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Report urges more funding for Palo Alto nonprofits City considers changing process for assisting neediest residents by Gennady Sheyner
alo Alto may be best known as the land of high incomes and soaring housing prices, but affluence is far from universal within the cityâ€™s borders. According to a new report by the cityâ€™s Human Relations Commission, the city has its fair share
of residents in need â€” seniors who depend on subsidized meals at La Comida, recipients who apply for food stamps and disabled people who canâ€™t afford to get the medical help they need. And some groups of needy residents are growing. The number of food-stamps recipients,
for example, increased by 22 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to the newly released Human Services Needs Assessment. In addition to surveying the needs of Palo Altoâ€™s low-income residents, the report considers ways in which the city can help. In recent years, Palo Alto has provided grants to local nonprofits for providing safety-net services. Last year, the city handed out $1.1 million through what is known as the Human Services Resource Allocation Process.
The Human Relations Commission, which relied on focus groups, data research, interviews with stakeholders and responses from 495 survey participants, had estimated that these grants serve about 7,000 people annually. This year, almost three-fourths of the grant funds went to two nonprofit organizations. Avenidas, which provides a wide range of services for seniors, received $402,224 in 2012, accounting for 36.2 percent of the funds. Palo Alto Community
Child Care received $407,491, or 36.7 percent of the total pool. Recipients of the next-largest grants include Adolescent Counseling Services ($87,571), Abilities United ($37,642) and the Downtown Streets Team ($33,666). The report, which the City Council Finance Committee discussed Tuesday night, argues that the city needs to do more. Its most significant recommendation is a call for (continued on page 6)
Two declare school board candidacies Election filing period for three seats opens July 16 by Chris Kenrick wo candidates so far have declared their intentions to run this fall for what will be three available seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education. Incumbent Melissa Baten Caswell, first elected in 2007, has indicated she will seek re-election. Newcomer Heidi Emberling, a parenting educator and former PTA president at Juana Briones Elementary School, has announced her candidacy and is actively campaigning. Two other incumbents, Barbara Klausner, first elected in 2007, and current board President Camille Townsend, first elected in 2003, said they have not decided whether to seek re-election. The candidate-filing period opens July 16 and closes Aug. 10 for the Nov. 6 election. In Palo Altoâ€™s last school board election, in 2009, incumbents Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom ran unopposed. Thereâ€™s been talk of a candidate emerging this year from the vocal parent group We Can Do Better Palo Alto, but so far, none has materialized. The group has tenaciously lobbied for more than a year for measures it says will reduce academic stress, including a Palo Alto High School-style â€œteacher adviserâ€? program for Gunn High School and closer attention to testing calendars. Group member Wynn Hausser, who was narrowly defeated by incumbent Townsend when he sought election in 2007, has said he does not intend to run this year. We Can Do Better cofounder Ken Dauber, who in the past said he would con-
Shooting the breeze Windsurfer Royce Nicolas takes advantage of the fine weather on Wednesday, June 20, hitting the water near Palo Alto Baylands Park.
History museum may seek corporate tenants Palo Alto mulls allowing for-profit institutions to lease space in historic Roth Building by Gennady Sheyner
alo Altoâ€™s drive to turn the famous Roth Building on Homer Avenue into a history museum has a history of its own.
The 1932 building, which once housed the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has long
been envisioned by city officials as a perfect site for a history museum or another â€œpublic facility.â€? But as city officials learned Tuesday night, June 19, turning this dream into reality may require private investors to lease offices at the museum. The Palo Alto History Museum, a nonprofit group raising money to launch the museum, asked the City Councilâ€™s Finance Committee for permission to sublease part of the building at 300 Homer Ave. to a for-profit organization. The move is driven by the projectâ€™s financial needs. The group needs to raise more than $6 million and has already acquired about $4.5 million,
board members told the committee. The group hopes to get another $800,000 or so through the â€œFederal Historic Tax Creditâ€? program, which provides tax credits to private entities as an incentive to rehabilitate historic structures. This would leave another $800,000 that the group would raise by other means, a goal that members said they believe they can accomplish in the next nine or 10 months. But the federal program comes with a bundle of strings attached, including a requirement that the project generate profits and bring a (continued on page 8)
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When you get to the question of taxation and tuition, people get off our train. â€” Mark Yudof, president of the University of California, on why admitting non-residents to the UCs is financially necessary. See story on page 5.
FEELING THE HEAT ... Palo Alto firefighters took part in an unusual rescue operation last week after they learned about a heat-stressed brown pelican perched on the second-floor patio ledge of the Wells Fargo building at 400 Hamilton Ave. The cityâ€™s emergency responders sprung into action to aid the overheated bird. The crew from Truck 6 worked with William Warrior, one of the cityâ€™s animal control officers, and earned major kudos from Warrior for their good work. In a letter to Public Safety Director Dennis Burns, Warrior noted that the ladder from Truck 6 â€œallowed us safe access to the second-floor patio ledge while at the same time preventing the pelican from falling into pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Hamilton Avenue.â€? After â€œan effective net-captureâ€? of the pelican, the distressed bird was taken to the Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Rescue facility at the Cubberley Community Center. â€œThe pelican was last reported in stable condition,â€? Warrior wrote. THE NEXT ILLUSION ... It was once a hub of Palo Altoâ€™s thriving hippy movement â€” the place where new-age foodies flocked for â€œnatural foodsâ€? and where Jerry Garcia belted out tunes. Since 1970, it has seen one transformation after another, going from The New Age Natural Foods and Deli in 1970 to the Zinzinnati Oom Pah Pah (1973), the Keystone music venue (1977), The Vortex (1986), the Edge nightclub (1990) and the Icon Supper Club (1998). These days, the building at 260 California Ave. houses the Club Illusions, a restaurant and nightclub that set up shop at the site in 2005. Now, the California Avenue building between Birch Street and Park Boulevard is poised for a more dramatic overhaul. The developer Presidio Development Partners is planning to demolish the building and to replace it with one that would be more than twice as big. The proposed structure, which the Architectural Review Board discussed Thursday, would be 40 feet tall and include ground-floor retail and offices on the upper floors. The board didnâ€™t vote on the project, though some members expressed a little concern. Board member Clare Malone Prichard
thought the building would be too high. â€œI think in this district, itâ€™s too much,â€? she said. Not surprisingly, the project is already garnering opposition from some residents. Bob Moss, a frequent critic of local developments, called it too bulky and â€œout of context.â€? He also said it contains too much office space, a no-no in a district designated for retail use. Local attorney William Ross said he was concerned about the lack of outreach to California Avenue property owners. â€œThis is a very significant project,â€? Ross told the board. â€œNone of the property owners or businesses had any idea what it would be.â€? MIXED SIGNALS ... Spotty cellphone reception is a problem that has long frustrated Palo Altoâ€™s technologists and polarized local residents. Dozens have opposed recent efforts by AT&T to build cell towers in residential neighborhoods, calling them unsightly and potentially unsafe. Many others decry the embarrassingly poor cell service in a city that takes such pride at being in the vanguard of technological innovation. Could fake trees and giant flagpoles next to local fire stations solve this problem? Thatâ€™s one of the questions that city officials will ponder Monday night, when they consider changes to the cityâ€™s policies for allowing cell towers on city property. Such towers already exist at three fire stations and, if the council chooses, could soon occupy other city properties. These â€œmacroâ€? towers are an alternative to the â€œdistributed antenna systemsâ€? (DAS), which use smaller towers that can be affixed to existing utility poles. Though far more subtle than macro towers, DAS equipment drew substantial opposition from residents last year, when AT&T proposed bringing about 80 such â€œmicroâ€? towers to neighborhoods. The council approved the first 19 of these towers in December. Now, the city is considering revising its zoning regulations to allow the tall macro towers on city land, an idea that would include raising limits to allow tower heights of 75 feet to 125 feet, according to a report from Margaret Monroe, management specialist in the Planning and Community Environment Department. N
Non-resident admission, student headcount climbs at UC by Chris Kenrick
ore than 23 percent of students admitted by the University of California for this fallâ€™s freshman class are not California residents â€” up from 10 percent just five years ago. At the most popular campuses, the non-resident admission numbers are even higher: 40 percent of this fallâ€™s freshman admits to UCLA are non-residents, 32 percent at San Diego and 28 percent at Berkeley. UC President Mark Yudof acknowledges the sharp rise in nonresident admission but says, â€œStories have been more hysterical than the facts deserve.â€? Actual enrollment rates of nonCalifornians are considerably lower than their admission rates, and the higher tuition paid by non-residents subsidizes California students, he said. Still, the percentage of non-resident undergraduate headcount is climbing at UCâ€™s most sought-after campuses, reaching 18 percent at Berkeley last fall. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s outrageous,â€? Yudof told a gathering at the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce last month. â€œIt provides another form of diversity, and we also charge them
a ton of money. If we charge them $30,000, I can take some of that and move it over to pay for the Californians the Legislature isnâ€™t paying for.â€? To avoid reducing the number of UC slots for California students, Yudof said the university has boosted the number of overall spaces in the nine-campus system. For example, system-wide undergraduate enrollment last fall was 181,508 â€” 10 percent higher than it was five years ago, when it stood at 163,302. That year â€” 2007 â€” the university, system-wide, admitted 6,283 non-resident students for the fall freshman class. This year, non-resident freshman admits for the fall term is triple that, at 18,846. Data on the number of those who actually plan to enroll this fall is not yet available. Yudof maintains that UC has a system-wide â€œcap of 10 percentâ€? on non-resident undergraduate enrollment, instituted by the Board of Regents. But enrollment figures are much higher on the most popular campuses. Non-residents comprised 18 percent of Berkeley undergraduates last fall, up from 13.9 percent in 2010.
At UCLA, it was 15.8 percent last fall, up from 12.6 percent the year before. System-wide, non-resident students made up 8.4 percent of undergraduate headcount last fall, up from 7 percent in 2010, according to statistics published by Yudofâ€™s office. In that same period, system-wide undergraduate enrollment of California residents declined a halfpercent: from 167,118 in the fall of 2010 to 166,265 in fall 2011. On a recent speaking tour of the state, Yudof made the case that the UC system is an â€œeconomic engineâ€? for California, generating $46.3 billion in economic activity and supporting one in 46 jobs in the state. He decried reductions of state funding for the UC system. Last year, the Legislature funded $2.37 billion â€” just 10.5 percent â€” of UCâ€™s overall $22.5 billion budget, most of which came from revenue from the systemâ€™s five medical centers. The state covers 60 percent less per UC student than it did 20 years ago and, for the first time, students now pay more than taxpayers, Yudof said.
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He called for the state to re-invest in UC, calling the system the â€œseed cornâ€? for economic growth in California. â€œWe face hard alternatives and, the fact is, nobody wants to pay,â€? he said. â€œWhen you get to the question of taxation and tuition, people get off our train.â€? Yudof rejected a suggestion that UC de-emphasize state funding
and refocus on beefing up other sources. â€œTaxpayers built this place, and Iâ€™m reluctant to call it quits,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re a consummately California institution.â€?N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.
School-bond tax rate to increase 16 percent Board backs higher rate, faster repayment after recession derails original assumptions by Chris Kenrick
roperty owners in the Palo Alto school district will see higher rates on their tax bills after the Board of Education approved a facilities-bond tax-rate increase last week. The current tax rate of $44.50 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation under the 2008 â€œStrong Schoolsâ€? facilities bonds will rise to $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. That hike, together with the current $35 tax rate on the 1995 â€œBuilding For Excellenceâ€? bonds that are still being paid off, will yield an annual tax bill that is 4 percent â€” or $422.45 â€” higher for the homeowner with the average assessed valuation of $850,000. The rate increase â€” not anticipated when the $378 million â€œStrong Schoolsâ€? bond passed with nearly 78 percent of the vote in June 2008 â€” will enable the construction program to continue despite the recession-induced slowdown in assessed-valuation growth that threw off original estimates. The higher tax rate now also
means substantial savings later â€” in the neighborhood of $1 billion in financing costs â€” because of a sharply shortened repayment period. That savings in financing costs, along with a reluctance to saddle future generations with debt for school buildings being built today, persuaded four of the five school board members to vote for the taxrate increase in the wee hours of June 13. Board member Barb Mitchell dissented, saying her concerns about claims made to voters at the time of the 2008 election outweighed the lure of reduced debt service and a shorter repayment period. Thirteen current and former school district parents, including nine finance professionals and two former school board members, urged the board to shift course and go with the higher tax rate and shorter repayment period. â€œThe economic disruption of 2008 to present has dramatically changed the assumptions underlying the original $44.50 bond tax rate,â€? stated the letter, which was drafted
by district parent and private-equity investment manager Todd Collins, who chairs the Citizensâ€™ Oversight Committee for the 2008 Strong Schools bond. â€œRather than choosing between issuing onerous capital-appreciation bonds or canceling needed projects, we propose an alternative that takes advantage of the current low interest rates and saves our community hundreds of millions of dollars in compounded interest.â€? Sticking with a lower tax rate, the letter said, would force repayment on the 2008 bond to be stretched out over the next 45 years. Under the new plan, the combined tax rate for the two bonds will be $95 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in 2013, declining over the next eight years to less than $65 after 2021. The 1995 Building for Excellence bond will be fully paid off by 2024. Besides Collins, signers of the letter were: former school board member and Bond Citizens Oversight Committee member Ray Bacchetti; oversight committee member Scott Darling; finance professional and former board member of Palo Alto Partners in Education Elisabeth Einaudi; finance professional Stephen Godfrey; lawyer Walt Hays, who signed the ballot argument for
the 2008 Strong Schools bond; financial professional David Hornik; municipal bond professional Tony Hughes; small business owner and finance professional J.R. Matthews; finance professional Anne Rockhold; finance professional Greg Sands; finance professional and former oversight committee member Steven Shevick; and former school board member Don Way. At the June 12 board meeting, which went past midnight, Hays â€” grandson of the Presbyterian minister and school board president for whom Walter Hays Elementary School is named â€” urged the board to raise the tax rate. â€œThe citizens of Palo Alto have shown over and over again they like to deal with issues head on and not put them off to burden future generations,â€? he said. â€œOne really good demonstration of this is that so many voters rallied to pass the latest school bond by over 70 percent, so it seems inconceivable that weâ€™d want to saddle future generations with $1.3 billion in unnecessary costs by keeping the current tax rate. â€œI recognize it is a burden to double your tax rate, but I think Palo Altans have shown theyâ€™re willing to accept those burdens to maintain their very precious and highly valu-
able schools that everybody wants to move here so they can join.â€? Most board members appeared to agree with Hays. â€œGiven the huge change in the financial landscape since the (2008) bond election, the question is whether to bear a larger burden now from facilities weâ€™ll benefit from soon, or push off the payments 35 years,â€? board member Dana Tom said. Board President Camille Townsend said, â€œAs a taxpayer and as a member of the school board with children, and thinking about the future, it seems to me that saving this kind of money for taxpayers makes sense.â€? Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will prepare a letter to district taxpayers explaining the change. The 2008 Strong Schools bond is modernizing and adding facilities at all 17 campuses in the Palo Alto district in response to rising enrollment. Major construction â€” including, in many cases, new, two-story classroom buildings â€” is completed or in progress at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools, Jordan, JLS and Terman middle schools and Ohlone, Fairmeadow and Duveneck elementary schools. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.
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Appeals court overturns ruling in home dispute A Woodside couple will be stripped of $125,000 in attorney fees stemming from a 7-year feud with a Palo Alto contractor, the California Court of Appeals has decided. (Posted June 20 at 4:21 p.m.)
Fourteen recent graduates to get scholarships Fourteen recent high school graduates will receive scholarships Saturday, June 23, in a gathering sponsored by the Peninsula College Fund. Former Santa Clara County Municipal Court Judge LaDoris Cordell will speak at the public ceremony to be held at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton. (Posted June 20 at 10:21 a.m.)
Water-main break on Lytton forces evacuation A gushing water main caused a four-story building to be evacuated and shut down part of Lytton Avenue Tuesday afternoon, June 19, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said. (Posted June 19 at 5:43 p.m.)
Firecrackers explode in Menlo Park mailboxes The one thing more unwelcome than a bill in oneâ€™s mailbox may be a firecracker, as a string of Menlo Park residents discovered last week. (Posted June 19 at 1:48 p.m.)
Palo Alto teachers seek share of budget surplus Teachers in the Palo Alto school district are asking for a one-time, 1 percent stipend, sharing in an end-of-year surplus in the school district. (Posted June 19 at 9:49 a.m.)
City to start major electrical work on Alma Street Major electric-line replacement in Palo Alto could cause traffic delays on Alma Street starting Tuesday, June 19, the city has announced. (Posted June 19 at 9:43 a.m.)
Atherton kidnapper Schoenfeld will be paroled Richard Schoenfeld, who grew up in Atherton and was imprisoned for nearly 36 years on a 1976 conviction for the kidnapping of 26 Chowchilla schoolchildren, will be released from prison this month. (Posted June 19 at 9:01 a.m.)
Two-acre brush fire skirts Stanford hills A fire of unknown origin burned two acres of Stanford land off Interstate Highway 280 in Palo Alto Monday afternoon, June 18. The grassland blaze caused a traffic backup northbound from El Monte Road in Los Altos to north of Page Mill Road. (Posted June 18 at 4:54 p.m.)
Bay Area median home prices, sales up in May The median sale price for Bay Area homes rose for the second consecutive month in May â€” up 7.5 percent from a year ago â€” driven by a high number of sales and increased activity at the higher ends of the market, according to figures released Friday, June 15. (Posted June 16 at 9:38 a.m.)
Palo Altoâ€™s animal services get help from county Palo Altoâ€™s financially troubled animal-services operation received a welcome boost Friday, June 15, when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a budget that provides $47,000 for the local animal shelter. (Posted June 15 at 12:49 p.m.)
Man shot at East Palo Alto apartment complex A man was shot in the leg at an East Palo Alto apartment complex on Thursday evening, June 14, police said. (Posted June 15 at 9:16 a.m.)
Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce CEO resigns The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is once again looking for a new leader after its president announced Thursday, June 14, that he is resigning after just six months on the job. (Posted June 15 at 8:30 a.m.)
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the city to increase its spending for grants by about 5 percent a year, until the amount reaches $1.5 million in 2016. But the report also argues that the city needs to change the way it assesses which nonprofits get funding. The wide array of needs and the limited pool of money makes it impossible for the city to allocate funds for new recipients without taking them away from existing ones. â€œThis zero-sum game is not only disheartening to the agency losing the funds, but it suppresses the desire of potential applicants to apply, knowing that their success will punch a hole somewhere else in the social safety net,â€? the report states. â€œOur recommendations need to deal with this issue. If they donâ€™t, itâ€™s not clear to us what else we might propose beyond administrative arrangements that might produce some small synergies that enable existing funds to stretch a little bit further.â€? The Finance Committee praised the report Tuesday, with Vice Mayor Greg Scharff sharing the commissionâ€™s frustration about the lack of flexibility in the funding-allocation process. â€œYou see a need in the community but your hands feel tied because we have previous recipients and we have to cut from those (recipients),â€?
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by Sue Dremann ast Palo Altoâ€™s planned 4 Corners/Ravenswood Business District is the last area the city can develop to create jobs and revenue and improve the quality of life for its residents. And the city has to â€œget it rightâ€? because there is no other major commercial area to develop, a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute has found. The city commissioned the 35page study, which was released on June 12, as part of a review of its Specific Plan, a document intended to guide planning and development. The plan will be finalized and presented along with an Environmental Impact Report to the East Palo Alto City Council for adoption in July. The 4 Corners/Ravenswood Business District plan calls for 835 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of office space, 351,820 square feet of research-and-development/industrial space, 112,400 square feet of retail, 61,000 square feet for community activities, 30 acres of parkland and 4.5 miles of trails. When implemented the plan could change East Palo Altoâ€™s appearance, attractiveness and usefulness to the community significantly, the study found. It envisions a walkable downtown along Bay Road starting at University Avenue and moving toward the baylands. The city currently doesnâ€™t have a
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A controversial quest by Harold Hohbach to build a three-story development on Page Mill Road could finally reach its terminus Monday night, June 25, when Palo Alto officials review the latest revisions to his Park Plaza project. (Posted June 21 at 9:14 a.m.)
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downtown, and the goal is to create a downtown area where the community can meet, eat and shop. A major employment area would be developed in the area bounded by Bay Road, Pulgas Road and Weeks Street. Potential jobs â€” 4,851 of them â€” could help reduce the cityâ€™s 17.5 percent unemployment rate. About half the new jobs would be suitable for people with no more than a high school diploma. The report also noted a discrepancy between a 2010 Bay Area Economics (BAE) market study and one done in 2009 for the Specific Plan. The 2009 study identified a projected net demand for office space at 1.2 million square feet. But the 2010 study found only a projected
demand of 201,650 square feet between 2010 and 2030. The first market-demand study projected a 351,820-square-feet demand for industrial and research space, but the 2010 study identified that sector as stronger for East Palo Alto, estimating 609,425 square feet. Projected retail demand was triple in the 2010 study what it was in the 2009 report. The Urban Land Institute study attributed the discrepancies to the way the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) projects employment demand. The ABAG studies are highly accurate for larger, more established cities with
Scharff said. The committee stopped short of recommending an increase to grant funding, though it directed staff to explore ways for doing so. One possible mechanism is funds from the cityâ€™s development agreement with Stanford University Medical Center, which allocated $4 million to the city for â€œcommunity health and safety programs.â€? Stanford offered these funds as part of a broad package of public benefits in exchange for the cityâ€™s permission to greatly expand Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the Lucile Packard Childrenâ€™s Hospital. The committee was more receptive to the reportâ€™s â€œalternative recommendationâ€? for modifying the grant process. Under this alternative, the city would reduce grants to all recipients who get more than $10,000 by 3 to 5 percent per year, with the freed funds supporting new programs and agencies. â€œSuch an arrangement gives agencies lead-time to respond to the series of cuts; and it gives the overall HSRAP program some flexibility to reallocate the freed funds to increasing or emerging needs,â€? the report stated. The committee unanimously recommended that staff discuss this plan with stakeholders and explore this alternative further. The committee also backed a proposal by Councilman Pat Burt to reach out to Avenidas and see if the cityâ€™s
allocation to the nonprofit group could target low-income seniors rather than the senior community at large. Ray Bacchetti, who serves on the commission, told the committee Tuesday thereâ€™s a â€œdisconnect between the haves and the have-nots in Palo Alto.â€? Though the city is wealthier than most in the county, 10.7 percent of the households in Palo Alto have household incomes below $25,000, the report notes. The problem is worse for seniors. One-third of Palo Alto residents older than 75 had incomes of less than $25,000 per year in 2000, according to data from Avenidas, which the Human Services Needs Assessment cites. â€œFaltering economic conditions of recent years have only exacerbated these trends,â€? the new report states. Bacchetti said he spoke to a friend recently and mentioned the large number of residents in the city who have a hard time getting by. The friend asked, â€œWhere are they?â€? â€œI can think of no better operational definition of â€˜invisibleâ€™ than that,â€? Bacchetti told the committee, referring to those in need. Once staff returns with more information, the committee will resume the discussion and forward a recommendation to the full City Council. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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Upfront CITY HALL
New city budget spells cuts for animal services Palo Alto passes $153 million budget; eyes increased rates, fees by Gennady Sheyner
igher water rates, a Fire Department with fewer firefighters, a host of fee increases and an animal-services operation trembling under the budget ax are among the most prominent aspects of the new budget that Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved Monday night. In adopting the $153 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, the council avoided some of the most severe recommendations in City Manager James Keeneâ€™s initial proposal, including one that would have shuttered the local animal shelter on East Bayshore Road and outsourced animal services to another agency. But the budget, while preserving the popular shelter, leaves it under a cloud of financial uncertainty. The city plans to save $449,000 in animal services this year through staff cuts and revenue increases. The operation is in dire financial straits because of Mountain Viewâ€™s decision last year to terminate its partnership with Palo Alto and to join the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority in Santa Clara. The move will deprive Palo Alto of the $470,000 in annual contributions it has been receiving from Mountain View. Several animal-services employees and members of the nonprofit Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter made a pitch for keeping the operation intact â€” or at least making a smaller cut to its budget. Hillary Stangel, a member of the Friends group, urged the council to cut only $300,000, saying the sum is â€œabsolutely possible to reproduce through private donations, improving efficiencies, higher fees and strengthened marketing.â€? But the cityâ€™s deficit in the animalservices operation is not a one-time hole but an ongoing funding gap, Keene said. He stressed the need to achieve â€œstructuralâ€? savings. â€œWe need to get on this soon,â€? Keene said. â€œThe more we delay, the more the cost increases.â€?
The council vote Monday also means that starting July 1, monthly water rates in Palo Alto will go up by $8.52 on an average residential bill. The increase is driven by major infrastructure projects on both the regional and the local level. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which provides water from the Hetch Hetchy system to Palo Alto and 27 other cities, is in the midst of repairing and seismically retrofitting the water system. At the same time, Palo Alto is performing its own infrastructure upgrades, including construction of a new emergency reservoir at El Camino Park. Refuse, storm drain and wastewater rates are also slated to go up for residential customers in July, though the cityâ€™s Chief Financial Officer Lalo Perez said that these hikes would be offset on the average monthly utility bill by the $18.03 drop in gas rates. Overall, Perez said, the average residential bill is set to drop by about $4.20, from $235.94 to $231.74. At the same time, the city is raising most of its fees, including the rates for renting garden plots at community gardens and art studios at Cubberley Community Center. Palo Altoâ€™s newly approved fee schedule raises fees citywide by about 3 percent to help cover the cost of providing services, Perez said. The approved budget also makes major changes in the cityâ€™s Fire Department. It eliminates six firefighter positions and adds a second full-time ambulance (the city currently has one ambulance staffed full time and a second one that is staffed through overtime for 12 hours a day). The department is also closing Station 7, which serviced the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park. The U.S. Department of Energy, which operates SLAC, decided that the center no longer needs an on-site fire station and switched to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. These changes, along with others including a new
labor contract, amount to a budget savings of $2.2 million. The budget was passed after a month of vetting by the councilâ€™s Finance Committee and two public hearings by the full council. And while the council approved it with no arguments or dissenting votes, members warned that next yearâ€™s budget could prove to be more difficult. The cityâ€™s pension and health care costs are projected to continue to rise. At the same time, the council is awaiting the results of a new costof-service study that could lead to a revamping of city fees. Keene noted that the city has reduced its General Fund â€” the part of the budget that supports most city services other than utilities â€” by 11 percent over the past four years and that its workforce has been cut by about 10 percent. Keene also said that of the $26 million the city trimmed off its General Fund since fiscal year 2010, $17 million has been made in structural cuts. Several council members acknowledged the budget challenges that lie ahead. Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd, who chairs the Finance Committee, said that next year the city will also be moving ahead with its takeover of Palo Alto Airport operations from Santa Clara County (the new budget introduces an enterprise fund for the airport). It will thus further increase the already broad array of services the city provides, she said. Councilman Larry Klein said he and his colleagues know that â€œour route to the future isnâ€™t going to be much easier,â€? â€œUnless something dramatic occurs in our city, weâ€™ll have some very tough decisions to make when we consider the 2014 budget a year from now,â€? Klein said at the conclusion of the meeting. â€œBut I think weâ€™re on the right track.â€? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
things weâ€™re hearing about right now, particularly from We Can Do Better Palo Alto, were in there,â€? Caswell said. â€œWe made a lot of effort to put a good plan together, and Iâ€™d like to see it through. Iâ€™ve done five years of work, and I donâ€™t feel like it is done, not that it would ever be done.â€? Emberling has initiated fundraising and campaigned at house parties, emphasizing the opportunities for shared use of Cubberley Community Center as new campuses to accommodate more students and the need for better communication of â€œbig pictureâ€? school issues. With an eye toward an uncertain fiscal outlook and continued enrollment growth, Emberling states on
her website: â€œIn the next few years we must evaluate homework load and its relationship to student stress, the persistent achievement gap and our ongoing commitment to fulfilling A-G requirements for our high school graduates. â€œWe have also made a concerted effort in the past year to focus on student health through the introduction of the Developmental Assets, a framework for assessing student well-being. We need to continue this important work, ensuring that students feel connected to caring adults in school, around the neighborhood and in the larger community.â€? N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.
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sider running, answered a query this week with an email saying, â€œElection long ways off.â€? Caswell said she wants to return to the board in particular to grapple with the financial challenges and to see through the districtâ€™s strategic plan, which she helped to initiate in 2008. That year, business consultants McKinsey & Company took an exhaustive look at the district and helped develop a strategic plan, which has guided board discussions in the time since. â€œWe all agreed these would be very good goals, and a lot of the
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Professorville may soon get permit-parking program City surveys residents in historic downtown neighborhood; City Council to consider program on July 16 by Gennady Sheyner
fter complaining for years about a dearth of parking in their historic downtown neighborhood, Professorville residents may soon get a reprieve. The city sent out surveys last week to residents asking if they would support a Residential Permit Parking Program that would establish, for the first time, a limit on how long visitors can park. A group of neighbors, led by Ken Alsman, has long clamored for such a program to address what they say is a huge parking problem in Professorville. Many blame downtown workers for parking their cars in Professorville, which is one of the few areas downtown that currently doesnâ€™t have a two-hour parking limit. The city is looking to pursue the permit program on a six-month trial basis. The time limit would be in effect on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a letter from the cityâ€™s Transportation Division. Each property tenant in the permit area would get one permit at no charge. Additional permits for the trial period would be available for $50, the letter states. A few permits would also be available for non-residents. But the project is far from a done deal. To proceed with the trial, the city would need at least 60 percent of the residents who respond to the surveys to support the parking program. The area is roughly bounded by Emerson Street on the west, Waverley Street to the east and Addison and Lincoln avenues to the north and south. It also includes the Bryant Street block between Addison and Channing avenues, according to a map sent to residents. If enough residents support the trial, the City Council will have a chance to approve it on July 16. Residents have until June 30 to return their surveys.
The city decided to proceed with the trial in response to complaints from residents, many of whose homes are so old, they lack garages. The neighbors have complained at public hearings about having to park many blocks away because downtown workers leave their cars in Professorville all day to avoid moving their cars every two hours. Some residents, including those in the Downtown North neighborhood, have expressed concern that instituting the permit program in Professorville would only exacerbate the parking shortage in other areas around downtown that donâ€™t have a time limit. City officials have been meeting with Professorville residents, business owners and other stakeholders in recent months to determine what a potential permit program would look like. In its letter, city officials wrote that the proposed program was developed â€œthrough a collaborative effort of Professorville residents and downtown business interests.â€? Staff plans to continue the outreach throughout the trial period before deciding whether to make the permit program permanent, according to the letter. â€œCity staff intends to monitor the pilot project throughout the trial by collecting data and holding community meetings to solicit public input on the project midway through and toward the end of the trial period,â€? the letter states. â€œStaff will then make a recommendation to the City Council to either retain the program if successful and expand it as needed; modify the pilot for another trial; or make the decision not to proceed and remove the RPPP signage.â€? If the city were to adopt the program permanently, the price of the permits would be set at a level to make the program cost-neutral, according to the letter. N
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3 percent return on investment. To meet this requirement and to give itself some financial breathing space, the group urged the committee to back away from the cityâ€™s current position, which calls for the building to be occupied solely by nonprofit organizations. The committeeâ€™s four members deferred the decision on allowing for-profit businesses to lease space, though they unanimously supported the Palo Alto History Museumâ€™s proposal to pursue the
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tax-credit program. Margaret Feuer, a board member of the Palo Alto History Museum, highlighted the groupâ€™s recent fundraising efforts but noted that times are tough for nonprofits. The group has already received about $560,000 in grants, Feuer said. But having no building and, hence, no programs, makes acquiring funds particularly difficult, she said. â€œWe all know nonprofits face
Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District for bid package: Contract Name: Palo Alto High School Stadium Fence Replacement Contract No.: PAF-12 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: Removal of exiting chain link fence, and supply and install new fencing along the perimeter of Palo Alto High Schoolâ€™s Hod Ray Stadium. The new fence will be a combination of ornamental iron fence with CMU pilasters and black-chain link fence. The project will also include an ornamental entryway signage. Bidding documents contains the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 10:00 a.m. on June 28, 2012 at the Palo Alto High School, Football Stadium located at 85 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto, California Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities OfďŹ ce building D, by 10:00 a.m. on July 18. , 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 UniďŹ ed 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 â€“ 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certiďŹ ed copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred.
funding challenges,â€? Feuer said. â€œThis is really the reason we ask you to allow us to rent to a for-profit entity. That would give us a cushion to fall back on.â€? If the group were to succeed in launching the museum, it would complete a job nearly a decade in the making. The city bought the Roth in 2000 and sought proposals from local nonprofits to occupy it. The Palo Alto History Museum proposed in 2003 to restore and preserve the dilapidated structure, and the council accepted the proposal. Since then, the council extended its option agreement with the group several times and approved $150,000 to repair leaks and drainage problems in the building. Last year, the museum groupâ€™s latest contract expired, and the city extended it until the end of 2013. As a condition, the group had to submit a business plan within the first six months of the year. By presenting its plan Tuesday night, the group met its condition. Council members, for their part, reasserted their commitment to the project, though they stopped short of approving the museum groupâ€™s entire request. â€œI want the History Museum to succeed, and I want it to go forward,â€? Vice Mayor Greg Scharff said. â€œI think it will be a great thing for Palo Alto.â€? But Scharff and other council members voiced major concerns about the proposal on corporate rent-
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ers. One major issue is zoning. The site is zoned â€œpublic facility,â€? which does not allow most for-profit office uses. Senior Assistant City Attorney Cara Silver said some uses, including cafes and restaurants, could be developed at the site through a conditional-use permit. But corporate offices of the sort envisioned by the group would likely require a zone change, Silver said. The committee agreed to delay its decision to give city staff and the museum groupâ€™s consultant more time to analyze the zoning issues. Despite the unresolved financing issues, the complicated project has
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seen a recent surge of momentum. The Historic Resources Board and the Planning and Transportation Commission both voted to support the museum, which would include gallery space, staff offices, a community meeting room, a gift shop, a cafĂŠ, an archive-storage space, and offices for future subtenants. Local resident Crystal Gamage attended Tuesdayâ€™s meeting and urged the committee to support the Palo Alto History Museum. â€œItâ€™s an important step for the city, and it will reflect on our history,â€? Gamage said. â€œYou want the best museum possible.â€? Gail Wooley, former mayor and current vice president of the Palo Alto History Museum, said that while the process of getting a historical tax credit is complex, itâ€™s â€œworth the effortâ€? for the city. She noted that while the city hasnâ€™t pursued this financing mechanism in the past, many local developers, including Charles â€œChopâ€? Keenan and Roxy Rapp, have gone through this process as they rehabilitated historic buildings downtown. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to make a public-private partnership, which makes it possible to bring in private money for a public benefit,â€? Wooley said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
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CAR TALK ... The City of Palo Alto will hold its second Living in Vehicles Community Forum to gather the concerns of residents and people who live in their cars as well as potential solutions related to car camping. The meeting will take place Tuesday, June 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Options for regulating people who live in their vehicles will be presented to the City Council Policy and Services Committee in July. The meeting is open to the public. NEW LOOK AT GREER PARK ... If itâ€™s a little cooler to picnic this summer at Greer Park, residents can thank the men and women of the Palo Alto Rotary. The Rotarians were out in June, decked in yellow shirts and hardhats, diligently building five shade structures over the picnic tables at the south Palo Alto park. LIQUOR-LICENSE HEARING ... A public hearing on granting a liquor license to E Liquors at 3870 El Camino Real in Palo Alto will be held on July 25 and 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will take place at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) San Jose District Office, State Building Auditorium, at 100 Paseo de San Antonio, in San Jose. The license application is for an off-sale general license. FOR ONCE, NO INFLATION ... College Terrace residents will not face increases to their parkingpermit fees this year. The neighborhoodâ€™s Residential Parking Permit Program, which has calmed parking woes, is in its fourth year. The City of Palo Alto will keep the fee at $40 per permit for the year starting in September, according to neighborhood leaders. N
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Taking a bite out of emergency preparedness Following gas explosion, Midtown Court neighbors use fun events to prepare for future emergencies by Sue Dremann
fter a chlorine-gas explosion caused more than 200 people to be evacuated from their homes last September, the old Scouts motto to â€œbe preparedâ€? took on new meaning for residents at the Midtown Court apartment complex. Seven people living in the area behind Midtown Shopping Center were treated for exposure to the toxic gas, and one family was temporarily placed in a Red Cross shelter. The small explosion of noxious fumes occurred after a 9-year-old child knocked chlorine tablets into a 5-gallon bucket of liquid in a communityâ€™s poolsupply area, according to Palo Alto firefighters. The incident was a learning experience for residents, said Caryll-Lynn Taylor, an organizer of the new Midtown Court Neighbors and Friends group. â€œIt really gave us an entrĂŠ into what a real evacuation is about. When you cannot bring anything you need like medications and you donâ€™t have time to get your keys, it really is daunting. We really came together like we never have before and connected in some pretty profound ways,â€? she said. The â€œneighborhood enclave within an enclaveâ€? encompasses the 80-plus-unit apartment complex at 2721 and 2727 Midtown Court. But the neighborsâ€™ association invites residents from Colorado Avenue, Randors Court, Rosewood Drive and Middlefield Road to its events and picnics, she said. While residents wanted to learn more about emergency preparedness after the incident, most didnâ€™t want to commit to the official City of Palo Alto/Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block-Preparedness Coordinator program, Taylor said. In the past, the neighbors did have a vibrant emergency-response team. During power outages in 2009 and 2010, team members checked on residents. When the explosion occurred in 2011, they notified everyone on their emergency-contact list about the evacuation order. But Midtown Court has experienced a high turnover rate since 2010 â€” a new phenomenon for the usually stable complex of longtime inhabitants, she said. Five of the 12 core preparednessteam members have moved away, as have dozens of other residents. The situation meant that new tenants needed to be educated about emergency preparation, she said. So Taylor, her husband, David, and other residents developed a low-commitment strategy that combines social events with small doses of preparedness â€” â€œbaby steps,â€? she said. In October the neighborhood association held a picnic at Hoover Park. Organizers invited the Red Cross, which had suggested gathering together people who felt vulnerable after the explosion, rather than focusing on counseling sessions. â€œPeople could talk in an organic way and feel open. And many of them did,â€? Taylor said. The association has expanded the picnics to twice annually and added a Zero-Waste recycling event with a coffee chat in March. Itâ€™s part
ONE BARK ... A community dog walk will take place on Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mitchell Park at 600 East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. The event is a fundraiser for the volunteer group One Brick Silicon Valley and will feature dogs in fancy dress, a petphoto booth, food trucks, rescue groups, local pet companies, games and dogs, of course.
With her event-planning clipboard in hand, Caryll-Lynn Taylor stands in the plaza of 2727 Midtown Court on June 20. Taylor has been organizing community events with a focus on emergency-preparedness. coffee klatsch, part recycling education, and part household hazardous-waste collection event. In June guest speakers from the Palo Alto Police Department talked about bicycle safety. And in July a representative from Ace Fire Equipment will check and recharge household fire extinguishers, she said. â€œItâ€™s something (residents) can do easily, and thereâ€™s nothing overwhelming about it. Weâ€™re not telling somebody to stop their life and â€˜Go do that,â€™â€? Taylor said. The group also celebrates impending births through its Welcome Baby program. Neighbors pitch in to purchase a gift for an expectant mother and include information on infant and child cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Most of the mothers now have CPR training, Taylor said. Alison Wilson, who has lived at Midtown Court since 1969 and contributes to Welcome
Baby, said the neighborhood group â€œreally has made a huge difference.â€? â€œI know if anything goes wrong they will be right on top of it,â€? she said. She also takes advantage of dropping off her expired medications during the waste-collection event. She would normally have to take the prescription drugs to the cityâ€™s Municipal Services Center, she said. Farah Dilber moved to the apartments in June 2011. Prior to moving to Palo Alto she lived in a large apartment complex in Houston, Texas, that didnâ€™t offer crime updates, emergency preparation or other programs, she said. Dilber provides Internet service for the residentsâ€™ group and creates literature for activities. She said the bite-sized approach to emergency-preparedness is good for busy people such as herself. (continued on next page)
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Neighborhood belongings were exchanged at Barron Park resident Romola Georgiaâ€™s home on Saturday, June 16, during the first FreeSale in Palo Alto.
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n a small Barron Park street lined with patches of wildflowers and dandelions, rows of tables were piled high with items ranging from shawls as delicate as spider webs to stacks of vintage records and weathered books. Neighbors at the Tippewango Court home of Romola Georgia pored over the myriad items Satuday, June 16, donating their own and taking another in return. But it wasnâ€™t a garage sale; it was a â€œFreeSale.â€? A FreeSale is a pseudo-yard sale in which participants exchange gently used items with their friends for free. Georgia said she hopes to use the event to promote sharing and repurposing the â€œstuff of life.â€? The tables in front of Georgiaâ€™s white picket fence created an appealing aisle of goods. Boxes of blooming sunflowers and fennel plants lured plant enthusiasts to the gardening table; a heap of X-Men trading cards from someoneâ€™s childhood was piled upon another. An elaborate six-CD changer stood out among the electronic offerings. Many displayed items carried personal significance to their previous owners and elicited stories and nostalgia. â€œI remember wearing these every day,â€? Georgia exclaimed as she held a pair of cropped, woolen riding pants from her youth. â€œItâ€™s funny to think that they would make a wonderful costume now.â€?
Describing another favorite belonging â€” a turquoise brocade evening jacket â€” she said: â€œI remember wearing this jacket to several wonderful holiday events, and I just had a blast.â€? FreeSale shopper Debbie Mytels, who helped organize the event, said she sees the exchange as more than an opportunity to trade belongings. She said she hopes â€œpeople see it as an opportunity to try anything and expand (their) horizons.â€? For the last three years Georgia has also been organizing ladiesâ€™ clothing exchanges for Transitions Palo Alto, a nonprofit organization founded to help people explore ways to think about their impact on the planet and decreasing their dependence on fossil fuels. She said she hopes the FreeSale will become a tradition, and that she plans to expand the concept to other neighborhoods in the future. The event â€œis a great opportunity to give away things that are still useful that you donâ€™t need. It keeps stuff out of the landfill, prevents you from having to go shopping and makes you think about the consequences of everything we purchase in terms of the environment,â€? she said, citing unfair labor practices and costs to the environment of producing goods. â€œIt enables you to think broadly about your activities,â€? she said. N Editorial Intern Helen Carefoot can be reached at hcarefoot@ paweekly.com.
other and to prepare for emergencies even in small ways can have lifesaving consequences. A case in point: When a small oven fire began in one of the apartments, residents discovered the buildingâ€™s fire extinguisher didnâ€™t work. â€œThatâ€™s when people really made a commitment,â€? she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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â€œThe idea of going to a full-day or half-day-long program is daunting for many people,â€? she said. Taylor said social events make building a better-prepared community more feasible in a neighborhood with high turnover. Getting new people to know each
News Digest Stanford grads: â€˜Reject cynicism, stay faithfulâ€™ Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker urged Stanford University graduates on Sunday, June 17, to â€œjoin a conspiracy of loveâ€? to create justice in the world, reject cynicism and â€œstay faithfulâ€? to their ideals. The 1991 Stanford political-science graduate, football player and Rhodes scholar relayed what he said were lessons from his father and grandfather, who continually reminded him his opportunities and successes were made possible by the earlier sacrifices of others. Stanford President John Hennessy conferred 5,088 degrees in the universityâ€™s 121st commencement ceremony, held in the sun-drenched stadium. Of the undergraduate class of 1,763, 113 came from 50 countries outside the United States, Hennessy said. Of the 3,325 masters and doctoral recipients, 1,066 came from 70 countries outside the U.S. In the traditional Wacky Walk, graduating seniors strolled into the stadium with props, costumes and messages â€” balloons, inflatable palm trees, representations of beer-pong cups and the â€œStanford bubble,â€? and posters that included â€œthanks Mom and Dad,â€? â€œHappy Fatherâ€™s Day,â€? â€œStill Daddyâ€™$ Little Girlâ€? and â€œthe only way from here is up.â€? Provost John Etchemendy presented the Walter Gores Faculty Achievement awards to political science professor Stephen Haber, geological and environmental sciences professor George Hilley and economics doctoral student Luke Stein. The Lloyd Dinkelspiel Awards for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education went to biology professor Carol Boggs, psychology course coordinator Brigitte Hard and graduating seniors Otis Reid and Michael Tubbs. The Kenneth Cuthbertson Awards for service to the Stanford community went to Sally Dickson, associate vice-provost for student affairs, and John Pearson, director of the Bechtel International Center. N â€” Chris Kenrick
Ex-superintendent pleads not guilty Tim Hanretty pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning, June 19, to six counts of embezzlement from the Portola Valley School District, charges stemming from the alleged stealing of nearly $101,000 to pay for a construction project at his Woodside home during his tenure as superintendent of the district. Hanretty appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court with his attorney, Michael Markowitz, denying all allegations and enhancements, according to Karen Guidotti, chief deputy district attorney. The enhancements have been added to the felony charges because the alleged theft was an â€œexcessive takingâ€? â€” more than $65,000, she said. Hanretty remains out of custody after posting bail. In April, Hanretty was charged with three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds from work he performed earlier as chief financial officer of the Woodside Elementary School District. Both cases will be heard in court together, Guidotti said. In the Woodside district case, the District Attorneyâ€™s Office announced that it found no evidence that the misappropriation of funds was for his personal gain. The embezzlement from the Portola Valley district allegedly began in December 2010, according to a statement issued June 15 by Acting Superintendent Carol Piraino. Hanretty resigned as superintendent in late January after the District Attorneyâ€™s Office launched an investigation in the Woodside district case. The Portola Valley district then hired an outside accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit. Piraino said the audit revealed that Hanretty submitted six invoices totaling $100,926 for reimbursement from the districtâ€™s solar-panel escrow account at Deutsche Bank. The invoices describe work allegedly done at the district, but â€œthe contractor never actually performed any work for the District. Rather, he performed work on Mr. Hanrettyâ€™s personal home remodel project.â€? N â€” Renee Batti
Girl, 14, bruised in California Avenue robbery A 14-year-old girl was robbed of her cell phone and bruised after being knocked over Monday night, June 18, on California Avenue, Palo Alto police Agent Robert Parham said. The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. in front of Club Illusions at 260 South California Ave. during a teen dance night, Parham said. The girl was standing outside the club with several other people when a young male brushed against her and allegedly removed her cell phone from the left front pocket of her shorts. The girl immediately noticed the phone was missing and asked the boy if he took the phone. He denied the theft. He ran into her as he fled, bumping into her shoulder and knocking her backward. He continued to flee down California Avenue toward El Camino Real, Parham said. The victim initially said she was uninjured, but the next day she reported bruises on her chest and hip, he said. Parham said the case is still under investigation. The robber is described as a black male, 16 to 18 years old with a thin build. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information can call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. N â€” Sue Dremann
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multiple commercial areas, the report noted. But East Palo Alto is a relatively new city with radically changing land uses. While having many pluses, including the redevelopment of Cooley Landing and an improving commercial real estate market, the project also faces significant challenges. The 130 acres of parcels have 56 separate owners; 52 percent are smaller than 1 acre. The multitude of owners makes it exceedingly difficult to create a cohesive whole, since each landowner has a different timeline or expectation for development. Many are managing businesses on their properties, the report noted. The area also lacks sufficient infrastructure and water supply. The city is exploring purchasing a water allocation, potential groundwater supply and conservation. The area will require a $75 million investment in roadway, storm drain,
sewer and other infrastructure, and the cost of additional water is not included in that sum, the report noted. Elimination of the cityâ€™s redevelopment agency has also significantly limited its ability to implement the plan. Prior to its demise due to state budget cuts, the redevelopment agency could have granted up to $12 million for infrastructure and community benefits. Agency funds provided the necessary local match for other public funding. Potential funding could include federal, state, regional and local funds and private resources, including an assessment district, a community-facilities district or impact fees. The city will work on an impact-fee study in the fall of 2012. The report recommended three key strategies for the project: s 4HE FIRST WOULD BE DESIGNING â€œplace creatingâ€? improvements such as parks, Cooley Landing and open space in the next few years. These would create an attractive environment for investment and improve residentsâ€™ quality of life. s 4HE SECOND WOULD DESIGN AND
complete road and infrastructure improvements along Bay Road. It is unlikely that private investors will invest millions in office or research and development projects with Bay Road in its current condition, the authors noted. s 4HE THIRD RECOMMENDATION suggests pursuing development on â€œcatalystâ€? sites that are in optimal locations and have an attractive size that would attract private and public investment. The sites include the vacant site at Bay Road and University Avenue, the former Romic Environmental Technologies property and the Bay/Clark/Weeks/Pulgas block. Although the redevelopment is a 25-year vision, the plan would be dependent on staffing, capital investments and the ability to attract public, private and philanthropic money. But significant improvements could occur in the next five to seven years â€” mainly in road and utility infrastructure and community facilities, parks and trails. The city could expect an annual fiscal increase of $2.3 million from the project, the study found. N
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Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (June 18)
Budget: The council approved the fiscal year 2013 budget, which includes a restructuring of the Fire Department to add a full-time ambulance and $449,000 in expected savings from animal services. Yes: Unanimous
Council Finance Committee (June 19)
Human Services: The committee discussed the Human Services Needs Assessment and directed the Human Relations Commission to further explore a funding alternative that would trim funding by 3 percent to 5 percent from existing grant recipients with contracts $10,000 or greater and to make this funding available for new applicants. Yes: Unanimous Roth Building: The committee discussed the proposed business plan by the Palo Alto History Museum for renovation of the historic Roth Building. The committee approved the groupâ€™s proposal to participate in the federal historic tax-credit program and directed staff to further explore the groupâ€™s proposal to allow a for-profit tenant to rent space in the Roth Building. Yes: Unanimous
Parks and Recreation Commission (June 20)
Rinconada: The commission discussed the long-range plan for Rinconada Park. The commission considered ways to improve connections around the park and between the park and adjacent amenities, including the Palo Alto Art Center and the Lucie Stern Community Center. Action: None
Historic Resources Board (June 20)
564 University Ave.: The board approved a request by Steve Schlossarech for reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration of a 1904 Colonial Revival building at 564 University Ave. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Bunnenberg, Kohler, Makinen, Smithwick Absent: Di Cicco
Architectural Review Board (June 21)
1701 Page Mill Road: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal by Stanford University for a new two-story research-and-development building at 1701 Page Mill Road. Action: None 260 California Ave.: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal for a new three-story building at the current site of Club Illusions. Action: None
Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold its annual two-day retreat to discuss long-term goals and planning. The meeting will be Monday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University Club of Palo Alto (3277 Miranda Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, and the Palo Alto Police Officers Association. The council will also consider the proposed three-story mixed-use building at 195 Page Mill Road, and discuss the cityâ€™s policy for allowing use of wireless-communication facilities on city property. The closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). REGIONAL HOUSING COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Draft Housing Element in the cityâ€™s revised Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for the Planning and Transportation Commission, the Utilities Advisory Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will vote on a school district budget for 2012-13 and on â€œnext stepsâ€? for reforms to high-school guidance-counseling programs. Members also will preview goals for 2012-13 and hear a report on a Stanford University study of the districtâ€™s pilot Springboard to Kindergarten program. A closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Regular meeting will follow in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to continue its discussion of Sen. Joe Simitianâ€™s request for input on high-speed-rail appropriation language and consider a letter to the California Attorney General requesting a public opinion on the legality of a blended system relative to Proposition 1A. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LETâ€™S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues on Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com
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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto June 14-20 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .6 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Under the influence of drugs . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Public incident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sick and cared for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Shots fired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Water-main break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Wires down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Otterson Court, 6/15, 1:15 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Unlisted block Middlefield Road, 6/16, 6:59 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Unlisted block California Avenue, 6/18, 1:47 a.m.; strong-arm robbery. Unlisted block Tanland Drive, 6/20, 1:53 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.
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f the city is truly committed to giving Professorville and other residents living in homes adjacent to downtown some protection from the daily invasion of workers seeking a free parking space, it will take much more than the trial run that was unveiled last week. For years residents of the Professorville neighborhood just south of downtown have been calling for a residential permit parking program that would convert their streets to permit parking only, with the majority of the permits given to residents. But instead of developing a plan for the entire neighborhood, the city staffâ€™s proposed six-month experiment covers only a few blocks, an approach that accomplishes almost nothing and just kicks the can down the road. The affected area is roughly bounded by Emerson Street on the west, Waverley Street to the east and Addison and Lincoln avenues to the north and south. It also includes the Bryant Street block between Addison and Channing avenues, according to a map sent to residents. Under the plan, each household would receive one free permit and the right to purchase another for $50. But with all-day parkers needing only to relocate outside the trial area, it is hard to imagine any useful information coming out of this test other than the obvious: permit parking shifts the problem to other streets. Professorville resident Ken Alsman, who has tried to stop the invasive parking for years, worked on a committee of residents, downtown property owners and city officials to come up with the pilot plan, which he grudgingly supports. â€œWeâ€™ve got to go forward with it. I am a strong advocate of the pilot parking plan because it is the best we can get with the people involved,â€? he said this week. In order for the trial to take effect, at least 60 percent of the residents in the affected area must support the six-month test by responding to a city survey sent out last week. At this stage, the city apparently has no intention of addressing the actual crux of the problem: the fact that there is available parking in downtown garages but workers arenâ€™t choosing to buy permits to use them. A key part of this problem is encouraging and assisting the employers of low-wage workers (retail, restaurants and hotels) to defray the cost of parking permits for their employees and to be able to hold the permits as a business. Currently, the city only issues permits to individual workers, a strategy that all but forces low-paid, high turnover employees to park in the neighborhoods. A far more interesting, and less punitive, approach to testing possible solutions to the downtown parking mess would be to establish a trial program of selling greatly reduced-price permits to retailers, restaurants and hotels so they could then provide them to their employees. Doing so would enable us to see how much the current permitting system is responsible for the neighborhood parking problems. If parking is unilaterally taken away on some neighborhood streets without addressing the parking garage permit problems, employees will simply relocate to and impact other streets. And, with more under-parked development coming downtown, the city needs to being doing much more than trying to appease a small group of Professorville residents. One example: remaking Casa Olga into an 85-unit luxury hotel will have a significant impact on parking but is only required to have 28 parking spaces, hardly enough to serve the parking needs of employees and guests. Last year, a city study showed that of the more than 3,000 parking spaces downtown, including 1,200 that are open to the public at any time, there are hundreds of permit spaces that sit empty in all the cityâ€™s parking garages. The survey showed there is a huge surplus of space at the 688-space Bryant Street garage, with only 16 percent of spaces occupied from 8 to 10 a.m. And only 53 percent occupied during the lunch hour, from noon to 2 p.m. During this period, the survey showed, there are more than 300 empty spaces in the Bryant Street garage alone. If the city wants to truly find answers to its parking problem it will take much more than a tiny trial in the Professorville neighborhood. Downtown businesses must acknowledge that they are at least in part responsible for many of their employees clogging residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. And the city needs to be actively experimenting with permit pricing and creating improvements in the permitting system. Alsman and others have said for years that it is extremely unfair for his neighborhood to bear the burdens of downtownâ€™s employment growth. We agree. But a successful solution will take a better effort among all the stakeholders, not a small piece-meal approach from which we will learn nothing. Page 14ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“Ă“]ĂŠĂ“Ă¤ÂŁĂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ĂžĂŠUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"Â˜Â?ÂˆÂ˜iÂ°VÂœÂ“
Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions
Hohbach stubbornness Editor, Your editorial June 8 on stubborn Harold Hohbach and his project is accurate. The letter from Hohbachâ€™s handyman Marcus Wood is full of errors. My lawsuit wasnâ€™t baseless, the court agreed to void the project and required Palo Alto to demonstrate by August 2008 that any future project complies with CEQA. Never happened. The monstrosity currently before the Council, which the Planning Commission rejected, is almost identical to the 2006 proposal that was approved 5-4 by a very different City Council. The need for identified substantial changes has been stated by the public, ARB, Planning Commissioners and councilmembers. Hohbach was unresponsive and uncooperative to these requests, insisting on minimal changes and evasive responses. Delays in resolving problems with the project are entirely due to Hohbachâ€™s repeated refusals to comply with requests for project clarifications and modifications. He proposed converting the rentals to condos, claiming that was always his preference, but the letter supporting his claim that supposedly was sent to the ARB actually wasnâ€™t sent until years later, as verified by Commissioner Wasserman. When councilmembers who voted for the project because all housing was rentals expressed dismay at the switch to condos, the request was withdrawn. The latest delays were due to Hohbach himself asking the City Council three times to postpone hearings on the project. Council requested four specific modifications to the project. If all of them arenâ€™t provided the Council must vote to deny approval or their authority and valid development requirements will be successfully flaunted. Bob Moss Orme Street Palo Alto
Courage for HSR Editor, I think it is sad that Larry Klein accuses legislators of a lack of courage in not opposing HSR (Weekly, June 8). I see the exact opposite. Those unwilling to embrace a better vision for the future of California are the ones lacking in courage. Changing the status quo sometimes takes courage. Should we just continue the status quo with the auto and airplane? We desperately need alternatives to the auto and airplane. Route 101 is now up to 10 lanes. I used to think the Bay Area had a better vision for the future than car-clogged Los Angeles. Carbon dioxide is now up to 393 parts per million in our atmosphere. This is leading to atmospheric catastrophe unless we change the trajectory. With 10 million people in the
north and 20 million in the south, California needs a good north-south rail connection. All you legislators who believe in this vision please hang tough and maintain courage, for our grandchildren. Steve Eittreim Ivy Lane Palo Alto
Inflexible commission Editor, I should state my bias first: I work in venture capital and make my living by saying â€œWhy not?â€? Many people have jobs making new products that benefit other people because of those two words. I was recently an adviser for a dermatology office project on Oak Grove Avenue that was submitted to the Menlo Park Planning Commission. I have no financial connection with any of the principals. The transaction would have yielded almost a million dollars to the building owner and brought 950 new patients to downtown Menlo Park. Although both parties wanted to close, the commission rejected the project because of a 2006 agreement that the space would be used
for â€œPersonal Service.â€? It has been empty for years because it is below grade, has no street visibility, and an uninviting entrance for retail. These conditions were demonstrated to the commission. Although the owner wants to alter his prior position, the commission refused the plan because of the paper restriction. This inflexible decision is part of a larger problem. The Planning Commission controls land and building use in Menlo Park. The results of its work can be seen from Valparaiso Avenue to the Stanford Mall on El Camino, and from the Caltrain tracks to University Drive on Santa Cruz Avenue. No airy future plans can offset its inability to deal with the present. Based on incontrovertible evidence, the current Planning Commission is incompetent, inflexible and dilatory. The members should be thanked for their efforts, dismissed with their equally inflexible staff, and replaced with an open-minded group that can adapt Menlo Park to the economic and social realities of the present. Morton Grosser Lemon Street Menlo Park
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Palo Alto â€˜fiberâ€™ is â€˜hanging by a thread,â€™ thinner than a ... fiber? by Jay Thorwaldson iber â€œis hanging by a thread,â€? the caller began, following a meeting of Palo Altoâ€™s Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC) June 7. The UAC members had voted 4 to 3 to support a staff recommendation to end city efforts to build a â€œfiber to the premiseâ€? (FTTP) network. The citywide project would provide ultra-high-speed connections to the Internet for everyone who wanted to, or could, help pay for the system. There was a strong dĂŠjĂ vu in that phone call, cut short by a cell-phone connection failure. In my return call to longtime fiber advocate Jeff Hoel I reminded him that I had been asking for several years whether it was time to â€œwrite the obituary on fiber to the home.â€? â€œPremiseâ€? later replaced â€œhomeâ€? to reflect the actual proposal, which included small businesses â€” larger ones already had fiber. The idea has been discussed, debated, advocated, tested and otherwise danced around since the early 1990s. No dates have been set for consideration of the matter by the City Council or its Finance Committee. In a detailed critique of the staff report, Hoel challenges key assumptions and conclusions of consultants and staff. He once said he moved to Palo Alto in the late 1990s because he was told that fiber-speed connectivity was â€œjust around the cornerâ€? in a community with a century-long history of innovation. Yet even a fiber-thin thread might be stronger than it seems. Others believe the decision
to abandon the FTTP dream is premature, that some of the extensive analysis done in the city staff report is incomplete, and that the long-term economic vitality of Palo Alto might just hang in the balance. The staffâ€™s Wi-Fi recommendation is twophased: (1) extend the cityâ€™s existing â€œfiber ringâ€? built in the late 1990s to the cityâ€™s nine electric substations, and (2) set up 88 â€œnodal access points,â€? or â€œnodes,â€? that would be neighborhood-level Wi-Fi hubs. Phase 1 would cost about $1 million and Phase 2 about $5 million, according to Jim Fleming, a management specialist in the Utilities Department. So the multi-year community debate over extending fiber lines might become a multi-year debate over the safety of Wi-Fi antennas, a la the recent AT&T cell-phone-tower squabble. Maybe not. Wi-Fi antennas tend to be fairly small. Ironically, the two phases would be virtually the same as for FTTP, with â€œthe last mileâ€? of fiber (between the nodes and homes) paid by subscribers. The funds could legally come from the cityâ€™s Fiber Fund, made up of proceeds from the cityâ€™s financially lucrative â€œdark-fiber ringâ€? built in the late 1990s, City Attorney Molly Stump confirmed. The fund currently is at $12.7 million, of which about $1 million needs to be kept in reserve for emergencies. The fiber ring now leases fiber to 78 commercial customers and nets more than $2 million annually. But UAC Chair Jon Foster and two other members who voted not to accept the staff recommendation (Asher Waldfogel and John Melton) arenâ€™t convinced on Wi-Fi or that the staff has considered all financial alternatives. Foster noted that the UAC vote was unusually narrow for the commission. He said he doesnâ€™t have strong views on fiber, but â€œall but deadâ€?
may be too strong a term, now at least. The key, he said, would be to broaden financing alternatives beyond the â€œuser-financed modelâ€? that was a core element of the staff report and consultant studies. For those befuddled by all the detailed giveand-take over fiber vs. Wi-Fi, welcome to Palo Alto. Perhaps a nutshell history might help: s 7HEN THE 7ORLD 7IDE 7EB BURST UPON public awareness in the early 1990s, some Palo Altans waxed enthusiastic about its possibilities, both technical and for community and neighborhood uses. A group called Palo Alto Community Network (PA-ComNet) was formed in late 1993 following a series of three meetings entitled, â€œAn Introduction to the Wonders of the Internet.â€? s "Y THE 0ALO !LTO 7EEKLY WAS PUTTING all its printed content directly onto the Internet, one of the first (if not THE first) newspaper to do so, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation was creating one of the first health care websites. s )N THE MID AND LATE S PEOPLE BEGAN seriously discussing extending fiber community-wide. Spurred by PA-ComNet and others (including strong fiber-advocates that spun off a PA-FiberNet group), the city decided to construct its dark-fiber ring, at an initial cost of about $2 million. It faltered financially at first, but after a rate adjustment started making good money that has gotten better. s #ITY OFFICIALS CREATED A hFIBER TRIALv OF THE â€œCommunity Centerâ€? neighborhood in the vicinity of the Main Library and the Art Center, which ran for several years before the city (faced with mounting equipment-maintenance costs) pulled the plug. s "Y THERE WAS SERIOUS CONSIDERATION of creating a â€œfiber utilityâ€? as part of the cityowned utilities operation. By fall, top city ad-
ministrators were strongly behind the concept. Many eyes were on Palo Alto. In September 2000 former Assistant City Manager Emily Harrison spoke to the National League of Cities to a packed presentation. She said in an electronic era â€œthose cities that have the infrastructure become the centers of commerceâ€? while those that donâ€™t begin to fade out. But the utility concept faltered for reasons similar to concerns cited today. s 4HERE WAS A FINAL EFFORT TO PUT TOGETHER A public/private partnership venture involving the Canadian firm Axia Netmedia Corporation, which would build an FTTP system, then estimated to cost about $45 million. But deteriorating market conditions and Axia requesting a guaranteed revenue stream killed that prospect in 2009. s ,AST YEAR THE CITY TRIED HARD TO WIN A 'OOGLE grant to install a fiber system, but lost out to Topeka, Kansas, despite a strong showing of support from the community. A lingering concern about the city engaging in FTTP is that the current dominant providers of high-speed Internet access â€” AT&T and Comcast â€” have a â€œtrack record of aggressive tacticsâ€? to maintain market share, the staff report notes. Stronger terms have been applied, such as alleged â€œpredatory pricingâ€? in an attack on Alamedaâ€™s high-speed (not fiber-speed) network. So here we are, dĂŠjĂ vu and all. Yet not many eyes are watching Palo Alto these days relating to fiber. If it isnâ€™t dead, it needs serious resuscitation. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Weeklyâ€™s coverage of the report and studies at paloaltoonline.com. Search for â€œPalo Alto fiber dream.â€?
What do you think is the biggest problem facing Palo Alto? Asked on Cambridge Avenue. Interviews and photographs by Dean McArdle.
Director of Palo Alto French Education Association Bruce Drive â€œEducation. It is too much driven towards excellence in academics and will undermine other important values, such as our sense of community.â€?
Technology finance Kellogg Avenue â€œThe people on City Council are not business people. ... Palo Alto needs to become an incubator for innovation.â€?
Graduate student Stanford â€œUniversity Avenue is really crowded. You can never drive down it, except at 3 a.m.â€?
Lawyer Cambridge Avenue â€œThe cost of living is too high for those that work within the infrastructure.â€?
Software engineer Vernier Place, Stanford â€œParking. Town and Country Village is so crowded I canâ€™t go there anymore.â€?
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Joshua Meyer Stern May 18, 1977 â€“ June 6, 2012
Joshua Meyer Stern died in Palo Alto on June 6th, 2012. He was 35. Josh was born in Claremont, California, grew up in Palo Alto, graduated from the Menlo School and received his B.A. from the University of Oregon. Josh worked for many years with Maurice and Joe Carruba at their various eateries on the Stanford campus, at Caffe Riace in Palo Alto, and with Just Catering. Josh was a beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. His effervescent personality, notorious grin, love of fun and steadfast loyalty and generosity made him a treasured companion to his many friends and relatives. He was the son of the late Barbara Leventhal-Stern and Michael Stern of Palo Alto. He is survived by his father; his brother Nathaniel Stern; his grandmothers Ruth Goldberg and Shirley Leventhal; his aunt and uncle Laurie Leventhal-Belfer and Howard Belfer and his cousins Jessie and Isaac Belfer; his aunt and uncle Robert Leventhal and Sarah Moore Leventhal and his cousins Daniel, Micah and Elliot Leventhal; his aunt and uncle Marcy and Richard Schwartz and his cousins Noah and Gabriel Schwartz; his aunt and uncle Dale Goldberg and Mark Dlott and his cousins Casey and Max Dlott; and his aunt and uncle Marcia Goldberg and Chuck Turner. PA I D
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Transitions Robert Glaser, former Stanford medical school dean, dies at 93
Robert J. Glaser, M.D., former dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, died June 7 at his home in Palo Alto. Glaser, whose health had declined in recent years, was 93. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., obtained his B.S. from Harvard College in 1940 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1943. He trained in internal medicine in St. Louis, focusing his research on streptococcal infections and rheumatic fever. Appointed to the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he rose from instructor to associate dean. In 1956, he became dean at the University of Colorado medical school, where he orchestrated the completion of a new medical center complex. In 1963, he moved to Boston to lead Affiliated Hospitals Center Inc., an ambitious, $50 million merger of six Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In 1965, he became dean of the Stanford Medical School, where he played a central role in the development of the Stanford Hospital and the Stanford University Medical Center. He helped negotiate stanfordâ€™s purchase of the City of Palo Altoâ€™s stake in the hospital, improving access for community physicians and changing the hospital environment and teaching programs. At Stanford medical school, he also oversaw major changes in the
curriculum to give students greater flexibility, and laid the foundation for the growth of its basic sciences programs. In 1968, he was tapped to serve as acting president of Stanford University following the retirement of J.E. Wallace Sterling. In 1970, he left Stanford to become vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based philanthropic organization devoted to improving health care. He went on to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation from 1972 through 1983. In 1985, he became director for medical science at the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust, where until 1997 he oversaw distribution of more than $500 million in support of medical science research. As part of his involvement with the Palo Alto medical community, he became involved with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In 1981, he became a founding member of its Board of Trustees and continued to serve as an emeritus trustee through 2008. For several decades, he also was editor of Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor societyâ€™s scholarly journal â€œThe Pharos.â€? He was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He served on the boards of many organizations, including Washington University, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Packard Humanities Institute, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Kaiser Hospitals and Health Plan, the Hewlett-Packard Company and the Alza Corporation. He received many professional awards and hon-
ors, including the Deanâ€™s Medal from Stanford University School of Medicine, the Deanâ€™s Medal from the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Medal for Distinguished Service. He was married for 50 years to Helen H. Glaser, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in Palo Alto and on the clinical faculty at Stanford until her death in 1999. He is survived by three children, Sally Glaser of Palo Alto, Joseph Glaser II of Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Glaser, Jr., of Colleyville, Texas; and four grandchildren, Audrey Bower, Natalie Bower, Robert Glaser III and Caroline Glaser. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, 2201 Walnut Ave., Suite 300, Fremont, CA 94538. N
Births Sreedhar Mukkamalla and Kiran Gaind Mukkamalla of Palo Alto, a daughter, May 27. Ezra and Aurelia Setton of Menlo Park, a daughter, May 27. Daniel and Laura Beltramo of Menlo Park, a son, May 27. Joe Ngaloafe and Dana Hartman of Woodside, a son, May 29. Cem Unsal and Judith Stanton of Mountain View, a daughter, June 2.
Memorial Service Ralph Libby, a World War II veteran and Palo Alto reference librarian for more than 35 years, died June 17. He was 88. A community memorial gathering will be held Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at the Womanâ€™s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave. Memorial donations may be made to the Palo Alto Historical Association for development of a Ralph Libby Family Collection.
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Dear Friends: ne reward in being the head of one of our nationâ€™s community health centers is that I have come to know remarkable leaders who have a single-minded commitment to ensuring people in low-income communities have equal access to health care. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has been such an advocate. On May 22nd when she paid us a visit to recognize the significance of our receiving a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services we had an opportunity to thank her for standing by us from the start (see page 2). We feel honored to receive this federal recognition and vote of confidence in our innovative approach to caring for patients with chronic conditions. We also know that it will be a challenge to demonstrate that an investment in prevention and early intervention at the primary care level in treating higher risk, higher cost
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patients will result in lower health care expenditures at the hospital and specialty care level. Can we effectively motivate patients to change their lifestyle behaviors such as their diet and exercise when that is the one thing we have the least control over? Unlike polio, where a vaccine can eradicate the problem, impacting the health of a patient who is obese, diabetic or hypertensive for the better is much more complex. It requires the patient to change behaviors that are ingrained by cultural tradition or affected by socio-economic circumstances or simply lifestyle preferences. How many of us succeed with our own personal resolutions to improve our own diet and exercise? One thing in our favor is that at Ravenswood we donâ€™t do anything in half measures. It is our mission to improve the health status of the communities we serve. We are arming ourselves with data, knowledge, and skills, plus enthusiasm and determination. We have
committed ourselves to be the change we want to see in our patients by adopting an organizational Wellness Policy and Action Plan. We will walk down this path together with our patients towards a healthier future for us all. Warm regards to you and yours, Luisa Buada, RN, MPH Chief Executive Officer
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uch of the time we talk about the challenges in healthcare more than the solutions,â€? says David Sayen, Regional Administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). â€œThe point of this grant is to help the people who know how to do things do more and serve as a model for others to follow.â€? As a community health center, Ravenswood is the first line of offense in the battle to prevent chronic diseases. When patients do have a chronic condition, RFHC employs a combination of intervention strategies to help the patient self-manage their condition, and avert the catastrophic and costly consequences of advanced diabetes, such as loss of sight, limbs, kidney function, stroke and/or heart problems associated with high cholesterol and hypertension. With the Health Innovation award, says Dr. Jaime Chavarria, â€œwe can significantly strengthen the resources of our multi-cultural, bilingual chronic care team by adding a nurse educator, licensed clinical social worker and by training a cohort of panel managers, health coaches/navigators and
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sugar beverages, and exercise in whatever way suits you, but exercise often. However, our bodies are stubborn and slow to cooper-
ate. So the real challenge is to combat the lethargy of habit. To do this Ravenswood employs a variety of strategies. In addition to assigning a health coach, patients are offered plenty of opportunities to take advantage of a menu of classes that includes making nutritious meals, growing your own vegetables, or exercising until you work up a sweat at one of the weekly fitness workout sessions. Most recently, Ravenswood added another valuable resource. It is now the host site for an organic Farmerâ€™s Market every Wednesday from noon to 3 pm that is coordinated by our partner Collective Roots and has a variety of vegetable and fruit vendors. Over the course of the next 3 years, Ravenswood will be very busy, tracking health measures for 6,000 of Medicare/Medicaid covered patients. In partnership with RFHC, Health Plan of San Mateo and San Mateo County Health System will evaluate reduced or averted hospitalizations, ER visits, and other costly procedures for those patients. At the end of the day, Ravenswoodâ€™s patients will have benefited from a maximal effort on their behalf and the County may see significant cost savings.
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diagnosed with attention deficit or attention deficit with hyperactivity, compromising performance in school. Concern for the future of children with disabilities spurs pediatric providers to lobby for their patients to receive speech therapy, mental health or other special education services. Knowing how constrained special needs resources are already, the pediatric community is justifiably concerned about reduced funding to this most vulnerable population. Early intervention is the way to lower special needs costs in the long haul.
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lowship in pediatric dentistry at UCSF and now serves as Ravenswood Dental Director. She is an ardent proponent of proactive preventative care and parent education. â€œAn infantâ€™s mouth is healthy to begin with, but once colonized with bacteria that causes decay, itâ€™s up to the parent to protect the teeth. But many parents mistakenly assume it doesnâ€™t matter since baby teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth.â€? Another factor that limits access to care is a chronic shortage of dentists willing to accept young children with Denti-Cal coverage because of its lower reimbursement rate.
Leading a County-wide Demonstration Project in Early Childhood Oral Health
ccording to Debby Armstrong, Executive Director of First 5 San Mateo County (one of the statewide agencies created to promote early childhood development from prenatal to age 5) First 5 recognizes that a childâ€™s oral health is one of the predictors of a childâ€™s readiness for school, just as social and emo-
tional health are predictors.â€? Given this priority, the First 5 Commission voted to fund a 2-year Ravenswood led Early Childhood Oral Health Initiative to bring oral health screening, prevention and parent education to 11 Head Start sites in the county as well as in-home care for special needs children. This is a joint demonstration project with University of Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry which developed a â€œVirtual Dental Homeâ€? model to deliver oral health services to underserved and special needs populations in community settings. A specially trained team including a dental hygienist and dental assistant will go to Head Start sites equipped with a portable dental chair and a dental x-ray unit and sensor that takes the x-ray, records it on a computer that is linked to participating dentists. The project will examine 525 children at Head Start sites and 100 children with special needs in the Head Start home-based program, and those needing treatment will be referred to a network of dentists. â€œThis project,â€? says Armstrong, â€œhighlights effective, efficient use of technology to serve an underserved population where families are struggling, parents are not conversant and often donâ€™t realize how important it is to ensure children receive oral health care early.â€? â€œHead Start is a natural partner for the project,â€? says Dr. Thakur â€œbecause they have a mandate to report to the federal government that every child has had a dental exam.â€? Whatâ€™s more Head Start is mandated to provide education to parents on various topics and so itâ€™s structured to arrange parent education sessions for oral health. Ravenswood anticipates that the combination of early screening and preventative care and well-informed parents will go a long way to reducing costly restorative care and paves the way to a healthier start for many pre-schoolers.
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Spotlight on Volunteers
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avenswood Family Dentistry held its first Community Give a Smile Days in February. Twelve dentists volunteered their services along with three dental assistants, two dental hygienists, and five sterilization technicians over two Saturdays. They provided free dental care services to lowincome adult patients at Ravenswood who have no dental coverage and canâ€™t afford to pay out of pocket the sliding fee scale. The volunteers provided treatments ranging from root canals to extractions for 118 adult patients. Dr. Yogita Thakur, Dental Director for Ravenswood Family Dentistry said, â€œItâ€™s a wonderful way to extend care to adults who are left with no coverage.â€?
Working together in Ravenswoodâ€™s state-of-the art dental clinic for the benefit of people who really needed and appreciated the care was rewarding to the volunteers. One of the volunteer dentists, Dr. Alan Peterson commented how much he appreciated the way the patients expressed gratitude for the care they received. He later wrote a
A $5 Million Push Closer
avenswood is one of 171 community health centers in the nation to receive a building capacity grant from the U.S. Human Resources and Services (HRSA) with funding made available to community health centers through the Affordable Care Act to increase their capacity to serve more people.
According to CEO Luisa Buada, the grant comes at a critical time for the organization. â€œFor the past three years more people have come for care than we can accommodate. Our main medical clinic is a small modular that was intended to be a temporary site when we opened 10 years ago. Our medical teams are making
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thank you saying, â€œI love to see people that are excited about dentistryâ€Śit stirs my enthusiasm all over again. The patients were all great and the facilities are excellent. I look forward to coming in again.â€? Special thanks to Mid-Peninsula Dental Society for their support of Give a Smile at Ravenswood Family Dentistry.
the best of it with less than optimal resources. With this infusion of $5 million from HRSA, we are closer to being able to construct a spacious 35,200 square foot, two-story health center that will double our capacity from 11,000 to 22,000 patients a year,â€? Ravenswood is on the final leg of a three-year $26.9 million capital campaign of which $16.2 million has been raised to date. In the first phase, Ravenswood constructed a state-of-the-art dental clinic and Center for Health Promotion. Now Ravenswood plans to begin construction of the new health center in 2013 with completion by the end of 2014. To learn more how you can help, or to make a gift, contact Aaron Lones, Development, Planning and Evaluation Director, at alones@ravenswoodfhc. org or 650.617.7828.
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