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2013: The Year of the Future Palo Alto looks decades ahead as it tackles problems of today by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto “year� rarely follows the standard calendar. When then-Mayor Sid Espinosa proclaimed 2011 to be the “Year of the Bicycle� and when outgoing Mayor Yiaway Yeh called 2012 the “Year of Infrastructure Investment and Renewal,� each was


looking well beyond 12 months. So as the council continues its work this year, biking improvements and infrastructure repairs will again show up on the agenda. These projects, however, will vie for attention with a variety of broader, more abstract discussions

that could have dramatic implications for local parks, downtown residents, street trees and the city’s housing. With the post-recession triage now in the past and local sales-tax revenues climbing, 2013 promises to be a year of regrouping, soul-searching and looking far into the future in Palo Alto. It will be the year during which the city is expected to approve a new Comprehensive Plan (its official land-use bible) and plow ahead with

ambitious studies and master plans that seek to answer complex questions near and dear to the hearts of residents. These include: Does downtown have room for more buildings and workers? What should be done to improve recreational opportunities throughout the city? How can the city’s infamously poor cell reception be balanced with residents’ distaste for cell antennas? What should be done with the decrepit but heavily used Cubberley Community Cen-

ter? And how can the city enhance its stock of street trees?

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aster plans in Palo Alto come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like the city’s previous plan for bike improvements and the early 1990s’ proposal by a “Dream Team� of architects and planners to reconfigure downtown’s (continued on page 6)


New school board president: Public education key to state’s future Dana Tom backs multi-pronged approach to addressing academic stress by Chris ike many couples with young children, Dana Tom and Nancy Kawakita moved to Palo Alto mainly because of its reputation for good schools. That was 15 years ago. Before long Tom, a software engineer, threw himself into school volunteering and youth sports coaching. Last month, he took the gavel to become president of the Palo Alto Board of Education for 2013. “I can think of nothing more important we can do for our future,� Tom said of investing time, effort and resources into public schools. “The education I received as a child was the greatest gift as far as creating opportunities for me in my adult life.� Educated in San Francisco public schools, Tom earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford. He first ran and won a seat on the school board in 2005. He was unopposed for re-election to the board in 2010 and has served one earlier stint — in 2008 — as board president. After a career creating businessapplications software and later video games, Tom now works parttime as a trainer of video-game development teams. The time commitment required for school-board work — as well as his additional involvement as a board member of the California School Boards Association — would make it difficult to hold a full-time job, he said. Tom also has served as president of the Asian/ Pacific Islander School Board Members Association. A staunch believer in public education, Tom nonetheless is rarely

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Palo Alto’s own winter wonderland Aaron Kelly, left, skates at the Winter Lodge with Amaya Kelly and Mika Kameda during a break from the rain on Dec. 26.


Quality of life tops neighborhood goals for 2013 Watchdogs plan to keep an eye on flooding, traffic and development in the coming year by Sue Dremann


ew Year’s resolutions are as varied as Palo Alto’s residents, but for leaders of the city’s neighborhood associations, addressing three issues — creek flooding, new development and traffic — top the shortlist of goals for 2013. These issues could have the most immediate impact on quality of life, some leaders noted, and in 2013, they plan to ask city leaders to make the concerns a priority. In addition, the ongoing challenges of crime, disappearing mom-and-pop retailers, the potential impact of increased train service and the downsides of proposed dense development continue to need attention, the neighborhood

heads told the Weekly. On Dec. 23, San Francisquito Creek came close to overflowing in north Palo Alto after a series of holiday-weekend storms. The near disaster reignited demands to quickly rebuild or demolish the narrow Chaucer Street and Newell Road bridges. That debate will continue in early 2013, as plans to expand the bridge at Newell move forward. “The recent rains have reminded everyone in the Crescent Park neighborhood that the flooding problem of the Chaucer Bridge is something that the city should take a more proactive role in addressing,� said Norman Beamer, president of the Crescent Park Neighborhood Association, in an email. “The Joint Pow-

ers Authority is doing some useful things, but the city should make the Chaucer Bridge a top priority.� A subset of the neighborhood is opposed to expanding the Newell Bridge, Beamer said. City officials will discuss the latest proposal at a community meeting on Jan. 8. “On the one hand, the bridge needs to be fixed to no longer present a flooding problem; on the other hand, there is concern about increased traffic as a result of adding another lane to the bridge,� Beamer said. Further south, the Adobe Meadow neighborhood is also concerned with flood-control issues along the Adobe (continued on page 7)

Kenrick given to grand statements and takes an incremental approach to issues. His statewide experience has taught him that “there are a lot of aspects to schools that are completely foreign to our region and our citizens. We cover the full spectrum of school districts — very rural, urban, pro-tax, anti-tax. “It shows how hard it is to have one-size-fits-all regulations and practices.� In rare split votes on the consensus-oriented Palo Alto board, Tom generally has gone with the majority. He supported reforms to the academic calendar being implemented this year, which moved the school start date to mid-August in order to squeeze in first semester before the December holidays. Reform advocates argued that a work-free December vacation could provide a healthy break from academic stress. “I think this is the right move in the right direction for our students,� Tom said at the time of the calendar debate, adding that it would not fully “solve� the problem of academic stress. “Every time I meet somebody from a place that has finals before winter break, I ask about it, and it’s just overwhelming the number of people who support it — parents, teachers, board members, even people who were initially skeptical.� In the bruising 2007 battle over creation of a Mandarin Immersion program, Tom initially voted with the majority who said the district couldn’t afford to launch the pro(continued on page 9)



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Are we going to be better off investing in education — or in prisons? — Dana Tom, Palo Alto school board president, on California’s need to adequately fund its public schools. See story on page 3.

Around Town

A NEW DAY ... Palo Alto’s mayoral election is typically a ceremonial affair, perfectly suited to the largely ceremonial position. Thanks to the city’s long-established tradition, the title of mayor usually goes to the vice mayor of the prior year. Furthermore, the mayor serves for only one year before the position rotates to another council member. (The short duration results in a huge quantity of ex-mayors. This became a running joke at a November meeting of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, where two former Palo Alto mayors, Yoriko Kishimoto and Sid Espinosa, addressed the board on the topic of a county grant, and a third former mayor, Supervisor Liz Kniss, took part in the decision on the grant.) Unlike in cities such as New York and San Francisco, the mayor doesn’t have any executive powers beyond those enjoyed by the rest of the council. Job requirements include a smooth ribbon-cutting stroke; the ability to pronounce the names of all council members who wish to speak; a firm grip for shaking hands in front of cameras while bestowing a certificate of appreciation on a worthy citizen; proficiency with a ceremonial shovel; and a social calendar capable of accommodating various grand openings and dedication ceremonies. Vice Mayor Greg Scharff should have little trouble taking over as mayor from the outgoing Yiaway Yeh, having already subbed in for Yeh on all matters relating to Stanford University over the course of the year. The only wildcard at Monday’s meeting is who will take over for Scharff. In the past, the election for vice mayor has been competitive. Last year, Scharff edged out Greg Schmid for the spot, despite the latter’s seniority. Schmid might have a better shot this year, having just been re-elected by the voters with the second-highest number of votes of the six candidates (Kniss finished first). When the council meets on Jan. 7 to kick off the new year, its first action will be the swearing in of Schmid, Kniss, re-elected Councilman (and, you guessed it, former mayor) Pat Burt and newly elected Councilman Marc Berman.

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GROWTH OR FLUKE? ... Seventysix new students have enrolled in Palo Alto schools with a start date

of Jan. 7 — the first day back after winter break. Last year that number was 42. “This is a 60 percent increase,� noted Cathy Mak, the school district’s business officer. Officials keep a close watch on enrollment numbers as they try to match new classroom space with the anticipated number of students. Luckily, Mak said, most of the newcomers will be accommodated in their neighborhood schools. However, “due to the number of new third-grade registrations, we have increased some of the classes to 24 to one� teacher. Before, the ratio was 23 students per teacher. A TREE GROWS IN MADISON ... Stanford University kicked off 2013 in grand fashion when it ground out a 20-14 victory against University of Wisconsin at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Stanford’s big win also presented a smaller and more symbolic victory to Palo Alto officials and tree lovers. Thanks to a pre-game wager between Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, the mayor of the city with the losing team has to wear the victor’s cap through an entire meeting and must fly the flag of the winning team over his city. In a truly Palo Alto twist, city officials had also agreed that the losing city plant a tree in honor of the winning city. Though that ceremony might have to wait until Wisconson’s winter sting clears, Palo Altans can rest assured that their greenthusiasm will soon spread to the Midwest. SPEAK THE SPEECH ... Calling all high school students! The Palo Alto Rotary and University Club Rotary are inviting students attending local high schools — public and private — to participate in their annual speech contest. Participants will be asked to give an original, 4- to 5-minute speech that references at least one principle of Rotary’s “4-Way Test� (which concerns truth, fairness, goodwill and mutual benefit). The first competition will take place Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The contest will have multiple rounds, by increasing geographical scope, and the top winner will earn prizes totaling $1,550. More information is available at YouthSpeechContest.cfm. N


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by Magda Gonzalez, city manager and director of emergency services, Mayor Ruben Abrica and City Attorney Kathleen Kane. Seven homes along Daphne Way near the creek were flooded with about 2 feet of water, and about 40 people were evacuated to a nearby American Red Cross shelter, Gonzalez said. City staff and volunteers added more than 2,000 sandbags along the levee to stabilize it immediately after the flooding. Abrica said there is no immediate danger to residents now that the sandbags are in place. But officials are worried the levee might not hold and the creek could overflow if more heavy rains hit the area this winter. About 49 percent of city residents live in the flood plain, Gonzalez said. A total of 12 problems requiring immediate work to protect the city from flooding were identified, including a large crack in the levee that threatens a business near U.S. Highway 101; damage to the


O’Connor pump station; the undermining of the historic University Avenue bridge abutment, over which thousands travel into and from Palo Alto each day; and significant portions of creek bank along Woodland Avenue that could undermine the roadway. “Our uppermost concern is the safety of residents on both sides of the creek,� Abrica told reporters Wednesday afternoon, referring to Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents who also reside along the creek and could be affected by creek overflow and erosion. Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold

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by Sue Dremann ast Palo Alto officials are seeking an estimated $2.6 million in government aid after pre-Christmas storms extensively damaged the levee that prevents San Francisquito Creek from overflowing into the city’s homes and businesses. City officials declared a local emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 2, stating that the flood damage to the creek’s banks and the levee on Dec. 23 and 24 caused “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property� within the city. The declaration, which the city sent to state officials through a proclamation, allows the city to ask for an estimated $2.6 million from the state for emergency measures to correct the damage. That total could run higher after additional engineering studies are conducted. Stabilizing the levee just after the December rains has exhausted East Palo Alto’s available reserves and its local and regional financial resources, city staff said Wednesday. The proclamation was signed

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Schapelhouman, who surveyed the length of the creek from Alpine Road to the O’Connor pump station, said a recently installed rain gauge at Huddart Park in Woodside helped determine that the creek would flood. First responders had three hours rather than a few minutes to call for the evacuation before the creek overflowed. A catastrophic failure of the levee would cause a “(Hurricane) Katrinastyle problem,� he said. The levee height is at the level of the tops of the homes, and a break would mean the neighborhood could be flooded to the roof lines.

Levee Homes damage flooded Abrica said the city has contacted the California Office of Emergency Services, and state and federal representatives. The East Palo Alto City Council was scheduled to review the proclamation for ratification on Thursday, Jan. 3. A copy of the proclamation was forwarded to California Gov. Jerry Brown with a request that he declare a state of emergency in East Palo Alto. A call to Brown’s office was not immediately returned. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at


Preschool closes the education gap


adira Mederos de Cardenas arrived at the nonprofit Family Connections with her son, Issac, in 2006 looking for someplace to help with his early education. At the age of 2, Issac had been diagnosed with autism. Family Connections, a bilingual preschool and parent-education program operating in Menlo Park, Redwood City and East Palo Alto, taught Mederos about autism and how to interact with Issac. The staff also referred her son to Golden Gate Regional Center, a state-run program for individuals with disabilities. “Everyone here at Family Connections taught me how to work with him. He learned how to socialize with kids,� Mederos said recently. Mederos’ younger daughter, now 4, also enrolled in Family Connections, where she learned to speak English and became interested in books. “I can write a book about how Family Connections helped me and continues to help me,� Mederos said. Many studies have shown that a child’s preschool experience can be formative for brain development and a good predictor of future success. But for low-income families, access to preschool is often unattainable. Family Connections was founded to address the problem. The only

by Lisa Kellman tuition-free, parent-participation preschool for low-income families in San Mateo County, Family Connections has served more than 1,000 children since its founding in 1993 and has 225 children enrolled this year, the most it has ever had, according to staff. The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund granted Family Connections $7,500 this year to support its math and science curriculum. “We are a play-based preschool,� Family Connections Executive Director Renee Zimmerman said. “However, we have found that there are lots of ways that you can bring to a play environment early literacy skills, early math and science skills, which have been shown to be a huge predictor of what children are able to do later on in school.� Zimmerman said the money is funding theme-based science kits and also supporting athome learning programs such as “virtual Pre-K,� which provides materials that parents can take home and use with their children. “It allows the parents to really engage with their children and really learn with their child after they leave the classroom,� she said. Zimmerman said that these families continue to learn even after they

graduate from the program. While there remains a large achievement gap between low-income children — and particularly English-language learners — and their peers, Family Connections is working to close it. “Surveys show the children (who go) through the program are entering ahead of their peers that are English-language learners and lowincome,� Zimmerman said. The preschool is as much for parents as it is for children. Each of the three Family Connections locations employs a teacher trained in both early-childhood development and adult education. At the preschools, parents are in charge of different stations for the day so that each parent serves as a teacher. For a portion of each morning, half of the parents attend a parenting class in which they can share experiences and ask questions. They also attend night classes once a month. In the afternoon at the preschools, Family Connections partners with a private occupationaltherapy group to run a speech, language and occupational-therapy program for children who have additional learning issues. Research and surveys performed by the program show that almost

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Anaiya White, 3, plays with fellow preschoolers Stephanie Contreras, left, and Giselle Ochoa at Family Connections Preschool in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. all of the Family Connection parents stay involved in their children’s education after leaving the preschool. Through the program, parents also learn the importance of play to help a child’s developing brain grow and learn, along with handson techniques such as positive parenting, positive discipline and how to best support their child as he/ she nears kindergarten, according to the nonprofit. Parents also learn conflict-resolution skills, which they use with their children as well as in their own relationships. Mederos now volunteers at the Family Connections preschool. With the nonprofit’s support, she became a trained facilitator and leads a support group for parents of children

with special needs and parents with maternal depression or other mental health issues. The program also helped her complete several English-language classes. The Family Connections staff and teachers have encouraged her to go back to school, too. She plans on attending college so she can become either a teacher or a social worker. “The person that I am now is thanks to Family Connections. I have dreams and I have many things to do,� Mederos said. N The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is raising funds from the community to support local nonprofit organizations that serve children, families and adults. More information is available on page 26.



Palo Alto’s behind-the-scenes movers and shakers Key city staff members champion major initiatives hey may not be elected officials or department heads, but five members of the City of Palo Alto staff are almost certain to play critical roles in some of the city’s most pressing problems and boldest initiatives in 2013. Here’s a look at some important people you may never even have heard of.


Pamela Antil Pamela Antil didn’t have time for a learning curve when she joined the city in March 2010 as City Manager James Keene’s second in command. As the new assistant city manager, she dove right into some of the city’s thorniest and game-changing issues, including labor negotiations with public-safety unions, the overhaul of the city’s busy and famously f r ust rat i ng Development Center, the unpopular (and since nixed) proposal to close Palo Alto’s animal shelter and the restructuring of the city’s Fire Department, which has been gradually merging its administrative functions with the Police Department. Though the budget picture has brightened, Palo Alto is still facing its share of financial problems, most notably the rapidly rising cost of employee benefits. And the animal shelter, while


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public-transit hub, lingered in planning purgatory for years, stuck in limbo by a lack of funding and insufficient community interest. Palo Alto officials have plenty of reason to think that current plans will avoid a similar fate. The new Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Master Plan, which the City Council approved in July and which the city will proceed to implement in 2013, has been a particular source of hope for local officials and the city’s robust biking community. In November, the city received a $4 million grant for one of its most expensive and dramatic items — a bike bridge spanning U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek. The grant from Santa Clara County also gave the city $1.5 million for a trail along Matadero Creek. A comprehensive 2010 study of the city’s infrastructure by the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Committee (which analyzed the needs and proposed ways to pay for needed fixes) is also set to play a pivotal role in 2013. Over the course of the year, the council will narrow the list of items that could be placed on the 2014 ballot for voter approval of funding. In the final month of 2012, the

still open, faces an uncertain future with major staffing cuts ahead. Whatever surprises 2013 brings, Antil is sure to remain busy over the next 12 months.

Phil Bobel Phil Bobel probably knows better than anyone (with the possible exception of Kermit the Frog) that being green can be a royal pain. Over the past two years, the assistant director of the Public Works Department has been walking a fine line between two outspoken green camps — those who want to build a new wasteto-energy plant at Byxbee Park and those who want to conserve the park space. The complex debate, which will determine the future of local composting, will accelerate in 2013 and, if things go as planned, culminate in a decision in early 2014. While coordinating all the ongoing studies and facilitating the public debate, Bobel has established himself as a credible and genial voice of reason on the highly emotional topic. At the same time, he is serving as the point man in the city’s battle against plastic bags (which could soon result in a citywide bag ban

by Gennady Sheyner for all food establishments) and is heavily involved in Palo Alto’s library-construction project, which will loom large in 2013 as the city opens its new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and begins renovating the Main Library.

Rob de Geus When a cluster of teenage suicides in 2009 and 2010 plunged the Palo Alto community into a period of shock, mourning and soul-searching, city and school officials vowed to do more to support local youths. No one has done more than Rob de Geus to further this effort. As the manager in the Community Services Department, de Geus had been juggling a massive workload even before the city helped launch Project Safety Net, a broad coalition of community groups focusing on teen mental health. He is also the city’s recreation manager and the overseer of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, which is about to undergo a dramatic reconfiguration. With myriad projects under his purview, de Geus has been a multipurpose utility knife in a department that has seen an exodus of division managers. In the next year, as the city begins to reassess its vi-

council approved a contract with a polling firm to start gauging the public sentiment about an infrastructure bond and to see which items on the long list are likely to win favor with the voters. The list includes replacement of two obsolete fire stations, improvements to Byxbee Park and a new police building to replace the city’s existing one, which is undersized and seismically unsafe. When the City Council meets for its priority-setting retreat on Feb. 2 to figure out what it should focus on in 2013, infrastructure is almost certain to play a leading role, despite the fact that it wasn’t an official council priority in 2012. Incumbent council members Larry Klein, Greg Scharff, Gail Price and Nancy Shepherd and newcomer Marc Berman all placed the item on their proposed priority lists for the new year.

and a housing boom in the southern part of the city — officials are trying to figure out whether Palo Alto’s parks, open space preserves and recreation offerings still suffice. In 2013, the city will hire consultants to conduct an in-depth demographic study and analyze the city’s recreational programs and

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facilities. The “Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan� will also seek to identify “opportunities and deficiencies for future recreation programs and services,� according to the proposal that the Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed in November. That view of the future is expected to be a long one. At the council’s Dec. 17 meeting, City Manager James Keene said the plan will help


hile the council tackles the politically and financially thorny issue of infrastructure, City Hall staff will be tackling other long-term vision documents, including a soon-to-be-commenced master plan looking at city parks and recreational opportunities. With the city’s significant demographic shift over the past decade — towards more seniors, more children


‘I think we are in the Palo Alto process right now, and that process always ... will have many, many, many layers and public meetings around it.’ —James Keene, Palo Alto city manager

sion for local parks and recreation opportunities and proceeds with the golf-course redesign, his presence will be more critical than ever.

Jaime Rodriguez Since he started working in Palo Alto in 2010, Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez has become the leading driver of some of the city’s most ambitious and controversial programs — from the lane-reduction projects on Arastradero Road to the more dramatic reconfiguration of California Avenue, which is scheduled to break ground in the fall. During that time, the fasttalking and energetic Rodriguez has attracted the highest praise from local planning comm issioner s for his encyclop e d ic mastery of seem ingly every local intersection and regional grant program. He has also taken his share of heat from California Avenue merchants upset about the proposed lane reduction on their commercial strip. He was also instrumental in helping Palo Alto and Stanford University land $10 million in grants from Santa Clara County in November, money that will be used to design a new bike

the city “strategically determine how our parks and recreation facilities are to be enhanced, expanded or replaced over the next 10- , 20- , 30-year period.� The study will evaluate the condition of community gardens, gymnasiums, exercise rooms, basketball courts, pools and other recreational facilities, according to a report from Peter Jensen, the city’s landscape architect. It will also assess Lucie Stern Communty Center and “leased and contracted public facilities such as the Cubberley Community Center and Palo Alto Unified School District fields and courts.� On a separate but related note, the city plans to take a broader look at its robust collection of street trees. Last year, the city hired its first urban forester, Walter Passmore. This year the city will proceed with its “Urban Forest Management Master Plan,� a broad analysis of trees in local parks, public streets and private properties. Keene said he expects this plan to be completed by June 2013.

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ut if there is one master plan that has galvanized the community and will continue to stir passions in 2013, it’s the city’s proposal for 27 University Ave.

bridge over U.S. Highway 101 and new trails around Stanford University and along Matadero Creek.

Shiva Swaminathan For Palo Alto’s Utilities Department, delivering gas or electricity to local residents is just one part of the game. The small but ambitious department is always looking for ways to get greener and more efficient, whether it comes to buying solar energy or encouraging customers to be more efficient about plugging in. Senior Resource Planner Shiva Swa m inathan has been at the forefront of the latter effort, having spent years thinking about ways to bring “smartgrid� technology to Palo Alto without having to install expensive smart meters. Unlike PG&E, Palo Alto is proceeding in baby steps. Its latest proposal to save customers money by lowering their energy bills is CustomerConnect, a pilot program that tracks energy use and provides customers with next-day feedback about the impact of their behaviors on electric bills. If it succeeds, the program would both lower customer bills and make the city’s electric utility smarter and more efficient. N

— an ambitious concept that was pitched by billionaire developer and philanthropist John Arrillaga. After a heated Dec. 3 meeting, during which dozens of residents panned the idea of building four office towers and a theater at the prominent location between downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University, the council opted to take a step back and broaden its menu of options for the site. As a result, the master plan for what the city has branded the “arts and innovation district� will now include at least three alternatives: Arrillaga’s plan and two alternatives featuring buildings less massive than those in the initial proposal. Councilman Pat Burt, who proposed development of a master plan beyond the single Arrillaga option, said he is “interested in this site for a visionary outcome but one that is driven by community values and consistent with our downtown urban fabric.� The council’s decision means people will have the opportunity to weigh in on the subject — good news for some of the leading critics of the Arrillaga proposal, who have charged that the council and staff have not been transparent. “I think we are in the Palo Alto process right now, and that process always — particularly in a

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Creek corridor, according to Ken Allen, president of the Adobe Meadows Neighborhood Association. When it comes to housing, Barron Park neighborhood residents will be monitoring two proposed residential developments this year, Barron Park Association President Lynnie Melena told the Weekly in an email. The possible razing of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park on El Camino Real to make way for 180 high-end apartments is expected to receive close scrutiny. Advocates for Buena Vista have vowed to try to retain the 127-unit, low-income park or make sure its residents have other comparable accommodations in Palo Alto. A senior-housing project, proposed by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation for the intersection of Maybell and Clemo avenues, will also be watched this year to determine how it might impact the neighborhood, Melena said. College Terrace neighborhood residents, meanwhile, are concerned about the planned Mayfield housing project along California Avenue in the Stanford Research Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 and expected to last four years, according to Brent Barker, College Terrace Residents Association president. The neighborhood continues to lobby Stanford University for a “spine� road through the center of the nearby section of Research Park, which would relieve traffic along California Avenue, he said in an email. Developments are the singular issue for south Palo Alto’s Greendell

project as complex as this — will have many, many, many layers and public meetings around it,� Keene assured the council and the community on Dec. 3. The Arrillaga proposal is one of many downtown issues that the council and staff will juggle in 2013. Downtown’s parking shortage — a pressing issue in 2012 — will continue to drive conversations as the city proceeds with a comprehensive study of local garages, parking lots and parking demand and considers ways to ease the parking congestion. Zooming out even further, the city plans to consider whether downtown can even absorb more development. In 1985, the city decided to cap new downtown development at 350,000 square feet. Officials also decided back then to take a fresh look at development and parking when new development reaches 235,000 square feet. Recent applications for dense office complexes downtown — including the approved Lytton Gateway building and proposed office complexes at 135 Hamilton Ave. and 636 Waverley St. — have pushed the city past that 235,000-square-foot trigger point. As a result, the city now plans a “downtown cap� study, which will cover parking policies, downtown’s capacity for accommo-

neighborhood, said Srini Sankaran, president of the Greendell Neighborhood Association. Three major projects are of most concern: the future use of 525 San Antonio Ave., a former preschool that was purchased by Palo Alto Unified School District last year; the future use of Cubberley Community Center on Middlefield Road; and the impacts of residential and commercial development abutting San Antonio Road, including the releasing of the old Hewlett-Packard Mayfield complex. “Interestingly, most of the ongoing or proposed development is technically in Mountain View, but it is right on and off San Antonio, so it affects Palo Alto residents rather heavily,� Sankaran said via email. Allen said Adobe Meadow residents are wary of the impact that the new Mitchell Park library and community center will have on the area, given the new traffic it could generate. Traffic and parking continue to be prime worries for the north Palo Alto neighborhoods of Professorville, Downtown North and University South. Residents there will keep pushing for parking and traffic reforms in the downtown area in 2013, according to Elaine Meyer of University South and Ken Alsman of Professorville. The city has implemented a residential permit-parking program and traffic-calming devices in College Terrace, but residents are hoping

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dating even more offices and protection for downtown merchants, many of whom are struggling to keep up with rapidly rising rent. “It’s an exciting time because there is a time where we can solve a lot of existing issues and stop a lot of issues that could happen in the future from happening,� Assistant Planning Director Aaron Aknin, who will oversee the study, told the Planning and Transportation Commission on Dec. 12.

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n addition to this plethora of studies and master plans, Palo Alto residents should see plenty of concrete accomplishments in the coming year all over the city, from the spring opening of the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center in the south to the summer re-opening of El Camino Park in the north, following construction of an underground reservoir. Those in the east can look forward to design work accelerating on a new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek, while those in the west can anticipate improvements to trails around Stanford University. Those closer to the center of the city can expect to see the city launch its renovation of Main Library, the final component funded

to see relief this year from people who store cars on their streets for days and weeks on end. City staff announced on Nov. 20 plans to prohibit overnight parking in the neighborhood’s commercial zone between 1 and 4 a.m. “We hope the parking restriction in the commercial zone near El Camino will discourage the guy with 12 to 15 vehicles parked in the vicinity,� Barker said. On Arastradero Road, the main issue for Green Acres I neighborhood residents will be the traffic along the corridor, particularly during school hours, Alice Sklar wrote in an email. “We are sometimes unable to get in and/or out of the two streets, Pomona and Los Palos, that service our neighborhood,� she said. In Midtown, the issue is always traffic, according to Annette Glanckopf, vice chair of the Midtown Residents Association. But the problem isn’t always cars. “The biggest issue for us will be the pedestrian/bike path along Matadero,� association president Sheri Furman said. The planned Palo Alto Matadero Creek Trail will go through the center of Midtown and closely pass by some homes, she said. Neilson Buchanan of Downtown North took a broad view of neighborhood issues, saying that the city needs to conduct comprehensive studies on quality of life that are not piecemeal. “Define what makes neighborhoods safe, vibrant and liveable. Start with criteria for traffic, safety and parking metrics,� he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

by the city’s 2008 library bond. They will also see the city finally break ground on the ambitious and controversial effort to turn California Avenue into a boulevard akin to Mountain View’s Castro Street. After years of debate, construction is set to begin in the fall. The sheer number and scale of these projects point to the strides Palo Alto has made in the past four years to recover from the economic shockwaves of late 2008. Now, as the council convenes after holiday break and welcomes two new members, former Mayor Liz Kniss and attorney Marc Berman, it will find itself knee-deep in problems of prosperity. There is no fiscal cliff on University Avenue, and foreclosures are largely unheard of within city borders. The city is ushering in 2013 with a rosy financial forecast (a projected General Fund surplus for a change) and a Rose Bowl victory for Stanford University. The year will inevitably feature its share of unwelcome surprises and neighborhood controversies. But it also promises to be a time of finally tackling lingering problems, celebrating accomplishments and looking deeper into the future. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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News Digest Court rebukes Assistant DA Boyarsky Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky, the second-highestranking official in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, was castigated by a state appeals court on Dec. 27 for misconduct while handling a hospital-commitment case against a sexual predator, according to court documents. The California Sixth Appellate District Court stated that the misconduct “so infected the trial with unfairness as to make the resulting conviction a denial of due process.� The finding resulted in a reversal of a judgment that had committed a man to a state hospital who admitted performing sexual acts with teenaged boys. Boyarsky asked improper questions of the witnesses, which elicited inflammatory answers, and he made improper arguments to the jury, Presiding Judge Conrad Rushing wrote in the Dec. 27 ruling. The court’s decision comes one year and nine months after District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced a conviction-integrity unit in March 2011 to address a series of prosecutorial-misconduct allegations against the office; the allegations preceded his tenure. The unit was to set protocol to prevent future errors. The Dec. 27 appeals-court ruling stems from two 1994 felony cases against Dariel Shazier, who pleaded guilty to sodomy with a minor under the age of 14 and sodomy with a minor under age 18 and oral copulation where the victim was unable to resist due to an intoxicating substance. He was sentenced to 17 years and 8 months in state prison. But shortly before his release from prison, in April 2003, the DA’s office filed a petition to commit Shazier to a state mental facility as a sexually violent predator under the Welfare and Institutions Code. The first commitment trial resulted in a hung jury. Boyarsky prosecuted the third commitment trial, in which the jury found Shazier met the criteria as a sexually violent predator. Shazier was committed for an indeterminate term, and he again appealed. It remains unclear whether the California State Bar will take any action against Boyarsky, a Palo Alto resident. N — Sue Dremann

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Family faces burglary charges after Dec. 27 arrest A father, mother and daughter are facing burglary charges in Palo Alto after allegedly attempting to steal men’s clothing and an expensive purse from a department store, a spokesman for the Palo Alto Police Department said. Kosta Barjaba, 52, his wife, Fatbardha Barjaba, 52, and their daughter Jonniada Barjaba, 23, were arrested Dec. 27 after police said they took items from Nordstrom at the Stanford Shopping Center, police spokesman Officer Sean Downey said. The trio entered the store in the early afternoon, and loss-prevention observers told police the family left with a bag of men’s clothing and then returned to the store a second time with the bag. The officers watched as one of the Barjabas allegedly purloined a Coach purse worth $238. As the suspects exited the store, the security guards stopped them outside and tried to detain them, Downey said. Kosta Barjaba then allegedly threw the bag of items back into the store, and he and his wife ran away while guards detained the daughter. At about 2 p.m., security personnel called Palo Alto police, who found and arrested the wife and recovered the Coach purse a short distance away from Nordstrom, Downey said. Police then received a call from a pay phone from the father, who reported his wife and daughter as missing persons. Officers arrested the father after answering his call. N — Bay City News Service LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at





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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to swear in council members Marc Berman, Pat Burt, Liz Kniss and Greg Schmid; elect a mayor and vice mayor for 2013; and adopt resolutions expressing appreciation to outgoing Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilman Sid Espinosa. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the cost limitation of a carbon-neutral plan for the electric portfolio; consider a three-year extension of the demand-response pilot program for commercial electric customers; and see a presentation on results of the 2012 Statewide and Palo Alto Residential Customer Satisfaction Survey. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the scope of the city’s “downtown development cap� study and review the draft of the proposed density-bonus ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update from the Palo Alto Police Department on police staffing, community relations and the future of the Police Community Advisory Group; discuss the closure of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; and discuss the Human Services Needs Assessment. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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Why and how four horses from Webb Ranch got onto Interstate 280 on Saturday, Dec. 29, is unclear. Three of the horses were struck and killed by a car on I-280 north of Alpine Road at around 4:50 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. (Posted Dec. 2 at 3:37 p.m.)

New safe-driving laws take effect in California Texting while driving, red-light cameras and party buses are among the targets of new driving-related laws that took effect in California Tuesday, Jan. 1. (Posted Jan. 2 at 11:54 a.m.)

Man grazed by bullet in East Palo Alto A man apparently grazed in the head by a gunshot in East Palo Alto Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, refused to cooperate with police as he was treated at Stanford Hospital, according to the East Palo Alto Police Department. (Posted Jan. 2 at 8:50 a.m.)

CHP arrests 208 for DUI over New Year’s weekend The California Highway Patrol is reporting that it made the same number of DUI arrests in the Bay Area over the holiday compared to the same period last year, while fatal collisions were down. (Posted Jan. 2 at 8:46 a.m.)

First Person: A conversation with the Stanford Tree Stanford grad Jonathan Strange talks to Lisa Van Dusen about what it takes to be the Stanford Tree, mascot of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, in anticipation of his trip to the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl between Stanford and Wisconsin. (Posted Dec. 31 at 8:20 a.m.)





Customers shopping at the Tri-E-Z got more than they bargained for Friday night, Dec. 28, after two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed both store and shoppers. (Posted Dec. 29 at 5:01 p.m.)

Palo Alto lawyer sentenced for bribery attempt A Palo Alto patent attorney who was convicted of attempting to bribe a police officer and drunken driving, after being pulled over outside a Colma casino, received an 8-month jail sentence with three years of supervised probation on Thursday, Dec. 27. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9:47 a.m.)

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Palo Alto Dec. 19-31 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .6 Vehicle embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disobeying court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Menlo Park Dec. 19-31 Violence related Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Misc. parking/driving violation . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Violation of a court order . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Atherton Dec. 19-31 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .5 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Violation of a court order . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3


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Frank Raymond Wheeler July 8, 1922-Dec. 21, 2012 Frank Raymond Wheeler, 90, passed away peacefully in his home at the Vi in Palo Alto with family around him on December 21, 2012. He lived and worked for most of his life within a few miles of where he was born in Palo Alto to Oliver P. and Ethel R. Wheeler. He attended local schools, Peninsula School, Jordan Jr. High School, Palo Alto High School, Stanford University and Stanford Medical School. After 37 years in private practice in Internal Medicine, he retired in 1989. Since his retirement, he has often been approached by former patients or their family members who expressed their gratitude and admiration of the care he gave. He loved the out of doors, being on the river y ďŹ shing, taking up downhill skiing at 40, playing tennis with friends and golďŹ ng until his last year. He leaves the legacy of the Wheeler family cabin at Silver Lake – a place beloved by friends and family. As private a fellow as he was, he had a wide and deep circle of friends, neighbors, sporting companions, even classmates from high school who still gather for lunch on occasion. Frank was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and treasured wife of 58 years, Marty Dodds Wheeler. He is survived by his three daughters, Barbie Breneiser (John) of Ashland, Oregon, Anne Wheeler-Waddell (John) of Jacksonville, OR, and Joan GrifďŹ n (Bill) of Redding, CA, his grandchildren, Jeff Buckley, Tara Bedney (Brian), Courtney and Scott GrifďŹ n, and his great grandchildren, Alex and Casey Bedney, and his sisters, Jean Whitley of Indian Hills, CO, and Phyllis Dunlap of Denver, CO. The last years of his life were brightened and blessed by his friend and companion Rue Faris Drew. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life of Frank Wheeler which will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Vi, 620 Sand Hill Rd, Palo Alto, CA. PA I D


NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Of the City of Palo Alto Transportation Division Public Meeting Notice Fabian way Enhanced Bikeway Improvement Project DATE:

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 7:00pm



LOCATION: Cubberley Community Center 4000 MiddleďŹ eld Road Room A-6 Palo Alto, CA 94303 The City is soliciting community input on design alternatives to improve bicycle accessibility along Fabian Way between East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road. This segment of the city’s bicycle network is crucial link to help connect to future bicycle-pedestrian bridge crossing alternatives planned at Adobe Creek & Highway 101 and builds upon recent improvements along San Antonio Road. The City is soliciting input on alternatives to reduce this segment of Fabian Way from 4-lanes to 3-lanes to provide a dedicated two-way left turn lane for enhanced safety for vehicles turning into and out of driveway along the roadway while supporting wider bicycle lane facilities. Improved pedestrian crossings are also being considered. Please join the discussion and provide your input. This community meeting has been schedule to present the conceptual plans. For further information contact: or call (650) 3292441. ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠ>Â˜Ă•>ÀÞÊ{]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 11

Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Macca Christine Winnbury Macca Christine Winnbury, 99, died Dec. 17. She was the child of James Hunter Chandler and Julia Stone. Her sisters Louise Turner (Claude) and Marguerite Lewis (David) preceded her in death, as did her first husband, Eric Charles Twist, and second husband, Frank Edward Winnburg. She was born in Nanton, Alberta, Canada, on the family farm and moved to Southern California when she was 10. However, she lived most of her life in Northern California, moving there after the death of her first husband. She met her second husband at Sequoia High School where they were both teachers. She will be remembered fondly by many former students at Sequoia and Woodside high schools, where she taught for many years before retiring. She leaves her daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Twist Fry (Jeryl); three grandchildren, Jay Fry (Grete), Oscar Fry (Jackie) and Bruce Fry (Lora); and seven great grandchildren, Margaret and Jerylin (Jay and Grete), Regan, Kyle and Luke (Oscar and Jackie), and Mohrgan and Julia (Bruce and Lora). She received her education at Chapman University and Occidental College and received her master’s degree from Stanford University. She was a loyal Stanford alumna and always enjoyed going to the football games, especially the Big Game, since her daughter was a Cal graduate. She enjoyed volunteering and spent many years as a volunteer at Allied Arts Guild. She also took up painting and sculpting in her later

years and her works remain as an ongoing memorial to her. Special thanks to her devoted and beloved caregivers, Margaret Chinappa and Josephina Baratang, and the staff of Odyssey Healthcare. Donations in her memory can be sent to Lucille Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital, 400 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301; or to another charity. Services will be private. Please sign the online guestbook at

Maria Elida Maria Elida, 101, died Dec. 18 surrounded by her family. She was born in Tumbes, Peru, on Nov. 19, 1911, and immigrated to California in 1978 with her husband Luis Melchor Yanez to join her son Luis and his wife Gina of Los Altos Hills. She lived in Palo Alto for 33 years and is survived by six of her seven children, Guillermo, Rosa America, Maria Luisa, Luis, Betsy and Maria Teresa; 20 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Ecuador with her grandmother Jesus. Upon her grandmother’s death, she joined her parents in Callao, Peru, where at the age of 14 she studied math and science in the vocational school and earned a vocational teaching degree. At the age of 20, she married Luis Melchor Yanez Ladron de Guevara and had seven children. After 67 years of marriage, her husband’s death separated them. She left children, extended family, friends and the residents of Lytton Gardens, where she lived for 33 years. A mass was held Dec. 22.


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Nancy Fox Nancy Fox passed away on December 15, 2012. She died with her husband Ed at her side, at their Palo Alto home in which they’d lived for more than 40 years. She will be deeply missed by daughter Alissa, married to Jeff Silverman with their children Jacob (8) and Adam (5) and her daughter Elizabeth, married to James Rogers with Ramona (5), along with numerous family members and friends. Nancy served as the Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County for 13 years. There will be a memorial held at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park on Saturday, January 5 from 12 to 3 pm. PA I D



Mary Wright Shaw March 9, 1919-Nov. 30, 2012 Mary Wright Shaw passed away peacefully on November 30, 2012, at the age of 93. Born in 1919 to Thomas and Anna Wright, Mary Alberta Wright grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania on the shores of the Allegheny River—a source of reection and inspiration throughout her life—with brothers Thomas Jr. and John David, and her sister Virginia. Her father died when she was fouryears-old, and her mother later remarried to Carl Hultberg (“Cullyâ€?), a WWI veteran and loving stepfather who helped provide for the children amidst the economic deprivation of the Great Depression. An intelligent and exuberant youth, Mary excelled both as a student and athlete. She would recall with great fondness playing alongside her older sister as starting guards on their high school basketball team—Virginia was the scorer, Mary was the ball-handler and tenacious defender. Following in the footsteps of her compassionate mother, Mary studied nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital and then Public Health at Simmons College, receiving her R.N. and Public Health CertiďŹ cate in the early 1940s. She served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp from 1944 to 1946. She met her husband, Norman Shaw, at San Francisco’s Presidio Hospital where he was recovering from a war injury suffered in WWII’s Battle of the Bulge. They ďŹ rst met during an outing for patients and nurses at a 49ers game in old Kezar Stadium. Norman was a San Francisco native and they both loved The City. On occasion, Mary would affectionately chide Norman, a U.S. Army second lieutenant, that she outranked him. Mary recalled climbing the chilly concrete stairs together at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor in the Fall of 1946, sharing their deepest thoughts and secrets. They fell in love and were married three months later. They both enrolled at Stanford on the G.I. Bill and soon started what Mary described as the couple’s “ten-year production period,â€? during which their daughter and four sons were born. Mary put her education on hold to become a full-time mom, while Norman graduated from Stanford in engineering and embarked on his professional career that took the family to Pittsburgh and then Los Angeles. In 1960, Norman died suddenly of a heart attack on the day after Christmas. Mary moved the family back to Palo Alto where she took on the dual responsibilities of mother and breadwinner for her family of ďŹ ve children. In 1961, she took a job as the school nurse for Mountain View High School, which was the beginning of her long and distinguished career in public health and education. In 1968, she began to serve on the Mental Health Commission of Santa Clara, and later joined the boards of Social Advocates and the Red Cross. In 1971, she was promoted to Director of Health Services for the Mountain

View/Los Altos School District. In 1972, she returned to Stanford to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology, 20 years after her original classmates had graduated. Mary lived life with passion. She had an amazing sense of humor, an uncanny ability to ďŹ nd humor in the unending ironies of life, even in times of great personal challenge. Thus laughter permeated the Shaw household and family get-togethers throughout the years. ‘Perseverance’ was her watchword. She never stopped caring for those in need and she never stopped learning. She was passionate about golf, became a regular ďŹ xture in the Stanford Golf Clubs Ladies Group and played into her eighties. In 1991, Mary spearheaded the launch of YES Reading at the Belle Haven Library as a project of Youth Empowering Systems, Inc. Under her spirited leadership, the reading program achieved an exceptional success rate and continued to grow in reach, funding support and social impact. The organization, whose name was changed to Reading Partners in 2008, has continued to prosper and now serves more than 5,000 students across the country. In addition to being a powerful advocate for public health and literacy, Mary was an extraordinary lifelong writer. In 1997, she published her autobiographical book, Go with the River, under Gander Publishing, which she founded with her sister years earlier. Mary’s book draws upon her personal journals to share life stories shaped by love, tragedy and— above all—by an amazing inner strength and personal resilience. As testimony to her many outstanding career achievements and community contributions, Mary was honored with the Avenidas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, which was published as a Palo Alto Weekly cover story. She generously passed along her loving wisdom for the written word to all whose lives she touched, from family and friends to the countless participants in the health and education programs that she championed. She was a devoted mentor to her grandchildren, instilling in them a fondness for literature, the importance of caring for others and— most of all—a love of life. Mary is loved and will be deeply missed by her family: daughter, Mary; four sons, Norman, Peter, George and John; grandchildren, Siena, Yvonna, Angela, Wyatt, Genevieve, Anna, Monica and Andrea; sonin-law, Rick; and daughters-in-law, Donna, Julie and Christine. There will be a private family memorial service to celebrate Mary’s extraordinary life and she will be placed next to her husband Norman at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Mary was devoted to Reading Partners, the literacy outreach program for children that she co-founded, and she would gratefully smile upon any memorial donations to its life-enhancing mission ( PA I D





Tom Parker, Award winning novelist and short story writer, UC Extension and Foothill College Instructor and former Stanford Instructor Meg Waite Clayton, is the nationally best selling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Bellwether Prize finalist The Language of Light. Ellen Sussman Author of New York Times best selling novel French Lessons and San Francisco Chronicle best seller On A Night Like This

CHILDREN/TEEN Katy Obringer, Former supervisor of Palo Alto Children’s Library Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Playwright and Children’s book author Nancy Etchemendy, Children’s book author


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On Deadline Palo Alto area flooding problems go back decades, but is relief in sight? by Jay Thorwaldson alo Alto and its neighbors Menlo Park and East Palo Alto have experienced flooding for decades — despite occasional efforts at flood relief. But a new effort to increase the capacity of San Francisquito Creek — frequently referred to in news stories as “the floodprone� creek — may reduce the risk of future floods, notwithstanding long-term concerns about global climate change, a rising sea (and bay) level and more volatile weather. Most of the flooding threat stems from the flood-prone creek, although other sources of flooding have also added to people’s wetweather woes. One chronic flooding-site is the Oregon Expressway underpass at Alma Street/Caltrain tracks. In one instance, the late William Clark, M.D., recounted how in the late 1950s he was racing at night to the home of a patient who was suffering a heart attack. He sped into the then-new underpass — and splashed into about 3 feet of icy-cold water. Clark waded away from his drowned car, but his patient died. Recent flooding of the underpass indicates not much has changed. In heavy rains, it often floods, more seriously if there’s a problem with the pumps. Yet the primary concern for Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto officials and residents is the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek, the deep channel that separates Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. During much of the year, the creek is, well, a creek, sometimes virtually drying up to a trickle with some mossy ponds.



But during serious storms it becomes a deep brown torrent, on which some young persons — including one of my own sons, unbeknownst to me — would secretly go whitewater rafting. A chilling risk. The reason the creek surges from nearly empty to nearly overflowing is that upstream, as it wends through Portola Valley, it is fed by a series of relatively short and steep canyons, most with historically intriguing names. The first rains of the season get soaked into the predominantly redwood forests lining the canyons. Yet when the second or third heavy rains hit the water quickly rushes down the canyons and combines into a torrent heading downstream, right toward Palo Alto and its lowland neighbors. After major flooding of the mid-1950s, the two counties raised the levees and added low concrete walls, a significant improvement but far short of a permanent solution. In the late 1960s, the surging creek jammed up at the infamous Pope-Chaucer Street Bridge, with its constricting arch. Then-City Manager George Morgan showed up at the bridge in the early morning hours and reportedly helped city crews wield long poles to shove floating trees through the arch. Since then, the formation of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority — usually referred to as “the creek JPA� — tackled two core problems that had for years stymied effective action. The first was competitive finger-pointing between the communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, along with the two counties. The second was a massive barrier: the bureaucracy of the Army Corps of Engineers that seemed to local officials to bog down action through delayed decisions and endless studies. Tension between communities grew. At one point, during a heavy rain city crews from Menlo Park and Palo Alto gathered on oppo-

After major flooding of the mid-1950s, the two counties raised the levees and added low concrete walls, a significant improvement but far short of a permanent solution. site sides of the Pope-Chaucer bridge to assure that neither city did anything to increase risk of flooding to the other city. The JPA’s former executive cirector Cynthia D’Agosta, while successful in building a common effort relating to the creek, nevertheless struggled against the Corps’ sluggishness and tight local budgets until she decided to leave to head the local environmental group Committee for Green Foothills. D’Agosta earlier launched a campaign to preserve three watersheds, and headed a joint-powers effort to bring together scores of agencies involved in the huge Los Angeles River basin. Current JPA Executive Director Len Materman has shifted tactics, de-emphasizing the role of the Corps of Engineers in favor of local efforts and focusing on expanding downstream capacity of the creek to handle a socalled “100-year storm.� That term means any storm that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year. There is real concern that global warming could increase the 1 percent substantially, and rising sea levels would increase the odds of high-tide flooding of lowerlying residential area — including a huge area of south Palo Alto. Lowlands of south Palo Alto were hit with


Preserve Buena Vista

Save the park

Editor, As a resident of Barron Park for more than 30 years, I would like to express my full support for keeping Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in its current status. This is a long-term, healthy community filled with hard-working families with children in our local schools and many retired people on limited incomes. It is also very close to public transportation. Several years ago I volunteered once a week at the co-op market on Middlefield to shop grocery lists, and occasionally delivered to retired people at Buena Vista. It is a quiet and safe place to live. Palo Alto is always talking about planned low-cost housing. Here it exists, functioning well, and all we have to do is let it continue. Please help us to preserve it! Alice Gross Paradise Way, Palo Alto

Editor, Regarding the possible closure of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and the displacement of the nearly 400 residents who live there (Dec. 14, p. 22), I find that the closure and redevelopment of the property into 180 apartments cannot be accompanied by any relocation of the low-income residents to anywhere in this area. This is truly the “nightmare� for these residents that you refer to in the editorial. The last thing Palo Alto needs is more apartments in this area and the disappearance of one of the last vestiges of Palo Alto being a home for people of all ranks of life. In a phrase, “Save the park!� Zelek S. Herman College Avenue, Palo Alto


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a major flood in the Feb. 3, 1998, overflow of the creek, despite being distant from the creek itself. Water flows downhill, and failure of a large pumping system due to loss of power just backed water up into homes, sometimes up to 4 feet or more deep. The creek overflow also hit portions of the Crescent Park area and other homes as the water flowed through en route to south Palo Alto. Damage was ultimately estimated at more than $40 million. Yet although the Pope-Chaucer bridge was target of most of the blame, the creek was at capacity for most of its lower length. Officials reported up to 17 overflow sites, most of them fairly minor. Ironically, the inadequacy of the bridge may have saved other homes downstream in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto from being flooded. Some parts of East Palo Alto are particularly at risk. If a sudden levee failure were to occur, some neighborhoods would be quickly flooded with an estimated 8 to 10 feet of water. That’s a fatal depth, trapping people in their homes and vehicles and creating what the Palo Alto Weekly once editorially called a potential “mini-New Orleans� catastrophe. The term reportedly helped shake loose some federal funds to expedite studies. The state has already added to the creek’s flow capacity under state Highway 101, and plans are afoot to redesign the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course to allow some straightening and widening of the outflow channel to the bay. In a severe threat the golf course itself could serve as an overflow flood basin to relieve pressure upstream. Big progress is slated for 2013. So at last this could be the year the creek is made substantially more flood-safe. Maybe. 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).

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

Right: Jack Black in “Bernie.� Below: Chris Hemsworth (as Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) in “The Avengers.�


Christian Bale as Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises.�



rom a pint-sized girl surviving storms on the wrong side of the levee to a CIA agent planning to rescue a band of hostages, the stories that played out on the silver screen in 2012 were full of heroes small and large. In choosing their top films of the year, Weekly critics Peter Canavese, Tyler Hanley and Susan Tavernetti singled out avengers and activists, superheroes and everymen. Highest honors went to a shipwrecked teenager navigating the Pacific and the waters of life with a Bengal tiger. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi� was the sole movie to score a place on all three top-10 lists. Other high-ranking films were: the sharp political thriller “Argo,� the heavy-on-the-symbolism indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild,� and the poignant dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook.� Each made it onto two out of three lists. For every hero, there’s a mess of guys who trip over their own feet. In their annual “worst five� lists, Canavese and Hanley contribute such underwhelming titles as “Rock of Ages,� “That’s My Boy� and an ill-advised update of “The Three Stooges.� In addition, Hanley gives readers a look ahead at the films of 2013. We’ll be watching closely to see which lists those movies make it on next year.

From left, “This is Not A Film,� “Life of Pi.�

In their annual “best� and “worst� lists, Weekly film critics honor the heroes and roast the turkeys

QuvenzhanĂŠ Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.â€?

Peter Canavese’s top films

control, or perhaps as a sublimated erotic dance. Either way, we get a master class in acting: Joaquin Phoenix sublimely spontaneous as a damaged veteran, Philip Seymour Hoffman thundering as a spiritual flimflam man.

10. The Queen of Versailles More wildly, trashily entertaining than any reality TV show, Lauren Greenfield’s film somehow winds up being the Citizen Kane of documentaries: a horrifying look into America’s blood-in-the-gears capitalist engine and Walmart soul. The nouveau-riche Siegels have, to paraphrase the Bard, bought a mansion but not yet possessed it, their empty Xanadu a symbol of credit-culture consumerism biting the hand that fed it. 9. The Master Slippery but legitimately haunting, Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master� is a true motion picture: a painting to step back from and ponder, portraiture that achieves an imitation of life. The power dynamic between two quintessentially American men — one an unstoppable force, the other an immovable object — plays out as a struggle for masculine supremacy, defined by power and

8. The Deep Blue Sea Terence Davies does Terence Rattigan in this elegant, lushly emotional psychodrama, brilliantly performed by the triangle of Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale. Torrid and beautiful, “The Deep Blue Sea� locates a wellspring of hope under layers of pain.

Ben Affleck in “Argo.�

7. Ruby Sparks The comedy of the year was also a lovely calling card for screenwriter-star Zoe Kazan. Nimbly directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Ruby Sparks� cut right to the heart of a near-universal ailment of the human condition, romantic fantasy, with a clever alle(continued on page 16)


Arts & Entertainment

Above: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.� Left: Daniel DayLewis in “Lincoln.�

2012 films

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gorical conceit that plays like vintage Woody Allen.

may well be considered the most accurate and authentic film ever made about the 16th president.

6. The Kid With a Bike An aching story of childhood need, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest breathes as steadily as life itself. With his directors, Thomas Doret forges a vision in red as 11-year-old Cyril, a reckless, heart-on-his-sleeve little man — shoved too soon into his coming of age — who chases a deadbeat dad and a desired makeshift mom. 5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia With poker-faced good humor and measured melancholy, Nuri Bilge Ceylan resuscitates the police procedural as provincial slice-of-life. Law & Order meets Samuel Beckett, with a dash of Armando Iannucci. Violence lingers, humanity yearns — the flower that could in hardscrabble terrain. 4. Life of Pi Like IMAX, 3D has the studios reliving ‘50s efforts to get us away from our TVs, and few filmmakers have better employed it than does master craftsman Ang Lee in “Life of Pi.� This clever adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestseller — double-framed by pointed storytelling and spiritual reflection — ticks away a postmodern Robinson Crusoe-style adventure. It then detonates a mindblower about perception in the face of trauma, nature and existence (if indeed there’s any difference amongst the three). The tiger doesn’t look back. Is Ang Lee getting away with this? Yes he is, at your local multiplex, in splashy, colorful 3D. 3. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan’s “Batman� trilogy, like Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings� triple play, ambitiously lifted genre filmmaking to an epic plane. Like its two predecessors, “The Dark Knight Rises� gives us what we hope for in popular cinema: It’s big, bold, savvy and thrilling, with an astonishingly accomplished acting ensemble etching memorable characters (especially, here, Tom Hardy’s hulking villain Bane) and Wally Pfister’s IMAX photography reminding us why we go to a movie theater. And in spite of a reallife madman’s attempt to hijack the film, its hero — himself a survivor of gun violence — insists, “No guns.�

Top: Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained.â€? Above: Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty.â€? Parental Guidance The Motion 2. The Turin Horse Art isn’t always easy to take, and BĂŠla Tarr’s Picture Association of America valedictory film is downright dev- rates this last-gasp for Billy Crystal astating: a long, hard look into the and Bette Midler “PGâ€? for “Pretty void. And yet the 146-minute pic- Ghastly.â€? ture — a plain-unspoken account The Lucky One Love means nevof the apocalypse unfolding in and around a remote rural farmhouse er having to say or do anything that — is enlivened by Tarr’s thoughtful makes any sense in this latest loser construction, minimalist takes and adapted from the “workâ€? of Nicholas breathtaking black-and-white cin- Sparks. ematography. This uncompromisPlaying For Keeps This romantic ingly bleak appraisal of man’s inhumanity to everything and sad/fierce comedy with soccer moms had one apendurance to the bitter end is not for parent GOOOOOAAAAAAALLL: Friday-night viewing (perhaps Sun- to suck. day morning?). That’s My Boy Worst-list peren1. This Is Not a Film This is the nial Adam Sandler crowns his prerare film that is more: a rebellious sumptive successor Andy Samberg yawp over the rooftops of the world, a in this witless father-son comedy. vital social document, a moral but illegal political statement. World-class filmmaker Jafar Panahi (“Crimson Goldâ€?) has frequently tangled with the Iranian government, which sentenced him in 2010 to a six-year jail 10. Pitch Perfect This upbeat term and a 20-year ban on making films. And so, under house arrest and crowd-pleaser was one of the year’s pursuing an appeal, Panahi called feel-good surprises thanks to its over friend and filmmaker Mojtaba strong script and catchy soundtrack. Mirtahmasb, whose camcorder cap- The modern music woven throughout tures a self-reflective Panahi hero- (such as David Guetta’s “Titaniumâ€?) ically straining against his bonds to infuses the film with a vibrant, conachieve that most noble of artistic tagious energy. Big props to director Jason Moore (a 2004 Tony Award goals: speaking truth to power. nominee for the Broadway musical “Avenue Qâ€?) for maintaining a playPeter Canavese’s pans General Education This lame- ful atmosphere and getting the most brain teen comedy achieves the op- from his charming cast. posite of its title, instead serving as 9. Bernie Richard Linklater an insult to anything with human (“Dazed and Confused,â€? “Waking DNA.


Tyler Hanley’s top films

6. The Avengers Adjectives used in some of Marvel Comics’ iconic titles from the early 1960s through today — amazing, fantastic, incredible — also describe director Joss Whedon’s superhero epic. Whedon (“Serenity�) helms with a master craftsman’s focus and a devoted fan’s enthusiasm in adapting the popular Marvel series that made its print debut in 1963. The screenplay is witty and rife with whip-smart dialogue; visual effects and costume design are exceptional; character dynamics are deeply developed; and the ambitious action scenes are astonishing. Life�) is a gifted filmmaker, if not a particularly prolific one. In this compelling dark comedy, Linklater reunites with his “School of Rock� star Jack Black, creating a fascinating character study that benefits from the director’s mockumentary approach. The three leads — Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey — all deliver terrific performances, and the screenplay is crisp and clever. 8. Django Unchained Sharp dialogue and dynamic characters drive Quentin Tarantino’s riotous and uber-violent revenge flick. “Django� comes across as the film Tarantino was always destined to make, with his well-documented appreciation for blaxploitation and spaghetti westerns (“Django� essentially combines the genres). Christoph Waltz is excellent as bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz while Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington also impress. 7. Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis shines with a towering performance as Abraham Lincoln, while Tommy Lee Jones nearly steals the show as anti-slavery Republican Thaddeus Stevens. Steven Spielberg directs with a meticulous, deft touch, and the exquisite production values (especially costuming and set design) establish the time period beautifully. And while “Lincoln� plays a bit like a $50 million history lesson, four score and seven years from now it

5. Life of Pi The most visually stunning film since James Cameron’s “Avatarâ€? is also a spiritually insightful powerhouse. The filmmaking team of director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountainâ€?) and screenwriter David Magee (“Finding Neverlandâ€?) inspire with this vibrant adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel. Phenomenal 3D effects (was it raining in the theater?) highlight the breathtaking action sequences while the story poses interesting questions about faith, inner strength and survival. 4. Beasts of the Southern Wild There is an organic, elemental undertone to rookie director Benh Zeitlin’s Louisiana-based drama. “Beastsâ€? is as harrowing as it is heart-wrenching. Youngster QuvenzhanĂŠ Wallis captivates in a demanding role while the rest of the unrecognizable cast rallies around her. Symbolism flows throughout, and the musical score by Zeitlin and Dan Romer strikes an emotional chord. In a year flooded with star-driven, big-budget blockbusters, “Beastsâ€? is the little indie that could. 3. Moonrise Kingdom The films of writer/director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,â€? “Fantastic Mr. Foxâ€?) are something of an acquired taste, and this sweet romantic comedy is a treat. “Moonriseâ€? is akin to a cinematic dollhouse: a movie unusual in tone but universal in context.

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Many of us can relate to the thrill of independence and young love, which Anderson and his adolescent leads Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward capture wonderfully. Honest, understated performances from an A-list cast that includes Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton further accent the storybook atmosphere. 2. Argo Ben Affleck’s sophomore directorial effort is a nail-biter from beginning to end. Affleck and his crew do a phenomenal job capturing the time period and casting actors who both resemble their real-life counterparts and have the thespian chops to hit all the right emotional notes. One of the film’s many strengths is its ability to draw in the audience — we often feel we are there with these people throughout the ordeal, for better or worse. A goofy sci-fi film dubbed “Argo� never got made in 1980. Fortunately for moviegoers, a brilliant, Oscarworthy drama/thriller of the same name did get made in 2012. 1. Silver Linings Playbook This poignant dramedy from director David O. Russell (“The Fighter�) has nothing to do with science, but the chemistry is palpable. Sparks fly between leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and both serve up career-best performances. Russell’s adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel brims with raw energy and rich dialogue. An intimate candor permeates the picture as real-world issues (commitment, family dynamics, mental health, resilience) are addressed with sincerity and a sparkle of humor.

Tyler Hanley’s pans Dark Shadows The typically reliable tandem of director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp disappoints with this underwhelming comedy/ horror hybrid. In trying to walk the tightrope between two genres, “Shadows� tumbles somewhere into the murky middle, where ho-hum movies go to die. The Raven The convergence of two personal favorites — writer Edgar Allan Poe and actor John Cusack — piqued my interest. But “The Raven� proved to be never more than a hackneyed thriller with uneven performances and a lousy climax. Rock of Ages Musicals are something of an acquired taste, and “Rock of Ages� is more cheeseburger than lobster bisque. A soap opera-esque love story and stagy undertones lend a certain silliness to the whole affair despite Tom Cruise’s electric turn as rocker Stacee Jaxx. The Three Stooges Ninety-two minutes of slapstick and sound effects coupled with a numbskull plot that prominently features the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.� Ouch. The Watch Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, we hope, will appear in good movies again someday after a string of forgettable flops. Case in point: director Akiva Schaffer’s comedy/sci-fi hodgepodge with its wealth of awkward scenarios and dearth of humor. (continued on page 18)

A cinematic odyssey

Next year’s big-screen slate runs the gamut from the origin of humanity to a zombie apocalypse


by Tyler Hanley

ach year movie studios roll out a plethora of fresh flicks to impress — or depress — eager viewers. We never know which ones will be worth our box-office bucks until reviews and word-of-mouth offer insight. The new year starts off with what could be a bang or a thud: Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad.� Fortunately, 2013 is brimming with tantalizing prospects after that. Here’s a sampling of what the year has in store for cinema-goers: Director Fleischer ambushed audiences with his pleasant-surprise debut “Zombieland� in 2009, but his sophomore effort, “30 Minutes or Less,� missed the mark. Now he’s back with his third feature, the “Untouchables�-esque “Gangster Squad� (Jan. 11) starring Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone, with Sean Penn as mobster Mickey Cohen. The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, makes his bigscreen comeback as a drug-busting sheriff in “The Last Stand� (Jan. 18). And the latest twist on a classic fable sees Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton chasing witches in the fairytale actioner “Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters� (Jan. 25). In February, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken will play aging con men in the crime fiction/comedy “Stand Up Guys� (Feb. 1). “Bridesmaids� standout Melissa McCarthy swipes Jason Bateman’s identity in the aptly titled “Identity Thief� (Feb. 8) from “Horrible Bosses� director Seth Gordon. New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) heads to Russia and teams up with his equally bad-ass son (Jai Courtney) in “A Good Day to Die Hard� (Feb. 15). The best-selling novel by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl comes to life in “Beautiful Creatures� (Feb. 15) starring Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Irons. In March, a young farmer aims to rescue a captive princess in director Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer� (March 1). Palo Alto’s homegrown hero James Franco strolls the yellow-brick road alongside Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams in director Sam Raimi’s fantasy epic “Oz: The Great and Powerful� (March 8). Chloe Grace Moretz (“Hugo�) plays horror icon Stephen King’s tormented telekinetic in “Carrie� (March 15) with Julianne Moore on board as Carrie’s torturous mother. Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s prehistoric family

The men of “Gangster Squad.�

Top: Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in “The Lone Ranger.� Above: Idris Elba in “Pacific Rim.� adventure “The Croods� (March 22). Director Jon M. Chu, another Palo Alto native, rounds up the troops — Duke (Channing Tatum), Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) — in the long-delayed “G.I. Joe: Retaliation� (March 29). On April 5, director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids�) opens “The Heat� with Melissa McCarthy playing an ill-tempered Boston detective partnered with Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent. The futuristic actioner “Oblivion� follows on April 19 with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman starring in a tale of an Earth devastated by a decades-long war with an alien race. Billionaire superhero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes on the sinister Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in “Iron Man 3� (May 3). The following week brings the big-screen

treatment for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby,� with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. And on May 17, the starship Enterprise continues its cosmic journey in director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness.� In June, director M. Night Shyamalan of “Sixth Sense� fame (and “The Last Airbender� infamy) tries to regain his mojo with the sci-fi adventure “After Earth� (June 7) starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden. Superman soars across the silver screen yet again in “Man of Steel� (June 14), with “Watchmen� director Zack Snyder at the helm and Henry Cavill (“Immortals�) in the title role. Pixar Animation’s lovable monsters Mike (voice of Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voice of John Goodman) go to college in “Monsters University� (June 21). Brad Pitt tries to put the kibosh on a zombie apocalypse in “World War Z� (June 21). As the summer continues, Armie Hammer (“The Social Network�) and Johnny Depp ride for justice in Gore Verbinski’s adaptation of the popular TV western “The Lone Ranger� (July 5). Massive, human-powered robots are mankind’s only defense against Godzilla-esque creatures in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim� (July

12). Hugh Jackman pops his claws and heads off to Japan in “The Wolverine� (July 26), an offering from director James Mangold (“Identity�). Matt Damon fights for equality in “District 9� director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi drama “Elysium� (Aug. 9). A host of other sequels set for 2013 include: “Scary Movie 5� (April 12), “The Hangover Part III� (May 24), “The Fast and the Furious 6� (May 24), “Kick-Ass 2� (June 28), “Despicable Me 2� (July 5), “Grown Ups 2� (July 12), “Red 2� (Aug. 2), “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For� (Oct. 4), “Thor: The Dark World� (Nov. 8), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire� (Nov. 8) and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug� (Dec. 13). Also, here are two likely gems: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright (all of “Shaun of the Dead� and “Hot Fuzz�) reunite for the apocalyptic comedy “The World’s End� (October). Meanwhile, mastermind filmmaker Martin Scorsese gathers an A-list cast (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey) for likely Oscar contender “The Wolf of Wall Street� (release date TBA). Happy New Year, movie lovers. N

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Susan Tavernetti’s top films 10. Life of Pi Ang Lee transformed Yann Martel’s “unfilmable� 2001 bestseller into a fantasy filled with magical moments and visual wonder. A middle-aged Pi (Irrfan Khan) recounts his parable of survival and spirituality: Shipwrecked as a 16-year-old (Suraj Sharma), he drifts across the Pacific in a lifeboat, accompanied by a snarling Bengal tiger. The adventure film is as much about the tales we tell ourselves to stay afloat as about navigating the waters of life. Along the journey, 3-D artistry grows up too. 9. The Flat The spellbinding documentary about family secrets and deep denial starts with filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger cleaning out the Tel Aviv flat of his deceased grandmother. He discovers a newspaper article and photos documenting the friendship of his Jewish grandparents with a high-ranking Nazi before and after World War Two. How could that be? Doggedly pursuing leads, Goldfinger diplomatically tiptoes around sensitive topics with Edda Milz von Mildenstein, the daughter of the German official who worked with Goebbels, before confronting her with pit-bull tenacity. Provocative issues

abound, including the question of whether looking back is more important than looking ahead. 8. Silver Linings Playbook Director David O. Russell seems to be flirting with disaster once again in this offbeat indie characterized by wild mood swings. Wonderfully eccentric, the romantic comedy focuses on a pair of misfits, a former teacher with bipolar disorder (Bradley Cooper) and a bruised young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) with a penchant for ballroom dancing. Robert De Niro flexes his comic muscles as a caring father obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles, blurring the line between the crazy and the sane, which is exactly the point. A feel-good film about second chances is worth betting on. 7. How to Survive a Plague On the documentary shortlist for the 2013 Oscars, David France’s searing look at the AIDS epidemic showcases the ACT UP activists whose agenda was to arouse, anger and take action against the deadly disease. A testament to steely determination, the film seamlessly stitches together archival footage and interviews that chart the challenges against the NIH and FDA, drug companies, health professionals and politicians. Both history lesson and passionate call to arms, the documentary gives a human face to the statistics and reminds us that hope and more research go hand in hand.

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll? No, wrong decade. Stephen Chbosky adapts and directs his 1999 coming-of-age novel about teen growing pains — and sex, drugs and mixtapes of The Smiths. Shy and psychologically fragile, Charlie (Logan Lerman) just wants to survive the 1,095 days of freshman year. Enter a pair of half-sibling seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) who bring fun, spontaneity and friendship to the drab halls of high school. Although more sanitized than the book, the movie sensitively deals with adolescent angst and relationships in pre-Internet America. 5. Beasts of the Southern Wild A debut feature of such original voice and vision is a rare beast indeed. Writer-director Benh Zeitlin’s dreamlike fable of a subculture living on the wrong side of a southern Louisiana levee — as conjured by 6-year-old Hushpuppy — offers an imaginative post-Katrina take on preserving a people and their culture. Newcomer QuvenzhanÊ Wallis delivers a fierce performance as the feisty little girl who swims against the tide of storms large and small, stubbornly surviving in the face of Mother Nature and Uncle Sam. 4. A Separation The Iranian cinema seldom depicts middle-class families and dramas rooted in their

social reality. This couple (Leila Hatami and Peyman Moadi) has a predicament: She wants to leave the country so their 11-year-old daughter doesn’t grow up “in these circumstances,� and he is unwilling to leave his father suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Just when you assume writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s story will grapple with scenes from a marriage, the narrative surprisingly shifts into a legal drama teeming with emotional and moral complexity. All sides deserve empathy in this 2012 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. 3. Argo Sharply observed humor about the movie business cuts through the tension of director-star Ben Affleck’s white-knuckle political thriller. Based on the true events of CIA agent Tony Mendez’s rescue of six American embassy workers trapped in Tehran, the drama uses gritty newsreel footage to plunge us into the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. A last-ditch plan requires the hunted diplomats to pose as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a fake science-fiction movie titled “Argo,� while a well-known film producer (Alan Arkin) and a makeup artist (John Goodman) hilariously keep up pretenses in Hollywood. Fact may be stranger than fiction, but the two are perfectly integrated in Affleck’s top-notch production. 2. Amour Michael Haneke makes films that no one really wants to see. The subject of an elderly Parisian couple (French treasures JeanLouis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) in declining health leads to heartbreaking drama. But this is a love story. Although hard to watch, with the camera lingering over details of daily caretaking like a vulture waiting for death, the film becomes a profound meditation about living. Challenging but cool-toned in typical Haneke style, the Palme d’Or winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival encourages contem-

plation about aging and the act of watching cinema. 1. Zero Dark Thirty In the assured hands of director Kathryn Bigelow and journalist-screenwriter Mark Boal, the manhunt for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks becomes an ambitious, complex and rewarding cinematic achievement. Never a boring procedural, the needle-in-a-haystack search for Osama bin Laden takes the workaday lives of agents — sometimes dull, sometimes dangerous — and shapes the sprawling narrative into a nail-biter. Displaying an incredible range of emotion, Jessica Chastain plays the CIA analyst who breaks the case. She can appear shaken and vulnerable during “enhanced� interrogation scenes of detained Al Qaeda suspects, and then exhibit reinforced-steel-andconcrete resolve as she relentlessly continues her investigative work. Despite knowing the outcome of the Navy SEALs’ dark-hour raid of the Pakistan hideout that harbored bin Laden, I found the climax unbearably tense. Reteaming after taking home Oscars for “The Hurt Locker,� Bigelow and Boal foster reflection about America’s role in the war on terror — and most likely consideration for a Best Picture nod. Note: Susan Tavernetti chose not to write a pans list this year, as her assignment list didn’t include enough films sufficiently bad to qualify, she said. N

READ MORE ONLINE The new musical “Triangle,� an exhibit of sassy Daumier prints, and a standout production of “Moon for the Misbegotten� made it into Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace’s top-10 list of local arts events this year. To read the whole list for 2012, go to her blog, Ad Libs, at

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Himmel ways. One is that there are Cambodian dishes on the menu. Another is the flexibility of the menu and ease of substitution. Don’t want bamboo shoots in your red curry pork? Ask for bell peppers instead. Or dump the peppers and get eggplant. One of the chefs is Thai, one Cambodian. The manager is Cambodian and the owners Chinese. Vegetarians find lots of choices beyond the usual deep-fried tofu appetizer ($5.95). Tommy Thai’s extensive vegetarian menu offers six appetizers, three salads, three noodle dishes, eight curries, three soups, four fried-rice dishes and 10 specialties including steamed spinach tofu ($7.95) and spicy eggplant (continued on page 20)


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(Century 16, Century 20) By most cinematic measures, “Zero Dark Thirty� is one of the bestmade films of 2012. It also probably shouldn’t exist. An encore presentation by the team of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal — who collected Oscars for 2008’s “The Hurt Locker� — “Zero Dark Thirty� recounts the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, the man who claimed responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attack. At the outset, the film announces it Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark is “based on first-hand accounts Thirty.� of actual events.� It’s no spoiler to say that the film begins with they don’t: torture. actual audio from Sept. 11, 2001, The op-ed arguments over the and ends with bin Laden being film’s depiction of torture as a shot in the head by U.S. Navy horrible necessity in finding bin SEALs in May 2011. Laden demonstrate the problem By following a fiercely de- of prematurely turning the story termined CIA officer (Jessica into Hollywood legend. Sadly, Chastain’s Maya), “Zero Dark that’s the way most citizens Thirty� creates an identifica- will view and remember these tion with her agony of defeat and events. thrill of victory along the way, Instead of dealing with the building a rooting interest while inherently political dimensions otherwise eschewing character of their narrative, the filmmakdevelopment in favor of detail- ers have disingenuously insisted oriented procedural. upon the film’s apoliticism in its But the devil is in the de- embrace of procedural narrative. tails. While I have no doubt that No one and nothing in the film Boal’s docudramatic screenplay ever questions the goal of the hews closely to his journalistic mission, as expressed by Maya research, one might well say, to SEAL Team Six: “Bin Laden “Consider the sources.� And the is there, and you’re going to kill calendar. Even more so than with him for me.� While it’s no doubt Paul Greengrass’ “United 93,� accurate that capture was never it’s fair to suggest that the Hol- considered, the film stands as an lywood treatment of such politi- implicit endorsement of political cally delicate — and, in this case, assassination by celebrating the covert — recent history comes admirable qualities (determina“too soon,� and is lacking in the tion and bravery, shoe and boot crucial historical perspective that leather, and military skill) with comes with time. which it is carried out. Certainly, Chastain turns in A complex film would seek a a potent performance (Bigelow more balanced picture of these saves the most emotionally events and their implications, complex moment for the film’s depict bin Laden instead of pointresolution, as Chastain word- edly doing the opposite, examlessly processes the closure of ine the political capital that bin 10 driven years), and the sprawl- Laden’s execution signified for ing ensemble cast supports her the sitting president, and perhaps well, especially Jason Clarke as have an insider make a crack an “enhanced interrogation tech- about rule of law. By turning nique� expert and Kyle Chan- this significant historical event dler as the CIA Islamabad sta- into a willfully noncontemplation chief Joseph Bradley. The tive thriller, “Zero Dark Thirty� film’s tech specs are second to risks resuscitating the motto of none, with crack work from cin- the satirical 2004 action comedy ematographer Greig Fraser and “Team America: World Police�: editors William Goldenberg and “America! F*** Yeah!� Dylan Tichenor. In particular, the lengthy raid sequence conRated R for language and stitutes bravura edge-of-the-seat strong violence including brutal filmmaking that makes “The images. Two hours, 37 minutes. Hurt Locker� look like a mere warm-up. — Peter Canavese But to what end? What purpose does “Zero Dark Thirty� serve? Should this story be en- The Impossible --(Aquarius) “The Impossible� tertainment? And if it isn’t entertakes dicey material — the story tainment, what is it? These are of one privileged family’s sufferquestions Bigelow and Boal are ing during the 2004 Indian Ocean content to sidestep as they claim, tsunami — and transcends its po“Just the facts,� except where

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that suggests unplumbed depths to his talent. In a notable breakout turn, Holland (who starred for a spell in the West End production of “Billy Elliot�) frequently and powerfully shoulders the film, as Lucas finds himself thrust into unimagined angst and responsibility, while Joslin and Pendergast prove guilelessly convincing in their (literally) smaller roles. A real-life disaster shouldn’t be the basis for a cinematic thrill ride, but the film’s tsunami puts a lump in one’s throat to accompany white knuckles, as prelude to a story of keeping clear heads and clear hearts in the face of the unthinkable. Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including injury images and brief nudity. One hour, 54 minutes. — Peter Canavese

All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to Anna Karenina (R) (( Aquarius Theatre: 2:45 & 7:30 p.m. Argo (R) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:20 a.m. & 1:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:10 p.m. Chasing Ice (PG-13) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1, 5:45 & 10:15 p.m. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: In 3D at 10:40 a.m. Century 20: In 3D at 6:10 & 10:45 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 1:25 p.m. (standard 2D) Django Unchained (R) ((( Century 16: 10:20 a.m.; 2, 4, 6:10, 7:50 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2:45, 6:25 & 10 p.m. For the Love of Mary (1948) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 4:15 p.m. The Guilt Trip (PG-13) (( Century 20: 1:30, 4:35, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Hitchcock (PG-13) (( Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 2:50 p.m.; In 3D at 10:30 a.m.; 2:05, 5:50, 9:55 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m.; 2:35 & 6:15 p.m.; In 3D at 12:30, 4:10 & 8:05 p.m. Hyde Park on Hudson (R) (( Palo Alto Square: 4:30 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. also at 1:35 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 1:30 p.m. The Impossible (PG-13) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:40, 5:20, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. Jack Reacher (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 12:20, 3:40, 7:20 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 a.m.; 1:20, 4:20, 7:25 & 10:30 p.m. Les Miserables (2012) (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:30 a.m.; 2:10, 5:40, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:10, 3:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8 & 10:15 p.m. Life of Pi (PG) (((1/2 Century 20: 10:50 a.m.; In 3D at 1:45, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:35 p.m. Palo Alto Square: In 3D at 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 1 p.m. (standard 2D); In 3D Fri. & Sun. also at 4 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m.; Sat. also at 4 p.m. (standard 2D) Lincoln (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2:40, 6:10 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 12:20, 3:35, 6:55 & 10:20 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Les Troyens (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Sat. at 9 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 9 a.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera (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 20: In 3D at 8:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 11 a.m. (standard 2D); In 3D Fri. & Sun. also at 3:45 p.m. Not Fade Away (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 1, 3:45, 6:30 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m.; 6:30 & 9:10 p.m. Parental Guidance (PG) 1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:40 & 4:40 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:30, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Promised Land (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 10:40 a.m.; 1:30, 4:20, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:40, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m. Rise of the Guardians (PG) ((1/2 Century 20: 1:30 p.m.; In 3D at 11 a.m. & 3:55 p.m. Rocky (1976) (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) (Not Reviewed) Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. Silver Linings Playbook (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 10:50 a.m.; 1:35 & 4:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Skyfall (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 3:10, 6:40 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 12:45, 3:55, 7:20 & 10:30 p.m. Texas Chainsaw (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; In 3D at 2:20, 5, 7:50 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 1 p.m.; In 3D at 3:20, 5:40, 8:05 & 10:30 p.m. This Is 40 (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 12:10, 3:30, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 4, 7:05 & 10:10 p.m. Three Smart Girls (1936) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Mon. at 5:55 & 9:10 p.m. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) ((( Century 20: 10:45 a.m. Zero Dark Thirty (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:20 & 11:30 a.m.; 1:50, 3, 5:30, 7, 9:30 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 12:50, 2:30, 4:45, 6:20, 8:25 & 10:05 p.m.

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Stanford now looks to future Rose Bowl victory just another big step forward for Cardinal by Rick Eymer ne season ends and another begins. That’s what the Stanford football team is facing today as it puts to bed 2012 and looks forward to 2013. It’s time to say goodbye to the seniors, welcome back the juniors not headed to the NFL and say hello to the Class of 2016.


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STREAK ENDS . . . The Stanford women hit an all-time low and Chiney Ogwumike got a little upset about it. The Cardinal ended Connecticut’s historic 90-game win streak two years ago. On Saturday, the Huskies returned the basketball favor as they snapped the Cardinal’s 82-game home win streak with a 61-35 victory in Maples Pavilion. Stanford’s last loss at home came on March 18, 2007, to Florida State, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. In a matchup between the nation’s top two teams, UConn looked more like a No. 1 instead of a No. 2 with its dominating performance. The Huskies moved to 11-0 and will take over the nation’s top spot while handing top-ranked Stanford (11-1) its first loss. Stanford fell to No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. “To be so ineffective in so many areas of our game is disappointing and frustrating,� Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “This is beyond a wake-up call. I hope this gets everybody’s attention to how hard we need to work and how hard we need to play.� It was UConn’s first-ever victory in Maples Pavilion after three losses and it snapped the second-longest home win streak in NCAA women’s hoop history. Ogwumike finished with 18 points, but just made 6-of-22 from the floor. “I don’t think I’ve experienced something like this,� she said. “Connecticut, the team we just played for 40 minutes, is the standard. I’m motivated, definitely. We need to get to that standard. I was frustrated but more at myself.� Stanford suffered through its worst shooting performance in the history of its program, making a mere .193 (11 of 57) of its shots. The Cardinal made just 5-of-33 shots for 15 percent in first half, leading to a 31-13 deficit. The Huskies held a 20-point lead (29-9) late in the half. The 11 made baskets were also a historic low. The previous low was 17, the last time nearly six years ago. The 26-point margin is also the largest ever for a Stanford team at Maples Pavilion. The last time the Cardinal was beaten by 20 points or more at home was in 1986. The Cardinal doesn’t get much of a breather in its schedule either. Stanford plays at No. 23 Colorado on Friday and at Utah on Sunday, then goes to No. 8 California before hosting the Bears and No. 17 UCLA.


Stanford head football coach David Shaw was all smiles after his nationally ranked team capped a 12-2 season with a 20-14 victory over Wisconsin in the 99th annual Rose Bowl game on Tuesday in Pasadena.

ON THE AIR Friday Women’s basketball: Stanford at Colorado, 7 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Saturday Men’s basketball: Stanford at UCLA, noon; Pac-12 Networks; KNBR (1050 AM)

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Usua Amanam (left) was named the game’s Defensive MVP after preserving Stanford’s victory with an interception while running back Stepfan Taylor was the Offensive MVP with 88 rushing yards and a TD.

Nothing really has changed. Three different quarterbacks have started in the school’s past four bowl appearances, the running backs have been different, the offensive line has changed and defensive schemes have been reinvented. There also have been numerous coaching changes, including at the top. The results have been the same, though. The Cardinal continued to win, continued to progress in ways unexpected four or five years ago. Thus, Tuesday’s 20-14 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl did not feel like some culmination of things well done but instead had the feel of success yet to come. David Shaw took over a program already lined with high expectations and did the only thing he could: raise those expectations to improbable heights. This Rose Bowl victory began the day after last year’s Fiesta Bowl loss. What happens next year is just starting now. “We’ll enjoy this. We’ll have a great time and we’ll get back to winter conditioning,� Shaw said. “I’ve reminded the young men in the locker room how hard it was to get to this point. It’s not going to be any easier. In our conference, we beat each other up throughout the year, so next year is not going to be easy. Every team is going to be back, bigger, and stronger, and it’s our job to be the same way.� Over the past four years Stanford has won 43 of its 53 games. In the previous four years the Cardinal went 15-32. Between 2002 and 2008, the longest stretch of losing seasons (7) in Stanford history, the Cardinal went a combined 25-55. Appearances in four straight bowl games, three a BCS affiliate contest, has given Stanford some cache. The Rose Bowl victory gives it swag. Redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan (continued on page 25)



Palo Alto boys’ basketball adjusting well despite losing last year’s leading scorer by Keith Peters


hen junior standout E.J. Floreal left Palo Alto High last spring due to his family moving to Kentucky, there probably was concern how Floreal’s departure would affect the Vikings’ basketball team. After all, the 6-foot-4 Floreal had led a Paly team that went 21-5 with 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Certainly, his departure left some big shoes to fill. Well, those shoes are no longer empty as the Vikings have opened the season 10-1 following a 55-42 victory over visiting Milpitas on Wednesday in a SCVAL De Anza Division opener. “We’re adjusting pretty well,� said 6-4 Paly swingman Aubrey Dawkins. “Filling the rebounding role (left by Floreal) was pretty important, but Keller Chryst — the football guy — has been doing a good job. As for points, we haven’t lost that much.� With Floreal last season, Paly averaged 57.7 points a game. This season, the Vikings are averaging 63.8. Dawkins averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds last year, but is up to 18.5 points and 6.9 rebounds this season. “I think we’re doing fine,� said Dawkins, who poured in 26 points against Milpitas as the Vikings

won their eighth straight. Perhaps the biggest change for Paly is a new offense, which doesn’t focus as much on post play but utilizes the perimeter a bit more. Thus, senior guard Aldis Petriceks had raised his scoring average from 5.6 ppg to 15.5 ppg while senior guard Mathias Schmutz has gone from 6.4 ppg to 8.5. For just those three players, that’s a combined improvement of 17.8 points a game. The 6-4 Chryst has been a welcomed addition, as well. Despite a long and successful football season, Chryst has made plenty of early contributions while playing in 10 of the 11 games. He’s averaging 6.6 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. He had seven boards against Milpitas. Despite losing five players off last season’s team, the Vikings are off and running. The Vikings continue to emphasize defense and have allowed an average of 47.9 ppg this season. Prior to opening the division season, Palo Alto tuned up by winning the Windsor Holiday Shootout that wrapped up Saturday. The Vikings went 3-0, with Petriceks scoring 60 points and Dawkins 54. Petriceks was named the Most Valuable Player while Dawkins joined him on the all-tournament team. In a SCVAL El Camino Division


opener on Wednesday, Gunn sophomore Chris Russell knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points but the Titans (0-1, 3-8) fell behind by 14 after the third quarter and dropped a 65-48 decision to host Fremont. Patrick Skelly added 14 points for the Titans, who host Monta Vista on Friday at 7 p.m. Girls’ basketball Palo Alto snapped a three-game losing streak by holding visiting Milpitas to single-digit scoring in each quarter and forcing 36 turnovers on the way to a 39-19 victory to open the SCVAL De Anza Division season on Wednesday. Freshman Maddie Atwater led the Vikings (1-0, 5-7) with 11 points. Paly shot less than 25 percent from the floor through the first three quarters while pulling ahead to a 20-15 lead. The Vikings warmed up and made 61 percent of their shots in the fourth quarter while tallying 19 points. Girls’ soccer Palo Alto grabbed an early lead on a goal by Jess Branson in the ninth minute, but the Vikings couldn’t make that stand up and wound up with a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Santa Clara in a SCVAL El Camino Division soccer opener on Wednesday. N

Drew Edelman Menlo School The senior center dominated while scoring 70 points and grabbing 41 rebounds in three basketball wins while earning MVP honors and leading the Knights to the championship of the Steve Geramoni Invitational.

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Palo Alto High Dawkins, a senior forward, scored 54 points and made the all-tournament team while Petriceks, a senior guard, scored 60 points and was named MVP of the Windsor Holiday Shootout as the Vikings won the tourney title.

Honorable mention Leeana Bade

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Aubrey Dawkins (L), Aldis Petriceks

Menlo basketball

Alexus Simon Eastside Prep basketball

Keller Chryst Palo Alto basketball

Ricky Galliani Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Gary Hobach Palo Alto wrestling

Corbin Koch Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Mathias Schmutz Palo Alto basketball

Ryan Young Menlo basketball * previous winner

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Sports ROSE BOWL CHATTER What they were saying after Stanford defeated Wisconsin, 20-14, in the 99th annual Rose Bowl game: “To be honest, we’re still on the ascent. We can still play so much better, and that’s our charge now.� — Stanford coach David Shaw

“There’s a sense of accomplishment, because we got somewhere we hadn’t been yet. If you looked at our goals at the beginning of the season, this was on top of the list, and we got it done. We’re extremely satisfied.� — Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov John Todd/

“We’ve been in BCS games the past two years, but neither of those mean as much as this one did. This is the one we play for every year. It shows Stanford is here to stay.� — Stanford tight end Zach Ertz

“This stings just as much, because we fell extremely short when we had the opportunity to win. We had numerous opportunities to capitalize on big plays, and we fell short . . . This is not the way we want to be remembered. Speaking for the entire senior group, this is not the way we wanted to go out.�

Stanford coach David Shaw congratulates some of his players following a 20-14 victory over Wisconsin on Tuesday in the 99th annual Rose Bowl game. The win gave the Cardinal a 35-5 record over the past three seasons.

Rose Bowl (continued from page 23)

is 5-0 as a starting quarterback, all against teams that qualified for a postseason bowl game. He was not alone, though. He had the support of an offensive line that dug in and refused its opponents to step over the line drawn in the sand. Senior Stepfan Taylor utilized his strengths and the strengths of the Cardinal offense to rush for 88 yards against Wisconsin, 39 of them coning in a punishing fourth quarter that may have shown, finally, that when it comes to finishing Stanford may have no equal. Taylor was named the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP, a fitting honor for Stanford’s all-time leading rusher and scorer. It was also a tribute to All-Americans David Yankey and Zach Ertz, and the rest of the offensive unit.

“It’s not about playing perfect,� said Shaw. “It’s about finishing strong. I knew the unity, the way we play together would give us a chance to win.� Usua Amanam was named the Rose Bowl Defensive MVP, mostly for his clutch interception with just 2:03 left to play. He too had help in the form of All-American Trent Murphy and guys like Ben Gardner, Henry Anderson, Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov. Stanford’s defense showed up, checked in and did its job. Despite allowing 218 rushing yards, the Cardinal put a strangehold on Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (the most prolific running back in NCAA history in terms of scoring touchdowns) in the second half and shutting out the Badgers the final 30 minutes of play. Stanford improved to 11-12-1 all-time in bowl games in front of 93,359 fans. Amanam’s interception

with 2:03 to play was the only turnover of the game. “Fortunately, the ball just fell in my hands,� Amanam said. “I happened to see him go to middle of the field. I just happended to be at the right place at the right time.� Taylor scored once, a three-yard run in the first quarter. It was his 45th career touchdown, a school record. He had been tied with Toby Gerhart entering the game. Taylor finished his career with 4,300 rushing yards, also a school record. Stanford is now 35-5 over the past three seasons, has made three straight appearances in BCS games and finished the year ranked among The Associated Press Top 25 for an unprecedented 46 weeks. “Nobody was talking about our running game. Nobody was talking about our offensive line,� Shaw said. “Nobody was talking about our front seven and how special those guys were, last year and this year.

— Wisconsin running back Montee Ball

They’re a good football team, but we have a very good defense. They (the Stanford defense) stopped Oregon when no one said it could be done. That shows the unity we have on this team. We’re —Ertz never going to quit.� Our guys knew if we played smart and played together and played hard, we’d give ourselves a chance to be right here.� Clinging to a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, Stanford caught a break in field position when Drew Terrell was hit while catching

“Great job.� — former U.S. Secretary of State and current Stanford faculty member Condoleezza Rice to David Shaw following the game

“Everybody talks about Oregon and USC, and that’s fine because we just stick to our business.� — Ertz

“A couple of years ago we lost (star running back) Toby Gerhart. Couple of years ago we lost coach (Jim) Harbaugh (to the San Francisco 49ers). This year we lost Andrew Luck. I think it’s a testament to our program and how we train and how we prepare each and every season.� — Stanford defensive back Usua Amanam

“Let’s just say to be in the same place as Jim Plunkett is pretty cool. It’s definitely an accomplishment. It’s something I’ll always tell my kids, brag about with my kids, brag about to my friends. This is an experience that you can’t replace.� — Stanford guard Kevin Danser

“We punched them in the mouth, they punched us back. It became a good ol’ bar fight.� — Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan

“We’re good. I think we’re playing as well as anybody in the country. Unfortunately, the season’s over, but it’s a hell of a way to go out.� — Ertz a punt. The Cardinal took over at its 44 and finally moved into Wisconsin territory for the first time since the first quarter. That led to a a 22-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson, who kicked (continued on page 28)

N Stanford improved to 12-2 on the season, 6-6-1 all-time in the Rose Bowl, 1-4-1 all-time against Wisconsin and 11-12-1 all-time in bowl games with its 20-14 victory over the Badgers in the 99th Rose Bowl on January 1. N Stanford extended its seasonending win streak to eight games. N Stanford faced Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl game for the second time in as many appearances. Stanford led the 86th Rose Bowl game in 2000, 9-3 at halftime, only to lose to the Badgers, 17-9. N The Cardinal made its fourth all-time BCS bowl appearance, tied for 12th best among FBS schools in the Bowl Championship Series sera that began with the 1998 season. Stanford had played previously in the 2000 Rose Bowl, 2011 Orange Bowl and 2012 Fiesta Bowl. N Stanford’s three straight seasons of at least 11 victories are unprecedented in school history. The Cardinal never won 11 games prior

to 2010 and had reached 10 wins only three times previously (1926, 1942 and 1992). N Stanford now has won 12 games in season for the second time in program history (2010 being the first). N Stanford owned the No. 1 scoring defense in the Pac-12 Conference, allowing 17.46 points per game that ranked 14th in the nation heading into the 2013 Rose Bowl game. The Cardinal limited the Badgers to 14 points, none in the second half. N In 11 of 14 games this season, Stanford held opponents to 20 points or less. The Cardinal also has held 25 of its past 33 opponents to 20 points or less, dating to 2010. N Stanford’s tough 3-4 defense ranked first in the nation in both tackles for loss (9.23 average, 120 total) and sacks (4.31 average, 56 totals) before registering four tackles for loss and one sack against Wisconsin.

N Stanford is 17-11 in its past 28 games decided by a touchdown or less. N Stanford has won 26 of its past 27 games played in California. The only loss was to No. 6 Oregon in 2011. N Stanford senior running back Stepfan Taylor finished his career with 4,300 rushing yards (a school record) and ended 2012 with 1,530. He’s one of only two running backs (Darrin Nelson is the other) in school history to have three 1,000-yard seasons and the first to do it three years in a row. His 45 career touchdowns also is a school record. N Stanford was favored to win the Rose Bowl by 4.5 points. The Cardinal won by six. N Stanford is 35-5 over the past three seasons. Notre Dame and Alabama, who will play in the 2013 BCS national championship game, are 28-10 and 33-5, respectively, during the same time.

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Newly Received Donations Marcie and Chet Brown ............. ** Mark and Betsy Friebel.............. ** Annette Glanckopf and Tom Ashton ....................... 100 Carol and Mahlon Hubenthal ..... ** Merrill and Lee Newman ......... 250 Barbara and Charles Stevens...... ** Ralph Britton.............................. ** Helen and Hershel Smith ......... 100 Martha Cohn ............................ 300 Stewart Family Trust ................ 100 Catherine Crystal Foster and Jon Foster ............................ ** Roxy Rapp ............................. 2000 Peter and Lynn Kidder ............. 100 Irene Beardsley and Dan Bloomberg ........................ 200 George and Ruth Chippendale ... ** David & Betsy Fryberger ........... ** Lawrence Yang and Jennifer Kuan .................. 1000 Brian and Susan Ashworth....... 100 Diane Sikic ................................. ** Werner Graf............................ 1200 Sandy and Rajiv Jain ................ 101 Heidi Arnold ............................ 500 Joanne Koltnow ........................ 100 Steve and Missy Reller ............ 250 Tversky Family .......................... ** Veronica S. Tincher .................... 50 Jane Holland............................... ** Nancy S Steege ........................ 100 Shari Ornstein .......................... 200 Patrick and Emily Radtke ...... 1000 Jean Doble.................................. 75 Deirdre C. Dolan ...................... 500 Susan Graham ............................ 50 Thomas Rindeisch ................... ** Paul Heft .................................. 100 Daniel Cox ............................... 200 Lori Nelson and Dave Thom .... 300 Kathleen & Tony Hughes ......... 100 Steve and Diane Ciesinski.......... ** Ellie and Earl Caustin ................ ** Ellie and Elliot Eisner ................ ** Gary Ellmann ............................. 50 Jean M. Colby ............................ ** Mr. and Mrs. K. A. Kvenvolden. 50 Robert Balint ............................ 100 Bob and Kay Schauer............... 100 Judy and Warren Goodnow ...... 100 Ray and Carol Bacchetti ............ ** Karen L. Sipprell...................... 250 Ruchita Parat ............................ 200 Laurence L. Spitters ............... 1000 Ellie and Dick MansďŹ eld ........... **

In Memory Of Sally Probst ................................ ** Dr. Thomas McDonald............... ** Gary Fazzino ............................ 500 Jim Burch, from Bill and Kathy Burch ........................ ** Derek E. Smith ......................... 200 John D. Black ........................... 500 Pam Grady ............................... 200 Wanda Root and Jacques Naar ... ** Robert Spinrad ......................... 500 Sally and Bob ............................. 30

In Honor Of Paul Resnick, from Eric Richert......100 Roy Blitzer ................................. ** Sallie Tasto, from Sandy Sloan ...100 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mullen .... 100 Palo Alto High School Guidance Department ................ ** Hamilton Avenue Friends .......... **

Businesses & Organizations Communications & Power Industries LLC .............. 500

Previously Published Donors Hugh O. McDevitt.................... 200 Joan and John Barksdale .......... 200 Lawrence Naiman ...................... 50 Bonnie Packer ............................ 50 Bonnie and Bryan Street ............ ** Win and Barbara Foster ........... 150 A. Carlisle Scott ......................... ** Jean and Chuck Thompson ........ ** Hoda Epstein .............................. ** Lynnie and Joe Melena .............. 75 Miriam Jacob ........................... 100 Stuart and Carol Hansen ............ ** Van Whitis & Laurie Miller ..... 200 Ted and Jane Wassam ................ ** Allan and Marilyn Brown .......... ** Robert and Connie Loarie .......... ** J. and Gayle Brugler ............. 1,000 Gil and Gail Woolley ............... 400 Michael Kieschnick .............. 1,000 Betty Gerard ............................. 100 Jay Crosson & Sharon Levine .....200 Anne and Greg Avis ................... ** Rae Cole ................................... 100 Frances and Ted Jenkins ............ 50 Tom and Pat Sanders .................. ** Zelda Jury................................... ** David F. Labaree ...................... 150 Claude Madden .......................... ** Daniel and Lynne Russell ........ 250 Carol Kersten and Markus Aschwanden ................ 250 John and Lynn Wiese ............... 100 Lori and Hal Luft ..................... 100 Steve and Mary Chapel ............ 200 Ludwig & Carol Tannenwald ..... ** The Edward Lund Family ........ 100 John and Olive Borgsteadt ......... ** Gerry Gilchrist ........................... 30 Dexter and Jean Dawes .............. ** Don and Bonnie Miller .............. ** George Cator ............................ 250 John Tang and Jean Hsia ............ ** Tish Hoehl ................................ 100 Micki and Bob Cardelli.............. ** Art and Peggy Stauffer ............. 500 Lani Freeman and Stephen Monismith ............. 50 Steve and Nancy Levy................ ** Jim and Nancy Baer ................... ** Janice Bohman & Eric Keller......250 Martha Shirk ............................ 500 Robert and Betsy Gamburd ........ ** Helene Pier ................................. ** Susie Richardson...................... 250 Marlene and Joe Prendergast ..... ** John and Thelma Smith ........... 150 Harry Press ............................... 100 Morgan Family Fund ............ 5,000 Powar Family Fund .................. 500 Richard A. Baumgartner and Elizabeth M. Salzer ............. ** Tony and Judy Kramer ............... **

Judith and Hans Steiner ............. ** Brigid S. Barton ....................... 200 Sallie I. Brown ........................... ** Rich Cabrera .............................. ** Don and Ann Rothblatt .............. ** Dr. Richard Mazze ................... 200 Neta Miller ............................... 100 Romola and Mark Georgia......... ** Roger Lau................................... 50 Carol Cleary-Schultz.................. 50 Katharine Esslinger .................. 100 Deborah Ruskin ....................... 200 Theresa Carey .......................... 250 Russell and Alice Evarts .......... 300 Skyles Runser........................... 500 Michael & Lenore Roberts....... 100 Meri Gruber & James Taylor ..... ** John and Florine Galen .............. ** Les Morris ................................ 250 Virginia E. Fehrenbacher ......... 100 Bonnie Berg RN ......................... ** David and Nancy Kalkbrenner ... ** Matt and Donna James ............... ** Harry and Susan Hartzell ........... ** Margaret Fisher .......................... 50 Mike and Cathie Foster ............ 500 Nanette Stringer ....................... 250 Nancy and Norman Rossen ...... 100 Ruth and Ben Hammett............ 200 Ellen and Tom Wyman ............. 250 William E. Reller .................. 1,000 John & Michele McNellis .. 10,000 Ron and Elaine Andrews.......... 500 Susie and Matt Glickman ......... 250 Caroline Hicks and Bert Fingerhut ................... 100 Eric and Elaine Hahn ............ 1,000 Jean-Yves Bouguet .................. 100 Scott and Kathy Schroeder......... ** Lucy Berman ......................... 1,500 Karen and Steve Ross ................ ** John and Mary Schaefer........... 100 Caroline & Richard Brennan ..... ** Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bonini...... 50 Freddy and Jan Gabus ................ ** Ted Wassam ............................... 50 Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier .... ** Edward Kanazawa...................... ** Eugene and Mabel Dong.......... 200 Penny and Greg Gallo .............. 500 Eve and John Melton ............... 500 Nancy and Joe Huber ............... 100 Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein ... ** Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell.......500 Peter S. Stern.............................. ** Leif and Sharon Erickson......... 250 Luca and Mary CaďŹ ero .............. ** Denise Savoie & Darrell DufďŹ e .... ** Faith Braff ................................ 500 Tom and Neva Cotter ............ 2,000 Patricia Levin ........................... 100 Richard Kilner............................ ** Bob and Corrine Aulgur............. ** Roy and Carol Blitzer ................ ** Linda and Steve Boxer ............... ** Ted and Ginny Chu .................... ** David and Virginia Pollard ...... 300 Debbie Ford-Scriba & Jim Scriba.....** Diane Moore .............................. ** Harriet and Gerry Berner ........... ** John and Susan Thomas ............. ** Marc and Ragni Pasturel .......... 200 Margot Goodman ....................... ** Beth and Peter Rosenthal ......... 300

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Paul Wythes.............................. 500 Helene F. Klein .......................... ** David Zlotnick MD .................... ** Jim Byrnes ............................... 300 Audrey BernďŹ eld ...................... 200 John Smitham........................... 100 Ryan ........................................... ** William Settle .......................... 500 Steve Fasani ............................. 100 Florence Kan Ho ........................ ** Ro Dinkey .................................. 35 Our Dad Al Pellizzari................. ** Marie and Don Snow ............... 100 Leonard W. Ely Jr..................... 250 Leo Breidenbach ........................ ** Thomas W. & Louise L. Phinney .....** Helene Klein .............................. ** 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 Our Grandchildren ..................... ** Rema I. Cotton ........................... ** The Barnea-Smith Family .......... ** Sandy Sloan ............................. 100 Marilyn Sutorius ...................... 150 Jack Sutorius ............................ 150 Dr. Kenneth Weigel Stanford Animal Hospital ........ 100 Lady Vikes Waterpolo ................ 50

Businesses & Organizations Zane MacGregor ........................ ** deLemos Properties.................. 200 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

In memory of Steve Fasani ............................... ** Rich Scherer .............................. ** Nate Rosenberg ........................ 100 August L. King........................... **



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A.J. Tarpley (left) congratulates quarterback Kevin Hogan following Stanford’s 20-14 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl game.

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standouts emerging at every turn. Hogan was not a starter at the beginning of the season but as Shaw is fond of saying, it’s not who starts but who finishes. Hogan threw for 105 yards before the Badgers completed a pass but the tide changed afterward. Stanford (12-2) went up 14-0 with 6:35 left in the first quarter and outgained Wisconsin by a 159-15 margin. “A couple of years we lost Toby Gerhart and coach Harbaugh,� Amanam said. “This year we happened to lose Andrew Luck. It gave us motivation. It’s a testament to our program and the way we train and prepare.� Stanford drove the length of the field to score on its first possession. Hard-nosed running from Taylor and Hogan set up a razzle-dazzle play in which wide receiver Drew Terrell threw a 34-yard completion to Jamal-Rashad Patterson, who made a leaping grab on the play. Kelsey Young scored on a 16-yard sweep the next play. Hogan went right back to work on Stanford’s second possession, hitting Ertz with a 43-yard completion just as Hogan took a hit. Ertz made an acrobatic catch to set up Taylor’s 3-yard touchdown run. After that, Williamson provided the points and the Stanford defense took over. Amanam provided the icing on the championship cake with his interception and it was time to celebrate. But, only for the moment. Shaw already is mentally looking ahead to a new year filled with promise. N

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a 47-yarder in the second quarter to give Stanford a 17-14 lead and providing the Cardinal with the winning points — just one year after missing crucial field goals in an overtime loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. “This feels a lot different, in a great way,� Williamson said. Ah, redemption is sweet. Hogan was 12 of 19 for 123 yards. He rushed for another 54 yards, doing just enough to become the first Stanford quarterback to win a Rose Bowl since Don Bunce in the 1972

game. The triumph also avenged Stanford’s loss to Wisconsin in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Shaw is now 23-4 in his two years as head coach. “First and foremost, as a coach, the thing you do is surround yourself with the right people,� Shaw said. “I love my staff. I love the way the guys work. We’ve recruited great kids, kids that are tough. They’re smart, and they’re great kids to be around. So the environment is one of competitiveness, that we push each other and we work together.� It was a fitting end to perhaps Stanford’s finest season yet, with

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RECOVER FOR/FROM THE HOLIDAYS ... The basic techniques of upholstering will be taught by Ann Laveroni and Kathleen Koenig in a choice of two, 10-week classes through Palo Alto Adult School. Section A is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to March 12; Section B is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 10 to March 14. Both are held in the Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $205 per course. New students are asked to call the adult school before the first class. Information: 650-329-3752 or WINTER GARDENING ... Sheri Bohan, a professional gardener for 30 years, will offer a 10-week course, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening in Winter,â&#x20AC;? from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to March 13, at Cubberley A-2, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Focus will be on preventing and controlling garden diseases and pests, irrigation, mulching, pruning and planting edibles in a landscape or garden. Cost is $55, plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. PIECE OF CAKE ... Christine Hopkins will teach â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cake Decorating Level 1â&#x20AC;? from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 7 to Feb. 4, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Topics cover the basics, including leveling a cake, making icing and creating roses, stars, shells, leaves and more. Fee is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents. Information: Noreen Bickel, Menlo Park Recreation Department, at 650-330-2209 FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email gather.fabrix@ with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: N

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Garden Tips Time to plan, prune and clean up garden beds by Jack McKinnon


â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still cold, wet and bare in the garden. Well, not completely bare; I wear my swim trunks. I found that if I wear Teva sandals and swim trunks along with my Gore-Tex jacket then I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get my pants and boots soaked. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little chilly from the waist down but sure is easier to dry out when I go in. Now that the big holidays are gone we sit and wonder what will come in the spring. Will it be wildflowers, bulbs, roses and fruit or will it be weeds, invasive grasses, gophers and more mud? Who knows? What is important is that for now we can plan and dream and get on with our chores. I am still pruning and doing clean-up jobs and soon will be getting calls for more personal garden coaching. I look forward to inspiring homeowners to see the light

HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

East Palo Alto 431 Wisteria Drive A. Farag to A. Jackson for $186,000 on 11/29/12; previous sale 4/07, $638,000

Los Altos 350 Bellevue Court Cavaney Trust to I. & F. Loughran for $2,540,000 on 12/5/12 1 W. Edith Ave. #D128 Fox Trust to Reyes Trust for $699,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 6/04, $550,000 1448 Fowler Lane Foster Trust to J. & M. Geleynse for $2,350,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 10/11, $1,500,000 644 Mills Ave. House Trust to R. & N. Mathur for $1,650,000 on 12/6/12 11585 Old Ranch Lane Mayeda Trust to Lin Trust for $2,760,000 on 12/10/12; previous sale 6/97, $839,000 1570 Plateau Ave. Cole Trust to A. Anvar for $1,700,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 1/96, $719,000 884 Santa Rita Ave. Deacon Trust to Mahendra-Rajah Trust for $2,160,000 on 12/4/12; previous sale 11/88, $629,000

Los Altos Hills 11881 Francemont Drive G. Stark to N. Pfeiffer for $3,400,000 on 12/7/12

Menlo Park 220 Market Place Habitat For Humanity to M. Manor for $292,000 on 11/27/12; previous sale 9/11, $213,000 530 Menlo Oaks Drive D. & A. Jevans to Kennedy Trust for $1,755,000 on 11/21/12; previous sale 6/00, $1,750,000 1281 Orange Ave. A. & C. Smith to Clarum Hansen Lane for $1,100,000 on 11/27/12 1007 Peggy Lane Fruthland Trust to KDCI Development for $915,000 on 11/29/12 2140 Santa Cruz Ave. #E104 Schena Trust to Chang Trust for $530,000 on 11/28/12; previous sale 3/05, $462,000

Mountain View 441 Chagall St. Shea Homes to J. & V. Taylor for $788,000 on 12/7/12 400 W. Dana St. L. Pereira to E. Luthra for

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and the colors of spring to come. Here are this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tips: 1. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done your pruning this is the perfect time. Remove the worst first including dead, dying and diseased branches. This practice for me takes a lot of the pressure of shaping and thinning off. After clean up, stand back and become an artist. 2. Thin out tangling and crossing branches along with excess vines and wisteria tendrils. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to be bold (unless of course it is going to threaten your marriage). 3. Visit several nurseries when you are out and about. Ask when

$1,089,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 5/06, $1,325,000 382 Foxborough Drive Senior Trust to J. & M. Cannella for $1,000,000 on 12/6/12 167 Georgetown Court W. Shaw to B. Lawrence for $757,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 8/09, $630,000 413 Hedgerow Court Tempey Trust to A. Loge for $1,335,000 on 12/4/12 430 Kent Drive S. Chang to I. Pan for $1,077,000 on 12/10/12; previous sale 3/10, $200,000 1747 Mayflower Court Karkouti Trust to Eilat Trust for $1,100,000 on 12/5/12 1910 Mt. Vernon Court #2 Merideth Trust to S. Roy for $385,000 on 12/7/12 1166 Nilda Ave. K. & S. Subramanian to N. & L. Wang for $1,175,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 2/00, $670,000 1863 Orangetree Lane M. Mayeda to D. & K. Chondros for $1,951,000 on 12/7/12 49 Showers Drive #149e J. Peterson to J. Moon for $555,000 on 12/4/12; previous sale 11/90, $184,500 2115 Windrose Place TPM Properties to B. Ozek for $700,000 on 12/4/12; previous sale 9/04, $535,000

Palo Alto 253 Addison Ave. B. Daryani to D. Keogan for $880,000 on 12/4/12; previous sale 11/95, $270,000 4155 Frandon Court Eisenberg Trust to K. Tsui for $1,710,000 on 12/6/12 3907 Grove Ave. Lee Trust to E. Lee for $1,326,000 on 12/5/12; previous sale 5/04, $945,000 315 Homer Ave. #303 C. Jamison to Jacobson Trust for $1,705,000 on 12/7/12; previous sale 5/04, $940,000 260 Iris Way Allington & Fullove Trust to B. & C. Baker for $1,900,000 on 12/6/12 3831 Louis Road Jenke Trust to X. Yu for $1,470,000 on 12/7/12 718 Maplewood Ave. C. Taylor to N. Li for $1,415,000 on 12/7/12 3324 St. Michael Drive Lemen Trust to M. Li for $2,057,500 on 12/10/12

Redwood City 2653 Brewster Ave. Lynch Trust to T. Dunwoody for $649,000 on 11/28/12; previous sale 6/05, $739,000 45 Carmel Lane Byers Trust to Boyle Trust for $1,110,000 on 11/27/12 595 Douglas Ave. Cortez Trust to M. Ceschin for $165,000 on 11/27/12 2135 Hillcrest Road S. Baldeschwieler to

the spring flowers in six-packs will arrive and if they have already, then buy some. 4. If you grow vegetables, now is the time to clean out and prepare your beds. Add new compost and dig it in throwing in some fertilizer as well. For organic fertilizers I like to go to Common Ground in Palo Alto for bulk selections. I make two trips to Common Ground for fertilizers. The first is to write down what they have (like alfalfa meal, bat guano, etc.) and the second trip after looking up all the different ones online to see if I want them and how much to use and buy. 5. Pull weeds early. It seems a simple concept but is so valuable to the garden on the whole. If you get them small it is easier and decreases the likelihood they will re-produce. I did clean-up for one landscape architect in Palo Alto who had me leave everything where I pulled it. Just shake off the soil and drop them on the ground to become mulch. 6. Invite friends to talk with about what you are doing in your gardens. This is a good opportunity to catch up on life in general and have some coffee and pastries


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without guilt. 7. Keep an eye on the neighborhood and see what others are doing. It is OK to borrow ideas or if you are really brazen steal them. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too obvious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is bad form. 8. Visit gardens like Filoli in Woodside, Gamble Garden in Palo Alto and San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park for ideas. Of course Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park has been an icon of gardening inspiration for decades. 9. Plant wildflower seeds by sowing in open areas and covering with a thin layer of fine soil or mulch. They will naturalize but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to water them if no rain comes for three weeks. 10. Go out into your garden. Make it a habit to take a walk in the morning or when you get home from work. We live in one of the best gardening zones on the planet and may as well appreciate it. Good gardening. N Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650-455-0687 (cell), by email at Visit his website at www.jackthegardencoach. com.


Highest sales price: $1,755,000

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $186,000 Highest sales price: $186,000

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Los Altos Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $699,000 Highest sales price: $2,760,000

Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $3,400,000 Highest sales price: $3,400,000

Menlo Park Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $292,000

K. Harr for $987,500 on 11/27/12; previous sale 3/03, $929,000 1614 Hudson St. #114 Federal National Mortgage to BOV-RAC Limited for $160,000 on 11/27/12; previous sale 5/07, $320,000 19 Jubilee Court T. Spirtos to N. Janof for $1,250,000 on 11/28/12; previous sale 8/02, $1,140,000 1017 King St. Baird Trust to J. & K. Rickwald for $620,000 on 11/27/12; previous sale 5/04, $595,000 1731 Maddux Drive M. Elgadi to A. Ranier for $700,000 on 11/21/12; previous sale 8/05, $850,000 559 Sapphire St. J. & A. Hull to A. Doherty for $810,000 on 11/27/12; previous sale 3/07, $805,000 40 Siena Court K. & T. Orban to C. & M. Damatarca for $1,650,000 on 11/21/12; previous sale 12/07, $1,874,000 1176 Virginia Ave. J. Raymundo to Edgewood Limited for $565,000 on 11/28/12; previous sale 6/07, $745,000 1746 Virginia Ave. C. Stingley to D. Odonnell for $580,000 on 11/29/12 55 Waterside Circle Beckham Trust to J. & T. Birkebak for $1,220,000 on 11/27/12; previous sale 1/00, $706,000

Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sales price: $385,000 Highest sales price: $1,951,000

Palo Alto Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $880,000 Highest sales price: $2,057,500

Redwood City Total sales reported: 14 Lowest sales price: $160,000 Highest sales price: $1,650,000 Source: California REsource

2131 Whipple Ave. K. Harr to S. Baldeschwieler for $817,500 on 11/27/12; previous sale 7/02, $801,000

BUILDING PERMITS Menlo Park 322 Laurel Ave. J. Doyle, wall insulation, $2,745 36 Palm Court re-roof, $19,232 1816 Santa Cruz Ave. W. Choe, residential re-roof, $4,600 600 Sharon Park Drive Radin Investment Co., kitchen and bath remodel, $2,000 150 Middlefield Road M. Wallau, commercial tenant improvement for a dental office, $85,000; commercial tenant improvement of 1,975 sq. ft., new dental office, $171,825 210 Sand Hill Circle Sand Hill Circle HOA, multiresidential re-roof, $25,125 200 Sand Hill Circle Sand Hill Circle HOA, multiresidential re-roof 200-208, one continuous roof for all condos, $64,915 1076 Laurel St. HSA Design and Development LLC, interior remodel, $78,000

Palo Alto 1602 Portola Ave. E. Smith & B. Still, new two-story house, $557,303; new one-car

Home & Real Estate garage, $12,393 2730 Greer Road F. Ham, remodel kitchen, $16,400 953 Industrial Ave. BPR Properties Industrial, LLC, tenant improvement, $75,000 2365 South Court P. & S. Colton, install standby generator and auto transfer switch, $n/a 3176 Porter Drive Lockheed Martin, install two nitrogen dewars, $23,300 308 Lincoln Ave. B. & J. Corey, repair portions of brick masonry foundation, $25,000 795 Seale Ave. D. Ketchum, add to living and family room, $69,000 326 University Ave. Wilbur Properties, install hood type 1 and glass mirror, $28,000 3357 Saint Michael Court W. Huang, remove and replace furnace, $n/a 1357 Cowper St. C. & C. Chartier, remodel kitchen, bath, and laundry, $51,679 3120 Hansen Way Varian Medical Systems, renovate interior space, $165,000 4131 Park Blvd. C. & L. Dilauro, new one-story master bed/bath addition, $84,500 806 E. Greenwich Place N. & H. Silverman, remodel existing bathroom, $10,000 535 Ramona St. De Lemos Properties, replace flooring, $2,500 650 Towle Place A. Hmelar, remodel bathroom, add lights to living room, $6,000 3400 Hillview Bldg. B2Equity Office, tenant improvement in existing building, $1,934,297 3400 Hillview Bldg. B1Equity Office, tenant improvement in existing building, $5,835,703 1650 Bryant St. N. Ambady, add gas log sets, add barbecue gas bib, $n/a 628 Forest Ave. #C Ashem Properties, remodel kitchen and bathroom, add washer and dryer, replace window-double pane, $24,906; #D remodel kitchen and bathroom, replace window-double pane, $22,618; #F remodel kitchen and bathroom, $41,000 539 Alma St. L. Osborne, repair window, $12,500 911 Hansen Way Varian Medical Systems, install furnaces, $100,000 3473 Park Blvd. R. Sterental, install hood above existing range, drop down ceiling at laundry room, $1,200 350 Tennyson Ave. Dawson, remodel bathroom, $5,500 650 High St. Suite 100 Jarvis-Garrasco and Associates, demolish exterior doors and windows, new nonstructural partitions, $60,000 2433 High St. Wellgo International LLC, remodel kitchen and bathroom, $24,000 724 Bryant St. J. Farrand, add skylights, $1,200 413 Ferne Ave. J. Wu & M. Tan, add master suite, up-

grade electrical service, $118,000 214 Homer Ave. Kruss Family, LLP, remove partition wall, $n/a 754 Holly Oak Drive Thompson/Herrema, demolish pool, remove and relocate gas line, $n/a 781 Channing Ave. S. Potter, construct two-story addition adjacent to home, $329,060; construct singlecar garage, $13,171 457 Kingsley Ave. First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, remove brick chimneys and replace was faux chimney, $24,000 3864 Middlefield Road Bldg. C Abilities United, renovate bathroom, $16,000 435 Portage Ave. Silva Properties, tenant improvements to existing two-story building, $450,000 1985 Louis Drive First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, install 1 LTE cabinet within Verizon equipment enclosure, $20,000 101 Alma St. Unit 408 S. Madra, remodel kitchen, install new washer/dryer, $3,380 3363 Park Blvd. V. Panwar, remodel bathroom and kitchen, $20,000 3419 Hillview Ave. VMware, new office building, $17,100,000 3431 Hillview Ave. VMware, new three-story parking garage, $5,100,000 902 Arastradero Road VMware, new cafeteria building, $5,200,000 904 Arastradero Road VMware, new office building, $16,900,000 906 Arastradero Road VMware, new office building, $16,800,000 910 Arastradero Road VMware, parking garage, $6,800,000 985 Paradise Way S. Chu, install two retrofit windows, $4,377 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto Commons, new rooftop HVAC units, $673,000 4269 Park Blvd. C. & J. Law, addition and renovation, $264,619 2305 El Camino Real Borelli Investment Company, tenant improvement, $200,000 4250 Pomona Ave. K. Campbell, replace windows and doors, retrofit installation, $7,900 3277 Miranda Ave. University Club of Palo Alto, renovate locker room, add showers and drinking fountains, $400,000 867 Marshall Ave. W. Nee & W. Lee, new two story house, $500,000; construct shed with porch, $4,743 1091 Fife Ave. B. Fuller, pre-fab carport, $6,100 1184 Palo Alto Ave. K. Cooper, remodel kitchen, $45,000


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Palo Alto Weekly 01.04.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the January 4, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 01.04.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the January 4, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly