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Vol. XXXIV, Number 21 N February 22, 2013

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Spectrum 14

Title Pages 17

Arts 29

Eating Out 32

ShopTalk 33

Movies 35

Inside: Adult School Guide

NNews This weekend: time to turn in guns

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NSports A record round by Stanford golfer

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Local news, information and analysis

Gun control events to be held this weekend Palo Alto, East Palo Alto will host candlelight vigil, rally and gun buyback by Gennady Sheyner and Ranjini Raghunath


dvocates for gun control are hoping to raise the issue’s profile this weekend as various local cities and community groups host events aimed at getting guns off the streets. A candlelight vigil is planned for

Friday, Feb. 22, in downtown Palo Alto. On Saturday, a gun-buyback program will take place at East Palo Alto City Hall while a rally is scheduled at Palo Alto City Hall. Gun control has come to the forefront across the nation following the

Dec. 22 killing of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s identification of gun control as a major priority during his “State of the Union” speech earlier this month. In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed laws banning hollow-point ammunition and requiring police notification any time someone buys 500 or more rounds of ammunition.

Earlier this month, Lee wrote a letter to the Palo Alto City Council urging the city to support similar legislation. “The Newtown tragedy has reinvigorated the national gun control debate and inspired many to ensure that we are doing all that we can do to keep citizens safe,” Lee wrote. “I have personally committed myself and my administration to pursuing all avenues to keep guns and the

most deadly forms of ammunition out of ill-intentioned hands.” Politicians aren’t the only ones stepping up. Volunteer groups have been popping up in the Palo Alto area to urge greater gun-control efforts. Several will hold events this weekend, coinciding with the gunbuyback event in East Palo Alto. “We really need to end gun vio(continued on page 12)


District moves to correct civil-rights violations Bullied student granted residential placement as second federal investigation surfaces by Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Mike Lanza, author of “Playborhood,” jumps on his children’s trampoline beside their play house. He and his wife looked for months to find a neighborhood where kids play outside rather than follow a heavy schedule of organized activities.


Menlo father takes child’s play seriously Bucking the norm, Mike Lanza seeks to foster neighborhoods where children play outside by Chris Kenrick


ith resources to buy a nice house in Palo Alto or Menlo Park and expecting their first child, Mike Lanza and Perla Ni beat the bushes for a single feature that was critical to them — a home on a street where kids play outside. They would drive around neighborhoods on weekend afternoons looking for “kid debris” and knocking on doors to ask residents whether children played outside. “It’s almost impossible to find,” said Lanza, a tech entrepreneur who, since that experience more than eight years ago, has made

it his life’s work to promote unstructured neighborhood play for kids — his own and others. “And the real-estate industry was no help at all.” Lanza, author of “Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play,” will speak Monday, Feb. 25, in an evening event at Cubberley Theatre sponsored by Friends of Preschool Family. He will discuss ways parents can promote neighborhood play and help kids develop into “active, meaningful adulthood” through playful childhoods. “One way to characterize my

life is that I’m applying entrepreneurship skills to my kids’ childhood,” said Lanza, who launched a series of tech startups before turning his professional attention to child’s play. Lanza grasped early in his quest for a neighborhood with street life that he was bucking the cultural norm, a norm he believes has been turned upside down since his own fondly remembered youth in Pittsburgh, Penn. “Now, there are a lot of neighborhoods with a lot of kids, and (continued on page 10)

Palo Alto middle school special-education student whose complaints of bullying and harassment led to a federal civil-rights investigation and a scathing reprimand of the school district received approval last week from the district for placement in a residential facility. According to the student’s family, Superintendent Kevin Skelly personally approved the placement in a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13, the day after a school board meeting in which he and board members apologized for mishandling the case and heard other parents relate emotional stories about bullying and a lack of response by the district. Skelly and the district have been on the defensive since the revelation two weeks ago that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) had conducted a months-long investigation in the fall of 2011 and that Skelly had failed to inform the board of the investigation’s conclusions or the settlement agreement he signed on behalf of the district last December. (See article in the Feb. 8 edition of the Weekly.) Documents show that the investigation was completed and conclusions known to district administrators last April, and then eight months passed before a final settlement was reached with the government. During that period, according to the family, the district repeatedly refused to consider moving the child to a specialized alternative school in spite of a doctor’s assessment that returning to the middle school would harm the student. School board members learned about the Office for Civil Rights conclusions in the case and its

criticisms of the school district’s handling of the case only after the Weekly article was published. Formal OCR investigations leading to resolution agreements are quite unusual, according to data provided by the Department of Education in Washington. Nationwide, during the last four years, of more than 1,500 complaints of disability discrimination by school districts only 21 cases, including the bullying case in Palo Alto, were the subject of investigations and resolution agreements. The others either were deemed unfounded or were resolved through informal mediation. When apologizing to the board at its Feb. 12 meeting, Skelly said he had been “embarrassed” by the findings in the report. He pledged to share such news in the future. But the next day, after an inquiry from board member Melissa Baten Caswell, Skelly acknowledged there was a second case investigated by the Office for Civil Rights for which he signed a settlement agreement on Sept. 28, 2012. Skelly then emailed the entire board informing them of the second case and of the settlement agreement. “I sincerely apologize that, once again, some of you have been taken by surprise by press inquiries involving another OCR case,” Skelly wrote. “My only explanation for why this, and the other OCR resolution agreement on the bully case, were not shared with you immediately is that entering into these is something new for me and my direct reports. We have not had complaint cases go this far in my (continued on page 8)

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We’re doing some pretty wild things with our kids. — Mike Lanza, a Menlo Park dad, on his commitment to raising children who play in their neighborhood. See story on page 3.

Around Town BY CONSENT ... Palo Alto officials really want to speed things up at City Council meetings, even if it means holding late discussions focused on how to do so. Last week, the council once again tackled the thorny subject and agreed to make one change designed to make the meetings faster: requiring three rather than two council members to pull an item off the “consent calendar.� The calendar, a list of usually non-controversial issues, is approved as a slate each week by the council with a single vote and without discussion. With only two council members, it was easier to pull an item off the consent calendar and hold sometimes lengthy discussions prior to a vote. On Feb. 11, the council approved the change. Councilman Larry Klein, who dissented along with Greg Schmid and Karen Holman, said he doesn’t think the rule change would make any difference because council members generally have no trouble getting support of colleagues for pulling calendars off consent as a courtesy. Mayor Greg Scharff disagreed and criticized the practice of pulling items off consent “for discussion purposes only,� even if the outcome is certain to remain the same. He argued in favor of the change: “I think it will streamline our meetings.� The council also considered automatically placing all recommendations from local boards and commissions on the consent calendar, rather than reviewing them, unless the mayor, the commission or the city manager recommends otherwise. The change would have potentially given more decisionmaking power to the commissions and boards. But the proposal failed by a 3-6 vote, with only Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and Councilwoman Liz Kniss voting yes. NEW FACES ... Palo Alto’s commissions welcomed some new members earlier this month, when the City Council voted to fill vacancies on the Planning and Transportation Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Public Arts Commission. Carl King, a former member of the parks commission, edged out architect Elaine Uang for a seat on the powerful planning commission, which is responsible for vetting all

major developments and transportation projects. King wrote in his application that the top goals he would like to see the commission achieve are greater clarity of the planning process for stakeholders; “alignment of any land-use changes with the needs of the City�; and encouragement of bike safety. The Parks and Recreation Commission will soon greet two new members — Keith Reckdahl and Abby Knopper. Reckdahl, a father of two who likes to bike and who works at Lockheed Martin, was appointed unanimously by the council. Knopper, a school volunteer who served as co-president of the Duveneck Elementary School PTA board, joined the commission after getting six of the nine votes. The council also chose Kathleen Kavanaugh, a self-employed art lover, from a pool of 10 candidates for a seat on the Public Arts Commission. BOWL GAMES ... The Rose Bowl may be over, but Palo Altans thirsty for the thrill of competition need not despair. Science Bowl is almost here. Budding scientists from three local middle schools will test their knowledge March 2 in the National Science Bowl competition, which will pit fourstudent teams from JLS, Jordan and Terman middle schools against students from 19 other public and private middle schools in the region between San Jose to San Francisco. Competition, which the public can watch, begins at 9:20 a.m. at NASA Ames Research Center. The local students join more than 4,400 middle schoolers from across the country seeking regional prizes — fully paid trips to Washington, D.C., for the national finals at the end of April. Topics of questioning include astronomy, biology, earth science, math and physics. Science Bowl has been sponsored for the past 23 years by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science as a way to encourage students to pursue scientific careers. The young scientists will also have to contend with the high bar that was just set by local high school students. Earlier this month, Palo Alto High School’s Science Bowl team prevailed in the regional competition and will head to Washington for the national finals in April. N


Plans to transform California Avenue win praise Latest design seeks to turn commercial strip into Palo Alto’s ‘second downtown’ alo Alto’s quest to transform California Avenue into the city’s “second downtown” got off to a rough start in 2011, when dozens of area merchants lambasted a plan to reduce the number of driving lanes from four to two. Since then, the focus has shifted on what the prominent avenue will gain even as it loses two lanes — namely, two public plazas, wider sidewalks, brighter lighting, a new sculpture and a host of street amenities, from new benches and game tables to new newspaper racks and trash cans. The panoply of proposed designed elements, which are geared to jazz up the pedestrian and bicycle experience on California Avenue, earned much praise and a few minor notes of criticism Thursday morning, Feb. 21, from the city’s Architectural Review Board. While the board did


not take a formal vote on the project, members voiced excitement about sprucing up and revitalizing the eclectic but somewhat rundown strip between the railroad tracks and El Camino Real. The project has undergone a substantial evolution since 2011, when the City Council first proposed reducing the number of lanes — a decision that met a chorus of complaints and a pair of lawsuits from area merchants who argued that reducing lanes would create congestion and cut into their business. Since then, the council directed staff to widen sidewalks and consider new plazas, two of which are now part of the design. The plan calls for a treelined plaza complete with tables, benches and a sculpture on the east end of the strip by Park Boulevard, near the Caltrain Station. Another, more flexible plaza, will

be closer to the center of the street, between Ash and Birch streets. Under the proposal now on the table, this space would be separated from the sidewalks by decorative bollards and would be available for use for public events, such as the farmers markets, and for “seasonal expansion of retail activity,” according to Transportation Engineer Shahla Yazdy. Some aspects of the design required the city’s landscape architects to negotiate a compromise between “old” and “new,” reflecting community opinions. Yazdy noted in the report that at recent community meetings, some participants “felt that the street should have sleek and modern furnishings, to give it a more contemporary look and feel.” “Others preferred a more traditional style of furnishing, which they felt was more consistent with some of the existing brick and wood elements and

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California Avenue, shown here at the Ash Street intersection, may see the addition of more inviting places to sit, as well as wider sidewalks, brighter lighting, artwork and public plazas. the warm ambience of the space.” Staff and consultant David Gates of Gates + Associates opted for the middle path and chose benches “with simple, clean lines, contemporary metal accents and the warmth and traditional aesthetic of wood.” All five members of the architecture board praised the project and its recent changes, though each added a few cavils. Lee Lippert urged more attention to landscape improvements


Palo Alto takes residents on a social-media ride

around the tunnel near the Caltrain station. Randy Popp suggested more interesting bike racks than the standard U-shaped ones proposed by the project architects (“This is so plain; I can’t stand it,” Popp said, referring to the standard design). Naseem Alizadeh and Popp both said they would prefer a consistent contemporary feel, rather than a (continued on page 11)

What they’re tweeting

Recent ‘virtual ride-alongs’ the latest push by city to strengthen social-media presence by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns is no stranger to chasing criminals or stopping drunk drivers, but last week he found himself in unfamiliar territory as he slowly trailed a mattress that was resting precariously on the roof of a moving sedan. The mattress was held in place by a pair of hands — one belonging to the driver and one belonging to the passenger. Burns stopped the driver and, after a brief chat, followed the car to its destination two blocks away. Minutes later, the Police Department’s Twitter account featured a tweet: “The mattress holders are home safe and sound. First time Chief has seen that in 31 years.” The incident was also Burns’ first venture into the Twittersphere for a “virtual ride-along,” a new type of event designed to give residents a glimpse into the department’s work and to bolster the department’s socialmedia efforts launched last March. Between late Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, anyone with a Twitter account could follow Burns as he helped a woman find a car downtown; gave a verbal warning to a driver who failed to stop for pedestrians; stopped a bicycle for running a red light; and bought a cupcake and lemonade from a lemonade stand (the photo was tweeted immediately after the lemonade-stand transaction). The Police Department’s Twitter exercise is the latest move in the city’s effort to get in on the socialmedia game. Over the past two years, various departments and top city officials have opened Twitter and Facebook accounts, to which

they now post links, meeting notices and recent news tidbits for their followers to digest. Not to be outdone, the Fire Department followed up Burns’ Friday journey with its own “virtual ride-along” Tuesday. All day, followers had a chance to virtually chase a fire engine as it responded to medical calls, shuttled its occupants to a training course, hurried to accidents and made a stop at Philz Coffee downtown. Along the way, fire and medical responders offered insights (“freeway calls are the most dangerous because of the fast speed of vehicles and small shoulder space”) and factoids (“nearly 80 percent of our calls are medical” and “In 2012 PAFD responded to 7,796 calls for service, averaging 21 calls per day”). The stream of action, trivia and minutia seemed to work. By the end of the event, the department had added 151 followers to its account. The growing citywide emphasis on social media has as its leading advocate the city’s recently hired Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental. Last year, he unveiled the city’s dramatically redesigned website, which is now stocked with interactive features and social-media links. The city’s official Facebook page is full of public announcements and staged photos of dignitaries in City Hall. Reichental and City Manager James Keene each have an active Twitter account and each uses it to update followers on the latest news, recent statistics and event announcements. And LinkedIn, a social-media site with a more professional bent, recently cited Reichental and Assistant

City Manager Pamela Antil as two people whose accounts were among the 1 percent most viewed. While city’s myriad social-media accounts are accessible to the masses, the city also has plenty of offerings for the techier, wonkier set. As part of the Open Data initiative Reichental ushered in last fall, visitors to the city’s website can now peruse data on a wide range of subjects, from U.S. Census figures and development permits to library visits. Some of these data sets, the city hopes, will one day be turned into practical and useful web and smartphone apps by enterprising citizens. The City Council is fully behind the effort. At its Feb. 3 retreat, council members signaled their support for what Reichental is doing when they adopted as one of its 2013 priorities “Technology and the Connected City.” At the retreat, several council members, including Larry Klein and Marc Berman, emphasized using technology to make city government more efficient, innovative and open to the public. Reichental told the council that a greater emphasis on building what he calls a “digital city” would “bring more of a community into enriching our democracy if done the right way.” “Over time, if you have the expertise of the community that helps us build applications through connectivity, you can reduce costs and deliver innovative technologies,” Reichental said The effort, he said, is also “well aligned with the brand of Palo Alto,” which has a global reputation for

housing forward-thinking startups and tech companies, he said. The virtual ride-along was, in one sense, a reaction to the council’s direction at the retreat, Burns said. “They basically challenged the departments to use technology to be more effective, more efficient, more open to the community,” Burns told the Weekly. He said the department is now considering future events of this sort, including one focusing on emergency dispatchers. The social-media push holds special appeal for Palo Alto’s publicsafety departments. Engaging the citizenry allows the police and fire departments to gain community trust and gives residents more channels for contacting the police with information. Residents also gain another source for information in the event of a major disaster. So far, the results appear to be bearing fruit. The department’s Twitter account last week before the ride-along had more than 2,300 followers, and its Facebook account had more than 1,300 “likes.” As of this Wednesday, the number of Twitter followers rose to 2,719 and the number of Facebook “likes” jumped to 1,515. The most recent police ride-along was, in a way, the department’s response to the council’s direction at the retreat. Then there’s the immediate gratification. Some time during the Friday night exercise, the Police Department’s Twitter account received a message that began with the line, “Thx again for making sure we got our mattress home safe & sound!” N

Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental @PaloAltoCIO “Another important modernization effort complete. The @ cityofpaloalto has successfully deployed a new, redesigned intranet, CityConnect.” (Feb. 4) City Manager James Keene @PaloAltoCityMgr “Retirement luncheon: Seemed like all Palo Alto turned out Wednesday to wish Steve Emslie well after 33 years public service. Go Steve!!” (Feb. 15) Palo Alto Animal Services @PaloAltoAnimals “PAAS long timer “Rudolph” and new comer “Sweet Pea” were both adopted into new homes yesterday... Happy trails kids!” (Feb. 20) Palo Alto Fire @PaloAltoFire “With all of the construction at SUH (Stanford Hospital) it is always a new adventure when we go to the ER. Drive carefully.” (Feb. 19) Palo Alto Utilities @PAUtilities “If you live in an Eichler, an excellent way to maintain comfort is to install insulated drapes to keep out the cold.” (Feb. 12)

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17th Annual Juana Run

Popular program could change as Palo Alto increasingly gets its electricity from carbon-neutral sources

A fun family and competitive road race with events for all ages. A complimentary pancake breakfast for all 8K participants immediately follows the race.


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n a city abuzz with green-energy programs, PaloAltoGreen stands out as a model of success, having received a raft of awards and drawn the highest participation rate in the nation for a program of its kind. PaloAltoGreen, which allows Palo Alto’s electric customers to voluntarily tack on a fee to their electricity bills to support renewable energy, was instituted in 2003 and by 2008 had a participation of about 20 percent — a rate that has remained steady. By paying extra, customers allow the city’s Utilities Department to purchase what are known as “renewable energy certificates� from providers of renewable energy in other parts of the state and the nation, with wind projects getting the lion’s share of support. By purchasing these certificates, Palo Alto customers thus pay for the equivalent of getting 100 percent of their energy from carbon-free sources. But now the trailblazing program is in danger of becoming superfluous. As the city moves toward making its entire electric portfolio carbon-neutral (possibly as early as later this year) PaloAltoGreen’s mission is becoming redundant, forcing the city to think long and hard about what to do with this major asset. On the one hand, the city doesn’t want to ask ratepayers to pay extra for green energy when the entire portfolio is already green. On the other, the city doesn’t want to simply flip off the switch on one of its most successful programs. In recent months, the Utilities Advisory Commission and the council each wrestled with this quandary. Among the options each body considered were: focusing PaloAltoGreen on natural gas; using it to fund local solar projects; and declaring victory and shuttering the program. While the council doesn’t plan on reaching a decision about PaloAl-

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toGreen at least until June, the lattermost option now appears unlikely. Both the council and the utilities commission agreed that while the mission of the program needs to be re-examined and redefined, the brand is too valuable to waste. “It would be a major shame to end the nation’s leading program,� Utilities Advisory Commissioner Jonathan Foster said at the Feb. 11 meeting of the council. The solar option proved the most popular at council discussion. If approved, the program would essentially allow customers to become owners of local solar systems, which would be installed at local schools and other public facilities. Joyce Kinnear, manager of marketing services at City of Palo Alto Utilities, noted that Palo Altans are “very proud of their schools, and to have a solar program in a school would be something the community can focus its interests around.� Others shared her enthusiasm for the solar program, though they stopped short of committing to any of the options on the table. Several council members, including Pat Burt and Marc Berman, said they support surveying the community about what they would like the program to focus on. Burt pointed out that while the city has accomplished much on the electricity front, it still has plenty of work to do when it comes to emissions from natural gas and transportation. The city’s drive toward a carbon-neutral portfolio and the massive success of PaloAltoGreen creates a great opportunity for the city to engage the public in further carbon-reduction efforts, whether focusing on green natural gas or reduction of transportation emissions, Burt said. “It’s in my mind very much worth exploring how we translate that vol-

untary initiative in our community — which is far and away the strongest in the country — to something that is the next evolution in addressing climate change through our own community actions,� Burt said. The green-gas option would allow natural-gas customers to voluntarily pay a premium for “renewable gas� on their monthly bills. The city would use these funds to purchase biogas from sources such as dairies and landfills, according to a Utilities Department report. Mayor Greg Scharff said he was skeptical about the natural-gas option, questioning whether it really is an environmentally sound method of energy production. He was more excited about the potential for solar energy, noting that generating electricity locally would also help the city prepare for emergencies. “I can see a lot of positive with solar if done right and if we had a plan that can engage the community and a program that can do so,� Scharff said. Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd agreed and said she was “fascinated� by the prospect of customers being given a chance to invest in solar programs in their communities. While the prospect of tangible, community-funded solar projects is sparking great interest on the council, Councilwoman Liz Kniss argued that the message of keeping the program in place is valuable in and of itself, a sign that the city remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Pulling the plug, she said, “would give the public a perception that we’ve already reached our goals. That bothers me.� She said she supports modifying and continuing the program because “to suddenly end a program that I think has served us well ... sends a message as well.� N


Website detects plagiarism Students can run an ‘originality check’ before handing in papers on


n Internet-based plagiarism detector has become not only a tool for teachers but also a plagiarism instructor for students and a trading post for English papers. For at least four years, Palo Alto High School students have been submitting papers to their teachers through the website, which allows them to generate an “originality report� on the document before handing it over. “If there’s any sentence that appears to have been copied, cut and pasted, they have the opportunity to change it before the paper is submitted,� said teacher Shirley Tokheim, who is instructional supervisor for Paly’s English Department.

by Chris Kenrick “It’s a way to set them up to succeed rather than to catch them.� Paly Principal Phil Winston said the school pays a licensing fee to Turnitin, which allows use across the school, with the English Department leading the way. “We’ve had it for at least the three years I’ve been here. It really picked up a few years ago, and this year we’re educating students what it means to turn it in and what to look for on the color-coded analytics,� Winston said. A paper turned in through the website is time-stamped and gives the student the option of running an originality check ahead of time, Tokheim said.

Mistakes can occur when students are up against a deadline, she said. “It can be a problem if students don’t have time to run it through Turnitin and have inadvertently cut and pasted without citing it in their paper.� Tokheim demonstrated Turnitin’s “originality check� feature with a student paper about “Thank You for the Light,� an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay that the New Yorker published last summer after having originally rejected it in 1936. Turnitin generated a “Match Overview� for the Paly student’s paper, showing that identical quotes (continued on next page)




City peeved over ‘Color of Palo Alto’ Artist was paid $75,000 by city for public installation but hasn’t completed work by Eric Van Susteren he creator of a popular piece of temporary art has come under fire from City of Palo Alto staff for failing to provide a database of images from the project that could help public-safety officials and city planners. Artist Sam Yates received a total of $75,000 between 2003 and 2006 to create “The Color of Palo Alto,” an attempt to find Palo Alto’s single, representative “color” by photographing all of the city’s land parcels. He then put the photographs together to form a piece of temporary art on the face of City Hall. Elise DeMarzo, staff liaison for the Public Art Commission, said Hewlett-Packard Company contributed about $40,000 of the funding. The rest came from the commission. The piece was featured there between 2007 and 2008, but city staff say Yates hasn’t yet fulfilled his end of the deal. Yates was to provide a database of the 120,000 images of 17,860 properties, according to a report by DeMarzo. The city would use the images in conjunction with its geographicinformation system so emergency responders and city planners could have a photograph to accompany each parcel in the system. Yates presented the database to then-Mayor Larry Klein on Aug. 5, 2008, but took it back immediately after the presentation ceremony to “tweak a few things” and never returned it to the city, the report states. The commission still owes Yates more than $7,000 for the project, money that DeMarzo recommended the commission withhold until he delivers the database. City attorney Grant Kolling sent Yates a letter on March 23, 2012, requesting that the database be delivered within 30 days. Yates initially agreed to deliver it by May 1,


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had been submitted at Princeton University and the Elk Grove Unified School District, among other places. But the matching quotes turned out to be legitimate — and properly cited — pieces from the original text. Tokheim said the English Department is working on standardized training for students on the proper use of Turnitin, including an instructional video being created by students. “There have been some misunderstandings that caused some students either not to check or to make some assumptions that got them into trouble, so we’re trying to clarify and educate them. The video should help a lot,” she said. Tokheim said she gets about five cases a year of serious plagiarism, and “they’re all hard. “It can be a phrase, a sentence or multiple sentences that have been cut

How the New Lending Rules Will Affect Buyers and Sellers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued rules designed to reduce risky lending and require banks to verify that borrowers have the ability to repay their loans. The new rules require lenders to look at criteria such as a borrower’s income, employment status, credit history and other debt obligations. These criteria were largely ignored in the years leading up to the 2007 housing collapse. When a loan meets new lending criteria outlined by the CFPB, it becomes a “qualified mortgage,” which will give protection to the banks from lawsuits filed by aggrieved borrowers. A qualified mortgage is defined as a loan that does not have excess upfront points and fees, has no toxic features such as interest-only payments, teaser rates, negative amortization and balloon payments, and where the borrower does not spend more than 43% of his or her income to pay down debt. The rules will encompass most lending institutions. The rules are already in effect, but lenders will have 12 months for full implementation. Buyers may have a few

months left to try to get a loan from a lender that has not yet implemented the new rules. Jumbo loans (loans above $625,000) will be particularly affected. Before 2010 about 75% of jumbo loans were highly leveraged non-qualified mortgages with debt well in excess of 43% of reported income. In addition many high-income borrowers with good credit scores took “interest-only” loans. Although the new measures do not set minimum down payment or credit score requirements, rumors are that lenders will require a 20% down payment on adjustable jumbo loans. It is difficult to measure at this point the exact impact of the qualified mortgage rules on home prices in our area due to high demand, persistent low inventory and the fact that 30% of our buyers last year were cash buyers. However, in our expensive market some buyers may not be able to make the 20% down payment expected to be required for the popular adjustable jumbo loans. Fewer qualified buyers in a market lowers demand, and lower demand normally means lower home prices.

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For the Color of Palo Alto project, artist Sam Yates compiled photographs of close to 18,000 properties and posted them on City Hall in 2007 and 2008. but had “concerns about the reproduction, cropping and distribution of the images.” DeMarzo said she recently received an email from Yates, who stated he intends to finish the project but did not give a specific timeline for doing so.

The commission was scheduled to discuss but not take action on the project at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, after the Weekly’s press deadline. N Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at

and pasted and not attributed. By the time they get to me it usually involves parents, and everybody’s upset.” Besides changing things for students, widespread use of Turnitin

— you still do, but it’s just different. “It’s a lot neater, and it forces you to make more global comments, which I think are better for students.” At the start of a semester Tokheim still asks students to turn in their first few papers in hard copy so she can read them the old-fashioned way. Because of her duties as instructional supervisor, Tokheim teaches just two English classes of 35 students each, plus a smaller “restart” class for students needing to make up credit. Other teachers, though, can have as many as five classes with 30 students apiece. “Each paper can take at least 10 minutes, so it’s like a part-time job outside of teaching and planning.” With English class sizes creeping up in recent years, “We’re always trying to find different ways to have students continue to write and find ways to give them feedback,” Tokheim said. N

‘It’s a way to set them up to succeed rather than to catch them.’ —Shirley Tokheim, instructional supervisor, Palo Alto High School English Department has transformed the grading experience for teachers. “It’s kind of a shift when you go from reading papers at your kitchen table to reading online,” Tokheim said. “It frees up this feeling that you have hundreds of papers to go through

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Stanford fruit flies are headed into space School of Medicine heart surgeon’s astronaut dreams take flight with outer-space experiment


Stanford University School of Medicine heart surgeon’s fruitfly experiment could blast off to outer space as early as September, and the effect of weightlessness on the tiny creatures’ hearts could reveal how long-term space travel might change an astronaut’s heart. The insects’ flight in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral is a dream Dr. Peter H.U. Lee has had since boyhood, he said. Lee, a cardiothoracic surgeon and clinical instructor at the school of medicine, has always had a passion for space travel as well as his chosen profession. And he is one of more than 6,000 applicants for the astronaut program. But for now, he is content with sending his insectsturned-astronauts to orbit the earth in his stead. The information the insects bring back could not only have implications for astronauts, but it could lead to a better understanding of how the body grows older for the general earth-bound populace as well. “A lot of what we see in space is an accelerated rate of aging,” Lee said. The fruit flies, a species of Drosophila, will arrive at the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station 240 miles above earth. Hundreds of the insects will travel in a box called a NanoLab.

They’ll reside in test tubes filled with nutrients to sustain them for their month-long orbit. “We’ll be looking at how well the flies’ hearts squeeze and look after being in space — whether there are more arrhythmias or any changes in gene expression,” Lee said. Researchers have long studied the effects of weightlessness on astronauts’ skeletal muscles and bones. They learned that bone loss and muscle atrophy take place in space. Every system in the body appears to be negatively impacted by space flight, Lee said. But little is known about the heart. Astronauts do seem to have increased risk of irregular heart rhythms, some decrease in heart mass and a little decrease in heart function. What the long-term effects might be of prolonged space habitation are not known, he said. Experiments Lee has done on muscle tissue in space show some direct effect. Weightlessness causes a shift in body fluid. Standing on earth, gravity causes blood to go to the legs. But in space, less flows to the lower extremities, and more flows to the upper body. The body compensates in part through greater excretion, but more fluid still goes to the heart. It appears that there might be small changes because of that fluid buildup, he said. In Lee’s cubicle in Stanford’s Falk

Building, his computer screensaver has an image of the space shuttle Endeavour atop a 747 airliner. And there is a photo of Lee shaking hands with astronaut Neil Armstrong. Lee said he kept his childhood interest in space in college and searched for ways to stay in the profession. His adviser at Brown University had an experiment on the space shuttle, and Lee did his doctoral research in that project, he said. He was a principal investigator on the study of the effect of weightlessness on muscle tissue, and the experiment traveled on the space shuttle with astronautturned-senator John Glenn. Lee joined a Mars-simulation team for a month-long expedition to an Arctic island that approximated the Martian environment, and he has conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation experiments on reduced-gravity aircraft designed for astronaut training. He is also a full fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He turned to Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego, which has heart research on fruit flies, and to NASA Ames Research Center, which has experience sending the insects on space missions, as collaborators for the fruit-fly project. The team was one of eight to win a Space Florida research competition in December for


tal allergies that make him extremely sensitive to mold, detergents and certain chemicals prevalent in inexpensive cabinets and furniture. According to documents and emails provided to the Weekly by the family, the problem had been successfully managed at the boy’s elementary school by the principal and teachers by working with the family and changing the physical environment, including changing cleaning practices, eliminating the use of cleaning detergents and replacing old carpeting. But the transition to middle school was problematic. Documents show the boy’s parents made repeated efforts to plan ahead with school officials to prepare for the transition

from elementary to middle school, where the problem would be more challenging due to the movement of students among several different classrooms and the library. The school agreed to have custodians switch to soap and water for cleaning and conducted tests for mold, but it was not willing to replace carpets or undertake additional environmental tests the family and their doctor requested. Out of frustration, the family asked for a 504 plan, the formal process by which disabilities are accommodated in public schools. The request was denied, and the parents filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights in early August. The OCR found flaws in the district’s handling of the case, concluding the district hadn’t conducted a proper evaluation and that its 504 procedures were not in compliance with federal regulations. The district entered into a settlement agreement on Sept. 28, signed by Skelly, in which it committed to reconsidering the student’s case, conducting a proper 504 evaluation process, revising its 504 procedures and submitting them to OCR for review and approval, and carrying out training of principals and other administrators. Unlike the bullying case, in which the district declined an opportunity to enter into an agreement that would have avoided an investiga-

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prior six years at PAUSD — thus, did not see the significance of the resolution agreement being signed since it was part of a lengthy process we continued to be embroiled in,” Skelly told the board. Skelly told the Weekly Wednesday that a discussion of the matter would be on the board of education’s public agenda next Tuesday night, Feb. 26. A closed session for Skelly’s mid-year performance evaluation is also on the agenda. The second case involves a sixthgrader who suffers from environmen-

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 21)

Bridge: The board discussed the proposed bike-and-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101. Board members supported having a design competition for the new structure. Action: None California Ave.: The board discussed proposed streetscape improvements on California Avenue, including new street furniture and landscape elements. Action: None

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by Sue Dremann

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Peter Lee sits in a lab at the Falk Cardiovascular Research Center, which he is using until he begins his research on the effect of space travel on the hearts of fruit flies at the NASA Ames Research Center. their experiment. “Drosophila work really well for space-flight experiments. You don’t get a lot of ‘space’ for space experiments. You can’t send very heavy or big things up. When you do science in space, you make do with as little resources as possible,” said Sharmila Bhattacharya, principal investigator of the Biomodel Performance Lab at NASA Ames, who is part of the team. Lee said using tiny creatures by the hundreds also has the advantage of producing many live subjects from which to gather data, he said. A human study would be limited to only two or three subjects, since there are few people who fly into space, he said. Fruit fly and human hearts are not similar in structure — the insects have a tubular rather than chambered heart — but the genes are very

similar. When the fruit flies are in space, genes will be turned on and off as organs change in response to weightlessness. Changes caused by space travel that might cause defects or arrhythmias could be found and compared to similar gene changes that cause the same defects in humans, he said. Lee isn’t holding out great hope of taking a similar space flight as his insect subjects. Only 10 to 15 human positions will be selected out of the 6,000-plus applicants, he said. But he does have great hopes for the information his proxies will bring upon their return. And there is always that slim hope of a future as a doctor in space. Results will be announced this spring or summer, he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

tion, in this case the district opted for a quick resolution. According to documents provided by the family, in October the district said its new assessment was “inconclusive” as to whether the child qualified for a 504 accommodation or not but granted the child a 504 anyway. The district continues to resist making needed accommodations, which could be done at minimal expense or burden, the family alleges. Meanwhile, Skelly Thursday released a copy of an Oct. 21, 2011, “Educational Services Weekly” memo by Associate Superintendent Charles Young, which included a paragraph informing the school board that OCR investigators looking into a bullying complaint had been on a middle school campus the previous day. It said interviews had been conducted with 35 students, four teachers, two administrators and one counselor. And he reported that district and union attorneys “felt like it shed only a positive light on the school and our support of students.” The district also released a copy of an email dated April 9, 2012, from Young to the school board marked “confidential” stating that OCR had concluded its investigation into the bullying case and that the district’s attorney was “working with the OCR regarding the corrective actions, which are quite lengthy.” The email provided no details of

the government’s findings, and there was no discussion in public session. “The District addressed the complaint, but the OCR requested the opportunity to meet with students and staff to investigate the claim, which occurred on Oct. 20, 2011,” Young wrote to board members. “We received the OCR’s results over spring break. As a result of the student’s disability, we are responsible for correction action related to discrimination and creating a hostile learning environment.” “Part of the plan will include an IEP (Individualized Education Program) team meeting to discuss the findings, the development of a plan for training staff and notifying parents. Once the corrective actions are finalized, I will share them with you so you are aware of the areas we will be addressing,” Young’s email said. “I will update you with more information as it becomes available. The staff at (the middle school) will be disappointed as they felt they did a great deal of good work to ameliorate the concerns outlined in the parent’s initial complaint.” No updates, at least in public, were provided after the April 9 email. Next Tuesday’s board meeting will be the first time the board will discuss the Office for Civil Rights investigation and its findings, except for hearing Skelly’s apology at its meeting last week. N

Upfront HEALTH

Hypnotherapy explored for weight loss Therapists at Stanford University and in private practice work with all kinds of patients


hen the Weight Watchers diet didn’t work for Ellyn Corey, she decided to try hypnotherapy to lose weight. She was a bit skeptical at first. But “I began to see results right away,” she said, adding that, after the first few sessions, she got “hooked.” Hypnotherapy not only helped her to give up Beard Papa’s chocolate Èclairs, but it also gave her an “overall positive body image and mental outlook,” she said. In a country where more than onethird of adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control, Corey is among a growing number of people exploring hypnotherapy as an alternative to conventional weight-loss methods. Her instructor, Eric Rosen, was educated at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy and currently offers classes through the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department, as well as the cities of Los Altos, Menlo Park, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Saratoga. In his classes and private sessions, Rosen uses hypnosis to suggest to his students and clients that they make smart food choices, avoid binge-eating and be attentive during meals by jotting down their food consumption before and after. He gently encourages them to choose organic foods over processed ones and embrace “super foods” such as broccoli, spinach and soy. His classes, he said, focus on helping people to visualize their goals and change their food habits. Hypnosis, by itself, might not be a “magic bullet” to solve the complex problem of losing weight. As a supplement to a comprehensive weight-loss program, however, it can help people lose “significantly more weight,”

according to a study by Dr. David Spiegel, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine. Weight loss is only one of many health problems that hypnotherapists are trying to tackle; others include controlling anxiety before and during medical procedures, headaches, smoking, pain, hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and irritable bowel syndrome, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Derived from the Greek word “hypnos” meaning sleep, hypnosis guides people into a psychological state in which a person’s awareness and concentration are heightened. “It is something like looking through a telephoto lens in a camera,” Spiegel said in an interview with the Weekly. Hypnotists use this “hyper-attentive” state to get people to focus on a particular thought or memory, tap into their pain and anxiety, and work towards resolving them. Many experts regard hypnosis as a deeper form of daydreaming — a far cry from the image of magical mind-control created by Las Vegas stage-show performers. When people “lose themselves” in a book or a movie, or lose track of time while driving, they are essentially putting themselves in a hypnosis-like trance. Self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help the mind identify and solve its problems, practitioners say, and most hypnotherapists teach selfhypnosis to their patients during or after the first few sessions. The practice of hypnosis dates back to Ancient Egyptian “sleep temples,” more than 4000 years ago.

Many websites describe how hypnosis moved initially from the realm of the irrational to that of the scientifically acceptable in the 19th century. Two surgeons’ work aided in the acceptance. One used hypnosis to anesthetize patients during surgery, and the other tried to establish a scientific explanation for the phenomenon. In 1958 the American Medical Association approved and encouraged research on the medical uses of hypnosis, and two years later, the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology. Despite its history, scientists are still trying to figure out how exactly hypnosis influences the brain. Most popular theories suggest that it works by “switching off” the rational, decision-making part of the brain that focuses on day-to-day activities, in order to unlock the more creative, unrestrained part. This idea has received some support from EEG studies of hypnotized subjects showing higher brain-wave activity typically associated with sleep and dreaming. Other studies conducted in the 1960s and 1970s had proposed that hypnosis is mediated by the right hemisphere — the part of the brain that may control imagination and impulse — perhaps explaining why people under hypnosis are more likely to act on foolish suggestions by stage-show hypnotists. These and other hypnosis-related studies were reviewed in a 2012 article by Professor John Kihlstrom, from the University of California, Berkeley, in the journal Cortex. “We do know, for sure, that people in the trance state can alter their perceptions; sensory regions in the

Andre Zandona

Shall we dance? Ballroom dancers enjoy practicing their form Feb. 20 at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto.

Andre Zandona

by Ranjini Raghunatu

Eric Rosen teaches hypnosis for weight loss on Feb. 12 at the Los Altos Community Center. brain will literally turn down their response to pain input and change their perception of color, smell or hearing,” Spiegel explained. He added that hypnosis also appears to have an effect on the part of the brain that helps us process attention. Some people are more easily hypnotized than others. Children and adults who are “easily absorbed into activities such as reading, listening to music or daydreaming” are thought to be more easily hypnotized, a University of Tennessee psychology professor wrote in a 2001 Scientific American article. Though the inner workings of hypnosis are still obscure, there are some established techniques that hypnotherapists employ to guide their patients into a hypnotic trance, few of which involve a swinging pocket watch or exotic crystals. Most use progressive relaxation and guided imagery, which involve breathing techniques and invoking positive and calming images to help people enter the hypnotic trance. Mary Horngren, another hypnotherapist educated at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy, uses this technique to help cancer patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Breast Cancer Connections prepare for surgery and cope with their pain and anxiety. During her sessions, she guides them through a sort of “dry-run” of the surgery or treatment, focusing on positive thoughts so that they are well prepared when the time comes. At the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, Spiegel uses hypnosis to help patients manage their pain. Hypnosis can reduce pain by half on the same amount of medication, he said. Under hypnosis, patients learn to draw out their pain — essentially “bringing it on,” Spiegel said — and then learn to “control and separate their psychological response from their physical response.” He said that he has also been able to help people quit smoking using hypnosis, with one out of four patients ending up not touching a cigarette after just one session of hypnosis. Spiegel also used hypnosis on Palo Alto resident Kenneth Fitzhugh, who was charged in his wife’s murder and put on trial in 2000. Fitzhugh testified that the 50-minute hypnosis session unlocked repressed memories explaining his connection to pieces of physical evidence in his vehicle. Fitzhugh was later convict-

ed of the crime. However, the application of hypnosis to forensics is still controversial and highly debated. Despite its use in medical settings, hypnosis still faces skepticism and is often dismissed as a “pseudoscience,” which is why hypnotherapists like Horngren strive to raise the level of respect for the practice. “It is their fear of losing control,” she said, explaining why people still have misconceptions about the practice. “Hypnosis is one of the safest procedures and has far fewer side effects that any other medication or procedure,” Spiegel said. Bad experiences with unreliable or untrustworthy hypnotherapists could fuel this skepticism, he added, but the techniques themselves are wellestablished. Currently, no specific agency or board licenses and regulates the practice of hypnotherapy, although there are schools such as the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy — recognized by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education in California — that offer courses and certification in medical and clinical hypnotherapy. Doctors and psychiatrists belonging to professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association have strict standards and guidelines for the professional practice of hypnotherapy. “It is extremely important to establish a rapport between the hypnotist and the patient/client ... to remain above the board with them,” Rosen said. Diana O’Hagin, who used hypnosis decades ago to give up smoking, said Rosen recorded all of their sessions for her reference and to keep her appraised of her progress. Some people still question whether hypnosis can make a person do something they don’t want to, but practitioners dispute that belief. While “one’s critical judgment is suspended,” as Spiegel described it, hypnotherapists can only show someone how to achieve what they want, according to Rosen. Horngren echoed this sentiment. “It is all about helping people help themselves,” she said, adding that she only acts as a facilitator, guiding them through the healing process. N Editorial Intern Ranjini Raghunath can be emailed at

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Upfront HEALTH

Boy’s death sparks blood donations Rare O-negative blood type in demand due to influenza he death of a 10-year-old boy from complications following influenza has sparked a request from his family for local donations of a rare blood type. Joshua Mark Hansen was like any boy until he contracted a Type B influenza and strep throat more than two weeks ago. A resident of Ausberry, Calif., near Fresno, he was a vibrant kid who played all kinds of sports and rode dirt bikes. But on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, he struggled to breathe and developed bacterial pneumonia, according to his uncle, Rod Hansen. Joshua was flown from Valley Children’s Hospital to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, where he was put on life support and received several units of rare O-negative blood each day, Hansen said. Supplies from the Stanford Blood Center were running low due to high demand from flu victims and winter accidents, so the Central California Blood Center in Northwest Fresno started a blood drive to help him. Although Joshua died on Feb. 18 at the hospital, his family is encouraging Palo Alto and other local communities to donate blood of any type — especially O-negative — to the Stanford Blood Center to help other needy patients in Joshua’s memory, his aunt, Missy Hansen, said. While Joshua was at Packard, he used many units of blood from the Stanford center. People from all over the state donated 199 units of O-negative blood, and the blood



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you don’t see a single kid outside,” he said. “People are doing everything they can to optimize kids’ future potential: We schedule them to the max and we’re happy if they do homework.” “But I don’t adapt, and I said, ‘I’m not going to raise my kids this way.’” After testing different Palo Alto and Menlo Park neighborhoods through rentals from Midtown to Guinda Street to Creek Drive, Lanza and Ni purchased a house in Menlo Park — not their favorite, but one they felt had “neighborhood potential.” They’ve tried to foster street play by constructing an “outdoor family room” in their front yard. “We’re doing some pretty wild things with our kids, but I’m pretty sure their lives are better,” he said. The family doesn’t entirely shun typical routines for their three boys, who are now 8, 5 and 3. The oldest takes tennis after school and participates in the Young Builders workshop at Midtown. But, Lanza said, “We’re not big on organized sports, and we try to leave two or three days open for him.” Their efforts have won what they

by Sue Dremann bank received 460 additional units of other blood types in Joshua’s name while he was ill, she said. “Mark and Monica (Joshua’s parents) would like to thank all of the people that worked on Josh. From the nurses, doctors, support staff. There were 100, Mark estimates. They are forever grateful for the care that was provided Joshua but also the care that was extended to them,” Missy Hansen said in an email. The family is also asking that people sign up as organ donors, as they saw f i rst-ha nd the relief and joy a donated organ Joshua Mark Hansen brought to another family while at Packard, whose son’s life was saved after waiting for a month, she said. While O-negative is urgently needed, all other blood types are also in reduced supply, Stanford Blood Center spokesperson Dayna Kerecman Myers said. The blood bank supplies Packard and Stanford hospitals, as well as other area institutions, she said. Stanford Blood Center’s supply became critically low in late January due to the winter holidays and the flu outbreak. The blood supply remains low, despite outreach to O-

negative donors, she said. O-negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone. It is vital for trauma patients who sometimes need transfusions before there is an opportunity for blood typing, she said. Approximately half of Stanford Blood Center’s supply of O-negative blood is designated for neonatal patients. O-negative patients can only receive blood from O-negative donors, and only about 6 percent of people have this blood type, she added. Rod Hansen said the experience with Joshua opened his eyes to the ongoing need for blood. “It’s selfish of us,” he said of not donating, adding that it takes little time and saves people’s lives. Hansen has heard from many people who donated for Joshua. Many said it was their first time giving blood. Hansen also donated for the first time and plans to become a lifelong donor, he said. Persons donating blood must be in good health without cold or flu symptoms. Donors must eat well and drink fluids before coming to the center and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour, Myers said. Donors can give blood at one of the center’s locations: 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto; 515 South Drive, Suite 20, Mountain View; or 445 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park. More information and appointments are available at N

hope is the gradual acceptance by neighbors. “There’s lots of excitement from certain people — Ohlone (Elementary School) types — but for most people it’s, ‘We like it, but we’re not going to start canceling our kids’ activities so they can hang out in your yard more,’” he said. “Others are ‘living the life,’ scheduling their kids like crazy. But interestingly, two of our neighbors have independently come to us and said, ‘We used to not really want our kids to come to your place, but now we realize it’s just a lot of fun.’” Lanza’s research has led him to a few urban and suburban pockets around the country where outdoor street play is supported and thrives. In a low-income neighborhood of the Bronx a dedicated resident for the past 37 years has created a sanctuary for play on Lyman Place, a small street, where she gets through traffic banned for the summer and kids populate the space. He’s been invited to speak next month with the mayor and department heads of Somerville, Mass., who are interested in promoting the idea. His research on play has led Lanza to the belief that it doubles as the best path for nurturing curious and engaged adults. He’s been interviewing parents of

entrepreneurs and social activists, including winners of the Thiel Fellowship, which pays selected students under 20 $100,000 over two years to drop out of college and pursue entrepreneurial, social or scientific work. He theorizes that pressured, overscheduled childhoods create unprepared adults. “We have an epidemic of 20-somethings who are listless, don’t have direction in life and living with their parents — and a lot of them are very well-educated,” he said. “To some extent it’s because of the economy, but the key statistic is that the labor-participation rate of 20-somethings is at an historic low, so they’re not even trying. The statistics say there’s not as much trying going on.” In his next book, tentatively titled “Raising Doers,” Lanza said he will connect the dots between playful childhoods and adults who are “active, caring, solutions-oriented participants in the world.” His Feb. 25 talk, “From Players to Doers,” is free and open to the community. Part of Preschool Family’s “Parents Survive & Thrive” speaker series, it will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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News Digest Mayor to offer ‘State of the City’ Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff will highlight the city’s recent accomplishments and 2013 goals as part of his “State of the City” speech Wednesday night, Feb. 27. The City Council’s three official priorities for the year are “infrastructure strategy and funding,” “future of downtown and California Avenue” and “technology and the connected city.” The “State of the City” speech will be held at 7 p.m. at Tesla headquarters, 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto. The event is open to the public. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Nonprofit gives $33 million in science prizes A group of executives that includes local names such as Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki awarded $33 million in prizes to recognize research in life science aimed at curing disease and lengthening human life. The group, which awarded 11 researchers $3 million each, makes up the board of directors of a new nonprofit called the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, according to a statement from the foundation. Winners came from institutions such as the Hubrecht Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College and Princeton University. They made discoveries in cancer genomics, mechanisms of angiogenesis that led to therapies for cancer and eye disease, and research on telomeres. “We are thrilled to support scientists who think big, take risks and have made a significant impact on our lives. These scientists should be household names and heroes in society,” said Wojcicki, the co-founder of Mountain View-based 23andme, which provides individualized genetic testing. The board also includes Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan; Art Levinson, member of the boards of directors for Apple and Genentech; and Yuri Milner, the founder of In the future, the foundation will award five annual prizes of $3 million each to winners who are chosen by a selection board that includes the previous year’s winners. The foundation touted its “transparent selection process” in which anyone will be able to nominate a candidate online. Also, prizes can be shared between any number of deserving scientists and can be received more than once, and there will be no age restrictions for nominees. N — Eric Van Susteren

Old oak in Rinconada Park to be felled An inspection of oak trees at Rinconada Park in Palo Alto after a large tree fell onto Walter Hays Elementary School grounds last month has found one more tree that must be removed, City of Palo Alto’s urban forester said. The city conducted root inspections of similar oaks as the one that fell on Jan. 4 and discovered that the roots of another coast live oak on Embarcadero Road were compromised, Urban Forester Walter Passmore said in a statement. City crews are scheduled to remove the tree on or after Feb. 22. Replacement trees will be planted in March. Crews inspected the trees by excavating and temporarily removing soil to assess below-ground root conditions. The majority of the root systems of the park’s large coast live oaks are in fair to good condition. The Rinconada Oak, a designated heritage tree, has a healthy root system and is likely to live for many more years, inspectors found. One oak, however, is in poor condition, poses a safety hazard and must be removed. The tree has severe root decay that has rotted 40 percent of the exterior of the base of the trunk and compromised large anchor roots. The tree is the nearest neighbor to the one that fell in January. Tree decline is often caused by an accumulation of stressors, Passmore said. Old age reduces a tree’s tolerance to changing conditions and reduces resilience to insects and disease. The root rot on the tree outpaced the tree’s ability to grow new roots, which has reduced the ability of the roots to anchor the tree to the soil, he said. “Trees are living organisms with a finite life span, and after careful consideration of the inspection results, we recommend that this tree be removed due to advanced decay in the root system. This tree has a high risk of failure due to its condition and no treatment is available that will allow new growth to outpace the decay,” Passmore said in a statement. City crews will recycle the tree, and the wood will be used as mulch to sustain other trees, he said. A planting plan has been developed to replace the fallen tree and the tree proposed for removal. Passmore said the goal is to plant more than 10 large-growing oak trees with compatible shade-tolerant smaller trees in the next two months. New trees can be established this planting season prior to mid-March, he said. Many of the established trees in the park will receive maintenance pruning and mulching to improve their health and safety, he added. N — Sue Dremann LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at

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Indecent exposures not a flash in the pan Recent exhibitionism in Palo Alto area raises questions about potential future crimes by Sue Dremann hen a man raised his shirt and pulled down his pants to a woman near downtown Palo Alto on Jan. 31, his act was perhaps shocking. But psychology and criminology experts say it doesn’t necessarily mean the man, if he did do the crime, will commit violent sexual crimes in the future. Recent indecent exposures in the Palo Alto area have concerned residents and law-enforcement officials alike. Police began making the incidents public in early January, when


the flurry of flashing began. In Palo Alto, two men were recently arrested for the crime, one on Jan. 20 near Juana Briones Park and the second on Jan. 31. Two other incidents of indecent exposure occurred on Jan. 8 and 10, but no one has been arrested. The first offense is considered a misdemeanor, but each subsequent conviction is a felony, Palo Alto police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said. It’s also a felony to enter a residence without consent and expose

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oneself. The perpetrator of a felony can be sentenced to state prison. California law requires convicted persons to register as sex offenders. Indecent exposure is the most prevalent sexual crime, accounting for one third of all such reported crimes, with the majority committed by men, according to the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. Incidents seem to come in waves, according to Toni DuPont-Morales, a specialist in victimology at California State University at Fresno Department of Criminology. Some occur after other incidents are publicized, especially if the perpetrator is not caught. “Think of it from their perspective. This is exciting, and the chances of getting away with it are really good,” she said, noting the brief nature of flashing and the probability that victims won’t report the incidents to police. So what danger does a flasher pose? Researchers say there are a host of factors that predict the potential for more egregious crimes, including whether the offender corners or makes contact with the victim. Perron said flashers gain satisfaction from their action, but that other than that, it is difficult to generalize about their motives or future behavior.

Stanford University and developer John Arrillaga are revising their plans for Menlo Park’s empty car lots for a third time, according to project representatives. (Posted Feb. 19 at 2:02 p.m.)

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Stanford breaks national fundraising record Stanford University last year became the nation’s first university to raise more than $1 billion in a single year, according to a report released this week. (Posted Feb. 20 at 9:53 a.m.)

Palo Alto seeks regional cash for slew of projects Palo Alto’s elected officials have a hearty appetite for grant-funded transportation projects, particularly ones that involve bikes, trains and pedestrians. But last week, the City Council agreed that the latest staff proposal for a grant application goes a little too far and much too fast. (Posted Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.)

Train strikes man in Palo Alto A 22-year-old Palo Alto man was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Railroad Co. freight train Monday night north of Churchill Avenue, a Caltrain spokeswoman has said. (Posted Feb. 18 at 11:35 p.m.)

East Palo Alto police seek witnesses to shooting East Palo Alto police are seeking witnesses to a shooting that occurred Sunday, Feb. 17, around 2:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Runnymede Street. (Posted Feb. 17 at 9:11 p.m.)

Meteor spotted Friday likely unrelated to Russia’s Bay Area stargazers caught a glimpse of a meteor over the Peninsula Friday night, Feb. 15, but it probably wasn’t related to the devastating meteor that landed in Russia nor the asteroid that flew by just 17,000 miles from Earth Friday. (Posted Feb. 15 at 9:22 a.m.)

Accused mall fraudster had assault weapon Palo Alto police said a man who allegedly used counterfeit credit cards to defraud stores at Stanford Shopping Center had a stash of illegal weapons in his Oakland home. (Posted Feb. 15 at 11:56 a.m.)

Congressmen: NASA Ames gave secrets to China The director of Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center is embroiled in what is either a scandal or a witch-hunt over accusations that secret rocket propulsion technology was given to China. (Posted Feb. 15 at 11:13 a.m.)

Palo Alto considers new gym near the Baylands A regional effort to calm the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek continues to evolve and expand, with Palo Alto officials this week agreeing to evaluate the possibility of including a new Baylands gym in the project. (Posted Feb. 15 at 9:56 a.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.

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compromise between the two different styles. “I’m vehemently opposed to combining old and new,” Alizadeh said. “Keep it modern. Keep it consistent. Keep it new.” Board members had few bad things to say about the proposed furniture, though Popp urged consideration of other designs for drinking fountains and game tables and Lippert suggested a different design for benches — one that would make benches comfortable to sit on but not to lie on. Lippert also said it’s important to make sidewalks as attractive as possible to soothe merchants’ concerns about fewer driving lanes. “There’s a lot of animosity there,” Lippert said, referring to the lane reduction. “I think coming back with a really thoughtful approach in terms of how the sidewalk will respond to the pedestrian experience, as well as the parking, really creates opportunities for these merchants and for this area becoming the second downtown for Palo Alto.” The only wild card in the project is lighting. In recent months, city planners have been floating a proposal to install new pedestrian streetlights along California Avenue to comply with the wishes of area merchants. The Planning and Transportation Commission signed off on this latest change earlier this month, though several commission-

“Every suspect is different. In some cases, indecent exposure may indeed be a precursor for someone who may go on to commit a more serious crime. In other cases, the indecent-exposure event is the worst and/or only crime that person will commit,” he said in an email. DuPont-Morales, who has worked with offenders and victims, said extreme immaturity and “really liking that fear or surprise of the victims” characterize the psychology of offenders. Some experts argue that perpetrators have issues with control. DuPont-Morales agreed. Control and eliciting a reaction from the victim do seem to be part of the drive, she said. Some offenders seek out victims they think will provide the desired reaction. And timing also plays a role in offenders’ thinking. A study in the United Kingdom found that flashers committed their crimes in the early morning when people were rushing to work and didn’t have time to report the behavior. Crowded downtown areas were also favored, as were university libraries and small hallways, where there were opportunities for brief contact, DuPontMorales said. Many people who flash choose to deviate in other sexual ways, and those who rape are likely to have tried other sexual behaviors, DuPont-Morales said. But as alarming as indecent exposure might be, not all people who expose themselves go on to commit more serious crimes. An indication of the likelihood of violence is the person’s willingness to get close to

a victim, she said. Even without violence, any time a flasher chooses a child as his victim, it is dangerous, DuPontMorales said. One such incident occurred in Menlo Park on Feb. 1, and the offender has not been arrested. A man in a van approached an 11-year-old girl at around 7:45 a.m. and exposed himself near Ivy Drive and Windermere Avenue. He threatened to harm her if she told anyone about the incident, Menlo Park police said. DuPont-Morales said this kind of case is disturbing. “He had the capacity to grab. That is far more dangerous. ... He had the capacity to escalate very rapidly,” she said. A victim may be able to influence whether the incident might turn violent, however. Victims should not strike the flasher or swear at him — and it is not advisable to laugh, she said. The best protection? “The victim can protect themselves by moving on,” she said. Some flashing victims do feel psychologically harmed and may need counseling, DuPont-Morales said. While some people just laugh off the experience, others have considerable anxiety. Short-term counseling is usually adequate for most victims, but in the case of of a child, such as in the Menlo Park incident, “that little girl needs more than that,” she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

ers said they were bothered by the fact that this aspect was not in the original proposal and is only now coming to the forefront. The new lighting structures are expected to cost around $1 million, bringing the total cost of the streetscape project

to more than $4 million. The council has not yet approved the lights proposal. It is scheduled to consider the issue, along with all the other proposed design elements in the California Avenue project, in early March. N

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lence and educate people on what they can do as individuals,� said Pam Salvatierra, spokesperson for the nonprofit Organizing for Action, which is holding Friday’s vigil against gun violence at 6 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, on the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. Under the slogan “Protect Children, Not Guns,� the candlelight event is part of a nationwide Day of Action to End Gun Violence campaign, which is calling for the U.S. Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases. Stronger background checks are the first step in Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence, Salvatierra said. Marc Berman, a Palo Alto City Council member, will speak at the event about the activities of Organizing for Action, which serves as a platform for mobilizing people to speak out for the policies outlined in Obama’s second-term agenda, according to the president’s website. The nonprofit was launched out of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign as an entity separate from the Democratic Party. Gun control is one of the three key issues, along with immigration reform and climate change, that the organization focuses on. Berman is expected to make the case for congressional action against gun violence and help attendees learn about how they can get involved, ac-

CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will meet in closed session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the board will discuss compliance plans following a December finding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that the district violated a student’s civil rights a bullying case. The board also will discuss implementation of the district’s homework policy, design updates for the planned Performing Arts Center at Palo Alto High School, proposed hybrid courses for the high schools and proposed allocations for new funds. Following a 5:30 p.m. closed session to discuss union negotiations, the regular meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). STATE OF THE CITY ... Mayor Greg Scharff will present his “State of the City� address. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Tesla Headquarters (3500 Deer Creek Road). COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear a report from its Sacramento lobbyist on high-speed rail, discuss the status of litigation against the California High-Speed Rail Authority and discus the Caltrain electrification Environmental Impact Report. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to elect its 2013 chair and vice chair and discuss proposed May 2013 open hours, adjusted service plans and Mitchell Park service plans. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss a recommendation for the next funding cycle of Community Development Block Grant and consider the impact of a proposed development by Prometheus Real Estate Group on Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

cording to the organization. Candles and signs will be provided for all participants, who are also encouraged to bring their own signs. The Saturday gun-buyback event is being organized by the cities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The three cities are teaming up with the nonprofit Protect Our Children Bay Area for the event, in which people may anonymously turn in their guns for cash between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto. The mayors and police chiefs from the three cities were present at Palo Alto City Hall Feb. 11, when Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff read a proclamation in which the city “acknowledges that the voluntary surrender of firearms potentially reduces the likelihood of gun violence, accidental shootings and suicides involving firearms, promoting a safer community.� East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica, whose city passed a similar proclamation, said at the meeting that the city’s previous gun-buyback events have been successful. “It definitely sends a message: ‘Let’s get rid of (guns) and not have them lying around,’� Abrica said. Protect Our Children, a Menlo Parkbased nonprofit organization started by Silicon Valley investor Roger Lee, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the buyback event, James Cook, the group’s outreach coordinator, said in an interview late last month. Local residents will be paid $100 for a handgun, $200 for a rifle or shot-

gun, and $300 for an assault weapon. The group is hoping the event will bring in 700 to 800 firearms, according to Lee and Cook. Guns will be accepted anonymously with no questions asked. No names or license plates will be recorded, and the guns will be marked for destruction. East Palo Alto officers are asking that participants transport firearms unloaded in the trunks of their cars. To coincide with the buyback, the group Silicon Valley Community Against Gun Violence will hold its rally in front of Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., from 11 a.m. to noon. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D14th District, will speak, said group founder Bonnie Bernstein. Speier, as an aide to U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan in 1978, was shot five times in Jonestown, Guyana, while on a trip to investigate Jim Jones and his People’s Temple cult. Abrica and Roger Lee are also scheduled to participate in the Saturday rally in Palo Alto. Silicon Valley Community Against Gun Violence formed in January and has asked the City of Palo Alto to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that has 800 members nationally, and issue a proclamation in support of Obama’s gun-violence policies. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner and Editorial Intern Ranjini Raghunath can be emailed at and

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Sam Webster, business and community leader, dies at 95

A memorial service will be held Sunday for Palo Alto businessman and community booster Sam Webster, who died Feb. 18 at 95. The energetic, 51-year resident of Palo Alto perhaps was best known locally as a developer of the Garden Court Hotel on Cowper Street. But his business, Webster Financial Corp., focused on an array of real estate and agriculture investments including senior housing, federally subsidized lowincome apartments and pistachio orchards. He was an enthusiast of all things Palo Alto, writing a Guest Opinion column in the Palo Alto Weekly in 2010 about “Why I’m supporting Palo Alto schools, even at 92.” “I’ve had the benefit of watching generations of high-school graduates from Palo Alto take the world by storm with their achievements, and we all know from living here that Palo Alto students are not ordinary,” Webster wrote, noting that his wife Kim and all three of his children had graduated from Palo Alto High School. Among Webster’s many projects was The Hamilton, a luxury 36-unit condominium project for seniors he developed when he and his wife decided it was time for them to move to their own style of senior housing. Sanford Webster was born in Kingston, R.I., in 1918, where he grew up hearing stories about Palo

Alto from his father, Samuel Harvey Webster, who had attended Stanford University in 1903. In high school he was captain of an all-state basketball team and also was the New England Boys and the New England Juniors Tennis Champion. Later, he captained the tennis team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and played at Wimbledon in 1946. Three days before his West Point graduation Webster met Kim Sibley, his future wife. “She was dating another cadet,” Webster recalled in a 2001 interview. Sibley was a Palo Alto native attending Simmons College in Boston on a 1938 scholarship from Elizabeth Gamble, a Palo Alto benefactress whose home, the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, is now a city landmark. Webster’s ebullient style quickly shut out the rival cadet, and the couple became serious and began discussing marriage. “But first I had to meet with Miss Gamble to ask her permission,” Webster said. Permission granted, they married in Palo Alto in 1941 and at the outbreak of World War II. Webster spent the war in the European Theater, moving with the Army infantry up Italy from Anzio to Rome and then into southern France in 1944.

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Council and Lytton Gardens III and on the advisory board of the Palo Alto Community Fund. He is survived by his wife, his son Jim Webster of Berkeley, his daughter Sarah Webster Goodwin of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and four grandchildren. Webster’s son Sam died while a student at the University of California at Berkeley. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. (continued on page 16)

Heinz Nonnenmacher March 23, 1936 – February 6, 2013

Heinz Nonnenmacher passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from heart disease. In 1961, Heinz emigrated from Germany to the U.S. to pursue his degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating, he drove from Chicago to California to work in Silicon Valley. In the 80’s, he started his own business, American Micro Components, Inc. in San Jose, California. He was beyond proud when the U.S. Government used his products in stealth aircraft. In retirement, he was happiest in his garden and when taking photos of family and nature. He is survived in California by his loving wife of 42 years, Aesun, his son Mark, his daughter Wendy, and his grandchildren, Emma and Ethan, and in Germany by his sister Elizabeth, nephew Martin, and niece Sabine. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at the Interpretive Center in Foothill Park, located at 3300 Page Mill Rd., Los Altos. Attendees who do not live in Palo Alto should email A list of nonPalo Altans will be left with the Ranger Station for admittance to the park. PA I D


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July 24, 1920 – February 15, 2013 Simone Warner, 92, a resident of Menlo Park for 49 years, passed away in her home on Feb. 15. Born in Billom, France, the daughter of a French diplomat, she was married to John Thomas Warner Sr. for 67 years. They met in Japan while John served in the U.S. Army during World War II. The couple married in Japan, when the war ended, John and Simone moved to New Jersey and later to California. Simone was a devoted mother, wife & grandmother, and a gracious and compassionate woman who loved culture, music, community and family. Her humor and spirit coupled with her genuine warmth made those around her feel welcomed and comforted. Simone was a devout parishioner at St. Raymond Church for 49 years. We are deeply saddened that the beloved cornerstone of our family has departed, but grateful that she is at peace after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. She is survived by her loving caregiver Lena Pulotu of Concord, daughter Mary-Rose Warner of Menlo Park, sons Edward Warner of Mi-Wuk Village, James Warner of Daily City, Thomas Warner of Menlo Park, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, at noon at the St. Raymond Parish, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park. The family prefers memorial donations to the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center: PA I D

“I wound up commanding the 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry,” he said in the 2001 interview. A highlight was “taking the surrender of an entire German corps of about 100,000 troops — the 17th SS Death’s Hand Division. The commander and his assistant both later committed suicide to avoid prosecution,” Webster said. After the war, Webster was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where their first son, Sanford Jr., was born. Their second son, Jim, was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. And daughter Sarah was born at Fort Belvoir, Va. Retiring as an Army Colonel in 1962, Webster and his family moved to Palo Alto. He started out working for a small company run by a friend. Bolstered by a $400-a-month military pension, he soon ventured into selling real estate. “I was really made for it,” he said. “I made many friends. I even saved two marriages — of people who wanted me to list their homes as they filed for divorce. I talked them out of it.” Webster formed a group for small investors. “No one was doing what I was doing. I was taking small groups of individuals who couldn’t afford to invest in real estate on their own.” For an initial investment, “I took $1,500 apiece and bought a nursery,” which he said became an excellent investment. In 1967 he created Webster Realty, adding Webster Developments in

1970 and Webster Financial Company in 1981. Webster was a nationally ranked senior tennis player until the age of 75. He also played golf. He and his wife celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in June. He was a 39-year member of the Palo Alto Rotary Club and winner of the Tall Tree Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Lifetimes of Achievement Award from the senior center Avenidas, where he had served on the board. He also was a former board member of the Children’s Health


John Henry Frenster, M.D., longtime resident of Atherton, California, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2013. Born on October 14, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, he was the only child of Henry and Pauline (nee Janssen) Frenster. He received his BS (1950) and MD (1954) degrees from the University of Illinois. Later, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the Walter Reed Army Research Institute and then was Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (1958-1965) doing biomedical research. Dr. Frenster continued his medical and scientific career at Stanford University and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he served as medical oncologist and researcher, especially in the area of Hodgkins’ Lymphoma. Devoted to scientific inquiry in cancer research, cell biology and biophysics, he actively pursued his scientific investigations until his death. Dr. Frenster married Dr. Jeannette Hovsepian on June 15, 1958. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008 with a celebration of family and friends at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado

Springs, Colorado. As a sports enthusiast, Dr. Frenster could often be found following the latest San Francisco Giants or 49ers game on the radio. He also enjoyed visiting museums of fine art. Listening to classical music and frequently attending live concerts were other passions of Dr. Frenster. In addition, he was an avid reader of books and journals, and he immersed himself in many subjects such as history, poetry, culture, technology, and mathematics. Years ago he spent many hours with his family at Kepler’s bookstore, at Stanford University sporting events, and on numerous road trips. Dr. Frenster is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeannette Hovsepian Frenster; three children, Jeffrey Frenster of San Jose, Diane Frenster (Thomas Moses) of Galesburg, IL, and Linda Jackson of Colorado Springs, CO; and four grandchildren, Mark Frenster and Rebecca, Jacob and Sabrina Jackson. A private memorial service will be held in March. Donations in his memory can be made to the charity of your choice. PA I D


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Protesting ABAG’s housing goals As Palo Alto seeks reduced targets, Gordon initiates discussion with cities to address concerns over widely criticized process ike many cities up and down the Peninsula, Palo Alto is struggling to find the best strategy for standing up to the unreasonable targets for new housing construction imposed by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The regional agency, empowered by state legislation, is charged with determining how much new housing each city should be required to build between 2014 and 2022 based on growth estimates and the jobs-housing imbalance in that city. In the case of Palo Alto, ABAG has determined the city must plan for 2,079 new housing units, a number city leaders and virtually everyone else say is unreasonable and not attainable. The goal would require the city to find sites for nearly 260 new homes a year or 21 every month over the eight-year period. Despite the strong urging of Council members Larry Klein and Greg Schmid to protest the entire ABAG process, the City Council opted to pursue a more limited appeal aimed at reducing the mandate by 350 homes. After already having its September protest to ABAG rebuffed, the council took a different course that may have a better chance of being considered. It simply asks that the 350 homes Stanford is already committed to building on Quarry Road west of El Camino Real be reassigned from the city to Santa Clara County’s allocation. Other cities are also suffering under the weight of heavy housing mandates, including Menlo Park, which was forced to settle a lawsuit brought by housing advocates for not updating the housing element of its General Plan since 1992. Menlo Park’s agreement requires the city to approve sites for about 1,000 new housing units. The city is struggling to find enough new housing sites that are acceptable within the community. Other lawsuits by affordable housing advocates have targeted Pleasanton and Corte Madera, in Marin County. Palo Alto has argued for years that it is a built-out city, saying the mandate is far too large and that the city has no way to ensure that such a large number of homes be built. The city also disagrees with ABAG’s growth estimates, which are more aggressive than Department of Finance projections. The authority for ABAG’s quotas comes from Senate Bill 375, a law passed in 2008 that sets a goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases throughout the state and aims to build homes close to jobs and public transportation. Cities are expected to develop housing plans and zoning that will create the quotas established by ABAG. If the mandate is ignored the city could lose funding for transportation and other projects. And while some communities, like job-rich Mountain View, have approved large new housing developments in order to meet the targets, most Palo Alto residents are not eager to see higher-density, in-fill housing. Schmid, who has compiled his own demographic projections that find fault with the state’s numbers, urged the council to challenge the methodology used by the state to reach the city’s quota, rather than the specific numbers. Klein agreed, and told the council, “I think we’re fighting for the soul of our city here. This is the issue I hear most often when I attend public events.” Other members, including newly elected member Marc Berman, were not swayed. Berman said that, “Rather than trying to rehash arguments or issues that we had with ABAG that they have already stated are not grounds for appeal, let’s focus on the one area that is grounds for appeal.” With Klein dissenting, the council ultimately voted 8-1 to pursue the more narrow option that Mayor Greg Scharff called a “limited appeal to gain something — the reduction of 350 units.” One encouraging development is the initiative by Assemblyman Rich Gordon to convene a meeting of city representatives early next month to hear their concerns and explore possible legislative remedies that might improve the current system. Gordon said he expects a dozen representatives from local jurisdictions to join him on a new committee he has formed to review the state’s housing laws. “The purpose is to clarify the issues and concerns. I’ve heard folks say ‘It just doesn’t work.’ Another issue is how the state’s Department of Finance makes its initial projections of housing needs; I’ve also heard concerns about the amount of time it takes for planning and review,” he said. Gordon has cautioned that he is not eager to change the state’s law on housing mandates, but his willingness to hear the concerns of local leaders is an important step.


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Report is no surprise Editor, Sad to say, the findings of the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division’s investigative report come as no surprise to us. We saw the exact same problems at the school level when confronted with bullying in middle school of our children, though they do not have special needs. Nor do the district’s oversight failures and unwillingness to treat these issues systemically surprise us. The administration is consistent in its strict (and failed) philosophy and policy of complete site-based control to avoid its responsibility to enforce best practices and systemic solutions to common problems. It is also no surprise that it took incredibly committed, persistent and brave parents to force this issue into the spotlight, and the continuing active role of the Weekly to make the superintendent come clean. The hallmark of Dr. Skelly’s tenure is his total disregard for transparency and unwillingness to be held accountable to the board or anyone else. The only thing that would surprise us is if members of the Board of Education actually acted forcefully and decisively to address the district’s failures, including calling Skelly on the carpet, instead of wringing their hands, meekly asking Skelly to please, please not do it again, and then leave him again to his own devices. We’re not holding our breath on that one. Amy Balsom and Wynn Hausser El Centro Street Palo Alto

Just imagine ... or not Editor, Reading about the development at Park & Page Mill has my thoughts racing. Imagine getting onto Page Mill eastbound at 3:30-5:30 p.m., without 15 minutes of stop-and-go waiting, with police emergency vehicles responding at the same time and an additional 300,000 square feet of office development. Imagine getting off Page Mill, eastbound, to Park Boulevard with new traffic generated by a large parking garage, workers from 300,000-plus-square-foot office and police emergency vehicles. Imagine getting onto Page Mill westbound, from Park Boulevard, as workers from the new office above, everyone who uses that entrance today, police emergency vehicles and now, workers from a four-story office building at the El Camino, ahead of you do the same. Imaging trying to get off westbound Page Mill to either Park Boulevard or to El Camino with all of the above.

Imagine a clogged California Avenue with one lane each direction and folks trying to find an alternate route to their favorite shop, with all of the above! Imagine the underpass flooded. Imagine not! We don’t need another $100,000 study, just imagine! Imagine moving out of town for some peace and quiet, like we used to have here. Imagine all the public benefit to these developers being bundled: They develop, but put the train underground! Lee Brokaw Hanover Street Palo Alto

Breach of trust Editor, In your reporting of the Palo Alto School Board finding out about Superintendant Skelly’s “transparency” issue regarding the bullying at a school, you did not address the elephant in the room! How can the school board trust him when he does not inform them of important matters such as this? What else has he not informed the board about?

I should think they would discipline, perhaps even fire, him for this breach of trust. At the least, the board should try to find out if he is hiding anything else from them. Natalie Fisher Ellsworth Place Palo Alto

Room to play Editor, It’s appalling that students across the freeway in Ravenswood District don’t have the money for science, art, music teachers. But Paly gets more room to play. I agree the Paly Gym is old and needs a rebuild, but $5.5 million for a wrestling room? What do you need for wrestling besides a few mats? Did no one see the news that wrestling is no longer an Olympic sport? It’s already offered at few universities. What will that room be used for in the future when high school kids in Palo Alto don’t want to wrestle anymore because it won’t lead to college scholarships? Sue Allen Grove Avenue Palo Alto

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Believe me, sooner or later the Mitchell Park library will open by Alison Cormack he library looks beautiful! When is it going to open?� This is how nine out of 10 of my conversations around town start. I love hearing the first part and dread answering the second part. The Mitchell Park Library and Community Center does look beautiful, on the inside and the outside. But it is not done and there is, unfortunately, no firm date for it to open. I toured Mitchell Park last month with the city manager, the library director, the director of Public Works, and the city’s point person for the project. It is as spacious and interesting as the plans imagined it to be, and I am confident that it will be a center of learning for decades to come. But I am as disappointed as everyone else involved with the project that the construction is so far behind schedule. Here’s what I found out about why it’s behind and what the city has done. The city, like all cities in California, is bound by law to accept the lowest bid. That came from Flintco, which was qualified to bid earlier in the process. Flintco’s bid was millions of dollars below the engineer’s estimate and the other bids. It is apparently not unusual for contractors to bid low to win the business and then use the change-order process to increase the price. Indeed, change orders related to the steel in the plans were


the first slowdown in the project. Next came issues with the steel supplier and the glass installation. The current problem is that the heating, ventilation and airconditioning system is not passing inspection. Interestingly, bids from the other contractors used the same subcontractors, so we might have had similar issues even with a different general contractor. I want to stop at this point and emphasize something important. At each juncture, the city has consciously chosen quality over schedule. So, when the glass failed repeated inspections, nothing moved forward until it passed. I am personally happy with this approach since we are investing a great deal of resources into the building and I want it to last for many years, but it comes at the cost of time. So what has the city done to address the situation? Both the Flintco site manager and the construction-management firm’s site manager have been replaced. The city has used a progressive inspection approach, where appropriate, to speed completion and is ordering the custom casework and furniture so it is ready to go in as soon as the air system is functioning. The contractor is already on notice that they are responsible for daily liquidated damages of $2,500 since April 29, 2012, the original projected completion date. Currently, Flintco is undergoing management and ownership changes at the corporate level, so that is another complication preventing an accurate schedule of completion. I have jokingly suggested getting kids to stand in front of the construction site and hold up a sign saying “Flintco, when will our library

I am personally happy with this approach since we are investing a great deal of resources into the building and I want it to last for many years, but it comes at the cost of time.

be ready?� to add to the pressure to get this building done so we can use it. It’s possible that it could open in the spring, but every day that goes by without progress makes summer look more realistic. So, at this point, no one can really answer the question, “When will it open?� Fortunately, the temporary library for Mitchell Park at Cubberley is proving to be popular in the interim. Keep in mind that Mitchell Park is just one of the three projects funded by the bond in 2008. The first project, the Downtown Library, reopened on time in 2011. It is thriving, as these statistics comparing the last six months of 2012 over the last six months of 2011 reveal: s#IRCULATIONOF ITEMS ANINCREASE of 42 percent; s"RANCHVISITSUPPERCENT s 4HE PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY ROOMS booked 589 times. The third project, in chronological order, is the Main Library. It will close May 1 to be entirely renovated and expanded. The city is

making reasonable efforts to avoid similar problems with the Main project. They have hired a different construction-management firm, one with a successful track record with other city projects, and that firm is already reviewing the architectural plans in detail. The temporary library for Main will be conveniently located in the Art Center. Let’s also review the expenses. The 2008 BOND AUTHORIZED UP TO  MILLION $OWNtown came in $1 million under budget, Mitchell Park is projected to be $4.7 million under budget, and Main is projected to BEMILLIONOVERBUDGET DUETOCHANGES in the landscaped and parking area and the need to replace, not repair, the roof. So, in total, the projects should be completed for less than what was approved. In other financial news, the $4 million fundraising campaign is just $25,000 away from being complete. The Palo Alto Library &OUNDATION HAS ALREADY RECEIVED  GENERous $25,000 gifts, so just one more and we’re done. The public bond money can only be used for design and construction, so the private PALF funds are paying for the furniture, computers, books and more at all three libraries. Thanks to everyone in the community for your continued support of these exciting and important projects. Believe me, I know how hard it is to wait for that beautiful building to open, but I am glad that it will be carefully built to last for many years. N Alison Cormack chaired the library bond drive in 2008 and is the co-chair of the Palo Alto Library Foundation fundraising campaign. She lives in south Palo Alto with her husband and two children.


How would you handle bullying in schools? Asked on Newell Road, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Ranjini Raghunath.

Stuart Hansen

Retired engineer Walter Hays Drive “It starts at home. Parents have to be more aware of their children’s situation, whether they are the bully or the victim.�

Vinaya Kapoor

Engineer Jefferson Drive “Increase education and awareness among students. Both victims and perpetrators need to know what constitutes bullying.�

Sam Badger

Student Greenwood Avenue “There should be more focus on helping bullies understand the consequences of their actions because they are not mature enough to know that what they are doing is wrong.�

Jay Smith

Retiree Primrose Way “The school and teachers must step in. The administration must sensitize teachers to be more aware of the issue.�

Adam Blankespoor

Stay-at-home dad Charles Marx Way “Adults must have an open ear, be more sensitive to kids and realize that this is a legitimate problem.�


COMMUNITY MEETING Review the proposed landscape renovations for

Eleanor Pardee Park Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:30 PM Lucie Stern Center Fireside Room 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301 The City of Palo Alto seeks the community’s input on this proposed landscape renovation project. Email for more information.

Meeting hosted by City of Palo Alto Public Works, (650) 617-3183

Mayor H. Gregory Scharff cordially invites you and a guest to the

State of the City Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:00pm Tesla Headquarters 3500 Deer Creek Road Palo Alto

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FIELD OF ELDER CARE Wednesday, February 20, 7-9 p.m.

Free workshop, but please RSVP.

NEWCOMER’S COFFEE Thursday, February 21, 3 – 4 p.m.

New to the bay area? Please call for more information or to RSVP.

MONEY MATTERS Saturday, March 16, 10 – 2:30 p.m. Free Educational Seminar

february highlights FOR THIS MONTH: — Women’s Support Group — Linked-In Review — Assertive Woman Workshops — Global Awareness Special Event — French Conversation & Culture — Jewelry Making Class For further details, visit our website: 555 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto 650 /473-0664

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A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 14-21

Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Menlo Park

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Feb. 14-21

Violence related Battery 1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .7 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .4 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/ non-injury . . . . . . . . . .7 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Juvenile problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Dog bite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Allen I. Krizelman Allen I. Krizelman lost his battle to cancer and died at Stanford Hospital on Dec. 28, surrounded by his family. He was a family man, businessman and cancer patient advocate. He battled his disease for more than six years and devoted much of his later life to helping others who shared his illness, bladder cancer. He was born and raised in Omaha, Neb. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to California in 1967 to join Raychem, a Fortune 500 international material-science company, located in Menlo Park. He had more than 30 great years there, and a 40-plus-year successful career in business. He worked extensively to establish a support group for bladder cancer patients at UCSF and also worked closely with the oncology team at Stanford. The family asks for donations to either the UCSF Bladder Cancer Education and Support Group, or Stanford Cancer Center / Bladder Cancer Research. He is survived by his wife of 45

years, Susan Krizelman, two children Jill and Todd Krizelman and two grandchildren, Liam Nash and Dorothy Krizelman of New York, N.Y. He is also survived by his brother, Sheldon Krizelman of Nashville, Tenn.. A funeral service was held on Jan. 2, 2013, at the Alta Mesa Funeral Home in Palo Alto.

Jim Waychus Jim Waychus of Palo Alto died on Jan. 1, 2013, at 60 from melanoma. He was born in Indiana and grew up in Kansas and New Jersey before landing in Mountain View as a high schooler. He graduated from Stanford in 1974. After graduation he was an operations manager for AT&T for many years until his retirement in 2008. He was a huge fan of all Stanford sports as well as a supporter of the SF Giants and 49ers. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Andrea Barnes of Palo Alto; his daughter, Casey Barnes-Waychus of New York; and his sisters, Patricia Waychus Pearson and Barbara Atkinson.

Shirley Christian Ledgerwood Shirley Christian Ledgerwood of Palo Alto died on Jan. 3. She was 97 years old. She was the wife of Dr. John S. Ledgerwood (19122005), a dentist for many years in


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Atherton Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/ non-injury . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Town ordinace violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant Arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Watermain break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Colorado Ave., 2/14, 12:13 p.m.; child abuse/sexual 2800 block Middlefield Road, 2/15, 1:53 p.m.; strong arm robbery Unlisted block Ventura Ave., 2/17, 12:53 a.m.; domestic violence/battery Unlisted block Curtner Ave., 2/18, 11:38 a.m.; family violence/battery

Palo Alto. A native of Monterey, Tenn., she moved with her family to 2050 Waverley St. in Palo Alto in 1952. She was active for many years in the Bay Area working for world peace and was at one time active with the Girl Scouts, the PTA and the United World Federalists. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. At the age of 21 in 1936, while living in Chattanooga, Tenn., and favoring integration, she joined the NAACP. She received Masters degrees in English and librarianship, attending the University of Tennessee, the University of Colorado, the University of California Berkeley and Harvard University. She taught English at San Jose State University for five years and at Foothill College for 25 years. She was also a librarian at Woodside and Portola Valley libraries, and was a research librarian for the Santa Clara County Libraries at Cupertino and Saratoga. She had articles and stories for children published by the Pilgrim Press. She also had several poems published. She was the author of a published novel entitled “Thy Brothers Blood.” In 1995 she compiled a collection of poems by and a biographical sketch of author Catherine Marshall, her longtime friend and roommate at Agnes Scott College, published under the title “Unlocked Dreams.” She also organized a book club in Palo Alto that was active for more than 54 years. She is survived by her three children, Pamela Ledgerwood, Chris Ledgerwood and April Robinson; as well as by her six grandchildren, Lynette, Todd, Nicholas, Amy, Ana and Reid; and by her four greatgrandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Liam and Cai.

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READING AT STANFORD ... Jeffrey Eugenides will read from his latest novel, “The Marriage Plot,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall in the Knight Management Center at Stanford University. The event is free and open to the public. Eugenides is the author of “The Virgin Suicides” (1993) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Middlesex” (2002). Information:

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ASTROTHEOLOGY ... RoseDog Books has recently released a book by John Gurley, a former economics professor at Stanford University. “The Astro-Bible According to John: OR God’s Creation of the Universe OR The Whole Shebang Without the Big Bang” is a collection of lectures about the impact of astronomy and astrology on the Bible, originally given at a retirement home near Stanford. Information: www.rosedogbookstore. com MOM VS. GRANDMA ... Donne Davis, a Menlo Park author and founder of the GaGa Sisterhood, a support group for grandmothers, has published her first book,”When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild’s Parents.” The book arose from a popular topic discussed at the GaGa Sisterhood meetings, and offers perspectives from both moms and grandmas. Information: MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors and programs at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Sean Beaudoin, “The Infects,” Kevin Emerson, “The Lost Code,” Cat Patrick, “Revived” and Martha Brockenbrough, “Devine Intervention” (March 1, 7:30 p.m.); Peter Lerangis, “Seven Wonders: The Colussus Rises” (March 5, 7 p.m.); Joyce Carol Oates, “The Accursed” (March 6, 7:30 p.m.); Katie Mishra, “Gukky Tales: The Quest for the Golden Quarter” (March 7, 7 p.m.); and Elizabeth Kessler, “Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime” (March 13, 7:30 p.m.). Eat, Drink, Talk and Swap Books: An Evening at Kepler’s (March 16, 6:30 p.m.) offers people a chance to trade a book and get a free Advanced Reader’s Edition of a book from Kepler’s. Tickets are $25 (plus service fee). Information: YOUNG ADULTS ... The Palo Alto Children’s Library will present Gail Carriger, who will talk about her Young Adult series debut “Etiquette & Espionage” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, at the Downtown Branch, 270 For(continued on page 20)

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AN AMERICAN IN BUDAPEST ... Phillip Done, who taught for five years at Fairmeadow and Duveneck elementary schools and authored “32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons From Teaching,” is now teaching overseas and writing a blog, “An American in Budapest.” You can find him at

Psychologist Anna Ranieri has co-written “How Can I Help? What You Can (And Can’t) Do To Counsel A Friend, Colleague or Family Member With A Problem,” which purports to help the average person do what therapists do — mainly, listen, clarify, set goals or help find professional help.



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Palo Alto psychologist’s book navigates the troubled waters of counseling a friend, colleague or family member by Sue Dremann “How Can I Help? What You Can (And Can’t) Do To Counsel A Friend, Colleague or Family Member With A Problem” by Anna Ranieri and Joe Gurkoff; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 178 pages; $16 alo Alto psychologist Anna Ranieri recalled the dinner party when she decided to write a book. She was talking to a man about a problem. The man, an accomplished consultant, jumped in and gave her advice in no uncertain terms. He told her exactly what to do. When Ranieri protested, the man became more forceful. The advice, although well meant, was not well taken, she said.


“I felt that not only had it not helped, but I felt disparaged and disheartened,” she said. The encounter sparked her first book, “How Can I Help? What You Can (And Can’t) Do To Counsel A Friend, Colleague or Family Member With A Problem,” which is co-authored by Joe Gurkoff, an author, consultant and educator. The book helps the average person do in a simplified way what therapists do: listen, help clarify the problem, set a goal for solving the problem, make a plan, stay on track, and if necessary, confront the person or help find professional help. “Not everyone has taken Psy(continued on next page)

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chotherapy 101. The mistakes we tend to make are feeling that we haven’t helped unless we’ve fixed the problem. In reality, we may be helping by listening,” she said. But there is a special way of listening for problem-solving that is different from everyday life. One of the first tenets of listening to help is to try keeping one’s mouth shut. What a friend says matters, and what one thinks about it does not, she said. “Some people think of helping as taking over, giving advice or lending money. But the odds of these strategies actually working are low,” Ranieri said. But listening to help means slowing things down and allowing silence to be part of the process. As opposed to conversational listening, help-

ful listening involves “trying to live with silence as somebody tells their story; to take in what they are saying and get comfortable with those quiet times,” Ranieri said. Listening to help involves asking gentle questions — to learn as much about the problem and the person’s thinking as possible. It is more like an interview than a dialogue, she said. Ranieri has a doctorate in counseling from Stanford University, a master’s degree in marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. She and Gurkoff met years ago at the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center in Burlingame while both were exploring becoming therapists. Often they encountered the same people who called time after time, and as budding therapists, they felt frustrated by not being able to solve callers’ problems. But

that is where they also learned about listening, Ranieri said. “Take a moment to think of someone you’ve enjoyed talking to and think of someone who didn’t listen. Remember how bad you felt when you realized that they hadn’t cared to listen when you wanted to talk about something that meant a great deal to you?” Ranieri said. “When you’re listening to help, you put your personal comments and questions on hold,” she said. The book offers examples of how to ask questions and how that leads to the next steps, such as helping the person to clarify the issues and define the problem, setting a goal for resolving the dilemma, and, if necessary, how to confront the person so that they can see their role in the problem or what might be impeding their goal. Ranieri and Gurkoff first ask the reader to check off

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three key factors: the desire to be helped or to offer help; defining what the helper’s relationship is to the person in need; and providing adequate time to offer help. Those factors will determine how deeply one will go in helping, if at all. The nature of relationships, such as helping an old friend or a colleague at work, might define the extent to which one will help. Ranieri and Gurkoff discuss the boundaries of some relationships, such as between a manager and an employee. Sitting next to a guy on an airplane with a relationship problem? Probably one won’t get in too deep. But the anonymity of the situation and the available hours in flight might make helping attractive anyway, they said. One important chapter involves confrontation, which most people fear, Ranieri said. Honesty is essential to trying to help. But when the person in need does not appear to be honest, it might be time for a reality check, she added. There are ways to do that without being argumentative. In an argument, one is telling a friend he or she is wrong. That is likely to make the person defensive, the authors note. But a confrontation helps show there is another way to interpret the problem. It’s not about proving a point, but it’s about moving past a barrier, Ranieri said. “You may be the one who says to a friend: ‘Maybe your problem is coming from the drinking. Let’s look at things you could do,’” she said. Sometimes confrontation might mean the end of a friendship; sometimes the person might never be ready to hear what a helper has said. Rather than feeling frustrated that one hasn’t “solved the problem,” Ranieri said it’s important to recognize when it’s time to exit from helping. That could mean helping a friend find professional help or just recognizing one did the best he or she could. “It’s important to say: ‘I think I’ve done my best here, but I don’t think I can go any farther.’ It’s important to say to yourself: ‘I’ve listened. I made observations. I can rest easy that I did what I could to help.’” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

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space, time and consciousness. In total, the book presents a summary of the best evidence for extrasensory perception, precognition, intuitive diagnosis and spiritual healing. Targ is a Columbia Universitytrained physicist who was co-founder of a secret psychic research program at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) to investigate psychic abilities, which was named remote viewing, a term coined by Targ’s associate Ingo Swann. Their research was necessarily “secret” because it was supported by the CIA during the Cold War. Illustrations of Swann and his remote “views” are included in this exhaustively thorough volume. Although there are dozens of researchers in parapsychology, Targ has chosen to focus on research with which he has a direct connection with the findings. His use of the word proof is explained by Targ, as well as by philosopher and author Stephen A. Schwartz in a thought-

ful foreword that notes the materialist arguments against such proof regarding a recent convincing ESP study by Cornell University psychology professor Daryl Bem. Schwartz writes that opposition to the reality of ESP is often against its implications, not the quality of its evidence, which require a new world view. One critic declared that if ESP were true then “all the bases underlying contemporary science would be toppled.” Exactly. He quotes Nobel laureate Max Planck: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing opponents and making them see the light: but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” In his introduction, Targ describes his New York background in experimental physics, psychology and, as a young man, stage magic — and eventually mental magic and ESP. After coming to California to work with Sylvania Electric Company, he helped start the largest laser lab on the West Coast. In parallel he soon


created the Parapsychology Research Group, which led to his work as a cofounder of the ESP research program at SRI in Menlo Park. The experiments they conducted there, he explains, routinely presented results that could have happened by chance less than once in a million. Targ describes four types of experiments: 1. Remote Viewing, in which a person describes mental impressions of randomly chosen distant places and events, independent of space and time. Modern physics would describe such phenomena as nonlocal, which is explained, as is the intriguing concept of entanglement. In one example, Targ accurately sketched a traveling colleague’s unknown location in an airport in San Andrés, Colombia. In another remote viewing, also while sitting in the shielded SRI lab, so-called Psychic Policeman Pat Price drew to scale a Soviet weapons factory in Siberia with great accuracy later confirmed by satellite photography. 2. Distant Mental Influence, where the thoughts of the experi-

menter can positively or negatively affect the physiology (heart rate, skin resistance, etc.) of a distant person. 3. The Ganzfeld, German for whole field isolation, a system of telepathy where someone in a state of sensory isolation accurately describes the visual experiences or mental impressions of a friend watching video clips in another place. Said to be extraordinarily successful. 4. Feeling the Future, precognition and retrocausality, showing that the future can affect the past in surprising ways. That is, the elephant you see on television in the morning can be the cause of your having dreamed about elephants the previous night. Targ has a poetic bent and starts his book with a William Blake quotation: If the doors of perception were cleansed, Everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through nar-


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row chinks of his cavern. He ends with a quote by the great physicist Erwin Schrödinger: “Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. There is only one thing, and that which seems to be a plurality is simply a series of different aspects of that one thing ...” In between, the chapters present evidence for survival after death; explain how ESP works based on the Buddhist/Hindu view of ourselves as nonlocal, eternal awareness; discuss the ethics of exercising psychic abilities; introduce us to a corps of psychic stars; and show us how to explore ESP ourselves. “I am convinced,” Targ writes, “that most people can learn to move from their ordinary mind to one not obstructed by conventional barriers of space and time. Who would not want to try that?” Finally “and perhaps most important,” says Targ, “there is a chapter explaining how one can practice remote viewing, just as we did in the successful Stanford Research Institute program.” Russell Targ will be presenting ESP workshops on the Italian island of Sardinia in April and with Deepak Chopra at La Costa in Southern California in August. N Phyllis Butler is an author, teacher and editor of books on time, place and spirituality. She can be emailed at butler-phyllis@

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Let’s wrestle! Girl wrestlers thrive in a formerly maledominated sport Photos and text by Veronica Weber

Gunn High School junior Cadence Lee works to flip over James Giaccia of Palo Alto High School during her first match at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Championships at Homestead High School in February. Lee pinned Giaccia in :50 and was runner-up in the 103-pound division.


s the lights dimmed in the gymnasium at Oak Grove High School in San Jose on Feb. 2, 2013, 103-pound Gunn High School junior Cadence Lee stepped onto the spotlit wrestling mat and faced down her final opponent of the day. In 55 seconds, the match was over. Lee had pinned Kayla Walker of Leigh High School to clinch her third straight title in the CCS Girls Wrestling Championships. Lee, 16, wasn’t alone that day. Gunn teammates Jessica Sun, 17, took second in the 138-pound division; Grace Robinson, 16, took third in the 118-pound category; Ziwew “Zee” Peng, 17, got her first pin in competition; and Alexa Austin, 16, from Palo Alto High School won two matches in the consolation round. Together, the group reflects the increasing number of girls who have joined wrestling teams in recent years, breaking into a sport long composed solely of boys. This year the tournament had a record 177 entries from 57 different schools in the Central Coast Section (CCS), up from about 100 entries when the girls-only tournament was founded in 2010. Initially Lee didn’t want to join wrestling. She was active in judo and preferred to play soccer, among other activities. But with an older brother on the wrestling team at Terman Middle School, her father, who also wrestled in high school, pressed her to try out the sport in seventh

Gunn High School wrestlers Zee Peng, center, Grace Robinson, right, and Cadence Lee, far right, cheer on a fellow teammate during a dual match against Wilcox High School on Jan. 31.

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Senior Jessica Sun, fifth from left, lines up with her fellow teammates from the Gunn wrestling team as their names are announced before their last home dual meet against Wilcox High School.

grade and keep at it. “At first I didn’t really know anyone. It’s all sweaty, and wrestling around on the mat just seemed kind of gross to me,” Lee said. “But once you develop a passion for it, it’s addicting.” “Wrestling instills so much great personal development in an individual, these lessons have been shared through the ages, across cultures, and across borders. Why should it be confined to gender?” her father, Hon Lee, wrote in an email. The only girl on the team when she joined as a Gunn freshman, Lee quickly demonstrated her skill. She won a CCS title her first year on the team. Now a junior, Lee has an overall record of 24-2, three CCS titles, was a runner-up in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championships in 2012, won the 108-pound Cadet title at the 2012 National Freestyle Championships, competed in the 2012 FILA Cadet World Championships and became the first girl to win a weight division at the Bianchini Memorial Tournament in its 27-year history. Lee’s coach, Chris Horpel — who coached at Stanford for 25 years and has been at Gunn for 10 — attributes her success to her strength, technique and attitude. “Cadence is a phenomenal wrestler. ... She’s got this well-rounded attack and just a great competitive spirit. Of the 24 (continued on next page)

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victories she’s earned, 20 or so of those have been against boys,” Horpel said. Wrestling is not a sport for everybody. The back of Paly’s team sweatshirts reads “Tough Sport for Tough People.” Gunn’s sweatshirts display Olympian wrestler Dan Gable’s quote: “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” They endure practice for two hours, five days a week, often undergoing grueling body-conditioning and strength-training exercises. Then there are the drills in which wrestlers practice technique against one another in rounds ranging anywhere from one minute to 10 minutes. Horpel compares the sport to gymnastics but one in which “the apparatus strikes back.” “It’s like getting into a fistfight over and over and over but trying not to make a big deal out of it,” Horpel said. Gunn’s Peng said that people often have misconceptions about the sport. “Wrestling is really hard. Some people don’t really know

much about it and just think it’s a two-minute match and that people are just hugging each other. But it’s absolutely different from anything else. You have to use your energy both mentally and physically, and it’s really tough.” Horpel said: “It’s hard, and that’s why it’s not for everybody. But surprisingly I have a very large team and a fair amount of female wrestlers.” Why girls decide to give wrestling a shot varies widely. Peng and Austin were encouraged by P.E. teachers to try it out. Sun liked the workouts after previously trying out cross country, track, swim and cheer. Robinson, who had been doing mixed martial arts since she was 5, was encouraged to join the team by Lee. Despite its rough reputation, the girls said they love the sport

because they value the mental and physical challenge and the thrill of going head-to-head against an opponent in competitions. “At the end of my first day of conditioning, I just thought, ‘Wow, did I really just do all that?’ It was just a real sense of accomplishment at the end of the day,” Austin said. “You really have to get your mind set and want to win. ... It’s almost like a battle,” Sun said. The recent addition of girls to team rosters, Horpel said, is due to a change of attitudes in society as more women join the sport on a national level. “Back when I wrestled, there was almost none, but girls and women are viewing activities differently than they used to,” he said. “They say, ‘Hey, you want to try wrestling? Yeah, let’s try wrestling.’”

Above: Junior Cadence Lee, far left, trains with sophomore Anton “Shelby” Oyung in the wrestling room at Gunn High School in February. Team members practice two hours a day, five days a week during the season, pitting boys and girls against each other. Right: Wrestler Zee Peng watches as a fellow teammate competes during a dual meet at Gunn High School in January. This is her first season with the team, and she says she is hooked. “We deserve some respect because it’s a tough sport,” she says.

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boys does vary a bit from competing against girls in matches. “Right off the bat, boys are a little more aggressive in the first 0.5 seconds of the match, whereas girls calculate what they want to do a little bit more. However, they’re equally aggressive throughout the match,” Robinson said. “I actually like wrestling boys more because I feel like it makes me stronger and it challenges me a lot more,” Lee said. Gunn’s team over the past 10 years has had between one to six girl wrestlers at a time, with the girls training side by side with the boys. “Wrestling girls for me is a daily thing, and I don’t think it’s a big deal. Some days I only wrestle (continued on next page)

Gunn High School wrestlers Grace Robinson, on top, and Tanner Kerrins work on technique during practice on Feb. 13.

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STARS KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KAMALA D. HARRIS Kamala D. Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office in the history of California. A career prosecutor, Attorney General Harris served two terms as District Attorney of San Francisco. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Born in Oakland, she is a graduate of Howard University and she received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Attorney General Harris is the author of the book, Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer.







Gunn High School’s Cadence Lee takes on Fremont High School’s Yuri Takaku during the last dual meet of the season at Sunnyvale High School on Feb. 7. Lee won the match by pinning her opponent in 1:14.

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Cadence and Grace and not a single boy, and it does not matter to me,” Gunn sophomore Anton “Shelby” Oyung said. “Wrestling girls in competition is very different. Normally when I wrestle girls I know their skill level beforehand. Either I have heard of the girl before, meaning she’s very good, or no one has ever seen her, meaning she isn’t very good,” he said. “But I try not to pay great attention to who I’m wrestling in order to stay focused on my match.” Sometimes girls face skeptical male opponents. Lee said that when she first started wrestling boys in competitions they would say the match must be a joke or that wrestling a girl would be easy. “I think there’s still that aspect when guys wrestle me they’re

afraid to lose because they don’t want to lose to a girl, and that makes me really kind of mad. I just want to show them that I’m not going to be a pushover,” Lee said. With the sport of wrestling’s status in the Olympics in flux after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to cut it from the 2020 lineup, many wrestlers are wondering about the future of competition in the sport. But as more and more colleges are offering scholarships to female-focused wrestling programs, the sport has an entirely new future, Robinson added. “Obviously we’re just starting, but there’s a lot to come from girls. We have a lot to offer, and it’s different from what the guys have been offering for awhile. I think it’s kind of a fresh start, and it will be really cool to see what girls can offer.” Lee, Sun and Robinson will

compete at the CIF Girls Wrestling State Invitational Championships Feb. 22-23, at Lemoore High School in Lemoore, Calif. N Staff Photographer Veronica Weber can be emailed at About the cover: Displaying her mouth guard, Alexa Austin, 16, a sophomore on the Palo Alto High School wrestling team, prepares for her first match of the second string of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championships on Feb. 8. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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Craters of Arizona and caves of Kentucky inspire artist’s geologic creations


incinnati is a fine place for an art studio. Marc Leone had lots of big old buildings to choose from before he picked out his space on the fifth floor of a former shoe warehouse.

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Top: With respirator and tools, Marc Leone manipulates layers of thick latex paint in his studio. Above: An acrylic work by Wo Schiffman, left, keeps company with one of Marc Leone’s “Craters” creations at New Coast Studios in Palo Alto.

Now he’s got 15-foot ceilings and tall windows and great ventilation. In his square studio, he creates sweeping geologic change. The craters of Arizona and the caves of Kentucky inspire Leone’s work, with a pinch of Kuwaiti sand and a dash of Mexican volcanic ash. In his “Craters” series, he digs into layers of paperboard with saws, sanders and rasps, sometimes adding graphite, creating circles and ovals. His “Carbon and Crust” works are more elaborate. On a background of wood, he pours thick latex paint, the kind you use to paint lines in a parking lot, and piles the layers (continued on next page)

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In his studio, Marc Leone creates craters by digging into paperboard with various tools.

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break from the business. He found it in construction, building up and tearing down buildings, working with his hands in a world of power tools and dust. He also traveled widely, collecting rocks and studying geology while going to Egypt, South America and other places. Then, he went back to school to earn a master of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from Arizona State University. “That’s where I put all this together: map-making and traveling and art,” he said. “My work started to look more like satellite imagery and lava flow and rock formation. Now I could probably teach a Geology 101 beginning freshman class. Maybe.” Leone was hesitant at first about his rockstar style. But the exhibitions and the grants kept coming. Now he enjoys his unusual path. “If you look at the history of art, less so in modernism, generally art was about something connected to previous art movements. Nowadays people explore more avenues. But still geology is not something that is readily explored in the fine arts,” he said. His interest in tools from his construction days carries over into his studio, where

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high until the art becomes more of a sculpture than a painting. Sometimes he mixes materials into the paint, like ash found on his travels or sand a friend sent him from Kuwait. In all of Leone’s art, the feel is geologic and rocky, like a moon crater. It’s a mix between otherworldly and down-to-earth. Two of his works are now on display in Palo Alto, in a group show at New Coast Studios called “Transformation,” which Leone thinks is perfect. “My work is about changing ideas, transforming materials from simple, almost common materials like paint and graphite into

something more than what the materials are doing,” he said in a phone interview from Ohio. “Like geological processes transform one stratum into something different over millions of years.” He laughed. “I don’t have as much time.” Leone is exhibiting his art in Palo Alto after responding to a call for works from New Coast Studios (formerly Fibre Arts Design). He sent two pieces from his “Craters” series, both rich with texture and deep grays in the paper. While Leone is an assistant professor of art at Northern Kentucky University, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, he’s definitely part geologist as well. After working as a graphic designer in New York after college, Leone needed a

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on any given day he might use a circular saw, an orbit sander or a rotary tool with a wood rasp on it. “You want to be careful with those, but they eat through the paper beautifully,” he said. Bits of paper fly everywhere, and he’s careful to wear a respirator and cover his other art with plastic curtains while working. Hair dryers and oscillating fans are useful for drying latex paint while he manipulates it like Play-Doh. At New Coast Studios, his two “Craters” works are prominently displayed in the newly painted gallery. They’re surrounded by a myriad of art styles created by 20 other artists, including kaleidoscopic lightjet prints on metallic paper by Andrea Dirheimer, driftwood horses by Linda Raffel and stitched textiles by Winifred Dell’Ario. “These works are not literal intepretations of craters. I didn’t want it to look exactly like something,” Leone said. “I wanted to hike, be out in nature and not be encumbered by lots of sketching: just bringing the thinking and feeling back to the studio.” N What: “Transformation,” a curated group show at New Coast Studios, looking at themes of change, rebirth, growth and death through works by 21 artists Where: 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto When: Through March 17. The show is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to or call 650-485-2121.

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Lucia (Rochelle Bard) is forced to sign a marriage contract by her brother Enrico (Krassen Karagiozov, pointing) as chaplain Raimondo (Isaiah Muzik-Ayala) and castle-guard captain Normanno (Nadav Hart, far left) look on.

TheSoprano madwoman of Lammermoor Rochelle Bard powers West Bay Opera production with remarkable range and a gripping mad scene by Rebecca Wallace


pera 101: If you fall in love and then see the ghost of someone who was stabbed to death, your romance probably isn’t going to end well. Especially if you have a bloody nightgown waiting in your dressing room for you to wear in Act III. And yet, on opening night at West Bay Opera, we still sort of rooted for Lucia Ashton. Soprano Rochelle Bard sang her first scene so sweetly, with such hopeful eyes, that we thought maybe, just this once, true love could win out over Scottish clan warfare. Well. It’s nice to dream. For the fourth time in its 58-year history, West Bay Opera is presenting Gaetano Donizetti’s 19th-century tragedy “Lucia di Lammermoor” in all its sweetness, blood, feuds and tartans. Based on the novel “The Bride of Lammermoor” by Sir Walter Scott, the plot centers on young noblewoman Lucia, who has fallen for Edgardo of the rival Ravenswood clan while still grieving the loss of her parents. Lucia’s brother, Enrico, is enraged at the furtive love affair. He forces Lucia to marry another man, Arturo, in hopes of forging a political bond with Arturo’s family. Right after the marriage contract is signed, Edgardo bursts in and discovers Lucia has wed another. Everyone is furious; everyone is upset; but there is a very nice sextet. That night, in the unhappy nuptial chamber, Lucia stabs her groom to death with his own dagger. She then reappears on stage in the aforementioned bloody nightgown for a mad scene in which she hallucinates that she’s marrying

OPERA REVIEW Edgardo instead, and then collapses and dies. Upon hearing the news, Edgardo stabs himself and dies, too. So, here we are. It’s not a cheerful opera, and it’s an oddly slow one, considering all the bloodshed. But Bard carries West Bay’s production beautifully. Hers is a voice of remarkable range and life, equally at home in the heights and in the loving low notes. On opening night, there was a lovely gentle quality to her sudden soft tones, just on the edge of breathiness but never losing precision. Lucia’s mad scene was difficult to look away from, as much as you might have wanted to. Bard pulled it off with conviction, auburn hair wild and reddened hands clutching sad, wilted flowers. It’s no surprise that the members of the chorus backed away from her. The opening-night performance began hesitantly, with the male chorus awfully timid for an avenging search party seeking a rival clansman. As Enrico, Krassen Karagiozov sang of his fury but seemed more sanguine. Then the rich voice of Isaiah Muzik-Ayala made a welcome entrance into the scene. Playing the chaplain Raimondo, the bass-baritone was authoritative in his interactions with the men and sympathetic to Lucia. His urgings to Lucia to follow her family duty and wed Arturo (“Your sacrifice will be inscribed in the heavens”) might have made her go more willingly to the altar if she hadn’t already been wearing another man’s ring.

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The bright-voiced Vincent Chambers was another standout as Edgardo: first loving, then outraged, then devastated. And all the principals were at their best in the energetic Act II sextet, “Chi mi frena in tal momento (Who restrains me in such a moment).” The famous sextet — whose melody was used as a ringtone in the 2006 movie “The Departed” and whistled by a character in 1932’s “Scarface” — drew cheers from the West Bay audience. Rage, betrayal and anguish were all on fine display as Edgardo discovered his Lucia had married another, Enrico was overcome with remorse for forcing his sister to marry, and Lucia simply grieved. The chorus, too, had a nice moment singing about Lucia, “Whoever is not moved for her has a tiger’s heart in his breast.” Costume designer Claire Townsend was at her best in this scene, placing Bard in an elaborate gold off-the-shoulder wedding gown. And it must have been a treat to dress the men in this Scottish landscape. Never has the Lucie Stern Theatre been home to such an array of plaids, argyles and shoe bows. N What: Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” presented by West Bay Opera Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Remaining performances are Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $40-$75. Info: Go to or call 650-424-9999. West Bay Opera’s next production, Verdi’s “Otello,” is scheduled to open May 24.





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oberto Luna affectionately calls the Mountain View convenience store he manages at California Street and Mariposa Avenue “the little store.� The name fits, but the cramped 400-square-foot California Street Market is chock-full of items that may be difficult to find at the local liquor store: Mexican chorizo, pan dulce and freshly made tamales, which are advertised on the otherwise unassuming building by a sign that reads “Tamales all day� in large, red-painted letters. The sign — and the tamales — serve as a major draw for customers, many of whom are locals who use the little store for “I-forgot� shop-

ping, Luna said. The store offers the masa-wrapped delicacies in four varieties: pork in red salsa, chicken in green salsa, cheese and peppers, and sweet corn — a traditional cornbread-like treat from El Salvador. Luna said he doesn’t have a favorite. “It depends on your mood,� he said, opening the case and letting the corn-scented steam waft out. “Try the sweet corn tamales with cream and tomatillo salsa on them, even though they’re slightly sweet. That’s the way to go.� Originally, the Lunas bought their tamales from a vendor, but (continued on next page)




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Eating Out the quality began to decline and they decided to begin making them on-site at a larger store in San Jose, which is also owned by Luna’s family. Besides offering tamales, the store each day sells between 400 and 500 pieces of pan dulce, a common kind of Hispanic pastry, as well as fresh produce and meats. He said these are rarities in stores his size. The draw of savory and sweet comfort food seems to fit the store’s image. It’s small, quirky and has a distinct community character. “People are used to coming in,” he said. “It’s nice, neighborly and convenient. We even get potential renters in the neighborhood come in and ask how it is here.” Luna’s father, also named Roberto, considered buying into a 7-Eleven franchise, but he didn’t like the idea of someone else controlling what the store carried and taking a cut off the top. Instead, he bought

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Above: A customer exits the California Street Market. Above left: The store is said to sell between 450 and 500 Mexican sweetbreads daily.


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CAFE SOPHIA CLOSES ... It’s the end of the line for Midtown Palo Alto’s cozy Afghani restaurant. Cafe Sophia at 2706 Middlefield Road closed on Feb. 12 after a nearly eight-year run. Owner Sophia Omar, who had a significant presence in her restaurant, has had a long history in Palo Alto. She started Sophia’s Cafe in Charleston Shopping Center more than a decade ago, serving coffee and pastries in the small space that Peet’s Coffee now occupies. Omar, saddened by the closure of her cafe, politely declined to give details or be interviewed for this story. The restaurant is dark and locked, awaiting a new tenant. HOLY COW! BURGERS BURGEONING IN PALO ALTO ... Big burger news this week with the recent announcement that Umami Burger is coming to Palo Alto, marking the Los Angeles company’s 15th location in California since 2009. Scheduled to open in mid-2013, the burger joint will take over the 1,500-square-foot space at 452 University Ave. Umami Burger, which was named Best Burger of the Year in 2010 by GQ Magazine, is known for its unusual offerings such as the truffle burger and the portand-Stilton burger, along with its variety of sauces. The University Avenue location has seen a variety of restaurants come and go in recent years. Han Fine Korean Cuisine was the most recent occupant. Prior to that, it was Mint Leaf, a Thai restaurant. For several years, the spot was home to the long-standing Italian restaurant Palermo Ristorante. Umami joins two other burger eateries on the avenue: Workshop Burger Bar and Sliderbar Cafe, which recently opened a second location in San Francisco. In other burger news, The Counter Burger at 369 S. California Ave. has started

serving bison. Although the burgers cost an additional $3.50, putting the price at $12.45, “customers don’t blink an eye at the higher price,” owner George Haymaker said. It’s all part of the movement toward more healthful alternatives to beef, he said: “Our bison is very lean; it’s organic; it’s lower in cholesterol and higher in protein.” Mountain View is next on the list to get a Counter Burger. It’s scheduled to open in late May at 2580 El Camino Real. TWO NEW ARRIVALS: DIM SUM AND PIZZA ... Two new restaurants opened in Palo Alto this month. Steam, a dim sum restaurant, made its debut on Feb. 6 at 209 University Ave. Occupying the former site of Mediterranean Wraps, the restaurant went through a complete makeover and is now elegantly decorated in a sleek, contemporary style. The small 48-seat space was created by the owners of the Palo Alto Chinese restaurant Tai Pan at 520 Waverley St. Also new this month is Terrone at 448 S. California Ave., taking over the former home of Bistro Elan (which moved down the street and around the corner and became Birch Street in 2011). Terrone opened its doors on Feb. 11. The 2,000-square-foot traditional Italian pizzeria is co-owned by Franco Campilongo, his brother and his cousin. “We’ve had a great response so far. Lots of our friends are coming here,” Campilongo said. The restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, also has a patio in the back for additional seating. N

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Right: Besides selling fresh sweetbreads, chorizo and produce, the corner store also provides copy-machine, fax, moneytransfer and notary-public services. Below: Roberto Luna Jr. rings up a regular customer at the California Street Market.

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to loiter around it, and he would admonish anyone who used swear words in the store. Now, he said, the neighborhood’s makeup is changing. He estimated that 85 percent of the customers

were Latino when his father bought the store. Now he thinks it’s probably closer to 50 percent. Both Luna and his youngest sister met their spouses while working at the little store. At one point or another, he and all eight of his siblings have worked there.

He said the family-owned-andoperated feel is a boon to a store that draws its clientele by being a community fixture. “After working at the San Jose store for 12 or 15 years, I came back, and I’d see the same folks — they’d come in with a big old smile on their faces — and I’d recognize them as children I knew when I was working there before,” he said. A framed newspaper clipping from the ‘80s hangs above the counter. It shows Luna’s father, who died five years ago, leaning into the small counter, grinning into the camera, exactly where his son stands. “Sometimes I’ll look up into the video camera, see myself there and say: ‘My gosh! That’s my father,’” Luna said, beaming at the yellowed clipping. N

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Six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, are interviewed in the documentary “The Gatekeepers.”

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(Palo Alto Square) The “other” Oscarnominated feature about a war on terror, Dror Moreh’s documentary “The Gatekeepers” proves more intellectually engaging than Hollywood’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” and at least as unsettling. Inspired by the work of Errol Morris — most specifically, “The Fog of War,” with its confessional interview of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara — Moreh pursued the participation of former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service. Remarkably, six of these men agreed, for the first time, to explain their actions, discuss their successes and air their regrets. Obviously men who have run the Shin Bet will be both canny enough and skilled enough to say just what they want, no more or less. Essentially the sole criticism of Moreh’s film (not coincidentally the same criticism leveled against “The Fog of War”) is that it gives the men a venue to couch their past actions in the best possible light and to polish their legacies by explaining how they have, in hindsight, turned certain political corners. While that’s true, part of the surprise of “The Gatekeepers” is that these men don’t always dodge criticism. But even if all of them tried, Moreh wins simply by putting them in

close-up and walking them through events, whether these be “successful” targeted assassinations, or failures to prevent the same (including the 1995 slaying of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) or other acts of terror. It’s not hard to read between the lines of the comments here, when they’re not plainly damning to begin with. (The eldest statesman, Avraham Shalom, comes off the worst, with political criticisms that also serve as attempted self-defenses: “In the war against terror, there is no morality.”) It’s also not hard to understand the horrifying, damning responsibilities — and the ultimately Sisyphean futility — of heading up an Israeli intelligence agency. These intelligence operatives all have plenty of blood on their hands (Shalom, for example, struggles to contextualize the scandalous summary execution, on his orders, of two terrorists). But today they express a basically uniform point of view that decades of security policy have been misbegotten, the only satisfactory answer being concessions leading to a two-state solution. Absent such a commitment, both Palestinian and Jewish terrorists will control the conversation as, in a way, they do here. Reportedly, “The Gatekeepers” consists of only 2 percent of the interview footage Moreh shot, which speaks to his rigorous

Luke Ganalon and Miriam Colón in “Bless Me, Ultima.” approach to getting the goods. The sometimes-slick visual approach, incorporating recreations of satellite surveillance and an animated photographer’s-eye view of the 1984 debacle, can at times feel like overkill, but they also help to put what’s otherwise a series of talking heads in the game with other eye-catching top docs. Rated PG-13 for violent content including disturbing images. One hour, 41 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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(Century 20) It’s a tricky thing adapting a beloved novel, and Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima,” now hitting theaters, certainly qualifies. Long a favorite of middle school and high school literature curricula, the 1972 Bildungsroman follows the classic construction Joseph Campbell called the “monomyth” in telling the story of soul-searching first grader Antonio Márez. The task of adaptation has fallen to writerdirector Carl Franklin (best known for “One

False Move” and “Devil in a Blue Dress”). Franklin shows a clear understanding of and respect for the material, and yet his curiously flat film comes off as too polite, too bland. To some degree, this is the problem of a mostly passive, reactive hero, but Franklin is so busy trying not to get the book wrong that he forgets to go for the gusto in getting it right. The story opens in 1944 New Mexico, where growing-boy Tony (9-year-old Luke Ganalon) feels a gentle but insistent tugof-war for his identity between his father (Benito Martinez of “The Shield”), a vaquero; and his mother (Dolores Heredia), a staunch Catholic from a family of farmers. Enter Ultima (Miriam Colón), a respected elder of the community invited to stay with the Márezes. The “ultimate” in earth mothers, the old woman nicknamed “La Grande” is a curandera, a healer feared by some as a bruja, or witch. The wide-eyed Tony gulps in lessons from pagan Ultima, his Christian school and church, and both sides of his family as he (continued on next page)

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Movies and hard stares into the existential abyss. After the death of one sympathetic character, adult Antonio narrates, “In time, nobody remembered anything good about (him).” While a main throughline of the magical-realist plot involves a community struggle between good and evil, Anaya offers a broader perspective from Tony’s father, who identifies so-called “evil” as simply that which “we don’t understand.” Still, the material calls out for a more expressive cinematographic treatment. Had the film been less antiseptic and more bold in its visuals and the emotional depths of its performances, it could have been a classic; instead, it’s a rather ordinary indie. Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references. One hour, 46 minutes. — Peter Canavese Dwayne Johnson in “Snitch.” (continued from previous page)

strives to locate his true life path, perhaps the “middle way.” Franklin dutifully hits the novel’s episodic and thematic highlights, judiciously editing out redundancies (like pagan business involving a “golden carp”) while incorporating bits of narration lifted out of the book (sometimes clunky, they’re read by an uncredited Alfred Molina). At times, the requisite streamlining leads Franklin to bobble what should be deeply felt or at least an evocative incident (an ordeal of illness that spans days in the novel takes seconds in the film). And despite ably providing the essential imagery of the book (Ultima’s owl familiar, a threshold-marking bridge, the moon, the llano, the river), only in Tony’s dreams does Franklin achieve, very briefly, anything like a startling effect. Even more damagingly, while there are plenty of serviceable performances in the movie, there’s not a single exceptional one. The film accumulates some weight as the story goes along, especially in its refusal to gloss over the novel’s religious doubt (a key character is Tony’s atheist orphan friend)

Snitch --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) What do Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and PBS have in common? The new drama/action thriller “Snitch,” which is “inspired by true events” or, in other words, on a 1999 “Frontline” documentary also called “Snitch.” That account of the wages of politicized drug laws — including mandatory minimums in sentencing — included the case study of 18-year-old Joey Settembrino, a first-time offender who landed a 10-year prison sentence after being entrapped by a friend in a drug sting. On the theory that one good “snitch” deserves another, federal agents enlisted Joey’s desperate father to try to entrap bigger fish so his son would be released. “Snitch” fictionalizes Settembrino’s case, adding spoonfuls of action sugar to make the social message go down. Johnson plays the father, John Matthews, whose son Jason (Rafi Gavron) makes one bad call and winds up in the Big House. This worst-case scenario of a predominately innocent teen suddenly watching his life go down the drain may be a somewhat disingenuous conversation-starter about misbegotten American drug policy, but it’s clearly an effective way to turn the screws on urban and suburban


theatergoers. As the owner of a big-rig freightshipping outfit, John’s in a “good” position to offer drug traffickers an enticing proposition. Entrapping one of his employees, Daniel Cruz (Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead”), John gets a meet with dealer Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams of “The Wire”), who in turn connects John with Mexican drug cartel head Juan Carlos (Benjamin Bratt). And so the plot passes through two eye-rolling promises: the doubly in-over-his-head upper-middle-class dad telling his son he’ll get him out of his prison and telling his employee, “There is no way I’m going to let either side dictate our fates” (cut to John in a gun shop). “Snitch” points out the social overlaps amongst the lesser players in this drug plot: Both Malik and Daniel are “two-strikers” unwittingly risking their lives for that teen in prison, while Daniel and John both have sons who motivate them to act. Though the film is co-produced by socially progressive Participant Media, “Snitch” is, above all, an ageold archetype of parental sacrifice born of limitless love. Stunt coordinator-turned-director Ric Roman Waugh shows his sure hand with the impressive, if overblown, driving stunts, which constitute most of the limited action in what’s otherwise an indie-flavored thriller. Waugh shares co-screenwriting credit with Justin Haythe, who recently adapted “Revolutionary Road” for the screen. Haythe’s background as a novelist (his “The Honeymoon” was nominated for the Man Booker Prize) may account for why “Snitch,” despite being seriously far-fetched in its details, remains surprisingly, consistently absorbing. The cast helps. For a man of not unlimited acting talent, Johnson shows he has a good understanding of his range and a firm handle on his career, this role being just the sort he ought to be playing (when not anchoring goofy family comedies, of course). That said, he’d be nowhere without his supporting cast, which also includes the stalwart Barry Pepper as a DEA agent and Susan Sarandon as a slippery U.S. Attorney. In its modern way, “Snitch” is almost Dickensian in its intent, missing no opportunity for melodramatic confrontation as it puts a (baby) face on a social ill.



Rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence. One hour, 52 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Bruce Willis in “A Good Day to Die Hard.” NOW PLAYING Amour ---(Aquarius) Life can change in a heartbeat. An elderly, cultured Parisian couple (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) have their worlds fall apart when one of them suffers a pair of debilitating strokes. Seeing these French iconic actors in their 80s is shocking in itself, and director Michael Haneke also creates a story and a world that is one of his most difficult to watch. The film is also one of his most masterful. As the couple’s life together unspools in flashbacks, moving toward the painful present day, Haneke unblinkingly and compassionately presents universal truths, while revealing the illusion of filmmaking and our role as spectators. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and brief language. In French with English subtitles. Two hours, seven minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013)

Argo ---1/2 (Palo Alto Square, Century 20) The Ben Affleck of old has been shed like a husk, and what remains is a sharp and thoughtful filmmaker who is still in the embryonic phase of an impressive career. Sure, Affleck the actor is also along for the ride, but his skill behind the camera is what shines. After the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, 52 Americans are taken hostage as Iranian revolutionaries storm the embassy, but six manage to escape amidst the turmoil and hide out in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). Back in the U.S., CIA operative Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) tasks “exfiltration specialist” Tony Mendez (Affleck) with hatching a plan to get the six Americans safely out before their true identities and whereabouts are discovered: Mendez conceives of a faux movie production that would make the six part of his filmmaking team. “Argo” is a nail-biter from beginning to end, and one of the year’s best films. Affleck and his crew do a phenomenal job capturing the time period and casting actors who both look like their real-life counterparts and have the thespian chops to hit all the right notes. Rated R for language and violent images. Two hours. — T.H. (Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012) Identity Thief --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Known for stealing scenes, Melissa McCarthy adds to her jacket by taking on the title role of “Identity Thief.” Seth Gordon’s action-comedy follow-up to “Horrible Bosses” proves far

from perfect but difficult to resist, thanks to McCarthy and co-lead Jason Bateman. Bateman plays Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a Colorado accountant and family man whose life turns upside down when McCarthy’s identity thief goes to town on his credit and gets a warrant issued for his arrest. The confusion threatens Sandy’s brand-new position as the vice president of a start-up financial institution. That means flying down to Florida, apprehending Diana and hauling her back to face the music. And so what begins as a fruitful comic premise about identity theft turns out to be two parts “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” and one part “Midnight Run.” An expert in both verbal and physical comedy, McCarthy is a worthy successor to John Candy, who also had a gift for warming up caricatures with loveable humanity. Despite some tangles, there’s something appealing in how the film amounts to the opposite of a revenge narrative, considering the roots of Diana’s waywardness and extending her chances to earn her redemption. Sure, making Diana cuddly after all is a Hollywood convention, but it also scores one for restorative justice. Rated R for sexual content and language. One hour, 52 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013) Les Miserables --(Century 16) One has to admire the ambition of this through-sung play that’s now a big-screen musical. A condensation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 epic novel, the musical by composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyricists Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel achieved enormous popular appeal with its soaring melodies and grasping melodrama. But it’s equally true that “Les Miserables” has never been known for its subtlety, with its storytelling in all-caps and its music thunderously repetitive. None of this changes, exactly, in the film adaptation helmed by Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of “The King’s Speech.” And like so many movie musicals, this one’s a mixed bag of suitable and not-so-suitable choices. On balance, though, it’s about as compelling a screen version of “Les Mis” as we have any right to expect. Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, a parole violator in 19thcentury France who lifts himself out of poverty and decrepitude but lives in fear of discovery by his former jailer, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). From his new position of power as a factory owner, Valjean becomes entangled in the fortunes of one of his workers, despairing single mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway), and he begins to feel responsible for the woman and her child, Cosette (Isabelle Allen). Jackman




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Movies MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to A Good Day to Die Hard (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m. and 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4:10, 5:25, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. and 1:20, 2:15, 3:50, 6:20, 7:10 & 8:55 p.m. In XD 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8:05 & 10:40 p.m. Amour (PG-13) (((( Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:45 & 7:45 p.m. Argo (R) (((1/2 Century 20: 11:15 a.m. and 2, 4:45, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Fri 1, 4, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Sat 1, 4, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Sun 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Mon 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Tue 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Wed 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Thu 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 12:20, 3:30, 7 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. and 1:55, 4:55, 7:50 & 10:40 p.m.l Bless Me, Ultima (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:45 a.m. and 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Broken City (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 4:35 p.m. Cinemark Oscar marathon (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Sat. 1 p.m. Cinemark Oscar Shorts (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Fri noon and 4 & 8 p.m.

A shipwrecked Suraj Sharma in “Life of Pi.” is perhaps the only sensible choice to headline the picture, and though he’s able enough, his performance typically feels calculated. The same could be said for Hathaway, who’s given an Oscar-savvy showcase in her single-take performance of the uber-emotive aria “I Dreamed a Dream.” Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. Two hours, 37 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012)

Life of Pi ---1/2 (Century 20) In Ang Lee’s exhilarating “Life of Pi” — based upon the bestselling novel by Yann Martel — a boy adrift reads a “Survival at Sea” manual. “Telling stories is highly recommended,” it says. “Above all, do not lose hope.” In the hands of Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” elegantly walks Martel’s philosophical line while also brilliantly using every modern cinematic tool to tell an epic yarn. Most prominent among these tools is 3D. Lee joins the ranks of auteurs using new 3D cameras, gainfully employing the technology for its full ViewMaster “pop” effect, but also in more magical ways. Suraj Sharma plays the teenage Piscine Molitor (aka “Pi”), who, having been raised in South India, winds up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, warily sharing a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. As a boy, Pi (Ayush Tandon) becomes something of a “Catholic Hindu,” who sees the gods of various religions as his “superheroes.” Pi’s spiritual picaresque shifts into a high gear once he’s fighting for survival on the “life”boat. Pi’s attempts to reach detente with the tiger create a fearful intimacy analogous to some people’s experience of God. “I have to believe there was more in his eyes than my own reflection staring back at me,” Pi says, but the film’s visual motifs of mirrored surfaces might just as well suggest that people under sufficient emotional duress see what they want to see. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. Two hours, seven minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012) Lincoln ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Spielberg’s “Lincoln” — which focuses on Lincoln’s tragically shortened second term in office, the conclusion of the Civil War and the president’s fight to pass the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) — plays a bit like a $50 million history lesson. And while that’s a boon for history buffs, the pacing suffers sporadically. Still, Spielberg and his team (including an A-list cast that features a spotlight-stealing performance by Tommy Lee Jones) deserve a wealth of credit for embracing a monumental task and succeeding. The film follows Lincoln (Day-Lewis) as he seeks to outlaw slavery and, thus, end the bloody Civil War. Lincoln juggles nation-changing decisions with personal-life issues: his wife Mary’s (Sally Field) migraines, his older son Robert’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) military ambitions and his young son Tad’s (Gulliver

McGrath) upbringing. Day-Lewis captures Lincoln as well as any actor could. From his vocal inflections to his mannerisms, it’s clear he truly immersed himself in the difficult role. But it’s Jones’ performance that lends the film the spark it needed and would not have otherwise had. Rated PG13 for war violence, strong language and carnage. Two hours, 29 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012)

Quartet --(Guild) In telling its tale of four retired musicians, “Quartet” doesn’t avoid all of the traps of the cutesy and sometimes condescending old-age-pensioner movie genre, but Director Dustin Hoffman does show good taste, particularly in casting. The setting is Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. It’s a rambling estate with amenities and lush greenery, which warmly embraces its residents — all of whom daily practice their vocation. Still, there is trouble in paradise. The residents fret about the home’s dwindling funds and the necessity of a boffo success for the home’s annual benefit. This concern coincides with the arrival of a new resident who throws everyone into a tizzy: bona fide opera diva Jean Horton. Hoffman adds to already sturdy material a few smart touches, such as a well-timed classical montage for the title sequence and a subtle refusal to follow through on genre cliches. One genre expectation remains firmly in place. The senior-citizen movie remains a showcase for elder talent, which Hoffman maximizes not only with stars but also with supporting players who, once upon a time, made theatrical, operatic and musical history. “Quartet” is no classic, but with the talent involved, it’s certainly catchy. Rated PG13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor. One hour, 39 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013)

Safe Haven 1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Movies based on Nicholas Sparks books are like the “natural flavors” synthesized in a laboratory to trick your taste buds. The romantic-drama results remain pretty much the same: a date movie that’s likely to induce friskiness in couples. With “Safe Haven,” producer Sparks risks killing the mood by introducing “thriller” elements. There’s a Pretty Young Thing (Julianne Hough) who travels to a picturesque seaside idyll. There she walks right into a job and housing, meets another Pretty Young Thing (Josh Duhamel), resists romance, succumbs to romance, then almost loses romance due to the emergence of a Dark Secret. Duhamel can and does nominally act here, but Hough can’t be bothered to do anything other than flash toothy smiles and crinkle her dimples just so. Given the soulless-cash-grab material, who can blame her? Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality. One hour, 55 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013)

Side Effects --(Century 16, Century 20) Steven Soderbergh toys with drugs, duplicity and their side effects. The message movie grows tiresome in its indictment of Big Pharma’s hold on pharmaceutical research and sales, the efficacy and effectiveness of particular drugs, and the medical community’s questionable ethics. Then moments before inducing sleep, the social-issue film twists into a noir thriller. Although everyone seems quick to give directors the dubious title of “auteur” and all the credit, the film’s distinctive signature belongs to screenwriter Scott Z. Burns as much as to Soderbergh. Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) prepares for her husband’s (Channing Tatum) release from prison after serving four years for insider trading. They have lost everything of the upscale lifestyle that Emily had loved. Psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) has a pill to stop her brain from sending out so many “sad” signals. Things go terribly wrong. The victim, the investigator, the femme fatale and the psychopath are central figures in noir’s twitchy nervous system. The fun is figuring out which character corresponds to which descriptor. Wearing poker faces, the actors never show their cards. “Side Effects” portrays contemporary society as ruthlessly competitive, greedy and devoid of meaningful values. But as the plot unknots, the film itself feels empty — an exercise in narrative gymnastics and a misogynist throwback to 1950s noir. Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language. 1 hour, 45 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013) Zero Dark Thirty --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) By most cinematic measures, “Zero Dark Thirty” is one of the best-made 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” — the film recounts the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. By following a fiercely determined CIA officer (Jessica Chastain’s Maya), “Zero Dark Thirty” creates an identification with her agony of defeat and thrill of victory along the way, building a rooting interest while otherwise eschewing character development in favor of detail-oriented procedural. While Boal’s screenplay is based on journalistic research, one might well say, “Consider the sources.” And the calendar. It’s fair to suggest that the Hollywood treatment of such politically delicate history comes “too soon,” and lacks the historical perspective that comes with time. Instead of dealing with the inherently political dimensions of their narrative, the filmmakers have disingenuously insisted upon the film’s apoliticism in its embrace of procedural narrative. Rated R for language and strong violence including brutal images. Two hours, 37 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013)

Dark Skies (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:45 a.m. and 2:15, 4:45, 7:55 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m. Django Unchained (R) ((( Century 16: 1:45 & 8 p.m. Century 20: Sat.-Sun. 2:50 & 10 p.m. Escape from Planet Earth (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. In 3D 1:40, 6:55 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 2:10 p.m. In 3D 4:30, 7 & 9:35 p.m. The Gatekeepers (PG-13) (((1/2 Palo Alto Square: Fri 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 & 10 p.m. Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 & 10 p.m. Sun 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Mon 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Tue 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Wed 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Thu 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Identity Thief (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m. and 1:50, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m. and 2:25, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Les Miserables (2012) (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:10 a.m. and 2:40, 6:40 & 10:05 p.m. Life of Pi (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 12:30 & 6:45 p.m. In 3D 3:50 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 1:25 & 7:15 p.m. In 3D 4:20 & 10:15 p.m. Lincoln (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m. and 2:35, 6:30 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 6:25 p.m. Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: Fri. & Sun. 12:30, 2:30 & 7 p.m. Sat. 12:45, 2:30 & 7 p.m. Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 4:30 & 9 p.m. Quartet (PG-13) ((( Century 20: noon and 2:30, 5, 7:25 & 9:50 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Rebecca (1940) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 3:20 & 7:30 p.m. Safe Haven (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m. and 1, 4, 5:20, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. and 12:45, 1:55, 3:25, 4:35, 6:15, 7:25, 9 & 10:10 p.m. Side Effects (R) ((( Century 16: 11:05 a.m. and 2, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 3, 5:35, 8:10 & 10:45 p.m. Silver Linings Playbook (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 12:45, 3:55, 7:15 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. and 2, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m. Snitch (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: Noon and 2:30, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10:10 p.m. Strangers on a Train (1951) (PG) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Thu 7:30 p.m. Suspicion (1941) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: 5:40 & 9:50 p.m. Warm Bodies (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:30 a.m. and 1:55, 4:20, 7:10 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 8 & 10:35 p.m. Zero Dark Thirty (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:50 a.m. and 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. and 2, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m.

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‘Love, Love, Love!’ Thirty Bay Area artists display work as part of the ‘Love, Love, Love’ Feb. exhibit at Gallery 9. Painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, metal work & jewelry inspired by the theme of love. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. ‘Rwanda, Land of Reconciliation,’ a photographic exhibition by Katie Cooney The exhibit includes “Door of Hope” - 2x3 piece, chromatic print on archival paper, made in January 2012 Kigali, Rwanda Orphanage for street boys (homeless, abandoned and “Arms of Joy” - 2x3 piece, chromatic print on archival paper, made in January 2012, Rwanda, rural Rwanda, children on the road. Through March 24, CSMA Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Road, Mountain View. Call 650917-6800 x 306. ‘Scenes from the Silk Road’ — photographs by Frances Freyberg The Portola Art Gallery presents “Scenes from the Silk Road” — photographs of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Syria by Frances Freyberg. The vibrant color photographs feature landscapes, cityscapes, market scenes and portraits. Through Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220.

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‘The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition’ This international exhibition presents the work of 10 finalists for the 2011 Jameel Prize, which explores long-established practices of Islamic art, craft, and design within a contemporary framework. It is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Through March 10, Wednesday through Sunday. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-8169. html Artist Trunk Show: Suhita Shirodkar New Coast presents a one-day artist trunk show featuring Suhita Shirodkar. Suhita is an avid sketcher, and draws life as it unfolds around her. Reception Feb. 23, 12-2 p.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. New Coast Studios, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto. Journey to World Heritage Photography Exhibit Foothill College presents “Journey to World Heritage: Photography by Kate Jordahl” Jan. 22-Feb. 27 at the Krause Center for Innovation Gallery at Foothill College. An opening reception is Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4-7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $3. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7318. PDL2012/PDLReport.html


Paintbrush Diplomacy Art Exhibition The Menlo College Art Committee welcomes Char Pribuss on campus to introduce Menlo’s first art show of the year, “Paintbrush Diplomacy.” The exhibit, on display in the Administration building, includes works from 40 young artists from all over the world. Through March 8, 5-5 p.m. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. Paintings by Christine Canepa Canada College Art Gallery presents Paintings & Photo Drawings by Christine Canepa on view through Feb. 28. Hours: Mon., Weds.: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues.,Thurs. 1-4 p.m. Cañada College Art Gallery, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Call 650306-3336. Something Beyond the Obvious Artist Mike Bailey presents new work, including his abstracts. Jan. 28-Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Viewpoints closes at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. www.viewpointsgallery. com Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings on Shaped Canvases by Brent Bushnell, Paintings by Sofia Carmi, Paintings by Jessica Eastburn, & Paintings by Alison Woods are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery. Open weekdays through March 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Palo Alto. Call 650-725-3622. cis. The Hogarth Experiment Fourteen artists have taken the Eighteenth Century into the Twenty First in three centuries of British Art. Each artist worked on an original 19th century Hogarth etching. Reception Feb. 9 3-5 p.m. Open from Jan. 25-March 2, 10-2 p.m. Smith Andersen Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650327-7762.


ECYS New Member Auditions El Camino Youth Symphony is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 season. Musicians ages 6-18 with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions take place in March and April. Apply online. $25 fee. Palo Alto. www.


Nordstrom Charity Fashion Show The show’s proceeds benefit Friends for Youth, a mentoring organization that serves local at-risk children ages 8 to 17. The program features a Fashion Show presented by Nordstrom, featuring top 2013 trends. March 3, 8-10:30 a.m. $65. Nordstrom Stanford Shopping Center, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. Call 650-368-4444.


Blade runner The 1977 photo “Dorothy Hamill” is one of 24 works by Andy Warhol now on exhibit at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. Photos, prints and drawings will be up through June 30 in a show called “More Than Fifteen Minutes: Andy Warhol and Celebrity.” Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and other cultural icons are represented. Located on Lomita Drive at Museum Way, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8. Admission is free. For more information, go to museum. or call 650-723-4177. Page 38ÊUÊÊiLÀÕ>ÀÞÊÓÓ]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Planting, Growing and Pruning Fruit Trees Late winter/early spring are good times to prune fruit trees and plant new ones. Master Gardeners will describe how and when to prune, and how to choose and plant “bare root” fruit trees. Fertilizing and pest management also will be discussed. Feb. 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Master Gardeners will teach attendees to grow a successful, environmentally responsible food garden that produces vegetables every month of the year. We’ll cover working with seeds and seedlings, soil, watering, and pests. Register: or 329-3752. Feb. 5-March 12, 7-9 p.m. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. ‘Foundational Social Skills Development Group’ Designed for children ages

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3-4 who have difficulty interacting with other children. Non-competitive games and cooperative activities designed to develop social, communication, problemsolving, negotiation, emotional regulation/ identification and play skills. Children do not need a diagnosis to attend. Mondays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. $600 for an eight-week session. Abilities United, 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-618-3353. ‘Learn to Square Dance’ Classes are held by the “Bows & Beaus Square-Dance Club” on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. First class free; $5 per class thereafter. Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos. A Year in the Garden Series Part I Courses cover a broad range of topics including plant growth and plant uses, garden design and seasonal maintenance. Suitable for the novice gardener. Series Fee: $450 members; $540 non-members and includes course materials. Dates and times vary. See for exact dates, times and course. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. African Drumming with Baba Ken Okulolo Attendees need not bring their own drum to this event for practicing body rhythm. Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27, 7-8 p.m. $25 drop-in. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8605. events/2013/02/06/classes-workshopslectures/african-drumming-class/ Art and Science of Raja Yoga Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding the awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 27, 6-9 p.m. $350. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. Botany through Drawing Each class will explore a different aspect of plant structure and growth as well as plant families and nomenclature. Students exhibit what they learned through a series of drawings. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class. Tuesdays, Feb. 26-March 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $235 members; $280 nonmembers Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300.

2-3 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. Companion Planting Discover how to enhance your garden’s health and productivity while attracting a beneficial insect population. Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. Creative Writing Life Stories In this workshop attendees create a written record of their familys’ oral stories for future generations and review personal history to gain new understanding of life experiences. Call instructor Sheila Dunec at 650-565-8087 before registering. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $150. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. eBook Center Those interested in checking out eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Palo Alto City Library can Attend an eBook Center session to find out what the options are and how it works. First Friday of each month through April. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-2436. Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest Attendees learn garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, watering and how to nurture healthy edible crops. Feb. 2-May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650493-6072. Feldenkrais Little House is offering feldenkrais classes to improve balance, flexibility and brain function. Exercises are on the floor so bring a towel or mat to lie on. Fridays, year-round. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $40 members/ $45 nonmembers. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-679-8113. Foothill College Gospel Choir Foothill College Gospel Choir/AKA PCGC Begins their annual Gospel Festival workshop. Concert Feb. 23, 2013. 4:30-6:45 p.m. $10 general and $5 students and seniors. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408-6449995.

Chef Basics: Risotto, Pilaf and Rice Know How Rice is a staple of the world’s diet and perfect for gluten free or vegan menus. In this class participants learn the basics of cooking white and brown rice then keep stepping up to more challenging dishes such as pilaf and risotto. This class will be part demonstration, part hands on. Feb. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Palo Alto Adult School, Palo Alto. Call 650329-3752.

Hoarders Book Study and Treatment Group Dr.Dana Girard, an expert in helping those struggling with a hoarding disorder, will lead a small book study and treatment group. She will be assisted by a “clutter coach” who will be available to help hoarders organize in their homes. Thursdays, through April 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $250 for 12 wekly sessions Crane Place, 1331 Crane, Menlo Park. Call 650-343-4380.

China’s Terra Cotta Warriors art docent lecture Opening Feb. 22 to May 27, 2013 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, this exhibition features 120 rare objects, including 10 terracotta warriors, collected from 13 institutions in China. The PowerPoint art docent lecture touches on the highlights of this unusual exhibit. Feb. 23,

How to Write Books that Inspire Change - Nina Amir This class by Nina Amir aims to help attendees become authors of change that positively impact individuals, organizations or the world by inspiring readers to action with the message in their books. Feb. 23, 1-4 p.m. $99. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Goings On Call 650-324-4321. Impressionist Style Painting Attendees learn color theory, value concept, composition, modern art history, technique and limited pallet method. Tuesdays, Jan. 15March 5, 1-3:30 p.m. $80 members/$90 non-members. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. avenidas. org Introduction to Grow BioIntensive Grow Biointensive is a whole-system approach to gardening and farming that builds soil fertility in a relatively short time, so that fertilizer inputs (other than compost) become unnecessary. Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. Introduction to Mindfulness Introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness. Five-week course taught by Insight Meditation South Bay teachers. No registration required. Thursdays, Feb. 28-March 28, 7-9 p.m. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650-857-0904. iPhone Photography II Building on the skills from iPhone I, this workshop will provide more information on handling the camera, exploring new applications in depth and editing and organizing images in a camera and the iPhone community. Wednesdays, Saturdays, through April 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $60 members; $75 nonmembers Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. Musical Jam Sessions Attendees can bring their harmonica, ukelele, or any acoustical instrument, including a singing voice, and join in a jam session. Classes held bi-monthly. Fee payable at front desk before each session. 2-3:30 p.m. $2. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. Needlework Club Those interested in needlework can dust off those knitting needles, crochet hooks, and join Club Aveneedles. Needles and yarn if needed provided. Refreshments included. Beginners as well as experts welcome. Prorated rates available. Jan 4-March 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $17 members/$25 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5428. Oil Painting for Beginners Through stepby-step instruction, attendees learn the fundamentals of working with oil paint while creating a personal painting. This class lays the foundation for continued learning and participation in other oil painting workshops. Feb. 22-23, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $180 members; $215 non-members. Fee includes all materials. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. Pie Boot Camp Pie Bootcamp without the pushups! A class for those who love pie but fear the dough. Attendees will learn how to make flakey, tender pie crust. Everyone leaves with their own pie and pie pops. Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $60. The Sugar Studio, 3716 Florence St., Redwood City. Call 415-694-9635. Secrets of an Organized Family In today’s busy world, having good organization systems means less clutter, time saved, and less stress. Professional organizer and productivity specialist Lori Krolik of More Time For You, will be presenting tips and strategies to create a more organized home and life. Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m. $35. Parent’s Place Palo Alto, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. peninsula/classes/new-insider-secretsorganized-family-all-ages Spring Quarter Registration Foothill College Spring Quarter 2013 classes begin the week of April 8 and continue through June 24. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees; fees are due at the time you register. Review the class schedule, apply and register, pay fees, and buy books at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7325. www. Start-Up’s Guide to Intellectual Property LegalForce is providing free educational webinars for the public. These webinars will cover a variety of topics, all of which aim to share knowledge and expertise to the general public. This webinar will be

recorded and posted online for additional accessibility. Feb. 27, 7-8 p.m. LegalForce BookFlip, 323 University Ave., Palo Alto. Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra A friendly and sociable monthly gathering for musicians of all instruments and all levels of skill to play symphony orchestra music together for fun, no performance and no pressure. Music provided, members bring instrument, stand, appetizers to share, and good humor. Register through website. Sundays, Jan. 27-June 30 2-5 p.m. $10/session or $25/three sessions. Los Altos Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos. Call 650-7932218. Trademark 101 — A General Guide to TM Prosecution for the Layman LegalForce is providing free educational webinars for the public. These webinars will cover a variety of topics, all of which aim to share knowledge and expertise to the general public. This webinar will be recorded and posted online for additional accessibility. Feb. 23, 12-1 p.m. LegalForce BookFlip, 323 University Ave., Palo Alto. Yoga and Chakra Awareness This class gives gentle routine designed for chakra awareness, followed by a short meditation. Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. Zumba Gold Zumba Gold is a fusion of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. Led by veteran instructors Carla Kenworthy and Maria Yonamine. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $65 members/$75 non-members. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-2895436.


Peninsula Democratic Club Annual Meeting and Lunch Attendees can meet and elect new PDC officers and Board Members. Speaker: Rep. Eric Swalwell, recently elected for the 15th Congressional District. Feb. 23, 12-2 p.m. Free for PDC/PYC members, $5 for guests. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonion Road, Los Altos. Call 650-948-8259.

Community Events

Board of Trustees Study Session Parents and community members are invited to provide input on desires, priorities, and concerns regarding the use of Measure G bond funds to modernize and enhance Crittenden and Graham Middle Schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Mountain View Whisman School District Board Room, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View. Call 650-526-3552. Car Seat Safety Check Four out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. A free safety-check event. Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 408-379-2235. Exploring the Common Good discussion series Members of the Ladera Community Church will facilitate discussions on topics such as education, healthcare and the environment and gun control. Sundays Feb. 3-March 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. Huge Used Book Sale to Benefit PA Libraries Friends of the Palo Alto Library is holding monthly sales of used books, CDs, and DVDs on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. Sale hours: Saturday, Main Sale Room open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Children’s and Bargain Rooms open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, all rooms open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-213-8755. www.friendspaloaltolib. org Lunar New Year Celebration Attendees join friends, family, neighbors, and other community members for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Snake. There will be lion dancers, red panda acrobats, martial arts, kids arts and zodiac-themed crafts, food and an inflatable playland. Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity. org/events/lunarnewyear.html Menlo-Atherton Fashion Show The M-A Fashion Show is a professionally choreo-

graphed performance that will feature more than 200 seniors. Feb. 23, 1-8:30 p.m. $5-$65; shows at 1, 4, 7:30. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-322-5311. www. MLK Jr. Community Disaster Preparedness Fundraiser MLK Jr. Day through February’s Black History Month, fundraiser to prevent public and social safety disasters in African American Communities across USA. Sponsored by Ravenswood Gardenkits Products and Free At Last Gardening Club. Ravenswood Community, 265 Tara Road, East Palo Alto. Call 650-461-0276. PA Elks Lodge Open House The Palo Alto Elks Lodge is holding its first Open House since opening its new facilities at 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Tours and refreshments will be provided. Facility includes a pool and fitness center. Feb. 23, 1-5 p.m. Palo Alto Elks Lodge #1471, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650858-8560. Relay for Life Kick-off Event Attendees can learn about Relay for Life and CPS-3 at the Mountain View Relay for Life Kickoff. Relay is on May 18. There will be games, refreshments and information. CPS-3 is a cancer prevention study at Relay that one can be a part of if without having had cancer. Feb. 24, 3-4:30 p.m. YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 408-688-0136. relayforlife/mountainviewca


California Bach Society: Bach and Family Bach’s family tree includes over 75 great musicians. California Bach Society presents J.S. Bach’s double-choir motet “F¸rchte dich nicht” and explores the hidden gems from four generations of the Bach family. Award-winning conductor Magen Solomon leads the 30-voice chamber chorus. Feb. 23, 8-10 p.m. $30 (discounts for seniors, under 30, and students). All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-4851097. Main Stage Concert: Dance Suite (Palo Alto) Benjamin Simon, conductor; Ben Pila, guitar; Robin Sharp, violin. Performing works by J.S. Bach, Michael Gilbertson, John Corigliano, & Edvard Grieg. Feb. 23, 8-10 p.m. First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-692-3367. www. NACUSAsf Presents ‘Scenes and Sonatinas’ NACUSAsf will present a concert of new music, “Scenes and Sonatinas”, featuring a variety of chamber works by local composers, Anne Baldwin, Greg Bartholomew, Sondra Clark, Vladimir Klibonov, Jay Lyon, Karl Schmidt, and Dale E. Victorine. Feb. 23, 8-9:30 p.m. $12 & $17. Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-768-1941. Stanford Jazz Orchestra with Rufus Reid Special guest Rufus Reid joins the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fredrick Berry. Reid has performed and recorded with Nancy Wilson, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell and Kenny Barron. general $10 | student $5 | Stanford students free with SUID Bing Concert Hall, Stanford. music.stanford. edu/Events/calendar.html


Flamenco Dinner Show Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Show starts at 6 p.m. The performance will be divided into two sets. Tickets: Buy tickets here or by calling the restaurant at 650-968-1502. Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Prices: $19 per person & $15 for children & student with ID with a 2 drink minimum or food order. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. Smuin Ballet Smuin Ballet’s 2013 winter program includes Adam Hougland’s “Cold Virtues” and a Trey McIntyre work with music from The Shins: “Oh, Inverted World.” The program will also contain three works by Michael Smuin; “Starshadows,” “Homeless” and “No Vivire.” Feb. 20-24, 8 p.m. $52-$68. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-9036000.

Social Ballroom Dancing Lessons are beginning and intermediate Salsa, followed by general dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Feb. 22, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-395-8847.


Deborah Garber Art Exhibit Bay Area artist Deborah Garber brings new floral images to Woodside in an exhibit. The new work in oil and pastel has up-close views of flowers, both exotic and commonplace. Also featured are some of Garber’s familiar landscapes. Shows through March 18, Tues-Sat, 5:30-9 p.m. Station 1, 2991 Woodside Road, Woodside. From Fiber to Fabric: A History of American Textile Production This new exhibition presents the history of textile production in the United States from homespun of colonial times through mass-production in the industrial age. Historic artifacts and textiles illustrate the story of wool, linen and cotton from cultivation to finished cloth. Open through Aug. 18, closed Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. Mixed Media Show - ‘Surprise’ Currently on display and running through March, a solo show by local artist Gale Henshel, showing a fanciful touch in both watercolor and acrylic. Free. All sales proceeds benefit local all-volunteer, nonprofit, Community Cat Rescue. Paintings on view during restaurant’s open hours. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 650-4930967.

Family and Kids

African Celebration Hidden Villa and African percussionist Afia Walking Tree, present a journey through the remarkable regions of Africa. There will be nteractive drumming, dynamic storytelling, cultural craft activities, foods and cool facts. Feb. 23, 1-4 p.m. $15. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www. Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time Combining singing, dancing, reading, and playing, Baby Bounce and Rhyme is a great way to connect with a young child. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too) Feb. 25, 11-11:30 a.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www. From Players to Doers Presented by Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood. For parents who want their children to grow up to be passionate “doers” whose work makes the world a better place. Part of the Parents Survive and Thrive speaker series, sponsored by Friends of PreSchool Family. Feb. 25, 7:30-9 p.m. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-0833. www.fopsf. org/speakers Nick Jr. Dora The Explorer Dora the Explorer and her friends will take a trip to Treasure Island live on stage at the Fox. Dora’s Pirate Adventure, is a familyfriendly show thats been adapted from the episode of the highly popular Nickelodeon television. Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. $24-43. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. The Emotionally Intelligent Child Participants learn how to coach their children to manage their emotional world. A high “EQ” increases a child’s confidence and improves school performance and social skills. For parents with children ages birth to 10 years. With Jaclyn Long, MFT. Feb. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6897. www.mountainview. gov/city_hall/library/default.asp


Family Movie Night The Atherton Library features family-friendly films the last Friday of the month. This month will highlight a recent Pixar animated favorite. Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Live Music

‘Make A Joyful Noise’ XXIV Gospel Concert The Peninsula Community Gospel Choir presents “Make A Joyful Noise,” its 24th annual gospel concert. Tickets ($10-$15) sold at the door. The Peninsula Community Choir operates under the auspices of the Foothill-De Anza Community Education Program. Feb. 23, 6:308:30 p.m. $15, general admission; $12, students with OwlCard and seniors; and $10, children ages 7-12. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408-644-9995. id=2711 Oxford Street Brass Quintet in Concert Palo Alto based brass quintet presents Cowboys and Overtures with works by Copland, Rossini, Bernstein, von Suppe. Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m. $10. First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

‘Guys and Dolls, Jr.’ by North Star Academy North Star Academy presents the musical “Guys and Dolls Jr.” on Feb. 28 -- March 2 at 7pm, March 3 at 1pm. Guys and Dolls tells the tale of Nathan Detroit who bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. A perfect musical comedy for all ages! 7 p.m. $8-14. McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City. ‘The Crucible’ Salem, Massachusetts, 1692: a small, devout town is thrown into chaos with accusations of witchcraft and spiritual possession. Arthur Miller’s account of the famous Salem witch trials caused a sensation with its parallels to the Communist scares of the 1950s. Fridays, Saturdays Feb. 28-March 9, 8-10:30 p.m. Tickets $5-15. Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. drama/12_13-events/crucible.html Belly Dancing and World Music at Morrocco’s There will be belly dancing with Michelle at 8:30 p.m. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. www. Lucia di Lammermoor West Bay Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, with its famous mad scene. Performed by a cast including Rochelle Bard as Lucia, Vincent Chambers as Edgardo and Krassen Karagiozov as Enrico. Feb. 15-24, shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., 2 p.m. $40-75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-4249999. Spring Awakening Foothill Music Theatre presents “Spring Awakening.” Winner of eight Tony Awards, this groundbreaking musical with its rock score is a universal coming of age story tells the timeless story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Thurs.-Sun, Feb. 21March 10, 7:30 p.m. $10-$28. Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7360. The Apple Never Falls World Premiere of local playwright Paul Braverman’s second chapter in the saga of Frankie Payne, Boston’s hard-boiled, gin-soaked female private eye as she tracks down the Boston strangler. Thurs-Sun Feb. 22-March 5, Sun matinees at 2 p.m., evenings 8 p.m. $10-30. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-2541148.

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SKI HONOR . . . On the strength of seven wins in eight races, University of Colorado senior Joanne Reid from Gunn High was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Women’s Nordic MVP last week. The award is based on a combination of all NCAA qualification points earned throughout the season in both classical and freestyle races. With the seven wins and one second-place showing, Reid earned a combined 399 out of a possible 400 points. Reid earned RMISA Skier of the Week honors that first week and then went on a tear and won six straight races, the third-longest streak for a CU skier since skiing went co-ed in 1983. With four races left in the postseason, her seven wins ranks tied for third at CU in that same time frame.

OAKS PERFECT . . . Following the Cal Pac-clinching win on Thursday night, the Menlo College women’s basketball team (10-0, 24-3) had one final goal on its mind — going a perfect 10-0 in conference play by defeating Simpson (12-17, 7-3) on Saturday. The Oaks did just that as they decisively defeated Simpson, 60-38, for their 11th straight win and 10th consecutive conference win. Jolise Limcaco had one of her best offensive performances of the year in the win. Limcaco led all scorers with 20 points.

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Sacred Heart Prep senior Robert Hellman (16) gets his head on the ball after a corner kick and knocks it home for the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over visiting Carmel in a CCS Division III soccer opener Tuesday.


SHP boys finally break through After losing four straight section playoff matches, Gators get win by Keith Peters rmando del Rio knows all about winning Central Coast Section soccer championships. He played on Sacred Heart Prep’s team that defeated Valley Christian-Dublin in two overtimes to win the Division III section title in 2000. Those were the good old days for the Gators’ soccer team, which played during the fall while Division I and II competed in the winter. Sacred Heart Prep made the most of its time then by winning seven titles and finishing second seven times from 1988-2007. Getting to the finals was pretty much a given in those days against what is now perceived as weaker competition. “It was a CCS championship nonetheless,” reminded del Rio. The Gators moved to the West Bay Athletic League for the 2008-09 season and suddenly everything change. Gone were teams like Redwood Christian, Fremont Christian and Valley Christian-Dublin. They were replaced by the likes of Santa Cruz, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Prospect. “Winning (a CCS title) is now a lot tougher,” said del Rio. “I’d love for them to experience that.” Sacred Heart Prep took the first step toward that possibility by eliminating No. 9 seed Carmel, 2-1, to open the CCS Division III playoffs on Tuesday in Atherton. For the Gators, it was a breakthrough victory.


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by Mark Soltau

Keith Peters

IN THE POOL . . . Santa Clara University’s women’s water polo team rallied from a three-goal deficit to win on the road at Cal State East Bay, 9-8, in a key Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) matchup for both schools on Sunday. A counter-attack goal by Jenny Anderson from Gunn High with 42 seconds left was the difference. Santa Clara (4-8; 2-2 WWPA), which will host the 2013 WWPA Championships this spring, had played seven ranked opponents through 11 games prior to facing Cal State East Bay (2-7; 1-2 WWPA). Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Clements from Sacred Heart Prep) was terrific, blocking a season-high 11 shots. For her effort, Clements was named KAP7 WWPA Women’s Player of the Week. Jenny Anderson’s younger sister, Elizabeth, scored twice and had three assists to help facilitate the comeback.

Cardinal freshman sets NCAA women’s record with 10-under-par 61

SHP’s Robert Hellman celebrates his winning goal. He also scored the team’s first goal.

ariah Stackhouse was wearing a backpack and walking her bike up a steep road leading to Stanford Golf Course to meet with a writer. Four days earlier, she owned the place, shooting a course and NCAA women’s record 10-under-par 61 in the Peg Barnard Invitational. Up close, the 5-foot-2 freshman from Riverdale, Ga., looked like a normal college student. She’s always listening to music, likes to hang out with friends, and loves 15-minute naps. But last Sunday’s performance was out of this world. What the 18year-old Stackhouse accomplished was pure magic, something most players only dream about. She made two eagles on the front nine, one-putted every green, and shot a 9-under 26. The cup looked like a manhole cover. “On the fourth hole, I had about a 15-foot birdie putt and I honestly did not hit it hard enough for it to get to the hole,” said Stackhouse. “It just fell in. I was like, ‘Whoa, what is going on?’ ‘’ On the par-5 seventh, she hooked her drive at a giant oak tree that guards the corner of the dogleg left. More times than not, the tree wins. Not on this day. The seeing-eye ball didn’t touch a branch and rolled down the fairway, leaving 200 yards to the green. From there, Stackhouse flushed a 7-wood 30 feet from the hole and drained the eagle putt. “I was just like, ‘Huh? Good things are happening today,’ ‘’ she said. At the short but dangerous par-4 ninth, flanked by a creek on the right, Stackhouse striped her drive down the fairway. Adrenaline flowing, she flew her blind, uphill second shot 35 feet past the pin, leaving a slick, downhill birdie putt. With her mother Sharon and younger brother John looking on from the hillside gallery, Stackhouse poured in the putt. “It was unreal,” said Stackhouse. “I told myself, ‘This is going in the hole.’ I still couldn’t believe it. I heard everybody scream. I just looked at Coach (Anne Walker, the Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women’s Golf) and put my hand over my head and started laughing. I was just enjoying it.” Chan Reeves, Director of Instruction at the Atlanta Athletic Club and her teacher for almost 10 years, still can’t believe her score. “I’ve never heard of anyone shooting 26,” he said. “It blows my mind.” Stackhouse, a highly-successful (continued on next page)


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junior player and three-time Georgia 4A high school girls’ champion, qualified for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open. Twice, she had shot 65 in competition, but 9-under through nine holes was rarified air. Collecting herself on the 10th tee, Stackhouse thought, “Don’t change anything and try to help it.’’ One of her playing partners was exasperated and told her coach, “I can’t keep up,” she said. “She’s birdieing every hole.” Replied her coach, “Don’t try to beat her. Just enjoy watching history.” By then, Stackhouse had attracted a gallery of about 200, reminding some of the Tiger Woods days. Stackhouse parred 10 and 11, then birdied the 12th hole to go 10-under. But at the par-4 13th, Stackhouse three-putted for her first bogey of the day, missing from just inside four feet. “I took a little more time than I needed and got out of my rhythm,” she said. Stackhouse pulled her tee shot left of the green at the par-3 14th and failed to get up-and-down for a par. But she kept her composure and vowed to birdie two of the last four holes, her favorites on the course. After a par at 15, Stackhouse hit a nice third shot to the par-5 16th and sunk a 10-foot birdie putt. “It was like a moving roar,” Walker said of the crowd. At the tough par-3 17th, assistant coach Kathryn Imrie helped her with the yardage and Stackhouse opted for an easy 7-iron instead of a hard 8. The ball covered the flag, but wound up nine feet past, leaving a tricky downhill slider. Swish. At the picturesque downhill par-4 18th, Stackhouse bombed the longest drive of her life and had only 80 yards to the pin. Her 56-degree sand wedge checked up 15 feet below the hole. Although she knew the putt was straight, Stackhouse convinced herself it broke and ran the birdie attempt two feet past the cup. She converted the dicey downhill putt to make history. “Coach came out and hugged me and everybody was cheering,” Stackhouse said. “I was thinking this might be one of the greatest rounds I’ll ever play.” Not only did Stackhouse win individual honors, but Stanford won the team title. The irony is that Walker, in her first season on The Farm, gave Stackhouse a pep talk prior to the round.

“Right before I teed off, coach looks at me and says, “Mariko’s record out here is 63. Let’s break some records today,’ ‘’ recalled Stackhouse. Mariko is teammate Mariko Tumangan, a sophomore from San Jose. “I was really calm,” said Stackhouse, who is not a morning person and only hit about 15 practice balls. “I just looked at her and said, ‘All right, I’ll try.’ I definitely didn’t see it coming.” Stackhouse had qualified No. 1 for the tournament thanks to four straight sub-par rounds. But Walker never imagined she would shoot lights out. “I knew she was really comfortable under par,” she said. “It was more of a challenge.” Did thoughts of breaking 60 ever cross her mind? “It didn’t until I bogeyed 13,”said Stackhouse. “And I was like, ‘Mariah, what did you just do?!’ That’s kind of when it hit me.” Word of her NCAA record spread quickly. “A lot of people on Twitter have reached out and congratulated me,” Stackhouse said. Two in particular. Former Olympic track and field gold medalists Ralph Boston (long jump) and Edwin Moses (400-meter hurdles) are good friends. Boston has been a long-time mentor and frequent golf partner in the Atlanta area. “He said, ‘Miss Mariah, I hear you’re doing amazing things — that’s great,’ he said. There’s kind of a joke he always tells me: ‘Saddest words in a golfer’s day, hit again, you’re still away. I guess you weren’t saying much of that.’ ‘’ Reeves said she has always been grounded. “I remember when she qualified for the USGA Junior Championship when she was 12, which was pretty amazing,” he said. “When she came home I asked her what the best part was and thought she would say, ‘Having a caddie bib with my name on it.’ She said it was going into the locker room and getting as many ice creams bars as you like.” Reeves said Sunday’s win will be “huge, confidence-wise” for Stackhouse, but won’t change her a bit. “She’s going to walk around campus the same way she did last week,” said Reeves. “She’s never been all about golf. At 15, she was already talking about her education. She’s smart and works hard.” (continued on page 43)

Stanford’s Tinkle closing out her home career with a final flourish by Rick Eymer he days remaining in her college career are numbered and Joslyn Tinkle knows it. Four more Pac-12 games followed by a three at the conference tournament, a pair of home games to open NCAA action and then who knows from there. That’s it. This is the time to make every game count and Tinkle is doing just that for the Cardinal as she heads into the final two regular-season home games of her career — Friday against Oregon State (8 p.m.) and Sunday against Oregon (4 p.m.) in Maples Pavilion. This is “Senior Weekend” for Tinkle and redshirt junior Mikaela Ruef. Both will be honored at Sunday’s game, even though Ruef likely will return next season since she has a year of eligibility remaining. For the 6-foot-3 Tinkle, however, this is it. Her parents, Wayne and Lisa, are expected to be on hand this weekend for the celebration of the Class of 2013. Making the weekend all the more special is the fact Tinkle is just four points shy of becoming Stanford’s 34th member of the 1,000-Point Club. She’ll likely become a member Friday night. The Missoula, Mont. native’s push to 1,000 has been aided by her play over the past 10 games, as Tinkle is averaging 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent (55 for 110) from the field and 46.9 (15 for 32) from 3-point range. This past weekend in Los Angeles, Tinkle averaged 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds including a doubledouble of 17 points and 11 rebounds in a win at USC on Friday. This season, Tinkle is averaging career bests of 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game with 48 blocks. She ranks No. 2 in the conference with 1.85 blocks per game, No. 5 in 3-point field-goal percentage (35 percent) and No. 6 in field-goal percentage (50.5). While Tinkle usually isn’t mentioned in the same breath as junior All-American teammate Chiney Ogwumike, Tinkle has been a key member during yet another outstanding four-year run by the Cardinal. Heading into the weekend, nationally No. 4 Stanford (13-1, 24-2) is 67-1 in conference and 128-9 overall during Tinkle’s time on The Farm. And don’t forgot those three straight appearances in the Final Four in her first three seasons. Should Stanford win 10 more games this season, Tinkle will be a part of the most successful four-year run in program history — surpassing the 137 wins accumulated from 2008-11 and again from 2009-12. Ruef has mirrored Tinkle’s career


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Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse set an NCAA women’s record with her 10-under-par 61 last weekend.

It’ll be a senior moment

Stanford senior Joslyn Tinkle will play her final regular-season home games this weekend against OSU and Oregon. time wise, even though she missed most of last season with a foot injury and thus has an extra year of eligibility. The 6-3 forward from Beavercreek, Ohio, has scored in double figures in three of Stanford’s past four games and has posted the first two double-doubles of her career during that span. In a 68-57 win over No. 15 UCLA on Sunday, Ruef battled her way to 10 points and 10 rebounds over a career-high 31 minutes. She is averaging 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the field over the past four games. The recent contributions of Tinkle and Ruef have taken some of the pressure of Ogwumike, who nonetheless scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots against the Bruins. The game ended a string of nine consecutive double-doubles for the National Player of the Year candidate. “I don’t think anyone has done more for their team (in the country) than Chiney,” said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who is 15 wins away from 900 for her 34-year career. “Looking at her numbers she is having a spectacular year. I think the other thing is when you look at who other players are playing with, she has one senior on her team and doesn’t have any other All-Americans on her team. She really is putting this team on her back and comes out every night and is so consistent.” That’s hard to argue if you’re not from Baylor. Ogwumike averages a double-double on the season, posting 20 of them, and leads the conference in both categories. She also is the only player in the nation ranked in the NCAA’s top six in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and double-doubles entering this week. “I think there is a greater sense of urgency in February than there was in January,” Ogwumike said. “These teams are tournament teams. I’m really excited that UCLA had a great game against us because it teaches us how to be able to win against an aggressive team that’s physical and

has a lot of weapons.” In 10 games against ranked teams this season, Ogwumike is averaging 21.3 points, on 53.5 percent shooting, and 11.3 rebounds. Tinkle added 10 points and nine rebounds, one board away from her third straight double-double. It’s the time of the season for the Cardinal to be hitting its stride and Ogwumike has apparently lit a fire with her senior teammates. Ogwumike, who draws the attention of everybody’s game plan, still makes plays out of nowhere simply because she can anticipate so well and seems drawn to the offensive rebound. Ogwumike is a good reason Stanford has won all 15 games played away from Maples Pavilion this season. That gives the Cardinal a chance to eclipse the program record of 20 (Pac-12/Pac-10 Tournament and NCAA Tournament games included) set in 2007-08. Against UCLA, meanwhile, Stanford’s offense took a few naps over the course of the game by shooting just 39.7 percent from the floor and 21.1 percent from beyond the arc. That didn’t seem to matter, as the Cardinal found other ways to limit UCLA. Stanford held the Bruins 13 points below their season average and out-rebounded them, 38-31, for its 15th straight win over the Bruins. Stanford, which leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense, has held opponents under 70 points for 44 straight games. That will be the game plan again this weekend for the Oregon schools. First up are the Beavers (3-11, 9-17), a team that is 6-50 all-time against Stanford and has lost the past 26 games in the series. OSU comes in riding an eight-game losing streak. Should Stanford and California each win out over the final two weekends and finish tied atop the Pac-12 table at 17-1, Stanford would earn the tournament’s No. 1 seed based on its higher overall winning percentage. Both the Cardinal and Bears have earned byes into the quarterfinals for the Pac-12 Tournament, set for March 7-10 at Seattle’s Key Arena. N

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Palo Alto’s Sunny Lyu scored the first goal and assisted on the second in the Vikings’ 5-0 CCS win over San Benito. said Hellman. “I think it woke us up,” del Rio said of Carmel’s goal. “We felt like we were controlling the game. Unfortunately it (wakeup call) came when we were down a goal. After that, the difference-makers came out.” Hellman and Lamb teamed up again in the second half. After Hellman fired a hard free kick at the Carmel keeper that was punched away, Lamb launched a corner kick into a pack of players. Hellman got a head on it and made it a 2-1 match. The Gators missed on a few other scoring opportunities and survived a few Carmel near-makes for the triumph. “It was huge,” Hellman said of the victory. “It was like a curse for us, that we hadn’t won before. Now we’re looking to push forward.” It could be said that the Palo Alto boys are also looking to do the same thing. Only one year after going winless and missing the CCS playoffs, the Vikings are back. Paly made the most of its demotion to the SCVAL El Camino Division and won 13 matches during the regular season. That success continued on Wednesday as the Vikings Dami Bolarinwa defeated host Evergreen Valley in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation. Palo Alto senior Chris Meredith scored a pair of goals during its deadlock with No. 8 seed Evergreen Valley, before the Vikings prevailed in penalty kicks, 4-3, to advance to the Division I quarterfinals. The No. 9-seeded Vikings (135-3) next will play No. 1 Alisal (170-3) on Saturday at Milpitas High at 10 a.m. Palo Alto and Alisal met in the finals of the Oak Grove Gold Cup in December, with the Vikings winning on penalty kicks, 4-2, after the teams had played to a 1-1 tie. Wednesday’s match was very

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similar as Paly came from behind to take the lead at 2-1 and had a oneon-one with the Evergreen keeper to nearly finish off the host team. The shot, however, was just wide of the left post. Unfortunately for the Vikings, just two minutes later it was Evergreen’s Everado Cross taking a deflection in the middle of the box and putting it past Paly keeper Tony Maharaj to tie the game at 2. Despite a flurry of opportunities, neither team scored in the final five minutes of regulation time. Paly and Evergreen went to overtime (two 10minute periods with no golden goal). Both teams had several chances to score, including a Paly forward being taken down at the top of the box and an Evergreen player having a point-blank shot from 10 yards out that was blocked by Maharaj. Overtime ended with the match still deadlocked. Maharaj blocked Evergreen’s first attempt in PKs while Paly’s Kirby Gee was successful. Alex Chin and Fernando Rodriguez both scored while Maharaj blocked one more shot. Paly’s fourth attempt, and the win, went sailing through the football goal posts while Evergreen continued to score. It finally came to freshmen Dami Bolarinwa, who finessed a shot away from Evergreen’s diving keeper for the deciding point. In other boys’ action: In Burlingame, No. 10 Menlo School got a goal from senior Ryan Karle in the 25th minute and held on for a 1-0 victory over host and No. 7 Burlingame (7-7-7). The triumph was the Knights’ first in section action since a 4-1 win over Capuchino in 2002. “The boys are really excited, getting back to CCS,” Menlo first-year coach Marc Kerrest said. Menlo made the only goal it would need in the first half. Sophomore Peter Rosston took the ball at midfield and found Karle, who turned on his defender and scored on the near post. “We knew they were a good team and had a good defense,” Kerrest said. “We knew it was going to be

Girls’ soccer Palo Alto made up for missing out on last year’s postseason playoffs by advancing to the second round of CCS Division I play with a 5-0 victory over San Benito on Wednesday night. The No. 6-seeded Vikings (144-2) got the eventual winning goal in the first half from Sunny Lyu. Paly broke it open against No. 11 seed San Benito (11-4-4) with four goals in the second half. Nina Kelty, Lena Chang, Anna Dukovic and Jacey Pederson all scored. Megan Tall added two assists. Palo Alto, the SCVAL El Camino Divison champ, now moves on to Saturday’s quarterfinals against No. 3 seed and SCVAL De Anza Division champ Los Gatos (14-3-2) at Milpitas at noon. In other girls’ action: In Monterey, Sarah Zuckerman recorded a hat trick and Lexi Garrity scored two goals for No. 12 Priory in a 5-1 victory over No. 5 seed Santa Catalina on Wednesday

in a CCS Division III first-round match. Erin Simpson had four assists as the Panthers improved to 8-4-6 overall. Priory next will take on West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) rival King’s Academy (8-6-5) on Saturday at St. Francis High in a quarterfinal match at noon. Priory is playing without senior standout Mariana Galvan, who is training in Mexico City with Mexico’s U-20 National Team. In Pebble Beach, No. 10 Pinewood (14-4-3) saw its season end in a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 7 R.L. Stevenson in a Division III opener. Olivia Biggs (assist Courtney Copriviza) and Jordan Berke (assist Amrita Mecker) twice gave the Panthers a lead in the first half “and both times we let them come back,” said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff. RLS scored the winning goal in the first 10-minute overtime period. “This was not our best performance,” Tetzlaff said. “I believe we were the better team with more convincing chances to score but, overall, we did not play our best game.” Tetzlaff said there were some questionable referee decisions, some “bonehead” deficiencies with his defense and injuries to key players (Mecker and Maddie Augustine) and “we were not poised and savvy enough to put all that aside and win.” RLS (12-4-5) now advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals and will play No. 2 Menlo School (12-3-5) at Valley Christian at 2 p.m. Menlo is the defending Division III champion. In Atherton, host and No. 7 Menlo-Atherton got goals from Sarah McLeod and Olivia DelRosso to hold off No. 10 Leland (11-5-2) in a Division I opener. The Bears (106-5) next will play PAL Bay Division rival and No. 2 seed Woodside (17-0-3) on Saturday in a quarterfinal at Burlingame High at 10 a.m. Also in Atherton, host and No. 8 Sacred Heart Prep (9-5-6) saw its season end in a 2-0 loss to No. 9 Live Oak (10-8-2). N

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Four previous trips to the section had produced no victories for the Gators. Whether it was a jinx or a curse, it’s now gone. The No. 12-seeded Padres finished 9-4-6 while the No. 5 Gators improved to 16-2-3 and moved on to the quarterfinals for the second straight year. SHP had a first-round bye last season, thus the secondround berth. This time, the Gators had to earn their way into the next round with their historic victory. “Everyone’s excited,” said del Rio, who improved to 49-5-8 in his third year as head coach. “It’s been one of this group’s goals. Now we need to move on.” Tuesday’s victory was the first section playoff win for the Gators since they finished second in the Division III (fall) playoffs in 2007. Since those glory days, the Gators have come up empty. While SHP had every right to rejoice after Tuesday’s win, there was no overt celebration. SHP treated the victory like any other and del Rio was safe from having a tub of water dumped on him. “This should have come a long time ago,” del Rio said of the longawaited victory. “We all feel satisfaction.” The feeling was well deserved, given the frustration the Gators have felt the previous season. Last year, for example, SHP took a 16-0-4 record into the postseason Armando del Rio before North Monterey County ended the unbeaten season with a 2-1 defeat. A year earlier, the Gators finished 17-2-1. “Last year we had a team that could win it all,” said del Rio. “We used to talk about CCS championships. Now, it’s just one game at a time. Saturday is the next focus.” Sacred Heart Prep will face No. 4 San Mateo (12-4-4) in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Burlingame High at noon. The Bearcats bounced No. 13 Santa Cruz (10-11) on Wednesday, 4-0. San Mateo tied for the CCS Division II title last season. “It’s a game we can win,” del Rio said. “We seem to rise to the challenge against good teams.” Sacred Heart Prep didn’t exactly do that to start Tuesday’s match, despite controlling play early on and having three good shot attempts that missed. Carmel shook things up after a corner kick wasn’t cleared and eventually converted by Trey Coppinger with 12:12 left in the first half. “At first we were a little shocked,” said SHP senior Robert Hellman. “But, we knew we had a lot of time to go.” In stoppage time, Hellman got the Gators on the board after taking a cross from senior Willy Lamb and heading it in. That sent SHP into intermission with renewed vigor. “It was a huge momentum swing,”

important to get that first goal.” The Knights faced a defensiveminded team, but came up with its own inpenatrable line and thwarted several attempts in the last 10 minutes of each half. Senior Timmy Costa made some big saves, including one in injury time and was aided by the strong back line of juniors Matt Myers and Justin Wang, senior Jack Redman and freshman Mason Brady. Sophomore Kyle Perez paced the midfield play. The Knights (13-5-3) next will play No. 2 Soledad (14-3-3) in Saturday’s Division III quarterfinals at Gilroy High at 10 a.m. The Aztecs won the Mission Trail Athletic League with a 9-0-2 mark, and have a 23-goal scorer in Michael Sanchez. One of those ties came against Carmel, the Knights’ only common opponent who they defeated 2-0. In Mountain View, No. 12-seeded Menlo-Atherton (9-8-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 5 Mountain View (16-2-3) in a Division I opener. Nicky Hug provided the Bears’ only goal with a penalty kick in the 78th minute.

Aoi Sugihara (8) of Palo Alto assisted on the first goal as the Vikings rolled to victory in their CCS Division I opener.


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Gunn senior Eric Cramer is the No. 2 seed at 126 pounds for this weekend’s Central Coast Section Wrestling Championships at Independence High in San Jose. The top three finishers will advance to the CIF State Championships.

Gunn, M-A and Paly wrestlers hope to pin down state berths by Keith Peters f there is a sure thing at the 2013 Central Coast Section Wrestling Championships this weekend in San Jose, it’s Gilroy defending its team title. “Gilroy is again the heavy favorite,” said Palo Alto coach Dave Duran. “The entire section has been chasing them for over a decade now.” Actually, it has been 10 years exactly. Gilroy last failed to win a team title in 2002. Palo Alto and Gunn don’t have any designs on the team crown, though. Their team goals aren’t that lofty. “We are expecting two good days of wrestling, and another run at a top-four finish,” said Duran, whose team scored 103 points last year and did finish fourth behind Gilroy, Palma and St. Francis. Added Gunn coach Chris Horpel: “We are ranked sixth going in, so I want to live up to that ranking and, if possible, exceed it. To do that, we will need everyone (nine qualifiers and two alternates) to win matches and place as high as they possibly can.” Palo Alto and Gunn will get at it beginning Friday at Independence High in San Jose. The gym opens at 9 a.m. Action continues Saturday, with finals scheduled that evening starting at 7 p.m. The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the CIF State Championships the following weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Based on the seedings, Gunn senior Eric Cramer has a good shot in the 126-pound division. He’s seeded No. 2. Palo Alto senior Gerhard (Gary) Hohbach is the No. 3 seed at 152. Both teams have two others seeds — Gunn junior Stephen Martin is No. 5 at 182 and Paly junior Andrew Frick is No. 6 at 195. “However,” said Horpel, “we have more who can upset the seeded


wrestlers. Should be fun.” Duran, meanwhile, likes the chances of Hohbach and Frick. “Both have been wrestling well the past few weeks,” Duran said. “Both have high expectations for the weekend.” Palo Alto will bring eight athletes to the meet. The last to qualify was Jordan Smith (113), who won a hardship match last week to get in. “That gives us eight wrestlers, all who will score points for us,” Duran said. “There are a few wide-open weight classes where we have some quality wrestlers. We expect to have placers in these weight classes.” Palo Alto’s qualifiers include James Giaccia (106), Jordan Smith (116), Eric Oshima (138), Gerhard Hohbach (152), Jordan Gans (160), Erik Anderson (170), Andrew Frick (195) and Alex Taussig (220). Gunn’s entrants include Daniel Papp (120), Eric Cramer (126), Ian Cramer (132), Blaze Lee (145), Dino Soto (160), Stephen Martin (182), Sean Lydster (195), Harsha Mokkarala (220) and Eric Calderon (285) plus alternates Michael Abramovitch (113) and Darrion Yang (152). Menlo-Atherton also will be represented this weekend with five qualifiers and one alternate. Austin Wilson leads the way after winning the 126-pound title at the PAL Championships last weekend. He went 3-0 in the tournament and pinned all his opponents in the first round while improving to 21-6 on the season. He’ll be joined by Sam Stroud, James Smith, Josh Buttram, Donald LaHaye and alternate Hector Santana. Boys’ basketball Menlo-Atherton’s venture into the postseason came to a quick end following a 61-54 to visiting Wilcox on Tuesday night. The No. 9-seeded Bears finished 11-15. Menlo-Atherton put up a furious

rally in the fourth quarter by scoring 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the 15-point deficit the Bears faced heading into the final period. Menlo-Atherton actually held a 54-53 lead after a basket by Ryan Roberts with under a minute to play. The unseeded Chargers, however, went on an 8-0 run to close the game and end M-A’s season. Senior Jamar Gaddis scored 13 points for M-A, 10 coming in the wild fourth quarter. It was his final prep game, along with fellow seniors Alex Aguiar, Blake Olsen, Esteban Samra and Peter Roumeliotis.

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The senior center produced 39 points, 24 rebounds and eight steals in two basketball victories, including 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 54-30 win over Pinewood in the championship game of the WBAL playoffs.

The junior forward scored 36 points with seven rebounds and eight steals to spark the Knights to a pair of must-win basketball victories that wrapped their first WBAL regular-season title since 2009 by one game.

Honorable mention Elizabeth Cruz Menlo-Atherton soccer

Chloe Eackles Pinewood basketball

Drew Edelman* Menlo basketball

Destiny Graham Eastside Prep basketball

Marissa Hing* Pinewood basketball

Alexus Simon Eastside Prep basketball

Ian Bennett Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Aubrey Dawkins* Palo Alto basketball

Ricky Galliani Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Nick Salzman Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Austin Wilson Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Ryan Young Menlo basketball * previous winner

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Girls’ basketball After an up and down season in the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton began the postseason on an up note with a 53-25 romp over visiting Independence in a CCS Division I opener on Tuesday in Atherton. The No. 9-seeded Bears (12-13) played at No. 8 Milpitas (10-13) on Thursday night. The Trojans were in the stands Tuesday to scout their first opponent. They saw Erin LaPorte and Katherine Hayse hit 3-pointers on M-A’s first two possessions, and the Bears never looked back. Emma Heath scored eight of her gamehigh 13 points in the first quarter as the Bears built a 20-6 lead before pulling away for a 23-point lead at the half. Heath added five rebounds while LaPorte had 10 points for M-A. Boys’ lacrosse Menlo-Atherton opened its season with a 12-9 victory over host Cal High in San Ramon on Tuesday night. Nick Schlein led all scorers with five goals and one assists while Duncan McGinnis added three goals and three assists for the Bears. M-A will travel to San Jose on Friday to face Bellarmine at 3:30 p.m. N

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Reeves said her biggest strengths as a player are her sound fundamentals, mental toughness and experience. “She adjusts well and is able to laugh off bad shots,” he said. “Very few have that mentality.” Walker still can’t quite believe what she witnessed last Sunday. “I certainly never thought I would coach a 62,” said Walker. “I’m like Mariah; I’m still kind of pinching myself.” Stackhouse had a celebratory dinner with family and friends after the tournament. The reality of her NCAA record finally was starting to sink in. “The next morning when I woke up —because I kept telling my mom, ‘This might be a dream and I’m going to be really sad if I wake up and this is not real’ — I woke up and it was very real,” said Stackhouse. “It was really too cool.” (Palo Alto native Mark Soltau has spent his whole life and much of his career around Stanford sports. He currently writes for Stanford Athletics/

Baseball Stanford starter Dean McArdle threw two innings of shutout ball and paved the way for the Cardinal bullpen to secure a 5-0 win over visiting California on Wednesday. No. 11 Stanford evened its record to 2-2 with the win at Sunken Diamond in front of 1,198 fans. Cal (3-1) was handed its first loss on the season after sweeping Michigan last weekend. Stanford resumes its four-game homestand with a weekend series against Fresno State. First pitch for Friday’s game is slated for 5:30 p.m. Softball Stanford senior Jenna Rich has been named a top-30 candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday. Rich and her teammates will be busy at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic this weekend in Cathedral City. The Cardinal opens Friday against Georgia and Oklahoma State. Returning to the mound this weekend for Stanford will be freshman Kelsey Stevens, who earlier this week was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. N

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KITCHEN & BATH ... A free workshop on “Kitchen & Bath” will be held at the Harrell Remodeling Design Center, 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. A light meal will be served. Information: or 650-230-2900

Clockwise, from left: David Nagle, aka Inspector Flueseau, uses a set of brushes to sweep the chimney; how a fireplace looks after it has been cleaned; Nagle stands in front of a house ready to start work with his chimneysweeping brushes.

REPAIR CAFE ... Volunteers will come together to offer their fix-it expertise at a “Repair Cafe” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Last year about 120 items were repaired, including computers, clothing, lamps, mowers, blenders and microwaves. Information: or email to volunteer

SWEEPING THE Bay area businesses offer tips on chimney cleaning and maintenance

by Ranjini Raghunath s winter wanes and hearth fires die down, flies and fleas might be the least of one’s flue problems, as the old tongue twister goes. If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned in a while, it might be best to get it done before the next burning season comes along, according to Tony Sanchez, of United Chimney Inc., a third-generation, family-owned and operated chimney-cleaning business in Menlo Park. Cleaning and maintaining the fireplace and chimney is one of the necessary hassles that come with being able to enjoy a crackling, cozy wood fire on chilly winter days. “A well-maintained masonry fireplace can last for 75 years,” Sanchez said, adding that one can still see some of these fireplaces in old Victorian homes in San Francisco. While almost all fireplaces and chimneys are safely designed to expel the byproducts of wood combustion, chimney fires still remain accidents waiting to happen. “The most common cause of chimney fires is the buildup of creosote, which is highly combustible and


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SOLAR BASICS ... The City of Palo Alto is offering a free workshop, “Solar Power 101: Solar Electric Basics,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Doug McKenzie, of SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, and Lindsay Joye, of City of Palo Alto’s Utilities Marketing Services, will talk about how photovoltaic systems work, rebate programs and federal solar tax credits. Participants are encouraged to check their own electric energy use before the workshop. Information (and to pre-register to reserve a spot): 650-329-2241 or index.html N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.

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PRUNING, PLANTING ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free class on “Planting, Growing and Pruning Fruit Trees” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Topics include when and how to prune, choosing and planting “bare root” fruit trees, fertilizing and pest management. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or or http://homeorchard.

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SOAP-MAKING ... Ilona Loeber, who teaches arts and crafts classes locally, will offer a workshop, “SoapMaking 101,” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the FabMo distribution center, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. The class will cover three kinds of soaps and a body scrub. Cost, which includes materials, is $25. Information:

causes thermal shocks and structural damage to the system,” Sanchez explained. Creosote is the crusty, blackishbrown, tar-like residue from burning wood that builds up over time along the inner walls of the chimney. A 2010 National Fire Protection Association’s report on “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment” estimated that 14,830 creosote fires are reported every year. Cleaning chimneys periodically might therefore be the most obvious and simplest solution to avoid chimney fires and damage. David Nagle, owner and operator of “Inspector Flue-seau” Chimney Services in San Mateo, points out that smoke coming out of the fireplace or a lingering bad odor in the air days after the fire has been put out are sure signs that the chimney needs to be cleaned. Nagle, whose quirky business name reflects his love for both the Pink Panther series and his profession, has been cleaning and inspecting chimneys, installing chimney caps and do(continued on page 47)

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ing masonry work in the Bay Area for the past 23 years. “Softwoods such as pine leave a lot of buildup and it might be a good idea to clean those fireplaces each week,” he advised. “For hardwoods such as almond or oak in a regular brick fireplace, I would recommend that people get it cleaned after one cord of wood is burnt. In general, they should get their chimneys cleaned once a year.” Sanchez recommended the same, adding that if the wood is too green or has more pitch — the dark, gummy residue left behind after the distillation of wood tar — it will generate more smoke and creosote buildup. Apart from regular visits for periodic inspection and cleaning, contractors and Realtors also avail chimneycleaning services during a home sale to make sure the chimney and fireplace are up to code. Often, simple oversight or laxity such as forgetting to

open up the dampers or letting cobwebs form inside smoke chambers can damage the chimney. “Sometimes, people just leave fires unattended,” Sanchez said, adding that in such cases, a screen in front of the fireplace would at least ensure that embers don’t fall onto the carpet. Another way to prevent fire hazards would be to trim trees around the house to remain 10 feet away from the chimney. With wintertime air pollution increasing every year, homeowners might also want to consider environmentfriendly initiatives, such as following “spare the air” alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and substituting Duraflame logs, which cause less pollution, for regular hardwood. The Palo Alto Municipal Code for roofing also mandates that homeowners must install spark arrestors and a rain guard in their chimneys. Spark arrestors not only prevent burning embers from escaping into the air but also keep small animals and birds out of the chimney.

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“We’ve had all sorts of animals, from raccoons to squirrels to rats fall into chimneys,” Sanchez said. A typical chimney-cleaning service including cleaning the hearth, chimney, smoke chamber, dampers and firebox with a final 21-point inspection, takes between 30 minutes and an hour and can cost between $120 and $150 for a single-story home across different chimney services in the Bay Area. N Editorial Intern Ranjini Raghunath can be emailed at rraghunath@paweekly. com.


Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $250,000 Highest sales price: $320,000

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $890,000 Highest sales price: $2,445,000

Los Altos

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $902,500 Highest sales price: $2,350,000

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $2,025,000 Highest sales price: $2,300,000

Mountain View

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 9 Lowest sales price: $441,000 Highest sales price: $2,615,000

Total sales reported: 10 Lowest sales price: $597,000 Highest sales price: $1,635,000 Source: California REsource

Mountain View

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

East Palo Alto 2489 Illinois St. H. & M. Lau to K. Lau for $250,000 on 1/7/13; previous sale 7/08, $262,000 1011 Runnymede St. H. Smith to S. & A. Mendoza for $320,000 on 1/10/13

Los Altos 384 N. Clark Ave. B. & S. Burke to A. Seem for $2,350,000 on 1/23/13; previous sale 5/87, $225,000 553 Tyndall St. V. & I. Kutsyy to Andrews Trust for $902,500 on 1/28/13

475 Chagall St. Shea Homes to T. & K. Flittner for $757,000 on 1/23/13 481 Chagall St. Shea Homes to L. Sun for $797,500 on 1/23/13 485 Chagall St. Shea Homes to E. Yu for $767,000 on 1/23/13 491 Chagall St. Shea Homes to J. Dasgupta for $814,000 on 1/23/13 495 Chagall St. Shea Homes to Delegeane Trust for $829,500 on 1/24/13 100 E. Middlefield Road #2b A. Lopez to Y. Tu for $441,000 on 1/23/13; previous sale 8/10, $370,000 123 Ortega Ave. H. Sherwood to M. Berenson for $695,000 on 1/29/13; previous sale 6/12, $645,000 1237 Satake Court G. & M. Watts to K. & L. Palatnik for $2,615,000 on 1/29/13; previous sale 11/10, $1,906,000 2175 Stanford Ave. M. & R. Ortiz to W. Zhang for $690,000 on 1/29/13

Palo Alto 3282 Berryessa St. Pichinson Trust to J. Zhou for $890,000 on 1/29/13; previous sale 11/10, $749,500 1475 Edgewood Drive J. Hsu to Hsu Trust for $2,240,000 on 1/24/13 500 Fulton St. #202 A. Regier to G. Aikey for $905,000 on 1/28/13; previous sale 8/05, $660,000 525 Guinda St. M. & M. Kamangar to G. Kumar for $2,445,000 on 1/23/13; previous sale 7/11, $1,110,000

Portola Valley 140 Pinon Drive Gradiska Trust to Reinhardt Trust for $2,300,000 on 1/4/13; previous sale 12/72, $87,500 10 Tynan Way Mein Trust to G. & S. Silberman for $2,025,000 on 1/14/13; previous sale 3/04, $1,910,000

Redwood City 450 Alameda De Las Pulgas A. & A. Cervantes to A. Quintanilla for $625,000 on 1/11/13; previous sale

3/90, $265,000 425 Cork Harbour Circle #H Working Dirt to L. Xing for $597,000 on 1/9/13; previous sale 10/12, $500,000 150 Finger Ave. KMA Real Estate Properties to Reed Trust for $1,469,500 on 1/4/13; previous sale 11/11, $930,000 937 Governors Bay Drive F. & M. Castillo to A. Srivastava for $1,635,000 on 1/4/13 300 Sea Cliff Lane A. & S. Sawant to F. Olson for $850,000 on 1/8/13; previous sale 10/04, $722,500 631 True Wind Way #216 One Marina Homes to Crampton Trust for $650,000 on 1/11/13 635 True Wind Way #503 One Marina Homes to R. Hyde for $709,000 on 1/4/13 635 True Wind Way #505 One Marina Homes to A. Farinha for $630,500 on 1/4/13 635 True Wind Way #517 One Marina Homes to A. Charles for $617,500 on 1/8/13 260 Wheeler Ave. P. Peters to Keriotis Trust for $895,000 on 1/8/13


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Real Estate Matters Some tips for condo buyers by Michael Repka

any Silicon Valley buyers find condominiums and townhomes an attractive alternative to single-family homes. While the motives for this decision are many and varied, convenience and price are often cited as key factors. Many busy professionals enjoy the lifestyle of luxury condominiums and townhouses because several routine tasks, such as maintenance and some renovations, are handled by the Homeowner’s Association (“HOA”). Although these homeowners must comply with the regulations and decisions made by the HOA board, some find they are willing to exchange autonomy for convenience. Additionally, townhomes and condominiums are often more affordable than single-family homes of the equivalent size. Many buyers are pleased to see the quality of the construction and the amenities they get with condominiums and townhomes irrespective of the particular price point. Nevertheless, the purchase of a condominium or townhome requires many specific considerations. These considerations include community living, quality of construction, the financial strength of the HOA and the investment return potential. Community living: The lifestyle afforded by a condominium or townhouse is certainly different than the lifestyle people experience


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when they own a single-family home. Owners are generally much closer to their neighbors and they must cooperate with the rest of the community to make decisions regarding the common areas. It is important to consider whether you are comfortable with living and interacting closely with your neighbors before submitting an offer for a condominium or townhouse. Quality of construction: As with any construction, there is a wide variation in the quality of builders and materials used. While some of this quality is obvious on the surface, there are some details that are not so evident. It is advantageous for potential buyers to look for a real-estate agent who specializes in condominiums and townhouses and has familiarity with the quality of various projects in the Silicon Valley. Homeowner’s association: While some HOA boards are lenient, other HOA boards are more stringent with the rules and regulations. HOA boards that are strict may be preferable to some buyers because of the uni-

formity of the units and the consistency of the expectations. Others, however, may find these same restrictions to be frustrating and overbearing. It is important that perspective buyers understand these restrictions — or lack thereof — and be comfortable with the HOA regulations. HOA fees: Condominium complexes often offer amenities that are shared by the entire complex. Most condominiums will assess a fee to cover common-area maintenance and utilities. However, these fees can range widely and each complex will vary in what the HOA fees will cover. Your real-estate agent will be able to advise you about what is covered under the HOA fees. HOA reserves: It is prudent to consider the financial strength of the Homeowner’s Association before moving forward with an offer. The Homeowner’s Association should have sufficient reserves to cover large renovations and unforeseen expenses. If the association does not have adequate reserves in place, they will be forced to impose special assessments on the tenants in the event that large or unforeseen renovations become necessary. Investment potential: Buying a condominium or a townhouse is a major financial investment. Therefore, it is important for the buyer to consider the future resale value. Some factors that impact future resale value are location, amenities and the surrounding school districts. However, there are many other factors that buyers should also consider. For example, while some buyers are attracted to the condominiums and town-

RentWatch Isn’t it too late for a lawsuit? edited by Martin Eichner


I moved out of an apartment more than three years ago. I knew that I didn’t leave the place in perfect condition, but I figured I would call it “even” if my landlord kept my security deposit. Instead, I received a letter from him telling me that he was keeping my security deposit and that I owed him another $800 for additional damage to the property. I thought that claim was totally unfair so I didn’t respond. Now, three year later, that landlord has served me with a small-claims court lawsuit for $1,000 in damages. Isn’t this lawsuit too late? In order to give you accurate advice, some questions need to be answered. First, was your rental agreement with this landlord in writing or was it oral? The statute of limitations to enforce the terms of a written agreement is four years, which means this lawsuit is still timely if you had a written agreement. On the other hand, a claim based on an oral agreement must be brought within two years. Another question is whether the original letter from your landlord was timely. California Civil Code Section 19505.5 requires a landlord to provide a written accounting of a tenant’s security deposit to the tenant within 21 days after the tenant vacates. Did your former


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landlord meet this requirement? If not, you have a strong argument that the entire deposit should be refunded. If the judge feels that landlord’s delay was in bad faith, there is an additional penalty that you could claim equal to twice the deposit amount, in addition to refund of the deposit itself. Did the landlord’s letter include documentation of the amount of damages claimed? Under Section 1950.5, any deductions for repairs or damages or cleaning that total more than $125 must be accompanied by receipts or invoices supporting them. In addition to these issues, you also have the right to attack whether the claimed damages were reasonable, since you felt there was no significant damage to the property when you left. In this type of case, the landlord has the burden of proving that the damages were justified. If you have any photos or other documentation of the conditions when you left, your case will be stronger. Depending on the answers to these questions, your local me-

houses in Silicon Valley because these units tend to be relatively new, the novelty can deteriorate over time. If there are other units or complexes scheduled to be constructed in the area, you will be competing against the newer units in the future if you intend to sell. In addition, condominium complexes often have units that are similar in floor plan and amenities. Therefore, sellers often find direct competition from others in the same complex. Buyers should remain cognizant of any special features or elements that may differentiate their specific unit from others in the same complex. Further, many HOA boards find it advantageous to restrict the number of units that may be rented out at any particular time. This encourages owner occupancy. Unfortunately, this can also have disastrous consequences for an investor who intends to rent out the unit as an investment property. In conclusion, condominiums and townhouses are convenient and affordable alternative to single-family homes. However, buyers should be aware of the various factors that are associated with these purchases. A good real-estate agent who specializes in condominiums and townhouses should be able to guide you through all of these details. N Michael Repka, managing broker and general counsel for DeLeon Realty, Palo Alto, formerly practiced real estate and tax law in Palo Alto. He serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors. He can be reached at MichaelR@

diation program might be able to help you negotiate a compromise settlement of these claims. There is no “open-and-shut” case in the small-claims court because the procedure is informal and the parties represent themselves. Both sides have an incentive to settle prior to the court date to save the time and stress of a trial. In addition, the party winning at trial will have to collect the judgment awarded, which can often prove more difficult than winning the case at trial.


I recently stopped at a rental property to apply for a twobedroom apartment after I saw a “vacancy” sign while driving past it. I had my two young children with me at the time. When I spoke to the on-site rental agent, she told me that the available unit was on the second floor. She said I could not apply for that unit because they did not rent second-floor units to families with young children. She said the owner had nothing against children, but the units have open balconies. The owner felt there was too much danger that small children would be injured falling off the balconies. I am finding it hard to find a decent rental and I thought this community would be perfect for me and my family. Is it legal for the owner to exclude me from the second floor? Families with one or more children under age 18 living in the household are protected from discrimination under the fair-housing laws. This “familial status” discrimination applies to


refusals to rent or sell to families with children. It also prohibits treating families with children differently than other residents in the terms and conditions of housing. Limiting these families to certain parts of a rental community, or certain floors in a building, are included in the prohibited discriminatory practices. Here it sounds like the landlord was concerned that the open balconies on the second floor would constitute a safety risk for your children. However, that justification does not permit violation of the familial status protections. Landlords can establish reasonable safety rules that apply to everyone, but safety rules cannot apply only to children. In this case, if the landlord is concerned that the open balconies are a safety risk, the landlord could address the risk by taking some action or making some modification that would be likely to mitigate the risk. Excluding children instead of addressing the risk may seem more economical to a landlord, but the result is that families like your family find themselves excluded from significant portions of the housing market. N Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization that provides landlord tenant dispute resolution and fair housing services in Northern California, including rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Call 650856-4062 for dispute resolution or 650-321-6291 for fair housing or email




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Announcing our 2013 Spring Real Estate Special Publication This publication includes relevant news and articles about the dynamic Midpeninsula real estate market… where it’s been in the last year, where it is now and where it is heading. Included are real estate articles with data on single family home sales, condo home sales, tips on buying, leasing and renting here in the Midpeninsula neighborhoods — and much more.

Publication Dates: April 17 (The Almanac) and April 19 (Palo Alto Weekly and Mountain View Voice)

This picture perfect 3 bed, 2 bath, single-level home, features designer touches throughout. The living spaces flow easily out to a beautifully landscaped backyard with slate stone patio. Prime Menlo Park Neighborhood: convenient to Sand Hill Road, downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto, Stanford University and Hospital, wonderful shopping, restaurants, and a variety of hiking and recreational options.



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Price is $1,649,000 Call Jennifer Whelan Alfaro for more information.



Space Reservation and Copy Due: March 25, 2013

650.888.8338 DRE #01721877

Please contact your Real Estate advertising Sales representative: Neal Fine 650-223-6583 | Rosemary Lewkowitz 650-922-8407 | Carolyn Oliver 650-223-6581

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Buyer should verify all information to their satisfaction.


2 Bedrooms - Condominium 103 Emerson St Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms 79 Normandy Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,888,000 323-7751

5 Bedrooms 8 Meadow Ln Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 95 Irving Av Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 36 Melanie Ln Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker

$7,450,000 462-1111 $2,678,000 462-1111 $4,998,000 323-7751

5 Bedrooms

LOS ALTOS 4 Bedrooms

6 Bedrooms

$1,695,000 941-1111

5 Bedrooms 231 Hawthorne Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 852 Carmel Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,980,000 941-7040 $1,999,998 941-1111

4 Bedrooms $2,995,000 941-1111 $1,898,000 380-1420

$4,195,000 323-7751

MOUNTAIN VIEW 2 Bedrooms - Condominium 264 N Whisman Rd #19 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 741 San Pablo Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 2302 Jewell Pl Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$449,000 328-5211

$4,750,000 462-1111

$749,888 328-5211 $798,000 325-6161

3 Bedrooms - Condominium 1910 Aberdeen Ln Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

6+ Bedrooms 12797 Normandy Ln Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

555 Oakfield Ln Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,498,000 323-7751 $3,450,000 462-1111

3 Bedrooms

LOS ALTOS HILLS 13300 Robleda Rd Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 12695 La Cresta Dr Sat/Sun 12-5 Deleon Realty

$3,450,000 323-7751 $2,998,000 323-7751 $1,590,000 462-1111 $2,795,000 473-1500

$719,000 323-1111

4 Bedrooms 717 Alice Av Sun

Coldwell Banker

$999,000 325-6161

3 Bedrooms

6+ Bedrooms

351 Leland Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 13 Campbell Ln Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

131 Carmelita Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,158,000 941-7040

MENLO PARK $1,649,000 323-7751 $2,295,000 462-1111

$859,000 941-1111

3 Bedrooms

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658 Westridge Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,375,000 851-1961

200 S Balsamina Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,795,000 324-4456

710 La Mesa Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,695,000 324-4456

651 La Mesa Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,595,000 324-4456

1190 Hamilton Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,695,000 324-4456


331 Creekside Dr Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,535,000 323-1111

3 Bedrooms

1806 Mark Twain St Sun 1-4 Christina Chu

$1,988,000 919-3725

3 Bedrooms - Condominium

348 Lennox Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 260 Arden Rd Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

1590 Kensington Ci Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

736 Homer Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

4 Bedrooms 24 San Juan Av Sun Coldwell Banker 800 Wallea Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 500 8th Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 940 College Av Sat/Sun Kerwin & Associates

$1,398,000 324-4456

2 Bedrooms

Unless otherwise noted, all times are 1:30-4:30 pm


4 Bedrooms


420 Cambridge Av #3 Sat/Sun 12-5 Deleon Realty

$1,498,000 380-1420

431 Beresford Av Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 5 Woodhue Ct Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 843 Mohican Wy Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

432 Webster St $1,325,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500


4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

1565 Stanford Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,395,000 323-7751

958 Durlane Ct Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

1935 Webster St Sun Coldwell Banker

$6,500,000 325-6161


1530 University Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,750,000 462-1111

3 Bedrooms

1350 Harker Av Sun Miles McCormick

$3,095,000 400-1001

221 Bryant St Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Portman Realty

$3,190,000 269-1006

2911 Simkins Ct Sun Deleon Realty

$1,799,000 543-8500

4262 Los Palos Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,995,000 324-4456

3500 South Ct Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,598,000 323-1111

$1,199,000 529-1111

$975,000 941-1111

$1,895,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms 240 Allen Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,498,000 328-5211

27 Preston Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 851-2666

265 Woodside Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 323-7751

116 Blakewood Wy $1,395,000 Sat 2:30-5/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 $2,575,000 851-2666

5 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms 1 Grove Ct Sun

500 W California Wy Sat/Sun 12-3 Coldwell Banker

135 Crest Rd Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker


$999,000 325-6161

4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms - Townhouse

5 Bedrooms

$1,029,000 462-1111

Coldwell Banker

$7,250,000 851-2666

305 Lindenbrook Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 851-2666

Hanna Sells Palo Alto... with Hanna selling 13 Homes in the last 7 Months Totaling a Volume of $61,252,000 sales in Palo Alto alone LD SO 012 A 2 NN HA OBER T OC

2051 Waverley, in Old Palo Alto Offered at $10,249,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER


235 Seale Ave, in Old Palo Alto Offered at $5,980,000 HANNA REPRESENTED BUYER


Exclusive, Private Sale, not on MLS in Crescent Park Offered at $3,495,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER

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4148 Baker St, in Barron Park Offered at $2,295,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER




530 E Crescent in Crescent Park Offered at $6,600,000 HANNA REPRESENTED BUYER



2150 Waverley St, in Old Palo Alto Offered at $4,450,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER

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4050 Amaranta Ave, in Barron Park Offered at $4,295,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER

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1650 Bryant St, in Old Palo Alto Offered at $3,295,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER

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1566 Hamilton Ave, in Green Gables Offered at $2,595,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER

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1950 Newell Rd in Leland Manor Offered at $2,098,000 HANNA REPRESENTED BUYER

One of Top Agents in the Country (per Wall Street Journal in lists released in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)

Exclusive, Private Sale, not on MLS, in North Palo Alto HANNA REPRESENTED BUYER

863 Moreno Ave, in Midtown Palo Alto Offered at $1,449,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER



1600 University Ave, in Crescent Park Offered at $1,295,000 HANNA REPRESENTED SELLER DRE# 01073658

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Chef’s kitchen with center island

Spacious Master with spa-like bath

Expansive and sunny backyard

Centrally located in Allied Arts

Top-rated Menlo Park Schools

Terri Kerwin Broker / Owner

650.473.1500 DRE#01181550

Offered at $2,795,000

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331 C R E E K S I D E D R I V E , PA LO A LTO | L I S T E D AT $ 1, 535, 0 0 0 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths Remodeled kitchen features granite counters, double ovens, & Viking cooktop ■ Open floor plan ■ Wood-burning brick fireplace ■ ■


Family room opens to the spacious patios & entertaining areas. ■ Walls of windows ■ Slate & laminate floors throughout ■ Large 2 car attached garage ■ 1690+/- sf living space, 6993+/- sf lot ■

650-465-3800 | sprovo@ | | DRE # 00892974

Open Sat & Sun 1:30 - 4:30pm

3500 South Court, Palo Alto Exquisite New Construction in Midtown 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths Green point rated construction w/many high end amenities Stunning gourmet kitchen with Thermador appliances Open family room with glass doors to the expansive travertine covered patio and picturesque backyard Ideal main level guest bedroom suite Master suite boasts balcony and luxurious bath %UD]LOLDQFKHUU\KDUGZRRGÁRRUVRQERWKOHYHOV Extensive use of limestone, travertine, marble, detailed crown moldings and built-in bay window seats Offered at $2,598,000

Jenny Teng

Christy Giuliacci



DRE #01023687

DRE #01506761

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1350 Harker Avenue, Palo Alto Open Sunday

1861 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

150 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

SOLD with Multiple Offers

SOLD with Multiple Offers

Miles McCormick

Number One Team out of 79,000 Keller Williams agents


H o m e s O f Pa l o A l to. co m Averaging 10,000 Visits Per Month DRE 01184883

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Coldwell Banker


Atherton Sat/Sun 1 - 4:30 $4,998,000 Lush grounds Stunning custom French country estate w/huge fam rm,library,private gym & rooftop patio. 5 BR/5.5 BA Sam Anagnostou DRE #00798217 650.323.7751

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $4,198,000 555 Oakfield Quality New Construction! Exceptional new home w/ spacious rooms & high ceilings. Lrg lot in prime West Menlo loc. 6 BR/4 BA Liz Daschbach DRE #00969220 650.323.7751

Menlo Park Sun 1 - 4 $2,998,000 800 Wallea Drive Stunning Remodel Formal entry, chef ’s kitchen, spacious family rm, master suite, walk to downtown. 5 BR/4 BA Keri Nicholas DRE #01198898 650.323.7751

Menlo Park $1,695,000 Create Your Dream Home! Spacious home with lots of potential! Private lot, tucked away. Lovely shaded backyard! 6 BR/3 BA Rod Creason DRE #01443380 650.325.6161

Menlo Park Shown By Appointment $1,500,000 Rare, one-level unit overlooking 14th fairway of Sharon Heights golf course. 3 BR/2 BA Deanna Tarr DRE #00585398 650.324.4456

Mountain View $999,000 Lovely Home On Large Lot! Lovely 4BR/2BA Mountain View home on approx 8,900 Sq. Ft. lot. Close to shops & parks! 4 BR/2 BA DiPali Shah DRE #01249165 650.325.6161

Palo Alto Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $6,500,000 1935 Webster St Old Palo Alto Prestigious location! 16,610SF lot. Possible subdivision, buyer to verify w/City of PA. 4 BR/3.5 BA Alan Loveless DRE #00444835 650.325.6161

Palo Alto Sun 1 - 4 $2,695,000 1190 Hamilton Av New price! English storybook home with enchanting gardens. Exudes charm and coziness. 3 BR/3.5 BA Bonnie Biorn DRE #01085834 650.324.4456

Palo Alto Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,398,000 103 Emerson St Just listed! Stunning, exquisitely remodeled one-level condo in prime downtown Palo Alto. 2 BR/2 BA Hanna Shacham DRE #01073658 650.324.4456

Portola Valley Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,695,000 710 La Mesa Dr New listing! Step inside this spacious Ladera home and be swept away by the breathtaking views. 4 BR/2.5 BA Karen Fryling/Rebecca Johnson DRE #01326275/01332193 650.324.4456

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $999,000 5 Woodhue Ct Large Light Filled House Large light filled house w/ excellent flr plan. Don’t miss this peaceful, charming property 3 BR/2 BA Brendan Callahan DRE #01397059 650.325.6161

Woodside Prime Location! $29,000,000 Private prestigious location. 11+ acre property in central Woodside close to town. Susie Dews & Shena Hurley DRE #00781220/01152002 650.325.6161

Woodside $6,250,000 Premier Garden Estate 5BD/4BA Central Woodside, 3 ac reconstructed & 2 story addition completed in 1995. Berdine Jernigan/Jim McCahon, DRE #00679045/00950599 650.851.2666

Woodside Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,498,000 240 Allen Rd Beautifully Remodeled! Extensively and beautifully remodeled home. Breathtaking view of forest and ocean. 4 BR/3.5 BA Lea Nilsson DRE # 00699379 650.328.5211

Portola Valley $659,000 Private Setting Los Trancos Woods home on .29 ac,borders Blue Oaks open space. 1 BR/1 BA Joe & Ginny Kavanaugh DRE #01351481, 00884747 650.851.1961

Menlo Park | Palo Alto | Portola Valley | Woodside |

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264 N. Whisman Road #19, Mountain View


Open Sat & Sun 1:30 - 4:30

2 Bedrooms shows like new! Tastefully remodeled unit, approximate 1087 sf. Kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Sunny living room with balcony overlooks lush greenbelt, W/D inside unit. Amenities include swimming pool, recreation room with ping pong and pool table. Super location close to Downtown, Caltrain/Light Rail station, and Google campus.

Anni Chu (650) 868 -3429 DRE # 01189653

Call Anni for more information. U.C. Berkeley, Haas Business School Graduate

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1 GROVE CT $7,250,000 3BD/3.5BA Visually stunning modern home with floor to ceiling windows atop quiet 1.59 acre knoll near center of town with spectacular views.

BILLY MCNAIR 650.862.3266 DRE #01343603


$4,998,000 SAM ANAGNOSTOU 36 MELANIE LN 650.323.7751 Stunning custom French country estate w/sun-filled kitchen, huge family room, library, grand formal DRE #00798217 rooms, rooftop European balcony/patio.

1190 HAMILTON AV $2,695,000 New price! This alluring English home has 3BD/3.5BA. Circa 1924, this home has been fabulously updated. DRE #01085834 Located in Crescent Park on 7,950 sq ft lot.

TOM LEMIEUX 650.329.6645 DRE #01066910

ROD CREASON 650.255.2977 DRE #01443380


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24052 OAK KNOLL CI $5,595,000 Blending the romance of the Napa countryside w/ the best of California living,this sumptuous Hm evokes luxurious living indoors & out. WOODSIDE | OPEN SUNDAY

76 RIDGE VIEW DR $4,695,000 Multi-level floor plan w/5 BD & 4.5 BA. Approx 4,810 sf of living space.Separately fenced sun-swept pool plus private spa off the master suite.

ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 DRE #01230766

3551 MIDDLEFIELD RD $1,695,000 Spacious 6 bedroom, 3 bath home with lots of potential! Unlimited possibilites. Private lot tucked away in desirable area. Lovely shaded backyard!

DIPALI SHAH 415.572.1595 DRE #01249165


717 ALICE AV $999,000 Lovely 4BR/2BA Mountain View home on approx 8,900 Sq. Ft. lot. Gourmet kitchen, laminate wood floors, fireplace & huge yard. Close to shops & parks!

DEANNA TARR 650.752.0833 DRE #00585398

SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT $1,500,000 Rare, one-level unit overlooking 14th fairway of Sharon Heights golf course. Easy access to major airports, shopping, Stanford University. REDWOOD CITY | OPEN SAT & SUN

BRENDAN CALLAHAN 650.387.2535 DRE #01397059


5345 RAFTON DR $899,950 2302 JEWELL PL $798,000 GREG STANGE 650.208.5196 Elegant remodeled home bordering Los Gatos. Sep. You won’t want to miss this fully remodeled, 3 room, 2 Bath home in Mountain View’s sought after FR w/FP. Hardwood floors. Gourmet kitchen w/ DRE #01418178 granite slab, maple cabinets, center island & more! Monta Loma neighborhood! Must see!

305 LINDENBROOK CT $3,595,000 Wonderful 7+ acre 5BD/4.5BA Woodside Estate with views of the western hills. Updated gourmet kitchen. Woodside Schools. MENLO PARK | SHARON HEIGHTS


$1,398,000 HANNA SHACHAM 103 EMERSON ST 650.752.0767 Stunning, exquisitely remodeled, 2BR/2BA one-level condo in prime downtown Palo Alto. Small, private DRE #01073658 complex in gorgeous creekside setting.

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BONNIE BIORN 650.888.0846

TERRI COUTURE 650.917.5811



RIC PARKER 408.398.0054

SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT $6,395,000 Stunning views! Idyllic setting, unparalleled panoramic views to SF & contemporary design in this Blue Oaks estate. 6BR/6 full+3 half baths.


5 WOODHUE CT $999,000 3BR/2BA Lrg light filled house w/excellent flr plan. Good sized BRs & HW flrs compliment the California lifestyle. Don’t miss this peaceful charming property. MOUNTAIN VIEW | OPEN SAT & SUN

ANNI CHU 650.868.3429 DRE #01189653

264 N. WHISMAN RD #19 $449,000 2 BR, 1 BA tastefully remodeled. Kitchen w/granite countertops. Master BR w/walk-in closet organizer. Laminate flooring. W/D in unit. 2 Porches. | ©2013 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office Is Owned by a Subsidiary of NRT LLC. DRE License # 01908304

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Palo Alto Weekly 02.22.2013 - Section 1  
Palo Alto Weekly 02.22.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 22, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly