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Transitions 15 Spectrum 22 Eating Out 29 Shop Talk 30 Holidays 45 NArts Exploring questions of greed and plenty

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NSports All-American football honors for Paly grad

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NHome Handmade tree ornaments: natural and easy

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Palo Alto poised to embark on trash experiment Envisioning a garbage-free future, city’s proposed pilot program aims to revamp system for collecting waste by Gennady Sheyner hose black carts filled with trash may soon disappear from the curbside of one Palo Alto neighborhood as part of the city’s proposed experiment with food scraps and other organic waste. The City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a new pilot pro-


gram in which all waste would be sorted into two carts — a green one for compostable waste and household food scraps and a blue one for everything else. The year-long program would launch in March in a neighborhood to be determined. If successful, it could later be extended to all other

residential neighborhoods. The pilot program represents a radical departure from the city’s traditional waste-collection model, which separates recyclable waste from the non-recyclable variety and does not include a separate service for food waste. According to a new report from the Public Works Department, staff has “identified the collection of food waste and other compostable materials as the optimal way to reduce col-

lection frequency and also help the city achieve our goals of zero waste and reducing gas emissions.” The department estimates that by collecting residential food scraps and foodsoiled paper, 6,000 tons of material could be diverted from landfills and converted into compost. The report notes that the pilot program would create a “different paradigm than what is in place now.” Specifically, it would shift the onus for separating recyclable from non-

recyclable waste from residents to regional “material-recovery facilities” known in the industry by their acronym MRFs (rhymes with “smurfs”). “Instead of residents sorting the recyclables and non-compostable garbage at home, non-compostable garbage is separated from the recyclables at a sorting facility,” the report states. “Currently, there are no communities in the Bay Area that have (continued on page 13)


Palo Alto struggles with downtown’s parking problem City Council, planning commissioners seek solutions for dearth of parking spots by Gennady Sheyner


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Santa asks: Naughty or nice? Dylan Chase, 4, left, and brother Austin Chase, 3, chat with Santa about the North Pole while waiting to get their picture taken at the Stanford Shopping Center on Dec. 13.


Mobile-home park closure would displace 400 Community groups rally to help Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents


he planned closing of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto to make way for an apartment complex took a step forward Tuesday night, as attorneys for the property owners, the Jisser family, gave residents a terse reading of terms for their eventual eviction. Residents of the 86-year-old mobile-home park on El Camino Real, who had received notification of the potential sale of the property in mid-September, said after the meeting they were stunned that the closure might become a reality. About 400 people

by Sue Dremann live in the park. Their eviction would be the largest dislocation of residents in Palo Alto since 1942, when about 184 residents of Japanese ancestry were sent to World War II internment camps, according to a 1940 Palo Alto Times article. In 1962, about 110 homes were demolished to make way for Oregon Expressway, the most recent displacement of Palo Alto residents, fair-housing proponents said. Several advocacy groups vow they won’t leave residents to fight alone, however. The Community Working Group, the Palo Alto

Council of PTAs, the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, and the newly formed Friends of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park said they are rallying behind the residents. Buena Vista, the city’s only mobile-home park, is located at 3980 El Camino Real and contains 115 mobile homes and 12 studio units. Joe Jisser and his family currently own the property but are under contract to sell to Bay Area developer Prometheus. The Jissers filed an application with the city for conversion on Nov. 9. Prometheus in(continued on page 8)

ith downtown residents up in arms about a dearth of parking in their neighborhoods, Palo Alto officials this week grappled with ways to solve the complex problem and came up with one solution: a one-year moratorium on a zoning exemption that lowered the parking requirements for new developments downtown. The City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission both discussed the pressing problem of insufficient parking this week and acknowledged that there are no quick fixes on the horizon. But the council took one step toward keeping the problem from getting even worse when it put the freeze on a parking exemption that staff and members agreed has become antiquated. Even the moratorium proved to be a divisive item. While all council members agreed that it is necessary, they remained deeply split on the question of whether the moratorium should apply to projects currently going through the planning process and decided to revisit this question early next year. The council’s unanimous vote to extend the parking exemption for new buildings until the end of 2013 sailed through with little debate or disagreement. The exemption was initially adopted to give developers incentive to build downtown. These days, with downtown vacancies virtually nonexistent, large new office developments in the pipeline and residential neighborhoods suffering from an acute parking shortage, that incentive is no longer needed, the council agreed. But while the decision was unanimous, members sparred at length

over whether the new rules should apply to the two projects already going through the planning process — projects that together could add close to 100 cars to the already congested district. Some council members, including Larry Klein and Sid Espinosa, argued that it wouldn’t be fair for the city to change rules on the two developers whose projects are currently undergoing city reviews. Others, led by Councilman Greg Schmid and Councilwoman Karen Holman, sided with the residents in the impacted neighborhoods and said an exemption shouldn’t be given to any project. The three-hour debate ended in a stalemate, leaving the two projects in parking purgatory for the moment. Instead of ruling on the exceptions, the council voted 5-4, with Klein, Espinosa, Gail Price and Nancy Shepherd dissenting, to direct staff to consider ways to reduce the projects’ parking impacts and to come back with a report within 60 days. The disagreement focused on the mixed-use developments proposed for 135 Hamilton Ave. and 636 Waverley St., each of which would be dominated by office space and include two residential units. The parking exemption would reduce by 40 the number of parking spots the Hamilton Avenue development has to provide, bringing it down from 85 to 45 (a separate exemption that the developer is relying on would lessen the requirement by another 21 spots, to 23). The exemption would also bring down the parking requirement for the Waverley Street project from 40 spots to 25. (continued on page 9)

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Home Sweet Home.

We don’t want to see them scattered to the winds.

— Winter Dellenbach, a Barron Park resident, on the potential fate of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents. See story on page 3.

Around Town A PERFECT MATCH? ... The intricate courtship between Palo Alto and Yangpu, a district within Shanghai, started to get serious in September, with the Bay Area Council playing the role of a matchmaker. The two entered into municipal matrimony in September, when leaders from each side signed an “intention agreement� pledging to explore “mutual economic interactions.� This was followed by a November honeymoon that sent City Manager James Keene, Mayor Yiaway Yeh, Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd, soon-to-be Councilman Marc Berman and Economic Development Manager Thomas Fehrenbach to Yangpu for a frenetic, highly structured tour of Yangpu, a district of about 1 million people that is now transitioning from its traditional role as a hub of manufacturing to high-tech innovation. As part of the trip, Palo Alto’s elected leaders and top staffers visited Yangpu’s main businesses and universities, mingled with their Yangpu counterparts, sampled local cuisine and wowed their hosts with their mastery of chopsticks. “It really was an adventure sometimes to dive into some of the graciousness that took the form of tentacles and other such things,� Yeh said at the Dec. 3 council meeting, recalling the dining experience. They also got to ride China’s high-speed-rail system, which Shepherd described as “very smooth and very fast� (though she also recalled an episode at a truck stop, when the group heard a high-speed train go by, and recounted it as being “extremely noisy�). Now, officials are looking for ways to take the relationship to the next level. On Monday night, the City Council will watch a presentation of the recent China trip and consider various oppotunities, including a student exchange program, an internship program involving companies in each region and collaborations between companies in the Stanford Research Park and those in the Yangpu Digitization Park. READY TO SERVE? ... Palo Alto’s process for filling seats on local commissions is at times a tedious and unpredictable affair, with some boards attracting a huge number of applicants and others struggling to fill their openings. The City Council typically interviews every candidate that applies and votes at its meetings to fill vacancies shortly after they arise. This creates a problem when the field of applicants is too small for

the council’s tastes, or when potential volunteers don’t have the qualifications sought by the council. Faced with this perennial quandary, the City Council is now considering overhauling its process for filling commission seats. The council’s Policy and Services Committee considered various options for doing that Tuesday night. Councilman Larry Klein was among those who criticized the current interview process for commissioners, calling the meetings where the council interviews every candidate among “the least interesting council meetings we have to attend� (“We choose to interview people when we know they don’t have a prayer,� Klein said, in explaining the “very tedious� nature of the interview sessions). He and his colleagues considered whether it’s time to limit commission recruitment to only once or twice a year. They also wondered whether it’s time to stop paying for recruitment ads in the Weekly and to devote resources to something “a little more catchy,� in the words of City Clerk Donna Grider (“We need to do something that grabs someone,� Grider said). Councilman Sid Espinosa recommended improving the city’s online application process for aspiring commissioners. Councilmembers Karen Holman and Greg Schmid both voiced enthusiasm for holding a fair twice a year in which current commissioners would explain to potential volunteers what it takes to serve. Everyone agreed that commissioners play an important role in city life. “I’m absolutely delighted by the quality and diversity of people who we have to volunteer,� Schmid said. CLEANING IT UP ... Palo Alto’s effort to purchase solar energy from local companies got off to an underwhelming start last year, when not a single applicant opted to participate in the newly created “Palo Alto CLEAN� (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) program. Though a number of solar developers have expressed interest in the program, according to Utilities Department staff, not a single one had applied to date. Staff believes the price offered by the city — 14 cents per kilowatt for a 20-year contract — had something to do with this. This week, the council will consider whether to raise its offer to solar developers in hopes of sparking interest in this new “feed-in tariff� program. The City Council’s Finance Committee recommended last month raising the price to 16.5 cents per kilowatt. N


Giving hope to the homeless Project WeHOPE aims to help people get back on their feet


ucked at the end of an industrial lot, East Palo Alto’s only homeless shelter occupies an unassuming warehouse that’s been transformed into a refuge for the city’s homeless. From November to April, the shelter opens its doors each night to an average of 40 men, women and children, providing a hot meal and a warm bed during the winter’s cold and rainy months. Felicia Clay-Freese and her husband arrived at the shelter Nov. 17, two days after it opened for the season. The couple has been homeless on and off since March 2011. Although they stayed at the shelter last season, they have continued to struggle. “It’s been cold outside. We didn’t have a place to stay. We’re running out of food on our food stamps. We’re having a hard time getting a job, having a hard time washing clothes and

other stuff,� Clay-Freese said while sitting on the edge of her cot. She has a history of homelessness. When Clay-Freese was a teenager, her mother met a man and “life got topsyturvy.� She ran away from her home in San Bruno, lived with friends for some time, and then joined her grandmother in East Palo Alto. At 19, she was working in Menlo Park but could not make ends meet and fell into homelessness. She lived with friends, on the streets, and inside the company where she worked. “You get scared; you get worried. You don’t want to go to sleep because you don’t know what’s going to hap-

pen to you when you’re by yourself,� Clay-Freese said. “Being a woman at dark and at night is really not safe.� Though she was the only woman at the homeless shelter on a recent night, she was safe and warm. Her husband’s cot sat diagonally across from hers. He lay flattened and exhausted from work. Their day began at 5:15 a.m., when they arrived at Labor Ready, a company that dispatches people to temporary jobs. They have washed dishes at Menlo College, cleared stores after Halloween sales and worked at Stanford University football games. But some days, there is no work. “It’s not stable income, but something’s better than nothing,� ClayFreese said. In the meantime, Project WeHOPE (We Help Other People Excel), which runs the shelter, is working to get people like Clay-Freese


Parking, infrastructure problems to loom large in 2013 Current issues likely to become official Palo Alto ‘priorities’ in January


he glaring problems of insufficient parking downtown and decaying city infrastructure will likely tower over other Palo Alto issues in 2013, according to a list of proposed priorities that each member of the next City Council has recently submitted. The two broad problems, which have dominated council meetings throughout much of 2012, were the clear frontrunners on lists submitted by the seven returning council members and two newly elected ones as part of Palo Alto’s freshly revamped priority-setting process. The two were followed by “technology,� with different council members offering different takes on what that means. The new process, which the council adopted this year, also invited residents to recommend their preferred priorities. In the past, selecting the council’s priorities has been accomplished less formally, with council members gathering on a Saturday morning in January, brainstorming possible priorities and taking a series of votes before selecting their list of three to five items. The results have been all over the map, ranging from the concrete (a new police building) to the abstract (“civic engagement for the common good�). The only constants in recent years have been finances and environmental sustainability. At times, the process has been an anticlimactic affair. Last January, for example, the council decided to simply carry over into the new year all of last year’s priorities — city finances, emergency preparedness, environmental sustainability, land use and transportation

by Gennady Sheyner planning and youth well-being. Now, however, the council is looking to overhaul how it chooses priorities and to take a closer look at what exactly it means for something to be a priority. Earlier this year, the council defined the term as “a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year.� The issue of parking has been particularly hot in recent months, with many downtown residents decrying the loss of parking spots on their streets and with proposed office developments threatening to make the problem worse in the coming years. Infrastructure, meanwhile, was the hot-button word at the beginning of the year, when Mayor Yiaway Yeh declared 2012 the “year of infrastructure renewal and investment.� The two issues were the constant threads running through the otherwise varied lists submitted by current and future council members. Both newly elected members, Marc Berman and Liz Kniss, included it on their priority lists (Berman wrote, “Land use and transportation, with emphasis on parking,� while Kniss went with “traffic and downtown parking issues�). Councilman Larry Klein listed “downtown� as one of his priorities, along with infrastructure and technology. Klein also specified in his description that downtown’s parking problem should be one of several issues that the city should consider in the coming year on this broad topic. Councilwoman Karen Holman also took the broad approach and listed “Downtown/commercial development� as one of her proposed

priorities, along with “Healthy City/ Healthy Community� and “walkable streets, livable neighborhoods�). Vice Mayor Greg Scharff was more concrete, listing “build a parking garage� as one of his proposed priorities. He also included technology and “increase resident and visitor enjoyment of our commercial areas� on his list. “Infrastructure� earned a spot on the lists of Klein, Berman, Scharff, Gail Price and Nancy Shepherd. Last year, the city commissioned a report from a citizen panel that studied the city’s infrastructure backlog and offered recommendations for funding the items on the list. This year, the council plans to plow ahead with its plan to place a revenue bond on the 2014 ballot to fund some of the items. Other suggested priorities include “investigate the impacts of rapid commercial growth� (Greg Schmid), “misuse of PC� (plannedcommunity zoning, which allows developers to exceed zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated public benefits) (Kniss) and “publicprivate partnerships� (Shepherd). The council’s Policy and Services Committee discussed at length Tuesday evening the process that the council would follow at its retreat early next year. The committee unanimously decided that each council member will have six minutes to make a case for his or her priority, after which time the council will spend about an hour refining these items and coming up with specific actions the council could take in 2013 to further these priorities. The council would then vote on

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Joyce Genevro, right, food coordinator for Project WeHOPE, and Alicia Garcia, operations manager, serve dinner to a volunteer who was helping to paint the East Palo Alto warming shelter, while clients dine together on Nov. 29. back on their feet. The nonprofit was founded in fall 2009 by Paul and Cheryl Bains. Paul Bains, a pastor, recounted the moment that compelled him to act. He was leaving the office one day and peered into an enclosed bike rack, where he saw a pillow and blanket. He was reminded of a Bible passage: “God said, ‘I was homeless

and you didn’t invite me in.’� The message spurred him and his wife to create East Palo Alto’s first homeless shelter. Since then, they have mobilized a staff of 15 and drawn many volunteers from the community and Paul Bains’ church, Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ. (continued on page 10)

Top concerns of Palo Alto City Council members What they said when asked what city’s 2013 priorities should be Marc Berman (coucilman elect) s)NFrastructure improvements s,ANDUSEANDTRANSPORTATION with an emphasis on parking s#ITYFINANCES


Karen Holman s(EALTHY#ITY(EALTHY Community s7ALKABLESTREETS LIVABLE neighborhoods s$OWNTOWNCOMMERCIAL development cap

Larry Klein sInfrastructure sTechnology sDowntown

Liz Kniss (councilwoman elect) s-ISUSEOFPLANNED COMMUNITY zoning s4RAFFICANDDOWNTOWNPARKING issues s1UALITYOFLIFE which to adopt, with the goal of limiting the number to three this year. In years past, council members proposed a list of priorities and then simply placed stickers next to the items they supported. The priorities themselves are also likely to be different in character

Gail Price s&UNDINGANDPLANNINGFOR infrastructure improvements (including new facilities) s%NVIRONMENTALSUSTAINABILITY s#OMMUNITYCOLLABORATIONFOR youth well-being


Greg Schmid s)NVESTIGATETHEIMPACTSOF rapid commercial growth s!SSURETHATTHECITYS commercial sites are vibrant and attractive s'ROW(32!0HUMAN services) funding by 10-20 percent

Nancy Shepherd s#ONNECTINGINMULTIPLEWAYS transit, shuttle, Internet, Fiber to the Premises, etc. s0UBLIC PRIVATEPARTNERSHIPS s)NFRASTRUCTURESTRATEGYAND funding (revenue measure) Source: City of Palo Alto this year, with a greater emphasis on “actionableâ€? items. “We want to get away from this sort of feel-good idea,â€? Klein said. He cited “balanced budgetâ€? as an example and noted that this is an annual objective and doesn’t work as a priority. N



High altitude, high risk hen Chris Klinke and a group of fellow mountaineers started up K2, they knew the risks of climbing the second highest, and possibly most dangerous, mountain in the world. He didn’t know he’d be present for one of the deadliest days in mountaineering, during which 11 climbers would die. Klinke and five other mountaineers — including the youngest person and oldest American to climb Mt. Everest — spoke at a panel at Stanford University on Dec. 5 about decision-making and risk assessment in extreme environments. During Klinke’s ascent of K2 in 2008, a series of variables and decisions the group made put them in a dangerous situation. Eight teams from different countries, who spoke different languages, decided to attempt the climb together and share responsibilities, but communication broke down, causing significant delays. He was dissuaded from climbing to the summit mainly because of treacherous conditions and a late start that could have meant navigating dangerous terrain at night. Of course, the falling chunk of ice that had dented his helmet and may have caused his painful headache didn’t help either. “Nothing can describe a headache at that altitude but ‘splitting,’” he said, noting that a number of variables, including dehydration and altitude sickness, could also have contributed to it. After assessing the risk, he decided to descend all the way to base camp instead of climbing to the summit. The decision may have saved his life. Klinke, who had worked as vice president at American Express, compared risk management in mountaineering to the business world.


by Eric Van Susteren In business and mountaineering, one cannot eliminate risk completely, he said. “The only way to avoid risk completely is not to climb,” he said. A business can transfer risk by buying insurance; a mountaineer can do the same by hiring guides or checking and rechecking oxygen tanks and rope. The talk was part of Stanford visiting scholar Markus Hallgren’s 4-year research project on everyday decision-making in extreme environments, specifically in high altitude mountaineering and emergency wards. He and his fellow researchers have studied expeditions like the one Klinke was involved in, gathering interviews and even accompanying expeditions. Though Hallgren focuses on everyday decision-making in extreme environments, he said his work applies to decision-making in any organization. “Extreme environments kind of clarify things that in ordinary organizations are a little muddled,” he said. “In ordinary organizations there might be political processes, and there’s distance between you and the impact. In extreme situations a decision impacts you in the next five minutes or at least within the day.” Probably the most significant difference is the gravity of the consequences of decisions, Hallgren said. “In a regular organization the consequences aren’t fatal,” he said. “Maybe you lose some money, but if you make the wrong decision in an extreme environment you die.” Hallgren’s project is in its first year, but he has been studying mountaineering since 2007. He and his fellow scholars have closely followed three expeditions, including the fateful K2 ascent of 2008, and have planned four more in the com-

ing two years. Klinke, who has climbed some of the highest and most dangerous mountains in the world, follows a few guidelines when making decisions in extreme situations. He tries to be aware of himself and his environment and the limitations they pose. He thinks through the consequences a decision would have and any alternatives there might be. Finally, he strives to be aware of those around him and of their needs. He said he wouldn’t try to reach a summit without being sure he had the energy to get himself up and down and help others along the way. He acknowledged that all this can be difficult when his brain is starved for oxygen because of the extreme elevation. “We would do the ‘sudoku’ test when we were up there, and I could only fill out like five boxes,” he said. “You think you’re so smart when you’re up there, but you’re really so dumb.” Bill Burke reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 2009 when he was 67, making him the oldest American to ever climb the world’s highest mountain. He calls himself a “walking paradox” as a climber. “The risk — of heart attack, stroke, pulmonary edema, all these things — is increased dramatically with age, but it’s mitigated basically because I’m a chicken,” he said. “I don’t want to die on a mountain. I’ve tried Everest five times, and I’ve failed four.” Burke has climbed the highest mountains on every continent and has seen the effects internal and external pressures can have on a climber’s decision-making process. They may be as simple as securing a sponsor for the climb, he said. Burke, who retired from a 40year career in corporate law, said he trains year-round to climb Mt. Ever-

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Mountaineers discuss decision-making in extreme environments

Climbers ascend the Black Pyramid of K2, the second-tallest mountain on Earth. est and that the price of an ascent is steep. He estimated an unguided ascent costs between $30,000 and $60,000, while a guided climb may be between $80,000 and $120,000. Since some people can’t afford to come back, it affects their judgment of whether it’s safe to reach the summit. Previous successes can take off the pressure. “If you’ve already made it to the top, then you’re just up there for fun, for the experience,” he said. Burke is now 70 and said the greatest factor in his decision-making is his desire to survive. “I have a wife of 50 years, four children and 14 grandchildren,” he said, as he described freezing sheets of ice and snow that pelted him and his sherpa as they neared the summit. “I stopped for a cup of tea and started shivering immediately. Could I make it to the top? Yes. Can I make it down? I couldn’t be sure if the weather conditions worsened or my conditions worsened.” The Internet and social media have put a whole new spin on decision-making in extreme environments, he said. “A lot of people are on social media or have blogs with thousands

of people following them,” he said. “Sometimes that puts too much pressure on them to make it to the top.” Jordan Romero said he didn’t feel that external pressure when he ascended Mt. Everest in 2010, despite the fact that he was only 13 when he climbed it, making him the youngest climber in history to reach the summit. “For us it didn’t feel like pressure, but support,” he said. “We knew that getting down was way more important than getting up. The pressure was for us to get down.” Romero, who climbed Everest with his father and stepmother, has also climbed the highest summits on every continent. Romero faced some controversy before the climb because of his age, but his father, Paul, felt he had prepared enough to lessen the risk. “After months of planning and talking to sherpas and world-class climbers, it becomes easy. Executing it is the hard part,” Paul Romero said. “It was his idea from the beginning, and we wouldn’t have done it without making sure he was physically strong enough and trained for it.” N Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at


Palo Alto in final stages of California Avenue redesign City hopes to begin construction on controversial project in fall 2013 by Gennady Sheyner


fter two years of revisions, lawsuits and squabbles with area business owners, Palo Alto officials are now putting the finishing touches on their plan to transform California Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, with construction set to begin next fall. The project has steadily evolved since February 2011, when the council unanimously approved it despite opposition from dozens of area merchants. City Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez, who gave an update on the project at the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy and Public Policy Forum meeting Wednesday morning, said the streetscape design has just been finalized and is

set to go to the Planning and Transportation Commission for approval in January before proceeding to the City Council in February. If all goes according to plan, the reconstruction of the city’s secondmost prominent commercial strip would begin in the fall, he said. Merchants have criticized the proposed reduction of lanes from two to one in each direction, with some disputing the city’s preliminary traffic studies that predicted the impact would be negligible. But while some remain opposed to the lane reduction, others now support the city’s plan. David Bennett, owner of Mollie Stone’s Market, is in the latter camp. Bennett had originally opposed the road redesign but now says he believes the streetscape plan can ben-

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efit the business area. While he continues to have some concerns about the project’s impact on access to the supermarket, he says the city has been receptive to his concerns and diligent in its outreach to his business and others in the area. “I have to believe that this will be for the benefit of the city,” Bennett told the Weekly. Rodriguez said the city hosted community meetings and workshops for merchants throughout the fall. The project has become more ambitious since its inception, with the council asking staff to widen sidewalks and create expansive new plazas at several locations on California Avenue. These would include a convertible plaza on the block between Ash and Birch streets.

Rodriguez said that it would be up to the business community to come together and decide how it wants to use the new plaza. Other recent revisions are less dramatic. In the past few months, officials decided to add outdoor dining tables to area businesses, including Izzy’s Bagels and Joanie’s Café. They also decided to move a bus stop near California Avenue and El Camino Real a bit further from the busy, southeast corner because of community concern about potential traffic disruptions. They have also reduced the number of proposed trees at certain locations to keep the area from becoming too cool. Some questions remain, Rodriguez said. Officials are still considering the design of the future street

furniture and plan to bring their proposal to the Architectural Review Board early next year. They are also deciding on whether to replace the lighting structures along California Avenue, which would add $1.2 million to the project’s cost. The streetscape project, which now has a price tag of about $2.4 million, is expected to be funded largely through a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and through the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s vehicle-registration-fee program. The city is also contributing about $500,000, and officials hope the street will soon resemble such thoroughfares as Mountain View’s Castro Street and Menlo Park’s Santa Cruz Avenue. N

Upfront to drive cautiously and slowly. No accidents have occurred on the bridge as a result, Teresi said in June. The survey found that 47.4 percent of respondents think even small amounts of traffic increases — 10 percent — would create more safety problems. Sixty-two percent expect a traffic increase to come from a new, two-lane Newell bridge. Survey respondents were given seven scenarios to choose from related to the bridge: 40.7 percent ranked removing the existing bridge entirely as their first choice. The aligned bridge was ranked as the least desirable by 60.3 percent of respondents. Other scenarios included constructing a 15-foot-wide bike and pedestrian bridge that would eliminate vehicle traffic (33.3 percent of total responses ranked this No. 2); doing nothing and leaving the current bridge (23.1 percent ranked this third); constructing a 27-foot-wide bridge with one shared car lane and dedicated two-way bike and pedestrian lanes (41.7 percent ranked this fourth); constructing a 27-foot-wide bridge with two car lanes and no dedicated bike or pedestrian lanes (ranked fifth by 46.9 percent); and constructing a 35-foot-wide bridge


Survey: Residents want Newell Bridge removed Respondents fear for children’s safety, crime over flooding concerns by Sue Dremann and Jocelyn Dong placement as part of a bigger plan to keep San Francisquito Creek from causing a flood, according to city officials. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority floodmanagement plan is intended to improve creek flow from El Camino Real to U.S. Highway 101. The future upstream work would cause “more water than that bridge has ever seen” to rush down toward residences on both sides of the creek, City of Palo Alto Senior Engineer Joe Teresi said in June. Engineers propose replacing the 18-foot-wide Newell bridge with a 75-foot-long bridge that would have a 32-foot-wide roadbed and two 5-foot-wide sidewalks. New flood walls would be added along the creek, and new retaining walls would be added at the Newell and Woodland intersection. The existing roadway barely lets

two vehicles in opposite directions pass, Teresi said. Drivers face a blind turn when traveling east to west and bump awkwardly over the raised pavement. Pedestrians and bicyclists also face danger as they compete with vehicles. There is no dedicated lane for bikes or walkers. One of two proposed designs for a replacement would shift the bridge to align with the East Palo Alto continuation of Newell, which currently jogs to the west. The alignment would make a straight, four-way intersection with four-way stop signs. But survey leaders Andrew Vought and Ben Ball said residents on the Palo Alto side are concerned that change would turn Newell Road into a kind of highway, with vehicles rocketing unimpeded from Embarcadero Road through to West Bayshore Road. The current funky bridge and its cockeyed alignment causes drivers

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ven as plans proceed to replace the Newell Road bridge that connects Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, Palo Alto residents who live nearby are mounting a protest, with many saying that their preference is to eliminate the bridge altogether. Residents calling themselves Palo Alto for Responsible Bridge Development conducted a survey in November of 254 residents and received 145 responses by Dec. 10. The results show that many neighbors do not believe the bridge contributes to flooding, and at any rate, that concern ranks fifth, behind safety for schoolaged children, speeding, crime and the need to reduce traffic. The 40-foot-long Newell Bridge, built in 1911 across San Francisquito Creek at Woodland Avenue and Newell, is considered functionally obsolete and is targeted for re-

with two car lanes and a dedicated bike and pedestrian lane. Ninety-one percent of respondents said the current bridge configuration limits speeding; 93.8 percent believe the proposed aligned bridge would increase speeding. Given a choice, 82.1 percent of respondents said they would maintain the current alignment. About 3,500 cars utilize the current bridge each day, Teresi said in June. When it comes to safety, one-third of respondents (36.1 percent) viewed the current level of traffic as “unsafe” for children who cross or use Newell to get to Palo Alto public schools. Residents who viewed traffic levels as “safe” numbered 19.4 percent; and 24.3 percent said they were neutral. Nearly 15 percent considered the traffic “very unsafe.” Vought, who has lived next to the bridge since 1994, said he personally does not think the bridge should be removed entirely. But an attractive solution could be to link it up with the proposed bike-pedestrian bridge that would cross U.S. Highway 101 from East Palo Alto. Rebuilding Newell as a bike-and-pedestrian bridge would


Commissioner Keller’s proposed bike bridge

Palo Alto ponders design of new bike bridge After securing major grant, city hopes to build new U.S. Highway 101 overpass by 2017 by Gennady Sheyner stretching from West Bayshore Road to East Bayshore Road and then taking a turn on the east side into a corner of the baylands, just north of Adobe Creek. Other alternatives include a design that drops off users just east of East Bayshore and one that brings them to a site just north of the baylands, largely avoiding the nature preserve. In advocating for his preferred choice, Casey Hildreth, a consultant with Alta, said the goal is to come up with a bridge that is “not seen as an intrusion into the baylands” but rather allows the baylands to be “extended over the highway and into the city.” Other options would involve more turns and would require users to reverse course if they wish to reach the baylands, factors that staff and consultants believe would make the structure more appealing. The commission did not vote on the project Wednesday, but members offered some thoughts and added one new design to the buffet of options already on the table. Commissioner Arthur Keller advocated considering a new option that would cross the highway and then, rather than swerving north toward the staff-recommended area near East Bayshore, proceed on a relatively straight eastward path toward the baylands trails. Commissioner Michael Alcheck called Keller’s concept a good one. He also, however, encouraged staff to pursue alternatives that “don’t tread too deep into the baylands.” “I think we should be careful about our impacts on the baylands,” Alcheck said. “It’s not just a matter of where the bridge ends up. It’s the

actual construction.” Commission Chair Eduardo Martinez also had words of praise for Keller’s proposed design, with its relatively simple and straight alignment. Such an approach, Martinez said, would make the structure look more cohesive. “What makes an elegant bridge is the continuity of the structure,” Martinez said, citing the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge as examples. “In the Keller alternative, they’re continuous and gentle and really lend support to the idea that it’s one structure and not a fragmented structure.” Martinez, an architect, was less enthusiastic about the prospect of an architectural design competition to determine the bridge’s ultimate appearance. Given the fact that so many of the conditions of the project, including the ramp alignments, are predetermined, a competition wouldn’t be too important, Martinez said. “If the city engages a good bridge designer like T.Y. Lin, that does things of this nature, through the design process we’ll end up with a bridge that can be quite beautiful, quite functional and quite manageable within the cost structures,” he said. Commissioner Greg Tanaka took the opposite stance and cited the bridge’s prominence as a good reason for a design competition. “I think this bridge will be a showpiece for Palo Alto. Kind of like a gateway,” Tanaka said. “I like the idea of a design contest.” Even with the ongoing work and growing enthusiasm, the project is

Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve San Francisco Bay Trail E. Bayshore Rd Bike bridge alternative W. Bayshore Rd Adobe Creek Map by Shannon Corey


mboldened by a $4 million grant and a freshly completed master plan, Palo Alto is rolling ahead with design work on a new bike bridge that would span U.S. Highway 101 and give residents in the south end of the city a year-round connection to the baylands. The project, which has an estimated price tag of up to $10 million, is one of the most conspicuous and expensive components of the city’s newly adopted Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. Currently, residents in the southern part of the city rely on an underpass at Adobe Creek to cross the highway. The underpass is typically open for about six months a year and is subject to unexpected closures, as with the recent construction of lanes on 101. The proposed overpass at Adobe Creek has won the support of the entire City Council as well as many in the bike and environmental communities. It gained a burst of momentum last month, when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a $4 million grant for the project. In the next year, the city plans to conduct an environmental analysis for the new structure and launch a design competition for the bridge. But first, the city wants to hash out the bridge’s basic alignment. That was the topic the Planning and Transportation Commission grappled with Wednesday night, when it considered a menu of design options involving curvy ramps of varying lengths, shapes and locations. The option recommended by the project consultant, Alta Planning + Design, has the bridge

Barron Creek

One alternative, proposed by Planning & Transportation Commissioner Arthur Keller, is for the bike bridge across U.S. Highway 101 to proceed straight eastward toward the baylands trails. still far from a done deal. The city has committed $1 million of its own funds as a condition for the $4 million county grant. But even so, it still needs to find the rest of the funds for the project, which would cost somewhere from $6 million to $10 million. The city’s new bike plan identifies the bridge at Adobe Creek as its top-ranked “Across the Barrier Connection.” Hildreth cited a recent feasibility study that projected the new bridge would dramatically increase the number of annual trips at the crossing, raising it from the current estimated level of 43,000

to about 74,000. To accommodate the future demand, the city is also planning to improve the bike corridors on Fabian Way and Charleston Road, he said. The goal, Hildreth said, is to complete the draft environmental analysis next spring, to begin construction in late 2015 and to complete it within two years. “Ideally, by beginning of 2017, this would be a fully functional, 365 access over the highway,” Hildreth said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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tends to build 180 apartments on the roughly 4.5-acre property but must obtain a zoning change from the city first. In building rentals, the developer is not required to offer any units at below-market rate, City of Palo Alto officials have said. But under a 2001 city ordinance, there are numerous steps the Jissers must take before the city can consider approving the conversion. Those include surveying the residents and completing a relocation-impact report that assesses the value of the mobile homes, the cost of comparable housing elsewhere and moving expenses, among other things. The ordinance requires the property owner to provide “reasonable relocation assistance” to the tenants. Advocates say that the city has an even greater responsibility: to keep Buena Vista open. “To the extent feasible, the city will seek appropriate local, state and federal funding to assist in the preservation and maintenance of the existing units in the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park,” the city’s Comprehensive Plan states. “The city has an affirmative duty to uphold the Comprehensive Plan, and we expect them to do that in this case,” said Winter Dellenbach, a former fair-housing attorney and Barron Park neigh-

borhood resident who is spearheading the Friends group, which is comprised of 60 residents from various neighborhoods. “They’re not going to be allowed to wash their hands of it.” Advocates also argue Buena Vista residents will not be able to find comparable housing in the area, let alone in Palo Alto. Providing financial assistance to move won’t make up for the loss of opportunity, they said. “How do you compensate for a Palo Alto education? You can’t put a monetary value on Palo Alto schools. I don’t think you can put a dollar amount on a Palo Alto education and what it would do to their lives,” said Nancy Krop, vice president of advocacy for the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. “Even given relocation payments, it won’t come close to keeping them in Palo Alto,” Dellenbach said. “They will leave with some money in their pocket, but it will not be a solution to the long-term housing problem.” The Community Working Group, which spearheaded the creation of the Opportunity Center for the homeless, among other projects, has formed a task force to advocate for Buena Vista residents. They have introduced residents to attorneys who specialize in mobile-home law and could accept donations and or assist in fundraising for the residents, said Donald Barr, a founding member of the

Who lives in Buena Vista?


he Weekly spoke with several residents of the El Camino Real mobile-home park. Here are three snapshots.

Michael Hellmer, 66 Disabled. Vietnam veteran. Retired from Stanford University Physics Department. Buena Vista resident for 14 years. Lives at the park with his girlfriend and two cats. He has been a Palo Alto resident since 1953. Quote: “There are a lot of people here who are destitute and are just barely hanging on to the junk they have. I don’t know what’s going to happen to them.”

Teresa Lomeli, 19 Gunn High School graduate. Her sister and brother attend Gunn High School. She is studying at Foothill College and wants to be a nurse. Her mother cleans homes in Los Altos, and her father works in construction.

Quote: “We came here to get a better education. I really love Palo Alto. To go to East Palo Alto or Redwood City or one of those cities that is dangerous, it would be really sad. I feel safe here.”

Erika Escalante, 27 Married with a 6-year-old son. She has lived at Buena Vista for 14 years. Graduated from JLS Middle School and Gunn High School. Received bachelor’s degree in business from Notre Dame de Namur University. Employed at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Burlingame, working for the Peninsula Circle of Care program, which transitions elderly patients from the hospital to home. Three generations of her family live at Buena Vista. Her brother attends Terman Middle School, and her son attends Barron Park Elementary School. Her mother cleans houses; her father is disabled and cannot work due to a work-related injury. Quote: “Being able to live here in a place that’s affordable is the way my mom was able to send us to college.”

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These trailer homes at the Buena Visa Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto could soon be eliminated, if plans to sell the property to Bay Area developer Prometheus proceed. Prometheus intends to build 180 apartments on the 4.5-acre property. Community Working Group and longtime homelessness-prevention advocate. Barr said the risk of homelessness for many at Buena Vista is “very real.” Those who end up moving in with relatives because they cannot afford housing would be considered homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Closing Buena Vista would also be a setback for the city’s supply of affordable housing, Barr said. The Community Working Group developed 88 units of low-income housing at the Opportunity Center and is working on 801 Alma, the 50-unit, low-income family housing near downtown. “One-hundred-and-fifteen is a pretty big chunk of a decade and a half of work on low-income housing — and then bam! — threequarters of the number of units are gone. All of your work was devalued by the loss of these units for these families. That doesn’t feel good,” he said. Buena Vista residents probably won’t have access to the affordable 801 Alma units because of a long waiting list, he said. Curtis Williams, the city’s director of planning and community environment, acknowledged that finding replacement housing will be “very tough.” The city has between 500 and 600 rent-restricted units for affordable housing, but all are occupied, and there are long waiting lists. Advocates have floated the idea of the city buying the Buena Vista property so that residents could remain. Jisser said that such a decision would be up to Prometheus and the city, as he’s already in a contract with Prometheus to sell the site. Williams said the city would have to seek state and federal funding to purchase the Buena Vista land. But he cautioned that it is “a very expensive property.” The city does have leverage regarding entitlements and changes the property developer might want. “If they have any hope of moving forward, they need to come up

with a plan to provide housing on site or elsewhere,” he said. “Our sentiment is certainly (toward) if there is a way to keep them there and fund it. Secondarily, it would be to find places as close as possible in Palo Alto for them to live,” he said. Jon Moss, executive vice president and partner at Prometheus, said he is not against considering

‘Buena Vista is on my doorstep. It’s part of my neighborhood. It’s part of what makes Barron Park Barron Park.’ —Winter Dellenbach, Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park different alternatives for assisting residents, including renting the new apartments to Buena Vista residents if subsidy funding could be found. In the meantime, David Richman, a housing relocation specialist hired by the Jissers, said he plans to meet with each household to develop a relocation plan that must be submitted to the city. The ordinance allows him to identify housing within a 35-mile radius and to offer a lump sum for moving costs, the value of the unit, first and last months’ rent and a security deposit. Qualifying low-income households and persons with disabilities could receive financial assistance for up to one year if their new location costs more than Buena Vista’s rents, he said. Despite the show of support for Buena Vista residents, not everyone favors keeping the mobilehome park intact. “I am thrilled that finally the Buena Vista property — which is not a ‘buena vista’ (but) more like a ‘mala vista’ eyesore — is going to be redeveloped. This is the happiest news I’ve heard in a very long

time,” Pamela Diken, a Barron Park resident, told the Weekly, using Spanish terms for “good view” and “bad view,” respectively. “As far as the tenants are concerned, it is very nice that Jisser is willing to give the tenants money for relocating, and if he wanted to be a little bit nicer he could set aside 25 units (of the new complex) for low-income housing and not have to worry too much about the complaints that he will definitely receive,” she said. But Krop of the PTA said the closure would affect not just the residents but classmates at neighborhood schools. About 12 percent of Barron Park Elementary School students — 42 children — live at Buena Vista. Twenty-two students attend Terman Middle School, and 29 attend Gunn High School. She said all 17 district PTAs recently voted to support Buena Vista residents. They have formed an advocacy group to preserve affordable housing in whatever form it takes, she said. The impact of their move would be dramatic — and not just in sheer numbers, she added. “The cultural diversity, all of the cultural events at the schools would all just be gone,” she said. Dellenbach likewise views Buena Vista as essential to the fabric of the community. “Buena Vista is on my doorstep. It’s part of my neighborhood. It’s part of what makes Barron Park Barron Park,” she said. “Can you imagine if this were Professorville or Crescent Park or Greenmeadow and if we said that 400 members of our neighborhood would just disappear? I surmise that people would be up in arms. “I just feel they are our neighbors, and I’m concerned that our neighbors be well and prosper,” she said. “These are Palo Alto residents, and we want to keep them in Palo Alto, whether in Buena Vista or other housing. We don’t want to see them scattered to the winds.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at Editorial Intern Lisa Kellman contributed to this story.



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During Monday’s long discussion, council members and residents agreed that the influx of workers at the new developments would further exacerbate what just about everyone recognizes as downtown’s most glaring problem. Over the past year, the council has taken a series of steps to address concerns from downtown residents by pursuing a study to identify the city’s need for potential for parking garages, reforming its parkingpermit system and asking developers to make greater contributions to solving the problem. The Monday action is the latest step in this broad and complex effort, though it’s a step that is unlikely to satisfy either the residents or the developers. Several speakers at Monday’s public hearing urged the council not to make any exceptions to the moratorium, noting that their neighborhoods cannot accommodate any more cars. Developers asked the council to respect the process and not to change the rules in “midstream.” Sally Ann Rudd, a Downtown North resident, is in the former camp. She said her neighborhood is already approaching “85 percent saturation” with parked cars and that parts of downtown are “100 percent saturation” (in other words, there are no open spots at all). “Downtown is going to fill up like a bathtub full of water and there won’t be anywhere to put the new cars,” Rudd said. Schmid and Holman were particularly sympathetic to her arguments, as well as those offered by other residents from Downtown North and Professorville, where the parking shortage is particularly acute. Schmid, an economist, argued that it is downtown’s businesses, residents and customers who end up paying the price for the developers’ parking exemptions. The only rational action, he said, is to require all new projects — including those already going through the process — to provide full parking. “Exemptions are paid for by others,” Schmid said. “They don’t come out of some secret fund that the council has or the council’s discretionary fund. They come out of the economic uses by others.” The discussion highlighted what has recently become one of Palo Alto’s most pressing issues: a downtown that is struggling to accommodate rapid growth. In May, when the City Council approved the four-story Lytton Gateway development for the prominent corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street, the project’s parking impact was by far the most controversial issue (the developers were required to fund a parking-demand study as part of the city’s approval). Parking and traffic concerns have also featured prominently in Palo Alto’s ongoing debate over whether to allow John Arrillaga to build four office towers and a theater near the downtown Caltrain station. At the Monday meeting, Holman characterized downtown’s parking problems as a “hole in the bucket.”

If the city continues to put more into the bucket, she said, it will continue “leaking out of the bottom.” “What we need to do instead is to plug the hole in the bucket, and that’s what this motion does,” Holman said of Schmid’s proposal not to grant any exceptions. “Our job is to work in the public’s best interest and do no harm.” Klein strongly disagreed and said it would be “a blot on the character of our city” if the council were to take away the exemption while the developers are in the middle of the planning process. Changing the rules in the middle of the game wouldn’t be fair and would be damaging to the city’s reputation, he argued. “Our first obligation is to the people, but we have a higher obligation in a sense and that is to act ethically,” Klein said. “I don’t think this is an ethical motion. We have an obligation to treat people fairly, whether it’s developers or homeless people or whoever comes before us.” Price and Espinosa both sided with Klein, with Espinosa lamenting the fact that the parking debate has been pitting downtown residents against developers. All Palo Altans,

‘I used to live in a wonderful neighborhood with qualities that I thought were what neighborhoods should have. Now, I live in what I call a quasiCostco parking lot.’ —Ken Alsman, resident, Professorville he said, “want to see a vibrant downtown and we want to see exceptional neighborhoods.” Charles “Chop” Keenan and David Kleiman, the developers behind 135 Hamilton and 636 Waverley, respectively, also urged the council to respect the rules that were in place when each began the journey through the planning process. Keenan said he wouldn’t have pursued the project under the revised conditions. “We spent a lot of time and money in reliance on your rules and regulations,” Keenan said. “I won’t use the term bait-and-switch, but we’re on the one-yard line. Whatever metaphor you want to use, here we are.” Kleiman said he would be willing to go along with a staff recommendation that the developers, instead of providing parking, contribute to the city’s parking-assessment district. Even so, he said he’s not sure that there’s “a legal or moralistic justification” for this requirement. Vice Mayor Greg Scharff said he was split between his desire to do right by the developers who play by the rules and his duty to protect the city’s quality of life. Ultimately, the latter trumped the former for Scharff. With the council split, Mayor Yiaway Yeh suggested coming

up with other ways to reduce the parking demand from the two new developments, including exploring new transportation-demand management strategies. The council ultimately narrowly approved Yeh’s proposal, which means it is now scheduled to revisit the issue of exceptions within 60 days. Meanwhile, the city is proceeding with a “downtown cap” study aimed at exploring the area’s capacity to absorb more development. This study will be performed in conjunction with the parking-garage analysis. The council had initially adopted the moratorium through an emergency ordinance in October and last month agreed to extend it to December of this year. With the Monday vote, the moratorium will now be in effect until Dec. 28, 2013. The city’s Planning and Transportation Commission had its own views on downtown’s parking problem, which it discussed Wednesday night. Among the speakers at the Wednesday meeting was Ken Alsman, a Professorville resident who has been lobbying the city for years to improve downtown’s parking situation. Alsman called the parking situation in his neighborhood “disturbing.” “I used to live in a wonderful neighborhood with qualities that I thought were what neighborhoods should have,” Alsman said, “Now, I live in what I call a quasi-Costco parking lot.” Commissioner Arthur Keller argued that new developments should be asked to do more to provide a solution, comparing them to the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.” Commissioners and Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez agreed that downtown has a supply problem when it comes to parking. While the parking study is expected to shed some light on this problem, Rodriguez said the city can take other steps to make things easier in the near term. This includes a greater reliance on technology, particularly at parking garages that have been shown to be underutilized even as residential streets fill up like parking lots. “Our parking program is antiquated in a sense that we don’t use our supply very well,” Rodriguez told the planning commission Wednesday. “Our structures are beautiful, but we don’t do anything to provide information to the public on how many spaces are open.” While the commission lauded staff’s efforts, members also expressed a desire to have a greater involvement in solving the problem. Chair Eduardo Martinez and Vice Chair Mark Michael both said they’d like to see the commission play a more active role in coming up with answers, including more public meetings and consideration of a more comprehensive solution. Everyone agreed that the problem isn’t going to go away any time soon. “There are no easy answers because if there were easy answers, we would have solved them by now,” Keller said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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The biggest financial supporter of the shelter is San Mateo County, followed by the City of East Palo Alto and various community foundations. The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund — which raises funds to support charities aiding kids, families and individuals — contributed $7,500 this past year. In addition to the shelter, Project WeHOPE facilitates the Chaplaincy Program, which provides support to local law-enforcement officials and crime victims, the Lord’s Gym Community Center, and the Technology Access Point Center, which provides computer access for residents and the greater community. East Palo Alto represents a disproportionate share of the county’s homeless population, according to the San Mateo County Human Services Agency, which conducts a semiannual homeless census and survey. A count on the night of Jan. 26, 2011, revealed East Palo Alto had 46 sheltered and 385 unsheltered homeless people. While East Palo Alto represents less than 5 percent of the total population of San Mateo County, the city makes up 33 percent of the county’s unsheltered homeless. Project WeHOPE clients check in between 8:30 and 10 p.m. each night, after which they receive a warm meal and a cot to sleep on. The next morning, they are served breakfast before being sent off by 8 a.m.

During the day, case manager Heliena Walton helps residents take steps toward gaining permanent housing. She sees a variety of cases, from those who have been habitually homeless for many years to those who have college degrees. Walton is there to lend an ear: “We talk to them. We ask them ‘What steps do they want to take? Where do they see themselves? Where do they want to be?’” According to the 2011 survey, 63 percent of the sheltered homeless

‘God has been good. It’s been hard. We’ve been struggling on and off for two years.’ —Felicia Clay-Freese, client, Project WeHOPE were male and 21 percent were in families with children as opposed to only 3 percent of the unsheltered population. Sheltered adults had levels of disability lower than the unsheltered population with 15 percent reporting mental illness, 12 percent chronic substance abuse, 7 percent chronic health conditions, and 3 percent physical disabilities. Walton helps individuals with mental and medical needs assess their eligibility for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. She refers her clients to partner organizations

such as Ravenswood Health Clinic, which provides clinical care to uninsured patients, and El Concilio, a nonprofit that supports job development, training and placement for people who speak Spanish. Walton is currently working with residents such as Joji Freese, Felicia ClayFreese’s husband, to apply for housing through the Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Housing Program. Freese and his wife are waiting to get approved for a housing voucher. “God has been good. It’s been hard. We’ve been struggling on and off for two years,” Clay-Freese said. Volunteer Joshua Gonzalez can empathize. “I experienced a level of homelessness in my late teens, early 20s. Going from my experience, I want to try to help other people because being homeless sucked for me,” he said. As a member of Paul Bain’s church, Gonzalez was drawn to the pastor’s vision. Since June, Gonzalez has been lending his technical expertise building the nonprofit’s website, fixing computers, monitoring the computer network, and all other technical handiwork. Paul Bains “has invested so much of himself into the people. He wants to change and enrich the community by having everyone pull together,” Gonzalez said. “And I think he’s a good-hearted person, and that’s why I believe in what he’s doing.” Bains has ambitious plans for the homeless shelter. He wants to see the shelter operate year-round and hopes to renovate the facilities to

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A client settles into his bed at the warming shelter run by Project WeHOPE in East Palo Alto on Nov. 29. bring in showers, a kitchenette and meeting rooms. The ultimate mission, however, is to put the homeless shelter out of business. Project WeHOPE’s goal, stated on its website, is to end homelessness in East Palo Alto by 2022. Bains acknowledges that it requires working in tandem with the federal and county government. “Homelessness is not going to be resolved by any one entity. Even though (East Palo Alto) is 2.2 square miles, we’re going to need supportive and subsidized housing to put some of these homeless people in, so that they can get the necessary care, and we can support the federal

government’s new model.” His zeal doesn’t stop there. “Once we end homelessness, we’re going to tackle the problem of emancipated youth because many of them, once they come out of the foster system at 18, are couch surfing and end up homeless,” he said. “We want to take our shelter and turn it into a facility to help emancipated youth.” N The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is in the midst of its 2012 fundraising campaign. A donation form and more information are available on page 18. Editorial Intern Haiy Le can be emailed at

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enable users to “not have to relive the chaos of University Avenue,� he said. Ball said he favors a bike/pedestrian bridge that would solve the flooding concerns while preserving public access and addressing neighborhood safety concerns. “I will personally heavily resist any two-full-lane bridge for car traffic,� he said. The city has ruled out a bridge solely for pedestrians and bicyclists, however, noting that the thousands of cars that normally use the bridge would cause traffic problems on side streets and University Avenue. A Caltrans grant is paying for 88.5 percent of the design and environmental-review costs, and Santa Clara Valley Water District will pay the remaining 11.5 percent, according to Teresi. Vought and Ball said a concern is that the city is rushing judgment on the bridge design because of the free money. “It feels as though there are hooks

that come from the grants,� Ball said, noting that other proposals seem categorically dismissed. “Take the funding out of the equation and find out what works best for the community,� Ball said. The survey results have not yet been given to city officials, but Vought and Ball said they plan to do that as soon as Friday. The survey does not include responses from East Palo Alto residents living on the other side of the bridge, they said. The current plan calls for the old bridge to be completely torn down and the crossing closed for four to six months, Teresi said. Construction is expected to last from April to September 2014. A community meeting about the Newell Bridge alternative design concepts has been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly. com. Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at

What’s happening here? The Palo Alto Mosque is taking shape at 998 San Antonio Road, near U.S. Highway 101. The site will include an 11,436-square-foot mosque with a prayer hall, a minaret, two residential units and a social hall. The design will encompass the traditional and the modern, with a twostory central atrium, tile work and chandelier, according to the project architect, Abha Nehru of the Palo Alto firm Carrasco & Associates. The buildings are expected to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The project was first proposed in 2008. It replaces an old church that members of the organization Anjuman-E-Jamal used for worship. Completion is expected by next fall.

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Strolling down Christmas Tree Lane Santa will be approaching Fulton Street chimneys, reindeer will be landing on the lawn, snowmen will be “singingâ€? in a row as Christmas Tree Lane lights up Fulton Street, between Embarcadero Road and Seale Avenue in Palo Alto, on Saturday, Dec. 15. Home-dĂŠcor lights will be on, and car headlights should be off (fog/ parking lights OK), to view the lights and decorations daily from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 31. While many will choose to stroll and carol, others will be driving slowly (note: two-way traffic), being careful to let strollers cross the street. Christmas Tree Lane has been a continuous Palo Alto tradition since 1940, when it was conceived over a bridge table — with blackouts only during World War II and later during the 1973 energy crisis. At that time trees were decorated with red plastic bows topped by a silver star. Visitors may park along nearby residential streets. More information is available at N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Palo Alto to pay $333,481 in software settlement Palo Alto officials on Monday authorized a settlement with software company SAP Public Services, which claimed earlier this year that the city owes more than $1 million because of the city’s increased use of SAP’s software. The settlement, which the City Council approved after a closed session Dec. 10, requires the city to pay SAP $333,481 for additional licenses, in accordance with how the city has used the software. The SAP programs support some of the city’s most critical functions, including accounting, utilities and human resources. Earlier this year, SAP had conducted an audit that found that the city had significantly boosted its usage of the company’s products. It claimed in the March audit that the city owed SAP $1,134,930 for additional licenses, according to City Attorney Molly Stump. The city disputed this number and hired its own third-party consultant to provide an impartial review. The consultant concluded that the city owes the company $333,481. SAP agreed to accept this amount and settled its dispute with the city. The parties also agreed to “update the city’s software license user counts� to conform to the city’s usage of the software. The agreement requires the city to pay SAP within 30 days. N — Gennady Sheyner

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Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click on “News� in the left, green column.

Woman sues over alleged Menlo Park dog attack A woman who said she was maimed during a dog attack at Nealon Park has sued the owner of a German shepherd and the rescue organization that adopted out the dog. (Posted Dec. 13 at 9:06 a.m.)

Woodside: Man fled to neighbor’s after attack A Woodside man fled into a neighbor’s house after he was attacked with a shovel Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 12. The suspect was later stunned with a Taser by sheriff’s deputies while he was taken into custody. (Posted Dec. 13 at 8:18 a.m.)


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implemented this type of program.� Residential waste would continue to get collected weekly and shipped to the regional Sunnyvale Material Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station for sorting. The contents of the green carts would proceed to the Z-Best Composting Facility in Gilroy, where food scraps and yard trimmings would be composted in separate units, producing different types of compost. The blue bins would include recyclable items and garbage that cannot be recycled, including dental floss,

hygiene products and pet waste. The landfill-bound waste would be separated from the recyclables at the GreenWaste facility in San Jose. Staff is looking to launch the experiment in a neighborhood that has about 700 homes; clear neighborhood boundaries; and an “existing and active neighborhood association with a strong outreach presence.� City officials would hold community meetings with the selected neighborhood and provide them with a pilot “tool kit,� including a kitchen container for food scraps, some compostable bags and a guide instructing residents on which items belong in which carts, according to the new report. At an Oct. 2 meeting, members

of the council’s Finance Committee considered several different options for a pilot program, including one that would reduce the frequency that landfill-bound garbage would be collected while keeping weekly pick-ups of recyclable and compostable items. The committee instead favored the two-bin option, with Vice Mayor Greg Scharff saying he preferred a system that is “simple, convenient and easy� for users. If the council approves the program, it would start in March and continue for a full year, after which time staff would consider whether the new system is cost effective and convenient and evaluate how much more material had been diverted from landfills. N

Teens being charged as adults in MV sex assault The two 17-year-olds arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at a Mountain View park are being charged as adults, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. (Posted Dec. 12 at 4:52 p.m.)

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A driver fled a collision involving a bicyclist outside Jordan Middle School Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11, and police are seeking information that would lead to the driver’s identification. (Posted Dec. 12 at 8:06 a.m.)


Bechtel, Swenson to head Foothill-DeAnza trustees Palo Alto residents Betsy Bechtel and Bruce Swenson have been unanimously elected as president and vice president respectively of the Board of Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. The election took place at the board’s annual organizational meeting Monday, Dec. 10. (Posted Dec. 11 at 5:21 p.m.)

No more ‘island’ of homes on commercial block A string of awkwardly placed homes on a busy stretch of Page Mill Road in Palo Alto could soon make way for a dense new development thanks to a zoning change the City Council approved Monday night, Dec. 10. (Posted Dec. 11 at 2:33 p.m.)

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Atherton: Contractor charged with six felonies A building contractor is due in court Dec. 20 to enter a plea on felony grand theft and other charges stemming from work he did for an Atherton resident. (Posted Dec. 10 at 2:34 p.m.)

Midtown ‘elves’ to deliver holiday bouquets Calling themselves the “Midtown elves,� residents of Palo Alto ‘s Midtown neighborhood have launched a grass-roots effort to make holiday bouquets and cards for veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System — and residents of all ages and abilities are invited. (Posted Dec. 10 at 11:24 a.m.)

Man arrested in Menlo Park shooting A 24-year-old man was arrested early Sunday, Dec. 9, following a shooting in the 1300 block of Windermere Avenue in Menlo Park. (Posted Dec. 10 at 8:44 a.m.)

Police arrest man for downtown burglary Palo Alto police arrested a man for residential burglary and prowling late Saturday, Dec. 8, in the 300 block of Emerson Street. (Posted Dec. 9 at 8:39 p.m.)

Genome project finds variations in ethnic groups When it comes to a person’s chances of getting a disease, one’s ethnicity may not be as telling as some people believe, according to new research published by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists and others. (Posted Dec. 8 at 8:04 a.m.)



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CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Dec. 10)

Parking: The council voted unanimously to extend for a year a moratorium on parking exemptions for downtown developments. The council also voted 5-4 to request staff to return within 60 days with proposals to reduce the traffic impacts of two proposed downtown developments. Yes: Burt, Holman, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Espinosa, Klein, Price, Shepherd Zoning: The council vote to rezone four parcels on the 400 block of Page Mill Road from single-family residential (R-1) to service commercial (CS). Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Shepherd, Schmid, Yeh No: Price

Council Policy and Services Committee (Dec. 11)

Priorities: The committee discussed the council’s priority-setting process and appointed a two-member subcommittee to work with the city manager on organizing proposed priorities for 2013 into categories. Yes: Unanimous Benefits: The committee discussed and accepted the new audit on the city’s healthbenefit expenditures for retirees. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Dec. 12)

Parking: The commission discussed the city’s strategies for improving the parking situation downtown. Action: None Bridge: The commission discussed the proposed alignments for the proposed bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek. Action: None

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to consider approving a pilot residential collection policy for compost; hear a “Year in Review� presentation from the city manager; and consider the next steps for the partnership between the city and the Yangpu District of China. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to review the city’s long-range financial forecast for fiscal years 2013-23 and consider adoption of a policy pertaining to purchase of energy from a potential green waste-to-energy facility. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review and recommend changes to the city’s field-use policies and see a presentation on proposed improvements to the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board plans to elect officers for 2013; vote on the first interim budget for 2012-13; discuss a tentative agreement with unions to close out 2012 negotiations; and hear a status report on the full bond program. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 345 Forest Ave., a proposal by Stephen Reller for a historic rehabilitation of a Category 2 building on the city’s Historic Inventory. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear an update on Palo Alto Unified School District facilities and discuss the “Palo Alto Clean� program. The meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 180 El Camino Real, an architectural review of new exterior storefronts and other changes for the American Girl store at Stanford Shopping Center; 260 California Ave., a request from Hayes Group for construction of a new threestory building; and 567 Maybell Ave., a preliminary review for a proposed development that includes 15 single-family homes and 60 units of affordable housing for seniors. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Elvia Fernandez Garwood Elvia Fernandez Garwood died Nov. 15 at home in Ashland, Ore. She was 87. Born of Spanish immigrant parents in New York City, N.Y., she attended Cooper Union and then Yale University, being one of two women in the graduating class in architecture in 1949. She raised her family in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1955 and maintained her principal residence there until six years ago when she moved to Ashland. She was one of the first women in Palo Alto to ride her bicycle to work, hosted two American Field Service high school students in her family and was one of the original supporters of the Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto. In Los Angeles she was one of the first docents at the new Getty Museum and also a garden docent at the Huntington Gardens. Her career spanned more than 40 years and included work as an architect in private firms and as manager of hospital expansion projects in New York, Los Angeles and at Stanford Hospital. She retired at age 75. She is survived by her children, Diana, Christopher, Mark and Andrea; grandchildren, Brian, Nicholas, Jeffrey, Monica, Alexander, Tessa and Olivia; and her sister,

America. She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Flora Fernandez, and her brother, Oligario Fernandez.

Tom Martin Rogers Tom Martin Rogers, 80, died Nov. 21 of acute leukemia at the Sequoias in Portola Valley. Born Oct. 8, 1932, in Fresno, Calif., he was the first child of Doris and Glenn Rogers and brother to his late sister, Peggy Brott. He attended school in Salinas and attended San Jose State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and his secondary teaching credential. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1958 and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. After being honorably discharged, he worked as an actor in Fallon Theater in Columbia, Calif., during the summers as he started his teaching career. His teaching career at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District was from 1958 to 1985. These 27 years of service were complemented by 12 years of volunteering at Woodside’s Filoli as a docent from 1977 to 1989. After retiring from teaching, he became the prominent curator of Filoli for

Richard W. Lee June 4, 1956 – November 22, 2012 Richard W. Lee, an engineer and 23-year-resident of Palo Alto, died November 22nd surrounded by his family. He was 56. Richard is remembered by many for his extraordinarily positive attitude and kindness, and for the way he lived fully and well, against medical odds, as he battled cancer for more than 17 years. Born in Hong Kong on June 4, 1956, he immigrated to New York City with his family before the age of 10. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School in 1974 and earned a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979. Later in his career, in 1988, he earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Richard held positions in engineering, consulting and management. He first worked in telephony for GTE Lenkurt, which at the time was the largest independent telephone company in the era of the Bell System. Later, drawn to the dynamic startup culture, he moved to Convergent Technologies as an early employee in engineering. After earning his M.B.A., he worked for Bain & Company as a management consultant and later returned to technology, working at several startups, including the networking company Auspex Systems. Richard loved reading about technology and staying up to date, studying trends and new developments, always eager to “connect the dots” and make a meaningful contribution. In 1983, while back in New York to visit family, he met Susan Yee on a blind date. Their romance began soon after at Disneyland, and they married in 1986

in New York. While raising their children in Palo Alto, Richard was involved in scouting, swimming and coaching basketball. He was an enthusiastic fan of all three children as they competed in swimming, water polo, basketball and soccer, ever ready with encouragement from the sidelines. He was an avid fan and statistician of UCLA and Bay Area sports teams, especially Bruins basketball and the San Francisco 49ers, which he loved to watch with his children. Richard was a supportive husband and father, calm, gentle, compassionate and analytical at the same time. He saw the good in people and never spoke ill of others. He is survived by Susan Yee, his wife of 26 years; their three children, Brandon, Sabrina and William Lee of Palo Alto; his parents, Shek Kiu and Mee Oi Lee of San Francisco; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Alice Lee of San Francisco; his sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Raymond Quon of Manalapan, New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Richard’s life is planned for Saturday, December 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Los Altos Unified Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills, followed by a reception. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA), P.O. Box 50340, Palo Alto, CA 94303 or the American Cancer Society, 747 Camden Avenue, Suite B, Campbell, CA 95008. Please indicate “In memory of Richard W. Lee” on your check for either organization.

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Friends are invited to A Celebration of Life for H. Richard Johnson on Saturday, December 15th from 1 – 4 p.m. at 1336 Cowper Street, Palo Alto. We encourage you to bring a short written memory or photos. PA I D



Helen Marr Bowman Smith Helen Marr Bowman Smith, born April 16, 1921 in Laramie, Wyoming, daughter of Albert Elijah Bowman and Mary Estelle Bowman, preceded in death by her husband James Smith, sister Ramona Bowman and Gladys Jean Bowman Sullivan, passed away on November 27, 2012 from complications of colon cancer. Helen’s family, though they will miss her dearly, rejoice in knowing that Helen and Jimmy are finally together again and celebrate the light that their love brought to the worlds of everyone that knew them. A memorial will be held Sat December 22nd at 1 PM at Alta Mesa Cementary Donations to Cancer FOUNDATION would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Delphine Kohler passed away quite suddenly and peacefully at the age of 74 on September 11, in the English town of Chelmsford, where she had been married 51 years earlier. For the last 30 years she lived in Palo Alto and had many friends in this area. The funeral took place in Chelmsford on Sept. 21 but a Memorial Service for her will be held on Wed Dec 19 at 4pm in Grace Lutheran Church, at the corner of Loma Verde and Waverley Streets in Palo Alto. All are welcome to attend. Delphine lived a very rich and eventful life. She qualified as a science teacher in England, coming top in her college of 350 students. After she married David Kohler in 1961 they both decided that they wanted to see as much of the world as possible. This they certainly did, living in Montreal (1 ½ years), Berkeley CA (8 years), England again (4 years), Saudi Arabia (4 years), Kenya (5 years), finally settling in Palo Alto where they remained ever since. A brilliant and inspiring teacher, she taught in all of those countries and taught all grades from 1 to 12. Most recently she taught science at Keys School in Palo Alto. In addition, she worked for 4 years as a computer programmer in San Francisco for Standard Oil of California and was a fashion model in San Francisco in the 1960’s. In 1981 she suffered a terrible automobile accident in Kenya which effectively destroyed most of her digestive system. Since then her life was a

continual battle with medical problems, all caused directly or indirectly by the accident. For the last 20 years of her life she was unable to eat solid food and was fed either intravenously or through a jejunostomy tube. She was rarely free of intense pain. She amazed her doctors with her immense courage and determination to survive, in one crisis after another. She emerged from each crisis still with her beauty and love of life intact. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a very warm and loving person who was always ready to help and support her family and friends, despite her own suffering. To take her mind off her suffering she took up painting and proved to be very gifted at it. She also learned to play the piano and knitted many very beautiful garments. She took a delight in all natural things, especially roses and birds, and insisted that no living thing be killed, not even a spider in the bath! She is survived by her husband David, elder son Paul who lives in San Francisco, and younger son Phil who lives in London, England. Phil is married to Hannah and they have two young children, Lily and Sam. Some of the happiest moments of her life were to see her son married and her grandchildren born. (The photo was taken on Phil and Hannah’s wedding day four years ago.) She adored her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren. PA I D




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Annabelle Most Markoff Annabelle Most Markoff, an innovator in the field of early childhood education died on Sunday, December 2 in Davis, Calif. She was 91. An elementary school teacher before and during the early years of her marriage, Markoff raised three children and then attended graduate school in special education during the late 1960s in a joint program between San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley. After obtaining her PhD, she joined the faculty at San Francisco State University in 1972 as an assistant professor in the Special Education Department. In 1976 she became an assistant professor in the San Jose State University Department of Special Education. Throughout her career she consulted both inside the U.S. and internationally and in 1979, with several of her colleagues she founded the Annabelle Markoff School in Belmont, California. She was the author of a number of diagnostic tests to inventory children’s reading skills and

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published two books: “Teaching low-achieving children reading, spelling, and handwriting: Developing perceptual skills with the graphic symbols of language” (1976) and “Within Reach: Academic Achievement Through Parent-Teacher Communication” (1992). In 1988 financial industry executive Charles Schwab and his wife Helen financed the creation of the Parents Educational Resource Center, and Markoff became the founding director. She retired in 1993. Born in Los Angeles on September 1, 1921, she was the fourth child of Bernard Most and Bertha Salzman. She is survived by a son John, daughter Ellen, both of San Francisco, Calif., a daughter Joan, of Sacramento, and two grandchildren, Hannah and Matthew. The family requests that donations be made to Opening Doors, a Sacramento, California organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking and supporting refugees. (2118 K Street, Sacramento, California 9581) PA I D


Marguerite Fuetsch Purcell January 30, 1917 – November 30, 2012 Marguerite passed way at home in Palo Alto on Friday, November 30, 2012, surrounded by those who loved and cared about her. She was born in Tonopah, NV, number seven of nine siblings. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and started her career in education teaching Home Economics in Ely, NV. Venturing back east to Syracuse University, she earned her Masters in Student Personnel and followed that with a position as assistant Dean of Women at Syracuse. Later in her life Marguerite received another Master’s degree in Psychometry (educational testing) at San Jose State University and spent many years diagnosing and aiding children with learning issues. Many students in the area can trace part of their success to her caring persistence to discover and overcome some of their challenges. The career of which she was the proudest was as the mother of seven children and grandmother of 17. She approached this career with all the interest, drive and enthusiasm she displayed with all she tackled and we are most grateful for that. While working in personnel as a civilian at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH, she met co-worker Bob Purcell in 1942. They were married upon Bob’s return from naval service in the Pacific in 1946. Bob and Marguerite started married life in San Francisco and moved to their residence in Palo Alto in 1951. Bob and Marguerite were happily married for 65 years and had never spent a Christmas apart - Marguerite who loved Christmas with its myriad of traditions was not going to let that happen this year either! Marguerite was deeply involved with many aspects of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto. Her commitment to education continued at what was St. Thomas Aquinas School, now St Elizabeth Seton School, from membership on the school’s board to baking cookies and everything in between, including fundraising and working as an educational counselor and providing student testing. Marguerite participated in many facets of parish life – serving on the committee that developed the current Pastoral Stewardship Council and then serving as a pastoral council member for many years. She founded the Community Life Committee, co-founded the Funeral Committee, participated in the St Albert the Great Site Committee, helped plan the 50th An-

niversary celebration of the parish and continued until recently signing up new parishioners. She started the Widows and Widowers Group and a group for the sight-impaired. Her final involvement with the parish was working to archive the parish history. There were few aspects of the parish life or the Catholic Church that she did not touch, or, at a minimum, have an opinion about. In May 2012 the Pastoral Stewardship Council recognized many of Marguerite’s contributions saying, “Your participation in the Palo Alto parishes, new and old, through 60 years has consistently reflected your imagination, intelligence and initiative… all combined with a determined confidence in the parishioners by your side.” Marguerite was a great believer in healthy exercise and was an active member of the YMCA. When Bob retired she cajoled him into joining her and they were regulars for many years. In the last several years she participated in the Foothill senior exercise program at Cubberly High School – moving, always moving! Marguerite is survived by daughters Reggie Winner, Ronnie Hee (Pat), Terry Surguine (Greg), Mary Seabury (John) and Greta Purcell (Mike Jawetz), as well as sons Kevin Purcell (Susan) and Carl Purcell (Sarah), and grandchildren Rob (Lindsay), Andy and Marty Winner, Brendan, Charlie (Jana), Mike and Alaina Hee, Monica Surguine and Allison McElwee (Travis), Amanda and Christopher Purcell, Lauren and Ian Seabury, Laura and Michael Purcell and Sean and Chris Jawetz. All are invited to a memorial mass and celebration of her life on Monday, December 17, 2012 at noon, at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1095 Channing Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, with a reception immediately following at the Parish Center. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St Francis Church, 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, Attn: Verna Winston or to the Foothill Exercise program for an additional NuStep machine at Foothill-De Anza Foundation, to benefit the Foothill College Adaptive Learning Program, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 or online at PA I D

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22 years from 1989 to 2011, overseeing collections of antiques, artifacts and historical furniture of the estate. He was also a regular volunteer at the San Francisco Legion of Honor and an active participant in the San Francisco Ceramic Circle. He is survived by his grandchildren, Korey, Jeremy and Klarissa Lee; their parents, Bill and Judie Lee; his brother-in-law, Jack Brott; and nephew, Eric Brott. Gifts in Tom his memory may be directed to Filoli for the fund directed to the “Conservation of Objects in the Decorative Arts Collection” or for the “Acquisition of Books for

the Sterling Library,” 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062; or the Sequoias for the fund directed to assist “The Residents Who Exhausted Their Resources,” 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sequoias.

Lester Weil Lester Weil, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 5 at his home after a brief illness. He was 95. He was born in The Bronx on April 13, 1917, and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College in 1937 and subsequently received

Thomas Byron Kramer Thomas (“Tommy”) Byron Kramer, adored son of Albert and Jacquie Kramer of Palo Alto, younger brother of Tricia, Robi and Danny Kramer, passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 8, 2012. Tommy was born on December 16, 1990. He grew up in Palo Alto, and was a proud member of the Paly Vikings football team. Tommy was especially talented at drawing and block printing and was majoring in Art at Chico State University. Loved by all who knew him, his tragic death leaves a deeply bereaved circle of family, friends, and neighbors. A service of memoriam will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in the Haymarket Theater at Palo Alto High School, with a reception to follow in the student center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to KARA: Grief Support for Children and Adults, 457 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 321-5272 PA I D


Clifton Joseph Daigle March 3, 1924-Nov. 29, 2012 Clifton J. Daigle, departed this life on November 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Meyer Daigle; son Larry J. Daigle, daughter Paula M. Daigle; step-daughter Lisa M. Banks, step-son Jeffrey D. Meyer; brothers Addison P. Daigle, and El-Ray Daigle; sisters Anna Richard, Esther L. Baldwin, Agnes Broussard, and Sr. M. Hilary Daigle; 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He lived 38 years of his life in East Palo Alto, CA. His legacy includes being a loving foster parent to hundreds of children placed in his East Palo Alto home through the San Mateo County Foster Care program. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; and a former member of The Knights of Peter Clavier. For years he lovingly distributed food and assistance to those in need as part of his community outreach. We shall miss him dearly. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 in the Crystal Springs Chapel, Skylawn Memorial Park, at 11:00 AM. Location: Hwy 92 and Skyline Blvd. in San Mateo, CA. PA I D


Transitions his doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University in 1945. He met his wife, Ruth Swid, while at Columbia and they were married in 1944. He worked on the Manhattan Project during the war and was part of the American space program until his retirement in 1970. Known as “Doc” to many of his friends, for the past 40 years he had divided his time between Menlo Park, raising cows on his ranch outside of Livermore and fly fishing the Bitterroot River in Montana. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and his daughter, Nancy. He is survived by his son, Arthur; his daughter-in-law, Alice; his daughter, Beth; his grandson, Sam; his granddaughter-in-law, Nicole; great grandchild, Sierra; his grandson, Matthew; his granddaughterin-law, Jennifer; and his grandson, Seth. A private family service has been held.

Russell Roberson Russell Roberson, 54, a 20year resident of Mountain View, died Dec. 2 in Brentwood, Calif. He had recently bought a new home in Brentwood, along with his wife, Pamela, and son, Alex. He received a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and was employed by NASA Ames. He was an active basketball player,

runner and musician. He was a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. He enjoyed playing his guitar, bass guitar and drums with the band “War” back in the 1980s, and has taught numerous individuals as a hobby. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Hilton of Brentwood; son, Alex Roberson; and two granddaughters, Raelyn and Maxine.

Births Linda and Christopher Baldassano of Palo Alto, a son, Nov. 21. Hui Liu and Xuan Luo of Palo Alto, a daughter, Nov. 22. Louise and Louis Beryl of Palo Alto, a daughter, Dec. 5.


Lasting Memories

Walter Niemasik, Jr Walter Niemasik, Jr. (“Wally”), of Atherton, died on December 7, 2012 at age 64 from pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family. Wally was born in New York and was raised in Storrs, Connecticut. He met his wife of 37 years, Julie Ann Kaufman, while teaching water-skiing at a girls’ summer camp in Maine. After graduating from Wesleyan University and Georgetown University Law Center, Wally practiced antitrust law. But finding his clients’ businesses more interesting than their legal problems, he decided to retrain. In 1980, Wally and Julie moved to California and together attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business as the “class couple”. Wally pursued a career in investment management, founding a small firm at exactly the wrong time for his investment strategy. In 1986, he joined Concord Capital, and in 1989 joined Snyder Capital Management, where he rose to the position of Chairman/CEO. Wally was also a dedicated volunteer. He served the Stanford GSB as class agent, mentor to students, and admissions interviewer, and he and Julie received the Governors’ Award from Stanford Associates in 2012 in recognition of their long-time volunteering. In October 2012, TheatreWorks, the regional

theatre, honored Wally and Julie for their many years of volunteer efforts. Wally was also active at St. Raymond’s Church in Menlo Park, where he served on the Parish Council from 2001 to 2007. After his cancer diagnosis in February 2011, Wally was asked to join the Patient Advisory Council at Stanford Medical Center. In addition, he derived great satisfaction from advising pancreatic cancer patients, locally and around the country. Wally was especially loved for his humility, his self-deprecating humor, his fondness for playing tennis and shopping at Costco, and his unusually strong attachment to the ’88 Camry he drove for over 20 years. He surprised himself by his love of travel to all parts of the world, after having spent his entire childhood within 30 miles of home. Wally is survived by his wife Julie, sons Jamie (Erin Ebbel Niemasik) and Thomas, and brothers William and Joseph. A memorial service at Stanford Memorial Church will celebrate Wally’s life on Friday, December 21 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TheatreWorks ( or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www. PA I D O B I T UA RY

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Dec. 8-11 Violence related Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Abandoned vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle recovered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Miscellaneous Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. municipal code violation . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Menlo Park Dec. 8-11 Violence related Assault w/a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous APS referral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Civil problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Receiving stolen property. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shooting at occupied dwelling . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Atherton Dec. 8-11 Theft related Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Construction complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Seneca Street, 12/10, 5:51 p.m.; elder abuse/physical.

Menlo Park 600 block Alma Street, 12/8, 9 p.m.; spousal abuse. 1300 block Windermere Avenue, 12/9, 1:29 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon. 400 block Hamilton Avenue, 12/10, 10:33 p.m.; battery.

In memory of Carolyn Reller ............................ ** Carol Berkowitz ......................... ** Al and Kay Nelson ..................... ** The Kurland Family & Samuel Benjamin Kurland ... 300 A.L. and L.K. Brown ............... 100 Dorothy Horton .......................... ** Alan Herrick............................... 50 Ernest J. Moore .......................... ** Bert Page .................................. 100 Isabel Mulcahy ........................... ** Yen-Chen Yen .......................... 250 Mae and Al Kenrick .............. 1,000 Al Bernal and John Warren ........ 50 Mary Floyd................................. ** Betty Meltzer ............................. ** William Kiely ........................... 100 Ruth & Chet Johnson ................. ** Robert Lobdell ........................... ** Gary Fazzino .............................. ** Dr. Thomas McDonald............. 500 Bertha Kalson............................. ** Bob Donald ................................ ** Gary Fazzino ............................ 100

In honor of Dr. Kenneth Weigel Stanford Animal Hospital ....................... 100 Lady Vikes Waterpolo ................ 50

Businesses & Organizations Alta Mesa Improvement Company ............................... 1,000 Crescent Capital Mortgage ........ ** “No Limit” Drag Racing Team .. 25 Harrell Remodeling, Inc............. ** Thoits Bros. Insurance ........ 10,000 Carl King, Mortgage Broker .... 250 Attorney Susan Dondershine ... 200 ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊ£{]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 19

A community health education series from Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Restoring the Spine’s Natural Curves With New Minimally Invasive Surgery Just like most of us, Jerry Stark took his physical strength for granted until the first time it didn’t respond the way it always had—and delivered word of its new status with a sharply-sent message of pain. Stark had spent most of his working life as a house painter in Santa Rosa, crawling up ladders, over roofs, through attics. Often he was carrying full five-gallon cans of paint at the same time. It was hard physical work, but Stark didn’t think twice about it. “When you’re doing physical things all the time, you just keep doing them,” he said. “You never think you won’t be able to. It’s just what you do.”

Debilitating pain “When they asked me at Stanford what my pain level was—they go by numbers 1 through 10—I started with an 11,” Stark said. His spine was curving into an extreme S shape and sloping forward, too. Very little about Stark’s life was normal, especially since he needed so much medication for his pain that he felt drowsy most of the time. Work was out of the question. And small inconveniences symbolized his deterioration—the day arrived when Stark was so bent over he could no longer see his face in his bathroom mirror.

“I kept thinking, ‘You can exist this way. It’s not going to get worse.’ Then you look in the mirror and it is worse. And you know you have to do something about it.” – Jerry Stark, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics Norbert von der Groeben

Before the orthopaedic surgery that restored his spine to a more normal curvature, Stark lived with pain he counted as an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Now, he can stand straight enough to look himself in the mirror again.

Stark’s scoliosis, like that diagnosed in 6 million others in the United States, had no definitive cause, although genetics and biology may play some part. The abnormal curvature of the spine can appear at any time of life. With age, however, comes the natural degeneration of discs, the pads of cartilage that cushion the spine’s stack of bony vertebrae. Bone on bone grinding becomes one cause for pain; pinched

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He figures it might have been about 20 years ago that he lifted something “and I lifted it wrong,” he said. “I dropped to my knees in pain and couldn’t get up.” After a few minutes, the pain was gone and he returned to work as if nothing had happened, he said. But many more years as a painter would exact a heavy toll. By the time he saw Ivan Cheng, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, he had endured nearly 30 years of increasing disability from a spine that had degenerated into a twisted, bent version of its once-straight self and with it any semblance of a normal life.

Jerry Stark figures his back problems might have begun about 20 years ago when he lifted something “and I lifted it wrong,” he said. Decades later, adult scoliosis had altered his spine into a twisted, bent version of its oncestraight self, taking with it any semblance of a normal life. spinal nerves can send pain signals down through the legs. For many, medication and other nonsurgical treatments can alleviate the discomfort caused by scoliosis’ misalignment. For others, including Stark, the changes caused by the condition may require surgery. Until recently, such surgery was very risky and could mean months of hospitalization toward an end result that was not always positive. Stark, fearful, tried to ignore what was happening to his body. “I kept thinking, ‘You can exist this way. It’s not going to get worse.’ Then you look in the mirror, and it is worse. And you know you have to do something about it.”

former wife, Pam, who volunteered to be part of his post-surgical support team, along with his grown children, began to interview surgeons. At one facility, they waited four hours to see a surgeon; they liked him but were put off when, after presenting him with some questions, he directed them to his assistant. They decided they’d seek a second opinion at Stanford. “I think the longest we waited was

“Twenty years ago, there probably would have been a lot of reluctance to operate on Mr. Stark,” said Cheng. “Surgery for these types of spinal problems often took multiple procedures, staged over days, with massive blood loss and patients might lay in bed for six months at a time.”

New techniques—and hope What Cheng and other orthopaedic surgeons now have available are new, minimally invasive ways to enter the body and new implants endowed with technology that makes them more reliable. Stark and his



(Left) Stark’s spine before his surgery. His scoliosis, like that million others in the United States, had no definitive cause, and biology may play some part. (Right): Stark’s spine after a more natural position with new, minimally invasive ways and new implants endowed with technology that makes th

special feature

Back Basics Back pain is a health complaint so common that the National Institutes of Health estimate it may have visited as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States at least once in a lifetime. The causes are many. Some of us may injure our backs with one bad lift of a heavy box. Age-related changes to the spine’s system of bones and cartilage bring their own type of pain.

Here are some ways to keep your back strong: t Know how to lift safely. Never bend over an object at the waist; lower your body by bending at the knees. Keep the object close to the body.

t Think about what kind of shoes you wear—and how you carry a purse or shoulder bag. Wearing high heels and carrying a heavy bag on the same shoulder can contribute to stress on the spine. t Alternate between sitting and standing during the day. t Maintain a healthy weight.

Treatments for back pain can include: t Physiotherapy, including massage, whirlpool baths, ultrasound t Chiropractic care t Acupuncture t Posture adjustment t Surgery, including fusion, decompression, microdiscectomy

t Good posture also helps to reduce strain on the spine. When sitting, tip weight forward on the pelvis instead of leaning back; draw chin back instead of jutting jaw forward.

For more information about orthopaedic spine care, visit or phone 650.725.5905.

t Exercise in ways that strengthen your back muscles, warming up slowly before beginning. Developing core muscles also supports a strong back.

Join us at Watch the new Stanford Hospital Health Notes television show on Comcast: channel 28 on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; channel 30 Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. It can also be viewed at

t A supportive mattress and pillow you sleep on can be beneficial to spine health.

10 minutes,” said Pam Stark. “He pulled everything up on a computer and explained everything. He didn’t hold back. And he said, ‘Anytime you need to call me, you can call me.’ When we left there, I told Jerry, ‘He’s the guy.’ “

At 68, with significant spine issues, Stark did present a challenge, even for an experienced surgeon like Cheng, but Cheng was impressed with Stark’s spirit. “Because of his deformity, he could barely walk, even with a walker, but he was still a vibrant individual. You could see that he was very motivated to accomplish a lot more in his life, that he really wanted to get something done that would allow him to move on with his life.”

t diagnosed in 6 , although genetics r surgery, restored to s to enter the body hem more reliable.

In Mr. Stark’s first surgery, Cheng avoided the traditional large incision approach along the spine and, instead, made just three small incisions along the side of his torso. Through these incisions, in a relatively

An active life restored

Cheng had estimated that it might take With steady devotion to his post-surgical physical therapy and regular Stark up to a exercise, Stark has regained such mobility that those who meet him now year to regain have a hard time believing the degree of his previous disability, he says. normal function, but at seven months out, it’s hard short three-hour process, he was to tell that anything was able to remove Stark’s damaged ever wrong with Stark. He’s discs and replace them with synthetbeen completely disciplined ic spacers. “With these minimally about his physical therapy invasive techniques, where we can and has found delight in achieve the same amount of correcreturning, with full vigor, tion, minimize the amount of blood to a full life, right down to loss and the amount of anesthesia— details like jeans. Before that really enhances recovery,” his surgery, the curvature Cheng said. in his spine was so extreme he couldn’t fasten a belt “I’m so glad I did it. It’s like a new around his waist and could life—and I feel good when I look in only wear sweat pants. the mirror now.” Once he was upright again, one of the first purchases – Jerry Stark, patient, he made was a new pair of Stanford Hospital & Clinics Levis. He also takes some

pride in showing off the before and after X-rays of his spine. “This one shows the extreme curvature of the spine,” he explains. “Everything was moving.” Then he holds up the after image. “This is when Dr. Cheng was finished. Here’s the new Jerry Stark.” He has a few kinks in his mobility yet to work out. “I’m still in pain at different times, doing different things,” he said, “but I’m so glad I did it. It’s like a new life—and I feel good when I look in the mirror now.”

Norbert von der Groeben

– Ivan Cheng, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Norbert von der Groeben

“With these minimally invasive techniques, where we can achieve the same amount of correction, we can minimize the amount of blood loss and the amount of anesthesia really enhances recovery”

In a second procedure five days later, Cheng did use a large incision along Stark’s spine to place titanium screws and rods to complete the straightening and stabilization. Again, the procedure was relatively short—about five hours.

Pam Stark, Jerry Stark’s former wife, stepped up to help him through the surgery—and the interviews with doctors that preceeded it. After they met Ivan Cheng, MD, at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Pam Stark was so impressed with Cheng’s forthrightness— and compassion—that she told Jerry Stark, “He’s the guy.”

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Editorial Interests collide over Buena Vista’s future Vulnerable residents of Palo Alto’s only mobile-home park need and deserve support as redevelopment plans evolve here has been a certain inevitability to the situation now unfolding at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, located behind El Camino Real in the Barron Park neighborhood. For more than a decade, the city has anticipated that the owner would eventually convert the property into something else, and when he did would want to evict the nearly 400 residents who live there. With a recovering economy and the high value of Palo Alto real estate, the Buena Vista owner has a deal in the works with a development company to build multi-unit housing on the site. So the anticipated nightmare is coming true for more than 115 lowincome families, many with school-aged children and others who are disabled, following the owner’s notice last month that he wants to clear out the vintage mobile homes and replace them with 180 rental apartments. State law provides some protections from eviction to those who live in mobile-home parks because the homes aren’t really mobile and the residents are largely low-income families or seniors. When these parks disappear it completely uproots the residents and the tight community they generally form. Palo Alto has an ordinance that goes beyond state law and is aimed at ensuring relocation assistance is provided for the residents at Buena Vista specifically. The city and the owner of the property have an obligation to do everything possible to help park residents make a move to a “comparable” mobile-home park or “comparable housing.” The Mobile Home Park Conversion Ordinance passed in 2000 by the council defines “comparable” as having “similar access to community amenities such as shopping, medical services, recreational facilities and transportation.” In addition, a section of Palo Alto’s comprehensive plan includes more specific guidance, saying that, “Any redevelopment of the site must be consistent with the city’s 2000 ordinance which addresses ways to help preserve existing units. To the fullest extent possible,” the plan says, “the city will seek appropriate local, state and federal funding to assist in the preservation and maintenance of the existing units in the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.” If the closure and redevelopment of the property comes to pass, it would constitute the largest one-time eviction of residents in Palo Alto since the 1942 internment and eviction of 184 of the city’s Japanese Americans. And it would be a tragedy for the Buena Vista families, who lack the means or education to cope with Palo Alto’s high tempo housing market, and whose children are already dealing with the stress of knowing that they soon might be leaving their classmates at Barron Park Elementary, Terman Middle and Gunn High school. More than 10 percent of the students at Barron Park Elementary are Buena Vista residents. Support for the residents is coming from many directions, including the Palo Alto PTA Council, the Community Working Group and the newly formed Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. These and other local affordable housing groups promise to be strong advocates for the residents, pressing for other possible options besides relocation assistance for the residents. The PTA Council’s engagement was bolstered by a vote of support for the residents by all 17 of the local school PTAs, which believe correctly that evicting the residents will cause a huge loss of diversity within our schools. Certainly the park’s owner, Joe Jisser, has the right to seek another use for his property, which has been in his family since 1986. Jisser had already redeveloped the portion of his property that fronts on El Camino, once occupied by the All American Market, which has since been replaced by Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh franchises. Jisser has said for a number of years that increasing maintenance problems led to his decision to finally arrange a redevelopment deal. The poor condition of utility connections on the property have led to ongoing sewage back-ups and other problems, and making the necessary major infrastructure repairs without displacing the residents infeasible. While no one is really the “bad guy” in this situation, Jisser and the Prometheus real-estate company with which he is working have a major legal and moral responsibility to propose and implement options for the residents. And the city of Palo Alto has plenty of leverage in the matter, since a redevelopment proposal will surely be asking for development rights that exceed what current zoning allows on the property. Simply trying to save the park for its current residents, however, seems a long shot. The conditions are approaching unsafe and whether the park is merely repaired or entirely redeveloped, the current residents would need to move regardless. A better approach is to vigorously pursue replacement-housing options for the residents and to work with the current owner to ensure he provides the time and resources needed for them to make successful transitions.


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Worth the price? Editor, “Palo Alto is well known as a desirable residential community and a City with a healthy, competitive business community. Meeting the demands of each community is a major theme of the Plan. The Plan establishes the physical boundaries of residential and commercial areas and sets limits where necessary to ensure that business and housing remain compatible. It encourages commercial enterprise, but not at the expense of the City’s residential neighborhoods.” - City of Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan (Revised 7/17/2007), Chapter 1, Page 3, under “Meeting Residential and Commercial Needs.” It’s time for the City Council, the

City Manager, the Planning Commission and Planning Department to start paying attention to the people they were elected, selected or hired to represent – the residents of Palo Alto. When are the City Staff and City Council going to stop practicing pay-to-play politics with the developers and start enforcing the city’s Comprehensive Plan and planning codes that are intended to protect the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the downtown business areas? The Arrillaga proposal is only the most recent and blatant example of how the City Council, City Manager and City Staff have committed literally untold staff hours and hundreds of thousand of dollars in socalled “in lieu fees” to fund seem-

ingly endless surveys and studies that lead nowhere. This is routinely done in exchange for exceptions to the building height limits and offstreet parking requirements contained in the Comprehensive Plan and the planning codes. Do we really want thousands of additional vehicles added to our already over-crowded streets and more intrusive parking in the already heavily impacted adjacent residential neighborhoods? Yes, it would be nice to have a modern, dedicated theater for TheatreWorks, but is the further degradation of our neighborhood quality of life really worth the price? Michael Hodos Bryant Street Palo Alto

This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at Posted Dec. 11 at 10:57 a.m. by Bagel Fan, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood: Can’t believe Izzy’s would install such a display without inquiring about city permits, etc. (re: “City punches hole in Izzy’s rooftop bagel display”). It would be obvious to most folks that there would be likely consequences when you do not clear things with the city first. Maybe they just were trying to save some money by not going through all the processes that most businesses and residents have to endure. Take it down and apply for a permit for your next attempt to draw attention to yourselves. Izzy’s has great bagels and shouldn’t need to have such a display to attract customers. Posted Dec. 12 at 10:47 a.m. by Timothy Gray, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood: It seems that the rezoning is appropriate, however the change takes residences out of the ABAG count and increases the infrastructure demand caused by the higher density (re: “City: No more ‘island’ of homes on commercial block”). The developer is “gifted” or “inured” the greater value while the rest of the community bears the increased infrastructure demands. The council awarded a big benefit to the landowner, so where is the public benefit in return? Absent the public benefit, the council has simply enriched a private party at the cost of the residents. Any zoning change, no matter how appropriate, should at least share the upside with the public, as we will all have to share in the cost of additional sewage capacity, water capacity, street repair, school expansion, low-income housing, etc. And no one has been held accountable for the historical decisions that have caused the current $400 million

infrastructure deficit, yet we take actions like this that will further grow that deficit. Please, open the council’s eyes to the cause and effect. Account-

ability? Anyone else feel the frustration of seeing a leadership that speaks of delivering a better outcome, but keeps on doing the same old thing?

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Legacies remain from 1970, the ‘year of revolutions’ in Palo Alto by Jay Thorwaldson ooking back over the most turbulent years of Palo Alto history, one year — 1970 — stands out as the year many “revolutions” came together. Some were gentle, some were harshly confrontational, and some changed the course of events permanently, with effects that continue today. One example is that two high-rise-building proposals rejected by voters in 1970 became the genesis of the 50foot height limit that hangs over new developments, such as John Arrillaga’s 27 University Ave. four-buildings-plus-theater proposal. Some violent demonstrations broke out in the community and inside City Hall over such local issues as an 11 p.m. curfew for amplified music and a critical shortage of low- and moderate-income housing. Contrary to popular belief, they were not all anti-Vietnam War protests, but a general counterculture rebellion. It was a year of discontent by one faction or another, and a case study of how things can have lasting consequences, good and bad. In local civic affairs, two major proposals for high-rise structures triggered rebellions by residents. In late January the Cornish & Carey realestate firm proposed a “Superblock” plan for a two-block area flanking Bryant Street north of University Avenue, in response to a cityinitiated request for proposals. It was the third proposal, and the one selected by city officials. It consisted of twin 10-story buildings. Voters


ultimately rejected the plan, with opposition led by Dick Rosenbaum, who later served on the City Council and as mayor. A plan for even taller buildings was killed in June when voters rejected a 160-foot tall “hospital of the future” between Channing and Addison avenues by the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation, which later became part of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The hospital proposal, in addition to being an innovative “research” design, was surrounded on three sides by residential neighborhoods. It was a response to a chronic bed shortage at the Stanford Hospital and a conflict with academic needs of the School of Medicine — in spite of a major expansion of the Stanford Hospital announced in February 1970. It also reflected rivalry between academic deans and community physicians generally. Both proposals helped sensitize residents to tall buildings, and along with other proposals contributed to the city’s later adoption of a 50-foot height limit — still in force (but under challenge) today. Low- and moderate-income housing was a major focus of community protests and disruptions of City Council meetings. The former Stanford-Midpeninsula Urban Coalition announced in early February a $1 million fund drive to finance a “housing development corporation” for the Peninsula. A local version, the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, was later created as a nonprofit corporation spin-off by Mayor Jack Wheatley and the City Council. But pro-housing efforts failed to assuage the anger of political radicals in the Palo Alto Tenants’ Union (PATU) and other organizations or movements that used confrontation and demonstrations to make their points. Protests disrupted at least two City Council meetings and

created an “us versus them” feeling of mixed anger and fear in the community. I once suggested in a column that how one defines “us versus them” depends on “who you are,” and listed examples. The tension spilled over into the feelings of many high-school students and led to an odd confrontation in front of City Hall on May 18. A group of Palo Alto High School students wanted to march to City Hall and speak with some city official. But police officials, unsure of the intent of the 200 or so students, locked the front doors. The Rev. Barry Verdi, 33, the slightly built minister from All Saints Episcopal Church and an anti-violence advocate, agreed to accompany the march along with some parents. He first tried to ask officers by way of a note why the doors were locked, then entered by a side door. Officers forcefully escorted him to the front door and ejected him in a way that he landed on his seat on the concrete. An irony was that two years earlier he had delivered the convocation for the then-new Civic Center. His hard-landing ejection led to a reform of police training and supervision. The future of “the foothills” — actually the vast area stretching to the Skyline Ridge — also was a major point of revolution in the community. A 1960s proposal to build 1,776 houses in the lower foothills — ultimately rejected by the city — gave rise to a study and new zone that sharply reduced allowable zoning density. It led to lawsuits, the biggest of which was settled for $7.5 million five years later when the city purchased more than 500 acres of what is now the Pearson Arastradero Preserve. The continuing battle over development in the hills led to an editorial in the Palo Alto

Times suggesting that a regional park district be formed to buy land at fair-market value as an alternative to unreliable and unfair zoning or other “police power” methods of controlling growth. The editorial led two years later to the creation of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which now has acquired and permanently dedicated about 60,000 acres. Discontent was not just local. Second-year Congressman Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, in a personal “moderate Republican” rebellion, said in a talk that Congress was so hampered by a decrepit seniority system that it couldn’t deal with critical issues of the day — many relating to affluence and poverty existing side by side, as on the Peninsula, and between rich and poor nations. Then as now? A final revolution of 1970 was the overturning of a decades-old “Hopkins deed restriction” on downtown Palo Alto properties that prohibited sale of hard-liquor in restaurants or businesses. Chef/restaurateur Barry Amato applied for a liquor license for his restaurant, The Shutter, on the ground floor of the President Apartments (a former hotel). The penalty for selling liquor was that the property would revert to Stanford University. The restriction dated from the Prohibition battle of “wets” versus “drys.” But in an era when alcohol had penetrated the Stanford campus itself, with empty bottles lining dorm windowsills, the restriction was overturned in court. And the restaurant influx to downtown Palo Alto commenced. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com with a copy to He also writes regular blogs at (below Town Square).


What do you think the city of Palo Alto could do to alleviate its downtown parking problem? Asked on Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Pierre Bienaimé.

Karen Myers

Retired schoolteacher Marich Way, Mountain View “They could make everything safer for bicycles to encourage bicycle riding. Increasing signage for the multi-story parking lots would help, too.”

Alice Smith

Retired lawyer Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto “The two-hour limit on parking is unrealistic if you’re downtown to do something. I think they should demand more parking per new unit being built downtown.”

Karey Krauter

Retired Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto “I don’t know what the answer is. For now, I’d rather bike to downtown than drive.”

Andrea Lunsford

English professor Peter Coutts Circle, Stanford “It’s a horrible problem. There could be better public transportation.”

Martha Clark Scala

Psychotherapist Loma Verde Avenue, Palo Alto “I haven’t really run into problems. The lots and the streets seem to be enough.”

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





Palo Alto exhibit explores questions of greed and plenty by Rebecca Wallace | photos by Veronica Weber

The starburst of plenty in Sharon Beals’ photo “Even Lake Michigan” depicts plenty of trash that she found by the water.

Artist Winifred Dell’Ario has stitched her “Mantra” into an art quilt.


s “plenty” a positive or negative word? Does it refer to the joy of having just enough, or does it warn of excess? A visitor might answer these questions differently with each step around the main gallery at Palo Alto’s Fibre Arts Design Studio. The artists showing work in the current “Plenty” exhibition explore questions of abundance and greed in quilts and watercolor, in photography and wire mesh and pencil. Even in screws and plywood. Many pieces strike cautionary notes. Mountain View artist Jacqueline Ernst’s watercolor “Fox and Bottle Tree” is cheerily colorful but

based on a Paraguay legend with an unhappy ending. The tale has it that a thoughtless fox stole the key to a bottle tree that held all the water and fish in the world; in Ernst’s painting, the dismayed fox is about to be flooded. In the center of the gallery, Menlo Park artist Ceevah Sobel has created a meticulously arranged tower of paper with a steel rod in the middle. Titled “Alms Column,” the piece is almost pretty until you realize it’s built from junk mail — “all the direct-mail envelopes that she got for three years,” says Dan Caple, marketing and design manager at the gallery.

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Still, the exhibition is far from depressing. “Technology & the Tyke,” Suhita Shirodkar’s watercolor-andink sketch of a boy fiddling with a smartphone, is playful, and Shelley Kommers’ collage “Look, the Sky is Full of Love” pictures plenty as a child reaching toward a sky rich with blue hearts. Photographer Steven Brock, too, has contributed photos that are full of joy. Taken in 1987 when the San Franciscan lived in a mountain village in Peru, they include images of two women beaming over ice-cream cones. Their clothes and hats are simple, but the mountains in the background are lovely and so are the smiles.

Meanwhile, Ryan Carrington has created a panel of posh Burberry plaid — fashioned from screws arranged in plywood. A pricey pattern in the most blue-collar medium. This is the kind of mix that Caple, general manager Shira Adriance and the others at Fibre Arts Design strive for in the gallery’s group and solo exhibitions. Some pieces are edgy, while others are more accessible, art you could imagine hanging on your wall. The gallery also seeks out both new and established artists. “Art is hard. You have to pick things that will sell,” Caple says. But also, he adds, pieces that have something to say. “If you just had landscapes — you can find that at Pier 1.” Caple and his cohorts plan to continue that mix when the space undergoes a major change next month. CEO and founder Wo Schiffman, who along with Adriance and Janea Ponce has also offered design services at Fibre Arts, is retiring to concentrate on her own art. She has sold the business to Caple and his business partner, David Lucas, who plan to make a few upgrades to the gallery and then reopen the space in January as New Coast Studios. Most of Fibre Arts’ staff will remain, said Adriance, who is moving to Montreal but will still do some projects remotely. Caple, a designer and artist from

Chicago, sounds excited about New Coast Studios. He says the new venture will continue to curate shows and sell art from its walls and shop, but also have a new focus on community events, with a “non-pretentious atmosphere.” One event planned for the spring is “Doodle Fest,” in which the public will help create an enormous collaborative doodle with markers on paper. The two-day event will happen in the gallery’s back lot, and several regular gallery artists will be taking part. “We want to encourage creativity,” Caple says. Meanwhile, “Plenty” is up for viewing until the artwork comes down on Dec. 20 for the holidays. The next group show, “Transformation,” is scheduled to open Jan. 31. In the gallery, Caple wanders over to Palo Alto artist Elizabeth Cody’s pencil drawing “Alone.” It’s sort of the anti-”plenty,” with a minimalist depiction of a woman with her back to the viewer, her head down. In contrast, Sharon Beals’ photo “Even Lake Michigan” is a starburst of color and hectic plastic, with barrettes, combs, lighters and torn balloons. Plentiful, yes, but probably too much so: It’s a photo of the garbage that she found by the lake and carefully arranged. Adriance, who curated the show, is drawn to “Naso Turco,” a mixedmedia work by Menlo Park artist

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) The woman depicted in Maria Kazanskaya’s “Naso Turco� has a face heavy with coins and gaudy wallpaper. Ceevah Sobel’s “Alms Column� is made of junk mail: the directmail envelopes she received over three years. Maria Kazanskaya. It depicts a close-up woman, repelling and compelling, with her hairline pulled back severely and her nose drawn into a sort of elephant’s trunk, heavy with golden coins. Gaudy wallpaper makes a pattern on her neck. It all feels like plastic surgery gone bad — like the face of “plenty,� as Adriance notes, and not in a good way. “This woman has spent so much money on her face, and it doesn’t make her beautiful,� Adriance says. N

What: “Plenty,� a group exhibition on the themes of consumption and excess Where: Fibre Arts Design Studio gallery, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto When: The exhibit comes down Dec. 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Cost: Admission is free. Info: Go to or call 650-485-2121.

A dismayed fox causes a flood in Jacqueline Ernst’s watercolor “Fox and the Bottle Tree,� which depicts a legend from Paraguay.

8:30 A.M., Thursday, December 20, 2012 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 537 Hamilton Avenue [12PLN-00458]: Request by Smith Equities III LLC for Preliminary Review of a new two story 14,367 square foot office building with below grade parking for 18 spaces, eight of which are tandem lift spaces, replacing the existing 4,588 square foot office building. Zone: CD-C(P). Amy French Chief Planning Official

City of Palo Alto ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. In accordance with A.B. 886, this document will be available for review and comment during a minimum 30-day inspection period beginning December 14, 2012 during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. This item is tentatively scheduled to be considered at a public hearing by the Architectural Review Board, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:30 am in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the ďŹ rst oor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration should be provided to Russ Reich, Department of Planning and Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, or via email at, by 5:00 PM on January 14, 2012. 260 California Avenue [12PLN-00352]: Request by Hayes Group Architects on behalf of Tarob M&C Investors, LLC for major Architectural Review Board Review for the construction of a new three story, approximately 27,000 square foot building. Zone District: Community Commercial with Retail and Pedestrian combining districts (CC(2)(R)(P)). Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment

Fibre Arts Design Studio marketing and design manager Dan Caple and general manager Shira Adriance admire Amy Ahlstrom’s quilt “SoMa (Holy Cow!)� in the current exhibition.

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(TENTATIVE) AGENDA–REGULAR MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012 7:00 PM CONSENT CALENDAR 1. Finance Committee Recommends the Council Adopt a Resolution Approving the Continuation of the Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program 2. Finance Committee Recommends the Council Adopt the 10-Year Gas & Electric Energy Efficiency Goals 3. Approval of a Contract With Rosas Brothers Construction in the Amount of $1,022,066 for the FY 2013 Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Repairs Project 4. Acceptance Of A Contribution of $9,291 From TopCorner, Inc., for the Enhancement Of Cogswell Plaza; Adoption Of A Budget Amendment Ordinance To Allocate The Contribution to Project Cost Centers 5. Approval of a Contract Amendment with the Downtown Streets, Inc to Consolidate Various Contracts Under one Umbrella Contract in the Amount of $156,868 for the Second Year of a Three Year Contract for Trash and Litter Clean up 6. Approval of Additional Funds for Contracts with Riezebos Holzbaur Design Firm 7. Approval for the Division Of Arts & Science, Community Services Department to Submit An Application to The National Endowment For the Arts for an Our Town Grant 8. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Contract With Geodesy in the Amount of $135,000 for Development and Maintenance Support Services for the City's Geographic Information System Software 9. Adoption of a Resolution to Apply for Grant Funds for the Environment Enhancement and Mitigation Program for Tree Plantings to Mitigate Impacts of the Highway 101 Auxiliary Lane Construction 10. Adoption of Resolution Declaring Results of the Consolidated General and Special Municipal Elections Held on November 6, 2012 11. Update on Planning for Potential Infrastructure Finance Measure for 2014 Ballot 12. Approval of Contract with Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Metz and Associates for Public Opinion Research Services Related to a Potential Infrastructure Finance Measure 13. Approval of Contract Amendment with SAP, Inc. 14. Authorization for the City Manager to Enter Into a One-Year Contract with Professional Evaluation Group/The Ochoa & Moore Law Firm, P.C. (PEG/OM) in a Total Amount Not to Exceed $125,000 for Rail Legislative Advocacy Services 15. Policy and Services Committee Recommendation to Adopt Process for Establishing 2013 Council Priorities ACTION ITEMS 16. Approval of Pilot Residential Compostables Collection Program and Adjustment to Refuse Collection Frequency 17. Public Hearing: Approval of a Record of Land Use Action for a Conditional Use Permit Amendment Allowing the Operation of a New Pre-Kindergarten Program Within an Expanded Building and an After-School Day Care Program Associated with an Existing Private School (K-8 Program) at 1095 Channing Avenue 18. City Manager Year in Review 19. Presentation and Updates on Council and Staff Visit to Yangpu District, China and Request for Council Consideration of Next Steps of Partnership Between the City of Palo Alto and the Yangpu District of China 20. Colleagues Memo From Mayor Yeh, Council Members Price and Shepherd Regarding Youth Liaison STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Finance Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM regarding; 1) Long Range Financial Forecast; 2) Adoption of Two Resolutions a) Approving the Policy Pertaining to the Purchase of Energy from a Potential Green Waste-to-Energy Facility, and b) Amending Utility Rule and Regulation 2 (Definitions and Abbreviations) and the Six Rate Schedules Covering Medium and Large Commercial Customers (E-4 and E-7) to include Standby Service Charges; and 3) Recommend that the City Council Appoint an Electric Undergrounding Advisory Body The Cubberley Policy Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Palo Alto Unified School District Offices. The City/School meeting will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

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essie Jewitt rarely performs in public. But this Dec. 31 she’ll be in front of an audience, backed by thousands of pipes. A longtime pipe organist with a degree from the Schola Cantorum music school in Paris, Jewitt is scheduled to perform the New Year’s Eve concert on the grand 1957 Casavant organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. While the concert is usually performed by resident organist James Welch, Jewitt will do the honors this year. Jewitt, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has long found spiritual comfort and a way to communicate through her music, she said in an email to the Weekly, writing, “This is the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.” Her concert is planned for 8 p.m. in the church at 600 Colorado Ave. in the Midtown neighborhood. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission, with students under 18 free. For more information, go to The Palo Alto area also hosts several other arts-related events on New Year’s Eve and Day, including concerts and dances. Here are a few of the options: Longtime flamenco dancer Koko de la Isla, who has studied for years in Spain and Japan and teaches the art form in Mountain View, will be featured in a New Year’s Eve “Flamenco Night at Menlo Hub,” at 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Other performers will include guitarist Alberto Marques, singers Virginia Juan and Jose de la Isla, percussionist and bass player Mike Masuda and drummer Sam Sotelo. Flamenco shows are set for 9, 10 and 11 p.m.; the restaurant’s New Year’s celebration continues until 1 a.m. Go to or call 650-321-6882 to reserve a table. Revelers who prefer to take the stage themselves can opt for the annual New Year’s Eve Contra Dance put on by the Bay Area Country Dance Society from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. The event includes a potluck and is held at the Palo Alto Masonic Temple at 461 Florence St. Caller Lynn Ackerson will join musical guests Stringfire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb and Chris Knepper). Admission is $20 general, $16 for society members and $10 for students. Go to Several local restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus, often along with live music. At Morocco’s Restaurant at 873 Castro St. in Mountain View, keyboardist Johnny Smiley will play jazz and belly dancer Etain will perform on Dec. 31, with a five-course set menu. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m., with smallplates meals from 10 p.m. Call 650-968-1502 or go to

Farther north, Redwood City’s Fox Theatre at 2223 Broadway hosts the rock and soul cover band The Houserockers and DJ Dinero on New Year’s Eve, with a balloon drop, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $35 general. Go to Next door, the smaller Club Fox will host a salsa night with doors also opening at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Go to At nearby Angelica’s Bistro, at 863 Main St. in Redwood City, a New Year’s Eve party will feature Generation Esmeralda, a band that plays the music of disco group Santa Esmeralda with some of the original members. Dinner seating starts at 8 p.m., with the show at 9 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $115/$135. Go to or call 650-365-3226. Earlier in the day on New Year’s Eve, seniors will gather for the annual Senior New Year’s Eve Day Bash with dancing and a buffet lunch at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The party, which is presented together with the Avenidas senior center and the City of Palo Alto, goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Hall, with a champagne toast at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 at the door. Go to or call 650-223-8664. On New Year’s Day, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra always holds a free afternoon concert in Palo Alto. This year’s theme will be “Dial M for Music,” with music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and New York City composer Harold Meltzer. The Meltzer piece is an SFCO commission and a world premiere, called Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola. Soloists Scott St. John (violin) and Sharon Wei (viola) will be featured. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto at 625 Hamilton Ave. Go to sfchamberorchestra. org or call 415-692-3367. N

Corrections A theater review in the Dec. 7 gave the incorrect closing date for TheatreWorks’ production of “Big River.” The show runs through Dec. 30. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-2236514, or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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‘Cuban at Heart: A Photographic Exhibition’ Foothill College presents “Cuban at Heart: A Photographic Exhibition,” which captures the magnetic pull of the Cuban people — their warmth, openness, and resourcefulness — as photographed by 16 Foothill College photography students and their instructor. Admission is free; parking is $3. Nov. 28- Jan. 16, 7:30 a.m.8:30 p.m. Krause Center for Innovation Gallery at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7082. Miniatures and More Gallery 9 Los Altos Holiday group exhibit features 30 local artists through Dec. 24. Small works in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, mixed media, metal work and jewelry. Holiday reception: Fri., Dec. 7, 5-7:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition This international exhibition presents the work of 10 finalists for the 2011 Jameel Prize, which explores longestablished practices of Islamic art, craft, and design within a contemporary framework. It is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Through March 10, Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-8169. museum. Winter Celebration, miniature art show Featuring the work of the Creative Expressions students. Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m. El Camino Hospital, Lower level, Piano lobby, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.


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emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a workplace environment and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills. Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $85. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto. eBook Drop-In Center Interested in checking out eBooks from the Palo Alto City Library? The eBook Drop-In Center is on the 1st Friday of each month, Dec-Feb, 3-5 p.m. Those interested can drop in to these informal sessions, ask questions, and get help. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-3292436. First Aid with Adult CPR/AED This American Red Cross course meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a workplace environment and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills. Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto. www.redcross. org/siliconvalley Foothill College Winter Registration Foothill College Winter Quarter registration is Nov. 26-Jan. 6. Classes run Jan. 7-March 27. Continuing students register Nov. 26-Jan. 6. New and former students register Nov. 30-Jan. 6. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Review instructions and class schedule at 5 a.m. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7325. www. High Heels for the Holidays Attendees can pick up some tips and tricks to feel lighter and more comfortable in high heels of all kinds. Taught by Ballroom Dancer and Alexander Technique teacher. Suitable for teens and above. Call studio to

buy tickets. Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20 in advance/$25 at the door Cheryl Burke Dance, 1400 No. Shoreline Blvd. #A-1, Mountain View. Call 650-864-9150.


Portola Valley Non-Fiction Book Club The club will discuss “In the Plex: how Google thinks, works and shapes our lives” by Stephen Levy, a writer for Wired magazine. Dec. 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

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Bethlehem A.D. for 3 Nights 2012 is the 20th year of Bethlehem A.D., a South Bay tradition that recreates the ancient village of Bethlehem on the night of the first Christmas. Visitors interact with Roman soldiers, Wise Men, Camels, and watch angels dance on rooftops. Live Hallelujah Chorus and donuts. Dec. 21-23, 6-9:30 p.m. Bethlehem A.D., 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Call 650-281-9170. Caroling in the Hills Parks and Recreation Committee member Scott Vanderlip leads this annual caroling event. Kids, adults and families meet at the Parks and Recreation Building for a brief rehearsal and then tour nearby neighborhoods. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Cookies and cider will be provided. Dec. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Town Hall, Parks and Recreation Building, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-793-0475. www. Festival of Trees! Vote for Your Favorite Tree Lytton’s 7th Annual Festival of Trees has more than 14 decorated trees. Past themes included: gingerbread tree, peppermint tree and flamingo tree. Christmas carolers, an ornament workshop, pictures with Santa, holiday piano, cookies and ci-


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der. Dec. 15, rain or shine, 4-6 p.m. Lytton Gardens Senior Communities, 437 Webster St., Palo Alto. Call 650-328-3300. Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner every Monday (except holidays), 6:30 pm. Full vegan meal includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and beverage. Friendly, communal seating. Lecture monthly. Nov. 5-Dec. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. $15. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-599-3320. Midtown Court Neighbors and Friends Celebration The food drive will conclude with a block event including the following: giveaways, treats, surprises, cheers and more. Special Guests: Brownies, Girl and Boy Scouts. Plus, PA Utilities-Debra Katz & Christen. Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon Midtown Center, 2700 Midtown Court, Palo Alto. Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot Christmas trees: Noble, Fraser, Douglas and Grand Firs up to 13 feet. Christmas wreaths and garland also available. All volunteer-run fundraiser for benefit of Nativity School. Open from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15, Nativity School, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive JJ & F Market, Miki’s Farm Fresh and Rick’s Ice Cream are the “food drop off sites” that participants can visit to donate food items. Filled food bags go directly to PA residents. Volunteers and funds donations are also needed. Nov. 9-Dec. 15, Midtoghwn Court Neighbors, Various Locations in Palo Alto, Palo Alto. Call 650-283-9910.


Heavy metal Ryan Carrington often looks at blue-collar workers in his art, calling them the “hardworking heroes of our society.” The metal sculpture “Anderson’s Boots,” pictured, is one of the pieces he’s now showing at the Community School of Music and Arts at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. Carrington’s art is paired with art by Steve Davis, a fellow sculptor who often works in bronze. The show opens tonight, Dec. 14, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and then runs through Jan. 27. Details are at

20 Harps for the Holidays Attendees can enjoy festive holiday harp music at this annual concert. The program will include a variety of classical and holiday music, a studio ensemble of more than 20 harps, and guest artist Paul Hurst. Proceeds go to Harpeggio Music to help support studio activities, including this concert. Dec. 15, 4 p.m. $12-15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408-366-8810. harpeggio. com/concert.html Broceliande Winter Solstice Concert Wassail! For the 10th year, Celtic/Medieval Ensemble Broceliande (Margaret Davis, Kristophe Klover, & Kris Yenny) welcomes the winter solstice with a concert of traditional and early music of the season. There will be dances, carols, ballads, and the traditional drink of wassail after the show. Dec. 15, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 thru Dec 14, $20, day of. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-9889800. Carillon Bells of Hoover Tower James Welch plays Christmas and holiday music on the carillon bells of Hoover Tower, Stanford University. Dec. 15, 4-4:45 p.m. Hoover Tower, Stanford University, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-856-9700. Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo The jazz guitarist Hunter joins with jazz master drummer Amendola to play quartet played by two people. Tickets available online or at the cafe. Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30

p.m. $20. Dana Street Roasting Co., 744 West Dana St., Mountain View. Call 650390-9638. Gifts of the season The Silicon Valley Boychoir performs its third annual holiday concert filled with a variety of family songs. The 40-voice choir rehearses weekly in Palo Alto under the direction of Julia Simon and Cathy Doyle. Dec. 15, 5 p.m. First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto. OIGC Annual Holiday Concert In keeping with the tradition of the past 27 years, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will welcome the holidays with a concert of vocal celebration. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. $28-36. Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Concert Violinist Axel Strauss debuts as conductor and soloist, with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219. The program will also feature movements from the great chamber music masterpieces performed by orchestra players, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-3848. Peninsula Women’s Chorus: ‘Star of Wonder’ Concert 2 “Star of Wonder” features a collection of music from around the world — from Penderecki to the French Baroque to the U.S. premiere of “Star-Crossed” by Filipino composer Saunder Choi. Includes post-concert holiday sing along. Dec. 15, 4 p.m. $25 general/$30 premium/$10 18 and under. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Peninsula Women’s Chorus: ‘Star of Wonder’ Concert 3 “Star of Wonder” features a collection of music from around the world — from Penderecki to the French Baroque to the U.S. premiere of “StarCrossed” by Filipino composer Saunder Choi. Dec. 16, 4 p.m. $30 general/$35 premium/$10 18 and under. St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Vallombrosa Christmas Lessons and Carols The Vallombrosa Choir, under the direction of Patrick Feehan will perform a Christmas Lessons and Carols concert. Dec. 16, 2-4 p.m. suggested donation $20/person. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650325-5614.


Bayer Ballet Company - ‘A Winter Fairy Tale’ Holiday youth ballet in world-famous Russian style. A magical book brings to life a New Year’s Eve fairy tale. Includes fairyland creatures and animated toys. Dec. 14, 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m., $30/$25 (12 and under, 62 and over). Mountain View Center for The Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-988-9971. Social Ballroom Dancing Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion. Dec. 14 lessons at 8 p.m. are Tango for beginning and intermediate levels, followed by general dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire

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‘Playing Grown-Up: Toys from the Harry P. Costa Collection’ This exhibition will explore toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities of adults. Toys will include an antique pedal fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, and an electric 1929 Lionel Stove & Oven. Feb. 14-Dec. 31, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children 5 & under, free for association members. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-2990104.

Family and Kids

Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. Catfish Jack’s Harmonica Workshop Participants can come to this workshop and learn simple melodies and create their own unique “train� sounds. The first 20 attendees will receive a harmonica, or they may bring their own. Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650851-0147. Free Topo Map Gift Wrap The USGS maps office is giving away outdated topographic maps for use as gift wrap. With their shades of green for forests, cities etched in red, and blue waterways, many of the maps are in holiday colors. The free maps are available for pickup in person only, in limited quantities, through Dec. 24. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. U.S. Geological Survey, 325 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5404. kiosk/mparea3.html Puppylocks and the Three Bears Magical Moonshine Puppets perform their version of a familiar story for children ages 4 and up. Dec. 17, 4-5 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. Stanford Park Hotel Teddy Bear Tea Attendees can enjoy fine teas, hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, and holiday sweets in an afternoon with pianist and storyteller Liz Bongiorno. Reservations are required. Dec. 2 and 16, 1-3 p.m. Adults $30, Children 4-12 $20, Under 4 are free. Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-3302782. The Wind in the Willows Kids can go for a wild ride with Mr. Toad as he is reunited with his beloved friends Mole, Ratty, and Mr. Badger. In an adventure with chases, jail breaks and bandits, Mr. Toad learns the true meaning of friendship. Dec. 6-8, 14-15, 21-22 at 7 p.m., Dec 8-9, 15 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 12-13 at 4:30 $10.00

children; $12.00 adults Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4970. default.asp


Yin Yoga Class Restorative yoga class comprised of longer-held seated poses. Led by Sheryl Nonnenberg, certified yoga instructor. Dec. 19, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Menlo Pilates & Yoga, 1011 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 408-480-8977.

Live Music

Holiday Concert with Mary McLaughlin Celtic singer and songwriter Mary McLaughlin will perform with the breathtaking harp work of Steve Coulter for a concert of authentic Celtic music, steeped in the Gaelic traditions of Ireland. Funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. Live Gypsy Acoustic Guitar Dani will play Flamenco guitar and latin love classics. Dec. 20, 5-9:30 p.m. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. Moroccan Music night Morroccos will share its 150-year-old recipes and have some Moroccan tunes. Sundays, through Dec. 30, 5-9 p.m. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650968-1502. www.moroccosrestaurant. com OIGC Annual Holiday Concert In keeping with the tradition of the past 27 years, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will usher in the spirit of the holidays with a concert of magical vocal celebration like none other before. Dec. 21, 7:30-11 p.m. $2836. Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6000.

On Stage

Auditions for Talent Show East West celebrates the longest night of the year by presenting the public’s talents and gifts. If someone has an family-friendly, short performance (music, on-stage psychic readings, gentle comedy, storytelling, etc.) and wants to share, please contact the store to schedule an audition. All ages. Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-988-9800. www. It’s a Wonderful Life It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play re-imagines the beloved movie directed by Frank Capra as a 1940s radio production. Five talented actors play every single part, as well as provide all the sound-effects with an ingenious bag of tricks. Through Dec. 22, 8-9:45 p.m. $18-$30. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-9415070.


Insight Meditation South Bay Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a weekly Insight Meditation sitting followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Dec. 11-Feb. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650-8570904. University Public Worship Each week the University Public Worship includes preaching from a different reverend or rabbi; music by University Organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church Choir. Sundays, Nov. 11Dec. 30, 10-11 a.m. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. events/333/33389


Digital Photos, Returns Now is the chance to learn how to load, organize, and save digital photos on the computer.


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All participants must bring their digital camera and connector cable. All participants must have basic computer skills. Dec. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330.

Special Events

Annual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), The Bay Area LEGO(r) User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are co-hosting the 2012/13 LEGO Holiday display at MOAH. Enjoy a variety of LEGO creations made by members of the club, featuring train layouts and Bay Area landmarks. Dec. 7-Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person, free for Museum and BayLUG Members. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www. The Cat Fantastic Fine Arts Demonstration where local children’s book illustrator, Amanda Cole, will demonstrate her cat painting skills. Amanda also does Critter Talk at Junior Museum and Zoo. Dec. 16, 7-8 p.m. Emily Stains, 415 S. California Ave., Palo Alto . Call 650-3269355.


Ongoing Soccer Tryouts - PSV Union FC PSV Union FC is a nonprofit youth soccer club based in Palo Alto, with professionally coached teams ages U7 to U18, & an Academy for ages 4-6. Our philosophy is based on a long term approach to development, focused on providing high level instruction and a great learning environment. Dec. 5-Feb. 4, Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-387-4128.

Support Groups

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group Peer support group for those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Group usually meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Dec. 16, 2-4 p.m. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 701 E. El Camino Real, 3rd Floor, Ob/Gyn Conference Room, Mountain View. Call 650-965-1703.


Free Introductory TM Lectures Free Introductory Lectures to the Transcendental Meditation Technique every Wednesday at noon and 8 p.m. Transcendental Meditation Center, 1101 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-8800. Humanist Community Forum Michelle Chappel will discuss how develop a second (or third or fourth) act to be happy and prosperous. Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Palo Alto High School Student Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-964-7576 . blog/home/


Green@Home Volunteer Training Attendees can join Acterra’s Green@Home program to combat climate change and high energy bills. They will train participants to conduct free energy assessments in Cupertino and Palo Alto and to install energy-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads. Training consists of two 4-hour sessions, Nov.14 and 28, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Palo Alto. Call 650-9629876 x380. greenathometrainingnov. MCT; ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ Food Drive Time Committment: 30 minutes-1 hour, Nov. 9 through Dec. 15. Many neighbors throughout Palo Alto are struggling to buy food and medications. Midtown Court Neighbors and Friends have partnered with 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Midtown Court Neighbors & Friends, Midtown & other locations., Palo Alto. Call 650-283-9910. Museum of American Heritage Volunteers are welcome at the Museum of American Heritage in downtown Palo Alto. There are a wide range of opportunities. 11-4 p.m. free Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. Now Recruiting Outdoor Education Leaders There are volunteer opportunities with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. It involves working as part of a team and leading third through fifth grade students on field trips at the David C. Daniels Nature Center. Those interested can submit an interest form now to be included in the upcoming training. Through Feb. 12, Free www.openspace. org/volunteer/volunteer.asp


The Palo Alto pizza pair Twin brothers Chris and Scott Hong bring their family enterpreneurial streak to town by Haiy Le ports bar and pizza joint. Meaty toppings and glutenfree crust. Some things go together like identical twin brothers. Chris and Scott Hong do many things together, whether it’s working out, sporting the same spiked haircut, or opening up the Palo Alto Pizza Co. on Park Boulevard near California Avenue this past January. The brothers, 33, were born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with their family to San Jose when they were 13. “When we came to the country, our family didn’t have much money,” Chris said. “We worked hard to make money and save money.” An entrepreneurial streak runs in the family. Their parents owned a karaoke bar in Seoul, and their father had an electronics repair shop in San Jose for five years. “We always had an idea to open up a business,” Chris said. “We just weren’t sure what kind.”


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Twin brothers Chris and Scott Hong, 33, in their newest business venture, Palo Alto Pizza Co.

But their parents had other ideas, and both boys ended up enrolling at De Anza College. After a year and a half, they shifted gears into entrepreneurship. When their father returned to South Korea, “the responsibility shifted on us to pay for the mortgage,” Scott said. Their love of cars led them to open up an auto-body shop. But the work involved interacting more with insurance companies than with cars and customers. The brothers realized that what they craved was customer interaction. They looked around and found a friend from high school who had been working in the pizza business for 15 years. Nick Minarik owns Legends Pizza Company in San Jose, and after Chris spent a year working there, he enjoyed it so much that he convinced his brother and Minarik to join in his vision of Palo Alto Pizza Co. Minarik became co-owner and lent the new venture

a few Legends recipes. The brothers also brought in Texas restaurant owner Brandon Nebel as general manager to teach them the ropes of running a restaurant. Today, the Palo Alto Pizza Co. has a modern sports-bar atmosphere. Five flat screens adorn the wall and are tuned into the games, while the menu offers pizzas with such names as The Elway, The Harbaugh, The Woods and The Cardinal. The twins boast about their products made from scratch, including their own dough and the sauce, and the cheese block shaved fresh. The restaurant specializes in sourdough, with many gluten-free and vegan options. On a recent Friday evening, Nebel stands behind the front line, while the twins shuffle among the dining area, the kitchen and the front door, bringing pizzas to the tables and making (continued on next page)


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deliveries to customers. One way to tell them apart, according to Chris, is that he is “10 pounds heavier.” Nebel gives his opinion: “Chris is more social and will laugh it up with you while Scott is more serious and is very business-oriented.” Scott adds, “I work on the financial, back-end side of things while Chris handles the operational processes, so it makes sense that those are the different styles we bring to the restaurant.” Despite their different styles, both twins say they are energized by interacting with their customers. “At the auto body shop, customers come in for one thing: cars. Here, we get many different types of customers,” Scott said. Elwanda Fenwick, a Palo Alto resident, has been coming to the restaurant since it first opened. “The pizza is good whether you pick it up and take it home or have it here,” she said. This night, she brought her neighbor, Cozy Jarlenski, to join her in


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ShopTalk by Daryl Savage

PALO ALTO’S LARGEST COFFEE CUP ... Customers are doing a double take if they happen to look up at the roof as they enter Izzy’s Bagels at 477 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto. They see a 7-foot-tall coffee cup paired with a 5-foottall bagel. Izzy’s manager Maria Arzate said customers tell her they love the display, which went up last month. “With that coffee cup up there, people know exactly where to find us,” she said. But wait. All is not well in the land of giant coffee cups and giant bagels. Seems someone complained to the city about the coffee cup,

140 University Ave., where Miyake used to be. Currently, the two are busy renovating the former sushi restaurant into a steakhouse. Going with what Schmidt calls a “classic-contemporary design,” the restaurant will feature dark woods with gold and black accents. Palo Alto Grill, at 3,900 square feet, is about the same size as Lavanda, and prices for entrees will be fairly consistent with the old restaurant, Schmidt said. He added that the entrees will have European flourishes, including some of the Croatian specialties that Lavanda was known for. “But it’s basically a steakhouse with straightforward food,” Schmidt said. He added that the steaks will come in three flavors: grass-fed, dry-aged and corn finished, and prime. Expected opening is the end of January 2013. Tyler Hanley


watching some of the games. “The space is better when it has more people,” Jarlenski said. At one point, Fenwick turns to this reporter and asks, “Would you like to try some Luck?” The Luck is generously topped with pepperoni, salami, honey smoked ham, Italian sausage and bacon. It’s unclear how the namesake pizza mirrors Andrew Luck’s qualities, but the business’ intention is straightforward. “We wanted the restaurant’s name to connect with the community,” Scott said.

so Palo Alto Code Enforcement Officer Brian Reynolds investigated and found that the cup and the bagel violate city law. “We don’t permit roof signs. It’s not the size that matters. It’s a violation to have any display on the roof,” Reynolds said. He also referred to a safety issue. “With a big storm and strong winds, the displays could be blown off. We don’t know how they are installed,” he said. A city notice for removal has been issued to Izzyís, Reynolds said. Contrary to a report that the cup and the bagel will be taken down on Saturday, Arzate said she is unaware of any such plans. The business is still talking to the city, she said, adding, “I don’t know what will be next.” LAVANDA REINVENTED ... When the Lavanda Croatian restaurant and wine bar closed its doors last summer at 185 University Ave. in Palo Alto, the closure came with a promise from its two owners. “We will be back,” they both said. True to their word, restaurateurs Bruce Schmidt and Luka Dvornik are now poised to open their new venture, Palo Alto Grill, just a block away from their old one at

FROM MORTGAGES TO STREET FOOD ... Akash Kapoor is the first to admit he’s an unlikely owner of a chain of bustling restaurants and food trucks. “I’m not a food guy. Up until 2009, I owned a mortgage company,” he said. After the financial collapse, Kapoor launched Curry Up Now, a food-truck business serving Indian street food. Since then, Kapoor’s business has exploded. He now has five food trucks, and opened his third Bay Area restaurant in November in Palo Alto. He plans to open six more restaurants in another year, with the next one scheduled to open in San Francisco’s Mission District next month. Located in the former Cafe Renaissance at 321 Hamilton Ave., Curry Up Now is already a popular lunch destination, with noontime crowds queuing up out the door. “Palo Alto fits our demographic. It’s got the young tech workers and also a huge residential neighborhood just a block away,” Kapoor said. The 45-seat restaurant offers Indian street food such as samosas and naan.

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Movies Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ---

(Century 16, Century 20) Fantasy fans hungry for a second breakfast of Tolkien-fueled fare can get their fill with this visually sumptuous feast. Director Peter Jackson (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) rekindles his Middle Earth magic in adapting the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal novel “The Hobbit” for the big screen. Two other “Hobbit” films will follow in 2013 and 2014. Those fond of the award-winning “Lord of the Rings” pictures will feel a sense of déjà vu in watching “An Unexpected Journey,” as cinematography, costuming, score and set design are all virtually identical, not to mention several cast members. And while “Journey” gets off to a ploddingly slow start (as some journeys are wont to do), the colorful characters, action sequences and unparalleled visual effects quickly help pick up the pace. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, expertly cast) is a peaceful hobbit perfectly content in the quiet calm of the Shire, thank you very much. That all changes when the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen, reprising his “Rings” role) arrives at Bilbo’s abode with 13 dwarves in tow. Gandalf and the dwarves, led by the brave and stubborn Thorin Oakenshield, are planning a trek to the Lonely Mountain to retake their kingdom of Erebor from a vicious dragon named Smaug. Bilbo reluctantly agrees to tag along as the group’s “burglar,” and soon the crew is on the road to Erebor. The quest proves a dangerous one as Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves run across three hungry trolls, a horde of nasty goblins and their obese leader, and other obstacles. Bilbo also meets the gangly creature Gollum (Andy Serkis) and finds the One Ring, a powerful treasure that plays an integral role in the “Lord of the Rings” films. There is a paint-by-numbers feel to “Journey,” since the groundwork was already well laid with “Lord of the Rings.” Some scenes — such as a flashback battle scene involving Thorin and the dwarves — are incredibly similar to moments in

“Rings.” The dwarves are a treat, though, especially Thorin (Richard Armitage, taking the hunky-leader baton from Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn), elder Balin (Ken Stott) and tattooed warrior Dwalin (Graham McTavish). And “Journey” introduces a host of interesting new characters, such as Gandalf’s fellow wizard Radagast (Sylvester McCoy). Freeman makes a wonderful Bilbo, striking a perfect balance between humor and heart, and McKellen serves up another terrific performance. Jackson shot “The Hobbit” in 3D at 48 frames per second (24 is standard), which takes some getting used to. The quickened frame rate leads to a vibrant, cleaner viewing and more realistic effects, but prosthetics and makeup are also easier to spot. Some have wondered if three films (at nearly three hours each) are really necessary in adapting one 300page novel. A fair question. And the easy answer is no. But for those who relish the fantasy genre — and Tolkien’s works specifically — three movies might not be enough. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. 2 hours, 49 minutes. — Tyler Hanley

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(Aquarius) “It’s the economy, stupid.” This bit of conventional wisdom holds true for those trying to win public office, but when it comes to the longevity of the human race, it’s the environment, stupid. A growing number of concerned citizens have taken up this message, some employing motion pictures like “Chasing Ice” to be worth thousands of words. Jeff Orlowski’s documentary feature uses emotional appeal and a measure of science to provide what it characterizes as definitive evidence of global warming. Orlowski follows James Balog, a photographer with a master’s degree in geomorphology. Balog’s commitment to environmental photography has, of late, refocused primarily on melting glaciers, which Balog calls “the canary in the global coal mine.”

Jeff Orlowski’s documentary “Chasing Ice” uses dramatic images to look at the issue of global warming. Orlowski observes Balog at work with his Extreme Ice Survey, a project recording receding ice-lines and crumbling glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Montana. The presentation of Balog’s often hauntingly beautiful imagery — and the fully committed approach he takes to capturing it — go a long way toward the photographer’s career mission of reconnecting city dwellers to our presence in and interaction with nature. Now driven to promote environmental crisis management, Balog muses, “The story is in the ice — somehow.” As artwork, each photo is unique. But as far as being an argument for global warming, if you’ve seen one melting glacier, you’ve seen them all, which might account for the film’s compact 76minute running time. Orlowski makes up the balance partly with a smattering of talkinghead commentary paying too-brief lip service to the science of global warming and the effects of global climate change. Mostly, though, the film hero-worships Balog, a passionate and talented artist whose work has taken a physical toll (and also one who gives off whiffs of self-congratulation and vanity). The facts show that global warming is a reality of the status quo, but facts aren’t always enough. Balog explains that his work has led him to a more “seductive approach” in depicting nature to man. It’s anyone’s guess whether hardcore deniers would be convinced by anything, including dramatic time-lapse record of disappearing glaciers, though the film provides anecdotal examples (one interviewee offers that he quit his job, at Shell Oil, on viewing Balog’s evidence). “Chasing Ice” stakes its claim on that seductive approach, and while more detailed scientific analysis and greater discussion of impacts would have been welcome, the film’s vi-

sual rhetoric is solid. Plus, Balog talks of taking environmental action for the sake of his daughters, a gesture likely to make hearts melt as quickly as glaciers.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. One hour, 16 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Anna Karenina (R) (( Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 5:15 & 8:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 3:55, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Argo (R) (((1/2 Century 16: Sat. & Sun. at 12:40, 3:40, 6:40 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 1:10, 3:50, 6:40 & 9:30 p.m. Chasing Ice (PG-13) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 3, 5, 7 & 8:45 p.m. Flight (R) ((( Century 16: 6:20 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 12:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 3:15, 6:25 & 9:35 p.m. Hers to Hold (1943) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 5:45 & 9:20 p.m. Hitchcock (PG-13) (( Century 20: Noon, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25 & 9:55 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9 a.m.; noon, 1, 4:10, 5:05, 8:20 & 9:10 p.m.; In 3D at 9, 10, 11 & 11:30 a.m.; 2, 3, 3:30, 6:05, 7, 7:40, 10:05 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 & 11:50 a.m.; 3:40, 6, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D at 11:10 a.m.; 12:30, 1:05, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 4:55, 5:30, 6:50, 8:10, 8:45, 9:05 & 10:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 2:15 p.m.; Sat. also at 2:25 p.m. It Started with Eve (1941) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 4:05 p.m. It’s a Date (1940) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m. Killing Them Softly (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 10:10 a.m. & 9:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:50 p.m. Century 20: Sat. & Sun. at 3:10 & 8 p.m. Life of Pi (PG) (((1/2 Century 20: In 3D at 10:30 a.m.; 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m.; Fri. also at 5:35 p.m. (standard 2D) and 11:25 a.m. (3D); Sat. & Sun. also at 5:35 p.m. (3D); Sun. also at 11:25 a.m. (standard 2D) Palo Alto Square: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; In 3D at 4 & 7 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sun. also at 1 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m.

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The Metropolitan Opera: La Clemenza di Tito (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Monsters, Inc. (G) (((1/2 Century 16: In 3D Wed. & Thu. at 10 a.m.; 12:30, 3:20, 6:10 & 8:50 p.m. Century 20: In 3D Wed. & Thu. at 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m.

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Nice Girl? (1941) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:45 & 9:10 p.m. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:10 p.m. Playing for Keeps (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:40, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:40, 5:15, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Red Dawn (PG-13) (1/2 Century 20: 12:50 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 5:30 & 10:30 p.m. Rise of the Guardians (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 9 a.m. & 1:55 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 7:10 p.m.; In 3D Sat. & Sun. also at 11:20 a.m.; 4:20 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 6:45 p.m.; In 3D at 1:55, 4:20 & 9:10 p.m. Silver Linings Playbook (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 12:20, 3:25, 6:30 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. Skyfall (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:20 a.m.; 1:50, 3:30, 5:30, 7, 9:10 & 10:20 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 11:50 a.m. Century 20: 12:45, 4:05, 7:20 & 10:30 p.m. Spring Parade (1940) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:50 & 9:25 p.m. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (Not Rated) (( Century 16: 10:30 a.m.; 1:20, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) ((( Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:15 & 7:20 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m.; 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m.

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Stanford’s Ruef raising the roof of expectations

AN ALL-STAR . . . The Palo Alto Knights Jr. Midgets’ Jordan Schilling has been named to the 2012 AYF Semper Fidelis All-American Youth West 8th Grade All-Star football team. He will play at the Home Depot Center in Carson on January 4 before the high school All-American game (the game will be televised on the NFL Network). Schilling was one of four players selected from the NorCal Conference. “It’s a well-deserved honor for Jordan and his teammates as he was outstanding in his play and leadership for the Knights,” said Jr. Midgets’ coach Mike Piha.

Top-ranked Cardinal returns from exams, puts 8-0 record on the line


IN THE POLL . . . For the first time this season, the Menlo College women’s basketball team cracked the nation’s Top 25, securing the No. 24 spot in this week’s NAIA National Poll. The Oaks’ perfect 10-0 record makes them one of just six teams in the rankings to post an undefeated mark, and it is the first time that the program has been nationally ranked since the 2007-08 preseason poll. Menlo continued to build off their school record of wins to begin a season this past weekend, rolling through an Oregon Tech team receiving votes for the nation’s Top 25, 79-61 on Friday, before taking out NAIA DI No. 22 Biola University, 77-74 on Saturday. The Oaks’ next matchup is on Sunday when Menlo will welcome in No. 25 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) into Haynes-Prim Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Saturday Men’s basketball: UC Davis at Stanford, 2 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KNBR (1050 AM) Women’s basketball: Pacific at Stanford, 7 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Tuesday Men’s basketball: Stanford at North Carolina St., 6 p.m.; ESPN2; KNBR (1050 AM)

Wednesday Women’s basketball: Stanford at South Carolina, 4:30 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

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Stanford redshirt junior Mikaela Ruef has helped the Cardinal women’s basketball team grab the nation’s No. 1 ranking with her solid contributions this season in a starting role.

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Palo Alto High grad Adams has caught on at Fresno State Redshirt freshman receiver already picking up All-American honors by Keith Peters ormer Palo Alto High standout Davante Adams made quite an impact on the Fresno State football team this season, one that hasn’t gone unnoticed as the Bulldogs have put together a 9-3 mark and tri-championship in the Mountain West Conference. On Tuesday, the redshirt freshman wide receiver was named to the Sports Illustrated All-America team as an honorable mention selection. Last Friday, Adams was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-All-American team and to the 2012 AllFreshman Team. Adams was the only Mountain West player to be named a freshman All-American this year. Earlier last week, Adams was selected as Freshman of the Year in the Mountain West after he had 26 more receptions, 314 more receiving yards and seven more touchdown catches than any other player in the conference this season. “I’ve been having a lot of fun,” said Adams.


“Any time I have an opportunity to catch passes, I’m happy about it. It (the freshman of the year award) shows my coaches they can trust me with the ball.” Adams has 89 catches for 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He caught a touchdown pass in each of the last seven games of the season, which set a Mountain West record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder became the first freshman wide receiver in school and Mountain West history to post over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. “He’s got really high potential and he started to realize it this year,” Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter told the Fresno Bee. “His work ethic improved this year, but it’s got to continue to improve. “Next year, everybody is going to know who he is.” Adams had five 100-yard receiving games in 2012, four games with two touchdowns and he (continued on page 35)

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ON THE PITCH . . . Stanford men’s soccer forward Adam Jahn was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far West Region Second Team, the organization announced Tuesday. It is Jahn’s second such honor, as he was named to the third team last season. Jahn enjoyed a banner campaign in 2012, posting career bests of 13 goals and 30 points in leading Stanford to a 9-8-1 overall mark, and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 with a 5-4-1 conference record, good for 16 points. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for his standout campaign, making him a four-time all-conference selection for his career. Also named to the Far West Region team was East Palo Alto resident Larry Jackson. The Santa Clara University keeper was named to the Third Team.

by Rick Eymer he day before the Stanford women’s basketball team left for the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawaii, redshirt junior Mikaela Ruef was shooting around with Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle before practice. Stanford assistant coach Kate Paye was rebounding for the trio when the conversation turned to playing Baylor, then the top-ranked team in the nation and the defending national champion. Someone wondered out loud who would be guarding Baylor’s 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner. Paye, who played at Menlo School and Stanford, responded with a casual “Oh, I think we’ll put Mikaela on her.” That’s how Ruef discovered she would be making her first collegiate start. What led to that decision has its roots in her development as a player during her sophomore year. The top-ranked Cardinal (8-0) hosts Pacific on Saturday at 7 p.m. in its first game in 13 days following a break for final exams. Ruef will be making her seventh consecutive start. “Some little light bulb went on in Mikaela’s head maybe two years ago,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “During the summer she was working with (former sports performance coach) Susan (King) Borchardt. She would tell me Mikaela was the hardest worker, and I was like ‘Really?’ I think she just understood at that point what it was going to take and how much time and how much effort it would take to play and compete and contribute at this level.” Ruef, who missed last season with a foot injury, took the opportunity and ran with it. She’s the third-leading rebounder for the Cardinal, averaging six rebounds a contest while playing an average of 17 minutes a game. She’s also (surprise!) third on the team in assists and tied for third, with freshman Tess Picknell, for blocks. “I like being out there,” Ruef said. “I don’t like being on the bench. In my sophomore year I was starting to get more playing time into the Pac-12 tournament and the NCAAs. I definitely thought I was hitting my

Palo Alto grad Davante Adams (right) of Fresno State has been named to three All-America teams.

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Stanford freshman Inky Ajanaku (right), who had 11 kills and eight blocks in the NCAA Berkeley Regional final, is an honorable mention All-American.

Stanford junior Carly Wopat, who had 13 kills and six blocks in the Berkeley Regional finale, was named a first-team AVCA All-American this week.

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Cardinal volleyball misses trip to NCAA Final Four after suffering another upset at the hands of Michigan in Berkeley Regional title match count to 70 honors spread over 29 players. Wopat was an honorable mention pick in 2011. Ajanaku is the ninth Cardinal freshman to earn All-America honors. Wopat, a middle blocker from Santa Barbara, was an All-Pac-12 pick and finished the season in the top 10 in the conference in hitting percentage (.399) and blocks per set (1.45). She registered double-digit kills in 18 matches and hit .400 or better in 16 this season.

In four NCAA Tournament matches, she hit .397 and averaged 3.31 points and 1.46 blocks per set. Ajanaku, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was an All-Pac-12 Conference selection and a member of the AllPac-12 Freshman Team. She registered a .374 hitting percentage and 1.23 blocks per set, ranking in the top-10 in the conference in both categories. Stanford finished the season with a 30-4 overall record and advanced

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Griner’s effectiveness and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. “I was so nervous before that game my heart was pounding,” Ruef said. “I knew I wasn’t going to start her by myself and I just did the best I could. It was a team effort. I’m not the greatest shooter at my position but I can still go out and do the little things and work as hard as I can.” Did VanDerveer have an inkling of how well Ruef would play against the Bears? “I didn’t. I just said I didn’t want Chiney getting into foul trouble or Joslyn getting into foul trouble,” VanDerveer said. “Mikaela’s got the next big body. The other person that was going to come in was Tess, and Mikaela has more confidence and is more versatile. Mikaela took advantage of it, she did a really good job. She focused, she did what we asked her to do. She made little plays. She had an assist here and there, she had a rebound here and there, she had a lot of hustle plays.” Ruef credits King Borchardt for helping keep her in shape last year and the team for keeping her involved. “I made an effort to stay in shape and Susan was a big part of that,” Ruef said. “I was included in drills when the team needed a passer and the coaches asked for my opinion on things. It felt good that they respected what I thought.” Pacific brings a 7-1 record into Saturday’s game along with Pinewood grad Hallie Eackles, who returns to her hometown area for

the first time as player. Her season lasted all of nine minutes last year before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery. Eackles averages 2.3 points and 4.2 minutes a game this year for the Tigers, who are coming off their first loss of the season. She’ll have plenty of support in the crowd. Her sister Chloe is a freshman at Pinewood, and the Panthers plan to attend the game in force.

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stride and it would be good going into the next year. Unfortunately I had the foot problem.” Ruef tried to work through the pain and would practice when she could. She felt herself falling further and further behind her teammates and ultimately decided to sit out the whole year. “I had the surgery in March and the recovery time was supposed to be 10 weeks but it turned into 12 weeks,” Ruef said. “The first day back on the court I was playing a pick-up game and I was so excited to be running up and down the court, I didn’t want to stop. I usually get bored in a pick-up game but this time I was actually playing defense.” Her enthusiasm for the game caught the attention of her teammates. “She loves playing,” Ogwumike said. “It’s tough to be on the sideline and I know she struggled last year but she was always in the gym with us, doing whatever she could to help. Now she’s stealing rebounds from me. I never thought she would be a rebound stealer. She’s tenacious and she’s focused. All those intangibles you don’t see in a box score is what makes her so good.” Ruef never has scored more than nine points in a game, but she doesn’t need to score to make an impact on the game. Against Griner, she more than held her own, helping to limit

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Men’s basketball Stanford team went into the break with a convincing 71-58 victory over Denver. The Cardinal hopes to restart its season the same way when UC Davis visits Saturday for a nonconference contest at 2 p.m. While sophomore guard Chasson Randle leads Stanford (6-3) in scoring with his 14.7 average, he’s doing so with a .364 percentage from the field, including .238 from 3-point range. Randle and fellow guard Aaron Bright both hope to step up their games as the Cardinal moves forward. Bright, who missed four games with an ankle sprain, is shooting .270 from the field, and is 1 of 14 from long range. Dwight Powell has been playing large lately. He’s averaging 14.2 points a game after scoring a career high 29 in the win over the Pioneers. Powell and Josh Huestis proved Stanford with solid post play too. Huestis leads Stanford in rebounding and has become one of top defenders in the Pac-12. N

to the Berkeley Regional Final, where it fell to Michigan, 25-20, 20-2, 20-25, 20-25, last Saturday. The Cardinal won the 2012 Pac-12 championship, made its 32nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and reached a regional final for the seventh time under head coach John Dunning. Wopat, Ajanaku, and Burgess were selected to the Berkeley Regional’s All-Tournament team. Stanford associate head coach

Denise Corlett, meanwhile, was named the Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year, the AVCA announced Thursday. Corlett is a two-time recipient of the award, also receiving the honor in 2010. Corlett, now in her 24th season with the Cardinal and her 17th as the associate head coach, helped lead Stanford to another successful season. The Cardinal captured its 15th Pac-12 title.N

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hile the season ends without that elusive NCAA championship, the Stanford women’s volleyball team isn’t exiting empty-handed. Stanford junior Carly Wopat was a first-team pick and freshman Inky Ajanaku was an honorable-mention honoree on the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-American selections announced Tuesday. The selections bring Stanford’s total AVCA All-America award

Stanford redshirt junior Mikaela Ruef has helped the No. 1-ranked Cardinal to an 8-0 record heading into Saturday’s game with Pacific.

by Rick Eymer


tanford tight end Zach Ertz and junior lineman David Yankey have been busy in the postseason, but not necessarily on the football field. They’ve been reeling in All-America honors since helping the Cardinal win the Pac-12 Conference championship and earn a berth in the Rose Bowl game on January 1. The most recent honors came their way on Tuesday when Ertz was named a first-team AllAmerican by The Associated Press and Yankey was named to the second team. It’s one of the most prestigious honors in the college game. “Growing up, you always want to be one of the best people in your position in the nation,” Ertz said. Earlier, Ertz and Yankey were named to the Sporting News’ 2012 All-America Team. Stanford is one of five schools to land two players on the Sporting News’ 2012 All-America Team, joined by Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M. Ertz now has four All-America honors already in hand, including American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp Football Foundation, and has earned the title of consensus All-American. Yankey has been named twice among the three All-America teams to date. The Football Writers Association of America team is still to be announced. Ertz leads all FBS tight ends this year with 66 receptions and 837 receiving yards, both school records at the position. The 6-foot-6 redshirt junior is one reception and 97 yards away from breaking into Stanford’s all-time top 10 in each category among all pass catchers. Ertz has led Stanford in receiving in seven of 13 games this season. He caught a career-high 11 passes including the game-tying touchdown at top-ranked Oregon to send the game to overtime, while he hauled in the Cardinal’s game-winning touchdowns against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. Yankey, meanwhile, has been the nation’s most versatile lineman this season, playing well at four out of the five offensive line positions plus tight end. The 6-foot-5 junior has started all 13 games at left tackle for a Stanford offensive line that has paved the way for six 200-plus yard rushing performances and protected two first-year starting quarterbacks with just 1.54 sacks per game. Yankey has graded at 86 percent this season and allowed one sack.

Earlier this week, Yankey was named a recipient of the 2012 Morris Trophy for the Outstanding Lineman in the Pac-12 Conference. Yankey is joined by defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State as winners for the 33rd annual Morris Trophy. The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-12 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players’ award. Yankey is Stanford’s third alltime Morris Trophy winner and first in 10 years. Kwame Harris won in 2002 and Willie Howard in 1999. “This is a great honor bestowed upon David because it was selected by the players of the Pac12 Conference,” said Stanford run game coordinator/offensive line coach Mike Bloomgren. “This award lends further credence to our belief that David is the most dominant and versatile offensive lineman in the conference and in the nation.” Yankey was voted All-Pac-12 first team by the conference’s coaches and has been selected as a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News. * * * * Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart has been named the 2012 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass. He was chosen by a panel of previous winners of the award. Hart in his third year at Stanford has led a defensive front that has totaled 21.0 sacks among 39.5 tackles for loss, paving the way for an historic Cardinal defense that has broken the school sacks record (56.0). Stanford leads the nation in sacks and tackles for loss (120.0) and ranks third in rushing defense (87.69). Eleven of Stanford’s last 16 opponents have been held under 100 yards rushing. In a string of three consecutive games this season, the Pac-12 Champion Cardinal recorded three of its top 10 single-game rushing defense performances in school history: No. 3 at Colorado (minus-21 yards), No. 4 vs. Washington State (minus-18) and t-No. 9 at California (3). “Randy is always energetic and gets our defensive line ready to compete every day,” said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw. “He’s done a great job developing depth, so that we can rotate players and keep them all fresh.” N

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Palo Alto’s Kirby Gee (4) and teammates Wes Woo (18) and Jacob Dorward battled visiting Mountain View on near-even terms before the Spartans pulled away in the second half for a 3-0 nonleague victory on Tuesday.

M-A coach hopes wrestling duals will help ignite interest in the sport Palo Alto boys play for soccer tournament championship on Saturday by Rick Eymer enlo-Atherton wrestling coach Peter Wright wants to revive the sport at his school and the fifth-year coach hopes the Cross Division Schools Duals on Saturday will help ignite interest. Wright, who was raised in the wrestling-rich Midwest, thinks the Peninsula Athletic League can become one of the power leagues, so he’s invited three Ocean Division teams and three Bay Division teams to compete. The tournament includes M-A, Half Moon Bay and Sequoia from the Bay Division and Burlingame, Mills and Aragon from the Ocean Division. The tournament will be held in the main gymnasium at M-A starting at 10 a.m. and will conclude some time

near 4 p.m. “We have kids here who wrestle year round in a club program,” Wright said. “They go to tournaments on their own. We’re hoping to showcase all that hard work.” The Cross Division tournament may not be the most prestigious tournament in the Central Coast Section but that’s not the idea. Wright hopes it attracts support from parents, friends and students of all six schools. It’s a start and he hopes the tournament can become a traditional event. Most M-A students are aware the school has a wrestling team but they don’t necessarily understand wrestling. This is the opportunity to learn about it. The tournament features two mats, with two dual meets going

on simultaneously and continuous action. The Gunn and Palo Alto wrestling teams, meanwhile, were busy last weekend. Gunn hosted its annual quadrangular meet and went 2-1, posting victories over Salinas (78-6) and Watsonville (75-6) before losing to Serra in the finals (36-32). The Padres came in ranked No. 3 in the CCS while Gunn was ranked No. 9. Serra and Gunn each won seven matches, but the Padres had five pins compared to the Titans’ two falls and two technical falls. “I was pleased with our progess and effort this early in the season,” said Gunn coach Chris Horpel. “Whenever you start a season with

Davante Adams

game in Fresno State history. At Paly, Adams helped the Vikings win the CIF Division I state title in 2010. He caught 64 passes for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns. He redshirted at Fresno State in 201112, working hard in the weight room to improve his strength and speed. The work has paid off. “It’s just crazy,” Adams said of all the success he and his teammates have enjoyed this season. “You really don’t know how things are going to go — especially coming off a not-so-special season last year.” Adams said the team got together and made the decision to be better than the 4-9 team in 2011. “We can’t be a losing team. We have to turn the season around,” Adams said of what was discussed. “We just went out there every week and had fun. When you’re having fun each week, it makes the season all the better.” Adams had a season-high 12 re-

ceptions in a 42-25 loss at Oregon, the season-best 198 receiving yards against New Mexico, which included an 89-yard touchdown, and four games in which he caught a pair of TD passes. Next up for Adams and the Bulldogs will be the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Dec. 24. Fresno will face off against SMU (6-6) on ESPN at 5 p.m. “We’ve got a bowl game coming up and we want to win it, obviously,” Adams said. And for next year? “We haven’t set, actually, hard goals yet, but I want to win another Mountain West Conference title,” Adams said. “Next year, we can win every game on our schedule.” And personally? “Just to keep producing,” he said in a video interview. “Make a name for ourselves.” That’s something Davante Adams evidently has done already. N


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led all FBS freshman in receiving yards, yards per game and touchdown catches. He tied for fourth in the nation in touchdown receptions, No. 12 in the FBS for receptions and 14th in the country in receiving yards. That helped Adams earn a nomination for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in the nation. Adams also has been named to the College Football Performance Awards 2012 National Freshman of the Year Watch List. Earlier in the season, Adams was named Fresno State’s Sysco StudentAthlete of the Week after having one of the best receiving games in school history during a 49-32 win at New Mexico. Adams caught nine passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His 198 yards was the 12th most in a

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ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Player of the Year: Kristine Lin (Harker)

CROSS COUNTRY ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE Kylie Goo (Westmoor) Sr.; Catherine Lowdon (Burlingame) Sr.; Chandra Anderson (Half Moon Bay) Sr.; Taylor Fortnam (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Katherine Chinn (Aragon) Jr.; Annalisa Crowe (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Maddie Worden (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Madeleine Baier (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Katie Hall (Terra Nova) So.; Kylie Freeburg (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Gaia Bouchard-Hall (Sequoia) Sr.; Natalie Strohm (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Megan Guillermo (Terra Nova) Sr.; Allison Schwartz (Carlmont) So.; Katie Beebe (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.

Jr. First Team Caroline Broderick (Menlo School) Sr.; Caroline Debs (Castilleja) Jr.; Patricia Huang (Harker) Sr.; Jessie Rong (Menlo School) Fr.; Chloe Sales (Castilleja) So.; Taylor Wilkerson (Castilleja) Sr.; Miranda Wiss (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr. Second Team Emma Dake (Sacred Heart prep) Sr.; Maddie Ellison (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Jessica Koenig (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Danielle Mitchell (Castilleja) So.; Nicole Mitchell (Castilleja) So.; Kimberly Murrieta (Notre Dame-SJ) Sr. Honorable Mention Christina Schwab (Menlo School) Jr.; Jessica Son (Harker) Sr.

TENNIS ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE BAY DIVISION First Team Sami Andrew (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Erin LaPorte (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Cori Sidell (Carlmont) Jr.; Alex Harrigan (Burlingame) Jr.; Lizzie Siegel (San Mateo) Jr.; Mariko Iinuma (Hillsdale) So.; Kaede Ishikawa (Aragon) Jr.; Veronika Dvorak (Carlmont) So.; Lauren Sinatra (Burlingame) Sr.; Vickie Sun (Aragon) Jr; Melissa Ma (Aragon) Jr. Second Team Sarah Vitale (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Jenna Scandalios (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Mar Burgueno (Carlmont) Fr.; Pareesa Darafshi (Carlmont) So.; Uma Murphy (Burlingame) Sr.; Grace Ha (Burlingame) Sr.; Samantha Wong (Aragon) Sr.; Irene Palisoc (Hillsdale) Jr.; Lindsey Pantuso (San Mateo) Jr.; Isabel Chen (Mills) Sr.; Mary Farmar (Carlmont) Sr.; Cassidy Sobey (Carlmont) Fr.; Lindy LaPlante (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Valerie Giordano (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.

Zoe Enright ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE Most Valuable: Zoe Enright (Menlo School) Fr. First Team Jordan Chase (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Fiona Maloney-McCrystle (Castilleja) Sr.; Gillian Belton (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Jenny Shearer (Crystal Springs) Jr.; Lizzie Lacy (Menlo School) So.; Lianne Blodgett (Crystal Springs) So.; Ragini Bhattacharya (Harker) Sr. Second Team Claudia Tischler (Harker) Jr.; Kathryn Leahy (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Meagan Moyer (Mercy-Burlingame) Fr.; Britney Biddle (Crystal Springs) So.; Grace Stayner (Crystal Springs) Sr.; Emily Cox (Notre DameSan Jose) So.; Alina Brown (Castilleja) Jr. Honorable Mention Abby Holston (Castilleja) Fr.; Brooke Hammarskjold (Menlo School) So.; Maya Mizuki (Notre Dame-San Jose) Fr.; Kaela Crowley (Notre Dame-San Jose) Jr.; Emella Hamilton (Notre Dame-San Jose) Jr.; Claire Mondry (Notre Dame-San Jose) Fr.; Meghan Holland (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Eve Sutton (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Michelle Bromley (King’s Academy) Fr.; Danielle Tatsuno (King’s Academy) Fr.; Shelby Coyne (King’s Academy) So.; Fernanda Salguero (King’s Academy) So.; Julia Monaco (King’s Academy) So.; Lydia Ho (Mercy-Burlingame) Jr.; Sara Delucchi (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Hannah Canevaro (Mercy-Burlingame) Fr.; Christina Wampler (Mercy-Burlingame) So.; Nicole Colonna (Pinewood) So.; Mary Najobi (Harker) Fr.; Melina Kompella (Crystal Springs) Fr.; Katherine Huang (Crystal Springs) Jr.

GOLF ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE First Team Aman Sangha (San Mateo) Fr.; Lisa Sasaki (San Mateo) So.; Xin Fang (MenloAtherton) Sr.; Kelly Fang (Aragon) So.; Allie Economou (Burlingame) So.; Nichole Gedman (Burlingame) Sr.; Valerie Chen (Aragon) So.; Ashley Utz (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Alicia Avalo (Burlingame) So.; Carolyn Wong (San Mateo) Jr.

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE FOOTHILL DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Liz Yao (Menlo School) So. First Team Giannina Ong (Menlo School); Christine Eliazo (Menlo School); Helena Ong (Menlo School); Laura Gradiska (Menlo School); Jenny Chen (Harker); Dora Tzeng (Harker); Daria Karakoulka (Harker); Kristin Chui (Crystal Springs); Caroline Nordman (Sacred Heart Prep); Vivian Nguyen (Notre Dame-San Jose) Second Team Sadi Bronk (Menlo School); Christine Kvamme (Menlo School); Sam Hoag (Menlo School); Melissa Tran (Menlo School); Katia Mironova (Harker); Chau Nguyen (Harker); Sahithya Prakash (Harker); Arden Hu (Harker); Emily Westerfield (Sacred Heart Prep); Lucy Ackley (Sacred Heart Prep) Honorable Mention Alexandra Loh (Crystal Springs); Christine Park (Crystal Springs); Maddie Milligan (Crystal Springs); Jessica Wang (Crystal Springs); Kiki Bartell (Notre Dame-San Jose); Elizabeth Knappen (Notre DameSan Jose); Helena Knappen (Notre DameSan Jose); Izzy Gross (Harker); Indica Sur (Harker); Sylvie Dobrota (Harker); Paulina Golikova (Menlo School); Sarah Schinasi (Menlo School)

VOLLEYBALL ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION Co-Most Valuable Players: Shelby Knowles (Palo Alto); Riana Brennan (Los Gatos) Outstanding Senior: Emily Reed (Homestead) Co-Outstanding Juniors: Casey Carroll (Homestead); Hanna Koehler (Los Altos) Outstanding Sophomore: Carmen Annevelink (Los Altos) Outstanding Freshman: Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View) Coach of the Year: Dave Winn (Palo Alto) First Team Lena Latour (Gunn) Sr. OH; Casey Carroll (Homestead) Jr. OH; Emily Reed (Homestead) Sr. OH; Carmen Annevelink (Los Altos) So. OH; Hanna Koehler (Los

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Altos) Jr. setter; Avery McEvoy (Los Gatos) Sr. OH; Kristin Brown (Los Gatos) Jr. setter; Becky Slattery (Mountain View) Sr. MB; Keri Gee (Palo Alto) Jr. libero; Sophia Bono (Palo Alto) Sr. setter Second Team Erica Johnston (Gunn) Jr. OH; Allison Inanoria (Homestead) Jr. libero; Morgan Robinson (Homestead) Jr. OH; Katie Tritschler (Los Altos) Jr. libero; Margaret Bozzo (Los Gatos) Sr. libero; Sarah Dyslin (Lynbrook) Jr. MB; Serena Chew (Monta Vista) Sr. libero; Hayley Sturgeon (Mountain View) Sr. OP; Becca Raffel (Palo Alto) Jr. OH; Jade Schoenberger (Palo Alto) So. MB Honorable Mention Tahra Knudsen (Gunn) So. Libero; Katie Barker (Homestead) So. MB; Sarah Edmonds (Homestead) Sr. setter; Natalie Dwulet (Los Altos) Sr. OP; Morgan Guenther (Los Gatos) Sr. MB; Shea O’Gorman (Los Gatos) So. OP; Beverly Yu (Monta Vista) Jr. OH; Maria Balus (Monta Vista) So. Setter Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View) Fr. OH; Lauren Kerr (Palo Alto) Jr. MB ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE FOOTHILL DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Maddie Huber (Menlo School) Jr. First Team Sonia Abuel-Saud (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Helen Gannon (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Payton Smith (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Melissa Cairo (Menlo School) Jr.; Elisa Merten (Menlo School) So.; Marine Hall-Poirier (Priory) Jr.; Lucy Tashman (Castilleja) Sr.; Dominique Tarrant (Notre Dame-San Jose) Sr. Second Team Ellie Shannon (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Cammie Merten (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Morgan Dressel (Menlo School) Jr.; Briana Willhite (Priory) Sr.; Ada May (Mercy-San Francisco) Sr.; Michelle Le (Mercy-San Francisco) Jr. Honorable Mention Emma Seslar (Mercy-San Francisco) Jr.; Antonia Alegria (Mercy-San Francisco) Sr.; Olivia Snipp (Mercy-San Francisco) Sr.; Christina Alvarez (Mercy-San Francisco) Jr.; Clara Johnson (Priory) Sr.; Michaela Koval (Priory) Jr.; Victoria Garrick (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Emma Thygesen (Menlo School) Sr.; Sarah Bruml (Menlo School) Jr.; Cassie Lopez (Notre Dame-San Jose) Sr.; Tia Junge (Notre Dame-San Jose) Sr.; Krista Saito (Notre Dame-San Jose) Jr.; Hannah Hsieh (Castilleja) Sr.; Emily Pederson (Castilleja) Jr.; Jessican Norum (Castilleja) Jr.; Katya Scocimara (Castilleja) Fr. SKYLINE DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Hannah Kaiser (Crystal Springs) First Team Ali Healy (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Cristina Molina (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Shreya Dixit (Harker) So.; Divya Kalidindi (Harker) Jr.; Geli Du (Crystal Springs) Fr.; Diana Vandenburg (King’s Academy) Jr.; Mehra den Braven (Pinewood) Fr. Second Team Rothanne Herico (ICA) Sr.; Marissa Mariscal (Eastside Prep) Sr.; Mercedes Chien (Harker) Jr.; Doreene Kang (Harker) Fr.; Shay Scerri (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Nicole Connelly (Mercy-Burlingame) Jr.; Haley Hayes (King’s Academy) Sr. Honorable Mention Lindsay Riches (Pinewood) Sr.; Shannon Richardson (Harker) Fr.; Urvi Gupta (Harker) Jr.; Kristie Handang (Eastside Prep) Sr.; Guiselle Hernandez (Eastside Prep) Sr.; Abigail Sylvester (Eastside Prep) Jr.; Peyton Nora (Crystal Springs) Jr.; Caroline Diccioccio (Crystal Springs) Sr.; Denise Allen (Crystal Springs) Sr.; Kristen Tsia (Crystal Springs) Sr.; Andrea Fusaro (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Ciara Young (Mercy-Burlingame) So.; Chastity Gama (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Shakira Higginbotham (ICA) Sr.; Jasmine Yumul (ICA) Sr.; Breiann Bolos (ICA) Sr.; Gabrielle Lim (ICA) Sr.; Sheridan Devun (ICA) Sr.; Tehmi den Braven (Pinewood) Fr.; Kylie von Rickter (King’s Academy) Sr.; Taylor Phillips (King’s Academy) Sr.; Jeannie Scott (King’s Academy) Sr.

ton) Jr.; Sofia Caryotakis (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Grace Arnold (Castilleja) Sr.; Sami Gembala (Sequoia) Sr. Second Team Samantha Henze (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Tessa Draper (Aragon) So.; Katie Gutierrez (Burlingame) Sr.; Maddie Tarr (Castilleja) So.; Natasha Kervick (Sequoia) So.; Emma Smith (Carlmont) Sr.; Gabriela Funghi (Burlingame) Sr. Honorable Mention Eliza Abinader (Carlmont) Sr.; Dani Kotowitz (Aragon) Jr.; Sydney Molano (Castilleja) Sr.; Melissa Chatelain (Sequoia) Sr.; Lindsey Fox (Burlingame) Sr.; Nicole Zanolli (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.

Katelyn Doherty ALL-PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE BAY DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Katelyn Doherty (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. First Team Chanel Joyce (Aragon) Sr.; Jamie Maffei (Hillsdale) Jr.; Kallan Bedard (Carlmont) Sr.; Amelia Tupou (Carlmont) Jr.; Camila Mauricio (San Mateo) Sr.; Alexandra Vidali (Terra Nova) So.; Pauli King (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Virginia Lane (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Morgan McKeever (Burlingame) Jr.; Isabell Walker (Burlingame) Jr. Second Team Stephanie Pun (Mills) Sr.; Giselle Andrade (Terra Nova) Jr.; Lisa Morabe (Hillsdale) So.; Maggie McDonald (Hillsdale) So.; Laura Neumayr (Burlingame) Sr.; Tatum Novitzky; (Burlingame) So.; Alison Spindt (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Saane Fakalata (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Mana Vaea-Maafa (Aragon) Sr.; Miranda Taylor (Aragon) So.; Ella McDonough (Carlmont) Jr.; Charlotte Jackman (Carlmont) Jr.; Yuriko Tsuchie (San Mateo) Sr.; Morgan Ho (San Mateo) Jr. Honorable Mention Sebrina Mendoza (Mills) Sr.; Adrienne Lee (Mills) Fr.; Kristin Chaney (Burlingame) Sr.; Meghan Ferer (Burlingame) Sr.; Kylie Lagumbay (Hillsdale) Jr.; Cherene Uale (Hillsdale) Fr.; Kara Ronberg (Hillsdale) So.; Anna Joshi (Aragon) Fr.; Anjali Joshi (Aragon) Sr.; Bailee Roces (Carlmont) Jr.; Kayla Wright (Carlmont) Sr.; Krissa San Juan (Terra Nova) Jr.; Katie McKay (Terra Nova) Fr.; Alyssa Ostrow (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Kaitlin Tavarez (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Alexis Quinney (San Mateo) Sr.; Bella Mauricio (San Mateo) So.; Angelica Petelo (San Mateo) Jr.

WATER POLO ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Caroline Anderson (Gunn) Jr. Most Valuable Goalie: Romy Aboudarham (Los Altos) So. First Team Lauren Lesyna (Gunn) Sr.; Maggie Sockness (Gunn) Sr.; Rachel Wong (Gunn) Jr.; Allison Larko (Los Gatos) Sr.; Betsy Wall (Los Gatos) Jr.; Nikki Nelson (Los Gatos) Sr. goalie; Martine LeClerc (Palo Alto) Sr.; Abbey Bromberg (Palo Alto) Sr. goalie; Courtney Kinderman (Homestead) Sr.; Emily Fong (Lynbrook) Sr.; Ally Bakos (Los Altos) Sr.; Carli Lazzarini (Wilcox) Sr.; Natalie Popescu (Lynbrook) Sr.; Tess van Hulsen (Palo Alto) So.; Anna de Groot (Homestead) Sr. goalie Second Team Gabrielle Bethke (Gunn) Jr.; Casey Vanneman (Los Altos) Jr.; Emma Wolfe (Palo Alto) Jr.; Madison Cope (Los Gatos) Sr.; Anamika Kumpawat (Lynbrook) Sr.; Hayley Rebholtz (Wilcox) Sr. Katie Richards (Homestead) So.; Jenna Gavenman (Los Altos) Jr.; Becci Danford (Homestead) Sr. ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Jenna Swartz (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. Most Valuable Goalie: Sierra Sheeper (Menlo-Atherton) Jr. First Team Kira Tomlinson (Burlingame) Sr.; Nicole Reynolds (Burlingame) Jr.; Anna Yu (Castilleja) So.; Jessican Heilman (Menlo-Ather-

OCEAN DIVISION Most Valuable Player: Megan Bordy (Woodside) Sr. Most Valuable Goalie: Lindsay Montgomery (Menlo School) Sr. First Team Emma Adams (Woodside) Sr.; Terez Touhey (Woodside) So.; Kaelen Dunn (Menlo School) Sr.; Audrey Flower (Menlo School) So.; Amanda Chinn (Hillsdale) Sr.; Katrina Vukasin (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Audrfey Grimes (San Mateo) Sr. Second Team Saige Daniel (Mills) Jr.; Kate Huneke (Menlo School) Jr.; Micaela White (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Quin McElroy (Hillsdale) Sr.; Darya Shtykalo (Hillsdale) Jr.; Marka Ballard (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr.; Hannah Middlekauf (San Mateo) Sr.; Tina Guerra (Terra Nova) Sr. Honorable Mention Alyssa Meyer (Menlo School) Sr.; Jodi Fereira (Hillsdale) Jr.; Madison Gomes (Mercy-Burlingame) Fr.; Kyla Kemp (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Taylor Cormier (Mills) Jr.; Aly Oey (San Mateo) So.; Emily Dunlap (Woodside) So.; Ashley Mullany (Terra Nova) Sr. ALL-WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE First Team Samantha Strutner (St. Francis) Jr.; Courtney Batcheller (St. Francis) Jr.; Katherine Moore (St. Francis) Jr.; Eela Nagaraj (St. Francis) Sr.; Caitlin Stuewe (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Bridgette Harper (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Morgan McCracken (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Cathleen Cantoni (Mitty) Sr.; Sabrina Sherrin (Mitty) Jr.; Carla Tocchini (St. Ignatius) Sr.; Lesley Kerley (Presentation) Sr.; Claudia Macedo (Valley Christian) Jr. Second Team Tegan Stanbach (St. Francis) Sr.; Brittany Kirwan (St. Francis) Sr.; Kate Bocci (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Kelly Moran (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Maura Cantoni (Mitty) So.; Orla MacLean (Mitty) Jr.; Francesca Puccinelli (St. Ignatius) Sr.; Susan Providenza (St. Ignatius) Sr.; Emma Malysz (Presentation) So.; Josephine Andrews (Presentation) Sr.; Natalie Picone (Valley Christian) So.; Brooke Tomsula (Valley Christian) Sr.; Eleni Giotinis (Notre Dame-Belmont) So.; Kirsten Brickely (Notre Dame-Belmont) So. All-league teams are selected by the coaches

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Marissa Hing

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Chris Meredith

Pinewood School

Palo Alto High

The sophomore point guard produced 32 points and 14 assists in three basketball victories and made the alltournament team while helping the Panthers win their own tournament for the first time since 2007.

The senior forward scored three goals in three soccer victories, including the winner in a 3-2 triumph over North Monterey County to put the Vikings into the championship match of the Oak Grove Gold Cup tournament.

Honorable mention Gabi Bade

Erik Anderson

Pinewood basketball

Leeana Bade Pinewood basketball

Christine Callinan Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Destiny Graham Eastside Prep basketball

Cadence Lee Gunn wrestling

Zoe Zwerling Gunn basketball

Palo Alto wrestling

Aubrey Dawkins Palo Alto basketball

Ryan Karle

a lot of new faces (Gunn has eight newcomers), you never know what’s going to happen. If one close match had gone the other way, and there were several that could have, we would have beaten Serra. And, Serra is considered one of the best in CCS . . . so, I think we have another good bunch to work with this year.� Gunn junior Cadence Lee competed at 113 pounds and won all three of her matches by pin -- including her Serra opponent in just 55 seconds. She was the only Gunn wrestler to pin all three opponents. At the 3rd annual Webber Lawson tournament at Fremont High, Palo Alto finshed fourth -- trailing Mission Oak (Central Section), Mitty and Fremont — after winning the event last year. Erik Anderson led Paly by winning the 182-pound division while fellow senior Trenton Marshall was second at 160. Senior Jordan Smith (120 pounds) and junior Andrew Frick (220) both were third in their

respective divisions. Anderson opened with a bye, posted a 20-5 tech fall in the second round, pinned his semifinal opponent and had an 11-0 major decision in the finals over Araad Sarrami of Saratoga. “The boys wrestled pretty well for the most part,� said Paly coach Dave Duran, who only brought six of his possible 14 wrestlers. “All six were expected to place, and they did.� Palo Alto came into the tourney off a 38-25 dual-match loss to San Benito. Girls’ basketball Senior Hashima Carothers tossed in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace Eastside Prep to a big 42-38 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday night. Junior guard Charmaine Bradford dished out 10 assists and scored four points while 6-foot-3 sophomore Destiny Graham blocked six shots and tallied eight points for the Panthers (5-2), who overcame 22 turnovers by shooting 59 percent from the field (19 of 32).

In Sunnyvale, sophomore Gabi Bade poured in a season-high 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals to pace Pinewood to a 48-39 nonleague victory over host Homestead on Wednesday. The Panthers (4-0) overcame a three-point first-quarter deficit by outscoring the Mustangs, 13-0, in the second quarter. Pinewood sophomore Marissa Hing had six points and five assists. Boys’ soccer Palo Alto will play for the championship of the Oak Grove Gold Cup on Saturday against Alisal (7 p.m.) at Oak Grove High in San Jose. The Vikings (4-2) earned the title berth following a 3-2 win over North Monterey County last Saturday behind a pair of goals by senior Chris Meredith, whose second goal proved to be the game-winner. Alisal (5-0) advanced with a 2-1 win over Lincoln (San Jose) in the other semifinal. Palo Alto enters its final match of 2012 coming off a 3-0 nonleague loss to visiting Mountain View on Tuesday. N

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Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler children’s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 pm 10:00 pm

Children’s Communion Service with Pageant Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir Carol Sing Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir



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Christmas Day 10:00 am

Christmas Day Communion with Hymns

Trinity Church In Menlo Park, An Episcopal Community 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park (Between El Camino and Middlefield) 650-326-2083

Christmas Eve at Bethany 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family. Join us between services to enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer!

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Palo Alto Our Lady of the Rosary, 3233 Cowper Street St. Albert the Great, 1095 Channing Avenue St. Thomas Aquinas, 751 Waverley Street

CHRISTMAS EVE – MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH 5:00 pm Family Mass – Our Lady of the Rosary (Children’s Christmas Pageant during Mass) 5:00 pm Family Mass – St. Albert the Great (Children’s Christmas Pageant during Mass) 6:00 pm – St. Thomas Aquinas 7:00 pm – Our Lady of the Rosary (Spanish) Midnight Mass 12:00 am – St. Thomas Aquinas (Gregorian)

7:00 p.m. Musical Christmas Joy-ďŹ lled music to honor and remember the birth of God’s son.

10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet, contemplative time to refocus your evening with familiar hymns in the glow of candlelight.




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Christmas Eve: 5-6:00pm

AT FIRST PRES 4:30pm ~ Choir Singing Carols & Anthems (Sanctuary) 5:00pm ~ Service of Lessons & Carols (Sanctuary) 6:00pm Festive Reception & Holiday Treats (Fellowship Hall)

No Service Christmas Day

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A Child is Born… Join Us for the Celebration Christmas Eve 5:00 pm Family Eucharist with Carols 10:30 pm Musical Prelude with Choir 11:00 pm Solemn Candlelight Eucharist

Christmas Day 10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Carols Sundays 8am & 10am 555 Waverley at Hamilton, Palo Alto (650)322-4528

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PALO ALTO CHRISTMAS EVE V4:00 pm Children’s Christmas Pageant & Communion V10:00 pm Festive Choral Christmas Eve Holy Communion beginning with Carols

CHRISTMAS DAY V10:00 am Holy Communion with Carols 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto (650) 326-3800

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd (at Monte Rosa), Menlo Park 650-854-6555

Join us in hope and joy! Sunday, 12/16

4pm Christmas Lessons & Carols With Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp, organ, and choir followed by reception with holiday treats

Monday, 12/24, Christmas Eve

4pm Festive Child-Friendly Service & Eucharist Simpler service with children’s pageant, carols, and St. Nicholas

8pm Candlelight Choral Eucharist Stately service with organ and trumpet, preceded by carols at 7:30

Tuesday, 12/25, Christmas Day 9am Holy Eucharist with Carols

Service with traditional language, organ, and trumpet

Sunday, 12/30, 1st Sunday after Christmas 9am Holy Eucharist with Carols Service with modern language

Canned food donations for area food banks welcome

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Christmas Eve Worship 5:00 pm

Family Candlelight Service

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Candlelight Service Lessons & Carols

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Palo Alto Weekly 12.14.2012 - Section 1  
Palo Alto Weekly 12.14.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 14, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly