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Divisive senior-housing proposal scores zoning victory Palo Alto planning commission votes to recommend rezoning Maybell Avenue site to enable 60 senior residences, 15 homes by Gennady Sheyner


veryone agrees that Palo Alto, a city with a graying population and sky-high property values, has a drought of housing for low-income seniors. But it’s the details of the latest proposed development that have driven

a deep wedge in the community — a split that was on full display during Wednesday’s packed and emotional meeting of the Planning and Transportation Commission. In the end, the commission voted 4-1, with Alex Panelli dissenting and Arthur

Keller and Greg Tanaka absent, to recommend a zone change for the controversial project. The proposal by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing throughout the city, contains a 60unit building for low-income seniors and 15 single-family homes at 567 Maybell Ave. The former orchard currently contains four houses, which would be demolished. To build the project, the Housing

Corporation needs the city to rezone the site to “planned community,” which would allow greater density in exchange for “public benefits.” In this case, the main benefit is the project itself — affordable housing in a city in short supply. It was this benefit that prompted city staff to recommend the zone change, which the planning commission first considered in March. “We strongly believe that regardless of our regional housing require-

ment or anything else, all that aside, that the city does need to provide opportunities for affordable housing, particularly for low-income seniors,” Planning Director Curtis Williams told the commission. Land for affordable housing in Palo Alto is “precious,” Williams said. There simply aren’t many vacant lots out there, particularly with residential zoning that would allow (continued on page 6)


Palo Alto tries to make hackathon a family affair From coding to coloring books, city casts a broad net as it prepares for hacking celebration on June 1 by Gennady Sheyner


Veronica Weber

Honoring diverse heritages First-graders Carlos Gabriel Ramon, draped in the Uruguay flag, and Tyra Bogan, holding the flag of Ukraine, wait to walk in the “Parade of Nations” at Escondido Elementary School on May 17. Students chose flags to represent their own or others’ heritages during a celebration of their school’s diversity.


Kniss speaks out on battle with breast cancer Palo Alto councilwoman had surgery last year at start of political campaign


or a year Palo Alto City Councilwoman Liz Kniss held a closely guarded secret shared only with her husband and with four friends. She had been diagnosed with cancer in both breasts just before her 2012 election kickoff campaign. After surgery in April 2012, Kniss kept her diagnosis under wraps. Staying silent was important to her healing, albeit uncharacteristic for her extroverted personality, she said. This March, she broke her silence

by Sue Dremann at a fundraiser breakfast for the nonprofit Breast Cancer Connections in Palo Alto. The admission shocked people who were close to Kniss. Even her campaign manager did not know, she said. Now, with actress Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement of her preventative double-mastectomy raising awareness of breast cancer, Kniss has decided to speak openly about her own diagnosis and treatment. By coming forward, Kniss said she

hopes to encourage women to get screened for the disease. “This is not about me. It really is about everyone else. I’m one of so many. I feel like my story shouldn’t be any more special than anyone else’s,” she said last Friday. And she has a straightforward message for women: “Get your damn mammogram every year.” Jolie has a gene mutation, BRCA1, (continued on page 9)

ackers, designers and Silicon Valley technophiles will flood downtown Palo Alto’s most prominent gathering spot with food, music, TED-style talks and gizmos galore on June 1 as part of the city’s — and the nation’s — inaugural festival to celebrate “civic hacking.” In what the city’s Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental called “a first of a kind event,” Palo Alto will join dozens of other cities throughout the United States for the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event, which is championed by the White House through the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will actually be Palo Alto’s second citysponsored “hackathon,” though it’s the first time that City Hall is the leading driver and organizer. Last year, the downtown firms Innovation Endeavors and Talenthouse (which has since moved out of Palo Alto) led the endeavor and started what is shaping up to become a tradition. Now, the event is set to spread both within the city and across the nation. This year’s hackathon — themed “Come to Inspire and Be Inspired” — will be centered at Lytton Plaza on University Avenue and Emerson Street, a site that the city has dubbed CityCamp Palo Alto. Reichental said the plaza will host a wide variety of hands-on events for families and will feature musicians, art and hands-on activities geared to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — subjects Reichental referred to under the acronym STEAM. (“Sometimes it’s called STEM,” Reichental told the City Council’s technology committee on May 14. “We prefer STEAM because art is such a big part of our lives.”) “We really thought about how to

get children engaged and excited about technology and how to get teenagers excited about increasing collaboration between government and the hacker community,” said Reichental, whose office has been gradually releasing troves of city data in recent months as part of Palo Alto’s fledgling “Open Data” movement. There will, of course, be hacking of the traditional kind — meaning “coding,” not security breaches and data theft. In its event announcement, the city defines “civic hacking” as “a form of citizen engagement and volunteerism.” To that effect, the city will lead an “ideas hackathon” in which volunteers contribute solutions to civic problems and coders try to build prototypes. The innovation will center on four themes: resilience, sustainability, connectedness and health (more information about each hackathon and schedules are available at But coding will be just a small part of the hackathon, Reichental said. Around 90 events will take place across the nation, and Palo Alto, which takes exceptional pride in its technological heritage, plans to make its hackathon the biggest in the nation. This means arts-andcrafts activities for children; coding for hackers; a “makers tent” filled with tools and gizmos for hardware enthusiasts; and a series of 20-minute TED-style talks by leading technologists aiming to inspire everyone present. Last year’s event, dubbed the “Super Happy Block Party,” was geared mainly toward the software crowd. This year’s, Reichental said, has wider ambitions. “It’s never been done before anywhere in the world, and it is designed (continued on page 10)

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We will not tolerate this level of violence. — Ron Davis, East Palo Alto police chief, on the spike of shootings in his city that have led him to initiate a crime-emergency order. See story on page 5.

Around Town SMOKED OUT ... Palo Alto took a giant swing at tobacco earlier this month when the City Council swiftly approved a smoking ban for all city parks, large and small. In doing so, the council went far beyond an earlier recommendation from its Policy and Services Committee to ban smoking at just small parks — a recommendation that itself went far beyond an earlier staff recommendation to ban smoking at parks in downtown and near California Avenue. But now that smoking is illegal at every park, the city is considering whether some of its largest nature preserves should include designated smoking areas. That was the proposal by Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd, who is hoping to prevent a situation in which smokers are forced to get into their cars and drive out of parks for a nicotine fix. The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to consider the designated areas on Tuesday night, but staff from the Community Services Department has already come out against establishing the smoking havens. The concern, according to a staff report, is that a “designated smoking area” would be “contrary to the ideal of promoting healthy behaviors” and create challenges in enforcing. Fire danger is another issue. Because one of the intents of the ban is to reduce fire risk and cigarette litter in openspace areas, staff is recommending against smoking areas. THE IT CROWD ... Much like Public Works and Rodney Dangerfield, the IT Department often gets no respect. Much of the work takes place behind the scenes and the biggest signs of success — updated browsers, working email, functioning servers, secure data — are as humdrum as they are vital. But with the IT operation at City Hall undergoing a dramatic overhaul, Palo Alto’s tech squad had a rare chance this week to take a bow during a brief but detailed presentation on the three-year IT strategy that was launched in July 2012. The department itself is relatively new, having traditionally fallen under the umbrella of the Administrative Service Department. Its maestro, Jonathan Reichental, became the city’s first “chief information officer” when he joined the city in December 2011. “This is definitely the decade of data if not the century of data,” Reichental told the City Council Monday. “We will have more information and more data

than we ever wanted. This will inform better decision-making and actually unveil what has been invisible to date.” The strategy includes replacing City Hall desktops with laptops, shifting city data off-site (“Hardware is the old world. Cloud is the new world.”), and unleashing a wide array of software tools, from one that will allow residents to take a photo of a pothole and have it sent automatically to the appropriate department; to posting real-time data on building permits onto the city’s recently redesigned website. Reichental said the department has been striving to innovate, not just maintain. It currently is working on 30 approved projects and has 29 awaiting approval and 20 more undergoing evaluation, he said. Stay tuned. PARK HERE ... If parking shortage is a sign of downtown’s success, as many maintain, Palo Alto has plenty to be proud of even as it struggles to improve a situation that many downtown residents say has gotten out of control. This week, the City Council discussed and approved a proposed valet program at the High Street garage just north of Hamilton Avenue and directed staff to return at a future meeting with possible funding options for building a new garage. The council generally agreed that the city’s approach to solve the parking problem requires a broad, multi-pronged approach, possibly including permit programs and new facilities. But they disagreed on the devilish details, with Councilwoman Karen Holman urging broader consideration of potential sites for new garages (staff had proposed five sites for evaluation) and resisting a proposal from developer Charles “Chop” Keenan to partner with the city on a garage at a city-owned lot that would be used by both the public and by workers in Keenan’s proposed office development at 135 Hamilton Ave. Others were noncommittal on the subject of garage sites, a topic that will re-emerge on June 10, when the council is set to discuss Keenan’s offer in greater detail. The valet idea, meanwhile, sailed by with no dissent. Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd was “fantastically wild” about doing the valet study, while Councilwoman Liz Kniss was a bit more subdued. “Some people will be uneasy about leaving their cars and not knowing where they’ll find it when they get back,” Kniss said. N


Palo Alto’s graduations come early this year Gunn, Paly plan formal commencement ceremonies Wednesday, May 29


raduation festivities for Palo Alto’s two public high schools will be held in May rather than June this year, possibly for the first time ever. Gunn and Palo Alto high schools will host formal ceremonies on campus Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. The earlier time frame is due to a shift in the Palo Alto Unified School District’s academic calendar, which moved the school year to an earlier start in August in order to squeeze in the full first semester before the December holidays. The last day of school this year for all students except seniors is May 30. Last year it was June 7. Three Paly seniors were chosen to be graduation speakers after auditioning Tuesday before a faculty panel. Students were asked to spend three to five minutes sharing “a story that reveals your unique experience at Paly or in the (school

district) and perhaps a thought or insight you will take with you.” Preceding Paly’s graduation will be a baccalaureate ceremony Sunday, May 26. Though traditionally held at Stanford University’s Memorial Auditorium, the event has been moved this year to Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino to accommodate the crowd, said Paly Student Activities Director and Japanese teacher Matt Hall. Main baccalaureate speakers will be senior class president Michael Wang and Stanford head football coach David Shaw. On Tuesday, May 28, Paly seniors will board buses and leave campus for the traditional all-day senior picnic. Gunn’s baccalaureate ceremony was held Sunday, May 19, and featured a large cast of student musicians and artists as well as speeches by students Doron Kopelman, Derek Lee and Andrew Mell. Gunn students, like their Paly

counterparts, will board buses for an all-day senior picnic Tuesday, May 28, at an undisclosed location. Following Wednesday’s graduation ceremonies at both schools, grads will head for grad-night parties. Buses are scheduled to return to Paly Thursday, May 30, at 2:30 a.m. and to Gunn at 3:30 a.m. When buses return to Gunn, parent volunteers will host and provide hot drinks at a “firepit reception” to give students “extra time ... to wind down and spend additional moments with their friends in a different atmosphere,” according to organizers. Paly grad-night organizers, a committee of parent volunteers, solicited donations to a scholarship fund to raise money for confidential scholarships for the senior picnic and grad-night party, which together were priced at an early-bird price of $215. N — Chris Kenrick


EPA police chief declares ‘crime emergency’ Officers’ time off canceled to increase law enforcement on the streets by Sue Dremann


series of gun-related crimes over the weekend that culminated in the the death of a 16-year-old boy has prompted East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis to declare a “crime emergency.” In addition to the teenager, identified as Jose Quinonez, eight people have been shot within the past two weeks. Since January there have been five homicides and more than 50 assaults with firearms, Davis stated. Most of the shootings are gangrelated, and retaliation shootings are likely to occur unless police intervene, he added. The crime-emergency order, which took effect on May 21, more than doubles the number of patrol officers in the field, he said. It allows the department to make swift assignment changes as needed. All regularly scheduled days off for each patrol team will be canceled on a rotational basis for the next 30 days. “As a community we will not tolerate this level of violence. We are committed to action, and we will use all resources available to stem this violence and restore peace in our community,” Davis said. In a Twitter message to the community on May 19, Davis said last summer a combined program of social services and enforcement quelled violence between two feuding gangs, the Taliban and DaVill. Davis said the city is now facing another spike of violence involving a different group. In the past five months gun violence has been perpetrated by the Norteño gang.

A feud between the Norteño and Sureño gangs in 2011 resulted in the shooting death of 3-month-old Izack Garcia. Last week the department announced it would continue its crimefighting operations and will focus on the Norteños, working closely with allied police agencies. Police plan to host a summit of police chaplains and members of the faith community, increase re-entry services for parolees and increase summer Police Activities League

(PAL) programming, including a graffiti-arts project for at-risk youth. The department will work with the Ravenswood and Sequoia school districts to keep youth in schools and will increase the number of Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) Zones in the city to help residents feel safe on the streets through exercise-oriented activities led by police officers. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

News Digest Professor charged with felony child abduction Annelise Barron, an associate professor at Stanford University, has been charged with felony child abduction after she left for the island of Kauai in December with her three children, allegedly without informing the children’s fathers. Barron, a professor of bioengineering, said the entire incident was the result of a misunderstanding and poor communication. “I’m a tenured professor — I love my job, and I find it amazing that anyone would think I’d run away and not think I’d be detected,” she said to the Weekly Wednesday morning. Police reports that became available only this week state that Barron left for Hawaii on Dec. 17 with her three children and nanny, missing a scheduled court date with Judson Butler, the father of one child, on Dec. 17 and a scheduled visitation with Theodore Jardetzky, her husband and the father of two of her children, on Dec. 18. Barron and Jardetzky, also a Stanford professor, had been in divorce proceedings for the past four-and-a-half years. Barron had full custody of the children in December. Butler said that the children had been missing from school since Dec. 14. Barron had not informed her lawyer or either of the men that she would miss the appointments, according to a police report. Barron’s neighbor told investigating officers that she and several unidentified people had moved belongings out of her apartment and put them in a U-Haul moving van. Raul Felipa, director of finance and administration at Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, told police in December that he had not seen Barron recently and that she had failed to turn in grades for the quarter. “Given that she and (the nanny) completely stopped using their cell phones, and that Barron told (the nanny) to microwave her license so it couldn’t be tracked via the RFID chip, we strongly believed that Barron’s intention was to flee with kids and shut off all possible contact with Jardetzky and Butler, including their court-appointed visitation with their children,” the police report stated. Barron denied the claim that she had fled to Hawaii “forever,” saying instead that she had gone to Kauai for vacation and to visit her friend Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project Foundation. She said also she had purchased a return ticket. Barron was released on $100,000 bail and has not entered a plea yet, according to court documents. N — Eric Van Susteren

Congdon & Crome to close after 109 years


Downtown office-supply store Congdon & Crome will close, nearly 110 years after its opening in Palo Alto in 1904. Jim Patrick, the store’s owner, said the stationery store’s product mix can’t generate enough sales to keep the store going in the expensive Palo Alto location. “Closing the store is a tragedy, in my opinion,” he said. “The selection has really changed. We started selling a lot of file folders, then floppy discs, then thumb drives and now we’re in the cloud. So you can see how the demand for the product mix has changed, and it’s not enough.” He said the store, which has rented its space on Waverley Street for the past nine years, would probably close in July. Patrick said he was unable to match a $3 million offer for the space by the owner of the California Skin Institute, a collection of dermatology clinics in Northern California. Prior to being on Waverley, the store was located at various addresses along University Avenue, including the site that now houses Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. The store’s manager, Lisa Cone, sees the closure as part of a trend in downtown Palo Alto in which long-standing, conventional businesses that have become institutions are edged out by high rents and heavy competition for space. “This was a shock to us, but it wasn’t unexpected,” she said. N — Eric Van Susteren

City Council (May 20)

Tesla repays federal loan nine years early

A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

Downtown parking: The council voted to support a trial valet program at the Lot R garage on High Street, north of Hamilton Avenue. Yes: Berman, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Burt, Price Post office: The council authorized staff to make a bid for the post office at 380 Hamilton Ave. Yes: Berman, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Burt, Price

Planning and Transportation Commission (May 22)

567 Maybell: The commission voted to recommend rezoning a site at 567 Maybell Ave. to “planned community” to enable construction of a housing development that includes 60 housing units for low-income seniors and 15 single-family homes. Yes: Alcheck, King, Martinez, Michael No: Panelli Absent: Keller, Tanaka

Council Rail Committee (May 23)

Trenching: The committee discussed commissioning a study on the costs of trenching and grade separations at the Caltrain tracks. The committee voted to continue the discussion to a future meeting. Yes: Unanimous

Tesla Motors wired the U.S. Department of Energy nearly a half a billion dollars Wednesday, paying off the entire loan it was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010 with interest and nine years ahead of schedule. The Palo Alto electric-car company made sure to note that with the $451.8 million repayment it became the “only American car company to have fully repaid the government,” according to a company press release. The company made the payment using the nearly $1 billion it raised last week selling common stock and convertible senior notes. Musk bought $100 million in common equity stocks in the company. As a result of recent good news (including its first profitable quarter in 10 years and Motor Trend’s 2013 car-of-the-year award) its stock prices have experienced a meteoric rise. A year ago its value was $30.74; Wednesday it closed at $87.24. N — Eric Van Susteren ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÓ{]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 5

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a senior complex. “It’s hard to find any sites for affordable housing,� he said. The commission was far less emphatic, particularly after hearing from dozens of residents who argued that the new development would worsen traffic congestion and endanger school-bound children. During twoand-a-half hours of public comments, often punctuated by applause from spectators, one resident after another warned that the neighborhood’s roads cannot accommodate a major housing project and that the city’s traffic analysis of the project severely understates the expected amount of new traffic and its danger to kids walking and biking to school. Commissioners agreed with the residents that traffic around Maybell is an important problem that needs to be addressed. But the Maybell project didn’t cause the current situation, commissioners reasoned, and isn’t expected to exacerbate it. Commissioner Michael Alcheck observed that more residents attended Wednesday’s meeting than had attended all prior meetings throughout the year combined. Vice Chair Mark Michael called the public participation “of historic magnitude.� Many of the speakers represented larger groups. Kevin Hauck, speaking for some residents, said the street is already too narrow and that stop signs routinely get mowed down. “The thing that’s most maddening is that we’re forced to play defense about concerns that our kids are going to be in a very dangerous situation every morning and afternoon,� Hauk said. The commission also heard from plenty of supporters of the Maybell project, many of whom wore green stickers imprinted with the words “Yes on Maybell.� These included affordable-housing advocates and residents who agreed with staff’s and Housing Corporation’s contention that seniors drive far less often than other types of residents and that most of their driving occurs outside of commute hours. Marlene Prendergast, a Palo Alto resident and former executive director of the Housing Corporation, said it’s not uncommon for residents to oppose the agency’s proposed housing projects, which end up having no negative consequences and being largely unnoticed. “Each time we went through this, and each time we made it through, and now there are no problems,� Prendergast said, recalling her experience in development. But others contended that this is not a NIMBY issue — it’s about traffic. Maurice Green, a Barron Park resident, showed the planning commission a video of traffic in the area of Maybell and Clemo avenues — a trail of cars moved slowly, with groups of bicyclists more quickly navigating down the road to the right of the cars. “The question we’re raising is: Is this the right project and is this the right place?� Green asked. “Seniors may not drive very much, even during morning hours, but what about their caretakers, the staff that comes to the senior housing project to take

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care of them?� Another area resident, John Elman, bemoaned the lack of grocery stores and other nearby amenities and wondered aloud how the seniors would get around the area, given the congestion. The lack of amenities was a major driver for Panelli’s dissenting vote. The site, he said, isn’t truly transitoriented, despite its proximity to El Camino Real. He said he doesn’t consider the amenities in the area sufficient to satisfy the needs of most seniors. The Wednesday discussion further illustrates the challenge Palo Alto is facing in its effort to bolster its stock of affordable housing. The city is under a regional mandate to plan for 2,860 units of housing in the planning period of 2007-14. To help meet the mandate, staff had recommended including the Maybell project in the city’s Housing Element, a state-mandated document that lays out the city’s housing vision and identifies potential housing sites. On Monday, with the City Council set to approve the Housing Element, staff recommended deferring the approval after a torrent of criticism from residents, many of whom argued that including the Maybell project in the document would essentially render the development a fait accompli. The fact that the council has already loaned the Housing Corporation more than $5 million to purchase the Maybell land only added to the residents’ frustration about the process. Joseph Hirsch, a resident and former planning commissioner, said there were numerous reasons to oppose the project, but NIMBYism wasn’t one of them. “This should not be characterized as ‘neighborhood versus affordable housing.’ We have plenty of affordable housing here. ... What I object to is the scale and intensity of the

project, and the appearance that it is already politically a done deal, notwithstanding what the neighborhood feels,� Hirsch said. Under the existing zoning, the Maybell site could already be redeveloped with up to 34 houses. Planning commissioners agreed Wednesday that the proposal by the Housing Corporation, because of its focus on low-income seniors, would actually have a much smaller impact than a potential future project that would comply with the underlying zoning. Alcheck, who made the motion to recommend the zone change, said 30 three-bedroom homes at the site would create far more traffic without accomplishing the laudable goal of adding senior housing. The traffic analysis for the development estimated an increase of just 16 car trips during the peak morning hour and 21 car trips during the afternoon commute. Michael called the decision complex, noting that it pits an important community need against reasonable concerns about traffic safety. The city has plenty of work to do on the latter issue, Michael said. But given that the area will likely be developed anyway and that change is, to some extent, “inevitable,� the city doesn’t have any “feasible alternatives� to the proposal on the table. “Here I’m convinced that the need for housing, the need for affordable housing, the need for senior housing, is a significant public benefit,� Michael said. Martinez voiced a similar sentiment earlier in the meeting, when he argued that the city needs to “brainstorm this and really come up with good solutions to reduce the traffic and make it safer.� But, he quickly added, “Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is a community that needs housing like this.� N

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a study session to discuss “values� that should govern the district’s academic calendar, which will be voted on this fall for 2014-15 and beyond. The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the board room of school-district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will vote on a proposed strategic plan for the school district, and also discuss the future of Cubberley Community Center as well as enrollment and facilities planning. Following a closed session to discuss legal matters, the regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the board room of school-district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider a possible provision designating “smoking areas� at local parks greater than 5 acres in size; consider the Bonde Weir Fish Passage and Channel Stabilization Project; discuss concerns over feeding wildlife; and consider reviewing and approving athletic field-use policy. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Greer Road traffic-calming project; and consider a proposal by Jay Paul Company for a “planned community� zone at 395 Page Mill Road and 3045 Park Blvd. to enable construction of two four-story buildings with 311,000 square feet of office space and a three-story public-safety building for the city. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).




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idden from view beneath the bleachers of Stanford University’s Taube Tennis Center is a cavernous, oddly shaped space, which, on any given day, is a beehive of activity. More than 100 students — mostly from East Palo Alto but representing 43 different elementary, middle and high schools — show up there after school for tutoring, dinner and tennis. Nurtured by Stanford’s longtime men’s tennis coach Dick Gould and many others, the nonprofit East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring this month marks 25 years of using tennis to build skills, persistence and opportunity to help low-income kids beat the odds. “I was one of those kids not wanting to do my homework, not wanting to listen to any authority figure, not having the mom or dad to help me out,� said Ebony Isaac, a participant of the organization from seventh grade until her graduation from Eastside College Preparatory School in 2008. Isaac, a 2012 psychology graduate of Menlo College, returned to the program recently as a paid intern. Now she tries to get through to kids she views as versions of her earlier self. “If I see a kid sitting alone, waiting for a tutor I’ll sit and ask them how they’re doing that day and they’ll gradually open up,� Isaac said. “I try to let them know that even if they’re not doing that great in school, if they do ‘xyz’ they’ll be able to flourish. “It’s just little things. They’ll ask me about college life and I give honest answers. I think it really helps them to see the possibilities.� Isaac’s official job at the organization is coordinating and recruiting Stanford undergraduates to become tutors, which is accomplished most effectively face to face, she said. “The main thing that works is literally approaching people in White Plaza, the Quad, Tresidder, the Old Union — just putting yourself out there and asking, ‘Hey, would you like to tutor a kid from East Palo Alto, would you like to make a difference in a young child’s life?’�

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EPATT tutor Jazmin Harper works with student Tatiana Love, a seventh grader. “I wasn’t really a people person when I started this job, but now I know how to schedule meetings with people, converse with them, bring them together toward a common goal and speak up when I have an idea,� Murashige said. Former Stanford All-American player Jeff Arons launched East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring in 1988 on the courts of the long-closed campus of Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto. The high school eventually was demolished, but interest and funds from tennis professionals like John McEnroe, Tim Mayotte and Jim Grabb led to the building of new courts on the campus of Cesar Chavez Middle School. Tutoring was added in 1994. After a 1997 fire destroyed the tutoring classrooms at Cesar Chavez, (continued on page 11)

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which can cause an eight-fold increase in breast cancer risk. About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer patients carry a BRCA gene — 10 percent if they are Ashkenazi Jews. Women with BRCA1 or a second mutation, BRCA2, have a 60 percent chance of developing breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. The risk of breast cancer is about 12 percent for the general population. About 36 percent of U.S. women with a BRCA mutation chose preventive mastectomies, a study by the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto found. In addition to breast cancer, BRCA carriers have a 15 to 40 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer, compared to 1.4 percent for the general population, according to the National Cancer Institute. Kniss does not carry the BRCA gene. But one of her sisters died from breast cancer 10 years ago, she said. Still, that did not raise any red flags. “The only thing I remember her saying is, ‘It’s not familial; don’t worry about it,’� Kniss said. The diagnosis came as Kniss was gearing up for her campaign for City Council. Dr. Diana Guthaner, a Palo Alto radiologist, had asked Kniss to return to her office after a routine mammogram in March 2012.

“She said, ‘Liz, come in for a minute. I’m really not liking what I’m seeing,’� Kniss recalled. “How much are you not liking what you’re seeing?� Kniss asked. “I’m really not liking it at all,� she recalled Guthaner said. The first weekend after the diag-

‘I decided I could handle my disease better if I had a small support group — if it was me handling it. I knew at some level I had to conserve my energy, and I couldn’t spend it keeping a lot of people in the loop.’ —Liz Kniss, city councilwoman, Palo Alto nosis, Kniss panicked. “Does this mean I won’t see my grandkids grow up?� she said she asked herself. “I think you’re stunned initially for about a week. Then you think, ‘I hope I’ll survive.’� Kniss first underwent a lumpectomy on her left breast. Two weeks later, she returned for surgery to remove additional tissue. At the same time, she had a lumpectomy on her right breast. She did not undergo chemotherapy. After a carefully considered second opinion, she decided against radiation treatment, she said.

But whom to tell was one of the most difficult decisions to make, she said. She didn’t want to be viewed as the candidate who needs sympathy or the candidate who is sick. “That was a very hard one. I decided I could handle my disease better if I had a small support group — if it was me handling it. I knew at some level I had to conserve my energy, and I couldn’t spend it keeping a lot of people in the loop,� she said. After surgery, Kniss and her husband rented a motel room for three days where they could be anonymous. But she didn’t put her life on hold. She viewed the cancer as a distraction that she didn’t want to get in the way. “I remember thinking, ‘I have got to get done with this. May is a heavy budget month,’� she said, referring to her prior role as a Santa Clara County supervisor. Kniss said she plans to help Breast Cancer Connections with fundraising and to spread the word about the importance of screening. Most oncology organizations prefer women receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40, said Dr. Allison Kurian, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University and associate director of the Women’s Cancer Genetics Clinic at the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center. Other tests, such as sonograms and magnetic resonance imaging, can refine detection and are helpful for women with dense breast tissue, which can sometimes hide a tumor. On April 1, California’s so-called

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not just for software engineers — although they’re a big part of it — but for the connection between government leaders, employees and the communities to come together to start thinking about prototyping and building solutions for the city,� Reichental said. Lytton Plaza will feature talks from 11:45 a.m. until 5:44 p.m., with speakers including Steven

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the organization moved to the Stanford campus. Last year, it re-launched more tennis instruction in East Palo Alto, which now serves 170 kids in addition to the 112 who come to Stanford. Of the organization’s 18 full- and part-time staff, 11 live in East Palo Alto and most are graduates of the program. About 135 Stanford students come twice a week for an hour and a half. Parents rotate in preparing and delivering dinner each night. Besides tennis and tutoring, the

organization in the past 10 years has helped more than 70 students gain admission to local private schools and arranges college tours for highschool students. “We want to sustain the program we have and hopefully improve it,” Gould said at a May 14 fundraising dinner at Menlo Circus Club. “We’re limited by the size of the facility. We can’t take any more students and our wait list is off the charts. “This is our biggest challenge. Without diluting what we do best, how do we serve more kids in need?” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.



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School for dyslexic children holds information night A Palo Alto-based independent school for children with dyslexia will hold an information night for prospective families Wednesday, May 29. (Posted May 22, 9:44 a.m.)

Officer hired for Buena Vista’s proposed closure With the future of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park up in the air, Palo Alto has selected a hearing officer to evaluate a recent report on the impact of relocating the park’s residents. (Posted May 21, 9:54 a.m.)

City set to bid for historic post office The check isn’t exactly in the mail, but Palo Alto took its first major move toward buying the Hamilton Avenue post office Monday night when the City Council agreed to make a bid for the historic and iconic building. (Posted May 20, 10:03 p.m.)

Stanford rewards walk-bike commuters with cash Stanford University faculty and staff who walk or bike to work will now not only feel good about helping the environment, but they’ll receive cold, hard cash for doing so. (Posted May 20, 12:45 p.m.)

Four injured, one dead in East Palo Alto shootings Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a shooting that killed one teen and injured two others Sunday night. Two people were injured in earlier shootings. (Posted May 20, 9:35 a.m.)

Alma lane closure continues through weekend Repair of a Thursday water-main break on Alma Street near El Carmelo Avenue will require closure of one northbound lane on Alma through Monday, according to the city of Palo Alto website. (Posted May 18, 12:19 p.m.)

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James Theodore Van Loo May 23, 1945-May 1, 2013

James T. Van Loo died unexpectedly on May 1 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was born on May 23, 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the son of the late William R and Eleanor Van Loo. In 1968, Jim graduated with a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan. He also received an M.S. from the University of Florida. Jim retired from Microsoft in 2009, where he worked on internet standards. Previously he was employed at Sun Microsystems as a software engineer in internet standards and graphics. He started his career at the General Electric Corporation in Orlando, Florida, where he worked on high performance graphics. An innovator, Jim held several patents related to computer graphics and internet standards.

Jim had a life-long interest in art, particularly the early Russian Modernists and the American Luminists. He was also interested in Russian silent films. Jim is survived by his brother and sister-in-law William and Margaret Van Loo of San Francisco. He is also survived by two nieces, Elena Van Loo of Berkeley and Allison Van Loo of Sunnyvale, and two nephews, Bryan Van Loo of San Jose and Jonathan Van Loo and wife, Tatyana and daughters, Katya and Vika of Oakland. Please contact Halstead N. Gray Funeral Directors 415 673-3000 ( for a service tim. PA I D O B I T UA RY

Stella Savage Zamvil Stella Savage Zamvil, age 87, of Palo Alto passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital on May 11th. Stella was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 1, 1926 to Orthodox Jewish parents who emigrated from Russia. She spent her childhood in New York where she met her future husband, Louis Zamvil. Stella excelled in school, graduating high school at age 15, and enrolling in Brooklyn College. In June 1944, she joined her fiancée at Stanford, where they married. Stella attended Reed College in Portland while her husband was assigned to the University of Oregon Medical School by the military. After the completion of her husband’s medical school, they returned to the Bay Area. Stella received her B.A. in English and Creative writing from San Jose State and M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State. She was active in the Jewish Community, where she, along with

her husband, co-founded Temple Beth Am and Congregation Kol Emeth. Stella served as Sisterhood President. She taught Latin and poetry to middle and high school students. She taught creative writing and film at Foothill and De Anza Junior Colleges, as well as at Senior Centers. She published three books, including collections of short stories in, “In the time of the Russias” and “My father hunts Zulus, my mother puts up pickels,” and a collection of poems in, “Silently you taught me much.” Stella sang in West Bay Opera and the Kol Emeth choir. Stella was recognized as a fervent supporter of Israel. She is survived by her three children, Kenneth of Windsor, CA, Linda of Stowe, VT and Scott of Palo Alto, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Donations can be made in her memory to Adobe Veterinary Hospital at 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022. PA I D


Henry Joseph Greiner Henry Joseph Greiner passed away peacefully on May 17th. Henry was born on March 16, 1943 in Keota, Iowa to Mary and Leonard Greiner. He always said, “The two best things I ever did were to get ordained and to get married.” He was ordained in 1968 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and served as pastor in many parishes in the Diocese, ending up with one of the largest parishes of the Diocese, St Mary’s in Iowa City. While attending Santa Clara University on a study leave he met Anne Blair. In 1993 he left ordained ministry to marry Anne. They have lived in Palo Alto, California for 20 years. He worked as the administrator of the El Retiro Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, California until 1998. He then became a Financial Planner with Money Concepts International. In 2001 he began working part time for several of the mortuaries in the Palo Alto area. By request he would conduct funerals of those who did not belong to a congregation but wanted a religious service.

Henry felt he was a blessed man and throughout his life he was pleased to share those blessings in many wonderful ways. Henry loved his grandchildren, travel, golf, fine wines, salmon fishing in Alaska, the Iowa Hawkeyes and sunsets on the beach. He is survived by his wife, Anne, step sons Christopher Blair (Manisha) and Andrew Blair (Robin) and his grandchildren Anand, Sonali, Ewan, and Mimi Blair. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Greiner (Nadine), Marlin Greiner, his sisters Jeanette Vittetoe, Marlene Clerkin (Patrick), Veronica Menke (Paul), and 26 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisterin-law Bonnie Greiner, brother-in-law Alvin Vittetoe and godson Douglas Vittetoe. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Mission Hospice of San Mateo CA, or the National Brain Tumor Society. A memorial service will be held on June 1st, 2 pm at Alta Mesa Memorial in Park Palo Alto. PA I D

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto May 16-22 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Strong armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Weapon brandishing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglaries 2 Credit card fraud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft undefined. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . .6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Accidental property damage . . . . . . . . .7 Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .5 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suicide Attempt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Menlo Park May 16-22 Violence related Assault and battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .5

Vehicle accident/no injury 2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Under the influence of drugs . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Other misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Atherton May 16-22 Violence related Assault and battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .1 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Miscellaneous Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Noise ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Other misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 200 Hamilton Ave., 5/14, 11:17 a.m..; strong armed robbery. 700 Emerson St., 5/15, 9:57 p.m.; armed robbery attempted. 400 Emerson St., 5/15, 11:16 p.m..; brandishing an undisclosed weapon. 300 Bryant St., 5/16, 12 a.m.; simple battery. 855 El Camino Real, 5/22, 4:02 p.m.; strong armed robbery.

Menlo Park 700 Pierce Road, 5/16, 11:28 a.m.; assault and battery, 5 suspects.

Atherton 500 Middlefield Road, 5/16, 3:32 p.m.; simple assault and battery.

Transitions Gerald Lloyd Smith

Gerald Lloyd Smith died on May 7 in Palo Alto at his long-term residence, Channing House. He was born on August 3, 1923 in Madison, Wis. His father was Harvey McKinley Smith and his mother, Marjory Byrd Case. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago in 1941 as valedictorian, attended Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate years, and went on to

receive a Master’s from Stanford University. He worked for more than 28 years as an Aerospace Research Scientist at the Ames Research Center of NASA in Mountain View, retiring in 1977. He was married for more than 60 years to Gracia Jeane Himebauch Smith, who predeceased him in 2007. He is survived by his children, Gary Richard Smith of Pleasanton, Calif. and Jill Joanne Lemke of

Earl Clyde Jones

Addison, TX and their respective spouses, Margaret Fluck Smith and Raymond Robert Lemke. He is also survived by his grandchildren (and their spouses), Brian Kendall Smith (Lena Soo Hee Wood) of Portland, Ore.; Brett Anthony Lemke (Ilana Delaney Lemke) of Carrollton, TX and Brandon Ray Lemke of San Diego, Calif.; by his brother Stanley Galen Smith (Rose Brondz Smith) of Madison, Wis.; and by great grandchildren Ryland Joseph Lemke and Vivian Claire Lemke. He

was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Merlin Edward Smith. A memorial service is scheduled

for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 in the auditorium of Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.

Margaret Snyder memorial service A memorial service for Margaret Snyder will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the First United Methodist Church on 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. A Los Altos Hills resident, Snyder died on May 11. She is sur-

vived by Jeffrey Snyder of Kent, Wash.; Barry Snyder of Bend, Ore.; Robin Snyder of Los Altos, Calif.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband, E. Graydon “Tod” Snyder.

Richard R. Patterson

Earl Clyde Jones (AKA) “Earl the Peal” passed away in his sleep on May 2nd just after 5am. He was a 45 year resident of Palo Alto. Earl helped open St. Michael’s Alley. He married once to Connie Howe, and is survived by daughter Julia Jones of San Jose, step daughter Darcee Lucas of Hawaii, step son Richard J Lucas and, stepson Mark W Lucas of Utah, and 6 grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held, Wednesday May 29 at 7 p.m. at The Chapel of Flowers, 900 S 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95112. PA I D


Lew Raney Lew Raney died Friday May 17, 2013. The long-time resident of Palo Alto was 79 years old. He was born on April 17, 1934 in Whittier, CA to Harry and Agnes Raney. He graduated from UC Berkeley in electrical engineering in 1956, where he met the love of his life, Shirley Anne Stone. Shirley and Lew married in 1956 and spent 55 years together, traveling to Japan while Lew served in the US Navy, to Carmel, Hawaii, and Hong Kong. They settled in Palo Alto in 1960, where they raised their two children Diana and Stephen. A devoted and loving husband, he dedicated himself to Shirley as her full-time caretaker during the last 10 years of her life. Lew’s work with Singer Link in the defense industry pioneered a number of early simulation technologies, including simulators for flight training, for a secret surveillance plane, and to train operators on avoiding nuclear power plant meltdowns. Later in his career, he worked on a number of early storage devices such as laser storage and data disc that were remarkable, especially compared to today’s higher capacity, handheld storage devices. A life-long sports fan, Lew led his intramural football team to two championships at UC Berkeley and continued to play football in the annual holiday Mud Bowl with his son Steve and his friends from the Palo Alto High School Class of 1979. At 6’3 5/8” tall, he earned the moniker “Big Lew,” and was a constant fan on the sidelines of his granddaughter Emma’s soccer and basketball games, cross-country and track meets. He is survived by his son Steve of Palo Alto, and three grandchildren, Kristina and Brian Smith, and Emma Raney. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley and his daughter Diana Smith of El Dorado, CA. Memorial services are at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park on Wednesday May 29 at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the charity of your choice. PA I D


Oct. 1, 1923-March 9, 2013 Richard Patterson passed away after deteriorating health on March 9 at age 89 in Florence, Ore. Dick, his preferred name, and his wife Arline were well known in Palo Alto between 1960 and 1983 for their family-run variety store on California Avenue. They first took over a very small business named Community Variety and Toys and made it their own for six years. Following a rent increase they made the decision and had the good fortune to move down and across the street where they expanded and started Patterson’s Variety and Toys. Patterson’s Variety was the traditional mom and pop store that provided a little of everything for daily living. But most importantly, Dick and Arline provided personal and friendly service to local residents, children and parents. The children grew up and sometimes then brought children of their own to the store. At the time of their retirement, several newspaper articles gave accounts of Dick and Arline’s fond store memories and honored them for their business and community contributions. Patrons sent letters of thank you, wishing them well. Even almost 30 years later, a few months prior to Dick’s passing when he briefly resided in Palo Alto again to have easier access to medical care, residents recognized Dick and once more shared their special memories of Patterson’s with him. Dick was born in Fresno, Calif. on October 1, 1923 to Ralph Roy Patterson and Clara Montague. His family soon moved to Alameda where he and his younger brother Monte lived until finishing high school. Dick’s father died in a tragic, workrelated accident in San Francisco when Dick was only four. His mother then raised both boys on her own through difficult circumstances and then during the Depression. Dick and his brother remembered how hardworking she was and that she still had enough to offer food to the occasional “hobo” of those times who arrived at her door. From an early age, Dick wanted to start his own business. He set up a library from his home so that neighboring children could check out books, and he had a paying job by age 11 working at a pharmacy. At a personally low point in his job and school when age 12, Dick decided to “go on an adventure,” taking his brother, four years younger, with him up into the Oakland Hills to “start a chicken farm.” After one night up there, cold and having heard likely a bobcat, it was enough to make Dick feel more appreciative of what he currently had in his life. A policeman, who came upon them and asked if they were the Patterson boys, put them on a bus home.

Their relieved mother resisted the advisement of neighbors to give them corporal punishment. The story goes that she said she would just “love them,” give them a bath and then put them to bed instead. Dick and his brother grew up to be loving and hard-working men, a personal tribute to their mother. After graduating from Alameda High School, Dick soon joined the Navy and served during World War II in the Pacific as a radioman. He remained in the Navy until 1948. Soon after discharge, he met and married Arline McInnis who grew up in Minden, Nevada and was the descendent of early settlers there who came to Nevada at the onset of the Gold Rush. Dick and Arline started their life together in San Leandro during which they had a daughter. While first working for Southern Pacific Railroad and then McKesson Pharmaceutical, Dick tried out several homerun business ventures until he was ready to make the final leap and commitment to a full-time, independent business of his own. Dick only had a few years of retirement with his wife Arline before she died in 1989 after a four-year battle with recurring cancer. They bought a motor home and traveled together in the western states and Canada. A few years after Arline’s death, Dick went on a new adventure, this time by himself. He moved to the Oregon Coast where he and Arline had considered moving for their retirement together. He fell in love with Florence and made it his home. Dick resided in Florence for almost 20 years and did things he never had time for while he ran his store. He learned how to kayak and enjoyed going with a much younger group of kayakers on many of the Pacific Northwest waterways including the ocean. Over the years, he volunteered at the Florence Humane Society, with children learning to read at their school, and with seniors in need of transportation and friendship. He also loved the companionship of his three dogs over the years, taking them to the beach, on hikes and on trips in his various motor homes. Dick is survived by his only child Nancy Patterson and his two grandchildren, Colin and Chloe of Palo Alto, Calif.; his brother, Monte, and sister-in-law, Joan of Dublin, Calif.; his brotherin-law, Jack Rademacher of Bakersfield, Calif.; along with nieces, a nephew and their families. A memorial service was held at Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw in Florence, Ore. on April 2. The extended family also held a gathering and dinner in Dick and Arline’s memory at Spalti’s Restaurant located in part of the former Patterson’s Variety and Toys. PA I D O B I T UA RY

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Editorial Enact vehicle-dwelling ban After five years, it’s long past time for the City Council to take action and prohibit overnight vehicle habitation


ompassion and support for the downtrodden has always been an important part of the Palo Alto culture, but city leaders have done the community a disservice by allowing the problem of vehicle dwelling to languish for more than five years. Spurred on this time by reports of increasing problems at Cubberley Community Center, which in the words of City Manager James Keene is becoming a “de facto homeless shelter,” the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee voted 2-1 last week to put an ordinance in front of the full council. Vehicle dwelling, which is against the law in all neighboring communities, is one of those Palo Alto issues that seems to never reach a final resolution. College Terrace residents tried to get the city to act back in 2008, as they saw first-hand the effects of there being no legal mechanism for preventing someone from deciding to park and spend the night in his or her car or camper directly in front of a home. Unfortunately, this is a problem that many don’t seem to think exists because they haven’t personally experienced someone living in a car or camper parked in front of their house. But it is real and the scope of the problem seems to only be growing. Over the last five years, the city has struggled to find a way to approach the issue in a way that would not simply rely on new laws, but respect and support people who had reached the point where their only place to sleep was in a vehicle. In 2011, the city staff finally proposed an ordinance to ban sleeping in cars, but brought it to the City Council without outreach to the faith community or homeless advocates. Facing strong push-back from those who found the proposal heavy-handed and premature, City Manager Jim Keene pulled the proposal from the agenda and it disappeared again. For the last two years, church leaders have explored whether there was enough interest and support for a system used in Eugene, Ore., where overnight vehicle-dwellers are allowed to use church parking lots and have access to bathrooms and other facilities. The idea has all but fizzled out. After outreach to 42 faith-based organizations last year, only one church committed to the program as others ran up against strong neighborhood and liability concerns. Last November, there was talk of a pilot program that would allow overnight dwellers to park their vehicles in designated city parking lots, but that too has gone nowhere, and the Cubberley experience suggests that is not a viable option. City officials, including Police Chief Dennis Burns and Planning Director Curtis Williams, told the Policy and Services Committee last week about the growing homeless problem at Cubberley, including a steady increase in police calls. Burns said police had to respond to problems at Cubberley on 39 occasions last year, more than double the previous year. Williams said that 20 to 30 people show up every evening, including five to 10 in vehicles, a “fairly significant increase in homeless dwelling at Cubberley.” A manager in the city’s Community Services Department, which has offices there, told the committee that there is more frequent drug use and fights and said that when custodians go to lock rooms up for the night they often find homeless people inside. These reports and others were enough to convince the council committee that it’s time for action. With Liz Kniss and Larry Klein supporting an ordinance, Gail Price opposing and Karen Holman absent, the matter will now go to the Council, though with unclear prospects. Up until now most council members have taken a nuanced position on the problem and have emphasized providing support services rather than enacting a law similar to other cities. Klein and Kniss said they endorse continuing to reach out to the homeless, but Klein, who has previously minimized the problem, now believes that the absence of a vehicle habitation ban may have contributed to making the city a magnet for homeless dwellers. As we have advocated in earlier editorials, we strongly believe that an ordinance is needed to address this problem, along with stepped-up referrals to agencies that can provide assistance. It is not appropriate, fair or safe to openly permit people to live in their vehicles in a way that imposes on other residents of the community. A tougher question is whether a ban should be limited only to vehicles in residential neighborhoods, at city parks and other facilities, or whether commercial and industrial areas should also be included. It is hard to imagine the owners and tenants of offices or stores being any more accepting of a vehicle with someone living in it parked in front of their building than an occupant of a home or apartment. As the years of delay in coming to a resolution of this issue suggests, there is neither a simple solution nor more ambitious ideas that have proven workable. It’s time to conform to what other cities have on their books and to equip our police with the legal tools they need to take action when vehicle dwellers create a problem for a resident or neighborhood. Page 14ÊUÊ>ÞÊÓ{]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

School of Rock cover Editor, I was a little shocked to see a commercial franchise advertisement masquerading as the cover story of the PA Weekly. The School of Rock advertorial would cost a pretty penny as paid advertising, and it comes at the expense of our many local music teachers who teach rock and other kinds of music to our kids. You mentioned Summer Rock Camp near the end of your article. Run for years by Michael Finely, a long-time Palo Alto resident, it’s a fantastic program for kids aged 7 to 18 to get together and play rock music. Michael teaches individual and group sessions year around. In April, his student groups recently played at a benefit for cystic fibrosis here in Palo Alto. I’m sure there are other music teachers in the area whose businesses would benefit from a cover story — maybe you can feature a different music teacher every week! Tom DuBois South Court, Palo Alto

BV: a good neighbor Editor, As a Barron Park resident since 1967, let me say that I’ve never had a concern about the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park or its residents. The residents I’ve met have all been friendly, I’ve never heard excess noise as I walk around the neighborhood, and the children living there are as courteous as any kids in the neighborhood (and no more boisterous). Buena Vista is a good neighbor, as well as being one of the very few affordable housing locations in Palo Alto. The city should try to save it in some form. Jon Aderhold Cerrito Way, Palo Alto

Thoughts on Maybell Editor, Yes, we should build low-income elder housing on Maybell, but not the 15 market-rate homes, which are part of a whole cavalry of Trojan horses, concealing opportunity for increased profits inside what seems like a noble effort. I understand from a participant in the neighborhood meetings that nobody objected to the senior housing, only the 15 larger market-rate houses. People understand that the city’s gift of higher density zoning makes possible economy of scale. In the same space, more tenants can split the cost, and if they are seniors, they don’t drive as much or compete for road space during commute hours; their Social Security pensions, though modest, can pay enough rent to amortize the loan. But the developers are never satisfied. They always want something more in addition to greater density. In this case, they want to apply the good deed density to market-rate

dwellings also, which is double dipping, because, they’ve already gotten the Prop. 13 partial tax subsidy, which was intended to keep residents from being driven from their homes by high taxes, not to add to the profit of entrepreneurs who buy at low prices and sell at a high price when they get authorities who can be persuaded to change the zoning. Why not erase the larger, trafficproducing houses and divide the space half and half with 15 more senior units, and some small-scale recreational space — a little pool, playground and a coffee shop? Stephanie Munoz Alma Street, Palo Alto

Keep BV residents safe Editor, Allow me, please, to add my voice to those of my Palo Alto neighbors calling for keeping Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents in Palo Alto. Having read in these very pages that these families, some fleeing the violence of East Palo Alto (the May 5 bus stop shooting of a grandmother and 6-year-old granddaughter ring any bells?) just want a safe community where their children can get a good education.

I moved here for the very same reason after two markedly unpleasant years in the highly dysfunctional city of Baltimore (where I became a property crime victim a month into my residency). Like our Buena Vista neighbors, I just wanted a place where the odds of becoming a crime victim were low enough for me to be able to sleep at night. Buena Vista has provided lowincome housing since the 1950s. I believe our community has a moral obligation to step in and assist these displaced families, much as one would help displaced families after a natural disaster, for they have done nothing wrong (unless lacking wealth has been reclassified as criminal behavior). To those who stand to profit handsomely from the redevelopment of this site, how much money is enough to live on? One study I read indicates that personal happiness does not increase much after the first $75,000 of annual income. Even if one doubles that amount to account for local living costs, it begs the question: How much money is enough? Vera M. Shadle Bibbits Drive, Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion

Why should we care about Cubberley now? by Diane Reklis and Jennifer Hetterly


ubberley Community Center is special. It is easily accessible from neighborhoods and schools by walking, bicycling and transit and serves as many as 600,000 visitors each year. Cubberley offers a rich tapestry of services and programs to Palo Altans of every age and ability throughout their years, including: s(EALTHANDWELLNESS)NDOORANDOUTDOOR sports for all ages, fitness classes, senior lunches, and stroke and heart attack recovery programs. s6ISUALANDPERFORMINGARTS-USICENSEMbles and lessons, theater, dance for all levels and ages at three large studios plus several smaller studios, and 22 artists in residence. s %DUCATION AND CHILD CARE 0RE SCHOOL through college and life-long learning. s.ONPROFITORGANIZATIONS)NCLUDES7ILDLIFE Rescue and Friends of the Palo Alto Library, meeting rooms, hourly rentals, and many city services. There is nowhere else to put the resources offered at Cubberley. Available spaces for new community facilities are few, diminishing and PROHIBITIVELYEXPENSIVE-OSTOFTHEEXISTING Cubberley tenants say they would close their doors or move out of Palo Alto if they lose their space at Cubberley. Our city is growing. The number of Palo Alto children and older adults is getting larger and this trend is expected to continue. Our school district expects to need most of the Cubberley site for a new high school in the not too distant future. A growing population deserves increasing community services and future students deserve facilities comparable to Gunn and Paly. An efficiently designed and shared Cubberley

site offers the best, and perhaps only, opportunity to meet our growing needs for a community center and high school. The recent Cubberley Community Advisory Committee considered the array of services at Cubberley, and the challenges and costs of UNCERTAINTIMELINESFORANEWHIGHSCHOOL7E concluded that the community could not justify the maintenance costs to preserve the site as-is for school use ($18.8 million according to the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission) only to lose those investments and viTALSERVICESWHENASCHOOLMOVESIN.EITHER could we afford to risk insufficient space for a third high school or open its doors as a run down, inefficient, 70-year-old facility. If we exercise some creative problem-solving and start planning together now, we won’t need to make those sacrifices. The advisory committee determined that a modern, efficient layout and design of the site could recapture 9.4 acres of space for indoor or outdoor use without going to a second stoRY4HATISCOMPARABLEINSIZETOSIXFOOTBALL fields or more than 300,000 net square feet of single-story buildings. The effective creation of 9.4 new acres would result in ample space for both a community center and a high school comparable to Gunn or Paly. If some of the buildings were two stories, we would have even more usable space. The committee’s analysis highlights a unique opportunity TOMAXIMIZEUSEOFSPACE PRESERVEFLEXIBILITY for the school district, and capture synergies of shared use. The Cubberley site may be smaller than the other two high school sites, but its potential to carry an equal or better school facility along with a community center could deliver unparalleled community benefits.

(OWEVER SUCH AN OUTCOME REQUIRES INformed planning, cooperation and long-term INVESTMENT7ECANONLYGETTHEREIFTHECITY and school district work together. A professional, city-wide needs-assessment is essential to understanding community priorities and how Cubberley would best fit into the network of services provided across Palo !LTO INSCHOOLANDCITYFACILITIES7ITHOUTTHAT understanding we cannot hope to design programs or facilities that will meet the current and future needs of the community — we’re stuck with doing tomorrow what we did yesterday. Programming decisions must be well informed and they must drive design. This best use of the Cubberley site cannot happen without cooperative planning and SHAREDUSEOFCERTAINFACILITIES7ITHOUTSHARED use of parking, access and service roads, for example, costly duplication will severely impair site efficiency, forcing over-development of least-valued uses at high cost to residents in dollars and program offerings. The committee strongly recommended that the city and the school district begin planning now for the entire site. By doing so jointly, they could: s)DENTIFYTHEBESTLOCATIONSONTHESITEFOR a community center and shared parking and roadways that preserve the most flexibility for future school design; s#REATESIGNIFICANTANDLONG TERMEFFICIENcies by incorporating plans for circulation, mechanical, maintenance and safety operations that will ultimately support all uses; s$ESIGNFLEXIBLEPROGRAMMINGSPACESTHAT can serve future school use or community use as needed; s $EFINE CONSTRUCTION PHASES THAT CAN ROLL out over time;

s'IVETAXPAYERSACLEARLYDEFINEDLONG TERM vision to explain and support sequential fundraising initiatives. A long-term plan for phased construction, allowing completion of a community center before school construction begins, would avoid significant gaps in services, enabling tenants to transition in and out of different Cubberley facilities as construction progresses. Phased construction would increasingly reduce deferred maintenance costs as each PHASE IS BUILT AND ALLOW TIME FOR 0!53$ TO refine its expectations and design plans for a high school without holding the city hostage. The city and school district are preparing to enter negotiations regarding the terms of a renewed lease at Cubberley. The lease negotiations represent a key leverage point in building a working relationship between the two parties and determining the future of #UBBERLEY7HATEVERTHATFUTURE WEWILLBE asked to pay for it. If we want this vital public asset to be used to its best and most efficient POTENTIAL NOWISTHETIMETOSAYSO7EMUST s)NVESTINANACCURATEUNDERSTANDINGOFOUR city-wide public resources and current and forecasted needs that will inform program planning and associated facility design; s $EMAND THAT OUR ELECTED LEADERS ON THE City Council and the School Board, work together, in good faith, toward an efficient, shared solution; s%XPRESSSUPPORTFORLONG TERMINVESTMENTS in a redesigned Cubberley facility. N Jennifer Hetterly and Diane Reklis have served on the Cubberley Community Advisory Committee and Reklis is former president of the school board.


Do you feel Palo Alto is prepared for a natural disaster? Photos and interviews by Karishma Mehrotra. Asked on Middlefield Road.

Jan Hutcheson

Lea Bowner

Jennifer Ko

Dan Martin

“I don’t think this city is ready. I don’t see the subject of earthquakes brought up.�

“I think that Palo Alto does a great job at having the programs in place. ... It’s up to every person to take advantage of what they have.�

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earlier this month, some gathering around laptops to fiddle with an open-source software program, others huddling to talk about science and engineering. Subjects ranged from

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the intensely practical to the somewhat whimsical. It was a classic Silicon Valley “hackathon” scene. What made it different was the subject: everyman science experiments in space.

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Above: From left, Mark Hoerber, Manu Sharma (co-founder of Infinity Aerospace) and Jay Alexander take a closer look at boxes created by Sharma and Hoerber that can hold experiments bound for space. Left: Dr. Sean Casey, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Space Center, talks with reporters at the Space Hacker Workshop, hosted by the space center at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View.

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XCor Aerospace conducted a test of the Lynx Suborbital Vehicle’s full piston pump-powered rocket engine in the Mojave Desert in March this year.

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A diagram shows the Lynx Suborbital Spacecraft’s projected flight pattern.

“So if you have a project that benefits the industry but doesn’t specifically align with a NASA probe that’s going to Mars, or very specifically tied to a current mission, it’s often hard to get funding.” To get federal dollars, the scientist has to submit his idea to a peer-review process, and politics can make it difficult to fund certain things, he said. For example, Casey said he would like to see more experiments that measure baseline factors with practical benefits such as vibration, acceleration, acoustic environment and radiation. “Nobody gets funding for these types of things because they’re not considered groundbreaking,” he said. “You’re competing for public money with other scientists who want to do high-profile, groundbreaking experiments.” But if a citizen scientist could perform even a basic experiment on his own dime, using off-the-shelf components, he wouldn’t have to worry about competing for grants or submitting his experiment for peer review. A benefit of this, Casey said, would be that citizen scientists might be compelled to share vital data about space rather than hide it. While a professional scientist might be motivated by profit and competition, a citizen scientist would ideally be motivated to share his ideas and advance science.

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The people came to the Space Hacker event, sponsored by the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Space Center, ignited by the same idea — the possibility of launching citizen-designed space experiments into suborbit, where gravity has only a tiny fraction of the pull it has on Earth. The extreme cost of getting into space has traditionally meant that the job of designing an experiment to be flown high above Earth is reserved for those with backing from governments or organizations with deep pockets. Sean Casey, managing director of the Silicon Valley Space Center, and Edward Wright, founder of the United States Rocket Academy, want to change that. Wright said he’d like to see space become so accessible that every high school student can build an experiment that will be flown into space. Wright is putting his money on the advent of relatively inexpensive vehicles that can enter and re-enter suborbit several times a day. Though it hasn’t been tested yet, the Lynx, a suborbital spacecraft designed by XCor Aerospace, is designed to blast off from an airstrip as if it were a plane and take two passengers and cargo 62 miles in the air in a halfhour flight — and then do it all over again three more times a day. Wright’s organization has prebought 10 flights in the craft, which isn’t expected to be ready until 2015, expressly for the purpose of fostering citizen science. Each flight will be able to hold approximately 10 small space experiments, designed by citizen engineers and scientists. The experiments’ creators will be charged nothing for the trip, which has instead been financed by individual private donors. Wright said he’s interested in only those experiments that advance the fields of science or engineering, not textbook demonstrations that “everyone pretty much knows already.” Aside from that, most of the requirements serve to ensure that the program is more inclusive, not less. The organization requires that the hardware designs for the experiments be made available to other citizen scientists. Also, experiments must be replicable, with the manufacturing technology, costs and access to the components kept within reasonable limits. “I think we’re going to see a lot of citizen-scientist experiments from the early days of this picked up by professional researchers,” he said. “Some will be low quality or will not produce interesting results, but the professionals version will. People should be taking them very seriously indeed.” While the experiments might not be as sophisticated as well-funded professional researchers, Wright sees promise in citizen science in broadening the range of experimentation, in part because they operate outside the traditional spheres of research. NASA interprets its goals very specifically, Wright said. It’s chartered by Congress to promote space and aviation projects that benefit particular missions.

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A box containing petri dishes was designed to withstand the vibrations occurring during the lift-off of a spacecraft.


anu Sharma, co-founder of Mountain View-based Infinity Aerospace, is also passionate about the idea of democratizing space technology. The 22-year-old Stanford University student said he’s always loved to build things. Before attending Stanford to study aeronautical engineering, he was a student at Singularity University, a highly competitive nonprofit in Mountain View, and is the founder of a wind-turbine company. It might be surprising that his latest venture involves building what are basically small plastic boxes with data-collection hardware attached, but he says the cubes, called

Ardulabs, are much more. The boxes’ dimensions are uniform, but the hardware and software used to gather data are open source, meaning they can be modified to fit the experimenter’s specifications. They’re not fancy, but they’re rugged and easily adaptable media for performing experiments. One of the mandates that Wright’s organization has for its citizen science experiments is that they fit in and function with Ardulabs. “What we’re doing is making sure that all the housekeeping work is done — it’s a tool for people to use for their experiments that usually requires months and months of work

to build and design,” he said. Sharma said he grew up making rocket engines and airplanes and was enthusiastic about sending an experiment to space, but when he was at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, he realized it would take four or five years to see anything he created ever fly. He was planning on graduating early and couldn’t wait around to see his work completed. “That doesn’t foster innovation and creativity among students,” he said. Sharma co-founded Infinity Aerospace, which manufactures Ardulabs, and while it’s still a very small company with just one fulltime employee, it’s profitable. It’s already shipped 20 Ardulab models with “many more preordered.” “We realize that we’re solving a real problem,” he said. “It’s actually been really easy to get customers.” “We see Ardulabs as a first demonstrator product in a company creating a huge impact on microgravity research. We’re really coming out of the cave, and we’re already making new products.” He said his goal is to make regular people realize that they can be the explorers “to the moon and Mars and beyond.” “Our overall philosophy is that we want to have people making opensource experiments. ... Imagine the day when we could build an opensource satellite,” he said.

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Edward Wright, center, founder of the United States Rocket Academy, talks at the Space Hacker Workshop with Stanford University students about the possibilities of science research and experimentation on parabolic flights.


hile space is an inherently alien environment, perhaps the most bizarre part of it for humans is the microgravity found there. Often mistakenly called zero gravity, microgravity describes the effects of gravity once an object is far enough away from the Earth that gravity’s pull is diminished to a tiny fraction of what it was on the surface. In microgravity, fire burns in a different shape and peoples’ muscles atrophy. Crystals even grow more uniformly. Sharma said he sees microgravity as a fascinating and unique environment, one that raises many potential questions and could lead to a variety of applications. While it’s critical to study its effects on the human body

tuition� as to how mechanisms such as engines function in it. Microgravity experiments can be done now, on the International Space Station or using a parabolic aircraft, but suborbital craft provides a happy medium between the two in terms of effectiveness and cost. Five minutes might not seem like a long time to perform 10 experiments, but it’s a lot longer than parabolic flights, which give scientists a series of 20- to 25-second spurts of simulated weightlessness. Using a conventional aircraft, parabolic flights fly up and down at 45-degree angles, reaching as high as 34,000 feet at their apex. This method goes back as far as 1959, when NASA was preparing astronauts for manned

Wright said he’d like to see space become so accessible that every high school student can build an experiment that will be flown into space. — and the formation of near-perfect crystals in microgravity could lead to breakthroughs in medical sciences — Sharma also has a generalized curiosity for how basic things work in space. “How does a plant grow in microgravity? Do its roots still grow down? Could someone come up with an Angry Birds zero-g game? The goal isn’t just to push science and technology. It’s to push art and other things in space — everything.� Casey, of the Silicon Valley Space Center, said there is immense opportunity in studying microgravity. “There are all these other forces that come into play that were there before but couldn’t overcome the effects of gravity — surface tension in liquids, magnetic fields, etc.,� he said. Understanding these forces in space can give scientists a deeper knowledge of how other forces work and allow people to develop “an in-

space flight in the Mercury Project. It was dubbed the “vomit comet.� Wright said the much lower altitude of parabolic aircraft and the shorter amplitude of each parabola it flies in can affect the data of experiments performed in them. Even calling them microgravity flights is a misnomer, he said. Microgravity typically means one one-millionth of a G (the unit that describes gravity’s effect on the surface of the Earth). “It’s not even close to that level,� he said. “The best a pilot can do is 0.01 G, so technically it should be called centigravity. “If you do a lot of parabolas, you can accumulate more flight time, but it’s coming in the 25-second increments separated by hypergravity, and the transition is going to have an effect on your data.� Suborbital flights, which fly in one sustained, much higher parabola, have a superior quality of micro-

gravity for experiments, he said. The highest-quality, least interrupted microgravity experiments are those that are performed on the International Space Station, a $150 billion structure that flies 230 miles over Earth. However, getting anything to the station is extremely expensive. Even a parabolic flight can be costly. Zero-G, the U.S. company that launched the first commercial parabolic flight in 2004, charges $4,950 for a seat, but experiments are more costly — ranging from $6,500 for handheld experiments to $250,000 for experiments that are larger than 10 feet, involve more than 20 researchers or are confidential in nature, according to its website. In comparison, the Russian Soyuz rockets, which currently make flights to the International Space Station, cost $70 million a seat, Wright said. Even the rockets from Tesla founder Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX, lauded for their affordability, would cost around $10 million a seat. A seat on the XCor Lynx is slated to cost around $95,000. The cheapest way to get a payload to the International Space Station is using Nanoracks, a company that provides educational and commercial institutions with a means to get to the U.S. National Laboratory on the station, Wright said. But even that costs $30,000 to get an experiment that would fit in Sharma’s Ardulabs to the station. For commercial organizations it costs twice as much, according to the company’s website.


ost people consider infrastructure as roads, power lines or airports — the mind generally doesn’t go to suborbital vehicles and rockets that fly to orbital space stations. But Casey said that’s what companies like SpaceX and XCor and those forwarding the notion of citizen scientists are doing when they shoot things into space — laying down a

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space infrastructure. SpaceX, founded in 2002, made history in 2012 by being the first company to ever launch a spacecraft that attached to the International

Space Station. The company has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to fly 12 cargo missions to the station but has a total of $4 billion in contracts to launch commercial satellites and to complete projects for NASA. XCor’s model is completely dif-

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Cover Story tourists have paid to travel in Soyuz rockets. The craft’s design also allows it to carry payloads with experiments such as Wright’s or even small satellites. The next step in suborbital exploration, and the most profitable one, he said, is developing an economy around the infrastructure that companies like XCor and SpaceX are beginning to create. Just as there are now app companies built around the Internet infrastructure, some companies like Sharma’s are putting their eggs in the space-privatization basket, starting and funding companies that rely on a private infrastructure that hasn’t yet been fully realized. While the XCor Lynx is still in its testing phases and has yet to fly a mission, Wright hopes to be able to begin flying his citizen science experiments in the craft by late 2014 to early 2015. Evoking a hockey reference, Casey calls it “skating to where the puck will be instead of where it is.” But before companies can make their fortune in space, it’s important they ensure they won’t encounter any surprises that will increase costs to an unreasonable degree along the way. The stakes are very high. Casey called the government model a “cost-plus model,” that is, the cost of the project plus whatever expenses are incurred along the way. A business can’t operate that way — it can’t afford the risk of developing such expensive technology and having it fail. At least, that’s the way it has been. “In the ‘60s and ‘70s, you didn’t understand what the risks are,” he said. “We think we understand the technology risks.” The risks aren’t limited to hidden costs. The Challenger Disaster, which killed seven people in 1986, was the result of the failure of a single pressure seal on one of its engines. The 2003 explosion of the space shuttle Colombia, which also killed seven people, was the result of a small piece of foam flying loose and damaging one of the shuttle’s wings. Now, after 50 years of rocketry, a company like SpaceX can assess the risks and safely complete a fixedprice contract, Casey said. Casey’s vision, which he shares with many others, is one in which space exploration is led by NASA, which does the far-reaching experiments and voyages that no commercial entity could hope to afford. But businesses will do the things that are within their grasp financially, such as space tourism and resupplying the International Space Station. Perhaps the most important step in the process, Sharma said, is inspiring the next generation of scientists. “Everyone should have a chance to do something in space,” he said. “Who is not inspired when they look up and see space and the stars?” N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at evansusteren@

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Draft Environmental Impact Report San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection, Ecosystem Restoration, and Recreation Project Upstream of Highway 101 This notice announces that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared for the San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection, Ecosystem Restoration, and Recreation Project, Upstream of Highway 101 (Project) to identify, evaluate, and disclose possible environmental impacts, and to develop strategies to avoid, reduce, or compensate for any significant impacts. As the lead agency responsible for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) has determined that the Project may have a significant impact on the physical environment, and has decided to prepare an EIR to provide opportunities for public disclosure and public participation in the planning and decision making process. The purpose of the Draft EIR process is to develop and assess a recommended plan, evaluate feasible alternatives for the Project, and propose measures that avoid or mitigate significant adverse effects on environmental resources. This document, which serves as the Notice of Preparation (NOP) required by CEQA and the state’s CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR 15082), contains a description of the Project, including the Project’s goals and objectives, possible environmental impacts, and the resulting need for an EIR. It also discusses the process that will be used to determine the scope of analysis in the EIR, describes opportunities for public review of the EIR, and lists contact information.

Background The San Francisquito Creek watershed encompasses the cities of East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, among others. The SFCJPA, a regional government agency, was founded by these three cities, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), and San Mateo County Flood Control District (SMCFCD) in 1999 following a major flood the preceding year. The SFCJPA plans, designs and implements capital projects that are comprehensive in terms of geography and function by crossing jurisdictional boundaries and providing flood prevention and ecosystem and recreational enhancements. Flooding caused by San Francisquito Creek has been a common occurrence. The most recent flood occurred as a result of high creek flows on December 23, 2012, when the Creek overtopped its banks in several areas. The maximum instantaneous peak flow during the December 2012 event was 5,400 cubic feet per second (cfs). This was considered a 20-year event, which would have a 5% chance of occurring in any given year. In February 1998, a 7,200 cfs event (considered a 45-year event) impacted approximately 1,700 residential and commercial structures and caused $28 million in property damage. It is predicted that the 100-year flood event would damage over 5,500 properties. In November 2012, the EIR for the proposed project in the downstream-most reach of the creek (San Francisco Bay upstream to Highway 101) was certified. In 2012, the SFCJPA and its partner agencies made significant progress on project design and the securing of funds to construct improvements in this downstream reach east of Highway 101. The Project to be analyzed subject to this NOP continues the SFCJPA’s progress further upstream by increasing stream flow capacity west of Highway 101 in order to protect people and property from creek flows within the floodplain between Highway 101 and El Camino Real, and to enhance the ecosystem and recreational connectivity.

Goals and Objectives The Project’s goals are to improve flood protection, habitat, and recreational opportunities within the Study Area, with the following specific objectives: protect properties and infrastructure between Highway 101 and El Camino Real from floodwaters exiting San Francisquito Creek during a 100-year flood event; enhance habitat along the Project reach, particularly habitat for threatened and endangered species; enhance recreational uses and connectivity; and minimize operational and maintenance requirements.

Project Description Consistent with the requirements of CEQA and the state’s CEQA Guidelines, the SFCJPA is developing a range of approaches that would meet Project goals and objectives. Each of the approaches relies on a combination of several types of elements to better manage flood flows in the San Francisquito watershed. The SFCJPA and SCVWD have conducted a preliminary analysis to determine Page 22ÊUÊ>ÞÊÓ{]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

the most appropriate Project alternatives for the creek reach upstream of Highway 101 that can be completed locally, while preserving compliance with federal standards and the opportunity for future federal support for construction. When implemented, the baseline Project elements would provide protection against the 50-year flood event in the Project reach upstream of Highway 101. These baseline elements are a necessary foundation to implement an additional project alternatives that would provide 100-year flood protection to areas between Highway 101 and El Camino Real.

Possible Environmental Impacts and Need for EIR Because of the potential for significant impacts to the environment, the SFCJPA has decided to prepare an EIR. The purpose of an EIR is to inform decisionmakers and the general public of the environmental effects of a proposed project. The EIR process is intended to provide information sufficient to evaluate a proposed project and its potential to cause significant effects on the environment; examine methods of reducing adverse environmental impacts; and identify alternatives to the proposed project. Based on a preliminary review performed by the SFCJPA, the following environmental resources could be affected by construction of the Project: Aesthetics Air Quality Biological Resources and Jurisdictional Habitat Climate Change Geology, Soils, and Minerals Hazards and Hazardous Materials Hydrology and Water Quality Land Use and Planning Noise and Vibration Paleontological, Archaeological, and Historic Architectural Resources Recreation Traffic and Transportation Utilities and Public Services EIR Scoping Process The Draft EIR will analyze the topic areas identified above in detail, and any others for which potentially significant impacts are identified. The Draft EIR will propose measures to mitigate (avoid, reduce, or compensate) for any impacts evaluated as significant.

EIR Scoping Process This NOP initiates the CEQA scoping process through which the SFCJPA will refine the range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the Draft EIR. The public is invited to comment on the proposal to prepare the EIR and on the scope of issues to be included in the EIR. A scoping meeting will be held on June 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Academy High School Library at 475 Pope Street in Menlo Park, CA. This meeting is part of the EIR scoping process during which the public and agencies can provide input on specific topics that they believe should be addressed in the environmental analysis. Written comments may also be sent to: Kevin Murray, Project Manager San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority 615 B Menlo Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 324-1972 Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 8, 2013.

Public Participation in EIR Review All interested persons and organizations who wish to be notified when the Draft EIR is available for review should respond to this notice and provide a current address. The SFCJPA will compile a list of interested parties and will provide notice when the Draft EIR is available. When completed, the Draft EIR will undergo a 60-day public review and comment period. Information about availability of the Draft EIR will also be posted on the SFCJPA’s website

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Luke Wilson, standing, helps his fellow Stanford Laptop Orchestra members use a new musical prototype.

Laptop orchestra codes and choreographs new works for first Bing Concert Hall show


tudents sit on flat meditation cushions, many people cross-legged, most barefoot. A yoga class? Sure, if your mantra is a computer start-up sound. This class is actually a rehearsal: of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, also known as SLOrk. Founded by assistant professor Ge Wang at CCRMA (the university’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), the five-year-old group encourages Stanford students to compose, perform and conduct music on a lineup of Macs. SLOrk members weave notes and sounds through mouse pads, keystrokes, drum pads and even game controllers with high-tech gloves. New sounds are continually being discovered. SLOrk compositions can sound like Tibetan singing bowls or a John Adams minimalist movement. Empty-handed musicians may pantomime playing the drums or the stand-up bass, with their game-controller gloves altering the sound. “It’s always been an experiment, and still is,” Wang says. Next month, SLOrk is headed for a new acoustic experience: playing the new Bing Concert Hall. A few of the musicians performed at the swank venue’s opening in January — “It was pretty awesome,” says

by Rebecca Wallace player Jieun Oh — but June 5 will mark the first Bing concert for the whole 12-member ensemble. The hall opens up a new acoustic world, as well as a spacious one where the orchestra will be able to spread out and possibly integrate more physical moves. In preparation, at this class meeting tonight, SLOrkers are bandying about some new ideas. Musicians have broken into small groups to come up with new pieces, sounds and “instruments” for the laptops and their accoutrements, and they’re teaching them to their peers while sharing the code they’ve written with the other laptops. One prototype includes a drum pad on which student Caleb Rau starts playing noises he’s recorded: the rattlings of pebbles, ice and wood chips; the firings of nail guns. The plan is to have him hammer out combinations of sounds and record them as repetitive loops, he says. While the loops play back, he’ll also play live on the drum pads. The other students will use Gametrak game controllers to alter the sound. Rau and his group cohorts, Luke Wilson and Victoria Grace, explain to the other students how to use their controllers. Strings on the controllers track the positions of the students’ hands, so moving a hand can ma-

nipulate the sound. Grace jumps up to act as the orchestra’s impromptu conductor. While Rau plays back a loop that sounds like “zip zip BOOM zip zip BOOM,” Grace raises and lowers her hand, and the students mirror her, pulling on their strings with thoughtful faces. A noisy patter of drum loops rises and falls. Steve Reich would be proud. The work is in progress, but it’s an intriguing start. “We’ll have a huge variety of sounds,” Wilson promises. Another group presents a prototype that makes colorful use of Windows XP startup sounds. They echo ringing tones across the company of laptops. Justin Heermann says his group is considering having audience participation in the Windows piece — through the crowd’s own mobile phones. Watchers would go to a URL and their phones would light up with colors and sounds at the climax of the piece. The students try this out. Their own phones come to life, sparking grins and giggles and a “Whoa!” from one guy. As the Windows tones play on the laptops (sometimes erupting unexpectedly when people are trying to talk) the classroom feels like a start-up itself. These are new ideas being born, and often there are technical

glitches at first. But bugs are all part of the process, Wang observes. “This is exactly why we have rehearsals like this.” They’re building something new from scratch. Wang should know. When he created SLOrk with faculty, students and staff in the spring of 2008, the group utilized an ingenious array of objects. They fashioned speakers from IKEA salad bowls and carstereo components. Each laptop sits on its own table and connects with cables to its own apparatus. And, of course, each musician has a meditation cushion to sit on. Five years later, the speakers have held up. The Macs are a later model. Wang came to Stanford in 2007, after codirecting the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and teaching at Dartmouth College. He’s now an assistant professor at CCRMA and Stanford’s music department (and computer science, by courtesy). Wang authored the ChucK audio-programming language that SLOrk uses, and also co-founded the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra. SLOrk has performed regularly over the years, including a real-time jam with traditional Chinese musicians in Beijing and (continued on next page)

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performances at Macworld in San Francisco’s Moscone Center and outdoors in Stanford’s New Guinea Sculpture Garden. Along the way, the group has always attracted an unusual mix of players: not just music majors, but people studying biology, computer science and other disciplines. “Music is just a universal glue. It brings people together,” Wang says. This quarter’s bunch is dominated by computer-science students, many of whom are new to composing and performing music, much less conducting it. The students “have the coding chops” to build the nuts and bolts of SLOrk compositions, but everything else about orchestra life may be relatively new to them, says teaching assistant Kurt Werner. “It’s impressive how fast they’re picking things up.” Though Wang is here at today’s rehearsal, he’s on sabbatical this academic year and is not around regularly. In his absence, Werner and fellow TA Spencer Salazar are running the orchestra, overseen by Jieun Oh, a fifth-year Ph.D. student who has been part of SLOrk as a student or TA throughout her gradschool career. Oh is a classically trained flutist who knew very little about computer music before she came to Stanford. As an undergraduate here, she majored in symbolic systems and started thinking about the intersection of music and technology. Now she’s working toward a doctorate in computer-based music theory and acoustics. “My undergraduate major got me to think about cognition and perception, and the reasons why people get into music,” Oh says, sitting with Werner before class. “I like the whole field of HCI: humancomputer interaction.” Werner, who has a background in classical saxophone, is earning his doctorate in the same field. Like Oh, he’s a veteran performer. But a big part of working with SLOrk is learning not to just try to emulate the acoustic instruments, the two both say. That way lies frustration. Instead, laptop musicians must embrace the differences in computer music. It’s not about trying to produce the perfect tone, but about enjoying the possibilities of playing a wide variety of instrument sounds, like some futuristic one-man band.

“Theoretically, you could be creating any kind of sound timbre with instruments,” Oh says. Her favorite part: “When you aren’t sure where the sweet spot is, you just keep improvising. It’s exciting. It’s like finding a hidden treasure.” SLOrk is also about learning to teach others the prototypes you’ve written, and about figuring out how to make all the computers work together as one orchestra. “Laptop musicians are more conductors than virtuosos,” Werner says. One challenge peculiar to a laptop orchestra is making an audience understand how the musicians are creatively producing the sound. The danger is that the orchestra could look like just a bunch of students checking their email, Werner says. So SLOrk choreographs moves that audiences can see, like musicians making sweeping arm gestures or pantomiming playing with their game-controller gloves. In one SLOrk video from 2010, the action shows the diversity of the sounds possible. Instead of playing something peaceful and minimalist, as one might expect, several musicians launch into a piece called “Experimental Headbang Orchestra.” As one person conducts, the others jump up and down, headbang and flail their bodies forward and back. Unobtrusively but by no means quietly, the laptops wail away, sounding like a bunch of wild electric guitars. N Info: SLOrk will perform at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall at 8 p.m. June 5. The concert is free, but audience members must pick up tickets in advance. For details, go to

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SLOrk founder Ge Wang at rehearsal.


Unlikely barbecue joint Paly graduate Harold Willis serves up ribs from the corner of a car wash f Mountain View had a resident ribs master, it would be Harold Willis. And you won’t find him — or his ribs — in a local restaurant, but in the parking lot of Lozano’s Car Wash on El Camino Real. Willis, 67, went to Palo Alto High School and got his first job at a gas station on El Camino owned by Manuel Lozano Sr. He has been barbecuing in the same corner of the car-wash parking lot since 2000. He also has a catering business. Memorial Day is the busiest day of the year for orders, hands down, he says. “Anybody who wants anything on Memorial Day usually asks for it the year before, because people come into town, families get together, they go out to the cemetery and when they come back to


somebody’s house, they don’t want to be cooking,” he said. “So they hit me for the heavy lifting.” This year, he made an exception and took a last-minute Memorial Day order from a woman whose son recently died in Afghanistan after serving two tours there. Willis said he plans to wake up at 4 a.m. on Memorial Day morning to start the “heavy lifting,” which includes preparing his special dryrubbed pork ribs, along with his other barbecue specialties: garlicherb mesquite-smoked chicken and double-marinated tri-tip. The chicken is soaked in zesty Italian dressing (fat-free to reduce the amount of oil), then marinated (continued on next page)

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marinade made from red, green and yellow bell peppers; garlic; virgin olive oil; sea salt and “a few other things.” Willis soaks the meat thoroughly in the marinade, sears it and then repeats the whole process. “After about three times of marinating, you sear them and let them sweat,” Willis said. “That way, they get a nice skin on them, but they’re medium rare inside. Beautiful.” But Willis’ pork ribs take center stage at his car-wash grill, stationed at the corner of El Camino and Del Medio Avenue. Chicken dries out too quickly (but he will accept an advance order if you call it in and come pick it up in time) and tri-tip appears only sometimes, on Saturdays. Willis has a particular rationale for choosing pork over beef or babyback ribs. Beef ribs are bigger, fattier and “sell like broken glass,” he said. Baby-back ribs have a nice cut, but they’re dry and require sauce. And Willis doesn’t do sauce. “If you ever got sauce, you never got it from me,” is a favorite phrase of his. “You can get ribs probably anywhere, but usually they have a bunch of sauce on them,” he said. “When people that cook ribs like that, they’re either raw, burnt or fat. Or they didn’t know how to season them, so they put all the sauce on there.” Willis, on the other hand, does know how to season. After soaking the ribs in the zesty Italian, he seasons the meat with a semi-secret dry rub. The known ingredients are brown sugar and paprika, giving the meat some subtle sweetness and a spicy kick. Ask what else is in the rub or how it’s prepared, and he’ll look down at you scornfully over his glasses. When he’s finished with the rub, the ribs are seared, smoked for a few hours with red oak and then sprinkled with apple juice, which gives the racks a lightly glazed, tantalizing look. Recently at the rib stand, customer Jeff Stricker, a Los Altos realestate broker who has been eating Willis’ car-wash racks for 10 years, said that these ribs are the best in the area. “They’re the best in Santa Clara County, bar none. I’m not just saying that because (Willis) is standing here,” he said. “I tell everyone that.” Willis said he first started cooking ribs in the 1960s while he was serving two tours on the 38th parallel in North Korea during the Vietnam War. He continued barbecuing upon his return to the United States while stationed in Virginia. His ribs

modus operandi comes not from a family recipe, but instead “trial and error” over the years. “You eat your mistakes,” he said. Willis eventually returned to Palo Alto and worked at Safeway for many years (where his ribs became locally famous) to support a growing family. He says he did catering for many local notables such as Condoleezza Rice and John Arrillaga. After retiring from his job as meat manager at Safeway in April 2009, he headed back to Lozano’s where he had gotten his first work experience, starting as an 11-year-old window washer and rising to general manager. This September, he will have been involved at the car wash in one form or another for 50 years. Willis also has a shoe-shining station at Lozano’s, and claims to have shined the shoes of many Silicon Valley greats, including Steve Jobs. Though other publications have reported various prices for a half ($11) or full rack ($20) of ribs, Willis said he’s flexible on prices. If he caters a benefit or church event, he usually doesn’t charge. And even if it’s too late to place a Memorial Day catering order, Willis said many customers swing by the car wash in the late afternoon to pick up some to-go barbecue for dinner. He’s at Lozano’s every day of the week except Monday from about 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On a recent afternoon, a Palo Alto resident trying Willis’ ribs for the first time launched into praise — in between bites. “This is tremendously good,” Steve Tadelis said. “These are rare sights, especially in Palo Alto. We need more of these.” Another Harold’s Ribs first-timer, Bryan Macquarrie, echoed Tadelis. “There are couple of things I love about this. He’s located at a car wash — you gotta give him credit for that,” said Macquarrie, who recently moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles and works in Palo Alto. “I came here for the ribs first, the car wash second.” Within minutes, Macquarrie walked away with a steaming brown paper bag, a smile on his face. “He got a half-rack,” Willis said. “But he’ll be back for more.” N Info: Harold Willis and his ribs can be found at 2690 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, Tuesday through Sunday from about 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He can be reached at 408-691-0776.



All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to 42 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 10:25 a.m. & 1:25, 4:20, 7:20 & 10:30 p.m. After Earth (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Thu 9 p.m. & 12:01 a.m. Cleopatra (1963) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m. The Croods (PG) ((1/2 Century 20: 10:55 a.m. & 1:30 & 3:55 p.m. Designing Woman (1957) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 5:20 & 9:15 p.m. Epic (PG) ((( Century 16: 10:05 a.m. & 12:40, 3:20, 5:55 & 8:35 p.m. In 3D 11:20 a.m. & 1:55, 4:35, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 a.m. 12:20, 1:10, 3:50, 6, 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. In 3D 11:50 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 8 & 10:35 p.m. Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 10 & 11 a.m. & noon & 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7:10, 8:10, 9:15 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:10 a.m. & 12:05, 1:05, 3:05, 4:05, 6:10, 7:10, 9:15 & 10:10 p.m. In XD 11 a.m. & 1:55, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:50 p.m.

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hoping for opportunities that seem to be dwindling. Her love life is one of unfulfilling boyfriends and dates that pass like subway trains. These cycles of disappointment make up most of this funny-sad movie, co-written by Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach (“Margot at the Wedding,� “The Squid and the Whale�). But routine disappointments don’t much deter the spirited Frances; what kills her is the loss of her roommate Sophie (Mickey

(Aquarius) I know what you’re thinking. “Do I really want to see another movie about young artists complaining about how hard it is to make a living in the greatest city in the world?� Cry me a river, Manhattanites. But in answer to your question, here’s the funny thing: You do. As long as it’s “Frances Ha.� Indie queen Greta Gerwig stars in the title role of a 27-year-old dancecompany “apprentice,� meaning that, at work, she’s a second-class citizen stuck understudying and

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First: The story of the London 2012 Olympic Games (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Thu 7:30 p.m. Frances Ha (R) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m. The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri 5:40 & 9:15 p.m. The Great Gatsby (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10 a.m. & 1:35, 4:45 & 7:55 p.m. In 3D 11:50 a.m. & 3:25, 6:40 & 10 p.m. (Sun no 3:25 or 6:40 p.m.) Century 20: Fri 12:35, 3:45, 7 & 10:20 p.m. In 3D 10:50 a.m. & 2:10, 5:20 & 8:55 p.m. The Hangover Part III (R) (1/2 Century 16: 10:15 & 11:30 a.m. & 12:30, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, 5:05, 5:50, 7, 7:45, 8:40, 9:35 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10, 10:40, 11:20 & 11:55 a.m. & 12:30, 1:15, 1:50, 2:30, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5, 5:35, 6:15, 6:55, 7:35, 8:10, 8:50, 9:40, 10:15 & 10:45 p.m. How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 3:35 & 9:30 p.m. The Iceman (R) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.




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Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:10 & 11:40 a.m. & 1:20, 2:55, 4:30, 6:15, 7:40, 9:20 & 10:40 p.m. In 3D 10:55 a.m. & 12:25, 2:10, 3:40, 5:15, 7:05, 8:30 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 12:10, 1:35, 3:15, 4:40, 6:25, 7:45, 9:35 & 10:50 p.m. In 3D 10 & 11:15 a.m. & 1, 2:20, 4:10, 5:25, 7:15, 8:30 & 10:25 p.m.




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Stories We Tell (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m. What Maisie Knew (R) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 5, 7:25 & 10 p.m. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri 7:30 p.m.

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Sumner), who, at film’s outset, has a friendship with Frances so seemingly tight that it borders on unhealthy. “We are like a lesbian couple that doesn’t have sex anymore,” Frances notes. But Sophie, embracing her relationship with her boyfriend Patch (Patrick Heusinger), moves out, knocking Frances off her relatively even keel. Frances begins flitting from apartment to apartment, including living for a time with two male roommates, Lev (Adam Driver of “Girls,” beginning to seem like the only living boy in New York) and Benji (Michael Zegen of “Rescue Me”), both of whom conjure romantic possibilities. Whether it’s hometown Sacramento (the uppermiddle-class suburbia to Frances’ paycheck-to-paycheck urbia) or Paris (on a spur-of-the-moment vacation misfire), Frances can’t seem to get comfortable in any one place. Meanwhile, out of some combination of hope and pride, Frances

turns down middling opportunities, keeping her eye on likely unattainable prizes. Maybe all she needs is one specific platonic ideal back in her life, in the form of Sophie. In its environment and exploration of work life, art life, romance and friendship, it’s a bit eerie how much “Frances Ha” resembles the first season of “Girls,” condensed to 83 minutes. And yet, if Gerwig’s take is just as quirky and funny, it’s decidedly warmer and less snarky. The picture brims with funny ideas both verbal and visual that are finely tuned by Baumbach and his cast, and sharply edited by Jennifer Lame. By committing to a consistent style of dropping in and out of scenes to create comically decontextualized snippets of conversation, the filmmakers discover what feels like a fresh style of humor, creating magical moments of conversational nothing that out”Seinfeld” “Seinfeld” (of smoking inside, for example, Frances says, “This makes me feel like a bad mother in 1987”). Baumbach makes numerous con-

scious audio-visual allusions to the French New Wave, but his blackand-white, Manhattan-set film (with a supporting turn by Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter) unavoidably conjures Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” another film that usefully explores the tension between romanticization and reality in New York City. (Though shot by Sam Levy, “Frances Ha” is dedicated to its visual consultant, the late, great Harris Savides.) Time to book another trip to the Big Apple. Rated R for sexual references and language. One hour, 23 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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(Century 16, Century 20) Kids, when you get big, don’t forget the little people. That could be the implicit message of all the animated pictures predicated on the tiny, from “A Bug’s Life” to “The Secret World of Arietty.” Since they’re used to looking up to others, kids relate to tiny heroes trying to

have adventures while not getting crushed by the giant movers and shakers. “Epic” goes back to that well, with entertaining results. Directed by Chris “Ice Age” Wedge, the animated “Epic” features “Leafmen” characters inspired by William Joyce’s book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.” Publicists specially pointed out that the movie isn’t based on Joyce’s book; only the idea of the Leafmen is inspired by the book (got that?). It’s good to be clear and accurate, but the sensitivity to this point might also betray Fox’s nerves following the big egg laid by “Rise of the Guardians,” which was based on a series of books by Joyce. Fox needn’t worry, partly because “Epic” plays it safe and traditional, and should go over, well, big at the multiplex. “Epic” takes time to establish its forest world and its “hidden struggle” between forces of growth and decay. You’ll see epic battles on a small scale, fought between the “good” Leafmen and “evil” Boggans, agents of rot that live in holes and hide out behind

dead tree bark. Never mind that it’s all a part of nature: We need good guys and bad guys, and if the notion of a noble race versus an evil race is old-world thinking, it worked for “Lord of the Rings,” didn’t it? Yeah, there’s really nothing new here. “Epic” swoops through caverns for “Lord of the Rings”-y battles, soars through trees for “Avatar”-esque high-flying excitement, and generally rips off every tiny-people yarn from “The Borrowers” to “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.” But Wedge works out some moments of wonder and some magical animation that’s dynamic, finely crafted in its detail, and inviting in its pastel hues. Boys will dig the martial heroes (including Josh Hutcherson’s young Nod and Colin Farrell as his mentor Ronin), who look like action figures come to life, and girls will love the film’s protagonist, Mary Katherine, aka “M.K.” (Amanda Seyfried), an at-first-reluctant heroine who quickly finds her way to the forefront of the action. She’s also the daughter of a researcher (Jason Sudeikis’ Professor Bomba) who’s onto the tiny world no one else has discovered, which allows for a character arc with a pot of “family bonding” gold at the end of it. Following the Disney model, “Epic” leavens its adventure with comic-relief animals, and they’re a quality bunch here: the professor’s elderly three-legged dog Ozzie and the double act of snail Grub (Chris O’Dowd) and slug Mub (Aziz Ansari). “Epic” may be nothing new, but given its solidly built kids’ adventure, I’m not going to, y’know, look down on it. Rated PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language. One hour, 43 minutes.

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ON THE COURSE . . . Menlo School senior Andrew Buchanan and Sacred Heart Prep junior Bradley Knox have extended their prep seasons to the fullest following Monday’s NCGA/CIF Boys Golf Championships at Diablo Grand Resort in Patterson. Buchanan shot an even-par 72 while Knox shot a 2-over 74 as both were among nine individuals earning trips to the CIF State Championships, which will be held June 5 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley. This will be the first state finals for both local players. A year ago in this tournament, Buchanan shot 75 and tied for 23rd. Buchanan earned that coveted berth this time as he shot a 1-under 35 on the back nine — featuring three of the course’s four toughest holes — to start his round. Buchanan had two bogeys and one birdie on the front nine for a 37. He finished with four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys. Sacred Heart Prep, which was in third place with eight teams still having players on the course, lost out on one of the three coveted state team berths and finished tied for eighth at 399 in its first-ever NorCal appearance. Willy Lamb shot 80 for SHP, followed by Derek Ackerman (81), Taylor Oliver (82) and Bradley Keller (82).

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NCAA team title provides redemption for Stanford women After struggling with injuries, Cardinal proves it was a pretty good team all along by Rick Eymer


IN THE POOL . . . Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone will help coach the United States at the 2013 FINA World Championships this summer in Barcelona, Spain, as announced recently by USA Diving. Having just completed his 35th season as head diving coach on The Farm, Dr. Schavone will be accompanied to the competition in Barcelona by Cardinal diver Kristian Ipsen, who qualified for Team USA in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events during the United States World Championships Trials last week in Tallahassee, Fla. The position is the latest in a long line of international experience for Dr. Schavone, as the reigning NCAA Diving Coach of the Year served on Team USA’s Olympic coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics while steering Ipsen to a 3-meter synchro bronze medal. Ipsen was named NCAA Diver of the Year after winning the springboard events after Stanford secured an unprecedented four divers into the 2013 NCAA Championships. Dr. Schavone and Ipsen also earned the Pac-12 Conference’s respective awards for coach and diver of the year. Dr. Schavone is one of the few individuals to twice be named conference and national coach of the year in the same season.

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here was no reason to believe Stanford would be a serious contender for the NCAA women’s tennis crown, not after losing to rival California on the final day of the regular season. The Cardinal was seeded 12th, just barely eligible to host one of the 16 sites for the first two rounds of the tournament. Regular-season losses to USC, Florida and St. Mary’s were also on its ledger and even Stanford coach Lele Forood acknowledged the loss to the Gaels, who also made the field of 64, hurt its seeding. Stanford’s No. 1 singles player Nicole Gibbs, who took on a heavy pro circuit schedule during the fall, did not even try to compete in the Pac-12 championship. She needed some time off. Forood never wandered too far away from her “we’re still a pretty good team” statement made after the Cardinal won its first two NCAA matches, each by a 4-0 score, over Miami of Ohio and Rice. Mention the loss of All-American Mallory Burdette to the professional ranks on the eve of the regular season, or question the 6-1 loss to the Trojans and Forood appears to mentally shrug and maintain her mantra. Her players, recruited to Stanford for leadership qualities as much as talent, rewarded Forood’s faith in them by choosing the NCAA team tournament to play their best tennis and advancing to the championship match. Texas A&M, Stanford’s opponent in the national finale, was enjoying a magical season of its own. The third-ranked Aggies never got past the Round of 16 before this year. Their season, however, ended short

ill Shine knows they are coming, just like the onset of a cold. It’s the postseason blues and they’ll hit him any day now. “It happens every year,” Shine said. “It’s the postseason blues. I miss the kids.” After 17 seasons with his Menlo School boys’ tennis team, one would think Shine would be over such a thing by now. Once you prepare yourself for the inevitable, it should be easy to deal with, right? Perhaps. But, Shine always has an attachment to his teams and players and this one ranks among the best. “This senior class has been great to be around, since the first day of their freshman year,” Shine said. Shine ticked off numerous superlatives to describe his 2013 seniors, like talent, camaraderie, commitment . . . “the whole ball of wax. They had fun and they worked hard.” Perhaps the most important trait could be found on the courts. “They had the uncanny ability to play their best tennis when it counted most,” he said. That was evident last weekend at the CIF Northern California Championships at the Gold River Racquet Club near Sacramento. The Knights blanked Shasta, Monte Vista (Danville) and Serra (in the finals) by 7-0 scores to claim their 10th NorCal title and finish the season at 27-1. Menlo’s fifth-straight title is the most in the 15-year history of the event. “The way they played in NorCal was really unbelievable,” Shine said of his team. “They didn’t take anyone for granted.” The Knights ran roughshod over everyone, equally. “It made my coaching really easy,” said Shine, who improved his career record at Menlo to 406-42. “I just sat back and enjoyed it . . . There were a couple matches that were fairly close, but the overall outcome wasn’t really in doubt, especially with everyone there.” When Menlo disposed of Serra in the Central Coast Section finals on May 10, the Knights won comfort(continued on page 31)

Menlo can prevent a history-making win in CCS finale by Emanuel Lee


ince the Central Coast Section baseball playoffs began in 1967, no championship team has ever finished the season with a perfect record. Pacific Grove wants to be that team, and Menlo School wants to make sure the Breakers are not that team.

Whether history is made will be determined Saturday when No. 2 seed Pacific Grove (30-0) takes on No. 5 Menlo (22-7) in the CCS Division III title game at San Jose Municipal Stadium at 4 p.m. “Obviously, it is another huge task,” said Menlo coach Craig Schoof. “This has not been an easy draw for us in any game so far in the

tournament.” All three of Menlo’s victories have been by one run. “It’s baseball,” Schoof said. “We are good enough to win, but they are loaded on the mound and a very confident (as they should be) team.” “(But) Got to think the pressure is all on them. Nobody expects us to win and they have a chance to make

history. They beat us last year so maybe they will be overconfident.” Pacific Grove ended Menlo’s streak of successive CCS titles last year with a 10-6 victory. “Not talking about payback at all,” Schoof said. “I know the kids have mentioned it but, in all honesty, we (continued on page 31)

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the state championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis. This was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up. “It was pretty important to me,” Robinson said of his decision to pass on SHP’s graduation ceremonies. “Missing out last year was pretty devastating.” Robinson failed to qualify for the CCS finals last season. He arrived late to the semifinals after taking the SAT that morning. He false-started out of the high hurdles, didn’t run the 300 IH and failed to qualify in the long jump and high jump. The motivation to improve upon that effort drove him this season to set school records in all three events and rank among the best in the CCS — tied for No. 2 in the long jump

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by Keith Peters is classmates will be walking, but Sacred Heart Prep senior Nico Robinson will be running and jumping. And, hopefully for him, arriving in time to enjoy his grad night. With three possible berths to the CIF State Track and Field Championships on the line, Robinson decided recently to forgo graduation ceremonies on Friday night in favor of the Central Coast Section finals at Gilroy High. While his classmates receive their diplomas between 5-7 p.m., Robinson will be competing in two of his three events — the long jump and 110 high hurdles. The 300 intermediate hurdles go off around 8 p.m. Should Robinson finish among the top three in any of his events or attain the automatic qualifying standard, he’ll compete next weekend at

Stanford coaches Frankie Brennan (left) and Lele Forood (right) guided their players to the program’s 18th national title, 17 coming in NCAA competition, following Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Texas A&M.

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of their goal. Stanford’s Cinderella story was that much better. For junior Kristie Ahn, the long road back to health reached its logical conclusion. She recorded the clinching point in Stanford’s 4-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday in Urbana, Ill., providing the Cardinal its 17th NCAA title in perhaps the most astonishing fashion of all. “It’s a great feeling. This has been a great team for a long time,” Forood said. “A lot of these people are juniors and seniors who have contributed heavily to the win. For Kristie Ahn to clinch is just poetic justice because she’s been the missing player for the last two years (due to injuries) at the end of the season, and we weren’t able to get it done without her, and when we got her back, we got it done.” Not able to participate in the NCAA tournament the past two years and playing just three matches last year, Ahn achieved the pinnacle of college tennis on Tuesday night. “Honestly, it’s such a clichÈ, but words really can’t explain this one,” Ahn said. “From my freshman year, I’ve wanted this moment, and I’ve been bugged by injuries, and to clinch makes it that much better. When we played USC in the Round of 16, I had a shot. I could have clinched, and I didn’t get that and I was pretty upset.” Ahn dropped the second set and was down 0-2 before reeling off six successive games. She was mobbed within moments of the final point. “Last night, I was thinking, ‘How sick would it be if I could clinch tomorrow?’ And when I got to 2-2 in the third set, I was smiling,” Ahn said. “I was having the best time of my life because I was thinking about how absurd it was that it was coming down to me.” The unexpected title assures that Stanford’s record of winning at least one NCAA title remains intact after 37 years.

“Watching Krista (Hardebeck) last night was so inspiring, and I kind of drew from that,” Ahn said of the Cardinal freshman who clinched a 4-3 upset win over No. 1 Florida in the semifinals. “I can’t tell you the amount of good energy I felt, how absurd that it was coming down to a 4-2, 4-3 match in the finals, it’s crazy. And I started smiling uncontrollably. Life does not get more absurdly wonderful than this.” This latest NCAA title is the 104th for Stanford, the lowest seeded team to win the title since UCLA in 2007. The national crown was the Cardinal’s 18th overall in women’s tennis, including one in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). For the Pac-12, it was national title No. 457. Forood now has a remarkable 330-23 overall record, with seven NCAA titles to her credit. Frankie Brennan, whose father Frank won 10 tennis titles as Stanford’s coach, has been with Forood during her tenure as an assistant coach. Three of Stanford’s final four matches in the tournament went 4-3, and the 4-1 win over Georgia is misleading, as the Bulldogs were in every match. Each of the three matches that went the distance were clinched by a different player: Ellen Tsay, Hardebeck and Ahn. Tsay also clinched the first-round win and senior Natalie Dillon clinched the second-round win. Against the Trojans, Gibbs and Tsay each reversed decisions against their opponents and the doubles team of Ahn and Gibbs knocked off USC’s top-ranked doubles team, 9-8 (2), to clinch what turned out to be a crucial match. Against the Gators, Ahn and Hardebeck each reversed losses from earlier in the season and Gibbs beat top-ranked Lauren Embree, 6-0, 6-1. Gibbs also put on a display in her match against Texas A&M’s Cristine Sanchez that set the tone for the

rest of the singles players. After senior Stacey Tan, who reached the final of the 2011 NCAA singles tournament, gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead, Gibbs rebounded from losing her first eight games to win 12 straight and earn a 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory, putting Stanford ahead 3-0. It was the first time in 120 college matches that Gibbs lost the first set by a shutout. “I’ve had a leadership role on this team, and it’s really hard to see your No. 1 player go down 6-0, 6-0. We saw that yesterday with Florida, when I was lucky enough to rattle a couple off against Lauren Embree,” Gibbs said. “That’s a tough blow to come back from, so I think just sitting there thinking about the impact I was having on my team from losing just made me dig a little bit deeper, get through being tired, being exhausted from all the energy we’ve been putting into this week as captains, and just push through. Evidently it worked. It was the weirdest match I’ve ever played in my life, but I’ll take it.” Forood was suffering right along with Gibbs through the early part of the match. “I felt bad for Nicole early on,” she said. “I wanted her to find a way to get back in the match. Early in the second set, she said, ‘I have to win this match. I have to do things differently.’ And so it was her urgency and I think she found a little more energy. I think she felt a little sluggish in her legs early in the match and her opponent was playing beautifully, extremely well. But she found some energy, was able to plug away, get the momentum in her favor and things got rolling for her after that.” Gibbs, who is a career 24-1 in the month of May, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Ahn and Tan also were named as singles players. The doubles teams of Tan and Tsay and Hardebeck and Dillon were also selected for recognition on the alltournament team. N


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The junior was the top qualifier at the section track semis in the 200 (25.04) and 400 (55.16), setting a school record and lowering her CCS-leading time in the 400 to qualify for the CCS finals in both races.

The senior pitcher tossed a complete-game five hitter with no walks to defeat Carmel, 3-2, in the first round before coming on in relief to save a 4-3 victory over Soquel in the CCS Division III baseball quarterfinals.

Honorable mention Annalisa Crowe Menlo-Atherton track & field

Taylor Fortnam Menlo-Atherton track & field

Gillian Meeks Gunn track & field

Maya Miklos Gunn track & field

Adriana Noronha Gunn track & field

Sarah Robinson Gunn track & field

Derek Ackerman Sacred Heart Prep golf

Andrew Buchanan Menlo golf

Zach Plante Menlo-Atherton track & field

Nico Robinson* Sacred Heart Prep track & field

Nick Sullivan Palo Alto track & field

Eilon Tzur Palo Alto track & field * previous winner

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ably without starters Richard and Victor Pham. Both were competing at a Level 2 USTA tournament in Southern California. Both were on hand for NorCal, which made Menlo all the more unbeatable. Appropriately, Menlo’s six seniors — Pham, Andrew Ball, Daniel Morkovine, William Boyd, Michael Hoffman and Eric Miller — saw action for a final time. Pham won at No. 1 singles over Matt Campana, 6-0, default. Ball downed Peter Campana, 6-1, retired. Morkovine teamed with freshman Lane Leschly to post a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 1 doubles over Alex Frank and Joey Simpson. Boyd and sophomore Vikram Chari won at No. 2 doubles over brothers Brendan and Gordon Barrows, 6-2, 6-2, and Hoffman joined with Miller at No. 3 doubles for a 6-2, 6-1 win over Aidan Tribble and Rohan Kothari. The other two singles wins went to sophomore Victor Pham at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0 over Eric Dennis) and sophomore Gunther Matta at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1 over Ryuan Acbay). The senior class wrapped up a

remarkable 110-2 record while becoming the first Menlo class to lose only twice in four years. That group helped the Knights go 27-0 in 2010, 28-1 in 2011, 28-0 in ‘12 and 27-1. “This team is unbelievable; I’m still in awe,” Shine said. “They truly enjoy each others’ company and want to win for the guy standing next to him. These guys played hard and aren’t above playing high school tennis. This is a couple months out of the year for them to be on a team and they embrace that.” While Shine loses his super six, he retains an excellent eight in David Ball, Vikram Chari, Clarence Lam, Gabe Morgan, Nathan Safran plus Matta and Pham. Shine also has incoming freshman Mark Ball, the fourth brother in the family. “Half the team is very experienced,” Shine said of next year’s squad. “Our singles are very experienced. Doubles is really inexperienced. Shine said next year’s Central California Classic in Fresno likely will tell him a lot about the team’s makeup. “It’s just a matter of getting that big match experience,” Shine said. “We won’t be 10 deep like this year, but we still have a lot of good talent.” N

(22-8 1/2), No. 3 in the high hurdles (14.42) and No. 5 in the 300 IH (38.63). When he qualified for the CCS finals in all three events, his decision was clear. “That gives me a 1-in-3 chance to make it to state,” he said, even though his chances are closer to 2-in-3. “I think I could be the first person in Sacred Heart Prep history to go to the state meet, so that’s pretty cool.” Robinson ran his personal best (14.42) in the highs at the CCS semifinals last Saturday, despite hitting the last six hurdles. He tied for second in the long jump (22-8 1/2) and finished third in the 300 intermediate hurdles (38.87). While Robinson won’t be walking with his classmates in the graduation ceremonies, he will be receiving his diploma. That will take place Friday morning during the school’s honors convocation. Robinson also will get an opportunity to partake in grad night. As soon as the 300 hurdles are done, Robinson will hop into SHP coach Ken Wilner’s car and be wisked away to parts unknown. “I have no idea,” Robinson said of the grad night site. “I know where it is, but I’m not telling,” said Wilner. While Wilner refused to divulge the site, he did acknowledge: “We’re not driving to Disneyland.” Robinson said grad night runs until 2:30 a.m., and Wilner added that there’s plenty of time to get Robinson there. “He’ll enjoy grad night celebrating with his classmates,” promised Wilner. “Hopefully with a couple of medals around his neck.” Robinson was one of three local boys to qualify in three events for the CCS finals, which get under way at Gilroy High on Friday with field events at 4 p.m. Running begins at 6 p.m. Palo Alto junior Nick Sullivan also qualified in three events. He was third in the 200 (22.27), third in the 400 (48.96) and helped the Vikings’ 1,600 relay team finish third in 3:25.83. Rounding out the three-event qualifiers was MenloAtherton junior Zach Plante. He clocked 49.56 in the

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talk about playing against the ball, not against another team.” Chris Atkeson or Austin Marcus will take the mound on Saturday, with whoever doesn’t start being able for relief. It’s the last game of the season, something Schoof and his players have experienced before as this will be the Knights’ fourth straight appearance in the championship game. Menlo earned a shot at perhaps winning the sixth CCS title in program history by upsetting No. 1 seed Palma, 4-3, in eight innings in a semifinal Tuesday night. Pacific Grove advanced with a 10-3 win over R.L. Stevenson. No other CCS team in the past four years has made as many titlegame appearances as the Knights. Pacific Grove, meanwhile, will be looking for its 38th straight victory over a two-year span. “I have to admit I’m pretty happy to be there for a fourth straight year,” said Schoof. “So much can happen. We lost so much of last year’s team; we are still very young.” On Tuesday, Menlo scored the winning run in the top of the eighth. Christian Pluchar led off with a single and Graham Stratford bunted back to the pitcher, who threw out Pluchar at second. Will King walked and Menlo had runners at first and second. Jared Lucian grounded to the shortstop, who threw the ball away

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SHP senior Nico Robinson 400, No. 2 in school history, in addition to leading off the 400 relay (43.23) and 1,600 relay that both qualified. Gunn junior Sarah Robinson, Palo Alto senior Eilon Tzur, Menlo School junior Maddy Price, Gunn junior Adriana Noronha, Menlo-Atherton freshman Annalisa Crowe, Paly senior Jayshawn Gates and M-A senior George Baier all moved on in two events each. Other area qualifiers for Friday’s finals included: Gunn freshman Gillian Meeks and M-A junior Taylor Fortnam in the girls’ 3,200; Gunn freshman Maya Miklos in the girls’ 300 hurdles; the Palo Alto girls’ 400 relay team of Megan Tall, Alexa Garcia, Joyce Chang and Jess Branson; the M-A 1,600 relay squad of Annie Harrier, Naomi Tovar, Cassie Stansberry and Crowe; Menlo senior Walter Peacock in the 100; SHP junior Ricky Grau and Gunn senior Wyatt Eberspacher in the high hurdles; Palo Alto senior Victor Du in the long jump; SHP senior Cameron Van in the high jump (6-0); M-A’s 400 relay team of Anders Ward, Deverick Meacham, Kadri Green and Plante, the Bears’ 1,600 relay foursome of Plante, Connor Lindquist, Baier and Meacham; Palo Alto’s 1,600 relay team of Malcolm Davis, Sullivan, Gates and Eli Givens; and Menlo School’s 1,600 relay team of Michael Reed, Matt Myers, Travis Chambers and Max Parker. N

-- allowing Stratford to score. Palma (22-7) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 3. Palma got its lead-off runner on in the bottom of the seventh and moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Menlo pitcher Jack Redman, however, got out of the inning without allowing a run to set the stage for the Knights’ winning tally in the eighth. Redman (8-1) gave up a lead-off double in the bottom of the eighth, but set the Chieftains down without further trouble. He finished with a complete game, his second in the postseason to go along with a save in the quarterfinals. Division I For one fleeting moment, Palo Alto had every reason to think it could topple St. Francis in its CCS playoff semifinal Wednesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Then, reality set in. The No. 5 seed Vikings struck first, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a 8-3 loss. Palo Alto finished the season 18-16 and made a stirring run in the section playoffs, knocking off No. 4 seed Bellarmine in the quarterfinals. “We didn’t return one starter (from last year’s 27-7 team), and this squad flat-out overachieved,” Palo Alto coach Erick Raich said. “They squeezed every ounce of athletic ability they had out of themselves. We would’ve had to play close to a perfect game to beat St. Francis.”

Which the Vikings didn’t come close to doing. Palo Alto struck first, scoring a run in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice-fly from Austin Poore. However, in what would be a recurring theme, the top seed Lancers (28-4) had an answer every time Palo Alto threatened to make things close. St. Francis scored three times in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-run double from Michael Strem, who finished with three hits and five RBI. The Lancers got the leadoff man on in the inning as a result of a Palo Alto error, a pivotal moment in the game. “That’s a huge turning point right there,” Raich said. The Palo Alto players felt the same way. “You can never lose hope, but it’s hard to watch when you get that first run and then can’t hold the opponent down partly because we let them in,” said Vikings’ first baseman Rowen Thompson, who collected two of the team’s five hits. “It’s tough for morale in the dugout as well. Whenever you can get out in front, it’s really huge from a momentum standpoint. It also gives you confidence you can win the game, but we just couldn’t finish it off.” To its credit, Palo Alto fought to the very end, scoring two runs in the sixth off Strem, who allowed three runs over six innings while striking out eight. However, the Lancers answered with two of their own in the bottom half to account for the final score. N

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Dear Friends,

Luisa Buada

Chief Executive Officer

Ravenswood Family Health Center is reconfiguring the way we deliver health care services so that patients receive team-based health care. There's a caveat. We have to redesign the way we deliver care in this technological age while trying to keep up with the daily schedule. We're not just fixing the bike as we ride it, we're converting a 2-wheeler into a 4-wheeler while we pedal up hill. As the Institute of Medicine report in October observed in a seminal paper on effective team-based health care, converting to team-based care is a dual challenge. “The incorporation of multiple perspectives in health care offers the benefit of diverse knowledge and experience. But, fundamental to the success…is the skill and reliability with which team members work together.”

Clear communication and coordination by our staff are the two most essential elements to attain the goal of establishing a patient-centered health home with team-based care in which the patient becomes champion for their own health care. It is inspiring to see a team of coworkers ready and willing to challenge the status quo and deliver on their commitment, to push towards the goals of establishing a high-performing health center with an integrative seamless continuum of care. Across the top of this page are photographs of our staff which now numbers 150. At a recent training session, staff who were asked to describe qualities of a good teacher came up with a list: motivator, approachable, knowledgeable, genuine, strong-minded, patient, generous, high expectations, energetic. I see such

qualities in our staff at all levels of our organization. They are the ones that are driving the effort to change our culture so that everyone becomes involved one way or another in sharing the care with the patient at the center of the health care team. Knowing their capabilities, what we envision can be done! Luisa Buada Chief Executive Officer

Ravenswood Family Health Center


What we do

Ravenswood Family Health Center’s mission is to improve the health status of the community we serve by providing high quality, culturally competent primary and preventive health care to people of all ages regardless of ability to pay.

Provide integrated, coordinated primary health care to lowincome and uninsured residents of southeast San Mateo County

— Mission Statement



No Longer the Doc at the Top


rimary care in the U.S. is undergoing a transformation—from the physician-centered practice to the patient-focused team. A driving force behind the transition is the break-neck speed of a technological revolution in health care with the convergence of data-driven improvement and a new model in which all team members share the responsibility for the care of a patient. At Ravenswood, each team is led by a primary care provider supported by an interdisciplinary team that includes a medical assistant, health coach, behavioral health therapist, a referrals specialist and access to health promoters/educators and recovery counselors associated with partner agencies. In this “share the care� approach, responsibilities, not simply tasks, are reallocated so that all team members, including patients, contribute directly to the patient’s healthcare. As with any “revolution� there are always movers and shakers. Tom Bodenheimer, professor at UCSF Family and Community Medicine is one of those people. In the traditional “Doc on the top� model, the doctor advised the patient on what do, but what the patient understood from the visit wasn’t assessed. In effect, the patient is no better off than before the visit.

Ask, Don’t Tell Bodenheimer and his team developed a curriculum for health coaching, a key component in patientfocused care. Health coaching relies


of patients leave the medical visit without understanding the advice given, and in only 10% of visits is the patient involved in the decisions made. Thus, a large number of clinician visits are not helpful to the patient; i.e. they are wasted visits.�

on a simple premise. You first need to find out what the patient actually understands and secondly, what steps the patient is willing and ready to take to improve their health outcome. The way to engage the patient is “Ask, don’t tell!� Instead of a passive patient, the patient jumps in to define what they need and that informs the action plan.

When she asked him why he thought it was so high, he admitted he would forget to take his medication. So coming up with ways to remember to take his meds became part of the action plan. Possibly the “best practice� in health coaching is the follow-up attention patients receive. Elva calls to check in with her patients regularly. “They really appreciate it when you call to say ‘How’s your day going? How’s your action plan going?’� When she asks her Tongan patient, “Are you taking your medications? ‘Yes,’ he says, ‘I am.’� Elva laughs. “I know he is really doing it because his A1c has dropped to 7.3.�

Coaching Patients to Define Realistic Goals Ravenswood staff is involved in intensive training, learning the health coaching techniques developed by UCSF’s Center for Excellence in Primary Care. Elva Gonzalez is a medical assistant trained to be a health coach/ panel manager. She is directly involved in coaching patients in her team panel about managing a chronic condition. She was assigned to talk with an older Tongan patient whose blood glucose level (A1c) was almost up to 16.

Elva’s heart is in what she’s doing. “It’s satisfying to help people make a change in their life, knowing that they are going to be happy that their A1c is better and that they will have fewer complications in the future.� When asked to estimate the success rate, she replies. “About 80% of the patients I work with follow their action plan and 65% of them have seen their A1c come down.�

Ravenswood Family Health Center is one of the nation’s 1,200 federally qualified health centers (FQHC) which form one of the largest safety net systems of primary and preventive care in the country.


In 2013, community health centers care for approximately 22.3 million people of whom 73% are members of racial/ethnic minority groups. Thirty-six percent have no health insurance; approximately one-third are children. One out of every 15 people living in the U.S. now relies on a HRSA-funded clinic for primary care. Community health centers are an integral source of local employment and economic growth in many underserved and low-income communities. Total health center employment is more than 153,000 individuals nationwide, and health centers added more than 25,300 jobs over the last three years.

Community health center quality of care equals and often surpasses that provided by other primary care providers. Source: National Association of Community Health Centers 2

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Seniors who changed their lifestyles after health coaching find greater emotional stability and happiness.


to get her help at Ravenswood Integrated Behavioral Health program. “But, I didn’t want her to be alone, so she invited Maria to come to the Zumba and cooking classes. She came regularly and within 3 weeks was looking much better. She helped to prepare for the cooking classes and we realized she would be a good leader. She went from being really sad to being a very active person, encouraging patients to pay Maria Guevara, Lupita Medina and Martha Escobedo attention to their lives.� As for overcoming depression, Maria asserts, Maria came of age during the “It’s not the medication that really frightening civil war in El Salvador. makes the difference. It’s that now She fled and sought asylum in the U.S. where she raised her children. I’m connected with people, I have a sense of purpose. I’m engaged But in 2009, with the loss of the with other things.� And as for her older sister who raised her after health coach, “Martha was like an their mother died in childbirth, she angel. I owe it to Martha that I am went into a full-blown depression. well now.� Her provider, Physician Assistant Food is such a comfort for all of Rebecca Pinto asked Martha to do us and getting the better of our una home visit, to check in with her healthier eating habits takes more because she was diabetic. Martha recalls, “I found her really than a meaningful warning from a depressed and she didn’t want to do doctor. Health coaching combined with nutrition and cooking demos anything for herself.� Martha helped itting in a patio garden with a backdrop of coral roses, Maria Guevara and Lupita Medina talk about their lives and the role that their health coach, Martha Escobedo, has played in dealing with chronic conditions.


seems to bring it home to people. Martha has a good track record on this score. Lupita Medina had been coming often to the clinic because of stomach problems. Then she started attending the cooking classes with a friend. At first she was quiet, Martha recalls, but then she learned new recipes and then her stomach problems got better. That was a turning point. Lupita gained confidence in her ability to improve her condition. Now she is as selective about what she eats as she is about the stylish way she dresses. “I learned to read labels. Now I eliminate sugar and salt and I eat a lot of fiber.�




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Celebrating Service to the Community

According to Bodenhemier, “50%

Turning Patients into Health Champions

From Couch Potatoes to Fitness Instructors


very morning at 9 a.m., women come from all directions and converge at 1842 Bay Road where Ravenswood has a large conference room that becomes a “gym� for a Zumba and exercise class led by two sisters. Angelica and Mayra Banderas are in their 20’s and inherited the class when a former volunteer Zumba instructor asked them to take it over 9 months ago. Every week since then, they have led the class 4 times a week, energizing and encouraging several dozen women from 16 to 65 who attend regularly. Both women say they were reserved and unlikely to speak up before. Their volunteer role has changed that.

Now they are patient champions of fitness, calling out encouragement as they chant instructions to the “chicas.� Their enthusiasm pervades the group. Every woman is focused on performing Zumba moves and floor exercises. By the end of the hour, they are all clearly satisfied with what they’ve accomplished together.

Mayra and Angelica are modest about their effectiveness, but admit it has changed their lives. From “couch potatoes, watching television� that never exercised, they’ve become Ravenswood‘s strongest patient champions for fitness. Mayra and Angelica also volunteer to lead Zumba classes in the park for the City of East Palo Alto Police Department’s Fitness Zone program, which is designed to provide positive activities for the community. They are prepared for a busy summer. When school lets out they plan to hold their Ravenswood Family Health Center classes in the park too so more parents and children can come together.

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LinkedIn Woman of the Year


alifornia Senator Jerry Hill made a surprise visit to present to Ravenswood CEO Luisa Buada the 13th Senate District award for the 2013 Woman of the Year of San Mateo County, citing all that has been accomplished at Ravenswood under her leadership. Clearly surprised and touched by the recognition, Buada said, “I found my purpose in life and I’m glad to use my talents for the betterment of the community and people that need us.�

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orporate volunteers have been key in the success of the Ravenswood Family Garden Project, a patient and staff teaching garden at the Bay Road clinic where patients learn how to grow organic produce. LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network company headquartered in Mountain View, was one of the first companies to send a crew of volunteers in 2011 to help construct the 19 raised beds for the garden. This spring, another group of LinkedIn volunteers returned in April to help replant and revive the garden. “InDays are an important part of our culture and something that is uniquely LinkedIn. Every month we have one Friday which we designate as an InDay. InDays permit our employees to take a breath, step back for a day and be creative and innovative. They also foster teamwork since we encourage employees to take the time to collaborate and build relationships across the organization." -Krista Canfield, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at LinkedIn.

Virtual Dental Home Makes Early Preventive Dental Care Accessible at School


n April, civic leaders and legislators, including Assemblyman Rich Gordon, State Sen. Jerry Hill, and County Supervisor Warren Slocum and members of the press witnessed the “virtual dental home� in operation at a Head Start site in East Palo Alto. Everything needed to perform a dental exam was carried in the trunk of a car – collapsible dental chair, laptop computer, digital camera with a dental probe and handheld X-ray machine. It was set up in a classroom where a specially trained dental hygienist and dental assistant provide dental exams and preventive care to preschoolers. The dental record is sent via the internet to a dentist for evaluation. Funded by First 5 San Mateo, the project is a partnership of the Institute for Human and Social Development, which administers San Mateo County's Head Start programs, Ravenswood Family Health Center and UOP’s Pacific Center for Special Care. According to Dr. Paul Glassman who pioneered the idea, “This new delivery model provides a much-needed community-based ‘virtual dental home’ for our state’s most vulnerable people.�

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Palo Alto Weekly 05.24.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the May 24, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 05.24.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the May 24, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly