorado. A tough early season has paid off with a 68-17 record over the past four years and included three straight West Bay Athletic League crowns and one in the PAL (in 2008). While the Knights are 7-4 heading into spring break next week, they are 7-0 against teams from the Central Coast Section and are ranked No. 9 in the state. Menlo will have three more matches before facing host St. Ignatius (ranked No. 6 in the state) on April 26. That will be the Knights’ final real test of the season. Defending their WBAL playoff crown should not be a problem as Menlo already has wins over No. 15 Poway (San Diego), No. 21 Palo Alto, No. (continued on page 26)

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COACHING CHANGE . . . Sacred Heart Prep girls’ soccer coach Jake Moffat is stepping down after seven years as head coach. Beginning next academic year, Moffat will be the chairperson of the school’s English department.

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . US Rowing has invited Rachel Ersted, a 2010 graduate of Palo Alto High and current sophomore at the University of California, to attend the US U23 National Team Camp to be held this summer in Syracuse, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J. Ersted is one of three collegiate coxswains chosen to compete for a place on the United States Under-23 Team scheduled to race at the World Championships in Lithuania this July. As a freshman, she coxed Cal’s Varsity 8+ boat to dual-meet victories over Washington and Stanford and a 2011 Pac-10 Championships; she and her team earned a bronze medal at the 2011 NCAA Championships . . . Menlo-Atherton High grad Marietta Tuionetoa, a freshman at BYU-Hawaii, will join the rest of her Seasiders’ women’s tennis team at the Pacific West Conference championships, hosted by Dominican College in San Rafael beginning April 19. Tuionetoa plays No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles for top-ranked (in NCAA Division II) BYU-Hawaii (21-0) and owns a combined 35-1 record on the season . . . Palo Alto High grad Wade Hauser is batting .471 to lead Tufts University this season. Hauser has 51 at-bats for the Jumbos, who are off to a 12-3 start . . . Palo Alto High grad Lizzie Abbott helped Harvard win a pair of CWPCA Southern Division water polo matches last weekend as the Crimson clinched the No. 2 seed for the upcoming playoffs. Abbott, a senior, had one assist and two steals in a 10-4 win over Mercyhurst and added four goals, one assist and two steals in an 18-12 win over George Washington on Saturday. Abbott has 16 goals, nine assists and 19 steals for Harvard, which is 4-1 in its division and 12-9 overall this season under head coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach . . . Castilleja grad Sammy Albanese is 1-3 with a 2.67 earned run average for the Northwestern University women’s softball team. Albanese, a four-time first-team All-American as a prep, has allowed 42 hits in 42 innings with 33 strikeouts and 36 walks. She came on in relief Wednesday in a 9-1 loss at Notre Dame.

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Amuchastegui is Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year The Farm will be busy this weekend with softball, tennis, track and field, men’s volleyball and women’s water polo by Rick Eymer tanford senior Nick Amuchastegui is the unanimous pick for the Pac-12 Conference Wrestler of the Year following a season that saw him finish 24-1, his only loss coming in the NCAA finals. Amuchastegui is the second Cardinal to be named conference Wrestler of the Year, as Matt Gentry earned the honor in 2004. The two are the only Stanford wrestlers to reach the NCAA finals, with Amuchastegui being the first two reach it twice. The senior concludes his collegiate career with a 118-19 overall record, marking the fourth-best win total in program history. Amuchastegui competed in four NCAA Championships, earning All-America status on three occasions. He joins former Cardinal Tanner Gardner as the only three-time All-Americans in school history.

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for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Each year, the award is presented to student-athletes who excel not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in their community. Stanford (27-8, 1-5 Pac-12) will play host to Oregon (23-7, 2-3 Pac12) on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (noon). Women’s tennis Junior Natalie Dillon has put together a nice winning streak recently. She beat Cal Poly’s Ireen Kuipers, 6-1, 6-2, Wednesday to record her fifth consecutive win as the sixth-ranked Stanford women’s tennis team downed the visiting Mustangs, 7-0, in a nonconference match. All six singles players won in straight sets as the Cardinal (14-0) won by shutout a sixth straight match. Stanford will host Santa Clara on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Men’s tennis Stanford will host Oregon on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and No. 22 Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Track and field An Olympic year is always a special one and organizers of the 38th running of the Stanford Invitational hope this weekend’s meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field will be a positive step forward for a number of athletes planning on making the trip to England. The meet will get underway on Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the men’s collegiate javelin. Running events begin at 11 a.m. High School and college events will rotate throughout the meet, but the highlight of the meet is often Friday’s distance carnival that begins at 5:15 p.m. The distance races will feature some of the top college and pro athletes in the country and will go deep into the night, with the last race scheduled for 10:48 p.m. Saturday, things again get underway at 9 a.m., this time with both the track and the field events. The final event is set for 4:52 p.m. as the high school 4x400-meter relay concludes the meet. Men’s volleyball No. 5 Stanford (16-6, 13-5 MPSF) will host No. 8 Long Beach State (13-12, 8-10) on Friday and No. 12 Cal State Northridge (10-15, 6-12) on Saturday, both in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Women’s water polo No. 2-ranked Stanford (18-1, 4-0 MPSF)) will risk its co-lead in the league when it hosts No. 3 USC on Saturday at 1 p.m. N


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because once you’ve done it, you understand what you have to do to get there again.” Stanford women’s coach Tara VanDerveer devised a nice strategy to counter 6-foot-8 national player of the year Brittney Griner but, by winning that battle, Stanford lost the war. “Ultimately I think it was kind of difficult for us to really figure out what we wanted to do on offense,” Stanford All-American Nneka Ogwumike said. “I think we were too worried about her.” (Flashback to the 1997 men’s NCAA tournament and Stanford’s game plan against Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, which resulted in a Cardinal upset. The Cardinal sent wave after wave of bodies to tangle with the 6-foot-11 player of the year. There were 44 fouls called in the game and it was even more physical than that would indicate). When Ogwumike finally attacked Griner, she enjoyed modest success. “We weren’t able to run our offense the same way,” VanDerveer said. “You just can’t make passes that you usually make. You can’t attack in the same way you’re used to attacking.” The second-ranked Cardinal fought bravely, but its fifth straight trip turned out like all the others. Stanford is still looking for its first national title since 1992, despite

reaching the title game in 2010 and 2008. Ogwumike finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and played with four fouls during crunch time. Chiney Ogwumike already was on the bench, her season over after fouling out trying to deal with Griner and company. Stanford had its school-record 32-game winning streak snapped but will begin next season with several other streaks intact, including a 79-game home winning streak and 78 straight wins over a Pac-12 opponent. “I look back and reflect on what it took for us to get here, and I would have rather gone down with my team than up with any other team,” Nneka said. “But when it comes down to the game, if you look at it, yeah, we were 20-for-60, that’s a lot. And I know I didn’t make one 3, and I shot five of them.” Does Stanford have what it takes to make a sixth straight trip? Nneka Ogwumike will be playing in the WNBA a year from now but VanDerveer will have plenty of firepower to make another run. Chiney Ogwumike, an All-American, returns along with the vastly improved Joslyn Tinkle, Amber Orrange and a dependable group of role players. Stanford missed Jasmine Camp and Alex Green, two highly prized freshmen who were lost for the season due to injuries. The Cardinal will be bringing in 6-3 post Alyson Beebe, who is expected to be fully recovered from a

torn ACL nearly a year ago, and 6-5 Tess Picknell, who is known for her shot-blocking ability. Chiney, Toni Kokenis, Orrange and Tinkle give Stanford plenty of experience. Bonnie Samuelson and Taylor Greenfield will have a year of experience and if one of the two incoming freshmen can make an immediate contribution, then perhaps reservations are in order for New Orleans next April. The men’s future also looks more than just Bright. A healthy Powell, a productive Andy Brown and the addition of size next year make for exciting times around Maples Pavilion. “He can be a terrific player,” Dawkins said of Powell. “He has so much potential and he’s just starting to tap into it. He had a tough year because of the injuries but he’s getting healthy and the sky is the limit for what he can do in a Cardinal uniform.” Rosco Allen and Grant Verhoeven, incoming freshmen, are both 6-foot-9 centers and Christian Sanders is a 6-4 guard who can play the point and shoot lights out. The three current high school seniors will likely press returning players for playing time. Bright, Randle and Anthony Brown figure to provide the majority of offense, while Powell is athletic enough to both post up and pull up. John Gage and Josh Huestis also figure to get plenty of opportunities as Stanford looks to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. Bright was named the NIT’s MVP, joining Adam Keefe (1991)

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Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike scored 22 points in the semis, despite the defensive presence of Baylor’s Brittney Griner. in that regard. “I’ve been telling everybody it’s great for next year, too,” Bright said. “It’s great for our seniors to go out like that and hopefully it carries into the offseason for us and we’ll just continue to work hard. We know what it takes to win the tournament now. We won five in a row, and I think we are going to use this experience for next year and making a run at the March Madness.” The NIT title also allowed Dick Davey, Dawkins’ top assistant and former long-time Santa Clara head coach, to go out a winner. “We played one of our best allaround games on the biggest stage,” Dawkins said. “This is great for the seniors and great for coach Davey.”

Davey, who announced his retirement from basketball earlier in the season, was given his championship trophy by Carroll Williams, for whom Davey served as an assistant coach at Santa Clara before assuming the head job there. Stanford became the second team to play in the final of the preseason and postseason NIT in the same season. In the NIT Season Tip-Off in November, the Cardinal let a late lead slip away against Syracuse. “It doesn’t feel real,” Stanford senior Andrew Zimmerman said. “When you end the season with a win you want to keep it going forever. This is something we can carry with us the rest of our lives. You can’t take this away.” N

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35 St. Francis (Mountain View) and two over No. 37 St. Francis (Sacramento). The win over Poway was Wednesday, a 15-14 thriller that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t secured until junior Michaela Michael scored with just nine seconds to play. Poway has an enrollment of 2,600 students while Menlo has approximately 550. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thrilled with the win, for sure,â&#x20AC;? said Lee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It got a little hairy/ scary at the end.â&#x20AC;? Michael finished with nine goals and two assists to set season, game and team highs with 11 points. Michael, who already has committed to USC, finished a two-win week with 18 points and raised her season totals to 85 goals and 16 assists in 11 regulation games and one tournament day. According to MaxPreps, Michael ranks No. 2 in the U.S. in goals and No. 3 in total points (101). She leads the state in goals. Poway and Menlo battled winds that gusted to 30 miles an hour. Poway grabbed an early 3-0 lead but Menlo tied it at 3 with 14:53 left in the half. Poway went up 5-3 before Menlo tied it again as Michael scored her fourth straight goal. Michael added one more in the first half as Menlo surged to a 10-6 lead. In the second half, Poway mounted an attack, and brought it within two in the first five minutes of the half. Menlo seemed to be pulling away at 14-9 with 13:25 left in the game â&#x20AC;&#x201D;three goals coming from Michael and one from senior Annie Taylor. Then, Poway turned it on with five unanswered goals to tie the match and set up Michael for the game-winning shot. The Menlo defense welcomed back goalie Hannah Rubin, who had been out with the flu but made many key stops. On Saturday, Menlo went 4-0 and captured their division at the annual Western States CIF Lacrosse Tournament on a rainy day at the Morgan Hill Sports Complex. The results are not included on the Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; overall record, due to rain-shortened matches. Menlo won for the fourth consecutive time since it has participated in the event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Knights opened with an 11-2 win over Menlo-Atherton before topping St. Francis (Sacramento), 10-5. In a semifinal shortened by rain and a revised schedule, Menlo defeated Sacred Heart Prep, 11-1. In the championship match, the Knights edged St. Francis (Sacramento) again, this time by only 7-6. Michael led the way with 17 goals and four assists for 21 points on the day. Rubin had some big stops, stuffs, deflections and pure stick saves against all four opponents â&#x20AC;&#x201D;all while battling the flu. On the other side of the tournament, Castilleja defeated Thacher School of Ojai, 5-1, for that divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title. Castilleja carried the momentum from that victory into Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (continued on next page)


Sports ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

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April 2012

South Asian Nutrition Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Mountain View Center 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View

Michaela Michael

Graham Fisher

Menlo School

Gunn High

The junior scored 34 goals and added six assists during a 6-1 week in lacrosse that included a 4-0 finish and division title in the Western States tourney where she scored four goals in a 7-6 win.

The senior slammed two home runs among his six hits, drove in seven runs and scored five more to help the Titans win three baseball games and open a 1 1/2-game lead in the SCVAL El Camino Division race.

Honorable mention Kimmie Flather

Andrew Ball

Palo Alto lacrosse

Menlo tennis

Katherine Hobbs Castilleja lacrosse

Nina Kelty Palo Alto lacrosse

Ali Kim Menlo lacrosse

Hannah Rubin Menlo lacrosse

Katie Vallarino Menlo-Atherton softball

Baseball It was a battle of CCS champions on Tuesday night in the Cupertino Host Lions Club Tournament at PAL Stadium in San Jose. When all was said and done, defending Division III champ Menlo School prevailed over Division II’s Monterey. The Knights didn’t secure their 6-5 victory until junior Adam Greenstein produced a no-out single with runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh inning. The triumph moved Menlo (9-4) into Friday’s championship game (7 p.m.) at PAL Stadium against the winner of Thursday’s game between Mitty and Carlmont. The Knights also got some big hits from senior Freddy Avis, who

The South Asian diet can be high in calories and rich in saturated fats. The increased risk of heart disease makes eating a well-balanced diet important for South Asians of all ages. This doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. There are some simple rules you can follow for healthy eating—come to our lecture on finding a good balance.

Pharmacists: Your Best Friends Monday, Apr. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Avi Mamidi, Pharm.D PAMF Pharmacy

San Carlos Library 610 Elm Street, San Carlos

650-591-0341, ext. 237

B.J. Boyd Palo Alto baseball

Andrew Buchanan Menlo golf

Duncan Hoskinson Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse

Jonny Glazier Palo Alto lacrosse

Scott Morris Menlo-Atherton tennis

To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com

WBAL match at Sacred Heart Prep, pulling off a 17-16 shocker. Castilleja senior Martha Harding scored 10 goals and junior Katherine Hobbs added five, producing the winning goal right off the draw with 16 seconds to play. Senior Suparna Jasuja and freshman Lou Biffar each tallied one goal for the Gators while sophomore goalie Rebecca Merenbach made 12 outstanding saves.

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singled in the first and slammed a solo homer in the third. In was his third home run in as many games. In Rancho Cordova, MenloAtherton earned the right to play for its second straight title at the Cordova Easter Tournament after edging Rio Linda, 2-0, on Wednesday. The Bears (13-3) won their fourth straight in the tourney. Menlo-Atherton starter Nick Lange pitched a complete-game one-hitter with nine strikeouts, missing a perfect game when an attempted shoestring catch in centerfield was dropped for an error in the sixth inning. Lange moved to 4-0 on the season thanks to his own two hits, which accounted for both runs. On Tuesday, Menlo-Atherton won a pair of games — 10-2 over Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) and 4-1 over Foothill (Sacramento). In nonleague action Wednesday, Palo Alto scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held on to post a 4-3 victory over host St. Ignatius on Wednesday at Fairmont Field in San Francisco. The Vikings (14-2-1) took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, withstanding a three-run inning by the Wildcats (10-4-1) to win for the eighth time in the past nine outings. N

Genes and Cancer, What We Know Wednesday, May 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sunnyvale Public Library 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale

Presented by Edmund Tai, M.D. PAMF Oncology 650-934-7373

Dr. Edmund Tai will look at the current medical research into how genetics affects a person’s risk of cancer.

Happy – Healthy Screenings Film Friday, May 25, film starts at 7 p.m. Mountain View Center 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View

Presented by Edward Yu, M.D. PAMF Family Medicine 650-934-7373

Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? Yes, this is a movie about happiness.

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