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Menlo Park signs off on Facebook terms City to gain annual payments, community improvements by Sandy Brundage ne by one, the public speakers at Menlo Park City Council’s Tuesday night meeting said in no uncertain terms what they thought about the proposed development agreement with social-networking giant Facebook. And what they thought was all good. The council apparently shared those sentiments, as it voted 5-0 to

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and Barbara Wood approve the terms. The agreement lets Facebook go ahead with plans to employ as many as 6,600 people at its new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park. Ten weeks of negotiations led to an agreement that Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith said she was “very pleased� with upon its re-

lease April 12. The terms include: sMILLIONTOTALINGRADUATED payments during the next 10 years, FOLLOWED BY  MILLION DURING THE subsequent four years as long as Facebook chooses to still exceed the former employee cap of 3,600 at the campus. s&UNDINGFORBICYCLEANDPEDEStrian improvements in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, including at the intersection of Willow Road and

U.S. Highway 101. s!ONE TIME PAYMENTTOTHECITY OFMILLIONTHATTHECITYCANUSE for any capital-improvement projects. Facebook will make an additional payment to the city if the city secures other funding for measures that are required by the Environmental Impact Report, such as roadway improvements. s #REATION OF A LOCAL COMMUNITY FUNDWITHANINITIAL CONtribution. The fund will partner with

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Palo Alto council backs ‘principles’ on Cubberley Members also appoint commissioners, revise assumptions on retiree benefits by Chris Kenrick he Palo Alto City Council kicked off a community discussion on the fate of Cubberley Community Center Monday when members backed a set of principles to guide the talks. The principles will also be considered by the Board of Education as the two bodies contemplate a future of possibly joint use of the 35-acre site at 4000 Middlefield Road, most of which is owned by the school district. Preliminary conceptual plans propose three schools — elementary, middle and high — as well as community nonprofit organizations on the land. The principles, according to a city staff report, are intended to ensure the deliberation process is fully transparent and publicly accessible. The 15 principles also state that the City of Palo Alto values Cubberley as a “major cultural, educational and nonprofit resource�; planning and analysis costs should be shared by the city and school district; concerns of adjacent neighborhoods should be taken into consideration; and more. In the decades since Cubberley High School closed in 1979 due to falling enrollment, the school district has rented the campus to the city for use as a community center, GARNERINGABOUTMILLIONAYEARIN lease revenue for schools. That lease is up for renewal in 2014 but, this time, school officials have indicated they may need to take back at least part of the campus because of rising school enrollment, particularly

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Veronica Weber

Flowering dogwood adds a colorful touch to Palo Alto landscapes — and the blooms have become a temptation to thieves who sneak in and cut off branches, often harming the trees.

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Dogwood thefts proliferate with spring bloom Flowering branches can bring big money for thieves, experts say by Sue Dremann

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he two prowlers in Jim O’Sullivan’s yard could have been burglars, but they weren’t interested in stealing what was in his house, he soon discovered. O’Sullivan spotted the men attempting to take branches from

a dogwood tree on his Webster Street property in Palo Alto in broad daylight, he said. “I heard a van pull up and looked out and saw two people get out with a tree trimmer and walk toward the property,� he said on

Wednesday. “They had a piece of the tree in their hand and said, ‘Would you mind if we cut a few branches?’ “I said I would mind, and I asked them to leave,� he said of the April 12, 11 a.m. attack on his front-yard tree. “The dogwood is in full bloom, so maybe they were stealing it to sell to florists. Who knows?� O’Sullivan is not alone. Throughout the Bay Area at this time of year, gorgeously flowering trees become cash cows for some thieves. They often come with pruning saws and shears in the middle of the night, police said. The bundles of branches can fetch a good price. Harvesting from one

TREECANNETASMUCHAS SAID Bill Zappettini, whose family has been in the flower business at the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart since 1921. Zappettini said a bundle of BRANCHESCANCOSTASMUCHAS wholesale, depending on quality and size. Dogwoods produce showy “flowers� — actually flower bracts (modified leaves) that surround the tiny greenish-yellow flowers. They look like four fleshy petals in white or pink. The blooms measure about 2 inches in diameter. They are much sought after because they are long lasting, Zappettini said. (continued on page 14)

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— John Hanna, commenting on how his beautiful dogwood tree was attacked at his Crescent Park home. See story on page 3.

Around Town PLANTING THE SEED ... Before Linsanity swept the globe and a Palo Alto High School student became the toast of Big Apple, Jeremy Lin was getting his education at Mustard Seed, a pre-school program at Emerson School in Palo Alto. The program, which offers training in Chinese and English, is set to grow in the coming years thanks to the City Council’s decision last week to approve a new Mustard Seed day care center near the Baylands. Lin, a Harvard University alum who now plays for the New York Knicks, did his part to support the new Mustard Seed. In September 2010, when the project was being planned, Lin wrote a letter to the city lauding the program, which he called “extremely helpful in my development as a student and person.� He wrote in the letter that at Mustard Seed he “learned the importance of time management, consistent hard work and respect for others peers/teachers, as well as help in school homework.� Lin, who was playing for the Golden State Warriors at the time, also alluded to his future plans, none of which involved taking New York City by storm. Instead, Lin wrote, “One day I hope to devote my life to Christian ministry, as well as starting my personal nonprofit foundation devoted to social work in urban communities.� CELEBRATION TIME ... Palo Alto will briefly set aside its reputation as a wonky hub of big ideas and celebrate its lighter side on May 5. The city will hold its 90th annual May Fete Parade, and this year’s theme will be “Palo Alto at Play.� Event coordinator Bear Capron said in a statement that this year’s parade “is the perfect time to show everyone that we know how to play and have fun.� The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at University Avenue and Emerson Street and will proceed down University Avenue to Heritage Park, site of a fair. The procession will feature floats, clowns, marching bands, dance groups and martial arts studios. But for all the frivolity, the event will include several reminders of the city’s status as a locus of innovation. The parade will include a “flotilla of environmentally friendly green cars,� according to the city. And the grand marshal this year is Robert N. Klein II, who authored a

stem-cell initiative in 2004 and who until recently served as head of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. THE PRIZE ... Mary Schmich, who this week won a Pulitzer Prize for her columns in the Chicago Tribune, has her own Palo Alto connection. Schmich had served as an intern at the Palo Alto Weekly in the early days of the paper’s existence. Her contributions included a profile of Newman Walker, who had served as Palo Alto’s school superintendent from 1975 to 1985. Schmich had also spent time as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune, a newspaper that replaced the Palo Alto Times and closed its doors in 1993. WATER WOES ... Palo Alto proudly boasts some of the cleanest tap water in California state, but the quality comes at a price. The city, which is one of about two dozen to gets its water through the Hetch Hetchy system, is responsible for paying its share for the system’s $4.6 billion upgrade project. At the same time, the city’s Utilities Department is plowing forth with its own repairs on the city’s water pipes and a new water-storage tank at El Camino Park. For local ratepayers, these improvements will likely mean higher bills. Residential rates are scheduled to go up by 15 percent under a staff proposal that the City Council’s Finance Committee endorsed Wednesday. Councilman Pat Burt said there’s been a lot of perception in the community that the council keeps on raising rates “willy nilly� — a perception that Burt tried to debunk at the meeting. He noted that the city’s gas and electricity rates would remain unchanged this year and that the water-rate increases are driven by concerns over safety and reliability. “In fact, we’re flat on rates on all our utilities except for contending with something that will matter a great deal to all of us,� Burt said. “It’s a wise, necessary investment.� The only other increase will be in wastewater rates, which will go up by about $2 on an average monthly bill. The Utilities Department estimates that the impact of all rate adjustments would be about $9 for the average monthly bill. N


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Imagining the future of education New breed of investors pursues tech’s potential to transform the classroom

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hey are young, tech-savvy and affluent, many with successful startups under their belts. A growing number of Palo Alto-area entrepreneurs have turned their attention to the power of technology to transform education — “ed-tech,” they call it. In venues around town, from Stanford University to the airy offices of ed-tech “incubator” Imagine K12, they’re coaching and funding a dizzying array of technology products aimed at students, teachers, parents and schools. “We look at the issues facing K-12 today — if you go into a public school it feels like stepping back in time,” said Imagine K12 partner Tim Brady, himself the product of suburban Detroit public schools, Stanford’s electrical engineering department and the Harvard Business School. “We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we think we can help.” Brady — who was among the first four employees of Yahoo!, where he stayed for eight years — sorts K-12’s most nagging issues into what he calls “three buckets”: inequality, international competitiveness and declining budgets. Admitting inequality is the toughest, he still believes technology can help in all three areas by

making teachers and administrators more efficient, freeing up time for them “to do what they love, are good at and are trained for.” Brady and his two partners, startup veterans and investors Alan Louie and Geoff Ralston, provide seed funding from their own pockets, strategic advice, networking and introductions to potential investors for 10 selected ed-tech startups for up to four months at a time. A main goal is to help startups win their next round of funding. Of the 10 young companies that graduated in the first batch last September, five have garnered further investment and all are still alive, Brady said. Now finishing up with its second group, Imagine K12 has posted a May 4 deadline for online applications for its third batch of ed-tech entrepreneurs. “We’re trying to pull engineering talent into the ed-tech space,” Brady said in an interview in Imagine K12’s central Palo Alto office, lined with whiteboards full of scrawled diagrams, lists and strategies. “By doing so, we’re trying to excite investors because investors get excited about smart people who can execute on good ideas and get that ball rolling. It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg thing: There hasn’t been funding because there

hasn’t been great tech talent. “We’d love to see this kind of investing-engineering talent ecosystem evolve where it becomes a healthy, attractive place to invest dollars that will result in positive change for our K-12 system.” The world has changed since the rough climate for educating investing in the 1980s and 1990s, Brady said. A fast-growing number of teachers are digital natives — welcoming technology into their classrooms — and the Internet makes it possible to market products directly to them and to parents. Though they don’t control school purse strings, teachers can pilot new products and spread the word about things that work, he said. “Teachers are extremely active on Twitter — it’s a very strong community — so the ability to get a product at least tested in a classroom has changed,” he said. “The world is flat now, and you’ll find parents less accepting of mediocre outcomes and willing to put money behind alternatives.” Another big change is the ease of entry. Advances such as cloud computing have driven down the cost of a startup — where launching Yahoo! cost $1 million, entrepreneurs could do the same thing today for $50,000, Brady said.

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Jessie Arora, a veteran of Google and several education nonprofits, has invested in several ed-tech startups. The lower costs have attracted a new breed of angel investors, people willing to put their personal funds into startups. One such “angel” is Jessie Arora, a veteran of Google and several education nonprofits who has backed several ed-tech startups, including Remind101, Motion Math and MindSnacks. The startups all involve learning games or communication tools for education. About 90 percent of the vast $650 billion education market is tied up in paying teachers and running schools, but there’s a growing slice for technology, Arora said. “It’s early on, and investors probably shouldn’t really be looking for the next Facebook in the education space yet, but there’s potential,” she said. For now, she said, “the overall

focus is on the social impact and the social return on investment. The potential to make money is there, but the trajectory is longer.” Imagine K12’s current batch of companies includes Remind101, which enables teachers to communicate safely with students outside the classroom, as well as startups in the areas of special-education communication (Goalbook); teacher observation (BloomBoard); tutoring (TutorCloud); math and grammar games (BrainNook); data collection (Eduvant); teacher productivity (ClassConnect); recording and uploading lessons (Educreations) and behavior management (Class Dojo). N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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Approved high-speed-rail analysis sets stage for more lawsuits Peninsula cities remain concerned about ridership numbers, description of system in revised environmental study by Gennady Sheyner

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he state agency charged with building California’s highspeed rail system approved on Thursday a long-debated environmental analysis for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line — a voluminous document that the project’s opponents immediately characterized as an invitation to more lawsuits. The California High-Speed Rail Authority voted to “recertify” the final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a high-level document that describes the voterapproved project and that designates the Pacheco Pass as the rail authority’s preferred route to the Peninsula. The authority had previously approved the document on two occasions, but it was forced both times to revise the document after legal challenges from Peninsula cities and nonprofit groups. Now, Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park are preparing for round three. Stuart Flashman, the attorney

representing the Peninsula cities in two lawsuits against the rail authority, submitted on April 13 a notice that the cities will appeal the November 2011 ruling, which required the rail authority to make several technical revisions in the program analysis but did not force the agency to re-examine Pacheco or ridership numbers. The basic argument from the cities is that the newly revised EIR still fails to comply with state law because of questionable ridership data and a failure to examine a two-track design on the Peninsula. Much of the legal dispute centered on the rail authority’s choice of the Pacheco Pass over the Altamont Pass. Board members acknowledged Thursday that both routes have merit, but they declined to reconsider the preferred alternative for the $68 billion line. Board Chair Dan Richard called the dispute over routes the “biggest struggle” for him. His board colleague Jim Hartnett agreed.

“Frankly, with a lot to commend each, in my heart of hearts I still think the Pacheco is the preferable alternative,” Hartnett said. Several speakers vehemently

‘If you insist on certifying this document, you will be back in court and lose.’ —David Schonbrunn, president, TRANSDEF disagreed. David Schonbrunn, president of the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF) and Richard Tolmach, president of the California Rail Foundation, both urged the rail authority to reconsider the route. Both groups took part in the litigation against the rail authority.

“If you insist on certifying this document, you will be back in court and lose,” Schonbrunn said. “Have you learned anything from this organization’s two previous expensive and time-consuming losses?” he later added. Tolmach raised questions about the new document’s ridership numbers, which have been contested by the Palo Alto-based watchdog group Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD) and by the independent experts from UC Berkeley’s Institute for Transportation Studies. “What you’re basing this bad EIR on is a set of already discredited ridership figures,” Tolmach said. “You need to get a fresh look.” City leaders in Palo Alto and Menlo Park have also insisted that the rail authority evaluate the “blended” alternative for high-speed rail — a design under which the rail system would share two tracks with Caltrain on the Peninsula. Though

the rail authority had agreed to pursue the blended option, the program EIR devotes most of its analysis to a four-track design that has been widely panned on the Peninsula. The newly approved environmental study specifies that the “blended approach would involve electrification of the rail corridor, advanced signaling systems, and would include some grade separations, but was assumed to be not fully grade separated.” It defers a fuller analysis of this option to a future study. In approving the analysis Thursday, board members tried to assuage Peninsula critics by adding a provision that specifies that future analyses will focus “solely” on the blended system. That blended approach, which was introduced by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is now ex(continued on page 7)

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Residents gear up to save Palo Alto animal shelter Petitions, protests, yard signs to be part of campaign to keep city’s Animal Services owing not to let the City of Palo Alto shutter its animal services center, residents and animal advocates are mounting an effort to keep the shelter open, with all of the markings of a political campaign. The city manager’s office is recommending closure of the shelter at 3281 E. Bayshore Road, which includes a spay-and-neuter clinic, and outsourcing animal services. The City of Mountain View, which has contracted with Palo Alto Animal Services since 1993, announced in November that it is switching to Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. That move will leave Palo Alto with $450,000 less for its program. But opponents say Palo Alto’s services are crucial to care of local animals — not only family pets but wildlife and strays — and to the well-being of residents. Palo Alto’s is the only shelter between Santa Clara and San Mateo, they said. Since the city’s announcement on March 26, residents and animalrescue advocates have started at least two petitions. Coming soon: yard signs and buttons and a grassroots effort to work through neighborhood associations, said Carole Hyde, executive director of the Palo Alto Humane Society, a nonprofit organization that is not related to

by Sue Dremann the animal-shelter land for an auto dealership. The U.S. Highway 101 frontage is coveted by auto dealers, which could add to the city’s coffers. But Hyde and others said there are ways to recoup the lost revenue and keep the city’s animal program, whose reputation has made Palo Alto a destination for those seeking high-quality services. The Palo Alto Humane Society currently spends $35,000 at the animal-services center, but it could spend $100,000 annually through its spay-and-neuter underwriting program. If the city were to expand the hours and accept feral animals for treatment, the Humane Society and other rescue groups could bring it more business, she said. “That’s a lot of lost revenue. It seems a shame for the city to lose that income,” she said. Regarding the possible outsourcing, Hyde said there are perils for taking alreadystressed animals long distances for treatment and surgery, and the distance will also burden residents. “The proximity of a shelter is very important. It’s a blow to residents of Palo Alto and other cities,” she said. Barron Park resident Doug Moran, who runs the neighborhood email list, said he makes notifying

neighbors about lost or stray animals a priority, and he understands what the loss would mean in human terms. “I see how stressful it is to lose a cat or dog. I see other people spend lots of time when animals get lost,” he said. Friends of his spent two weeks looking for a lost pet, going from shelter to shelter every day. He said he couldn’t imagine how difficult that would be if people could only go to Santa Clara. The city should consider what is a reasonable level of service for its residents, he said. “The outsourcing seems entirely focused on money,” he said, adding that there should be other ways to save money. “I just see so many pointless consultant studies that don’t seem to have any result. Are we making proper choices? There are a lot of inefficiencies,” he said. “Over the years, I have occasionally seen consultants that brought real value, but too often the consultants did little more than produce reports that were high on flash and low on content,” he said, citing studies that cost between $50,000 and $200,000. A shelter’s distance from Palo Alto could jeopardize animals’ lives, he said. People who aren’t

able to travel a long distance daily to find a lost pet at a shelter might find their family pet has been euthanized because it wasn’t claimed in a few days, he said. The quality of life in Palo Alto could change if local services go away. People who take in strays might think twice about driving an animal to Santa Clara. “People would have to take time off from work to do it” or opt not do it at all, he said. Resident Nancy Hamilton said there are many services the city will suddenly find itself without if animal services were to close. One evening she saw Animal Control Officer William Warrior come to the South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic with an injured bobcat on the end of a pole. Questions remain about how wildlife services, including nuisances, will be handled, she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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the city’s animal services. “As you can imagine this is a very passionate issue,” she said Wednesday. Calling themselves Save Our Shelter (SOS) and, alternatively, Save Our Animal Shelter, the activists have thus far gathered more than 250 signatures on two online petitions. They also have a Facebook page. Hyde said the Palo Alto Humane Society is also writing a position paper to explore alternatives to the closure. When Mountain View’s contract ends this November, Palo Alto would have to absorb the lost revenue or pass some of the shared costs to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, which contract with Palo Alto. The latter option could force the cities to leave the partnership, Palo Alto officials fear. Animal Services operates on an annual budget of $1.8 million. It brings in about $1.1 million in annual revenues. Mountain View’s departure would raise Palo Alto’s share of the facility’s cost from $700,000 to about $1.1 million annually. Outsourcing animal services would bring down the city’s net costs to about $500,000, according to staff estimates. The city is also considering using

‘Water Lilies’ launch during Earth Day celebration Artist Judith Selby Lang, center, along with installation technicians Lora Goves, left, and Keith Southern, install her new work, “Water Lilies,” in the waters near Byxbee Park at the Palo Alto Baylands on April 18. Lang’s work, which features floating islands created from hundreds of single-use plastic bottles and mirrors, officially will be launched during the Earth Day celebration at the Baylands on April 22. Watch the video, “Water Lilies,” on www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Page 6ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“


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Palo Alto housing, service agencies could see drop in funding Sharp decrease in federal dollars means less community-development funding by Eric Van Susteren he City of Palo Alto’s funding for planning and administration and for public services may be reduced next year in response to a decrease in federal funding. During the City Council Finance Committee’s meeting Tuesday night, April 17, members recommended the city adopt a plan that includes reducing funding for public-service agencies such as Project Sentinel, InnVision Opportunity Center and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. The committee voted 3-1 to recommend the plan, with Councilman Pat Burt dissenting. Burt said he’d want to look for funds in the general budget to help cover the lost money. Palo Alto receives annual allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Community Development Block Grant Program. The city will receive an estimated $429,304 from the program for the fiscal year of 2013 — a 29 percent decrease from last year’s $606,566. The drop is the result of the completion of the 2010 Census, which is used as the basis for the allocations. Federal regulations require that the funds benefit low- and verylow-income persons, aid in preventing slums or blight, and meet other urgent community-development needs. Much of the funds are allocated as grants to nonprofits with goals of improving community conditions. The federal funds along with money reallocated from past programs with unspent balances, loan repayments and income from current and future programs make up the $719,677 in estimated total funds available to allocate.

City planner Consuelo Hernandez said the community-development money represents a small portion of the nonprofits’ budgets, but Philip Dah, program director for InnVision Opportunity Center, said funding reductions would have a significant impact on the center’s work with homeless people. “It’s been evident that the services we provide are not seen or considered to be essential,� he said. “A $12,000 or $15,000 (grant) is a small portion of our budget, but without it we wouldn’t be able to

serve the people of Palo Alto.� The Opportunity Center, which received $50,000 in the 2011-12 fiscal year, would be one of the agencies that stands to lose the most from funding reductions. The plan cuts program funding for 2012-13 to $37,175. Federal regulations state that of the city’s entitlement grant and program income, only 15 percent — $95,600 — may be used on public services such as the Opportunity Center. The recommendation allocates the reduced funding proportionally among five agencies: InnVision, Project Sentinel, YWCA, Palo Alto Housing Corporation and Catholic Charities. Similarly, only 20 percent of the funds and program revenue may

be spent on planning and administration. That formula shrinks the $133,311 allocated to administration last year to $97,861 this year. The remaining $526,215 is to be used on other projects — workforce development for the Downtown Streets Team, new windows for the Cal Park Apartments and a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system for Avenidas, an organization serving seniors. The City Council will review the committee’s recommendations at a public hearing scheduled for May 7. In other business, the committee recommended a plan that would increase residential refuse rates without increasing commercial refuse rates. The increases would be phased in over a maximum period of three years. The plan would increase the fixed cost for street sweeping from $4.62 to $6.66, while adding a $1.07 fixed rate for household hazardous-waste service and a $2.17 fixed rate for the city’s annual clean-up day. Under the new plan, rates for minican and 32-gallon trashcans would rise by $3.17 and $4.06 respectively — a 15 and 11 percent increase. Rates for 128-gallon, 96-gallon and 64-gallon trashcans would each increase by $5.28, a 7, 5 and 4 percent increase respectively. The public-works department estimates the increases will generate $850,000 in incremental revenues next year. The rate increase was based on a recent refuse cost-ofservice study, which showed a projected imbalance between commercial and residential ratepayers. N Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at ericvansusteren@paweekly.com.

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insula communities where opposition to high-speed rail has been most heated. But while the blended system is far more popular than the four-track alternative, the project continues to attract heavy scrutiny from both opponents and independent analysts. Earlier this week, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recommended that state officials withhold construction funding from the project, which now has an estimated price tag of $68.4 billion. The office also recommended “some minimum funding� to continue planning efforts for high-speed rail. Though California voters approved a $9.95 billion bond for the project in 2008, funding remains a major concern. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested in his 2012-13 budget $5.9 billion for high-speed rail, which would be launched in Central Valley. This

includes $2.6 billion in state bond funds and $3.3 billion in federal funding. The Legislative Analyst’s Office argued in the report that the current plan leaves most questions about funding the project unanswered. “We find that the (High-Speed Rail Authority) has not provided sufficient detail and justification to the Legislature regarding its plan to build a high-speed train system,� the Legislative Analyst’s Office report states. “Specifically, funding for the project remains highly speculative and important details have not been sorted out. We recommend the Legislature not approve the Governor’s various budget proposals to provide additional funding for the project.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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pected to be the focus on a segmentspecific environmental review that includes more technical and design details than the document approved Thursday. “I know the issue of the blended approach is a hot topic, obviously,� Hartnett said. “That’s probably a closer call than some of the other issues, but I think that it’s been dealt with the best it can at the programmatic level, based upon the stage of where it is. “There is substantially more work that will have to be done with that as the second-tier level,� he added, referring to the segment-specific study. The board’s recent decision to pursue the blended system is in many ways an overture to the Pen-

‘It’s been evident that the services we provide are not seen or considered to be essential.’ —Philip Dah, program director, Opportunity Center

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COMMUNITY MEETING Safer Routes to School for Addison Review and comment on Draft of Walk and Roll Map and Route Improvements

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 PM Addison Elementary, 650 Addison Ave. The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program is documenting suggested routes to school and identifying opportunities for engineering improvements and enforcement which, when combined with safety education and promotion activities, will encourage more families to choose alternatives to driving to school solo.

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Picturing tolerance Palo Alto High School students Xavier Sherer, left, Ana Sofia Amieva-Wang and Jordan Bautista take a closer look at the 9-foot by 18-foot cyanotype banner, “Picturing Tolerance/Intolerance,” which was created by photography students in conjunction with the National Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust on April 18. Paly students held a special event at school to discuss the project and talk about what they had read about the Holocaust.

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East Palo Alto Best Buy store to close Company plans 50 shutdowns nationwide by Sue Dremann and Bay City News Service

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lectronics retailer Best Buy announced the locations of 42 of its big-box store closures Saturday, April 14, including East Palo Alto and Pittsburg. Five other California stores will also shut down. The 45,000-square-foot East Palo store, located at 1751 E. Bayshore Road, is part of the Ravenswood 101 Retail Center, which also includes IKEA. When Best Buy opened in November 2000, along with the now-departed EXPO Design Center, it was hailed for creating 150 jobs and boosting sales-tax revenue by $250,000 a year. Now, it is expected to close permanently by May 12. Officials said employees were notified about the closures Saturday morning, as were store customers. East Palo Alto City Councilman Carlos Romero said the closure announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. As the city’s economicdevelopment team ran its annual financial reviews over the past few years, “the handwriting was on the wall.” He said Best Buy let the city know a couple of months ago the store would close. Mayor Laura Martinez said staff has been seeking a replacement for Best Buy, and two options look

possible. “It is a loss for the city and has a negative impact on sales-tax revenue, but Best Buy is not one of our biggest sales-tax generators,” she said. Romero said the city took in $2.9 million in sales-tax revenue in 2010; Best Buy contributed about 8 to 9 percent. That figure computes to about $230,000 to $260,000. Ravenswood 101 is one of the

‘The handwriting was on the wall.’ —Carlos Romero, city councilman, East Palo Alto busiest shopping centers in the area, drawing shoppers regionally, Romero and Martinez said. In 2010, the center ranked as the third-largest revenue generator in the state for a regional center of its size, at about 900,000 square feet, Romero said. City leaders think the center has a solid retail mix that will continue to attract shoppers. With IKEA as part of the draw, Ravenswood 101 is considered a regional power center, he said. The center has a Home Depot, Office Depot, Nordstrom Rack, Sports Authority, San Mateo Credit

Union, Mi Pueblo Market and a variety of eateries. Romero declined to discuss possible replacements, but one option looks “very, very promising,” and with luck a deal could be struck in the next couple of months, he said. Best Buy had 88 employees in early 2011. About 26 employees, or 30 to 31 percent, were East Palo Alto residents, he said. Martinez said store officials are working with employees at soon-tobe shuttered locations to find positions within the Best Buy company or could offer severance packages. Best Buy still operates a store in Mountain View, on Charleston Road, which opened in 2006. The electronics store announced at the end of March its plans to close 50 stores nationwide by the end of 2012. Two stores in Kansas City, Mo., and Scottsdale, Ariz., closed earlier this year and five other stores in Minnesota’s Twin Cities and one in San Antonio, Texas, were notified of their impending closures in March. Three additional locations are expected to permanently close later this summer. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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Palo Alto’s greenhouse gas emissions fall More than one in five Palo Alto utility customers voluntarily pays higher rates to subsidize energy sources that are 100 percent renewable, city staff members told the Palo Alto City Council Monday, April 16, in an Earth Day staff report. Voluntary participation in the Palo Alto Green renewable-energy program is one of many reasons the community’s greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be 15 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this year. City operations, including city hall and the wastewater-treatment plant, have cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an even greater percentage — 20 percent below 2005 levels. That means both groups are ahead of goals established in the city’s 2007 Climate Protection Plan, which is to have reduced emissions by 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, Debra van Duynhoven, assistant to the city manager, stated in a report. The estimated reductions are due primarily to greater purchases of electricity from renewable supplies, participation in the Palo Alto Green program, lower levels of waste to the landfill and improved energy efficiency in city facilities, van Duynhoven said. N — Chris Kenrick

Worker falls from steel structure at Paly A construction worker sustained traumatic injuries after falling from a steel structure at Palo Alto High School Tuesday morning, April 17, a spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has confirmed. The 24-year-old employee of Cold Steel Erectors Inc. of San Lorenzo, Calif., was spreading steel decking on the second floor of a classroom structure that is under construction when the accident occurred, Cal/ OSHA spokeswoman Patricia Ortiz said. She said she could not provide the worker’s name. The man fell 13 feet, 8 inches onto the concrete floor and sustained a broken hip and a facial bone fracture. He will require surgery, she said. Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said the man was taken to Stanford University Medical Center. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 7:56 a.m. City dispatch communications at that time indicated he was bleeding from his head and mouth. Ortiz said Cal/OSHA’s Foster City district office was notified about the accident at 9:24 a.m. She said there were no witnesses, and it is not known if he wore protection at the time of the fall. N — Sue Dremann

Police recover stolen property from vehicle stop Police arrested three men for residential burglary after an officer discovered stolen property during a vehicle stop Friday, April 13, at 2:08 p.m. — less than 25 minutes after the property was reported stolen from a nearby residence. Hector Jose Sandoval of Hayward, Gilbert Garcia of East Palo Alto and Israel Aguilar of East Palo Alto were each arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools. The first three charges are felonies; only the charge of possession of burglary tools is a misdemeanor. Police recovered property that had been stolen earlier that day at a house in the 2400 block of Agnes Way. Police stated that the estimated value of the recovered stolen property is between $10,000 and $15,000. An officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Oregon Expressway and Middlefield Road for a vehicle code violation and detained the vehicle’s three occupants after smelling marijuana. One of the men was on a searchable probation for vehicle theft and domestic violence in Alameda County. The officer conducted a probation search and discovered tools commonly used for burglary and a watch that had been reported stolen from the residence on Agnes, police said. The ensuing investigation led to the recovery of the rest of the property stolen from the residence. N — Eric Van Susteren

Children sue father in death of Woodside mother Three children of former Woodside resident Parima Parineh have initiated a wrongful-death lawsuit against their father, Pooroushasb “Peter” Parineh, who is now in jail on charges of having killed their mother. The three are her son Austiag Hormoz Parineh, her daughter Austiaj Parineh and her son Khashayar Parineh. The April 11 complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court alleges that Pooroushasb Parineh “willfully and maliciously fired two gun shots to the head of Parima” at their Woodside mansion on Fox Hill Drive on April 13, 2010. The children further allege in the complaint that their father acted out of a motive to cash in on life-insurance policies that would have paid out with Parima Parineh’s death. Pooroushasb Parineh has been in county jail on a no-bail status on charges of premeditated murder for financial gain since his arrest in Sunnyvale on June 17, 2010. N — David Boyce

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Microsoft Store opens at Stanford Shopping Center The new Microsoft Store is holding its grand opening at Stanford Shopping Center April 19, and San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice will be on hand to help celebrate the occasion. (Posted April 19 at 9:44 p.m.)

Bicycle thefts on rise in Palo Alto Numerous bicycle thefts have been reported throughout Palo Alto since March 28, police said Wednesday. “The thefts have been trending upward again — definitely,� Sgt. Brian Philip said. (Posted April 18 at 4:21 p.m.)

Mistaken ID in Mountain View bike robbery arrest? The family of a man accused of assaulting a Red Rock employee and trying to steal his bike are insisting that Mountain View police arrested the wrong guy. (Posted April 18 at 4:25 p.m.)

Stanford group offers online parenting class Raising balanced children in a fast-paced world is the theme of an online parenting class launched this month by a Stanford Universitybased organization. (Posted April 18 at 9:11 a.m.)

Google scales back Mountain View bridge project After prodding from conservationists, Mountain View-based Google is redesigning its bridge project over Stevens Creek, one of the most hotly contested infrastructure projects in recent memory. (Posted April 18 at 8:29 a.m.)

Noisy nights for Caltrain neighbors through May Caltrain has announced that nighttime training of new train engineers may disrupt the sleep of nearby residents for several weeks. The training started on April 11 and runs through May 24. (Posted April 17 at 8:38 a.m.)

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Vehicle struck by express train in Menlo Park A mother and daughter were transported to a hospital on Friday evening, April 13, after their Saab was struck by an express train in Menlo Park, a Caltrain spokeswoman said. (Posted April 14 at 2:14 p.m.)

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Calling it a “huge step� for boosting California’s transportation network, the state agency charged with building the controversial high-speed-rail line approved on Thursday a business plan for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles system. (Posted April 12 at 5:20 p.m.)

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Grants: The committee recommended reducing by 29 percent the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2013. Yes: Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Burt Refuse Rate: The committee recommended a flat-rate increase to the residential refuse rate and no changes to the commercial rate. Yes: Unanimous

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433 Melville: The board approved the proposed renovation, alteration and addition to 433 Melville Ave. Yes: Unanimous

Council Finance Committee (April 18)

Water: The committee recommended raising the water rates by 15 percent, which would boost the utility’s revenues by $4.7 million. Yes: Unanimous

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Cogswell Plaza: The board discussed the preliminary design for Cogswell Plaza, including new landscaping and removal of turf area. Action: None

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the police union. The council also plans to discuss the Communications and Power Industries amortization study and consider ways to reduce risk level from CPI’s hazardous materials in Barron Park. The council also plans to amend the gas utility’s long-term objectives, strategies and implementation plan; and approve the use of $2.3 million in park-development fees for improvements at El Camino Park. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss transition plans for the school district’s adoption of a new calendar for 2012-13, which will move the school start date earlier in August and end the first semester before the December holidays. The board will hear a report on college attendance by socio-economically disadvantaged Palo Alto high school graduates, as well as an update on the disproportionate number of minorities in special education. The board will discuss “guiding principles� and architectural scenarios for upcoming discussions with the City Council regarding the future of Cubberley Community Center. Following a closed session for legal matters, the public session of the board will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the long-range plan for Rinconada Park, and the supply and demand of athletic fields. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Bus Rapid Transit Plan; hold a public hearing on the draft density bonus ordinance; and hear an update on the Sustainable Communities Strategy Draft preferred scenario. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2012 business plan and the revised final program EIR. The committee also plans to discuss the Rail Corridor Task Force report laying out the community’s vision for the Caltrain corridor. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation from OCLC WorldShare and review the Community Services Element of the revised Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.).

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in the southern part of town. A San Francisco architect drew several conceptual plans for a future Cubberley, several of them showing shared use between the schools and community groups. Officials stressed those sketches are nothing more than informal concepts to see whether multiple interests could be accommodated. Nonetheless, council members couldn’t resist commenting on them. Karen Holman said she didn’t understand why none of the conceptual plans included the kind of green quad typical on many campuses. After the recent closure of Palo Alto Bowl, planners should consider adding a bowling alley, she said. Council member Greg Schmid said the site maps are “very exciting because they do give the true notion of a joint use. “Another striking factor is that everything’s new. It’s hard to think of that campus without the existing buildings, and this shows us we’re completely open and free to do what we could do. I like the notion of exploring shared uses of that site,” Schmid said. Resident Bob Moss cautioned that shared use is problematic because schools generally don’t permit unknown adults to enter their grounds during school hours. He suggested adding an additional principle to the effect that, whatever

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Florists use the branches as filler in bouquets and as decoration. But there is a short season, which lasts just a few weeks in spring. Palo Alto police said the treebranch thefts come in waves. Sgt. Ken Kratt recalled many dogwoodbranch thefts in 2000 and 2001 but said he had not heard of that type of pilfering again until now. Sgt. Sal Madrigal said the thefts of flowering cherry and dogwood pop up from time to time. The demand for dogwood isn’t new. Fifty years ago, there were never enough blooms to meet demand, Zappettini said. In the 1970s, as the market flourished, professional gardeners asked if they could prune dogwoods in people’s yards. “They became very popular, and then they started to ship all over the place,” he said. The market took off in the 1980s. To meet demand, growers started putting in dogwood farms in places such as Petaluma and in Oregon, Zappettini said. But apparently some people prefer making some quick bucks hacking trees in the middle of the night. Palo Altan John Hanna said the problem was so bad at one point that he and his neighbors added motionsensor lights. One person added trip wires. Hanna and his neighbors even hired a security guard to patrol their blocks for a week, he said. “The people who do this are ruthless,” he said, noting he had a beau-

city facilities are located on the site, they should be publicly accessible at all hours, regardless of school activities. “I don’t want to see a joint use of Cubberley that, over time, significantly reduces public access to the city’s land,” Moss said.

‘I have no problem with sharing, as long as it’s thoughtful — a fence or something would be OK.’ —Bob Moss, resident, Palo Alto “I have no problem with sharing, as long as it’s thoughtful — a fence or something would be OK.” The guiding principles and concept plans were scheduled to be discussed Friday, April 20, in a meeting of the Cubberley policy advisory committee, consisting of three council members and two school board members. The Cubberley discussion also will be augmented by a community advisory committee consisting of representatives of more than 20 community groups. In other business Monday, the council voted to revise some of the assumptions used to calculate the city’s health-care obligations to retired employees, thereby somewhat reducing the projected liability. The 7-1 approval came over the objections of Schmid, who said the

tiful dogwood that was attacked at his former home in the 1400 block of Hamilton Avenue. “People need to be vigilant when their dogwood is blooming. It really needs some kind of neighborhood watch.” Hanna said his azaleas have been routinely targeted, and some thieves

‘People need to be vigilant when their dogwood is blooming. It really needs some kind of neighborhood watch.’ —John Hanna, resident, Palo Alto also go after hydrangeas, which have large, beautiful blooms. One resident suggested painting the branches in a way that could identify them if they are stolen, he said. Zappettini said most residents probably don’t realize there is a value to many materials routinely pruned from their gardens. Most probably would just take the cuttings to the dump. But dried manzanita, acacia, tree of heaven and mock orange are popular for fillers among flower bouquets and are often shipped to the East Coast, he said. Jesus Palafox, owner of JP Evergreen at the flower mart, said variegated pittosporum and eucalyptus are two other favored fillers among florists. He sells dogwood bundles for $10 wholesale, depending on the

revised estimates amounted to a postponement of “dealing with the structural problem we have.” Other council members said the new assumptions are within allowable practices and always can be altered to reflect new data. The council voted to revise three of seven actuarial assumptions, resulting in an annual set-aside for retiree medical benefits that will be $12.5 million instead of $13.4 million. Also Monday, the council voted to appoint civil engineer Garth Hall to an unexpired term on the Utilities Advisory Commission. Hall, a Palo Alto resident, works as a senior civil engineer with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Council members also chose three of six applicants for vacancies on Palo Alto’s Public Art Commission, including re-appointment of Richard Ambrose, director of the Pacific Art League and a resident of El Cerrito. The other two applicants appointed were arts journalist Vikki Tobak, who lives in Redwood City, and Palo Alto resident Patricia Walsh, who has worked in public art in Massachusetts and, more recently, in San Jose. For three spots on the Human Relations Commission, the council reappointed incumbents Ray Bacchetti and Theresa Chen and also appointed a new member, lawyer and mediator Diane Morin, who was raised in Italy and came to the United States at the age of 18 for college. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

size, he said. Many branch sellers who approach him often don’t know what they are doing, he said. “People have to know how to cut it. It’s too late when the flowers are already open for a florist to use it,” he said. Zappettini said cutting back a dogwood to make $150 is highly damaging. “The tree’s gone, it’s cut to nothing,” he said. City Arborist Dave Dockter said pruning trees in the spring is not generally a good idea. Springtime is when most trees are putting out new growth, flowering and setting fruit. Every cut causes the tree to expend energy to seal over the wound. Some thin-barked trees such as fruitless mulberry have difficulty controlling sap bleeding, he said. Cherry trees, another popular flowering tree for thieves, is a worse bleeder than dogwood, he said. But dogwood is a slower grower and is slower to respond to wounds and to callus over. The cuts leave a tree vulnerable to fungus and disease, he said. O’Sullivan has set up a motiondetecting camera to protect his property. “I look at this as similar to copper theft. It’s kind of the same thing. They are stealing valuable landscaping. It really needs to be addressed. “I was surprised at how brazen they were. They looked like landscapers and wouldn’t be questioned,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


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A weekly compendium of vital statistics Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto April 12-18 Violence related Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong-arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .7 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .6 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Open container in vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Menlo Park April 12-18 Theft related Attempted theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .2 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .4 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Brandishing a firearm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Atherton April 12-18 Violence related Child/elder abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related

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Editorial

Lessons learned from car-train accident Culture of defensiveness and secrecy reflects poorly on city and disrepects the public’s right to know o one has suggested that the death of Judith Goldblatt on the train tracks at Charleston Road a year ago was anything other than a tragic accident, in spite of the secretive and evasive handling of the case by Palo Alto and other officials. Goldblatt, visiting local relatives and driving a rental car, apparently drove onto the tracks without realizing there were cars ahead blocking her path. (To read the Weekly’s investigative article on the accident, published April 13, go to www.PaloAltoOnline and search for “Questions remain.”) Almost immediately after the horrific accident last April 15 public concerns were raised over the safety of Palo Alto’s four grade-level railroad crossings, the placement and timing settings of traffic signals and the operation of the Charleston-Alma traffic signal in particular. Nearby residents reported that trains had been slowed after the accident as a precaution when passing through that crossing, leading the Weekly to begin asking questions of authorities. The Weekly learned that Caltrain engineers had detected problems with the “pre-emption” signaling at the Charleston crossing after the accident, causing potential inconsistent behavior of the traffic signals controlling the flow of traffic on Alma and Charleston. (When a train is approaching an intersection, it triggers a message to the traffic lights to sequence to red along Alma Street so that there is time for traffic crossing the tracks to move to safety before the train passes.) Despite the clear public-safety concerns being raised, what became a year-long investigation of the accident by the Weekly ran into resistance almost from the beginning. Palo Alto and Caltrain officials referred inquiries to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, which functions as transit police for Caltrain and is responsible for investigating any Caltrain-involved accidents. For months Sheriff’s detectives would not comment and said their investigation was not complete. Palo Alto City Attorney Molly Stump told the Weekly that on the day of the accident the Sheriff’s office took charge of the scene and the investigation and that the Palo Alto police played no role. At first Palo Alto officials denied they had conducted any investigation, yet now reference a “supplemental” investigation done by the police but which they refuse to release. City Manager Jim Keene doesn’t even acknowledge there was a Palo Alto investigation, saying that doing an independent investigation would have “muddled” the official inquiry being done by transit authorities. And city Planning Director Curtis Williams, responsible for the city’s transportation division, has in the last few weeks made statements contradicting the Sheriff’s investigators. Williams stated no cars were blocking Goldblatt’s exit from the tracks at the time of the collision, while the transit police investigator Victor Lopez said he concluded that all traffic lanes were occupied and no escape route was available. California law requires accident investigation reports to be released to anyone involved in the accident, but does not mandate their release to the general public. Despite repeated requests, both the Palo Alto City Attorney and the San Mateo County Counsel have invoked the legal exemption in the Public Records Act and refused to provide the reports, even with redactions of any sensitive or confidential information, such as the names of witnesses or photographs from the scene. Other documents and emails obtained by the Weekly through multiple Public Records Act requests confirmed that shortly after the Goldblatt accident meetings were held between Caltrain and the city about malfunction concerns, timing changes were made to the signals and the entire traffic-signal controller was replaced. But for months following the accident city officials declined to comment, other than to state that there was nothing in the investigative reports that suggested any cause for the accident other than Judith Goldblatt’s error in judgment for stopping on the tracks. While the exact circumstances that day will never be known, the city owed the community a complete and thorough report, and recommendations on how traffic controls at our railroad grade crossing might be improved to increase safety. Instead, either paralyzed by liability concerns or simply insensitive to legitimate public concerns, the city made a horrible tragedy worse by not being forthcoming. At a time when great attention has been focused on the risks associated with the Caltrain tracks running through the community and the dangers of grade crossings, the public deserves much more from its city officials.

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Creating ghettos Editor, Palo Alto’s housing element sure sounds like we are creating ghettos. Making sure that “those people” live “over there,” not in our neighborhoods — not only ghettos, but in high-rise tenements. The Housing Element calling out: “designated locations,” “smaller apartments” and “protecting existing neighborhoods.” It sure sounds like MerriamWebster’s definition “... a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure.” The only real solution is to understand that ALL of Palo Alto is going to have to change. All neighborhoods are going to get denser. All neighborhoods are going to have to accommodate more elderly, lower income, non-vehicle owning residents. All neighborhoods are going to have to move back to a mixed-use model. All neighborhoods are going to have move away from one single-family-housing unit per lot. Marc Fleischmann Wellsbury Way

Kudos to Oskar Editor, Kudos to “Oskar and the Last Straw” at the Escondido Elementary School. I had the privilege and the pleasure of attending a performance of this most concise and touching piece of wisdom. With echoes of Mr. Fred Rogers and Sesame Street, it delivered a great lesson about how to fight the stress and overload that our kids face. And it did so in a subtle, cheerful, non-didactic way perfectly designed for such young pupils. Hundreds of little ones were rapt and engaged by the plight of Oskar, as he “unpacked” some of the pressures their world imposes on them. At the end, during the “Q and A” it was remarkable how much the children had retained about the struggles between “Coping Cat” and “No More Choices Bear.” I was thinking, if only their parents could’ve been there too (they were most likely working and multi-tasking) to hear these timeless messages about “doing one thing at a time” and “prioritizing” and learning these timetreasured techniques of problemsolving. We are so very fortunate to have such an amazing company called TheatreWorks in our town that has the vision and commitment to using its very special way of reaching people of all ages in such a preemptively mentally

healthy way. Strengthening and re-enforcing what we already have in our DNA is heartening. Thanks to all involved in Oskar. Keep up the wonderful work and those positive messages, which we are never too old to learn. Susan Weisberg Mayfield Avenue

Show the benefits Editor, Again there is a call to reform planned community zoning, the catchall zoning category of choice for commercial and residential mega-developments in Palo Alto (Palo Alto Weekly, April l3, 2012). A prized change to planned-community zoning allows much denser and bigger projects. Public Benefits is a required component of planned-community developments. Benefits must be “substantial” or the planned community cannot be granted — supposedly. “Substantial” means of considerable value and importance. Too often the city grants enormous concessions to developers, ensuring millions more in profits, while the public is grant-

ed public benefits of little value. An example is a severely under-parked Lytton building where owners got rich and the public got some trees and little cars sculpted around the door — perhaps they’re looking for parking? The city must require some rational equivalency between increased private and public benefit to protect the public interest. Our planned-community ordinance requires that developments “will result in public benefits not otherwise attainable.” This should make every reader gasp. We have more than 140 plannedcommunity zoned projects in Palo Alto, and I wager that many were approved with a blind eye to this requirement. Listing public benefits in the planned-community agreement was a later amendment to the original ordinance. Developers can only be held accountable if we know what is required of them. Palo Alto Square is an example that lists no public benefits. The city should let the sunshine in and publish a list of all (continued on page 18)

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Guest Opinion

With rules, we can squeeze bikes into car territory by Mac Clayton hen my son Nick was in Jordan Middle School, he got a traffic ticket while riding his bike. Approaching an intersection he crossed to the left side of the street to use a crosswalk on that side. The policeman told him he was supposed to ride on the right side of the road and wasn’t supposed to bike in a crosswalk. To “pay” his ticket, Nick had to take a bike safety course. I think he had to do community service, too. I was stunned, and, I admit, a little incensed. For one thing, he was taking the route I had suggested would be the safest. But I was wrong. We had just moved to town and all started biking and I didn’t understand the rules as well as I thought I did. I didn’t even understand what was best for Nick’s safety. Now, 10 years later, we all bike more than we drive. I had to threaten the boys to get them to take the automobile driver’s test before they went to college. I use my car so little I bought a trickle charger for the battery. We’ve had slips and bangs on our bikes, but about a month ago I took a more serious dive off mine (solo, all my fault) that gave me a renewed appreciation for how fragile our connection is to that narrow corridor of air we ride. When you come down off a bike, even at relatively

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slow speeds, it’s pretty easy to do some serious damage. No bumpers. No airbags. No steel cage. In early March of this year there were two serious bike/car collisions in Palo Alto. Town Square lit up with comments: “Those reckless cyclists need to obey the rules of the road.” “Those speeding drivers need to slow down and look up from their smart phones.” “Can’t we all just be more careful?”

Provoking driver animosity is not bright. It’s a little like throwing stones at a rhino. Palo Alto is a good city for bicyclists. The City Council has recently adopted a new plan to improve bike safety in major corridors. But the danger continues on ordinary streets, where kids on every block come out of their homes to bike to school during the morning commute, and where those of us long past school age bike for health, ecology and serenity and share the road with construction workers, gardeners and moms and dads running errands. Bikes and cars alike are obligated to obey the rules of the road. The street is not a level playing field, though. Cars have big lanes all to them-

selves. More often than not, bikes have to scurry along between parked cars and vehicles overtaking them from behind, choosing between the risk of being “doored” and the hazard of being clipped (or worse) from the rear. It would be great, for bikers and drivers, if we could ban all on-street parking to open up more space for bikes and cars to travel together safely. Or perhaps widely restrict parking to one side of the street during the day, as we now do on some streets. People have to have places to park cars, though, so that dream is not practical. But there are a few things we can do that are both economical and easy to implement: ❖ Prohibit parking at intersections within 20 or 30 feet of the corner. Paint the curbs red and enforce the rule. This would open up visibility for bikers and drivers alike. It’s called “daylighting,” and it would be a good idea even if no one biked. I remember teaching my sons to drive. They would stop at the white stripe at stop signs. From there, because of parked cars they wouldn’t be able to see cross traffic, so the game was creep, creep, creep, sprint. It never felt very safe, even in a car. ❖ Aggressively ticket cyclists who break the rules. Not only is it dangerous to blow through stop signs, it annoys the heck out of drivers. Provoking driver animosity is not bright. It’s a little like throwing stones at a rhino. More careful compliance with traffic laws by cyclists would keep them safer and result in their being better re-

spected by those with whom they share the road. ❖ Set the speed limit on residential streets at 20 miles per hour and enforce it. In addition to cars, our streets are teeming with bikers, walkers and kids doing all manner of things. Twenty miles per hour gives us all a bigger margin for error, a better opportunity to avoid the careless child biking home from school, and a better chance to get out of the way of an inattentive driver. What’s the hurry? You’re just going to have to stop in a block or two anyway. We’re long past the point of debating whether cycling is a good thing for the community and its residents. Bikes are quiet and burn no hydrocarbons. They take up no parking spaces. They give our children (and their parents) independence. In addition to providing exercise for the body, they are good for the soul. Anyone who has been out on a bike on a sunny day with the wind blowing in your face has felt the exhilarating rush of flying with ET in your basket across the face of the moon. Our community was built for cars. Safely squeezing an increasingly large bicycling crowd onto the roads is tough. To make it work, we need the good will of drivers and cyclists alike. A bucket of red paint for curbs at intersections, lower speed limits and active traffic enforcement for both bikers and drivers would be a big help too. N Mac Clayton is a former lawyer and businessman turned writer. He has published fiction and is writing a novel.

Streetwise

Do you think the downtown area can accommodate the Lytton Gateway project? Asked on Loma Verde Avenue, Middlefield Road, Waverley Street and Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Junesung Lee.

Scottie Zimmerman

Writer Waverley Street “I vote against it. I wish they’d put in a grassy park and benches instead. I can’t believe we still have the need for more buildings and development.”

Kate Gibbons

Stay-at-home mom Loma Verde Avenue “It certainly sounds too dense of a project. Palo Alto’s biggest consideration should be for the people and the residents.”

Mary Lou Lathrop

Self-employed Cambridge Avenue “I’m against it. It is too dense of a project because of parking.”

Deolinda Avila

Retired Barron Park “Only if they’re looking to resolve the parking issues and seek some plan on fixing parking. If not, I’m against it.”

John Morris

Community volunteer Evergreen Park “Current city ordinances are there for a reason and should be respected. Parking is a real issue as well. ... Development shouldn’t occur at the expense of the residents.”

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It is time for residential parking permits in Palo Alto by Sally-Ann Rudd ellow Palo Altans, it’s time we take this issue of residential permit parking and settle it once and for all. I live in Downtown North. My house is on a small lot (5,500 sq. ft.). It was built in 1907 and has a single-car garage and no driveway. We have two children. I drive a minivan. My husband drives a Honda Civic. He parks in the garage, and I park on the street. I am very happy in my little house, except for one thing. If I move my car I lose my parking space. It’s gone. I don’t get it back until around 5 p.m. when the daytime parkers go home. When I had babies, not being able to park outside my house was a very painful experience. I had to figure out how to get two tiny children into the house and my groceries. Which did I leave in the car, the babies or the ice cream, while I sprinted back and forth to the house? When my mother came to visit, in a wheelchair, it was beyond inconvenient. I started calling the police for the people who parked overhanging the curb cut to my garage. When we have contractors come to the house to fix things, I have to give them precise instructions about arriving early in the morning. Not being able to park outside your own little house can make things very difficult. So why can’t we have residential permit parking? Unlike neighboring cities, Palo Alto does not actively manage spillover parking into residential areas. This has come about because Palo Alto’s

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public benefits by address. Planned-community zoning must be substantially reformed, then enforced. Otherwise eliminate it. Winter Dellenbach La Para Avenue

Shelter closure rush Editor, Why the rush to close the animal shelter and spay-neuter clinic? Your editorial “An unsustainable animal shelter” (April 6, 2012) wrongly maintains that $7 million in upgrades will be needed to keep Palo Alto Animal Services functioning. Not so. That was the estimate for building a new state-of-the-art shelter. The city recently upgraded the current facility and according to Mike Sartor, director of public works, it has another 20 years of useful life to give the community. There is, yes, a budget hole. The Mountain View contract continues into mid-fiscal year 2013 before it is terminated, and we esti-

zoning requires a “minimum” parking level for new developments of four parking spaces for every 1,000 sq ft. In theory, this provides adequate on-site parking for employees so spillover parking shouldn’t be a problem. You got the “in theory” at the start of that sentence, right? Within the Downtown Parking District, where use changes don’t require providing additional parking spaces, there are a little more than 5,000 spaces. If all the existing buildings had four spaces per 1,000 sq. ft., there would be an additional 5,000 spaces required to meet those minimum ratios. So clearly, there’s a numerical parking deficit within the downtown area even if new developments are adequately parked. But downtown Palo Alto has changed a lot in recent years. The ratios don’t take into account changing a low-traffic retail establishment into a 200-seat restaurant. They don’t take into account a start-up that rips all the cubicles out of an office and puts up large tables with workstations, which can fit in twice the workers as cubicle-land. They don’t take into account replacing a two-story building with a three-story building with an extra layer of office space. They don’t take into account “in-lieu parking” fees, where developers within the Downtown Parking District can pay fees instead of building actual parking spaces. Unfortunately, you can’t park a real car in a virtual space. Things have changed a lot but Palo Alto has run out of space for more parking. Therefore, the residential neighborhoods are taking the brunt of the spillover. In 2009, College Terrace was given a Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program. It was funded by Stanford University, which gave the City $100,000 to protect the neighboring residential area. Stanford did this because they committed to a “parking cap and no new car trips” policy in their General Use

mate that the deficit to continue operating the shelter is as little as $300,000 for the remainder of next year. This deficit could be eliminated with budget cuts and increased revenues from the sterling spay and neuter clinic. We are asking the City Council to consider these options for keeping the shelter open through the fiscal year of 2013 to allow time for the development of longer-term solutions for animal services in Palo Alto. These solutions include contracts with neighboring cities that become available in two years, lower staffing costs, greatly expanded output at the spay-neuter clinic, affiliating with a nonprofit, and establishing “Friends of the Shelter” to generate citizen and corporate support. Keeping animal control services local is essential for our animals and for the quality of life Palo Altans expect. We are going to resist the blind rush to close the shelter. Please join us in that effort. Carole Hyde Executive Director Palo Alto Humane Society

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Permit and capping parking is an effective way of encouraging people to find alternative ways of getting to work. It is one of a number of Transport Demand Management (TDM) approaches they use. Palo Alto has committed to increasing the density of development projects around transit hubs, which makes perfect sense. Our city is fortunate to have a bus station and train station in the same place. The Marguerite shuttle serves Stanford. The Palo Alto shuttle serves some areas of Palo Alto. What our city has not done is implement the kind of forward-thinking, visionary TDM programs that Stanford and surrounding cities have introduced, and resident permit parking is one of these. If you introduce permit parking, you have a real tool you can use to encourage people to get out of their cars and find other ways to get around. They can use public transit, they can bike, they can start rideshare and car-share programs. More importantly, you can reduce the parking requirements for new development. This means you can have more space for people, less water pumped from the aquifer for deep garage constructions, you can make construction costs cheaper for developers and that might just encourage cheaper downtown rents and more diversity in our downtown. You will get fewer car trips, less air pollution, more trees and fewer accidents. People will find new ways to get around. That’s the kind of place we all want to live and work in, right? But you can’t reduce the parking requirements for development until you protect residential areas from spillover parking. Without taking non-resident cars from the neighborhoods, it is not a real reduction in parking supply and it’s not fair to the people who live there. The most common objection to resident

permit parking is that it will affect the “economic vibrancy” of downtown Palo Alto. Most of the people who park in my neighborhood work in restaurants or retail. They arrive around 10 a.m. and they leave around 5 p.m. when the color zone parking restrictions downtown come to an end. I don’t think they’re buying their workout gear at Lululemon. I think they are working at Lululemon. For these workers, long-term parking permits are not an option, and they may come from areas where public transit is not available. It would be a lot more convenient for me if the people who were shopping at Lululemon or eating at Cheesecake Factory were parked outside my house, because they would circulate. The workers are there for hours. I would like to see a resident permit parking program that allowed some workers to continue using the neighborhood. I’d like to see the merchants take responsibility for ensuring the others have somewhere to park if they really can’t use alternative transport. Satellite parking is an option, or giving up some two-hour spaces and making them long-term. Many other cities have permit parking programs without sacrificing economic vibrancy. Berkeley comes to mind, so does San Francisco. No one’s ever turned down a job at Stanford because they can’t drive to work. No one expects to drive to work in San Francisco. Why? Because long ago San Francisco stopped requiring developers to provide parking, implemented resident permit parking and those two measures spurred the development of a comprehensive public transit system that works really well. N It is time Palo Alto did the same. Sally-Ann Rudd has lived in a small house in Downtown North since 1995 with her husband, children and two cats.

This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at www.PaloAltoOnline.com Posted April 16 at 11:18 a.m. by shopper, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood: The level of ignorance and racism expressed by allegedly open-minded and highly educated Palo Altans is astounding. Have any of you ever visited the 101 (shopping) center or are you too afraid of being mugged? 101 does not need a grocery because Mi Pueblo is there. Surprise! It’s a spacious, clean, wellstocked supermarket with a great deli. The produce is better than you’ll find at Safeway and it’s competitively priced. Nice people, too. I’ve also visited the Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Office Depot, and, of course, the Rack and Home Depot many times. I have an account at the credit union. Never felt threatened or worried about lowlifes or gang members, and I’m a small white mom whose command of Spanish is sadly lacking. If you terrified Palo Altans could muster enough bravery to venture to that side of the freeway, you’d find that the clientele are a perfectly benign mix of East Palo Alto residents and employees of East Palo Alto companies (including, surprise, the University Circle law firms). What does the mall need to fill the Best Buy vacancy? I’d vote for a CVS or Walgreens. There aren’t any good-sized, full-service drugstores

serving the East Palo Alto/Belle Haven community. Palo Alto only wishes it had the sales taxes from 101! But that’s no excuse for Palo Altans to look down your noses at what’s proven to be a lively mall with a decent selection of big box retail. Posted April 18 at 10:30 a.m. by Robert, a resident of Stanford: If the State Legislature, especially the Democrats — disclosure: I’m a registered Democrat — can’t bring themselves to refuse to give high-speed rail (HSR) the money they want then they will show that they are spineless and in the pockets of special interests, especially the labor unions, construction companies and consultants who stand to make big bucks from this boondoggle. I don’t put it past Jerry Brown, who is deeply indebted to the unions from his campaign, to twist the arms of many Democrats to help him discharge that indebtedness. At least we know from an impartial source that the HSR plan is riddled with problems and does not deserve to be funded with our money, which is dearly needed for things that are really important to this state, like public education.


Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Lee Domenik A memorial service is pending for Lee Domenik, a 2007 graduate of Palo Alto High School, who died April 9 in Cambodia, where he had been working as an English teacher. He was 23. Bor n in Santa Cruz, he moved as a small child with his family to Japan. He began his schooling when the family moved to Singapore, and continued in Highland Park, Texas. After the family moved to Palo Alto, he finished elementary school at Addison and went on to Jordan Middle School and Palo Alto High School, where he worked on the school newspaper, The Campanile. He also loved to play tennis, his father said. He started college at Duke University, later transferring to the University of San Francisco, where he was studying chemistry but was taking some time off, his father said. He was an enthusiastic sailor and had sailed with his family in

the Mediterranean, Caribbean and south Pacific. On a family trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, he visited a dam project in a remote area of Vietnam and became interested in the impact of such projects on local populations. He intended to return to make a documentary film about dams in Laos, but instead decided to stay in Phnom Penh, where he got a job teaching English and volunteering in an orphanage. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Christine Domenik of Aptos, Calif.; his brother, Jack, of San Francisco, Calif.; his grandparents, Barbara Domenik of Davis, Calif., and Peter and Athena Rockas of Fresno, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robert Doland Scoren Robert Donald Scoren, a Woodside resident for nearly 50 years, died March 22. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he completed his studies in dentistry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco in 1956 and established his dental practice on Welch Road in Palo Alto, next to Stanford Hospital. He later completed graduate studies in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston

University. His 32-year professional career serving the Palo Alto community as a periodontist included teaching at Stanford University and conducting research at UC San Francisco. He had many friends in the world of art and architecture, whose work he admired, especially the innovative work of Charles and Ray Eames, designer Alexander Girard and San Francisco architect Don Knorr. His patient list included these friends and others who became prominent names such as Robert Noyce, founder of Intel, Lucille Packard, sponsor of the children’s hospital, and painter Georgia O’Keefe, who flew in from New Mexico to see him. He loved exploring the world’s cultures and appreciated fine craftsmanship. He designed and curated a major exhibition of his collection of antique toys at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles in 1981, assisted by his daughter Leslie and San Francisco calligraphy artist Alan Blackman. All forms of creative expression captivated Robert and he enjoyed sharing this in the folk art decor of his professional office, designing the interior of his daughter Holly’s veterinary office, and in the custom features of his Woodside home.

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His keen interest in cutting-edge technology brought dedicated involvement in the semiconductor world as an investor and supporter in his retirement years. He dearly loved the Peninsula area and was proud to have served the community during the exciting era of the rise of Silicon Valley. His other passions were playing tennis, jazz music, enjoying his family and his Airedale Boomer. He is survived by his wife, Lisa of Woodside, Calif.; daughter, Leslie Scoren of Mountain View, Calif.; daughter, Holly Scoren Miller of Topanga, Calif.; his first wife, Rita Joanne Scoren of Mountain View; and four grandchildren. The family plans to have a celebration of his life at his Woodside home for family and friends in May.

Sanford Keller Sanford “Sandy� Keller, the son of Jewish immigrants, died April 14. As a lawyer he helped prisoners and other clients who could not pay him. His toughest fight lasted 12 years and took him from the parole board to regulatory panels and all the way to the federal courts. It ended on Dec. 4, 1989, when the federal court of appeals overturned the conviction of his client Francisco Perez, who had been wrongfully convicted in 1977 on charges of armed robbery. He was born on May 4, 1941, in Palo Alto. He attended Cubberley High School in Palo Alto and graduated from USC and Santa Clara Law School. In 1970, he went to work for a federally financed legal services agency in a basement storefront in downtown San Francisco. Three

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years later, he joined the Legal Aid Society to represent indigent clients in the Bay Area. He first worked on criminal cases and then on appeals for the society. In 1983, he started a private practice, mainly taking clients who could not afford to pay him much, if anything. He retired from full-time law practice in 2001. He is survived by his wife; their daughter, Kimberly Osborne; two sons, Kyle of Seattle, Wash., and Matthew of New York City, N.Y.; a sister, Caroline Lehman of San Jose, Calif.; and a granddaughter.

Bonnie M. Stafford Bonnie M. Stafford of Woodside, Calif. — daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt — died April 10. She and her twin brother Stuart were born in San Francisco on Feb.10, 1924, and graduated from Lowell High School class of 1942. She was active in several local organizations, including Woodside Landscaping Committee, Woodside/Atherton Garden Club, Cantor Arts, and was a volunteer at Sequoia Hospital. She played tennis, gardened and kept many friends. Her husband Jack C. Stafford, a landscape architect, preceded her in death in January 1998. Her twin brother, Stuart, preceded her in death in November 1996. She is survived by her son, Jeff of Ashland, Ore.; daughter and sonin-law, Abby and Peter Bentley of Grass Valley, Calif.; grandson, Cedar of Ashland, Ore.; granddaughters, Amra Stafford of Phoenix, Ariz., and Senna North of Medford, Ore.; niece and husband, Libby McPherson-Mann and Bob Mann, of Woodside, Calif.; niece, Saundra McPherson of San Francisco; greatnephew, Griffin; and numerous other nieces and nephews in addition to many loving friends. The family prefers donations to the American Cancer Society or Pathways Hospice. Private services will be held for the family. A celebration of her life for close friends and family will be held later this year. N

Patricia Cone

Dec. 1, 1929-April 6, 2012 Patricia O’Neill Cone, 82, Palo Alto, California, died peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ, after a long illness. Preceded in death by her husband Donald Cone; parents Clement and Dorothy O’Neill of St. Paul, MN, and Wilmette, IL; sisters Kathleen O’Neill, and Colleen (the late Emil) Wahlund; and brothers Clement (Jean) O’Neill and John O’Neill. Survived by loving sisters Dorothy (Norman) Miller and Sheila (Patrick) Smyth and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. A pioneer and Renaissance woman, Pat held high-level positions at Stanford Research Institute, traveled the world, and played a virtuoso game of golf. Her generosity and care for the family of Colleen and Emil Wahlund exemplify her compassionate and philanthropic nature. PA I D

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Book Talk A COMPANY OF AUTHORS ... Stanford will feature 18 authors who speak about their books on topics such as cutting-edge culture and history, the power of imagination and warfare. The free event, hosted by Peter Stansky, Field professor of history, emeritus, will take place at the Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Info: 650-725-2650 or continuingstudies@stanford.edu AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Athena Kashyap, “Crossing Black Waters” (April 22, 2 p.m.); Christopher Moore, “Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art” (April 24, 7 p.m.); Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott, “Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son” (April 25, 7 p.m.); Cynthia Anderson, Len Anderson, Constance Crawford, Patrick Daly, Robert Evans, Lara Gularte, Ellaraine Lockie and Charlotte Muse, “A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens” (April 28, 2 p.m.); Mick LaSalle, “The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses” (April 30, 7 p.m.); Rick Riordan, “The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow” (May 1, 7 p.m.); Dana Gioia, “Pity the Beautiful: Poems” (May 2, 7 p.m.); Phillip E. Auerswald, “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy” (May 3, 7 p.m.); Victoria Sweet, “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” (May 8, 7 p.m.); Paul Goldstein, “Havana Requiem: A Legal Thriller” (May 9, 7 p.m.); and Benjamin Busch, “Dust to Dust: A Memoir” (May 10, 7 p.m.). General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card; Kepler’s members get in free. Info: keplers.com. MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include: Olivia De Haulleville, “The Crows of Pearblossom” (April 26, 7 p.m.); Deborah Michel, “Prosper in Love” (May 1, 7 p.m.); David Vann, “Dirt” (May 2, 7 p.m.); Patty Azzarello, “Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life” (May 3, 7 p.m.); Patrick Tam, “Reflection” (May 6, 10:30 a.m.); and Wendy J. Taylor, “No Longer Strangers: The Practice of Radical Hospitality” (May 16, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net. STANFORD SPEAKERS ... Authors scheduled to give free book readings this month at Stanford University include: Jesmyn Ward, “Salvage the Bones” (April 23, 8 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St.); and Abraham Verghese, the Stein visiting author (April 30, 8 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center). Info: events.stanford.edu.

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202, or emailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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advises on getting the motors of creativity running by Karla Kane reativity can sometimes seem like an elusive, mysterious quality that some blessed people are born with and others lack. And don’t our imaginations begin to dry up after childhood? Not so, says Stanford professor Tina Seelig, whose new book, “inGenius: A Crash Course On Creativity,” was released this week. “Creativity appears to most people to be something magical and ephemeral rather than the natural result of a clear set of formal processes,” she states. However, “There is a concrete set of methods and tools that can be used to enhance your imagination, and by embracing these approaches your creativity naturally increases.” Though the phrases “concrete set of methods” and “creativity” sideby-side may seem incompatible, the author suggests practical ways to nurture the potential creativity lurking in everyone. Seelig is the executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She also teaches courses on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the department of Management Science and Engineering and within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, holds a doctorate in neuroscience and has published 16 books and educational games. In “inGenius,” Seelig lays out tips for fostering and encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset for people of all backgrounds and personalities. The book is geared more toward Silicon Valley start-up types — or wannabes — rather than those looking to paint a masterpiece or be the next Mozart. Global companies such as Apple, Twitter and Facebook are all referenced here as standard-bearers in using creativity in the business world. Seelig describes her model for enhancing creativity as an “Innovation Engine” consisting of multiple parts: knowledge, imagination, attitude, resources, habitat and culture. Throughout the book’s 11 chapters she focuses on each part, respectively, offering ideas for nurturing each aspect of the “engine.”

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First up is sharpening powers of observation. While children (and many artists) naturally observe constantly, Seelig notes that as adults fall into ruts and routines, their powers of observation diminish. Games and exercises to encourage taking notice of the world around us, she says, can help people pay better attention, catch interesting details and use the information they glean in exciting ways. Other chapters cover such practices as: thinking about problems from different angles; making sure to mix and mingle with a variety of types of other people; developing the art of brainstorming; reorganizing workspace to allow for more flexible thought and movement; finding the right balance between pressure/constraints and freedom; appreciating the value of fun and games; and, perhaps the biggest challenge for many, embracing the risk of failure. “Failure is an inevitable part of the creative process when you are doing things that haven’t been done before,” Seelig writes. After all, a large part of creativity is experimentation, and the results of experiments are always unknown beforehand. Being willing to try, fail and learn from experiences is key. Traditional businesses tend to discourage such thinking, and when managers give employees

strict, specific instructions and rules to follow, willingness to experiment and even curiosity itself dwindles. The key to becoming comfortable with failures, she says, is to think “like a scientist” — looking at failures not as reasons to quit but as data that can be analyzed and learned from. Seelig offers the example of the popular iPhone-app company Instagram, which allows users to snap, edit and share photos instantly. The company founders originally created a location-posting app, which did not prove successful. Only through trial and error did they come up with a winning formula. “InGenius” is full of interesting examples of creative companies and people, methods they’ve used to foster creativity, and the creative solutions they’ve come up with. Some of them are serious (such as a new treatment for tumors), some silly. I liked the solution Swedish thinkers designed when faced with the problem of littering in a park. They created the “World’s Biggest Rubbish Bin,” which, when trash is placed in it, emits a sound effect indicating the piece of garbage is falling to ridiculous depths. The public has found the invention to be so much fun that they now actively seek out and deposit lit-

Tina Seelig ter from around the park. The value of fun and positivity in the workplace, according to Seelig, should not be underestimated. When employee morale is high, creativity also increases. Seelig gives the example of the whimsical atmosphere at animated-film company Pixar. And while a playful atmosphere may seem more appropriate for a company that produces children’s movies than at more “serious” firms, Seelig argues that every office can benefit from some levity. “When you play, you are having


Title Pages a great time. When you have a great time you feel better about yourself and your work. And when you feel better you are much more creative and deliver more,� she writes. Some of Seelig’s information seem less-than-groundbreaking (Mary Poppins, after all, taught us to make a job a game with a “Spoonful of Sugar� years ago), and the book can sometimes get bogged down in buzzwords, especially when explaining the setup of the Innovation Engine. Some cynics who’ve gone through torturous “ice breaker� games or cringe-worthy corporate retreats may roll their eyes but it’s a generally breezy and engaging read. I can personally attest to the usefulness of at least one tidbit from “Ingenius� — a mention of the Web application “Written?Kitten!�, which helps writers with motivation and productivity by showing them a new photo of a kitten every time they complete a few hundred words. Since reading about and trying this application I’ve written nearly 1,000 words, have viewed several adorable cats and my review is now nearly done. Success! If the book inspires readers (and reviewers) to flex their creative muscles it can only be a positive thing, especially for those feeling stifled in a humdrum, unsupportive work environment. “InGenius� could be inspirational reading for a worker, professor or boss looking to spice up the office and get some new ideas brewing — or at least have a little fun trying. N

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A community health education series from Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Reversing Anatomy Remakes Shoulders

First, she tried arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to smooth the roughened edges of bone within her left shoulder joint. Finding little relief from that procedure, she took the next step, a full joint replacement, in 2000. A year after that surgery, not only was there again little change in pain, but she also lost much of her shoulder’s range of motion. Driesen gave up. “I just figured I had to make do with it.” Driesen did her best to make do. She is right-handed; after several years, however, she noticed that her increasing dependence on that right arm had a downside: The pain in that shoulder increased, too. Not wanting to push that shoulder beyond its limits, Driesen finally decided to risk another surgery. This time, she would make certain that she would choose the most experienced orthopaedic surgeon she could find and someone who specialized in shoulder replacement. “I really wanted to make sure that this time it would be done right,” she said. Even at 76, she was still active, a busy woman who often baby-sat

her toddler granddaughter. She was not willing to settle for pain reduction only; she wanted function, too. After some considered looking, she found John Costouros, MD, at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Costouros told her what she already suspected: Her only option was a surgery very different from her original. To restore her ability to move her shoulder, she needed a reverse shoulder replacement.

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The pain in Carol Driesen’s left shoulder started out as the kind of garden variety arthritis ache that many people usually begin to notice sometime in their 50s. Driesen tried a variety of arthritis medications with little effect. Then came the day when she decided to do something more. “I was taking a class, sitting at a desk, not doing anything physical and still practically whimpering from the pain,” Driesen said.

“I really wanted to make sure that this time it would be done right.” – Carol Driesen, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics The anatomy of the shoulder presents a special challenge for repairs. The ballshaped top of the humerus bone fits neatly into the glenoid, the curved space at the end of the scapula. A standard shoulder replacement puts a new cap on the humerus and a new lining on the curved wall on the glenoid. But the joint gains most of its mobility from a ring of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. If that cuff is torn beyond repair, the standard shoulder replacement will do little to restore the shoulder’s function or to eliminate pain.

Different Thinking

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With the reverse shoulder replacement, the humerus is transformed into the new base for the socket, capped with a socket-shaped top; the curve of the glenoid becomes the new ball, implanted with a rounded platform. The deltoid muscle then takes over for the rotator cuff and acts as the lever for the arm, becoming the prime mover of the shoulder joint.

Driesen’s surgeon, John Costouros, did a fellowship in Switzerland with one of the world’s foremost experts in reverse shoulder procedure. “I really had the opportunity to learn from everything they’d learned over the years,” Costouros said. By the time Driesen came to see Costouros at Stanford, he had completed more than 300 reverse shoulder surgeries. Page 22ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÓÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Driesen’s bone loss was so substantial and her rotator cuff so damaged that the reverse shoulder procedure was the only option. Costouros also would need to take

The pain in Carol Driesen’s left shoulder started out as the kind of garden variety arthritis ache that many people usually begin to notice sometime in their 50s. Driesen tried a variety of arthritis medications with little effect. part of her pelvic bone as a graft to reconstruct her glenoid so it would be stable enough to support the new implant. It would be a complicated surgery, but Driesen had confidence in Costouros. The reverse shoulder procedure was performed in Europe for decades before it was approved for use in the United States, in 2004. Costouros did an additional fellowship in Switzerland with one of the field’s most prominent surgeons to gain additional experience with the reverse shoulder replacement and other innovative procedures. “I really had the opportunity to learn from everything they’d learned over the years in Europe,” Costouros said. By the time Driesen came to see him at Stan-

ford, he had completed more than 300 reverse shoulder surgeries. He had also become a well-known trainer of other surgeons throughout the country.

“In the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve really seen an explosion in our understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder and of things that happen at the molecular level.” – John Costouros, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics “I liked him very much,” Driesen said. “He didn’t push and he told me what I might expect. He was very confident and his confidence built mine.”

Carol Driesen wanted to make sure her second shoulder replacement would be done right. Even at 76, she was still active, a busy woman who often baby-sat her toddler granddaughter. She was not willing to settle for pain reduction only; she wanted function, too. Three months after her surgery at Stanford, she’s well on her way.


Shoulder replacements are a relatively new procedure. The first widely used shoulder implant became available in the early 1950s and was based on designs for hip replacements. It was very much a one-size-fits-all, Costouros said, with little adaptability for differences in body size. “They didn’t perform very well,” he said. By the 1990s, the parts for shoulder replacements had become more modular, so surgeons could choose the proper size for each patient.

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Looking over the Shoulder How It Works t Its boney structure is simple−the ball at the top of the arm bone, or humerus, and the socket, the curved portion of the scapula, called the glenoid. t It has the widest range of motion of any joint in the body, and so is prone to a variety of unique injuries. t The motion of shoulder is enabled by soft tissue structures: the circular set of muscles that form the rotator cuff provide elevation and rotation of the shoulder; the deltoid muscle; a part of the biceps muscle; ligaments; tendons; joint capsule; and several bursa, fluid-filled sacs that act as buffers between the bones and tendons.

Discovering New Options

In the future, Costouros said, such replacements may be outdated by cellbased therapies to modulate conditions like arthritis. Driesen was hospitalized for just two days after her surgery. “I was progress-

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The combined improvements, and the introduction of the reverse shoulder procedure, have made shoulder replacements the fastest growing segment of joint replacement types, Costouros said. “In the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve really seen an explosion in our understanding of the anatomy Working with a physical therapist is very important, Costouros and biomechanics of the shoulder, said, “because of the complexity of the shoulder, it can be predisposed to stiffness. It’s important to work with a therapist better surgical techniques, and throughout the different phases of recovery, which usually things that happen at the motake three to four months.” lecular level,” he said. “Because of that, we’ve been able to design ing so quickly and I was off all pain better implants and better implantation medications after 10 days,” she said. methods. Outcomes and longevity of “I’ve had no pain since then.” She began shoulder implants today are far supephysical therapy, which she said hasn’t rior, enabling patients to obtain predictbeen painful either and continues now able pain relief and function that in past at two months following surgery. “It years was not possible” has increased my range of motion to the point where lying down I can lift my In Driesen’s shoulder, Costouros saw the arm from down at my side to up over kind of deterioration that has become my head and hold my arm straight up well known to occur in older implants. pretty much indefinitely,” she said. “The prosthesis had loosened in the socket, and its plastic showed wear. It had all shifted and migrated due to “Outcomes and longevity of the development of a rotator cuff tear.” shoulder implants today are far Without the surgery, Driesen would superior, enabling patients to have lost more and more function, he obtain predictable pain relief and said, and her pain would have increased. “This procedure really is a life-changing function that in past years was not and dramatic intervention for patients,” possible.” he said.

How It Goes Wrong t Ironically, the more active we are the more likely we are to injure the shoulder. Age is another aggressor against the shoulder as are genetics: Osteoarthritis often affects the shoulder joint. t The most commonly injured part of the shoulder is the rotator cuff, the combination of muscles, tendons and ligaments that provides the shoulder its widest range of motion. Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is sensitive to repetitive motions like pitching a baseball, swinging a tennis racquet, or swimming. Contact sports like wrestling or football, however, often cause sprains, strains, dislocations and occasionally tears of important structures of the shoulder. t Many shoulder injuries can be treated with injections of antiinflammatory medications, physical therapy and activity modification. Surgery might be required if conservative treatment fails or will not cure the problem. Many procedures to repair the shoulder are now possible with the minimally invasive approach called arthroscopic surgery, performed through small incisions and as an outpatient procedure.

– John Costouros, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Working with a physical therapist is very important, Costouros said, “because of the complexity of the shoulder, it can be predisposed to stiffness. It’s important to work with a therapist throughout the different phases of recovery, which usually take three to four months.” Even though Driesen’s recovery will continue as she builds back strength in her left arm, she is happy with the improvement. “It certainly has made me more comfortable and more able to do the things I want to do,” she said.

On the left, Driesen’s original shoulder replacement implant; on the right, her reversed shoulder implant, with the ball shape implanted into the glenoid and a new socket at the top of her humerus.

For more information about the reverse shoulder procedure at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, visit stanfordhospital.org/reverseshoulder or call 1.866.742.4811. Join us at http://stanfordhospital.org/socialmedia. Watch the new Stanford Hospital Health Notes television show on Comcast: channel 28 on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; channel 30 Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. It can also be viewed at www.youtube.com/stanfordhospital.

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

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Listening to nature

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he voice emanating from the iPhone was as soothing as the wind in the trees along Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains. “The four plant communities we’re about to visit here at Skyline are like neighborhoods — each

with its own distinctive kinds of plant species and associated wildlife,” narrator Joan Hamilton said. A slide show displayed images of red-shouldered hawks and rattlesnakes, silk tassel blossoms and wood rats as the trail wended around Alpine Pond and beyond.

AUDIO, VISUAL TOURS — DOWNLOADABLE TO CELL PHONES — PROVIDE NEW INSIGHT INTO HIKING, OUTDOORS EXPERIENCES

Background: A trail runs along the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has created an audio tour of the preserve. Top left: Ducks, geese and gulls line the Palo Alto duck pond, a featured stop in an audio tour produced by Redwood City-based Slow Life Games. Above left: Ohlone women used to grind acorns in holes in the sandstone along Skyline Ridge. Above right: The Daniels Nature Center stands in the background of Alpine Lake, a stop on the Skyline Ridge tour.

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REAL ESTATE TRENDS by Samia Cullen

Is It The Right Time To Sell My Home?

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Joost Shreve created EveryTrail, a travel-guide website that’s had more than 1 million downloads of its guides by people in 200 countries.

Audio tour producer Joan Hamilton, right, interviews Seth Adams, land programs director at Save Mount Diablo, on Mount Diablo’s Grand Loop trail. Duck down a tiny trail leading into the rocks off Sunny Jim Trail, the voice suggested. It leads to a slab of sandstone peppered with 3-inch-diameter holes where Native American women ground acorns in the rock mortars beside a creek. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District audio tour is part of the latest trend in the outdoor experience. Once the purview of art and natural history museums, audio tours and digital guides bring history and science into the outdoors through smartphones, iPads and MP3 players. Local environmental organizations and openspace agencies are producing their own audio tours, which allow users to see, hear, identify and

plan their hikes from pocket-sized devices. Environmental Volunteers, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Stanford University offer audio tours of the baylands, open spaces and campus flora and fauna. Palo Alto company EveryTrail, a travel-guide website, has had more than 1 million trip guides downloaded from the site from people in 200 countries, company founder Joost Shreve said. Audio guides are the newest wave in enjoying outdoor travel, he said. Just about anywhere one would like to go — locally and throughout the world — can now be explored through downloadable audio and digital guides. No longer just a voice droning through foam-covered headphones, audio tours through phones and digital tablets offer maps with welldelineated trails, pop-up photos at points of interest, slide shows, narrated stories and brief texts or videos. “It’s a way for users and parks to get interpretive messages for enriched experiences,” said Renee Fitzsimons, Open Space District docentprograms manager. The district offers a 15-part tour of Skyline Ridge and Daniels Nature Center; the latter is a destination spot, she said. For those without digital devices, the tour is also available on MP3 players that people can borrow at the center. Strolling around Alpine Pond, wood-rat nests are like apartment buildings that also house lizards and other small creatures, according to the audio tour. Hamilton, who narrates the tour along with district biologists and docents, operates Audio Guides to the Outdoors, a production company in Berkeley that produces the tours. Outdoor audio guides help make better connections between people and their environment, she said. “The more you know about a place, the more you’re going to want to be there. All of a sudden you see things you didn’t realize used to be there,” she said. An environmental journalist and former editor of Sierra Magazine, Hamilton developed the idea while in an art museum listening to an audio guide. She started the company in 2009, after

By now everybody knows the local real estate market is hot, inventory is low and most homes are selling with multiple offers. The buzz around is that buyers are rushing to buy before Facebook goes public in fear that home prices will go to the stratosphere. The statistics confirm that perception. Currently in Palo Alto the listing inventory is at an all-time low, the median sale price is at a record high of $1,650,000 (previous record: $1,552,000 in 2007), and the sale to list price ratio is 107.4%. Buyers are motivated to buy to take advantage of low interest rates before they head upward. But many sellers remain

on the sidelines, awaiting the anticipated spike in prices from the Facebook IPO. While our local real estate will no doubt benefit from Facebook going public, the effect will likely be spread over an extended period of time, which is what occurred when Google went public in 2004. In addition to the favorable statistics mentioned above, sellers should not dismiss the impact of the economic recovery, the recent surge in hiring, the historic low interest rates and the likelihood of an increase in the capital gains tax in 2013. If you want to sell your home now is an opportune time to sell.

If you have a real estate question or would like a free market analysis for your home, please call me at 650-384-5392, Alain Pinel Realtors, or email me at scullen@apr.com. For the latest news, follow my blog at www.samiacullen.com.

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An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park Thought-provoking, episodic tours of how the park has changed over time and its various elements today. www.anunnaturalhistory.net California State Parks Foundation Offers tours of a different state park each month, plus walkableneighborhoods tours (to promote transit-oriented development) and tours of major museums, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium and college campuses. www.ca.gov/Connect/Multimedia/podcasts.html Environmental Volunteers Audio tour of Palo Alto Baylands Preserve takes users on a hike through the history and ecology of the wetlands, including the duck pond. Paced for families and students, with photographs and an interactive map. Downloadable application from the website or from iTunes. www.evols.org EveryTrail Palo Alto-based travel website offers thousands of downloadable guides and opportunities for users to upload their own trips, with maps, photos and video. Many local and Bay Area trails and trips are described on the site. www.everytrail. com Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District The district offers two audio tours: Daniels Nature Center and Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, guided by open-space personnel and docents. Photographs, soundscapes and tales about animals, plants and people who have populated the area. www.open space.org/naturetours

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everal cities and nonprofit organizations are hosting nature and conservation activities this week and next in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

Friday, April 20 Clean Green Street Scene 4-7 p.m. at Lytton Plaza (corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto) The Downtown Business and Professional Association is hosting this event, which will feature an art walk of artwork by school children displayed at merchants throughout downtown; informational booths; demonstrations; test rides on electric bicycles; giveaways including Seventh Generation products. Participants include SunPower, Lyfe Kitchen, LiveGreene, PA Bikes, EMW, Canopy, Green Citizen, Drive Less Challenge. Information at 650-223-4334.

Saturday, April 21 Earth Day Celebration at the Los Altos History Museum Noon-4 p.m. at 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos Cost: Free Participants can experience the exhibition, “Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future” and pick up educational materials about conserving and caring for our water resources. Children can play in the play river by Riveropolis creator. More information is at losaltoshistory.org. EcoHome Ribbon Cutting 2-4 p.m. behind Lucie Stern Community Center (next to the Girl Scout House), 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Unique demonstration home filled with the latest efficient, sustainable and conserving technologies will be on view. Dozens of innovative ideas will be on display including blue-jeans insulation, recycled-glass countertops and clover-leaf solar panels. Signs will provide details about actions, costs and savings. “Ugly Lighting” contest winners will be announced. The EcoHome will continue to be available throughout the year for guided tours. Information at www. cityofpaloalto.org.

Sunday, April 22 Top: Brittany Sabol, education and training director for the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers, stands beside the mudflats at the Palo Alto Baylands, a point on the nonprofit’s audio tour. Sabol calls the tours “augmented reality.” Above: Renee Fitzsimmons, docent programs manager for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, tests a device used for audio tours at Alpine Lake at the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. as and Strether Smith. She does the plugged into their phones and iPods, recording outside, picking up the Hamilton said. (continued from page 25) sounds of nature — and an occaBut audio tours could have a sional airplane — and adds voice- downside. “There is a danger that people she realized there wasn’t anything overs in her studio, she said. Hamilton assembles interviews may put on their headphones and to teach people about the outdoors, and creates an outline of the story fail to listen to the nature around she said. them. But that risk is worth taking She has created a tour for Save she wants to tell. “I will go to a place several times, because the information is there Mt. Diablo and an auto tour of the Avenue of the Giants for the Save take photos and record sounds to get with you,” she said. the Redwoods League. Users can an accurate soundscape,” she said. rittany Sabol, education and Audio tours that can be predownload the redwoods podcast training director of the nonand listen to the tour as they drive, downloaded to portable devices profit Environmental Volunoffer an advantage in remote areas, she said. “I try to find people who know the Fitzsimons said, where streaming teers, calls the tours “augmented place best,” Hamilton said. For the an audio file or calling up a phone reality.” Instead of simply seeing “a pretty Skyline Ridge tour, she interviewed application might not work due to vista and nice-looking birds,” the Fitzsimons, district biologist Cindy variable cell-phone coverage. The medium particularly appeals Roessler, area superintendent Brian Malone and docents Sharon Thom- to young people, who are already

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Mary Davey plaque dedication 10:30 a.m. at entrance to Byrne Preserve (off of 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills) Dedication of plaque in honor of the late environmental leader and activist for social causes, Mary Davey. Earth Day Celebration & Water Lilies Reception 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto Cost: Free The City of Palo Alto Earth Day event features a mini environmental fair; the debut of environmental artist Judith Selby Lang’s “Water Lilies,” her latest work for the Art Center’s On the Road program; art and science activities, including hands-on crafts, Baylands critters and more; and tours of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information at the www.cityofpaloalto.org. Earth Day Peace and Social Justice Fair 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto Cost: Free Fair-goers will find ideas for reducing their carbon footprint; learn (continued on page 28)

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tours deepen people’s understanding of what they’re viewing, according to those who have used the organization’s audio tour of the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Sabol said. Produced by Redwood Citybased Slow Life Games, the tour is available as an application through the iTunes store. A trail map takes visitors from the entrance at Embarcadero Road to the ship-like EcoCenter, around the duck pond, through a fennel forest, mudflats, lagoon, boat dock, Lucy Evans Nature Center and the boardwalk. Users tap on a map area at each of eight stops. Tap on a topic in the page’s top corner and one can view photos of duck pond migrants and denizens. Or listen to a brief narration about the creatures and their habitat. Clicking on the “play” icon for “Rookery Ruckus,” one will learn about black-crowned night herons

North Face and REI. Shreve is the general manager. EveryTrail offers thousands of digital guides, he said, but audio tours are just starting — there are currently five podcasts and 11 guides involving audio on the site. In 2010 EveryTrail announced it was supporting audio in its EveryTrail guides for iPhones and Android and started a partnership with Massachusetts-based NaturePods, which has produced seven audio tours. There are also several of European destinations and tours by the California State Parks Foundation, Shreve said. Those interested in nature can find guided tours for Bay Area hotspots and beyond on the EveryTrail site. A detailed hike up Yosemite’s Half Dome contains text, video, photos and audio. A guide for a drive around the Hawai’i Chain of Craters offers a large map, photos, descriptions of points of interest and tips, such as bringing a good supply of water and

her cell phone or walking to her black SUV.” Indra Singhal has used EveryTrail since November 2007 to find trails and even follow his favorite hikers to new and interesting places, he said. “I’ve been a very early user of EveryTrail. It’s a remarkable repository for information. I use it whenever I go into a new trail,” he said. In the early days, he tracked his trips with GPS. But with his smartphone, Singhal said, he no longer has to do the mapping. He can turn on the phone’s tracker and just upload photos along the way that sync with the locations on his map. Whenever he is looking for a particular kind of hike, he uses EveryTrail, he said. “The Bay Area is just jam-packed with nature trails. I don’t think you can travel all of them in a lifetime,” he said. He also uploads his own maps and guides. Last weekend he took a trail to

‘The Bay Area is just jam-packed with nature trails. I don’t think you can travel all of them in a lifetime.’ —Indra Singhal and snowy egrets, whose unearthly calls emanate from as many as 40 or 50 nests in springtime, the narrator says. With a flick of an index finger, one can flip through images shot by local photographers or read about baylands history. Sabol said there is enough content to use the application multiple times with a family. And teachers can take their classes out to hike and learn about nature in various locations. Especially important for families with children, each trail segment is marked with its mileage, she said. Environmental Volunteers, which presents nature programs to students, would like to expand the tours to other hike locations, such as Los Trancos Open Space Preserve and Huddart Park, Sabol said.

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ugmented reality has become a thriving business for Palo Alto entrepreneur Joost Shreve. When he started the website EveryTrail in 2006, there was nothing like it around, he said. “I was traveling a lot and sharing my experiences online through blogs,” he said. Social media such as Flickr inspired Shreve to create a site for sharing travel photos when he moved from the Netherlands to the Bay Area in 2004. “I started before the iPhone and Android were announced. I made a big bet on that,” he said. The bet has paid off. With advertising revenue, smartphone applications and professionally produced travel guides, Shreve’s company, GlobalMotion Media Inc., was purchased by TripAdvisor in February 2010 for an undisclosed sum. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and is owned by Expedia, Inc. EveryTrail now has business relationships with Travel & Lesiure,

lunch, as there is no food available. Chapters include stops from the top of Kilauea to a drive through amazing lava flows and the Pu’u Loa Petroglyph Trail. Each section has photos, videos and a separate detailed map, directions and three-day weather forecasts. The enjoyment of digital tours does not rest solely with those who download the files. Increasingly, travel and nature enthusiasts are creating their own tours, and EveryTrail tries to make it easy. The site offers templates. Users can also upload information in real time. They can plot routes on maps, take and post photos and add a text that can be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter. “You are in total command,” Shreve said. Type in “Palo Alto,” and there’s a hike around the Palo Alto Airport, a Baylands run, Shoreline hike, mountain biking in Arastradero Preserve, and a Stanford University campus walk. “This is the short version of our Saturday Morning Bakery Ride,” a Palo Alto resident wrote of a trip called Woodside Bakery Ride, in which cyclists ride from Palo Alto to Woodside and then sometimes travel as far as the coast. The site shows a map with the 31.7-mile route plotted in red. Clicking on a point on the map starts a slide show of photos the resident took along the way. A blue cursor automatically moves along the route to indicate where each photo was taken. Sometimes, the guides strive to give the “inside scoop.” “It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see Joan Baez at Roberts,” the cyclist wrote, showing a photo of the assembled cyclists outside Woodside Bakery. “More typical, though, is a blonde wearing running clothes, talking on

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Black Mountain, but he wanted to start it on State Route 35 (Skyline Boulevard) rather than Page Mill Road. Nobody else had mapped it from that side, so he started recording the hike from that spot using geotracking. He added photographs along the trail route so that others would know what to expect, he said. A link includes an enlarged topographic map with the plotted route and brief commentary about what he found along the way: breathtaking views, crossing a series of small creeks, three wooden bridges over Stevens Creek and strutting wild turkeys. “The next guy who wants to do it, if a trail exists, with one click, can download it to a smartphone,” he said. He has also turned a particularly strenuous hike along Limekiln Trail to Priest Rock and Kennedy Trail in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve into a guide, he said. It has been viewed 3,301 times. Singhal, who has downloaded many podcasts and audio tours in museums, said he is excited by the addition of nature-related audio tours. Shreve said he expects the industry to only grow as refinements are made. And audio tours will continue to grow in popularity, he said. “Photos, videos and audio create a lively experience,” he said. “It’s a key thing. People love to show off what they are doing.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

About the cover: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is a 2,143-acre preserve offering panoramic views. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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about social justice and peacemaking organizations; shop for goods from organizations doing good in the world, and enjoy free snacks and beverages from locally grown food suppliers. Available for purchase will be toys, crafts, books, art, music, DVDs, games, puzzles, jewelry, decorations. Sponsored by: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and First Presbyterian. More information available at 650-326-8837 and www.fprespa.org. Los Altos Hills Earth Day Celebration 1-4 p.m. at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills Cost: Free Presentations of wild cats are scheduled for 1:30 and 3 p.m. In addition to exhibits by Los Altos Hills committees, environmental organizations and school groups, electric cars will be on display. More information is available by calling Sarah Gualtieri at 650-947-2518 or emailing sgualtieri@losaltoshills.ca.gov or visiting www.losaltoshills. ca.gov/ (click on “Community Calendar”). Drive Less Challenge April 22 through May 5 Cost: Free The online Drive Less Challenge encourages people to try convenient, earth-friendly alternatives to car trips. Participants share stories, track their efforts and compete for prizes from local businesses. People can join as an individual or with a group. More information at www. drivelesschallenge.com.

Tuesday, April 24 Addison School Safe Routes to School Walk ‘n’ Roll Map 6:30 p.m. at Addison Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 650 Addison Ave., Palo Alto Cost: Free The City hosted a Walking Survey of Addison School on March 20. This community meeting will include a presentation on the findings of the walking survey and the proposed Walk ‘n’ Roll map for Addison School.

Saturday, April 28 Migration Bird Walk 9-10:30 a.m. at SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge, Menlo Park Cost: Free The wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Docent Laurel Stell will explain why the birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay and how people can spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge. Presented by Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Information and directions at 510-792-0222, ext. 139, and www.southbayrestoration.org

Sunday, April 29 Bay-Friendly Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $10 Regional, self-guided Bay-Friendly Garden Tour explores private residential gardens. Palo Alto will have 10 gardens on the tour. The host gardens represent many different styles — urban homesteads with orchards, chickens and bees; greywater installations by local experts; and drought-tolerant replacements for water-thirsty lawns. The host gardeners themselves are a diverse group that includes permaculturists, native-plant enthusiasts, wildlife gardeners, do-it-yourselfers and landscape professionals. All will be available to talk about their accomplishments and challenges. Registration at www.bayfriendlycoalition.org N — Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Singer Raiatea Helm will join venerable Hawaiian musician Keola Beamer and his custom-made guitar on stage in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on May 6. “There’s an older soul” in Helm’s voice, Beamer said of the young singer.

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eola Beamer doesn’t seem to have needed a lot of urging to enter the family business. Representing the fifth generation of musicians, he’s clearly a fervent — if laid-back — advocate for Hawaiian music. “Once people find it, they really enjoy it. It has a beautiful inner peace or calmness to it. I think that kind of feeling is established by the rhythm and feel of the music,” the slackkey guitarist and singer/songwriter said this week in a phone interview. “We are a culture that grew from our environment. So when we look up at the waterfalls on the island of Kauai, we notice they sort of pulse,” he said. “Or sitting at the

ocean and feeling the tradewinds on your bare skin, you can feel the rhythms of Polynesia. That’s a real element in our music.” Beamer has been releasing albums of Hawaiian music for 40 years, blending traditional folk and contemporary sounds. Recently, he’s been collaborating with the next generation, releasing an album with 20something Hawaiian singer Raiatea Helm. The pair is scheduled to perform together at Stanford University on May 6. Beamer and Helm will most likely perform the 2010 album’s first song, “Ina (Imagine),” which alternates the lyrics of the iconic John Lennon tune in English and Hawaiian. “It’s still a powerful message in

the world,” Beamer said. Fans of Hawaiian music may also know Beamer from his song “Honolulu City Lights,” which he recorded with his younger brother Kapono in the ‘70s. The family tree reads like a Who’s Who of Hawaiian music, including his mother, Winona Beamer, a dancer, composer and major proponent of Hawaiian culture; and great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer, a hula dancer and songwriter. Plenty of insights into the culture of the islands will be available at Stanford on the weekend of Beamer’s concert. The performance is part of a campus Hawaiian celebration weekend that also concludes Stanford

Lively Arts’ season. A luau with the Stanford Hawaii Club kicks off the events at noon on May 5 in White Plaza, with free admission and plate lunches for sale. The next day, Beamer begins a series of Sunday activities in Dinkelspiel Auditorium with an 11 a.m. workshop on playing Hawaiian slack-key guitar. At 1:30 p.m. is a panel discussion on Hawaiian music and culture led by Stanford music professor Stephen Sano, himself an accomplished slack-key guitarist. The concert follows at 2:30. For the show, Beamer and Helm will be (continued on next page)

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Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm released an album together in 2010 that begins with a HawaiianEnglish version of John Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine.â&#x20AC;? bowl of light. We believe that the presence of light is aloha,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to do in my life and music is to sort of harness the power of music, the strength of music.â&#x20AC;? While Beamer also plays such traditional Hawaiian instruments as the nose flute, the slack-key guitar is an integral part of his sound. On his website, he describes slack key as both a sweet, rich musical style and the ways of tuning the guitar, a marriage of classical guitar and fingerpicking. His custom-made double-ported guitar has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;beautiful legato tone,â&#x20AC;? he said. Over the decades, Beamer has seen many changes in the music world. Most Stanford music professor Stephen Sano, visible is the huge increase in recordings released bewho will lead a panel on Hawaiian cause of the ease of new music, also plays slack-key guitar. technology, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I recorded my first record in 1972, there were five records that came (continued from previous page) out in all of Hawaii. Maybe now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s several hundred.â&#x20AC;? joined on stage by hula dancer Beamer also takes advantage Moanalani Beamer (the guitaristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of technology to make teaching wife), bass player John Kolivas, slack-key guitar a big part of his keyboardist Dan DelNegro and active life, using Skype and iChat percussionist Adriano Larioza. for faraway students. The program of songs will be anHe recalls the mid-1990s as a nounced from the stage. key time in Hawaiian music, beAfter the concert, Moanalani cause that was when the recordBeamer concludes the day with ings really started being distributa hula class at 4 p.m. in White ed nationally. The pianist George Plaza. Winston, who is also a slack-key All the events have one thing in guitarist, helped drive the intercommon, Keola Beamer says: the est. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a champion in aloha spirit. the minds of all of us in Hawaii,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Hawaiian culture, we be- Beamer said. lieve that within each human is a Around that time, Beamer was

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touring on the mainland with Dancing Cat Records, and remembers being backstage while the late slack-key guitarist Ray Kane was performing. Suddenly the concert hall went silent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His wife said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crying. For the first time in his life, people are really listening,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Beamer recalled. He added affectionately: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the old times in Hawaii, slack key was for back porch, parties, beer-drinking and laughter. It was kind of a folk music of the Hawaiian people. For the first time, it was elevated to a concert stage, and Uncle Ray was crying.â&#x20AC;? N What: Musicians Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm perform as part of a two-day celebration of Hawaiian music and culture at Stanford University. Where: The concert and other events are in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, with outdoor activities in White Plaza. When: Events run May 5-6, with the concert at 2:30 p.m. May 6. Cost: Concert tickets are $26-$30 for adults and $10 for Stanford students. Other events are free, with reservations required to participate in the May 6 guitar workshop with Beamer. Info: For details, go to livelyarts. stanford.edu. The box office can also be reached at 650725-ARTS.


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Jazz for the ages Stanford Jazz marks its 40th-anniversary season by Rebecca Wallace

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n its 40th year, the Stanford Jazz Workshop keeps spanning the decades. The coming festival season, announced this week, includes artists old and new: from tributes to Satchmo and Sinatra to a concert by the new quartet Vertical Voices Live. About 100 artists are set to perform in 38 concerts. Preview shows launch the summer with San Francisco singer Kitty Margolis on June 14 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, and the SJW Faculty All-Stars on June 21 at the Stanford Shopping Center. The festival runs June 22 through Aug. 4 at Stanford University, with concerts, talks, jazz camp and jams. Founder Jim Nadel still heads the workshop and festival. “It started as a gathering of friends at the Stanford Coffee House,” he said in a press release. “We would invite local musicians for jam sessions and then sit up late into the night sharing ideas about the music we loved.” New acts this summer include Vertical Voices Live, which grew out of the 2010 album “Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider.” The recording combined the multi-tracked voices of Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh with the

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rhythm section of American com- who played with the Stan Kenton poser and bandleader Schneider. Orchestra and will join the Ray When the two wanted to perform Brown Great Big Band in a tribute live, they enlisted friends Jennifer to Kenton on July 1. Fellow drumBarnes and Greg Jasperse to help mer Roy Haynes, who has had a create a vocal quartet, according to career of more than 60 years, perthe group’s website. forms July 14. Now the four singers Tribute concerts will perform “wordless vocal, include a July 28 gig with new composition, improtrombonist Wycliffe Gorvisation” and other works don, who pays homage to in addition to the album. Louis Armstrong. Kenny Their Stanford Jazz conWashington croons away cert is set for July 19 in to honor Sinatra on July Dinkelspiel Auditorium. 8. Other young voices Bassist Ruth Davies include frequent Norah brings back her popular Jones opening act Sasha blues night with harmonDobson and Los Angeles Kitty Margolis ica player Charlie Mussinger Gretchen Parlato, selwhite on July 17. sharing the bill on Aug. 1. For a full schedule and ticket More established performers prices, go to stanfordjazz.org or call include drummer Peter Erskine, 650-736-0324. N

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http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp (TENTATIVE) AGENDA–SPECIAL MEETINGCOUNCIL CHAMBERS APRIL 23, 2012 - 6:00 PM 7:00 PM OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THERAFTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS PALO ALTO PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION PC-1. Approval of 2010-11 Public Improvement Corporation Financial Statement CLOSED SESSION begins at 6:00 P.M. 1. Labor SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY begins at 7:00 P.M. or as soon as possible thereafter 2. Proclamation for May as National Preservation Month CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Approval of a Record of Land Use Action for a Variance for the following exceptions associated with the remodel and addition to an existing singlefamily residence: (1)placement of a swimming pool within a 24 foot special setback; (2) placement of noise producing equipment (pool equipment) within a 24 foot special setback; (3) one-story encroachment into the 24 foot special setback (approximately 90’-3” long by 4’-1” deep); (4) basement, following the first floor footprint, and below grade patio encroachment into the 24 foot special setback; and (5)one encroachment into the front setback (27” at the master bedroom corner for a length of 5’-6”) located at 885 Seale Avenue. * Quasi Judicial 4. Preliminary Approval of the Report of the Advisory Board for Fiscal Year 2013 in Connection with the Palo Alto Downtown Business Improvement District and Adoption of Resolution Declaring its Intention to Levy an Assessment Against Businesses within the Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District for Fiscal Year 2013 and Setting a Time and Place for a Public Hearing on May 7, at 7:00 PM or Thereafter, in the City Council Chambers 5. Approval of Amendment No. Five to Agreement with the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, Inc. to Provide a Contribution in the Amount of $200,000 from the Residential Housing Fund for Fiscal Year 2011/12 to be Expended Through Fiscal Year 2015/16. 6. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept the Auditor’s Office Quarterly Report as of December 31, 2011 7. Approval of Amendment Eight to the Agreement With the County of Santa Clara for Abatement of Weeds to Change the Method for Setting Abatement Fees and Costs 8. Approval of Contract C12144913 with CompuCom Systems Inc. in the Amount of $210,617.28 per year for Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (MEA) 9. Approval of a Budget Amendment Ordinance and the City of Palo Alto's FairShare Contribution to the County of Santa Clara for the Oregon Expressway Improvement Project and Ross Road Traffic Signal 10. Approval of City Council Priorities Quarterly Report Update ACTION ITEMS 11. Discussion of Zoning Amortization Study and Options Related to Communications and Power Industries (CPI) at 811 Hansen Way 12. Finance Committee Recommendation to Adopt a Resolution Amending the Gas Utility Long-term Plan Objectives, Strategies and Implementation Plan 13. Approval of the Use of $2,275,796 of Park Development Impact Fees to Fund Park Improvements at El Camino Park in Conjunction With Utilities Department CIP WS-08002 El Camino Park Reservoir Project STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The City Council Rail Committee meeting will be held on April 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM regarding; 1) Discussion of the Bay Area Blended System Memorandum of Understanding, 2) Discussion of the CHSRA Revised 2012 Business Plan, 3) Discussion of the 2012 Bay Area to Central Valley Partially Revised Final Program EIR, and 4) Update on the Final Caltrain/CHSRA Blended Operations Analysis

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Horacio Macuacua, pictured, is featured in choreographer David Zambrano’s work “Soul Project.” the 1970s, the Stanford University graduate was the vocal-music specialist for the Menlo Park City School Distrist. She then taught drama and college-prep English in San Jo‘Soul Project’ On May 3, don’t be surprised if the person se’s East Side Union High School District standing next to you in a museum gallery until retiring in 2004. The concert is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. suddenly bursts into dance. on April 29, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, In the spirited, spontaneous work “Soul Project” by improvisatory choreographer 751 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $40, David Zambrano, dancers inhabit an open with discounts available for Merton Center space such as a church or ballroom, and the members. Go to brownpapertickets.com or piece starts with them emerging from the call 800-838-3006. audience. This spring, the project is on its debut U.S. tour, and its seven dancers will Picasso Ensemble Another musical benefit for children’s properform at the contemporary galleries at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center in May, pre- grams — ones in Nicaragua — is scheduled for next Thursday, April 26. Bethany Lusented by Stanford Lively Arts. In the three free performances set for noon, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (with the last one open only to Stanford students), dancers will perform to classic soul music. Zambrano’s website states that the choreography “is realized through the individual movement quest of each performer as guided by soul music. Being continuously alive. On, like a candle.” Each dance lasts the length of a song. Reservations are required to obtain the free tickets. First-come, first-served tickets can be had at the Stanford Ticket Office at Tressider Memorial Union on campus, starting at noon on April 30. For more information, go to livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS.

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theran Church in West Menlo Park will host an Earth Day-themed performance by the Picasso Ensemble. The program will include pieces by Handel, Turina and Ravel, as well as more recent music by California composers Karen Linford (a faculty member at Menlo School), Henry Cowell and D’Arcy Reynolds. The piece by Reynolds is “Rediscovering Eden,” which she describes as being about “the process of humanity’s evolution from preindustrial times to the ‘post-carbon era.’” Ensemble musicians are: violinist Susan Brown, director of strings at Cabrillo College; cellist Victoria Ehrlich, a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra; pianist Jodi Gandolfi, who has taught at Stanford and U.C. Santa Cruz; and mezzo soprano Wendy Hillhouse, who is on the voice faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The concert benefits the Children’s Library of Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua, which was founded by teacher Kristina Mundera and serves many children who live in remote areas. The suggested donations for admission are $20 general and $10 for students. The performance starts at 7 p.m. on April 26 at 1095 Cloud Ave. Go to picassoensemble.org or call 650-493-5046 for more information.

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Romanian Film Festival “Goldfaden’s Legacy” traces the journey of Abraham Goldfaden, described by some as the father of Jewish theater, from Romania to Broadway. “The Red Gloves” tells a dark tale of the Communist regime in Romania working in 1957 to brutally quash any possible revolution. Stories both triumphant and tragic make up the third Romanian Film Festival, which has screenings at Stanford University from April 27 through April 29. The event is put on by film scholars and movie buffs, and also includes panel discussions and lectures. This year’s festival features both new and established filmmakers. Radu Gabrea, the seasoned director of

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‘Then Sings My Soul’ Longtime jazz and blues singer Joyce Randolph delves into gospel, traditional hymns and other spiritual and sacred works this month as part of a benefit performance in Palo Alto. She’s teaming up with jazz pianist Bill Bell, the 20-year chairman of the music department at the College of Alameda. Titled “Then Sings My Soul,” the concert benefits the Thomas Merton Center for Catholic Spirital Development in Palo Alto, and its work with St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School. The Palo Alto Catholic school focuses on educating underserved students from the East Palo Alto area. Randolph has education roots as well. In

Singer Joyce Randolph will perform gospel and sacred music on April 29 in Palo Alto with pianist Bill Bell.

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Young student Alin Moldovan is pictured in the film “Our School,” which will be shown at Stanford University next month in the Romanian Film Festival. both “The Red Gloves” and “Goldfaden’s Legacy,” is scheduled to appear at an April 28 Q&A following a 6:30 p.m. showing of 2010’s “Gloves,” and in an April 29 panel discussion at 5:30 called “Realism and Black Humor: Romanian Film-School Aesthetics.” “Goldfaden’s Legacy,” released in 2004, will be shown at 3:30 p.m. April 28. Director Mona Nicoara will also take part in a Q&A, after a 7 p.m. screening of her film “Our School” on April 27. The 2011 movie centers on three Roma (“Gypsy”) children integrating a rural Transylvanian school. Events will be held in the Bechtel International Center, 584 Capistrano Way, Stanford University. Admission is free. Go to rofilm festival.com.

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Out at Palo Alto’s Baylands Nature Preserve, celebrating Earth Day with the Palo Alto Art Center will take the form of canoe rides and art projects, an informational environmental mini-fair, tours of the city wastewater treatment plant, and the official opening of the art installation “Water Lilies,” by Judith Selby Lang at 2375 Embarcadero Road. Events start at 11 a.m. on April 22 with a food truck and the free mini-fair, where representatives of the groups Acterra, ZeroWaste, Environmental Volunteers and Canopy will be on hand. Free plant tours are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (call 650-329-2598 to reserve a spot). “Water Lilies” will be dedicated at noon in all its shiny, plastic glory; the Bay Area artist is hoping to call attention to issues of pollution and recycling with her floating structures of plastic bottles and mirrors. Free canoe rides amble through the water from 12:30 to 3 p.m., and gratis art projects go from 1 to 3. Visitors may also see some animal life, courtesy of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-329-2366.

A&E DIGEST FILMS WANTED ... Now in its second year, the Palo Alto International Film Festival is accepting film submissions for the September festival through May 15. All genres of feature and short films can be submitted, and there’s also a category for “local student shorts”: student filmmakers must be Bay Area residents. According to its website, paiff.net, the festival recognizes innovation, focusing on “3D, animation, science fiction, digital filmmaking, movies on science and technology,” among others. The lineup will be announced in August, with the festival scheduled for Sept. 27-30, mainly at downtown Palo Alto venues.


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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.

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Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a MANDATORY pre-bid conference and site visit at 2:00 p.m. on April 26, 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.

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A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 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. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred.

Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications at 25 Churchill, Bldg. D, Palo Alto, CA, Phone Number (650) 329-3968 All questions can be addressed to: 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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Practically Parisian Pastis is one of the most authentic French dining experiences around by Dale F. Bentson

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thought I’d eaten in this pocket-sized bistro before. Was it in Montmartre, or was it near the Place des Vosges? Could it have been in Aix-en-Provence? Lyon? It really didn’t matter. Pastis Bistro, on California Avenue in Palo Alto, is an unpretentious French bistro at home anywhere. Pastis is possibly the most authentic casual French restaurant experience in the area. The premise is simple: five salads, seven small plates, seven main plates, four desserts with nightly specials, an affordable wine list, and an enthusiastic and attentive waitstaff that infuses character and life into the restaurant. The space is diminutive, a dozen or so tables with a few more seats streetside, weather permitting. The walls are mustardy pale with mirrors above a long banquette giving the illusion of more spacious quarters. Pendant lights dangle quietly from the ceiling. Sturdy wood framing defines the tiny bar area as well as menu boards and mirrors. Owned by Bernard Cartal and nephew Max Roucoule, Pastis debuted in late December in the space vacated by Joanie’s Cafe. Cartal, who owns Joanie’s as well, had moved it a few doors

up the street and expanded. “There are no good French bistros in the area. We wanted to do one,” Roucoule said. “There used to be many French restaurants in Palo Alto, not so many any more.” Ably manning the kitchen is Jose “Andre” Hernandez, who was the original chef at Cartal’s Cafe Brioche 16 years ago. He was cooking in Los Angeles when he heard Cartal was opening a French bistro and wanted to be part of it. “Much of our staff worked at Joanie’s or Cafe Brioche for years,” Roucoule added. I had no misgivings over any dish I ordered. Portions were large, with the ingredients fresh and pacing perfect. The menu was straightforward, with relaxed, homey comfort food in the French manner. By that I mean several mussel dishes plus fish, poultry and beef. There were more green salads than one finds in similar bistros in France, but less offal. That is, except for the salade au foie de volaille ($13). It featured warm chicken livers and crispy pancetta over a cradle of spinach dressed with shallot-champagne dressing. In France, of course, the liver would have been glori-

ous foie gras, but no need to get into that discussion here. Pastis makes one of my favorite salads: frisee aux lardons ($11) with poached egg in a shallot dressing. Lardons, in case you’ve forgotten, are small pieces of pork about the size of a jellybean, used to season salads and savory dishes. They are made from saltcured pork (pancetta) and crisped accordingly. Some local restaurants substitute bacon, but it isn’t quite the same thing. The Pastis salad was mouthwatering. We tried only one of the mussels dishes, moules gorgonzola ($14.95). It was a seemingly odd combination, shellfish and blue cheese, but the gorgonzola component was a light cream sauce with just enough pungency to give it oomph. The coquilles St. Jacques au gratin ($11) was still bubbling in the shell-shaped plate when it was served. The bay scallops had been sautéed in white wine, butter and herbs, and topped with toasted garlic breadcrumbs. Talk about comfort food. At lunch one day, the excellent quiche Lorraine ($11.95) came with a salad, but the waiter wisely asked if I preferred French fries (continued on next page)


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The sprightly frisée aux lardons salad is topped with a poached egg and features crispy pieces of salt-cured pork. (continued from previous page)

after noting I had ordered a salad for starters. The quiche crust was flaky and supple with a hint of sweetness to balance the saltiness of the bacon and cheese. Of the main dishes, the delec-

table poulet a la moutarde ($17.95) was fork-tender chicken breast in a creamy grain mustard sauce with mushrooms, whipped potatoes and ratatouille. The hachis parmentier ($16) was sliced braised beef casserole topped with cheese. That night,

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The coquilles St. Jacques au gratin was still bubbling when served to Weekly reviewer Dale Bentson. He called the combination of scallops sauteed in white wine with shallots and garlic gratinée “comfort food.” the plate came with a pile of crisp lettuce dressed in olive oil. While satisfying, it was my least favorite dish. Not bad in any way, just less inspired. Better was the bavette l’échalotte ($19.95): grilled flank steak smothered in sweet caramelized shallots.

Desserts were all excellent. The warm blackberry crumble ($8) was served in a top-crusted ramekin oozing with vanilla ice cream. The tarte tartin ($8), also with ice cream, was delicately sweet-tasting and syrupy, and hadn’t been over baked.

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by Daryl Savage

STREET FOOD ON CAL AVE ... Will Pacio was an unlikely candidate for a chef. He had just graduated from Stanford with a pre-med degree, but wanted to try cooking. “I knocked on the back door of The Left Bank in Menlo Park and asked if I could work there for free. They said yes. So I did six months of shucking oysters, slicing onions and plating desserts,” Pacio said. He was hooked. Pacio enrolled in culinary school, worked at several restaurants, and nearly two years ago opened Spice Kit in San Francisco. The success of the Asian street-food eatery led Pacio back to Palo Alto. His second Spice Kit restaurant is set to open at 340 S. California Ave. in early June in the former site of Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt. “I love Palo Alto. I have a lot of history here and I’m glad to be back,” he said. The 25-seat restaurant, which will specialize in organic, locally grown produce, will offer handheld street-food items. “We want to introduce people to more traditional Asian tastes, and we’ve looked for foods that translate well into American flavors,” Pacio said. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will also serve Asian beer. Spice Kit is the second eatery in Palo Alto to offer Asian street food. Asian Box, which opened earlier this year in Town & Country Village, focuses on flavor and fresh, gluten-free ingredients with fast execution. Inspired by street stalls throughout Asia, CEO Frank Klein said, “I love Asian cuisine but have always found it challenging to find places offering fresh and authentic menus, especially in the fast-casual sector.” STARBUCKS TO OPEN DRIVETHRU... It’s a first for Palo Alto: a drive-through Starbucks. The cof-

fee company is poised to open its seventh outpost in the city in the former location of Jack-in-the-Box at 3885 El Camino Real. Scheduled to be completed this summer, the store will use the existing space that was previously devoted to Jumbo Jacks and curly fries. Of the six other stores in Palo Alto, one is three blocks south at 4131 El Camino Real. An employee at that location said, “We were told there wouldn’t be any competition between the two stores because the new one is a drive-through and will attract a different kind of customer,” she said. NEW APP FOR SHORTER LINES ... For those not wanting to wait for the new drive-through — and not wanting to wait at all for coffee — there’s a new app. Now in use at Philz Coffee, it eliminates standing in lines that sometimes snake out the door. Company CEO Jacob Jaber had been looking to cut down on wait times, and the app allows customers to place their orders before they arrive at Philz. Users of Tapviva enter their coffee order on their phone, and that order transmits to a screen at Philz. “So our baristas don’t have to answer the phone and people don’t have to wait in line. When we fill the order, we put it on the table, we write the customer’s name on the cup, they come in and pick it up. That’s it. Jaber said. Tapviva is available at the downtown Palo Alto Philz, 101 Forest Ave. Jaber hopes it will soon be accessible at the midtown location at 3191 Middlefield Road.

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323-7700 543 Emerson Ave, Palo Alto www.ThaiphoonRestaurant.com

Lutticken’s 854-0291 3535 Alameda, Menlo Park www.luttickens.com

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Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto www.sundancethesteakhouse.com

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Chef Chu’s 948-2696 1067 N. San Antonio Road www.chefchu.com

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of the film, ones held by the students and their teacher. Even as he recognizes the students need help to process their grief, he suffers in silence in his own grief process, related to his dating and immigrant statuses. The film, though, isn’t all gloom and doom; the classroom has the energetic strength in numbers of children, and Falardeau allows some comic touches from the kids and Fellag, a comedian by trade. As depicted by the film, the cruelties inherent in the educational system include the expected results of familiar restraints (budget, stressed resources and the pressures of oversight) and inflexible school bureaucracy. There’s also the unrefined social interaction of students just learning to understand their feelings, and hurting their peers in the process. And, of course, there’s the bittersweet role of great teachers, who pass out of students’ lives as easily as they arrive, after kindling an emotional bond. Always hanging over the film is the horrible mystery of suicide, which disproportionately affects its young witnesses. Falardeau gently depicts the searching love-hate relationship between those witnesses:

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emotionally troubled students. In the film’s first scene, two students discover their teacher’s body hanging in their classroom. The shockwaves of that suicide continue to lap against the students as the life of the school goes on, though the hapless administration does only the minimum (assigning a single counselor) to address the issue. Matters look up when Mr. Lazhar (Mohamed Saïd Fellag) walks into the school and volunteers his services, explaining he taught in Algiers for 19 years. He turns out to be just what the students need, and perhaps the job is just what he needs, the dual promise reflected in his name: Bashir (“bearer of good news”) Lazhar (“lucky”). Secrets surface over the course

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class clown Simon (Émilien Néron), given to aggressive acting out, and Alice (Sophie Nélisse), who quickly takes a shine to the school’s sole male classroom instructor. The keen leading performances never hit a false note, but Néron gets the showpiece when he at last experiences an emotional breakthrough about his late teacher. “Monsieur Lazhar” at times recalls more striking teacher movies, like “The Class” and “Dead Poets Society,” but it’s a small gem of its own, meeting its kids on their level and celebrating a teacher who cares about their present and future. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language. One hour, 34 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Chimpanzee --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) The new Disneynature documentary “Chimpanzee” follows an ape named Oscar. C’mon, Disney! We’re not falling for that one ... no awards are

forthcoming. Still, this G-rated outing may prove a “gateway drug” of sorts to get young kids interested in nature and science-themed documentaries, and on that level, its stylistic crimes are probably excusable. Like most docs of its ilk, “Chimpanzee” allows information to take a back seat to manufactured drama, ruthlessly constructed to maximize short attention spans. Co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield took their cameras into the African jungle to capture impressive fly-on-thetree footage of a baby chimp in his formative years. “Oscar” begins in the company of mother “Isha” but (spoiler alert) when a Disneystyle parental tragedy separates the two, Oscar bonds with alpha male “Freddy” in what the film breathlessly brands “an astonishing turn of events.” This gender-role breakthrough would seem to be as rare as the filmmakers claim, though it’s hard to trust them when they’re so desperately intent on convincing us that this is a story “full of drama, sadness and joy.” Such claims sell short the inherent interest in how these animals live on a daily basis. Much of the footage does detail the chimps’ use of stones to prepare food; as he learns the ropes, monkey-see-monkey-dostyle, wee Oscar finds that every nut is a tough nut to crack. We also see the chimps snacking on fire ants and grooming, and there’s a fascinating bit showing how a chimp can swiftly make a bed in a tree. To the filmmakers’ credit, they also include a sequence in which the chimps hunt and eat monkeys, which — though discreet — may not exactly endear the chimps to kids. “Chimpanzee” most eagerly seizes on the narrative potential of a rivalry between two groups of apes. Oscar’s group protects a nut grove that ensures its survival, but a “rival army” sets its eyes on the nut grove, and “the enemy has a formidable leader — Scar!” The narration, read by Tim Allen, would love to turn “Chimpanzee” into “The Lion King,” and it’s full of anthropomorphisms about “our boy Oscar.” Before you can sing a chorus of “I Wan’na Be Like You,” former “Home Improvement” star Allen is calling rocks “power tools (grunt, grunt, grunt).” Sometimes the commentary is downright puzzling. Following a climactic battle, Allen intones, “Teamwork has beaten brute force” (what movie is he watching?). Decide for yourself if the narration is a necessary concession for kids: It’s a take-it-or-leave-it proposition that doesn’t make but also doesn’t quite break “Chimpanzee.” Rated G. One hour, 18 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Movies MOVIE TIMES Note: Screenings are for Wednesday through Thursday only. 21 Jump Street (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:15, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. American Reunion (R) (( Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Bully (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:30, 4:05, 6:40 & 9:35 p.m. The Cabin in the Woods (R) ((( Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:45, 1:55, 3:10, 4:25, 5:45, 8:15 & 10:45 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 7 & 9:25 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:25 a.m.; Thu. also at 9:30 p.m. Casablanca (1942) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Thu. at 7 p.m. Ceiling Zero (1936) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:45 & 9:15 p.m. Chimpanzee (G) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 1:40, 4:10, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:25, 3:35, 5:40, 7:50 & 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:30 a.m. Damsels in Distress (PG-13) (1/2 Palo Alto Square: 2 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4:20 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m. The Dawn Patrol (1930) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Lorax (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:15 a.m. & 3:50 p.m.; In 3D at 1:35 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 8:50 p.m. (standard 2D); In 3D Fri.-Wed. also at 6:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:30, 6:10 & 10:40 p.m.; In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 3:45 & 8:25 p.m. Footnote (PG) ((( Aquarius Theatre: Fri.-Mon., Wed. & Thu. at 3, 5:45 & 8:30 p.m. The Godfather: Part II (1974) (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 2 & 7 p.m. The Hunger Games (PG-13) ((( Century 16: Noon, 3:20, 7 & 10:15 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 11 a.m.; 2:10, 6:10 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:50, 2:30, 4, 5:40, 7:10, 8:55 & 10:20 p.m. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 7 & 9:15 p.m.; Fri.-Wed. also at 4:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 2:45 p.m. Lockout (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 1:55, 4:35, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:25, 4:50, 7:25 & 9:55 p.m. The Lucky One (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:20, 5:10, 7:15, 8:30 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 12:55, 2, 3:25, 4:30, 5:55, 7:05, 8:30 & 9:35 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:25 a.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Manon (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Mirror Mirror (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:45, 4:15, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m. Monsieur Lazhar (Not Rated) ((( Guild Theatre: 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 1:45 p.m. The Raid: Redemption (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4:40, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:50, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m. Scarface (1932) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Sun. at 5:45 & 9:15 p.m. Think Like a Man (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:40, 2:10, 3:35, 4:55, 6:30, 7:45, 9:25 & 10:35 p.m. The Three Stooges (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2:05, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:35, 1:50, 3, 4:15, 5:30, 6:50, 7:55, 9:15 & 10:20 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10:20 a.m. Titanic 3D (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m. (standard 2D); In 3D at 3:10 & 7:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m. (standard 2D); In 3D at 3:50 & 8 p.m. Twentieth Century (1934) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Sun. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 4 p.m. Wrath of the Titans (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 4:45 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D at 2:20 & 7:25 p.m. Century 20: Noon & 5:10 p.m.; In 3D at 2:30, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m.

( Skip it (( Some redeeming qualities ((( A good bet (((( Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies Show times for Century 16 and Century 12 were still unconfirmed at press time. For up-to-date movie times go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com

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NOW PLAYING The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: The Cabin in the Woods -(Century 16, Century 20) As written by Drew Goddard (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloverfieldâ&#x20AC;?) and Joss Whedon (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengersâ&#x20AC;?), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabinâ&#x20AC;? is a next-generation â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scream,â&#x20AC;? a self-referential horror film that tongue-in-cheekily deconstructs its own genre. On that level, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hoot. If this film isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite as much fun or as scary as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scream,â&#x20AC;? it is more audacious, and that creative energy is the chief selling point. With the help of crack cinematographer Peter Deming of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scream,â&#x20AC;? Goddard directs this ambitious sci-fi/horror hybrid with authority, and the duo orchestrate some potent visual jokes as well. One involves a background slaying thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ignored by foreground characters (a trope we also saw in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screamâ&#x20AC;?); another hilariously spoofs J-horror (Japanese horror films like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ringâ&#x20AC;?). Horror cinema has a tendency to indict the audience, and drawing attention to that is not a new idea, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabinâ&#x20AC;? presents a fresh narrative twist, and forces the audience to wonder if they should root for the slain or the slayers. Rated R for horror violence and gore, language, drug use and sexuality/nudity. One hour, 35 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed April 13) Damsels in Distress -(Palo Alto Square) Whit Stillmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damsels in Distressâ&#x20AC;? plays like a Todd Solondz movie on Prozac. The characters are quirky outsiders, but they kind of like it that way, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re determined to change the world, one dance at a time. This muddled fourth feature from writer-director Stillman (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Days of Discoâ&#x20AC;?) tackles campus life at Seven Oaks, an East Coast college thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hotbed of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; well, nothing, really. Stillman follows a de facto â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth Outreachâ&#x20AC;? group, whose mission includes raising the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fashion consciousness (no â&#x20AC;&#x153;grungeâ&#x20AC;?), eliminating distressing odors, and working at suicide prevention by offering donuts, coffee and supposedly depression-alleviating tap-dance lessons. The satire is about as cutting as a plastic knife through a porterhouse. Stillman establishes the main characters as naive, self-unaware characters, but the ways in which he reveals their vulnerabilities suggest we oughtnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush to judge them. As humane as that sounds, the chilly tone of the script and the performances hold viewers at armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length and leave them much more perplexed than enlightened about human behavior. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including sexual material. One hour, 39 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed April 13) American Reunion -(Century 16, Century 20) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tempting to think of this film â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the third big-screen sequel to the 1999 sex comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Pieâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as having subversive potential. The notion of randy high-schoolers looking into a cinematic crystal ball to find stale marriages, dead-end jobs and a dispiriting high school reunion may be an intriguing social experiment. But the impact is predictably mitigated by a parade of boobs, f-bombs and reassurances that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be sexual escapades, drinking, law-breaking adventures, and friends and family to keep the party going. The situation comedy dreamed up for the characters has a sort of comfort-food familiarity: Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dad remains embarrassingly frank about sex, and Jim always stumbles his way into compromising situations, while Stifler doles out outrageous embarrassments, but everyone loves him anyway. Predictability is the fatal flaw of any â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americanâ&#x20AC;? sequel, and while this one comes closest in tone to the original film, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a decidedly double-edged sword. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reunionâ&#x20AC;? is such a loving tribute to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pieâ&#x20AC;? that it may bring a tear to the eye of die-hard fans, an achievement thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to be pooped on. Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking. One hour, 53 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed April 6, 2012) Wrath of the Titans --(Century 16, Century 20) While â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrath of the Titansâ&#x20AC;? may not be escapist fantasy entertainment at its finest, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong cast and striking visuals make for a thrilling theatrical ride. A follow-up to 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clash of the Titans,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrathâ&#x20AC;? finds the heroic Perseus (Sam Worthington) enjoying the quiet life of a humble fisherman alongside his only son, Helius (John Bell). An ominous visit from Perseusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; immortal

marize the troubles of a father and son dealing with the tensions of expectations in family and career. Writer-director Joseph Cedar introduces us to Talmudic scholars Eliezer Shkolnik and his son Uriel, two men in implicit competition. In his declining years and his own sense of superiority, Eliezer resents the success of his son the pop academician, who has effectively supplanted the father. Eliezer has long coveted the Israel Prize in recognition of his ignored lifelong labor. In a miraculous turn of events, Eliezer finally gets the call: He has won the Israel Prize. Shortly thereafter, a baffled Uriel gets his own call, explaining that the win was a clerical error. The prize was meant for Uriel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footnoteâ&#x20AC;? ends not with a bang but with a whimper, a brave if dissatisfying choice thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt truer to life than the emotional or farcical crescendo audiences will be craving. On the way there, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough whimsy and wit to earn comic credentials, and brilliant character work from Aba and Ashkenazi thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alone worth the price of admission. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking. One hour, 43 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed March 23, 2012)

father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), forces him to toss his fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s net in favor of a sword. Worthington seems to have matured as an actor and is more engaging here than in previous roles. Although the visual effects are impressive, there are times when the sensory barrage overwhelms the audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrathâ&#x20AC;? is a cinematic treat for fantasy enthusiasts and for those who appreciate Greek mythology. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action and intense sequences of fantasy violence. One hour, 39 minutes<cTypeface> â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H. (Reviewed March 30, 2012) The Hunger Games --(Century 16, Century 20) Even those unfamiliar with Suzanne Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book may find Gary Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film somewhat less than suspenseful. But if â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Gamesâ&#x20AC;? on screen doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly catch fire, its savvy pop culture mash-up and the charge of teens in life-and-death peril remain intact. In a retro-futuristic dystopia, the 1-percenters long ago crushed the revolt of the 99-percenters. The rule of fear hinges largely on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Hunger Games,â&#x20AC;? an annual compulsory lottery that demands 12- to 18-year-old â&#x20AC;&#x153;tributesâ&#x20AC;? to submit to a televised death match. Two weeks, 24 contestants, and only one victor allowed to walk away alive. Oddly, the early scenes laying this groundwork tend to be considerably more lively than the 74th Annual Games themselves, a sign of Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lack of experience as an action director and the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squeamishness when it comes to depicting the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gruesomely violent side. Straight-arrow-shooting Katniss makes a compelling feminist hero, and Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resonant performance delivers. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s striking production design goes a long way, and the story could be a conversationstarter for families about the voyeurism and willing manipulation of the American viewing public. Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images, all involving teens. One hour, 23 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed March 23, 2012)

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STANFORD RUGBY . . . The Stanford womenís rugby team will be one of eight premier college squads that will be competing in the 2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Division I and Division II playoffs on Saturday and Sunday on the Stanford campus. Stanford is one of four premium playoff locations around the country and will see eight teams from the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference take the field in the highly competitive singleelimination competition. On the Division I side of the competition, Stanford will face Chico State in a matchup between Northern California rivals on Saturday at Steuber Rugby Stadium at 2 p.m.. UCLA will face California in another D-I match that pits bitter rivals against each other. The national quarterfinal will be Sunday at 3 p.m.

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ACADEMIC HONORS . . . Stanford recruit Brittany Howard from Mountain View High was named a first-team academic All-American by prepvolleyball.com. Howard, who plays outside hitter, compiled a 4.14 grade point average. Sacred Heart Prep senior Sarah Daschbach, who is headed to Princeton, was named third-team AllAmerican with her 4.06 GPA. Sacred Heart Prep’s Jesse Ebner, who will play at Yale, made the fourth team with a 4.20 GPA . . . Palo Alto High grad Philip MacQuitty was one of five men from the UCLA track and field team to earn MPSF All-Academic honors for the indoor season, during which he ran a 4:06 mile in Seattle. He got his outdoor season off to a good start by running a 3:49.2 for the 1500 meters recently in a dual meet at Oregon. Earning academic honors for the UCLA women was Castilleja grad Tori Anthony.

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Gunn girls double dunk Paly in a pair of rivalries Titans topple Vikings as Acker hands Paly All-American Tosky her first-ever loss in an individual event by Keith Peters achel Acker and Jasmine Tosky have been good friends since becoming teammates on the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics swim team. Both will be in that role when they compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Acker and Tosky also are rivals, Acker at Gunn and Tosky at Palo Alto. While they have faced each other on relays over the years, it’s rare when they meet in the same individual event. However, that rare moment arrived Wednesday when the teams met in their annual showdown for city bragging rights and

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the result was fairly historic. When it comes to high school swimming, Tosky has been unbeatable. Coming into this season, she had never lost an individual race — whether in a dual meet, the league finals or Central Coast Section Championships. Streaks are meant to be broken and Acker took care of Tosky’s string of success while helping the Titans pull off a big victory while moving closer to clinching the SCVAL De Anza Division regularseason title. (continued on page 40)

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto’s Aidan Hsu recently won a gold medal at the 2012 California State Games Hockey Speed Skating Competition in San Diego. The nine-year-old won the 10-and-under competition and nearly captured the 12-and-under division . . . Helena McDowell, a seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, earned a bronze medal with her teammates on the San Jose Junior Sharks 12-U team at the USA Hockey Girls Tier II National Tournament . . . Palo Alto High senior Peter Rockhold has committed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Rockhold was a standout water polo player for the Vikings.

by Keith Peters hen the SCVAL De Anza Division track and field championships are held May 3 at Los Altos High, Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson will not be in the running for a league title despite being one of the top talents in the Central Coast Section. Robinson will be running, but not on a track and not in this country. Robinson will be in Guatamala City, Guatamala, as a member of the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team that will be competing in soccer’s’s 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships that run May 2-12. Robinson was one of 20 players named to the team last week by head coach Albertin Montoya, who is also Robinson’s club coach with the MVLA Lightning in Los Altos. “I think it’s really exciting,” said Robinson, who was among an original group of 24. While the cutoff date to be eligible for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is Jan. 1, 1995, Montoya made an exception for the 15-year-old Robinson, who was born in 1996 and is the youngest member of the team. Montoya named his squad after a 10-day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, which ended on April 9 with a 0-0 draw against the China U-20 Women’s National Team. Robinson said she wasn’t too worried about being cut, not since moved into the starting lineup after just the second training camp. “We feel we are at a very good place right now going into World Cup qualifying,” said Montoya. “The team has made a lot of progress in our last three camps, which have been very productive in helping us prepare to head to Guatemala. We’ve had talented players since the beginning of the cycle, but the difference now is the ability of these talented players to play as a team, which makes us very dangerous. “We saw this at our most recent camp, which led to three very good performances against quality teams. Qualifying couldn’t have come at a better time for us and the players are excited to showcase their talent at the international level.” Robinson will run for Gunn’s track and field team in its final two SCVAL De Anza Division dual meets. The first was Thursday against Palo Alto and the final one will be April 26 at Los Altos. After that, she’ll regroup with her soccer teammates for the trip to Central America in quest of one of CONCACAF’s three berths to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, set for Sept. 22-Oct. 13 in

Palo Alto senior Jasmine Tosky lost her first prep race ever.

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by Rick Eymer t wasn’t so long ago that Stanford’s offensive statistics were among the best in Pac-12 baseball. The Cardinal enjoyed a team batting average of over .300 before last weekend’s series with visiting Oregon. A week and four games later, Stanford’s offensive numbers have taken a slide. Much of that has to do with pitching. The Ducks currently rank 19th in the nation with a team ERA of 2.87. The 10th Cardinal (5-7, 22-10) managed to win one of the three games against Oregon despite scoring all of six runs and collecting 16 hits in the series. “A lot of the lack of hitting can be attributed to good pitching,” Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. “We’ve hit balls hard but right at people.” San Jose State brought one of the nation’s top 30 pitching staffs to town Tuesday and held the Cardinal to two runs on five hits in a Spartans’ 3-2 victory. Stanford will be facing an even better staff this weekend when Arizona State visits for a three-game series beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Sun Devils boast two of the country’s top pitchers in terms of ERA, and the third-best pitching staff overall at 2.57. Stanford is no slouch when it comes to pitching either, as Mark Appel and Brett Mooneyham lead a staff that sports a 3.01 ERA. In fact, Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford rank 1-2-3 in Pac-12 pitching. After 12 conference games, the Cardinal have faced five of the

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Mark Appel will face visiting ASU on Friday night.

Stanford freshman Alex Blandino hit a two-run homer in a 3-2 loss to San Jose State on Tuesday and has raised his average to .277. top 10 pitchers, and Stanford’s Josh Hochstatter, who threw four innings against the Spartans, is one one of the 10. Stanford contends with Arizona State’s Brady Rodgers (6-1, 1.12) and Trevor Williams (7-2, 1.41) in the first two games of the series. Appel (4-1, 2.86) and Mooneyham (5-3, 3.18), the top two strikeout leaders in the Pac-12, will oppose the Sun Devils. “They have one of the better pitching staffs in the conference,” Marquess said. “It will be tough and we need to play well.” Oregon, UCLA and Arizona are in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 and Stanford is 1-5 against the trio, with a series yet to be played against the Bruins. The only reason Arizona State is a game back of the co-leaders is a sloppy defense, something that has also haunted Stanford. The seventh-place Cardinal and Sun Devils are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in team fielding. It’s the offense of that that has to have Stanford scratching its collective head. The team batting average has fallen to .288 after dropping three of its last four games. The Cardinal is hitting .232 in conference games and has a .188 average in its 10 losses. “You’re going to see good arms every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Stanford freshman Alex Blandino said. “It comes down to who puts the ball in play and who gets the key hits.” Blandino, a Palo Alto resident and St. Francis High grad, has put together a string of quality at-bats lately. He hit a two-run home run to

account for both of Stanford’s runs Tuesday night and has seen his average rise to its current .277. “He’s done a good job and made adjustments,” Marquess said. “He’s still learning.” Blandino, last year’s WCAL Player of the Year, said it was easy to work hard with the kind of ethic displayed by Stanford veterans. “Every guy who is back from last year has been a real role model,” Blandino said. “These are guys who have played in regionals and super regionals. Right now we have a couple of injuries and coach is giving guys some looks. It’s all a matter of taking advantage of your opportunities.” He’ll get plenty more chances now that shortstop Lonnie Kauppila’s season is over. The sophomore injured his left knee on a ground ball up the middle on Sunday. Blandino, who made the start at third base Tuesday, hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot that disappeared into the trees beyond the left field, to give Stanford a 2-0 lead in the third against the Spartans. Stanford pitcher Dean McArdle, who entered the game in the fifth, made a sudden departure in the sixth. Spartans’ outfielder Nick Shulz hit a line drive that drilled McArdle just above his right wrist. McArdle tracked down the ball along the first base line but his awkward throw was not in time and he continued running into the Stanford dugout. He was replaced by Sahil Bloom. McArdle was able to flex his right hand and may have been lucky to be hit in a meaty part of his arm. N

he 10th-seeded Stanford women’s gymnastics team will be looking for its best performance of the season when it takes to the floor in the first session of the NCAA championships Friday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Stanford (18-7) competes alongside No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Utah, and No. 11 LSU in their six-team session that begins at 9 a.m. PT. The top three from each of the two sessions advance to the Super Six team final Saturday. “I think we’ll surprise some people for sure,” Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. “Our whole plan this year was to start off a little slower, to build throughout the year, to get athletes healthy and to add difficulty as we moved along.” Stanford will follow the same rotation schedule that led to a secondplace finish at the NCAA Champaign (Ill.) Regional. The Cardinal begins with a bye and follows with floor exercise, vault, bye, uneven bars, and finishes on the balance beam. The top four individuals in each event (plus ties) from Friday’s semifinals will compete in the individual-event competition Sunday. Stanford qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in six years and for the 12th time in its history. The Cardinal hopes to advance to the Super Six for the fifth time in nine years. “We’re in a good position,” Smythe said. “We are going to have to do our jobs, hit 24 out of 24 routines. It will not be easy. If we can do that, we can compete with anybody.” Juniors Ashley Morgan and Nicole Dayton and sophomore Shona Morgan will also be competing at the NCAA meet. Perhaps the development of the freshmen class will make a huge difference at the national meet. It is comprised, after all, of two-time U.S. senior national champion and Pac-12 vault champion Ivana Hong, former U.S. national team member Samantha Shapiro, 2008 British Olympian Rebecca Wing, and two-time Junior Olympic national qualifiers Alex Archer and Pauline Hanset. “We’re continuing to get better,” Smythe said. “Every day in the gym the girls are improving, squeezing all the deductions out of our work. We haven’t peaked yet and that’s a huge motivating factor.” Hong was limited by injuries early, but now is in the lineup in multiple events. Shapiro has largely competed in one as she overcomes injuries of her own. All have made an impact in the lineup. Shapiro has scored 9.875s on bars and vault, Hong has scored 9.9’s on vault and beam, Wing should perform at leadoff in two events at nationals. Hanset has scored six 9.85’s or higher on floor, and Archer has been in the

vault lineup in four meets. “We’ve had exceptional leadership from all three of our seniors,” Smythe said. “They have all done a great job, but who stands out in my mind is Alyssa Brown, who has been a leader since she’s arrived on campus.” Softball No. 16 Stanford heads returns to Tempe hoping to extend its threegame Pac-12 winning streak. The Cardinal (6-9, 32-13) meets No. 4 Arizona State (8-2, 36-5) in a threegame series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Stanford, which currently resides in seventh place in the conference, three games behind third-place Oregon, recorded a sweep of visiting Oregon State last weekend. Senior infielder Jenna Becerra hit 6-for-15 (.400) last week, and all six of her hits went for extra bases. She hit three doubles and three home runs, including two grand slams. Becerra finished the week with 11 RBI, five runs scored and a 1.200 slugging percentage. Men’s tennis No. 12 Stanford notched its third shutout of the year on Wednesday, blanking Pacific 7-0 in its final home match of the regular season, ending a two-match losing streak. The Cardinal (15-7, 4-2 Pac-12) travels to Berkeley on Friday to face No. 14 California in the regular season finale for both teams. Women’s tennis Despite suffering a loss to topranked UCLA last weekend, Stanford (7-1, 16-1) is still in the running for the Pac-12 title, or at least a share of it. The No. 5-ranked Cardinal needs to beat No. 10-ranked Cal on Saturday (noon) at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford, Cal, UCLA and USC each have one league loss, so this weekend’s matchup with the Bears is critical for the Cardinal. Mallory Burdette will bring a 16-0 dualmatch record into the showdown. Men’s volleyball Stanford (20-6) will play host to Pepperdine (14-14) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoff opener on Saturday in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. The No. 2-seeded Cardinal needs to win the league tourney to be guaranteed a berth in the Final Four on May 3 and 5 in Los Angeles. Leading the way for Stanford will be senior outside hitter Brad Lawson, who was named Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week for his role in a pair of victories last weekend. Lawson, a two-time AVCA firstteam All-America, led Stanford to three-set victories over visiting UC Santa Barbara and UCLA to lift the Cardinal from fifth to a secondplace finish in the MPSF. N

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Menlo’s Avis delivers a veteran performance Senior produces six RBI for injury-riddled Knights in big WBAL baseball win over rival Sacred Heart Prep by Keith Peters

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league (15-5 overall). M-A will host El Camino on Friday at 3:15 p.m. In another WBAL game, Pinewood (1-2, 7-4) picked up its first league win with a 7-6 triumph over host Harker in eight innings. Owen Lewis had two hits and two RBI in addition to scoring a pair of runs for the Panthers. On Tuesday, Gunn got a key hit and some help from a sunny day, playing errorless ball and riding a solid pitching effort by Ryan Gorman to post a 2-1 victory over visiting Monta Vista in SCVAL El Camino Division action. Gunn’s eighth-straight victory moved the Titans to 7-2 (13-5 overall) and gave them a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Fremont (5-3) with six games remaining. Monta Vista (4-4) dropped to third place. Gunn’s big hit was a triple by senior Graham Fisher in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Titans trailing, 1-0. Scott Ziebelman pinch-ran for Fisher and, with one out, scored the tying run when Chris Rea’s grounder was misplayed. After a flyout, Gunn’s Jake Verhulp lofted a fly ball to center field, which was lost in the sun and dropped for a single — with Rea scoring from first on the play. Verhulp finished with three hits, as did Fisher while Gorman added two and tossed a complete-game six-hitter with five strikeouts. Boys’ golf Palo Alto grabbed sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 200-204 victory over rival Gunn on Tuesday at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The teams entered the dual match tied for first place, but the Vikings picked up three strokes over the first two matches and held on for the important victoryh. Sam Neithammer led the Vikings (9-1) with an even-par 36 while Patrick Fuery shot 39. Clark Schmutz, playing in the No. 6 spot, came through with a 41 to match teammate Grant Raffel. John Knowles’ 43 wrapped things up. Gunn (6-2) was led by Avinash Sharma (38) and Jayshree Sarathy (39). Palo Alto and Gunn will meet for a second time next Wednesday, with the Titans’ needing a victory to force a co-title. The SCVAL Tournament will be Monday, April 30 and Tuesday May 1. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton captured the regular-season title with a 204-214 victory over host Carlmont at Crystal Springs in Hillsborough on Wednesday. The Bears (11-1) were led by senior Max Culhane and junior Matt Tinyo, each of whom shot a 1-over 37. Senior Travis Anderson had a 3-over 39, senior David McNamara shot 45 (continued on page 43)

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fter losing three starters to injuries during the past week, Menlo School baseball coach Craig Schoof was forced to dip into his frosh-soph talent pool for extra bodies. Schoof also knew he needed more than that when his team hosted rival Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday in the first of two very important showdowns in the West Bay Athletic League. Schoof knew he needed a veteran to step up and produce. That veteran was senior Freddy Avis. The Palo Alto native was the star of the show, overpowering on the mound and at the plate as the Knights grabbed a 10-1 victory and control of the WBAL race. Avis, who has signed a national letter of intent to attend Stanford in the fall, struck out 15 Gators while only allowing three hits and four walks. At the plate, Avis hit a grand slam in a five-run second inning and a two-run triple in the fifth as Menlo jumped out on top and never looked back. The Knights (3-0, 11-8), hit by a series of injuries that have cost them starters Dylan Mayer, Adam Greenstein and Mikey Diekroeger in the past week, got key contributions from sophomore Graham Stratford, who walked three times, including with the bases loaded in the second for the first run and right before Avis’s grand slam. The injuries forced Schoof to start three sophomores. Stratford had started a frosh-soph game on Tuesday. Menlo junior catcher Austin Marcus was again stellar behind the plate and contributed two hits, including a double. Senior Carson Badger added two RBI on two hits. The Knights return to action on Friday when they host King’s Academy at 4 p.m. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Isaac Feldstein had four hits, including a double and home run, and drove in four runs to pace Palo Alto to a 14-2 win over host Saratoga on Wednesday. The Vikings (9-1-1, 17-3-1) ripped 13 hits and committed no errors while remaining a half-game behind division-leading Los Altos (10-1). Kevin Kannappan picked up the pitching win, improving to 5-1 as the Falcons were held to just three hits. The teams will meet again Friday at Palo Alto (3:30 p.m.). In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton bounced back from its first league loss last Friday to beat host El Camino in eight innings, 7-5. Nick Lange picked up the pitching win while improving to 6-0. He struck out eight. Sophomore Erik Amundson had two hits and two RBI as the Bears improved to 5-2 in

Members of the Gunn swim team cheer on teammate Rachel Acker during her victory over Palo Alto’s Jasmine Tosky in the 100 freestyle on Wednesday. It was Tosky’s first prep loss ever in an individual race.

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Tosky, a national recordholder in the 100 fly and the state recordholder in the 200 free, was moved into the 100 free against Gunn in order to take points away from the Titans. Acker had other ideas and beat her rival for the first time with a fast 50.18 clocking. Tosky was second in 50.80, her first-ever defeat in a high school individual event. “She usually swims the 200 free and 100 fly,” Acker said, “so it was kind of a shock (to see her in the 100). I had heard rumors at the pool that she might be there, so I was a little bit nervous.” While both have been training usually twice a day with PASA since the beginning of April and came into this meet with no rest, Acker looked the strongest in the 100 as she pulled away early. “I’m really happy with that swim,” said Acker. “It’s really good since I’m not rested.” And for handing Tosky her firstever loss? “I think it’s special,” Acker said. “That’s my girl,” said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez, when told of Acker’s feat. “That’s why we love her.” Palo Alto coach Danny Dye scored the meet out four different ways and each time there was a fourpoint difference. Thus, he decided to put Tosky in the 100 against Acker, hoping to take away Gunn’s potential advantage. “My hope was having her (Tosky) go up against Rachel in at least one of the races,” Dye said. “It (the result) a shock, just because of the myth of Jasmine.” In addition to her unbeaten streak, Tosky set a national public schools record in the 100 fly while winning the CCS title last year. She also won the 200 free and posted the fastest relay splits. “But, she knew going in it was going to be a tough race,” Dye explained. “I don’t want to take anything away from Rachel, because

she’s a great swimmer.” Acker also won the 50 free in 23.64 and swam leadoff legs on the winning 200 free relay (1:37.83) and 400 free relay (3:34.81) as the Titans beat the Vikings, 97-89. Gunn went into the final relay with a six-point lead, forcing Paly to finish 1-3 just to tie. It didn’t happen as Acker sped to a 50.67 clocking on the opening 100 to give her team almost a four-second lead. Tosky closed in 50.55 but was too far behind by the time she entered the water. The victory put Gunn (5-0) in position to win the regular-season title over the Vikings (4-1). Each team has one dual meet remaining. Gunn beat Palo Alto two years ago for the first time in 17 years, but Tosky was competing for PASA in a US Swimming meet in Ohio. She swam in last year’s dual against Gunn and the Vikings won. Wednesday’s victory by Gunn was even more impressive because the Titans were missing two of their key swimmers — seniors Julia Ama and Casey Lincoln. Ama is away competing at the Brazilian Olympic Trials and Lincoln was at Yale University for Admin Week. Despite missing those two, Gunn had plenty of depth and first-place points to hand Palo Alto the rare loss. The Titans swept all three relays, got the two wins from Acker, a triumph from freshman Jenna Campbell in the 100 fly (58.35), a victory from sophomore Fiona Hon in the 100 back (1:01.75) and a win from senior Maggie McKenna in the 100 breast (1:08.47). “That’s pretty exciting,” Hernandez said of the team victory. “I thought we had a chance if we swam well, and we swam better than I thought. We had a lot of good performances from kids who work out with us.” Tosky did win the 200 free in 1:52.11 with teammate Molly Zebker taking the 200 IM (2:13.76) and 500 free (5:15.85). Serena Yee won the diving as the Vikings won just four times. In the boys’ meet, Palo Alto

evened the score with a 108-78 triumph to improve to 5-0 while closing in on the regular-season dualmeet championship. The Vikings won 11 of the 12 events with seniors Rollin Lau and Byron Sanborn winning twice along with sophomore Andrew Liang. Lau took the 200 free (1:50.08) and 500 free (5:05.90), Sanborn won the 200 IM (1:58.95) and 100 breast (59.10), and Liang captured the 50 free (22.13) and 100 free (48.82) with times that rank among the best in the CCS. All three also contributed two winning legs on the three relays. In West Bay Athletic League action on Wednesday, the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls won meets. The boys defeated visiting Menlo School, 127-43, while the girls downed Castilleja, 124-44, and Menlo, 130-37. Castilleja beat Menlo, 97-61. SHP senior Tom Kremer had the fastest times of the day as he won the 50 free in 21.52 and 100 fly in 50.48, just missing school records in both races (21.46 and 50.26). He also swam legs on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Harrison Enright added solid wins in the 200 free (1:50.41) and 500 free (4:57.81) and Bret Hinrichs took the 200 IM (2:03.65) and 100 back (57.20). In the girls’ meet, SHP’s Ally Howe set a school record while winning the 500 free (4:56.03), breaking the previous mark of 5:11.10 set by Katie Sutherland in 2005. Howe also won the 100 breast (1:08.45) and swam on two winning relays. SHP senior Erin Sheridan took the 200 free (2:00.06) and 50 free (25.42). Selby Sturzenegger added wins in the 100 fly (1:01.43) and 100 back (59.30), Erica Myers won the 200 IM (2:19.31) and 100 free (56.65) and the SHP relay teams swept all three races. Sacred Heart Prep will join with Palo Alto in the annual Section Challenge on Saturday at Palo Alto High, starting at 9 a.m. The meet will feature many of the top teams in Northern California. N


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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Summer 2012

For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at http://paloaltoonline.com/biz/summercamps/. To advertise in a weekly directory, contact 650-326-8210

Athletics Bald Eagle Camps

Mountain View

Bald Eagle Camps is the only camp Approved by the nationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance, teaching their principles to every camper through our Certified Coaches. We offer 3 uniquely FUN Summer Camps, each of which exude our encouraging team culture: Non-Traditional Sports Camp (1st-8th), Basketball Camp (3rd-8th), and Leadership Camp (7th-8th only). Come experience our positive atmosphere, great coaching, unique structure, inspiring life message and 5-STAR service. Bald Eagle Camps is guaranteed to be a highlight of your child’s summer.

www.baldeaglecamps.com

888-505-2253

California Riding Academy’s Camp Jumps For Joy!

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

Champion Tennis Camp

Atherton

CTC programs provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nurturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Camps, ages 4 – 6. Juniors Camps, ages 6 - 14.

www.alanmargot-tennis.com

650-400-0464

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

Glenoaks Stables’ Horse Camp Portola Valley Giddy up your summer at Glenoaks Stables’ horse camp. Each full day of equestrian fun includes supervised riding, horsemanship, vaulting, pony games and arts & crafts. 6 one-week sessions. All skill levels welcome, ages 6+.

www.glenoaksequestriancenter.com/summercamps.htm 650-854-4955

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

Nike Tennis Camps

650-752-8061

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

Oshman JCC

1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226)

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 Elite Volleyball Club Summer Camp

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. Spartans Sports Camp is also hosting two free basketball clinics on April 21st and May 6th from 10 am 1 pm. Register today for the camps and free clinics on our website!

www. SpartansSportsCamp.com

650-479-5906

Spring Down Equestrian Center

Claire Collins

Michael Hester

Gunn High

Menlo-Atherton High

The senior infielder had a total of five hits with four RBI and four runs scored during a 2-1 softball week, which featured a two-run homer to upset host St. Francis, 3-2, in an important nonleague showdown.

The senior ran a career-best 1:57.42 to win the 800 and anchored the 1,600 relay team to victory in a meet record of 3:26.45 that was enough to beat Bellarmine, 63-62, for the title at the Serra Top 7 meet.

Honorable mention

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.

Shannon Aguiar

www.springdown.com

Claire Klausner*

650.851.1114

Menlo-Atherton softball

Elona Hyvarinen Menlo-Atherton swimming Gunn softball

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

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 Los Altos/Palo Alto/Menlo Park/ Woodside/Hillsborough

Galileo Learning operates award-winning summer day camps at 31 Bay Area locations. Camp Galileo (pre-K - rising 5th graders): Inspires campers to bring their ideas to life through art, science and outdoor activities. Galileo Summer Quest (rising 5th - 8th graders): Campers dive into exciting majors like Chefology and Video Game Design.

www.galileo-learning.com

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Palo Alto track & field

Nicole Zanolli Menlo-Atherton swimming

Molly Zebker Palo Alto swimming

Menlo-Atherton tennis

Graham Fisher* Gunn baseball

E.J. Floreal Palo Alto track and field

Kyle Koenig Sacred Heart Prep swimming

Rollin Lau Palo Alto swimming

Andrew Liang Palo Alto swimming * previous winner

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.

Galileo Learning

Pippa Raffel

Zeke Brown

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Robinson

“It’s something we knew going into it,” Lee said of the situation. (continued from page 38) “But, when she’s here, it’s to the max . . . she’ understands the decisions Azerbaijan. she’s made and the consequences . . Team USA (7-0-2) will open the . the sacrifices. qualifying against the Bahamas on “It’s weird, she’s the only one May 3, before taking on Trinidad doing homework (on the soccer & Tobago on May 5. The Ameri- trips).” cans will conclude the first round The U.S. Women’s Senior Naagainst Mexico on May 7. The top tional Team, meanwhile, opened a two teams from each group training camp in Bradenwill advance to the semifiton, Fla., on Wednesday. A nals, beginning May 10. total of 27 players are takRobinson, a midfielder, ing part in the camp, which said her role on the team is runs through April 30 and “playmaking and defendwill serve as preparation ing well. That’s what we for the 2012 Olympics. focus on, defending as a The camp allows head team.” coach Pia Sundhage to Robinson has started all continue the evaluation the matches she has played process to select the 18in and sees her current Sarah Robinson player roster that will travel experience as a stepping to London for the Summer stone to future levels of US Soccer. Olympics. Yet, she isn’t planning on giving up Former Stanford All-American on cross country or track, at least for Christen Press will be competing the time being. in her first senior national training “She still wants to train and run in camp. Press was the 2011 MAC the meets,” said Gunn assistant Er- Hermann Trophy winner. nie Lee. “The meets turn into very Also attending the camp are good workouts.” former Stanford standouts Nicole Lee and Gunn head coach Matt Barnhart (goalie), Rachel Buehler Tompkins knew they’d have to share (defender) and Kelley O’Hara (deRobinson at some point. fender). N


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and senior Filip Grehn finished with a 46. Next up for M-A will be the PAL Individual Tournament. Anderson shot a 1-under 35 to earn medalist honors and help M-A post victories over Hillsdale and Aragon on Tuesday at Sharon Heights Country Club. In the WBAL, Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Bradley Knox was the medalist for the third time this week as the Gators ruined Menlo School’s perfect season with a 195-202 victory on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Knox recorded three birdies in his up-and-down round of 1-over par 36. Menlo junior Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors with a steady one- birdie, two-bogey round. With the win, the Gators (6-2) squared the home-and-home series with the Knights (7-1). Boys’ lacrosse Menlo School broke a tie in the second quarter and never looked back in a 14-12 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday in an important SCVAL De Anza Division match. Rebounding from three losses at the tough St. Ignatius tournament last week, the Knights (5-3, 7-6) avenged an earlier league loss to the Gators (7-1, 9-2) and knocked them out of sole possession of first place. Menlo prevented SHP from grabbing control of the division as junior Nick Schultz fueled the attack with six goals and assisted on three more. Despite being a target of the SHP defense, Menlo junior Wiley Osborne still managed three goals and two assists. Frankie Hattler led SHP with three goals and three assists while Noah Kawasaki added three goals and one assist. Brian White finished with three goals. Girls’ lacrosse Getting seven goals and three assists from junior Michaela Michael, Menlo School remained unbeaten in the WBAL Foothill Division with a 23-12 triumph over host Burlingame on Tuesday. Brooke Bullington added five goals and two assists as the Knights improved to 5-0 in league (8-4 overall). In their first match back from

spring break, the Knights grabbed a 12-4 halftime lead and rolled from there. Ali Kim produced three goals and one assist and Elyse Adler added three goals. The midfield crew of Michael, Bullington, Adler, Kim and Kacie Madeira accounted for 19 goals and 22 of Menlo’s 25 successful draw controls. Menlo will host Menlo-Atherton on Friday at 4 p.m. The Bears got two goals in overtime from Becca Higgitt in a 19-17 victory over Castilleja in WBAL Foothill Division action on Monday. Higgitt had tied the match at 17 with four seconds to play after taking a long pass from Emily Carlson, who had won a loose ball at midfield with 10 seconds remaining. The Bears (3-2, 5-4) trailed by 15-12 with 1:50 left to play before a great save by M-A goalie Neeka Nazhand was cleared to Sidney NovakFedermeyer and led to a goal. The Bears then added a fastbreak goal to make it 15-14 to set up Higgit’s tying goal. Higgitt finished with a seasonhigh 10 goals while Martha Harding scored 10 goals for Castilleja (2-3, 7-3). In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto suffered its first loss in league action this season in a 15-13 setback to host St. Francis on Tuesday. The defending league champion Lancers avenged a loss to Paly in the teams’ first meeting. The match was tied at halftime, 7-7, and for one final time at 13-13 on a goal by Emy Kelty with less than two minutes remaining. Paly’s excitement was shortlived, however, as the Vikings lost the next two draws and the Lancers scored each time. Kelty finished with three goals for Paly (8-1, 10-3) while Charlotte Biffar and Nina Kelty each added three goals. Layla Memar contributed two goals and one assist. Boys’ tennis Menlo-Atherton clinched the PAL Bay Division regular-season title with a 6-1 victory over host Burlingame on Wednesday. The Bears improved to 13-0 in league play (18-2 overall) while improving to 52-0 in regular-season league matches since the end of the 2008 season. The Bears beat El Camino on Tuesday, 7-0, and topped San Mateo on Monday, 7-0. N

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GASPA German Summer School Camp

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Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

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

iD Tech Camps Summer Tech Fun!

Stanford

Menlo Park

Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and handson 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

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

650-866-5824

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

Arts, Culture and Other Camps Community School of Music & Arts (CSMA )

Mountain View

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).

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol Workshop, more! Two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered.

www.internalDrive.com

1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Creative Kids Camp

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

Mid-Peninsula High School Summer Program

650-251-8519

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.

SuperCamp

Water Babies to Adults Swim Lessons Carol has 50 years of experience World & National Champion Hall of Fame Swimmer Carol’s precise technical teaching methods allow students to progress rapidly, developing trust and confidence. All instructors trained by Carol.

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.mid-pen.com

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Synapse School & Wizbots

Academics

650-321-1991 x110

Stanford

Increases Grades, Confidence and Motivation. Academic pressure to stand out. Social pressure to fit in. It’s not easy being a high school or middle school student. Straight A or struggling, kids are overwhelmed by homework, activities, and technology distractions. SuperCamp provides strategies to help kids succeed. Bobbi DePorter created SuperCamp to empower kids. Now in its 30th year with 64,000 graduates, SuperCamp builds study skills, self-esteem, and test scores. SuperCamp works. Parent Patty M. says, “We saw a jump in grades … the things she learned about her worth are of lasting value.”

www.supercamp.com

Summer at Saint Francis

1-800-285-3276.

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

www.arts4all.org

650-917-6800 ext. 0

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

Pacific Art League

Palo Alto,

Art camps are fun, and stimulate visual perception and cognitive thinking. Week-long camps are available for kids and teens 5 – 18, from June 18 to August 19, including Glass Fusing, Cartooning, Printmaking and Claymation.

www.pacificartleague.org

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

650.321.3891

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 multisession discounts available.

www.techknowhowkids.com

Theatreworks Summer Camps

650-638-0500

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

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